Friday, April 24, 2009

Instant Gratification Week

I have had somewhat of a busy week. To start with, our new Computer Aided Dispatch system is going swimmingly. I am very happy about that. Work just got a hell of alot easier for me! Everyone is pretty much getting the hang of things and the majority of us are all about discovering new things to make life/work easier on our own. The company gave us the overview, how it works, what it can do for you and basic training. I had the benefit of some seventy hours of training, but everyone else got two days- the officers got 1. That makes me the go to girl. But after the first month, everyone has it pretty much down pat. It gives me a kind of free feeling and gives me time to concentrate on other duties. 
The only downside was that I have had so much data entry in preparation that my arm has revolted, and become so painful it forced me to go to the doctor again  (blast and damn)... But you know me, I won't let a little physical pain stop me- No Way Jose! I just keep plugging along (making it worse of course) and had myself a little knitting marathon.

I have also begun packing- which lead me to finding some yarn in my stash that needed knitting. I have had this ball of Noro Silk that has been laying around since I finished my Tilted Blocks scarf. I have been meaning to make a matching Calorimetry to match it. My first one ended up a little bit too big. It has a lot of stretch in it, so I adjusted the pattern, went from 120 cast on stitches to 100. This also makes it more narrow that in the original but it still covers my ears and it doesn't slide off. 

Not a very good picture I know but here it is. (all my model heads are packed already), and since my apartment is kind of small, I really don't have a lot of surfaces for photo shoots so I know my pictures are on the tad boring side, but it is what it is. And of course, my co-workers (the male ones) had been teasing me about how I am going to need this because it is sooo cold in the summer time. 
Men...whadda they know!

Doesn't this picture make it look like some weird scifi wormy thing?

Project Scoop:
Pattern: Calorimetry
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden
Needles: 7

More stash finds! I have had these next two balls of yarn since-who the hell knows when! 
I love working with Peaches & Creme yarn. It is so uber soft it makes knitting with it a dream. 
I spent some of my freed up work time surfing Ravelry for dishcloth patterns to compliment the yarn. I know St. Paddys day is past but since I am mostly Irish I can do Shamrocks any ole' time of the year. 
I spent one whole day off watching movies and knitting! 

Project Scoop
Pattern: Shamrock Cloth
Yarn: Peaches & Creme - Baby Green
Needles: Size 8

I love this pattern! Super easy and very cool to look at, I think it really shows off the variegated pattern in the yarn in a unique manner. I feel like running right out to Hobby Lobby to buy some more Peaches & Creme in variegated colors. The other thing I like about this pattern is the texture. I just love a good scrubby for my face. This one is earmarked for my new kitchen but I am needing some new face cloths too so I think I will be making more of this particular pattern. 
I do have a couple more instant gratification projects on the needles but I will save that for another day. (I seriously don't know how CA Dawn posts so much and gets so much knitting in)
Project Scoop
Yarn: Peaches & Creme 
Needles: Size 8

Not wanting to jinx myself or tempt fate- I haven't said much about the whole housing thingy, but I think it is now safe to say - I found my new digs! I am going today to sign the addendum's to the contract. It is a townhouse of course, no outside maintenance for me. I neither have the time nor the energy to worry about things like that, plus I am just plain getting to damn old/broken for all that hard labor. 

But- there will be no more living below ignorant people who throw furniture- or what ever it is they do up there. No more kids playing by my bedroom window when I am trying to sleep. No more car dings from people who don't know how to park, and no more being nervous about walking my dog through the neighborhood. 

I have done  a lot of drive by's at different times of the day and night in the new neighborhood so I think I have a pretty good idea about the peacefulness, and how well they maintain the exterior of the properties and that sort of thing. Snow removal was a big one for me, so I also drove through after a good snow fall. I probably do things a little different than most people, it is all part of the inherent quirk, I think. Location was more important to me than finding the dream house. I picked the neighborhoods first, then checked out the affordable housing available. This poor housing market has really been a boon for me, since there has been so much to choose from in my price-range. 
But I won't really feel like it is happening for real until I actually have those keys in my hand, but there it is. I am prepared to move at the end of June regardless, hence the packing- I don't like to leave things for the last minute. 
I also didn't want to tempt karma so I have put aside any practical joking business until the deal was sealed. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Twisted Tale

Remember the broken swift? And how I had my Mr Fix It friend come over and fix it for me? 
Well- lemme tell you how that went. Peter had used some of that green As Seen on TV crap to glue it back together. After letting it set for several days (for my own piece of mind) I decided to wind that skein of yarn again. 

