Hair O\’the Lamb


“OH No, There Goes Tokyo….
26 February, 2008, 9:40 am
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Please hop over and visit those sweet gals at Mason-Dixon Knitting and check out all the awesome entries for “Teeny Project Runway”…and in the immortal words of Blue Oyster Cult….”Go-Go GODZILLA!” ( I bet you saw that one coming, dintcha?)  

Godzilla is huge in our house, A just loves the movies and hums the theme around the house all the time (he taught his brother and now Z does it too).  He received the “Godzilla Teddy” as he calls it for Christmas and I couldn’t think of a better creature to dress for the contest.   I had the Kureyon laying around and frankly even though I have pretty very insensitive skin when it comes to wool and itching-it itched enough so that I never knew what to make with it.  Since he is very traditional, I knew that the Noro would be perfect for Godzilla (that, and I think you may need skin like Godzilla to wear it)- it was like destiny.   All in all I had a great weekend knitting it and no matter what happens, it made my son very happy and made his teddy a sharp dresser… Nobody can rock a turtleneck like Godzilla!!     

       I did get the rest of the back and part of the ribbing on the sleeves done on  the CPH.  Originally I was going to knit the sleeves at simultaneously, but that required too much concentration from me at the time so I split them up and am doing them separately.  I will still do the second one right away after the first one, otherwise the poor thing will be laying around without a second sleeve for who knows how long…many times I even start with the sleeves since they make good swatches (I am not the best, nor the most disciplined swatcher in the world) but this time I got all conventional and did the back first.   Its looking good so far and I like it.  What is not to like about this simple cozy sweater after all? 

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I know its a bad pic, but its all I could muster at the time. Yes, for you more observant people, I know there is an error in it…more like a flaw really but you have to look close to see it.  No, all my cables cross correctly..its a bit more subtle. 

And if you were reading yesterday, I mentioned how fortunate and grateful  I was for not being sick….well it caught up with me and I had a nasty stomach bug hit me.  Ick. 

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Have you ever felt like a character in a book?
25 February, 2008, 9:03 am
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Lately, Stephen King’s “The Stand” has been coming to mind….the flu that is going around here is rampant, the small hospital I work in has been practically overflowing, people are talking about it in the grocery store, and it seems everyone knows someone who has had/has it/is coming down with it.  My whole family has had it…the 5 year old got it first, then M.  It was kind of scary to see the toughest guy I know (Think Monty Python’s “its just a flesh wound” kind of guy) on the couch with a cold washcloth on his head, moaning from the fever, the headache and the cough that made his head feel like it was going to explode.  Then our 6 year old started running a fever (which was a singular event-fortunately)and I hope it doesn’t progress to anything….but throughout this two week period of the *plague* and even with Z sleeping on me and literally coughing in my face at times-I feel fine and have not gotten sick.  I’m crossing my fingers here but…it feels kind of strange to not be sick when I am immersed in it everyday at work and then again at home…Funny thing is, I didn’t get a flu shot either.  It is near medical blasphemy to say this but, I don’t totally believe that they work anyway.  This whole thing doesn’t prove anything I guess,  except I have an active immune system (and an active imagination!).  I’m very grateful to NOT be sick for many many reasons but it feels odd.

Ok, lets get to the knitting…

I knit up an entry for the “Teeny Project Runway” contest over at the always fun to read Mason-Dixon Knitting…with everyone being sick and work and all, I only had this weekend to get it done. I had a blast making it and I think I will knit an article of clothing for this particular plushie again soon!  Its kind of addictive in a way…since most *non-bear* plush items have decidedly unusual anatomic features, you end up having to solve some unique design problems on a small scale that may actually help later on with actual human sized projects and it stretches your mind in fun ways.  That, and “Turtleneck” always screams “fashion!” to me.  /wink

The CPH slogs on, after being laid aside for the TPR item this weekend and I hope to make some progress on that today.  I also have “Childhood” on the needles for the daughter of someone at work,  I am itching to get started on the “Cambridge Jacket” and then of course…my all time personal Mt. Everest of sweaters, the sweater I have LUSTED, DROOLED, and PANTED after since the pattern came out….”Rogue”.   It has taken years for me to get to the point where I think I can do it (I’m using the CPH as a sort of warm up though the cables don’t even come close), and everytime I glance over at the neatly stacked skeins of yarn that I have slated for it I get kind of woozy with the thought of finally actually beginning it.  I am using the “CJ” as an incentive, like, if I get that one started and finished then I will have a free space to start “Rogue”… hehe   We’ll see how long I can hold out…maybe I’ll just start swatching…I want to make the cardiganized version, maybe with pockets too….but we’ll see.   If I know anything, I know myself and that means I’ll be starting “Rogue” this time next year!  LOL

Pictures tomarrow I hope!



Ok, I guess 4 months is long enough…
21 February, 2008, 1:48 pm
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Hmm…yes, I have been away (again, but at least I didn’t GO anywhere this time) but now I’m back.  Blame Ravelry (how we do love thee…), the holidays,  family stuff, and last of all-work.

I have been knitting like a maniac in the interim though, and will soon have a few more FO’s to add to the lineup.  Being a knitting evangelist, I have taught a couple of people that I work with how to knit, and am responsible for re-fanning the fiber flames of a few more knitters that had lapsed.  I may not be satisfied until I have taught the entire staff of the ICU (thats my day job-literally) to knit….then we can start on charity projects! 

Seriously though, I resolve to be a better blogger.   Partly my absence has been that I haven’t had any new things to say…and the vagarities of my private life are not exciting enough to fill in for juicy knitting details, and since actually KNITTING stuff doesn’t leave me much time to talk about it I have been rather silent lo, these past few months. If you DO want to hear about my World of Warcraft adventures, my lifelong interest in the paranormal, UFO’s (not the knitted kind), my quest to get a dog, or anything else…just let me know. 

Here in Northern California everyone is buzzing about Stitches West….*sigh*…it would be great to go-it is practically in my backyard after all-but I am still poor and know I wouldn’t be able to resist temptation. “Knit from the stash”, I tell myself, “you have enough yarn”, but of course I don’t believe that one.  Its not about having simply enough yarn…its about having the yarn I want at 3 am when I want to start a new something.  Knitting from the stash is a noble thing, and a great goal to have but I haven’t taken a vow of fiber poverty (yet!). I did just buy some Cascade 220 from Webs for a few projects that are next in line on my list so I really can’t spend any more money right now on fun yarn so its really best to not even set foot in the place.  *sigh* I have a dream though-I am aiming for next year when I hope I can drag my knitting cohorts from work and take them with me and show them how big the wide world of knitting goodness really is. I do hope everyone has a wonderful time and I can’t wait to see all the postings and pictures…I will be there next year for sure.