Friday, December 24, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Up close picture:
...and full view so far:
ciao for nao!
Monday, December 06, 2010
nothing much to say here. Here, have a gratuitous kitty pic:
Friday, December 03, 2010
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
(A patient walks up to the pick up window looking like he just came from the emergency room.)
Me: “Hello, sir, how can I help you?”
Customer: “I wanna drop this off…” *hands me an ER prescription*
Me: “Sir, this is the pick up window. You need to drop off the prescription at the drop off window.”
Customer: “Where’s that?”
Me: “The counter at the entrance to the room with the big sign that says “Drop Off Window’.”
Me: “You know, you already waited in line so I’ll just take the prescription here. Have you ever had any medication here before?”
Customer: “I don’t know, have I?”
Me: “I’ll take that as a no. Do you have any allergies to medication?”
Customer: “Well, when I mix heroin and battery acid, I get a rash.”
Me: “… I’ll make a note on that.”
That wasn't me in the vignette, but some days I wonder.....
Monday, November 29, 2010
While this was a fast, fun knit, I must say I was NOT amused at the 5, count em 5 knots I found. Fortunately this yarn hides the ends nicely, but still, this yarn ain't cheap and 5 freaking knots!!!
ciao for now
Monday, November 22, 2010
I am quite pleased with how this turned out. To recap:
Yarn: Berrocco ultra Alpaca
Pattern: Ciara's Cowl
The knit inspector in the top photo was satisfied with the quality of this knit too.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I, like many other people, like gadgets. Apple's iPhone is an ultimate gadget. However if I can't use a phone like,well, a phone, there's no point in spending mucho money on it. I went hunting for info. Found this website on which Apple goes on and on and on and ON about accessibility of their gadgets for disabled people. Yeah, the section on hearing disabled blathers on about things like the video option is great for sign language. Not a fucking peep about hearing aids. I know we are not the largst percentage of the population, but dammit, we are not miniscule either.
Apple is ignoring us. Assholes.
Fuck it. Blackberry anyone?
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
How to wrap a cat
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Monday, November 08, 2010
It's not too feminine is it? It's a gift. For a male. I think it's got some texture without being 'lace-like', but now I am second guessing myself....
Thursday, November 04, 2010
1. Search for supplies. Clippers, kitty treats. bandaids, gauze,wine (open the bottle first. trust me)
2. Search for cat.
3. Sit on floor with cat.
4. coax cat out from under coffee table
5. sit on floor with cat and pick up clippers.
6. wrap bloody scratches up with gauze, pry cat out from under sofa.
7. Sit on floor with cat held firmly.
8. pick up paw.
9. put bandaids on wrist.
10. pry cat out from under bed, grab paws and clip very quickly.
11. take kitty treats, throw box under desk, pour wine and drink.
Who us? No, we're GOOD kitties!
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Now, I can change some things like when I run the dishwasher or do the laundry. I have , in fact, done these things. Yet my bill is half again as high as it was pre-smart meter. It's going to get worse, as I cook with electricity and peak time will be changing November 1st. I cannot change my stove to a gas one, as I rent. I have no fireplace to cook over the flames, so I am basically screwed.
I fail to see what else I can change. At night we only keep the one lamp on in the living room. We have lowered the wattage bulb we use dramamtically. The only things that run during the day are the furnace ,which IS gas thank goodness, and the computer and tv. The hubby rarely cooks during the day. Lunch is usually something he can heat up in the microwave or a sandwich.
However, once peak time changes to 5pm-9pm, I will be forced to pay the higher rate in order to eat dinner. I can't eat sandwiches all the time.
Quite frankly I think this is a money grab by the utlity company. They could do other things to promote energy savings. For example, in Italy, houses do NOT have 200 amp service as a matter of course, I think 'normal service' is 50amps. So if you try to run too many appliances at once, the breaker trips. This forces people to spread out what they are doing and reduces the drain on the grid.
I am really hating this as it is forcing me to spend all weekend doing laundry. (weekends and statutory holidays are just Expensive) I can't throw a load in the washer until after 9pm during the week, which means I'd be up till after 11pm to get one lousy load washed, dried and folded. Can't do it when I have to get up early to get to my job. Which I need to pay the enormous electrical bill.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
I wore it to work on friday:
A successful second ever crochet project! Even better, it was done without a pattern or anything!
Friday, October 29, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The yarn is from Dizzy Blonde Studios and is called Olivia. The skein was very generous. I think I have enough left over after knitting man socks to knit a pair of at least anklets for me. Not sure if I will, just saying.....
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Or maybe it's a stack of pancakes?
Apparently not. It's actually the stack of mitred squares I knit up ages ago.
I just ironed the lot of em. Now to seam and take care of ends. Note I said 'take care of' ends. I am going to be bad and tie nice square knots in them. If I have to weave in that many ends, the nice men with the straight jackets might have to come get me.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 08, 2010
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
I have an FO!!!!
Voila, the Siamese Point Cat Hat. Also known as the Sockhead hat. I used Zauberball yarn for this, and the colours reminded me of a Siamese cat's colour points.
I am super pleased with this hat! As a bonus, it matches my hair....
Monday, September 20, 2010
It was a beautiful day to wander along.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
You are The Cap'n!
Some men and women are born great, some achieve greatness and some slit the throats of any scalawag who stands between them and unlimited power. You never met a man - or woman - you couldn't eviscerate. You are the definitive Man of Action, the CEO of the Seven Seas, Lee Iacocca in a blousy shirt and drawstring-fly pants. You're mission-oriented, and if anyone gets in the way, that's his problem, now isn't? Your buckle was swashed long ago and you have never been so sure of anything as your ability to bend everyone to your will. You will call anyone out and cut off his head if he shows any sign of taking you on or backing down. If one of your lieutenants shows an overly developed sense of ambition he may find more suitable accommodations in Davy Jones' locker. That is, of course, IF you notice him. You tend to be self absorbed - a weakness that may keep you from seeing enemies where they are and imagining them where they are not.
What's Yer Inner Pirate?
brought to you by The Official Talk Like A Pirate Web Site. Arrrrr!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
I am quite pleased with this. Now I just need to buy a pretty shawl pin. Etsy here I come!
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
This knit took a LOT of yarn. 15 balls of the Madill Eden, to be exact. It is a very dramatic cardigan and the bamboo feels soooooo soft and squishy.
Monday, September 06, 2010
I am calling it Three. Since it is the third try at a knit with this yarn AND since the pattern has a lot of 3's in it,
And a close-up:
I cast on 3 stitches, k1 yo k1 yo k1, k back, do this for 3 rows, then continue but knitting the first and last 3 stitches and purling back, doing yo's around the middle stitch only.
Therefore, Three. I am hoping for a small shawl or neckerchief type FO.