Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Happy Holidays?

Wow. I decorated. There's a tree in the living room.

I like it.

I have never had this urge before, so I'm a little weirded out by it. Does it have to do with getting married? Is it because the baby urge is hitting us both really hard right now? Who knows.

NaNoWriMo is almost over, and I'll be glad because my liver needs a rest. There's no use trying to write without a beer in my hand. PBR is my muse, apparently. It's going to be a photo finish, but I'm confident that I'll make the word count.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Don't ever look back at old posts about New Year's resolutions

unless you want to be disappointed. I haven't done any of the lame stuff I claimed I was going to do. Hell, I just put the wireless card in the laptop two days ago.

But I like to think of it this way: I have accomplished a lot this year. In 2006, I:

  • got married to a totally rockin' guy
  • directed a successful (!) play
  • started a novel- but will I finish (tune in for next week's exciting conclusion)
  • got not one, but two jobs! (and I like them!)
  • got the ball rolling on starting my own business
  • ...and much much more!
That makes me feel better. But from now on, no more resolutions.

Where the hell have you been? Part Three: nanowrimo

Can't talk. Noveling.

And I know that Part Two is missing, but I haven't had the energy to write about the wedding. There's just so much.

Thursday, September 7, 2006

Where the hell have you been? Part One: Beauty and the Beast

It's been a while.

I had a stretch of time from the middle to end of July when there wasn't a single day free of work of some kind- editing, table waiting, directing. Wedding planning was accomplished (barely) in the spare moments in between.

I'm kind of surprised to still be alive. And sane.

To my eternal surprise and pleasure, the play was an awesome success. We sold an almost record breaking amount of tickets- almost 4200 for six performances. We had almost 900 patrons at the final performance, which is second only to WCT's one-night-only Oliver performance. It was amazing. There was a scare at one performance that Shelley wouldn't be able to perform, but she pulled it off with grace and power. It was amazing- she's a fantastic actress.

And then there's all the drinking I did between performances. Dave's party this year was an all-nighter. We were bound and determined to make it to Telly's the next morning for breakfast. Thanks to Kenny's karaoke machine and the Spaceman (vodka+Tang+mini marshmellows) we did it as hard as we've ever done it. On the roof of Dave's house at dawn I found out that Bob worked as a DJ in strip bar in college. Wow. Just...wow.

Also, I ran interference on two chicks for Nick, and as far as I can tell it worked. Although he's on his own if he gets back into trouble. It was like a one woman bachelorette party that lasted all summer.

After the show closed, it was a break-neck slide into wedding!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Linguistics is everywhere!

From Crazy Aunt Purl's comment log from the most recent post (emphasis mine):

My husband claims to want to be so full of preservatives that when he dies he won't need embalmed.

Posted by: Cheryl in PA

Now, I've heard people from Pennsylvania do this thing before (I work with someone originally from PA), but I've never heard it with this particular verb. Need washed? Uh, okay. Need embalmed? Kind of sticks out to my ear. Ah, dialects. We confuse everyone from outside of Michigan by going to the bar. Even when we don't know which bar it's going to be.

On a billboard on I-94: A big numeral 4, and next to it, it says "tickets, hot dogs, Pepsi, $59." So... 4 tickets? Check. 4 hot dogs? Gross, but whatevs. 4 Pepsi? I want to have been a fly on the wall during the board meeting when some ad exec decided that the plural of Pepsi is... Pepsi. Weird.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

I should be on the treadmill

My time management skills will just have to take a dive here for a moment. My life has officially kicked into overdrive. Let me explain in bullet points:

  • I work at Cariera's three shifts a week
  • the play opens in just over two weeks
  • I work 20+ hours editing Starbucks reports for Second to None
  • I'm planning a wedding that happens in five weeks
This complete change of schedule has led to a lot of days where I forget to eat. All day. And the amount of sleep I get is not proportional to the amount of work I'm doing. And forget about the house being clean any time soon. I have managed to clean the bathroom, and that's good enough. And let's not even talk about my poor garden...

I'm aiming for a couple of dates. August 4th is opening night, and after that, my commitment to the play consists of watching it, and taking notes. Then I'm down to two jobs. After that, August 25th marks the start of the wedding downhill slide, and after that, I won't have to go back to work till September 5th. Hooray!

Friday, June 23, 2006


I have a job! Hooray!

A week ago last Wednesday was what I would call The Best Day in a Long Time. I received not one, but two calls for job interviews and another call from the bridal salon to tell me my dress is ready to be picked up- a month early. Sounds good? It gets better.

