Sunday, December 30, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
So without further delay, Welcome to big Matty's house!
The house sits on a corner lot and has a picket fence around the whole backyard. We didn't have neighbors behind us before, just the Baptist preacher who had 4 acres, so it was a plus that we have a detached garage behind the house on the alley, to keep things a bit more private.the screen porch sits on the left side of the photo under that bit tree which keeps it nice and shaded. Just 2 blocks down the street there is a HUGE park complete with playgrounds, city rec center, tennis courts, so on, so on, but I had to know exactly how far around and its 1.2 miles in circumfrence. just far enough for a nice long walk with the dog.
We absolutely fell in love with this door in the dining room leading directly out to the porch. Since we don't have a firepit (yet?) the adirondak chairs fit nicely with a few small tables out there. To top it off, this is my favorite feature of the whole place, old school full mortise lock sets with skeletons for every door in the house. Bridget and I found a nice shade of pale yellow for our room, and I got the kids rooms painted (mostly) before we got moved in so we all had a place to retreat, that was finished. For now, there are still a bunch of things to unpack, arrange, rearrange, then alter B's rearranged arrangement at least a few more times before sh...ahem, We're done. (right...)
As for my beloved full size SUV gas hog, no word yet and we are on to day 3. My biggest problem with the whole thing is the timing of when it got boosted. Monday night, at 10:30 (with a mild buzz) the dog and I went out, did our business, and checked the doors on the truck...all locked. There were huge storms all day that stuck around all night. By midnight, it was gone, and one of my credit cards was used at a gas station. What pisses me off the most is that the bear and I stopped by the old placxe to grab some last minute crap from the house that was still left to go, like, 2 waterford vases, and B's beloved art glass lamp, among other things. My old boss used to say everything cost 200$, it dosen't matter what it is. A few years later, he said everything now costs 1,000$.....I have no idea exactly where the total stands now, but I have a feeling this is going to get costly. Poor Bridget picked up a rental car today since I need the other SUV we own and it reeked of cigarettes. to top that off, it is an ugly blue dodge .....whatever the hell its called, but she's not thrilled. I assure you of that. Saturday our agent is sending us to dinner at a nice restraunt tha only serves 20 a night, needs reservations a month in advance, and serves traditional country italian food.....Can you say veal boys and girls? I knew you could...thats all for now, I'll check in in a couple of days, but yarn time is a bit limited for another weeks or so.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I do have to apologize....I can't find the wire to the camera, or the battery charger for that matter, so pics are out of the question.....
I do know, however that some ass wipe stole my giant ford expedition right out of my driveway last night......
Pics are comin, but for now, I'm gonna fix another drink, and work a couple of rounds on my sock......More funny details about it to come, just not tonight......
Friday, October 12, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
In a moment of cast on itis, I got cranking on a pair of mittens out of cascade pastazza, which is really nice stuff. I got tagged by Kyle for "8 things about me" and I've tried to pick a few that were pretty funny to talk about so her we go, but I think we are supposed to get to the rules first......Once tagged, you must link to the person who tagged you,then post the rules before your list, and list 8 random things about yourself. At the end of the post, you must tag and link to 8 other people, visit their sites, and leave a comment letting them know they've been tagged...
Heres the list.......
- I you could rate my adult ADD on a scale of one to ten, my wife would said "it would be around a 12, depending on the day, actually it could be worse". she and My good friend mike should be nominated for sainthood for understanding me. I cannot hold a conversation pertaining one topic to save my life.....honest. Thank god I have a job that allows me to freely set my own schedule, allowing me to multitask (or freak out) which totally soothes this little issue of mine. When Bridget asked what I was doing, I told her about this list, and that I didn't expect to finish it tonight, she replied "of course not", and giggled at me. yeah, I'm a special one. Dee, dee, deedee.......(carlos mencia joke there)
- although, I have a title of construction manager, a office, a computer, I never forget that First and formost, I am a carpenter. A disciple of Gustav Stickley's, and that, if I need something in particular furniture wise, and its made out of wood, I'd rather build it than buy it. This started out of necessity years ago, when I got divorced, and the ex took everything I owned. My boss, stopped by to put 2 cases of beer in my fridge, patted me on the back, and said, looks like we should start building some furniture, she really cleaned you out! and away I went, reading everything I could about Mission and prarie furniture, and spending late nights out in the garage building away.
- I am a budding germaphobe. I don't think we should talk about that yet.
- As a kid, my family moved alot, which means Micah (my baby brother) has been my best friend for almost 30 years.
- I still consider north New Jersey home, since my parents still live there, and I go home to visit a few times a year, but wish it could be more.
- I knit, because it totally massages my urge to count things. I'm a counter. There, I said it. I count everything, add and subtract big numbers in my head quickly, and to top that off, it is a huge plus at work that I can divide fractions well in my head as well. Math is reliable, and can be proven. it never leaves you wondering. it's always finished.
- Before Bridget, I was a single dad for a few years, raising a daughter full time (not just the weekends) without any family close by. Now that she's a teen, I don't think I could do this without B's help. Girls are complicated. Nuff said.
- I am a momma's boy. I love my momma. If I had my way, I would go spend a vacation every year with just her sitting at island beach state park in the sand, next to the ocean, in the Beach buggy area, where there's no one around like we've done since I was a kid. She's an amazing woman, the type you could talk to for days on end, laughing till tears ran down your face, and nobody tells a story like she does. besides, we are kind of cute together, I stand almost 6'6" at, ahem, 260, and she is a mere 5'0". I still open doors for her too.
I hope only half of you went running screaming for the hills, it was fun to write, and please don't take all the psych stuff seriously, My monday therapist says I'm not all that nutty, but the thursday guy disagrees. I guess we'll have to wait and see huh?
I am so glad I called the teacher about the "think it over baby" baby tonight, cause apparently this thing was not acting right, (it was actin' a fool) nor was any other childs tonight, and if this would have kept up, we'd have been notified that there had been a shaken baby syndrome incident in this house before the sun rose, for certain. I think this is such an important assignment to teach kids especially young girls, and one that could positively change a young persons future. I do feel a little bit bad though.......it's about 11:30pm now, and she and the baby have been asleep for about an hour. at some point tonight it's going to wake her up, and I bet more than once, and the teacher told me how to shut it off, but I think I will let it go just a bit longer so she gets a real taste of what having a baby is really like.
If No one tagged Micah yet, Your it dude! I think some people want to know a bit more about you.....(yeah, he's single ladies FYI)
goodnight all, and thanks Kyle for tagging me..........
Sunday, September 9, 2007
When I first began to knit, the internet and knitting blogs were my main source of info, especially in the how to and pattern department. But the more you get to see of this isolated craft world, the more I think it';s really retarded. I mean, it seems now a days, there are so many shitty people who unless they are getting paid, wouldn't help a new knitter even if it starved their pretentious little self. I find this to be really sad since I've never taken a class, and I learned everything I know about knitting (which, to be honest, isn't all that much) from good friends and acquaintences, who never refused to help or teach me. On this note, I wanted to share 2 fun projects, that I made up all myself for the sole purpose of using up leftover feltable wools. The first, is the newest, which I knit in the same amount of time it took to drink 2 beers on the patio last week after work. the second, took about 1 beer longer. here they are:
Cast on loosely 22 sts of any bulky weight on size 13-15 DPN's (lopi, lambs pride, the like...) join in the round, and knit a total of 24 rounds, cast off loosely. Toss it in the wash on hot water, longest wash cycle, and hang out with your open beer to check the fit.
See, wasn't that easy? How about another totally useable drinking item? you got it!...
Matt's Felted flask cozy
This one isn't much harder..... Cast on 4 sts. on size 13-15 straight needles. Knit in garter stitch until there are 8 RIDGES (16 rows worked). With a dpn pick up 1 loop for every ridge 8 times down the edge, 4sts at the cast on edge with another needle, and an additional 8 loops down the other edge. You now have a total of 24 sts. start working in the round, and whenever convenient, even the number of sts up on the needles. Work 24 rounds, and cast off loosely. Felt in the wash just like in the above pattern.
Those 2 were just something I made up screwing around, and I sometimes find I'm happiest knitting when I'm just messing around. I took the plunge last week and cast on shedir on some of the yarn from my last dyeing adventures. (the pale toned stuff from the last post) B loved it, but the yarn is so busy that after one full repeat of the cable pattern, you just couldn't make out all those cables, so I'll just have to work on it out of something else another time. I did however prove to myself that it wasn't going to be such a tough project and I'm looking forward to starting it again. To save time, I grabbed a size 3 24" addi and decided to salvage the cast on and 10 rows of K1P1 ribbing by picking up each stitch and the bar inbetween in hopes that it would behave like a lifeline and I could unravel all the cable rows and just rock a plain stockinette hat from there. It worked perfectly and I didn't miss one stitch! WooHoo! so theres my big accomplishment this week. I don't have much else to report, so enjoy your week, and for christs sakes, share something you know with someone else without being a primadonna. Someone will appreciate it more than you know.......
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Yarn: Knitpicks Bare
100% merino DK
Dyes: Jacquard Fire red &Vermillion
Overdyed with sun yellow to liven it up a bit.
They are really a lot of fun to knit. Simple, easy, and a functional item to have lying around. On the dying front, I was trying out some new Pro Chem colors, and couldn't find my jug of vinegar, so I went without and made some really nice yarn. I can only describe them as pastel earthtones, and I was a bit dissapointed that the ladies both loved the colors, but didn't want anything knit out of it. Can't please them all the time...... I'll make something out of it. for someone, Or My buddy Ger will hound me for it.......I think. That will be the true test anyhow.
It was supposed to be burgandy, olive drab, Brown with hints of yellow, but without the vinegar, I made this instead.....I kind of like it. Pale green, tan, and a rolie color aren't bad, and I would actually knit socks for myself out of it, but It's not washable so I don't feel like taking chances........I'll figure something out. That's why we've got the stash, right? On that note, I've got a bunch of ends to weave in on the knucks, so behave this weekend.......
