Tuesday, October 31, 2006

I haven't forgotten y'all

I swear, there has been knitting. Kat moved in on the 26th, and things have been busy busy busy since then. So, I felt like I have been getting a cold all last week, and was generally crummy feeling and tired, so I didn't post at all.

Well, Saturday morning, I woke up and felt like I was dying. I called in sick to work, and called my clinic which, thankfully, is open on Saturdays. My regular doctor wasn't in (damn!), but I had an appointment for 45 minutes after I called. I went in for my appointment, and did all the preliminary stuff (and found out I've gained 20 lbs since moving to Texas - UGH! I need a scale. And also exercise.) and then I spoke with the doctor.

My symptoms:

wicked sore throat
cough
sneezing
earache
headace
fatigue

Prognosis? Definite ear infection, likely also have strep throat. The doctor did not do a culture to check for strep, but he was 90% sure that's what it was, and the antibiotic for the ear infection will also knock out the strep, so no worries.

I'm back at work now, after 3 days off, and I also went to the eye doctor yesterday. My glasses are apparently too stong. And this optomitrist is actually trying to find some contacts that work for me. I tried some that do NOT dry out my eyes, but do cause my vision to be VERY distorted after wearing them a while. I'll try again later and see if its any better. It could be the stuff that went in my eye to dialate the pupils (though they weren't dialated when I put the contacts in).

And yes, there has been HEAPS of knitting. Including two nearly finished baby sweaters, which I will post when they are fully finished. And bibs. And baby stuff in general.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

YAY

I got my first SP9 package, and BOY and I thrilled. Not only do I have an international Spoiler (Hi! You're the best!), I now have a very useful resource:



Mary Thomas' Book of Knitting Patterns

This is a fantastic book originally published in the 30's or 40's. I do wish a new version would be published, one with more modern photos and illustrations, but I LOVE this book!

My Secret Pal 9 Hostess is having a contest for her group: "To participate post a random fact about yourself... It can be anything--something no one would know unless you said it, funny, or just bizarre. Whatever you want."

My random fact? Since I have moved to Texas, I've "developed" a MUCH thicker Southern accent than I had before. When I lived in St. Louis, I would occasionally talk in Eubonics (that didn't go over well, as I am a little white girl). I tend to adapt my patterns of speech to those around me. Know what?

It's totally fake. I do it because I think it's a) fun, and b) cute.

So now you all know my dirty little secret.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Knitty Surprises

OMG Knitty's surprises this issue are SO CUTE! I think my new yarn wants to be Smock, but with stockinette sleeves. Perhaps bell sleeves. I loves me a bell sleeve. What do y'all think? I might have to fudge a little to get gauge, but it should be fine. If I do it, I'm going to need some help with adding short row shaping for my "fun bags" - Sue Ann and/or Jody, wanna help out with that?

Kew is ADORABLE, and I LOVE useless, silly patterns like Desperate Housefrau.

I've been listening to music a lot more (also podcasts. share any good knitting -or whatever- podcats you listen to with me please!), and this song brings up so many emotions, memory-related and not, for me. I remember vividly the first time I heard it. I was at a coffee shop in Tulsa (which I no longer endose. it is no longer the coffee shop I frequesnted in my high school years). Anyway, I was at this coffee shop at about 1:30am with my then boyfriend. Our relationship was at its best, we were planning for a fall wedding the next year. It was winter - January, I think - and generally cold and grey. It had been raining and drizzling for several days on end, and I was happy, which is unusual for winter. A mutual friend - the most beautiful, poetic, and deep person I still to this day have ever met - came in and spotted us. He came over, and the three of us chatted for a bit.

It was open mic night, and the entertainment was shitty. We weren't ready to go home, though. Our friend told us to come out to his car and listen to this awesome band he had just found, and so we went. His car was parked at the curb of a small side street that wasn't quite an alley. It had no heat, and he just turned it on enough for the CD player to work. He sat in the front seat of his 1983 Oldsmobile, and I sat in the back with my fiancee. As the song hit the last verse - the one I've posted below - the sky broke open and the snow finally, for the first time that winter, began to fall. I was not in love with the music at first. My fiancee was, and purchased the CD the next day. I never listened to it. But as the weeks went on, the one song I had heard began to haunt me. It got into my bones and my soul, and stayed there. I went and bought the CD a few days after my 18th birthday.

The band, Bright Eyes, has remained one of my favorites, and I can never hit next when this song, The Calendar Hung Itself, plays.

Well, the clock’s heart it hangs inside its open chest
With its hands stretched towards the calendar hanging itself
But I will not weep for those dying days
For all the ones who left, there's a few that stayed
And they found me here and pulled me from the grass
Where I was laid

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

48 Things You Could Care Less About

"If the entire internet jumped off a cliff, would you?"
"It depends. What's at the bottom? If it's just water, then probably. Sharp pointy rocks are another story."

