Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
It's about a foot and a half long right now. It's moving along fast, which is good. I might make it in time to finish it for the weekend. We'll see. I have some time at least.
I've also been comissioned to do a Bears scarf for someone at poker. I'm thinking one of those tube-making machines will be perfect for that. I also took home the model sweater that I am supposed to base the ankle-length 60s style sweater off of, so I'll be taking measurements on it tonight. She wants it to be black instead of that wonderful 60s pea green that dominated everything.
I didn't get any cleaning done last night. I was lazy and I had to ride my exercise bike and take a shower since I had no hot water yesterday morning (I hate that it comes and goes like that). There's my excuse. It's not much of one, but that's as good of one as I have.
Tonight is SnB, so I'll be heading out to that to work on the five and a half feet left to go on the back panel of the scarf. At least it's mindless knitting.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Thursday, January 25, 2007
"Much better," the Ashford said in a relived and satisfied tone. "You know, it's like sex for me when you spin up nice yarns."
"Great," I thought. "Now I have an image of roving and spinning wheel getting it on. Whatever. Hey, look, Spooky wants to check out the yarn..."
"Get that beast away from me!" screamed the roving.
"It's a bunny. It's a small bunny at that, get over it."
"Ok, so the rabbit likes yarn too..." I mused.
The yarn screamed bloody murder as Spooky picked it up and flung it into the air. I grabbed up the skeins and put them on the chair where the bunny couldn't get to them.
"That thing is evil..." the yarn said rather out-of-breath.
"Yeah, but we all knew that already," I said as I picked up my knitting. "Oh, and don't trip me as I walk in the door again, OK?"
I worked some on DBF's poker scarf and got another pattern repeat done as I watched the UK v UG game. It was an exciting game, just wish it would have ended differently.
The lack of a sock to work on at poker is bothering me too. I like knitting the poker scarf while playing poker, but doing color changes while trying to figure out what cards you have can be difficult. Once I start on the gray back to it, that'll give me something easier to work on for poker.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
So day two of no refrigeration. Today and brought in the ketchup and mustard from the fridge and will eat soy hotdogs like they are going out of style. I really hope they're still good since they're my lunch plan for the rest of the week...
Went to poker because I wanted a cold drink and some hot food. I sucked last night, but that has been the story of the whole year so far for me and poker. I won a side table and that was the highlight aside from the blessedly cold diet pepsi which fueled me for the evening.
Yeah, diet pepsi has caffeine in it...I couldn't get to sleep right away when I got home. Stupid caffeine!
I am done with one repeat going the other way on the scarf now. I will work more on it at lunch today, so hopefully I'll get through part of another repeat as well. I'll have pictures tomorrow. I have too much food crap on my table right now to justify pulling out the computer.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Yes, last night, Mr. Fridge died. All my frozen vegetables and vegan frozen dinners, and frozen bento stuff, and half my cheese, my tofurky and smart deli stuff, and a head of cabbage were dead as well. I managed to save the milk and some cheese, yogurt, which I really don't know if it's good, but it was in a tight little container, so here's hoping, and the vegetable curry that Kim and I ate last night for dinner. It was a bad night after Kim left.
I discovered this horror after she left when I decided that I wanted to make some sort of a puff pastry thing. I knew it was already nine, but I thought I could make them in 30 minutes and let them sit out overnight to cool. They'd be perfect in the lunch box later this week. I opened the freezer door and noticed some goo coming out of the ice cream container that was lying on its side, so I grabbed the container to inspect it and saw that the ice cream was now cream soup. I grabbed the phylo dough and the whole box sagged and bent like I have never seen one of those do before. It was like a cartoon character with the fish sword that droops.
Anyways, after a few very loud curses in the aforementioned manner, I called up my grandparents. They live only about 2 miles away, so they came over with coolers and a big bag of ice (bless them) and let me go through anything I wanted to try to salvage. Grandpa tried to figure out what might be wrong with the dumb machine, but he was confused too. It was blowing air, but it was blowing hot air. Perhaps low freon? Who knows. All I know is that food is expensive and I really wasn't planning on going grocery shopping until after the purchase of Magic cards next week...
