Monday, July 31, 2006
The nighty is almost 10 inches long now. Pictures soon.
The baby kimono is at a stand still because I keep forgetting to bring in more yarn for it. I'm too obsessed with the nighty right now.
I started a new sweater, which I really am considering ripping out. I need a good pattern for a sport weight superwash merino that is fuschia and some lavendar.
I took a ton of pictures this weekend for a camera club competition. It's A-Z on a disposable camera. A is for automobile, B for bridge, etc. I'm on N for Neon now. We have to turn the cameras in later in August so they can be developed.
Pazzo's Pub has 37 beers on tap. Newcastle is very good...I may never drink a Bud again if I have the option. DBF got the sampler there and it came with 4 mini beers to try. I just went with Guiness. Newcastle tastes similar, but less bitter and slightly more carbonated. They're both good.
Beer makes certain club gatherings much more tolerable. Guiness on an empty stomach can lead to dizziness.
A Scanner Dark is a strange independent film. Keaneu Reeves makes a much better animated character actor than he does a real actor.
I think that about wraps up the weekend. DBF and I were both tired, so we didn't do all that much. Sometimes lazy weekends are good though. Guess I better end the lazy weekend and get to work now.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
So I ordered the wrapper, with extra ranch dipping sauce, and prepared for the heat. It didn't come on strong at first, but by the end of the first wrap, it hit. And it continued to hit for the rest of the night.
But it was worth it. It tasted good and it was so worth it. I took a prilosec before hand so that I wouldn't wind up in the ER. After dinner, I went to Walmart and picked up 3 plastic bins to start packing up my yarn and stuff. Yes, I will be moving in a couple of weeks. I have a ton of crap to get together before then. I'll manage though. I doubt I can get all my yarn in one bin, but maybe with some cramming it will be possible. We'll see.
You want WIPs? I don't have any recent pictures, but how about some old ones that blogger wouldn't let me load before?
Baby Kimono number 2. This has greatly grown since last picture and now has a full side done. Oh well, you get the idea of the color and pattern.
MDK Nighty as held by DBF. It's hard to tell, but there is a lace pattern in there amidst all the blur. It's also grown greatly since then. I'll get more pictures soon.
That's it for today. I might finish the kimono today if I'm ambitious enough during lunch. And if I don't run out of yarn here at work. That might be the big limiting factor.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
So I crocheted two inches of a baby blanket. Yep, my cousin is going to have a fully stocked baby room by the time I'm through. She'll have three kimonos...two cotton, one sari silk (that one is more or less a baby jacket rather than something to just throw on the kid)...a baby blanket...and a bunch of amigurumi animals.
Now the little girl to be also has a big brother. So I feel that he needs something as well, because I'm sure he'll want his own presents when his mommy opens up stuff for her baby shower and he's there. So I'm going to make little stuffed dinosaurs for him. They're cute and easy, and I have a ton of crappy acrylic yarn that just screams to be made into toys for children to obliterate.
As for poker last night, I once again sucked. I just don't seem to do well on Monday nights for some reason. I guess it's a good thing that the league is free. They do have good drinks though. I always end up getting Malibu coconut rum and diet coke for my drink. It tastes nice and sweet and is loaded with alcohol, what else is there to need?
I now have 3.5 inches done on the MDK After Dark nightgown in black Euroflax. I'm just wanting to get the rest of the lace done so I can go to straight stockinette. I'm surprised that I want to do whole rows of knit and purl, but it's what the yarn has done to me. Hell, I'd be happy working garter stitch right now...speaking of, I'm 1/2 way done with the second baby kimono in that purple lavendar color. I'm getting tired of blogger not letting me upload pictures. It seems like the days where I don't need to have pictures, it'll let me load just fine. But days where I actually want to show some WIPs, it freezes up on me. Figures. I'm glad I'm not the only one who is affected though. The people over at You Knit What? keep having problems too.
I guess that's all for today since I can't post pictures. You can always click on the link I have to the right for my flickr pictures. I try to keep that pretty up to date. I know it at least has the lavendar kimono and the MDK After dark nighty on there under WIPS.
Monday, July 24, 2006
No knitting this weekend. I didn't feel much like doing anything, yesterday especially. DBF and I went to see Superman Returns and RV this weekend. Superman was pretty good, RV was good because we waited until the dollar movie to go see that one.
We played Magic on Friday. I of course sucked. DBF didn't do so well either, but he at least made the top 16 cut. I started out good, winning my first match, but then I lost from there. At least the losses were to good players, but it still sucks to lose.
