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April 21, 2008

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Whoops! / Knitting Bagapoloza

Well, I thought that I had set this post up as an “automatic post” but apparently, I just saved it as a draft.

No matter, I can just have my little say here up at the top and then the rest is all ready to go.

Had an… interesting… weekend. Was working on my term paper, but am failing to understand why, when I have almost half of a spiral notebook full of reading notes, I’m having a hard time finding something to write about. Apparently, my reading foci have not been along the lines of what the instructor wants in the term paper.

Note to self: no matter HOW well you are doing in any class, it is a good idea to read the “Term Paper Requirements” handout BEFORE you start working on the paper.

Well, I’ll just have to deal with the hand that I dealt myself…

Now back to our regularly (un)scheduled post…

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So, what is a knitter to do when she spends four months without being able to buy yarn?

Apparently, the answer is to funnel those acquisitional-tendancies into purchasing knitting bags!

Yes, folks, that is correct. I’ve been hanging around with the Arvada Knitters too long.

    I’ve become a “Bag-Ho”.

One of the first bags that I got, but was unable to post about, was this great silk screened tote bag from Cafe Press (image from The Panopticon blog).

Dragon Tote Bag

The picture is of a dragon guarding her hoard of yarn – how appropriate!!! Look at the gleam in her eye…

I was unable to blog about this bag when I got it because I had also gotten one for my Sister in Law for her Birthday. What can I say? We like Dragons in our family… The bag is huge and really good quality. I must say that I am impressed with the Cafe Press and will probably be ordering from them again.

One of my most treasured acquisitions is my Offhand Designs “Zelda” bag (medium size).

Offhand Designs Zelda bag

Christie, Leanne and I drove down to Colorful Yarns in Littleton, specifically to look at these bags. OK, in all honesty, I drove, and Christie and Leanne graciously put up with me getting us lost at every possible turn. Seriously, it was embarassing! We met up with Nachaele and Margie down there, and ended up having a yummy lunch at the Olive Garden. Mmmmmmm… salad.

Anyway, this bag is incredibaly functional. It has a light colored interior, and a rigid frame that holds the mouth open while I am working. There are also little pockets around the inside that are just perfect for holding…. things. I love the fabric colors and so far, it has proved to be remarkably cat-hair resistant. Another of my favorite things about this bag is that it has little metal “feet” so I can set it down almost anywhere and not worry about it getting dirty.

At the knitting retreat, I purchased yet another bag (honestly – is there a 12 step program or something?). I absolutely fell in love with this bag, and I think it will become another well used favorite.

Belt Bag

It is made out of woven seat belt fabric on the outside, and has nice long “over the shoulder” length handles. The inside has pockets, a key lanyard (yay!) and is lined with a beautiful batik fabric.

Belt Bag Interior

I think that one of the benefits of this bag is that it is an “open” bag – there is no rigid closure at the top. While I was working on the baby blanket, I was kind of worried towards the end that the bulk of the blanket was going to strain the closures on my Offhand Designs bag. This bag will be great for more “bulky” projects.

Last (but not least), I purchased this great knitted-bag pattern. There is a knitted up version at Knit Knack, and I am absolutely in love with it. So, I went ahead and got the pattern. I’ll make it…. someday.

Aran bag Pattern

The picture is not the best, but the bag is made out of a long strip of cabled knit fabric, which is folded and sewn and then has a strap attached. Gerri lined hers with fabric, and it really looks great! Can’t wait to start on this one…

So, there you have it. My new addiction. Hopefully, it will be under control now, but there is no telling what the future will hold. I’ve got some ideas bubbling in my brain that involve my fabric stash and my sewing machine….

But they will have to wait until after finals.

Everybody have a great day!!

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April 2, 2008

Cat Bullet

Aaaaahhhh….

Filed under: Hobbies and Obsessions,Top 10 Knit Along Winter 08 — Cat @ 8:50 am

    Baa baa Cat Sheep,

    Have you any wool?

    Yes sir, Yes sir TWO bags full.

Photos will come after I am at home in daylight so that I can get good color representation…

It was a good night last night. There was “Happy Yarn Dancing.”

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April 1, 2008

Cat Bullet

Nightmare on Grandview Avenue

Filed under: Hobbies and Obsessions,Top 10 Knit Along Winter 08 — Cat @ 8:47 am

Swan Topiary

I had a dream last night.

A nightmare, really.

I dreamed that I got to Knit Knack and everyone jumped up and yelled “April Fools!” and then told me that I wasn’t allowed to buy yarn until May 1st.

My subconscious is a cruel cruel entity.

I had to run downstairs and check my “stash enhancement subsidy” envelope to prove to myself that it wasn’t true.

*whew*

Close one!

Everyone have a great day and, should the opportunity arise, enjoy buying yarn!!

