awkwardgirl: (Practice safe socks)
( Apr. 19th, 2009 02:41 pm)
[livejournal.com profile] isolabela and I started fraternal twin socks this weekend. Same pattern (Charade, from ravelry.com), same yarn, different colorways. And, as it turns out, despite the fact that I went up not one but TWO needles sizes, hers are STILL turning out bigger than mine, and I am worried these babies might not make it over my feet. ^^;; Aw well.

(Fraternal) Twin Terror Socks - Charade


Emily's are on the left (blue/orange/pink) and mine are on the right (pink/orange/yellow).

*sigh* Am packed up again for the train ride home. Must thrust myself into the shower and leave mah twin. ;_; Have I mentioned that I don't want to go to work tomorrow? Bah. =P

ps: [livejournal.com profile] aoibhe and [livejournal.com profile] secretchristine - Emily and I might suck at drunken Disney trivia, but you KNOW you love us best regardless. ^_~ *xoxoxoxoxoxoxo*
I hate being awake this early on a weekend. Because I know that I'm gonna be up at four tomorrow morning going, GAHHHHHHHH! *grin* Had delicious burger with my cousin and his gf last night. Found out (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] aoibhe!) that mixing booze and my meds could equal seizures so um...there went THAT idea. ^^;; Then we went out to Cold Stone, and since Alex bought everyone dinner, I treated to ice cream (I got strawberry with kitkats. MMMM! Best thing? Their strawberry ice cream doesn't have fruit chunks! SCORE!) Came back home to chill at my house, and then they left, and I crawled into bed at nine. BECAUSE I AM OLD AND TIRED. =P Curled up with the book I got on Friday, Spinning The Old Way, since I have a high-whorl/top-drop spindle and don't have the money or the space for a spinning wheel. Figured that I could get all the pretty hand-dyed rovings from my favorite etsy shop and learn to spin correctly and on my own. ^^ v I have a few attempts already - three to be exact - and two are too bulky and blah. The third is still a bulkier weight than I wanted, but it's a little better.

Think today is errand day. Going to hit Redmond and get some desperately needed new clothing items (yay!) and some shorter knitting needles (double yay!) and spend the rest of the day lingering on the computer and knitting. Don't have plans to do anything outside of shopping, so I can curl up in jammies all day long before I have to start yet another work week. -_-

I have just about three pattern repeats of the lace scarf. I have plans for this scarf. I'm hoping to get it done by the end of this month. PLANS I SAY.

Off to eat fud and get ready to be seen in public. I guess frog jammies and bedhead and glasses aren't socially accepted yet. =P
awkwardgirl: (Cast On)
( Mar. 1st, 2009 08:29 pm)
I just realized that I wanted to do the NaBloPoMo this month. So I guess that requires a post for the very first day of the new month, ne? It would sorta suck to blow it all the first day. =P

Today was good, until it wasn't. And then it really, really wasn't. I am stuck like a thing that is stuck. I guess that's why I've been so gung-ho about finishing the Shawl of Doom today (not quite, though I do have 8 out of the 12 end points finished) - I just want to finish something. Feel like I actually CAN accomplish something, that I'm not completely blocked, even if it's just something silly and unimportant. I sorta feel like this is a metaphor for my life:

This damn thing has taken me over three years. It is not even the slightest bit perfect, and it has been a struggle from the second I cast it on. I messed up practically on the first row. People, the first row only had like...3 or 4 stitches. How can someone mess THAT up? *raises hand* That would be me. There has been dropped stitches, and too many stitches, and then not enough. I've had to pull back and reknit and finally just ignore, all the while thinking, "Man, wouldn't it be nice to sail through a few rows without the slightest mistake?" And then bah, the numbers are wrong...yet again. Three years, you'd think that I'd get at least better at it, and nope. I'm pretty much the same blundering soul as when I started. And then, last night, the main body was finally. freaking. done. I just sailed through the end points today. But, in a moment of my usual sudden burst of cautiousness, I decided to brave the daunting number of stitches on my needle and actually COUNT them, just to make sure that I had the right number. And you know what? Instead of 300, I had 299. Now, I know that it could've been worse (even then, I HAVE NO IDEA HOW I KEEP MANAGING TO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT NUMBER. Is it really me? Am I totally that stupid EVERY SINGLE TIME?) but it still had me wanting to throw the whole thing across the room, propelled by an angry "SON OF A BITCH!" I contemplated, right then and there, just ripping the whole thing out, winding up the yarn, and hiding it, pretending "Shawl? What shawl? I have no idea what you're talking about." Instead, I finished the point I was working on, started in the next, and did what I've done through out the whole thing: surreptiously add that missing stitch back. They'll never know.

There have been so many things that I've given up on. So many people, so many situations, so many dreams, and so many wishes. I've given up on my family, on my friends, on my co-workers, and mostly, on myself. I cannot, will not, give up on this damn shawl. It is only knitting, I have to keep telling myself, and no lives are at stake. It is not a life or death matter. And, no matter how much that one measly, missing stitch made me want to, it should not drive me to throw myself upon my knitting needles, hoping for a fatal wound. It'll get finished. Probably tomorrow. And I will wash it, and block it, and make it all nice and even, and try to hide as many mistakes as I can. Because even while it's one of the most imperfect things I've ever made, it is still soft and warm, and damn it...it's one more thing that I've managed to finish.
awkwardgirl: (Cast On)
( Feb. 28th, 2009 10:22 pm)
I had already shut down Vimes, my laptop, for the night a couple of hours ago...

