Thursday, September 27, 2007

21 years and counting...

So, yesterday was my birthday. Thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes! And a special thanks to everyone who helped me out yesterday (Mom, Dad, Marianne, the nice policeman, the loverly friends, and the boyfriend).

To fill everyone else in on what happened...My wallet was stolen yesterday. In a moment of not being careful, I turned away from my purse to mess with my iPod in the Foggy Bottom metro station yesterday and some creep just reached in and took my entire wallet. I lost a good amount of birthday money, all my credit cards, and the absolute worst license. The money was replaced by the giver (Thank you again, Marianne!) and the cards were all cancelled (most of which were not activated so he couldn't use them anyhow. But, my license, my dear proof that I am in fact 21 years old, was taken away from me forever. Which meant I couldn't do anything I had planned that night and I can't celebrate how I wanted to on Friday.

It's okay though. Things could be far worse. The bastard could have tried to use my cards and run up huge bills or I could have put more money in the wallet. So it's okay, really. I was bummed all of yesterday and cried a lot, but I'll just have to celebrate my birthday when I get my replacement license in a week or so.

I still had a legal drink though, thanks to the server at Macaroni Grill who felt sorry for me and accepted my expired passport as proof of age. What was my first drink? A Heineken. Tasty. Haha.

Okay, that's all. No knitting news for now. Just working on some socks and finishing a hoodie. I'll post about those later on.


Friday, September 21, 2007

Yarn Harlot (Hurray!)

Last night, Becca and I went to the meet the Yarn Harlot. We arrived approx. two hours early to the bookstore and plenty of knitters had already arrived. It felt good to be around my sort of people. Knitters are the best. Seriously. Love all the clicking needles, all the balls of yarn, all the conversation, and being able to say something the non-knitters would find confusing such as "Feel my wool."

The Yarn Harlot is, as everybody has said, incredibly funny and nice in person. She talked for about and hour and a half. Some parts had me rolling on the floor with laughter. And then, I met her. Which is awesome. I brought the first socks for her to see (as they wouldn't have been made without her insistence that socks are the perfect item to knit, which sparked my Sock Fever) and she called me "another damn over-achiever." That, admittedly, felt good to hear, like a pat on the back for a job well done. She said some other funny comments about the sexual references to "Touch my monkey." and suggested my next project be a car.

Overall, I went to bed smiling. Happiness achieved.

(I did take a picture with her and when Becca gets it to me, I shall post it. It's pretty fab because she's holding the first socks.)


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Off to Boston

Off to Boston
Originally uploaded by seejennknit
The birthday socks for Carrie were wrapped in tissue paper in a lovely box this morning and are now enjoying the ride up to their new home in Boston.

I hope these fit her well. They weren't the best knit, but they are definitely the best FO I've ever had. The lace and cabling is gorgeous. I'll be happy to repeat the pattern for my own pair of Twisted Flower socks.

Socks really are amazing to knit. I can't help but feel like an all-powerful being as I turn the heel. I mean, really, it's unbelievable. I can't believe I was ever against knitting socks. I clearly was delusional.

But it's okay. I'm sane now.


Friday, September 14, 2007

Strange things happen in Mississippi

This picture would be my dad, his new wife, and oh yeah, Morgan Freeman. They just happened to be in Mississippi at the same time and apparently some of my dad's business partners are the same at Mr. Freeman's. Strange. So very strange.

In knitting, the socks are almost finished. I'm actually ahead of schedule and will be taking some resting time, then finish the socks on Sunday. It's been a whirlwind. When I've finished, I will have knit these babies in 9 days.

Oy vey.


Monday, September 10, 2007

Killing Me Softly

Originally uploaded by seejennknit
It's not that I don't love the pattern, or the yarn, or the knitting of socks in general...but for some reason, these socks are killing me.

Mostly because Carrie's birthday is the 20th, and knitting these babies isn't going so fast. So, I'm marathon knitting. Without proper training.

When I finished with the first, instead of feeling excitement and pride, I felt tired and scared of the second...but it's okay. I have from today to next Monday to finish. Then block and mail.

And go back to knitting for fun...

But for now, back to the sweatshop..


Friday, September 7, 2007

I'm on Ravelry!!!!

Holy moly!

I made it!

I'm never leaving my computer again!

Friend me! I'm delovely.

Holy moly!


Wednesday, September 5, 2007

September is for Socks

Yesterday's classes went very well. I only had a Forensic Science class (for my Criminal Justice minor) and a Cardio Conditioning (ie. Aerobics) class. Forensics was very interesting and I like my professor. Cardio kicked my ass because she (the peppy, hyper leader named Ginger) decided to "test" us on how many push-ups/sit ups/other things we could do. Just murdered me.

Today, I had my Mat Pilates course in the morning, then spent some time with some yarn. My Louet Gems from the Loopy Ewe came in today. I already adore the Loopy Ewe and Louet Gems. It's gorgeous yarn. I bought color Shamrock for my Monkey Sock Pal and Burgundy for Carrie's socks. I want to keep it all...

I'm casting on for both the Monkey and Twisted Flower (for Carrie) socks today. I need to get Carrie's done first as her birthday is the 20th. (I know...I should have planned earlier.)

Mmmk...I'm off to another class. Just two more today. Yays!


Monday, September 3, 2007

The Last First Day

Tomorrow is officially the beginning of the end. It's the last first day of college. I'm excited because I'm so close to be done. But I'm sad because I'm so close to being done.

September is one of my favorite times of the year. I'm one of those people who get a high off of attending school. I don't know what it is. The first day is always the best and then the love slowly dwindles until Oct. when midterms begin.

Not to mention, (but really, let's mention) September is my birthmonth!!! Yes, in a mere 23 days I will be celebrating my 21st birthday. I'm pretty darn excited! I'm the last of my friends to turn 21, so it will be nice to finally go out with them for a happy hour drink.

Okay, I'm going to bed. My first class isn't until 12:45pm but I'm already feeling tired. Mostly because I rearranged my stash. I never thought I'd have much of staff due to limited space and limited budget....but it just keeps growing. And with all that yarn from's becoming quite sizable for a new knitter. Damn the powers of yarn!



PS. I went back to the sale on Sunday and scored some Twinkle Cruise at 70% off. Sweetness.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Stash Enhancement

My LYS, Knit Happens, had a H-U-G-E sale this weekend. The wonderful boyfriend took me there today at 10:30am and there were many, many knitters there and the yarn was dwindling. Still, I came away with some lovely purchases:

GGH Solitaire (11) intended for the Titled Duster from Interweave Knits
Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK (11 in green, 11 in white) intended for the Somewhat Cowl and Wheat Ear Cable Yoke Sweater
Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere (9) intended for the Summertime Tunic
Jaeger Aqua (7) for perhaps Cherry, but who knows
King Tut Cotton (5) with no intentions

All of this would normally have cost me about $530 before taxes. But thanks to it being 70% off, I only spent $160.

Life is good.