A bunch of us went to see Sweeney Todd today, and then went back to my house for...what else? PIES!!! Pies, and GingerDead men, and cider and ale and, and, and.
A wonderful time was had by all. And hardly anyone had their throats slit.
So many exciting things are in the works!
Tonight is the Secret Santa exchange with the Betties, which should be a lot of fun. Honestly in the giddiness of putting together my gift for ...., I forgot that someone is doing the same for me! I hope my giftee likes what I put together for her.
Our Bloody Sweeney Christmas plans are at a stand still since I still don't know when the dratted movie is playing. But we'll carry on regardless. Meat pies all 'round! Extra heart for me, please!
My very bestest friend, and her wonderful man are coming for New Year's Eve! Such fun, I cannot wait!! We had a blast last year, and I am sure that this year will be just as crazy. If you have any tips for visitors to where I live, let me know. We're always interested in trying something new. Last year, we went on the airboats through the Everglades, and we went on a glass-bottomed boat in the Keys.
The niece-to-be continues to grow at a healthy clip, and her birthday is impending. Her head's dropped, and it sounds like things are ready to roll.
The waiting continues...
He really was the sweetest cat. My mother spent a very long time coaxing him into her house (he was a neighborhood stray), and once he finally trusted her, I don't think he could have imagined a better life than the one she gave him.
Mummy, I know you will miss your little black-furred friend. Take a little comfort in knowing that you gave him a marvelous life, and a peaceful death; we should all be so lucky.
Knitpicks Harmony needles! Boots made of sex! Febreeze! (what? you have your thing, i have mine)
And then, later, there was even MORE:
Pamplemouse Rose!! (my favourite soap!) Coffee bean bead stitch markers! Velvet jeans!
I feel, and am, SPOILT.
Thanks again Mummy, Scott, Chris, Annie, Judith, Skully, Andrea and Charlie and everyone who took some time out of their lives to wish me a happy birthday. I really, really appreciate it.
My mother came to visit me for my birthday, and we got up to all kinds of hijinx. (some words are just more fun than others)
We kicked off her visit by going with some friends to The Cheesecake Factory (I'm sadly addicted to the Kobe beef burgers there) and then to see
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D! It was awesome; pumpkins flying over our heads, and all kinds of fun. We enjoyed it very much.
Hallowe'en night we went to Grumpy Dick's and had crab legs: one pound for ten bucks. Can't beat that! Yummy.
On my birthday we went to Hosteria Romana and ate like goats. Seriously, at one point I felt like if they put a piece of paper or a tin can in front of me, I would have eaten it! We ate, drank, and made very, very merry.
(At this point in my story, if you're getting the impression that I eat a lot, and that my mother's visits with me revolve around food, you wouldn't be wrong).
Let me stop here and say that I was gifted like whoa for my birthday, and I want to thank everyone. My mother, husband, friends, and bestest friend were all very generous with me, and I am a lucky girl. Thank you.
Saturday, we had hangovers.
I don't remember Sunday, there might have been shopping.
ETA: my mum informs me that we went to the Jazz On the River thing in Ft.Lauderdale. Of course we did! It was a beautiful day, and we saw a huge Harlequin Great Dane (which always makes my mother smile) and we ate (gasp!) a really nice crepe from a food stand. The music was good too, but the people watching was stellar!
So, what else? Yeah, I took my mother with me to knitting with the Betties on Monday night! She and Barb sat on the sofa together, making comments and laughing. It was great! I was happy that my mum could meet all of these great ladies I'm always on about. Oh! Plus, we got to show the group Phentex. Scary shit.
Speaking of scary shit, when we got home, Intrepid Biscuit told us that our former next door neighbour in St.Louis was being searched for by police in connection with a rape and murder . Charming. So much I could say about this guy, but as this is a public forum, I will refrain. Draw your own conclusions.
There is so much more to tell you, and so many more links to add! but this girl is sleepy, so that's all you get for now.
