Sunday, February 27, 2005

Don't.

Don't expect any knitting updates for a while.

After over a year, and completely out of nowhere, Deglan has decided to dump me. He says he needs to get his shit together.

I honestly love him so much, and he doesn't realize how painful it is to hear that he doesn't want me in his life, not for the happiness or the sadness.

I don't understand what changed so suddenly, and I don't understand why he still gave me that ring if he was having doubts.

There are people in the middle east who can just will their hearts to stop beating, and slip away. Why can't I do that?

Friday, February 25, 2005

On the Needles: Swallowtail

So, it's been a long week, knitting wise.

I started work on the back of the Grim Reaper, finally. It's proving to be mindless knitting, which is good for the commute to and from school, as well as during classes. I don't think I'd be able to get through the day if it weren't for the knitting, although it sure is almost more expensive than a drug abuse habit. Heh. Maybe I'll take up crack.

On Tuesday, the pattern mom ordered from Needle Beetle arrived. It's the Swallowtail Shawl, which is absolutely gorgeous. I was so eager to begin it, and then, upon opening the package, I found out something horrific.

The entire pattern is a chart. I hate charts. Not because I'm mildly dyslexic, but because I'm a visual/verbal person. I prefer to have things written out. It's how I work best. (there, does that qualify as my senior learning styles analysis? I'm sure this joke is only funny to those of you who attend Crefeld, or a similar school that uses graduation by exhibition.)

Not only that, but they wanted me to use circular needles. Probably because of the size. I love DPN's, but lord(s)(esses) on high, I HATE HATE HATE circular needles. They are the bane of my existence. Sure, I can put up with them for a little while for, say, a hat. But otherwise, give me some cold, hard, inflexible steel...err...aluminium.

So, after some intial chart reading issues, and one round of playing Frogger (that is to say, I had to rip out 45 rows of intricate lacework that looked semi-decent but just wasn't right....) Had this not been a gift for one of my mother's friends, I would have left the erroneous rows and freestyled the rest of the shawl. Alas, it was not meant to be. I will learn to follow a pattern yet, if it kills me. I always did have problems with authority.

Anyway, I'm back up to row 20, and for you fine folks who can't stand to read an entry without a picture, here:


In other news, local boy Jay McCarroll won on the tv-show that I am absolutely addicted to: Project Runway . I so adore the show, mostly because the studio, the budget, and the challenges are an amateur fashion designer's wet dream, so to speak.

I'm torn, again, between what I want to do. Fashion design, or dance??? Both? Which do I go to college for? Obviously Dance. Although I'd love to take a couple courses in basic elements of fashion....of course, it's not going to happen. Financially, it's just out of the question. Just like dance classes outside of school at the moment.

So, I haven't started the Stitch and Bitch Nation newsboy cap yet. I still haven't gotten out of the house to a decent craft store (not Wal-Mart). Apparently a freakin size 8 set of double pointed needles is too much to ask for from a basic crafts department in WallyWorld. Apparently ANY SET of double pointed needles is too much to ask for. Apparently any circulars in a size other than 29" are too much to ask for. But really, had I expected anything better?

I still need to get up to The Tangled Web again. I really want to finish Tatania. Because I think she'll look gorgoeus. Stunning. Amazing. If only I actually had enough yarn to complete her. Out of all the LYS's in the area, only The Tangled Web carries that specific color of Plymouth Encore. Just my luck, really. It's so close to school, and yet just far enough that i can't walk there during lunch. So close, yet so far.

I slept soundly for the first time without a sleeping in a long time last night, and although it was still uneasy and shaky, it was far better than it used to be. Maybe things are getting better.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Yarn and smut

Yarnwise, it was a good weekend. Deglanwise, it was a good weekend. He had to leave early because it's supposed to start snowing something awful soon. Which is bumming me out, but we had a good day.

I met him at the train station, and we headed over to Sophie's Yarns Which he was very good about. He didn't even complain when I kept going back and forth oogling the yarn (almost as much as I was oogling him.) We left, and went to another store ( Passional .) Didn't really stay for too long or look around that much. It's a fairly small store, which isn't a problem. It isn't too much of a problem until 10 people are in there. Then it's an issue.

