Monday, December 22, 2008
Also on Friday, I cast on a sock as last minute Christmas gift and I'm about 3/4 the way done with the first one. I have a feeling one completed sock and one still on the needles will be going in the box.
Yesterday, my sister and I went to our grandma's house to make krumkake, pizzelles, and rosettes. Grandma supervised while we turned out piles of fried and baked goods. I had one rosette slip off the iron into the batter bowl, Erin burned one krumkake, and we both managed to have pizzelles that oozed over the patterned parts of the iron but we still produced plenty of treats for Christmas day. Tomorrow, we're going to arm ourselves with YouTube videos and our other grandma's phone number as we attempt to make lefse.
Now, I'm off to continue my futile attempt to finish a pair of socks by Christmas Eve. Stop laughing.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Another project I made this weekend was a mouse for my mom.
ETA: I used Monty, a free pattern from Berroco, for the mouse. I used Wool Ease held double for the body instead of a bulky weight. I also stitched on the eyes and nose instead of using French knots because I was using some scrap sport weight for them and the French knots would have disappeared into the fabric.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I would say that this is pretty accurate, especially appreciating tradition and depending on modern technology. I am a walking contradiction.
I went shopping again today and my grandma wants to go somewhere tomorrow, too. My family is exhausting. It's a damned good thing that I love them.
Friday, November 28, 2008
My mother decided that I needed new clothes for "professional reasons" so she bought me a few separates to use as suits for interviews. I really do appreciate this a lot because it's one less thing for me to worry about if I have any job developments coming up. It was also kind of fun helping my parents pick out my sister's Christmas presents.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Up side: I just ate a piece of my mom's fudge.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Out of all of the podcasts that I have recently begun to listen to, I think Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing is my favorite. Not because I'm applying what I'm learning in this podcast to my blogging. There is a flagrant disregard for several grammar rules all over this page. No, the reason I'm loving the Grammar Girl (aka Mignon Fogarty) is that she has introduced me to the interrobang, pictured at the left.
It's almost comforting to know that this (!?) has a real symbol and name. It would most appropriately be used in something like, "You did what‽" See, interrobang. The exclamatory skeptic of the punctuation marks.
Monday, November 24, 2008
I'm ready for it to be Wednesday afternoon. I don't know if spending some time with my family is going to do me good or not but I think I'm ready for a change in scenery for a few days. My mom already warned me that I might be roped into singing at Christmas Eve service at my family's church. At least I get a heads-up. Any one know a way to guarantee laryngitis by December 24th?
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Tonight, though, I have something awesome to watch. Stephen Colbert's Christmas special. It airs at 9:00 PM CT and it looks like it will be reaired a few times. I already heard a bit of it when Colbert was on Fresh Air last week and it was hilarious. Catch it when you can!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Today was a bit of a lazy day. Had a bit of last night's banana bread for breakfast and read The Wordy Shipmates for most of the day. I did pause a bit to clean the bathroom and get some other things done and I may knit a bit while watching some TV. I think I'm in the mood for Veronica Mars since I've decided Kristen Bell is one of the few things left worth watching on Heroes these days. I wish she wasn't just a guest star.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
This is actually not even close to being the worst example of bad, bad cakes. Also, on Sundays the blogger posts actual good cakes that are kind of like a visual palate cleanser.
Bonus? I believe I spotted a little making fun of Sandra Lee, she of the dreadful Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee. That woman is crazy.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I had to add a copy of The Catcher in the Rye to the list because my old one suffered an accidental coffee dump about two years ago. It was a sad day. Any suggestions of other items I should add? A fantastic movie or television show I may have missed out on. A must read novel. A truly great knitting book.
I'm still tempted to add a Kitchenaid mixer. That's so not going to happen. At least the parents would understand that more than the complete sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Angel. Sadly.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Is that the beginning of a crocheted ripple afghan made out of random acrylic worsted weight yarn I had lying about? I believe it is. It's addicting. It's also an afghan that has been made in many variations by my mother and her sisters over the year. This new afghan crocheting is a frightening development.
Also, the picture is crappier than usual as I seem to have misplaced my digital camera. I took it with my phone. I transferred it to my laptop using Bluetooth. Embracing technology in this way reassures me that I am, imperically, not my mother.
Freud would have some kind of field day with all of the feelings I have associated with one crappy cell phone picture.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Speaking of Jim Dale, I do enjoy his narration of Pushing Daisies. It's such a good show but all of the cancellation rumors I've heard make me nervous. Here's to hoping that Ned, Chuck, Emerson (a PI that knits!), et al get to live beyond episode 13 of this season.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
There is something that I see that grates on my nerves every time it crosses my visual field. It's petty and ridiculous that I care this much about this thing but I can't help it. I cannot stand Comic Sans MS font.
