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

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Name: Cyndilou :)
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Tuesday, September 30, 2003

I need a nap

It's been a long week, and it is only Tuesday. However, I have no meetings, no rehearsals, and no other obligations tonight, so perhaps I'll get a chance to relax a bit - or at least catch up on some of my projects. :D

I am but a hop, skip, and a jump away from completing the fribble scarf, so I plan on getting that done first. Weaving project #2 is officially off the loom, and awaits me figuring out how to do the finishing (oh, Suzanne... ;) and I have the warp for project #3 all ready to be strung up.

Also, due to popular request, I am indeed working on a knit pattern for a project I've been crocheting-in-public lately. I think I've figured out what needs to be done, so I just have to test it.

Well, that's not much, is it? :D

Sunday, September 28, 2003

Nu? How are we doing?

I just got back from an enjoyable afternoon knitting (okay, okay, I admit - I was crocheting) down at HCW. Debbala asked what colors the fribble scarf was being made from.

The fribble scarf uses four balls of Koigu KPPPM, and the colors I used are P121, P126, P141 and P143 -- at least I think that is the order. I used the purples in the center, then reds, then blue, then greens for the outside edging. Speaking of the edging, I am halfway through, so the scarf is almost done!

I still didn't get any work done on that Debbie Bliss sweater, but I did get some done on the diagonal scarf, as well as finished the loomed project (well, I just finished weaving, anyway - I still have to work on the fringe). I have this week to finish that baby sweater and one or both of the scarves, so I can focus on making a swatch for Tilt.

Saturday, September 27, 2003

Progress Report

Well, I did get quite a bit done on the fabulous fribble today - finished the 3rd ball of Koigu and I've almost gotten to the edging. I also got a few more rows done on the diagonal scarf. Unfortunately I found a knot in my Noro -- hate it when that happens.

A couple of us went and saw Under the Tuscan Sun this evening -- I'm told it isn't very close to the book at all, but it is a great film! Now I just have to read the book...

Friday, September 26, 2003

Movie review and a knit-along

I just got back from seeing Luther, with Joseph Fiennes. I must say that it was an amazingly well-done portrayal -- even if they did have to skim over a few things to get 30+ years worth of history into 2 hours and 5 minutes. This movie gets an A- from me, and I do recommend you see it if you are at all interested.

As to the knit-along: I will be knitting Tilt after all, so if anyone is interested, please leave a comment with your name/nickname (and any other info you want) and I will happily coordinate the knit-along for this fabulous coat. The whole thing came together as a birthday gift to me (who knew what wishful thinking on a blog would bring? :) so I am aiming at October 12th for the start, since that will be my birthday. :D Of course, anyone who starts earlier or later is still welcome to join in!!!

Can't wait...

Joseph Fiennes as Martin Luther

...gonna go see Luther tonight. I've seen the 1953 movie Martin Luther (and even have a copy of it at home), but I can't wait to see a modern "vision" of Luther's life. More later after the film...

Tune Crimes and a Dilemma

First, the tune crimes: "Believe it or not, I'm walking on air - never thought I could feel so free..."

Heh - last night I was over at the LYS and Karly and I started humming theme songs to old shows. I think I surprised her a bit, though, as I can actually remember all the words to the songs! I miss some of the old 80s shows.

Now, the dilemma: should I make this coat? It is sooo pretty, but it would take 15 skeins of Silk Garden for the larger size. Of course, I do need to finish a few things on the needles (and loom) before I think about starting this, but it is so YUM. So, I am asking for feedback - should I make it? Do you think it will be too warm for Texas? Do you have suggestions on a similar patterning yarn to substitute that may be a little less heavy?

Wednesday, September 24, 2003


When the fribble will
Fribble as it will,
The wind will fribble back,
Oh nice and chubby baby!

