Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Cars, Wine, and Good Company

So when my grandparents came to pick me up from work yesterday, they had a proposition ready for me. You see, they just bought a new Toyota Rav 4 and were going to trade in their like-new Dodge Caravan. Since my car kicked the bucket yesterday morning, the proposition was to take their car, get it switched to my name, and use it until I move to Korea. Since it appears that if they transfer the title into my name, since I'm a blood relative, I wouldn't have to pay taxes on the car anyways. The other option was for them to use their car as a trade-in and get 2000 bucks for it and I take DF's blazer until it sold. I was thinking that the blazer would be my only option, and I may still get it put in my name to save him money on insurance unless his mom will transfer it to her name, but I do like the idea of having a car with less than 90,000 miles on it for once and heat and AC and everything my cars just have always seemed to lack. So, I'm going to take the Caravan for now and we'll see how it goes. I'm going after work to officially change all my stuff over to Kentucky (I've still had all my Florida stuff because I was still enrolled at UK and could get by with it) and find out information on transferring the title to my name.

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.

Knit on...

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Who Needs Brakes?

Nah, I don't need them. That's apparently why my car decided to get rid of them this morning. I started on my way to work, but when I hit the breaks, nothing was happening. So, I slowed down (thankfully it was frosty on my window, so I wasn't going too fast) enough to turn around and head back home. My grandma was nice enough to give me a ride to work today, but it still sucks that the brakes have gone out on my car. This could be the end of it unless it can be fixed cheaply. Blah.

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.

Knit on...

Monday, October 29, 2007

Two FO's, Three WIPs

My FO to WIPs ratio isn't too bad right now for once. I was actually quite pleased. Let me just start by saying that I'm doing better today. I'm a rather emotional person as it is anyways, but throw in a crappy cold and I turn into downright whiny. I was able to sleep last night and that made a huge difference for me this morning. I think the lack of sleep yesterday made the day pretty miserable. Anyways, on to knitting stuff.

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

Knit on...

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Some Days

You know, some days just suck worse than others. When DF left for Korea, I cried at the airport, I cried on the way home, and then I never really stopped crying, although I can go for a few days before it hits. I do OK during the week when I have work to occupy 90% of my time, but then the weekend hits and I realize just how much this sucks. I looked at the calendar and today was the day that I was originally supposed to fly out to Korea had I taken the job in Gwangyang. So that kinda gets me down. To add insult to injury, I have managed to catch a cold and have been feeling pretty crappy since last night and I'm missing the Mellencamp concert tonight. So far, I haven't even knit a single stitch today. I did talk to DF some on the phone and a little more on the computer. And big surprise here, I cried. I thought that things would still work out with him in Naju and that I'd be able to find something. There are 3 private schools there that DF is going to check out for me, but that appears to be the only thing even remotely looking promising. I know this is one of those rambling posts where I get nothing accomplished but sitting here, whining, and crying, but it just sucks. At least DF is safe. I couldn't imagine what it would be like if he were somewhere unstable like Iraq. I would have had a complete emotional breakdown by now if that were the case, I'm sure. He's getting to explore a whole new country and I can at least live through him while I get to sit here, work, and spend my weekends wishing I were there and we could be together again. I know things will work out. We love each other and that can get us through anything I believe. In the meantime though, I'll probably still cry and miss him more and more each day.

I did accomplish something yesterday though. I taught my friend Erica how to knit.

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

Some New Lace, and a Cat With a Sock

Yesterday, I was looking at the chart I came up with while in the never-ending meeting on Wednesday and decided that I needed to go get the yarn so that I could get started on this. I am planning on going down to Florida with my grandparents over Thanksgiving to visit my parents, so I would like to be done with all their Christmas presents by then. Since I only have to finish my dad's, I figured this is a very realistic goal. So after work, I ran over to ReBelle, picked out some bulk sport-weight merino wool and started working on it when I got home.

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!

Knit on...

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Another Hole in the Head

Yep, in the words of Daria (I miss that show), "You can never have too many holes in your head."

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.

Knit on...

