Thursday, August 31, 2006

Just a reminder...

I have a terrible headache due to caffiene withdrawls (I think), so no long post tonight. Icarus is performing quite well at work, Nancy's sweater is on a break, and the washcloth(s) have not shown up or called in to work for DAYS.

My contest ends in 3 hours, 20 minutes, so get that help in!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Let's talk about...

...TV for a minute. When I'm not working, I'm "cleaning out the DVR" and knitting. I've never had a problem with knitting being "too difficult" to do while watching something - if one or the other needs more attention, I a) put the knitting down a watch for a minute, b) pause the show(it's a DVR, I can do that), or c) just ignore the show temporarily. So, I'm going to wax enthusiastic about my favorites for a minute, and then talk about knitting.

Celebrity Duets

Anybody else watching this? I'll admit, I came for the Carlton, but I'm staying for the Jai. But HOLY CRAP they can both SING! One of them will win - most likely Jai, but Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton) will give him a run for his money!

As far as who downright stunk, Chris Jericho was at the top of my list - but the judges did something right for once and voted him off! I think next to go will be Cheech Marin.

Everyone else is mediocre.

For a full (but somewhat snarky) rundown of teh first show, check out the recap.

Carnivàle
I'm in the process of watching the first season of this AMAZING show. I ADORE it. I would have to say it's the best thing on TV since Firefly. It's just lovely, though a bit depressing at times, and if you haven't seen it, you should. (Anyone happen to know if the tarot deck they use in the opening credits is an actual deck, and if so, which one?)

-Update- Apparently the cards used in the opening sequence don't exsist, but they should! Also, I found a nice little parallel between Carnivàle and tarot here. Interesting stuff, I tell you what.

-Update part 2- Link fixed



On to knitting. I am getting tired of repeating Chart 1 of Icarus, and decided NOT to do the extra repeat that Sue Ann had suggested. I need to free up those needles for another project that needs to be done (hopefully) by the beginning of October. Can I do it? We shall see.

So I'm onto Chart 2. The sweater for Nancy is also chugging along, as is a dishcloth and a felted entrelac bag.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Fresh beginnings

So, I've moved my blog from youthful.blogspot.com over here, at least until Bryce gets my new blog all situated. I think everything here is functional, but if you run across a problem, let me know!

Moving!

I'm moving my blog over to chemicalpink.blogspot.com. Update your links, y'all.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Coming Soon!

This will be a new, but temporary blog until my boy actually works on my new, permanent home on the internet.

Friday, August 25, 2006

If I Ruled the World

In the grand tradition (okay, so it only started today) of Mim and
Imbrium:

If ChemicalPink Ruled the World

1. All people would be required to work some form of retail for a minimum of 1 year. Retail sucks, people, give your cashiers a break!
2. There would be beautiful bras in a 36DD. All I can find are granny bras, or CRAZY expensive.
3. Minimum wage would be raised to $10.
4. Cheese would be the healthiest thing in the world.
5. For that matter, rum would also be very healthy.
6. A supermodel's ideal height would be 5'6"; ideal weight - 140lbs
7. Barbie would not exsist
8. Knitting would be taught in school.
9. People would have to own up to their own mistakes. That means - no sueing for shit you should've known about (as in, "I didn't know the coffee would burn me if it spilled)
10. Chick-Fil-a would be open 27/7. None of this "closed on Sunday" shit.
11. There would be a required class (every year throughout school) teaching about other beliefs and encouraging tolerance
12. Driver's Liscenses require a minimum IQ of 110
16. Cars would come installed with an “Oops!” flag that you could wave when you unwittingly make some boneheaded maneuver while driving, thus decreasing road rage by communicating to other drivers “Yes, I am occasionally an idiot. Sorry!”

Okay, so I HAD to steal the last one from Imbrium, but it was SO right on!

DUDE

I got a new, super cool job.

Emai support for an awesome company.

I start September 5th.

Don't Forget about my contest! Entries taken until Midnight (Central US time. Texas time. you get the picture.), August 31st, with a winner drawn at random on September 1st!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Pictures of dying (dyeing?)

