Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Fathers be good to your daughters. I found this pic while digging thru my photos. I have not spoken with my dad in over a year. Don't get me wrong I have tried. Seems to me I spent my teen years trying to impress him. Trying to get attention from him. He wasn't some busy corporate guy. He was blue collar. It started out well (as you can see). My mom said I was the apple of his eye. You know, the whole perfect little story. A daddy's girl. Yeah, somewhere down the line that changed on his end. I love my dad, always have, always will. Why don't we talk? Big misunderstanding on his part, and an evil woman whispering things in his ear.
I have a wonderful relationship with my mom. I am a child of divorce. But I was already out of the house when this happened, so I never took sides. On a lighter note,,,, LOOK at the size of that CAKE!!!! Do you think I got to eat any??
Sunday, January 29, 2006
On the knitting front, sorry to harp on the poncho, but I think I'm going to try something different with it. I'll let you know how it comes out.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
OK, signed up for Yarn Harlot's knitting olympics today, decided to knit the slip stitch shoulder cozy from Wrap Style. I also decided to join team goth, because, I have always had a little goth in me. Now less than circa 1990 something. Anybody hear me on this? I was out seeing bands like; NIN ( in such a small club that Trent brushed my shoulder as he walked by), Killing Joke, Meat Beat Manifesto, every week I saw a different band. Great bands were always playing at The Fast Lane in Asbury Park. Friday and Saturday. I think I spent almost every weekend there. Ahh those were the days. Out every weekend, not a care in the world 21 and having a great time. Sporting my doc martins, punking out the hair (oh yeah, Jersey girl hair) and the makeup. Hanging with my friends. Skipping in a large circle in the mosh pit. Now that was a great time. I also had the pleasure of meeting quite a few of the people in the bands as the guy I was dating was so into music, he'd just start talking to these guys. I met Henry Rollins in the basement of The Fast Lane. If you have to ask who's that, Um, let's just say I thought of him as a punk God. Lead singer of Black Flag (whom I saw), then had his own band, Henry Rollin's band, then went on to do The Spoken word, and was in a couple movies here and there. Anyhew, cool experience, he has a tattoo of a sun on his back. So, I'm glad you joined me on this walk down memory lane. I like(d) punk, industrial,progressive,alternative, whatever you want to call it. It was fun, I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Yup. I'm finished with the herringbone poncho. Just finished crocheting the seams and had hubby take pic. Ugh. I no likey. Maybe it's just the way I look in it. It's too tight. It's too white. The seam doesn't look right. And according to knit and tonic, ponchos are "out". Now, that being said if I want to wear a poncho I'll wear a poncho. I'm no slave to fashion. However, I don't like the way this one looks. What to do with it? I would give it to one of my sisters, but this poncho was partially knit while in India so it has sentimental value. It just does not look good enough to wear out of the house. PLus you should see the shirt I had under it. Loaded with white fuzzies. I look like I had a lovefest with a white cat. Haha! Speaking of cats...Note the scratching post in the backround. Kitty has all but worn out a good portion of it. This is a good thing because previously it was the couch. Ok so this is my motivational off to the gym you go pic....
