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Gazpacho Soup and Envious Bamboo

August 2, 2010

So, I decided to be a joiner and signed myself away for a knitalong/read-along: for Karira socks by Shannon Okey and the book is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The official start date was yesterday (August 1), so I did manage to start the socks last night, by which I mean in frantic, I wound the yarn and started on the cuff ribbing few moments shy of midnight.

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The yarn I’m using is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Envy. Obviously not much progress as of yet, but I just really wanted to cast it on with everyone else in the KAL but didn’t work on it too much because I would like to finish up the gazpacho sock first before I really dive into Karira full force. Speaking of which, I did manage to finish the first Gazpacho sock and just finished casting on the cuff on the second one (and then some).

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And back to the subject of KAL/RAL: so the socks have begun, but as per the book, I haven’t even gotten it yet. I’m thinking (and hoping) maybe Ariel would let me borrow it after when she’s done reading. By “hoping/thinking” I meant, I demand that she let me have her book. You hear that Ariel? GIMME YOUR BOOK!
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Oh but I did watch the movie. It was on netflix, so I watched it, as a matter of fact, it was during the “Great Flood of Milwaukee 2010“. I watched the movie (which by the way was really really long, and I didn’t even realize it at first) while waiting for Chris to come home from work. He finally came home past 9 o’clock – took him over 3 and half hours when it’s only normally like 30 minute commute. That.. was not fun. At all.

It’s probably not the smartest idea to watch the movie before reading the book, since, I’ll be picturing the scenes from the movie instead of drawing my own conclusions and such (because “visual” cues are extremely overpowering), but eh. I’ll get over it.

War of the vegetables

July 28, 2010

So a couple of days ago, I decided to finally use the crazy bright variegated sock yarn that Ariel sent me a while ago.

And she and I had a discussion on how to describe the color. She said it’s like vegetable soup. I said, yeah except it’s like cold soup – like gazpacho. And we agreed if this yarn really was a soup, it should be served in one of those bowls that’s essentially just a big mug. Like a cappuccino, maybe some sort of froth or dollop or cream?

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If you actually see the yarn in person, each color is extremely vibrant and very pretty. It’s just that… all of them “together”, I’m not so hot about, personally. Too many colors, fighting. But hey as long as it can be knit up, and end up on my feet, I’m all good.

Not much going on this such gloomy day

June 8, 2010

One of the perks, or rather “curse” of being a “homemaker” or whatever is.. well… sometimes wearing “real pants” (oppose to fake ones? or imaginary ones?) is actually one of big accomplishments.

Or, “on special occasion only” type of deal.

Ok, that’s not entirely true, but here I am, still rolling around in pajama pants. And there goes another figurative speech again since I’m not really rolling around – rather I’m kinda being held against my will sitting at this chair by ever so clingy cat. Cocoa has been pretty much glued to me all morning, preventing me from going about to do daily things that I may or may not do, such as.. putting (actual, oppose to pj’s) pants on.

It’s quite cold and gloomy outside today. Technically it’s not “cold” but yeah it’s rather cool for summer – after all, it is June already. Oh and rainy. Gloomy weather usually equals very clingy Cocoa, or so it seems. She’s been pretty much glued to my lap complete with purring and all the lovey dovey things all morning so far. I even tried to hug her (which is usually the best cat-repellent method) but yeah, that doesn’t seem to work right now.

So anyways, about the only “knitting” I’ve worked on officially has been that twin socks with Ariel.

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Done with first sock, and sort of barely started on the second one. It will get done, eventually. There is something about stockinette in the round kinda makes me go slow. Which is odd because it’s actually faster to knit – but I also kinda get bored/get sick of it time to time so I can only seem to work on it few rows at a time, not a significant progress.

And because I can (and because I am probably a crazy cat lady by now), I’m ending this post with a picture of Cocoa taken few days ago.

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Just look at those fuzzy wuzzy little mitten paws. Doesn’t that just melt your heart? (I guess the emphasis should be on crazy more than cat lady part)

Weekend wrap up

May 3, 2010

This past weekend seemed longer than usual. It’s probably because Chris took Thursday and Friday off. A long long long long weekend, but somewhat eventful (ok, not really).

