Saturday, December 22, 2007

Yesterday, I found out that I have received IRB approval to start my research. I am so happy about that. Last night, Nina and I set out to LAX so I can catch my 10:00 flight to FL to spend the holidays with Sean's family and my mom. We left Burbank at 7:00 to miss rush hour traffic. We made it to the 105 in 20 minutes. We didn't get to LAX until 9:30. I called Delta from the car to find out what to do if I miss my plane they said that I would not make my plane, but I could pay $75.00 and make alternate arrangements. I get to the airport with my messenger bag purse and am taken to a courtesy phone. While on the phone I find out because I checked in online I have to try to make the flight or it is $645.00 to get on a new flight. I don't have that sort of money so I look at Nina and say I have to try to make the flight. I show my boarding pass to the TSA agent who sends me up the first class elevator. On the second level,I meet a nice Australian man from Sydney who smuggles me over to the executive check in area. I run to my gate and make it to the gate where they are boarding zones 1-4. I was in zone 7, so I made my flight. I called my mom when I landed to try and get some clothes. She came with some underwear and tops. Mrs. Nixon found me some toiletries and I have already done a CVS run. Nina is going to try to mail me my carry-on. It has been an interesting start to the Christmas holiday.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

My IRB modifications have been turned into the Office of Campus Research, and I have confirmed that they were received. I know hope to hear by the end of the semester if I can start research.
Here is the second meme that Jen tagged me for. This one is all about Christmas.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Both, last year we had bags for a good reason, but I also like wrapping presents. I'm no where as good at it as my mom is though.

2. Real or fake tree?
I also don't put up a tree in my tiny apartment where I live alone, but I prefer fake trees because they aren't as messy.

3. When do you put up the tree?
I don't, but when I lived at home it was either after Thanksgiving or early December.

4. When do you take the tree down?
December 26th but it will probably be after Epiphany once Sean and I are married.

5. Do you like eggnog?
I love it especially Silknog.

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
I never get excited about presents, but the only year that I ever woke up mom about stockings was when I was seven and received knitting needles.

7. Do you have a nativity scene?
No, my advent wreath was more important to me to buy.

8. Hardest person to buy for?
Everyone, probably Sean's family

9. Easiest person to buy for?
Jen or Nina

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
A purse from H&M, it was the only thing I opened that year.

11. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards?

12. Favorite Christmas movie?
Small One by Disney, as a child I loved Mickey's Christmas Carol and when I bought the DVD Small One was on it. It quickly became my all time favorite.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
All year

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Mema's Christmas Cookies

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?

17. Favorite Christmas song?
Little Drummer Boy

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
I travel for every Christmas. I'm looking forward to Sean and my first Christmas together.

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Angel, but we had to have a star on the tree for way to many years.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Christmas morning

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?
The commercialization

23. What I love most about Christmas?
Church services (I love Advent) and being with family.

Currently on TV: Nothing at work

Monday, December 10, 2007

I'm waiting for one more translated document to turn in my IRB mod. Jen has tagged me on two memes, so I can write one of them to keep me from obsessively checking my e-mail for the missing document.
My currently reading list:

Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby
A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
Greenwich by Susan Cooper
A Diary in the Strictest Sense of the Word by Malinowski
World War Z by Max Brooks

Total number of books in my library:
I have no idea, a lot.

Last book finished:
Angelmonster, a fictional account of Mary Shelly's life with Percy that I don't recommend

Last book bought:
Crystal Dragon by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

5 Meaningful books:
The Anne books
The Bible
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck
Our Mutual Friend by Dickens

5 Favorite Books (in addition to the ones above obviously):
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskel
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskel
The Padington Bear stories
A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander
Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby
I tag anyone who wants to answer this one.

Currently on TV: Nothing

Saturday, November 03, 2007

I am finally blocking my wedding shawl (I know I'm getting married in 2009) that I finished in late August. The blocking wires I have are nice. My mom was joking she wanted a cashmere shawl. I still don't love myself enough for that fiber. The wedding shawl is silk. Pictures posted soon

Friday, October 26, 2007

Does anyone want 4 balls of Elsebeth Lavold Angora yarn? I have 4 balls in two different colors. I am seriously allergic/sensitive to angora. I didn't touch the yarn this time. I was looking through a Rowan pattern book that was next to the yarn, and I am now so itchy it isn't even funny. It is really lovely yarn please give it a nice home.
Jen tagged me for my first ever meme. It is the list of 8 random things about my kitchen meme, thank you Jen. Now I wonder couldn't my mom (do you approve of that title) find my blog next month?
Here goes nothing:
1. My high upper cabinet above my stove are empty except for teapots because I have no conviant way to get items out of them.
2. It has been stocked almost entirely by Bed Bath and Beyond thanks to my mom, Uncle Mike, and the 20% off coupons.
3. I can never get the floor clean even after people (thank you Carmen) have scrubbed it. After it was gleaming, a construction worker marked it back up.
4. I love aprons but only own one which hangs by the window.
5. My wok is the most used pan I own.
6. I own a double boiler. I like to baked and plan to try a new chocolate pie receipe soon.
7. I only own four knives.
8. It is visably slanted due to earthquakes.
I am tagging Sean, Stephen, and Carmen. I doubt anyone will answer the challenge, but it will be interesting to see the results if they do.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Craftlit

Thursday, October 25, 2007

My mum found my blog today, Hi Mum, via Jen's blog. Jen has all of her friends and family listed by their names so it wasn't hard. I just hope my writing does not shame mum too badly.
Currently on TV: A&E's Pride and Prejudice vol 1
Editted to keep with the same naming theme.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I had a good time this weekend. Sean came into town and much busyness was had. Friday we did errands and stayed around the apartment thus satisfying my need to do things with his desire to be lazy. Saturday, we met Jen and her friend up in Santa Barbara. We met at Knit and Pearl's a tiny but nice yarn store there. Jen needs to teach the friend how to be a nonknitter in a yarn store, always have a book. Sean views this as his chance to read or do math. We had lunch with them and had black stuff fall into our bread basket and drinks. We all traveled down to Montocito(?) to have Jen's dad take some good photos of Sean and I. I got lost which frazzles me beyond belief.
Sunday included a stressful lunch. Sean met my grandparents for the first time. All seemed to go well; he said maybe twenty words. Monday morning he flew back to CO and today I remembered that I hate waking up alone.
Currently on TV: Nothing at work

