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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Calmer; Oh How I Love You

Have you noticed a slight change? I hope the page looks somewhat normal size on your screen. I saw this cute little guy and thought he would make a good mascot. We have to name him now; any suggestions? Have you noticed me commenting on your blog again? Woooo Hooo, the funk has lifted once again.......

I had a Gift Card given to me before the surgery.... The gifter wished to remain an inigma, so I had no choice but to remain silent and find sneaky ways to discover their identity....
Everyone I approched at Yarntopia looked at me like I had lobsters crawling out of my ears when I thanked them for the generous gift....
I can only conclude that my wonderful SP10 struck AGAIN!
(Nope not my SP.... The mystery lives on! any clues? ANYONE? I'd like to thank this person poperly)
I prodly used that Gift Card to purchase 5 balls of Rowan Calmer Khaki color. I plan on making "Wicked" with it.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. All of your comments made me feel so much better. Thank you for all the sholders I have to lean on.
A few of you asked about accepting help from strangers if you were in a pickle. Yes, I failed to mention that I was offered help once two years ago. I greatfully accepted a womans offer who came out of no where to help me with my infant and 4 yr. old (in full meltdown). She carried Brandon in her arms all the way to parking lot J! What an angel.

Please feel free to help me decide what I should make for my Sockapalooza Four Pal. Patterns can be found on www.Knitty.com

Monday, May 28, 2007

Eye Contact


Please read this post entirely, and pass it aloong to everyone you know... Its important that we all start helping each other in this world...


This weekend it rained....Alot! And my husband, family and friends resided the house anyway!

My job was simple, entertain the kids and keep them away from the house for 12 hours both days.... Not an easy task but we found ways to entertain the kiddos. My twin sis her two boys , my neice Virginia, Hillard and I (brandon with a grandmother) went to the Cinco Ranch Beach Club. The weather as okay, storms were approching slowly, we thought we'd give it a try.... I knew Hillard would be excited to play in the sand and water.

Right when we walked through the gate black clouds were over us, no thunder. We swam for 10 minutes and a loud clap of thunder shook the ground.... The Lifegauds rushed to get us all out of the pool area.... Then there was Hillard.... A little 6 yr old boy who had no idea what was going on... Or the importance...

I literally DRAGGED him (while in full melt down mode) out of the water across the sand. All the while I got nothing but disapproving stares and glares. I learned a long time ago not to make eye contact, it hurts too badly to see the pure ignorance in other peoples faces. No other child was sceaming, it was silent...and it seemed we were in slow motion as every eye was on us.

My sister didn't know any better and sat all of our belongings at the table furthest from the exit...When you have a child like mine you learn to put everyhting as close to the exit as possible for a quick get away..... So I was left to DRAG my 6 yr old autistic son across the beach and through the patio area down a tunnel under a busy road and into the parking lot.

It makes me want to cry thinking back on it. It was something out of a movie. Really it was... EVERYONE stopped to stare... No one helped me of course (my sister and neice were busy making sure my belongings were being taken care of). But no stranger asked me if they could help. They just all stared and judged. When I would look up and catch someones eye I would say "he's autistic" I would get a sympathetic nod.... But, I don't owe them an explanation. I really don't!

In the parking lot an entire family glared at Me and Hillard instead of packing up their car.... The father said "some people just can't control their children"." My sister yelled at them "he's autistic, he can't help it! Go on; Turn around pack up your car, theres nothing to stare at here". Good for Carmen

I cried a little in the car wishing my sons life was going to be easier. Life is a battle and here he is without a sheild or sword.


Why am I telling you this? If you ever see a mom or dad with a child and that parent looks like they need help. Please help them. I know its uncomfortable to ask a perfect stranger if they need help... But ask anyway.

I know there are some people out there that care... I just didn't meet any today.

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Tagged 4 times

Before I reveal my 8 juicy tidbits, here are the rules:

1: Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves.
2: People who are tagged, write a blog post about their own 8 random things, and post these rules.
3: At the end of your post you need to tag 8 people and include their names.
4: Don't forget to leave them a comment and tell them they're tagged, and to read your blog.

