Sunday, April 26, 2009

The spoils

I went to the DFW Fiber Fest today! Here's what I came home with:

420 yards of Brook Farms Acero (60% Superwash Merino, 20% Silk, 20% Viscose) fingering weight: 
Madelinetosh Tosh Sock (superwash merino wool) ~395 yds:
I want to start spinning (will likely start with a drop spindle), so here is ~1.1 oz Jacob roving:

And, finally, here is the progress on my Mermaid Gloves using Tempted Good Grrl Favorite Jeans:
I also came home with a lovely pink t-shirt that says "knitphomaniac." I'm going to wear it to work tomorrow! :)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

So excited about tomorrow

I'm going to the vendor show at the DFW Fiberfest in Addison, TX. I have managed to convince my DH to drive (and I'm browbeating him into actually coming inside). One of the girls from the SnB is coming with me, and I'm meeting (drumroll, please) Gnome and her DH! I'm so excited. Hopefully I can leave without maxing out my credit card. We're leaving at 10:30 in the morning, and should arrive somewhere around 2pm or so. I don't know how I'm going to sleep tonight!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Dentist appt, round 4

I went to the dentist again this morning. She did 4 fillings. The fun part came when my bottom teeth would not go numb. I ended up with a total of 5 shots of lidocaine. She actually made the comment, "but laura, you are not fat. You should not need this much." There you have it folks, I am not fat lol. My husband had a tooth pulled, and he did not need that much (and he weighs twice what I do).

Now to the not-as-great news: there's a good chance I'm going to need a root canal on one of the top back teeth. She put some kind of medicine on it to try to get it to be ok, but she's not confident that it will work. She also put medicine in one of the bottom ones, but she has more faith that the bottom one will be ok with just a filling. I go back next Friday afternoon; not sure if that will be the root canal day or not.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


I can't for the life of me remember if its Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Gah.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

I may kill the skirt (not really)

Turns out the freaking chart is "unclear," according to the local knitting goddess who owns one of my favorite yarn stores. The pink squares that I thought were yarn overs (YOs) are not-they are nothing. They mean nothing; just space holders, according to the goddess. I am still questioning whether there is a YO at the beginning of the row, because it clearly looks like one in the pic. Also, (and this is a gem I discovered after 7 rows of the chart), the increases are not your garden variety M1 type. They are "lifted increases" (apparently popular with the European set), and I was totally doing them incorrectly. Therefore, I undid 3 days' worth of knitting and frogged the damn thing back to the garter stitch rows. My knitting goddess is going to confer with her knitting goddess, and they'll get back with me by the SnB on Wednesday night. I've been looking forward to making progress on the skirt, and now I have to entertain myself with something else. Gah. I have 2 pairs of socks on the needles, 1 in the queue, several sets of baby leggings to make, and no desire to knit anything besides the skirt. Awesome blossom.

Friday, April 17, 2009

This is what happens when I try to be smart

I'm working on the skirt. You do 50 rows of garter stitch, and the next row you increase evenly so that you end up with 252 stitches. The first row of the chart pattern required 33 stitches; 252 does not divide evenly by 33. Sooooooo, I figured out how many stitches I needed to be divisible by 33 and be bigger than 252; 264 it was. So I tinked back enough stitches to fit 14 extras in (knitting in the front and back, in addition to the M1 that was already there). I was so proud of myself for finding an error! I didn't want to knit the chart and find out I was short stitches.

Fast forward to me knitting at the end of the first row of the chart. Turns out I have 14 stitches too many. I suck, and I'm tinking the entire first row (252 stitches mind you) as well as the few stitches of the increase row where I extra increased. Go me. Lesson learned: next time, try the directions before you try to fix it. It might just be right.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ye olde teethy pegs

In keeping with my I'm-going-to-focus-on-everything-but-TTC plan, let's talk about my teeth again. About every 6 months or so my wisdom teeth act up. They're all below the gums. The gums will get red/inflamed, I'll start running a fever, my face will start to swell a bit, and I'll be living on Tylenol or Advil for the week or so that it lasts. I'm not sure if its ironic or convenient that they are acting up again when I have a dentist appointment on Saturday. Right now, its just the lower right one that hurts. It usually starts gradually-by Thursday all 4 will likely be angry and I'll be a tad bit grumpy.

I'm sure this will lead to another conversation with the dentist about taking them out. If all 4 weren't impacted, I'd have her do it (it did take me 11 yrs to find a dentist I like after all); however, she can only do nitrous, so she's probably going to send me elsewhere. I predict early June.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

WTF is up with my IP address?

I have that live traffic feed over there on the right towards the bottom. I have it set to remove my IP address from the list, but I cleared my cookies out on the computer the other night. Anywhoo, it says someone from Catoosa, Oklahoma, was looking at my blog. Turns out that's me, and I don't have any idea where that is! I had to look for it on google maps-Catoosa is near Tulsa. Tulsa is about 2 hours away from me. IP location FAIL lol.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I know you'll laugh at this

but lunch today was the first thing I've eaten in 24 hours. First off, the dentist told me I could eat about an hour after she was finished. However, every freaking tooth in my head hurt, so I didn't want to eat. Today, I wasn't that hungry. Annnnnd (this might be the funny part), my teeth are so nice and clean that I didn't want to mess it up. I ate soup for lunch today.

Its all good

Dentist appointment went really well, despite the fact that I was shaking the entire time. She did a full mouth cleaning (that hurt actually) and 2 fillings. I think I'm going to surprise her when I go again next week by acting very happy to be there lol. I love this dentist! Anyway, I didn't even feel the needle for the lidocaine. Awesome. Only 8 more cavities to go. Next appointment is April 18th.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Update of sorts

I survived my dentist appointment yesterday. Luckily, I only have 1 serious cavity and several small cavities (not bad at all for 11 years between dental visits). The major one will be fixed Wednesday (I'm also getting a cleaning that day too). I go back on the 18th to get the minor ones fixed. Poor DH is going to have to decide if he wants a root canal or just pulling one of his teeth. Its broken off below the gumline. We'll probably do whichever is cheaper. The dentist is very nice and I'm happy we went. I guess I'll see if I still feel that way after Wednesday.