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February 13th, 2004

07:07 am: invisible woman
Have you all figured out that I'm never here?
I started it to chronicle my knitting and keep track of it all. Now I've gotten lazy.
I'll leave this here just so I can keep up with communities if I want to.

December 25th, 2003

07:10 am: Knitting list
This is just a list to remind myself of what I need to do
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December 20th, 2003

07:06 am: 2003 - year in review
atolen form anneball
I've been really down on 2003 - hopefully this will make me feel like it wasn't all that bad or it may make me run screaming into 2004

2003: a retrospective
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December 18th, 2003

05:35 pm: Punishment for boredom
I was procrastinating and feeling bored, trying to destress and settle in before I did all the things I had to do for the night. So in my procrastination boredom I was reading stuff on LJ and reading peoples journals (I hadn't done that in a while)And right out in plain view was the end to ROTK. what the hell. no warning nothing. If I was on that person's friends list I would've been pissed. I'm still gonna see the movie and forget what I now know. Dammit - I should know better than to procrastinate. In fact I'm gong back to work now before something else happens.

December 13th, 2003

09:28 am: A little insight into the girl names Amy
Stolen from purlewe, I usually don't do these but hey why not.

Here's the deal:
1. Copy this whole list into your journal.
2. Bold the things that you have in common with me.
3. Whatever you don't bold, replace with things about you.


01. i only have a handful of close friends, and i'm happy with that.I just wished they lived closer to me.
02. I can pick things up with my toes.
But prefer to use My hands for these tasks
03. I think that old furnishings are more elegant than danish modern.
04. i LOVE knitting.
05. I also love beading sewing and all sorts of needlework.
06. Sometimes I wonder if anyone understands.
07. I hate when people type in all caps online.
08. I also hate people who TypE LyKe D1s.
09. And I dislike when people use Prince Language (2 B U etc!!)
10. I love the color red.
11. but black is something that I wear almost every day!

12. I am working on knitting designs so that I may be published.
13. I wish I had time to read more.
14. I prefer non-fiction or at least fiction based on reality.
15. art rocks my socks.
16. I love all sorts of greens like broccoli rabe, kale, spinach and collard greens.
17. I believe that we should be responsible for our own actions.
18. I have a lot to learn.
19. I create art almost every day.
20. I check my email every day to see if I got new email, usually I check dozens of times a day. But mostly because I do alot of internet sales.
21. I love to cook.

22. i am proud to be who I am.
23. I want to travel more to other countries.
24. I do not clean as much as I should.
25. I usually finish things I start.
26. i giggle like a six year old... often.
27. I love having adventures!
28. I'm a weird person.
29. I want to become more organized in my home this year.
30. I seem to like most animals.
31. I hope to learn to spin wool to yarn.
32. I often prefer animals over people.
33. I never got addicted to smoking
even though I did smoke
34. I love food - almost all food, I'll try anything once.
35. I wish I was independently wealthy and didn't have to work.
36. I love the smell of fresh cut grass/hay, bread baking, and lavendar.
37. i am too trusting of others.
38. I try to find the good in most people.
39. i am not broke, but I certianly do not have much $$!
40. I really want to go to Sweden and see my friend Sara.
41. i like LJ too much.
42. I like people who are a bit out of the ordinary.
43. I love indie, olde and interesting films.
44. i am a good partner to whomever I have loved.
45. i am often wearing a silly smile.
46. i like to sleep in.
47. I am open to new ways of seeing things.
48. i have a borderline obsession with beauty in all forms.
49. I am fascinated by drag queens.
50. I love thrift shops.
51. I like silence at times.
52. I love all the seasons
53. I love to dance.
54. I re-read books and re-view movies and put CDs on repeat constantly.
55. I like being alone sometimes.
56. I can be pretty wild,
I think I look tame but I'm told I don't.
57. I HATE over-commercialization.
58. I love to exercise - I hate to waste the time doing so.
59. I like when my friends write me letters and emails, it makes me feel special.
60. I try and be as optimistic as possible.
61. I try not to be too sarcastic (altho it comes naturally to me!)
62. I love going to see bands play. The smaller the venue the better.
63. I overreact about things sometimes.
64. I'm getting better at using technology.
65. I have odd dreams.
66. I love to eat!
67. i like learning.
68. I have more books than actual items of clothing!
69. I think GW Bush is the worst possible President the US could have at this time.
70. The only person in who really "gets" me is my best friend.
71. i don't like our government, but i don't think anarchy would work either.
72. i like variety, in everything.