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March 31, 2008

Cat Bullet

Broadway bound…

Filed under: Hobbies and Obsessions,Top 10 Knit Along Winter 08 — Cat @ 8:39 am

The Yarn will be bought…. Tomorrow
It’ll cost some dollars but… Tomorrow,

    There’ll be YARN!

Just Thinkin about…. Tomorrow
I’ll be gettin yarn and more Tomorrow

    Come what May!

When I think of my Stash,
All Stark and Empty
I just pick up my chin… and grin… and SaaaaaaayYYYYYYYy

(Ooooohhhhhh!!!)

TomOrrrow!

Tomorrow!

I love ya…. Tomorrow,

Good yarn stash is only a DAaaaayYYYYyy AAAAAaaaaaaawwwwwwwaaaaaayyyyy!!!!


With apologies to Little Orphan Annie….

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March 27, 2008

Cat Bullet

Bah…

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life,Top 10 Knit Along Winter 08 — Cat @ 9:06 am

Marvin and Dory

Well, everyone figured out that I am at work. Got nothing done yesterday because I was constantly on the phone or answering emails or having people “stop by in case I wasn’t doing anything.”

*sigh* So much for productivity.

Today is the last day of work this week, though, and I ensured that would happen by scheduling an oil change for my Subaru at 11:30 tomorrow (Friday). Right in the middle of the day, so I can’t talk myself into going in for “Just a couple of hours”.

Today, I have meetings at 8am, 9am and 10:30 am. Guess how much I will be getting done, eh?

But enough about work!!

We have had some glorious weather lately, and, although it is kind of gloomy and cloudy right now, the weather should continue.

I didn’t get any knitting done last night because I was working on homeowners stuff, but during lunch and the bus ride home, I made nice progress on the baby bootie for Nachaele. It is really nice, and I love the Rowan 4 ply cotton yarn. Very easy to work with.

Homeowners meeting tonight (bah), so I’m not sure how much knitting I will get done today, either.

Tomorrow, though…. ahhh. I’ll work on my term paper in the morning (made lots of copies from a couple of reference books this morning on the way into work, so I can now do some highlighting and note taking), then head out for my oil change. Afterwords, though, I’m off to Knit Knack, where Gerri has said she will help me design a vest pattern for some really yummy Manos bulky wool in the most delightful Emerald Green color.

Which, I point out, I will be able to purchase on Tuesday. :-)

Everyone have a grand day!

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March 25, 2008

Cat Bullet

Tuesday update

Epcot Rose

Happy Spring!

    Happy Easter!

Crazy days here. I had intended to take the week of Spring Break off, but NOOooooo, am back at work

I did take Monday off to mourn the loss of my week…

Don’t ask. Just hope that, with the lack of students and the majority of the faculty, I will actually be able to get things DONE!

No one made me come in, but I decided that with good dedication and some uninterrupted time, I would be able to make the rest of my semester a lot less frantic. That, in my opinion, is a goal worth working towards.

I had a decent weekend. On Saturday, I met Nachaele, Leanne, Heather and Nancy at Knit Knack for knitting. In the evening, I watched the movie Enchanted. I highly recommend it to everyone!! It was great (I may or may not have watched it twice…). On Sunday, I made some Lasagne for Nicole’s family; and then had dinner at Mom and Dad’s house (yum). After dinner, we watched the movie Stargate on their new plasma TV (very cool).

On Monday, I got up, had breakfast, then read a bunch of papers for my term paper. Ran out to get an ergonomic keyboard to attach to my new laptop, and then came back for more studying.

I now know how much I don’t know about the depletion of sulfide in deep-sea hydrothermal vent systems. The topic seemed like a good idea at the time. *gulp*

Not much knitting was accomplished, but there will be some to report soon. Also, in case anyone is counting, I can purchase yarn ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!!!

I’ve already picked out the perfect yarn for the Modern Lace Henley, which is going to be my next project. Thanks Leanne, Nachaele and Cheryl, who helped me with my decision.

Oh, and for the record, I have “Picked out”, not purchased. I feel like one of those Iron Man decathalon runners who has to crawl the last 100 yards on her hands and knees because her body has given out but is determined to make it to the end.

OK, not really. But it is a funny image, no?

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March 19, 2008

Cat Bullet

move along, no exciting title here

Filed under: Hobbies and Obsessions,Top 10 Knit Along Winter 08 — Cat @ 9:00 am

Sparrow in a Christmas Tree

Morning, folks!

Not much to report here.

Went to knitting last night and (as usual) worked on the border for the baby blanket. Got really close to finishing the first edge, so after I went home, I stayed up to finish it. I wasn’t up too late (only about 9:30 or so), so that is ok. I really like the way it looks (I had misgivings at first, but now think it is going to compliment the blanket very nicely). So, only three more edges to go!

(go ahead and start laying bets now – who thinks that I will probably end up pushing through the rest of the three edges rather than working on the Mystery Stole??)

