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Desperate times

May 30, 2007

Call for desperate measures. Being without a digital camera seriously sucks, not only did we totally miss out on taking pictures at my son’s end of the season baseball party yesterday, I can’t even take *good* progress pictures of hush hush. Against a rock and a hard place, I decided to pull out my handy-dandy blackberry… the pictures are mediocre at best, but beggars can’t be choosers. It’s funny, my phone usually takes really good pictures… maybe I need to take them outside.

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I am so excited by the way it is turning out and I love the yarn I’m using. I’m thinking one more week and it should be finished. Right now I’m contemplating what color ribbon to use. I was thinking lilac or chocolate.

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Ouch

May 6, 2007

Yikes.  My right wrist aches and everytime I bend it, it hurts.  I suspect that knitting is the culprit but I can’t be positive.  The odd thing is, it doesn’t hurt while knitting, just when I bend it and it seems to start from my middle finger.  It’s not very pleasant, but I think I’ll live.

 On a totally different subject.  Don’t you just hate it when someone says something to you that is both condescending and cruel but you don’t really pick up on it until days later at which time it’s just way too late to say anything. 

You don’t seem your usual self

May 5, 2007

Thursday night at my son’s baseball game, a friend turned around and said Hi, then asked if everything was ok because I didn’t seem my usual “chipper” self.  I just thought it was funny that she was able to pick up on my mood.  No, I am not my usual self but one day I hope to be, maybe even a little better than my usual self.

It also seems that my knitting is not its usual self either.  I had to restart butterfly because in my paranoia of *oh no lace stretches, I think it’s too big* I realized that I had frogged one too many sections of lace hem and now she is too small.  The great part of all this is that I’ve totally memorized the lace hem pattern and instead of knitting just one hem like I had originally planned, I am going to knit two.  So I suppose silver linings do exist in most situations, you just have to look hard enough.

I think I can!

May 2, 2007

Butterfly.  I’m going to be very daring and knit it in the round.  I normally enjoy seaming, but the idea of seaming a lace dress… well I can’t put it into words, but let’s just say it doesn’t sound fun.  I also decided not to knit the second hem.  I may later regret this decision but for now I’m comfortable with this choice.  Someone did point out that the second hem adds weight to the bottom of the dress… if anything, it will make a delicious little nighty and let’s face it, chances of it staying on very long are pretty slim.  Either way I think the omission of the second hem was ingenious. 

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The seam where I mattress stitched the two sides of the hem together.  It looks fairly invisible… maybe there is a better method, I’m not very good at the whole sewing thing. 

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Call me crazy – but one of the main reasons I don’t have more than one project going on at a time is that for some reason I give my projects human like qualities. 

For instance: Salina.  Sitting.  Lonely.  Neglected.  Angry.  No one has paid any attention to her in days.  Knit me she yells.   But I have a more pressing project and a time line damnit.  She just doesn’t understand.     

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Salina

April 29, 2007

Lost Without You – Robin Thicke(Did you know he’s Alan Thicke’s son?  Yes, the same Alan Thicke from Growing Pains.)

Around the same time I started the Arctic Diamonds Stole I bought a book at Half Price Books(which I think is just a TX store) and immediately fell in love with Salina which is from  Vintage Knits and made by Kim Hargreaves, who is just amazing.  I love all her stuff!  Now that I’m kind of inbetween projects I decided to pick up Salina again.  I adore this yarn.  It’s an alpaca tweed, browns and greys.  The picture does not do the color any justice. 

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A sneak peek at my side project. 

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I can’t resist.  I’ll leave you with this.  Taken by a friend at my son’s first baseball game of the season.  She seriously makes my heart hurt!

