Sunday, December 31, 2006

Knitting ADD

Apparently I have it. I've started 4 different projects in 3 days. The blue scarf is called Liesel and is much more blue than this picture shows.

The orange and blue tie are a Christmas present which isn't quite done. Oops.

The purple bag is finished and just needs to be felted then the magnetic clasp added.

This blue yarn is going to be for the next felted bag. Once I finish it, I am going to felt both of the bags at the same time. I have only cast on for it but not done much more than that. I am waiting for my KnitPicks needles to come in the mail. They were supposed to be here yesterday but didn't arrive. This means that they won't be here until Tuesday. This arrived, however.
Isn't it wonderful? It is undyed sock yarn from Ruby Sapphire Yarns on I am planning to dye it using Kool-Aid sometime soon. I have decided to make one skein "Berry Blue," "Grape" and "Black Cherry." The other one will be " Lemonade," "Orange" and "Cherry." I can't wait! :)

Saturday, December 30, 2006

OK, so I am starting some Christmas books a little late. This one probably won't even get to the recipient for a couple of weeks what with drying time and shipping time. I love working with heavier weight yarn (or two strands of worsted weight held together) and large needles. It just makes the project knit up so quickly! I started this purse in the afternoon yesterday and am finished with it (other than weaving in the ends, sewing the bottom together and felting it) this afternoon.

I am going to be starting on the next purse (exact same pattern but different colors) this evening. The sun is shining so I will be riding the horse while the weather is good. Perhaps there will be time to walk the dog, too?

Thursday, December 28, 2006

My Fortune Cookie of the Day

My Fortune Cookie told me:
Chocolate-coated lofts! Dozens of them! All of them hapless!
Get a cookie from Miss Fortune


Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The key to a party

The final round of Christmas parties has finally come to an end. Don't get me wrong, I love visiting with all of the people but it can be a bit much. In high school, we used to have a cookie party each year. The tradition didn't continue when I went to college. This year, however, we decided to change that. Apparently we went a little overboard! My family ended up having 3 parties this year. :)

The first and second parties happened on the same day. The first was in the afternoon and the second in the evening. Much soup was eaten, many stories shared, and meeting new people was done but not much cookie decorating happened. The third party, on the other hand, was a cookie decorating machine. (I know that sentence doesn't make sense but stick with me on this one.) I had to start baking more cookies during the party so there would be more variety! All of the parties were so much fun. I just love socializing and feeding people :)

My family had a quiet but nice Christmas. The cat and the dog stayed in the same room to see what all of the activity was about. We use cloth bags instead of wrapping paper so the cat couldn't have fun attacking the paper. In the way of knitterly gifts, my aunt gave me a gift card to the LYS (<3) and Mom (and presumably Dad) gave me a set of Knit Picks Options needles. I didn't get all of my presents finished for Christmas (oops) so I am still working on them. Perhaps New Year's presents?

Friday, December 22, 2006

Just might make it

I have finished the heels on Mom's socks and just might make it for Christmas. Hope she doesn't want a long leg! This picture was from yesterday. I happened to be reading the chapter on socks in Knitting Rules! while making these socks :D

This picture is from today with both of the heels made. It should be pretty smooth sailing from here. I'm not wearing the other sock because it would have done interesting things to the circular needles.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

FO (Finally) and WIPs

Picture time!

The picture to the right is the Forest Canopy Shawl being blocked. Note to self: get more T-pins!!!

This picture on the left is a close-up of the stitch pattern. See the detail? I definitely like it better after blocking. It looks much more like a leaf. I think the green was a good choice for the pattern.

These socks are the socks I am making Mom for Christmas. Note to self: stop sleeping! It is cutting down on the gift making time!! They are made out of Cherry Tree Hill yarn (<3)in Spanish Moss colorway.

And this is what I did yesterday at work. I really like the 3D snowflakes. Easy to make yet look very complicated.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Mozart and more Mozart

On Andi, Emily, Karen and I went to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and town known to everyone who has watched The Sound of Music. Here is a quick photo collage.

The guesthouse where we were staying was one train stop away from the main train station and a couple of minutes walk. Well, it would have been a couple of minutes if we had not been lugging our luggage (funny how similar those two words are) up a steep hill. The guest house on Panoramaweg was very nice, pleasant, and cozy. The proprietress met us at the door and showed us to our large 4 person room. The next morning we were not able to see much from the breakfast nook because the fog had rolled in during the night. :( That is the downside of visiting Austria at the end of November and the beginning of December.

We made our way into town and began walking around. The streets of the old city were very charming. Everything was decorated for Christmas and the Christmas markets were in full swing.

Speaking of Christmas markets, I don't think I have ever had alcohol as early in the morning as I had this trip. The gluehwein and punsch were freely consumed. Probably explains why many of my pictures are slightly tilted. Hmmm.

My friend, Sarah, is currently an au pair in Germany. She and her boyfriend, Aaron, were visiting Salzburg at the same time so we met up with them in the Christmas market. The 6 of us trooped up to the fortress which hangs over the city. How anyone ever stormed castles is beyond me!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


To start off, our trip to Feldkirch, Austria was interesting. We landed in Zurich and were going to take the train to Feldkirch to meet Andi. We bought the tickets and had an hour+ to kill. We hung out in the train station until we were asked to leave for loitering (or we think that is what he said in German).

We went to the track where we thought the train was leaving from. The word "thought" is very important here. I blame jetlag. The train left at the correct time but ended up being a local train. We were riding along blissfully (me knitting then napping away) until the train came to a stop and the dreaded words "Last stop" were heard. Keep in mind that we had no map of Switzerland, only Austria, and were on the wrong train.

Luckily, a girl in a shop at the train station spoke some English and was able to direct us to a train which would take us to a place where we could connect for Feldkirch. Meanwhile, Em, Karen and I are worried that Andi would be waiting for us at the train station and not knowing where we were.

