Friday, December 28, 2007

My View


I hope this isn't the shot that gets grabbed to go in my Ravelry profile....I figured since I sounded like a freak in my last post, I'd let you see what I get to look at every morning when I open my eyes and what makes me so irate when they run all night long...all night? ALL weekend long is more like it. This is the view from my bedroom window...it is also what I see from my kitchen window. NOW...imagine those fuckin' trucks running 48 and 72 hours non-stop. Sounds real purdy in the wee hours of the morning.

Got 50% of log cabin socks in Jade Sapphire cashmere done.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas 2007

Well...I'm speechelss, crafters make the best Christmas gift passages.I was so happy to make the new friends I did on Ravlery but the couple who sent me presents just really made it extra special. If I get spacy I just popped two tranquillisers-not even on Christmas can I relax-suffice to say I am going to start looking into moving to Manhattan. If it's a safe haven for immigrants who barely hve two nickels to rub together, there's no reason on earth I can't make the place I've always felt was home BE HOME. In have got to get the fuck out of this ghetto. I can't take it anymore-aside from the round the clock mental anguish, the health effects of what this is doing to me scares the piss out of me. Not going there-I don't want to get riled up. I hate Boston and I hate Massachusetts I don't plan to stay her any longer than absolutely necessary; I always have been a New York CIty boy and if it's the last fucking thing on eath I do, I am going to live there. But it MUST be Manhattan. Not Brooklyn, Not Queens-if it's not Manhattan, there's no point in moving.

Anyway....first package I opened was from my friend Liz as she was the first parcel I received in the post. It was this unusual and pretty wax burner. It uses soy 'seeds' unlike the big round wax tarts like what Yanke Candle sells.I've not used it yet but am going to tomorrow. It looks pretty as you can mix and match and layer then and what not to create pretty custom scents. Next up was Megann with the second parcel. I had no idea she did glass work as well so when I saw this gorgeous slumped candle holder, I got warm fuzzies inside. I've always admired people do did slumping, it takes glass to a whole new level and it must be frickin' cool to end and twist glass into share. She sent some scented votives to go along with it ;-) I've already burnt one. I about had a heart attack when I saw the skein of Wollmeise she sent me. OMG, the colourway is spectacular-Claudia really is amazing with her colours and this is beautiful. Will have to look around for some really special sock to make with it. The teas are new to me, I never had chocolate tea before and now I have a new tea place to add to my bookmarks to check out when it's time to order. The chocolate/spearmint tea is unbelievably good!








Next up is my friend Lorraine. The pickle ornament was sweet. It's got roots in Germany that says it was hidden among the tree and whoever found it was granted a very special Christmas present. I didn't have to look for a needle in a haystack-I found some wonderful new knitting friends on Ravelry. Then the marzipan pig...this brought back a lot of sweet memories of when I was little and my grandparents would take me into the "North End" of Boston...Little Italy for all intents and purposes back then. There'd they'd buy me all these amazingly colourful and beautiful hand painted Marzipan treats/ornaments. There ere snowman and christmas balls and sleds and stuff like that...problem was, they really were so beautiful I coulon't bring myself to teat them. The tea she included smells out oy this world and tastes really nice. I can't place my finger on it.

YOu guys really now how to make a dude feel good! Thank you....I love all of you so much!

Ther's more I wanted to say but the tranquillisers are knocking me on my ass and I can't barely see my nse at the end of my face LOL!

SLeep tgiht all

Friday, December 21, 2007

Dear Sinter Klaas

I know it's late to put in my list, but I have no real list, you see. There's not much that I want but there is one thing I am asking for-every year I ask and every year under my tree is bare. I've been good, I swear I've been good. So pleasecan you bring me...









PLEASE?? I promise I won't ever ask for another thing again.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Socks...and more socks....

So there's something to be said for being diagnosed with a hernia. You can make these:


instead of having to go out during a Nor'Easter and shovel. Of course, the down side is I can't lift much of anything aside from a box of shoes anymore LOL! I need to make more of these in different colourways and more starkly opposite colourways. There's A LOT of potential in these socks and since there are only 4 stitch repeats to the patterns, I could sit there some night with graph paper and chart my own. Hey-WItch socks! WOO HOO! Never thought of that before. We need more dark, stormy days so I can pour an Absinthe and try to come up with something along those lines.

I also made these Log Cabin socks for myself:





I've loved these ever since I made them for Chris who has NEVER worn his-they're balled up on a shelf collecting dust. I like the colourway I did his in but mine are nicer ;-) They're angora :-D These are sinfully soft....I'm VERY tempted to make another pair using up the rest of the Jade Sapphire I have but can't bring myself to use cashmere for socks..How dumb is that? ANgora socks but I can't push myself to make cashmere socks?

ANYWAY, we got a boatload of snow over the weekend...nice that I didn't have to shovel it but the city really does a piss poor job of it and I'm gonna start shit with city hall over taxes due to it but I'm not planning to take a Xanax today so I'm not gonna go into that. Those of you who know me know where I'm headed with this. I'll spare you the rant.

I think I'm gonna go another pair of socks now. There's a pattern I found on Ravelry that looks like it was made to go with the Patrick sweater I made last winter.

3.19 PM Edited to add- I just bought 5 skeins of cashmere. Jade Sapphire-yes, I know I had a horrible time with that last December-I know what I'm in for and I'm armed with Pharmaceuticals this time :D There will be another pair of these in cashmere...oh dear Goddess my feet can't wait!

On the Devil Box: Tales of the City

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Met a Raveller Today

I went into Boston to meet a fellow Raveller today. We've been talking for a while and it was nice to meet someone into knitting that much. We had a cup of tea, sat in the Prudential Centre (high end shopping mall type place) looking through a couple of her Kaffe Fassett books and she took out her knitting. She was doing a nice fingerless mitt in the magic loop method. I've tried to do this before but could never wrap my head around it and it always ended up all sixes and sevens. I think I got it today....she had me do a few rounds and it was fun. I'm just not quite sure how to start off but I can figure out out pretty easily or we can meet up again and she can start me off.

I also got my first knitting in public experience doing that today. It was fun, but it was a quiet part of the mall and the few people around were too busy in their own conversations or food to give a toss what anybody else was doing. I could see maybe doing this in a group but as far as me pulling out sock or something to knit on the train going into Boston, I don't think so.

Speaking of socks, how's these babies?



When I saw these on Ravelry, I had to get the pattern and yarn. They are just so me-they're a lot of fun to knit as well. It's good to do some colourwork again. I guess it's safe to say this just kinda cements the point that I've crossed the line into being eccentric.I think CC Deville of Poison said the difference between crazy and eccentric is the size of your bank account. I'm not sure where mine officially puts me but I'm going with eccentric.

Suffice to say, I think there are a lot more of these in my future since I've got some great colourways in other yarns and there's a lot of variations on this sock so there's more fun to be had with these yet....

Listening to: Rob Costlow, Oceans

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Cable Sampler Done!!!

SO...do you know what happens when you do this:


You end up with this:



I finished it the other day, put the collar on yesterday and blocked it and here it is. WHEW! DONE! FINITO! This was the third time I've knit this and I earned every bloody stitch of this. I will never knit this again even tho I wanted this in the original colours.

