Monday, July 24, 2006

Colour Swap questions

1. What are your top three favorite colours? I hear purple. Lilac to a deep royal purple. I wear almost any colour that isn't a primary. I'm just odd that way. Pink and Teal have become part of my life. I am at home for 2 moths taking care of my father (he's had 4 strokes) and my mother has breast cancer. Myself I have been diagnosed with, it's not cervical cancer but it's the step right below it. So pink and teal have become pretty symbolic around here... But I still love Purple.

2. What crafts do you really enjoy? Knitting. I crochet a wee little bit. Did I mention knitting? I am not much else for crafts. I did some wire and beading but it's not practical for me , 4 cats someone is pound to think, "Oh shiny thing, I should bat it around, or swallow it." I still make stitch markers, but that's the extent. I have gotten a sewing machine and I am in desperate need of lessons so I can start making some of the clothes I have bought fabrics for. To wear with my knitting.

3. What products do you really covet? I miss living in Toronto with all the shopping close at hand. That's not a product just I know me and I'ed have everything by now. ;> Sock yarn and lace weight. Neither are available in town at all.

4. What other activities do you enjoy besides your favorite crafty things? I hike sometimes, I do the video game thing (my cat is addicted to FFX, so funny) I pretty much don't have hobbies, I go out and do things, anything, with friends who make it fun.

5. Is there anything you collect? I am an on again off again comic book collector. I have started collecting them online. I have this horrible urge to buy everything that has Happy Bunny on it or Rachel Hale's cat and puppy pictures.

6. What is your zodiac sign and/or Chinese zodiac symbol? I am a Leo. And a snake...Scary, scarier than rabbits even. Yup scared by rabbits. They are cute and stuff I just can't pick one up.

7.What are your favorite -Scents/smells? Roses, fruit (not so much citrus)
- types of music and/or bandTechnohno opera, movie soundtracks
- authors? tanya huff. Great Canadian author, does fantasy sci-fi. Brilliant. I am also addicted to some booksLunaluna publishers a fantasy publisher run by harlequin (wasmuchyuch happier before I knew that) good stories and very femalecentric
- animals? Cats cats, dogs, I want a hedgehog, sheep, llamas
- places to shop? gah I miss living in a big city where there was variety. Of the stores here you may have heard of I like Smart Set, Old Navy and I love le Chateau but who are they kidding with those prices?
- season? Winter, I hate being hot, so bad
- yarn/fabric/paper/other craft supplies? well with yarn it's faster to say what I don't like I'm not a fan of ribbon /ladder yarns. I am really bad at multi colour knI'llng, i'll tackle it yet, so right now I am really enjoying complex one colour knitting like an like knitting an aran and I'm experimenting with felting. I prefer straight to circular, metal to the bamboo. I love rosewood but terrified I'll break 'em.
- candies or Minties? mint chocolate but that would just be a pretty big puddle right now.

8. Do you have any wish lists? I have one at amazon.ca but it's not very accurate as I put "reminders" of other people's want lists on it.

9. Are you allergic to anything? Anylaundry detergent not tide , wool wash is ok.

10. Do you have any pets? 4 cats,2 dogs. I am planning to finish a post about them. I have a collie who is mine, a mini schnauzer that is my mom's . 4 cats, Mr Muffin (Muffy), OB1 (ohbz) and My 2 cats Sam and Spooky (Spam and Spoo)

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Photos

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Friday, July 21, 2006

A Knitter with too much time on her hands is Dangerous
Well if I ever get around to blocking it I'll show you my finished Hiking scarf. Not a fan of blocking its too reminiscent of my arch-nemesis laundry. Not to mention I block on the floor and pins need to be counted very carefully , ask me how I know.

My next projects were to be a fall sweater, and a few lacey scarves to get a jump on Christmas, but my yarn hasn't yet arrived. So I decided to work on my next fall/winter piece. An Aran skirt. Ok I first saw this pattern after I had only knit for 3 Months and I fell in love with it. It was white (it makes me look tall), it was a sweater style (so 80's but one of the few good fashions that came from the 80's), An Aran (the pinnacle of one colour knitting, in my opinion) and it was freaking HARD. Experienced level in vogue magazine. I put the magazine down and backed away slowly.

