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Thursday, January 26, 2006

My First Needle-Knit I-Cords

I have done i-cords on a spool knitter before but I had never knitted them using needles... Today I knitted three i-cords with sock yarn on size 4 double points. It was a simple, but time consuming process however I had a lot of fun doing it, and I've got a cool idea for using these which I'm saving for later. I spent most of the morning today and half of the afternoon making these while sitting on the couch with the sunlight coming through the window... with no television or other distractions... Just me, my little sock yarn, my cups of coffee, and quietness.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

I Learned The Briotch Stitch

I learned how to do the briotch stitch today. Yay for me right :-)

As you can see I also attempted to try making it two-tone, however it didn't turn out right. At least I know the basic stitch now so maybe I can figure out the two-tone process if Nick will send me the instructions.... hint, hint lol.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Arrrrggghhhh!!!!! Dumb Stockinette Stitch

Ok you know what I've discovered this past week...... stockinette stitch when knitted flat for a scarf just sucks lol....... for the past four days I've been fighting with a camouflage scarf I wanted to do in stockinette stitch because I wanted to try something different (meaning something other than the usual garter stitch scarf) and while it looked great the darn thing just rolls up into this tube like thing... So I tried doing a seed stitch edge on both sides and that didn't stop it from rolling... So I tried doing a garter stitch edge and even that didn't stop it from rolling. Then I did a 5/1 rib pattern with seed stitch edges and the darn thing still rolls up.

I gave up, ripped it out and now I'm making a hat because I can almost knit a hat with my eyes closed and I know it will turn out exactly like I want it.... grrr!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

500 Tunes and Stupid Ass Craft Stores

Topics In This Post:

1. 505 Songs Ripped
2. Guy's Harvest Scarf Near Completion
3. I'm Dissapointed With Hobby Lobby
4. Michael's In-store Yarn Selection Sucks
4. Room-mate Finally Gets A Job
5. Blog Changes Coming Soon

I have so far gotten over 500 songs ripped from my cd collection. I've gone through 85 cd's so far and still have a few hundred to go. I've been recording them at 64kbps which according to my Music Match program is about FM stereo quality sound. At this bitrate I honestly cannot really tell the difference listening to the songs on my mp3 player and listening to them at cd quality sound through my computer speakers... Anyway I have so far only used up 1 gigabyte of space with these songs on my computer, so I am going to be getting a ton of songs on my mp3 player for sure. I'm quite sure that I will be able to get all of my favorite songs from my 400+ cd collection and still have lots of space left for adding and deleting non-permant music files on the player. I can hardly wait to get my mp3 player loaded up. It's going to be so nice to be able to carry every favorite song from my entire cd collection wherever I go. And it's going to be nice to be able to pack up my cd's and store them somewhere out of site.... since they mostly sit around and collect dust anyway lol.

Well here is a picture of the scarf I've been working on. As mentioned before I'm knitting it with Lion Brand Homespun Yarn in the Harvest color. I'm afraid the scarf might not be very long when finished but I think it will be ok. You can't really tell how long it is in this picture since I've got it bunched up on the end table and you can't really see the awesome colors this yarn has, but as I've said before and I'll probably keep saying it.... I'm a much better knitter than I am a photographer. I did the best I could however. It's raining outside today so I can't get outdoors to catch natural light which always seems to make great photos when you want to show off your work. So if you guys can wait for a day when the weather is better around here then I'll promise to get a better picture of this thing to show.

Ok now I would like to take a little while to bitch and moan about Hobby Lobby and Michael's craft stores... ok well not all of them... just the ones I can get to. Today I left out way early after dropping my room-mate off for work feeling very excited because I was going to go to my all time favorite hobby supply store to purchase some Red Heart Tweed yarn that I have had my eye on forever. Well when I got there they only had two colors of the stuff... cranberry and some odd greenish stuff. I was MAD! Dammit! And then to make things worse the little old lady who works the yarn isles told me that they were discontinuing the Red Heart Tweed Yarn... Ok now I'm DOUBLE MAD!! Why is it that when a guy like me finds a yarn he thinks he will like, those damn bitches stop getting the stuff before I can try it out? Oh and then she proceeded to say that Hobby Lobby usually replaces discontinued yarns with a similar hobby lobby brand yarn. I was devestated. The only good store I know of, the one store where I love to shop is now going to shit! Not only are they getting rid of yarns I would like to buy, but they are filling up their shelves will this stupid ass fringy, furry, mohairy, bumpy, lumpy, freckled, jeckled, and hyde scary ass frilly yarn that I don't want to have anything to do with.... I decided to buy some camouflage yarn and 10" length size 9 needles to make scarfs with.... which now takes us to MICHAELS.

