Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Horcrux Socks



I've finished one of my Horcrux socks. I love the colorway of the yarn I picked--it looks just like the book cover(although the picture may not show it exactly). These are definitely socks that look better on feet or sock blockers. When I'm all done I'll take a pic with them on.

Pattern: Horcrux Socks(available through the Six Sox KAL)
Yarn: Jojoland Melody(Y17)

Monday, July 30, 2007

Catching up with MS3

After a near disaster on Saturday, I finally finished Clue 2 from MS3. Thanks to Stacey and Cynthia for keeping me from ripping the whole thing out(yes, I was at that point).

Here it is basking in the mountain glory:



So here's the topic of the day: lifelines--friend or foe? useful or useless?

Right now I'm in the foe and useless camp, because the lifeline is what actually caused the problem this weekend.

Lots to post this week. Here's what's on the agenda:
**3 finishes
**purchases and presents

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Done

6:34 PM Saturday, July 21

I'm speechless right now.

Still a Ravenclaw :)


The sorting hat says that I belong in Ravenclaw!




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Said Ravenclaw, "We'll teach those whose intelligence is surest."


Ravenclaw students tend to be clever, witty, intelligent, and knowledgeable.
Notable residents include Cho Chang and Padma Patil (objects of Harry and Ron's affections), and Luna Lovegood (daughter of The Quibbler magazine's editor).





Take the most scientific Harry Potter
Quiz
ever created.

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I never took this quiz--it seems pretty thorough and I'm still in Ravenclaw, hurray!

Hogwarts House Blanket

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House Blanket Progress:

Hufflepuff(9/9)--DONE
Slytherin(9/9)--DONE
Gryffindor(9/9)--DONE
Ravenclaw(2/9)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Blackout

I'll be offline from now until I'm done with HP7. I don't want anything to spoil this :)

Happy knitting, stitching, and reading(if you'll be one of the millions doing so this weekend)!

**although I may sneak on briefly tomorrow because I have the Gryffindor squares done and I want to share if I get all the ends woven in

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Random Thoughts

Sorry I've been missing but I've been in full on reading mode this last week. I finished Order of the Phoenix last night and I need to finish Half Blood Prince by Friday. I'm really enjoying rereading the books but it is also taking up all of my free time. For the first time since the HAED SAL started I've opted to miss this month's update(we're allowed to miss 2).

I did get some knitting done though(no pics yet sorry). Don't get too excited for me. The only reason I had time to knit yesterday is that I was stuck at the Ford dealership for 4+ hours(with Diva and Rage). Getting the truck fixed--for the second time since July 5th, for a problem that was supposed to be fixed during the two days they had it before. Yesterday was NOT the day for my friendly, albeit somewhat incompetent Ford service rep, to have to deal with me. I went in there ready for a fight(spurred on by PMS, too much information I know). Long story short, the truck needed a $30 part to stop my "door ajar" sensor from going on and off at will and it was ONLY $100 for labor--because IFSR(incompetent Ford Service Rep) was giving me a "discount". I needed to consider, he said, that they had the truck for 4 hours. I said well YOU need to consider that you just had the truck for 2 DAYS to solve the SAME problem; you also need to consider that I have been stuck here for 4 hours with 2 starving kids because you couldn't do your job the first time. He stuck to his story that it was the best he could do. I'll be contacting Ford's customer service.

Just a sidenote to that. I'm not sure why I went to college because apparently if you work in $#&*@ Ford's service department you make $50 every 30 minutes(as quoted from IFSR). Seriously, do the math there people. $100 per hour AND the best part is you don't actually have to fix the problem you're being paid $100 and hour to solve. I won't even get into the sexist comments made by one of the salesmen while he was training future salesmen to sell cars to women(they were practicing with a truck located by the waiting area).

Onto happier things. I've found some sites lately that I'm loving. I thought I'd share although I'm sure some of you have already seen them:
50 Books, who also happened to have posted a link to this quiz for the Harry Potter/Literature Major--love it!
Storm Moon Knits--awesome Dark Mark patterns
Beck's Blog--I'm envious of her crochet skills

Then lacefreak and missalicefaye for lace knitting--wow!

And finally, if you want to take a year of your life to do 25 things for charity, then join up, I did.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Tired but worth it.

Last night Sheep in the City, The Knitty Professor, and I got to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. We arrived very early so we could get good seats.

It was people watching at its finest, folks. I felt very much as if I was back in the high school classroom. Ah, teenagers--so much angst, so little thought into what clothing actually looks good on you. Then there were the 10 year olds sitting next to us--providing the best quote of the evening "Go Legos" or whatever it was that one kid kept saying--let.it.go. I get it; your mom let you go to movie at midnight and it makes you feel cool to yell things at the screen WAY more times than necessary(this was all before the feature started, mind you). I personally liked one trip I made to restroom where one of a group of young ladies dressed in their Hogwarts slutty attire(did you know that was one of the required uniforms--besides dress robes and the regular uniform?)looked at herself in the mirror and said, "I look f*cking hot". No sweety, you looking f*cking sleazy but maybe someday you'll learn the difference. I also really liked someone holding a silhouette of the Dark Mark on the screen, the quidditch match(complete with tiny brooms), and the dueling Harry and Draco. This entertainment plus having time to knit and chat with two great friends made the 4.5 hours waiting go by fairly quickly.

