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Cooking [18 May 2008|01:23am]
[ mood | happy ]

I felt inspired to cook things today, so I decided that after work I would hit up the old grocery store and arm myself. What started as Pimiento Cheese sandwiches on store bought white bread turned into 4 hand rolled cucumber sushi with little side containers of wasabi and tamari, made from scratch white bread, scratch lemonade, vegan chocolate chip cookies, and well, the sandwiches? I got home around 7:30 this evening and it is now 1:30 AM. I just pulled the bread out of the oven and the first batch of cookies is taking it's turn now. Sandwiches might happen in the morning, if I can get up in time. : )

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Freakazoid on DVD [09 Apr 2008|11:31am]
[ mood | elated ]

Look at here! Nigh 11 years later, Freakazoid is finally being released to DVD! According to the aforementioned site, July 29th is the magic day. Yay, Freakazoid!

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Resistance is Futile! [27 Mar 2008|09:38am]
[ mood | hungry ]

OK! I have a stash problem! Woo. Ok, acceptance is supposed to be the first step, right? I went shopping for my Earth Day swap partner the other day, and found myself once again in the olde LYS for over an hour. I was good! I only bought yarn for them... and a kit for them... and... a book for me, but the book isn't yarn so that makes it OK. Anyways, I decided to organize their gift along with my closet, where my stash is metastasizing growing. Looking at the yarn in my hanging shoe organizer is always a pleasant experience. See, there's the Alpaca cubby, the two sock cubbies, the two vegan fiber cubbies (at the top, for vegan inspiration!) and then the cubbies at the bottom that have yarns that I'm not sure what I want to happen to them. Ok, so that's all well and good. But I have a box. A decent cardboard box a bit larger in size than 4 shoe boxes, large enough to hold scraps and all my what-nots. It's when I decided to organize it this morning that I realized there's a problem. I pulled out old patterns and knitting notes, old swatches in green acrylic that I used to learn different stitches when I was new to knitting, and left over bits of yarn. And then I found the receipts. A few hundred here, another hundred there... and I started to wonder if I am now recognized at the yarn shop. I wonder if they whisper quietly to each other in the corner when I walk in, "Oo! Looks like we'll make our sales goal today!" I don't really know how to address my problem. I know that the first step would probably be to not visit the yarn shops for a while. I'm helpless when placed among soft, fluffy, brightly colored things. And it's not like I actually NEED anything, I have enough yarn to keep me busy for 2 years! I'm starting to think that the Hourglass Sweater that I started this month was just an excuse to buy Malabrigo. For some one who's so anti-commercialism, I don't know why this is such a bad habit of mine. I work in an internationally renowned toy store, and I resist buying beautiful things there all the time. Why can't I resist the yarn?

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GODZILLA [18 Feb 2008|10:26pm]
[ mood | silly ]

I was going to post this in the Completely Arbitrary and Pointless group on ravelry, but then I felt guilty for considering it. I had to share it some where though.

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Futurama DVD widget- why not [31 Jan 2008|01:11pm]
[ mood | creative OMG A RAINBOW ]

I don't think anyone actually *reads* my LJ, but I write in it with the idea that some body *might*, so why not grab yourself some Futurama? It's truly wonderful.



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To knit for others, or not to knit for others... is this a real question? [31 Jan 2008|10:04am]
[ mood | creative OMG A RAINBOW ]

I was on ravelry trying to widdle down my que- it has over 80 items on it that I need to knit before I die. If I knit between 10-15 projects each year then it would take me 5-8 years to finish everything. And I was thinking about family planning today as well. Lame subject right, I'm 24 years old. But never the less, if I plan to have a spawnling in 5 years, that leaves even less time to knit for myself, because I want to hand knit for my little creature like a crazy person. Bust out the cottons and lets make blankets, baby hats, soakers, and why not make them pants. Add to that what a slow knitter I am, plus my non-knitting activities; I may get to help exercise a co-worker of David's horses, which turns into a 2-3 times a week thing where I run around on horses for a few hours like a ninny, NOT KNITTING, then there's my ASL studies, which I adore, but since I'm busy TALKING with my HANDS I can't KNIT... And oh what do we have right around the corner from all this? CHRISTMAS. Fuck Christmas. I'm going to art bazaars. I'm not knitting for anyone again! Ok, that's a lie. I love when people appreciate my knitting and want me to make something for them. So... do I knit for other people anymore, or do I say Hell naw, get your own knitter, and hide in a fort in the bedroom with a sign on the front that says "Girls Only Fort of Knitting Recluse, No Boys Allowed"? Also, I knit the fort.

