I'm in!

I'm on Ravelry... Oh Em Gee. This is good stuff.

I'm Stellify, if you may be looking for me.


I'm gonna need an ocean... of Calamine lotion...

Sooo close... I'm freaking out!!

# You are #10335 on the list.
# 148 people are ahead of you in line.
# 18265 people are behind you in line.

148!!! I can't stand it. I can't wait any longer. Seriously.

In finishing news, the sweater is getting there two side seams and one sleeve seam to go, and finishing the neck. The Jaywalkers are done as well, the toe just needs to be Kitchenered. It just feels good to finish some stuff around here. (Pictures to come soon..) And I've decided that Cozy needs to go live in the yarn bin for a while. I can't seem to knit on that without screwing it up and ripping it out. Which means... Clapotis is the only thing on the needles at the moment. So, I cast on for Blackberry earlier this evening. I figure, big yarn, #13 needles, it should be a quick knit. I think I'm going to take a break from socks for a bit as well, so I'm trying to figure out what to do for a little portable project.. maybe I'll drag the Clap around with me, just to get it done. But just two projects on the needles? Come on... Maybe I'll crank out some socks with my stash of Wick yarn.. gotta do dome swatching to figure out what to do there...

There is a problem though. I'd have all this stuff done if it weren't for the recent outcropping of Poison Ivy on my hands. Both of them. Mostly between my index and middle fingers on both hands. I went camping overnight last weekend, and I mist have grabbed a tainted piece of firewood. The kicker? I'm not allergic to Poison Ivy. At least, I never have had a reaction before. My father catches it standing downwind from a poison ivy plant, so I begged him for some advice.. and he gave me his super duper steroid cream. Hopefully, I'll be on the road to recovery soon, and get some more stuff done!

1,000 Words...


PRGE questions..

I'll try to answer these differently than last time...

1. Why are you punk?

I like loud rock music. And knitting to loud rock music. Oy.

2. What are your five favorite things? (these don't have to be knit related)

Books/Movies that make my brain hurt, autumn (colors, weather, apple pie..), anything with 4 legs and fur, coffee, and scarves (see favorite thing #2).

3. What are your three favorite things that you have made with knitting/crochet?

Fetching, Clapotis, and Hedera. (hooray for Knitty!)

4. What five things would you love to see in a swap box someday?

Yarn local to my pal's region, yarn I may have not seen or tried before, patterns to go with the yarn, neato notions, stuff that stinks good (soap, lotion, candles, etc...)

5. What are your three favorite yarns? What are your three least favorite yarns?

Favorites - Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, Rowan Calmer (haven't knitted it yet, I just pet the ball of it.. it's in the queue...), and Tofutsies sock yarn

Least Favorites - Lion Brand Homespun, LB Suede, and anything that resembles fun fur.

6. What are your five favorite delicacies?

Sushi, Rare Steak, Godiva truffles, Lobster, and anything involving bacon. I heart bacon.

7. What are your three favorite guilty pleasures?

icanhascheezburger.com, bags/purses, and skincare stuff.. I'm constantly getting new goop for my face..

8. What are the five things you look forward to every week?

knitting at the coffeehouse, spending time with my horse, Saturday naptime, Baseball, and Friday nights - Live music @ Ralph's Diner.

9. What do you collect?

Other than yarn? Horsie things, anything with cherries on it, and yarn/knitting bags...

10. When is your birthday?

September 3rd.

11. Do you have any wishlists?

I have one on Amazon... lemme know if you want to see it. :)

12. What would you like your pal to know that is not covered here?

No pink. Seriously. I'm a purple girl.. I recently withdrew from Secret Pal 11 because I wanted to be a part of this swap instead. I think this is usually an awesome group of folks, and I'm looking forward to getting to know some of you better!

Ends.. or lack thereof...

Getting warmer...

# You are #10335 on the list.
# 1306 people are ahead of you in line.
# 15577 people are behind you in line.

I'm getting antsy. I want in!!

