One Crazy Fiber Lady

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How Time Flies

January 12th, 2009 · 9 Comments

I can’t believe it has been a full week since my last posting. ¬†I’d been going at a pretty decent clip too. ¬†Oh well. Where have I been? ¬†Well, as if I needed another time suck, I fell for this one, pretty hard too.

Yes, I pretty much lost the last week playing The Sims 2 and the various expansion packs 😉 ¬†I’d played the first one years ago, on a machine that just couldn’t handle it and got frustrated early on. I don’t think I started it up more than once. ¬†One of the regular blogs I read, Redshirt Knitting has the occasional posting on the Sims which piqued my interest, as well as tickling my funny bone. ¬†So I bought it. ¬†Put it on my netbook, and I’ve been a goner since. ¬†Loves it! ¬†Last week, to further the addiction, Amazon had a couple of the expansion packs on sale (price is back up again) so I picked up a few. ¬† As my little netbook doesn’t have a kickass video card, I have the graphics tuned down to minimal levels, but it is so very playable and does look good. ¬†Sims 3 is out of the question 😉 ¬†I did consider getting the Mac version, but opted for the PC so I can tote it about with me. ¬†This is how I commute now:

The knitting? ¬†That’s the beginning of Rhinebeck (ravelry link). I have to fess up to messing up a few rows thanks to the distraction. I’ve ripped back, and playing the right group of Sims, I can knit at the same time. Glorious! ¬†I’m using ¬†Lavold Classic AL in Russet which I might have mentioned my last post (and I’m too lazy to look).

The other night, for whatever reason, the monkeys decided they wanted to have a slumber party. ¬†They both started out on the floor in Kat’s room on top of blankets spread out. ¬†A while later, as I yelled at them once again to go to sleep, I found them on her bed. ¬†Next they moved to Alex’s room where they finally went to sleep.


Puppy Pile - twin style

Puppy Pile - twin style

I love when they get along so very well. ¬†I’m pretty sure I have another picture of them sleeping, with one’s hand in the other’s face though they were quite a bit younger.

I really have been knitting. ¬†I joined a Travelling Scarf group over on Ravelry, the Red Sox Knitter’s Swap. ¬†The yarn I ordered from Webs has been backordered (don’t get me started on how pissed I am at Webs for taking well over a week to tell me that), so I went stash diving. ¬†I turned up 5 skeins of Cascade 220 in a deep red. ¬†A quick bit of web surfing turned up a double sided stitch pattern that makes diamonds. ¬†How perfect is that? ¬†I need to get my bit out in the mail to the next knitter by Thursday. ¬†I’m halfway to the requisite 10″ after starting yesterday before dinner so I shouldn’t have a problem. ¬†We need to take pictures of the scarf in progress, so here’s mine with the Seaport, Wavertree and Brooklyn Bridge in the background. ¬†

Speaking of dinner, the eagle eyed among you might have noticed the weight loss ticker in the right sidebar. ¬†I decided that while I don’t do full scale resolutions, 2009 is going to be the year I finally lose the rest of the baby weight (and use more stash than I buy). ¬†The twins are 5 after all. ¬†I joined Weight Watchers to that end and have resurrected my Wii Fit. ¬†So far, so good. ¬†I’m feeling good and finding the diet an easier one to live with. ¬†Jessalu has been a big help there!

That’s about it for today. ¬†Hopefully my next post won’t be a full week away.

Craft on!

Tags: Games · Geek Stuff · Rhinebeck

Is this good or bad?

September 14th, 2005 · 3 Comments

I thought I’d take a break from the dating fun (and there is more to post on that and I haven’t even gone on a date yet!) for this little quiz.  Been a while since I did the quiz thing and this one just tickled my fancy.  I’m not entirely surprised how it came out. 🙂  At least I’m finally cool!

Modern, Cool Nerd
56 % Nerd, 86% Geek, 39% Dork

For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.
You scored better than half in Nerd and Geek, earning you the title of: Modern, Cool Nerd.

Nerds didn’t use to be cool, but in the 90’s that all changed. It used to be that, if you were a computer expert, you had to wear plaid or a pocket protector or suspenders or something that announced to the world that you couldn’t quite fit in. Not anymore. Now, the intelligent and geeky have eked out for themselves a modicum of respect at the very least, and "geek is chic." The Modern, Cool Nerd is intelligent, knowledgable and always the person to call in a crisis (needing computer advice/an arcane bit of trivia knowledge). They are the one you want as your lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (or the one up there, winning the million bucks)!


My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 44% on nerdiness
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You scored higher than 99% on geekosity
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You scored higher than 66% on dork points

Link: The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test written by donathos on Ok Cupid

Tags: Games

Wrong Path

July 12th, 2005 · 1 Comment

I had to post the results from this quiz.  I nearly snorted my soup when I hit the last paragraph as to what careers not to go into.  Glad I’m still paying off my law school loans 😉  I do feel vindicated in my jump from that career to programming though.  I need to show this to my dad who still shakes his head.

Your Career Type: Investigative

You are precise, scientific, and intellectual.

Your talents lie in understanding and solving math and science problems.

You would make an excellent:

Architect – Biologist – Chemist
Dentist – Electrical Technician – Mathematician
Medical Technician – Meteorologist – Pharmacist
Physician – Surveyor – Veterinarian

The worst career options for your are enterprising careers, like lawyer or real estate agent.

What’s Your Ideal Career?