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I have a friend who claims that I only knit socks. It irritates me quite a lot though I know she doesn't mean it to. I knit more lace than anything else. I have knit two sweaters, one camisole, and a lot of scarves. I only knit socks exclusively when it is over 90 degrees and I do carry one with me in public because they are portable. I also carry a scarf or whatever I happen to want to finish soon. Yet this friend tells everyone I only knit socks. I find it odd.
Currently on TV: Deadwood Season 1 disk 2

Sunday, October 07, 2007

The bad news of the weekend I caught the flu that is going around work. The good news I finished my Sock Swap Partner's socks. I still need to obtain a bookmark and some CA goodies.
The bad news I frogged Sean's mother's shawl. The good news I recasted on in a different pattern and so far so good.
Currently on TV: Nothing

Friday, October 05, 2007

I was digging in the stash last night looking for my Sheepaints bamboo yarn. I rediscovered my Gingerbread Dude. I swear I could cuddle with this yarn. The only reason I'm talking about this is Jen fell in love with the Oregon Red Clover Honey yarn that she bought two skeins of one for her one for me. I get a note look out for yarn because I want thigh-highs and can't part with the second skein. She went back to Bluemoon and ordered a third skein so I can get some of the yarn. I had picked up some Count Cluckula and some sugarplum for Jen which I did give to her. I'm going back to the site in November for their Raven series.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Knitters Uncensored
Wollmeise has a shop. Shipping from Germany is seriously expensive, but she does refund overages of shipping charges (I got 6 Euros and change back). I managed to get some Lace weight and some sock yarn (it's mine, no selling the good stuff to Nina this time). The color weighs are beautiful. My inner goth scored both skeins look to be lovely red in the colorweighs of Indian Red and Pomogranate. I will be stalking the site for the blackberry colorweigh. It is lovely.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Knitters Uncensored

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Edit: I took another photo of me in the sweater post blocking. I hope this time the sweater doesn't look like a cartoon character. I think I look a little stoned but whatever.
Carmen the product review will come later once I've used the bag longer.
I finished Snow White. I had casted it on Monday September 10th. On the 11th, I found out that yes there is no way this sweater will fit me. It included frogging it around my body in just my bra and jeans in the living room. I couldn't bring myself to cut the yarn. I had finished the main part of the body by the 16th. The first sleeve took me a week and the second took me less time. I had joined the sleeves to the body and finished the sweater yesterday afternoon.

This sweater rocked because it was so portable. I could take the different pieces in the round with me everywhere and knit where ever I was. This caused a knitter to give me an odd look in the bank, and a nonknitter in the coffee shop to ask me how long it took me to learn. She said she had been wanting to learn. The sweater is still blocking on my floor and I can't wait to be able to wear the sweater out. I don't like the preblocked photo of me in the sweater, but it can't be helped I live alone so craptastic self photos get taken.

The pattern is 14 pages long when you print it out. It goes from size XS-3XL. The written out instructions are step by step and VERY easy to follow. The ribbing is flattering and the cut of the sleeves is unique. I think it would be a great first sweater project because the instructions are so clear.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Sticks and String Podcast

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I will post about the Yarnharlot's trip to LA soon. I am waiting for one photo. Preparing for the IRB has me swamped with school. I have started my second Hogwarts sock. My Snow White Sweater is progressing nicely. I am working on the second sleeve. I caved and bought a Namaste messanger bag in chocolate brown corderoy(?) from Scout's Swag.
Currently on TV: Heroes season 1 disk 4

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I am finally registered for classes. It is the second week of school. This happens every semester for this class and it does nothing for my stress level.
I am almost done with the bottom of my Snow White Sweater before the waist decrease.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Hogwarts Sock Swap Two Contest 3

What type of pet do you choose as your companion at Hogwarts?
I chose an owl named Thanatos for it's outer beauty and the ability to deliver the post.

While shopping in Hogsmeade you stop by Honeydukes for some sweets. What treats do you purchase for yourself?
I cave at the chocolate counter and I buy a dark chocolate bar with a nut of some sort in it.

A potion you are preparing needs an ingredient available only at muggle shops. You don't want to stand out in your wizards robes, so you resort to traditional muggle clothing. Describe your outfit in detail.
I would wear the jeans that American muggles are so found of and a sleeveless shirt of some sort along with sandles.

What is your favorite subject to study at Hogwarts and why?
Charms and transfiguration. I love being able to create things

Likewise, what subject is your least favorite and why?
Arithamacy it is to much like math which when I got to calculus became difficult

Back to the potion you were shopping for ingredients for, what type of potion are you making, what color is it, what are the ingredients, and precisely what does the potion do?
I was making an all-purpose stain remover that is yellow. It contains chamameolle, lavendar, and dragon's blood in it to remove stains from anything. It hopefully will clean my kitchen.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

I finished my first Hogwarts Sock for my partner. I'm going to wait until Jen comes to cast on for the second. I really want her opinion on the finished project and my ideal for the second sock.
I'm gauge swatching for the Snow White sweater. I'm knitting it in the Lorna's Laces fisherman I bought last year. I would love to have it done for Thanksgiving to wear in CO but I don't like to push myself. I also need to start Jen's shawl. Decisions decisions
Currently on TV: Nothing

Saturday, September 08, 2007

The wedding shawl is finished. I casted on for it July 12th and I finished it September 8th. I still need to block it, but I am not wearing it until May 22nd 2009. I have time. I'm just super excited that not only do I have a finished object, but I have a finished LACE shawl.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Weekend America hour 2.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I want the Jane Austen Tote for a knitting bag. I was bad today and caved and bought the Gingerbread Dude Socks That Rock. I am half done with the edging of the wedding shawl. I know I have just under two years, but I don't want to be mad dashing on my knitting and blocking while doing a hundred other things.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to The Best of As It Happens

Friday, August 24, 2007

I stumbled back onto the Republic of Pemberley's Cafe Press store. I want the What would Jane Knit tote bag. It would make a fine knitting bag. I wonder where is the Elizabeth Gaskell store. I want a I married my Roger Hemley coffee mug.
On the knitting front I finished 20 repeats of the Willow Leaf lace border on one side. I thought I would need to knit 37 repeats but that won't be enough. I may need to knit the 57 repeats that are called for on the pattern. It is a lovely border. I just worry about yardage.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Forgotten Classics
I am on repeat 56 of 62 on my shawl. I'm using the melon pattern from Victorian Lace Today. I have read on ravelry that the shawls edging take a lot of yarn, and I am on my second ball of yarn. I finished the first ball during repeat 52. I am going to change the edging from the one in the pattern to the Willow Edging from the Maple Leaf shawl. What do my knitting readers think. I'm really worried about running out of yarn. I know I'm always worried about running out of yarn. This time I only have a little over a 100 yards of extra material.
Currently on TV: Bleak House episode 7

