Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The assasination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford...

Two years ago, almost to the day, BF was receiving a call from an agency to tell him that he'd been hired as an extra in the above mentioned movie. Though they'd advertised for long haired men with facial hair, the first thing they did was cut approximately a foot of his from his head. It was worth it for the experience alone (easy for me to say.. tho i still grieve my hippy boy's hair).

So, after all these months of waiting for the movie to be released, tonight we finally had the opportunity to see it. And there, as big as life, was Jim! He's standing in the fan dance scene while most are sitting, so it was easy to quickly identify him.

Those have to be among the most exciting 5 seconds of my life. I am so thrilled.

Yeah!!!! I can hardly wait to buy the dvd!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Clue 1, complete!

Originally uploaded by spinknit

About that little 'I hate lace' indiscretion.... It was late. I was tired... I struggled with those few rows for I don't know how many hours, and it wasn't until today that I discovered the problem. I had folded the chart in half, and smack in the middle of row 125 a '^' appeared for all the world to be a '/'. I'm laughing now, but at the time.. phew. Complete disaster.

Clue one is finished. I love it, I'm thrilled with my yarn choice and colourway. I can hardly wait for Wednesday.

Note to self: Be more careful with the whole folding thing.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

It beat me up today

Lace? I hate lace. Who's idea was this anyway?

I was almost finished clue 1, honestly I was. I was imagining how BF would photograph the piece to best show the design, the beads. I was planning my triumphant post. Ya, well. That was then, and this is now.

All joking aside, how on earth will I manage row 5 zillion, if row 125 reduces me to a shadow of my former self?

Tomorrow is another day. Beware Mystic Waters, I am a stubborn woman.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Mystic Waters KAL

I have been awaiting the first pattern installment of Mystic Waters with much anticipation. Got myself some Addi Turbo Lace needles and enough Misti Alpaca (light blue) to knit the shawl... and then disaster. I knit, frogged, knit, frogged, until I was ready to tear my hair out. F'ing thing.. I have to say that a nice pair of simple socks sounded delicious.

So, I posted to the MW KAL that I couldn't chew gum and walk. Not in the least. Frogged one last time, and threw the yarn into the stash.

A few hours later, and after many deep breaths, I went back to Make One (my LYS) and talked to Marilynn about the whole situation. She persuaded me to try again, and helped me pick out some nice Lorna's Laces (a wool/silk blend), showed me how to use beads in knitting (oh mannnnn... I am totally addicted); and best of all, renewed my belief that I could, indeed, knit from a chart. In fact, she told me exactly how to do it using a cookie sheet and a few fridge magnets. Ya Baby.

After I got back home, I found several helpful emails from MW KAL members. Thank you Angela and Sue.

Here are some lace knitting hints, just in case the fancy strikes you to chew gum and walk!

from Angela:

1. Lighting is very important. You have to be able to see the stitches. Also *wear light colored pants or drape a white towel over your lap as you work.
2. Use lace knitting needles. Addi Turbo's are worth every penny. Fighting to get a dull needle under stitches can make you lose your place, drop stitches, etc. If you like straights, Bryspun's tip lends itself well to lace.
3. Use a cookie sheet and a magnet to mark your place on your pattern. You can also buy a metal project board that comes with a magnetic rule to hold your charts and keep your place. Or, some people like highlighter tape that is sold in the quilting section of some stores. (JoAnn's)

from Sue:

I drew a line horizontally marking off every 5 rows.
I drew another line vertically on the chart marking off every 5 rows.
I put markers every 10 stitches and worked 10 stitches at a time, making sure I covered up the rows above the one I was working on and moving another paper to cover all but the 10 stitches at a time.

I'm almost finished clue 1. It was a group effort, and I'm really thankful to have resources like this.