Friday, July 13, 2007

I'm having a bad hair day

She is torturing me! She decided that our hair was too long and we needed a bath. So fine I have endured this torture many times before but this is outrageous! She decided that it would be easier and cheaper I suppose if she did it herself.

I do admit that the ride in the the car and going to the groomers is a pain and sometimes I do like to just get it over with and be bathed at home. But a hair cut? Please, I already have a hairdresser and he does a fine job thank you! Why oh why does she interfere? Why does she think she could cut hair? Ok she is a licensed cosmetologist but for humans which I'm doubtful about too.

So here we are like two "boobs" she is making us pose with our new hair. His looks better than mine, he has better hair than I do. His hair is straight my hair has a curl. I don't like curly hair I want straight hair. He is oblivious to the whole thing. Just sits there smiling and looking so proud that his Mommy cut his hair. That she loves him so much that she herself cuts his hair.

Fool that he is ........ I hate my hair do look at the top it's flat and my ears stick out too far! Does she have no sense of style? I want some height in the front!

The torture never stops. By the way you if in case you can not tell us apart I'm the one with the pink id tag. We are twins and sometimes people can't tell us apart. I can't imagine how this could be we are obviously totally different looking but I'm the one with the flat hair and the pink tag.

The Bitch.

Monday, July 09, 2007

"Seaweed" Tank top Finished.

It's hot and I wanted something new to wear. So here is the latest of my own designs. I really like the way it turned out. It's comfy & cool and got lots of compliments when I've worn it. For me I find that it's always "gamie" till that first washing. No matter how careful I am with washing some of my hand knitted garment's sometimes turn out terrible after the first washing.

The newness, the sheen sometimes is gone it's stretching which ever way sometimes it needs to be flat dried but some do better in the dryer. I'm going to try and wear this one a few times and not dig ditches while wearing it or work up any kind of sweat and maybe I can wear it in it's "virgin" state a few more times. Some just never recover that "virgin" state.

Here is the pattern:

Seaweed tank top, machine knit, hand knit and crochet.

Yarn I used was a silk and viscose boucle I got ten balls of from Yarns Unlimited they were having a summer sale 50% off @ 2.50 a ball so this project cost me about 30 dollars. The label did not have yardage printed on it and it was too delicate to drag through my yardage counter so I'm estimating about 90 yards per ball and it took 4 balls to make this top.

The rest of the yarn will be used to knit a shawl to go with the top, similar to this project.

The gauge worked out to be 35 sts = 11” with a T10 on the machine or size 10 needle. Crochet hook H.

I made it on the machine but this pattern could be translated to hand knitting.

Cast on 105 sts, every other needle on the machine.

Row 1 knit

Row 2 pull out all the needles to working position

RC 8 hang the hem
RC 12 full fashion decrease one at each end with the 3 prong tool
RC 16 –1 --> -1 (repeat to RC 64)
RC 24
RC 32
RC 40
RC 48
RC 56
RC 64

RC 72 decrease with the two prong tool 2 at each end and repeat to RC 84
RC 76
RC 80
RC 84 remove sts from the machine onto a size 10 addi needle (82 sts)

Hand knit: Purl 1 row
K 1, k2tog, k1, across the row
K 1, k2tog, k1, across the row
Purl row crochet off with an H hook

Crochet Single chain across for 2 rows and add the straps. 6” = 25 chains and 22 double chain back, and one more row of 22 double chains.

Finishing 14” side seam which leaves a 9” armhole.

Notes for hand knitting,

I have "hung" a hem and the way I've done it is to cast on purl one row and the next row is *k1,k2tog,yo* across the row.

Then knit about 8 rows depending how much of a hem you want and pick up and knit tog the yarn over "holes "

This may make sense to some but I'm sure I'm not explaining it correctly. I'll try and put some pictures up sometimes.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

I hate the 4th of July

SHE loves this holiday and I don't know why. Probably because it's just an excuse to lay around and knit, just being lazy. I hate the fireworks! These humans can not understand that I do not know the difference between real gun shots and fireworks!

When I hear all those bang noises I always think we are under attack and I get SCARED! There I've said it, I too get scared sometimes. I try very hard not to show it but on the 4th of July I just fall apart.

Do you know what SHE did? Well there was this awful big bang as if tanks were firing at us noises so SHE picks me up and starts pointing at the sky! As if I could tell that those pretty colors and the big bang noises were related. What a fool, I had her carry me around and I am furry and hot right against her and she was hot as hell but I had her so bamboozled that SHE fell for it. I would cry and I would pant and I just had the most uncomfortable day. The only thing that saved it is the damn BBQ I got a few good morsels for dinner.

Oh and I almost forgot to mention the idiot neighbors that we have. They have absolutely no consideration for the poor animals around they insist every year to light fireworks in their front yard. Besides this being totally illegal and they have a bunch of little children and the children could get hurt too but somehow they just don't get it. Each year I watch the news and I hear about all those accidents that happen, children getting hurt having fingers blown off.... oh yeah nasty things but these neighbors of ours just don't get it. They still think that nothing like that could happen to them. OMG..

I will just tell you the biggest annoyance was the fact that my brother just slept through the whole thing. He did not hear nothing! The DUFUS he is and he just lays around and sleeps. Got to go now, SHE is knitting and I am hungry so I'm going to go and annoy HER.

The Bitch.