Thursday, December 25, 2008

Free Pattern: Dress Your Nano In Handspun

Wooo HOOO I finely have an Ipod! Well I just had to knit for it! This pattern is was written for the new 4 gen Nanos. And is so super easy!
Dress Your Nano In Handspun
I used my own handspun sock yarn (Merlin The Cat's Handspun Sock) in a Merino/Bamboo/Glitz blend. You only need a tiny bit of yarn.
Gauge 7st per inch
Whatever DPN needles you need to get gauge.
Cast on 24st (I use long tail)
Join (be careful not to twist you stitched)
Knit till you little tube is just a little less then then 4in
Arrange your sts so they are on 2 needles
Graft sts together using Kitchener stitch.
I left one corner a little loose so I could connect my ear buds.
Now you have your very own little Nano Sock!
Please let me know if you have any questions!

Dress Your Nano In Handspun

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Monday, December 08, 2008

Where'd the time go?

Still around! Spawn turned a month old last week, wow it seems like I just had her! She's starting to get in the grove, she sleeps a ton still but she's up much more. She started smiling at her monkey on the bouncy seat... She's doing much better in the evenings! I'm so glad about this, I didn't know how much longer I could of taken it. Gooey was the PERFECT baby...I didn't think Spawn would be any different, wow was I wrong! I knew she was going to be trouble :)

Ok that's enough baby for now, well here's some pictures!
010 ahhh the cuteness!
004 Here she is with a sock...the other one is almost done!
009Her she is with the little hat I made her right after she come home!

I haven't had to much time to knit, but I'm getting a few things done. All x-mas gifts so I really can't show them here. Ok off to knit wile everyone is still asleep!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Spawn's Birth Story

I don't really call her Spawn anymore, it just doesn't seem to fit. We call her Lily Pie when she's being cute and Lilith when she being an evil fuss pot. And trust me she's living up to her name :)

It's been 2 weeks so I hope I can still remember everything...

Nov 4 started out as any normal day, I felt huge but ok. I did stuff around the house and played with Trinity, then around 1:30pm I took a nap. I woke up around 3pm with mild contractions. I called Dh at work and his lovely boss wouldn't let him leave, like he'd be able to sell a car like that... Anyway it was really no big deal at the time, I felt fine, a little crampy but fine. I also called my sister at work to let her know. Well Trinity and I pretty much just played till Dh got home. He had to stop somewhere after work so he was a little late....can't remember what or why. When he got home we made waffles and bacon, I had been planning on doing it all day.. I think Dh got home around 7-7:30 and I was starting to feel like crap. I keep going back and forth about calling my sister. In the end I'm glad I did, I don't remember what time she got here, Trinity was in bed so it was after 8, I'm thinking around 9ish. We watched the returns and around the time McCain's speech was over I was about to die. I went outside and walked for a bit, it didn't really help. I think it was around 11 I called my Doc. He said to go ahead and go on in. I think my contractions were around 5min apart and super long, I stopped timing them at some point.

We got to the hospital and I got in to be checked pretty quick. I was at 6 so I could stay :) Well they didn't have any birthing rooms so they had to prep me where I was at. I took them 3 times in 3 different places to get the IV in, oh and I found out my Doc was not going to deliver Spawn. I had no clue. It's all good now. So I wasn't really happy at this point oh and I was hurting like a mofo. Well they told me we could go to the OR or the hallway, I picked the OR. When I got there they were all ready with my drugs. The doc who gave them to me was the coolest. I guess I was going pretty quick cause they were worried the epi wouldn't take. It did! I have to say the OR was kinda cool, I've never seen one before, it was soooo white and clean and warm. I kinda liked it there. (I think it was the drugs). I guess the staff was really surprised that I wasn't flipping out at them because of the room and stuff. I was kinda surprised myself, cause I'm kinda a bitch. Well any way the Doc broke my H2o and I pushed for a wile, nothing really happened, and I keep falling asleep between each was sooo white and peaceful in there. Well after awile a birthing room opened up so we went there, the room was really nice, but for some reason I missed the OR. I think I slept for awhile, and then we try ed to push again, nothing happened so we took another break. I think it was an hour later they came back. The doc told me he turned off my epi, I think I about had a break down at that point. I knew it was for the best, I had such a hard time with Trinity (3hr pushing forceps), I just wish he didn't tell me. So I pushed her out with no drugs in about 40 min. I cryed and begged like a druggie for my epi back. It didn't feel good to push, because each time I pushed he was doing something in there with his hands that hurt worse then her head. I have to say after her head popped out life was golden. I had one tiny tear and I so felt when they stitched me up. I got to see Lily for a min, she pooed on the way out so they had to suck her out a bit. After they cleaned me up we hung out for awhile, I was bleeding to much again, it has to do with not being able to pee. I stayed in the birthing room for longer then most because of it. They left all my lines in again but didn't end out cathing me till later. I only had to have it in for like 18 hours, I hated it but atleast I understand why it had to be in. They didn't tell me anything last time. I have to say I really enjoyed my stay at the hospital. Everyone was super cool and even the food was great. I felt so much better the next day after they took my lines out and I could shower, hell I even left the room.

