Monday, January 31

lot's o pics to see.

I finally have some pictures to show. they are not the best of quality but they are pictures none the less. (Secret Pal this will give you an idea of the colors I like....) I really do like most anything besides orange...

These are socks for my sister's birthday. She is turning the big 28! I love it!!!! (okay so I am only two years behind but I am still the baby) I really like this yarn. I wasn't sure if I really wanted it because it was a gank load of money but I thought I would splurge a little. I will have a lot left over. So I think I am going to make my pal Lindsay a pair for her daughter Daisy.

The angora baby booties that I said I would post a picture of a few weeks back. This also was a total splurge for me. Amy's little sister is pregnant and she is due in August or September....maybe July I forget which month. But I figured they could work for a boy or a girl.

The eyelet lace scarf. I really like these colors. These are just about the colors of my living room and kitchen in my apartment. I have a grape, Old French advertisement theme going on. I think that this is going to be a runner for the Piano but who knows.

This was one of my first scarves ever knit. I still wear this. For some reason I am addicted to lime green. It was knit with a kelly green metallic floss and I still have like a whole spool of it left. I think that is replenishes itself.

On the lime green topic. This is the purse that I am carrying right now. It is grungy and dirty and needs to be retired. I can't wash it, as I forgot to wash the lining first and when I handwashed the matching coin purse it shrunk up to a little ball of disfigurement.

Speaking of purses. These are for the purse I have planned for my spring purse. I don't know what design I am going to use. Probably same ol, same ol. But I really like the lining I picked. I was thinking about using clear plastic handles or something really kitschy to match the lining but haven't figured out what to use yet.

I have more pictures to post but I really have to get house work done today. I keep putting it off, especially the laundry. I am having chicken something for dinner tonight but just can't decide what.

Happy Knitting

Sunday, January 30

An organized stash is an organized home???

I did it. I am officially organized. My yarn is tucked nicely away in its cubby hole. Fancies are with fancies, wools are with wools, acrylics are with acrylics and all is good. I even went through my needles. I kept thinking that I was really short on needles and then I took a look at my UFO pile.... There they are... So, as not to incriminate myself I will just say that it is a lot. To give a peek in... 46% of my projects are socks.

As I was sitting with mounds of yarn around me I was thinking a few things... 1) I have way too much yarn.... 2) I don't have as much yarn as it seems.... 3) I think that there needs to be a new term besides SABLE... (Stash Aquired is Beyond Life Expectancy.) I can definitely knit all this stuff up. I just have to sit down and do it. I shouldn't have guilt when I look at yarn that was supposed to be knit and then rewound into a little ball and just sits there. I see what all it's potential was and now look at it just a plain ol' ball of yarn that will be sitting there for years to come. I have decided that I am gonna do something about this..

So, I really, really, really want some Rowan Denim Yarn to make the baby pants from last minute knitted gifts. This is the color that I want.

The color is Memphis. Ain't it purrrddddy.

My goal is to finish two projects I have going before I can buy this yarn. I know that it won't do much to help with the stash that is already there, but I will at least be able to get some UFO's done.

Amy and I are off to Bookman's today. We have some books that we can get rid off and those that we can't are gonna go to the Goodwill. There is just no need to keep books that are filling up space around. Especially the ones that have no value and have not been looked at in years.

Happy Knitting my friends.

Saturday, January 29

I am sure there is room on my plate for more...

It has been rainy and cold and blah today. I have been feeling terrible. Amy is sick with a cold, I am praying that I won't get it. This is the first year in a long time that I haven't been sick sick sick. I have a horrible immune system.

I know that I already have a ton of things going on right now but I was thinking all day about what I want to knit, what I have the yarn for and what I am working on. Illana gave herself lists to follow for her UFO's and timelines to finish it. I really want to do that but I am so afraid that I will not be able to finish them and then will just be dissappointed in myself. But I seeing how I am in the mood for knitty things, but not actually knitting or spinning I think that I will actually make the transition for my yarn to come over.

I know I keep saying I was going to do it but I had to rearrange some things before I could fit it all in! So after I sort through all the bills and papers on that I tossed on the floor last night I will really get it all moved in tonight and then just sit and knit.