On the way home from rehearsal, I pointed out the moon to Dan because it was a clear night (it's a thing we do... we will call each other if we're not together), and as he looked over, a shooting star streaked across the sky underneath the moon. How awesome is that?

Flash forward a week, and my job interviews both went well. I'll hear about the editing job on Tuesday or Wednesday, but I just got back from the other interview, and I am proud to say I am employed! I start on Tuesday!

Sadly, all of this great news is tempered with the lack of progress on my Clapotis and the departure of my lovely choreographer, Megan, who will be in New York until tech week. Sigh.

Thursday, June 8, 2006

My life in pictures

So it's been a busy, busy time for me lately. I don't even have a real job and yet I have managed to fill my time with one activity after another.

I have made it a point to take my camera along with me wherever I go lately, so while I haven't had much to say, I have a lot to show off. I've got a photobucket if anyone's interested in seeing the rest of the story.

The beginning of my whirlwind week was Nate and Holly's wedding and the preparation leading up to the big day. I did a lot of flower arranging and setting up and photo snapping and breaking down. Somewhere in there, two lovely kids got hitched and I drank a lot. A lot lot.

Once that was done, I had to take the 120 people (of 365! Sweet fancy Moses!) I called back for Beauty and the Beast and run them through a marathon audition. At the end of the night, I snapped a couple of pictures to keep faces straight, and to have proof that everyone was a good sport about it:

Leon, Nick, John, Patrick, Michelle, Andrea, Amy, Kenny, Lauren, Lindsey, and Mike (I am the name-master of Warren Civic Theatre!)

Moments after casting was finished, I turned my focus to Motor City Pride weekend, and for the first time I went to a Whitney Garden Party. Mike and I snuck in early under the guise of "helping out" but then I felt guilty and we sold over $270 in raffle tickets. I caught some awesome snapshots of Kayene Taylor giving her best Jessica Rabbit to Jeff Montgomery:

And if that weren't proud enough, I actually had to work the damn event on Sunday, too. Rain threatened in the morning, but it was all sunshine as soon as the crowds started flooding in. I admit that by the end of the day I was really pissy and exhausted, but if we made more money than last year (which was 4 times as much as they had ever made before Mike and I came along), it'll be worth it.

We were doing okay until someone attached a 20 foot banner/sail to some fencing that wasn't sandbagged down and Sean crashed the hi-lo into a flowerbed outside Q.

This hi-lo will have to be towed out. Oh the foolishness!
I dipped my hand in some gold paint. Oh the foolishness!

Crystal Waters was great, but she was outshined, I feel, by Trixie and her usual hysterical banter. "I want to thank all the parents who brought their children to the event and making it even more family-oriented. And now... Crystal Waters! ...oh shit, I forgot someone. What? Yeah, bring him up here. Oh shit, I fucked it up..." Priceless.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

The verdict is in

I met Adam West and he declared that I am not a bum.

It's true.

Tuesday, May 2, 2006

Rainy days are here again

It would take a rainy day to cheer me up. I sat down and filed about seven more job applications last night. Maybe one of these will stick. And if not, well then I'll live in my car.

We live in a crappy little suburb so close to the freeway that the constant hiss of traffic is louder than the birds and even lawnmowers, in a little house that is trailerpark- and liquorstore-adjacent. It's a situation that we both wish we could change (D wants a house in the country, and I have been dreaming lately of the city) but for the moment, one thing we wouldn't change is the little house. It's cute, it's got more than enough space for us and our things, and on the side of the house, along with tigerlilies and hosta, grows this:

Lily of the valley has it all: beautiful, delicate blooms, broad verdant leaves that last all summer, and the fragrance.

I have wanted to start a Book Report portion of this blog to accompany the list of recreational reading in the sidebar, but I just haven't had the inspiration yet. David Sedaris may be that inspiration. Me Talk Pretty One Day is an engaging memoir; the anecdotes are entertaining and paint a vivid description of a complex life, but more than that, David Sedaris makes me want to write. His stories recall, in a lot of ways, my more... colorful moments. It has reminded me that one of my (more recent) goals is to lead an interesting life. I want weird coworkers and customers. I want unusual situations and settings. I want the unbelievable juxaposed with the mundane. And I want to tell people about it.

But probably not in the weblog. Sorry.

Monday, May 1, 2006

Oh, blog.

Man do I ever feel down lately. There's so much pressure on me to do... well, eight million things.