Lily and I had some hard core problems with breast feeding at the hospital. She wouldn't latch, she'd just cry. That kinda sucked. Oh and I was a little shocked when they came in and told me she has hip displasica (sP) in both her hips and would have to wear a brace. That sucks. I hate that fucking brace, but she shouldn't have to wear it for too much longer, they say 6-12weeks, I'm hoping for 6. We go back to the Ortho on the 2nd and she'll be in it 5 weeks at that point. I can take it off now to give her a bath and wash it if I need too.

Breastfeeding is much better. I end up sending Dh out for shields on Sat after we got home. She latched right way! We are now off the shields! Whooo HOOO! Everything else is going well, Trinity is handling it well, she still won't hold or kiss Lily. Oh and Lily is up to 8lbs! ok well I think that's about it for now, she going to want the boobie any time now!


Saturday, November 08, 2008

And now we have Spawn

Originally uploaded by merlinthecat.

Lilith Rose
Nov 5 2008
21.25in long

Birth story coming soon!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Still here

no baby....yet.....

I've finished knitting a bunch of stuff, a hat and gloves for Gooey and a scarf and hat for pics...I'm lazy sorry...

I need a nap.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Spawn's due date is tomorrow. Went to the doc's today, no change from Monday. I'm closed and she's low. I go back to the doc on Friday. Labor vibes please!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Nothing new...

Well I did finish this...

Abby from Knitty

Abby from Knitty for Kath's B-day next month. I hadn't planned on knitting her a gift this year but I thought she'd like it. I'm running out of things to knit for her....she has socks, scarfs, a shawl, wrist warmers, a hat, wash cloths, a shrug, and now this thing....I wonder if she wears any of it.... Anyway it was a super quick knit and turned out really cute! I've also finished a scarf for Gooey. It's still wet from picture later. Up next a hat and gloves for her.....

Monday, October 13, 2008

Still with child...

Still here. Still preggos. But I have finished a bunch of knitting!

A basket for Spawns toys
A felted basket for Spawn's toys.

Gooey's #2
A pair of socks for Gooey. These were made with my bamboo/merino sock yarn base that she dyed last year. The pattern is Gooey by Momma-Monkey. This is the 2nd pair of these I've made with the same yarn. The pair I made last year doesn't fit anymore.

Lilith's hat
And a hat for Spawn.

I'm almost finished with the green socks for DH that I started this spring and I'm also working on a birthday gift for a friend that I hope to get done before Spawn comes.....

Monday, October 06, 2008

4 Days

Well 4 days of doing nothing was a good thing. Spawn isn't trying to get out anymore. Damn it kid make up your mind already! I'm feeling ok, i'd like to beable to breath again but other then that I'm all good. I still feel like we have a ton of stuff to get done, but really I think if she would show up today we'd be ok.

I've finished a felted basket to put Spawns toys in and am still working on Gooey's socks. I'd really like to get them done soon. I've stop working on MS4 and haven't started working on the HMS08, not because I don't want to...I just have this drive to get someother stuff done right now...