Happy Knitting.

Friday, January 28

A whale of a tale... This one is a long one folks!

This post is dedicated to my secret pal. Who has emailed me earlier this morning... what a nice way to start off a really crappy morning.

I have been dropping everything all morning long. I spilled my purse all over my car. My dog decides that she can't wait to go outside to go potty, I forgot to put the clothes in the dryer last night so had horribly wet clothes this morning and nothing to wear as I decided to do all the sheets and towels first... But enough complaining... You have sent me a little ray of sunshine in my cloudy day..

So here are my answers to the questions in paragraph form...

I don't conisder myself to be a yarn snob. I will knit with the occasional red heart if needed. I do like wool-ease, but will pass on the lionbrand creeps me out. I love knitting with cotton. The first real thing I knit in cotton was a purse and have been carrying it around for quite awhile. Some of my favorite brands... Tahki Cotton Classic, Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere, Brown sheep Cotton Fleece (not cotton but like Koigu KPPPM), I really do like the Lily's Sugar and Cream Cotton. It is wondeful to knit with on Bamboo. It kind of shines 'em up for you. Speaking of which I love bamboo. I prefer not to knit with metal needles unless they are Addi's. So I guess you could say that I am a needle snob. I just got my first pair of Crystal Palace bamboo needles and love love love them. I also am highly fond of Brittany needles.

I have just gotten into spinning. My girlfriend has yet to buy my wheel for me. It was supposed to be a Christmas present, but then again it was also supposed to be a birthday, anniversary and valentines day present and it has yet to arrive. I am fairly decent with a drop spindle. My sister got two alpacas from a friend that was moving and we are going to do our first real shearing on them this march. Can't wait. I am not a crocheter. I am just all thumbs, although I am going to try again.

I have been knitting steadily for about 5 years now. I am 25 now. I first learned to knit when I was 14 or 15 and quickly forgot how to do everything. I took a class at my LYS and have been self taught ever since. I used to do a lot of bookbinding and stamping but those got too knitting isnt.... :) I am just now getting into embroidery, although I don't have the patience for it.

Right now I am working on quite a few projects... The main one is the Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I am also working on a pair of socks called Disco Socks, the PI shawl by EZ, tweed socks, my handspun yarn, a scarf I am calling the Flapper scarf, Little Eyelet scarf, as you can see I like to keep my options open. I am definitely a sock knitter. Most of my socks are worked on 2 circular needles. Although I would love to learn how to do the magic loop method. My oldest UFO is from 2002. I just need to finish one half of a slipper to be done with them but can't get myself to do it because the first one is too big... Oh well.

I don't really have a current obsession right now. I fell into the poncho craze, knit one up looked like an idiot wearing it so I seamed the neck opening and am going to give it to my sister for a blanket for her son's room. I do believe that spinning is going to take over quite quickly though, I really got into knitting purses for a while, but I love to knit socks. I am also into knitting baby and little kid items. I am awaiting the coupon for my craft store on Sunday to get Adorable Knits for Tots. I have a lot of babies to knit for this coming year, so I think I need to get a move on that.

I am a born and raised Arizona native. I wanted desperately to get out of here but have settled down with a wonderful girl named Amy. We have two cats Pepper Ann and Moose (who are brother and sister) a chihuahua named Maggie and Amy's hamster named Pinky. (which I hate)
I don't have that much of a sweet tooth, at least not for candy. I love cookies, brownies, junk like that. But I am a sucker for a good chocolate. Milk only please. I worked at See's Candy Shops for an easter season one year and have fallen in love with good chocolate. I strongly beleive in quality versus quantity on the chocolate factor...Okay okay if I can have a ton of awesome chocolate I won't complain. I have no allergies. Favorite scents? Nothing comes to mind right now as my favorite. I do love the smell of Mexican cooking vanilla. It is the best. Scents that I can't stand include Lavender and patchouli.

