Friday, August 29, 2008

FO Friday

Here's the fillin:

1. When I'm sick I'm fatigued.
2. When I take a walk, I think about my plans for the future (house, land, animals, hubby, etc).
3. Money can't buy happiness but it can buy temporary happiness! And a lot of yarn.
4. Cotton makes me frustrated to spin and leather makes me happy.
5. The strangest person/character I've had lewd thoughts about was Brad Pitt. It doesn't seem that weird, but I really don't like him or find him at all attractive.
6. My favorite color these days are turquoise, olive, and red because they are pretty! Turquoise is just a beautiful color, olive is a staple for me, and red is bold.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to sleeping, tomorrow my plans include going down and helping Moma move, and, Sunday, I want to get all the animals situated. Since it's a long weekend, Monday I plan on going to H Mart (a Korean superstore) with my grandparents, mom, Arty, Shawn, and Michelle (Arty's girlfriend) and picking up Vinnie!

Today was definitely a productive day for me, knitting-wise. I worked on the Monkey and am so close to being finished and actually got 2 FOs now. These two have been sitting since May. They should have been quick knits, but I lost momentum and never touched them until today.


This is the Mossy Jacket (by f.pea). The baby jacket I started May 7. It's finished! I had finished the jacket May 14, but didn't have another color for the buttonband. I finally bought that the end of May, but didn't start back up on it until today. It was my first buttonband, first raglan (that I started), and first time adding buttonholes/buttons. Easy peasy and it's just too cute! It's going in the hope chest for one of our kids one day. It's Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton.

This is the Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf that I started early May. I had worked on it here and there this summer, but nothing major. I finally got it finished up today (it was lacking only that last little triangle at the end). I used the alternate ending on the pattern and it turned out very nicely. It's my handspun merino in the Hebride's Overture colorway. This is going to my father this weekend. It's so soft and squishy.

That leaves me with only 3 WIPS and no hibernating UFOs right now! I'm working on the Basketweave Socks, that second Monkey, and my $5 raglan.

A contest...

I've decided to have a contest to celebrate a number of things... my mom's big move this weekend, my successful internship with Walgreens, Vinnie (see post below), and the start of my final year of college. And, I really want to hold another contest! The St. Patty's Day one was fun.

This contest is going to be SAFF themed (oh, another reason to celebrate!). Leave me a comment on this post with suggestions for vendors that are must-sees, yarns that are must-haves, patterns that I should buy yarn/fiber for (on my queue or not), if I should try to follow my mom's advice and mostly buy fiber to spin/prep myself and little finished yarn, or if you have any tips or anything I should know! So, no comments that are generic ("Have fun!" or "I like your blog and hope you enjoy SAFF!")... I'm looking for tips, advice, or suggestions, please!

3 ways to enter... post a comment relating to SAFF, mention my contest on your blog (please let me know if you do!), and send people my way (please let me know if someone sent you!).

I'll randomly draw the winners on Monday, September 8. That gives you until Sunday, September 7 (midnight), to enter.

There will be 3 winners. All three will get a set of 6 handmade stitch markers, with first place also getting a copy of Mason-Dixon Knitting by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne. I may throw in other prizes, I may not. Depends on if I find anything else to send!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Meet Vinnie!


These pictures were the ones taken by the last owner and were in the ad. Isn't he handsome?!

I'm so excited to have him! Well, I don't actually have him yet. I'll be picking him up Monday so I can get all the paperwork done Tuesday morning. Shawn and I went out today to look and we liked him. Shawn was able to talk the guy down to 800.00 for him and we went ahead and paid for him and got the keys, bill of sale, and title from the guy.

Stats... Vinnie is a 1987 Ford Ranger, automatic transmission, low mileage for the age (the Santa Fe is a 2001 and has a good bit more on it than this truck), gets about 20 mpg, and runs great. The transmission was rebuilt about 10000 miles ago. Perfect interior and only a tiny dent in the front bumper. Only downside is the ac isn't working (it tries to, but doesn't) and Shawn thinks it's easily fixable.

Yay! The Santa Fe is going to my dad this weekend and Vinnie is my new baby. I'll be slowly doing things to it as I get the money... some of the more important things are to get a spray-in bedliner, get the ac worked on, and eventually get a camper shell for it. It does have some space behind the bench seat with the little sideways pull-down seat things, so I can stash stuff there if I need to. I'm so excited to have a truck and am so thankful of Shawn for buying me one!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The excitement is really starting to get to me....

I'm getting more and more excited everyday about going to SAFF. It's going to be a great trip... there's been a lot of stress and bad stuff going on for us lately, so it will be so nice to go away to the festival with just my mom. No one else. Then we'll do the Gold Rush thing at school the next day with Shawn. A great weekend that is much needed!