I won't go too much into the movie as The Knitty Professor provided a great review this morning. On the whole I loved the movie. Sybil Trelawney's big scene really provided the most emotion for me during the evening which is sad considering what happened to my favorite character in book 5 which I felt was not given enough screen time to really portray the emotion of the scene. Snape's worst memory could have been expanded on a bit too. I mean the movie was just a touch over 2 hours--they could have put in another 30 minutes or so.

That being said I will be going to see it at least two more times :)

**Oh and just an FYI. Next week when the REALLY big Harry Potter event happens, I will NOT be online until I'm done reading. And quite honestly I won't be on the phone, watching TV, or even talking to my family more than absolutely necessary. Priorities you know ;)

Tick, Tock

Tickets: check
Deathly Hallows: preordered
Reread: HPSS, HPCoS, HPPoA, HPGoF, HPOotP(quarter way)
Enjoying the madness: priceless :)

I probably shouldn't even mention my Hogwarts Crest Banner, Sirius Black action figure, and wand? I'm a Harry Potter geek and I don't care who knows it!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Mystery Stole 3--It's going to be a Marathon--

--not a sprint.

After the catastrophe last Saturday and a couple of days cooling off period, Mystery Stole 3 Clue 1 made it back to the needles. We(meaning the stole and I) had a few teammates this time: 3 crochet needles(in the event of another crochet hook mishap), dental floss and sulky thread--both for lifelines.

I use Sulky thread, which is a kind of shiny metallic looking sewing thread, for my cross stitch projects because it comes out of the piece easily when you're done with it. So I thought it would be perfect for knitting lifelines--I was wrong. It's too light and spends more time getting in your way than actually being useful.

So the unwaxed dental floss came into play--it's a great weight and after you knit through the row it's threaded through(which is a b*tch in my opinion)it stays out of the way. I've decided it's in my best interest to put in a lifeline every 10 rows or so--we will not have a repeat of the clue 1 disaster. The lifeline rows slow me down WAY more than the beading does. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the beading--so much fun! I just want to start throwing beads into everything I knit.

I downloaded clue 2 this morning and I look forward to jumping into this clue this weekend. Of course all this MS3 stuff is putting a real crimp in my Harry Potter knitting. Hopefully I'll get the 2nd clue done quickly so I can do so mindless log cabin squares this week--like when I'm waiting in line for the midnight showing of OotP perhaps :)

Without further ado, here's clue 1 completed:


Yarn: Misti Alpaca--it's a sort of pewter gray?
Beads: 8/0 beads that are clear with mirror like centers--you can't really see them well in the pic but they're lovely.
Needles: #4 Addi Lace Needles**

**The Addi's have given me an injury. I carry my yarn in my left hand and my right ends up pushing the needle tip back after I knit a stitch. The points have stabbed the side of my finger enough to have broken through the skin! So I'll be wearing a band aid for the remainder of the clues. Whenever I knit lace I feel like I'm training for an Olympic sport--like finger gymnastics--my fingers are all over the place and if not done with precision something usually goes wrong. Like a dropped stitch, split yarn, or something worse(and I'm not going to tempt fate by trying to come up with the worst case scenario on this one).

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

25 Things for Charity

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Finish: June 30, 2008

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Mystery Stole 3--Paradise Lost

Saturday started out beautiful and sunny here in Colorado. The day promised to be HOT and with that in mind I put out the kiddos pool in the backyard and set up the table on the deck with the comfy chairs and the umbrella. I looked forward to a day in the sun with the kiddos swimming and me working on my Mystery Stole clue.

Things were moving along great--kids having fun. By lunch time I had completed the first 50 rows. I had thought briefly about putting in a lifeline but the decided I'd wait until I finished the whole clue. What.could.possibly.go.wrong.in.50.rows?

I worked sporadically throughout the afternoon and by dinner time I had reached row 76. I was marveling at the beauty of the pattern. And I loved my beads. I was having a great time.

After dinner I had some cleaning up to do. Diva and Rage asked me to go back into their pool. I said fine and we all headed back outside--the kiddos to the pool and me back to MS3. There was a nice breeze and it was getting cooler--perfect evening. Then it happened. . .

I was thrilled--I had made it to row 99. Things were going along beautifully until I reached the end of the row. I needed 2 stitches before my marker--I had one. I didn't panic though. I sat and studied my knitting and the pattern figuring I'd missed a yarn over or something. I couldn't figure it out so I decided to tink back the row and try again. Nope--still short a stitch. So I tinked back a couple of rows--let me just say that this, in retrospect, seems like a HUGE mistake. I was now short 3 stitches. Things went like this for a while--while the kiddos played blissfully unaware of the panic gripping their mother.

Then out of nowhere a HUGE gust of wind blew my pattern to the deck. Not a big deal you say? You would be right unless of course lying on top of the pattern was the tiny crochet hook which went sailing through the air--seemingly in slow motion--and with skill worthy of an Olympic diver, twisted and turned in the air and landed just perfectly on the deck. Perfectly, that is, if falling into a crack never to be seen again could be construed as perfect. I'm just thankful that I didn't have the beads open then--imagine losing those?!

So a couple of expletives left my mouth as I gathered up my stole and the kiddos and headed inside. After a cooling off period--ie. giving the kiddos a bath and getting them ready for bed--I sat back down with my stole and gave up. I.ripped.it.all.out.

So close, so very close.

Today I went to Joanns and got not one but 2 crochet hooks--maybe I should invest in about 20 of them. And what was my first clue is wound into a ball in my knitting bag. I am really bummed, but I'll persevere. I guess the plus is that in my disgust today I was able to finish Goblet of Fire.

So how did your Mystery Stole knitting go?