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

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Name: Cyndilou :)
Location: Texas, United States

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Saturday, July 31, 2004

....and under the heading of "Funny as Heck"....

...check this out. (Yes, hit the Click to Play link - warning: may not be completely work appropriate, and it's certainly at least PG-13. Funny as heck, though, regardless of which side of the pasture you fertilize).

Havin' a Blast...

Literally! Last night we saw some awesome fireworks after the Round Rock Express game versus the San Antonio Missions. (Yup, the Express won!) As usual, I enjoyed myself perhaps a little too much (uh, beer and fried twinkies and heat and hyperactivity don't mix), but I didn't get a sunburn and it was a rather good game. I even finished crocheting the vamp on a pair of fuzzy flipflops (oh no, I've joined the dark side!).

Rehearsals today were long, as usual. Luncheon afterwards (not related) was fabulous, though. Tonight, it's off for a rare evening downtown (rare because I usually avoid party central unless it's going to be worth it :) and then off to bed so I can get up early in the morning. I feel like I need a social secretary! At least tomorrow will be relatively quiet - plenty of church time, class time, and then crafting time at a friend's place - my three C's.

Y'all be good! (Okay, well at least don't get into too much trouble...)

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Techies unite!

Yay, I've finally gotten my new router up and running. Of course, being forced to replace mine due to lightning, I then discover that within the last few weeks the oh-so-marvelous (and uninformative) people in our leasing office installed a Blastspot access point in our courtyard. Basically, we now have free wireless internet. Oh well, with my own router and wireless card at least I know that no-one (besides my ISP) is listening in on what websites I visit. Like they'd learn anything except the fact that I read a lot of knitting-related stuff.

The big bonus for me is now I can check my email from my bedroom (yay!) -- big plus on sick days. Ciao, bella!

Monday, July 26, 2004

De-stashification

I keep finding yarn I forgot I had -- things I was sure I gave away long ago or had used or returned... Even projects I forgot I started.

At any rate, I was going through boxes of my yarn stash to gather items to donate to the church. Tomorrow night is our first official Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting, and I wanted to have some supplies for people to get started with. So far I have one big Rubbermaid bin full, and I know I have more things that I don't have earmarked for certain things that would be good additions to the PSM stash.

Of course, what I am really doing is moving part of my stash from one location to another, but now I have a purpose for the extra yarn, and other people will be helping me to use it - for a good cause, no less.

Tonight, I'm taking the scribble lace shawl with me to rehearsal, to see if I can work through another large chunk of it. I think another 3 or so hours of straight knitting will see the end, but I have to stretch it out to make sure it does meet the length I want. I love the chunky merino I got in Florence! If you're ever there, I highly recommend you stop by Compagnie Filati di Roberto -- it's only a block or two from Il Duomo (and if you want to bring some more back for me, all the better! :).

TTFN!

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Well, THAT was an adventure!

...my apologies to Wesley, of course.

We had some serious lightning go through here a couple hours ago, and since then I've been troubleshooting my internet connection. After I'd done everything I could think of, still no go even plugged straight into a PC that wasn't even plugged in at storm time, so I called the DSL company.

Turns out I still had it configured for the router. Also appears that the router may be fried, but I needed to get a new one anyway - this one won't "talk" to my wireless card. Oh well, at least it gets me off my tuchus to replace the thing, finally.

The scribble lace stole is coming along, as is a capelet I started yesterday from crochet. Our first Prayer Shawl Ministry session will be this Tuesday, and I'm trying to get as many simple patterns together for the members to choose from. The biggest issue is getting patterns that I don't have to worry about copyright violations via sharing, which means mainly printing out free use patterns from the internet and writing a few of my own. I have got to get more organized.

That's all for now, folks!

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Bound and determined...

Last night I sat up and went through stacks and stacks of knitting books and patterns, looking once more for a perfect pattern for a vest for my grandmother. The pattern I thought I'd narrowed it down to before seemed no longer to suit. I think I've finally found one, though -- in the March 2002 issue of Knitting Digest.

In other news, I've finally gotten started on that Scribble Lace shawl that I've wanted to do since I saw the concept in Debbie New's book. I started it this morning before chorus rehearsal, and got a bit more done this afternoon.

Another thing I want to do is go through and finish up some old projects -- there are several things languishing in my UFO pile. Some things are for friends, and a couple just need to be frogged.

But first, it is laundry time - so off I go!

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Finishing Frenzy

My little fingers are about worn off! Okay, so maybe I exaggerate a teensy bit. I did, however, finish two upside-down shawls yesterday -- one from Patons Twister that I started a few weeks ago from donated yarn for the Prayer Shawl ministry, and the other from the Pizzazz that I started this past weekend. All I need to do is weave in the ends. I also started (and finished) a Habu fringe tape choker on Saturday that I don't think I mentioned -- but I was giving a class on how to make them, so that's really no surprise. :)

My take on Patons Twister -- UGH! The chenille part of the yarn keeps twisting out and away from the boa, causing larger than normal "worms". Since the chenille is an obviously lighter yarn, this sticks out quite a bit. :( As part of the finishing for this shawl, I am going to work to get those worms back into the fabric. I really don't think I'll use the Twister for any other projects, even though the finished shawl is very fun and perfect for a young girl who wants to play dress-up.

Monday, July 19, 2004

How many yards was that again?