I'm too tired to type any more. I've gotta get a few things done at work, then I might just scoot out of here and go home to sleep. Blah.
Friday, July 21, 2006
So, camera club last night was not that great. Seems like the majority of the people in the club want to nix the competition part of it because they don't win, er, learn from it. I enjoy the competition part of the club, even in months when I don't enter or don't win anything, because I get to see lots of interpretations of a certain theme. This month's was People in the Street, so we had everything from parades to Peruvian women walking in a cloud of incense for a festival (a personal favorite of mine, but I may be partial since it was DBF's), to a couple kissing in the grass by a street. So, all these new people show up last night and propose that we change the whole format of the club because meetings take too long and they have to drive a long way home.
First, meetings take too long because the speakers speak too long. They should keep their talk to 45 minutes, an hour at most, but last night the speaker spoke for an hour and a half! That's too long for this club. If the speaker is really interesting, I don't mind, but I really didn't learn anything last night aside from the camera club is aggravating.
OK, now to WIPs. I know you wanted actual knitting content, so here you go. Here's the latest FO: a crappy garter stitch scarf that is pretty short, but it's made out of the yarn that I spun myself. I'm pleased with it. I don't care if it's crappy or not.
Next is the latest baby kimono in progress. I love how the sugar and cream looks and feels. It makes me want a sweater made out of this stuff...Oh look, blogger won't let me post any more pictures for now...lovely. I guess you will get to see the others on Monday, or during lunch today if I need a break from opening all the God-packs of Magic :oP Sorry folks, I will get these pictures up. They're on my computer at least...I'll add them to my flickr site too, so click the link to the right that shows my pictures and they'll be there.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Go to Autozone and get a new battery of course! With all the heat we've been having here recently, the battery on my car finally kicked the bucket. After looking at the year, it wasn't surprising. The dumb thing was 7 years old. Oh well.
I made some progress last night on my nightgown from Mason Dixon Knitting. I've got an inch and a half of lace done on the front panel now, so it's coming along. Very pretty, very easy lace too. However, on tuesday I thought it was looking good and then I realized I dropped a YO stitch and it had unravelled to the very bottom, so frogged it was. Hopefully no more frogging will have to occur with this project. Hey, I'm optimisitic.
Today, Coldsnap comes out for me and DBF. Because we wholesale it, we get it a day before it's released. The gamer geek in me has come out again and must shout from the rooftops. I don't know how good this set will be, but by God, I'll play with it and build a snow covered land deck or something retarded like that. I don't seem to be doing too great with deckbuilding here recently. Maybe that will change.
Along with the order of Coldsnap, we will be getting in some Clout Fantasy (it's a throwing game played with poker chips that have really cool artwork on them and stats for the creatures) and a Settlers of Catan board game. DBF and I have been wanting the boardgame for a while and finally figured out we could get it wholesale.
I am skipping the farmer's market today at lunch. Instead, I wanted to work on the nightgown. Besides, my grandparents are going there and they asked if I wanted anything from there, so I let them know my usual list. As long as it includes white peaches and that organic hydroponic strawberry guy's wares, I'm happy. Our garden is now producing enough beans for this end of the state and the zuchinni is going crazy. I've heard the tomatoes are coming in, but since I don't like tomatoes, I'm not too interested in that.
Tonight is camera club too, so I had to go rummage through all my slides last night to find some pictures that would work. The category is People in the Street. That's pretty wide open, so I've got my pictures and we'll see how it goes.
I should probably get some work done. I would rather be knitting right now...
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
MDK Baby Kimono: Finished except for buttons. I'm adding two buttons to the thing to be an eye catcher. Made with three balls of sari silk.
Do you recognize this yarn? It's the yarn I spun myself. It's being made into a garter stitch scarf to show off some of the thick and thin parts to it. No changes in any of the other WIPs.
Yarn purchase part one...sugar and cream plus two skeins baby coordinates for a blanket
Part Two...New England Highland Wool in Bermuda and a green color and Euroflax.
Part Three...Merino sock yarn hand dyed.
And Part Four...a new ball winder.
Lastly, I leave you with what yarn vomit looks like...
That is really expensive Euroflax in a giant knot. Yippee...
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Please stop following me home. I know that Meijer has put you on sale this week for only a dollar, but please, I really have enough of you now.
I know that you make lovely baby clothes, especialy in cute shades like these:
I now have enough to make a week's worth of clothes, bibs, and washcloths, so please, stop following me home. I'm getting stares as I walk in the door because of you.
