Monday, August 27, 2007

Haven't I been here before?

So I went to the dentist the other day. I hate going to the dentist. No one likes it, everyone dreads it. Me I contemplate walking in front of cars on the way there to get out of it. Been hit by 8 cars in my life, what's one more? The only thing that would be worse than going to the dentist, is going to the dentist and everyone is in a bunny costume. And I've had that nightmare about 9 times in the past 2 weeks...Seriously.

What is the worst thing that can happen right, pain and money that could have been spent on yarn hemrraging out of my wallet. You get over pain and sadly the money would be spent anyways. Everyone (or damn near) said, what's the worst that will happen? It won't kill you. One astute observer said, hey at least he lets you knit. (He didn't but this time I had big shiny metal needles not cute baby plastic ones....so I'll forgive him this time). It wasn't pleasent. There was a great deal of notes and x-rays. Then an exam and more x-rays. And more x-rays, and more x-rays. 16 X-rays of one back molar. And to compound my misery it was the pinch X-ray slide. Yeah THAT one... So final the x was aptly rayed and I was asked to wait for him in his office. Let me explain something to you about dentists, at no time do you want to warrent uppulstry... it's not a good sign. So we go into the expensive part, my rootcanal need finishing and it's infected, the crown needs doing, I need another rootcanal and a few fillings. So basically this is going to cost me a bundle... and a half... AND THEN he asks me about the whole cancer thing. When did I have surgury, chemo, pills blah, basically last surgury was Feb 14 waited 2 months and was given the all clear on the cervical cancer thing, yeay. So now I am freezing my ass off in this office with walls and real furniture, feeling socially awkward discussing my crotch with a guy who specializes in teeth. I am getting a little worried about how he's planning to go about fixing this root canal thing. Turns out I have cysts under my wisdom teeth... about then I start fantasizing about attacking this really nice guy with his own stapler. He's sending the x-rays to a specialist as I may have to have a biopsy, on my freaking molars.

I'm pretty upbeat and positive. I mean in a certain way it's pretty damn funny. Only I could go to the dentist and find out I may have cervical cancer of the molar. Do they even have wrist bands for cervical/molar cancer? If not can I pick the colour?? More than slightly depressed tho to find in less than 6 months I am right back to where I started only with a huge dental bill in front of me. My biopsy better be scheduled when I can do some Christmas shopping!!

I pick peachy verigated with stong yellowy orange... **pout**

Sunday, August 26, 2007

No Sheep Swap, Joy or something with apt punctuation to make this sound happy.

I hates punctuation. It makes me sound silly. ;/ I can do that on my own, I don't need no stinking dots. Why yes, I am in a mood, no, not a particularily good one. I'll blog about it another time. Right Now I want to give huge and OMG so belated mad props (YB you have permission to smack me if I ever say that in R/L) to my downstream pal Chrissie from the No Sheep Swap. She sent me a package in July and I thought I blogged it but it's not there. So I suck. Huge. Not in a nice dinner and a movie kinda way either. In a "You call yourself a Canadian you loser" kinda way actually. I want to take the time, forsaking my am caffine out of self-induced penence, to tell you how cool the yarns she got me are.



The first off it this feaky (I love freaky) little novelty yarn. It's frizzy and bright and mutli- coloured...and wound before I got my swift... but so amazingly awesomely ME. I think there is about 120-150 yards... I am desperately hoping enough to crochet a scarf out of. I don't know why It just needs to be crocheted (how do you past tence crochet as a verb...? that just doesn't look right). I'll show you the scarf I am thinking of and you can tell me I'm mental at the end of the post.





Next I got Thursday these two luxe cones of laceweight yarn. 70% silk and 30% linen. Really tiny thready cobweb stuff the cream and more like traditional laceweight for the blue white cone. These were bought in Tokyo. Dudes! There was an enclosed pattern by cat bohrdi (I don't like capitalizing her name, she has this kinda e.e. cumming vibe doesn't she?) for a lavender eyepillow (http://www.interweave.com/knit/interweave_knits/pdf_files/EyePillow.pdf) If I hold the yarns together and double it up there should be enough to make it, according to Chrissie.


She also sent me some really nice sparkly styling stitch markers. I am totally trying to figure out how to make stitch marker jewllery I have tried 2 methods but not too happy with them, I will make it work! But really these are pretty and totally wearable I think. Maybe Stitch marker earrings..? And couple bags of imported Green tea. Sweet! Tres Cool.



Much Thanks to Chrissie!! I really loved the gifts you sent me!! I am sorry about the mess up in July!! I le suck!

Oh the scarf I want to crochet : the link is busted. Will edit when not crazy late for work.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

For Michelle, Cuz She Whines! *hee*






Baby's got a brand new knitting bag!!

Your Jealous! Admit it!!



The candleflame shawl, triangle thing. Basically knitting it until I have run out of yarn. I got this yarn online and the colours looked way different on screen then in the skein, but as I wound it I liked it better, but it's much to stiff for socks I think. It's spuerwash so I don't know how well blocking is going to work on it. I love the pattern from the front but....


