Sunday, October 28, 2007

Accidental Hiatus

Hello, there. I was reminded by my sister last night (howdy, Lizmo) that it is hard to spy on me if I don't post in my blog! Soooo, here is the latest from me. Sorry, not a picture to be had. Well, maybe. We'll see...

1. I have been feeling kinda down in the dumps lately. Tired, lethargic, blah. I think I came close to crying while talking to my mom on the phone the other day. It's like I just cannot get enough sleep and am tired a LOT. I don't find much energy even to do the things I like to do.

2. Despite the above, I have been trying hard to get up and do the things I like to do. I have been going for walks and enjoying the unseasonably warm October we've been having. It's nice to have the river nearby as well as a nice neighborhood to go and stroll around in.

3. This past week was a full moon. It was also the week at work where I had the most referrals ever... the kids were bouncing off the walls! It really made a couple of days zip by quite quickly, and it made me feel really useful and competent at my job. It was really nice to leave at the end of the day, feeling like I had done a good job.... you know, maybe help a couple kids here and there... that kind of thing!

4. Lately, I have been having the urge to play the piano again. I took lessons years and years ago, and was pretty good at one time. I have been bemoaning the fact that I don't have access to a piano... until I remembered that I have been working in a building with a nice piano for an entire year! A couple of weeks ago, I stayed after work and played the piano for about an hour. It was pretty rough going... whereas my fingers used to be very supple and compliant when it came to 'tickling the ivories', they now feel stiff and awkward. There isn't much muscle memory left there at all. Interestingly, my foot seemed to remember when/ how to use the pedal, but my fingers were another story. I have left some sheet music at school and will stay after to play whenever I feel like it!

5. I recently got the urge to buy a Blythe doll. So, I did. I may or may not have bought more than one. I may or may not have spent time washing their hair, putting it in little barrettes, and contemplating getting my childhood Barbie Dream House out of storage. I haven't figured out what all of this is about... but it appears as though a whole bunch of people in this world collect things, and I don't really collect anything. Why not a few dollies? Now, I just have to figure out how to hide them when (okay IF) I ever start dating someone again! Nothing sends 'em running like a big ol' pile of dolls... well, maybe a big ol' pile of dead bodies would also be a bit offputting... but you know what I mean.

6. Today, I spent the afternoon/ evening with my friend Cece, not knitting, but sewing! I have not taken pictures, and it's hard to do so at night in my apartment... I made a zippered pouch, a matching tote bag (the tote was my own made up pattern and it turned out great), I sewed the lining for a knitting project that has been in the UFO pile for quite some time, and I even made some monkey - flannel pajama bottoms that are quite cuddly.

7. My dad did some sewing once, on the sweatshirt below. I was always proud that he did a little sewing just for me. Pinch those cheeks, you know you want to!

So, that's all for this installment. Regarding #1, if you would like to help me feel better, send money. It is less fattening than cookies. Or, go for a walk with me. It will be nice.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


According to the dictionary, it is not a word. However, according to the person in Omaha Nebraska who searched the internet for that word and came up with MY BLOG AS A RESULT... and to MY FRIEND CECE WHO TYPED THAT WORD IN A COMMENT ON MY BLOG (see here)... it is indeed a word. Who knew?

Just as with the Super Nice Booty incident from last month, I am going to go out on a limb and guess that the searcher did not find what they were looking for on my blog. Who knows, really!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Houston, the Squid has Landed

I am seriously tired right now. I will totally add project details some other time.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Self Portrait Thursday

Oops, almost forgot it was Thursday... here is my surprised forehead!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

There is a Squid in my Kitchen!

I found this pattern on Ravelry today, and was feeling kinda lousy and lazy today, so I decided to make it! It's Shoney the Squid by Kristy Schueler. I knit him all up and felted him in the sink today. If you have never done any hand felting in a warm apartment, allow me to tell you that it is a sweaty job. Liz/ Made in Lowell had mentioned this to me, but i had not really appreciated the magnitude of this truth: creating friction while wearing rubber gloves and standing over a sink full of near simmering water is icky! However, I got to make a squid, so it's all good.
Now, I just have to wait for him to dry so I can stuff him!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Ravelry! Secret of the Stole! Thelonious Sock!

Item 1: Ravelry
Yeah, there are some updates to be shared. First off, I finally made it onto Ravelry, which for those of you who don't know, is the awesomest ever. Really. It is an online meeting place for knitters, and you can upload pictures of your knitting/ crocheting projects, yarn in your stash, and patterns you'd like to knit. There are groups and forum message boards, so that you can find (and share ideas) with people who have similar knitting interests. If you have some yarn in your stash and are stumped as to how to use it, just look it up... chances are that there are dozens of people who have already used it to make something. I have been working on uploading loads of pictures, and will continue to document previous projects, dating as far back as possible. My Ravelry screen name is "BrickMillStudio". Add me as a friend if you haven't already!

Item 2: Secret of the Stole

I got into Ravelry (there is a waiting list) on October 3. My first order of business, after uploading an avatar, was to cruise the knitting groups and pick some out that I felt like being a part of. I came across a knitalong called "Secret of the Stole". It is a knitalong, but what makes it different is that you don't get to see the pattern ahead of time. The project is tantalizingly revealed one portion at a time, beginning with yarn and bead requirements, a swatch graph... and finally, section one of the stole. The group closed to members on October 4 - I made it in under the wire - and hint #1 was revealed last night. Yes, I knit until just before midnight and managed to finish! Nerd? Yes. I am comfortable with that.

Anyway, here are some pictures, starting with my selection for yarn and beads:

I selected some yarn from my stash, Valley Yarns 2/14 alpaca silk in Eggplant. I bought it a while back at Webs, and was thinking I might knit something from Victorian Lace Today with it, but hey. An opportunity presented itself, and I changed my mind!

I picked out some size 6 beads from Lush Beads. They match very well... perhaps a little TOO well. But I am willing to live with that.

Next, I swatched:

And finally, I completed Hint #1. Truly, the yarn is prettier than I captured with this shot. I swear it.

Item 3: Thelonious Sock
People, I am tired today. I am going to leave you with a picture of the progress, with a promise that you will, as usual, receive an update in the future.

Now, back to uploading projects to Ravelry!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Self Portrait Thursday

Well, I came across Sneaky Fingerman again, and he was taking a nap in my latest knitting project! It's the yarn from the most recent Sundara Yarns Petals Collection sock club, but I decided against knitting the pattern that came with it, because I was so excited to knit the Thelonius Sock pattern by Cookie A. Sorry, no links for you tonight... it's past my bed time.