Sarah Jane Humke

The life of a traveling, reading, writing, spining and knitting shepherdess.

Another day in Paradise. September 30, 2008

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The hubby is gone and I am alone once again.  There is a weird sound in the house, more of a vibration really.  I’m not sure where it is coming from but it is making me think that I may very well be a cylon.  


I haven’t been spinning much of late because I have been working on one or the other of the very special super secret projects that are nearing their completion dates.  Thus, no pictures that I can post without blowing the surprises.  No pictures of new yarns.  Not even any new pictures of cute dogs doing cute things.  

What can I say?  Just another day in paradise…..


A great one has left us. September 28, 2008

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Tonight I got word from her people that one of the greatest dogs that I have ever known has left us.  She went out into the yard and lay down in her favorite sunny spot and peacefully went to the other side.  


We could all only hope to be that lucky.


She will be missed by all who knew her (except the UPS man).


Oh what a Granny day! September 25, 2008

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Yes, today I am working on those most maligned yarn objects of the 70’s.  Why?  Because last week at the Happy Hooker’s meetup (which, by the way, is tonight in the Altamonte Springs location!) Birgitt reminded us all that we needed to get our squares to her in order that they can be actually put together into a blanket for someone in need.  DOH!  Totally forgot about them, thus I am making granny squares.  I can make them fast and almost without thinking (which is always the best way a crochet object should be made by me, as evidenced by previous blog posts), thus I may even get a few finished by the deadline.  Oh, and did I mention that I had a bunch sitting around that just needed a few more rounds on them in order to be the correct size?  They were leftovers from my brother’s Ugliest Afghan Ever and an aborted project.  Is this cheating?  I mean, I made most of them prior, so I did in fact make them, just not right now…..

My Brother's Ugliest Afghan EVER!

My Brother's Ugliest Afghan EVER!

Now, to the part that nearly broke my heart.  It was a catastrophe that took my breath away.  It almost made me cry.

I had to throw yarn away.

Yep, I had to part with some of my precious 70’s era olive greens and rust reds and (gasp!) even a few really good and ugly ombres (the 70’s were a very fertile time for these).  The reason you ask?  What could make you THROW AWAY YARN????????

One answer: Fetid cat pee.

Yep, you read that right.  Willma, the formerly outside cat now inside cat has used one bag full of yarn as her (it hurts to even write this) cat litter box.

There was a smell.  It didn’t go away with the cleaning of the litter box.  It didn’t go away with the inspection and cleaning of the floors.  It just wouldn’t go away.  Then, going into the yarn room, it got WAY (crinkle your nose and pucker your butt) stronger.  I start looking on the floor (as this is normally a logical place to look for such things) and happened to put my hand down on this bag of yarn to steady myself, and… was wet.  WTF?  Then I realized that the smell was coming FROM THE BAG!  It was quickly taken outside and placed in the garbage can (thank God that tomorrow is garbage day!).  I quickly inspected all the rest of the yarns. Most of them are in large plastic tubs and the ones that weren’t all seem to be ok (though I will have another inspection before the garbage truck arrives!).  Still, peeing and pooping in my holy space.  Huh.  No more cats in the yarn room EVER!!!!!

Yarn in Distress!!!

Yarn in Distress!!!It hurts to even look at a picture of this!


As Promised September 23, 2008

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I’m sure that y’all were waiting on the ends of your seats for the promised pictures of the yarn that was spun over the weekend, so here they are (and not much else I might add….).

Yarn on Lemongrass


The Yarn takes it's close-up.

The Yarn takes it's Close-up


The Yarn in the Neighbor's ferns

The Yarn in the Neighbor's Ferns

What can I say?  The crazy yarn neighbor lady has struck again!


Testes 1..2……Uh…3? September 22, 2008

Sorry, couldn’t resist my favorite Bevis and Butthead moment of all time.  (Yes, I am that kind of a dork!)     Anyway, the reason for the “testing” is that this will be the first posting coming from my new Mac (I am just too cool [neener neener!]).  I am still figuring out how this thing works, so if you see some really random crap (ok, so more random than usual) appearing on this blog, forgive me for I am a Mac Virgin and I am sinning! (Woo Hoo!  Sinning is FUN!).  


Today was a totally, you know, normal Monday.  Mondays are for Margaritas, and that we did after I picked Chris up from work.  I was outside again most of the day, but it was overcast most of the day, so no lobster mama.  However, I did work-up one hell of an appetite and absolutely scarfed down my chicken qesadilla with no peppers and pina colada in record time.  Normally the hubby beats me to a clean plate with many minutes to spare where he is just sitting there watching me masticate (that sounds so very kinky but it is just so very not) and getting twitchy.  Tonight, I was the twitchy one and it was a very odd feeling to watch him EAT.  I know, I’m married for how long????? And only now just watching him eat? 


Stephanie Pearl-McPhee released her latest and greatest tour schedule for the next couple of months.  Of course I am going to be gone when she finally comes to Florida.  I’m not going to wax to poetical about my wanting to see her as she is also going to be at Rhinebeck and SO WILL I DAMNIT!  Woo hoo!  Still, I have yet to get to attend one of her talks and signings and would really like to, even if I have a signed copy of almost every book that she has had published because of Book Expo.  What can I say?  I really like her stuff!  I mean, I have pre-ordered her newest book on Amazon and I never do stuff like that.