Things that aren't getting done, for some reason.

There's the nagging problem of getting a damned job. I am at the end of my rope, which is made entirely of resumes and the hair falling out of my head. I have officially been given The Run Around by Andiamo's hiring manager, and because I have no dignity, I will call tomorrow afternoon and pretend that I wasn't stood up for my interview without an apology and wasn't called the next day as promised.

But I do have a job, I must remember. I'm The Director now. That's a lot of pressure. If the show sucks, it'll be Officially My Fault.

Then there's The Wedding. I can't care any more. It's creeping up on me (yeah, Holly, I know that I can't talk, but still) and I have so much to do. I need to get contracts signed and invitations made and and and... the more I think about it, the more I just want to crawl into a hole.

Maybe I just have PMS. But after my period.

I really wish Blogger had a private mode, because I've got some personal kvetching that I can't do publically, for several reasons.

There is a bright side to my life, surprisingly, and expressed in bullet format it looks like a lot:

  • Lelah needs some elastic (and a good blocking) and she's done.
  • I tried on my interview suit my parents bought me in 2004, the year of College Graduation and Real Jobs (ha!), and it fits... well, mostly. I'm not going to get a little snugness in the waist get me down. Surprisingly.
  • I calculated it out, and I'm almost positive my period will neither be during tech week nor my wedding, but rather the week between. Small mercies.
I took a few photos on our trip to Mt. Pleasant that cheer me up:

This is Miles. He was all in my yarn, until I tortured him with the Swatch Bonnet and the red-eye flash on my camera.

Taz toasting flutes? Why the fuck didn't I buy these? So classy!

This was the pinnacle of my good mood lately. Nothing surrounding this moment, but the combination of sunshine, knitting, and a 4-0 of PBR was sublime. Heaven.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Five photos, three passions

So I've begun Lelah in earnest, and I have to say that although the yarn shed all over my black t-shirt, it's like knitting with bunny-tails (without the sneezing) and therefore I am in love. I've got about half of the lace repeats done:

I am glad this is a tube with elastic at the bust, because I have no clue if gauge is going to screw me bad on this project. I can't tell if it's going to be a tent- or fit at all. But it sure is cute. Here's a closeup:

File Under Wedding Madness: My vase collection is growing, slowly. I think I've just about cleared out all of the resale shops around here, but at less than a dollar a pop, these white glass vases (which, by the way, I saw in a centerpiece arrangement in Martha Stewart Weddings so there!) are going to be quite cost effective. Now, I wonder if I can put snapdragons in the bud vases... you know, if the stems are long enough:

Spring is in the air around the house, and as I left this afternoon to catch dinner with Mike, we spotted one of my many (MANY!) squirrels (which happen to be my power animal, thank you very much) chomping an acorn and generally looking cute:

What, mortal?

Oh, nevermind.

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

I promise I'm still alive.

I've got some explaining to do, though. I've been MIA and completely kntting-free for quite a while. The good news is that I think the weather's nice enough to start work on Lelah. And Holly and Jenny and I (oh my!) have been working, slowly but surely, on that afghan. And other than that, it's been wedding wedding wedding. And hoping for a job.

I've got almost 400 cranes folded, and I'll do another 30 or so during American Idol (yeah, I know. I roll my eyes at myself, too). I overbought on origami paper. I've got enough to make about 3000 cranes. Whoops. Meh, it's gorgeous and I'll use it for something. MyPublisher has a promising photobook- it's 12" by 16"! And for about sixty bucks! And if you search on the interwebs, you can find coupons! That's definitely what we'll be doing with our candids and pro shots. These are probably the rings we'll get, if Dan's fingers can fit the size (maybe). I still need to buy ribbon, make rentals, book the caterer (but we've got a photographer! YEAH!), order the damn flowers already, etc. etc. We're really not that far along. But I do have a dress.

And a place to do it at.

And a person to do it with.

So it's happening. No matter what.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

It might not be knitting, but it's still stitchy

So this is what happens when cool kids with too much acrylic get together to (drink and) crochet charity afghans:

It took all night, but we got 3 squares done (I am by far the slowest hooker of the whole bunch, so the pace was probably my fault). The one on the right is officially My First Granny Square.

Now I want to make granny squares all day and night.

My mother and I went to Value World today and brought the centerpiece vase count up to 13. On the way home, the sun was setting on Colgate Street in the center of the road. I thought it was pretty, so I snapped a picture to share:

Thursday, March 16, 2006

I swatched!

