Its a good bad day…

Today was the last day of my three days off before the schedule from hell… which is why it was a bad day. I’m quite depressed that for the next few days, my life will be sucked away by work…Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday I have 12 hour shifts and lately none of us have been leaving till about 9:00 in the morning making it 14 hour shifts… so sad. But lets not dwell on this… instead, let us bask in lovely pictures that I promised I’d put up… I think I’ll split this post as well to make it not as long.

Here are some batts I made… now, I’m quite proud of myself for actually making these and I’ve actually spun up the crazy weird one this morning really fast…it came out cool! It is screaming to be a scarf…but I don’t have pictures of the yarn since it is drying right now so the colors are off…

This first one was an accident…that ended up pretty. I passed it through the drum carders 4 times in the end. The first pass I loved but I thought I should blend it more….then the second pass I didn’t like as much so I figured, heh lets blend some more! The third pass was a lovely silvery blue mass but the batts weren’t quite the same shade so the fourth pass blended them all together to get equal colors… The have silk, bamboo, wool (merino and mystery, mainly merino), glitz, shimmery nylon stuff, alpaca, llama, tencel… Some was hand dyed by me, others commercial dyed, others were handdyed from others…. I can’t wait to spin it. It is 4.5 oz of shimmery goodness…the pictures really don’t show the colors well, but what do you expect from a non picture taker like me?

 

The next is an eclectic 4.25 oz lovely crazy batt… I just picked random bits of junk from my stash…probably the same ingredients as the one above but didn’t pay attention to colors nearly as much…it was either going to be a disaster or lovely. As of this evening I decided it is lovely. On my wheel, I spun 130 yards of a single thick and thin that is sparkly, shimmery fun and the colors are just woah… so out there! I love it!

 

This one is a baby batt from the leftovers of that carding session…and look, I can spin on a spindle still! I split the baby batt into thirds and partnered it with some complementary scraps from Funky Carolina I got off etsy… (I totally thought I forgot how… ignore the randomness of the yarn on the spindle, I ended up making it two ply and it is an even worsted that is soft fluffy and twisted evenly…although I do need to spin the rest of it…)

                               

Lastly is this colorful beast… it was another experiment but this one is actually getting mailed to someone else (sending as a part of the swap)… It is chock full of merino, alpaca, wool (of the mystery variety), multiple colors of glitz (hehe), that shimmery nylon stuff, tencel, silk, bamboo… And once again it is a mixture of hand dyed by me and other artists and some commercial dyed stuff… it is quite interesting and at 3 oz, it should be a nice addition to the package!

 

Haha! I’ve officially made a post with pictures related to knitting so yeah!

Who really needs a paycheck?

So… I think I should just have part of my paycheck instantaneously go to etsy when I get it. There is something evil about that site! I go there just browsing and I end up buying things for myself and others that I don’t need but they are soooooo cool! Then I decide that I’m supporting independent artists so really, I’m doing a good deed and buying one more thing won’t hurt…it is a vicious cycle! I also bought some Craftyalien kits….the fox and the lobster. I’m knitting both, one will be a gift the other is for me.

The below is completely irrelevant to anything and may be boring: (I did warn you)

Ok so last night I was working and I have a new co-worker… I’ve worked with him about three shifts and he didn’t really have a personality (in my opinion, but then again, those days were really busy and we didn’t have time to talk let alone eat lunch). So, I went to the breakroom to have my lunch, as I try to do, and he is sitting at the table watching sports. I don’t care because there is nothing on at 3:30 in the morning and I usually zone out thinking while I eat. He then mentioned something about football and I told him I had no clue about anything football related and he choked on his meal. He couldn’t believe a Texan didn’t know about football and I told him it was because it bored me and I was never able to watch a game. Suddenly, he spent then next 30 minutes telling me everything about football he could and made it sound tolerable (I now know what the entire offensive team does…apparently next time he’ll teach me defense). It was amazing how animated this guy became and he just went on and on (like I am now) about stuff that I didn’t care about (like I am now again XD!) but it was refreshing. And finally I saw a spark of life and I think his entire world does revolve around football because he always says when he gets stressed he asks, “What would Tom Brady do?” I really can’t mock him though because I have the same problem with knitting/spinning. And when I get frustrated at work, usually because when getting or moving patients around they get all the cords and wires tangled (how, I’ll never know) I view it as untangling my yarn and pts are amazed at how patient I am and that I can get everything completely detangled. I just grin and tell them it is easier than untangling my lace yarn. Which then opens a discussion about how I knit and having a spinning wheel and a cat. So many people know way too much about me… I really should talk less.

