We're having a really crappy week around here. I have a lot of thank yous to send out to RAOKers but they're going to have to wait until we get back from Boston. I'll be back on Monday.
Bad Baby Brown Blue Penny has a bottom band. The eyelets look a little wonky to me, but forgive me, I've never added eyelets into ribbing before. See how the ribs don't really line up on the top and bottom sides of the YO's? It irks me, but not enough to rip it out. I'm pretty sure I can live with it. I tried it on just after I cast off the bottom edge. It's a little too big; it's kind of blousing through the brown part. Not ideal. I'll most likely do a little surgery once I'm finished with the top bands and she's all done and washed. I'm not afraid to take scissors to my knitting, I learned from the Master.
It's Monday morning, you're at work, you've almost finished catching up on your daily reads...what to do next? Retail therapy of course. I've got a whack of single letters up on ebay if anyone's still interested in Scrabble Tile stitch markers for stocking stuffers. This will be the last batch to go up for a while, we have a killer busy month coming up. We're off to Plymouth on Thursday for the 2nd of our 3 wedding receptions. We had one here in Austin when we got married at the Putt-Putt course (4th of July, beer, puttputt and a surprise wedding, it was FUN.) The last reception will be in Vancouver in January or February. It's hard to get married when your family is spread out between 2 countries. Think I can sell enough stitch markers to cover the plane fare?
I haven't been knitting too much with all these baseball games on, but I did watch enough Farscape that I ran out of Tahki Cotton Classic trying to finish up Blue Brown Bad Penny's body. I still have about 2 inches to go at the bottom. I was forced (hah!) to go to my LYS to grab another hank. Why don't I have any progress pics? 'Cause when I went to take some, somebody was sleeping. That's Bad Penny under El Gato's right shoulder. It also solves the problem of where my measuring tape had got to.
Oh, and that rain I was looking for? Got it last night. Rain, hail, lightning, thunder...just enough to wake me up every hour last night. I kinda asked for it, didn't I?
Halloween is coming up next week and I'm reminded of some of my favourite things about this time of year in BC. Usually I'd head out for a walk at night when the air was really crisp and it smelled of wet pavement. Or being out on an afternoon and it smells like someone is burning leaves. Or Halloween in Whistler when you get the first snowfall to the Valley. That is October to me…crunchy leaves and seeing your breath for the first time in months.
It's the 22nd of October and I still haven't put on a coat or a sweater yet in Austin. I think that moment is still a ways away. We're running the A/C in the house. It's October! Apparently this is an unseasonably warm year; temps are 10 degrees F above normal. All the trees are still green. It kills me to say this, but I found myself briefly wishing for a cold snap and a little rain yesterday morning. That feeling was quickly put to rest last night when we went out for a drink on the patio at 8pm and it was still warm out. That is why I love Austin and that's why I'm not too homesick at all.
*photo credit most likely to Andrew Smith at Whistler Blackcomb. Sorry dude - had to poach it
The best thing about this project is that you can make it with stuff just lying around your house. The only thing I bought was the book for $2 at Goodwill. If it had a cool enough cover, I would have just left it as is, but I like the fabric on this one. I'll try and keep it to 12 easy steps with plenty of photos. If you have any questions or suggestions, drop me a line. So here we go...
I spent a good amount of time knitting Big Blue Baby Brown Penny over the weekend. Mostly during those times that we were avoiding watching the Red Sox get spanked and during whatever football game was on (they're all the same to me.) I took some photos this afternoon but she pretty much looks like she did in the photo on Friday. A couple more inches and I'll be ready to pick up for the contrast colour bands.
I took the afternoon off from knitting today to put together a needle case for my circular needles. After finishing my roll up needle case for my straights, I'd been thinking of how to make a flat one for circs. I think it turned out well. It's a hardcover book that's been reconstructed. The glue is drying so I didn't put all my needles in for the finished object shot, but you get the idea. If anyone's interested I'll put together an easy tutorial for tomorrow so you can make your own delightful circular needle case.
Bad Baby Brown Blue Penny has a body. Sort of. I've only knit about 10 rows on her, but the arms are on holders and I've rejoined to start the body. I'm zipping through the yarn fairly quickly, I'm starting to worry I'll need another hank before I'm done. I thought I'd only need 4 hanks of the Cotton Classic, but I might need 5. A trip to my LYS couldn't hurt though, I'm all out of Silk Garden anyway. I know, I'm only working on one project at a time now but everybody needs portable knitting, right?
I'll be working on some more Scrabble stitch markers this weekend, but for now there's a few more posted on eBay. Have a great weekend!
I've found it challenging to have so many projects on the go, so I'm scaling back and refocusing. I'd like to have Bad Brown Baby Blue (whatever the hell it's called) Penny finished by the time we go to Boston at the end of the month. I'd also like to have another Kitty Pi finished for my in-law’s kitty. I'm pretty sure I can do it no problem, I just don't feel like I'm gaining any ground working on 3 or 4 projects at once. And I just this second remembered that I haven't fixed Black Belle Star yet. Crap! Oh well, she'll have to wait. I'm almost at the bottom of the raglan increases of BBBB(?) Penny and I get the feeling it's only going to get faster from here on in.