Tags: Games


June 28th, 2005 · 6 Comments

We have a winner in the name the yarn contest:  Laurie.  I am indeed using Bamboo, the nice while bamboo yarn from Habu Textiles that I bought at Purl in April.  The stitch markers will be winging their way off to her.  Thanks for playing everyone.

Anyone who doubted the fate of the PGR Dream Sock after yesterday’s first post doesn’t know me too well.  It is now a nicely wound center pull ball all ready to be cast on.  Hopefully the third fourth time’s the charm.  Pathetic.  I don’t have hopes for this yarn and its ever meeting its destiny in becoming a finished sock.  I did a little pattern surfing yesterday and found the Aran Braid Socks.  I’ll give them a shot.  I found them through a wonderful directory of free sock patterns on the net (if you back up a level there, they have other patterns as well! I tend to dislike dealing with and its library as I hate that floating nag bar and all the advertising). If this doesn’t work, the Retro Red Kroy is going back into stash and something else will be coming out.  I’ve been futzing with it Memorial Day Weekend! 

My poor monkey girl is all stuffy, with gunky eyes and a cough.  She’s just rubbing at her face and eyes.  I gave her a stiff shot of Benadryl last night and she was able to sleep through.  Eyes were terribly gunky this morning and it took some cotton balls and warm water to clean her up.  Poor monkey girl.

Here’s one of those quizes.  I haven’t posted one in a while and I liked this one.  I think it pegged me pretty well.


What Kind of Needles Are You?

turbo charged
You are "turbo" charged.
Fast moving and classy, you get things done with
power and grace.  Your expensive tastes can be
deceiving, since what you really value is
quality and efficiency.  As you’re careening
around those corners in life, finishing a dozen
knitted objects each month, stop and smell the
roses.  Don’t miss the beauty of process!

What kind of knitting needles are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

Craft on!

Tags: Games · Socks

Yarn Needle in a Haystack

June 27th, 2005 · 2 Comments

Apologies.  Sorry, no better picture of Soleil’s yarn is possible.  The damn stuff just doesn’t want to photograph well.  Maybe its the camera as it does have issues with extreme closeups.  I must find out what Cate is using for her wool porn as mine just isn’t cutting it.   Maybe its the color.  White is tough to photograph, especially at night as the flash just kills it and no flash leaves it pretty yellow.  Sorry, cruddy lighting in my house.  I could probably use an Ott light like Cassie, but that isn’t high on the list (yeah, rather have a new camera.  I’d love one like Nancy’s but that’s really not in the budget for a while, especially if I keep buying yarn 😉

Anyway, no good new pictures.  Without giving away the ship, I can tell you that while it isn’t cotton, it is a natural fiber.  No, I’m not crazy enough of a fiber lady to be making a summer tank out of angora so don’t go digging in my archives back to a posted photo of white angora/silk I got at Rhinebeck.  I did notice that the yarn I am using wasn’t entirely well documented and the post never classified as SEX.  That must have been during a period when I was sorta trying to stay on a yarn diet and not succeeding very well.  It hasn’t sat in stash for too terribly long and no, I didn’t spin it.

Here’s a crappy picture of the yarn, along with an equally crappy picture of the stitch markers.  I quit.


Tags: Games

Smarty Pants

March 3rd, 2005 · 1 Comment

Because I haven’t posted a quiz recently, I give you this:


You scored 86% Beginner, 93% Intermediate, 100% Advanced,  and 66% Expert!

The Commonly Confused Words Test

Thanks to Cate for this one.  I find it interesting that my advanced english skills are better than my beginner or intermediate.  It is consistent with my ability to do calculus and my less than capable basic math skills (see my major screw ups with Big Sack and the yarn purchasing).

Tags: Games

Are you a knitter?

January 22nd, 2005 · 1 Comment

Haven’t had a quiz in a while and found this while doing my ring checker job:

Granny knitter
You may not be a granny, but you’ve got the
mentality.  Hard work and artistic vision lead
to your beautiful knitted results.

Are you a knitter?
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In other news, I’ve finished the back of the Big Sack sweater last night while watching Star Trek:Enterprise.  Blech.  It wasn’t a bad episode, but its not a great series and suffers from the same problem inherent with all prequels.  There’s little suspense as it is an established history unless of course you just blow away 30+ years of back story.  Now that I’ve outed myself as a trekker, I’ll move on.  I also spun up one more bobbin on Tina and skeined up the plied yarn from Thursday night.    This added another 170 yards to the collection and brings the total to over 500 yds.  I have a bobbin and a half full now and probably a pound of raw material left to spin.  I’ll wash the skeins when done and remeasure.  Then I can plan for an item to knit!

I’ve been very silent about the tragedy caused by the earthquake and tsunami.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t done anything.  I’ve made donations to both the Red Cross International Relief Fund and Doctors Without Borders.  I’ve now made donated Jacqueline Fee’s Sweater Workshop to the Knitters Without Frontiers  being organized by the much loved Yarn Harlot.  I think its a great book for a great cause.  I’m proud to call myself a knitter thanks to the stupendous outpouring of support that is coming from our community.  Knit on everyone.

And now, I’m going to play with the kids, prepare to cast on for the front of Big Sack and basically hide from the incoming blizzard about to hit New Jersey.  I hate snow.  I hate winter.  I could get to like to knitting with cotton.  Really.  Well maybe not.  I hate knitting cotton.  I still hate snow.

Tags: Games · Spinning