Sunday, February 27, 2005

Corrupted computer files = no clue where anything is...

...and due to our (lack of) diligence in making good on last year's resolution to backup all computer data at least once a week (eyuh) we are now attempting to reconfigure two months worth of our business. All documents and photos and everything else wound up totally corrupted. Scattered indiscriminately about the entire harddrive. Dead motherboard. Died a sudden but painless death and without a will, leaving its heirs in a state of total discombobulation. Not to mention, having destroyed all the photos of my knitting which I had planned to bring into this blog.

Ah well, once dh's blood pressure returns to near normal and he finishes the herculean task of reloading everything that was contained in our 80gig of hard drive, perhaps he'll get the photo programs back up and running and I can rephotograph everything that hasn't been sent off to new homes...

OTOH, I am feeling accomplished today as I have figured out a little more about this blog and how to make thing work. In spite of the ease of Blogger, I still struggle with the more technical stuff, but there are new little icons and links on here tonight and I did it. I'm proud! I also finished the back to my beautiful blue pullover and have started on the front as well as cast on for the sleeves (I'm doing them on the same needle at the same time.) I'm pleased to note that the front is, as I expected, going more quickly, broken up as it is, by the presence of the plait. I saw a similar pattern in a book I was browsing through, and I think the braid will be sizeable enough to be significant without looking out of place...I hope!

DH is working downstate tomorrow and left out of here early this evening so as to avoid the possibility of the 8-12" of snow the weathershaman is predicting. I'm never sure what to believe. I do think that when ds goes off to college I may go back and get certified in broadcast meteorology so that I can get a job being wrong most of the time and still get paid. Fer cryin' in the mud, do these guys ever look out the door?

Last night I chaperoned a semiformal dance at the high school. This is always an interesting time for me as my kids are homeschooled...but go to the I get tapped to help. Sometimes it's fun, sometimes it's waaaay more drama than my poor post-menopausal heart can stand. Last night was one of those. Breaking up, making up, fights threatened. Thank You Lord that I'm not 16 anymore. On the other hand, I guess they do have more resilience...I hope.

Off to knit my lovely blue sweater. I'm shooting for early March, before it warms up too much.

Friday, February 25, 2005

"Goin' to the Chapel and we're...gonna get maaaaaarried..."

Wedding planning continues apace. An overnight trip to Saginaw netted a look-see at the very old (1832AD) church where the wedding will be held, a meeting with His Most Reverend Doctor Pastor Holy Moley (this is how he actually introduced himself. I'm not sure this is a legal title/job description...), a reception site, catering, flowers, photography, tuxedos, music and leads on limo, cake and all the rest. Eventful. I got to meet the soon-to-be sil's mom and grandparents (adopt me, Marta and Lee!) A good time was had by all despite the fact that my checkbook hemorrhaged profusely all day.

Today we attempted to order wedding invites now that we have a place to invite folks to. No more wedding stuff for tonight. I'm pooped.

Here's a little something I ran across in my wanderings today and I wanted to put it in here so I could find it when I got around to actually doing it. I love the idea of Self Portrait Day. This is clearly one of the more inventive memes online.

Self-Portrait Day

I hope to join once I get the courage to actually launch this blog (and when we actually have the return of the big 'puter which has now been ailing for almost a week.) The computer doctor has not been entirely truthful with us about what's wrong, what caused the problems or when we might expect resolution (only to say that he's found information but it doesn't seem to be in the folders it once was. Just wonderful. This is our entire business we're talkin' about here...) Lord, please fix it!...please?

Still too much sickness at the house. I'm on day 7 of the antibiotics and don't feel one bit better. Ick. OTOH, we had almost 9" of new snow and it feels more like winter which always cheers me. I'm one of those crazy Northern Michiganders who actually believes that winter here was meant to be cold and snowy...

Almost finished with the boring back to my sweater. I love knitting with the Natura yarn even though it has some acrylic in it (it's 30% wool, 30% alpaca, 37% acrylic and 3% little colorful viscose slubs.) It's really inexpensive, soft, doesn't split easily. Who could complain about this yarn? ...except that I promised myself I'd knit it in pieces according to the pattern and actually seam it instead of warping the pattern into the round like I usually do. Just want to see what it's like, y' I'm bored knitting across, then purling across. The upside of this is that my purling speed has doubled, easily, and my tension has evened out. A tossup, I s'pose. I did decide that I needed to add a single cable up the front for some contrast (or to alleviate the excruciating boredom I experienced whilst knitting the back...) so I factored in a 12 stitch plait. I was concerned for how the cabling would affect the fit if I threw more than one in. I did some math and wound up increasing by 9 extra stitches after the garter edging. This should compensate for the pulling together of the plait. Once I reach the top I will knit one or two rows plain and do the decrease right under the garter neck edging. Or not...we'll see how it works out, I suppose.

