Sunday, November 27, 2005

Storykeeper--A Nanowrimo Celebration

Starting December 1--in celebration of the finish of my first Nanowrimo Novel I am going to begin stitching Selina Fenech's Storykeeper courtesy of the charting geniuses at Heaven and Earth Designs(HAED).

Storykeeper: Artist Selina Fenech, charting HAED

Finish Nano(check)

I did it!!!!!

I did it!!!

So the next big challenge will be finishing it before next year's Nano :)

Saturday, November 26, 2005

This Just In!!!!

I did it!!!

50,549 words and counting! I'm still not finished with the story--it will take a few more months, but I made it to 50K!!!! It's been officially verified and everything. I cannot even begin to tell you how absolutely thrilled I am. This has got to be one of the coolest things I have ever done--Hurray for me!!!

Excuse me while I go chug a celebratory Molson XXX and dance around the house--quietly of course as it's 12:30am!!

aloha :)

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You are logical, analytical, dignified, and wise.
You are studious by nature and may prefer books
to people. You tend to be a serious person but
are capable of making others laugh with your
dry sense of humor. Friends always benefit from
your advice.

Symbolism: Over the centuries the iris has come to
symbolize faith, wisdom, hope, and promise in

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Friday, November 25, 2005

WIP Friday

First--thanks to everyone who commented on my iPod. Besides my engagement ring it's the coolest present dear husband has ever come up with, seriously.

A finished object:

Little Rage's Mittens
I-cord still in progress. I used Dreambaby DK and the mitten pattern from The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd.

I think that I am going to make Fridays a WIP day. So here's the full disclosure on what's on the needles as of right now:

(1) Debbie Bliss sweater for Little Rage--I haven't worked on it this week; but I'm getting very close to the neck decreases.
(2) Rogue Revisited--I have one sleeve done and that's it--it's been kind of back burnered until I get the kiddos sweaters done--they grow faster than I do :)
(3) Hooded T--those of you that have been around for a while know that I started this in the spring. I have everything done but the hood--so why don't I work on it? As dumb as it sounds; I don't want to work on it because it's a summer thing. Maybe in February when I'm wishing for 80 degree weather I'll bring it out.
(4) Mini-mitten project: I need to finish a pair for Little Diva.
(5) Queen of Hearts scarf for Little Diva. This one will actually get more action once I finish my mini-mitten project.
(6) Beginner's Triangle--my poor Gathering of Lacealong project; I love the way it looks but concentrating on it for extended periods of time tests my frazzled nerves. It will be done before spring! (I'll keep telling myself that)

What I need to start:

(1) Knitted Gift Bag from Handknit Holidays--I'm going to use some of the Knit Picks Palette yarn; I'm not sure which colors yet.
(2) Jaywalker socks--I already have yarn picked out; I just need to start them.

Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by Kimberly ( ) and is:

Do you always sign your projects? If not, why? If so, do you use your first name, initials or what?

I didn't when I started but I have for the last 6 years or so. At first it didn't even occur to me to do it, but then someone brought up the archival aspect of it--having a baseline reference for history. Now I put my initials and the year completed somewhere on the piece--any place where it would be inconspicuous.

Booking Through Thursday

This week's questions are brought to you by Nicki.

  1. Biographies and autobiographies—do you read them? No.

  2. If so, whose life story has inspired you most and why?

  3. If not, why not? Most just don't appeal to me; although I have wanted to read Bill Clinton's book I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

My Husband is Awesome!

Here is something about me. I have no patience when it comes to surprises; it drives me crazy when someone knows something that I don't. So for the last couple of weeks, my dear husband has been dropping cryptic comments about my Christmas present. Now as a parent of little kids who has not even begun shopping for them, I realize that the next month will go by at warp speed. But as an impatient adult, there is no way I can wait a month before I find out what my Christmas present is. So on Saturday when my husband called and said he had my Christmas present in the car, well you can only imagine the temptation there. I wanted to know what it was and therefore I pestered him until he finally showed it too me(it wasn't that hard because I think he wanted to play with it too). So without further ado, I'd like to intoduce you to my Christmas present. It's one of the new iPods, the 30gb one to be exact and an iTunes gift certificate. I spent all day Sunday loading my Nine Inch Nails collection onto it, then I put the video for Only on it, and also Rammstein's Du Hast. I am in love with this thing; it's so cute and the picture is amazing. Now I have to figure out how to put a movie on it.

