Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Wow! 3 posts in one month...I'm on a roll

Well not really but I like to give myself little pats on the back every now and then. I'm a "half full" type of girl if you can't already tell. I've been pretty busy on the crafty homefront but I just recently realized that running a household takes a a lot of work. I mean dayum, can I get a day off?

Fair warning, I'm about to digress so if you came hear for the WIP eye candy, then skip this part.
Just to give you some backgound, before this apartment, I lived with my dad. The only space I had to worry about was my room and that's it. I mean I cooked when I felt like it (which was hardly ever), never bought groceries, rarely did dishes, I mean all I had to do was take care of my son, make sure my space was clean and that we had clean clothes to wear. Now I realize the prices we pay for space and privacy. I could go on and on about the many realizations I've learned the hard way moving out on my own so I'll just make a list of the following entities that can kiss my black ass (you know I must be mad cause I don't even curse like that):
#1-Con Edison - Thank you for sending me a bill for close to a G then telling me I had to read my own damn meter in order to fix your mistake. Don't you pay people to ride around and do this sorta stuff?

#2-Time Warner - Thank you for not correcting my address no matter how many times I call to fix it. I really do enjoy staying on hold and getting transfered to your customer service line about 3 times each call. Let's not even mention the two times it took your tech guys to actually hook me up and still forgot one of my products. It would still be nice to receive a bill even though you've charged me twice already.

#3-Pathmark- Thank you for your long express lines and for people who don't know how to use the self check out machines. Thank you for stocking something for one week, gettin me all in love with it, then never have it in your stores ever again.

#4-Taino Laundrymat - Even though you are pretty close to my apartment, I would still like to thank you for having a change machine but still make me walk all the way to the corner bodega to get singles. Thank you for making your machines so hard to figure out that I'm guaranteed to over pay by at least by 3 dollars each visit. Thank you for only having 5 chairs in the whole place and a public bathroom that doubles as a janitors closet. In case you didn't know, 4 year olds are guaranteed to use the bathroom at least 3 times while out in public.

Sorry, my father spoiled me. I'm really missing his washing machine, and his microwave, and his cable with all the movie channels, and his fridge stocked with food.(sigh) Thank god he lives right across the street so I can stop by everyday and go shoping in his kitchen. But for some reason, he doesn't stock as much groceries as he used to.

So I been knittin a little. It's been kinda scatter brained knitting. You know, knit a little on this, knit a little on that. I do have one FO. During the beginning of last week, it got kinda nippy outside and I realized I didnt' have a hat for this year yet. I just finished up a scarf using some homespun (Lionbrand, tryin to clear out the acrylic stash) in mistake rib. I dont' like for things to to be too matchy matchy, so here's my almost matching hat and scarf set.
my first ubiquitous bathroom mirror shot

The hat is roughly based on the tam pattern in the book The Knitters Handy Book of Patterns. I use the term roughly because my gauge was 3 sts/inch and their pattern starts t 4 so I had to fudge the numbers a bit. I needed it to be big enough to cover my ears and fit my 'fro when I have my hair out. I'll cast on for mittens next.

I've currently only got two things on the needles right now. I started a vest for my son using some acrylic I got for my birthday last year from my boss. I usually spread the word early around this time of year. Wanna get me a gift? Can't go wrong with yarn. Plus wool itches him as he likes to say. So here's the back and I cast on for the front already.

The border is the 2X2 Rib with Travelling Cables from the Knitting on the Edge book. I want her new book so badly but we're not even going to get into it right now.

Next are my cuzins STR Fairground socks. All this stockinnette work is driving me bananas but it does work up quickly. I think by the time I get to the leg stitches Ima throw a pattern up in that mug. Nothin too fancy as to mess with the varegation, but I don't know how much more straight stitch I can take.

My next project will most likely be a vest for my sweetheart. Those Aquarius' always like the fancy stuff. I don't know why I even asked, but he's always complaining about how I don't knit stuff for the family so I asked what he perfered. Of course he wants an Argyle sweater (sheesh). I had to smooth talk him into a vest and maybe a two color argyle pattern that I can do in fair isle. I've tried intarsia and we aint neva been friends. I also tried to convince him to try navy and grey or off white but nooooo. He wants blue and orange like Syracuse colors. And of course it has to be wool. I'm hoping that they have something I can work with at the Smileys sale this week. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

I've been spinning but I'd like to post solely on that so you'll get an update next time. By the way, my birthdays next month so we're celebrating the whole month of December here at Chez Harlem Purls. Be on the look out for crafty quizzes and fibery giveaways. Woo Hoo.

Happy Knittin.


Christie said...

I'm lovin' those stripes!

Oh...and I love going by my parent's house to stock up. Thank god for parents, huh?

Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm doing the same thing in December because that's my birthday month, too--YAY! I can't get more into that because that's what my contest is about.

I love the hat & scarf--I don't like things too matchy-matchy either. And the vest & socks are coming along nicely!

Jeanine said...

Gee, I don't know where to begin first. Well, I've seen the scarf and it is a vision to behold. I think the traveling cables on the sweater is cute. Very unique. I can't believe you haven't bought the book. I say that b/c you're always buying books (:-)

I also will be dusting off my Knitters Book of Handy patterns for a tam.

Happy knitting luv.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Chante your son's vest is going so great. I love it.

Necia said...

That hat is hawt. Wanna make me one? You worked on that vest quick. The socks look just about right.


Deborah said...

love this post!

Memeeflye said...

isn't life crazy to juggle? but i guess mamas have been doing it since the beginning of time- doesn't make it any easier can tell all gas stations that hike up their prices to kiss my black a!@ too! lol

LaBean said...

The hat/scarf combo looks good. Nice warm winter colors.. Great contrast against the snow. Handy book of knitting patterns. I see it and leave it. Maybe I should take another look, huh?
The transition to independence is a shock. I've been there, done that, and bought a tshirt. then my luggage didn't make it home. :)) WEEEEEEEEEEEEe

Anonymous said...

Hey girl hang in there those the utility companies are there to try yourpatience, you hang in there.
The vest is looking great.

sahara said...

Your knitting and spinning is always so fly! What is it with men? Your son will look great in his vest and he's happy. I told Ian, he better be glad I knit. 'Cause ancestors forbid, If I pass on, he's gonna have to hang out at the yarn shop, or a knitting circle to find another mate.

Christina said...

I've been overwhelmed on the homefront, too. Boy, what I wouldn't do for a washing machine! Glad to see that you're still managing to get knitting done. You really do it all!

denilda said...

please remember, you always have your aunt dede to do your laundry and provide you with supermarket priveleges. so come on by with your shopping cart.

denilda said...

p.s. luved that hat you were wearing

Annie said...

Hahahhaha! Keep your sense of humor, you wrote about your adventures very well. Ah, the trials and tribulations. You deserve a good knitting break!

Divineladi said...

I love the hat & scarf. As usual you do some great work! Umm...what did you get at Smiley's?

Anonymous said...

wow, girl you've been busy, i'm so proud of you :) Go on with your bad self!! Lol