I'm not quite happy with the sleeves...the right sleeve is narrower than the left but I kinda figured that was going to happen the way the shaping happens. I'm not quite sure why the cast-on's for each sleeve are different. You start with 7 stitches on the left sleeve then keep adding 4 sts every other row for 17 rows or so, the right sleeve you add 2 sts every other row for 12 rows then 4 sts for X rows...bizarre! If this wasn't the third time I did this, I would re-do it and alter the sleeve shaping just to see what happens. I also would change the cables. The right sleeve is very drab...it's just rope cables with moss stitch dividing them. Given that this has 11 charts to follow, I don't know why they didn't just add 2 or 3 more to make the right sleeve a bit more interesting.

I've started a pair of Fair Isle socks last night that are fun. I was watching a movie and started dozing off while knitting-I think it's going to take me a while to get used to something not so involved now LOL! I do have a pattern from my friend Lorraine that I want to do, it's a beautiful cable jumper and will give me a good excuse to order some Black Water Abbey yarn I've been dying to try for the longest time. I need to make a cardigan...I've got all pull overs and no cardigans.

Damn! There was a sweater I saw on a tv show I wanted to try to copy too....I hope this is a LONG ASS winter, I've got too much knitting to do!

Would ya take a look at that fuckin' hair?! At this point, if I didn't think it would fly off on a roller coaster, I would cut it all off and buy a platinum wig. This is strawberry blond he did this time to give my hear a break. I didn't have any breakage since this was colour, not bleach but HOLY SHIT!!! It felt like acid burning off my scalp. I'm expecting scabs tomorrow morning I'm getting tired of this...I only want white hair and apparently it's either too damaging for my middle aged hair or it's not being done right which resulted in only the top of my hair burning off...I'm not sure which and at this point I really don't care. It looks ridiculous now....not sure what I'm going to do. Isn't there ANYBODY on this bloody earth that can bleach my hair platinum without breaking it off? SOMEBODY must be able to do this.

Anyway, I'm happy with the sweater. Onward and upward now.

Listening to: David Bowie~ Fame
On The Devil Box: The Man Who Fell To Earth

Yeah, I dunno...I'm in a Bowie mood I guess.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Thank you Maria!

TO Maria from the Ravelry Cable Lovers group...I tried to find you but not sure what your screen name on Rav is. Just wanted to say Thank You! I called WIndsor Button and they did have some so Im' holding 2 skeins in my lap. WIll work on it later on.

I panicked because I thought Jaeger had been out of business for a while and didn't think anyplace would still have it. How long ago did they go belly up, I wonder?

Now I have a bunch of household things I need to do so I can sit down and finish this.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

DESPERATELY NEED YARN!!!!

Man, I'm desperate...I am 28 rows from finishing this cable sampler and I'm out of yarn. I need 2 more balls of this yarn to complete it. If anybody has Jaeger Matchmaker Lot 7B2 Shade 639 I need 2 balls I will buy off of you. I had planned to wear this sweater on 13 December as we're going out to dinner with some of my partner's co-workers but it looks like I won't get to wear this and will have to wear a sweater I've been seen in already several times.

I was talking to my friend Lorraine of Sheriff of Knittingham and we decided this sweater was supposed to teach me something. Patience? Perseverance (No, I think the Kaffe taught me that in spades). Whatever it was, it appears I was not meant to own this sweater. This is the third and final time I'm doing this...I will not knit this bitch again. Three times is more than enough for any garment. There are other Perry Ellis sweaters to tackle.I loved this because I 1) never had a dolman sleeve before-I don't think they're that common for men and 2) there are 11 different cables on this.

I'm not mad, I'm just frustrated. It's like the Aran cardigan my grandmother knit...2 of those, one for my dad and one for my grandfather-both of them are gone...vanished, POOF! nowhere to be found so I have nothing wearable from my grandmother and the second huge challenge in this cable sampler and for the third time, it didn't work out unless I can mange to score 2 balls of this grey Jaeger DK yarn.

LOL! It's kinda like there's all these little tests in my life to see how much I can take...like living in New York. I cannot afford Manhattan real estate and it's the only place on earth I want to be. Since I was 13 years old, the only place I've wanted to live was New York and I can go for a week's holiday and then have to leave. Growing up I saw these beautiful Aran cardigans my grandmother knit and now that they'd mean so much since she's gone, they're nowhere to be found. "Here Jer...look at these...see them~ Love them? Touch them?! WEAR THEM! YOU CAN'T HAVE THEM!"

Anyway, if anybody has 2 balls of this yarn, I'd really appreciate hearing from you.

Stay warm!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Cable sampler

Well, here's some progress pictures of this Perry Ellis Cable Sampler. This is in need of serious blocking but I'm happy to say this is coming along well. The yarn is old...moths have gotten to it and I've had to do a fair amount of clipping and re-attaching to get out the frayed bits. I'm not at all sure I like this in solid grey now but it is what it is. Here is the "full" sweater:



It's a dolman sleeve so it's knit in one piece starting at the front, adding stitches to knit the sleeves horizontally and taking stitches away to go back to the body. Already I see a glaring fuck up-Oh well.....I don't know how you mothers with young kids do it...I really don't. But I give you credit. I can't wait to move into a nice house with a room somewhere and a lock. There will be a rule that when that door is shut and locked, I am knitting. If you knock on that door for any reason other than to say there is a ghostly apparition of my mom in the house, it will set forth an issuance of fire and brimstone.

Here is the left sleeve




And below is the right.

This is supposed to be done in colour and originally when I knit it, it WAS-each cable panel is a different colour. However, the first time the yarn was too light to support the weight of all the cables and it stretched to a sweater dress length. Those of you who know me by now will not be surprised to learn I was so torqued off that I cut the sweater up to ribbons with a pair of scissors and threw it in the trash.

When I knit it the second time I was in the midst of knitting a Kaffe Fassett and was so not into messing with more colour, I wasn't paying attention and messed the cuffs up-as soon as I got to the top of the shoulder, I began binding off which resulted in cuffs with a 2.5" circumference. No adult human has that small a wrist so I ripped it all out and the yarn went into storage. Shortly after that I began knitting it again but just put it down for several years as I was bloody tired of knitting the same damn thing three times.

Dare I now say that I'm wanting this in the colours it was originally designed in? Will I knit this again in colour? I may but it would have to be with yarn that came pretty dang close to the colours of the original Aarlan Royal yarn this was done in-knitting the same sweater FOUR times is overkill in my mind. Not sure I can handle it a fourth time. Here is the original. Gorgeous, eh?

And the sweater isn't bad either, is it? ;-)

P.S. Have I mentioned I'm seriously contemplating knitting another Kaffe Fassett? :-)

Friday, November 16, 2007

Boy Interrupted...


I feel so scatterbrained. I've thought about doing an audio post but then I start and don't know what to say, sort of like now. A million things on my mind and I dunno where the hell to start. I started to take y'all with me on a trip to the grocery store but all you hear is me yelling at everyone calling them an asshole

See, now I'm off my train and not sure where to pick up again....AARRGGHH!!! What is wrong with me?! Maybe I can do this better tomorrow.....

