12.20.2007

The Clap has cleared up...

clapotis.

it's done...



and it goes quite nicely with my hardhat

12.18.2007

Shadow of Montserrat

In the shadow of Montserrat I am ready to begin the decreasing rows on my Clapotis.

To every crew member on board, both science and ship: "No I am not making you anything and yes, it is too warm to wear here on the ship."

Has no one any idea of forethought? Can I be making something to be used in the future? And do you really think I have the time/resources to knit 50 beanies in 5 days? NO.

But it should be done for Christmas :)
Merry Christmas to me!

12.14.2007

Knitting in Antigua

Just a little to tide you over...

Knitters don't travel without projects and hell did we have projects...
Rain in the afternoons...
Clapotis continues...
And knitting on the beach. Yes!


The Vagabond Bettie has gone home and now I have to work... sadface!

12.09.2007

Three hats and a Clap

So I spent the weekend traveling to Antigua where I am going to meet up with the Vagabond Bettie tomorrow. I spent a lot of time in airports and when I wasn't sleeping on the plane I was a knitting fool. I packed three hats this trip including the Beloved Alpaca (I gave it a name!), the replacement I started when I thought I lost the Beloved Alpaca (the Green Nautical for me) and the Slip-Stitch Camou Cap (which if my sister #1 wants it, it's hers). The Beloved Alpaca needs some thinking so it didn't get much work done on it.

The name of the Beloved Alpaca finally came to me. It is precious. I didn't realize how important my projects were to me until I thought I lost that baby. Plus the first stitches my roommate ever made, which isn't always so special. Usually it is on a beginners scarf or discloth both of which quickly fall out of use because they are so beginner, but his first stitches were going straight into a unique and super-wearable/awesome hat! I don't know, I panicked when I thought it was gone and I can't get over how upset I was and now I'm going on about it. Point is that hat is BELOVED.

Anyway, waiting for planes, I was very excited to do some fair-isle so the Green Nautical got a lot of work done on it. It is made with some Cascade 220 in dark green and another of white that I got/started when I thought I lost the Beloved Alpaca hat. I am putting anchors on it using the color-work pattern from the vest in Son of Stitch'n Bitch by Debbie Stoller and I actually completed it. I will be stylin' and profilin' on the ship.

Now the Slip-Stitch Camou Cap was in improvisation. I was hoping the slipped stitch pattern would help show off the camou pattern. I don't know that it does, however I do enjoy the look of the hat, little ruffly.
I would just like you all to note that yes, I was wearing an orange sweatshirt, carrying a pink/red and white striped purse and knitting a green hat. I was the fashion queen of the terminal.I also packed the Clapotis this trip but haven't worked on it yet. I was afraid that the 10" bamboo needles would get confiscated at security and I wasn't willing to risk it. It is however waiting patiently for a trip to the beach.

Now you may all be wondering why I am spending my first night in Antigua blogging about hats. Well I had to get internet for a few messages I had to send upon my arrival and the way my hotel works is you buy a code for 14.95 that expires after 24 hours. A hell of a rip off but I had to get it so, I am gonna use it dammit. Besides, I didn't get much sleep last night and resting on the patio of my room with a view of the Lagoon sounded much better. Sorry no pics of the Lagoon. Those will follow.

12.08.2007

Olive Striped Cardigan Sleeves

3/4 sleeves are done! Just in time I'm leaving for Antigua tonight.

Laterz!

12.07.2007

Knitting Horror

I told you I am making a hat for my sister. It is a labor of love. I just happened to have the perfect yarn, Blue Sky Alpaca's Suri Merino. I found this yarn in a half off bin at my LYS and so got 3 skeins for $9. It is in a color that must be discontinued because I do not see it on their website, but it was the perfect emerald green. Soft and Warm, I was making up the pattern as I went along.

Because it was the only stockinette project I had with me last Sunday, when I ran into my roommate and he joined a knitting group with me at the Whistle Stop Bar, it was the project that my roomie did some learning on (beautiful job by the way, nice even stitches). Even though it was only one row, it was the only knitting in the world that my roommate had done and it was on a very special hat.

I put a cable around the edge and decided I didn't like it, it made the hat too long, so I ripped it out. On Wednesday, on my way home from work, I remembered, moving it in my backpack to make room for my empty lunch tupperware. Once on the bus, I had to take it out and place it next to me while I shuffled some more things. This I had completely forgotten. When I got home, I thought I must have left my knitting at work.

I got to work the next day sick. I could have not come in at all but I really wanted to get the hat back. It wasn't here and my heart jumped out of my throat, onto the floor and stopped beating. I was devastated. I look in my backpack again, but it wasn't there. It was then I remembered placing it on the seat next to me on the bus the day before and I knew it was gone forever.

