Tuesday, September 23, 2008

OMG

I meant that in an ironic way.

But seriously folks... OMG Super-Stress time!

I signed up to participate in the Mock Trial competition.  For those of you not fully fluent in legalese, its what it says it is.  We pretend to have a trial and play the lawyer for one side.  Or in our case, we play the team of lawyers for one side.

I really had no idea how much work it would be.  I guess I should have realized I had no idea how to conduct a trial, but I didn't.  So this weekend was the start of my sleep bruxism (tooth-grinding).

DH woke me up on Saturday night to tell me I was grinding my teeth and it sounded awful (and I should stop).  Sunday I woke up, not very well rested, and my jaw ached.  My entire head ached, as well.  Monday I happened to have a dentist appointment and he confirmed that I was grinding my teeth, although I had not yet done any damage.

I've tried the little night-guard things you can buy at the drug-store with minimal success.  Apparently the way to go for those are to get one custom made, but that will run about $400, and this semester's loan money is already dwindling.  Funny thing is that last night I apparently took the night guard out of my mouth and into its case, while asleep.  I woke up thinking it had fallen out-nope-on the nightstand in its case.

I'm trying to reduce my stress.  Today has been a super-busy day, but I made time to go to lunch with my knitting group and I even brought my knitting to school.  I got in a few rows on a birthday gift after I ate.  Even now, when I should be working on my closing argument, its tempting me.  

So I'll keep trying not to be stressed-which stresses me out more-and hope that one day soon I can wake up without my jaw hurting.   

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Night of the Ninja Cats

And by Ninja I mean Insane

This morning I staggered out into my living room before the sun had risen to see some vaguely familiar dark objects on the floor. Knowing that DH is not fully trained in the art of taking the dog out before bed time, I switched on the light, fully expecting to be breaking out the carpet cleaner. To my complete surprise I found that my new Money magazine was shredded. Walking around the coffee table, I nearly had a heart attack when I saw my Monkey sock lying on the floor. Pieces of paper and fabric were scattered around the table, and when I picked up the knitting I discovered (thankfully) the knitting had been left alone. But then I noticed half of my Addi Turbo knitting needle was missing. Half of the stitches were flying free. My sock project bag had bottom chewed out of it. The remotes were scattered around. But oddly, the plastic bag with chocolate chip cookies were untouched.

I am still not sure exactly what happened last night. DH immediately blamed the dog, but I doubt it was him. For one, he would have eaten the cookies, despite the bag, and he has a bad habit of chewing on yarn balls. The yarn and cookies were untouched. I'm pretty sure it was the cats... but not sure why.

They had food, their litter was clean,and they had water. The cat nip toy was on the television and hadn't been on the floor in a few days, so catnip doesn't seem to have been a factor. This is the second crazy event in their life with us, the first being their "accidents" on the bed after we got the dog.

I picked up the pieces of paper and fabric, tore the first fifteen pages off of the magazine and put the knitting on the top of my shelf. I'll have to buy another needle (I was magic-looping the socks) before I can finish them. Unfortunately, I am not 100% sure of the size (1 or 2) and so I don't think I'll pop over to Main Street after class. I'd hate to buy the wrong size and have two of one size and none of the other.
















In other news, this weekend was my birthday and my darling brother and sister gave me a yarn ball winder. I know that I can wind my own center-pull ball, but they look so pretty when you do it with the winder. I spend most of Saturday and Sunday winding all of my wool into balls. DH and I also finally figured out how to get a substantial shelf up on our extremely crappy duplex walls (studs every 24 inches). I think it was probably the most expensive shelf, for what it is made out of, that I'll ever own. Next time I'm just buying another bookshelf. But now I have a lovely shelf with yarn, just yarn, on it. My plan is to organize the shelf more, but I haven't gotten there yet.
















Olive at the Party:













Max at the Party:













Flowers at the party:















Sunday I went to the Augusta Spinner's Guild with my friend from Harvest Moon Garden. It was quite the drive, but I did have a really good time. I learned how to comb wool and managed to comb some and spin it up. I need to get some wool combs, but they're quite expensive. They also are really slow, so I might just wash up the wool I have and get Susannah to use her carding machine for me. I'd willingly pay her to do that. I was given some beautiful eggs from someone who keeps several different breeds of chickens. I don't know how they taste, but they made good chocolate chip cookies. They're also really pretty...























