Saturday, December 31, 2005

Stick a fork in it!

Sock is done & 2005 is almost done, too.

I just have to weave in the ends & block it. I don't count that. This one took me a little over a month ~ cast on on 11/27 & cast off on 12/31. It looks great. It's a BIG sock with a BIG square toe that looks kind of odd, but it fits Husband & that's what counts. I did a star toe (another break from it the pattern & even a break from how I usually do the star toes) & Kitchnered 13 stitches on each needle. The Kitchner stitch was really challenging the 1st couple of times but now I don't even need directions. That just reminded me that I don't have any sock links on my blog. Hmmm! Have to fix that. This is sock # 17 by the way. I'll cast on for it's mate this evening or tomorrow sometime.

Sock links: The Socknitters pattern page, of course & Socks 101. That website, especially the heel turn & Terri's super Kitchner directions were a lifesaver. All my socks now are some variation of her pattern which is a standard sock pattern. THANKS! Terri!

The Socknitters pattern page has LOTS of patterns. I've combed the site & copied into Word Perfect all the patterns I like. I have a difficult time seeing a pattern so I like those with photos.

It's supposed to be almost 60° tomorrow so we are planning to take a trip out to the marina & Spray. Haven't been out since she was hauled.

Husband & I both had a wonderful nap this afternoon so we'll probably we awake at midnight.

Happy New Year everyone!

Reading: Splintered Bones by Carolyn Haines

Parting Shot: " New Year's Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual." ~ Mark Twain

Friday, December 30, 2005

Kidsilk Haze IS THIN . . . really really THIN

Does anyone else who blogs read other blogs before they post to their own blog? I usually read my favorite knitting blogs (The Quill is Mightier on the side bar) & then try to think of something even remotely clever to post to mine. Usually I'm not successful.

I'm on the home stretch on the foot for Husband's sock. I'm going to try it on him tonight. I'm pretty sure I'm almost if not really ready to do the blue toe.

But I feel compelled to work on the peach scarf when I'm home because it's too slippery for on the go knitting. I wish I'd realized how THIN kidsilk haze is. Question now is ~ do I quit knitting the scarf out of peach slightly fuzzy THREAD? And if I do quit ~ do I return the 2 skeins I haven't touched & just stash the one I've knit into? or just stash ALL of it. I'm pretty sure, I'm not going to knit a scarf out of this stuff. WAAAAY to thin. WAAAAY to much patience. I think I'll stash it & think about what to do with it.

Ok, Now I can start on the purple scarf & visit the LYS for other yarn for the scarf.

But I really want to knit on the socks. So I think I'll sock knit, at least until I get this ONE done. The purple yarn with my big Brittany's will be a fine traveling project.

We're planning on a quiet New Year's eve & day. Maybe a fire in the fireplace & probably to bed early. Boring. I LOVE IT!!

Reading: Splintered Bones by Carolyn Haines

Parting Shot:
"Warning: Do not drink the battery acid. It doesn't taste good and will hurt you. Also do not bite the tyres, especially while the bike is moving. Our lawyers made us put these warnings in." ~ An Australian motorcycle manual

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Sock pics!!!

Blog Question ~ Does any else ever have to bring up their blog in a different window to see what they heck they said last time or anytime? Even when I blog every day I can't remember what I said or how I said it. Is it important? Well, probably not. But I don't want to come off sounding completely moronic just somewhat of a knitwit.

I am almost thru 1 ball of the white yarn for Husban
d's sock. I'm almost done with the foot, maybe 20-30 more rows. Sounds like a lot, but on 3mm needles, it's only a couple of inches. And with the hourglass times I've been getting on the AoES lately, I'm rollin' along. I'm trying to scan the sock in at this moment. It's LONG. I've had to scan it in 2 parts. The top of the sock is on the left & the bottom (so far) of the sock is on the right & at the bottom.