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
So, I was on the phone with my brother from the same mother happily cranking away at the pair of knucks I've been on, waiting for the BBQ to heat up so I can start basting the babyback ribs (that were cut fresh at the butcher yesterday) that I'd been par-boiling for 3 hours, (I think thats a personal best run-on sentence) when the air raid sirens went off, letting me know there were tornados happening! No, I didn't take shelter, I shut off the grill, and grabbed a fresh beer and the camera! I'm telling you, one day when I can leave the midwest, I'm gonna miss the storms. That's about all I'll miss. It was a wild storm though, it literally wrapped it's way in a "V" shape around my neighborhood and pounded the rest of the city. We got about 5 minutes of heavy rain, and else where, huge hail, downed trees, the whole 9.
In other news, I spent my breakfast/coffee time this morning sewing in the ends of the knucks for my 9 year old.....
What I don't get about the pattern, is how in the world they were ever intended to fit adults. I'm getting a consistent 6 sts per inch, out of some thick DK (almost like worsted really) and am knitting the adult size in the pattern. The gauge calls for 6.5 to the inch. someone must have some little hands in her family if thats the large....... Who knows. Out of curiosity, I measured my hand right below the fingers.....yep, 10" around. I's a god damned bear paw, not a hand. suprisingly enough, my right hand (hammer holding hand) is just a bit smaller.....I would have thought it'd be the other way around....nature, hmmmm.
In my humble opinion, They provided this really nice chart in which it lists all the necessary measurements needed to knit them, use it. I have not been able to make a pair fit really well yet (all 3 previous pair have been tight) when I've followed the pattern and you all know how frusterating that is. I took all the necessary measurements, multiplied that by MY gauge, and followed that chart and set of the numbers I generated to the tee, loosely following the directions. I have to say, they fit the little man perfectly, and theres just a bit of room left to grow throughout the upcoming winter. Now, the trick will be to make the matching mate, although, I think I've got it. I do need to point out that Steve is the reighning champ at knitting these and has more pairs knit than anyone I know.........if you need advice on these, I suggest you ask him!
Behave this week, and don't drive through the high water.........
Friday, August 24, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
So, here is the Reality style photo from a few blocks away........yep, thats me on the left and the building on the right. The best part of the day is getting up to the top floor. Since the elevators haven't been inspected yet, and there's hundreds of people that need to get themselves, coffee, tools, lunchbuckets, brainbuckets (hard hats), materials, you name it up to their floor, there is a neat temporary elevator installed on the outside of the building. It runs along a single track, bolted to the structure and there is a really nice man who's job it is to stand in the dark box and run it up and down all day, except between 12-12:30 cause thats when he eats. Also, his last run is at 3:30, so if you aren't ready to leave, you had better have eaten a big lunch, cause theres 20 floors of steps to hike down if you miss it.
Here's a better pic of the elevator.......see it up there? Yep, right there on the left........thats it......
The ride stops here on the 20th floor.......See, I told you, Nice office view huh?.....It gets better, trust me. At 6:30, the sunrise is spectacular, but the clouds got me instead today, so I'll give you this instead.
Since I suck at taking pics of finished objects, Here's the ribbed watch cap IU've been picking up and putting down since june.
Cider Moon, Glacier in Aubergine color
Just a simple ribbed watch cap.....
Cause, my feet are big, and one skein just won't cut it, so at least my head won't be cold this winter when I work outside.
Enjoy your week, and behave........
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
on dyeing and knitting, I split a skein in 3rds, giving me about 90 yards apeice for each, specifically for toe/heel colors. I mixed up the correct formula, based on the mini skeins. There were no light spots this time from tying too tight, but it definately did not dye evenly. I have pics to follow this post but it almost looks like the gradiated dyeing I did a few weeks back. hmmmmmm..... the only thing I can think of is that the water was really hot when the yarn went in the bath. it soaked it up in like 2 minutes to the almost clear water part. who knows.
Dave? Any suggestions..........
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Like I said, I'm pretty pleased, but I did get a few light spots from where I tied it way too tight, but I was all riled up getting started so who knows. The blue-ish color is very even but the green is sort of verigated.....hopefully, it'll be a nice effect. I wound this puppy into a skein around my nule post and a chair placed 12' away. I dyed it in 2 stages, and I have to say, that skeins this long hanging to dry in this heat, take no time at all! Not much else to report here, I think I'll spend the morning hammering away at the second sock for the wife so I can get to casting on these! Enjoy .....
Thursday, August 2, 2007
I got my first order in the mail from Pro Chemical today! I cannot say enough about their service. I even got to talk to someone on the phone about a question I had and man were they nice.....I can't say enough about them. Just look at all those colors....brown(I refuse to say mocachino), charcoal, avacado, mallard green, olive drab, and sun yellow.....that one, ummm, must have been a mistake, I check into that one later.
This was some leftover Dye I had lying around in a jar thatwhen diluted, made a really nice rose color, and the wife was begging for gloves knit from it. This yarn I scored from the wooster Ohio fiber festival back in june and although a bit scratchy, dyes well and isn't terrible to knit with.
All in all, dyeing has been one fun experiment, but I still haven't dyed for myself yet. This weekend, it's all about selfish dyeing and knitting!