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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Socks? Done! Sweater? Still cooking...

Remember a long time ago, I started a pair of ankle socks from some left over sock yarn that I had? Well, I -finally- finished them.

And another shot:

I am officially out of that yarn. I made those nearly knee length socks and then these ankle length socks out of all that yarn and I now have just enough yarn leftover to use as waste yarn for a crochet cast on. :)

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I started on Tubey. Here's the progress so far:

By the way, the colors are -not- showing up well in that pic. You can't tell, but it's purple, gray, dark blue, light blue and green. I'll have to take a picture of it in the sunlight so you can see the colors better. I have just about a half an inch to go on that side and that sleeve is done. Then I pick up the stitches on the other end, join, and start knitting in the round to complete the other sleeve. I'm so excited! Oh and by the way... if sleeves take about 1/3 of the yarn... I'm screwed! Well... if not screwed then mighty close to it. I'll be able to tell once I start the body of the sweater because in Tubey, the main color is actually not used nearly as much as on the sleeves. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Of course, while I was working on my sweater, Trouble came over to help me:

When I told her "Hey, why don't you take your little, furry bottom off my book and let me knit!" she gave me this look (like those ears?):

I do believe this look means "Um... no. I'm comfy. Piss off."

Rotten kitten.

The entire time Trouble was on my knitting book, Fang was relaxing next to me:

I don't think it's physically possible for her to get more comfortable than that.

In response to comments:

Molly said: LOL!! I think that may be the best cross stitch I have ever seen.

Thanks! I've been looking at some of the other patterns in the book and none have yelled anything else offensive at me yet. Once they do, I will stitch something up. Yes, only I look at books for offensive inspiration. :P

Janna said: I've never knit a sweater either, but Tubey is on my list of sweaters I'll knit when I get the time/courage. I think I'll do the body in all one color, though, and just add a second color on the sleeves (all these plans....)

I was doing the same thing. "Maybe I'll add a ruffle to the cuff, or do some crochet edging..." Yeah like I'm not insane enough as it is!

Margot said: FYI, In my experience the sleeves use approximately 1/3 of the total yarn for a ls sweater. Front and back each take another third each. Fingers crossed that you have enough yarn!

Well, when I look at the total amount of yarn I've used, then I'm right on track, but I'm still panicking because the black is the main color and I'm really, really low already!

Ragan said: Ok, now I need your help. Every time I try to add your button to my sidebar....it comes out HUGE. And I mean HUGE. It is beyond huge, and could be a background. Ok, tech girl...HELP ME! I am html challenged.

Hey who you calling Tech Girl?! *Laugh!* But anyhoo, you have to tell HTML what size you want the button to be if it does not already have a set size. I assume that most people don't make their buttons a standard size so I set my sizes when I blog.

For example, the link I have on my Links page for "Back to my blog" with my UrbanpaganKnits Button looks like this in my template:

a href="http://urbanpaganknits.blogspot.com"

img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v225/urbanpagan/Other%20Schtuff/Urbanpaganknitsheader1.jpg" border="0" width="132" height="48" vspace="10"


A width of 132 and a height of 48 are pretty standard. Well at least that's what I've noticed. Hope that helps!

Feel free to cut and paste the entire like of code above to link to my blog just remember to take the spaces out before and after the "<" and the ">" so that it all lines up nice and neat.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

I started a sweater!

Yes folks, I started Tubey from Knitty.com. Sorry I have no pictures because I was very silly and left the camera at home. *laugh* But I started my first sweater. And wow, I'm either a worrywort or I'm overstressed. I'm flying through my main color and I'm not even done with the first sleeve! I called my cousin Ragan to ask her if that's normally the case... that one really cooks through yarn when working on sleeves and she told me yes. I guess I can breathe now. I was so worried I hadn't ordered enough yarn. I even over ordered (well at least I thought so when I got the yarn a few months ago.) Keep your fingers crossed for me and hope that I don't run out. :)

I'm also nearly finished with the socks I've been working on. And no, no pics of them either. My camera phone has been taking some really blurry photos lately so I guess I'll just have to remember to bring the camera with me next time.

