...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, July 20, 2005

Well, pooh

Yet again, a good plan gone awry. Although the Rowan Cork calls for knitting on size US 11 needles, as does the pattern for Cherry Twist, this yarn does not look good knit that loosely. Well, not for a tank, anyway. I guess I am still hunting for the perfect pattern, then.

Until then, back to work on Lisa's tablecloth (I will figure out that pattern to repair it!) and my cruise shawl.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Another Good Book

I just finished reading Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille (by Stephen Brust). Actually, my ability to devour a novel in an hour or two can be somewhat a blessing and a curse, as I get to the end sooner but then I am left begging for more. In this case, it is one heck of a sci-fi/fantasy novel filled with plot twists at which Brust excels (if you haven't read the Vlad Taltos novels, I highly recommend them as well). Feng's is a book I've glanced through several times in the past, but apparently I've never read it all the way through -- at least I don't remember ever doing so, now that I've completed it.

All babbling aside, if you are a fan of the sci-fi/fantasy genre, you should really read a book or two by Brust. You probably won't stop there. If you are only into pure fantasy or pure sci-fi, or you hate plot twists and want only stories with a purely happy ending, try it anyway - you may be surprised. :)

Onward and upward, to pics of my SP5 gift!! First, a shot of what I saw when I opened the box. Yes -- they are a couple of VERY cute buttons, one that says song (bird) and the other Super (star). I love them!! They will be perfect flair for my music bag. :D

The pièce de résistance? Six skeins of Rowan Cork in a very yummy fuchsia shade! In fact, I believe there will be enough yarn for me to make this,which is a pattern I've had my eye on for quite a while now. Mohair and I just don't get along, so I am very happy to now possess a yarn which should make gauge and won't make me itch. It might be a bit heavy for summer in Texas, but it will make a nice fall and spring top.

And now, off to knit!

Monday, July 18, 2005


First, a slight apology for my lack of blog fodder - work has been crazy and then I took a small trip out of town for a friend's birthday.

Second, THANKS BUNCHES to my super SP5 pal, who sent me a fabulous gift this past week - I'll get pics up within the next couple of days.

Third (and finally), if you are at all a Harry Potter fan and have not yet secured book six, GET IT. Now. I'll not provide any spoilers, but I will say that this book, of all the ones in the series, leaves you just begging for the rest of the story. I laughed. I cried. I stayed up 'til way past my bedtime to finish the whole thing in one sitting. Now, I'm wired, speculating about the hints of foreshadowing Rowling used to show what we may be in store for in book seven. I may die of anticipation -- but now, I really need to get to bed.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


Desperately in search of an easy triangular shawl pattern that can be made with 400 yards or less of a dk weight yarn. I swear I had one or two that would work, but one of them looked wonky as I was working it up and the other has a 27 row repeat. Not gonna happen.

Any ideas? Anyone?

P.S. Crochet or knitting is fine - and I just need to know where to find the pattern if it is in a book or magazine.


Thursday, July 07, 2005

Save Players!

No, not Save Ferris. We're here to Save Players!

If you're an Austinite or a former UT student, this is news you need to know. The law of eminent domain is getting out of hand again. Ok, so maybe it isn't as big a tragedy as New London, but Players is an institution, darnit.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

I am (almost) a lemming

Yes. I, too, am toying with the idea of knitting a one skein wonder. Although technically, it will take two skeins.

In other knitting news, I am about halfway through my silver shawl and I need to get started on two more shawls for friends. I worked some this week on the Flore hat (Knitwhit's kit) that I bought and abandoned a year ago. I've also got to get cracking on another gift for my SP - I haven't even decided what to make yet, but I do want to include something I personally did in one of the packages. Hm, must ponder.

Ah, well, off to enjoy my 3 day weekend...