Thursday, February 23, 2006

My Thoughts on American Idol

By popular request I am sharing my thoughts on American Idol.

First off, I haven't been watching it. I don't like the first few weeks because they are purposely humiliating so many people and I can't get into that. Then I get annoyed when the voting starts because America votes for so many crappy singers. Remember Diana DeGarmo and Jasmine? How about Carmen? She was, of course, partly Cowell's fault.

All that said, I did see two contestants sing on Tuesday. The girl who sang "Midnight Train to Georgia" and the Opera girl. Then I had to switch over to "The Closer." I wasn't terribly impressed with either.

I promise I'll watch next week. After all, I've never seen a Mennonite Werewolf before.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

La la la la la la!

Hello Children!

I haven't been posting because I haven't been knitting.

So what have I been doing?

I don't know. Stuff. You know. Just stuff. And things.

Leave me alone.

I am so impressed with Brooke's stick-to-it-ive-ness . . . ation . . . ility . . . ing. I thought that I would be all fired up after our knitting weekend and I've got nothing. All that new yarn and I've got nothing. Did I refuse to join the knitting olympics because I knew this would happen? OR is this cosmic justice for refusing to join?

We'll never know.

Now I have to go. You know. Stuff and things.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Out with the Clapotis and in the Blanket!

Well, the Clapotis receives the official seal of disapproval. I worked to the first dropped stitch and I think it just looks sloppy. I know this picture doesn't show it very well, but trust me. The bars of the dropped stitches don't lay nice and flat like the pictures show and I keep imagining all these dropped stitches catching on everything.

When I roll it out like this I have to admit that I love the yarn. So, I'm frogging this and saving the yarn for a child's sweater.

This weekend I organized all of my loose knitting patterns and I came across this pattern for a lace paneled baby blanket. I thought it looked fun, so I started it. It is fun. And it makes my heart sing.

I found a ball of Patons Cotton Grace in my stash. Sure I only have one ball, but I can probably get more right? Brooke has a little bit of a skein left that she has offered up in The Traveling Stash. I'll be able to find more.

And in Knitting Olympics news, I haven't actually joined or chosen a project but I am driving up to Cincinnati for the opening ceremonies! Estimated departure in 43 hours and counting!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


I have finished the Isis Wrap. Finally. I think it turned out pretty well. I'm not very good at seams but they don't look terrible. (At least not too terrible.) I think the sleeves look a little strange. They seem to end rather abruptly.

But the biggest problem? It looks ridiculous on me. I was prepared for this possibility so I’m not heartbroken. It needs to be at least 6 inches longer before it looks not silly on me. Sure, I considered it, but I don’t have enough yarn. I could make the sleeves longer but I can’t really think of a good way to do that. Know anybody who wants a little sweater?

After the sweater was done I finished this pair of mittens. These are knit out of some Manos Del Uruguay that Brooke gave me as a wedding shower gift. I like these and they fit me and I am keeping them. I might have to fight Sally for them though. She likes these far better than either the fuzzy feet or her toys.

After the success of the mittens I decided to try the Clapotis. I don’t remember what this yarn is. I reclaimed it from a bad sweater idea I had. (Hmmm. Is there a pattern here?) Of course, I am now looking at this yarn thinking it would be perfect for a child’s sweater. (I’ve made successful children’s sweater so this isn’t as bad an idea as it sounds.) So I’m going to continue working the Clapotis until one of the dropped stitches. If it doesn’t make my heart sing, I might tear it out and save it for a child’s sweater.

And just for your viewing pleasure, pictures of the dogs toys, before and after felting.