Category: Mishaps


Right after she saw the attention I was giving to my dishcloths! I was in need of some new ones anyways seeing as my old ones were ready to die! When they are used for EVERYTHING they tend to not last as long as you would like them too. Anyway…I busted out one and a half new dishcloths and decided to give Miss Priss another chance. I tinked back the entire row (that’s 160+ stitches btw) and found that she had lied to me while I was knitting and told me that I HAD done that sl 1 k 1 psso! That is where I had the extra stitches! She thought it was funny till I threatened to put her back in the chest!

Everything is working very smoothly now. Just a little slow as I can only seem to get about 2-4 rows snuck in here or there. I hope to get some pictures up soon. Just keep forgetting to do it. Sorry.

On the home front. Jeff got a new job that moved us to YUMA, AZ! You know. That hottest place in the Milky Way second only to the SUN! Well maybe not. But it is definitely too hot for my taste. I thought Tucson was hot. Holy cow! “But this is the Mohave desert. What did you expect” is what I hear a lot of. Sigh. Mean time we stay wherever there is air conditioning.

For those of you who haven’t been in on the action in my life…Jeff injured his right knee and has to have surgery. He goes in on the 16th to have his ACL replaced. Tore that sucker in a major way. My MIL is coming (from Tucson) to watch the kids while I am at the hospital with Jeff. Not really looking forward to this visit. But I guess since I don’t have to deal with the kids at the hospital I should be thankful. And I am. A little. Wish me luck!

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250+ sts per row. 7 rows. That is how much I have been tinking Forest Canopy. We had found out (kinda) what was wrong and why I was off by a st or 2 every odd row. Ok I don’t know exactly what it was I did. But whatever it was it made the pattern “off” in this last repeat. So I figured I will just have to frog back to the end of the previous repeat and then just start again. Only problem is that I cannot simply just frog to the spot I want. Last time I did that I couldn’t pick up all of the sts and ended up just frogging the whole thing and starting again. My friend seems to think that I would be capable of making it work if I had about 30-40 minutes of complete silence to myself so that I could concentrate. But that happens when around my house?

I also do not “read” lace as well as I would like so threading a lifeline and frogging to it is kinda hard right now. Although once I fix my problem I just might do that on the needles so I won’t have to tink so far back.

(Note to self: Take pictures of your mishaps more. They are lots of fun to read about but not unless you can see the train wreck)

Stepdad’s hat is almost done. I am working the decreases so not too much left. I work on it when I am just tired of tinking. Pictures soon. I hope.

I have cast on for the nightie in Mason-Dixon Knitting. I don’t really like the Twize in this pattern. It is just really too heavy. I don’t know what I will do with it yet. I also am thinking about re-casting my socks again. 3rd time is a charm right?

Not much else is going on around here. Found out I have to watch what I eat and exercise more. Blood work came back with some lovely high cholesterol readings. Triglycerides & bad cholesterol are way up while good cholesterol is way too low. Apparently drinking sodas, eating PB&J all the time with the kids, and having that 2nd (Whopping) helping of pasta is not good for me. Ok the 2 chocolate bars every night aren’t good either I guess. Sigh. At least it will help with the weight loss. Which, by the way, is down another 2 lbs since my last post. Yay me!

I woke up this morning from one of the weirdest dreams! I won’t bore you with all of the details. But I can tell you that I had lost all of my hair, learned to spin in the space of an hour, and hand spun my hair. Then I dyed it(can’t remember what color. Probably purple) and knit it into a hat to cover my bald head! WTF?! Very weird!

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In other news. There is some bad news. There has been a visit to the frog pond again here at my house. Clapotis was given a fair trial and after about 20 minutes deliberation the jury came back with a verdict. Guilty as charged for soul sucking(That is what Mouse called it I believe. Oops. She said it was “Sucking her will to live“) The judge then sentenced Clapotis to frogging in the pond.

Her remains will be re-wound into a yarn cake and be put to better use knit up in a nice drapey nightie. The one from Mason-Dixon Knitting to be precise.

