Thursday, August 28, 2003 

Don't forget to check out my interview (Aug 25) below and sign up to participate in the next round!!!

Last night was meeting number 2 of the East Bay Stitch n' Bitch. Only four of us were able to make it (where were the rest of you?!?!?!), but we had a good time. We hung around for about 2 1/2 hours chatting, knitting, drinking, and eating. Jennifer showed us the cutest little hat she made for her little boy. It was one of those little crocheted lemon hats. So darling! I cast on for my first mousie. I was doing it on DPNs though, and kept twisting the stitches. What buffoon decided to put terrible lighting in a bar?! You can't knit in a bar with bad lighting. Geez.

In more serious news....

My boyfriend had a near death experience yesterday. Okay, I exaggerate...sort of. He called me after he got off work yesterday to tell me that earlier in the afternoon he and another CSA (Community Service Assistant - he works for a local Police Department) were driving a couple of patrol cars to another station. As they were driving down the freeway they came across this accident that had just happened, and since there were no emergency vehicles already on the scene, they stopped. Jon pulled his patrol car up behind the accident, which was sticking out into the number 4 lane (furthest right lane). The other CSA pulled his car onto the shoulder. Jon got out of the car and one of the guys involved in the accident ran up to him and started to tell him what happened. Seconds later Jon said the guy became frantic and signaled that something was happening behind him. Jon turned around in time to see a green car that had come to a screeching stop just before the patrol car, followed by a guy in a new Durango smacking into the back of the green car at 55 mph. This sent the green car smashing into the patrol car, and because of the angle of the crash, had Jon and the other guy not jumped out of the way in time, they would have been hit.

Certainly it is one of the hazards of the job. But still, I am 100% supportive of Jon's desire to become an officer, and work in law enforcement. I think it's the right career for him, and I believe anyone who tries to tell him not to follow his dream is just being selfish (like his parents). Of course there is a serious risk of injury or death in that profession. But, what you're probably not aware of is the fact that more construction workers and taxi drivers die on the job every year than do police officers. Officers are trained to keep themselves from getting hurt/killed, and given the tools to do so. But I will admit that it's still very scary. I dread the day that I get that phone call. It could have been yesterday -- someone calling me to inform me that Jon was in the hospital, or worse, after being hit in that second crash. And in that instant, because of the carelessness of someone behind the wheel of a car (a deadly weapon, might I add), someone elses life is changed forever. In those few seconds he could have lost his limbs, been paralyzed, been denied the opportunity of persuing his dreams, or even lost his life.

Too many people treat driving like it's nothing. They drive blindly, paying more attention to the person on the other end of their cell phone, the song blasting on the radio, their child screaming in the back of the car. They hop behind the wheel after working an 11 hour mid-shift (as was the case with the driver of the Durango, who was an officer for a local PD on his way home from working the mid-shift). They don't think twice about sticking that key in the ignition after taking medications that may cause them to become drowsy. They assume that the cage of steel around them is going to actually protect them from injury or death, and so they speed down the highway at 20 mph over the speed limit, cut across four lanes of traffic, fail to use proper traffic signals (such as blinkers) when merging in front of others (often too closely as well), fail to allow sufficient distance between themselves and the car in front of them (another reason that second accident happened - the green car would have stopped in time, but because the Durango was following too closely it couldn't and thus smacked into the green car). Perhaps too many people see driving as just another task, like taking out the garbage, or paying the bills -- just a mundane, innocuous, every day task. Plus, most people are quick to be defensive and don't like to admit when they're driving in an unsafe manner. People assume that because they've engaged in some stupid behavior a million times before and haven't crashed yet that "it won't happen to them." All it takes is for one person to make a stupid move for an innocent person to become a victim. And in that instance, because of that one stupid, careless, selfish decision, so many lives can be affected, and changed forever.

