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(no subject) [Sep. 24th, 2006|12:41 pm]
jill
So I guess I haven't updated in forever. School and work have gotten the best of me... I literally only have Sundays off. And even Sundays I have to be at school, putting in the mandatory 6 hours per class per week of extra studio work (6 hours X 3 studio classes = 18 extra hours of homework)... It's kind of ridiculous. The only time I really have to knit is my one-hour lunchbreaks from work, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Other than that, all my time is spoken for.

It's starting to get to me, I think.

Also, I still haven't finished my fair isle sweater. That's so sad! It's sweater weather and I can't even wear my own knitted sweater! And it doesn't help that I've been fucking up every fourth row and then continuing to knit until I even REALIZE I've fucked up, and then I have to frog four rows and start over from there... it's taking forEVER. I'm just not focussed enough right now, I guess.

But right now I have to go to the studio and paint four more paintings for tomorrow. Oy vey.
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(no subject) [Aug. 28th, 2006|07:07 pm]
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Okay! So after a few days of not knitting as much as that first day, I'm finished the back of the sweater. Next up, the front... I'm a little bit worried, though, because I think I may have made a size too big. Which isn't a tragedy, I guess, but still... I would have liked for this sweater to fit properly. Maybe I can felt it slightly or something. I don't know, I guess we'll have to see how it all turns out.

And I guess that my LYS wants me to be a model for their upcoming fashion show September 15. Haha, how funny!
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(no subject) [Aug. 24th, 2006|12:14 pm]
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Haha, oh god, I am such a geek.
I'm already up to the bust on the back of my sweater, and it's only the day after I bought all the yarn! It's the perfect sweater to knit for the little ADD girl inside of me - a bunch of rows of ribbing, and as soon as you get sick of that, you go to plain stockinette; and then right when you're anxious to get to the fair isle, it comes for about eleven rows; and then it goes back into stockinette when you're sick of thinking so hard; and then back into the fair isle just when stockinette gets too boring again... see what I mean? Gah, it's perfect. I barely put it down yesterday.

I have run into a couple of issues, though... or really, just one - the purple is far far too close in colour to the brown. They look like the same colour. Even when they are right beside each other. SO I think what I'll do is just take out the purple altogether (it was only used in one area anyway) and replace it with the grey, and use the purple for something else. Like another sweater. In fair isle. Because honestly, I am SO obsessed with it again. It's just what the doctor ordered at the end of the summer, when I'm getting kind of restless and very strapped for concentration. It gets me right back down to focussing my energy into something useful, instead of doing essentially nothing.

In other news, being raw vegan is NOT as hard as it looks. I made lasagne the other night. Out of kale (for the noodles), mushrooms, tomato basil sauce (which I made myself in my new FOOD PROCESSOR) and cheese (made from a blend of nuts, olive oil, spices, and red pepper). I would even go so far as to say that it's even better than real lasagne.

And I'm feeling so much more energized.
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(no subject) [Aug. 22nd, 2006|04:15 pm]
jill
So I just went to River City Yarns to buy yarn for the little fair isle sweater in the new VK.

I was there for almost two hours, just chatting it up with the ladies there! God, everyone is so helpful and amazing at that store. Seriously. No qualms about showing you how to do something on a whim, recommending anything you need (even if it's from a different store), and just getting to know you. Both of them were down there on the floor, helping me pick the perfect colours for my sweater (I had to choose six that went well together), even suggesting certain ones for my skin tone and everything! Haha, I LOVE that store. For real.

And I am now in posession of eleven skeins of cascade 220. Beautiful, heathered tones of browns, greys, and a deep dark eggplant, a rust, and a cream. And I am going to make a sweaterrrrrr!!!

Right now, though, I need to do a stencil for Scott's band's CD cover.

And do the dishes.

And technically, I should finish that circular shrug before I start on anything major like another sweater.

But I'm not gonna.
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(no subject) [Aug. 21st, 2006|07:33 pm]
jill
I bought a food processor!
My first real, honest-to-god, living-on-my-own household object!

And I'm using it every day at least twice now that I'm reintroducing raw veganism.
Yesterday I made raw vegan strawberry peach pie, with ground-up nuts and dates for the crust (which just presses nicely into a pie plate and, with refridgeration (along with your pie insides), it solidifies without baking! Perfect!!), and today I made a beautiful raw vegan lasagne, made from homemade tomato sauce, cheese made out of nuts and red peppers, and kale for the noodles! Gah, I am ridiculously excited. It's like I'm actually enjoying food again. I'm having a really good time just making recipes up without using cooking or animal products. It's like a new creative outlet for me. So good.

