San Francisco was great, then I went to Idaho for Christmas where there was a ton of snow.
So yeah Christmas was great and I'll post pictures soon. Catching pneumonia again was even better.
I'm in bed for a few days.
So I am sitting at the Airport in San Diego crossing every body part I have that the rain will not have the completely paralyzing effects it usually has on Southern California so I can fly to San Francisco this morning.
Last night was a swarm not only of packing but sewing. I bought some new gray pants at Old Navy to wear on this trip (my first American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, I am so excited). They were wide leg which with my 5'5" frame looks a little ridiculous and they were a little long. Well there are 3 sewing machines and a serger in my apartment, this is completely fixable. And not the way that clothes have been in the past. I buy them and think I will get this altered and it will fit like a dream, then never ever get it altered. I have yet to get anything professionally altered though my closet is completely full of clothes that I bought promising to get it done.
Well, I'm not exactly practiced on the serger having NEVER used it. So My friend Meghan pinned things for me and I passed them off to Susan about the second she walked in the door to take them in from the knee down. Gracious, bestest, roomie that she is she of course immediately changed threads in the serger and went to town (she did a great job, btw). Afterwards I hemmed them but it was with fusible interfacing, no actual sewing. They came out gorgeous. I told her she could put up an FO pic if she wanted, I mean it was a completed project even if it started as ready-to-wear but we were pooped and no picture was taken.
Also, we may have learned wine and zippers do not mix as we tried to put an invisible zipper in my Christmas Dress. A five minute job took us an hour just to get the Bernina (it is the only machine with the special grooved foot in our place) up and running nicely. However, once we got it in, I tried the dress and it looks phenomenal. I need to take in the side seams at the waist just a little bit, hem the bottom then secure the straps and I will have a gorgeous, figure flattering (it is actually a little Marilyn Monroe but in green and slinkier if that is possible) and freezing-ass cold dress for Christmas in North Idaho.
I have been a very good knitting girl and on Friday and Saturday (during An Inconvenient Truth actually) knitted on my cousin's beaded Juno Regina shawl. It really is gorgeous and the pattern is so simple, even with the beads I was able to pick it up and continue knitting without even looking at the chart (which I don't actually know where it is so that is for the best). It is the project I selected to carry to San Francisco (though checked because I would die if I had to remove those needles). Kelley Petkun from the Knit Picks Podcast informed me through one of her Podcasts that lace knitting, if simple enough was the perfect travel project because it uses so little yarn comparatively (hello, laceweight yarn! and it is full of holes!). I have more then enough beads pre-strung to get me through the week. You'll probably get a pic from the hotel room.
Also, one of my super secret Christmas Presents was received by one of my newest friends Jack in Colorado. Jack and I met through the Single Knitters group on Ravelry.com. It has come to our attention that Jack, while being a handknitter had absolutely no handknit hats of his own. We couldn't have that and so I made one for him (actually, I'm not the only one. I'm telling you, all us knitters think alike. Actually, no we don't, but we hate to see someone in need). It also turns out that the hat really couldn't have arrived at a better time as he needed just a little bit of cheering up.
Anyway, look how happy he is!
We love you Jack!
To those of you in North Idaho, keep your noses warm and those getting rained on all week in San Diego, HA HA!
I finally saw this movie for the first time. It surprised me after watching a storm chasing show on Discovery so I sat down with a long over-due knitting project and watched it.
I am so Angry I can hardly put it into words, but I'll try. There was nothing new to me in the show. Mind you I studied geology and paleo-climatology. I kinda know some stuff about the climate. Gore didn't say anything crazy. Everything he has said is reasonable and presented in a personable and friendly manner. The data is provided without overwhelming the layman. Gore has presented what is largely difficult to process data into spoon-sized easily digested diagrams.
How much easier can it be made to understand? I get asked a lot, how do you know? How do I know the earth is 4.6 billion years old? How do I know man is having a negative effect on our environment? I suppose there is a certain of amount of faith involved. I know and understand the scientific process which is enough for me to poke holes in experiments and trust scientific study. I understand the isotopes break down at a constant rate although I, myself, have not conducted the experiments of Marie Curie. We all know breathing car exhaust can kill you, though few of know a person it has killed.
If being spoon-fed data in this manner doesn't convince you that the people who know, know, then I really can't help you at all.
So I don't know if you have seen this or not but Knitting Daily has photo galleries of women of different body types working at Knitting Daily wearing the same sample sweaters from Interweave Knits. This way you get to see how it fits different body types and how it looks with varying amounts of positive and negative bust ease. Check it out, very educational.
Now I really should have understood this by now and I think superficially I did, but it really didn't sink in (though Roomie has been trying her damndest to hammer this little detail into my brain). I should knit a smaller size than my actual bust line. I prefer the fit of sweaters with a little negative ease. However, I am scared to death of making something that is too small. Mind you, I have yet to follow a pattern for an actual sweater. I started one, but it was much to small in the stomach and I gave up. I also am halfway through the Aran Accent Vest but that is on hold for a little while.
This has come to my attention recently as I have been trying to write patterns for some of the stuff I have been making lately. In none of them is gauge, let alone ease, important so it isn't a big deal, just something that has caught my attention of late.
In other news, Monday's regular knitting night was at my place this week in order to show off some Lonesome Stone Fibers, play with a spinning wheel and watch a knitting machine in action. It was a blast. I had such a good time and am so glad everyone came. I wish we could do it all the time, but that would require cleaning every week and that just doesn't sound possible from my end. I haven't uploaded my pictures yet, but my super organized Roommate has, check out Knitters Delight to see what a great time we had.
Been very busy. Think I might finish up my Master's Degree and just trying to figure out where I left off has been taking up a lot of my time. The next few years are going to mean very little leisure time on my part and I'm already sad about it. I'm having a hard time focusing on menial jobs at work, though pretty soon hopefully I will consider them a vacation, right now I can't help but think of them as wasted time.
