Sunday, September 30, 2007

Progress ... presented by ... Jack :)

The afghans that I've been yammering about have been proceeding apace. So much so that I may have FOs very soon. Especially on the pink camo. It's a little narrower than I thought so I'm not making it quite as long as originally planned. Besides, I want to edge this without having to buy a new skein if at all possible.

All it needs after today is the edging. Joy :)

This is the due at a December 2006 wedding afghan. Every time I get it out to work on it, I receive warm feet courtesy of Jack. I have to spread this one out to reevaluate the size. It's huge, it most likely covers the entirety of a queen size bed and is probably a load of laundry by itself. The funny thing is, I probably will have enough yarn to make Jack his own afghan, which he probably won't sleep on then, lol.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Road trip when this comes out anyone?

I love documentaries. Always have, probably always will. And who knows, maybe this one will come out at the Cedar-Lee or CIFF.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Life gets in the way

I've been bad lately. Haven't been to SnB in about 3 weeks due to Dragon*Con and DH coming home when I wasn't expecting him. I will most likely try to convince him that he wants to work on his novel for a few hours so I can sneak out. I feel like I've abandoned people and I'm craving some social time again. But that can be remedied fairly soon.

I have been keeping busy though. I started working on the pink camo afghan at home just to continue making progress (kind of miss the full skein per Saturday that I put on it at SnB), so that's continuing a pace.

I've also been working on the "airport" scarf. Which I have finally finished tonight. Woot! Behold the cable-y crocheted goodness.

It's an off white. I know it doesn't look like it. I sacrificed proper color for a decent pic of stitch definition. That and I took this photo at 10 pm. I like this pattern though. I may make another to work through some of the yarn I have hoarded. Although I keep thinking that if I added a line of front post double crochets (just a single one in the middle of the three single crochet that separate each cable) then I'd have a crocheted version of the Irish Hiking Scarf. Scary that I'm starting to think like this.

I'm currently on a yarn hunt. The shawl pattern I want to make is going to take something specialty and I need to swatch it out to have a hope in hell of coming close to yardage. Sigh. And the stuff I love the most is hand-painted in small batches (the Almaza here, I love this colorway. It's old-fashioned rose colors for a kind of cubist pattern of roses.) I'm also like the idea of perle cotton (I'd forgotten about this actually). The passion or tutti frutti colorway from here I think would look kinda gypsy-esque which is good for what I want. Why am I looking at laceweight cotton and tencel instead of wool or something? Because I want this for a costume, in Atlanta, at the end of August. Needs to be light. I may have to break down and get the perle cotton though. It will be the most economical I think (even though I love the other colorway).

But yeah, such is life while under the creativity stick. :)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Universe smacked me again ....

This time with the creative stick. I'm so blessed, but I feel so overwhelmed at the moment. My idea for the "great American novel" finally jelled in my head. I know how to get my characters into the pickle they need to be in for it to work. Joy! That has been kicking around for years now. Unfortunately, the muse hit me at work and I've been having a hard time concentrating, but writing out notes helped.

Second, after sitting for a couple of days in the podcasting track at Dragon*Con, I now want to make a podcast. A lifey, fibery, bloggy sort of thing. Now all I have to do is buy stuff and plan that. Hell, I already have the logo in my head. Which leads to ...

The shawl pattern I want to make. It is based on the logo of the podcast that I want to use. My favorite doodle, my cubist roses. I've been researching sock yarn colorways (and prices, ouchie!) to make that filet crochet shawl, just 'cause I wanted it for my costume for Dragon*Con next year :)

And also, the scarf I'm making. It occurred to me that the pattern could be easily modified to make a crochet version (at least kinda) of another well-loved scarf. Woot!

All of this has happened in the past few days. So no wonder I feel overwhelmed. And I forgot to mention that I'm editing my husband's novel at the moment. So busy ... must relax, but can't ... lol.

Off to do a bit more work before I'm out of here to obsess about my dentist appointment tomorrow morning (ugh).

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Book meme :)

You're Adventures of Huckleberry Finn!

by Mark Twain

With an affinity for floating down the river, you see things in black
and white. The world is strange and new to you and the more you learn about it, the less
it makes sense. You probably speak with an accent and others have a hard time
understanding you and an even harder time taking you seriously. Nevertheless, your
adventurous spirit is admirable. You really like straw hats.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

I can't believe the news today ...

I've been promoted! Squee! They like me, they really like me ... lol.

Now I shall be expected to actually ... gulp ... know stuff. Oh wait, I already do.

I'm just being goofy. It's scarf time now, I swear, lol.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Atlanta -- Men in Kilts

I'm back from Dragoncon. For a girl who has never flown before the whole 4 planes in as many days thing is kind of dizzying. Unfortunately, I got paranoid about my carry on luggage. So I didn't pack my yarn. Sigh ... I was going to work on a 3 cabled crocheted scarf. Which would have been great since I spent a lot of time listening to the podcasting track of programming and had 4 hours to kill while my husband demo'ed a game. Oh well. Live and learn, especially with layovers at O'Hare.

But the truly horrible part is that I met a crocheter who was working on a Serafina shawl. The funny thing is that I recognized it from 7 feet away. I pissed off her husband by shanghaiing her to talk crafts, lol. Of course now we both kind of noticed the lack of crafts (besides costuming and 'bot building, both excellent pursuits), so I've been kicking around ways to remedy that. Lord help me I may start to podcast now, lol.

But my eyes are full, my brain is full, and my right ankle is the size of a baseball (not the best choice in shoes for walking between 3 hotels to see different things). I saw some gorgeous stuff (an Ent costume, gorgeous jewelry (my silver dream ter'angreal), a cavalcade of slave Leahs, and a totally awesome Jared from Labyrinth) and some truly horrifying things (mainly the male-pattern balding guy that had his hair in pigtails wearing a cheerleader outfit, one of the midriff baring ones). I also got my photo taken with Terry Moore as well as a couple of my Strangers in Paradise trade paperbacks signed. :D

There are tons of pics, but I don't have access yet, they are on my husband's camera. Next time I do this, I'm going to plan my luggage better, lol.

Okay, scarf time. I want this thing for the Red Scarf Project. :)