My favorite holiday is Christmas. Every year I want to buy a nativity scene but I end up not liking any that are out there. It has to be the exact one....I did fall in love with one at a shop when we were on vacation in August, but Amy wouldn't let me start Christmas shopping that early. I don't really collect anything. My favorite animals are the cow, pig and my pets. I listen to all types of music...(Don't fence me in please) Anything from Sublime to George Strait to Ella Fitzgerald to Kittie. Anything with a good bass line...Amy is a bass player in band so I can pick up the bass in a heartbeat.

So, I think that is about it. I didn't put the colors up that I like becuase I need to think about that one. Don't have any wishlists going. I will post more later. I will try to get some color suggestions up later this evening... Off to work I go...

Thursday, January 27


I went to our mini SNB last night. It was a blast. There were a few people there but it was still small enough to get a chance to talk. Kirsten was working on her Clapotis from knitty last night and Shannon decided to join in on the fun and cast on for hers. I wasn't too sure what I was going to knit with my handspun yarn but after seeing Kirsten's Clapotis I was inspired. I just have to get going on my spinning. It calls for 600 yards so I hope that I will have enough. I think I might call the Fiber Factory and ask if they have another one of the red hanks of roving.

I'm not going to Jessica's or to Michael's for our SNB meet ups. I am just too tired and there is just way too much laundry. I am going to head out to Lux on Tuesday for a little knitting time with Brooke and some of the other girls around noon. Ahhh, I love when I can get knitting time in!

I will post more later I gotta get to work.. .
Happy Knitting

Tuesday, January 25

oooohhh red...

I was able to convinve Amy to go to Fiber Factory today. I wanted to get lots and lots of stuff but I just got some roving and some sparkly fiber to go in it. I wanted to go plain but Amy thinks it will look cool. The roving is mostly red but has black and purple and yellow and all sorts of other lovely colors going on. The sparkly Fibers are a burnt orange color. My scanner isn't working so well today, so I will have pictures posted up of it tomorrow.

Illana called me earlier today and asked I was going to be there in the evening as she had some errands to do around Mesa... As much as I wanted to go, I was more excited about having a real day off and to just do whatever I wanted and I wanted more than anything to lounge around on my couch and zone in front of the t.v.

We also went to Ikea today. A wasted trip. Okay not quite, but we went there to get a futon matress for our futon and we decided that because it was only going to be used for sitting on in the computer/knitting room that we didn't want to shell out 180.00 dollars for one. We found one at Big Lots for 80.00 bucks and that is a little more in our price range. Not the best quality but if it lasts a few years we will be happy.

So, what did we get from Ikea. A new storage system for my yarn. My wooden chest is becoming over loaded and it doesn't really fit into the computer/knitting/guitar room. SO, we picked up these

Two of them. They are really big. We also got a little rack for them to sit hang on. There is enough left on the rack for a small little one to fit in between. I think that it will look rather nice with all the yarn in there. I just have to take the time to actually move everything over.

It's kind of sad really, I mean I just have to move my yarn and books from the front of the house to the back of the house and yet, I was too lazy to do it tonight. Darn you law and order on tnt...
Well, it is off to bed as I have a full day ahead of me. I am still trying to decide if I want to go to Mama Java's tonight. I saw Latoya at Fiber Factory and she told me that I had to go... So did Illana and Shannon... One more person and I might think about really doing it... Just kidding!!!
I am 95% sure that I will be there...

Happy Knitting my friends.

Monday, January 24

Oh, what a tangled web we weave...

I worked a little on my Pi Shawl last night but I think that it is looking rather crappy. I am just not happy with how it is turning out. I think I am going to frog it. I jus thave had too mayn mistakes on it that I have to be going back on. I am fully willing to admit defeat and throw in the towel. (Or should it be yarn?)

I was thinking about working the shawl in some other yarn. Maybe even my beyond yarn. I know that it is knubby, but if I work it in just the plain knitting with the Yarn overs and size 8 or 9 needles and not the whole lace pattern it will turn out really pretty I think. You will be able to see all those lovely little knubs of the yarn.

I spun some more last night. I think that I am getting good enough to actually buy some nicer fiber. So when Amy and I go to Ikea tomorrow I will try to convince her to go the the Fiber Factory and get me some more roving. In a few months I will have a nice wad of Alpaca to spin up but I need something for right now....

