Little Bitty Knitty

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Alas, I frogged the Odessa. The ribbing edge looked greeeeat, and I was successful at knitting in the round (YESSSSS!!!!), but as soon as I started the pattern with the YOs, there were big holes and it was ugly. I need to figure that out.

I know I can do it, though! I can knit in the round! I'm awesome.

My show opens Thursday night. Eeeek. I'm frightened. I think it will be great, though. Very stylistic and modern. Plus, I have a fantastically dramatic dying scene.

Well, I should be studying for a test tomorrow. I was "sick" three days last week, so I've really only had two days to learn this material, and I'm not ready. Mostly because I haven't been paying attention.

So hey! I've now been accepted by four schools. Four for four! Let's hope I continue to get accepted to every school that notifies me.

Because, then....I could go to...shhhh...


Sunday, February 26, 2006

The Knitting Olympics

Irish Hiking Scarf
Yarn: 5 and 1/2 skeins of Bouton d'Or KSAR in Camel
Needles: Size 7 bamboo

Phew! I'm so proud of myself. I know it sounds silly, but I always thought cables would be so difficult, and now that I've done them, I feel like I could knit anything!

I guess that's what the Knitting Olympics are all about!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Once again, I have misplaced the cord to connect my camera to the computer. Pictures...soon. I hope. It's a damn sexy scarf, so just imagine that.

I have learned the long-tail cast on, and have begun my Odessa! It's pretty.

So, it turns out I have corneal ulcers in my eye. They hurt. Glasses for me this week.

I am finished!

I am a gold medal winning OLYMPIAN!

Pictures to come later!

Friday, February 24, 2006

I was finished with the KNITTING part of the Knitting Olympics today around 3:00! It look so great, now all I need to do is add the tassels and I am done! Done! DONE!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

I'm practically done with the fifth skein. I sort of want to stay up and finish it, just so I can say I finished it in one day...but I miss my pillow.

I am going to class tomorrow! I am I am!

Halfway through the fifth skein! (NO, I DID NOT GO TO CLASS TODAY! STOP ASKING.) I'm loving how it looks, and the yarn is great, but I'm realizing I should have decided on a MUCH less expensive yarn for this project. $13.00 a skein times five is (GASP) $65.00, plus $6.25 for the skein I got half off...about a $75.00 project. Oh dear.

Still, it's nice. I'll have to wear it whether or not it itches.

More planned projects!

13) Edgar scarf in Artyarns Supermerino. I am plotting how to mess with the pattern, in all the photos I've seen, the two ends don't match, and being OCD as I am, they MUST MATCH. Perhaps a provisional cast on, then knitting the end of the pattern at the beginning? Hmmm.

14) The Anthropologie Inspired Caplet on Craftster. So cute! Maybe in pink? I used to wear tons of pink, but my wardrobe has slowly darkened over the years. I need some uplifting pink.

15) White Snowflake hat and scarf. Simple. Easy. But so furry and soft. Using Sirdar Snowflake Chunky.

16) Irish Hiking Wristwarmers, not in the KSAR 'cause it's slightly itchy. In SWTC Karoke, maybe? Or something cotton..

17) Cabled purse in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Superchunky.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Yes, I skipped school again today. What of it?

The two homework assignments were finished, I just could not garner up the energy to go to that evil place. Senioritis is a baaaad disease, kids.

But hey! I'm practically done with the fourth skein. A lot of progress can be made when you sit in bed and knit for four hours.

I thiiiink I started the 4th skein yesterday may have been Monday night. Either way, I've made immense progress during my two "sick" days.

Dance rehearsal tonight for the Musical. I'm excited, because the choreographer likes me, I'm a pretty good dancer, so maybe I'll get myself some front and center boogie time. Hells yes. (I think I lost my mind this morning.)

Bentley says hello.

Continued Knitting Projects List:

8) Touch Me cell phone cover for the hypothetical pink razr. Failing that, a scarf. Because I'm boring.

9) Mermaid Cabled scarf. I'm taking the Irish Hiking Pattern and cutting it in thirds, and using the SWTC Karaoke yarn in the Mermaid colorway to make a skinny, cute, springy accessory.

