Archive for April, 2004

Two more bits of madness.

April 30th, 2004 2 comments

I love this guy’s dance:

And this song is hard to look away from, like a wreck on the highway.

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Odd conversation

April 30th, 2004 14 comments

So I’m pretty friendly with the folks at the local bagel shop, but lately the old guy in the back (every place has an old guy in the back) has gotten friendlier, too. So here’s an actual conversation from today:

Him: “Hi, sweetheart!”
Me: “Hi! How are you? You look worn out today!”
Him: “I am! I was up late abusing myself.”
Me: “Uh… heh heh. Well, sometimes…”
Him: “Too much red wine, staying up too late…”
Me: “Well, you have to live a litt..”
Him: “Sometimes, you know, you just gotta let the badger loose!”
Me: (nervous laugh) “See ya!”

Okay, so was it just my smutty mind that linked “abusing myself” and “let the badger loose” in a masturbatory way? Because if that’s what he meant, it’s TMI! And if it’s NOT what he meant, what the hell is the badger? What the heck is old bagel guy getting drunk and doing late at night?

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Everybody else is doin’ it…

April 29th, 2004 2 comments

…so I expect I should update my LJ too!

I decided to take a knitting class called “Beyond Beginners” to brush up on some skills. The class started tonight. So far, I’ve learned zippo. I think I’m a little beyond “Beyond Beginners,” but I’m hopeful that by the end of the course some new techniques may come to light. They better. I’m payin’ $45 bucks for this and missing my daughter’s bedtime one night a week.

It’s an interesting class because it’s taught by my 8th grade English teacher. We always had a great relationship, both of us being fairly free spirits. Of course, I keep slipping up and calling her Ms. Prater instead of her first name. Old habits die hard!

All three of my yarn auctions sold on eBay. Not at much above the minimum, but they sold, and that’s good enough for me. So I’ll be getting back a little bit of scratch. Which is good, because I bid on a swift. It’ll about balance out, if I win that auction.

With extra work in DR and many projects lined up for family members, I’m not sure that I’ll have enough bags to put on a respectable table at Simucon. I’ll evaluate again in a week or so. The current bag is going pretty quickly. However, I do think it’d be a great idea to have a stitch ‘n’ bitch at Simucon! I’m thinking about bringing extra needles and old skeins of acrylic yarn to teach anyone who wants to learn and give them supplies to take home. It’d be fairly informal, not like an official seminar. I’m not sure if folks would be interested, though.

And because I want to post something for the non-knitters, here’s a little slice of roleplaying humor.

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Operation Yarn Diet has failed.

April 28th, 2004 10 comments

I went into the yarn store to get a row counter, since I keep losing mine (this makes three, thank goodness they’re cheap) and I made the mistake of browsing the discount bin.

They had two balls of Crystal Palace Deco-Ribbon in color 117, blue and white on sale for 20% off.

I could probably have resisted if I didn’t already know about a handbag pattern that called for exactly two balls of Deco-Ribbon. So then I was able to visualize exactly what I could make with it (assuming I didn’t go the scarf route and pair it with something flashy). Next thing you know, I’m at the counter being rung up.

Moral of the story: If you’re a yarn addict, just don’t go into the yarn store, idjit! Jeez!

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The ultimate wedding auction

April 27th, 2004 16 comments

I know some of you DR people auction off your wedding stuff – but this is one of the best wedding auctions I’ve ever seen. You MUST read the text.

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Weak weak weak.

April 27th, 2004 2 comments

I bid on yarn. If I win it but the auction doesn’t close until after the 1st, do I stil get credit?

No, I didn’t think so.

Weak, weak, weak.

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OMG! Khaman!

April 25th, 2004 2 comments

My local yarn store has gotten in a bunch of Kureyon, including at least ten skeins in color 40! If you haven’t already placed an order with yarnmarket, I’d be glad to buy you a few skeins (they’re 8.50 per) and send them along. You could paypal me. Like I say, I don’t know if you’ve already ordered, since I remember they were out of stock before. Holler if you want to do it!

As for why I was in there, I lost my size 11 16″ circular, and I needed a new one to remake that stupid messed up bag project. So it wasn’t for yarn! Honest!

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No soap.

April 25th, 2004 16 comments

Soap volunteers, I’m sorry, I’m going to need to cancel the soap. Tessima was my table buddy for Simucon, so I need to step back and think about what I want to do on that front.

It seems like every GM I wanted to see at Simucon won’t be there, for one reason or another.

I already miss the recent off-staff people. Sigh.

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The Seven-Pointed Star hat.

April 24th, 2004 No comments

Behold! The Seven-Pointed Star! Called that because I massaged the math and worked seven points into the crown instead of the pattern’s previous eight. Also has a ribbed bottom to make it a little less girly. This one’s for a guy, which is why it looks so big on me.

I just wanted to do something with a DR connection for Simucon. I’ll probably make the hats I take there with seven points just as a little inside noodge to the game.

I’m being good… I’m being good…

April 22nd, 2004 14 comments

So I stopped by my local yarn store to return something (see? see how good I’m being?) and they were putting out TONS of new stuff from Noro. They had some Big Kureyon, some Kochoran, and gobs of Iro. Beeeeeaaaautiful stuff. Expensive, but beautiful. Did I sway in my yarn diet? I did not! Although I was sorely tempted when I saw they had a few skeins of the same yarn I used in the hip-hop Pope hat, but in black and white (or, as they call it, “All for One”) and Be Bop (kind of autumny).

This week, I’ll actually be putting some of my extra yarn up on eBay. I got good results last time, and I try to put up enough that you can actually DO something with it. Two balls of good scarf yarn going up this time. It really is good stuff, it just wasn’t quite to my taste.

Plus, I got outbid on my ongoing eBay auctions, so I now have no yarn purchases pending.

See? See? I’m being good.

-Tvini, with the shakes.

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