Friday, May 25, 2007

7 Random Things About Me

I got tagged by MJ to do the 7 random things MEME. I'm not tagging anyone else because either they have done it , they don't want to do it or they don't have a blog.

1. I write the way I talk. I got a rather nasty comment about how I write on the blog. A lot of ..., comma's, quotation marks, to say nothing of perenthesis. If you know me, I think it would make a lot more sense. It's like hearing the cadence of speech but in print (I usually have a lot of little asides when I speak, I like to get off topic (sometimes off the off topic in the same sentence) but I do realize that multiple perenthesis make it difficult for the reader (crap)). Perhaps one day I'll do a blogcast and read my entryaloud. I'ed be more inclined if it weren't for....

2. I sound like a chuipmunk in heat. My voice is fairly high pitched and I tend to get over excited and speak much to quickly. When dealing with customers I have a whole other voice, when dealing with my parents I have yet another (well it's much louder anyways). The chipmunk thing is much worse on the phone, unless I am trying to do something unpleasent (hello internet tech support) then I sound like Angelina Jolie or something.

3. I forget my own phobias. I like to think i can go to a haunted house, for example but I always, ALWAYS, chicken out. I hate snakes and lizards but I go to the zoo and walk past them thinking "Ok, I can deal with this ther is glass between us" then I am shoving children and old people out of my way to get past the snakes. If I see a snake on tv or in a movie I can't have my feet touch the floor, they end up on the seat with me (You can imagine the leg cramps I got when seeing Anaconda-see I always forget my phobias)

4. Everyone around me misinterprets my phobias, well, one of them. I don't like rabbits. I think they are cute and cuddly and sweet lookin. But they have big teeth and claws and can really hurt you if they have half a mind to do so. So I am not afraid of bunnies per se but I have no desire to ever hold one, as it has bigger teeth than brains (also why I stopped going to the bars)

5. I hate being called the c-word. No not that one (tho I wouldn't like to be called THAT ONE either) I mean cute. It's not so bad now but a few years ago everyone called me cute. I was a Hello Kitty in a Jessica Rabbit world. Skirts that ended 5 inchs above the knee with pitch boots were equally as cute as an oversized sweatshirt picturing frolicing kittens. There was a limit and the skirt boot combo was it.

6. My verbage is questionable. I like to make up words and I deliberately mix metaphors. For example, I like to say "thats a different ball of fish" a mix of "a whole new ball of wax" and "a new barrel of fish". I love the word pointy (which is important and/or relevant) and unpointy (unimportant and/or irrelevant) I use the words so much that I forget what words I am trying to replace. Lately I have enojyed saying unpossible it certainly gets noticed. It makes customers pay more attention when you throw odd little languagy bits at them.

7. I love closed captions. I love them so much! My mother has about 15% of her hearing left and she hates them, my father has lost about 20% of his and he hates them (although in all due fairness his last stroke efected him so he has a hard time reading the leftmost part of the line). I have most of my hearing (stupid walkmans/ipods) and I love them. It's probably because I watch so much BBC tv. Accents and lingo can really screw me up somedays.

Dreaming Big

I ...um...well....have bought a bit more yarn. And by a bit i mean about 3 large boxes worth. You saw in the last falsh the stash most of the first of 3 boxes, well the other 2 came in and here is the rest complete with thier "Dream Big" pictures. (FYI the contest will keep going until Tueday of next week as that is my next day off, as good a reason as any I suppose). I ended up at Micheals and picked up a lined hamper style basket to help hold my new yarn. I have shelves set up but I need to reorganize them. I plan on taking 3 days off in a few weeks are really just moving furniture and so forth to make more room and to get the computer out of my room before it gets to hot out.

Above is random stash I bought. Some of it is for Secret Swaps but mostly for me. (listed because I like to know so I figure someone else may as well)
  • 2 Louet Euroflax Linen in Violet
  • Sweet Socks in Lola (that's the yellow, blue and purple verigated yarn)
  • 3 Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora In Teal
  • 2 Hip Knits Silk in Swet Sheep colourway (hot pink)
  • 150g Handmaiden Sea Silk Lace in Dragonfly
  • Fleece Artist Sea Wool sock Yarn inPinata
  • 2 balls of Alpaca Silk in hot pink

The Louet Gems is for 3 Pairs of Harry Potter Socks. I have started the ones that need to be mailed (Hi MJ!) and I really really hope the other 2 pairs dont' take too long, it's the first time I have made men's socks and that means they are pretty big right? Drat.

