Regurgitating

Or something like that.

  • La’s Sassy is on the mend
  • Cookie is less stressed – but still the same moody bitch I love ūüôā
  • I’m off work until next Monday¬† – post office, here I come!
  • The KFYS is OVER!

That last fact should mean the start of a yarn bender that would clear out the Loopy Ewe in less than¬†an hour.¬† However, I’m feeling much like La is.¬† Meh.¬† This challenge caused me to really focus on what I have in my stash and why I’m buying.¬†

I also had a huge soul searching week with my knitting.¬† And it’s all Breeze’s¬†fault.¬† I started noticing how much my arm was swelling and hurting while knitting these.¬† I didn’t know if it was the cables or the yarn, so I gave some things a try.¬† I can’t knit with lace weight yarn anymore.¬† I just can’t control the tiny yarn.¬† Someone suggested holding it double, but eh… I can just buy a heavier yarn.¬† I also have a problem with tiny needles.¬† I love socks on 2’s, but I just don’t know about using them.¬† As the needle gets larger, the knitting gets easier.¬†¬†¬† I will definitely be purging my lace weight, but I’m hoping with time I can knit socks with less issues.¬† Either that or I’ll have to quit working so I can knit full time.¬† ūüôā

On a side note, has anyone else noticed that a lot blog posts are starting to look very similar and repetitive. Everyone seems to hop on to latest bandwagon.¬† (haha not you Cookie – please don’t delete your blog) Most posts are nothing more than regurgitated, rehashed or paraphrased versions of the original post or the latest drama.¬†¬†¬† I want to see originality people!¬† I’ve started un-subbing like a mad-woman.¬† The upside?¬† Far fewer insipid blogs clogging up my time.

Lost in the Crematorium

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Just under the wire – my six of 12.¬† It’s not the best picture, but it certainly says June to me.¬† The hollyhocks were going to to town and the honeysuckle got a second wind.¬† That little strip of garden amuses the hell out of me.¬† The only picture that would have been more perfect would be of me on the back porch, in the lounger, a huge glass of sun tea and surrounded by school books and knitting.¬† Possibly napping.¬† It’s hot, must nap too!

I did not forget my contest winners.¬† First, for my past winners Nicole and Laura – now that I have a functioning washer and have caught up on my 90 million loads of wash, I can felt the items that I knit for your prize packs.¬† I will have them out to you in the next week!¬† WHOO!¬† As for the contest that ended this past Tuesday, the winner is…

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Congratulations Cheryl!   Watch your email for a gift certificate from The Loopy Ewe!  Whoo! 

Yes, that is a version of the wonderful and talented Isela’s knit Arellis bracelet in the background. Well, mine’s an anklet because when have I ever followed instructions?¬† The beading took all.day.long. But it turned out great and was fun!

KFYS is done today.¬† Here’s a round up for the Lori and Dori of blogging:

  • 315.5 balls/5 cones to start
  • 38.5 balls knit
  • 52 balls given away

Of course I didn’t use any of the cones, well unless you count the Cozythat’s resting in a basket somewhere.¬† I’ve kind of lost the urge to buy yarn.¬† :::gasp:::¬† I’ve been looking and looking, but I don’t want to clutter up with yarn unless I’m going to use it.¬† There’s a big purge coming on soon.¬† Mostly lionbrand and lace that I’ll never knit with.¬†

Back to finishing up my term paper and studying for midterms.¬† Why yes, I am a nerd and less than half way through the term I have pretty much finished my term paper.¬† Have a great weekend ya’ll!

Sundays are for cramming, bloglines

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Two washcloths, a pair of 28’s and a llama.

I have reached my 10%.¬† Even with the birthday giftage and the La sabotage, I have hit the goal.¬†¬†Did you know¬†La wasn’t ever going to ask me to do because of the floppy paw.¬† But I took it on and I REACHED IT!¬† How are you doing La? ::: poke, poke :::

Here are the stats:

With all of the additions, (part of some funky math deal La agreed to) my inventory maxed out at 320.5 balls/skanks/cones.  I knit 33.5 and gave away 45.  Oh, and I still have a month to knit.

