Friday, November 21, 2008


I am just death on television shows. If I like it, it will be canceled. J gleefully points this out. He just IM'd me this gem.

I just found out that Eli Stone, Pushing Daisies, and Dirty Sexy Money won't be renewed for next year. All three are on my DVR series that I record.


Pushing Daisies and Dirty Sexy Money doesn't surprise me. Eli Stone does. I guess I have a soft spot for musical style stuff. Blame it on my college, I-love-Andrew-Lloyd-Weber, days.

Another show that's being canceled: Boston Legal. That show makes me laugh out loud. I don't do that often as I'm a jaded television watcher (read: I watch too much).

Thursday, November 20, 2008

More socks & such

I saw a cute scarf made on a CSM on Ravelry, so I tried to make one myself. It's not finished - I have to add eyes, nose & a pom pom at the end.

Isn't it cute?

Next: Joann's Socks N More sock yarn size 13 mens (gotta Kitchener it close):
Thought I was making a size 13, but the gauge is off. This will probably go to my big foot nephew.
This is a size 9 Women's knee high sock. Sock-it-to-me sock yarn (great value)
Trekking cotton yarn (Women's 10)
Re-knitted the square toed sock (Women's 7)

Still have more to crank out!

Sad Anxiety

My local Curves is closing. (Curves is an exercising place)

It's the only regular exercise program that I've successfully done for over 2 and a half years.

Things are already uncertain right now and it's that uncertainty that is stressing everyone out. But how uncertain is it, really? I wake up and things are still the same.

I just get anxious when I read the news. Are things really this bad or is it just our imaginations?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Ribbit, Ribbit

I know I sound like a broken record, but I do have my ribber working VERY WELL. So well, that I knocked out a number of ribbed socks last weekend. Three pairs of socks for M.
Red Heart's Heart & Sole yarn (Tropical Stripes). This is also ribbed down the top of the foot!!!! M loves the socks as they're all knee highs.
Lion Brand Sock Ease. The pair M wanted to wear first - she loves all things pink.
Another Red Heart Heart & Sole (Watermelon Stripes)

These are for me. Berroco Sox. I LOVE the colors for these socks.
I also did a fifth pair, but I forgot to knit the toe. I was so tired when I made this I even SEWED the darn thing up! Gotta square foot?

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Best GIS Site Ever

Another boring CAD post. Just trying to keep this info in one place.

Great GIS info available for download for the state of Texas:


Very cool.

Has all Digital Raster Graphics available for download (use the UTM ones) so you can import them into AutoCAD. FREE!! (Squee!)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

More Socks!

Well, I've been on a bit of a CSM adventure as I was determined to get my ribber running smoothly. At Maker Faire, I was able to crank Sarah Easter's Legare 400 a couple of times with it loaded with ribber needles. It turned so nicely and easily. It's always been a struggle with mine. That and the eating of the latches started to become expensive.

Thanks to the SockMachineFriends Yahoo! group, I got the diagnosis: The nose on my tappet plate was too blunt. I used some metal sand paper and sanded the nose into a duck tail so the nose will direct the latches to the side rather than snap off.

It worked.

Then I made a You Tube video to see if any of the more experience CSM'ers could help me out. They are amazing! I did the adjustments and my machine is working really well - finally!

So, I have whipped up two pairs of ribbed socks and an i-pod cozy over the past two nights.

First pair:

These are going in the mail as soon as I get them washed.

Leg: 1x1 rib for 50 rows
Pre-heel: plain for 10 rows
Foot: (I forgot - I'll have to look this up)
Womens Size: 7.5

With the i-pod cozy. This time I didn't turn a toe. That's why it's nice and square (Sarah's idea). I'm on the fence regarding sewing in a zipper.

Second Pair (Tasha's):
Leg: 1 x 1 rib for 20 rows, 3 x 1 rib for 50 rows
Pre-heel: 10 rows all stockinette
Foot: 48 rows
Women's size 9

I also started a new blog: