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Monday, January 31, 2005


Left to right: Me, Shevaun, Katheena(artist) and Darcienne


Tombstone Generator

Acme Heart Generator

here I lie


New picures.
I built a separate picture page for my crafts.
I added pics of my new adventures with polymer clay. I am trying to make pencil toppers and needle point protectors.

Thursday, January 27, 2005


I had a good time last night at Mama Java's. It was great seeing my fellow knitters. I can't wait until the next one. I went home afterwards and knitted til 2am. I don't stay up late so I was seeing double by then. I will start a few new projects tommorrow. Friday will be my only day off work this week.
I spent this morning goofing around the house or playing with one of my many projects. The Tv was on in the background. The news was talking about an experiment battling depression by researching what makes happy people happier. A group of happy people were told to do certain things repetitively for a period of three months. They were asked to do things like journaling everything that you are grateful for on a daily basis. Or finding people and and thanking them for what they did that made a positive influence in your life. The control group was asked to do nothing. The study concluded that people who followed the regime were happier than the people who did not. The news also mentioned a book by Martha Beck. She is a life coach. The book is called The Joy Diet: 10 Daily practices For A Happier Life. It follows the same idea. I was so interested, that I immediately called the local book stores and put a copy on hold. The book tells you how to add more joy to your life by people who are already happy. I am not very receptive to self help. I can't even listen to Dr. Phil without getting agitated. This book incorporates journal writing into the joy making process. I can be very receptive to this idea. Anyway, I rushed into the shower so I'd have time to pick up the book on my way to work. I haven't opened it yet. I did skim through the pages. It's looks liks fun!

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Tuesday, January 25, 2005


I went to six different newsstands to find knittng magazines, Knit 1 in particular. I thought it came out January 10th. It comes out February 10th. I wish that I'd gone to the website first before I did all that running around. They have a preview and it's mediocre at best. I can wait.
I also went looking for yarn and Joann's and Michael's. I left empty handed. I would have gone to some of the local LYS but they were further than I was willing to drive and I didn't have enough time. So yesterday, I decided to drive out to The Fiber Factory after work. It's been so long since I've been to the LYS, I'd forgotten about the crazy hours. The Fiber Factory was closed. So before I pulled away from the curb, I called AZ Knit and Needle. The message said they were closed also. **sigh** I feel dumb. I am working a double shift today. So, maybe tomorrow, after my dentist appointment, I will have time to drive to a LYS somewhere before the meet at Mama Java's.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Size matters

I finished one side of my poncho and it's too small. Go Figure. It has two identical panels that will be joined togehter. So, instead of ribbing it, I started the other part of the poncho. I recalculated and added more stitches. When I am satisfied with the second panel, I will then rib the first panel and re-knit it, using the added stitches. I think it will work.
I want to add more pictures of my progress, but my apartment is dark during the day. I need to find a sunny spot somewhere. My pictures look better that way. **Shrug**
My friend's mom is translating a German pattern for me. The translation that came with it is too confusing. I will bring it to the next SnB meeting.
I am also having a hard time deciphering the Razor's Edge Poncho in the SnBN book. I went to the website to find other knitters who have completed the project. I found two people. The first person is just as confused as I am and another lady who finished the poncho. She posted pictures with her little girl wearing it. It almost fit the little girl. She looked about six years old. So, now I have an added problem. How do I alter the pattern for a larger person? I am a size twelve in the shoulders. I need extra length in the chest to accommodate my breast or the poncho will look like a midrift in the front an normal length in the back.

Monday, January 10, 2005

On the map

I was at Walgreens the other day looking for conditioning caps, when I came across a Lionbrand scarf kit. It had A skien of Fun Fur, Jiffy ,in red and a pair of large needles. They only had red. It cost about 12 bucks. I was slightly shocked. I mean, a knitting kit in Walgreens? It's official.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

dye job

This is my first yarn dye job. I used Rit. I wanted to try the Koolaid dye but I need bright rich colors for my projects. This is yarn that I purchased from Ebay. It dyes quick and easy. I have three skeins left, so maybe I will experiment with space dying.

100% wool