I can't say I like the nipple-ly back. Oddly enough my boss likes the back better saying it looks like raspberries.






The very evil bellatrix. Cast on 3 times this is the sock that has the most progress. I am going to have to modify the pattern for much fewer stitches to have it fit my calves. I wanted to use my sock blockers but they weren't big enough. These fit like the old 80's slouchy socks...
My leg really isn't that lumpy :/



Josephine or Starsky. Apparently starsky. I am a little concered that it's not going to be as long as I'ed like but it's about 16" so far and as I am 5'2" (and in denial) mathmatically it should work out....cuz yeah math and me are good friends.. Back has about a dozen more rows I think.





Jellyfish Shrug. Well it lives up to it's name!!Trying to potograph this rather limp piece of knitting was a chore the colours are better represented in the pic I snagged of the skein. It's very thin across the back but I am thinking a seed stitch border in the Crimson and Clover then switching to the heavier worsted weight should give some extra width, plus I love the yarn!

Happy Now, Michelle? ;>

Monday, August 20, 2007

Ravelry: The Surgeon General's Warning

Ravelry is contaminated people!! Beware! caution! Danger Will Robinson!! You sign up and get smacked down with most deadly strain of viral startitis the world has ever know. It's not a knitting website it's a drug resitant plauge. Want proof? I had about 3 things actively on the go. Nothing too scary. Since then it's grown. Balloned. Mushroomed.

Now I have always started and abandoned projects as I see fit. It's my hobby no one is holding a gun to my head. I have enough stress in my life that adding worry about finishing a project I am bored with seems more than a little silly. I have terms like current rotation. Sometimes when something just will not work out I like to frog and deny any attempt. I admit this, now, but be prepared for a full denial later.

Check out the progress bars (dude I have progress bars, next stop cuts, I will not be HTML's bitch much longer ok i probably will be but a chick can dream). These are just current rotation. The top layer of things on needles. The whole subsection of things on needles would need another page. I have forgotten most of them. (Except that Malbrigio hat. I really have to find my Boye set. It was a really cute hat, just needs much bigger needles. The MJ hat from Spiderman 2). Current Rotation is not even a complete list. There are presents. We will not discuss the presents as people read the blog. *SHHHHH* I can't even post on Ravely as persons are on Ravelry. (YB if you look at my queue I'll personally arrange for an arborial unconsenting fornication-don't think I won't! And there won't be time for lubricant. [I've been watching too many movies lately]) So to be in current rotation they need to be acknowledged, occasionally touched (sometimes this simply means moving it from the coffee table to the kitchen table to the desk) and sometimes actually knit. And I wonder why I almost never finish anything!?!

Since startng on Ravelry I have started everything that is in current rotaion. And i have about 47+ queue. Some of which I'll never make but at least I know I can find them again if only to think about making them. Dental bills this year are going to be stupid high and so it's the year of the knitted gift. many knitted gifts. I made a few already. Like a knithulu, which I already gave away. Knitted Christmas Gifts are tricky.

I'ed like to design a few basic and simple pattern socks and hats probably. I have Vouge Stitchonary 1 and 2 and 365 knit patterns a day but until the day I die (or suck it up and buy them for myself) I will kick my own ass for not buying Barbara Walker's Knitting Treasurys when I saw the whole 4 volume set for 160 bucks!

Keep an eye on the status bars for more Ravelry inspred startitis.

(to my SP11: I have no idea why I never got your emails. I have been checking my bulk/spam folder and most of it was about enlarging my p3nis or graas that grows anywhere :/ Next time you comment please leave the annonymous email and I can put your email in my address book and, I think, it should stop the problem. Dude I know that quote. I can't think of from where tho. *makes face* It's going to make me nuts (nuttier). I like all sorts of things my favourite thingss rarely have rhyme or reason. It's an Orange thing. There is always something that grabs my attention. Really like current rotaion in knitting, I have current rotation in interests. Right now on the top of the list are comic book heroes, zombies, my Nintendo wii, NFL football (go colts) and Harry Potter. In knitting it's gift ideas. I have one skein wonders and a bunch of random knitting books but little projects are a good thing right now with the whole knitted Christmas thing pending) I'm so-so on socks, my sock mojo left, I'm hoping to fill the void with latvian mitten mojo.)


You know one day I am going to have to do an audio post just because I type scary. Once you hear me talk it's ok but I must admit I do type hella scary.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Secret Pal 11 Questionaire

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

  • Non-squeecky yarn. Squeeking yarn makes me shudder.
  • I really need some DK and worsted and Possibly bulky to add to the stash. Right now I have a lot of fingering weight.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
  • I have a rocken DPN holder from my monkey pal Leslie.
  • I have a vase that holds my straights and um. well the cirulars are either MIA or in projects at the moment.

