Wanted: One sugar daddy.

Gah. Working at Borders is probably as lovely a retail experience as one can have, but, honestly? It’ss sucking my bank account DRY! I mean, come on – it’s like eight hours of browsing a day!!!! Shelving? Ooh, that looks interesting. Helping others find books? Hey, I’ve been meaning to read that. Working the register? Hmm, I wonder if we have any more of that. Example: today I bought:

1. Wideacre by Philippa Gregory – because I’ve heard she’s very good, but didn’t know if The Other Boleyn Girl and Queen’s Fool needed to be read in a certain order, so when shelving a bunch of Other Boleyn Girl, I noticed that this one said ‘FIRST in the Wideacre Trilogy.’ Seems pretty straight forward, really.

2. Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien – because I like letters and I like Tolkien. So there.

3. Garden State DVD – yay!

4. Short History of Nearly Everything (audiobook) by Bill Bryson – I love Bill Bryson and I’ve always wanted to try an audiobook, so I figured, why not? It’s a book I have and was meaning to read, so I may read along with it. I haven’t decided yet.

5. Know It All (audiobook) by Someone I Can’t Remember, but he’s an editor at Esquire – again something I wanted to read, but had held out buying the book, so I thought I’d give it a go in audiobook.

As of now, I can’t decide about the audiobook thing – I find it rather distracting, actually, as I always think of reading as a visual activity (because, duh, it is), so when I’m hearing it read to me, my brain is lagging a bit behind, picturing the words on the page, punctuation and all. But Bill Bryson is the true test because it’s something that I should like. Although, even if I don’t, I may try a fiction book on audio just because it’s different and everyone says that a good audiobook depends on the book transferring well to being read aloud as well as the performance. So. Yeah.

That’s it, really. 🙂

Le olde monstrosity…

Ding dong, le Monstrosity is dead finished! And so is my hissing Slytherin hat! Huzzah! *does the joyous ‘Xmas knitting is done’ dance*

So this project taught me my lesson about dye lots. As you can undoubtedly see, there are two different purples in the fun fur. So it’s basically a giant IOU to my mom – it became a personal challenge to finish the damn thing. I’m going to tell her I owe her something much nicer and all the same colour. Or at least purposefully different colours. But I don’t care because IT IS DONE!

p.s. – I am so talented – I can blink even when there’s no flash! I am back to my normal self in the next pic.

I like this one even if it gave me trouble, as well. Apparently, my purl stitch is MUCH looser than my knit stitch and therefore, I ended up with an elephantine hat the first time. It was honestly the hugest thing I’ve ever seen. Think dinosaurs were big? Well, they had nothing on this bloody hat. So I started over, minus 20 stitches…and it’s STILL on the big side. But I don’t really expect my friend to wear it as she already has a very cute cap that she wears, so I’ll tell her to use this as decoration somewhere. She likes HP and her initials are ‘S’, as well, so it seemed appropriate.

Hot vet!

O. M. G.

Just took my cat, Arthur, to the vet to get his yearly check-up and his vaccinations. I’m new to the area that I live in, so this is Arthur’s first time at this particular vet and holy COW is his vet hot. And not just hot – HAWT! *fans self*

Shame I’ll only get to see him once a year. *pouts*

Now off to finish my one remaining knitted gift – the monstrosity that is my mother’s poncho.

A miscellany…

Ooh, another compulsive update from yours truly!

Okay, a couple of things…if I can remember as have had about three glasses of wine and not much to eat today.

1. a friend of mine set me up with a friend of her boyfriend’s and I thought he was a pretty nice guy until he said that his favorite book was…Old Yeller. I kid you not – Old. Yeller. I mean, come on, I tear up when I read the learn-to-read story about the cat who’s scared of everything and saves her owner from a fire and then she gets burned pretty badly and nursed back to health. It’s a HAPPY story and I bloody well cry! And he likes OLD YELLER?!?! So that’s not on. Lame. And Aragorn’s leaving Borders, so that’s a no-go, as well. *le sigh*

2. I like Kylie Minogue. There. I’ve said it. I’d say it again if I had to. She rawks my socks.

3. I like to burn cds for people. And I think I make damn good mix ones, as well.

4. I bought a HP calendar today – illustrations, not movie one. I like it. I also like 40% off employee appreciation weekends. They, not unlike Kylie, RAWK!

5. That’s all for now. Until I think of something else to bore you with! 🙂

Words probably best NOT to use in a job interview…

Just realised that in my second interview to work at Borders, I used the word ‘fandom.’

ETA: It’s okay, I got the job ages ago – I just was thinking back on my interview today and thought ‘omg, I totally said “fandom” to my boss.’ But I bet she’s a sooper sekrit LOTRipper. I mean, honestly, she has a framed pic of Viggo reclining in a strategically placed stream on her desk – how could she not be?!

A veritable cornucopia of finished projects!

Hello! I am your friendly neighbourhood knitting fiend!!!!!!!!!!!11!!!!omgmyfingerhurts!! I have decided (rather rashly, I feel) to knit all my holiday presents this year, so I hereby present…

a knitting extravaganza!

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It’s so soft – the yarn is 65% alpaca and the rest synthetic – it was really quite easy to work with, the pattern was just such that it was IMPOSSIBLE to backtrack once I made mistakes. I’m very proud of this one in particular – it’s going to be so hard to give it away!

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There are three stripes that twist around the hat – a variation on the Hermione hat pattern. I mostly wanted to experiment and see if I could manage intarsia knitting (where the different colours of yarn are carried along the whole way). The result…I can! It’s not as hard as I thought it would be, except for untangling the threads every day. I added the pom-pom because I know he’ll wear it because I made it and I wanted to make it as silly as possible. I think I’ve achieved just that.

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I like the style of this one very much – I may have to make one for myself. The pattern was for babies, so this was an experiment in sizing up something. I think it’d be probably a lot more difficult to do that for something more complicated, but it worked quite well here. This one knitted up so quickly, too – practically no time at all. The yarn’s really nice and soft, too and has a sort of sheen to it. very pretty. And sort of reminiscent of the 20s to me for some reason.

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So this one, as the keen-eyed ones of you will notice, has stripes that include Gryffindor and Slytherin. This *gasp* is because I always overbuy on my yarn and have loads of red, gold, green, and silver laying around the house. The body of the scarf is navy blue – you can’t really tell that here. This scarf almost killed me – I thought it would never be finished! I prefer to knit in the round – there’s no wrong side, all the color change tails are on the inside and it’s double thick – my Hogwarts scarves are knitted this way, too. BUT it takes twice as long to do. And the pattern here was a bit of a bitch, as well. Theres actually a rather large hole in the end stripes on one side because it was the last few rows and I was too frustrated to undo it and redo it. Blah!

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Here’s a detail picture. Again with the silly here – I added the pom-poms to the points at the end. I like pom-poms, but I hate making them. They take forever! Foooorrreeeever. /Sandlot.

I have so much Slytherin yarn left over that ‘m making a stripey hat for my secret holiday pal at work who happens to be a HP fan, as well. And I bought little wooden ‘s’s that I’ve painted silver and put pin backs onto so that I can pin them artfully around the hat when it’s done. So it’ll be ‘s’ for Slytherin, ‘s’ for the sound snakes make, and her name begins with ‘s’ as well, so it’s all very fitting. I’ll undoubtedly post pictures of that once it’s done, too. Am also working on a poncho for my mom which is rather an ugly monster (the poncho, not my mother), but I’ll finish it and tell her that I owe her something pretty since it’s rather horrid. Whew! Now off to bed. Eventually.

/ginormous post.