Saturday, May 28, 2005

Get Your Freak On A Knit Leash!

Well I'm back - I have been away from you but you can all blame Matt Hardy. He's been causing me to be distracted from important things like knitting, and writing about knitting on my blog.

But I'm back, and I have to tell you all about my new project I started last night. I got my Stress Relief Scarf out to work on it and I had real problems with my yarn overs when I first started and I hadn't done very much so I decided to rip it back and start again. This created an even worse disaster, I don't know what I did exactly but I ended up with only 12 stitches from 35 after about 10 rows.
I ripped it back once again, used some very rude words, and had to retrieve the daft white cat as he had shut himself in the bathroom for the seventh time that night. Instead of restarting the SRS, I choose instead to start the Easy Lace Scarf from last month's Get Creative. It's a drop-stitch scarf and I have been dying to make one ever since my sister made one out of some very nice mohair.

I started fiddling with the SRS about eight, by eight thirty I had started the DSS and two hours later my DSS was about the length of a DVD case. Not bad for two hours work I suppose, it's in Zhivago in the colour of Pewter. It's knitting up wonderfully and I think it may get finished some time soon.

The last time I wrote, it was movie night. Lemony Snickets turned out to be not as funny as I thought it would be. It did have Jim Carrey and Billy Connolly in it. Bit of a disappointment.
Resident Evil:Apocolypse, now this I thought would be a bit of harmless trash and had Milla Jovovich in it. I actually really enjoyed it. But then again it did have guns, explosions, zombies, evil corporations and Milla in it. I am after all an Action junkie. But it's got me thinking, how many female action stars are there? I'd say Milla is an action star, but all of the other action stars names that pop into my head are all male.
Can anybody else name any other female action stars?

I'm afraid that's it for today, I might get back to my scarf. Get it a little bit closer to finished. I've come to the conclusion that, with all my scarves, I really need to get a co-ordinating hat or hats!

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Proof of Life.

It is very cold, and just to prove I'm still alive - and am not sitting frozen into a human icy pole clutching knitting needles between frost bitten fingers - here is my post!

The only thing knitting related I have done is work on the Faux Fur scarf. Which incidently is knitted on 4.5mm needles, I am hoping in a deluisional way of finishing it soon and using the needles to finish the Angora Supreme without then having to purchase more 4.5mm. Genius! Or maybe the cold is getting to me.

I cruised the video store today, not a copy of Blade: Trinity or elektra could be had. But I managed however to snag one of the last copies of the Lemony Snickets movie off the shelf and I also got Resident Evil: The Apocolypse. I haven't seen the first RE but thought about renting it when it first came out. My main motivator today was because it had Milla Johvich - who was the the Fifth Element in the movie The Fifth Element. I do love that movie and Milla is a very cool chick.
Tonight is movie veiwing night and to go with it I have Hot Chocolate and Pepperment Areo block, yep a whole block. You got bonus Fly Buys if you bought a block of Nestle chocolate with your packet of Hot Chocolate.

Until next time,
A bona fide chocaholic red head and damn proud of it.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

The Naughty Knitter is in Charge but not as Large.

Yes, I'm still admiring my ever diminishing butt. It really is very fabulous.

I'm sorry to report that it's too cold to knit, well that's my excuse anyway. I haven't got any closer to doign anything. It might be possible I hate everything I have.

I got my Guardian Pharmacy catalog in my letterbox yesterday and it had the advert for the Guardian Angel program starting the first of June. I will have to get organised and get in early this year. I missed out on my badge last year as they had run out by the time I got my item in. Yes, just one. But at lest I made something for that much I can be proud.

I know there has been some discussion at SNB about our Dulaan effort - I must organise to get it packaged ready to send off. It's been amazing how many people have donated to it.
I'd like to thank Cathy, Sharon, Margaret, Sandra, Linda (and friend), Joyce and myself of course! I'm sure all our hard work will be well appreciated.

Cindy I never thought of asking a newsagent about ordering the magazines - there are at least three in close proximity to my work in town and I'm out at the K-Mart at least once a fortnight if not twice. My quest for knitting magazines may be over. They was quite a choice in most newsagents now I'm lucky to find one that stocks anything other that Creative Knitting and Jo Sharp's Contemporary Knitting Issues.

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Naughty Knitter Strikes Back!

I know I have been a very naughty knitter, very very naughty. I haven't knitted since? Hmmm quite some time, I haven't eaten chocolate either and my new Matt which was his last PPV was crap as I remembered so it isn't really a good new Matt....

I found in my Inbox today a e-mail to tell me that the NEW Knitty Surprises are up, I do like the doll outfits they are very cute!

I am thinking about knitting the following projects are being contemplated for completion.
1. Alien Illusion Scarf - I need to buy more yarn!
2. Italian Hooded Scarf - I need to buy more yarn for this one too!
3. Angora Supreme Hooded Scarf with Pockets - I need to buy new needles I broke one.
4. Faux Fur hooded Scarf - just needs to be picked up and worked on. Hmmmmmm.
5. The other Gauntlet from Vogue's first issue of Knit 1. Cindy I don't know if I've thanked you yet for telling me about the Kings Meadows Newsagent yet - but thankyou! I will have to get out and have a look at it.

I rented the second half of seasons 2 and 3 of Buffy from the video store yesterday. I owned Season 1, I got the first half of season 2 for Christmas. Then I trailed all over town trying to buy the second half of season 2. I ended up buying the first half of season 3. It was half the price of the second half od season 2.
I do love my Buffy. I think I'm a Willow, I'd LOVE to be Faith but I'd happily settle for beng Buffy.

I went to the gym yesterday, I also went Saturday but I got there half an hour before closing so you know....But it's already starting to pay off. My butt is starting to look fantastic - maybe I should make a knit skirt? Or learn to crochet and crochet one. I think the pattern book is called Artrageous Crochet and it has this very cool Flamenco Skirt in it. I like it lots.

Speaking of crochet, I notice Spotlight are now giving away crochet pattern leaflets with yarn purchases. Is this a sign of things to come? I know Debbie Stoller who wrote Stitch N' Bitch and Stitch N' Bitch Nation has currently in the works a book on crochet. Knitting was the new yoga perhaps crochet is the new knitting?

Until next time,
A bona fide Buffy loving read head and damn proud of it.

Friday, May 13, 2005

A bit of blog housekeeping.

I have been a bit slack in my update of my blog, and I know I haven't replied to some people's comments.

So to start with, Cathy - the pussy cat in question is Angel she is almost if not already there (hmm?) 10.

Cindy 2paw - I got my copy of Interweave from Birchalls in the Mall.

Speaking of knit mags, has anybody seen the new Vogue Knit 1 out anywhere? Or another new knit thing the second SNB book - Stitch N' Bitch Nation?

Anonymous - I'm not a good speller but I'm also not
Also I was wondering do you stuff your own shirts?

I bought new Matt Hardy today - which is exciting but sad because it was his last PPV before he got fired. I promise now I have new Matt, to be marginally less cranky, knit more and just maybe not make as many edible homages to certain parts of the male anatomy. Just maybe.

Until next time,
A bona fide bad spelling red head and damn proud of it.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

How much of a nanna?

I think it's all becoming a bit to nannerish for my own good, knitting is one thing, but I think I'm becoming a nanna. I bought the latest (or latest I've seen) Interweave knits and mainly because I liked the Bear Claw Blanket and Amsih Oval Rug.

There very Nannerish, maybe if I change the colours? I was watching Tom Jones with the Invalid (my mother) last night, I don't think changing the colours will help me.

Speaking of the Invalid (my mother), she was goign to a function with a friend tommorrow morning but because of her operation decided not to go, but she thought I could go instead. My mother thinks I need something presentable to wear, so I said I'd buy a new skirt - I could always do with another black skirt. So I buy the skirt today, and then relise that even my more presentable tops are going to look less than briliant in comparsion. I couldn't find a nice top, so I bought a knit jacket/cardy thing. I thought I could wear it over one of my tops I already own. Which was all well and good, but while doing some shopping for my mother I saw a top in another store, nice plain blue one. Most of the tops I'd seen prior to this had motifs, or print or sequins or something all over them. So I bought the top as well, may as well have one "complete" decent outfit in my wardrobe to bring out when needed - as opposed to schellping about as a bag lady.

I see my mother tonight, and she tells me the friend who she was going to the function with has RSVP'ed and said she'll come on her own because my mother told her already she wasn't coming.
Now, if my mother was not an invalid I would have given into the urge to say "YOU MEAN I SPENT MY ALICE COOPER TICKET MONEY ON AN OUTFIT I DON'T REALLY NEED?"

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

A quick one again.

Another quick one, I've been fiddling with my other blog the Inn so haven't got around to writing this one tonight. It'll be tomorrow now.

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Monday, May 09, 2005

I've been tagged!

I've been tagged by Amanda. Cool!

Pick five and fill in the blank:
If I could be a scientist…
If I could be a farmer…
If I could be a musician…
If I could be a doctor…
If I could be a painter…
If I could be a gardener…
If I could be a missionary…
If I could be a chef…
If I could be an architect…
If I could be a linguist…
If I could be a psychologist…
If I could be a librarian…
If I could be an athlete…
If I could be a lawyer…
If I could be an inn-keeper…
If I could be a professor…
If I could be a writer…
If I could be a llama-rider…
If I could be a bonnie pirate…
If I could be an astronaut…
If I could be a world famous blogger…
If I could be a justice on any one court in the world…
If I could be married to any current famous political figure…

Now choose three more people to tag.

The five I choose...

If I could be a chef… I would specilise in COOKIES! Or lots of baked goodies - I think I mean a patstry chef. But it'd be cool.

