Thursday, September 30, 2004
Market day was good today.. I was set up approximately 10 minutes when a lady came up and bought two shawls.. and being nice I gave her a small discount for buying two.. maybe she will remember that and come back for more at Christmas..
the rest of the day was pretty uneventful.. the usual questions.. .comments...etc.. and then.. 10 minutes before I was to leave.. this lady comes up and buys my most expensive item.... WOOFUCKINGHOOO!!! more yarn money!!!
AND just when you think it couldnt get any better... I got a box of yarn in the mail today ..From Melanie.. my favourite ebay seller..
When I opened it .. there was a nice note thanking me for the shawl I had sent her with my last payment.. and some extra goodies.. she is always so good to me .. I cant wait to play with all my new stuff.. that will be for tomorrow.. and if you are all good .. I might even take some pictures!! For now.. off to bed... I am very tired..
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
This weekend I didnt mention I had walked by the Episcopal church thrift shop in town.. and some how I forgot to mention all the nice yarn they had in the window of their shop..
I dont know how I forgot this.. maybe in the back of my mind .. I didnt want to jinx myself.. but I had just missed them by about half an hour and had to wait til today at 9 am to go back... I have to tell you I have been excited about this since saturday.. In the window there was all kinds of Berroco, Madil, Skacel, etc...So let me emphasize.. I stopped by the LYS to compare and see just how good a deal I was gonna get if I waited til Tuesday...Let me just say this ... every thing was 3 dollars a skein... So today boys and girls, I snagged 27 (yes, that's right) 27 skeins of yarn for 81 dollars...when I got home I got online immediately to see how much money I had saved... Let me just say this .. I have 275 dollars worth of yarn in the bag sitting next to me at the moment and boy do I feel giddy .....so here is a picture.... and then I will tell you what i nabbed.. and let me just say this.. there was much much more.. i am glad i budgeted myself and only took a limited supply of cash.. I could have easily bought more.. so here is hoping for a good market day so I can go back for more !!
Yes you are seeing correctly that is a PILE of Berroco Quest in Copper and Bronze...Some Skacel Fiori, some Madil Bijoux, some Schoeller and Stahl sock yarn, some Skacel Tropicana and lastly some Berroco Denim Silk.. I swear I am in heaven ..I couldnt believe it.. and when I got inside they had piles more than what was in the window.. and the lady inside said there was lots more where that came from... so I guess now I can quit being so damned jealous of all you that find yarn at the thrift store.. also there was a whole basket if knitting needles and knitting supplies.. not too much for the crocheter but you know what .. I didnt care .. I have all those things that I might need... so the yarn was my main focus..I couldnt even tell you what else was in the store .. I went straight in and beelined it to the yarn.. then took a quick count of money ... and then made some hard decisions about what I wanted... it was sad I had to leave so much behind ..LOL.... I will get more.. If its the last thing I do!!
Other than that my big excitement was a tornado coming through town about ten minutes before I decided I needed ice cream last night.. That was super scary knowing had I left the house earlier I could have been seriously hurt.. I guess the yarn gods knew I needed yarn today and they had mercy .. Seriously .. I didnt even know there was one in the area and it hit about half mile from my house.. very strange and I do certainly feel my timing was good.. for once... That is the part about hurricanes that really scares me .. I am too far inland to really get any damage but the pressure pockets and cells that form make this prime country for tornadoes.. Boy do I have the biggest respect for nature.. She has a bad temper sometimes..
Ok .. off to finish the poncho I promised myself I was going to finish before I even touched this new yarn... BTW.. I have had it by my chair all day ..sort of inspiration to get going on what I need to do .. I am so silly sometimes... and
I AM STILL GIDDY!!!!
this might last a week...
Sunday, September 26, 2004
Ok so today I sat here doing exactly as I wanted all day .. no real work.. just working on some ponchos and things that need to be done.. as I am doing this I have the TV on in the back ground... could some one PLEASE tell me what kind of drugs these TV producers were on when they decided we needed MORE reality shows... I mean I am all for the informative ones .. like the home improvement ones like In A Fix or Trading Spaces...even the Crocodile Hunter ... because its unscripted and there is something actually being accomplished or taught..
But tell me .. Do we REALLLLLLY neeed a new reality Gilligan's Island? Are we really that morbidly fascinated that we need to see yet ANOTHER Survivor season? .. And Anna Nicole.. who wants to watch her whacked out life? I would rather see the money being spent on shows like Joe Millionaire and The Bachelor be put into programming that wont rot your brain.. into shows you dont walk away feeling like it actually took brain cells away for watching.. like you come away feeling a bit less smart because you watched some crazy people fighting for a million dollars doing things you would never consider if money werent involved...its ridiculous.. where do they find these people?