Later this evening I shall be posting some pictures of batts I’ve made and the package I received from my last malabrigo swap! (Yay to getting my camera functioning…granted, I’m still a bad picture taker but that can’t be fixed as easily!)

I actually won something!

Lovingly made by Lasdcm (that is her etsy shop which is the only link of hers I have. Warning: you may click and feel the sudden urge to buy….it happened to me) of ravelry, lovingly stolen with permission by me:

I’m one of those happy pessimistic people…. I’m always smiling, but on the inside the glass is half empty. I talk things down so as to not build too much excitement so that when the inevitable loss happens, it was expected. (Note: this is all on the inside, on the outside I still seem all SQUEE!) Now, when I started hat attack, I was excited. I figured I’d kill someone, be killed in turn and call it a day! When a month had passed and I was still in I figured, huh…I’ll be damned. Then, when the final 7 were posted and I was on the list, I went, “Holy crap!” Then, I started to let myself get a little excited… that maybe I could possibly win (Out of sheer luck).   Then there were 5, 4, 3, and finally 2. It was between me and VeryBadDogs. I was at a point where I could do nothing but wait and it was all based on the postal system… I allowed the smallest shred of hope and then VeryBadDogs announced her hat came and I allowed myself the whoop of joy! I don’t think I’ve ever won anything this cool in my life and I was just as proud to be in the final 7!

The next day I got my hat and was declared dead to end the war… and as a treat I have pictures of the hat that killed me:

First the package…yes, is it not totally awesome!!! Thanks VeryBadDogs!!! The pom pom is removable and I’m so wearing it both ways!!

Now Me wearing the hat…and one with the snout (I had one with the snout, hat, and eyes but it was downright creepy and slightly blurry so I deleted that one)

I apologize

I totally apologize for my horrible grammar recently, the overuse of phrases (like now normally), the lack of punctuation, the poor content, lack of pictures, the clear misuse of “no” vs “know” (and other similar words: there/their),  and for too many …s and XDs 

I’m a broken record but I’ll try to be better, I swear… Crap, there I go again.

Yes, I realize I have no life

After this post, it will be official that I have no life out side of my cat and the malabrigo swap. And perhaps work. But honestly, nothing (thank goodness) has really happened that was exciting and finally the first funny thing to happen is something my cat did. And by now, if someone reading this blog doesn’t know I have a cat (which I talk about in every post I think XD, then they obviously haven’t read my drabbles). I really should name my cat for as much as I talk about her….

Anyways, I was sooooo excited today. I woke up and there was a package on my chair from Yarnzilla!!! Which means my malabrigo swap partner’s yarn arrived! It is very pretty yarn if I might say so myself but the colors don’t really go together in my opinion, but whatever! My partner wanted to see, she shall receive. So after my mom laughed at me for getting yarn in the mail and I spent an ungodly amount of money at littleknits.com (last purchase for a while, I swear!) I decided I should post here and say, I GOT THE YARN! I was a bit on the sad side that I had no crazy anecdotes of something cool I did when my cat crawled on me and started to suffocate me again. This time though she took it a step further and decided to sleep where my mouse is…now normally this is ok since I love keyboard short cuts and don’t use the mouse much if I can help it but I haven’t learned shortcuts to switch tabs on IE 7 so… I was stuck on a stupid forum page and I couldn’t get off.

Now, normally, the cat on the mouse would be fine but she was sleeping and it was all the way under her chunky self…so I had to go under the beast. Needless to say, the beast wasn’t happy and started to bite thinking it was a fun game (her tail is still wagging (or whatever it is cat tails do when they get all excited) I think she assumes typing is another fun game because it looks like she is about to pounce on my hands (I really should set up boundaries for the beast). So I planned my attack to get the mouse carefully and I finally got it with a mere 3 bites (no bloodshed) when the mouse lites up because it is in the air. Suddenly, the cat gets uber excited and starts ferociously attacking the mouse and trying to eat it (very ironic and not surprising). I finally got it back to the table where the light shut off and now she is just watching everything.