We arrived in Feldkirch (with a side trip to Lichtenstein) 2+ hours later than planned. Andi wasn't there waiting for us and we realized that we didn't know where she was teaching, living or her phone number. Ooops. We did know the address of the hostel so we trudged our way there. Not an encouraging start to the trip.

The owner of the hostel let us check in super early and put our stuff in our room. We sent an e-mail to Andi telling her that we made it to the hostel, were going out to find food, and would be back at the hostel later. The Italian(ish) place we stopped at was OK though there were major difficulties with the credit card machine. We wandered some in the old town when what should appear? A yarn store! It was the one I had found online :)

Zum Schwarzen Schaf was the best store I found the entire trip. The people were so friendly, the store was so bright and happy, and it was stocked full of beautiful yarns. I bought some Austermann Step yarn there (with aloe vera and jojoba oil). There was a BEAUTIFUL other sock yarn that I didn't buy because I thought I would find it later in Vienna or Salzburg. That was stupid! I should have bought it then because I didn't see it anywhere else. *Sigh*

Walking back to the hostel we met up with Andi and, boy, were we happy to see her! She had gotten our e-mail and told us that somehow she had written down the wrong address in her date book and was expecting us Thursday not Wednesday. She scrambled and was able to leave a day earlier than planned though we wouldn't have a chance to meet with her friends. Emily and I declined to go to her Wednesday movie night but Karen did. I think we (Em and I) to sleep at 7.30. Ugh, jetlag.

The next day we met up with Andi again and she showed us around her town. Feldkirch is a cute medieval town. We wandered to the castle there but it was closed for the season. Andi showed us around the old town. We had lunch in a very nice restaurant and I had a traditional Austrian dish almost like maccaroni and cheese but much heavier. After lunch, we stopped by the supermarket (International SPAR!!!) to buy food for the train. Then we started the hike to where Andi lives and teaches.

Let me tell you, by the end of her time there, Andi will be able to race up mountains without pausing for breath! It was a pretty steep hill which would ensure that you didn't buy much at the supermarket. I am just glad that she didn't take us up the steep stairs!

Andi's school and dorm (and a couple of other buildings) are all connected. Genius for those cold, winter mornings when snow is falling. The commute to work wouldn't be bad at all :) Andi's room is much bigger than I expected. It reminded me of my room in England with an extra room tacked on. The view out the window was amazing!

That evening, the four of us got on the train to Salzburg.

P.S. Go to this link to Austria pictures and this link to see New York pictures.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

More vacation stories (oh, how I wish I was back there)

Meeting up with Karen and Emily was extremely easy at the airport. They had a little more difficulty because our tickets were purchased as a group but I wasn't there yet. That problem was resolved quickly and they were checked in.

The flight over to Zurich was amazingly empty. I would say that the plane only had 1/3 of it occupancy filled. Everyone was able to spread out and almost everyone was able to have a row of seats to themselves. I was really looking forward to watching the in-flight movie, The Devil Wears Prada (who else thought the book ending was much better?). It did get started late so I wasn't able to get as much sleep as I should have. Also, the individual lights weren't working so they never turned off the main cabin lights :( I did, however, get plenty of knitting done.

I guess we were really getting pushed by the tailwinds because we arrived in Zurich almost an hour (!) early.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Yes, I am alive

All of us made it back to the United States easily. I am going to do one post for my New York trip and probably break up the Austria/Switzerland trip into different posts.

There was knitting and yarn shop visiting all of the places I went. Ironically the best store in Austria was the one I visited first. Isn't that always the way? :)

New York City. . . Ice Skating in the Rockefeller Plaza (mini picture)

My cousin Carolyn is currently living in the city so I went to visit her and be a tourist. The only other time that I had been to New York was when I flew out of JFK in 2003 to study abroad in England. Didn't see too much then.

My trip to NY started on the day after Thanksgiving because that is when the ticket prices were the cheapest. The only problem was that I was working the day after Thanksgiving. Small detail. So I had to pack the night before and was all ready to leave directly from work. Mom drove me to the airport.

I wrote about my first little bit of NY in an earlier post. So read that and I will skip ahead.

On Sunday, Carolyn, Greg and I went to see Spamalot on Broadway. Carolyn and I got up earlier (kind of) to try to get discount tickets for it but we weren't sucessful. We ended up having to buy them online like everyone else. Oh, well. The play was just like the Holy Grail movie come to life. I think my favorite song was the "Song that Goes Like This." Monty Python humour all the way.

I was expecting to meet up with Mike, Karen and Emily sometime either on Sunday or Monday since we were leaving on Tuesday. Well, I forgot to take my phone with me on Saturday. Of course, that was the day that Mike kept trying to get a hold of me. He realized that they would have nowhere to store Emily and Karen's bags while going around the city. Oops. So we ended up having to give Mike keys to Carolyn's apartment in Brooklyn so they could put their stuff there. We met up with Mike right before the play. Em and Karen's bus was coming into the Port Authority which was only 2 blocks away.

Once they got all the way out into Brooklyn, they ended up being too tired and hungry to make the trip back into Manhattan. Carolyn told them how to get to the Alligator Lounge so we all met up there. Yummm, pizza. Six of us ate 9 pizzas. NINE. It was really fun to catch up and have my friends meet my cousin. After dinner and many games of pool, we went back to Carolyn's apartment. Dre and her boyfriend were there (now the number of people fitting into the apartment was 8). Most of us played poker late into the night. Skittles as poker chips worked well until they started getting sticky. Sticky skittles with slivers of serviettes. I, of course, knit socks :) Em, Karen and Mike took off around midnight or so for Long Island.