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
  • I am an adventurous intermediate (i think in order to be an expert you actually have to be good at knitting. I am averageish.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

5. What's your favorite scent?
  • apples, roses, cinnamon, tea
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
  • caramels!! but my teeth are so bad right now I shouldn't, but soo good
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
  • I have tried crochet, cross stitch, beading, wire jewllery, floral arranging, scrapbooking and spinning (sort of) I realize am not even a little crafty
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
  • almost everything I have plays mp3s I like new age/techno opera best
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
  • I like yarns in bright colours. I prefer something not royal blue, red nor yellow. If it's to be actual clothing often I will make it out of a more sedate colour. Like a shrug in browns. Scarves gloves or other accessories are bright and wild.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
  • I take care of my parents
  • I have 4 cats and 2 dogs
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
  • not ponchos but I may wear a capelet. ;/
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
  • right now I am knitting small little gifty things and HP themed items. Fingerless gloves, small bags, hats and a knittend Cuthulu doll
13. What are you knitting right now?
  • fishnet stockings
  • stuffed dragon
  • little pyramid bags
  • owls
  • Jellyfish from Magknits
  • Coachella from Knitty
  • oh and Stasky from Knitty
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
  • UN HUH!
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
  • I like straights but I love my glass circs so I think I just like glass best. Metla Needles are good as I usually warp my wooden ones.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
  • yes I just got this awesome Orange swift for my birthday!!
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
  • lets just say I have many UFO's and I don't care. I knit for fun and if the project isn't fun I usually won't keep going.
18. What is your favorite holiday?
  • Halloween and Christmas (I love Christmas Music!!)
19. Is there anything that you collect?
  • Stuffed Polar Bears
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
  • I really want Barbara Wlaker's knitting treasuries!
  • I buy Knit.1, Interweave, Vouge, Simply Knitting and anything else I come across that i like. Not a fan of Creative Knitting though.
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
  • I'ed like to be better at fair isle and intarsia
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
  • I am tho I am on a bit of a sock break at the moment.
  • My feet are 9" long and 9" instep....
23. When is your birthday?
  • Aug 10
24. Are you on Ravelry? If so, what's your ID?
  • Jinxsa
  • I moderate World War Z (a zombie group) and Yarn In Tights (for comic book fans)

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Sock Kit 2 Swap

KNITTING:

How would you rate yourself as a knitter on a scale from 1 (what's knitting?) to 10 (I knit lace in my sleep.)? 7 An adventurous Knitter who can't do intarsia well nor happily

What techniques are you comfortable with? (cables, lace, entrelac, intarsia, fair isle...)What techniques are you itching to learn? everything but intasrisa and fair ilse, i can do them but again, neither well nor happily

What techniques are scarier than grasshoppers monsters in the closet? it's knitting, whats there to be scared about?

KNITTING SOCKS:How many socks have you knit? Guesstimation is okey dokey! 10ish


Do you live and breathe socks, or is this your first time knitting them? Interpolation is encouraged. I like socks but sometimes you need a sweater...or dragon..or something, anything, else

How do you do it: Magic loop, DPNs, two circulars? Bamboo, metal, pencils? 2 circs is my new fave but dpns were my first ;> Magic loop feels like wrestling an octopus

Ever tried any other method? Want to? Willing to try anything...which says a lot about me actually

YARN:What yarn do you currently have in stock? Sweet Sheep, STR, Koigu, Yarntini, Seacoast, C*eye*ber Fiber, Zen Yarn Garden, Louet, Cherry Tree Hill, Kroy, and a few misc around somewhere.

Yarns that you love? Hate? I like my yarn to be like me, tightly wound ;> I like my fingering yarn closer to sport than fingering,

Solid, self striping, self patterning, variegated, hand dyed. Discuss. I prefer verigated but it's always depending on the pattern. Jaywalkers for example look amazing with self striping. Has anyone found something that looks good with jaquardi?

Colours you love?Colours you hate? Bright colours with heavy emphasis on orange, teal, lime and purples. I am not a fan of primary colours.

Are you a wool knitter, or does cotton get you going? (Or, you know, other fibers...) Wool and other fibers, cotton is ok to but a blend is more comfirtable to work with.

Does 100g do you, or do you have a love of tall socks/big feet? I don't have big feet but I heart a long sock.

Do you make your own yarn? Have you ever wanted to try to? I have to get onto the whole drop spindle thing I have a kit it's just sitting down and learning it. I want a spinning wheel but it's not a good investment right now as I wouldn't get enough time to use it

Do you want to use handmade yarn? You know that stuff not spun by a machine... I prefer superwash for socks because I am terrified they will felt!

EXTRAS:Describe yourself in 5 words or less. Funky, Strange, Enthusiastic, Refreshing and Blunt


Have you ever actually used a stitch marker? Periodically, sometimes even in my knitting, there is always a use for a good stitch marker!

You love chocolate, right? I love caramel and toffee best but chocolate rocks too.

Are you allergic to anything I might think about sending to you? (We at Sock Kit Swap 2 do not encourage sending prescription medication to your pals.) Bees ( I understand this means I can't use anything with paba in it skin creams and the like), fish, most detergents and soaps like Ivory(wool wash seems to be ok)

Any patterns you've been dying to try? I bought cookie a.'s patterns but haven't given them a try yet.

Any other random information you think your pal may find useful? My blog is full of them. Right now only that I am entirely HTML impared.