edit: oh woops, counting error. I actually have over 100 projects to que. That's makes it 6-10 years, not 5-8.

edit #2: After laying out my thoughts, I decided the best thing to do is to be even pickier about which things I knit... like my Inga hat, I have to try harder to pick projects that I'll love and be proud of, not just ones that might work for the yarn I have. So I deleted a lot, and subtracted from my projects que the yarns that I have qued, and I have 91 projects. Yeah. Wow, feels good to have cleaned that up. *cough*

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Dear Koigu- I love you, but would it kill you to consider the non-wool users? Much love - Me. [21 Jan 2008|06:18pm]
[ mood | enthralled ]

So it's not even February yet, and my 2008 resolution of only vegan knitting is shaken. I dared... I DARED to look up finished objects on ravelry that used Koigu. My mind is completely shredded. What kind of knitter never picks up a breath taking skein of koigu and takes it home with them? What kind of knitter would never feel the smooth stitches dancing in color sliding from one needle point to the other?

Sigh.


A vegan knitter, that's what kind of knitter. I am SO at the next yarn dying class. (Not that I dare rival the color mastery Koigu has. I'm just sayin'. You know, or Koigu could just start dying some vegan fibers. Y'know. *cough*)

Anyways, I just had to add that I feel like being addicted to knitting has truly become a reality for me. Not just that "Oh, I really have fun with this, I know I'm going to continue to pursue this." kind of way. I mean in the way that you say the word "addiction" shakily, because you're not *really* addicted- ask any alcoholic or druggie and they'll tell you that they could stop anytime they want. Just because they stay up all night long drinking or smoking, and it gets in the way of normal life, and they think about it constantly, doesn't mean that they're addicted. No, remember the other day, I took a shower, and my knitting needles didn't come with me? See? Not addicted. I could quit... if I wanted to. I just don't want to. That's all.

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~Knitting Groceries~ *Updated for 2008* [05 Dec 2007|11:28am]
[ mood | YARN OMG YARN ]

~Knitting Groceries~

* Good cable needle
* Needle Case(s)
* Needle Point Protectors
*Louet Sales Euroflax Originals DK/Sport x6 in colors: Island Moss or Charcoal for Eyelet Chemise
*Blue Sky Alpaca Organic Cotton x12 in colors: Bone or Sand for Cable Luxe Tunic
*Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy x10 in color: Vivid Green for Hip in Hemp
*Araucania Nature Cotton x9 in colors: Oatmeal, Chocolate, or a Willowy/Sage for Lush and Lacy Cardigan

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(un)Vegan Knitting [26 Nov 2007|09:08am]
[ mood | crazy ]

From getting married, having my vacation in Vermont, to joining ravelry and X-mas in a retail job, I've been busy. I've been knitting like a crazy person, too. I can't stop, not since joining ravelry. There's always something beautiful to inspire me just around the corner. I've been struggling with knitting as a vegan, as I've learned that I have fair isle in my blood. As Elly will show you, it's hard to be a (cold) knitter with a problem with animal products.

Claudia Hand Painted Yarns, 'Just Plum'

I'm far from giving up- I look at this as just the same struggle I had when I gave up milk, cheese and eggs (and etc.) It means I'm not quite the vegan knitter I thought I was, but I'm not giving up either. I can say safely that the year 2008 will see absolutely no purchases of any sheep, goat, alpaca, llama, anything. In fact, if I can manage it through next winter, maybe I'll even treat myself with some Alchemy, or some more Honeypot bamboo's. Very nice stuff. Plans for a spring/autumn bamboo tunic are already brewing in my head.