Kids, be careful when you get behind the wheel of you car today. Think twice about the other people on the road and the actions you take with your two ton deadly weapon. If you're tired, stop and take a nap. If your kid is screaming, pull over. Be courteous to other drivers, and stop looking at driving as a competition. Drive defensively, always expecting the other driver to do something dumb. Obey all the traffic laws -- they're put there for a reason. Otherwise, someday you may be the reason that some woman gets a phone call notifying her that her boyfriend/husband is dead, or some child finds out that mommy is never coming home.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003 

Call me a lemming if you will (for doing what QueerJoe already did), but I was having so much fun at Makeover Solutions that I made three! The "before" picture is me with no makeup after I got up in the morning. I whited out the background, cuz otherwise it just looked funky. But then again, so do I in that picture.

Here are my makeovers, in no particular order of preference.

The Goth

I scare myself, really. Yet somehow I find this makeover to be oddly intruiging. Maybe it's the eyes...yeah. I want some pale olive contacts. I've actually always wanted some creepy looking contacts (red, or yellow, or white or something similar) that I would wear just to creep people out. Of course, I'd act as if the person were crazy if they asked about them.

The Princess

Me as a blonde. I kind of like how I look with the curls. kind of reminds me of my mom when she was younger (she has really curly hair, although it's brown). Now, for my date with Prince William......

The Punk

If I had had the guts to dye my naturally red hair, this probably would have been one of many looks sported by me in high school. Instead, I stuck with my locks, but went wild with the clothing.


Tonight is the next Stitch n Bitch meeting. Hopefully there should be a few new people showing up, so it should be a lot of fun! I posted another ad on Craigslist for the group, and I've gotten like 5 more responses from interested people. I'm thinking I should bring a camera with me so I can take pictures of the group and post them on our groups Yahoo site, and maybe up on here too. But, I'm not sure if my batteries for my digital are charged....

I'm going to start working on my mousies tonight for Wendy's Mouse-along. I plan to knit up quite a few, stuff them with catnip and bells, and send them on their merry little way. Of course I'll keep a few to give to the cat lovers in my life. I have no cats myself, and I don't think my hermit crabs would be that crazy over them!

Tuesday, August 26, 2003 

Since I was out last week, I missed a Knitworthy. But this week's Knitworthy should more than make up for it. The Knitting Garden is an online knitting magazine featuring free patterns, photo galleries of completed work (of patterns from a variety of sources), and more. Check them out. This month they have 5 free patterns!!!

Monday, August 25, 2003 

Sharlyn of Sit and Knit forwarded the following questions to me for this fun little game you can play along with too. Here's how to play:

1.Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2.I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3.You'll update your website with my five questions, and your five
4.You'll include this explanation.
5.You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be

And here are your questions:

1. Is there anywhere in the world that you have never been to but would
really like to go? If yes, where? Lots of places actually. I'd love to go to Germany, so I can put my German language skills (2 years in HS, 2 years at Cal) to use. I want to see Italy, and particularly Rome. A lot of my family came from Italy, plus there is so much history and culture there that I'd love to experience.

2. Describe your physical appearance in three words Redhead. Short. Curvy.

3. Food. What was the first thing that came to your mind after seeing that word? Sex. Good food is like good sex. I love to eat. And savoring good food can be a nearly orgasmic experience in itself. We eat so much crap, that it's amazing to realize how complex the sensory experience of food can be. And it's the same with sex. Many people suffer through having so much bad sex, that when they really experience something good, they're blown away.

4. You can go back in time to any period; where do you go and what do you do? Hmm. Once again, that's hard to decide. There are so many things I'd like to witness. I'd love to go back and watch Rome in action. I'd love to witness the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and sit in on the debates that took place at the time. I'd love to experience life in ancient Egypt. I don't think I would want to go back and change anything in history, because you never know what the consequences of that will be. Sometimes good actions beget bad consequences. And I don't believe the past should be tampered with.

5. What is the one thing in your life that you are most proud of? Myself. I'm proud of all the hard work I've done to succeed in everything I do. I've always managed to make a lot out of not very much. I feel that I've earned everything I have in life - nobody has ever handed me anything - and there's no prouder feeling than that.

Sound fun? Of course it is! (Be sure to leave your site address in the comments section so I can link to you!)

