8/31/2005

Busy

I feel like I have been going non-stop for the past couple of days. I started classes on Monday. I soon realized that if I kept up my schedule I wouldn't be able to work much at all, so that was something I had to tell my boss last night. I was signed up for three courses that were quite reading intensive, and two classes that would give me problems or that I would have to study quite hard for to pass (a math class and Macroeconomics). I really wanted to get into the second first-level French class, but there was only one and it was full quickly. BUT I got lucky! I checked last night when I came home from work and there was a spot open. I didn't bother to check anything, I just snapped it up. I dropped my American History class for now (it was on the same day, but later) because I knew I wouldn't be able to handle it all.

Next week is my last week at work where I'll work any days Monday-Thursday. I can only work nights, which will tire me out, and I will have absolutely no time for knitting (gasp!) if I keep it up. So something has to give.

And lastly (bewarned - a little bad language ahead), I have to say that what is going on down south from H. Katrina is a sad, sad thing. We got out when we could, moving up here in February from the FL panhandle (okay, so in the military you don't have a choice if you move, but that's just a detail). Ivan was enough for me, and this was much much worse. While it doesn't surprise me (not much surprises me in today's world), what REALLY pisses me off is these damn looters!!! They should be ashamed of themselves!!!!!! So any looters reading this - I'm a firm believer of "what goes around comes around," so what your backs. It is just ridiculous that people were not just taking necessities. They said on the news that he saw one person with boxes of sneakers! What are you going to do with those in flood waters?

Anyway....in knitting news, my latest scarf from Scarf Style is coming along nicely. I think I've done about five repeats of the pattern and I'm happy with it. I'm not going to take a progress pick yet because it's pretty much just the same as the last one I took, but bigger. It will get worked on tomorrow while I'm waiting for Michael's back surgery to be over. We're heading up to Bethesda tonight because he has to be there at 5am tomorrow morning.

8/26/2005

I feel good

I start full-time classes at UMW on Monday. I wanted to get the house clean from top to bottom before that so I would only have to maintain it during the semester, and I've pretty much done that. This is why I feel good. I also feel good because I got my last SP5 package today:


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At the back is VIVA PONCHO, which I've wanted for a long time (thanks SP!). I also got some yummy 100% wool yarn in a warm brown color (called Allspice on the packaging). There are only three skeins in the pic but I got WAY more than that. I also got a bag of jellybeans and some chocolate to make hot chocolate from the recipe on the back of that cute card!

Like I've said before, I've never had a bad experience with these secret swaps. I have signed up for SP6 because I need something to look forward to through all my book work at school!!

I have been knitting, if only a little bit. I started a scarf from Scarf Style for a friend of mine. She wanted a really long scarf for her birthday. She knows she's getting it, but doesn't know what it's going to look like (and she doesn't read my blog). It's my first cable pattern!


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I still haven't started my wave skirt because I don't have the right needles! I'm thinking about getting the interchangeable needle set. My LYS by my school (it's just around the corner, how cool is that?) gives 10% off for UMW students.

8/18/2005

Knitting News

The Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece has been found! I decided to put an SOS out on the Knitty board, figuring other knitter's out there may be able to find the colors I was looking for...and I was right! The lovely Linda found me the 1 skein of Emperor's Robe at her LYS, and Knit Chick directed me to her LYS. I emailed them and they had the colors I wanted and did mail orders. If not, she kindly volunteered to pick them up for me. Oh, the lengths people go to for yarn. So I should be able to start my Wave Skirt soon...Yippee!!!

Since I always like to have a project going, but didn't want to start anything big because of the Wave Skirt, I started a couple of small ones. I just finished one of Kim's Hats from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, and also started another shrug - this one a the bell-sleeved shrug found on Beatknit's blog.

Also, I went to my first knitter's group meeting last night and had a great time. I'm definitely going to put this event on my calendar as a must-do!

Voila!

I finally got our spare bedroom turned into a decent workspace/craft room. I went to Ikea a couple of weeks ago and got a couple of bookcases to hold everything. Once I put them together I made DH stabilize them to the wall. So here is what it looks like now:


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The desk is also from Ikea.


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This is my craft table where I do my scrapbooking, stitch markers etc. I needed something a little sturdier for my sewing machine which is why I bought the table in the first photo.


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These little guys are going to keep me company. The little bear was a gift from my sister back home and the cat (of course, the cheshire cat!) is something I bought from work.


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I got these vases from Ikea as well for $1.99 and thought they were a nice way to hold my needles all in one spot!

I was digging through some of my things and came across some old albums. My dad used to have a great record collection, and these are the ones I saved from that before it somehow disappeared...and yes, that is an ALF album. I even had an ALF doll!


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A couple of my all-time favorite albums were the singles. One is a Rolf Harris number called "Monster." Those of you familiar with Australia or Australian culture may have heard of him. The other one is a song called "Granddad." I wish I had a record player so I could play this one. My granddad died when I was 8 years old (I'm 27 now) and I miss him all the time. We'd play this song and sing it to him any time he would visit us. It basically says "Granddad we love you," over and over.


