So. Broke.

Look, I came back!! (again, damnit.)

Anyway…

 

Dear grad school, you suck the fun (read as: money) out of everything.

Between wedding planning and living on my stipend…it’s rough. But the good news is that my awesome boss at the yarn store is letting me teach some classes on Sundays!! Yes, this means I’m going to be working both Saturday AND some Sundays….in addition to doing long runs on Sundays…and…yeah. Just one more year…one more year…one more year….then I SWEAR, mom, I SWEAR I’ll get a real, big-girl, all grown up, adult job.

I hope.

I’ll try, at least.

Let’s go to some pictures, shall we?

Engagement Pictures by Christina Wolfe Photography:

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Best Christmas Presents EVERRRR…

Photo Dec 25, 9 05 43 PM

 

 

I FINISHED A SWEATER, OMG!!!

 

 

 

Photo Nov 29, 12 00 16 PM

 

Then I cast on another…

Photo Dec 20, 7 58 56 PM

 

Then I am working on some socks from my handspun Hedgehog Fibres

Photo Jan 02, 9 43 19 PM

 

Aaaannd that’s all for now. More coherence next time, I swear.

 

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What Your Moped Means to Me

Hello!!!

It’s been a little while since I’ve made a real post. The last few weeks have been tied up with family issues and then vacations. First my Uncle, who is like a second father to me, wound up in the hospital and then had to have surgery…so needless to say I dropped most things and spent several days driving back and forth to the hospital. He’s still in the hospital, but is recovering fairly well. Then…I went on a much needed vacation to the beach. More on that in a wee-bit. Let’s get started.

Knitting News

I finished TWO projects since we last chatted!!! Two!!!! AND STARTED A THIRD!!!! And no one had better point out the other 15 UFO’s hanging out around my house. Most of which I haven’t even put on Rav because I don’t want to face the numbers. I am not a monogamous knitter, ok?? Ok.

So…the Inishbofin Cowl from KnitScene Accessories is DONE! He-whom-it-is-for does not know this yet…and hopefully won’t read this or see me modeling it. Hehehe. If he does, he can harass me about mailing it. I’ll get there eventually.

Cowl completion!!

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Details

Then I knit up a pair of mittens for my Aunt for Christmas. Yeah, you heard me. ONE CHRISTMAS PRESENT DONE!!! HA!!!!!

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Mittens DONE!!

Then finally, I started some fingerless mitts for myself. I used my regular mitten pattern and added a 2×2 cable about 6sts in for the left mitt, and 23 sts in is the plan on the right. For the left it should have been over another 2 sts, but…then I would have had to move things on to different dpns and my sts wouldn’t have been even on each needle and…I was lazy, ok?? Sheesh.

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Fingerless Mitt #1

I worked on my neon socks a little bit too. I…should put some of these things in the Ravewhatever Games. I joined like 3 teams. I should…ya know…compete.
I’m a slacker. For more evidence, see below.

Spinning Stuff

Um….no.

Seriously. Haven’t touched a thing. I had a Tour De Fleece epic fail…and have continued to fail.

Wants and needs

To spin more.

Ha!

Right now…I can’t stop buying buttons. Mostly from Ephemera and Beanforest. I needs them. I wants them. MUST HAVE ZE BUTTONS!!!!!

They go on my nifty new back-to-grad-school bag.

Dr Who Messenger Bag!!

Yeah….I’m a dork like that. So far…I’ve bought 6 new buttons this month. I need to post a picture of my button board…my purse is covered in buttons too…and sometimes they fall off. And then I cry. I need to sew them on. I’ve said that for…forever.

So what I want more than anything is a magical monkey to sew all my buttons on to things because I’m a slacker. Kthx. 🙂

Workout World

Last week I did a killer 7 mile LR. It was AWESOME. So happy with that one…however…this week I went to the beach. Aaaand I did nothing.

Can you blame me for not working out??

Actually I walked a lot…but we were only there 3 days, technically…it was one. Monday…we drove, Tuesday we beached, and Wednesday we drove home. So…yeah. Thursday I did bike a little…but I felt awful most of the day. Vacations wear you out!! But I’m slowly getting back in to things.

Today…I did one leg of a sprint distance triathlon. So there’s that. More on that in a wee bit. Tomorrow the goal is to do about 6-7 miles.

 

General Chatter

Well…as I mentioned, I start grad school in a few weeks. It’s starting to get all kinds of serious now, with meetings scheduled, and my first training for being a TA…but the fun part is all the new school stuff. I’m a sucker for school supplies…I can’t help myself. I LOVE NOTEBOOKS. And pens. Oh and don’t get me started on post-its and highlighters. SQUEEEEE!!!!

