January 31, 2005

And I've been knitting, but not much

I had the day off last Friday from the temp job, so I went to visit my parents. Itís not an easy thing for me to do and always causes me stress. Sometimes Iím right to stress, and sometimes I find out I didnít need to stress at all. This was one of the latter times.

I went to visit them because it has been awhile since Iíve seen them, and I sort of skipped Christmas this year. My Dad, who is 75, has recently acquired a computer and is learning to send e-mail. I canít even explain the significance of getting an e-mail from my Dad. All communication with my family is usually done through my (slightly controlling) Mother. (Letís put it this way, years ago when I was in therapy about dealing with my (medically diagnosed) crazy family, the counselor said ďhave you talked to your Father about it?Ē and I was so shocked. ďWhy would I do that?Ē I really hit me that my Dad was always just ďthereĒ but never really a part of anything.)

Anyway, my Dad has recently joined two bowling leagues. When I told him I happen to have my own ball and shoes (courtesy of brilliant estate sale luck), he invited me down to go bowling with him.

So thatís what we did. My Mom, who refused to try to bowl because she thinks she will hurt her knees, came along and watched (and complained about how long it was taking, and threatened to walk home), and my Sister, who is, shall we say, troubled, came along too and seemed to have a good time. This was the first time we have ever done any type of activity like this as a family, EVER. We even went out to lunch first. It was nice. I bowled a 145, which is quite good for me.

My Mom also gave me her old sewing machine. Itís an old Viking, but in good condition and hopefully will work a lot better than my Sears Kenmore. The Kenmore works ok, but it is very clunky. For example, if you want to switch from straight stitch to zig-zag, you have to change presser feet, and switch around a little metal plate. So annoying.

I have also had some pretty good thrift store luck lately. I bought cute jacket, which fits like a dream and was only $3.00, and a large cabled sweater made out of nice cotton yarn that Iím going to unravel and make into something else. Itís yellow, a color I never wear, so Iím going to have to dye it. Should I dye before I unravel, or after? What would be easier? Iím leaning towards dying it first. And what color? Can I make a yellow into a purple? I know I could do greenÖhmmmmmmÖ

Tonight we are going out to see our current favorite band and tomorrow, sadly, Iím back temping. Itís not that itís a bad place (on the contrary, itís a really nice place) itís just that I miss my ďrealĒ job. The one Iím at today, where I am master of my own time and job duties and donít feel like I have to be ďonĒ all the time.

Posted by LoriO at 4:11 PM

January 30, 2005

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Just a quick test to see if my comments are working. Hello? Is this thing on?

Posted by LoriO at 7:26 PM

January 29, 2005

Oy

I hope to have a proper knitting related with a touch of the personal entry up soon. I just can't get it together at the moment.

My man however, has re-started his blog. Catch it before he takes it all down again. There are even pictures of his latest metalworking projects. Check it out here.

Posted by LoriO at 7:05 PM

January 25, 2005

Help

Can someone please tell me how to turn off comments on old entries? I knew at one time, but I can't remember. I can't stand the comment spammers anymore.

No time for a real post, no real knitting (a few rows a night, truely pathetic). I hope to get back to normal soon.

Posted by LoriO at 6:35 AM

January 20, 2005

Severe Withdrawls

I have been without a computer since Monday. Dell claimed I needed a new motherboard, but this morning it magically fixed itself. Then the heavens parted, the sun started shining, the birds started singing and all the little woodland creatures of the world danced.

I've been knitting and frogging, knitting and frogging, over and over. Tonight, after I do a complete backup, system cleanup, update, and anything else I can up, I hope to knit some more.

More later, I'm off to my temp job...

Posted by LoriO at 7:43 AM

January 17, 2005

Moody

I was in a foul mood this morning. I didn't sleep well last night and I had to go back to my temp job this week. I'm grateful to have some work, and I really like the place I'm working at now--it's close to home, and the people there are some of nicest people I've ever worked with--but for some reason today I just had a bad attitude. But, because it was a holiday, most of the work that needed to be done by me, the temp, couldn't be done until tomorrow. So I got sent home early. Less dollars in my pocket, but more time to do what I want, so I'm not complaining.

