...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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Monday, January 31, 2005

Miso Sad

Whyso sad? Our dear friend V is leaving for the big D, where she will be pursuing a job offer. We sent her off in style, or at least with a lot of fun, this week - a few sessions of KIPping, a few movies and some time just hanging out (while she packed -- had to happen somewhen in there). All is not lost, however - the big D is only a few (cough) miles down the road, so some roadtrips are sure to happen!

On Thursday last, I was inventorying my collection of WIPs and UFOs and noticed that I didn't have a darn thing finished in the month of January. I decided that this was a tragedy just crying for a solution, and whipped out this baby in our 3 hour KIP session. It's a free pattern from Lion Brand Yarns and done with one skein of LB Jiffy. I did eliminate the earflaps, though - we decided it was long enough and christened it Gnomy 2. All hail the first FO of 2005!

In the "endless knitting" category, I am very happy to announce that only 1 row and a bind-off (and a couple seams) stand between me and another FO - the neverending vest. The color here is pretty accurate - it is called red but looks more like coral. For the curious, it is done in some absolutely ancient Caron Dazzle that my grandmother sent me (and requested the vest), but the yarn is holding up well -- all my whining about it notwithstanding. By the end of the week, this baby should be totally complete and waiting to go into the mail.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

Odd Things I Read

Sometimes, you just have to surf the 'net. Other times, you know exactly where to go to get the absolutely odd goodness you've come to expect from several million people spewing their own randomness out into cyberspace.

One such mecca of the weird is the Yahoo! News AP and Reuter Oddly Enough section. I mean, where else can you find out about people selling their bodies as advertisement (or ickier, selling their "pleasure sounds" for ringtones)? I mean, some of this stuff is better than the official News of the Weird site.

Next up on the tour de force of oddness, Odd Pics. Ok, some of these appear to be captures directly off other sites, but they're pretty wild, nonetheless.

If your fascination with the bizarre takes you down an etymological path, check out this Collection. Perhaps we should all take a trip to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch?

...and finally, what travels down the path of just plain strange would be complete without a stop in at the granddaddy of them all, Ripley's? Believe it or not, some of it is just plain creepy.

OKC: Only one armhole and some seams to go before Grandma's vest is complete. Yay!

Monday, January 24, 2005

KIP and an SP Questionnaire

Okie dokie, peeps -- V is back for one week only, and we've gotta let her out of Austin in style!! KIP at Schlotzsky's on Lamar tonight, from about 7 or so on. Come party hearty. :)

Now, the questionnaire, Secret Pals 4 style:

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high- a nd/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you? Every yarn has a purpose -- while I do like the higher-end stuff, RH and Lion Brand can be nice for some things, too.
2. Do you spin? Crochet? Crochet, yes. Spin, not yet, although I've been meaning to try my hand at it. I also weave.
3. Do you have any allergies? Not really, although mohair makes me itch and cough up hairballs. (No, really -- it has it in for me.)
4. How long have you been knitting? About 2 1/2 years or so -- as long as I've had a blog.
5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yup -- linked over in the top of the right-hand column.
6. What's your favorite scent? Plumeria or tropical florals. Floral scents in general, although I tend to avoid too heavy of a scent.
7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Oh yeah, baby. And I've got the thighs to prove it.
8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Hmmmm...beadwork, candle- and soap-making, general handicrafts.
9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I like just about everything except rap and acid rock. I mostly listen to folk/folk-rock and Christian music, but there's definitely a place for Dr. Demento in there. Hey, I live in the Live Music Capital of the World. :D I like to hear obscure stuff and new bands. MP3's are just fine, too.
10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Fuchsia would be the fave -- I tend to stick to reds and pinks in my clothing choices, although I have been known to branch out among the jeweltones. Natural palettes are good too, as are just fun combos. Teals - not so much.
11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? Single with no pets.
12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know) To get married and have two beautiful children (okay, so I'm regressing - sue me). To make it big (or at least local) with my singing.
13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? Koigu. I love the color combinations -- all handpaint yarns tend to be fabulous, in fact. :D
14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? Can't do mohair. Well, I can, but I can't wear it if I make it. *pout*
15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? I am not allowed to have another obsession until I finish the vest I am working on.
16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Socks, shawls, hats, eh, whatever pattern I focus on at the moment. :D
17. What are you knitting right now? The aforementioned vest, crocheting a skirt from Koigu PPPM (oy, 144 squares and all those ENDS), knitting a UT poncho, and a few other things that I am deliberately not remembering until I finish one or more of these three. :D
18. What do you think about ponchos? Depends on my mood. I've seen a lot of fabulous ones, haven't made myself a warm one yet.
19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Circular. Love my Denise's - thinking of getting a second set. If only they came in smaller sizes (but hey, that's what the Addi's are for... :)
20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Depends on the project. I've used them all.
21. Are you a sock knitter? Yes and no - I know how and I like to do it, but I've only finished one pair despite all the fabulous sock yarn I want to play with.
22. How did you learn to knit? Taught myself from a couple books.
23. How old is your oldest UFO? Knitted - about a year. Crocheted - about 12 years. Oy. Don't get me started on the needlepoints I never finished.
24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? Garfield. And the Animaniacs.
25. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas and Easter. I'm Lutheran and I think they're both equally important. :D
26. Is there anything that you collect? Used to collect Beanie Babies, but I haven't in quite a while. I love angels, roosters, fabulously funky earrings, and anything with bluebonnets on it. Oh, and UT stuff (that's The University of Texas at Austin, for those Volunteers out there :).

