...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.

Sunday, February 29, 2004

Quick note

Watched the Oscars, finished the gloves, dead tired, going to bed.

Saturday, February 28, 2004

Everybody's working for the weekend...

...and when we get one, we squander it. :D

Well, I didn't really squander mine (and hey, it ain't over!) - taught a class this morning, lunch (very good lunch) at a friend's place just after, then a road-trip to Mom's. Perhaps not one of the world's most exciting afternoons, but not bad for a lazy Saturday. *grin*

I've gotten quite a bit done on that second Odyssey glove - working on the first finger right now. Hopefully by the end of the weekend I'll have a matched pair - pics to come later!

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Gonna Buy Me A Dog...

...a dog? Why? 'Cause I need a friend now...

No, I'm not really getting a dog (sorry to disappoint anyone) -- just in a bit of a silly mood, and that happens to be one of my favorite silly songs. :)

Well, I had to write a bio today, to introduce myself to the others going on the choral tour. Here's the snippet:

The life of C revolves around music. When she's not singing (wait, when was that again?), she's playing handbells or cello, or just humming her favorite tune and driving her co-workers crazy. She regularly sings for Chorus Austin and her church choir. To support her yarn habit, she teaches crochet at Hill Country Weavers in south Austin, and occasionally sells her hand-knit, -crochet, and -woven creations. Just to ensure she's never at home, she is also an avid gamer, and loves to go skating when she has time. In real-life, she's a data analyst with too many hobbies and documents her sad lack of time management skills in her blog (http://www.cyndilou.net/yarnutopia).

What do y'all think?

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Ash Wednesday

...and I'm not awake enough to post much. Didn't get pics taken last night (bad girl!) but I did get another finger done on my gloves.

Oh, and here's a great music video that features knitting. I don't think I blogged about it when I first came across it, but that's the link for all my knitterly friends who haven't seen it yet. :D

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Fat Tuesday

Happy Mardi Gras, all!

Today is the traditional day of purging, when we get rid of the old sins to usher in a sense of piety. We can give up something for Lent, to remind us of the sacrifice Christ made on the cross. In preparation, then, let us party like mad to get it all out of our systems!!! ;)

I was actually a little concerned this year, not knowing what I could possibly give up for Lent that I wouldn't break on the tour (hey - visiting new countries in Lent means all bets are off). However, I think today God has placed the answer in front of me again -- no sugared cokes. I've been pretty good lately in giving up extra carbs from my diet, but occasionally I still slip and drink a regular Coca-Cola or Mountain Dew. No more - as of midnight tonight, I'm off them for 40 days, and hopefully for good. :)

I know I promised pics to a couple people of the glove I am working on and of the Magic Scarf Shawl that I finished, but I didn't get to my camera last night after two long rehearsals and didn't have time this morning to play with the pics. No rehearsal tonight, though, so...we'll see.

Monday, February 23, 2004

Memories

So for the last couple days I spent some time wandering through archives. Not library or newspaper archives - blog archives. (If my boss is reading this, I'd like you to know that I only did it during my lunch hour and before and after work. :)

At any rate, one site I hit on and got transfixed by was that of the lifelong knitter. Back in September of 2003 she talked about remembering her father, and where she was when Kennedy was assassinated, and more things like that. Some good, some bad, some funny, some sad...oy, and get me off the rhyme boat before Daisy comes and takes me away.

At any rate, it got me thinking. March 6th will be the 10th anniversary of my father's death. Daddy was a man of many gifts and taught me a lot about who I wanted to be. It's hard to believe it has been 10 years - I still miss him like it was yesterday. Love you, Daddy, and thanks.

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Woohoo!

By the way, woohoo! My site has now hit over 10,000 visitors - someone from Canada apparently was #10,000. Break out the balloons!

Payback is heck

Physical activity is the answer to muscle spasms apparently -- work it out enough and the muscle will eventually relax. I dread what it'll feel like tomorrow morning, though.

