Tuesday, January 29, 2008

It's Almost Moving Day...WEEE

So the countdown has begun. I have about 36 hours until I move, give or take...

Oddly enough, I feel very relaxed. I feel like I have everything in order, despite the snags that keep coming up. I have a sizable amount of the packing done, so I am comfortable with that. But I still have to rent a steam cleaner and clean the carpet (thankfully there is just one, in the livingroom), I have an appointment to get an oil change (horribly overdue) and, because of an "unforeseen circumstance", my dr.'s appointment which was scheduled for this evening has now been changed to tomorrow afternoon. So in short, the one day that I took off to get all the rest of the packing finished has now been divvied up due to (a) a 9:00 a.m. break to go get steam cleaner, (b) a 10:00 a.m. break for the oil change and (c) a 3:00 p.m. break to go to my doctor's. I have a feeling that, as always, I will be up until the wee hours of the morning packing and moving things around...damn!

On an up note, I have made some great progress with the Skully Cobra. :) Look:

I have finished the body of the sweater, and am now on the sleeves. :)

And just because I can, in all her perfection:


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sweater for the Boy

So, here is the start of the sweater (oh, update, it is based on Cobra from Son of Stitch n' Bitch, but will, as previously mentioned, have the skull patch on the front):
So happy the boy humoured me and "modeled" it for me...hehe
I am actually further along than this, since I worked on it on the train in to work today, as well as during my lunch hour, but for now, these are the pictures you get.
Tis all.

Friday, January 11, 2008

The (Almost) Perfect Skull Sweater Pattern

So, I have recently become the proud owner and peruser of Son of Stitch n' Bitch (a book which I am sure I will abuse the hell out of before the pages run in terror). And I found the following pattern throughout the colourful pages:

This pattern is wonderful. It is for a boy. It has SKULLS!!! It is about one margarita away from perfection. Or so I thought. Sadly, upon actually taking the time to review the pattern BEFORE starting (see, I am learning...lol...damn DIY knitters), I realized that the sleeves taper. And, while completely understandable and useful for a bike messenger or anyone who would use said garment for working type purposes and not just because it has skulls and their girlfriend made it for them so that have to wear it or she will throw a tantrum and speak to you only in one word answers, like FINE, which you know is dangerous territory, these type of sleeves would likely cause problems. And, since I kinda like my boy, I am thinking that I should be nice to him, and NOT put him in a position of having to decide whether to wear it and feel strange with tapered arms, or dealing with a girly who is FINE, I am planning on using the skull patch part of the pattern on a different sweater. I have chosen another sweater from the book which I will use as a base, but damned if I can remember which one...lol.

Will update soon.

P.S. The cape is coming along nicely, but I have found that the pattern is very, VERY staid, and my ADD seems to act up whenever I pick it up. Good thing I get cable back in a few weeks.


Monday, January 7, 2008

Need a Weekend to Recover...

First, despite the title, my weekend was amazing. It really was. Friday was a nice, low-key evening. Got home from work early, did the dinner thing and such with no problemo at all. Went to Walmart to scope out a new dresser for my daughter (figured now would be a good time to get it, since I wouldn't have to worry about unpacking it or anything else, just leave the box with the other things to be moved). While there, the bane of my existence, my daughter's hair (she despises having it brushed, and with all the curl that she has, it just meant that more and more it would become tangled and knotted and such...to the point that she would start crying and hiding the minute I picked up a hairbrush), was removed. As we were wandering around Walmart, I noticed that the Magicuts or whatever the hair place in there is called was still open. So, after putting it in terms Ammy could understand ("don't you want to have a cute little hairdo just like Dora??"), mission #1 for the weekend was accomplished. She looks adorable (yes, I am partial). And it is nice to actually be able to brush her hair now without having to figure out where she has hidden the brush, the hair ties or herself. Didn't get a dresser while we were there - but I did get decals for her new room, and managed to pick up some of the cheapie $4.99 art stuff that they have that is actually quite nice. Just all in all a good day.