If I could be a inn-keeper…What am I saying? I am an Innkeeper! Visit the Inn I've updated. Okay shameless plug.

If I could be a world famous blogger…I'd hope to have ablog as witty and as well visited as Yarn Harlot!

If I could be a bonnie pirate… I'd sail the seven seas and kidnap me a Matt Hardy along with plenty of other booty like yarn from America, some Rowan from England, some Sari yarn from India......

If I could be a llama-rider…Can I spin llama fleece or is it only alpaca? Either way riding a llama would be cool fun. Hey Matt! Want to come for a ride on my love llama?

Three people I will tag (because I'd love to know their answers)....Karen, Sharon and Cathy!

Not mine, but beautiful all the same isn't she? Posted by Hello

A quick note.

Firstly a big thankyou to everyone who left get well wishes for my mother. She's alright aside from the fact that she can't really hear anything so is thorughly sick of herself.

Amanda I will do the tag as soon as I have a bit more time, maybe later today hopefully as it looks really cool!

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Friday, May 06, 2005

I Don't Believe It!

I started the sixth Alien face today and what happens just after I complete half the face I run out of green wool, I still have some black left but not enough to complete the scarf so before I can finish it I'll have to buy more yarn.
It's a good thing Spotlight are having a sale on yarn then.

My mum come home from the hospital today and seems to be feeling much better. I can't say the same for the rest of us, i.e ME! She wanted a poached egg for dinner and in the process I burnt some of my fingers on the steam off of the boiling water. Ouch! But a quick dunk under some cold water and there much better.

Better enough for me to work on the only other knit project I have with me. My Voodoo wrist warmers. I'm hoping to get up to the thumb hole tonight and then decipher the button hole the pattern uses tomorrow.

I've been doing some reflection on my knitting career to-date. It'll be 2 years in July since I started knitting, and that was only squares!

Here I am now - Illusion knitting, knitting with beads, simple knitting in the round, simple lace knitting and the ordinary every day plain, purl and rib.
Next on the list to acheive - more advanced knitting in the round (maybe a sock or two?), more advanced lace knitting and some of that "picture" knitting. And of course cables! I have used a cable needle, in a bag I knitted - not actual for a cable but for it's clasp and I understand from canle patterns I would be something similar with the cable needle in those projects.

That's all for tonight, I must check on my mother and get back to some knitting!

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Guess what?

It's done! The fifth face of the Alien is done! All that's left is to start the sixth (and possibly) final face. Isn't life wonderful??

And today I discovered two wonderful sites today, the first is 2paw. A fellow Tasmanin knitter! After leaving a comment on my blog I had to go and read and read and read.........There are some very yummy receipes as well as lots of knit news.

The second is The Raging Grannies website. I love the name and I hope one day I get to be a raging granny!

We're all back up the hospital tonight to visit my mother again, aside from a giant bandage around her head she looked and seemed perfectly normal. All must be well then. I decided to take her a funny story I was e-mailed because I know it'll make her laugh.

Tonight after my visit I'll start the sixth face of the Alien and see how much I get done.

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Well a lot has happened since I last wrote on Monday.

Yesterday was of course SNB meet-up day, someone from an unnamed other organisation told me they thought the name was offensive.
I'm still trying to decide wheather I should be outraged or more aware. I think I'll stick with outrage. These people haven't seen my cookie cutter collection yet.

I worked on the Alien yesterday, or attempted to. I didn't get a lot of knitting done at yesterday's meeting. However I sat down last night with it and managed to knit my way through to row 60 on the fifth face. It'll all soon be done, and that just leaves the sixth (and possibly final) face!

My mother went into hospital today for her operation, she has a recurring ear infection which left unattended could see her lose what hearing she has left. She's had hearing aids since she was very young. All has apparently gone well and we're (all the family) trapesing up to see her tonight.

This afternnoon I hit the gym again and made a bit more of an effort with my cardio - it's my least favourite bit. Wished I had more time to put more effort into my weight training - that is so my fave bit!
And upon discovering this news article, I thought I should share here as it's kinda topical.

And along the same thread and because I found it amusing, this little gem.

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.

Monday, May 02, 2005

A new issue!

Yes I am wildly excited because the new issue of the Southern Cross Knitting online magazine is up. Not bad for a first issue, everyone has to start somewhere.

I really love Lucy's Diamond Scarf, but it's knitted in 2-ply! Can you imagine me knitting 2-ply? Eeek! Not any time soon I don't think.

Today was my second trip to the gym to workout and my fourth visit in total to the place. I really like it, especially on the cardio equipment all the little quotes and sayings.
My fave:

Attack life like a TIGER don't nibble at it like a SHEEP!

Tommorrow is our next SNB meet-up, I'm looking forward to it. I kind of regret it only being once a month.
Ofcourse this means I will have to work on something, maybe I can work on it tonight so it's a bit more interesting tomorrow. Hmmm, what will I choose?

Until next time,
A bona fide red head and damn proud of it.