In the neverending parade of animals that cruise through our backyard, we had a possum or two wander by the other day long enough to get photos. One in the afternoon, the other in the evening. I can't help but think of them as giant rats. I know they're cleaner than rats, but I can't help it. Look at the tail! They meander by every night, they're skittish, but kinda cool. I don't mind having possums and armadillos in my backyard, they leave less of a mess than black bears.
The BonBon scarf for my niece is finished. It's so soft, I can't stop petting it. I almost want one for myself (you won't catch me in pastels like this though, it would have to be red, pink and black.) I'm pretty sure it's perfect for a little girl turning 5. The little tufts of pink and purple knit up so that they look like flowers. I didn't use the whole ball, I still have about 1/3 left. I'll have to see what else I can put together with it. The little poufs weren't as annoying as I'd originally anticipated. I tried to just forget about them while knitting, otherwise I'd have driven myself insane. Occasionally I had to pick them out from underneath a stitch or two, but overall it wasn't too bad.
I decided that I need a scarf for myself, even though I don't really have much call for wearing one in Austin. I'm more likely to wear a scarf here in lieu of taking a coat. Let's hear it for warmer winters! This weekend I started another Multidirectional scarf, this time in Noro Kureyon #124. I LOVE the colours but I don't like how it's knitting up. The fabric is a bit too stiff. I'm going to rip it and try it on a larger needle size and see if it's any better. If not, I'll have to find a similar colourway in the Silk Garden.
There's a whole lotta scarf knitting going on around here lately. I'm making decent progress on Bad Baby Brown Penny, a few rows here and there, slow but steady. November and December are rife with birthdays and anniversaries in my family, so I've started my niece's birthday scarf. This one is in Filatura di Crosa Baby Bon Bon. It's incredibly soft. The little flower-like baubles are a minor pain, but they're also what makes it fun. I'm thinking it should be done by the time tonight's Sox game is over.
I drove to San Antonio this morning to pick up my work permit. Yes, I'm now legally allowed to work in the States. yay! The Department of Homeland Security office that houses immigration issues is about an hour or so away from Austin, which gave me plenty of time to reflect on working again and that's when I started thinking about Vancouver and the ubiquity of Starbucks and language schools downtown.
I used to live in Downtown Vancouver, close enough to work that I could walk every day (about 16 blocks.) It was a perfect diagonal to get there, so some days I would walk up 8 blocks and across 8 blocks, other days I would zigzag my way through the downtown core. No matter what route I took, on average there was a Starbucks every two blocks. I'm not even close to kidding. Every two blocks. There was also a plethora of English language schools. They were a little further apart, but on average, every 3 blocks. I used to joke with my pals that I'd love to see a map of downtown with all the Starbucks and language schools marked out. I really don't think that people realized just how many of each existed.
The drive to San Antonio revealed that Texas has an equal in this respect. The scale is slightly bigger, just less than 70 miles as opposed to 16 blocks, but there are 2 kinds of shops that appear with amazing frequency between the two cities. One kind is the fireworks megaplex with 20 foot signs reading "fireworks! here! now!" The other? The Adult video megaplex. "XXX! Here! Now!" They're both housed in similar buildings, steel warehouses with no windows and they're HUGE. I never knew there was such a need for fireworks and porn on the highway. Go figure.
I love it when things go well, but it's almost more satisfying when things don't go well and then are made right. I grew up in the hospitality business (my parents owned a motel) and then I went on to work in a resort town. Customer service is in my blood. This is both good and bad. Good, because I'm easy to deal with, usually smiling, very approachable and I pick up garbage wherever I go. Bad, because I'm hypercritical in service situations and expect a level of service that usually isn't forthcoming.
I recently bought a boatload of Scrabble tiles on eBay, with the intention of making more Scrabble tile stitch markers over the weekend. On Friday, my package had arrived in the mail. I rushed it down from the mailbox, ran into the house and excitedly tore into it. Scrabble tiles? Nope. It was addressed to me, from the right seller, but inside was a board game for someone else. The seller had mixed up packages. Somewhere in Nebraska a family was opening a box hoping to spend some quality time together and what they got were 200 Scrabble tiles in a plastic bag. Whoops!
I alerted the seller to her error, fully expecting that I would have to come up with an agreeable solution on my own. It's been my experience that large volume sellers don't try very hard. They can ride through a ding to their feedback rating with nary a percentage point lost. This seller surprised me. She forwarded me the correct address for the board game, refunded my shipping costs and doubled my tile winnings. This morning 400 Scrabble tiles found their way into my living room and I couldn't be happier.
Seeing as I haven't fixed my problem with Bad Belle yet, I might as well start something new, right? Of course! I've officially cast on for Bad Penny in Takhi Cotton Classic. In an effort to keep my knitting interesting, I'm knitting in dark brown instead of black. That counts as a colour, right? If not, then you'll count the trim as a colour, it'll be baby blue. My first shirt knit top down, it's cruising along nicely. That Glampyre's a clever girl. There's a few stitches missing in the pattern, but nothing that I didn't figure out by reading through it first.
I also finished up that multidirectional scarf in Noro Silk Garden 86. Actually, I finished up three. I know, I know, it's a problem. I can't stop knitting the freaking things. So here they are. Two human sized and one just a little bit smaller.
Doesn't your Barbie have a silk scarf?