In other news, the Winter '08 edition of Knitty.com is out and I queued up a bunch of new patterns. None of them however will see my needles for possibly years.
Ah Well. Back to menial work.
Saw this on Knitters Delight and I'm a copy cat. Plus I love her.
Things I’ve Done (In Bold)
Things I Want to Do (In Italics)
1. Started my own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band (alto sax)
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than I can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world (in FL and CA)
8. Climbed a mountain I suppose it depends on your definition of a mountain but I have climbed many, many hillsides in the pursuit of geology.
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sung a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched lightning at sea
14. Taught myself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown my own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise Many many work cruises but I'm pretty sure this is a fun cruise.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of my ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught myself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke LOVE IT
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had my portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person Surprisingly disappointing, but I would do it again to make sure.
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class Shotokan, that stuff is rough!
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching Again one of those things I'm not sure about, but I have spent many hours on the bow of a ship with Marine Mammal Observers looking for whales.
63. Got flowers for no reason That High School boyfriend was the bomb at stuff like that.
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book - Also cheating, I published a paper in a peer-reviewed journal.
81. Visited the Vatican um if you have been to the Sistine Chapel you have been to the Vatican. Just saying.
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had my picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible I have started so many times but man that is one boring book.
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating Fish totally count right?
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous Uh Wil Wheaton and Jonathon Coulton, awesome.
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a lawsuit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Rode an elephant
Have you ever been through this? It is a mean and dirty trick. Unfortunately my last experience with this ended really really poorly. It never happened like that, but he gave up, got angry and lashed out in a childish and dangerous way. Anyway, when I read this comic today it was like they had taken a chapter out of my life. I know others who have gone through this, men who are only their friend because they hope it would get them someplace else.
I really wish the chapter in the Men's Handbook (because I know there is one somewhere) that says "Become her friend first" would just get burned. I'm not saying men and women can't be friends and I'm not saying that friendships can't lead to some great romantic relationships. Just be honest about what you want straight up, if you want a friend be a friend, if you want to get in her pants, tell her you want in her pants. Becoming her friend as a means to another end is a lying and manipulative game that will never end well. If you have to trick a person into wanting you, you will spend the rest of your life wondering if they are happy and getting what you want will never really be what you want.
Ramble, ramble, ramble and done.
Something else totally awesome you should try (pointed out by the awesome fellas at The Penny Arcade) is Auditorium. It reminds me a lot of Flow with a very relaxed game, beautiful music, but much more problem solving straight from the beginning.
Speaking of The Penny Arcade, you may notice a new button for Child's Play on the bottom right. I don't know what took me so long to get one up here but it is a great cause that brings many smiles to the faces of sick children.
And seeing as On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode 2 is now out, I should probably finish Episode 1 right? I mean I was at the final boss when I stopped for Pete's sake. Maybe this weekend. Then I can get Episode 2 for my trip home for Christmas. I love my family but let's face it, an entire week and somewhere in there I will need some game time with the mantra "must not kill real people, love my family" in my head over and over again. Just sometimes a little deep breath and hitting things with a rake can be good for you (you totally hit things with a rake in Episode 1, I love it!).
Thanksgiving and Knitting!!!
I went to Montana for Thanksgiving and spent the holiday with one of my oldest and dearest friends. Then we drove to Idaho to surprise our families. Saw fireworks and the Coeur d'Alene tree lighting and parade, then had a bonfire on Saturday night at my parents place. Luckily the Mountain passes were totally clear and the second we arrived in Post Falls we started getting snowed on (YAY!). Then it all melted off before we left on Sunday and the passes were clear for the trip back to Montana.
I don't have any pictures for you of FOs but I made two Collars out of Lion Brand(R) Wool-Ease(R) Chunky Yarn. One for me because guess what, when I got to Montana, it was COLD. The air, it was COLD. I forgot what 40 degrees felt like and even though I was chilly I loved it! The other was for my mom, who loved mine. I didn't finish it before I left though so I need to mail it home with the rest of my Christmas presents this weekend. I also made two hats, one for my girl's husband and then after I found out that my girl was allergic to wool (!!!) I bought some Lion Brand(R) Lion(R) Suede Yarn and made her another one (so she got 2!).
Now I cannot say I loved the Suede. It is soft enough to the touch and I think she really liked the hat once it was on, but damn was it squeaky and hard on the hands. Also I'm not real confident in my end weaving. I'm not sure it will hold through the wash so I told her not to put it in the washing machine.
Also, did I mention it was cold? I busted out a leg warmer with the chunky riding in the car to Idaho. One leg warmer. I started a second, but NOT before I put the first one on. Good news is they fit under my jeans so no one could see that I was only wearing ONE leg warmer. Took me another day to finish up the second because I didn't get a ton of knitting time what with the surprise home and all but I had two long before I left Idaho.
Since I got back to San Diego it has been in the 60s all week and my walk to and from the bus stops has been chilly. I forgot to wear my leg warmers but have been wearing my collar all week.
I pass by a tree lot twice a day everyday and it smells sooo good. I decided to surprise Roomie with a tree as she has had a rough week and tonight we are going to decorate it. It is on the patio because kitties eat greens and the smell of the pine wafting in the open window is fantastic. Hopefully this will help us get into the holiday spirit.
Ten after 4am I was waiting in line at the airport this morning. Security was still closed and I was only third in a line almost a block long before it opened 35 minutes later. I am on my way to Missoula, MT to share Thanksgiving with one of my oldest and dearest friends. I haven't seen her since my great-grandmother passed 3 years ago. That weekend she was there for me like no one has ever been there for me. She took care of me physically and emotionally and I never could have done it without her. This visit is long overdue and I am so glad to be going.
I don't think we will be eating a turkey dinner, but we might drink enough wine to drown a submarine. I give thanks for vino.
