April 28, 2004

Rogue-hood

rogue hood

Ooooo... isn't it lovely? I am at the halfway point on the hood. 40 more rows, then sew up the top of it, sew sleeve seams and attach them. Then we can crank down the air conditioning, hand the Boy a FreezerPop and make with the model shots. Do you think I can get him to dance like Becky's kid and hubby do? ;) Sorry about the blurry photo, this sweater is really hard to photograph. If you use the flash, you can't see the cables at all. My deck is completely shaded, so if you don't use the flash the picture is all dark and blurry. :( We might have to make the Boy go outside in the sunlight for his model shots. Wouldn't that be torture!?!?

I'm very excited and a little disappointed. One of my favorite authors, David Sedaris is releasing a new book in June (YEAY!) and is doing a book tour in June. That would be super cool... IF... he wasn't going to be in New York directly before I get there, then goes everywhere else in the country. Oh well, maybe I can hit one of the dates in his Fall tour. That would be super cool. (Information about David Sedaris via copacetic)

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April 24, 2004

Shoot me in the Head....

No really, please do. I've been doing eBay stuff all day. And I'm still not done. My brain is fried. I had no idea that it would be this hard to think of good things to say about the stuff I own. Descriptions suck, but they aren't anything on editing pictures. I took over 150 pictures this afternoon. I then had to sort and edit and crop all of them. This eBay-ing shit is a full time job. Please, go see if you want something, I'd like the things that I own to go to good homes. There is a bit of yarn and fiber there. ----> I have 24 things listed and I still have 11 to go. I'm not sure I will get them all done tonight though, I think I might pass out on my keyboard. Let me know if my descriptions start getting too surreal. But hell, maybe I can sell more things that way. ;)

I've started working on the hood of Rogue. It's not as bad as I expected. Although, I did have a bit of a panic attack when I started last night. In all the places that I have written about Rogue (here, the Yahoo! Group, in my 2 pages of notes) you would think that I would have written down which needles I used for flat and in the round knitting. You would think that, but somehow I missed that very important bit of information. I checked all my Rogue posts here, all my posts on the Yahoo! Group, went through my notes with a fine tooth comb, nothing. I'm such an idiot. I did figure it out though. I was very smart and left out my US9!!!! needle out with Boy Rogue. I think that's right. It sounds right. Larger needle for flat knitting and smaller for in the round knitting. Yeah. I hope that's right anyway. Now that I have that bit of drama out of the way though, I'm really enjoying knitting the hood. It's fun and was a nice break from eBaying. heh. I'll have pictures for you tomorrow or Monday, I don't think I could take another picture today if I had to.

I watched Harold and Maude for the first time last night. How did I go my entire life without seeing this movie? It was soooooo good!

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April 23, 2004

Mail Call!

I got something yummy in the mail Wednesday from Jessica (Fig and Plum)as part of a trade. She is doing Kerrie's cross-back tank for her niece and wanted the Exotic. (Always yarn companies discontinue a yarn just as we start to like it, have you noticed? Rowan Exotic and Magpie Tweed, Pildar Ondiaflamme, etc. It's all very odd.) So I sent her a few balls and I got this body scrub from her. It is so yummy. The turbinado sugar is very coarse which makes this a much tougher scrub than I am used to it. In the bath I thought it was a little too rough, but once I got out and felt how soft my skin was I can definitely say it hurt so good! If you are interested in the recipe, it is on her site somewhere.

Jessica's body scrub

I also got this t-shirt in the mail earlier this week. {Warning: Slightly offensive and uses the F-word. If that isn't your thing, you have been warned. ;)} I ordered it from Mighty Girl almost a month ago, but because of a mix-up I am only just now receiving it. In apology for its lateness, Maggie also sent this little magnet guy. I was so excited when I finally received it that I pulled it directly from the bag and put it on. Imagine my dismay when I realized that it was not the small that I ordered, but a medium. I have emailed Maggie and am waiting to see how she wants to do the exchange. I'm so upset about not being able to wear my shirt. :( As Maggie says about the shirt, "You may hit like a girl or run like a girl or fight like a girl, but you do this like a girl and no one is complaining."

This is part of what my dining room looks like. All of that stuff is what I am posting on eBay. The listings will probably go up tomorrow, btw. I keep coming across things that will sell well as I pack things up and pull stuff down from my attic. (Jessica's body scrub came on the perfect day. It was on my front porch waiting for me after I pulled all my stuff out of the attic and took a bunch of boxes to my parent's house. I was oneripe little girl who was singing Jessica's praises in the bath.) I'm not leaving for another month and a week and already I hate moving. I am enjoying getting stuff together to sell though. I have an eBay pile, a garage sale pile, a parent's house pile and a very, very small idea of what I am taking to New York. It feels nice, very freeing to be getting rid of all my stuff. The lunchboxes are going to hurt though. ;)

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April 21, 2004

Moving

So, I'm moving to New York for a few months at the beginning of June. I'm going to be staying with my friend Amy. That will be loads of fun, but right now I have the unenviable job of packing up all my stuff and selling what I don't need. I'm only taking the bare necessities with me: clothes, computer, yarn. Most of my stuff (bed, furniture, random knick-knacks I don't need) are being sold or are being left with the Boy. The bits that I do want (books, sewing machine, some mugs and dishes, books, a couple chairs, and did I mention books?) will go to my parents house and hang out there until I come back.