73. I'm on a sewing machine, behind a potters wheel or at a table painting all day at work.
74. I know a lot of stuff that I never intended to learn.

75. I love my daughter and I want to have another child.
76. I don't judge my friends because they choose differently from me.
77. I love to read.
78. i like candy. a LOT.
79. I want to live on a farm
again.
80. I love ice cream!
81. I can be hard to deal with sometimes.
82. I like television more than I care to admit. but I like NPR better.
83. I try drink alot of water a day
84. I don't like some of my family members.
85. On some issues, I'm very firm in my beliefs.
86. I am female.
I am woman hear me roar!!!!
87. I don't understand why anyone in their right mind would oppose gay civil marriage.
88. I want to go to NYC soon!
89. I am a morning person!
90. even if I sleep 9 hours, I am sometimes still tired.
91. i do not have an addictive personality.
92. I value creativity over most everything else.
93. I never feel like I have enough time.
94. i think toni morrison is a very interesting woman.
95. i think intelligence is sexy.
96. One of my biggest fears is getting too sick to care for myself.
97. I am not usually very emotional.
98. i like to laugh so hard it hurts.
and milk spurts out of my nose
99. I'm really bad at saving money.
100. I am done with this survey now.


December 9th, 2003

04:20 pm: coon skin caps
haha - heard enough? or nothing at all? go here


Many people sympathise with Annie and just want her to get some credit. While others don't seem to get why its a seemingly important matter to some. My husband doesn't do anything with desinging but he understands how it can feel important when something is so similar to yours is published or someone is wrongly profiting off of your idea, pattern, design. It smarts. And you are the one left behind feeling crappy about something you may have been proud of in the past. Or something that you were profiting from yourself and because of this new person, you are losing business.

So these people that don't get, do they simply not care or are they trying to see how much they can get away with. One or 2 of the comments led me to believe that someone may be just as happy and proud of themselves to use an idea of someones for their own gain. I suppose that's capitalism. Not saying its right, but that's the way things seem to be these days *sigh*


Now - for a super happy note.
I got my scarf in from my KR buddy and new journaler purlewe
Its so pretty. and an Ani Difranco CD that I didnt have. :D I'm so excited. I almost want to go play in the snow just so i can wear my scarf. I took a quick pic even though I look crazy and you can't see how pretty the scarf is. Eventually I'll post a better one.

this is also what I look like without makeup ,with bedhead, and zits --- why am I getting so many zits lately????

December 7th, 2003

11:19 am: mary jane slipper
someone posted a slipper and asked for a pattern in one of the knitting communities. I am knitting gifts today but it kept bothering me. This adorable slipper that just needed a pattern. oh a pattern was posted but I wanted my own. So that I didn;t feel guilty I made one for my girlie.



Pattern:

These are kid size, in the parenthesis are what I am guessing are for an adult, if anyof you try this let me know if its acurate.
US 7 needles worsted weight yarn
co 16(24) sts
2x2 Rib for 11(17)rows
Slip the first st of each new row
knit, purl for 3 rows ending with a purl row.

