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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)

Blah blah blah

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.

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(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.

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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 :) 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.

It’s Kitty Cat Day!

April 19, 2009

Today is Kitty Cat Day! Chris’s sister’s cat will be staying with us for next couple of weeks, and she should be here any moment now, so this will be short and sweet.

First affair, I did manage to finish those two remain pairs of socks before end of March. Go me!

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On the left, is Twisted Flower by Cookie A: Dream In Color Smooshy in Wisterious, size 1.5 (2.5mm) needles. And of course, one of the twin socks with Ariel. On the right is heavily modified version of Gentleman’s Fancy Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. Again, with size 1.5 (2.5 mm) needles, in Universal Yarns Pace Step in some random bluey color. The most obvious modification being is different gauge than the pattern calls for (to accommodate the needle size), and I also carried the stitch motif down to the heel flap instead of stockinette as the pattern calls for. These socks were for Ana.

Next in agenda: a tank top. I named it “Not Picovoli”. Why? Because I intended to make Picovoli when I originally received the yarn from Ariel. Then after a bit of thinking, I decided I’m going to go for a different route. Here’s a sneak peak of the details.

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Yes, I did hemmed details for the armhole and neckline. Yes, it was a lot of grafting than I can handle.

Anyway, it’s coming along, like it or not. I have more progress pictures on flickr and on Ravelry if anyone’s interested – it shouldn’t be too difficult to find me on either sites, really. More details on the project and my thoughts or whatever shall be discussed in later post(s). For now, I’m going back to anxiously waiting for our furry house guest to arrive. It’s all good.

I’ve been a busy girl…

March 25, 2009

Warning: this is probably a pretty picture-heavy post.

Don’t you love it when a blog post starts with a warning? (Though, personally I don’t really care)

Let’s start with stuff I finished “recently” – by which I meant in March… so far anyway.

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From top left:
Robot mittens are finally finished. It took me next to forever to finally finished duplicate stitching the second robot. I really should mail them out to Carol now that they’re finished and now that it’s getting warmer and warmer.
And.. yet another pair of Embossed Leaves socks – except, this time, they’re for me! Used Louet Gems fingering in Pewter, with 2.5mm needles. And of course, toes and heel flaps are done my way, you know, whatever I feel like.
Burgundy Monkey socks for Sue – used Fortissima Socka, 2.5mm needles, again, heels and toes are done “whatever I want” way.

Speaking of Sue, she was first knitter/friend I met in Milwaukee, and only after about 2 months of knowing her, she’s moving. :( These were “farewell” socks for her. I got to see her one last time before she was leaving – in fact, she invited me to her house and let me go through quite a bit of her stash. Now I have a lot more yarn than I know what to do with:

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Most of them are really neat vintage yarn. I really don’t think I’m going to bother myself trying to upload them individually to Ravelry stash page (maybe I would do that for more “current” yarn that already exist in their yarn data base). Seriously, I’m like the biggest yarn mooch in the world. My stash mostly consists of “other people’s generosity” – crazy! Thank you everyone who ever sent me yarn! Without you, I wouldn’t have anything to knit with :)

… so it’s true – I never turn down free yarn.

And here are my current works-in-progress. Yes, I said “plural” – I’ve joined the gang of multiple WIP’s.

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On the left, is Twisted Flower twin socks (with Ariel, of course. On the right, is a pair of socks for Ana – she knows what it is, she knows which yarn I’m using. But I have decided to hide the actual pictures until she receives the socks. I don’t know if she reads my blog, but “just in case”. Even though I already told her which pattern & yarn I’m using, I think it’s still a bit of surprise once you actually see the actual sock (or so I’m hoping).

Even though I’m not sure how much knitting I can get done for the rest of the week this week, I’m hoping to get both of these finished by the end of March. I have a feeling there won’t be much “show & tell” kind of knitting in April – I have decided it will be (my personal) designing/pattern writing month.

… and now, it’s time for me to start picking up the apartment before my motivation runs out.

Babbling about nothing

March 4, 2009

Ok, so this apartment is way too bright. Sun in my eyes…. seriously I have a blind spot now. So I’m taking a wee break from knitting and hey, what do you know, I’m blogging.

… let see, what have I done in past month, in the very short month of February.

My friend Ranaee was here. We went and did some tourist things. Went to a zoo, and to Milwaukee Public Museum. We tried to go for tour & fish fry at Lakefront Brewery and that totally backfired – by the time we got there, tour tickets were completely sold out, so we had to settle for just fish fry (which is another crappy story – they were extremely busy and the table pager they gave us was dead so we had to wait forever plus one). Oh and I got carded at a mall, because they thought I looked “underaged”. Seriously? Not even 18?

And I spent, or rather “wasted”, a whole week playing a game. Oh yes world – MJ has crossed the line to the dark side. MJ has played a RPG game (…. help me). I seriously spent a week, night and day, playing Fable: TLC, like, sleep deprived all night and day. And we all know that MJ doesn’t really play any games. I can barely play Mario Bros. But well, what can I say, it was stupid but it was kinda interesting. At the end, I felt like the game should have lasted longer. And at the end, as you accumulate all the points and buy all these powers & magic and such, it just got too easy. So.. yeah, the game was fun… until the end when it kinda became disappointment. As much of a waste of time it has been, one accomplishment (or lack there of) is that this was the first time I played a game and finished. So, there.

Oh and I finished a pair of socks: twin sock with Ariel, of course.

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First time using STR lightweight – the color was like “well, that’s nice” – after all, color preferences are subjective thing. But my goodness, the yarn base itself is fabulous, I can see what the fuss is all about.

Right now, I’m working on couple of pairs of socks. Yes world, MJ has joined the multiple WIP club :P

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On the left is Twisted Flower (Cookie A), and on the right is Embossed Leaves socks. TF is another twin sock with Ariel, and as for EL, this is the first pair I’m actually making for myself (but 3rd time making it altogether). Of course, EL is done in my butchered way – b/c as pretty as it appears to be, I don’t really like that garter detail on heel flap on the original pattern, and also the toe shaping.

Oh and last night, I invaded a local knitting group. That was totally awesome. Everyone was really nice. I’m tracking them all down one by one on Ravelry and adding them as friend. There is a ravelry group so I probably could just mass add them all, but right now I’m on a mission :P I figure, that way, I can remember who they are, by trying to guess by looking at their profiles/pictures/projects. Anyway…

On a random note, I’m drinking (or sipping through a straw) Strawberry Banana Juicy Juice. A bit juvenile? YES. But is it awesome? Double Yes!

… banana flavored juice is a bit weird though. You know, because banana isn’t exactly the juciest fruit. But then again, this is probably mostly apple juice anyway, with “hint of banana”.

… and I want to go to Stitch & Pitch in July, at Miller Park.

… and it was a bit awkward (actually not “awkward” but rather “pricey” would work) to order hard liquor from a pub in Milwaukee (hello.. it’s the world of Miller & PBR). Maybe it’s time for me to move onto beer.

And that concludes my babbling about nothing.

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