Yeah, I don't feel like typing out descriptions, but here are the pictures I took (I'll probably add descriptions later). eta: Okay, maybe SHORT descriptions


Scrunchy, our mascot, who enjoys licking feet, sticking his tongue out, and sleeping with his eyes open.
Myself, with some various yarn. Sue Ann, in "hanking mode"
Jody, also in hanking mode
Myself with Sue Ann's formerly ugly sock
Prep work

Jody is not amused by my antics. Or by my teasing her for wearing gloves after she had dyed her hands blue.

Sue Ann's lovely creation
Another of Sue Ann's creations

Sue Ann with lovely creation

Scrunchy with his tongue out. I was laughing too damn hard to get a non-blurry picture

The finished projects, minus my fuschia laceweight.

Monday, August 21, 2006

:yawn:

Dying (dyeing?) went well, I only ended up with one skien I didn't like - a poopy salmon color which has been sitting in Scarlett RIT for the last half hour, so it's hopefully deceased. However, in a effort to avoid posting pictures (blogger is being a butt and I have cramps and don't feel like fighting it), I will post "sets of three things about me" from Sue Ann's blog:


THREE NAMES YOU GO BY:

1. Tina
2. Christina
3. ChemicalPink (can be shortened to Chem or Pink - sometimes Chemical, but rarely)

THREE SCREEN NAMES YOU HAVE HAD:

1. spin with stars
2. divineisha (deceased)
3. I don't remember any of the others - but there were others

THREE THINGS YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:

1. I dye my hair to match my mood (when work will allow it)
2. I am creative
3. I will learn ANY hobby to keep myself from being bored

THREE THINGS YOU DON’T LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF:

1. I get bored easily (this is NOT ADD, people, it's just a short attention span. I'm fucking sick of people thinking I have ADD - I don't)
2. I love fruit - but can't choose good fruit in the store
3. I can't keep my fingernails clean - seriously, they're dirty two minutes after I clean them - I don't know how! I hate dirt and never do anything dirty

THREE THINGS THAT SCARE YOU:

1. spiders
2. being alone
3. being helpless

THREE OF YOUR EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS:

1. yarn
2. a book
3. right now, this "diary" for a clinical study I am doing

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:

1. Crash shirt
2. underwear
3. Ninja Turtles Band-Aid on my big toe (yes, that's ALL I'm wearing right now. I have horrible cramps. shut up.)

THREE FAVORITE DESSERTS:

1. chocolate (in any form)
2. cheesecake (again, any form - a pumpkin spice cheesecake is my favorite)
3. any custard-like dessert (flan, creme brulee, tiramisu, etc)

THREE THINGS YOU WONT EAT:

1. fish
2. egg (any way)
3. cooked spinach

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE BANDS OR MUSICAL ARTISTS (at the moment):

1. Ben Folds
2. They Might Be Giants
3. Ben Kweller

THREE NEW THINGS YOU WANT TO TRY IN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS:

1. intarsia/fair isle (yeah, I HATE colorwork, but there's a lovely fair isle top in the most recent Vogue Knitting I'm DYING to try)
2. Learn tarot (thanks to Sue Ann and Jody - you guys are MAJOR enablers!)
3. Learn pottery and/or ceramics

THREE THINGS YOU’D WANT IN A RELATIONSHIP:

1. Laughter
2. respect
3. commitment

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE:

1. I had a pony when I was a child
2. I have never watched a sporting event the whole way through
3. I have 8 piercings.

THREE PHYSICAL THINGS ABOUT THE OPPOSITE SEX (or same) THAT APPEAL TO YOU:

1. red hair
2. pale skin
3. roughly the same size as myself

THREE THINGS YOU JUST CAN’T DO:

1. Keep my personal space tidy (I'm so stealing this from Sue Ann, but she's seen my apartment - she'll understand)
2. keep a "healthy" diet
3. speak a foriegn language

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES:

1. knitting
2. soapmaking
3. reading

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO REALLY BADLY RIGHT NOW:

1. plan a vacation
2. watch a good movie without having to get up and do 50 things
3. rinse the dye out of my yarn (has to cool first - I must wait)


THREE CAREERS YOU’RE CONSIDERING:

1. email tech support for iTunes
2. anything in the film industry
3. stay-at-home mom (HAHA I need kids and to be married first, and I don't want kids anytime soon...)