That said, this Idaho born and raised girl has forgotten what one wears in 40 degree weather. I went looking for hats and scarves to bring. I have a massive mismatching pile of the accessories. When noticing something like this, a knitter thinks, I should make myself a matching set. But it won't happen. There are other people to knit for. Friends, family, holidays and birthdays. Not to mention I have my eyes on Sylvi and that cabled pullover from Fall 2008's Vogue Knitting. When would I make my own matching set.
I completed a hat for my pal Marcus (yes I know you see this Marcus, I don't care) for Christmas. I will be seeing him in December and I couldn't help myself. I don't have it or a picture with me at the airport but a little hint, it's blue and white.
What do you think of my new skirt? Sewing the charmeuse Christmas dress "seamed" (haha) like a bad idea with my current skill level (because I want it to be beautiful!) so I am making some smaller projects first, just to practice. I think I am going to add little pockets to the front because that is one of my biggest issues with skirts, no place to stash my stuff!
Anyway the Christmas Dress is still being thought about, and constantly. I actually cut and pieced together the top out of remnant fabric, like I said I would and it turned out to fit great. I only had to change one tiny little thing, make the arm holes smaller! Smaller (!) did you hear that?
Christmas presents are still being pumped out. Gotta love how quicklyLion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky knits up. My last one, I had absolutely no tension problems in the fair isle. I'm awesome!
But without Huckleberry Jam :)
Edited to add... Oh man, I should have mentioned this skirt was made possible with the help of my super Roomie. I didn't have a zipper for it when I got started, Susan provided me with one and let me be the first to try out her new Bernina zipper foot. Thanks Susan!
Navy jets are back in the air over Point Loma.
You would think (!) that now would be a great time for posting, with so much knitting and sewing going on and all. However, I can't post pictures of presents (my family sees this sometimes people!) and my sewing machine started barfing thread all over the place this week so my own skirt is as yet unfinished. I took my baby to Sew Hut for some tender loving care. She is probably laying back with cucumber over her eyes and mud on her face as we speak getting her gears oiled by some hot man in a thong, spoiled little brat.
Anyway... I will finish it tonight however with the help of roomies momma's singer. Then you will have a FO picture. It doesn't help that right now i am going through and taking down photos for something super exciting. I am going to be writing up some of my personal patterns for my friend Liz who is a sales rep for Lonesome Stone Fibers which could result in a publishing... yay!
eek bad news from home is requiring that I cut this short.
ETA... everything is ok. Friend's mom in the hospital, but they are sending her home tonight. You know what would make me feel better, N. Idaho Huckleberry jam. Just sayin. Wink Wink (you know who you are).
So, I got busy this weekend and pumped out sewing projects. I'm sorry, but you can't see my only FO yet because it is a Christmas present and Ravelry discourages non-yarn project. However, I did photograph and upload most of my recent knitting FOs I keep mentioning but no one gets too see.
My first Bra for my Bra-making class is so close to done I can taste it. By Saturday I'll be finished and I'll share a pic with you all (it's ok because it isn't a Christmas present). I also almost completely finished designing and sewing a skirt. All I have to finish is the hem then you can have some pics.
I traced some pattern pieces for a dress I am going to make myself for Christmas. I saw this GORGEOUS charmeuse (I didn't even know what it was at the time) and had to have it. Then panicked that I didn't have enough and went back for two more yards. The dress I am going to make is New Look pattern 6557 B. However, it doesn't get large enough (hello, curvy lady here) so I have to take the pieces I traced out this weekend and redraft them larger in the right places. I bought some scrap fabric to make a sample, just to see how it fits so I will make the top, then redraft as necessary. I'm probably going to remove the gather under the bust and put in a dart as I want a much smoother silhouette.
Anyway, off to work, but before I go, I got some funny for you...
So yeah, have you ever made a profile on that site? I like it, but they have questions to answer to help improve your matches and you select how important to you the answer is. They do some voodoo math and decided how compatible you are with other people as a result. I am completely addicted to answering those questions. I could spend all day there.
I have serious problems with the questions however. For instance, "Would you consider dating someone who works in porn?" How the hell does one answer this? I would consider anything, especially for a person I loved. Plus there is always another side to the story and I reserve judgment. However, I'm not looking for someone who works in porn. If I answer no, I'm a prude, if I answer yes, I come across as much much kinkier than I am.
I am a very open and open minded person. Every long term relationship I have been in has been with a completely different person. I have a hard time pinning down my type judging from the men I have been with in the past. As a result I am completely open to different. I have no idea who my ideal is. It could be anybody and I'm not about to limit myself or anyone else by saying if his answer isn't such-n-such he is out.
anyway, I really should get off the internet :) Soon I will post pics of recently completed Christmas gifts on Ravelry, but lately, I just haven't sat at my computer long enough to upload pics.
Whew. Time to stop and rest. I bailed on my knitting group last night so I could go to bed early, but it didn't work out that way anyway.
Since my last post I have had three dates with someone that while we enjoy each others company we have decided not to get romantic. I really do think he is a cool guy and I hope we manage to keep a friendship.
Dating is just so bizarre to me. I've never been much of a "dater" most of my relationships have sprung from friendships. A friend of mine compared online dating to interviewing for a new position. You reviewed their resume, had an interview or two and it tends to suck the romance right out of it. Just how in the hell does anyone get this to work?
On the other hand, it is not easy to meet new people when you are an adult. Most of your time is spent at work, a dangerous pond to be fishing in. Bars are just plain a bad idea.
So what does that leave? Pretty much just your hobbies if you are lucky enough to have a social one. Chances are good you can meet someone who shares interests with you. However, my hobbies are not conducive to finding members of the opposite sex: knitting group, sewing class?
I think I'm just hosed.
However, I am a productive little holiday knitter. Christmas presents are being churned out of me daily it seems and I am so glad. I have never been much of a deadline knitter and it was only last week that I decided or even thought about knitting for more than one person, but I am optimistic.
I have been inspired by the great Elizabeth Zimmerman. I just read Knitting Without Tears and Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac (knitpicks.com is having a book sale through the end of October and I went crazy).
