Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Soup is So Good

I have been sick since Saturday night. Yes, I started getting sick on Christmas.

There has been no knitting, no crocheting, very little walking, limited talking, or anything else.

I'm hoping the medicine they've given me will start to make me feel better.

I've wanted to try to read Knitting Into the Mystery, but with the nausea I was afraid the book could get damaged. I may try starting it again today.

Hope everyone else is having a great Holiday Season!

Thanks, Thuy, for the Christmas Wishes!

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Hope everyone has a safe and wonderfully blessed holiday!

I'm hoping to start my shawl today. I anticipate a hectic weekend, so this is wishful thinking!

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Uh oh, I'm running out of time

I didn't order from the catalogs like I said I would. Now I'm frantic, trying to get my Christmas shopping done. Because we have a big extended family, and because I don't like to give tacky gifts that people won't like or use, I usually start shopping early to avoid frustration and angst.

To top it off, B&N's website no longer has a book in stock that I planned to order. I had it in my shopping cart for two days but kept trying to make sure I had everything I needed before I hit the order button. Now, the item isn't availble for a few weeks.

Somehow, I really thought I could get everything done. There's still time...

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Rushed Entry

My shawl yarn arrived. I'll be making the Falling Leaves Shawl from Lavish Lace. I'll probably start it Christmas Day.

I took a photo of the yarn but it didn't come out very well. I bought the "kit" so it's the same colorway as in the above picture.

I'm especially excited.

I also have some Cascade Fixation for a gag gift found in the Summer Issue of Knitty.

I've been wanting to try this yarn for a while so I may dive into it tonight. If it works well for me, I may see if hubby will pick up a few skeins for some socks.

Long overdue is the picture of the not exciting but "for a good cause" hat.
Top of hat:

I'm off to work and to try to wrap and mail presents on my lunch break. Wish me luck.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

If only Santa were real...

I'm buried in the holiday responsibilities.

I'm counting down the days I have to finish everything.

I'm feeling out of my league this year.

No knitting or crocheting has happened in several days. I'm not sure if I'll have a chance to knit or crochet again before Christmas Day.

In any event, I'll post a picture of the hat tomorrow...really...unless something horrible happens.
I'll also post a picture of the yarn for my shawl once it arrives.

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 10, 2004

Almost Finished

I'm almost finished my son's scarf. I'll be finishing it tonight and trying to do a little blocking to tomorrow.

I'm still a little overwhelmed with my son's sweater, so I'll be reading over the pattern again tonight.

I'm debating about starting my DNA scarf that should already be done or another hat. The tie is definitely going to the frog pond.

I may knit a bit on my forgotten Klaralund sleeve.

I just want to knit tonight, no matter what the project is.

Things About Me, maybe 100, maybe not

I was told I should do this list when I first started my blog but I hesitated. Now I've decided I may as well post a list.

Things About Me -- in no particular order:

