...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.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

do NOT want

um, yeah.

Want

Note to self - good things to geek out about.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Blue Funk

Well, crud. I need retail therapy and Gauge changed their hours to close at 6.

Just as well - after today's churn, I'd do some serious (and unnecessary) damage to my wallet.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Suspect search terms

For the person who was looking for someone to show some ass, so sorry to disappoint. I also do not have any B. A. Baracus knitting patterns (although I have a friend who would LOVE one if you know of one...).

Other knitting/crochet patterns I'd be interested in: the patterns for the knitted plushies shown in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (the movie, natch), thigh-high stockings that I did NOT have to do the math for (ya, I know - wishful thinking), and perhaps a plushie fish pattern.

An odd pattern I recently added to my collection: a Princess Leia hat, as commissioned by a friend of a friend so she can wear it in the next Relay for Life. This pattern does actually have the distinction of being worn (in finished form) by Carrie Fisher after being gifted to her by the pattern designer.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

B is for Bridge


B is for Bridge
Originally uploaded by Cyndiva.
...and finally, here is my B for the ABC-along. There are lots of lovely bridges over the San Antonio River, many of which are a lot less pleasant to climb over than they are to look at. No kidding, these arches can be steep. :)

Observations on skaters

Watching figure skating is one of my secret passions. I love watching the elegance of the skaters, knowing the difficulty of the routines they make look so easy and graceful.

Johnny Weir is currently on the ice. I don't like Johnny - he is an egotistical little diva who is not a good sportsman in my opinion. That being said, he certainly is pretty on the ice. Evan Lysacek is my current fave among the men, he reminds me so much of Todd Eldredge, another favorite. Johnny is certainly going to give Evan a run for his money this year.

Edited to add: holy crow, they TIED!!! Go Evan, congrats on winning the free skate and the title!

Update

Well, I did some more troubleshooting of the camera last night, and a bit of searching on the internet for others with similar problems, and came up with two things.

1. The clicking is normal - it is due to the image stabilization feature being turned on, and turning IS off eliminates the clicks.
2. The LCD is just hosed - not an issue that I've found others having and it hasn't gone away. Still waiting on a call back from the vendor to exchange this bad boy. If I don't get a message back by noon tomorrow (since I really doubt anyone is going to call back on a Sunday) I'll be on the horn tomorrow afternoon. I'm within the return period so they should exchange it for me without a problem.

I've got to run off to teach my crochet class and I haven't yet had a chance to upload the pics I took yesterday to see if the camera is otherwise functioning normally. However, the scrambled LCD makes using the menus a pain so unless they have a magic fix for me, it's going back.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Camera disappointment

Oh, I'm so bummed. I took my new Olympus E-510 out for a full run today -- since Mom asked for a visit we went down to the Riverwalk today, for exercise and to allow me to test out my new camera. I'd already done a few test shots earlier this week when I unpacked the camera to make sure the various modes worked, and all seemed okay.

Unfortunately, after about fifty shots or so in several modes (only two or three using live view mode), the LCD has decided to start "ghosting". This problem has not gone away after the camera has been off for a few hours, and occurs on the menu as well as in playback. I have not yet downloaded the pics to my computer to see if it is only the LCD that has a problem or the entire internals of the camera -- certainly when you turn the camera off now it makes a click-click-click sound that I don't recall it making previously, and my E-300 doesn't do it. Since I don't have my card reader, cables or manuals here in SA (or for that matter, other lenses or my old camera to try), I shall have to wait until tomorrow to see if the problem is deeper than just a faulty LCD. Either way, I am very sad that my new camera is not perfect. My E-300 more than met my expectations when I got it and it is just a downer to have the E-510 not be just as good out of the box.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Waiting impatiently

I already have a couple B photos (although, as Vicki noted - it should really be your BEST "letter" photo for that period, not a whole bunch biggrin ). I will still post those photos once I get the time to clean off my camera memory cards, but they violate the rules in another manner - they were not taken after the 19th, so aren't good for the second letter of the year anyway.

So where is my fantabulous B photo, the one I am making you wait for? Sorry, the answer is in still more waiting, because I myself am also waiting. Waiting for my brand spanking new E-510 to get here this week so I can play with it. Muhahahahahaaaa. While I really wanted the E-3, I couldn't justify the price, plus I couldn't find anyone selling the body only (since I already have the lenses that kit with the camera). Once I get the new one, I'm planning on selling my E-300 on consignment to make up for the extravagance, although T tells me I should keep it as a backup camera.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Second FO of 2008

Huzzah, I finished something! mrgreen

Technically it's my 3rd FO of the year, counting both pinafores for Bekky separately, but either way it is done - finito. I just finished off the Hot Cross Beret for my friend E, a project which took longer than I thought it would but came out rather well. I made a few changes to the pattern, modifying the crossed stitch with one that was easier (the pattern TrX stitch was remarkably overcomplicated) and reducing a couple rows because the hat was starting to look like a balloon rather than a tam.