I do confess my love for Queer Eye but at least after watching it ... I feel maybe I can learn at least a new recipe.. and those guys are helping some poor schlub that doesnt have a clue... and of course there is the laughter .. I get to laugh alot through it at least.....and remember in my earlier entry I said there was a study done on laughter ... so that is way important....
I guess I just dont get TV all that much anyway... I havent really watched much in the past 10 years because I feel there are more productive ways to spend your time and enrich your life...Also I dont understand people that schedule their life around network tv series.... say I am out with a friend.. nothing more irritating to me for them to suddenly look at their watch.. jump up and exclaim "OH MY GOD! I have to go .. I forgot to set my Tivo and I am missing the season premiere of *insert tv series title here*" they quickly say good bye and are off to watch tv... that seems so strange to me .. to prefer going home and sitting in front of a little box instead of having good adult conversation.. am I the only one that isnt addicted to some show or another?
I dont know.. I guess all those years of not being able to afford cable enlightened me in ways others havent been .... well I guess I could have afforded it if I had really wanted to but there were other things each month I could see my 50 or so dollars going to instead of mindless entertainment.. like yarn... books... paint... things to stimulate my imagination... so call me crazy if you want.. but that is just the way I see it .. I would rather experience my life .. than to sit in front of a box experiencing some one elses through another persons eyes...
Saturday, September 25, 2004
So i feel I have already had a pretty good and productive day ..worked on two squares.. got one complete .. i went out for brunch .. strolled around down town .. went to my LYS (I was good and didnt buy anything but got several compliments on my shawl) .. passed by the bakery and couldnt pass up going in and getting some goodies and walked home..
got back here .. washed the dogs.. took them for a walk to dry out.. went to the market to get some wine and there was a semi trailer in the parking lot collecting things for hurricane relief.. so I came back home where I have a stockpile of stuff.. grabbed a package of toilet paper, 3 rolls of paper towels and my case of V-8 and took them the the trailer..I know it doesnt sound like much but every little bit counts I think and doing something is better than doing nothing at all ...
So I sit here drinking my coffee and eating my apple pastry and I am thankful that I have something to give... I am not a rich person by any means but I do think I have it pretty good so if I can give back a little it makes me feel very good.. there is a blood drive on thursday as well I am going to try to get to but that is market day and I need to call a friend to watch my booth so I can go..
So on that note.. I am going to drink my coffee enjoy my pastry.. and get the rest of those fekkin' buttons on LOL.....and be thankful
Friday, September 24, 2004
For Half A Minute
ok for about half a minute.. I felt really smart.. now to figure out how to make them in a column instead of side by side.. NO DONT TELL ME.. I am going to struggle for a few days with it and then when I can stand it no longer.. I will ask for help.. god its great to be stubborn isnt it ?
My day has been good.. took my mutts for a walk.. fed the horses on the way the apples in my basket that were getting a little soft for human consumption .. it was a beautiful afternoon... Finished a pink mohair scarf for a friend and I am about to go finish another of the 63 squares.. maybe 2 if I feel really energetic!!
And of course when I get tired of yarn tonight.. I am going to read til my eyes bleed again and figure out my problem ... have a nice evening !!
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
This Stuff Is So Confusing
This crap is thoroughly confusing.. why is my profile suddenly at the bottom of my page..
My head hurts.. I shouldnt be trying to figure this out right now anyway.. but is confusing as hell ..
Tomorrow is the farmer's market so I wont be here til late evening .. Maybe it will do me some good to be out of the house and interacting with people..
Amusing at least... I am sure I will have at least one funny anecdote for you all tomorrow evening .. .. I think I am gonna go drink a whole bottle of wine and go to bed...
Good Night Johnboy!!
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Ok so I have had a rather strange day ... I really hate people that fuck with me and play mind games .. so you know who you are if you are reading this just stop .. enough already...I am finished..
Then of course this strange urge of sharing has over come me.. so I feel I must divulge my guilty little secret.. something of which I derive mindless pleasure and entertainment ... I am totally addicted to Queer Eye For The Straight Guy.. I LOVE THAT SHOW!.. I wish I could turn Kyan straight.. god he is a hottie.. these guys remind me of good friends of mine that have moved to various parts of the country.. I miss them dearly ... I swear if it werent for my gay friends I wouldnt be half as fun or sophisticated as I am .. they have moulded me and expanded me in many ways...