1. I love personality tests but I see how people/companies could use them against you.
2. For Meyers-Briggs, I am an INFP/INFJ. The INFP is the truer me.
3. I married an ESTJ and it makes harmony a little challenging.
4. I do not have a favorite color.
5. One of my favorite musicians is Jonathan Butler.
6. When I was 21, I would work out for 2 hrs a day. I had a resting heart rate of 60.
7. Now, I'm always too tired to work out and I wouldn't dream of telling anyone my resting heart rate.
8. I was left-handed, then someone switched me to make life "easier for me."
9. I hate driving.
10. When I carry cash, I like all the bills to face the same way, with each denomination in order of value.
11. I have no pets. We may get a dog, someday, if we move to an area with a bigger yard, and if we can agree on a breed.
12. I go through phases where I don't like ice cream. I'm not in that phase right now.
13. I used to be amazingly optimistic.
14. A realist is what I now consider myself to be but hubby says I'm a pessimist.
15. I don't drink coffee or cappuccino. There is always an aftertaste that I don't like.
16. I prefer Pepsi over Coca-Cola.
17. Right now I'm trying not to drink either.
18. I don't like for different foods on my plate to touch.
19. Until I was about 18, I ate each food separately, one food, then another.
20. I didn't notice I was doing it until someone pointed it out to me when I was about 13.
21. I decided it was immature to eat them by sections, so I made a conscious effort to eat a little of each food throughout my meal.
22. Looking back on it now, I wonder why anyone would care how I ate my food and also why it mattered enough to me to change it.
23. Trust is difficult for me.
24. Unless I'm performing, in a theatrical sense, I don't like crowds.
25. I believe we all have talents, skills, areas where we shine.
26. I believe some of my talents and skills are buried under the desire to just survive.
27. I lost one of my best friends to AIDS.
28. He was a remarkable man and I miss him.
29. I value my friendships dearly but don't actively seek lots of contact. (Remember, I'm an INFP.)
30. I play the part of an extrovert at work, when I have a job.
31. Most people at work have no idea that although I like them, I'm worn out by the time I get home from all the interaction.
32. I love languages.
33. I started learning French and Spanish.
34. I really need to get back to them, brush-up on words and phrases, and learn more words, idioms, and such.
35. I was a great speller until I started learning French.
36. I know a few words in Swedish.
37. I am finally an official member of a local Knitting Guild.
38. Even though I love the guild, I'm thinking of starting a knitting group closer to home.
29. I've been knitting a little over a year.
30. I learned to crochet before I learned to knit.
31. I can't read crochet patterns...yet...but I do pretty well with knitting far.
32. I think about knitting and crocheting all the time.
33. I've never knit anything with a chunky yarn.
34. I only own one skein of anything heavier than worsted weight.
35. I'm a Rowanette but I never post to the Rowan site.
36. I keep waiting for Kim Hargreaves to open her website.
37. I used to write poems, short stories, plays, and articles.
38. I miss writing but feel I've lost my voice.
39. I think it's related to the whole cycle of "deferring a dream."
40. I probably need to rekindle the dream before the explosion occurs.
41. I suffer horribly from fatigue.
42. No matter how much sleep I get, it never seems to be quite enough.
43. I love to drink really cold water.
44. Before I became pregnant with my son, I did not like to drink water that was cooler than room temperature.
45. While I was pregnant, the water had to be really cold.
46. When I was pregnant I couldn't eat ground beef.
47. I'm definitely not pregnant, but I'm finding I no longer like ground beef.
48. I keep EVERYONE at a distance.
49. I don't like to have anyone too close.
50. I'm a closet watcher of The Real World.
51. When I get to watch tv, which isn't often, I love to watch shows on HGTV, TLC, and A&E, like Sell this House, Curb Appeal, Design on a Dime, House Hunters, Mission Organization, What Not to Wear BBC, What Not to Wear TLC, and Clean Sweep.
52. I still like music from the 80's and even some from the 70's, especially Bill Withers.
53. I used to love going to the movie theatre.
54. I haven't been to a movie in over a year.
55. Recently, as in the last four years, we've started renting more movies.
56. I like dramas, mysteries, and comedies.
57. One of my favorite movies is How Stella Got Her Groove Back because I loved the friendship between Stella and Delilah.
58. I liked the way they supported and cared for one another, no matter the situation.
59. Even though I had read the book before seeing the movie, when Delilah died, I cried until I could barely see.
60. Another movie I loved was Wit.
61. I saw it for the first time several months after my father-in-law (FIL) died.
61. I couldn't take my eyes off of the screen even though I was crying like a baby.
61. Amadeus is another favorite.
62. If you can get past the cursing and killing, I highly recommend The Last Kiss Good-night.
63. Obviously, I like a variety of movies with "round" characters, with a decent plot.
64. Two of my favorite designers of clothing no longer have clothing lines. Therefore, I'm holding on to the garments that I still have, dreading the day when they are no longer suitable to wear.
65. One of them, by far the one I miss the most, is Carol Little, as her clothing was fun, diverse, and comfortable.
66. I love reading fiber-related blogs.
67. My favorites are those that seem to be from friendly people with a positive attitude and those willing to share things they've learned.
68. The first sweater I ever wanted to knit was Cheesylove.
69. I found Cheesylove by accident while hunting for a baby blanket pattern.
70. I found the Hoover Blanket at Knitty and decided to see what other patterns they had.
71. If it had not been for Cheesylove, all I ever would have considered knitting or crocheting would be baby items.
72. Now I'm a big Knitty fan and open to making all sorts of projects.
73. I ordered a yarn for a shawl as a Christmas present to myself this year.
74. My son has requested more knitted objects for himself.
75. My son is probably my biggest knitting fan.
76. He simply glows when I make something for him.
77. The first item I ever finished was for him.
78. It was a blanket that he still uses and will promptly tell you is HIS.
79. I'm still searching for nice cotton yarns that don't look awful after washing because of his allergies and sensitive skin.
80. I let him take pictures with the digital camera frequently because at the age of three, he took a few pictures that were great.
81. I want to make sure I encourage him to do the things he enjoys.
82. It's important to me to be a good wife and a good mother.
83. I met my husband in church when we were kids.
84. We didn't date until much later in life.
85. Two things I love about him are his laughter and his smile.
86. I admire his strength and adaptability.
87. My mom is one of my favorite people in the world.
88. We have grown closer as I have gotten older.
89. When I was younger, I was really close with my paternal grandmother who died when I was in my early twenties.
90. Her death is still fresh to me, as if it were yesterday.
91. Both sets of my grandparents were very good to me.
92. Each one had special talents and qualities.
93. My maternal grandfather crocheted, had a farm, and great mechanical ability. The fact that he crocheted makes me so very proud of crocheting and appreciate that manly men can crochet.
94. My paternal grandfather was wonderful with animals and for a bit, was a photographer. I love taking pictures and nuture the picture taker in my son.
95. My paternal grandmother was a great cook, vivacious, God-fearing, and full of love. I still bake a few things that she would make just to feel like she's near me at the holidays.
96. My maternal grandmother is the sole surfing grandparent I have. She had always been incredibly patient, pleasant, and God-fearing, before dementia crept-in. When I'm alone, I hum, just like she does.
97. My favorite flowers are daffodils, tulips, and purple irises but I think it's a wonderful gesture to send roses.
98. It took me months of sporadic additions and omissions to make this list.
99. I've listed and erased several of the 100 "things" during this time.
100. I'm enjoying reading the list of others so I hope at least one person enjoys my list.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Marnie's Poll

