Archive for August, 2006

Why wait any longer for the world to begin?

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

You can have your cake and eat it too.

I have had Lay Lady Lay on repeat for almost an hour. Don’t ask me why, and I’ll just tell you that every few months I turn it on and I can’t get enough of it. The truth is that I don’t know why myself. However, it is pure genius and I don’t really care if I never figure it out. =)

Uh oh…


Moom and I went to Treasure Mart today. We only got ourselves into $10.60 worth of trouble, in the form of the above. Don’t ask me what I need with a ceramic hippopotomus change bank, simply believe me when I say that I do. It stuck its ridiculous nose out of a fancy wooden shelving unit, and nearly tripped Moom. Then it jumped into my rather surprised arms and refused to leave.

Do you ever feel like a pouty three-year-old? I doubt it. But I do. All the time, in fact.  Let me tell you, there was no escape without this thing. However, it needs a name! If anyone has a suggestion…comments!! ’nuff said.

Next up:


Yesterday’s rather modest button purchase. (I swear that I can’t stay away from my Esteemed Place of Employment for even one measly little business day. It is the weirdest thing.) These enable me to finish another old project! It has been sitting in my yarn basket since winter, and it is definitely time to move it through. Two old sweaters finished in two weeks? Something must be in the air around here, and I’ll tell you this much: it ain’t essence of sloth.

(I’m getting weird. O_o It is late.)

I have also finished this:


The first sock. (I am going to cast on for the second immediately after I post, just to make sure. Send following-up-on-what-I-say vibes. Please, so I actually do it!!)


Finally, 23.3% of Moom’s shawl is finished. I am having fun with this pattern. ;D The diamond pattern is a little more visible here than in yesterday’s picture.  I have been carrying it around, along with the sock from above, in my new Lantern Moon sock bag.


I highly recommend these. I can throw it over my elbow and knit as I walk. Infinitely safer than tucking yarn under my arm to fall apart or get dropped in puddles.

I also highly recomment that you go eat some cookies and drink tea. Right now. Oh, and while you’re at it…turn on some Bob Dylan. It will all make your life better. I promise.

Only in my house…

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

The other day, I was cooking and needed a dish in which to serve rice. I went into the cupboard about the stove, and pulled out three nesting dishes. I was removing the middle size, when underneath I found the following sight.


Enough said. How did it get there? Oh, I’m sure that Moom has some idea…

I am so glad that I grew up in a house full of fiber, with people who understand the hopelessness of helpless stashing.  Stashing is one of the most important parts of any kind of art!!  If you can’t go and see what materials are out there, and play with them, and stash some of them for inspiration, chances are you won’t continue.  It *is* a bit expensive…

But I’ll take the hit.  It’s not like I have a family to feed, or something.  *Lalala, I can’t heeear you telling me that I’ll wish I saved it later on, when I can’t pay my bills…*

And while I can’t hear you, I promised sweater photos, but there are still a few things that I want to tweak. I need to give it a good soak, re-block, and add a little bit to the buttonband. Photos later.

I do, however, have progress shots of Moom’s shawl.


I am approximately 12.5% done. I am having a lot of fun with this one. It is very simple; it is a repeating diamond pattern that I created. It’s a littl hard to see in the picture, but each diamond has one smaller one inside, and then a single yarn over at the center. Once I stop being lazy have a little more done, I’ll take a better detail shot.

Also, I have been working on this sock:


Yeah…a whole sock.  Okay, so it’s been a while since I posted.  Other than the sleeping and working, you haven’t missed much of my life.

Oh!!  A cookie!

Basic Sock Pattern

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

–CO 64 stitches over four DPNs, distributed with 16 stitches per needle.–Work 16 rounds of 2X2 ribbing

–Work desired cuff length of pattern as follows:

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: *K2, P2* repeat around.

–Work a short row heel, double-wrapping stitches.  I usually go down to  10 stitches remaining unwrapped for women’s socks, and 12 for men’s.  (The second wraps will actually come on the pick-up rows of the heel.  Within the week I should be working one anyway, so I’ll try to photo-document for you.)  If you want to carry the pattern down the top of the foot, redistribute your stitches, before the heel, so that your top-of-foot stitches start and end with either one knit stitch, or one purl stitch.

–Continue on, knitting the instep stitches and knitting/patterning the top-of-foot stitches, until your sock is almost to your toes.  Measure your heel, from the bottom of the patterning on cuff to the center.  You want to continue your sock until you have that distance left at the toe. It should be approximately 1.5 inches, if you are too lazy for that. (Remember that your toes are rounded, and take it into account as you measure.)

–Next are the toe decreases.  Name your needles 1, 2, 3, and 4 going around (if it helps).  1 and 3 are sister needles, as are 2 and 4.  What I mean by that is you always do the same things to those sets.

Row 1:

Needle 1: K1, ssk, knit to end.  Needle 2: Knit until three stitches remain, k2tog, k1.  Repeat on needles 3 and 4.

Row 2:  Knit around. (All four needles).

–Repeat until 20 stitches remain, total.  you should have five on each.  At your last knit row, combine the stitches on needles 1 and 2, and the stitches on needles 3 and 4 so that you have ten stitches on each of two needles.  Top and bottom.  Graft using kitchener stitch.  (I am going to try to photo-document that too.  Soon.  Bear with me.)


Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Ann Arbor has hit me like an elephant in the stomach. It’s not that I really have all that much else to do besides work and be lazy, but my sleep schedule somehow always gets severely mangled between there and here. What is a mouse to do?

Also, Amanda left for school while I was up north, and she was home for the weekend. I had to spend all my non-working time with her of course, as I won’t see her again for an undetermined and ridiculous length of time, so I have been lazy lazy LAZY about posting.

