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Goals for the 26th year
  • Quit Smoking.

  • Write to Someone I Admire (Can be anyone from friend to celebrity).

  • Send 27 Post Cards (I miss connecting with people outside of the internet).

  • Leave the State for vacation.

  • Pay off my credit cards.

  • Give handmade gifts for special occasions. (Due to my schedule, I will give as many as I can)

  • Publish writing.

  • Sky dive or bungee jump.

  • Start a work out routine.

  • Debate with someone and try to see their side.

  • Walk for a cause.

  • Take a dance class.

  • Read a book a month (at least).

  • Give a gift to a stranger.

  • Hang out with my brother more often.

  • Seek Grammar/Writing Education Opportunities.

  • Volunteer my time outside of school.

  • Stop to reflect on the good things. (May decide to blog it, may decide to write it down in a journal).

  • Maintain a sick time balance at work.

  • Save up for a cushion/emergency fund.

  • Slumber Party/Diva Evening. (I miss sleep-overs!)

  • Learn to walk in heels!

  • Bring lunch to work (at least 3x a week).

  • Take a financial workshop.

  • Learn to cook/cook more often.

  • Go Camping!

  • Stop spending all my money on coffee!

Sunday, February 24, 2008
I meant to mention below, I went a little book crazy this weekend. Ravelry has a section where people post books and patterns either for sale or trade. I ended up getting Dominknitrix, One Skein, Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters and Knit Ponchos, Wraps and Scarves. Wippie!!

Overall (Public) weekend post in personal journal.

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posted by Valerie @ 10:26 PM   3 comments
Knit-In Sunday
The Knit-In at Barnes and Nobles was a ton of fun! I never knew there were so many knitters in our area! I don't think Barnes and Nobles was prepared for the turnout either. We practically took over every free piece of ground we could. The entire 3 1/2 hours I was there I concentrated on Luis's scarf. I am nearly done but I think I am going to have to pick up another skein of Misti Alpaca. Which stink since I have only a little bit more to go. The scarf is going to be exceptionally long though. I hope he likes it, if not, I'm telling him to send it back. -=giggle=-

Oh, I picked up a book while I was at the Knit-In, it's called Sensual Knits. It's not as sexy as it sounds, most of the patterns are very form fitting and flattering. I couldn't resist I simply had to buy it. Just like after the event I just had to go to Joannes and pick up more yarn. -=giggle=- Seriously there was a reason for it. I needed to get more yarn to start on another baby blanket and infant set. My cousin is due to have her baby in about a month and I want to have it done.

Other than that I have 2 hearts sewn on Brianna's 2-Hour Bag. It's looking too cute. I'll post pictures when I get it all finished up.

Grim just promised me that he was going to get me a ball winder for my birthday! He was watching me wind a ball of Cascade yarn for my monk hat and he noted how miserable and bored I looked. -=giggle=- So he promised he would buy me one. Wippie!

That's about it, I'll post pictures of the Knit-In when I get them resized.

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posted by Valerie @ 10:02 PM   0 comments
New Piercing!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I just remembered (Thanks Peggy!), that I didn't post any shots of the piercing!

Above - Day 1

Above - A Couple of Days Ago (New Haircut and Coloring as well)

I can tell you in all sincerity that it didn't hurt at all. In fact Grim called me a freak of nature because all I did was blink. Not a flinch, but a clink to prevent my eyes from watering. Now after care can be a bit painful, especially if you consider the fact you're sticking salt water up your nose. Twist that metal the right way and salt goes into the wound. Following that, you're on the floor for about 5 minutes. All in all, I am enjoying the piercing a lot! I can't wait to change the retainer out though, I really want something that feels secure.

Phase I of my body modification is complete. Next, a Tattoo!!

P.S. Longer Post Below This One.


posted by Valerie @ 11:54 PM   4 comments
Hello to one and all! I finally made it to the land of creative blogging! It's a little past my bedtime but I wanted to post before I called it an evening.

First off, sorry about the huge amount of delays involved. Work and school have been incredibly busy. I tend to post a lot more of my day to day activity at my personal blog. However, most of the blogs are set to friends only. So if you have an account feel free to send me a request!

Then I decided to add the "How to Write your Book and Sell It" class to my Wednesday nights. Both a wonderful and terrible idea at the same time. I really think it's going to help me creatively and assist me on the path to recognizing one of my life-long dreams. I don't care if I become famous, I just want my writings out there. So, starting this weekend, I am diving into the research process. Character development, Plot Outlines, the whole nine yards. I want to get a decent skeleton together so that I can officially move onto the writing process. I'm excited about this!!

Photography wise, most of my photographs can be viewed here. I was a little bummed out on Tuesday. I was really proud of the pictures that I shot (Assignment 3). I thought they would be something the teacher would catch onto. Especially the time one. However, he seemed to only like the picture of Buddha and then overlooked the rest. It was kind of a kick in the teeth on the hardwork I dedicated to this assignment. However, I'm alright with it now. He looks at so many photographs that -=shrugs=- he's seen it all. I guess all that matters is the overwhelming responses I have gotten from my classmates on it.