Have you ever worked on a special project, something you knew had a long life of cherishing before it and lost it? Mostly completed, still on the needles, discontinued yarn, completely priceless and gone?

I was already sick and this did not make me feel better. I got on the next bus home, and stopped at the closest yarn store, where I bought the yarn originally hoping and praying there were more balls overlooked in the 1/2 off bin, but their weren't. I didn't know if I had the heart to recreate it anyway. I could not find an alpaca substitute in a suitable green and ended up getting some Cascade 220 in colorway 2446 and 8010 and decided to make a colorwork hat in an as yet undecided pattern. However, it wasn't as soft.

After I got home and took a nap and started to feel better, I got to knitting like crazy in between all my chores. Even though, I now had a plan and I was sure she would be happy with this new one, my heart just didn't belong with the project. It was a substitute and it knew it would never be what I wanted.

This morning at some ungodly hour I had to wake up to call the United Kingdom and when I went into my backpack...
on the very bottom...
I found...
the lost alpaca hat.

I don't know if I can convey how desparate I was when it was lost or how great I felt when it was found. It was as if a dear beloved dog had passed away. I felt like crying. I didn't, but I wanted to.

Have you ever lost a project like that? needles and all? did you freak out like I did?

The cascade hat has found new life. I am now going to make it for me and put white anchors on it. Now that it has a purpose of it's own, I love it.

12.05.2007

Cable a no-no

I'm going to take the cable off the earflap hat. It makes it too long. And it is very possible I am running out of yarn. Maybe an i-cord edging instead.

Also, some of you may be excited to hear (or not, whatever) that the Olive Striped Cardigan for myself has made a comeback. I brought it to the Infinite Knitters group, and they told me all the right things, "looks great" "fits great" "good job" convincing me to pick it back up again. I am changing it to 3/4 sleeves and starting the ribbing for the bottom of the sleeves. Then I have to figure out how to block it (waist shaping, bust shaping, all one piece) and I'll do the button band.

12.04.2007

FO

For those of you on Ravelry, you will have to go there to see my latest finished object. Number two of only two Christmas presents I have knit this year. However, I don't want the recipient to see it before she gets it, so you will have to wait until the new year to get the pattern. Sorry!

Other items on the needles include an earflap hat for sister #3 (not a christmas present, just cuz she asked is all). I am working it top down and it is mostly stockinette. In order to spice it up, I am working on a cable border, then I'll add the earflaps.

I took it with me to the Whistle Stop Bar on Sunday with Jo. We ran into my roommate and he joined us for some beer and as it turns out, to learn to knit! He knit an entire stockinette row in sister's hat, size 3 dpns in the round. You can't even tell that another person started working on it either. The stitches were just as even as my own, not loose or anything. Way to go roomie! (phone pics, better ones after it's finished)

12.02.2007

Ravelry Group Craziness!

I was up to 56 Ravelry groups and decided that was nuts!

I decided I did not need to join a group for every TV show, movie watched, video game played, website visited or podcast listened too. Just because I like the sound of Brenda Dayne's voice, doesn't mean I want to talk about her more than once or twice. And yeah, I enjoy visiting the Teen Girl Squad on occasion, but I also don't like talking about it much. And you all probably know I watch WAAAY too much television and do I really want to advertise all the shows I watch? how many things can you have to say about a cancelled series like gilmore girls.

So I weened. I still have 43 groups and I'm sure that will continue to come down, but it's a start.

Edit: 35

11.29.2007

I'm Back

I'm the resilient type :) I'm not about to let some crazy a$$hole interrupt my life. However, I think you can expect much less personal content and much more knitting content and really how many of you are gonna cry about that?

So for those of you on Ravelry, how awesome is the favorites thing? I LOVE the feeling I get when someone marks an item I have created as a favorite. It gives me a little boost and while favorite does not really mean "favorite" in the traditional sense (above all others) and more just "I like that!", the fact that someone likes it enough to mark it as such feels fantastic. Especially items I created on my own.

I have written and rewritten several sentences here but they all sounded SUPER corny and fish-y so I'm just gonna say. It feels good!

On the actual knitting front. I have created (just missing some buttons) a face mask at the special request of a cousin. Her face gets cold on her bike but she doesn't want the whole ski mask thing. I will post pictures (need to do the buttons tonight first) later, then you can find it on ravelry as well. It is basically a long rectangle with ribbing on the edges and buttons in the back to just cover the lower half of the face.

I made a hat for a co-worker, forgetting to take pics and she is out to sea right now so sorry about that. Another co-worker found out about two hats I made and asked me yesterday to make one for him. I hate being asked to create things. I just like to do it and have them love it surprised. When people ask, they usually have something in mind and I feel like I'm on a deadline which means it will NEVER get done. Anyway, it's on the list now.

