Now that long Halloween is finally over…

November 9, 2007

Hooray for November. No more insane hours at work. Hooray for return of sanity (well, almost).

I didn’t exactly do whole lot since the last post. In fact, the pink stripey (supposedly a stashbuster) is on indefinite hold due to shortage of yarn – yes, so the stashbusting idea totally backfired. I did start on another pair of socks though – started a pair of Dublin Bay with my insane lime-salmon J-Knits from the stash.

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Let see, what else have I done in October…. Ah, I did manage to make a wee chef coat for one of my coworker’s little boy. I wish I could’ve taken better pictures but.. he just learned to walk not too long ago and now he’s running around everywhere and super fast! He’s making Speedy Gonzalez look like Regular Gonzalez! (Thank you Futurama)

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Oh and have I mentioned that this is super image-heavy post?

And before I go, I need to give big hugs, wet kisses, and endless thank you to Ariel and Tania for insanely generous gifts! Tania sent me a breathtakingly gorgeous skein of Brooks Farm Acero, and Ariel sent me a skein of STR Lightweight (now I guess I’ll know what it is that makes STR as addicting as crack) and a very batty sock bag. Thank you, thank you, thank you girls!

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Almost MIA but not quite

October 12, 2007

Oh October, won’t you please end already…

My grand plan of trying to work on one pair of stockinette socks has failed. Actually, that’s a good thing, because I’ve finished them!

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Yes, once again, stripes are matchy matchy. For unimportant specs, the yarn used is Cascade Sassy Stripes in Amanda colorway. Seriously, I’ve made gazillion pairs of socks in these. Generally speaking, the dye job on these sucks (I mean Sassy Stripes in general, not just this particular skeins I used), but the yarn knits up a-okay and they’re fantastic to wash and wear.

And just last night, I started on another pair of socks. Well, a sock. Again, this is another pair of striped socks, but this time I’m using cut and reattach method by using leftover J-Knits Superwash Me – Sock and Knitpicks Essential. Cut and reattach is such a pain in the ass (I mean, who likes to weave in millions of loose ends?) but I really like the crisp stripes it creates. We’ll see how it goes.

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Time to go, time to go. Back to craziness that is October.

So it has begun, once again

October 3, 2007

It has begun once again, that time of the year when I give up my personal life (which by the way is almost non existent to begin with) in favor of my job.

Yes, I mean Halloween season.

For those of you (by which I mean, almost everyone) who may not know, I work at a costume store. Because of said reason, Halloween no longer is just one day thing, rather the entire month of October, in fact, like the fall season in its entirety. I mean, it’s fun and all time to time – you get to meet interesting people, ideas, etc, but after all, with long hours, it gets tiring. My October pretty much consists of work, home, sleep, back to work. Not that I ever cook all that much, but I pretty much give up cooking altogether in every October – it’s simply not happening. Pretty much same thing goes toward knitting too. I don’t, and can’t get much done. So, I cast on a pair of stockinette socks the other night, as something for me to do to keep my sanity, like 5 minutes here, 5 minutes there.

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I’d be pretty pleased if I can finish that before the end of the month.

And not that I ever really update this blog all that often, but it’s very much likely that I may not post anything new until sometime November, who knows. And I think this year, I’m skipping on knitted gifts. Blah. And I can’t quite keep my thoughts in logical matter anymore. Thoughts pop in my head, then pops out – everything is just pretty frantic right now. (But then again, if you ask anyone who knows me pretty well, they’d call that pretty “normal” for me)

… and I bought few Phildar booklets the other day. Or, more like, I placed an order for it, so it should be here sometime next week, I hope. I don’t know if I’d ever make anything out of it (I think I want to, but for whatever the reason, I never seem to make anything out of actual pattern ever), but there were few very pretty patterns that I just want to have. Lately, I’ve been dying to make sweaters/cardigan type things – actual garments, but I can’t seem to make up my mind… that, and October to me, is never the greatest time of the year on starting anything major, so we’ll see how I feel about it after I get the pattern, and after things slow down a bit in November…

And last thing before I go away – I finished that red pair of Pomatomus.