I'm not knitting any of her patterns, but rather have been inspired by her just-do-it attitude. Simple projects and color work have really made some charming things. However to keep from spoiling any holiday surprises only Ravelers will get to see these projects anytime soon.
My yarn choice has also been very helpful in rapid fire project completion. I up sized from my usual worsted projects to Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky and boy does the larger gauge make a difference in speed. I mean, I knew it knitted up faster, but how much faster was a nice surprise.
I'm back. I have a sore throat and a lot of house work to do but I made it to knitting Monday night (working on Super Secret Christmas Presents). Former roomie Jon stopped by to say hello while I was knitting which was awesome. I have completely caught up on Project Runway and watched the finale last night (if you DVR'd it and haven't watched it yet I won't spoil it, but I will say I completely agree with the judges choice).
I have had lots of deep thoughts lately and will probably share them with you eventually, but I am still waiting for the dust to settle from my landing in town Sunday. I'll get to them.
Marie Claire (yes the magazine) recently gave me a profound thought (shocking) and it is what I will leave you with today...
Without the baggage, you haven't made the journey.
Labels: Christmas Presents
So I am finally visiting the Vagabond Bettie in Florida and got to join her knitting group tonight the Sweet Stitchin' Betties. It was so much fun! Such a large group, I couldn't meet and talk to everyone but they were all super ladies!
Pictures! I was trying not to flash everyone which resulted in some blurry pics, but I like 'em nonetheless...
My dear friend Tibbsy reminded me that I have a website with my artwork posted. I haven't painted or drawn in a while because I lacked inspiration but my fingers have been itching lately and I think I might be picking it up again soon.
For those of you interested you can check out this link and I will add it to the sidebar.
So the hat I have been making is a modification of the same pattern over and over and modified to my hearts content. While not the same hat, I got the idea from Tychus on knitty.com. I have also recently seen a similar hat on schmeebot.com.
I am using garter stitch in the round and using short rows to shape the crown, then seaming it up with kitchener. I shorted the number of stitches worked in short-rows, picked up stitches and knit garter in the round (tricksy) for Hookah Joe's hat. For the earlier hat I knit more stitches in the short-rows, folded it over and picked up stitches for the earflaps (corners shaped with short-rows of course). There was another one I made in the spring on the trip down to Antarctica, same but no bells and whistles.
(had to remove the picture, going to write up the design for Lonesome Stone Fibers, stay tuned)
Stripes can be created by knitting two rows in each color. That also makes it super easy to tell when you want to wrap and turn for the short-row. For instance, if I want narrower short-row sections, then I may go till only two stitches in the MC are remaining on my left needle. Next time I am at the short side, I go until there are two stitches remaining in the CC. For wider short-row sections I leave only one stitch of the previous color on the left needle. Minimal counting is involved as each stripe is two rows and makes quick visual inspections simple. It is such an easy hat. Very stretchy so it fits any head and easily customizable.
If you haven't yet, toy around with short-rows. It is amazing the things you can do and all the applications they have.
I completed another hat. This time I gave it to our second mate Joe. I made it just for him because after the first hat, he complimented specific details. He said he really like the horizontal and vertical components. It is detailed information about preferences like that which inspire me to design a piece for someone. Not to mention Joe has promised to provide me with pictures of his hat on his travels. Joe is much better at traveling than I am and gets a lot more sea time as well so check out his blog if you like to hear about my trips at http://hookahjoe.livejournal.com/
In the world of science we have finally managed to land a few tags. The first fell off almost immediately and was recovered but we were able to place another one. However, it should have been released from the animal at 3 am locally and we have yet to find it over 12 hours later. This is bad bad news. The tags are $20,000 a piece and this is the first with any valuable data on it. Oh well. I am curious how long you spend looking for a $20,000 tag floating in the ocean when it costs $25,000 a day to look. We even reportedly had some airplanes passing over head to look for it. Actually, I suppose if it is the only data to come out of this trip it is work millions. So bring on the trackers!
Back to work.
I'm pretty sure there are alligators everywhere in Florida so this can't be a big surprise, but they had a pond full of them at the mini-golf place I went near Tampa. We were stopped for a few days to try and wait out Hurricane Ike.
I managed to finish a hat for a friend of mine just yesterday. I love it and he wore it all day (even though we are near the Bahamas) getting a lot of compliments. I've already started another hat with my remaining yarn, but it won't be as fantastic as this one was.
We also had to stop in Nassau for a day. Took on a lot of Embassy VIPs and gave them tours. But I managed to get away for a few hours.
Last of all is me enjoying a little time off.
This is one of the weirdest trips I have ever been on. After leaving
Tampa behind Hurricane Ike we headed East for the Bahamas again. We
stopped in Nassau Sunday and were there all day. Thankfully I got to go
out for a few hours and did some shopping. Some people left and some
people arrived including some VIPs such as the Assistant Secretary of
the Navy, Penn and his entourage. Folks from the Embassy in Nassau came
on board and took tours of the ship (thankfully I was away shopping,
sipping some beers and eating conch for all this).
We took off Sunday night after a beautiful sunset and had a perfectly
calm day out today. It was a first for this cruise and so we all
started very optimistic about getting some tags on. It didn't happen,
but it was still an ecouraging day, whale-wise.
There was however much hump busting for some new experiments that came
on board in Nassau and starting tonight I am going to be on the night shift.
Did I mention the evil bugs in Tampa? I have been covered in bites from
my ankles to my knees and they itch like hell. At the recommendation of
folks on board I have tried benedryl (I fell asleep, that is a no-go),
calamine lotion, hydrocortizone cream and tiger balm (really though?
not for bug bites). When we stopped in Nassau I purchased Aveeno's
anti-itch cream and Extra Strength Benedryl Itch Stopping Cream. The
electrician on board also gave me some kind of topical gel from
Germany. I have no idea what is in it but she swears by it. I have
been applying all three several times a day and I am finally starting to
get some relief. Every once in a while however, I scratch the hell out
of one. I deserve the one right?
