August 31, 2004

Fair Day!

Yesterday was Fair Day! There are many ways to enjoy the State Fair. Our tradition is to take the day off work, get there when it opens, and stay until it closes.

This year was a little different, because we were so tired by 9:00 p.m. that we just couldn't wait around for The Doobie Brothers to play China Grove, even though it was the only song I wanted to hear. I'll bet they saved it for last.

It seems every year we miss the Llamas and Alpacas. We had to settle for this guy, who was located in the petting zoo.

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We also seemed to have completely missed the sheep.

Best exhibit ever: Trouble the bear and Canyon the mountain lion, both 9 months old and best friends! Here's a picture of them playing (and this was the absolute best I could do. I must have taken 30 pictures and this is the only one that came out).

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We had a great time, even though we had a couple of strange incidents. We had a guy get mad at us because we couldn't tell him where the "free water" was, and we were lied to by the Hot Dog on a Stick girl, who told us if we bought the "fair cup" we'd get "free refills, all day" when they actually cost $2.00. Not a huge deal, except that Sean had to carry that damn huge cup around all day for nothing. So Hot Dog on a Stick employs lying liers, just so you know.

Finally, here we are riding the monorail, hot and sweaty but having a pretty good time.


Posted by LoriO at 11:10 AM

August 26, 2004

Because I live to please...

For Ellen:

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See? It's not that great, but it looks much better in person. There is also potential for making several sets of these, maybe seasonal sets, or special Christmas sets. Still, a flourescent light cloud in the kitchen was one of the worst solutions ever entertained by builders. That, and popcorn ceilings. What were they thinking?

Posted by LoriO at 2:17 PM

August 24, 2004

Old Business

You might remember that I had a project going regarding the light cloud in my kitchen.

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I wrote about it here (If that link doesnít work, thereís a link over there to the left called ďthe old HGL site.Ē Go to the archives, January 2004, January 14th entry) (How optimistic of me to think that anyone will actually go to the trouble of looking that far back just to see what Iím talking about! I crack myself up sometimes!)

Anyway, I was trying to filter the light in our kitchen, and I had used various tissue paper/fabric and Mod Podge solutions. I promised to update when I had settled on one. WellÖta da! Here it is:

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A more subdued version, using a sheer fabric instead of tissue paper. I really liked some of the tissue paper tiles, but ultimately fabric worked the best because it could be cut to the right size, and applied without any air pockets or wrinkles. While this fabric wasnít my favorite, it was on sale, and has colors in it that will blend in nicely with the colors weíve chosen to paint the kitchen. When the light is on, itís a soft slightly yellow color, thatís slightly more flattering than the greenish/blue tint we were getting with the tissue paper. The tissue paper also faded pretty fast and didnít look very good at all when the light was off. I think this fabric looks best when the light is off, the sheer fabric becomes opaque and you canít see the fluorescent bulbs at all.

Knitting wise, Iím still working on the mitered-square rug, but I donít think itís going to end up looking very good. Iím running out of key colors. I should re-name this project the ďpoor planning rug.Ē Knit and learn, people. Knit and learn.

Posted by LoriO at 11:16 AM

August 19, 2004

A face only a mother could love

I got off work early today because the construction crew working on the building next to ours shorted out an underground transformer. We were without power for about 2 hours before we decided to close up for the day and last word was that the power would be restored by 7 p.m. Ok then, bye bye! High temps + office on the second floor where the windows don't open is not a good combination.

So, I came home and with a few hours to kill before my exercise class I decided to make good use of my time. I had a whole list of things planned:

1. Clean kitchen
2. Bathe dogs (both)
3. Update blog
4. Do some laundry
5. Go to JoAnns and look for fabric for new curtains.

Here's what I accomplished:

1. Take nap (not on original list, but the three cats on the bed were calling to me like the Sirens)
2. Bathe dog (only 1)

Gretsky was the dog of choice and the poor thing always looks so pathetic after a bath. Oh the indignity! He'll be thanking me tonight when he uses his couch priveleges (granted post-bath, pre-park only, restrictions may apply).

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In knitting news, here's where I am on the mitered-square rug:

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Yes, it's ugly. And I stopped following the pattern, which had become tedius. That might be my first mistake. Another would be my choice of colors. I'm leaning toward making this the "mitered-square cat bed" instead. I don't like changing colors so much, especially when the colors I'm using don't look all that good together. But, I do like knitting mitered squares and I've got a ton more rug yarn. I might try two-colored squares, or maybe solid color squares. It's a pretty rug with the right colors, and I think someday I'll buy all the yarn called for in the pattern. But for right now, the cotton/poly rug yarn is fine.

Posted by LoriO at 4:51 PM

August 16, 2004

Lace knitting, interrupted

In the interest of watching the Olympics, I've put the lace scarf on hold for now. Thanks everyone for all your pattern suggestions! I'm keeping them for future reference.

Instead, I'm going to knit the mitered-square rug from the last issue of Interweave Knits. I was inspired by finding a load of Aunt Lydia's rug yarn in many colors at a thrift store for $0.25 a skein. I liked the pattern, so why not make it out of actual rug yarn?

The only trouble I'm having at the moment, is deciding on color substitutions, and, I'm not sure how to change colors. When you stop knitting one color and start the next, do you cut the yarn to the first color so you can start again when you come to that color again or do you carry it up the side? What if it doesn't that color doesn't occur again until many rows later? What if there are more than two colors involved? I've never really knit with multiple colors before, so helpful suggestions are appreciated!

Posted by LoriO at 9:40 AM

August 11, 2004

Pete and Repeat were sitting on a fence...