Well it's been about 11 months since I started knitting. I pretty much suck at anything with more than one colour (except simple stripes) but I have pretty much decided that nothing in knitting will actually kill me. It may frustrate me for a while but the odds of it actually doing me in are pretty minimal, not impossible as I think this project was trying it's hardest to make sure I didn't survive the experience. When approaching something with a chart that looks like this, don't look at it all at once. You get vertigo and nausea, instead break it down. Knit? Purl? You can do those. Cable left or cable right? You can do those too, now. You may also notice bobbles. I don't know how but I missed those before. I think the skirt was using cover-up or something, I discovered that I had to do them while waiting in the dr's office, it was to be about a half hour wait and I hadn't brought back-up knitting. Bobbles for the record are dead easy just kinda annoying. (Put right needle into next stitch as if you knit, K1, p1, k1, p1, k1 all into that stitch without slipping the stitch off your left needle until the last knit is in. Turn. K5. Turn. P1, P3tog, P1. Turn. Slip stitch knitwise, Ktog, PSSO. At this point I turn one last time and knit the same stitch before I carry on. I was finding the initial stitch was so stretched out it was leaving a bit of a hole under the bobble.) And short rows, dead useful when you go to make your first pair of socks.

It's actually very basic, like all knitting is, once you break the bits up small enough. I say this now after casting on 8 times. Possibly more. First time I knit the tail into the project, duh. The second time I put too many stitches on. Third time? I put to little. I decided that after the first row the cast on wasn't springy enough. The fourth time, I chose a cast on that was springy and realized that the skirt was knit sideways and the cast on would be a seam. The long tail cast on seemed to make a better seam that the other fancy one. Blah blah blah, and so on and so on. I made every mistake possible. The worst was getting three rows in and realizing I started reading the chart from the wrong corner. That was the second last cast on. I am doing pretty well now that I have gotten to the short rows. This should keep my entertained for a while.

I am using acrylic yarn. Before everyone thinks sacrilege I'ed like to point out the thought process. I need something machine wash and dry. I take care of 2 infirm parents and have a full time job. I need something easy. I was also really really really paranoid about what has charmingly been called butt pooch syndrome. Wool stretches so if Sitting will cause the butt pooch of doom, I'll just pick something else. Cotton is pretty heavy and would pull on itself. It also stretches out pretty easily. Bamboo and other alternative natural fibers are much to costly and would take a long time to arrive. I need something to knit now. So it's acrylic. I'll live. I'll keep you posted here and on my blog as I progress (or not, I tend to have a lot of projects on the go at the same time).

Once again Blogger is going to give me a hard time and not put my pictures in. I'll post them separately.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Meet the family.

I have a pet thing. Everytime the world goes poopy I get a new animal. Mainly cats. I currently have 2 dogs and 4 cats. I take the blame for the cats the dogs were everyone else's idea.






This is Goldie. She is a purebreed Rough Collie. There were 4 girls in her litter and everyone wanted her, but we got her. If she hadn't come with papers I'ed never believe she was a rough collie. There has to be some border in her. She is the most hyper dog I know. She barks at everything. Collies were bred to herd sheep. Goldie is nto the x-treme version. She herds cats.











This is Orange Blossom The First. He of many names. He is the second oldest cat. He is very hard to describe. He loves dogs. We got him about 3 weeks before we got Goldie. He took to Goldie immediately. (It's an orange thing.) His favourite pasttime is to be dragged around the linolium by his head. before you call the SPCA, the dog did it. I got Ohbz away but yeah the best way to put it is that OB1 is a bit of a painslut. This may be because Bottom over here is the single clumsiest cat in the history of ever. He will smack into a counter more often than make it onto it. He has missed my lap on several occasions, not only do I have skull shaped bruises on my calf to prove it but an 8 inch scar from that memorable time that he actually made it onto my lap and slid off and all the way down.




The infamous Mr. Mack Muffin. I hate his name. The SPCA called him Spotz. Yeah. I wanted to call him Mack. HE'S hardy barn cat cross. He's a manly cat (well was) and he needed a manly name like Mack, not dispite what my father will tell you, a name like, I dunno Muffin. My dad pointed out that with a name like Muffin he'ed have to be the toughest cat on the block. I have lost the war on this and he is now simply called Muffy. I am dying of not thrilled. (can you guess the other reason that dad wanbted to call him Muffin?)

Muffy is the oldest of the cats. He is the bossiest. He holds himself apart from the rest more. He is the unhurdable. Goldie has scars from learning that not all cats are hurdable. When other cats aren't around he is the most nervous cat I have ever owned. He'll jump 10 feet if you hit him with a paper ball when he isn't expecting it. I know, I am a horrible person.



Sam, my baby. The most interesting thing about Sam is cut out of this picture. He has no tail. He is a manx. They are wicked smart and shapped like a ball. They have a double coat of fur as well. For the better part of a year It was just me and Sam but we moved back in with my parents (please see aforementioned health issues) and he's now part of the hurd. My father has been trying to rename him. So far he has been Chester, and right now Socrates. There were a few passing fancies in between that are best left forgotten. Sam was named after the cat in Tanya Huff's Keeper Series. Oddly enough before he was old enough to be fixed (or broken depending on your point of view) he fathered a litter of 3 kittens. One of those cats was pure black. I named that one Austin. Don't get it-go read the books.