Friday, August 22, 2003 

I'm back (unfortunately) from vacation. I'm glad I took today off, because I'm going to need the weekend to recoup. I didn't get as much knitting done as I would have liked. The only thing I really worked on was the Boat Neck Shell, which is almost finished. I was going to make it exactly like the pattern called for, but the neck looks like it's going to be way too high, so I'm going to make the front piece with a slightly lower neck. I also forgot the yarn for the catnip mousies, so I didn't even do any of those. I'll post some pictures later since right now I think my time would be better spent taking a nap.

Friday, August 15, 2003 

I'm on vacation for the next week. I'll be returning Thursday evening, and I'll probably post on Friday. I hope to have a lot of pictures of my knitting progress. I decided last night what I was going to bring with me, and have already packed my bag. I'm going to bring the Regia socks, and I hope to finish those. I'm also bringing yarn to make a Boat Neck Shell, a UCan2 Shell, the White Lies Tank Top, the Boatneck Sweater from Hollywood Knits, the scarf I'm making from the Artfibers yarn, and some scrap yarn to make some mousies for Wendy's Mouse-a-thon. I'm trying to resist the urge to bring anything more than that. I mean, I'll only be gone a total of 6 days, and there's other stuff to do too.

Thursday, August 14, 2003 

My Smiley's order came in today - in a huge box! Fortunately I was chatting with the security guard at my building at work, and I saw the UPS guy come in with my box. There was no one in the office, so otherwise I would have missed him and not gotten the package. All I have is a large Gap shopping bag to carry it home in, so it will definitely take at lease two trips.

Included in my order was a bunch of Homespun in different colors. Smiley's was having a big sale ($1.99/skein) on it last week, so I snagged a bunch. I got enough Country Green to make a throw for my boyfriend's parents for Christmas. Then I got some Honolulu (a purple and white) to maybe make a throw for myself (or maybe not). And then I got 3 each of Gazebo, Evergreen, Aquarium, and Cyprus to either make baby blankets, or other miscellaneous projects out of. They'll probably end up just sitting in my stash waiting for a use to pop up. But, I thought they'd make nice baby blankets that I could whip together quickly in case someone I know happens to turn up pregnant.

I also picked up 29 skeins of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (it was only $1.00/skein) to make a few things with. Some ideas I had was the BNS, the UCan2 shell, and maybe this boatneck sweater from the Hollywood Knits book. I got 20 skeins of a light blue color, and 9 of a mint green (although, now I wish I had gotten the apple green instead).

Then I grabbed a bunch of Paton's Classic Wool. One skein in Navy to finish my felted tote bag with. A couple skeins of gray and one in black to make another felted purse with, and a skein of a cream color to go with some beige/heather Classic Wool I already have that I'll probably make another felted purse with.

I also bought some Wool-Ease -- two skeins of Grey, two skeins of Tan -- for what, I connt remember. I think it was for a couple of shirts. I think I was going to make either another BNS, and/or a White Lies Shapely Tank Top. But, I'm not 100% positive. I need to go look at my notes on the order to remember.

And lastly I purchased one more skein of Patons Kroy (I bought some last time...but not enough) and a few skeins of Cervinia Sorrento in Charcoal ($1/skein) to make a halter top out of.

I'm super glad this stuff came today. Some of this stuff is going camping with me. We'll see how much progress we can knock out in a week. I'll have about 8 hours each way getting there and back. And then, while I'm not fishing, picking blackberries and huckleberries, or visiting with people I haven't seen in a long time (my family & a number of family friends have been going to this place every year for like 40 years), I hope to get some mad progress done.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003 

I found this cute little felted eyelash tote bag while I was surfing around looking for new patterns to add to my free patterns site (which, BTW, I should add that I posted another 2 dozen or so). FYI, the file is a PDF, so if you try to open it, be sure you have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

I've started turning the heel on my Regia socks. I'm not digging the Regia pattern I'm using. It just seems a little odd to me. Maybe that's because people tend to get comfortable with what they first learned. But, I'm pushing through anyway.

