Tuesday, February 28, 2006

I'm listening...

It has been a little bit since I last posted. Not much to tell since I didn't finish my Olympic projects. I didn't finish the second project (hat for Grandma, I gave her something else for her b-day) and I didn't finish the secret project. I am kicking myself about the secret project and I know I have to get that finished soon. The Grandma project was okay to miss since she liked the gift I gave her anyways. It was a couple of books on hairpin lace and a large hairpin lace tool. I bought it last year and kept forgetting to give it to her. She hit me when she received it since she had been waiting so long for them. ;) Love you Grandma! (She just learned how to use the internet and can now check her own lotto numbers)

Grandma says "Wow, so this computer is useful for something other than playing solitaire and using as a personal stereo via iTunes."

On the knitting front...
I picked up the new IK this weekend along with the Knit.1. Yeah, wasted my money on the Knit.1. I should know better since I never really like the projects in them so much, but I can't help myself.

It is an addiction...

Deva in a store to purchase groceries, spots knitting mag from 7 aisles away, goes into trance mode, "Must have magazine", check out at register, get in car, put away groceries. "Hey, where did this magazine come from? I don't even remember picking it up."

Seriously, that is my story and I am sticking to it. Also, I went to Half-Price books the next day and that damn Knit.1 was there at half off. That will teach me. hmph.

I need to be put on a knitting magazine diet...or at least a calorie cut. You know, only buy magazine if there are, hmm, 2 patterns in the magazine that I would at least want to try and make? But the pictures are so colorful and pretty. I guess I will have to think about it.
I am also supposed to be seriously starting this losing weight thing and purling the pounds away project. It sure is easy to talk about shedding the, oh, 40 pounds I have put on in the past 6 years. There is something about moving out of your parent's house that puts weight on your bones. Late night dinners, eventually they catch up with you. Who knew?

Oh, lastly, I have been forced to listen to a light rock station, 103.7, and I think it is called Lite FM (original, I know). Well, on this station they play this song. Click here and just listen. It should be the first song that plays. It is beeeautiful and I fell in love with it. I play it all the time and it is the song on my MySpace page. Though, that song changes quite often with whatever new song strikes my fancy. But, this song rocks so you must listen.


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Aah!! Knitting Olympics deadline is kicking my butt!

So, the Knitting Olympics will officially end in 4 days. I have not finished the hat (project #2) that I am making for Grandma - and her birthday is today! Aah!! I am panicking. I was going to work on it today at lunch, then I remembered that today is the chili cook off at the office. How am I going to work in chili tasting and knitting? Even if I work on it at lunch, how will I ever finish on time. Not to mention the project #3 to complete my knitting Olympics projects. I think my heart is pounding faster...can't breathe...gasp.

Monday, February 20, 2006

My First SP Gift!!

Yay! I am at work so no pictures, but I checked my mail this morning in hopes that I would have a little something in there. I did! I got a ball of beautiful purple wool yarn and a set of bamboo DPNs. I have never knit with bamboo, but I have always wanted to try it out. I can't wait! She also sent me some instructions on DPN knitting, which is helpful. Though I have recently started knitting on them, I have had absolutely NO luck knitting with them completely. I can knit with them just fine when I start on circulars, but I am all thumbs if I try to knit the whole piece on DPNs.

Have a great week! =)

Saturday, February 18, 2006


So, the umbilical hat was finished, wrapped and gifted. It was received well. I was quite proud of it since it was my first venture into circular knitting on both a circ needle and DPNs. I did have some slight trouble since (yes, I know this is bad) I did not read the tools needed for the pattern correctly. I needed 5 #7 US DPNs and I only had 4. I was so close to finishing it on Monday. I even thought, hey I am going to complete this tonight and it didn't take me too long. In fact, it would have only taken me a couple of hours if I had dedicated actual time to it instead of working on it on my lunch break and when in the car. I started on Saturday evening, didn't touch it on Sunday and would have finished on Monday had I had the needles. On Monday night I transferred all the stitches to the 4 DPNs I had, I then realized that I was in need of one more. A quick trip to Hobby Lobby on my way home on Tuesday solved that problem and the hat was quickly finished.
This was a fantastic project and I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to knit on circs or DPNs as it was quite simple to do and a very quick knit. I did it in Sidar Snuggly DK in some powder blue color holding 2 strands throughout. I was going to use a wool blend, but I wasn't sure about babies and allergies.
I do, however, wish I had chosen a different color as the blue didn't do the hat justice. The yellow in the picture was a good choice. Something bright and fun would have been the way to go as it would have matched the hat better.
I have a cousin who is pregnant, and since this was so fun to knit she will probably be receiving one. I do not know if she is having a boy or a girl, so maybe I will wait a bit. Or, I will just make one and hope for the best. =)
I also want to make the devil hat or the official kitty hat. Umm...I think I may be addicted to hats. Really, I am addicted to knitting in the round on circs. It is such an amazing process and I love the look. When I was working on it I told Grandma that I was only going to knit things in the round from now on. =P