The astute may notice that there is only 3 cats and 1 dog here. I don't have any good pictures of the other 2 at the moment so I will leave them for another time.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Knitting Magazine Publishers Need a Wake-up Call

Ok I picked up my Vouge Knitting Magazines. I am thinking of starting to make my fall wardrobe as I mentioned previously. The aran skirt from winter 05/06 is classic. Perfect me. Except for a few minor details. Like even though I wear a size 7 pant the largest size is too small for me. The "Large" is a 30"waist. Excuse me? Isn't the average size in the States (where this mag is published) a 14/16? What is up with that? Will someone please let the editors know that knitting doesn't burn that many calories,nor does it give you abs of steel no matter how tight your guage is.

Ok I am apparently a very FAT size 7 ((eyeroll) I can adjust the pattern, assuming I could see it. The chart which is about 136 sitiches by 60 rows is only 10" by 4". So apparently I am also at fault for not having microscopic eyes. I mean this is small. There is no seperation at any regulated marks. Eg. a heavier gridline every 10 stitches or something.


<----actual size








And the final insult. The recommended yarn costs 130 dollars.American. I am Canadaian so tack on about 25%. While I am aware that their sister fashion magazine thinks nothing of calling a plainbutton down white shirt that costs $130 a steal it still doesn'tmake it right. I'll also admit that while my yarn budget is higher than my clothing budget it's still an absurd price. Am I the only one wishing these people were living in the real world?

Jinxsa

PS In the interest of fairness I should point out that I find thistrend more in the print aspect than online. Most online knitting magazines are much more realistic, this is probably due to the fact they are more interactive then print and the knitters are holding them accountable.

Ambitions.

I have been taking time off work to help out my mum and dad, dad's had 4 strokes my mum has just has some pretty major surgery. I am expected to be off until the end of August, give or take. In that time I apparently plan on sewing and knitting a whole new wardrobe.

I'm a pretty decent knitter, but I have a wee teeny tiny attention span. I mean wee. I don't see myself able to do all this without a break. Not to mention I plan on sewing a wardrobe when all I have sewed to date is a pair of purses (Would you call 3 Tanks, a peasent blouce, 2 short skirts and 3 long skirts, 2 dresses a wardrobe?). We won't discuss the very depths of my delusions. I plan on knitting an aran skirt, a sweater vest, a fall sweater of my own design, a cardigan and because there is just oodles of time, I'll probably get all that Christmas Knitting done not to mention the 4 Birthday gifts I have to make between Christmas and now.

Pardon me, I need to call my doctor and ask to be (heavily) medicated.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Immaturity can be a Stress Reliever





Those of you who know me in R/L know how frustrating life at my place has gotten. There have been a few days where I thought I was just getting older than I am and just perpetually cranky. Then I saw these and giggles like a 12 year old for 2 hours straight.

Randomness

I am too scattered with everything going on to really do much than a smattering of random thoughts.
* reason 5 i hate crochet, it's really easy to lose the hook
* people who realize they have rung your bell and they have the wrong house are funny, unless your in your shlubbys then they pretty much just get what they deserve
* no one has taken my picture since I got my photo ID. No idea before that.
* I am addicted to the word squee, and ya'll and shlubby seems to be working it's way in now.
* my 7 dwarf name is Busty
* if at 11 am on a Sunday you meet someone on your way into a video store and flirt with them a little, disappearing into the adult section is pretty much a bad idea if you want thier phone number
* i need someone to justify $16 rosewood knitting needles, quickly
* up until i learned how to knit I thought there was no such thing as a swoon, it was a word made up by some guys with inflated egos that wore cologne made of phermedahide that made women pass out, they made the word swoon up to make them feel sexier. no i have to admit 50% off anything, including ucky acrylic nasty colours nubbly yarn, will make me a little weak in the knees
* i lie to my isp tech guys. I do download porn however it's pretty much the knitting variety.

Pictures To Go With previous post









For some reason the pictures wouldn't upload with my previous post so there they are in this one.

FO'S

From LJ- May. 30th, 2006 11:47 am
Finished Objects to Share!! I need more time off more often. I finished 2 whole objects (it's soon to be come 1 object and a pair of Socks. Very Exciting.
First the camoflauge cami. Camo prints are everywhere this season aren't they? I knew I wanted a tank top in the print so it was a simple process to find a yarn, hello Bernat Comflauge print, in Outback. Finding a tank pattern well that wasn't so simple. Everything was way to dressy with this v-neck thick stap thing. Not exactly what would work with this yarn. Lace, with my weakness for yarn overs I almost caved but again meh, not so much with the yarn. I knit this from a Pattern in Knit.1 Summer'06. I totally "Heart" Knit.1. The tank is made from the art deco pattern with the big bow. Learned a lot about weaving in ends on this project. I wouldn't be embarassed to have anyone turn this inside out.