Well, I'm sure I forgot something, but hopefully that will give my SP (whoever you are) something to go on. I can't wait to get started - I've already got some ideas for my SP but I need to know preferences first.

Ciao, bella!

Saturday, January 22, 2005

What a long week it's been

Oy, can't believe that it has been almost a week since I last spewed randomness here. Ok, maybe some of it wasn't so random, but the stream of consciousness effect is kind of fun. :)

It is almost the end of January and I still don't have an FO to report for 2005. However, I have two almost FOs -- Grandma's vest is nearing completion (only a few more rows to go before I can assemble and knit on the edging) and I finally finished weaving that runner/scarf for which I dyed the weft. I actually stopped weaving a few inches short of where I wanted, because one side was loose and wouldn't tighten and I didn't want a ripple running the length of that side. It is still long enough for a respectable scarf, however, once I finish it off and give it a nice bath. I think I might also bead the end of the fringe, if I can work up the ambition to do so -- there are a LOT of ends.

In other news this week, I managed to bang myself up a bit by falling down some flagstone steps. Luckily I only sustained minor scrapes and a few wrenched muscles, but that was enough for me to be on muscle relaxers and pain killers yesterday. Much as I hate medication, even I have to admit that sometimes it is necessary. Other than some residual soreness, though, it's not too bad.

Ah well, time to fo laundry, and perhaps later, some knitting! :D

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Ladies and Gentlemen...


Oh, and check out The Life Aquatic. Random, but how can you not love a soundtrack loaded with covers of David Bowie songs in Portuguese?

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Whatever you do, remember the sunscreen

I love mix radio stations. Especially ones willing to transcend the decades and play everything from 60s to current music (hey, even big band stuff from further back, too!). One of them here today played Sunscreen this morning, a song I haven't heard in quite a while. It did serve as a great reminder that there are some things we should always remember.

Advice is always easy to dispense in hindsight. It's also easier for single people to give marriage advice, and childless folk to give advice about child-rearing. It's not completely an experience standpoint, but a view of the observer -- someone who has seen it and can generally objectively give an opinion from the outside. Does it make it any more or less valid than those who have "walked the walk," so to speak? I don't know - does scientific external observation of an event preclude understanding of what is actually happening inside? The point is infinitely debatable.

But hey, remember the sunscreen.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Getting my groove on

Well, I had a visit to the neurologist earlier this week to determine if I have carpal tunnel syndrome, at which time he had the lab techs take around 13 vials of blood (at least I wasn't the one in there doing glucose tests) to see what might be the cause. And he told me to lose weight (oooh, shocker).

Today, I got a new toy to help motivate me on that last bit -- DDR Extreme for my PS2 and a dance mat. I do an awful lot of walking, but it is sad how quickly I got tired on the beginner level. The cool thing about this game is it has a workout option, which allows you to keep track of your calories burned, weight lost, etc. We'll see if this lasts longer than my resolution to hit the gym at least once a week.

OKC: KIP at Gelato's tonight (183 and Burnet by Benihana -- meeting at 7pm).

Thursday, January 13, 2005

TMI of the day

Normally I avoid meme lists like the plague. Today, I decided to let the TMI all hang out since this one has been bouncing around lately - as seen on Knotology. Hey, it's been a long week.

