Archive for January, 2008

BigAssFans

Quit giggling. I know you are. Oh, just stop. You are offending large donkeys everywhere, as well as making me question the actual size of my booty, and if it is large enough to qualify for one of these huge air moving devices. So cut it out.

Actually, I am giggling, too, and I’ve been giggling since I saw the name and just knew I had to come tell you about it. Especially after our conversation yesterday about Boob Girls, Belly Girls and BUTT Girls. These fans have nothing to do with the junk in your trunk, though. The blades in BigAssFans are 3 to 12 feet long, and you’ll find these puppies in large spaces like zoos and airports and such. Think of it as a Warehouse Fan, designed to move a lot of air. Although as hot as it gets here, one of these might not be unreasonable in my living room.

And if you don’t need a BigAssFan, that’s okay, too. Go buy a shirt that will make you (and everyone around you) giggle, and will also help save an ass. Profits from the sale of logo merchandise are donated to Longhopes Donkey Shelter in Colorado. This company knows how to laugh at themselves and take a joke, you can tell that from the name. Apparently, they can give back as well. I’ll take two shirts, in pink: a large for now, a small for later.

End of Week 1

Well, I didn’t get a response to my little poll the other day, but the answer was my kids. And since part of the reason I am consolidating blogs again is due to lack of time to maintain them with style and aplomb, and since part of the reason I lack time is because we are back in to school on a actual and real full-time basis, it seems appropriate for the first post I do about the kids to concern their school work.

I spent the first couple of weeks in January working on their lesson plans, as I believe I have mentioned in passing. I have 4 full students and one beginning reader this year, and my older girls are beginning to need a little more one on one time that I was able to give them when I tried to maintain a huge “group work” schedule, so I have cut that to a bare minimum, and this allows more time for me to work with the children individually. It also forces the younger two students to read more of their material themselves, instead of getting spoon fed. I was afraid this would be a problem, but they are really taking to it!

I am thrilled with our progress this week, and while I can’t point to anyone thing and say “we learned this“, I can say that my children have met and enjoyed new poets, been introduced to characters from classic literature and 3 periods of history, and there has been math involved in their lives everyday. On five different levels, which may explain why I am so mentally drained by the time the school day is over, LOL.

Now, then. If you are on a feed reader, I apologize in advance. I have some plans for the old domain, and I need to get those posts that pertained to the children back over here. I plan to pretty much place them on the date they were originally written, so the move won’t make much difference to those who read on site, but the feed is going to be going crazy until I get that done. I’ve set it to partial to help lessen the onslaught, but I don’t know how much help that will be.

Online Craft Club Show and Tell #18

It’s Friday again! How does it happen that Friday comes around again so quickly? It’s crazy. Crazy, I say.

At any rate, I’ve been busy again this week. Here you can see the wallaby. The pocket is attached, and I have about half an inch before the yoke. I’ll be making sleeves shortly, IF I have the proper size dpns. Determining not to spend money on crafts until I have completed 12 projects may present some dilemmas. If I need needles can I borrow them from you?
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And here is Fantasy Ride. I really tried last night to get this corner finished, but I gave up at quarter til one and went to bed.
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Now, I know you can see that this is not the normal level of craftiness you usually see here on Fridays. But I have a reason, and I can illustrate it for you with a picture. I am in the throes of a whole house purge. We are downsizing, getting rid of what we don’t use. Yesterday, for instance, we moved the craft stuff out of the bottom of the china hutch so we could use it for actual dining room type stuff. It was left in there from when that hutch was in the living room. This picture illustrates just why I don’t need to spend more money on crafts. This is a stack of books, magazines and scrapping supplies, and it’s not even all of the scrapping stuff. Yeah. I love to make stuff, and making stuff takes a lot of stuff. But not this much stuff.
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I have got to weed through all the mess and use it/lose it/plan it. Even a gold anklet can feel like a ball and chain if it’s heavy enough, ykwim.

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Take a picture of your current project, whatever that happens to be. Or maybe one you recently finished. Or the materials for the one you are about to start. Let’s say materials for a project in whatever state it happens to be in at the time you snap it. On Friday, post the picture and tell us about your project. What you did, or what you are going to do. How much you are enjoying it, or hating it. You know–show and tell.

Just copy & paste the code below the graphic and get crafty with me!