Then, had a very pleasant lunch at The South Street Diner. Okay, kind of pleasant. We're teenagers, and horny as hell. It was madness trying to keep our hands off of each other. Now, I realize some of you are old enough to be my mother. And this is probably an offputting detail for some of you as well. So....if it is.....just disregard it. heh-heh.

We headed back up South Street, and popped into Zipperhead for some inspiration. They had a knit black top with a spiderweb cutout that I'm dying to draft a pattern for. Also the usual drop-stitch deconstructed stuff, which is a piece of cake. But I fell in love with the spiderweb top. And I'm determined to figure out how to make it.

Then we walked around for a little while longer, enjoying the sights, the smell of the sewer, and oh yeah, the people who either seem to have forgot the art of walking, or the ones who are pushy as all hell.

We stopped in Pearl Arts and Crafts. Three stories of craft supplies, I think I'd died and gone to heaven. I had about $15 on me though, and their yarn selection was horrid. I could have just as easily bought out their beads, though. But I didn't. I was good. That was yarn money!

We stopped in Condom Kingdom. I think the name pretty much describes it all. Condoms, sex toys, and novelty crap. I'll spare you the details of our purchases. This is neither the time, nor the blog for it. (Yes, I've got a separate blog for the sexploits. No, I'm not going to advertise it here. E-mail me if you have any interest. Otherwise, get back to knitting, you damn slackers).


We then went back up to Sophie's, and I finally made a purchase. Manos Del Uruguay color 43. It's a dark teal-turquoise color. 138 yards that I'm not sure I know what to do with. Originally I had wanted to do something felted, like the Letter Have it bag from stitch and bitch, but I also want to try out the newsboy cap from Stitch and Bitch Nation. So we'll see.

So later that night, while we were on a moonlight picnic (it wasn't so much a picnic as an excuse to find a secluded place alone...heh), he decided to give me my valentine's day gift, which is the ring you see in the picture. Just as a reminder of him, he said. It's really gorgeous, from an antique shop. Dead People's Things. ewww.


Here's a picture of us this morning, looking exhausted and disheveled and, frankly, gross and sweaty.

That is all.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Tatania, Clapotis, and Swallowtail.

So, I've been such a slacker in terms of updating. This week has been horrible. I went to see the endocrinologist, and my Insulin Reisistance seems to be mostly under control. The doctor moved to a new office, and in the process, all of our records were lost (my mother, unfortunately, suffers from the same.). And we were not paying 50 cents a page for 40 pages to have them copied from his previous office. Which is full of assholes.

In other catastrophic news, it was our advisory's turn to make brunch for the entire school. Our theme was "soul food", whatever the hell you can define that as. I took it as an excuse to make my killer Pecan Pralines. Unfortunately, cooking for 130 people is harder than I thought. Plus, the recipe didn't turn out well. They didn't harden. I got some pretty good tasting goo, though. So I was left with 10 pans of pretty good tasting goo. Most of which was spread around our walls at night by El Gato. But we managed to salvage some of it for personal consumption. Most of it hasn't hardened yet, but some has, and it tastes almost as good as the real thing.

But I ended up staying home out of anxiety and fear, and crying over my ruined pralines. I don't quite think I'm back to normal yet.


As far as knitting goes, which I'm sure is why you're all reading this, I swatched for mum's Swallowtail shawl. We're doing a dry run in Lion Brand Microspun color French Vanilla. It's going to be a birthday gift for one of her writing friends, Lois. Her birthday? Next month. I haven't even recieved the pattern yet. I get the feeling that she's going to be owing me a lot....of yarn. heehee. I had to go up a half size of needles, so it's being done on five's instead of four and a half's.


Tatania is coming along, not quite as quickly as I hoped. I still don't have enough yarn to complete her, but I will finish the back relatively soon. Maybe start the front.


I got kind of sick of diddling with Tatania, so I knit up a quick scarf this week. This is the first knit item of my store's inventory....I really like the colors and how it turned out. It was done in Lion Brand Homespun color Corinthian on size 13 needles.

Speaking of inventory, here's a couple examples of the stitch markers I'd made last week....I'm in the process of creating more now, since they're so fun and take very little time.


Pretty nifty, no?