Thursday, August 23, 2007

I am a little troubled that some of the yarn dyers are already rolling out their holiday yarns. A Swell Yarn shop has a color-weigh called Rustic Christmas that has sold out two weeks running and Blue Moon Fiber Arts also has their holiday yarns out. I am in love with this one called Gingerbread Dude. I just bought two skeins of sock yarn so I really can't buy anymore. Gifts however are always accepted. Blue Moon also have this color-weigh called Dreidel for Hanukkah.
Currently on TV: Nothing still have Stardust running through my head.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

I am so excited. I found the perfect laceweight yarn for Jen's present. I put in an order for it, and I now can't wait for it to arrive. Edit: I just got a note that it is in stock and will be shipping from somewhere on the West Coast tomorrow. I'm just putting in hints to see if anyone can figure out the yarn dyer
I now need to narrow down the choices for the perfect lace shawl for her. Jen you are allowed an opinion.
Currently on TV: Bleak House episode 3
This really is only for Jen. Sean is coming to visit October 18-22nd.
Edit: I found the Devonshire Cream butter at Trader Joe's. It still is really good. When you come visit can you bring the brown sugar cookies?
Currently on TV: Bleak House

Monday, August 20, 2007

I had a fantastic weekend with my friend Jen. Friday night we had dinner with her sister, brother, and grandmother. After dinner, I signed up for Lime and Violet's Chore Wars, and we went to the Sea Shanty for Swamp Pie. After pie we went back to Jen's and knitted while watching Say Anything. (The actor Loren Dean was Ethan Hawk's brother in Gattaca).
Saturday was a busy day full of yarn. We went to Eileen's Treasures in Pismo Beach. It is a cute store with great needles and a good magazine collection. I didn't buy yarn. Lunch was at Nucci's where we had Rasberry Salad and Pizza. I was a dunce and didn't read all of the ingrediants so the pizza had ham on it. The people at the store rocked and got me a really good slice of cheese that I could eat.
After lunch, we went to Yarns at the Adobe to knit with friends of Jen's. I again didn't buy yarn; Jen bought Victorian Lace today. (I'm currently hunting the internet for lace weight yarns for a gift for Jen). While at Yarns at the Adobe Jen got a phone call from Morro Bay Fleece Works saying I'm open. All of my good work not buying yarn went out the window (the yarn I did buy was all local yarns. I got a skein of Alpaca and 4 skeins (1200 yards) of undyed fingering weight that I need to figure out if I want to beg Miss Dharmafay to dye the yarn up for me.
We then went to tea at the Cast House. It is a wonderfully restored home in Cayucus, CA that serves a great tea. If you are on the Central Coast Friday-Sunday please check out the Cast House for a wonderful tea. They have broken up the sweet and savory listings and have a sample tea. They mix the teas with different dishes to really accent the flavors. The Thousand Steps Oolong with the chocolate pinafours was heaven. I'm going to be on a lookout for that tea as well as the Silver Nettle and the Jasmine Pearl tea. The Oolong turned the tea into hot cocoa. I'm not kidding. We were suppose to go to Ball and Skein and More after Tea. We called them and let them know that we would be coming. After Tea we called and they were closing early. I LOVE that store, but I was really disappointed in them for closing and I am not sure Jen's friends will go back to the store. I still wanted to look at yarn so we head to Mr. Smith's office to look at yarn online. I also didn't buy yarn although I was tempted by
Saturday night, I helped make dinner for Jen's family. It was good, so I was happy. Saturday night included games. Monster's Inc. and MI5. Mr. Smith agreed to take photos of Sean and I in October this makes me so, so happy. Sunday we went to church, I saw Ryan and Sarah's baby (she is beautiful). We had lunch with Brandon at Novo.
The drive home took 4.5 hours roughly. Santa Barbara of course had horrible traffic. Jen says she will come down for the Yarn Harlot. I'm going to try and make her stay as nice as she made mine.
Today at work I went home early because I was really sick to my stomach. This morning I was achey and nauseous. I was actually sick and still felt sick. One of the heads of the machine shop was kind enough to drive me home. I crashed and I just slept. I did get in the car to get some stuff from Trader Joes.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Knit Therapy

Saturday, August 11, 2007

I am scrapping the original Hufflepuff socks for the sock swap. I am going to finish them eventually and if Miss Socks in the City wants them they are hers. The new socks are being made in the same pattern as the original pair from Mountain Colors Bearfoot yarns. These socks are more Hufflepuff inspired, but I think they will be pretty or else next week while visiting Jen I will look to see if Ball and Skein has the right color of black Bearfoot. The Bearfoot is a little splittie but really nice. I know these will keep my partners feet warm during Winter in England.
Currently on TV: Justice League Season 1

Friday, August 10, 2007

A photo of the finished Faith socks for Jen. I am wearing them with pride as I type.

Monday, August 06, 2007

My Faith socks are done. The pattern is Bellatrix from I knit the second sock in a week. I am in love with these socks.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Lime and Violet

Friday, August 03, 2007

My meeting went really well today. The director of the CDC liked my proposal and they are going to give me a space to do the research. This will give me access to potential research subjects. I'm really excited. During the meeting my mom called because it was 2:35 EST. It marked 25 years of my existance. I'm hoping for 25 more at least.
Currently on TV: Touching Evil Disk 3

Friday, July 27, 2007

I have finished my first Faith Sock. I immediately casted on the second and am on the ribbing. I can't wait for the weather to cool so that I can wear my socks around with pride and just have fun with them.
Edit: I have finished the ribbing of the second and I am now knitting on the leg.

I have started my Hogwarts Sock Swap Two socks. I hope my partner likes what I decided to do with them. I will not have my UCF Game Day socks, but the yarn is going to a good home. Nina wants to learn to knit, so I am going to take her to the LYS and let her pick out some yarn that she wants to knit with.
Currently on TV: Wire in the Blood Series 3 disk 4

Thursday, July 26, 2007

I have a meeting with the nonprofit that I would like to do my thesis research with next Friday. This means that I am already freaking out. Friday the 3rd is also my birthday. I'm not excited at all even though I think 25 is a rocking number. I either know or have my presents from my closest loved ones. So far my plans are to go to this meeting (please pray that it goes well this is my future after all) and go out to dinner with two close friends (at least), one who is flying in from FL to visit.
I have decided that I would like what I call Fred and George socks. That is socks that stripe opposite each other and have different color toes and heals from one another. I have the yarn, but I don't know when I'll knit them. My Faith sock and Seasilk shawl are my knitting obsessions right now. I'm still thinking of the right cabled sock pattern for my sock swap partner. I luckily have had the yarn in my stash.
Edit: The meeting is next Friday at 10:30.
Currently on TV: Nothing

Sunday, July 08, 2007

I'm in Ravenclaw again for my second year.

