Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Viewer Discretion Is Advised

We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog posting for an emergency broadcast from AFCY (Advocates For Clean Yarn).

In the late evening hours of Wednesday, July 25, 2007 an innocent knitter's yarn stash was brutally urinated on. The suspect is described as a one foot tall, male, siamese tabby with blue eyes and white and grey fur. He is known by the name of Mr Whiskers. An interview with the victim follows:

Reporter: Stephanie, how has this senseless crime made you feel?

Stephanie: @!#$%^&$ * (&$?(*&;^:{>? * *#@"'^;?>!! +=_-&* %!!##@ {Sob} $~`&"???! > {sob} {sob} WHY MEEEEEEEEE?!?!?!?!?

Reporter: It's okay. Take a moment to compose yourself......................................................
Now Stephanie, has Mr. Whiskers ever exhibited behavior like this in the past?

Stephanie: No. And that's what makes this all so shocking. We had just moved and apparently in all the confusion, he mistook a basket of yarn for his litter box - they're very similar in shape and size. Either that, or it was sheer laziness or even revenge for having the audacity to disrupt his peaceful little kitty world by moving.

Reporter: Thank you, Stephanie.

And in typical feline behavior, where only the best will do, the basket contained high quality yarns made of luxury fibers by Rowan, Jaeger, and Classic Elite. Mr Whiskers calculatingly bypassed the basket of crap yarn made by Red Heart and Caron.

A trial was held the very same day in the case of Stephanie vs Mr.Whiskers. The appointed Judge was Stephanie. The plaintiff's lawyer was Stephanie. When asked if he wanted to exercise his right for legal council, the defendant's response was "Meow", which we all know does not mean "yes". The jury was Stephanie. The evidence submitted was:

A) Mr. Whiskers is the only cat in the house.

B) When the victim checked the litter box, she discovered it had not been used in the entire two days since they'd arrived at the house.

C) When asked who urinated in the yarn basket, Mr. Whiskers responded by saying ME(ow).

There you have it folks - a confession. He then proceeded to stare blankly ahead and show no signs of remorse. And I think I'm correct when I say, such cold, heartless behavior didn't win him any points with the jury.

A ball of Rowan Cotton Glace took the stand. And in a heart-wrenching account that left not a single dry eye in the courtroom, told of how ever since it had been a tiny little cotton plant growing in the fields, it had big dreams of being a lacy tank top, or even a fair isle cardigan. And now all those dreams may be shattered.

The jury debated for thirty seconds and then announced a verdict of "Guilty of first degree yarn defacement."

A sentence of immediate banishment to the laundry room was imposed, where Mr.Whiskers will remain for a minimum of one day, with a possibility of parole for good behavior (using the litter box).

We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog.

Hi every one. I've been wanting to post for the last few days, but I'm currently locked in a standoff with my computer. I'm trying to set up a wireless Internet connection, and so far the computer is kicking my butt. I'm writing this post from a friend's computer. I've made progress on the lilac colored side tie vest from Vogue Knitting (Spring/Summer 2006 for anyone who was wondering). I've finished the back and left the shoulder stitches on holders so I can try my hand at joining the shoulder seam with the kitchener stitch. I saw side-by-side comparison photos in a magazine recently, between shoulders done with kitchener stitch and the so called "invisible" horizontal seam that I normally use, which leaves that not so invisible ridge.
I'm about halfway done with left front. I've run into to some possible problems with the pattern. The maths are just not adding up, and if I knit as the instructions tell me, the actual knitted piece does not look the same as the schematic. I went to the Vogue Knitting website to check for errata before I even cast on. I don't know if you've ever looked at their errata page(s) before, but from the sheer number of mistakes in each and every issue, I made a mental note to always check for errors before starting one of their patterns. Anyway, there was a mistake with the pattern, which I wrote down and followed accordingly. But it's a whole other part of the pattern I'm having problems with. I know I'm being kind of vague, but I want to have pictures to show when I go into detail about it. And that won't happen until I can convince my computer that we make a better team than enemies.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Those who knit for children are very brave (or masochistic)

Disclaimer: I am utterly exhausted from lack of sleep and all this moving business. Therefore, if the following post is complete gibberish, I can't be held responsible as I'm pleading temporary insanity.

I'm posting my first finished project for this blog! Follow along with the pictures, to hear all about my exciting photo shoot with Sophia.

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Sophie glaring at me because I've put all her toys into big boxes and taped them shut, and the last thing she wants to do is pose for me.

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Sophie (sort of) smiling because I've bribed her with candy. (All right! All right! I might have kinda threatened to only ever make things for me from this day on, if she didn't cooperate.) (Okay FINE! There was the teeniest amount of pouting on my part, about all the time I put into that sweater and now she's giving me such a hard time. But in my defense, sometimes bribing, or threats, or guilt trips don't work when used on their own, and you have to find the right creative mix to get the result your looking for.)

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Sophie running away. {sigh} There's only so much you can ask of a five year old.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

No such thing as too many books

So I've been packing for the last couple of days, and the end is still nowhere in sight. Today I got to the book shelves, and had the idea of showing you what's in my knitting, sewing, craft collection. This of course doesn't include all the knitting magazines I have. =) But as the title of this post states................and in my opinion, that especially applies to craft related books. And there are still so many more on my wish list. I started an Amazon.com craft book wish list. And sometime in the future, when my life's a little less chaotic, I'll start adding them to my collection one by one ( or maybe five by five ;) ). Anyway, if you see any in the pics below that you've been thinking about buying but would like a better idea of what's in them before you spend your hard earned money, let me know and I'll post pictures of the projects inside. Also, I would love to see what's on other peoples book shelves {hint, hint}. Sorry about the glare from the flash, I tried taking pics without it, but it's been cloudy and raining all day, and they didn't come out too good.