This is Shelridge Farms this and the items above are what I ordered from www.TheSweetSheep.com (Hi Michelle!). You know the place I am forever talking about? Yeah there. She has a ton of new things in already and I want to tell you about them but I am broke and you'll get there before I do so my lips are sealed. Go look and find your own stuff. In the right of the picture is 4 skeins of Shelridge Farms Worsted in "Pink Lemonade" which I either bought for Tempting or the Cable Bandeau from Interweave Knits. I can't remember which. So it probably means I'll cast on either one depending on the weather that day. Warm it'll be the bandeu, cool temperatures would lead to Tempting. To the left is Shelridge Farms DK in "Candy Floss" and "Raspberry", the Candy Floss is from an attempt to make the Dollar and a Half Cardi (which with lace and reverse stockingette makes the wearer look like the staypuff marshmellow man UNLESS the knitter is willing to change the needle size twice per lace and stockigette repeat. I wasn't.) Instead I am thinnking of trying to make this 9also it proves to Interweave I forgive it for the Michlen Man sweater so they wont produce another issue like the current Summer one in revenge...is it just me or is only ok, not great?)

I'm not sure I like the pattern on the sides of the sleeves so they may be plain St.st. The back is kinda freaky too, but interesting and it looks really complex, whgich is better than cool-it's kewl.

This was my fisrt order from knitpicks. The yarn is good for the price and I haven't tried knitting anything with it. As you can see I desided to knit the "Equinox Yoke Pullover" from fall Interweave '06. I saw one in person at the Frolic and it was soo nice. Plus I have bohus envy. As you can see I opted not to do brown. I don't know why. I'll wear this all the time in fall winter where all my bottoms are in the earthtone family it seems but I like bright colour so the pale grey sweater with brightly coloured yoke is very yeay. I am not sure I did the oatmeal colour at the bottom right or the pale violet next to the bag of grey. I have time before I cast on so I'll play about a bit, maybe I should draw a chart with crayons to see the colours I like together (seriously). I went from "Akk! No colourwork allowed!!" to "Oh that looks nice and hard" in the oversized scary sweater that swallowed my house. That was just 2 colours this is ..more. I'ed count but I'M AFRAID.

Also included is the yarn for Josephine or Starsky. This stuff is huge! I know I have been manily working with fingering yarns lately but OMG bulky yearns look huge! I don't know if I can knit something that is like 2 sts. per inch. It'ed fell almost vulgar! Like I was cheating somehow. I can just imagine doing a half dozen rows and having 8" of progress to show. I'ed be giddy!

I also bought 3 circular needles, 2 sets of dpns and a magnetic chart keeper. The needles are amazing and so cheap I think I am going to end up owning a lot of them. Yeay! I like them a bit better than addi because when I knit my stitches are always close to the needle tips so with addis there is a lot of sliding off issues, these not so much, which kicks so much ass. The chart keeper...it's ok. The magnets are not very magnetic and I'ed put a pouch on the back of the keeper to hold notions or other patterns that aren't in current use. I am going to see if I can get some better magnets and If i can put a pouch on the back, it was ok for the price but it's not on my list to buy more.

It was a magnificent spree and I love my new stash and gear. I have a lot of projects I can make, but the really nice thing about Dream Big is I don't have to follow through on specific I deas. That's the Dream part. I may find something else I want to make and change my mind, and I am ok with that.

NOTE:I have been tagged for 7 random things MEME that everyone in the knitblog world has done (I think) but that will have to wait until next time as the fiber was way, way, way more exciting. Sorry MJ you'll just have to wait. (Also you should know me well enough by now to realize everything about me is random) ~D.