I've been a fan of Marnie MacLean's patterns for quite some time. She recently started a blog which I thoroughly enjoy.

I don't know her personally but she seems very generous and like a friendly, pleasant person.

She has recently posted her new pattern for Bella Paquita, which, I may add, is gorgeous. Check it out and see what you think.

She posed a question and posted a poll as to whether designers who share free patterns are hurting designers who are trying to sell their patterns. It's at the bottom of the December 9th entry.

It's an interesting point to ponder.

While pondering this, I was also pondering my B&N Membership. I buy most of my knitting books from B&N, with Amazon, and Knitpicks trailing closely behind. I rarely get any offers from them in the mail and this year I did not even get the catalog that they send out at Christmas. I'm starting to wonder if it's worth it to be a member.

I was also a member at Waldenbooks and Books-A-Million. Their memberships cost a lot less and Waldenbooks used to give you something back each time you spent $100. Unfortunately, Waldenbooks recently discontinued the Preferred Reader Program.

I'm told B&N only sent out the Christmas catalog to random members. I must admit I was enraged.

When I add it all up, I think I probably do come out ahead, especially with online savings that B&N offers, but for some reason I just feel like there should be more incentives to become and to stay a member.

Maybe I'm just in a bad mood because I didn't get a lot of sleep for a few nights.