I swatched a piece of black felt from Lamb's Pride for Dan's hat. It's been so long (and so wedding wedding wedding) that I thought I had forgotten how to knit, but no. I need to give myself some more credit. Originally, the swatch was 10.5 st/4 in (double-stranded on size 13 needles), but after a good hand-felting in the kitchen sink:

The swatch is a total of 16 stitches across. As maths will indicate, 16 st/5.5 in is about 3 st/in (the original gauge is more like 2.5 st/inch). What will actually happen is that I'll eyeball it, cast on, and then felt the bejeezus out of the hat until the stitch definition is gone and then stretch it to fit Dan's melon.

And just because I like my wedding flowers, here's a picture of the Oceana rose, currently my desktop background:

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Wedding Crafting

It's been weeks since the Knitting Olympics ended and I haven't knitted a stitch. Why, you ask?

Because I'm getting married in six months, that's why.

There are paper cranes to fold (Dan and I kicked out about 50 last night, and I've got the rest of the paper coming this week) to hold escort cards, decorate wreaths, fill vases, and generally hang around, not unlike rose petals do for other people.

I've got bows to make for the ceremony chairs with my shiny new Bowdabra. I've got invitations to make, each of which involving hand-torn paper and eyelets, which I haven't mastered. Yet. I imagine that after 100 invites I should have the technique down.

Just in time to make the programs. And escort cards.

I've got to decide on vases for the cenerpieces. I think I'm going to have a cluster of milkglass bud vases, each holding about 5-6 stems. Very simple, keeping the palate to white, ivory, and peach. The robin's egg blue and chocolate brown will come out in the linens (maybe), and the cups, paper plates, and napkins. We're doing glass for everything but beer and soda (because a keg beer in a real glass just feels weird). We just bought a bunch of mismatched silverware on eBay to go with the Mad Hatter's theme (and at 10 cents apiece, save us a dollar a person). Speaking of which, if you know of anyone who has Corelle (you know, harvest gold, crazy daisy, old town blue? look in grandma's cupboard) dinner/lunch plates, dessert/bread plates, cups, or saucers, I want to meet them and talk them into letting me borrow their dishes for my wedding.

It's going to be badass, though. The food is going to rock. The flowers are going to be beautiful. The music will be what we want with no annoying DJ trying to play music I hate. And I'm going to look gorgeous.

That's what I've got to keep telling myself.

Thursday, March 2, 2006

Decidedly not knitting

Or, at least for the moment. I'm giving my fingers a rest and focusing on wedding planning. Fear not, I will begin a new project soon!

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Finished: Olympic Gold Baby Sweater

I finished in time! I wasn't sure at the end, but I've actually finished the entire thing, woven ends and all.

I like this detail picture. My camera rocks!

Here's the sleeve, folded over the body. My first experience with seam sewing went pretty well, I think. The process was daunting, but I think it would be easier with a less complicated stitch pattern on larger needles (i.e., a sweater for me).

Pattern: Guernsey with bobble edging from Family Knits by Debbie Bliss (smallest size)
Yarn: Red Heart Baby Pompadour, mint green (3+ skeins)
Needles: size 4 aluminum straights, and my NeedleMaster for the bottom hem. The gauge was large, despite my swatching, but the yarn drapes better this way. Oh well.
Notes: I did a plain neckband and cuffs instead of the bobble edging,edited out the bobbles on the sleeves, and added a side placket with 2 buttonholes on the left shoulder to accomodate big baby heads.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

It's going to be a photo finish

Here's some progress shots I took yesterday:

This is a sleeve. Notice the lack of bobbles relative to the front and back:

As you can see, the front and back are a little wide, all things considered. This sweater is going to have to be for a f(l)at baby.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Falling Behing Olympic Pace

So I feel like a speed knitter, pushing row after row, wondering if my pace will be enough to get me gold. I've finished the back and I'm within rows of finishing the front, and all I can say is I hate bobbles. I think I might not do them on the sleeves, and I'm just going to do garter stitch cuffs and collar instead of the joker-looking pointed edging. And although it might be a disproportionately wide (I checked gauge, damnit!) sweater, it will look really cute on whatever kid ends up wearing it.