8 Random Things About Catherine

1) I love the smell of Vinyl Shower Curtins straight outta the bag

2) I still get the school girl giggles every time Chris walks in the door from a hard days work.
3) I LOVE coffee, and Chris is now suppling my habit with the best mothers day gift.. Peetnik... Peets Coffee (the best)

4) I still smell my children.... I once asked my oldest sister and her husband at a family dinner one night "when do you stop smelling your children?" they affectionatley looked at each other and giggled; then they looked at me and said "Never.... But you stop sniffing as much when the are teenagers and forget deoderant" :)

5) I am a picky eater (my food can't touch on the plate) no one offers to make my plate for me anymore....

6) My entire family loving calls me "Granola Girl" and Chris thinks I look my best in maternity overalls, my hair in a ponytail and no make up..... And I LOVE him for that!
7) I go barefoot where ever i can!

8) I sneak and eat hotsauce out of my hand for a snack ;)


I was tagged 4 times with this Meme.... ummmm don't know who else to tag! I think everyone I read has done it! Sarah have you done this yet?

Monday, May 14, 2007

2 Blocks a Month Club

First I'd like to start out with "People Suck".... Exactly what people? HACKERS! I had several Trojans on my C: drive and I don't like strangers in my memory w/o paying rent! So everything has been cleaned out in the Recovery Process and honestly I've been sitting in water for a week and feel naked without my computer.... This week I have to update and get back to my original working state, then I can upload my bloglines again..... So thats why I've been missing this time ;)

About this post: Since I can't do any pictures of Fifi now I thought I'd mention my 6 month project (June-Nov.) and invite everyone to play along! I will be doing 2 blocks a month of 12x16" blocks for a throw for my parents for Christmas.... Why should you join along? B/c I have Barbara Walkers book of knit and purl designs, and I plan on using it!!!! I will post the patterns at the begining of the month with suggested cast on. It's up to you to decide your yarns, and lets get creative folks! I can start an new blog just for this if we get people interested so you too can post your blocks.


just email me if your in!

have a great week!

Design Ideas:
basketweave, Dimonds, moss, seed, just for starters......I am going to try to come up with more challenging Knit/Purl ideas too...

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Whoops! My Bad

Friday night was the first time that I have dyed since the surgery.... I may have pushed myself a little too hard, but I have a lot of work to do! Maybe I wasn't paying close attention this time because of "said situation" but apparently there was some undissolved solution at the bottom of one of the pots! half of the batch of Vino came out splotchy! Way too splotchy to send to retailers.... I thought I would offer up the Slightly Irregular Skeins to you guys before I put them up in the Shoppe.

here is a stock photo of the Colorway Vino and below it are the available skeins for sale:
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3 skeins of Mama Llama Original Sock 100% superwash wool 425yds.ea. $11/skein

4 Skeins of Handpainted (jaggerspun) Merino Wool 1250 yds ea. $14/skein

2 skeins of Mama Llama Sock II Wool/Nylon 70/30 400 yds $10/skein


Fine Print: These skeins are non-returnable... They are imperfect but still have full yardages. They are beautiful skeins but not fit to sell for full price by myself or a retailer. Thanks

Want one? Please contact me at catherinekerth AT hotmail DOT com shipping is up to you Priority or regular.... you decide :)

You know that I don't talk about my business too often... I just hate for these to just sit in a dark corner....

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Alive and Kickin'

It went off without a hitch and i am resting very comfortably at home....Yeah! I do hurt and Chris has been an excellent nurse, housekeeper and child entertainer! I was completely out of it most of the day Monday but I an walking more today.... I have been finishing up Fifi and with any luck she will be done before Thursday night....I might brave it to Knit Night at Yarntopia...(cross-fingers)

here she is!


I've had a lot of luck selling some of my stash.... I hope the rest of it sells just as fast... I kept a lot of it just because I found it hard to part with most of it.... now instead of having enough sock yarn for 52 pairs now it just about 30 pairs ;) 2 sweaters, 4 one skein wonders, misc. accessories, and 4 tank tops.....
muhahahahaha!