Distractions

January 30, 2007

Yes, I’m still here. These past few days have been rather busy and filled with a myriad of distractions, ranging from knitting, spinning, company banquets, video games, and even an industry audit. Phew…what do you mean it’s only Tuesday?!? Let’s see, where to begin.

Saturday was our annual company banquet. I arranged the entertainment for it including a comedian from Ohio and a couple of games. One game was great we had a race with hubbies and wives. The wives had to unwrap a roll of life savers and stick them to their hubbies faces by licking the life savers. The first hubby with the whole package on their face won! Very funny. The monkey even played with my friend, Mel. See? Tasty!

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Then of course I picked up the Burning Crusade Expansion pack for World of Warcraft and I have been busy making new characters, exploring new lands, and leveling up Vashavi. And get this: I name most of my characters after my favorite yarns, below are Tahki and Noro. I love this game. It’s addictive, no really, there are support groups. But, I’m cool, I can quit any time I want. Really, I can….why are you looking at me like that?

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I finally went out and bought a decent drop spindle that has good balance to it, and picked up some merino roving to play with as well. It’s SOOOOO soft, but kinda hard to spin with a drop spindle as the staple is so long. It doesn’t draft real easy. Fun none the less, and I can’t wait to make something warm and cozy with my own homespun.

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Also I started another ChicKnits cardi, the Scoup Du Jour. I love it, this one is being made in some “sheepy wool” from Bartlett Yarn. This is another one that’s knitting up very quickly. It’s to keep me occupied until I save enough money to purchase the yarn I want for Ariann.

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Then of course there is Monkey. I am having so much fun knitting this pattern. Seriously, I haven’t had this much fun knitting a sock since before Christmas. I love the colorway, I love the lace pattern. It’s going to be my first pair of socks for me in a long long time.

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Today we had an industry audit at work to become accredited. My good friend poured a lot of work into it and deserves a big fat bonus for all the work she did. I just stood back and out of the way and managed the phones for the day. It still managed to end up being a rather stressful day. In the end, it went very well and we passed with flying colors.

Ok, I am going to go play my video game some more…I will check back with you tomorrow. Hey, quit snickering…oh fine, it’s ok for me to be addicted to yarn, but a video game? I see…EMBRACE YOUR INNER GEEK! Or I’ll blast you with my frostbolt!

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Mug Shots

January 23, 2007

Just give it up Mr. Bao, we’ve caught you…..orange-nosed. Yes, it was a sinister crime, someone had been gnawing on the paints from the Monkey’s paint by number set. We knew it was someone of the four legged variety, as none of us had a paint craving. Last night came our major break in the case, orange paw prints. They led us straight to the culprit. There was just no denying it.

We called in a line-up so the monkey could point him out to us.

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Just point out the suspect mam. Orange nose, orange mouth, orange paw…book ’em Danno.

Mug Shots:

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Mr. Bao, please turn your head to the side. Thank you.

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Look at the guilt and shame in those eyes. We’re going to need to get a close up for the courts.

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That’s right folks, crime doesn’t pay. Isn’t that right Fuzzybritches?

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The Dumb Muggle Challenge or “I wouldn’t be so grouchy if you’d stop asking stupid questions!”

January 23, 2007

Hello…I am grouchy. I am a grump. I would even go so far as to say I am feeling like a snarky…witch. Despite the past 2 nights of very good sleep, apparently that whole month of sleeping like crap is finally catching up to me. Hence my lovely mood and the dark cloud that seems to follow my every footstep.

Muggels, lets talk about them for a moment. One of the things that helps alleviate my grumpiness is knitting, when I am in a mood, I like to knit…quietly, I don’t really care to engage in conversation about what it is I am doing. I despise ignorant knitting questions. Now don’t get me wrong, I am eager to share my craft with those who are truly interested in the mechanics of knitting and/or have a desire to learn. But how many times have you settled back, really wrapped your brain around that four row pattern repeat, only to be met with…”watcha doin?”, or there’s the perennial favorite…”you making a sweater?”…..”No, I’m making a hand knit muzzle, wanna try it on?”

Yesterday of course was no exception. Several months ago, I ordered this on ebay

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a gorgeous skein of hand died “Black Cherry” fingering weight, merino sock yarn, 250 yards. Yesterday I was wearing a scarf that I had made last winter, my scarf is 6 ft long and 1ft wide, and knit with 2 strands of Patons Divine in Richest Rose, held together. My somewhat ditsy co-worked says to me, “Did you make your scarf?”…me typing away, “Yes.”….”Did you make it with that Black Cherry yarn?”

…….*crickets chirping in the distance*…….

It took me nearly 30 seconds to realize that she wasn’t kidding and was patiently awaiting my answer. I was so stunned I didn’t really know what to say. So trying to cover up my incredulous disbelief, I mumbled, “no, a different yarn”

Anyone can see that these two yarns are nothing alike, not even close, They aren’t even the same color. Even if you couldn’t tell a knitting needle from a pasta fork, you can tell that in no way could my sock yarn magically become a furry mohair-like-bulky weight! Kelly told me I had to be nice to the muggles…but she, being snarky as well, did have a crushing reply at the ready, “Why yes, the smooth, thin yarn magically turned into bulky furzy yarn. It’s magic yarn. Wash it and it grows, it’s a Chia Scarf.” He, he, this is why I like Kelly, our brains have a tendency to travel in the same rut.
There is one muggle who always cracks me up with his comments, my dad. He asked me once as he watched me knit, “If I give you some steel wool…will you knit me a car?” See, my snarkiness is genetic.