I also started a top-down earflap hat for sister #3. It is from a nice blue-y green alpaca blend. Of course I have no pattern so we will have to see how it turns out.

11.13.2007

little hiatus

I got some really bad news about a close friend of mine and I am having a hard time dealing with it. And as a result of the recent events I have decided I don't want to broadcast too much personal info on the web right now. So I am going to take a short blogging hiatus while I figure out how to deal with these recent events.

To tide you over, I started a hat (sorry I don't have any pics but it is patons merino and cabled) and I finished the first of my tofutsies socks. I'm unhappy with the sock but I'm going to try blocking it and see if it comes out better.

I also got good news regarding a friend having another baby. Congratulations!

11.08.2007

Who needs three sets of size 1 dpns? I do I do!

I have done some shopping. I needed size 1 dpns to restart the Pomatomus sock I ripped out. So I got to looking around kPixie.com and found some more Tofutsies that I just had to have. I really like this yarn.

Well before this package arrived from kPixie I found out on monday that there was more than one size 1 dpn. I panicked and then figured I would go by Joanne's and look to see if they had the same size 1s that I used the first time. They did. So now I have three sets of size 1 dpns (woot). Screw pattern monogamy I can make three pairs of socks at a time now. haha.

Well while I was there I saw a few things I just had to have. I love Patons Classic Wool Merino yarns and I found a few colorways that just jumped at me. One called Forest that looks like it will look camou-y.And another that just looked like a lot of fun, but too much fun for more than one skein. It is called harvest and I think you can understand where I am coming from.

I also saw this fantastic colorway in TLC Baby which I hate as a yarn but the color was so attractive I had to have it. It is Neapolitan and it just looks soo good. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and knit and wash it up before I decide I don't like it :)

Branching Out has come off the blocking boards. Here's the final pic for you.
I wore it to knitting with my friend Susan on Wednesday to show it off and get an idea of what it performs like. It still folds along the center stitch. It's ok though. I plan to gift it this year, but haven't yet decided who will get it. I'm thinking maybe my mom or gramma.

I had a great time with Susan despite taking the wrong bus and being almost an hour late. It turns out, we seem to be exactly the same breed of crazy.

Also, I managed to not put in the lifeline I intended to in my socks (as of yet unnamed but I will label all the posts appropriately when I do) and I screwed up the heels. I spent the entire day tinking and now none of that work will matter as I intend to pick up with smaller needles now that I am home.

11.06.2007

Happy 107th!

I missed my 100th post. Booooo! Oh Well. Happy 107th!

Roomie returned last night although I didn't get to see him until this morning when he presented me with this gorgeous lambswool tartan scarf from Scotland (YAY! Can you tell I have a favorite color? I dunno, I think I keep it pretty well hidden). The pattern by the way is called All Ireland, but it's from Scotland. Weird.

Speaking of scarves, Branching Out and I got to talking and the conversation went a little something like this.

Me: "I want you to die."
Scarf: "I will haunt you until the day you die, or you finish and block me, whichever comes first."

Me: "You can't outlive me, I won't stand for it!"
Scarf: "Then you know what you have to do."

And I did. I worked on it alone yesterday and Mondays being knit night, I almost never work on any project exclusively. I bound off in bed watching Scrubs and started blocking it tonight on my brand new blocking boards (and the crowd goes wild!).

There is a Target right next to where the Infinite Knitters meet and thanks to Vagabond Bettie's comment I swung by to look for rubber exercise tiles. Got 16 square feet for $16.

Let the blocking begin!

11.04.2007

Wigs, Socks and Blocks

Halloween has come and gone. Like the wig?

I stayed over at a friend's place. We played wii, took a friend's kid trick or treating one block at a time, drank Fat Tires and Vodka, handed out candy and one dollar bills when that ran out. After all the other guests left, much South Park and Futurama were enjoyed while I proceeded to knit under the influence. There were only two little mistakes I was able to fix in the AM.

What did I knit under the influence? Socks of course.
Socks of my own design and the ones requiring my reminder a few days ago. I have funny heels and it is hard to get them right on the first try (or three as proven by the Pomatomus socks). I will be putting a lifeline in the next row for ripping out purposes, cuz it'll happen.

These are created with Tofutsies sock yarn which I have fallen absolutely head over heels for and bought a few on kPixie.com the other day (the other comments from work). I'll show ya when they arrive. I do NOT love the twist however. It is looser in places than others resulting in an uneven color distribution and I don't like it. Fix that SWTC!

