Archive for September, 2006

Thwarted

Last night, late, about 1am, to be exact, I touched it. The alpaca/silk for the swallowtail shawl. I cast on, and was ready to start the first pattern row when the baby woke up. It is heavenly, this yarn. I grumbled a bit, bemoaning the fact that she decided to wake up the instant I sat down to knit something for myself, and packed it up. She drank 2 ounces of milk, and went back to sleep. And then I went ahead and put a heel in DS#1s sock and went to bed.

I put the heel in because I was thinking that walking on ribbing might not be real comfortable. I’ve not made a pair of completely ribbed socks for myself, so I just don’t know. I’ll get the second heel in today (I hope) and then I’ll continue ribbing the top of the foot while keeping the sole in stockinette. I am truly getting sick of these socks! I am by nature a schizophrenic knitter, I guess, but… I am so ready to be through with them. I’ve worked on them for four straight days, plus 2 days last month. Now, it’s true that every day I also work on Granny’s stole for 6 rows, and Hocks for a block, but …still, I am ready to be through, LOL!

I think it’s a combination of things. 1) I have a lot of ideas for stuff I want to knit. 2) I seem to have a lot less knitting time than I used to. I used to knit about 8 hours a day, and now, I get maybe 2-3. If you look on my FO page, you’ll see that right before I had the baby, I knit a pair of socks in 2 days. TWO DAYS. Of course, they were plain stockinette, but the point is they were done in TWO DAYS. 3) I have a lot of stuff OTN, and it’s interesting stuff that I want to work on. 4) At heart I am truly an anarchist I suppose, and this disciplined “fair” knitting is getting on my stinking nerves!

Ok, so, that brings another thought: After I get this round of stuff done, I think I won’t have to have so much stuff OTN. I can stagger the kid knitting so that I have fewer things OTN. DS#1 will clearly be way ahead of the others, so I won’t put anything else on for him right away. It’s true that I like to have several things going at a time, but 5-6 is manageable while the current double-digit WIP load is taxing.

Man, this is rambling. I use this blog to get my thoughts together. You did know that, right? It’s as much my internal conversation with myself as it is interaction with others. And speaking of blogging…….I’m looking to make this a better blog. So do you have any suggestions? I’m listening, readers! What do you want to read about?

Relax?

I wonder if this book would do me any good. It’s called Simone and Elvis, and it’s supposed to help relieve stress. Ya’ll know I am all about the stress. I’m just not sure I need a Self Help Book as much as I need more sleep.

Pardon Me

I was wrong about the movie, ya’ll. It’s not Oliver, but “Oliver!”. As in the 1968 musical. We watched half of it tonight, and will flip the disk to watch the other half tomorrow. It was neat to hear some of the old familiar songs, in context. I was humming right along to “Consider Yourself”. The children were quite perplexed and frustrated by seeing all the credits at the beginning of the movie. You know, for them, the credits always have come at the end………which led to comments such as this gem: you know, the world did not begin the day you were born. Yes, I said that. They all protested that I was wrong. And then we discussed the big bang theory, the evolution theory, and creationism. Then we had a toe tapping good time with the show.

Good Book

for DD#2. As ya’ll may recall, I just let her get a bit of make-up, and now is as good a time as any to teach her what to look for in cosmetics. It’s never to early to learn about healthy skin. It’s never too late, either, and I might pick up a new trick or two. I really don’t wear much make-up, but…..umm, it’s on my list of things I should probably do.
“6 Weeks to Sensational Skin: Dr. Loretta’s Beauty Camp Handbook for your Freshest Face” is written by noted dermatologist and GMA consulting physician Loretta Ciraldo MD, and promises to “turn you into a beauty sleuth at the cosmetics counter.”