So, has anyone knit with Pizzazz - can't remember the company offhand, but it is three yarns held together: one sparkly, one eyelash, and one bouclé. The wrapper said the ball has about 127 yards, but I swear it's got more than that. This stuff lasts forever (which is good, for the price of one ball). I do believe I'll finish the shawl I started out of one skein.

SnB tomorrow night - maybe I'll have an FO to report!

Friday, July 16, 2004

Feeling like a Monday...

It's Friday, but somehow it feels like Monday morning - how wrong is that? :)

This weekend promises to be full of activity, though. Viva la Opera rehearsals come first on Saturday morning, followed by my Habu crochet scarf class. For the interested in the Austin area - at 2 pm at Hill Country Weavers on South Congress, I'll be teaching a class on making those fabulous crochet Habu scarves. No previous crochet experience is required.

Mmmm...Sunday I am going to kick back and relax a bit, and perhaps finally get started on that vest for my grandmother. The sooner I start, the sooner I finish. :D

Happy Friday, all!

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Lookie what I can do!

drumroll please...

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, another FO!!!


Presenting...Pink Flutterby :)


PF is finally finished. I had to check my archives to see when I started this project -- looks like it was all the way back in April 2003. She still needs a bath and a blocking session (and my poor dummy needs a boobjob, from the looks of the pics I took) but she is done. Pretty good for my first completely finished sweater/top ever, no? Yes, there are a few mistakes I made in the pattern, but galloping horses and all that... I actually deliberately did not go back and fix a couple things because it is my first full garment, and because I learned a lot while doing this pattern, even though it is a relatively simple one.

Technical details: Pattern #5 from the Spring 2003 Family Circle Easy Knitting, in Artful Yarns Cinema, color Auntie Em. Done on size 8 Denise Interchangeables, pattern modified to be in the round to the sleeve shaping.

    Things I learned:
  • Just because it looks huge doesn't mean it won't fit. Trust your gauge, not your eyes.
  • Try the thing on where it should fit to make sure you get the torso length right - this is a bit shorter than I'd intended because I kept to the pattern.
  • Never pick a nylon yarn prone to snags. :)
  • Suck it up and do the pattern as written if you've never done a pattern of that type before. Unless there are obvious mistakes, of course - then modify as needed.
  • Ignore your inner "told-you-so" and do it whatever way makes you happy, darn it.
  • Try not to argue with yourself too much.

Heh. I really learned a few more things, but apparently my inner child is arguing with my inner adult as to who was right over what parts of this project. Needless to say, I know it isn't perfect, but it still makes me happy. :D

Morning again?

I just don't know how these things sneak up on me. One minute, it's the afternoon, then suddenly it's the middle of the night, and before you know it, morning comes again. Oy.

So far I've woven in four of the umpteen ends to go in Pink Flutterby. I was actually hoping to have the thing done by this weekend -- still possible, I suppose, provided I actually work on it. :)

After it's done, I'll swatch for the vest my grandmother requested. She only crochets towel toppers, ornaments and doilies - doesn't feel up to making a garment and would rather I knit her one. Of course, I still have to find the perfect pattern, but now I at least have a few ideas.

Have a great Wednesday!

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Huzzah!

I am proud and very VERY happy to announce that I have an almost FO -- Pink Flutterby is in the finishing stages! I think I may have measured a bit wrong in doing the armholes to finish, so the shirt will be a little shorter than I'd originally intended. However, I pinned it up and tried it on, and it fits. (Yay!) This is my first actual garment for myself that I've completed -- well, almost completed. This week I'll get on the finishing and have something to show in pics sometime soon.

Tomorrow night starts rehearsals for Viva la Opera II - so my evenings are going to get pretty full. At least I'll be able to take my knitting. :)

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Progress and a booboo

I am finally nearing the end on Pink Flutterby -- only about 4 more inches of knitting on the front to go before I can do the finishing. I'd actually hoped to have it done by this past Thursday evening, but I didn't quite get there. I also got practically no knitting done this weekend --- my sister's kids seemed to want to play with their aunt, for some reason. :D Tonight I finally got a chance to sit and knit a few more rows, and I am happy that it is nearer completion.

The booboo? Well, I went to Mom's for the weekend, and noticed this evening that I didn't bring back one of the pattern magazines I went down with. Sadly, it was a magazine that holds the pattern for one of my WIPs - the Victoria tank. Very frustrating. Ah well, I'll get it back eventually.

Hope everyone had a fun and safe weekend! Now, back to the grind... :D

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Long week

*streeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch* Oy - lack of sleep over several days really catches up to you. The final rehearsal and concert for the Director's Institute is tonight, and then perhaps I can finally get a full night's sleep. :)

In my bits and pieces of wait time I've managed to finish the back of Pink Flutterby, and now I am just doing the upper portion of the front. I think I have about 30 to 35 more rows to go before I can say that it is completely done, but it is certainly getting there! I seem to have completely over-estimated on yarn needs, as well. I think the pattern calls for 8 to 9 balls at the size I am making, and I originally purchased 10 just to be sure. Right now I am halfway through ball 7 and I might get to ball 8. Since I've had the Cinema for so long now, I can't return it for store credit, but I might consider making the scarf pattern that comes with the yarn balls. Or perhaps it will become an addition to the GSRP box when it finally makes it to my door. Hm...

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July! (...and for you non-celebrants, have a great weekend!)