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Friday Fill-Ins #87

1. When I’m sick I’m usually in bed, sleeping, wanting the world to leave me alone.

2. When I take a walk, I think about just clearing my head, good thoughts, etc.  When I take a walk, it’s usually on my break at work.

3. Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy yarn!  Lots and lots of yarn!!!!.

4. Cotton makes me comfortable and leather makes me want to own a Harley.

5. The strangest person/character I’ve had lewd thoughts about was Steve Buscemi.

6. My favorite color these days is red because it makes me feel bold and beautiful.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting and relaxing, tomorrow my plans include working and Sunday, I want to grill out and have a few beers, but I have to work!

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Stormy Weather

Before I forget – SP Question of the Week #12

What is your proudest knitting moment??

Lace work.  When I finished Mom’s shawl last year, I knew that I could do it.  Lace seems to be a real strong point for me.

And on the flip side? What is the one thing that you can’t get right? What is that one project that you’ve never been able to complete? Or that you did complete but then hid away instantly because it was too embarrassing?

Adult sweaters.  I don’t know what it is, but every sweater I’ve started for myself it has turned into a miserable mess and has been frogged.  I’m not giving up though.  I WILL have a sweater for myself in the next two years!  And one for John too … although his will probably come first. 🙂

Today was the type of day where I just wanted to stay in bed, read a good book, and nap.  However, I had some things that had to get done today, so no sleeping in for me.

First off … ask me how stupid I am?  Really … go ahead.

I am so stupid that I left my driver’s side car window half way down last night.  It rained this morning, and quite heavily at times. I had to put a towel down and get some errands done, then put my jeans in the dryer when I picked up my Mom, and then put two more towels down.  Yeah … one of those stupid moments.

But the day wasn’t all for not.  I did have to drive to Cumberland, Maryland – through the rain and fog – to pick up my wedding dress.  It has been fixed and it now fits!!!  The seamstress was actually really nice to me today, but I think that is because the manager kept staring her down while I was there.

Then, well, actually before I picked up my dress, I went to Millicent’s Yarn store.  I spent a bit of money, but hey – this was a bubble bursting mission, and my nerves were on end about my wedding dress.  So I spent $112 on yarn today.

The brown at the top is Ironstone Yarns ‘Colorchanges’ in Earth, as well as a skein of Cascade 220 Heathers.  The Ironstone is for John’s scarf and the Cascade for a semi-matching hat.  The sock yarn on the side – Pagewood Farm Alyeska – was my splurge.  It’s 80% Merino/10% Cashmere/10% Nylon.  I kept walking by it, and told myself that it was worth it, for having to drive over the mountain in the rain and fog for an extra trip to end the dress chaos.  At the bottom are two skeins of Digit Heathers, for which I plan on making myself a pair of ‘Falling On Cedars’ fingerless mitts.  I made a pair last year for Pay It Forward and loved the pattern so much that I just have to make myself a pair for winter.  I also picked up a skein of posh wool/silk yarn for a swap pal, but I didn’t want to post it and ruin the surprise.

Tomorrow, I’ve got to go grocery shopping (in the rain – argh!), pin Corey’s suit for the wedding so Mom can fix it, and go with Karen to get the pants she’s wearing for the wedding altered.  There’s a few other minor errands to run, but I think for the most part, tomorrow is going to be a lazy day!

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SP 12 – Catching Up

SP Question of the Week # 10

What Olympic event would best describe you knitting/knitting style?

Speed skating!  Everyone always comments on how fast I knit.  I tell you, when I get in the zone … there is no stopping me!

SP Question of the Week #11

What is the best thing you’ve ever received in the mail/post?

Oooo … good question!  I’ve gotten some amazing swap packages, but I have to say it’s the shawl that Chan made me last year for Pay It Forward!

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Yes, I Do Knit

Finally … I have some photos to share of what I’ve been up to as far as my knitting goes!!

First up, we have a beret.  I am hopelessly addicted to berets now, after making the Moss Stitch Beret for Emy’s birthday.

I had a lot of fun making the beret, although beware … if you use the pattern, it’s written so you can adjust to any yarn and gauge.  I found it easy to read after I went through it a couple times.

  • Pattern: Baby Fern Socks ** still test knitting phase** by Tina Chast
  • Yarn : “Kracken” in PhoenixFiberworks Fetish Merino

I could not, for the life of me, find my medium size sock blockers, so there are NOT blocked.  But the pattern was great and I really enjoyed knitting them up!

  • Pattern: Fern Lace Scarf
  • Yarn : It’s a Mystery!!!  It’s alpaca lace weight, which I swapped from Malia

I just started working on this one the other night, but so far it’s turning out really beautiful.  The yarn is a lot darker than in the photo.

Now, whenever I have a complicated/involves actual thinking project on the needles, I like to have a fairly easy one going at the same time.  Last night I started working on some bed socks in Cascade 220, so my feet won’t freeze this winter.  I’m using the Broken Rib stitch, so they should be a quick and easy project!

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Manic Monday

It truly is manic.  I woke up to nasty voice mail messages again.  The Holiday Inn is changing over to Quality Inn, since they built a new location down the road.  Well, the Holiday Inn is trying to tell me that I will not have a room at the Quality Inn the night of my wedding (Quality Inn in going to be where the reception is.)  They have left me nasty rude messages and don’t understand why I don’t call back right away, even after explaining that I work night shift.  So I got a hold of the Quality Inn’s manager, and she fixed everything.  It’s a long and confusing story, but needless to say … you don’t fuck with people who work night shift and you don’t fuck with a bride trying to plan her wedding.

Manic Monday #131

If you could take more control of one aspect of your life, what would it be?

My health.  I don’t really eat the right things as much as I should.   I don’t get a lot of exercise outside of work (but John and I joined a gym – so that’s going to change.)  Sometimes I just wish I could be healthier.

If you were to name the difference between the male soul and the female soul, what would it be?

Oh wow …. that is a good question.  I don’t really think a soul has gender until it enters a body.  It could have imprints from past lives, but still, I don’t think gender is a question until you come into the actual physical being part of it all.

If you had to admit the most selfish thing you do on a regular basis, what would you say it is?

I always make sure that I have the last of something (soda, donut, etc.)  I don’t know why, but I do.  Crazy OCD of me.

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Sock Yarn Chain Swap

Okay … Maryanne had this great idea for a sock swap, and I’m looking for some people to play along.

Basically, you send one ball of sock yarn to the person who sends you the letter with instructions.  Then, you move your name to the top on the second letter, find six friends to play, and mail those letters out.

So, by sending out ONE skein of sock yarn, you get many more than that – up to 36 skeins I think.

Anyone up for it.  I’m looking for six people to play along (to send my letters out to.)  If you are, drop me an email!!!

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Happy Birthday, John

Today, my honey is 27!  We’re having a birthday party tomorrow, and tonight his parents are taking us out to dinner.

Here’s to my friend, my companion, my lover, and future husband!  Happy Birthday, Sugar … I love you!

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