A new Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban trailer has been released, although not officially. The Leaky Cauldron has streams of it. (Although now it seems that too many people are trying to see the trailer so they are having issues with the site.) I'm so excited, this trailer is really, really good. Sexy, snarky Severus Snape, Hermione clocking Draco, Trelawney as insane fruitbat, Ron being his usual scared (but adorable) self, Remus telling the kids about the Dementors. This is my favorite of the books and I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about this movie. I've been up in arms about how the kids aren't in uniform since I first started seeing pictures, but after this trailer I can honestly say that I don't mind.
I've been put on the list of the Cardi Raye knit along, as you can see at the link to the side. I realize I've been working on this for awhile, but if there is a knit along going on while I'm working on something I should join, right? Thanks to Angela for adding me.
I must say one more time, tall boys should not have sweaters made for them. This is the first of the mile long sleeves.
I'm feeling much better about these cables now that I have made one sleeve and started on the other. I didn't want to start straight into the hood, it's rather frighteningly difficult. But now that I have had some practice on the knots on the sleeves, the hood doesn't seem *quite* so frightening.
You may have been wondering about the red towel that has been making an appearance in the Rogue pictures. It is full on spring here in Florida, which means that *everything* is covered in yellow pollen. I laid down on the deck to take the picture of the sleeve and this is what my jacket ended up looking like. I promise it's normally black, now it looks striped yellow and black. I of course don't mind the pollen coating as everything is so pretty and green.
This is your brain on Rogue. I feel like that old drugs commercial where they fry the egg to show "This is your brain on drugs." I swear to God, Rogue is going to make my brain turn to goo and leak out my ears. I can't decide if it was a good idea to start with the easy, simple cable up the side of boy Rogue or not. Pro: It went fast and I didn't have to begin with these "knit 1, purl 1, knit 1 into the next stitch" directions, so I'm half way done with the project now and don't want to stop. Con: I had no warming up at all. I've never done a V neck before and this one may just kill me. These cabling directions have me going crazy. I thought having done that DNA cable scarf for the boy, and the Julita sweater would have prepared me for this. Dear God, the pain!
OK, whining done. It's actually getting better, easier to understand, less painful. I no longer truly feel that my brain is going to leak out my ears. Saturday night, however, I was in serious pain. But it looks soooooo cool!
I went to see Secret Window and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind this weekend. ESotSM was amazingly good. I really like Charlie Kaufman films and this one was just as good as Being John Malkovic. But Secret Window was a big disappointment. I went to see it with my mom, who is also a big Johnny Depp and John Turturro fan. As good as both actors were, it wasn't enough to save a poor plot. I'm glad I saw it though, Johnny Depp is too sexy not to go see his movies. ;)
Well, that's one Dog sock done. I would just like to mention that it is extremely difficult to take pictures of your own knee socks. This is the best of almost 20 photos. Kitty was curious as to why I was standing on my deck with one foot in the air. If you notice to the right, I have joined the Spring Fling knit-along hosted by Alison. I figured these socks were pretty spring-y. I hope I can get the second Dog sock done in less time than the first. 2 1/2 months is a long time to take for one sock, travel project or no. If it takes that long to do the second then I should join a Summer Fling knit-along. I'm also looking into finding a pretty ribbon yarn for a nice tank for my sister. She lives in Tampa where it's warm all year long. No cute woolen sweaters or scarves or hats for her. Let me know if you have a good idea for yarns or patterns. That would be a nice addition to my Spring Flinging (and my growing pile of Works in Progress.)
Speaking of works in progress, I split Rogue for front and back. I started a bit on the back and I'm worried that it won't be long enough for my tall boy. I don't know how to make that part of the back longer without making the armholes too big for the sleeves. Help in this area would be amazing as well. I don't know for sure if it will be too small, so I'm going to hold my breath and hope until I get to the shoulder part. Wish me luck!
Also, Kenko has some very cute armwarmer patterns up on her site. I think I might have to print out the cuffed armwarmer pattern and add it to the list of things I want to try. I really dig her site, the green is that perfect color that is almost too painful to look at, but not quite.
Doesn't this look remarkably like the picture of Rogue I loaded up last week? I promise there is more to it today than there was then. According to measurements, I only have about 4 more centimeters to go before I split for the armholes. I'll take it off the needles and have the boy try it on before that just in case. Maybe I can get him to stand still long enough to get a picture. I wouldn't hold your breath though, he's not really one for photographs.
I would like to say that I have taken another huge step in the knitting stash arena. I had to buy a yarn baller and swift to ball up all the yarn for the dual Rogues. These skeins are huge and it was taking me and hour and a half to roll up one. I was dreading having to roll up 13 skeins. These are 10 of the skeins it took me an hour to ball with the winder and swift as opposed to the 15 hours of hard labor. Who knew that such simple tools would make your entire life so much easier?
