Monday, May 29, 2006

No photographic evidence

Not one shred of it. I have been knitting though. I finished the socks. I should have made them a little bit longer and a little wider. Maybe they were just tight because my feet swell at night. Who knows.

I've made a good start on the wedding shrug. I'm really liking it even though I think I cast on and ripped out at least 10 times. Purely my fault. I kept switching needles because I don't have a 16" US7. I tried using 2 needles. Then I tried using the magic loop method and my new Denise set. Neither worked worth a damn. One of my needles was pretty flexible and I'm using it for the magic loop method. I really like how the beginning purl section looks. I'll have to get a picture of it. It kind of poofs out. I dunno if I cast on too tight or what, but I like it.

Well, time to get cleaned up and go get the kid. He spent the night at my folk's house. Oh blessed sleep!!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Some days life

punches you in the guts and the moment you double over, you get kicked in the ass.

I've been trying for 2 days to get ahold of the lady I had asked to watch my son this summer. I kept getting a busy signal no matter what time of day it was. I finally got ahold of her when I left work. I needed to ask her to watch Nick tomorrow instead of Monday. Ya see, I have Monday off for the holiday, so I don't need a sitter. And today was the kid's last day of school. I still have to work tomorrow though.

Well turns out baby sitter lady has been thinking and has decided that she will be too busy this summer carting her own kids around to watch mine too. If she had been standing in front of me, I would have slapped her. I mean, come on!!! She knew I had no one else to ask to watch the kid and he is out of school now. But she waits until the last freakin minute to tell me.

So of course, I get on the phone to Mom and whine about this total bull shit. At first she tells me not to yell at her cause it isn't her fault. Then she goes into ubber momma mode and grabs the paper and tells me she will start makin calls and find someone. In a pinch, my mom is the best. I had to take the kid to a doctor's appointment so no time for me to be making calls.

About 10 minutes later, the transportation office at my son's school calls my cell phone. The guy on the other end tells me that no one was there when my son got home, so he has been at the diner across the street for the last hour or so. I'm thinking the bus driver took him over there and left. Once again, I call Mom and freak out. She was just as pissed as I was. I was only about 5 minutes from home and it would have taken 20 mins for anyone from school to get back over to the diner.

I had asked the chick next door to watch Nick cause they got off 2 hours early. Well, the bitch never stuck her nose out the door and he forgot she was gonna watch him. So he was standing there on the porch freaking out. A couple ladies that work at the diner where out having a smoke break and saw him crying. They came over and asked him what was wrong and then took him over to the diner to wait. They left a note on the door, but after an hour, they called Nick's school to let them know where he was. That is when I got the call about the whole mess. I'm still so pissed I wanna smack someone. Anyone.

When I got Nick home, I saw that the 2 lil guys from next door are outside playing with the hose. They are sprayin the cars and they have the lights on on one of the cars. The front door of the neighbor's place is closed and the blinds are drawn. These boys are about 4 yrs old. I was still too pissed to knock on the door and yell at her for not watchin for Nick after school. I went inside for a minute and when I came back out to check the mail, the one kid's clothes are laying in the driveway but the kids are no where to be seen. groan

Just as I was leaving the house to take the kid to see the doctor, Mom called and gave me a number to call. By this time I'm running late and I know if I stop to call the lady, we would be late. So, yet again I'm yappin on the phone while driving. I hate using the phone in the car but well today I couldn't stay off the damn thing. Turns out my mom found just about the nicest gal around and she was willing to discuss watching Nick. We talked for a few mins on the phone and then I met with her after we saw the doctor. She seems really nice and she has real reasonable rates. She gets reimbursed for the kids meals, so she can charge people less. So, long story short, she will be watchin Nick tomorrow. Please cross your fingers that she doesn't end up being another flake that I end up wanting to kill.

I never did make it to Mom's for our normal Thursday visit. It was damn near 7 o'clock when I pulled in to McDonald's to get the kid some fries for behaving. I cheated and got a double cheeseburger and fries too. Basically I spent 3 hours today driving around and yapping on the phone with short stops in between. Is it bed time yet??? Why, yes, yes it is. hehehe Well close enough that I don't feel guilty for wanting to crawl beneath the covers and hide.

Btw, I do believe the wave socks will be done some time tomorrow. GRIN

Monday, May 22, 2006

He's trying to kill me!!!

The child is trying to give me a heart attack.

A few minutes ago someone was pounding on my door. I yelled, "Just a minute." They kept banging, so I yelled again. I get to the door and there is a woman standing there yelling that I need to get the keys to my trunk because she thinks there is a kid in there.

