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tashabear
tashabear
paint it black
(I dunno... the song's just going through my head...)

Anyway, let's see... what's going on...

Wolfie got a new job, which is good, because he's had this awful feeling the past day or so that if he goes to work he's going to get shot, and given that there was a shooting at Mass General yesterday, and that's one of his daily stops, well, I'm just as glad he stayed home. I prefer him without the extra ventilation, thanks. He's taking vacation time the rest of the week -- I wanna play hookey too!!!!

He's also joined a band; he's the singer. I'm excited for him in that he loves to sing, but it's been bugging me, and I think I dicovered why the other day. This is going to cause change, and I fear change in a big way, because it's so rarely a good thing for me. Now that I know what my issue is, though, I can handle it. I'm still wary, but not so fearful.

I learned to knit continental over the weekend. I'm still practicing, but even now I can see the increase in my speed. I was going to show off at stitch n bitch tonight, but I'm thinking that I might just stay home with my boy and celebrate the new workage.

I bought a book called "Knitting Ganseys" over the weekend, also. It's awesome, and they're so fun to knit! I did most of the little sampler sweater on Saturday; learned how to follow a chart and everything. I set the sampler aside for the moment so I could practice knitting Continental-style, but I'll get back to it shortly. Now I have three adult sweaters I want to knit: a short-sleeve shell for me, a gansey pullover for Wolfie, and a gansey cardie for my mom. Should be fun!! I love this style sweater; it just makes sense to me.

If there's a way to screw up the front of that baby sweater, I think I found it last night... decreasing too many stitches on one side, casting off too early on the other... I'm going to pay the price by having all these ends to weave in, though. That's my least favorite part, the weaving in of the ends. Sewing it up is okay, but I hate weaving in ends, especially with this yarn. I have to split the yarn and weave each end in twice, because it's 50% cotton and will work its way out if I don't.

I am now officially an adult; cleaning products excite me. I bought a ScumBuster at WalMart last night, charged it up, and spent a blissful fifteen minutes scrubbing the tub. I just sprayed it down with some Fantastik Orange Action and scrubbed it with the ScumBuster, and it doesn't look like the same tub. The stuff I thought was discoloration wasn't; the tub is a completely different color! I can't wait to get at the stove with it. Heck, I asked Wolfie what he though he'd do today, and he said he thought he'd do some cleaning! He just wants to play with the ScumBuster, I know he does. Next on the agenda is tidying up the kitchen enough to be able to really clean the floor, which may require hands and knees scrubbing at first, but will be worth it in the end. I predict another trip to WalMart this afternoon...

i feel: okay okay

3 trips or shoot the rapids
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pinkscotch From: pinkscotch Date: April 9th, 2003 12:10 pm (UTC) (base camp)
What is a Gansey? I seem to be a clueless knitter.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: April 11th, 2003 07:50 am (UTC) (base camp)
Whoops, sorry -- forgot you'd asked in all the excitement.

A Gansey (or Guernsey) is a traditional fisherman's sweater from the British Isles, characterized by a body that's knitted in the round up to the armpits, underarm gussets, and knit-purl stitch patterning. They use some cables, but not to the extent that Arans do.

Don't worry, you're not clueless... I only found out last week myself. :-D
pinkscotch From: pinkscotch Date: April 11th, 2003 01:12 pm (UTC) (base camp)

oh those....

Ah, I know what those things are. I just didn't know that they had a name. Interesting.

Psst... I don't know if I have said congrats yet, but I would like to take a moment and say congratulations!!
3 trips or shoot the rapids