I had 6" of so done of the peach scarf but I frogged it this evening. It was OK, but it shows EVERY not perfect stitch! So I'm still going to use the 6mm ebony straights, but I'm going to use up a lot of yarn with . . . yarn overs. So we'll see how that goes. Have you ever tried to frog kidsilk mohair? UCK. I did down to the last 2-3" then gave up & cut. It kept getting hung up on 1 side. I'd forgotten how hard this stuff is to cast on. I'm using the knitted cast on but, oh well, I've cast on a total of 8 stitches out of 30.

I picked up another calendar yesterday at Office Depot. It's Maxine. She fits right in with my Despair, Inc stuff!

Still reading: Death at the Spring Plant Sale by Ann Ripley

Parting Shot:
Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

Monday, December 26, 2005

The Day After

Ho! Ho! Ho! And a bottle of . . . oops! wrong celebration!!

We had a very merry. Brought Husband's sock-in-progress to the outlaw’s on Christmas Day. Husband's sister's husband's cousin always wants to see what I'm working so I brought Husband's sock & wore my Cascade Fixation striped socks. Last year I brought a scarf in progress & wore one. Anyway, after we'd opened up our gifts (before dinner) & I was showing my socks (after dinner), she said aloud to everyone, "I was hoping you'd made me a scarf for Christmas." I was dumbfounded. She only expressed polite interest in my knitting last year. It's like she'd forgotten I knit until my cousin out-law (see above) asked if I'd brought my knitting.

Anyway, I've wanted to knit a scarf (not for Christmas, necessarily) for a non-related out-law (but shows up for Thanksgiving & this out-law Christmas dinner & is one of my sister-in-law's close bud) & finally got out of her what maybe she'd like. So I stopped at the LYS today & picked up 3 skeins of kidsilk mohair in a lucious peach. I'm doing just a straight boring knitted scarf on 6mm straights.

Got about 5" done while watching The Two Towers on DVD today. That stuff is really fine, as in anorexic. It's like knitting with slightly fuzzy thread! Knitted, it looks 3 dimensional ~ it is ~ but it looks deeper & thicker when you look straight down at it. I guess because I'm just knitting on both sides, there is a middle that the mohair has & the silk part has the outsides so there is a front, a middle & a back. Anyway, it looks & feels feather light, but it's soft & I think it will be warm.

I also picked up some Alpaca with a Twist yarn in a soothing lavender. I might knit this up for the beggar & I might not. Anyway, it jumped into my hands & would not let itself be set back down.

I need a sock-knitting break anyway. I'm not going to be taking the kidsilk scarf to work as it's very slippery on the needles & needs some concentration due to the fineness of the yarn. Husband's sock with the Cascade, although it's counting all the time, it easy to pick up & put down.

Reading: Death at the Spring Plant Sale by Ann Ripley
Listening to as I drive back & forth to work: Ya-Yas in Bloom by Rebecca Wells read by Judith Ivy

Parting shot: "Life is not all lovely thorns and singing vultures, you know." ~ Morticia, The Addams Family

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas everyone!

All gifts are purchased. All are now also wrapped, bowed & tagged. Even the ones I won't be delivering until Christmas Day.

I woke up yesterday, a no work day & felt dizzy & nausous. So much for my shopping plans. So I stayed home in bed & slept most of the day. So today, I went to the Yarn Barn & got an extra set of 3mm dpns so I can knit more comfortablely on Husband's sock as I broke one a few days ago. Although I haven't done any knitting today, I plan on knitting all the way to Sister-in-laws house for the family Christmas. Tomorrow we go for the outlaw (as opposed to inlaw) Christmas.

Sister-in-law dropped by work late Thursday afternoon & she saw Husband's sock & brought hand made chocolate truffles that she'd made. mmmmmmm. Hope to get a scanned pic of progrress on sock up before I head back to work on Tuesday.