I also finished untangling the Super 10 Mercerized Cotton that I'm going to use on Clapotis. As soon as I can figure out how to purl into the back of a stitch. heh. It took three days to unravel the mess from hell, but I finally did it.


In addition, I picked up a pound of Caron brand black yarn to work on Grim Reaper, who I've been neglecting something horrible. I also picked up a bunch of new beads for new stitch markers (as explained) as well as some Boye Baleen 2 needles. They're pretty cool, but I'm still holding out. I really want to try Swallow Caesin needles. But I can't find them locally. Anyone up for a swap???

I don't expect to update or knit too much, as my boyfriend is coming down from New York (New Paltz) for the weekend. I haven't seen him since March of last year, when he gave me Fib. Travelling is just such an expense...and its money that neither of us really have. So it's phone calls and whining until we get to see each other. Which would be this weekend. I'm really really excited. My parents are excited to finally meet him as well. Here's a picture of us together from last December. As much as I love him, this picture makes me feel so self concious. It makes me realize how far I've come (weight wise) since last year.


Oh joy joy joy.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Saturday Trip, and a lazy lazy sunday

We burned gas driving up to Lahaska to check out the Stitch Inn, The Gazebo, and KneedleKnacks up in Peddler's Village.

KneedleKnacks is not Kneedleknacks anymore, but a gift shop that carries a very poor selection of yarn. Not the best place. It's now called "Cozy Yourself".

The Gazebo was amazing, and had an amazing selection. The yarn was just pouring from every nook and cranny, alas, they were closing just as we got there (around 4:00)

And it took us forever to find the Stitch Inn. Apparently it's not in the Peddler's Village plaza, but in the Lahaska Village Market, Right by the Lahaska Deli. Ooops. We parked right near it, but didn't see it until we'd hiked all over the complex (which is pleasant, if a little too full of time-killing yuppies for my tastes). In the midst of arguing with my mother about wanting to have left earlier in the day and in near tears, we stumbled upon it as we were getting into our car. Go figure.

They carried Plymouth, but not the color (355) I needed. That made me furious. The Stitch Inn, did, however, have a scraps bin. For $2.00 an ounce, I got some nice mohair/wool blend, and some wool. I'll post pictures later. The mohair is very fine and thin, and a sandy brown/semi natural color. I think I'll mix it with the Rowan in robin's egg blue to make socks. I'm envisioning a cabled sock of sorts with the two. I think they'd look nice.

The other wool appears to be hand dyed, and is a fine mix of lively oranges, whites, and pinks. It reminds me of sorbet ice cream. When I saw it, it immediately screamed "ARMWARMERS!". I'd had a pair of camoflauge ones that I'd knit up a while ago....but aside from them being two different sizes, the acrylic gets kind of scratchy after a while. And, I guess, as a depressed, cliche'd, teen goth, I can never have too many armwarmers. Plus it really helps when the carpal tunnel acts up.

I also got a hank of Butterfly Super 10 mercerized cotton in a dark forest/hunter green color to use on Clapotis. Usually I have no problems working from the hank, or winding into a semi-ball like shape myself....but I've never worked with mercerized cotton before. They had offered to wind it for me before I left the store, and I should have listened. Within a moment of getting the label off, it became one giant knot. Quicker than I could even imagine! I don't know how or why that happened, all I know is that I'm kicking myself now as I try and sort out the mess. It's a pretty color, but not a pretty mess.


When I got home, without the yarn I so desparately needed. My neighbor was throwing out a cabinet, which I thought would look much better in my room as storage space (compared to the cardboard boxes I've got holding my stash right now). So I took it in, and behold! My stash fits perfectly inside. Okay, maybe not perfectly, but it *does* look better than the cardboard boxes. And it was free. That cabinet is so cool that it almost makes up for the excursion being so crappy.

I adore handmedowns. Maybe it's an ingrained thing because I've always had to accept them, regardless of whether I like them or not. But while my brothers bitched and complained about getting old stuff, I flourished in it. Every item of clothing had some potential for art, everything could be completely redone in a new way. Or furniture, I always used to wonder the story of the furniture that we found or had passed on to us. Who had owned it before? What was their story?