I ate a leisurely lunch and read the paper, read a few blogs, and then decided to work on an idea I had over the weekend.

As reported previously, I acquired one of those Temper-pedic pillows. I really love it, but one of it's downfalls is when it's in a cold room, it's kind of hard. It's still comfortable, it just takes a few minutes to soften when you change positions. So, while shopping for a purse* this weekend, I came across a down throw, and had the idea of making a pillowcase out of it. More of a muffler really, one that would go over the pillow, but under the pillowcase. It would take the chill off the pillow, and provide additional softness for my head.

So that's what I made today. I'll see how it works tonight. I have high hopes for it.

In other news, I've never been a bumper sticker type, but I did like this one so I got it for Christmas:

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I like it.

In actual knitting news, I hope to actually knit tonight. Don't know if that will be possible because I've got a lot of work to do for my other job, the one I don't get paid for.

*I found the perfect purse. Exactly what I am looking for. It's on sale for $158.00. I did not buy it.

Posted by LoriO at 5:24 PM

January 12, 2005

Sofa king tired

Man, I am so tired right now, I can't even catch up on my blog reading. I think I'm going through withdrawls, but my neck and shoulders are so tight from all the non-ergonomic data entry I did today that I need to go relax and stop sitting in an upright position.

I started knitting a new thing the other night, a present for a friend, and right off the bat started with a conundrum:

Needles called for: 4mm (no 8) (US6) ---- what the heck is "no 8?"
Gauge: 21 sts and 30 rows using 4mm (no 8) (US 6) needles.

First line of instruction in the pattern: Cast on 91 sts with size 5mm (no 6) (US 8) needles. I read through the pattern and it never tells you to switch to US 6, ever.

Harummph.

No other knitting news to report. Oh, I did have a dream last night that I met a woman who had knit her hair into a scarf--while it was still attached to her head. It was pretty cool in the dream. I complimenting her on her ingenuity. When I woke up though, I just thought it was weird.

Posted by LoriO at 6:31 PM

January 9, 2005

And a mere 8 months later...

A completed Booga Bag!

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Woo hoo.

I've currently been searching for a new purse, but knowing me, that search could take years. So I decided to try and sew a liner for the booga bag, and carry it for awhile just to see how I like it.

My first liner included two separate pockets, with a zippered pouch in the middle, but I couldn't figure out how to sew it in. My second liner was a little less complex, but still has multiple pockets around the edge (including my personal favorite, a Chapstick pocket). Here's a peek:

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It's inelegant, but functional. I'm not sure how long I'm going to like a fuzzy brown handbag, but it's worth a try.

Sewing that liner took all day yesterday. I hate sewing. Today, I'll be playing catch up with the laundry, grocery shopping, and house cleaning. I start another temp job on Tuesday, and I've got some kind of eczema around my eyes, which is really attractive, and should make the week extra special.

Posted by LoriO at 10:45 AM

January 5, 2005

Hello my honey, hello my baby, hello my ragtime gal....

The frog was singing last night.

While nearing completion of the last increase on my second RINY sleeve last night, I realized that I was using the wrong size needes. Remembering Rachel's "trotting horse" theory, I changed to the bigger needles and just kept going. After a few more rows, I realized that, while it couldn't be seen from a trotting horse, I could see the tighter knitting from wrist to bicep, and it would bug me forever to just leave it that way. It won't take me long to recover. I knew everything was going just a little too smoothly on this project.

Posted by LoriO at 9:22 AM

January 1, 2005

Happy New Year!

Last night we had our usual New Year's Eve lasagne dinner. The dinner is usually followed by a rockin' dance party at the barn, but this year it didn't happen. Instead, we played a rousing game of Saturday Night Live Trivial Pursuit, which took much longer than it should have because Sean and I didn't know the any of the answers (except James Stumpdale...I MEAN STOCKDALE! STOCKDALE!) Today, as per usual, everyone came back over for a lunch of corned beef and cabbage. Then we set up the pinball machine.

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Isn't it cool? Sean's family had this machine in their game room for most of his teenage years, so we were the ones to inherit it when his parents didn't want it cluttering up their house anymore. We had a great time playing it today for a few hours. Even Gert wanted in on the action:

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Happy New Year everyone!


Posted by LoriO at 12:43 PM