Thursday, July 31, 2008

Felted and finished!

Yay, I finally finished the Felted Tote.  Now I can cast on something else =D.

I actually do plan to cast on the Weekender Cap tomorrow, as it is the first day of August.  Can't wait!


Saturday, July 26, 2008

Mamma Mia!

Yesterday, I found out that the yarn I ordered for Sierra's shawl was backordered.  I wasn't too happy about it, as it wouldn't be in stock until August 5th, and I had been planning on starting both shawls (Kierstyn's and Sierra's) in July.  That really failed.

Today, I got (most of) my Knit Picks order in the mail.  I hungrily opened the box, so happy that my yarn was finally here.  When I looked at my yarn, however, I was sorely disappointed.  It was exactly what I ordered (minus the backordered yarn).  But it was not what I saw on the monitor.  I bought four balls of Knit Picks Palette, in the color Masala.  On my monitor and on Sierra's monitor, it looked red, and was the closest match for fire.  In reality, it lives up to its name, which is a mixture of spices.  It looks like pumpkin, or burnt orange.  I was intending to use this yarn to knit Kierstyn's Mystic Light shawl, but I don't think I will now as the color isn't right.  

On a bright side, my mom took my sister and I to the movies today.  We saw Mamma Mia!  The movie was brilliant.  I have seen the musical twice, in two different theaters, and have the soundtrack.  I wasn't too sure about how well the movie would be when I saw the previews.  But it far exceeded my expectations.  I would even venture to say that is at least as good as the play when I saw it in Los Angeles (that was the larger budget production version).  Some songs from the play weren't in the movie, and some other ABBA songs were in the movie that weren't in the play.  But, it was absolutely amazing.  I was very impressed.

And on the down side, again, sitting that long in the movie theater aggravated my tail bone and it is still a bit sore (I got home from the movies two hours ago).

I did start the Adipose Plushie, though.  I started it after I received my Knit Picks package, as it had the needles I needed.  The yarn, Cascade Cash Vero, produces a lovely thick and squashy fabric on US size 5 needles.  By the way, the Knit Picks DPNs are very nice to work with.

That's all for now.

P.S.  In my order was a book.  A Treasury of Magical Knitting by Cat Bordhi.  I'm way excited.  I've already looked through it a bit, and I can't wait until I have time to make something from it.  =]

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Waiting with the I-cord.

Right now, I'm sitting at my desk, willing the 23" of I-cord handles needed for the Felted Rose Tote to knit itself.  I have over 6" so far, but I have to knit TWO of the 23" I-cord handles.

I'm waiting for the next LnV episode to be released.  The teaser has been uploaded, and I really want the next one to come out.


Sunday, July 20, 2008

It's done!

YAY!  I finally finished the Patchwork Trio Afghan.  Ashley seemed to really like it =D.  Now I just need to finish Kierstyn's gloves.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Summer Vibes

Right now, I am sitting in my grandparents' "cabin" on the shores of Lake Nacimiento in the central coastal region of California.  =]  Internet is a bit of a hit-or-miss thing, so I may not post again until after I get home (on the 18th).

I am working on the 16th square of the Patchwork Trio Afghan.  I'm so proud of myself =D.  I will definitely be able to finish knitting before I get home.  My aunt told me that she will help me sew the squares together on the 19th.  I'm sure I'll be glad for the help, but I also don't think that it will be that bad.

I need to finish the glove I'm working on before we head home as well.  I plan to start the second one on the ride home (about 3.5 to 4 hours) at the very latest.  I need to finish all the knitting parts for the gloves BEFORE my Knit Picks order arrives (I'll be ordering either the 18th or 19th).

That way, I can start the two shawls as soon as I get the yarn.  And I will have the rest of July to work just on them.  Well, not on those two exclusively, since I haven't finished the Felted Rose Tote yet (and technically it is minus the Rose part).

And now, for the interesting stuff: my vacation!!!

I wakeboarded... kind of.  I'm really not that good.  I got up a little bit.  But I'm sore now--OH!!!

Before I continue about the lake and the woods and the burrs and all that good stuff, I must tell you a little story.

Once upon a time, or rather, last week, our heroine and her friends went ice skating.  Her friends included her blood sister, her ex-boyfriend, her sister's ex-boyfriend, her sister's cousin, her close friend, her other friend, and the girls' platonic boyfriend.  Our heroine is not a good ice skater.  She is down right bad at it.  She only came because her sister begged, pleaded, and wheedled her into it.  Amazingly, she avoided falling (at the expense of being called chicken by her close friend, Alex[andra]).  Towards the end, Alex took a spill that resulted in a bruised tail bone.  Our heroine sympathized with her, but didn't really want to empathize with her.  The Fates, however, determined that she avoided too much pain on the ice rink, and wished for her to share the agony that her dear friend, Alex, was in.  As our lovely heroine climbed into the van, she slid across the seat and plopped down.  But, she plopped at the wrong spot.  Her tail bone landed right on the seat buckle.  (Aren't those things supposed to stop you from getting hurt?!)  And the purpose of this story is....

I have a possibly broken tail bone!!! 

For those who have experienced this, it is not a pleasant thing.  So, falling on the wakeboard?  Not fun.

Back to my summery vibes:
I took a hike in the woods right by the cabin and got some really cool photos (I haven't uploaded them yet, or I would put them in this post).  However, TONS of burrs stuck to me.  Not fun getting those off of me.

Summer, to me, always feels like new beginning.  And I've been having a 'bit' of a tough year, previously.  Maybe, I'll be able to sort out how I feel, and then do something about it.  I know, no one knows what I'm talking about, but perhaps that's a good thing.

Well, my knitting calls to me (so does the pasta....).  See ya!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Summer Cleaning.

I'm stopping Coachella for now.  I couldn't get gauge with the Knit Picks Comfy, which is the yarn I bought specifically for Coachella and I really wanted to use it.  Oh well.

I'm seeing my cousin on the 20th, so I have to finish the Patchwork Trio Afghan.  I'm on the 11th square (out of 20).

I'll be on vacation from the 11th to the 18th or 19th.  I'll head up to Lake Nacimiento for wakeboarding.  So excited.

I'm feeling a lot better than I have in a long time.  It's nice.

I'm also working on a garter stitch scarf, because I wanted some easy knitting =].

It's a bit smoky outside from all the fires in the northern half of the state, so I don't really wanna go outside to knit.  But I also do.  >.>

I'm going to go finish my watermelon now and start cleaning up the files on my laptop.  I don't need a lot of them now =D.