THREE PLACES YOU WANT TO GO ON VACATION:

1. Portland
2. Seattle
3. Cairo

THREE KID’S NAMES:

1. Reiley (girl)
2. Korbin
3. can't think of another

THREE CELEB CRUSHES:

1. Rosario Dawson
2. Alan Tudyk
3. Brad Pitt

THREE WAYS I AM STEREOTYPICALLY A GUY:

1. I drop trou as soon as I get home and generaly leave said trou lying on the floor
2. I am unorganized
3. I like action movies. Or "Bad-assery" in Tina-speak

THREE WAYS I AM STEREOTYPICALLY A CHICK:

1. Hair is pretty
2. shiny is pretty
3. I want a significant piece of jewelry like nobody's business.

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE:

1. Visit Egypt
2. Have a rugrat
3. write/direct/produce/edit two films - an indie comedy based on an ancient greek play (actually working on the script for that one) and a MAJOR action movie that makes you tihnk (ie The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Fight Club)

Oh, and don't forget about my contest!

Friday, August 18, 2006

A lists, of sorts

1) I apologize to anyone who saw me a Bluebonnet today. I looked as though I had been raised by a pack of wild dogs in a barn, and y'all didn't deserve to see that. I usually at least try to, you know, shower, comb my hair, and wear a shirt that doesn't resemble an empty potato sack quite so much. Today, however, I've had a horrible sinus headache and also some symptoms of the monthly, which should arrive in the next two days or so, and frankly, I didn't feel like looking halfway presentable.

2) Sarah, I SWEAR I have your stichmarkers. I kept forgetting them when I went to the post office, and now you're on vacation so I don't want the to arrive when you aren't home. And now I can't find your address (and last name...) so can you please email that to me? Also, when were you moving, and should I just wait and send them to the new address? Let me know what's going on. But here's a sneak preview:


3) I sent out my SP8 reveal package, and Carla got it yesterday, and posted pictures of it today, so I thought I'd reveal on the blog who I've been spoiling. She was an EXTREMELY wonderful recipient (I think I sent more emails back and forth with her than any other of my SP spoilees). Her family's been going through some hard times this round, and I tried to show some love when things seem down. Being me, and having all the personal issues I have, I know how much that can mean to someone - just showing some support and that you care can mean the FREAKING WORLD. So go show Carla some love.

4) Signups for Secret Pal 9 are just around the corner, so SIGN UP. I know some crappy stuff happens amongst participants every round, but the more good sports sign up, the better it will be in the long run. They've made some changes that will hopefully work out for the best (though the colors of the site still hurt my eyes, and I will maintain that while I LURVE pink and butterflies and all that is girly, I DO NOT like the design. It's cool, though. We're allowed our own opinions.) and I plan on volunteering to be a hostess if they need one, so y'all KNOW my group will be AWESOME.

5) I had failed to mention last post that I had an :cough: operator error on Icarus. Not once, but TWICE I had missed a yarn over in the EXACT SAME PLACE. Why only in this one place? Why didn't I notice it before I made the mistake TWICE? Citizens of KnitBlogTopia, we may never know. The fact is, however, that I found out about it on the 9th. The 9th, people. A week and a half ago. So how did I deal with it? Sue Ann seemed fairly positive that I'd have to rip those rows back and do the whole damn thing again. Never the woman to take the easy way out,I first set Icarus aside for, oh...a week or so, cleverly "forgetting" I needed to fix it. Then, in an act of desperation, I UNKINT JUST THOSE 7 (or so) stitches, then REKNIT them row by row. This ended up taking probably about the same about of time ripping out those rows and reknitting them would have taken, but y'all! I felt SMART when it work. Which it did. Looks perfect, by the way. I still feel SMART about it. I decided feeling SMART is better than feeling DEFEATED, which is how ripping it out would have made me feel.

