Christmas Souvenirs

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.


A super secret christmas present...

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!


An Inconvenient Truth

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.


Knitting a pattern to fit, Ease wha??

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.


MeMe from Knitters Delight

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

22. Hitchhiked

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

Wisdom from XKCD.com, Awesomeness from The Penny Arcade and Thanksgiving with knitting!

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.