Archive for December, 2004

Lang Tosca!

December 27th, 2004 2 comments

O new beloved yarn Lang Tosca, I sing your praises!

This was going to be a variegated hat with kitty ears on the top, but it just knitted up too nicely for me to put the ears on! Instead I did a simple bind-off at the bottom in red Lamb’s Pride worsted and called it a day. Now I think I’ll knit up a couple of little autumn leaves as an accent pin to go on the brim. I even went back to get two more skeins so that I can do a matching scarf and embroider a tree on the end. Orange looks like crap on me, so I reckon I’ll have to sell this, but I’m still happy! I love it when stuff comes out unexpectedly, but in a good way!

(Xposted to knitting community.)

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That’s my girl!

December 27th, 2004 10 comments

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Grr, nuts, and yay!

December 25th, 2004 No comments

Grr.: Christmas eve I had to take the cat to the vet again for another eye re-check. The ulcer has receded from one part of the eye, but reappeared on another part. It looks like we’ll be getting a referral to a veterinary opthamologist. My Latin is rusty, but I believe that “Veterinary opthamologist” translates as “Give me all your money.”

Nuts!: I finished knitting up a toddler devil hat for a friend, only to realize that the hat is sized to fit a kid who is probably between 12-18 months. Except that the kid I was knitting it for is four year old. Aw, nuts! Well, somebody will want it. I’ll just do another, since I’ve got plenty of red wool left over.

Yay!: My husband, impressed with how well I learned two-handed fair isle techniques to make him the Space Invaders hat, decided to get me something challenging and knitting related. So I got a copy of “Unexpected Knitting” and a video on two-handed fair-isle technique! I learned a LOT from the one minute streaming video that they have on their website, so I’m confident I’ll be throwing with both hands like a pro after seeing the video and practicing a little. I’m very psyched!

ETA: Aaaand I have already managed to spill milk on the book, sticking half the pages together. Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Jaaayyyyne….. the man they call Jaaaaaayne…

December 23rd, 2004 12 comments

The unexpected thing that I knit for someone has arrived, and so now I can talk about it. It was a Jayne hat. This is that hat that Jayne Cobb’s mother sent to him on the sci-fi TV show “Firefly.” It’s just ludicrous looking, and there are no two ways around it. (Yes, that’s my husband, God love him.)

Someone had a pattern up, but I thought the earflaps should be bigger and that it should come in more abruptly at the top, so I made up my own pattern, which I posted in the knitting community here.

So Cadaya, I hope you enjoy it, because I sure as hell had fun making it. 🙂

ETA 7/10/07: For posterity’s sake, let me note that this was my very first Jayne hat. Little did I know…

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December 23rd, 2004 2 comments

I have finished my mom’s purse. This is a very small shoulder bag, just big enough for her to put a few credit cards and maybe a cell phone in. She wanted a little something for church. I put the lining in inside out from the way I meant to, and rather sloppily to boot. It was late, I was tired.

If I never work with Noro Daria again, it will be too soon. I’ll definitely be eBaying (or something) the remaining skein and a half. Pretty stuff, but I never want to see it again.

Thus concludes my mandatory gift knitting for 2004. On to 2005!

Xposted to knitting and my own journal.

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That stupid LJ song thing

December 23rd, 2004 10 comments

I: Load my playlist on random.
I: Pick my favorite lines from the first 10 songs, excluding those lines which contain the song’s title.
I: Post those lines.
You: Guess what song each line comes from.
You: Don’t use Google or any other website which would allow you to easily derive the answers

1. It’s true today I saw it from the plane/ aeroplanes were never built to fly.
2. Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
3. napoleon/ wore a black hat/ ate lots of chicken/ and conquered half europe
4. “Gee my life’s a funny thing, am I still too young?”
5. And she said, “I’ve swallowed a secret burning thread/ It cuts me inside, and often I’ve bled”
6. It swings/ It jives/ It shakes all over like a jelly fish,
7. And of the midnight picnic/ Once upon a time/ Before the rain began…
8. and they stood at the edge of the earth to see the view/ they threw stones into space and she fell and he did too
9. If I am dancin’ Roll up the floor./ If I am whistlin’ Whewt me out the door!
10. Can’t you see the sunshine/ Can’t you just feel the moonshine

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December 21st, 2004 No comments

The bad news: The eyedrops that we got for the cat, the stuff that cost $100.49? It was supposed to be refrigerated. The vet’s office didn’t refrigerate it. So the cat was in medical boarding for the last three days, getting medicine that was improperly stored. This stuff was supposedly critical for the cat to get, and had to be administered every two hours. So now there’s a concern that the cat may not have gotten the full benefit, AND that we wasted our money.

The good news: I can be very polite and diplomatic but firm, as anyone who’s dealt with me in Dragonrealms knows. (Okay, actually I apparently am getting a reputation as a pussycat, but I assure you it masks a steely interior.) As a result, the vet refunded the boarding charges for the last visit, bought new medication, and had an employee deliver it to our door, about 20 minutes away from the vet. I believe dropping 2 large on a cat at their facility was helpful to them in making this decision. However, this was absolutely above and beyond. They didn’t have to do this, but they did, and it really turned me around from “severely pissed off” to “happy and smiling.” Kudos, Animal Medical Hospital. Also, their vets say that the medicine shouldn’t have lost too much efficacy over the last 48 hours, although I have a call in to a friend of mine who is a vet who will confirm or deny that for me.

The better news: I have made a gift for a friend who has no idea that I have done this, and no idea that it is coming. Doing this always makes me feel somehow giddy and at peace at the same time. I think this person will be very pleased, and that puts a smile on my face above and beyond the usual Christmas cheer.

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Stupid cat.

December 18th, 2004 8 comments

Well, the cat’s ears are doing much better. Another week of twice-daily antibiotic drops and they should be okay. The ulcer on the eye is clearing up too, although now there’s a complication with that.

The vet says that the cat has the herpes virus, as many cats do, and the stress to her immune system has caused it to flare up. Dendritic uulcers have formed around the point of the original ulcer. Apparently, when the eye is stained, this looks like little fingerlings radiating out. So now we will have to do drops every two hours for the next 48 hours. And the drops will probably cost 50 to 100 bucks. We have to get them at a regular pharmacy.

Because there’s no way we can give her eyedrops every two hours, antibiotic ointment in her eye every six hours, artificial tears every eight hours, and eardrops every 12 hours, she will be boarded again for a couple of days at Christmas. We have passed the $2000 mark on the cat. A cat, I will remind you, which we don’t even like.

Merry freakin’ Christmas, everyone.

ETA: The drops came to $100.49. And they have to be kept refrigerated. Yeah, it’ll be a blast putting fridge-cold eyedrops into a cat’s eye.

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That’s my girl!

December 18th, 2004 No comments

My daughter has some wooden cutout letters that she likes to use to spell things with. Her spelling and reading is great, but the manual dexterity isn’t there, so she uses preset letters to play with a lot of the time.

She came running in to me to say, “What did I write?” So I followed her in to see, laid out on the floor, EYE POD.

That’s my little Mac geek girl!

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December 15th, 2004 2 comments

Just this morning, on the way to take my daughter to school, I commented to my husband that I wished I had someplace to write down all my patterns, because I keep forgetting things like how many stitches to cast on on which needles to make the right sized hat. And what arrives in my mailbox today?

Knit: A Personal Handbook! Fresh from my wish list! This thing even has a built in needle sizer and gauge finder! I could not be more psyched! Thank you thank you thank you, chaospearl! You rock the Casbah!

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