So, the day has now started and ended with a song, and I am finally on the 3rd ball of Koigu for the fribble scarf. Only two rounds to go! :D

Rock Down to Electric Avenue

Ever have a morning where a song is just stuck in your head? I read somewhere once that there is a part of the brain that plays music 24 hours a day, and you only really notice it when you get a song stuck on repeat. :D

I went through three bobbins of yarn on the loom project, and I only have the last bobbin to go. Once that is done and off-loom, I will work on the plaid scarf I purchased the yarn for Monday. I also got a little crocheting done on the Koigu scarf last night, and I will work on that mostly tonight since I will be at choir practice.

Have an outstanding, and musical, day!

Monday, September 22, 2003

Weekend recovery

I had no idea I could still manage to pack that much into one weekend... A baby shower and a birthday, plus errands and a pedi/manicure, and I still managed to get some crafting done...

    Plans for this week:
  • Finish that DB baby sweater

  • Get through at least the 3rd round of the fribble scarf

  • Get to the 3rd skein of yarn on the diagonal scarf

  • Finish the project on the loom and start a new one

  • Make more stitch markers with the new beads I got this past week

Saturday, September 20, 2003

Warning: pictures ahead!

Ok, so I finally found the problem with my digital camera, and got a few more pictures off tonight. First, I am happy to announce that Baby Olé and matching hat are officially done: washed, blocked and everything.

I sincerely hope M likes them -- the baby shower is tomorrow...oops, make that today. The set is made from Opal sock yarn, which snugged up a bit after washing and drying. I will note for anyone else making the hat that you must do more than 8 rows of i-cord if you actually expect to be able to tie that topknot.

Last weekend, some of you know, I took a weaving class at Hill Country. This is a great new hobby I've found! The only drawback is that it gets a little expensive -- the projects take less yarn but you finish them so fast you have to buy more! I even have a sneak preview of the next project currently on the loom (NOTE: if you may be expecting a Christmas present from me this year, don't click the link - it may be for you!). The project on the left is the first item off my loom, and eventually it will be a bag (click it for a closeup of the pattern). It is done in Provence and a Tahki yarn that escapes my memory for the moment. When it's complete, I'll post full details. :)

Finally, I would like to report that I am between a third and half-way through the fribble scarf. Isn't she fribbulous? Click the pic for a funky cool closeup of the corkscrews.

...and now - time for bed!

Friday, September 19, 2003

Arrrr, mateys!

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day! So, arrrrr and blow me down - looks like it will be a whale of a day.

Thursday, September 18, 2003

New Neighbors and new math

Well, well, looks like I have some a neighbor in the webring. Here's a shout out to Carolyn on my left, and a wave to my longtime neighbor Staceyjoy on the right. Looks like it's time for a block party --- I've got the kahlua!

On the needles: More correctly, on the hook - the fribble scarf continues. I got a whole round completed today and finished off the first skein of Koigu, so it is more than 25% to completion. Let's see, doing the math, there are close to 10,000 stitches worked in the completed scarf, and I've already done just under 3000 of them. If I add another round, that adds another 2000 stitches and quite possibly another skein of Koigu. It's a lot of work, but so easy and ooooooooooooooh so pretty!

Absolutely Fribbulous

You know, the trouble with fribbles is that you just have to do some! I seem to be caught up in the fribbolous fribbling going on lately, and today I had to join in. :)

Are you wondering what my fribbling deal is? Well, check this out:

Isn't that wild? This is the start of a fribble scarf that is crocheted using Koigu sock-weight yarn. The whole scarf is a fribble. Bask in its fribbulousness! :D

...and hey, fribble on...

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Meeting goals and other problems

Heh. Last week I posted some goals for the week -- so let's see how we did, eh?

  • Wash and block Baby Olé --- not yet, but it will be done tomorrow

  • finish DB baby sweater -- I've got the back and one sleeve done, working on the front. I had to set it aside for other projects temporarily.

  • mail off SB package -- um, nope. Will be in the mail before Sunday, though.