Oh Michaels is severely on the top of my shit list today. After leaving Hobby Lobby, I drove over to Michaels craft store hoping that they would have the tweed yarn I wanted. But they didn't have it. When I walked in the door it was wall to wall junk everywhere. It looked like Hurricane Katrina came back as if she missed that store on her first trip ashore! So after I scurried all the way to the back of the store through all the mess they had everywhere, what do you think I found? It was one stinking isle full of more of that gaudy yarn that I could have bought back at hobby lobby. There was hardly no yarn that I like there at all. I will not be going back to Michaels store anytime in the near future. And if Hobby Lobby keeps up their crap with discontinuing my favorite yarns I'll stop shopping there as well. I'll just start ordering what I want online and save the gas in my jeep for a nice ride to the park instead.

I am so happy! My room-mate got a job laying carpet. Now I get more time for myself and might actually get to start saving some money for a change lol.

Well this blog is getting old I think... or maybe I'm just bored with it. Not that I mean I'm so bored I'm gonna stop writing. Nah I just think it's time to redo this thing with a new design. I think I'm gonna do up a template to match our website... you know the one I've been saying I was working on... but truthfully I haven't touched in weeks and still don't know when it will be ready... yeah that one lol. Well I'll find time as soon as I can find time to find some time.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Ditched My Phone For MP3 Player

Ok so it turns out that I didn't really like the Motorola V60 Cellphone that I recently bought... so I returned it to T-Mobile and went to Best Buy and bought the MP3 player that I've been wanting. It is an iRiver H10 mp3 player and it has a 20GB capacity which should be enough space to rip all of my favorite songs from my 400+ cd collection and still have room enough for some tunes I've downloaded off the internet. More pictures coming soon after I get all my cd's ripped and loaded on the player.

In my knitting world I'm still working on the Harvest scarf. I'm not sure if one ball of yarn is going to be enough to finish it and I may have to buy some more yarn.

Anyway I've started spring cleaning already this year. I loaded up in my jeep an old home stereo, a lamp, some dollar store items that were never used, an old computer printer, a Pioneer 300 cd disc changer that had been sitting in the closet for two years, a few other things I hadn't used in ages. I took a trip to the Mission Thrift store and donated it all to them. I figured maybe someone eventually might find a use for it all and I claimed a small space back in my spare bedroom from getting rid of all that unneeded crap.

Here is what's left and what I'll be working on to declutter this spring cleaning season. It's a very small room so it's really not as much stuff as it seems and most of it is craft supplies stored in huge plastic storage bins so it shouldn't take too long to get it all cleaned up.... that is when I find the time to do it among all of the other 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 things I have to do.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

A Break From The Cold

This week has been very nice weatherwise for this time of year in Alabama. It was so nice outside yesterday that I decided to get out and enjoy it as you can see in this photo. That's me working on another scarf I started this week. I'm knitting it in Lion Brand Homespun yarn. The color is "Harvest". I'm planning on doing one in every color of this yarn that I can get my hands on. I'm also still working on skull caps. Now that the holidays are over it's time to get back to business I guess. I still haven't completed working on the cool guys knit website so I don't know if it's going to be running by February like I had planned... but it will be there sooner or later.

I got a new toy yesterday. It's a Motorola V360 cellphone. It's a really cool phone that plays MP3's, has built in camera and records video clips. I haven't had a chance to really play with it enough to write a review for it but I will soon. I'm going to start a brand new moblog with it as soon as I can get out to take some pictures.

Monday, January 02, 2006