That means that starting this weekend, I am going to have *lots* of things on eBay. Does anyone have any suggestions for me on the whole eBay thing? I've never sold anything before. I will probably do the auctions on Saturday afternoon (Eastern time) so you should come back and check it out. Notice the My eBay Listings button to the right. ----> I'll have some yarn, some cool bags, a few clothes, my lunchbox collection (sob!) and two mannequins.

This also means that I have about a month to finish Boy Rogue. I only have the hood to do, but it seems like that is the scariest part of the sweater so I'm a little worried about finishing it in time. And I don't want to hear anything about Sweater Curses, because I knew I was leaving the boy when I started the sweater. :( It sucks, but it is in no way caused by the sweater. Just thought I would clear that up ahead of time. I realize that sounds a bit harsh, but that's the last thing my fragile state of mind needs at the moment. I don't like the Sweater Curse thing anyway, it seems silly.

44 days left!

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April 19, 2004

Buckets of Buckets!

Blue Bucket

This Bottom's Up is made with Debbie Bliss' Cotton Angora. This yarn is so soft and feels great knitted up, I have hardly taken my hat off for a week. It is yummy, but the hat seems so plain. Thus began my quest for some sort of cool decoration for it. I originally thought I would do some space-themed embroidery a la Sublime Stitching. I bought the Atomique patterns and did the rocketship. This my first foray into needlepoint and all I have to say is God help the people who do this as their hobby. The patience and fortitude required to do that all the time is not within this little girl. Anyway, I thought that it would be easier to embroider muslin, then sew the muslin onto the hat. It wasn't until after I finished that I started to wonder how I was going to secure the muslin without it fraying. That was quickly scraped as too much for me to think about. Maybe if I do a nice fine gauge cardigan, I'll embroider some lotuses on it, but until then no more embroidery for me. Then I got the idea to make some little fabric corsages. And I like pins, so I thought I would make a couple to go with some of my jackets and things while I did the one for my hat. This was the first I did, pretty, but it wasn't great. It will look good with a fancy outfit, but doesn't go with my hat. This was the second I did. I tried to do this one only with the hot glue gun, no sewing at all. I don't think it looks as good. I still like it though because it looks like a sofa and think it would look really good on a jean jacket or skirt, if it wasn't as big as my face... The third one I did was the one to match my hat. I had to stop right at the very end though, because I got into a fight with my glue gun. I won't show you a picture of my burn, but suffice it to say, it wasn't pretty and I needed to stop crafting for the night. I still don't know if I should even add the corsage to the hat. Maybe I will finish the corsage and wear it when I am trying to dress up my hat, otherwise just leave it without decoration. So much for my grand quest.

I probably should just leave that one plain, because my Lily Bottom's Up is bright and wild enough for both. This is made of Noro Lily. Normally I am not a space-dyed yarn kind of girl. I don't like the way it looks when it is knitted up, but for this hat I don't care. It feels so good on that I don't care what it looks like. Plus, it's not like a sweater that I have to see all day, I can just stay away from mirrors while I am wearing it. I think there are solid colors in this yarn and if there are, I'm making a sweater from it. This is now one of my absolute favorite yarns. It feels so yummy.

Thanks Bonne Marie for such a cool pattern and Becky for heading up a cool Knit Along!

46 days left!

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April 17, 2004

Shopping

So, I've been looking for a pair of white chinos for a couple months now. I'm really picky when it comes to clothes, so I haven't found anything I like yet, but in my searches I found this. Scented pants. As it says on the page: "THESE WIDE LEG BIAS CUT PANTS WERE GIVEN AN UNEXPECTED FEMININE TWIST: A SUBTLE JASMINE SCENT..." How gross and totally weird. Who is going to be close enough to your legs that they can smell your "subtle jasmine scent"? Can you imagine being on the train and the person sitting next to you says, "Oh I love your perfume, what is it?" "Oh, well... It's actually my pants." Eeew.

HP candy

They are releasing Harry Potter candy for the upcoming movie (48 days left!) Ice Mice, Jelly Slugs, Droobles Best Blowing Gum, and Fizzing Whizbees, yeay! The Leaky Cauldron says that they are in Toys R Us shops as well as candy stores and web stores already, so I had to make my trip to Toys R Us to check this out. Poo on my store, they didn't even know what I was talking about. I want some Ice Mice and some Jelly Slugs to take with me to see Prisoner of Azkaban, that would be cool. hehe.

I'll have kntting and crafting updates soon. I've been working on my bucket hats. The navy one is nice, but I have been trying to do something that would make it less plain. I'm not having much luck with other crafts. I have a gross, disgusting burn on my thumb from a fight with the hot glue gun. Grr. I think I'm sticking with knitting needles from now on. They are much less dangerous.

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April 10, 2004

Bottom's Up!