Here are some tidbits:
Went to see Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D!!
My former next-door-neighbour has been arrested for rape and murder. eeeep.
K, bye. More later-like.
The Tomato was declared a success, although I have plans to add a couple inches of ribbing to the bottom. It's snuggly comfy, though, and I like that a lot.
Time was, I would curl up and hibernate in October, cursing the month that had once been my favourite of the twelve because of the sadness it brought me in 1999.
Time really does heal. You move forward, you grow or regress, but you change. You become accustomed, you adapt, and the thing that once was the lead shoe you wore becomes just another part of your history.
Here's what I've been up to lately: I read Memories of My Melancholy Whores, Water for Elphants and re-started Dust. I knit a hat for a woman who has cancer, and am knitting her another. I watched Pushing Daisies and loved it even more; Desperate Housewives and decided that I'm done with it. I went out with friends for lunch and yarn shopping yesterday and picked up some yarn for gift knitting.
More later, errands must get done, before i completely lose interest!!
All of this could have been sparked by this book I picked up a couple of weekends ago. I'm making some stuff from the book for some people. Can I vague that up for you? You know, gift things best kept Secret.
I am trying out the button placement, and deciding if I want one button, two buttons, four buttons or ties. What do you think?
my finished Clapotis, the coat that is the perfect backdrop, and those fabulous gloves.
The Clapotis was knit by me using SouthWest Trading Company's Bamboo
Okay, not the most clever of post titles, but I am very tired lately and the wit, she has left me. This is my Clapotis in progress. The photo was taken on a rainy day, so you can't really get a feel for how vibrant this yarn is, just trust me. It's really pretty in person and looks fabulous against the red coat I plan to wear with it! (thanks for the coat, Mummy!) Oh! and I just remembered - I have some gorgeous purple gloves that I got in Florence last October!!
The Everlasting Bagstopper from Knitty is finished and ready to get in a box and be sent to someone...
and so is The Scarf!
And here are some stitch markers that have something to do with someone else's blog...
I'm not usually a sheepy girl. Sensitive skin plus living in the tropics doesn't really equal wool yarn. However, I fell in love with this Jitterbug from Colinette. It's the colour, you see. It isn't reproduced in all of its luscious glory here. It's called Velvet Bilberry, and it is super-dark-almost-black-truly-absolutely Purple. aaaahhhhh
this is cross posted at the Second Wave Clapotis KAL
On this date in 2001, Muriel's son, Gerald, was killed at the Pentagon.
I don't generally watch 'memorial' or 'anniversary' type television broadcasts, but each year, when all the stations are doing 9/11 memorials, I watch. I watch until I either read or hear Gerald's name.
It's a simple, little thing that I do every year. I do this for my friend Muriel.
*My Mummy is coming to visit me for my birthday!!!
*I started the swatch for my Clapotis, the one that I am making using 500 [turned out to be 750, actually] yards of SWTC's Bamboo. The Swatch has become something else. I'm up to the last repeat of the increase section. Fast knit, and I really like it!
*I have FINISHED The Scarf for Cheetah! It is ready to be wrapped and sent, along with some other giftie type things. I sure hope she likes it! I really like the yarn I used, I am glad that I kept looking for the 'right' stuff.
*Luciano Pavarotti died, taking that magnificent voice with him. The rest is silence, and it is deafening.
*Steve Fossett is missing in Nevada. This breaks my heart at the same time that it makes me very greatful that my father had the time (and inclination) to radio his position when he was going down. If there is a tiny bit of silver lining in this, six other previously uncharted crash sites have been discovered, and will be explored and mapped.
*We had knit night at the Falcon Pub on Labour Day, and there was merriment! There were prizes for telling stories about penii! There was hilarity coming up with Roller Derby Girl names! Best of all, I got to spend time with some fabulous guys and dolls, and have a couple of Strongbow ciders. It was grrrrreat.
*I got to celebrate a whole big bunch of birthdays last month! Happy birthday to The August Betties, Spanko, and (September) Cheryl!!
