Yeah, I don't pick on your spelling.
So Ben and I made this over the weekend. We needed something nice to go on the huge blank wall over the couch. It looks way better in person on the wall. I tried to get a picture of it where it actually looked like it was on a wall, but all of those were just a big flashy glare. Anyway, I'm pretty proud of it, considering we cut the stencils and did the layouts of the design ourselves. The actual designs came from dover's clip art books. The whole thing looks quite good with the couch.
And here's a hat that I made for myself yesterday.
I just noticed that I still tend to look quite pasty despite living in Arizona. I think it might be time to get some tinted face cream.
I had to go to the Dr. today and have her tell me my cholesterol is too high. I knew that already, so nothing new. I did have her rewrite all my prescriptions for three month amounts so that we can get them through mail order. I don't know why we didn't do that sooner, it'll cut the prescription costs by a third. The lump in my breast was just a couple of cysts next to each other though. So that was good news.
Ben and I got our flights for our visit home for Christmas all taken care of. I'm glad it's all planned now.
I called my sewing student yesterday to see that she'd be there Wed to finish up the class, and she was all... I'm not sure if I can make it. I didn't really know what to say to that, so I said, well, you just call me and let me know. But I don't really like that, because I don't like not knowing if I have to be somewhere.
At least I know that for today I don't have to be anywhere. I'm going to work on another of the lacey scarves for the lacey scarf pattern set. This one is also going to be my Grandma's Christmas present. I also want to start on my super secret surprise pattern that I want to submit to the love issue of CrochetMe. But I'm not sure if it'll be too complicated or not.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Yeah, I don't pick on your spelling.
Monday, November 28, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Thanks for the well wishes in the comments before. I found out the blood work results aren't as scary as I thought they were. I do have to start taking cholesterol medicine, but that seems genetically inevitiable, so not a big deal. I still have to have the booby scan done next week and then I won't find out if the lump is a cyst or a LUMP until the week after, but that's no reason to put my life on hold worrying or something.
More yarn from Knitpicks came on Monday. I'm an addict. I've got numerous colors of Alpaca Cloud for lacy scarves... could you be one of the lucky ones? And I got lots of Andean Treasure in Mystery to make gauntlets for Donna and some in Embers for a special design I've been thinking of for the special love/valentine's day Crochet Me. I've got four skeins of the Mystery and I'm thinking that was pretty much overkill considering I made my short wrist fingerless gloves out of one skein for the pair. But I was thinking I might try cabling on these gauntlets, so that'll take more yarn.
I don't have to teach my class today, my student in busy, but I still might go over there and see if I can find some elastic thread. I tried the plastic cording that's really stretchy that I had here from making some bracelets, but it didn't work at all. Way too rubbery, so it stuck to the hook really badly with each stitch and stayed behind.
Ben's gone until tomorrow night, so whatever I decide to do today, I'm making it an all Beth kinda day. Starting with Cheerios for breakfast and ending with watching the hours of things that I dvred since last week and haven't watched yet. I still have last week's Lost and ER and lots of history channel shows to get through, lol.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
So, big wedding this past weekend. Everything went well, and it was all pretty. I'm assuming it took and they're good and married now.
I'm glad to be home. It's nice to be in my own house and snuggling the cats after all that travel and uncomfortable hotel room beds. Plus I had just about as much crazy as I could take.
We went to the this really cool place called Plimoth Plantation. It was super fun. I liked it so much. And I learned that knitting at the time wasn't something ordinary everyday women did for their families. They bought their stockings and other knitted things from England. And the knitting was done by poor women. The Pligrim ladies didn't sew either. They got everything all ready-made. I guess it makes sense because I knew that wearing homespun and knitting were seen as patriotic things during the revolution and afterward, so I guess that's because they were boycotting the British made things. I knew that, but it never connected to me before that it was actually true that Plymouth was mainly a consumer culture. I found it interesting to talk to the interpreter people about that stuff.
I added another article on my site. This one is about the properties of different fibers and how they're best used. I think the next one will be about different yarn weights and why they matter.
I've been having a hard week or so. I've learned a few scary things about my health, but haven't heard anything definitive yet so I am feeling scared and uneasy.
I want to find elastic thread to carry along with yarn to help make a stretchy cuff. My fingerless gloves (which all of Ben's family thinks I'm a freak for wearing, btw), are nice, but the alpaca in the ribbing stitch doesn't have much memory, and I'd like to improve that before I start the long gauntlets for Donna.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Here are some pictures of what I've been up to lately.
Fingerless gloves with a thumb gusset. The pair took exactly one skein of Andean Treasure from Knitpicks. There was only about four inches of yarn left after I finished the second one. I'm totally in love with the thumb gusset, it makes them so much more comfortable to wear compared to any other gloves I've tried making. Next time I'm going to try carrying along a strand of elastic for the ribbing so it's got better recovery.
One of a set of three lace scarves I'm planning. This one is Shadow from Knitpicks in Campfire. It hasn't been blocked because I ran out of yarn about twenty stitches away from the end of the last round of the edging, so I'm going to tear it all the way back and try again with a smaller hook and see if that will eek out enough yarn for me. If that doesn't work, I'll take out the whole edging and do it all with the smaller hook. If that doesn't work, I'll bury it in the bottom of my yarn and try to forget it.
The swift in action. It's not classy. It's not pretty. But it attracts adorable kitties.
Other things I've been working on. I've done some swatches for a baby sweater made of Parade and Andean Treasure, I've got schematics drawn, I just have to decide what style shoulder/sleeve I want. I did a change purse to practice the shaping for a felted purse I'm designing out of Merino Style, it came out really cute and now I just have to order enough yarn, and I can get that one written up. I forgot to take pictures of the little pouch, but maybe next time. It felted beautifully, and I can't wait to do the full sized one.
We're leaving tomorrow for the wedding, so I have lots to get done by then. Sorry Julie, no pictures of the dress yet, I'll post some when I get back.
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Ben had to go to San Diego at the beginning of the week for work, and I got to tag along. We left on Saturday and got back on Wednesday night. We had a good time. We went to the zoo and saw the pandas. Even though Ben is totally down on pandas and always talking about how they "de-evolved" and if they want to quit breeding that's their business. I take a less harsh stance on pandas. Anyway, the polar bears were my favorite because they were jumping around and playing in the water. It was cool.
We went to the fair yesterday and looked at all the animals and all the food and craft entries. That was a lot of fun, and I am definately not missing the deadline to enter next year. I'm seriously going for a blue ribbon, lol.
We're leaving on Thursday for the big wedding of the year. We bought the tickets and I have a dress, so all I have to do still is figure out what I'll do about a coat, buy different shoes, find something to wear for the rehearsal dinner, and find a good evening purse. No problem.