It looks silly and cutesy to an unhealthy degree. It reminds me of the bubble letters I used to use when playing M. A. S. H. in elementary school. I mean, take the pound symbol in that picture. Who can take that pound symbol seriously? This is international finance we're talking about here, people. Just say no to Comic Sans MS, my friends. My optic nerve will thank you.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Your result for The Verbal Obscenity Test...
You are 67% capable of making other people's ears hurt!
So, how'd you do?
I'm in awe, since you're clearly not afraid of a little rough language! At
the same time, you don't go completely mad with it, and I'm guessing you know
when to hold your tongue so people don't want to punch you. Which is awesome,
since being beaten up is such a drag anyway. You might pull out the swear words
- and you might know the various slang fairly well - but you probably also
appreciate that its use is mainly just to show that you mean business.
What occasion, I hear you ask? Well, some people find talking dirty arousing.
Sometimes swearing can be helpful in looking tough when one of those
hoodlum-types approaches you. Using some language on your boss may also be
effective in stirring things up, but maybe that's just me. Either way, be
careful, as getting your timing wrong can result in getting fired, or sleeping
alone for the next month. Use your good judgement!
I'm generally good at reigning in the swearing but ocassionally I will go on a bit of a tear. I also managed to say fuck in front of my grandmother when she was in my car when my air conditioning went out. I hadn't even noticed until my sister told me I had after the fact. It's actually one of the things I feel worse about having done in my life despite knowing that I have done far worse.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Is it more than a little bit shite? Absolutely. But I got over my big crochet block and made a bunch of stitches. Then I did this.
Still boring as hell but at least I no longer feel like crochet is mocking me.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I don't know how to say anything else on the subject without coming of as trite or condescending so I'm just going to leave it at that.
Edit: It also appears that I've become way too anglicized as of late. While poppies are worn in the UK for Remembrance Day (today also), they're worn in the US on Memorial Day. I knew this, too. I still like my red and white poppies, they're staying.
Monday, November 10, 2008
It's coming off rather Slytherin-y. Evil mastermind socks!
Sunday, November 09, 2008
While browsing through books and the internet for inspiration, I watched 10 Things I Hate About You. It's still good, even with it's late-'90s music. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy quite a bit of the soundtrack but for every Letters to Cleo or Semisonic there's also a Barenaked Ladies or Smash Mouth.
Now I'm watching Casanova. I may have come for the David Tennant, but I'm totally staying for the Peter O'Toole. It's very Russel T. Davies and all of the good and bad which that entails. It's generally good but O'Toole is fantastic.
Saturday, November 08, 2008
I messed with the color a bit to make it look closer to what it actually is but I still don't know if it came out ok. Also, pay more attention to the hat and less to my generally disheveled appearance.
Look, lace close-up!
Much better, yes?
Friday, November 07, 2008
The is the project I was talking about yesterday and I think it's coming along nicely. The bottom has a picot edge so I'm holding it folding under to show what it will look like when hemmed. Knitwear is definitely the upside of winter.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
I just got into the lace repeats at lunch today and as far as I can tell it should be OK. I will say this much - Ravelry is the most perfect tool for finding DROPS patterns. I've always found that site a little daunting to navigate through and the patterns are all numbered not named. Everything just seemed to blend together into mush in my head before.
No progress picture now but I may post some at a future date.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
If you knit, check out Ravelry, which has attracted tens of thousands of knitters who trade patterns, offer advice for getting through knotty problems, and critique one anothers' creation.Of course, I'd also like to point out that Ravelry is also for crocheters and that there are in fact hundreds of thousands of us. World fiber domination!
If you're still out of things to look up on the internet, you could always take xkcd's suggestion:
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
My polling place had all of the booths full but there weren't really any lines. I was voter number 1400 which makes me happy. I have no idea what would be considered to be a good turnout in my precinct but it still feels good.
The one thing I was hoping was that I would be able to use a voting machine but it was a Scantron ballot (the only kind I've ever used). Filling in all of the circles for the district court judges running unopposed was tedious but that's a first world problem. I got to vote and that's pretty awesome.
Monday, November 03, 2008
I am happy to say that the ribbed heel flap didn't cause any discomfort and I was on my feet more than usual today. On the other hand, my next project needs to be more exciting.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
These are out of some Trekking Hand Art and have a plain 2x1 rib all the way down because I don't think they could handle much of anything else. I even carried the rib out down the heel flap for some reason.
It was pointed out to me that this might not be the most comfortable thing to wear. I guess I'll find out as long as I don't poke my eyes out with a needle from all of the mind-numbing ribbing. Hopefully I will come up with something more exciting to post about for the next 29 days.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
First I finished these, which I call Fe Fi Fo Fum
Hand dyed by Nerdclub2000 as part of her chemical elements, this is Iron Ions (hence the name). It spoke to my inner chem geek.
Next were these, for my mom.
The pattern is Hourglass from Knitty. I entered them in Knit'n From the Heart's Socktoberfest and despite some initial confusion I won first place. 20% off sock yarn for a year!
