Wednesday, November 30, 2005
middle age badass wannabe
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
KIP'N in the e.r.
I also left out yesterday how I am getting the stash home from my mother. We decided to ship it. That way, my mother in law can also send back whatever else we left behind, as I'm sure we did.
Yesterday I witnessed a sister in knitting doing her thing at a bus stop, so I gave her a shout out. "Whatcha' makin' ?" "Wristletts on DPN's". Knit on sista' friend.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Our flight home was packed of course. The ride was rather bumpy for a while. In fact, the bumpiest (a word?) I have ever flown on. Then there was somebody who brought on some eggrolls, and another individual who had really baad gas for the entire flight. The combination of all of the above made my stomach churn. I still feel yuck just thinking about it. It became a mental battle not to loose it. Normally, it's no problem to me.
I finished a pair of sox in NY and gave them promptly to my oldest son who works on a car lot detailing all day. He said they were WONDERFUL. It warmed my knitterly, motherly heart to hear that. I got another sock going and could be done tomorrow with it. I am a sock knitting crazy woman. This pair has a rolled cuff instead of the ribbed. Me LIKEY alot. I may keep these for me!
Has anybody read the blog about Festivus? Remember the Seinfeld episode where Frank Costanza had his own holiday, and it was about complaining, and cheapness and other crazy stuff? Well there is some guy with a blog about Festivus, which I think is great in and of itself except he is selling aluminum Festivus poles for $37.50! That is soooo anti-Festivus! The reason they had an aluminum pole was because Frank was too cheap to get a new tree and had the old shiny aluminum skeleton. I may even start to celebrate Festivus myself. I think the concept is great, you get all your complaining and general irritability out of the way on Dec. 23 and then you go into Christmas (or whatever for you others who do Chanukah or secular stuff). My big thing about Christmas is that it is about the birth of a Savior. Period. I enjoy holiday traditions, but sometimes I think we get too caught up in the rush and hub-bub to really enjoy. Maybe if people had a little Festivus to clear out the crap they could enjoy the real meaning of Christmas. I am hardly the grinch, I love to shop and give. It just seems like the pressure from the media gets bigger every year. That has me wanting to just pull in my family away from it all and do something different.
Well its time to watch Peyton Manning and the Colts. Love Monday Night Football!
Monday, November 21, 2005
In a New York State of mind.....
Did some KIPing on the plane, and finished a sock. I have started the second one. Time to do a different pattern cause this one is starting to bore me. I am going out and about today and so that means I need to hit the LYS because my suitcase was only at 43 pounds. I can theoretically fit in 7 pounds of yarn, right? I think that would be hilarious if I really did that, can you IMAGINE cramming it in the overstuffed suitcase? "But honey, it should fit, they said it only weighed 43 lbs."
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Another mag I love is Vogues Knit 1, geared to a trendy, hip knitter. The fun knitter, like you. This month is about guy knitters, and although it is not my favorite issue to date, it is still filled with goodies. What I like about it is projects are in Lion Brand yarns, which are found easily and are for the budget conscious. Of course you can substitute yarn, and the patterns are easy to follow. I am a bit of a yarn snob, but I also use Lion Brand. Depends on what it is. If its a hat my boys will loose anyway at school, I'm not spending more for the wonderful to touch stuff. My boys don't know the difference (yet) and could care less.
Camoflage sweater. Adam. one of my other sons, you know, the kid who becomes just like one of your own. I mean, just like. Anyway, last year I made him a ski hat from some camo print yarn. He loves it. Now he wants a sweater. The hat is really cool. Its his favorite. The problem is it is a very cheap yarn and I can't stand the thought of making an entire sweater from it. So much love and many hours go into a sweater as you all know. He keeps asking me when he gets the camo sweater. I have an idea rolling around in my brain of this camo pattern in a SIMPLE sweater. I have a basic pullover pattern or two that would work. Now I have to map out this camo pattern. You know, the gobs of varing shades of green and tan. It would be one massive intarsia creation. I cannot even fathom such a creation, you know working it out on paper and then doing it. Eiiii-yiiiiiii-yiiiiii-yiiiii!!!! I wish he was joking, but he keeps asking when I'm gonna do it. I am in soooo much trouble because I couldn't tell this kid no if I tried. He says I'm his #1 mom. His mom passed away when he was 12. That is SUCH an honor to be called mom by him. What do I do?
