Archive for the ‘House Urchin’ Category

Brit Snit, or HoMD #42

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Snit may be a bit strong, but I liked the rhyme. Sue me.

The Husband requested I make Chipotle-Cheddar Scones for a meeting at work on Friday. I agreed, happy to be of use and justify my existence a bit.

At work today, The Husband mentioned via e-mail to a friend he would bring said scones to the meeting. This friend was born in Britain and lived there for a good portion of his life. Scones have a specific definition for him. His reply says it all:

You bloody Yanks, you’re never satisfied, are you? What next, a deep fried, Frito-encrusted scone? Or perhaps some Asian-fusion, lemon grass and wasabi scone. Why don’t we just scrap the whole scone thing and bring 32 White Castle Burgers instead! Better yet why don’t we just suck on a block of lard.

I’m pretty sure we could scale the heigth and breadth of Britain and not find a chipotle-cheddar scone, and for good reason. They sound very tasty (and are, of course, welcome), but perhaps should be classified as something other than a scone…. After all, one hardly spreads clotted cream or strawberry jam on a chipotle-cheddar scone – certainly not in polite company.

Who doesn’t appreciate a good rant?

Success, or HoMD #34

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

I finished cleaning off the dining table and my desk!

In fact, I’m sitting at my desk typing this very post. I haven’t seen the surface of this desk in months, and it feels amazing to reclaim it. I would provide a photo of my “cleared” workspace, but I’m serving as cat furniture at the moment and can’t get to my camera. I’ll post a photo sometime soon.

I do apologize to all three of my readers for the apocalypse this will trigger, but it had to be done.

Getting Closer, or HoMD #19

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

I worked more on my dining room table piles. I also moved on to my work area piles. I feel fantastic about clearing this stuff away and nearing my goal of working on my projects again.

Writing about cleaning rarely entertains an audience, so I’ll leave you with the promise of sharing some works-in-progress (WiPs) soon.

OMG There’s a Table Under There, or HoMD #16

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

I am a girl with plenty of projects.

I am a girl with plenty of piles of papers.

Often the piles get in the way of working on the projects.

Today I tackled the piles that migrated from my work area to the dining room table. My theory is once I tame the dining table piles, I’ll have space to work on the piles in the work area.

Amazingly enough I cleared several of the piles, filled an entire bag of recycling, and discovered there actually is a table under all this paper.

Accomplishment (or a step towards accomplishment) feels great!

Lackluster, or HoMD #10

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

I find myself on the horns of a dilemma regarding today’s highlight — was it the new episode of Ugly Betty or that I successfully reached double digits in the 365 Challenge? Both are so lame I’ll leave it up to you readers to decide.

Today I wrestled with what I refer to as The Void. Nothing seemed worth the effort of being awake. I know everyone has days such as this. For me they usually auger the beginning of days and days like this one. I cannot, for love or money, discern any reason for my continued existence.

Don’t misunderstand. I’m not contemplating suicide. I just wonder why I’m here and realize how insignificant my life is. I’m cog without a machine. More though, I’m a cog with no interest in finding a machine. Wait. That’s not exactly right. I think it’s more that I don’t see or know any machines I want to join.

But I have to stop there for two reasons. One, this is making me cry. Two, this is supposed to be a post about what was good about my day. Maybe I’ll pick it up tomorrow.

Sock Update

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

I know. I’m the worst. You have all, I’m sure, been dying to know how the socks are progressing, and I’ve just ignored your pleas for updates. Someone should take this blog away from me.

Does it absolve me in any way that I’ve been working (just freelance, don’t get excited)? I didn’t think so.

Since I clearly have days and days of photos built up, I’m going to draw things out over several posts. Lucky you.

We last saw the socks at day six. Let’s see what happened next…

Despite being almost a week into the project, I was barely past the toes. I was working on the foot of the sock, and it turns out that I had to knit for three inches (instead of two as I thought way back in the last post) from the yellow yarn tied to the first sock. You won’t see a piece of yarn on the second sock because I counted the rows from the yellow yarn on sock one so I would know how many rows to knit on the other sock.

I learned that I needed to stop using the flash when taking sock photos. The flash was washing out the detail of the pattern. What I didn’t figure out for a while (until my smart husband told me) was that I needed more light to take pictures without a flash (that three-figure IQ is really doing me right). Sorry for the blurry.

On Day Seven you can really see the pattern–if you ignore the aforementioned blur–that wasn’t terribly clear (no pun intended) on earlier photos.

Socks — Day 7

The next day I was still under the impression I only needed to knit for two inches after the yellow yarn. I thought I was done with the foot of sock 1 and went on to sock 2. Can you see the pattern through the blur?

Socks — Day 8

On Day 9 I pretty much got sock 2 caught up to sock 1.

Socks — Day 9

Not a lot got done on Day 10.

Socks — Day 10

At long last, on Day 11, I finally started on the gusset. A gusset is, “a device, often triangular, used to reinforce a connection between two components” (from Wikipedia). On a sock, it’s the triangular area that connects the sole of the sock to the top of the sock on the way to the heel. You’ll be able to see more as it grows.

Socks — Day 11

On the next installment of sock madness:  Growing Gussets!

Socks, Days 1 & 2

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

I didn’t post pictures after Day One because apparently the first day of sock-making involves nothing but Sisyphean repetition of casting on, knitting, finding mistakes, and ripping everything out for hours on end. Fun times, let me tell you.

I did finally manage to get a sock started on Day Two by aiming my head directly at a brick wall and smashing into it over and over until the toe of a sock appeared.

Socks — Days 1 & 2

I was so proud of myself for actually getting the thing going that I woke up my poor husband to show him my progress. I think The Husband might hate this sock before it’s finished.

The Socks Have It

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

How long does it take to knit a pair of socks?

That, dear reader, is what we (yes, you and me) are going to find out. I’m starting a new project today. It’s a pair of socks for my ever-lovin’ husband. I’ve never knitted socks before now, so this could be a long, long process.

Here’s a photo of my starting point — yarn, needles, and pattern:

Ready - Set - SOCKS

I’ll be posting photos of my progress because I know that you’re totally fascinated to watch this. Much like you enjoy watching paint dry or love going to snail races.

House Urchin

Friday, April 13th, 2007

I am unemployed. I am so very, very unemployed. Ergo, I am poor. I am so very, very poor.

My loving husband has a label for poor, unemployed people living in his house. He created it for me tonight because he loves me. The label is “House Urchin.”

Now, I’m off to find some newspapers I can use for a bed tonight.