I cast on and ripped and cast on and ripped ad nauseum for several different projects from VLT.  I checked the errata.  I cursed and bemoaned.  Is it the yarn, the user or just the book? 

Do you ever wake up on a Sunday morning and start thinking about how you completely wasted your weekend?  Like you have to cram every.last.second. full of fun, relaxation or that one last thing you had to do?  For some reason, that was my thought at 430 this morning. 

Saturday Sky – Memorial Day

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This is from underneath my wisteria.¬† Too bad it’s not blooming.¬† Hopefully, I’m going to spend all weekend relaxing under similar views.¬† I don’t EVER travel on holiday weekends (ooh… another random fact!¬†¬† BONUS!)¬† If it’s in my town, ok.¬† Highways?¬† With the weekend warriors?¬†And the increased police presence?¬† Hells no.¬† I live in an area that people travel to with their 5th wheels and such and ride dirtbikes all weekend.¬† Guess it’s all the open space.¬† It’s also along the way to some major CA recreation areas, so it’s lines and lines of campers.¬† UGH.¬† I’ll get some pics today (I hope) of some of the lineups.¬† It’s crazy.

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I obviously have a thing for Morning Glories.¬†¬† I did before I moved here and it’s even more appropriate now.¬† I even have a section of the garden just for them (and some early blooming CA poppies) But I think we have a problem.¬† Yeah, it’s packed full.¬† Maybe I shouldn’t let the seeds fall where they may this year.

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Please go over and encourage La in knitting her kitty pi.  Really.  She needs to knit 10% of her stash.  REALLY!

Have a great (and safe) weekend!

Sushi and Poppies and Satan… OH MY!

I had plans of finishing my second sock while getting my oil changed and having knitting content on a knitting blog.  Instead, you get a retelling of my day.

Have I mentioned how much I like sushi?¬† No?¬† Well I do.¬† But I hate going alone and most people I know don’t like it.¬† So, I have an annual sushi dinner at Big Tuna with my mom.¬† Which I conned out of her this year for my birthday.¬† She ate a roll!¬† Of course it was a CA roll with a cheesy shrimp/ crab¬†mixture spooned over top.¬† Everything in it was cooked – but she ate it!

I went a bit nutty later at the Poppy Festival.¬† Soaps(you too may be recieveing some) earrings, crap I don’t need¬†and new discoveries.¬† The last one does vinegars, oils, dressings and marinades – and he lets you taste them.¬† I walked out of there with the fig balsamic, the cassis balsamic and the blood orange sauvignon splash.¬† I ran out of cash or I would have walked out of there with all of the dressings too.¬†¬†

I got to meet Oma La!¬† (who is WAY TOO YOUNG to be an Oma)¬† I snuck up on her because you never know… she could have been a 90 year old man named Bubba.¬† It was a quick hit and run at the Poppy Festival and I only got a few crappy pictures.¬† She is nice (really, she is!) and smart and funny!¬†

Or so I thought… until about half an hour after I left her and realized she really is Satan.¬† I had arranged a trade with her months ago involving some tiny yarn I could never knit with… so she brought the trade… and three extra balls of yarn.¬† My two balls went out and I ended up going home with a total of 6.¬† Which totally messes up my proclamation of “I think I’ll be able to use up 10% of my stash” proclamation from the other day.¬†

It was further confirmed when I got home last night and was flipping through my pictures.¬† The general viewing public may think this is a blurry, fuzzy picture of her being nice to her husband – but please… don’t be so naive.¬†¬†

A la La

I remembered that she had¬†mumbled something about fixing the pin that holds the robe on.¬† Yeah right… that thing was sharp like an ice pick.¬†(How I wish I had taken a picture of it!)¬†It’s probably some Roman version of the pinch collar.¬† Remember, she is Satan… her dog is Satan’s minion and she is best friends with Bezaulbub.¬†¬†¬†

The answer is blowing in the wind

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This Saturday Sky brought to you by the wind. (certainly not bloglines)

First up, from afar.

