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Archive for April, 2008

Hello from the Dish Cafe in beautiful but windy downtown Traverse City!

So we’re out and about crusin’ the town. We’ve knit in a bookstore and now in a cafe… We’ve experienced a LYS with a very rude “yarn slave” (her words, not mine) where everyone but Marcia bought yarn. We’ve learned that Kristi really doesn’t have a working internal compass, and that we really enjoy saying Kaffe-fahsehhh repeatedly. Sue helped me succesfully pick up my stitches on Rave’s bollero so that I no longer have to banish it to the time out pile. Oh and the news in TC is freaking hilarious even before you start drinking.

That’s all for now, Kristi is starting to dance and I might need to video it. :o)

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I’ve officially switched my bag pattern to the Booga Bag. It’s coming along beautifully. See?

Booga Boo

I made it bigger than the pattern says and I think I may have picked up too many stitches on the ends so it might end up looking a little different but who cares? :o) It’s a bag. *nods*

I don’t have much else to share. I’ve hardly had any time to knit lately. But my Knit Weekend is coming up in a few days and I can’t wait. Speaking of that… I need to go work on my Circle of Brains Knit Along project. 🙂

Later peeps.

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Confession…
Forgive me bloggers, for I have sinned. It’s been 20 days since my last blog post and well… not much knitting has been done either. One would think that working in a LYS would inspire knitting. In a way it does, but by the time I get home I’m so freaking tired that the last thing I want to do is knit. Kind of like how the last thing I want to do is make those stitch markers that a certain LYS Co-owner wants to buy from me to sell in the shop. *sheepish grin*

Knitting Inspiration? Check.
Handy Discount on all things yarny? Check.
Knitterly friends? Check.
Multiple UFOs and WIPs? Check.
Lack of motivation to do anything that requires more than an occasional channel change or the turn of a page? Check.

*nods*

I need a Knit Weekend like whoa.

Ironic considering that I’m going to have one in a few weeks. 🙂 *whoot*

COB Meeting…
So yeah… the Circle of Brians *Edit… Sue just pointed out that I totally typed Brians instead of Brains… LMFAO… I’m leaving it!* had an impromptu meeting earlier this afternoon during which we giggled, snorted, cackled, knitted (or should that be “we knit..” *scratches head*), and enjoyed one of the local Panera’s. We were called “cute” and “inspiring” by a young skinny girl who stopped by our table. We schooled a woman who loves Webkinz about the benefits of the Circular Needle and told another woman that we were in fact knitting not crocheting (not that there’s anything wrong with that…). We learned that Kristi’s mindless knitting project wasn’t so mindless until she figured out the Secret of the Last Yarn Over (or something like that… I can’t recall). We watched as Sue proved that she can in fact create Flying Geese in a Panera. *giggles* And Marcia helped us find the coffee. Additionally we learned that there is a very special place in the world for mittens without thumbs. I’m not sure what I personally brought to the table… perhaps the fact that plain knitting in the round is a boring task and that just because I work in a LYS doesn’t mean I buy allll of my yarn there. *nods… I’m such a rebel* Ooh and my good deed of the day was giving up a total Princess Parking Spot to Dirty Sue (who was driving behind me) because she’s recovering from knee surgery. See? I’m a nice person. *nods* Yes, I cackled like a mad-woman while demonstrating one handed knitting with Marcia, but I’m still a nice person. 😉

Pictures were not taken at today’s meeting but plans were made for the upcoming Knit Weekend Trip that we’re all uber excited about.

On the Needles…

Shop Model Vest. 80% done give or take a few percents. Still no pictures of it though. I’m really not going for mystery, just lazy.

Socks of Doom. As I mentioned to the COB today, I haven’t touched the socks since the last Knit Weekend. So much for my personal goal of having them done by tonight. *shrug*

Child’s Bolero. I’ve picked up the edge stiches and then ripped them out 17.2 billion times. I seriously almost frogged the whole thing last night but instead I just threw it across my bedroom (literally. Who knew yarn could fly so far?) and cast on for a felted bag. Loving the yarn though… K1Crochet2 Ty-Dy. It’s uber soft, stripes pretty, and although it’s a bit splitty it’s okay if you pay attention to where the needle is going.

