Burnt out…

28 November, 2006 at 7:50 pm (Uncategorized)

Just seriously, honestly, totally, f’in burnt out.

Tired of research papers.

Tired of philosophy presentations and debates.

Tired of working for next to nothing.

Tired of monotony.

Tired of allergies.

Tired of being tired.

Tired of worrying about everything.

Tired of  – ah, fudge it, you get the point.

I’m having strong hide-under-the-bed urges, and it’s only going to get worse now that final exams, presentations, recitations and theses have arrived.

The semester ends next Thursday.  I should be relieved, but instead I’m just dreading next semester.

This blows.

No knitting today, sorry.  I am about halfway done with Sophie for Jo.  I decided to spice it up with some two colour work (something I’ve never done before), and it’s not half bad.  Hope to have it done and felted by mid next week, so I can move on with the holiday knits.  Peace out, yo.

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Happy Turkey Day!

23 November, 2006 at 9:36 am (Uncategorized)

The scarf…

…she blocks.

FO pictures to follow. Check back with me later today. 🙂

ETA:  Here is it!  Please ignore my unsightly double chin.

I LOVE this scarf!

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Lacevember Questions

7 November, 2006 at 11:48 am (Uncategorized)

Shhh….I’m so in class right now and shouldn’t be blogging…here you go:

The knitting questions, or the usual suspects

How long have you been knitting?
Since April 2005

How did you learn to knit?

I bought a booklet called “I Taught Myself Knitting” at Wal-Mart

Favorite thing about knitting?

Watching how stitches interlock, watching pieces grow, how flexible it makes my poor damaged fingers feel.

How long have you been knitting lace?

I had my first lace experience over the summer.  It was a nasty-coloured reddish shawl with my own “pattern”: knit a row, next row YO, k2tog, for many, MANY inches

Favorite thing about knitting lace.

It’s so delicate, and looks so impressive.

The yarn questions, or flash your stash

Favorite lace yarn?

I have minimal lace experience; the only laceweight yarn I’ve used is KP Shadow, for a couple shawls.  I did make some lace socks for KP Palette, but the Shadow as much nicer.

variegated or solids for shawls?

Depends on the pattern, I guess.

Favorite lace color?
Deep jewel tones and earthy colours
Technique, or show us your skillz

Circs or straights?

Circs, all the way

Favorite lace knitting trick?
Stitch markers

Lifelines? If so with what?

Lifelines?  I don’t need no stinkin’ lifelines… (I knit dangerously!)
Fancy blocking wires, or just sewing pins stuck in your carpet?

I’d love a set of the wires, but for now, it’s embrodery thread through the ends and lots of pins into the matress.

Pattern, or can you follow directions

shawls or lacey items?

I love shawls, but I get more use from scarves and socks
triangle, rectangle, or circular shawls?
I’ve only made rectangular shawls, but circular and triangular both intrigue me…

Charts or printed instructions?

Charts scare me, but some day I’ll get over that

Favorite lace you’ve knit?

I made a single bright red lacey ribbed sock.  It is lost, and I miss it.

Favorite lace you want to knit?

Too many to name…so many patterns…

Just Fun, yup that’s right, just for fun

Favorite jelly belly flavor?

Pear.  The pear ones and sooo yummy.  There are other good ones too, I just HATE the buttered popcorn ones.

Tell me everything you know about Eric the Red…..

Eh?

Coke, classic or with lime?

Eww…Pepsi with Cherry

Holiday carols, sing along, or wish they would be banned from all public airwaves?

I have to admit, even though I’m not christian, I love a good Christmas Carol

What is the definition of irony?

The use of words expressing something other than their literal intention. (Or so Futurama tells me…)

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?

Eww….BLOW POPS!

Why is my cat always puking in front of my son’s bedroom door?

Spite?

What is your superhero power?

I can boil water with the power of my mind.

If the laundry is 9 foot by 11 foot (just dreaming, that’s a big laundry room), and the walls are 8 feet tall, and you are going to tile the entire room in tiles that are 3 inches by 5 inches, what color should those tiles be?

Grey, because it goes with clothes.

What’s for dinner tonight?

Probably a hot dog from Quick Trip…but lunch will be fried rice.

What is clogging my children’s bathtub drain?

Hair?  Fur?  YARN???

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A Quick Update

5 November, 2006 at 7:40 pm (CARSEARCH!, knitting, Lacevember, personal, yarn)

Today concludes the Great Car Search Weekend. What fun! *sarcasm!* I have looked at SO. MANY. CARS. I spent most of Thursday, all of Friday, a better part of Saturday and this afternoon, but I have a car.

This is my old car, ‘Mo-car the Escort:

He was wonderful, and I’ll miss him.

Here is my adorable new car, who hasn’t been named yet:

A bright red Chevy Metro 2 door hatchback. Yummy. So cute and tiny, and she runs great (AND she fit my budget!) And the fuel economy? Yay!

She makes ‘Mo-car look huge.

(I guess I should explain some more: earlier this week, ‘Mo-car started rattling terribly, shaking and rocking. The brakes suddenly don’t work so well – I have to floor them, or I will hit things. My dad (a mechanic) says the repairs would cost somewhere in the $800 range. I love ‘Mo-car to death, he’s been good to me, and we’ve had some great times. I wrecked him when I was sixteen, and [after some somewhat pricey repairs] he still stayed with me. But just in the last six months, I’ve put over a thousand bucks into repairing him. It’s time to move on. 😦 I love you, ‘Mo-car, and I thank you for all the happy times.)

(Can you tell I get attached to my cars? I spend so much time in my car, it becomes a mini-home. Yes, I name them. Yes, I’m a loser. 🙂 )

In between car shopping, I have done some extensive yarn organization.

What’s that? *double-take* YARN ORGANIZATION???

Yep. Now, I don’t have many “before” pictures. It was a travesty, and certainly not photographable.

This was the main basket. It’s a GIGANTIC laundry basket, stuffed full and over flowing. The HL sack in front were full of an afghan in progress, and the cardboard box next to it was full of miscellaneous bits and pieces.

These baskets (partially hidden in the tiny, overstuffed closet) were full of yarn, with a few bits of fabric.

So, I’ve hung some shelves! Yay!

This is where the laundry basket used to sit. Better, eh? That top shelf is full of Classic Wool and some little bits. The second is a few random bits, and the bottom is tools, cottons, some hemp, etc. Those bags next to it hold WIPs.

This is above that. The bottom shelf is all sock yarn, the second is lace and some random chenilles and stuff. The top two are acrylics and novelty yarns.

And this, this is my favourite:

It’s just good stuff. We had to work to mount those cubes, as they’re meant to stand on the floor, but it’s full of worsted weights, mostly naturals, and mostly with plans. The rods holding it up will hold a clothes rod, for blocking purposes. The shevles below are just multi-purpose. Lots of knitting things, along with all the candles, incense, etc. I love organization. 😀

So, what with the car shopping and shelf hanging, this is the first time I’ve gotten to mention Lacevember! I’m making Marnie’s Scarf with KP Shadow. I haven’t gotten far, but here it is:

And that’s all for now. Keep cool, folks!

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