moulin rouge

Moulin Rouge

This top goes perfect with a nice glass of red sangria.  I’m not too good with the whole "FO evaluation" but I’ll give it a go! The pattern was very well written and the only modification I had was using a tigher gauge.  I had knitted up a swatch with 7s that was a tinge tighter than the required and as you all know over a few glasses of champagne I decided to give it a go because like Nonnahs said – "You can always try it on and adjust as you go!"  Which I did! At first I was worried because it did look smaller but when I tried it on it fit like a glove – the beauty of top down patterns!

Moulin Rouge

I’ve used calmer before in the "Nothing but a T-shirt" shirt I made.  It has such a great give and it’s oh so soft. I am definiteiloy planning on knitting more tops with that stuff… so soft.  And to think I finally have something to show for Project Spectum – welcome June the month of Reds!!

Fifi

And thank you for the well wishes regarding Italy!  I’m going from June 20th to July 4th.  Howevern, I am going as a chaperone so it’s really going to be more a "work" trip.  I will have to deal with 40 teenage girls probably staying up all night, then wandering around the Italian streets driving the locals crazy the next morning.  I’m also the youngest chaperone, so they all think that I will be the one with the amazing energy (ha!).   Although I cannot lie, since I’ve never been you so know that I’m going to be as starry eyed as the girls walking in to the Sistine Chapel.

Our itenerary is packed with walking tours and sightseeing  but we get a few beach days! (Capri!) You best believe I will be taking hundreds of pics while there.  I figure this trip will allow me to see all the important parts of Rome and south so that next time I go I can just enjoy the cities without having to feel I need to do the tourist thing.

Thank you always for poping by the blog! I does sometimes amaze me that I actually have readers! (yea!!) It really has proven to be such a wonderful way to connect to new people and the positive and creative vibes it creates is so phenominal!

I hope everyone enjoys their weekends!

x

small worlds

In my 7 things I mentioned how I happen to be the admissions director of my old high school.  This was something I never planned for or prepared myself to become.  I did not apply to colleges with it in mind and up until late April of my senior year had no inkling that it was to be my future.  In the end it seems to be the perfect job for me right now.  It’s creative, hands on and I can really feel like I’m making a difference in  young people’s lives.

Now, of course at a local catholic HS, you’re not getting paid the big bucks but there are some huge intangibles that do apply.  I get a little bit of summer off, I work from 7:30 **ooph** to 3pm **yea**,  and I have a pretty nice office!  And of course the obvious – I get plenty of time to be creative (i.e. doing a whole lot of knitting!).   But then there’s the unexpected things that can happen when you’re an admissions director.

I had an applicant come in to take an entrance exam this past Tuesday.  Her mom was with her and decided to stick out the two hours of waiting time at my school.  With her she had a nice big Namaste bag filled with a knitting project.  Of course I see it and exclaim, "Oh what are you working on!?" To which she smiles and says, "Oh my daughter didn’t tell you… I work for Vogue Knitting magazine."  To those who know me well my reaction won’t come as a surpise.  (i kinda screamed a  bit –  more like an "Oh wow! I LOVE knitting!! I even have my knitting with me!") Her poor daughter was griding away at the gruling entrance exam while her mother and I talked about patterns and stitches.  She was working on a sample for their fall magazine and was basically knitting the sweater by looking at the photo of the Model!  No pattern just photo.  Right.

Of course she wanted to see what I was working on which I was happy to get.  I showed her Fifi who comes with me everywhere now a days and she even though my knitting was meticulous. (me! haha woo!) I guess I was a bit overly excited but knitting doesn’t really cross paths with my admissions world so this happened to be a huge delight!

In the end, her daughter did well enough to be considered (phew! I was so thinking "accepted=yarn") haha and we’ll see if she does indeed decide to enroll in my school.  Either way I made a new fabulous knitty friend who works for a fabulous knitty magazine!  I plan to try to keep in touch either way – she was very nice and kept telling me, "if you have any trouble with patterns or techniques, call or email me."    That’s a huge "You bet your yarn balls I will!"

So fast foward to today – I’m off! (yet another perk, seriously people HS admissions, not a bad job!) I just got back from a bit of shopping and the rest of my day will be spent cleaning my apartment in preperation for a visit from my old college roomie and her boyfriend.  No beach or traveling for me this weekend – just local bar crawls, a ting of shopping and hopefully some good knitting. Maybe even a finished Fifi!!

Fifi

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!!

7 lil chipmunks twirling on a branch

just a little play time before we begin:

Hitchhiker: You heard of this thing, the 8-Minute Abs?
Ted: Yeah, sure, 8-Minute Abs. Yeah, the excercise video.
Hitchhiker: Yeah, this is going to blow that right out of the water. Listen to this: 7… Minute… Abs.
Ted: Right. Yes. OK, all right. I see where you’re going.
Hitchhiker: Think about it. You walk into a video store, you see 8-Minute Abs sittin’ there, there’s 7-Minute Abs right beside it. Which one are you gonna pick, man?
Ted: I would go for the 7.
Hitchhiker: Bingo, man, bingo. 7-Minute Abs. And we guarantee just as good a workout as the 8-minute folk.
Ted: You guarantee it? That’s – how do you do that?
Hitchhiker: If you’re not happy with the first 7 minutes, we’re gonna send you the extra minute free. You see? That’s it. That’s our motto. That’s where we’re comin’ from. That’s from "A" to "B".
Ted: That’s right. That’s – that’s good. That’s good. Unless, of course, somebody comes up with 6-Minute Abs. Then you’re in trouble, huh?
[Hitchhiker convulses]
Hitchhiker: No! No, no, not 6! I said 7. Nobody’s comin’ up with 6. Who works out in 6 minutes? You won’t even get your heart goin, not even a mouse on a wheel.
Ted: That – good point.
Hitchhiker: 7’s the key number here. Think about it. 7-Elevens. 7 doors. 7, man, that’s the number. 7 chipmunks twirlin’ on a branch, eatin’ lots of sunflowers on my uncle’s ranch. You know that old children’s tale from the sea. It’s like you’re dreamin’ about Gorgonzola cheese when it’s clearly Brie time, baby. Step into my office.
Ted: Why?
Hitchhiker: ‘Cause you’re fuckin’ fired!