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Felted Bag. This would be the above mentioned boring ass knitting in the round. *groans* I’ve also decided that I don’t like the pattern. I was making Cat Bordhi’s Rainbow Denise Needle Bag. No, I don’t require a special bag to carry my Denise set in… I just liked the shape of the bag. Now, I don’t like it so much. For one thing, the instructions are wonky and sound too much of a pain in the arse to me. So… me thinks I’ll be frogging this baby and either desiging my own pattern or attempting a Booga Bag since I’ve yet to actually do one of those. The yarn however is beautiful. I’m using SWS (Soy Wool Stripes for those of you not in the know) by Patons. It’s cheap, it’s fantastically pretty, and the stripes are heaven. And although I’ve no idea what the benefit is, it’s 70% Wool and 30% Soy. 🙂

Bag about to be frogged.

Other things I’ve learned recently…
~ Knitting in the car on the way to Detroit for my uncle’s funeral basically sucks when despite having a Denise Kit, none of the needles or cables I have work for what I want to work on. It also sucks hard when the pattern I’m using for said project calls for a 16″ circular and yet asks me to cast on an insanely small amount of stitches that couldn’t possibly fit on said needle cable once in the round. *kicks Needful Camp Kit*
~ Hanging out in a hotel room with my baby brother watching Willy Wonka and staying up way too late eating pizza the night before our uncle’s funeral is a whole lot of fun.
~ Funerals suck.
~ A new tattoo is always a mood picker upper. I introduce to you tat number six:
Fresh Ink
It’s a bass clef repeated in a circle and is a little over a week old. (Yes, I’m opperating under the idea of maybe if I get enough ink I’ll never have to have a normal office job again because I’m just too rock star for it.) My best friend Shawn got the same one on the opposite wrist. We’ve known each other for fifteen years this year and in that time have seen tons of concerts together***. This tat represents our love of music and concerts and each other.
~ The African Children’s Choir is amazing and makes me cry like a baby. I saw them last night at the Wharton Center with my dad, my baby brother (who is now 5 foot 9 inches tall… *le sigh*), and his mom Anne.

~ It sucks getting stood up for a date that includes Wharton Center tickets less than a week before the show and having to scramble to find someone who wants to go with me. BUT… I’m still looking forward to seeing Avenue Q on Friday night no matter who happens to go with me.
~ 3,280 projects in Ravelry are using the SWS yarn I gushed about earlier.
~ I’m in lovelust with my iPod Touch.
~ It is in fact possible to fall down TWICE in the exact same spot on the same day *gently rubs skinned knees*
~ I’m a little bit obsessed with the Across the Universe movie and soundtrack.
~ It’s offically acceptable to wear blue jeans to a Bowling Banquet, and watching above mentioned baby brother get an award for winning his division in allllll of the Greater Lansing Area is darn cool. *proud grin*

I think that this post officially makes up for slacking off so bad for the past 20 days, right? If not… too bad. hehe 🙂

Smootches!
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***Seriously tons… just to name a few: Sting, Prince, Duran Duran, Tina Turner, Patti Labelle, Lilith Fair, Ben Harper, Jurassic 5, Dave Matthews Band, Backstreet Boys (duh… several times, and we met them too), AJ McLean, Kaci Brown, The Click Five, Janet Jackson, Matchbox 20, Rob Thomas, Keith Urban (several times), Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bently (twice), N’Sync, Mandy Moore, EYC, Hootie and the Blowfish (twice), Shawn Mullins, Chris Issak (we met him too), Jewel, Sarah McLoughlan (sp?), Bonnie Raitt, Shaggy, Krystal, Madonna, The Judds, Jodee Messina, Chaka Khan, Sheryl Crow, and Katrina Elam (twice). That’s not all of them either. 🙂 Told ya… we’re concert freaks.

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