Sunday, January 22, 2006
I confess I'm a lazy knitter when it comes to the gauge swatch. I am considering signing up for the Knitting olympics over at http://www.yarnharlot.com . So in advance preparation I knitted a gauge swatch. This is for the shoulder cozy in Wrap Style. I couldn't find the exact blue on ebay, however I did find this pretty color. I think the gauge is off by the smallest amount. Instead of 4 inches I have 4+3/4 inches. I'm just going to knit it up with the size 11 needles anyway. This is Debbie Bliss casmerino super chunky. I love this yarn. So soft. I knit a heart scarf with it last year for Vday. I love hearts!!!! Also yesterday the mailman delivered the frog tree alpaca from WEBS. So I'm back to work on the herringbone poncho. I want to finish it tonight. At least the knitting part. I also purchased this lovely purple color. I am not sure what I am going to make with it yet. Baby hat? Adult hat? Scarf? So many choices. Also, I am not buying anymore yarn until I use up a good portion of stash. I just dug myself out of the credit card hole and I am not diving back in. Besides, I have to concentrate on exercising. Husband is taking me to St. Lucia!!!!!!! We went there for our honeymoon and we are going back already! I'm so excited. Such a beautiful island. Such a handsome husband. Lucky me :)
Friday, January 20, 2006
I haven't previously mentioned another of my favorite hobbies, collecting antique buttons. I started this fresh out of highschool. I used to shop in the second hand and antique shops because in the 80's you wore vintage. It was "cool" to be different. This from the girl who wore those silly Madonna gloves at her graduation. Oh I'll save that pic for SPT. So anyway, I don't know how it started, it just did. I used to hit paydirt at yardsales pre ebay. Huge cookie tins of grandmom's vintage buttons for about $2.00. I still collect, just not as religiously as I once did. I come to find out many years after I started that the german translation of my last name is "buttons". Kooky right? So ebay is a great place to find large lots of buttons, but they tend to get pricey, due to lots of bidders. I have parted with some of them. Two years ago for Christmas I made my sister a photo collage. I bought one of the unfinished large wood frames from Michaels. I painted it gold an glued beautiful off white "seashell" buttons. I call them seashell because they look like buttons made from shells. It's a beautiful frame. I also parted with some on a felted bag I made. I sold it at the last craft fair. I thought I was going to cry. But the woman said she would treasure the bag and buttons. Those were floral silver metal buttons. Metal buttons in good shape are sometimes hard to come by due to rusting. This second set of buttons still on the cardboard have a price tag on the back from Gimbels for 5 cents. Gimbels? Are they still in business? Wasn't that Macy's competitor in Miracle on 34th Street? It's like holding a piece of history in your hand. Some of them are still attatched to pieces of cloth. Nice.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Ok so, a little knitting info.. Back on track with baby blanket that was previously ripped out. However, that being said, I keep gaining stitches. I have to count every other row. This could take awhile. Next baby blanket might be out of Last Minute Gifts. Simple garter stitch panels sewn together. So here is pic of last trip to LYS plus Debbie Bliss from ebay. In the back is a cute pattern I picked up for a baby blanket. The aqua and green cascade 220 I may make another triangle, not sure yet. The lighter green and brown are for 2 caps. The Knitting to go is a cool box of patterns printed on laminated cards that you can take with you instead of dragging a large pattern. One last things. PLease send out good thoughts and prayers to my grammy. She's in the hospital. Thanks.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Monday, January 16, 2006
Also having some house painting done this week. Spent the weekend looking over paint chips. ALso went to BD party for step-dad, Happy BD moosie. Nice to see the fam.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Trying the yoga class again tonight. I am looking forward to it. I also have Friday off, three day weekend!! Yeah!! I'm thinking I want to go take a class on Fri am. Power flow 10am at Liz's studio, The Prancing peacock. This is a lovely studio. That would be a nice treat and great way to start the weekend. I picked up a copy of "Fit Yoga" this month and it has several articles on teaching. It talks about how the teacher is teaching the class for the students and that is her/his practice. The practice of teaching. I'm thinking high energy tonight. Little bit of the power flow thing sounds good.
On the knitting front, still plugging away at the herringbone poncho. I am going to work on setting up an alternate knitting site. My hubby is busy playing Xbox in the living room. I used to have a beautiful spot in my bedroom. However, miss kitty took it over. I think it may be time to reclaim it, being that she hardly sits in it anymore. I will post pic once I have it cleaned up from all the hair. Speaking of cat hair, hubby says one night after brushing her that I should incorporate some of her hair into my knitting, would make things warmer. Wow, is he a knitter in disguise? I said, "hmm funny you should think that because her hair winds up in some of the knitting, and knitters with kittys say it just makes stuff warmer." Hmm is he invading my stash when I'm not looking? Sneaking around with knitting needles? Making me a gorgeous cashmere sweater? Haha not likely. But I love him so much anyway. He's technologically talented. So Bootsie and I need your help deciding what to make with this yarn. It's been it my stash since May. The LYS had a half price sale and this is all I bought. It's 200 yards of hand dyed merino wool superwash. Hat? adult or baby? Any other suggestions would be awesome.
