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September 18, 2009

Whether it’s because I’m lazy or because of my lack of motivation (I do vote for the latter), not much knitting lately. Though that’s not saying I haven’t worked on anything at all since the last post. So, anyhow, here is brief (according to my definition, not yours) recap of what went on since the last post, of course, not in any particular order.

Chris is an old fart. His birthday was September 9th – if you like to wish him a happy (belated) birthday, please feel free.

Cocoa found herself a new toy, playhouse, and cat bed. All in one.


(in case if you couldn’t guess, that’s a grocery bag)

Tania and I actually met in person. She is absolutely adorable and awesome – all mixed in one! Don’t believe me? Here is an evidentiary proof.


She happened to be in Madison for a wedding – and was nice enough to take some time to see us. Totally worth 2 hr drive ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes, I also got to meet Mr. Tania as well. I almost felt bad that maybe he was nearly bored to death – totally didn’t help that Chris isn’t much of a social butterfly either. Oh well. “Boys” will live.

Couponing has been kinda exciting. Well, at least it did last week. I spent about $40 at grocery store – mostly I bought cheese. I cannot recall exactly what I bought, but here is the brief list: 18 Kraft Parmasan shakers (yes, those powdery cheese in plastic shakers with green top), 9 or so of block cheese (actually they call them “chunks” but whatever), 9 boxes of pasta, a bag of flour tortilla, Klondike bar, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of tomato sauce, a bag of shred cheese, rinse agent for dishwasher, among some other things I don’t care to remember. I still can’t believe I spent nearly $40 on “mostly” cheese. But the sad part is, we will eat the all.. and probably pretty soon.

I have been knitting (like I said), just not as much as I used to. I finished those bright yellow pair of Polly Jean, and started on a pair of Twist and Turn socks, which is meant to be yet another twin socks with Ariel. FYI, yarns used: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock (in Sunshine, for Polly Jean), and Shibui Sock (in Sky, for Twist & Turn).

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I’m still learning something new about Cocoa, and/or cats in general. It is very hard to take a picture of my knitting without part(s) of Cocoa somewhere in the frame. However, it is as hard, if not even harder, to take a picture of Cocoa. She always seems to have a same pose/expression, either by annoyance or curiosity. That is, if I’m lucky to get any shots where she’s not super blurry. Half the time, all I get is a blur of a cat.

On the contrary to what I said above about the cat liking the grocery bag.. I still think her favorite nap spot is my lap. Especially when I’m trying to do something.

Maybe I should go back to school as a philosophy major, and write a thesis called “Philosophy according to Cocoa: What I learned from and about my cat and cats in general”. Actually I take it back – I should just write a book instead.

I have some design ideas. I have had few going on for a long long time. And I also realize, patterns don’t write themselves.

I believe (in my delusional mind) I am (or can try to be) a fairly capable designer. A pattern writer, I am not. In fact, writing of any sorts is not quite my forte. Guess I can’t write that philosophy book after all.

I think I’m addicted to facebook games. Actually, Restaurant City in particular. I’ve been obsessing over it for few days now because it takes forever to level up. To be honest, I haven’t been really “playing” it, rather, have it open and let it run while I do everything else, or nothing. Since my laptop is almost ancient and doesn’t really like to run any flash-based stuff for more than 5 minutes at a time, I just let it run on the desktop, as long as Chris is not on it.

I don’t think either of my “children” can survive without me. Both Chris and Cocoa is helpless when it comes to feeding themselves. They both look at me with sad puppy eyes. Please note that neither of them are dogs. Can someone please remind them?

Speaking of which, I think it’s time to feed the non-human child of mine.

Why I’m crying like a little child, figuratively speaking

July 16, 2009

Seemingly I seem to have some noticeable progress on those sunshine yellow Polly Jean socks, however, not quite the case. Since the last post, I decided the sock was just tad bit too tight, so I left it as it was before (I was basically a row or two before moving onto the heel flap) and cast on for the second sock. I’m not even sure what it was that made it too tight. I know I’m a pretty tight knitter generally (for pete’s sakes, the patterns were written with my tight gauge in mind), but this was just a bit off. Ok, way off. I know it’s been a bit humid in the apartment, and that kinda tends to make Addi Lace needles pretty sticky (even more so than usual) and I must have been pulling on the yarn even harder than usual because of that. Or maybe I’m all just making this up. Who knows.

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You see how little difference in terms of size there are between the first and second sock? But well, that’s just “enough” increase in size. Crazy. I basically worked on the “second” sock with Addi Turbo instead of Lace.. and strangely enough it made it work. So basically I’ll have to start over the “first” one… after this one. Bleh.