*I started September by buying yarn! Tell you all about it later, taters!
I've joined the Second Wave Clapotis KAL and I am going to be using this lovely Bamboo yarn that I've had sitting around since April. Yay!
Yarn details: SouthWest Trading Company's "Bamboo" 100% Bamboo yarn in colour "Serendipity". How cool is that?*
*serendipity is my favourite word!!
Two of the many things that I have been working on lately:
The Everlasting Bagstopper, from this summer's issue of Knitty. I love this pattern, it works up quickly, into a nice sturdy bag that requires minimal finishing. The handles are still TBD. Knit with Lily "Sugar and Creme" 100% cotton yarn.
The Scarf in progress. This is version 3 or 4, I can't remember. After several false starts with yarn that just was not going to work, I got this lovely Sonata cotton and it is working up beautifully. This should be finished very quickly, I am half of the way through it already, and I just got the yarn a week ago.
I need to go on a photo taking binge also, so I can show you what I've been making lately. (the public stuff, anyway, because there's a lot of gift making going on here too)
I realized the other day that I am slowly being surrounded by Virgos!
My finished Tomato!!
2.75 skeins of Lion Brand's Cotton Ease in Terracotta, on size 7 bamboo circulars. I didn't keep track of how long it took to make, but it was dead simple. You know, once I got done screwing around with knitting the wrong size! I like this pattern so much, that I am going to make another one right away in another colour. Wheeeee!
We have a new Betty baby! Master Wong, as he will be known by his Betty aunties, came into the world on the 25th June, surprising the heck out of said Betty aunties, who are now furiously knitting away on the projects they were certain they had at least 3 more weeks to finish. Myself included, but I'm not showing you what it is. So there. You'll just have to be patient.
Another of our number is not feeling so hot these days, and we're all hoping that she recovers soon. xo
I had the worst pizza ever last Tuesday. Bleurg. I ordered a bacon, onion and tomato pizza ( I used to live on these when I was in school! ) and when it got to the table, it looked okay...The first bite told me that the bacon was off, however. Then the owner of the restaurant tried to tell me that the flavour I had complained about wasn't rancid meat, but "the flavour of the plastic container that the bacon was in". Whatever, dude, I ain't eating it.
I went to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix again. This time, on IMAX! In 3-D!!! Frelling awesome, let me tell you.
Last night, I had the best pizza ever. Anthony's Coal Fired. Proscuitto, onion and tomato (see a trend here?) OMG so good!
I don't see the point of ordering pizza anywhere else ever again. Really. Well, except for in Rome, duh.
Before going out to eat said fabulous pizza-ness, I was watching the NASCAR Busch race from Montreal, and giggling to myself. Those cars on that track...ouch, my brain! While watching and giggling, I was also working on this:
My Tomato! Version two. The first incarnation didn't work out, I had a moment of stupid and made the wrong size and the thing was just enormous. Luckily, I had only knit 2 skeins worth of yarn, so it was not terribly tragic. I just started over and the next thing I knew, I had an almost-finished top that looked just the right size.
I will tell you all all about it in my next post.
This is the little cardigan that I've been working on between bouts of hating Tempting II. I made it for the little boy of some friends, and I will be giving it to them today. Sure hope that it fits.
I licked Harry Potter, and light sprang out of my head!
Sarah took this picture in the parking lot of Borders bookstore. A caffeine high and the general giddiness of having The Book led us to think that I had Harry Potterness pouring from my noggin. Surely, you had to be there.
Back to what I was saying; a big stupid mistake in my knitting. Freaking Tempting II, of course. Which is my nemesis once again. I thought we'd reconciled once I finished the neck (yes, finished it this morning!), but alas, a happy ending was not meant to be.
Because I, dear reader, am a dumbass.