PS. Bootsie was not happy about modeling the yarn.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Ok, I know it's tuesday, and I just joined self-potrait tues. Next week I'll dig one out. promise. Yesterday it was 54' here. Um, I thought it was winter. Still waiting for winter to start. That being said, I heard it was very cold here in Dec. while I was in India (in single digits). But this spring weather is crazy. Don't get me wrong I love warm weather, but as a jersean I love my 4 seasons. This is the beauty of living in the northeast, you get seasons. The newness of spring, the brisk fall, and the bone chilling winter. Best of all, there is summer. This is coming from a shore girl. I love the beach. Grew up 10 minutes away from it. They say you have sand in your blood. If you live near the beach you understand what I'm saying. My hubby and I moved northwest, this is just where we landed. It's ok, mom's still near the beach. When H and I were dating we used to rent a shore house with 15 other people for the whole summer in LBI. I couldn't understand the first year we did this because I still had my apt. in a shore town. After that first summer I never complained again. What a great place LBI is. Fun for family and the post-college yuppy crowd. If you want rowdy, you go rent in Seaside. You want a relaxing enviroment during the day, yet the occasional (ok,ok EVERY NIGHT) partying at a club you do LBI. The resteraunts, are all awesome also. Tuckers is about the best on the island. There are also some awesome Italian places in Surf City. Ok, why all this talk about the beach? As I was making my tea this morning (finally gave up coffee!!!!!!) I saw this pic on my fridge. Mom and I relaxing on the beach. This was about 7 years ago, during college when I was svelte. I was exercising every day. Nice. Obviously we're having a great time. Getting ready to go ride some waves.
Monday, January 09, 2006
Phew. Went back to gym tonight to teach my class. Had a nice turnout. About 5 minutes before we started I'm up front buying water and I hear the girl at the front say to one of the guys standing around, "he wants me to call poison control." Uh oh. So I'm listening to all these guys standing around blah, blah, and I hear, "he's in the bathroom throwing up he inhaled something toxic." At this point me and my big mouth: "Where is this person?" Turns out he's in the bathroom at the gym. He works there and was cleaning with bleach+ something that mixed with bleach= toxic fumes. Oy. He was sweating profusely and did not look well at all. I tell the girl who is on the phone with 911(?) "you better tell them to get and ambulance here fast, and maybe you should open the front door." I have to say the response from the police, emt and fire company was lickety split. And yes, we we're all evacuated out of the building. So no yoga class until wednesday, but I think I'll do 90 mins. Get a good workout going. 17 inches to go on poncho. Then it's all about crocheting it together. Oh that should be fun. I am not very good on the crochet front. minimal experience. Wanted to post pic of me and my girl. My baby sista, sporting a hand knit cap. This was taken in Sept. She has accomplished so much in the past year and I'm so proud of her. Love you R.
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Oh what fun it is to have a digital camera. You can take a self potrait. I wanted to show off my new cap. I am continually playing around with the pattern on this. It has a rib pattern including the brim which is not too visible. I am starting to feel better. Doc says it's sinusitis. All I can say is I caved and started taking the antibiotic. I don't have a day off until next Sat. I can't be sick. I felt as though I was sucking air through a straw last night. Oy. Today, a little better. I even put makeup on. I also made myself finish sewing the last of the decorative stitching onto triangle. I am meeting my hubby for dinner. I am still working my fingers to the bone on the herringbone poncho. It's actually starting to get long. Making a nice lap blanket. I refuse to start anything else until I am done with it. I was at AC Moore the other night and I bought some soft yarn (Paton's be mine) for my first baby blanket. Let's see, 3 babies on the way so far. This one is for my Niece's baby. I decided on yellow for her. My sister-in-law I think I will do in browns. The third person...Haven't decided but she's only about 6 weeks along so I have time. I am also in the process on designing some pocketbooks. I'm in the playing around stage with designs.
