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flabbergasting and befuddling since 1973


I’m now on plurk.com as akimbo.  Plurk is sort of a micro-blogging/life-streaming site.  Its vaguely like twitter with conversations.  I’ve put a widget on this site in the upper right (random thoughts) that has my plurks.

If you’d like to sign up, use this link invitation and I’ll get “credit” :)

In other, more annoying news, Thursday I had blood taken to test for Celiac.  I’m also going completly dairy free for two weeks to see if I’m lactose intolerant.  Without going into detail, hopefully one of those will explain my recent intestinal issues of unknown origin.  Going completely dairy free is sooooo annoying.  Lots of label reading.  At least I’ve found Vanilla Almond Breeze. YUM.

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  • Getting the Sewing Groove Back

    I haven’t felt like sewing in a while.  Or I’ve felt like it and stared at my sewing area and sighed.  A nightmare!

    PR (patternreview.com) is having a contest in July for one item sewn with knits.  I figured I’d try and see if would get me moving.  I ordered Jalie 2796 and I plan on making the skort with the short underneath .  I also have a matching top design floating around in my head.  Something sleeveless for summer!  I love Jalies, they acutally go up to my size!

    I’ve obtained some light grey and light blue DriFit wicking lycra from Mill End Store (which I’m pretty sure they got from Rose City Textiles as the vendor code started with RCT :))  I have made workout capris from the same stuff in black that I had left over from when I worked at Nike.  Great fabric, not flimsy, and I wear them all the time!  I may have some scraps of other colors in my stash for accents.  I also picked up some reflective piping for accents if needed.

    This should be a great project to finish on my new coverstitch machine too.  Poor baby only has had one thing sewn on it! (and I still haven’t got a picture of it).   So lots to do in July!  I’m still waiting on the skort pattern to show up in the mail, so last weekend I got a bit of cleaning done in my sewing room (also my bedroom).  The room is 12×16 so there’s pleny of space.  I really need to get it all de-cluttered this summer so I take a trip to Ikea and get the components to make my dream cutting/storage table.

    Some day I’ll make it to Rose City Textiles (RCT) to get more workout fabric.  I have tried two Saturdays and they haven’t been open.  The first time I didn’t know they were only open the first Saturday of the month, the second time was last weekend, and the sign said they’d be open the second Saturday becuase the first Saturday was a holiday weekend.  Blah!  I then ended up going to Fabric Depot, the big Mill End Store and Pendleton Woolen Mill outlet.  I found a few yards of decent wicking fabric at Mill End so I should have a few more months before I try RCT again (and I’ll call first and make sure they’re open!)

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  • Adorableness

    I don’t often have humans willing to have their pictures taken.  These are my nieces from my trip to Texas last week.  Ages 5 and 8.

    A, boosted and lovely

    The Hills are Alive...

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  • McClane in 2008!

    The boyfriend and I had a brainstorm this morning that resulted in my first CafePress shop. Vote for John McClane in 2008! America’s favorite hero!  Get your gear here!


    Memorial Day Weekend + Sunriver rental house + thunder + lightening - knitting (sprained finger) +

    Hail! (hail)

    Front (more hail that won’t melt)

    = lots of

    Blue Moon Fiber Arts Raven Stash

    These are my remaining Raven colorways was from Blue Moon Fiber Arts. Yum. I have four skeins of Woobu, the rest I only have one.

    1. Woobu in Thraven, 2. Luscious Single Silk - Thraven, 3. Socks that Rock mediumweight - Corbie, 4. Silkie Socks that Rock - Tlingit, 5. Socks that Rock heavyweight - Rook-y, 6. Socks That Rock Mediumweight Thraven

    Blue Moon Fiber Arts Raven Stash

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  • Warp Speed

    Started Monday night. They’re currently about 2 inches longer than this picture. The Spiraling Master Coriolis socks from Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters: Book One. Yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight Raven Clan color Haida. Yummy dark black and blue color, but stains my fingers. Washes off easily at least. Must remember to wash socks before wearing! I also joined the new Knit-Purl Sock Club. (Thank you economic stimulus check!)

    Raven Clan Haida

    Maybe this should be a photo blog, I never seem to have much to say!

    Coriolis Socks

    I love me some magic loop.

    A finished object! The “Boyfriend Socks” in size US 0 (SO TINY) that took me 4 months. They fit, I’m happy. These shoes fit my skinny feet better now too! The yarn is ShibuiKnits Sock in color Midnight purchased from Knit/Purl. The temperature is supposed to hit 70 today. Why not wear some wool socks?!


    The The

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  • Adventures In Swatches

    Uses for Orange yarn… Swatches! I had a migraine while knitting this. It is horrible all around. Yarn is KnitPicks Swish worsted (I think). Lace pattern from the Sun Ray Shawl on Elann. This is not an accurate swatch of the lace. I moved things around in my migraine befuddled knitting. I did discover how to not do SSKs, but not doing them at all! Just knit the two loops as normal on that row then do a SSP over those on the next row (the wrong side). I need to investigate other ways to SSKs because mine really, truly are ugly.

    These swatches are for an afghan. I started it a long time ago in cables, but it is just too heavy. Need something with pattern that is not girly-lacy (more manly!).


    Swach #2 in a really similar lace pattern. Taken from an Adirenne Vittadini pattern book. (Don’t remember off the top of my head). Ignore the horrible K1P1 ribbing at the top. I was too lazy to do it proper. (Also can’t make ribbing look right in my normal continental knitting style). I re-figured the chart to put the SSPs on the purl row, instead of SSKs. The middle section has the SSPs, the top and bottom sections have K2TOGs, which don’t look horrible, but aren’t quite as nice as the SSPs. Part of the problem is this yarn. KnitPicks Main Line, which is 75% cotton 25% wool. It probably would look better blocked. I hate the way my knitting looks in cotton yarn, but this isn’t as bad as 100% cotton yarn. The original cabled afghan started out in this. I need to get some pictures. I think I’m going to switch to KnitPicks Comfy, as it is machine washable. The Main Line can be used for a summer sweater or something! Hmm. I never have gotten around to making a ChicKnits Eyelet Cardi!

    Afghan test swatch.

    Next I’m going to try a swatch of the Voyager Lace Stole.  I love the way the lace makes the wavy edges.  I could basically just size up the stole pattern for an afghan, leaving off the picot edgings on each end.

    Color Test Swatch

    Finally, a swatch from Annie Modesitt’s New Directions in Color class.  My first attempt ever at colorwork.  I thought it was more hideous in class, but it is not so horrible looking to me now.

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  • Yarn Harlot Videos

    I finally posted them in vimeo.  The first two are my favorites, and yes, that’s me “singing” along during the song :)  Other people were too, they just weren’t next to my camera!  I was sitting almost half way back and all I could get with the 12x optical zoom was her head, not that you could see the rest of her behind the podium.

    Millie the Mouser from akimbo on Vimeo.

    Yarn Harlot Serenade from akimbo on Vimeo.

    Inexplicable from akimbo on Vimeo.


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