  • finish second pair of booties -- sort of: the pair is finished but I have to weave in a couple ends.

  • get halfway through diagonal scarf -- YES! This scarf makes a great project for chorus/choir rehearsals and meetings...

  • work on a UFO -- well, not exactly

So, my record is 1.75 out of 6. In my defense, I would like to note that last week was rather hectic (it took this long for me to update my list!). I did take that weaving class this weekend, and I am halfway through my second project on that so I think I am doing well, craft-wise.

Over the next couple days I must finish the hat to match Baby Olé - the baby shower is Saturday! :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Happy Anniversary!

Yes, it is Knitty'sone-year anniversary. Go, check out the new Fall issue!!! :D Congratulations to Amy and all the other wonderful people that make this magazine the wonderful thing it is.

Sunday, September 14, 2003

Weaving and babies and other fun stuff

I feel so lost, two days almost completely away from the internet...

What have I been up to? Glad you asked! ;) I spent this weekend learning to weave from the wonderful LYS owner here. Hey, after all it is called Hill Country Weavers, no? :D I've even finished my first project and started on a second. The first will be a bag once I sew up the seams, and when it is finished I will post pics. The second (and third, and probably more) will be Christmas presents - weaving is just so darn FAST (not to mention fun! :).

Don't worry, all - I won't be hanging up my needles and hooks for a loom just yet. I've discovered that when you finish a project in an afternoon, you spend too much money because you want to start another project immediately! :D On the other hand, in order to set up the table loom at home I had to clean off my table first, which makes it the first time in many moons that my dining room table has been cleared off...

Now about those babies...congratulations again to die Knittingfrau on the birth of a bouncing and beautiful baby boy. Hop on over and see the wonderful pics! You might also stop into Yentala's and leave a goodwill wish in the cyber baby shower.

Well, back to my weaving. Night all!

Friday, September 12, 2003

The end of an era...

Godspeed John Ritter and Johnny Cash. Both were legends in their own ways and both will be missed.

Thursday, September 11, 2003

HTML fun

Look what I learned today! HTML editing can be so fun...

Just a quickie update on my knitting: I finished the first ball of Noro for the multidirectional scarf last night, and I got started on the back to the DB baby sweater. Since I have a loooong meeting tonight, I should be able to get quite a bit done on the scarf. :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Back to the basics

Well, yesterday afternoon and evening I did get quite a bit of knitting done, for a change. Of course, it was mostly basic knitting (with a twist). I added about a foot more to the multidirectional scarf (worked in garter stitch with short rows being the twist) and I finished a sleeve to the Debbie Bliss baby boatneck sweater (mostly stockingette with increases).

The 6-year-old son of one of the church secretaries was in the office when I stopped in there yesterday, and when he saw my knitting he wanted to help out. I really need to remember to bring a scrap project on little needles for the kids when something like that happens - I want to encourage them to knit, but on something that I won't have to fix afterwards. :)

Monday, September 08, 2003

Surprises in the mail...

I love it when packages arrive in the mail. In this case, they are books that I ordered through Amazon, including On the 8th Day God Laughed, Duh-Votions, and Life of Pi. Being the biliophile that I am, I immediately sat down and started browsing through them. The first two promise to be very useful in my spiritual journey, as well as provide great ideas for Bible studies in the future. The last book I purchased because several other bloggers highly recommended it. I read the entire intro without stopping, and I would just like to note that even the introduction had me captivated. This man is truly a gifted writer, and I can't wait to finish the rest of the book!

Sunday, September 07, 2003

Any which way but up

I needed a bit of a change from all the baby things I've been working on, so today I started the Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Blaumer. This is the scarf I purchased that Noro Kureyon for a month or so ago - color 130. Although there is a bit more orange in the yarn than I thought originally (I'm not an orange person, save burnt orange - go 'Horns!), it seems to be coming along well.

Oh, and I promised a peek at the finished Mexicali Baby Olé. didn't I? Well, here it is, complete with redone collar in crochet. The yarn is Opal sock yarn.

