...the absent-minded ramblings of a sometime diva, hyperactive yarn ya-ya.

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Name: Cyndilou :)
Location: Texas, United States

Just a little piece of sunshine and rainbow set free to wreak happiness on the universe.

Thursday, February 27, 2003

Jillian is leaving Texas! We'll miss you!

Wanna see pics of where I spend a lot of Saturday afternoons? Jillian posted some here - it is the greatest little store and Suzanne is always getting in new merchandise.

No more snow days...

Well, we officially got back to work yesterday afternoon. Just as well, I suppose - I got bored staying at home, even though I have a ton of things to keep me occupied (including housework!).

I started on a Katrina scarf last night - by the way, the medium pink color is called Blossom. I'm doing the scarf in a 3x3 ribbing and the same shade of Patons Katrina yarn. I'll have to do penance in the CBE for getting more yarn before March 15th, I suppose, but it is worth it, because I love this yarn! :D

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

Katrina Rocks!

This is the Katrina hat I've been working on - took advantage of the snow/ice day to finish up this beauty. The yarn is Paton's Katrina which is a VERY stretchy worsted weight. I probably should have cast on a few more to start the hat, as it is a little closer fitting than I normally wear. But I love this hat! I love this yarn! I can't wait for the roads to thaw so I can go get more and make a matching scarf... :)

Blech. Yup, I hate snow. Well, I hate cold in general and the icy conditions of the roads we always seem to get in February. Blech, blech and triple blech. I drove less than a mile (barely out of the parking lot) and had to turn around and go back home -- I live on a big hill and was sliding all over.

On the plus side - MORE KNITTING TIME for me! :D

Monday, February 24, 2003

How pretty is this?

It is snowing in Texas!

It almost never snows here, and when it does, you rarely get a photo op like this! I actually was able to get the camera to capture the snow coming down, even though it is only very light.

I was able to get quite a few more rows done on the Katrina hat (have I mentioned how much I LOVE this yarn?) while hanging out in my apartment tonight - since all my plans for the evening were cancelled due to inclement weather. (...and before you northerners laugh, think about how much safer it is to get people who never see snow and ice OFF the roads when it does happen!) It's like Christmas in February. :D

It's snowing!!!

Well, it's sleeting, anyway. It is snowing a little mixed in there and will get heavier as the evening progresses. Chorus practice was cancelled tonight, and the roads may be closed tomorrow -- woohoo!!!!

Hm...now what can I get to knitting?

Sunday, February 23, 2003

I highly recommend...

...the movies Shanghai Knights and How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days. SK is good "kung-fu" action, but I do not recommend it for kids. How To is full of so many laughs, I think I pulled a muscle. :D

Saturday I finished the first one of a pair of Emily's garter stitch booties. It came out very cute, and the color of the cotton yarn coordinates very well with my BSS! I also started (and subsequently frogged) a shawl from that luscious red Adorata I was given. I shall start it again this week, I think, but this time I will be careful not to drop a stitch down to the cast-on row. Heh.

Right now, I am working on a mindless project - a simple stockingette stitch roll brim hat, in this superb pni shade of Paton's Katrina, which is a worsted weight with amazing stretch. It should be done this week, I think.

Thursday, February 20, 2003

Finished Baby Surprise

There's the finished EZ baby jacket, pluz a close-up of those great dino buttons. I didn't get a lick of knitting done tonight, but I did at least get some pics taken!

I am also adding a pic to my PictureTrail album (in WIPs) of that great Striga Adorata yarn I got from a friend at church - I think I may make a shawl, but I haven't decided for sure.

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

BSS and...STASH!

Well, the BSS is officially completed -- I'll have to get the pics up sometime tomorrow. The dinosaur buttons really are marvelous!

In other news, I got STASH today! Well, I already had my own stash, but one of the ladies in our church choir de-stashed in my general direction. I got a large bag mostly filled with odds and ends (she was a weaver) but there was the inclusion of five or six skeins of a Swiss yarn called Adorata (20% mohair, 80% crylor) - it looks to be a fingering weight, and each skein is 40 grams. It is in a yummy bright red - I think I may make a shawl out of it, unless I come up with (or someone gives me) a better idea. :)

Monday, February 17, 2003

Almost done!

Baby Surprise Sweater

Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! I only have to sew up the seams and weave in the ends, and then attach the buttons, and my very first BSS is done! Huzzah!

...and yes, those buttons are little bitty dinosaurs. :D

Well, so much for finishing the BSS last night. I caved and went to bed with only about 4 rows left to do (plus finishing, of course). Maybe tonight... :)

Sunday, February 16, 2003

Hmm....well, I _was_ going to try out my new Bond this afternoon, but after assembling it and getting all set up, I've discovered the little table I'd planned to use for the machine is about a foot too short for me to securely fasten down the Bond. My dining room table is too thick.


Picking up stitches isn't so bad! I managed to pick up the stitches for rows 100 and 101 of the BSS, and although I've got a couple of tension holes where the stitches on the holder were knit, I think I can fix that by darning the holes a little with the loose ends.

Only about 10 rows to go! :D

Friday, February 14, 2003

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope everyone had a good one! I actually took a night off from knitting to hang out with some friends....

I _almost_ started a V-Day scarf with some Berroco Mosaic that I have in a yummy red shade, but it was too hot (in February, can you believe it?). Well, maybe tomorrow. :)

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Who knew...

...that a simple BSS could be so much work?