I am knitting a hat for my friend and fellow cruise-mate and I am almost
finished. I knit it flat and it is ready to be seamed. He wants
started discussing options with me. Can it have a pom-pom? Earflaps?
I told him I can add whatever he wanted, but lets wait till it has it's
basic shape and we know it fits. Then we can add anything he wants. I
promise to take photos of the final creation.
When all seems lost, stitch.
So my ship was tied up in Port Manatee in the Tampa area for 5 days
while we waited out Hurricane Ike. It was not my favorite port. It was
a $50 cab ride anywhere worth going and I got to say, there were not
many places worth going.
I did however manage to have myself a good time, but I think that is
more my ability to find fun anywhere. Went to a beach one night with
some of the crew but the area around the beach closed at 9:30pm. Rather
than call it a night we stopped in the 24 hour convenience store for
supplies and spent the night (seriously, we came in after 4 am) on a
soft white sand beach sitting in someone's beach front hammock.
Another night was mini-golf (live alligators at the course, but I have a
feeling that is nothing unusual for Florida) and Monday Night Football
at a nearby Irish bar called Rasher Tierney's.
Is anyone else as happy as I am that Aaron Rodgers had a better pass
completion percentage then Brett Favre this week? It may have been 20
yards shy of Favre, but who cares? Korey Hall is playing for the
Packers and I spent a lot of time watching him at Boise State. Thank
goodness that jerk Favre is gone so I can enjoy and root for the Packers
Also I started teaching the 3rd Mate how to knit. Unfortunately it was
on deck during her watch and I was eaten alive by a bunch of little tiny
invisible bugs (I guess they are referred to as noseeums or something
like that) and my feet are driving me crazy. I itch so badly. The
Captain seemed to think that Tiger Balm would be better for it than
Benedryl. Now some of you may know that Tiger Balm is a muscle rub. It
burned. I finally got a hold of some one's private stash of Benedryl
and I feel so much better, even if a little sleepy.
You know what, I'm going to go take a little nap.
When all seems lost, stitch.
But I screwed it up and it is gone.
I am on a ship near Florida right now trying to escape the hurricanes
that have been lined up like Rockettes across the Atlantic. We dodged
Gustav and hopefully outran Hanna. On Saturday we hope to be in Tampa
for 24 hours to do some personnel transfers.
Because we are running from the weather, little science has been
completed, but lots of fishing has taken place. I landed a horse-eye
jack and there have been dorados, tuna and snapper. Hopefully there
will be plenty more.
On the knitting front I am making super slow progress on my cabled
vest. I have met two other knitters on board (none of which brought any
projects) and another who wants to learn. As a result, my SOOOPER
awesome roomie shipped a box of knitting supplies to one of the oncoming
personnel (a Marine Mammal Observer that I work with off and on and who
I LURV for helping me out) to bring it on board and save our itchy fingers.
Some interesting items to note, I saw several sperm whales and today saw
a dolphin jump 15 feet in the air. I also saw a pod of them bow riding
this evening. I am in a Ping Pong tournament and I am still getting a
ton of work done. Oh also, some of you will be really super proud of
me, I have been working out. Today I used the rowing machine for the
first time. I loved it but boy did it kick my ass.
Sorry there are no links or pics, I'm writing from email instead of the
web and my resources are limited :D
When all seems lost, stitch.
I screwed up my Aran Accent Vest and had to rip it out which I mentioned before yarn is a real bitch to rip. However I have been stuck in bed with pneumonia and finally had the opportunity to rip it out and fix it. Hopefully by the time I get out of bed, I will have a complete front.
So excuse me, I've got some knitting to do.
Labels: Aran Accent
Today is my birthday. Yay. But it does mean I had a great time Saturday when I went out with a friend to see Mamma Mia! and it was painful not to sing along but I didn't. Then we went with a few more friends for dinner, much wine, much steak, much happy!
I went to comic con on Sunday and was a complete and total geek. I went straight to the Penny-Arcade booth, spent a pleasurable if absolutely nerve-racking (seriously, why was I shaking?) 5 minutes talking to Mike and Jerry. Somehow managed to go off on the awesomeness of Ravelry.com (what? they don't knit! why would I do that? I am such a loser!). The rest of the day was a heavenly fog where I wished I had recorded everything they said because I was so nervous (and self conscious about it) that I can't remember everything they said. I also spent the whole day telling Patty how awesome they were and I really can't believe she didn't stick her circular through my eye.
A few things about my little meeting with them,
1 - I should have had him try on the hat I was making.
2 - I didn't relate to them the details of my previous dream and figured I would have scared the crap out of them if I had. Really is there any stranger you can tell you had a dream about them and they wouldn't freak out?
3 - OMG I totally met those guys!
4 - I am dreaming up knitted goodness to send through the mail. Would that be creepy as well?
On Friday night I wrote this for you and never posted it...
Comic Con is almost half over and I haven't gotten to go yet. I knew I wouldn't. I only have a pass for Sunday but I find myself jealous by all the fellow nerds wandering the streets with their badges and swag bags. Public transit is full of out-of-towners and by full I meaned packed like a can of tuna.
I am in the nerd spirit however. I found a website filled with Firefly and Serenity screen caps turned inspirational poster and I have several new wallpapers. I think I will introduce my roomie to the whole Browncoat world. I think she will like it, but if not, at least she will understand me better.
Yesterday, I realized Mike and Jerry (Gabe and Tycho from Penny Arcade) would be in town and squealed at my boss that I needed to go stalk the Gaslamp District downtown where all the conventioners would be in the evenings and see if I could find them. I am not insane however and did no such thing. I will wait and have them sign my boobs or something on Sunday :D But serisously, Mike... Jerry... if you see this and are tired of convention goers and want to relax at the home of a local for a little while, maybe watch Home Movies (the animated series, not my ams) or even try converting an Anti-Pokemon send me a little email. I promise not to squeal when you show up on my door.