After the success I (finally) had with the neck, I decided to press on and kitchener stitch the armpits closed. No problem! I know how to do that. So, off I go...not bothering to look at any of it other than the stitches I'm grafting together, until I get to the end. Aaaaannnnd...voila!...wait, no! Not voila! Oh crap! My ribs don't match up. What the f***???? How can it be?
After picking out (ever UNdone kitchener stitch?? Not fun), I found my mistake. I put the sleeves on backwards. The left sleeve is on the right side of the sweater and vice versa. Now, normally this would not be a problem, just switch the sleeves, and you're back to happytown. But Tempting II is knit in the round, to the sleeves and then all the stitches are worked together until the end. So, I either frog back two skeins worth of work, or figure out some other way of fixing my dumbass error.
Suddenly, I am so, so tired.
This turned out well! Crab wash/dish cloth, the pattern for which I am too lazy and caffeine deprived to get up and look for. Later. Suffice to say I did not design it, I am not claiming to have designed it, I only knit this here cloth from that not mine pattern. Anyway, as I say, I like it, for the most part. It kinda bothers me that there isn't an equal amount of free space top and bottom, but oh well, life is random.
Thanks to Skully for shooting the pattern to me.
Knit in Lily Sugar&Cream, Red on size 7 straights.
Sonograms kinda freak me out, I've got to admit. Usually I wonder why people want to show pictures of alien-like creatures floating inside giant kidney beans. But, in true hypocrite fashion, all that goes out the window when it is a family member.
So, everyone, meet Mara, my niece.
Oh, yes, my friends, there will be knitting.
This photo was taken by me while in StLouis. We were at the Lily Ponds in Tower Grove Park, a place that I like very much. My husband and I went to brunch with some friends and then for a nice walk around the ponds.
After the psychodelic roller coaster of last week, I thought I'd start off this week with a good memory and a nice relaxed feeling.
~Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following.
~They MUST be real places, names, things…NOTHING made up!
~If you can’t think of anything, skip it.
~Try to use different answers if the person before you had the same 1st initial.
~You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question.
1. Famous Singer/Band: Violent Femmes
2. 4 letter word: Vite! (not a swear, and not English, but hey!)
3. Street Name: Via Veneto
4. Color: Violet
5. Gifts/Presents: Veueve Cliquot
6. Vehicle: Vespa
7. Things in a Souvenir Shop: Valise
8. Boy Name: Viktor
9. Girl Name: Viola
10. Movie Title: Viva Las Vegas
11. Drink: Velvet Hammer
12. Occupation: Vice President
13. Celebrity: Valerie Plame (another stretch)
14. Magazine: Verve
15. U.S. City: Valparaiso
16. Pro Sports Teams: Vikings (Minnesota)
18. Reason for Being Late for Work: Virus
19. Something You Throw Away: Video tapes
20. Things You Shout: Voldemort!
21. Cartoon Character: ? Veronica (thanks to Debbie for this)
Okay. Your turn!
Still, I have to get this off my plate also, so here you go. This is by no means a pattern; it is a recipe.
Find the yarn you want to use, and a set of DPNs that are 2 sizes smaller than what is recommended for the yarn (that handy dandy info on the ball band). Make sure you leave a tail at the beginning of your work (about 6").
Using the long tail method, cast on an odd number of stitches over three DPNs (for my example, 5 stitches on each needle, for a total of 15 stitches).
Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches.
Knit two rounds plain.
Next round: K2,M1,K3 on each needle (you now have 6 stitches on each of the three needles).
Knit two rounds plain.
Next round: K2,M1,K2,M1,K2 on each needle (8 stitches on each needle)
Knit 3 rounds plain.
Next round: K4, m1, k4 on each needle (9 stitches on each needle)
Knit 3 rounds plain
Next round: Begin the decreases, in the reverse order of the increases. (so all the M1 instructions are now Dec.1)
Decrease until you have THREE stitches on each needle (yes, I know you started with five on the other end, but there is a method to my madness)
Last round: K2tog all around until you only have 3 stitches left, draw them up with a tapestry needle.
