Archive for September, 2006

I beat Stephani!


You Are 72% Evil


You are very evil. And you’re too evil to care.
Those who love you probably also fear you. A lot.
How Evil Are You?

Hmmm… I feel like I probably shouldnt’ be proud of this. But I am. I am a full 32% more evil than Stephani of Asparagus Knits. So suck it!

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Fair Isle Fever!

The most recent episode of Cast On, my favorite podcast, had an essay from someone who lived in Norway as a student. During that time, she knit her very first sweater- a complex, traditional fair isle sweater. Comparing her first sweater to my first sweater- a shapeless blue blob of stockinette stitch that could probably hold two of me- makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little.

Do I even need to say it? I’ve caught the fair isle bug. I don’t have the spare money right now to buy the yarn for a fair isle sweater, which is probably just as well since I have three unfinished sweaters on the needles right at the moment, and I really would like to finish them at some point. Fortunately for me, part of the fun of making a sweater is the stalking- searching for the perfect yarn and the perfect pattern.

That’s where I’m hoping my lovely network of knitters can help me out. I’m having trouble finding a fair isle sweater pattern that really appeals to me. The only thing I’ve come up with so far is a pattern I saw on Knit Picks awhile back for a cardigan. It’s ok, but I’m not married to it or anything.

I already have colors in mind- light pink, cream and gray. Now I just need a pattern to use them in!

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Withdrawal

This has not been a great weekend for knitting. I had to work Saturday, and therefore missed a trip to an out-of-area yarnstore with some friends. Working Saturday meant that I didn’t get my normal laundry list of household chores and errand running done, so I had to skip my regular dose of Sunday knitting to catch up to that. I’ve snuck some knitting in here and there, but it’s been pretty uninspiring. I hope this is just a temporary funk induced by Louie stress and not being able to afford yarn.

It’s been almost two weeks since I made a yarn purchase, and I’m really starting to feel it. I’m thinking about buying a couple balls of dishcloth cotton to take the edge off. (Nevermind that I haven’t actually completed a dishcloth in months.)

But everytime I get up to go to my local generic craft store, I see my gigantic stash bag of dishcloth cotton, and I just can’t justify another ball. Even if it is only a dollar. (Pity party at the Golightly blog! Yay! *throws some confetti and cries a little cry*)

The new fall issue of Knitty is not helping. I’m just bursting to buy the yarn for the Ivy wrap sweater. I did the math and if I buy the alpaca-tencel blend yarn the pattern calls for at Elann, it will cost me only slightly more than fifty dollars to knit. Fifty dollars! Oh, the humanity!

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Louie Update #2

Louie is home and seems to be improving, albeit slowly. There still could be problems down the road (and nobody knows how short that road is), but for the moment we’re just glad he’s here. We’re trying to get used to the idea that he might not ever make it back to being fully healthy, and that if he survives it’s going to be an uphill battle. I’m trying really hard to be "zen" about the whole thing. You know, enjoying the moment and appreciating the time that we have with him. He seems pretty content now, and I guess that’s all I can ask. Just wanted to give y’all an update and let you know again that we really appreciate the nice comments. (I read them to Louie. He didn’t seem too impressed, but honestly, not much impresses a cat.)

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Louie Update

I’m (very) happy to report tonight that Louie’s condition is improving, and he seems to be out of the critical stage. Bob and I went to visit him at the hospital tonight, and he’s able to walk, which is a pretty big accomplishment considering that when we left Saturday, he was in an incubator and couldn’t move at all. It’s still really sad seeing him hooked up to the IV and the catheter bag. And he’s got this ridiculous little kitty hospital gown thing on around his neck, I assume to keep him from trying to wiggle out of his tubes. He’s still acting kind of strange, but I hope that it’s just a temporary upset from the stress of everything that happened to him and being in the hospital and all. We have been told that he could have had a stroke during his ordeal, and might have suffered neurological damage on top of everything else.

Thanks everybody for all you kind comments. I’m sure Louie appreciates it, and I know Bob and I do! We’re hoping he can come home tomorrow. The house seems really empty without Louie. Jet seems confused, and he keeps wandering around the apartment looking for him.