I cannot stand close minded people or people that think that because they do one thing or another it might "make them gay"..UGH the mentality of it all .. and I LOVE those people that think you can "turn gay"... this concept kills me... seriously .. and then there are the straight guys that if you even mention or try to do anything remotely sexual around their ass.. it might mean they are gay if they like it ..PLEASE!! But those are the same guys that want to fuck you in the ass..and cant see where THAT could be considered more gay! I sit here laughing at it all ..
Man I am on a roll today .. maybe my messenger being messed up has been good for me .. I havent sat here mindlessly talking to people all day .. I have been productive .. I almost have that black mohair finished.. and already have ideas for the next big project.. AND the instructions on how to make my button on the side bar ALMOST make sense.. maybe when I look at it tomorrow I will have it figured out... then of course that means.... *dont say it.. dont say it* I will have to add all the bloggers under me.... addictions.. I tell you .. I guess there are worse things.. yarn and blogs arent too bad for me are they ? Speaking of which I hear the siren call of the mohair.. Off to finish that damned shawl!
Monday, September 20, 2004
OK so today I learned to do this my blog already know how to do this
this question is how do I get them to other parts of my page besides a post? .. more reading.. read so much this morning my head was spinning .. so I took time out and finished my star(except for the fun fur trim i will do on it )... which i am gonna keep and give to my nephew for christmas and do something different for Project Linus...and I am almost complete with the mohair shawl.. I am going to go work on that now.. read later when I get tired of yarn..
At least I learned something new today .. always a good thing..
Sunday, September 19, 2004
There is something about people that avoid things rather than deal with them that really gets to me. This is going to be a vent. There are people I deal with that I think would rather walk on hot coals than to close something out. People that know there is a problem but they just dont discuss it like that problem will disapppear if they ignore it long enough. I absolutely HATE that. I would rather walk on hot coals than to be put off or not have some closure on things that bother me. I dont understand this practice at all. I guess I am one of those people that says what I mean and if something is wrong or bothering me .. I would rather just deal with it than have it lurk over me .. wondering what might or might not happen. Especially if it is an issue that has been brought up and both parties are aware it needs to be dealth with.. Ok , done with that vent.
The other topic I will vent to right now is impatient people. People that think you can do things the speed of light. Or say people on your messenger list who say hi and if you dont say hi in two seconds they say bye and sign out.. not giving you a chance to even say hi then coming back later saying they said hi and had to wait over 20 minutes for a reply when in fact it was less than a minute. Or those people that are in such a hurry they cut across the parking lot and almost hit you THEN flip you off like its YOUR fault they are breaking the law. Crazy assed people!
On a brighter note.. its been a beautiful day.. sat out today and worked on my star blanket and my squares. I frogged the 4th square it turned out too large and did it all over.. so I have 4 done... not going as fast as I want it to but I have had many distractions thru the day as well. I have half a skein to do in the star and it will be complete.. well as complete as it will be until I can decide how I want to edge it.. I think I am going to put eyelash or cha cha around the edge of it..Make it even cuter. I have to get that black mohair shawl done tomorrow too.. Its haunting me.. It definately has to be done by Thursday but I dont want to be working on it Wednesday night.. so I have committed my tomorrow to finishing it off...I guess that is all for today .. I know tomorrow will be more eventful .. I have to leave the house and that is always interesting !!
Saturday, September 18, 2004
Have you ever had one of those days were certain people just got on your ever loving last nerve... ? I guess I will cut to the chase... I have many online "friends"... and some of those people think they can just take it upon themselves to tell me how I should live my life .. or what I should do ... or they have this all knowing attitude and you are never right.. or they just pick fights to be picking.. so tonight.. I cleaned house.. all those people that irritated me when they talked to me .. Well..I told them pretty plainly (cover your eyes or skip this sentence if profanity offends)... to FUCK OFF.. and mind their own business.. and MAN.. I feel better...
I have always been taught to surround myself with positive people.. and I guess it was time to do a little closet cleaning.. there were always those few I would get online and think .. "man please dont talk to me because I dont want to deal with you today"...
so I got to thinking and decided I would just tell them like it is ... and I have this sudden feeling of liberation... there are of course a few more that I have dealings with that I just ignore because they get on my nerves and if I said what I wanted to them in a public forum I would be banned from said forum.. so I hold my tongue because there are too many other people there I enjoy talking to.. (and for all you paranoid people.. no it isnt Crochetville or any one involved there..I havent met one person there yet I didnt like)
Just venting about this makes me feel better... and by the way .. I have 4 squares and 2 skeins in the star.. WOOHOO... gotta make a black mohair shawl tomorrow.. and I am going to try to get the star finished and at least 2 more squares.. and I promised I would figure out how to put my button on my blog.. and I am sure once I do that .. I will of course put many Buttons for many people on my blog.. I said I would do it today but I think I am done with the computer for the night.. and of course its probably a good thing if I just go hide from the angry mob I have created LOL .....
