Big Sky Mind

It’s Snowing Again
February 27, 2008, 9:19 am
Filed under: Knitting, Pets, Weather, Work
  • I’m pretty sure it’s snowing again. It’s not really enough snow to cancel school or close anything down, but it’s just annoying. I think it has snowed like every day for a week. I’m over it.
  • Onto happier topics, I finished Cara’s poncho on Sunday.  Just to recap, it was the Union Square Wrap/Shawl pattern from the “Weekend Knits” book by Melanie Falick.  I used 6 skiens of Bernat Alpaca Natural Blends in the Natural colorway.  I’m so happy with this yarn and this pattern that I bought some in the Ebony colorway to make one for myself.  Here are some photos:

Simon Helping With Cara's Poncho“>Finished Poncho #1“>Finished Poncho #2“>I currently have two projects in the works. If you remember last week I said I had decided to make the icicle socks just plain. Well after working on them for about 4” or maybe more I really didn’t like the way they were looking and ripped them out. After fighting with the yarn for over an hour trying to get it rewound into a ball, I cast on for the Porthole Rib socks. This is a pattern I got from my Zen String sock club when I was a member. The pattern was written by Karen Bole, and I am really very happy with the way they are turning out. Here is what they look like so far.Porthole Rib Sock #1“>Porthole Rib Close Up“>The other project that I am working on is a hat knit out of a hemp blend yarn. A co-worker at the coffee shop asked me to knit him something from hemp. I had never used a hemp blend yarn before so I said okay. The yarn I am using is called Hempathy. It is a hemp, cotton, modal blend. It is certainly not the softest yarn I’ve ever used and I am not completely sure that it’s not just going to be a big stretched out mess when I am done. Here is what it looks like so far. Not the best photo, black yarn is kind of tough to photograph, especially when the sun never shines.Hemp Hat“>So that is what I’m working on these days.  Just an interesting note, hemp yarn must be produced overseas and imported.  It is illegal to make it in the US.  The Hempathy brand is from Italy.

  •  I didn’t get to watch the Idol last night.  I was at the big training session at the coffee shop.  I’m sure you all heard about it on the news.  I’m actually very excited about the way things are going there as a company.  They are getting back to basics.  So if it takes longer to get your drink, don’t be annoyed, it should taste better than it has in a long time.
  • I have a couple of cute photos of the boys.  As you could see at the top of this post, Simon was helping me with Cara’s poncho.  His favorite new hang out is in the kitchen sink.  Not quite sure why.

Simon in the Sink“>Oscar“>And for all of the Fans of Oscar out there, one of the big fur ball himself. If you want to see some really amazing photos of cats, check out Mike B’s new website


In Praise of the Foot Massager
February 19, 2008, 5:27 pm
Filed under: American Idol, Knitting, Technology
  • After standing up for 7-8 hours straight at the coffee shop, my feet tend to be tired and sore. So Sunday after 6 straight days in the drive thru (no I’m not really bitter, why did you ask?!?) I bought myself a little present. It is a Homedics Foot Pleaser Ultra Deep Kneading Foot Massager. Next to iPhone, it is my favorite gadget in the world! Here is a photo of it.Shiastu Foot Massager“>I highly recommend one if you’re on your feet a lot. Or if you run long distances, Peanut!! Speaking of the drive thru, here is a little common sense advice, if you’re buying $5 of whatever at a drive thru, please don’t give the girl at the window a $100 bill and expect her to be able to make change for you. It makes her very grumpy and she says mean things about you when the window is closed!  😦
  •  Rappongi socks are done.  Just to recap, these were Wendy D. Johnson’s Healthy Spine Sock pattern made using ShiBui Knits sock yarn in the Rappongi colorway.  The first one was made with Knitpicks metal circulars size 2.0, the second with the Harmony wooden circulars same size.  There is some weird color pooling in the legs, I don’t mind it at all, but I’ve never had yarn do that before.  Here are some photos:

Rappongi“>Rappongi Left“>Rappongi Right“>

  •  I’ve moved onto the Icicle socks.  I decided after much, much debate, to just make them plain no pattern.  I’ll share when they start to look like something.
  • I’m still working on Cara’s Poncho.  Right now it is a very long strip, but not quite long enough.  It’s too big to carry around so it is my work at home project.
  • I’m excited about the live Idol tonight.  But tomorrow, I won’t be able to watch until 10 p.m.  When you get up at 3:50 a.m., 10 is just too late.  Maybe I’ll DVR it.
  • Simon likes to crawl all over my desk while I’m blogging.  He just hopped on my new fancy printer that DHC got me for Christmas and accidently made a copy.  It was really funny, he’s so helpful that cat.
  • Gotta scoot to yoga.  Talk to you soon!