Now, stuff the other end with fiberfill and catnip. You can do what I did, and put the catnip in a ped (those useless little socks they give you to try on shoes) so that the herb doesn't squeeze out between the stitches. Weave the beginning tail through the backside of your original 15 stitches, and draw up; it should close the opening rather nicely. Now make a knot or two to secure everything, weave in the ends, and you've got a cat toy.
Really? Drunk dialing? At your age?
Did you really think that phoning, while drunk, at 11:30 p.m. (don't deny it, I heard the tape, with the date and time stamp) could be construed as an honest attempt at reconciliation? Did you really have the nerve to tell her that the ball is now in her court?
Shame on you, if you are even still capable of feeling shame.
Here's your assignment should you choose to accept it. Go to Wikipedia, type in your birth month and day.
Then post the following on your blog.
I already know a few off the top of my head, but here goes anyway (I cannot resist these memes, it's like I am an exhibitionist or something -- hush up, Cheetah!)
the 'birth' of the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
1895 - The first gasoline-powered race in the United States. First prize: $2,000
1947 - In California, Designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose; the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.
the Day of the Dead/ Dia de las Muertas
This past weekend, I discovered that sometimes, if you are very very lucky, you CAN go home again. If you are lucky enough to have wonderful friends, true, kind, life long friends, then you can go home again. I had the most amazing weekend! I got to spend time with some friends that I haven't seen in a few years, and at one point on Thursday evening, I realized that it seemed like no time had passed at all. I know enough to know that those moments only happen with the people who are keepers; those moments happen between lifelong friends, and I am feeling so lucky right now I could sing.
I would, too, if I weren't so tired!
Your Score: Myrna Loy
You scored 26% grit, 28% wit, 28% flair, and 35% class!
You are class itself, the calm, confident "perfect woman." Men turn and look at you admiringly as you walk down the street, and even your rivals have a grudging respect for you. You always know the right thing to say, do and, of course, wear. You can take charge of a situation when things get out of hand, and you're a great help to your partner even if they don't immediately see or know it. You are one classy dame. Your screen partners include William Powell and Cary Grant, you little simmerpot, you.
Find out what kind of classic leading man you'd make by taking the
Classic Leading Man Test.
|Link: The Classic Dames Test written by gidgetgoes on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test|
Honestly, I am knitting on Tempting II, Jenna Adorno's lovely ballet necked jumper from Knitty. I really want to show it off, I mean wear it when I go to St.Louis in couple weeks.
Right now, my hands are so tired and sore that I can barely type, and oh boy, hte typose!
Please tell me your favourite and least favourite of the following things:
Here are mine:
Waves crashing, Snowplow
Salt air, rotting garbage
Black Cherry, artificial watermelon
What are yours??
Que Sarah (jeez, I wish I was smart enough to make that into a clicky) tagged me with this. This same meme has made the email rounds chez moi, but I love polls and questionnaires, and memes, so...
4 Jobs I have had in my life
Girl Friday ( I think it sounds better than "office help")
4 films I can watch again and again
So I Married an Axe Murderer
4 places I have lived (what? I only get to list FOUR?!)
(there are more, but I am following the guidelines)
4 TV series I watch
4 places I have been on holiday
Sanibel Island, Florida (this was 20 years ago, before living in FL was even a remote idea)
Italy (Rome, Florence, Liguria and Alba)
4 things I do every time I go on the Net
Check my email
Check my blog
Check my other blog
Look at others' bloggy goodness
4 things I would NOT eat for anything in the world
4 places I would love to be right now
In a home I know I don't have to move away from
or San Francisco
I will tag facebook people with this!
Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs the 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog.
1. I speak fluent French. I'm not sure French deserves a capital F, but that's another story.
2. I grew up in Montreal, Quebec, but I was not born there.
3. I got a message today from a girl I went to high school with. My mind is blown.
4. I'm a really good cook. I make excellent soup.
5. I'm far-sighted, but only in one eye.
6. My husband and I were born in the same hospital. Considering that neither one of us grew up in the city (or in my case the country) we were born in makes this fact all the more freaky.
