Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Where do I start?

So many things have happened these last few days. I suppose I'll start with my knitting news. The faux fur trimmed wrap sans fur is starting to take shape.

I'm knitting the thing in one piece because I hate seeming and at times I was wondering if me plan would work. But now I'm sure it will.
Also, I'm happy to say that chocolate mocha has 3 of the 8 buttons firmly attached. (It's still warm here, I'm in no hurry to finish a wool cardigan.)

Oh lord, and then Ophie and I got some bad news. The stuff on my cat website did not pick her to be in the contest. (So they get no link, pox on them!) (Ok a little harsh, temporary pox on them.) Ophie is very upset. I got out the camera to take a picture on my b-day present, and she ran. Just couldn't handle it. Poor kitty.
(And thank you for commenting on the cuteness of Ophie. She feels validated and the shy spell will only be temporary...)

And speaking of my b-day, it will be this Friday but I got an early present from Michelle. It's kinda evil, it's the bedazzler.

Why do I call it evil. Well, look at the commercial or the website or here (this one has sound, be aware) These women go crazy. I mean just because your pants can hold 150 rhinestones, doesn't mean you need to put that exact amount on your pants. But after Michelle gave me this, I understand how 150 rhinestones seem reasonable. It is hard to stop once you get going. I came home and immediately tried it out on my jeans. (I always laughed at the women on TV and called the bedazzler lame, while secretly I coveting this wonderful tool.) I can tell you, bedazzling jeans is more of an exercise in will power. Will power to not cross the boundaries of good taste. I put a discrete 4 blingies on the top of my pockets and now my bedazzler is in the closet. (Click on the picture for a close up. It proves I didn't go crazy.) I plan to go to Old Navy and get a few cheap plain tank tops and then bling them out too. Tastefully though, always tasteful. Must not get carried away.

To finish my post, I shall leave you with new lessons learned:
- When you put a pan with red meat on the front burner and after 5 minutes the meat doesn't have the smallest hint of a brown or cooked color, yet when you hold your hand above the pan you feel heat ... you probably turned on the back burner. And doing what I did, giving the meat an extra 5 minutes to brown 'cause you're sure it will happen, ... no, this doesn't help. What will help is a) put the pan on the back burner, or b) turn off back burner and turn on front burner. (This is either or, doing both will NOT help your situation.)
- Ophie however is NOT learning that not every tin can is a can of cat food. In fact, none of them are but she still comes running...

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The joy of knitting with noro

I almost forgot the joy of knitting with noro kureyon. I'm just waiting for the next color to show up on my scarf.
This is a hat and a scarf I made a while ago. But because I cut my hair, I needed to make the hat a bit longer. (Oh yes, the curls are super poofy, they need to be contained.) And I've had another ball so it was just a matter of time before I got to it. I've added length to the hat, now just a little more lenght on the scarf. And I'm loving it.

What I'm not loving is my thesis. It's been in the crapper for quiet some time. I've had no motivation. But I'll be going up to Pasadena next week. Might bump into one of my advisors so I gotta be able to tell him something. Better get cracking.

Also, there is a website/blog called "stuff on my cat" and I sent in a picture of Ophie to the Halloween contest they're having this week. Let's hope they show it. (I'm turning into/already am one of those 'showbizz moms'. My kitty is the prettiest, if people don't put her on their website I curse them and say they have no taste and "how could they..." and "this thing is rigged" and ... you get the idea. But I'm not alone, my roommate is the same way. Sad, very sad.)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Told you I would

Said I would put on some sleeves and I finished the second one tonight. Even wove in the edges. Woohoo, one more project down. (And after recounting, I have only 19 WIPS left. Yay!!!)

So I just watched the season finale of Project Runway. Micheal, my favorite designer didn't win. And I can't blame the judges. I wanted to like his collection but it was a bit too ... much. But I'm sure he go far in fashion, like he said, he is still young. (I'm gonna start saving now so I can buy one of his pieces later on when he is a top designer.)
However I am peeved that Jeffery won. I hate to say he did have the best collection, but I hate his character. He is such an a**hole. Or at least they editted him to come off that way. Still, I don't like him. And I don't want to buy his stuff! So there...