Wow, kind of embarrassing that I could go so far into detail about something that took place over a couple of minutes. And truely, that was the most exciting think I’ve done in a while. (With the exception of work….work is always exciting. I have seen so much since I graduated, I’m just amazed. I’m always freaking out though since I’m new, granted my patients and co workers haven’t figured that out yet.)

Um…and to make this slightly relevant, I have knit one dishcloth recently and am about to begin another? Heh, that sounded so weak. I might do a contest soon though. I figure the odds of someone winning are excellent since only one person seems to go here. I really just have this urge to send yarn or fiber to someone in the mail for no reason whatsoever.

Gah! My annoying beast!

So… I was all thrilled that I was going to post again when I hear a scratching… it happens again…and then there was shaking and a loud Meow right in my ear… then a beast rubbing against the back of my head who than proceeds to sit on my shoulder like a parrot. This cat was never meant to do that… she is a chunky munchkin… which makes her dense. Well, it must not have been comfortable for her either so she decides to try to get on my chest and proceeds to make the keyboard have tons of beeps and I’m furiously trying to be quiet since everyone else is sleeping. Stupid kitty… then she finally gets comfortable and now we are at a point where I’m laying back in the desk chair, she is sleeping and getting angry at me typing… Granted, I’m only able to type because I learned in gradeschool since her huge body makes it so I can’t see the keys nor can I move my arms much… just my right arm. My left arm is falling asleep because she is a beast.

Now, if you read the above, I apologize, I tend to rant stupid stories that no one really cares about.

Anyways, so I woke up this evening at my usual don’t have to go to work time and so much has changed! Apparently, we are getting a brand new uber cool fridge/freezer and get this! The folks listened to the renter (my) request! We are so getting one with a ice thing and a water thing on the door! I don’t even no the term but it is so cool! They are getting a fancy smancy one, totally awesome! Also, they actually checked the mail for once *gasp* and the first of many packages with gifts for my swap person arrived!! I’m quite excited because I think with every gift for my person, I bought myself something too so it is way too much fun. 

I’m currently trying to figure out how to be more artsy and craftsy with for some things in the swap. I like to make and do art, but I’ll admit, I kind of suck at it. Sure my mom loves everything I do and my friends all go “That is way cool!” but they are being polite. I can tell. I’m mainly having problems trying to figure out how I want to do packaging and wrapping for some things. I’ll figure it out eventually, but still… I love sending presents but I hate sending things that don’t look cool or fun to unwrap. I’m even thinking about pulling out my sewing machine for this swap to see if I can make one last thing…who knows, I may find that I can sew straight! Hah! I can’t even cut straight (but please, if you ever see my mother walking around, don’t tell her if her hair is wavy…she had me trim it the other day and I think I did it straight but at first I had a definite slope going. I think it is ok now though.)

Ok..now for pictures of the beast, known as kitty (since I never did get around to naming the poor spoiled rotten thing), I had on my computer:

3 months

Ok, so it has been three months…but I’ll admit, I was actually busy and doing stuff in that three months. Work wise, I passed boards making me an official RN and I’ve been cut off orientation so I’m all by myself in the dark scary workforce. (It really can be terrifying). I also am now on night shift which means on days off like today, or rather nights off, I can get extremly bored. I should clean but nah… I have decided to spin, knit play on ravelry, buy stuff, watch television. Needless to say, I will probably be posting more here to do something in the future. Problem is, I need a new camera or somehow need to figure out how to take better pictures with mine. I’ve been trying to take a good picture of one thing for like a month and I guess I’m just stupid.

So I know  the real question is, why am I on this thing after three months….what spurred it on. Surely it wasn’t just boredom. Well, it is that time of year again…SWAP TIME! MWAHAHAHA! I love swaps… I should probably just from now on join swaps year round so my blog is always used. I’m once again uber excited and I already spent a bit more than I meant to on my partner because well… I don’t pay attention as I’m buying and then all the sudden I see the total and I’m already committed but dang!

Anyways…this was totally uninformative (sorry swap person) but hey, at least I posted! THat is one step in the rightish direction!