So I call up the home owners and tell them of their fridge. They want me to call a bunch of repair men today to get a quote on how much it will cost to fix said fridge. If it's more than a hundred bucks, they are going to replace the whole thing. Personally, I would go ahead and get a new one anyways since the model they have now is well over 10 years old. They don't need a brand new one, they could even get a nice used one for that matter. I hinted to them strongly that I lost all my food and I expect compensation for this off my next bill from them, but I don't think they got the picture on that one. When the next bill comes though, I will tell them the cost of the food I lost (I have already taken a picture and am writing down everything I have to throw away).
So anyways, no pictures today. I finished another motif on the scarf, but that was all I accomplished last night knitting-wise. So if you hear some random cursing throughout the day, it's just me. Just ignore it, this too will pass...
Monday, January 22, 2007
It's about 3 feet long now and once I get through this last pattern repeat, I'll switch it and go back in reverse for the second half so that either way he wears it, the pattern will face the right way. I'm quite pleased with the way the symbols are looking right now.
I suppose I should get to work...blah...work...
Friday, January 19, 2007
But knit I did yesterday, and knit again I shall do today. I'm working on DBF's poker scarf right now. I'm on the last pattern repeat before I switch the pattern around and go back the other side. I want to make it so that no matter how he puts on the scarf, the pattern will be right-side up and not hanging upside down instead. So it's coming. No pictures of it right now because it looks about the same as the last time I posted it, just longer. I'm hoping that I can get the front section done either this weekend or early next week. Then I'll have to collaborate with him to see what he wants for the back.
I was thinking that the best two options would be to make another section and put Magic symbols on it so that the scarf would be reversible, or to take fleece with a poker print, cut it to fit the scarf dimensions and use that for the back. The third option would be to do the back in a solid color like the dominant gray of the front. He can pick what he likes best.
Anyways, I'm already ready to go home. This weekend is the Planar Chaos Magic pre-release, so DBF and I will go fork over our money to the Magic gods, do a dance before them, and hope that they bless us with bomb cards and don't take out their anger on us and make us pass the tournament winning deck again...
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Of course the main criteria for all my socks is if Spooky approves. Judging by the scratch that came after this picture was taken, I'm going to say that she approves:
I also really liked how the striping did match up. I really did not plan it so that the stripes would match, but it worked out anyways. Ain't life grand?
The last picture here is from a purse that was spotted in Starbucks last night when I went to SnB. The poor girl who had it probably thought we were all crazy, but the purse is made up of all needle-felted little yarn balls. She said she got it as a gift, so she didn't know how it was made, but we all quickly figured it out:
I'm thinking this would be an excellent project for all those little scraps of wool that we all have lying around. Just wrap them into a ball and felt away...I need to see what all colors I have lying around so that I know which project needs to be finished next :oP
We had a coffee tasting last night too. It was pretty fun since I have never tried a coffee tasting before. The whole process made me laugh since it reminded me of wine tastings (which I suck at...a sensitive palatte I do not have...). We tried a bold coffee, a medium coffee, the new gelato coffee and some almonds and shortbread. It was really amazing that the coffee changed flavors right after you ate something. It made the bold coffee much smoother if you ate a tiny piece of shortbread right after you took the first sip. Really cool. Of course, I'm also easily amused by such things.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Once I get done with this sock, it'll be time to finish DBF's scarf. I think it's portable enough to take to poker, so I'll start working on it there (seems appropriate since it has the poker suits on it). I'm hoping to get a lot more done on the sock today at lunch and breaks and also at SnB tonight.
I have come to the conclusion that I need a weekly SnB. Last poker season, I managed to skip SnB for playing poker and I still didn't qualify for any of the final tables except the Monday night league. So I decided that this season, I'm going to go to SnB on Tuesday nights and then play poker on Mondays and Thursdays so that I'll still get two nights of poker play, but I'll also get my SnB time. We'll see how it works out.
