government building where I work.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
I will bring the set to play at both SnB groups soon.
Then I gave Scott TC a bath...
Yes, this yarn has a 2.5% content of shellfish chitin. So it's traif (not suitable for observant Jews to eat, not that I'm planning on eating it) but I don't know if its forbidden as shatnetz as well. I'm not sure if the prohibition against shellfish applies to uses other than eating. I'm still realizing a benefit from the yarn, so it might. Perhaps someone who knows Jewish law and assuage my slight guilt or lead me to giving them away.
It's about 10am now, and my sixth day of work this week. I'm so looking forward to going home and preparing for the Shabbat. I need the rest. Hopefully I will leave the very important government officeby 11:30.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
I also have another confession. Perhaps you already know. I knit on the Shabbat. If I believed in hell, I'm sure I'd be going there because you can't roll on Shabbos, and you certainly can't knit. But I do my best and most prolific knitting on that day of rest. Sometimes I'm a bad Jew.
The right or left footedness of these socks is based on the position of the cuff opening. If it is the case that this sock is another right sock, I may be able to fix it rather than taking the whole thing apart again. The cuff and the foot are two separate pieces. I broke the yarn in between. The cuff can be removed, turned around, and grafted back on.
I really want to get these bleeding socks done. Not only am I tired of re-knitting what should be very easy socks, but I can't wait to wear the garish socks. And I have others that I'm champing the bit to get on to doing. Tofutsies Jawalkers will be next, followed by Entrelac Socks in yet to be purchased colors of Socks That Rock.
Boy, I hope the grafting will work. I'd like to finish the foot of this darn thing tonight at SNBWB.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
I have to admit three good things about working today. One, it's going to be a beautiful day for walking in the sun. Secondly, I have to walk for the 3-Day training. Last, I will be able to take most of the day off on Friday. But those positives may be outwieghed by the fact that this is cutting into my weekend knitting time.
Speaking of walking and the 3-Day, why don't you take a minute and click the Save Boobs button over there and give a donation ===>. It'll only take a minute, and will make a difference in the fight against breast cancer.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
During this schmooze-a-thon, important government dignitaries went on a bus ride around the town looking at places where the village will be doing construction and other sprucing up over the coming summer. I was along because I'm working on funding for some major sidewalk projects, and had to show off where the sidewalks will go.
Near the end of the trip, we stopped at the town athletic facilities to look at the baseball stadium that is being renovated. We ooed and ahhed over the new bullpen and lights and then got back in the bus. Just as we were, some young people at the other end of the parking lot started pulling doughnuts in a blue station wagon with the doors open. Besides the silliness of doing something like that on dry pavement and in that car, they did it in front of the Chief. Oops.
So the Chief got back off the bus and walked over to the other end of the parking lot making the universal cop gestures for "Stop your car." When forming the mental picture of this, remember that the Chief is a cheerful bald man who stands at five-foot-nothin. Of course, we're all in the bus grinning at the stupidity we witnessed and wondering what the Chief was saying. Shortly after, a squad car pulls up to take over, and we pull up alongside the car to pick the Chief up and go on our way. The officer in the car can take it from here.
As the school bus driver pulls up from behind the car and next to the Chief, she leans out the window and says to him, "Did you see? They have a tail light out, too."
Thursday, April 19, 2007
First of all, I have to report knitting news. I can knit a bit more, and so have been working on X. However, X cannot be shown here again until May 8th when my friend receives it as her birthday gift. Sahara is patiently waiting until I can handle holding a knit that heavy without my hands hurting more. Don't worry. Sahara's not in jail. It's on holiday. Rock and Weave is still in the can. I have to admit that it's not being treated fairly at this point and not receiving due process, but it's my legal system. So there.
Yesterday I did some knitting in an unexpected public place, and it did cause a bit of a sensation. About two months ago I got a ticket, and last night was my defensive driving class mandated by the court supervision. (It is really too bad that I don't run that legal system as well.) I was surprised and delighted that the instructor both did not suck and that he allowed me to knit in class for a while. He did make fun of it publicly, but that's ok. At least he didn't say "just don't."
