January 13th, 2009

Disney: L&S Caffeine

It's already *one of those days*

and it's not even 9 AM yet. :sigh: Ah, well, it'll get better from here, yes?

I've been looking for a hat pattern for *me*, since the kids each have a new hat, and Sweet Geek got *2* hats last year. I've been eyeballing the Knitpicks Andean Chullo kit.....but they're out of stock until at least Jan 23. This is Texas....winter might be Gone by then! :grin: What to do...

I googled. I hunted. I dug. And I hit paydirt: The Blossoms Chullo by Deja Vu Knits (I found it on Patternfish, if you want to see it). I like it better than the Knitpicks version - the Blossoms Chullo is longer, for one thing, so it flops over on top of your head (I...like that. :grin:) It takes 8 colors, instead of 6 (more practise at 2 color knitting!), and the earflaps are a bit smaller.

I figured up color subs...and ordered the yarn from Knitpicks (hey - I'm cheap. I don't have any suitable wool spun up - not in fingering weight, solid color, anyway - and Knitpicks Palette is only $1.99/ball. Total cost, for pattern and yarn, = $24.87. The Knitpicks version is $17.99...so, not that much more.) My yarn should hopefully ship today.....I should have it by next Monday :fingers crossed: and can start knitting! :lol:

Now, I need to find some Celtic knot patterns to substitute on my hat. :lol: (I would have done this with the Knitpicks hat, too....). Anyone got any good links for me? :hopefully: I can't find my Dover book...:sigh: I need a 9 stitch one (or 18 :grin:) for the bottom, a 32 stitch one for the 2nd motif (you have 160 stitches here), a 28 stitch one for the 3rd motif (total of 140 stitches here), and a 24 stitch one for the top (you're down to 96 stitches here). I think I have the first one covered - a Greek Key motif, I'll do it in 1 combo, then reverse the colors for the 2 go 'round. Just need the 3 larger ones.......:pondering: I haven't had much luck googling this AM. :sigh:

I do have graph paper...I might end up graphing it out myself. :not fun: We'll see...I'm hoping one of ya'll has some patterns bookmarked. :hopeful:
Disney: L&S Dance with me

Whoa!

My dear sweet man just got the deal of the century, I think. He went to a hobby store at lunch, to "pick up a replacement rocket in case we can't get Himself's out of the tree. And some more engines." OK...that's cool. I reminded him to get some A-whatever engines for R2, and went about my way getting lunch.

He just called me. After checking out (he got 1 rocket and...3 sets of engines), the store owner (who was cashering) asked "Are you into Rocketry?" "Me and my son are getting into it" (:squee: *ahem*) "Well, you gotta dollar on ya?" "Ummm, yeah." "Give it here - I got a great deal for ya!"

Sweet Geek handed over the dollar ("After all, it's just a buck!"). The guy took him behind the counter.....where there were 2 large tubs. Full of Rockets. "Here ya go! What'ch'a driving? A truck? Great - this'll all fit, then!" :boggle:

So...there are at least 20 rockets there, most unassembled. From small, starter rockets to big, over 3' ones. Plus at least 1 launch stand. For *$1*.

Seems the store is mostly RC cars/trucks/helicopters/airplanes - they sell very few rockets....so, we got toys! :grin:

Now, to keep it secret from Himself until Sweet Geek gets 'em home......:lol: