28 February, 2008

Oh, For the Love of…

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:28 pm by rynserenity

Well, last Tuesday was my birthday. I thought to myself, “today is my day. I think I’ll take the day off from blogging.”

And then promptly took the whole week off. I totally fail as a blogger. Sigh.

Sadly, I don’t have much to show in the way of knitting content, since this week is midterms and the SAT’s are breathing down my neck (ohmygodthey’reonSATURDAY), but what I can show you is this:

I have very sneaky, clever friends. So, I wake up that morning and I go to school, and The Faery meets me on the train like he does (almost) every morning. He gives me a hug and a kiss, says “happy birthday”, and puts this string of mardi gras beads around my neck. I smile and laugh, and am happy.

Then, I get to school, and my friend Chelsea says hello. I mention that it’s my birthday, and she gets all happy and says she has something for me. She reaches into her backpack and pulls out one of those cloth leis you get at the party store and gives it to me. Again, I smile and laugh, because I go to art school and these things just happen. Note that I am not putting two and two together yet.

The bell rings, and we leave class. On my way to Chemistry, my friend Grim comes over, hugs me, says “happy birthday”, and– you guessed it– gives me another flower lei. Now, Grim goes to Hawaii nearly every summer, so I figured she just happened to have them leing around (har har), and that it’s an odd coincidence. Then who should show up but The Faery? He grins and laughs… and puts a string of mardi gras beads around my neck.

Then I figured it out.

This kept happening through the day, by the way. I got more mardi gras beads and leis from some more friends of mine, and even a few of my teacher were in on it! My friends are very sneaky, and I love them dearly. I had a great time, guys! Thanks so much.

As for loot? I got some nice things for my birthday. I got a copy of Victorian Lace Today (squee!), a gift certificate to a spa (this one), some art from my artist friends, and a beautiful shawl pin shaped like a sword:


(shown here on the Snowdrop Shawl because it shows up better than on Secret of the Stole)

I also got a buncha money from the various relatives (being a young adult rocks), so you’ll have to wait until I spend it to see what I got! I’m thinking of a set of the KnitPicks Options needles, maybe some more sock yarn, and one or two sweater’s worth of yarn. Mmm, stash enhancement…

PS. I turned the heel on the first Monkey:

It’s like all the colours of good Indian food.

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24 February, 2008

Smells Like Nerd Spirit

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:46 pm by rynserenity

Whew! This weekend has been crazy!  Yesterday was spent at WonderCon (which is AWESOME), and today was spent recovering on the couch with Dem Fischer Sin Fru and watching the Oscars (am I the only one who was annoyed that “Transformers” didn’t win anything?). I’m totally fried, so all you get is a meme:

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME (first pet, current car): Rosie Honda

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME (fave ice cream flavor, favorite type of shoe): Vanilla Aerosole

3. YOUR NATIVE AMERICAN NAME (favorite color, favorite animal): Turquoise Octopus

4. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME (middle name, city where you were born): Serenity Berkeley

5. YOUR STAR WARS NAME (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 of your first name): Bruka

6. SUPERHERO NAME (2nd favorite color, favorite drink, add THE): The Lavender Cocoa

7. NASCAR NAME (the first names of your grandfathers): Robert Bud

8. STRIPPER NAME ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/scent): Jasmine

9. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME (your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter):
Gautier Greenwitch

11. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower): Winter Sunflower

12. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now): Strawberry Pullover

13. HIPPIE NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree): Cinnamon toast Redwood

Hmm, I taaaaag… whoever reads this blog who likes memes. Enjoy, guys!

14 February, 2008

It Begins

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:27 pm by rynserenity

The dogs know that I am up to something. They know that I will be leaving the house, and I may never return (at least, in their imaginations). This has led to some fairly neurotic cat-chasing behavior. I have had to soothe her:

And might I say, she looks positively snorgle-licious while keeping me company. Suitcase?

Packed. Shawls?

Properly contained within ziploc bags, so they will not be harmed. New travelling sock?

Packed and ready to go. I may or may not have internet access at the ‘con this weekend, so I will try and do one last short entry before I leave tomorrow (hooray for sleeping in!) I’m off to get one more good night’s sleep before the madness fun begins.

PS. Is anybody else sensing a definite colour theme here?

13 February, 2008

Be Vewy Vewy Quiet…

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:46 pm by rynserenity

The baby’s sleeping:

I swear, these dogs will wake up just to bark at leaves falling across the street. It’s a delicate balancing act tying to come home after bellydance at 9:00 and not wake the whole household.

That’s why this will be a relatively short entry: I’ve just gotten home from dance class, and I have a bunch of things to do before I can achieve the sweet release of sleep, including finishing my homework, taking a shower, making a packing list for PantheaCon, and putting away my new yarn.

Yeah, I thought that might get your attention. New yarn, all right. See, my mother worked out a deal with me: since I’m going to SAT tutoring every week, for every two sessions, I get one skein of yarn. Pretty sweet, eh? I love bribery. Here’s this week’s treat:

A lovely hank of Baruffa Cashwool; 1460 yards in a beautiful rich orange colour. Exactly the shade you’d expect from an almost too-ripe pumpkin. Delicious. I believe this will be destined for Secret of the Stole II once the Fisherman’s Wife is finished– eventually. See, every four rows, the shawl increases by twelve stitches. Needless to say, the rows are getting pretty long, and I’m only halfway through Clue 1! Sigh. I comfort myself by knitting something small and equally as beautiful. Remember this yarn?