I did a couple of knitted scarves for Sister-in-law last year . . . or was it the year before? ? ? Anyway I haven't (& hope never to) subject myself to that kind of deadline. When whatever I'm knitting for you gets done, you get it.

Reading: Death at the Spring Plant Sale by Ann Ripley
Listening to as I drive back & forth to work: Ya-Yas in Bloom by Rebecca Wells read by Judith Ivy

Parting Shot: Kids' Ideas About Science ~ "
The law of gravity says no fair jumping up without coming back down."

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Sock moving along

Well, I'm not doing the "seam" on the socks. It's on the bottom of the foot. Who's going to see it except when I show it off & then, really, who'll notice ~ other than Nancy Bush & I doubt she will ever see my sock. Also, I wondered if the "seam", basically a purl stitch wouldn't be felt right down the middle of the bottom of your foot. So, no seam. Also, instead of decreasing every round, I'm doing it every other round. I wonder how a designer feels when the pattern they've so lovingly created gets morphed. I am knitting a great lookin' sock here & you can hold my sock up to the photo in the book & "see" the same sock. The basic design elements are there which is what really counts, anyway.

Tomorrow is my last day at work before Christmas. I hope it's very slow. I hope next week is super slow. Maybe I can get sorta caught up. That would be nice.

Not much going on. Remember, boring life a plus here.

book I'm still reading: Plains Crazy by J. M. Hayes
book I'm still listening to as I drive back & forth to work: Ya-Yas in Bloom by Rebecca Wells read by Judith Ivy

Parting Shot:
"I do benefits for all religions. I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality." ~ Bob Hope

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Christmas Shopping is DONE & Heel Turned

Finished Christmas shopping last night. Went to Borders & finished out with gift cards! And not that much wrapping to do either. That will be probably tomorrow or Thursday. I do not want to spend my day off on Friday or Christmas Eve wrapping & bowing.

Had Husband try on the sock & began turning the heel last night & completed it at work today. (Love you hourglassing AoES!) I picked up gusset stitches at lunch (WoW! the same on each side!) & am now on the foot—round 2! I did the correct number of heel flap stitches according to the pattern but I did the heel turn MY way, not the pattern's. Same result, but I like mine better. I was to pick up 17 gusset stitches on each side but I ended up with 18 on each side. As I noted earlier, somehow my "seam" is in a different place, but I'm back on track with it, where I have it. Well, it's in the correct place, at the center of the back, but Nancy Bush's placement of the stitches on the needles with the seam is different somehow, but anyhow, it works. I'm back on the white yarn. As the leg is not done in ribbing it's not pulled in so the sock looks HUGE. And I broke the tip of one of my 3mm bamboo dpns. So I've scootched the stitches onto 3 needles, which is what the pattern calls for anyway. I just think 4 dpns, puts less stress on the stitches between the needles. So Friday, I will HAVE to go to my LYS! Boo Hoo! Poor me.

We had our Sales breakfast this morning at 7:30. I drove to work in the PITCH BLACK. I left at 6:30 & drove to work in the PITCH BLACK DARK OF NIGHT! Well, tomorrow is Winter Solstice so Thursday, the days will be getting longer!! About damn time!! I don't mind winter but I miss the light. Oh, & everyone had a great laugh with my AoES parodies & jokes. A lot of the Microsoft bashing & jokes work very well with the AoES.

book I'm reading: Plains Crazy by J. M. Hayes
book I'm listening to as I drive back & forth to work: Ya-Yas in Bloom by Rebecca Wells read by Judith Ivy

Parting Shot: "If Man were meant to use the metric system, Jesus would have had 10 disciples."

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Christmas Shopping almost done!

We drove & walked hither, thither & yon Saturday getting almost all the Christmas shopping DONE! We walked thru our downtown & did shopping there then drove to Big Town to the east & almost finished it. Love gift cards & gift certs. The only thing we have left is Borders & that's not shopping, that's FUN!! Two of the items we got at the local dept store were wrapped at the store.

