...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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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The end of an era

R.I.P., Tex. Goodbye, and good luck.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

You know, it's easier...

...to show off pics of what you've been working on if you don't misplace your card reader for the digital camera. Sigh.

Ah, well - the shrug should be finished today, and hopefully sometime this weekend I'll find that reader and get the pics uploaded. In the meantime, I need to cool down - walking a couple miles in the morning in Texas heat really takes it out of you.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Aw, poo.

Debbie Stoller came a day early. Ah, well - at least I got one entry in.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

There's a party going on...

One: Congrats to the 'Horns on winning over Baylor and advancing in the College World Series!!

Two: Mega-huge congrats to the one, the only, the San Antonio Spurs on winning the NBA championships! I love these guys. :)

Three: Happy Bloggiversary to me! In one hour, my blog will be three years old. Impressive, wot?

I've spent the last few hours knitting frantically to try to finish this shrug I've been working on for a couple weeks. Sadly, I am about five inches from the end and I have to go to bed. My deadline of this evening was only so I could take it over to my LYS for the annual contest. Debbie Stoller is actually going to be jurying the entries this year. While I am sad that there is just no way I am going to finish the shrug in time (unless the deadline is moved out to Saturday morning...), I can at least say that I have two other entries in place.

So congrats again 'Horns and Spurs, and now I am going to take my tired little bod off to bed. Night, y'all. :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2005


Is it odd that I am actually tempted to buy a pair of these?

Monday, June 20, 2005


Hey, Lisa.

Moo. :D

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Weekends are for What the Hey...?

So, it's been another long weekend of knitting fun and totally random movies. Last weekend a friend and I went to see Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and another friend and I saw Madagascar. Neither one are what I would call blockbusters, but they are suitable as brain candy. :)

This weekend, I stayed in. Darn Hollywood Video and their 4 for $20 sales. So, I picked up a few movies that might not otherwise have made it into my collection. Let me just say...oy. I managed to knit about 6 inches on my shrug while watching (and being stymied) by the following (laboratory-created) gems.

The Big Empty (2003)
Regardless of the title similarities to a movie classic never to be missed, this movie was more along the lines of...WTF?!? Actually, if you like movies like The Life Aquatic and The Royal Tenenbaums, you might enjoy this one as well. The plot had more strings than fresh mozerella and just enough *what the heck was that?* factor to keep you interested in it. Definitely odd - needs to wait a few years to see if it makes it to the level of cult classic.

I (Heart) Huckabees (2004)
Oy twice on a stick. Two thumbs up on the cinematography. The rest of it is...totally mad. Don't get me wrong - this one deserves a place on the "DVDs you should get around to watching" list, but it is certainly a mind twist. The tagline "existential comedy" covers it, if you only add the comedy part because the ending wasn't tragic.

$corched (2003)
Another WTF title, brought to you by the makers of WTF and WTF?!? Perhaps you could call it a low-budget Pulp Fiction, except I enjoyed this movie more than PF -- certainly there was less gratuitous violence. I doubt this one will ever rate cult classic, but it was certainly enjoyable for the randomness it was. Oh yeah, and John Cleese with a shotgun and a manic Pomeranian. I still think Woody Harrelson can't act.

...and now, boys and girls, time to round out the weekend with more knitting and a little Lemony Snicket. I am certainly looking forward to it being another mind bender - but even if it disappoints, I always have Top Secret to end it all. Moo.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

10 Things To Do Before You Die

As I sit here, contemplating my 30 years on this earth, I wonder what I have and haven't accomplished that I absolutely should in my life. (Okay, really I was just bored and wondering if I really am in the right career.)

How does one measure success? I'd like to say that I am successful because I am secure in my faith and that I have family and friends to share my life. But what have I accomplished?

Forbes.com ran an article a few years back on the 10 things to do before you died. Here's my take on that list.

  1. Make a pilgrimage. I have made one pilgrimage of sorts -- when I was in high school and in my early years of college, I'd promised myself to go on Tour when I'd finished my bachelor's degree. I finally managed this in the spring of 2004, when I went on a choral tour to Germany, Austria and Italy. There are still places in Europe I have plans to see, but I've gotten to go to several cities that have major significance to me.

  2. Eat a meal good enough to be your last. Oh, so not a problem. In different countries, even.

  3. Climb your own mountain. I think we each overcome our own mountains on a regular basis. I know I still have a rather large mountain range out there waiting for me, but I've at least gotten through the foothills. :)

  4. Memorize a poem and pass it on. Sadly, I think none of us do this near often enough. I try, via my singing, as well as through the learning poems I teach the children I get to work with in Sunday School. However, I think this is a good challenge to myself -- time to start looking for a new poem with meaning and find someone to share it with.

