Archive for February, 2007

Knitting Ennui.

I have been struck with some fairly severe knitting ennui.  Nothing I have been knitting in the past week has really filled me with joy.  I managed to finish one glove (made with STR Ruby Slippers), and I’m not thrilled with it.  There are tension issues that I think could have been fixed by going down a needle size.  That would mean doing math, though.  And I don’t have any size 2 needles.  I’m debating what to do;  I certainly have enough to do two more gloves without running out.  This glove frustration didn’t discourage me from knitting that much (at first), so I switched over to my socks that I’m working on, only to discover that I didn’t mark where I left off in the pattern.  Foiled, I moved on to Serrano, which has been languishing in the corner of the coffee table for “disgraced items.”  Upon picking it up, I quickly realized why it was in said corner; my stitch count was off.  I managed to fix it (by decreasing in a sneaky fashion), and have been working on it since Sunday evening.

My hands are still cold, though.  I need to decide what I’m going to do.  If I do decide to make a replacement glove, I will probably frog the other glove.  Not sure what I’ll do with the leftover, though.  Maybe a log cabin blanket?  I certainly have enough sock yarn leftovers……….

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Ode to my PDA

I got my new PDA on Friday, in the hopes that it would keep me more organized and prevent me from double-booking myself constantly.

And lo, it did. I diligently loaded it with my work schedule, meetings, appointments, and paperework due dates. I knew every weekend I had a LARP scheduled, or when I was available to play D&D. I even downloaded an app that keeps track of all my yarn, needles, patterns, books, and measurements of people I normally knit for. I added people’s phone numbers and addresses, and set up alarms so I would never forget anyone’s birthday ever again.

It was good.

Then, I discovered Village Sim. At first, productivity didn’t halt.  I downloaded the trial version.  I enjoy being an evil/controlling/obsessive overlord, I thought, so this might be cool.  I played it for a little bit.  Then, it began to consume me.  I spent the $20 to buy the game (yes, this is how addicted I am).

My fiance started to notice.  He said “Your knitting needles look sad, because you’ve been neglecting them for your villagers.”  He was right, of course.  “But the game runs in real time!  I must supervise them at all times!” I cried.  Last night, I attempted to both knit and supervise, with much success.  I suspect that the 5 skeins of assorted yarn that are coming to me (hopefully) this week will distract me.

So, the moral of the story is, watch out what you download on your PDA, because it may end up making you less productive.

How much yarn can I get with my tax return?

Sorry for lack of pictures; camera is acting up. I recieved my tax return, a hefty sum, and immediately began deciding what I would purchase. Can you imagine the yarn I could buy with $1000? Lots. And. Lots. But, I only ended up buying $125 worth, mostly sock yarn. I snapped up a skein of Willow, by Sweet Georgia, since I recently discovered that she is taking a dying hiatus. And I got some BMFA (of course).

The rest of my tax return is going towards our honeymoon, half of which was purchased yesterday. Yay Gencon! I am already excited to see the legions of gamer geeks, just like (or worse than) me.

Apologies.

Sorry, I had a family emergency.  Hence, no posts.  I have a finished pair of socks to display, hopefully tomorrow.

Where should my money go?

I’m probably jinxing myself by even typing this, but tonight I will be doing my taxes, and I need to decide what yarn I’m going to buy with part of my refund. The majority of said refund will go to honeymoon savings, but I am reserving $50-$75 (depending on how much it is) for yarn buying. Since I already have two projects going, I’m not sure where to go. I could buy yarn for a new scarf, since my old one is itchy, but I’m not sure. I have a pattern all ready to go, and even know what yarn I would use (I’ve never used Malabrigo before, but I think I probably should). But, I could also get more Socks that Rock. Or Koigu. I just don’t know.

It’s funny: one of my friends bought a big screen TV and an Xbox 360 with his tax return, which costs infinately more than yarn, and he was able to decide what he wanted within 30 seconds. I’ll be thinking about this all day, and probably until the tax return is deposited in my account. Assuming I get a tax return, of course…

Cat Wars




Cat Wars

Originally uploaded by lchanaka.

I was up until 2:30 AM last night, playing D&D. Much progress on the pomamatus sock, but (still) no picture. Instead, I leave you with this one. When I moved in with my then boyfriend, he had a cat, and I had a cat. His cat is the black one (Nikki), and she is….not well adjusted. Many people who know her refer to her as “The center of evil” or “The Devil Incarnate.” My cat is the one on top of the toilet seat. She is siamese, and her name is Samantha. She is pretty much the exact opposite of Nikki in every way.

Needless to say, Nikki does not like her. So, there are many times when our house is a war zone. The upstairs belongs to Nikki, and the downstairs to Samantha. In this picture, Samantha had (unwisely) ventured into enemy territory, and decided to take the high ground. There ya go. Sock pictures later, hopefully.

I am not a photographer.

Seriously. I finished the gentleman’s socks for my fiance, and then spent the next two days trying to get a passable picture of them. I can’t even really figure out how to make the pattern show up. Just believe me when I say that they are quite nice socks, and the recipient is pleased.

Gentleman’s socks

There. Have a tiny thumbnail. Someday I’ll actually figure out how to make the pictures pretty. I also made the decision to completely frog Monkey. I was planning on making gloves, but during my search for a third double pointed needle, I discovered some mostly unused reddish Fleece Artist sock yarn. So, now I’m making Pomatomus. Everyone else has made them, and liked them, so now and I. And boy, do I like them! Pictures are forthcoming.


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