Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Last night I went to SnB at Jane's. I ended up being the only one there, but it turned out to be a very nice evening. Jane and I drank good wine, ate cheese and crackers, stitched, bitched, and just had a good time. I got a lot of the decreases done on DF's sweater, so this made me happy as well.I think that I really needed last night too. Now that I'm feeling better physically, I needed to feel better emotionally too. Jane certainly helped cheer me up, and I know a couple of glasses of wine didn't hurt either :oP I ended up staying much later than I usually do because it was such a nice time and I needed to make sure that I wasn't feeling that last glass of wine anymore before I took off. As Jane and I were discussing, I thankfully know my limits and know when to stop drinking that glass of wine if I need to drive home in a couple of hours.
SnB is good. Good friends, good food, good wine, and it always cheers me up.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I knit another two cable repeats on DF's sweater, but that was all I was able to get done yesterday. I had gone home straight from work and went to bed. I woke up around 9 and talked to DF on the computer for a while. After that, I went to bed and didn't wake up until the alarm went off at 6, so I guess that was good. I still want to sleep some more, but hopefully one more good night of sleep will get rid of whatever else is hanging on with this cold.
Pictures tomorrow, but until then, here's some spinning that DF saw in Naju, South Korea.
Monday, October 29, 2007
I worked on DF's sweater yesterday. It's now 13 inches long. It needs to be 17 before I can start arm shaping, so it's going right along right now.I also started the Broad Street Mitten last week and here's the progress so far.And of course, the other WIP is the sock, but it got no love this weekend and is still the same as it was in the picture on Friday. If I'm up to poker tonight, the sock will come out and play. Now for some FO's. I made another Calorimetry, but this time only cast on 90 stitches and I'm much more happy with it this time.Ignore the fact that my face is all flushed here. I ran a bit of a fever last night when I was taking these pictures.Much better. I don't look like a mushroom in this one. I gave the other one to my friend Erica and she actually has the head shape to pull off the bigger one and not look like a blue-headed mushroom. She likes it and I liked getting rid of it. I'll stick to this one which I even wore today (courtesy of 33 degrees F this morning).
Now on to the last FO. I finished the lectern cover for my dad and it's blocking in the front room now.I'm really pleased with how this came out. I really like the dove and I like the cross aside from the arms being a little too thick for my liking. I'm not going to rip it out, so the arms are just going to stay that way. Here's a close-up of the dove.And here's a close-up of the cross.It looks less wonky now. After I looked at these pictures, I went back and straightened everything again so it'll dry right. There will be different colored backgrounds for this to be snapped onto, so once I get those cut and sewn, I'll post the completely finished thing up here. The pattern is my own and for my first lace design, I'm pretty happy with it.
Time to go blow more junk out of my nose. Colds are so dignifying :oP
Sunday, October 28, 2007
She knit three rows all on her own and now she'll probably become obsessed like I am. She managed to get the hand of casting on pretty easy too. A new knitter is born.
And an old knitter needs to blow her nose and try to knit some too.
ETA: I finished the lace lectern cover and I'm doing better now. I just needed to whine today apparently. Being sick sucks arse and it's even harder when DF is not here to bring me my consoling blizzard :oP
Friday, October 26, 2007
I went over to Erica's after getting the yarn to hang out for a little while. I drank coffee and knit, but I was hindered by a certain feline named Mojo.So I said to myself, if Mojo wants the sock so bad, he can model the thing for me. There's the progress on the sock.
After Erica's, I came home and spent 30 minutes winding yarn. It wasn't just the massive supply of sport-weight merino to wind, but another hank of cascade 220 for DF's sweater and a skein of pretty dark blue koigu PPM that Emily gave me about a year ago. It has been marinating in the stash long enough, so it is going to be turned into Broad Street Mittens from Knitty. The yarn is super soft and I've been keeping an eye out for a project to use it on. After I wound all the yarn, I began to knit:This looks much better in person, but it's a dove motif that I designed. Once I get a few rows of plain stockinette done, I'll be adding a cross motif to the top of this. This will be a lectern cover for my dad's church. The grand plan is to make different colored backings for this to match the church seasons and have this be an interchangeable piece. Lace for everyone this year!
That's it for today. I get to go see John Mellencamp on Sunday :oP DF won tickets by entering a contest online, ironically, from Korea. I wish he were here to go with me. Weekends get kinda lonely around here without him. At least I have a good group of friends that help me keep busy and keep telling me that I'll be over there soon. Come on job!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
When I was about 16-17, I had my ears pierced for the second time. The girl who pierced my ears also happened to be a friend of mine from school who had just gotten a job at Claire's, so I let her do it. I got a discount at least, but, I got what I paid for and the holes were really too close to the first holes. I wore the earrings in them though because I saw the girl on a regular basis and she was just so proud of her first piercings.
