Thursday, April 27, 2006

On the Sticks 4/27/06

Here are the itty bitty beginnings of my clapotis. I'm not even through the 1st repeat of section 2. So far I'm really enjoying this and I wish I had more time to devote. What have I been doing instead of knitting? Making goodies for my Forest Friends swap partner. I'm done, but I can't post pics until she gets them. Forest Friends swap partner, if you're reading this, I will tease you with the knowledge that you are getting 2 wearable things and one knitting related thing. Ha!

DFW Fiber Festival starts tooooommmarrrooowwww.....S says I cannot buy (or lease!) a mini llama to keep on my balcony. *Sadness*

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Veggie Tales

I feel it is safe to announce to the world now that I have become a vegetarian. Why? Well, I am officially announcing it because I've been doing it for about a week now and not only have been successful (with the exception of when I forgot gravy is made from meat) but have enjoyed it.

Why become an herbivore, after almost a quarter century of being omnivorous? Meat has always kinda grossed me out. I was really picky about eating it as a child. I got better about it as I got older, and actually ate a medium steak a few months ago because it was S's mom's birthday and we went to a steak house. Hamburgers, chicken sandwiches...I like some of them, but not enough to eat them everyday like I have been doing. Lately I've realized that I'm tired of eating and living a certain way to be more convenient for others. So I stopped.

I'm not militant about it, and I'm not doing it because I particularly care about the plight of food animals. One of my long time vegetarian friends does, and told me I would become a good person by default. I don't think people are bad for eating meat, and never will.

So, in conclusion, please send me recipes and ideas for being a vegetarian...Good resturants, good bath and body stuff, all of those things. Thanks!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

How am I Not Myself?

When I am a little toasted.

This obviously (well, hopefully so) was not taken today but rather at the animation department wrap party last Saturday. We all got silly awards and mine reads "Best glasses" so I thought it would be funny to make it say "Best ass". The camera flash thought it would be even funnier to make it just say "ass". It's kinda sad when your sense of humor gets owned by a camera flash.

PS, the lovely S is screen left, hiding his handsome face behind a cup, probably embarassed by me. "Ass" is in "embarassed" too!

Edited to add:

How to Get Rid of Hipsters

Funny 'cause it's true!

Monday, April 24, 2006


Mom's birthday tote day is finally done! And just 3 days behind schedule.

To attach the handles, I knitted a long, 10 st. wide strip, felted it, cut it into 4 parts, and sewed it on to the bag. if i ever make this again i'll add those flaps as i knit. i want one for myslef now, but i have other projects calling me and too many bags anyway. Maybe when I'm unempolyed next month I'll make one for myself.

I used Wool of the Andes in Rain, Chambray, Cloud and Spruce. It took 2 skiens of each, double standed for the color effect, on size 11 straight needles.

Why I'm proud of it:
This is the larget knitting project I've ever done.
I made up the pattern.
I finished it only 3 days late, which is amazing since I had to stop and wait on more yarn, and the reasons above.

What I can do better next time:
Knit in garter stitch...I didn't realize stitch pattern didn't matter once it's felted.
More throughly plan out how to attach the long flap was supposed to fold over the center part of the handles. It was too short and wide for that.

I'm as pleased as punch, whatever that means.

A weekend's worth

Bad news first. I finished my mom's tote bag, only a day late for her birthday! Hooray! The bad news is, I've had the damnedest time figuring out how to attach the bamboo handles. I think I've figured it out, but I don't want to jinx anything.

Stitch Markers! I got out the old bead box to make my Forest Friends swap partner some goodies and my myself some fancy-schmancy stitch markers. No more hairbands on my raglans. Hooray!

And the biggest hooray today goes out to the DFW Fiber Fest. I've never been to one before (and it's the first in Dallas, apparently). So hopefully it will be a good time and I won't spend too much money.

Other things that happened this weekend: Got a sweet jacket a Khols for $3.50. Went to the animation department wrap party. We are 93% done animating the Ant Bully. Washed Izzi the dog.

It was a good and productive weekend. :)