I had so much fun in the first Hogwarts Sock Swap that I fell hit my head and joined the second swap. For anyone who wasn't in the first year swap you can join in the fun with the second sock swap here Hogwarts Sock Swap Two starting July 14th. It has been so much fun doing this with my friend Jen and all the other knitters.
Hogwarts Sock Swap Questionnaire
Second Years

1. What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into?
I am a proud Ravenclaw. In real life I am a knitting grad student.
2. Shoe size? Foot length? Foot circumference?
US size 8, 9 inches, and the circumference is 8 inches
3. List your three favorite sock yarns.
Here is my dream list:
a. Yarn Pirate
b. Interlacement Tiny Toes
c. Socks That Rock
4. Would you like to try a new brand of sock yarn? If so, which brand?
Sure, I'm open to anything and my typing is horrible. I haven't tried the German Sock yarns or Koigu. I'm interested in trying both.
5. Do you prefer variegated or solid sock yarn?
I will knit with anything. I use mostly variegated as I think the hand dyeds are pretty.
6. What colors would you like to add to your sock yarn stash?
Not pink or purple, I love earth tones and if you put browns and blues together I will buy it. My love of blues and yellows is fairly well known.
7. What kind of sock patterns do you gravitate toward? Lace? Ribbed? Fair Isle?
I knit mainly lace and ribbing. I love cables, but I am frightened by Fair Isle.
8. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, animals, etc.)
I am allergic to cats
9. Will your socks be exposed to cigarette smoke or animals as you knit them?
10. Are you willing to have an international Hogwarts Sock Pal?
Yes, I think it would be fun.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Sticks and String.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

My family is interesting like a Chinese Curse. I don't speak to one great uncle due to a mutual loathing. He made a big deal about giving me the photos he had of me in his home at my grandmother's 90th birthday dinner. He told my father that he thought my Aunt who died earlier this year was a sentemental fool to keep them. This really hurts me, and I am not fully sure I understand it. I only feel pity for my uncle because I know he is alone and the only one who loves him is my grandmother, his sister. I must feel bad because he view me as dirt under his feet.
At the same time he did me a favor, these photos are of me from when I was 4. The dress my grandmother made for me. It is the only photo I have of my grandfather and I together. I have come out better from this encounter not him.
Currently on TV: Nothing

Thursday, June 07, 2007

I decided that I had to see Waitress before it left theaters. It just came to Burbank Memorial Day weekend (that's another rant). I called up Nina who also said she wanted to catch it in theaters to see if she was interested in seeing it tonight.
Student tickets were $10 each. The film was worth the $10. I can't really recall the last time I felt that way. I am buying it when if comes out for Andy Griffith's character alone. I am sad that Adrienne Shelly (is that spelled right) was murdered and this is her last film.
Currently on TV: Nothing

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Baby Norgards hat is done.
I used the Bunny Tail Hat from Itty Bitty Hats. It has such cute patterns. I know it has made the blog and podcast rounds, but I am slow to pick up certain trends. This hat turned out so cute, and I've threatened Sean with making one and putting it away for the future. It only takes 1 skein of Rowan Cashsoft DK. I am not sure where the ball band is to find the colorweigh. Sean cleaned the living room (it looks fantastic), and I think it may have been thrown out.
Currently on TV: Mrs. Bradley Mysteries
Today was the day Sean flew back to CO. I'm sad and figuring out how to be back to just me. I caved and bought a new DVD player. The sound on the last one just got way too bad. I also bought a couple of books today: Moonstone and a cheesy children's book (the library didn't have the first).
I went to the dentist yesterday no cavities, and my teeth and gums look good. The dentist said he wished his teeth looked as good. My toilet has been acting up so Sean and I first bought a plunger (didn't unclogged it), liquid draino (didn't work), a snake (a temporary fix where the toilet reclogged 3 times) and finally a product called ramrod (it appears to be working).
Jen's friends Ryan and Sarah are expecting a baby and I bought a book for their shower. They sent me a handmade thank you card. I loved it and was touched that they thought of me. I am on the first ear of the Bear Hat for Baby Norgard. I will cast on for the Rock Star sweater when I am done. Baby Norgard is due to arrive in July. I am almost done with my firstHogwarts Sock Swap Sock. I'm on the toe. I just casted on for Dream Swatch Headscarf in Interlacements Tiny Toes on size 4 needles. I'll check gauge shortly. Tomorrow, I hang out with Nina. We both were going through withdrawals.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Craftlit episode 56

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Final grades are in and I received a 4.0 for the semester. I had 9 credit hours plus a 32 hour work week. Both A's have made me very happy.
Currently on TV: Nothing I'm at work

Thursday, May 24, 2007

I finished my semester last night, so I will have a lot more time to knit and post pictures. This post is for the Hogwarts Sock Swap. I will have photos of other projects up soon. I have a very nice cabled sock from Favorite Socks in some Yarn Pirate that I am very proud of.
I am currently working on the Jaywalker Pattern from Magknits, but I am worried about the socks being to tight. I am knitting them on size 1 Lantern Moon Sox Stix which are my new favorite double points. I haven't taken knitting socks on circular needles yet. I'm way to attached to my dpns.
The socks fit me really well, but I am not the largest person ever. I would love to hear others opinions. So far my new computer battery is working well. I'm calibrating it or what have you. Now off to Disneyland with Sean. Have a great day everyone.
Currently on TV: Nothing

Monday, May 14, 2007

I finished the first of my flatiron socks. I'm going to name them Bessy Higgins. I feel bad that I've already used Molly Gibson as a sock name although the color was totally Molly.
The link is for Jen. She always says she wants to visit The Loopy Ewe but wants my blog to get the credit. If you are a sock knitter, this is a great site to get yarn, needles, accessories. Sean is visiting soon so I'll have him take photos of some finished objects.
Currently on TV: Nothing

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day to any mothers who read this. I called my own mother first thing this morning. We had a nice conversation.
I just received a call from my mother asking me if I liked her. My life is weird.
Currently on TV: Wives and Daughters

