Friday, October 26, 2007

What is my world coming too?

I'm being deprived again... this time the video card (I think) has crapped out.  DH better get it fixed soon.  He's sent me on a mission to get canned air sometime today.. like that will help.  It's been acting up all summer.  I guess if he's got to get in there to replace it though, he might as well blow it out. 
I'm at the In-law's right now.  I'm supposed to be doing my last homework assignment for my windows class that's due today (final exam is due by Monday) but instead I'm cruising the web for general knitting stuff.
On the knitting front, I've done my first magic loop project.  I started the Fetching mits for my bro and didn't feel like digging out the dpns (they are a ghastly 7" long).  I'm likin' it.  Just ordered a few 32" sock size  Harmony circs from Knitpicks.  Can't wait to play w/ those!  I'm hoping they make all the holiday knitting I have planned go a little quicker.  Another bonus - no ladder to be seen on the mits!  Hooray!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

My mom, the hero

I heard a commercial the other day that had a website for mom's looking for a job w/ a flexible schedule. So, I had to check it out - to my dissapointment, it was for a fast food chain. (I'm not going to give you the website cause I really don't think it's deserving of promoting, but see my title to this entry and I think you'll get the jest of it, just leave out the punctuation.) Not that there is anything wrong w/ working at a fast food chain, but unless I really want to be the size of a blimp one day, I think it's better that I stay away.
This mom really is a hero though. Why you ask? I tolk the boys camping w/out DH! I put up the tent in the dark (forgot to take pics to prove it was really up) and froze my toush off while sleeping (I still have the cold to prove it). It was for the Trails West Council Annual Family Campout at Highland Silver Lake.
We had a great time. We got there Friday night after dinner and was only there till 12n Saturday. Our pack camped together so we had our own little fire pit and the boys roasted hot dogs Friday evening. Then Sat. they had archery (Q got a bullseye - what luck!) and fishing (P caught a fish, all by himself) and a nature walk. It was a chili weekend but oh so much fun!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

I must have had to much cold medicine....

or something cause that last post was a total downer. What the hey was wrong w/ me? I'll try to keep this more on an upnote though.

I sent off my "Look Charlie Brown, It's a Weenie" secret pal swap yesterday, and a little something for the host of the swap. She had to drop out, so one of the girls in the swap decided to organize a special RAK for her - so nice!

Anyway, here's what I sent off - I hope it's enough.

  • 1 skein Trekking XXL that I was saving for my Mad Color Weave Socks (do I see a trip to the yarn store in my future?)
  • IK Holiday Knits 2007
  • ME's Home Companion that I was finished w/ (Oct issue)
  • A few recipes
  • Lots of Candy, Including a cute little Pez skeleton head :)
  • Some glow sticks
  • Dark Chocolate
  • More Dark Chocolate
  • Assorted Teas and Cocoa's

Closeup of papercrafts that I made for her (journal w/ pens, card set w/ envies, darning needles in matchbook and a Halloween card for her)

The goodies I sent off to the host. I sent the same papercrafted items and some candy.

I can't wait to get my package from my SP. She's sent me a few messages, teasing and taunting me (hehe). Waiting is oh so hard.

I have an almost complete pair of Jaywalkers. I'm sooooo glad I'm almost done w/ them. I'm afraid I'm going to have to put them on the back burner though so I can make my bro's b-day gift. I need it done by Sunday and the crazy thing is I want to make one for him and his gf for HIS b-day. Dashing for him, Fetching for her. I made my Fetching in about 2 days, so I should be able to do this.

I'll probably be posting again today w/ pics from our campout and the punkin farm. Maybe tomorrow?

