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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Happy Birthday to Me :-)

Even though I declared a boycott on my birthday, I've actually had a pretty good one. Well, between the visits to the bathroom to puke :-) Yes, FaerieLady caught a stomach virus that has been making the rounds at work, and spent half of my day throwing up. However, I went to work anyway because my supervisor wasn't there (she was out sick) and I knew that they couldn't afford to be short two sets of hands.

So I went to work :-).

After work, I cam home, sat around for a little bit, and a friend of mine arrived and gave me a present. I got a beautiful pendant for my necklace and it was so touching that the cold, cynical FaerieLady *might* have shed a tear or two... I won't tell if you won't!

I also got a bunch of e-cards and happy birthday wishes, and to each and every one of you... Thanks! They really made my day :-)

FaerieLady posted at 7:25 PM

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Monday, December 26, 2005


So I went surfing through the last of the boxes that were still unpacked... two in my bedroom, one large blue rubbermaid type box that was behind the table in the dining area. What I found shocked me.

In the blue tote, there was just notebooks and folders and binders, all either that I had picked up on sale during school supply shopping, or leftover from previous semesters. No biggie... I emptied the papers out of the binders, and put them all away.

The two boxes in my room? Yeah. Talk about embarassing!

Ten, count 'em, *10* WIPs. WIPs that will never, ever get done. Sing the song with me... "Rippity do dah, rippity ay!"

*cough cough* I think I need to revert back to my one project at a time rule. That is, after I find the missing sock (it's at the foot, and the other sock is already done) and finish the jaywalkers socks for me and the fingerless mitts that are a birthday present...

Why do I not foresee this happening? Probably because I'm foolishly considering casting on for a child's cardigan... a cabled cardigan. With what time do I believe I'm going to have to knit this?? Yeah. That's what I thought!

FaerieLady posted at 2:06 PM

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Sunday, December 25, 2005

The reason for the season...

gets lost when it comes to me.

Oops, that was my outloud voice. *smile*

Anyway, to those that celebrate any holiday that falls in this particular season, happy holiday of your choice. To those that don't, that's perfectly fine too... considering that I don't either. Maybe next year.

So there's this mittenette sitting on my printer that needs to be finished. There's a cuff and half a leg on the jaywalker socks that needs to be worked on. Or how about any of the other "numerous" projects, such as the lace scarf that did not get done in time? Ehhh. *shrug*. I'm not feeling particularly motivated.

Bah humbug. *smile* That expression seems to fit my day... right now, all I really want to do is take a nap. Actually, that sounds like a good idea. I might have to go do that. LOL


FaerieLady posted at 3:54 PM

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Friday, December 23, 2005

Grades are in...

I maintained my 4.0! Yay!

Back to your regularly scheduled programming...

FaerieLady posted at 10:28 AM

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Sunday, December 18, 2005


Originally uploaded by Faerielady.
And lastly, but not leastly, the cards and stitch markers that improved an already wonderful weekend of knitting by making me smile about my birthday. LOL

FaerieLady posted at 7:21 PM

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FaerieLady Mittenette

Originally uploaded by Faerielady.
The mittenette that followed the scarf that was born during the Saturday scarf extravaganza...

FaerieLady posted at 7:20 PM

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FaerieLady Scarf

Originally uploaded by Faerielady.
The Saturday scarf extravaganza ended up with this being the finished product...

FaerieLady posted at 7:19 PM

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This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

FaerieLady posted at 7:12 PM

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Thanks Marina and weekend knitting

These lovely treasures showed up in my mailbox yesterday but I didn't actually GO to my mailbox until today... bad FaerieLady! Anyway, the lovely Marina at WoolyEwe sent me a birthday card, stitch markers (ooo I love the dainty beaded ones!) and lovely knitting cards to send out! Thanks so much Marina...

Guess this means I'm not cancelling my birthday after all, hmm?