We went and saw Nofx at Riverside on Thursday night. It was fun, though that’s not saying it was perfect. The show itself was awesome: few highlight would be a) they played couple of my favs from Punk in Drublic (namely “The Brews” and “Linoleum”), b) they actually played “The Decline” in its full 18 minute worth, c) they ended the show with little musical number from Avenue Q – they kinda did little (and terrible) dance-routine thing to “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist”.

And yes, I’m a sucker and did take a crappy picture with my phone.

Few downside of the show, if I may say: one, what a strange venue for a show! It was in a real “theater” setting, I mean, with seats! And of course everyone stood up front of their seats. And did stupid little dances. Hey kids, if you want to start dance and prance, go up by the stage where people actually “move” and jump and start moshing! When we went and saw Flight of the Conchords last year, it wasn’t an issue (since the seats were assigned and all and everyone just sat there) but I don’t know about for a punk show. Two, noticing “youngings”: Right before we walked in to the theater, I noticed bunch of kids hanging outside by the door, and one of which wore a “Class of 10″ shirt. Man, I’m OLD! Oh, that, and another group of kids who was actually “sitting” front of us. It was like group of 6-7 kids or so, one of them bought ONE cup of beer and they were passing it around to everyone within that group. Now, if that doesn’t give away “we’re underaged!” than what would?! Really? Like one sip of beer would make you “cool”? If you’re going to drink, DRINK! Taking one sip when you’re not supposed to, in the public, that’s lame. I’m just saying, I don’t advocate underage drinking but let’s face it, we’ve all done it. But like, seriously, kids, if you’re going to do it then do it like you mean it, otherwise, don’t do it at all! In all actuality, if you get “caught” drinking, whether it was one sip or whole twelve pack, guess what, you’re in trouble. When did these kids become such wussies? (though the word i used initially started with p, not w)

And.. moving on.

So we also went to this home-improvement outlet type of store to look for a dining table. Saw some we kinda liked, but nothing was “wow must get it”. The prices were decent though (hence why we went to check it out). Then we saw the signs about their delivery fee: $155 flat. I mean, if you’re really buying tons of stuff because you’re remodeling your house, I think that’s a good deal! But yeah, we weren’t going to buy $150-$200 table and that much to have it delivered. Unfortunately, I don’t think they’d fit in our teeny car, but seriously, if we were to buy something there, we might as well rent like a uhaul van and haul it ourselves and it would still be cheaper. That’s just a thought. (And yes, we’re still tableless)

And I caved in and bought a skein of Woolease to finish the sweater finally. I wasn’t sure when I would be able to buy one, but thankfully Michael’s was right next to that outlet place we went. This is what it looked like as of last night:

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I gave it a little “bath” so the stitches would relax a bit so it’s softer before I start wearing it. And laid it down on the flat to dry overnight. And this is what it looks like as of this afternoon:

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I tried to nudge her to get her off the catbed. I mean, off my sweater. And as you can see, it worked oh so well.

Once again, I don’t really have any WIP to work on. No idea what to knit now, as of yet.

This is taking longer than it really should

April 27, 2010

One sleeve down, one more to go (and collar). Hooray for progress. But not so much for “slow” one…

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I have spent more time doing other random things than actually knitting. That, and during that little time I spent working on this pullover, I spent quite a bit of time ripping out bits and parts of the sleeve and having to redo. At first, I wanted to re pick up the stitches from armhole. Then there was issue with decreasing not fast enough (like I mentioned in the previous post), then for the very last time, I had to unravel almost to armpit because I forgot ONE decrease almost in the very beginning (sure I could’ve ignored it and made one more decrease at the end, but no that wouldn’t be right).

Alas, as of last night, one sleeve is bound off. D-O-N-E.

And the second sleeve, should be a breeze (in theory) as long as I don’t make stupid mistake, like forgetting a decrease toward the beginning of the sleeve and not realizing until like 3 inches before binding off.

Anyways, should go get ready for knitting group tonight. Plus, Chris should be home soon and will be demanding his computer back ;)

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