I am drinking bloody marys tonight. Hubby made em so good. Its a budget recipe, but I will share it with you because I love the flavor. V-8, vodka (any kind) and Montreal Steak seasoning sprinkled on top. It has an awesome zing.
I have been packing and cleaning today. We are leaving for a trip to NY tomorrow for Thanksgiving. The boys are totally excited. It is not a productive thing for me to be drinking vodka, and working on my blog tonight. But here I am. I work better under pressure. Its cold there and I hate the cold. But there are people I dearly love there, and sorely miss. Especially my Michael. It has been a rough 4 months with out my first born. Especially since he chose to stay in NY and we chose to go to California. I Love it in CA. I love the weather. I love the fact that the economy is not depressed. And it makes me feel guilty that I love it so much. Our area of NYS is economically depressed to put it politely. I wish I could afford to live here forever. Problem is our house in NY has 7 yrs till paid off, and the equity we have is not spit in a bucket out here. I do not have the college education, hubby does. I put him through school. Then I had 4 boys, 3 years apart. I've been busy. Hubby has a great job, but I am a minimum wage earner. I have a cosmetology license. They are a dime a dozen. So I am trying to figure out what I am going to do next. I am 41. Creative. And I love to knit. I have many ideas and I have these pipe dreams of making money doing this knitting thing. I am currently trying to figure out what my second act will be. I have my oldest going into college in January. Gotta pay for that. I am very conflicted. I have always wanted to live on the west coast and now my dream is come true for at least a year or 3. I should learn to live one day at a time better, and freak about the future a little less. I know that at this point, a job I would get would do very little to help our situation. So to all those little girls out there all bright eyed and bushy tailed: Go to school, pursue your dreams. Get your FRICKEN education. I didn't. But I also did a great thing. I made my decision. But I could have squeezed in some school if I had waited to get married and have kids. Just a little while. So now the challenge is to squeeze in a dream in the middle of real life. Vodka speaks truth sometimes. Have a great Thanksgiving! Happy Knitting!
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Til' her family got into a terrible snit.
They whined and they cried,
cause they couldn't decide,
Monday, November 14, 2005
as I promised..
scarf it up!
Mother in law socks a WIP
Friday, November 11, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Monday, November 07, 2005
I'm too soxy for my shoes...
Heading home to NY for Thanksgiving. It will be good to see everyone, especially my oldest son. We flew the coop on him, instead of the other way around. He announced to us last week that he is going to go to college (the community) in January. YEAH!!!! I love it when a plan comes together. The wool socks will be handy in NY, not too much use for them in Southern California. My oldest son and his girlfriend are coming out here for Christmas. Anybody out there have special knitting projects going for the Holiday season? Let me know! I want to eventually knit new stockings to be hung by the chimney with care. I don't believe I have the time this year, but I would love to hear someone elses ideas.
Friday, November 04, 2005
The Case of the Frogged Sock
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
SPAM spam SPAM !!!! Not Monty Python either.
Spandex and Haters
Random thought: Fashion don't - spandex pants that match your burgundy hair. Actually, spandex pants and burgundy hair are separate and equal fashion don'ts.
Bad experience: Recently I was sitting at a stoplight in my Dodge shagginwagon, which is still sporting NY tags, minding my own business when a young surferdude pulls up behind me and starts SCREAMING at me and I quote "Go back to New York Muthaf@a" Like 3 times. I wanted to get out and give him some good old fashioned road rage piece of my mind like "New Yorkers invented road rage you @!$%%%&^* piece of ##$&(&$, so don't mess with me!!!!" But I didn't. My neck veins were popping at the stress of restraining myself. Someone told me that Californinans hate NYers. I find that hard to believe. I think my experience was just a random hater. I say peace, love and knitting....