Now I just need to weave in the ends and take some pictures for my project notebook. If I make another one of these, I think I'll use the idea and make a new pattern from scratch, so that I can work it top down with the alternate stitching. Hm, I'll have to think about that some more.

In the meantime, it means now I only have two unfinished objects to go before I can start on a sweater for myself. I need to finish my grandmother's shawl as soon as possible (overdue Christmas present) and try to get the wedding afghan done before March, so the mother of the bride can hand-deliver it to Germany. If that one's not finished (or there is no room in the luggage) I can still ship it, but I'd rather not pay the shipping charges if I can manage it.

Pictures coming soon...

Rumors

  • MacBook Air includes secret filter to block all references to Ron Paul
  • Blood was digitally removed from There Will Be Blood
  • Patton Oswalt has signed a two-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens
  • ABC announced George Lucas's Matrix Babies coming this fall
  • Report links Alvin, Simon to performance-enhancing helium
  • The Dinobots will be voiced by the Wu Tang Clan
  • They shot that tiger because it knew Tom Cruise was gay
  • Islanders on "Lost" to adopt adorable, wisecracking orphan cousin
  • No new Garfield movie until 2011
  • B.A. Baracus played in new A-Team movie by Marcus Carl Franklin, Ben Whishaw, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, and Cate Blanchett
  • New Radiohead video available only as an animated GIF
  • Hillary Clinton thinks Batman Forever got everything right
  • Peter Parker is going to start failing Chemistry so kids can better relate to the character
  • iPhone tells Diane Sawyer of Jobs's "inappropriate touching"
  • There are too many pop culture references in Internet lists

(Woot!)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Stumbling is cool

If you've never played with StumbleUpon, I highly recommend it. You find a lot of great things on the internet that you never knew were there. (...but it is a time suck - be warned!)

There are very cool things out there. Things like this.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Argh - I seem to remember needing to be somewhere at 7:30 tonight, but for the life of me I can't remember what or where...

Saturday, January 12, 2008

A lot can be said for a good salad

It's been a very good day. Heck, except for those pesky daylight hours at work, it's been a pretty decent week. Truthfully work isn't so bad, just a bit...boring these days. That looks to be changing soon, so perhaps I ought to hold my tongue. :D

As of this afternoon I am mostly finished with two quick pinafores for Bekky's baby - she was born much smaller than I expected and B says she hasn't much clothes until she grows, so I offered to whip a couple of those out. One of them was done on Thursday night, and the other I finished up this afternoon.

I've also been working on the hot cross beret for E - it looks to be coming along nicely, but working in black is never easy in dark coffeehouses. :D That I need to work on more at home where I have better lighting. If I focus on it (instead of on, say videogames) in my evenings at home this week it should be done in the next few days, I think.

Oh, and about that salad: sometimes inspiration strikes -- I had to run to the grocery store to get a couple things and in the seafood section found new singles of imitation crab. I will say that I happen to love this stuff, although I rarely buy it because the packages are just too large for me to go through. Singles, on the other hand, are perfect! I initially was going to make a quick pasta salad with it, but didn't really feel like cooking, so I tossed it with some grape tomatoes and fresh mozzerella, with just a tiny bit of ranch dressing, and voila! A super quick salad that tastes great and didn't require a whole lot of work on my part. I may have to take one of these to work for lunch one day this week.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

A is for Acquisition


A is for Acquisition
Originally uploaded by Cyndiva.
It is also for "adding to the yarn stash" and "ack, I have too much yarn".

These are the yarns I got from various after-Christmas and inventory sales. It does not include some yarn purchased in that timeframe not on sale (two skeins of Malabrigo laceweight), nor does it include the yarns I got for Christmas (some Noro sock yarn and some handspun). What it does include is a determination of mine to knit myself at least one sweater this year. I've made myself a couple things in 2007, but it has been well over a year since I've completed a sweater for me.

Without further ado, clockwise from the top: 14 skeins of Reynolds Rapture in burgundy, 9 of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in rich red, 3 hanks of Colinette Jitterbug, one ball of Lang Aktion, one skein of a Chamelon sockweight, and 12 balls of Merino Big.

...and for as long as possible this year, no more yarn purchases! (Granted, commissioned work is excluded, but I'm pretty sure I can work most things from my stash.)