I grabbed my keys, hit the trunk button and ran outside. The kid climbed out of the trunk crying and covered in sweat.

I just about fainted.

He said that a tractor trailer parked in the diner's parking lot scared him. Okkkk and this is a reason to get in a trunk and shut the lid?????

I dunno how or why he opened the trunk, let alone got in it. I swear I locked the car when I got out. I usually do when I don't plan on going anywhere for the night.

Every time he comes near me, I tell him again to never, never, ever get in the trunk of a car. That it could kill him if it is hot enough. It's only about 70 here today but he was sweating bullets.

Why, oh why did I have to have a boy???? I swear I wasn't this annoying/reckless when I was his age. Lord help me the first time he starts a fire. My brother almost burned my grandfather's house when he was about Nick's age. I did on at least one occasion burn paper on the stove, but it didn't start anything on fire. Thank God for multiple smoke alarms.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

The kid still lives

The good news is that I didn't have to kill the kid. He didn't cut up any of my yarn.

The bad news is that he unwound a whole freakin skein of yarn on me. It took me over an hour to untangle and rewind it. Thankfully it was Red Heart acrylic and I didn't have to be too gentle with it. Yes I know, not the nicest yarn out there. Definitely not the nicest yarn in my room. hehe I've been working on this sweater vest for a very long time though. I've got the fronts done and need to cast on the neck stitches and work down the back.

Oh well, time to get dressed. I'm taking the kid to see Over the Hedge. I need a good giggle. I wonder if it will be light enough in the theater to work on my socks? hehehe

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Motivated to organize

My son has provided the motivation. This afternoon while I snoozed, he was watching a movie in my room and, I thought, laying on the floor. Turns out he was being a big ole pain in the ass instead. I had a few projects in plastic bags under my bed. They are no longer under there. They are now in a pile of blankets and yarn at the end of my bed. When I woke up, he had scissors in his hand. I have been too ticked and afraid to look and see what, if anything, he may have cut. So, if you are in eastern Iowa and hear a child screaming loudly for his mother to stop swatting him with a wooden knitting needle, you will know he cut up some of my good yarn. j/k His tv will be taken away for at least a month if he cut anything up. sigh

Friday, May 19, 2006


In regards to yesterdays post. It was my birthday. None of my friends managed to remember. I'm not talkin about any of the bloggers I sometimes chat with. None of y'all really knew about it. My best friends did know bout it though. One of em's birthday was a couple weeks ago and she knows mine is soon after hers. Oh well.

Mom made her special pizza for dinner. She even managed to get the kid to eat almost a whole piece that only had cheese on it. Threatening to not let him have any birthday cake is very effective. hehehehe Mom got me a t-shirt and a couple pairs of capris. I swear they are all I wear anymore. I'm gonna have to lose about 5 pounds for the one pair to fit right though. I can get em zipped up but man are they tight. I gotta get working on losing some more weight cause my bro's wedding is on August 5th. He actually remembered my birthday and called my folk's house to wish me a good one. He forgot to mail my card though. hehe

I just started on the I Do shrug from Unbelievably, I was able to get gauge with the correct size needles and the fingering weight alpaca. I really need to get a pair of 16 inch circs to work with though. Trying to work the sleeve on two 29" ones really sucks. I haven't mastered the whole socks on 2 circs either. I just don't think that the magic loop method would work too well with the lace and the stiff ass cables on these Bates pieces of crap. I need me some pliable Addis. Man I love those things.

I've been using US2 Addis to knit my wave socks with. I'm working on the legs now. I had to mangle the stitch pattern though. When I tried the socks on, it was real hard to get them over my huge ass feet. I added 3 stitches and they are much easier to pull on now. I had to change 3 of the repeats on the back of the leg to K2, YO, K2, K2tog, SSK, K2, YO. The other repeats start out with only one knit stitch. It doesn't look too shabby. Once I get a few more rows done, I'll see if I can get a decent picture.

Oh well, I'm gonna go drool on eBay. I'm thinking about putting up a list of my favorite eBay sellers. I'm pretty loyal to a few of them. Lord knows I've got enough of their yarn piled up in my room. Landlord says my room is a fire hazard. hehehe Bitch!!!