10) Poster Boy Bag from SnB Nation. Yes. I will try this Fair Isle of which you speak.

11) A beanie for the boy. I have a bunch of Debbie Bliss merino aran in a rust color. I'll attempt a gift for him.

Bentley is just so darn AFFECTIONATE in the mornings. I usually get up, do a few things, then put my laptop on my bed and do a little Internet surfing. Without fail, he climbs right up into my lap. That's where he is now. All curled up with his body draped over my left arm. It's a little difficult to type that way.

I guess those 8 hours of sleep just made him feel far too neglected.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

So, the play rehearsal ended up not being as bad as I thought. The highlight of the show will be the fact that I get to sit in the lap of a boy I find immeasurably hot. Not that that makes up for the lack of a challenging role, but really, it helps. (Shhh, don't tell my boyfriend.)

Someone needs to FORCE me to do these two homework assignments so I don't skip school again.

I was doodling the other day and made a list of all the projects I want to do, whether or not I have the supplies, etc.:

1) Irish Hiking Scarf. 75% finished. One and two thirds more skeins and the fringe is left. I will make it! Oh yes, I will make it. I'm pinpointing Saturday morning as my finish time. We shall see.

2) Blue Odessa hat, sans beads. I have the yarn and all the needles needed, I'll cast on for this literally the same hour the Irish Hiking Scarf is done. I am so excited! If it turns out well I will make another, with beads.

3) White panta/blue pot pouch. These two are mindless projects for friends that have funds coming to me at the end of them, so I should probably try and do those this weekend, when Odessa is too difficult to concentrate on.

4) Thuja socks. Don't have the yarn, but do have the needles. I think I'll do them in green, just like the Knitty pattern. That's about 30 dollars of yarn, so I need to wait until at least next month to buy it. I have budgeting issues.

5) Clapotis. The yarn hasn't arrived from eBay yet. I bought it aggges ago, and while yes, the eBay store said it might take 6 to 8 weeks for delivery, I expected to be special and get my yarn DECADES AGO. It's probably good it's not here, or it would really interfere with Olympic knitting.

6) Sesame sweater from MagKnits. I think this'll be a good first sweater project, or maybe

7) Tempting. Depends on which of the two appeal to me most apres the Clapotis and the socks. Since those are both challenge projects, I don't need another at the same time!

The baby blanket? What baby blanket? I have no idea what you are talking about.

Well into the fourth skein, I am chug chug chugging along.

I chose not to attend that thing called "school" today. 1) Emotionally and physically, I did not feel good. 2) Wanted to knit. 3) Had far too much homework that I hadn't done and wasn't going to turn in.

I have rehearsal tonight for the evil play I have to do. I don't want to. But I will. I'll be unhappy if I drop out, and unhappy if I stay in, so I might as well stay in to add something new to my resume.

I think I want a piece of chocolate cake. Yes. I need chocolate.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Pictures, finally. I've been focusing on knitting, and really, have just been far too lazy to charge my camera, find the cord, and take a photo. That's just energy I don't have. Nor did I have the energy to artistically position the scarf to make the photo more interesting.

Current progress of the scarf:

Close up of the cables, which really are the coolest thing ever:

Coach Bentley inspecting the item:

Phew! I've pretty much been knitting non-stop since Thursday afternoon, and I have made immense progress. I'm approaching the end of the third skein, and I have a 3 hour rehearsal today, but as they are working on Act II (which I am dead in) I can just sit and knit!

I've calmed down quite a lot over the casting situation. I'm still pissed, frankly, but I am not going to quit, because that's really not the type of person or actor I am. I'll have fun, I'll do my part to make the show great, and then move on to bigger and better things and when I become successful I'll stick my tongue out at the Evil Director and go "NanananNANA!". I am, however, going to have a frank talk with him, just to get some feedback. I will not be emotional, I will not get angry. I will state my position with maturity and grace.