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Spawn Update

Well I'm 36 weeks today. Wooohoooo! I had a dr. appt today, he said her head was right there and to take it easy. I've been having a ton of pressure, it feels like she's trying to push her way out. I have another appt for my last U/S next week to find out how big she is. My guess is she's bigger then Gooey was (6.1) I've gained about the same about of weight so far, but this time it's all baby, not butt fat like last time. I can't wait to get my body back!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Hello There

Really I have no clue what I do all day that keeps me from blogging...

Here is an owl dish cloth I finished last week...

owl dish cloth

I made 2 of them from the same ball of cotton. I really like this pattern, that and I have a thing for owls. I'm not sure if I'll keep these or give them as a gift...

Here are the ghosts I made for the baby shower.
Ghosts for baby shower favors

I found the pattern on etsy it also came with a cute little witch and owl that I hope to make before the baby comes.

I've also finished a pair of baby socks and a hat for Spawn...didn't get pictures of them yet.

I'm working on a felted basket to put her toys in and a pair of socks for Gooey. I'd like to finished DH's green socks too.

The baby shower was super fun. I have almost everything we need now and I'm freaking out less. Her room is almost done, I'm hoping DH will finish it this weekend. We just have to put a light fixture in, the door knob back, take out the ac, and a few other little things. I still feel a little unorganized. I have to get things to there places and out of her room. You know like the bath stuff in the bathroom, bottles out, etc. Well I better get busy :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A blog post

oh oh oh I finished something!

Gooey's socks
Last weekend Gooey tried on her hand knit socks that I made her last year...none of them fit, she I made her these.....I have to make her a new pair of Gooey's in that same yarn as last year. I'm glad I still have tons left.

I've been working on MS4, I'm still on clue 1 (only 1 row to go) I've just wanted to get that pair of socks done. I can't wait to start on the 2nd clue! I've also signed up for the HMS08. Why I have no's not like I'm going to beable to get it done by the time Spawn is here. Her patterns are sooooo pretty!

I think Spawn is trying to break out early... I need to knit her a hat......OMFG I've got so much stuff to get done before she gets here...We still need to get tons of baby crap. My sister is having a Halloween baby shower for me on the 28th so that should help. I'll have to try to remember to get pictures, i think people are going to dress up too. We still have to get a light fixture and blinds for the windows. The crib needs to be put together oh and I need a mattress. I want to shampoo the carpets and clean the play room.....ahhhhhhh ok I'm going to stop now before i get myself all stressed out.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

It's September already?

ahhh where did the summer go?

OH check this out...
Gooey's sweater
I've been knitting... this it the Daisy Cardigan I used Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK that I had in my stash...I think I got it at Webs last year on sale. Hell every 5yo needs a handwash only silk and alpaca sweater...right. btw it's really cute on...not like she'd keep in it on long enough this weekend for me to get a picture.

I also got around to washing the last of the Baby Doll fleeces from last year...I really didn't want them to go on cleaned for another 8mo...this was the only wool I washed this year...I missed it! I LOVE the smell of raw wool!!!!

I'm working on another sweater for Gooey, Polkadot. I'm using some kettle dyed wool I frogged from a thrift store sweater...Hopeful it works out. For some reason I feel the need to knit for Gooey and not Spawn. I guess Spawn will grow out of everything so quick, and well Gooey really gets a kick out of picking out yarn and patterns for herself. I've also been working on a dish cloth for the monthly get like 8 lines a day and by the end of the week you get a finished dish cloth. Pretty cool. I also REALLY need to swatch for MS4...I want to keep out this year, or at least try! I've really enjoyed knitting from my stash...but I do need to do something with all that sock yarn I have....I need to start knitting socks again.

Oh this week would of been Gooey's first week of school. Well, after going back and forth for a month we are going to homeschool. It was a really hard choice, but I'm sure we made the right one for her. At least for this year.

Well thats all I've got for now....later

Monday, August 25, 2008

Canning Is Fun!

Happy Monday!

Guess what I did this weekend...I made Jam and Pickles!
Blueberry jam

Here is the jam cooking. It's blueberry. I can't believe how easy it was! I even did a 2nd batch today all by myself! Now I have jam for 6mo. I wonder what fruit I can try next???
Here are the pickles...again super easy. The hardest part, well besides the 8 week wait to try them, is getting them to seal right.

