Friday, January 27, 2006

Friday Before the "Storm"

Explanation: I work at a university and Monday begins the Spring semester. It's so nice to be able to work (blog) with no interruptions, very few phone calls and no profs around. Finally was able to update the HUGE pics in my previous post, fix the broken links AND get the good pics up.

The BF and I got to go on date last night, HOCKEY night. Kings lost again, but gotta love those Kings. Forgive me, I'm kinda boring this morning. Late night (wink wink).

Here's my latest yarn purchase Image hosting by PhotobucketThe Cascade 220 is for Tempting II by Jenna Adorno and the pattern is available at Knitty. It's so soft and beautiful, something I've never worked with before. Gotta finish Sonnet first~~need the needles and it's a great incentive to finish Sonnet!!! The Regia Stretch is for Grumperina's Jaywalkers for which I just ordered the needles at Joanns. My LYS doesn't carry circular needles in size 1, neither does Michaels. Found them and also got 40% off one item. Love a deal. The Sugar and Cream is for, what else but dish cloths!!

Got another pair of socks on the needles. These are for the Count your Socks don't have a pic right now, but they are my own pattern, using Cascade Fixation of course. So we'll see how they turn out. Guess you could say this is my first foray into desiging! Hahahahah.

A few bullet points (don't want to elaborate cuz I'd never finish!)

~~exhusbands suck; ~~I'm tired of working full time; ~~A Bloody Mary would be really good right now; ~~terribly envious of the wonderful knitters who can finish a project in 2 days; ~~exhusbands suck (yes I said this but it bears repeating); ~~I have a wonderful life and have been blessed with the most incredible daughters, partner and friends; ~~

Have a great weekend

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Quick quick quick

Time for only a quick update ...... well since I'm a bit wordy this post will be longer than I planned!! LOLOL Anyway, finally have a picture of my 2nd pair of gloves for the Peaceful Palms KAL Image hosting by Photobucket, Image hosting by Photobucketyeah, they are fingerless....uh yeah, they're long......I finished them while recovering from surgery and that damned Percocet really does a number on your perception of what is long enough for gloves. But I love them, they're warm and I can roll them down when I smoke!! Here's a Sonnet sleeveImage hosting by Photobucket Now for socks! My DD's socks Image hosting by Photobucket My socks, Image hosting by Photobucket well, it's half of 2 pairs. The mates have either been swallowed by the clothes dryer or they're under my bed, Ahem. Please believe me they are completed.....I used the Fast Florida Footies and the only modification was the toe. I used the German Round Toe which is very comfy. So there are my 3 pair of completed socks. Well gotta run. Gotta finish stuff at work; we're leaving for Vegas tomorrow morning!! Yippee

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Short & Sweet

Duh, I can't find my USB cord to transfer pix from my camera. Had update pix of my 2nd pair of completed gloves for Peaceful Palms KAL and my Sonnet. Drat. Hate when that happens. Oh well.....Okay, a very dear friend of mine gave me this mental image of one of our co-workers.....assless chaps and go-go boots!! This is probably lost on everyone else, but I'm rolling! Gotta finish a few things before leaving.....Yes, leaving early. Hey, the Kings play at 4pm....gotta get beer on the way home. Tootles.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Yarn Jones

Yepper, it's hit and hit hard. Sitting here at work listening to an awesome CD the awesome BF burned for me and WHAMMO~~Jonesing for yarn, can't help myself. It comes on a particularly well planned day it seems. Last week I told a friend of mine I'd take her to the yarn store to buy sock yarn. She's a student and I'd told her a long time a go I'd make her a pair of socks. Today is the day!!! Yippee. Gotta check out the yarn for my next project too (the Tempting II or Hopeful I mentioned in a previous post.) Please cross your fingers that I can get the yarn for both. Thank you Mommy for the gift certificate. Oh by the way, my LYS, Knit One Purl One in Granada Hills, rocks. The owners are wonderful. The location is perfect for me, I get to pass by everyday on the way to retrieve my DD from my parents house. The knitting list in my head is growing: Finish Sonnet, redo the toe on my socks, knit the socks for student friend, TemptingII or Hopeful, dish cloths, gift for the BF's niece who's pregnant, try Fair Isle (maybe a pair of socks for me?) Grumperina's Jaywalker socks for me, rug for DD's redecorated bathroom. Uh, does anyone know where I can get paid handsomely for knitting my stuff all day???? If you do, please part with the info.

On the hockey front, the Kings lost again last night. Worst of all to the Ducks. Drag city. They were doing so well again. Progress not perfection (another of my mantras) They're at home next Tuesday but we can't go, DD has finals....damn. She and I have such a great time every time we go. Go Kings Go!!!

