in really excellent news..

butterstick, originally uploaded by swandive00.

...i am terribly pleased to announce the relocation of the panda, better known as pei lo mein, as the newest resident of the district of columbia!

okay, so what if someone else moved her since she got here thursday night that i don't know about? i don't care about them, i care about the panda!

welcome panda - it's been a rough move for any number of reasons, but i'm so glad you're here. let's drink to you going back to being normally whelmed. you know, like we're in europe.


my coworker, holding a bag of cool ranch doritos: "these are my second favorite brand of potato chips"

heatherfeather: "even though there are no potatoes in there?"

coworker: "...yes?"

hf: ...

coworker: "heh... i guess you'll laugh at me if i tell you my favorite brand is fritos."

thanks for clearing that up

Katharine McPhee:
"Men are sexy, but I always think of women being more sexy than men, in a different kind of way."


preppy and evidently half drunk

i knitted my vest! and it makes me look preppy, especially with this hairstyle.

but i'll be darned if i don't look drunk, too.

Hey Denvertype peeps

Anyone want to buy a bordello-red couch and matching easy chair?

There's no point in me shipping it out to DC as it would cost more than I paid for it and it's just waiting for a new home in my gracious aunt's basement...

It is featured prominently here. Non-smoking house, dog-filled house (however he's never been ON it)

Come on! Buy my stuff!

please? :)

an early morning exchange

[scene: au bon pain at l'enfant plaza, waiting for caffeination]

au bon pain girl: next please.

heatherfeather: hi, may i have a medium iced coffee please?

abpg: that will be $1.72. [hands me paper cup, sleeve, and lid]

hf: i'm sorry, can i have an iced coffee please?

abpg: i charged you for iced coffee.

hf: ...


hf: um, can i have a cold cup with ice then? do i fill it myself at the coffee pots, like the hot coffee?

abpg: i CHARGED you for an iced coffee. [pushes paper cup, sleeve and lid toward me]

hf (increasingly confused, as the item that would decrease confusion was the item in question): but i don't want hot coffee, i wanted cold coffee.

abpg: oh, you wanted it cold?

hf: yes?

abpg: i thought you just wanted to pay for an iced coffee.* [gets plastic cup, fills to the brim with iced coffee] oops. did you want me to put ice in this?

ETA: this is my second favorite coffee foible... my first is here.
*which is more expensive than hot coffee. yes please, charge me more for hot coffee!


for those of you here for the yarn...

we have some knitting updates! some good, some not so good.

let's start with the not so good.

coachella... ah, how i coveted thee from the moment the new knitty came out... you didn't work with the first yarn, so i hoped you'd work with the second. that'd be a big no. you cling where i don't want to be clung. that's basically my problem with you. i love the pattern, the ingenuity of the design, the presented mods for short row bust shaping. but see how i scowl because of you?

coachella 001

anyhow, made with 4 sk of patons katrina in ocean on 4.0mm and 5.0mm needles over about 2 weeks. i didn't even bother to weave in the ends because i'm-a-just gonna frog you and retry a bevin tank.

onward to happier times.

like the everlasting bagstopper! yes, look how green and environmentally conscious i am! yeah, no, not really. i just wanted a stretchy cotton bag in which to carry my groceries on the bus. i need the plastic bags for poop disposal. in case you need clarification, that's DOG poop disposal. anyhow, i haven't bought the twill tape for the handles yet... next weekend i believe. knit of peaches n creme (or sugar n creme, i can't really remember, and they're basically the same. sturdy, no-nonsense dishcloth cotton) on 6.5mm and 4.0mm needles. done in 2 colors because i ran out of blue and didn't feel like buying more when i have half a ton of the stuff in my cabinet. not because i'm a UCLA fan. the only mod is that i didn't do the spirally lace pattern, i cross-bred it with the climbing trellis lace pattern and alternated directions every 6 rows.

everlasting bagstopper 001

lastly, the newb. here is the UO circular shrug that started its craze on figandplum a few years ago. jess even called me brilliant. it was ultimately brought to life by committee on craftster and can be found on peonyknits for free. i started it last night and am up to here:

UO Circular Shrug 001

i'm using the kiparoo farms celtic lace 100% organic peruvian cotton. the yarn comes in 3 solid colors, and 3 ragg colorways, but the cotton is undyed - it grows those shades. mine's in a babysoft lodeny greeny color. i have 650 yards of the stuff... here's to hoping that on 6.5mm needles that will be enough. the yarn comes in two 325 yard hanks.

i'm thinking of knitting as much as i can from the first half and starting the second half from the bottom and joining them in the middle so i get as much as i can out of the hanks.

i love love love this yarn - it's the softest cotton i have ever felt in my whole life, ever.

in other news, i'm starting to try combination knitting to see if can even out my stitches and rows. if you don't know what i'm talking about, google away my friends... i've officially run out of blogging steam.

every time

no matter the quiz, no matter the questions, it comes out this way each time...

You Are 50% Left Brained, 50% Right Brained
The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.
The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.
Are You Right or Left Brained?

in other news...

i got the fall interweave knits yesterday...

in love love love with the tangled yoke cardigan, mirepoix bodice, and cobblestone.

if only a big pile of cash for yarn came in the mail too...

quietly, quietly

i am feeling underwhelmed with blogging. many things going on. alternately good and not so good.

work is very good lately.

my uncle passed away on monday from lung cancer.

panda lo mein got a job in DC and will be moving here in the next month.

calling panda lo mein "butterstick" is also good.

not going home for my uncle's funeral is not so good.

the mosquitoes also suck.

i miss my dad this week. well, i miss him all the time, but much more keenly this week.

labyrinth will be playing in a local theater next week. (patrick just did a post on david bowie's codpiece.)

ernie is a good dog. clover is a good cat.

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