I think I wonder that about everything, though, which is precisely why I love hand medowns, and recycled and freecycled and thrifted things, and especially handmade items. I see each thing I ever recieve as a gift. And a gift should be cherished simply because of the thoughts put into it by the person who is giving it. Everyone's expereinces color their own thoughts, and those experiences also color what they own, how it's used, or, especially, what they make/create/knit.

You could knit up one pattern a thousand different times, and each time, it will be a different piece. Because each time you do that, you're putting a little bit of yourself into the piece. You could have been angry one day, upset the next, happy the next. And all of that would go into the scarf or what have you that you're working on. It shows in your stitches, no matter how forgiving they are, that emotion is still there. It's like handwriting.

Which is why, I guess, I like reading letters and correspondance as well. My handwriting is atrocious, but I love having pen pals. I frequent PostcardX often. It's a beautiful, unique thing. Each letter is another creation, another thing to be cherished.

Today, though, was a lazy day. I didn't do much. I worked on unknotting the Butterfly Super 10, which I made some headway. Nothing noticable though. I also got a couple more inches done on Tatania. I'm up to almost 10. At 13 inches, I get to start the decreasing for the armholes. Which will rock, because I'm getting sick of doing just straight ribbing. I need zing.

I did this all while watching a series of DVD's, whilst curled up in my brother's room, and then my mother's (when she wasn't using it.)

First I watched Wicker Park, with Josh Hartenett starring. It wasn't great, but it also wasn't what I expected. The dance scenes were filmed beautifully, but this is coming from someone whose two obsessions are knitting and dance, so I'm very biased. Over all though? I wouldn't reccomend it. I want that 2 hours of my life back. Minus the 8 minutes total of the dance scenes. If you ever get the chance, see the original "L'Appartement". Monica Bellucci is in it, whom some of you may recognize as the Sicilian (Italian and Siclian are two very different things, as my grandmother will gladly go on a tirade about) prostitute from Le Pacte de Loups (Brotherhood of the Wolf). She's absolutely stunning, and gorgeous, and amazing as an actor. And if you haven't seen Le Pact De Loups, but are interested in fashion design, or design in general, I would reccomend it. Visually, it's a gorgeous film. Right up there in terms of style with Eyes Wide Shut, in my opinion.

Although, on Friday, me and my mother curled up together and watched The Forgotten with Julianne Moore. That movie is one I would wholeheartedly reccomend to each and every person that is possibly reading this. I've seen dozens, if not hundreds of horror and thriller movies. And this is the only one that has ever successfully been able to make me jump, flinch, twitch, and, on one occasion, turn my head from the screen. The effects are so subtle, yet so out there, so that its easy to imagine it being reality. I absolutely loved it. This seems to be turning into a rant about films though. Tack that onto the growing list of obsessions. I can never do just a "little" of anything....I always dive head first until I've consumed everything on the topic I can. It's horrible, and wonderful at the same time.

Back to today: after groaning over Wicker Park, I slowly made my way through The Simpsons 4th and the beginning of the Simpsons' 5th season. Funny stuff. Even better to knit to, I must say.

I wish Judging Amy would come out on DVD. Roseanne too. Not that that would impact me signifigantly, I don't have a DVD Player in my room.


My technology is somewhat outdated, mostly by my own choosing. The tv in my room is a handmedown, my mother's and father's first tv. They got it as a wedding present. It's a JC PEnny brand from 1978. It still plays well, except a little lag at the beginning when the power turns on; and the sound is shot almost, but you can still hear if you crank it up loudly. The only other problem is that it gets only two channels. News and Church. Which is fine, if that happens to be your thing, but to get cable, we have to insert the line through the VCR (again, a handmedown. One my Aunt thought was broken, but just needed some interior cleaning...I just got that last year, to replace the one from 1984...another handmedown, can you see a theme?). So I have a VCR, mostly for the sake of being able to get a few meager channels more, even fewer that i actually watch. But I am a movie buff, and this comes in handy. VHS is so durable and, well, I don't think I can ever be convinced to give it up completely. What about all the classics and things that will never be converted to DVD? What about the home movies and the afterschool specials recorded on VHS??? I don't want to lose that.

At the same time....I am beginning to see the advantages of DVD. If only because I'm one of the geeks who actually watches the film with director's commentary on after completing the regular viewing.