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And driving through the dust

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On to *BBE The Sequel

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I would¬†apologize for awful pictures, but you’ve heard all of the excuses already.¬† Check out those hand knit socks.¬† They are the perfect size!¬† I think I scared my neighbors with my hyena like laughing as I opened the package on the left.¬† I got “pinked”!¬† I see a pink purse in my future!¬† Because sometimes you need¬†a quick knit and the perfect purse.¬† I refuse to confirm nor deny if there happened to be any chocolate in that box.¬†

The box on the right, had some of the most beautiful Koolaid dyed yarn I’ve ever seen.¬† It makes me want to attempt it again.¬† Yes, the chocolate is still safe.¬† I’ve tucked it away for what promises to be a stressful week.¬† I know I didn’t include the card, but even it was handmade.¬† I don’t know how some people do it all.¬† (Perhaps if I wasn’t sitting here for over an hour writing a blog post… I could be knitting or crafting or something)

Thank you!¬† Both of you wonderful, funny, and talented women!¬† The birthday continues today as I am going to my first ever Poppy Festival where I will not only drop a load of birthday moolah on stuff I don’t need, but I will get to meet Oma La!!!¬† WHOOT!¬† Then it is on to my annual sushi dinner.¬† I do believe that I like this month long birthday pampering.¬†

Yes, I have updated the spreadsheet.  I also realized something while calculating what I now need to use in the 10% challenge.  You can add quite a bit of yarn before you have to go up a ball.  Now, I rounded up and made mine 31 balls, but I could have been ubertechnical and kept it at 30. 

**Best Birthday Ever

Sunday is for…

Erm… absolutely nothing.¬† Knitting?¬† Napping?¬† Harassing other knit bloggers?¬† Anyone out there have a good “Sunday-along” I can use for a quick post?¬†

Funny how quickly I fell back into the “Is it Friday yet?” and the “Crap, crap, crap!¬† It’s Sunday!¬† Where did the weekend go?!” mentalities.¬†¬† I followed Margene’slead and except for checking blogs with my coffee, (oh and this post)¬† I’ve stayed away from the computer yesterday and plan to do so today.¬† Refreshing!¬†

Ye ole floppy paw update.¬† While going back to work was rough and painful, I’ve decided that I am labeling this a “transitional period”.¬† I’ll be back in the swing of things soon.¬† Looking back at the week, it wasn’t that bad.¬†¬† I mean, sure, I couldn’t do much of anything except ice it and sleep when I got home, but I¬†did some cleaning¬†and knit on Saturday.¬†¬†

Speaking of cleaning… ARGH!!!¬† I have two vacuum cleaners.¬† That both suck – well actually, they don’t suck well enough.¬† I’m tired of buying vacuums that don’t work.¬† Does anyone out there have a vacuum they love?¬† That works?¬†

Cookie and I have been talking about doing a kew-along since January and now may be the time!¬† Does anyone out there want to join us?¬† I don’t think it’s going to be anything formal – I have to talk to her about logistics still, but if you are interested, let her or I know.¬† (Yes Satan and Beeazulbub, I have the yarn in my stash and won’t need to buy any)

Say good bye to the bunnies… new theme coming soon!

eta… here it is… Theme 56… per usual… if you can’t comment, please email me at thefluffyewe@gmail.com

The Elusive Creature (Bloglines)

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While out photographing my Saturday Sky, I happened across the elusive creature “Perfectus Res”.¬† No, it is not bloglines picking up a feed.¬† This creature is¬†commonly known as a finished object.