After all of that pattern going on I decided to knit another pair of plain socks
They're out of some Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock I bought awhile ago at 3 Kittens and finally got around to using.
Now I've decided that with winter coming I need a new set of hat and mittens.
Turns out that this was a good decision as there was a wee bit of snowfall today. None sticking to the ground yet, at least.
Thus ends the crazy long update. Clearly, I need to update more frequently. That shouldn't be a problem as I'm going to attempt NaBloPoMo again this year.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I find it generally interesting but one entry in particular doesn't quite make sense to me. Doctor Who, especially New Who. Granted, I don't know that looking at only viewers through SciFi is all that accurate for Doctor Who. Nielsen ratings puzzle me in almost any case. Plus, I think I'm really burnt out on politics.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Besides getting my bake on, I've been watching QI, which is fantastic. It's a British trivia show hosted by Stephen Fry where the questions are extremely difficult so the point is to be "quite interesting" more than being right. There are four pannelists, generally comedians of some sort, and it's great. I've learned many, generally useless, new things. For instance, there is a US Patent for a Santa Clause Detector (a sort of rigged Christmas stocking).
While gaining all of this knowledge, I finished the second test knit sock. This one (on the right) pooled more than the first creating socks that are more than a little bit fraternal. It's still nice to be on a bit of a finishing kick. Unfortunately, I only seem to be able to finish things recently started, not the many UFO's I have left in my wake.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
There is a similar effect created to the Jaywalker but there are quite a few differences and things like yarn overs, twisted stitches, and purl bumps create a lot of great textural elements.
Hey, Teach! didn't win a prize at the Olympics but it wasn't perfect, it was in kind of a boring color (I wanted a neutral) and I'm still just happy to have finished it in the specified time period. I'm going to go pick it up tonight before knitting at Starbucks so I'm excited to get it back. I'll see if I can do better for Socktoberfest, which Knit'n from the Heart is doing again this year.
Lastly, for all my fellow sci-fi/Whedon fans out there, check out this picture (flickr link), especially the far right. Awesome, yes?
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I haven't watched too much of the actual Olympics but I've caught a bit here and there. I find the Montenegro Men's Water Polo team particularly fascinating. It's their first Olympics and apparently it's a huge sport for them. I completely stumbled upon their first qualifying match against Hungary which ended in a tie and now I'm hooked. Go Montenegro!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
To break up the monotony of beige sweater pics, I've decided to go back to including music.
This is "Marry Me" by St. Vincent, the moniker of singer-songwriter Annie Clark. It's a gorgeous song. I wish I could have found a decent live version because she mimics the trumpet sounds herself when performing. Bonus, the song's name (also her album title) is an Arrested Development reference.
Monday, August 11, 2008
The lace pattern is pretty simple but interesting enough to get me through the 50 inch rows (purling the wrong side is a different story, though). In about 2 inches I can separate to shape the armholes. I think I got three rows done at lunch today so in the grand scheme of things it probably barely made a dent but all of it adds up. Dinner's been made and consumed so it's back to knitting!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
And I finished Rose's Wristwarmers (granted, all I had left on those for the weekend was the thumb).
Will I finish my sweater on time? Maybe. No big plans for next weekend, so that should help.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Sunday, August 03, 2008
I'm going to try to blog my progress often so, if nothing else, this should get me back to more frequent updates. Might even do a music post again here and there if something strikes my fancy. Now I just wish it were Friday so I could cast on.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Teaser from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog on Vimeo.
Go to DrHorrible.com for more info. Definitely click on "Read the Master Plan" as it is both informative and entertaining. Joss Whedon has more than his share of awesome in this world.
Monday, July 07, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
It's kind of in the "black hole" zone but I'm still enjoying knitting it, albeit at a slower rate. Still nervous about working the border.
During my lunch breaks (that are an excessive hour long), I've been working on Pomatomus.
I tried to knit these before using Schaefer Farms Lola which is not a sock yarn so the gauge was too tight so it didn't stretch enough to fit a leg. It does fit an arm, though, so they will become arm warmers a la Jess of Ravelry and considering that when my sister saw the leg of the second sock this weekend she thought that it would make a good fingerless mitt, she might get them. Maybe. We'll see how I feel if I actually finish the mitts.
Other than still feeling my way through the new job, I've been Plurking. Lime and Violet sucked me in. I definitely agree that it is better than Twitter because it allows more direct replies and doesn't seem to have the frequent outage issues. Plurk is definitely an interesting new thing and I'm interested to see how it continues.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
My third pair of Monkey socks, second in Fleece Artist, is done. These are going to my sister but I think I'm going to hold onto them until she goes back to school in August as part of a care package of sorts. Erin, if you read this, you're still waiting until you go back to school to get the socks. Not that withholding wool socks in summer is that big of a deal. And not like my sister ever really reads my blog.
As for that original sock?