Friday, May 11, 2007

A real life update. I caved earlier this month and bought new lamps. This is because my bedside lamp (only 60 watts) has a short in the switch. Yes, I know I can rewire the switch in my sleep, but I don't own the tools yet. I found a set on Target that is a table and floor lamp combo. I was wanting to pick up another floor lamp for the living room so I was there. Today I received the lamps from The UPS guy didn't come until after 7 PM. They are all assembled and in place, but the bulb bought for the floor lamp was to large. I luckily had a spare 100 watt bulb. I replaced all the dead bulbs that were around.
Today the car cost me $230 to change the oil, fuel filter, and transmission fluid. My car is just shy of 30,000 miles. Last month the car also cost a lot due to needing new brakes. I made new keys so Sean can come and go as he please while he's here. He doesn't love me enough to buy me the Sarah yarn. Alok does, but I wouldn't let him buy it.
I have been knitting socks lately, even though I only remember studying for Anthropology of Religion. I finished the first of my Flatiron Socks. I'm worried about yardage. I am using the needle case that I bought from Socks-for-MumNeedle Case Both of her daughters just graduated from Auburn so congratulations again.
Congratulations to Alok as well from graduating from the University of Illinois Chapagne-Urbana (I have no idea if that's spelled right).
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Socks in the City
Does anyone love me enough to buy this yarn for me? Labyrinth Yarns
The colors in Sarah are all of my favorites. I also love Sir Ditymus(?) as both a character and yarn
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Cast On

Sunday, April 29, 2007

My camera is back from being repaired. This makes me so so happy that I immediately went walking around Burbank taking photos of some of my favorite things and of a sock. I love that I am within walking distance to Cartoon Network. The flower trees are gorgeous and that just because it's a day that ends with Y Burbank is supporting troops and veterans (flags come out for federal holidays). Next walk I need to take a photo of the political signs.

My one annoyance is that the sock that I was working on the leg was to small and had to be ripped out. Next time I ignore the pattern needle suggestions.
Currently on TV: Nothing

Thursday, April 26, 2007

I downloaded Firefox so I could post hyperlinks. I'm using the blogger button to make them clickable, but now my links that are there in my post aren't showing up in the blog. Help, how can I post links to what I'm talking about.
I'm lost.
Currently on TV: Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her
I've been working a lot with card/ATC making. I love collaging and stamping. In my photo album that is dedicated to the engagement (I liked the album cover and couldn't wait to alter the interior). I had made some stamp placement choices that I hated. I now am loving the insides of the cover and the front page. I also added some paper to each page to journal what happened in the photo such as date, place, and why the photo was taken.
The story I meant to tell but had to tell Sean first. I ordered yarn Saturday because I had to have STR Mediumweight yarn socks for myself. I picked up the Blue Moonstone that I had been lusting after.
I was listening to Lime and Violet. I need to stop doing that. Miss Violet mentioned that she was told Bluemoon Fiber arts had updated their colors. I looked over the colors. I was drawn to the Thistle and the Spring Fling yarns. I was fine until I stumbled over LUCY.
I will wait while you click the link. Sean and I have a contest going to see if I can spend the summer without buying yarn. Lisa Souza yarn is on the line here. If I don't buy yarn from May until August 17thish. Sean will buy me some Lisa Souza. I am not lusting after any of her stuff right now so I'm okay. I knew if I didn't find some way to buy Lucy before May 1st I would end up cracking in July and buy it. This would cost me my Lisa Souza.
So yesterday I called up The Fold
Tina told me she would be finding out soon what new colors she would have for Maryland Sheep and Wool. I can't go to Sheep in Wool being in CA and a grad student. Long story short, I caved and bought Lucy from Bluemoon so that I wouldn't crack under pressure come July.
Currently on TV: Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I had to download Firefox so I can post hyperlinks. Opera doesn't work with Blogger and Safari doesn't have hyperlink abilities. I can't remember the HTML Code anymore. This is for the Hogwarts Sock Swap; I'm not sure if I'll get any points though. I have casted on for my sock swap partner's socks I'm using Cosmic Fibers' yarn and I'm making Jaywalkers, the pattern can be found here I am currently on the cuff of my first sock.
I'm worried about my Anthropology of Religion course. I have missed two classes since the midterm, but I am prepping for my paper. Sean will be here in mid-May so I'm almost excited. I have a story to blog about, but I have to get yelled at by Sean first.
Currently on TV: Cold Feet Season Two disk 3

Monday, April 23, 2007

I need April to go away. This month has been very expensive. The first week I had to fix my breaks, then pay for camera repairs, a new mattress, and I managed to damage the audio in my DVD player.
This weekend I had so so much fun with Jen. I got in to Cayucos before Jen got home from work, so I lunched at Sea Shanty. I worked on my new hat and just enjoyed being out of LA County. We had dinner at Scooner's and knitted and talked until we both crashed.
Saturday we went down to the Cayucos Pier (after getting breakfast at the gas station) and saw her coworkers band Rhodes play. They were great and Jen bought their CD for me. The gas station has the best pasteries. I caved and finally bought the Blue Moonstone from STR. This was the only yarn bought this weekend. We went to Betty's Yarn in SLO. I found amazing fabric for the bridesmaid dresses. We found patterns that would flatter two of my lovely friends. I'm thinking of putting my younger sister in the same skirt with a corsetlike top. We supped at CPK and then went to Stamp Luis Obispo. I found several new stamps and Jen ordered two stamps of the Persuasion letter. I swapped her yarn for one. We visited the new yarn store in town which had some great sock needles.
Sunday was church which is always nice. We went to B&N to pick up books for Ryan and Sarah's babyshower. Jen bought them Animalia by Graham Base, and The Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle. I bought them a book by Carle about a spider. I bought Papa, please get the moon for me. We had lunch at The Madonna Inn with women from Pemberley. I had a wonderful time. I left SLO at 3:40ish and got back to Burbank a little before 7 PM. Traffic was nonexistant for a Sunday.
Jen also gave me a Mary Kay cup that is wonderful for tea.
I was watching a disk of my netflix that had come in and rembered I wanted to check my trunk for a corset pattern. I took everything off of the trunk to get into it, but the dvd player wouldn't go down so I tilted it on it's side. My dvd player is a 5 disk tray changer that had 4 disks in it. I was able to get all of the disks out. I'll find out later this week if they are alright, but the audio is fuzzy now if there is no sound of the scene is quiet. One of the disks in the player was Our Mutual Friend which is one of my favorites.
Currently on TV: The Forsyte Saga: To Let disk 2

