Monday, January 28, 2008

Random Tag - From Sue - Pass it on!

So I've been tagged by for 7 Random Facts Meme!!!

Here are the rules, and they must be posted on your blog:
  1. Link to the person’s blog who tagged you (see above).
  2. List seven random and/or weird facts about yourself.
  3. Tag seven random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.
  4. Let each person know that they have been tagged by posting a comment on their blog and also so they can look at your blog and not tag the same people all over again!
  5. Let the fun begin.

Here are 7 bizarre/random/weird facts about me:

  • My parents and my husband were all "only children". My daughter will probably be my only child - even though she will have a half-brother.
  • I like having long hair - but can never let it grow long enough without getting it chopped off
  • I love my job - as administrative as it is - and as different as it is from my degree in Art History
  • I think you can love your friends more than your family
  • My shoe size is 11. My sneakers are size 12.
  • I am the tallest person in my family thus far.
  • I secretly wish to take massage therapy classes so I can open an massage/yarn shop some day...and take a huge pay cut!

NOW... 7 people with blogs who I can tag!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Home stretch...almost

I am slowly but surely decreasing on the right sleeve of the Bubble Cable Dolman - HALLELUJAH! Trouble is, for as much as an accomplishment as that may seem - the cabling will be DONE DONE DONE - I still have to pick up the waist/body ribbing and do another million rounds :o) Ok, so maybe another 7" of 2x2 ribbing - but you get the point. I'm hoping, praying, to have the arm done by end of tomorrow evening (fingers crossed). Ah, more pictures to come as well - the camera has been here/there and everywhere - and never quite in the right place at the right time...wouldn't you know!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Pet Peeve Numero Deux

Ok, so commuting in NYC is never easy - trains break down, they get delayed, they are packed full of people and so on.

However, any seasoned commuter knows the "walk left, stand right" policy on escalators. And any time there's a hold up on the "walk left" side, you know that it's some tourist or old person that doesn't know the rule. Everyone grumbles, people stretch to look around to see the hold up and it generally helps get your day off on the wrong foot.

But here's question. Why can't people stay in "lanes" - even IMAGINARY lanes at best??? First scenario - you're walking through the turnstiles and down a long platform which is at least 2 - 3 people wide. For arguments sake, let's say two. So ONE person will walk in the middle of ALL that space and clog the system, backing up dozens of commuters who are headed for their predetermined spot on that platform (most of us align ourselves to where the doors will open and where we will be let out at our destination - often times right at the stairways out!). Why can't that Clogger stay to one "lane" or the other so other's may pass???

Second scenario - when you arrive at your final destination and the people tumble from the subways, why can't people stay in their "imaginary lanes" while herding to the stairways? How difficult is it to realize that there are two sides to the staircase, each side warrants two rows of upward bound people and you need to position your walking toward a row - and not "change lanes". What if these people were driving on the road? It's the same darned theory!!! Use your blinker. Watch for oncoming traffic. URGH.

So that's what I have to say about pet peeves today - people who don't stay in their lanes SUCK! :o)

Monday, January 14, 2008

Bubble Cable - Update #6

Well, I didn't get through quite as much as I thought this weekend - my beloved husband is such a "do--er" and I didn't get a moments rest -- even with my aching back. Well, I got a little rest, but it would have been nice to have more knitting time. The "do--er" needs a supervisor - I should say a CONSTANT supervisor - when doing things inside the house. A long time ago I relinquished my input on OUTdoor projects -- but the INdoor ones I keep a constant eye on. This on again / off again weather has him jonesing for something TO DO (thus the nickname - The DO--er). Since he can't do much outside, he has been eyeing everything inside which in turn causes me a headache because I can't even take a nap without knowing everything will be as I left it when I wake up. Last weekend he was on the organizational kick - which caused out small office/play room to be upturned and the basement to get a facelift - and for lots of money to be spent to do it. If he had had his way, he would have completely redone the rest of the office this weekend - but I sternly put my foot down - he's just looking for more TO DO!!! URGH!!!

So anyway, the knitting was a slow go. I've gotten about 14 rows done across the head opening and I'm finally feeling like I'm almost half way (I keep forgetting about all the body ribbing that will have to be done once I get to the end of the other cuff). Oh well...moving along!

Bubble Cable - Old Posts from Ravelry

1/10 - Finished the 26 rows of increases and just started the main body across. The cabling FINALLY just comes to me instead of having to look at the chart - after a million rows what else would i expect?

1/9 - Finally go to the section where you CO 3 stitiches going from arm to body. Made a mistake last night - forgot three rows - had to FROG and re start last night and this morning. Back on track. Hoping to get to body by end of week to see more of sizing. Fingers crossed!

1/3 - I was reading through the pattern and can't believe the numbers for sizing and measurements - i'm 5'10" and can't phathom how this sweater will fit in the long run. I'm half tempted to FROG what I've done so far - which would totally stink - but will see how next section goes. I might even try basting the seam for the arm to see if it really fits - I have some muscles in my lower arms that the tapering effect might seem tight on. URGH, the fun of it all!

1/2 - My "wingspan" is greater than 60.5" so I made the ribbed cuff 6.5" and think it will be great. I'm going to chart out the pattern for the additional stitches that get added because they're hard to keep track of - a visual will definitely help! Will try to publish it in case anyone else would like to use

12/30 - I've tested the gauge - first on a lighter weight yarn (jojoland wool) and now using the Baby Ull. I'll be able to cast on as soon as I have the longer size 4's - VERY excited!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Knit Along Starts February 1st

Please visit to view/join our first project starting February 1st. We're thinking about a pair of socks - let us know what you're in the mood for!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

A knitter's tools

Here are some ingredients which, I feel, are an important part of every knitter's "toolbox":

1. Needles you love!
2. Yarn you love even more!
3. Good friends to knit with
4. TIME to knit each day
5. Patterns that help keep you inspired
6. Family members who support your "addiction"
7. A blog (and Ravelry account) to share your thoughts, work, trials and tribulations
8. A continued passion to create
9. A support group of friends who can convince you not to buy more yarn!
10. Storage space for every yarn you "had to have"

Have a great day - Friday is almost here!