Archive for August, 2007

Sew, woman!!

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

I am back in Ann Arbor. My drive yesterday was lovely, as it looked like this for more than half the trip.

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Gorgeous!! I hate driving in the sunlight, as it gives me a headache. My drive up was almost as rainy, so I feel particularly lucky this time.

I’ve hardly been home 24 hours, but I’ve already gotten into trouble with myself.

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It whacked me upside the head so hard I got dizzy, then while I was trying to steady myself my debit card slipped through the machine and made a transaction. What’s a girl to do??

Uh…don’t answer that. Just shut up and pass me the shears.

Maximum Capacity

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

I am so overfed that I can hardly believe I’m able to move my fingers.  That’s how things should be, right?  Right.  Over and out.

August Days

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Yesterday was the second annual Yarn Store Ex-po-tition. The trick is to plan your day around meals…

The first stop is the Dutch Oven Bakery and Yarn Store in Alanson.

That is where you find these:

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Bird Nest

That is the bakery section, and in the yarn store you find lots of these:

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One

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Two (I have four of these but this is the best picture)

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Three

They have plenty of fabulous yarn as well, but I am desperately avoiding too much yarn collecting. I made it out safely. ;D

The next stop is…the place I can’t name. I can’t remember what it’s called, but they sell Native American arts and crafts. Some of it is more “traditional”, and some is more “touristy”.  It’s always a good stop. I haven’t photographed any of the art we bought yet, but I can show you my new jewelry.

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I always love the turquoise, and the dream-catcher earrings. I decided it was time to rearrange my rings again, so I’ve moved my right little-ring to the left hand, taken off the left little-ring, and added the turquoise one to the right. Okay, that was obnoxiously unclear and complicated, but this is the point:

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Left

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Right

I’m always sorely tempted by the cuff bracelets, but I really can’t make an excuse for buying any.

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This is the left arm. The silver one is from Grandmoom, and the copper and turquoise are stolen from Moom‘s stash.  I think the turquoise is a child’s bracelet, but it actually fits pretty well now that is has adjusted to my arm.Â

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This one is on the right, brought to me by The Sneak.

We didn’t collect much in Petoskey on this trip, but it’s our usual excellent lunch stop. We poked around the bookstore and discovered that the little yarn store that tried to survive there has gone out of business.  I’m a little sad about that, but not entirely surprised.  They didn’t have so much in there to start with.
Next stop, Cynthia’s in Mackinac City.

Okay, I have to confess. I broke down.

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If anyone asks it’s because I miss Amanda. Shush. Don’t say it. Shut UP!!

Cynthia’s is an interesting stop.  They have tons of nice things, but it’s very crowded.  Most of it is rather overpriced, but it has to be in that sort of location. It’s a tourist town with a small population and not the most traffic.  Still, you can count of finding some of the nicer things on the market.  Like malabrigo, Lorna’s Laces, and Fleece Artist.

It’s a nice little trip, and I’m sure we’ll make it next year. And the next..and the next…and the next…  We always finish it off with a simple, make-in-advance dinner that can be thrown in the oven and margaritas. (Ever had one made with gin? O_o   My family is hilarious.  No one even noticed.)

Today was good too. It was a lot of simple food, kayaking, lazing about on the beach, knitting, and giggling at relatives. I finished the first of Val’s MSU socks last night and started the second.

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I’m now past the toe, but too lazy for more pictures.

Most of the afternoon went into a rather elaborate swatch for The Sneak’s hat, but I think I’ve come up with something good. Of course, I failed to photograph the swatch…

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It doesn’t look like much yet, but tomorrow I ought to have some good photos.

At this point I feel as though this post has deteriorated into complete confusion. There are too many things to say, and not enough brain energy left to explain them properly.  If you’ve made it this far, congratulations!! Try to avoid “things that spiral and create devastation”, and goodnight!!

This is obscene.

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

I am posting from the Mackinac Bridge, from my mother’s iPhone. This should not be possible.

Idea!!

Friday, August 24th, 2007

I have no idea how often I’ll be able to sneak in and post while I’m abroad. Absolutely none. I am assuming that it won’t be that often, but I may be able to write entries or logs in Word and transfer them all at once.

I’m not sure what will be convenient, but once a week I’ll try to sneak in with NEWS.

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Thanks to Grandmoom’s front porch, I even have a symbol for it.

I can try to give basic information about what I am knitting, studying, seeing, and otherwise finding.

Hopefully I’ll be able to sneak in a little more often, but you never know.

Operation Sneak.

At the moment, I am making progress on these projects:

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This is the first of Val’s MSU socks. It is almost to the heel. Lorna’s Laces dyed this for distribution in the Lansing area, which is where we obtained it.

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The Embossed Leaves Socks from Interweave are my latest store knitting socks. The yarn is Interlacements Tiny toes, in 403?? I’ll double check later. It’s 403 or 405.

An unnecessary detail shot because I like the project. ;D

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I was afraid that the pooling wasn’t going to shift enough for my taste. I really didn’t want to have to use a different needle size or pattern. I think I’m alright with it. The next time I make this excellent pattern I do plan to use a smaller needle. These are on a two, and I prefer to use nothing larger than a 1.5.

Now I have to confess some…acquisitions. I hate when this happens. The first doesn’t really count, because it is for The Sneak. She wanted a soft, non-itchy dark grey hat. It took some looking, but here is the yarn:

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Jo Sharp Georgette. It is 40% alpaca, 40% merino, and 20% silk. I was looking for a merino/cotton or a merino/silk blend, but most greys in blends that contain cotton or silk are rather light. Both fibers tend to take dye pretty lightly. The yarn is actually a little darker than the picture lets on, because of the silk’s shine.