Friday, April 13, 2007
Apparenly in the HP Universe I am Celestina Quirell. I am totally digging the first name I am lumie after all but Quirell? I don't want to be related to that weak willed Voldermort supporter. The cunundroms we face. keep the rocking first name with the horrible second or regenerate my HP name?
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Craftlit

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers. The good news is that my proposal has been accepted. I can now move on to face the CSULB IRB for approval to go out into the field.
I was so stressed about tonight, but I didn't know what to expect and how to properly channel my stress. It ended up being focused on the wedding two years away because that is a situation that I know I can control. I received my Hogwarts Sock Swap yarn from The yarn is so so soft. The packaging was done in house colors. I can't wait to start knitting with it. My camera is in IL being fixed or else I would be posting lots of pictures of it.
Currently on TV: Nothing

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

I totally want to buy this book just because of the website ttp://
Currently on TV: Our Mutual Friend
Thank you to all of my friends for your thoughts and prayers for tomorrow. I will update about the defense tomorrow night. I have started the My So Called Scarf from Sheep in the City I'm using the Malabrigo Dusty Rose that I picked up in Tampa. If a knitting store carries Malabrigo I will probably buy a skein or two.
I sent my camera to the repair shop last week to fix the view screen. It broke while I was in FL. I haven't heard back. I have constantly been wanting to take photos (I love my new camera), but the lack of camera is a problem.
The new challenge in the Harry Potter sock swap is going to be interesting for me. I'll have fun finding sock patterns to post. I'm so very jealous about not having been more clever in my answers to the sock swap questionaire.
Edit: I'm stressed about my thesis proposal defense. I've worked so hard on the document and I have no idea what is going to happen. I want to move forward so badly. The inability to do anything about the cause of my stress has me stressing about ridiculous things like the wedding. The wedding is two years away. There is absolutely no reason to stress about it yet I am.
Currently on TV: History of Violence

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

For those who care, my thesis defense is this Thursday April 12 at 5:00 PM PST.
Any good and helpful thoughts would be appreciated.

Friday, April 06, 2007

I want my House Points.
This swap seems like it will be a lot of fun. To join go to
Hogwarts Sock Swap Questionnaire

1. What Hogwarts house have you been sorted into?
Ravenclaw of course
2. Shoe size?
US size 8
3. Foot Length?
4. Foot Circumference?
5. List your three favorite double-point needle brands, including size and length.
I knit socks with DPNs these are some of my favorites
a. Brittany Birch 5” size 1
b. Brittany Birch 5” size 2
c. Brittany Birch 5” size 0
6. Would you like to try a new brand needle? If so, which brand? Size? Length?
I totally would be interested in new needles. I'm up to trying anything
7. If you are a RAVENCLAW, do you prefer the colors in the film or the book? Do you have a strong preference?
I don’t have a strong preference, but I do prefer the book colors. I am canon strict. I want to deny it, but I can't. I love blue and silver together, but it isn't Ravenclaw's colors.
8. Are you willing to have an international Hogwarts Sock Pal?
We were just informed that the swap is being capped at 100 participants. If you want in sign up soon. The swap may be run again in the Summer. Jen I'm so glad you got in, but I never thought of you as a Hufflepuff.
Currently on TV: Jim Hensen's Storyteller

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Is anyone surprised?

Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?

I found a Harry Potter Sock swap here I am so in. Jen want to join? Now the question, by doing this swap should I still do Sockapalooza?
Currently on TV: Nothing Angels in America came in Netflix and I'm so not there mentally. I'm listening to Craftlit.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

I started and finished the Italian Job hat from The pattern is fantastic and I loved working on it.

I was super sensitive however when working with the yarn and when I was wearing it. It has undergone a strong blocking process. I will find out tomorrow if this is a hat for me or if it will be a gift.

Currently on TV: The 1990s Persuasion

Friday, March 23, 2007

I am starting to feel like an adult. I am 24 years old. I should be defending my thesis the week of 4/9. I do my own taxes. I am getting married in two years.
I've noticed in decorating my apartment that I am moving away from the framed posters into more artlike pieces. They mostly live in my bedroom and bathroom and I found them on or in a coop type shop in Madison. I thought I would share the pieces that I have purchased and hope to keep for long period of time. Sean is saying he is saving any framed posters for his office so they still feel loved. Although I don't think the classic Audrey posters are going anywhere anytime soon. I just want to incorrporate more adult like pieces with them.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

I was shopping for Missy's birthday present earlier today. (It was later ordered off of Amazon.) I found The Sandman Papers edited by Joe Sanders in my local comic bookstore. I am still thinking about gifting it to someone, but it was neat finding an academic like text in House of Secrets.
I got a beautiful skein of Yarn Pirate. I wasn't crazy about it in the photo, but I love it in person.
Currently on TV: Heavenly Creatures

Sunday, March 18, 2007

It's not Reinbach or Maryland Sheep and Wool, but does anyone want to come with me?
Lisa Souza will be there. She is amazing. I'm hoping to be able to take a drop spindle course.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Sticks and Strings

Saturday, March 17, 2007

I am thinking of posting yarn here to swap. I have some very nice yarns that I will probably never use. The problem that others might have is I have a tendancy to wind all of my yarns. They probably be Plymoth Alpaca and Malabrigo.
Currently on TV: Marple: The Moving finger
To answer Jen's question the sock forms I have are from The Loopy Ewe ( The exact URL to take you to the blockers and miss out on all of the wonderful yarn is Sherri, the owner, is a really sweet woman who writes personal notes on all of her orders. The site offers free shipping for orders over $50. She also has a FREQUENT Buyers program. For every $250 you spend you get $25 off; she has a program that keeps track of your spending for you. I currently am at $75. There is a link in the left side column that is clickable and will take you to the site.
Currently on TV: Nothing

Friday, March 16, 2007

Sunday, March 11, 2007

I finished The Monkey socks without running out of yarn. I was close and I'm now working on Queen of cups with Scout Swags Snow Bunny. It is really hot in LA. I am finished with buying all of my accessories for the wedding (yes I know the ceremony is May of 2009).

