...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, October 31, 2004

Happy Reformation Day!

Yes, I know it is also All Hallow's Eve, but it also happens to be a very important turning point in Christian history. So, in the spirit of Martin Luther, go forth and sin boldly!

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Picture pages, picture pages

Time to get your crayon and your pencil...

Wow, a whopped-upside-the-head trip down memory lane. You've got to love those. :D At any rate, certain people (not mentioning any names, Lisa ;) have been politely kicking me to get some pictures up here, since I tend to run behind.

So, to catch everyone up on what's been happening here lately:

We went to Scholz' to start celebrating my 30th birthday earlier this month. (Click the thumbnail for a larger view --I'm in the orange shirt, and it may be one of the few times you see a picture of me on the web. :) Here's a more artful shot of more of the attendees. Those of you who've seen other photos might note that V apparently always needs...artful embellishment about the head. *chuckle*

On the Monday before my birthday, my mother and her boyfriend accompanied me on a sightseeing trip of Central Texas. Ok, it was really a winery-seeing trip, I admit it. We DID get some cultural redemption of it all, though - we stopped by the LBJ ranch in Johnson City (I haven't been through there since grade school) and hiked up the trail to the Sauer-Beckmann living farm. This is a property adjoining the LBJ ranch that maintains turn-of-the-last-century living, lifestyles of the 1900s. There were quite a lot of chickens, and even a very friendly cow or two. Of course, there were lots of other animals, but they weren't feeling especially photogenic. :D

Between then and now, not much has happened that was overly picture-worthy, but I do have photos of the FOs I cast off this past week:



Mr. DeVille, I'm ready for my closeup
Done in eye-burning Hot Pink Red Heart Kids, from the Knitty.com Hallowig pattern.


Just another Noro hat, but ain't it yummy?


The hat is destined for a charitable cause, and the wig is destined for tonight's party. Bad llama, duck.

Friday, October 29, 2004

Book Report and a Happy Joy Dance

Last week a friend sent me something off my Amazon wishlist for my birthday, unexpectedly -- a book called The Five People You Meet in Heaven. It really was not as religious a book as I had expected (and almot hoped), but it does give one man's opinion as to what life after death may mean - not just a resting place, but a resolution to your life. Many thanks for sending this one, Rachel. :D

In the Happy Joy dance category, I can proudly announce not one finished object, but two! I finally finished my Hallowig last night (it only needed the three-needle bind-off) in time to wear it today...except we're not having a costume contest at work after all. Oh, well, I still get to wear it to the party this weekend. The second FO is the hat I started during the Women's conference last week. It really only needed a few more rounds and the decreases, which I got done last night as well.

Still to finish: Grandma's vest, the blue capelet, and the furry scarf. Only 8 more weeks to Christmas, so I better get on the ball.

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Not dead yet!

Life is like a Monty Python skit - you never know what's gonna happen next, but you're pretty sure it'll either make you laugh or cry.

So...I've been insanely busy this past week, and then I had to go and pull a muscle or something in my back on Thursday. On the plus side, it's starting to feel a lot better (after 3 days of trying not to do too much and taking pills - ugh). I did get a bit more knitting done - almost finished the hat I started during the Texas Conference for Women last Tuesday (no, I didn't knit DURING the seminars, although I wanted to during one of them) and my Hallowig is also coming along towards the completion point. The capelet is just under halfway done, and I also need to get back to Grandma's vest.

Right now I need to get back to work, so ciao!

Friday, October 15, 2004

The back is finished!

Yes, I have finished the back of my grandmother's vest. That brings it to 45% of completion, and now I have to cast on for the front pieces. I haven't yet decided whether I want to attempt both at the same time - partially because I would have to find a big stitch holder for the back piece instead of the long Denise cord I have the back on if I did.