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Overheard

Sitting here, I overhear two girls discussing caucuses vs. primaries and not understanding, and talking Mormonism and getting it wrong... The temptation to butt in and teach them is strong. Good thing I have my knitting.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Aggravation

I finally got it together and sat down to crochet the hat I owe a friend.

Yarn (and beginnings of hat)? Check.
Hooks and other supplies? Check.
Pattern?

...

Pattern? Anyone? Bueller?

Sigh. Of COURSE the pattern has gone missing. I spent quite a while before heading off to Rio Rita searching for it and no dice. So, any of my Austin friends - happen to have a copy of the latest Interweave Crochet hanging around? I'm resisting buying a new copy, as I know my other one will show up as soon as I do. If I can't find it by Sunday, though, I guess I have no choice. Argh.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

It's frickin' freezin' up here, Austin

Okay, maybe not freezing. It is only (ONLY!) down to 36 degrees here in Austin. I'm wrapped up in a warm blanket with my super fuzzy slippers on with a warm notebook on my lap, and COLD. I can't even knit because my hands are cold (not to mention the project I should be working on is down in my car trunk - well, BOTH of the projects I should be working on). Perhaps this year is the year I invest in an electric blankie. Or perhaps I should get up and check that the furnace pilot is still lit.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Frohliche Neues Jahr!

Well, I've been glancing through my 2007 archives to see what I did this past year. Some efforts were successful, some less so.

My resolutions for 2007 were: lose 10 lbs (I did, but it has yo-yo'd a bit, so I think I am officially 8 lbs total down for the year); 10 min of yoga/stretching a day (haven't always kept to this, but I do try to do my stretches regularly and I've been getting in more physical activity overall); and take at least one photo a day. Well, I was good about the photo a day for several months, but it got to be a handful. I have definitely taken more than 365 photos this year, so take of that what you can. For 2008 my resolutions are much less concrete, and mainly revolve around getting my weight and my clutter under control. We'll see how it goes, but it's off to a promising start so far.

So, here are my highlights of 2007 --

January:
- Photodocumented most of the GuitarTown Austin sculptures (this project lasted through November)
- Started and mostly finished Drops 39 crocheted flower hat in Road to China

February:
- finished the Road to China hat
- Looking back I can see that I am probably about 90% recovered from the herniated disc. Feb and January were apparently pretty hard months to get through.
- Won best tasting chili for my fabulous Steak and Salsa chili. I need to remember to email the recipe to V's mom.
- Finished Sergio's rainbow scarf.
- Finished the purple muppet scarf.
- Started and finished baby hat for Renee.
- Started a baby blanket.

March:
- Started treatments at a new chiropractor. I still use him, and I think he's fabulous!
- Met quite a few bloggers through a party at HCW -- so hi, gang! :D
- Discovered that my point-n-shoot Stylus 710 is beer proof
- Found out that Jay had passed away. :( Performed at his funeral by his family's request (with small TCC group).
- Attended my first rehearsal for my first engagement with Conspirare.

April:
- Sang for Amanda's wedding
- Started feather and fan afghan for wedding present

May:
- Performed in "Love is in the Air" concert for TCC
- Bought a new car!
- Discovered that Celebrex is a Good Thing (tm).
- Finished baby blanket for Jeannette.

June:
- Started net stitch shawl from Madeline Tosh.
- Discovered the possibility (and later reality) of PCOS. Sigh.
- Sang with Conspirare for the Victoria Bach Festival.

July:
- Finished my net stitch shawl.

August:
- Started and completed some beaded wire bracelets for a class I taught.
- Started a baby blanket from Berocco Comfort.
- Won Best in Show for Crochet thread for my net stitch shawl at the Gillespie County Fair!!

September:
- Got truly sucked into reality TV for the first time for Big Brother 8. Argh.
- Two new yarn shops opened in town!
- Hit 1000 posts on my blog.

October:
- Attended the first annual Hill Country Yarn Crawl
- knit a lot but apparently didn't finish anything...well maybe the BSS but I didn't blog it

November:
- Participated (successfully!) in NaBloPoMo
- Started and finished Isis scarf from French Girl
- Started and finished pinafore for Tony and Alisa
- Got hooked on Guitar Hero and Rock band
- finished the Comfort baby blanket
- made a *lot* of crocheted hats for presents
- Got a Habu kit for myself, must be on crack.

December:
- started and frogged hat for E at least five times. I think I finally have the right pattern for it but I need to DO it already!
- Lots of concerts (lots and LOTS of concerts).
- Visited friends and had a nice long holiday...

Now it is 2008 - I will try to be better about blogging my projects, but we'll see... :D