The next day I did the touristy thing on my own since Carolyn had to go to work. I went all over Manhattan and seemed to walk most of the way. Course I walked everywhere because I got confused on the subway, took the wrong stop, and decided to walk from 14th St up 5th Ave to 59th St. Yeah, that was nuts. Later, I walked around Central Park. Way too much walking! It was really nice though to walk along 5th Ave and see all of the shop windows.

I also went to the NYPL but, as it is now the Humanities Library or some such thing, it was closed on Mondays. I did take plenty of pictures of the lions. Then I wandered over to the Mid-Manhattan branch (sort of across the street) to sit down and look through my guidebook. I happened to sit at the table where all of the city guidebooks were located so I was able to do some more research. Then I wandered over to the Grand Central Station and ate lunch from the fresh air market in it. Later, I wandered over to Central Park and had a very nice walk. I'm really glad the weather was so good.

I did, however, have a goal for the day; visiting a yarn shop. It was on Ave A so I took the subway to a stop nearby and walked. In my walk, I went by a restaurant, 7A, that Carolyn, Greg and I had eaten at on Saturday. It was kind of nice to be able to recognize landmarks. The yarn store, Downtown Yarns, was really nice. They even had a store dog! I sat there for a while and began a sock with some beautiful yarn I got there. Here that sock is at the Statue of Liberty.

Later, I met up with Carolyn and Greg to eat in Little Italy. That makes it sounds like I knew where I was going. No, I did not. I got horribly lost and ended up in the completely opposite direction of where I was supposed to be. Ugh. I hate getting lost. Luckily, I had my map (and it screamed tourist) and I was able to navigate my way back. We had a pretty good dinner and made our way back to Carolyn's apartment. My stomach was upset so I stayed in when Care and Greg went to karaoke. Later, I watched Heroes with Dre and her boyfriend.

The next day, I wanted to be at the airport 2.5 - 3 hours before my plane left around 5. I figured it would take me a longer time to get there than it would Care (because she actually understands the system). So that meant that I wanted to be leaving Care's apartment around 1 -1.30. Decided to go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in the morning, meet Care for lunch, then head to her apartment to gather my stuff. Let me tell you, sitting on a boat with an upset stomach is NOT a good thing. I felt very green.

I decided to not go into the Statue because I didn't have much time. Walking around the Ellis Island building was really neat. The 3-D representations of immigration graphs were interesting. The part I liked the most was the pictures of the island before it was rehabbed. It was just pictures of the empty buildings. The best one was a picture of a chair in a deserted room, captured in a light shaft.

I easily met Care for lunch. Then I made my way back to the apartment and headed to the airport. There, I was able to check in easily (yea!) and met with Em and Karen at the gate.

Wow, that was a lot of info! I will put pictures in later.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

still alive in austria

right now in vienna. already visited a couple of yarn stores in feldkirch and new york. going to try to find one in vienna

Saturday, November 25, 2006


I made it to New York safely. There was absolutely no problem with the knitting needles through security. I turned the heel and completed a couple of inches on the heel during the wait and the flight. The worsted weight yarn and larger needles really makes it easy to make progress.

According to the guy at US Airways, I was scheduled on the 3.15 flight (he was telling me this at 3.30!) even though my e-ticket said I was on the 5.20 flight. Everything did work out though. I was able to get on the plane and everything went smoothly. The flight left late but we arrived early, go figure.

I met up with my cousin in LaGuardia. She and her boyfriend picked me up and we went to her appartment in Brooklyn. We hung out for a while at the appartment, met her roommate, her boyfriend and some of Carolyn's friends. Then we went out to a bar called the Alligator Lounge (?) where you get a free pizza with every drink. It was really good and just around the corner from Carolyn's appartment. As you can tell from the time of this posting, we were out for a while.

I think we are going to be going to see a play (Spamalot) on Sunday. Tomorrow is going to be full of a lot of touristy things. Definitely want to visit some yarn stores. (They think I am crazy.) I am hoping to meet up with Mike, Emily and Karen on Monday to go around the City. That reminds me, I need to plug in my phone tonight.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Finished Objects!

This is about to be a whole lot of pictures of FO.

shawls pre-blocking
shawls pre-blocking, click on the picture for a larger image
This is a picture of the forest canopy shawls on which I have been working. The dark green one is the "test" yarn that I used before making the same pattern in the light green mohair.

This is a close-up of the leaf pattern in the mohair. You would not believe how warm this thing is! The pattern will be much clearer once I block the things.

This is the purse I have been working on for Christmas/Thank you gift for my cousin. I am going to be staying with her for a couple of days before leaving for Austria. This picture is of the purse before felting. The handle and bottom of the bag are re-enforced by garter stitching them with two strands of yarn. The handle and the flap are beaded.

The second picture of the bag is it in the felted state. Surprise, surprise, it looks like the before picture! ;) The inside pocket has beads across the top so you can feel it easily. I realized as I was felting it that a black purse might not have been such a good idea. They are black holes anyway so this one will be a super black hole. Oh, well!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Testing Bloglines

So I am having fun figuring out my feeds for this blog and am testing to see if I have the settings correct. I'll see if it is right once I subscribe to my own blog in Bloglines. I suspect that this might be a very, very sad thing.

I am getting ready for my trip to Austria. I can't believe I leave on Friday for New York! Not having packed anything, I am starting to get a little nervous. I just need to make sure I have my camera, batteries, and knitting. :)

Monday, November 20, 2006

Quote of the Day

Steven Colbert talking about his being named as a sexy man with glasses. This quote came from the bottom of the article. "Note: Glasses can make ladies sexy as well, but only as they are taken off, followed by a slow-moation shake of head to let her hair down out of that librarian bun."

OK, not thrilled about the stereotype but the quote is funny.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Going crazy with the posts today

Have fun with this little quiz

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Midland

"You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio.

