Samoa and first Socks

it has been brought to my attention that one week from today, I will be in summer, as I leave for Samoa in one week. It will be an interesting change from wearing scarves and wool jackets to work on a daily basis as has been my habit the last week. In case you were interested, here is the weather forecast for where I will be headed.

Dec 7 Today
Partly cloudy skies this morning will give way to occasional showers during the afternoon. High 82F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.
Dec 7 Tonight
Scattered thunderstorms. Low 76F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%.
Dec 8 Tomorrow
Mostly cloudy with showers and a few thunderstorms. High 82F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%.
Dec 8 Tomorrow night
Variable clouds with scattered thunderstorms. Low 77F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Dec 9 Saturday
Scattered thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the upper 70s.
Dec 10 Sunday
Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the upper 70s.
Dec 11 Monday
More sun than clouds. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the upper 70s.
Dec 12 Tuesday
Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the upper 70s.
Dec 13 Wednesday
Plenty of sun. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the upper 70s.
Dec 14 Thursday
Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the upper 70s.
Dec 15 Friday
Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the upper 70s.
Dec 16 Saturday
Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the upper 70s.

Last night a friend and I went to an LYS and I bought a book called Knit Socks and some yarn and started my first socks. My friend started the same pair with me and my goal is to get to the heel of Stockinette Starter before I see her on Monday so we can work through the tough parts together.

This is my first pair of socks and could be the beginning of a long a painful relationship :)


Knitting projects and Thanksgiving Re-cap

So I was gonna have some free time at work today and was planning on blogging in that free time. I packed up my camera to take to work and found my camera cable to upload pictures from it. I brought knitting to talk about. I was so organized. When I got ready to blog, I found that my camera cable must still be on my desk at home because it is not here. Oopsie. Although those of you who know me are not terribly surprised at my inability to leave the house with the items I need. However my roommate has come along and saved the day. YAY Roomie!

Anyway. I have begun a top-down raglan pullover in all stockinette using the yarn from the ugly garage sale sweater I picked up recently. My plan was to take this yarn and this project with me on the upcoming trip for work. I however, could not wait to get it started because I spent much too much time thinking about the technicalities of this sweater and I am just to the center of the bust with the arm stitches sitting on some waste yarn for now. This sweater will likely be finished before I even leave on this work trip, but that is ok. I will wear it on the ship and I will be warm.

I have decided I may do some stockinette cables on stockinette background down the sleeves and maybe a few near the waist. I have never seen this, although I am sure the entire knitting world excluding myself knows what this looks like. I cannot for the life of me find a photo of this concept anywhere and so as far as I am concerned I am inventing the wheel :)

I had decided I was going to knit my first pair of socks, from recycled yarn from a black wool sweater vest I got at a yard sale the same day as the ugly garage sale sweater, however, when I began to rip this sweater out, I quickly noticed that it was not going to work. It was cut from knitted fabric and sewn together. This means that the parts this vest consisted of were not knit from one piece of yarn but each row is one piece of yarn. Foiled Again!!

Since it is a wool/nylon but mostly wool blend, I may felt it and see what I can cut out of it, coasters (I don't have any use for coasters), mittens (ech, doesn't sound appealing) or perhaps a small case for my camera and cable (hmm.... we may have a winner there). I don't know. I will have to wait to see what it felts like and that won't be any time soon.

I put some work stuff on the ship I will be on before it left port so that I wouldn't have to fly with some of it. Included was the yarn, book and needles to make Sexy Ribs Pullover from Big Girl Knits that I discussed making in a previous post. That will be a big project so hopefully it will keep me busy on the ship.

While at home for thanksgiving I finished my voodoo wrist-warmers from knitty.com although, no matter how many times I count the damn things, they are not quite identical, although they both fit and function. I may rip the second one back, just a little and fix it, but then again... they are just for me... we'll see what I do with that. If I wait long enough the question answers itself :)

On another note I was planning to record last week's episode of gilmore girls and I completely forgot. I am so mad at myself because not only did I miss another episode of gilmore girls, but I missed a gilmore girls about KNITTING! If any recorded it, feel free to loan me your copy. I would love you forever. I found this button

at a wonderful blog that I will now be reading every day!


This Thanksgiving was the best holiday I have ever shared with my family. With three younger sisters (most of us were teenagers at the same time and the youngest is a teenager now) usually there is a fight of some kind although in recent years, since we don't all share one bathroom anymore we have been getting along better.

However Thanksgivings in the past have almost always worked out in this manner. T-day begins with mom not having enough time to finish the pumpkin pies, pumpkin roll and whatever other dishes we need to get done to take to gramma's. The TV is running football in the background.

My sisters and I put off taking our showers because, none of us are looking forward to doing our hair, so we are all fighting for the bathroom to shower at the last possible minute. Inevitably, my father puts on holey sweatpants and slippers, a straw hat and says he is ready to go what is taking everyone else so long. Mom takes time from the pumpkin rolls to tell him to change and one of his daughters has to follow him to the closet to pick out his clothes. Mom showers last because she was busy cooking and we are all in a mad dash to fit all 6 of us and food in the car.

