and i miss you

like the deserts miss the rain… (did anyone else imagine the girl singing that song looking WAY different than what she really looks like?)

I just wanted to check in since I’m still in the moving process.  I’ve come to realize that although moving all your stuff in one day is a pain in the neck and probably very tiresome it’s still means that your stuff is moved in One Day.

I have done my move gradually and without movers. I still have 20% left to go which I hope will be done by the weekend.  (More importantly done before I go to the NCAA Elite 8 game!) I sold my couch, I called all my bill companies, packed everything in pretty little boxes… all that’s left is the man power to move such things as my bed and large TV.

My knitting has super suffered and I miss it.  I have my Cherie sleeves 95% done, just a few more decrease rows and I’ll be seaming it! But now with spring in the air do I really have the Uumph to finish a wool sweater??  I must prevail!

So for now this is me just checking in! I will soon be back to super blog status soon. (I have an Easter Break coming up soon, another week of nothing but knits – what can be accomplished then?? Only my dreams can tell. But over at Cathy’s I was introduced to Wallace and Gromit TOY patterns!!?? Where can I obtain those!?  Toys I deem will be the theme for April.)

in like a lamb…

is the only way to explain my knitting this beginning of  March.  The sleeves are progressing with Cherie but nothing truly noteworthy to show.  Plus with the transition to my new apartment my knit time may be minimal. Knowing me though I’ll be knitting a few rounds in between carring my boxes up my 3 floor walk up.  Despite the "yawn nature" of my knitting…

I am so excited to get my move on! I cannot wait to show you all my new digs.  I promise to get some pics as soon as I get the keys.  It’s such a great space even though I keep thinking about how teeny tiny my bedroom will be.  It’s seriously no more than 9×7 and I think it will just fit my queen bed with inches on either end. But it’s just dear ol’ me for a while and as long as there’s a place for my yarn………….

Speaking of moving, my fav local yarn shop is moving to a new location! She’s moving out of her cute basement spot to a ground floor space two blocks away.  I’m so thrilled for her and excited to be a part of her move! I’ll be sure to post pics of that too when she’s all moved in.  More space, means more yarn! (Right, Trish! ;-))

All in all I’m still on the hunt for new knits…I am thinking of casting on for Le Slouch (I know I’m all talk at this point), saw a cute headband project I’ve spied on the blogs and I have another hat for my BF to finish.  Perhaps these mini projects will make March end with a bit of a roar!

feeling a little suspect

The beginner’s luck that I had with my first two sweaters this year has spolied me.  I was crusing along having deluions of closets full of sweaters by the fall.  Cabled, lace, v-necks, rollnecks, boatnecks, buttons, snaps, zippers, you name it – I can dream it.

This deliusion was only fed more by my winter break which allowed me to knit an insane amount of dear ol’ Cherie.  Fronts – BAM! Backs – BAM! Now Sleeves! Um, not so BAM.  I’m starting to get a sinking feeling that this may not fit as well as I had hoped. (and who wants to really think that all my Bam! moments were for nothing!? ughh)

My first suspicion was with the schematics that were acommpaning the sweater.  There was only two measurements for the front and back piece – the width at the bottom and the length.  It doesn’t tell you if that’s with or without the picked up ribbed collar nor does it tell you how much the decrease was for the waist shaping – nor the armsleeves, you get my point.  Plus, the total length of the sweater I’m knitting is 22inches – which on my humble 5’3” frame would land the bottom ribbing around my hips.

The sleeve schematic is even more suspect.  It lists only the length of the sleeve and that’s it.  No width what so ever.  No real sense on how I should block the sucker.  In the end the pattern then turns into more of a guideline than a real sweater pattern which is all new territory to me. 

I am a pattern follower.  I am the one who will follow the directions for pancakes on the back of the Bisquick box to the T.   I love to follow directions for some reason.  To whip out schematics or directions and put things together step by step.  I like being told what to do.  Takes that whole area of thought out of it and let’s me put my energies into creating.  What’s strange about this idealism in me is that I also wholeheartedly LOVE to be creative.  To come up and brainstorm new things. To have a blank slate and do whatever it is I please… but once I come up with it it’s nice to have someone else tell you what to do and how to make it.

Perhaps I feel like I’m not ready yet with that kind of knitting.  That I don’t want to crash and burn with my own ideas rather follow the trusted and true patterns that will get you a pretty sweater 90% of the time.  This fear is stupid I know, I laugh all the time to myself when I say I’m afraid of my knitting.  Be afraid of sky diving or something.  This fear lies in the idea that you’ve wasted time knitting something that wasn’t right and that stinks! But it happens to all of us and the "wasted time" turns into "learning time" because without it you probably wouldn’t have learned something new. Right?

In the end, I have to believe in my gauge swatch which is telling me that I will have a shorter sweater that in the end should fit me perfectly.  Easier said then done…

Oh a much cheerier and non-suspect note, my dear friend Dana, who so needs a blog, got me a very unexpected (or very late Christmas, however you’d like to look at it) present! Stitch Markers from the Zephyr ladies and look what it says!!