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OK, the link to the website is deciding to be white and I don't want to wade through the XHML to find out why. Just click under the last box thingy to go to the link.
Right! Knitting
Almost forgot to talk about the knitting. I am almost finished with my gift purse. It is a black felted bag with beads on the bag flap and handle. I hope it will turn out really well. In order to make the bottom of the bag and the handle stronger, I used two strands of yarn together. Even before felting it feels like nothing could go through it. Can't wait to see it after felting. I swear, I will talk a picture of it!

I have darted off to another project: Very Tall Socks. They are very fun but I think I want to do them in a bigger needle size. Making them on #2s would take FOREVER. And, if I have a bigger needle size, those needles could be bamboo. Then I could take the bamboo on the plane to Austria. The only thing is, do I want to take all of that yarn? Hmmm. Might have to do some smaller socks with needles that I buy over there.

I am still working on the mohair shawl. I still love the yarn and the pattern is still (cross your fingers) going well but I have just gotten distracted by all of the other stuff.

Next Friday (ack, 6 days!) I am flying to New York to visit with my cousin before leaving for Austria on the 28th. My friends and I will be over there for 2 weeks and, boy, am I ready! Somehow the date crept up on me and suddenly I have so much to do before I leave. Definitely need to get the passport out of the bank vault. Have to get student discount card. Have to pack (ugh). Have to call the credit card company. Have to call the bank. *Pant, pant* Whew. Somehow it will all get done. Somehow.
Finally, Blogger!

I tried to get onto Blogger all day yesterday and it was doing something very odd.

I am going to be a huge library dork and talk all about the OCLC tour I went on yesterday. Someone from Kent State arranged to have a tour there. They had to drive down to Kent and I didn't because I live near Dublin. I've also taken a class at OCLC with the woman who gave the tour (I heart Nancy because I am basically her mini me.) We never got to have a tour there during class because it was held in the evenings when most of the people have already gone home.

Anyway, Nancy gave a brief talk about the history of OCLC and a little bit of what they do there. Then we went on the tour. We got to see the usability lab and talked to the man who runs it. One of my papers this month was about website usability so I definitely knew what he was talking about. The amount of cameras in that room was amazing.

Then we got to see where they manage/observe the 200+ servers. In a way, it kind of reminded me of a NASA control room, lots of monitors and projected images. If there is ever a problem with one of the servers no matter where it is located, they know about it in a couple of seconds and track down what is the problem. The people who work there work in 12 hour shifts (!) and the room is staffed 24/7, 365 days/year.

We took a tour of the OCLC library. (Talk about a special library.) They had a lot of periodicals and books available to the staff. The library is open round the clock, too, but it is not staffed around the clock. Any of the staff members can pick a book of the shelves and check it out themselves. They don't have any due dates because they figure it is easier to purchase a replacement.

The one building on the campus was built around the original hulking computer systems. It used to occupy 3 floors of the building. With the new technologies, they need a whole lot less space for the computers so now they rent out the space to other people. We were able to go to an observation room and look at the OCLC computers. It was kind of freaky all of the white space, computers and no one around.

We got to see where they print the catalog cards (yes, some libraries still use catalog cards). I think the noise of the ribbon printers would have driven me crazy very quickly if I worked there.

**Lunch Break** :)

We went to one of the other buildings and got to see where they do cataloging. The number of languages they can catalog in is staggering. They have specifically hired people with cataloging experience and who speak at least one other language. We met one of the Russian specialists.

Then we saw the foreign language collection. If a library discovers they have a need of a foreign language collection, they can call OCLC and will be sent a ready-made collection. All of the cataloging is already done and there are a variety of books in the collection. Amazing!

It was funny that, in all of the public areas, the grounds, and (most) work areas, the architecture and interior design was very nice. The hallways, however, made you think of an underground bunker. No joke. Kind of narrow, few doors, no windows and painted a beige-ish color. The places where the public can go (which isn't far without an escort) are simply amazing. The courtyard of the Kilgour Building is an atrium with a grove of live trees in it and plants all around the walls. They had white Christmas lights all around the tree trunks. Very pretty. It kind of reminded me of the Seattle Public Library plant beds which are inside the building.

It was a fun day all in all.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


I did jinx myself yesterday by saying I felt confident working with the mohair. Last night, I just did silly things with it. I had to rip it out a couple of times (talk about fun). Today, I just seem to have my counting off. Over lunch I got so frustrated with it that I had to stop. I think I will start (or continue) one of the other projects to give myself a break. Arrglyes anyone?

Aren't these shawl pins georgeous? They were featured today on Scout's Swag and are in her store.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Did you remember to vote today? FINALLY the election adds will be over and Dogpile has a cute logo today. I don't know about the other states but Ohio has been lousy with the ads. If you watch TV, there is a little bit of show in the middle of lots of political spite. It doesn't matter what politics to which you subscribe, everybody is slamming everybody else. It amused me to no end that I could vote on Saturday. No lines, no hassle. Pretty simple process.

Knitting stuff (sort of)-- Java was featured on Romancing the Yarn. Isn't he cute? :) OK, real knitting stuff. I keep meaning to charge my camera batteries so I can take pictures of the stuff I have been doing recently. I felted a couple of purses in a denim-like blue wool. I like the way the one turned out but the other was waaaaaay too short and too wide. I cut it apart and am sewing it together again. The cat has decided the strap is her play toy and won't let me have it back. So that means the purse is going to have to be finished later. I am still working on finding a purse pattern that I like.

I finished the Forest Canopy shawl in my test yarn. (I wanted to do the shawl in mohair that I picked up from DeStash but wanted to learn how to lace with an easier yarn.) I am going to block it tomorrow and take a picture. I started on the same pattern with the mohair and I looooooooooooooooooooooooooooove it! :) The mohair is a light green almost like lime sherbet and looks perfect with the pattern. The green is just the right color for new spring leaves. I am very happy that I practiced the pattern first because I feel very confident now. Hopefully I haven't jinxed myself!

