Knitter-in-Chief


greased lightning

I cast on Cookie A.’s Twinkle Toes yesterday. This pattern was on Knitty Gritty. Now, I was impressed by my plain stockinette socks that I finished in a week. This twinkle toes sock that I have on the needles…I’M OVER 3/4 DONE!

 Did I get amazing just now? I think I did. I know I can get these socks done in a week. I don’t understand it. They have lace and a gusset heel which is more involved than a plain shortrow heel with no gusset that I normally do.

 They better fit my mom. I think I may try them on her when she falls asleep sometime. I’m sure I could get them on and off real quick! Hahaha.

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It’s dark outside today. It’s been snowing/icing nonstop and the sun has not shown its face all day. At least it makes the giant pine trees (both taller than my two story house) in my front yard look pretty.

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my first pair of socks!

I made these for my boyfriend. They are made of Lionbrand Wool-Ease. I made up the pattern. They’re a very basic toe-up sock. They are a Christmas gift. My brother is modeling them for me here. More information in the previous post.

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I really hate the nasty weather that leads to crappily lit photos. The third picture is probably closest to the real thing, maybe a little dark.


I love you…here’s some socks

I’m almost done with my socks for my boyfriend. Here’s some pictures. The second one needs to be bound off, but I haven’t done that because I don’t have a tapestry needle for a sewn-bindoff.

These are toe up socks made with Lionbrand’s Wool Ease. They were easy and fast. They are my first pair of finished socks!


Kiss my glass

Yesterday I went to the Missouri Council of the Blind Thriftstore. I bought 6 glass cups. My brother and I made stencils with painters tape on them and used etching cream on them to make designs that we thought our parents would like.

I’m working on the cuff of the second sock for my boyfriend. I’m almost done! I’m doing this cuff with Norwegian purls instead of regular continental purls in my 2×2 rib. This might make sock 1 look different from sock 2. I don’t think my boyfriend will notice though. It looks pretty regular at this point.

I wanted to do the Norwegian purls, because I thought they would be faster. Actually, it’s very awkward and I’m slow, but it’s new and I figure I should stick with it for at least 10 rounds.

I’ll have pictures hopefully on Friday. I have to work tomorrow afternoon.


So…

I’ve failed my challenge on the second day. It’s okay! This is for me, not for readers or anything. (Obviously, because no one is reading!) I’ve messed up. Big deal. I’m gonna get right back on that horse and write a post today.

Yesterday was pretty uneventful. I worked more on my boyfriend’s socks. I was a little slow at knitting yesterday. I was tired when I started.  I’m sure today I’ll be back at my normal pace. I’m about 3 inches from the heel and then the cuff is a breeze.

Wow. My friends are dramatic. More on that later.

Today I’m returning a shirt I’ve been holding onto for a while. It belongs to a girl I used to be friends with. I could say “Oh, our friendship just ended. It’s noone’s fault,”  but that would be lying. It is her fault most definately . She called me a liar. She ruined our friendship to its core. Funny enough, she hasn’t returned my shirt that she’s had for YEARS. I’m talking 5 or more years and she still wears it! Well, I’m going to let her know I need it when I give her this shirt back. Not that I want to wear it. I just don’t want her to have it.

Petty? Yes. So what?

Another week of school. I’m so tired of it. I’m going to my guidance counselor’s office today to ask for a letter of recommendation. I want to be accepted early into UMKC. I think after this letter I’ll be accepted. There’s nothing else I can do after he sends it. I just have to wait.

Spring ’08 at UMKC? Let’s hope so.

As for now, I’m off to high school.


31 posts in 31 days

I’ve picked up the idea of keeping my blog active by blogging once a day this month from ysolda. The original challenge came from National Blog Posting Month aka NaBloPoMo. I haven’t really changed anything except that I’m doing it in December and not in November – I’m a little slow I guess.