Oh yeah, for those of you who are curious (and because I completely forgot to post about it) I finished the first Pomatomus sock in Kaoh-siung on my third attempt. However, I need to completely rip it out because the heel is too short and I can't pick up the lace pattern to save my life (this is why I am putting in that lifeline this time. I smart.). I haven't ripped it out yet and I stole the needles I used for this new sock pattern. So that'll have to wait.

Now I mentioned that a few wonderful gals from my Infinite Knitters group helped me work out a way to fix my mother's Lucie sweater. So the problem with that is it is coming out too small. Now in hindsight I should have blocked my swatch (hey, at least I knit a swatch at all!). I'm blocking it now and hoping that I am able to significantly alter my gauge.

Now depending on the result of this experiment, I may not have enough yarn. So I'll have to add this ribbon yarn I have from Knit One Crochet Two called Meringue in some strategically designed locations.

I'm also blocking the swatch I knit up for my Olive Striped Raglan Cardigan that is currently sitting to the side. Also hoping that will open up a little.

However, I don't have anyplace to block the finished sweater pieces. Sure I can handle a baby sweater and swatches on my little dorm sized ironing board, but I don't have any place for 3X sized sweater panels or complete XL cardigans. I hear alot about using the carpet or guest bed. I got neither.

11.02.2007

Comments from work...

kPixie.com takes paypal. I don't even need my wallet. BAD! But wait till you see my new goodies.

remind me to write down on my current sock pattern (I will have to explain when I get home) that I need to start the gusset increases after 8 pattern repeats.

toodles!

10.30.2007

Ch-ch-ch changes

So Yeah. New look. Whatcha think?

It is no where near as nerdy as the one I had before. I used one of the blogger templates. But I still tweaked it. It is lazy. I know. But I was tired of it looking like crap. However, it has turned me into a blog narcissist. I keep coming back to look at it. But that is good news, because it might turn me into a much more regular blogger.

At least for a while.

Anyway, tell me what you think.

10.29.2007

Back to the Infinite Knitters

I love returning to my weekly knit night after being away for a while. I hate being away from it but coming back always feels great. Knitters are the best people. I really felt loved and missed. Everyone wants to know what I worked on while I was away, what I brought back and they have all kinds of finished objects to show off.

This time I brought back a couple of magazines from Japan. One is a craft magazine, it starts with knitting and crochet and gets into dolls, sewing, paper crafts and finishes up with foot massage. The foot massage got me laughing pretty good and I had to have the magazine. Cuz what kind of crafter doesn't practice her foot massage? Also the pictures are so clear, the instructions are easy to follow without reading the language.

I also got another that was all knitting/crochet and every pattern is charted so who needs to read Japanese. What I love about it is it takes on pattern and alters it three or four ways and shows you how. I love it!

I worked on the Clapotis most of the night.

I made a new friend named Donna coming back to knitting after a 20 year hiatus. Welcome back Donna. Her and Jolene helped me work out a solution for my Momma's Lucie sweater. I'll post my plan later. night

10.28.2007

A Few Comments About Ravelry.com...

...which I totally love so none of these complaints overwhelm the awesomeness that is Ravelry.com in fact, most of my complaints must be towards knitters in general.

I am amazed at how many knitters use the suggested yarn for a pattern. I expected a lot more creativity on the knitter's part in general. Now as you may have read in my last post, I got 5 skeins of Alpaca Silk from Blue Sky Alpaca yesterday. I got onto my newest resource, did a search for the yarn and checked out all the projects made with it. In 33 pages of projects (492 projects!) a very large portion are the same patterns, The Somewhat Cowl, Drawstring Pouch and the Clementine shawl. There are also quite a few Clapotis (there are several of those in any yarn however) and Branching Out Scarf. I am just a little disappointed in the lack of creativity.

Not as a complaint, but a comment. There sure are a lot of hats and scarves as finished objects, but that is understandable. They are quick and satisfying projects.

Also, the groups. I'm not sure what I want to say here, but they seem a little ridiculous. I have joined 13. I know I don't have time for 13. I probably will visit like 5 a week and they will probably be the same 5 over and over again. However, the combo of group badges on your about me page can really help describe you as a person.

I think I may continue to join them as I find them and eventually I will get up to like 40 or 50 groups just to describe the person I am, but I will probably only visit them when working on projects that fit into their categories like Harry Potter inspired projects or Super Bowl knitting.

This brings up an interesting point. Is it wrong to join a ravelry.com group if you are not and do not intend to be an active member? How fair is it to the rest of the group?

