A little game to know me better

Pick a number between 1 – 20. Remember that number. It will be important at the end. YES/NO GAME RULES ARE AS FOLLOWS: You can only say yes or no. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages you and asks! Over 18? YesDanced in front of your mirror naked? NoEver told a lie? YesBeen arrested? NoKissed a picture? NoFallen asleep at work/school? YesHeld an actual snake? YesHave YOU Ever run a red light? NoEver drink and drive?NoBeen suspended from school? NoEver been fired from a job? NoTotaled a car/motorbike in an accident? YesSang karaoke? NoDone something you told yourself you wouldn’t? NoLaughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? YesEver laughed until you wet yourself? NoCaught a snowflake on your tongue? NoKissed in the rain? NoSang in the shower? NoSat on a rooftop? YesThought about your past with regret? YesBeen pushed in the pool with your clothes on? YesShaved your head? NoBlacked out from drinking? YesHad a gym membership? YesBeen in a band? NoShot a gun? YesLiked someone with nobody else knowing about it? NoPlayed strip poker? NoBeen to a strip joint? NoDonated Blood? NoLiked someone you shouldn’t? YesHave a tattoo? NoHave or had any piercings besides ears? NoMade out with a complete stranger? NoCaught someone cheating on you? NoSkinny dipped? NoRegret any of your ex’s? NoBeen to a rodeo? YesBeen to a NASCAR race? NoBeen in Love? Yes The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5-6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer. 1. What was I doing 10 years ago? Ten years ago today I was home from college working two summer jobs and going to lots and lots of doctors appointments while they tried to figure out why I was having the problems I was. Needless to say they just told me that I needed to not get so stressed out. They had no real answer after having more blood drawn than I cared to have in such a short time period and CAT scans, MRIs, EEG, EKGs. I kind of lost all confidence in traditional medicine after that. I finally found the answers via a chiropractor and naturopathic doctor 3-5 years ago. I also had my first visit to the ER from a drug the stupid DRs put me on and they tried to pass it off as a food allergy. This visit made my problems worse and the main reason why I can’t use things made from none natural materials. Just a taste of what I went through. Imagine having hives all the time and never knowing what it was. When I went to the ER I was so itchy from hives that I could not walk without pain or use my hands and arms. I felt like a walking skeleton. I also lost my will to work out that summer because of drug side effects. I was able to kick the last bits of anorexia out of my system without medical assistance. Needless to say...

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FO Friday – the hubba-hubba edition

I will apologize in advance if the pictures are a bit blurry. Churchable was in the middle of dinner prep and only took the time to snap a few. My face was blurry in many so that is why it is missing. Pattern: Notorious by Annie Modesitt in Romantic Hand Knits Raveled here Yarn: Berroco Comfort in Olive (2 skeins) for the body & Berroco Comfort DK held double in white (1 skein) for the sleeves Needles: Knit picks Harmony Interchangeables US 9 on the body, US 8, 9, & 10 on the sleeves Mods: Wow this one got the mods up the wazzu. I did not start to mess with the construction till the underbust area. I did shorten from hip to waist by 1 inch and waist to underbust by 6″. Since I really liked the idea of the I-cord at the front, I continued it around the back so that I could also run the cording around the back for extra support. I added HBD (aka short rows) to the front so that my girls would have room especially since I had seen some projects on ravelry where the underbust cut the boobs in half. After the HBD, I knit in the round for 1″ to what I called the underarms. The back was knit in stockinette to match the front of the garment (picture below). I did all the decreases the same and the height from underarms in the pattern. The front was knit and ripped twice because the first time I knit it and added a sleeve. I tried it on at this point to see if anything was a miss. It was. I would have to be an H cup and try to channel a medieval bar wench who did not mind showing everything. So I messed around to figure out what the fix was. I realized that I needed to remove 18 stitches from the front to achieve proper coverage. So I removed those 18 stitches by decreasing on every row at both ends. The sleeves were also a bit strange they turned out narrower than the picture. I added 2 rows before each short row set and 2 rows before the bind off for a total of 6 rows. I still did not have flutter sleeves but I had run out of yarn so I had to live with the results. I used cording for the underbust and the center rueshing. Facts to remember: Double check that your center stitches are marked properly before you start the HBD instead of an inch after you have finished them. Also that the sleeves might not always turn out the way the picture says they should. If I made this again (which I doubt because who needs this much sexiness in another garment) I would knit the 35″ like I did for the lower half and switch to the 25″ for the bust area. Both the front and the back were a bit loose at the size written. Things I Love: How sexy I look. This was knit with the Sexy Knitters Club KAL so I think I got the results everyone was looking...

