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 Woolgirl.com.
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 Socktopia.net. 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