Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Small post of randomness

My sock design is history. I put the finished sock on my foot only to discover that A) it was too short by a good 2 inches, and B) that with the amount of stitches I had for my medium sized foot, the sock simply didn't work. The stitches were being stretched out too much. So I've unraveled one completely, the other I will give to my Mother (who has a small foot) and see if the measurements work out better for her. 'cause then I'll at least know the stitch count for one size. And then it's back to the drawing board...again.

I'm in the middle of test knitting a baby cardigan and some lacy fingerless gloves for my Mom. Both are really easy and knit up rather fast. If only I could get my butt into gear and stop bouncing from one project to the next. One of the gloves it blocking right now (mostly because I wasn't smart enough to do it the first time around) and I'm working diligently on the second...sort of.

HSKS started Dueling club yesterday. Basically people are paired up with someone, then everyone gets the same knitting or crochet pattern and one tries to finish the project and post a picture before their opponent does. For now I'm still in the race, having posted my picture of the Felicity hat before my opponent did. But seeing the others posting their pictures way before me makes me realize that most likely I won't get in for much longer. I kind of like the hat, but it's a bit tight and I'm not a huge fan of slouchy hats...but that's just me.

This weeks assignment is a quiz and an essay. I'm working on it slowly but surely, and will probably publish the post eventually, when I have answered all the questions. Kind of makes me feel like I'm in school all over again. I was never very good with Essay questions; I'd rather just talk about it.

Also, I'm pretty sure that the mailman is keeping my Fingerless Gloves Fanatics swap package hostage. I still haven't gotten it, and am pretty certain that I gave the right address. O.O;; I hope.

HSKS Week 3

Word Association! *excited arm wiggle thing*

So, for this weeks assignment we're doing word association. I've been given a list of words and are supposed to type in the first word that comes to our mind (or small phrase). So where we go. My answer shall be in red....or maybe teal?

  1. Pumpkin Juice
  2. Owl Mail
  3. Leaf Tree
  4. Weasley Ginger
  5. Quaffle Flying
  6. Hallow Honor
  7. Mad Crazy
  8. Dragon Scale
  9. Crystal Earrings
  10. Trees Park
  11. Hermione Books
  12. Hogwarts Magic
  13. Burrow Gofer
  14. Dobby Elf
  15. Horcrux Soul-keeper
  16. Ministry Government
  17. Magic Stories
  18. Sirius Harry's link to his parents.
  19. Apple Orchard
  20. Juice Orange
  21. Candle Light
  22. Ghost Haunting
  23. Snake Pet
  24. Wand Magic
  25. Invisibility useful
  26. Tent Camping
  27. Spell Casting
  28. Umbridge Miserably bitter bint
  29. Dursely Unkind
  30. Prophet Newspaper
And here you have it, my word association.

In more muggle news, I had to use my WIP (work in progress) basked, which is an old laundry basket, to do a load of laundry yesterday. And when I dumped the whole thing onto the bed I realized that I have way too many projects on the needles. And some of them should have been done yesterday ago. And what do I do instead of concentrating on those projects? I sign up for this swaps Dueling club. *headdesk* For those of you who aren't part of HSKS, dueling club is when people are matched up, given a project to knit/crochet and the first person to post a picture of the finished object wins. And the winner moves on to the next round, until only one person is left standing. Yeah...I'm slightly crazy like that.

Also, I have no idea what is going on with the socks I'm making. Because the cuff is picot edging, it's a tiny bit too tight around the part where you join them, and so far the foot part of the socks it too short...by like 1 inch. Did I mention that the toe is like super pointy? The wicked witch of the west would do well with these socks. I'm adding the after thought heel now and will see how it all look afterwards...hopefully the socks will behave. *goes to have a stern talking to with them*

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Week 2 Assignment.

This weeks assignment is to list 5 things that we couldn't live without if we were to go into hiding/camping/running away and explain why. At first I figured that I would add the husband onto that list, but then I realized that he might be the reason I would be doing the afore mentioned. So where is what I came up with.

James - As silly as it may seem, I would take James with me. He's this large stuffed animal monkey that my husband got me when we were first dating. And he's adorable, and large enough that you can cuddle him to you with no problem. And I would need something to cuddle if I was running away.

An army-swissy-knify-thingy - You never know when you need to cut something up, or saw into something, or need to unscrew something. *nods* One of those awesome does-everything-but-your-laundry knives would come in hand at times like this.

A blanket - probably the husbands gigantic fleece blanket. For all I know where I'll be it will be really cold. And I hate the cold.

Harold - Remember Harold? I mentioned in a flew posts ago. I'd have to take him for the sake of taking him. I mean he's Harold! I've had him for years and going somewhere without him in my purse would just be strange.