Really canning is the coolest thing ever...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Gooey's Sweater

gooey's sweater

Here is the sweater I made for Gooey. It's fresh off the needles. Pattern Ella's Sweater by Dena Childs fro Webs. Yarn Knit Picks WOA size 8 needles. It's super cute on her, but she wouldn't keep it on to take a pic, it's kinda hot today! Up next another sweater for Gooey...

baby's room Painted!

We finished painting Spawns room last weekend. yep Lime green. We still have to get a light fixture and plates for the switches and stuff, oh and something for the windows...

Well I've got some swatching to do...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Spawn is still a Girl!

Yea! I had a doc appt today with and U/S. She a little over 3lbs and is head down (i'm hoping she stays that way!) My glucose and iron test came back fine. I was pretty sure the glucose would be fine...I wasn't so sure about the iron test, I really don't eat red meat...(I just don't like it much)

Oh I had a pretty sweet mail day. I won $160 worth of baby food from Earth's Best Organic I signed up for the Earth's Best Month of Baby Food Sweepstakes so I could get coupons in the mail and well I won! Yea!!!! I never win anything!

Well it's getting kinda cool her at night so I've started working on a little sweater for Gooey. I've finished the back and am about 1/2 done with the front. Oh and I finely got printer ink and have printed out the swatch for MS4....haven't knit it yet...but atleast it's printed!

Well that's all I got for now...I'll get the U/S pics scaned in one of these days...

Friday, August 08, 2008

OMFG I have FOs

Don't pass out people, but I have something to show you...well 2 things.

First up we have that baby blanket I finished last week.

Baby Blanket

The pattern is from the Lions Brand website, nothing special..yarn is from Joanns...don't remember the name..

Next we have a Dumpling Bag from the Fall IK that I got yesterday.

Pre felted

Dumpling Bag

I finished it last night and felted is this morning, it's still wet and packed with bags...

Dumpling bag
I used yarn, I think it was felting wool...don't remember. For the flowers and vines I used leftover Patons and Cascade. For the rings I used bone beads from one of my vintage necklaces. I really like it and will use it this fall!

I'm waiting on my printer ink to come so I can swatch for MS4...I hope it gets here soon...

Monday, August 04, 2008

Yes I know I suck...

I'm just a bad little blogger! I've finely uploaded pics of Gooey's birthday party...5th bday
She picked out the rainbow cake all by her self, and it was pretty good!

Let's see....I finished knitting the baby blanket I was working on, no pictures...have to get some of those. I'm working on some washcloths for favors for the baby shower in Sept. We have all that soap that Dh made so I thought they'd make great favors :)

Swawn is doing great, I'm getting huge! It's like I popped again...I'll have to get pics of the belly again... I have another U/S next week so I'll post pics then. Hope she's still a she :)

We're really starting to get things ready. We pulled the books and cleaned our stuff from her closet. We need to paint, not sure what colors we are going to do...It depends on if I'm going to get a bedding set, don't know if I wanta spend the money on something she won't really use...We only have a few big baby things to get. The breast pump that I will order tomorrow. I'm going with the Lansinoh after going around and around about what one to get... We still need the crib mattress and a swing (I found a cute sheepy one at target that I HAVE to have). The rest is just little stuff that we can pick up here and there.

Lets see what else...Oh I signed up for MS4 I hoping this year to really knit it. I finished MS2. I've picked out my yarn, KnitPicks Shadow in Spring Green and I ordered some beads in brown...I hope they work :)

Well that all I've got for you! Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I'm alive...

Nothing much going on right now...I closed down my other shop, I'm just not feeling it right now...but you will beable to find some of my goodies at here very soon. This is my friends shop, she has some neat stuff so you should check it out. I may or may not reopen the This and That shop...I don't know. But I can tell you the yarn will be back! I miss it already and have already started thinking about the reopening.

I have been working on a baby blanket for Spawn...No pics yet...I just lazy, sorry..I've been spending a little to much time playing with Plurk and cleaning the house...not sure whats up with that...

Gooey is going to be 5 on Sunday...I can't believe it! Wow.

Well that all I've got for you now!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I have stuff to show you!

A real post YEA!

