Monday, February 27, 2006
"My" camera has taken a vacation (with baby blu) to Colorado. Thus, I am unable to bring to you a picture of my most recent endeavor, the iPod case. Lemme tell ya, it is amazing. 100% wool felted magic, holes in the right places (allbethey somewhat uneven), screen cover, velcro closure wonderment. I am very happy that my first (and swatchless) attempt has turned out successfully. Of course I used some expendable yarn incase things didn't turn out. So now I can make one to my every desire... maybe some stripes, spots, or maybe just a different color (perhaps with a pocket for the headphones?).
In other knitting news, I have finished Odessa. She is nice, but would have appreciated being knit with the correct needles... Yeah, use the right size needles if you try this pattern, I recommend it. I have also reached the second heel of the blu's socks. They will be finished soon, I hope. Next on the list of items to knit is more toys I believe. Skatergirl is having a birthday soon and desperately needs another knitted toy to join stevebear. I hope I have all the appropriate colors in my stash because I don't have time/money to get to a town that sells yarn.
In the last couple of weeks I haven't had as much time as I would have liked to devote to knitting. Instead, I have been sitting in front of a computer, entering, preparing, and analyzing my data. I am happy to say that it is my own data and that it was collected from places that look like the photo below. When I am not knitting or playing with data I get to work in beautiful forests such as this. This makes me smile.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
And here is a picture of the beautiful mountains that are so close by and that I do not visit often enough.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
I got this new bank account, wasn't able to access my account details online, over spent the money I initially deposited and bounced a $100 partial rent check to my landlord. The rest ($350) was paid without problem (with a check from my old account). So I was less than $20 short on covering this check, but because I don't have any money in my savings (yet) it bounced... Nevermind the fact that I have a credit card with this new banking partner and they could have charged the amount on there... Ok so the check bounces, I get an email from my landlord about it
"If you have a hardship with your cash at this time ---lets talk about it! The $100 check was returned. There will be a $30.00 charge for the returned check in cash or made out to..." The subject was " Important Call me ASAP I have to talk to yo9u about a check that was returned and I need your current phone #"
Kind of sweet right, sounds like a nice concerned landlord. So I drop the check off in her drop box (in her carport). Well she apparently didn't get the check because yesterday I got an email from her, subject: " I need to hear from you in order for you not to have your door pad locked one night when you come home!"
The body of the email was blank. Well, I was thinking this was a real humdinger, because I wasn't sure how she was going to padlock my doors...just doesn't really make sense and sounds a little maniacal. So I responded,
" I dropped a new check off at your place this weekend with a note apologizing for the check and explaining that I will pay the fee with next month's rent. Again, I apologize."
Today I check my email and I have this in my inbox,
"Great! I will get it from the box. Any time you put something in the box and it is not rent time---please call me to let me know. Remember to make you late fee on a separate check or cash. $10.00 plus $2 per day the it was late. The return check fee is $30.00 Total $62.00
Now apart from all the problems she is having with the english language, I think she is also having a hard time with logic. Isn't a returned check inherently going to be late? And it wasn't the whole amount that was late, it wasn't even half. And I like the part how I need to make the fee check out to her personally, not the company. When I signed the lease (a year and a half ago) she made me pay her like a $60 filing fee - to her, not the company. And yes, I should have known then, and I did, but I was SOL as far as apartments were concerned and her places are nice. Since signing the lease for the first year, I have had no problems with her, until now... You think she would cut me some slack - I have never been late or bounced a check in 17 months.
Once I calm down and figure out something logical and not angry to say to her, I will call her to convince her not to charge me that extra $32... after all, I bounced the check because of lack o' funds, not because I was squirreling away all of my huge graduate student paychecks!
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Well, I must go cram a few more bits of information into my head before this exam.
Monday, February 20, 2006
On other knitting news, I started grumperina's Odessa hat (sans beads, of course). It is a simple pattern with very cool results. I suggest that anyone, even a beginner, give it a try. It calls for size 4 and size 6 circulars, of which I have neither, so I am knitting it all on a size 5 circular- hope it turns out ok.
Saturday, February 18, 2006
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
I also got the gift of yummy food prepared for me. The menu included a Mediterranean plate complete with pita, feta, olives, and homemade hummus. The entree was a delicious Mediterranean shrimp dish served over jasmine rice. We also tasted two different wines, one was a bordeaux and the other a babera. I thought they were both delicious, too delicious if you catch my drift.
I gave blu a few gifts as well the best and most important was the burro finger puppet. I knit this when he wasn't around - which means I knit most of it yesterday afternoon while recouping from my exam. It still wasn't done when I gave it to him, but I quickly finished the body and arms after dinner. Thanks again to the stitchkommander for her embroidery expertise.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
I took a small break to knit last night, just after dinner, just before continuing on with the statistics studying, to knit up this cute swatch. It is angora yarn and the pattern is from the book Knitting on the Edge, a xmas present from stitchkommander. I plan to do nothing with this swatch, just thought it would be perty (sorry about the dark, fuzzy pic - I was trying for the details of the pattern).
Friday, February 10, 2006
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
I decided to test the technique out on a pair of baby socks before I get into my expensive yarn and more complex patterns. So far, so good, but I haven't gotten to the heal turn yet, maybe that will happen tonight... I guess one double point gets thrown into the mix at that point - I hope I have a size three.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Monday, February 06, 2006
This weekend I took a trip down to the South Carolina coast to do some work and I was lucky enough to get to spend some time in beautiful Charleston. I had a delicious seafood dinner and was able to stop into the new location of Knit where I purchase some cherry tree hill sock yarn, it is hand painted, machine washable, beautiful, and will knit up exactly 1 pair of socks for me!
Oh how I long to have a LYS... But it is probably good that I don't, my wallet would be even more empty (if that is possible) and my small apartment would be more overflowing with yarn (which I am sure is possible, I just wouldn't want to deal with it). I am thinking about emplacing a cap on my monthly knitting spending. Since I am not TAing this semester my paycheck is about half what it was last semester and money is really really tight. The number I have in mind would probably seem like a lot to the nonknitter/nonyarnobsessed person, but for a compulsive knitter it is more than reasonable and for me (and those really really obsessed with knitting), the budget seems tight. I'll keep track for this month and see how it goes.
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Wednesday, February 01, 2006
On the way back from the movie we swung downtown for a beverage at my favorite local establishment. I was following this huge monster truck that decided it was cool to stop in the middle of the only street that runs through downtown. So this guy (I'm just assuming) stops to let a bunch of bros out so they can get their drink on I guess. I'm sitting behind him in my little civic thinking how rude this was and that there wasn't a thing I could do about it because he could just put it in reverse and crush my beloved car. But for the sake of entertainment and a little bit out of annoyance I decide to start laying on my horn (or quite little meemp) and I proceed to press my horn until he finally starts to move. The best part about all of this is that he honks back, and this guy definitely doesn't have the factory stock horn in this rig. The noise that came out of this massive truck was a huge semi - whoooomp whoooomp. It was pretty sweet. The only way it could've been improved is if it was followed by some sweet southern tune.