Meme aka the cop out post

I know it’s sort of cop out to answer a meme after the lackluster posting of late. But I had a (very flattering) request to get to know me better from Turquoizblue of This is Crochet
“The rules of the game get posted at the beginning. Each player answers the questions about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer.”
1) What was I doing 10 years ago?
  • I was tired from both working and going to school full time, excited that the semester was over, happy because my best friend was home from school, and probably spending money on clothes and shoes as I had no children then :)
2) What are 5 things on my to-do list for today?
  • Help Missy with her homework (with great patience)
  • Make dinner (with great reluctance)
  • Bathe the children (with great trepidation)
  • Finish the Lauri dress (with great pleasure)
  • Wash the dishes (with great annoyance)
3) Snacks I enjoy:
  • This changes often as I am a snack eating fool. Right now top on the list are: Keebler fudge stripes, Hostess donuts, twizzlers, and pretzels
4) Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
  • The very first thing I would do is buy a house in my old neighborhood. 
  • Then I would create the most tricked out craft room known to woman ;)
  • Then the standard follows: take care of family, travel everyday that the children didn’t have school, enroll them in every dance, music, and little league lesson that they desired, finally build a fashionable wardrobe, take classes in any and everything I wanted to, and of course knit!
  •  I would also have four businesses. A family run restaurant, a craft school, a film production company and a non-profit that would help young/single/overwhelmed parents.
  • I would buy property. A lot of property. I would flip some and sell them below market rate to low income, working families.
5) Places I have lived:
  • Ft. Greene, Brooklyn. Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Then back to Ft. Greene, and then Bed-Stuy again.
6) Jobs I have had:
  • Cashier in an electronics store, I met my husband there
  • At the phone company tracking down people to charge long distance calls to
  • Customer service, if you were ticketed in the subway I was the one you yelled at over the phone
  • More customer service, and more yelling, but for lots of different reasons
  • SAHM, the most difficult thing I have ever done
7) Bloggers I am tagging who you will enjoy getting to know better:
I will take the usual cop out here and say anyone that wants to answer should. All of the people that I would like to know better are too cool to read my blog :)
Knitting and crochet next time. Brooklyn girls honor :)

I am weak

I am powerless against books. My oldest son, the one who wreaks the most havoc on my sleep, spent Friday night with my dad. I expected him home yesterday so I knew staying up until the wee hours wouldn’t be wise so I resisted starting my new book. When my dad called at about 8 p.m. and said he was keeping him another night, I cracked open New Moon. I was three quarters of the way through by 2 am. I expected them early so I tore myself away a little before 3. I’ve just finished, with many interruptions, the remainder of the book. I’m fighting against myself in an effort to stay away from the bookstore. It may be a losing battle. I’m only number 3 on the library hold list for the next book so maybe I can wait. Maybe?

3 in 4

Knitting on the Lauri dress was beginning to take a toll on my hands. The combination of the small slippery needles and the smoothness of KP Shine Sport made for a wrist destroying combo.

So to take a break I read some books. Three in the last four days to be exact. I took a day off to pick up more from the library. I have a weird way of selecting books. I like to choose them by their cover ;) and the first page. If you can’t grab me on page one, back on the shelf you go. I have a pretty high success rate. This go round though I got a few duds. Hence the day off, I had nothing to read.

First I read the only book in the Sammy Keyes series that I hadn’t read, Sammy Keyes and the Dead Giveaway. I can easily finish those in a day because I have an insatiable need to see how mysteries play out. I was just as pleased with this one as I was with the rest in the series. Though a little sad that I’ve caught up and have to wait for the new ones. 

Next I read Seen it all and Done the Rest by one of my favorite authors, Pearl Cleage. I wondered if I would finish this one when I began. It had an awkward start to me. I think it was the expectations I carried into the story. I had read that it weaved in characters from her other stories, they eventually showed up and I was once again riveted to my sofa to see how things could possibly be resolved. I saw this book among those in the “urban novels” section in the bookstore today. I’m not quite sure it fits there though. I guess it’s a matter of opinion.

Lastly, and after a days break for my eyesight, I read Twilight. As with Harry Potter I may be the last person on earth to read this book. Much like my distaste for magic I’ve never been to wild about vampires. Well vamps that appeared outside the world of Buffy anyway :). But similar to HP the story is about much more than just vampires. I love the authors style, I found myself laughing so much more than I expected. I also recognized the feelings of being totally besotted with someone who you think is way out of your league. 

I borrowed Twilight from the library, but the wait for books 2 and 3 is ridicously long so I popped down to the bookstore and bought New Moon (hardcover! which I almost never do). I am resisting the urge to crack it open. I can’t keep going to bed at 3 in the morning feeling wired. I will dutifully knit tonight, now that my hands have had a chance to rest. If only I could find a job where I could read when I needed a break from knitting, and knit when I needed a break from reading. Utopia perhaps? In my dreams seems more likely.

Felicity 100

The Felicity hat has reached a Ravelry milestone, 100 projects! Who knows how many more are out there. 

You can check them out here if you’re on Rav. Many of them are on Flickr as well. Maybe they need their own group?

Felicity Hat
 

I never expected the warm reception the pattern received and the lovely comments and notes that many of the knitters have sent. Thanks a bunch :)

Testing 1, 2, 3

I’m test knitting the Lauri Dress pattern for Lily Go. So far, so good.

 Test knitter

I’m a little beyond this point now. I’m stash busting too! Although that means the “will I run out of yarn?!?!?” hammer is hanging over my head waiting to swing. Also, I have a very hard time following patterns exactly. Mostly because of the distractions I have and my inability to judge length by eye. If the pattern says to knit 2 inches I will be at 3 before I think to measure. I have been diligent in following these instructions though.

I’m making a size 2. The girl wonder twin is only 15 months and on the small side for how large this is looking while on the needles. I’m thinking it will fit Missy like a baby-doll top for now though. She is very slender and long and looks great in everything that suites that build. And it’s pink so she may actually wear it ;) Children can be very deceiving though, the GWT may end up with it after all.

I bound off on the body of my Silky Steek Sweater.

Silky Steek Sweater

But it’s too short (and not quite this eye searing in person). I may rip back to make it cropped like this version of the Marilyn NSS cardi. I’m also debating leaving it as is and blocking it longer. I’m correct in my assumption that the silk content will cause some stretching…yes? Any how, it’s on hold while I power through the test knit so I have time to think.

Our Direct TV is out, the satellite must have blown over/away or something, and I am cranky about missing Bones :(

So I’m off to watch a movie and knit.

 Oh… I almost forgot.

I was baffled as to why my fingertips were dry and sort of cracked. This post alerted me to the dangers of knitting with silk blends. You learn something new every day.