1. FIRST NAME? Tina

2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Nope

3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? Yesterday. Stupid computer.

4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? nope

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT? turkey

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? probably not. I whine a lot and can be quite mean

7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? :ahem:

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? yeppers

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? perhaps. If I didn't have to pay for it

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? My gosh, almost anything. I love cereal. Probably Apple Jacks and cinnamon apple cheerios - they're just about the same ceral.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? nope

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? no (physically, mentally, and emotionally)

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? So Ben & Jerry's had this one at one point, that was apple-y and had ginger and perhaps cinnamon and I think caramel. Right now, I can't find anything about it. So, I would have to go with chocolate anything, bonus points if it has brownies

14. SHOE SIZE? 8.5 US

5. RED OR PINK? Pink

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? asshole-ish-ness

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? I don't talk about that on this blog, y'all. so we'll say my cat, in Oklahoma

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? w. t. f. If I get an email with this in it, I'm going to be pissed

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? denim, black, no shoes

20. LAST THING YOU ATE? a cookie. sort of.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Prince.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Pink

23. FAVORITE SMELL? right now, spicy scents

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? The ever-so-lovely Kat

25. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO? Hair. Everyone I've dated has something different about their hair. (Okay, it's usually the color -red- but Bryce's is long, and that's different, too)

26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON you stole THIS from? I like reading her blog...

27. FAVORITE DRINK? Sweet Tea, Sangria, Wine, Hard Ciders

28. FAVORITE SPORT? Bowling. Baseball

29. EYE COLOR? Brown

30. HAT SIZE? well, shit, y'all, I don't know

31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? I wish. I can't find any that don't bother me

32. FAVORITE FOOD? anything with a good cheese sauce. also potatoes and corn. and gravy

33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? SCARY FOR SURE

35. SUMMER OR WINTER? Fall. Failing that - summer. I have an allergic reaction to cold weather. The picture of the REALLY white legs in this article - yeah, that's me

36. HUGS OR KISSES? aw, all cuddling is good

37. FAVORITE DESSERT? tiramisu. so much that an ex nicknamed me "tina-misu". it was cute, and not sappy and damn it I was in high school, I swear

38. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? w. t. f.: The Sequel

39. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? w. t. f.: The Final Chapter

40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? Mirror, Mirror and Jesusland

41. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE Pad? RedVsBlue

42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? Half of The Road Warrior. That'd be Mad Max, y'all. I also watched Animal Cops Houston

43. FAVORITE SOUNDS? puppies. the cat's voice

44. ROLLING STONE OR BEATLES? Beatles.

45. THE FURTHEST YOU'VE BEEN FROM HOME? Mexico

46. WHAT'S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? I have to pick one?

47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Tulsa, OK

48. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? January One

Friday, October 13, 2006

"Either I've been missing something or nothing has been going on." -Karen Elizabeth Gordon


I got some lovely yarn in the mail today, and can't find my camera so I can't post pictures. I now have 1367 yards of a very pretty pink (with one strand of black thred spun in) cotton/silk yarn, due to a very nice deal on Ebay. Now...I have no idea what to do with it. Anyone want to point me in the direction of some nice patterns? I'm not even really sure what gauge it is (yeah, I'm bad at knitterly math). The label says 22 st and 27 rows to a 10cm x 10cm square on size 3-4 BUT I don't know if its 3-4 UK (doubt it) or perhaps metric (more likely) or maybe even US. I guess I could knit a gauge swatch, but that would require...well, knitting a gauge swatch. Anyone know anything about this yarn or WTF weight it is? Or any pattern suggestions. I'm thinking about making it a top...

Also. The holidays are upon us. My family lives 8 hours away. I have to work Thanksgiving and Gift-Givingmas. Bryce will be doing his own family stuff, so I will be alone with the cat. OR - will I be alone with the Kat?

My best friend and her non-yappy small dog are moving here, most likely on October 29th. They will be living with Bryce and myself until Kat is able to get a job and an apartment and oh yeah, a new car as she has to sell hers to afford to move here. We've discussed her moving to Austin often, more so since I moved here. She lost her job a few days ago, and decided that it was a good time to move, but she has to sell her car, for multiple reasons. I'm very excited, as is she, but this is a scary time for both of us. I'm very supportive of her move, but...yeah. I don't really like people being in my space, and she doesn't either. We both have some mental health issues. Hopefully she will be able to get on her feet in no time and be able to get her own place, but if anyone knows of a cheap efficiency/1 bedroom apartment or a reasonably priced reliable car for sale in the Austin area, I'm sure she'd appreciate the info. She's going to try to get hired on at my work, so wish her luck with that, as well.

