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So let’s see… when I last left off I’d begun dyeing yarn and was knitting a set of Noro socks. I finished the socks and Sock #2 turned out with less of a wonky stripe at the heel thankfully. I’m still not thrilled with the thick and thin of Noro especially when dealing with something as fine as sock yarn, but the color is so worth it, I WILL be trying to figure out how they get such beautiful colorways in their dyeing. 🙂

Noro socks

Noro socks

I dyed this…

Hand-dyed by me.

Hand-dyed by me.


…to finally make my sister a stole/scarf/wrap thingy. 🙂 I’m using the One Skein: A Stole pattern which is free in Ravelry and uber easy yet lovely.

I treated myself to a new camera for my upcoming birthday so I can now take pictures like these…

4th of July

4th of July

St. Joe at Sunset

St. Joe at Sunset

Lola

Lola

There’s been more yarn dyeing…

Hand Dyed by Me

Hand Dyed by Me

Rainbow sock flat hand dyed by me

Rainbow sock flat hand dyed by me

I went on a much needed vacation during which I fell in love again with St. Joe, MI and taking photographs of it’s beautiful scenery.

Lookout Point

Lookout Point

And finally, I saw the latest Harry Potter movie at 12:01 a.m. this morning with a theater full of diehard Potter-Heads. 🙂

HBP

HBP

Tis all for now! 🙂

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Where in the world?

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Midland, that’s where! 🙂 Why? Training. Three fun-filled days of training and social worky stuff. Yeah, I said social worky, deal with it. 🙂

Knitting? But of course! I brought stuff for making more fish for my boyfriends, stuff for making my mom’s 2nd sock, and stuff for two different scarves. Plus, there’s a LYS less than 30 miles from my hotel that might just need me to visit it. 🙂

For now though, the current project is this:
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Remember the Grand Traverse Bay scarf that I started back when the COB went to Traverse City? I ended up frogging it because I hadn’t worked on it forever and couldn’t remember what my pattern was (I was making it up lol). So now it’s a random stitch that I found while looking around online last night.

For now though, it’s time to eat my dinner that FINALLY showed up, and watch Heroes. Mmm!

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So my Backstreet concert last weekend was fabulous. I had a blast and ended up being in the 10th row which wasn’t too shabby (buying tickets through the fan club this year was sort of sketchy and I had no idea where my seats were until I picked up the tickets the day of the show… yikes!). I ended up getting a few really good pictures which made me happy too.

Knitting while waiting for the gates to open…
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Alternate Post Titles:
~ Black as my Soul
~ The Rainbow Connection
~ Boobs!

Last night I met up with Blogless Molly for some quality knitting/adult time that was needed by both of us. We had dinner at Panera in the mall and then moved down to Barnes & Noble where we scored two cush chairs near the knitting book section and sat for several hours knitting, browsing books, and laughing like the geeks we are followed by a late night raid of the Meijer craft section. :o)

The first round of giggles began when we saw this book across the room:
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The book is described as:
The 420 pages of this book contain the most beautiful and provocative black and white and color photos ever created of these iconic women, plus nine original interviews, including the first with Tempest Storm and Uschi Digard in over a decade, and the last with Candy Barr before her untimely death in 2005. In a world where silicone is now the norm, these spectacular real women stand as testament that nature knows best.

It’s an interesting book to say the least. And the poor 15 year old kid who picked it up later that night and was as shocked to see inside as we were was a freaking hoot. Poor kid, “I’m scarred for life!” hehe… He was adorable.

Boobs aside though, we also saw something else pretty cool from our spot in the store, check it out…

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Cool huh? It was huge!

Knitting was also done… I’m almost done with my lastest Bagstopper. I’m addicted to the damn things. :op I’ve gotta do the straps and this one will be done.

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My iPod sock was finished last Sunday…
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And I plan on casting on for sock #2 of my Happy Florida Socks today. They’ll now be my official Happy Florida & Backstreet Boys Socks though because tonight is concert night. Wee! Yes, ladies and gents… tonight is concert #18. hehe. I’ll be hitting the road shortly and grinning like an idiot for the rest of the weekend basically. :o) After tonight I’m also going to be spending the rest of the weekend with WONDERFUL friends and lots of knitting in one of my favorite parts of the state so it’s bound to be a good one.

Now pardon me as I prepare for The Hotness…
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Happy Weekend!

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. – Anais Nin

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Well… we all survived our latest Circle of Brain Knit Weekend in Traverse City. Apparently we’ve all been busy as all get out since the weekend though because it’s been almost a week and none of us have posted about it. See how bad we needed the weekend?!

Sue, Sue’s Mom, Kristi and I loaded up the car on Friday evening and hit the road as soon as humanly possible once I was out of work and had made it across town to Kristi’s digs. I got to love on my boyfriends (both the cute toddler version as well as the furry one) which was just lovely since I hadn’t seen them in AGES. Gerrit even made faces at me from the upstairs window while I was walking up to the house. 🙂 *gush gush*

On the way up knitting, gossiping, and iPod listening was had. We giggled a lot, stopped for slurpee-like drinks in Alma, and basically had a lovely drive until we hit a big storm just outside of Traverse City. Finding Sue’s Aunt’s house was a little “interesting” due to the fact we could barely see in the rain, it was darker than crap, and we’d come into town on a totally different road than what was on our directions. LOL But after a phone call (thank goodness for cell phones) with Aunt Janet during which I laughed like a maniac from the back seat listening to, we got to the house in time to get completely drenched with rain while unloading the car. Like, so wet we had to change our clothes when we got inside. Craziness.