In other news, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, my neighbor annoys the $@!* out of me. In addition to his antics, we also have “The Vertical Trailer Park”.

I swear, it’s just this one building. All the other buildings in our complex are older people, or young post-college couples just starting out. But the VTP is ridiculous. It’s also the newest building in the complex which that right there just makes me want to rip my hair out…anyway. Everyone in the VTP…seems to be what one might call “trailer trash”. Most…seem to be related or at least in close association. Often people are wandering barefoot from one of the buildings stairwells to another. Frequently dragging kids back and forth. Or just screaming from one balcony to the other while hanging off the edge.

The cast of characters includes Little Hispanic Girl Who Glares, Big Lady Who Wears Things With Writing On The Rear, and my personal favorite, Orange Mohawk Safety Vest Marley Moped Man. That’s just a few of the gems. In fact, there is a whole moped crew, which that alone terrifies me. Driving a moped says one of two things: Either “I’m too broke to afford a real vehicle and think driving 35mph is socially acceptable” or “I have had so many DUI’s that this is all the state will allow me to operate”. Both of those just rub me the wrong way.

It is quality entertainment, but it’s starting to make me uneasy. The other day a man tried to sell me an air conditioner…and I’m fairly certain I saw a woman from social services doing a home check on one of the residences. Also I think two of the apartments are occupied by a husband and wife who are now divorced, because they yell at each other, transport kids back and forth between apartments, and both discipline the rugrats. It’s lovely. Really.

Before I go off on a rant about letting your children sit in the middle of a frequently used parking lot at 10:30pm…we will move on.

Awesome Award

TA-DA!!!

Team KnitWits!

 

This week’s Awesome Award is for my mom and my good friend Jo!!! Both of them completed their first sprint distance triathlon as a relay team!!!!! Jo has a full-fledged sprint tri coming up soon, so this was her practice for it. Mom…is not a super-swimmer so this was a great way for her to compete without getting her feet wet!

Jo swam, I biked, and mom ran. It was a really great race and I’m SUPER proud of these two ladies for all their efforts.

And apparently we need to give my dad a bonus Awesome Award for his sprint with the camera. According to witnesses (DB and Jo’s Hubby) dad snapped a few pictures of me finishing the bike leg, then grabbed his chair, water, hat, and camera, and sprinted off to the run start to see mom before the rest of the group even knew he had moved. Apparently, he moved so rapidly that the rest of our support crew was talking to him one minuted, and couldn’t locate him the next. With all the races and horse shows dad has played pit-crew for, he clearly knows how to navigate a crowd, and make a speedy exit if needed. He also knows where to be with a camera. Thanks dad, for always supporting us. And way to be quick on your feet while toting all our crap and your chair…but next time maybe tell the noob’s where you went….

That’s it for now! Hope everyone had a good week or so while I disappeared. And look for more updates of the Vertical Trailer Park and Downstairs Neighbor…I’m sure they will come…

 

What Really Happened…

Ok, once more with feeling…shall we? (WordPress…has been hateful for the last 20 minutes. We won’t talk about it though.)

Ok. SO. Now that the holiday season is mostly behind us, let’s recap what REALLY happened with the Christmas Knitting, shall we?

So here is the list that was on the sidebar of my blog as it stood for my last post on November 29th-ish. (Yeah I’ve been a slacker on posting.)

1. Scarf for Aunt S – DONE
2. Mittens for Aunt C – DONE
3. Mittens for ? – DONE
4. Mittens for ?? – DONE
5. Socks for Jo – Halfway!
6. Shawl for Baw-Baw – Started
7. Scarf for BT – Started
8. Socks for Aunt Cy – Halfway!!
9. Ruffle Scarf for CL – Not Started
10. Socks for Dad – Not Started (May not happen)
11. Hat for RB – DONE
12. Mittens for Nemo – DONE
13. Cowl for LT – Not Started
14. Hat for K – Not Started (but I bought yarn!)
15. Mittens for HL – Not Started

 

And here is what really happened as of gift-giving time:

1. Scarf for Aunt S – DONE
2. Mittens for Aunt C – DONE
3. Mittens for ? – DONE
4. Mittens for ?? – DONE
5. Socks for Jo – Halfway! Still…only one sock done. She may kill me soon.
6. Shawl for Baw-Baw – DONE
7. Scarf for BT – Started…but on hold until next year. She got ENOUGH presents.
8. Socks for Aunt Cy – Over halfway!!! On the heel of the second sock!!!
9. Ruffle Scarf for CL – Not Started…and not happening
10. Socks for Dad – Not Started and not happening
11. Hat for RB – DONE
12. Mittens for Nemo – DONE
13. Cowl for LT – Turned in to Earwarmers and – DONE
14. Hat for K – DONE
15. Mittens for HL – DONE

 

So…10 out of 15 were accomplished. 11 if you count the two socks for different people as half finished projects and put them together and make a whole project. Hehe. So the grand count for Christmas 2011 will be 12 projects once these last socks are finished and shipped off. The 3 people who didn’t get knit-gifts didn’t suffer much though. CL didn’t know she was getting anything and still doesn’t so if I ever finish it…she’ll be ecstatic. Dad got cookware which thrills him no-end. Then BT….BT will survive if she doesn’t get knit-wear this season. I assure you.