Fast forward to yesterday. I've been wanting to get my ears pierced again to fix the mistake that I made when I was 16ish. So, after work, I ran over to the mall and had new earrings shot into my ears.If you look close on that last picture, you can still see where the first botched up hole was. The girl doing the piercing yesterday did her best to try to hide the one in the first picture and she almost did. The one in the second picture was just so close that it had to just be left the way it was. Hopefully over time it'll fade some more.
I also knit last night. I finished two cable repeats on DF's sweater.And I worked on a new pair of socks for DF. I thought it would stripe more, but it appears to be going for a marbled look instead.
I'll work on them both at lunch today, so we'll see if I can get another two or more cable repeats done on the sweater and maybe and inch on the sock done.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Anyways, I'm stuck in meetings all day. Joyful times. If nothing else, I'll knit on the breaks between the talks or something outside.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Yesterday I was stuck in meetings for a good majority of the day. At least I didn't have to do any real work, but still, meetings kinda suck. It did make the day go by pretty fast at least. I walked outside at 4 and was met by a downpour, and of course I had no umbrella, so I got in my exercise for the day and ran to the car.
I went to play poker last night and I actually did pretty good for once. I finished second in the game that would never end, so I'm pretty happy with that. I really wanted to win the whole thing, but at least I still got points for second. I knit and worked on the Jaywalker sock which looks like this now:My stupidly unreachable goal for today is to be done with this sock. It seems like I always have these unreachable goals on Tuesdays, thinking that I will get in so much knitting time between lunch SnB and evening SnB. Who knows, maybe I'll surprise myself today :oP Don't hold your breath there.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday was a lazy day. I didn't do anything. It wasn't until I was about to fall asleep that I realized I was supposed to call Erica and not the other way around. But, I guess I needed a lazy day. I cleaned some, and of course, I blocked the lace.In the morning, I tried to block the lace using only pins. I didn't have nearly enough pins nor enough patience for that. It looked really bad and my grandmother even commented on if it was supposed to look like that. So, after church let out, I ran over to Home Depot and bought some flexible coated wire and made my own makeshift blocking wires. I'm too cheap to shell out the money for real ones, so my 6 buck alternative sounded better. Here's the wing:
It looks kinda like feathers anyways. With the help of my grandmother, here is the stole being modelled:
Not 100% how I feel about this thing right now. I probably should have made the symmetrical version since my OCD is kicking in and saying it's not even! It looks all right though. One last parting shot of the stole:At least it's done. I also started a new project yesterday and finished it. I've been seeing everyone knitting those calorimetry headbands, so I jumped on the wagon yesterday and knit one up. It's pretty nice, but next time I'll be making the smaller size. It's warm though.This is my "It's 9 at night, I'm sleepy, and I have aweful hair today" look. Sexy, ain't it?...I also decided that this looks much better if I let my hair down. If not, it kinda looks like a bonnet on top of my head. I still like it though and it only took me a little over an hour to knit it.
DF called yesterday and that was really nice. He sent me a link to his Korean pictures, so I'll post that on here tomorrow if I remember. I wish that I were over there right now. I really do miss him, but at least I know that I'll eventually get over there. He went to church with his co-teacher on Sunday and then watched a movie that was all in Korean. I think I better work on my Korean a lot before I head over there :oP
Today I'm in work meetings all day. Joy. I wish I were able to knit while having to sit there. Oh well.
Friday, October 19, 2007
In other knitting news, I'm done with clue 6 on the mystery stole. For some reason the picture didn't transfer right to my flash drive, so you'll just have to wait until Monday when you'll probably see the entire finished stole. I also bought some yarn yesterday:
Yes, it's acrylic. Yes, it is boucle and more. What could this be? It has to do with a certain contest that is floating around the internet, but if I told you what it was, well, I'd have to erase your memory and that's not easy. So, I'll show you the finished project once it's all done and sent off.
Go Cats! Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
But, I'm hoping that between lunch and the time I have to kill between getting off work and dinner with DF's mom, sister, and niece, that I should be either really close to finishing, or I'll be done with it. I'd love to be done with the thing tonight or tomorrow so that I can block it this weekend when I have lots of time to really block it right.
The wing looks about the same as it did yesterday, so I won't bore you with the same picture.
Last night was the Earth Science Open House here at work. We had a ton of people there. I ran the fossil dig like I always do and there was just a steady stream of kids. It was nice to see that many people there, especially after last year when it rained and we had sever weather, so it was mostly just us employees staring at each other from across the blank room.