Turning the heel:
next row Sl1, K8(12), SKP, K1, turn
next row Sl1, P3, P2tog, P1 turn
from then on knit or purl to the gap that was previously made by the decrease. on the knit rows when you get tothe st just before the gap slip that one, knit, pass over, k1 - on the purl rows Purl together the stitch just before the gap and the stitch just after, then P1. Continue until all sts are on knit/purl onto one needle. Finish with a purl row

Pick up 8(12) sts up the side of the heel, turn
purl back down and across then pick up 8(12) sts up the other side of the heel.
Knit/purl for 3(5) rows, end in knit row

you need to co sts for the strap (I made my strap too big in the pick but I have compensated for it in the directions) CO 4(8) sts for the strap and continue to knit in the round for 4 rows. knit up to within 2 sts of the strap sts. Loosely BO those 2 sts the 4(8) strap sts and the next 2 sts. so you've bound off 8(12)sts.
Knit/Purl the remaining sts to with .5(1) inch of the base of the toe. If you slip the first stitch at the begining of each new row then your edges will be neater looking.

Here you're going to create the toe and will be knitting in the round again. so knit up the side and CO 6(10)sts so that you will have a total of 28(?)sts. Knit in the round until you get to the base of the toe and will need to start your toe decreases. At the side of the toes (the way I do it is I keep the top 14(?) sts on one needle and evenly divide the bottom sts onto 2 needles to work in the round) on needle 1 (bottom of foot) within 3 sts of the side k2tog,k1, needle 2 K1,SKP,knit across to within 3 of the end of needle K2tog, K1, needle 3 K1, SKP knit to middle of heel, Knit next row and ever other row here after. COntinue alternating your decrease and knit rows alternately until you have decreased to 10(14) sts.

Close the toe using the kitchner stitch or as I did, puling the yarn through and cinching it up tightly to make a roundy toe.

**this pattern is my property and I'm sharing so you may use it for personal, non-commercial use only. copyright AmyKing 2003**


OK - so I know I have some typos and I didn't finish my calculations. But its a start and I will edit it later when I have time. When the do the second slipper correctly and an adult one I'll post a pic and edit it all.

December 5th, 2003

12:50 pm: where i live
I've complained a few times to different people (mostly because I'm good at complaining) about not having a truck at the moment and being stuck at home. The town I live in has about 6-8K people. We have a pizza place, a laundromat, a convenince store, volunterr fire dept, elementary school, share a police station with a sister town, a couple of restaurants (I use that word loosely), a gas station, 3 churches, 2 banks, a library (my living room is bigger and has less romance novels) and a post office. I think that about covers it for amenities. The ones that are within walking distance are the library, one "restaurant", and the convenince store.
But to make up for all the isolation, its very pretty
hot air balloons have landed in the fields around us, here is a view from my patio of a balloon that landed in an ajoining field.



This is a view of my back yard from a neighbors house - my house is the white one with the little gardens and small blue pool, unfortunately the giant pool is not mine.



A view from my front door, I took it mostly because of the spider, I have a fascination with them



This was taken during a walk in the fields near my house, the yellow are crops of giant sunflowers.




December 3rd, 2003

01:34 pm: heeeeellllp
Help me
I want to buy yarn
I dont really need it
I cannot stop myself
Help me
I think I'm addicted
No more yarn
::breaks down sobbing::

Ok so its not that bad. But the compulsion is strong to increase the stash. My stash is fairly small at the moment and I'd like to keep it that way. Damn sock yarn. It dances around and looks so pretty shaking its little yarn ass wanting me to buy it. I say NO! no more yarn til 2004.

December 1st, 2003

07:19 pm: dolls
My aunt makes dolls. One of the types that she makes is very similar to an American Girl Doll. That is what Moira was given for her Christmas present along with a pretty little cabinet with drawers and a hanging section and a few cute little outfits. So sweet and I've never seen my girlie so in love with a doll. She named it Samantha. I have been working on clothing to give her for xmas. Now I need to try and find the scraps of material in my scrap bin and make some matching clothing for Samantha. After xmas I'd like to make Samantha and Moira sweaters and Cardigans. I'm just increasing my knit list every day.

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