Out of my 63 projects on Ravelry…I own 3. Beth has at least 6 to her name. So she has more of my handknits than any other human being. She also has my largest and most time consuming project…so she will be ok if she doesn’t get something knitted this year. She got a crapton of stuff because she’s SO easy to buy for.

But let’s go to the pictures, shall we!?

Christmas Knits!

Christmas Knits 2011

 

Top Row, L to R: Aunt’s Sock and Jo’s Sock. Kim’s Asshat, HL’s Mittens (there were 2, I swear). Aunt Co’s Mittens.

Middle Row, L to R: AB’s mittens, RB’s hat, Ja’s Mittens, LT’s headband

Bottom Row L to R: Ke’s Mittens, Grandma’s Shawl, Aunt S’s Scarf.

 

TADA!!!! Christmas 2011 complete.

Then….I knit THESE!!!!!!!

My first mittens that I get to keep!!!

My first mittens that I get to keep!!!

 

I’ve made 6 or so pairs of mittens…and these are MINE!!!!! I’m excited to wear them when/if it ever gets cold. Right now…I think winter forgot us…which kind of strikes terror in to my knitterly heart.

 

So, how about you? How was your Christmas Knit-List? Did it happen? Still working? (Someone HAS to be working still…I can’t be alone….can I?!?!?)

Let me know how it went! And watch for my upcoming sheep to….hat post. 🙂

Blogging FAIL

Ahem…….so….after Pittsburgh….I sold a crapton of jewelry and got super busy and….haven’t blogged in over a month.

BAD BLOGGER, BAD!!!!!!

So…here’s an update in picture form.

Riding to Pburg...with roving attacking.

Riding to Pburg...with roving attacking.

Unpacking the UPP.

Unpacking the UPP.

Building up the booth

Building up the booth

PRETTY!!!!!

PRETTY!!!!!

Me!

Me!

My setup

My setup

The proprietor of UPP herself.

The proprietor of UPP herself.

I felt the need to dye when I got back.

I felt the need to dye when I got back.

This one looks like punk-rock-vomit.

This one looks like punk-rock-vomit.

It really does...

It really does...

That about sums it up. Except for the new wheel.

 

Yeah. I said new wheel.

I Confess…

I need to confess my knitterly-sins.

But don’t you look at me like that!!! You know you’ve done it too!!!!

You know how when your family/friend/co-worker/auto mechanic finds out that you knit…they always say one of two things….either “That’s so cool, I want to learn to do that” or “That looks really hard” and this statement, no matter which it is, is inevitably followed by “You should knit me a ________.”

Yeah. You know that conversation.

So let’s say this person is someone close enough to you that they might actually deserve a knitted gift. Let’s say they are a close family friend. We’ll call her Jane. So Jane tells you how pretty your knitting is…and that she’d love a hat. But then…Jane says that one phrase that drives all knitters insane.

Jane says “But I’m allergic to wool.”

Yeah. She said it. You heard that. She’s allergic. ALLERGIC. Mhmm. Yeah. You know what’s going through your head. You know you are sitting there thinking that Jane probably has never felt the soft kiss of merino. You’re betting your tape measure that Jane has only experienced itchy store-bought machine-knit things or, heaven forbid, is thinking of her grandma’s itchy acrylic crocheted afghan…and making a horrible mistake.

So what’s a knitter to do? Do you knit her something with cotton, or God-forsaken squeaky acrylic??

I’ll tell you right now…this is where I become a very bad knitter. Telling me you’re allergic to wool, without any supporting stories or evidence…will almost ensure that I will knit you something out of wool.

I mean come ON, have you people FELT Malabrigo?!?! How can anyone resist THAT??? Or say that it’s iiiiitchy.

Whiners.

My aunt told me she was allergic to wool.

Guess what she got for Christmas.

Yeah. Hand knit socks.

And has she mentioned a mysterious rash? Noooo. Did she wear them all day on Christmas? Yeeeees.

Allergic my ass.

There. I’ve confessed. I’m a knaughty knitter and I’m proud of it.

Don’t judge me. You know you’ve slipped someone some Malabrigo too!!!