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RRRRRR! After I published this post, I saw that it had cut off the right side of the pictures because the center panel isn't wide enough. I went and messed around with the HTML of the template, but didn't suceed in making it wider. My knowledge of HTML is very limited. If anyone knows how fix it, please let me know. Of course, I could make the pics smaller so they'd fit with the template, as is. But I like large clear pictures. And more importantly, I don't like being told what I can and can't do by some stupid template. >: (

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

My reason for everything

I reserved my moving truck today. That simple action really locked it into my head that "this is real". I'm really moving across the country in a few days. I can't even begin to explain how many emotions that stirs up in me. Some are good, and some.............not so easy to process right now. I'm moving because it's my choice. And I whole heartedly believe it's the best choice for Sophie and me. But part of me is very sad about saying good bye. Good bye to friends in this part of the world. Good bye to sunshine nearly every day of the year. And palm trees. Good bye to the house and rooms that hold so many memories of the last three years. A temporary good bye to a feeling of order and familiarity, until we get settled and life develops a rhythm again.

But I'm also saying hello to a lot of things. Hello to family and friends that we miss so much. Hello to fiery colors in the fall. Hello to snowmen and sled riding. Hello to sweaters, and mittens, and hats.......that I get to knit! =) Hello to Sophie's first day of Kindergarten. I'm going to cry on her first day of school. I can see it already. Just the thought of her in her first-day-of-school-clothes with a Hello Kitty back pack that's almost as big as her, stocked with Crayola crayons and Elmer's glue. Eeeeeeeee!
And that's why. That's how I know that no matter how chaotic this move is currently making my insides feel, it's all okay. She's my reality check. My reminder of what really matters. My reason for everything.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

W.i.p. it good

Just a quick post tonight. Here's a project that's very close to being finished:

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It's the bolero from Debbie Bliss' Junior Knits. It's for my daughter Sophia. The cool thing about this pattern is that the back, fronts, and sleeves are knit all in one piece. Super easy and no shoulder or armhole seams to sew. =) All I have left to do is seam one side, sew in the ends, and block it. I substituted Jaeger Extra Fine Merino Aran for the Cashmerino Aran. Plus I knit the cuffs shorter. I didn't like how bulky they looked in the picture when you knit them long and rolled them back. Other than that, no changes to the pattern.

This is my other W.I.P. :

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It's from a back issue of Vogue Knitting. I'm almost done with the back. I used Classic Elite Provence in place of the yarn called for (can't remember off the top of my head what it was).

And these are some of the other patterns in the above magazine that I'm eyeing. Though there are soooo many things I want to knit, that I don't know if and when I'll get to these. :

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Sweet dreams. I'm off to catch up on some much needed sleep.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

You can't get were you're going if you never take the first step......

I've been thinking about starting a blog for about two months now. But I kept putting it off because "it just wasn't a convenient time in my life to take on something new", or at least that's what I kept telling myself. But today I decided I didn't want it to turn into "one of those things I never got around to." Wow..................the first step really is so much easier than we often convince ourselves it's going to be. You see how simple that was - I just typed a few sentences............and lookie here! I have a blog!!

An-y-way, I'm going to start with, let's see......................seventeen, yeah seventeen sounds like a good number -

Seventeen Things About Me (A.K.A. The Good, The Bad, And I Don't Know You Guys Well Enough To Admit That):

  1. I drink WAAAAY too much coffee. You know how a car will just sputter out and refuse to move if you don't keep an adequate amount of gas in it? Well that's the same kind of relationship I have with coffee.

  2. I love, love, love knitting and all things knitting related.

  3. Sadly, I don't know one single other real-live knitter. Only the ones I see in blog land.

  4. The above often makes me feel slightly dorky and deprived among my non-knitting friends. Sometimes I wonder if this knitting isolation has anything to do with the fact that I live in Florida. Maybe people just don't knit in a place that gets so freakin' hot.

  5. I'm moving to the Pennsylvania/Ohio area that I'm originally from, in one week. Which I'm excited about because among other things............you guessed it - real live knitters!!! I KNOW there are alot of yarn shops up north.

  6. I also really like to sew.

  7. And read.

  8. I have a five year old daughter who is the best thing, and the most stress-inducing thing that's ever happened to me. One of the things I find most challenging about parenting, is how difficult it is to have the luxury of an uninterrupted thought.

  9. I'm currently obsessed with the color red. I hadn't even realized it until a saw a bunch of the things I've recently made sitting next to each other.

  10. I am a horrible speller. I just learned that nifty little tid-bit about myself when I hit the spellcheck ten seconds ago.

  11. I love socializing, but also have a very introverted side to me, which often gets mistaken for snobbery. And I hate that. I'm one of the least snobby people I know. =)

  12. If I could have one super power, it would be to have the ability to pause time. So I could do whatever I want for an hour or so, while the world just stood still.

  13. I'm happiest when I'm learning. Not necessarily in an academic environment, but I'm a huge advocate of that old saying - "If you're green you grow, if you're ripe you rot."

  14. I'm 27 years old.

  15. I have a cat named Mr. Whiskers and sometimes I think about getting another that's a female, just so I can have a Mrs. Meow and Mr. Whiskers.

  16. I would love to move to a European country (I'm not sure which one) and see what it's like to live in a culture that's very different than that of the U.S.

  17. One day I'm going to teach myself to speak French.

And to wrap up this post, a picture of Matilda, who was just born today:

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