Friday, December 30, 2005
In knitting news...here is the completed sock that I will be teaching in a class at MLYS this January and February. This one turned out sooo great! It fits like a glove, um...only it's a sock! The Wyverns have found their new home with my Great Aunt Julia (great = grandma's sister--maybe people know that already and I'm the dumb one). She appeared to have genuinely liked them. I hope she really uses them and wasn't just being nice to save my feelings. Even though I thought they rocked hard I'm still such a new knitter that I think nothing I do is good enough. I hate feeling inferior. I way need to get over it already. I'm sure she loved them. (My new mantra: I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggon it people like me and my knitting.)
I have two scarves going, one is a drop stitch made with Bernat Boucle and Bernat Disco on the ends (I'm an acrylic whore what can I say), the other is just a garter st scarf out of Moda Dea Wild. The latter is super duper soft. I have also started work on a bag with some yarn I got from eBay. The yarn is a really bulky, scratchy boucle yarn. I didn't know what to do with it but Jen came up with the bag idea. I will felt it, it will be good.
And of course, tonight is New Year's Eve. I hope to have great pics. Will post any and all after the hangover wears off. Y'all have a Happy New Year and be safe and fashionable!
Thursday, December 29, 2005
If you happen to be wondering what the point of all this is...Jen thought that she'd rip apart a scarf she'd made way too long and use the yarn to go underneath the Fancy Fur and Disco for her New Year's Eve scarf. It is a novelty yarn of some sort that was a bear to frog. I was dreading the frogging even though I didn't have to do it. Here she is doing the frogging. Had it been me I would have bought new yarn.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
My brother is such a good guy; I cannot gush about the man enough. He was very friendly and polite. I don't know why I thought he wouldn't be though. I guess it is because it's actually me who isn't friendly and nice so I just figured he wasn't either; guilty by association. But, he isn't, so lucky me. Anyways, he does think he's quite the joker though so I had to black out his birdie.
Saturday was the family gathering at my Mom and Grandma's house. The whole gang was there. My Uncle J and his wife; Uncle M, Aunt G, and their kids; my Gram and her sister; my Mom, me, my brother and Q. A whole gaggle of folks. Anyways, we had lamb(YUMMY) and veggies and latkes(potatoe pancakes) and fruit custard tart thingy. It rocked. You can see my Mon showing off the fruity custardy tarty thingy, Q about to enjoy some squash, and the other family members at the table.
After Dinner there was a gift exchange where people pick numbers and start at the gifts. My family has a $25 limit. I brought the Disco Scarf to the exchange and did the tacky thing. When it was my turn to pick a gift I traded mine with what someone else already had. I was a little embarassed of the scarf to be honest. I didn't have enough eylash to make the ends the same length. It's okay though, I don't think anyone but me wanted the scarf anyways. The gift cards were the thing.
One thing that makes me a little crazy about holiday times is that my cousins (mostly the younger one) do not ever, and when I say ever I mean NEVER lift a finger to clean or do shit. (I am probably going to be ostracized from that part of the family now that I have talked shit, but I guess I'm already over it.) I mean seriously, their mother picks up after them and caters to their every whim. I wonder when the last time the youngest one picked up any implement that's purpose is for cleaning. I remember this one time...
And in case anyone was wondering, "Where are the dog pictures?" Here is one of Zion. With laser eyes no less. He's so sweet!
Monday, December 19, 2005
This pic is of Jen and myself, we went out on the Thursday of my birthday week which also happened to be her birthday week. Hers was on Friday. We went to Cherae Heights Indian Casino because Jen's mom (who also happens to be the owner of MLYS) told us we could get $30 cash from them for our birthdays. The catch, you have to gamble for like 5 minutes. Well, I really thought it was a trick because of the having to gamble business, but it wasn't. We gambled on penny machines for about 5 minutes and voila, 15000 casino points which were then redeemed for 30 smackers. I even got my $3 bucks back out of the machine I was playing.
After all that we went to Blue Lake Casino to karaoke. We had a way good time. Jen got up to sing, I sang (of course I sang, karaoke was my idea), we danced, and had happy birthdays (and many tequilas).
I finished the SF 49er colored clogs for Q. He loves them and can hardly wait for them to dry. I have started a new sock. I'm doing it toe up and magic loop. No lace pattern on this one since it is for a sock class I'm going to be teaching over at MLYS. I was going to have the class do Marnie's Wyverns, but Janice(the owner) said to keep it simple, so I will. So there. I didn't do alot of short rows for the toe (8 on a side) to make more space for my Fred Flinstone toes. I'm likeing the results so far. What else have I been up to....Additionally, I have been working on a scarf. What can I say about it. It is made with Bernat Disco (I got it for free in the mail, act now, and you too can have this yarn that will probably arrive in a color you don't like. The offer is only good until the end of the year.) and Lion Brand Woolease thick and quick (I think). It is almost finished, I ran out of yarn. Wouldn't you know it, my "free" Bernat Disco yarn, in a color I didn't even like, would end up costing almost $20 to work up. Have I said yet that I cannot believe I'm using novelty yarn. There, I said it.
Here is a picture of Kia (Maltese) and Bella (Pug-huahua, yep, you got it, Pug and Chihuahua) at MLYS. They are soooo cute.
(I think there is a spelling error in this post but I can't find the damn thing. Grrr.)
Sunday, December 11, 2005
and other fun stuff. Whee!
I bought the Paton's yarn to make the Fiber Trends Felted clogs. You can see my progress thus far. The red/gold ones are for Q. He wanted SF 49er's colors. Mine will be oddly paired with three colors. I also bought that yummy labrador from Crystal Palace and the Iceland are the colors on the right. I'm also going to purchase some rabbit pelts to weave into the finished scarves.
These yarns are from Joannes and Michael's, oh, and the orange yarns are from a local yarn store, Fabric Temptations. I wouldn't normally buy orange but the Rowan and the other Orange were both on sale. How could I resist.
And of course, here are the finished Wyvern's. They are soooo pretty and fit sooo great! I highly recommend this pattern from Marnie MacLean's website. Check it out. I knit them magic loop style and am happy with the finished product. Instead of doing the rib up the back of the leg portion I did the pattern as you can see on the sock that is on the computer keyboard.
School is almost out. Did I mention my birthday is day after tomorrow?
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Colleen was very excited about her sock effort. She did it all on her own and it is looking quite cute! Janice was doing pergomano(no idea how this is spelled) which is a technique that uses this special paper and you poke it and prod it until it becomes a masterpiece. The card she was working on was for a friend's 50th wedding anniversary. Peace is a new knitter. I think she brought her daughter into Handmade Memories(HMM) to learn to knit and now when they are both at the shop, her daughter doesn't knit but she does. This is a picture of where I was on the Wyverns as of last weekend.
School is almost over and I cannot even begin to tell you how happy that makes me. This week I had two finals(actually midterms but it is really a final since I don't have any tests during finals week in those classes), a presentation and a research paper due. At the beginning of the semester when I found out I would only have one final exam during finals week, I should have known something was fishy. What ends up happening is, instead of the old fashioned way school used to run where the week or two before finals you had presentations and papers due, then during finals week you'd be tested; now what happens is all the tests and papers and presentations are all due at the same time and it stinks. Though I must say that after I turned in my research paper yesterday I felt pretty good about myself. I got an 85% on my statistics final and a 90 point something % on my soils lab final. Hoo Ray. One more project and a final next week. Done.
Speaking of done, the Wyverns are done! Woooohoooo. So excited. It is a really great pattern and the socks are lovely. To anyone who is going to take on a project that you have to look at for more that 1 - 2 days, taupe is soooo boring. I'm glad the socks are finished and in the future when I make socks I will only pick colors that make me happy. Ugh, I have tried to upload pics to this post like ten times and it won't work. I'll post the Wyverns in a future post.