I better get my butt ready for class now. Have I mentioned that I really don't think I want to get my masters now? I'm in a rut and I need a change. How does South Korea sound for a change? As long as they have yarn there...
Friday, January 12, 2007
That's rediculous. Now, DBF and I owned our own little small business and not once did we ever have our bank question whether we were scamming people. No one could be that interested in sock yarn? These bankers have never met a sock knitter have they? They would not understand how I can have an entire closet full of sock yarn or how I can always find time to knit a little on my sock, even when I don't have time to knit anything else. They don't understand that normal women can have this obsession, so of course, the Socks that Rock gals must be stealing credit card information and scamming people for their sock club (I have been on the waiting list for this club for a while now, so scam away). Anyways, enough about that. Good luck ladies and I hope you get your credit card stuff back up and running on your site soon. Knitters are prone to uniting over stuff like this, so your business will grow even more now.
On other knitting news, I worked on the sock some last night and managed to get done with all the ribbing for the top of the sock. Once I get to the stockinette part, it flies, so I'm looking forward to having a pair of socks done by next week sometime. Then it's finish DBF's scarf.
I have also been commissioned to create an ankle-length open sweater thing. I doubt there are many patterns for this, but the chick gave me a picture, so I'll be trying to design something out of it (and also searching free pattern websites everywhere in case I'm entirely too lazy arsed to design it).
That's it for today. Knitting pictures on Monday where hopefully I'll either have a pair of socks done, mostly done, and some progress on a really cool scarf. Have a great weekend!
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Olive and Cream Cheese Penguins. Very easy to make. I'll have a tutorial on my Bento Blog later on today as soon as I can get to it. What can I say, I wanted something cute for lunch today since it's back to school time.
I knit a little on the sock, but not very much. I'll do plenty more knitting tonight though and try to get through the ribbing at least. Then this weekend will be about DBF's scarf. I'm trying to work on it while home and use the sock as my travelling project.
I have to go to class here in a few minutes. Blah.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The club was not easy to chart out and have it look like a club. That was as good as I can get it, but you can tell what it is. I'll post the pattern once I get the whole thing completed. The name is Poker Stud, so look for it in the near future. It's made with 100% alpaca in sport weight on size 3 needles (hence why it is taking longer than expected). I can't wait to get it done though because I think it is one of the nicer things that I have knit and it's special since it's for DBF. He's seen it already, so he knows it is eventually going to get to him :oP
I weighed in at Weight Watchers last night and I lost 2 pounds in my first week. I'm pretty happy about that since I am sure I have screwed up my metabolism somewhere while doing the yo-yo dieting of the past year or so. I actually wrote down every bite of food that entered my mouth. As they say, if you bite it, you write it. Get your minds out of the gutter now :oP
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
On the bright side, I did finish sock 1 of 2, but I'm on dial-up at the house right now (come back neighbors with the wireless network!) and it won't let me upload pictures due to the thing timing out. I'll have pictures of knitting progress tomorrow though once I get back in to work.
That's it for today. I'm tired and I think I'll go back to bed for a little bit longer. Today is sack out day.
Monday, January 08, 2007
The toe needs to be grafted together, but that will be done on my lunch break today. One more sock to go and I can move on to the next WIP that must be finished: DBF's scarf.
This weekend was about being lazy. It's nice to have a lazy weekend every now and again. I was sore as hell on Friday and Saturday courtesy of being a furniture mover at work. Yep, it's one of the little known talents of geologists...
