Friday, September 28, 2007

I need some color advice

I haven't had an actual FO in what seems like forever, I need an instant gratification project so I am going to make a new purse using this:

I have several choices of colors to put with it. I have always thought blue looks nice with orange and yellow, so I could put these together:

There's always red, that goes well with orange and yellow for a very bright alternative:

I have brown for a more subdued look. Kind of an autumnal, changing leaf kinda thing:

If I combine it with black I would get a very Jack-O-Lanterny effect:

And last, but certainly not least is white for the illusion of candy corn:

What would you do?

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Alright, alright, I know when I am whooped.

I may be a lot of things, but I am not too proud to admit when I have been defeated.

The Montego Bay Scarf was not my first adventure in lace knitting and it was not my first failure either. But it is going to be my last, by gawd

It has become abundantly clear to me that I do not have the skills, the intelligence, the patience, or the emotional stability to knit lace. That's fine, I have accepted that and made my peace with it. I'm OK. But never, ever in a million years, not even to save my own life will I ever attempt to knit lace again.

If you are ever around me and hear me say that I am thinking about knitting lace I want you to crack me in the kneecap with a ball-peen hammer. That would be far less painful.

Here is what the Montego Bay Scarf looks like right now:

Piece of crap.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I've been tagged

I have been tagged by Tina that I met on the
Do something New KAL for the 7 weird things about myself meme. I did this a few months back and I just am not sure that I will be able to find 7 MORE weird things about myself to share. I'll give it a shot, it won't be easy. ;)

Here's the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post rules
2. Share 7 facts about yourself, some random and some weird
3. Tag 7 people at the end of post and list their names
4. Let them know they were tagged by a comment on their blog

Here's the randomness that we call Amy:

1. I am right-handed but I play pool and swing a bat and golf club as if I were left-handed.

2. I am the middle child.

3. I have a very good sense of north, south, east and west, but I have to stop and think about right and left EVERY TIME! Could this have something to do with #1?

4. I found my first gray hair when I was 23 years old.

5. Morning is my favorite time of the day, until some *sshole wakes me up.

6. I really don't care who our next President is. I am not very impressed with any of the choices so far and I find all of the political bickering a complete waste of time.

7. I have watched Bad Santa, Bull Durham, Son-in-law, and Breakfast Club so many times that I have them practically memorized.

There you have it, you know me just a little bit better now. I am not going to officially tag anyone. I did that to you just a few months ago, but if you are reading this and want to participate, consider yourself tagged.

On the knitting front:
I am making pretty good progress on the Regia Silk socks. This stuff is heavenly. They are gonna be some comfy socks. I am also still working on the Montego Bay Scarf. I still VERY MUCH love the Seasilk, but me and lace knitting just doesn't seem like a very natural match. I won't give up yet, but I fear that I will have the wonkiest looking scarf ever knit on this planet. We'll see, but it's not looking too good so far.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Mr. Woodcock and socks

Despite lukewarm reviews we went to see Mr. Woodcock this afternoon. We both really like Billy Bob Thornton and we thought the movie was hilarious. If you don't care for his brand of humor, you won't like it at all because it is classic Billy Bob. It was not quite as "wrong" as Bad Santa, but every bit as funny.

We went to dinner last night for my SILs birthday. This is what we bought her for her birthday.

**NOTE** That is my brand-new kitchen counter that the yarn is sitting on. THANKS, DAD!

SIL picked a pattern out of a book of socks for me to make for her. This yarn is awesome. It will be a comfy pair of socks. To my relief she pick a fairly simple, quick to knit pattern. Pictures soon.

I also started my Montego Bay Scarf with the Sea Silk. I have only done about five pattern repeats so far. Pictures of that soon too.

I will leave you with a quote from Mr. Woodcock:

"One of my swimmers got through, your mother's got a little Woodcock in her."

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

What a fun group!

