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Catching up with viiibegrrrl.

Friday, June 27th, 2008

See? What did I tell you? Three posts in one week and then?

Nothing.

I’m nothing if not predictable ;)

So, let’s catch up, yeah? First things first. Laura left the following comment:

so who won the jug shot contest anyway! :-P

Yeah, about that.

I’m disappointed in you guys!

SO. DISAPPOINTED!!!

You all are sitting here, rubberneckin’ for racks, and NONE of you ponied up your own.

NO ONE POSTED THEIR RACKS!!! (at least, not that I know of, because if you did, you didnt tell me about it)

No one, except one lone, brave lady.

I refuse to believe, however, that you are not up for the challenge!!! YOU CAN DO IT! So, I’mma try again. THE BOOBIE MEME! The details are here. You have until July 18th. Get to it!

So what’s new with me?

Meh.

Nothing much.

OH!

Except!

I turned 32 yesterday!

It turned out to be a pretty nice day, including lots of birthday wishes, a cookie cake, chicken n’ waffles, good friends, and a rapper named Juicy J offering to fly me to Amsterdam. LOL! It was pretty funny, actually. He kept saying, “What would it take to get you to leave your boyfriend? I’ve got an Oscar [for best song], I’m filthy rich…” Juicy? Nothing could get me to leave my boyfriend. I’m keeping him, but thanks :)

One of the highlights of the day? Getting this in the mail from my Momma:


pressie for me
I’ll let you guess what it is :)

There HAS been knitting, but not a whole lot, and includes a sob story of sorts I will save for another day…

In the meantime, HAPPY WEEKEND! :)

Look Ma! I’m POSTING!!

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Um, so like…

It’s Monday.

Monday after Sheep $ Wool.

{{{zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz}}}

The Monday following MDS$W is the saddest (and sleepiest) Monday in the world!!! This is because MDS$W is The MOST! FUN! EVER!

The first year I went, I think I might have emptied my bank account. BAD (yet oh-so gooooood). These days, I go mostly to hang out with my friends. The less money I part with, the better (which is what I went around saying all day Saturday and which I TOTALLY meant, but HOW SAD WAS I Saturday afternoon when I realized I hadn’t bought a SINGLE THING?!!?! True Story!)

Even though I live in Maryland, I always jump in on a hotel room because for me, it’s all about the PARTY!!! knittin’ and drinkin’ and bonding!! :) Here is the Homewood Suites branch of TEAM RAV! (minus Frecklemom and Carrie, who weren’t in the pic for some reason :-\ )


team rav!
YAY TEAM RAV!

Sarah W. didn’t stay with us at the hotel this year, but that’s because she had to attend to the cutest member of MD Team Rav:


Raley
It’s Raley!

Two other rockstar members of Team Rav?

BOOBLES!
Repping Ravery at the Party Saturday night!

Can I just pause here to say what ROCKSTARS Jess and Casey have become! It’s INSANE! Last year at MD, Jess was passing out buttons and trying to convince peeps to sign up for their cute little website. I think there were about 200 members at the time. This year? They were TOTAL CELEBRITIES!


Rav Meetup
Jess and Casey at the Ravelry Meetup on Saturday!

Seriously, I don’t think I say it enough, but I am so proud of you guys!!! YOU ROCK!!! :) Thank you for everything you’ve done for us!!!!!! YAY RAVELRY!

Besides talking about food, playing paparazzi, pimping ravelry and taking pictures of boobies, I also got the spend some time chillin the the grass with these ladies:


Claudia, Carolyn and Silvia
Claudia, Carolyn and Silvia

Normally, I only manage a quick run-in with them in the merch line, but this year we got to chill a little on the hill. It was nice :) I totally wish they had made it to the Rav party, but slackers that they are, they didn’t come :( On the flip side though, Jenna came with Lolly, so YAY!

Sunday, I spent most of my time at the festival trying to make up for the fact that I didn’t buy *anything* on Saturday. I couldn’t go home TOTALLY empty-handed!!! NOT ACCEPTABLE! I managed to aquire a few trinkets:

MDSW 08 stash
Some trekking XXL, cable needles, cute wood buttons, SUPER cute heart-shaped stitch markers, and merino lace-weight from The Sanguine Gryphon

I got asked sooooo many times about the Ravelry tote. They were selling them at the party, but if you didn’t get one, don’t worry. You’ll be able to snag one once the Ravelry store opens (with a TON of other really cute, bank-account draining items YOU MUST HAVE! Seriously. SO CUTE!)

Since I spent my first day hanging out (and making new friends!) and my second day shoppingshoppingshopping, I didn’t really get to check out the animals! I saw some goats here and a few alpacas there, but the only animal pic I got was of this poor guy:

Llama with a bad haircut
Why did they do that to hiiim? Whhhhyyyy?