Since I'll be leaving Friday to go camping and fishing with the family for a week, I need to start thinking about what to bring. I placed a large order with Smiley's last week, and am keeping my fingers crossed that it will get here by Thursday. I've got a bunch of yarn for a number of projects I need to start on in that order. Otherwise, I'll just have to bring some other stuff with me. So far on my list is: finish the Regia socks, start/finish the Fortissima socks, finish the Wool-Ease socks, work on my tote bag design (I'm trying to design a felted tote bag), work on designing/making Jonathan's remote control holder, finish my Artfibers mohair sleeveless v-neck shell, start/finish two dog sweaters for my parent's and grandparent's dogs, design/make a cotton camisole, and make a set of items made with Wool-Ease Ivory Sprinkles (hat, gloves, socks, sweater, scarf). I don't want to bring too much, but I also don't want to bring too little. So, I have some deciding to do.

Monday, August 11, 2003 

As promised, here are a couple of pictures of the Regia socks I'm working on. I'm just about to start working the heel.


What a nightmare this weekend was. Jon's mom came up Saturday (giving us one night to ourselves). The drama ensued throughout Saturday, and quite frankly reached uber-rediculous levels. And the whole thing culminated in Jon's mom's car getting keyed. We're pretty sure we know who is responsible (her brother), but we don't know for sure, and don't have any way of definitely proving it. But, the circumstancial evidence is pretty strong against him. It would be one hell of a coincidence if he wasn't somehow involved. I just hope the jerk realizes that based on the amount of damage done (the officer estimated it at around $800) it makes it a felony. That means that the person who did it wouldn't just be slapped with a fine, they would be facing jail time. All because they are so selfish, petty, immature, and stupid to take their (misguided) anger to such a nasty, low-life level instead of dealing with their issues like an adult.

I did get some knitting done this weekend though. A bunch of people were hanging out by the pool Saturday afternoon. Jon wanted to swim, I didn't. So, I brought my sock and my sleeveless mohair shell out with me. I only got a few more rows done on the shell this weekend, because I need to rethink a part of the pattern. I'm afraid it's going to turn out too short (even though I had the pattern custom designed for me), so I'm thinking about adding another half an inch to the waist. But, I want to do some measuring first, and needed to wait until I got home. But I'm now up to the heel on my Regia socks. I'll post some pictures of it later. I love this yarn, and the pattern it makes. It's just so fun! Everyone was asking me what I was making, and how long I had been knitting. They were all shocked when I told them I've only been knitting 3 1/2 months, and then proceeded to tell them about all the things I've made/am working on.

I wore my Katrina top on Sunday, and got oohs and ahhs over it. So that felt really good. A lot of people who have seen the Katrina top have told me that they can't believe I actually knitted it. To my (perfectionist) eye there are a few issues I have with the top that could have made it better, but all in all it came out great.

Friday, August 08, 2003 

I'll be out for the weekend, up at my boyfriend's family reunion. All kinds of drama going on within the family, which I won't bore you with. Let's just say family squabbles, and my boyfriend's mother crashing in the same room as us because she couldn't make up her mind on whether or not to go, and so lost her room (and now has decided at the very last minute to go). So, I pretty much get no alone time with my boyfriend, no privacy, and the awkwardness of sharing a room with my boyfriend's mother (and possibly his brother on Saturday night).

So, it looks like I'm going to need to bring some knitting to keep myself calm. I started on my Regia socks, so I'll probably bring those. And I'm working on a scarf from some sale yarn from Artfibers. I keep starting it and ripping it out, because I'm trying to find the perfect pattern for it. So far I've tried a number of things, and nothing is really working the way I want it to. So, I'll likely rip that out and toy with it some more. And then I'm also bringing along the v-neck shell I'm making from another Artfibers yarn (mohair, wool, and nylon). It requires a little more time and thought, so I've sort of left it sitting for a while now. I've only done about two or three inches on one side. Maybe I'll get some decent progress done on that this weekend.