Sock news -- Well, nothing really. I found some more sock yarn that I love at my LYS, The Needling Yarn. I really like the colors of the Cherry Tree Hill yarns. This one is called "Peacock" and how perfect is that? :) Now I just have to find a pattern for this gorgeous stuff. Perhaps Pomatomus?

I am still working on the Lonesome Skein KAL but I only seem to be adding to the stash recently. Not enough time and too much wonderful yarn.

Well, off to school tonight to turn in the last paper of the semester! Yea!

Monday, October 30, 2006

Lemony Snicket is a genius

I love this quote and it works quite well today.

As I'm sure you know, a good night's sleep helps you perform well in school, and so if you are a student you should always get a good night's sleep unless you have come to the good part of your book, and then you should stay up all night and let your schoolwork fall by the wayside, a phrase which means "flunk." -Lemony Snicket
You can't break into a locked closet with a library card

I finished the extremely long single-spaced paper. It turned out to be 12 pages including the reference page. I think it is a B range paper. You could tell I just didn't care. Also didn't proofread it, oops. Right. All I have left to do is the one page summary of it due tomorrow (blah) and a 5-7 page one that I could now right in my sleep.

Speaking of sleep . . . Guess who woke up at 3.30 this morning and couldn't go back to bed? I was so tired last night that I went to sleep early intending to get up at 5.30 and work on the paper some more. Instead, I woke up at 3.30! Let me tell you, there isn't much going on at that hour. I just lay in bed listening to a book on tape and thinking about how nice and warm it was wrapped up in the comforter. I think it is going to be a long day today.

Probably because of the lack of sleep I forgot my work keys at home today. It isn't too big of a deal as long as someone else has them. The only problem is that one of my coworkers leaves for school at 1 and the other one went to lunch at 1. That means that I have no way of getting into the locked closet where we keep our stuff. I actually tried to pop the lock using a blank library card. (Didn't work, by the way). *sigh* Things are not working out well today.

Knitting news . . . nothing much. I made a cute pair of cat ears which I will have to take pictures of tomorrow. I haven't had time (or inclination) to work on the shawl Saturday or Sunday. I took a break from paperage on Friday and went to the knitting store where I knitted for an hour with the people there. I've reached a point at which I am bored with the thing. I think I would like it more if I was using the mohair or if the end was nearer.

I am going to start the arrrrglyes today at lunch (or take a nap). Makes sense for the last sock of October. I won't get very far by the 31st but at least they will be started.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

What a wonderful, windy day

OK, maybe not so wonderful. I had to work today and still have a paper to write. But, other than that, it is wonderful!

I have 6 full pages of the paper done so should definitely be able to finish it by Monday. (Can you believe assigning a 10 page single space papers? Can you imagine reading it?!) I have to work tomorrow too but I am sure I can get it done.

We are going to a Halloween party this evening at Pam's stable. Costumes are optional but there is a horse theme. Because I didn't have a costume, I knitted up some cat's ears this morning. I will be going as a barn cat :)

The most exciting news is that I am actually going to be selling wire knitted bracelets at the bookstore! Joann really liked the bracelets so she encouraged me to sell them. :) I can't wait until these papers are done so I can work on that project!

Recently, I have been working on a lace shawl. I am practicing with some stash yarn before I try to make it in mohair. I haven't been making any socks recently. I think I hit a sock slump. I haven't started on the arrrrglyes but those might be enough to push me out of the rut.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Second round of papers

I have this really big paper due on the 30th but what did I do yesterday? Knit. And listen to a few audio books. That is it. Nothing else. The computer didn't even get turned on. I didn't read any articles for the paper. Also didn't read any articles for the other class and other assignments. Oh, well.

On Friday, I cast on for another pair of socks. I didn't like the way they started out. When I took out the waste yarn that you use for an invisible cast-on, there were large holes. I am going to frog it and start with a new cast-on. Might be the time to try a Turkish cast-on.

What I was knitting yesterday was a felted purse. I'm doing it for the Lonesome Skein Knit-a-long. You are supposed to be using up the orphan skeins in your stash. Is it bad that I just keep adding to the stash for this KAL? I think it probably is. Today, all that I have left to do on the bag is bind off the handle and felt it. Talk about a quick project. The one I have done right now is just a testing of the pattern and seeing if I like the finished result. I'm thinking about making one as a thank you gift.

I also got the idea on Friday to make some knitted jewelry. I picked up some beading wire and beads and started right in on Friday night. Once I got used to working with the wire and beads, it went really fast. I knitted 2 bracelets and crocheted one necklace. I happened to meet Joann of the downtown bookstore while making my purchases and told her of my plan. She said that I should think of selling some in her shop! Never expected that. I left one of the completed bracelets down at the store yesterday for her. The woman running the store at the time said she really liked the finished product. I will have to decide if this is something that I could feasibly do. Interesting challenge anyway.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Ah, knitting

I just stumbled across the Knitting Pattern Central website. It is a collection of free patterns found all over the Internet. A number of them come from Knitty and Mag Knits as well as blogs and other websites. The directory is divided into different categories and some of those are divided into subcategories. I love it's organization, must be a librarian thing. If you crochet, they have another site called Crochet Pattern Central. It has the same type of organization.

Anyway, I found a felted purse pattern that I am going to make as a thank you gift for someone. I might just have to make one for myself, too! Also found a pattern for some jewelry that would make a great gift for someone else. Again, I might have to make some for myself.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Yarn! Yarn! Yarn!

DeStash is a very bad thing. Very. So that is why I check it every morning religously (I love Bloglines!). The beautiful green mohair blend arrived yesterday. I've decided to make the Forest Canopy Shoulder Shrug from I'm Knitting As Fast As I Can. It will be the first time I have tried making lace so we will see how it goes. I might try it first with some of the other yarn I have around the house. Just for practice.