One thing I did learn about felting triangle (and this is not the first time I have felted), I know now why they say use jeans. I read on some website that you can use towels when you felt. Um, bad idea. Let's just say the triangle has fuzzies all over it. Now it needs a shave. But I am happy with the final results. Although it does not look like the picture on the pattern. Probably a gauge or felting issue. I will try again. After I finish the poncho:)
Oh if your interested in this pattern, visit http://www.pickupsticksonline.com The girl who owns the company is really nice I spoke with her on the phone. It's also available at JimmyBeans wool.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Monday, January 02, 2006
OK time for a knitting project update. Currently I am working on a newsboy cap. PLaying around with it. I am finished with the knitting of triangle, now comes the fun part! Sewing! Yeah! My favorite part. (not) But I like to make myself do things I am not great at, as to improve. Yesterday as I sat couch potatoe I made myself knit the I-cords for this project which has been basically finished before I left for India. I made the flower this morning and I will sew it up tonight. Then it's all about the felting. Which my washing machine is not particularly good at.
Next project in the works is the herringbone poncho from hell. I am about 26" long and it needs to go to 58 or so. ALMOST half way there... This poncho has been an international traveler. It will have many stories to tell when it is finally fininshed. I must comment that upon the recommendation of the woman at the LYS I bought this at I used frog tree alpaca. This yarn is lovely and soft, HOWEVER it sheds massively. If you are wearing any dark color and knitting you will be covered in cream fur. This will be a denim poncho no doubt about it. I have yarn on order from ebay for a shrug from interweave press "Wrap Style" . I actually found the yarn on the cheap and hope 5 balls is enough for it to cover my "fit" body. As in, "she's a bit fit" anyone watch Ali G? very funny. Lastly I made this cute from some cheappy yarn on the bottom and a manos yarn want to be teal. I felted it and bought this cute antique brooch. This was going to get gifted at Christmas, but me likey, me likey alot. Stay warm and dry..
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Happy New Year! Had a lovely, quiet evening last night with neighbors. Third year running. It's such a nice thing when you don't have to leave the cul-de-sac! I have some more pics to post. I worked until 3 yesterday and then stopped in at Barnes & Noble for a little shoppin' . Picked up a
couple of books. I am of the school of belief that you can never have enouogh books. I want to learn how to do some embroidering. The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery contains alot of info on that. It also has crochet, knitting, macrame, sewing and tatting. As my hubby asked, what's that book for? HONING MY CRAFT kids. I want to kick the knitting up a notch this year. The Sonoma Diet book? I'll let you know. I would like to take off about 10 lbs, but some plans are in the works that may negate this. (wink,wink) I'll keep you posted.
I also posted some of my purchases from India trip. These are the 3 saris that I bought. They are so pretty. I wore the brighter blue one for the reception we had in India. I did not want to take it off it was so pretty and comfortable. The light blue is also beautiful. Such detail goes into their work.
So what is the NY resolution? To take care of me this year. Sound selfish? Nah, I need a little TLC. I want to focus more on my spiritual side. Do some Svadhyaya, which is self study, according to Patanjali's yoga sutras; refinement. I am still working on santosha (contentment) I think I have made some major leaps and bounds in this. I don't feel so much I want this and that, blah blah. You can't take it when you leave. All that's with you is what's inside not that prada bag. Besides, who cares what anybody else thinks about me. The exception to this is two fold, God and hubby. I want to be closer to God, more spiritual, more knowledge to share with my students. I want to be a better teacher, so they can be better students, no scratch that, better people, happier people, content people, SPIRITUAL people. If they are more in tune with themselves everything else will fall into place. Yeah, that's it. To teach this I must first work on myself. That is my NY resolution. Of course I must leave you with this last pic, brace yourself she is so cute and sweet she may cause cavities. My little girl..... or should I say...Daddy's little girl, because only he can get her to pose....