I printed out a copy of the vendor map and went through the list and searched for websites. I highlighted the vendors that are musts. I was good and only highlighted 31 vendors... I plan on at least browsing all of them (or as many as I can), but the highlighted ones I must spend some good time at.

Going through the Ravelry queue to try to see what all I need to buy there yarn and roving-wise. Moma doesn't want me to buy any yarn, only fiber for prepping and spinning. I plan on buying a whole lot of that, but also enough yarn for a few large projects.

A short list of what I plan on starting soon and want to get the fiber for at SAFF:

-73-24 Wrap Cardigan (DROPS Design) - probably will buy the yarn for this one.
-Hemlock Ring Blanket (Jared Flood) - fiber to spin for this one, maybe from a raw fleece or something that requires prep.
-Tree Jacket (Zephyr Style) - not sure if will go for buying the yarn or fiber to spin for it.

I'll be adding more to a list as I go.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

It's raining.

And raining, and raining, and raining. I think it's from that storm/hurricane/whatever it is today Fay. I love the rain, but only on weekends when I don't have to do anything. Not when I have to walk to class without an umbrella. And, yes, I'm a bad animal owner on those rainy weekends... I do not venture out to feed them or play with them unless it's a new babe or I'm afraid the leaky barn is flooding a cage.

I've decided to narrow down my hobbies. I'm spread to thin. Shawn made me make a list and narrow it down. I've decided on animals (my first love!), fiber arts (of course), and to dabble in beading and wood crafts (mostly woodburning).

I may be getting a new car Thursday! An 87 Ford Ranger. Red with white along the bottom. 135k miles on it and runs great with great interior. I'll be going out to look at it Thursday. Shawn will be paying for it, but I'll be putting a lot of money into our account once I'm working (I start next week and will get 12 hours a week). It's 1200.00. Not too bad and it's in great shape for its age (as old as I am! I love how old cars seem to last forever if given good care).

I'm naming it Vinnie if I get it. The Santa Fe is pretty much dead... it will go, but not safely. I don't like driving it and fear breaking down or getting hit by another car when I drive it. My dad says nothing's wrong with it, so I'm giving it to him.

Still working on the $5 shirt... now working on the sleeve increases and just about finished with them I think. The monkey heel flap is a few rows in now and should be finished for this weekend no problem (I may have to neglect the shirt, but no rush on it).

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Some knitting updates...

I've cast on for a new project today...

It's $5 in Paris (ravelry link). I'm using the suggested Caron Simply Soft, in Country Blue (a nice dark navy color). I have tons of the stuff I bought when I had the crazy idea of crocheting a queen-sized blanket for Shawn and my's house oneday. No stripes like the pattern says since I only have one color and am trying to do some stashbusting and I think it would be more versatile as a solid. If this one goes well, I'll probably make Moma one also.

Still working on the Monkey. I haven't really done much else with it, but will be starting on it again tomorrow and should have it finished by next Saturday when I see Moma again. Shawn and I are going down to help her move to her new house in Zebulon. It's really cute, perfect for one person. She is moving in as my friend and old coworker, Amanda, is moving out. The landlord will let the animals come, though we are having to limit who we are bringing. The rest will stay with my father and we really need to place the Poodles. We'll be bringing Acorn (unfortunately, Rowdy isn't coming), Johnny Cash, Jo, Gideon, Eunny, Mike, Hana, Annie, Su-ni, Black Jack, Outlaw, Snoopy, Freddi the Frog, Pepper, Gabriel, and Tobasco. The koi will be coming later, once we are able to get a trough out there for them. It's a difficult move and will be a lot of work, but is definitely the best thing for everyone.

Here are some adorable pictures of my baby, Johnny Cash:


So, Johnny isn't the main thing in the picture... but look that that smile on his face! He was having fun playing with Sheila and her son (his half brother).




Here's an older picture of Johnny, taken a good while back. Isn't he handsome? I love this goofy boy and can't wait to be able to have him with me again. This summer we completed basic obedience training and he's perfect! I love training... the bond that develops is unbreakable and the relationship is so much better for everyone. You get a dog that is well-behaved and confident. Johnny is a bit protective, though, and is a little wary of some people when they get close or make threatening movements. I do not find this to be a negative... I want a dog that can stand up to someone that they need to and Johnny has a keen sense of who's Ok and who's not. A great judge of character.

