Category Archives: Life, the universe & everything

I am declaring a general amnesty

I need a blog-reading amnesty here. The last time I posted, there were those 1400 or so unread posts, though Jess kindly pointed out that part of that was Bloglines randomly resetting entire feeds as unread.

But now? Now there are over 2300 unread posts. I give. There is no way. I keep not reading any of it because there is no way I can read it all. I’m marking every last thing read and starting over.

I got this job, see, which is sucking up a fair portion of my knit and crochet time, my blog-reading time, my gamer-dork time, my general slacking off time—you get the picture. I have not knitted or crocheted a stitch in at least two weeks.

I know, I know, your heart bleeds for me, having to work for a living and all. I’m a little bit exhausted, though. Working first shift is a major lifestyle adjustment for me, and I sit in front of a computer typing all day, which makes me not so much want to sit in front of a computer and type in the evenings when I get home.

I hope I haven’t missed anything—aw, hell. I know I missed lots. I need to start over again anyway.

Foodie Friday: Fake shepherd’s pie

Look, me with a recipe! Ha.

This is good when things are rushed because it mostly uses things that are already in the house. It isn’t “real” shepherd’s pie with lamb, but close enough for me.


* 1lb ground sausage (or hamburger, but I promise you it tastes a lot better with sausage)
* chopped onion (or onion powder if you don’t have any actual onions)
* salt
* pepper
* 1 can cream of blap soup (cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, cream of octopus, whatever you have hanging around the house)
* assorted canned veggies (I usually use green beans and mushrooms, sometimes corn, too. You can use frozen or fresh veggies if you want. I am not that ambitious.)
* mashed taters (leftover or instant)
* shredded cheese
* paprika

Brown the sausage (or beef, but I’m telling you the sausage tastes better) with the onion, drain. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the cream of blap soup and put the whole mess in a casserole dish (I think I use a 2qt one. Or 1.5qt. Something like that.)

Drain the cans of veggies, dump on sausage/blap mixture in casserole dish. Spread mashed taters on top. Sprinkle with paprika. Paprika is yummy. Then throw some shredded cheese on top. (If you are me, you only put cheese on half of the top, because I do not eat cheese. If you are not me, go crazy with the cheese if that’s what makes you happy.)

Bake about 30 mins in 350° oven.

On cars and trying to knit on dpns

1) What is wrong with me that I think it’ll work out if I start a project on dpns at 1:00 AM? I need to stop doing this. It doesn’t matter that this is the only time when I have enough peace and quiet to get it started. It will not work.

2) Slipping knitwise is not the same thing as slipping purlwise. Perhaps if it weren’t for #1 above, I would’ve noticed that in the instructions first time through.

3) With regard to the car meme that’s popping up on everyone’s blogs (and which I am too lazy to fill out and post), has anyone actually had sex in a car since the age of seventeen or so? (The back seat of a Chevette = the most uncomfortable place I ever had sex. Hands down.)

Oh, wait, to answer my own question: I have. Oops. Almost forgot about that.

Belatedly, and other things, too

A very belated thank you to Lori! A little while back I won her blog contest, and the prize was a Knitpicks gift certificate. For a while now I’d been periodically visiting the Knitpicks site to drool over their yarn, so this makes me a very happy camper. Thank you, Lori!

Now to settle on some yarn…

I haven’t been posting in this blog much lately (ya think?) I have been writing a bit in my journal (leave a comment if you want the link, but be aware that there’s a better than even chance that you’ll be offended by something or other over there—my foul language, my job, my opinions, what have you—and it is likely not work-friendly if you’re accessing the internet from work, ya slacker. Just so you know. I deliberately don’t link to there from here) but I haven’t been posting all that much over there, either.

I just haven’t had a lot of time at the computer, and I’ve had a lot of things going on in my head.

Current project status (someday I will update those status bars in the sidebar, really):
The corset: Very nearly finished! I need to attach the final strip of boning. I’ve done the bits that go around the top and bottom, but I am very, very frightened of what I need to do next, which is singe the ends of the boning. That is freaking me right the hell out.
The finished bags: Still need lined. I am a slacker with the sewing machine.
The bag in progress: There can never be enough unlined purses! I’ve started a new one with the green and beige wool I got from that marked-down kit. I’m not using a pattern, which is an entirely new concept for me. I usually feel lost without a pattern. I’m just working in rounds and winging it based on what I’ve done with other bags I’ve made. I really need to make a swatch of this wool and try to felt it before I get to the point of no return (the first color change), though.

I probably have other unfinished projects lurking around. Like those socks. You have no idea how fed up I am with those socks.

That’s it for now, I guess. I am now going to look at patterns and salivate over the Knitpicks catalog.

Just FYI

If you have tried to email me recently, I may not have gotten your mail. It may or may not have actually been bounced back to you. My mail server’s been having some sort of problem. So try me again: yarnification @

In other news, I’m about a third of the way through that corset but cannot show you a photo of how it’s coming along due to the aforementioned broken flash on the camera. I had a little trouble early on and had to start over about three or four times, but it’s going along pretty smoothly now.