Saturday, December 03, 2005
1 skein Lion Brand Jiffy
1 size 8, 40 in circular needle (you could use 1 16 in circular and double pointed needles for the decreases, I just like magic loop because it greatly reduces the number of supplies I have to buy for a project. Magic Loop tutorial here.)
1 stitch marker
1 cable needle
Guage: Um, I really hate this part. I just know that on size 8 needles about 80 stiches for a small head and 88 stitches for a large head works for me with this yarn. I knit quite tightly. Maybe one of these days I'll start doing guage, yeah right.
If you make the small or the large hat it is worked in 8 sections either way. I put the extra stitch in the purled sections.
CO 88 st (80 for small)
Row 1-7: k2 p2 rib.
Row 8: p2, *k6, p5(p4 for small hat)*; repeat between ** 6 times; k6, p3(p2 for small).
Repeat Row 8, 4 more times.
Row 13: p2, Sl 3 sts to cn, hold in front, k3, k3 from cn (slip3 st to cable needle and keep in front of work, knit the next 3 st from the left needle, knit stitches from cable needle). Follow pattern the rest of the way around. When you see purl stitches, purl them, where you see knit stitches, cross your cables.
Repeat Row's 8 - 13 until hat is desired length, the one I did for Q is about 8 inches when I start the decreases.
As I said before, the hat is split into 8 sections. I decreased backwards, sort of. I p2tog. But then you end up a...oh crap, I guess I'll just type it out.
1st Decrease row: P2tog. From now on we will consider the first set of 6k st as the beginning of the row. So, *k6, p3(p2 for small), ptog.* Repeat between ** around. When you get to the end and you see one purl st on your left needle, put the working yarn behind your work and slip this stitch to the right needles as if to purl.
2nd decrease row: *k6, p2(p1 for small), p2tog.* Repeat around.
Lets see, on this row we p2tog'ed with the 9th and 10th st(8th and 9th for small). On the next row you will p2tog on the 8th and 9th (7th and 8th), then on the following row p2tog on the 7th and 8th(6th and 7th), and so forth and so on. Once you have decreased through the pattern then simply p2tog around until there are 4 st left. Take a darning needle and thread it through remaining loops. Weave in ends.
Et Voila! Gables From Green Gables is done.
And in honor of Sarah, here is my laser eye doggie! She looks more spooked than she does spooky, even with her laser eyes.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
I should have known better than to think I would neglect my knitting
Lily cat is happy with her new found pillow (AKA Q's new belly). It's been tough on him, getting older, growing in the middle, on the brink of another birthday.... I know he is going to kick my butt when he reads this. Oh well, he likes to tease me about my thinning hair. What is it about those we love most and hitting them where it hurts?
Monday, November 28, 2005
Here is the Smith and Hawken Ornament Tree my Mom gave me to help decorate my house. Q and I decorated it with the miniature ornaments. I put the blinky lights inside the tree because they looked dopey on the outside. Q wanted a regular tree but this is good for our first tree, next year maybe. The bottom line is it's pretty isn't it?! It was a little tough to catch them on in their blink rotation, but being the master camera operator that I am....
I know this might seem hard to fathom, but I am not always the most easy going person. My personal opinion is that I'm easy to get along with until you make me mad.
That being said, the man you see in the picture, is my roommate (Picture has been removed due to Q pointing out some garbage about right to privacy. I think that if you break the law you have no privacy). The current situation that has my hackles up is that my asshole for a roommate had the nerve to accuse Q of stealing his marijuana. Let me just say two three things: (1) He owes Q a huge apology because Q wouldn't steal, (2) he owes Q a debt of gratitude because the only reason I haven't turned his sorry as in to the authorities is because Q has asked me not to, and (3)neither Q or I smoke pot. I hate asshole roommates with their piggy, sloth-like girlfriends. Done.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Went to Sacramento for Turkey Day and have absolutely no pictures to show for it (the picture of me to the right is from about a month ago). I didn't even take a picture of the beautiful cable knit hat that I made for my friend Tamala. It was a pretty green color made from Lion Brand Jiffy yarn. I was going to name it Cables from Green Gables. I'm making another one for Quentin.
