So, I lied

It has been way too long since I posted last.

The good news is I graduated from Nursing School in December, and moved back to Austin. Since then I have been settling in to my new place, new job, and new cats. Back in February I had to put my 13 year old cat Lucy to sleep. She had something like kitty COPD and the medicine quit working for her. I am just glad I got to spend a few more months with her and she was happy during that time. I got Lucy when I was a junior at LSU (for my first degree). Then when I decided to go back to school away from Austin, my parents offered to keep her at their house. This was for the best, I had moved back in with them already so Lucy was comfortable there. Also we had a vet that we loved taking good care of Lucy with her health issues- no stressing the kitty with breathing problems. This meant for the last 2 years I have lived without a cat in the house, only to visit on vacations. I have had a cat since I was 3. In that time, the only time I did not have a cat actively in the house with me were my first 2 years in the dorms at LSU, and the last 2 years in Houston. But, I always knew that I had my cat at home waiting for me to get back to them. After a few restless nights without a cat around I went to Town Lake Animal Shelter and began to look for a pair of relatively young cats or kittens to adopt. I ended up with two Maine Coon littermates, Lino and Maia, that are 5 months old in this picture (see my next posts). They have certainly kept things hopping around here.

My place is almost fixed up enough for visitors to come over. I am working on installing the living room floor right now, and the bathrooms just need some touch up painting, hardware installed, and a little decorating.

In Griffin Yarns News –

The Represent! Hat is now available through Ravelry. I am doing a final check on the first Sock Club Pattern to be available for sale to the general public and it will be for sale in the next few days. It will be available as a Ravelry download (links coming), and print copies can be ordered by your local yarn store. I’ll post when it is up.

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May 1, 2008 at 10:46 pm Leave a comment

It’s been a long time

I am sorry about how long it has been since my last post. (why do I feel like I am in confession?). I was busy studying for the comprehensive exam I have to pass to graduate from Nursing School, and dealing with computer issues. The good news is I passed the comprehensive exam! and I got my computer back. Hopefully the computer won’t need to go back to the shop.

In Griffin Yarns news- The first shipment of the Sock Club went out a week ago and we have reports of the packages being recieved. If you are a member of the sock club please let us know that you have recieved the package, if you have not done so already. You can contact us by email, comment on this blog, or on the forum board we sent you the link to. This is a private bulletin board for members of the sock club. In a few days I will post a picture of the sock pattern included in the package and some more information on the pattern and my design process.

There is also a slight redesign/refocus of the website coming. I will be incorporating Griffin Yarns updates in with my technique/educational posts and other general posts. The blog title may change, and we will have better access to the free pattern downloads. There are more free patterns that will be posted along with the Represent! hat pattern, but we are waiting until the new page is set up.

That’s all for now, I hope I don’t take as long to post next time.

November 4, 2007 at 10:45 pm Leave a comment

It’s not easy being green

In honor of blog action day here are my top five tips to be a green knitter. Unlike Kermit’s signature song it is easy to be green when you knit.

1. Use full spectrum compact fluorescent bulbs in your work lamps. They allow you to see more detail, and make color matching easier. And they are kinder to the environment and your pocket book.

2. Ride public transportation. Sure it may take longer than driving yourself, but you have time to knit and/or listen to podcasts while in transit. Another reason I like riding public transportation is that I am not the one dealing with the other yahoos driving on the roads. I’m in Houston, TX, not much public transportation here, but I still manage to use public transportation for a major portion of my commute to school and clinicals. This also saves me money on parking in the Medical center which can be up to $10.00 per day.

3. Use reuseable bags at the grocery store. There are a number of patterns out there for you to knit your own reusable bags. The one I use is the stow away shopping bag from Oat Couture – it folds in to a pouch. I have 2 that I currently use and a third in progress.  I have loaded the bag with library books and it is still comfortable to hold and use.   DSCF0003 DSCF0001

4. Recycle your yarn (1). Save your scraps for another use. I save all my sock yarn scraps for trying out new patterns, and to make repairs. I use other yarns for general swatching, cast ons, waste yarn, and scrap projects. Some people make amazing things with their scraps while others use the scraps for decorating. There was a big discussion with lots of ideas on Ravelry this week. I have scored some beautiful silk yarn that I am going to redye for only $6.00 for three sleeveless shells worth(approx 600 yards or more each).