Friday, September 17, 2004
Round Two On That Frogging Afghan
I went to sleep last night dreaming of that freakin' afghan...6 tries on the first square.. I determined that it was the yarn choice.. I was trying to make it a luxury afghan with the smaller chenille I had... boy was that a mistake.. I think had I proceeded farther with it I would have been sorely disappointed...so another trip to Michael's (darn the luck right?)
Here is what I witnessed today .. it was an exchange between two boys .. one was about say 11 and the other maybe 13 .... it was cute .. here is how it went down... and it so made my heart sing!
13 Yr Old: "Dude, what are we in this aisle for? This is girl stuff."
11Yr Old: " I know how to do this and I want to make a scarf for my mom."
13 Yr Old: "Man, you cro-kay?"
11Yr Old; "Its cro-shay dufus..its French."
13 YR Old: "You are seriously gonna spend your allowance on this stuff? This is a girl thing."
This is where it all got to my little heart...
11 Yr Old:" Its for EVERYBODY. Rosie Greer used to knit.. tell him he was a girl..and Yeah I am spending my money to make my mother a gift...which is better than just going and buying some junky thing she wont use."
So the 11 yr old starts touching the yarns trying to decide what he wants .. not looking at price...just touching .. which is the way I shop and I thought it was really cute..and the 13 yr old was standing there thinking it all over .. he took a couple steps and started touching stuff too .. he got to the Patons Divine..
13 yr old: "DUDE! you have to feel this .. it's great!"
the younger boy goes over feels it
11Yr Old:" That is really nice but i dont know if I can make it look right. I think I am gonna use this."
He picked up some Caron Jewelbox.. and they left...very cute...
SO there I was trying to figure out this afghan when what did I find..??
A bunch of TLC on clearance.. oh what Serendipity.. i love that word..and in decent colours so my afghan is going to be black, taupe and white...nice neutral and modern... woohoo!! and the best part is I got all this yarn for 20 dollars PLUS 3 skeins of variegated TLC for a small blanket for Project Linus..SCORE!!
So tonight.. I am going to get at least 4 squares done.. that is my goal .. will tell you all about it tomorrow...
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Adventures in Yarn Aquistions
OK.. so you all think my life is funny.. and as I mentioned in my post at Crochetville I would expand on tonights adventure in my jacked-up Wal-Mart..
So there I was.. making my way to yarn.. after of course scoring the Crochet Fantasy Holiday Edition and feeling all excited that I had even MORE stuff to do .. and of course I was elated to see a fun fur jacket in there seeing as I had just scored some of that at Michaels for 2 bucks a skein...ok focus...
so I get back to the yarn section and was glad to see the yarn I picked up over the weekend was in fact going to be carried by my Wal-Mart.. they also had the RH Foxy and the Bright and Lofty.. as well as the Symphany I had gotten out of town... It was all on the very top row of bins.. I am not short.. I am 5 foot 7 ... I had trouble reaching.. and of course none of it was priced... so..
I grab a skein of Foxy..found the nearest associate and here is how our exchange went
Me: "Excuse me Ma'am.. how much is this..its not marked"
Her: " I dont know this isnt my regular department"
at this point she takes the skein of Foxy.. and walks into the yarn aisle.. and starts to walk straight to the Fun Fur..
Her: "Here it is.. its $3.88"
Me: "No Ma'am.. that isnt even the same yarn or brand...do you have a scanner that you can just scan it in and look it up?"
Her: "No .. there is a price scanner at the toy section and as you are checking out your cashier can tell you how much it is "
Me: " I am not about to buy something I dont know the price of first"
Her: " I dont understand these third shift people putting stuff out and not pricing it or putting it with where it belongs.. it belongs here not up there "
as she points to the Fun Fur AGAIN!
Me: " Well Ma'am these are not the same .... its a different brand .. as a matter of fact these are brand new products from the company"
Her: "Well it looks like it should go there. It all looks the same to me."
still looking at the Fun Fur and the probable explaination as to why she doesnt work that section of the store
Me: " Well , apparently this isnt your section is it? I just told you it isnt even the same yarn.. I am gonna just walk away now and go find my price."
She sighed and walked off.. OH WELL..
This is what bothers me about that place.. I understand that the regular department person has to eat lunch or whatever ..but cross train your people.. that would make sense to me.. but NO.. I have to deal with Berta from hardware when all I need is yarn...*sigh*