Monday, June 8, 2009

I Got a Fever:

Ohhh Lawdy, I've been bitten hard.

Sweaters. I must make more. Better ones. Cuter ones. Cardigans and pullovers both.

My first foray into the land of AdultSweaterWorld was a very poorly adapted attempt. I'm not even gonna sugar coat it: I made a baby sweater and then thought "pshaw, lemme just cast on more stitches, using a COMPLETELY different yarn and needle size, and eye ball the thing. I'm smart, so this should go swimmingly!"

You'd think I would have learned by now my whole "eyeballing" inability.

It's so hideous that it will never touch the light of my ravelry projects page! Badbadbadbadembarrasinglybad. But, I learned some techniques and absolutely learned from the experience . . .

Until the next time I cast on for a sweater :blush:

This one was via an actual Adult Sized Sweater Pattern, even. My Radiate (from Did I follow it? Since this is my blog, and ME we're talking about, you can safely answer "oh hell no." No swatch and liberal application of casting on stitches with zero regard to pattern sizing. Hi! I'm ajdury and I apparently don't learn from my mistakes!

Again, I learned some things (outside of how much of a dummy I am) but the nail in this sweater's coffin was that my 4 skeins are comprised of two different dye-lots. Before this sweater even started, I missed two opportunities to notice that little fact :blushingredder: Hi! I'm ajdury and I can't even be bothered to read ball bands!

I may be a damn dummy, and I may be doing things the hard way, but! I'm 98% done with my third, and final, "First Adult Sweater" and can't stop thinking about the next one to get on the needles.

This last one is (again with my inability to strictly follow a very well-written, well-executed and so good it doesn't need MY interpretation added to it) the fabulous Tomato sweater (originally on

My husband (who has witnessed every good/bad/inbetween thing I've ever knitted) and my two friends Alex and Sheila have all said very nice things about it. Hell, even I like it!

For now it's the best sweater I've knit to-date, but it won't be the best sweater I've ever knitted.

The sweater bug has bit me hard and all I can think about is making a better one next time, and an even better one after that.

I'm so smitten with sweaters that I'm going to do the following: 1) Swatch (don't faint), 2) follow directions (get off the floor!) 3) seriously consider a "pieced" sweater pattern (don't MAKE me get the defibrillator out!)

Whadda ya think about THAT? :bigproudcheesygrin:

Sunday, June 7, 2009

About Those Kids I'm NOT Having:

Was that a long enough "hang time" since the last post? :giggle:

Y'all have commented in multiple ways (personally and online) and my blog comments sum them all up nicely.

No, I haven't bumped my head, come up with a baby-bump or bumped on over to "Pregnant Women Are Smug-ville* (I'll leave that to others I'm oddly related to).

When I wrote of "All the cuteness there is out there", it was THE KNITTING stuff, Chickens!

Mike's niece, Ms. Ella-Gator is turning 4 in July, thus I've been knitting up several beach-themed stuffed animal/toy/things in anticipation.

You've all seen the parade of knitted fish, starfish, sun, mer-woman, the errant penguin (wrong ocean :blush:) and that octopus march across my ravelry project page. What you haven't seen, I'm guessing, is the gi-freak'n-normous amount of super a-dang-dorable knitted animal/toy items that are out there, floating through the intronets ether.

The web is just chock-full of knitted cuteness, lemmetellya.

Remember though, when I said I "wanted kids", I had a set limit. I wrote "Maybe around 3. I think I could handle three."

Again - that represents knitting. Three to knit for, LOL.

I already have the aforementioned Ms. Ella-Gator and the second slot has been taken by Suzanne's granddaughter, Ms. Ireland.

Who shall be the third? My hope is that the last one is a boy, to give me knitting variety! :grin:

You all do the difficult and thankless work of having and raising them. Me - I'll be over here in quiet and calm child-freedom, knitting cute things for you to wash puke out of.

* that video/song makes me belly-laugh every time I open it.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

OMG, I SO Want Kids!:

Well, not six, eight or fourteen, but some.

Maybe around 3. I think I could handle three.

All the cuteness there is out there has finally won me over!

We'll talk more tomorrow, okay?

Stay tuned.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Here's The Part Where I Babble:

To steal a quote from Meghan's podcast, I'm just throwing some things here I don't want to forget about.