9.23 PM...I found some cool themes but just tried to do what one said and it just comes up a white page Blogger blows this way. I don't think any are all that easy to change on your own but Im bloody tired of this boring black but hate the other crap they offer. I should see if there are any 7 year olds in the 'hood that could do it for me LOL!

10.09 PM...I don't know why but this song reminds me of Danny. There's no particular reason why, it's not like we ever went out driving anywhere or had a date but I hear this and think of him and see those deep grey eyes. LOVED this as a kid, and still do. It's probably one of the top songs ever recorded.


Listening to: WASP~ The Neon God Pt. 1

Thursday, November 08, 2007

A meme

I've not done one of these in forever so when I saw this over on Kyle's blog, I had to steal it.

01. Can you cook? Absolutely and I love to cook.
02. What was your dream growing up? to be an actor or musician
03. What talent do you wish you had? the talent to appreciate the talents I do have
04. If I bought you a drink what would it be? Absinthe but since it's illegal in this damn country, a Grey Goose and tonic
05. Favorite vegetable? Broccoli, I guess. Artichokes-I love vegetables so it doesn't matter
06. What was the last book you read? I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can
07. What zodiac sign are you ? Pisces
08. Any tattoos and/or piercings? Many tattoos, a pierced navel & multiple ear piercings (7 to be exact)
09. Worst habit? I'm neurotic about too damn much
10. If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride? Sure
11. What is your favorite sport? Rugby and Baseball...
12. Negative or optimistic attitude? Me? Somewhere in the middle.
13. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me? Not sure I can print that on a G rated blog LOL! Hmm, evil prat I am, I'd probably try to scare you
14. Worst thing to ever happen to you? Watching my mom die and holding her during the process. Better for her if it eased her passing but it fucked with my head in a BIG way.
15. Tell me one weird fact about you. Just the one? Hmm, this'll be hard, there's too much weirdness with me. When I get overwhelmed or upset, the easiest way to deal for me is to throw strange colours in my hair like purple or blue or magenta or something like that. I guess at 40 it's more eccentric than rebellious but.....
16. Do you have any pets? Yes, a cat and a ghost cat
17. What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly? I'd make a pot of tea and we'd sit and knit. Or go to WEBS and blow a few hundred dollars on yarn
18. What was your first impression of me? That you're a very creative guy
19. Do you think clowns are cute or scary? scary
20. If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be? I want the perfect skin back I had as a youth
21. Would you be my crime partner or my conscience? Crime probably. I don't like convincing people to do stuffm so I'd be partner in crime.
22. What color eyes do you have? What colour would you like them to be? I have grey, green, blue, violet, silver and gold
23. Ever been arrested? Almost
24. Bottle or draft? BOTTLE!!! I've seen too many nasty things going on with draft...NEEVR EVER DRAFT!
25. If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it? 7 grand would go to a vintage double neck BC Rich Bich guitar.How much Woolmeise can I get for 3 thousand dollars?
26. Would you date me? If you were single, yeah.
27. Where's your favorite place to hang out? now? Dunno-my kitchen knitting, I guess. How boring, eh?
28. Do you believe in ghosts? Absolutely, I do. I've got one, a cat that likes to play tricks and possibly more in this house.
29. Favorite thing to do in your spare time? Create...something...
30. Do you swear a lot? Yes...it's amazing how I watch my tongue on this blog 'coz in person, I pepper my conversation liberally.
31. Biggest pet peeve? Oh no....is there enough space? Off the top of my head, chewing with your mouth open. I HATE eating noises. Another one is If you sprinkle when you tinkle, be a sweetie and wipe the damn seatie!
32. In one word, how would you describe yourself? Passionate. I think that encompasses a range of emotions which is me.
33. Do you believe in/appreciate romance? I'd like to.
34. If you could spend 12 hours with me and ask/do anything you like, what would it be? I would want to ride roller coasters with you. Are you a rail junkie Kyle? :-)
35. Do you believe in God? I believe in a higher power. I don't think she is happy
36. Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same? I did

Saturday, November 03, 2007

For Jewels

A friend on Ravelry was asking about the Perry Ellis Zebra sweater I knit back...oh, 24 years ago. I've been promising her I'd take a picture in it and post it so this is for you Jewels.
I can't believe that after 24 years this still fits me and I'm so glad it does. I dug out the Holiday 1983 issue of Vogue Knitting this was in and was looking at the chart for it. I'm wondering if I'd have better technique now that I've been knitting off and on the better part of my life. All I remember was I had to knit combo style...left hand Continental, right hand English style. The yarn I used was Reynold's Town & Country wool since we were unable to find the Penguin wool it called for.

Don't you love the top of my hair how it's all burnt off? It was shorter than this, it's growing back. I'm still not sure what we're doing...if I can stay platinum or what. I hope I can, I love the white hair and don't want to stop.

I thought while I was at it, I'd take another shot in the bloody Tumbling Blocks sweater. It looks so cool but I hated every frickin' stitch of it.

I sat on the sofa watching that old movie, FAME, that came out in 1980. I was dying for Chris to go away so I could watch it. This movie started it all for me..my love of New York City, my burning desire to perform, my refusal to really look outside the arts for a career, my introduction to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. I love the movie but it depresses me in a big way. Back as a teenager there was a panicked sense of urgency that I HAD to do it and do it right then or I'd miss my chance. I did what I could with acting classes and bands and what not but not ever really being taken seriously and being too young to really do anything about it, it just...well....I'm not going down that road again. As a middle aged fart, it hit me differently tonight. I cried a lot (I knew I would) but the urgent panic was replaced with a calmer sense of feeling I'd let myself down. My time is past and "entertainment" isn't what it was back then. Celebrities are a dime a dozen. The trash calling themselves "stars" is vomit inducing. Because you are a media whore and don't mind having your naked crotch plastered on the internet and tabloids as you get out of a car does not make you a star. It makes you a pig. If that's the attention you're looking for, it's pretty pathetic.

Anyway...this is about knitting, not anger LOL! I'm debating weather to watch it again with the commentary because I know I'll not watch it again until the next time Chris goes away which probably won't be till Christmas.

I pulled out that Perry Ellis cable sampler again. I started it a while back and have met with disaster every time I've knit it. THis is it...I'm half way up the front the last time I put it down. I tested my gauge and it is still spot on so I'm gonna give it one more go. If I fuck it up this time I will burn the yarn and probably that issue of Vogue Knitting so I won't ever be tempted to make it again LOL! I want this sweater so bad.....

Guess that's it for now. There's a lot more swirling in my head but I can't gather my thoughts to get them out. I'm sailing down a reverie that's taking me back to the early 80's and it feels good...melancholy but good.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Howze I Look?



Greetings from Leopard...Howze I look? I look like something out of one of those twisted children's books that you think it cute yet gives your children nightmares for several nights, no? Big head ,itty bitty nose....WOW! I've just spent the last 12 hours happily installing and getting Apple's new OS, Leopard, up to speed. Just when I think they can't improve the OS any more than they already have, they do. I sit with my chin on the floor and drooling with each new OS they release. This is one MAJOR overhaul tho.

I think I heard my knitting needles crying for me. Hell's Bells, I forgot to even have lunch. I think I'm just about done restoring stuff. I was nervous reading stuff that old programmes may or may not work. Happily, everything I've installed thus far works, including Adobes CS 3 which I was most nervous about.

