My life {in brackets}

Wherein you will find the rambling confessions of a craft slut.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Borrowing an idea I first saw at Stephanie's. I understand that I have someone else to thank for the idea though. Must say, here at Chez {brackets} we're pretty much all random, all the time, so this format may not be restricted to Wednesdays.

Things I need to keep in mind:
I obviously underestimate the capabilities of the most likely suspects. The mysteriously disappearing needle has just as mysteriously returned. It showed up one level up and all the way across the house from where it was originally. Interesting, must expand search zones in the future.

Procrastination is always gonna bite me on the butt. You'd think I'd know this by now, but somehow I forget every time. I offer up my most recent incident as an example. We were almost out of coffee, water and cat food yesterday. Now, any single one of those is cause for concern, all three? Officially. Not. Good. Did I do anything about it yesterday? Nooo. So today, when we were completely out of all 3 things and I have to go get them, winter arrives. Yep, it's been really mild and we've had almost no snow, but today we got dumped on and guess which fool was out in the storm? Must remember, procrastination is, in my case, an invitation for the Universe to try and reinforce those lessons it thinks I should already know.

Progress reports:
The KO entry is coming along. Not as quickly as one might hope, but so far (knock on wood) no further disasters or delays.

I've also found the finishing yarn I needed for the baby booties. The pattern calls for this yarn, but I couldn't find it locally and there's not time to order it. So, after a quick consultation with the owner of my nearest LYS, this yarn has been decided on as the alternate.

In the things that make you go hmmmm category:
1 cup of raw brown rice is equal to 13 points using a leading weight loss program. So, who figured that out and why?

Good advice:
Today Stephanie offered a number of good tips for Olympic knitters and in the comments a couple more were added to the list. One in particular caught my eye. This very intelligent individual suggested that finding something to distract the cats should be part of one's plan. I have to agree (and wish I'd thought of that). All I have to say is, the impact of a 20 lb cat flinging it's self at your shoulder in a desperate attempt to catch the moving end of the needle can be quite painful, oh and it doesn't do the needle much good either..

Liza {who's planning to spend tomorrow knitting and hiding from the cats}

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Today's theme: Technical difficulties

So yeah, this is the third attempt at this entry let's hope third times the charm. My first attempt was such a long and whine-y post about all the technical problems plaguing me that it bored even me, so I deleted it. The second attempt apparently, while slightly less whine-y and somewhat shorter, was still too much for my computer, so it deleted me (BTW, don't you just love it when the inanimate objects in your life feel the need to critique your efforts?).

I now present to you a much quicker (ha, as if) run down of my difficulties. Computers, cameras and I do not mix, there will be no yarn p0rn for now. I hope to snag my technical advisor (Offspring # 1) soon. My KO entry seems to be cursed or perhaps I've committed some sort of transgression that the Universe feels I need to be punished for. Either way, all kinds of delays have occurred. There was trouble getting the appropriate needles. A Gordian knot ate up several evenings of knitting time. One of the appropriate needles mysteriously disappeared the usual suspects (scroll to October 23 and July 22 to view the mug shots) have been questioned, but no one's talking. Alternate needles were obtained from the enabler aka Mom, but more time (about 1 1/2 days) was lost. Both Offspring had long weekends and were in. my. house. getting. in. my. way. (read using the computer).

On the good news side of things, the search for needles netted also netted 7 skeins of Cynthia Helene Kid Mohair in grape and 3 in mauve at ridiculously low prices. Other experiences of SEX include the discovery of Limbo Mexiko, fun stuff. I picked up 3 skeins in colour # 2597 to make some heavier weight socks for myself (cold tootsies here) and at the same shop I found a solid to coordinate with the Trekking I have for the next Candice I'm planning to make. There have been other forays, but I'll leave those for another day. Back to Olympic knitting.

Liza {who's hoping the Universe is feeling generous and she and her KO entry will be plagued no more}

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Being nibbled to death by ducks

Yesterday was one of those day. Nothing big, exciting or interesting happens, but lots of little time consuming annoying things pop up.

I spent part of the day on a new project (can't say what, it's a seeeeecret). I had a something specific in mind for this, but it took waaaaay to much time to get the idea from my head into the real world. Apparently my imagination far surpasses my technical abilities. Not much in the way of knitting news, got a couple more inches done on my Goldielocks Shawl (Mahogany) done, but nothing else. Reasons for this are part of the nibbling ducks. Offspring # 2 had an early AM appointment with the optometrist and I managed to forget to bring any knitting or hand-stitching or even a book to read. So, I had to make do with the waiting room reading materials, yeesh. I've learned that lesson now (I think), prepare for such an outing the night before because you never know what will mess up your plans. And it seems , in my case anyway, oversleeping combined with a Chinook induced headache = good thing head is permanently attached!

Speaking of knitting that I didn't do yesterday, there was no swatching of my main Olympic entry. I can't find the correct needles. I was sure I had them, but I can't find 'em. I see a couple of possible explanations here,
  1. I never had the needles and only *though* I did (old age ya know)
  2. I do have them and they are in another (forgotten) project somewhere. This is quite likely as craft slut status = more projects than my notoriously poor memory can keep track of
  3. I did have them at one point, but I gave them away when I stopped knitting

Yeah, I know, y'all just said, "Hey, back up the truck - stopped knitting?!?" Yep, did for about 10 years and during that time gave my Mom a lot of my stuff. Why? Well, it seemed like the thing to do at the time. But then I was still with the ex and that might explain it. I did a lot of, umm, odd things during those years.

So, yeah, the Olympics haven't even started and I'm running into technical difficulties all ready. I don't think this bodes well for my chances.

Liza {who sees a quick trip to Michaels in her (near, very near) future}

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Oh, boy here we go.

Well, I'm finally jumping on the band wagon with this whole blog thing. However, me thinks the wagon has sped off and I may just end up face down in the dirt. Ah, well.

So, welcome to the little spot where I hope to keep track of all of my assorted projects. And I have a lot of those, projects I mean, most of which are "in progress" as they say. I guess that's what happens when you're a craft slut who should never be allowed into any store that sells art or craft supplies without a responsible adult along. You'll no doubt hear about many of these projects (and the unsupervised shopping trips that spawned them) and I hope you'll even be able to see some of them. That is, if I ever figure out how to get my pictures out of my camera and on line. That may be asking too much though.

Enough yammering, projects, right. First one to the starting gate is, appropriately, my entry for the Knitting Olympics. If you aren't aware of these (but I'm sure you are) go there and check it out. And while you're at it, read Stephanie, you'll be glad you did. For this event I'm challenging myself by choosing a project and not just knitting it, but actually finishing it. As in sewing up seams, weaving in ends and attaching buttons, you know, those things that make something a usable item instead of my usual pile of bits tucked in a bag, stuffed into a box and shoved into a closet or drawer

I've got the pattern and the yarn (colour #766 w/a nice red as the solid) for a baby sweater. And if I finish that before the flame goes out (unlikely) I'll do a pair of these in this yarn (Rose 210-140 though, not brown). No these two things don't "go together" and yes they'll be for the same baby, but I don't care.

I'll save the rest of my rather daunting to-do list for another day. In the mean time, I'll be swatching, er, training for those Olympics. Go team Canada!

Liza {who's sure her technodolt status is very evident}