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October 23, 2007

Yarn, Cars and Dinners, Oh, My!

You may be wondering why I haven't posted much in the way of "substance" lately, and I can tell you that there are a lot of reasons. I have to confess that not all of them are good reasons, but there are a lot of them. And because I, myself, am feeling a bit disjointed and scattered, this blog post is... well... disjointed and scattered.

So first of all, I have this rule that I use every year about this time. Basically, the idea is that I have to finish all of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving, and it has to be shipped by December 9th. Mostly, this is because ALL of our family lives a long way away and we have to ship everything and UPS won't guarantee delivery before Christmas on anything shipped after that. But there's also the issue of the malls in this particular part of the country. Namely, you shouldn't enter a shopping establishment of any size after Thanksgiving without riot gear. Seriously.

What does this have to do with yarn and cars and dinner, you ask? Well, not so much with the cars (Sorry. No one's getting a car from me for Christmas), and I'd be happy to buy you dinner if you come visit. But this does have much to do with yarn. Unless you've been sleeping for the last several months, you know that I've taken to knitting... pretty much constantly for the last 6 months or so, churning out random things that various people (or dogs) ask for. And just recently, I decided to knit some of my gifts to people because, well, who doesn't like hand-knitted goods? I'm not going to tell you what I'm making, and I'm not going to tell you who it's for, but I thought this was a good indicator of the amount of knitting I have before me:

On Thursday of last week, I climbed in my car to drive to work and discovered my car was acting funny. I hoped it was just being slow to wake up, and tried to drive it, only to discover, about a mile down the road, that it wasn't shifting out of first gear. So I headed back home and begged the hubby for a ride to work, during which I called my mechanic and scheduled an appointment. Long story short, they didn't have the part, so they kept my car all weekend, and I got it back Monday evening. I missed my car while it was gone...

So, Saturday was our 6th wedding anniversary. On one hand, I can't believe it's been that long, and on the other hand, it feels like this is the way it's always been. :) I happened to mention to a friend at work about our anniversary and it ended up that there was a guy who knew a guy whose brother owns this really ritzy restaurant. So I made reservations. And didn't tell the hubby about these plans until a couple hours before we left. I only told him then because he had to drive and because I could tell from his face that it was making him crazy not to know.

We went to dinner and it was REALLY nice. Had a vegetarian tasting menu with paired wine selections. Fancy! Seriously, though, I now understand what the right pairing of wine with food can do. I've never been much of a wine drinker - prefer the harder stuff, myself - but that was amazing. When the dust had settled, the bill was a bit... okay... a LOT more than I expected, but it was really good food and it's not like we do this kind of thing all the time. I expect we'll go back at some point when we're needing to celebrate something else.

So that's what's happened lately. I apologize if it's not the most eloquent or humorous telling, but I'm still trying to kick this stupid cold and it's making me generally cranky and not good with the storytelling.

October 16, 2007

The Knitwit Papers, Chapter VI: Copper Penny Scarf

Date Begun: 01/01/2007
Date Completed: 09/15/2007
Yarn: Lion Brand Incredible in Copper Penny
Needles: US8 Circular (metal)
Source: Yo! Drop It! from Stitch 'n Bitch Nation
The Story:
Okay, so first of all, I would just like to say that it didn't actually take me that long to knit this. It actually took me 2-3 weeks... spread out over the course of almost 9 months. I originally knit this as a kind of lazy woman's Clapotis with the intentional ladders, so you had the openness in some of the stitches going sideways. I really, really liked it, but because of the slippery-ness of this ribbon yarn, my ladders all closed up the first time I tried to wear it. So I frogged it. Sadness.

But then I remembered a pattern I'd seen for a scarf in the Stitch 'n Bitch Nation book that combined dropped stitches with regular knit rows and knew that I could get a very similar effect to my original one, without the fragility of the original.

Unfortunately, this meant that I lost interest in knitting this particular scarf for months. I'd already knit it once and I wasn't terribly interested in doing so again. But then, the knitting bug bit HARD and I told myself that I couldn't move on to more exciting projects until I finished all my pending things.

It will be a long, long time before I feel the need to go back to using this particular kind of yarn again, but the result is pretty and colorful and fall-like, all of which make me happy.

Which LOLCat are You?

Your Score: Lion Warning Cat

57% Affectionate, 51% Excitable, 40% Hungry

You are the good Samaritan of the lolcat world. Protecting others from danger by shouting observations and guidance in cases of imminent threat, you believe in the well-being of everyone.

To see all possible results, checka dis.
Link: The Which Lolcat Are You? Test written by GumOtaku

October 9, 2007

As opposed to people who like to be warm only from the waist up?

What kind of yarn are you?

You are Merino Wool.You are very easygoing and sweet. People like to keep you close because you are so softhearted. You love to be comfortable and warm from your head to your toes.

Take this quiz!

October 2, 2007

I had no idea Apple was so ambitious!

So as most of you know, I'm a staunch Mac Addict. I switched years ago and haven't touched a PC in ages. In fact, when my mother called me a few weeks ago to help debug my grandfather's PC, I almost wasn't able to help. I seriously have wiped that whole world from my memory - like it NEVER HAPPENED.

And it looks as though today, my faith in Macs has been rewarded with a new little thing added via a Software update. I'm one of those people who never reboots my computer, so sometimes it takes a few days for me to see the updates - it appears this one came out about a week ago.

I came back to my computer after being away and found.....


Now, I'm no expert, but it would appear that if I ever have a life-threatening emergency, my laptop is now equipped to help me deal with it.


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