By this point. Someone is not talking to someone else. Never fails someone is fighting.

Now THIS year was amazing!

This year, three sister's shared two bathrooms and everyone was showered on time. Another sister was at her own house and hosted dinner. All the food was cooked beforehand and warmed day of. All four grandparents were there, this means one dinner and time to share with my immediate family. No siblings fought. No one cried. No fighting over cleaning or doing dishes, we all helped unasked even the youngest. Games were played.

my yummy yummy dinner. yes i took a picture of my dinner. so what?

On Friday my sisters and I all went with my mom to make tiles for her newly decorated kitchen at one of those paint your own ceramics places.

I think mine came put pretty well. It was supposed to be birds of paradise, but I didn't look them up before I went. Oh well.

It was wonderful! Then, because thanksgiving weekend movie has become a tradition for my siblings and I, we went to see Happy Feet and the Imax on Saturday and Ice Skating. It was such a good holiday. I left feeling very sorry to leave which is a first for a holiday weekend. I think we are all finally growing up. and dad may finally have learned to dress himself.


Happy Turkey day

I am in the frozen north of idaho and getting ready for football and food with my many sisters, grandparents and friends. I wish you all a happy holiday, whether it is ramadan or thanksgiving. I'll post pics soon.


Noro Purse and New Ugly Sweater

so i had a rough day yesterday and my roommate fixed me with shopping. we hit a yard sale where i found this ugly sweater...

it is a wool/acrylic blend and i want to salvage the yarn for a sweater that I like (it is a little big for me so i know i can make a sweater that fits with it). but someone added all these images to it over the top of the sweater and i am taking some time to rip them out this weekend.

my sister's noro purse is coming out ok....

i'm not completely happy with it only because it didn't come out exactly as i intended, but i still like it and bought some satin to line it at JoAnne's but am still trying to figure out which color i like inside it better...

which do you think would go better? blue or wine?


Bad Day

So I am having a bad day. On my way to work this morning I got into a car accident. I'm ok, I walked away, or rather, rode away in the tow truck. My car is in bad shape though. I am home from work today, now as a result of not having a vehicle. Someone is coming this afternoon to check it out and give me some advice.

Wanna see a pic of my car?

this side looks pretty good huh? Well here is the real damage...

see that white under the door? that is my DRIVER'S SEAT. how i am not dead i don't know, but i'm ok. this will be a big issue with my finances, but let me just tell you right now my sister is the best!

speaking of how AWESOME my sister is, i am getting ever closer on her Christmas purse. I have all the pieces made. i will seam them together today, then begin felting...

the baby sweater is finished except for the buttons, so i'll get that done then show you pics... yay pics!


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Remember the hat???

of course you remember the hat. i just talked about it last post. well brace yourself kids... i wrote out what i can remember from the pattern and am about to post my very first pattern to share. now, i didn't take great notes, but think i remember all of it and my sister has already received it and is loving it so i couldn't look at it for reference. if there are issues, i apologize, it is my first and i have learned my lesson about WRITING stuff down. anyway here you go...

i used a DK weight merino wool blend (although i can't find the yarn label to save my life), size 7 dpns and a stitch marker.

cast on 110 sts and work in the round.
p2 * k2 p2 rep from * 27 times to end of round. place marker.
repeat entire round for 6".

begin decreasing...
p2tog * k2 p2 k2 p2 k2 p2tog. rep from * to end
p1 * k2 p2 k2 p2 k2 p1. rep from * to end
p1 * k2 p2 k2 p2tog k2 p1. rep from * to end
p1 * k2 p2 k2 p1 k2 p1. rep from * to end
p1 * k2 p2tog k2 p1 k2 p1. rep from * to end
* p1 k2 p1 k2 p1 k2. rep from * to last st. p2tog. move marker
* k2 p1 k2 p1 k2tog p1. rep from * to end
* k2 p1 k2tog p1 k1 p1. rep from * to end
* k2tog p1 k1 p1 k1 p1. rep from * to end
* k1 p1 k1 p1 k2tog. rep from * to end
* k1 p1 k2tog k1. rep from * to end
* k2tog k2. rep from * to end
* k1 k2tog. rep from * to end
* k2tog. rep from * to end
pull yarn through remaining stitches and weave in the ends.

now i know what you may be thinking if you read and understand the pattern (i wouldn't have seen it personally), but yes the body of the hat will be in 2x2 ribbing except for one 4 st purl rib. i found it to be hardly noticeable and my sister didn't see it at all. it disappears early on in the decreasing portion gracefully. this is my first pattern written mostly from memory and poor notes, so it is probably riddled with errors. but hey the first and hardest, self wrote pattern is out of the way and they can only get better right?