Ok, now that little display is over, I have downloaded some new Audiobooks from Librivox.org. So far everything I have ever downloaded has been a book I have already read so I didn't have to listen to every word. But I was listening to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Tales of Horror and Mystery and realized I sure don't listen much. I will probably spend all of next week listening to the same chapter over and over again until I really understand what happens.
No knitting today. But I bought to dress patterns yesterday.
I LOVE THEM! Can I say that any more?
C'mon, you all know that is funny!
Bite our shiny metal asses!
Hey, I almost forgot, props to Patty and Nancy! You guys really helped make the day a blast.
A spam subject I received today...
Upsize your Jackhammer
Wife Accused of Chasing Huusband WWith Ax
I am back and just getting back into the swing of life in my new home. There are plenty of things that I need in my new place. Can't find a backing sheet (foil works for most of my purposes anyway) or broiling pan. I need salt and pepper to fill my sweet Eiffel Tower S/P shakers I got for Christmas one year and haven't been able to use yet. But it is a tight month and they will have to wait. For now I got the basics, cheerios, coffee and merlot.
There are plenty of things I have to do since I got back, but I am taking it slow. I was very well behaved and unpacked all my clothes and did laundry and bought a few grocery essentials so I don't eat out all the time.
Knittersdelight and I went to Mellow wine bar to meet the knitting group last time and for a second week in a row, nobody else showed up. We had a good time, sampling, eating, talking and shockingly little knitting but we can do that at home now that we are roomies with more wine and less money. Though I admit the people watching is much less interesting at home.
Also, My knitting is boring right now. I haven't worked on Juno Regina in ages (to be honest, I had forgotten about it until I looked at my blog today). I took the Aran Accent Vest to both knitting groups I attended this week. The Belemnite shrug is on hold because I am angry at it. And I am making two hats as a set for a couple whose wedding I am attending in August. I already completed one. I have not been knitting on the bus. I have new routes to learn and stops to figure out so I haven't been able to work on any projects as a result.
Hey guess who finally made it to the beach!
Because my boss and I are really quite the team we finished our work early. And even bumping up our flight 5 days I still got to have one day off.
I spent the sunny morning on Waikiki beach with every other tourist in town and then did some shopping in the afternoon. Got back to the ship just in time to shower for dinner.
I'll pack and clean up my room then veg to more of Supernatural Season 1 before heading back to San Diego tomorrow.
PS Can there possibly be a paler shade of white? Anywhere? Must be all the time I spent in the tank.
Ok so I joined a new knitting group in a wine bar and went home for a wedding on the Fourth of July. Super intense family time (awesome! no seriously, I love my family). I then moved to a new apartment upon my arrival and have been in crazy unpacking mode because tomorrow I go out of town for two weeks on business and I did not want to return to a mound of work nor leave my new roomie (hi roomie!) navigating around boxes during my absence. I have two boxes of miscellaneous crap on my floor that needs to be put somewhere or tossed. My vote is tossed. I have to figure out how to organize my office supplies. They really weren't very organized before. Also I have a garbage bag full of the clean laundry I pulled out of the dryer in my last place that needs put away. Also my closet isn't organized how I would like but it is out of sight for now and I will tackle it upon my return.
Now all kinds of fabulous photos were taken including a mean game of water basket ball in which I sand-burned my elbows in a dive on the beach and took a lot of water up my nose for the team and ended up scoring the winning shot with a rebound from my cousin/teammate. However, I don't have any of those pictures with me (some are on my mother's camera and the rest I don't have time to sort on my own) so you will get them sporadically as they filter in to my possession, but right now you will have to take my word for all of it.
If I don't post sooner I will be back in two weeks.
So as I was getting close to the end on the second Belemnite, I realized it really would look cute with the dress that I am wearing to a wedding this weekend. Now this Belemnite is going to go to Knitter's Delight but she wouldn't mind if I wore it once before I gave it to her right?
I picked up my pace to finish it, I started seaming it tonight at the Infinite Knitters then all that would be left is picking up ribbing around the back and collar. After seaming the first arm, I tried it on and low and behold the raglan is too small. It is unwearable. I have to rip it out and start again. And I was sooo close dammit. So you don't have to worry, Knitter's Delight will be the first to wear it, now that it won't be done before the wedding.
Ok it was a productive and fun weekend. My Roomie and I spent our last full day together as roomies at Stitch and Pitch to watch the Seattle Mariners stomp all over the San Diego Padres (which was fine by me). It was hard for me to narrow it down, but I decided on just two pictures for you, one of Jon and I and the other of my friend Liz who I ran into (seeing a knitter pal at a knitting event, who knew?).
There was actual knitting, but I didn't want to wait all night for the pictures to load.
Also just for fun, some Infinite Knitter goodness.
I do love this group.
I tend to treat online forums as an ongoing conversation. I have to remember that not every person reading my post has read ALL of my posts. They don't always know what I said halfway through the thread no matter how pertinent to their current response it is and usually if my sarcasm gets put in the thread they may not know enough about me to recognize it as such.
This is the same for blogging. I have to remember that this single sentence may be all you ever read or know about me.
In real life, you may ever only see this single image or hear these words and tone.
Maybe more attention should be paid to how I come across. I am constantly putting my foot in my mouth in real life and on the forums, I wear t-shirt and jeans almost all the time. From now on I am going to make a conscious effort to think before I speak, make sure I am never out in something I would hate for others to see me in and extend courtesy to everyone.
Though this all applies to strangers. The flip side is that people I see often,friends and family for instance have seen me looking better and will again, so I can be free.
OK many of you have or heard horror stories about people you know or have heard of who play video games, particularly online games to the complete and utter devastation of their lives. Divorces over it. Jobs quit over it. But I am hear to say that it is not the MMORPGs fault.
I played World of Warcraft for years. I might play it again one day and it didn't damage me. It has nothing to do with the fact that I broke up with my boyfriend.
