Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Me, and my camera are having miscommunications

I know it's juicier to read blogs with pictures. Well I feel that way. But for some reason, I cannot get it together. Take today for example...I packed the camera (for a change) & the cord for the memory card reader. Guess what I forgot..no guess. I forgot the flizzipping memory card reader w/ the memory card in it. So basically I have a cardless camera, a cord, and a project awaiting pics.

I haven't started anything new. I've been working on my crafty ADD. I am less than an hour away from finishing this vest, and can't get it together. I keep saying I'm going to do it, but nope never happens. But can I let you in on a little secret, I'm a bit sheepish about having to pick up the edging. I can't pick up and knit! The last time I tried, i turned a button up sweater into a cardi-wrap thingamajiggy. {{sigh}}


Well at least I have my M I A pics. Yes, I turned 30 Sunday. And guess what? It's just another day. I had fun in South Beach. I love anywhere that has sun, and warm weather. As you can see, the weather was absolutely beautiful.


You see this guy right here. Yeah this one to the left. Look closer. He is wearing a red see through top and a light pink skirt. Oh, and did I mention he's wearing a thong. I may have to post a close up so you can see it later. Insane! I guess there are crackheads everywhwere!



No here's me with a HOTTIE (damn I love SoBe) in front of Versace Mansion. There were so many parties at this place this weekend. It was insane.



I didn't get much knitting done. It was just too much of a distraction. But I did get put a little dent in my sock. Those poor socks are just crying to be finished. It's a damn shame I tell you.

Well I have to go now, I'll be sure to post the actual knitting pics later. I still haven't posted the pics from my SP yet. I suck!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Real quick....

Real quick....

I meant to do this yesterday.

THANK YOU SECRET PAL

Ok, I sooooo love this SP thing. I got my box yesterday. I love getting gifts! I don't have any pics, b/c someone (she who will remain nameless) forgot to bring the camera.

But let me break it down, hmm lets see.

* Natural Lip Balm

* natural Body Buddy

* Pearberry body bar soap. This stuff smells so good. I just want to keep, and let the smell saturate my room.

* Some quilting squares, to help launch my new addiction to quilting. SP, I love these colors...so fun!

* A really cool book about cabling. Nice, can't wait to try. Expect to see a lot of cabled sweaters this winter.

and last but not least....

* Bamboo yarn! I have the perfect sock pattern for this. I mean so what that I didn't finish the first socks. But I have to get this on needles stat! I'm mean like yesterday!

Of course you know, this launched a whole new way to clean out my spending account (aka my checking). This stuff is sweet!

I know this post is real cheesy w/out the pics, I'll edit this later on tonight.

But I would like to say that I am loving my SP!

I promise promise promise that I'll post pics later.

Oh, and did I tell you that I'm going to attempt to make myself a blocking board. I have a really cool idea on how to make one, that doesn't take up to much space.

I'm just going to wait until after next week. I gave my mom the pattern works catalog, that just so happened to have a lot of stuff circled. I don't know how the circles got there but ehh...it came in handy.

Okily dokily, gotta go

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

I was just behind the scenes

First off I must say that Knitters (myself included :P ) are the nicest most helpful people in the world. I really mean that. I would like to thank everyone that dropped me a comment with the info about the progress bar. Actually thanks to everyone for the comments. I love them!

Now, I've been playing around with the toolbar. I finally found the progress tracker with images, the only problem with that is that I'm not too sure if I like it more than just the plain progress bar. I've decided to leave both on the page, until I can figure out which one I want to use.

I'm still debating as to whether or not I should add my unsightly UFO's to the situation. I mean, they are kind of 'in progress.' Hmm, have to think about that one for a bit.

Okay on to the updates:

1) My Ruby is coming along nicely. I'm glad I used the Campalmi yarn for this one, I wasn't sure of the actual yardage b/c I can't read the label. The pic at the left is last weeks update. At this point, I'm finished with the back, and like 10% of the front. It's coming along rather nicely. I want to be finished or pretty close to it by this weekend. I have a couple of projects to start.





I can't wait to see the finished product. I like this yarn. The colorway is insane. I'm hoping that it won't be too hot to wear. I would like to get a some wear out of it in the warm weather. I think it might even look good over a tankini, hmm. I'll have to explore that option. Either way I have to send Saunshine a note to let her know that I am digging this pattern. This pattern was a two for one deal. The other pattern is a bit more involved. But it's so pretty, so I may just go right from this to the Diamondonique. After all, Diamonds are a girl's best friend. Well that's before I discovered knitting. Yarn is my new best friend. Keep the Diamonds ( i lose them anyway) Give me yarn, the good stuff. Baskets and baskets of it. Oh, and while you're at it. I could use containers to hold it in too. Haha, can you tell I need therapy. Hi my name is Al an-and I'm obsessed {{sniff sniff}} with knitting. Haha, have to forgive me today. I am sooo sleepy today. I've been writing this post since 1pm today.

