Thursday, January 31, 2008

Catching up (part 1)

SO it has been a busy year so far and I don't see it slowing down anytime soon but I have SO MUCH to show you!! I have decided though, that instead of one huge post, I am going to string you along a bit and give you a few bite sized pieces to chew on.
Juno Regina by Miriam Felton
5 balls of Pattons Brilliant - Black Dazzle
69% Acrylic, 31% Polyester
US 4 Circluars

This was the first lace that I actually had to read - the other lace patterns I have done were short charts, repeating throughout. The pattern was very easy to follow. The yarn, while pretty and had the look that I wanted, posed a few problems. It split. A lot. Then, a mistake that an experience lace knitter would never have made: this yarn doesn't block.

All in all, I will probably use the pattern and the yarn again, just not together. This went to my co-worker and she seems very happy with it (even if it did take me FOREVER to finish). Now maybe I can finish up her birthday present (her birthday is in December - DUH!)

Bike Helmet Ear Warmers by Amy O'Neill Houck
1/2 ball Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran Colour: 300300 (black)
55% Merino Wool, 33% Microfibre, 12% Cashmere
US 8 Circulars

Loved this idea from the beginning! My boss lives to ride his bike to work and while San Diego winters could never be called "harsh", tell that to his ears after the ride in the morning! As much as I pick on him for getting too much excersize, I have all the respect in the World for him. That being said, I don't want him getting sick. These ingenious things slide over the straps of your bike helmet. The pressure between the strap and your head holds them on - no buttons or ties. Easy on, easy off.

I picked this yarn because it had high wool content while still being cool water washable (being the germaphobe I am, I try not to think about how sweaty these will get!) This yarn is SO nice to work with!

The pattern was very straight forward. I did make one change though. I removed one of the seams and did both sides at the same time. I would have made them in the round, but didn't want to bother with two different kinds of needles. I will be making these for everyone I know with a bike!

That's all you are getting today. There are 2 very good kitties that need some extra love after going to the vet today.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A Short Political Rant...

First let me state, I do not vote. For all of the reasons that I do not vote, THIS is the biggest reason: I do not have enough unbiased information about the candidates to make a well informed decision.

All you see and hear these days is about Hillary and Obama - OK, you MIGHT hear about the other Democratic runners, but only because Hillary and Obama are there in the story somehow.
If I didn't know better, I would think there weren't any Republicans running. Maybe I am not listening to enough AM radio.

Now, when you go to buy a printer, you can go online and find a million sites that will compare the printers that you are interested in. (Printer Comparison) While a few hundred bucks for a printer is a lot of money to people like me, it seems that the potential thousands that I could lose in taxes would be more important. Or the thousands of sons and daughters we could lose in war if we make the wrong choice. I don't need to know EVERYTHING about them - just the important statistics. When you hire someone you want to see their resume as well as the interview - are they actually QUALIFIED? Or are they just really popular? (Think back to High School.... would you want your class president to even run your PTA now?)

SO, with an important decision like this - something that will affect not only the next 4-8 year, but longer (how long will it take to undo all of the screwed up legislature, how many small businesses will go under and be in personal financial ruin?) - why, hasn't anyone come up with a comparative spreadsheet for the politically ignorant? I don't need to hear the spin on why Hillary was crying - tell me why she would be more successful in the White House the second time around than she was in the first (come on - we all know who wears the pants - at least the pants pulled all the way up). Tell me why I heard more about Giuliani when he was LEAVING office than I do now.

OK, I will get off my soapbox. Lots of knitting news coming up - with pictures. Possibly a few new items in the side bar too. You might have to drag me out of the sun first though - GOD I LOVE San Diego winters!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

One Year, Full Circle

Today Neurotic Needles is one year old!

I looked back at my very first blog and here is what I found:
My yarn being hidden under the bed.
Not taking enough pictures.
Needing to organize my craft stuff.
Needing to find a way to work faster.

Sound familiar????? Well, THIS would be why my goals for this year are to be more ME oriented. With everything I DID get done this year, MY goals went virtually untouched. WELL, Corinne gave me this candle that is VERY energizing and motivating (as if she wasn't enough!) and if I have to light this candle EVERY SINGLE DAY, I am going to get with it!

Ok, maybe the yarn will still be found under the bed, but all my other ducks better get ready to line up!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

When God speaks, do you listen?

So, my computer died. Not out right, it THINKS it is on, but it is "in a coma" - the hard drive is not doing anything. It came on, like always; I checked my email, like always; I responded, like always; I thought about starting my new blog, and the hard drive just stopped.

Now, on a 10 year old laptop, I should have expected this. Running Windows '98, I am surprised that I could still find drivers (since I am unable to update just about everything). But there was no forewarning, no tell tale sign it was going to happen. After all the years we have spent together - do I at least deserve THAT?! No, it decided to die suddenly as I was starting the new blog.

Well, Sunday at church we had a Burning Bowl and White Stone Ceremony. The idea is to write down your challenges and things you want to let go and burn them to get the out of your life - a physical representation of the spiritual act. You then write down the things you want, your goals, and what and how you need to be to get there, you meditate on it, come up with one word and write it on the stone. You then keep the stone to remind you of the path you need to stay on to achieve your goals.

Now, you are probably saying, "What does this have to do with your dead laptop?". Well, one of the things I burned was self-sabotage. I take care of others before myself and take on too much and get overwhelmed and the one who suffers is me because I don't want to let anyone ELSE down. My goals are about personal growth and the ability to take care of myself FIRST. The message from Rev. Wendy at the end was to LISTEN when God speaks. God spoke and I listened.

Not only did my computer die unexpectedly as I was about to undertake an additional blog (on top of the one I already neglect, but here is the kicker:
As I was telling my friend Jeff (my angel on more occasions than I can count) about what happened, he consoled me ... "Man, that sucks, at least you have the one at work, but you lost all the stuff on there", etc. When I told him that I thought it was God's way of saying I was taking too much on and I should just listen, he offered me his old computer.

So, last night Jeff brought me his "old" computer, I decided to listen and I decided to dedicate my time to this blog only. I will have more time for you, more time for knitting (and hopefully finishing more projects) and more time to get stuff in general done.

SO, that being said, since all of my pictures and photo software are on my dead computer, and I still have to set up the new computer, I will be a bit "photo-lean" for just a while longer. Hang in there, once I get situated, I will have a few surprises for you.