Big Sky Mind

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!! 

I Made A Decision
October 5, 2007, 12:41 pm
Filed under: Knitting, Nascar, Work

I followed Melissa’s advice and looked on Ravelry to try to find a pattern or information about my sock/heel dilemna, but no luck.  So I decided that I would just restart them over with the 57 sts.  So I’m pretty much back to the point where I started.  I am loving my ShiBui Knits yarn.  The colors are awesome!  Monday I’ll get you some photos, it’s just a boring looking toe right now.  I didn’t want to do a pattern with this yarn, and I’m glad I’m not, sometimes you just have to let the beautiful colorwork stand on it’s own.

I feel like the storm that has been raging at my office the past few weeks is finally dying down.  I’m glad, I don’t like discord, I’m very much a girl of order and normalcy. 

This is a big NASCAR racing weekend, it’s Talledega time again.  They will be driving a new car called the COT or Car of Tomorrow.  It’s the first time that they have driven these cars on one of the big super fast tracks.  The race is going to be both nerve wracking and very exciting.  That’s my big plan for the weekend, what’s yours? 

Rum Runner’s not Running very fast
July 29, 2007, 8:59 pm
Filed under: Knitting, Nascar

Well another weekend is in the books and I feel like I got very little knitting accomplished. It just feels like these socks just won’t grow. Having said that, I’m almost finished with sock number one. It has only been a week so I guess that’s not too bad. Here is where I’m at with Rum Runner #1.
Rum Runner #1 Almost Done“>
Here is a close up of the pattern. It is the beaded rib stitch from Charlene Schurch “Sensational Knitted Socks”.
Close Up of Beaded Rib“>
Sorry the photo seems a little blurry. My camera doesn’t excel at the super close up shot. I got an email tonight that my next Zen String sock club yarn has been sent. Since I am close to finishing my first Rum Runner, I am starting to think about what socks I want to make next. I’m pretty sure the next pair will be something for me. I was having a small problem with ladders, uneven stitches where you switch needles, but I was reading the posts on the Summer of Socks flickr site and I figured out you have to hold the back needle while you are knitting on the other one. The ladders are all gone now. I think I will make my next pair on the two circular needles as well. I’m leaning towards the Wollmeise, but I will have to wait and see what my Zen String is.
Tony Stewart

Congrats to Big Orange Tony Stewart for winning his second Brickyard 400. It’s hard not to root for Tony being that he drives a bright orange car and all.

The Redneckedness of it All
July 27, 2007, 9:31 am
Filed under: Knitting, Nascar

Last night through a series of circumstances, I was given an opportunity to go and see my favorite NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. He was doing an appearance downtown for his sponsor Budweiser. I may never recover. The concentration of Rednecks and Lady Rednecks in one location was overwhelming. There were hairdos that I have never seen before and hope to never see again. My favorite overall was the guy with the blonde dreadlocks. My escort for the evening, Mike B. graciously posed so I could take a photo of dreadlock dude getting his Bud on.
Mike B. and His Dreadlocked Friend“>
The Bud girls were in the house, posing for photos and writing down fan questions for Junior. They had nice shiny red jumpsuits to wear and Bud girl wranglers to keep any of the Rednecks from getting too friendly.The Bud Girls“>
As soon as they were done writing down the questions, the Bud girls disappeared. Mysterious.
Another big attraction of the evening was the photo with Dale Jr., sort of. What happened was people stood in front of a screen with their Bud and had their photo taken. Then via the magic of photoshop, they were sitting having a Bud with Dale Jr. himself. The line to do this was huge!!!! Even when Dale Jr. was onstage talking, the line stretched along the side of the room. Here is a photo of someone having their picture taken.
Posing for a Picture With Junior“>
And this is the guy doing the computer magic, he and I laughed that I was the only one taking his picture last night.
Computer Magic“>
Sorry about the dark photos, it’s probably a good thing it was pretty dark in there. If I had seen some of these people in bright light, I would still be recovering from the shock of it all.
They had a band play and the combo of the music and the Bud got the crowd moving.
Love was in the air.
Love Is In The Air“>
Then finally, Dale Jr. and his interviewer Marty Smith hit the stage. Thank goodness Mike B. is tall and was able to shoot over the crowd.
Dale Jr. Chillin'“>
I found it very interesting that while Dale Jr. was talking, a majority of the crowd decided not to listen or pay attention to him at all. They were too busy chatting, drinking, partying it up to hear what the boy was saying. It’s too bad they missed it, Junior is funny and smart and he’s no b-s, he tells it like it is. The best Junior line of the night was talking about his new iPhone, “Dang, that iPhone is sumthin’ else, I’ll tell you what.” Some of the crowd were a little confused and seemed to think we were at a concert. Check out the chick on the dudes shoulders, it really wasn’t THAT big a crowd.
I am really thankful to RNR’s friend Eileen who originally won the tickets and then when she couldn’t go offered them to him to pass along to me. I am also thankful to my escort/bodyguard for the night Mike B.  I would have been seriously afraid to be in that crowd by myself. It was a jaw dropping, fun sight filled evening.

If you think you’ve wandered into the wrong blog, I did knit more on the Rum Runner socks yesterday. I’m almost to the heel on sock #1.
Rum Runner #1“>
After knitting two socks in the Dream in Color which is more like sportweight, the Yarn Pirate which is fingering weight seems to go so much slower. I’m sure I will find some quality knitting time this weekend watching all the NASCAR events on tv. I’ve seen plenty enough of it in person.

Many Questions, No Pictures
July 18, 2007, 10:47 am
Filed under: Knitting, Nascar, Technology

I have lots on my mind today, very random things so here we go.  I am almost to the top edge of D’s BigSkyMind sock.  I am now deciding what kind of edging/ribbing to use.  I’m leaning toward a picot edging.  Any suggestions knitters out there? 

Topic #2.  As you may or may not know, I am a big NASCAR fan.  Dale Jr. is my driver.  Being the dedicated fan that I am, I have a #8 license plate on the front of my beloved MINI Pearl.  Well, after this season, Dale Jr. will no longer be driving the red #8.  I don’t know what to do, should I change it to his new number?  Should I change to something completely different?  What should I put on?  I don’t want to leave it bare.  Should I be “old skool” and leave it?  I have given this some thought and I don’t know what to do. 

Topic #3.  Calling all geeks, I have several very cute videos that I have recorded with my camera.  How do I get them out of my camera and into my iBook?  They are awesome, and if I can ever get them out of my camera, I will put them on YouTube and link it here.  I have a Sony camera by the way, don’t know if that makes a difference.  What I really need to know is what Apple program to use?

See very random, hopefully pictures of something for you tomorrow.

The Golden Goose
May 10, 2007, 11:19 am
Filed under: Nascar

Dale Jr.

Since my people have been checking in with me all morning, yes I know that Dale Jr. is leaving his current NASCAR team DEI (Dale Earnhardt Inc.).  Am I happy about it?  Why yes, I am.  I certainly don’t think this is what Junior or his sister wanted.  They have been negotiating with their stepmother for a controlling interest in the company.  Evidently, they could not come to terms.  Now Junior has the option to drive for any of the top teams, or to start his own cup team through his JR Motorsports.  What a foolish woman, if you’ve got the golden goose, do WHATEVER it takes to keep him.  Dale Jr. is by far the most popular driver in NASCAR, sponsors love him, and team owners will be doing anything they can to get him to drive for them.  All the boy wanted was a chance to be competitive, win races and championships.  JR Nation will go with him and DEI will be nothing.  Greed and pride are crazy things…