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Hooray on that.

September mid-month update

September 17, 2007

I really haven’t been doing much lately.

Seems like September is here then almost gone in flash. I can’t believe it’s already over half way through the month!

I’d say, probably the best thing that happened in September was visiting Chris’s parents in Rockford and spending time with Nikki. What can I say – she’s (even though technically not true) my puppy!

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I love her! I mean, come on, who wouldn’t love her!

And I finished 2 pairs of socks since the last post. That Embossed Leaves socks were finished on August 31st, with only few minutes to spare til midnight. That was quite a .. well, crunch time! (okay, so I haven’t really used that expression since college, for those all nighters before exams). And the other one is kinda unmentionable. And now I have another pair of Pomatomus in the works.

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Oh and I almost forgot… I finally met a fellow knitter in town! Last week, I got to meet Amy and her most adorable wee boy (and he’s like super smart too!). She was so fun and funny.. and she gave me this big bag full of yarny goodies which I have yet to take a picture of. (Yes, that was super amazingly sweet of her) Getting to meet her was amazing, and I guess I should thank Ravelry for that.

Moving on….

Socks and hair, not to be confused with sex and beer

August 28, 2007

Honestly, I haven’t been knitting much lately. Over the weekend, I did start on another pair of Embossed Leaves, and I’m wee over half way through. The goal is to finish it within next couple of days or so, and hopefully have enough time and sanity before we leave town for the weekend, come up with something to knit for the road.

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For my next pair, I’m thinking a pair of Pomatomus. It’s not the speediest knit with all the insane ktbl1 p1 rib, but it’s easy and interesting enough to keep me sane and I can knit without having to stare at the pattern – which will come in handy in long car ride (or so I hope). Where we’re heading? To Rockford. Nowhere exotic. But it will be nice to get out of town for once.

Speaking of Pomatomi, that’s what I knit for Amanda for our Knittyboard Sock Swap.

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Now for the totally unrelated and not so interesting side note – I got a haircut today. Once again, I was being a super procrastinator that I am, and took over a year and half to get my hair cut since the last time. And once again, I had to be bombarded with questions and comments (from people at the salon, both the stylists and everyone else) like “Oh my, are you really going to get it cut?”, “Are you going to cry?”, and many of “Are you sure?”… and my answer was “Yes, yes and yes, I want to get it cut. No, I won’t regret it. No this is not any life-altering experience.” Seriously, I have absolutely no sentimental attachment to my hair. Unlike most girls with long hair who usually have long hair all their lives, my long hair is product of me just not wanting to be active about finding a salon and stylist. I’m not anti-social. I just don’t like dealing with people. That, and actually having to make plans, etc. Blah blah blah, so anyway, here goes the pictures.

Before:

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And… after:

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I’m not sure how long exactly, but I did cut off the length in a braided ponytail, and it’s going out to Locks of Love. I was almost tempted to post the picture of it here, but .. honestly, it’s pretty creepy. The thought of that dead hair used to be attached to me….. eeks.

I told the stylist to do whatever she pleases. I told her the longest I will accept is shoulder length and she can cut it as short as she pleases, as long as it’s not a pixie cut. I thought she’d make it much shorter, but well.. it’s still nice for a change. I like it. (I’m thinking maybe she cut it more conservative length because she probably feared me turning all psycho on her – hahah). Well, next time when I get it cut again (it could be in 6 months, a year, two years, who knows), if whoever will be cutting my hair will be brave enough to get it cut any shorter ;)

For future reference, if there’s anyone who knows around Chambana well, any recommendations on where to go get me some fancy haircut? I don’t know – I’m nuts and I like going to new places oppose to finding a regular stylist. Yes, I’m nuts!

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