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Thursday – Yarn Tastings

Matsuri by Noro5 sts/inch on US 7s87% Cotton, 13% Wool159 yards. Color: 3Matsuri on Ravelry The Noro Matsuri is a unique yarn. It is a cabled construction similar to finger weaving done by children out of sewing thread weight yarns. The wool strand gets slubby in places but I think that is the joy of this yarn. As a cotton yarn, this is very easy on the hands. I barely noticed the cotton at all. I got a half stitch per inch more than what was recommended on the info included about it. I loved the color I got. It was multi-dimensional. Most likely from the wool and cotton mixed together. My sample seems to have come from the same stripe so I was not able to get the feel of the color change within this yarn. I do wish this yarn came as a single color because it would be such a nice dimensional color. I did not notice much of a change when I washed and blocked my swatch. I think my color came from Colorway 2 not 3 because I have not seen the turquoise color in...

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WIP Wednesday – a bit late

Man o Man has time marched on. I promised you my mojo eater ideas. So here they are: 1. All my projects are boring to me. Too much stockinette stitch and ribbing. 2. The crud came knocking this weekend. The unknown beginnings were messing with me. 3. There is a new knitter in the house. My boy is knitting me a love scarf, since we all know I don’t do scarves. Which one do you think it is? I will let you know what I think later in the week. Now on to the WIPs. They have not gotten much play this week. I did knit on all of them a bit each. I even forgot when gathering them up today what was on the needles. BILs sock is coming along nicely. I forced myself on Thursday to finish the cuff and BO and CO for the second sock so that I felt like I had made some progress. The pink sock and I are spending a bit of time together but not too much or else the pink might rub off on me. I am enjoying the process of praying for my swap partner while I knit. I just hope this one does not have as much angst as the last prayer sock. I pulled out the Firebrick mitten last night since my test knitters are done with their first mittens and I am still trying to get past the thumb divide. It should be a bit easier now. This mitten hung out and watched “So you think you can dance?” last night. They really grooved with...

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Thursday – Yarn Tastings

Since I have not received this months yarn offerings, I thought I would show my hang test for the swatches. Not much changed but the white fingering weight yarn that I talked about 2 weeks ago. It grew by 1/4″ in length. I think that these yarns did not change much because they were not large enough swatches to get an accurate showing of what the weight of the yarn plus gravity would do to the overall look of the yarn. If you are curious which yarns are which, I put notes on the photo in flickr so click on the pic and it will lead you to the answer. After a month of staring at these yarns, I am in love with the white fingering and the dark grey fluffy...

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RIP Wednesday

Do you ever have those weeks were nothing gets done? Well it seems like that was last week. I have either had no time for knitting or no desire to knit. The mojo is gone. Here is how last week went: Thursday – 12 hours of errands in Portland so maybe a row or two waiting in line Friday – Helped churchable get ready for his weekend away and um…. went to bed early Saturday – straightened up the patio after churchable had power washed it the day before and sat and enjoyed the backyard Sunday – church (I started a sock) and churchable came home early so we trimmed the giant tree in the yard Monday – um …. have no clue other than maybe lots of ripping of barely started projects out on the patio till it started to rain.Tuesday – well I emailed with test knitters and my tech editor and finally got to sit and knit at night. Projects started and RIPped: Pair of shorts to sleep in out of Berroco Comfort – too small and I did not feel like adjusting the pattern. (maybe I will write my own pattern) Mitten thumb tips for the firebricks – I was not there yet on my second pair so I just did a faux thumb to figure it out. Several swatches that did not work out just right for my desire and so they have been frogged. Basically I have zip to show you. I will show you that sock that I started on sunday. It is turning out nicely. It is for the second version of the sock swap that I participated in this fall. Also along with this no knitting, I have had little desire to do much. I don’t want to eat, I don’t want to knit, I don’t want to clean, I don’t want to leave the house, I don’t want to check ravelry, I just want to get outside and exercise. I have not been hyper obsessed with working out since 1997-1999. So I guess it is about time that I get my butt in gear. Maybe I can fit into those shorts that I frogged (haha I think those legs were twigs and I have never even in my days of anorexia been twig like in the legs). I have been walking about 10-12 miles a week and this week I started the couch to 5k program. I was amazed at what I did yesterday, which was my first day of the program but I think I will stick with it. Churchable, the runner in the family, is cheering me on to do good. He was impressed with my form and pace and is encouraging me not to push myself too hard but not to give up too early. Don’t worries there are designs running around in my brain. I just need to have the time to figure out yarns and exact patterning. I might not want to knit but designs are always pouring out my my brain. There are a few that won’t leave me alone. close ups of the loot in my flickr account so click and view I also need to thank my Monkey sock swap pal for my package. I wore my monkey socks on my...