    My goals this week are:
  • to actually wash and completely block out the Baby Olé sweater

  • to finish the Debbie Bliss boatneck baby sweater I started on Thursday

  • to mail off my Secret Buddy package (I should have it in the mail tomorrow!)

  • to finish the second pair of booties C asked for

  • to get at least halfway done with the diagonal scarf

  • and last, but not least, to dig out at least one UFO and get back to work on it.

Wish me luck! :)

Saturday, September 06, 2003

Finally finished

Yay - I can cross another finished object off the list -- the Baby Olé sweater is officially done!! I did three rounds of single crochet around the neckline to even it up in place of the shawl collar. I think I will wash and block it tomorrow, and then get a final picture up. :)

Now I am just 3/4ths of the way through another pair of booties, and then I can start thinking about more Christmas presents. Oh, and maybe I'll toss a sweater for me in there. :)

Friday, September 05, 2003

Bootie call

I've been making a lot of baby things lately, as some of you may know. Seems like everyone is having children lately -- which is cool, because I love babies. Baby Olé only needs the collar finished (I frogged the shawl collar) and I've finished another pair of booties, which you see above. This pair was made from Red Heart Baby Pompadour in pink. The little red heart buttons came from my LYS.

I've also been working on a couple other pair, along with a baby sweater from one of the Debbie Bliss books. Here's the start of the other two pair:

These are both done in Aunt Lydia's crochet cotton, in Shaded Purples and White, respectively.

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

To Typepad or not to Typepad...

...that is the question. Not that I don't like Blogger, but their updates seem to be coming rather slow since Google took over the service. I also know that with TP (looks like toilet paper - but I digress :) I can get comparable options considerably faster, as Blogger currently has some of the upgrade options turned off. On top of all that, my comments don't work (not Blogger's fault, but as long as I'm complaining ;).

On the other hand, I have a feeling that if I am loyal to Blogger/Google, eventually it will pay off. I certainly hope I'm not just deluding myself.

OKC: I need to find buttons for that finished pair of baby booties I did this weekend - tomorrow is First Thursday on South Congress so I think I will head down to Hill Country Weavers to see if any of Suzanne's buttons in stock look like they would go well. Right now, I have to get back to work on yet another pair. Loooooots of prolific friends, lately. :D

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

FOs and frog ponds

Well, I "finished" Baby Olé last night. Unfortunately, the shawl collar seems to be at least a third again longer than it should. I just don't understand it - I followed the instructions (after reading them several times through) and my gauge is right, but that collar is just waaaaaaay too big. Someone else mentioned in an email to me that they used a smaller needle size for the collar, which I may consider. However, doing all that collar took about half as much yarn as was in the sweater itself - by the time I had only a few rows to go, I was really getting sick of it! After I frog this failed attempt (not the whole sweater, just the collar) I may just go with a simple crab stitch edging around it and leave it at that.

For FOs, I also finished another pair of baby booties, this from RH Baby Pompadour in pink that Mom happened to have stashed - they look like little MaryJanes. Once I'm home again I'll get a picture posted.

Monday, September 01, 2003

Happy Labor Day

It's a holiday few remember why we celebrate (in the US), but everyone is really glad to have it off work or school.

I'm still on vacation, still at Mom's, and today I got one heck of a workout out at Fiesta Texas. Great fun, though. Unfortunately, I had to come back early for the obligatory family dinner at the holiday. You can pick your friends, but you can't pick your relatives. Don't get me wrong - I love my aunt and uncle. They're just...opinionated, and it is difficult to tell someone who is 50 years your senior that you don't appreciate the conversation. Oh well, that is what I have my crocheting for - to keep my hands busy when my mouth is going to get me in trouble. :)

Speaking of my yarn addiction, I need to finish a couple more pairs of baby booties, plus about 5 more rows on the collar of Baby Olé. Later, 'taters! :)