Insidious seems to be healing slowly now. My hands and other joints are improving, and my tummy is being less yucky. And this without a course of steroids. Yay. I may be back to normal life and eating foods that taste like something again soon.
I have to celebrate something else, and to tell you about it. Yesterday I received approval for a $5,000 grant at my very important government job. Then today I got a gift in-kind worth about $40,000. I've now surpassed the amount of bacon I was to bring in this year for the town, and have sealed my creditability in the organization for a while.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
For the last week or so, I've been having a nasty flare of my insidious and chronic tummy illness. The tummy pains and other tummy related unpleasantness that come with it is bad enough, but sometimes it interferes with my knitting. This insidious tummy illness is a auto-immune thing. That means that my body's immune system attacks my own body parts as if they didn't belong there. Like they were germs or perhaps somebody else's. Well, when my immune system gets this bright idea that my colon is not my own, it also goes after my joints. My hands, elbows, and shoulders are rather stiff and painful lately. So knitting (or typing) is not easy now. The good news is that it will go away. The bad news is that my order from Knitpicks arrived today and I can't take it out to play.
Those are two skeins of CotLin, a chart keeper, a book, and two hanks of Alpaca cloud. So especially for Mandy's interest, I got that book. I also got a circular needle to start Mystery Gift Project X. I cast it on with the bit of knitting my hands had in them.
X is a specially requested birthday gift for a friend. But she doesn't know she's getting it, so don't tell her. I must really love this friend, because it is being made out of a lavender hank of my precious with iridescent glass beads. Look at how that cat glares licentiously at the yarn. He wants it! I knows it! But you know, I still have one more precious. I keeps it in my stash and takes it out to pet it when the doors are closed. It's safe.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
This incident started me thinking about the subject, and I came up with several odd ethnic phrases that were thrown around in my home while growing up that certainly people living down the street but who were not of our heritage would never understand. One such phrase was "There'll be wigs on the green." Usually, it was used as "Sure enough, there'll be wigs on the green this day." This meant that a conflict or fight was the certain outcome of a situation.
So I thought to ask my readers, "Reader, what strange cultural phrase is used in your home?" I'm not looking for extreme examples of Yiddish insults or something, but really a phrase that was used regularly in your home that would probably not be understood by people outside your community. Please comment, and tell us what it means and the etymology if you know it.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Speaking of feasts, I made another order from Knitpicks today. You know, because I need more yarn. Actually, I ordered a book, and chart holder, some needles, two balls of CotLin for future quickie washcloth or towel projects, and some alpaca lace yarn. That alpaca yarn will be my new kitty. And I bet it will never shit on my bed.
Kate took this video at the Harlot's talk in Oakbrook last week. I wish I could have been there.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite food, and I've been without them for a week. Actually, I've been without carbs of most types for a week. With my active lifestyle, this is a rather uncomfortable state. I mean, Passover is my favorite holiday and everything, but I want some freakin bread.
All I have to say is that if I'm staying late at work tonight someone better arrange for cookies to magically appear before me at sundown. Or else.
Monday, April 09, 2007
This is totally a chick event, and I'm so thrilled to be going. I mean, there's a chocolate mile, and pedi-care station, and men in tuxedos at the finish line to present us with our finisher's medals that are designed by Tiffany & Co. Chocolate, pedicures, handsome men, and jewelry. I've had worse dates.
I'd better start running more. I'm sucking wind and burning at three miles after my winter of sloth.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
I have one skein of Tofusies sock yarn in Get Your Feet Wet, and will be starting to knit with it within a week. My Melon Ball sock is done, and my second Rock and Weave will be done sometime this week. The second Roza's sock is being worked on slowly. So, I will cast on a new pair of socks as soon as the Rock and Weave is done.
The yarn is totally traif, having crab and shrimp chitin in it. But I like it, and think it will make some nice summer socks. I'm considering Jaywalkers, but not sure yet.