Let see what else I have been up to… Oh I probably have never mentioned that I semi got into couponing as of oh, maybe couple of months ago. All thanks to Helen. I’m not at all a big time coupon person though, no I don’t go in and spend $5 and walk out with $100 worth of groceries. I call it a super success if I can save maybe $10 off my grocery bill with coupons… since our typical grocery bill goes anywhere from $50-100.. for just two of us (ok, three, if you count the cat). Why so high all the time? Well, I suspect it may be because of the fact that we drink particular type of pop (ok, Mt Dew Code Red) regardless of whether it’s on sale or not. And we also buy quite handful of general merchandise too (you know, laundry detergent and whatnot).. so anyways… Yes, I’m a newbie/small league. Whatever. Moving on..

And for the fun news (I tried to be sarcastic but I don’t think it quite works out with typing..), I’m in pain.

I mean literally in pain.

I have issue with one of my tooth (if I know how to count my teeth, it’s one of my wisdom tooth – I think it’s what’s called fully impact? I have no idea) and I’ve had pretty bad toothache for past few days. In fact, right now, my cheek kinda feels numb, except I know it’s not numb because I feel the pain and pressure. BAH.

Why am I writing this instead of doing something about it? Well, I am doing something about it right now, by trying to keep myself occupied. Not that it doesn’t hurt when I pay attention to something else, but it seems to “ease” it a bit. So yeah. I’ve been trying to “forget” and “ignore” the pain by doing other things, like .. sleeping. Which I’ve done a lot lately. I mean a LOT. And my poor little Cocoa Butt has been by my side the whole time. Poor kitty has done nothing but laying next to me and cuddle up with me.. no “fun” things for her, like playing string, because I have been too .. whatever.. to play with her. Poor thing. Also, not that I’m that much of “Betty the Homemaker” but I’ve pretty much given up on house-chores too. The place looks like a pigsty. My apartment looks like a mess. I feel like a mess. I tried to read lately too. My fine choice of literature? Harry Potter. I’ve let go of my dignity and caved in – and started to read that first book (I’ve only gotten like maybe 1/3rd of the book so far… What can I say, I’m not much of a “reader” by nature)

… and I’m still in pain.

I’ve become a little whiney baby lately. Can’t help it.

.. I give up. I’m going to call a dentist from or to some of clinics like Alaska Dental Resources tomorrow and set up an appointment.

Guess who’s back

July 10, 2009

.. guess who’s back on knitting train? ME!

It’s true. I just picked up my needles again this week (or something). I will say, it’s a bit difficult thing to get back to the mode, but once I did, it wasn’t so horrible. ๐Ÿ™‚

The tanktop that I’ve been working on (what seems to be) forever is on right track. I’m almost done.. minus the button bands.

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Yes, I even finished sewing down the hem.. that was quite a bit of work (especially with a kitty cat who loves strings). For now, I do have to abandon the project temporarily (once again) until I find the buttons. I think it’s probably easier to find the buttons first then try to make button holes accordingly than the other way around. At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

And I have started on a pair of Polly Jean. One may ask, why are you knitting your own pattern again? I’d say, to fulfill my vanity of course. Eh, so maybe I’m a bit conceited. Who cares.


And I fear that I’m now turning into a crazy cat lady. I can’t help it. Lately about the only pictures I’ve ever taken are of Cocoa. I’m totally smitten by her. Can’t help it. But look, how could you not love her?


.. speaking of meow meow, do cats usually pick their “favorite” humans? The reason why I ask, is because Cocoa acts differently toward me than to Chris. Even though she enjoys playing with him (and string) and don’t mind getting pet from him, she wouldn’t go plop down on his lap like she would do to me, or giving “bath”. (So yes, apparently, according to the cat, I’m stinky?)

Now for non-kitty (or my vanity) related news, I would like to congratulate Shannon Okey and her friend Arabella Proffer for opening their brand new studio. Their launch party is tomorrow. Please check out Shannon’s website for more information. Congrats again!

.. and I still like my lap kitty ๐Ÿ˜›

Polly Jean

January 31, 2009

Happy Birthday to me, and a free pattern for you!

I present you, Polly Jean!


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A step forward, a step back, then forward again

September 27, 2008

Oh, it’s almost that time of the year again. It’s Halloween season, by which I mean a – longer hours at work, and b – no more Sundays off (at least until November).

Oh too bad, right? I guess it’s NOT that bad. After all, this is only for a month.

So that’s that. And here’s my knitting progress (or de-progress): Slipped Hours pullover for Cyndi.

I got pretty far initially, knitting straight up from skein to skein. Then it got me worried about color variegation. So I started to alternate skeins – and it was such an obvious change that I frogged it down to hem and started back up.

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And I’m now finally back to where I started. Honestly, this is the slowest knitting project for me, EVER (aside from afghans that is).

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So that’s what I’ve been working on the entire time. For like almost a month now.

And… just because I can – here are my new pair of fancy new blue shoes (though it’s really dark navy, so on the pictures they look rather black).

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Yes, they’re Doc Marten’s. Yes, they’re Mary Janes. Yes, they’re really blue, not black.

(… and those socks are my own design. Pattern coming soonish – like, mid November 2008. Consider yourself warned.)

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