The zoo was a lot of fun. I got to see the cute little monkeys. Adorable. I loved how the babies were just hanging on for dear life as the mom's swung here and there.

Trying to figure out if I can make it to Mama Java's on Wednesday. I have to work until 7:00 but I only work right down the street. The biggest thing is to see how I feel after work that day.

Happy Knitting

Sunday, January 23

Fun in the sun with a hangover...

Today my sisters and I are going to the zoo with all the kids. I was originally looking forward to that until I woke up this mornign with a lovely little hangover. Amy and I never, I mean never go out and drink, so last night when we met up with Marie we figured let's go to a bar and have a few drinks. And of course a few drinks turns into a massive headache in the morning.

I am really looking forward to going. I want to see the little monkeys. I have always been fascinated by them.

I have been working on my spindling and I am getting quite good at it. Maybe I won't need a wheel for a while now... Hmmmm.... Let me think...

Happy Knitting.

Saturday, January 22

ahhh when life gets in the way...

So, as I said before I am posting about what has been going on in my crazy little world. It doesn't seem like much when I am putting it down in writing but it sure feels like it.

bad things first:

1) I haven't been able to really find time to sit down and knit.
2) I still haven't celebrated Christmas with a good friend
3) My "Diet" is not going so well... the saddest part... it wasn't like a real "diet" it was just cutting down on the junk food.
4) My last paycheck was an embarassment to me and my boss. I work on commission, so it ended up with me earning something like $1.57 an hour. YIKES!!!!
5) My house is a pigsty. I mean not even let family in messy.
6) I haven't had a chance to sit and talk with Amy in about 6 days.

Good things:
1) I started messing around with my drop spindle again and have fallen in love with spinning.
a) I did get a chance to go to Coffee Talk and cast on for my Pi shawl (but I made a mistake so I have to frog it.
b) I met a lovely woman there...she is sweet as pie and she is going to let me borrow one of her spinning wheels for a while.
c) I am going to kool-aid dye some of my roving for this
2) I am celebrating christmas with friend above tonight!
3) I have been sticking to Diet Colas and coffee only in the morning and mostly water all day.
4) I have a new job, but you all know this.
5) I have all morning to clean my house.
6) Amy is got off work early tonight and we aren't going out until 10:00 tonight... so she better be in the mood to chitchat.

I will post pictures of how well my dye jobs go. :)

happy Knitting.

Thursday, January 20

4 days since my last post... what's going on?

So, the last few days have been really crazy.

Things to update on:

1) I haven't finished any projects but I have started another one. This one is going to be done over a period of time, so I am not that worried about finishing it. It the Easy as Pi shawl by Elizabeth Zimmerman. I love it I love it I love it.
2) I put in my notice for my job.
3) I start a new job on February 3rd. The name of the salon is called Savant Salon and Spa. It is an Aveda Concept Salon. I am excited about going back to Aveda.
4) I got accepted into the Random Acts of Kindness ring.

I am sure that there is more to tell but I can't think of it right now. I will try to post more tonight when I get home. I am going to be at Coffee Talk doing a little knitting with some friends at about 6:30 so please feel free to join... It is at 1st Street and Robson in Mesa. Right by the Fiber Factory.

Happy KNitting my friends.

4 days since my last post... what

Monday, January 17

okay okay I gotta get some pictures

I know, I have been rather lazy about putting pictures up here. I just don't have anything finished to show off. My hourglasss sweater looks like a blue blob. Not much to show off on that one. The little lace scarf has only about an inch more done on that one... No show offs on that either. So what else is there? A big fat nothin'.

Don't know where this attitude is coming from today but it is here. I am have to re-type my resume tonight becuase I am a dumbass and didn't save it on a hard copy.

Oh, there is a couple of things to tell... I totally forgot about this. I got a big fat tip from client today so I picked up some wool-ease to make the "Almost Famous Luggy Bonnet" from Weekened Knitting. This is a smaller worsted so I think that it will work. I am only doing it in seven colors instead of eight because I didn't like the way all the colors looked together. But I have wanted to knit this hat for a while. Just was cheap about buying the yarn. I thought what the heck and did it out of cheaper stuff.