Aside from amazing traditional fair isle projects pulling me closer to non-veganism, so are socks. I feel like sock-making is marching through my veins like radioactive PANTS. Or... SOCKS. Radioactive SOCKS... I'm working on a pair right now for David, God willing he doesn't read this. They're for his birthday, so I can only knit them when he's not around... I've just barely gotten through a single toe, and I'm starting to worry. When I get to a simple part of the pattern, I'm going to start bringing them to work. I see late nights in my future... : (

There are lots of options for socks, and some rather wonderful attractive options, might I say, on etsy. However, I feel like I'm on pins and needles when it comes to cotton. It's one of the most harsh crops on the land, and is not always grown organically, or even traded fairly. I start weighing heavily whether damaging the land and the people involved is better than taking from animals, and I can't come up with an answer for myself. Crystal Palace also makes a corn sock yarn, but none of my LYS's carry it. I guess it's to the internets for me if I want that. If the process is even earth friendly, wich I can't find any information on that either. I mean, if the product requires so much machine processing, how much better than acrylic is it? I guess being that it isn't made directly from petroleum is a boost, but I'm sure you get my meaning. Sigh. You can't trust anything, can you?

Come to me, Blue Sky Alpaca, Organic color grown cotton... you are my best friend.

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Vermont [30 Oct 2007|10:25am]
[ mood | hungry ]


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re: Irish Hiking Scarf [12 Sep 2007|02:32pm]
I've killed off one my two skeins of 'Sand' colored Blue Sky organic cotton as of today. The scarf currently measures little over 2 feet (25") long. I might grab a third skein to extend the length a bit. Meanwhile, I've decided to split the pattern by 1/3 so that I can squeeze out as many scarfs as I can from the other balls of Blue Sky that I have. In other words, I'm just going to do one cable up the rest of my scarfs, with the same garter stitch edge and 2x2 rib on either side.

I've also knit 27" of 1x1 rib from my bamboo Honey Pot. This stuff is looking good. It's super narrow, so I'm going to block it out. Even so, I think the only thing that saves it from how narrow it is is the length it will have. Plus the fact that it rarely gets cold in Texjas, so it's kind of more ornamental than functional.

Must... knit... FASTER...
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Project Time v. X Mas 1.5 [31 Aug 2007|09:44am]
[ mood | determined ]

I started two projects. One I started two days ago, with my Honey Pot yarn. A very simple 1x1 rib scarf. I consider him "traveling knitting".

Yesterday I started knitting the Irish Hiking Scarf with my cream colored Blue Sky Organic Cotton. I'm about to complete a fourth repeat of the pattern. Lets see how long it takes me to finish this guy. : )

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Stash Enrichment [30 Aug 2007|11:13am]
[ mood | excited ]

I like the term "stash enrichment". It makes me feel like what I did yesterday was not just painful monetarily, but was actually *necessary*. That my stash would be worse off without it. Some how sadder, and incomplete. I also really like the excuse of X Mas. The excuse of X Mas plays out thusly: "Gee, my mother-in-law really helped us a lot with my wedding. Maybe I should make her something with Alchemy bamboo..." HA. I didn't really buy any Alchemy, and have actually yet to ever buy Alchemy, but I did get away with a lot at ye olde LYS yesterday.

Check it here. -10 thumbnail pics-Collapse )

cross-posted to vegan_knitters and 20sknitters

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Michele's Survey [16 Aug 2007|12:23am]
[ mood | itchy ]

Remember how I said I like questions about me? I still do. Here's more.Collapse )

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On bratty cousins, MST 3000, and Futurama. Also, somewhere I am knitting. [15 Aug 2007|12:05am]
[ mood | in love ]

I can't sleep, and we got our pictures from our photographer online. Most of them are alright, but they're all pretty quickly soured by the fact that some of my god-awful cousin Nicholas made it in there. I had meant to tell the photographer that I can't stand the little fuck, not to mention actually did not even *invite* him, but my god did that day ever go by quickly. It's too bad, but when we get our photo's printed, if I get one of him I'll be quick to throw it into the recycle bin. That part of my family may be a part of me, but I'm more than happy the get on with my life without them in tow. Goodbye X-mas tradition of pretended to care to talk to them once a year, hello being honest with myself and staying the hell away.