And now starts my new addiction, Top Chef. (Never thought I would be such a reality tv person. But I'd like to think I am still picky with my reality shows. I'm at least watching talented people...)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Changed my mind

I was planning on frogging this, but when I got it out, I was further along on the sweater than I thought. So I just put on a few more rows to finish the body. Ended with a little impromptu lace on the bottom. I'll finish the sleeves tonight.
It will be for another one of my teammates who just had a baby. Well, baby, not so sure, she weighed 9lbs 6oz and is 19.5 inches. Not very surprising, the parents are both pretty big people (atheleticly speaking, for those that know anything about rugby, mom played lock and dad plays 8 man.) Baby is super cute (and born with a black eye. Poor kid.)

(Unrelated, there's a monster in my bed ... an Ophiemonster)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Great expectations

I never posted a picture of the finished camo jacket, with buttons. I couldn't find a rugby ball, but I know Luca's mommies like baseball so I put on baseball buttons.

These are my main current projects. The bright scarf is for my friend, it's her last year's b-day or christmas present. I can't remember, it was supposed to be done a year ago. There is a matching hat, which is finished and I already gave it to her. There is also an inside out hopeful sweater, with a little more sleeve than last time. I put a few more rows on Clopatis last night, it will be nice to finish that one because the appartment gets pretty cold. I need a nice comfy wrap like that. And last but not least, my fur trimmed wrap sans fur.

Now, what does all this have to do with the title of my post? Well, all those things you see in the picture, I want to finish them before I go home AND cast on for a rogue sweater and another scarf for a friend back home AND of course finish those things before I go home. Yeah, I chances of that happening, slim to none. (Oh heck, you can even forget the slim part, it just ain't happening.)
Plus, apparently my expectations for finding buttons for chocolate mocha are a bit too great. The universe is against me finding enough of the ones I like. I need 8, the most of the same kind that I can find seems to be 6.

And the title also applies to Ophie. She has great expectations to ... as far as her food goes. My roommate and I just give her dry food. She's an indoor kitty, she doesn't need all the juicy meat if all she does is sleep it off. (The occasional full moon crazy run around the appartment is not enough exercise to run off all the non diet food.) But, she has a few friends that care more about her tastebuds then my roomie and I do. Both Michelle and a neighbour happened to randomly come accross a little can of fance feast cat food and gave it to her. I tried to spread out her servings. But now every time I go into the kitchen, a hopeful Ophie follows me and pretends she needs to be fed. Spoiled kitty. It's gotten to the point where I can't even open a can anymore without Ophie doing that stereotypical walking in an 8 around my feet.
O well, her 15 minute memory will fade soon.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Picture day

This is a day of fluf, no substence. In other words, it's a picture post today.
I cast on for a faux sur trimmed wrap. And I deserved it. Because I was good and I finished two more projects.

First is this baby blanket. It's my own design. It's what happened when I tried to make a mittered square blanket and realized I would never get it done before Michelle gives birth to Maya so I had to put in a few regular panels, hehe. I don't remember the yarn, I bought it at Joann's and it's some super soft synthetic baby yarn.

And this is Chocolate Mocha. All it needs is few buttons but I'm showing it off as a FO anyway. The pattern is 'Rosedale' from Knitty. The yarn is September 7th. (LOVE that yarn) The needles were size 8. I've been working on this one for a while. I just got sidetracked with other projects (what, me,... never)

And now something unrelated to knitting, but very much related to blogging. It's my computer. Turns out my Mac had one of those exploding batteries. Apple finally sent me a new non-exploding battery. But while I was waiting on it, the apple website advised on using the labtop without the battery, just the power cord. So I've been using a 'ghetto computer' for the last month. But no more. I'm stylin' again.

And I wouldn't be me if I didn't put a little Ophie montage in. This is her trying to copy the black cat poster... she needs some more practice.

Yesterday, as I'm making my bed, Ophie was all ready to help me put the sheet on. Every time it popped off the matress, she jumped on the bed to make sure it didn't go anywhere. Isn't she sweet.