So I’ve been tagged by Suzeq with the 7 things meme and judging from my bloglines this meme is spreading as fast as Mono in High School.  I’ve definitely done this before but what’s another 7 weird or (is it random?) things about me.

1.  I have this talent (or perhaps a curse) to turn pretty much anything I hear into a song.  Not an original song by any means but one of the songs that has been databased in my head – which happen to be many!  I do it a lot with names ("Sweet Melissa" or "I see my Marianne walking away" – points to those who know the songs I’m quoting!) and almost always with phrases.  I constantly hear, "do you honestly hvae a song for everything!?"

Everything is everything. The more I talk about it, the less I do control.
– Phonix (6 Feet Under Soundtrack, Vol. 2)….

So Yes, I do.

2. I have this kinship with Julia Louis Dryfus.  Not only have I been called "Elaine" on many occasions, all starting in college, BUT she has played the character Margo from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.  A quote that almost right after I meet someone (usually drunk) they like to say.  Usually it follows any question I might ask and their reply is always, "I don’t KNOW, Margo!"

3. I have walked into street signs and gotten my hair caught in a vaccum.  I do not shy away from having seriously comedic embarrasing moments.  I’m just That Girl.

4. I love superheros.  It probably started when I was younger and read any of my brother’s vast collection of comic books.  His favorites were Batman and the Wolverine.  I of course loved them all and often pretended to be an Xmen (remember my X themed meme?).  I watched Season 1 of Smallville religiously (now I just can’t bare to watch… Lana married to Lex, whaaa!?). I went to the opening of Spiderman and I now watch the show Heros (very much like Xmen don’t you think – the humans vs. mutants).  I always wish I had a super power, of course flying is nice as well as having superhuman strength or a fantastic and powerful laso, but the one power I wish I had was the ablity to stop time.  This probably explains my affinity to Hiro and Evie.

5.  My favorite drink is a Gin and Tonic with lime. Although nowadays I find myself drinking a lot of red wine, preferable Cab Sav. (You also know my feelings about Veuve)

6.  I am the admissions director for my old high school – a fact that I’m sure I’ve shared on older occasions but one that always has and always will remain such a random career choice for me.  I never in my life thought I would be here doing what I do.  Then again I didn’t really want to be a doctor or a laywer either.  It just solidfies my faith in karma, the holy spirit, Buddah, fate, destiny or whatever you’d like to call that which may lead us.

7. My boyfriend and I will be celebrating our nine year anniversary this June. Yes that’s right, "nine".  I like to say it with the voice of Principal Rooney when he explains to Mrs. Bueller that Feris indeed has been absent, "Nineee Times".   Has it really been that long?

conscience knitting

I tend to not get too scientificky with my knitting. Most likely because I just want to get down to business to knit and make stuff.  I buy a pattern, get some yarn, swatch it up and knit.  I am rarely tempted to experiment with methods or techniques.  It all boils down to my impatience to just start the project which I completely understand is not always the best course of action. 

I just finished knitting the gauge swatch for Fifi and pre-soak it’s coming around to 5.5 stitches an inch rather than the 5st/in that’s required in the pattern.  I really like the way the 7s look and how neat the stitches are and tend to lean towards the "the top will stretch out over time so why not knit in tigher gauge" rational.  But is a whole half stitch a bit too much?  I feel like the girl who wants the advice that will just approve with the course of action she’d like to take rather than the practical "I know what I should do but don’t feel like doing it" solution. 

This is why googling is like a girl’s best friend.  I had saved Sundara’s post about knitting in a tighter gauge as taught to her by Catherine Lowe.  I thought "ooh goodie I won’t have to knit another gauge swatch".  Well in that post it says she recommends .1 to .25 tighter… again I’m looking at .5. (As a total aside, how does one achieve knitting at .1 tighter a gauge? that’s some concentrated tension right there!).  I could probably block the crap out of the top but is it really worth it?

The angel on my shoulder is just whispering to me, "oh, it won’t kill you to just go ahead and knit the gauge with your 8s.  I know you really want to start the top and not worry about whether it will fit or not. If you do so you will knit worry free and be at peace!" The pattern size I want to make is the second size up (33.5) after that is the 37.5 size which I think would make the top a bit loose on me.  Of course then the devil on my other should is saying, "why not knit the larger size only to produce a smaller top that way you won’t have to knit another gauge swatch… go ahead and cast on, you’ll feel better right now. Oh and get yourself some champagne while you’re at it..hmmm mimosas!"

Should I be searching for the Orange Juice or whipping out my 8s?