5. Recycle yarn (2) Unravel and repurpose the yarn from ufo’s that you are not going to finish or find sweaters made of nice yarn at thrift stores and unravel them. I scored some beautiful silk yarn for only $6.00 for three sleeveless shells. I have approximately 600 yards or more from each shell. I am planning on overdyeing the yarn.

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I’ll be back as soon as I get through all this work I have to do to pass my comprehensive exam to graduate.

October 15, 2007 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment

Instant Karma

It felt real good on Tuesday when I dropped off the hats collected at the Yarn Harlot‘s visit to Houston. All the preemie hats went to Texas Children’s Hospital and the rest of the hats went to the Star of Hope Mission. Both places were very happy to recieve the hats.

This was an especially good week to be doing something good. It is an especially busy time in nursing school. Exit exams are later this month and it is time to be applying for jobs to start in January if you haven’t already. I also have been looking at my schedule and wondering where I’ll fit everything in. For now I’ll take it one day at a time and be sure to make some time for knitting every day to relax. Even if I have to let my apartment suffer, my mental health is more important.

I am enjoying my new camera, and I will have new pictures after this weekend. Now I’m off to pack to go to my Parent’s for the weekend.

October 4, 2007 at 9:43 pm Leave a comment

Delay in game

I promise I have the sample done for the ch, ch, changes second part. I even took pictures of them. I then bought myself a very early birthday present of a new camera (birthday’s not until Nov.) so now I have to redo the pictures or I won’t be happy.

To make up for this here are a couple of pictures taken with my new camera for your enjoyment.

A philodendron of some kind / my Rainbow Socks made out of Lorna’s Laces Rainbow on my new sock mannequin

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– If you haven’t figured it out. I try to store all my pictures on flickr, so you can just click on them to look at larger copies.

October 1, 2007 at 8:16 pm Leave a comment

Last Call for Griffin Yarns Sock Club

Hi Folks —
Just wanted to let you all know that memberships are closing for
Griffin Yarns’ inaugural sock club! We will stop taking subscriptions Wednesday, or when we get 4 new members, whichever comes first.
For your last chance to join our first sock club, come to
www.griffinyarns.com

September 25, 2007 at 8:38 pm Leave a comment

CHOKE and laughs

Sorry to take so long getting this post out. I had a lot to do yesterday and I had to be at my clinical site at 5:45 this morning.

The Yarn Harlot visit was a riot. She had us rolling in the aisles, and the warning beforehand to use the bathroom or risk wardrobe malfunctions was needed. I then ended up hanging out and visiting until midnight getting my books signed somewhere in there. Now what you really wanted to see:

Here is Stephanie doing her Vanna impersonation showing of swag she got from Twisted Yarns

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Here is a side view of the basket full of hats with the traveling sock.

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And finally Stephanie pounds some knitting mojo in to the Missoni Scarf Knock off I am knitting for my sister. Currently my sister does not knit but she has taken to looking through my Interweave Knits to find things she might like to have, and she has recently expressed some interest in possibly learning how to knit. Hopefully the mojo will work its way through the scarf and my sister will learn how to knit.

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These next 2 pictures are of the 53 hats that will be going to the Star of Hope mission one of the largest organizations helping the homeless here in Houston.

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These 17 preemie hats (2 with matching socks) collected will be going to Texas Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit along with a number of hats that Twisted Yarns had from their regular knitting group (that’s the pile in the bottom picture)

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Thank you to everyone who donated hats, including but not limited to: Susan Wallace, Hanna Pierro, Martha Elizabeth Winston, Dolores Rose, Ruth Parks, Ray Whiting of Knitivity, Kat Rocha at Kat Gets Cross Eyed, and Kim Christiansen KimnCocoa. If you donated a hat and want your name/blog here leave me a comment and I’ll add it to the list.

 

Now it’s time for me to go to bed. I was up at 4 this morning, and it is now almost midnight. I promise the follow-up post on substituting yarns in the next few days. I have the samples done and photographed, now I need to write the post around studying for an exam on Monday.

September 20, 2007 at 10:31 pm 2 comments

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