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Socks

April 25, 2007

I can’t be the only one who does not enjoy knitting socks and yet I wonder… I read a lot of knit blogs(one day I’ll get around to getting my blogroll going) and it seems everyone under the sun knits socks and enjoys knitting socks.  I find knitting socks to be very tedious and very boring.  I assumed maybe it was just the dpn technique so I learned magic loop and knitting with two circular needles and still… it’s very tedious and very boring.  I find absolutely no satisfaction in knitting socks.  Maybe it’s because I don’t like socks to begin with, and because I live in TX and am saved from having to wear them 10 months out of the year.  I practically live in sandals(just say NO to crocs) and wouldn’t be caught dead wearing sandals and socks. Plus, I have really really cute feet.  No, seriously I do. 

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April 23, 2007

Stolen – Dashboard Confessionals

That’s how many books I counted and sorted for my daughter’s school book swap.  Set up was the hardest part.  With a lot of ingenuity and sweet talk I was able to get bookshelves moved around, therefore opening up the space and making the tables a lot less crowded, on top of which I was able to utilize the shelves!  If I do say so myself… it looks freaking awesome!

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Despite all the hard work, I have to admit I don’t mind.   Growing up one of my favorite things to do was curl up with a good book.  Even now i’ll spend hours totally immersed in whatever novel captures my fancy(Kafka on the Shore).  My husband collects first editions and is always scouring antique stores and thrift stores for unusual and interesting books.  So because of this, our children have grown to have a deep love and appreciation for books and everytime we pass a bookstore they beg us to stop.  Needless to say we have amassed a huge amount of books and this project is a wonderful way for us to recycle all the books we’ve already read.  Anyway… I don’t mind this project.  It is the one project I do willingly and without complaint because it’s so awesome to see the kids come in, wide eyed and excited after seeing all the books.  I can’t wait for it to start!

Finito!

April 22, 2007

Blocked and dry and all that good stuff.  I had wanted to get some pretty, artistic pictures outside, but alas – it is grey and rainy.

My baby modeling her Nana’s stole.

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Arctic Diamonds Stole

Pattern: Donna Druchunas for Interweave Knits Winter 2006

Yarn: Silk City Perle 5/2  100% cotton.  Color – #1052

Needles: Size 3 Inox Express

Modifications: 7 diamond repeats instead of 5.

Finished Size: 28″x 60″

It’s about time.

April 21, 2007

Wonder Why – Maroon 5(What’s there to say?  It’s a totally kick ass song.)

 The stole is finally finished! 

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Crumpled and pre-blocked.  It’s beautiful!  After this project I don’t know how anyone could stand to knit more lace but I am totally inspired and itching to start Butterfly from Rowan 37.   One month and four days I celebrate my 10 year wedding anniversary.  Originally I thought i’d like to knit Butterfly for my anniversary but after Arctic Diamonds Stole I realize that, that might not be enough time.  In fact, I’m fairly positive it’s not enough time, but i’m going to start it and see how far I get. 

Exhausted

April 19, 2007

 Smile – Lily Allen(I always smile when I hear it.  I may also sometimes giggle to myself when listening closely to the lyrics.)

 My daughter’s school library threw up and there are books everywhere.  I know what you’re thinking… “It’s a library, aren’t there supposed to be books everywhere?”  The last two years I’ve helped out with the book swap.  It’s a very cool project, all the kids bring in the books they don’t want anymore and for every book they bring in they get a book dollar and with those dollars they get to “buy” new to them books.  This year I was asked to head up this project, and because I love books I said “YES!”  It’s a huge project and so far we’ve gotten over 1,000 books, every single one of them has to be counted and sorted through and separated into different categories.  Did I mention that yesterday was the first day that we started collecting books.  *Whoa*  I need a nap.

On the knitting front… I am oh so close to finishing my mom’s stole!  I am half way through my last diamond repeat, and then I have the final diamond and then the edge!  Approximately 50 more rows to go and it will be comeplete, then I have to block which is always a thankless task but the results make it oh so worth it.  I predict come Monday there will be a finished arctic diamonds stole.  YAY!