Me & Coffee decided that we needed sometime apart during this diet phase...no marthan. Coffee makes me jittery if I'm not drinking it with something heavy..bagel heavy. I'm aware of the fact that it's purely mental. It's just hard arguing with a vivid imagination, haha. So speaking of dieting, here's a pic of me 20lbs lighter than my starting point (you know the 'OMG, I'm four pounds short of 200. I can't be 200!' starting point). I'm pretty proud of myself. I have about 30 more pounds to go. But in the meantime here's a not so before not so after pic of me in my potential party dress. I figured since I'm turning 30, that I can really do it up this year. The only problem is, I'm going to South Beach. Yeah, ladylike and South Beach don't really hand & hand. So I may have to invest in shorts. Maybe I'll do a funky Sushi dinner, and change into something more fitting of the area later. But look at it, isn't it a fun dress? Pardon the serious case of red-eye.

Gotta go, it's past my time here. Hopefully I get off this call soon. I would like to go home before the sun sets. Arrggggggggg!

Ok, gotta go now.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Shhhhh...it's a secret!

So here's the skinny...

* I found the code that I was looking for after some diligent researching. Stay tuned for the changes.
* I'm a little bit further on my socks. Woo hoo.
* I found yarn at big lots for $ .79! No that's not a typo. 79 cents a ball. They only had two colors, but lucky for me I liked them. So I bought 7 balls of cotton candyish pink, and 7 balls of turquoise. Altogether it came to $11.06. So my girlfriend gave me the best idea. She was saying since I could decide which color to use for the Fad Classic, I should do both. I wasn't sure about the stripes. I decided that I would just knit the vest with both strands held together, but then I remembered I own a hand spindle (from a previous attempt at spinning). So now, I have the prettiest cotton candy colored ball of yarn. I can wait to start. I'll post the pics later.
* I don't have it in my progress bar section yet, but you should see my vest. I'm like 85% done witht he back. I'm using the Campalmi yarn. It's going so fast. I can't wait to finish it. I want to have it finished by next Saturday. I'm going to take it with me to Miami.

Oh yeah, I'm going to South Beach (Oh! In my wife b OH!).

Sorry, I've been singing Grills since I decided I was going. Speaking of the b-day. I'll be the big 30 this year! Dun dun dun {{gasp}} I'm no where near where/what I thought I'd be at this time. And honestly, I don't care. What the hell did I know back then, anyway. I think I'm going to like 30. Just saying it to someone seems to hold some type of authority. It's like 'Yeah, I've been in this world a whole 30 years.' Of course that means absolutely nothing, but it's what I say to myself when i'm thinking about how old I am.

I think I'm ready to design something now. Being that summer is a coming, I'm going to try to design either a cotton vest or some funky doodle tank. I saw stitches in the knitting over the edge book that I want to try. This should be interesting, especially since I can barely follow a pattern. Yeah well, what are you going to do.

And last but not least...... SECRET PAL IS HERE! Finally I remembered in time to sign up. I'm sooooo excited. I'm going to put my questionaire in the side bar for future reference. For now, here's a little about the Viesely Piecely.

1a. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? I'm in love with anything by Brown Sheep. But I'm a yarn whore, I'll knit with anything (with the exception of my next answer).
1b. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like? Fun Fur, that stuff scares me.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in? Don't laugh...an empty Costco size pretzel container.

3a. How long have you been knitting? About 4 years now.
3b. Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced? Intermediate

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list? Yes

5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.): Candles=Banana bread/Caramel/vanilla (ok food like). Basically soft scents.

6a. Do you have a sweet tooth? Yes
6b. Favorite candy? Chocolate, anything chocolate

7a. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Crochet, and learning to quilt. And I'm attempting to do the jewelry creation thing.
7b. Do you spin?I've attempted. Haha, I'm just going to go with a solid NO on that one.

8a. What kind of music do you like? R&B/Rap/Hip-hop/Alternative/Rock/Blues. Okay anything but that busy jazz. Oh, and country.
8b. Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD) Yes

9a. What's your favorite color? Pink
9b.Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? I love the pinks/peaches/corals. 9c. Any colors you just can't stand?Purple

10a. What is your family situation? Single
10b. Do you have any pets? Yes, Dior the superdog

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos? Yes, all of them. No wait, I'm not supposed to admit to still wearing ponchos

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit? Anything that can be knit on larger needles. Sweaters

13. What are you knitting right now? A vest, and a pair of socks.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts? Yes

15a. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Circulars
15b. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic? Bamboo

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift? Sadly, no

17. How did you learn to knit? www.learntoknit.com haha, I'm serious

18. How old is your oldest UFO? Hey, that's personal. 3years

19. What is your favorite holiday? Thanksgiving

20. Is there anything that you collect? Magnets

21a. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? Of Course! Simply Scarves, One Skein, and a Vogue's Stitchionary.
21b. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have? Vogue Knitting, and Interweave Knits

22. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn? Intarsia, better sweater finishes.

23. Are you a sock knitter? Yes, my first time. What are your foot measurements? 7.5/8

24. When is your birthday? 05/21

Well, tata for now.