I've done nothing but knit and rip for the last two evenings. I've tried several different lace patterns for this Alpaca scarf, but nothing seems right, although that's not the only reason I've ripped. Other reasons include miscalculations, dropped stitches, splitty yarn, yarn fatigue (from being ripped and reknit so many times) and just general shitty concentration skills.

So what am I doing tonight? Probably more of the same, only I think I'm going to use a scrap acrylic yarn to practice with instead of the good Alpaca. I don't know why I didn't think of it before, but who knew I would be knitting and ripping for days and days?

Posted by LoriO at 1:41 PM

August 8, 2004

You hungry? Me neither.

Thanks everyone for your good wishes and Happy Birthdays! Biba was, as expected, excellent. We ate a lot, and were sort of hurting afterwards...so full. But it was worth it.

Today, I haven't felt much like eating at all. I did, however, take advantage of our high temps (I'm sure it was over 100 today) to bake a cake. You see, when it's that hot outside, we use our A/C, and that makes it ok to use the oven. I almost never use the oven in the hot months.

I also spent most of the day trying on dresses. I think I tried on every single dress in my size at Macy*s, whether I liked them or not. One fit, so I bought it as a contingency dress, even though I didn't like the color or the sleeves. It was on sale too for $66.00. My limit was $100 because that's how much birthday money I received. Then on the way home, I went to a local consignment shop and found a nice dress that was a great color, a good cut, and it fit me (ok, it's a wee bit tight, but I think with the proper control undergarments it will be fine), and it was only $20.00! Score! So I'll be making another trip to Macy*s to return the contingency dress.

The rest of the day was spent doing laundry and grocery shopping.

Whooo boy! What an exciting entry.

I got the premier issue of Creative Knittting at the grocery store. Eh... not much there of interest, but I liked one sweater, so I bought the issue. I also picked up the latest Interweave Knits. I almost always like two or three designs in IK, and this one was no exception. I normally don't let myself buy magazines unless I can use my 40% off coupon at Michael's, but, I just saved so much money on the dress. And, it's my birthday weekend after all.

So tonight, I'll be eating cake, and trying to start that scarf again. I think I might try the pattern for the Pooling Colors scarf, even though I don't have any colors to pool. It looks kind of lacy and is a reversible pattern, which is what I wanted in the first place. I don't know. I'll give a try.

Posted by LoriO at 8:05 PM

August 6, 2004

Hey!

It's my anniversary! Yes, the 6th anniversary of my 35th birthday. I've done exactly whatever I wanted all day today. My friend Luci took me out for breakfast, then I went to a thrift store, and went to Macy*s to look for a new dress to wear to my niece's wedding in a few weeks.

Did you know that not all Macy*s have dress sections? I finally had to break down and ask a clerk, "where is the dress section?" She said, "we don't have the client base to support it at this store." Hoookay....

I got some cold hard cash from my parents, my friends at Niles Biological gave me a gift certificate for a steak dinner at Black Angus, and I got a nice breakfast and a new, big button universial remote control (it was supposed to be a gag gift, but I like it!) from Doug and Luci. Sean is taking me to dinner at Biba tomorrow night - fancy! And! My sister sent me this awesome book! Tonight, we plan on watching a movie (Hellboy) and just generally relaxing. Work on the house will resume tomorrow. Well, for Sean anyway. I'll need to go find a Macy*s with a dress department.

I have stopped all knitting on the lacy scarf. I know... I didn't unravel it all yet, but I dropped a stitch and was finding it impossible to rip back and get it back on the needles again with all the YOs and P2tog tbl's. And, it really wasn't looking that great afterall. So I got out another ball, and started a different pattern. I tried no less than 6 times to knit this pattern but just could not make it work! Oh so frustrating. It's a two row pattern! I should be able to do it in my sleep by now!


Posted by LoriO at 5:31 PM

August 5, 2004

I do indeed love YO(s)

Found this stuck to the bottom of my shoe today:

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It's funny because last night I spent about an hour knitting what will (hopefully) be a pretty lace scarf. I really like knitting lace and surprised myself by remembering how to do the different types of yarnovers (you know, after a knit before a purl, after a purl before a knit , etc...) and figured out without checking a reference book, what has become my least favorite stitch, P2togtbl (Purl 2 together through the back loop). For some reason I find it very difficult to execute. Now if I had found an "I-hate-P2togtbl" message stuck to my shoe that would have been something!

Pictures maybe tomorrow. I'm using some Top Print Alpaca that I had in my stash (still no money for new yarn) and it is just beautiful stuff.

Posted by LoriO at 2:46 PM

August 3, 2004

Schlumpy

Well here it is, Schlumpy, formerly known as the blue-green top-down raglan:

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Why do I always look like I'm listing in these pictures...

Eh. Here's a view of side lace panel:

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If you want to see an even more close up picture of the lace panel, you can click here for a popup.

So there it is. It's wearable, but not very flattering.

Posted by LoriO at 6:08 PM

August 2, 2004

Still here

There is just nothing good happening to write about.

I finished the blue-green top-down raglan, but I don't know where the camera is. Home renovations are still progressing, and my "craft" room is the target at the moment, with new baseboards that were cut over the weekend and will be installed tonight most likely. So, everything that was in that room is now stacked in the former living room, and I just haven't had the energy to look for the camera.

The sweater is just ok. I'm actually wearing it right now. It's a little boxy, and I wish I had put in some shaping. I wonder how many garments I have to make before I get one that I actually like and want to wear?

Posted by LoriO at 8:44 AM