Except that Tunisian crochet? Really is a little boring. It’s worth it for this pattern, but I can’t even imagine the tedium of making an entire afghan that way.

Bad blogger, no biscuit

Hey, folks.

First I want to say thank you for all the nice things you said about the seraphina shawl. I’m really happy with it; it’s been very nice and warm during all this chilly rain we’ve been having here.

Lately I’ve been working hard, but that’s been at work, not at fun things. So I haven’t been crocheting, haven’t been making linings for those bags, haven’t been doing anything crafty at all really. I think I last picked up any of my projects about two weeks ago. It is very sad.

Work is better now. Things are caught up. There are no longer any piles of paper taunting me, telling me that I will never, ever, ever get through it all. Those are gone now. It’s done. All I have to do is keep up with it.

And now maybe I can do some fun crafty stuff.

Insert title here (or something like that)

Thanks for the advice, all…it seems I was missing the last stitch in the row. I did another swatch with white yarn and I didn’t have any problem with that, so I guess it was mainly a problem with trying to work with black yarn in a poorly-lit room full of distractions.

So anyway I got nothin’ today. I still haven’t lined those bags. The weekend was pretty busy, just no time for it. Also I was possibly just the faintest bit hung over yesterday (we won’t get into how sad it is that a few beers can leave me hung over—oh, but I will tell you that a really hot bartender hugged me. That was fun) and also had been up until 5:00 AM the night before, so I just wasn’t up to anything that required energy and didn’t positively have to be done.


Yep, I’ll put up a pic soon. Feel free to giggle at it. (No, really, it’s bad. But I’ll take a picture of it anyway.)

I’m finding out that I do all this crafty stuff because it drives me stark raving mad not to have something to keep my hands busy. I’ve been trying to take it easy on my wrists because they’ve been acting up a little. Not a lot, but I’ll be driving and I go to shift gears and get this weird zingpingblat of nerve pain, and that’s not good, right? And it’s really for the best if I give it a rest *before* it gets real bad rather than after.

So I’m trying to lay off anything that could be considered “repetitive strain”.

It’s not easy. I have a serious excess of nervous energy and I need to do SOMETHING with it.

Why I didn’t knit much yesterday

I did a row or two on the dishcloth yesterday, but that was pretty much all I could manage.

You might recall my whining about my hands bothering me a few months ago? I hadn’t had much trouble from them lately; I started taking some herbal stuff (ginkgo biloba) for something else, and when I stopped taking it I noticed that my hands started hurting again after a few days. I was curious if it was that, so I took it for a week, stopped taking it for a week, etc. a couple of times until I decided that it really was helping with that. A couple of days on it and my hands feel better, a couple of days off it and they feel worse. I think it’s got some sort of anti-inflammatory effect. I’ll take what I can get; I can’t take advil or anything in that family (wheeeeeze!)

But yesterday afternoon it started up again, first the joints in my thumbs and then gradually in other fingers swelled up and went all wacky. It got worse as the day went on, but it’s way better today.

I think it might’ve been the weather, honestly. There was a massive front moving in to replace our lovely 60° day with 30°-and-dropping today, complete with near-hurricane force winds last night.

Feeling about 70% better today, so I’m hoping to get more done on it later on…

Send Mr. Doo some birthday wishes!

Pasted from Lori’s site…

February 12th marks a very special day! This is your chance to pay homage to Mr. Doo by wishing him a very happy 4th birthday! Send him an e-card, but better yet, spend a few bucks and mail him a can of tuna, and if you are feeling really generous, consider sending him catnip or his favorite snacks: Whisker Lickin’s Tuna crunchies!

Mr. Doo has awesome mind powers and will know who you are if you fail to at least send him an e-card! He even has his own gmail account to facilitate your blessings, tributes, and worship to him. You may even want to go crazy and send him a real snail mail birthday card or postcard. He’ll gladly give you his mailing address upon request. (No, he doesn’t have his own post office box—yet!)

There are benefits to you bestowing a little worship his way!

* You may someday win the lottery!
* You can brag to friends how you sent somebody’s cat that you never met something for his birthday!
* You’ll be able to look at yourself in the mirror and know you’ve done right by Mr. Doo!
* Most tuna is now dolphin safe so you’re protecting the environment!
* Mr. Doo would remember you on your birthday (well, maybe not)
* He is more evil than you and has better mind powers
* You would spend more money on buying a latte or skein of yarn
* This counts as a random act of kindness so you can negate some karma or move ahead one person in line at the Pearly Gates
* Mr. Doo may purr with excitement over all of the attention!

But wait, there’s more! Mr. Doo would appreciate it if you mentioned his upcoming birthday on your blog, in fact cut and paste any or all of this entry so that his birthday can reach as many people as it possibly can through all of Blogdom!

I can certainly attest to Mr. Doo’s considerable Mind Powers, as he used them to help out Kittycat when he (Cat, that is) was sick last summer.

Happy birthday, Mr. Doo!