Perhaps I Am a Tad Obsessive Sunday, Sep 30 2007 

Admittedly, I seem to have a bit of an obsessive personality. This can be good and it can be bad.

Things to remember:

  • iTunes is not going anywhere. It is not necessary to download every single song that has ever appeared on Grey’s Anatomy in one day. They will still be there later, and I will not have a heart attack from the bill.
  • Just because the book says it will teach you beginning programming in 24 hours, that does not mean those hours must be consecutive.
  • If you’re stalled on Cherie Amour because you can’t find your size 9 Denise tips, perhaps the solution is not to go to the store and buy more needles, but instead to clean your apartment until you locate them.

On that note, it’s time for me to head to out to run errands (yes, that includes buying the aforementioned needles). Just as soon as I finish this chapter….

Another Boring Post Wednesday, Sep 26 2007 

No pictures yet again. I think I’m coming down with something, I’m so tired. I drag myself home from work and collapse. I managed to do a little more cross stitch, which is good.

Of course, I also managed to watch some more TV! Because that requires absolutely no energy. Hooray!

NCIS–I was less than impressed by the premiere. Not enough Ziva, and frankly the whole Director and the arms dealer storyline bored me. Plus, the fact that Jean was the guy’s daughter and Tony was undercover? Not exactly a shocking twist.

The Unit–Interesting storyline, and I’m still not sure who’s on what side, but I actually much prefer the show when they are all together as a team. Also, I feel like the wives storylines are getting dropped.

And now it’s time for me to drag myself off to work, and hopefully I’ll start to feel better. Yesterday I felt so lightheaded I almost fell out of my chair, and I could barely make it up the 2 flights of the stairs from the basement. I just have to stay awake long enough to make it through the day, and then to knitting night!

More Cross Stitch Tuesday, Sep 25 2007 

Last night, I worked on yet another WTF. Not entirely sure who this one is going to (mystery last name guy?) but I have faith someone will want it. I also started the first custom design.

More exciting however, is the fact that it’s Premiere Week!

I watch way too much TV, so I’m super excited. So what am I watching?

How I Met Your Mother
–love that show, but not sure how I feel about Alyson Hannigan’s hair lately. But, yay, I’m so glad to see the show back.

The Big Bang Theory–I thought I’d give this one a shot, but I’m still on the fence. It hits two of my major pet peeves. The first is that being smart or nerdy or geeky automatically means being socially awkward and having bad taste and being generally clueless. Now, I’m a nerd. My friends are nerds. A significant number of my co-workers are nerds (understand, y’all, that I mean nerd in the best way possible). Yet somehow we are all able to be, y’know, relatively normal human beings who function just fine in society.

Which brings me to pet peeve number two. WHY IS IT ALWAYS THE GORGEOUS BLOND GIRL???? What’s with this smart guy/stupid but beautiful girl bit? See, here’s the thing. I like nerdy people. I’d like to date other slightly weird, sarcastic, nerdy people. So, why, Hollywood, why do you never show the geeky guy meeting the nice geeky girl? Hmm? Why is always the gorgeous blond? Memo to guys: there are girls out here, we are geeky. And we may not be blond, or tall, or gorgeous, but we are fun and independent and snarky and less likely to do all those annoying clingy things that you bitch about and probably have more in common with you, if you would just stop chasing after the model and give us the time of day or something. Some of us are even kind of cute.

And yes, I know, comedy. But that rant’s been marinating for a while now (clearly) and I just needed get that off my chest. Moving on…

Heroes–Is this show always so confusing? I haven’t seen season one yet, though I’m going to borrow the DVDs from someone and catch up, but I’m not entirely convinced it’s going to help. So many characters. So many subtitles. Damn you, TV, for making me put down my crafts to read the screen.

CSI: Miami
–Yes, I know. It’s horrible. It’s cheesy. David Caruso couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag. But it’s got Emily Proctor! And of course, the magical Sunglasses of Justice! I actually wasn’t paying that much attention–I recorded it–and fell asleep part way through because my neighbors keep waking me up in the middle of the night so I’m exhausted, but I was excited for some Calleigh/Delko shipper-ness. He was awfully jealous about that Antigua trip, I’m just saying.

WTF Madness Monday, Sep 24 2007 

I’m almost ready to start Cherie Amour, so I’ve decided the world needs a Cherie Amour KAL. So, I started one. If you’re thinking of knitting Cherie Amour, or you’ve already started, please join! It’s a no-pressure, non-deadline sort of knitalong, so don’t feel like you have to be at any specific point in your knitting to join.

Aside from that, I haven’t gotten too much knitting done. I did get some done on Friday, as I took my lunch break at a temporary park set up in a parking spot outside my office. They had mini golf!

Park(ing) Day 1

Park(ing) Day

I then proceeded to crash early on Friday, waking up at my desk after doing a faceplant into a not-so thrilling chapter on using CSS (I caved and bought a better book that lays things out in a way that makes sense to me after that.) and creating drop-down menus.

Saturday was the worst Saturday in the history of Saturdays, and I’m not going to speak of it. Suffice to say, I was afraid to pick up my knitting, for fear I’d accidentally strangle myself or one of the cats, or perhaps take an eye out with a needle.

Today was WTF madness. I finished two WTF cross stitch pieces for co-workers, while watching Remember the Titans for probably, oh, the 5th or 6th time because I cannot turn that movie off, and the season premiere of Cold Case (Please! Bring back the messy up-do for Lilly…) which was rather anti-climactic given the season finale cliff hanger.



I still need to make at least one more, probably more. I also finished the chart for the first customized design that I’m working on. Lots of cross stitch. It’s fun, though, and I’m getting faster. Soon I’ll be able to do the WTF design in my sleep.

