Monday, November 21, 2005

Ireland Day 2

Finally arrived in Shannon at 7:30am in the morning. Exhausted and tired for the sardine can known as an Airplane. First thing, claim the luggage. For once my luggage and myself arrived in the same place at the same time. YEAH ME!

My luggage has been to better places than I have or has gotten there before I have (aka the trip to Manila where the luggage went on 2 earlier flights).

Second thing, get the car. The car we were given was the same one my mom got over a year ago.

For the most part, all the cars in Ireland are small, this one was a four door. It took some getting use to getting in on the other side. In the airport, I asked should I hit the ATM. My mom said no need there is one at Bunratty Castle. I shouldn't have listened to her.

So off we go to Bunratty.

View from the car, while driving.

The Castle

The ATM was not working, so we couldn't do anything. She had a few Euros. All I had was some Philippine and Mexican money (in my passport case) and about 12 bucks. So we decided to drive the time share we were staying at...all the way on the OTHER side of Ireland south of Kilkenny.

The pictures of the place look rather cool but nothing compared to the actual place. So three hours later, we were pulling in to see this.

This is the front...can you believe it. This is where we stayed a converted abbey.

Right in front is an old ruin and cemetery...oohh ahhh.

We were on the 3rd floor, 47 steps to that floor... no elevator and a ton of
luggage to carry up. This is the entry area to the room

The beds

The kitchen and bath.

Pics of the bathroom (I liked the color scheme and tile used. So did my mom who has to redo one of her bathrooms.)

Please note the double taps. And let me tell you Cold is very cold there.

The tub with a hand shower.

This is a view from the main window overlooking Knocktopher.

We then relaxed for the rest of the day. Slept most of it, I can't sleep well on planes.

NOTE TO SELF: Better to fly in at night and get a hotel near the airport and sleep than try to function on little sleep.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Ireland Day 1

Most of the day was spent in Airports or on Airplanes. The last time I was in Boston the Fleet Banks were still Fleet now they have been changed over to Bank of America-I work for them.

We left for the airport at 5am our flight to New York did not take off until 8 am and Starbucks was not open, so I started the day off caffeine deprived.

From New York, flew to Boston then got on a plane for Shannon.

NOTE to self: Next time handle the arrangements for travel yourself.


Well, I made it home last night. Around 11pm, after being up since 4 am (Ireland time). It was a long day starting with a drive from Knocktopher to Shannon but driving in the early morning is the best in Ireland because the roads are not congested and you safely go through towns without people darting across the street.

I am currently downloading the photos and will be posting them through out the week. I just need to get them organized.

Plans are already being made to go back, to see things we didn't have time for and another longer trip to London and a couple days in Paris. I was very upset to find out that there were Jack the Ripper tours while we were there but our information before hand only said they were done on the weekends. I was also inspired by the novel muses and have an outline of another book.

And yes I bought yarn...more about that too.


Monday, November 14, 2005

Hello from Ireland

I am in Ireland and having a great time. I am staying at a converted abbey just outside of Knocktopher (I think that is how it is spelt) about 15 KM south of Kilkenny. We went to the Castle there man they knew how to live.

Today we were in Dublin for a bit. We went and saw the Book of Kells at Trinity and walked around the city. Tomorrow I fly to London for two days and hope to get some yarn shopping in there.

Funny thing, you see at lot of sheep, a lot of sweater and woolen stores but no yarn or wool shops for the most part. Crazy!

Sorry no pictures but there is no card reader. But I did take plenty. Including this incredible store display for Christmas.

Until I can find another computer.


Saturday, November 05, 2005

What's in your Knitting Bag??

This is my new knitting bag...looks like luggage don't it. But too big to fit in the overhead...RATS!

This is it opened. I really dig the pink stripes. Look it is full already.

I have to admit I just dumped what was in my two knitting bags into this one. But did some organization at the hotel last weekend (No CourtTV on the tv. Means no so cool shows like Forensic Files and all that).

What is in your knitting bag???