Lets start with the baby bell bottoms
baby pants
Same as the green ones a made a longggg time ago. I Swish DK. I really do like this pattern, I't just took me forever to finish them.


This is 4 of the 8oz of merino/seacell I got from my SSP last round. I'ts not washed or blocked. I finished this a few months ago and just pulled it off the bobbin. I plan on spinning up the rest and dying it...Clap maybe???
There is 383ish yards, Dk wt I think.

I'm also plying the blue superwash on the wheel right now, I can only do a little at a time till the baby gets mad and starts kicking me...I don't think she likes how I sit when I spin. It is easier then it was a month ago, She was really high.

Ok I think that it for now....:)

Monday, July 07, 2008

ahhhh wow I'm lazy...

I'm alive...not doing much of anything really. I haven't been knitting really at all, I have another pair of the baby bell bottoms on the needles, just 6 more rows and I can BO...I'm just not in the mood. Now that my computer is down stairs I don't even go in the room with all my yarn. I have started cleaning it up, I have too. We have to move the bookshelves out of Spawn's room and they are going in the office. sigh...I hate cleaning..

Well all my inventory is gone from the yarn shop and I closed it early. I can't believe everything sold so quick! Because of that I was able to order my car seat, pack-n-play and bouncy seat. I got the car seat from BRU, (free shipping) and the pack-n-play and bouncy seat from amazon (free shipping and super sale on bouncy seat).The pack-n-play came today, Gooey and I put it together to see what it looked like. I'm happy, I was going to get one of those ones with the changing table and stuff, but I don't think I'd use it. This one is pretty much the same as Gooey's and hers worked just fine.

Oh here is a pic of Gooey on her new swing set.
slide fun time
and her with the fireworks...

I have pics of some of the fireworks...but they're not on the computer yet...

Well were thinking about homeschooling her...I just don't know if I can send her to these schools....I don't know what were going to do yet. I'm having a really hard time finding info non-faith based homeschooling. All the groups in my area are religious, and well that not my thing. I think I'm going to work on getting as much info as I can find then go to the orientation for the magnet school we got Gooey into and go from there. She's going to be 5 this month and in MI you don't have to send you kid to school till they are 6. Sigh...well Gooey would like her mommy slave to get her a snack...must go:)

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Well I've taken final markdowns on everything that is left in the yarn shop. I will be closing it Aug 1st! But don't worry I'll be back in the new year!!!

I'm still not sure when I'll close the other shop....most likely closer to my due date, I have a bigger inventory over there. I just don't see myself spinning much more yarn at this point, spawn is just getting too big for me to beable to spin...damn kid :)

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Does anyone know????

How to pull files off a computer you can't turn on..... I'm lost without all my knitting patterns...there all stuck on my other computer. I have stuff on there that that I just can seem to find, sigh... I really like my new computer, but man I'm all messed up, I'm not working on my shops as much and haven't even installed my printer yet....all that stuff is upstairs.

I been knitting a little, no pictures, but I've been working on a pair of baby pants to match some onies I found on sale. I really need to get a picture of the super cool Misfits one I found. It will be super cute on Spawn. Oh she has a name, Lilith Rose, we will call her Lilly. She's starting to really move around in there, she likes to do it when I'm playing WOW at night....I love WOW it's like crack!!! I just have the trial and that will be up soon....I'm not sure if I'll go and get the full version....It really sucks my knitting time after Gooey goes to bed.

Oh we got Gooey a really spiffy swing set, it's wood. We picked it up yesterday and still have to put it together. I really think she'll enjoy it!

That blue superwash is still sitting on my wheel unfinished....I really need to get that done and in the shop.

I just don't know where my time goes anymore.....

I did list some new rings in the other shop
I made a pretty coral and yellow one, I'll list them next week.

I'm hoping to get some knitting done this weekend....that and the swing set. Not that I'd be much help with I'm getting huge!!!! Anyway have a great weekend!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Yea! Both shops are reopened. And let me just say I LOVE wireless!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Baby Belly

20 wks

So I did it. Here is Spawn at 20wks.....

