Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Hubby's socks and KIP

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I've been working on hubby's silky wool socks since he has waited for so long for a pair of socks. Yes, those are my Two Swans Yarns stitch markers, and I love them!

Okay, I was knitting on these today in the doctor's office while waiting for my brother. I've realized that I really don't like knitting in public. When I'm knitting, I'm in the fiber zone. When someone snaps me out of it to ask me what I'm knitting (for the life of me I can't understand how someone could look at the photo above and still wonder what it is....I'm so tempted to say I'm knitting a sweater) but today was the funniest KIP incident ever. I had a bunch of elderly ladies sit around me to watch me knit. One lady leaned over and asked the other lady (in an attempted whisper) Can you smell that? The other lady said no. The first one said, "Oh good, because I passed gas and I hope it doesn't smell". Well, trying to pretend I didn't hear her admit to it, I could smell what I can only describe as the most disgusting smell ever. I think it must've shown on my face, because that is when she started talking about knitting. It was very awkward...I was relieved when my brother came out.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Teh List

1. Nothing makes my winter holidays more than The Smell of Christmas and a glass of eggnog.
2. Walking home from Elementary school, if I saw a cat that looked hungry to me, I'd bring it home and feed it. Little did I know, that I was actually a cat burglar.
3. I've never lived for more than 6 months without an animal with me.
4. When I was a toddler, I had a strange obsession with toilets.
5. I love to cook, but I rarely eat what I've made.
6. I was born deaf in my left ear, and have declining hearing in my right.
7. When the garbage and recycling people come at 4am, I'm glad I'm deaf in one ear.
8. I am an insomniac. I can go for days without sleep, and rarely sleep at night.
9. I have more scars than I can count, mostly on my legs.
10. One doctor that did some stitches in my legs said that the only model I'd ever be is a model for dull razors. I didn't find him funny.
11. I love horror movies.
12. I love going to Red Lobster, but I never order anything other than the Crab Alfredo.
13. I hardly ever wear makeup, but I'm also rarely seen without my toenails painted.
14. I love candles.
15. I have a 13 year old Umbrella Cockatoo named Matilda (Tilly for short) who is my twin soul.
16. I also have a Tri-colored Holland lop rabbit named Snickers. He's the most gentle and cuddly rabbit I've ever met.
17. Snickers and Tilly are good friends. Tilly even feeds him treats.
18. My husband is 18 years older than I am. Some people have a problem with this until they see us together.
19. I don't like the taste of coffee or beer.
20. I do drink my share of cola.
21. I'm always hot.
22. I know what menopause feels like. I was put in a medication-induced menopause for 2 years. I really don't want to do that again.
23. My husband is a gadget man. Secretly, I don't mind all the gadgets as long as I know how to use them.
24. I give pretty good massages.
25. I thrive in "creative chaos".
26. I like to try new things.
27. I don't think I'll ever have children. Mainly because I'm scared to bring them up in today's world.
28. I have a hearing aid, but I never wear it. Many people don't understand that real hearing and hearing aids are not the same.
29. I can speech-read.
30. I know American Sign Language in case I lose my hearing completely someday.
31. I'm not afraid to lose my hearing.
32. I take a first aid kit with me everywhere I go.
33. I stop for car accidents.
34. It is my dream to be a nurse practitioner.
35. I cannot stand people who don't chew with their mouths closed.
36. I love soft, fuzzy blankets.
37. I sleep with a teddy bear.
38. I am diabetic.
39. Never, never eat more than 5 sugar free Jelly Belly Beans within a 5 hour period. TRUST ME.
40. I have one tattoo. It is a permanent sign of temporary insanity. It was supposed to be a smiley face, but my "friend" thought it would be funny to leave the mouth out, so it looks like a gang tattoo or a prison tattoo.
41. I hate wearing shoes.
42. I feel most comfortable in sports t-shirts and jeans.
43. In kindergarten, I led a class revolt where we all stood on our chairs and stomped. I don't remember why, but now that I'm older it's funny as hell.
44. My Mother embarrasses easily. It must've been hard having me for a child.
45. I played soccer in high school, and play tennis now.
46. I never outgrew video games.
47. I seem very strong emotionally, but I'm really quite sensitive.
48. I am quite strong physically.
49. I have a brother who is 7 years younger than I am. Heaven help the person who tries to hurt him.
50. Heaven help the person who tries to hurt any of my loved ones, for that matter.
51. I love to make people laugh.
52. I treasure family heirlooms.
53. I admire people who struggle through adversity and overcome problems.
54. I am fascinated by the human body and how it works.
55. I am also fascinated by psychology and understanding why people behave the way they do.
56. I run an online support group for chronically ill people and their loved ones.
57. I have a photographic long term memory, but a very shoddy short term memory.
58. I love to drive. It is my place to be alone and think.
59. I hate shopping. Except for yarn :)
60. I don't mind spiders or snakes, but I don't like ants.
61. I'm afraid of water, but I force myself to swim.
62. My home is never tidy.
63. I am very eclectic. Most people would never guess I listen to rap.
64. I would love to travel to a third-world country and help in any way I could.
65. I am unable to comprehend violence, discrimination, and intolerance.
66. I am even more confused with violence against children.
67. My favorite thing to do is sit at home with my husband and animals and watch a movie as I knit or spin.


