Friday, February 29, 2008

Go Ask Alice

Which Alice in Wonderland character are YOU?
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You scored as Alice

You scored Alice! You are kind-hearted and curious and give yourself very good advice, but seldom follow it, which leads you into trouble. You always try to be courteous and polite, but you become cross when people speak in nonsense to you and scold them sharply.



Mad Hatter


The White Rabbit


Cheshire Cat


March Hare






A Playing Card


Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum


Queen of Hearts






The Dormouse




Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Look, Ma, No Cat Pictures!

Wow, a post without Cheezburger. Amazing.

Just a quick update. Today is supposed to be my catch-up-from-vacation-before-diving-back-into-the-ol-routine day, but I am sidelined by feeling generally cruddy and hoping it's not the start of the flu.

Vacation was great. Go to Sea World because it is awesome. (Why does Sea World, of all places, give out plastic bags with purchases?)

While we were gone, my right thumb started acting up. I was hit by a drunk driver almost 3.5 years ago. I was laying on the horn with my thumb when he hit me and the airbag went off, wrenching my thumb back. The ER doc said it was fine (so why did it hurt like crazy?) but I have wondered about that diagnosis ever since, as it tends to ache terribly from time to time. This time the ache is worse and doesn't seem to be going away, despite a 2-3 day break from knitting. So I don't know what to do next. Looks like a pricey office visit and more X-rays, just for starters.

That said, I worked on some things:

Lacy Diamante socks - finished the gusset of the instep, forgot how to do the wrap & turn, so those are on break until I have time to look it up again.

Miss Marple scarf - started the scarf with the new yarn (Schaefer's Anne - sock weight). The sock weight is a bit lighter than I want. I think I want a sport/DK weight. So this is on hiatis until I get the other yarn. Thinking Louet Gems, which is what I wanted in the first place! Also on hiatus until I can knit without agony.

Started a pair of socks for my daughter in Moda Dea Sassy Stripes - the red/purple/grey one. One sock done, second one cast on. These knit up so fast: thick yarn + small socks = quick knit.

The baby who needs a quilt was born last Thursday - a little boy! So, is purple too girlish for a boy? It would only be a little bit of purple.

Also while we were gone, some family stuff came up. I will post about it more when I can do it justice.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Cheez Pleez

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More about work, I guess.

Knitting? What am I knitting? Oh yeah, this is supposed to be a knitting blog.

Actively on the needles:

Lacy Diamante socks - I still really like these, but I get distracted. One sock is finished, toe and part of the instep on the second.

Possibly the World's Ugliest Log Cabin Florescent Kool-Aid Dyed Extravaganza of a Fambly Binkit. So I had this great idea, right? To make a blanket? Using all the yarn the kids and I have dyed with Kool-Aid? Two things: 1) It's warm. 2) And RILLY BRIGHT. Plus it started as a traditional log cabin and is moving into a Moderne Log Cabin (see Mason-Dixon Knitting for the Moderne version). So it should be interesting. Also bright.

Should be on the needles but ain't:

Mumma Smitten Hat - it needs to be about two inches longer, plus it's been fa-reezing here lately. Should be lengthened. Should only take an evening or so. But I haven't done it. I mean, I already finished it once! Status: in danger of being declared a UFO.

About to be on the needles:

Secret Pal project for the Miss Marple Read Along & Scarf Exchange. I want to do the flower scarf from the cover of the 25th anniversary Vogue Knitting in my pal's chosen color(s), but having a hard time finding yarn I like. I bought some today, but the plan is to see if I can return it tomorrow for something else that caught my eye at the shop. I would stick with this yarn, but it's a wool/silk blend. And, I don't know about you, but I have this weird habit of smelling my yarn. The silk? Kinda fishy. Not good.

In Quilting News...

I have the strips cut for another Easy Lap Quilt, this one for a baby of mystery gender. I tried to make a unisex quilt, but I'm having a hard time committing to color order and whatnot. One way it's too girly for a boy, the other way, not girly enough for a girl. So it's going to have to wait until the baby gets here, any day now. The problem with any day now is that we are going out of town in two days for 12 days, then when I get back, I work two days, then out of town again for 3 days, back to work for two days, and that's just the stuff I know about! You can see how this quilt might be done by the time the kid graduates high school.

Two quilting books I now love besides Bend the Rules Sewing (which is not strictly a quilting book, but whatever): The Quilts of Gee's Bend and Denyse Schmidt Quilts. If you like traditional, precision-cut and precision-pieced quilts, these may not be for you. But if your favorite quilting book heretofore was titled That Dorky Homemade Look (which is by Lisa Boyer and is awesome), and you basically adopted that philosophy to your whole entire life, then you might like these books as well.

(Unlinked titles not available at My Inner Tightwad suggests that you check your local library. Also, my inner activist says I should support my local recession-riddled state and link to locally-owned Border's whenever possible.)

Well, we're off. I'd apologize for being gone so long, but you are all probably used to that by now.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

I Made a Cheezburgr!

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Yes, I agree it's really sad that THIS is my first posted FO of 2008! (I have others; gotta get that new camera hooked up.)

P.S.: If you likes teh dogz, they haz a new LOLDOGS site: I Has A Hot Dog.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Cheezburger Today

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(My part-time day job is with a small-business networking company. One of our selling points is setting up computer systems to block pop ups. Perhaps we have met our match.)