Given that tomorrow is The Big Day at our house - anticipated more than Christmas and Birthdays combined, and The Mike has invited about 10 of his nearest and dearest drinking buddies over to watch the game, I'ma be a bit busy once I wake up in the morning!

In no particular order, here's what I wanted to share:

Kath mentioned it first, but it bears repeating any chance we get! Set your televisions for this year's Puppy Bowl. You will die from all The Cute. I've watched it a few years now, and my hands-down favorite is the "water bowl cam". Yep. They have a camera under see-through water bowls. If you love dogs, this is the show for you tomorrow. Just don't blame me if it makes you want to run out and adopt a bunch of adorable puppies on Monday!

I've knit things, oh yes I have!:

The socks I prematurely set up for gusset decreases have been off the needles for several days now. Why no pictures? No good reason, frankly, but I'll fix that soon. How is it that they are too small when I freak'n tried them on as I knit them? The heel flap is not as long as I would have liked, and the foot part is too short, so they end up riding down my foot and I walk on the heel. Grrr. Yes, I know I could absolutely rip back and re-knit them, since I have plenty 'o yarn left over, but . . . well . . . I really want to use the leftover yarn to do some colorwork knitting with! There. I said it out loud :grin: I think this yarn would make an awesome "stained glass" looking knit if used in a stranded method.

I went totally out of my knitting comfort zone and 1) knit entirely from a pattern (except for adding a button hole, but that's it, I SWEAR!), 2) I seamed and 3) knit it for the granddaughter of an extremely accomplished knitter. EEK! It's like giving your stick figure drawing to Michelangelo's son.

(more pictures here and project info here)

Because tomorrow is going to be so busy, I'm frantically looking for a (relatively) easy project to throw on the needles while I watch the game. My current socks are on size 1s. Too dang small. I have zippy interest in knitting some garter stitch boring bland gag-me-with-a-dpn scarf. I'm midway through one fingerless mitt, but I don't think it's what I'm looking for. There are increases and counting. I'm thinking "hat on 7's or 9s". Once I make the guacamole in the morning, I'ma get the necessary items together to get the hat started.

Don't you all consider it The Mike's job to clean the house in the morning? It was HIS idea to invite all these people over AND they are all HIS friends . . . so . . .? Yeah, me too.

I'm *thisclose* to casting on for the Hey Teach! sweater. I have four skeins of this yarn in this colorway. Is it wrong that I think about knitting this in the round and deleting the sleeves, creating more of a tank-like item? Tell me the truth, people.

The only reason I didn't start swatching for it yesterday was because of all the Wasting Of Time I had invested in our current knitting-world mystery.

Speaking of that? HELLO to the four HUNDRED visits to my site in the last 30 hours!!! When I blogged it yesterday my view count was at the low 800s. If I'd known so many people were going to stop by my virtual home, I would have put out the good China and offered refreshments, LOL.

Here's another number for ya: 105

What it doesn't represent? My I.Q. (I think, but I'm not sure. Let's say it's not) My temperature. (again, not 100% sure since I don't own a thermometer, but I'm taking an educated guess). My weight. (the last time I was that weight, I didn't even know what "weight" was) The number of yarn balls/skeins/cakes in my knitting room. (hahahahaaaaaa! Not even close)

Want a hint? It has to do with this post. (In the spirit of full disclosure, Suzanne already knows the answer.)

If you guessed "number of total applicants for the job you recently interviewed for"? Winner!

One hundred and five. That is a huge number, people. I do not think I've ever interviewed for a job that had more than 30 people applying.

Even if I'm on the short list of "qualified" or maybe even "over-qualified" for the original payroll position, there has to be a goodly number in my same boat.

If you'd like me to eventually, one day, be able to afford yarn outside of Michael's and Joann's, please keep your fingers crossed that my 20 years of accounting office experience and expertise tips the scales in my favor.

No matter who they pick though, there will be 103 or 104 other people still looking for a job in this field. It's a terrible time all over.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Real Life Knitting Mystery:

Do any of you knitters remember the sock pattern designer Gina Silva, aka Gigi Silva, aka Momma Monkey, aka Monkey Toes? How 'bout the name Socktopia?

Yeah, she has* a lot of aliases.

If you don't remember her from her patterns, maybe you remember the memorial write-up done back in February of 2008?

Wellllll, strange things are afoot people.

Seeing as how she passed almost a year ago, would it surprise you to see that her user account has posted forum comments as recently as 4 months ago?