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Pattern: Made up on the fly and hopefully going to be a messenger type bag

Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Wool.  5 skeins each of Brilliant Blue and New Leaf

Needles: Denise size 13

Start: 28 Mar 07

Finished: 30 Mar 07

I had a trip to see the wonderful and talented surgeon on Wednesday, so during the 5 hours of being held hostageriding in the car, I started it.¬† I think this yarn may be my favorite for felting and with it doubled, the sucker just flew off the needles.¬†¬† I was slightly inspired by this bag because of the buttons, but I bought the yarn almost a year ago for a striped bag.¬† I may still play with buttons on it and see what happens.¬† Maybe I’ll embellish with a little bit of embroidery.¬†I plan to grommet holes and use either I cord for handles or wing it with something else.¬† Just WAIT until you see the lining fabric.¬† Of course, I always buy lining and never put it in – remember…Queen of Follow-Through here.¬† OH!¬† Speaking of not following through… it’s blue and counts for Project Spectrum!¬† Whoot!¬† What an unintentional PS project.¬†

This being my “countdown to work weekend”, I’m trying to cram a whole lotta fun in.¬† Maybe even a date.¬† I’ll probably be so freaking tired come Monday.¬† Now that I can physically do more, I won’t have the time to do it.¬† /sigh¬† Here’s to hoping I won’t be too messed up from work that I can’t knit again.¬†

Don’t forget… looking for a lace pattern that is reminiscent of violets. (see post below!) Have a GREAT WEEKEND!

Theme 55 – why oh why don’t you like me bloglines?¬† would it kill you to pick up a feed? 2 hours later and no pickup.¬† /sigh

Shameless Self Promotion?

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I seriously debated posting this… because I’m really not about self-promotion.¬† But… there’s a brand new online magazine for loom knitting – The Loom Knitter’s Circle.¬† And if you look in the article section, there is one by lil ole me.¬† Isela(and I’m sure Denise too) poured her heart and soul into this project and even if you aren’t a loom knitter… go look at the fabulous job they did.¬† And then head over to Isela’s and enter her 3000th comment contest.

I was going to spend the weekend hooked up to my magic little e-stim machine and just knit on my Shut UP & Cabin Cove Lace Leaf shawl until my hands fell off – because there is some seriously nice yarn that may be coming out at the Mercantile and I could purchase it under the whole KAL exception – but even I won’t do that until I finish what I have.¬† That’s pushing the rules a little too far.¬† Don’t worry girls… I’m still playing fair… for now.¬† Although mixin’ things up may distract y’all from the llama drama.¬† ūüôā¬† I’ll throw myself under the bus just for you.¬† You know, if you need me to.

Oh, you want the¬†tie in to the self promotion.¬†Well, first of all, it’s Eye Candy Friday and that mag certainly has plenty.¬† Secondly, I want to gnaw off my arm this morning so it’s the perfect day to sit with my rice bags and loom.¬† Damn cold and damp.¬† Or maybe it’s that I only had one PT this week.¬† Or maybe it’s the painting of the kitchen.. because you know that no one can do it just the way I want it done.¬†

Walk With Me 7 Feb

First up, an FO.

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Do you notice the plethora of projects that need to be felted?¬† Yep.¬† But it’s knitting!¬† This is just something I was messing around with.¬† I had an idea for a pattern and then found out it’s similar to the Nantucket Basket.¬† After I had figured out how to knit a flat circle.¬† Isn’t that the way it usually works?¬† Stash page has been updated.

  • Pattern: my own
  • Needles: Denise 10.5
  • Yarn: Elann Peruvian Chunky

I’ve been going for¬†a walk every day.¬† It’s been quite nice with the 70’s and 80’s we’ve been having.¬† I’ll have to expand my walks soon, because there isn’t much that is exciting in the desert.

a new job

Unless you need a mattress.

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Or a place to dump your trash

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I seriously want to know what made this.¬† It’s about 2 feet round with a hole that’s just under an inch.

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