10.27.2007

Movie knitting

The Vagabond Bettie gave me a gift certificate to kPixie.com for my birthday in July. It was a belated gift that somehow never made it to me. After asking them to resend it I finally got it and could not make up my mind what I wanted. So now it is the end of October, a full three months after my birthday and guess what showed up on my doorstep?
I finally got a yarn bundle (because I still couldn't decide) of Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk. I have absolutely no idea what I am going to do with it, but right now I just like to admire and caress it. Yeah, I totally just used the word caress.

Also, I went to the movies today and saw Dan in Real Life with Steve Carrell. It was cute. I wouldn't run to see it but a good date movie. Unless of course, your date is in love with your brother, then it just might be awkward and you should go see 30 Days of Night instead.

When I go to the movies alone, I bring my knitting. Keeps me from eating, teenage kids avoid me and I think it makes me look a little tough (yeah right). Well looking at all my WIPs*, I didn't have one I felt comfortable knitting in the dark. I recently started a So-Called Scarf with some acrylic Red Heart in camouflaged colors for a little boy I know and I thought it would be too difficult in the dark.
Since I forgot to tell you about it, here's a pic :)

Also, I really didn't want to screw up mom's Lucie sweater (progressing slowly) because the fabric shows everything and splits quite a bit.
As a little side note, it is curling and that makes the progress seem even slower.

So I decided to jump on the Clap-Wagon and start a Clapotis from knitty.com. Because I just don't have enough WIPs.It will probably be more scarf-sized cuz I gots no patience. In fact I am only one row from starting the straight rows which means I get to start dropping stitches right? w00t! Knitting the clap in the theater wasn't too bad. As long as I knew where my stitch markers were I did pretty well. Only problem was 1 dropped stitch but I actually think it happened before the lights went down so when I figured it out halfway through the movie I stopped knitting.

It also meant I got to Michael's on my way out of the Mall and pick up a crochet hook so I could fix it on the bus and while I was there, I went ahead and also got a couple of row counters since one would really help with Lucie as well as some stitch markers, cuz who never needs stitch markers?

*for the non-knitters WIP=Work In Progress but if you don't knit, this isn't the post for you.

10.26.2007

Sister's Ribbed Hat Take 2



So I made a ribbed beanie last year for a sister who helped me move. She recently moved and lost the hat, d'oh ( I knew my habit of losing stuff was genetic). The other day I started a new one for her.

I used left over yarn from the Starfish Cap which was Lamb's Pride Superwash Worsted in purple and green and size 5 Clover dpns. I was getting a gauge of 5.5 sts per inch in St st and had a hard time finding a cap with a similar gauge. So I figured out one of my own, it is a basic 2x2 ribbed beanie but I worked the decreases kinda differently. If you are interested, directions are below. I didn't include directions for the color changes, do whatever you want.

CO 128 sts, join.
Work in p2,k2 ribbing for 40 rows.
Begin Decreases as follows:
1. *(p2 k2)x3, p2 ssk repeat from * 7 times more
2. *(p2 k2)x3, p2 k1 rep from * 7 times more
3. *(p2 k2)x3, p2tog k1 rep from * 7 times more
4. *(p2 k2)x3, p1 k1 rep from * 7 times more
5. *(p2 k2)x2, p2 ssk p1 k1 rep from * 7 times more
6. *(p2 k2)x2, p2 k1 p1 k1 rep from * 7 times more
7. *(p2 k2)x2, p2tog k1 p1 k1 rep from * 7 times more
8. *(p2 k2)x2, (p1 k1)x2 rep from * 7 times more
9. *p2 k2 p2 ssk (p1 k1)x2 rep from * 7 times more
10. *p2 k2 p2 k1 (p1 k1)x2 rep from * 7 times more
11. *p2 k2 p2tog k1 (p1 k1)x2 rep from * 7 times more
12. *p2 k2 (p1 k1)x3 rep from * 7 times more
13. *p2 ssk (p1 k1)x3 rep from * 7 times more
14. *p2 k1 (p1 k1)x3 rep from * 7 times more
15 *p2tog k1 (p1 k1)x3 rep from * 7 times more
16. (p1 k1)x32
17. *(p1 k1)x2 p1 p2tog k1 rep from * 7 times more
18. *p1 p2tog k2 p2 k1 rep from * 7 times more
19. *p2 k1 p2tog k1 rep from * 7 times more
20 *p2tog k1 p1 k1 rep from * 7 times more
21. *p1 p2tog k1 rep from * 7 times more
22. *p2tog k1 rep from * 7 times more

cut yarn with a tail ~6 inches long, draw through all stitches and weave in all ends.

10.25.2007

Stuff

So when San Diego shuts down and I am stuck at home, I have knitting ADHD. To start the first pics of Lucie from knitty.com started for my mom.

I am using Peruvian Quechua from Elann.com, its a supersoft alpaca/tencel blend in a great purple color. And of course my gauge is not right so I have tons of math in my future.