WIPs, FOs, UFOs and Yarn porn!

i'm back and believe it or not i have been working my little knitting butt completely off. let's start with my finished and semi finished projects.

so here we have my sister's hat in blue. it is finished. i only had to do the top section twice YAY! if you remember i was making it up as i went along and the first time it was coming out completely ugly, but check it out, i think i made it work...

also included in that pic is my finished Grandmother Purl squares the pretty pink rainbow-y stuff. now if i was a much better note taker i would be able to tell you exactly what yarns i used for all of these, but as i am not, i probably can't tell you what most of them are out off. however, i just happen to have some labels lying around so you may find out some of them. the Grandmother Purl squares are Sensations Licorice 100% wool. that was a fun yarn, i loved it and think i would love to get it another time for a felting project.

the last piece in that picture is a baby sweater i started for some friends of mine out of creative knitting, Nov 2006. the pattern called for two contrasting colors, but i like it better solid and it is being made from Bernat Softee Chunky in medium sea green. i am down to one sleeve and buttons to go so i will give you better pictures when it is finished.

now the last week in october, it was revealed to me that because i will be out of the country for christmas, we will exchange gifts on thanksgiving. HELLO! that is only four weeks! however we draw names and only get gifts for one sister, leaving my parents. SO... long story short, i started a gift for my sis. the same sis i made the above blue hat for. i decided to make her a purse out of Noro Kureyon which will be felted. i couldn't get any more of the color i started with (92) so i got several different colors and are bringing them all together...

i am making two circles by creating wedges with short rows and working my way around. as a result, there is a hole in the center of the circle but, i think i kinda like it and who knows what it will do after felting (yes this is my first felting project) and i can always line the bag with some cute silky fabric. i haven't decided what i wanna do for handles yet, any suggestions let me know. i wanna felt it all as one piece.

i also decided i am going to knit the Sexy Ribs Pullover from Big Girl Knits by Jillian Moreno and Amy R. Singer. i took a picture of the sweater in the book and the pic didn't come out very well so i apologize...

however i am going to seriously modify the pattern. i don't like the two different kinds of ribbing so it is all going to be in 2x2 ribbing so it is more continuous. i am also going to make it a tank without the arms.

now when i went to a yarn store, and picked out a color for it (the wine colored one), they didn't have enough, so i bought a second, blue color and plan to make it stripey...

i have no idea how it will come out. i may hate it, but that is my plan. i can't start it yet as i have to finish the thanksgiving/christmas presents first, but when i get started i promise pics.

also just because other knitting bloggers are kind enough to show pics of their stash, i took a few of my own, yes a few...

oh yeah, work it baby...

you got it going on...

and also, because i am in a desparate situation, here is one more...

i need a swift desparately. this is a yarn i got from Needles n Pinza's yarn stash sale. it is much finer weight than i expected and it is making a huge mess to wind it. wanna give me a swift? i'll take it!

now on non-knitting notes...

i was outside last night and i saw a possum. i have never seen a real possum and it shocked me. it just walked down the top of our fence/concrete wall like it couldn't care less about me. now in idaho, the city roving mammal is the raccoon which i have seen around here, but we don't have possums up there. i was impressed. it's dumb. but i was.

now i have to go shower, and go to Lens Crafters as i broke my glasses last week. i'm gonna load my phone up with the podcasts of Cast On i am waaaay behind in and taking the Noro Purse with me to knit while i wait.

enjoy the three day weekend everyone!


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boobies? ovaries!

so, very little news around here. some emotionally devastating stuff, but let's skip that, it's a downer. haven't been able to do much as far as knitting goes, voodoo is on hold until i finish my sister's hat. the hat is progressing super slowly and i have no excuses.

a few times i have started swatches for the Sexy Ribs Pullover from Big Girl Knits. i am thinking i would want to make it a tank. and the more i look at it i don't like the combination of two types of ribbing, wavy and straight. however, none of my swatches are looking any good so i will put it off until i can get better yarn for it (YAY YARN SHOPPING!). this weekend i may start the Boobies scarf from Knitty.com for my grandmother who, while not a breast cancer survivor, is an ovarian cancer survivor. maybe i'll call it the Ovaries scarf.


I Made it!

regarding the San Diego SnB, this time i didn't' chicken out. i came in almost an hour late and said, hi my name is... i don't know what was wrong with me last week. whatever it was i thought was totally wrong. these are my kind of girls. it was a nice mix ages and skill levels and i can't wait to go again next week. everyone was really nice and welcoming. makes me feel even more stupid for last week.

everyday when i come home from work and pop in the shower, i feel like a doctor scrubbing in for surgery. i scrub my arm's raw. and they still were never clean. black in my cuticles and in between the ridges on my fingers that i was beginning to feel was a new permanent fixture on my hands. i am so glad skin renews itself is all i gotta say about that. last night my hands were completely oil-free as i left work for the first time in three weeks. i found a solution. literally. i had to scrub maching parts ALL afternoon. it was like marathon dishwashing but with simple green and a hose.