The new love of my life!

Oh, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire did not disappoint--there are some amazing effects in this one. It was pretty scarey--not for me, but I'm pretty sure younger kids might get scared during some of the events in the Triwizard Tournament--especially the maze, that even creeped me out a little bit. There were a lot of funny parts. It was well worth staying up until 3am and being a zombie for the entire weekend.

On the stitching front, I have finished page 1 of HAED's Arwen and Aragorn only 62 more to go.

Arwen and Aragorn--page 1

It's 5200 stitches and as you can see it doesn't really put a dent in the big picture.

size comparison

Happy knitting and stitching,
aloha :)

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test your patience. You tend to grow bored
quickly and yearn for excitement.

Role Models: Brunhilde/The Valkyries, Xena

You are most likely to: Lead your people to victory
against an army of orcs.

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Wild About Harry!

Tonight I will be standing in line(with some knitting no doubt)waiting to get into Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at midnight. Stacey got the tickets and Cyn is coming along too. I can't wait to see Viktor Krum and the students from the other schools. Plus the dragons--I love dragons. I am so excited; I'll be feuling up on Starbucks all day in order to stay awake because. . .

I stayed up until 2am writing(yes, another late writing night); I'm getting so into my story now. Last night when I was writing I just kept thinking, I am doing it. I made this story up from nothing--blank page, idea in my head--and turned it into 31000+ words so far and I haven't even scratched the surface of everything I want to cover. Reaching 50000 will just be a milestone in getting this story done the way I want it. It is really an awesome experience; I'd recommend it to anyone who has ever wanted to write a novel.

On the stitching front--if all goes well I should finish page one of Arwen and Aragorn today--I'll post it if I do and if I can upload photos; the "internets" have not been too cooperative with that the last two days.

I'm actually starting a pair of mittens for Little rage tonight--nice, mindless waiting in line knitting that will also be useful in the very near future.

Is it just me or is there anyone else completely caught off guard by the fact that next week is Thanksgiving and that it is also ONE month before Christmas?!?!? Have I done any shopping yet----nope. Does Little Diva even have a clue as to what she wants---nope. Do you think I'll actually have a chance of finding it if she doesn't figure it out soon---I'm guessing--nope. Little Rage is still at the "Wow is this for me stage" so he'll like anything he gets.

Happy knitting, writing, and stitching,
aloha ;)

Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by Kimberly ( ) and Lili ( ) and is:

How do you feel about staying totally true to a pattern?

I'm not really for it or against it. I have seen people who have done some truly stunning modifications to patterns by changing layout and colors. I personally try very hard to stick with the pattern, for the most part. I envy those with the pioneering spirit and gift of being able to make amazing changes.

Do you feel that you have to rip out stitches to fix a mistake or do you feel it's acceptable to incorporate a mistake into the design?

I think it depends on the mistake. If it's one of those glaring "OMG look at that" mistakes then I'd probably frog it back, but if it's stitching very light gray instead of very very light gray then I probably would leave it(I'm actually speaking from experience on that one). My rule of thumb is: if as the stitcher you keep looking at it and it's driving you nuts then frog it and fix it; if you can live with two virtually identical colors being mixed up then leave it.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Ah, Young Love, So Fickle, So Fleeting. . .

Ribbon and Sirius are no more. It's a sad day; Little Diva has informed me that she would like me to knit her a boy doll with brown hair and blue pants. Both Ribbon and Sirius are taking the breakup very well.

Nano writing is trucking along: 21707 as of last night, I still haven't written today. Here's the thing, I know that I will make 50000 words by the end of the month, but my new worry is whether the novel will actually be finished. You see the story I'm writing has been in my head for a few years and I never envisioned it as a one novel piece--it will be at least two maybe more. My problem is that I am not sure where I should end this one. I'm kind of hoping a good stopping point will be really obvious when I get there. Not that it matters for Nano--50000, that's the only goal there.