I think.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

August 27, 2006

That's the day I'm getting married.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Olympic Update

I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew with this project. I'm afraid that it's going to be a lot of sleepless nights knitting on tiny needles and hunched over an intricate pattern to get this sweater done, but I am up to the challenge. Here's a progress shot, supervised by Blue Laser:
That's 20 rows of stockinette stitch and 21 pattern rows on the back. I've got at least 80 rows of work to do on the back before it's done. Eeep. At least it's really cute up close:

I showed Dan the first bobbles, and his response was, "How many of those do you have to do?" When I showed him the picture, his reply was, "At least you'll get a lot of practice." There are over 200 bobbles on this freakin' sweater.

Finished: Pirate Stripe Armwarmers

Pattern: Loosely Based on the Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers from Stitch 'n' Bitch Nation
Yarn: Black and Violet Red Heart Super Saver, who knows how much
Needles: size 6 aluminum dpns
Gauge: about 4 st/inch in 2x2 ribbing, slightly stretched (use your wrist/arm diameter for gauge purposes... I've got small wrists and forearms)
Notes: Cast on 32 stitches in purple (MC) and divide between 3 dpns (10, 12, 10).
K2, P2 around, changing color every 3 rounds and carrying yarn up through inside of warmer.
Round 37 (MC): K2, P2tog, K2, P2 around.
Rounds 38 and 39 (MC): K2, P1, K2, P2 around.
Round 40 (CC): K2, P1, K2, P2tog around.
Rounds 41 and 42(CC): K2, P1 around.
Continue in K2, P1 rib for 12 rounds, maintaining stripe pattern.
Round 55: K2, P into back and front of st around, making thumb gusset on 3rd (7th) knit rib as foll: K1, pm, M1, pm, K1.
Round 56: K2, P2 around, cont thumb gusset as follows: K1, slip m, K into back and front of st, slip m, K1
continue in K2, P2 rib around for 8 rounds, knitting into back and front of first and last st between markers.
Round 66: K2, P2 around, binding off st between markers.
Cont in k2, p2 rib for 6 more rounds and cast off in MC. Sew up gusset if you want to (I didn't- I like my thumbs hanging free)

Friday, February 10, 2006

Light the torch already!

I've selected my Olympian project and I'm ready to go!

Debbie Bliss designs such cute sweaters for kids, although I don't know if I'd wear any of the designs from this book... they're a tad schoolmarm.

And just as a note, I'm not doing the joker-looking collar, just the joker-looking everything else.

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Gearing up for the Knitting Olympics

I'm jazzed. I've got to find some kind of... pattern for my project, but I fully intend to start on the 10th as planned. Maybe I'll go to the library today and cruise the pattern books. I want to make a fair isle baby sweater (I taught myself fair isle knitting!) in a tiny gauge knit in the round (but sans steeks) with a boatneck/placketed neckline. Yeah.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Yarn cravings

This yarn diet is starving me. I need to get a job, because when I get a job I will be able to justify more yarn. But in the meantime, I have so much crappy acrylic yarn and nothing to do with it. So I make black and purple acrylic armwarmers. And I think I've got enough Red Heart Baby Pompadour to make a couple baby sweaters. I think I might enter the Olympics. I think I can make Trellis, but it would definitely be a challenge (eep, cables!). I would also have to double the yarn, and check and see if I've got enough.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Knitting morsels

In an effort to blast through stash yarn, I'm making some armwarmers in fun pirate stripes out of (egad!) Super Saver:

I'll be wearing these at the bar, and so I don't care if they're 100% afghan. I can wash the smoke out of them, and that's really what's important.

And yes, the bar, in my case, is one of those dimly lit, dirty, goth affairs, and the whole point of the knitted pirate stripes is to make me look more, um, d.i.y. 3dgy. I'm never growing up.

And here's a peek at Super Secret Project #2, which I am building up to be the Project That Will Change the Very Face of Knitting As We Know It, rather than the Project That Isn't That Impressive Unless You Consider That I Am a New Knitter and Made It UpMyself:

Friday, January 20, 2006

Victory dance

I just did it.

I finished Super Secret project #2. It's not much, but I did it. And I did the hell out of it, too.

I'm so proud of me.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Quickie pink snow scarf

This was a quick something to pass the time as we watched Batman Begins last night, and to use up a bunch of pink Dazzle yarn. Still have a bunch of yarn (d'oh!... maybe a hat?). It's being modeled by my pal, Angel.