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Being sick really sucks

I started coming down w/ a cold sometime Tuesday evening.  Actually, I was feeling a little froggy during choir practice on Monday night, but that's not all that unusual for me since I sing WAY too loud.  Some of the songs for our Christmas Concert have some really high unison parts and some higher alto parts, so I think that puts a strain on my voice too.  I should just take the unison parts easy and let the sopranos take their lead (the one's in our choir seem to like to do that), but I don't... I belt it out like there is no tomorrow, probably sounding like crap the whole time, but it's great fun anyway.
So Tuesday after we picked up P from school, we went to the park and played for about an hour.  I started the Monkey socks (they are frogged already though :(  while they played.  It was such a pretty day out too.  Not too windy, not too hot, not too cold and not rainy.  We had homemade crunchy tacos for dinner.  I took P to scouts.  Somewhere in there, I started sniffling and sneezing my head off.  I also had a test in CIS 164 that was due by 1159p.  I fumbled my way through that.  Once my cold hit, I quickly became exhausted.
Now I have homework due for my Windows class tomorrow, design team pages to finish and turn in to the store and my Charlie Brown SP package to get out.  All I feel like doing is laying in bed.  P doesn't have school tomorrow (P/T conferences) but Q does so I still have to get up, get myself and 2 boys dressed and get out of the house at the usual time.  I just feel like sleeping and knitting, and watching Greys Anatomy of course.  
I should be in bed... I want to be in bed.  But I'm here, and I want to be here too.  I'm finding myself in this weird limbo lately that I want to be known.  I'm not even sure what I mean by that either.  This might just be the cold medicine talking too. 
When I started this blog it was just for me.  I thought I'd post a few thoughts.  It seemed like a good place to actually create my journaling for my scrapbook pages.  I could write everything when it happened, and then when I was ready to create a page, all I had to do was print it all out.  I find myself scrapping less and less all the time.  And that makes me feel guilty.  Do I just get rid of all the scrapbook stuff... do I hang on to it and try to be better about organizing so I'll want to crop more?  Do I make a schedule, crop this day, knit this day? 
And I find myself weirded out about this whole blog thing.  Do I want others to read it, or do I want to keep it all for me.  I don't mind sharing my address w/ strangers, but I haven't given it out to any of my family and most of my friends.  What's holding me back.  I don't get personal so what's to be afraid of.  And why don't I get personal?  What's the real harm.  Am I afraid of being judged?  Probably so.  Why do I care what other people think of me?  Why am I still this 3rd grader at a new school stuck in a 32 year old's body? 

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Info for RAK

  • Anything merino (I love Malabrigo)
  • sock yarn, superwash is nice, but not necessary
  • anything handmade
  • 16" circs, either Addi Turbo or Knitpicks Harmony (I have sizes #3, #7, #8 & #10.5)
  • pretty stitch markers - I have sock sized ones already, would really like some #8's
  • Coffee Pods - hazelnut is my fav!
  • Chocolate is always nice, the darker the better
  • any knitting pattern you are in love w/ - also, I would like to start collecting some of
  • super cool buttons - fancy, wood, vintage, handmade, toggle - anything goes!
  • I collect H's (as in the letter)
  • a Mini Kacha-Kacha row counter
  • Back issues of Interweave Knits, Knitscene or Rebecca in English

I'm on a burnt orange kick right now. Also love pink, green, blue... pretty much any color. Not a huge fan of purple, but don't mind dark plums so much.

fragrances - (i.e. candles, lotions) I like scents that are clean or fruity. Not crazy about floral or musky scents. Vanilla and dessert scents are always good too - although they can sometimes make me want dessert, and that is not a good thing.

Since my Weenie asked, the boys are going to be Darth Vader (little guy) and a Clone trooper (big guy) for Halloween this year. I'm super excited cause they have never co-ordinated their costumes b-4 and their choices somewhat reflect their personalities. LG is a bit of a bully and BG tends to take orders pretty well.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Too Many WIPs

I finished my first Jaywalker sock Saturday night and cast on for the second Sunday. I'm about 2 inches into the pattern, and I'm just so bored w/ it right now. Considering that it was not really what I wanted to be working on, I've told myself it's ok to put it aside for now. So today, I cast on for Cookie A's BFF socks. I've been wanting to make these since March, so I thought I earned the right now. The pattern is no longer on the blog, but I've heard that it was moved to Ravelry - of which I am still waiting for my invitation to join. I seem to have either failed to print the last page or lost it, but that's ok, cause I'm doing it toe-up now. In order to keep me in check from now on, I've decided to make a list of the top 10 socks I would like to work on next. That is not to say, that I prolly WILL feel the need to expand this to the top 15 or 25 or 50 socks I want to work on, but let's start from here. They are, of course, in no particular order.