Maybe grumpy knitters should come with a warning label:

“Grump who knits with pointy sticks,

ask brainless questions at your own peril”

 

…and so to try and dispel my grumpy mood, this little episode will spawn a contest.

The Dumb Muggle Challenge!

Leave me a comment telling me about the dumbest comment/question a muggle has made about your knitting by midnight (EST) February 5th. The one that has me laughing the hardest will win you a really snarky coffee mug and some sock yarn.


Nifty Swifty Baby Arrival

January 20, 2007

This Friday I received my wonderful prizes from winning Amanda’s contest for the baby names. AND guess who else arrived on Friday too…THE BABY! No pictures yet, but make sure all of you head over to Amanda’s blog to say welcome to the new arrival. I can’t wait to see this little girl and see what name they finally decided on. Congratulations Amanda, Baby, and the family!

Here’s the cool loot she sent me, some gorgeous STR in the Nodding Violets colorway. It is even more lovely in person! As well as some of her lovely handcrafted stitch markers. Aren’t they darling?

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Oh, and look. See? I knew this stability ball would come in handy for something. It makes an excellent swift!

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123 Meme

January 19, 2007

Some super top secret knitting going on here, so there won’t be any pictures today. Unfortunately, I am copping out with a meme. I think it’s a pretty cool meme though so…

The Page 123 Meme
1. Grab the book closest to you.
2. Open to page 123, look down to the 5th sentence.
3. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog.
4. Include the title and the author’s name.

The options arborists have in treating problems after they develop are limited, though, and emphasis has switched to health maintenance and minimization of stress. There are many definitions of Plant Health Care (PHC), but the theme remains consistent. PHC is a holistic and comprehensive program to manage the health, structure, and appearance of plants in the landscape.

Arborists Certification Study Guide

by International Society of Arboriculture

LOL, I’m at work, what did you expect. I will have to do this meme again later when I am at home.

I am pretty sure I know which book is sitting on my computer desk so it should be much more interesting. In defense of the ISA, I had no idea trees were so sensitive until I started working here. It’s funny, I had no clue there was so much to the tree care industry. It’s actually a very noble and interesting industry. There are a lot of bad apples out there though. Here is my tip before getting any tree work done, make sure the folks you hire are CERTIFIED ARBORISTS! After working here for a week the monkey informed me that I needed to stop talking about the trees we were driving past. LOL! Every time I see a topped tree I freak out, “Do you see that? They are killing that tree, and they think they are “saving” money…don’t they know that tree is now a storm hazard? They are bringing down their property value!”

I need to knit something. My super secret knitting will be finished tomorrow and I plan on casting on Monkey. Yay, socks for me!


Sweater Curse? What sweater curse?

January 17, 2007

OK folks, you will have to bear with me, I am really out of it right now as I am doped up on Benadryl…don’t ask.

Here it is, my Ribby Cardi, it’s gorgeous & comfortable. The pattern was really easy to follow. It was fun and quick to knit. I learned alot and had some big break throughs in the finishing department. All in all, everything went smoothly and I’m already shopping for the yarn for my next sweater!

Sorry, no pics of my very happy smiling face, again with the Benadryl, again, don’t ask, bad sensitive skin incident.

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Who is that woman in that fabulous sweater?

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Seaming up the sides.

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Zipper installation.

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Where is the snow?!?

January 15, 2007

Holy Hannah! Winter? Winter? What winter? I am sick to death of this foul disgusting non-descript weather. Everyone is getting snow except us. I got an email from my Aunt in California telling us she had snow. I am going absolutely crazy with it. I leave the house each morning with that edgy feeling, ya know, like you forgot something, left the iron on, or the water running, something like that, but no, that’s not it at all. All is well, except for this eery “winter” we are having. I keep thinking to myself, it’s coming, and boy when it does, we are gonna be in for it, but then I check the forecast, and nothing. This makes me worry, about next year, about global warming, about what if we never have snow again! This in turn leads me to skim across the surface of my darkest, and deepest fear. *shudder* Parents please have your children leave the room…

If there is no snow ever again, when will I get to wear all those wonderfully warm alpaca and wool creations I have knit? Will it become too warm to even knit those things? *wild banshee shreaking*

I know, I know, I know, but this winter is really getting to me. If we don’t get some snow soon, I am going to crack into our fuel oil budget and go on a yarn binge! I mean really, what the heck do we need fuel oil for? No snow, but I’d sure feel better. Somebody better start doing that snow dance and pronto or this fiber fiend is going to go off the deep end!!!

And in other news, guess what is finished? Guess what is wet blocking as we speak? Hmm, Hmm, Hmm? You shall have pictures tomorrow, oh yes my friends it is done! The sweater curse is broken.