The second is the Da Vinci sock. It was from a pattern I will not list because I screwed the pattern up so bad in my head that it actually has nothing to do with the pattern at all anymore. It's an altered Rib pattern and Knee sock Length. (the caps lock and I are fighting again, grr.) It totally stubifies my toes. I tried graphing the toes with some help from a book. not so much. Next time I hope the internet will be avilable, kniting help may make my toes look less stubby.

Oh the second sock? That was the first sock I ever did before Christmas last year. It's kinda wratched. I don't think I could make as many mistakes to make the second sock come close to matching, which is a good thing right?Things I learned From My first sock.1
) They measure the sock width slightly stretched so if I want it to stay up, I'm a small.
2) I can't obsess about where each colour begins on the sock unless I want a very lumpy sock.
3) I totally am addicted to anything with yarnovers but they make the sock even more lose.
4)

If you want the socks to match cast them on at the same time. Also this helps avoid second sock syndrome. Plus if you buy balls of wool that can make 2 socks you just have to buy more wool. I'm here to help you enhance the stash people.

Oh and for those of you wondering if I made it with the yarn left over...call me "squeeker".

There are 4 photos i can't get to upload no matter what I try So take my word for it they are fnished.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Well everywhere you look the Da Vinci code is there. The book, the movie, newspapsers, documentaries about is it real. Uh, no. Arkham's razor people. Honestly. But all this ahs done much to get me back into the idea of power of prayer, well that and the sock.Its a knee sock but the problem is..



Pray for me. (Also how ugly is my foot here?)
Spooky is overseeing and I am sure Laughing is fur off.

Mother's day

May. 21st, 2006 05:25 pmmood: jubilant
I am backdating this entry because..i can. I made mom a sweater vest for christmas. I worked very hard on it. I ran into difficulties (like the fact the first attempt at a neck left a hole so small an orange would be a squeeze to get through it, and while my mom has lost about 10 sizes her skull is about the same size) Long story short (too late-Clue) she never wears it and my little heart is broken.Spring magazines show up and all the pretty little things in them make my heat go pitter-squee. ;>

And I decided to make something else for mom. There are a few reasons for this. 1) mom has an amazing appreciation of handknits (except the purple vest) She loves them. She wears them. She shows them off. She BRAGS. 2) It's my mom, I have to get her a gift and I'll spend all my money on yarn anyways 3) She's tiny. I didn't have to swatch, she is so tiny a swatch was half the back anyways. She is so tiny my bkff/bbitw, Nonnien, who is making a sweater for a 4 year old, measured out works together. Game guage same amount of stitches. So when the 4 year old out grows it mom can wear it. Nonnien wants to make my mom clothes. ;>

My mother is a walking swatch.I wanted a tank. I hate sleeves they are evil and require more shaping than I or my time limit were comfortable with. I shoveled thru all books and magazines. Every. Single. One. Repeatedly. Finally Found Something it called for Saucy by Reynolds. Never heard of it. Ok scour the internet for something available around here. See nothing I like. Go into dept store see Red Heart Cotton Plus in a sagey green. Squee. Buy needles to cast on while in line. I kit that thing for days on end. Pretty much commiting to project monogamy. (Had a daliance at the dentist office with a garter stitch pooch scarf, it wasn't my fault it was the adavant, I sware.) I walked knitting it, knit at work, on the bus, before bed, the dr's. Everywhere. And it was done so fast (there was a pause before I did the straps, pretty much i hate picking up stitches so I left that to ummm... the night before I had to block)

Here's the result post blocking:This was my first cable project ever. I am aware that the cable goes one way then the next. it was a decision I made early on. I liked it better. at the time anyways. She loves the tank but it's way to open for her to wear on her own. She is getting the matching cardi for her birthday. shhhhhh

Feel Like A Quickie?

From lj. May. 17th, 2006 11:20 pm
Yeah it's got hot here, chez Jinxsa. It was like 35 degrees (celcious) this caused my house to become unbearable, like 80 (F, yeah i like to mix the science up, deal). My father hates Air Conditioning. I think he hates the electric bill that comes with A/C actually. Anyways he always holds off until it's half past unbearable. A few years ago I bought him a Galallio Thermometor (glass tube filled with water and coloured balls filled with other stuff-neat to look at and wicked accurate). Anyways, dad said that he'ed turn on the A/C when the last ball dropped, which would make the living room a nasty 84 (F)It was like New Years at my place last night as we all gathered around the thermometor waiting for the ball to drop.

Scarf Fetishism


Taken From LJ May. 10th, 2006 01:17 pm
This was always meant to be a knitting blog/Journal. I want to log all my knitting here. It's Funny most knitters give thier work away, my digital camera ensures I can keep a small bit of each project for myself. I have let it be said that I didn't start with scarves that is somewhat untrue, I made a Cat's eye "lace" Scarf. This isn't to say I didn't go through a scarf phase. I did right before Christmas when I looked at my people I need to make gifts for vs. my actual time to knit.