On the Korean front, I'm still on stand by. The office of education sounds like they may be trying to work out a compromise and may be able to find me something in Naju. We'll see what develops. For now though, all my recruiters have been notified and they're all working to see what they can offer. Hopefully something will work out here soon.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in with? (pics)
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|You scored as FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)|
You are part of a super secret section of the FBI. You also have the very cool status of "Special Agent". You believe in many conspiracies and know the government is covering up way too much. Now if only you could the Cigarette Smoking Man to stop providing you with the second-hand smoke.
Yesterday, I worked on the mystery stole for a good chunk of the evening and on my lunch break. I've been really happy with the wing because it has a lace repeat that is very easy to memorize and easy to figure out where in the pattern you are, so the piece is able to travel again. Here's the wing so far:It looks like a blobby blue thing right now. After seeing pictures of post-blocked pieces I have hope that this will look good. If I hadn't seen them, I would be rather concerned at the way this appears.
Tonight I have to work at the Earth Science open house thing we have going on at work. It's Earth Science Week, did you know that? Go hug a geologist and thank them for all their hard work at keeping you from building on caves that could collapse, drilling for oil, and monitoring ground water quality. Sure, there's other stuff too, but that's the main stuff we do here at work. Because of the open house, I'll have a good chunk of time between the time I get off work and the time I have to start working again in order to get some knitting in. I'm really hoping to be completely through with clue 6, but it would be even better if I am able to get through clue 7 as well. I only have about70 more rows to go, which doesn't seem like a ton until I consider that each row, my number of stitches grows because of the whole short-row thing.
I also brought a video game with me that may occupy some of my time too if I get tired of the shawl:Yep, DnD Tactics. This is the game that DF gave me at the airport before he left. He said he thought about getting me jewelry, but he can't play jewelry :oP Actually, I appreciate the game more than jewelry too :oP It's fairly easy game-play, almost identical to classic DnD, and it's kind of addicting. I'm betting that the game will get much harder as I go along, but right now, I'm enjoying killing goblins.
Gotta go fill up a bin full of sand and fossils for the open house now. Fun times...
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I still have the offer, the only problem is that DF is not in Gwangyang. There was miscommunication and they sent him to the town they originally told him he was going to be in: Naju. He's not very happy at all right now, so we're trying to figure out what to do. There appear to be no positions open in Naju right now and since they told him he would be going to Gwangyang, I was happy about this and I even got a job offer there. Naju is about 2 hours away from Gwangyang, so right now my job plans are on hold. The whole point of this was so we could be in the same city and could get to each other easily and be together.
Anyways, I guess this is what knitting is for. I worked some on the heel flap of the sock yesterday, but that was about it. I also crocheted a creation that I'm submitting to the AntiCraft. Zabet seemed interested and hopefully after seeing the design, both she and Renee will like the little horror.
I also did some beading last night. I'm on a prayer bead kick right now. They're so easy to make and they look so pretty, so I just keep on beading them. They're either going to be Christmas presents for people, or they're going to go up on my Etsy store just because I don't know what else to do with them.This is one of my favorites. It's blue and white and just seems appropriate to have prayer beads when UK is doing so well in football :oP Here's the rest:Yep, they're multiplying. There's also something comforting about making these too. Anyways, today is Tuesday, so that means lunch and evening SnB. I'll be seeing Kim at lunch and I'll tell her about all the crap that has developed (she saw me on Sunday when I was all happy that I would be getting in the same city as DF). Blah. I'm really trying to get the mystery stole knocked out by this weekend, so we'll see if it can be done. At least the wing has a nice easy lace repeat pattern that makes working it go much faster.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Anyways, before I get into knitting, Friday last week had one of the weirdest cloud formations I have ever seen. It looked like a wall was floating closer to campus.It was just a solid cloud wall, and it eventually covered the whole sky. It was kinda cool to see though.
Knitting-wise, I worked on the mystery stole for a good chunk of the weekend and am now on clue 6.It looks like crap right now, but that is the miracle that is unblocked lace. I'm hoping that I won't regret making the wing. I kind of like how it's looking, but that OCD part of me is screaming that the thing is not symmetrical and it's going to look like two stoles grafted together. Shut up, OCD voice!
I also worked on the second Jaywalker and am now to the heel flap.I can't wait for these socks to be done since I think they very much look like Halloween socks. Quite appropriate for Socktober :oP
I heard from DF and he's doing fine in Seoul. He'll be heading to Gwangyang today to settle in. Good news is that I finally have a job offer in Gwangyang as well! I've got to look at the contract carefully, but once I assure myself that there's nothing weird in there, I'll sign it and take the job. I'm just glad to finally get an offer, and especially glad to get the offer in the same city as DF. He's going to go look for the school that I would be teaching at since it's a high school there and he should be able to find it.