I promise that I will have pictures of the newest spun yarn tomorrow as it is now almost dry.  I gave the Meara mutt a bath today (she had a serious case of skunk butt that came from who knows where!) and she made the entire bathroom fairly damp.  How such a small dog can fling water so high up is pretty amazing, but she managed to pretty thoroughly re-dampen the yarn again.  So (sigh) it will be pictured tomorrow.  Plus, it was raining here most of the day and the neighbors already thing that I am crazy enough without me going out in the rain to take pictures of the yarn that I spun for my weird blog thing.  At least Meara now smells like Dove conditioner (she is very shiny) rather than skunk butt (which is more than I can say for the bathroom:-)) 


I can kill you with my brain....

I can kill you with my brain....

(I couldn’t resist [YES!! I am THAT kind of geek!!!])


Consistency is becoming her middle name. September 21, 2008

This is going to be a scattered post, and I am ok with that.  It has been a scattered weekend.  Lots of stuff going on that is random and all sort of ended-up fitting together quite well. 

Saturday morning I worked in the greenhouse like I “normally” do.  I put normally in quotes, as lately there hasn’t really been a true normal for me.  I have missed entire months of working here during the past summer due to travel schedules and stuff like that.  It was actually good to be back among the ivy plants (and the Ivy cat [who got her stitches out on Saturday too!]) for a couple of days.  I miss being there and I know that I will miss this greenhouse (and those in it) when I leave.  The ironic bit?  I have never really liked ivy at all, and that is what I have grown for nearly 10 years.  Funny thing, life is….

Saturday night I went to a birthday party of a friend of ours, Laura.  It was held down in the Latin Quarter restaurant/club/bar at Universal Citywalk.  In the middle of the dinner I thought that I was going to be ill and went to the bathroom.  I hadn’t felt great, but suddenly I was afraid of losing my cookies all over the lovely table with all of Laura’s lovely friends at it.  To show you how ill I flet, I didn’t get a travel crochet picture even though I had brought it along!  Needless to day, Chris and I left early before A.) I made a splash (literally) and B.) before any dancing began.  I mention the 2nd because Laura and Tony, her husband, are Dominican and LOVE to dance.  Case in point….Chris and I went to Thanksgiving at their house this last year.  From the time that we got there to the time that we left, there was someone always dancing in their family room.  In fact, most of the time you couldn’t walk through the house for all of the family and friends shaking it!  Coming from some pretty reserved Presbyterian/Methodist midwestern stock, this was a completely different way to celebrate Thanksgiving to me, and it was great! 

I spun 2 bobbins full of some oatmeal colored, blue Faced Leicester singles in bits andspurts over the weekend.  Whenever I was sitting, I would spin a little bit.  The first bobbin was pretty consistent, the second bobbin quite so comparatively.  This is some lovely wool, a mixture of gray, black and white with a little brown thrown in for good measure.  But it is quite well blended, so no one color really stands out at any given time.  Tonight I plyed them together and made some very nice, fairly consistent yarn.  I can see that I am getting better and, even, faster.  I will have pictures of this when I am done processing this yarn.  It’s sitting in it’s soak right now.

This afternoon, we had to go to the mall.  I abhor going to the mall with a passion that rivals my dislike of rap.  But, this morning, Chris laid down on my glasses on the bed where one of the cuddle pups managed to knock them.  They were pretty busted, and the only place that we could think of that could fix them was the jewelery/watch/glasses repair place in the mall.  We get there and the supposedly fix-it dude said that he couldn’t fix them and that we should go down to Lens Crafters.  We went down and this absolutely wonderful lady fixed my glasses for free with little more than a pair of needle nose pliers, tweezers and a push pin!  I will probably get my next pair of glasses there just for this reason.

So, while we were in the mall, we decided to go to the new(ish) Apple store.  Chris and I have been discussing getting a Mac laptop for me for the coming travel and school and stuff.  My current desktop has been giving me more and more trouble and a laptop just made sense for me with the stuff that I do.  I had been eyeing the Macbook Pro, but Chris and the salespeople that helped us pointed out that it was more than a little overkill for what I plan on doing with it.  That and $1000 difference in price convinced me that the regular Macbook would work just fine for me.  It was amusing that when I had to get out my license for something and took half my travel crochet out of my (large) dachshund purse our salesperson, Lauren, noticed it right off andasked if I knitted or crocheted.  Come to find out, she is a knitter and a fan of Stephanie Pearl-McPhee as well, so I got to take this “where Sarah is crocheting now” photo there.

Crocheting the Apple store
Crocheting the Apple store

Lauren is the girl standing next to me checking us out. The white box behind me? My new Macbook laptop computer.  I have already been playing with the photobooth feature a bit, but since I am typing this up for what will be one of the last times on my old desktop, you will not get to see the results of the photobooth play time.  Chris is currently importing data and all sorts of stuff onto the new computer for me, so it is a it busy.

It was an interesting weekend.

Oh Frack me…. September 20, 2008

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Something had been bothering me about the mystery project for a little while, but I couldn’t figure out what it was.  I figured that it was just the fact that it has been rough going for me to decipher the pattern and that I was frustrated.  Or, that I had started it prior to leaving for Morocco over a month ago and had come back to it after such a long absence.


But no, it was neither of these issues.  It came to me today as I was looking at the picture of it on the cover of the booklet of patterns.  It is covering a chair in length.  Mine could cover a small childs chair.  Houston, we have a problem.  So I got out the ol’ measuring tape and did what I should have done quite a few rows back and measured the length.  It was about 53″.  I sighed in relief, the measurements were 50″ X 67″.  Then I glanced at the pattern in horror, 50″ is the WIDTH.  My mystery project is over a FOOT shorter than it is supposed to be!  Oh fuck, shit, cock, damn, dick, asshole, and buttlicker!!!!  I have to start over for the thrid time!!!!!


She had better LOVE it………….