Monday, May 21, 2007

My First Blog Contest

My first blog contest. I am sitting here working on my "Dream Big" file, there is a lot of projects in there. I did a huge bunch of yarn ordering this past week and I bought enough cream bulky yarn for a sweater coat. The problem is I don't know which to knit. So I'm going to have a little contest. It'll run until next week and all you have to do is vote which one I should cast on. I'ed also appreciate if you gave a reason as to why you think I should make one over the other but it isn't necessary. I have a lot of hush hush secret pals out there and they can leave comments annonymously and the prize in question can get sent out after the big reveal. Iwon't announce what the prize is yet because not everyone who reads this is a knitter, most I think are, not to mention when someone who owns her own store reads your blog you need to be inventive with prizes ;> I think I'll give 2 away depending on how many entries-one drawn randomly and 1 based on how thoughtful the answer was (even if it's not endorsing the one that makes the final cut).


Here it is the Battle of the Titans




Starsky


Josephine
Current pros and cons
I love the banana leaf panels on Starsky they are the sexy but the cables on Josephine stand out more, and this may come as a shock, I like to stand out in a crowd. Both I'ed have to put in buttonholes but Josephine isn't as open in front, a plus as I always wear tank tops but it's fairly bulky looking. I am not into math so altering either pattern is, while not out of the question, probably going to limit the odds of this project ever getting completed. (I'm being honest here-I am pretty sketchy on knitting math). I like both of these for different reasons but I'll let you pick which one I do. (Well I'll post this at work so my non blogging co-workers get to vote too-if they have to look at it in the backroom for 3 months they should get a say-tho they won't be in the contest.)
Hopefully this idea doesn't fall flat.
Both patterns are available to paruse at knitty.com

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Flash The Stash

Well the top layer of the stash, after you get past the top layer there's a lot of yarn that I'ed rather forget, you know back from the days you thought it didn't get better than Bernat Satin. Those young, innocent, carefree days before I had actually held silk, angora and cashmere. Before I heard of "Limited Edition" colourways. I have very faint memories of the days before I realized they call it yarn because the name heroin was already taken, the stash remembers tho. The stash has a crystal clear memory of my finding fuzzy acrylic yarn with multi-contrasting-coloured shlubs in it. (OMG $2 a ball, I must have the whole bin!) My stash remembers when I hadn't even thought of ordering yarn online and thus was reduced to Micheals, Walmart and Zellers. My stash remembers when I went throught that bamboo needle frolic at the dollar store-hint when you go in everydayon your lunch because you have to replace one you broke it's no longer cheaper to buy needles at the dollar store. My stash has so much Red Heart and random generic acrylic that it asks fashion advice from guys in bellbottomed flood-pant powder blue tux's.


The top layer of stash is pretty shallow, in more ways than one. It's lured in by the words silk and cashmere. It likes bright colours but only works the neon in offbeat and "kitch" ways. It's grown-up stash. It reads Vouge. It's luxurious. It screams out to be touched. It appreciates quality. It buys brand names. It ... has a sock fetish. Look there's a cone! The stash is learning to commit!

And for those of you who noticed the Bernat Camaflage in pink..remember above all it's MY stash, so it has to have a sense of humour.

EDIT:I have been advised to mention that this is not all of the top layer of stash. It is in fact much bigger however the bedroom I take pictures in (to forever be known as theonly room in the house with any kinda of natural light) isn't mine and If I covered her bed with the entirely of the top layer, well, I'ed have died, probably painfully and it doesn't seem worth it somehow.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Drumroll Please..

Caution Rambling % is high in this entry. Sanity is at risk.

Public Sevice announcement. Please people sending me parcels, can you ship them off later in the day? I don't need people showing up at 7 :15 to deliver packages I am neither dressed nor even remotely "with it". (squinting while repeating the word "what?" 16 times when the postman has yet to say anything makes him a bit...edgy) No postal person deserves that sort of treatment. Twix look like breakfast food at this time of what is laughingly descripted as day. (You want day come talk to me when the AM hours are double digits.)
Thanks, Management ;>

I have been waiting on two packages. One from my Secret Pal 10 and one from my Knitter's Treat Exchange. Sure enough they both arrived the same day, isn't that always the way?? Still I have a lovely box (Huge) from Michelle @the SweetSheep (yeay new yarn, most of which I am not giving away-probably, I took an abandoned SP under my wing, She followed me home, I sware, can I keep her?) So other than the No Sheep Swap and the Monkey Swap and the Not So Secret Harry Potter Socks I'm um... swap free, I can't type that with a straight face, NEVER A GOOD SIGN. Still as long as I can tell mom that it's for all my pen pals, she says little about the string.

