Tuesday, December 30, 2008
A few months ago he came home with a laptop for me. His mechanic was offering one up and Dave remembered that I wanted one.
Years ago, I bought one real cheap off a friend from a writing class. It was really old school (even for 10 years ago), more or less just a glorified type writer, but I loved the thing. I could curl up in bed, snuggle with the cats and write to my hearts content.
I started writing a novel, but when the lap top died (malignant power cord failure) the book kind of got left by the way side. I'd pick away at it every so often on my desktop computer, but nothing compared to the comfort of lying in bed and writing for a few hours before bedtime. Sometimes I would write into the wee hours of the morning, and get up the next day, go back and read it and go "holy $#@%" I wrote that? There was just something about the mindset I got into as my brain prepared to sleep and my body began to relax.
In addition to never being able to get the same comfort/inspiration level at the computer desk, I had started working for a newspaper. My brain was so battered by the end of the day I didn't
even want to consider writing at home. When I moved over to advertising I wasn't quite so drained, and started toying with the idea of picking it up again.
When he brought home the laptop I was thrilled, and immediately started writing again. Then my back went. I mentioned it would be nice to have the internet on my laptop, so at least when my back was acting up, I could still stay in touch with my various communities. (not to mention its nice to have the internet handy when you need a little background research for your story).
Well, even though we agreed not to buy each other Christmas presents this year, that man of mine showed up on Christmas Eve with a wireless router and a wifi stick for the lap top... and here I am blogging from bed.
So instead of making a New Year's resolution about losing weight and eating more vegetables, I am making a resolution I actually have a chance of keeping. I am resolving to write for at least an hour every day... and with any luck, I may have a novel done by the end of the year.
Happy New Year!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Of course I wasn't paying attention, and I knit it about an inch and a half too short. (It's nice to have a boy head around to try these things out before giving them as gifts)
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Mom gave me some Fino Alpaca and Kidsilk Haze and a really want to cast on for Purity
I made one of these for Vineyard Alpacas this summer and I really want to make one for myself... Damn the Christmas knitting!
Sigh... back to Dad's chunky sweater...
Monday, November 24, 2008
You Are Boggle
You are an incredibly creative and resourceful person.
You're able to dig deep and think outside the box to get things done.
You are a non linear thinker. You don't like following directions
You draw your inspiration from the strangest places sometimes. You're constantly inspired.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I have made some progress on the socks, and I got a little Christmas knitting a little bit further. I did manage to finally mop my floors, which I've been meaning to do FOREVER.
And today, I did something I've left on the backburner for waaaaaaaaaay too long...
I sewed Dave's quilt top together. Now all I need is some sashing, some batting, and sew it all together! I'm quite pleased with this, and love how the colours go together.
"Go check out the Etsy site... there's cool new jewels up!"
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Wandering Cat Studio
I am a hat fanatic. I love hats almost as much as I love shoes. I think hats are neglected by modern fashion, and often find myself fantasizing about days when an outfit wasn't complete without a hat. I am particularily fond of the hats of the 20s, 30s and 40s.
That's where I drew the inspiration for Petal. A nice warm hat, with a little bit of lace for a touch of feminity, perfect with short or long hair (and super cute with a bob).
Child: 14 inches around
Adult: 19 inches around
Petal has a fair bit of stretch, so don't worry if the measurment seems a little small. The hat should be snug.
1 Ball of Patons Classic Wool (I used approximately half a ball for the adult size)
1 pair 4mm needles
20 st and 24 rows in 4 inches of stockingknit st
K2tog= Knit 2 Together
Pattern: (Adult Size in Brackets)
Cast on 90  stitches
1) Knit row
2) Knit row
3) Purl row
4) * (K2tog) x3, (k1, yo) x6, (k2tog) x3*. Repeat from * to * to end
5) Purl row
Repeat rows 2-5 5  times
Child size only:
Next row: Knit
Next row: Purl
1) K8 [K7] K2tog to end
2) (and all even rows) purl row
3) K7 [K6] K2tog to end
5) K6 [K5] K2tog to end
7) K5 [K4] K2tog to end
Continue decreasing in this manner until you have completed an entire row of K2tog.
Cut yarn leaving long tail, draw yarn through remaining stitches, pull tight and seam.
Note: This hat can easily be done in the round for those who prefer not to seam. Simply join ends after casting on and knit all purl rows!
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments.
Copyright 2008, Wandering Cat Studio. Please use only for personal use.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Unfortunately... I am using up scrap yarn.... and don't always have enough for both mitts
Thursday, October 23, 2008
As of today there is 62 days until Christmas, and with approximately three hours of knitting time each day, that leave me 186 hours to finish 10 knitting projects. To some that may seem easy, to others a little daunting, but it's a mix of large and small projects, and the large projects are done with thick(er) wool and big(ger) needles, so if I'm diligent I should be able to pull it off...
Earlier I think I mentioned that I finished a couple of small shawls for Vineyard Alpacas. I finally managed to take a couple of pics (With some help of course):
PS: Dont be alarmed if your comments don't appear right away, I've changed my settings so I'm moderating the comments. As soon as I log on each day they will appear.
Monday, October 20, 2008
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Thanks Dad for sharing your love of weaponry... and to everyone else, here's fair warning... if we're ever caught in a zombie Apocolypse... you're on your own (unless you can shoot)
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Good news: I got my camera back, but no pictures yet. I've been too busy/in pain/dying/phleghmy to bother snapping and downloading (maybe later tonight after my nap, but probably not)
Despite what mom's blog shows, I've been in a lot of pain (but how can you say no to a four-year-old who wants to play in the leaves - after you convinced her she wouldn't get lice if the leaves got in her hair)
Fortunately, you can knit lying down so it's been a productive week-and-a-half despite the fact I've been chewing tylenol-3s like candy and have a sacro-illeac that just doesn't want to go back into place. I got a fair bit done on the silk shawl before I had to put it down to work on some stuff for Vineyard Alpacas. She's having a grand opening of her coach house store this weekend (and I'm totally going to miss the deadline).
