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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

I should have stayed in bed...

I woke up this morning, and it took me a while to wake up. Lots of coffee later, I get myself and D out the door, in order to get her to daycare. As I was driving home, I made a lefthand turn onto a sidestreet, and the guy on the side street ran the stop sign and T-boned my *brand new car*.

I'm fine. Really. The car isn't.

The damage isn't that bad. I had to crawl out the passenger side front door... both driver side doors are out of commission.
The asshole who hit me left the scene. Also, Oklahoma is a rear-license only state, so there was no license on the front of his car, and he *backed up* down the street, as in reverse, as in he didn't turn around.

Damn good thing I have full coverage insurance and a rental policy. I did call the cops, and the police report, with a full description of his rather "unique" looking SUV and description of him have been filed.

The car's in the shop til next Friday at the earliest, and I already have a rental.

At least I was able to drop D off first. I'm so glad she wasn't in the car. I'm also grateful that the airbag didn't deploy in this situation... it would have hurt more than it could have helped.

I'm so angry I could scream. Stil.. ::sigh::

FaerieLady posted at 3:35 PM

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Monday, August 29, 2005

Just Cuz I wanna Be Like KnitSteph

I spin too!

First, DT is home on vacation (mid-tour leave from Iraq) and brought me pvc to make a niddy noddy. The first skein on it is:

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Silkworker! Silk 'n wool blend, named Nokomis.

In skein form, it looks like this:

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That's 3 oz, 300 yards. I've got another 3 oz already spun, and about half of it left to go. Finished it should be between 1200-1300 yards. Great shawl yarn :-)

FaerieLady posted at 10:28 PM

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Awww

Who can resist this loveable face?

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Merlin is completely spoiled rotten. My little red boy :-)

FaerieLady posted at 8:30 PM

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

To take the sting out of the last quiz

This one from Knitting and 9-0 is much more accurate. I usually score Earth, but I am not surprised for the Water outcome on this one.







Your Element is Water


Your power colors: blue and aqua

Your energy: deep

Your season: winter

Like the ocean, you evoke deep feelings and passion.

You have an emotional, sensitive, and spiritual soul.

A bit mysterious, you tend to be quiet when you are working out a problem.

You need your alone time, so that you can think and dream.

What Element Are You?





FaerieLady posted at 6:53 AM

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Hrm.

Got this from Suburban Treehugger. Surprisingly, I got the same answer. I thought I'd been in a pretty good mood lately. Hrm.


The Goddess Death: Dark, morbid, appropriately
represented by the color black and the element
water. Death is reserved, intellectual,
introspective. Rarely does she do anything
requiring a lot of energy or display of emotion
-- but when she does, anyone within a few
planes would do well to duck and cover.

FaerieLady posted at 9:46 PM

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Monday, August 22, 2005

I am so proud of myself...

I've seen Lord of the Rings many, many times. So many times in fact that I no longer have to look at the screen all the time to know what they are doing and saying.

I figured that out this morning, and decided to start knitting on the LL socks. Lookie lookie... they're done! I am soooo proud!

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This is the closest that I could come to the real color of the socks.

Specs: 2 skeins LL sock yarn, colorway "Valentine"
Pattern: Seashell socks (I did not carry the pattern down the foot)
Knit on U.S. size 1s

There's enough left over to easy knit a pair of tube socks for D. Tube socks because she'll get more wear out of them and I won't have to worry as much about her outgrowing them so fast. I'll start on those later. My hands hurt. LoL

I shall no longer bemoan my LL socks, because they are FINISHED! Woot!

Laters!

FaerieLady posted at 2:25 PM

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That whole multi-tasking thing...

Ok, anyone who knows me in person knows that I have a singularly weird issue. Well, not so much "singularly weird" as I make it sound, there are many people who have the same issue, but it's very prevalent in my life.

I can't multi-task except for stupid things like walking & chewing bubble gum, or walking and talking.

Seriously! It's actually quite the object of much amusement over here, especially with close friends and family. Moi? Multi-task? You might as well ask me to rollerblade backwards down a steep hill, and believe me you'll get a wonderful laugh out of it!

WingNut thinks it's funny. Example: when I read a book, I *read* a book. If he wants to get my attention, he has to call my name (my real name, not Kae) several times before I hear him. He's taken to putting his hand in front of my face to break my eye contact with the pages. Watching t.v.? I will literally stop in the middle of my sentence if the t.v. catches my eye. I can't focus on what I'm thinking, and the rest of the conversation will literally fly out of my head on wings at supersonic speed!

This issue seriously impacts my knitting when it comes to watching movies and knitting. I can't knit and watch a movie. I can however knit and *listen* to discovery, nature, or history documentaries (which are my fave, by the way) so that's what I've been doing. I am now 18 rows away from both toes on the LL socks. I should have those finished by this weekend, if all goes according to plan. ::crosses fingers:: Oh, I am currently considering a membership to Audible.com, but I'm not so sure I want to give up my monthly yarn budget for it... LoL

Oh, on that whole multi-tasking thing... just because I can't multi-task doesn't mean things don't get done. I can, and have, cleaned, cooked, and taken care of the kiddo without being able to multi-task. This merely means that one thing gets finished before I move on to the next. Chores aren't stopped in the middle, I don't move on to other things until the first is done. This makes it quite efficient for me, anyway. LoL

Back to knitting socks...