(somewhat over-exposed photo. The colours are much more rich than that.)

My beloved Paca-Peds is finally getting used! Hoorah! Last night, it became this:


(yes, I do wind my yarn into yarn cocoons. I find it very satisfying, and I feel immensely clever whilst doing it. Also, they’re freaking adorable.)

which is becoming a pair of these:

Yup. (a very bad picture of) Los Monocos Locos; in other words, toe-up Monkeys. I love, love, love this yarn! The colours are deeply saturated and rich, the yarn is smooth and warm between my fingers, and I get an opportunity to do Magic Loop, another technique that makes me feel very clever, indeed. I will definitely be buying more of this yarn in the future. It comes in so many scrumptious colourways it makes me happy. I’ve been eyeing the “Ocean” colourway for a pair of socks for my dear mother.

That’s all for today! Tomorrow will (hopefully) be the last post of the week, as I am off to PantheaCon on Friday morning. I will try to arrange for a guest-blogger, but I can make you no promises. I’m off to panic write a packing list.

11 February, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:27 pm by rynserenity

Indeed I have been. These past few days have been packed with stuff! Over the weekend alone I:

Finished the Jaywalkers:


(you’re only getting a picture of one, because I haven’t woven in the ends on the other)
Tried to find the rest of the Bay Area through the fog:


(this is a completely normal ocurrence, I assure you. It’s very beautiful, but a major pain in the arse to drive in)

Cleaned off the desk in my studio/office:

Roasted marshmallows on the stove:


(Don’t worry, I haven’t turned into a petite Asian girl; that’s my partner-in-crime, Liz)

And made a hat:

Yes, that is indeed an Odessa, from the fabulous Grumperina, but without the beads; mostly because I was too lazy to go to the bead store, and I needed a new hat (yarn is some Caron SimplySoft scrounged from my favourite cheap-yarn source, the Depot for Creative Reuse). It looks all ready for me to cut the yarn and fasten off, right? What’s stopping me, you say? This is:

Apparently,  I grossly underestimated the size of my head, and I didn’t intend to make a yamulke out of this pattern. D’oh! I ripped out the decrease section, and re-knit it so that it fit my head a bit better (pictures to come after I clear out the camera’s memory card). I’m so glad I didn’t cut the yarn before I tried it on! Lucky me.

Whew! I was busy! And this month is going to stay busy, so blogging may be a bit (more) sporadic for the next few weeks, at least until I take the SAT’s in (gulp) three weeks. Coming up tomorrow: The FO for Odessa, and “The Adventures of Liz and Ryn: People Who Like to Set Stuff on Fire”. Good times were had by all, and nothing really important caught on fire. Much.

6 February, 2008

Wait… Was that Sun?

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:47 pm by rynserenity

Yup, the weather’s starting to clear up here in California. Last week, we celebrated Imbolc, also known as the Feat of St. Brigid, or… Groundhog Day. Imbolc, to us Pagans, celebrates not spring itself, but the promise of spring. Sort of a “good job, you made it halfway through, you deserve to stop and celebrate for a bit”. What can I say? Us Pagans, we like to celebrate.

So anyway, I’ve been plodding along on my current WIP’s, making some pretty good progress this week. I’ve done a lot of this:

Because I’ve been commuting more than usual this week.

Last night, I went to the Oakland Museum of California to see a documentary called “The Iron Ladies of Liberia” (scroll down a bit), which was smashingly good, and quite funny in some places. My favourite part was when the president of Liberia had to go talk to President Bush in the US, and every time he spoke, the audience laughed. I love my community.

Speaking of politics, yesterday was Super Tuesday, as I’m sure you all know. Since I live in California, that meant watching the election coverage last night (no, I will not tell you who my family voted for). It was quite cozy, for I had this:


(that’s a small dog, for those who weren’t quite sure)

and I worked on this:

You can’t tell at the moment (because I’m recovering from a rather severe migraine and can’t focus enough to dry-block), but this is half of Clue 1 from Dem Fischer Sin Fru, or the Fisherman’s Wife shawl. Moni is such a talented designer, and I’m having great fun with this shawl design; it’s a Faroese-style shawl, and the clues are released in a very clever way that I can’t describe without making it sound… well, somewhat less clever. Just trust me on this one.

But wait! you say. Where did that lovely soft grey yarn come from? Well, remember these?

A few weeks ago, I went to the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse to get some materials for an art project, and I saw these babies. There was an entire SHELF of coned yarns of varying colours, sizes, and states of cleanliness. I picked out three of them for my very own, and as far as I can tell, all three of them are 100% wool. I think the seafoam green and the light grey may even be merino, because of the slight halo they both have.

Either way, they’re soft and there’s a bajillion miles of it. I’m thinking the green will be made into either a Spring Shawl Surprise or I will use it to experiment with yarn dyeing techniques. Yes, yes, the gears are turning. Mwahaha…

Either way, dinner’s in the oven, my migraine medicine’s kicking in, and I have an almost-finished sock calling me. See how close I am?

Yup. Just 0.5″ of ribbing left to go. I can knock this baby out in half an hour, tops. That is, if the migraine meds don’t knock me out too bad…

PS. Sun Ray Shawl? What Sun Ray Shawl? There is only Zuul the Fisherman’s Wife…