They are from Left to Right:Becky'S Scarf (Bernal Soft Boucle)Kendra's Scarf (Lion Brand Homespun, Corinthian)Lost Scarf (TLC Amore, Verigated purples and a steel grey)BoHo Scarf (Made out of Ods and ends; LB Suade, Bernat's Boa, Satin, And Paton's Carmen)Boredom scarf (Bernat Boa Cardinal)BoHo Girly (Made from bernat eyelash, Brilliant, fun fur and a few other odds and ends I totally can not recollect.)

The Three on the left were made in garter stitch with 3 strands held together on 17MM needles.They took about 2-3 hours each depending if the skiens all tangled.the Boho were Knit sideways and I kept making them to darn short, in future it's not unreasonable to cast on 200 stitches.The boredom scarf was a super skinny scarf with fringe was started for no reason that I was bored it was almost Christmas and I should be knitting.I still want to make scarves but really it's May and snowstorms are rare (yes, i know we had one last Tuesday don't remind me).

The "Adavant" Pooch scarf doesn't count. When one is doped one must have garter stitch.

The last one was a quick basc scarf made for our Homecare Helper Donna, It was a plain garter stitch in Bernat boa using about 3.75 mm needles, much smaller than recommended anyways. It made the fuzz fuzzier and the colours really stand out.

Paddington Bear


From LJ-May. 8th, 2006 06:35 pmmood: high
Do you remember the story of Paddington Bear? He was a little bear in a hat and over coat carry a suitcase. He was abandoned and found with a note that says "Please take care of this bear." HE was found by the Darling family had many adventures with poor cartooning;> 9this of course feed into my issues with abandonned anythings- i still bawl hysterically when I hear the "Littlest Hobo theme song") Anyways today I venture forth to the dentist a place I loathe and fear. I shake uncontrollably and they now have to medicate me. So i go forth into the world with naught but a note for whomever finds me to take me home in my delerious state "Friends don't let friends knit stoned". The experiements with pain medication and knitting earlier this week resulted in a back that was once halfway being frogged back to the ribbing.

THE pINKIE fINGER OF (IS) dOOM(ED)

From Live Journal May. 3rd, 2006 09:25
pmmood: sore

Yesterday I had a fixture pop out of the wall and catch my pinkie finger pulling it down until it was almost independent of the hand.This hurt and caused immediate swearing (i was in the backroom away from little ears) and almost as immediate swelling. I emerged into the light of day (ok the light of the front of the store there was no light of day it was snowing-sideways!!)I took an antiinflammitory and a tylonol. I keep both with me as i am in fact, an accident constantly happening.

Needless to say the childproof cap cause more difficulties than i would like to recount and am a bit embarassed to say i had to retreat again to the backroom for to say a few curse words i had forgottten earlier and repeat a few of my favourites).After a quick doping I went to fill out an incident report which needs to be filled out by hand! (!!) Everything else is done by computer, ever-ry-thing!! They took out our fax line as , again, everything is supposed to be sent by e-mail.So why am I trying to fill out the form BY HAND?! huh? **doi**

It was trying to fill out the form that lead me to a stunning realization. It was my knitting finger. Yes I am a very odd/self taught knitter I hold the right needle with my pinkie. (Insert photo here if i ever figure out how.The gravity of the situation became even more , um, gravelly when after icing it it still got bigger and showed traces of freezer burn. A call to walk in (which is within walking distance but remember what i said about sideways snow??) i sat in the waiting room with knitting, unable to knit. I sat through 3 musak versions of the macarena,( somethings do not need to be redone on the panflute) I get taken into the other waiting room where there is mersifly techno piping in form the phone (the dr in question owns a nightclub in town, he is pretty cool, although the tube sock and burks thing, not so in love with).

Sitting there i realize my pinkie is now it's normal size..crap.So I get asked if i want x-rays and i point out i have to go to work but could you at least check if its broken. Apparently last time he did this when i dislocated my thunb and he wiggled it i hit him. I had forgotten about that. In retrospect it makes him being nice to me that much nicer as he is my dad's doctor. He hands me some thing for pain that I take, should have mentioned the other stuff i took, but i am sent back into the nasty weather sans ride as they hadn't yet had lunch and were whining.

I got about 1/2 a block before i duck into fabricland, home of berroco yarn and refuge from a slushy rain that is somehow going up my nose. I fiddle with thier sample examine all the colours and recieve no damn help at all. I don't even get a hello. Now considering I am looking at product next to the cash desk where there are 3 employees flocked with weather that pretty much screams there will be no customers all day looking at stuff that is $15-$19 bucks a ball and would take about $100 bucks to make a sweater for a super skinny person (hi mom) you would think that just saying the word "Hi1" would occur to at least one of these mental midgets wouldn't you? (bad service bugs me, stupid peoplr more so, stupid people giving bad service-there are no words).