Today I am going to cheat a little bit. I may try to post later, but it depends entirely on whether or not I can get around to blocking my sweater. =D

On to the socks!


Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Pooh asked what the beach sock yarn was a while ago.  I forgot!!

It is Trekking XXL, color 155

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be Froggy?

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

Probably not. But here is an idea, for those whose curiosity is piqued.*Monday:

Frog hopped on down to the beach with Moom to work on its green.


“Don’t forget (grok) the little bit of purple around the edges (frok grook)!”

On this particular day, it turned its eyes upside down in order to green the undersides. You’ve got to get everything! Unfortunately, a storm rolled through shortly after and it got stuck on the porch.


It sat on Moom’s hat, stole her glasses, and wore her basket lid on its head. This may have been because of the scary thunder, but I don’t think we’ll ever know for sure…

Not the most eventful of days. It did have a portrait taken later that evening, but unfortunately I am not in possession of the piece. I believe that Moom has it scanned, however, and she’ll probably post it.


This was an eventful day!! First, Froggy decided to come to the lighthouse with us.


“I wonder how I can take this all over…grok groK!!”

After hopping up 72 stairs (in my arms), it claimed exhaustion but still wanted to see everything. Suspicious.


We proceeded to the boardwalk.


“What is the meaning of life??”

I don’t know, Frog, but somehow I don’t think it has anything to do with the anonymous sculpture you’re sitting on.


Looking at so much pretty scenery is tiring, so off we went to Kenny’s Pitchen.**


“Thank goodness they keep (grok frok) all those flies in their purses!!”

When we got back to the beach, we noticed a suspicious lack of “grok”ing. Uh oh…we searched and searched and searched, delving into the darkest depths of the swamp with our flashlights, when we finally found it visiting uncles Jim’s sign, and looking rather dejected.



I know, Frog. We miss him too. At least you can go visit that neat sign when you’re sad. It may not be the same, but think about it this way: any developers who go anywhere *near* that area are going to go through hell. Quite possibly in a handbasket (full of knitting needles =D ).

We finally managed to detach Frog from its station, (and it was NOT easy, with that sticky tongue!), and schlepped it back to the cabin. Where it finished greening with us for the rest of the afternoon.


Death. Departure.

There is nothing harder than leaving that place. Granddribbly: I love you and I expect to be seeing you in the mail one of these days, and Grandmoom: I love you. There is nothing more to be said on the subject. Anyway, the focus is supposed to be Frog.

I would like to ask how on earth a face can be so hilarious?


Don’t overlook the upsidedown elephant! =D

Frog rode that way the whole way home. It is strapped in carefully, protecting my mouse from the seatbelt. It had to turn one eye upward in order to see out the window. Trust me, it was funnier in person.

I am probably not making a whole lot of sense. Are you diverted?***

All I really have to say today is this:

I DON’T WANT TO BE HOME!!!!!!!!!! *throws a temper tantrum, screaming and crying and rolling and beating fists and kicking legs on the floor*

*Okay, so this is sort of a lame post. I have nothing better so say when my brain is fried (or even when it’s not). Also, you should have heard us dying over these pictures! Somehow the frog always manages to look ridiculous, no matter what you do to it!!

**Penny’s Kitchen

***Today is a No Edit Day

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

However, just because I decide that “I might as well” do something, doesn’t mean I can actually live up to my claims.  But having some of you believe for a few hours that I might just have done it is as close as I can get.

Dream on, little mouse.

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

I have decided that I might as well stay here for another three weeks.


Monday, August 21st, 2006


As I tumbled down the ladder-stairs (much later than I intended), I was in search of yesterday’s strawberry muffins*. They were sitting, as cheerfully as a plate of strawberry muffins can sit, lightly covered in plastic wrap and waiting to be devoured. I heated one slightly in the microwave, sliced it open, buttered it, and opened my–*POP!*


…ouch? I guess I have a kink in my jaw…let’s try this again.

…and opened my–*POP!* Hmmm…okay I’m going to take a bite anyway. *chew–POP!* *chew–POP!* *chew–POP!*. Ouch..ouch….ouch…


A picture of Friday’s blueberry muffins, because in my current lazy state I can’t seem to get up and find the camera. Tough cookies.

So what is going on? My jaw has never done that before, but if it keeps it up I’m going to be taking a trip to the spare body parts center, once I find out if such facilities exist.  And where.  And if they’ll take a trade.  I’m going to go off and sulk, and drink tea, and walk the beach.  But first, Grandmoom’s pineapple upside-down cake from Friday:


And spices that became a curry, also on Friday.


Can you sense a theme here?  Well, we had a LOT of food on friday.  Moom and Grandmoom made breakfast, Grandmoom made cake, I made muffins, Moom made chicken, and I made curry with chappatis.  In fact, we’ve had an extraordinary amount of food most days, and I personally am waddling around half the time clutching my belly and mentally mocking all the people I know who would be jealous.

There has been knitting, but nothing that it makes sense to show.  I started a sock, and decided that it was much too big for my foot.  I can’t finish the old because it is on suicidal needles.  I am finishing some things, but I am also too lazy to photograph those.  Also, showing finished projects is no fun without Emily the Yarn Duck.  D=

Oh well.  Pictures later,  and *yaaaaawn–POP!*…all I have to say about unexpected misbehaviour in the jaw-type area is…what the wool?
*Actually, they ended up being strawberry whole wheat muffins because of a rather unfortunate out-of-flour disaster, but that’s not really the mouse point. (“mouse”?? I don’t know, don’t ask me.  That’s got to be one of my weirder typos ever.  “point” to “mouse”…  Usually, I have only two unavoidable Freudian slips.  The first is “yard” to “yarn”, and the second is “heron” to “herron”.  Go figure.)

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Saturday, August 19th, 2006

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