So I'm looking for advice. What did you make with your Tofutsies? Post a comment about your experience with this yarn. Also, I'd like to start using the Magic Loop method for sock making and need some advice on that. I'd like to avoid second sock syndrome. First, how long should the needles be? I'll be putting in an order to Knitpicks this week. They make my favorite sock needles.
I've also finished the second Melon Ball sock. The pattern is a slightly altered version of Shimmer from Magknits and my first attempt at a toe-up sock. Shockingly, I never once checked gauge, measured for, or tried on this sock in the knitting. It's a sample sock for Froebe Fibers and not meant to be worn. But it fits me perfectly! The Shimmer pattern produces a stunning texture that not only shows off handpainted colors, but produces a lofty and warm fabric. I'm trying to decide what yarn to use to make myself a pair. This is the finished product:And a closeup of the fabric. Only very simple knitting kung fu is required:
A dozen of the entries. Mine is number 7, tied for something like 5th place. I've never won. My craftiness apparently doesn't apply to Easter eggs. Maybe you actually have to celebrate Easter to understand how to make a winning egg.
Madi Jager won with her alien head egg. Personally, I think Gavin's red car (#10) should have taken the trophy this year, but who am I to question the will of the masses?
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
SNBWB girls, did you catch my South Suburbs homies in your pictures?
Thursday, April 05, 2007
1. Good has triumphed over the weasel. That's right. It looks like my salary will be renewed for the coming year.
2. With my position being saved, I now have permission to do my very important government job again, and can get back to work on the two big projects that will consume most of my time for the next five months.
3. All that being said, the children will have sidewalks.
4. I am currently the master of all my yarns.
5. I had a date this evening with a man we will call Q (that would be this Q, and not that Q thank goodness). A fairly impressive guy. Good looking, Jewish, educated, and athletic. I didn't ask him if he can make fire without matches. It's probably too early for that, or too much to wish for.
6. I passed a Lush store today without spending any money.
7. There are Passover brownies in my fridge.
Ah, I will sleep soundly tonight. After the brownies are gone.
Netflix was nice enough to send out two movies in time for last weekend. I have to say that they were both very good and should have been engrossing. However, I was knitting at the time, and did not give them my full attention. I'll have to watch them again for full effect. First was Al Gore's documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. For the few people who have not heard of this movie, it's a documentary about global warming. Not only as it about as entertaining as a documentary can get, it was very informative and passed the critical thinking test. I couldn't find any flaws in the logic. And Al Gore is a funny guy. At least to me.
The second movie was The Prestige. This is the dueling magician movie. Not only was there some fairly nice eye candy in the form of Christian Bale, but it had a good plot with a very interesting and creepy surprise ending.
Due to my need to see these movies again, I'll not have new movies from Netflix this coming weekend. Perhaps there will be something nice on TV.
Work on the Melon Ball Sock has resumed. The missing stitch was located, albeit without cooperation from the witness. More details to follow.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Kris is too cute. She's been so starstruck with the possibility of meeting the Yarn Harlot, and now she has. See. There's a picture of them together at last night's Chicago Represent event. Kris even made a t-shirt. She's such a talented lady. Congratulations, Kris. I wish I could have gone, if for no other reason but to watch you glow. (BTW, does the Harlot's T-shirt say "All your yarns are belong to us?" And I know, I am a huge geek of many colors.)
Knitting. What have I been doing? Not much. I'm too besotted.
Monday, April 02, 2007
Now, now. Before you get all upset about wasting food. I don't throw out much food; most of what I throw out is almost a year old, having been bought in the first half of the previous year. For a couple of weeks I've been working on eating all my chametz and not buying any more. What I ended up tossing was few things things like half used bags of flour and half gone boxes of pasta in the back of the pantry. After tossing spoiled things like that I had only a few granola bars, a can of soup with noodles, and one unopened box of whole wheat penne that were still edible. A nieghbor happily took them off my hands. After the cleaning, I went outside and made a small bonfire of old spaghetti and my kitchen was free of leavened products and clean for spring.