FaerieLady posted at 7:37 AM

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

A Sock Problem

You see, I have this small sock problem...

I get to the foot part of the sock, past the heel and gusset and before the toe decreases... and I stall. Boooooring. So I have currently three socks stalled at that point.

See look...

There's two of these, stalled at the same place:

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and one of these, stalled just a little further down...

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What can I do to bribe myself to finish these babies? I mean seriously, I have the desire to wear them after they're finished... but getting them to that point is slow and boring for me. Ugh. I even put in the cable that can't be seen on the opal sock to add "interest" while I was knitting the foot, but even that's not working.

I love socks, I love knitting them, although I do hate the heel flap part. I need to learn to loosen up a bit when knitting back and forth (I knit loose in the round, tight back and forth).

FaerieLady posted at 10:37 AM

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

So much better...

The cyst turned out to be a run of the mill abscess, caused by trauma from falling on wooden alphabet blocks.

Yes you heard that right... I went to pick up D from daycare, and she tackled me at the knees. I fell backwards onto a pile of wooden alphabet blocks. Instead of bruising me, like any other human being, I got an abscess out of it. Ugh. But that's taken care of and for the first time in a week, I am almost completely pain free.

Woo hoo! I can knit! I can spin! I can do all my favorite crafty things! Yay!

Pics hopefully forthcoming later...

FaerieLady posted at 9:11 AM

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Monday, August 15, 2005

I'm having a rather painful cyst operated on and removed sometime in the next week. I'm probably not going to be at the computer much, since it's just below the threshold of pain one would have when they have kidney stones. Having had kidney stones, I remember exactly what it feels like.

I almost didn't update my blogs, but thought that if anybody wanted to know, this is probably where you're going to find out. LoL

Laters

FaerieLady posted at 8:08 PM

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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Weird Test

I found this on Deb's blog...


You Are 50% Weird

Normal enough to know that you're weird...
But too damn weird to do anything about it!

How Weird Are You?

FaerieLady posted at 4:59 PM

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Not Much To Say...

I tried taking pictures of the yarn that I'm going to be using on the Shetland Garden faroese shawl, but I can't seem to get a good picture. I'm going to have to try again in the sunlight.

I also forgot to take a picture of the Opal mosaic sock with the cable-that-can't-be-seen, which is past the gusset decreases and on the actual foot. I should get to the decreasing for the toe here in the next couple days. Maybe. If I don't get sidetracked and cast on for the SG shawl.

I was bad. I bought two skeins of laceweight merino from HandPaintedYarns. I shouldn't have bought them, but I couldn't resist. There are so many beautiful colors, and the yarn is top-notch. The shipping is a tad slow, but it's worth it. I got the olive colorway, which is on the third page under the laceweights. Those two skeins may be earmarked for the Peacock Feathers shawl.

I think I'm addicted to laceweight yarns. I don't think this is a bad thing... one can accomplish a lot of quality knitting (and therefore rack up a lot of quality knitting time) by knitting lace.

Ok, enough blather. Laters!

FaerieLady posted at 10:37 PM

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Falkland for Sale on my fiber blog

I finally uploaded some of the dyed and painted Falkland 56s wool top to my fiber sales blog over at FaerieLady Fibers.

Take a look, you might find something that you're interested in spinning! I love this fiber for socks...

FaerieLady posted at 12:51 PM

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

My Interview Questions from Lori

The Rules
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview Me"
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someoneelse in the post.
5. When others asking to be interviewed comment, you will ask them 5 questions.Interview

Questions:

How did you end up living in Oklahoma? Where were your parents from originally?

Lessee... Dad's an AF brat, born in San Antonio Tx, and eventually got to Lawrence, KS where he graduated high school and joined the AF. My Mom was born in New York City, and she also joined the AF. My dad's Native American/white, and Mom's full blood Puerto Rican. I ended up here because when my father outprocessed from the AF, he was stationed here at Tinker AFB. For some unknown reason, we stayed here. Believe me, I'm not happy about that choice, but at the time I wasn't old enough for my opinion to matter.

When are you most happy?

I'm most happy when I'm learning (I'd probably be a lifelong college student if I was allowed).

What made you change your blog name to Faerie Lady Knits? Is there a special significance for you?

The faerie joke is a running joke in my family. First, most of the kids in my family (including me) were born with pointed ears. My youngest nephew still has his... they haven't "flattened" out yet. Second, I can't wear iron or iron ore jewelry (hemetite, lodestone, hawkseye, etc). The jewelry has a nasty habit of breaking into tiny pieces. The last thing happens to be my little faerie "entourage". You know that saying "the faeries took it?" In my house, that's probably true. Be nice, ask nicely, and it appears back in your possession. It's very weird, but everyone who's been around me notices... and we're talking about things like the door key that you use every single day appearing in the pocket of a jacket that's been packed for months. Seriously.