In other news, I've been spending my evenings at the local coffee house, sitting out on the porch with my knitting and a cuppa joe. The weather has been glorious this week! It was so hot and humid the weeks previous, I couldn't be bothered to hold anything made of wool.. I've been making slow progress, almost done with the jaywalkers (I told you I was the slowest knitter alive!), got a few drop stitches in on the Clapotis, another couple of pattern repeats on the Cozy as well. I just put in an order on KnitPicks, getting in at the last minute on their book sale, and bought enough yarn to make a cute hoodie sweater out of one of my books.. darned if I can remember which one. I just seem to have a lot of projects in the queue, but I can't seem to get anything done, and I just can't exceed the number of projects currently on the needles for some reason. Cozy may kill me. Seriously, it's a simple pattern, but I screw it up constantly. Rip back to the lifeline, start over. Grrr. I'm trying like hell to get through the Jaywalkers, so I can start a new pair of socks. Can't start my chunky cable sweater until TC's sweater is done. One sweater at a time. One pair of socks at a time. The Clap goes quick, though, so that should be done sooner rather than later, and then I can cast on for something else. Man, I just wish I didn't have a full-time (and then some!) job, and half of my free time during the week is spent at the barn as well.

I am looking into a huge career shift though, one that will take some time, and depends on TC getting a new job.. for which he has already interviewed. Hopefully, we'll know next week. If all goes well, that should send the wheels into motion. I'm looking into leaving the corporate rat race, and heading into education.. and in the meantime, I'm working on knitting more efficiently (aka faster!faster!!)

I also took back my request for Secret Pal 11... too much to think about. I can only do one swap at a time, and PRGE seems to be more fun to me. SP11 is just too big. Maybe on a different round.

Hope all your knitting is flying off the needles! Stay cool!

Just when you thought it was over...

More babies!!!

This little filly was born on August 1. The first baby of my friend's stallion. Is she not to die for? The ears. It's all about the ears. I just want to nibble them. Arabians occasionally get little pointy ears like this, where they turn in towards each other. Seriously, folks. Can you get any more adorable?

So now, the push for the naming is on, because now "baby" can mean two different critters. The previous clue I dropped didn't seem to jog anyone's memory, so I shall explain. There's a microbrewery in Burlington, VT, called Magic Hat. They make my favorite beers. All of them. So, I was considering registering my little one as "Chick's Magic Hat" (magic hat = medicine hat.. see where I'm going?), and we'd call her "Jinx", after their fantastic fall seasonal brew. The only snag is that the current owner knew a person named Jinx, and they weren't nice. So, a little bad juju there.

I've decided on three registered names with nicknames, that I plan on giving her current owner this week, and hopefully she'll pick one. So, that one is in, along with "Chick's Ghost Dancer" (these horses were referred to as the ghost horses of the plains.. I thought it was fitting), and call her Dancer, or something totally unrelated if we decide than dancer is too reindeer-ish... And the third, "Chick's Siouxsie Q". Sioux Indians were one of the tribes that honored the medicine hat, Siouxsie (and the Banshees - rock!!), and Siouxsie Q just has a cute ring to it.

I think the black eyeliner says it all.

Ravelry, I heart you.

So, I am still waiting for my invite to Ravelry, but I'm getting close...

# You are #10335 on the list.
# 2702 people are ahead of you in line.
# 12047 people are behind you in line.

Now, to be honest, I just put in for an invite because it sounds like it's going to be a really awesome site. But just now, I spent some time going through the screenshots and previews and... oh my god. Seriously. The needle inventory page. I have no idea what I have or don't have as far as needles are concerned.

I need to go get some chocolate, maybe a glass of wine, and drool over the few pages of screenshots...

Here's a hint...

Is there anybody outside of New England that recognizes this?

Because if you do, I've just given the whole name away... almost..

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