I am still working on the yoga socks. Turns out I didn't have enough leftover yarn from the last pair of socks to make a full pair of yoga socks. So I've made the top of the sock out of that yarn and the foot part out of the lime green yarn from my green knee-highs from a while ago. The colors are ok together. I'll post a picture of them once both are done. Instead of doing them both at once, I started them one at a time.

I'll probably get a lot done in the car tonight on the way to school. Thank goodness Sarah is driving because something is going wrong with my car. Lovely. Whenever I press the brakes, there is a grinding sound and the car is sluggish to respond. Dad is getting it inspected for responding to his fire runs tonight so he is going to drive around a little to see what is wrong. We are probably going to take it in tomorrow. I think my car is protesting and telling me that it is tired. I mean, it was originally Dad's, then Mom drove it back and forth to Columbus, now I commute to work and school in it. It is feeling its 11 years. Poor car that must keep working until my schooling is over!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

One down, _____ to go

I finished my paper on Friday and got it turned in at 4:30 pm not 11:55 pm. You have no idea how impressive that is! I am the one who is usually finishing their conclusion 10 minutes before it is due. I probably could have gotten the paper done earlier if I hadn't been at work and hadn't been distracted by shiny objects.

Anyway, that is one paper down. Today is being spent reading all of the assigned articles for this week's online session and writing a 1-2 page (single spaced, of course) paper about the articles and the discussions about them. This one is due at noon on Wednesday. I have to finish reading one more article and write about it. So I am pretty happy about this.

I still need to do a follow-up response for my assigned article this week (ugh). I should do it next but I just don't want to settle on it.

I also need to post a discussion about the articles which are assigned for my Foundations class. We are going on a field trip to the archives of a state-wide paper. Because we are going on a field trip, we won't be discussing the readings so that is the reason for the posting to the online discussion board. Of course, this means that I actually have to do the reading.

I finished another pair of socks. I love the colors soooo much. Aren't they pretty? I think I might steal these for myself. I'll just have to make the person they are for something else.

I found a pattern for some yoga socks using the sock yarn leftovers. Yoga socks are socks which don't have toes or heels so you can still grip the mat. They keep your feet warmer than just bare feet. The pattern is written for a top-down sock and on DPN. I'll have to adjust it because I am not sure how much yarn I have left from these socks. I also want to make them on circulars. The pattern will get posted once I make them.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Umm, paper, right.

So that paper I was working on . . . Due today yet I am only on the 7th page and I work today. This ought to be a fun day. At least I still have more to say in the paper unlike some that I have written.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Oh. My. God.

I just discovered ">DeStash. This is going to be a very bad thing for my budget but probably a very good thing for my stash! I've already bought something from a woman who checks her e-mail as frequently as I do (and let me tell you that is a lot!). I can't wait to start on a project with it. It is a lovely color--bright green--and is a mohair blend. I just have to find a project for it now.

I can't wait until work is over so I can go work on my paper. I really need to get it done tonight. I couldn't work on it yesterday because there was severe weather including some tornadoes in the area. Didn't really want to fry the computer. So tonight is going to be productive-Anne time. Should be tons of fun. Right.
fall morning
fall morning,
originally uploaded by bookworm knitting.
Aren't they pretty in the morning? Too bad Lace is still attempting to make herself into a pinto.

I can't believe how much the weather changed today. Yesterday morning it was pleasant out, probably in the 60s. This morning, however, it was 34 F! Big change.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Three down . . .

Reached the third page! Cookie for me ;) I just hope that I have enough to keep writing about!
It is bad that I bore myself?

OK, I am only a page and a half into this 10 page paper and already I am boring myself. Is that a bad thing? I am sure it will thrill the teacher. Oh, well. I have to get it done by Friday (hmm, I wonder if there is a time deadline, too). My goal is to write 3 pages today, 3 tomorrow and three on Wednesday. Halfway there today. Must. Keep. Writing. Though I keep getting distracted by things like cleaning out the refrigerator. Hmmm. Not a good sign.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Wow, it's been a while

It feels like I have been doing a lot but not much seems to have gotten done. I finished two pairs of socks, both of which are Christmas presents. I really like the way the one pair turned out. I have a good amount of yarn left and I might make some ankle socks for myself. The other pair isn't as great but they will do. Socktoberfest is well on its way.

I have also discovered mini socks. I heart the mini sock. The idea came from the Socknitters yahoo group. I've made a two now and given one of them away. I think I might make some decorations of them. Possibly a Christmas tree decoration? Hmm, I will have to think about that.

The next project is to learn how to knit two socks in one. So far it is pretty easy. The most difficult part is the casting on. I bet once I get to the heel, I will have a different opinion.

I've started keeping track of the books I have read. Of course, I only started keeping track midway through the month of September. Eh, I'll have to keep better track. I've been counting the books on tape and CD that I listen to while in the car. Audiobooks are also lovely to listen to while knitting or cleaning your room.

The cat is adorable as usual. She puts up with so much from us, all of the adoring and praising! Poor kitty.

School is school. I can't believe it is almost time for the online class to be over! The end of this month it will be finished! I still have two papers to write, one for the online class and the other for the online workshop. I should be working on the workshop one because it is due on the 13th but am writing this post instead. Procrastination is a wonderful thing!

My friend, Carol, has been trying to sell her horse for a long time now. Bud is a nice horse but not the horse for her. His personality is a lot stronger than Carol's so they've never clicked. She called me yesterday and told me that Pam, the owner of the riding stable where Bud is kept, is going to be taking 4 horses to the high school riding team's show in two weekends. The problem is that Pam sold her trailer on eBay a few months ago. She has one two-horse trailer to use and would like to use our's. If I can get the weekend off, I think I will drive it up and take more pictures of Bud in action and some more video.
Eh, I think that is it for now. Off to procrastinate!

