Wednesday, October 31, 2007

8 Unusual Things You Probably Didn't Even Want To Know

I've been tagged. And I actually am going to play along!!

1. If I meet a new person, I have to know how to spell their name. When I talk to/about them, I picture their name in my head, not necessarily their face.

2. I use the Cascade 2in1 Packs for my dishwasher. And even though they are nice, little contained, premeasured packages of detergent, I have to put it in the detergent dispenser. Even though I know as soon as I flip the door closed, it will fall to the bottom of the dishwasher. Trust me, I've tried to just toss it in, it doesn't work for me.

3. When speaking to someone with an accent, I will start talking in their accent. I hope they don't think I am making fun of them.

4. I chain chew gum while at work. I love gum and as soon as the piece is flavorless and old, I will pop it out and pop in a new piece. Not to worry, I am SO not a gumsmacker. I chew the gum because it prevents me from snacking all day. Which I will do.

5. I walk around looking at my feet. I like to see my shoes, my tattoo, my new nailpolish, whatever happens to be on my feet.

6. When I get scared, I run in place. Seriously. It's been proven many times over. Also, if I am really scared my arms will flap in place and then I may grab whatever/whoever happens to be standing next to me.

7. I love Twix. But I like just the cookie and the chocolate. So, I will scrape off the caramel with a knife before I eat it.

8. I sway in place when I am standing still. The baby sway. Never had one but it's an automatic thing I do. I do wonder what people think when I am trying to sell them some flooring and I am standing their holding a sample...swaying.

I won't tag anyone but if you feel like sharing some unusual things about you, feel free!!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Sister Love

This post is so long overdue. Chaun's sister, Cori, recently (okay, like over a month ago) had an opportunity to see the Yarn Harlot in person. She actually bought a book, had it signed by Stephanie, and mailed it to me!! To me!! Look!

October 20, 2007 10:31pm

I do believe we have two sleeves!

Here they are attached to the body. Next up, 3" of stockinette. 3"=27 rows. And at 276sts a row... eh, whocares! When I get done with the drudgery, I will be ready to start the fun cabling. I gave myself a goal of 4 rows a day, after those are done, I get to work on the fun stuff. Like the KoolHaas hat I started out of Kathmandu DK. Pictures on that later...

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Baby Love

The Baby Shedir hats have reached the parents. The mom of soon-to-be-born twin boys (they are already 6lbs. Each. She's carrying 12lbs of baby!) loved them so much that she wanted to frame them. I guess she took up knitting years ago because she loved how cabled items looked. She may have liked the look but she hated the knitting. I told her she was welcome to frame the hats once those boys have turned 20 and refused to let her cram those hats on their heads one more time.

I love when people appreciate a handmade item. :) Wouldn't a picture of two cute little newborn baby boys wearing their oversized Shedir hats be precious?? (hint, hint Aunt Kalah!)

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Where do you get bogged down?

I asked everyone a couple of weeks ago to share when they tend to put projects down, when they get tired of working a project. I was surprised when everyone had different answers! I truly thought that majority of knitters got stuck on the finishing stage. But no! Apparently it's different for everyone. Picking up stitches, getting 50% completed, sleeves, finishing, there were many different answers. Thanks for sharing!

I need to share a little more with you. My pitfall are the sleeves. I have a tendency to just like the fronts and backs and screw the sleeves. In fact, I now have a total of 4 projects at the sleeve stage. From left to right: Julia (I thought knitting two sleeves at once would alleviate the problem. It didn't), Tangled Yoke Cardigan (seriously, I should be finished with these), and the Rebecca Hooded Sweater w/Lace (I thought I only had to pickup stitches for a hood...oh no. I barely started the second sleeve).
And let's not forget my last stalled project. I started a sweater out of Silk Garden based off my Shinano pattern (Elizabeth Zimmerman's Percentage sweater). The front and back is done...but no sleeves!

So for now, I plan on finishing up the Tangled Yoke Cardigan. And after that, the Rebecca Hooded Sweater. That's today's goal...we will see what changes tomorrow. :)

Onto other things. My cousin Kim (mom's side) came up for a visit on Friday night. I was really happy to have her here. It was a tough week. Mom's birthday was Wednesday and I ended up having a pretty deep conversation with my brother on the state of our relationship. Whew! Let me tell you, I was not the most pleasant person to be around at the beginning of this week. Anyway! It was nice to be able to talk with Kim about memories, thoughts, feelings about our family. I forget that I am not the only one that lost my mom so hearing her side of last year was really helpful.

On that note, it looks like I need to get started on knitting some sleeves! Have a great weekend!