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And if you didn't notice, I have a few furry, non-living, friends on my bookshelves. Here is Brownie and Coco enjoying a book on the Galapagos (man, I would love to go here!). I got these two friends when I was very young.

8/09/2005

Not much going on

Life has been pretty boring here. I decided to do some stash busting and use some of the Bernat Handicrafter Cotton I bought a long time ago - not sure why I got it actually. Anyway, I'm going to make some scrubbies for the 2005 Scrubbie project. My first one is coming along nicely.

I ordered my Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece from BoPeeps Wool shop, but I'm not sure if I should cancel it. I emailed them to see when my stuff shipped only to be told that it will take 2-4 weeks!!! I got it for $6.90 a skein, which was the cheapest I found it, but I want to be able to start my Wave Skirt soon. I might see if I can find it at my not-so-local LYS - if I can find the LYS, that is.

I also joined another secret swap - this time the Scarf Me (see sidebar)! I guess I'm just addicted to these things and every one I've joined so far has gone great, not one drop out or disappointment.

On another note, I signed up to become an Avon rep. On top of work (very, very part-time) and school (full-time), I don't have a lot of time, but would like to make a some money since every little bit helps. Once I get my website started up I will put a little button link on my sidebar. But you know what, I'm of the mind that if people want to order something, great! If not, that's fine too. I figured though that since I have a blog and people read it, I might as well go ahead and use it to my advantage.

Well that's it for me right now. I think I'm going to have an early night.

8/04/2005

That was quick!

I finished my first one skein wonder last night (note I said 'first,' which means there will be more). I have to admit that I was beginning to wonder if it was going to turn out right, until I finished my first sleeve and seamed it. Then it started to look like it was supposed to. Here is the pic of the WIP. The finished pics will be up on my blog soon:


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I used the same yarn as I did for my Midwest Moonlight scarf, green Peruvian Highland wool from Elann. It was supposed to be used for a ribby cardi, but I changed my mind.

In blog news, I followed Deety's easy blog button tutorial and made my very own blog button. So if you'd like, go ahead and use it (save it to your computer of course!). I'm planning on making some more when I get the time.

I also started to gauge for my clapotis using the Lorna's Laces yarn (see previous post) I got off Ebay. I'm not sure it's going to work out though, it might be too fine. Has anyone used a finer yarn than called for in the pattern?

One Skein Wonder

Pattern: Glampyre Knits' One Skein Wonder.
Yarn Used: Pervuvian Highland Wool from Elann in dark green (color #1240).
Date Started: August 2nd, 2005.
Finished: August 3rd, 2005.

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Front View.



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Back View.

8/03/2005

Good package day

I was about to post about how disappointed I was (even changed my Unkymood) that I couldn't make it to last night's knitting meet-up in Waldorf. I was all set to go, but then I had to work a bit later than usual and I was so tired. I swear I'm going to the next one no matter what! Anyway, I'm not disappointed anymore and this is why...I heard a familiar thump at my door, which means the mail is here. Look at what I got:


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My needle exchange pal sent me this. That's three pressies wrapped up so nicely for me!


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This is what was inside: two pairs of needles (size 7s and 8s), a set of DPNs (#2s), a cute little note pad and magnet that says "Go in the Direction of Your Dreams", and some yarn - Regia sock yarn.


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There was also a card that was a little heavy. This is what I found when I opened it - cute word magnets with a knitting theme!!!

So that was it right? Nope, I checked my actual mail box and found another package stuffed inside.


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It was the promised left over yarn from Danni of Knitting Sunshine. She made the most amazing wave skirt. I loved her skirt so much I emailed her to tell her just that, and she offered to send me what she had left from the Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece she used. How nice is that? I just love knitters - they're so sweet. Anyway, now I have to get my other colors, all blues because I think that would look great, and get going.

And since this is a photo-happy blog, here is what my one skein wonder looks like. All I have to do is the sleeves and ribbing (picking up stitches, argh!) and I'm done.


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I'm using straight needles for now because I'm not very circ savvy, but to pick up the ribbing I will use circs.

8/01/2005

August all ready

I can't believe how fast this year is going. In 28 days I start back at college. I'm both nervous and excited.

I have some knitting updates too. I finished my Midwest Moonlight scarf and I'm really happy with it. I haven't had a chance to model it yet - I do this when my hubby isn't home and I can set up the tripod. He would think I'm an idiot if he saw me doing this. :) I also received my second SP package today (see below). I got some nice soft yarn, which is good for washcloths; a pretty smelling bar of soap, and some DPNs, which I needed to start my first pair of socks. So thanks SP!


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The yarn is a lovely chenille and the color is pale peach.

I also got some yarn I won on Ebay, which I'm thinking of using for my clapotis. The color is just gorgeous!


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Lorna's Laces Shephard Sport 100% superwash wool. I got four skeins, each 200 yds.


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Close-up: the color is #70 Vera and it is so pretty.

Since I finished my scarf, I cast on for the one skein wonder today and it's coming along nicely. I'm a little worried about picking up stitches, but we'll see how it goes. I'm not there yet so I'm not going to panic until I actually reach that part of the pattern!

I'm also excited because tomorrow I'm heading to my first knitter's meeting. I haven't been able to attend until now, so I'm looking forward to it.