Do you even care about any of this? If you're a PC user you're probably twiddling your thumbs going "Yeah,yeah....where's the knitting?" If you're a fellow Mac whore ( I can say that, right? I mean, I am one...if it's got an Apple logo, I'm buying it) you're too busy playing in Leopard and not reading this.

Hopefully tomorrow I will knit. If I can tar myself away....Cover Flow is just awesome...can finally flip through my knitting folder and see at a glance what pattern is what without having to open it.

Here's a cute video....this is about the point I'm at now...

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Restless Knitter

Well, what to say? I had to frog the shawl. Apparently, my picture is in the Oxford Dictionary next to the entry for "Dumb Blond." I've been six stitches short the entire time but somehow up until the last 4 rows, it had all worked out. I couldn't find where I lost the six so I frogged it and will start again. It killed me, I had 42 rows done and it was A LOT of work I've seen the shawl almost entirely done and blocked and all I can say I have to get my ass in gear. It is GORGEOUS!!!!!

I did cast on for another project in its stead only I can't post pictures of it because the intended recipient may read this blog, I'm not entirely sure, and it's a gift for her. I know she has the url. If you're on Ravelry, you can hop on over to my profile and see a picture of it there.

In other news I have fallen in love with Maine Coon cats since joining Ravelry and ow want one only not sure it's a good idea since I don't know how, after eight years (???), Ms. Midnight would take to sharing me or her home that she has been Queen of all this time. I worry about the jealousy issue too. I thought maybe getting a kitten would be a lot easier to integrate into the house but I just am not 100% sure and there's no guarantees.

Somehow I found myself on YouTube looking at videos of Maine Coons and then I typed in this song Lost by Roger Sanchez that I love, it reminds me of my German friend from las year on Second Life. Well, there was another song, Another Chance that grabbed me. The fact it takes place in NYC just caught my eye but the video kinda hits home for me. It's sad but the song is very cool and that brought to mind someone who has been on my mind a lot lately. He haunts my mind, memories and dreams....I can't let go and this song just makes me think of him even more for some reason.


Listening to: Roger Sanches ~ Another Chance
Feeling: I'm not entirely sure.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Lace

I thought I'd take a progress picture of this now. This is a Halloween Knit Along on Ravelry I thought I'd try. The dragon shawl I tried a while back was too damn hard but lace is something I've never done and wanted to see if I could do it.

This is proving to be a lot more enjoyable than I thought. It's challenging enough to keep you on your toes but not so hard that I'm throwing it across the room and inventing new curse words. The one thing I'll say is this requires INTENSE concentration. I can't even think of anything else when I do this.



You probably can't see theme even in the close up but there's glass seed beads in there too. Not very many right now but they're there. It looks amazing in person...they are black with a gunmetal hole so there's enough glitz without being too gaudy. Im not exactly sure yet what makes this a Halloween themed shawl...we're supposed to find out with the last clue which I think is posted next Saturday. I'm not going to be anywhere near that yet. I'm only on row 35 and there's 80 rows total for the first set of instructions. When I look at this in pictures I'm still having a hard time believing this came from my hands....I've seen some who are further along and it just looks amazing! I think I'm getting addicted to lace knitting. I can't wear shawls but nothing saying I can't knit 'em and throw 'em over the piano or a window or something. Aren't shawls strewn about a house sort of bohemian anyway? I like that idea.

I also found this video on Continental Knitting in a group on Ravelry. This is so helpful. I've been wanting to learn to do this better for a while now and this has helped a lot. I could knit Continental, though slowly, but I was doing it backwards. It worked out ok, I just had to work into the back of the stitches but this video is really cool.

Update on the Harmony needles from Knit Picks....get 'em!!!! I don't want to stop knitting now. They are amazing...very comfortable, very fast and just a pleasure. I hate to put my knitting away at night now LOL! They are worth every penny, at least I think they are.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Sentimental fool

That's me. I decided rather than sell my grandmother's hutch, I'd keep it myself and put yarn and knitting stuff in it. My dad helped me bring it back to my place, there's just too much history attached to this to sell it. So I've got some yarn in there and will load more up. The drawer will be good for notions and the bottom has books. I dunno about you but I think there needs to be some 100% angora up there on the top shelf to keep the alpaca company.

I'm finding it harder and harder to go there and do the work to get it up to speed to rent. It's cold and empty and it's so odd to flash back to when it was filled with laughter and fun and good smells from whatever my grandmother was cooking or times I slept over there. Today I wanted to run home and take a couple Xanax and just forget but I didn't.

But to sort of help with the feelings, the UPS man delivered these today:




I got my Harmony from Knit Picks :-) These needles are nice freakin' awesome! I almost want to start using circulars to knit everything just to use them but I am a bigger fan of straights.

It's weird, while looking at these needles, my mind began to wander and I started to think how when I was a little tyke, this time of year was cold and there were pretty coloured leaves on the ground, after school we'd be outside playing and the air would smell of burned leaves and you could see smoke curling up from the chimneys along the street. The world is so different now. I'm not sure I like it.

I got an idea for a short story, a few 'fans' (that sounds weird) wrote asking about this fabled book I started writing in the 90's. While it's too large to put up on the erotica site, they gave me an idea for a short story on how the two main characters met. I didn't hit on any of that when I started writing it, just jumped right in. Now I need to try and make some time to write it. I'm kind of excited about that. Which also calls to mind that I've not touched Harry Potter in a few weeks....I need to get reading as there's lots more books waiting for me to read them.

Wow, I had all this stuff I planned to write about and I'm drawing a total blank now.

Now playing: Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Feeling: Melancholy

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Yarn Hutch

I need to make some room in the upstairs hall here. I just decided I'm taking my grandmother's knick knack hutch to store yarn in. It's small enough to fit in the corner at the end of the hall. That makes me feel good, I was really getting bummed as my dad & I just finished painting the kitchen den and I guess once I sell off the furniture, it won't be long before I can put it up for rent. It feels so alien there now, not the cozy, warm place I remember.

I came home to fid THIS waiting in my door today:



It's called Spooky by Yarn Pirate. Now I just need to find the perfect sock pattern to go with it. I have 3 more hanks coming probably next week, Halloween colours and a kit for fair isle socks from Blue Moon Fibre Arts.I told ya Ravelry is dangerous...in a good way LOL! Which reminds me, I need to order another hank of halloween sock yarn called Witch in a Blender.

Funny thing.,.I joined a halloween shawl KAL. THis requires about 450 beads so I go and look around on line> I'm not a bead worker, I've never really done anything with beads so I'm totally green. I see a 40 gram package and wonder if that's enough? No, they come in a half kilo package too! WOO HOO! I click ADD TO CART! Put my info in and off it goes. As the day is progressing I'm beginning to wonder if a half kilo is enough, maybe I need to get a second half kilo just to be safe. We're talking SEED BEADS here people. SO to be safe, I e mail the company and ask. They reply (I should have called so I could hear the maniacal laughter) "A half kilo contains approx. 48 THOUSAND beads...you'll have enough for a bunch of shawls. Two days later the package arrived...I could only stare at it and laugh. There looks to be a gajillion beads in there. Anybody need any black seed beads? ROTFLMFAO!!!!