my pants got soaked and i do believe that the simple green was removing oil from my pants that had survived two or three washes. i'm hooked. gonna buy a TON of simple green. non-toxic, biodegradable and beautiful hands.

also, one of the knit-groups on yahoo i belong too is discussing starting sexy ribs from Big Girl Knits. i think i may be doing that. i might have some yarn, but i think some pattern alterations will be in order. i'll keep you posted.
Sister's hat is coming along, i think it might even fit and everything, keep your fingers crossed.
i saw a gal working on the alien illusion scarf last night. first thing i did was bust out with how the published pattern didn't work for me and how i changed it. i guess i kinda mauled her. the poor girl didn't say anything. she will probably just keep it the way it is, which is cool. i was just trying to be helpful but i will control myself next time..


My First Block, YAY!

so today i blocked for the very first time. i blocked my Gramma Purl squares. one knit and one crocheted, a little variety is the spice of life right? i went to target (was there for some other things as well) and bought some quilting pins which seem to be working...

and used my good old iron with a steam function...

and here is the finished project...

well, finished as in now drying. special thanks to Kristy for her advice on how to block. i was absolutely clueless as to how to block. now, looking back i am wondering if i should have weaved the ends in first, but eh, i'll do it later :)


Once Upon a Time...

once upon a time i was a high school student with a job, a car i had purchased on my own and a little bit of spending money. i decided to treat my mother to dinner and a movie just the two of us. as we were driving through town, there was a woman with a baby and a little girl sitting on a street corner with a sign that read Need Help. it was a rarity in our small community and other than that i took no notice and continued driving. shortly however i noticed my mother crying, which was at that time another rarity.

i didn't know what to think. i thought maybe she was sick and it was a little while before i could get out of her what the problem was. "If it wasn't for your great-grandfather that could have been us!" she said. "I would have been on the corner with three babies." i was stunned. while i knew that we were usually a little strapped for cash, i never knew that it was that bad at one time.

we decided to pull into McDonald's. we bought a happy meal and a big mac meal and turned back their direction. since mom was a wreck i took the food out to them and told the little girl to eat the fries first because they were better hot. mom recovered after that and we continued to our movie (which was a bad choice that day because it ended sadly, just fyi). since my money was spent, we went home for dinner instead of going out like we planned. but it was ok, because we had a place to go and food in the refrigerator.

since, i have been facinated by homeless and i always feel bad for them. i help when i can and feel bad when i can't. today on a busy street corner was a bearded man with a sign. i don't even know what the sign said, i didn't care. he just needed a hand. my windows were open as well as the car beside me and i heard the woman in it tell her daughter not too look at him or he might come over. it made me so angry. what made her so unfeeling?

i had a five in my pocket that i was probably going to spend on cigarettes or candy bars and decided he needed it more than i did. i don't care if he was gonna spend it on drugs, drink or food. i just hope it brought him some relief.

and today, wherever my Gramps is, i hope is is proud of his great-grandchildren and feels his money was well invested. i miss you Gramps and Nonnie. thank you for loving and taking care of us.


back to normal

i just want to thank everyone for their lovely comments. they really helped and i have begun to move on.

yesterday my friends had their first daughter. while i was in another state i talked to them shortly after and they sent me pics online today. she is beautiful even though she looks a lot like daddy. all the people having babies makes me feel old. it doesn't seem like all that long ago, the new daddy was asking me out on a date and since he has met, fallen in love, married and had a baby with his wife. my second cousin is on his second kid, i never even knew about the first. when did i get so old and barren?

after monday's debacle, i threw my shoulders back and met some co-workers at happy hour. it wasn't so bad, especially with beer and cigarettes i was able to relax, listen and even chime in a few times. it was down by a farmer's market and on my way back to the car i bought myself a bouquet of flowers as a little reward for seeing and meeting and visiting with new people.
Knitting STUFF:

my sister's hat was definitly not gonna work. it wasn't what she wanted so i frogged it and am making a swatch like i shoulda originally. also for myself i started Voodoo from Knitty.com. I am using the same yarn as that one sweater. yeah you know which one. and i am making it random stripes. i like the way it is coming out so far and i have slipped it over my hand. it seems to fit. yay!