I love knitting socks in public. I think all those DPN's pointing out every-which-way scares people. I was working on the sock on the train this morning - five needles haphazardly stabbing the air - and the seat next to me was the last to be filled, even though it's usually one of the quickest to fill up (I pretty much always sit in the the same seat). One woman started to sit down next to me, and then I noticed her look over at what was in my hands, and then turn 90 degrees to sit in the next seat over. It's as if people think I'm knitting a sling shot. I have yet to poke someone's eye out with those things, so there's really nothing to fear. Except for anyone thinking of messing with me. What a great weapon for self-defense. Nobody would expect the knitting needles. But, in a pinch you could stab and attacker with them, potentially buying enough time to get away. No wonder they were banned from flights...part of me wonders why they still aren't. I guess now that we've won the war in Afghanistan, they're not afraid of little old ladies knitting Afghans any more (ohhh....did I ever tell you I have a bad habit of telling really bad, old jokes? Wait...I can hear the crickets.)

Thursday, August 07, 2003 

I've posted well over 200 (I didn't count, but I know I did a ton) new links to free knitting patterns on my free patterns site. Check it out!

Wednesday, August 06, 2003 

Last night I finished the front piece of the Tahki Ravello Shell. Now all that's left to do is to sew it together, and I'm going to do a quick pick up and bind off of the neck edge and maybe the armholes.

The only thing I'm debating is whether or not to block. The instructions call for blocking before assembling. I don't have a blocking board, though I could improvise. But I really don't want to block it -- more because I'm lazy than anything else. The size is pretty much right on, and there are only a few areas where the stitches could stand to have some adjustments, but otherwise I think it's okay. If I did block it, I'd want to assemble it first to see how it fits. I thought about assembling it with safety pins first, and trying it on, before seaming. If it fits well, maybe I wont bother with blocking...but I just don't know!!!

The whole blocking thing seems to be such an issue. I know some people who insist on blocking, and others who say they never do it. What's your opinion? Do you block sometimes, never, always? Do you have any easier methods of blocking? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

Tuesday, August 05, 2003 

Once again, a Lana Grossa "Model of the Month" pattern takes the spotlight in the weekly Knitworthy. This week it's their August pattern, which is a cute cropped sweater. If the design on the front isn't your thing, you can always omit it, and make a solid color, or even striped version using the pattern.

Monday, August 04, 2003 

Jonathan and I were supposed to go camping this weekend, so I took Friday off. We didn't end up going, so I had essentially taken a vacation day off for nothing. I tried to make at least something out of it. Since I had some errands to run in Castro Valley anyway, I decided to stop by Adela's Yarn. I had been meaning to check it out since I had found it a few months ago when my friend and I had gone to the Starbucks a few doors down. But, the hours weren't compatible with my schedule, so I never really got the chance. They seem to have a decent selection of yarns. They carry lots of Cascade, Schaefer, Muench, the Great Adirondack, among many others. They carried a wide selection of Addi Turbos, as well as a some other brands, and accessories. There was also a nice collection of hand dyed yarns.

The store seemed a bit disorganized though, and I found that a bit of a turn off. Some stuff was well organized, like the Cascade yarns. But others were just piled in baskets and on shelves, and there didn't seem to be any serious method to the madness. There would be three or four (at least) different types of yarn commingling in one small space. It made it difficult to see exactly what they had. The Monica Gellar in me wanted to tear it all off the shelves and organize it. It's funny, though. I tend to get a lot more worked up over other people's messes than I do my own. My office/yarn room is very disorganized, and admittedly a disaster area. My boyfriend can't stand it, but to me it's organized chaos. In all seriousness, I do intend to straighten up that room...but I just need to get myself organized. And in my defense, I'm not running a business out of that room, so nobody but me should really care what it looks like. If you're running a store, it's to your benefit to keep it tidy and organized.

Saturday, August 02, 2003 

I recently signed up to adopt a soldier for Christmas. Since this is primarily for soldiers over in Iraq, I'm not sure if there's anything that could be knitted for them (while the winter months are cooler, the temperature is usually between 45 and 75 degrees). This group, called Operation Air Conditioner, sends air conditioners over to the soldiers in Iraq to help them stay cool. They also send other needed items to the soldiers, and help individuals send items to the soldiers as well. I see it as a great way, regardless of how you feel about the war, to show our military men and women that we care about them and that we are thankful for what they sacrifice for the rest of us.

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