And while shopping with Husband we got a new toaster. The $10 Walmart special was dying. So now we have a DeLonghi Metropolis toaster.
We have the 2-slice model. Cool looking, huh? Looks like a Packard! I also found a nice wooden sock box to put Husband's dress & handknit socks. It'll fit in a dresser drawer.

We were both so tired last nite that we flopped down in front of the TV & (among other things) watched White Heat with James Cagney & Virginia Mayo. I'd never seen it but I like Cagney pictures. It was good.

Slow progress is being made on Husband's sock heel flap. I usually do the sl k1 on the knit side but this heel flap is just knitting on the right side rows with the exception of the "seam" stitch which is purled. I am supposed to do 30 rows, but we'll try it on & see when I get close. I'm about half done.

We have our company Christmas luncheon tomorrow. I made Cranberry-Orange Relish. I got this some years ago from Global Gourmet.

1 bag (12-ounces) fresh cranberries
1 medium orange
2/3 cup honey
dash ground cloves
dash ground ginger
dash grated nutmeg
dash grated cinnamon
dash Grand Marnier
1/2 to 3/4 cups chopped walnuts (optional)

Cut the orange into 8 sections, keeping the peel on. Remove and discard any seeds. Place half the cranberries and half the orange sections in a food processor. Coarsely chop, pulsing the blade, being careful not to chop too finely. Pour the mixture into a medium mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients to the processor, pulsing again until coarsely chopped. Add to the mixing bowl. Stir until both batches are mixed together. Chill until ready to serve. Stir before serving.

I just plopped in the spices & dolloped in the Grand Marnier. I tasted it & it was OK, not too tart. I'll taste again in the morning to make sure it's sweet enough. I put it in a pretty bowl.

book I'm reading: Plains Crazy by J. M. Hayes
book I'm listening to as I drive back & forth to work: Ya-Yas in Bloom by Rebecca Wells read by Judith Ivy

Parting Shot:
"Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time." Steven Wright

Friday, December 16, 2005

Heel Flap! & even more boring!!

Evidently after my boring Tuesday post, life got even more boring!!

Last couple of evenings Husband & I have sat watching TV, which we don't do very often as there is usually nothing on & we'd rather be doing other things. Wednesday nite we watched a couple of shows on the Discovery channel called Dirty Jobs. This poor guy helps, for the sake of the show, folks do dirty jobs. One of the jobs he did on one of the shows, was to help make charcoal. Very interesting how they make it. During 2 shows he was on a schrimper & with a fellow in Louisiana checking traps for crayfish. Anyway, the host is hilarious. He's a smart-ass with the smart-ass comments but not put-downs. Last night, it was a variety of things on the Discovery channel, the Science channel & the Military channel. This evening more of the same. We snuggle under a comforter & watch & I knit.

Oh, & speaking of knitting. I started on the heel flap this evening. I ended up doing 96 rounds, which is 1 more pattern repeat than what is called for in the pattern. Remember, I'm using 3mm needles instead of 2mm & a heavier yarn so the gauge is larger. I wanted them to go farther up his leg. I checked last night & determined it would be 1 more pattern repeat & when I checked again this evening, it's positioned perfectly.

So since I've been knitting this on 4 dpns instead of 3, I've had to adjust the heel flap stitches a bit, too. Before I started, I moved the sock to 3 dpns & put the correct stitch counts on each needle so I could start with the correct amount of heel stitches as per the instructions. As I did it on 4 dpns, my "seam" is & isn't where she [Nancy Bush] says hers is or maybe I can't figure out the pattern. But I've adjusted & it's OK. And I also change color on the heel flap. Remember the cuff is blue, the leg is white & now the heel is blue, too. I can tell I will have to wash this sock before it's worn, as the white is now slightly grimy ~ or it just could be the shadows & the light.

We've done almost NO Christmas shopping so this weekend we or maybe just me is going to get the bulk of it done. Luckily, gift cards, candles & red sweatshirts will be easy to procure & wrap. Yep, that's what's on their list.

