Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I have just eaten a whole jar of pickled beets.

Sorry for the horrible quality internet picture. Not only is my camera broken, but the men in the little white coats would probably come if someone caught me taking a picture of myself eating pickled beets at my desk at work.

But let me say, ZERO WEIGHT WATCHERS points for the beets.... And I know that it is psychological, but I have been STARVING TO DEATH for the last three days that I have faithfully followed the plan. This is the first time I have felt anywhere near satiated. And on the plus side if I throw up from eating an entire jar of pickled beets, it will be such a lovely color....

Tomorrow, the story of yesterday's near arrest at the emergency vet clinic!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Oh, and by the way.

Today is the last day that I am going to be this fat. Seriously. It might not be MUCH of a difference tomorrow, but tomorrow, one salad and two more buckets of water later, there WILL be a difference. And the day after that, one more minuscule step on the road to being able to fasten my jeans!!

Cold front.

We are under a massive cold front. Get this- our high today is only going to reach.... 85 degrees. That is right, everyone on the news was all a-flutter with the massive change in the weather, when, oh when will this massive cold front move out... 85 degrees. Sigh. Back to normal tomorrow, however. Ah, Fall....

In other news, my camera died a horrible death over the weekend. Pushed off the desk by cats one too many times, I suppose. It will come on, but only produces streaky white pictures. If not for that, I would show you a picture of the Lizard Ridge, looking exactly like it did last time I took its picture! I have like three inches of icord to go. Perhaps I have some kind of bizarre sentimental attachment to leaving it undone? I think I need psychiatric help!! I think I am going to go get a 25$ cheapo replacement for now and hopefully will be able to upload once again....

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Not-quite-finished object....

Here it is, almost done! Thirty squares knitted, blocked, sewn together! I didn't do a very good job capturing the details in the above photo, but it is fantastic! And so warm... here in the 99 degree weather... while I have the whole thing in my lap trying to put on the i-cord edging! The good news is that the i-cord edging is going MUCH faster than I ever believed possible:

And it's pretty, too!! I chose a colorway online to do the edging, and I am not entirely loving it. Above is one of the brightest sections, but much of it is grey and dark green. Not bad, just not exactly what I hoped for. Though, if it had been bright, would I be here talking about how obnoxiously it stood out on its own? Who knows. What it all boils down to is that I don't hate the colors and that I am seriously glad that I chose to make the effort for the attached i-cord edging!!

Next installment: DEATH BY ENDS TO TIE IN! Cue the horror movie creepy music....

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Busy little beaver.

Now THAT title should get me some hits! Imagine the disappointment.... :-)

What I mean to refer to is the progress going on here at the nerd household! Last weekend the Maggie-dog helped block the rest of the Lizard Ridge squares! It is so handy to have her around to help blot the moisture from my knitting. Seriously, something about these squares REALLY attracted the dog. I have no idea what it was, but she is in loooove!

And here is the Valentine-kitty showing off the progress I have made for the completed work!
What you see there before you is the entire blanket, one strip sewn together already and the rest stacked in the order that they are to be put together.... It is Saturday afternoon of a long weekend and I have decided to dedicate myself to sewing the rest of this thing together. I need to get moving if it is going to be ready for the fair, since I will still have the edging to knit before it is done, and I am going to have to decide how to pretty up the back. I am considering single crocheting over the seams in black to neaten it up. I know it won't make them disappear, but maybe it will look more finished. We shall see.

And here is what I have had to put aside to be dedicated to the Lizard Ridge:

Artichaut in progress. I am LOVING this project!! Anne Hansen is a genius and combine that with my favorite color in the world and the sublime Malabrigo laceweight.... Heaven! The yarn is so very lofty and soft. I am curious about how it will block. It seems so delicate, which makes me worry about pulling too hard or soaking too long. Oh, well, that concern is a long way off! I have to go sew, sew, sew so I can get back to the knitting!

Hope everyone is having a great long weekend!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


AAAHHHHH! Whatever shall I do?? Now Steve pinches my finger when I try to use my right had to turn a page. More than a love bite, too, let me tell you!! The casing broke clean through right where you press to go forward a page, and now, if I forget that I can't use my dominant hand to advance, which happens more than I would like to admit, I stand the chance of being pinched all to heck and back by the plastic edges. I have come to consider them to be teeth!

Fortunately for Steve, and for Barnes and Noble's customer service, they are sending a replacement Steve. My wonderful mother has guaranteed old Steve's return with her credit card so I will not go Steveless.

And just for that, you wonderful customer service man at B&N, I will continue to give you my money. (Apparently this is a known problem. Hopefully new Steve will have had this bug worked out....)

Steve is dead, long live Steve.