Saturday, April 28, 2007

A Life in Song

I lifted this from Ms. Stitch-n-Snitch :)

(If somehow you were under a rock and missed the instructions, you were to put your mp3 player on shuffle and see what randomly-selected song would play the background music to these events in your life.)

Waking up: Drown--Three Days Grace

First day of school: 37mm--AFI

Falling in love: The Day the World Went Away(Quiet)--Nine Inch Nails

Fight song: Lilian--Depeche Mode

Breaking up: Affliction--AFI

Prom: Precious--Depeche Mode

Life: Spent--Filter

Mental Breakdown: The Only Time--Nine Inch Nails

Driving: The Beginning of the End--Nine Inch Nails

Flashback: Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own--U2

Wedding: S********rs, Inc.(Remix)--Nine Inch Nails

Birth of a Child: When Worlds Collide--Powerman 5000

Final Battle: At a Glance--AFI

Death Scene: Barrel of a Gun(Underworld Hard Mix)--Depeche Mode

Funeral Song: Savin' Me--Nickelback

End Credit: Somewhat Damaged--Nine Inch Nails

I cannot even comment on some of these--it's really cracking me up. I'm thrilled that it wasn't all NIN because that's like 85% of my iPOD.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Misty Weniera

HAED SAL weekend was last weekend and I really didn't get a lot of time to stitch but there is a little progress. I think I'm heading into one of those busy times of the year where all my "hobby time" is at a premium. Hopefully I can make a bigger dent in this one next month. My goal is to have page one done by the end of the June SAL.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Dream Toys

I got the book Dream Toys by Claire Garland(of Knitted Babes fame). Little Diva took one look at it and had to have the unicorn(without the flowery saddle thing). So off we went to JoAnns so she could pick her colors. After a few weeks of working on it sporadically here's the finished product:

Pattern: Unicorn, from Dream Toys(Garland)
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease White/Multi(for body)
Lion Brand Wool Ease Gray Heather(for hooves and nose)
Lion Brand Moonlight Mohair in Tundra(for mane and tail)
Filatura di Crosa New Smoking in Gold(for horn)
Needles: size 5

It was a fun project--I was hoping to convince her she needed the mermaid too. You can't tell from the picture but the white is actually white with iridescent thread woven in so it's a sparkly unicorn--which only makes sense. I think it is interesting that it seems to take no time at all to knit a toy up but the assembly takes forever!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Stuff and Nonsense

First, on Cara's post. Karen summed up my feelings about negative comments in her post.

Since I fly under the high profile blogger radar, I think I've been spared nasty comments. I knit(and blog about knitting) to relax; I don't want it to be a negative experience and I certainly wouldn't intentionally try to make someone else's experience negative. I lurk a lot on other blogs and I usually don't post comments unless I feel I have something of value to say. If I don't like a post or something someone says, I just move on. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and I'm entitled to not read it if I'm so inclined. I had enough of pettiness and hatefulness in high school and I don't intend to revisit that 20+ years after the fact.

I can't believe that someone would make assumptions about someone's life based just on their blog?! That baffles my mind. I think you could figure out a little about me through my blog, but probably not too much about my life away from the computer. I've been very careful to leave Diva, Rage, and DH out of pictures posted here(for the most part), because, quite frankly, there are perverts out there just waiting to exploit pictures of kids (and adults for that matter). I was just reading a blog the other day where someone lifted a picture from her blog of her daughter-in-law who was preggers and put it on a p*rn site of other pregnant woman(and the pic was in no way questionable)--what the hell?!?! It's a sad state of affairs; it makes me angry and sad at the same time.


On to happier stuff.

The unicorn--still getting seamed up. The body and two legs are done. The other two legs and the horn will get done today. Diva is pretty insistent that I keep the eyes "the way they are in the book". I like the Knitted Babes and the Dream Toys projects, but the eyes are just a little bit too creepy for my tastes. I was trying to get her to go for buttons or something--no dice; so creepy felt eyes it is.

Bayerische--I've finished the cuff of one sock and finished the increase row(96 stitches on the needles now, I believe). I'm loving how intricate this sock is--it will be a challenge that's for sure.

Hogarts House Afghan--this will be full steam ahead next week as the unicorn will be done. If I get burnt out on stitching this weekend then a square or two might get done. I'm resisting the urge to change the project to mitered squares a la Cara and my knitting crew. Log cabin, log cabin, log cabin--I just need to keep repeating that to myself; I know I'll be happy with the end result. Plus I could always make a mitered one later, right?

This weekend will be all about stitching for me as it's SAL time on the HAED boards. Misty Weniera will be in the Q-snaps this afternoon and I'll be working on that until Monday(along with the aforementioned unicorn, as Diva is a bit of task master about this--the kid needs to learn how to knit if she's so deadline oriented, that's all I'm sayin').

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Project Sp-EGG-trum 2 and Random Thoughts

I don't know if you can tell but the teal one is my lame attempt at a sheep. It's very difficult to decorate a white egg with a white crayon--there's always next year to perfect the technique :)

Today I'm sitting here fighting off a sore throat/massive sinus headache/low grade fever and catching up on my DVR viewing. So is anyone out there watching Robin Hood on the BBC besides me? I just can't get enough of that show. Especially Sir Guy of Gisborne. It's good stuff; definitely better than anything else on Saturday night.

I've also been watching Blood Ties on Lifetime. I almost never watch Lifetime but my mother(who lives and breathes Lifetime television) saw a preview for this show and thought I would like it. And sure enough I do, not a stretch being that I love all things vampire/supernatural. I love the premise of the series and I have already ordered the books the series is based on by Tanya Huff. I think those will be my summer reading--along with the mandatory Harry Potter of course :)

And some of you will be interested to know that I plan on actually trying to seam up Diva's unicorn today--I'm in a mattress stitch state of mind right now and figured I'd better go with it :)

Friday, April 06, 2007

Hogwarts House Blanket

Three words:


As I stated previously, I wanted to go with the book colors so my Ravenclaw colors are different(bronze instead of gray). Frankly, I like the idea of Ravenclaw using one of the same colors as Gryffindor(instead of Slytherin); I think it says something about where their loyalties lie.

Let the knitting begin.

0/36 squares done

**sorry the picture is dark--it's really miserable here today.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Project Spectrum 2--Green, Yellow, Pink

New Project Spectrum 2 colors for April/May: GREEN, YELLOW, and PINK

Here is my April stitchmarker set:

I'm going to start some socks with this Turquoise Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock:

Sunday, April 01, 2007

April Goals

Here's what I need to accomplish "hobbywise" this month:

1. Start and hopefully finish 1 of my April/May Project Spectrum 2 socks--didn't get any sock knitting done
2. Finish my Hufflepuff squares for my Hogwarts House Blanket--done
3. Participate in the SAL weekend(13-16) with Misty Weniera--done
4. Finish Diva's Unicorn(the knitting is done--I just need to assemble)--done
5. Finally, for Losin' Knit over at Peertrainer I need to exercise for at least 15 minutes a day--I only worked out 6 times--lame