This is a picture of mine. Here is the list

  • 6 Skeins of Berroco Cotton Twist
  • 1 Ball of Gioco
  • 1 ball of Eros
  • 1 skein of Trendsetter Segue
  • 1 ball of Eros and Flirt wound together
  • Set of Denise Interchangeable
  • 2 balls of Eros and eyelash wound together
  • Lantern Moon Sheep Tape Measurer
  • Joann's Sheep Tape Measurer
  • 2 gauge markers
  • my knitting supply kit (holds needles, scissors, stitch markers, and
  • stitch holders)
  • 2 balls of Koigu KPPPM
  • Calculator
  • Notebook
  • Wine carrier for my straight needle
  • Pencil case for my double points
  • Noro 18
  • Laines Du Nord #2
  • Vogue Knitting Fall 2005
  • Shapely Tank Pattern

Here are some close ups of the Pencil Case and Wine Carrier. I have to say they work rather well for holding needles.


  • Shapely Tank -Burple Sweater

  • Ruffle Purse (own design)

  • Pair of ankle socks

  • Kiri (thrown in there in disgust)

  • Ribbon Shawl
  • Harry Potter Slytherin Scarf

  • Vogue Knitting Fall 05 Arm Warmers

  • Furry Scarf

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Wilma Pics

Here are two pics from my mom's house the day Wilma hit. As you can see, the sky is blue and no rain (we got very little at her place). Check the trees out. They are blowing big time. All her area got was a lot of wind.

Even the wind was not as bad as where I work. No pictures from there because of building security rules.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween

Man, it has been a busy two weeks here. First, we had Wilma come through the lower half the state. This weekend was a trip to Epcot and to a Wholesale show (not yarn...Jewelry stuff). Two things that will make your wallet leaner a trip to the House the Mouse Built and a Wholesale show. I will post the goods probably tomorrow.

Cause I got this WONDERFUL present in the mail I think it is from my SP6 judging by the note. She had someone on whip up this wonderful Hello Kitty Halloween bag. (Picture taken at the hotel this weekend). I was tempted to use it this weekend but decided it was too pretty to haul around Epcot (not to mention it would not have held everything I bought) and way to small for a wholesale show.

So instead I used to carry around my new drop spindle and some fiber.

Kam not your typical tourist.
Proof once again Kam does not justify her jewelry related purchases.
What's in the TARDIS aka Kam's new knitting carrier...You will be surprised or maybe not I was.

Sunday, October 23, 2005


Waiting for something...a feeder band...some wind...maybe a little rain. So far nothing. Wilma makes land fall tomorrow and right now you would never know in my neck of the woods.

I have been working on school work trying to get ahead before I go to Ireland next month.

I have also been working on what I am going to write this year for NaNoWriMo. It is between a time travel story and an adult version of Harry Potters world kind of ...sort of is hard to explain. I will say the latter has been itching the brain more so than the former.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Wilma saga continues...

Still no real clue on where she might make land fall in Florida yet. I have a crink in my neck from holding a phone receiver...they want us to call all potential customers of our unit in Florida. Mind you that that is over 400 customers and only 2 people to do the calls because of vacations and meetings. Most of our customer base is small businesses who don't have other sites. So it is just reassuring them and making some contact.

My boss said that what we were doing was a good thing because she hears us laughing with the customers and wishing them well and to be safe. She says we are showing that the bank cares. I think of it more as we as people care for others. Someone is going to get hit by this storm it might be our customers or it might be our building. It is not about them being bank customers it is about them being another living being.

If you are in the projected path of this storm. Please be safe. Remember you can replace things you can't replace a life.


Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Last name they planned on this is Hurricane Alpha. How strange and we still have until Dec 1 before the active season ends (though they can happen at any time). Wilma is projected to make land fall some time Saturday/Sunday in the wee hours of morning (talk about your sleepless nights) here on the West Coast of Florida-where is anyone's guess. Though most are saying it should make land fall south of Tampa. One word CHARLIE. Charlie that was suppose to come right up Tampa Bay but hit Port Charlotte instead about 2-3 hours south of Tampa Bay Area. What does all this mean? Means Ms K here is one busy camper at work. MY partner in crime is out this week, so I am busy. I was busy programming a new database. Now I am busy trying to figure out how to contact some 300 + customers about the storm (heck just make us call them all) what is another 300 customers. As well as planning recovery (more trying to figure out where or who takes home our databases), because our backup server is in Miami and our main server is about 5 miles down the road in an evac zone. Then to make it all even more exciting I am trying to get ahead in my classes in case we lose power. So what do I do...I went knitting tonight at the B&N where a really cool knitting group meets once a month. The Store Manager is a total doll, she even offered to move the big comfy chair I was sitting in when we had to move (they had some guy doing his book tour and were sitting in some section hogging space and creating a fire hazard). I had fun and got to talk with people I have not seen in a while. Tomorrow I can deal with Wilma again...sigh. One point- it seems all the hurricanes that have hit Florida this year and last year seem to hit on a weekend...Totally unfair. No free days off from work.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Whoa...two posts in 1 Day...

I am feeling a bit better...bit more creative. I picked up my needles and cast on for Kira-my first lace project. It is slow going. I have made some booboos already but rather than frogging back to a life line I try to understand how the stitches are and how it should be. I try to fix them and then frog back to my life line. I tend to overthink things with knitting. But have to say lace knitting is some of the most interesting to date-amazing what those yo will create.

For my secret pal the lace patterns I have:
Pacific Northwest Shawl, Field of Flowers, Seascape Shawl, Leaf Lace Shawl, Flower Basket, and Top-down Mock Faroese Lace Shawl.

I like the Faroese style more than the triangle shaped ones.

On the writing front:
Writing A book is far easier than writing a book that is a series. A Book is contained. A series you have to have the book container and something that ties it over a series. But I am just about done with my major secondary characters and jotting out plot points. I like to have a lot created upfront because while I am creating I am getting a feel for the characters. I have to say out of all my writing Lilith and Daemon are my favorite so far.

Here I was thinking...

That it was that time of year when Yankee Candle carries Witches Brew and that I should swing by the mall. That would be a trial because they just added Sephora's and well I am A MAKEUP Fiend. A knock at the door brought this lovely gift...from my Secret Pal.

THANK YOU!!!! I thank you my bank account thanks you...

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Ennui...feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction

How I love that word, problem is during Sept I seem to suffer greatly from it. I am tired all the time and have not one gram of creativity in me.
I have not done very much knitting or jewelry. It is hard to get motivated to just get up and go to work. Work is not as productive (well that and the monster headache Rita thought I should have).

I usually snap out of it mid October. Usually because I am getting ready for NaNoWriMo.

My Secret Pal asked some questions and I thought I would share the answers with everyone.

was wondering, do enjoy coffee or teas?
I love both equally.

regular or decaf?
Regular...caffeine is my friend.

do you have a favorite?
Coffee: Starbucks as all my friends know- I have about 300 dollars in GC from there for coffee from by Birthday.
Tea: Oolong is my favorite.

what do you do for a living?
I work in banking (Very large institution) as a departmental programmer and db admin.

I know you must be a very busy gal, you don't seem to post much in your journal. it looks like perhaps you're a student?
I am a student as well as working full time

or a teacher?
I do teach but not school related things. Usually some jewelry related classes.

Other things:
I am a writer who is working on her second book which will be a cross of Anita Blake meets CSI. It is set in New Orleans in the near future (Katrina made me rethink setting there but I decided to continue on). I will reveal more details if anyone is interested. I have been published for writing naughty fics in my late teens early twenties.

I want to study Forensic Anthropology. The one thing holding me back is fear...mainly because I have a good job but one that I have to be where I am to do. I can do so many other things (there is alphabet soup after my name because of my certifications). I am usually a go do it kind of gal but this no so much even though I do want it badly.

I am a peacock (some relationship class for work taught me that) you can be a dove, an owl, an eagle or a peacock. Everyone thought I would be an Eagle or near the border of being a Peacock/Eagle. I surprised everyone. I am WAY OUT there in Peacock land. Almost off the scale.

I hate it when people get error messages at work but don't read the screen when all it is asking is do you want to repair the database. Instead they come running to me going something is wrong with the database.

I hate it even more when they get a serious error message and just start hitting enter until it goes away. Creating even bigger problems.

