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Not a single knit stitch August 24, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — crazymonkeycreates @ 2:12 pm

I haven’t knit a stitch since Sunday. I’ve been so busy with work and then when I get home, we go out… sigh. These sleeves will never get done at this pace! Waaah!

At least it’s Wednesday. I work Sun-Wed, with Thur-Sat off. (Although I came in an hour early today because the 3rd shift dude has the plague.)

Yay! It’s my Friday, and while I have some bathroom painting to do tomorrow, hopefully there will be enough downtime to pick up the needles again so I can get this thing done before knitgroup on saturday (which, this week, is RIGHT BY MY HOUSE, yay!).

 

Things I’ve learned about knitting… August 18, 2005

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1. Stockinette will curl. There are edge treatments you can do to force it flat, but it wants to curl.
2. Knitting looks like ass until you’re done with the first 5 rows. Don’t judge yourself too harshly on the first few rows.
3. Gauge matters. Really.
4. Knitting is very calming, and somewhat mind-engaging as well. Great for a cross-country trip.
5. Knitting is better on Saturday mornings.

Speaking of Saturday morning, I’ll bring the Wool of the Andes for anyone to swatch with for eris.

 

Already a Curmudgeon… August 15, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — crazymonkeycreates @ 12:22 pm

I’ve not been knitting but 3-4 months now, and I’m already a curmudgeon. I’m tired of the One-Skein Wonder. If I see another one, I’m going to scream. I think it’s ugly, and doesn’t work well on most women over the age of 14.

I’m also tired of seeing kool-aid dyed wool. I’m tired of fun-fur boas, and fingerless gloves that are a tube with a thumb hole (but no thumb). Knitty, while somewhat cool, is *not* the greatest thing since sliced bread. If I see another “Branching out” scarf on craftster, I will scream. If I see another rah-rah cheerleading “I love everything about knitty” on the knitty boards, I will scream. If I see *ONE MORE* poncho disguised as an anything (capelet? really? looks like a poncho to me!)… argh.

I get grumpy when someone starts a new discussion about something that’s not just on the board still, but something that was talked to death last week, but they didn’t bother to do a search to see if anyone else had the same problem.

I’m probably alone in thinking that addi’s are too slick, and not useful (especially for the way I knit). Don’t get me wrong, they’re wonderful for people who knit tightly, or for people who like circulars for everything. I just don’t. I prefer double-pointed needles when I can get away with them. I don’t think Magic Loop will save the world. I think knitting socks on two circulars would make me go insane.

Sigh. I’m already old and grumpy. Who needs a 30th birthday to remind them of that? [T – 30 days and counting]

 

Books: Knitting books from my aunt August 5, 2005

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While on vacation, my aunt Sharon gave me a bunch of her books; in addition to a few on celtic knotwork and crafts of ireland, she gave me the following:

Fishermen’s Sweaters by Alice Starmore
The Celtic Collection by Alice Starmore
Classic Designs (ARCO Publishing)
Sweater Design in Plain English by Maggie Righetti
Patterns for Guernseys, Jersey & Arans by Gladys Thompson

They’re all old and somewhat dated, but if you cover up the models’ hair, some of the sweaters are really nice. 🙂

 

Finished Object: Hurry Up Spring Armwarmers

Filed under: FO — crazymonkeycreates @ 1:19 pm

My armwarmers… they’ll probably be on their way to Maine, to my brother. Yes, they’re fraternal, but I like them that way. They’re unique that way(and only used one ball of Kureyon… mmmmm Kureyon). These were my first foray into cables. My second pair, which I’ll post later, I used another repeat of the cables. I use them to shield my arms from the sun as I drive to work. Being “generic white people” — German, Irish, English, with a touch of Cherokee — I burn easily. Mostly German (my father’s parents came from Germany to the US), then Irish (my mother’s mother’s parents came from Ireland — she was a Catholic, he was a Protestant — you can see the issue there), and then English/Cherokee (mom’s dad’s grandmother was full-blooded Cherokee, the rest of the ancestors were English).

They turned out cute, and I think my brother can use them more than I (especially since I already have a pair). 🙂

 

Nulla August 2, 2005

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We’ve wanted a Shiba Inu since before we knew what one was. Ben saw one in a pet store and asked what it was because he thought it was cute. We did our homework, and last fall, we drove to a breeder in Kansas to get the Nulla-dog. She was one of two left — they had 2 litters 2 weeks apart, and there was one girl left from each litter. Nulla and Willow. When we got there, they were running around, chasing each other (as pups will do). I picked up Willow (a sesame), and she just kept on wiggling. I put her down, and Ben picked her up, and she did the same thing. I reached down and picked up Nulla, and she quieted right down. I put her down, and she was running around again, and Ben picked her up, and she was quiet again.

She’s been fixed, and she’s 17 lb of muscle from running around her back yard. She loves the kitties. She kisses them, and chases them around the house. She’s eaten all of their good toys, and pulled apart their wooly bullies. But she’s a sweet dog, and a happy dog. She gives kisses (sometimes a bit too much) and tolerates being held and snuggled on (not bad for a 1yo shiba!)

 

Murrie August 1, 2005

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I had been living with Ben for about a year and a half, and we had talked about getting Stefano a friend. We jokingly said that the new cat would have to be named “Murray” because that’s what Stefano kept saying when he talked to the house. We weren’t looking for another cat specifically at the time we found her. We were shopping for a Christmas gift for Mrs. Benny’s Mom. The kitchen store was next to a pet store, and the humane society was out with puppies and kitties. He saw the muted calico and said “I want that one.” We went shopping, found what we wanted, and we went back outside. A quick trip to the ATM later, and we had a tiny kitten who was doomed with the name “Murrie”.

She’s still rather petite, but she loves to stretch out. Kelly (my friend from down the street) was watching them while we were on vacation, and freaked out because Murrie likes to lay on her back, and as I tell Murrie all the time… CATS DON’T LAY LIKE THAT!