I am NOT complaining about anybody who reads my blog here, but just for the record… even if you think that someone is crazy for spending several thousand dollars to keep their pet alive, it’s pretty fucking insensitive to tell them that. Unless you’re helping me with the vet bill, I don’t think you have any right to an opinion on the matter of my cat. It also doesn’t help when you say things like, "Maybe you should have aksed how much it would cost to put the thing out of its misery." Ahem. *steps off soapbox*

As usual in times of extreme stress, I’ve turned to knitting for help. Saturday night, I threw myself into working on the orange Aran Sweater.
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Not that you can see any progress. Every row is intense and S-L-O-W.

Today, I cranked out a bulky hat out of a freshly wound hank of Naturwolle. I have just enough left over for the cuff on a pair of coordinating mittens. I don’t normally advise large quanities of bulky wool, but sometimes a project you can start and finish in less than one afternoon of knitting is good for the soul.
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When I can afford to buy another skein (possibly never, but a girl can dream), I’m planning on making a scarf to complete the ensemble. Then, it will be time to shop for a matching coat!

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Louie

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I had planned to do a "big" post tonight, but once again, life intereferes with my plans. Unfortunately, tonight’s ordeal is a little more serious than my computer crapping out.

My cat, Fat Louie, is in critical condition at the animal hospital. To make a long story short, he had a blockage in his urinary tract that caused his urine to back up and get into his bloodstream, which can be very toxic for cats. It’s up in the air right now whether he’ll live through it at all, and if he does, there will be long term repercussions. He’s going to be in the hospital for at least another day or two. After he gets home, he’ll have to be on a special diet, take medications, and be closely monitored for relapses for the rest of his life.

Needless to say, I am an emotional wreck. Louie and Jet are family to me, and I would be heartbroken to lose either. I can’t even describe how worried I am. I feel so guilty for not taking him to the vet sooner. He’d been acting more lethargic than usual for the last couple days, but I thought it was just a kitty mood swing if anything. Because the cats share a litter box, it’s hard to tell who did what, if you catch my drift. And beyond the emotional strain, the charge for the emergency care and hospital stay are likely going to be in the thousands- not exactly something that we budgeted for.

I apologize for getting all "heavy" on y’all. I’ll keep updating on Louie’s status. I know I’m not really the "thoughts and prayers" type, but for Louie’s sake, I’ll ask: please keep Louie in your thoughts and prayers tonight. He needs all the positive energy he can get. And Louie never tries to eat my needles. He’s a great yarn model! Everything a knitter could ask for in a cat. I know my fellow knitters (especially those of you with cats) understand. Louie is just not replaceable.

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WARNING!! There are FINISHED OBJECTS in this post. Proceed with caution!

The disclaimer was for your own good, kids. I don’t want any regular readers having a stroke on me. I know FO’s aren’t something you get very much around here, but nonetheless…

First of all: Firstsocks
My first (successful) pair of socks.
Aren’t they precious? I had a massive
change in gauge from one sock to the next, and first sock is significantly
larger than the second. Though I still consider them a success, sock #1 is actually more than a little too big. I definitely prefer
the snug fit of sock #2, but all in all, I think they are both aesthetically
appealing and great to wear. Everyone was right- handknit socks feel the
best! (You can more clearly see the gauge change in the picture of the socks laying on my bed. Sock #1 is on the left.)Socksgaugechange

Next, and almost as exciting, I cast on for and finished this beautiful, lacy scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts out of Kidsilk Crack Haze. I feel like a model in a Rowan catalogue when I wear it.
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Next, I’ve cast on for a new pair of socks in Mountain Colors Bearfoot (Sorry, dunno what colorway. I think it might be "Larkspur".) Check out my sexy picot edge! Thinking back on making the picot edge and how much trouble it was, I question whether all the suffering was really worth it… but everytime I look at that cute-as-a-button picot edging I smile and feel proud of myself, so I guess it was. Picotsocks1_3

Last but certainly not least, the Ribby Cardi is officially 2/3 of the way done. Only one more sleeve and the right front to
go, and the it’s onto seaming and installing a zipper. I’ve decided that I don’t feel like taking anymore ribby progress pictures, so y’all will just have to wait with bated breath until it’s finished! Despite experiencing some sweater doldrums on sleeve #1, I still feel pretty confident that I will finish this sweater, just because I want it so damn bad.

I had planned a much larger post for this evening, but my computer is developing a death rattle and I think I better just quit while I’m at least partially ahead. I promise, tomorrow night there will be a fresh and interesting (i.e. not all about me) post.

 

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