I could also be a little more annoyed because I haven't been able to do any knitting.

I'll be pulling out my son's sweater tonight to work on it.

Must. Knit. Today. For. My. Personal. Sanity. And. The. Sanity. OF. Those. Around. Me.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

The New Knitty is Up

I'm always excited when the new Knitty comes out. Even if I don't like all the patterns, I like seeing different techniques and different people's ideas.

My son was sitting with me as I eagerly waited for the pictures to download on the pattern page. Before I even noticed the page had downloaded, he started yelling about the penguin. I will have to check the stash for yarn for Pasha.

I also decided I liked Tempting and Mariah.

I've only used a chart twice, so I'm planning to read over Charts are Your Friends and I'm always pleased with Techniques with Theresa. If you've ever pondered writing your own patterns, take a peek at this.

While I'm sure they rejected some good patterns and some good articles, I still enjoy their season patterns and surprises.

I like Knitty...a lot.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Sorting and Distributing

I've been knitting a little on my son's scarf. He's happy to just have the hat right now as his mind has turned to Christmas and all the decorations in the area.

Last night we were riding out and he was so excited about seeing all the lights. He made me excited about them too.

I've also frogged and restarted the blue baby hat. Since I'm not knitting from a pattern, or even any of my own preplanned schematics, the hat is more of a toddler's size. I'll probably finish it tonight and I'll post the picture here:

I'm still dreaming of knitting a shawl but trying very hard not to start one until at least the 20th of December...unless I decide to make one as a gift.

I've updated my list of books and patterns I own. Now I'm working on updating my list of needles and sizes. After that, I'll try to set up my spreadsheet of my yarn stash and working getting rid of the acrylic yarn.

Originally I purchased the acrylic yarn because I just wanted to knit and crochet and I thought yarn was yarn. I know, perish the thought. Then, I figured the acrylic would be good for charity projects. I still think it might be good for charity projects but I'm just not fond of pure acrylic. I don't frown upon people using it; I just don't want to use it.

Now, I must decide whether to knit and crochet projects like crazy with it until it's gone, to give it away, or to donate it directly to a charity. Since knitting and crocheting for babies is one of the main things that drew me to the crafts, most of the acrylic yarn is in pastel colors.

Hopefully, I can make a little sense of the acrylic stash this weekend. The faster I decide what to do with it, the faster I make room for something I like better.

I'm also searching for longer (40" or more) and shorter (11" to 12") circular needles in bamboo. Perusing of the LYS's is in order.

Could be a tough job, scoping the LYS's, but I'm up to the task.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS Day.

Please be aware of your risk factors. Please know that AIDS cases in women are on the rise.

Support World AIDS Day

There's Always Tomorrow

The scarf is coming along. It should be finished but I haven't had a lot of time to knit. I've learned a few things while knitting this scarf. I didn't expect to learn anything from it but I'm glad that I did.

I still haven't picked out a hat for my husband. He says he trusts me to pick one. Needless to say, I'll be getting his approval on the pattern, unless I make one up.

I went to the beauty salon today. I didn't want to take any of my WIP's or UFO's so I started a charity baby hat for a boy. I frogged it when something seemed wrong with it. I'm not sure WHAT WAS WRONG but something didn't seem right. I'll be starting the hat again on dpn's rather than the circulars until I can get some 12" ones.

I'm going to a new salon so my eyebrows are different than when the previous "stylist" did them. I'm not sure how I feel about them. They are monsterlike in that there is a full area right at the beginning. The rest of the eyebrow is thinner. Hubby says it looks good. Is he just trying to placate me? I'm not sure. I'll see if I get any strange looks at work.

I'm still itching to start a sock or shawl. I'm not doing that, though, until I finish a WIP or a UFO.

I've got too much on my mind. It's no wonder I want to just start something new.

A little sleep will make me feel better. Sweet dreams and sweet rest are always wonderful after a stessful day.

Too much frustration, too little energy...
Tomorrow will be better.