April 10, 2007

Miscellany….

After my fish went to the big fishbowl in the sky I found myself unable to sleep deeply in my room. It was just too quiet without the sounds of the tank, the air pump and the filter buzzing away, the gentle trickle of water. After a week of crap sleep I went out and bought myself this spiffy little doodad:
Not only does it have an adjustable rain feature (from gentle shower to downpour) but it has nature sounds as well. My favorite is the thunder setting. Very nice.

Amy from KnitThink had a contest about Buffy and I was one of the lucky winners. Unfortunately I won Victorian Lace Today, which I already have. Instead of giving me a duplicate book, Amy went out and bought me Knitting Rules and had it autographed!
Thanks Amy!

Friday I had the day off, so I decided to bite the bullet and cast on the Three Corner Shawl in Clover Pattern from Victorian Lace Today.
Six. Hundred. And. Twenty. Four. Stitches. I don’t even want to think about how long it took me to cast on. I’m on row three. I have a feeling I will be on row three for a while. Apparently I told my mom about casting on this project three times. When she informed me of this I looked at her, let my bottom lip quiver a little and said “Well… it was traumatizing!”

My Jay Walkers are zipping right along. You can actually see the zigzag pattern better here than in person, which is good cause I was starting to get worried that the yarn wasn’t going to show the pattern.

I’ve gone and gotten myself another crafting addiction. I saw these things called Book Thongs in Borders and I really wanted one, but they were fairly pricey for a bookmark. So I made one myself. Then I made another. Then… well….Think they’d sell on Etsy? I’m debating opening a store with my book thongs, stitch markers, shawl pins and bracelets.

My Sheep Swap package came yesterday. It was perfect timing too, I was not in a happy mood but who can resist furzy cute things? Thanks swap buddy!

Speaking of sheep, I love the day after Easter sales. So many sheep!My bedroom looked like a farmyard when I emptied the bag.

This Thursday and Friday I’m heading down to visit SIUE for my advising meeting and to see the school. I’m excited and terrified all at the same time. There’s always that fear that you’ll walk in the door and they’ll all scream “Unteachable! Unworthy! Get out! Get out!”

It should be fun. I’ll be bringing my shawl (six hundred… oh my… so many cast on stitches…) and my jay walkers to knit during the FIVE AND A HALF HOUR DRIVE. Then we (me, mom and Kari) will be staying in the only hotel in Edwardsville. Which is why they can charge $85 for two beds and call it the discounted school visit rate.

8 comments:

Amy said...

Well, it was a sacrifice, having to go see Harlot and all, but anything for bloggers...:-)

I'd buy those bookmarks in a heartbeat.

HOW many stitches? Eek. Socks are so much--you know--smaller.

Canuckknits said...

Hey..yes, go for the Etsy!! I think they would sell!
Take Care, nice socks by the way, I am just learning..I am the entry above yours on KnittingBlog!! Canuck Knits!!

Chris said...

Aw, that Amy... I think those would probably sell - they look handy for the person you can't figure out what to get for...

Um, that didn't really make sense... Whoops. Yikes about the # of stitches! I'm sure the school visit will go well. :)

Kelly said...

yucky! I don't even want to THINK about EVER casting on that many stitches. I don't think I could handle it. Good luck with the school.

Tracey said...

Look at all your sheep!
Can't wait to see this etsy store, it's gonna be fab!

Tink said...

Those little tranquility fountains always make me think the dog is peeing on the floor. Not so tranquil for me I guess. :)

Diane said...

That is a lot of stitches! I'd have been counting them out 20 times and coming out with a different number every time.

Love your new doodad.

Samantha said...

Awesome! Well done you on the Etsy shop :) Good luck with your visit. 5.5 hours - ouch!!!