Oh, just a word out Michael's has their dollar days right now and some of the foo foo yarns and quite cheap. I couldn't think if anything I would need them for in the next few projects so I passed but thought I would let others know.

Happy Knitting.

Sunday, January 16

this that and other stuff.

I am heading out to my sister's house today. We are going to paint their house. They just got their countertops in and the contractor is doing the last minute details before the inspector comes. I am absolutely in love with the floors they have so, when I am out there I will have my other sister take a picture of them.

Not much to tell on the knitting front. I do beleive that I am not supposed to have a Kacha kacha row counter. Every time for the last four trips I have made to get one places have been out. I am seeing this as a sign...

I was supposed to wake up this morning and go for a walk with Lindsay, her three year old Daisy and our doggies (both named Maggie). I forgot to switch my phone back on so when I woke up this morning at 9:00 I checked and she hadn't called. So at least I don't feel bad.

I have lost all of my saved items. I MEAN ALL OF THEM!!! Amy had installed Linux on the computer (for those non computer nerds it is some sort of DOS program...which is the super old school method of computing). Well it wasn't working out right. I left to work yesterday with all well and normal and when I walk in the door I go to get on the computer. She tells me no. Why? There is nothing to compute on. I don't know how late she was up last night but she ended up having to get out the reinstall CD's from when we first got the computer. All of my patterns, my tips, well just everything! GONE, GONE GONE!!! I am going to spend today getting everything back in order. Or at least this morning.

I am still working on the hourglass sweater, disco socks, flapper scarf and the eyelet lace scarf.
Happy knitting.

Friday, January 14

What's to tell...

It is 10:00 and I haven't knit one single stitch. I hate that. I am going to keep this post short. I have an early day tomorrow and I want to get a semi decent nights sleep. I am hoping to get two more rows done on my hourglass sweater. I love mindless knitting. More later .

Happy Knitting

Thursday, January 13

knitting tonight

Martha and I are heading up to Mama Java's to do some knitting. I want to get to work on my disco socks. I have the heel done on one of them and working on my gusset decreases. I was going to head over to the FF but decided not to.

I am trying to get approved for the ROAK site. If I read this all correctly I have to put my blog on the blog and then I have to wait to get on the list. I don't know. If I am doing this incorrectly someone please let me know.

I didn't do much knitting last night. I got a terrible headache and just wanted to zone in front of the T.V. I am a Simpson's addict so I put in season 3 and zoned out.

Pam's little quiz the other day got me to thinking about doing something fun... so here is a little quiz for you...The first person to get it right will get a little surprise from me. (please leave your email for me to contact you) Who sings the following song and what was the inital reason this craziness came about?
The best time to wear a striped sweater
Is all the time.
One with a collar, turtle neck
That's the kind...
'Cause when you're wearing special.. sweater.........
Happy knitting and happy guessing.....

Wednesday, January 12

fuzzy wrists.

I know that some of you may have seen the "resolution 2005" on my side bar. I got an email the other day asking if that was really my goal for the year..."to get all my possessions repossesed by the government". You silly things... it is a joke resolution. Please click and find out what yours will be.

I finished my wrist cuffs. As expected they are two different sizes and don't really match all that well. But only a knitter would be able to see this! I am going to wear them with pride. I wasn't able to get a photo of them last night so they aren't in the greatest shot but you get the idea.

I am looking for my pattern for my flapper scarf. It is lost in the pile somewhere. I am still trying to figure out how to make a felt case for my double points and if I had thought about it I could have gone to Michaels. But I guess I will go there tomorrow.

My plan for this evening is to sit on my rump and to make some progress on my hourglass sweater. I wish I got my Kacha kacha yesterday but the FF was out and I didn't want to stop anywhere else.

Happy Knitting

Tuesday, January 11

Today is a good day. I have an interview at 11:00 for a salon. I decided that until I build up my experience and clientele I need to work in a salon that will pay me base and or wage. My interview today is with Regis salons. I think that this is going to be the best thing for me right now.