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Talk about the punishment fitting the crime....

Sometimes the punishment just has to fit the crime.

Busy? Yep. Spinning? I wish!

Karen said "I'm assuming that you are soooo busy spinning that you don't have a spare second to get to the computer to blog about it. :o)"

Well, yes and no. I'm busy, but not all because of spinning. I've gotten some of the new roving spun, very little, but some. It is very nice to work with, and I think I am starting to get the hang of it. Most of the time I can keep the fiber consistent, but then I start feeling cocky and get huge flubs. :D

I'm getting ready to make Thanksgiving dinner at my Mother's house to feed 20, but probably only 6 will show up. In non-knitting and very frustrating news, hubby and I had a clear bra on our Infiniti G35 a few weeks ago. Once the rain stopped enough for us to look at it, we saw that the job was done horribly at a local detailing shop. Today I took it to ClearBra of Oregon (also had to take the BMW in, but that's beside the point) and they said that they don't like to talk bad about others' work, but this was pretty bad. I knew it was, I just wanted them to show me exactly how it should look. We have one on the BMW that they repaired, and they were professional and friendly. Anywho, I took it back to the detailer place, and asked for my money back. They said okay. The guy asked if he could write me a check since he didn't know how to refund money on the credit card machine. (red flag, RED FLAG) I said yes and took the check to the bank it was drawn on. Of course, it was refused for non-sufficient funds. After I became what he called "unreasonable" he decided to deal with hubby. Hubby said you get me cash, or you go to jail. I guess he decided I wasn't so unreasonable after all. He made a lot of excuses and wanted to let his guy handle it. (the same guy who has 25 years of experience, although clear bras haven't been around that long, and the same guy who completely ruined the job) To add insult to injury, he said "listen baby, my guy is good." Baby?!?!?! He is *SO* lucky I left my pepper spray in the car. So, as far as letting his guy handle it, I told him absolutely not. He then told me that for him to get his money back on the clear bra that is on the car, he needs it back. SO, I made an appointment with ClearBra of Oregon to have it done Friday, and I will be giving the other guy the clear bra back. In a huge wad. :)

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Broken Spindle

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If you look at where the hook is, do you see that line on the spindle? That is the broken part of it. If I pull on the hook the wood will break off completely. I was quite upset, but they sent me a new one, and the top whorl as I asked for.

Spinning Kit

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This is a picture of the spinning kit I got, with the roving they sent. The broken spindle is the bottom whorl, and the new one the is the top whorl one.

Roving ready to spin!

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I bought this roving at Woodland Woolworks today. I'm excited about the colors, and since I got my new spindle, I can start trying it out!

First Handspun yarn

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This is my first try at hand spinning. It is very uneven and flubby, some areas are overspun, some are underspun. Overall, I'm really loving this!

Thursday, November 17, 2005


I emailed the company that sent me the kit and they will be sending me a new spindle, and in the top whorl. I'll put up pictures when I get it of the whole kit.

As far as knitting content, I've only been working on my Christmas presents and Mom's beach scarf.

I've become aware that some people are having the same problems viewing my blog as I had been, though I thought it was just my computer. It only happens every once in a while, but if the text is ever missing on my blog, either reload the page or highlight it. It seems to be a blogger issue. I'll be contacting them about it.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Spinning kit blues

Heather wrote:
Oh that is just awful! Especially to be so excited and have it turn out to be crap. Have you contacted the company yet to send it back?

Yes, I sent them an email. I was *very* upset when I saw the spindle. It would've been one thing if it broke in the mail, or was an accident, but it was varnished over, and had extra varnish in that area, and it may have also been glued. That just isn't right.

This proves it...I'm getting older

You should have grown up during the fifties

You like simpler times when you could go to the malt shop with your sweetie and park down on lover’s lane. You also like change and imagining your bright future.

Take this quiz at

Will somone please tell these people that I'm 27 years old?!?!?!?