My baby blanket - Judge me if you want, but I'd totally take my baby blanket with me. It's not big, it's not even all that warm, but it would make me feel better since my Mom made it for me. And if I need to do into hiding I'd want something with me that would make me feel better. Plus I could always salvage the yarn somehow and made something else out of it with like...twigs or something.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Assignment part 2

I realized as I was writing this, that I should have done the whole assignment in one go, instead of taking my sweet time with is. 'cause I couldn't remember my own answers sometimes; like my fav season/holiday. So while hunting people down, and reading through a ton of blogs, I had to have 4 different windows open. That's what I get for not paying attention I s'pose.

Here is part 2 of this weeks assignment.

  1. Someone with the same craft as you (either those listed above or another one). Morgianna Defeufaucon, (staroftwilight) we both spin with a drop spindle.
  2. Someone who was born in the same month as you. Mantacora Crimson (tbeck) We're both June babies. And she shares my Mom's birthday. xP
  3. Someone from a different country. Poppy Pluot (kauraqt) Now while she's originally from America, she now lives in Germany. Which in my world, counts as "from"
  4. A new HSKS Family member. Nicky Lovely (ynkchck2)
  5. Someone who has been in 3 or more HSKS swaps.
  6. Someone who has a bigger stash than you! (And if your stash is the biggest, proudly say so!) Phelia Ballycastle (SinKnitty) She has over 200 stashed on Ravelry. And who knows how many she hasn't added yet. @.@
  7. Someone who both knits and crochets. Lexi Lovegood. (DannieBeez)
  8. Someone who has the same favorite color as you. Winifred Hornswaggle (angel101580) we both like blues and greens.
  9. Someone who has the same favorite season/holiday as you. Meladia Starseeker (LAFisher)We both like summer.
  10. Someone who has the same favorite fiber as you. Emma Scimgeour (cyancomet) Okay, so she listed specific fibers, and I like them as long as they are natural...so in a roundabout way that counts? right?
My overall experience of finding things out was pretty good. I liked bunny trailing over peoples blogs and reading their random posts. And with those who's blog I didn't read, I looked through their project pages and added way to many projects to my own cue list. At this rate, I'll have to find the fountain of youth and live in it if I want to get everything knitted.
I've also noticed that a lot of people have set up a blog specifically for the HSKS swaps. Makes me think that I should have used my HSKS swap blog too. But I have enough trouble keeping up with this one. xD

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a husband to knock some sense into for cursing so much. *grabs frying pan*

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

HSKS Swap Week 1

I really should start a different blog for these swaps...although this doesn't get any traffic as it is, so I suppose it doesn't really matter...unless of course my regular readers (all one of them....HI MOM!) get annoyed with these. But moving on.

I'm part of the Hogwarts Super Kit Swap (or HSKS) again this time. It's pretty friggen awesome. And gives me something to do while I sit around, twiddling my thumbs, waiting for people to get off their butts and get to my paperwork...but I digress.

Week 1 assignments are already up and for this week we're supposed to get to know each other a little bit. So, while I go stalk get to know my fellow swapees, here are some tidbits about me. In bulletin style! And yes, the answers are congruent with questions posted by the mods.

  1. I knit, a lot. I would try crochet, but I can't be bothered to learn it, and really, if I started another craft my husband would kill me.
  2. I was born on June 6th.
  3. (Someone from a different country.) Does being born and raised for 12 yrs in Germany count? Maybe?
  4. (A new HSKS Family member.) I'm not really new.
  5. (Someone who has been in 3 or more HSKS swaps.) It's only been 2 for far.
  6. My yarn stash is kind of small...ish. I need to get another tub actually to fit all the skeins that are flying around the room. Although if you ask DH, he'll tell you that I have more then enough yarn to last me for the rest of our natural lives. But what does he know?
  7. Well, as stated in Question 1, I don't crochet.
  8. I have lots of favorite colors. But my top choice is always Blue. But followed right behind are Green, Gray, Brown, Pink, Red, Black (ooh, pretty colors)
  9. My favorite season is Summer. It's nice and warm, and you get tans, and you can wear skirts, and go swimming without freezing. But my favorite Holiday is Christmas (since my Birthday isn't a holiday...yet). Everyone is full of cheer, and glowyness, and warmth, and I love the Christmas lights/displays that everyone puts up.
  10. I like all fibers. Well, natural fibers at least.
I've gotten into spinning this past year. Although all my plied yarns unravel just a little bit so you have this strange spun/not-spun thing going on. I also love books, but most of them have only torn pieces of paper stuck between the pages 'cause I'm short on book marks *hint, hint*. My favorite books are Fantasy; especially the Vampire related ones. But not the sparkly, vegetarian type of vampires. I'm talking kill-you-if-the-can vampires, and drink blood vampires, like Dracula.
I drink coffee on a regular basis and probably have more caffeine in my blood stream then blood. I also rather like chocolate.

That's pretty much everything interesting that I can think of. I could ramble on and on, but I'm thinking this post is long enough...and my tummy is rumbley for dinner.