Now, here is when we get to the Illegal Acquisitions.

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Who in the name of wool allowed me to get into trouble like this??

On second thought, there is really no reason to ask. Hmmph!!

If she ever posts (before leaving, anyway) she’ll show you that she didn’t make it out cleanly either. I have the bee colourway, and she has the frog colourway. (It’s blue. I would have expected green, but there you have it.)

What we realized after we left is that hers is London coloured and mine is Africa coloured. That made us feel better about our lighter wallets.

I’m at Grandmoom’s, so I should probably go do something useful. Like work on my sewing projects.

P.S…Here is the full confession.

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Drat. Earrings too?!? Oh well.

Come and get them.

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Oh dearest most darling-est most wonderful-est Daddy,
You’d better get your sorry act together and come up here. Why??

You promised that you would go out into the county with me. And also to go hiking. And also we miss you.

But the real reason that you have to come up is because of this:

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I am holding your socks hostage. Notice how I told you you’d get them the other night? Yeah. This is a better plan. They are up here, and you are down there. See the problem?

You’re stuck. It’s your choice. You can stay down there in the sweaty old heat and wish you were here with your lovely family, or you can come up here and test them out. It’s *your* choice.

Come and get them.

Love,

Your oh-so-humble little daughter,

Mouseleen

Post?

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Sorry.

I’m just…way…too…sleeeeeepy…

That’s more like it.

Monday, August 20th, 2007

**bank rant** (Skip down if you don’t care ;D )

I applied online to open a Roth IRA account at my bank a month (or so) ago. After
submitting the application, I got a confirmation e-mail saying that someone from the bank would contact me within a specified amount of time to confirm and sort out the details. Someone did contact me within that time, but things got a little complicated.

We weren’t home when she called, so she left a message with her name phone number and business hours, as you would expect. I called her once and left a message. The machine said to leave a name and phone number, and that she would call me back ASAP. Two days later when she had not called, I called again. This time she answered, but was already busy helping another client. She still had 45 min. left on her office hours, and said that she would call me back in a few minutes. She didn’t.

I tried calling her once more, but after getting her answering machine and leaving a message that she failed to return *again* I just gave up dealing with her. I don’t mind leaving messages and I understand busy, but things were getting to be a little absurd. On top of all that, I was working two jobs for the next week and planning to leave town soon after that.

*Assumes pose of snooty nose-in-the-air impatient self-centered customer*

Today when I went in to my local branch to notify them of my travel plans, I also asked about the IRA. The person we needed to talk to had just stepped out, but we spoke to a very nice and helpful employee who answered our questions and told us when to come back.

Setting up the IRA made a bank job look easy. (Maybe I’m on the wrong career path? ;D ) The man who helped me was very knowledgeable, and spoke in terms that normal human beings could understand.
Very nice.

**/bank rant**

I bought a hat today. This is a bit unusual for me, but it is soft, comfortable, blue, and corduroy. It doesn’t get much better.

Actually, I lied it does. The best picture I managed to take was this:

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Cats!

Hilarious.

I obtained a belt, because I look really stupid with my pants hanging off.

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I also ordered sock needles for traveling.

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Knitpicks sock needles, sizes 0-3. Including half sizes.

Finally, here are my “meds”.

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Hopefully I won’t need the Cipro. Really. And I really really suck at swallowing pills.

‘Nuff said.

Obvious Thing I Should Have Forseen #6,032

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Doxycycline* is only available one month at a time without an override from the insurance company.

*Doxycycline is an anti-malarial medication. We loves the anti-malarial medication, doesn’t we precious??

Sleeves Sleep Sheep Sweaters Socks

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

It feels like fall. I’ve been feeling it for a week or more, but yesterday it was actually cool by the end of the day. Today we have cold rain. I am wearing the first pair of jeans I’ve bought* in four years, and a long-sleeved cotton waffle-weave shirt. It’s strange to be wearing sleeves!!

The other indicator that it’s turning into fall is that I am sleeping more. (Of course, by normal people’s sleep schedules I am probably still sleeping less than average.) I also keep having headaches, which is what kept me in bed until noon today.

On another note, my house is a funny place. I walked in to find this in the front room.

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What are these?
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There are little ones too!!
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Sheep. Adorable suitcase sheep. They were props in a play we worked on a few years back, and they belong to a friend of Moom‘s. I rescued them in the trunk of the Little Blue Car, then promptly got hungry and forgot to mention them. My poor mother discovered them only when she opened the trunk to put her groceries in the car!! Now they’re looking out the window in a contented sort of manner.

As much as it looks like I’ve been spending all my time playing with sheep, I have actually been working on a sweater.

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It’s a light grey, but the color isn’t showing up so well in this picture. probably because I was sitting here while I took it.

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That chair** sits in front of this:

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In case you underestimate what you see, that is the desk I have been unable to use for the past two years. I haven’t cleaned in a while…it’s hard to keep things under control when you’re halfway moved out of a place.

Aside from the sheep, there was one other change when I walked into the house today.

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One

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Two

My parents have iPhones. Hilarious.

Finally, I’ve been working on socks.

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The daddy socks are past the heel, and I’ve started the Embossed Leaves Socks from one of the past issues of Interweave. They’re for work knitting, but I snuck in a few rows during the movie I saw today.

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The yarn is Interlacements Tiny Toes, although I don’t think I’ll ever understand why they gave it such a wimpy name. Any suggestions?

Oh, and one last thing.

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I cut it.

*I’ve been living off of two pairs of hand-me-down jeans from my sister. On the other hand, I generally prefer corduroy and linen.

**That lovely rocking chair was my 18th birthday present from Amanda. That’s a pillow in the seat, not part of the chair. In case anyone was curious, it’s printed not pieced and quilted.