Still i am in love with the deluxe suade and am tempted. However it would cost me half my summer clothing budget to get enough to make a tanktop out of and while the yarn budget outstrips the clothing budget i also refuse to encourage such bad service.It is only when i get back to work and can barely move from lethargy that I think that i should have told the dr. that i had already self medicated or saved the other pills for later. I got very strange manic but with no energy to move. No one notices. Apparently i was well within my normal range of skewered.

After work i tried to knit mother's day is just over a week I have a tank top to make. Plus dad watched 3 hours of american news plus daily and , well i make him watch colbert, if i can not knit my brains would dribble out my ears after the first hour. So cast on a big needle garter stitch scarf, owie. i cast on a tank top in much smaller needles, no go. i cast on socks, no way in poo-dom can i knit socks like this, so i grab my skirt in hell in progress. Its too small for me (i am in a constant state of dillusion about the size of my hips) but i still am working on it. The skirt from hell has an itsy bitsy guage and tiny needles and tight stitches, and it did not hurt. Insanity.Today, however, it hurt again so before work i ran to the clinic where he taped my 2 fingers together saying i did too much yesterday and there was a difference between exercising it and what i did so my finger is grounded until it learns moderation. There was no cool tape, no batman, no barbie, not even a dora. No cool colour tape just white. I was given diclogel which is yellow and sticky and smells of burnt teeth and pine. When i say sticky i mean it. All day things have been sticking to me, paper, pens, small children. But i can knit a skirt and it doesn't seem so bad. Until I remember it's 10 days till mothers day and i have to make a whole top. Crap.

Commercial Break

Mar. 31st, 2006 09:33 am
I am totally a product of pop culture. Everything I want to knit/sew whatever seems to be something I gleamed on to by the media. Ex. i made a marvin doll for christmas (from hitchhickers guide to the galaxy), I cast of a Jayne hat (firefly/serenity), Made a slytherin scarf(harry potter), I want to sew this delich pinafore i saw in "for me", the list sadly goes on. I am most productive knitting when sitting alone with a box set of shows, yarn and needles. (Dallas totally rocks for this, much drama a lots of talking, Save the comedy for garter stitch)

Knitting Mag's i have known a few,
spend all my time dreaming
that i'll have time to do,
all that i want
(at least one or two).
I have this faint hope if i cast on 6 projects right this second somehow i can finish all six by the end of april. this makes no sence at all but really it's amazing how insistant the urge actually is.

Of hand I want to cast on at least one summer tank, a really cute clutch in cotton (garter stitch), toe-up socks, a lace shawl/blankie, dad's sweater coat, and every last thing i saw in vouge knitting spring issue, and a poncho, and i want to crochet a little treat for a friend....and this is juts of the top of my head (....and more than 6). I need to find a full time job complete with knitting time. Just saying.
The whole reason i named this babbleing entry (aren't they all tho) commercial break is because i remember a line from an ad that went "Is it rediculous how happy this makes me?" I use the line a bit in r/l but the idea that i can make socks from the toe up...it's just exciting. It's remarkable. I toil with the idea that it's pretty pathetic that the most exciting thing in my life seems to be the concept of making toe-up socks...i'ed head to the bar to meet someone but you know i'ed just take the socks anyways.

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From LJ - Mar. 29th, 2006 08:44 am
It's been a while. I am trying to sort out how I feel about things. Knitting for example. It's amazing how disappointed I was about 2 failed knitting trips. I was ready to brave 96 hours (round trip) on a greyhound to go to a one day knitting event in Toronto. Alas the great work nemesis aroze and squished the dream flat. I consoled myself by planning a trip to Calgary to see the Yarn Harolt...yeah that trip would have been great if I had made it last year. My reaction to these incidents has been somewhat disporportionate. I have thought about moving, I have pondered another job that won't screw up my plans for vacation 9 times out of 10 (I work retail, good luck to me with that), I have dreamed about opening my own yarn shop (which laughingly so conflicts with the point previous). I want to know why. Yes I am aware I am a Knitter, one of the obsessed few, (to prove the point I am convinced I'ed get around to reading the latest Robert Jordan book if only one of the characters knit) but that doesn't explain the disappointment. Not on this level. My boss and I hit it on the head the other day, we live in a small town , the local lys is Walmart, Micheals (the wal-mart of crafts) and Zellers (Canadian Walmart) thats it. There is no knitting community, or if there is it's so well hidden I feel a bit snubbed. There is me and my boss. That's it. I now KIP every chance I get and am trying convert others-I know they are out there. Someone had to get all the copies of rowan before me. I just need to find them. **gets sock yarn and a net** -Wish me luck.
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from lj Mar. 15th, 2006 06:21 pm
Well today was part work part not so much work day. This AM i found a ton of really cool videos on how to knit, make hairpin lace ect.hairpin lace http://sykospark.net/hairpin/ awesome video, never expected it on a site all about goth clothing...so weird.knitting help can be found slightly more directly at http://www.knittinghelp.com/ they have fair isle and cable videos **swoon**still looking for a free crochet site. will keep you updated.

