Friday, March 31, 2006

Drama is one of those things I came to despise in HS. And lately it's been popping up all over the place. I'm guessing that anyone who frequents the 'Ville and doesn't have their head in the sand will know what I'm talking about, so I find no need to rehash it.

I did notice that half the comments I've made there today have been deleted or locked, LOL... Not sure who that reflects worse on - me, or the fucking idiots who provoke me to open my mouth! [Move my fingers, maybe?] Perhaps if I were more intuitive I would take that as the sign to lay low and head for hills...

Monday, March 27, 2006


I've been avoiding my blog lately. I don't know why.

A couple weeks ago I got the best package from my secret-to-me pal at C'Ville. It was full of freakin awesome candy, as well as some delicious brushed alpaca from Plymouth... in the *perfect* color... Although I have no idea what to use it for it's been sitting right on top of my stash, so I can pet it often.

Today, I got a little box from someone who loves me over at DoD... no, not the government, but Dreams of Dogwood, my newest internet haunt. It's got good peoples, and good convo, and no drama... And apparently, some gifters, too!! *Someone* [?] sent me the cutest plush Peeps chick basket, filled with yummy teas and topped with yummier yarn!! [Yummier? Seriously, WTF... I can't believe I just typed that.] But really, this yarn is the kind one becomes a snob over - despite the fact that term has really been pissing me off lately; it's some really sumptuous baby-pink baby mohair. [Sumptuous is much better vocab, don't you agree?]

I haven't been hooking much... I started the Yeehaw Lady hat from HH with three strands of cotton chenille, and it's looking kick-ass, but I set it down once I finished the crown [like a week ago] and haven't picked it up since... I also have a little cardigan pattern to test - have the yarn, pattern, etc, and haven't even tried my gauge swatch yet.

School's going really well - I started my bowling class 2 weeks ago and so far have an average of 128; my highest game was a 170 [yay!!] but my lowest was an 87! [WTF?] ... Work's okay - I'm still on gravy hours, since I'm in school, but I have a bad feeling about this summer. The other part time girl is leaving at the end of this week to take an internship, and there's already grumbling going on about who exactly will be picking up the slack. I just have to be very clear about my boundaries and that this is only a PT job for me, and *not* get roped in like I did at Good Food. These are the last years of my life I will ever get to irresponsible and I plan to milk it for all it's worth...

Speaking of resposibilities - my car will be PAID OFF in 3 months!! Three more payments and she is all mine... how nice is that? It's not the nicest car, but it's not a fucking rust bucket either, and it still runs great... and best of all it will be paid for! I have got to tell y'all, I'm excited about this. It's a big milestone for me!!

And, speaking of *milestones* - Kris and I passed our fifth anniversary during my absence! We kind of anti-celebrated... our anniversary was on St. Patty's day, so we'd planned to go up north for the weekend, but ended up doing nothing at all. Truth be told, it was really, really nice. I think maybe we treated ourselves to Steak N Shake for dinner, lol - what a splurge, right? It was great, though, it always is. I adore their skinny fries.

I plan to try to keep up with my blogging more, although now that the nicer weather is just around the corner, it's so easy to find something else to do instead... [I'm sure you all understand!] Having the laptop has really come in handy, though - if not for blogging more regularly than at least for doing my homework more... Which reminds me, I have a dialogue to type up for German. So, I'll just wrap up with this pic of Kris and I, taken this past weekend on my cell:
Say cheese!

Hugs, all!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Quizzy goodness!

Found at Sue's blog:
You Are an Old Soul

You are an experienced soul who appreciates tradition.
Mellow and wise, you like to be with others but also to be alone.
Down to earth, you are sensible and impatient.
A creature of habit, it takes you a while to warm up to new people.

You hate injustice, and you're very protective of family and friends
A bit demanding, you expect proper behavior from others.
Extremely independent you don't mind living or being alone.
But when you find love, you tend to want marriage right away.

Souls you are most compatible with: Warrior Soul and Visionary Soul

Thursday, March 09, 2006

I did it!!

I finally finished the Neverendinghan!! I'm so amazed with myself... this blanket has sat by the way side so long I seriously doubted I would ever finish it. [Now, the cloud graphghan has taken it's place, but let's not think about that, okay?] I think the last time I actually made a serious post about this project was in November [!!!] when I showed you these pictures:

I actually finished the 'ghan earlier in the week, but hadn't gotten around to photographing it. It was made intending to be used at Kris's house, hence the bumblebee-esque color combo, but so far it's gotten so much use at my place that I doubt it will be leaving. Even it doesn't match. So, here's the FO:
That's Kris hiding under it on my double bed and me holding it up.

