Sparkle Moxie

Sunday, June 25, 2006

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had entered Glampyre's Design Contest. When I sent in my idea, Stefanie told me that she thought it was a cute idea in the return email. Being that I'm not exactly one to get my hopes up over things, I just kind of thought that she was telling everyone that.

But I took second place! I'm so fricking excited. What's even better, in the post about the winners she mentions that she'd like to make patterns for all four winners, as opposed to just first place as was mentioned in the beginning. Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe this deserves a woot.


This is the center of the baby blanket, two wedges from completion. I know the color choice here is a little odd (already I've gotten two "Did the parents pick those colors out?" remarks, but one, they don't know the other colors next in line (apple green, butter yellow,'s not as crazy or as big top as it sounds), but I really think its going to turn out well in the end.

And do you see what I'm talking about with the garter stitch? I love how all the little rows look, and how slipping the first stitch before you turn around makes those slash marks. Go. Buy. The book. Seriously.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I guess I'm kind of feeling better. Partially due to this book. It came in the mail on Friday, along with the yarn for Stephanie and Seth's baby blanket.

This book is so fun, and so lighthearted. And it has done something that even Debbie New could not -- it has made me appreciate garter stitch. There are some really beautiful, simple designs in here. I'm doing the blanket inspired by those rugs, but as soon as I'm done I really want to make one of the log cabin blankets. And one of the bathmats.

Pictures of the baby blanket soon; tomorrow I go to drop off the car to be fixed (fast, I know, but you have no idea the amount of pestering it took).

Thursday, June 15, 2006

For whatever reason, when things go well for D and me, they go really, really well. And when they go bad its just terrible. Yesterday afternoon, some crazy old hag of a socialite hit my car. I've gone over the story so many times I just can't do it again, but what kills me the most is that she thinks she didn't do anything wrong. Today I took off work and D was already scheduled to be off, so we spent the day driving around, getting the car appraised by someone my dad recommended, getting it appraised by her insurance people, dropping off photos of the intersection....bluh. Especially when you factor in how hot it is here. Air conditioning is awesome, but that doesn't stop the sun from coming in and beating down on you. Like when you're stuck in traffic because of some kind of spill on the freeway.

But back to yesterday. After we finally got everything sorted, and the car-wrecking gadfly left (and what did I see as she drove away? Her committing another traffic violation, changing lanes in the middle of the intersection), D and I got an accident report form from a police station, and headed to my mom's for dinner. We were there kind of late, and when we got home at 11:30, we found our ferret Jippie lying on the floor of her cage, barely breathing and cold. We knew she was sick (she had tumors in her belly), but she had been so happy the last couple of weeks, playing with our other two ferrets and just generally being excited whenever we came into the room. She died this morning sometime after we went to bed at two and before we woke up at eight. She was the first pet D and I ever got, for our one year anniversary. I don't think you could ask for a sweeter little ferret.

Friday, June 09, 2006

I'm going to be an Auntie! D's step-sister is expecting. Naturally, the first thing I did when I found out -- and I mean first thing, before I finished the congratulatory response email I opened another window and started picking colors off of Knitpicks -- was start planning out the baby blanket I want to make them. I had planned on making another pinwheel blanket like the one below, but as I searched for something to get me over the 40$ limit to get free shipping (yeah, I'm terrible about that), I saw that they had Mason Dixon Knitting on sale. I'd been toying with getting it, but looking through it again, I saw these rugs. At a glance, it seems like it could be the same construction as a pinwheel blanket, or something similar, and I really want to go crazy with it. I got a ton of colors in Shine Sport, plus I still have some left over from the first blanket to add to it.

But I am so excited about being an aunt. S and her husband had been living in California, and just moved down here. In fact, I found out about the baby when she let me know that they had finished moving down!

This is the blanket I made for my friend Pat's grandbaby. I know Pat's daughter, but not terribly well, so I tried to be more conservative than I would have normally.

Future Auntie Blogging!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Two and a half jobs will really yank the spare time out from under your feet. But things are going well. I've been put back in my regular office at the school (today's adventures included overdramatic mother/daughter tag team theatrics, and attempted bribery, woot!), and the internship is going well.

And the half job? I've got another sample to knit for Y2E -- Glad from the new spring Rowan. The store owner picked out this Kidsilk Spray, in this pretty, heather-y/pale violet color. I swatched, and apparently, I don't knit on guage like I thought I did. It's like being the last puppy picked from the litter. For not being on guage. Instead of getting 11 stitches to the inch, I got nine on size sixes. Threes are the next guinea pigs, but I really think I need the fours. The fours that are currently being used for the lace shawl (on which progress is being made, albiet slowly). And I really want to leave that alone, since I'm fairly certain I'll get bored of all the stockinette and will want to shake things up.

Oh, and have you seen the new spring Magknits? I almost ripped out the sock I'm at the heel on just to convert it to Tropicana.