Seriously though, Meijer put the stuff on sale for a buck a ball, so I broke my once a month yarn aquisition rule so that I could pick up some stuff to make baby items out of. the purple is making a very cute baby kimono even as I type. I also started the Nightgown from Mason Dixon Knitting. I hope it turns out nicely. I'll have pictures tomorrow to actually show my WIPs and a new FO. DBF lent me his camera so that I could take a few snapshots of the stuff.
Does anyone want to donate a digital camera to me? I can't afford to get one, nor do I want to buy one unless it's an SLR, but I will take a donation :oP I can trade yarn for it!
I took the GRE last night and my instant score was an 1100. It's not bad, not great, so it's nice and average. It should let me slip under the radar of the grad school at least. I really don't want to go back to school, but with the job market the way it is, I guess I better try and solidify a job for myself. I'd much rather be travelling the world right now...preferably somewhere cooler than here.
I'm finally going to SnB again tonight. I haven't been able to go for nearly a month now, so I need to go stitch and bitch some tonight. Plus I want some baked brie and I've been craving that for some time now.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Yep, today I go and take the GRE. I'm not looking forward to the test in any way shape or form, but I have to take it if I want a chance at getting into grad school here at the local university. If I want to have a better chance of keeping my job in the future, then I need to go get a MS in Geology. I have a BA in anthropology (should have been a BS, but I got screwed over by an advisor). Anyways, I get to go take a freaking 4 hour test come tonight and I'm not happy about it.
I did finish the baby kimono yesterday afternoon, so I'm happy about that. Meijer also made the mistake of putting sugar and cream on sale for a buck a ball, so I bought 8 balls of that to make another couple of baby kimonos for the little girl on the way. My cousin will regret the day she told me she was having a baby :oP
This weekend was spent in the car, picking up DBF's aunt a few hours away and then driving her back to town. After the road trip, we went to see Much Ado About Nothing at the arboretum. It was all right, but it wasn't as good as some of the other plays they have done. Somehow old English set in 1930s Sicily just didn't quite work. They should have adapted the language to their setting, but they didn't. Oh well. Next week is the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, so I'm excited about seeing that one.
I'll try to get some pictures up here soon, I swear. Maybe after tomorrow once I get done with this damn GRE test. I think I need a drink...
Friday, July 14, 2006
DBF won another poker tournament last night. He's getting all kinds of prizes for winning these things too! I wish I could do better. I'm lucky if I hit final table. I guess I need to play more conservative over there.
I ordered a ball winder off ebay and I'm hoping that it will get here today. I need to wind up all that Euroflax so that I can get the nightgown on the needles. I'd like to finish that sucker before it turns cold again.
People who won prizes in my diabetes awareness contest, you're stuff is being mailed out today. Sorry for the delay. I've just been slow about this. You should get the stuff in a few days.
Better get to it.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
|Your Inner European is Swedish!|
Relaxed and peaceful.
You like to kick back and enjoy life.
Things always seem to come up, so it's mid-July and I just now made it over there. It may have been good that I waited this long. I bought far too much yarn. 11 skeins to be exact. They had New England Highland Wool for a very reasonable price, so of course I bought 6 skeins of that. The two colors are called High Bermuda and High Loden Blue. Bermuda is an aqua color and the loden is more of a green from what I could tell. They will be going to make the plate tectonics scarf which can be found here.
I also bought 5 hanks of black Euroflax to make the nightgown from Mason Dixon Knitting. I've been wanting to make this for a while now, but just hadn't picked up the yarn for it, so when I saw the stuff, I had to buy it. I really liked the black color, so thought that I would try my hand at that. The pattern for that can be found in:
I'm enjoying making many things from this book. Between it and my Morehouse Farm book, I think they are my two favorites. Once I get in the mood to cable, I'm sure Inspired Cable Knits will be up there too.
After going to the yarn store after work, I went and played disc golf with DBF. I was in a really weird mood last night. It was like I wanted to do stuff, but I was so physically drained that I didn't want to do anything. So I made myself go out and play, and I'm glad that I did now. I need all the exercise I can get to help me drop the weight. I'm down 2.4 on my first week back on weight watchers. I'm in a much better mood today now at least. I blame hormones. But can't all women blame hormones? :oP
That's it for now. It's time to start getting stuff together since the week is coming to an end. Today is farmer's market day at work, so hopefully it will stop raining by lunch time!
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Will I still be going to the yarn store?
And for some random musings, I got to thinking about yarn diets versus real ones. Here are my thoughts:
When splurging on a regular diet, you go and buy a 75 cent candy bar.
When splurging on a yarn diet, you go buy 70 dollar merino hand spun, hand-dyed.