Things might be quiet in bloggsville for the next several days- I’m trying to finish up several projects at work before the end of the week, so that I can take off Spring break with a (nearly) clean slate. Predictably, however, the management has apparently caught on to my plan and has decided to schedule umpty-million meetings between now and Friday.

Everyone have a grand couple of days!

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March 14, 2008

Cat Bullet

Friday!

Filed under: Hobbies and Obsessions,Top 10 Knit Along Winter 08 — Cat @ 8:53 am

Viking Figure Head

It is Friday!!

It is also PI day (3.14) for those of you who care about those things.

So, to celebrate, we will dance the “Happy Friday Dance” while bouncing around in a circle.

Go ahead…. you first.

*snicker*

In other news, I knit through row 104 of the Mystery Stole last night. A nice bit of progress, if I do say so myself. Again, I point out that the trick will be to keep my interest so that I keep working on it. The poor thing is so happy to be out of its ziplock bag (which has been stuffed in the back of the hall closet) that it is being very cooperative. A few mistakes, but all have revealed themselves before I went any further, so they were easily repaired. (I think the key is to check every pattern row before you purl back, so that you catch mistakes).

When I get home this afternoon, after I feed the kitties (of course), I have to go to the grocery store and buy laundry detergent. I am completely out.

Now, that is the odd thing – I don’t REMEMBER running out of laundry detergent, and usually I am pretty good about making mental notes. Very strange. However, I have to run to the bank anyway, so I’ll make a quick trip out to the store at the same time. That way I can get some laundry done this evening as I am working away on the stole.

Wish me luck! I hope that on Monday morning (or whenever I make my next blog post), I will be able to report significant progress in the following areas:

    1. Mystery Stole
    2. Preliminary reading for my Term Paper
    3. Take the liners out of the planter boxes on the porch, hopefully in time to keep yellow jackets from nesting inside this year.

Wish me luck, and everyone have a FANTASTIC weekend!!

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March 13, 2008

Cat Bullet

Knitting Update

Dumbo
This little guy had the best lullaby ever sung to any baby.
Don’t believe me?
Get a copy of The Best of Country sing the Best of Disney and play track four.

Best. Song. Ever.

OK, so now that the computer-virus trauma is potentially over (it has been over 12 hours and still no body parts being displayed on my computer…), how about a Knitting Update?

Let’s see what I have been working on, shall we?

Mystery Stole: it is amazing how my knitting productivity stalls when I tell myself that I’m only allowed to knit on the Mystery Stole. But, I am doggedly working my way through. Last night I finished through row 76 (out of around 300), so I am making slow progress. I’m hoping that will change because last night, I felt like I was starting to get “in” to it again. Tonight I hope to make the early bus so that I have a good long time to work this evening. We will see what actually happens.

Baby Blanket: I’ve finished 70 out of 72 repeats. So I’m really getting close to completion of the main body part – still have to put the border on it, but that shouldn’t take long since it is just strips of garter stitch that you add on each edge.

Here is something to make you laugh. The pattern says to do 72 pattern repeats, then do one last pattern repeat and bind off at the last row (each repeat is four rows). An oddity of my psyche is that I am very disturbed by the fact that there are actually going to be 73 repeats of the pattern in the blanket. 73!!! Not 72, which is a nice even number that is divisible by a lot of factors (2, 3, 4). 72 is a number that I like. 73 is going to drive me nuts. I’m tempted to go all wild and crazy and just bind off at the end of the 72nd repeat.

It is hard being me sometimes. :-)

“Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee’re Off to See the Wizard” Socks: These are on hold – no bus knitting until I do the first sort through the mound of library books that I checked out for my term paper. I’ve been skimming through the books and marking “likely” sections with post-it notes. This should (conceivably) save me time when it comes down to actual working on the term paper. So far, I’ve found two books that are useless, and they have been returned to the library. I guess that is progress of a sort.

I tell you, it is a lot easier being a college student in 2008 than it was the last time around. We didn’t have “Post it” notes when I was an undergraduate (or if they existed, I couldn’t afford them). Nor did we have laptop computers, flash drives, and journal articles available on line for free download.

Pretty cool, eh?

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February 28, 2008

Cat Bullet

Kool…

In what seems to be record time, I present pictures of the completed Koolhaas hat.

(Helpfully modeled by my local Hedgehog)

Completed Hat

Note the beautiful grid pattern that occurs when you correctly follow the cable pattern *ahem*

Detail of Koolhaas hat

Look at the beauty of the decreases that all meet in the center:

Top of Koolhaas

I am very pleased with the way it came out.

Poor Hedgehog was completely crushed when I informed him that it was my hat, not his sleeping bag.

Not a sleeping bag??

What I can’t figure out is why a hedgehog made out of wool would WANT a sleeping bag.

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