Monday, January 29, 2007

Rest in Peace, Barbaro

I don't want to get into all my views on the racing industry. I just wanted to take a moment to say good bye to that beautiful horse; he never gave up, his owners never gave up, but somethings aren't meant to be.

I watched the Preakness and I started crying when I watched his leg break and I've been rooting for him to pull through ever since.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

What Tarot Card Are You?

You are The Moon

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Moon is a card of magic and mystery - when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.

The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

Stitching Update--updated 2/6

Blackstone Fantasy Garden
Not really a lot to update here; I haven't been able to work on it very much.

I joined the Christmas Ornament SAL and this was the ornament I chose for this month:

Pattern: 2006 Ornament Kit--Ink Circles

Stitched: 2 over 2, full cross

Fabric: 40 count R&R Reproduction Linen

It's been a comedy of errors, let me tell you. First of all, I chose the ornie done on 40 count fabric(that's 40 stitches per inch over 1!?!). I am stitching it over 2 threads, but still, those are some frigging tiny holes. Also, because I apparently can't read directions(I'm blaming that on my anxiousness to get started), I stitched this 2 over 2 when it's supposed to be 1 over 2. I think it looks okay but I made a couple of mistakes(one of which is now a "design feature")and frogging this tiny fabric, stitched with too much floss, is a royal pain in the behind. I'm breathless with anticipation at what tragedies will befall me when I try to follow the directions for finishing this lovely.

You would think that I dislike the pattern, but you would be wrong. I LOVE the design and I intend to make a few more(I even let Little Diva help me pick out some colors). This time it will be on at least 36 count(but probably 32).

Here it is all finished:

Thursday, January 25, 2007

More Diva Socks

Because I couldn't get enough the first time(aka--I had leftover yarn), I decided to make another pair of socks for Little Diva. Same pattern but this time I did a 3inch cuff and 2x2 rib for the length of the sock.

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Pattern: Classic Beginnings Socks for the Family by Michele Wyman

Yarn: Andes 100% Wool

Needles: Size 7 dpns

And I STILL have yarn left.

They are a little big because she is growning so fast--I want them to last for a little while.

Monday, January 22, 2007

I'm Out.

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I did pretty well with the whole "Kick the Can" thing. I think it is a great idea. The only month I totally bailed on it was November, because I needed soda to stay awake while doing my Nanowrimo writing.

Here's the thing. I NEED caffeine. Addicted? Yep, I sure am. I found myself substituting Starbucks for my soda. Not only is this expensive but it's also counterproductive when you are trying to lose weight. 340 calories for a Grande No Whip Cinnamon Dolce Latte OR 0 calories for a diet Pepsi--the math don't lie, people. I do like the Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce latte which is only one hundred something calories per drink, BUT it's still more calories than 0.

So I feel bad about it, but not too bad.

I'm off to get a diet Pepsi. . .

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Mommy's Got a Brand New Bag(s)

A bit of Lexie Barnes Mania is sweeping my knitting circle(I think that's everyone?). And I was not immune to the pull of these funky bags. I didn't succumb right away(it took about 12 hours before I knew I had to have it for sure).

So as an early birthday present(courtesy of cash from the parents--my usual birthday gift), I treated myself to a Lady B in Baja. Black, white, and pink floral--not usually my thing(at least the pink part).

But look closer:

Skulls--in all their stealth skully glory. The closet goth in me could not let this bag pass me by. And, of course, I can't put my Vera Bradley accessory bags in a skull bag?! SO. . . .I got some accessory bags(4 total) from the Lexie B sale bin(blatant in your face skulls--aka. the Hermosa pattern)

Many thanks to Colorful Yarns for stocking Lexie Barnes goodies. It was money well spent and the most I've ever spent on a bag, but it was oh so worth it :)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Mystery WIP Contest--We have a Winner!

Having finally finished Magic Witch(hurray!!)and survived the holidays; I feel it is time to add something else to the HAED stitching rotation, because Eternal Promise and Storykeeper just aren't enough(though I love them both dearly).

Just as with Magic Witch I will attempt to post regular progress(when it is up in my rotation). I really like watching the piece develop and I also like having an archive of my progess with comments on how I felt at each phase of the project(I guess that's part of what I blog for).

***Well, that was quick. Nicki guessed it correctly. Misty Weniera by Tracy Butler. Congratulations, Nicki, and start shopping for a chart of your choice!

Here's the first picture(my progress after this weekends SAL):

Start: January 15, 2007-?

Fabric: 28 count white Jobelan

Stitched: 2 over 1, tent stitch(half cross)

Thursday, January 11, 2007

First Finish of 2007

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Pattern: Classic Beginnings Socks for the Family by Michele Wyman

Yarn: Andes 100% Wool

Needles: Size 6 dpns

These are socks for Little Diva. I made DH Log Cabin socks last year and Diva wanted some "thick" socks like Daddy's. She picked out the yarn herself. I love making kid's socks; they go so quickly.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Christmas Booty

This is a bit late, but here are my Christmas gifts. I added to my pattern stash quite a bit. I think I did okay :)

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1. Knitting:

Victorian Lace Today(Parents)
Domiknitrix(Me to Me)
Fibertrends Patterns: Llamas/Alpacas, Sheep, Hedgehogs(Parents)

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2. Stitching:

Cats SPML HAED(Kids to Me)
Cat Knot SPML HAED(Kids to Me)
Victorian Blackwork Leon Conrad(Parents)
Red Nine 1 & 2 A Mon Ami Pierre(Parents)

3. Tote Bags(my knitting buds will appreciate this):
skulls 1(Santa)
skulls 2(Santa)

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4. Audio/Visual:
iPod Shuffle(from DH)
Big Love--Season 1(from DH)

5. Health/Wellness:
Cathe 2007 Calendar(from Santa)
Drill Max(from sister2)