Meanwhile I've been watching a lot of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Mostly on the internet, but we rented the 'MST 3000 Movie' and 'Manos: The Hand of Fate' from Vulcan recently. I must have been pretty bored, because I also went to the Satelite News website and read the entire history of the show. I feel educated in a whole lot of nothing; but I am entertained. : )

I am more than happy with MST 3000 as my comedic hold-over until Futurama re-debuts this winter. I can't wait to get my paws on 'Bender's Big Score.' : ) If I could meet anyone of the crew, it would probably be David X. Cohen. He seems like a kid who probably knows his stuff. The one question I would ask? There are maybe 4 or 5 instances in the original series when flowers are given to some one. In all of them, they are daffodils. Furthermore, in 'War is the H Word' one of Bender's top words (which anyone can tell you they've never heard him say up until that point) is "daffodil". My question would be, "What is, if any, the significance of the daffodil?" The answer would probably be something dumb, like "They're fun to draw" but even that would appease me.

I finished my mom's socks. I think I'm going to knit myself some gloves next. We're going to Vermont in October. I shall be needing something stylish and warm. : )

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Vegan Waffles! [25 Jul 2007|07:02pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

I'm makin' waffles!

edit: Mmm, home made waffles.

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[25 Jul 2007|03:26pm]
[ mood | blah ]

I was super bored last night so I redid the survey that's posted on my myspace.

It's right hereCollapse )

I also found a surprisingly good vegan milk option. Hemp milk. Weird, yeah? But it doesn't have that medicinal feeling that rice milk has when you swallow it, and it's better tasting than soy milk. I am pleasantly surprised. It will make a very yummy latte. Time to get some espresso and chai tea!

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Going Vegan [16 Jul 2007|10:27pm]
[ mood | excited ]

I always said I'd never make it as a vegan, but I've seen the light and am shooting for it. I made the declaration to go for it a week ago and have so far cut out cheeses. That's right, for almost a week now I have not eaten cheese. This is so hard for me.

My goal is to go full out, but right now I'm having a hard time weeding out my current eating habits. There's still a lot of expensive, organic yogurt and cheese in my fridge right now, and while I feel guilty throwing it out, I also feel sick with the idea of eating it. Blegh. I also flip flop in the mornings between having my Earl Grey black or with a bit of milk. Earl Grey is actually a really pleasant thing to have plain, but I'm so used to having it with sugar and milk.

Working next to Dhaba Joy makes cravings for creamy sweet things easy on me with those evil little tiramisu cupcakes they have, but they also insure that I don't loose weight going vegan. Bah.

Though it's not really about weight, after all. : )

On the other hand, after trying on 4 pairs of "size 6" pants at Buffalo Exchange today and having none of them fit, maybe weight can be considered a bonus thing.

I need to go to yoga.

: P

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Sweet sweet honey moons [13 Jul 2007|12:16pm]
[ mood | maple-y ]

So David and I gots marrieds. And we might be going heres for a little sweet sweet maple candy- er, I mean ... quality... time? Yes. Quality time. That's what couples do these days, right? Mmmm, quality maple. Sugary time. Mmmm...

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Stuffy Stuff [08 Jun 2007|08:49am]
[ mood | sleepy ]

David bought a Wii two days ago, and I'm convinced that it's awesomeness is really radiation that's going to give us all brain tumors.

In other news, I found a veil yesterday night at Uncommon Objects. It made me want to cry it's that awesome, it is.

Huge picture of veil behind huge cut.Collapse )

Also, I work hard for the money.

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