I finally will be defending my thesis proposal May 22nd at 5 PM.
Edit: My defense has been pushed back to the beginning of April because a committee member wants her revisions included before the defense. I am just annoyed because I already made the arrangements to get the time off of work and to make up the time.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Off Ramp
Edit Currently on TV: MI:5 (aka Spooks)

Friday, March 09, 2007

I had a long day yesterday. It starts leaving for work at 6:40 AM and getting home around 10:20. I still had proposal edits to do only to find out that the guy who always backs in had backed partially into my spot and his. This made it EXTREMELY difficult for me to park and I had to deal with not hitting his car or scraping the shit out of mine more.
I got to my door to find that the UPS man hid a package under my welcome mat. I got two bags of Noro.
I then sat down to make the last round of thesis edits before my proposal defense. I quickly made all the edits and started on the proposal work cited page. I had all of the texts either written down or easily at hand to write except for ONE. This was a problem because the text had been borrowed by a member of my thesis committee. I looked for the article in the library catalogue, on Amazon, I googled the author. I finally googled my citation. I found another article that cited the same work. I quickly found the citiation on JSTOR and wrote it into the work cited page.
I am worried that I will not have enough yarn for the socks I'm knitting on. I'm going to have to do something for the second socks toe. I had enough yarn for a pair of lady's US size 8 socks. I'm making a pair of lady's US size 10 socks.
I contacted The Fold today to get another skein and they didn't have any. Blue Moon Fiber Arts is out of the particular weight I need. The Fold has a lot of medium weight yarn though. I ended up buying a skein of Rocktober which is one of Toni's (owner of the fold) favorites from last fall. She told me that she saved a skein for herself at Reinbeck.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Craftlit- Tale of Two Cities.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

I am coveting the pink snowman head stitch markers over at I have a set of her penguins and I love them. I'm already on the foot of my first monkey sock. I'm destashing some of my sock yarn and I am definately making this pattern again. I'm excited about the sock plan I've come up with, and it reminds my mother of her grandmother who used to make mittens for everyone.
Currently on TV: Nothing I'm between Netflix. I listened to the radio today.

Friday, March 02, 2007

I've figured out a way to decrease/increase my sock yarn stash. Everyone that I'm going to be with on Christmas Morning is getting a pair of handknit socks. This has been a great way to knit up some absolutely beautiful yarn that had me looking at it and going this is great, but I'll never wear it.
I've also joined the Creative Mom podcast Altered Trading Card Exchange. This way I get to make cards but they are only 3.5"x2.5" instead of a normal card size which is nice because it uses less resources. The size constraint also makes me think more on exactly what I want to do because space is limited. This months prompt is a Space of One's Own has me thinking of Virgina Woolf's essay a Room of One's Own. This essay is one of my favorite pieces of roughly first wave feminist writings. I am trying for a Victorian theme on the card because Woolf looks closely at the Brontes and Austen. It is sad that even in 1929 Gaskell's work is already fading from popular opinion.
Currently on TV: Spirited Away

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

I have my next sweater project. It's going to be Poppy from Yarnplay. I have half the yarn I need. Little Knits in Seattle is having a sale on BAGS of Noro Cash Irohna. I just need the silk garden for the sleeves.
Currently on TV: nothing at work

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

A friend who will know who she/he is when they read this left a comment here that got me to thinking about what I expect from a yarn store. She (as I tend to use the female for singular people) mentioned her new knitting group wasn't crazy about her lys and prefered a store I haven't been to. I love my friend's lys; it is small, packed with yarn and it is the first place I bought yarn.
The women at this store remember me even though I live 4 hours away and haven't been in that often. The selection of yarn is great and the needles are good. However, I understand why other people would not be fond of the store. There is one woman in particular who is very disparaging of the internet. I was shopping for yarn for a pattern off of and it was almost like I was asking for Red Heart. Another time I mentioned the Tilly Tomas contraversy and she didn't believe that internet retailers had as much expense as brick and morter retailers. The other reason the knitters may avoid this store is it is a bit of a drive for them from their town.
This past weekend I was in Boulder, CO. I finally visited Shuttles, Spindles... I picked up another drop spindle (I think I have found one I really like), Mountain Colors Barefoot sock yarn, and No Sheep for You. The store is nice I LOVED the needle selection and pointed out some needles that would give Sean some private rewards later if he happened to purchase them ever (Lantern Moon size 19s and their DPNs). The store was larger with a great book selection Amazon last time I checked had No Sheep for You as a presale still. I casted on the Tuscany Shawl with some bamboo I had scrapped from another project. I'm loving this pattern. The sock yarns were fabulous they had the Mountain Colors, Koigu, and the Cascade one. They sold Manus(?) del Uruguay, and an entire room full of millends but overall the colors weren't really my taste. Sean as always did math while I shopped.
I was looking for Shaefer Anne to make a shawl out of Victorian Lace today. I had bought some purple lace weight baby alpacha and started a shawl that will be given to one of the mothers, but I quickly realized I don't like purple. The Boulder store sold Schaefer but not Anne. I had earlier found some Anne I loved at; they have free shipping on orders of $50 or more. I didn't get it because I knew that I was already going to a yarn store and if I found something I liked better then Sean would lecture. I ordered two skeins of the Anne in midnight blues, and a sock blocker keychain. I placed the order Friday night, and Monday received my yarn. I quickly wound it up and e-mailed a thank you to the owner of the store who included a handwritten note of thanks, and wondering what I was making with two skeins of Anne. When I told her she asked for a photo and understood why it will take two years to possibly make. I am a slow lace knitter. The lesson I've learned on this particular project is don't buy yarn just because it's the prettiest in the store. It may not be a color you personally like.
Currently on TV: Nothing

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Alright a life update, I was invited to lunch last Wednesday for a department lunch at CPK. As former roommates can tell you I LOVE CPK. I can eat off of every section of the menu. I'm a vegetarian this is very rare.
So we went to lunch today and my wonderful coworkers totally surprised me by having this lunch as an engagement shower. It was mildly spoiled, but I was not expecting a gift. My boss gave me a card (which was beautiful Jen I need to show it to you). I looked at it and thought I could totally make this. I was reading all of the lovely things that my coworkers wrote and saw there was two bills in there one was a $20. I flipped over to see what the card really said and exclaimed Oh my God. I am still in shock I got teased with what you thought we just gave you 20. The money went strait into the savings account and into the wedding fund.
It was lovely. I do love the people I work with.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to Knitty D and the City

Saturday, February 10, 2007

I don't know who other than a few acquaintances read this, but I need advise from anyone who knows the Tampa, FL area. Sean and I will be there the last week in March for a conference/mini vacation. We are going to be in the Downtown area near Palm Street I think. The conference is at the Hyatt Regency. Does anyone know an affordable hotel in that area?
Thank you in advance.
Currently on TV: Persuasion

Friday, February 09, 2007

Sean commented that I haven't put photos on the blog lately. I haven't had any finished knitting projects done. I have a sock, and two scarves that I'm working on. I finally finished a scarf for my mother. I hated the yarn (it was novelty and gifted) and I think the scarf is short. She's wearing it with a suit though so it should work.
I also took some photos of the cross I found at Hallmark. Thank you Jen for being willing to give me yours. I also bought two canvases for my bedroom. I love the smaller one.
I am:
Ursula K. LeGuin
Perhaps the most admired writing talent in the science fiction field.