I made many real-life friends through the playing of World of Warcraft who I am still friends with even though I don't play anymore. They have never let the playing of the game dominate their lives. They have children and good jobs. Happy homes and active lifestyles.
Not everyone has good experiences with it like I have. There are people who ruin their lives with the game, and they are pretty much the only ones you hear about. I sympathize with those whose relationships have been lost due to a partners obsessive involvement with a game. But I think it is important to point out that there was probably a lot more wrong and the game was a symptom of it. Not the cause of it. If they didn't have the game, it would be something else, another hobby to lose themselves in.
Don't be a hater. It's not Blizzard's fault. And don't judge others from your past experience or horror stories. Gaming is just like everything else and should be done in moderation.
So I don't know what it was, but I had a day of clarity yesterday and was all about problem solving. I think it was the hour or so I laid around the pool with my Aunt of the felted Sweater.
Someone on Ravelry posted a question about crocheting a border and it causing gaps between the crochet and the knitting. In my effort to help, I came up with a solution that she said was working great so I thought I would share it with you.
Now she had an edge of slipped stitches. I suggested crocheting a chain between the last two stitches like so...This adds an extra stitch which will fill in any gaps and allows the slipped edge stitch to curl over...If you want to put a particular crochet stitching on the edge, some kind of lace for example or single crochet, you can then just crochet into the chain you just created...This prevents pulling which results in gaps and if you don't want to put a fancy stitch on, it will just roll that outer stitch under resulting in a nice pretty and even chain along the edge.
If you use this and try it out, let me know how it works for you.
So I "taught" my aunt how to make a sweater, mostly over the phone which she wanted to felt. I don't know, she just likes them better felted and usually felts her store bought sweaters as well.
Anyway, she finished it. She did a great job and for a first garment and felting it really couldn't have turned out better. Except it is too wide. She won't wear it the way it is and is considering it a loss unless I can "take it in".
I pinned it where it needs to be but now I need to figure out how to re-attach the fabric once I cut it out of the seams. I think I'm just going to have to sew it with regular thread, but not quite ready for that. I need to plan. If you have any ideas let me know but I think I'm going to be cutting it tonight.
Doesn't that V-neck look great?
She came to see me today and dropped it off. We went sunning and swimming in the pool, out for vegetarian and then swung by my new apartment to drop off a few things. Nice relaxing afternoon Sunday
This is Me and a friend from waaaay back. I really missed the friendship we had and it was an absolutely fabulous weekend. I don't remember the last time I had that much to say, but man he ran me into the ground with activity. This was taken after hiking Red Rock Canyon.
Now this picture is a sacrifice to the knitters out there because next I am going to say, I didn't knit on Saturday, World Wide Knit in Public Day, but I was busy rebuilding long neglected friendships.
Progress on the Belemnite pattern continues but nothing really to show. The blanket continues on the bus and I worked on the Aran Accent Vest Monday night at the Infinite Knitters.
Now I had a great time. It was fabulous. I am happy with my appearance lately. Love my new haircut and I finally (!) know my bra size. But I am still depressed. I had a doctor's appointment today and realized I am still pretty emotionally unhealthy. I can't really verbalize it. I'm going to find a therapist and start taking more time and opportunities for myself. Though I have to admit, I really don't know how I can do much more for myself. It's not like I'm raising kids or taking care of a husband or boyfriend. All my nights, weekends and even a considerable amount of my workday is taking care of me, doing what I want to do. How one does more than that, I have no idea.
The Belemnite project is packed to continue development if I have time over the weekend. Leaving for Vegas tonight. You're jealous. I know you are, but that's not what I am here to write about.
I am actually here about Harry Potter inspired sock patterns. There are tons of them on Ravelry.com. Now, short of house colors, there is absolutely nothing about these socks that would make even hard-core Potter fans recognize them as inspired by the series. Conceding that they are inspired by characters' styles and personalities so you really wouldn't expect them to be easily identified, just like you couldn't look at any pair of socks and think they were made for me.
But they are never anything I would envision for the character. There is a pattern called Bellatrix at Keep On Kniting in the Free World which I think makes a fantastic sock in a drop stitch pattern (seriously, I would LOVE a pair of these socks), but really nothing about them says "Bellatrix". Bellatrix is a wealthy, pure-blood witch and would wear classy, beautiful and expensive clothes so everyone knew it. A drop-stitch pattern is not for her. She would wear intricate and delicate lace on her feet.
The Prisoner of Azkaban socks at Marmayarn created for a Hogwarts Sock Swap really doesn't say "prisoner" or "Azkaban" or "innocent" or any thing else representative of book 3. It is much to colorful for anyone at Azkaban being allowed to wear it. But who in their right mind would wear the chains they endured at Azkaban once they got out?
Now the pattern Severus (you have to go to Ravelry for it, sorry) is a beautiful pattern that screams old-fashioned, Victorian era boots with bobbles up the side resembling buttons. The pattern is fantastic, but really? Severus in bobbles? And could anyone really ever wear that sock? I mean what shoes could possibly set off that style sock.
This has all sounded rather negative, but really I am very impressed at the patterns themselves and the folks who put them together. I just don't think they represent their inspirations at all. But that is the way it is with book characters. We all see them differently in our minds as we read the words describing them. It doesn't matter how detailed the text, we all see something different.
Edited to add that the Phineas socks found at The Leaky Cauldron are the most perfect character socks I have ever seen inspired by the series. All it needs is a black line (ala argyle) crossing the diamonds purled into the foot and it would have been exactly right.
Your Quit Date is: 3/26/2007
Time Smoke-Free: 444 days, 12 hours, 25 minutes and 23 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 3092
Lifetime Saved: 23 days, 18 hours
Money Saved: $854.7
I really don't know where all that money went. I know I don't got it now. But hey, good for me anyway (I adjusted the cigarettes total to reflect the 'emergency' pack I smoked. It lasted me a whole year and reflects 0.6% of what I would have smoked by now!).
