Thursday, April 14, 2005

Frogging and Pictures

Well I ended up throwing away 2 of the sweaters that I bought to recycle. One of the mens sweaters as it was almost lace weight yarn and had been slightly felted so it kept breaking when I was trying to rip it apart.

The white ladies sweater was great and I got it completely torn apart and wrapped into hanks. Unfortunately when I washed it the yarn that I used to tie the hanks came undone and I ended up with a huge mass of tangled yarn.

The red ladies sweater came apart wonderfully as did the green mens sweater. I just have the heather blue ladies sweater to tear apart now.

As for what I'm knitting. I started my first ever sock. Wish me luck. I'll soon be to the heel. I have a lot of socks to knit as my local Michaels was having a sale on Moda Dea yarn for half off the usual price and I bought 12 skeins. I'll post pics when I get home.

I also spent money that I shouldn't have on a new digital camera yesterday. A Fuji E510 that was on sale at Staples for $70 less than BestBuy. As soon as I get the software installed I'll be able to get lots and lots of pics on here. Just like my friend Miriam.


Tuesday, April 12, 2005


This is yet another rant about my job there is knitting stuff at the end so if you don't want to read my bitching about Convergys just skip on down to the knitting stuff.

As you know from my previous post, and above, I work for Convergys. Well they have these things called variable shifts. I have one of these variable shifts. What this means that I can start anywhere from 2 hours earlier to 1 hour later than my "normal" start time. I can also have different days off from week to week.

When they want us to come in at a different than "normal" time or on a different than "normal" day they're supposed to give us three weeks notice. I just found out tonight that next week I have to start at 11am instead of 1 pm! What's the big deal you might ask. Well the big deal is my knitting class is from 9am to 11am on Saturdays. That means that I'll have to ruin my perfect attendance at work to be able to go to my knitting class on the 23rd. Argh!!!! Or I'll have to try to get the day unpaid or at least half of it. I am NOT missing my knitting class. I paid too much money for it and by that day it will be half over.

Enough of my ranting now on to knitting.

I didn't do much knitting today but I did go on a S.E.X. run.

I bought 5 sweaters from the local thrift store and I have already frogged one of them. It's in the washer right now in hanks so that I can hang then up with weights on the bottom to stretch them out and get rid of all the little kinks.

I love the thrift store. The 5 sweaters only cost me $14. 3 womens sweaters, White, red with flecks, and a nice heather blue one, and then 2 mens sweaters once again red, and a dark forest green.

Don't know what I'm going to make with the yarn yet but I'll be sure to post pics when I have them all in balls.

So I'm off to frog land to get the rest of these sweaters torn apart and then maybe a little knitting before bed. Once again it's after 11 here. Good thing I don't have to be in to work until 2:15 tomorrow.


Monday, April 11, 2005

Rating Limits

Before I talk about any more of my knitting I just have to get this off my chest. Be forewarned this is kind of long.

For those of you that don't know me I work for a company called Convergys. We do customer service outsourcing. The project that I work on is DirecTV (DTV). As a DTV call center we of course have monitors on the call floor that we can use to check programming if a customer calls in with a problem. When not being used to check programming they are tuned to the channel of the day. Usually some boring sports programming. Well tonight that channel was Cinemax (AKA Skinemax). Not a big deal earlier in the night but for those of you who do have access to this channel you understand the AKA.

Another thing you need to understand before you can get the whole point of this is that these receivers, the box that translates the signal from your dish to your TV, are pretty darned smart. You can block out specific channels, you can make it so that no Pay Per Views are ordered, and you can block out programs based on content and rating. It's called a rating limit and it's very easy to set up.

We were watching Men In Black which ended about 8:30ish Utah time. Well about 8:35 I'm on a call with a customer and all of a sudden I here a women saying, rather loudly too, "Robert you need to change the channel right now!" Robert is one of the supervisors and sits at a desk with one of the few remotes that control the receivers on the floor. What caused this sudden outburst you might ask. Well scheduled after MIB was a show called Lord of the G-Strings. When I look up at the TV I see a close up of a woman's breast with her hand massaging herself.

Now I wasn't offended by the content of the programming it takes quite a bit to offend me. However the fact that this program was even able to start offends me. You would think that in today's litigious society a company as large as Convergys would know how to cover their own ass and not expect the employees to do it for them. There have been several complaints about the programming that we are sometimes forced to watch and yet nothing has been done about it.

I complained once around X-mas time about a very religious program that was on. I can understand the programming running at that time but to turn it on in a call center was not appropriate. Well when I told the Operations Manager (OM) that was on at the time his response was "Well the program is almost over." Not the right answer.

You can be assured that I am going to the Senior OM tomorrow with this, since I know I wont get a response from any of the Jr. OM's. I also wouldn't be the least bit surprised if there is a sexual harassment suit out of this.

Okay enough of my ranting now on to my knitting.

I have several W'sIP. The baby sweater featured in my previous post. I have been working on a guitar strap for my fiance. Pics to come.

Also a, dare I say it, poncho out of the most fabulous ladder yarn. It's called Melody by the South West Trading Company. They don't have a pic of the color I'm using it's a Rainbow variegated called serendipity. Again pics to come.

Also last but not least a cabled scarf for my mom. That was the second project I started and haven't worked on it in a while. Maybe after I finish the guitar strap I'll work on that some. It's not like she'll need it any time soon now that it's spring, almost spring.

Look to the menu bar to the right to see updates on my W'sIP.

Well it's late, just after 11, and I have knitting to do. I'll post again tomorrow.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

New to this Blog Thing

I've never had a blog before. I'm kind of new to this; as if you couldn't tell by the title of this post. If I don't post often enough or if my posts are just no fun please let me know.

As you can probably guess from the title and URL of my blog this will eventually be about my knitting. As soon as I get my scanner hooked up to my pc you'll eventually get to see pictures of me and my work.

Right now there isn't much work to show. I've mostly only done pieces that require nothing more than a rectangle. I am however taking a class from a very lovely young woman named Miriam at a LYS (local yarn store) and am working on my first non-rectangular project. A very cute and very bright pink baby pullover. I'll have the pull over done three weeks from last Sat. 04/09/2005. I will post pictures in progress. In fact here's one now.

My First 5 inches!! Yay me!!