There will be more interesting things soon, I promise. I'm working on getting my business website up and running, giving it an overhaul. I'm also working on tidying up this blog. You'll notice to the right of your screen, I added a list of knit blogs that I read on a daily basis. It's just a real shame they aren't all updated on a daily basis. Add blogging to the list of the above obsessions. hehe.

I know this has been a big wall of text, but I will have some pictures up for you guys soon, hopefully all knitting oriented. My meds have levelled out some, so I should be more steady and on topic soon. I hope.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Knitting Porn

So, as I was saying in my earlier post, it hasn't been a good month for me. I more or less stayed up all night with a friend, who did, in fact, keep me from being self destructive.

Among the many things we talked about, was knitting porn. Is there such a thing? Upon my websearch today, I've discovered that, yes, there is. Not quite the type that was envisioned, though.

What do you expect from me? I'm a perverted, hormone driven, 16 year old. Of course these things are going to pop into my head. What with the needles, and the reptative motion. Actually, there was an article in Knitty a while ago about sex as compared to knitting. I think I read too much for my own good.

I've run out of yarn for Tatania. I've got 9 inches out of one skein, which isn't bad, considering I'm making a size large for myself. I'm actually thinking it may turn out a little big. Does anyone know if Plymouth Encore shrinks a bit??? I'm kind of hoping it does. And it's mostly acrylic, so does that mean blocking is out of the question?

It's good to know, though, that Plymouth is based in Bristol PA, which is, about five minutes from here. They're a PO Box address though, which sucks. This town should be transformed into a major knitting hub. Because I said so.

Speaking of "because i said so's", is anyone else absolutely appalled by the news that Prince Charles and Camilla are going to be married? I mean, I know it has little to no bearing on me whatsoever, and i shouldn't be concerned, but, well, I just don't like her. So they shouldn't marry. Why? Because. I. Said. So. *grin*

Mum and I are going to go scope out the yarn shops in Lahaska tomorrow, assuming they're still there. Every one on the LYS list that's floating around on the net seems to be closed when we go by (Neitzie's Nook in Bristol) or defunct (Simply Knit in Lambertville). So, that leaves us with Lahaska, Philadelphia, Trevose, and Princeton. None of which are less than 25 minutes drive, without traffic, on a good day. This sucks.

But, as I touched upon briefly before, the new JoAnn Crafts opened up. So, to satiate me until tomorrow, we stopped off there. I got some stuff for my partner in the exotic yarn swap on Craftster. and some supplies to make stitch markers. I'm still working on getting my website up, for my business, but I really am being lazy about it. I like designing stitch markers though. It's insanely brainless and a switch from knitting. But still knitting related.

Also while at JoAnn's, mum and I decided that for her contest shawl, we wouldn't use Rowan, because of our current financial situation. Instead, that lovely Swallowtail shawl will be done up in a lavendery-blue Lionbrand Microspun. For almost 1/3 of the cost. I didn't realize microspun was so soft!!!! Well, cheap. And soft!

And you know what this means????

I get to keep the Rowan yarn for my personal stash. What the hell should I make??? Socks? Mittens? Ooo, I've got so many ideas.

I'm thinking that, after seeing Christina's Mariah, and Cari's Clapotis, I have decided both are going on my list of things to knit for greedy old me. This list, is, in fact, growing.

I used to think Clapotis was ugly, but the photos on that person's blog just changed my mind completely. The poetry, not so much. But definately the photo about V. and VI. Yes, beautiful and gorgeous!

And Mariah, well, that's just fun and funky and screaming "KITTEN! MAKE ME!".

I am not addicted. I can stop any time I want.

The question is, why would I want to?

Friday, February 11, 2005

Stitch Markers, JoAnn's, and More

So, today was another day home. Anxiety is through the roof still. Which is driving my family nuts. Especially my mother. For those of you out there who are parents, please realize that when your child is upset/angry/miserable, it isn't always about you. Seven out of ten times (and yes, I did the math), it really isn't something you've done. It's nice to know your parent cares, but it's hard to take care of their depression/anxiety problems while dealing with your own.

Our new JoAnn craft store opened up. Their yarn selection is fair, far too much Red, White, and Blue fun fur for my tastes, though. The fabric section is incredible. The best part? It's less than ten minutes away.

