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101 things

April 14th, 2008 (08:57 am)
determined

current mood: determined

An interesting project -- 101 things to do in 1001 days. It has spurred much thinking on my part. So...what the heck...

1. Reformat old laptop and install Ubuntu so I can get all cozy with Linux (at least the one distro).
2. Maintain a 5 exercise sessions per week pace for 6 months (yikes!).
3. Be brave and cut my hair reallllly short at least once.
4. Use my Flovent inhaler as the doctor directs consistently for 1 month (that's one puff every morning and one puff every night).
5. Increase the amount of time I sleep every night until it reaches 7.5 hours.
6. Related to (5): Get 7.5 hours (at least) of sleep a night for a week. (Baby steps.)
7. Learn how to compost effectively.
8. Make one green improvement to my house in 2008.
9. Make one green improvement to my house in 2009.
10. Make one green improvement to my house in 2010.

Linda [userpic]

Second pair of socks DONE, dammit!

February 25th, 2008 (09:08 pm)



Hmmm....it must be the photographer. I can also now state that natural light is MUCHLY better for picture taking.

Anywho, my second pair of socks are finished. Yarn is Tofutsies (yes, the crab stuff), in the October color using the pattern they send me called "Fiddlesticks". Verrrrry soft socks, we shall see how they wear.




I'm actually gifting them to someone who loves this color. Although I like the socks, the color isn't quite...."me".

Pardon me -- I must now go rummage through my stash to find the next pair to do.

Linda [userpic]

February squares sent to my partners

February 25th, 2008 (09:04 pm)
accomplished

current mood: accomplished

Pics of my squares for the February trade:

For fleurione (who set this month's colors by telling me she wanted red and/or black squares):




For one2flip34flop (the picture is just terrible -- the yarn is variegated and the pattern looks like flames -- try as I might I could NOT get it to come out right):




For ms_ladybug224 (another pic that isn't quite right -- is it my camera, the photographer, or the color of the yarn????):




Had fun, though. With two of the squares I learned double decreases and with the third one I tried my hand at doing cables without a cable needle (thank you for the instruction, oldest daughter of mine (you know who you are)).

Linda [userpic]

New icon

February 2nd, 2008 (12:26 am)

My younger daughter gave me some links for possible new icons and I found this one of Seven of Nine. I like it muchly. It was done by _impress_me, who had many very nice ones and clearly has conquered the art of the icon.

Linda [userpic]

First socks!

January 25th, 2008 (11:15 am)

Are finally done! Only took me about a year...sheesh.




Made 'em out of Sockotta yarn in colorway...um...#13...I think. Probably wrong, lost the ball band some time ago. Had a bit of a panic in that I was working on the last bit of toe on the second sock and ran out of yarn. The store where I bought the stuff doesn't carry it anymore but I did find it on a website, just didn't want to pay about $15 to get enough to finish the toe. I toyed with the idea of making a different color toe and probably would have gone that way but then (eureka!) I remember I'd messed up a bunch of the yarn when I was trying to cast on and just cut off the wicked little knotted ball of frustration and threw it down onto the floor where, of course, it got lost under my bed. And since I (*cough*) seldom clean under the bed I went rooting around down there and found the little dickens. Finished the toe successfully.



The Sockotta yarn made a nice, firm sock. Hugs the foot very nicely. Not as soft as I'd like but maybe that means it'll wear well?

I am conflicted now, though. Part of me thinks "shame on you for not cleaning under your bed for a year or more!" but another part says "see...if you'd have cleaned more often you'd be walking around with a different color toe on ONE SOCK! What's a few dust bunnies compared to THAT?"

Dust bunnies...different color toe...dust bunnies...different color toe...it's a difficult choice.

Linda [userpic]

January 2008 squares

January 25th, 2008 (11:04 am)

Pictures of the 3 squares I made to send out for the January stitchmysquare trade.

For imabunny:



For purlgurl:



For kickn_swede:



All were done with Red Heart 100% synthetic yarns on a size G crochet hook. All patterns are from the book 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton.

First time I've taken pictures out in the snow -- dropped my camera but it seems just fine. Also got snow all over my socks and confused my cat terribly ("What are you doin out in the white stuff, mom?? Mom?????"). I know the darkest color looks black in the pictures, but it's actually a dark purple. I'll get this picture taking business down yet.