What?, Oh you want pictures? OK anything to keep you ravening hoards at bay ! ;) The first up is from my Secret Pal...I can't link to her yet...soon...not yet...but soon....(way to many cartoons this week, I need to cut back before "I tink i tee a puddytat")




When I saw the yarn I thought it said Brillo (you know those S.O.S pads?) I thought "That can't be good,' But it IS. it's a cotton viscose blend, it's soft and stretchy. It'll be socks, I'm into the whole socks thing now. I think it'ed make a nice pair of monkeys or maybe a cabled sock. I haven't done cables in a while. There is a copy of Vouge Knitting on the Go-Weekend Knits Which is perfect for my microscopic attention span (2 tanks in there have my vote) and the Everything Book of Knitting- I love Everything books, I have the one on Philosophy and a few others and they have a tounge in cheek humour that appeals to me. Plus cute cartoons! And 2 sets of note cards, in so pretty colours!


My treater was Dana from www.fullskein.blogspot.com . I liked this exchange in someways, other ways not so much. Quote from Exchange rules - Treats you MUST send: 1. Enough yarn for a one skein/small project 2. Magazine 3. Pampering treat - e.g. Hand cream, bath fizzer etc 4. Delicious treat - e.g. chocolate/candy/tea/coffee 5. Your blog address, so your pal can say hello (which in typical Jinxsa style I forgot). I had a hard time with the magazine, who knows who has what? They are so easy to pick up, sitting right there at the checkout, waiting for you. Be nice if they put personal ads there, you could get bread, cheese, soup and a boyfriend all in the 8 items or less lane. Better than chocolate and tabloids-though apparently that OK! with Mel B and Eddie Murphy's baby was the best seller since they started I saw that sucker everywhere in town, geez what an ass.)

Wait where was I? ;/ Oh yeah my Treat Pal!! (Sorry) She sent me some awesome orange trekking I almost bought in Lettuce Knit while visiting Toronto. I drew the line at buying one extra suitcase for yarn. I would have made fun of me for 2 extra suitcases. So it's going to be a really nice...scarf..ha you thought I was going to say socks, I know you were don't lie! A cute bright scarf that will work with all the fall browns! There is a lovely little case that the sweet smelling lotion did NOT want to come out of. I got sheepy notecards (I need to correspond more) and Knitting (published in England) and the new knitscene with the konobi jacket *kewl*. She sent me breast cancer stitch markers in honour of my mom, who is doing great with her new curly hair (that is a mini 'fro but she's still damn cute). There was twix. I know what I am having for supper (shuddup yarn boy your just jealous because I got chocolate through the mail and you didn't) and Nips caramel hard candy!

My downstream pal for the Knitter's treat exchange was Kaki who can be found at http://kakisknittingbasket.blogspot.com . If you want to see the package I sent her it's at http://kakisknittingbasket.blogspot.com/2007/05/love-thursday.html. So 2 swaps down, a few more to go! This is so cool! I love the internet, sometimes, usually, sorta when it usues it's powers for yarn not evil.

Big Huge EDIT~I can't believe I forgot the most important part~ Thank You Dana and Secret Pal for taking the time and effort to get to know me and put my packages together. To not have said that before was, at best, unforgivable and, at worst, rude. (Why no I don't have that backwards I'm Canadian) I'm so sorry and am willing to grovel appropriately! Thank You very much.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

I was re-reading all that MEME again and I am stunned by my polar views on things. I really love and hate things. Example. I love good thick cables, I like thin cables I don't even remotely tolerate hollow cables. You know cables with lace in them. (bleh) It may look ok on but it's kinda just ... very ... well gross is my first inclination to say. Really I like my cables rounded and lace middles tend to go more elongated.