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Friday Fill-in

1. Dancing to the 90's music playlist on my iPod while getting ready in the morning makes me in a better mood for my day!
2. The last time I drove the Santa Fe I nearly broke down.
3. When I drive I tend to get bored and stop paying attention. Auto-pilot turns on and I sometimes end up where I wasn't intending!
4. I saw a dead groundhog standing next to a car at Wal-mart. It had a cigarette in its mouth and was holding a gun safety sign. Too funny!
5. Give me yarn, give me needles, give me a pattern, make me happy!
6. Next week I am looking forward to starting work and really getting into the semester.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to getting in some good knitting time, tomorrow my plans include knitting and school work, and, Sunday, I want to knit some more and maybe drive Dip!

Sp12 Questions

What is the best thing you've received in the mail?

I've gotten some great mail. I can't say in particular what it was, but it's one of these (no particular order)...

-money (who doesn't like getting that?!)
-my Ashford Traditional spinning wheel
-my Ashford drum carder
-a yarn order
-a secret pal package


I did manage to fix all those dropped stitches in the second Monkey. I'm now about to start on the heel flap. I am going to use one metal dpn. I can't get another set of the KP Harmony dpns right now, so it will have to do. I'm trying to finish the sock before Labor Day weekend so I can give them to Moma then.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Finally, some updates!

A lot has been going on in my life and I haven't been blogging for it! I'm now at school and classes start tomorrow. I'm so glad to be back. I feel relaxed and good in general.


I've finished sock one of the Monkeys and got about halfway through the second one before Shawn sat on my bag and broke one of my needles! Not just any needle, but a needle that was holding stitches. That boy...


So, the Monkeys are on hold until I can get more needles. I have another set of US 2 needles, but they are metal. I learned from my first pair not to mix needles of different materials. The sizes will be slightly off.
Here's my first cloth for my States Cloth Swap on swap-bot.com. It's Georgia with GA in it. The second cloth will be a chicken; Georgia is the number one chicken-producing state.

I'll be working on the Basketweave Socks more and hope to finish them before September. I'll be casting on for a cardi soon, using red Cascade 220. A trip to Cast-on Cottage is in order soon!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday Fill-ins

1. The last meal I had at a restaurant was Shrimp Scampi Pasta from O'Charley's last night. It was Moma's birthday.
2. Lying and manipulation are something I intensely dislike.
3. The full moon gives off a surprising amount of light.
4. ...is one of my favorite local expressions. I actually can't think of one right now, but I know I have one.
5. Sometimes it's best to be brutally honest.
6. Expelled is the best movie I've seen so far this year!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to hanging out with Shawn, Arty, and Michelle, tomorrow my plans include meeting someone to sell a dog and going to my grandparents', and, Sunday, I want to knit!

Knitting news to come soon!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

A Great Day

I got the job. Woohoo!

I had my warp-up meeting at the District Office this morning. We had to present the work we've done on our four projects (Cosmetics, SIMS (inventory), Commercial Photo Accounts, and Prescription Savings Club). My store is less than a year old and located in a very small and rural town, so my actual results weren't that outstanding. I didn't think I had a shot at winning (there were 4 first place prizes of 50.00 Visa giftcards and 4 second place of 25.00 cards). The busier stores natually have better sales and results.

Apparently, numbers don't matter. I won first place for one of my projects (which one? Not sure yet as they didn't tell us). Anyway, that giftcard is already gone (gas gas gas). Isn't that amazing? I'm beyond thrilled and so proud of myself.

I also got offered a job working at the Gainesville store (near school) and am starting a week after class begins. I get to decide when I start, what hours I'm available, and all that. I can also go back to my Barnesville store for the holidays. I'll be working as a BMI like I was this summer and getting the same pay (yay!). It's great that I also get to keep my active employee status and can get that wonderful employee discount and can get my benefits going as soon as I graduate and am working full time (I got my packet in already).

I'm a results kind of girl and really need to feel accomplished. This makes me feel that way. I went into this internship with a lot of skepticism and little knowledge. I am leaving it with confidence, knowledge, and pride. I worked hard and I'm now going to be working as a member of management during my final year of school and will be a MGT as soon as I graduate. I love it and feel so lucky to be in a position to where I don't have to worry about finding a job after I finish with school.

Tomorrow I'm moving back to Dahlonega and Shawn will be there to help me get all my stuff moved back into the apartment. It will be nice to see him.

Here's the Friday Fill-in:

1. You know you're old when 2330 is staying up late (that's 11:30 pm for all you non-military time folk).
2. My heart is divided between what makes me happy and what makes others happy.
3. Money, sleep, and Shawn are what I need RIGHT NOW!
4. I have felt the conflicts of love, pangs of loss, and ecstasy of joy; I have known the depths of regret.
5. Gah, won't these people learn to be nice?
6. Fix broken relationships as soon as you can! You never know what will happen.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to going to bed, tomorrow my plans include moving back to Dahlonega, and, Sunday, I want to sleep in and get settled in!