I hate people get into classes and have to ask the teacher how to turn on the bloody computer, when I spent two hours begging to be let in the same class. It was a web design class, I have had sites listed as sites of the day on the net and in publications for design and I have to beg to be in a design class? (Oddly, one of my first listings was the Wall Street Journal site of the day go fig.)

I have the best mom in the world. She always encourages me to do things I want to try but is practical about it. I told her I wanted to try drop spinning she said great just don't get a wheel you have too much on your plate. She also picks up my hobbies so we can do things together. She was also the mom, when I was showing horses, up at 2 am, at the barn with me at 3 am, on the show grounds taking care of my horse when I was riding others for hours on end and never complained. She was not the mom who dropped me off and showed up at the show grounds at a REASONABLE TIME. She was the one who held my horse when he had to have surgery, even though she was scared of him and I was out of state. She was the one who while on her vacation bought my horse a contoured sweat scrapper because she thought the design was so much better even though it cost 10 bucks and my $1 one worked fine. She was the one who took care of everything when my horse died on July 2, 1992 and I was an emotional wreck. She was the one who paid my bills while I was trying to function after that loss. She is my best friend and I would miss her more than anything if she went away.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

The BIG Reveal

I am so Sorry I have not post in what seems forever. I have been working on 2 different projects for work and school is back in session.

I did get my final gift from my SP5 person. Jessica from Show Me Your Knits


She sent me a book on Ireland, some Hello Kitty mints (in the first pic) and best of all she knitted me a purse and SOCKS!!.

The socks fit like a dream and are safely hidden away until it gets cooler (90 degrees is too hot for any sock). My mom was around when I opened them. I think she might make a move steal them. She was going hmm hmm very pretty I really like that color way can I see them closer. She has never said that about any yarn I have gotten (she knits too). I will have to watch these socks like a hawk when she comes around.

I have never had anyone knit anything for me in a long long time (since I was a very small child). Thank you Jessica. I loved everything you sent and loved the little notes. And what makes this even more special is the time you invested to give me this gifts and the gift of time is the most precious thing.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Secret Pal 6 About Me

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer high- and/natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?
I tend to prefer the nicer yarns found in yarn stores over Red Heart and Lion Brand, mainly because I have come to realize they are not cheaper than some yarns you can find in a yarn store. So I am a bit of a yarn snob. That being said I like alot of the Lion Brand yarns though.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
I have several drop spindles. Kind of dig spinning this way.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
I am allergic to of all things Vit C, I can have small doses but I cannot eat a lot of it. Strange I know. Stranger if you can find Vit C laden yarn. Also I have problems with smoke from cigarettes.

4. How long have you been knitting?
Seriously since Sept 04.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Why yes I do...
Amazon Wish List It might come up Ann because my mom set it up originally, since I am so hard to buy for.

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)
I like clean smells not overly floral or sweet and exotic scents. I like
melon scents. My favorite candle is the Halloween ones from Yankee in Witches Brew. I tend to steer clear of anything overpowering.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Is the Pope Roman Catholic? Yes. I like all kinds of candy. Especially Frango from Marshal Fields and dark chocolate.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I am a beader (big time sitting on a couple thousand dollars worth of beads). With beads I am a bead snob. I also do metal work, PMC3 and wire wrapping.

Hmmmm beads... but have yet to combine knitting and beading. I also do some drawing.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I love all kinds of music except for rap and religous. I tend to listen to a lot of Celtic, soundtracks (Broadway shows are my favorite) and alternative. I can play MP3s.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color
family/season/palette you prefer?

Because of my coloring I have to go with jewel tones. I avoid yellows and orange colors and any reds that are not blue based. I am drawn to blacks, purples, and the blue greens. I avoid white, except for socks and Keds, because the uncapped highlighters, markers and pens way across the room will sense I am wearing white and come flying across the room to target my shirt or it will rain.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Single and loving it. No pets. My mom has a cat does that count? A cat who does not act very catish.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here,
I know)

To marry Orlando Bloom...hehe. Actually, I would like to go to Grad School for Forensic Anthropology. Be a published and successful writer/artist.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
I don't really have a favorite yarn. I am still too new to knitting. I go more
for color and feel. I love soft feeling yarns but I am willing to try anything.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Scratchy yarns and very heavy yarns. I live in Florida where it is cold
about a month and only in the mornings and evenings really.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
I have been itching to do some lace work.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
I don't have anything really I am enjoying it all since it is so new to me.

17. What are you knitting right now?
Sweater and a pair of anklets.

18. What do you think about ponchos?
So last year, fashion wise, plus shawls are more practical in Florida.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
Depends on the project. I love my Addi Turbos (use them for larger projects as well as circular). I also love double pointed needles. I like wooden needles too.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Wooden and Addi Turbo metal

21. Are you a sock knitter?

22. How did you learn to knit?
Self Taught I'm self taught in many things because I have ADD/HDD

23. How old is your oldest UFO?
Just finished my oldest now working on the second one which was started in Feb before it became to hot to do a sweater.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

Hello Kitty. I also like gargoyles but I LOVE Hello Kitty. I also like different rubber duckies.

25. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas and St Patrick's Day. Have bad memories of birthdays between my family never remembering what day it was (one aunt thought it was in June or July...May 2 actually.) and the fact when I was little I always had wine cake for my birthday...everyone loved it...but me. So I couldn't even have my own cake.

26. Is there anything that you collect?
Lampwork beads and hand blown from glass artists and Hello Kitty.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I only get the Interweave publication

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?
Most of them are on my Amazon list.

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another??
I have gotten into lace shawls I have several patterns from Fibre Trends I will post them later.

ETA: 30. What are your foot measurements, and what kind of socks do you like?
Let me get back to this soon as I can find my tape measure hehe.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005


I give thanks that my best friend in NO is safe and sound with her family. They left Friday with family heirlooms for this area. They have each other and they have some things. But not everyone was so lucky.

We have all seen the aftermath of this storm. Now it is time to help. What is needed is not clothing, basic personal items or even food (though they are welcomed). What is need is Cash. Money gets there faster and what many do not realize is they purchase things locally as much as possible this helps local economy.

Please go Here to see where you can make a donation.

I have given money already to the Red Cross (they have an account with my bank) I really didn't need that IPod right now. Do you really need that yarn or whatever you have been dreaming about?

Please give what you can, every penny helps.


Sunday, August 28, 2005

My prayers are with those in Katrina's path...

When you live in the South you know the possibility is always there for a Cat 5 to come barreling your way. Florida got luck so far...I feel horrible for thinking that way, but I am human and we got hit pretty bad last year. But Katrina is something that no one should have to deal with (another storm names after a friend out to do serious damage), I can remember Andrew and the nightmare it created afterwards.

When a hurricane is heading towards you and you are in evac area it is best to leave. To stay is stupid, you can replace belongings you can't replace your life.

By Tuesday, we will know what is needed and what needs to be done. Please give monetary donates to the RedCross and to the relief agencies, while food and clothing are often welcome. Cash is easier to get to the right areas and they often know what the people hurt by this storm really need.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

This is from Felicia. OnLine Sock yarn is not to be found in my area of Florida it seems.

Felicia's blog is one of the first blogs I ever went to when I started knitting. She has been a great inspiration. Her work is divine. I hope to some day be as good as she is. Then there is her photography- I really don't think anyone on the knitting blog world that can top it. When she puts up the pictures of food for a class assignment or that hubby or her has made you drool and just FEEL those Calories coming over the net

I could go on about her wonderful hand dyed yarns and spinning....Posted by Picasa

First ROAK

This is my very first ROAK from Moze! I love this card why because it reminds me of my Mom's cat Kallie who sleeps like this most of the time, she is even the same coloring.

It is always nice when people think of you while they are on vacation.

Moze I have a lot of the same pictures from when I was there in April. :)Posted by Picasa

Friday, August 12, 2005

It sounded so easy....

Make a cd to swap with some Knitters...until you look at your 1000+ collection of cds, scan through your 40G of digital song files, another 40G of Song Vids you could pull songs from and well you can see my dilema.

Honestly, I never realized just how much music I had and how much I listen to only certain songs. Please do not think I paid for all those cds. I get many as gifts, some just show up in the mail because I have friends in the music business and some are copies from indie bands trying to get a fan following. I actually got one cd from a wire artist who was a musician because I said I love music.