What is your favorite dish to order at a restaurant? What is yourfavorite dish to cook?

Cooking is one big experiment to me. I'm constantly learning new dishes. My favorite food to order is bulgogi at the Korean restaurant that I love to visit whenever I can.

How did you get into knitting/spinning?

Knitting, I kinda fell into. I wanted to do it, got a book on it, learned to do it from the pictures and instructions, with lots of help from KnitSteph. Spinning... well, I was dragged into that (although I have to admit, I was easily convinced) by the Benevolent Dictator and KnitSteph.

FaerieLady posted at 5:09 PM

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Monday, August 08, 2005

Hrmmm on Knitpicks

Recently I've read about another blogger's problem with knitpicks. Now, I know everyone has their own experiences, but I've never had a problem with Knitpicks (and neither has anyone that I know personally). However, their order confirmation email is automated, so I wonder how much of that problem is because of spam blockers, or lags because of spam blockers at the server end? Food for thought people...

Anyway, the Benevolent Dictator of Spindlers and I are on a yarn and fiber diet. I agreed to go on it with her, after one purchase that we split and her show at Stitches Midwest (she's going to be vending her Everything Balm at the booth with Linda of Grafton Fibers. I mean, she should be given a lot of leeway for that kind of fiber show!

Anyway, 4 skeins of Sweet Pea gossamer yarn and the new Twin Peaks pattern is heading my way, with 4 skeins of Sunrise (for her) piggybacking along. I'm so excited!

Ya know, one of these days, I'll actually post pictures again. I have to find something picture worthy first...

Laters!

FaerieLady posted at 8:34 PM

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Oh My

I get the email updates from Sivia Harding Designs, and Knitpicks is now carrying an exclusive Faroese shawl pattern called Twin Peaks! Oh my goodness, I'm going to have to purchase this one... the only problem I forsee is that there doesn't seem to be a yarn requirement posted for the project, so I have no idea how much laceweight to buy...

My drool is over... LoL

Laters!

::edit:: It takes approximately 4 skeins of Gossamer for this project. Duh, if I would have looked harder I would have found it... LoL

FaerieLady posted at 12:19 PM

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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Randomness abounds...

The Lacey Drapey scarf (exchange scarf) was cast off the needles this evening, leaving me to only block it out to size. I am almost a *month* early?? How did this *happen*?!? Anyway, I'll post a pic after it's blocked out.

Small Gripe:
Why is it that when I want to buy a pattern, one pattern, the shipping on it costs *as much* or more as the pattern? Take for instance the Spiral Nebula Shawl (I saw a finished one on Noreen's site). I love this shawl pattern, however I am not going to pay $4 for the pattern and then another $5 to have a paper pattern shipped to me. It's just not going to happen. I rarely ever use the "suggested" brand yarn anyway, so kits are out too. Argh, very irritating.

Next up on the needles... the Cobweb Shawl out of Muppet Guts merino handspun. I've already cast it on, frogged it out, and cast on again onto larger needles. We shall see how it goes!

Laters...

FaerieLady posted at 6:42 PM

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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Ah.... Bliss

The a/c is fixed! ::happy dances around the room::

I was able to spin today! Yay! I also knit a little today on the lace scarf black hole... it's almost, almost to the point where I'll bind off. Not close enough, but it's gettin' there. Slowly.

I'm almost to the decreases on the LL socks. Thank goodness. It's not moving fast enough for me, that's for sure! I frogged the seaweed socks, the pattern won't show up in that yarn. I think I'll try it on the wildfoote sock yarn. Ehhh. I haven't decided yet.

I found a pullover/cardigan pattern that I really want to knit... Eris designed by Girl Fron Auntie, who also designed Rogue. I'm more likely to knit Eris than Rogue, simply because I don't want to figure out how to modify Rogue to remove the hood. I'm trying to decide what I want to knit it in. Maybe wool of the andes? I'm afraid it'd pill pretty badly. Any suggestions?

The Benevolent Dictator of Spindlers told me about a delightful treat she got for me... the Shetland Garden Faroese Shawl pattern! I have no idea what I'm going to knit it in. Maybe the new Gossamer laceweight merino by Knitpicks in Leprechaun. I need to put together a Knitpicks order sometime. ::shrug:: Maybe I'll remember the next time I have available cash.

Ok, gonna go draw with the kiddo... laters!

FaerieLady posted at 1:42 PM

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Sidetracked

My a/c went out Sunday afternoon. The repair guy came yesterday, but it wasn't repaired except for a few minutes after he left. He's supposed to be back around noon today. I swear to you, I feel like my brains melted and drained out of my ears...

My MIL and Steve's grandfather (her father) drove into town last night. Guess where they're staying? With us. Not a problem, usually, but reference the paragraph above.

Thank goodness we're going to be spending most of the day shopping. I might go crazy and whack someone if I had to be home during the brunt of the heat again today.

I'm going to go drink my coffee while it's still cool enough outside to drink it. When it starts to warm up, I can't drink it anymore. Bah.

I'll be back blogging either Thursday night, or Friday sometime. Laters!

FaerieLady posted at 5:30 AM

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