Pattern: Quickie pink snow scarf (my own)
Yarn: Pink Dazzle (2 strands) and white Bernat Baby Coordinates (1 strand)
Needles: size 17 straight
Gauge: Does it matter? about 1.25 st/inch
Notes: Cast on 10 sts and work in 1x1 rib until the thing almost hits the floor when you're wearing it (your mileage may vary). Fringe liberally.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Yarn porn and secret projects

So. I promised myself that I would not buy any yarn until I got a job, because it just isn't justified on our one-income plan. But since I am a damn cheater, even on the rules I set for myself, I went to a yarn swap yesterday. For shame! (Fear not, I have already forgiven myself.) We all had a lot of acrylic and a little bit of treasure. I let some things go, but I managed to get more yarn in return (damn you Holly!). I thought I had a lot of acrylic yarn lying around, until I saw this:

Actually, a lot of it is really funky vintage colors, but I couldn't bring myself to take any yarn that didn't come with inspiration. This is my haul:

The vintage acrylics on the left are going to be either a striped hat or a crocheted spiral cushion (if and when I can figure that out). The little balls on the bottom are Lion Microspun, which I have never used. I wanted to noodle around with it, and see if I still like it after all the splittiness. The Dazzle is for the sake of pink, I'm afraid (I don't know what it's going to be, and in taking it I broke my own rule... but it's sparkly!). And the awesome bunch of black Lamb's Pride is going to turn itself into Super Secret Project #1 for Dan, of my own design. We'll see.

Here's Super Secret Project #2:

This should be a quick knit if I can sit down and crank it out, but I get nervous working without a pattern and I tend to drag my feet. But I already have the buttons for it, so there is no turning back now!

Monday, January 16, 2006

The armwarmers are finished

It's been really overcast in Michigan lately. Overcast in the sky means overcast in my outlook. I hvae been very, very slowly knitting a pair of armwarmers. Here's a progress shot from last week that I never posted:

The yarn is beautiful and not as scratchy as I originally thought (or at least I'm getting used to scratchy yarn). Here they are in their mismatched, hobo-esque glory:

I love them and wear them all the time. They're beautiful.

Pattern: Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers from Stitch 'n' Bitch Nation
Yarn: Noro Kureyon color 128 (2 half-balls)
Needles: size 7 dpns (next time, I'll go down a size so they fit my tiny arms better)
Notes: I did 6 rows of ribbing at the bottom and 4 at the top. I increased an extra set of stitches in the thumb gusset and increased another stitch at the end of the first thumb round to get an even amount for ribbing.

Friday, January 6, 2006

Last of the old, first of the new

Well, I'll call it the last knitting of the old year, but I actually finished this tiny camera case after the bell tolled and all the champagne was consumed (but before that champagne was... revisited, but thankfully not by me). The case , once seamed up, proved a little long, and I decided against the cutesy Mobile Monster head in lieu of buttons (yet to be purchased) to hold the top shut. Here's the progress shot:

Berocco Plush is awesome. I want to knit underpants out of it because it's so soft. And the case is holding up in my purse (although if it doesn't, I've got 1.75 skeins to go of this color).

So, I've been itching to start something new, but I have been reluctant to pull out the Noro and make the Hurry Up Spring armwarmers because I'm afraid I'll be allergic, and besides, it looks nice in the skein... I'm so lame. But screw it, it was sunny for the first time this year today, I've been carrying around this yarn in my bag for weeks, and I'm feeling brave. Today is The Day.

Stitch 'n' Bitch books? Check. Yarn and needles? Check. Peppermint tea? Check. Hot pink vinyl notions/dpn case I got for a quarter! at Value Word? Check. Okay. I think I'm ready. Baby steps:

Isn't it cute! The only thing that bugs me is that the skeins are not started in the same place in the color sequence, so they're not going to be identical without some fudging. Or maybe I should accept that they're going to be loud, and they might as well have... character.

Character like this:

She might be a crazy old lady, but she takes a cute picture.

Thursday, January 5, 2006

New year, new me, new camera

So, I got a fabulous Sony DSC-200 for Christmas from my awesome parents, but as of yet I have not hooked it to the desktop. I played around with some photos on the laptop- which will soon have a wireless card in it to allow for portable blogging (I imagine me and Mikey face to face, laptop to laptop at some swank coffee shop in B-Ham). But not yet. I've already made a cute case for my camera out of Berocco Plush (it needs buttons), and I'm good to go.

On to the resolutions. I've decided to give real blogging a try. I've cleaned out my craft room (a little) and this year I'm going to recycle all those sweaters I bought in 2005 with good intentions; so far I've managed to unravel one bought in 2006 (sigh). And I'm going to knit a bunch of goodies for myself. More later.

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