About My Bullets
February 14, 2008, 7:57 am
Filed under: American Idol, Holidays, Knitting, Nascar
  • You may have noticed that my posts lately have all had bullet points on them.  That is because everytime I type up a post, no matter how much space I put in between paragraphs, WordPress lumps it all together.  It makes it very difficult to read, so I go back and try to put more space and it lumps it again, then I get frustrated and just use the bullet points.  Any help or ideas from other WordPress users would be greatly appreciated.
  • On the knitting front, still working on Cara’s poncho and the second Rappongi sock.  I haven’t made much progress on either one, I had to make a detour and knock out another pair of Fetching mitts and a couple of dishcloths for my bosses at the coffee shop.  They both have birthdays tomorrow.  I’m a terrible blogger, because I didn’t take pictures of any of it.  I also wound up the Yarn Pirate Icicle yarn to start my next pair of socks.  Not that I’m anxious to get started or anything like that.
  • So last night AI (American Idol, I will be referring to it as AI) narrowed down to the top 24.  I feel like that the women are stronger than the men again this year.  Watch out for (and sorry I don’t really know their names all yet), the Irish girl, the girl who’s dad passed away a day before her 1st audition, the little Asian girl, and the lost voice girl.  From the guys, the only ones I can sort of remember are Daniel, the boy with the emo hair, the little 16 year old that had paralyzed vocal cords and the Aussie dude.  I’m really surprised that the kid that lived in his car didn’t get put through.  They spent an awful long time on him to cut him in the end.  And I’m glad they cut the kid from Oklahoma with the tie and the glasses.  He totally would have been this season’s Sanjaya and we wouldn’t have been able to get rid of him and his Josh Groban voice for anything.  Really surprised by what Simon said to him last night.  I would never have guessed that Simon would have been pulling so hard for him.  So next week we will see.  Oh and the rocker nurse is from Mulberry IN which DHC tells me is right by Frankfort.  So maybe I’ll root for her a little bit more than I would.  She needs to tone down her look a little bit.  
  • Today is the beginning of the Nascar season, the heat races to get a spot in the Daytona 500.  These are so exciting to watch because people will do pretty much anything to get into the 500.  The payout for the 43 spot is enough to keep a race team going for a few months.  I will of course be rooting for my guy Dale Jr.  But I must tell you, I’m not crazy about his new paint schemes for his cars.  I know they are his sponsors and the cars have to be certain colors, but man, in my opinion, they are UGLY!  And now he’s really hard to find on the track, unless he’s leading, which I expect him to be doing today and Sunday.  Could also be a big day for Hoosier Tony Stewart.  Watch out for those two.
  • And lastly, Happy Valentine’s Day to all.  I hope you get to spend the day with the people you love.

I got nothing
February 7, 2008, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Nascar, Sports, Television
  • I thought about blogging yesterday and honestly could not think of anything interesting I had to say.  Today is not much better.  On the knitting front, I’m still working on Cara’s poncho.  I really like it, it’s just taking a bit of time to knit 54″ of length.  I also am making another pair of the Fetching mitts for a co-w0rker at the coffee shop.  I was thinking that I wanted to make her some for her birthday, February 15, and then she ask me to make her a pair after she saw mine.  So then I knew I had to make them for her.  I’m using a Paton’s Classic Wool in a really pretty pinky color that is almost mauve.  I’ll take some photos after they are done.  Speaking of photos, Mike B. is still tweaking his website for it’s big unveiling.  Technical gremlins are giving him fits, but he assures me it will be ready soon.  I bought a book last week called “2 at a time Socks”.  It is about knitting both socks at the same time using the Magic Loop technique.  I don’t know how I feel about knitting two socks at the same time, that sort of takes the portability out of them, but I am using the Magic Loop to make the mitts and I kind of like it.  After finishing the first mitt, I tried dipping my cable from my circular needles into boiling water to make it more flexible.  It actually worked!  I was a little surprised.  
  •  On the television front, my favorite new show to watch is called “Ninja Warrior”.  It is on the G4 cable network.  It is from Japan (duh), and involves these crazy challenges for people to complete to become “Ninja Warriors”.  You can tell this isn’t an American program, because most of the time, no one wins.  The challenges are so difficult, I’m kind of surprised anyone can do them at all.  One of my favorite parts of the program are the ads, their tagline is “Ninja Please”.  Makes me chuckle everytime I hear it. 
  • I have the entire day off today, no classes to teach and no working at the coffee shop.  I feel much better the last couple of weeks with the extra day off.  I think I was pushing myself a little bit too much.  
  •  As was mentioned in the comments of the last post I’m very, very excited about the outcome of the Superbowl.  So happy to see the cheater Patriots get their comeuppance in the only game that really matters.  No one will remember that they were 18-1.  Everyone will remember that the Giants had the biggest upset in Superbowl history.  I loved that the Giants defense put a beat down on the “greatest” quaterback of all time Tom Brady, and proved to all the tv talking heads that the dude is human and falls on his butt like everybody else.  I was happy that Peyton’s little brother Eli could finally tell the NY media to “shove it”. Good for him. 
  • Hope everyone has a great Thursday!! 

Things I’m Thankful For
February 1, 2008, 11:16 am
Filed under: Random
  • I’m thankful that I’m off of all work today, so I didn’t have to worry about driving in the big snow storm.


  • I’m thankful that the big snow storm was a washout and didn’t come.


  • I’m thankful that I’m getting to teach more yoga to more people so I can spread the goodness.


  • I’m thankful that NASCAR will be back in two weeks so I will have something to do on Sunday afternoons while I’m knitting for 3-4-5 hours. 😉


  • I’m thankful that the Idol is back on again.  I always forget how much I enjoy watching it when it’s not on. 


  • I’m thankful that Britney’s doctor committed her again so hopefully she will get some help and avoid a tragic situation.


  • I’m thankful that there are always new techniques in knitting that I haven’t tried yet so that I don’t ever get bored.  I’m going to investigate the Magic Loop where you use one really long circular needle to knit round things like socks or mittens.


  • I’m thankful that I have a warm, cozy, house for me, DHC, and the boys to live in.


  • I’m thankful that it’s Friday, my favorite day of the week.


  • I’m thankful that I have lots of wonderful friends that love and support me even though we don’t get to see each other quite as often as we used to.


  • I’m thankful that I was able to get my hair done yesterday so I don’t look like an old hag anymore. 


  • I’m thankful that my direct deposit has kicked in at the coffee shop, so I don’t have to go pick up my check if I don’t want to.

  • I’m thankful for all of you that read BigSkyMind, even when I don’t have that much interesting stuff to say.


  • What are you thankful for today?