Stitching: I have actually pulled out Arwen and Aragorn this weekend--I'm hoping to have page one done by the end of the month. Oooo and before I forget, check these new charts out--if you're interested. I really like Goddess of Tides and Forest Light--lots of temptation in those two--I may have to ask for them from Santa :)

Knitting: Little Rage's sweater is growing slowly; I hope to have it done before his birthday in December. Apparently, due to the tragic breakup of Sirius and Ribbon I have to fit another doll into the mix. I really want to make a pair of Latvian mittens--I have yarn for a couple of pairs, but really do I need to start something else right now? I am so knitting ADD it isn't funny--I feel like I'm drifting in the wind just waiting for the next project to smack me in the face.

Have a fabulous week!!!

The long standing love of English Lit. has paid off :)

Jolly good, wot! Anyone for tennis? That'll be ten ponies, guv. You're the epitome of everything that is english. Yey :) Hoist that Union Jack!

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Cool, SBQ, and Booking Through Thursday

I'm sure that most of you have seen this:

My inner Goth is loving this; I hope they can keep it up. I have actually picked a project and think I even have the yarn for it. Snowballs Chance in Hell fulfills two of my favorite things: fingerless gloves and skulls(although my knitting skulls thus far have been limited to my 'stealth skull' on my modified Skully from Stitch 'n Bitch). Hopefully, I'll be able to get these done before winter is over. My coat will be covering most of the armwarmer, so I won't scare any of the mommies when I pick little Diva up from school. Everyone needs to indulge their inner dark side every once in a while, or am I the only one that has one. You know the one that listens to Marilyn Manson, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails. The one that reads vampire/werewolf fiction and loves it. The one that loves to wear black even though they don't all the time. The one that occasionally thinks about dying their hair any number of bizarro colors. The one that has envied/admired Trent Reznor since 1989. Anyone? Anyone? Okay, maybe it's just me :P

In other news, I'm still sick although really all that is left is an annoying cough. It's annoying enough though to prevent me from running. I am not even sure if I mentioned this here but in September I started a beginner running program. As of Sunday I was up to week six(I know it's been more than six weeks since September, but I had to repeat a couple of weeks), but now I have no idea where I'll be considering I haven't run since Sunday. Depending on how I'm feeling this afternoon, I may try to run when little Diva is at school--so take that cough. It is supposed to be unseasonably warm today otherwise I wouldn't even attempt to run again until Sunday.

Nano writing: I'm up to 16000+ words and I got there last night. 3:00am to be exact--yeah, you're reading that right. I stayed up until 3:00am writing. Darling Husband was out of town which means I can't sleep, so at around 11:15pm I sat down and started to write. I had missed a day this week and when you are trying to write 50000 words in 30 days you really don't have the luxury of taking a day off. I was playing catch up, but really I had no intention of staying up that late. I just got into the zone and when I came to what I felt was a good breaking point I looked at the clock and almost passed out. I'm sure I'll pay for that burst of creativity today, because 4+ hours of sleep don't normally make for a cooperative mommy :) I did make my main character sick, by the way, but she is made of stronger stuff than me and she took it in stride.

Knitting: I intend to spend this afternoon working on Little Rage's sweater. I am so close to finishing the front. Hopefully, I'll have a pic for you this weekend. It has a kangaroo pocket on the front and I love making pockets that way--it always seems like magic to me.

Stitching: I have been spending any spare time I have gridding Storykeeper--my end of the month reward piece. I won't start stitching on it until I finish my novel, but getting the preliminaries out of the way feels great!

Happy knitting, stitching, and reading,

Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by Dawn ( ) and is:

When comparing large projects versus small projects, which do you get more excited about finishing?

I'm not sure if large or small factors into it for me. I think it's the detail and complexity that gets me excited about finishing. I will say that I'm more excited about large projects than I am about smaller ones. All of my WIPs are large.

Booking Through Thursday

  1. What book (or books) would you like to see made into a movie? Why? This is a tough question for me. If they did it well, I'd like to see Laurell Hamilton's Merry Gentry series made into movies. I'd really like to see what Hollywood would do with all the fey characters. Laurell's description of their colors and looks; it would be something to see on the big screen. Chris Paolini's Inheritance Trilogy would be great to see on screen as well; I'm guessing it's just a matter of time on that one.