And in other news... the damned circular shrug is at a stand-still. I'm going to take it with me in a couple of minutes to work on while I sit in Chapters (the couches there are comfy, I can people-watch when my fingers hurt, and I like white noise around me when I'm knitting)... but I screwed up about three or four rows down, and I have to frog it until that point. Which irks me. But I am getting this thing done. Because my NEXT project, I'm thinking, is definately something from the new Vogue Knitting... probably the little fair isle sweater. Or maybe the low-neck lacy bottomed one. I'm not totally sure quite yet, but I do know that I want to get this shrug done before I start on something else. Which is kind of like torture, but it'll be worth it when I have at least one sweater done instead of a zillion unfinished ones.

I can't wait to see what kind of fun playthings my secret buddy has sent me...
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(no subject) [Aug. 16th, 2006|06:24 pm]
jill
Cleansing again.
Perhaps this time will lead into permanent veganism. And, eventually, raw veganism.

Anyway! I'm working on the ever-popular circular shrug from craftster right now... and it's kind of getting the better of me. Five inches of ribbing (240 stitches across), plus 20 inches of dimple stitches over 120 stitches, and then another rib section like the first... all in the crappily-chosen.... red heart super saver. Gah! Bad bad choice! I picked it because I figured it would be a quick, experimental knit that I could just do really quickly and have a prototype, and if it didn't turn out well, I wouldn't have wasted good yarn. But god, it's taking for-freaking-ever. I'm going to go make a big ol' salad and work on it a bit more, methinks.

And secretpal... if you're reading... I wonder if your package got lost in the mail? I haven't received anything yet, I'm getting kind of worried...
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(no subject) [Aug. 10th, 2006|09:24 pm]
jill
By the way, the new Vogue Knitting is fucking amazing.
I am going to knit everything in the Modern English section.
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(no subject) [Aug. 10th, 2006|10:28 am]
jill
I am pretty much done with that shell. I don't think it can be fixed. Well, it probably can be, but with much more effort than it deserves... I guess it's another almost FO banished to the WIP bucket to sit for a few months or so... very disappointing. However, my circular shrug is coming along somewhat well; the 5" of ribbing over 40" almost killed me though... so boring. But now that I'm into the body part, I actually am thinking I have a chance of finishing this sucker.

Also, I'm now designing the sets for a Fringe play... in about four days. Which means I am going to have no time for knitting whatsoever in the next little while, I guess... except for maybe at home and on the bus. Today I have to somehow find enough acrylic paint for under $100, carry ten 8'x4' sheets of chloroplast up three flights of stairs, and get to work... I guess. I will probably leave most of the work for this weekend, seeing as how Scott will be gone playing shows in random towns and so I'll be all by myself... what better time to immerse yourself in stressing work? Heh? Heh?

I'm pretty happy about the sets, though. For quite awhile now I've been feeling really lame... like I haven't really been accomplishing anything great at all. No really great FO's, no paintings at all since June, no more embroidery drawings... I've been coasting through everything without productivity. It's not a good feeling. So I guess now I have a purpose...

In any case, I can't wait for my package from my secret pal to arrive. Speaking of which, perhaps I shall mail something out to my own fairly quickly here...
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(no subject) [Aug. 5th, 2006|11:42 am]
jill
My scarf is done!! And it's fabulous!!! I'm so proud of it!!! It hangs perfectly, and blocking did wonders (I was almost not going to block it, because I thought I liked the original state more than I'd like the blocked version... wrong!). It's twenty degrees celcius outside but I'm wearin' it out!!
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(no subject) [Aug. 4th, 2006|08:02 pm]
jill
Alright, so I've finally finished my orange lace scarf! It's sitting in the living room, blocking, at the moment. I hate not having access to a digital camera or a scanner, so I'm not sure when I'll get pictures up... I'm thinking maybe of buying a digi cam, so just you wait. There may be pics up at some point. Otherwise, I think I'll just wait until a few more FO's gather up, and then take pictures of them together on one roll of film, and get that on one of those picture CD's? I don't know, we'll see how fast I knit from now and then.
Next task this weekend: finish the seaberry shell once and for all! It's staring menacingly at me right now, I don't know if I feel like touching it at the moment... I think I'm going to go to Safeway instead and pick up some milk for some homemade cocoa! Even though it's not really cold and rainy anymore...

I WILL tackle that sweater this weekend. Maybe even tonight.
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