She and I will probably have good holiday times with wine and food (we love cooking together) and movies and pets, so that eases my anxiety about a lonely holiday season some.

I think I should knit her something pretty. She deserves it.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

UGH

So, I don't really feel like making a ver coherent post right now. I was REALLY sick yesterday, and I'm still somewhat sick today, but I had to go back to work today, or I won't be able to pay the bills.

As I'm not feeling well, I wasn't able to go to Chicks With Sticks tonight. I was really looking forward to it, but I plan on spending some good time there on Saturday, and I managed to swap days with someone this week. And Saturday is Pat's brithday, and I do in fact have a couple of gifts in the works for her, so I'll HAVE to show. Not to mention that it seems like Saturdays are the only days I can corner Jody and Cheri in Bluebonnet, and I haven't seen either of them in a while, so I'm excited.

I'm onto the last chart on Icarus. I HOPE to have Icky done and blocked by next Wednesday, so the grand debut can be at Chicks With Sticks next week.

Also still working on baby sweaters and bibs and washcloths.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Thoughts, because I am too airheaded to take pictures of knitting content

So, I got tickets to see Ben Folds again (I've seen him twice -in Tulsa and in Norman, and missed him three times -in St Louis, Tulsa, and Austin) because I have a slightly disturbing adoration of him. I have been a huge fan of his since EARLY 1997, when Naked Baby Photos (God, what kind of searches will I get from that?) came out and I heard "Underground" for the first time.

I was in the car, listening to "Landed" (link is to the lyrics, go read 'em if you haven't, I'll wait.), and was contemplating two of the past relationships I was in, about how I just felt like I was suffocating in them, and that my creativity and ambitions were stifled, and that I was just carrying dead weight around. I was thinking about it, and, as unhappy as I can be sometimes, I do not feel that with Bryce at all. That makes me REALLY happy.

Anyway, I'm bad, and forget to take pictures of knitting, and just wanted to share some thoughts I was having. I'm going to The Texas Renaissance Festival tomorrow, and will try to remeber to take pictures of knitting along with the pictures of the Ren Fest.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

SP9 Questions

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? I love almost anything, really. There is a time and place for every yarn, so I don't discriminate. I did, however, particularly enjoy my time spent with Lorna's Laces, Zephyr, and Artyarns.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? My straights are in a big round plastic thing that used to hold biscotti (think plastic 1gal pickle jar), my dpns are in a small makeup bag, and my circs try to stay in their original packaging

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? I've been knitting for two years, and I would say my skill level is slightly advanced (I'm not about to do a wedding ring shawl, but I can do Icarus and other lace projects JUST FINE, thank you. and I adore cables)

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? I have several, in my sidebar

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.) food smells. anything fruity or that smells like food. I also like spicy scents. no florals, no "perfume-y" scents

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy? I have 28 sweet teeth (tooths?). I love love love dark chocolate, not super fond of milk chocolate, hate white chocolate. I like things that are slightly bitter. I LOVE any foreign candy -love trying new things- especially Japanese candy

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin? I can spin, but I don't. I don't like the drop spindle. I maybe be dropping some bucks on a real spinning wheel soon, though. I also make beaded stitchmarkers (nothing else), and I like Kool-Aid dying. I also make soap.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) Ben Folds and They Might Be Giants are my favorites -but I like LOTS of music. I have a secret weakness for dance music. Everything can play MP3s -my car, my computer at home, and my computer at work. and I need new work music :hint, hint:

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand? I LOVE PINK. I'm not super fond of yellows and oranges.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets? My boyfriend and I live with a lovely but moody cat named Bast

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? It rarely gets cold enough in Texas, but yes, YES, gloves (no mittens), and no

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? triangular shawls, anything with cables, socks (though I've yet to finish a pair)

13. What are you knitting right now? two pairs of socks, Icarus, I have Seraphim on waste yarn (needed the needles for a more immediate project), Tri-Aran-Angle from Knitty, verious dishcloths, a baby sweater, various baby bibs, and an on-going log cabin that I've really been neglecting

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? OH YES

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? circular. bamboo.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? yes to both

17. How old is your oldest UFO? just over a year

18. What is your favorite holiday? Halloween

19. Is there anything that you collect? anything with cherry blossoms, tea sets, sake sets

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? I want the KnitPicks Options. I haven't tried koigu, and I'd like the have the Wing o' the Moth pattern. I have subs to Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, and Knit.1

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? not that I know of

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements? yes. US women's size 9. pretty average

23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd) 02/03

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