This is me signing off for about 2 1/2 weeks. I have huge papers and finals coming up so I doubt I'll have time for knitting and basically anything else fun. I doubt my birthday (December 13th) will be any fun either. My last final is the 15th of December at which point holiday knitting madness will commence. Until then,
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Next topic: Another Beanie.
I'm calling this one "Green Acres". This one is for a good friend of mine in Salt Lake City, Utah. He says it's already way cold so I'm sure it'll come in handy.
It's a simple one by one rib that is moving along rather quickly now that I can knit continental. I think I may have mentioned back during the knitting of the first (and only) Wyvern sock that I was forcing myself to knit some of it continental style because it was supposedly faster. I here to tell any and all disbelievers that it is in fact faster when you have to switch back and forth between knit and perl.
In other news, I am moving out this weekend. Have the moving truck reserved and everything. I would also like to gloat and tell everyone that I have all of next week off for Turkey Day. That's right, you read it here first, the whole damn week!
Monday, November 14, 2005
Oh yeah, crying in the car is my freaking favorite. Anyways, as I'm driving I start thinking about how I can't possibly have to be around him this week. I'm totally behind in 2-3 of my 4 classes (nothing I can't recover from) and I just cannot deal with his drama. So, finally it dawns on me that I paid rent at this new shithole I plan on moving into and that I could go there. Sweet right? Now I wonder if I should take the dog and cats with me or just leave them until the weekend when I'll have time to move all my shit.
Sorry no pics, life is too nutty right now for anything of that nature. I keep on working on the fingerless gloves, I have about 16 more rows before I get to the fingers. Unfortunately I don't think there is any knitting in my future until at least the middle of December. I hate that.
I hope you have enjoyed this uplifting and inspirational post.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Can hardly wait for my class to get out so I can (1) go vote down all those stupid Aah- nold (imagine Austrian accent) propositions, (2)take Lupine out to the park on the first sunny day since I can't remember when, and (3) go to MLYS to pick up the other skein of the Moda Dea that I need to finish the "Hooray For Me" gloves.
If you live in California, are reading this, and have yet to vote today...let me say something that could make your life easier. Vote NO on any proposition starting with the number 7. The one proposition to vote yes on is prop. 80, reregulating the utilities since California voters made an egregious error when they deregulated it a few years back. Here is your chance to right the wrongs. A fresh start, and not too long after Yom Kippur, how appropriate.
In other news there was recently a win for women in the California legislature. And, big surprise, it made it past the governator's veto pen. Check out the story.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Next we have Janice, not to be confused with Janice who is making the hat and muff. This is the Janice who is into scrapbooking. I realize now that I should have taken a picture of the holiday greeting cards she made. I'm always amazed how professional and pretty the handmade cards look.
Here I am working on the "Hooray For Me" gloves. The one on my hand is just for show. It now has a permanent home at the store. It will forever stay as a sample of that type of sock yarn. I cut the pattern down to 46 st and it fits mucho mejor (much better).
Here is Colleen working on a tube sock for one of her young family members (I forget who. I really should take notes when I talk to people, especially if I expect to write about it later).
Last night Q and I went to the local Indian casino for the buffet dinner (Friday is seafood night, my fave). The waitress comes by to get our drink order and we both order a beer and ice water. She repeats the order with one wrong beer. So I tell her again that I want Coor's Light. She comes back with the two beers, no ice water. I of course, am pissed. Q tells me to calm down and that he'll remind her yadda yadda yadda. So while I am up at the buffet, she stops by the table and according to Q, asks him if he wants anything else and all of a sudden realizes her mistake and says,"Oh, I forgot the water. (She then proceeds to pout and say) No tip for me tonight." Q said it was all he could do not to die with laughter. I guess she was a couple slices short of a loaf.
Finally, this picture is the funniest thing ever. Check out Lily's fat butt.