Thursday, August 31, 2006

Its Deja Vu all over again.

Well I decided to bite the bullet and reknit the shawl. It is actually going quite well. I dropped down two needle sizes and doing my best to knit tighter. Normally I knit quite loose. I started Sunday and I'm already into chart four. I'm knitting off of the old shawl instead of frogging the whole thing at once. I'm not even past the ruffles yet. I think I have enough for another (different of course) shawl in there! I also think it is going faster because I know the pattern now. The repeats are very familiar to me and I find myself having to consult the chart less. I'm also not doing it in front of the TV, but while listening to books on tape. First was Vittorio the Vampire, now I'm onto The Devil Wears Prada. In the wings waits Emma and Mansfield Park. Unfortunately the last two are abridged (the first two aren't despite the links), but the library had slim pickings.

I helps that I'm home sick for much of this week too. Since my boss is back I told work that I was taking time off to recover. I nearly ended up in the hospital the end of last week. My body just wouldn't rehydrate, not until the antibiotics started kicking the sinus infection. Now I'm left with this nasty cough and chest pain. I've been sleeping for long stints and taking it easy the time I am up.

I'll have pictures of the shawl and of my next project the next post. I currently have no clue where the camera is.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

"witty title goes here"

My life is just a bizarre mess. My love hasn't had a day off since we returned from vacation on the 13th. Actually they still made him go in after we landed 7 1/2 hours late. I've not slept in my own bed for the last 3 nights because of the pain and not wanting to wake him up. Pain, you ask, yes...pain. It feels like a urinary infection (of which I get about 1 or 2 in a good year). The doctor says no. She says I'm severely dehydrated and have crystals. Actually her quote was "I usually see urine like this in a pregant woman who has been vomiting constantly for 3 days." I have no clue how or why I am so dehydrated. I've been drinking like crazy...non-stop water and tea. And no i'm not pregnant....she checked. And the sinus infection...while better (goo has gone from green to clear) is still around. And for much of the day my internet browser keeps increasing the size of my text....from normal 12 pt to somting like 140 pt. Hard to do much with that...and won't let me switch it back. How's that for a computer glitch.

So with all of this not much knitting is getting done. Hard to keep track when running to the bathroom constantly. But I have a stack of knitting magazines scattered around the living room area. I'm looking for a new project...(like I need another one). I really want to do a sweater vesty type thingy. Maybe it's from reading this blog. Or maybe that its a tad crisper in the mornings when I leave. Or maybe that I need to tweak my work wardrobe now that I am going to be manager. Less jeans and t-shirts and more dressy. (I REALLY need to find some pants that aren't jeans, look good on me, are comfortable and durable and NOT dry clean only.) So my quest begins....the tough thing is to do it out of yarn in my stash....or out of yarn I can trade something in my stash for.

well my blue nail polish seems to be dry...I'm off to look through more patterns.

Monday, August 21, 2006


Wow! an actual post about knitting.

Well we got back from vacation and managed to develop sinus infections. I have been the living dead for a week now. Since my boss decided to give himself a two week vacation, I have been alone at work, therefore unable to take sick-time. I spent the weekend sleeping and lying on the couch. As a told a co-worker today, I was so sick I didn't even want to knit.

But now I am on the mend and the urge is back. So here is an update on my projects...

Kyoto is awaiting its sleeves and the neckband. I want to do the sleeves in the round and I'm having a few kinks in that plan. The sleeves are too small to do on circulars but too big to do on the dpns I have. I'm passively looking for longer US#4 dpns. I really don't want to knit them straight and seam them.

These are the socks that I started on my trip. Just a basic sock pattern in Cascade 220.

And then there is the shawl. *sigh* Or rather my absolute disaster shawl. Yes I finished it. But it is huge....then I went to block it thinking that might help...once it hit water it became beyond huge. I just don't know what to do about it. It is too large to leave as is. I have two options.

1. I did wet and then toss in the dryer one of my swatches. The swatch shrunk about an inch. It felted slightly but not in a disaster sort of way. The yarn lost its smooth look and the pattern some of its definition. I could do this to the entire shawl. Or...
2. Reknit the whole thing and drop down 2 needle size and make an effort to knit tighter. But the original took about 2 months of hardcore knitting and do I really want to do that again?

what would you do?

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Famous last words

Your Famous Last Words Will Be:

"So, you're a cannibal."

Apparently I'm Snape

Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz
by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

hrm... I guess it does make sense. I just accepted a manager position at the new store. Not really because I want it, but because it is the best step in my current plot.

I'm back from vacation...the times at places were great. the times traveling were sheer hell. And now I have a rash on my face and can't breathe. So life continues on as normal

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

I'm ok

Thank you everyone for your encouragement. The night I got the news I went out on the patio with a drink, built a fire in the firepit and cried my eyes out. I have to say most of my disappointment is not tied to that particular job. It was more that I am back to square one in my search to get out of my current situation. And a job painting would be my prefered choice. Well, second to just getting paychecks. To make a long story short (too late), I'm mostly over it, I didn't hang myself in the basement and I'm working on an ulcer trying to figure out what is next.

Oh...and I'm currently on vacation hence you not hearing from me. I'll be posting more when I return. I've a bunch of knitting to post about. and my adventures at Ozzfest on the full moon.