Linda [userpic]

Baby sweater

January 6th, 2008 (10:59 pm)
happy

current mood: happy

A picture of a baby sweater I just finished for a woman my husband works with who is expecting her first little one (a girl!).




Needle size was 6, yarn was Laines Du Nord Baby Cover in color 662 Lime Pink. 100% new merino wool, shrink resistant. It's the third one I've made using the same pattern, although the first one was for a teddy bear so the arms were shorter and the hood had holes for the ears. :D The pattern is a variation of the baby surprise sweater and the body is made in 2 pieces then joined with a kitchener stitch, the hood is knit on and then the band around the body.

The colors didn't come out well in the picture, but were a lovely green with bits of lavender, yellow and pink. The buttons are heart shaped and white.

Linda [userpic]

So it's made out of crabs, you say?

October 3rd, 2007 (12:12 am)

I gave in an ordered the Toofutsies (sp?) yarn that is made out of chitin, which apparently comes from the shells of crabs. It's also made out of superwash wool, cotton, and soysilk (which is also a bit odd...tofu yarn...go figure).

It wasn't my fault, I swear. I was just looking for size 7 mm knitting needles which are apparently impossible to locate in local stores and difficult to find online unless you are willing to order from the UK which I normally would not mind doing except that this time I needed them fast so I could take the new cardigan kit I ordered on my trip to see my daughter and I couldn't wait for a shipment from the UK.

*whew* Say that five times real fast without taking a breath. I dare ya.

Anyway, I found the needles (by Crystal Palace) at that YarnMarket site...where they also sell the Toofutsies yarn. And...and...and....I...well, I found that resistance was futile and I was assimiliated.

Order was placed late Sunday night and the package arrived today, on Tuesday. Very fast! Maybe because of the crabs? Naw...

The yarn is very green and very pretty and soft enough that the socks should feel cozy but strong enough that they should wear well. I even got a free pattern!

Life is good. Now if only I could sleep.

Linda [userpic]

Wool snacks

December 1st, 2006 (08:21 am)

I've started the back of my husband's sweater (again). I do have the first two I started, although one is frogged down to the beginning of the arm holes. I am not happy with either of the first two attempts. The first one came out the wrong size (wayyyy too long) and the second one...well...my modification to the pattern was, shall we say, a bit off.

So I've started the back a third time. I cast on the 127 stitches (okay, it took me 3 attempts, but I finally got it right), rolled up the cast on stitches on the one needle together with the second (empty) needle and ball of wool, tucked it all into my chair and went to bed.

In the morning I discovered the needle with the cast on stitches was over by the front door and the empty needle plus ball of wool was still in my chair and the two parts of the third attempt at the back of my husband's sweater were no longer connected.

Yes...sometime in the night puma cat Chibi had a wool snack.

How much the puma ate I still don't know. I stayed home with her and waited for wailing and/or a trip to the cat ER, but aside from a few instances of hearing her meow pitiously from the basement and me running down to find her just sitting at the bottom of the steps looking quizzically at me ("what, mom? Something wrong???") the day passed (no pun intended) without incident.

I now bury my wool projects under a pile of synthetic stuff, which she will not touch. Apparently she is not only a wool thief but a yarn snob.

Linda [userpic]

*le sigh*

September 27th, 2006 (10:00 pm)
giddy

current location: Not on Myst
current mood: giddy

Finished Uru and gleefully went to load the next Myst game "Myst IV: Revelation" and discovered it's in DVD format...and I have no DVD drive on this computer. I never noticed the type on the front of the box that said "exclusively in DVD". Go figure.

So.....I don't really mind too much waiting to play the game a bit longer. After all, I've waited a couple of years now so more wait time is okay. It'll give me something to look forward to and possibly a grand incentive to buy a new 'puter. I can fondle the box in the meantime.

However: a dilemma. The game after that, "Myst V: End of Ages" is just that...it's the game after that. It *is* in CD format so I could load it and play it but then it's out of order. And since it's the final chapter in the Myst series I'm thinking I will be most unhappy if I play the games out of order.

But if I don't play Myst V I'll be Myst-less for, oh, I don't know how long! The horror!

Oh wait...I still have "Real Myst" to finish plus I might be able to get "Myst II: Riven" to run on the other machine.

hee hee hee hee hee

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