Nearly Complete Sizzle Friday, Sep 21 2007 

After doing some knitting on BART and Muni today, I’ve nearly finished the front of Sizzle.

Sizzle Front 3

I started the neckline at 13″ instead of 12″ because only in my wildest dreams do I have the cleavage necessary for a V-neck that plunging.

Of course, now I’m at that awkward stage where I’m close enough to being done that I can’t really take it on public transit (I’m not going to try to measure, graft, or seam on a train) but it’s still not quite done.

In my world, of course, that means I have permission to start a new project. So I took a break tonight to wind the first hank of my handpainted yarn into a ball.

Cherie Amour Yarn

The yarn’s definitely quite a bit different than it seemed on the site–I almost wish I had gone with something pinker, but I need more brown sweaters too, so is is good. Even if it doesn’t kill the urge to knit something in an insanely girly pink.

Treasure Ahoy! Thursday, Sep 20 2007 

Avast, ye mateys! There be treasure in these parts.


This be the yarn for me Cherie Amour!

O’ course, what be treasure without rum?

So drink up, me hearties, yo ho, it’s a pirate’s life for me!

Tonight I feel ambitious and so does my foot as it sinks on the pedal Tuesday, Sep 18 2007 

(Internet cookies to the first person to name the title and artist that go with the song lyric title.)

The thing about project monogamy? It makes for kind of a boring blog. Today? I worked on Sizzle some more.

Y’all don’t really want to see another picture of the ever so slightly longer tank top, do you?

Tonight, I had one of those moments where I just didn’t want to stop driving. It was that perfect time of day–not too bright, not yet dark, and I was listening to “Car Crash” on the radio, and I just wanted to keep driving and see where I ended up.

I did hear from Handpainted Yarn–the yarn for Cherie Amour was shipped today! I’m not sure how soon it will get here–I think they’re based out of California, so it shouldn’t take too long. That, actually, gives me a lot of incentive to finish up Sizzle. That, and I’d like to wear it once before it gets too cold.

I should be working on Sizzle, or the several cross stitch projects I need to be doing tonight, but I’m playing on the computer instead. I will conquer you Internet, mark my words.

How Long Does It Take? Tuesday, Sep 18 2007 

As fall continues, and we approach mid-September (Already? How did that happen?) I was excited to see Lolly announce Socktoberfest 2007! I’m ridiculously excited. I took part in Socktoberfest last year, but I was so busy with school that it quickly fell by the wayside.

I’m already thinking about things I could knit. I NEED to finish my father’s socks (they were, um, last year’s Christmas gift) but I seem to have lost one of my needles. They’re Knitpicks US1, but I can’t remember which Knitpicks US1, so I can’t just order another set.

Plus, I still have the yummy fall shades of Knitpicks Gloss that I bought last October, and I’m thinking either Widdershins or Monkey would look great.

I’m still plugging away on Sizzle. The fact that people are now apparently reading this blog (or at least clicking over to it once or twice) is really motivating me to knit so that I have something to write about.

Sizzle Front 2

As you can see, not a ton of progress, but today was a long day. I ran into coworker R as we were leaving work, and I was knitting on MUNI while I talked to him, and he asked me how long it would take to knit this top, if I just started and didn’ t stop at all.

After I finished contemplating the concept with a mixture of awe (Knitting? Without stopping? Really?) and horror (Cotton? Without stopping? Are you serious?) I realized, I’m not really sure. How do you figure how fast you knit?

It’s really hard for me to guess, because as we all know, I am NOT project monogamous. I tried, once, to count up all my unfinished objects, but once I was amidst the sea of half-knitted projects I found myself so demoralized that I shoved the whole lot of them in a box under the bed.

Perhaps I’ll try sticking to a project for a while and seeing what happens.

Hey, stop laughing. It could happen.

Cozy Fall Monday, Sep 17 2007 

It’s fall, and even though it doesn’t really feel like it outside, I still feel the urge to curl up in my apartment and craft and bake. Something about fall just makes me want to be inside, all cozy and warm and relaxed.

Of course, the state my apartment is in means that I actually spent most of the weekend cleaning (Someday it will be suitable to, y’know, let people see. Not that I know many people here to invite over, but still.)

I did break out the new sewing machine. I found a tutorial on making tote bats, so I decided to try it. I cut out two, but I couldn’t figure out the suggested way to do the handles, and wrecked the first one trying, so I went to plan B for attaching the handles on mine. It works just as well.

First Tote Bag

The lamp was most helpful in modeling the bag.

I went on a bit of a baking binge, so I’m going to be taking some treats into work Monday.

The abundance of pumpkin flavors is one of my favorite things about fall (I’m a pumpkin spice latte junkie) so I made pumpkin bread.

Pumpkin Bread

I also made pecan bars, because the idea intrigued me.

Pecan Bars

I also tried a recipe for chocolate chip cookies. I’m not sure how they’ll turn out; I made some substitutions, and they didn’t turn out quite like I wanted. But I think they’re okay.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I also kept knitting away on Sizzle. I’m starting the front now, and it’s going pretty fast.

Sizzle Front 1

It’s All About the Sizzle Saturday, Sep 15 2007 

Sizzle Back

Today I finally finished the back of Sizzle. It’s a little out of season, but I’ve heard that San Francisco gets summer sometime around October.

I’m really hoping that’s true, because if so, I might actually finish this in time to wear it.

There wasn’t much knitting today–only a little on Muni and BART, since I decided to do a minor blog redesign tonight and work on some other super secret project.

I did, however, get a mani/pedi during lunch. I’ve been uncharacteristically girly lately, and I have to say, it’s kinda fun.


I’ve been staring at my nails all afternoon. It’s so weird to see them all pink and pretty.

And, yes, my coworkers have mocked me for it. But then, I would expect nothing less.

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