Damn the NFL

there is no way to describe this other than i chickened the f**k out. i was invited to a knitting group today. was planning on it all day and even excited. after work i cleaned myself up as best i could. even put on a skirt and make up. it is slightly chilly outside so i wore my most comfortable long gray sweater (best described by a friend of mine as a bathrobe sweater, maybe it wasn't a good choice). i got directions and took off.

traffic here is very different at night and even scarier for a small town girl like me who doesn't really know where she is going. when i found the place, parking was difficult to find and i got flustered trying to find a spot and watching traffic at the same time. i wasn't sure i was parked legally, but i picked up my bag and walked in to the coffee shop.

it was nearly all women with a large group on a couch. they had big bags the could be knitting bags, but no one was knitting. they were beautiful, well put together ladies. although my make-up was done, i was in pigtails and my bathrobe sweater. i walked to the counter and ordered a drink, but made it to go at the last second and walked back to my car.

i don't know what was wrong with me. my big plan to make friends in town was to meet knitters. knitters are the best people in the world and if nothing else you can talk about knitting. it's an ice breaker. i felt self-conscious and not good enough and got out of there as fast as my little legs could carry me.

i was so mad at myself. but once i walked out i couldn't go back in without looking stupid. i didn't know how to get home and had to take a big detour in order to find it while crying the whole way. it is so lonely here and i just had the time to realize it.

i miss my boyfriend. i miss my friends. i miss my family. i miss everyone. i didn't call any of them tonight as one might do when they miss another. i don't want them to know how sad i am and i am a pathetic liar. i don't want to get on Warcraft and fake a good mood. i don't want to knit. i don't want to read. and damn the NFL for moving monday night football away from ABC.

i debated about posting this. who would want to read it? but decided if you want to know the good you have to know the bad. why start lying now?


Una-Knitter spotted in the park

my plan for today was to get my bumper fixed and meet a knitting group in the park. i was super stoked for the whole day.

well it started by raining all night and most of the morning. i began to wonder about the park knit together, but didn't worry about it. went to get the bumper fixed, when i got there just after 9am, the guys to fix it hadn't come in yet but was expected any minute.

so i waited. and waited. and waited a little more.

by 11 he hadn't shown up and i had to take off for the knit together so i made an appointment to bring it back next saturday. good news is i was able to finish (except for weaving the ends in) the alien illusion scarf while i sat on the waiting couch.

took off to the park for the knit together. i wasn't sure where i was supposed to be and no one was there yet. i planted myself and started knitting. i figured my shiny red aluminum 12" needles flashing in the light would serve as a beacon for any knitters in the vicinity.

i only knew of three people involved in the group. two weren't going to make it until noon and another couldn't come due to her mother's heart attack. i wasn't worried though, i figured there were plenty of people involved in the group. doesn't sound so crazy does it? i mean if there are only three people that is more like a knitting few than a knitting group right? i dunno.

anyway, the rain stopped but the weather fluctuated between overcast and chilly and warm and sunny off and on for TWO hours while i sat in the park knitting on my own. hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses una-bomber style. i watched police cars roll by about 10 times and i'm sure they were on there radios... we've sighted suspicious person in balboa park, resembling una-bomber apparently armed with needles and flanked with a herd of aliens.

no one ever showed up. i was the sole crazy knitter in the park. i was very disappointed. i was lonely, but i had a finished alien illusion scarf. i did find all kinds of crazy cool stuff in the park however. there is a huge museum that i am now dying to go to. the san diego herbal group was in the park and the breeze from that direction smelled wonderful. i also watched a fleet of people practicing some kind of martial art and a croquet tournament or something.

anyway after all that i bought some size 7 dpns and circs and began on my sister's snowboarding hat. however, i am beginning to suspect it may be too small, but i have to finish it before i can try it on to know for sure. it is my first hat so it will be a learning experience.

i also bought some yarn that i intend to make the Boobies scarf from knitty for my grandmother. she is an ovarian cancer survivor, but has been involved with women who are breast cancer survivors and i thought she would get a kick out of it, i mean, it has boobies on it, who wouldn't love it?

finished alien illusion scarf! yay me!

sorry about the quality of the pics, i am uploading from a computer i don't usually use for this.


new work toys

so i am writing you now from my brand spanking new work laptop. thought i would open it up and get things started on it, but there is so much to do it is confusing. my roomie is super helpful about it though.

i got to play World of Warcraft with my friends last night. it was so nice to hear their voices, i may not be able to see them everyday, but at least i can hear their voices and joke around with them. a little homesickness may be setting in but i'm surviving.

got some super helpful info from my california knitter's group about local yarn shops and i can't wait to go check them out. this week will be a big shopping spree at ikea. gonna get a rug for my room, a filing cabinet and possibly dresser. we'll see.



so i already wrote this post once, and the computer screwed me, dammit. i don't think i have the heart to write it all over again with the same enthusiasm so i will give you the very quickly summarized version of the last one :)

The cruise was riddled with issues including a hurricane we had to ride out in Santa Rosalia...

While parked in Santa Rosalia we had to climb a wall to get out of the ship, it was scary...

we managed to find some time to hit the beach in La Paz...

and i was knitting away the whole cruise...

after all that excitement i packed up my home in boise, id and moved down to san diego, ca in a road trip with my mommy. a view of our ride...

we made a stop in las vegas and i wore my poor mom out, sorry mommy...

when we got to cali we met up with my sister and made a trip to encinitas...

where in exchange for knitting her a snowboarding hat, she bought me my first hanks of noro and i am sooo excited...

my cousin met up with us and we went to sea world before i had to start working again, it was soo much fun but that week really wore me out. i almost fell asleep at work on thursday and then crashed at 8:30 before work on friday. it is funny that i was all rested for work on friday because it ended up being a short day as one of the employees are leaving so they went to a party, doh. oh well. got to get plenty of rest tonight so this week i leave a much better impression.

