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

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Friday, April 30, 2004

TGIF!

Yippie, hooray - it's FRIDAY! :D

Okay, so it has just been a really long week. A long busy week...and I still have to work today. But, it is FRIDAY and it will be the weekend before you know it.

I stopped in at HCW last night to check out the new Interweave Knits. There are quite a few things in there that I'd like to make. The current Cast On didn't impress me much, though. One of the patterns I would love to do in Knits is the Gibson Girl Pullover, but I think that it would drive me nuts with that pattern - just looking at it, I cannot see where the repeats are. I did, however, pick up yarn to try the Victoria tank - also a lace pattern, but much more visible repeats. I've only ever really done crochet lace before, so I think this would be an enjoyable way to try knitting the patterns for a change.

And what of my current projects? Am I such a dillettante as to forsake my old ones for the new? Well... I am planning on finally finishing the Flirty scarf and the Beatrice socks tonight or tomorrow. They've been sitting at "almost done" for far too long. The last Eros scarf will be a project for working when at rehearsals - it is about 2/3rds the length I want, I think. Fribble2 is nearing completion; I really need to focus on getting the last bit of edging done so I can weave in the ends. Tilt is on hold for the fall, and Pink Flutterby is on hold until I can find the rest of the Cinema. That leaves us with Criss-Cross. Hrm.

...

Ok, here's the deal. Criss-cross is coming out too big, now. I am going to measure my gauge again before I frog the couple inches I've redone on the back, but when I held it up to myself it was definitely able to go further than the side seams on my current shirt, without stretching. I also don't like the bottom hem (come on, 1 row of 1x1 ribbing? It just flips up!). Someone (sorry, can't remember who) noted that they just frogged it and started over with 5 rows of garter stitch - I think I will either do that or an actual ribbing. In either case, I need to frog what I have, and I'm thinking of setting it aside in favor of Victoria. When I have either Victoria or PF done, then I can pick up Criss-Cross again.

Once I have the finishing done on at least a couple things, I also need to get started on some baby booties and finish the first Debbie Bliss baby sweater I started ages ago (remember - I had to restart over for a larger size: I never frogged the first one so I have it almost done). A couple more people at church are expecting, so I want to have the gifts done in plenty of time.

Oy - gonna be late for work if I don't get a move on - toodles!

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Four years already?

Just giving a shout out to say:

to a couple good friends of mine, J & E. It's been four years! What in the world is the gift for year four? (*pause while I look it up*) Ah-HA! Year 4: Traditional - fruit, flowers, linen; Modern - Appliances. Well, hm. Does linen paper count? *runs and ducks* :)

Lots of love to the both of you - and here's to many more years of happiness to you both!

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Slacking off...

Still no knitting last night - but I did get some good exercise in! We went walking around Town Lake (on the hike and bike trail) and I wish I had my camera with me. Some of the wildlife photos I could have gotten would have been spectacular!

My poor feetsies this morning are reminding me, however, that next time I need to wear better shoes. Oy! I think tonight will definitely be one for sitting home with my feet up and a project in my lap. :)

Monday, April 26, 2004

What happened to my weekend?

It seems that the weekend always flits away, leaving you with a vaguely unsatisfying feeling of not having accomplished anything.

Okay, so I still haven't gotten all my housework done; nor have I finished putting together my trip photos. I did, however, frog Criss-Cross and redo the math - this time I've started over on size 7 needles (the pattern calls for 7s, I got gauge on 8s, but the fabric was too loose for me). I also got some work done on the body of the Daria purse. The main problem with cording is that it doesn't fill in the holes satisfactorily, like some yarns do. This purse may need a lining, when it comes down to finishing time.

Well, it's Monday - so off to work!

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Ribbit

Wednesday and yesterday afternoon I spent a few hours (maybe 4 or 5 total, I suppose) knitting the first skein of Cotton Twist for my Criss-Cross tank. The gauge is dead on, but the fabric is just too...loose. The sizing is correct, but when I hold the back piece in progress up to me, you can definitely see the shirt I have on through the knit fabric. I could have stopped when I only had a few rows done, but I stubbornly wanted to see if getting through the first skein would make a difference.

So...since no-one answered my question yesterday about the CT, I'm wondering if I should frog this and re-do it with smaller needles, adjusting the pattern up a size or two to compensate, or if I should save the CT for something else and use, oh, say 2 strands of LusterSheen held together (the LusterSheen is supposed to be the same weight as the Adrienne Vittadini silk originally called for).

Opinions, anyone?

