Monday, December 01, 2008

SDC10289


SDC10289
Originally uploaded by ahough404
It's been really pretty snowy here. Even the cats are interested in it!

Now if only I could get the gumption to do practical work...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

My view


My view
Originally uploaded by ahough404
Why couldn't the snow hold off until at least December? Yuck.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Lookit me!

...being all ironic with my Married to the Sea "voting" shirt. If you can't tell, it has two women doing farm work on it, and they're saying "This rules" and "No kidding, I hate voting."


Monday, November 03, 2008

My prediction

This is my election day prediction. It would give my candidate a cool 311-227 win. Ideally, my pessimism surronding North Carolina, Missouri, and Florida will be wrong... but I'm trying to be realistic here.

PredictNovember.com

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Don't be fooled...


SDC10264
Originally uploaded by ahough404
I was totally the best fucking Katamari prince last halloween. Pepper did it too, but... uh, I've got nothin.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

APOLLO SWEATER!


SDC10252
Originally uploaded by ahough404
A friend's dog was cold. Therefore, some stash yarn became a drops dog coat (pattern at http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=102&d_id=44&lang=us). Thankfully it fit the little guy perfectly!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Another Working Family For...


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Originally uploaded by ahough404
Orangecat even likes Obama!

YARRRRRN!

So I'm pretty shitty at updating these days. This is mostly bcause I've been working on relatively big projects, and don't have that much to share.

Ah, Facebook. I was chatting to Meg one evening after she mentioned in her status that she had purchased Jacquard acid dyes, and we agreed that we needed to have a yarn-dyeing party at her abode! (Her chronicle of the yarn-dyeing expedition is here.) We started with Kool-aid on some old yarn, and came up with this:





The colors here are washed out because of the crazy-bright sunlight. But I promise you, these two colors were dubbed "nuclear waste" because of their AWESOME brightness. Certainly makes you not want to drink kool-aid anymore.

There will be finished projects soon eough. My halloween costume will be partially knitted, and I am waiting on the model for one thing that's been finished... So in the meantime, here is Orangecat by the fire and one of my blueberry muffins.



Sunday, September 28, 2008

Picking the cat hair off my new sweater...


This is the Drops Jacket from Garnstudio, out of their Garnstudio Eskimo yarn. I got it at an amazing price at Threadbear a while back, and it is warm, cozy... just completely awesome.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Cat spin!


Cat spin!
Originally uploaded by ahough404
I worked out how to work the movie function of my digital camera. I'm not sure where we got the idea that OrangeCat needed to spin around in the chair... If only I could add "You Spin Me Right Round" playing in the background...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Despite some weird camera-focusing...


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Originally uploaded by ahough404
That's more like it. Sweater? Done. And pink. And washed and blocked and dried and heck yes!

It's Wisteria from Twist Collective. I used some Lamb's Pride superwash worsted that I pulled out of a sweater circa 2004 that was definitely ill-advised. Ah, recycling. Always good! The pattern was very well-done, clear, and fun. There were challenging bits and easy bits throughout. Oh, and it is top-down with no seams. Good stuff!

I've clearly lapsed on my 365 photo project. Did anyone expect anything else out of me? Yeah, I know.

In other news, I'm back into the swing of the semester, with family law, professional responsibility, constitutional law 2, advanced legal research, and an internship. What started out looking like an easy semester quickly spiraled into lots of commitments. Add in a bowling league, and... well... free time? What free time?

Sunday, September 07, 2008

SDC10155


SDC10155
Originally uploaded by ahough404
Dry faster, damn it!

Saturday, August 02, 2008

365.30: Hidden!


365.30: Hidden!
Originally uploaded by ahough404
I promise no more cat pictures for a while. But how could I resist this?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

365.27: Microwaves suck


365.27: Microwaves suck
Originally uploaded by ahough404
The microwave saga. Oh, where to start? The old one died, and we figured we'd replace it with a cheap one. The first one we bought didn't work, go figure, so that was two microwaves in as many days... Third time was the charm, but not until after we fought with maintenance insisting that there was something wrong with the outlet causing the microwaves to fry.