Saturday, November 12, 2005

NOT happy with spinning kit

I got my spinning kit in the mail today. I'm not happy at all. The spindle is supposed to be top whorl, but it is bottom whorl, and the hook isn't centered. It may be off center because the wood is split on one side from the top, where they put the hook in. The varnish on it is also uneven, with scratchy drippy parts all over it. The so called instructions are basically a history of spinning, not much in the way of directions. *sigh*

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Cheesy stroking of the ego

You Should Get a MD (Doctor of Medicine)

You're both compassionate and brilliant - a rare combination.
You were born to be a doctor.
Funny thing is, I'm looking to continue my nursing education. (since we moved back to Oregon, I've been having problems getting transcripts from my school in California, it has been a problem)

From knittn to spinnin

I ordered an introduction to spinning kit and should be getting it soon. I am pretty excited! I've always wanted to spin, and I hope to someday spin on a wheel. For now, I'm starting on a drop spindle. I've decided to bag my Brother's Girlfriend's socks, as it was knitting up very oogly and stiff. I expected much more from that yarn. I am making some headway on mystery holiday gift #2, AKA Dad's socks. I'd like to make it padded, but I think that one will have to wait until I figure out how to do that. (he has arch and heel pain) I also wish I would've discovered Merino wool when I bought this yarn. I guess I'll just have to make him some more after Christmas.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

FO Cherries Jubilee, AKA Mystery Holiday Gift #1

This was to be Mom's Christmas socks, AKA mystery holiday gift #1, but I thought she could use them now :) I didn't get a pic of the other sock, because I finished it at her house, so I gave them to her then. This was knitpicks sock memories in Flower power, but I renamed it Cherries Jubilee, and Mom calls it Cherry Garcia. They came out great, and are very soft.

I appreciate your comments regarding the knitting police. I don't really care what they think, it is more that I just don't understand it. I had never come together with other knitters before, and it started feeling like everyone was like that, but obviously they aren't. There are one or two that I consider "knitting bullies" where it seems like their intent is to show you how everything you are doing is wrong, and they are hell-bent on showing you how to do it correctly. I've always thought that as long as my knitting stays together, how could it be wrong? I just think it is sad. In any case, I think I'll continue going, but try to stay away from the bullies.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Knitting Stereotypes

Since I've been venturing out more and more lately and getting in touch with other knitters, I've seen my attitudes changing. I don't know exactly how long I've been knitting, but I know it has been at least 5 or 6 years--somewhere around there. I wasn't as interested in the finished product as the therapeutic effects of knitting in the beginning, and I believe that that is why I keep several projects around, just so that when I need some knitting therapy I can grab something that I don't have to think is more like meditative knitting. Everyone knows that there are two long standing stereotypes in knitting. 1-That all knitters are women or gay men. We all know that just isn't true. 2-All knitters are either Grandmothers or Expectant Mothers. Equally ridiculous. Since I've been getting out and actually being around other knitters, I've found far more stereotypes and attitudes that are really grating on my nerves.

1. Either people think I am perpetually lost, or they believe that I just am too young to know anything about knitting. I guess I'm just getting sick of the "Are you getting brave enough to venture from scarves" thing, which has happened on many, many occasions, and without knowing anything about me whatsoever. I don't think I'm doing too badly. I haven't had a single class, I've taught myself from books. The only things I haven't tried is: Mosaic knitting, Entrelac, smocking, and sweaters. You know, I really don't care what a few people think, it is just that it keeps coming up, and I'm wondering what is behind it all.

2. People criticize my knitting projects. I've had a few people comment to me about my projects I've done. No, they aren't grand projects, but it is because right now, I want to keep with things that are simple. I don't have enough confidence to branch out to bigger things, but I'm getting there.

3. Natural vs acrylic. I don't quite understand what the whole issue is. I admit, I love the feel of some of the natural fibers I've felt lately, but you just can't beat acrylic for value, durability, and washability. I might make my Mom socks in something exotic, because I know she'd take care of them, but I'd probably do something in Acrylic for a family member/friend who has a bunch of kids and a hectic career. I guess I just see pros and cons to each, when others seem either blinded or biased. To each their own I guess, but I just don't understand the whole debate. Then, there are the people who detest novelty yarns, and some people won't even shop in places that have them. My feeling is, if you don't like them, then don't buy them. I guess I just love matter what it is made of.

Some of these things have really made me rethink the whole idea of getting out with the knitting community. The biggest issue is my age. It seems to be so important for some people to find out who the youngest person in the room is. I just don't understand it, and I really don't like it. I haven't decided what to do yet. If I can separate myself from the people who seem to only want to push their own ideas (mine are all incorrect) then things can work just fine. But...It just isn't fun when I feel so isolated in a crowded room.

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