Needless to say, I got it down to 1 cd 20 songs though I was tempted to do a second one.

Monday, August 08, 2005

You know your work day is going to heck in a hand basket when...

You walk in and 5 people are surrounding the production floor computer and the person sitting at the keyboards doesn't know anything about databases and how they work...

It was a long day. My mind is goo. Not good goo at that. I still can not figure out what happened or why (besides the fact that certain people should not be in our databases). And worse of all they are looking for someone to blame...blame the person who let a certain person on a computer.

I knew someone was playing in something, while trying to pull a report the dates mysteriously disappeared for all of August while I was scrolling through the list trying to find the date I needed.

Tomorrow does not look any better since I will have to try to recreate the problem to prevent the problem in the future. Which usually will not work because soon as I figure out what they did and prevent it from happening they find a new and even more inventive way to kill the database.

Knitting stuff tomorrow I promise.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Day 1 of the Yarn Diet...

I have gone on a yarn diet...the stash has gotten a tad to big and needs to be tamed.
But the main reason is I bought my tickets for Ireland for Nov. and the check book groaned. I think this had to do with I have also just paid my fall tution.

So I'm on a yarn diet. Thankfully everything I wanted to start next has already been purchased, now I just need to get started.

Sorry no pictures but I have been working on a baby shower gift...I thought I had more time. Until the person in question thought she went into labor on Monday and got rushed to the hospital only to find out it was a UTI. I guess that was a given since the baby is 9 lbs already and this girl has a month to go. Needless to say they are going to induce in a week so the shower got moved up. So the only thing I have been working on has been a baby jacket. I'm on the last two inches of the back

Sunday, July 24, 2005

A wonderful gift from my SP5 person. I came early in the week, but I was late one out this week so it has been dark by the time I get home and with finals....well you understand. Posted by Picasa

Take one drop spindle class and end up with 4 spindles a week later. The one second from the left is from my AKSecretPal.The third one from the left is a cd drop spindle the teacher gave us. The other two are new additions this weekend. It seems I have a knack for lace weight, but the two original spindles were too heavy. The far right is hand painted on the top. Posted by Picasa

Sandy's Knitting had a picture of this totally goregous yarn on it. And I had to have some. I came this weekend -Furryarns. No clue what I am going to make yet, but I bought at least one of each of the colorways I was intersted in. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 23, 2005

We now return to normal programming....

I feel much better today. My best friend read my blog and called. She made a valid point on all this while cursing the school. I have a degree in Industrial Engineering I sat the EIT and never got so stressed out as I did this week about finals. Not even sitting the EIT got to me as much as this...a test which I had to sit and pass to graduate. NO Pass no graduate...

But today the mailman (it is a guy) must really be wondering what is going on...I got a SLEW of yarn from all over and a new drop spindle. Pictures will be taken tomorrow.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Stress it's a Killer...Finals Update

Well by 10:30 am, I had finished my final. Only 10 hours late, though she is not counting it against me, that is 1 hour for every question I had remaining.

I am highly pissed. I called the SO CALLED no help. Plus the kid said he just works there. To which I informed him, he is a representative of the school the only one I am talking to. Needless to say, a letter will be going to the provost and the dean of my program.

I was not able to finish the rest of my course work due today until 4:45pm, 15 minutes before it had to be in. Funny thing is we are switching from Web CT to a program called Angel-Angel is working picture perfect through out this.

I am all stressed out...looking like death warmed over (not an unusual look for me I am told). THANK THE is over for now.

And on a funny note...the heat index was 110F here in the SunShine State. Of course I had to go to the postal box barefoot...entertaining my neighbors with a modern dance routine on the way back. I always said I had high entertainment value.

New Form of Hell....


Couple days ago, the school's server went down...we are talking totally down. While normally not a big deal--IT IS WHEN IT'S FINALS WEEK!!!!!

So instead of having man power around the clock to make sure the damn thing is functioning correctly...or instead of prioritizing what is made functional at 100%, decide, at least this is what it is feeling like, to get everything functioning but the QUIZ and TEST parts of the system at 100%. You would think that SOME IDIOT would realize that during finals they would be using the QUIZ AND TEST portions MORE.