Stats: I used Bernat Super Value in Black and Deep Straw, 3 [8oz] skeins of each, and my TOTC J hook. I used a stitch I picked from 101 Stitches for Afghans, which I've seen elsewhere caled the sedge stitch. It's a sc, hdc, dc shell, basically: textured, but not feminine, and not very open. It's quick and mindless to work up, too. The edging is my favorite standby, reverse sc. It always looks clean and polished - for some reason frilly or scalloped edges just don't do it for me.

I've been trying not to start too many new projects, cuz it's been so long since I've finished any and it feels nice to be on this roll. I've been thinking about picking up the sucky Karabella spiral shawl again and trying to work that out. Last time, I think I had a pretty promising start figuring out the pattern, but completely quit working on it for some reason. [?!]

I've also been working on a little, secretish project, and trying to get some things set aside for my secret pal. She's turning out to be a real doll and I want to send her some great stuff. Summer is coming up and I'd like to send her some nice cottons or other lightweight fibers, but I know a trip to my LYS is going to prove dangerous on my budget!!

See, with summer coming up, I hopefully will have a month or two off from classes, [I'm sure I'll write more about that later,] and I'm seriously pondering investing in a knitting class. The ones I'm considering don't run cheap, but the shop I'd be at is also the only one I have found where I truly feel comfortable and enjoy the atmosphere. I have had a desire to knit for a while now, but *no* desire whatsoever to learn from a book or try to teach myself. I want someone to help me... especially since I've heard that "Continental Style" [whatever that is] is supposed to be easier for crochet-crossovers to learn, and I want an actual person to show me how that works, y'know?

Sunday we have Kris's nephew's birthday party - tomorrow after work I have to shopping for his present. We were planning on getting him a bat and mitt, and come to find out that his family on the other side already did. Boogers. At least I have a turtle for his sister...

Anywho, gonna run - Wings are on and I just missed another goal. Deneen, I hope you get better soon; and Jessi, I miss you and hope you feel better too. And, HUGS to everyone!!

Ooooh, I'm famous!!

Well, not really, of course! But, I did get a good mention today over at the ReadyMade blog. Or rather, my shopping bag pattern got a good mention. This is seriously exciting, though, since not only is it good exposure but I also *love* ReadyMade mag very, very much.

Click here for the direct link to the entry.

And, a HUGE HUGE HUGE thanks to Pfirsch for the heads up on this! Good looking out!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Crochet the Rainbow

I did it - I joined Crochet the Rainbow, along with masses of other crafters. Hopefully it will inspire me to finish some freakin' projects!! Plus, it's low commitment, which I like. I'm enrolled in the DC Secret Pals Swap, so I don't want to overwhelm myself.

I did have a little ulterior motive with signing up for P.S. too, since I knew I was only about an hour away from completing March's project - something red or pink. Yes, that's right folks, I have an FO to show!! Remember the Fino yarn I was going on about before Christmas? The shawl that ended up a scarf that became a UFO got set aside for a bit? It's finished!! My first lace project ever... I'm rediculously pleased with it, and only wish I would've finished it sooner in the winter so I could get more wear time out of it.

Stats: This scarf is 92" long by 8" wide. I kept going until it was as long as I wanted, and wove in the ends, no border. It used slightly less than one whole 100g hank of Fino, I'd guess about 800 yds. I used a size E hook, and a chevron stitch I liked from my Harmony Guide. When it was done I steam pressed it - never done that before and since I am not very familiar with the iron I had my mom assist. How lame is it that I'm 20 and don't know how to use an iron? [My mom thinks muchly.] I absolutely love this yarn. [But really, KnitPicks Shimmer is the *exact* same thing for half the cost; the only bummer is Shimmer doesn't come in the beautiful solid colors that Fino does...]

Anyways! I mentioned I signed up for the DC Secret Pals Swap - I'm excited about this. I'm hoping that the more experienced group will guarentee a successful experience for everyone... And I'm happy cuz I've already received a nice ecard from my pal.

Plus, the gal who I get to send to is someone who I'm not very familiar with, and from reading up on her I think I will really like her. I'm pretty positive she doesn't read my blog, so I feel safe mentioning that I dyed some yarn to send to her last night. I tried the Wilton's Icing Dye again, and had better results this time, but I'm still not thrilled, so I think I might over dye it tomorrow after work. It's tricky to get the color saturation on this stuff right - plus, my rinse never ran clear. Hmmm...? Anyways, I'm looking forward to spoiling her.

Now I'm gonna run, cuz Kris bought me a scratch-off and I gotta see if I'm rich. ;)