Stitchmark

Do you love it or what!? She and I are going to knit Glee together.  It will be her first sweater project! (Obsessive knitter I will make her, yet!)  Thank you Dana, I LOVE THEM and can’t wait to ues them. 🙂

I just love HBO.

Lifted from Allegra

It’s been said (by whom, I’d like to know!) that allegedly if you’ve seen over 85 movies you have no life. Mark the ones you’ve seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own blog, paste it in and put x’s by the ones that you have seen. Add them up, change the header adding your number, and post it.

(X) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(X) Grease
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
(X) Fight Club
(X) Starsky and Hutch
(X) Neverending Story
(X ) Blazing Saddles
(X) Airplane
(X) The Princess Bride
(X) AnchorMan
(X) Napoleon Dynamite
(X ) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
(X) White Oleander
() Anger Management
(X ) 50 First Dates
(X) The Princess Diaries
(X) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Total so far: 17 out of 22.

(X) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
(X ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
(X ) Scary Movie 4
(X) American Pie
(X) American Pie 2
(X) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
(X) Harry Potter 1
(X) Harry Potter 2
(X) Harry Potter 3
(X) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(X) The Wedding Singer
(X ) Little Black Book
(X) The Village
(X ) Lilo & Stitch

Total so far: 31 out of 43.

(X) Finding Nemo
(X) Finding Neverland
(X) Signs
(X) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
(X ) 13 Going on 30
(X ) I, Robot
(X) Robots
(X) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
(X) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(X) Along Came Polly
( ) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(X ) Never Been Kissed
(X) Meet The Parents
(X) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
() Joe Dirt
( ) King Kong

Total so far: 44 out of 66.

(X) A Cinderella Story
(X) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(X ) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
(X ) Halloween
(X ) The Ring
(X) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving Christmas
( ) Flubber
(X ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(X ) Practical Magic
(X ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
(X ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
() I Am Sam
(X) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards

Total so far: 55 out of 90.

(X) The Day After Tomorrow
(X) Child’s Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
(X ) Bride of Chucky
(X ) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
(X) Nightmare on Elm Street
(X) Sixteen Candles
(X) Remember the Titans
(X) Coach Carter
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(X) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
(X ) Bad Boys
(X ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
(X) Lucky Number Sleven
(X) Ocean’s Eleven
(X) Ocean’s Twelve
(X) Bourne Identity
(X) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
(X ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
(X ) The Fog
(X ) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George

Total so far: 74 out of 121.

(X) Independence Day
( ) Cujo
(X ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
(X) Christine
(X) E.T.
() Children of the Corn
() My Bosses Daughter
(X) Maid in Manhattan
(X) War of the Worlds
(X) Rush Hour
(X) Rush Hour 2
( ) Best Bet
(X) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(X) She’s All That
( ) Calendar Girls
() Sideways
(X) Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
(X) Ever After
(X) Wizard of Oz
(X) Forrest Gump
(X) Big Trouble in Little China
(X) The Terminator
(X) The Terminator 2
(X) The Terminator 3

Total so far: 92 out of 147.

(X) X-Men
(X) X-2
(X) X3
(X) Spider-Man
(X) Spider-Man 2
(X) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(X) Catch Me If You Can
(X) The Little Mermaid
(X) Freaky Friday
( ) Reign of Fire
(X) The Skulls
(X) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(X) Shrek
(X) Shrek 2

Total so far: 105 out of 165.

(X) Swimfan
(X) Miracle on 34th street
(X) Old School
(X) The Notebook
() K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf’s Tribe
(X) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
(X) The 40-year-old Virgin
(X) Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
(X) Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
(X ) Lord of the Rings: Return Of the King
(X) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(X) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(X ) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Total so far: 117 out of 181.

(X) Base-ketball
( ) Hostel
(X) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
(X) Elf
( ) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
(X) American History X
( ) Three
( ) The Jacket
() Kung Fu Hustle
() Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(X) Monsters Inc.
(X ) Titanic
(X) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(X) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard

Total so far: 125 out of 200.

( ) High Tension
(X ) Club Dread
(X ) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
(X) Hook
(X) Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
(X) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
(X) Waterworld
(X) Kill Bill Vol. 1
(X) Kill Bill Vol. 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) the Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
(X) Army of Darkness

Total so far: 134 out of 220.

(X) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(X) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(X) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(X) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(X) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(X) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks: Caravan Of Courage
(X) Ewoks: The Battle For Endor
(X) The Matrix
(X) The Matrix: Reloaded
(X) The Matrix: Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
(X) Team America: World Police
(X) Red Dragon
(X) Silence of the Lambs
(X) Hannibal

Total: 139 of 239

In my defense I didn’t know how to knit when I was younger.  Also, 85 lifetime movies watched? There’s got to be another catch for this – like 85 movies watched in a week? or a month?  As a kid my bro and I were always watching movies.  I found it better than sitting and watching TV shows.  Something about a full feature film rather than a 30 min show… Also, this list seemed to randomly select movies from various genres but gosh imagine how many More movies I’ve seen that weren’t listed… hmm I curious to see how Cinemaknits does 😉