Well, I just finished row 99, but that is where I'll have to stop for now, because I am actually afriad of picking up stitches. Never did that before. However, I'll be able to stop by the LYS on Saturday afternoon to ask the ladies of the knitting circle to give a hand. :)

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

The bad thing about the doctor's office: the interminable wait. You wait to be seen, wait for the nurse, wait for the doctor to come in, wait for test results.

The good thing about the doctor's office: plenty of knitting time. I am up to row 66 on the BSS and may get further tonight. I am very glad I have a portable hobby. :)

Monday, February 10, 2003

Ever been forced to take a sick day when you didn't want to? My doctor told me to rest as much as possible over the next couple days (translation: bed rest, young lady!) because I went in on Sunday night with chest pains. Well, aches really. Like I have chest congestion and heart burn, but no other real symptoms of anything. Thankfully the EKG and xrays all came back normal, but I am still achey. And still on enforced rest. Argh.

I think I have caught up on my sleep for a month. I did get some knitting done, but only about 15 or so rows on the BSS - I put it down after a while because I couldn't find a comfortable position to knit in. I guess it is back to reading more books - and more sleep - 'cause goodness knows there's nothing good on TV. Much as I am complaining, I guess it is better to rest to make sure nothing is seriously wrong than to overtax myself and get really sick. God willing, I'll be up and around in a couple days.

Saturday, February 08, 2003

Birds do it, Bees do it...

Nothing like a warm bowl of popcorn and a good movie on a chilly winter night. Or at least a mediocre movie. :D

We were discussing Cole Porter at the knitting session at HCW this afternoon. Of course, the only movie I have with a Cole Porter song in it (at least the only movie that comes to mind, and always comes to mind when you mention Cole Porter, come to think of it) is Tank Girl.

So...here I am, knitting away on my Baby Surprise jacket, watching one of the siller comic-book-based movies in my collection, and loving every minute of it. Break's over - back to the movie. ;)

Thursday, February 06, 2003

Kyrie! And anvils, too...

Robert Ray's Gospel Mass has got to be one of the more fun pieces I have ever sung in a choir or chorus. We only did the Kyrie tonight, but it was well received, and my little solo (eight words, but important ones :) went well also.

Oh, the anvils? The elementary school children (for whom we sang) also performed a few pieces. The first thing they did was a dramatic "dance act" to Verdi's anvil chorus. They told the story of a day in the life of a construction worker. Let's just say I'll never listen to that piece quite the same way again. :)

By the way, I did even manage to get some knitting done - several rows on those garter stitch baby booties I started on Sunday. It really isn't quite as quick a project as I'd originally thought, but give me a couple more hours and I'll have the first one done.

Wednesday, February 05, 2003

Have boa, will travel...

Tonight I finally finished my Fun Fur boa, and I'll get pics up in my photo album by this weekend. I hope. Goodness only knows around here... :)

Random occurrence for today:
Apparently I am a hottie. At least, someone thinks so... I drove through the deli drive-thru at the local HEB (that's a grocery store for you non-Texans) to get a bite to eat and the clerk was...well...a little nicer than usual to me. I just thought he was a happy kid (I don't think he was much more than 18). After driving away, I thought nothing more of it, until I got to my destination and opened my styrofoam tray to nibble. He had scratched the word HI! (with a heart at the bottom of the exclamation point) in the inside top of the tray. I had to laugh - that was the cutest thing anyone had done for me in a while. Not that I am unattractive, I guess, but I don't consider myself a classic "pretty".

Onto another subject before I start my own pity party. :) Tomorrow night we (Austin Civic Chorus) have a -little- concert: just 25 or so of us singing at a local elementary school concert. It will be fun, though - 4 or 5 pieces from Judas Maccabaeus, plus the Kyrie from Robert Ray's Gospel Mass. And I get to do the female solo. :)

Tuesday, February 04, 2003


You know, sometimes I forget that it is February and then God sends us a little cold front to remind us. So much for the highs in the upper 70s/lower 80s today. :)

I just keep chanting: "it's good knitting weather"...

Sunday, February 02, 2003

I just had the most marvelous afternoon! My LYS had a Knit-In alllllll afternoon and we sat and knit together and chatted and just had a marvelous time. I even got to teach some 8th grade Girl Scouts to knit! :)

Knitting therapy is so wonderful for what ails you...and I even found my BSS pattern! Life is looking pretty good right now.

Saturday, February 01, 2003

Well that wasn't what I expected...

Perhaps I was a little too excited that I received an invitation to a singles night (through my church - hosted by a different church)... I made such grandiose plans and even went out of my way to look cute. Do you know how hard it is to try to look like you're not trying too hard? As it happened, there was one male present and he was twice my age! Ah well, at least I met new people, and we did have a pretty good time playing chickenfoot. Even so, I was still a little bummed as we closed out the evening, and so I stopped off at Barnes and Noble for my knit-mag fix to cheer up. I did read the Cast On article by Stephanie Pearl (she is so funny, such a treasure!) but the Omniscient Stash Mistress should be pleased to note that I didn't purchase a single magazine. And I was really tempted, too...

In the stupendous news section of tonights report -- I have my first FO for February! Yes, this afternoon I cast off that prayer shawl. Since it is made from Lion Brand Homespun, I don't think I will block it, but I am going to wash it and lay it out to dry before giving it to the intended recipient. I hope she likes it.

...and now, time for bed. But first a prayer for those affected by the tragic shuttle explosion this morning. Very sad.