My computer is running about as fast as a hamster on valium right now, so I better end the post before it eats it.
Friday, October 12, 2007
I've been helping my friend Erica move yesterday and I'll be helping her some today. Did you know that moving sucks? I'm looking forward to pulling out the "who-owes-me-moving-time" card one of these days and having them help me and DF pull all the stuff out of storage and into either a house or apartment. Didn't realize I'm keeping a tally of who I help move, did you? :oP
I'm really hoping that I can be done with at least clue 5 on the mystery stole by the end of the weekend. I can see the light and the end of the tunnel for this project and I'm looking forward to putting that one in the FO category. I'm at probably the most boring point on the stole, but it's almost done and then I get to work some short rows to keep me entertained.
They're rebooting the servers here, so I better get off and go shut down the computer for a couple of minutes. Have a great weekend everyone! Enjoy Stitches if you went! Anyone want to give me a ride to New York next weekend for Rhinebeck?
Thursday, October 11, 2007
In knitting news, I finished a Jaywalker yesterday while watching the ponies run.It's definitely the loudest sock in my collection now. I thought that the green rainforest socks were kind of loud, but this one screams taxi cab to me, even though it's Bee Stripe by Lorna's Laces.Oh, and the mystery stole is coming along too. I'm half-way through clue 4. I'll try to knock out a good chunk of the second half this week and weekend, assuming I don't fall asleep while knitting it. I think this is the boring part of the stole, but if I can make it through the second half of clue 4, I can start doing short rows and other stuff to keep my attention.
I also have some yarn to show. I've been allowing myself to buy 4 skeins of Lorna's or another yarn every paycheck so that I can stock up before I head over to Korea. Here's the current stash:Some people like STR, some like Opal. Me? I love Lorna's Laces. It's become my favorite sock yarn that I've used so far. For some reason, it knits up to the perfect texture for socks with my normal tension and what not. Time for close-ups:Buck's BarPurple IrisAnd, Pioneer.
You've already seen the Devon colorway before.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
DF and I played poker last night. My friend Erica met us there to have dinner with us and to learn to play. I was telling her how nice everyone is at poker and of course, the first thing that happens, is a yelling match between two players over a stupid chair. Remind me not to open my mouth like that again unless I see who's going to be playing. Erica looked over at me when all the yelling was going on and I just shrugged. They really are normally a good group. Must have just been a bad day for those two.
We all sucked last night. DF finished 8, I finished 9, Erica finished somewhere below that. She was starting to get a little bit better by the end of the night. I'm going to let her borrow my PS2 poker game so she can learn betting a little bit easier.
Tonight, DF and I are going to spend some time together. It's hit last night here before he leaves tomorrow morning. The good news is that I'm finally starting to get a few nibbles in some of the cities right around where DF will be. I also have been getting some information that there are tons of private schools in that city and that there shouldn't be a problem with finding a job. We'll see how that works out. Speaking of, I won't be blogging tomorrow more than likely. I'm taking the day off work to take DF to the airport and then my grandparents are taking me to the horse races later in the day. The Jaywalker will be coming with me for sure, so hopefully I'll have a finished one to show you on Thursday.
Monday, October 08, 2007
I worked on the Jaywalker some too. I'm now to the foot of it after turning the heel and doing the decreasing.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Black = done it
Green = want to do it
Yellow = maybe
Red = think I'll pass
Knitting with metal wire
Knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting with wool
Kitchener BO (love it! it's my fave part of socks!)
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn (ah, the acrylic days...)
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Freeform knitting (inadvertently)
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Knitting in public
Thursday, October 04, 2007
I decided to go to my boss yesterday and tell him what's going on in my life so that there are no surprises if I were to get a job here soon and have to leave for Korea. He was really supportive of the whole idea and was really excited that I would be getting the opportunity to go over there. He apparently had always wanted to do something like that when he was younger, but he had kids and those plans went out the window. He also was very encouraging to me when he said that as long as he's still working here, I've got a job here if I wanted to come back. It's always nice to have a security blanket. Since he's now a section head, I seriously doubt he'll go anywhere until he retires, so I may have a job here as a safety blanket for some time. We'll see where life takes me.
Tomorrow I should have some pictures of the sock. I'll be playing poker tonight with DF and I'll be knitting away on the Jaywalker.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
I also went to that beading workshop at my grandparents' church on Monday night before I started getting sick. We were making Anglican prayer beads. Here's my finished set.It's kinda hard to tell, but they did turn out really nice. It's kind of like a rosary, just instead of 10 beads in between each set, there's 7 and there's only 4 sets and not 5 like the rosary. They gave us a booklet of prayers to use with them too, so that was nice.
And one last parting dishcloth picture...Knit on...