also for fun a pop quiz-what kinda yarn are you? http://quizilla.com/users/bisybackson/quizzes/What%20kind%20of%20yarn%20are%20you%3F
I am Cashmere. "You are sophisticated and luxe You can often befound in high-end boutiques and hobnobbingwith the upper crust. You are one of thebeautiful people and you don't let anyoneforget it!" What kind of yarn are you?brought to you by Quizilla

Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Happy Hooker

From LJ-Mar. 14th, 2006 12:08 am
The last 24 hours have been momentous. I lost my voice. The staff were SHOCKED, they had never heard me not talk before. I was a new experience for them. Hopefully not to be repeated anytime soon. For myself I bought the Happy Hooker, no not something I had to purchase from a store with papered windows, it's a book on crochet by the Stitchin'Bitch herself. Just in time for summer. I will take a very solemn vow to never ever crochet a toilet paper cover, nor a Santa commode cover. That is my gift to the world there ;>

If you didn't know a few days before my birthday this past year I found a book at Zellers on knitting and crocheting. I had always wanted to knit and after about 6 starts over the years I found I wasn't very good my stitched were so tight they were like knots. (To this day I find my relationship with gauge to be a very casual one, not for lack of trying)But this book (marinas Illustrated Guide to Knitting) had photos not the same badly done pencil drawings you see in every pamphlet and flyer about knitting. I took it home, ran back for needles and yarn..Yeah am that bright be warned... And cast on. About an hour later there was a knit stitch on my needles. OH! It was a great event, except in order to do a swatch I had to do how many more? Yeah. So the book says do a 4x4 square, rip back and do it again. Well 2 rows in I was sooo bored. (hello am an orange here) So I moved on to chapter 2. Purling. After about 3 hours I asked my mom for help. Now you may ask if I had a mom who knit at hand why didn't I ask her to teach me. Because after she tried to show me how to do my knit stitch "properly" even though I only wanted help with purling It took me 2 more hours until I figured out the knit stitch again. I struggled through and after I figured it out the purl stitch wasn't hard. Scarves were big swatches I don't like swatches (shock of the century there) and that haunts my every project, please people swatch, don't be like me! Anyways I wanted to cut my teeth on something a little different. So yes my first pattern was a cat's eye pattern that was intermediate. Fools Jump In, I suppose.Why did I embark upon this epic tale you ask. Because as I said (a whole lot of time ago) I just bought a book on crochet. If knitting alone can send me into a feeding frenzy of patterns, magazines, yarn and needles (not to mention a need to go to Toronto to take a few courses) you can imagine how bad the stash Issue will become when compounded with crochet. Already the cats wander for days trying to find their way through the bags of yarn. I may lose them entirely after this. My progress with crochet is actually not bad. I can single crochet very well. I can double and triple very nicely (only on a swatch so far) and that whole double triple crochet worked out like the picture in the happy hooker, not like the pattern I was trying to make in the book however. The double half crochet remains a perplexing Gregorian Knot that hopefully I can...Let's not say unravel, too many in progress projects, don't need the karma.Time will tell-but remember I promised no TP COVERS or Commode Cozies

Knitting Nirvana


From lj: Mar. 10th, 2006 10:59 pm

I have about 5 projects on the needles. I say this with no shame at all. Actually I am proud of the fact it's only 5 but as I am not thinking to hard about what projects are "permenently" in progress, I'm not TOO proud. I am searching I think for an illusive project that will hold my attention but not be so difficult as to make knitting it the focus of my being.

I have reached my own personal knitting nirvana only once. In the infamous Yorrik. I shlepped that pattern everywhere. It was a pattern with 34 row repeat. And as an added thrill an error that I never got around to correcting on my copy. It was in that nice gooshy center between garter-stitch coma and ripping out fistfuls of hair while screaming at the top of my lungs. Now while I am aware there is ample distance between these two points what I am talking about is the exact center, perfect bliss. While I have not reached this dizzying height since I caught a glimpse of it while turning my first heel. I continue to knit and search. Sweaters call out to be made. I churn out purses on my needles (and on my sewing machine), mittens were made, the hat sits abandoned as the freaking needles are too long for the circular needle wire, and so I continue to cast on project after project looking for something just challenging enough.

BTW the Yorrik scarf is available at www.knitty.com my version was a repetition of the scull motif.

Stash.