Grooming Products

Shampoo -- Paul Mitchell Tea Tree/Salon Selectives
Moisturizer -- L'Occitane or Lubriderm
Cologne -- none usually, but currently favoring armani mania
Razor -- Venus
Toothpaste -- Crest


Cell phone -- LG flip phone (did you know it was short for Lucky Goldstar?)
Computer -- Dell desktop and notebook system
Television -- one Phillips, one unknown, one broken Sears TV/VCR combo
Stereo -- have one, rarely use it, favor my Creative MuvoTxFM


Sheets -- Bed in a Bag from Garden Ridge
Coffee-maker -- the coffee shop downstairs
Car -- Ford Escort
Stationery -- mmm...I've got some but I haven't used it in so long I couldn't pick the manufacturer out of a line-up. My email stationery is called WebSpiceFancyStripDarkGreen.


Bottled water -- Dasani or Aquafina, usually
Coffee -- chai, please
Vodka -- Absolut, or whatever is available
Beer -- not so much, unless I'm in Europe


Jeans -- Venizia
T-shirt -- college or work-related, generally
Briefcase or tote -- Dell Dude backpack
Sneakers -- Ryka
Watch -- Timex

Favorite Places
Seattle's Best, Hill Country Weavers, church, Gelato's, Alamo Drafthouse, Austin. :D

Necessary Extravagance
Yarn, and regular pedicure/manicure sessions

Sunday, January 09, 2005

You did what?

Yes, at age 30, I went to my first Styx concert - we had a lot of fun listening to their music, even if the venue was a little unorthodox (it was at Billy Bob's in Ft. Worth).

I've managed to get almost no knitting, weaving or corcheting done this weekend (perhaps a couple rows on the UT poncho), but I've gotten to spend it with some friends from college that I don't see very often. Stop and smell the roses, they're pretty darn cool.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Wacky weather

You've got to love the weather in Texas - one minute it is hot as Hades in January, and the next, you're freezing your tushie off. At least the cold weather gives me one more excuse to wear the knits that I have few chances to wear here. Don't get me wrong -- I really don't like snow and part of the reason I stay here in Texas is because the weather agrees with me. :D

Off to snuggle under a nice warm afghan...

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Anywhere but here

I'm pooped -- just spent four and a half hours helping out with inventory at the store. Sock world is absolutely gorgeous now, thankyewverramuch. Of course, that will last until Tuesday, when people start pawing through it again. Ah, well.

This begs the question, why can't I be this organized at home? I was Logistics Officer for two years in high school for AFJROTC, for goodness' sake - spending two of my summers cleaning and reorganizing the Logistics and Supply room of one of the largest programs in the nation. Anywhere but here, I suppose - perhaps it is easier to be callous about where to put things (and what to keep) if it isn't your own stuff. :o

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Rose Bowl shoot-out

Oh. My. Gosh. This has been probably one of the best football games I've seen all year. If you haven't seen the game yet and still plan to, STOP READING NOW.



Ok, they gone? Good. 37 seconds left on the clock, down by 2, and Texas runs. 2 seconds left to go, and out comes Dusty. I love Dusty Mangum, and I'm almost sorry to see him graduate. Now they're playing a mind game with timeouts. I can't knit, I'm so wound up. Ok, all the timeouts are gone now -- can Dusty win the Rose Bowl for us?

YES! It's good!! TEXAS WINS THE ROSE BOWL!! I'm so happy - I'm bouncing on my bed and still typing here. :D As much as I dislike Mack Brown, I must say this team has earned this victory. Michigan played a fabulous game, and this was a hard-played and hard-won fight.

I only wish I could also report my first FO of 2005, but I think the 'Horns have finished, and started, quite nicely. :D

Happy New Year...

...and Go 'Horns! I _love_ the fact that we're starting off a brand new year with a brand new UT tradition - a BCS bowl game. Not just any bowl game, either -- this is the Rose Bowl! So pbthhtt to all our detractors who son't think we belong at the party. Our team, our school and our fans have been working and waiting for our turn in the glory, and it is finally here. Will we win? Eh, I don't know - sadly, I think Mack Brown is outclassed and I really wish that the defensive coordinator were the head coach.

On the knitting front, I'll be working this afternoon on my UT football poncho. I started it at the beginning of the season and I've only worked on it while watching games. Of course, I haven't watched that many games this season, as I don't have cable or satellite, so I still have a bit to go. It'll get there, even if it won't be ready until next season. :D

May your new year be bright and full of fantastic possibility!