Archive for March, 2007

Look! A glove!

Here is a completed Lake Park glove, modeled nicely by me.

Note the dead fish blue flannel pants that I made in high school home economics. A nice touch, I thought. I’m very pleased with the way it turned out, and how the design showcases the colors in the STR that I’m using. Good stuff. Given that the temperature here has averaged 65 degrees, the other glove is on the back burner for now. I have constructed a raft, and am almost free of Serrano’s sleeve island. I should be blocking it this evening.

In other news, the dentist informed me that I need to have my wisdom teeth removed. Luckily, I was suspecting that was the case, so I didn’t run screaming from the office, but I’m still not thrilled. Fortunately, I do not knit with my mouth.

I read lots of books, which makes me awesome.

I saw this on another blog, and thought I would do the same thing. My jaw hurts too much to do an actual entry, so here you go. Dentist tomorrow. *sigh*

Look at the list of (100) books below. Bold the ones you’ve read. Italicize the ones you want to read. Do not modify the ones that you aren’t interested in. Movies don’t count.

1. The DaVinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible(Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders(S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

52 out of 100 isn’t bad. I did get an english minor in college, after all. It makes me feel good about myself, in some small way. Of course, I no longer read much, because I haven’t mastered the art of reading while knitting. Ah, well.

I have knitting pictures.

Even though I have one Lake Park glove completed, I’m going to pretend that I just started on it and post pictures accordingly. So, here is the beginning of the glove with ribbing completed. My lamb tape measure is guarding it against any cat incursions. The cats don’t like tne noise it makes when I pull out the tape measure, so they generally leave it alone. It is one of my most favorite tools, because it gets so many comments from others (especially when they see me pull the measuring tape out of its butt using the tail).

I’m also considering a new project (despite my growing WIP pile on the coffee table). I think I should make myself som sort of stole/shawl/wrap for my wedding. I know I will be cold, so I really should have some sort of shoulder covering. The fact that it’s for my wedding means that I have an excuse to buy whatever sort of yarn I want. Still, I’m torn, because I don’t think I want to make it in white. I don’t know.

More gloves and other things tomorrow.


Temptation 1:
Cookie A has a new site that contains her newest, most awesome sock patterns ever. I was just stunned when I went there, and discovered that I liked all of her patterns enough to buy all of them. Usually I think twice about buying patterns online unless I must have them, because it’s not economical (for me), but this is a shining exception. I only bought one, the Twisted Flower Sock, and I couldn’t resist starting it as soon as I got it. Never mind that I already have another pair of socks, a pair of gloves, and sleeves for Serrano currently going. I’m on sleeve island, ok? Anything is better than doing 17 inches of sleeve, even if it is lace. I also got the opportunity to break out my Sweet Georgia yarn, in Willow. Not a color I normally would have purchased, but I was sucked into the going-on-hiatus frenzy. When I first started to wind the yarn, it seemed to have a looser twist than I like, but it is extremely cushy when it’s knitted up. I am pleased.

Temptation 2:
It snowed/sleeted/iced here most of the day yesterday, which meant that the fiance didn’t leave for XPI until this morning. It took him an hour-ish to dig out his car, and he did me the dubious favor of taking the only shovel with him (by accident). So, I was stuck, because I had no shovel. At around midday, I spotted an unoccupied shovel, and started the digging out process. It’s interesting how, when I realized that I couldn’t drive anywhere, that I was filled with the desire to go somewhere. I should note that I have a Honda, and have mostly bald tires. My car was not going anywhere. I flagged down two strapping young men, who helped me push my car out of my parking spot. Yay, I could drive. I got stuff at the store, got lunch. I came back, and attempted to install myself back in my spot. Of course, I got stuck trying to get into my spot. More pushing ensued, and now my car is firmly parked in a spot that I know will be almost impossible to get out of (without a shovel). For some reason I’m filled with an irrational sense of dread when I glance out the window and see my car, sitting in that parking spot of doom.  So, I was punished most fiercely for giving in to my desires to leave the house for no reason. (And I’m mad at the fiance for taking the shovel.)

The universe says, “Ha!”

Not really a post

But still cool. Check this out! Awesome Cthulhu row(life) counter, found by the girl from auntie.

By way of explanation

Not much posting this week, because any writing would be filled with stress. I am stressed because we have state inspection next week, and everyone else I know is stressed because this weekend is game one of XPI .  Also, I have developed some vague sickness that isn’t exactly a cold, but is acting sort of like one…  I don’t even really feel like knitting right now.  Sacrilege, I know.  Next week, no depression, and lots more pictures.

Look into my eyes…


Isn’t she cute looking? As of 5 minutes ago, I discovered two different sets of “things on the floor” that she peed on. None of these things are mine, of course, but are papers and plastic things that belong to my fiance.

Look deep into her eyes, and you will see true evil.

Obligatory cute cat picture.

This is what Samantha does every day, all day.

Must be nice, huh?

Haiku of frustration, and a war story.

Sweater made of lace
Silly mistakes are everywhere
Hurl it across room.

Serrano is going much better now that I ripped out all 6.75 inches of the front left side and re-knit it this morning.  Still, I’m frustrated at my stupid mistake (hence the haiku). Tomorrow I’m hoping to finish up the right side, then start on the back.  It really is going much quicker now.

I spent about 30 minutes talking to a co-worker today, who happens to be my sister in mental illness.  We don’t have the same diagnosis, but it’s close enough that I could recognize it in her as soon as I got to know her.  She has old scars on her arms that are quite impressive, that I had seen a few months earlier.  It was when I saw those marks that I knew.  Whenever I see scars on people’s arms, I always think them the results of mental illness.  Often, I’m wrong.  In this case, however, I wasn’t.  It was one of those times when I was sorry that I was right.

I always get very thoughtful after swapping war stories with someone, and tonight I feel almost…nostalgic.  Talking about the past just reminds me how far I’ve come, and makes me hope that she can do the same.

Trust the pattern.

I didn’t, and now I am paying. I played roughly 25-28 hours of Dungeons and Dragons Online this weekend (it’s extra XP and loot weekend), and spend the downtime working on Serrano.  I managed to get the whole left front done.  When I first started the armhole shaping/shoulder decreases, I was suspicious of the pattern.  It said that I should put the facing stitches on waste yarn.  Looking ahead, I saw that later I was supposed to knit the collar at the very end.  I was confused.  How would the facing be long enough?  I couldn’t visualize it (probably because I was doing two very involved things at once).  So, I made the executive decision to not put the facing stitches on waste yarn, and charge forward.  I theorized that I had forgotten to print out part of the pattern.  Yeah, that’s it.

Today, I went online and checked the pattern on Knitty, then went to the Serrano KAL for picture verification (of the horrific mistake I made).  Yes.  I now get to rip out all the work I did over the weekend, all because I didn’t trust the pattern.

At least I got shitons of loot and am now level 10 in DDO.  Sigh.

March 2007

Am I a joiner?

In the maw

Venezia Sweater
Seeded Cables Cardigan

Flickr Photos