Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Monday, January 21, 2008

Excitement

A lot of knitting was accomplished this week and very little else. Our framily (that would be friends, family and friends that are family) has been at the hospital this week waiting with baited breath as the daughter of one of good friends underwent a double lung transplant. Saturday she woke up, Sunday she walked and Sunday night they moved her out of ICU. I would say she is well on her way to recovery.

Congratulations Jennie! *Hip hip hooray! Repeat from * 2 more times.

I can't take credit for that bit of cleverness. I heard it in the waiting room. You hear all kinds of strange things when you take your Wednesday night knitting group and stretch it out over 4 or 5 days. Updates on Jennie and her new lungs can be found on her blog.

This week I finished the knitting on the body of the curvalicious cardigan. There is an amazingly unflattering picture in my Flickr photostream. I like the way it is shaping up. It will definitely need a ride through the washer to tighten up the fabric, but I like the overall shape and it seems to fit well.

I cast on for the Candleflame Shawl in Kauni.
Light a candle

I started the Jughead Hat from Dominknitrix.
Jester hat

And I listened to music. Thank you for all of your suggestions. I will keep an ongoing playlist on the sidebar of this blog. If you would like to add to the list, leave your suggestions here. This is what I have so far:

  • I Just Want to Celebrate by Rare Earth. This is my choice.
  • Breathe Me by Sia--suggested by the blogless SJ
  • Always See Your Face by Love--suggested by Extra Super Cutie radio
  • What Light by Wilco--Poppymom recommended every song that Wilco has ever done. I chose the most downloaded on in iTunes. :)
  • The Cowherd's Flute by Lang Lang--suggested by Kat
  • Many the Miles by Sara Bareilles--also suggested by Kat
  • 5 Years by Kimya Dawson--suggested by blogless SJ
  • Adir Adirim featuring Victoria Hanna--suggested by knit-blogless Carolyn
  • Believe by Lenny Kravitz--suggested by Amy in STL who I think I know but I cannot figure exactly WHICH Amy in St. Louis. Let me know or send me your email, Amy!
  • Boy with a Coin by Iron & Wine--suggested by The Lady Knits
  • Landslide by Dixie Chicks--suggested by the always entertaining Jamie
  • Grace Cathedral Hill by The Decemberists by Sungazing
  • Good Riddance (Time of your Life) by Green Day--suggested by knit blogless Becky
  • Shelter by Shibutani Subaru (Kanjani8)--Jen recommended two Kanajani 8 You Tube videos. I tried to find them in an iPod compatible format and found "Shelter" instead. Jen might be a little bit evil with her earworming Japanese music.
  • Affirmation by Savage Garden--suggested by Tyger. I couldn't find this on iTunes or in an iTunes compatible format. Can anyone help me out on this?

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Kauni Yarns

Thank you for all your well wishes. I was already feeling a little better after a so-so nights sleep, a generous helping of OTC painkillers and half of a real painkiller and then I remembered that I get to make a Kauni order when I get to work. That got me fully out of bed. Wouldn't you wake up for this, too? [Ruth SΓΈrensen's Kauni pattern knitted by the talented Annie, shawl knitted by blogless Fiona from IK's Icarus pattern]



In other news, I cannot pick music out for myself. I'm done wasting time trying to come up with a decent playlist. This is where you come in. If you could add one song to my playlist what would it be? I'll post the results next week.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Wednesday Friday

  • I cast on for a new sock using a modified Alexio pattern. I joined the sleeves to the body for the Curvilicious Cardigan. I'm halfway through the back of the Hideous Highlighter Cardigan. I made a few kickass trades this week, too. I don't have pictures of any of this so we might as well move on to the complaining and whining portion of the blog post because what are blogs for if not for middle of the night complaining and whining?
  • I have really awful news. Prepare yourself. Are you ready? Here it is. It isn't even the weekend yet. This is like my Wednesday if I were to equate my life to a typical work week, which I don't because I hate thinking that my work life is typical. But still, Wednesday.
  • I am trying to heed my own internal admonishment about going back to bed, or not going back to bed as the case may be. Do you ever have those nights where you just can't face the act of sleeping? I have only had a few hours this week where I crossed over in to the blissful void of stage 3 and stage 4 sleep. The rest of the time I tossed and turned with tedious and repetitive dreams.
  • Earlier this week I sat in a waiting room that had a wingback chair. It was the first time I have been comfortable all week long. I am now on the hunt for a sturdy wingback chair in decent condition. I am not sure where in my tiny overcrowded apartment I will put it or how I will pay for it, but if I find just the right one I will make it work. Leads are welcome.
  • Have I mentioned I feel awful this week? I feel awful this week. I don't think it is a flare up. It doesn't have any of the weird cognitive stuff that seems to go with a flare up. Plus, unlike a flare-up I can still suck it up and do my job, but it fucking hurts. Did I mention that it is only Wednesday Friday? By Friday Sunday I'll probably be hiding behind the counter whimpering and encouraging customers to help themselves to as much yarn as they want as long as I don't have to lift my head. Or maybe whatever this is will pass by then. Hope hope hope hope hope hope.
  • Someone I have never met and have never done business with implied that saying fuck in my blog is was unprofessional. Fuck that. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Now it is unprofessional and childish. On the other hand, someone I do business with regularly and really does have a stake in my professional image asked if I really needed to be so colorful with my expletives. I told her Fuck Yeah and she gave me the finger. I love my colleagues. Srsly. *grin*

Monday, January 7, 2008

Show us your knits!

Mardi Gras Kick Off

After knitting frantically for others over the holidays, we (the staff and customers of Knitorious) took time to relax and celebrate the beginning of Carnival season. There was jambalaya, cornbread, king cake, hurricanes (non-alcoholic), beads, a fashion show and of course, knitting. And it wouldn't have been a Mardi Gras party if someone didn't flash their knits.











Hold that spontaneous pose for the next 30 seconds

Felted Balls (Felted beads, of course)

Jester Ed

Most of the Knitorious Staff


More pictures are available in the Mardi Gras set on my Flickr account.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New Year

Happy New Year!

Tomorrow all heck breaks loose with a big box of awesome processed to hit the store's shelves tomorrow, preparing for the store's Mardi Gras Kick Off Party this weekend, getting invitations printed and mailed for my sister's wedding shower, booking a caterer *meep* and planning Secret Project X. This winter is busy enough that I bought myself an actual honest-to-goodness calendar to write this stuff down. And I've made a New Years Resolution. Can you guess what it is?

Write this stuff down.

Tomorrow kicks off Teh Craziness, but today? Oh, today! Today is knitting, drinking coffee, knitting, spinning, knitting, crocheting, reading and knitting. Alas, I have some work to do today but this "work" consists of playing with fluffy clouds of roving (win!) and then taking pictures of them in the light box Scott made me (win! win!), followed by selling fluffy clouds of roving (win!) to pay bills (boo!). I have about half of the roving braided and ready to list on etsy. Wanna see? Click to make larger. Oh, and Ann? That center picture is totally for you. I did it! (but I don't think I can part with it...) *grin*

Roving mosaic