Friday, September 22, 2006


originally uploaded by kennedy43023.
Who's excited? Me! Me! There are other crazy sockaholics out there :D

Go to this link for more information.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Library Humour

This comes from the PubLib listserv. Ah, library humour. ;)

Let reference librarians conduct their business in the same manner as Dr.House of the eponymous TV series -- i.e., as long as we give ultimately brilliant service, we should be allowed to insult the patrons.

Patron: "This is a dumb question . . . "
House the Librarian: "I'm sure it is, probably dumber than a lot ofthem I get. But go ahead anyway."

Patron: "I'm looking for the book by this dude, Les Miserables."
House: "Here is 50 cents. I want you to go outside to the pay phone, call your mother, and tell her there is very little chance of your attending college."

Patron: "I have the title but not the author. I guess you can't help me."
House: "No, no, I don't suppose so. It's one of those book things, isn't it? And I'm just the librarian."

Patron: "I need something on doing psychic readings on cats."
House: "Have you been this way ever since you crashed at Roswell?"

Patron: "What a wonderful job! Paid to just sit and read!"
House: "Oh indeed. If you'll excuse me now, it's my turn in the staff jacuzzi."

Patron: "Can I check out these books marked REFERENCE?"
House: "Ordinarily not. But if you're not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer, we make an exception."

Get enough Houses on your staff, and you'll never have to worry about the impression of encouraging friendship.

Good luck.
Joe Schallan

:D Good to know that I am not the only one out there thinking this kind of stuff!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Being sick sucks

Well, duh, Anne. Of course it does. But I am still going to whine about it for a little while. I hate that I had to take off time from work because I couldn't breathe or talk without sounding like a congested man. Even now, three days later, I still can't breathe.

And now, I am bored out of my mind. I've done all of my homework for next week. I've even written my post for the next online class session (scary to have it done before the Monday noon deadline). I can't settle on any of the fun books. My parents have had to bring them to me (sometimes I wonder about their tastes). But I can't go to the library because it is my biggest pet peeve when someone who is obviously sick comes in. Grrr.

At least I have my knitting and my cat. I can be a crazy cat lady huddled in the corner. God, how depressing.

This is why I shouldn't talk to anyone or write anything when I am in a pissy mood. Or read anything. The chicklit book I just finished was supposed to be (and I am sure is) funny. In this mood, however, I just found it incredibly depressing. It was about a girl who has to move back to her hometown to take care of her dad after a car accident. She just keeps being reminded about high school everywhere she looks. It's like she can't get away from that time and people never grow out of it. Sound familiar?

" 'High school was like an extened four-year test,' Jeannie said. 'We just happened to test well, that's all.'
'An extened four-year test that leaves permanent scars.' I shook my head. 'Or requires years of therapy.'"

Well, reading that, the book doesn't sound funny at all. Hmmm.

Thursday, September 07, 2006
Create your own card catalog cards

I am dork enough to think of creating my own virtual card catalog cards? Debatable. Check out (ha! I crack myself up) this blog to find out more information.

"places to visit before the next natural disaster"

So this idea started a month ago during a chat with Carolyn. I want to start a list of places to go which may or may not be around much longer. For instance, I wish I had gone to New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina hit because now it will never be the same. Here is the list we started.

  • san francisco (seconded by Andi)
  • holland
  • most of the caribbean
  • places near active volcanoes
  • antarctica
  • the arctic
  • greenland
  • iceland (if you want to see the glaciers)
  • charleston
  • boston (not really in the path of a natural disaster but I just want to get there)
  • Savannah
  • corpus cristi (simply for its name)
  • places on a fault line
  • australia

Think of any others?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Moderately Confused

I found this comic today very funny. Depressing but funny.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Random ramblin's of a 'rarian

After waiting for the flea guy to treat the library (yes, my library is infested with fleas which is a long story), I am now waiting for my parents to pick me up. We're travelling down to visit the cousins in TN for the Labor Day weekend. Because we are jumping on the interstate right near where I work, we didn't want to have 2 cars down here. The only thing is now I have to wait in a chemically smelly library because it is raining outside. Joy. The thing is, my family is never on time for anything. It takes me at least 3 tries to get out of the door whenever I leave. So I guess it was too much to expect them to be here right at 3.30. *sigh*

At least, the car trip will give me the chance to do some more knitting. I will just have to make the tough decision of whether or not I want to start a pair of lime green socks or a pair of dark blue ones. Choices, choices! ;)

Oh, so you want to hear more about the fleas? Ever since we opened last year, the library has been infested. Apparently, fleas are a big problem around the water. I had no idea! Anyway, the theory is that one of our regular patrons have an infestation problem. Because they are a regular, they keep bringing the little buggers into the library. We spray regularly but, when it is close to the time for another spraying, the fleas start eating the staff alive. One of the other workers is more appetizing to the fleas so I am mostly spared. I usually only have 2-3 bites per day. Yipee. I've made up some eucalyptus oil spray which is supposed to deter the fleas. I wonder if people could be doused in it?

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Random Knitting Pictures

I love this yarn but can't get it to pattern up like I want. I would love the large pattern at the top and ankle to be all over the sock.

Monday, August 28, 2006

And classes begin again

Tomorrow will be my first day of class in a couple of months. Both of the classes (the online and in-person classes) have their syllabus online so I can see the assignments before the first night of class. The Foundations of Library Science program has four assignments which are worth 80% of the final grade (participation is 20%).

I started to look at the description of the assignments and really got excited about doing them. Showing my true nerdy colors, I have actaully begun the first assignment. I am 3/4 of the way done with the 500 word essay. It is along the lines of the NPR segment "This I believe" in which people state what they believe. The NPR essays cover the serious (love, war, etc) to the flipant (barbeque). The essay for class has to be posted to the online discussion board by September 12th. I think I will be able to handle it. My plan is to write about friendship.