6) Dying (dye, not die) at Sue Ann's house tomorrow. If you want to come, we're planning on ordering pizza, so bring a few bucks for that, email her for directions, and come bearing KoolAid (packets - not the sweetened kind, and Sue Ann has LOTS of fruit punch, so none of that), an instrument to dye in (think el cheapo pot from the dollar store), and anything else. I have some Rit and the instructions on how to dye wool with that. We have directions on how to make variegated yarn, dye using koolaid, and dye using Rit. If you bring any other fancy dye, bring instructions. Also, you MAY want to bring gloves. Just saying. Oh, and wear crappy clothes. This is a BYOB event (I assume, Sue Ann hasn't said anything to the contrary, and I don't know that I can put something ON my yarn that will change the color of it without "liquid courage"), and I'll probably bring a little more B than I can consume alone.

7) The contest. I plan to submit a design (to either Knitty or MagKnits, most likely, but a final decision has not yet been made), but I need to figure out how many yards of yarn I need first. I'm currently working on a "template" of the design, but I'm using more than one type/color of yarn, and I'd rather submit something more uniform. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to either figure the yardage for me (I can't post details of the project here since I plan to publish it, but I can email you a description) or direct me to a (preferably) free yardage estimator online. All results will be numbered and a winning number chosen using a random integer generator. The winner will receive:

  • TWO(!) sets of six (total of TWELVE) stitchmarkers in the colors of THEIR choosing, handmade EXCLUSIVELY for them by yours truly. This means NO ONE will ever have another set just like these. I will not make or sell even one duplicate of said stitchmarkers. As of now, only two people have sets of my EXCLUSIVE stitchmarkers: myself, and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. (I just though I'd mention - I can't type due to the sinus headache, and I just typed "Pearl-McPee." I'm sorry for butchering your name, Stephanie, but I laughed so hard my sweet tea came out my nose and I almost fell out of the chair.)
  • Sock yarn. At least enough for a pair. I have not purchased said sock yarn yet, as I will purchase WHATEVER kind of sock yarn the winner likes (within reason), in their choice of color. NOT colorway, but color (ie pink, blue, green, etc). This means if the brand has multiple colorways in, say, blue, and the winner chooses blue, I choose which colorway. If there is a "self-striping" vs "variegated" vs "solid" issue, I will take that into consideration. This way, it's still somewhat of a surprise to the winner. I will not spend more than $30 one sock yarn, however. This ALSO means if the winner chooses a sock yarn that is, say $6 per 50 gram ball - THEN THEY GET 4 BALLS. Two pairs of socks y'all. Conversely, they can choose yarn that is $15 for a 50 gram ball, and get two. It's all up to the winner. If this gets too confusing, I will alter said sock yarn prize a bit.

Sound like a sweet deal? To enter, either comment ON THIS POST, or email me at chemicalpink@gmail.com. Help a girl out, okay? EVERYONE who responds with a bit of help will be considered, NOT just this first person who actually helps. Contest ends September 1st, with the prizes being mailed out September 9th (unless I have to order sock yarn on the internet - in which case I'll order the prizes on the 9ths, and mail them to the winner as soon as I get them).

Monday, August 14, 2006

pictures! dyeing!

Let's see if Blogger will work this time!

First, Icarus

(the picture is a bit too bright. It's black. I promise.)

the sock


Jayne Cobb Hat (now available here)


the log cabin


the handpainted laceweight



Sue Ann and I are thinking about getting together at her house next Saturday to experiment with some KoolAid dyeing. If you know us, and want to come "try-dyeing," let us know (preferrably let her know, since it's at her house). I think the plan is to have sort of a potluck, and also to have a bit of liquid courage there (read: adult beverages). I plan on trying some acid dyeing, as well, since I'll have to go down to HCW Thursday since they charged me for a ball of Kidsilk Night that didn't make it home with me, so I might be picking up some acid dye there. I'd like to try getting a color that isn't so uniform. Possibly a heathered color. Anyone have any tips?

Keep an eye on my blog, folks. In a week or so, I'll be having a contest. I haven't worked out the details, but it'll be great.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

DUDE, there is SO much knitting content.