I began something Log Cabin-ish with a ton of Caron Simply Soft gifted to me by one of the lovely ladies at my knitting group. I don't know why it is the only color to photograph so poorly, but the blue on the right is really a crazy bright purple.

A replacement hat for my sister. She lost the first hat I made her when she moved to Boise. It is made with Lamb's Pride leftover from the Starfish Cap

This last one is a photo I took at Qualcomm stadium when I was there to volunteer. A couple of evacuees with masks for the smoke.

10.21.2007

The leaves should be turning...

But instead the state is burning. Welcome to Southern California during the Santa Anas. The smoke is gorgeous... (sarcasm)

I miss N. Idaho.

10.16.2007

Dreams

I have finally decided I need to share this dream. Some of you video gamers out there might be aware of Penny Arcade. A comic/news site about video games. It is run by two guys who comic aliases are Tycho and Gabe. It is thanks to these fabulous men that we have the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, WA (if you play games, go!).

Ok so I had a dream that I was at some kind of convention. In the ladies room. Where I met Tycho and Gabe and Gabe's wife Kara. I don't know what they were doing in the ladies room but we became friends and Tycho came back with me to my seats in the auditorium. He is somehow smaller than when I met him and when I sit down next to my dad Tycho has to sit on my lap to see the stage. I look over and my boyfriend is on the other side of my dad and fan that he is I took Tycho to meet him. On the way, he is hanging on to me like a monkey. Hanging around my neck. Before I can get to my boyfriend though, Gabe calls Tycho's name from the stage and he runs off all normal sized and not monkey like.

What the hell does it mean?

Why is Tycho a monkey?

How come Gabe didn't come sit with me too?

10.12.2007

Transit to Kaoh-siung

We said our final good-byes to Sasebo and the SSK shipyard yesterday. Little sad. I really liked that port and I am quite bummed to leave. I could really spend some time in Japan especially out here in the smaller towns. Though I never did find a yarn shop and I am disappointed I am walking away without any vacation yarn.

So a little bit about life at sea. The dynamics on these research vessels is a little odd. There are three different sets of people on board, the ship crew, the technicians and the science party (currently not on board). The ship crew are responsible for the health of the ship. They keep necessities for life at sea functional, things like engines, water purification, food preparation and all the other little things I can't see. They sign on to stay with a ship for several continuous months of the year sometimes spending as much as 8 months a year on the same ship. And because the 3rd Engineer (no matter who that is) always has the same room, they always stay in the same place on board the ship.

As a result, they develop habits and the ship becomes their home. They sit in the same place in the mess, they watch movies in the lounge at a particular time and they have a favorite condiment. Sometimes they can be really great about being change which is important because the science crew and technicians can change as often as weekly, bringing aboard a ship full of folks unaware which chair belongs to the wiper or if you use the last of the tabasco the chief engineer might never speak to you again. The ship crew usually blame any and all problems on the new science party. They complain about the deck operations interfering with their movie or internet access forgetting that their job is to keep the ship afloat so that the science operations can happen.

The science is the reason for the ship. It is the source of the ship crew's paychecks and without the science, they would not be here. It is often completely ignored by them when science interferes with their personal plans. The technicians are officially a part of the science party. We work intimately with them to get the data that they need from our equipment they borrow. Because there is no official science party on board we are taking the blame.

Now this whole long explanation is the result of a teeny tiny comment made in jest last night. Something I was not offended by at all but is just a small sample of the constant friction on board the ship. The ship just got out of drydock. It was being repaired and out of water for two months. As a result some technicians (including me) are here to see that all the science equipment is operational when the next cruise starts up on the 17th. The computer techs turned on the pump (overseen by the chief engineer mind you) for the uncontaminated sea water which goes through a fancy set up and collects data for the Meteorological system, things like salinity, sea surface temperature, etc.

Somewhere in the plumbing something went horribly wrong and a drain in the mess (dining room) began to flood right before dinner. Everyone on board helped clean up the mess, and the chief engineer muttered "Damn Science". Like I said, it was small and inoffensive at the time, but it is a constant battle between the two parts of the ship. Sometimes it can get pretty bad. Many times as a result of crew mutterings, scientists have come to me and asked if "Scientists are usually that bad?"

Anyway, enough of the glimpse into life at sea and on to knitting.


The picture above was taking at Hanamaru, a fast food noodle and tempura joint right before I ripped them out completely.

The Pomatomus socks are progressing after I ripped them out completely. I rounded the heel and found I was missing 6 stitches in the lace pattern. Picking up that lace is a nightmare so I decided I would rather rip them out and hopefully correct some mistakes I was already unhappy with anyway. The second attempt was coming out pretty snug anyway so I added some stitches to the foot. They can always be removed in the heel construction if need be for the leg.