Thursday, May 18, 2006




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Monday, May 15, 2006


Man I'm glad that Monday is almost done with. Ok the day wasn't totally sucky but sucky enough. grumble

Went out of town Saturday with my folks and the kid. We attended my aunt's surprise 60th birthday party. It wasn't all that bad. I got to see some cousins that I hadn't seen in years. They live all over the damn place. One cousin lives in California. He makes slasher movies. One just got picked up by Blockbuster. The others live in different parts of Iowa and in and around Chicago. The kid had loads of fun playing with the oldest's kid. No one was hurt and nothing was broken. Well they did destroy quite a few balloons, but that was it. heh The sucky part came in when my mom's camera decided to die. It looks like the shutter won't come away from the lens. So being the good daughter that I am, I gave her back the camera I was buying off her. Now I'm left with the pos again. Pictures will be limited until I buy a new one.

Mother's Day wasn't too bad. The kid gave me a pillow case that he decorated at school. It's real cute but I won't be using it. I don't want to ruin it or anything. I didn't give Mom anything, save for a card. I figured that giving her the camera back was sacrifice enough. hehe My brother was home and it was nice seeing him even though I did see him the night before at the birthday party. hehe

Today at work I learned that I would be loosing my favorite plaything. It seems that I annoyed the hell out of him so bad that he asked to be moved to a different machine. Bwwwwaaahaaahaaahaaaa He was just so damn easy to mess with. I never did anything too mean to him. I just pestered him some. I'll have to make sure to say hi to him every chance I get, just so he doesn't forget just how much he loves me. hehehe

In knitting news, I finished one heel and am working up the leg and I'm almost done with the second heel. I got some quality knitting in on the drive on Saturday. I started out driving but Dad just couldn't take it sitting in the backseat. He kept pestering the kid and at one point, Nick looked at Dad and said, "You little asshole!" HAHAHA We all told him that wasn't nice once we could keep a straight face and not giggle like little girls. What I really wanted to tell the kid was to keep it up, the old man needs to hear the truth. hehe Needless to say, after that Dad drove and I sat in back with the kid.

Well, I'm gonna get my aged ass to bed. I'm feeling so damn old it isn't funny. grumble grumble Shut up Allyson. :OP

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Sockin along

Well, I finished working a new heel using double wrapped short rows.

I am loving how it looks. There are no holes at all.

There is one problem.

The darn sock is too damn short. It fits, but it is very tight. The heel I worked before had another two rows in the middle of the heel that added just the right additional length. So, as much as I like how the heel turned out, I'm gonna rip it tomorrow. hehe I'm going to work another 2 repeats on the foot before working the heel.

Hell if I had just worked the very first heel I did on the first sock, it would have been done by now. It would have only fit my mom's tiny little feet, but it would be done. snicker

Lots of new fibery stuff here to tell you about. New books, new patterns and new yarn. Alas, I'm about to fall over asleep here. I've got loads of housework to do tomorrow after work, but I swear I'm gonna try and get some pictures taken of my loot.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Men stink

Yeah Yeah
Men stink!!

God I loved the 80s. lol I was having a good day at work until a guy that makes me want to rip my eyes out showed up at the table. Every time I let him know he was about to make a mistake, he laughed and shook his head at me. He was acting as if I couldn't possibly know a damn thing because I'm female. I've been with the company longer than him. But he has that special tripod that makes him all knowing. I didn't out and out yell at him. I was talking loudly but that is because we wear earplugs and it is hard to hear anyone talking. I didn't swear at him either. Ohhhh I wanted to. Man did I want to.

The kid decided to try my patience too. He got pissed off that my dad wouldn't give him a treat when it was time to leave. He doesn't get that treats are for when he behaves. Not for when he throws his new toys around. So, I got to listen to 15 minutes of him yelling and screaming at the top of his lungs the he wanted a treat. A few times I damn near started laughing cause it sounded like he was chanting. I chose to ignore him and not respond at all. When we got home he decided it was a good idea to hit me on the back and demand a treat. He got a bath and was sent to bed. I didn't yell. I didn't spank. I'm quite proud of myself actually. hehe

My damn socks are trying my patience too. I thought I was doing such a good job at the short row heels. The holes in the first sock aren't so bad on the knit side. On the purl pick up side, not so good. On the second sock. They look like shit. I so do not want to google this shit. I think I'm just going to rip the heels and double wrap them. I'm not going to bother trying to twist the wraps when I pick them up either. I think that made the holes worse even though the pattern I used for the heel said to twist the wraps on the purl pick up wraps. I'm too freakin tired to work on them more tonight. I do like the way the double wrapped stitches looked on the short row toes though, so I'm hoping it will solve the problem on the heels. Wish me luck.

Time for a drink and sleep.

Monday, May 08, 2006

What a freakin day

I so can not wait for the maintenance guys to put up a fan for where I work. We were all sweating our asses off yet again. It's pretty bad when the gal standing next to me says, "Man you sweat alot." I have to remember to wear the super thin cheapo t-shirts to work. I might as well be wearing a sweater when I wear the heavy ones.