We've not been out to the boat since it was pulled. No time this weekend with the Christmas shopping. As I'm off the Friday before & the Monday after Christmas, maybe then.

This week at work, we've had 6 newish sales reps from other branches at our branch for a Sales Boot Camp. Our branch manager & the company sales manager give these guys an intense 3½ day sales training on our company, our products & how we want them to do it. Everyday someone has to shag lunch for them, make sure they have coffee & water & clean up after them. They are slobs. Glad it wasn't my job.

We've having our Christmas luncheon Monday where everyone brings a covered dish. I cleaned out the fridge & the freezer. I'd had a note up on the fridge all week telling folks that it was gonna happen. Even went round to give folks a last warning that if there was no name on stuff in the fridge, it was ALL going. A couple of ladies came in & labeled their frozen lunchs. I pitched everything else. ALL the salad dressings (10 bottles, many duplicates), some of which I'm sure, started high school this year! I came away this a couple of pieces of nice "tupperware." It's all Tuppeware, whether it's Rubbermaid, Gladware or whatever. Then I wiped the whole inside down with hot soapy water. The fridge was EMPTY when I left this evening & a couple labeled frozen dinners in the freezer. Folks are gonna be shocked (& probably pissed) on Monday when they see that EVERTHING was tossed. I warned everyone. Too, bad. You do it next time. Yeah, fat chance!!

Still reading: Locked Rooms by Laurie R King

Parting Shot: "
Remember, even at a Mensa convention someone is the dumbest person in the room!"

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

My boring life & I LOVE it.

I like everyday boring. No hassles on the drive to & from work. No problems at work (other than the daily AoES cracks), no issues at home with Husband or house or vehicles. Have money to do what we need to do, as long as we don't need to buy a couple of 150' sailboats or own 8 cars & 3 planes & enough yarn for 18 extreme knitters. Now it would be great to have a boring life & have Paris Hilton's, Oprah's or Bill Gates' money. Now that would be a whole 'nother level of boring. But, as I don't see that happening anytime soon I'll stick my boring life.

We're going to spend Christmas eve with Husband's sister & Christmas day with Husband's sister's husband's cousin. Got that?? A cousin-in-law, once (or twice) removed??? As with Thanksgiving, we'd just rather stay home, Hermit Husband & I. I get the Friday before & the Monday after Christmas off & I will really enjoy the time to myself as Husband has to work.

Still reading: Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King

Parting Shot: The voices in my head keep telling me not to listen to the voices in my head.
I don't know if I should listen to them or not.

Monday, December 12, 2005

New knitting book!

Came home today to find Vogue Knitting Stitchionary in the mailbox!!! Yippee!! I'm more of a blue person, but the various shades of green do show the swatches off well. I ordered it thru Vogue & got a set of tapestry needles in a little clear plastic tube & the Vogue Knitting Felting on the Go! book. I like books like the Stitchionary. I also have the 365 Knitting Stitches a Year Perpetual Calendar & the 200 Knitted Blocks book. I'm not much with coming up with an idea from nothing, but give me an idea or something to look at / work with & I am off & running. As I like to knit socks, I use these a inspirations for the leg & cuff stitches.

Did not knit at all this weekend. Made Husband try on sock this morning. I need to do at least 2 more pattern repeats — 20 rounds before I start on the heel flap.

Have given up for now on the Angel Spiral Hat. With the eyelash & mohair & the floppy needles it's not inspiring. It will be GREAT when it's done, but it's a royal pain now. This will be a work on for 10 minutes here & there project. The needles keep falling out. So, now what do I knit a hat out of? I don't want to go to my LYS until after Xmas. After Xmas, I'm going to order some handpainted sock yarn from . . . somewhere. I'll enjoy looking around.