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Mine are Spectacular

Last night, I did what I said I was going to do, and I read not one, but two knitting books. Are you excited? I am, because I actually came within a hair’s breadth of going to bed without looking at either of them. I was freezing cold, and I turned on the heating pad to warm my bed, and it almost drew me in. On a side note, I slept really well last night. When I woke up this morning, I realized I had only turned the heating pad to low before I drifted, not off as I meant to do.

But back to the books! I think I must have read the two most opposite books in the box when I chose these two. First up, the newer book:

Twelve Months of Knitting cover

There are several interesting patterns in this book, but only a couple I can see myself actually making as shown. The Girl’s Valentine Cardigan would be a hit with three of my girls, I really like the Stitch Therapy Turtleneck for myself, and The Cottage Socks are winners for everyone; being knit from worsted weight yarn, they’ll be quickies. Many of the patterns in this book are drop shoulders with a deep V neckline. It’s apparent that they were all designed by the same person, and I don’t mean that in a bad way—it’s a very classic style, and you could knit several of these to pull a wardrobe together. They are good looking garments, but Mine Are Spectacular, so I don’t do dropped shoulders. However, I am a devilish mastermind with a calculator, and I could modify these patterns to work for me. That’s something I do with regularity, and it doesn’t take more than 5ish minutes to do the math and make a few notes.

There are three projects per month, one each for beginning, intermediate and experienced knitters. In the front, you’ll find a handy chart to let you know when you should start each project to have it finished in time to wear it at the proper time of year. The one problem with that is that it doesn’t tell me how much knitting time per day they are assuming. Sometimes, see, I get to knit for hours on end, and sometimes, I am lucky to make 37 stitches. The colors and textures are beautiful, and the pattern notes are educational and entertaining. You’ll find knitting tips with each pattern.

And now for the book I mentioned the other day. Before I even show the picture, I need to tell you that no, I did not buy this book. I asked for it, and it appeared on my desk as if by magic. Or the wonders of Fed-Ex. I knew you would wonder after I said I was not going to spend money. No, I didn’t. Put your pitchforks away.

Now, I glanced at the cover of this book when it first came out, and decided not to get it. And then I read something on a blog that someone had learned from it. And then I saw a pattern on Knitty that incorporated the short row bust (which idea I used for TheClone’s pullover with great success) and then I saw the Curvalicious Cardigan on KnitPicks and I said WHOA! That’s the book for me!

Big Girl Knits cover

See, I am not technically a Big Girl. I only wear a 14 even today, at the heaviest I have ever been. But I am also just a bit less than 5 feet tall. I have the proportions of a Big Girl, but I wasn’t sure that this book had anything going for it besides bigger patterns. See, Big Girls need more than just bigger. Garments need to actually be cut differently. Just like you go into Victoria’s Secret, and the 36D is just a bigger version of the 32A, and the bra doesn’t fit, so it is with clothes. And Jillian Moreno and Amy R. Singer understand that. And even at 130, when I look ravishing, I have Big Girl proportions. Mine Are Spectacular, after all, and 8 babies have passed through these hips, after all, and I. Love. This. Book!

There are wonderful, enticing patterns in this book. There are patterns for Boob Girls and Butt Girls and Belly Girls, because Big Girls come in a variety of shapes. There are patterns that work for combination shapes, too. The first couple of chapters explain all that and tell you what design elements to look for in order to draw attention where you want it and deflect it from where you would rather eyes not linger. And every pattern in this book is marked with one or more icons to let you know which body shape it will most flatter.

I cannot end this post without sharing this quote. I laughed for a goodish time after I read it: “On the boob girl, a high neck will magnify her rack, making it look like an immense loaf of home-baked bread stuck to her chest.” That said, I wear turtlenecks anyway ;)

SB16W customNow that I have confessed that I am as heavy as I have ever been, I will also confess that I am doing something about that, because it’s darn uncomfortable, my clothes don’t fit and my joints hurt all the time. (But I don’t stink like cigarettes anymore. so that’s good–as a matter of fact, my six month anniversary was this past week.) I’m counting calories and I am drinking water. Water??!!?? I heard your collective gasps. Yes, water. I hate water. I want coffee or tea or Pepsi, not WATER. So, I have this water bottle filter on my desk as well. It makes my water taste like……….water. Not like all the crap they add to the water. The downside is that I have to squeeze the bottle pretty hard to get the water out, and that hurts my hands. Yeah, it sucks being me, sometimes. I should probably be taking Aleve every morning, just as Ang. suggested.