I also need to get you some pictures of my swatch, stepdad’s cap, and Forest Canopy. Hopefully that will happen soon.
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Now for the possible TMI. (No graphic pictures I promise) There is a sweater/blouse/shirt that I want to knit. Dunno about the yarn yet. Dunno when either. Continue reading

I feel like a complete and total SPAZ! 1st of all I decided to frog the everlivin’ snot out of these…Bearfoot socks(They will get re-cast I promise. Just not right now) I frogged them and wound them into a nice little cake. Then I decided that my poor beautiful yarn looked like it had a bad perm. So I off I went to wind it back into a hank and soak it and let it hang for a bit. I get out my absolutely wonderful wooden swift that my awesome mommy got me for my birthday not so long ago(January. Only 6 months ago). I clamp it onto my piece of shit dining room table(with rounded edges that are not stable enough to clamp a wooden swift to) and I begin to wind.

Swift is spinning beautifully. Yarn is not getting tangled at all. Halfway through my swift just falls to the floor. It came un-clamped from the table and f’ing fell. Snapped one of the slats on it. Just like a twig. I am so extremely pissed!

I got ahold of the ebay seller I purchased it from to see if it is fixable and where I can get that done. Of course it has a 2 year warranty. But of course that is only for manufacturers defects. Not human error. She said she would talk to her supplier on Monday and let me know what he says. Did I tell you how pissed off I am at myself?!

On top of all that I have had to put Forest Canopy back into time out. For some odd reason I keep ending up short 1-2 stitches on each row. So I tink to see if I can find my mistake only to find nothing. Then I re-knit said row and everything works just fine! I have done this about 5 times now. I am tired of tinking. Sent her right to the corner to think about all of the aggravation she is causing me!!!!!!(F.Y.I. she is at well over 260 stitches on the needles. Can you imagine tinking that much 5 FREAKIN’ TIMES?!)

Well now that I have gotten all of that off of my chest. On to happier things. I went ahead and cast-on for Scott’s new bed cap. Same pattern formula as before. Just a different yarn with different size needles. I think the yarn is Bernat in a grey denim color. And I am using size 7 needles instead of 9 because I was so stressed over everything mentioned earlier I just wanted to cast on and get it over with. Anything to take my mind off of my poor swift.

I am very anxious though. I am itching like crazy to get in on this whole Ravelry business. Of course this will take away from precious knitting time. From what I keep reading about it Ravelry is very addictive! Oh well. I will just have to grow 4-8 more arms and just learn to multi-task even more than I do now.

I just got an invite in the mail for a birthday pool party for one of Joey and Livy’s friends. I am gonna whip up a few bean bags for them to save a little money. Besides, these kids seem to have every freaking toy out there. I figure give ’em some bean bags and make them go outside and PLAY!(They are 3 and 5 years old)

Night!

~Viv

That is roughly what I have on the needles. Yeah I am still working on the Forest Canopy. And I am still only about 1/4 of the way done. I am finally enjoying knitting this though. Before everything was so tedious and I was getting bored. But the pattern is FINALLY beginning to sink in.

I am able to get a rhythm going and G-d help those near me if I am using my ipod while knitting. I don’t listen to podcasts. I listen to music that has a good beat. Whether it be Garth Brooks, Joe Satriani, Motzart, Tone Loc, or even some Pantera or Metallica. You name it. Problem is that I like to sing along. Badly. I can really clear out a room with my singing. I am that bad.

Oh I forgot to tell you! One of my FAVORITE cousins(only 6 months younger than I) is finally pregnant! They have been trying for a few years now and so far she is about 8-10 weeks along. I just need to figure out what exactly I want to make for the new baby. Also, Because I feel extremely guilty, I need to make something for my other cousin’s baby that is almost 1 year old now. I didn’t make anything before because I just didn’t know what to make and didn’t have time or money for yarn.

Sigh… So 2 new baby projects in the near future. Any ideas? Let me know. Don’t just say “baby blanket, jacket, cap, booties, etc.” Send me pattern ideas. Also yarn ideas and colors. I suck at picking out colors. I just like soft yarn. To me almost any color will do. LOL!

~Viv