I just HAD to take a pic of the llama and his bad haircut. Of course, while I was taking the pic, I totally felt the need to sing “Me and my llama” to myself. I really don’t know what that’s about. Maybe Adam *is* right about limiting TV time for kids ;) heh.

{{sigh}}

Monday suuucks. YOU GUYS TURN AROUND AND COME BACK, OKAY? YOU COME BACK AND PLAY WITH ME!
:(

MDS$W!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Aww yeah, baby! S$W time is HERE!!!!

(and yes, I will be there, vibeknits tote in hand.)

I’m *soooooo* excited to see all my favorite knitty peeps!!! ALL IN ONE PLACE!!!!

I’m also most excited about the HOT RAVELRY PARTY!!! I think it’s gonna kick-ASS, so hopefully, you’ll be there too!!!! WOOT!

Alas, today is only Thursday and we still have one more day to get through before peeps start rolling into town. SO, in the meantime, I give you a reprise of this video from last year’s S$W (mostly because you guys are the only ones who appreciate it, and it needs to be appreciated for it’s awesomeness :-P):



can’t see it? click here.

See you (hopefully) this weekend!!!

The Ugly Mitten

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

When I first learned to knit, I HATED it.

You know how, for some people, it’s all about the process? Yeah, NOT for me. For me, the process sucked. I just liked having knitted THINGS.

I loved that, somehow, by fiddling with a pair of sticks and some string, I ended up with an actual THING. One minute, I had yarn. The next? I had a mitten!

The first thing I ever made was a mitten. I had a friend who really missed these red chunky mittens that she’d lost and brilliant me figured I would MAKE her a pair for the holidays. The fact that I had no idea how to knit didn’t deter me. I ran out to Michael’s, picked up some red yarn, needles and a how-to book and went at it.

I remember sitting there, brow furrowed, fingers in a death grip around the needles, when my brother said to me, “I thought knitting was supposed to be relaxing. You don’t seem very relaxed…”

Yeah, NO KIDDING.

Eventually, I ended up with one red mitten. It was a two-needle mitten made from a pattern I’d found on the internet. I did see one for DPNs, but considering the fact that I had no idea how to knit AT ALL, those 4 tiny sticks looked like a nightmare to me. It was a cute mitten and I was proud of it. Soon after, a second mitten followed.

After that though, I decided that mittens took too long to make. By my rough estimate, each one, knit in worsted weight yarn, had taken me about 6 hours.

I wasn’t into the idea of more 12-hour mittens.

So, I went back to Michael’s and bought some REALLY CHUNKY yarn. I think I may have even made a SWATCH! Somehow, my little brain figured out how to alter the two-needle pattern for the chunkier gauge. 2 hours later, I had another mitten.

2 hours! YES!

Chunky mittens became my thing. The only thing I knit for three years was chunky mittens*. I didn’t make them because I *liked* knitting. I made them because I liked chunky mittens. :) (er, well, because I liked mittens. They were chunky because I was LAZY.)

Here are three things you should know about these mittens I used to make:

  1. They were made from acrylic yarn. Duh, Michael’s.
  2. My idea of ‘seaming’ was making sure side A was attached to side B, by whatever half-assed sewing means necessary. This was mostly not pretty.
  3. For three years, I knit through the back loop. Meaning, ALL my knits were TOTALLY twisted.

These were the exact type of mittens I gave my sister all those years ago. The ones she *never* wore.



The ugly mitten (left). A normal mitten (right)

The normal mitten on the right was made using the same yarn and the same pattern YEARS later. The only difference is that I modified the two-needle pattern so I could work it in the round and changed the seed stitch to ribbing. The normal mitten on the right is the sort of size of mitten a normal person would wear. I have no idea who would fit the mitten on the left.

Also? If you ever had any questions concerning the effects TWISTING one’s stitches would have on one’s knitting, I think the answer should be evident here. If not, this close-up should clear up any additional confusion:



Very twisted. Very not cute.

You might have thought I was exaggerating when I said I made my sister some ugly-ass mittens. You realize now that you would have been wrong, yes?

{{sigh}}

Word on the street is that the sis is loving her *new* mittens, so my knit karma has been restored and all is good and right in the world again. So, YAY!

Completely unrelated, This weekend I am actually going on a BUSINESS TRIP! (secretly, I always get a little jealous of all of you who get to jet off to here or there for work! no fair! I want to go too!) However, the only work I actually have to do on said trip is to ride the plane. LOL.

That’s right, my job this weekend is to *experience* air travel. Tough life, I know.

I’ll be flying out to San Francisco for the day (hey! 1 day is better than no days!), which is good timing as it keeps me from being INSANELY jealous that my co-workers’ “work trip” is a 4-day stay at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. Yeah, they still have to wake up at 4am every morning, but boo-f’in-hoo, they’ll be in the BAHAMAS! ;)

Anyway, so that’s that. Hope you all have a kick-ass weekend and thanks for sticking around :)

* and baby booties, but that’s another story. Those were ugly too.