In response to comments:

Helen said: yay! i've always been interested in that as well. you ever read Patricia Cornwell books??? fab!

No I haven't. But just about everyone I know has. I'll have to borrow one of them from a friend of mine and check it out. :)

Tamara said: Forensics always interested me too, but I don't think I have the full constitution needed to deal with actual corpses. You GO girl!! Good luck.

Who said I have the constitution to either? *laugh* I've been near prepared cadavers on many occasions and twice did view autopsies when I was young (looooooong story) but I myself have never been up-close and personal with one either. Eric suggested I go on a ride-along with a local CSI squad (if I can). I'm going to have to see if I can go! I think it would be great.

Ragan said: Did you know...that our anniversary is the SAME as gramma & grandpa's???? Cool huh!

No I didn't know that. That's pretty neat. :)

She also said: Anyhow, I love the hat!!!! AND...I HATE HATE HATE that stupid commercial!!!!

*nod* Oh I know what you mean. Thankfully they now have a shortened version of that commercial but it still sucks! :P

Stephanie said: Thanks to a lack of network TV at my house, I think I've missed that commercial. I like how the (presumed) husband is in the background cringing.

You lucked out with missing that one. It's awful! And yes, that is supposed to be the husband of the one on the left, cringing after he spilled his coffee on the carpet.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A knittin' and a purlin'

Okay well there really isn't much purling going on but a whole lot of knitting. :) I finished the hat for my boss' husband. Voila!:

He's a simple guy (according to her... I've never actually met him) so I went with a simple color scheme and pattern. Done in a flash!

I'm also making some good progress on my socks. No piccies as the camera batteries are charging but I'm very nearly ready to turn the heel on the second sock. I think I'm going to run out of yarn though. It's okay as these are just scrap socks anyway so I'll just use some other sock yarn I have left over when I run out of this colorway.

While I was knitting, I got a phone call from a friend of mine so I paused the tv (I love DVR!) and congratulated her on her new job. When I hung up the phone I looked back up and realized I had caught this:

I don't know what it is about this commercial but I really can't stand it. It's for this rug cleaner, you know the one where they say "Squeeze, rub, groom and done!" Makes me want to clap my hands over my ears and scream "Lalalalala! I can't hear you!" the entire time the commercial is on. And you can tell by the looks on the actresses' faces, they can't stand it either! You can tell on the one on the right's face that if she has to say "Squeeze, rub, groom and done" one more time, she'll probably go postal. I have no idea who makes this product but it bothers me on so many levels. More so than the spongemokeys from those Quizno's commercials. Those things just creeped me out. They never made me want to buy a sub.

Besides trying to get that awful jingle out of my head, not much else is going on. Well that's not true. I've decided to go back to college. Yup. Gonna work on my degree in Forensic Biology. Yup. I wanna be a crime scene technician. I want to be part of the police force but I'm not interested in walking the beat if you know what I mean. I have no real desire to get shot at. *shakes head* Nope. But I've got no problem showing up once everyone is dead. *shrug* Morbid? Most likely. But I've always been fascinated by it and well, it had always been my number two when I was in college originally... in 1992. If I couldn't get into vet school for whatever reason, I would stay, get my Masters in Biology/Forensics and join the State Police or the FBI. So I applied to Guilford College in Greensboro. It's one of the best schools in the nation for Forensic Biology. I wish UNC had the program because, well... I wouldn't have to pay to go to school but since I work for UNC, and Guilford is a college in North Carolina, UNC will help me pay for it if I get accepted. So cross you fingers for me! I won't know for some time if I'm accepted. I hope I get in. :)

Well time to go. I've got some stuff to do around the house and then going to have a drink. It's mine and Eric's eighth wedding anniversary today. Too bad he's not home. :( He's out on a trip right now... flying somewhere above me. But he'll be home Thursday evening so we're going to celebrate then.