The second assignment has two options: a) interview a librarian or b) visit a library. Sure, the assignment is more complicated than that but, hey, it is only 5-7 pages. Can you believe that? It will take me maybe an hour or two to do the entire assignment. I will, of course, interview someone because I love interviewing and oral history.

The thrid assignment consists of contributing to a class wiki! Could this get any easier?! My god.

The fourth assignment is a partner powerpoint presentation. This is the only one which might constitute a problem. True, I hate doing group projects but that is not the problem. The presenations will be given from November 12 - December 12. I will be in the country for only two of those 4 class meetings; the first and the last. Hmm, have to make sure my partner and I present on the right day.

The online class is going to be a little bit more labor intensive because we have to do so many responses to questions and do follow-up posts to our fellow classmates' responses. The responses, however, only have to be 150 words. That will be a whole lot of BS. I am not looking forward to writing the paper, though.

And to the knitting . . . :)

I started (and finished one half) of a pair of knee-high socks. I really love the yarn but I can't get it to pattern up right. It is made from the toe up. The yarn does pattern up at the gusset area where there are more stitches and at the top of the leg where there are more stitches. I started the second half of the pair on #2 needles to see if the increase in size helped. (It did not.) I guess I will just keep playing and frog the one sock if it needs it.

In the meantime, I've started another pair of socks (big surprise). This time the yarn is patterning up quite nicely. It is a bright blue, dark blue, white and black striped yarn this time. I've finished one sock and am well on the way with the other.

Still haven't blocked the light sweater I finished 2 or 3 weeks ago. This is my problem. I never quite finish a project. I will get it mostly done but not entirely. Oh, well. That will give me something to do while I avoid doing the readings for class.

I've been trying to upload pictures of the socks in various stages of completion but something seems to be wrong with blogger. Guess I will try later.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Freeload Press

Have you read this article? It talks about reducing textbook costs by including ads in the textbook. I don't know about you but I would more than willing to have a couple of ads in my book if it meant I wasn't spending 60 bucks on a thin paperback!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Socks, socks, everywhere!

So I was cleaning up my room yesterday and started straightening my yarn stash. That is always a bad thing. Once I started with that section of the room, all thoughts of cleaning the rest of the room died.

I have an absolute passion for knitting socks and have tons of sock yarn in the stash. Well, I discovered some sock yarn that I had squirreled away and discovered I didn't have the #2 circular needles that I needed for the guage. Of course, I just had to run down to the Needling Yarn for the needles. With a knowing smile, Kim, the owner, told me that she just got some new sock yarn in. It's a vicious circle, isn't it? :)

I am currently working on a knee-high sock using yarn from Cherry Hill in the Monet color. I LOVE the colors but can't seem to get it to pattern up. It only has a pattern of colors in the sections where I have increased (i.e. around the gusset and the very top of the leg). I've tried #1s and #2s but it doesn't seem to make a difference. *sigh* I'll get a picture of it on here sometime.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

The end of the fair = the end of summer

I can't believe how quickly the summer has passed! It always seems like the end of the state fair is the end of the summer. I know it officially ends in September but, eh.

School will be starting up again in another couple of weeks (bye, bye freetime. I will miss you!) At least this semester I have one online class so I only have to drive the 45 minute/ hour to class once a week.

There are just some things you should not discuss in public on your cell phone. For example, your failed drug test. No joke. A patron answered his phone and began loudly (is there any other volume?) discussing his drug test results with the poor person calling to let him know that he had failed the test. That job would really suck. You would have to hear a lot of complaints from lots of different people.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Blah, Blah, Blah!

So I realized that the only time I post things is when I am at work. Hmmm. . . Anyway, thought I would write something from home.

Don't you hate that depression you feel after finishing a book? It is kind of an empty feel, like you have lost a friend. Or it could just be that I have been reading too many sappy chick lit/romance books when I am not in a relationship. Oh, this drivel is making me really depressed. Luckily no one reads this ;)

Have I mentioned that I own one horse, am owned by one cat and am aunt to two dogs? No? Picture time!
This lovely creature is Java, the horse. As you can tell by his expression, he is wildly thrilled to be ridden and can barely control his excitement. Sometimes he can act scared of the strangest things. This morning, for instance, he jumped a tiny (less than 18 inches) jump which we have jumped hundreds of times like it was 4 feet! I could tell the second before we took off that the landing was going to hurt. Nothing like a good bone-jarring to wake you up in the morning. :)

I think that is enough rambling for the evening/day. On to the next day. . . .
People, in the library! *gasp*

Yesterday, it was beyond dead at work. We only had 6 people use the internet not to mention only a small number of people checking out items. It is really sad when, over the span of 4 hours, you can count the number of patrons on one hand.

Today, however, has been completely different! It was so busy that we had people waiting to use the internet, requesting books and were signing people up for new cards. I hope this is a trend that continues.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

And I shall call you "Cologne Boy."

I love how some patrons lend themselves to nicknames. Some nicknames are memory triggers like "Cookies lady" for the woman who loves making cookies and gives them to everyone. Or "Newspaper Man" for the kind gentleman who comes in almost everyday to read the paper, check his e-mail and pass the time of day.

Other nicknames are not so nice. "That fox purse lady" for the woman who is sooooo proud of the bright purple and white fox purse (oh, wouldn't you LOVE to see that one?) and wants you to compliment her on it. Or the newly created one for "Cologne Boy," a man who thinks, if a little cologne is good, bathing in it would be even better. Ugh. The entire place stinks for hours after he has left. Air freshener, here I come.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

And Then There Were None. . .

Well, I've finally broken down and started a blog. It seems to be a very librarian thing to do so thought I would join the fun.

Some of my background info: I'm a grad student working on my MLIS (Master's of Library and Information Science), working full-time at a small branch library, and spending my free time riding my horse or knitting.

I'm sure I'll find something interesting with which to fill this space. But that will probably happen later. . . .

Saturday, July 01, 2006