As if sweating all day wasn't bad enough, I got a voice mail at 2pm from my son's school nurse. I was afraid I would get in trouble if I called her back while I was supposed to be working, so for an hour I was freaking out. As soon as I punched out, I called her. Turns out the kid had a bad asthma attack and he threw up when she gave him his inhaler. Within minutes of her getting ahold of my mom he was feeling fine. Mom took him to her house though. I'm definitely going to try and find him a doctor that specialized in asthma and/or allergies. The poor kid is just miserable this time of year.

I finally found a shrug to make for my brother's wedding. I'm going to modify I Do from Knitty. Yeah I know it is unbelievable that I could possibly fit my fat ass in that one. I'm sure that I'll be able to increase the width a bit and add a nice big collar using the same lace pattern. I'll either use the light blue alpaca I was going to make a shawl with or some light green cotton thread I've got. It all depends on which one I can get gauge with.

I'm still trucking along on the wave socks. I'm just having a hell of a time figuring out when to start the short row heel. It is a never ending circle of work half the heel, try on, rip out, work 4 more rows, work half the heel, try it on, rip it out. hehehe I'm gettin close though.

Ok, time to go make sure the kid didn't pass out in the backyard. Who wants to come do my dishes for me?? I hate housework. sigh

Saturday, May 06, 2006


Blogger doesn't like me.

The Flying Geese Headband pattern can be seen on my craft site. I have no clue why there is a huge ass space before it in the last post. sigh

Flying Geese Headband

Flying Geese Headband

Finished size:
The ribbing measures 2 1/4 inches across before seaming.

The lace section measures 3 1/4 inches across.

Finished length is approximately 25 inches around.
Fingering weight AlpacaWare 50% alpaca, 50% merino wool

Size US1 needles
14 stitches = 2" in lace pattern

18 stitches = 2" in ribbing

Cast on 23 stitches using your favorite method. If you do not wish to sew the ends together, use a provisional cast on.
Ribbed section:
row 1.
SL1, *K1, P1, repeat from * across ending with a P.
row 2.
SL1, *P1, K1, repeat from * across ending with a K.
Repeat these two rows until your work measures approximately 5 inches or 1/5th of your desired finished length. ( I have a big head. heh)
Lace section:
Follow either the chart or these written instructions.

Row 1.
SL1, K1, YO, SSK, K2, YO, K1, SSK, K5, K2TG, K1, YO, K2, K2TG, YO, K1, P1
Row 2.
SL1, P21, K1
Row 3.
SL1, K2, K2TG, YO, K2, YO, K1, SSK, K3, K2TG, K1, YO, K2, YO, SSK, K2, P1
Row 4.
SL1, P21, K1
Row 5.
SL1, K1, YO, SSK, K4, YO, K1, SSK, K1, K2TG, K1, YO, K4, K2TG, YO, K1, P1
Row 6.
SL1, P21, K1
Row 7.
SL1, K2, K2TG, YO, K4, YO, K1, DD, K1, YO, K4, YO, SSK, K2, P1
Row 8.
SL1, P21, K1

Repeat these 8 rows until your work measures approximately 20 inches or 4/5th of your desired finished length.

Repeat the ribbed section adjusting the length until the headband fits snugly.

If you chose to use a provisional cast on, use either a 3 needle bind off or graft the two ends together. Otherwise, cast off and sew the ends together and weave in the tails.

© 2006 Rebecca Davis

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Still Kickin


Yup, I'm still alive. I've just been freakin tired. I've only had one day off in the last 2 weeks. My job is kickin my butt and I've been going to bed early.

I have been knitting though. I'm really close to starting the heels on my wave socks. I'll try to post a picture this weekend. I finished adding a row of diamonds on the MS2 and am close to 1/4 of the way through the edging. It works up real fast.

I'm also working on a headband pattern. I've got the chart and key done. I just have to type up the instructions. I don't actually have the prototype done, but it's about halfway done. I so need new headbands to wear to work. I've got 2 that are almost 15 years old and that is it. hehe I can't wear my panta. It is too think and heavy to wear when I'm sweating my ass off. I'm no good at wearing barrettes. My hair isn't long enough for a ponytail. It hopefully won't be any time soon. I'm thinking of getting a cut soon.

Anyways, I'll try to get some pictures taken and post them this weekend and get the pattern written up. I'm heading to bed now though. lol Man I'm gettin old. Ally will always be older though. :OP Still love ya hun.