No, it just turns out we have horrible luck with microwaves. It's probably not in my best interest to be flipping the bird at the new one. Hush.

Monday, July 28, 2008

365.26: Fill 'er up.


365.26: Fill 'er up.
Originally uploaded by ahough404
I want to go back, and I want a stiff drink. *sigh*

Sunday, July 27, 2008

365.25: Magic Mirror #1


365.25: Magic Mirror #1
Originally uploaded by ahough404
I finished a sock today. I love me some Dream in Color Smooshy.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

365.24: Angry Kitten!


365.24: Angry Kitten!
Originally uploaded by ahough404
I'm pretty excited that I captured this... intense... photo of Blackcat. He really gets into his playing sometimes.

Friday, July 25, 2008

365.23: Getting There!


365.23: Getting There!
Originally uploaded by ahough404
My tomatoes are growing. Soon enough they'll be edible! You can't see it, but this tomato plant is as tall as me now, pot included. It's a mutant.

365.22: Lots of Words


365.22: Lots of Words
Originally uploaded by ahough404
Steve's co-workers are starting a scavenger hunt, and the first photo was "Steve ordering a drink with five or more words in it!" Proof here that we were waiting for my venti nonfat no whip peppermint mocha. That's a six word drink. Fifty points for Steve.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

365.21: Best friends


365.21: Best friends
Originally uploaded by ahough404
Actually, Blackcat is the one who favors Steve. It's hard to tell who Orangecat prefers.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

365.20: RIP Misty


365.20: RIP Misty
Originally uploaded by ahough404
This mutt passed away while we were in Vegas... yes, I'm cheating a little on my 365 photos, but don't go telling anyone, OK?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Sunday, July 20, 2008

365 isn't dead!

I was just away in Vegas... so, incidentally, 365.13-18 are all available here, in the photostream set.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Cozy!

I used some scrap Simply Soft Shadows and whipped up a new camera cozy in new time flat. I'm so in love with my new camera, I'd hate for it to get all scratched up in my purse!

365.13: Bambi?


365.13: Bambi?
Originally uploaded by ahough404
I went to go see my mom today before heading out early tomorrow to the airport. We're going to Vegas! I just didn't want to do the 1 1/2 hour drive here, then to the airport, then security and stuff all before noon. Ick. So here I am, out in nature (and knitting), and a baby deer appeared! Awww.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

365.12: Not soo good at portraits

First self-portrait on the new camera. Um, wow, maybe I should figure out what the "self-portrait mode" entails, and perhaps do it when my hair is dry. (At least I got off my ass and did my roots and trimmed my bangs. This is a big deal to a lazybum like me.)

365.11: Making out


365.11: Making out
Originally uploaded by ahough404
This year-long project might end up being 365 cat pictures after all. That's fine by me!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

365.10: Burnt out


365.10: Burnt out
Originally uploaded by ahough404
I'm getting burnt out on this lace knitting. Do you see that progress? It's less than an inch long and I'm sick of it.

I'm also getting burnt out on posting a photo every day.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

365.9: OC on Satin


365.9: OC on Satin
Originally uploaded by ahough404
I'm trying to resist the urge to post 365 cat pictures... I couldn't resist this one, though, because we had to cover our giant black bean bags with our old sheets because this particular cat is just SO sheddy!

Also, I'm very proud of my cat-parenting skills; Orangecat has stopped having so many dry skin issue since we switched the babes to wet food. That means no more nosebleeds, and no more dirty dry-bloody nose, and a lot fewer eye goobers. Hooray! Healthier kitten!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

365.8: Dessert of champions

I can't think of a better combination than super dark chocolate (laced with espresso) and Blue Moon in a ravelry pint. The ultimate question, though, is how well it will mix with knitting my Hanami Stole? Hmmm... This might not be the best idea for the evening.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Swallowtail/365.7: Satisfaction




My noro sock swallowtail is done! Blocked! Dry. During its photoshoot, I decided that maybe it's not as oogly as I'd originally imagined. I like it scrunched up like a scarf... it's too small for a traditional shawl anyway, I think.