After that Martha and I are going to the Fiber Factory. She wanted to go to Jessica's but I need to get some more yarn that I have on hold there. She is finally willing to buy good yarn. I think the biggest motivation on that is because she started a purse that needed to be finished by March and she put the final touches on it last night. It is really cute. I helped her figure out the pattern so I think that I am gonna "steal" the idea back from her.

Then it is off to my sister's and we are going watch Napoleon Dynomite. I will get some pictures posted and all will be good!

Last night I was able to get half of the 2nd wrist warmer done. It is looking good so far. I think that I just need to splurge and buy the counter from Clover.

I keep thinking about buying one but I don't want to shell out 8 bucks for it. Although, if I do then I won't always have to make sure I have a little piece of paper and pen with me.

happy knitting.

Monday, January 10

A man walks into a bar and say OW!

Amy asked me if I considered myself to be an all around crafty gal. I told her yep I sure do! She smiles at me and says "Good, then you need to make something for all your double points!" D'oh. I walked straight into that one. So, I am now on the hunt to make a case for my double points. I am not that great of a seamstress so I was thinking that it has to be something easy. Or at least something that I can use bonding strips with. I wanted to do something with felt, so at first I thought I could knit something up and then felt it, but figured it wouldn't be that easy to fold. and that is a lot of seaming for those pockets! What about regular felt. That can be done with heat and bond right? At least I hope so because that is what I am using. Hopefully it will work out. I have a few sketches drawn out but not betting on anything.

I finished 1 of my wrist cuffs. Of course, I didn't write down my modifications so I am going to wing it. I will see what I can do about getting a picture of them tomorrow when I go to my sister's. I will also get a picture of the angora baby booties I finished up.

I joined the bootie knit along today. I think that I am going to be in bootie overtime as my sister is trying to have another baby, Amy's little sister is due and my cousin is going to have a baby.

A question out there for those with babies. I was thinking about making some Angora mitts for the winter time but I am not sure if it will be too fuzzy for the baby. Let me know any suggetions!

happy knitting.


I finished my angora baby booties last night. They are so adorable. I can't wait to get to one of the meetings to show 'em off. I was also able to get a little more done on my wrist warmers. I just hope that it will still be cold enough to wear them. My luck I will be getting them done when it is too warm to wear them. I work a 9 hour day today but it will more than likely be slow so hopefully I can get some knitting done.

I will post more later tonight.

Happy Knitting.

Sunday, January 9

Sorry folks, no pics today...

I was at my sister's house for most of the day. Actually, we were out shopping for most of the day so I wasn't able to get that much knitting done. I got one angora baby bootie finished and I am about 1/2 way through with the second one. Amy fell in love with the angora and wants me to knit a baby hat out of it, too. I am not sure how well it will hold up but it would be awfully nice on that little babies head. I just have to figure out how much it would cost. That part is the thing that really worries me!

As I am super fickle (we all know this by now) I have been working on some wrist warmers from LMKG. They are a modified version of the mens and the womens. I am using some mohair and some Encore DK and they are turning out fuzzy and soft and nice.

I haven't worked more on my Little Leaf scarf I haven't been in the mood to think about the pattern. It is really easy but you have to get a rythm going for the pattern and I just haven't been up to do that.

I want to start my cast on for the Pi Shawl really really bad but I am holding out for the cast on date. Some people in Phoenix are having a get together on the 20th to cast on together. Maybe by then I will have the cast on method figured out. If anyone is interested in joining check out this site.

Oh, I got accepted into Secret Pals 4. I am super excited about that. I can't wait for it to start.

I think that is about all that I have to tell for the day. Happy Knitting to you all.

Saturday, January 8

To the yarn store and back...

I am rather proud of myself today. I woke up at 9:00, out of the door by 9:25 and at the Fiber Factory at 9:55. OMG! There was a line already waiting outside the doors on both entrances of the store. I knew exactly what I wanted so I snuck in, grabbed my stuff and got out of there by 10:09! Not too bad, huh? So what was I able to get my grubby little hands on?

I picked up a ball of angora for the Angora Baby Booties in "Last minute knitted gifts".