I started my final---had 10 questions left (which by some grace of god I had printed -ridge counting can not be done on a monitor easily) when guess what...IT WENT DOWN and didn't come up. Mind you they don't seem to care I only have 2 hours to take the test, nope not one care in the world. I quickly emailed the instructor who said she would not hold it against me (might have been the screen caps I sent her taken every 5 minutes to prove I could not get into the system). I get up at 4 F-ing AM on a vacation day, to attempt it again. 2 count them 1 2 questions answered and BAM guess what...DOWN Again. Go back to bed get up at 6:45am to try it again once again 2 count them 1 2 questions answered and BAM Down AGAIN. Are we seeing a pattern here. 7:10 same thing...At this rate I might be done some time Tonight.

Can I sue the school for UNDUE STRESS???

Friday, July 15, 2005

Happiness is a new Harry Potter Book

Yes, I was out at get THE BOOK. Actually I got there at 11:15pm and was fifth in line at Walmart.

I have read the first two chapters and am now going to bed since I have a drop spindle class in the morning.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

AKSP Surprise

Sorry I have not updated...last weeks of summer session. I probably would not
have posted if not for...

A WONDERFUL surprise. My AKSP knitter sent me an vague email stating to
expect not 1 but 2 packages. One from Amazon and another mystery one...Gosh
knows I love a mystery. Every night was DID I GET SOMETHING?

Well, one came Saturday...but I couldn't get any pictures, why--Hurricane Dennis...leave it to my cousin to ruin my weekend. Then yesterday, I got thesecond part a book. What has me all excited everything had to do withSPINNING....oh I am going to make some yarn. The timing was PERFECT because this Saturday I have class 1 of a 2 part class in Drop Spindle.

A large Drop Spindle, some wool, plum dye, Spin Off Magazine and Spin It book.

Very nice drop spindle---Ashford

I am holding off until my I have school work to wrap up.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005


Okay, hopefully y'all did your homework imagine 120 dollars worth of yarn. Any kind of yarn...heck roving if that is what floats your boat.

Now check out what $120 in Swarovski 5040 Crystal looks like.

Sorry the picture is not to hot. It is raining and dark here. And you can't see my glass cup by a local glass
artist in the back clearly. Yes that is a AA battery for scale (I though the Crime Scene Rulers would freak some out).

Shocking ain't it and that is just above wholesale or at wholesale prices.

The funny thing is...I can look at a project and say need 10 skeins of yarn that would come out to the same price and I will talk myself out of it. When it comes to beads...well I have no qualms about forking over the money. Mind you Swarovski is on the high end of beads.

I had one person tell me that Michael's sells Swarovski knock offs that are just as nice...NOPE. So not true. Swarovski's in true daylight will sparkle almost like a diamond. No crystal looks like a Swarovski.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Today is a good day...

First, a good friend called and asked what beading mags I got and the other ones I liked but did not get via Subscription. I told her I got everything I am really interested in getting. Then she goes what about knitting...ooohhh. So I am now the happy subscriber to Interweave Knits.

Then, I get home and there is a present from Parikha who I had as a SP4 person to spoil. Out of which she made me a scarf out of some mohair I had sent her. I did not get a good photo of it but I will try tomorrow. THANK YOU!!!! I had a fun time buying stuff for her, though it is totally her fault I am hooked on LUSH products now but forgive her for that.

Lastly, there was another package BEADS!!!!!!!!!!! It is from a crystal buy I was part of...tomorrow I will have pics. So in your mind imagine $125 dollars worth of yarn and how the yarn that would look like all piled up (now don't go picking the expensive stuff). Tomorrow you will see how much $125 dollars worth of crystals look like (kind of depressing but oh well).

Sunday, June 26, 2005

AKSP and Stash Enhancement

My order from Knit Picks- two patterns and a selection of yarn. I ordered yarns that interested me to see what they like. I will probably make scarves from these to see how they feel.