I Be Back

My computer is still all jacked up, I can't even get it to turn on....and well guess what...."What?" you say...."I didn't back up all my saved knitting patterns." NICE... Well I still have to find someone to pull my files off if the hard drive.... Dh did go out and buy me a new computer on Sat. Oh and that's a story. I was bitching because his "friend" was going to fix my computer and he flaked out twice. I was pissed. Well it was around 7pm and he said he'd take care of it. I had no clue what that meant. Well he went to a well known big boxed electronic store and picked out a laptop. (that's what I'm using now) He wanted them to hook up the router and some other techy stuff I didn't want to deal with. They said it would be done by open on Sunday at the latest. I'm thinking, Cool I can reopen my shops on Monday, check my email, etc... Well we go to pick up the thing on Sunday and their power was out. Ok, I'm thinking, no big deal, it's paid for and it should be done we should be able to get it....Yea NO. Ok I was pissed. So Monday rolls around. No power, No computer. Tuesday I have to go to the mall anyway...No Power, Call to Corp. Have computer. It's not done, they didn't get the Router installed. So I have to take it back and have them do it. Sigh. I'm making Dh take it this weekend and stay there till it's done. I'd install the router myself, but fuck we paid for it. So, just in case, the shops will reopen as soon as I get my computer back AGAIN. LOVE IT!

So that is the story of my computer drama.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Spawn's a Girl

It's a Girl

spawn 19 wks

So I'm having another girl :) Very cool! Now I have to think of girl names, I had some pretty sweet boy names. She's doing good and the tests came back fine.

Well I have to make this short, my computer is overheating and I have to take her apart, so I'll be offline for atleast the night, maybe longer...I've closed the shops, thanks to my friend Kath!! They should be back online on Monday at the latest.

Ok gotta go :)

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Another Week Gone..

Really what do I do?

This week was kinda crappy out so we didn't spend much time outside. I did finely get Gooey's playroom cleaned up. Man is she bad a putting her stuff away. It took me all day to get most of it done, we still have to reset up the Barbie house.

I've been knitting Dh's man socks, almost to the toe on the one...Spinning a bit, some baby blue superwash merino for the shop. It's getting harder to spin with the baby belly. And, Dude am I sleepy all the time. I should get a belly pic of these days. Oh next Thr we get to find out what Spawn is, pretty cool!

I did make a few thing for the other are a few pics :)

Black As Night So I have a thing for rings, there so easy to make and cute!
A Peony For Your Finger
A Rose For Your Finger

I made couple pairs of earrings too....

Saturday, May 24, 2008


Here is the knitting post I told you about last week...Really I'm not sure what I do all week, I really should be able to blog more...

Up first we have a Montego Bay Scarf from the summer 07 IK. I'm using ArtYarns Royal Silk. I've had this yarn around for over a year, I got it CHEAP from Knithappens when they closed down their online store. I think I paid $11 a skein or something like that, as pretty as this yarn is I don't think I'd ever pay full price. Anyway I've tryed selling it and trading it and now I found a use for it.

Montego Bay Scarf
I really like how easy this pattern is! I don't know if I'll ever wear it...I mean I never go anywhere...I don't think I need silk to go to Wal-Mart....:)

Blue Bell and MBS

Here is a close up of the yarn (and a pair of earrings I made) OHHHHH SHINY!!!!! I love to just pet the scarf!!!

And now we have the man socks... well Sock
Man Sock

These are for DH for fathers day.....not like he should get anything...I got a match box car that Gooey lost for both my Birthday and Mothers day....NICE. Really I don't care...atleast Gooey picked out the match box car.

I'm only showing you these because I think they are super cool...
Maple...Bling for your ears

I love those colors together!!!!!

Well have a great holiday weekend! Till next time :)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

As The Tree Falls Part 2

So I've spent most of the week working on getting the tree down. Kind hard with only a hand saw. But I did get alot of the little stuff cut up :) I've also found time this week to work on someother stuff...

First up...

Handspun Sock BFL Gooey Here is that BFL in Gooey all 440 yards of it!

I also made 5 sets of these...all in different colors :)

Flowers For Your Hair

And this, another button Cha-Cha Bracelet..

Button Cha-Cha Bracelet Blue

And then this one in green..
Button Cha-Cha Green

I've also have been knitting, and I promise next post it will be all about it!!!