Okay, I am off to work on the other aspects of the Olympics projects. I will post pics and details on them tonight or tomorrow morning.

*Pics above: hat on 4 DPNs waiting on the 5th, pic of finished hat with Stitch N Bitch, another pic with finished hat on Stitch N Bitch. *

Thursday, February 16, 2006

The New Morning Edge with Lex And Terry Sucks Donkeys!

If I wanted to listen to talk radio I would tune in to a good one on an AM station. Just because you put a rock song in the intro to the show does not make it a rock morning show. What was Clear Channel thinking? And who are these idiots who think this is better? At least, prior to this crappy morning show, I got a small dose of rock music on my morning commute along with the sports, weather and (though I don't need it) traffic. Now, I listen to my CDs and wing it with the weather. My husband fills me in on the sports. The Edge does not get air time in my vehicle in the morning. Let's face it, if a CD is playing in the car in the afternoon then I am just too damn lazy to change it. The Edge gets no air time in my car in the afternoon either.

Yes, my morning showers are a little out of tune since I have to sing without any backup, but my neighbors will just have to deal. If they don't like it then they can take it up with the idiots at Clear Channel.

On a happier note, I got an e-card from my SP and she says I should be getting a package soon. I am positively giddy. Also, I have completed one aspect of my Knitting Olympics project, but I can't post pics until after the baby shower on Saturday since I am not sure if she reads this blog or not. I don't want to ruin the surprise.
As far as the Knitting Olympics goes, I chose 3 smaller projects in which I will have to learn a new skill instead of one large project. This way I get three things completed and actually accomplish a feat worth being in the olympics. I am well on my way to getting the gold. Let us hope I don't lose steam.
I will go over the olympic details on Saturday.


Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Crime Deterrent

I did not watch the whole superbowl, but I did have time to pick a fave commercial. It was the Sprint commercial in the locker room. You can view that commercial at Video Google.
Yes, there were nice, sweet commercials like the Budweiser commercial with the pony pulling the cart and the horses pushing the cart. BUT, I am all about the funnies. =)

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Morning Edge, where are you?

This morning I was listening to 102.1 The Edge. This is the radio station I listen to every morning, but it was different this morning. Why? Well, because I realized that my favorite morning show was no longer my favorite morning show...because it was no longer the morning show! Oh, Morning Edge, what happened to you? I searched and searched, but I couldn't find you.
I was a little suspicious earlier this week when the talent was discussing their contracts. Then yesterday morning as I approached the parking lot at work it suddenly dawned on me that all I heard on the way to work was music, no talk. Then this morning I decided to pay better attention. Yup, no talk just music. So, I rushed out of the shower and turned on the computer. What do I discover? No more talent slot listed for the 6-10 am slot. Is there anything in its place? Of course not. They just cut us off. No explanations, no apologies. Just cold turkey.
Yes, I know that all Jasmin did was laugh and Mondo was annoying (you should at least be hot if you are going to act like you are hot). But Dean was a sweetheart and who doesn't like a good dose of Jagger (arrogant as he is, it was fun to listen to)?
The new people are supposed to start in two weeks and I hope they don't blow because there isn't another rock station around. Plus, I happen to like to listen to the ranting and talk and games.
Obviously, change is not for me. They should have never gotten rid of Slim Jim.

On a happier note, yesterday I received an email from my dad and a snail mail note from my SP7 pal! Yay! My pal is doing the Knitting Olympics, which is another reminder that I have to pick a project. I will pick one this weekend.