Book I'm reading: Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King

Parting shot: "
Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music."
~ ~ George Carlin

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Waffle sock MIA & not much sleep

I've lost one of my handknit Blueberry Waffle socks. I really never cared, ever, if I lost a mate to any purchased non-handknitted sock. Nor have I ever spent much time thinking about it or wondering were they went. I have a place in the closet on the floor where I deposit socks with no mates after folding. Every once in a while, I'd go thru the pile & match up the socks. Most of my socks are the same color/style for ease of matching. For my "dress" socks I buy trouser socks. Nondescript black trouser-hose that I wear under my dress/work pants & with my ankle length dresses or skirts. No more hose for me ~ ever if I can help it. They are all the same color & style. My casual socks, most are white, but I have several "colored" socks in the same color ~ i.e. 2-3 pairs of the same blue socks, 2-3 pairs of the same different colored blue socks, etc. Eventually I do toss the 1 sock. But until now I've never lost a handknit sock. I tossed them clean into the chair with a bunch of other socks that needed to be matched. When I finally got around to it, only 1 Blueberry Waffle sock. I have all but taken the chair apart looking for the sock. If I have to, I do have enough leftover yarn to knit another one, but still WHERE IS MY BLUEBERRY WAFFLE SOCK!

Thursday & Friday nite Husband has services calls at medium town to the west. I went both times. I sit in his office & knit. We got home both times morning about 1am. I was OK yesterday but this morning when I was going to go with Husband for his regular dentist appt I was dizzy & nauseous. So I went back to bed to sleep. Husband went to dentist, came home & went to bed, too. We got up around noon, ate a little then went back to sleep. I got up about an hour ago, but I'm tired again. Husband is still sleeping. So I think I will try to nap again.

Husband's sock is going well with all the OT knitting while he's fixing stuff. I need him to try it on to see if I'm ready for the heel flap.

Parting Shot: " A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book."
~ Irish Proverb

Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Husband Sock Test Drive & must finish Angel Spiral Hat

Husband tried on sock today (see yesterday's post for a scanned pic) & it fits. I was a little concerned about how the leg would fit as this pattern has not the stretchiness of ribbing so it looks very w i d e to me but it fits him. I knew it would be wider because as there is no ribbing there is no drawing in so it would be wide, but it still looks too w i d e . I'm maybe only 2 more pattern repeats from the heel flap but we'll see when we get closer.

It snowed today & the only hat I can find is a yucky purchased acrylic watch cap. I had better get cracking & finish my Angel Spiral hat. Well, it's with white angora (so soft) held with a white & gold Trendsetter Antico eyelash. I'm using the 3x3 spiral ribbing & it looks rather angely with the spiral & the eyelash. Originally, I was going to make a scarf, but I have a melon angora/ribbon scarf I made last year & it's hell getting the angora off my black coat. So, a hat. The only problem is you have to watch your stitches as this stuff with the eyelash is a pain to frog back. I'll get a little farther on it & scan a photo in. I'll wear something tomorrow & Friday that won't show the angora shedding & do this at work as it won't be getting any warmer any time soon.

Parting Shot: If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before. ~ Steven Wright

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

More Xena ~ Haircut & Knitting & Snow

Yesterday, Husband had a service call in big city & he didn't get home until around 10pm. Poor Guy. Techie service company bought his Techie service company & so he has new e-mail things to set up, new voice mail things to set up, new procedures, new bosses. Not a happy camper on top of having to work 5 hours OT last night.

I got home, fixed a spot of dinner & sat down with knitting & Xena DVD's. Watched 4 more from season 1: The Royal Couple of Thieves, The Prodigal, Altered States & Ties That Bind. Each had some cool stuff that I liked. Autolocus, played by Bruce Campbell, from The Royal Couple of Thieves. The scene in The Prodigal near the end where Gabrielle dispatches villains with her staff then pole vaults over the cart of pointed logs meant to crush her. In Altered States there is that priceless scene where Xena walks naked out of the lake & later utters the line "Lovin' every moment of it" as she hauls her & Gabrielle out of a well. And 2 of my favorite lines are uttered by Xena in Ties That Bind. "Take the Village" & "Kill 'em all." Yeah, those 2 sounds I've downloaded from Tom's Xena page.