Knitting to do:
1-finish alien illusion scarf
2-gramma purl's squares (check out my new button!)
3-sister 2's snowboarding hat
4-sister 3's shawl i started last year, just needs finishing
5-wrist warmers with my new noro
6-get calf measurements from my boise girlfriends cause i wanna make us matching legwarmers
7-pick a picture and yarn to make roomie an illusion scarf of his own
8-wrist bands that say DORK on them

soo much to do so little time.

by the way my new roomie is an awesome fit with my family and seems to get along great with my momma, sister and cousin. i knew it would work.

so now that the old post is updated how about the one actually about today...

i helped my roomie install new flooring in his office at work. it was cheap-o ikea flooring which didn't always fit together real well and was kinda a hassle as far as flooring goes, but it looks beautiful. him and his office mate are talking about pimping out the room with brushed steel switch plates and new blinds, they are gonna be stylin!

then we went to encinitas to Lou's Records. it is a sweet music store. i bought me the new decemberists album, 10,000 days by tool, are me from the barenaked ladies (not pornography as i have heard them referred to as, long story, i'll tell you if you ask) and doris day's sentimental journey. i know crazy combo but that's me.

good news is i have been too busy to get lonely yet, but that worries me, that means when it hits, it's gonna hit hard!


Crazy Land

did you forget about me?

I have survived my trip. The Alien illusion scarf while not finished is coming out super super cool. i made some changes to it and i will show you when i am not a citizen of crazy land usa. got all kinda of things to share about my trip and i will but this is my last weekend in town and i have been visiting friends and family every night since i got back on thursday. it hasn't ended yet. today i have to buy moving boxes, go to my aunts for a final visit, lunch and football, then tonight guildies from nearby are coming to see me ( i love Grok and Pad (formerly referenced as A from H and A)).

i have three business days to pack before i leave and people are coming to see me in the evenings so i will not be able to sleep in and nap like i used too. i look forward to telling you all about all this crap and catching up with you guys.


big job, big city, little woman

i have made it to San Diego. started my job. love it but a little overwhelmed. i am beginning to wonder if I have the mechanical expertise for this job, especially after i broke two tools and a keyboard today. i swear the keyboard couldn't have been my fault. it was a wireless keyboard at a co-workers desk. i sat down and began typing numbers and it wouldn't acknowledge the keyboard at all!

and the tool thing. my boss gave me the wrong size twice so that can't be my fault either right? otherwise i love where i work. second day and i am already sunburned. i can see the water and boats and the ships will be pulling up right outside the building i'm in. i have security codes and badges. at the end of the day my hands are covered in oil and my muscles are sore. sounds crazy. but i love it that way. makes me feel like i really did something. also i now have a job that requires steel toed boots and am excited. i guess you could say i am definitely not a girlie girl.

i am a little overwhelmed just looking at San Diego though. i am definitely a country girl relative to this place. they only have crosswalks on the intersections with lights and that kinda scares me. if something that little scares me what will i do with big things, like rush hour traffic? i was self conscious of my posture. could passersby tell i wasn't from around here? things that never bothered me on vacation in big cities scares me now.

i'll get over it and move on. no knitting. too busy. too tired.


Leaving Tomorrow

last night some friends threw me a party. we played video games. there were a few presents (mostly video games). i love these guys.

i leave tomorrow and i'm pretty much ready to go, with some minor packing left. hesitant to pack up my laptop. what will i do without it?? bf and i are going out tonight to see Da Vinci code at the cheap theater as our last night together. not really a movie he wants to see, but he wants to spend time with me. i love that boy.

bf has been sick for a long time and finally has the appointment tomorrow he needs to figure it out. unfortunately that means a special diet today and he is miserable. poor boy. i wish that i could be here tomorrow to see him through it, but unfortunately i can't. i'll be calling him from california tho.

well, if i can i will post from california. if not, i will see you in a few weeks.


evil baby blanket

i finished the evil baby blanket. well actually i probably didn't really finish it. i kinda just called it quits. it isn't as big as it should be, but it is big enough for a baby :) i still have to weave in ends, but i'll do that when i get back from the Mexico cruise before i give it to them.

tonight i have some friends coming over for a little farewell party since i leave on tuesday. that means housecleaning. i hate housecleaning. but thank god for parties or else this place would never be clean and before parties bf helps me out.

wednesday was my last visit with the local knitting group i have come to love. h and i spent the whole night untangling a pound of love. it was nightmarish. no knitting got done, but i didn't really have anything to knit anyway.

i'm trying to figure out what i'm gonna knit on this cruise. i have bf's scarf to finish but that will not keep me busy for four weeks. i have nearly two hanks left over from my green sweater (100% wool) and the pretty purple stuff i got online. i would love to make a sweater for bf's son, but i don't have a pattern so i don't know if i will get that done.

bf's son loves his daddy's new alien scarf. from the kitchen table he could see the alien so he was running up to it "stripes" and away "alien" over and over again. poor little guy has a cough. real phlegmy. he absolutely denies he is sick though. poor kid.


