Sunday, February 20, 2005

I'm going to be moving to

here.

Don't have my entries moved over, but this is going to be fun. My dh is a web guru and wanted me to have my very own place. Other knitters can join too, but I have told him I'm not selling anything!

Anyway, check it out. Let me know what you think.

And I've Been Tagged...

Okay, people, I'm learning today! There are links and a pic for you!

Ann has tagged me with:

Do you knit using the English or Continental Method? I knit continental dahling. Couldn't get the hang of knitting til Lynn showed me how to do this. I guess all the years of crocheting predisposed me to this method.

How long ago did you learn to knit? Let's see....I tried about 16 years ago, couldn't get it. So, took up machine knitting 4 years ago, then the person referenced above showed me continental.

Who taught you how? Lynn-a machine/hand knitter.

What was your first FO? "The ever-popular garter stitch scarf." Made mine in Lion Brand Homespun I had bought to use on the machine, but learned the dark colors don't like to go through the needles, very inflexible, that dye.

Favorite yarn? Merino is absolutely yummy to knit with.

Favorite pattern you've knit so far? The Coronet from Knitty. Made it and gave it to my niece. (This was my second hand knit project ever.)



Favorite pattern source? Anywhere I can get it. I don't care. The internet has opened up a lot of possibilities for designs.

Favorite needles? I love my Addi's. Due to arthritis in my hands, it is much easier to knit with circulars. I do want to learn to knit backward and I need straights for that, I think.

Nicest thing you've ever knit? I knit a prayer shawl for my sister-in-law's sister, who lost a child, and it was good on many levels.

Most hated project? Well, haven't really been handknitting long to hate anything, but Banff is getting awfully close. It's just cuz I'm stuck on the sleeves.

To whom shall I pass this? JinxedMinx and My Secret Pal, even though I won't know who she is (yet).

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Squeal!!!!!!!!!

OHMIGOD! I got the coolest stuff from my Secret Pal! I wish I could post pictures on my blog. I will be able to this weekend, cuz my dh has it just about set.

Then I will show what I got! Thank you SP! I had a pretty rough day, and this made everything so much better.

Sandy

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

As a non-functioning member

of this world, I'm here to say I didn't get a damn thing accomplished this weekend except spend money! We needed a place for me to park my ass when dh is working in the office, so we bought a futon. He likes me to keep him company, I like to knit. It works out. We needed a place to put our office stuff so we bought a wooden file drawer and locking cabinet. We went to the Home and Garden Show here in Atlanta and proceeded to spend more money. So many fun things, can't even begin to detail it all. It was for the yard tho, maybe I can post pictures in some far away time.

Apparently, the thrill of spending said money threw my head into a spin cuz I woke up yesterday morning with one hell of a migraine. At 5 a.m. Nothing is good at 5 a.m., even hockey. (We won our game, so keep our tenuous hold on 1st place.) At about 5 p.m., I was able to drag said ass out of bed for a shower. We then went to eat sushi and hockey practice. Technically, we don't celebrate VD cuz I married someone who is a hopeless romantic and just about every day is VD. (Sorry, I know it sounds mushy, but 'tis the truth.)

I was able to go work out this morning (I weight train twice a week and kickbox 2-3 times a week), but went slowly, oh so slowly. Starting to feel like myself again. You know, I got a lot of who I am from my mom, and I have to say the only thing I truly resent is the damn MIGRAINES. Okay, done with that.

I did work a little bit on Banff yesterday while watching mind-numbing soap operas and put a couple of inches on the Moebius during hockey practice. I'm carrying Banff with me now as I'm on the small part, sleeve island, and I will get it done. I WILL GET IT DONE. Painful.

In surfing, it's good to see I'm not the only restless knitter. Several have started more than 3 projects and can't seem to focus on finishing any one of them.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Aargghhh

Okay, please tell me it's normal to get BORED with a pattern. I had no problem with the back and front of the Banff, but man, this sleeve is killing me! I just want to get it over with. I still want to finish and I will but the monotony of the ss part is getting me. The front/back seemed to go much faster for me.

I want to start that Alien scarf so bad, but I'm making myself finish something before I start it. At this rate, I will be making it just in time for summer! Oh well, into the closet it will go with some cedar to wait for next year.

I have to get up at 5:00 a.m. Saturday for my 15yo ds's hockey game at 6:20. It's a crime to have to get up that early on the weekend. But, he has to be there cuz the other goalie got tossed for this next game due to helping a player out last game and getting in a fight in the process. Oh man, I LOVE hockey.

I was never a competitive child, never got into sports at all until my husband introduced me to hockey in '89. And having both boys playing (albeit different styles-ice vs. inline), is like Nirvana. What strike? Nah, just kidding. It's been a little rough without my Penguins (and Thrashers).

Have a great weekend all!

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

My addictions...and other things

Lost. It was good to have a new episode tonight....can't wait to see next week.

24. Jeez, it's been an addiction since season 1. Got my parents hooked...good to be me.

CSI - I love them all! But in different ways.

My husband. It sounds cheesy, but he's a great man and I feel very fortunate to have met him. We have been together over 18 years now and it gets better.

My kids. Gotta love 'em. Each is so different from the other. I can't wait to see how much they will love each other when they are older.

I just watched wife swap and could not believe how closed-minded this woman was. She's a black woman, married to white man, and she was intolerant of a lesbian relationship. Jeez, gimme a break! There is so much to learn from other people. If you close yourself off from new experiences, you might as well be dead! What are you teaching your kids if you're inflexible. I shudder .......

Oh well, I did knit. I promise. Put 3 inches on my Banff sleeve and 2 inches on my moebius scarf.

Sleep well.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

How cool is that?

I saw Ann's alien scarf (over on www.sheepshots.blogspot.com) and I can't resist any longer. No, I haven't finished Banff. So what? I am working on it....it's just too big to be a take along.

My dh said he figured the whole blog (damn)thing out and I will be able to post pics soon. Then maybe it won't be so boring in hockey land (I only call it that cuz that's all I ever do besides work - is go to games or practices). Oh yeah, I knit too.

Later.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

What have I accomplished thus far?

I know none of (the few of) you that read here really care without the pics (coming soon), but I did:

1. get one sock done (for me). Have to cast on the next one and get going. Socks are my stoplight knitting project and when DH and I carpool.

2. get more of the first sleeve done on Banff last night watching what "W" had to say

3. work on a Moebius scarf for moi.....maybe 2-3 inches worth. Using Joann's "Sensations" yarn - the bumpy one. Got it for Christmas from hubby. It's a wool/acrylic blend and has all kinds of fuzzy bits, but still easier to knit than the furry s**t.

4. finish the scarf for hubby, just need to weave in ends and wash to soften up

5. swatch some fun stuff for my friends' yarn shop (I know....it's great to have a friend that owns a yarn shop)

Should be able to get even more knitting done now as my 13 yo starts his hockey practices this week.....and games start soon after. Inline hockey is fun, but there's no checking and I've gotten hooked on the checking! My oldest is a goalie, so he doesn't check but I've seen him hook a few kids for getting in the crease!

Well, gotta go check the leaky hot water heater, get my shower, and go to work. I would much rather stay home today than go in and deal with the closing out the year..

Stay warm, dry, safe - any of those that apply to ya'll.