These wonderful goodies are from my AKSPal. I was worried something had happened to her because I have not heard from her. I asked the mods of the exchange to see if she was okay. They checked and found out that RL had came crashing in. I was relieved to know she was okay. Then I got this wonderful package from her in the mail.

I hope everything is going better for her.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

She probably thinks I am a nut bag...

My criminal justice teacher that is...

I have completed my second paper for her and have yet to go to a library for research. Oh sure you are saying that I probably find everything on the net. Well, sorry laddies and lassies we are only allowed 1 internet site as reference out of three sources. The rest, well all, have come from my personal book collection. Okay so I pick anything with a forensics slant.

Still, the 4 books on the first one on Jack the Ripper had to make her wonder.

I have to say this has been the worst class wise of any summer. The classes just don't interest me or in the case of the fingerprint classifications just don't make sense to me.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Still Alive...they have not won yet...

I think I caused some heart attacks at work...part of my job is to resolve and write up any errors the floor makes. Since I was helping clear the back log on the floor on top of my own job, things have been resolved but not written up. Yesterday, I spent 4 hours researching and writing up the errors and informational. I am sure the floor would have preferred me helping them again but you can only put off for so long.

Today, I spent programming and reworking a database. What I love to do actually so it is not really a chore. If they would let me do just that the world would be a happier place.

Now for the knitting content of the blog:

Interweave has their Fall preview up. I love the cabled shrug, the Union Square Market Sweater and the Chenille Cutaway Jacket. But it is hard to tell what some of the others look like with the pictures they post online.

Phildar also has new stuff up according to Felicia. I didn't look around much other than the pattern she liked. I like their yarn, it is just so hard to get here in the States.

Tomorrow it is sit and knit night at one of the LYS. They expanded a couple months ago, so there is a lot more room for everyone. Since I am off Friday, I will be dragging my current project on over along with some books and Rowan Mags for a friend to check out.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Still Alive...No Life but Alive

No, I have not fallen off the face of the Earth. I have been buried under a mountain of work at the office and homework for school.

It is a new session of the Knitting Secret Pals--Number 5 to be exact.

I came home from a crazy day at work to find a very bright green mailing envelope and inside pretty pink packages.

I saved the little notes on the packages in my scrap book (the old fashion kind).

A HELLO KITTY TOOTHBRUSH!!!!!! I needed a new toothbrush and now I have one. At Knits End which is in the work bag I bring it out when work starts getting me really down. 2 skeins of solid color sock yarn ( have a pattern in mind for them, just need to locate it). A card with a poncho pattern (the only people who always look totally adorable in ponchos are kids). And a lady bug handmade soap bar, it is almost too pretty to use.

Thank you so much for the wonderful presents. I really love the toothbrush.

I did a raid on Knit Happens...mainly because NO ONE sells Rowan books here (well one store is carrying a small selection of the yarn and two books). I also picked up some Jaeger books. The Noro is from Fiber Arts here in Tampa, it has a hat pattern I really like. I like Noro...Noro does not seem to really like me though which is a shame.

Today Knit N Knibble had their first birthday party. They had door prizes (didn't win sniff) and some little free things (fridge magnet, needle record, and FREE COOKIE!! homemade kind not store bought COOKIE!!!) I picked up some things I needed. Did not go crazy. I did get some Denise needles for travel. The Laines Du Nord has some great patterns in it. I heart their yarn.

You have to love Joann's 50% off coupons. I usually get three so here is what I picked up Two books on jewelry- the one front and center has some KILLER pieces I can't wait until I get some free time ( as in No School) to create some of them. The metal clay has some cool patterns. I need to work some in this medium I took a workshop and had fun. But you really need a kiln which I don't have yet. The studio has one but I don't get down there enough. The other three are knitting books.

Speaking of 50% off...

Clearance yarns---I went a bit crazy but they were all around $1.50 each. The red and gold yarns are going to a friend who wants to make a Harry Potter scarf in time for the new movie, she is new to knitting and does not want to use expensive yarns. The rest are mine. I got several skeins of lace weight yarn to make some shawls with...$1.50 a skein yarn will make good practice yarn. I like to make a trial one works for me I don't freak out about frogging over and over good yarn and making it look all nasty like.

(as always click for a larger pic.)