I have a deep and possibly irrational hatred for doing i-cord. I am sure it has it's place in the kitting world. Actually I know it does, far away from me. I don't mind the look of it and so on, it's useful, but I'ed rather have my bucknaked butt dragged across flaming hot coals then sit in a bucket of lemon juice than actually sit down and knit i-cord. I mean it's not something i can even get into a "zen-like" state. I need to look down. And I always get a sore fingertip. Ok well always applies to the 3 times I actually knit i-cord.

I am in many ways a knitting opportunist. I'll try anything twice. If you don't like it the first time it doesn't prove anything. If you swell up and can no longer breath then your allergic to it and it's probably best to only do it once. Just sayin. I love and adore complicated patterns, I can bobble and it's kinda neat (if only i could stop thinking of them as little fiber nipples-especially when I have to pinch them into a more round state...)

This next few months is all about socks. I am making Monkey socks for a swap, I am making (what I hope to be) an entre-lac hogwarts sock for my friend Ehm-Jay, in a not so secret swap, and I'ed like to make 2 pairs of men's hogwart's socks for my father and YB. To break up the monotany of socks I will mix in Anna which is.....another sock damnit. Something is wrong, I like socks, I like Harry Potter and I like my freinds ( and my dad ) but I have the attention span of a of a squirrel on expresso. Obviously I need a side project. I just don't know what. It's going to have to be something challenging (because men's socks are round and round and round and yawn... ) but it's also going to have to be boring so I don't knit it all the time. I love a challange, I love to knit but sometimes I hate how I have to trick myself into actually knitting everything on my list. And by sometimes I mean everytime I think about it.

Knitting MEME

Mark with bold the things you have ever knit, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest.

Afghan
I-cord
Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Shawl - not finished yet
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down

Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Hat
Knitting with silk

Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Sweater
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn

Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (=modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Cardigan
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Baby items
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Slippers
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments

Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book
Scarf
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dying with plant colours
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cosies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with dpns
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Bobbles

Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Steeks
Knitting art
Knitting two socks on two circulars simultaneously
Fulling/felting
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Purses/bags
Knitting with beads
Swatching
Long Tail CO
Entrelac
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Darning
Jewelry
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Gloves
Intarsia
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mits/armwarmers

Pillows
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Rug
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Shrug/bolero/poncho
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public


Actual proper post coming later today -with possible knitting content to!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Meet My inner Deamon



In 12 days my Deamon will be permident. I don't know if it is me tho. Take the test see!

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Monkey Sock Swap

Sorry, Just got back from vacation. Jet lag has stolen my brain.

The Basics:

How long have you been knitting? 2 years this August. I saw a book in a store and asked for it for my birthday. It was 8 months before I figured out my knit stitches were actually all ktbl's.

Do you consider yourself a beginning sock knitter, an intermediate, or have you been doing this so long you could probably knit a pair in your sleep? I'm an intermediate to moderately advanced knitter who doesn't have all that much experience with socks yet. I just learned to kitchner withiout crying this month. ;>


The measurements:
Shoe Size: 8
Foot circumference: 8.5 inches
Foot length: 9 inches but if you make the socks half an inch smaller in length they fit a bit better

Yarn Preferences:
Wild bright colours. My favourite combinations are fushia, teal, orange and purple. the wilder the better.

Do you prefer solids or variegated? Vareigated I'm not really into stripes with monkey socks, verigated and semi-solids seem to look best.

Do you prefer wool, cotton or acrylic yarn? Wool and wool blends.

What colors would you never wear? striped primaires, le very grande ew

Knitting Gadgets
Plastic, metal, bamboo or wood? I just learned how to do sock on 2 circs but I can't find my 2mm addis :( So I am using my brand new Pony plastic DPNS. I like that the stitches don't slide off and they are a pretty good length.

Are there any knitting accessories you don't have in your collection but would like? I need something to hold my DPNS

Would you be willing to have an international Monkey Pal or do you prefer one in the US? I at this point I know I am sending International.

Do you have any allergies? Only food ones.