Spring Break is always so difficult. I really enjoy it while it's here, but it's always so hard to go back to school. I've spent the last week doing very little (I remember a lot of reading and waking up from naps.) I didn't get any of the knitting done that I wanted to, I did no homework, I blogged once, and I forgot to go to work on Friday. How, do you ask, does one "forget" to go to work? I only work once a week as an office manager for a company in town. I go to work, do what little is piled on my desk and then leave. It's a great schedule for school, but when you've spent an entire week doing nothing, days tend to run together. I completely forgot Friday was Friday until 6 that evening. I wonder about my mental state at this point. But, funnily enough my co-workers didn't even miss me. They wondered why I showed up today and were very confused when I told them I hadn't been there Friday. Makes me feel loved. And on that whole not-doing-homework thing, I now have to write a 10 page paper tonight. Which is why I'm blogging. Makes perfect sense, right? I've procrastinated for a whole week, kind of hard to get my butt in gear.
I did get something crafty done this week though. Thanks to Kitten Avec Whip I got this image and made a t-shirt. I wanted to put it on a black shirt, so I knew plain iron-on material wouldn't work. I scoured CompUSA's paper section for something that would look right (God, how I love office supplies.) I came up with Matte Printable Fabric and I'm quite pleased with the result. It's sort of an iron on canvas-y material. I think I might go back and sew it around the edges as I don't think it's too stable only being ironed on. I'm afraid to wash it before I do. I think it might try to lift off if I'm not too careful.
I wore it to my birthday party Saturday. I was so lazy last week that a month ago I asked the Boy for a birthday party, but I didn't want to have to do a damn thing. He pulled through like a champ! I had Harry Potter decorations, a Harry Potter ice cream cake (of which there is so much left, everyone should come to my house for a leftover cake party,) a bunch of people came, and I didn't have to do one thing. It was great. But how lazy can you be? I sat around watching the Boy be crazy and clean up our house all week long and did nothing. I felt like a World Class Ass, even though I was told not to do anything. It was an amazing present; not only a cool Harry Potter party, but a clean house to boot. I also got The Postal Service album I've been wanting. If you haven't heard them, you should check them out. I dig it a lot.
Wow, it's been a long time since I blogged last. Sorry about that. *Blushes* I had a good excuse, I promise. It's finally Spring Break, so I can now think about things other than how much I'm sucking in school. I just have to get through 1.5 more months, then I am free of Undergraduate school forever. (I have no illusions that I am finished with school, but I can get away from the Undergrads for awhile at least.)
So, Knitting... right. Isn't that what we talk about around here? Boy Rogue is coming along pretty well.
I've finished the pocket. I only have 20 cm past the pocket before breaking for armholes. Tall boys should not have sweaters made for them. He's probably not getting this until the dead of summer. I should give him a box with this and a fan and some Freezerpops. Only way he will be able to live through trying it on and modeling for pictures will be to crank down the air conditioning to "Arctic." :)
I don't have any in progress pictures of Cardi Raye yet, but I'm working on the sleeves. This is what the sleeves are supposed to look like, but that turquoise is not my favorite color. So, I split the rest of the Kiwi in half and tried to do the stripe pattern with the last of it. Luckily I had plenty. I will have pictures of it soon for you. I'm going to have so much of this yarn left over (in everything except Kiwi that is.) If anyone is looking to do Cardi Raye, I would be glad to send you my extra. I bet you could put together a whole sweater from two or three people's ends. ;) Either that or someone needs to do a swatchy blanket project a la Kerrie's Wedding present. (Scroll down the page a bit, it's the patchwork blankey on the left side.)
As for the Hot Dog Socks, I've turned the heel on the first one. Like my artsy-fartsy picture? I was very proud of the way it turned out. The Boy says it looks like it's 6 feet tall. hehe. I'll take a picture of me wearing it when I finish it. It's chilly outside today, I can't go showing off bare toes yet. ;)
So, you know how excited I was about the weird Google searches I was getting? I got some damn good ones while on break. First was "Normal pictures of Androgynous." Wow, what are non-normal pictures of androgynous? And Androgynous what? Ducks? Next was "Androgynous Harry Potter." Poor Harry, not only are people trying to kill him *all the time,* but people are now wanting him to put on make-up and pose for porn. Look, look, it's Harry Potter meets David Bowie! But my favorite so far has been, "guy to like Jenn back." Who is this Jenn and why is she so hard up for a boy that she has to resort to a Google search? Poor Jenn. But, more than that, poor me! I was the first link on that list. I have no extra boys laying about. I have one boy to like me back, but that's the only boy I have. And I don't think he will appreciate being shared about.