And now the SP question:

Have you ever entered your knitting (or anything else) in a fair? Or have you considered it?

I have entered many things in the Griffin Fair! Paintings, cross stitch, wood work, etc. No knitting yet, but I certainly plan on it. I'm in the south and county fairs are the highlight of the fall!

Knitting news... I'm working on the foot of the first Monkey. I got a lot of progress done the week. These will be for Moma's birthday present (next Thursday, but we're celebrating Friday).

Sunday, August 3, 2008

FO and WIPs

I finished the scarf for the Monochrome Scarf Swap on swap-bot. I really love it and hope that my partner will too.



Here's what's on the wheel... gray Lincoln. I carded the locks myself. My first time spinning where I just had a bag full of locks to start with! I still have a LOT of carding to do on this, but really like it and am having fun. Lincoln is so strong, but rather rough, so this is destined to become a rug for our house one day. I don't plan on plying it and will be knitting a rug with a zig-zaggy pattern, using the singles' energy to create it (knitting and purling rows).


Progress, however little, on the Monkey socks in Knit Picks Palette (Grass Green). I just picked these up again last night after a while of not touching them. It's a quick, easy, and interesting pattern. These are going to Moma for her birthday on the 14th. I should be able to finish them (I'm going back to school the 9th and don't start classes until the 21st, so have lots of free time on my hands!).

A very blurry picture of the Basketweave Socks I haven't touched in about a month. I still haven't worked on them, but thought I'd bring them out of the bag for a little photo time. I'm just about finished with the heel flaps.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Dip

Shawn's been without a car since a little before we met (he crashed it). He finally got another car a few weeks ago... it's a 1992 MR2. I really like it, but love how it makes the boy happy! He's been getting new stuff for it, making changes, working on it, etc. He got it painted this week (the same color... the paint was old and faded) and this is what it looks like now (the black rubber at the front, between the lights, was supposed to be painted and is going back Tuesday to get that done):
Pretty, huh? I named it Dip.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Decisions...

I've decided that it's better to make yourself happy than to try to make others happy. That is ultimately speaking, at least. In the end, it's yourself that you must live with and your feelings affect you the most, so be sure to take care of them and try to not take care of everyone else's. It's exhausting in all possible meanings of the word and I'm through with it regarding one person in my life. I just don't care anymore. I used to have a wonderful relationship with this person and loved talking to them, being around them, and looked for their approval. I still love them, but I don't like them anymore and have decided that I just can't be around them or even have a real conversation with them anymore. They bring me down and affect me in a way that's just unhealthy and unfair to everyone else in my life (it affects my mood and happiness, which carries over into other relationships, school, work, etc.). It's saddening and breaks my heart, but it's true and I've finally come to accept that.

ETA: After posting this and rereading, I realized that some might think I'm talking about my fiance, Shawn. It's not him, but another person close to me. Shawn is really my only real friend (sad, isn't it?) and he's one of the three people I can always turn to (the others being Moma and Arty (my brother)).

Ok, more uplifting posts coming soon... Sorry to have this become a ranting blog in the last few posts! Normal knitting and fibery news from now on (for a little while, at least!).

Today's Friday Fill-in

1. If I could travel back in time, I'd go to the time around the Revolutionary War. I would love to see all the happenings firsthand. Other than that, I would go back to a few years ago and try to change some things in my family, especially regarding my dad. Maybe relationships could be better today if I could do that. Of course, this is if everything else stayed the same, which would be impossible. Change one, change all.
2. Give me all you've got or give me nothing. I don't life halfway jobs.
3. I am listening to Fox News on TV in the other room, Gideon scratching (No, Gideon!), and the dogs barking in the front yard.
4. Somewhere, someone is thinking that they are the happiest person in the world.
5. I'll always be hard headed and difficult at times, but loyal at all times.
6. My idea of a good time includes being able to be myself with the ones I love and not worrying about anything at all.
7. And, as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting and getting some sleep, tomorrow my plans include going to a work meeting at 0700, stopping by Ingles for a pie crust, and working the dogs, and Sunday I want to sleep in and knit (oh, and eat the Chocolate Chess Pie Moma is making)!

Man, am I glad that it's Friday. The week went by so quickly, but today dragged on forever. I swear it tooke 3 hours for the clock to get from 1300 to 1400! I'm so glad to be off this weekend... I'm physically and emotionally exhausted. Homelife has been pretty stressful lately and it's getting to be too much.

I'm adding a list to the sidebar of the blog that has things I want to accomplish on it. Some may be knitting-related, but most is not. Kind of a life to-do list. It sounds lame, but I really don't care. There are things, big and small, that I want and need to do. Changes to make about myself, places to see, things to experience. I'll be checking them off as they are completed (and a few already are).