Winner: Regular Diet
When emotional on a regular diet, you go and gorge yourself on whatever food.
When emotional on a yarn diet, you go fondle yarn.
Winner: Yarn Diet
When you lose weight, you get excited about being skinnier.
When you de-stash yarn, you feel the impulse to have your stash grow again.
Winner: Regular Diet
When you go down a dress size, you celebrate with new clothes.
When you de-stash, you buy more yarn.
That's all I can think of right now. I'm less than 25 minutes away from running away screaming from work and heading to the yarn store. The thought of new yarn excites me and the thought of getting to play disc golf or just hang out with DBF after that excites me even more :oP
Kim came up with the idea. She was supposed to go while I was gone on vacation and give a report back to the Wednesday SnB group at lunch. She wasn't able to go, so the field trip began to take hold in her mind. I got a call from Kim and she threw the idea out at me.
Have I ever turned down a trip to a yarn store when I was physically able to go?....
I have not bought any yarn for this month. I allow myself one purchase a month in requirement to my stashalong committment. Last month I had a 10 unit stash reduction, so I'll try not to blow the net loss this time. Now that I think back on all that I made last month, no wonder I'm having slight burnout. I worked on too much crap. Now I am just lazilly working on a lace stole that no one will be able to tell is lace (damn chenille), but I will know that it is there and hopefully with a ton of blocking, some people might be able to tell. If not, they might wonder why I have a few holes in my stole.
What I have discovered is that my needles are too small for this project. I should have accounted for the fluffy factor of chenille and then increased the needle size. But no, I was drunk when I cast this thing on I think. I'm not even sure when I cast it on...yep, must have been some alcohol involved there.
I will have the full report on the new LYS. Hopefully it's as good as K1P1, but I'm not getting my hopes up. It has to be better than Stitch Niche, so maybe this will be my new shop. I'm tired of online yarn shopping. I need to fondle me some yarn.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
OK, I'm not as sore as I thought I would be today after my first true venture back into exercise (disc golf doesn't count since it's a sport. Exercise has to be different for me...I'm weird.). Last night I went out with my friend Rebecca and joined her for Jazzercise. I wasn't quite the comic relief that I thought I would be (the girl to the upper left of me provided that), but I am still as uncoordinated as I remember being.
Grapevine? More like trip over my back leg. Heal Toe Twist? Oh where do I begin on that one?
Where's the Knit One Purl One move?
I could always ride a stationary bike so that I could knit while exercising. Of course with my coordination, I can see that yarn getting wrapped inside the bike wheel and disaster ensuing, resulting in my trip to the ER trying to explain that the reason my circulation was cut off is due to knitting while exercising. I'm sure no one would laugh at that.
One more day until I've completed my first full week back on weight watchers. I'm getting there. just gotta keep plugging along.
Well, let's see how many angry drillers I have on my voicemail today...yippee...
Monday, July 10, 2006
Why did I curse you might ask?
Two words: Dropped Stitches.
I dropped two stitches on my candle flame shawl and realized I had probably dropped them last week when out on a break. I was rather distracted and made all kinds of mistakes. So, reluctantly, I frogged it.
Yes, I could have repaired it with a crochet hook. No, I chose not to. It needed to be frogged.
So now it has been frogged back four rows. I have undone all the lace pattern I had been working on. Gone, it's gone. It will take me two lunch hours to get back to that point (curse tiny stitches). Oh well.
The butterfly flapped his wings, and I frogged my shawl. The world is now balanced again :oP
Saturday DBF and I ran away to the Coldsnap Pre-release for Magic. I don't know what to think about this new set, but there are some possibilities for sure. Just will have to explore the set more. DBF and I will have our usual case delivered in a few weeks, so let the exploring begin!
We also played disc golf on Saturday out at the local park where the pre-release was held. We did pretty good on the course too. Definitely could have been much worse.
The big accomplishment on Saturday was the fact that we went to Dairy Queen and I didn't get a blizzard...I only got a small cone. I was happy with that too. Good choices for once.
Knitting? You mean you want to hear about knitting? Well, I'm still on my hiatus. I've been too busy to sit down and work on lace. I have worked a little on Knit Picks candle flame shawl while on lunch breaks at work. It's about four inches long now, so it's trying to grow a little. Gotta love lace, it'll last you forever while you're poor. I'm making the shawl out of this:
It's space dyed cotton chenille from ebay. It's really a sport weight I think, but i decided to try the lace pattern with it and it feels like butter. Such a good feel to this yarn and it's knitting up wonderfully. I also have eight skeins of this stuff in a more worsted weight cotton chenille that I'm still trying to figure out what to make with it. Four skeins are a pale blue and the other four are a pale mint green. The colors go together, or so I'm told. Damn green/red colorblindness!