Like the bad girl I am, I did do some crocheting and knitting today - nearly finished off the 3rd ball of Koigu for the Fribble, and got halfway through the gusset shaping of my Odyssey glove. I took it rather slow, though, as most of the day my shoulder did ache a lot.

This evening I went with the church group over to Austin Park and Pizza - played a little mini-golf, rode go-carts and played Laser Tag. About halfway through the mini-golf, my shoulder started to loosen up a bit, although the go-carts were probably a bad idea. Fun, though. :)

Friday, February 20, 2004

Heh...

interchangeable
You are interchangeable.
Fun, free, and into everything, you've got every
eventuality covered and every opportunity just
has to be taken. Every fiber is wonderful, and
every day is a new beginning. You are good at
so many things, it's amazing, but you can
easily lose your place and forget to show up.
They have row counters for people like you!


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Thursday, February 19, 2004

Knitting haitus?

Waaah - my shoulder hurts. Ok, maybe I am being a big baby, but holy cow are my muscles tight lately.

So...I appeal to my knit-sisters (and brothers) out there in cyberspace. Do you think I need to lay off the knitting for a bit? The tightness is in my left shoulder (and now neck) and is so bad at times that breathing deeply twinges. Sitting at the computer for long periods of time definitely isn't going to happen, but after a session of knitting the other night, my shoulder did seem to loosen up. Working with the knitting didn't hurt, either. Everything hurt like the devil the next morning, though, and a massage yesterday afternoon was only partially helpful. Any PTs out there with an opinion for me?

Pardon me while I go retrieve my ice bag.

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Music recommendation

Today I am soooooo tired - last night was the first night of "shared" rehearsals: half with Kenny and ACC for Judas Maccabaeus, and half with Barry and TCC for the European tour. Only 3 more Mondays of double rehearsals, though (I think - I hope - oh gosh).

At any rate, one of the gals in ACC is in a duet/band of her own, called Mirabilis. Their music is a very Sarah MacLachlan/Enya/Sarah Brightman-ish mix, and I just got to listen to their album Pleiades today. Soothing and stimulating at the same time. I highly recommend it. :)

Tonight is the SnB down at Ventana del Soul. I plan on finishing the Beatrice socks tonight (less than half the second foot to go) and possibly starting a second pair. I've also got to take out the too-small piece of Tilt. Besides those projects, I also have the HotSox in my knitting bag - eventually I will finish them.

Regarding Tilt - it is looking more and more like I will not have this jacket finished in time for my Europe trip. Should I take it with me to finish? It certainly won't get cold enough again for me to wear it here in central Texas (up to a high of 70 degrees Fahrenheit this week). At least I'll have a couple pair of handknit socks to keep me warm...

Monday, February 16, 2004

Say what?

Once again we have the category of "interesting search terms used to reach this site". If you've never done this for your own site, I highly recommend it. There are several services, such as SiteMeter, that will give you things like search terms used to get to your site.

    Today's winners:
  • backyard landscaping (newsflash - I live in an apartment, sorry)

  • heart amore (now isn't this sweet? probably just someone looking for Red Heart yarn info...)

  • Twas the night Monkees (I admit, I'm a big Monkees fan. Never heard of anything called "Twas the night", though.)

  • Snowing in Texas (Yup, it snowed!)

  • when martians attack (Klaatu Barada Nikto)

  • and my personal favorite: Sexy Sue (No clue where that one came from)



So to all of you who were really looking for something else entirely - Howdy! :)

Saturday, February 14, 2004

It snowed!



Of course, it was a day or two later than I'd hoped... :) It also left nice layers of ice all over the cars and bushes, but not so much on the ground.



It's all supposed to melt by this afternoon, of course. It's only about 34 degrees outside right now anyway. I love living in a warmer (ha!) climate. Back under the covers for me!

Friday, February 13, 2004

4 weeks to go...

