Friday, August 31, 2007

Dr. Evil Stole my MOJO!

It could be because it's been 100 degrees in Texas, but I believe I've lost my mojo. Let me first say that I generally knit every single day. I knit while I'm watching tv at home which is a daily occurrence. "What about when you are not home at night?" some might ask. Well, if I'm not home on weeknights I'm usually at a knitting meet up so, well, I'm knitting. A sweet lady that I knit with recently made the comment that I don't have to knit every day. Can you believe that stopped me in my tracks & made me go "hmmmmm"? I seriously hadn't thought of that. Duh.

I have made a pledge to finish a sweater for myself by the time it cools off here - which should be entirely possible since it is only cold for like 2 months starting in December! But a light chill would warrant a cardigan so Lucy in the Sky is my latest victim. It is a deep green & is coming along really well but I got to the arms & now I'm stuck. Not because I don't know what to do, but because....well.... I can't find the needles I need to use & I have to dig out another skein of the yarn from my recent attempt to organize my stash so now everything I need is at the bottom of the heap no matter what I that whiney enough? GEEZE!

I knew my MOJO was on the fritz so lately when that happens I cast on a pair of socks. The only problem with that plan is that I tend to be monogomous to the socks so the sweater gets no love until the socks are done. Defeats the purpose of finding my mojo. Did I mention I don't even WEAR socks? Whatever.

I have been posting projects to my Ravelry account so I just realized that I haven't posted so many of my FOs here! I'll run through a couple of them & if you knit with me or stalk me on Ravelry (and I mean that in a good way), you will be bored silly!

My latest socks:

Jackie O Glacier from Cider Moon using the Rainy Day pattern from Magknits.
Can I tell you how much I LOVE the ladies at Cider Moon? Their customer service is outstanding & I have gotten the sweetest emails from them. Go buy some yarn right now! The colorways are gorgeous & the yarn is so nice to work with - I've never been disappointed. Well, that's kind of a lie, I was disappointed when I got my order of June Carter Cloud & I had only put one skein in my cart when I wanted 2 - what in the heck was I thinking??? And I have this strange compulsion of not being able to buy another skein from a different dye lot because I think it will be different shades, yada yada because it is hand dyed. Bummer. I guess I'll have to buy 2 more for my scarf & make a matching hat! That Cloud is ridiculously squishy & they tricked me into buying it by sending SAMPLES with my order. What clever vixens.

I also finished these Monkey socks with Sunshine Westwood yarn.

I have this new rule where I won't buy a sock yarn that I haven't already knit with. Wouldn't it be a shame to end up with a pile of one kind of yarn & hate it? So I made these so I could try out Sunshine since I love her colorways & it totally passed the test. It was wonderful to work with. I am not one to knit the same pattern again but I gotta tell you, I will make more Monkeys. The pattern looks good in every yarn I've ever seen it knitted up in, it's easy to memorize, and it seems to help with pooling. I can see why it's such a popular pattern & if you haven't made any, get to it! I finished them in 17 days, which is a personal best time for fingering weight socks. Go Tasha! Go Tasha!

You know I'm not much on progress pictures but I have to show you this because it will be a while before it's done. It's the Trellis Shawl from the Runway Knits book. I instantly fell in love with this book & I love the idea of this shawl because it also has arms. I really like the idea of a shawl in general but I just don't know how practical it is for me. This one is so squishy & luxurious- I can't wait until it's done. Though it's pretty boring knitting..... I have made quite a bit of progress since this photo - I think I'm at 15 inches & it needs to be 75, so still quite a way to go!

Due to my long absence I have tons to talk about. I could blather on forever but I'll spare you.

Friday, August 24, 2007

What your Ipod says about you

I don't know about you, but I have a love affair with my Ipod. I firmly believe that if I put it on "shuffle songs" it knows just what I need to hear, even if it's not what I WANT to listen to. Not too long ago I had one of those days. You know the one - I ran from one stop to the next & was on fast forward mode all freaking day long. I turned to my ipod to see what it had to say. Mellow music. Damn it. Skip to next song. Mellow music. DAMN IT. Skip to next song. Mellow music. DAMMMMMNNNNNN ITTTTTTTT. I get it. I need to chill out. So I listened & it was right - just like when your Mom tells you if you eat more sweets you'll regret it & you do then you are mad that she was right. Same thing.
I thought I'd share with you such a playlist that my Ipod decided to give me today.

Til't cha head back - Christina Aguilera w/ Nelly
Kyle's Mom is a Bitch - Eric Cartman - South Park
Hurricane Party - Cowboy Mouth
Could you be Loved - Bob Marley
Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani
White Lines - Duran Duran
Express Yourself - Madonna (remember old classic Madonna? Sigh)
Can I get a F**k you - Puff Daddy
Girl Next Door - Saving Jane (sadly from my niece's Nickelodeon CD)
Celebrate - Ru Paul
All She Wants is - Duran Duran
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) - ABBA
Grease Mega Mix - Olivia Newton John & John Travolta - I love me a remix
Fight For Your Right To Party - Beastie Boys
Voodoo - Godsmack

Man, how does it know that it's a WEEKEND? What a fun machine.

Disclaimer: I am highly embarrassed that I have the South Park Bigger Longer & Uncut soundtrack on my ipod, but I do. Same goes for RuPaul, but I won't apologize. You can disown me now.

I'll try to fit some knitting content in this weekend. I promise.