First off, let me apologize for neglecting blogging. I haven't been feeling too well lately, just kind of sick and crabby. However, LOADS of knitting has been done.

Icarus has gotten bigger, I've cast on for a sock, I've made another Jayne Cobb Hat to sell at my shop, and I've cast on for a log cabin that will use the Elann Sample Skeins subscription that my Secret Pal got me (at least at first. when it gets bigger, I don't know what I'll do with it).

I also bought some beautiful handpainted laceweight (in "Bluebells") from The Fiber Denn, and its some of the prettiest yarn I've ever seen. I also ordered some sock yarn from her for my Secret Pal, which is lovely. I ADORE her colors. Seriously. PLEASE, nobody get "Pink Tulle" or I will die y'all. SO FREAKING PRETTY.

I got the newest Vogue Knitting in the mail, also, but haven't have much of a chance to look over it.

If you hadn't guessed, blogger is being all weird and not letting me post pictures (again! I wish Bryce would finish my new blog...) so you'll have to make due with links until possibly tomorrow. We'll see how blogger is feeling then.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

The Church of the Harlot (part 2)

Blogger seems to be working today, so I will continue.

So Stephanie spoke, and it was lovely.



Afterwards there was the signing in the garage at Hill Country Weavers, where a wonderful knitter (I didn't get your name! Email me if you happen to read this) took LOADS of pictures of Stephanie signing my book.




I gave her some stitchmarkers, and she said she "knew me" (SQUEAL!! Hi Stephanie!).

After the signing, where beer and brownies were had by all (or almost all), a rather large group of us went to Guero's, where more adult beverages were had.



Kristen, Abbe, Staci, Christine (who was wonderful and organized the whole thing and saved our waiter TONS of stress by figuring out the bill), Jody, Blogless Tamara, Alicia, Sarah (who gave me an ADORABLE blue sock bag! LOVE IT! Your stitchmarkers will be in the mail soon, I promise. Just haven't been feeling well lately), Julia, Caro, Kelly, Amy, Janna Susan, Mary, Enid, another Kim, and Amy were all there, among others. If I'm missing your name/blog, let me know!

At one point, Jody and Tamara decided to ceremoniously rip the label off of the Folger's container that Alicia uses to carry supplies in. I decided I needed to take pictures of this. Looking back, this seems like a foolish idea, but I blame the alcohol.

All in all, it was a lovely day, and there are far too few like it in my life. Austin knitters, let's do things more often! Y'all are FUN!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Church of the Harlot (part 1)

On Saturday, I trekked WAY down south to Congress Avenue Baptist Church. I got thoroughly lost on the way there (what should've taken me 25 minutes according to Yahoo maps took me an hour). "Why on EARTH would Tina want to go to a Baptist church?" you might ask. Well, I went because the WONDERFUL Stephanie Pearl-McPhee was there! I was not the only knitter there, of course.

Some pre-Stephanie shots:



We all sat chatting and knitting while waiting for Priestess Stephanie of the Knitblogger Tribe. I talked to many knitters, of which I only remember one name (probably because she's another writer): Susan Wittig Albert, who was super nice and I totally have to get AT LEAST one of her books now. (Seriously. I'm getting one next payday - or possibly tomorrow if Nancy takes me to Borders and is feeling extremely generous.)

And then there was Harlot. After a short introduction, in which it was pointed out that she was "just another harlot on South Congress," Priestess Stephanie came out. I must say, she's a bit blurrier in photos than she is in real life. She saw that we were all taking photos of her, and she ran to get the sock and take some photos of the crowd with it.





And then she spoke. Y'all, she is like everything everyone says she is. She's funny, down to earth, natural. She's one of us. Though I think she may be going to hell for discussing willie warmers in a church. Though I've admittedly been out of the church for a while, so maybe it would be acceptable now? Anyway, she was wonderful. I'd go see her again, given the chance (though I'm no Stalker Angie.

Blogger is now being REALLY slow and I can't upload any more pictures, so I will try to finish this post tomorrow (there will be knitting purchases tomorrow, also).

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