Now I have seen it all!
"Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica"
where else can you have Margarita's at 10:00 a.m.? We went to the King William Fair this morning, and took Baby Baxter with us. He was a bigger hit than the parade! We couldn’t walk anywhere for the people wanting to know all about him. He ate it up!! At first he just liked the petting but then he realized that all these people had food! He tried to steal a little boy’s hotdog, and another’s french fries. Then there was the sausage on a stick, and the turkey legs and the cookies… Now he is just exhausted. Here are some photos of him watching the parade (he did NOT like the drums) and a crowd of little girls who were loving on him.
Kat has an interesting Meme on her blog. Name 5 places you have knit other than your house or LYS. Hmmm, I really had to think about this one. But, here goes...
1. The beach! Last summer I worked on a felted bag while sitting on the beach. I figured it would be washed so I didn't care about the sand and sunscreen.
2. The Volvo dealership while waiting for a recalled part to be replaced.
3. The tire store while waiting for them to figure out why I had a flat tire. They didn't charge me so it was a very good day!
4. Airplane/Airport. The guy stuck in the middle seat was mesmerized and asked how long it would take me to make a shawl.
5. Sitting in radiology while waiting for x-rays of my back.
That was fun and made me think of my knitting experiences.
Today was a great day! I got my hair colored - my hairdresser makes me laugh a lot. She is so sweet and goofy. Then, I headed off to Ann Taylor Loft to use my coupon. If you have their credit card they send you wonderful coupons (same with Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works). I actually found some jeans that fit and they don't make me look like a plumber. I also got two pairs of pants that are very cute and actually fit! Then it was off to the gym with a stop on the way home to pick up a milkshake at Mickey D's. MMMMMMM I love their shakes.
Tomorrow Baxter and I will go to Austin for an adoption day at the Petco on Brodie Lane. We usually have about 10 Pyrs there so we are quite the spectacle. But, these gentle giants are better behaved than all of the other dogs. Baxter loves to go because he gets tons of attention. He is usually the smallest one there but he is so sweet, fluffy and white that everyone wants to pet him. He really loves to see the other dogs. It's a bit of a drive but worth the sacrifice if we can talk to people about the breed. Last time we had 2 adoptions.
Well, slap a scarlet S on my head and call me Jessica because I am just that stupid. Last night I realized that I had absolutely nothing on the needles. WHAT? How can this be? Well, after completing 4 projects (nope, still not in the mail) I made up the project sheets for each, organized my patterns, project sheets, receipts and Elann Newsletters. This still left me with time and nothing to do. I weighed my options and chose casting on the Shetland Triangle Shawl from Wrap Style in Diwa vs. cleaning up the dinner dishes. After spending nearly 30 minutes ripping out the first 6 rows (don’t panic, they only had 2 stitches) because I just couldn’t get my head around picking up from the provisional cast on, I made my way to the first chart. Here is where I became a cotton headed ninny muggins. First I should mention that charts and I just don’t mesh – the concept of reading right to left baffles me completely (HELLO, Kindergarten taught us LEFT TO RIGHT!); second, I enjoy a good picture book as much as the next person but making an entire garment from pictures…
So, here is a photo of my chart and legend…
Do you see lines 1 and 2? This is the part that had me perplexed. How can the square with the little dot say, “purl on the right side” when line 2 of the chart has a square with a little dot and that is the wrong side? This can’t be. I checked IK for errata and found none…I checked blogs for errata and found none…How can millions of people read this pattern and not one have found this pattern to be wrong? Did they just do their own thing and say, “screw the wrong pattern”? I had just started an email to my Elannites to see if any of them could help me understand this when the fog lifted and I went “Ah Hah!” (out loud too!). The legend is used for ALLLLLLL of the charts in this pattern and there is quite possibly a RS row just waiting for a purl. Sadly, this is not the first time this has happened. At that point, I decided that I should not be doing anything that required reading skills and pointy objects and headed off to bed.
Before I cast on this little gem, I started to cast on the Vintage Pink Cardigan from IK Spring 2005. I realized that in order to get their gauge I would have to cast on with a size 2 needle, which I do not have and was not going to go traipsing to the Michaels at 8:00 p.m. in hopes that they had one. It is a good thing I didn’t cast on because I realized that the sweater is made for either a 34” or 38” finished chest. I am neither. I would in fact be a 36”. So, the question became, do I knit the 34” with a larger needle to get a bigger size or knit the 38” with a smaller needle. No. 2 was out because I was not going with anything smaller than the 4 and 2 called for! Then there is option numero tres…I could redesign the whole thing. I have time, it is knit in wool and I ain’t wearin no wool now! So, I sat down today with my trusty Excel and a calculator and a pad of paper and I did me some math. I am now at the point of figuring the numbers for the left front. Keep in mind that I flunked Algebra once. I have to do some of the numbers a couple of times to be sure I am correct and occasionally I divide wrong but unlike 15 years ago, I now know when the number is wrong and I go back. After all, if the other sizes only cast on 100 I should not be casting on 200. I don’t see myself designing from scratch anytime soon but I think I can do this as long as I have numbers on either side of my goal to act as a guideline, and a calculator. And, yes, I did this all while at work today. I did it between taking dictation for the boss and trying to find his oven repair people from 2 years ago who may or may not be on the corner of Broadway and 410. I did this in between phone calls and playing with glue (I said playing, not sniffing!) and writing out my grocery list.
Can you believe it, no WIP! When I finished the last one last night I felt sort of lonely and lost. I looked at Charley and said “now what do I do”? So, tonight I will start on a sweater for me in Barkarole and start…wait for it…CHRISTMAS GIFTS! Yes kids, I am starting Christmas in April. I should start now that way I have time to get sidetracked by other projects.
I am sooo close to being finished with my shrug-I can't think of doing anything else. I should be doing laundry and going to the gym but I really want to finish the shrug. I think I might spend today working on it so that I can wear it to our yarn swap at Betsy's Kafe on Saturday. I doubt many people will show up (see paragraph below) but that's ok. It will be fun to have coffee, knit, visit with friends, see a new town and give Betsy a little business.
I am really hooked on this show! I am so glad that Miguel wasn't kicked off just because he was partnered with Andrea. I feel for anyone who is stuck with the person who cooks to "move your bowels". That's exactly why I eat ;-) I don't think she should have been brought back. I think they should have just scrapped the challenge after Cynthia left. Every episode I spend most of the time laughing at Stephen. He is such a moron who just so happens to have a big vocabulary. Unfortunately, no one told him to use discretion as to when to use his big words. I still think Lee Ann is going to take the prize - bets anyone?