Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Arrgggh! Where is the yarn?

So the front room actually looks like a living room now. No boxes, and everything squared away. However, after a couple of days of neglect, the kitchen is a war zone. It won't take long to get it squared away, however.

Now I just need to find the yarn. I can't believe I haven't unpacked it yet. With temperatures dropping, I was going to knit Freesia some leg warmers so she could still wear her dresses along with some felted booties for to wear in the morning to keep her feet warm.

I also have some socks I was going to knit for my dad, and a few other things, but now I can't find my yarn. It is somewhere in the depths of the walk in closet that we have yet to excavate. I know my wool is there--it's driving me crazy. Especially since I found a pattern for a teletubby doll, and Freesia loves the teletubbies.

Oh, goddess, what am I going to do when the only project that is accessable to me is done? I'm going to go into knitting overload, or unpacking overload. One or the other.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

So let us try this again, or Wavy Scarf pattern take two

I've tried once today to post this pattern to Blogger, but there was some sort of snafu. Well, we'll just try again, yah?

This is a pattern for what I call Wavy Scarf. I knitted it for my dad last Christmas, but I don't think I posted the pattern here. Basically, by using two different weights of yarn, you creat a three dimensional fabric that has waves in it. I will warn you that selvage stitch (slipping the first stitch in every row) does not do anything to control the curling.

2 skeins of bulky weight yarn A(I used Lamb's Pride bulky in one of their shades of blue)
2 skeins of worsted weight yarn B(I used Lamb's Pride worsted in gray)
Size 11 needles, or needles to give you the gauge you like for a scarf

Cast on holding yarn A and yarn B together. Next purl a row holding the two yarns together. Then follow the following pattern:

(Rows 1 and 2) Knit one row with A; purl one row with A.
(Rows 3 and 4) Knit one row with B; purl one row with B.
(Rows 5 and 6) Knit one row with A and B together; purl one row with A and B together.

Continue those six rows until the scarf is as long as you want it to be, twisting the yarn strands around each other up one side (this will not be noticeable unless inspected by a fellow knitter) to carry the excess yarn up to the appropriate row. I found it easier to bind off on 5 instead of 6, but that just depends on what edge you want to leave.

Add fringe in the usual way if you wish.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

I'm so about to get into trouble

If you read, you may have seen a blurb about Brown University's decision that they need to "atone" for the part it played in the slave trade many many years ago. Uhm, I don't get it.

No one at that university was even alive before the Civil War. What do they have to "atone" for? Do they feel bad because part of the money that built it came from trading slaves? Well, that's fine, but "atonement" only means anything when the people directly involved repent.

So really this is just a publicity stunt by some people who don't even realize how transparent they are. In the words of Mr. Dennis Leary, ""

Friday, October 20, 2006

Drive by crossbowshooting? and other things

At Letters to Myself, Jon reported on an article about a Little Rock, AK, man who in the middle of a road rage used a crossbow to try and kill a fellow motorist. BTW, he's being charged with a terrorist act instead of assault with a deadly weapon. I would love to be a fly on the wall of that courtroom.

Jon also brought up carseats. Jeeze, those things are such a racket. We bought a conversional car seat for less than $100 that will last until Freesia is approximately 3 years old. For those not in the know, a conversional car seat can be set up with a baby facing the back of the vehicle or with the toddler facing forward. Of course, you can't take it out of your car to carry your kid around in, so a lot of people get the click in/out kid carry thingies that only last for maybe eight to twelve monthes. Then you are stuck buying another car seat.

I got to go, dinner is waiting to be cooked.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Well, what do ya know?

I'm doing NaNoWriMo again this year. And I have three ideas I'm going to backstory for 11/1.

In other news, the baby is teething, or just going through the terrible twos or both. I'm not sure anymore. I do know that I have to start getting more sleep if I'm going to be able to drive in the mornings. Which I'm going to have to be able to do, since the baby's nap is in the afternoon, and she needs her vaccinations this month.

Oh, and Chris got a ticket for our tag being out of date. I can't believe I forgot. It must be because of the move and everything. So now we have to pay for our tag and the ticket. Well, that will just have to be at the end of the month, since we have several bills to pay already.

I wish I knew when it ends, ya know? On, the upside, we should be caught up with all of our regular bills next month. A little woohoo for us, ya?

But money aside, I think we are finally finding our rural legs, as the saying goes. The seed cleaner is finally kind of slowing down, and our lives are finally starting to fall into a routine. Hopefully, it is one we can keep when the seed cleaner starts up again. As much as I hate eating without Chris, it's not fair to the baby to make her wait.

And that's another habit we are trying to break. We want to start calling Freesia by her name or by "little girl" so that when we do have our next child, she won't have that whole "but I'm the baby" thing going on.

Well, Chris's lunch hour is almost over with, and I need to start getting Freesia down for her nap.

Take care, everyone!

Monday, October 16, 2006

A new look!

I'm sure you've noticed the new look. Well, I'm horrible at that ABC along, and I couldn't keep up with my charity challenge this year. So, I decided use a new template and start from scratch.

Especially since I finally got my computer reformatted again. Of course, then I spent several hours downloading things for my computer since I have a dial up connection. However, our computer is running so much better, I can hardly believe it.

Chris has been really impressed with how the computer has been doing. He can finally read his comics in the morning without all those annoying pop ups and mal ware in the background.

Well, I'm off to bed. Take care everyone.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Back in web land!!!!

Hurrah!!! We are internet capable again. We are moved in, and we are now officially getting used to the good life.

It's great. Chris walks to work every morning, comes home for lunch, and Freesia has a front yard to play in. I finally have time to read and work on my writing as much as I like.

Of course, housework is still something of an issue, but hey, no life is perfect.