Keeping Me in Stitches

Tuesday, February 28, 2006


*does the happy dance does the happy dance....happy dance dance dance*

I have got a major reason to celebrate! I woke up this afternoon to my neighbors banging doors and being generally noisy (this has gotten worse over the last month....besides, they stole my parking they were noisy, parking place stealing neighbors). Grumped my way to the computer and peaked out my front blinds to see what they were up to....yes, I'm a nosy sue me. Lo and behold, there was a moving van parked out front and they're loading boxes in. And all of their cars (I think they've got 6) were gone. Now, the cars were back about 7 or so, and they've been playing noisy bass, but I'm definetely hopeful that they're moving out this month. As in, they need to be gone by March 1. This probably means that they'll be banging around all day tomorrow/today while I'm trying to sleep, but as long as they're gone I'll be the happiest little elf imaginable.
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And I finished Yoda #3 tonight! This is going to be the last one for a long long time. Image hosting by Photobucket

And I only have 4 weeks until I can move into my house! Yay!

And I finished the first simple stripes sock during the womens' long program and snapped a pictures as Sasha was doing her spiral sequence.
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The only thing that I can think would make my week any better is if the guy I'm interested in would get off his duff and ask me out on Wednesday. That would just be the cherry on top of the sundae.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

what a brat

The Pheebes is being a brat this afternoon. Thinking I'm going to have to put her down for a nap so I can get something done.....Now that that's done, I can do a major update with no interruptions. Off we go!

I guess we'll go in order for the week. Wednesday I put in an offer on a house that I saw last weekend. Got a counter offer back at 5:30 that night and agreed to it. Signed the final papers on Thursday morning after spending 30 minutes in rush hour traffic during a snowstorm (to make a trip that normally takes 10 minutes). So here's my house!
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I take possession March 31, so I'll have a month to get stuff out of my townhome before my lease is up. Yay! *insert happy dance here*

It's even got a big lovely SOLD sign out front. See?
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Then Thursday night we did a stash swap at SoP. So much fun and I left with less than I came with, which was my goal for the night.
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The blue/white wool is from Minnie, the sockotta and two skeins of Koigu were from Erin (the Koigu was a belated birthday present), the Cascade Fixation and the Lorna's Laces Worsted were from Judith, and the denim blue mystery yarn was from Jen. I got rid of two sacks worth of stuff (including some Koigu that was affectionately known as "clown barf"). Did you end up with that Erin?

And then on Friday, this came.
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My first SP6 box. My SP is very sneaky and has a lot more faith in the US postal service than I do, since she only listed her return address as "Your SP". But look at the loot! Cream Rowan baby soft, Brushed Alpaca in a burgandy color, hand cream, notecards, point protectors, a tape measure, folding scissors, a Yorkie bar (I'm assuming chocolate, that I haven't eaten yet....and my SP told me that Yorkie from the Knittyboard recommended them), and a DROP SPINDLE!!!!!! Yay!!!!!! So now I have to learn to spin. Erin? Up for a little lesson on Thursday?

In knitting updates....
- The alpaca blanket is in the 4th stripe of 7. This is my mindless tv project. Yay for Olympic knitting!
- Simple stripes sock #1 is working it's way out the foot. I've gotten more comments on these socks than on any other I've done. Everyone's impressed with the stripes and thinks I'm doing a lot more than I actually am.
- No more on the leaf lace shawl.
- Nothing done on anything else. I'm kind of stalled out at the moment.

Guess that's it. Off to some uninterrupted knitting time.

Thursday, February 16, 2006


Here's my four things post since Nederlass tagged me for it.

Four jobs I've had:
-Detasseling corn and counting corn
-Check-out at a grocery store
-Concession stand manager
-Registered nurse
Four movies I can watch over and over:
-The Princess Bride
-and the old Star Wars (because it's my blog and I can name 5 if I want to)
Four places I've lived:
Four TV shows I love:
-Amazing Race (I'd love to be on this show)
-Survivor (I know it's bad, but I can't help myself)
-CSI: Las Vegas
Four great concerts:
I can honestly say that I've only been to two great concerts, Martina McBride and JoDee Messina. I keep trying to get to concerts now that I live in a big city, but I always end up working on the nights they're being held.
Four places I've vacationed:
-Bahamas (cruise with my parents in high school)
-Washington DC (high school talented and gifted program)
-South Dakota (vacation when I was 8)
-Europe trip (with a group of 500 high school musicians. We had a band and choir and did concerts as we went to England, France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Italy and Germany)
Four websites I visit daily:
-and all my blog friends
Four of my favorite dishes:
-Macaroni and cheese (homemade, not out of a box)
-Garlic sourcream mashed potatoes
-Angel food cake with strawberries and fresh whipped cream
-Hamburger stroganoff
I'm big on the comfort foods, aren't I?
Four places I would rather be right now:
-curled up in front of a fire with a good book, a pot of tea and my knitting
-somewhere warm
-Did I mention sleeping?

And I've got some big news that I share with everyone in my next post!

Monday, February 13, 2006

I've got nothin'

Nothing new with knitting anyways. Still slogging along on all the projects. Need to sort through my stash for the swap that we're going to have at SoP on Thursday.

I think I may have found a house though! I'm just waiting to hear from my bank about how much I was pre-approved for with my mortgage so I can put in an offer. I'm supposed to here from them sometime today at the latest. If they haven't called by the time I wake up this afternoon, then I'm going to have to call and bug them because all the houses that I like tend to get snatched off the market right before I can do anything....sometimes even before I get to see them.

Mom and Dad came this weekend to celebrate mine and my mom's birthdays. Ate at Carrabba's (yum!), went and saw a bunch of houses, and got to eat cheesecake and banana bars for breakfast. Not a bad weekend. And MJ? Just for you, they got me 2 books on digital photography, some sliders for all my heavy furniture, a new cross necklace, and about 6 pounds of Gloria Jean's coffee (since the store here closed in January). Plus they said that they're going to get me a major appliance whenever I move into my new house. So it's been a pretty good birthday.

Friday, February 03, 2006

twisted swing dancing socks!

The twisted rib swing dancing socks are done!!!!! Yay! They're done with about a ball and a half of Knitpicks Dancing sock yarn in Swing using the free twisted rib sock pattern off their site. I love this pattern! So easy to memorize and so quick to knit on size 3s.
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Decided to take a picture of my sock yarn stash to prove to the world (and my SP) that despite all my talking about getting more sock yarn and wanting more sock yarn, that I really don't need anymore sock yarn. That's enough for me to knit 18 pairs of socks, if I've counted right. And yes....I've added more to the stash since this picture was taken Thursday afternoon. I bought a skein of CTH Silver Streak when I went to SoP tonight. But in my defense, it was my birthday present to myself along with some merino laceweight in a dark grey that's going to be made into some sort of fabulous shawl eventually. And that's Phoebe trying to horn in on the action.
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And now a couple of close-ups for the CTH Peacock and Northern Lights. They were such divas that they demanded private photoshoots and these were their best shots. (Anyone get the reference to one of my guilty pleasure tv shows?)
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