Oh, you didn't know that about me? Yep, I'm colorblind. It's really rare in females. Lucky me :oP
Any suggestions on what to do with the pastel yarn? I'm thinking washcloths for people for Christmas, but it's so nice that I feel it should be made into more. Do I really need another shawl? I don't know if there is enough for anything else though. But what about a shell?
Suggestions are welcome, I need to get at it here.
Friday, July 07, 2006
DBF and I went to play disc golf yesterday after I got off work. It's been a while since we've played since I had family in and we went on vacation. I didn't do too horrible and neither did he. I sank a put from a pretty good distance, so I was happy with that. We got some tips that did us no good from some other golfers on the course. It's hard to try out new things when you have trees in the way. Oh well.
After that, we went to play poker. Not sure how DBF did, but I sucked. I left pretty early and grabbed some food at home since I was pretty hungry after exercise and poker.
I have been on a knitting hiatus. It's been almost a week now since I've even knit a stitch. I've thought about it, I just haven't actually done anything. Am I reaching a burnout point? Nah, I've just been lazy and have had too much to do. I'll try to knit some this weekend maybe. I need to finish that baby kimono anyways.
I also found out that my cousin is having a little girl. Now I know what kind of stuff to make. I can't wait to make little outfits that are completed in a day, little hats and booties, and of course a girly dinosaur sweater of some sort :oP She can't have all pink, can she? Please for her sake, not pink everything! Give her some green, blue, red, and a whole spectrum of colors!
I'm a pretty boring person right now. Hopefully this weekend I'll accomplish some knitting that I can write about. In the meantime, I'm going to go live at Farmer's Market. I love fresh produce. And Georgia cantaloupes are wonderful this year! I have picked up 2 so far that have been shipped in from there and they are sooo sweet.
Anyways, better get something done here at work.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
66 more hours...
This is what I have been told...
On knitting news, the new issue of Knitty is up. Lots of socks and gloves and hats. I like a couple of the patterns, but I don't know how much I want to knit this issue. I'll try maybe one or two.
Magknits is also up. I really like the ballerina top. I see a knitpicks order coming up in the future.
Anyhoo, random rant there...
I'll go back to reading now...
Now let me explain, and please don't bash me for this. I'm making a generalization, but this does not always fit. A lot of gaming girls are plump. Nothing wrong with that, as long as they're happy with who they are. They flaunt what they've got and the guys definitely notice. Go gamer girls. Now, the problem is with me...I was always the skinny gamer girl. I used to always feel thin when at Origins.
Not this year...I have joined the ranks of the larger gamer girls. 230...geez, what the hell happened? OK, I know what happened...it involves snickers bars and blizzards, but that's beside the point. It's one thing to have your feelings hurt when someone buys you a pair of pants and you realize they are size 18 versus the 8 you used to wear just 4 years ago. It's an entire different animal when something you take pride in is suddenly gone. I want to be the skinny gamer chick again.
I went home last night and pulled out some pictures. I think this one sums up the whole thing:
Yep, bigger than I've ever been. There's my starting point. I cleaned out my car last night to just show myself the amount of crap that I have been eating lately. There are so many good fruits and veggies out there right now that it's summer, so blizzards will be replaced with an ice cream cone, the snickers with some fresh fruit, and I'll start eating healthier. I've already started, just gotta stick with it. I'm going to the farmers market on my lunch break to go get some good yummy foods today.
There is my random rant for today. Hopefully I didn't piss anyone off with this. I'm just not happy with myself right now, that's all.
On the bright side, if I lose weight, I can use less yarn for patterns :oP
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
But first, I know people are wondering who won the contest! Here are the four prizes that people won and to get these results, I assigned each one of you who entered a number. I then rolled a 6-sided dice to see which number came up. So, here are the results:
Lynne has won the Sari Silk!
PlumpKnitter has won the Lamb's Pride Worsted!
Frida has won the beaded stitch markers!
Ericah64 has won a 20 buck gift card to bath and body works!
Congratulations to you all. I hope that some good vibes have been raised for awareness of the disease. I'll try to get in touch with you all if I can, but if you don't have any contact info on your blog, please email me at knittingmagicgirl at gmail dot com and I'll arrange with you how to ship off your prizes! Congratulations to everyone!
Now I really need to get to work. Back from vacation and a ton to do!