Got my haircut this evening. The last 2 haircuts, I've been "growing it out." It was rather short & cut in layers, but I decided to change & have it all 1 length. Well, I am already fed up with the blow dry time in the AM & the sticky-out & up pieces that show up after I leave the bathroom mirror at home & show up in the bathroom mirror at work. Heh! So I cut it short again with layers. Much better. I can now sleep in an extra 5 minutes tomorrow. Next month I'm having hi & low lights put in again.

I've got quite a bit of knitting done on Husband's sock. I'm on round 45. 4½ pattern repeats, so technically halfway through the leg. Here is a scanned picture. I like how the diamonds are turning out. I like the cuff so much, I may do another Cascade Fixation with just the cuff pattern in the blue with maybe white cuffs & heels & toes. It looks like reeds or bamboo.

It's supposed to S N O W. 3-6" they are saying by Thursday morning. It won't start tho until mid-day Wednesday. So I'm driving Itsock (the Buick) tomorrow. Mathilda (my 4cyl Mazda truck) will say warm & dry & clean in the garage. Glad my haircut was for today!

Cool stuff from Think Geek will be here on Thursday!!

Parting Shot: "Here we are at the 21st century, but where's the world of the future we were always told about? Where are the flying cars? Where are the robots doing our housework? Where are the people zipping around in jetpacks? I'm sorry, but clapping my lights on and off doesn't cut it."
~ radio advertisement from

Sunday, December 4, 2005

Site update, no Xmas shopping, some knitting & no more sailing this year

I added some links to my side bar yesterday after I posted. Any Xenite who stumbles across my blog will recognize them as episode titles. Thank you Tom from Tom's Xena page & Kim from Whoosh! for keeping your sites up.

Why would someone be this hooked on a TV show? I don't like shows or movies about real life. I live real life every day. I want to be entertained & to escape from real life. Xena fits that demand. It's entertaining, it's campy & no way could it ever be real life!

Was going to do a little on-line Christmas shopping but it ended up being us shopping from Think Geek. Got some fun toys. That is a great site for geeky goodies. Got the 2006 Despair calendar. That & the Blunt Desktop signs are a good match for the AoES poster child. We've been looking for either an upscale leather mousepad or a cool looking one for the desk in our living room. It has a glass top & with an optical mouse we need a pad. I had a nice leather one all picked out from Levenger's but then I saw the FlexiGlow FX Illuminated Mouse pad from Think Geek. Can't beat it. I had almost 3,000 Geek points so I squandered them on the Red Zero Fog Blaster for FREE!

Husband's sock is going slow. Haven't knitted much this weekend. I'm on round 17. The pattern calls for 8 pattern repeats of 10 rows each, but heck. I've changed the yarn, the needles, the # of rounds in the cuff, what's a few less or more pattern repeats between the needles. That's the cool thing about knitting it yourself. When all's said & knitted, it's your sock!! No one has one exactly like it. When it gets to that point, I'll have Husband try it on.

Well, the boat is well & truly out of the water now, so the sailing season is over. It was a fast summer. Good thing we went as often as we could, even when we didnt' go sailing it was great to veg out on the boat. Just stepping onto the dock in flip-flops & boat clothes I could feel any tension from the day just drain away into the water.

Parting Shot: There are those who make things happen; those who watch things happen; and those who don't know what the heck happened.

Saturday, December 3, 2005

Relaxing Do Nothing Day

We spend our entire work week scheduled. We like to keep our weekends as schedule-free as possible. We don't have kids or pets so it's easier for us. We're spontaneous hermits! We went to bed late last night (for us, 11ish) & we woke early this morning ~ 6:30ish. On a weekday morning YUCK! But somehow on a Saturday morning, OK. We had nothing we HAD do to but some things we WANTED to. We had coffee & pastries at Panera's then went to the big town to pick up some keyboard, mouse & monitor extender cables.

