Tuesday, June 12, 2007

7 Random Things About Me

I got this off of Shelby's blog, so here you go. If you read this, consider yourself tagged.

1. I am a feminist but I full expect KM to hold the door open for me and to kill spiders.

2. I am naturally very shy. This is why I love knitting, if I do it in public, people come up to ME and that is better for me.

3. All of my movie star crushes are European, save one, John Cusack. I love John Cusack and I think I spelled his name wrong. But my other loves are Hugh Jackman, Gerard Butler, Ioan Gruffudd, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. I love those guys, but Hugh J and John are my faves. I'd watch those guys read the phonebook. Have you seen Gerard Butler in a KILT? It is my belief that he should never wear anything else, unless of course he wears NOTHING. Apparently there is a petition out there to have him play the role of Jamie in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

4. I keep changing my major. Well, sort of. I am redistributing it. I was looking at Political Science/Sociology, but now I'm looking at a Sociology/Relgion double major with a poli sci minor.

5. I prefer to knit socks with DPNs. I've tried 2 circs but just couldn't get in to it.

6. We had to change the wedding date because of the flooding in the midwest. It's my hometown that got hit with the flooding and I was afraid it wouldn't go away and my parents wouldn't be able to make it. So we postponed it. We're looking at doing it in the fall in Missouri.

7. I am absolutely neurotic about going in store doors. I can not go in the out door, the entire order of the universe hinges on people reading the damn sign and going in the correct door.

And now for something completely different

At last, knitting content. It's been a busy few months. The purpleupagus is done. Thank Goddess. I really wasn't thrilled with that project. Two reasons, one, I don't *get* shrugs, two, I really don't like fun fur and there is no other name for something called Chinchilla. But, the person who commissioned it loved it and I guess that's all that matters. Here ya' go. I promised I wouldn't show her face.

Then, I made socks for my sister-in-law, Deb. Deb is vegan, doesn't eat meat and won't wear/use anything that came from animals. This includes wool. But trying to find vegan sock yarn can be tough because of the elasticity issues. But I found some nice yarn that knit up sooo soft. For her next pair I'm going to give Panda Cotton a try. Showing here:

Then, I made another pair of socks for me out of that great Sol Joy from Catalina. I made them short because I wasn't sure I had enough, but I had plenty left over, so yeah, more socks for me.

Continuing on that theme, I knit some great socks for me, and for the first time EVER, I did cables! Much easier than I thought it would be. So easy, I could even do them in the car. Yarn is Wilde Foot in Blueblood Red. Pattern calls for 8 inches from cuff to heal flap, but I don't like long socks. I wore them today and I love them.

And last, yarn porn. This is KnitPicks Wool of the Andes in Amethyst Heather, which of course is much prettier in real life. My camera SUCKS. It is going to be the Sweater for Arwen from the Winter IK. I'd show you, but I've only been working on the back and it's all boring stockinette.

I did finally finish KM's black dress socks that I started before Christmas. I didn't get a photo so I'll have to do that. He loves them and shows them off and the guys at the pipe shop want to pay me to knit them socks. Not sure how I feel about that, but I'm giving it some thought.

Other things on the needles: Socks for ME in Tofutsies. I am in love with this yarn and bought more in a great blue color, baby blanket (crochet) for my friend's little girl - I'm catching up on 5 babies born without my knowledge, an afghan for my friend Amy that I promised her when she married in October of 2005. I suck, I was going to start it, then she got pregnant and I needed to make a baby blanket for Miss Elisa, who is undoubtadly one of the prettiest babies I've ever seen. Amy and I've been friends since college, when we were both journalism majors (she finished her degree), we were roommates, we both married guys we met there, then later divorced them (good thing all around) and then she moved to South America and we lost touch. Shortly after I moved back to Albuquerque she found me. In 2005 when I was planning to go home for my birthday she and her new husband Wil were coming here for their honeymoon, so I finally got to see her after 3 years! Wil is a great guy and he adores her, I'm so very happy for her. In 2006 when I went home to Missouri Elisa was kind enough to be born while I was home so I got to give her the blanket in person and meet her and smell her baby goodness.

Let's see, what else, I have yarn to make myself a shawl. I've been wanting one for a while, but didn't feel like tackling lace quite yet, but I found lovely pattern to try with DK weight and no lace knitting. Maybe next year. And I'm getting ready to cast on some more socks for KM. He is quite pleased to have 3 pairs now. And there is yarn coming for some kilt hose.

I went to the Pins and Needles exhibit in Santa Fe this past weekend at the Folk Art Museum. Very nice. Then I hit 2 Santa Fe yarn shops and came home with sock yarn, of course. It's the only stash I have.

I'm getting ready for school to start in the fall. I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it.

That's it. Later peeps as Jenny would say.

Celtic Family

A few weeks ago we gathered our water, our hats and 10 gallons of sunblock and headed off to the Celtic Festival and Highland Games. It's a great festival here in Albuquerque featuring my 2 favorite things, men in kilts and pipe bands. FKM is no longer FKM, he now has a kilt, so he is KB - Kilted Boy. But he was a little shy about going "regimental" or "commando" as he calls it, so he wore underpants. There were some great tents with jewlery, bags, kilts, etc. A few of our friends even bought themselves kilts. I mostly sat in the shade listening to the bands and knitting on a sock. The sun is not so good for me, it apparently now gives me a rash, which isn't quite so fun. I live in the desert Southwest. But here, for your viewing pleasure is a picture of my fine Scottish Lads and one of all 3 of us. Oh, and KM entered a "Bonny Knees" contest, but lost. I think he had the better knees and calves, but ultimately, the crowd went for the Converse sneakers. KM's knees are the ones under the purple and blue kilt.


So here I am, finally. After many computer problems (don't ask) I'm going to give you a LOT of updates. But, I'll do it in installments. This post will be about the zoo I live with. First we have Lupin in nap mode. He is so cute when he does this. He is a flame point Simese. Then we have Gryffin looking out the window. My cats are strictly indoor. In the desert outdoor kitties become coyote food. Both cats love to sit in the window and look out. Gryffin has apparently been doing a lot of crack and has taken to being affectionate AND sociable. Then we have a bad photo of me trying to get Velvet to wear my tiara. I have 3 tiaras, I love them. I wear them to combat the testosterone in my house.

And last, after 20 months of being with KM, I finally held Isis. Having a snake in the house isn't so bad. I got use to it because I use to stay with KM before we moved in together. Lots of people can't believe I'm ok with her. She use to live in our bedroom. But because this house is so bloody cold in the winter, she lives in the office where it's much warmer. I sometimes will bring her "takeout" otherwise known as live rats. But this bothers me, I feel incredibly guilty, so I don't do that often and I can't be in the room at feeding time. But I finally held her. She is nothing like I thought. I expected scaley and slimey. She is cool, smooth and dry. Oh, and she's a ball python for those interested.