What else? I guess that's about it for now.

Now Playing: Elton John ~ Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Feeling: Happy & Content

Saturday, September 29, 2007

OMG-I love finishing!

When I posted after I went to WEBS, I got so lost in the yarn p0rn, I forgot an item I bought. A DVD called The Hand Knitter's Guide to Sweater Finishing with Leslye Solomon. This was, hands down, THE BEST fifty bucks I ever spent-she is AMAZING. I never dreaded stitching a sweater together but by the same token, I didn't look forward to it either. This video changed that. No more bulky seams, no more dents where the side seams start. This sweater I just finished would make my grandmother proud the way I put it together. It's the neatest job I've ever done and you can't see it at all. I did graft the shoulder seams, afterall.

If this DVD is not in your library, GET IT! It covers EVERYTHING and I'm looking forward to finishing and stitching a sweater together now, almost as much as actually knitting it.

I probably should have made the medium, I love oversized things, even more now that I'm getting older, but I can fit a second person in this with me, like the model in the book...I'm just sayin'. I love this sweater tho, it's going to be my favourite. The yarn is awesome, Rowan plaid. I have more to knit another jumper. It's so soft...and WARM! Of course, winter donesn't really arrive till February anymore so I've still got a few months to wait.

I'm just as addicted to Ravelry as I was Second Life when I discovered that, if not more. No, I'm not stopping blogging tho I dunno how many read it anymore. I think a blog goes hand in hand with Ravelry. One word of advice....FREEZE YOUR CREDIT CARDS NOW BEFRE YU GET YOUR INVITE! I'm droppin' money left & right now. Nobody warned me once you're on, your credit cards melt into a puddle of plastic. I got a bunch of sock yarn on the way here...can't wait!

I joined a Hallowene shawl KAL. I never did a knitting KAL before. Funny thing is shawl calls for approx. 480 beads so I went off in searh of some seed beads. Found some no problem and ordered half a kilo. Then I wondered if that was enough-what do I know? I never did beads before. SO I wrote them and asked if I should get another one. ROTFLMFAO!!!! They replied today saying there's approx. 48 THOUSAND seed beads in a half kilo. Anybody need any black seed beads? LOL!

Here's a shot of me in the new sweater. Guess you can tell the top of my hair is kinda burnt off. I hve a small patch in front still very long. I decided since I'm not yet ready to look normal and quit bleaching it white, Im going to turn a negative into a positive...I'm gonna have him cut the little bit remaining so it's the same length...this way I can spike it up and maybe throw some manic Panic in-purple and green and fuchsia and orange and whatever else catches my eye. No blue...the blue is so goddamned strong and I don't want it turning the rest of my hair blue. I can always add extensions if I get too down on the short hair.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I'm In!!! I'm In!!!

So I got my Ravelry invite this morning when I was down my grandfather's painting swatches on the wall to pick a colour to paint the kitchen and den. I took a break and checked via my iPhone and it said my invite had arrived. Freakin' cool is all I can say. There's so much there....I started putting my stash in but it's gonna take a lot of photos and time to organise myself there.

I'm kinda bummed tho...there's a NYC knitters group....I know it's dumb since I don't live there but REALLY wanna be a NYC knitter. Can't I be an honorary member? This whole NYC thing is going to gnaw away at me until I draw my final breath on this planet. Maybe in my next life I'll be fortunate enough to call NYC home for real. I do now even tho I don't live there LOL!

Anyway, I finished the Rowan Atmosphere sweater. I'm going to see if I can get it blocked tomorrow and then I can stitch it together and wear it. Well, assuming the winter isn't full of 92 degree days like tomorrow is supposed to get. We had started to get a chill in the air and I was getting all into the fall and here we go back into hot, humid August weather. I have my frickin' Halloween decorations up! I guess that's what I get for decoratin' early. Hey, this Witch can't wait! Autumn is my favourite season.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Short Rows

SO I decided to try doing the short row technique for shoulders. I always hated the stair step edge as they looked like crap and were often too bulky when seaming them together. I picked up the technique pretty easily, it wasn't has hard as I thought it would be BUT...

What do you do when the back shoulders have more stitches than the front shoulders? On my back piece for this sweater, I have 4 more stitches on each shoulder than the front. I have re-done it several times and it seems to be right. Now I don't know if I'm better off ripping it all back and doing the damn stair step way OR using a 3 needle cast off and knitting two together evenly spaced on the back needle. I cannot graft the shoulder seams since there's more stitches on the back than the front. I don't understand this LOL!

It looks like my place in Ravelry may be coming over the weekend. I hope so! I've got a lot of yarn to catalogue there. The invites are going faster than I thought.

In other news, my doctor called me yesterday to inform me...I have gallstones. WTF???! I don't fit the profile for them and I was never big in dairy. I have decided all this bullshit on tv and in the magazines and stuff is just that...BULLSHIT. I eat right (salmon & other oily fish, lots of sushi and skinless chicken mostly), hardly ever eat red meat, don't drink excessively (tho I had my bouts of very heavy drinking in my late 20's thru early 30s), never touch fried foods or ice cream, I don't use salt at all. Snacks for me usually consist of salads or broccoli or celery or a nice big tomato sprinkled with garlic powder and olive oil and I end up with gallstones, high cholesterol and a hernia. Go figure. I was sort of intent on telling my doctor I want my gall bladder out NOW before any attacks happen but I'm being told by friends they won't do that...so apparently, I need to suffer excruciating pain of an attack before they'll remove it. I got one word for that....PERCODAN!!! COPIOUS amounts of Percodan.

I've been reading labels since I was in my early 20's, I've been a MAJOR PITA with my diet eating only healthy stuff-genetics suck LOL! BUT it could be worse so I'm not too upset, just really baffled.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Rowan Plaid

I don't know what to say about this yarn other than is is so soft and wonderful, it's like knitting a cloud. I started that pattern Atmosphere from the Rowan Plaid book, and here is a progress picture. Actually, quite a bit of progress has been made since I shot this last weekend. The back is done and I'm up to the underarm shaping on the front as of 10 PM last night.

I'm so digging this sweater and can't wait to wear it.

I think I've given up on the dragon shawl for now. I don't have a nice house to display it yet so what's the point? It's a lot more difficult than I thought. There is a neat shawl pattern I can try to get my groove with in Rowan magazine 34.

I am so anxious to get into Ravelry, have been not-so-patiently checking my space on the waiting list and if the invites continue as they have the past two days, I should be able to get on there by the end of next week, unless they crank out the invites even faster, who knows. I'm absolutely DYING to get on there!!!

I also am eating a nice, big, juicy, fat crow pie. Umm, for years I have railed against cell phones. I never saw the attraction, obsession or need for them unless you were a doctor who had patients lives hanging in the balance. I bought an iPhone this past Friday. Apple whore that I am, I just couldn't resist any longer. It's not so much for the phone, I barely talk to anybody on my home phone as it is but the Notes feature is really helpful, the camera will come in handy for a quick snap of a new luscious yarn to add to my stash or a cute guy on the street new pair of needles I have to have and add to my list. I'm really impressed with it and love it so far. I guess this means I won't be getting the new iPod Touch now LOL! Apple's new products are worse than drugs in that sense....I crave them. It's funny, anybody that knows me now is so surprised "YOU, of all people, got an iPhone?" RTOFLOL!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Felting and WEBS and S.E.X.