Husband wants to move his computer, Lulu, cause it's a lulu of a system. Here's a picture of the case. Now you know why we call it Lulu. Anyway, the fans put out quite a draft, so we want to move it farther from where Husband sits. Which we did.

Later, I did laundry. Even tho we have to do it sometime, we can choose when to do laundry. In fact, I hadn't folded last week's laundry, so I did that, too ~ while I watched TV. Some days I am just in an unclutter mood, so I uncluttered for a while. Husband was sniffle & took a nap & I blog surfed & knit. Later I baked some bread, corn & white. Other than the coffee & pastries, we snacked as we were hungry or not. Unscheduled. I sometimes nap, but I wasn't nappy today in spite of going to bed late last night & up early this morning.

I'm almost to the point where I frogged the sock a few days ago. I've really been watching my counts. This sock has a diamond pattern working up (or down) the legs & every row is different. I'm thinking of starting a pair of maybe a 3x3 ribbing for mindless knitting. But, if I pay attention I should be OK. I AM thinking about getting a 2nd pair of 3mm dpns & starting sock #2. I've got like 3-4 pairs of 2.5mm dpns (in ebony & rosewood) but only 1 pair of 3mm dpns in bamboo. Most of the socks I knit are on 2.5mm & I always carry an extra set in case I break a needle when I'm not home & therefore can't knit as easily on 3 as I can on 4.

Parting Shot: "If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito."
~Anita Roddick

Friday, December 2, 2005

Xena: 2nd Season on DVD

Yes, I took my Borders 30% off coupon & got the 2nd season of Xena on DVD. I'm not even a closet Xenite. I still have & wear my chakram earrings & necklace, although most folks just think they're pretty jewelry. We Xenites know. I still visit Whoosh! which is still updated & Tom's Xena Page which isn't anymore but has some really cool Xena stuff. But if you're a Xenite you already know this. I found out a long time ago that cheap VCR tapes don't last 8 years so I am slowly buying the DVD's. On those evenings (once a month or so) when Husband is late or gets a service call & I hunker down on the Katie chair in the library & watch me some XWP & knit.

AoES (Axis of Evil Software) was a real pain today so I was crabby all afternoon. Very, very slow with much hourglassing (& knitting!).

Didn't get the call from the marina that the boat is definitely out, so we'll go visit her this weekend to see but not go sailing. Still supposed to be a high of 40°F.

Parting Shot: "Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please."
~Mark Twain

Thursday, December 1, 2005

The Dreaded Phone Call & visit to the frog pond

Well, the marina called this afternoon & asked if we wanted to leave the boat in the water a few more weeks or pull it in the next few days. I asked what the water temperature was. 45°. OK, I said pull it. They'll call to let us know for sure that it's been pulled. And the forecast for this weekend? The high is supposed to only be 40° for both days so we wouldn't be goin' sailin' anyway. I'm glad the "last sail" was an enjoyable one.

I looked at the sock & have been thinking about the sock & so I frogged the white leg on Husband's sock at lunch today. I only had 17 rounds done. It wasn't too bad, as the cuff was a different color. When I got down to that last row, I frogged 1 stitch at a time, picked up the loop with my seagull cable needle & put it back on a needle. I must say, that was about the easiest frog & ever did. The Cascade Fixation is so bumpy that the loops stay nicely intact until I can get the tip of the cable needle into it. Not once did I have to resort to the crochet hook to rescue a stitch. I want Husband to take one of my crochet hooks & drimmel the blunt end to a point so I can use it to rescue recalcitrant stitches that refused to be picked up with the crochet hook end.

Parting Shot: "Be careful with water — it's full of hydrogen and oxygen!"