Labels: Quit Smoking
Something struck me today and I wonder if other knitters have experienced the same thing. We know and have the ever-growing stash (kudos to those with it under control), but have you noticed in your yarn journey, that projects are requiring more and more yarn? You buy a ball/skein/hank/whatever when you start. You make something small and silly, buy another one and make a few more, maybe learning more difficult stitches or shaping. Then you decide to make a matching set, like a scarf and a hat and you buy two instead of one.
It has come to my attention this morning as I did a little 'window' shopping online today before I came into work, that I have little or no use for a single solitary ball of yarn anymore. I need 'lots' of say 4 or more for any project I actually might want to do. For a few years I have continued to buy skeins singly or in pairs when I just liked it, but projects are just requiring more yarn than they used to when I was a beginner. And it makes complete sense. I mean MOST long-term knitters don't start with an afghan or sweater (again kudos to those who did, didn't hate it, and kept it up).
This doesn't bother me in the slightest. But every once in a while insight as to my "growth" as a knitter catches be by surprise.
While all of the above is quite true and I still have to purchase yarn on occasion for specific projects, I have more or less quit buying yarn for the sake of buying yarn, just because I think it is pretty or it is on sale. I have done a lot of stash-diving lately and look there for what I need first as well as planning some projects with yarn I already have in mind (Aran Accent Vest, huh, huh, how good was I?). I have managed to contain it in two boxes (one under-bed, one wicker chest) and two bags (but I have plans for those).
Pat on the back for me!
When I decide I want to do something, I want to do it now. So I bought some Lion Brand Cotton-Ease on the way home last night in the color Lake and some new needles especially for the occasion (Yes, I need more needles, I always need new needles). I cast on for a new Belemnite before I even got home. I was a good girl and I did a swatch, though a small one, with ribbing and the lace pattern. After I made it, I promptly ignored it to cast on for the actual project. I figure I will measure it later and I really didn't swatch before the first one I made either.
All of this took place last night. I want to do this right, well, mostly right anyway. Since I cast on for the actual project last night I have ripped 4 times. FOUR times for a lousy few inches. Because it is a project I am going to share I want it to be great and as uniform as possible to leave out unnecessary instructions. The first one I made was just for me, I was the only one who would see the mistakes and I didn't care about them. I absolutely love it, mistakes and all. In fact it is tucked into my bag now for the movie I am going to see tonight. But for it to be out there, with others using it, following it letter for letter, it can't be a "wing-it" project.
However I personally would love a book with projects that aren't all step by step details. I want them to give me the stitch pattern, rough sizing guides with notes on how to customize and some details for fiddly bits. I never follow a pattern word for word and I find I get frustrated trying to find the real info I want in a pattern. I really want to know how often to do regular increasing or decreasing, how exactly they seamed it (did they already provide a selvage stitch?) and if you have to pick up stitches around a collar or something, did you pick up 1 for 1, or did they pick up 2 for every 3 sts or whatever.
I guess this means I will write this pattern two ways and I think I will do this from now on, the intricate details for beginners and another "you're a big knitter, you can work it out how you want".
Anyway, I could use some encouragement. Leave me a comment.
PS Susan, I hope you like light blue.
EDITED TO ADD: This will most definitely NOT be a Knitty pattern. In order to submit there you can't have posted it on your blog and I won't be able to keep quiet about this one.
Coffee, chocolate colored Hemp yarn, Dark chocolate M&Ms and a cute coffee mug with a doggie.
I'm going to make some face clothes for my new bathroom with it.
Oh yeah and here's a pic of the mitered blanket I started
I have 15 skeins in these 5 colors. But I think it is on hold while I work out the Belemnite pattern
So you can see another hot shot of my new hair at Knitters Delight's latest post. Yes I love it and every time it looks cute you are going to see it! mwahahaha. It was taken last night at the Infinite Knitters regular Monday knit night. I however, was a very bad girl about taking pictures. I didn't even have my camera with me. I should have taken a shot of Susan "borrowing" my new shrug Belemnite but I didn't.
Susan, helping me become all I can be, is insisting that I write the pattern. Well I took crap notes and pretty much just used stitch markers for significant events and now that those stitch markers are gone I have no idea what I did (not true, I have a very few ideas). In fact, when asked about the stitch pattern, I drew a total blank. I had no idea, something about yarn-overs and staggering rows. (I remember now so if you wanna look it is at the bottom)
This means that I will have to make another one :D Which is fine, there are a few things I would like to do differently anyway for a "real" pattern. Who knows, maybe this one will get submitted to Knitty.com or something. As a result, this project is staying on the WIP list, rather than coming down. I am even more inspired because an Infinite Knitter regular is creating a skirt with careful notes about the pattern to maybe submit to Knitty.com herself and I think that is a fantastic idea. Good Luck Nancy!
Another regular, who shall remain nameless for a desire not to start anything, told us last night that of all the groups she visits (and she visits a lot mind you) we are her favorite, and the most comfortable. I gotta tell you, she is one of the friendliest and most outgoing women I know and it felt so great to be 'honored' by her. I don't know if she reads the blog but if she does... We love you too!
Belemnite pattern stitch: mult of 5 + 4 sts
All Odd Rows, Purl across
Row 2, k2 (YO k2tog k3) rep to last two sts and k2
Row 4, k2 (k2YO k2tog k1) rep to last 2 sts and k2
Alright, as promised, pictures of my weekend home. But only two to get the point across.
A little partying going on, two of my sisters and I at Bardenay in Coeur d'Alene, ID.
You will notice the picture is blurry. But I think you can tell she got stringed pretty good returning to her classmates.
The mitered bus blanket has begun. I have 15 skeins in these five colors.
Today I finished the Belemnite shrug I started not too long ago. I didn't finish it in time for the graduation party, but I finished it at the San Diego Knit Nutz group today and got to wear it home.
Also the Sushi Dog Bed actually got used by that beautiful little Pomeranian of my sister's.
You may have noticed from the photos that I got a new haircut. I LOVE it. I don't know what took me so long why I never cut it this way before.