DBF and I went to see Children of Men on Saturday. It's an OK movie, and it does make you think, but I didn't like the ending and I felt it was more of a chase-'em movie instead of some deep, philosophical movie. It was entertaining though. After the movie, we came home and ate dinner. Remember how I said DBF was eating ice cream while on the exercise bike the other night? Well, he topped that by eating dinner while riding. This time I did take a picture at least:
Friday, January 05, 2007
Here's my kitchen table in all its glorious messiness:
Honest to goodness actual knitting content on this blog! Look, a sock! It's Lana Grosa sock yarn given to me by Peaches who was my target in Sock Wars. I should have knit this in the fall. Very fall-ish colors I think, but I'm loving this sock. I'm all about socks right now, but once this pair is done, it's on to the other WIPs that are still sitting there. Speaking of WIPs, here's my current list of things to finish before I start a new project this year:
1. This pair of socks
2. DBF's scarf
3. My gecko scarf
4. The purple people eater shawl (purple homespun diamond shawl)
5. Mason Dixon After Dark Nighty (remember this? Yeah, I had forgotten too!)
6. Chenille facecloth
7. DBF's socks that gauge screwed me over on that need to be frogged and started again
Seven projects to start off the year. I can get them all done fairly quickly (well, the nightgown still has a way to go), but I want to finish every WIP before I start working on anything new. I have spinning to do as well. I got five pounds of roving from my mom and dad for Christmas. It's from Copper Moose and it's gorgeous. It will be a sweater once it's all spun up and knit. Right now though, I'm just working on the Weight Watchers thing and knitting on my lunch break. Next week I'll get my butt back to Stitching and Bitching with the group and maybe that'll get my butt in gear to finish these things.
Oh, I started a bento blog to. It's http://knittingbento.blogspot.com and the link is on the sidebar. I won't fill up valuable knitting space with bento stuff anymore :oP
Hope everyone has a great weekend. Knit a bunch, and if you want, come clean my house for me...
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Tomorrow, I promise.
I cooked up the Best Brussels Sprouts recipe from http://veganlunchbox.com and they really were good. I normally like my sprouts drowned in butter and salt, but this recipe called for sugar and vinegar instead. I didn't have any vegetable stock left, so I used water and added some thyme and sage instead. I also used rice vinegar because I like that flavor better than apple cider vinegar. Go try the recipe, it really lives up to its name.
I also made a bunch of onigiri for my lunches. I have a few cute molds that I got from the BentoTV shop site, so I used those and it really made for cute onigiri stuffed with salmon and cream cheese. I have four little shapes for lunch today, so I know lunch will be good. For those on WW, onigiri is very low point. The four pieces I have are only a point a piece, so it's a good finger food and very yummy and quite filling.
I'll have a picture of my lunchbox tomorrow too. I may have to join that laptop lunch group on flickr and put my pictures there else this blog will become a bento blog. Maybe I should just made a separate little blog for lunches so that the knitting and Magic content don't get crowded out :oP
We're all suffering because of the mold around the office right now. I know it must be what's making me tired. I like my job and I look forward to working (as much as one can look forward to working), but as soon as I get here, my head stops up and my body gets really tired. I'll just keep complaining with the rest of the office until something gets done. That's the problem when you're basically renting a building at a major unviversity. The school has to get off their butts first to fix the problem.
Actual knitting content tomorrow, I swear.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
1. Ride the new exercise bike I bought for at least 30 minutes every day.
2. Eat a little healthier and get my butt back on Weight Watchers.
3. Play more Magic: the Gathering. I feel like I have become a slacker.
4. Finish all my WIPs that are currently on the needles before starting anything new this year.
5. Keep the house cleaner by actually forcing myself to clean at least twice a week.
6. Win the lottery
If anyone could help me on that last one, I'd appreciate it! I did go buy a new recumbent exercise bike on Saturday and put it together yesterday. It rides pretty good. I rode for 20 minutes last night and I'm surprised that my legs aren't killing me this morning. I'll definitely ride tonight then. I think that it'll work as long as I have the TV to distract me. I thought about knitting while riding, but that would take some coordination, and as DBF can attest to, I have little to none of that.
I'm approaching the end of my travel sock now. I started it while down in Florida, so it saw two states at least. It also saw a plane and flew over a few others. Once I finish the pair of socks, it's on to working on DBF's scarf. He may not be able to use it this winter, but it'll be ready for the next one!
Well, believe it or not, I actually need to get some work done this morning. I really didn't want to get up this morning and come in, but a cup of coffee later, and I'm awake now. Time to pretend I know what I'm doing :oP