Monthly Archives: February 2006

I’m so close I can taste it

I’m just 12 hours away from being an olympian…I finished the shawl last night and it is blocking on my rug as we speak. There are pictures, but they aren’t very good since the rug is a leopard print and not very conducive to lace photography 😛 Here they are anyways, as proof that I actually did it:

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The pattern: Flower Basket Shawl by Fibertrends

Yarn: Knit Picks Andean Silk in Bluebell

This was a huge effort as I missed the first five days of the olympics due to being out of town and missing delivery of the yarn. I’m getting a little tired of shawl patterns that keep getting bigger and bigger each row though…I think I need to find a pattern where you cast on umpteen million stitches and end up with just a few. That would make me happy.

What a trip!

I just got back today from my six-day trip to Clearwater…and it was somehow both the greatest trip I’ve had in a long time and at times the most frustrating.

First the bad…I will NEVER fly United again. On the way down to Tampa my flight out of Rochester was delayed an hour because of a “mechanical problem” that took an hour to fix, so by the time we got to Dulles I had just enough time to run to the next terminal to see the door to my flight being shut. So I got to deal negotiate talk to the stupid as a box of rocks customer service reps, who informed me that there were no more flights from Dulles to Tampa until the next day. WHAT? While my wonderful rep was trying to find me something quicker, the guy next to him got two people tickets on the very next (direct) flight. Finally my guy booked me on the 9:45pm flight (at that point it was 12:45pm) and put me on standby for the 4:45 flight. By the grace of god I made it as the only standby passenger on the 4:45 flight…but I had another suprise waiting for me in Tampa. The customer service idiot guy PROMISED me that my luggage would be on the 4:45 flight whether I was or not, so that if I had to take the later flight it would be there waiting for me. Well I should have forseen how that would turn out. Yep, no luggage. Somehow the geniuses United baggage handling staff decided that it would be a good idea to let my luggage get a tour of the south – it went first to Charlotte NC, then to Tampa. They delivered it by noon the next day, but man – it was just one thing after another.

Actually being down in Florida was fantastic. I got to hang out with Adam and relax, we did some sightseeing (well actually apartment hunting, but we drove over dodge and as a side bonus I now know where I’m going in Pinellas county), and had dinner out for V-Day. Oh yeah, and I GOT THE JOB! I interviewed Monday at Sunstar EMS for a full time Paramedic position, and I got it! They actually told me right there, gave me my salary information, fitted me for uniforms, the whole works. I’m really impressed by this place so far – I have yet to do a ride along or see them at work but hearing about how the company is run and some of the structural/system differences between there and Rochester was really cool. More on that later…I could go on for ages. Start date: April 17th.
AND…I found an apartment. Its a very nice place, gated community, pool, tennis courts, my own balcony… neighbors seem ok… my move in date is April 10th. Woohoo!

Very exciting…very scary… I need my inner cruise director to sit down and shut up for a minute so I can enjoy this because I keep worrying about all the details 🙂 I’ve never done anything like this in my life, and I’m really excited to jump in and give it a try…and remind myself that the worst that can happen is it doesn’t work, and I come back. And hey – in two months you all can visit me in sunny FLORIDA!

(Knitting progress – not much. 1/5 done with the center of the bridal knot shawl, got my olympic yarn when I got home today – of COURSE it shows up two hours after I leave for the airport. So now I’m exclusively working on that…no pics yet (only 24 rows in) but I love that shawls go much faster with DK weight yarn than laceweight. So here we go…an olympic-size project and only 2/3 of the olympics to finish it in. Any takers?)

The Pictures

Here’s a picture of the Debbie Bliss sweater…please forgive my poor photography skills.  This was my first cable project and I really enjoyed cabling.  I managed to not get bored, despite the fact that it was a pretty simple pattern.  I finished this project in fifteen days, although the lack of sleeves helped a lot.

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I also managed to get a halfway decent picture of the shawl in progress.  This is 60 rows into the center knotwork pattern, you can see the start of some of the knots.  I had trouble getting a clear picture, but when I get more done I’ll pin it out so you can see more clearly.

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In other news, my current Mary Kay project is “100 faces in 90 days” – 100 model makeovers/facials from the beginning of January to the end of March.  I’m lagging behind already, only 15 faces done so I need your help!  If you would be interested in a facial and makeover to be featured in my model portfolio, email me at lengstro@rochester.rr.com – it would probably help if you lived somewhere near upstate NY or Pinellas County FL, but we can work around that 🙂  I also got my first recruit at our meeting tonight, congratulations Jenn!

I love knitting lace

I have decided that I love knitting lace.  Its tedious, frustrating, and sometimes it takes half an hour to finish a single row, but I love watching the pattern appear, the feeling of accomplishment when I finish an especially tough section, and especially the magic of blocking.  I made my first shawl last fall while I was on deployment in New Orleans and have been thinking about knitting another one ever since.  I cast on for Ingrid’s Bridal Knot Shawl from A Gathering of Lace last week as an experiment, and was pleasantly suprised to find that its not as difficult (so far) as I thought it would be.  I know its going to be a massive project, but I love the knotwork pattern.  There’s no way I’ll be able to memorize the pattern, but each row makes sense on its own.  I’m also proud that I learned something from my last knitting adventure – I now can tell what stitches go where compared to the row before by looking at the knitting, instead of just counting the stitches and hoping.

Oh yeah, I’m using Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud yarn in sand.  I bought it for another project but this one called too loud.

And I think I know what I want to knit for the olympics…the Leaf Lace Shawl by fibertrends.  I need to translate my love of lace knitting into something useful for everyday use (as well as something I’ll finish before 2007).  I want to use a medium-weight yarn for warmth, something soft and yummy but not too pricey.  More on that later.

Coming soon…pictures of my most recent FO – “Lisa” by Debbie Bliss, a sleeveless turtleneck sweater, blue, knit with cashmerino aran.  Stay tuned!