Thursday, November 30, 2006

Stranded KAL

What are your projects for this knitalong?

I'm going to start with a pair of Latvian Mittens and move on from there.

Is this your first colorwork project? If it isn't, what was your first, and has it survived the test of time?

No, I've done three hats and a small bag. My first was a Dale of Norway hat. It's a little too big--my tension was off in it, but I love it just the same. Here it is:

Dale of Norway Thunder Bay

Monday, November 27, 2006

I'm back and I'm done!

I've been burning the midnight oil for this entire month(although I did take a couple days off) and it's paid off because I have completed my second novel for National Novel Writing Month. I've beat the sophomore slump and I'm thrilled!! I can't wait to make it three times next year :)

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Off to bask in the glory of my win(and get some sleep). Now I can fill my evenings with knitting and stitching again, because I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping too. Today is definitely a good day ;)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

July 13, 2007

I've been up late writing(just like about every other night this month)and as I was logging in my numbers I stumbled across this.

Let the countdown begin!

Hopefully Book 7 will be out by then too. I'd heard a tentative date of July 7, 2007 for that.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

All Done!

I got Magic Witch back from framing on Tuesday. I broke down and had her put under museum quality glass--I normally don't put my pieces under glass when I have them framed. And in case you are wondering, yes I did have them put in spacers so the piece doesn't touch the glass. She's lovely sitting on my mantle.

I'm finishing up the gridding on my new start--not telling what it is though--you'll have to keep an eye out for it's first appearance in December.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

What American accent do you have?

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Midland
The Northeast
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
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Wow--eerily accurate for me.

In my defense, I have not called "soda" "pop" since I left New York.

Lifted from Cara

Monday, November 13, 2006

Weekly Memes

Booking Through Thursday

Mary wants to know...

  1. Do you keep a list of books to read? Yes

  2. Where do you keep your list (computer, PDA, paper, etc.)? On a Post-It on the computer monitor--to remind me to get off the computer and read LOL

  3. How often do you refer to your list? Every time you go for a new book to read? When book shopping? Or? I see it whenever I go online and I update it as necessary.

Today's SBQ was suggested by Jan
( and is:

How many different brands of "complete" embroidery floss sets do you
own? How do you keep track of it? (i.e., spread sheet program, index
cards, palm pilot, etc.)

I only have a complete set of DMC and I have a print out of the floss list on the top of each of the four containers the floss is in.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Actual Knitting Content

I joined a new KAL and I already have two finishes for it.

Two finishes and a new start

I'm using my leftover sock yarn to make stocking/sweater/mitten ornaments for my Christmas tree. They are pseudo quick knits although that cabled stocking was a challenge(read pain in the butt).

Underneath the stockings is a new start(which I really don't need by the way). It's the Danica scarf from Knitty made with Patons SWS(thanks Nachaele). I've never done Entrelac before and it seems pretty easy. It's also great practice for picking up stitches.

Sorry I've been MIA--I've been spending my time writing(at night) and working with Little Diva on reading. Things will hopefully get a little better in December(who am I kidding LOL).

Colorado knitters--do you know of anyplace where I can get teeny tiny needles--like 00-0000? Don't ask what they are for yet--obviously something teeny tiny ;)

Saturday, November 04, 2006


Laura tagged me for this one--I've done it before but I'll update.

Here are the rules: List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre. Whether or not they have words or even if they are any good but they must be songs you’re really enjoying right now! Post these instructions in your blog along with with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to.

1. Vertigo--U2--Little Diva insists on listening to this(over and over) in the car.
2. Hung Up--MadonnaI would NOT say I'm into this song--it serves a purpose 4 days per week***see below***
3. Miss Murder--AFI
4. Love and Peace or Else--U2
5. Twisted Transistor--Korn
6. Miseria Cantara(The Beginning)--AFI--I like to listen to this one when I write.
7. Sin(Long Version)--Nine Inch Nails--you really didn't think I would make a list and not include at least one, did you? ;)

Consider yourself tagged if you're interested :)

***I have no idea how Madonna snuck into the lineup(truly I can't stand 99.9% of her stuff and I really can't take her whole pretending to be British thing). The ONLY time I listen to this song is when I'm running and it's only because of the the line "time goes by so slowly" which it always does when I am running--this song gets me through the last few minutes***

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Weekly Memes

Booking Through Thursday

  1. Yesterday, November 1st, began the annual NaNoWriMo challenge--where lots of marginally crazy people try to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. What do you think about that idea? Crazy? Inspired? Challenging? I think it's all of the above. I think there is a writer in everyone; you may not know what story you want to tell or how to get it out but it's there.

  2. Would you/Have you tried it yourself? In other years? (Or this one, in which case, shouldn't you be writing and not reading blogs?) I did it last year; see yesterday's post. I was introduced to it by my SP6 pal(the one I got to spoil), Jacqueline. And, clearly, I'm participating this year. And no I don't need to be writing right now. When it comes to my Nano writing I have to think like a vampire and only come out at night. Diva and Rage provide too many distractions during the day. I start writing after they go to bed and if things are flowing well I can meet my daily quota in about 2 hours. There were many days last year when I stayed up until 3:30 or 4am writing--either to make up for lost time or to let a chapter idea flow out in its entirety.

  3. If you took away the time pressure, would you/have you tried writing a novel of your own? I think so, BUT one thing I found about Nano is that it doesn't allow you time for excuses. If you want to finish in a month, you have to be very disciplined and can't afford to take too much time off. It's a lot of pressure, but there's a thrill in it as well. You really get to know your characters well, because you are with them every day :) I think it's a great way to get a rough draft going for a "real" novel.

Today's SBQ was suggested by Lee (
and is:

How did you decide on the title of your stitching blog? Was it random,
or does it have a special meaning to you or about you?

I thought of the phrase "a work in progress" and realized that was what I was as a knitter. I wasn't actively stitching when I started this blog--I was in the middle of toddler time which didn't allow for much free time.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Sing along won't you? ;)

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It's that time already. Time for Nanowrimo 2006. Last year was my first year doing this and it was a blast!! There is something so liberating about disciplining yourself to write every day for a month. You let the story and the characters take you were they may with no worries about how it may sound later.

Last year my story ended up being 65,190 words(although I was only a little over 50000 at the end of the month last year). And I only got a quarter of the way through my original outline. SO this year I though that I would write book 2--since my characters still have more to say and do. But then another idea popped into my head, so now I have a decision to make. I'll have to figure it out by tonight because in order to finish in time I have to do about 1666 words per day.

Anyone else writing this year? Good luck to you if you are and if not, give it a shot(even if your story stinks at least your typing speed will improve LOL)