Now for the knitting!!

The 2 Hour Hand Bag! Both have been completed and are ready to be sent to the welcoming little hands of my birthday girl family members. They were felted by hand and oh.. my..goodness... HOW IN THE WORLD DO PEOPLE DO THAT ALL THE TIME? -=giggle=- I continued doing it to the best of my ability until I didn't care if you saw the stitches or not. So alas, my bags turned out a little fuzzy and shrank a tad. Mostly because I know little girls, and I didn't want to put an exceptional amount of time into felting them when I have no doubt that I am going to be asked to make another one in a couple of months. When they get something hand-made it goes EVERYWHERE with them. Which usually means high rip factor.

Here's a picture of Valerie Brooke's Bag after felting:

See what I mean, a little fuzzy but definitely not felted by a pro. -=giggle=- Next time, I am machine washing these things to a pulp. See how they like it! Brianna's is hanging up, after I stitch on a couple of cute pre-felted hearts (Thanks A.C. Moore) I'll post pictures of that one too.

Has everyone made it over to knitpicks to see their lovely sale? I sure as hell did. -=giggle=- 9 Balls of Ebony Shine Worsted Weight Yarn and 5 of Tidepool Heather Pallet.

The plans:

Ebony Shine Worsted - Snow White or Scoop Neck Vest

Tidepool Heather Pallet - Razor Cami

The colors are pretty basic so I don't think I'll be posting it as Yarn Porn or anything. However, I think I am getting my tax money tomorrow and I definitely am going to buy a couple of skeins of Malabrigo. I have been craving it! I'm addicted. -=giggle=- Other than that, this weekend will probably bring the creation of another Monk Hat (One I'll Keep This Time!), I want to continue on Luis's Scarf (Basic Rib Scarf, Nothing to Really See), and I want to work on Blossom ( I haven't touched it in months). The Tree Jacket is still being punished in the bottom of my knitting bag. I am setting myself a deadline. If I don't work on it in the next couple of week, I'm going to frog it and use the yarn for something else. I don't want to but maybe that will motivate me to get a move on.

On the note of yarn, I mentioned in an earlier Drive-By post that Mary Catherine rocks my socks and got me yarn. Here's a picture of that yarn! Isn't it pretty!!!

Before I put myself and this blog to bed for the evening, I wanted to ask a question. I'm starting to get the Birthday Question. You know, "What do you want for your Birthday?" They're not taking "Knitting Stuff" lightly. So I was curious, what books are out there that you think every knitter should have? Anything specific that, from reading my blog, you think I would be into? I have very few chances to ever get to a book store that it's hard to know what's new and worth the price. Also, can anyone direct me to an inexpensive Swift and Ball Winder? I desperately need one, considering I have been putting off 2 projects because it means I have to wind the yarn by hand.

Longest time it has taken me to wind yarn: 3+ hours
Shortest time: 1-2 hours

I'm not the fastest winder in the bunch. -=giggle=-

One last thing, I swear, I'm going to a Knit in at Barnes'n'Nobles on Sunday! Pictures will be taken and much fun will be had!

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posted by Valerie @ 11:52 PM   2 comments
I Know, I Know
Monday, February 18, 2008
I promised a post and unfortunately I can't do it right now. I apologize to all those out there. I do have this nice long blog in the making though. I hand felted the 2 hour bags (what a pain in the arse)! They are currently drying and I'll post pictures of them soon. I have knitting project additions and yarn purchases to speak of. I promise, a post soon!!


posted by Valerie @ 10:12 PM   1 comments
Totally Overwhelmed
Monday, February 11, 2008
I wanted to drop in, quick like, and tell you that I am alive. I posted a picture of the Maze Baby Blanket (on the right under FOs) and I finished both Two Hour Bags. I'll post pictures of them pre-felting as soon as I get two minutes to myself. Hopefully that will be soon!!!

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posted by Valerie @ 5:57 PM   4 comments
I hate illnesses
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Why? Because I seem to be busy fighting one. I haven't felt well since Sunday night. Blegh, today I came home at around 11 because my stomach was in a total uproar and would not let me be. I feel a little better now.

Wanted to let you all know a post will come tomorrow (hopefully).

A huge and special thanks to Mary Catherine for sending me beautiful yarn!!! Picture will be posted tomorrow!

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posted by Valerie @ 11:25 PM   4 comments
Monday, February 4, 2008
My Septum is pierced and the baby blanket is done. More to follow tonight!

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posted by Valerie @ 11:03 AM   0 comments
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Name: Valerie
Home: Troy, New York, United States
About Me: I am 26 years old. I work, go to school, participate in roller derby and knit every chance I get. Oh, I also love hanging out with my boyfriend (Grim) and two cats (Kiya and Sigh).
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