I can hit A.C. Moore, Michael's, The thrift store, and JoAnn's all on one run. And JoAnn's is right next to the Barnes and Noble.

This could be dangerous to my budget.

Who am I kidding? I have no budget. Expect another post later tonight. This is just a preliminary whine. heehee.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Wow.

I'm in a bit of a funk, so no new knitting pictures for you guys today.

Yesterday I worked a few more inches on Tatania, but that was it. I've been out of school for a few days due to my depression and anxiety acting up. My sleeping pill hasn't been working right, and the nightmares are back. PTSD is fun.

My friend Brandon was arrested yesterday, so that was a big issue too. He was arrested for selling pot to another friend, Paul, on campus. Which is an automatic expulsion. Unless your parents happen to be insanely rich and you aren't at the school on financial aid. Then it's practically impossible to be expelled.

Take C for example. I'm not going to post his full name, because frankly, his family is fairly prominent. His grandmother is Betty Freidan. His family is filthy rich. He's done so much worse, and not gotten kicked out.

I'm just a little disenchanted with my school right now, as I have been for a few months. Talking to the founder has cleared up a lot for me. The school is, basically, compromising its values and principles for funding and tuition. Which is completely against the basics the school was founded on.

It's just not right.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Updates, Updates

Whew. It's been a crazy few days.
Grim has been put on hold for a few days, until I get up the desire to work on it again. I like it, i just don't like working with those large, size 11 needles. They irritate me. But I will come back to it. I'm pretty sure I haven't got enough yarn to finish it, and I really am afraid to ask for more until I use some up. Someone called it a yarn diet.


I also started Tatania. So far, so good. 4 or so inches of the back done. It's *all* knit 2 purl 2 ribbing, which, while tiresome and tedious, also makes me think just a tiny bit. Which is good. It's mindless, but not too mindless. I'm digging the color. But as with Grim, I know I'mg oing to need more yarn. I buy enough to get started, usually, and that's it. Which is, you know, not "right", but it works out pretty well for me.

I finished up Paul's MP3 player cover, and that will be posted soon, if I get a picture of it. A strap and everything was added. He loves it. I have to make an Ipod holder for Lawrence (Skull and Crossbones) and a CD player cover for Amelia (same, skull and crossbones). Proceeds from these go to The Crefeld School's Library, which I am the unofficial librarian of. So, if you'd like to buy one, or donate, or have a book suggestion, please, do.

In the meantime, here's a picture of me and my kitty, Fib. Forgive the fact that we both look miserable, the past few days have been tough. I've been having panic attacks every few minutes, and my poor kitty is in heat.



Thursday, February 03, 2005

Yarn Haul


From Kathleen in my local freecycle group:
114 yards of Lion Brand Fun Fur in "Mango"
114 yards of Lion Brand Fun Fur in "Tropical"
370 yards of Lion Brand Homespun in "Corinthian".

Not bad, considering it was all free. Mmmm. I'm having a ball. My Blue Hawaii bag is going to have a gusset of "Mango" fur mixed with Carron Simply Soft Grey that I've got left over from the Sx3.

Then, it was off to my psych appointment, which was less than satisfactory. We're upping my Prozac and hoping that helps. Wish me luck.


My psych is right in Plymouth Meeting, which is right near Chestnut Hill, so naturally we had to stop in to visit The Tangled Web .
The haul from there is...well, some great (expensive) great stuff. 191 yards of 100% Merino Wool Rowan Four Ply Soft in a pretty seafoamy bluegreen color. This is for the contest to announce the release of my Mother's New Book, "The Law Man". I'll be making up This shawl in it. So It's going to be pretty. And once the contest is announced, you should all check it out. Because my mumsy is an amazing writer.

Moving on, I got a ball of Lana Grossa Venezia to make Sx3 in for Paul, who asked me to. Bright red, this time. Paired with Black worsted yarn, I think it'll look damn cool. It's for his MP3 player.

400 yards of Plymouth Encore in a really pretty mulberry color (355), and 200 yards of Plymouth Encore in a turquoisey color (2946) to start work on Berroco's Tatania.

Then, it was on to WalMart. For A second skein of Lion Brand's Mediterranean for my mother's mothersday/christmas present. A shawl, from the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework (given to me by my grandmother).