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

KIP time

We got some good KIP time in last night at Ventana Del Soul -- and I managed to knit nearly five inches on the back of my criss-cross tank. Did I mention this project yet? Since I can't locate the remaining yarn for Flutterby (it has to be around here somewhere...) I decided to start the new tank from the cover of the Spring '04 Vogue. I am using Berocco Cotton Twist instead of the Adrienne Vittadini (cheaper, and I only have to use it single stranded).

The only thing I am not entirely sure of is the gauge. I prefer the fabric I get when knitting on size 7s, but I have to use 8s to get gauge for the project, and it seems a little too airy for me. Has anyone knit with Cotton Twist - does it "bloom" a bit after washing?

Edit: Well, if I'd looked at Monday's entry before posting I would have seen that I did mention Criss-Cross already, but hey, I'm good at being repetitive. :D

Monday, April 19, 2004

Playing hookey

Technically I should be at rehearsal right now. However, I've had a cough for a couple weeks that makes singing hard - not to mention I'm a bit sick of Handel AND it's such a beautiful afternoon outside... *blush*

But enough of the justification -- I've actually gotten some work done! Yes, I've uploaded some pictures to my travel blog, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are literally hundreds more photos for me to go through, and I'm trying to cull the best for the web journal I am writing for the trip. I had such a blast!

In other news, the Cinema is still AWOL. Today I decided to start on something new - the cover tank from the latest Vogue Knitting. I'll be using Berocco Cotton Twist, as the gauge is the same as the Vittadini doubled (and it's cheaper, too!). Ciao!

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Calgon take me away

I'm being punished. I just can't come up with another explanation for it - it has to be some sort of cosmic "that's what you get". Not that I believe in such stuff.

I just can't seem to get a break this weekend! Yesterday morning I deliberately pulled Pink Flutterby out of the WIP pile in which it was languishing -- it's Spring and long past time for me to finish that poor thing. Unfortunately I did not see the bag of additional yarn for PF with the project. "No matter," I thought, the remaining hanks would turn up later and I still had the better part of a ball wrapped up in the project. Not so. In fact, I had only about 4 rows worth with the project, and had to return to an Eros scarf (they make great mindless knitting when you need a take-along project).

This afternoon, I decided I really did need to get back to work on PF and embarked on a more thorough search for the balls of Cinema. I think I have now located just about every skein of cotton, acrylic, wool, sock yarn, etc. that is quietly aging in my stash, but no Cinema. Argh. Fine - I'd just work on another WIP. Goodness knows I have plenty.

Well, sitting beside my TV/computer chair is a swift holding Noro Daria, for a purse I am crocheting. It's a very pretty cord, but after a while your hands will get very tired. I finished about 3 rounds on the purse and noticed that my index finger was getting too sore from manipulating this cord. Time to move on to something else. The lack of Cinema still haunted me, so I searched (fruitlessly) once more. By this time, irritation had truly set in.

Argh, argh and triple argh. PF suited my mood for the moment - a nice spring-y top. I do need to finish that cardigan from Silk Garden, but the weather is too nice, too warm for me to work on it now. In a fit of pique, I decided that I'd start the Elsbeth Lavold tank from her Viking collection (yes, I know it is Silky Wool, but it is still a tank, and the yarn feels rather light). The skeins of Silky Wool in denim are all together, just waiting for me to begin. But wait - where did my Lavold pattern book go? I know I saw that brown cover here in the last couple of days. Once more we hunt fruitlessly through the stash, then through the rest of the apartment. Once again, no dice. At this point, my suspicion of punishment has really started to set in.

Okay, we can leave the Lavold tank and use a different tank pattern - I can always obtain more Silky Wool, or I can use some of this other stash yarn hanging about. Time to bring out the latest Vogue magazine, with that crisscross tank that is so stunning. Yes, here's the magazine - it hasn't suddenly gone missing. Of course, looking at the pattern, none of the yarn that I have readily available in the quantity necessary matches that gauge. Ugh and argh and all that again.

Sigh. Am I being punished for lack of commitment? I know I have issues finishing things - perhaps it is the start-itis. Perhaps my short attention span has led me down the evil path of procrastination once too often. Perhaps I just need to clean this apartment, and also focus on the websites and photos I should be updating instead of knitting or crocheting (NO comments from the peanut gallery - and that goes for you both, V and E! :). Oh, expletive deleted. Granted, now I am so irritated that my tension would be way off - and I am definitely too irritated to work on anything that requires concentration (the pics and websites will have to wait, I'm afraid).

Well, if you're still reading, thank you for letting me indulge in a little ranting - mainly at myself, but there you have it. We are our own worst enemies sometimes, no? Time to sleep on the matter, I think. Maybe all my missing bits will miraculously appear in the morning. Maybe little elves will clean my apartment overnight. Okay, maybe not, but at least I can dream.