Cost Analysis

Today I bought diapers and covers. I’m needing more because the ones that have been through 2 or 3 kids already are getting a little threadbare. I bought kissaluvs and bummis and I spent $150.94. Sounds expensive, huh?� I also ordered some prefolds for DD#5 either right before or right after she was born, for around $20. So, I’ve spent less than $175 covering her tush for the past 30 weeks. Disposables would have been around $150, minimum. Sounds about the same, I suppose. Except that I am also diapering DD#4. So that would have been another $150 in disposables. Oh, and I still have the diapers, likely the last I’ll need for several more diapering years. And they are soft. And fluffy. And not full of perfume. :)

I also helped my mom get her website started. We ordered the domain, and set up the hosting today. She’ll come again on Thursday, and I’ll help her get the DNS stuff done. And then she’ll have her very own personal corner of the www. Pretty cool, eh?

I’ll be back later tonight to tell you about Oliver.

Oh, and I did order those 2 dvds for school!

I need a new TV

A big one, with a plasma or lcd screen. Because I really, really want this Ambient Art Impressionism DVD for school. I just emailed and asked if it would work on my TV. Right now, I use a great magazine, but just this morning, as the kids were squeezing in to have a look, my *full* cup of coffee was attacked by someone’s rear-end. As the cup jumped back in fright, the coffee poured out everywhere. Or at least that’s the story from the guilty behind ;)

I’m also looking at Space.

Had to edit to add this info: I emailed them in the middle of composing this post, just as I said. You can check the time stamp, it says 4:15. I had a reply at 4:18, and YES, it will work with my TV. I’m off to check my paypal balance right this minute!

Mmmmmm, Fall!

It’s here. Only in the morning and at night, so far, but it’s here. I love Fall! The winter bites you with wicked sharp teeth, and the summer assaults you with pummeling waves, but Fall, it’s just about perfect. I can breathe, I don’t sweat, and life is good. I look forward to settling back in to some sort of routine, or at least what passes for one in this crazy house.

I have worked on DS#1s socks for 5.5 inches now. I’ll continue to concentrate on these until they are finished, or I am sick of them, or September ends, whichever is first. I know if I call it good, and put a heel in and work in stockinette, I could finish alot faster. I also know that he’ll be able to use them longer if I keep on in the ribbing. So, I’m fighting myself. I timed myself last night, and I can do 3/4 of an inch in an hour, so I have about 12 hours of work left.

Mama is coming today. She wants me to get her a domain of her own. Last time I did this, Carla was holding my hand, and it was to set up this site. I hope I can remember how to do it.

Tonight will be movie night. We’re going to watch Oliver. Hey, that’s about an inch and half of sock. Unless I stop to rock a baby.

So, other than laundry, that’s the day’s agenda. Oh, and school, if I get to it before Mama gets here. I’ll start when I am through with the morning pump I think.

Shatner’s Selections

You know we watch alot of movies here. We have the Blockbuster deal going, and every Tuesday we watch a movie as a family. Then DD#1 and I frequently watch one or two more late at night during the week. Obviously, I did not watch Pay It Forward with the littles, iykwim.

We’ve always been fans of Star Trek as well, so I was intrigued by the DVD Club that bears William Shatner’s name. You pay 49.95 for 15 movies, which is less than $4 a pop. These are not movies that I’ve seen alot of publicity on, but most of them look interesting, and they all have a sci-fi base.

The one that piques my curiosity the most is Close Your Eyes. I think that would be a good flick, and it was reviewed well by Richard Roeper.

While treating a policewoman for smoking, hypnotherapist Michael Strother has a telepathic vision of a young girl floating beneath the surface of a stream. The escaped victim of a ritualistic serial killer, the girl has become mute, and Michael is called upon by Scotland Yard to unlock the secrets she holds in order to catch a man who believes he has discovered the key to immortality.

I don’t think Immortel is for me, but it2i2 and Virus look good. it2i2 is an independent film, a mockumentary exploring what might happen…………never mind, go check it out. The description of Virus reminds me very much of one of Robin Cook’s books, but with an added twist.

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