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FO Friday – 3 for the price of one

My hair behaving just right Pattern: A Better Bucket (PDF) by Amy Swenson Raveled hereYarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted 92 grams (199 yards) BurgundyNeedles: US 8 (5.0mm) Harmony InterchangeableMods: Used solaris’ mod for a larger brim and hat so that I could fit all my hair under it. I also knit the crown an inch shorter because it looked a bit too long.Facts to remember: This is a super simple hat. I tried the provisional cast on to another needle instead of waste yarn, but the cable kept getting in the way. Also I waited a whole week to sew on the ribbon and button. I should realize that avoiding finishing can take longer than the finishing.Things I Love: Everything. The yarn is cozy, the flair is just right, the button allows me to put any flower in it or leave it empty, the color looks great on me. Close-up of the button with flower Ohhh look another plain black hat for Matt Pattern: A Hat Fit for a Boyfriend by Stephanie Nicole Raveled hereYarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted 53 grams (115 yards) BlackNeedles: US 7 (4.5mm) Harmony InterchangeableMods: I knit this exactly like the previous hat except to the full outer length since the first hat was a little bit short.Facts to remember: That a guys head is longer than you thinkThings I Love: The yarn of course. Reaction of the recipient: Well hopefully just as good as the first hat went over. Argh me matey Looking all Airy Pattern: Koolhaas by Jared Flood Raveled hereYarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted 64 grams (139 yards) TortugaNeedles: US 8 (5.0mm) Harmony InterchangeableMods: I knit the man’s size on US 8s and the pattern was exactly the measurements of the pattern. Facts to remember: I need to remember that there can be hazards in a photo shoot. Click on the final photo for all the details.Things I Love: I loved this so much more than the glazed carrot Koolhaas (scroll down)Reaction of the recipient: We will see when he gets it. Click to find out why this is...

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Thursday – Yarn Tastings

Filosophy by Trendsetter4 sts/inch on US 8s55% Cotton, 45% Polyamide110 yards Color: 103 The final ribbon yarn of the month is Filosophy. This is an interesting yarn made up of a mess nylon ribbon and a matte cotton ribbon that are connected as one yarn. The ribbon did not snag while on the needles. It smoothly knit. It felt a bit like suede yarn because of the drag factor across my wooden needles. It created a pleasant stockinette texture but not my cup of tea. It created too thick and dense of a material for my liking. This yarn was the most off in proposed gauge to the gauge that I attained. I got a full inch more per stitch at 5...

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WIP Wednesday

I only have one active thing on the needles. They are BILs socks for Christmas. I am almost done with one sock and then will get onto the second one. I hope to cast on for Labyrinth later this weekend. Churchable is gone all weekend so I should have lots of time to knit while he is gone. I am also working on a really cool pattern idea. I woke up at 4:30 AM and could not get any sleep. I had finalized the stitch pattern by the time Churchable left for work. Churchable has currently been working on another project. The final untouched portion of the house has been ripped...

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Coffee Swap package

I got my Spring Fling Coffee Swap. My pal was Helen from the UK. I got lots of cool snacks from the UK that I have never had a chance to taste or see in my many trips there. There is some lovely green yarn that I don’t know what I will do with it. The bag was handmade by my pal. The coffee is awesome. I have been having trouble drinking coffee lately. I just discovered today that I am having trouble drinking flavored coffees. I get instantly sick after having a mug. I started the day off by heading over to Tully‘s and got some Madison Blend. Today was the first was the first day that I have had more than half a mug without getting sick. I had an entire pot. The coffees are Monsooned Malabar & Kenya AA. Kenya AA is one of my favorite coffees. It was the first bean that I was able to drink...

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