It is normally 7.25 a pop for 56 yards, but with the sale going on I got it for 5.44. Still more than I would normally pay for something but these are going to go to Amy's little sister. She is due in October.

I also got some size 5 WOODEN dpn's. I kept using these plastic ones and they are just a pain in the rear to use.

I also was able to dig through and get 3 more skeins of the Berroco Softwist for my hourglass sweater.

When I got there, there was a sign that said that you can't get anything of the hold shelf. So thankfully there were a few skeins in the same dye lot. I would have bought more those were the only 3 they had left in that dye lot.

I got it all for $24.34! A nice way to start my day.

Last night I helped Lindsay, my co-worker and old classmate from school work on her first knitting project. A dishcloth. Next Sunday we are going to Jessica's and she is going to start a real project. She really fell in love withe the zipped raglan from LMKG. So maybe that will be it. HMMMM...
Happy Knitting my friends.
I wish you all happy knitting.

Thursday, January 6


So, I got out of work early today. There were no clients. Literally. But it looked that way in the whole complex so I am not that upset. I decided that because I had my knitting with me I would go to the Fiber Factory and knit for a little while. I really miss "my ladies". I got a little bit more done on my hourglass sweater and my Flapper Scarf.

I found out that there are 1400 yards in 4 oz. of Infinity Yarn from Southwest Trading Company. I have gank load of it so I am in very nice shape to do the pi shawl. I was going to to the Charlotte's Lace but it just didn't look right. This bit of info on the amount of yarn I have also means that I got a spankin' deal on it. I knew that I did already but this just made it even better!

I saw Melanie and Pam there tonight and we got to chit chat a little bit. Melanie is working on another pair of felted baby booties from a pattern from FiberTrends. I didn't get a chance to find out what Pam is working on as I monopolized the conversation. Sorry about that!
So, where does this D'OH!!! come in at? As I was just about to leave I wanted to show what I was working on to Diane one of the ladies that works there. I show her, we chat, and then I turn around to leave and I knock a $600.00 spinning wheel over and the bobbin flies off. I go instantly into having a heart attack. It was okay but I was mortified!

Oh, on Saturday the Fiber Factory is having a "Candy Wrapper Sale". You go in and take a piece of candy out of a bowl and take off the wrapper and it will tell you how much of a percentage off you get on your purchase that day. Cool, huh? I was going to pick up some needles and some yarn but I am going to wait and do that first thing in the morning before I go to work on Saturday.

I have had a really long day and Amy is going to take me to Applebee's for drinks and dinner tonight! Oooooh How romantic!!!!
Happy Knitting my friends.

Feeling uncertain...

I had an interview today for a new salon. Why am I feeling so uncertain about taking a position there? I accepted the position but deep down in my gut it just doesn't feel right. I don't know what to do about it. If it was any normal salon I would just call up and say that I changed my mind and no longer interested in the position. Why can't I do it with this one? Well, one of my best friend's father works there as a stylist and I feel like I will look like a really crappy person if I don't take the position there. I know that deep down in my heart I have to do what is best for myself and if I don't feel right working there then I need to say something. You see this is what I was afraid of when Gary first asked me if I wanted to work there. That it would be a conflict of my personal relationships and my work relationships. Now I am in the middle of something that I started. I don't start there until the end of the month so I have a little bit of time but I just am at a loss on what to do. Suggestions anyone?

Will post more about knitting later.

Wednesday, January 5

So, Brooke asked me if there was any chance that my boss would read my blog. Nope, she doesn't. I haven't ever mentioned to her that I had one. Wheeww!

I didn't get to do knit too much yesterday. I went over to my sis's house and she has a full blown bronchial infection. She had been sick for the last few days so I helped around her house. Did a few loads of laundry for her and did very minor grocery shopping.

I then fell asleep for a three hour nap. Which means that I ended up staying awake until 2:30 this moring. YAY!

I did get to work on my Flapper Scarf and a little bit on my Hourglass sweater. Sorry no pics of that. But as you all know I am a fickle knitter and I just HAD to check out the little leaf lace pattern. Here it is. I just have 57 mor repeats to go!