Friday, April 16, 2004

What's with the filler?

Don't know what's wrong with me, but I can't think of anything decent to write. I did come up with more filler (found at Primp!)...

A - Age: 29
B - Band listening to right now: Trout Fishing in America
C - Career future: database geek, CEO or diva (why limit yourself?)
D - Dad's name: John
E - Easiest person to talk to: most of my friends
F - Favorite song: Amazing Grace
G - Gummy Bears or Gummy Worms: da bears
H - Hometown: San Antonio, TX
I - Instruments: voice, cello, a little guitar
J - Job: database analyst ('cause they won't let me have the title of Forum Goddess...)
K - Kids: None yet.
L - Longest car ride ever: summers spent in the RV traveling all over the US.
M - Mom's name: Merry
N - Number of people you slept with: saving myself for marriage (can you believe it in this day and age?)
P - Phobia[s]: failure
Q - Quote: "God created this world out of nothing, and so long as we are nothing, He can make something out of us." -- Martin Luther
R - Reason to smile: I always smile. :)
S - Song you sang last: Always singing something, but I think it was either Pie Jesu (the Andrew Lloyd Webber version) or something from Dr. Demento's collection (oy - and what's that spinning around on my mental turntable right now? seems to be something by Gilbert & Sullivan...)
T - Time you wake up: between 5:00 and 6:00 AM CST.
U - Unknown fact about me: my actual weight (ha!)
V - Vegetable you hate: asparagus
W - Worst habit: correcting people
X - X-rays you've had: dental, and for coccyx, wrist and ankle
Y - Yummy food: whatever I'm in the mood for
Z - Zodiac sign: Libra

There, that wasn't too painful, was it? ...oh, and I promise to work faithfully on my Europe pics tonight, since I haven't found the time all week. On my honor! :)

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Stupid car

*sigh* Life is never free from tribulations. Today my main tribulation is the car. The beast. The irritating piece of scrap metal and rubber, without which I couldn't hold down a job at my current place of employment (all hail public transportation, and boo the City of Round Rock which won't allow Capital Metro in).

Don't get me wrong - normally I love my car. It has been the most reliable piece of transportation I've ever owned (also the only one I've ever purchased through an actual car dealer, so that may say something). However, this morning I will be late to work because Punky got an attitude. Somehow I have a premonition that it is going to be a rather expensive attitude. :( So...Punky is off to the auto shop, and I am off (late) to work.

Something on a cheerier note, since I am a bit of a geek after all:

-----BEGIN KNITTER'S GEEK CODE BLOCK-----
Version: 1.1

KELR++$ Exp+ SPM+ Wood++@ Bam+ AddiT++ Den+++ Scale+
Syn+@ Nov++ Cot+@ Wool+@ Lux++ Hemp-- Stash++ Swatch-
Fin Int Tex+ Lace+ Circ++ DPN ML2++ KIP++ Blog+++
SNB+ EZ++ FO++ WIP+++ GaugeDK@ AltCr+++$XWv+

------END KNITTER'S GEEK CODE BLOCK------

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

3 down, 47 to go

Woohoo - got on the scale this morning to the tune of 3 pounds lost so far! *insert happy dance here*

Of course, in the past couple of days we've worked so hard at rehearsals, and then the concert last night, that it isn't too surprising that I've started to drop a couple already. Let's just hope that it continues. :)

The concert last night went marvelously, especially when you consider that it was an unauditioned group with just two full rehearsals before the performance of almost the full Messiah. I don't know if an AA-S reviewer was in the audience, but if we get a review posted, I'll share the link. :)

Have a super Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Concert Day!

Tonight we sing Handel's Messiah at Hope Presbyterian Church - hope you can make it!

Lately it feels as though life has been one long concert (and preparation for...). Thankfully ACC rehearsal for our Judas Maccabaeus concert let out early last night, so I got a decent amount of sleep. I've been having the weirdest dreams, though...

OKC: Several of the ladies from the Chorus are now very interested in having me make them fashion scarves. Now if I could only find a way to knit in my sleep... :)

Hasta luego!

Monday, April 12, 2004

Monday again

You know, the Mondays never seem to go away -- you have a nice weekend and BAM, right back to Monday again. :)

Of course, I'm still recovering from yesterday: 3 church services and Sunday School, Easter dinner and a rehearsal for Messiah... I'm beat. I did manage to get more of Fribble2's edging finished in the downtime at rehearsal, though.