Friday, February 17, 2006

So, my audition went really really well, I thought. But of course, my director being the jack ass that he is, only cast me as ensemble. (Read no further if you don't want to know how big of an ego I have sometimes): I'm talented. I may not be the greatest singer, but I can certainly act. I have been told so by many other directors, casting agents, and performers. So, explain to me, why, being equally as talented or moreso than a lot of the girls auditioning, and being a senior to boot (this will be my last show), whyyyy they all got speaking roles and I didn't? Explain that to me? Evil Director used to have principles, and ran his program like a high school program, with the purpose of teaching students and improving their talent. Now he runs it like a professional business, and as the shows get better, the attitudes and mentality of everyone involved, and the overall vibe, get worse. I'm so fucking pissed off.

And to make it worse, a girl I know (who's a year younger and while she may be a slightly better singer, she is not a better actor), got a very good role, and I was talking to her and she had the nerve to complain to me about not getting a BIGGER role. I basically said, "You have lines. You have your own fucking song. I have no desire to listen to you bitch insensitively," and I walked off.

Here ends my rant.

ANYWAY, as I always spend money to make myself feel better, I bought Stitch and Bitch Nation and the new issue of Interweave Knits yesterday. I also bought a skein of Regia sock yarn to make my friend a pouch for his pot pipe. Is that wrong? I don't smoke, but I don't really care about those who do.

I made major progress on the scarf yesterday I didn't work at it at all on Tuesday or Wednesday, but yesterday I finished the first skein and almost finished an entire new one. Picture later.

I also went to a United Way benefit show at UCSB that my boyfriend's band was playing in. They were great, and there was also a hypnotist that was so awesome.

Back to knitting to get out my frustrations. I don't want to project a diva, elitist attitude, but I really feel like not accepting this tiny bone he thinks he's throwing me. It's a waste of my time.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Current song obsession (meaning I put it on its own iTunes playlist, on repeat): "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt.

Previous holders of this title: "Cannonball" by Damien Rice, "Save Yourself" by Sense Field, "Maps" by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Bitch" by Meredith Brooks, and "They" by Jem.

Progress on knitting today: Shush. I have an audition tomorrow and I still don't know what I'm singing. There has been little (read: no) knitting.

Valentine's Day! I don't detest the holiday. On the contrary, I would LOVE it, if I got what I wanted from it. But I won't. The Boy and I are going to dinner (which I'll probably pay for). That's it. Happy day of romance, all.

Monday, February 13, 2006

I'm chugging along on my scarf! It looks great...and I'm not afraid to admit it!

The yarn is great, although it's so soft that it's a bit easy to split. Unfortunately, it turns out that the camel/wool mix does itch my sensitive skin a titch...but I don't care! (Actually I do, it makes me really sad. It's not itchy until it's knit! Why is that?)

So I've done about 9 pattern repeats, and am nearly done with my first skein. Mathmatically speaking, I need to do one skein of yarn every three days to make the goal, and today's the fourth day. But now that I can do the repeats quicker and cable faster, I think I can speed it up. I'm thinking I'll use my extra skein of a mismatched dye lot to put fringe on the ends.

I bought a skein of the Rowan Cashsoft DK for Odessa in a gorgeous sky blue, and I'm super eager to start it after the Olympics.

This is Jolie. I call her Bean. She seems to think she's in Playboy.

Saturday, February 11, 2006


I'm so proud! And all done without a cable needle! Thanks to Grumperina for her tutorial.

Coach Kitty says that I'm slow and if that's all I expect to knit every day then I have another think coming and he won't let me just sit on my ass and glow in the glory of my success.

And then he bit me.

Friday, February 10, 2006

I will cast on the second this post is...posted.

My weekend:

The yarn. (Increased by one skein because of a 50% off bin at BB's! Score!) The needles. The pattern. The TV. (My dad and I are doing a marathon of the first season of Lost this weekend, as we've never watched it.)

And the cat too, of course:

Plus, I am going to see Felicity Huffman at the Santa Barbara Film Festival tomorrow, and I Am Excited. I love her.

(The blanket is chugging along, and I'm probably going to finish it while watching TV tomorrow until I know the pattern of the scarf well enough to not give it my full attention.)

Well, good luck all! Citius, altius, fortius!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The stupid blanet just won't ennnnnnnnnnnnnnd!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm obsessed with Grumperina's Odessa hat. I think that'll replace the Coronet as my first hat attempt. Yes, I'm insane. Its so swirly...