I am off to work a little more on my hourglass sweater. I want to work on my Flapper Scarf but it is hard to do at night because it's black.

Happy Knitting

Tuesday, January 4

What's on my plate today...

Well, I got called into work. She then called me back as I was just about to leave and told me nevermind. So, I had to reschedule my interview and rather feel like a dork and reschedule back for today I am just going to leave it for next week.

So, I have today available and can sit and knit in while watching the rain and it will just be lovely. My hourglass sweater is calling to be worked on and so are my Disco Socks. I will probably take those over to my sister's today. Later tonight Amy and I have to go to an obligatory dinner with a couple of her friends that I don't care for all that much. But you gotta do what you gotta do, right?

Oh, I forgot to say this. The other day when I was feeling really crappy and yucky Amy got me this book:

Although, she forgot about it and gave it to me on Sunday! But hey I've got it now right?!?!?!?!!!

Happy Knitting!

Don't you love it when..

This post contains foul language.... just a warning.

Today I am having a really good day. I have an interview tomorrow for a new salon. I am really excited about this. I know I haven't posted much about the whole work scene but feel like some explaining is due.

My boss is a bitch. Not just your typical "My boss is bitchy today" but a mean, lying, backstabbing, selfish, and careless one. With out filling up this whole post with things about my boss I will just do the main topics. Those that feel they need to know more just email me and I will tell.

Things that my boss has done or not done (depending on the situation)
  • will not commit to regular and SET hours.
  • lied to me when I was sick and said I would be doing 1 manicure, so I came in expecting to do only that and finding out that she scheduled me with 3 haircuts and 2 color jobs.
  • Needed to make sure that there was money in the account before giving us paychecks
  • Believes that the AZ rules and regulations are just guidelines to follow.
  • Won't adhere to City Code
  • messed up on paychecks three (YEP 3) times
  • will take a walk in or schedule a hair color 5 minutes before the end of you shift
  • Lied about being a stylist. (okay she didn't lie...she just didn't say that she wasn't one and I found out from girl that she hired who went to school with her. Seems my boss started cosmo school in June. 6 mos. after she bought the salon)
  • Won't finish the simple tasks that should have been done before the remodel reopening
  • Doesn't see any problem in scheduling someone 6 days a week or even 7 "becuase they are short hours".

There is more that I could go on and on and on but I won't. Most of this stuff I could get over but the AZ rules and regs are what get me the most. I don't want to put my license at risk anymore. So, I have an interview and I will see how it goes.

Knitting was very accomplished tonight.

  • I started and finished the cotton knit baby hat from Last Minute Knitted Gifts.
  • I worked a lot on my hourglass sweater
  • I taught Martha how to use DPN's and how make and I-cord and how to design a purse for a gift.
  • Frogged my fluted banister sock
  • (not tonight but...) I got Jeremy's hat and Marie's scarf finished

I will try to get some pictures posted but not too sure if I can. I am going out to my sister's tomorrow while Amy has band practice so maybe I can use her camera. Day off and lot's of knitting time. What else could a girl ask for?

Happy Knitting.

Sunday, January 2

frogging is the new knitting...

So, you know how every season they say that "(insert color here) is the new black" Like this year fashionistas were saying that turquoise was the new black. Well, I am declaring that today, Frogging is the new knitting. It seems that everyone lately is taking trips to the frog pond. Not to be outdone I am heading down that path, too.

I have been browsing through my knitting pattern a day calendar and I came across a few items that I want to use from stuff I need to frog.

This is the Slip Stitch Baby hat. This is going to be done in pink and white.

This one isn't really frog pond but I have had the yarn sitting for quite a while now. I want to use it up. Fana-tastic Socks.

This one I am really excited about. The Little Leaf Lace Scarf.

I am going to use my Koigu for this one. It doesn't say what yarn was used in it but it looks like Koigu to me.

These aren't going to be started anytime soon. I have a few other projects to finish up. My goal for the month of Janurary is to finish up a few projects. In no particular order they are:

  • Flapper scarf
  • Disco socks
  • Hourglass sweater
  • Tweed socks

Happy Knitting!