7. I am so proud to say that I've had the same best friend (Cheetah!) since I was 14 years old.
I have not tagged anyone for this meme; I really do need more friends! I just realised that there are seven random facts about me in my About Me under my photo to the right there. Huh.
This is one of the ongoing problems faced by many people who sell their crafts/handmade items/services. The question is: what is my time worth vs. how much will someone realistically pay for my handmade item? Sure, you can charge 5 dollars for something and get it, but if that item takes you the better part of a day to make, then it is hardly worth it. On the other end of the spectrum, there are very few people who would pay double digits for an "everyday" item. (like 25$ for a bar of soap, or 45$ for a pair of socks).
So, if you are reading this, someone, anyone, please click the button below this post that says "Put Two Cents In" and tell me: What would you pay for a pair of beaded knitting needles?Yes, I'm assuming that this is the sort of thing you would buy.
p.s. While I can't tell you what to do or how to do it, I would very much appreciate it if you didn't leave your comment anonymously.
I found out that:
FEAR = the person you love, the person you've loved for 15 years, waking you up and telling you to call 911 because he thinks he's having a heart attack.
The question "is he an organ donor" is a lot easier to answer when you're sitting at your kitchen table eating toast than it is when said person is in a hospital bed.
I love my husband more than even I realised. Thankfully, I get to keep him some more.
(the details: After having gum surgery earlier in the day, my husband had some very severe chest pains in the middle of the night on Thursday. He did not have a heart attack. he did have a drug interaction that caused a spasm in his GI tract. he's home now, all better, and I'm breathing normally again.)
Lately, I've been using up little bits of yarn by knitting catnip-stuffed toys for charity. Since I had a lot of creamy white yarn left over from an aran sweater I made, the natural choice was to knit rice and pasta type food items. As for stuffing, aside from the catnip, I used the most abundant fluffy thing I have -- dryer lint.
My collection of knitted cat things is growing. Over the weekend, I added a raviolo and a carrot to the sushi. Mr. Mouse looks on, pretending not to be a penguin.
No Sheep For You and Fitted Knits arrived a few days ago. I'm both excited and disappointed. Both books had a lot of eye candy, which is nice. To be honest, I have not had a chance to sit somewhere quiet and read either book, so I haven't absorbed any new tricks to speed me along on my knitting endeavors.
FK especially had just too many things that I Would Not Wear for whatever reason. (which is fine, I do realize that Ms. Japel did not write the book for ME).
NSFY is gorgeous, many contributors, lots of 'oooh, I want to make THAT' moments for me. We'll see. My budget doesn't really run to buying 29 skeins of pure silk yarn.
wow, it's early.
Last week, my very generous and wonderful friend A gave me a Border's gift card that she said she wouldn't use. So, yesterday, I ordered "Fitted Knits" and "No Sheep for You". Very excited about No Sheep, since wool is not something I can wear, and I am still baffled by yarn substitutions. I don't know if it is because it seems like there is math involved (in which case my brain seems to automatically shut down) or if it is something that I will learn with practice. I'm hoping that book will help me unravel some of the mystery. I'm also looking forward to Fitted Knits, even if it only ends up being eye candy. My "knit this" list is too frelling long anyway! Free shipping means that I won't get them until the first or second week of May.
*putting on patience hat*
My "knit this" list is growing to ridiculous proportions. It is time to cull.
I haven't even dipped into the yummy new yarns I scored over the weekend. I've got Bamboo, Corn, some lovely cotton/wool, and some cotton/Modal that I bought only one skein each of, to swatch and see what I get as far as gauge. Plus, I bought some single skeins to make hats and pet toys for charity.
Maybe I'll make a list of what I've got, and what I think I want to make with it. Then again, maybe I'll just stuff it all in a bag, and then whine that I don't have anything to knit!