Idle comment... I haven't received a birthday card (a paper one, not an e-card) since my dad got me one that said "where has the last year gone", and the sound of a toilet flush came through loud and clear when the card was opened... now, we all know where I got my oh-so-sick sense of humor, now don't we? Anyway, with the arrival of the card from Marina, I've realized that it's pretty damned cool to get birthday cards in the mail. I need to start sending them out to people... because if I like them, then obviously other people like them too. Somewhere. Maybe. LOL

Ok, onto the weekend's knitting projects...

The FaerieLady was a knittin' fiend this weekend, starting out Saturday with a knitted scarf for moi, which I cast on and finished (crocheted edging and all) by Saturday evening. Note to all... this is highly unusual. FL is a notoriously slow knitter, mainly because I'm a stop and go knitter. However, Saturday I hit a zone, and this is what occurred... *edit* see other flickr entries. Photobucket won't resize the pictures correctly when I ask, and I can't seem to get them posted without it screwing up my blog. */edit*

Then, while I was on a roll, I knit the first mittenette to somewhat match the scarf...

then... I finished the second mittenette this morning after I woke up. No picture of that yet... but let me explain something. That scarf was knit using the Grafton Fibers Rainbow Batt that I spun up a long time ago, pick of it skeined up located here. Because I spun that batt fingering weight, I paired it with one strand Knitpicks Merino Style in Coal. This means that it knitted up randomly across the rounds of colors (sometimes showing, sometimes not) and it also stripes in big sections. I think it looks cool. One mittenette matches one section, the second mittenette matches *another* section (of the scarf). So. They don't appear to match *without* the scarf around, but if I'm wearing the scarf you'd understand.

Seriously, I'm crazy enough to get away with it. LOL


FaerieLady posted at 6:57 PM

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

News Flash...

Just for the record and whether you agree with me or not, I, the FaerieLady has decided to cancel my birthday this year due to the lack of my own personal interest in it.

No amount of denials and/or other negations will change my mind.

It completely sucks that this year my birthday falls on the Wednesday between Christmas weekend and New Year's weekend. Because of the fact the FaerieLady also has to *work* on said day-of-birth, all birthday celebrations and/or other inflictions of birthday cheer should be appropriately stifled. *smile*

Oh, and for the Benevolent Dictator... I loves ya, and you are NOT allowed to beat the crap out of me with a ratty skein!


FaerieLady posted at 4:57 PM

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Pictures! Woo Whee!

Well whaddya know, there's going to be actual *photographic contents* located in *my* knitting blog! Photographs of yarn! Knitting! Spinning! Woo Hoo and Wow Whee, who keeled over and put my camera in charge?? LOL

Well now, what should I start with? How about the chunky knit hat for D (in pink of course). Misti Alpaca Chunky, two strands held together, on 10 1/2 inch needles. Why yes, I really *don't* want her head to get cold!

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Or what about these nifty cabled wristwarmers, knit in a pattern reminiscent of the Irish Hiking Scarf (but I detest knitting wristers, socks, hats, etc flat, and will only knit them in the round). The yarn is Emu Superwash DK, which when knit up this particular colorway reminds me of camoflauge. I've seen a lot of camo, and it really does. This mitt is up to the beginning of the thumb gusset.

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This next project pretty much *proves* that I'm out of my ever lovin' mind... Why? Because it's a "Christmas Knit", and I started it three days ago. That night, I made it twelve repeats (12 inches). Then I discovered a heinous mistake in the foundation rows and ripped it back to the beginning and started over. Last night, I made it back to 12 inches. I have until the 22nd to finish it. *sigh*.

The yarn is Optim DK in "plum", and two nights ago it looked like this:

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Imagine it slightly double that size, and that's what it looks like now. Pattern: Fishtail Lace Scarf in plum Optim DK on size 8 needles. Recommended needle size is a 6, and I went up 2 sizes for the lace. Of course, with me it's more like *3* sizes because I'm a loose knitter.

But don't take that loose comment the wrong way *wink*.

Ok, gotta get D to school, which means doing something about this mass of hair on my head that is currently rebelling against the current regime...


FaerieLady posted at 6:01 AM

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Monday, December 12, 2005

One Step Forward...

and I forget how many I've taken back.

I woke up this morning feeling like I was three steps behind other people. The world seemed to be passing me by in super slow-mo, and I felt like my shoes were coated in rubber cement.

