Nov 29, 2009

Octopuses usually don't wear socks

I have finished Socktopus.  I was up till about 12:30 getting the last leg and his body done.  I tried to embroider his face, but that was a bit of a disaster.  So it got done right before I left for Amber's shower, making us a little late, but that was ok.  Here he is, with the mom-to-be (is?  she has two kids already!):


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The shower was pretty fun.  Amber had picked a nice restaurant on the water, Schooner's.  The weather turned out to be beautiful, despite some really heavy rain this morning.  I went to go get the cake at Costco this morning and thought 'd get poured on, but luckily I didn't.  I did get yelled in some Asian language, though.  Seriously, don't go to the Costco off the Nimitz on a Sunday morning.  It's fucking crazy.  I was in line to get the cake and some pizzas for the husbands and kids (who were not at the shower!), and some Asian lady wandered over with her husband and some other family member and almost ran me over.  Then she started talking really loudly in whatever Asian language she spoke and gestured wildly.  Then she looked at me, like I was supposed to get out of line and let her go.  Uh, no lady, your friend there almost hit me with her cart three times.  I'm not moving.  Then they yelled at each other some more, and then they did hit me.  They looked very offended when I said "Excuse me!" and gave them a dirty look.  Then they yelled at each other some more.  What the fuck ever.  I'm not moving for anyone, especially when they're rude like that.

I have no idea what tonight's plan is.  With no deadline hanging over my head (well, except for Giftmas stuff), I may work on Whisper.  I really should just pick up those damn stitches and get it done.  I need to figure out how to undo a cast on edge at some point so I can make the sleeves longer.  But I'm not going to worry about that till the rest of the thing is done.  Tonight is the collar.  That's all.

Nov 27, 2009

Awwww.....

Today you get a picture.  It's currently my favorite of me and Justin.  I have no idea why my hair is so red, but it does that...  in some light it looks light brown, sometimes blonde, and others a definite strawberry.  Soon it will have a big ole purple streak.  Maybe I'll do that tonight.


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Nov 23, 2009

I am insane

I have the urge to go an organize all my craft stuff.  All my yarn, needles, fabric, fiber, whathaveyou.

No, I am not pregnant.

It came about because I came across the Grumpy the Lump of Coal pattern in the Knitpicks catalog.  I want to make him, and might tonight.  It may be a gift for some kid this year, esp because I have some blackish Lamb's Pride Bulky and some Cascade 220 left from Maddie's hat.  He'd be adorable in both.  I want him because Nessie came out..... hideous.  I'll need to felt him to see if I can even pass him on at the shower this weekend.  I'm hoping he's ok, but if you're thinking about buying the book Amigurumi Knits, think twice.  There's some serious errata in there.

I also have an overwhelming urge to buy more MochiMochiland patterns, just because they're so fucking adorable.  Really, I promise.  I want them all.

What does this have to do with organizing?  I can't find some of my needles.  Or some cables.  I know I have them, I'm just not sure where.  My WIPs is a mess.  I lost two skeins of yarn I bought a week and a half ago somewhere in my house (I think they're on the bookshelf in my craft room).  I don't want to pay Knitpicks $7 to ship me $10 worth of cables.  Although I could use some DPNs.....

Expect coal this Christmas.  Disapproving, grumpy coal.

Nov 20, 2009

In which I don't say much

Amy, I finally got those pics uploaded.  Here they are...

Kay and Em trying on hats in Hilo Hattie's


Scattering the lei into the ocean.  Tradition says you let your lei dry out and either mulch it into your garden or scatter it on the ocean to ensure you'll return to Hawaii.  You never, ever throw it out.









Goodbye flowers....


And another adorable one of Kay.  She's too fucking cute. 

In other news, I got my swap package!  I joined a swap based on Diana Gabaldon's books on Rav, with Voyager as the book chosen for this swap.  It has pirates and skulls and all sorts of fun things.  I got such a great spoiler for this one.  LCBraun did a fantastic job!




In that photo is Chinese looseleaf tea, a small satin jewelry box, purple Knitpicks yarn, some chocolate coins, a litte drawstring bag that has the two skull magnets, a REAL candy skull from El Dia de Los Muertos, made by one of her friends (OMG!!), and the gorgeousness it's all laying on is a Seascape Stole she knitted for me!  She made it scarf length, knowing the weather here isn't really for heavy things.  It's beautiful!  I really need to take better pictures of the scarf, since it was nighttime when I was finally able to open the package ad my dining room isn't the best lighting.

My swap package goes out today, and I can only hope my spoilee likes what I got her as much as I like what Linda did for me.  :D

Nov 17, 2009

That's all folks....

