Monday, October 20, 2008
Pattern: Tangled Yoke Cardigan by Eunny Jang (from Interweave Fall 2007)
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed in the "Watery" colorway
Needles: circs in US5, 4 and 0 (I think) and a set of US5 DPNs
Have a long way to go, but it made me feel better. Also bought a great pattern to start on some hats for brothers and husband for Christmas - now need to get some fiber to make them! If you went to Rhinebeck, hope you had a great time - but we had fun here in Hoboken, too!
Monday, October 13, 2008
In the meantime, I'll leave you with the view along the running path from this side of the Hudson:
It's me who's crooked, not New York City, just in case you were wondering.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Pattern in Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: One skein Koigu (blues/browns), one skein of some other fun bronzey yarn (lost the label!)
Needles: straight US5
On a completely unrelated note, I have decided that I need to start running. Running is a good thing - it's free, it gets you outside, my husband does it. Only one problem: I hate running. But I've vowed to force myself at least until I can run five miles. In a row. Without stopping.
I started today. I did a bunch of research here and here to find the best way for a non-runner to start running and even ordered a book or two. Here's what I know so far: boy, am I not good at it. How can you be bad at running, you ask? Well, I can't really tell you, you'd have to come watch for yourself. I suck major wind and get all blotchy in the face, really, it's quite attractive. If you see a redheaded lump on the side of the road dry-heaving into the bushes, please, send water and an oxygen tank.
Today's "run" (and I use that term looooosely):
- 5 minutes of warm-up and stretching
- 20 minutes of intermittent running, walking and limping at certain points
- 5 minutes of sprinting for home at the end just to see if I could indeed sprint for 5 minutes. OK, so really it was about 2 minutes of sprinting, two of slowing down almost enough to be loping along and the last minute trying not to puke before I hit the front door.
All in all, a good day. Have to start somewhere, right?
Monday, July 14, 2008
I've mentioned before the Harry Potter knitting swap I've been participating in. Today, just for blogging on my character blog, one of my "housemates" sent me this:
440 yds of superwash goodness in the "Crookshanks" colorway:
Out of the clear blue sky, yarn and Starbucks appear in my mailbox?? I mean, come on - sure, we're a little batty, but clearly after seeing this, you can't argue with the awesomeness of Harry Potter people.
Friday, July 11, 2008
So, then I started a second one, because now I'm kinda obsessed with the pattern. I'll definitely finish the black one, but really, what could be better than GREEN!?
I'm fascinated. It's going to be a great knitting, listening to music, sitting in the sun with friends kinda weekend!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Spinning. Because I need another fiber obsession. It is So. Freakin'. FUN! I took a class that ran for 4 weeks up at The Spinnery in Frenchtown. Betty is the best teacher and the store is BEE-YOO-DE-FULL. Full of unbelievable things. And I met the nicest people in my class (Ginna, Jamie, Jody and Connie, here's a spinning shout-out to ya!) Seriously, if you're even remotely in the area and want to learn to spin, I can't recommend it highly enough.
Betty let us borrow all the spinning accoutrements one needs to go from straight-from-the-sheep stinky, dirty wool...
Washed and clean, I can't believe I actually picked, carded, spun, plyed and prepped this stuff:
It might not look like much, but I love it!!
Friday, May 30, 2008
N. giving H. the squooshy face:
It's her sweater now, evidently...
Close-up - shoulder of the Cropped Raglan:
Monday, May 26, 2008
Here's da rules:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle.
3. Press play.
4. For every question, type the song that's playing.
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button.
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool.
Opening Credits: P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing), Michael Jackson. Perfect.
First Day At School: Purple Rain, Prince. Kinda heavy for the first day of school, but can't argue with the power of His Purpleness. Must have been a very meaningful school year.
Falling In Love: Waiting for My Real Life to Begin, Colin Hay. Hmm... not sure what DH would say, but...
Breaking Up: If I Should Fall Behind, Bruce Springsteen. Aww. That's a purty song. Shoulda switched "Falling in Love" with "Breaking Up" but that's the way the fates want it, I guess.
1st date: Faster, Sooner, Now - David Gray. Well, then...
Prom: Waiting Room, Fugazi. What? You didn't have a mosh pit at your prom?
Life's OK: The Unforgettable Fire, U2. Perfect again.
Driving: There's No Home for You Here, The White Stripes. Turn it all the way up and you have the makings of a most excellent driving song.
Flashback: Do the Standing Still, The Dismemberment Plan. Sigh. Does bring back some great memories of my friends before they all started having babies which seemingly zapped their will to live (and party).
Getting Back Together: Concerto: Moderato, Rachmaninoff. Must be the sweeping make-up sex music, I guess?
Wedding: Jesus Built My Hotrod, Ministry. HA! That's genius.
Final Battle: Cold Blows the Wind, Ween. Perfect three times.
Death Scene: I Can't See Nobody, Nina Simone. And a fourth.
Funeral Song: Uncloudy Day, Willie Nelson. Nice.
End Credits: Highway to Hell, Marilyn Manson. For a fifth and final perfect event/song pairing.
I love my iPod and my tunes - good to know I'm all prepared with musical accompaniments for any occasion.
Hope you all are having a fantabulous Memorial Day weekend - props to all our servicepeople, come home safe and soon.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
...like I need the guilt, right? But still, I feel guilty now that I've started this when I don't blog for awhile...
Anywhoo, here's a few new knitting pics - love the iPhone, takes better pics than my regular camera!
Here's a new sock:
Pattern: Conwy, from Nancy Bush's book, Knitting on the Road
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, colorway "Tuscany"
Needles - US3, bamboo
I also finished my "That 70's Show Leftovers" vest, but it needs blocking. Will take pics whilst modeling in the near future.