  2. What book (or books) would you definitely not want made into a movie? This one is easy. Truth be told I don't really like having any book made into a movie; as I've said before it kind of ruins your mental picture of how things should be. With that in mind, I really don't ever want to see Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake series made into movies--I have my own visual on those characters and I know a movie would ruin that.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Sick of Being Sick

I'm sick. I seem to have come down with the cold from Hell. Sunday I was fine; yesterday I woke up and it felt like someone put an icepick through my sinus cavity. Are drugs working--nope. Yesterday I managed to get Little Diva to and from school, cook lunch and dinner, and that's it. I went to bed at 7:30 last night--about 15 minutes after darling husband got home from work.

I really hate getting sick. I don't have time to get sick. Today is a little better because I can actually move around without getting too dizzy, so hopefully it's one of those quick in and out illnesses.

I really need to write today, so I've decided that my main character is going to become ill as well--after all, why should I suffer through this alone :)

So onto things to do:
1.) Write 3000 words.
2.) Complete the front of Little Rage's sweater.
3.) Finish gridding Storykeeper.
4.) Get better ASAP!!!

Have a great day and take some vitamin C so the nasty cold germ doesn't find you.
aloha :)

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Which POTC character are you?

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Friday, November 04, 2005

Random Thoughts, SBQ, and Booking Through Thursday

Here's the update:

(1)Nano writing: up to 5200 words. I'm probably jinxing myself by saying this but things are flowing pretty well. Some of the characters in my book have been in my head for so long that I feel more like I'm introducing old friends rather than telling a story. I've really only had to write for about one uninterrupted hour a day in order to get my daily quota in, but believe me I KNOW that will change over the course of the month. I have to say that writing without the pressure of an audience or criticism is pretty liberating. It feels great to just "let the story take its own course"; I think that even I will be surprised where it ends up at the end of the month.

(2)Knitting: I have been working on Little Rage's sweater in the limited free time that I have. Hopefully, I'll have the front finished soon. In a perfect world, I'll have it done by Thanksgiving, then its on to Little Diva's Barbie pink(you know the color I'm talking about)sweater. Knitting those Log Cabin socks has really given me the sock bug again, but I'm fighting the urge to start more because I tend to be really "all or nothing" with sock knitting--I usually can't put them down until I'm done and I have other things I'd like to do for a while.

(3)Stitching: Okay, nothing was done this week and I don't really see it entering the my hectic schedule in the immediate future. Thanks to everyone who has commented so far on my "reward" stitching piece. You've pretty much swayed my decision and when(notice I didn't say "if")I finish the NaNo novel, I'll probably be starting Storykeeper. I actually think it will progress about a thousand times faster than Arwen and Aragorn, because the confetti is limited at best. I'm thinking I'll alternate months as I work on these, because I really love both and I want to finish them in this lifetime :)

Finally, last night I watched the Star Wars movie--you know, Revenge of the Sith. It really did tie everything together, but that being said I did feel that there were some major unbelievable things going on towards the end(and yes I get that science fiction is mostly unbelievable, but I like it and I am usually willing to suspend disbelief to an extent). Someone explain to me how Anakin/Darth Vader actually lives through his mutilation at the end? I mean, come on people, why not just make him a living severed head for goodness sake! Considering that he did all this for his wife(allegedly); he didn't seem to jazzed to have any closure on it--visit the grave, look into where your kids are, something, man--you loved this girl, remember(Lucas only spent three movies depicting your love story; you scream with grief once and that's all the audience sees? Maybe I've seen too many chick flicks?)

Okay, enough with my Star Wars rant--it did make me want to revisit the old ones, especially to spend some time checking out Han Solo. I always liked him more than Luke.

Have a great weekend!
Happy knitting, stitching, and reading,

Today's "Stitching Blogger's Question" was suggested by Dianne ( and is:

If you have stitched for a while, can you usually pick out the DMC colors you need from memory when you go to your LNS? (For example, you know that 610 is a brown.)