Saturday was equally as good. My daughter and I spent the day grubbing about the house. Cleaned...vegetated...not much of anything. And I had a wonderful "date night" Saturday night. We went out for dinner, followed by Bingo. Yes, I said Bingo. :) And we won, too. It would appear that, despite the boy insisting on paying for everything during our date night, my winnings at bingo covered the entire cost, and then some...and that was after our splitting what we won. WEEEE!!!!

Yesterday, we painted my daughter's room. We move in 24 days, and I did tell my landlord that I would take care of the painting (all the paint was actually in the cubby under the stairs....just a matter of putting it on the walls - and the walls looked hideous from the state that the previous tenants left it in). So, in the morning, after being woken up at an hour that should not exist during the weekends by my loverly little angel and after getting a sufficient amount of liquid caffiene into my system to function in a somewhat normal manner, I set up the room to paint. That is when the boy woke up. And went to get coffees, as I had drained the pot. :) Between the two of us, the entire painting of her room took about an hour in total...not bad, if you ask me. And, well, this is my blog, so really, that is the only opinion that matters at the moment.

Then, one of my not-oft seen loves was mentioned...IKEA. We wandered, and played, and goofed off, and played, and wandered, and ended up getting a very nice, very cheap dresser for my daughter ($87) which I have promised her we will go to Home Depot and pick up some knobs (wholly unneccessary but she wants big pink ones) as well as a new TV stand (found the matching coffee table, but we don't really need one right now, so...). Since both of us were lazy (the boy and I, that is) and neither of us felt like cooking, we went to a restaurant for linner (had a very late breakfast, so this was sort of lunch/dinner) and somehow, on the way back to the car, my daugher and I sort of veered off course and ended up outside of Chapters. Honest, I have no clue how it happened. :p

So I now proudly own and will likely peruse and abuse with glee and joy, DomaKNITrix and Son of a Stitch n' Bitch. Wee!!!

Hope you all had a productive and enjoyable weekend.


Thursday, January 3, 2008

Technical Issues

Welcome to the third day of the new year!!! My New Year's resolution was quite successful. I did, as I resolved to do, wake up on New Year's Day. Wee...

What an interesting few days it has been. I ended last year with a tired, nearly asleep, crawl. Yes, I live such an exciting life. Movies on the couch in my (new - from Christmas - love them) togs and slippers. Got to sleep in a little on New Years Day (my daughter is so good to me some days), followed by a horrendously stupid drive to my sister's for our annual family brunch which, with the exception of the other members of her family, I was the only one in attendance.

I did learned, however, that though we are in a new year, it appears all the stupid drivers from last year made it here too. :(

I actually must say, though, that even though it was the smallest brunch (father was in California, complaining that the weather "only" hovered in the high 50s his whole trip, everyone else...well, I don't really know...), we did have a good time. Played poker, watched the kiddlings all play, free food...fun, fun, fun.

Just before the dawn of 2008, I got confirmation on my new place. Wee!!! Only 28 more days until I move. And yesterday, I got confirmation of a daycare position for my daughter. You would not believe (unless you have been there yourself before) how friggin difficult it is to find care for a kindergarten child. Everywhere has full day programs, or before and after school programs...but no one seems to want the kids if they are just every other day, and alternate Fridays. But alas, it is done. She has a spot.

The rest, well, that can all come in due time...I still have, after all, 28 more days to go.

And then, of course, my monitor exploded. :(

Okay, maybe not exploded. But it crackled, then it popped, then it went black and made a high pitch squeal. I am guessing this is not a good thing. Thankfully, I put in many overtime hours over the last little while, and *should* have enough left over this pay to buy a monitor. There are some good deals going on, and even though I had originally planned to do nothing more than save with this money, I can sacrifice $150...

Hope you are all having a great new year so far.