I don't know where to start first. I guess at the beginning is the best place. In my last post I said I was working on an awesome pair of slippers. I can't wait to show them off so here's a quick shot as they're drying to shape. These Elf Slippers caught my eye about a month ago and just begged for me to make them. I have never felted before and wanted to try it, and this pattern was perfect. These are so me it's not funny LOL! They said for kids & ladies but a kooky bohemian type like me, why not?! These were so easy to do and fun, I'll be making more. As soon as they're dry, I'll take better pictures. I was going for a jewel tone with the yarn. I got blue, purple, burgundy and green. The purple looks darker here than it really is...it is really pretty in the daylight. Felting is a lot of fun!

Yesterday, we went to WEBS...I've been ordering from them for a while and decided to go, they're only a hair under 2 hours from where I live. WOW! What a place, err, palace LOL! It reminded me of the yarn stores that were so abundant around here when I was a kid. WEBS might be great on the internet but in person...HOLY CRAP!!!! They're so friendly and all that yarn! HONESTLY...I DID NOT MEAN TO SPEND $300. THERE! LOL! I got some Noro that had me drooling, the way the colours look knitted up, I thought they'd make a great scarf. The blue tones of the Rowan Plaid are going into the sweater DYLAN from their Country book. And although the name Kaffe Fasset sends me running to the hills pulling clumps of my hair out, I couldn't resist this Regia sock yarn he has out. I'm not real sure which sock pattern I'll use with it. The Lopi colours are for another pair of slippers.



And I got these books. This New Pathways for Sock Knitters is a MUST HAVE. I'd never heard of Cat Bordhi before but this book has amazing socks and new techniques I can't wait to try. The other book, A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting, had neat stuff. I have to knit my cat a bed....it is just too tempting seeing them in the book.

I guess that's about it for now. I don't know what to go jump into first now with all these goodies.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

WHOLE BOOKS FOR A DIME?

Currently, I'm working on a pair of those awesome slippers I mentioned in the last post. I think I'm going to need more yarn, maybe we can take a ride out this weekend to get it. I live only 2 hours from WEBS :-) I have a GPS, I should just plunk my ass in my car and go myself. Horrible to be so phobic.

Since I've been cleaning out my grandparents apartment in hopes of renting it, MY place has become a shithole. Boxes EVERYWHERE. If this is only a few things from my grandparents' place, I shudder to think what it will look like when we move from this dump.

In any event, the knitting books my grandmother had have been wild. A LOT of patterns, and I do mean A LOT. It's sort of bitter-sweet to look back when the newspaper had a "Chatters" column where knit & crochet patterns were exchanged-my gram has a lot of patterns clipped from newspapers. One upon a time, even magazines like Family Circle, Good Housekeeping and Woman's Day had free patterns as well. Those were the days. I guess it's too much to ask to have a pattern or two when there's more pressing issues in life such as how, when, and where to have sex. I guess I am an odd-ball...sex is overrated, I'd much rather knit any day of the week. No mess to clean up, no sweaty sheets to change and there's something to show for your time.



I was thinking of trying to make a book with the newspaper clippings, sort of like the Griffin & Sabine books. If you've not read those. Griffin & Sabine is a very tactile read. It's a series of letters written back and forth between the two characters. You open envelopes of different sorts on each page and pull out & unfold a "letter" to read. Not sure how I'd do that with knitting patterns but take a look at some of the prices on these books. You couldn't even buy a single pattern for this price today.



I go to get my roots bleached today....this SHOULD be the day I turn totally white. We'll see. He better be less rough and messy than the last time or he's gonna hear about it.

HA! I just saw we can now add video clips. Hmmm, Chris got a clip of me on a coaster this weekend-I'll have to try that later.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Bales of Hay and knitting slippers

Here's a couple of photos of the bale of hay I call hair.




Actually, it's not too bad at all. It is not as damaged or straw like as I remember it being the first time I went this light. The top of my hair is pure snow white-I wish it would just all go pure snow white on its own and be done with it. I'm not sure if the rest of it will get that light next time. He was EXTREMELY rough with me resulting in a lot of breakage. From my left eye in front straight back to my crown is all burned off. There's also a patch beside my left eye that he was so rough with he literally pulled my hair off. Someone doesn't want me blond? What am I to think? He was very sloppy too.he ruined a concert tee shirt I had with bleach, he got as much bleach on the floor, smock he made me wear and the mirror as he got on my hair. SHOWERED me when he shampooed all that crap out of my hair. Too bad I like it so light, I think it looks good and you can't even see the spot on top that is thinning anymore. You'd think in this day and age there'd be pills we could take to change hair colour. Minimal to no damage and be as simple as that. How hard can it be? There's just serious issues I seem to have with hairdressers. I don't seem to get on too well with them. I just can't win.

On the knitting front....I'm waiting for some wool to come in the mail so I can knit the most amazing pair of slippers ever. I can't wait to do these and show them to y'all! I'll wait for the spousal unit to get home so I can go to Boston and get the needles. I don't own DPN's past size 10.5's. He likes to go to Boston with me, I'd rather be there now so I could get home and do what I want.

I've been blogging how long now? I've had the same layout since I started. I need to figure out how to alter the template and do funky backgrounds and what now. I love basic black but I'm bored with it now.

Have I mentioned I cannot seem to get past Row 32 of that dragon lace shawl? I've started that 4 or 5 times now. I put it aside, won't try it for a while now.

Feeling: a lot of anxiety

Listening to: Mean Man by W.A.S.P. (this has become my new theme song)

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Once more into the bleach

I finally found a new hair stylist who said he can do what I want. I go Thursday to get my roots done but he is doing my whole head so I'll be a total blond (that doesn't sound good! LOL!) and no more bloody foils. I told him I want to be pure white...weather he can achieve that I'm not sure. I'm not too keen on his attitude...maybe it's a guy thing but I don't like guys doing my hair. I think men turn out better with women doing their hair and vice versa. I'm getting nervous now that I'm going to end up with a lot of breakage which shouldn't happen if he stays on me watching like a hawk. I will not end up like I want on Thursday...if he takes me up to white, it'll be a slow, gradual process as my hair can fry off but in any event, I should appear much lighter once all the roots are done. That darkens it and makes me unhappy I think. I just wish I could figure out why this sudden 'need' to go pure snow white. My hair already knots up something fierce as it is when we ride roller coasters and I still have some natural hair. I can imagine when I'm totally bleached. OMG! LOL!

Sometimes I wish my hair wasn't thinning on top, I'd love to take a break from the bleach and dye my hair dark, to the same colour as Katharine McPhee's hair which is slightly darker than my natural colour was...oh how many years ago did that see the light of day? LOL! The darker my hair is, the more noticeable the thinning spot on top is which is why I keep it blond...the lighter my hair, the more invisible the thinning spot is.