I have joined Becky's Bottom's Up Knit Along to take my mind off the debacle that is my Cardi Raye. Wow that's two sweaters on the bench now that I'm frustrated with and don't want to finish. I should do them, Rogue and Cardi Raye, but when there are cute bucket hats to be made...

bottom's up yarn

The dark yarn is navy, I'm not sure you can tell in the picture. I'm thinking about doing some space-themed embroidery on that one. Mmmm... cotton angora. It feels so soft and yummy even before I knit it up. The fun colored yarn is Noro Lily, a cotton and silk blend. In this picture, there looks like there are sparkles in this yarn. Rest assured there are none. I've done enough sparkley stuff to last me a long time. You should definitely try this yarn out. It feels so good. I couldn't decide between the two, so I'm making one in each.

Then I *will* work on Rogue and Cardi Raye. I promise. No more distractions here. No way.

And maybe if I keep telling myself that, I'll believe it too...

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April 08, 2004

Argh!!

I'm going to scream and pitch a fit. Oh wait, I already did that. I'm going to scream and pitch a fit to you guys now because the Boy doesn't want to hear about it anymore. Cardi Raye no longer loves me and it is tearing my heart out. Last night I finally unpinned Little Miss Cardi Raye so that I could sew her up. Look at me trying to finish something. I sew the shoulders together and realise that there is *no way* that the collar is going to fit correctly onto this sweater. I can't figure out why not, I did it the way it called for in the pattern... So I decide to sew up the rest of the sweater and worry about the collar when I am done. Dear God, what has happened to my sweater!?!? I try to sew in a sleeve and get about half way through before realising that my sleeves aren't decreased at the same place in the stripe pattern as the body! Oh no, I think... Is there something wrong with the pattern? Well that's two more things I have to do to this pattern. I should tell all the other girls in the knit along about this. I bet there is something wrong with the pattern. Then I go look at everyone's sleeves and it seems that this is my own damn fault. Sigh. Time to pack this sweater up. Well, at least the body is right, I'll just fold this up here... Wait a second!! This right front side is shorter than the left front side! How did that happen!?!? Let me tell you how it happened. I forgot to change from the smaller needles after the ribbing! Now there's more to be done!!!

Just to let me recap... Instead of being almost finished with Cardi Raye, I now have to completely redo the right front side (on the correct needles this time,) rip back to the decreases on both sleeves and begin those again (in the correct place this time,) and figure out just what the hell is going on with the collar. OK, done pitching now. I'll go find

In Rogue news, it's still sitting on my desk leering at me. I'm afraid of it and I think it's now taunting me.

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April 06, 2004

Surprize au Printemps

This is the Spring-a-licious surprize I was saving for you.
biggertank

I got the idea for this tank from Kerrie at Kerrie's Place. I changed the pattern only slightly. I worked it in the round (I hate sewing up) and I added some short-row shaping for a little boobage room. I'm quite happy with the way it turned out.

biggertank2

Cardi Raye is still sitting all nicely pinned to my living room floor. I really should get myself together and sew that thing up. Bah. Finishing is the suck.

Also via Kerrie... A new silly quiz! This one I couldn't pass up.

Grammar God!
You are a GRAMMAR GOD!


If your mission in life is not already to
preserve the English tongue, it should be.
Congratulations and thank you!


How grammatically sound are you?
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April 04, 2004

Photographic Interview

I'm thinking about doing this Photographic Interview. Jessica from Fig and Plum was talking about it the other day. Basically, you take pictures to represent the answers to abstract questions such as, "Who am I?" and "My guilty pleasure is..." It looks pretty interesting, though difficult. Some of the less abstract questions like "I always carry...," I've already answered. But some of these questions are difficult. I think it would be interesting if we all did this. Learn about each other through our photographs.

And a new silly quiz:

The Consummate Hipster: newbies bow to him, everyone else just stares, as he swagger down the street with
You are the Consummate Hipster. Newbies bow to
you, everyone else just stares, as you swagger
down the street with "Little Green
Bag" stuck in your head.


What Kind of Hipster Are You?
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The only knitting picture I have for you today is of Cardi Raye mid-block. I'm working on something Spring-a-licious, but it's really quick and I want it to be a surprize. ;)

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April 02, 2004

Sleeve City!

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And with the Cardi Raye sleeves done, all I have left to do is the neckband and to sew up. I'm pleased with the way the sleeves turned out. I was worried that I wouldn't have enough green to do the stripes instead of makinging the bottom all turquoise. Luckily, it seems that there was more than enough yarn left in every color. This is all the yarn I have left except the Vitamine (orange) that I still need to do the neckband in. Suffice to say, there will be lots of that left over as well. Should anyone run out of a color, I have plenty that I would be more than happy to send you. Either that, or tell me what to do with the little bit of yarn that I'm going to have left over. It's not enough to make a tank, I don't think. Maybe a hat? Or a random stripe scarf? Maybe I should learn to crochet... Either way, it's all going back into the stash until I can finish everything else on the list.

More sleeves! I finished the Rogue-in' sleeves, but I am a little intimidated by the neck and hood, so Rogue has been put away for a bit. When I get some of my courage back, I will start working on it again.

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