...but I had to log back on. The Shawl of Doom? Which has been mocking me daily for over 3 years now? I HAVE FINISHED THE MAIN BODY OF IT. o.o Like... I even started the first little point on the bottom edge. Despite eye strain and new glasses and headaches and hurty eyes and some seriously Olympic-level procrastination... I HAVE PREVAILED. (Well, you know. Sorta. =P)

Pictures to follow. HEE. ♥
Despite only have two buttery nipple shots last night, I woke up feeling all headachey and kinda grumpy. ^^;; This is why I rarely drink the hard stuff, guys, I just have no tolerance. ^^;; *is a wimp* Hung out with my cousin and his friend last night at the party, and it was really fun, but was so exhausted so cut the night short around 11pm and we headed to our respective homes. I had truly bizarre dreams including one where I spent the whole time yelling at a co-worker who was pissing me off, and Obama (yeah, that one was BIZARRE O.o [livejournal.com profile] aoibhe and I were at a White House press conference that went awry.) The night before, I had dreams about angrily sorting yarn whilst yelling. I think my brain is a strange, strange place. So needless to say, today might be a stay in pjs and be lazy sort of day. I have things to write and plot, and a striped Noro Silk Garden scarf to knit to the exclusion of all other knitting projects (read: the Shawl of Doom and more fingerless cuffs for belated xmas gifts. Oops? I agree with my knitting goddess, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, that a scarf that is 1x1 ribbing and two row stripes should not even be at all this entertaining. But really? It so is. My fingers itch to knit it everytime they aren't preoccupied with typing...and even sometimes when they are. It does not make sense. Or, rather, maybe it does. Because the dye job on these yarns are SO LOVELY that it is immensely fun to watch as the colors shift with every row. *sigh* I also understand that this sounds a little...odd. Please, bare with me. This just means that this might someday be around the neck of one of you. Knitting loves company. ^_~)

Had to cancel one train ticket and order a new one, but my plan to take over WA with the twin, [livejournal.com profile] isolabela, continues strong even after minor setbacks. Fear. Us.

Just as an aside, please go over to [livejournal.com profile] foolsnotion and tell her how absolutely fabulous she is for offering and executing an adorable piece of art of my surly, but much loved, OC Lenore. It just makes me happy, yo. ^_________________^
My mom bought me two sets of Barbie clothes for my Pullips (a set of fruit pajamas, and some pretty pink/green ones.) Not only are the clothes totally made of win (and made me fall back into love with my Chicca, Lu, once I redressed her), but for a woman in her 50's to buy BARBIE CLOTHES IN PUBLIC for her 26 year old daughter? To put on her much loved, but extremely expensive and probably frivolous, Pullip doll collection? She might get on my nerves from time to time (and, do to be fair, I am not the easiest person to live with at the moment, with all this PCOS bullshit making me moodier than a 13 year old on the rag for the first time) but man, do I love that woman. ♥ Also spent the birthday cash portion of my father's unexpected gift on a new DS game, because while I love Sudoku and Cooking Mama 2, I needed something different. Got The Urbz: Sims in the City. WOOT.

Now, I'm done with spending. No really. =P Met up with Christina last night, and she surprised me with sushi Re-ment (#2 What Dad Enjoys), tiny pirate devil ducks, skull and crossbones pirate ice cube tray, and THE MOST FABULOUS TINY PINK FELT ELEPHANT YOU EVER DID SEE. Omg, I am so in love. It fits right in with the narwhal she made me earlier this year, and the knitted llama from Peru that [livejournal.com profile] wingsofchaos brought back for me. <333 Now, if I only had a camera that worked, I would celebrate by taking pictures. *sigh* She sent me a .pdf of all the stuff she's selling now, so I promised to pimp her because really...her stuff is so cute. I cannot wait to force her into finally opening her etsy shop. *grin*

I fully plan on starting another set of Fetching fingerless mitts (I actually managed to get [livejournal.com profile] aoibhe's finished and sent out in the mail yesterday! HEE FOR GETTING SOMETHING ACCOMPLISHED!), finish up that row on the Shawl of Doom that I've been neglecting for at least a week, and maybe start in on a scarf (for my mom. Because as much as I want to get started on my Noro Silk Garden striped one, I HAVE OTHER THINGS I NEED TO FINISH FIRST. *whimpers*)
awkwardgirl: (Gaia Wibble Wren)
( Dec. 28th, 2008 12:11 pm)
I recently had a random dream that featured my back tattoo. I don't think I've had a tattoo dream since I got my first back in 2001 (and that weird phase lasted for MONTHS.) Is it odd that I'm dreaming about tattoos? Really, I need to know this. We were in this creepy house museum thing and I was searching for someone, trying to get out the front door. The alarm went off, and all the curators came to see what was the matter. For some reason, we got into a discussion about my tattoo, and the symbolism of it, but it didn't quite look the same (I think there was an Eye of Ra in it to. I mean, it's Egyptian inspired, so I guess that makes sense? I dunno.)

Because I still love it now, 2 years later... )

Day 3 of the Meme:

~ Despite that pesky little "making-no-money" thing, I work tomorrow and Tuesday, and possibly half of Wednesday, and then I'm on vacation until the following Monday. Another 4-5 day weekend, which I fully plan on spending obsessing with [livejournal.com profile] aoibhe and the muses.

~ Am back on the Fetching Mitts knitting jag. Am almost finished with the main part of the Shawl of Doom, 6 more rows to go (even though, to my horror, I saw that I had started it January 2006, and not 2007 like I thought. OMG, THREE YEARS? *sigh* I am ashamed of my faithlessness.) Also, bought some Noro Silk Garden on sale to make this little bit of gorgeousness. (One of the color gradiants I got is absolutely not even a little bit similiar to the two others I got though...I hope it turns out nicely. I got numbers 241, 244, and 268 if you wanna check 'em out on the Noro page.)
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