Hey and what's up with Michael's and JoAnn's~~~no coupons in the Sunday paper. How dare they, I need needles!! Oh well, be patient know you're not going to start TII or Hopeful in the next 2 weeks anyway.

We're headed for Vegas next week to help the mom of the BF move uh and maybe get into a casino or five. Love to play the ponies!! ok, back to work......

Monday, January 09, 2006

Where is January going????

Yes it's only the 9th, but my gosh. It seems like we were just getting ready for Xmas! Anyway, I've been contemplating my goals for the year~~nope, nope, nope I'm not calling them resolutions and you can't make me~~guess it's time to stop contemplating and get them written so I'm accountable? Here goes and in no particular order of importance:

1. Be a better mother. This has been on my list since I had my first child 20 years ago. They're both good kids so i guess I'm doing okay.....just the guilt factor!

2. Be a better correspondant: I have so many friends in other states or in No. Cal. I just don't email enough and I want them to know they ARE important to me.

3. Keep up on household chores: We've done a lot on the house and I want it to always look nice. Which, according to my parents and my wonderful BF, I'm not the best housekeeper in the world. The house is not "dirty" just cluttered most of the time. Being off most of December showed me that it's not really ME. The house looked great while I was home after the holidays; kept up with the laundry, kitchen was always clean, bathroom sinks uncluttered. Very calming. Then back to work came and the regular routine, kids to school, work, pick up kids, home make dinner, etc., etc., etc!! All I really want to do after all that is sit quietly and knit!

4. Break the habit of rewarding myself with knitting (or any kind of crafting) BEFORE I do the "work". Bad, bad, bad.

5. I will continue my motto "I will not should on myself".

6. Have only 1 at home project and 1 take a long project. In other words, finish one thing before starting another.

7. Read at least one book a month.

8. Drink water. The only liquid I consume on a daily basis is mega amounts of coffee.

Enough of that for now, or I'll cry.

On the Knitting Knews: I have completed the body of Sonnet and cast on for the first sleeve. Hey maybe the sleeves can be my take along project too. I love it when I have a great idea. I did make a cute purse for my DD for Xmas. Today on my lunch break socks are going to be repaired. If I can ever remember to take pix I'll post them.

The weekend was wonderful, quiet, pretty much stayed at home. I do love my home. Gotta work. Have a marvy day..

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Happy New Year--Long post

Wow, time flies when you're (not) having fun. The past month has been very interesting. My doctor procedure turned out to be a bit more extensive than orginally planned, not fun. Only worked 4 half days the month of December. That was okay. Although what you consider heaven can quickly turn into hell. Two months ago the thought of getting to be home on my wonderful recliner couch watching the crafting shows I love so much and knitting was heaven. Being stuck at home, unable to move with no kitchen (more on that later) watching awful daytime tv quickly was hell after the first week. At one point while watching a rerun of the Creative Life I wanted to poke my eyes out with my beloved knitting needles!!!

To backtrack, it was my brilliant idea to have Christmas at our house this year cuz the DD was with us. Well with the surgery, the kitchen remodel was finally completed 3 days before Christmas, but still had no electricity in 1/3 of the house....which meant that in order to run the brand new dishwasher, we had to run an extension cord to the livingroom and plug the dishwasher into that.

Christmas was good. We had about 30 people over. I lost track. Started the day with Bloody Marys, uh lets say the only food item I consumed was the tomato juice in the Bloody Mary! Those of you who are divorced with kids know how yucky the holidays can be. On the other hand, it was great to have my family, my wonderful boyfriend's family and awesome friends all at the house.

Spent a quite New Years Eve, don't want to be out on the road with all the drunks.

On the knitting front, the only gift I made this year was a purse for my DD. But I did finish my 2nd pair of fingerless gloves (pics to come later) and I've made tremendous progress on my Cardigan. 2 inches of the body left to do then the sleeves. Very excited to be this close to finishing. I ran out of yarn and had to wait for more to arrive. Oh, oh, big stuff. My incredible mother got me a $100 gift certificate to my favorite LYS for Xmas. Have the projects all picked out, I'm going to make Hopeful and Tempting II by Jenna Adorno. The pattern for Tempting II is here and Hopeful can be found at Jenna's site for $6 which benefits breast cancer research. I'm praying that I can get the yarn for both......maybe I'm optimistic, but hey it could happen. Now if I could just decide on a color! I also received a $25 gift card from Michaels, and with their coupons, I see the needles for these projects!!! Yippee!!!

Well that's about that right now. Happy New Year to all and may 2006 be the best ever.