Yesterday I finished one sock out of the pair I’m making for my boyfriend. I am very enthusiastic about the second sock. I have it started. It’s a toe-up sock and there are only 56 sts after the toe increases. I’m knitting them with Wool-Ease from Lionbrand. They are gray. I will post pictures when I am done with them.

After the BF’s socks, I have some other things to make but I’m going to keep those under wraps for now. You could try looking at my Ravelry (not that any of you would) but you still couldn’t figure out what I’m making. I really suck at keeping my queue in check. Though I do a good job when it comes to putting WIPs on there.

I went to the gym today. I don’t even know how I managed to do that. I’m pretty impressed with myself. I didn’t get to stay long though. My brother wanted to leave after only 20 minutes! I could have done some more but what are ya gonna do?

I got a Self magazine at CVS. I love Self magazine.


Social Gaming

Fall of Man game box

I see the lure and I want to bite. I have been bitten by the social gaming bug.

My friends have a PS3 and play Resistance: Fall of Man. I’ve played a little. It’s not easy by all means, but it’s really fun playing with my friends.

Resistance is a first person shooter game. The background of the story is that instead of WWII happening, monsterous creatures called Chimera arrive on earth and start killing everyone. These creatures overwhelm Asia and Eastern Europe then begin to invade the U.K. The player 1 character is Nathan Hale, a United States soldier, although the story is told by another soldier who had a brief encounter with Hale.

The game has recieved excellent ratings. The gamespot score is 8.6, the critic review is 8.7 and the user review is 8.7 on gamespot.com.

The design, controls, environments and weapons are all great. I would compare the fright factor to that of Resident Evil but with much better graphics.

I have not yet played it online. I don’t have a PS3. I doubt I’ll get one, but I know I’ll be playing it when I get the chance.


It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

This is the first book that I’ve read this school year. I came upon it in the library. After convincing the librarians that I could indeed finish it before December (the book club is going to read this book in December apparently), I checked it out and began to read.

 First of all, I had read a couple pages of this book last summer at a Barnes and Noble. That was the main reason I picked it up in the first place. Anyways, I guess I have a horrible memory, because the whole tone of the book surprised me. It was nothing like what I expected.

 The main character is a 15 year old boy. He’s tested into this school for gifted high school students, but soon finds he’s in over his head. He’s overwhelmed by all the schoolwork and is numb except for when it comes to smoking pot with his best friend and his best friend’s girlfriend (who is complicated in her own way). He starts to develop disordered eating habits and overall depression. He has the idea to kill himself, but ends up in an adult mental ward instead. That’s as much as I’m going to tell you about that.

This book deals with pressures from school, drugs, sex, depression, mental illness and the overall teenage experience. I would say I’m surprised that Mr. Russell, the new librarian that I’ve yet to meet, would pick this book for Literary Club but I’m totally not. Most of the librarians at our school seem pretty open when it comes to books. That’s how it seems to me anyways.

I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I liked it, but I do think it was a little stiff. Still, it’s a good read.

 Does anyone read anymore? Just kidding. I’m not EVEN tackling that one!


Mittens in progress

I’m knitting some mittens. My main use for them besides outside will be for the jlab, because it is so cold. My fingers are chilled to the bone and it’s only the beginning of October.

Pictures of progress? Well sure! I’ll show you!
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I’m working on the second mitten now. I will do the thumb and opening for a flip top on both after I finish the main body of the second sock. I just finished the cuff and have 9 rows to go until the thumb gusset starts. It’s a really quick knit, because there are only 45 stitches to the round. Gotta love it!

Speaking of the jlab, look at the reflector girls hanging out in it right now!

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Is it just me…

or is there alot of patronizing going on lately? I hate being told I’m mature, responsible and can handle a heavier work load while at the same time I’m patronized by superiors.

I’d take things adults said alot more seriously if they’d refrain from drilling the same school rules in my head (especially the rules I don’t agree with totally). Sometimes I feel like a criminal. Aren’t I innocent until proven guilty?

It get’s annoying, no? I sure do appreciate the teachers who treat me like a young adult and not a child. Kudos to them.