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Finished Jaywalkers

Everyone else has much more faith in my knitting speed than I do. Robyn even said she knew I would finish the socks yesterday, but I just didn't think it would happen. I always set myself up for not finishing things when I say that I am going to finish them, but this time it actually worked.I think I'm done with this pattern now. I'm ready to move on to something else. I cast on for a plain sock for DF (I know you really want socks!) in UK blue and white colors. I'm also going to try to knock out his sweater here too since now it's the only big project left on the needles. I also need to make something for Dad for Christmas since I have Mom's knocked out too. My Christmas knitting is nearing an end!I do really like these socks. They're pretty loud for my liking, but they're tame enough that I'll wear them often I think. This is the bigger size, but it made the foot a little too loose for my liking too. I liked the tightness of the first pair around my foot, but I don't like having to practically use a shoe horn to get my socks over my heel. This pair, the heel is fine, but it's just lacking the tight foot. If I am ever inclined to make these again, I'll probably modify that some.

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.

Knit on...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Rain, Glorious Rain

Yes, it does rain in Kentucky! I almost took out the camera yesterday and filmed it for proof that it can and does actually rain here. We really need it, but at least we're not as bad as California and Georgia right now. I feel sorry for them since it's gotten out of control there.

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.

Knit on...

Monday, October 22, 2007

A Finished Stole and a New Project

This weekend was fairly lazy for me. On Saturday, I watched the UK/UF game and yelled at the TV while over at my friend Erica's. She has a big screen TV which made the losing a little more tolerable, but it still sucked. I did however finish the Mystery Stole 3 while over at her new house (It rocks by the way). After the game, I went out to dinner with Dana and some of her friends. It was nice to meet all of them. Dana gave me some nice dice sock stitch markers, but my camera really didn't like those for some reason. I'll try to get a better picture sometime this week.

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.

Knit on...

Friday, October 19, 2007


So yesterday at work, we started hearing these air brakes going off outside our building. I looked down and this is what I saw:Those are ESPN Gameday trailers and there are even more out this morning. Apparently, we're broadcasting ESPN Gameday today and tomorrow because of the UK versus UF game. Our building is the headquarters for the ESPN crew, so if you're watching Gameday, look for the random knitter in the blue Kentucky sweatshirt. I'll raise up the jaywalkers proudly! :oP

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.

Knit on...

Thursday, October 18, 2007

So Close

I'm so close to finishing the mystery stole now. I'm almost done with clue 6 and then it's just clue 7 and done. I think I have about 26 rows left before bind off. I'm just so close, but those rows keep growing along the way, so I'm still so far away.

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.

Knit on...

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Maggie Will Be Proud

Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in with? (pics)
created with
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.

FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


SG-1 (Stargate)


Heart of Gold (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)


Serenity (Firefly)


Moya (Farscape)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)


The Waiting Game

Well, now it's just a waiting game for the jobs in Korea. The city says that there are no more jobs, but that they may consider putting in a new one next year. That doesn't help us right now, especially since I don't think there's any way at all that DF would want to stay in Naju for any more than a year. So, I emailed my recruiters, and now we wait. Fun times...

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...

Knit on...

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Best Laid Plans

So, yeah, about that job offer in Gwangyang...

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.

Knit on...

Monday, October 15, 2007

Lots of Knitting

This weekend, I knit. I knit a lot. I also watched football. Did you happen to see the UK vs LSU game? Go Cats! That was quite fun to watch, and nerve racking too.

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.

Knit on...

Friday, October 12, 2007

Random Friday Musings

I've just got a few musings for this morning. I cast on for the second Jaywalker and finished the inch of ribbing and started on the pattern rows for about 6 rows worth. Not much progress there, so I didn't even bother to take a picture of it. I also worked 6 rows on the mystery stole. I'm really hoping I can knock out a good chunk of the stole this weekend since I won't know what to do with myself without DF here. He's going to be playing in a Magic tournament in Seoul this weekend. I'm still debating on whether or not to play in the release tournament here. I really don't want to drive to Louisville and I don't like most of the stores that would be hosting tourneys here. I hope they have a big tournament in Seoul when I get there :oP

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?

