Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Knock Knock....

Anybody remember me? I guess with the Olympics over, it's time to get back to normal. But damn what a let down...nothing exciting to watch on tv anymore. Aside from the skating, I really enjoyed these games. I think the new scoring system sucks and is ruining the artistry of figure skating. What Surya Bonaly was highly criticised for 12 years ago or so is now what skating is all about. SO many falls, it looks sloppy now. Oh well...that's just my opinion of it. I enjoyed the other games far more although I did love the skating exhibition. And I started to get into curling....it's really a lot more interesting than I thought. And through it all, I still really want to try luge! Now comes the countdown until Vancouver.

I didn't join the knitting Olympics although I did start another pair of Jaywalkers using some green yarn. I've been itching for green socks and I love this colourway. I'm on the gusset of the second sock now. There's a pair of socks that are rather unique looking that I need to find some solid sock yarn for...I think I'd like to tackle those next.

On these green socks, I thought I'd try something different and went with the Eye of Partridge heel flap. I think it doesn't show up too well in a variegated yarn. It looks a bit different, more dense but you can't really see the honeycomb effect too well.

Man, wasn't the Flying Tomato great? I love Shaun White!

That's really all that's gone on since my last post. My display shit the bed last Friday so I had to go buy another one. Really didn't need that added expense but I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later.

So you can see I lead a rather dull day to day existence ROTFLOL! The Olympics come on and life stops. I don't answer my phone, I don't answer the door, I don't want interruptions. I told Chris if anybody rings me, tell them I've died. LOL! This dude loves his winter games!

Hope you all are well and I promise to catch up and stay caught up now. And now...for my sock....well, actually, it's up there on top.

Listening to: I Can't Stand It ~ Lita Ford

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Entrelac at the Olympics

I'm sorry I've been neglecting my blog lately. I guess I get so wrapped up in the Olympics. I had to make an appointment with my tax preparer who is taking me on Saturday afternoon. I even told him to please hold on,I had to check to see what games were on the Olympics before I could commit to that time LOL! He was not amused, judging by his tone. Hey I'm sorry, these only happen once every 4 years.

Speaking of the games, I"m sort of mixed about them. I'm seeing no medal ceremonies like in years past, the figure skating seems to be all jumbled up, more so than I ever remember, they're not really talking to many of the skaters. Not that I'm only tuning in for the skating, I love almost all of them. I'm jus as rabid, if not more-so on the luge and ski jumping.

And have you gotten a look at the medals? I just saw my first one last evening. Man they look cheap. The look like spray painted CD's. Nagano Japan medals were beautiful, these look cheesy-just like Johnny Weir does LOL! God I hate him.

So contrary to how it sounds, I am really enjoying them. I'm sure I'll sleep for a week and a half when its over. I'm not used to staying up until 11.30 or later. I'm usually in bed by 9 or 9.30 the latest so my ass is dragging by the time I'm hauling it to bed.

I've been knitting an entrelac scarf off and on while the games have been going on. I did this in the mid 80's but it seemed easier and neater then for some reason. I should try switching needles, I've not done this on addi turbos before and that may be why. There's a sweater in an old issue of Knitters that has an entrelac yoke . It looks beautiful, the body is brown & the entrelac pattern is graduating shades of brown from dark to almost white. I'm debating weather to attempt it...it's not a 'real' pattern but is based on EZ's percentage system. I'll keep reading through it to see if I can figure out and if I can do it. I hope I can, it's a very handsome sweater.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Fine eyelash scarf, available at Saks

Modeling the scarf is Midnight....my ever-patient familiar. She had enough when I tried to turn the scarf into a babooshka, she was having none of that LOL!

This was Bernat Boa I had left over from an afghan. I dunno why I decided t make a scarf out of it, I suppose to see what it looked like...I'd certainly not wear it but it is the perfect size for Midnite. Parhaps she can wear it next winter, assuming we have a winter next year. The colour works well against her fur, yes?

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

I am the King of Boring Subject Lines

So why even try to come up with them? ROTFLOL! I guess I'm just not that clever anymore LOL!

Anyway, this morning I was surfing round and found Sock Bug. I got all excited only to discover that they seem to be done on two needles. Hmm....I won't do socks on two needles, I'll have to figure out how to do them on 4. I don't think it should be terribly difficult?

I saw this while having my coffee and it didn't sit well with me. Then I thought back to all the rumours of how e mail would no longer be free and we'd be charged for it. I guess I won't worry about this until it happens but corporate greed doesn't surprise me. Funny thing is, I remember the internet before there ever was such a thing as the WWW and a friend of mine went off the deep end when the WWW started creeping in. He was staunchly opposed to it saying the internet was never designed to be that way. He was a big fan of the old http://and the 6 mile long url of archaic addresses.

Enough of that crap...this has nothing to do with knitting.

Everybody getting excited over the Olympics? This will be the first once I've seen since the '94 games in Norway and I can't wait. Of course, it makes me want to run right out and try the luge and bobsledding and figure skating and ski jumping. I guess I get pretty close to ski jumping...kinda-sorta...with the roller coasters in the summer. Naaaa, I guess not really . Oh well...

Monday, February 06, 2006

Socks Done

Hell's bells I have the worst subject lines. I should have my buddy A come up with some for me. He always has interesting e mail subject lines.

I've just spent the past six hour scrubbing woodwork down and doing 60 loads of laundry. I'm tired now so I thought I'd post to my blog and then go do a bit of knitting.

Anyhoo....the Jaywalker socks are done, I finished those Friday evening. I really love these. They don't slouch down at all so let's hear it for bias knitting! I had attempted to start the Friday Harbour socks from Nancy Bush, however the cuff was not working out..couldn't get the second needle to work out properly so I pulled it out and put the yarn away. I decided to get the cable sampler sweater I had begun yet again and work on that. So that's what I've been doing since yesterday.

My mind must be getting old because I'm up to the sleeve shaping (it's a dolman sleeve) and it's taking me a while to figure out which way to work the charts as I cast on at the start of each row. It's funny, the first time I knit this I did it in the colour blocking it was designed in and was really excited. Now, I'm really not that excited about it. I guess I've done it too much. It's a good looking sweater, I just could care less LOL! If it works out this time, fine (I'll be shocked but happy). If not, I'm just throwing all the yarn out, not even going to attempt to save it. I've had it with this sweater.

I was stupid, I said this would have been brilliant in natural fisherman wool and I end up buying charcoal yarn for it 3 or 4 years ago. The original colours were stunning...all muted gem tones. Green, purple, blue and aqua. I do wish Aarlan yarn were still available as I still think even the yarn I have for this is too soft. I am using Jaeger Matchmaker yarn...Aarlan Royale is what it was designed in. My substitute doesn't look like it has the hand of the Aarlan but oh well LOL!