  1. Zokni Socks - these are so pretty, I'm thinking KP Gloss
  2. Cornucopia - I love the spiraling action. I might splurge and buy some of their yarn for this. I've been drooling over their website (ok, my keyboard) for at least a month now.
  3. Fred & George - I would love to do this up for my bro and his gf. I think it would be so funny for it to look like that they have on each other's socks.. hehe!
  4. Phineas - This and F&G are both Quietish patterns - she seems to love Harry Potter as much as I do and I love that. I might actually do these up in something more pricey than my normal KnitPicks favs, I love these so much. Not that there is anything wrong w/ KP though.
  5. Monkey - I'm planning on doing these in some KP's yarn that I am going to dye myself. My order should get here tomorrow so let's see how long I can hold off b4 casting these on. This is another pattern that I've been wanting to make for a while now.
  6. Mad Color Weave - I love these so much that I might have to get some bank-breaking Koigu to work these up in, or maybe Tofutsies?
  7. Elfine's Socks - This might win out for the pattern of choice for my St. Pat's socks. I will prolly do my own hand-dying for these also.
  8. Rhodie Gus Socks - I think I'll make em longer than the ones in the pic. I love the cable and lace combo - oh, and do I detect a bit of the Jaywalker pattern, just a hint maybe?
  9. Hedgerow Socks - these are so pretty, maybe the 2nd runner up for the St. Pat's socks. If Elfine's is not able to fulfill it's term, then you are the one. Either way, you will be mine, oh yes, you will be mine!
  10. Uzume - I love the airiness of the lace pattern on these. And look, they used KP's yarn, my fav! hehehe! and it's KP Gloss... same yarn I made Coupling in.... love it!
To add to my knitting woes (there's no crying in knitting though) Q is expecting a pair of sock and he wants them like yesterday which means I'll have to make P a pair too. I might cheat and do up one of the patterns I found on lion brands website w/ some wool-ease. They use #5 dpns so they should be pretty quick knits, I hope. Of course, they want them in like every color under the rainbow... these should be some pretty interesting socks! For now, Q is getting navy, red and grey stripes and P is getting grey, green and orange, I think. At least, that's what I want to make them. They are also asking for new hats...

Friday, October 05, 2007

a few FO's!

This time tomorrow I will be an aunt... again! My SIL is being induced as we speak, her due date was Oct 1st, so she was more than ready and willing for some help from the Dr. I had told myself that I would not be knitting anything for this baby, but I had a long talk with myself and decided I was being unreasonable. I am so pleased w/ the outcome. I just kinda whipped the pattern up - just a simple 3x3 rib for 8 rows, one purl row and the rest stockinette. I should have started my decreases a bit sooner. I even took about 7 rows out using a tutorial I found when I first started knitting and thought - man that looks hard, but it really wasn't. Fortunately, I remembered how to do it, cause now I can't find the tutorial. I thought it was on, but who knows. You basically just decide what row you want to frog back to and pick up the stitches in that row. Then rip away w/ careless abandon. When you get to the stitches you just picked up, you won't be able to unravel anymore ( unless you tug really, really hard - I guess) The little flowers are just something I came up w/ too. They are crocheted. The real trick was making sure the whole in the middle would accomidate the button. The yarn is Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. It was a quick knit. I did it in about a day's worth of knitting, which usually includes a lot of stopping and starting up again, but if I had to guess it prolly took about 5-6 hours.

Next is Shedir. It's actually been finished for quite some time. It's for my aunt that was diagnosed w/ breast cancer early this summer. I finished it sometime right before her second chemo treatment and unfortunately did not give it to her until her second to the last treatment. I was really dissapointed w/ the obvious difference in color when I switched to a new ball of yarn. I used the yarn recomended - Rowan Calmer and the ball band SAID that they were the same dye lot, but obviously they were not. She loved it anyway and was amazed that I made it. The Debbie Bliss for the baby hat was supposed to be for my Shedir, but I was not happy w/ the way the gauge swatch looked and decided that I really should try to get over my obssession w/ pink. I ordered some KnitPicks dk merino this week to work mine up in. Of course, it's raspberry so I guess I'm a lost cause.

Lastly is this adorable little bag. It needs a good haircut and I'm planning on lining it (I hate unstructured bags - unless it's just a reg. old tote bag, but this bag screams for structure, and a lining w/ a stiff facing is the only way to achieve this). I used Pattons SWS in Natural Geranium. I bought it last year to make a felted bag and never finished it. I have enough left to make another like this. This is the purl side and I think it's going to be the outside of the bag. The handle is a bit floppier than I had anticipated so it will get lined to, somehow. I've been pondering how to accomplish this all week. Another quick knit. I could have completed this in about 4-5 hours, but worked on it a little all week. I also worked mine in the round untill I got to the bottom shapping and then worked back and forth. I think if I make another I will do it the same way, but either use a circ. needle that's short enough to work the bottom in the round or work each side of the bottom individually. I also kitchnered the bottom seam shut instead of a 3-needle bind-off. I do love kitchnering and was too lazy to get up and go get a spare needle to do the 3nbo. It's currently drying and blocking over P's lunch box and in the future it will be my sock knitting bag. I hope it dries soon! I can't wait start using it.

I think mom and I are going to E-ville tomorrow to the Goshen Market. We've been wanting to do this for the past few years and just keep on forgetting or putting it off or something. I'm not really sure what to expect, but I know there will be baked goods! A friend of her's brings her flax seed cookies sometimes from the market. I think there may be produce and I'm guessing handcrafted items too. I can't wait to put my crocheted grocery bag to the use I intended it for.

Oh, here's a little preview - guess what my 3 1/2 year old niece is going to be for Halloween? I don't remember Gene Simmons ever wearing pink nail polish though.