Monday, July 07, 2008

365.6: less-than-aggressive blocking

Swallowtail is blocking. I love the yarn, noro sock, and I love the pattern, Interweave's Swallowtail Shawl. However, when I put the two together, it seems like something is a bit lacking. I should have guessed that a busy yarn with a busy pattern wouldn't work out so well. Oops. Not to mention that it didn't grow as much as I'd hoped. No matter, I was hoping it would be a funky winter scarf anyway.

Never mind that I'm kind of lazy about blocking, and all those little peaks were crazy-making. Nor do I bother to get out a T-square and make the damn thing perfect... I promise you all some action shots soon!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

365.5: Mutant snow peas


365.5: Mutant snow peas
Originally uploaded by ahough404
I'm pretty sure these are normal peas, rather than snow peas. They're huge. Now I get to eat them!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

365.4: New metal


365.4: New metal
Originally uploaded by ahough404
Some of the 365 groups on flickr suck.

Friday, July 04, 2008

365.3: Patriotic Margarita

I craved margarita. Recipe here: http://www.recipezaar.com/263450 I think it turned out pretty well, and I feel like I should mention that the ice was even star-shaped. Could I get any dorkier?

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

365.1

Okay, let's see if I can post a photo a day for a year. Who wants to take bets?

I'm betting a week, but here goes.

365.1: Computer help

Monday, June 30, 2008

Loot!

First off, check this out:



I did the birthday swap on Ravelry, and Michele (who shares a birthday with me!) totally spoiled me. I've been eyeing that pagewood farm sock yarn forever! And now I finally have a harlot book to call my own... Seriously. Awesome.



Mom spoiled me too; that's a Jordana Paige knitter's satchel in PINK! The bag is so wonderfully large that, come the apocalypse, I will have the kitchen sink and plenty of knitting in there. I love that thing. I never figured I would be a very good bag whore, but I stand corrected.

And one of my best friends, Claire, spoiled me as well by MAKING me these amazing note cards:



Did I mention that the evil girl also picked up knitting really quickly? Well, she did, and her first project was an Irish Hiking Scarf. Seriously, she's going to be knitting circles around me in no time.

The real birthday celebrations are happening later, as right now I really should be studying for the exam I have tomorrow and working on the paper due on Wednesday. After that, lots of freedom for the rest of the summer, Vegas, and a biking trip.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Noroholic

Hello, my name is Amy, and I'm a noroholic.



The socks I showed you in the previous post were out of kureyon sock. But, I'm a noroholic and could not hold off on casting on for a noro sock swallowtail shawl. Yes, perhaps I have a problem. But I feel like the insane stripey colors are giving me back my knitting mojo which had been lost...

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Noro stripe sock

I'm doing a basic toe-up sock in noro sock yarn, and I'm striping by pulling from both ends of the yarn...

And, well, all the pukey colors converged at the bottom of the sock. I'm not sure I'm loving it.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Uh oh....

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As a 1930s wife, I am
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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Lack of knitting...

I'm in a big fat knitting funk. How do you all deal with this? No project has really been holding my attention that much. It stinks! Even ravelry has been a bit boring lately. What's up with that? Nothing has been very inspiring, but I'd hate to start something new... I've been diverting my spare time to video games instead, especially Mass Effect. The most I've accomplished in the last few weeks knitting-wise is a couple of sets of pasties for a swap:




Trust me, they look really nice on the recipient's boobs.

But yarn is good for a lot of things! Don't forget that. I'm apparently a gardening retard, and didn't realize that my supposed bushy-variety pea plants would actually want to climb. The lovely folks at Lazy, Stupid, and Godless suggested making a ghetto pea-wall:



Finally! A use for that red heart!

For good measure, I'll show off the other plants. A tomato, and a pot of petunias. Send happy-veggie vibes this way, because I want a damn salad.