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 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