Not really--I mean I know black is 310 and when I'm working on a specific piece I start to memorize what colors I'm working with all the time(but I think that's associated more with the symbol than the DMC number), but when I'm finished stitching it usually just leaves my head. You're my hero if you can memorize the DMC list :)

Booking Through Thursday

Jeanne suggested that we talk about books that have been made into movies.

  1. When you think of books that have been made into movies, what one comes to mind first? This will be no surprise from me, but Harry Potter.

  2. Did the movie really capture the feeling of the book? I guess it captured the feeling and spirit of the books, but I'm really a stickler for detail and really most, if not all, movies made from books are NEVER as good as the book was. Plus, don't you find when you read a book that you get an image in your head of what the characters look like and when they make the movie it taints that image in your mind? Truly Harry, Hermione, and Malfoy don't look the way I pictured them. As for the fourth movie, I already have a feeling that Krum will not look the way I pictured him either. I'd say Hagrid and Snape are the closest to how I pictured them, Hagrid especially. Snape looked a little older and heavier than he was in my mind, but as far as carrying off his personality--Rickman is brilliant(I've loved just about every movie I've seen him in).

  3. What about other movies from books? Which movies do you feel really captured (or if you prefer, didn't capture) the feeling of the books they were based on? I have to say that because I get so attached to my image of how the characters look and my need for screenwriters to stick to the books plot and dialogue(which they really don't seem to), I rarely enjoy movies made from books. Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are my favorites, but I haven't read Lord of the Rings and I've heard that considerable liberties where taken with that as well. Update: After reading Renee's post I slapped myself on the head. I was thinking about this meme and totally forgot to mention Interview with a Vampire--that is one of my all time favorite books. Anne Rice's early work is some of my favorite stuff and it still shapes what I read today. I had the same concerns as Renee when it came out, but on the whole it was pretty faithful to the book--unlike Queen of the Damned.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Socktober Photo Finish

Log Cabin Socks
I finished these last night but waited until today to post so I could get a daylight picture. My husband actually wore them last night :)

Well, the NaNo madness has begun. I have about 400 of the 50000 words I need done and I have to go so I can bring that total up a bit :)

Happy knitting,
aloha :)

What is your all time favorite yarn to knit with?
Heilo or Baby Ull; although lately I'm having a love affair with Cascade 220.

Your favorite needles?
Addis--no competition there. They are the Rolls Royce of needles in my opinion.

The worst thing you've ever knit?
Well, I did this baby cardigan once. It was LB Homespun Baby--blah :( It was impossible to knit with and a royal pain to work with all around. The sweater would have been cuter made out of anything else--even garbage bags cut into strips would have been easier to work with! But I was a newbie and didn't know any better--live and learn :)

Your most favorite knit pattern? (maybe you don't like wearing it...but it was the most fun to knit)
Rogue--I'm working on my second one right now! I love, love, love, love that pattern--it is the most fun I have had knitting since I started.

Most valuable knitting technique?
I would have to say that learning two color knitting with two hands(thanks Laurie and Joanne for sharing your skills!) has been the most valuable to me. I'm still perfecting my technique but I think that it will be invaluable to me in the future.

Best knit book or magazine?
Favorite magazine is Interweave, favorite online magazine--Knitty. Now, favorite book? Right now it's Handknit Holidays(at least for projects), but I've got to say that there is a special place in my heart for my two Starmore books and A Gathering of Lace.

Your favorite knit-a-long?
Right now Socktoberfest is mine because I actually finished it in October(even though I'm posting the pics today). Basically, if it's in my sidebar it's my favorite :)

Your favorite knitblogs?
Honestly, I don't have a favorite, but between bloglines and ones I have linked here I have a ton that I love to catch up with every day. Zeneedle is actually the one that inspired me to blog--love your stuff, Margene :) If I had to pick a favorite, I'd say mine--BUT before you start thinking that I'm arrogant or whatever; it's my favorite only because to me it's like a homepage and it takes me to all the places I like to go when I'm "surfing".

Your favorite knitwear designer?
Starmore or Bliss.

The knit item you wear the most? (how about a picture of it!)

Accessory: My Ravenclaw scarf and socks.

Garment: Rogue.

Tag: This is a fun and informative meme. If you liked reading my answers, and want to answer them on your blog, go for it! Consider yourself tagged.