The rest of the evening was spent knitting some more, watching the TC news (seriously funny shit there, let me tell ya), and just relaxing. Finally we all stumbled to our couches/beds for the night and passed out. 🙂

Saturday morning we woke up to Marcia calling us from the road. She called to let us know she was on the way up and so we all got purty then headed into town to meet Miss Marcia. Getting into the city was much easier than finding the house had been and within a few minutes we were in downtown TC where the wind was blowing at about 62 miles an hour, but it was still beautiful. 🙂

We parked and because Saturday was the end of Earth Week we got two free trees to plant which was very cool. 🙂 Then off to Horizon Books we went to get coffee and meet up with Marcia. At Cuppa Joe we sat and enjoyed bagels and coffee while knitting and enjoying the people watching. Eventually we walked down to the LYS Lost Art where we encountered Rude Woman and blew her additude off as much as possible. From there we walked to Dish Cafe to have lunch and knit for a few more hours. Once we were done there we went to the bead shop (I forgot the name… whoops) where we were basically like 12 year old boys giggling over the word “hole” and beads that looked like um… body parts. LOL

We eventually ended back up at the bookstore to meet up with Sue (she’d left us while we were obsessing about the holes in the bead shop). Then off to Tom’s Market we went to get food and booze for the night.

FYI… the Tom’s Market right by the bay in TC won’t let you take the shopping carts into the parking lot. LMFAO. Yeah I did a wheelie with the cart to get it down into the parking lot and this little Troll popped out of his Troll Door and was like “You can’t do that, Miss!”

I said, “What are we supposed to do?”

He says, “Carry the bags.”

I didn’t swear but I almost did. hehe I believe I said, “Oh for crying out loud, that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of…” Marcia did call him a Troll though (I dunno if he heard it or if he’d gone back into his Troll Door) which made me laugh like a moron.

Back at Casa De’ Aunt Janet we hung out with Baylee my newest furry boyfriend while making pizza, drinking, and of course more knitting!! 🙂 We have an official COB Adult Beverage thanks to Marcia, and thanks to Sue Ravyn’s Bollero has the stitches picked up and is nearing completion.

Our COB KAL however caused a whole lot of drama during the weekend. Kristi frogged and restarted hers about twenty times in three days while I decided to give it up all together and create my own. LOL Originally we were working on the Montego Bay Scarf by Amy Singer because Marcia has one and it’s beautiful. Sue’s already made about sixteen of them in two days (okay yeah, not really but she’s whipping those puppies out pretty quick and they’re beautiful!). I on the other hand decided to design a Grand Traverse Bay Scarf which basically has less thinking involved because I managed to mess the Montego up every time I worked on it.

Sunday we hit the bookstore and Cuppa Joe’s again plus went to a store called Momentum to buy more stuff. I got a cushy soft “Up North Michigan” sweatshirt. After that we went to Mabel’s for brunch with Aunt Janet and Sue’s Mom before finally hitting the road once again to come home.

The weekend went way too fast but much fun was had and we’re already looking forward to the next time we can have a COB meeting. 🙂

And now… pictures. 🙂

Cool wind thingy…
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Traverse City… wee!
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Mmm… coffee!
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Kristi and her Kaffe Fassett.
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Cool light at the Dish Cafe.
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Artsy Fartsy…
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The traditional foot picture… Dish Cafe.
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And another in the car…
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Kaffe Fasset… almost done…
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All left to do is Kitchner!
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New Stash… gunna make me some Worsted Weight socks.
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Baylee butt.
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Baylee face… isn’t he cute?
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Sue’s Magical Glowing Booze
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Marcia and he window twin.
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I want to live here…
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Rock Star Marcia.
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Kristi with her Montego in the car.
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Mabel’s.
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Fire Damage on I-75
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My Grand Traverse Bay…
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Our trees… 🙂
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And quotes… 🙂
“The boat is not a navigational hazzard.”

“He’s GWC… Goofy Without Cause.”

Kristi, 2pm: “I’m really excited about this whole Montego Bay experience…”

Rude Lady at LYS to Sue about Worsted Weight yarn: “You know those will be really thick socks, right? Like you won’t be able to wear them with shoes…”

Rude Lady at LYS to Kristi about her yarn: “You know you’ll have to wind that into a ball, right?”

Krisit: “I feel like we just ate… I’m not going to eat… I’m going to get some soup…”

Marcia: “I think we should go back to the yarn shop and thank the lady for enlightening us about winding the yarn into a ball before using it…”

Marcia: “I liked how he came out of his little Troll Door to yell at us…”

Kristi, 7:41pm: “This scarf is my fucking demise!”

Kristi, 7:55 pm: “Look at my Montego Bay… I’m in love with it!”
Marcia: “I wonder how long that’ll last…”
Kristi: “Not long…”

Kristi, 8:30: “Look…” (as she frogged the whole thing again)

I’m sure there were more quotes but once I started drinking I forgot to write stuff down. hehe 🙂 For now though, I’m off to finish watching Grey’s and get some knitting done during Lost. 🙂

Oh and Happiness of the Day… My Florida flights are booked, baby! Whoot! 2 months and 5 days. Wee!

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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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