So I'm pretty stocked for a while, I think.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Intervention, please!

This needs to stop. Now. This is an obsession bordering on unhealthy (Okay, it *is* healthy for a variety of reasons, which I may or may not get into later. Basically, I picked up knitting again to help me stop from self injuring. It's worked fairly well, all things considered)

Anyway, yes. I'm working on the Grim Reaper sweater, which I haven't done anything more on.

I'm also working on a variation on the Manhattan Beach bag. In blues. Calling it Blue Hawaii. This one is for me to keep, since I liked the one I gave to Becky so much. I still haven't gotten my pig.

I've also signed on for my first Craftster knitalong, of the Tatania sweater from Berroco's site.

I'm getting more yarn from someone on the Bucks County Freecycle list tomorrow before I go to my psych appointment.

This. Has. To. Stop.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

On the Needles: SnB Skully/"The Grim Reaper"


You will, of course, have to forgive the sketchy rendering on Microsoft Paint. I'm not one to do detailed concept sketches of anything. Just feel free to ask my art teacher how *that* works out.

Anyway, this is the concept sketch for the alterations to Stitch And Bitch's Skully sweater. In addition to the skulls on the sleeves (which will be knit in pink), I've added stripes to the torso, as well as creating bell sleeves (As opposed to straight sleeves), with stripes just before the bell. In addition to these, I'm adding a hood, with pink trim.


I'm working on size 11 needles (again, because of the tight knitting issue), and I'm creating the size medium. The yarn I'm using is, I think, Carron Simply Soft, but I'm not certain. I got one of those 1 pound bags of Mill ends at A.C. Moore a while ago, and I'm pretty sure that's what it is. Also, the pink is Red Heart Super Saver.


So far, I've got the front finished, and I'm finding the instructions to be a little bit ambiguous in places. Because, well, I'm a stickler for (some) details. Written details. I've been shitting a brick lately.

But that's what I get for being so ambitious on my first sweater, right??? Regardless, I know I'm going to lurve it.

Finished Project: Knitty's Sx3


What?: SX3
Source: Knitty.
Materials: Lana Grossa fuzzy Venzia yarn, Carron Simply Soft in Heather Grey.
Technical Specs: Knit on size 10 needles.
Notes: This knit up surprisingly fast. I went up to size 10 needles, and still didn't get quite the right gauge. I'm a damn tight knitter, apparently. I also couldn't find my size 10 straight needles, so this baby was cranked out on two itsybitsy double pointed needles.

The greatest thing is, now everyone at school wants one. Which means I may be busy for quite a while.

I'm not sure how I like the grey with the Lana Grossa stuff. It looks a bit "dirty" and dark, but that's probably just me. I also found a perfect button to match the grey. It's a little grey cell phone button, and it's awesomely cute! But it gets a bit lost in all the fuzz.

Also, I didn't exactly "gather" the headphone covers. I sewed them directly onto the phones. The foam pads that usually are on headphones were ripping anyway, and I can still hear perfectly fine from them, so no harm and no foul.

Special thanks to our guest model, none other than Mr. Piglet himself.

I think I've had too much cough syrup for my own good. *grin*

Meme: Music

First things first, though. I've been tagged for the music meme!
1. Total amount of music files on your computer: 240-something.

2. The last cd you bought was: Otep - House of Secrets

3. What is the last song you listened to before reading this message: Remembering Never - Big Jim's MisTake.

4. Write down five songs you listen to often or that mean a lot to you:
(1) Big Jim's Mistake - by Remembering Never. It keeps replaying over and over and over in my head. The beginning is extremely haunting.
(2) You - Candlebox - I've been listening to it, for, god, how long now? And it never fails to evoke some kind of emotion.
(3) Glycerine - Bush - Much for the above reasons. Me, my father, and my brother would listen to it when I was just an itty bitty widdle girlie.
(4) Romeo and Juliet - The Dire Straits - Brings back memories of last year's camping trip at school, also is a kickass song that everyone ever should listen to.
(5) Join Me In Death - HIM - See all the above reasons. I'm such an emotional girlie. Heh.

5. Who are you going to pass this onto (3 persons) and why: I'm not particularly sure, but I'll figure it out.