May 14, 2004

Meme-tastic!

This is a meme that has been floating around for a long time, but I am rather taken with it. Google your name with the word is after it (you have to put quotations around it or Google will ignore the word is.) So, I put in “Jenn is” and this is what I came up with.

1. Jenn is all hot and floaty now.
2. Jenn is crazy.
3. Jenn is very pleased with her decision.
4. Jenn is not an 80’s arcade game.
5. Jenn is saucy, yes Jenn is saucy.
6. Jenn is a natural on stage and really knows how to “move.”
7. Jenn is “The Executioner.”
8. Jenn is considered to be an expert on children and performance issues.
9. Jenn is sinking down…
10. Jenn is straightening her dress.
11. Jenn is surprised and about to be angry.
12. Jenn is available in portable form.
13. Jenn is a hands-on learner; she really enjoyed experimenting with science in school.
14. Jenn is gone. Jenn is gone. Jenn is gone.
15. Jenn is heartbroken over that.
16. Jenn is good to use when it comes to combat.
17. Jenn is still in the training phase of her career.
18. Jenn is not responsible for any injury, harm, or damage from the use of our products.
19. Jenn is lame.
20. Jenn is a big fat rice hog.
21. Jenn is a terrific finisher. (ed. this is obviously wrong.)
22. Jenn is moving slowly and deliberately.
23. Jenn is chatting with that loser in sporting goods.
24. Jenn is now quite used to this.
25. Jenn is a grade-A weirdo.

I was originally going to have one favorite, but how can you choose just one?

*Jenn is this why you make love to my whale submarine?

*Jenn is a nice-looking computer environment for playing go on various symmetric graphs in projective 3-space.

20 days.

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May 12, 2004

Thanks, everybody!

Thanks everyone for your compliments on Boy Rogue. The Boy really digs it. I'm glad my friends are happy to get my knitted gifts. From the way other knitters talk, it seems like that is rare. I am going to make a Rogue for myself, but it's going to have to wait until the weather turns cooler before I can start again. That wool is far too warm. Plus I want to work on some other things first. My Girly Rogue is going to be zippered like Claudia did. (March 14th entry.) I hope it will be different enough that being the same color won't matter so much.

What a mess!

This is the hideous mess that is seaming Cardi Raye. It is taking forever! If I didn't *love* striped sweaters, I would say "Never again!" But I know I will just go back on that later. I started seaming at around 4 yesterday afternoon. I worked off and on for about 6 hours. I got the sleeves fully seamed and all the ends tucked in. (sort of... we'll get to that in a second.) At 12, I was getting ready for bed and shutting off my computer and stuff when my friend Amy called. She's been having a totally weird week and needed to talk about it, so that was another 3 hours spent on the phone that I used to seam. That got the sides all seamed up. So I have spent about 9 hours yesterday seaming and it still looks a mess! Those ends are going to be the death of me. Plus, since i didn't leave very long ends and beause this is cotton, I'm sewing the ends directly up the seam and then knotting them. I'm afraid that the ends will unravel otherwise. I realize this is probably not the best way to do this (my seams are pretty thick,) but I don't know any other way.

There are a couple things I need to learn how to do that will help me in my knitting. I always say that I like to learn new things whenever I knit and I've pretty much taught myself everything except casting on and the knit stitch, but there are things that I just can't figure out by myself. I've decided that someone needs to teach an Advanced Finishing class. Teach me how to seam correctly, to graft live stitches (like the hood of Rogue and toes of socks) and how to sew in collars the way it is called for in Phildar patterns (with live stitches and back stitch the collar on one stitch at a time,) and I will be a very happy knitter. That's one class I would actually pay to go to.

Alison asked me where we were on the Harry Potter countdown (22 days.) I started it because I'm really excited about the movie coming out, but I kind of fell off doing it. Not because I am any less excited, but I am actually moving on that day. It's really scary to think about all the things I have to do before I leave without having to keep track of a countdown on it. I think my list of errands and tasks gets bigger everyday. Yikes!

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May 09, 2004

Vogue, Vogue... Rogue!

vogue rogue

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! It's done! Boy Rogue is done. Check one Rogue off the list. Isn't this a silly picture? The Boy didn't want his face on the internet, so we had to do "interesting" poses. Especially because I wanted the hood in. I think I was giggling too much when I was taking the pictures though, because this is the only one that actually turned out. Now he won't let me take more. :( I understand why, I can't imagine being outside in this Florida heat wearing a hooded, woolen aran-weight sweater. I'll see if I can get him to get back into it soon and we will try again for more pictures.

Anyway, about the sweater. I'm so excited about the way it turned out! I was afraid it was going to be too short, but I added just the right amount to both the sleeves and the body. Also the single cable up the sides instead of the hourglass waist-shaping cable makes this a much better sweater for the Boy. I'll have to get a picture of the top of the hood for you, it turned out a little funky, but the Boy is 6-ft tall. No one will ever notice. Plus, I think I only notice because I made it.

I've also been working on my Cardi Raye. I finished the left front side that I needed to do. (I'm glad I re-checked which side I needed to redo, because I almost redid the right side. You would have heard some serious cursing if I made 2 right front sides. Argh! But I checked, so it turned out fine anyway.) I'm almost done with the decreases on the first sleeve. It's probably the work of only one dedicated evening to finish the rest of the knitting and maybe the sewing up too. That will be two sweaters done. Yay!

OK. Now for random burblings. I have a bug bite on the base of my neck, right on my spine. Now, it would just be annoying and itchy if I hadn't seen lots of bad science fiction movies and Star Trek episodes where some parasitic alien attaches to its host right there on the back of the neck. So everytime this bug bite itches, I have visions being taken over by aliens and forced to do unspeakable things. I'm a little freaked out. ;)

All my eBay auctions are done and I have to say that I enjoyed the experience. I met some cool people (and some weird people, but wacko people always seem to find me so I'm not counting them.) I enjoyed watching the auctions to see if there were any new bids or not. I also liked packing everything up, it was like sending presents to lots of people. But! Remind me to never sell big things like mannequins. Also I need to get boxes that fit the big stuff *before* I list them. A couple of my shipments were late getting sent off because I couldn't find a box large enough to fit the item. On the whole, though, I had a very good experience.

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