On to knitting news....I think I'm going to abandon Rowan's Seahorse sweater. I like it but not enough to keep knitting it-my friend Kyra sent me a link last night for a new book coming out that has this sweater in it:




I love this so much so I think I'm going to rip Seahorse back and rewind the yarn into balls and wait for this book to come out and knit this. I'll have to order about 10 more balls which means the dye lot will probably be off some but that's ok...the yarn fades in the wash. I wish I could get hold of the designer to ask how much yarn it takes.

I guess this means I can go grab some sock yarn and get going on some new fall socks in the meantime LOL! I have a funky slipper pattern on the way to me too...can't WAIT to do those!

I also need to work on that dragon shawl...I've had nothing but trouble with one row. I love a challenge but this is proving to be to difficult and I usually don't have all that much trouble with hard stuff. It's the easy stuff that throws me.

Friday, August 03, 2007

New Socks

I was scanning some blogs and found these socks over on Criminy Jickets and thought I'd give them a whirl. I love the J-Walkers but wanted to try another pattern for a change. They knit up really fast but unfortunately, the cable pattern doesn't show up well in this yarn. It looks nice in person. The yarn was, I believe, Mountain Colours' Wildflower.






There's another cable sock I am dying to try but I just sent for yarn for a Dragon Shawl that should be coming any day. I don't know where I'm going to put the shawl. Maybe hang it on the wall since with my cat, it's a dangerous proposition to drape a lace shawl on the sofa. I may be biting off more than I can chew with this since I have never tried lace before and this looks quite involved.

The Fall issue of Interweave Knits arrived in my post box yesterday. Ummm, I'm officially asking that this autumn extends until next July as there's FAR too many things in there I want to knit. First of which is the Cobblestone sweater from Brooklyn Tweed. I've always loved what I've seen him do on his blog so it'll be a treat to get to knit one of his designs.

Lots of other stuff going on that I don't feel like getting into but we're going to go ride coasters again in 3 weeks. This is a record for us going to NJ and man it feels good!

Happy Knitting!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Rail Riding!

Wow, it's been forever since I last posted. I've been knitting a bit here and there. It's the pattern "Seahorse" from the Rowan Denim book.It is a beautiful pattern but I'm finding it more difficult than Patrick LOL! GO figure. I always did say I had an easier time with the harder stuff than I did the things that should be easy.


I was also told by my doctor that I have a hernia. Wonderful...just one more thing for me to obsess over. It's small, he says, and he didn't seem too concerned with it yet but eventually I'm going to need surgery and I'm not thrilled with the idea. I'm a wuss that way-this is why men don't get pregnant. LOL! Women are stronger.

I'm still writing erotica, have had several stories published and was asked to write a story for a publication coming out next year. That'll give me time to develop a story I've had in my head for months.

Chris and I went to the amusement park last month. Finally got over my fear of hypercoasters. It was never so much the height that scared me so much as the LONG, SLOW trip UP the lift hill. We met a friend of mine there and first ride of the day was on Nitro...230 feet tall, 66 degree drop. I dunno what the hell I waited so long to ride it for...it was pure heaven and the lift hill wasn't as bad as I had imagined. Here is a shot of us on it...this is taken at the bottom of the first drop. No, those two kids next to Chris are not my friends, I dunno who they are. My friend was there with her son earlier and had to leave.

I'm in the black t shirt with the pink BC Rich guitars logo on it. Chris is next to me with his eyes tightly closed LOL! I'm almost ready to do Nitro with my hands in the air. Here's a point of view video of it..I did not shoot it. NITRO

Then we rode El Toro , one of the largest wooden roller coasters on the East Coast and currently the steepest drop on ANY wooden coaster in the world-not sure how long that record will last but this thing is fast, intense and WAY too much fun. I am now addicted to step drops. While Nitro is smooth as glass and a very gentle ride-EL Toro is just as smooth but is literally like riding a bull...it has MASSIVE ejector air. Your butt is not in your seat from the first drop until you hit the intense twister finale.

Here is us on El Toro...

We're going back in 2 weeks and have one more coaster left to conquer, Kingda Ka. That'll be a piece of cake. Can't wait to get back and spend all day on the coasters again.

I also started playing guitar...again. I bought myself another one to complete the set I had started. This is a BC Rich Bich....10 strings. I was never able to get this guitar back in the 80's...something always happened when I ordered it. 20 years late but better late than never. Ain't she purdy?

Hope you all are enjoying your summer....more later...

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

TOYAH!

I just saw this on You Tube. God I loved Toyah....she was great! The 80's were so much fun!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

I can't sleep

I thought since I cannot get to sleep due to noise round here, I'd make an appearance on my blog. I just took a Xanax which will hopefully knock me out, or at least zone me out enough that I can fall asleep. This is the 4th night I've had to take one to get to sleep and I don't like doing this. They were not given to me to sleep-I am going to need these during the summer for my nerves and I'm on my last refill. I'll have to see next month if my doctor is still willing to give me more. I hope he is...I'm not keen on the idea of turning back into the psycho lunatic I was before January. The Xanax has stopped me from annihilating furniture and expensive electronic equipment.

A few weeks ago I ordered more Rowan Denim yarn for another sweater from their Denim book. It arrived this afternoon but I was running around like a madman I didn't get to dig into it. I got the darkest blue, I think it's called Tennessee? I now need to make up my mind between the two sweaters I got it for. Seahorse is one and Sheringham is the other.


I'm still writing. I'm in the process of finishing up another story. It's a bit slower going now than it was in my 20's....I can't shut the world out here. When I was living at home I could just close my door and that was it. I don't have that luxury here. There is no door to close. When I move I will make sure I have a room to write that has a door I can close. That scene in The Shining when Jack flips out and tells Wendy whenever she hears his typing to stay way really isn't that far off from the truth.

There has to be a happy balance between creativity and life...I just don't know how to strike it anymore. I used to...it's just not working out anymore. My life has become too damn structured. I live by rigid schedules, something I used to shake my head at my dad for doing-I've become worse than my dad ever was as far as that goes. I don't even fart if it's not scheduled in.

Happy Knitting...;-)
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Thursday, April 12, 2007

HI

Still alive and knitting...writing a short story too and listening to Metallica at the moment. I thought this was fun:

45 of the most random things you probably never needed to know about someone
whats your name spelt backwards?:Yrrej
What did you do last night?:Worked on a short story
The last thing you downloaded onto your computer?:A pic of a hot guy...wanna see? :-)
Have you ever licked a 9 volt battery?:Of course....hasn't everone at one time or another?
Last time you swam in a pool?:Bloody hell, 10 or so years ago?
What are you wearing?:Otomix sneakers, Levis 501'a and a DIO concert T shirt
How many cars have you owned?:5, I'm on my 5th
Type of music you dislike most?:Rap
Are you registered to vote?:Yes-why I bother I dunno-they do what they want anyway.
Do you have cable?:No, DirecTV, I hate cable.
What kind of computer do you use?:Apple Macintosh baby! PPC G5
Ever made a prank phone call?:As a wee lad, sure
You like anyone right now?:Yes
Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?:I did bungee jump once...that was enough.
Furthest place you ever traveled?:Mexico
What's your favorite comic strip?:Rose is Rose, Fox Trott was a close second
Do u know all the words to the national anthem?:Yes
Shower, morning or night?:Someteims morning, sometimes night-sometiems both
Best movie you've seen in the past month?:Hmm, The Night Listener
Favorite pizza toppings?:Garlic and anchovies
Chips or popcorn?:Popcorn
What cell phone provider do you have?:None yet tho possibly Cingular when Apple's iPhone comes out
Have you ever smoked peanut shells?:Pardon me? Is this like that joke of smoking banana peels to get high?
Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?:No
Orange Juice or apple?:Both please ;-) But not together
Who were the last people you sat at lunch with?:I dunno, strangers last Friday in Cambridge
favorite chocolate bar?:Hershey's special dark
Who is your longest friend and how long?:Paula...22 years, 23 years and counting
Last time you ate a homegrown tomato?:last summer
Have you ever won a trophy?:yes
Favorite arcade game?:MARBLE MADNESS!
Ever ordered from an infomercial?:I dont think so, no
Sprite or 7-UP?:Ginger Ale (can ya tell I'm difficult?)
Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school/work?:Yes-it didn't last long
Last thing you bought at Walgreens?:I don't go there. I prefer Duane Reade (told ya I love NY)
Ever thrown up in public?:Once, yes. You're not a true metal head till you have
Would you prefer being a millionaire or finding true love?:I can't have both? True love
Do you believe in love at first sight?:yes
SPONGEBOB OR JIMMY NEUTRON?:WHO?
Did you have long hair as a young kid?:No. That's why I refuse to cut it now as an adult
What message is on your voicemail machine?:None, I erased the answer phone this AM
Where would you like to go right now?:Silly question...New York City
Whats the name of your pet?:Midnight
What kind of back pack do you have, and what's in it?:I don't have one
What do you think about most?:Guys, clothes, Guys, roller coasters, Guys, sex , movies, Guys, did I mention Guys?
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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Erotica...(or a dirty story depending on your perspective)

I went to Boston Friday early afternoon to look for an Elizabeth Zimmermann book, "Knitting Workshop" which I picked up along with a
hank of green Mountain Colours wool to make another pair of fingerless mitts. it felt so good to get out again that I jumped back on the train and headed over to Cambridge for lunch. I had to spread out a magazine to dive into as I *hate* eating alone.

Anyway, on the subway ride back, where I had to switch trains I saw this guy walking down the platform. Umm, you know the line in the Eagles song Life In The Fast Lane "He was a hard-headed man, he was brutally handsome." Well...that was this dude-BRUTALLY handsome. I'd peg him in his mid 20', no older than 26 I guess. So he's been on my mind. I woke up yesterday morning and did something I've not done in a LONG time. I sat my butt down and wrote a short story....actually it wrote itself. I used to write erotica back in the 90's off and on. I'd like to do more of it, it's fun but how many hours are in a day? Where do I apply for an extension...27 or 28 hours may be more what I need.

I've been thinking of joining myspace as I saw there's a plethora of gay erotica writers there...do I *really* need to do this? It might get me and keep me writing but do I honestly need to take on one more internet thing? This is one thing I guess I could go do in Boston...grab my Powerbook and go sit somewhere in the city and write smut LOL! I just cannot bring myself to knit in public :-(

I do have to say it feels good...you'd think I won the lottery but getting that short story out sent me over a cloud. This is what I need...the creativity is starting to flow.

And what are the chances this dude is reading this? Slim to none but on the off chance you are...you had a brown leather jacket on and a coloured iPod (I'm not giving it all away-gotta make sure it's you, don't I? *GG*) I was banging my head to Guns & Roses-I stood right in front of where you sat and saw you checkin' out the Borders bag I was carrying- Orange Line out of Boston Friday afternoon about 3. Thank you for the inspiration-your eyes are incredible....you are HOT dude! Contact me!!!

We're going to my dad's for Easter dinner. We so rarely eat together anymore. My mom had the whole family every Sunday. Now that there's only my dad left....Umm, I'm not going down that road right now.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Bored....


OK....It's Saturday night and I'm sitting here listening to W.A.S.P.'s 2004's effort "The Neon God Pt. 2: The Demise" I had planned to knit but I'm waiting for yarn to come for another Denim sweater. The yarn is on back order and expected in a couple weeks max. Boo Hoo! Yesterday also arrived a new pair of contact lenses so I think I now have every colour of the Ciba Radiance line. Autumn is my favourite, Sunrise is awesome too. Eden doesn't show much at all on me and I'm not sure about Moonlight. Sometimes it did and other times not so much when I had them before.

I started writing short stories again and wanted to write but it's after 11 now and I'm not sure I want to stay up until 3 AM writing.

I got bloody mad Thursday at my hair stylist. She did my roots as always but for the past few visits seems more and more distracted. For one thing, the cell phone needs to be locked away somewhere not in the shop-there's always a little too much chatter and not enough concentration. When you're putting bleach on my hair, I kinda expect full attention on my hair, not a phone call or who is being stood up or the details on a sofa and its cost. This time I paid for it dearly...my hair looks like someone pissed on it. I have NEVER been this brassy and I've been bleaching it since I was 21-almost 20 years. She insists it's platinum-it's light but not quite that light. It's golden-I don't like it. I went to see her the next day and straight away, "I did exactly what I was supposed to.' Umm, no not really-you didn't leave it on long enough! Long story short, she got my cheque, ripped it up and threw it at me. She absolutely refused to take ANY responsibility which to me showed she knew she fucked up. This is MY fault? I don't think so. I wasn't looking for my money back, what I wanted was for her to say "We'll correct it next time." but she's insisting I got what I wanted.

No...I've been asking all along for rock & roll hair and I don't get it. How bloody hard can it be? That's ALL I WANT, I just want my rock & roll hair. Wild, unkempt platinum blond hair. I can sorta manage what I want on my own but I can't bleach it...I can't see in back to paint the crap on. So now I have to find a new place. Actually, I may have. I stopped in a mall (UGH!) and asked if they could help. They said no, not right now-I'd end up with major breakage and hair loss but they did ask why this woman didn't put a toner in it. [shrugging shoulders] She seems to think she can handle all tones of blond with bleach alone, I dunno. Usually she is spot on, this time she was too worried about other crap. She's bloody lucky my hair didn't burn off but that's ok. She wants to throw away a 17 year relationship, fine with me. I've decided I think I'm done with foils too...I want my whole head done from now on.

I've been sorely tempted to colour it purple again, that would take care of the problem nicely-I've got the manic panic colours but I've got my eye on someone and don't want to scare him. He doesn't know me yet and I can be pretty wild when the mood strikes. And I like the blond, I don't WANT it purple. Not all of it anyway. Instead, I've been forced to wear my top hat out which I've never been comfortable with. I like it but I just don't think hats are me. Funny how bad hair changes your mind and you adapt ;-)

This photo is a few years old but I got bitten by the *MOON* bug ;-) I decided to mess with my photo. I'm debating weather I want to be bothered with the maintenance of going snow white like Johnny Rod of W.A.S.P. fame. Google him-he was HOT!!!!!! God I loved him. He's a paramedic in PA now. Hmmm.....he can work on me any time but I don't think I got what he's after :-/ It looked so good on him but it's such an incredible PITA to maintain.
I was platinum before-the upkeep grew old REAL fast but it looks so bloody good. Well, it did when I was 21.

I'm rambling now...have a good night ;-)