  5. Make an enemy for life. This one I succeeded at when I was 15 or 16 years old - although I had no intention of making it a lifetime thing. There was this girl in high school who always tried to play up to me, even though she hated my guts (and I still am not sure why, unless it was a race-related thing -- and I think that's sad). When I saw her a couple years back at our reunion, she still had that hatred thing going on. Of course, this probably isn't what Forbes meant, but...

  6. Forgive someone. Almost daily, even if it is only forgiving myself for stupidity sometimes.

  7. See for yourself that the earth is round. Now this would be one heck of an adventure... I've yet to go all the way around.

  8. Take someone you love to the Camera degli Sposi. I've gotten close, but not actually to this palace. Definitely a stop on the future travels list.

  9. Defy gravity. No real urge to bungee jump, although I did get to play a little in a (bad) antigrav simulator back in high school. Perhaps something a little more extreme is in order...

  10. Let someone else have the chance you missed. I'm getting close on this one - my nephew wants to go to Julliard, which was a dream I had at that age, too. He's definitely good enough, but getting in will be up to him. I might be able to help finance it, but that really depends on the cost and whether he gets any other financial aid.

So, there you go. Six or seven of them I've completed or nearly so, with a couple more to go. Now I just have to start planning a couple more extended vacations... ;)

Monday, June 06, 2005

Things that Make Me Happy

  1. Fresh fruit from Fredericksburg

  2. Lovely, luring Lavender, fresh-cut

  3. The sensation of smooth shaved legs in long leggings

  4. a little alliteration :)

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Secret Pal Questionnaire - Redux

It's that time again, so here's my answers for the questionnaire... :D

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you? Yes and no. If it's soft, I generally like it.

2. Do you spin? Crochet? I haven't gotten into spinning yet, but I've been crocheting since I was 7. :D

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.) Technically, no. I generally react badly to smoke and mohair, though.

4. How long have you been knitting? About 3 years or so, now (check the earliest date on this blog. :)

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yup, check the link in the top part of the bar to the right.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.) Plumeria, or anything floral.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth? Yes, mainly for chocolate. :D

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? I weave, make jewelry, do beadwork, and a few other things. Right now I have too many crafty hobbies to count, although they don't always make it into regular rotation.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) I love all kinds of music, except for rap and derogatory rock. My personal collection ranges from Fats Waller to Mozart to the Monkees to No Doubt to... well, you get the picture. MP3s will work just fine.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand? My favorite color is fuchsia (pinks and reds in general). I cannot stand Microsoft Teal.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? Single, no kids, no pets (unless you count the dust bunnies).

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)
- To make a name for myself with my singing
- To be able to make a living with my knitting/crocheting/beadwork
- I wanna be an astronaut when I grow up.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? Tough call. Right now I'd have to say Koigu KPPPM or Kersti and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino. Baby Alpaca is nice, too... Ooooh, soft AND pretty colors. :D

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? Mohair no likey me. Seriously, I hack up hairballs when I work with it. Just ask my knitting buds.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s? In the process of making myself a shawl and a shrug for a trip later in the year, then back to socks -- I have a goal of 14 pair of socks before next summer, and I've only finished 2 pair so far.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? It varies. I love instant gratification projects.

17. What are you knitting right now? Besides the shawl and shrug, also working on a tank from Bamboo, some prayer shawls and at least one pair of socks. I have about 20 other projects in the UFO pile - but I don't count those.

18. What do you think about ponchos? Eh...I've made a couple capelets for myself but I'm not feeling the out-and-out poncho love. This is not to say that next winter I still won't be kicking myself for not having made a warm one.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Definitely the circs.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Depends on the yarn and project. I love Addis, but I also like my Denise (plastic) and Boye (aluminum). I don't have many wooden circs, although I need to get some before I go overseas next year - easier to travel with.

21. Are you a sock knitter? Heh, yeah.

22. How did you learn to knit? Taught myself from a couple books.

23. How old is your oldest UFO? Well over a decade.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird? I love cats, the Animaniacs and Hello Kitty.

25. What is your favorite holiday? All of them. Ok, mainly the Christian ones. Hey, I'm a church geek, what can I say.

26. Is there anything that you collect? Um...yarn? :D I have a beanie baby collection that I haven't added to in at least 3 years, a massive collection of DVDs and CDs (there are reasons why my Amazon wishlist is so long) and cool beads for my beadwork. And yarn. Definitely yarn.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? None, although I keep meaning to sub to Interweave Knits.

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on? The Opinionated Knitter, A Handbook of Weaves (Oelsner), Knitting Scottish Kilt Hose

So, my Secret Pal, if you have any more questions, feel free to drop me a line! :D