Amy left last night.  Boo.  I'm sad, because I absolutely adore her.  I was really worried before she got here that we wouldn't get along and the entire week would be torture.  I mean, I knew we would be ok because I already liked her through emails, but I was really hoping it would be even better when she got here.  And it was.  She's definitely someone I would have a lot of fun with.  I also got to spend a lot of time with my friends Anne and Kay.  Which made things even better.  :) 

I'm working on ideas to do something like Amy's workshop again this spring, this time with a local artist or crafter.  We just got a raku kiln- maybe something along those lines.  It would also feature our pottery program, which is good.

Now I have a few weeks to relax and do holiday stuff and other things.  My teaching schedule is pretty set for the spring, so I don't need to worry about that.  My classes seem to be going rather well, which makes me happy.  I've gotten really good feedback so far from my students.  Many of them are asking me to do more in-depth classes, too.  That's a good sign, right?  :D  Because of that I've set up a second fan page, one specifically for my classes.  It's here- Dorothy Dean's Craft Classes.  I'll be posting my classes on there and hopefully have some discussion areas where students can come ask questions.  I don't think classes should be a thing where it's "Hey, have a nice life!"  I want to be open to my students to ask after they leave class.  Learning continues even after the class ends.  

What else.....?  I can't think of anything right now.  My brain is fried form the last few weeks.  Now that I have more time I'll definitely try to blog more often. 

Nov 11, 2009

Yay, shave ice!

Yup, that's me. And a remarkably good picture, too. I was tongueing the shave ice, but throttled back when I realized I wasn't with an LSGer, even though she may as well be one.

We're on day 2 of Amy's visit, and so far I'm having a blast. Yesterday was the North Shore trip, where we walked through Haleiwa, looked at ukeleles, ate shave ice at Matsumoto's, looked at turtles, found some LOST locations, and then she had a uke lesson with my friend Michelle. We did a whole lot of talking yesterday and discovered we have a great many things in common. It's almost scary. But good scary.

Today we went to the flea market with Anne. We found some pretty awesome stuff. She got an adorable skirt, had a coconut (and raw coconut meat? NASTY), and found a shirt declaring her haole status. The girls came along with and Em whined her way through. Maddie found a pair of quite blibgy bronze pearl earrings and bought them behind my back (but it was her money, so whatever- I'll try to get a pic of them. Your eyes may bleed). Em got a new sun hat and some rings. Anne and I came up with a plan to make dirt dyed yarn. We headed to Zippy's for lunch, and then over to the Hale Koa to swim, because Amy decided she needed more shave ice. The best place I could think of that sold reasonably priced shave ice down here AND had a beach was the HK. We swam, the girls glommed onto her, and we got a great pic of her in the water. I hope she puts it up soon.

Would you believe I'm not taking pics? She's getting a ton, and I can't find my point and shoot. I love my DSLR, but damn... it's heavy. I'll try to get some tomorrow at knit night.

Nov 10, 2009

Knitty Lady

Tonight I picked up the illustrious Amy Singer from the airport.  She's here to do some workshops at my arts and crafts center.  And holy crap- she is awesome.  I had a feeling I would like her from all the emails we exchanged, but damn, I really like her.  She's funny as hell and very real.  I'm going to be very sad when she leaves.

My friend Anne came with me to the airport, and helped me get Amy set up in billeting.  Someone must have really liked her, because she got a TLF room, which is one of the nicest.  It's like a 1 bedroom apartment.  She has a living room, full kitchen and bath, dishes, and free internet.  For only $41.50/night, which is unheard of here.  :D  After we got her luggage into the room we decided to take her to Safeway so she could stay up a little longer and get some breakfasty things.  She was giggling all the way through, and started the blogging when she saw the pineapples for 59 cents a pound.  It was adorable.  Anne and I made sure she go a good one.

Tomorrow is a trip up to North Shore.  She wants to see as many LOST locations as she can while she's here, and North Shore is definitely the place to do it!  We're also hitting a ukelele place (she plays) and maybe Ted's, if we can make it that far.  My friend Michelle called and offered to take her with to her uke class, which is one thing Amy really wanted to do while she was here.  I'm so happy Michelle remembered!  But she's awesome like that.  She's trying to get me to take lessons.  We'll see.  :)

I have a feeling this is going to be a really fun week.  I'm going to try to get pictures, but I tend to get excited and forget....

Nov 2, 2009

Halloween!

Halloween was a hit here in Dirty P's household. We had a minor costume snafu, but that got sorted out with a trip to Walmart. We went out with our friends Travis and Darcee and their daughter Annika (this was her very first time trick or treating!), Lancia and Elena, and Amy, Cadie and Adam (for a little while- Cadie pooped out quickly). Much candy was collected and a good time was had by all. Best of all were the Bible verses attached to some of the candy. Once I found the first one, the hunt was on. When we found one we read them out like fortune cookies and laughed like loons. Seriously, if people have an issue with Halloween, don't hand out candy. I'm tempted to print out pieces of philosophy and bits from the holy books of the Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and other religions and see what happens.  :D

Halloween wouldn't be complete without pictures so here you go....


The group before we started...




Maddie and Em



Lancia and Elaine



Travis, Darcee and Annika