I purchased some Peace Fleece from a fellow raveler, and I'm quite pleased with it. Its a little rough, but its really pretty. For those of you who don't know about Peace Fleece, its a really great idea. There is a village comprised of Palestinians and Israelis somewhere in the Middle East where they are trying a social experiment to see if peace works. The yarn comes from fleece from their sheep. Sorry for the short description, but there's a better one on their website for more details.

I love this way of trading among ravelers. I suppose I might get burned eventually, but it seems like a great way to get some yarn at a discounted price since people are just trying to get rid of orphan skeins or stuff they are never going to use.

The socks that the cats attacked are a lovely pair of Monkey Socks by Cookie A, made with Trekking yarn. I had never seen this yarn knit up, but had heard about it on Live and Violet, so I purchased a skein when I was in Michigan. this summer. But when I went to the knit club that my law school friend invited me to, someone had knit up a similar skein. It was just beautiful! Its like self-striping but not so stripey. And the variations are so subtle that while its not just plain solid, its also easy to see the stitch pattern. I was thoroughly enjoying knitting these, but it looks like I'll have to take a break for a few days.

Second in a pair of Warm Woolies Socks:


Monday, September 8, 2008

Flying

Wow, I have to say that this month is already flying by.  Unfortunately I think it usually tends to do that.  Today is the 8th and my birthday is coming up.  In fact, the way my weeks are going, by the time the dust from the week settles, it will be my birthday.  And at this point, I don't think I'm supposed to be excited about birthdays.  I'm supposed to start being sad, since I'm getting older.

But I have set myself a goal for this week.  (I am nothing if not a multi-tasker).  Organize my office.  Somehow the stuff that was in the living room in the old apartment exploded when we moved in here and is now taking over the entire room.  It doesn't help that there are two additional musical instruments and a bow, arrows and a target.  I started to list the other things that are taking up my office, but I realized that the room is full of random, weird things.

That's it. I'm taking a cue from Grumperina and organizing this week. I'll post pics when I'm done.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

September!

September is my favorite month.  It has my birthday in it, it is approximately the start of school (and I do love school... and school supplies) and it is supposed to be the beginning of fall.  The places I have lived have never gotten the memo about fall starting in September, however, but it is a little cooler.  The sun goes down earlier, so at least the scorching sun-heat is less than it was a month ago.

The long weekend was nice, but of course, very busy.  I felt like I didn't get a big break, since DH, the Max and I were racing across the state to visit family.  We had a nice time with everyone, though, so it was worth it.  

I did manage to make it over to the famer's market, however, and was given some beautiful Blue Faced Leister (spelling?) that I quickly spun up.  It was not as clean as commercial roving, but was a million times nicer than the stuff I've been making with my pathetic hand cards.  Don't get me wrong, I'm sure there are people out there who turn out beautiful, clean and easy to spin roving with hand cards (or would they be called rolags), but I am not one of them.  Mine look like oddly shaped cotton balls and are full of vegetable matter, lanolin and small cuts of hair that make bumps in my singles.  This had some lanolin and only one or two twigs (and a dead ladybug) but was still really nice to work with.  And the person who gave it to me was so gracious!  I loved it.  I've already spun and plied it, but I forgot to take a photo, so you'll have to look at the unfinished roving:


















I also purchased some handspun silk with beads.  Its so beautiful and soft!  I think this is the first time I've ever bought silk, and I'm excited to figure out something lovely to make from it!  It has also inspired me to try and add some beads to some of my handspun.  I'm thinking Fetching?
















This is some more of that Lorna's Laces roving that I've been spinning up.  Its so pretty!



 













And I'm about to post a big update on my Etsy shop: BlueMuttDesigns.

These are a few of what I've been creating:
(I think they look nice in my thrift store china!)


  





















Now that my externship has begun, I'm a bit busier during the week.  But I'm still going to find time for knitting :)  Always.