The birthday cake shawl was a big hit at dinner on Tuesday and at the SnB north last night -- we even had some ladies come over and marvel at all the pretty knitted things when we were at Gelato's (and Happy Birthday again, Sammi! :). So far I haven't had a chance during good light to get a picture of it, but I'll try again this weekend. Thanks to all of you who sent me birthday wishes as well - I had a fabulous weekend. *grin*

I worked a little on the Hallowig at choir practice on Wednesday, and the capelet is due for the rotation tomorrow. Perhaps I do have a shot at finishing my main WIPs before Christmas! :D

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

You say it's your birthday....

It's my birthday, too, yeah (dah dah dah dah dah)... :) Oy. You know, birthdays are a pernicious thing -- you might not really feel any older, but they certainly make you keep track of time.

In knitting news, I finished the birthday cake shawl!!! It is 2 inches wider than the pattern calls for, but now that it is bound off I really wouldn't have minded it being even wider. It wraps around my shoulders nicely though. I will block it out and get a picture of it to post in the next couple days. The pattern for a self-fringing shawl is very easy, and can be used for any number of rectangular objects you want fringe on. I think I might make a scarf from my remnants, following Lisa's idea from her Colinette kit leftovers. Possibly I'll make another wrap or a throw -- I certainly have enough other yarns to mix in. :D First, however, it's back to Grandma's vest, and V's capelet. And the Hallowig, if I have time.

But not today. :D

Monday, October 11, 2004

Monday, Monday...

Gotta love a Monday morning where you don't actually have to be at work. Mom's in town and we're going to do some sightseeing that she hasn't gotten around to in 30+ years of living in Texas.

She's driving and I'll be knitting maniacally on my birthday cake shawl -- it's at about 12 inches now, so I need at least 2 more to make what the pattern calls for. I think I knit around 2 inches yesterday, so there is still hope for me to finish this before we go out to dinner tomorrow night. That's the goal anyway.

Hasta luego, amigas!

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Fabulous day for a PARTY!

We're finally getting a little bit of Fall weather (the cooler temps, not the rain :) and the day is starting out looking pretty good!

Order of business for the day: get a little work done, watch the UT game (go 'Horns!) and then the birthday party...yessir, it's gonna be a bright, bright, sunshiny day. :D

*humming*

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Sex, skies, and birthday cake

Ok, no sex. But here's a great picture of the skies over Austin this week:



It's been just a little rainy since the leftovers from the multiple hurricane systems shoved inland. I am very thankful that I don't live closer to the coast, however.

As far as the birthday cake goes, get a load of this:


Knittin' me a birthday cake shawl...


This is the shawl from the K1C2 Have Your Cake and Knit it Too kit. I think just a few more inches and I'll be done. Hopefully in time for my birthday. :D We did have a nice SnB tonight - got to see Chelsea and the twins again, as well as meeting Sara. Lisa was sadly unable to join us, but we had a few other non-bloggers there as well.

This Thursday is first Thursday, so be sure to stop by your friendly neighborhood LYS to check out the sale!

Monday, October 04, 2004

Are you registered to vote?

Today is the registration deadline for Texas voters...so get out there and register if you haven't already!

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Love's Labor's Lost

Looking for something fun to do in Austin this month? Then I highly recommend checking out this performance by the Bedlam Faction at the Blue Theater. Shows run October 7-10, 14-17, and 21-23. V and I caught the opening gala tonight, and it was fabulous.

Sadly, my luck with meeting single men held out (why are all the good ones married or gay?), but I did meet quite a few fabulous thespians in the area, some of whom I hope to work with in the future via the ACoT. Not to mention one of the actresses noticed my Salon Capelet and commented most complimentarily on it (and she recognized that it was crocheted!). :D

Well, it is now very late and I have to get up very early, so TTFN and have a fabulous Sunday. (By the way, Texas won: 44 to 14. w00t!)

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Gonna be a slaughter...

Wow. Less than 5 minutes into the game and Texas is up 14 to 0. This is going to be a wholesale massacre. Looks like fun... :D