Oh, one more thing. The Mine Are Spectacular thing. One of Dh’s clients gave him this book. It’s not porn. Porn would be better. This book is so sucky that I could not get past the first three pages. The writing is trite, the story was cliche, but I did learn to look at my rack and say Mine Are Spectacular and not be embarrassed one bit. Especially wearing a 40 dollar bra. Perhaps I am being unfair to Mine Are Spectacular, and if I run out of other reading material, I may try it again. Or I may poke myself in the eye with a hot fork instead.

Water Bottle Excerpt

SB16W customNow that I have confessed that I am as heavy as I have ever been, I will also confess that I am doing something about that, because it’s darn uncomfortable, my clothes don’t fit and my joints hurt all the time. (But I don’t stink like cigarettes anymore. so that’s good–as a matter of fact, my six month anniversary was this past week.) I’m counting calories and I am drinking water. Water??!!?? I heard your collective gasps. Yes, water. I hate water. I want coffee or tea or Pepsi, not WATER. So, I have this water bottle filter on my desk as well. It makes my water taste like……….water. Not like all the crap they add to the water. The downside is that I have to squeeze the bottle pretty hard to get the water out, and that hurts my hands. Yeah, it sucks being me, sometimes.

Do you miss them?

I kinda miss them. And really, there are so many of them that it’s hard to avoid talking about them. And I do make most of my stuff for them. And wouldn’t it be nice to get the whole story all in one place again? And they are just so darn cute, ykwim? Oh, maybe you don’t. Hmmm. Maybe a poll is in order.

Cass is talking about her

  1. yarn
  2. kids
  3. books
  4. piles of laundry

Speaking of books, I have a stack of books on my desk. New knitting books. Books that I am supposed to look at and tell you about. Only I suck, because I have been spending all my free time cleaning, and I have only glanced at the covers. Tonight, I will look at one, and tomorrow, I will tell you about it.

And speaking of cleaning, ewwwwwwwwwwwww. My washer kept throwing out one error code after another yesterday. If it didn’t say “SUD”, it said “F21″ (water drain problems). Finally after I had been washing the same load of diapers for roughly 12 hours, dh came home from work, and cleared the drain. I showed him the post my friend Laura had made last spring Kenmore Elite H3 Washer – Error Code HF, and it was a snap. Thanks Laura, for saving me the cost of a service call. The diapers got dry just in time. No Cat 5 cables were harmed in the performance of this household maintenance type activity.

37 stitches

That’s how many I made yesterday. I blogged, I cleaned the small bathroom, clean the small bathroom, cleaned the small bathroom, and educated my children, children, children, children, children. It was a long day, I went to bed exhausted after midnight, and I made 37 stitches all day.

Clean Sweep?

I don’t have a finished object to show you this morning. Unlike last weekend, I didn’t 1)stay home 2)sit around or 3)knit (much). We had Christmas at my cousin’s on Saturday. I did knit on the Wallaby on the way there, and it’s almost to the armpits now. I love making little things, they go so fast! And then On Sunday, my cousin’s wife came and we played Clean Sweep in my kitchen.

Is that the show I am thinking of? The one where they take all the stuff out of the house, and sort it out and only keep a little of it? And then they clean the fire out of the house before they put it back? Well, my wonderful cousin came yesterday and helped me do that to my kitchen. It looks absolutely wonderful! In fact, it looks like some kitchen you’d see in a advertising postcard for a realtor. Except for the floor. I saw while I was down there on my hands and knees scrubbing the dickens out of it that it has about a bazillion gouges out of it. No wonder it never looks really and truly clean, ykwim? I’ve been saying that I want new floors, but I believe the time has come to go beyond lip service. The next time I get one of those Cheap Postcards advertising a sale at the flooring store, I am going to get an estimate.

Anyway, I am enjoying the less is more look in the kitchen (and how easy it is to tidy), and am looking forward to doing the rest of the house. Who knew throwing yet more stuff out could feel so good. Yes, I had been through there a month or so ago, remember? And I still managed to get rid of half a garbage bag full of stuff for good will, and more than that in the trash. While I am here I might as well tell you that it’s unlikely that I’ll have an FO by Friday, either. She left me a list of homework to get done before she comes again next weekend, LOL! I have to be faster than her, because I must get my craft stuff orderly before we get to that point, so you can expect reports of cleaning here this week, alongside the crafty bits.

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