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Archive for September, 2009

I am currently embarking on my first swap with the Outlander Fans group on Ravelry. For those of you who don’t know, the “Outlander” novels by Diana Gabaldon detail the adventures of Claire Beauchamp, who is unwillingly dragged back in time to the 1700’s and meets a dashing Scottish Highlander named Jamie Fraser. Sounds a bit corny on first inspection, but I guarantee these books will get your spine a-tingling!

Anyway, the swap I’ve joined up with is themed on the third novel, “Voyager”. I’m not going to post too much detail about it for fear of alerting my spoilee (mommaowie) what I’m planning for her, but suffice to say, I am using one of the major themes as my inspiration for the “sporran”.

And, just in case my spoiler is stalking my blog, here’s a link to my Loopy wishlist:

http://www.theloopyewe.com/wishlist/show/19608/?token=aba70b4b8053

(And of course, anyone who wants to contribute to my stash could always peruse it…ha ha.)

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I’m not sure how many people follow celebrity deaths…I am just one of those morbid individuals, I suppose. Anyway.

Patrick Swayze passed away yesterday at age 57 after a long battle with cancer. When I first heard he was terminally ill, my heart just sank in my chest – he was one of my favorite actors. I think that my favorite movies with him were “Ghost”, “Donnie Darko” and “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar”. Also, he kinda looked like my dad when he was younger, so I thought that was pretty cool.  I’m really sad to hear of his passing, and I hope his family will find comfort and peace in knowing how much he was loved and respected as an actor. Rest in peace, Patrick.

It was good to get that off my chest.

I suppose I should add a twee bit of knitting-related stuff…well, I guess the biggest thing on my mind right now is that I cannot knit fast enough. I haven’t really had much time either, what with school, work, MMA classes and homework. Oh yes, and I need to see my husband once in a while, too! It’s damn near impossible these days, with our weird work schedules. However – some progress has been made. I managed to finish one of Jazz’s “bubble socks” (Bremen Muster) and am in the middle of the gusset on the other one. I’m also chugging away, slowly but surely, on Daniella’s Newfoundland mittens. Last night, I finished a wee baby hat out of Koigu left over from a lacy little sweater I did, so FBB (Future Baby Bee) will have a nice matching cap on  her (or his) fuzzy wee head. 🙂

The thorn in my side is the freakin’ SRK On Your Toes multi that I got at Carousel/House of Yarn. I have made 3 baby hats (one was an 18-month size, for heaven’s sake!), and a pair of baby socks – and there is still something like 200 yards left! How the HELL is that even possible?! I know the original yardage was somewhere in the 300’s, but I would have thought it would take more than 100-odd yards for the items I mentioned, especially considering the size of needle used and the size of a couple of the hats. Probably would have just been better off making a  pair of socks out of it, but I bought it SPECIFICALLY for making baby items. Well, to hell with it – I decided to make a single sock, a little oddball, and that’ll hopefully kill it once and for all. If not – I have a sock yarn blanket that’s itching to get finished…hee hee hee. ^-^

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Eee, eee, eee! Today is my first day of school for nursing! I haven’t really had a “first day of school” since 2006, or rather, first day of classes. I’m not counting the first day of my Midwifery II placement in 2007, because I wasn’t actually in class, per se.

Anyway. My class is at 12:30, and I’ll be done at 3:30. From there I’ll be going home to eat supper, give my husband a kiss, gather my stuff, and go to MMA and muay thai for 6:00. One of my work buddies is supposed to be coming tonight, so it’ll be fun wrestling with him. Or not…Joe is big into martial arts, and so perhaps he will kick my ass, though he did say that grappling is not his strong point. We will have to see!

Husband decided that he wants to start eating better, and so when I did groceries yesterday, I did so with the directive to get as much fruit and veg as I could stuff in the cart, plus some whole-wheat bread, Slim Quick powder, and lots of containers for his veggies so he can make ready-to-eat snacks. I am so proud of him!!! 🙂

I guess I ought to add some knitting-related stuff here…I just finished off a ball of Baruffa Cash Silk by making a Vine Lace Baby Hat and a pair of wee socks with the leftovers. I think I might have made some errors on it, because the lace spirals around the hat and doesn’t look much like the pictures, but I think it’s because I used a circular and my yarn-overs fell AFTER the marker, not BEFORE it. Either way, it still looks cute! I also started on a pair of socks for Jasmine for Christmas, using some Noro Kureyon Sock. The pattern I chose works really well with the self-striping (Bremen Muster), and though it’s a little vague (i.e. “add desired heel, foot and toe”), it is a European pattern in terms of sizing and so I am using the heel, foot and toe measurements that came with my Austermann Step pattern. The other destashing/Xmas project I have on the go is a pair of Newfoundland mitts for Daniella, using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes and Noro Silk Garden. It is worthwhile to mention that these mitts will match the scarf I gave her for her birthday, because the Silk Garden is the same colorway as her scarf. (Same dyelot, too. I had 4 balls of the stuff at one point.)

Oh dear, it looks like my bebe girl Kali wants to go outside. I’d better bring her for her morning walk…

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Bloody hell. I am so sick of missing the Wollmeise updates on TLE! I swear to God, tonight I got home at 7:45, flicked on the computer, and checked for an update. Nothing. So, I decided to play some Minesweeper and check in when I got sick of it. 9 PM rolls around, and I check Rav because the Loopy Groupies group posts updates. And wouldn’t you know it…at 7:55 the WM went up!

*bangs head against the wall in frustration*

So, I have decided not to give a shit if I get any or not. Obviously it wasn’t meant to be if I keep missing these updates…

Sour grapes? I don’t know. I mean, sure, the colors look lovely. God only knows I have enough sock yarn. And right now, I can’t really justify spending $30 USD on a single skein, no matter how nice the yarn is. (There was someone on the group who scored SIX! Disposable income, much?) But, I do have to admit that I am curious to see what the hype is all about. If this wool sells out in under an hour whenever it gets posted up on TLE, does this speak more to how it is advertised, the fact that it is sold in limited numbers, or is it really just so awesome that my life would never be the same for having touched a skein of it? (And if it’s the latter, it better frigging cure cancer and have the ability to sweep my floor!)

Anyway. Gonna go have a bath, because I convinced the husband to come to my MMA class tonight, and we both got VERY sweaty!

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