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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

mixed virtual CD of EMOTION

one of my friends is kinda sorta going thru a thing right now. one of those love things. the kind that kicks you in the gut and leaves you crippled sitting at your desk, eatting bonbons and clicking refresh on your computer to see if the person you're stalking on myspace has changed their mood type of love thing. the emotions range anywhere from feeling bereft, sad, lonely, angry, empty, angry again that teeters towards really, really pissed, hate, back to love and then acceptance. so i made a playlist of songs i thought captured some of the raw emotions. rock on. or be sad. you know. whatever. the songs aren't in any kind of order, altho if i were really a dj, i'd put them in proper order to make sense of the timetable of LOVE HEALING. but that's too emo for me.

for some reason Project Playlist is being asshole-y-ish so i will just list the songs:
Sugarland - Stay
Matt Nathanson - Come On Get Higher
John Butler Trio - What You Want
Kelly Sweet - We are One
Maria Taylor - Clean Getaway
Kendall Payne - Scratch
Keith Urban - You'll Think of Me
Dave Matthews Band - Idea of YOu
Mindy Smith - One Moment More
Pink Floyd - Lost For Words
Matthew Perryman Jones - Refuge
Skye Edwards (Morcheeba) - Love Show
Kath Walsh - Your Song
Coldplay - Warning Sign
Taylor Swift - Cold as You
India.Arie - The Heart of the Matter
Natasha Bedingfield - Soulmate

6 month long knitted scarf ...

i knitted Kelcy this scarf last year. i started it almost exactly last year. i put it down for about four months and when i had a trip down to Charlotte in late August i decided to pick it back up. i think i hard core knitted for about two weeks. it's just a basic purl and knit pattern, alternating every two stitches. at the ends, i did 12 lines of knit and purl, but alternating lines. gave it a little more texture. i'm not much of a counter, despite my ethnicity, and when i initially started, i had counted out 48 stitches per line but crackhead me, when i picked it back up, i FORGOT and swore it was supposed to be 50! so if you look real closely, you can see where i flubbed. to add to the flubbery, i gave Kelcy the scarf in the heat of summer. i do things like that sometimes.

Kelcy: i like to unwind with a white russian and a cozy warm scarf on those chilly nights. cheers!

Friday, February 22, 2008

no knit scarf

just before xmas, i went on a no knit scarf spree. they're fast and easy to make:

mama-son scarf set

my coworker donna is going thru a really rough time right now. my heart really goes out to her so i spent a saturday a few weeks ago crocheting a scarf for her and her son. i had just learned crocheting the week before and i was anxious to kinda sorta practice and create at the same time. i was concerned because the weather had been so warm and that maybe winter had passed us by. i don't know why i was worrying so because it's now cold as brass balls out, with march just around the corner! god bless, with the way it's been lately, we'll never see spring!

anyway, donna's son Jacob is 5. i decided to go blue with a green trim for his scarf. the blue stitch is a double stitch (i did 3 rows) while the green trim is a half double stitch. i fear that i didn't think about his size so it may be too thick for his neck, i should've gone with single stitch for the trim.

for donna's scarf, i went with green with a blue trim. the green part was 3 rows of triple stitch, and the blue trim was again, half double stitch.

i hope they like the set. i'll ask them to pose with the scarves on and post those pix later.

heart day cards

when i was a kid, i lived with my grandparents. they were very good to me, i never lacked for anything: food, clothing, love. the cultural differences were minimal as i lived in an immigrant rich neighborhood. when special occasions or holidays arose at school, such as Thanksgiving or Easter, it would be up to me to "teach" my grandparents about the tradition and what to expect. Valentine's Day is not so much a national holiday but it certainly holds its own weight against the other holidays. normally, there'd be an ice cream social, or exchanging of cards. back in those days, it was a big deal. we would decorate our desks, have brown bags with hearts and cutouts for our classmates and friends to drop their cards in. i remember quite vividly one year when i did not have cards to give to my classmates. explaining to my grandparents why they needed to shell out money for fancy vday cards did not go over well. i showed up for school that day empty handed. i was so embarrassed. my teacher, Ms. Sabatini, bless her heart, gave me hers to hand out. i must've gone home crying to my uncle because the years after, up until i started living with my own parents and vday card exchanges ceased to be important, my Uncle Nick would take me to People's Drug (back when CVS had another name!) and he'd buy me a packet of vday cards. now that i'm older, i still send out cards to my friends for Valentine's Day. not 30 like back then but maybe a handful here and there, to some random folk i don't get to talk to often, but always to my dearest and closest girls. this year, i decided to make them. i only made about a maybe 6 or 7 of them but it was a lot of fun.

i'll definitely be making Easter/Spring cards soon!