October 29, 2005

Working my way back to "gruntled"

I'm still ticked off from Thursday, when I was forced to work 5 hours of overtime for no reason. They want us to be reliable, and that's understandable, but when I'm willing - begging, practically - to not work overtime on my day off because the workload isn't big enough to keep the regularly scheduled people busy for a whole day, they blow me off for five hours. Even rounding the numbers down, that cost them more than $127.00. Just for me. Later this quarter, they'll pass around a survey that asks what they can do better, and I'll say they should fix the main applications because they're cheap and ugly, and they'll say they don't have the budget for it. Blah blah money, blah blah budget, blah blah business needs. Assbots. I want five hours of my weekend back. I'll take it Sunday morning, thanks.

Whew, that feels better.

Something that also totally made me feel better: Ma sent me a Halloween card (a cute one) saying that my early birthday present is on its way from KnitPicks. Yay! *heart*

I ran into Charlie Brown at the store yesterday. He's an old friend of the family. I'd just left the produce department and had a cart full of romaine, leaf lettuce, kale, carrots, and parsley. He was eyeing all the greens, so I said, "I'm getting bunny food today."
Charlie said, "Well, that's good. That'll keep you slim and healthy!"
And I said, "No, I actually have a bunny at home."
He thought that was hilarious.

Apparently, when someone asks how I'm doing, I'm way too young to say I'm just "hanging in there." Charlie gave me a look for saying that. Then I asked how he was doing, and he tilted his head and said, "I'm hanging in there."

On the needly bits: I haven't started anything new yet, but I have plans. I was reading about Wendy's mittens the other day, and she linked to a site that had kits for hats and headbands. I have yet to really do colorwork, so I just followed the link to see what they looked like. Then I saw that one of the hat patterns was named Kristen, so I had to order it. Seemed too much like fate, you know? It was a good price (less than $20 for all the yarn, the pattern, and cotton for the lining), so wish me luck.

All the yarn has arrived for the kitty pi beds I'll be making. I might get started on one of those today.

Last night I went to the Roger Bacon football game (my old high school) because my dad announces for the marching band. I took my two-step sock with me, and finished the short row heel. We left at the end of the third quarter, since Bacon was losing, and I had the grand idea to pick up the gimp car from my uncle's shop now that it's ready. Well, that was the dumbest idea I'd had in a long time. My uncle's shop shares a driveway with a different high school. We left our game before it ended, and got to the other high school right as it was ending. What the hell was I thinking? Dad dropped me off at the car and got out of there, which gave me time to knit a few rows while the car warmed up and the traffic thinned out.

Stupid football traffic.

I hate those Dr Scholl's commercials where everyone just stands around talking about how much they're gellin'. I don't think Magellan was gellin' that much, seeing as how he had all that exploring to do. He's known for circumnavigating the globe, not for being laid back and rhymey. You think he had padded shoe inserts? Freaks. Shut up.

October 21, 2005


I recharged the batteries for the camera and finally got around to picturizing all the stuff I'm working on/have finished...minus two things: the blue sock, because I had to take the needles it was on for something else, and my second Clapotis, because I haven't even started it yet. Unfortunately, there is no light today - it's cold and rainy, so the pictures are kind of not-great. All the pictures are clickable for a slightly larger image/better view, if you're into that kind of thing.

First up, Clapotis:

This is my "allergies may be kicking my ass, but I finished the clapotis" pose.

This one is slightly better, and shows off the drop-stitch pattern a little. The whole scarf is as long as my full-size bed and about twice as wide as a regular scarf, if that helps any.

A better view of the dropped stitches and the yarn colorway.

And here, we have the Harry Potter scarf, on which I'm making excellent progress even though it was recently discovered that it should probably not be knit in the round, but back and forth in 1x1 ribbing. Meh, I figure the hassle of moving the yarn from front to back on every stitch takes up probably just as much time as knitting one round. I just hope it doesn't turn out too bulky. Oh, and about the yucky lighting? Sorry.

This here's the kitty bed, which I intentionally made larger because I have this brain cloud when it comes to following patterns. I saw so many of the pictures of other Kitty Pi beds, and I thought, "My cats don't sleep in loaf form; they stretch. I will produce a larger bed!"

So I added another increase round when I should have been finishing the damn thing, and then I bound off when there was hardly enough of a lip to roll over. The end product is more of a round cat mat. I will follow the pattern for the next one, I promise.

This is the project I stole the needles from the blue sock for. This is some cotton/wool/nylon blend yarn I got from KnitPicks (Dancing in colorway "Two-Step"). Observe my first attempt at a toe-up sock! It's working! I feel like Dr. Frankenstein when the monster came to life. Seriously.

Ignore the yarn mustache. That's just a piece of scrap yarn woven into a stitch to remind me which side is which. I was using a stitch marker, but these are size 1 (US) needles and the stitch marker was actually too bulky. This is like rocket surgery.

This here's a detail of the Branching Out scarf. I am not Best Pals with this pattern. The way I knit lace, I'm happy if I fudge a couple of rows as long as I'm not out of stitches by the end of the row. Apparently, with lace, it's really important to follow the pattern. With this scarf, blocking will be everything, but there will still be some leaves that look stepped-on.

It took me until just now to realize that I can cut and paste all these uploaded pictures instead of dragging them down through all my text. It's going to be so embarrassing when they give me that Nobel Prize.

So maybe you're staring at this picture and wondering..."Is that a tasselled cock sock?"

Come on, you totally are.

Remember what I said about not being able to follow a pattern? I'm not the greatest at inventing them, either. I was going to make a cat toy, but my "mouse" pattern calls for a cable and many decreases, for which I was too lazy when I was sitting on the living room floor, surrounded by cats and a bunny and some extra yarn. I didn't want to upset the delicate balance of the zoo by hunting for a cable needle, so I thought I'd just wing it.