In the mornings, I wake up nauseaus... but by afternoon I'm ravenous. I've gained five pounds in the past week, with no explanation as how the fat actually acquired a hold on any part of my body, considering the activity I've been engaging in (such as... up and down the stairs to and from my apartment, usually at least twice a day, and some days like today up to 5), walks around the complex, walking around campus, and my general failure to eat a proper meal at any given time during the day. I've drank less soda and coffee recently than I have in over a year. Believe me, I know I'm not pregnant. I just feel like I've been beat just a shade short of unconscious on a daily basis.

Maybe my body thinks I'm overworked and undernourished, so when I do eat it pack those calories back to my ass and thighs in it's desperate attempt to make sure I don't starve to death.

Whatever it is, it needs to stop. Those five pounds, which I'm sure most people are saying "what? a measly five pounds?", profoundly affects my ability to function. Instead of a vital force to be reckoned with, I become a snarling, snappish sleepy bitch-monster intent only on smacking the shit out of those who get too close to me.

Well. At least I've been knitting. The marine's hat, I'm sure I've already mentioned... that's done. D's hat is on the needles. A secret project, a stole, was cast on last night. I know that the person who it is intended for does not read my blog, but I have no intention of telling said person it's from me. See, if this person finds out that I'm the one that knit it, they'd feel obligated to give me something in return.

Damn, now D is trying to get sick on me. Time to go. Laters.

FaerieLady posted at 3:26 PM

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Friday, December 09, 2005

Another Silly Quiz

Seen and thugged from Alternative Knitting

You Have a Melancholic Temperament

Introspective and reflective, you think about everything and anything.
You are a soft-hearted daydreamer. You long for your ideal life.
You love silence and solitude. Everyday life is usually too chaotic for you.

Given enough time alone, it's easy for you to find inner peace.
You tend to be spiritual, having found your own meaning of life.
Wise and patient, you can help people through difficult times.

At your worst, you brood and sulk. Your negative thoughts can trap you.
You are reserved and withdrawn. This makes it hard to connect to others.
You tend to over think small things, making decisions difficult.
What Temperment Are You?

FaerieLady posted at 11:46 AM

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Thursday, December 08, 2005


Fun little quiz...

What Common Breed of Dog Are You?

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FaerieLady posted at 9:28 PM

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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Houston, we have a problem.

The problem? The "snow", if you want to call that pebble-like frozen water shit that isn't close enough to hail to be called hail, is coming down.

It's hitting the black asphalt, melting on contact, and freezing again instantly because it's a whole whopping 18 degrees outside.

Now, almost every other state in the country would not view this as a real problem. I mean seriously... take into account lake effect in the upper North, or the piles of snow in Colorado, Washington, etc. Puh-leaze. But y'all are used to it. I can already see what's gonna happen here.

*cue in the redneck hillbilly muzac, and fire up the dual exhaust pick'em'up truck with no sand in the bed, or the abso-freakin'-lutely huge SUVs driven by guys with the arms of the Incredible Hulk and less than a sixteeth of his brain power*

"well little woman, Isa believes we can gets thru this juuuuuust fine. I gots me a Four-Wheel-Drive pickup/SUV and we'll just power on through this like a day at the waterin' hole".

Whatever. When their overuse and abuse of that massive 4WD gas guzzlin' bottom feedin' piece o' shit catches up to them, there will be some nasty ass accidents on the road that we can blame on the lack of significant brain usage from the backwoods asshats who measure their dick size by comparing them to the power behind the engine compartment of their souped up vehicle.

Bah humbug.

Did I mention that tomorrow is the review for the finals I have to take next week? Sonofabitch. Guess that means I get to drive in it. God/dess protect me from dipshits.

Had to go get D from kindergarten, and had the (dubious) pleasure of viewing the first accident of the season. Big souped up 4WD SUV versus itty bitty car. SUV lost control while stopping (because all four wheels started to spin independently, oh wow, what a concept!), plowed through the intersection, and took out the itty bitty car. Thankfully, no injuries reported.

FaerieLady posted at 12:16 PM

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