Today marks exactly 6 months to go until my 30th birthday. I plan to lose at least 50 pounds before then. My avenues of attack are eating right (mainly lower carb foods and then only healthy carbs when I can't avoid it) and exercise (I have a gym membership that I don't use nearly enough - and there are plenty of beautiful hike and bike trails here!). So, in 26 weeks, I hope to report some good progress!

Have a splendiferous day!

Saturday, April 10, 2004

I'm a baaaaaaaaad girl...

Here it is, late Saturday night before Easter. I have to get up rather early in the morning for sunrise service, yet I am still playing with my computer. Did I do the laundry? Did I work on pics from my trip that I keep promising? No...I spent the bulk of the afternoon playing with my Playstation 2 -- just now realizing how late it was. Oy.

I did manage to get some significant progress on my WIPs, at least. Fribble2 is now closer to having its edging completed (only about 2/3 of the edging to go), Flirty needs only 3 more flowers tacked on, and one of the last two Eros scarves is complete. Were it still a little earlier in the day, I'd take some pics to go along with this, but it is now dark and ambient lighting isn't that great. Oy oy oy.

Let's see, on 5 hours of sleep I am going to make it through three church services, Sunday School opening, and rehearsal for TCC's Messiah performance. Hm, maybe I can catch a nap before rehearsal, anyway. Ciao! :)

Friday, April 09, 2004

Good Friday Progress Report

Flirty is all but done (yup, still gotta weave in those ends) and Ann's scarf lacks about 4 or 5 inches of length, but then the scarves are finished!

After this weekend, I'll have the time to focus again on Pink Flutterby (and getting my travel website updated with all those pics I keep promising - there are almost 1000 for me to go through...). :D

Church tonight (and Sunday, of course) so I'll have little crafting time, but next week, who knows? Have a Good Friday, and remember the real Reason for the Season. :)

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

(a)FO

With pleasure, I can finally announce an (almost) finished object. I started the Flirty scarf from Mission Falls' Harvest pattern book this weekend, and save some minor finishing, it is now done! Finished it up at SnB last night...

I get by with a little help from my friends...

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Rain, rain, go away

Wow. I was woken up in the wee hours of this morning by a torrential downpour. It is now at least a couple hours later, and the rain is still coming down. I hate driving to work in this kind of weather, but at least there are fewer people on the roads this early in the morning.

Sunday night we had our first (of two!) Messiah rehearsal for the upcoming performance, then last night another rehearsal for the May performance of Judas Maccabaeus. I did get a little bit of knitting in on the Eros scarf for Ann, but only a little. Tonight's the SnB, though, so hopefully I can get more done! :)

Sunday, April 04, 2004

So you want a few pics...

Well, I was going to give you a mini tour of the trip as kind of a teaser for the website I am working on, but my laptop battery is low so I will have to leave you with just a couple of photos (sorry, Lisa!).

When we got to Leipzig the first night, it was pretty late and of course most of the shops were closed, save the ones in the train station. On the way there, I spotted this ad:


Always do a gauge swatch! :)


...and silliness like that pretty much set the tone for the trip. A fabulous time was had by (almost) all - and from our first concert to our last it was an experience I'll never forget. Here's a shot from the very first informal (no formal dress) concert in Leipzig:


Who's the chick in the stripey shirt?


The more traveled of our visitors might note that we are standing in front of Bach's tomb in the Thomaskirche. It's a beautiful church that has much historic significance (even Luther preached there!) and the sun was shining so magnificently that day that I even managed to get a few shots of the stained glass. More to come soon!

Friday, April 02, 2004

I'm a baaaaaaaaaad girl

Yup, I succumbed to the temptation of the First Thursday sale and enhanced my stash - but only by a little! I got some of the new Noro cording (can't remember the name, sorry) to make a shop sample purse, some Charming to add to a stole I am going to weave as soon as I pick up my loom, and one ball of a fabulous cotton from Classic Elite that feels soooo soft to add to a baby blanket I am knitting.

Oh, and the new Elsbeth Lavold pattern book. That's not too horribly bad, is it? :)

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Getting behind

Ya, I know I said I've have some pics up, but there simply hasn't been time... Okay, so I spent most of yesterday in bed medicating the allergy/sinus/whatever attack I've had since I got home. Ugh.

It did allow me a little knitting time though (between naps enforced by strong medication). I've gotten several more rows done on the baby blanket, after frogging my first attempt because I decided it was a little too firm of a fabric - switched from size 7 US to size 10 US needles and I am much happier with it. Not too loose, but airy enough for this climate, plus it is cotton anyway.

Back to work this morning, but today is FIRST THURSDAY. Head on over to Yentala's for some possible hints on the sale -- no guarantees, though, as the shop owner does like to set the actual sale at the last minute. :D