I'm also not so good at flying.

I cast on 20 stitches, then just started knitting, thinking I'd make a small, beanbag-shaped square and stuff it with catnip. Well, halfway through CSI: NY, I realized that this beanbag would end up so large that it would take more than a cup of catnip to stuff it, so instead of making it full-size, I stopped and sewed it where it was, braiding the cast-off ends for added play value. Then I stopped again and actually looked at it, and I just left it where it was. I showed it to Darren last night, and he's the one that called it a cock sock - however, it's made from wool, and he's allergic to wool, so...darn.

And now, I'd just like to say that Geico should bring back the little gecko guy, because these commercials about idiots who aren't able to carry luggage, or spell, or work revolving doors, are completely unfunny and senseless.

And Rita Cosby needs to clear her throat.

That is all.

October 20, 2005

How peaceful will he be when I move him?

Mister has a perfect knack for being exactly where I don't want him to be. Oh sure, he's sitting still & not causing problems, but he's napping in my knitting bag & my knitting is behind him.

Almost enough "fur" another bunny!

Syd poses proudly next to Gilmour, aka what I just spent half an hour brushing out of his fur. Shouldn't he at least have a bald spot now? I'm not even close to finished, but he doesn't want to be brushed anymore tonight.

October 18, 2005

Making a cat bed

I found some wool (wool-wool) from an ebay auction I won a couple of years ago. I thought I'd make a kitty pi bed and felt it, since I haven't tried felting yet (on purpose).

How did Mister know it's a cat bed? And why does he have to be so impatient? I tried telling him that it'll be way cooler after it's finished, but nooooo. Must. Nap. Now.

This is knitting up rather quickly, and depending on how it felts and such, I might be making kitty beds as Christmas presents instead of Branching Out scarves, since lace and I are Not Best Pals 4-evah.

Plus, since felting is supposed to be so forgiving, what with everything attaining some Zen kind of one-with-everything state, I used this opportunity to try my hand at using two colors in one row. For some reason, I've been too chicken to do this until now. It's not such a big deal, after all.

October 15, 2005


Knitting like a fiend, I've been. I have lots of shizz-knit going on. I've got my knit on. I'm in stitches. My needles are on fire.

On needles right now, I have:

  • One Harry Potter scarf, which I was taking a picture of when the batteries in the camera ran out (completely without warning)
  • One blue sock, which can also not be photographed right now because of the stupid batteries (they're recharging, and only two were in the charger)
  • One Branching Out scarf. I can't show you a picture of it (I was so ready to take shots of everything I'm working on; can you tell?), but follow the link to the pattern page and check out the way some idiot tied it around a vase.
Stuff I just finished (bulleted list of one, sorry if that annoys you):
  • Clapotis! This is it, drying in the shower. I'll spot-block it if necessary once it's dry.

The way it's hanging, you can see the diagonal columns going both ways. It's not like that; I only knit it on one bias. I'll post another picture of the finished product once it's all done. I'm so excited to have completed it! Also, the picture is clickable for a little bit bigger image.

Things I'll knit soon (Christmas gifts):
  • Depending on how quickly the Branching Out scarf knits up, I'll be making several of them. Otherwise, I'll find a faster lace pattern.
  • Another Clapotis, since they're fun to knit
  • Socks. Duh.
  • Maybe some of these hats (knitty.com is just full of good ideas)
All of this will be made possible by my new favoritest website, KnitPicks. Somehow, the fine, upstanding citizens of Knitpicks have managed to find a way to have real wool and natural fiber yarns (like cotton and silk) and offer them at acrylic yarn prices. I *heart* them with the passion of a teenage girl. I will dot their i's with hearts. They rock the free [knitting] world.

Syd's been coming downstairs more often, usually around 630 or 7pm. Last week he'd come down, hang around by the patio door, and expect lots of petting and veggie snacks. This week it's more of the same, with the only difference being that he found a corner he likes to use as a restroom. I set up a litterbox, but not in time. Plus, he enjoys pooping next to the litterbox, which is Not Acceptable (although rabbit poops are much easier to clean than rabbit pee and/or anything that comes out of a cat), and I'm trying to find a bunny phrasebook that will tell me how to effectively communicate this.

Last weekend, I finally donated the little yellow car to Goodwill. They'll sell it at auction, and if they get back $500 or more, I can write off whatever they sell it for. If it sells for less than $500.00, I can write off $499.00 on my taxes next year. Win-win is always good for me.

It's getting late; I'll be heading back to my knitting now.

October 4, 2005

Name's Mo. Mo Hawk.

If I can get him to sit still like this again, next picture will be his Andy Warhol impression.

October 3, 2005

Knitter's meme

You are Shetland Wool.
You are Shetland Wool.
You are a traditional sort who can sometimes be a
little on the harsh side. Though you look
delicate you are tough as nails and prone to
intricacies. Despite your acerbic ways you are
widely respected and even revered.

What kind of yarn are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

I'm acerbic? I'm revered? Oh, whatever.

In other news, I apparently used too many raisins to bribe the rabbit into his cage last night when I wanted to go to bed. I woke up this morning to a craptastic bunny. On my breaks, I'm chasing him around and trying to get him to sit on a handi-wipe so I can clean up his bunny butt and his bunny feets. I'm tempted to put a half inch of warm water in the tub and sit him in it, but I'm pretty sure he'd be less than thrilled about that. The good news is that he hasn't had the runs since before I let him out of the cage this morning.

Last night I was watching CNN because Nancy Grace wasn't on, and the newscaster that was on was talking about the boat that "crapsized" up in Lake George, NY. Hehe. I have TiVo; I went back no less than 15 times to confirm that she actually said it "crapsized". Hehehe.