Recycled Sweaters

can you tell i like the color green?

so this is a sweater that was given to me for Christmas once upon a time (store bought so machine made). i love it. but it doesn't fit. too small now. however i would love to recycle it. i have never recycled a sweater before and would really love some suggestions.

i think i want to turn it into a shrug, i'm in the process of designing. before i touch this sweater to rip it out and make a swatch, any suggestions for recycling it? it says it is 55% ramie (i don't know what ramie is) and 45% cotton.


promised pictures, scarves and blankets

alien illusion scarf from the top,

alien illusion scarf from the side. how cool did that come out? bf said he just wanted one alien instead of the pattern repeated over and over again so now i just have to knit stripes. i'm not going to work on this anymore until i leave for mexico, because it is a small travel size project. in the mean time, i have to finish this baby blanket from HELL!!

looks very sweet doesn't it. it is a nice, soft, cute baby blanket, what could possibly be so evil about it? well red heart baby clouds yarn is awful! sure it is soft and washable but it splits on every stitch and frays. not only is knitting very slow trying to prevent that, but going back to fix stuff is impossible. those cute little hole are made with yarn-overs that i keep dropping, but can't find where they are dropped. so i everytime i find it short i just add an increase, which cannot possibly be good for the blanket, but i can't find the dropped stitches and am scared to death to try and rip it out. i hate this blanket soo much. i just can't wait for it to be OVER!!


no pics, sorry

the alien illusion scarf is coming out beautifully. bf has told me he only wants one alien on it, i don't have to repeat the pattern over and over again. that is nice and i already completed the alien pattern (get pics up soon). this is great because it means i don't have to bring instructions along when i am on the boat (all about the less crap to carry).

the baby blanket i started a while ago (i swear i posted about it but can't find the post anywhere) was coming out atrocious, so i started this baby blanket instead. this is really hard now. i had to rip out the old blanket which was in Red Heart Baby Clouds. this yarn is almost impossible not to split and trying to reuse it is next to impossible. but it is coming along (again, pics soon). i had to run to H's house last night and trade her some size 15 needles because mine were too short for the blanket.

i had lunch yesterday with my advisor. he took me out for Egyptian food. it was the first time i had it and it was really great. no it wasn't anything icky like a date or anything. it was because we are both high-tailing it away from my university as fast as we can and he has been my advisor for about 5 years. i have worked for him in his chemical lab with his wife, entertained his kids when they follow him to school and spent weeks at a time at sea. i think the least we can do on a big parting of the ways like this is have lunch.

i also received my flight info for the next few weeks. i leave for california a week from today and then to Mexico for a few weeks, back to california then home. reserved the rental truck. the actual moving weekend looks to be the last week in september. i am really excited to spend some one on one time with my mom. my sister may be coming for a short time and i'm excited because i love and miss her too, but i am really excited for the few days i'll have my mom to myself. that never happens.

i'm taking my fish tonight to my pal Grok's house. he has awesomely offered to adopt them. i would love to take them with me to california except there are a few problems. my new job requires spending many weeks away from home and my new roommate has a similar job. meaning starving fish. he also doesn't have ac which means boiling fish. i don't know how good of care these fish will be getting at what is basically an off-campus dorm room, but he is the only person who has so graciously offered to take them in, so that's where they go.

also gave my apartment complex official notice that i would be moving out and bf told them he will be staying. i suppose i have to go make dinner. dammit.

by the way, how awesome is jon? he made that new header image for me. he rocks, check out his blog.


Alien Illusion Scarf

i have begun work on a scarf for my bf. it is the alien illusion scarf from Debbie Stoller's book Stitch n' Bitch designed by Shetha Nolke. i have only completed 26 rows so far, but i am really happy with the progress. had to rip it out a few times to get it right initially. for instance it says to cast on in the MC - black but the chart has you knitting the first row in CC - green. my solution to this was a double cast-on in MC and started my chart after that in CC. A row counter is absolutely necessary or you will be counting your rows every color change.

i am using Plymouth Yarn Dreambaby DK which is a deviation from the pattern in that the pattern is done in a worsted weight yarn. I have found this not to be a big deal, because i like the width of this scarf much better. and it feels "sturdy" like the pattern makes you think is necessary, but still very soft. but i only bought one ball of each color and i am beginning to think i may have to get one more of each. just to be safe.

i also got supplies to create a case for all my knitting needles. i have something for my paintbrushes which i LOVE. it is essentially just pockets in a piece of canvas that you roll up. i'm going to try to recreate that for my needles. i just got some quilt squares at joann's and some of that fusing you just have to iron instead of sewing (getting my sewing machine out now just sounds like a big hassle, maybe my iron will be easier). I'll post pictures as i get that going.

today was a fun day. i played Katamari Damacy with my bf's little guy and we went running around to craft stores with my girl H and little guy was so well behaved. he had to go shopping again tonight at walmart with me and bf. by the time we left, the grown ups were losing it and he just did a great job of keeping his cool. we celebrated with a frosty.