So, work is nutty, and I have two straight weeks of travel coming up - Orlando, San Francisco and Vancouver. Then home a week. Then Halifax. Sheesh. So, blogging will probably be scarce, but I'll see what I can do. In the meantime, I'll be the girl in the window seat knitting and trying to avoid talking to the person next to her...
Saturday, March 29, 2008
And another one, this is Leftovers (sending much knitterly love to the Knitty.com!). The yarn is a mish-mosh of all different stuff, the brown is Knitpicks Merino in Cinnamon, the blue is Cascade 220 Heathers, the gray and white is cheapo Lion stuff I bought at Michael's to bulk up the stash, the yellow is leftover Cascade from a Harry Potter scarf and the orange is Heilo. I think. It's very 70's, but I like it - I keep calling it the "That 70's show" vest:
Where I'm going for the next few days, should be loads of time to knit and read and relax...so maybe these will be finished by the next post. Enjoy!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Your Element Is Air
You dislike conflict, and you've been able to rise above the angst of the world.
And when things don't go your way, you know they'll blow over quickly.
Easygoing, you tend to find joy from the simple things in life.
You roll with the punches, and as a result, your life is light and cheerful.
You find it easy to adapt to most situations, and you're an open person.
With you, what you see is what you get... and people love that!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Sorry for the fuzzy iPhone pic - had had LOTS of coffee...here's another with a new project sticking out of it, Endpaper Mitts by Eunny Jang. I can't tell you how impressed I am with myself that I've gotten to a point where I can actually say I'm knitting a Eunny Jang pattern!
Cute, no? Perfect for my Gryffindor Swap Partner!
And one more gratuitious Endpaper shot:
Look, Ma! I'm doing it -- colorwork!!
Thursday, February 7, 2008
1. Got up late. LATE. Didn't turn on computer til almost 8:30. I have a 14 second commute down the hall from my bedroom to my office. Laaaa-zy!
2. Called into a 9:30 conference call. Promptly turned on the mute button. Fired up the coffee pot. Began looking for tax forms for this year because I vaguely remember receiving them. Decide they must have been sucked into the black hole vortex that is my office.
3. 10:00: Office is really bad. Begin cleaning. Not one helpful comment or insight into the conversation that is still happening on the conference call. Who are these people and what do they want with me?
4. 10:30: Find tax forms. Dance with cat, who is not amused at all. Make piles of stuff to be shredded. Still half-listening and not participating at all in conference call. Yes, you know, the one I'm paid to be on.
5. Decide that the small victory of finding tax forms must mean it's time for lunch. 11:30? Who cares!! I know it's early. I can always have a snack later if I get hungry, and I will, oh yes, I will.
6. 11:45: Lunch made, I turn on the TV, and grab the bag I'm knitting:
Couch is really comfy. Decide to snooze for 10 minutes, which will certainly energize me for the afternoon.
7. Wake up. 12:45. Hmm. Must have been more tired than I thought. Dammit, have another call in 15 minutes.
8. 1:00: Dial into next call and immediately put on mute. Half-listen as I pull pictures off camera. Here's another knitting project I just finished:
Cute, no. Fetching, in awesome yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. When I die, mummify me in this stuff, and I will grant you wishes afterwards, I swear.
9. Some stuff must have happened between 1:00 and now (4:52) but I have no idea what it was. I think I had a snack, maybe?
It must be almost dinner time, right?
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Today's my birthday - I'm celebrating by hanging out with my friends Alyson and Ben down in Kentuckindiana. That's a new state I made up because they live in Indiana but right outside of Kentucky and all weekend long I've been asking, "now where are we? Kentucky? Indiana?" I think they're ready for me to go home now.
I thought I'd reflect on 36 and a few cool things that I did while I was there.
1. Paid off a lot of debt. 'Nuf said.
2. I went to Jazz Fest for the first (but definitely not the last) time. Fell in love with New Orleans and tried to convince husband to move there. No go. I'll keep working on him, though.
3. Went to some cool places for the first time:
Indiana (Shut up, I can say that, I've been here since Thursday.)
Did I say Ireland?
Cincinnati (good chili, for reals)
Oh yeah, Ireland
4. Moved back to Jersey after almost 10 years. Home is home, y'all, whether other people think it's crazy or not.
5. Knit. A LOT. Made some really cool things for some good, good people.
It does seem like much, but it was a good year, I think. I'll be okay with 37 if it turns out as well.
Friday, January 18, 2008
You know what my issue is this week? That I really need to learn not to care so much. I feel like I've sold my soul for the unnamed major corporation, except that when you sell your soul, you should at least have some sort of short-term gratification or perk or something... but instead, I just keep getting shat on. And then I work harder. And still no one notices. Or cares. So why should I care? Hence my issue. And yes, I know I ended that sentence five sentences ago with a preposition, but since I am both soul-less and exhausted, I'm leaving it. That's how you know something is REALLY wrong with me.
A fun diversion, however, has been the Sock Kit Swap I'm doing - I'm in Ravenclaw house, we rock. I made awesome stitch markers for my spoilee, I hope she lurves them as much as I do. That was a really fun experience, I'll definitely make more - plus I have about a zillion leftover beads and stuff.
I have tons of knitting pics I should put up. Will do, just as soon as I open up this bottle...
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
1. I have absolutely no impulse control. "Join a swap? Why, absolutely! Buy a bridge? Indubitably! Jump off it? Right on!"
2. Setting up a blog is so easy a trained monkey could do it. That's a little encouragement for all the trained monkeys out there.
3. I have been sorted into Ravenclaw - and I think that's spot on.
4. My Potter name is oh-so-much more elegant that my own. How rad is that?! I hope it gives me superpowers, just as soon as I find my wand.
Can't wait to get confirmation that I'm in!