...and I haven't gotten enough done yet! I've completed two of the projects on my list, plus gotten a lot done on a pair of socks for me. I think I can knock out one more pair of these socks, maybe the pair of gloves, and if I'm really lucky I can finish Tilt, too. Oy, I gotta work faster.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Picture pages

Egads I miss the good shows that used to come on Saturday mornings. I wonder if I still have Simon around here?

At any rate, I promised to show y'all my capelet, and here she is:


This, as I may have mentioned previously, is the IK Around the Capelet pattern, done in Karabella Glamour. All told, it took about 3 hours to crochet. I may do another in Tahki Baby (the yarn the pattern calls for), or I may raid my stash for a different chunky yarn. The ribbon looks great, but is not as tight as a real chunky yarn would be, even though I was working to gauge. My capelet has 10 rounds rather than eight.

I've also got a picture of my first completed sock! This is the Beatrice sock, and I am about halfway through the ribbing of the second sock. Chunky yarn rules.

Off to pray for a freeze tonight - icy roads mean staying home!

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Zooming right along

I had this great little title for a blog entry, but the cold has chased it clean out of my head. Brr...and colder weather predicted for tomorrow. (Maybe a freeze for Friday - crossing fingers!) Okay, I know you in the north are sticking your collective tongues out at me, but I was born and bred in central Texas, where you start putting on the heavy coats when it drops below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. I am not a cold weather girl.

At any rate, I finished the capelet this evening!!! I actually made it two or three rounds longer -- a twelve inch capelet isn't long enough for a busty gal with broad shoulders (it came down to the middle of the bust line - not good). If I can I'll post a pic or two tomorrow. Now 'tis time to hop under an afghan or two... :D

Rain, rain...

...go away, come again another day.

Why is it that rain in the summer and spring is beautiful, refreshing, and even poetic? Rain in the winter is just dreary and gray. It isn't cold enough to freeze over and not warm enough to enjoy.

Oh well, it could be worse - it could be snow. :) At least it makes good knitting weather when I get home from work.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Definitely the attention span

I tell you, I just can't seem to keep focussed on one project these days. Tonight, I am starting this. Isn't it yummy? I'm using a Karabella ribbon yarn that works up to the same gauge as the Tahki Baby, though - it is a merino ribbon that feels and looks fabulous. Only eight rounds to work!

Monday, February 09, 2004

Sick day

Well, I hoped for an ice day today, and got a sick day instead. Bleah. Oh well. Since I can't really cute my nose off to spite my face sinuses, I'll have to settle for lots of hot tea and nasal spray.

It's just as well, though - my shoulder is still killing me and just typing here is hurting a bit. I managed to pull a muscle or something but good in my shoulder on Saturday and the kinks haven't worked out yet. ...and being that my day at work consists of being on the computer all day, I'd be one less than happy camper.

So, along with the hot liquids, I did a little bit of finishing work so far this morning - finally got my magic scarf shawl off the knitting machine (and I put the machine away -- E and V, you'd be so proud of me) and laid in bed pulling the stitches down. Now I think it is time for another session of Sudafed, or I'll never make it to rehearsal tonight.

Sunday, February 08, 2004

Sock-a mom

Ok, so I don't have any kids, but I do seem to be stuck on socks lately.



This is my main sock project currently, a pair of thick anklets from Classic Elite Beatrice in colorway 3248. Three balls should make a pair, for those interested. I am also still working, slowly, on the HotSox from Bernat HotSox in Hot Tamale. It seems to take forever to get a round done. I like the Beatrice yarn so much, though, that after I make a second pair I just may make wrist warmers with it. It is a loosely plied 3-ply, though, so it splits a bit.

Tilt is moving along, and you can see the right back yoke here. I'm thinking of frogging this piece, however -- the gauge seems to be the same as the bottom two pieces but I have to pull quite a bit on this yoke piece to make it match the finished measurements.