Transcribed from LJ Mar. 10th, 2006 10:57 pm

I now have more yarn stash than anyone I know. I am not saying there aren't people out there with more yarn than me (I know there are) I am saying I don't know them. My grandma who knit for 3 daughters, 3 sons in law, 6 grandkids and a husband (and maybe once in a while herself) in the dizzying heights of her knitting obsession did not have as much stash as I do. I had to buy a fixture from my local lewiscraft (going out of business!!!) just to have a place to put it all. 4'X 6'. I'm torn between pride and a mad desire to cast on 30 projects to justify it all. I'm not sure why I have so much. I like to think it's because I dream big. Chances are it's just that I am dillusional. Ah well to SABLE and beyond.

(For those not in the know SABLE is stash beyond life expectancy

I am not a Plaid.

Transcribed from Livejournal Date:Mar. 6th, 2006 10:10 am

I took a personality test called :True Colours" once. Based on your personality you come up as one of 4 colours. Taken from the true colours site:

Blue represents calm. Contemplation of this color pacifies the central nervous system. It creates physiological tranquility and psychological contentment. Those with Blue as a Primary Color value balance and harmony. They prefer lives free from tension... settled, united, and secure.Blue represents loyalty and a sense of belonging, and yet, when friends are involved, a vulnerability. Blue corresponds to depth in feeling and a relaxed sensitivity. It is characterized by empathy, aesthetic experiences, and reflective awareness.Green expresses itself psychologically as human will in operation: as persistence and determination. Green is an expression of firmness and consistency. Its strength can lead to a resistance to change if it is not proven that the change will work or is warranted.
Those with Green as a Primary Color value their intellect and capabilities above all else. Comfort in these areas creates a sense of personal security and self-esteem.Green characteristics seek to increase the certainty of their own values through being assertive and requiring differences from others in intellectual areas. They are rarely settled in their countenance, since they depend upon information rather than feelings to create a sense of well-being. Green expresses the grounding of theory and data in its practical applications and creative constructs.Gold is the body's natural perceptions. It represents a need to be responsible, to fulfill duties and obligations, to organize and structure our life and that of others.
Those with Gold as a Primary Color value being practical and sensible. They believe that people should earn their way in life through work and service to others.Gold reflects a need to belong through carrying a share of the load in all areas of living. It represents stability, maintenance of the culture and the organization, efficiency, and dependability. It embraces the concepts of home and family with fierce loyalty and faithfulness.
Orange represents energy, consuming physiological potency, power, and strength. Orange is the expression of vital force, of nervous and glandular activity. Thus, it has the meaning of desire and all forms of appetite and craving. Those with Orange as a Primary Color feel the will to achieve results, to win, to be successful. They desire all things that offer intense living and full experience.Orange generates an impulse toward active doing: sport, struggle, competition and enterprising productivity. In temporal terms, Orange is the present.T

hey say everyone is a plaid. I am not a plaid. I am, in fact, a big old orange (and am pretty sure I don't like being called glandular...). the main trait I think I represent is That oranges live in the now. The right this second. 5 seconds ago was then, 5 seconds from now is the future. I am about the now. Cue the Spaceballs quote

"Watching "Spaceballs: The Movie". They reach "now" in the movie.
Dark Helmet: What the hell am I looking at? When does this happen in the movie?
Colonel Sandurz: You're looking at now, sir. Everything that happens now is happening now.
Dark Helmet: What happened to then?
Colonel Sandurz: We passed then.
Dark Helmet: When?Colonel Sandurz: Just now. We're at now now.
Dark Helmet: Go back to then.
Colonel Sandurz: When?
Dark Helmet: Now!
Colonel Sandurz: Now?
Dark Helmet: Now!
Colonel Sandurz: I can't.
Dark Helmet: Why?
Colonel Sandurz: We missed it.
Dark Helmet: When?
Colonel Sandurz: Just now.
Dark Helmet: When will then be now?
Colonel Sandurz: Soon."

Sorry about that just sorta had that pop into my head there. (see what I mean) Being a Knitter this is a very bad thing. I have half completed objects everywhere and everytime I get a new magazine (i'm looking at you knit.1 !!) I buy/cast on about 2 to 19 (*grumbles in Knit.1's direction*) projects. I have a lot of projects that get taken completely out of my head the minute i do a round on my new sock, or that lovely new sweater. Few projects have ever held my attention long enough to see a rapid (or at least uninterrupted completion) **yorrik**. I have discoved pattern memorization is death to a project in my home, however I need to make sure that I carry copies of the pattern in everybag i own and have it typed and saved on the pc. Otherwise I could lose the pattern forever (i should frog that bag, but it had such potential). So as I write this whole entry out I come to one inescapable conclusion. I have forgotten the point I wanted to make when I started this whole thing. That was then this is now.Oh and ifn you want to see what you are have at it at the link below ;>http://www.okcupid.com/tests/take?testid=7686811733378324818 (Edit:this link is down I hope only for now ;>)