Friday, April 11, 2008

I Thought Eco-friendly Meant Talking To My Plants!

I've been working alot on the razor cami and I really love how the lace is turning out. It was a gorgeous day yesterday so I got some pretty photos.

See the pretty flowers in the background?

Also, although lace has never deterred me, cables have always been something that I was frightened of. But no more! Thanks to knitty's awesome article on beginner cables I knitted up a cable sampler/bookmark. I now love cables! (notice the flowers!)
The book in the picture below is Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and so far it's pretty good.I couldn't resist the beautiful flowers my dad has been working on:
Speaking of nature, I went shopping two days ago and my mother pointed out this shirt. I HAD to get it.
It says "I thought eco-friendly meant talking to my plants!?" lol

In a completely unrelated story, I was cleaning my room and unearthed these.

They are the empty mousse bottles I have used from the past 8 months! woah.

Lastly, I was listening to a Cast On podcast when brother #2 walked by:

Brother #2: What are you listening to?
Me: A knitting podcast.
Brother #2: What? but doesn't that have to be a video?
Me: No, they talk about knitting, they don't teach it.
Brother #2: What like the "cult of knitting"?
Me: yes


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

WARNING: This post contains all the colors of the rainbow

I almost didn't post today.
Here's the conversation that occured between myself and ... me.

Myself: I shouldn't post today. I have nothing interesting to show. I already posted basically everything I'm working on in the last post.
Me: ... you do realize that not every post has to be novel.
Myself: Oh... right.

So, actually there was something I didn't post last time. I'm working on the Razor Cami. It's going slowly, but it's really pretty and I get to use my circular needles (yay circs! I never get to use them.)

The cami is actually into the lace part already. It's about 6 inches in (including ribbing). Yay!

I also had way to much fun with my camera and crochet hooks today...
Hmm... new rav avatar perhaps?

Also, I went to the mall today, so therefore:

Crafty Sightings!

First, a cute crocheted cardigan (say that 5 times fast):

And an awesome shirt which unfortunately did not come in my size (at all. Not even something I could squeeze into): Yes, those are knitting needles, yarn, and scissors all over the shirt. !!!!!
Both sighted in H&M. It's funny because although I can almost never find clothes to wear there I can always find crafty sightings. I've already gotten past the weirdness of taking pictures in H&M. ("crazy lady with camera! run!") Hmm, I've just noticed that they are both green... random observation.

On a more serious and completely unrelated note, I wanted to write about an amazing project. I'm going to end up explaining this terribly so I 'm stealing this bit from the site:

My name is Shawn - I'm a 26 year old former graduate student from the University of Notre Dame. After attending the 2006 Notre Dame Forum on Global Health and meeting Dr. Jeffrey Sachs (author of the book "The End of Poverty") - I was inspired to come to Bangladesh for a small, short-term, and self-funded project to see what difference I can make in helping some of the world's worst off. My goal is to inspire those who read this to ask themselves the question "are we doing enough to make a the world a better place?".

This guy put his graduate degree on hold and is doing wonderful work in Bangladesh. His main objective is not to hackle people for money, but rather to show the poverty from a firsthand perspective. He is completely self-funded. He posts videos on youtube, writes on his blog, and posts picture on his Flickr account.

Shawn's blog -
Shawn's Youtube -
Shawn's Flickr -

He's doing amazing work and I really recommend you check him out.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Okay I lied...

I said I would post on monday... and I didn't. So now this is gonna be a big post to make up for it.
First, I want to answer AJknitz's power-of-7 tag-game-thingy that she tagged me in a month and a half ago (woah, procrastination).
I have to post 7 weird/random things about myself:

1. My computer's name is Samantha
2. I have 4 siblings (2 older brothers and 2 younger sisters who are known on this blog as sister#1 and sister#2)
3 I LOVE Harry Potter
4. I got a 2000 on my SATs (1380 for those who go by the 1600 system)
5. I once ran up the down escalator
6. I will be voting for McCain (Lesser of the three evils. I don't like any of the candidates)
7. I will be spending next year in Israel!
And now I have to select 7 people to continue the game. I'm sure a large amount of people have already been tagged so I apologize if I pick someone who already went.

Some of the people I picked I knew from before and some I've never talked to in my life (but would like to get to know you better!). Considering that fiber addiction seems to be the only constant in my life it's good to make friends I can take with me wherever I go. (Yes, that was a mini-freakout that OMG WHAT AM I GOING TO DO NEXT YEAR WHERE I ONLY KNOW ONE PERSON!)
Anyway, if you were tagged make a post with 7 random/weird things about yourself and then tag 7 more people. Good luck!

I'm beginning to notice something. I get obsessed with things way too quickly.
Obsessions:(As of today. They constantly change)
Craftster (I’ve been neglecting this one lately)
Indie music
Making random montages
Firefly (squee)
Charlieissocoollike (this is a new one)
Nerdfighters (also a newish one)
David Reidy
Taking massive amounts of pictures
Harry Potter
Tamora Pierce
Nailpolish (yes, this can be an obsession)
Blogging (hahahahahhahahaha... okay, I'm trying to make this one an obsession)

Dear God, I have no life.

By the way, I never did mention something. Months ago I bought a ravelry T-shirt!
A myspace-esque photo:Yay!

Okay, Okay. Now I'll talk about crocheting. You may have noticed that I completely disregarded crocheting in my past post and it made me sad to think I wasn't sharing my greater love.

I finished the NatCroMo Freeform CAL! It was such an interesting project because I really got to try out so many different styles and stitches of crochet.
I'm trudging my way through my ripple blanket again. I want to try to finish it by August so that maybe I can bring it to Israel with me.Do you love it as much as I do?

I finished the Seraphina Shawl for my grandmother and the cable scarf for my grandfather in January.
A while ago I finished the Shades of Plaid scarf from CrochetMe (awesome book!).
This is the scarf before I wove in the chains:And all finished!Flying scarf picture! I've seriously fallen in love with flying scarf pictures. Also, flying sister pictures (this is sister #1) And my awesome photographer: She's decided she wants to be a photographer when she grows up so she tries to make the pictures look artsy instead of focusing on the object. Oh well, they come out looking cool.

Book Review!The Sweet Far Thing by Libbra Bray
The third book in the series and definitely just as awesome as the first two. I was a little dissapointed with some of the plot turns, but I loved how she kept Gemma's humor and insights throughout the book. For example (the passage continues on both pictures. It's not two seperate things):
Heehee. Cheese.
Hmm... wow. Okay, I think I'm done. That was LONG. This post actually took me two hours to write (if you count taking the pictures, picking blogs to tag, etc.)
Phew. Okay, I'm going to go eat lunch.