Never Happy

so it turns out that i am just never happy. i finished my sweater yesterday and i love it. fits great. could have paid more attention to the colors, but i don't care. this means i am currently between projects right? no i have six or seven items on needles in my wicker chest. i have a baby blanket to finish in a matter of weeks. however, i find myself online looking for more dpns to make socks. could i please just finish one item in my massive box of half finished projects before i worry about buying more stuff?

i am soon to make my home in a big city with probably more knitting stores than i could have ever dreamed of and yet here i find myself trying to stock up this weekend. WAIT you dope!

anyway, i finished my sweater and painted an african scene for my cousin's bedroom today.



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oh hey i forgot to post my eBay goodies.
i got a set of wooden needles and the purple hanks (60% wool, 40% silk, hand spun and colored) the other yarn and lighted needles are a gift from my aunt. she is so nice to me :)




my sweater has an arm! yay me. i tried it on every couple of inches and took very detailed notes so that i could make the second one the same. i LOVE it, but the first part near the armhole is no fun. i like it from the elbow down because it goes so much faster. i promise to post finished pictures and i will probably write out the pattern when it is finished.

tomorrow is my second night with the knitting group. i'm really looking forward to it. this weekend i am dragging bf to the LYS to pick out some yarn. he loves the alien illusion scarf in Stitch n' Bitch and so i'm gonna make that for him. probably gonna make it on the cruise out of Mexico. also on that cruise i want to make a sweater for his son in green camouflaged red heart acrylic.


the night of the lists

i got the job. i am moving to San Diego, CA in September following a "cruise" this month in the sea of cortez. and i will now be spending up to 6 mos a year at sea. ok so this is not the "cruise" like you are thinking. it is entirely work "cruise".

let's list the differences shall we?

  1. very small, close quarters. you can go no further then 300 ft max.
  2. there are anywhere between 20 and 50 people who share those 300 ft with you and you can NEVER get away from them.
  3. the work is physically and mentally hard, draining and dirty. in addition to all that, it is nearly 24 hours a day as long as you are within sight of the boat, you are working on the boat.
  4. food is mediocre and fresh veggies are only good for so long no matter what amazing technology you use to keep them.
  5. i will be missing many holidays, birthdays, weddings and the like, seeing as i must be able to be at sea for 6 mos of the year (not all at once mind you).
now why? why on god's green earth am i so excited about this job?
  1. you canNOT beat the commute, you sleep under your office.
  2. if you enjoy the company, you are lucky and get to know them very well during the time you spend together.
  3. while difficult, tiring and dirty it is very rewarding and specialized and at the end of the cruise/day you feel like you got some important information from the sea.
  4. the cooks/chefs are usually nice and aim to please. they try really hard and sometimes, you will get a crazy creme brulee in the middle of the pacific ocean and seriously, when was the last time you had creme brulee?
  5. hopefully i will have much more time off and money to play and visit during calmer days than holidays.
  6. work will send me all around the pacific ocean. how else am i gonna be able to afford a two week vacation in New Zealand?
  7. i can continue to do science without begging for money or writing papers.
  8. 6 mos at sea a year! i love the sea. it is beautiful and amazing and powerful. i LOVE it.
this means much work on my part in the next two weeks. must settle some business at the university. do a ton of paperwork for my new job and international travel. packing for a cruise for an extended period of time is difficult, especially on such short notice.

also. i am leave my local family. i have lived here for seven years and built a family when i went away to college. i currently live with my bf and his son on weekends. we have lived together for almost two years now. i love him so much. we both have always known this day was coming, but we wanted to be together so we stayed together.

we knew this was coming for several reasons.
  1. i cannot do marine research in idaho. it is physically impossible. he cannot leave the area without sacrificing custody of his son. he won't be leaving.
  2. while i am divorced i am not opposed to marriage, but rather look forward to being married again and having children. bf does not want either. those are big things to just get over.
it was probably a bad idea to stay the minute i know we had different plans for life rather then get so damn attached, but i love him and don't want to leave him. as a result. i now cry at the drop of a hat at the idea of saying good-bye to him.

lots of positive and negative. i'm excited for my new life, but then again...

time to go celebrate with a little more crying.


so the pics you missed.

the next sweater i'm gonna make.

The tools that I use. will share pics when I get my stuff from eBay.

The ribbing on the bottom of what I call my Quit Smoking Sweater.

Happy Birthday to me. a new knitting bag and booze. I have good friends!

My new sweater is coming along...