Only a few more days till the Olympics! I still need to get needles. I'm still paranoid it won't be as long as I want (I love long scarves), but I'm not going to buy another skein unless I need it. I'm not that rich.

I have this huge list of projects I want to do, and the yarn/needles I need for them...let us just hope I don't win this cell phone auction on eBay, or I'll enforce a yarn diet for two months. Ack!

I'm also bidding on 10 skeins of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in a chocolate color to knit Knitty's Tempting. I'm winning at like $20 bucks. Awesome. None of you hundred readers go out and bid against me, now! Hah.

The yarn for the Clapotis isn't here yet, which is good, really, because then it'll tempt me. Just as the sweater is tempting me. And the hat.

I have knitting ADD. And blogging ADD, there is no discernable thought process in this post.

I just want to finish the damn blanket before Friday at 2:00 PM. That's all! Otherwise it'll glare at me for sixteen days.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

No, the blanket is not done.

Leave me alone, I'm knitting.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Baby blanket:

I really fear I need another skein, but I didn't go buy one today and I'm headed to LA in a minute here, and my store is closed Sundays and Mondays, and I want to have it done by Monday...argh. I definitely made it too wide (cast on 100 stitches), and now it'll be long but narrow. I think that's okay, it'll be kinda like a comforter...sure.

I haven't made much progress on the third panta, as I have actually being doing what I should be doing and knitting like crazy on the blankie.

I decided Bentley desperately needs a cat bed. Poor thing shouldn't have to sleep in a box:

I managed to activate one of the old cell phones lying around our house, so I at least have a functional phone until I can buy a new one.

My dilemma is this: pink razr? Super pretty. But imagine how much YARN I can buy with that money!

Friday, February 03, 2006

The phone is defunct. And apparently I have insurance, but I still have to pay a $50 dollar deductible? I think not.

I'd much rather just buy a pink Razr. I found a relatively cheap one on eBay. God bless eBay.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

I dropped my phone in the toilet.

Yeah. Seriously.

I stayed suprisingly calm, and the phone didn't seem to be damaged! I mean, at first, the buttons wouldn't work, so I took off the battery then put it back on, and the screen was all blue and said "Emergency Downloading!" or somesuch, I let it sit for awhile then took the battery off and on again, and lo and behold, it worked! Everything was fine and dandy, except the little red light that means it's charging was always on and the battery symbol was doing the charging blinking thing. (I know my tech speak, don't tell me I don't.) (The run on sentences are accurately depicting my current state of mind.)

So I pick up the boy and drive him to band practice, then when I get home and check my phone the screen is completely white. Nooooo. It accepts incoming calls, but that's about it. I'm going to let it dry overnight and praypraypray it works in the morning, if not I'll have to make up some juicy lie to tell the Verizon people, because I'm pretty sure I don't have water insurance, and I can't ask my dad who would know, as he pays the bill, because he would scold me for doing something so stupid as dropping my phone in the toilet. And I do hate to be scolded.

In other news, the Bouton D'Or KSAR and I have announced our engagement and plan to be wed in the spring.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

I can't believe they confirmed Alito.

I bought another skein of the Bouton D'Or, so that makes four of one dye lot, which is 364 yards. The pattern calls for 350! Hah. I love it when life goes my way. So I just need to decide what size needles (I'm thinking US7, a size smaller than the recommended so it'll be a bit thinner.) The extra yarn will hopefully be enough for the wristwarmers. 91 yards? I can't find the yardage needed anywhere. Boo. If not, I bet In Stitches has the same dye lot still. If not, they are on opposite hands! No one will know...

And I bought 2 skeins of Artyarns Supermerino (to soothe my frazzled nerves over the precarious position of Roe V. Wade). Oh my word, it is gorgeous. Pinks and greens. So yummy. I think I'll make Edgar the Edgy Scarf from Knitty.

OH! And the third panta? That I finished 50% of last night? I come to school today and she decides she wants in in white, not green. Grr. I have some Caron Simply Soft lying around, I'll use that, but it's still frustrating.

The blanket? What blanket?