Anyway, like I said I was doing well until the cold, which has just sucked the energy right out of me. I'm sitting her drinking a neo-citrine then it's back up to bed for a nap.
Oh and admist all this pain and phlegm, I've been running around helping dad do some body work on my old/new car and getting it safetied and e-tested and put in my name.
I am now the proud owner of a beige Ford Focus Wagon... not that is not excitement, it's PURE SARCASM.... in the spring I'm painting it pink!
Monday, October 6, 2008
I don't - but it feels like it because my editor borrowed my camera. I didn't think I used it that often, but in just a few short days I've found out how wrong that thought was.
It seems like every time I turn around, I think "gee that would be a great picture" and then... "crap I don't have my camera."
I really can't complain. Technically the camera belongs to work and I really should get my "own." But...
And then there's my poor blog... what is a blog without pictures?
I've been making some good progress on my knitting. My back has not been cooperating this past week, so I've been trying not to move around too much... though some how I ended up rearranging my bedroom (that was thanks to the tylenol threes, I think), and "helping" Dad with a little body work on my old/new car. I say "helping" because everytime I actually got to do something (riveting, sanding etc.) the tool was almost immediately taken out of my hand and I was shooed away for not doing it fast enough. So mostly I ended up sitting around on the front porch, running for tools, and entertaining the dog.
Anyway, back to knitting. Even though my back has been causing me horrofic pain, it's bee good for the knitting process... because I can knit lying down! I have two shawls under contruction. But you can't see it because I don't have a camera.
I haven't got around the felting my elephant. I'm still waiting for the pieces of my felted purse. I got a little more work done on them (is it just me or is knitting I-cord mind-numbing?), but put it aside to work on the shawls.
Anyway, since I don't have any progress pictures, here's a picture of Tux doing what he does best:
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Earlier this week, my car died. Fortunately, my Dad was kind enough to share his car with me until I could get another one (which actually ended up being his car, as he just bought my mom a new one for her birthday, but that's a long story and I want to get to the knitting.)
And all this sharing of car resulted in a lot of chaos and a missed deadline. Remember secret surprise? Well it was a tank top for my mom for her birthday... only by her birthday, it wasn't quite finished. The back was done, and the front was done up to the neckline, but I need a couple more hours to finish it off... so like any good knitter... I gave it to her in pieces with the promise of finishing it on the weekend.
I did keep that promise on Saturday, while Dave was helping my dad work in his old/my new car, I sat out back with mom and finished her top. Yaaay... only I don't have pictures of it. See, I don't crochet, and the top requires a crocheted edge around the arm and neckline.... so yes, mom has to finish her own birthday present... I am a horrible child I know... but I'm the youngest and the cutest so I can get away with it. (I'll post pics as soon as mom finishes it.)
Anyway, when Dave and I got home that evening, I still felt the need to knit. You think I would have picked up one of the many projects I already had on the needles but nooo... I cast on for something new...Here is Peno checking out my Flower Power Elephant. This is a really easy pattern (about 3 hours to knit all the pieces) but I added a little twist. I'm going to felt it. (I LOVE felting)
I fully intended to felt it today. But I thought, if I'm going to be felting I should finished the pieces of my other felted project and felt them all at once (it's a purse of my own design and once it's done I'll post the pattern for free here). So I started working on the strap this morning, and about noon Dave decided he was going to take apart my toilet (it makes a hideous noise every time you flush... it's kind of like having a toilet alarm) and of course, he decides he needs a part, so a-shopping we go. Well none of the stores have the part we need (of course) but he decides to stop off at my parents to return some body filler he borrowed.
It was a good thing we did, because mom had a little computer problem, and Dave is her resident computer guru. I settled in for a long wait... but since we were only going shopping I hadn't brought my knitting. (That and it's angora and Dave doesn't like the fluffies in his car)
Mom kindly gave me some hand painted silk yarn to keep me busy and I started knitting a shawl... (my own pattern I'll post when it's done) It doesn't look like I got very far considering we were at mom's for about seven hours, but I ripped it out once.
And that was my weekend... back to another Monday.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Sadly, that's most recent pic I have of the two of us together (that was highschool, not college). Be prepared this weekend mom!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
But the other day I was in Giant Tiger, and I saw the perfect bag for my knitting. It was huge, stylish, and cheap, so I bought it. It is perfect, and I'm sure will fit a whole sweater or maybe even two. It had no problem toting Frankenghan.
And even better Peno would get the old bag all to herself. (She'd get really cheesed when I'd pull it from under her and fill it with my car knitting.)But today I came home to this!
and a little later this...
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
As I said in my previous post... these are three Christmas presents for three special little friends (no peeking kids). I'm trying to use up a lot of the bit balls in my stash, and so far so good... and that's three Christmas prezzies down and it's only September. Actually I have more than that taken care of, but the recipients read this blog, so I'm not telling you nothing.
I also have another project that I'd totally love to share with you, but I'm hoping to get it published in Knitty, so I can't show anything here yet. If Knitty rejects it I'll publish it here, but keep your fingers crossed.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
I don't have any pictures because work needed my camera for the weekend, but I snapped this one while at mom's:
This was supposed to be for Mr. Ethan, but if it fits Miss Rowan (as pictured) it totally won't fit Mr. Ethan. So.. Rowan left Gramma's with a new hat, and I made Ethan a new one.
Mom and I decided it makes her look like the Green Giant's little friend, Sprout.