I am going along happy as a clam when I look up and all of a sudden the swift starts to close and my yarn is quickly sliding downwards! OH (BLEEP)! Next thing I know, my beautiful yarn is wrapped around the base of the swift. OBVIOUSLY -As Seen On TV did NOT work!  As carefully as I can, I untangle the yarn from the base of my swift and drape it over the back of a chair. 

Yah- it didn't look too bad...until I tried to wind it by hand. In the meantime, I call my Mr Fix It friend. "Peter...that As Seen On TV crap didn't work!"  So he runs over right away to look at it, like I lied or something... after he fiddles with it for a few minutes (he is running solutions over in his little man brain), he picks up the nested in of the yarn and tries to help me. "I think you should just throw out this string (string???) and get a new one. "What???? first off it is not String, and second- One does not throw out yarn! You should know me better than that! "
Of course what I don't tell him is how much it cost me to buy the string in the first place.

We must have sat on the floor and worked on that yarn for three hours before he had to leave. Then amazingly- he came over again the next day and worked on it some more... "Lets just break the string he kept saying". Absolutely not, the one thing that really pisses me of is paying for 400 yarns of yarn is to find it has been knotted together in the middle. 
It seemed like just when we would seem to be making headway- it would all tighten up again and get worse.  Before we were done- it looked like what TN Dawns kitties did to her yarn.
Three days my friends, that is how long it took us ( me more than him) to turn that big ass'd birds nest into the neat ball of yarn you see here!

Frankly- I don't know many men that would sit for nearly three days and help untangle a ball of yarn, and believe me, I appreciated it. And he did finally come up with a workable solution for using my swift - after he came up with some silly elaborate man game type solutions. (I did learn how to make a hangman's knot ). 

And the rest of the story ;)

I have been knitting- but only a little bit- since my arm has been killing me again ( I blame work not knitting). Boy when they said it would take a long time to recover from that fall (last Flippin' February), they weren't kidding. It has been a year and three months now. I can't say this enough...Never never leave your car boogers in the driveway!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Finally - A Pair

Here they are! The long awaited Tidal Wave Socks!! TA DA! I know, I know, I can hardly believe it myself, and TN Dawn has already ribbed me about the number of blog posts it has taken to get them done. This has been the for-ever sock project, with multiple restarts! I was actually shocked to see I had started these in the beginning of December when I updated them on Ravelry. Kinda down right embarrassing in fact.

I'm starting to feel like I am getting a little bit of my groove back on. I am keeping it small to start with, and continuing to work on new goodies for my new digs. (That's if I ever get any new digs)

This was an easy start to finish project, another dishcloth to be packed away for future use.
And as always, Brodie is right there to help me take a picture! This was an easy pattern stitch to remember and I probably could have finished it in a day if I hadn't started it right before my beddy bye time. I used less than a ball of yarn on size 8 needles. I have to say, with this yarn a smaller needle would have been better. I like a denser fabric for dishcloths. I guess I really did not take into account this is a dk weight yarn instead of a worsted weight when I was following the pattern. Ah time. and who knows, maybe by the time I wash it, it just might shrink up to a dandy little coaster size.

Project Scoop
Pattern: Waffle Stitch Dishcloth Rav Link
Yarn CotLin Glacier
Needles: Size 8
Size: 10x10

I had the kids come and pick up my dining room table and chairs the other day. I had been meaning to give it to them for a while now and finally got the lead out of my but and got it out of my place and into thiers. ( I just love dumping stuff on them...hehe)

Now I have this big empty space to fill, but I am not buying new furniture yet, nope, I am going to fill it with boxes of packed goods. I don't like to wait for the last minute to do things, and even if the right place doesn't come along, I will still move away from the ignorant neighbor upstairs and the usless landlord and into a different place.

Hopefully my next post will have another F/O to share, but failing that I will definately have a story.

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