The Lazy, Stupid and Godless group over on ravelry are hot on the case. Over at the rubberneckers group, they're talking about it too.

Seems Gina/Gigi/MommaMonkey has been busted and it's all coming to a head. Due to only so many hours in a day, I rarely read the Knitty boards anymore and haven't been over there in about a week or so and I missed the start of this groundswell.

Man. I just LOVE the internet! Go pop you some corn, gather up your knitting project and watch this latest mystery get solved.

(*I used "has" because I think she's alive and stone cold busted)


I think post number nine in this thread is very hinky as well. How can a real life friend die, and you act as the liaison but the real life friend isn't really dead?

Oh, another of Gina's online personas

Curiouser and curiouser

***eta (again)***

The Miss Cissy Wordpress link I put up has, like every other site tied to her, just gone belly up. The blog I linked was very sparse - starting around December of '07 and ending around March/April '08. No one had, until me today, ever left a comment there. My comment was for her post around late Feb/early March 08 (just after her "demise"). She'd blogged about some kick-ass pink Doc Martins recently purchased . . . and her just-broken hand. Since I'd just gone swimming in all her Munchausen_by_Internet issues, the post brought to mind Charlton Heston's NRA quote. Because of all those swirling thoughts in my head, I wondered in my comment if her 'broken hand' was her 'dead broken hand'.

Ayup. I did. A few hours later the site went tits up.

Does Gina/Gigi/Momma Monkey/MissCissy think she's exempt from the power of Google Cache?

After reading the posts of all the people she burned in swaps, contests and product - both on ravelry and on the knittyboards? They deserved better.

Knowing that there was a "memorial" and charitable knitting in Momma Monkey's name as Gina watched? Just. Wrong. Wrong Wrong Wrong.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Quick, Rub My Belly:

A big huge Thank You to two different bloggers.

Yesterday, I got an email letting me know I'd been randomly chosen to receive this book, via Shepard Susie's awesomely awesome blog/business.

I originally learned about raised bed gardening from Laurie, aka Crazy Aunt Purl and was, quite frankly, intrigued. At the time though, our back yard was the domain of our two dogs and really, just a large plot of dust.

Since our move to a much nicer back yard, and the loss of one of our dogs, I've been giving the idea some serious thought. We have blackberry bushes in one corner, and a tiered section already had the set-up to grow tomato plants (my all-time favorite food EVER!)

Then someone told me all about some bug that is inherent to tomato plants and right there I lost all desire to grow my own. I hate bugs. Like really really REALLY hate. Spiders don't bug me, but anything else just creeps me the hell out. One time (back when I was single) I spent a month sleeping on my living room couch because Moth-ra had taken up residence in my bedroom. I'd take on a masked intruder trying to steal my yarn before I will come within 10 feet of a creepy-crawly.

Then I went and won this book and so have resolved to deal with my bug-phobia.

That was yesterday.

This afternoon, I received an email from Wendy - another favorite blogger/designer. The woman knits like a soul possessed! Her F.O.s not only fly off her needles, she makes some stunning things - her own and others. How she knits so much while maintaining a job is beyond me, but definitely inspiring.

She just held a contest giving away a kit for the most interesting mittens and it was Love at first sight.

Like so much Love I might have entertained eating a bug to win it! Well . . . a small bug :grin:

I won the kit and no eating of bugs!

All this luck hitting me at once has gotten me contemplating whether I need to go buy a lottery ticket, lol.

Trust that I'm not a prize pig, entering contests every time I run across one. I read blog entries for the pure enjoyment of what they have to say/share and rarely leave comments. These two items were things I knew I would enjoy but just cannot afford to have at this time.

Now I'll go back to my relative obscurity - knitting my first pair of mittens while reading a book about gardening and community.

Maybe some of this new-found luck will rub off on you!

Thank you again to Susie and Wendy! Please check out their blogs/products if you aren't familiar with them (And if that's you? Get out from under that rock you've apparently been hanging out at!)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Happy Anti-Valentines Day:

Now this is something I totally support! is holding their second annual "Dabbled Black Heart Anti-Valentines Day Contest". It's open to crafters of all types, and the interpretation of what "anti-valentines" means is left entirely to you to decide.

My evil little mind is already at work on submission ideas :mwuuaahahaaa:

The deadline for entering is February 12th and the (few) rules are in the post I linked.

Get to crack'n, my talented crafty friends!