Enough tonight. I think I'll go snuggle a puppy for a while...

Monday, February 21, 2005

Where have I been...? Where am I now...? Why am I asking this...?

"I 'bin ev'rywhere, man, I 'bin ev'rywhere..." Found this interesting meme at one of the sites I have Bloglined, (can I use that as a verb?) a sweet site called The Bookish Girl

Bold the states you've been to, underline the states you've lived in and italicize the state you're in now...

Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana / Nebraska / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota / Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C /

Go HERE to have a form generate the HTML for you.

Progress continues slowly on the wedding thing (did I mention that? That dd is getting married in July and that we've gotten almost nothing done about the reception yet? Did I? I was hoping to ignore it...) but now requires that I step away from the laptop and actually go to Saginaw to meet with cake bakers, flower makers and picture takers to pull some details together. Got a hot prospect on the reception site. Now all I need is a small fortune and it'll happen. Perhaps The Donald and his new bride could spare some of the used, discarded centerpieces from their Mar-a-Lago reception...?

In knitting news, no photos yet as the big 'puter is in the shop. Once fixed, I think I have a handle on inputting them here, so there will be yarn shots!

Monday, February 07, 2005

I said, I DON'T knit scarves!

Photos don't usually lie. But I am a serious knitter...really I am!

...and here I am again...against my will, of course...

I have developed a serious blog problem. Not the" I have a blog" sort of problem. That might be easier. No, I am spending precious knitting time reading blogs. And one leads into another and another until I have read at least half of the knitting bloggiverse and there is no time left to knit or to sleep or clean or...well, you get the idea. I suppose it'd be easier if I could knit whilst I read, but current wip requires following a pattern yet-to-be-committed to memory. I need a simple sock, I suppose. A foofy scarf (I avoid these like the plague after hemorrhaging them last fall.) A simple stockinette stitch sweater knit in the round. But no...

I did finish a few things recently and might actually figure out how to post their pics when I get off the laptop and onto the big 'puter where all said pics are stored. I have a lovely shawl in Fiesta Yarn's
La Boheme in the Sapphire colorway with Rowan's Lurex Shimmer in Navy and Amethyst added to the very heavy fringe. I am enamoured of this shawl! I don't even wear this sort of thing and I adore it. I feel like a princess in it.

Using Prime Alpaca in black, 3 stranded, I completed the beanie in S'n'B Nation for dh, along with a pair of Natalyas out of the same. Added a suede mitten palm patch as these are for work. Yeah, alpaca for work...this is Northern Michigan where it can be -30F in the morning some days, when he's working in an unheated area on sensitive electronics and needs his fingers free to work (and free of frostbite.) These babies are just the ticket. I am putting the link to the pattern in here as these have found a place in my heart and everyone should have access to this fabulous pattern!

Natalyas and beanie

On the heels of this screaming success I managed to ignore the other wips languishing in the basket and cast on for a pair of fingerless gloves (wristers, wristlets, wrist warmers...whatever) for myself. There were two of the most luscious little yarn muffins (don't they look like muffins? I think so...) of balled Koigu
KPPPM color 118A sitting atop my bookshelf, defying me to figure out what they should become. And indeed, they are now a pair of self-designed, cabled wristers for moi. I love how something that has such goth overtones can be so cute and useful on me.

And just minutes after I finished washing, blocking and drying them, the UPS guy showed up (no, not with yarn...sadly) and gushed over my accomplishment! (What good taste. He obviously knows knitting and knitters.) He showed me his self-designed wristers too...old work gloves with the fingers ripped off. I decided then and there that he should have a freshly knitted pair. Headed off to the LYS and found that Mission Falls 1824 makes a color that should be called UPS brown. Washable. And easier to knit on size 6 dpns than the size 2 that the Koigu demanded. Glove #1 almost done...glove #2 cast on and ribbing in size 4s. (I was recovering from surgery just before Christmas and forgot to tip the guy...I hope these make up for it a bit...)

Made a foofy scarf (okay, I lied before) for a sweet young thing/friend of ds whom I'm teaching to knit. Used Lion
Fun Fur in Rainbow along with their Glitterspun in Black. Just a simple thing...c/o 9 stitches on size 13s, knit 4 rows,* knit 1, y/o* next row, knit across dropping all y/os next row, knit 4 rows...etc. She said it made her feel beeyooteefull! Okay, I guess that sort of response is worth it...

So there's a whole bunch of information logged into cyberspace. I truly have no idea why I'm doing this (I suppose that thi
s is as easy a way to keep a knitting journal as any other) other than the original reason I wound up here, but fwiw, here I am, here it is...