10.06.2007

Sasebo and Pomatomus


So I'm in Japan. Sasebo to be exact. I love it here. I haven't gotten to roam very far. I'm really too tired at the end of the day, but everything I need and want is at my fingertips. I also get to pass through the Navy Base twice a day so if and when I get a little culture overwhelmed I can find a little slice of home.

I found a restaurant immediately beside our hotel. It is one of those grill in the middle of the table places (yakinoki as my local informants tell me, though I'm not sure I spelled it right). I say I 'found' it because even though it is right beside the hotel, none of my co-workers have eaten there and none that came before us that I know of. They all just kinda glossed over it. I think it is in an effort to explore. To some it means moving a lot and taking a lot of samples. To me, exploration means becoming intimately familiar with a few.

Anyway, back on track. So I had a wonderful dinner with some co-workers. One of my big intimidating bosses (who it turns out is not so scary), and two new guys from Norway here to install some new systems. It was a really excellent visit, satisfying meal and left me in all around a great mood. The front of the restaurant is western style with booths. However they took us deep into the back of the restaurant, the Japanese style seating. It is still like a big booth, but you are sitting cross-legged style or on your knees on mats.

I have begun a tour of Asian social services. Accidentally of course. It turns out I lost my passport in Singapore which resulted in a tour including a local police station, the US Embassy and the immigration offices. Now I am in Sasebo and I ended up visiting a hospital this afternoon to get an infected fingernail checked out. I got to spend an hour with the ship's Agent (who is a very nice and friendly man) sitting in a waiting room and learning a little Japanese. I walked away with a prescription for antibiotics which has my name in Japanese characters on it. I like that I got my name in characters from the hospital. I've been wanting to know what my name was, but I was afraid they would get it wrong or rip me off by giving me Mary or something. It seems more official from a hospital.

The little things that are different here are what really get my attention. The fact that they change the plant arrangements on every floor of the hotel every week. Many places won't take your money until you place it in the tray. When they do have to hand you items like credit cards, room keys, receipts, they do it with two hands. They can't seem to decide what side of the sidewalk they walk on. Sometimes it is the right and sometimes the left. I was actually in two different subway stations in Tokyo last time I was here and the one I boarded on had arrows on the left (where they drive, not surprised) but where I disembarked they had arrows on the right (what?).

On the knitting front. My Pomatomus socks with the gifted yarn (love you Jolene!) has been my project. I turned the heel and was about to begin the pattern up the leg when I noticed I had somewhere lost 6 stitches in the lace pattern. Six! How the hell did I lose six stitches? I couldn't figure out how to solve it so I ripped it out and started over. I'm not really hurt about it because there were all kinds of mistakes and I'm glad they will be better, but you know... It always hurts to rip it out.



9.23.2007

Persuasion - Jane Austen



I really do enjoy Jane Austen so you all know I'm gonna be positive about this book. However, one of the best things about this book is how different it is from the rest of her novels. Jane usually tells us stories about young women in the prime of their youth and beauty and leads us to believe that their only hope at a future lies in snagging a well-to-do husband now before their beauty fades. Outside of a mother's relationship with her daughters, experience is not something that is prized and second chances are not given.

However, Persuasion is written with another point of view and one that "jives" better with today's women. The heroine Anne Elliot has nearly reached the "old maid" stage in her life. She has loved and lost. Life has prevented her from being with the man she loves and yet, now, she has the opportunity to make her life right, the opportunity to follow her heart.

The novel keeps you on your toes as well. Misunderstandings galore, as is the style of Miss Austen, sustain the suspense that attracts you to the story, anxious to see how it will be resolved.


It is a fantastic and classic novel you expect from Jane Austen, and yet, altogether completely unexpected.

Finished Object??? for real?


Check it out! I finished a shrug. Started it last week at the yarn crawl. It is made of super soft Baby Alpaca and is essentially a giant rectangle. It was really easy 2x1 ribbing.

I worked on it yesterday watching Resident Evil, Extinction at the theater. I heard some guys chuckling behind me at the girl knitting in Resident Evil all alone. You know, they only wish a girl would have come with them to a video game movie and made them a hat. Suckaz.

9.21.2007

Reading Lolita In Tehran




So I finished this book after much struggling. It is a great, thought provoking book. But it seemed so "jumpy". It wasn't very fluid and she seemed to jump from one topic to another. Now one can justify this by saying, that is the emotional state she is trying to convey, but it makes the reading very difficult.

However, the hearts and minds of the women in Iran including the things they loved and feared was very moving and I am glad I read it.