Knit on...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

A Finished Sock and Some Yarn Pron

It finally turned cool here yesterday, which figures, since it was DF's last day here. He flew out at 10 yesterday morning and I got an email at 2:45ish saying he had made it safely to Tokyo. Now he's in the air to Seoul, so he's almost there. Thanks for all the prayers and well-wishes for him and us. We both appreciate it.

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.

Knit on...

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Have Needles, Will Travel

Yep, today is Tuesday which means that it's SnB at ReBelle at noon. Kim said she'll be there and I know I'll be there today, so hopefully we'll have a few more. I'll probably work on the Jaywalker some more there since I didn't get to knit much last night.

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.

Knit on...

Monday, October 08, 2007

Weekend Report

This weekend was about packing up and eating out. DF was busy packing on Friday and Saturday, trying to get ready to leave by Wednesday. I couldn't do much to help since he knew where he wanted everything packed, so I helped clean out his car and do stuff like that. Friday, we went to see the movie The Seeker. It got really good reviews, but it was an OK movie. It's not Harry Potter or anything :oP Saturday, we cleaned, packed, and then went out to dinner with my grandparents. Sunday, we went to church and they said a special prayer for DF and me for his trip on Wednesday. Then we rested the rest of the day and went to dinner with his mom and her boyfriend. It was a pretty relaxing weekend, but I still feel tired today. It's Monday though, so that's no big surprise there.

I worked on the Jaywalker some too. I'm now to the foot of it after turning the heel and doing the decreasing.
Knit on...

Friday, October 05, 2007

Terribly Busy

Yep, it's a busy day at work...So, I present my knit list that has been on a ton of blogs here recently.

Black = done it
Green = want to do it
Yellow = maybe
Red = think I'll pass

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
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
Domino knitting
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun
Graffiti knitting
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting
Knitting to make money
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday-related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking

Dying yarn
Knitting art
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO (love it! it's my fave part of socks!)
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn (ah, the acrylic days...)
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting (inadvertently)
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/armwarmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Thursday Report

Yeah, I can't come up with a decent title this morning, so that'll have to do. Yesterday, I went to see my friend Erica after work and hung out with her for a couple of hours. After that, I went to play poker with DF and all the rest. I did pretty good last night and finished 4th. I hope that DF did better than that in the second round. Anyways, I knit on the Jaywalker and I'm about 1/2 an inch from working the heel flap now, so it's coming right along. I would have a picture of it, but my computer was acting up this morning and I ran out of time to be able to download it to my flash drive before leaving. So, instead, I'll leave you with a picture of Spooky that DF took on Sunday.Ain't she cute?

Knit on...

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Knitting? What's That?

Yeah, so yesterday I knit a total of 2 rows on the mystery stole and then didn't pick up the needles anymore in the day. I just wasn't in the mood to knit and I think it's because of all the knitting I did on Tuesday while I was sick. Oh well. I did do some beading last night and made three more sets of prayer beads. I thought that they would make good Christmas presents for my mom and dad and my grandma down in Florida. Anyways, that's all I accomplished last night.

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.

Knit on...

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

WIP it Out Wednesday

See, I used to knit things other than dishcloths! Really, I did! Yesterday, while I was sitting home still feeling slightly miserable, I did some heavy knitting on these other projects. I am almost 1/2 way done with clue 4 of the mystery stole thanks to yesterday's knitting.Unblocked lace always has that icky look to it. Once it's blocked, this will look much better. I decided that I am going to knit the wing, so I'll just keep plowing through clue 4 as of this point. I'd like to be 3/4 of the way done with it tonight. It's a big clue, so I doubt I can get all the way through clue 4 by tonight. I also worked on DF's Christmas present.I'm really liking the cable pattern on this so far. Here's a close-up, but once again, the cables seem a little elusive to photograph without natural light.I even pulled out the Jaywalkers to work on some too. Poor abandoned socks. They're out of my favorite sock yarn too (Lorna's Laces for anyone who wants to know!), but when the dishcloths hit, even the sock was left behind.I'm really liking the bee stripe yarn because of the zig-zagging.

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...