Oh, and I did finally get a nice picture of that completed Debbie Bliss boatneck sweater from Easy Baby Knits, I think). Tonight it is on the blocking board and tomorrow it will hopefully be going home with the giftees. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind having an ice-day tomorrow -- hey, staying home is good occasionally...

Saturday, February 07, 2004

Sock the night away

Startitis, schmartitis. What I have is a short attention span. Yes, I decided that my Hot Sox and my Opal socks were taking waaaay too long, so I started...a third pair of socks.

This time I am using Classic Elite Beatrice on US size 8 and 9 needles (I decided to go down a size for the ribbing). In a few short hours (and after ripping out and restarting about three times to get the size right) I have a little over half a sock. I may even finish it this weekend and get started on the second one.

Sweet dreams, y'all!

Friday, February 06, 2004

News coverage

Young urban Americans get enthused over knitting

Nope, this is not my knitting group, or even a group I know, but it is still pretty darn cool!

As far as First Thursday goes, we had a fabulous time knitting and talking. I picked up 3 balls of Classic Elite Beatrice for socks, and 4 balls of Rowan Lurex Shimmer (in a beautiful burgundy) for weaving a shawl. I finished the DB sweater seaming last night (yay!) and discovered that my first yoke piece for Tilt may be too small in comparison to the lower body portions. Gauge appears to be correct, but I have to really pull it to get the 14" width the pattern calls for. 5 weeks to go!


Thursday, February 05, 2004

Where I've been...

She of Monkeyknits fame pointed out a great website where you can report where you've been:



create your own visited states map



create your own visited country map

So I've been almost all over the US, but I've only ventured out of the States as far as Nuevo Laredo. In just a few weeks, though, I'll be able to add Germany, Austria and Italy to my list - woohoo!!! :D

P.S. It's FIRST THURSDAY!

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

And the knit goes on

In a fit of sheer unlike-me-ness, I organized a bit of my stash today! A friend from work gave me a tower of stackable baskets, and I've gotten quite a bit of my acrylic stash separated out into them. The wool, silk and cotton yarns are for the most part placed into the drawers that I had already. I still need to get additional drawers or baskets, though - there are still almost two computer boxes worth of yarn and gadgets to organize.

Since I came home from practice early (I stayed for handbells but my throat was a bit too tired to sing), I decided to get a little knitting done. Unfortunately, the piece I wanted to work on was in the car -- and it was raining outside. Cold and wet - and me in my comfy inside clothes already. Since I have a nice and easily viewable stash all of a sudden, I grabbed a skein and cast on my knitting machine for a shawl made from the Magic Scarf pattern. In under an hour, I've knit up the length I want for the shawl (actually about 1/2 to 2/3rds the finished length), and later this week I'll cast off and finish up the top edge. I was toying with the idea of making it even longer, but I don't want to deal with adding in another skein. Besides, my drawer of partially used skeins of yarn needs serious work - at the very least I need to get out my ball winder.

Tomorrow is First Thursday!!! :D

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

SnB Goodness

You know, it's always good after a long hard day to get together with friends and talk about something else entirely. Yes, now for something completely different. (Ok - so we went a little wild with the Monty Python quoting - but hey, it was fun. Even if we did scare a couple people. I'm not crazy, I promise. :)

I got the sleeves sewn to that DB baby sweater finally, so I just need to sew up the sides and give it a final wash and block session. I've also gotten more than halfway through the right back yoke to Tilt. For some reason it seems to me as though this piece isn't as large as the bit for the lower half, but I didn't have the other piece to compare. When I get a chance tomorrow, I'll lay the two together to see if the dimensions look correct, because the gauge still seems to be spot on. I do realize that the back yokes will be a bit smaller than the front ones to compensate for...um... curves (ya think?) but it still seems a little bit small. Anyone else out there made this sweater?

Well, the bed calls...

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Superbowl knitting

Yup, football games are excellent times for getting more knitting done. I've finished off the fifth ball for Tilt and gotten through half of one of the yokes. Three and a half to go, plus finishing. Too bad the season is over...