Tonight was knit night at the library and we had a good group, most of the regulars were there, except Emma, Eric and Tony. Don't know where they were, but whatever. I'm sure they have some excuse blah, blah, blah. (hee hee)

Starting on the left is Kathy, Sue, Ann, Esther in the corner with her wheel behind her, Marianne, Eva, Janet and Tina who were both there for the first time tonight, Cindy, Joyce and Madeline. Several have blogs of their own, links are on my sidebar. Go ahead, check them out.

I *so* enjoy my knitting group, I hope we can meet for a long time to come.

I sure do wish the NYC skyline still looked like this:

I will never forget the sorrow, fear, panic, pain, anger, and the thousands of other emotions that I felt September 11, 2001.

Monday, September 10, 2007


OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! It's here!

This stuff...OMG! I can't even tell you what this feels like. And the color! OMG!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

You gotta love the mailman

Yesterday the mailman brought me this:

Yeah, no bills, no junk mail just a box with two skeins of Patons Decor, a pretty grayish blue wool/acrylic blend, some hand cream, mints and a couple of pirate pencils. It was a prize that I won in a drawing at Do Something New KAL

It doesn't suck being me!

Friday, September 7, 2007

My goodness, I have done a little shopping

I guess that vacation got me in the habit of spending money, 'cause that seems to be all I have done this week.

I went to the LYS and I got this:

It is Trekking XXL #188 "Shades of Gray" in the LYS and in my sister's house it looks like grays and black, in my house and most definitely in this picture it looks like grays and blues. It is too rainy to go outside and check it in the natural light, it is very pretty either way. It is on it's way to becoming a pair of socks for Robert. That is if I don't get too tired of knitting before I get them done, he has big-ass feet...size 12.

And while I was there I bought two of these, which will be a pair of socks for me.

It is Panda Cotton in the "Choclate Almonds" colorway. I sure do like the "Rosewater" colorway, may have to go back and get some of that too, since I am in the mood to spend money. I'm just sayin'.

Then I picked up this:

This one is Berocco Love It Colors in the Hotel California colorway. This one is going into the mail with a handful of other treats to SP11 spoilee. She said that she likes pinks and greens and what's not pink on this ball of yarn is most certainly green. Seems to be just what she asked for.

Yeah, and that's not all. I got on the innanets and ordered two back issues of Interweave Knits that I didn't have and just couldn't possibly live without...AND...a skein of
This! AAAAAAAHHHH! I am so excited to get this, I can't wait. I got this in the "Ocean" colorway.

Since I am now in the mood to add pics to this post I will add another vacation pic. Robert took this one standing on the beach in Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico. the water there was green, but it was a very pretty green. When the sun hit it is seemed like it was glowing.

We sat at a bar on this beach and drank Coronas (we needed a break from the Margaritas). It sure was hard to leave, I don't know what paradise is like, but it's gotta be something close to this.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Oh, what a time we had

We are back from our vacation and it was unbelievable. We had such a wonderful time. I took this picture as I stood on the deck last Saturday afternoon.

I was unable to get a picture that accurately depicted the color of the water. I cannot think of a word to describe the shade of blue. It was so beautiful. As far as I could see was this beautiful blue water and I remember wondering when I took this picture, how deep it was. That evening the Captain made an announcement about the weather and told us that we were about 355 miles out to sea. He told us blah, blah, blah we are traveling at 19 nautical miles blah blah and the ocean depth is 10,400 feet. Ten thousand four hundred feet. As far as you can see X 10,400 feet deep = a lot of water. I don't even know how to figure out how much water that is. I wish I could describe that shade of blue, it was beyond gorgeous.

During our vacation we got a lot of sun, had a lot of margaritas, got a lot of rest, had a lot of margaritas, and did a little knitting, had a lot of margaritas. I finished my first pair of socks. And had a lot of margaritas.

I wish I could say that I will get a lot of use out of them, but my daughter absconded with them as soon I got them finished and laundered. I only hope she gets a lot of enjoyment out of them. Maybe I will get to keep the next pair.