9.20.2007

All the things I should have written but was too lazy so am now going to present in a bulleted list...

If you are going to lose your passport in Asia, Singapore is not a bad place to do it.

Apparently anything that would be worn by someone twenty years younger than yourself is the fashion in Japan. Prepare yourself with heels, polka dots and ruffles.

I love the Northwest US. PAX in Seattle was probably the most fun I have ever had as a grownup. As a result I have been playing more Nintendo DS than knitting. But besides that. Seattle is my kinda town and the Northwest Coast has the best weather! Cool and moist and I can wear all my souvenir sweatshirts.

When you only travel once a year it is OK to go on a food vacation. However, if you travel for a living, maybe you should reel it in a little and not eat 3 bacon bleu cheese burgers from the Newport Rogue Brewery in 5 days. Not that I know that from experience... just... you know... `_`

I have no self control (see previous bullet) and yarn crawls should be forbidden if I want to eat the rest of the month.

I have completed 2 knitted items the entire summer. Including the completely original, reversible, double-knit, green and purple starfish cap. I owe the successful, super-stretchy ribbed castoff to my wonderful and crazy knowledgeable Infinite Knitters group. I sure missed those gals.While glad to be home I am leaving again in less than a week for a very stressful work trip to Japan and Taiwan so don't get used to the posting.

I made myself a Bento Box for lunch tomorrow. Check it out.
I started a pair of Pomatomus socks but am making them toe-up. Complex!
I need to take a nap now... night!

6.10.2007

come sail away... come sail away... come sail away with meeee!

I am sitting at SFO waiting for my flight to Seoul, S. Korea. I had to purchase 60 minutes of internet time because there were some things I forgot to do. So far the only thing on my forgot to bring list is deodorant, but I'm sure they will sell that in Thailand right?

WWKIP was a lot of fun. It wasn't very big, only one unknown person showed up but it was such a lovely day in the park. You could hear softball games nearby and there was a breeze. I manged to get a knitting sunburn. Who knew? For all of you curious what such a thing could be, it is a burn on my left side, farmer style (meaning a line at my sleeve) and there is a pale "V" shape inside my elbow. It looks HOT let me tell you. Sorry I don't have pictures to show, but I was too busy talking, knitting and eating, you know how it is.

I wanna say thanks to Patty who share with me a big bag full of caron simply soft which I really like and Jo who gave me a skein of sock yarn and only wants the left overs for some fair isle stuff. Love you guys! Have a great summer!

A few things before I go. The Vagabond Bettie has asked me who's ass I would like to wear as a hat and she totally tried to steal MY Mike Rowe. But you all know he belongs to me, right?!? (don't nobody else be macking on my mike!).

I would also like to include any one who has ever played Mr. Darcy, including Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen. And of course the ever hottening Mr. Daniel Radcliffe. (who turns 18 on july 23rd by the way, not like i'm counting or anything)





6.06.2007

My internet is broken

sorry if I can't get back online between now and June 11th when I leave, but i will try to post occasionally from sea so check back once in a while.

6.05.2007

BAD BLOGGER!

Yes I know I am a bad, bad blogger. However I also know that you have been missing me terribly and holding your breath while you check back hourly to see if Knitting for Health and Sanity has been updated. And that is what has guilted me into writing today.

I am leaving on Sunday and just overwhelmed with things to do before I go. Got to get keyed for Karazhan (World of Warcraft) so hopefully I can get one Kara run in before I leave until SEPTEMBER!

However I have pictures!
I bought sock yarn! From thankewe.etsy.com. It is superwash and called Strawberry Shortcake. Came with candy, my favorite even, YUM!
I made socks with this sock yarn. I am on the first. It is my modified version of the Monkey Sock on knitty.com. Modifications include, changing the purls to knits because it helped the flow of the sock and adding a short-row heel. It was my first and without instruction so it looks like a nipple on the end of my heel, and i have a big hole where the foot, heel and ankle meet but overall I am satisfied.

I completed Hunter's Cardigan for my friend Jen's first baby boy. I completed it last night at my knitting group and plan to mail it off tomorrow. The button band looks funny, but I am out of time, it needs to get mailed tomorrow!

My Olive Striped Raglan cardigan is coming along. Honestly I took this picture a long time ago and the sleeves are much longer, but the light is fading and I can't get you another one right now. I won't be able to take it with me. It is just too bulky.

I will however pack on my trip the Modified Monkey socks and the Branching Out which has been sitting lonely on the side of my bed for quite sometime now.

Saturday is World Wide Knit in Public Day. If you are in San Diego, please join us in Kearny Mesa Park you can check out the info at the top-right of the page. If you aren't in San Diego, get out your needles and show them the sunlight by knitting someplace you can be seen.