Which science fiction writer are you?

I'm jealous of her. She is the daughter of Kroeber who started the Anthropology program at Berkley and her mother wrote Ishi. Which I can't find my copy. I'm now troubled. I wanted to reread that.
Currently on TV: Nothing

Sunday, February 04, 2007

My apartment is getting all decorated. I bought two canvases for the bedroom in mixed media, collage art. I love them, and today I finally found a cross for my apartment at Hallmark. It never occured to me to look there. I've looked at all these independently owned stores but never thought Hallmark. It was a Duh moment.
Currently on TV:Nothing

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I think I have found the shoes to go with my dress. It's sad I don't think I'm going to be able to make a decision without consulting Bridal Bargains first. It is so lame, but the authors have done research and shopping. Through it I found a website that had exactly the shoes I wanted. I need to remember that I have resources open to me. I tend to forget that in all aspects of my life.
Currently on TV: V the Miniseries

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I start the spring semester Thursday. This week at work hasn't been all that great, but I will persevere. I am working on my mom's novelty yarn scarf. It is almost finished. I have started another pair of socks for Sean. I'm on the heal flap now. I'm excited about it. I was bad today and ordered more sock yarn for both my mom and Sean. (Must knit from stash, must knit from stash).
I have read some great novels. GO BUY Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs. It's wonderful. It is the sequel to Moon Called. I'm currently reading Daughters of the Raven by Barbara Hambley (I think that's spelled right). I'm waiting for Raven's Shadow by Patricia Briggs from Amazon to quench my thirst for her writing.
I am getting married in May of 2009. I can't believe it. I already have the dress. I'm looking for a bolero jacket to satisfy my mom. I can't find shoes though. It shouldn't be so difficult. Now Sean and I need to decide where we are having the wedding. For the small wedding I want it looks like a FL wedding is in my future. I want it in my hometown; he wants it in his hometown. I need to sleep. Sleep is what I need.
Currently on TV: Nothing

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

So I'm back to watching nutrients. I pigged out way to much this week with chocolate cake and cupcakes along with fried sandwiches. I had some trouble getting into clothes I judge my weight off of.
Currently on TV:Nothing

Monday, January 22, 2007

I finally got the swift down. I had a friend unscrew it (she had trouble to). Thank you everyone for their advise. It is always good to be reminded about the northern hemisphere tightness rule.

Friday, January 19, 2007

I am trying to get my swift to budge. For the life of me it isn't happening. I have a question to everyone. How do I get the wooden screw to loosen so I can move the swift. I need to shift it so I can wind up all the wonderful yarn I have. I want to knit socks darn it.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to the Yarn Harlot interview.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

So work didn't happen today, I'm achey and work in a warehouse, a day of rest was ordered.
I need to get my winder and swift in the mail soon. I have now two skeins of sock yarn for Sean, three skeins of hemp, and four skeins of malabrigo. I knitted a few rows on Jen's scarf today before my arms said No, no more. Sorry Jen you will get your scarf someday. I'm maybe 6-8 inches into 50.
Currently on TV: Nothing listening to The World

Saturday, January 13, 2007

A knitting update: I've picked up the Flatiron clog socks again. I'm still working on the leg of the first one. I also resisted on Jen's birthday lace scarf. I think having the yarn balled up will help it actually get done this time. I have two scarves, one pair of socks to do for my mom, and something in the baby family for Grenny.
I finished The Thirteenth Tale this week. I loved it. I'm getting into Northanger Abbey as well. I get the feeling that Jane Austen had fun writing it. I also saw Pan's Labyrinth yesterday; it was worth a rental not a see on the big screen.
Currently on TV: Bride and Prejudice

Monday, January 08, 2007

I decided to make myself be more proactive in my education this semester. To do so I am taking another elective Anthropology of Religion with my thesis advisor. My Thursday's are going to be long. I start work at 7:30 and then drive south to Long Beach for class from 7-9:45. It's a good thing I don't work on Fridays. I'm hoping that by taking this class we will be able to communicate more often. I found out today that he feels I am close to defending with some tweaking of my proposal. This is good news for me, but he only told me this after I sent him an e-mail freaking out. I've been contacting him weekly since November. I'll be a full time grad student this semester so I'll get more of my financial aid.
I guess want to be done.
Currently on TV: nothing listening to All Things Considered

Sunday, January 07, 2007

A photo of Sean and I at the Jupiter Lighthouse that I particularly like. The ring is almost visible in this photo. I've been engaged for a week; the wedding date isn't set but I am ready to elope. My family is intriguing.
Currently on TV: Jane Eyre

Thursday, January 04, 2007

I was so excited about Sean proposing to me that I forgot to mention Christmas. My mom totally spoiled me. In the nonknitting category because everyone has to do that I received three silicone spatulas. I was excited about that because they are yellow. I also received a much needed muffin pan also silicone (I love baking with those because they are so easy to clean) this was in light blue. My mom found cookware to match my kitchen. I also received DVDs that I had been wanting: Gilmore Girls season 5 and 6, The Sound of Music, 101 Dalmations, The Little Mermaid, and Coupling season 4.
In knitting stuff my mom bought needles, a stitch dictionary calendar, cable needles, other clover accessories, fun fur (I made her knit with it to see how nasty it is), malabrigo, sock yarn for her, and a ball winder and swift.
Lastly I opened up, a new camera and printing dock with a bunch of neat camera accesoris. I love it. My mom was excited because as she noted this was the first time in 25 Christmases that I have ever gotten excited about a gift. It was completely unexpected.
I then was spoiled by Sean and his family. More dvds, a calendar, books, and then the surprise proposal.
The minor downside was New Year's Eve. My stepmother and siblings live in Thailand and are renevating/building thier house. My father and my family are in Bangkok and I didn't know for a few hours where they were in relation to the bombs. My father said they could hear them, but they weren't close to the blasts.
Currently on TV: Nothing