Sunday, December 31, 2006
For 2007 I hope to get more knitting done than I did in 2006. Over at the Big Girl Knits list they are starting a new KAL - Cherry Bomb! I am very tempted to join in but haven't gotten around to getting any yarn yet for this project. I may surf the net tomorrow in attempt to get some - or one of my favorite LYS is having a BIG sale next week and I may just have to go! Or maybe to the big sale tomorrow at another of my favorites. Or maybe I will just relax in front of the football game with you know who and work on my cabled hat... :)
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
I have been suffering somewhat from the holiday blahs - long story that is - but I did want to write and tell you some about the holiday goodness I received. :)
I am excited to be in the market for a new TV! Yippee! Courtesy of the parents I am planning to buy a lovely flat screen 37 inch tv! I've never had one that big and am excited to watch some netflix movies on it!
I also received the cutest Italian Charm bracelet from the Studly Boyfriend. It has removable charms including two that look like my kitties and one that says "I'd rather be knitting" - Too cute! Also a cool fleur de lis which is very sparkly! Now we can get charms for it on our different travels and adventures.
I also was given a subscription to Interweave knits that I am VERY excited about! And the giver included a copy of this month's magazine so I am happy to be enjoying it already!
Ok that's all for now.... the knitting has come to a virtual halt for the moment... I think I need to just do another scarf or something to get me in the mood!
Saturday, December 16, 2006
*Working too much as I have four different locations and two businesses I am trying to manage!
*Staring at my naked Christmas tree - we haven't had time to decorate it even though it has been in the house for a week!
*Preparing for The Studly Boyfriend to move into my condo completely!
*Trying to keep my cat medicated/on hypoallergenic food enough that he doesn't pull all of his fur out.
*Shopping for my secret pal (This was REALLY fun!!!)
*Celebrating the Studly Boyfriend's birthday with a trip to Downtown Seattle and a night at the Westin (we saw AWESOME gingerbread houses displayed there and went on the carousel! It was a great time!)
*Finishing my Christmas shopping (I am trying to do more gifts that people can REALLY use - things to do or practical presents so that they will get used and not just hidden in a closet somewhere)
*LAUNDRY, LAUNDRY, LAUNDRY!
*Working bit by bit on a cabled hat out of the oh-so-soft yarn that my secret pal gave me. (I want to find more time to knit but it has been REALLY hard lately)
*Trying to stay warm, dry and patient! Our power was out for at least 24 hours and I am VERY thankful and lucky that it came back on as soon as it did! The area is a bit of a disaster zone and I have realized how difficult it really would be if we had a huge natural disaster - kinda scary!
Monday, December 04, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Over the weekend I started and finished a hat for the Knit Unto Others knit along. I also realize that I have two other hats that are finished that I need to get around to donating. There is something just so rewarding about knitting up a hat with chunky yarn that you can complete super quickly.
I don't remember if I posted about this but I also recently finished a 2x2 rib scarf. So far it is for me but it may go to someone else....
The Jumping Dress is now COMPLETELY finished...
And on the needles - a cabled hat... with some lovely soft yarn from my secret pal!
(I will post pictures soon of my FO's as well as the lovely package my SP sent!)
Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving!
PS! It's been SNOWING in Seattle! :) :) :)
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Thursday was Girlyman at the Tractor Tavern. They were GREAT! They are always great! I love their music and they also put on a very entertaining performance. It's so fun to hear them tell stories and talk with one another while they play. If you don't know who they are CHECK THEM OUT!!!
Then Saturday.... the Dixie Chicks! I'd been so looking forward to this show since the whole president bush debacle.... and it was great! These girls are high energy performers! Lots of fun to see a group I have been liking for years!
On the knitting front... the purple yarn - well one skein of the purple woolpak nightmare - is wound and waiting to get on the needles....
The condo is also waiting to be cleaned....
not sure who will win....
PS the size of the photos do NOT reflect the size of my love for these bands!
Friday, November 10, 2006
ok back to the yarn....
wish me luck.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
I worked a bit on the ribbed scarf made out of the neat super chunky variegated yarn my last intern got me. I am using lantern moon straight needles. They are so pretty to knit with but I still love my circulars!
Speaking of circulars- I organized all of mine in a neat-o needle organizer I got months ago from my LYS! I even used my labeler to mark the needle sizes and lengths! I now know what I have - and don't! ;)
I made a teeny bit more progress at organizing my house. I am trying to get rid of lots of magazines, books and other random stuff that is just hanging around. I did organize all of my makeup! Yippee!
Saw an interesting film - Jesus Camp
Ate yummy healthy Indian food with my cooking club!
Did TONS of laundry- Oh why won't it just fold itself!!!
Overall a good weekend!
I promise pictures soon of said knitting content!
Saturday, October 14, 2006
This article was interesting to me and made me wish I could take some more time off work to go help again. Unfortunately I can't but I thought maybe someone else out there would be looking for a volunteer opportunity and I might as well pass the info along. The holidays are coming up and you just might have some vacation time you are itching to use for a good cause!
There is no way you can comprehend this disaster unless you have seen it for yourself. It would mean so much to the people of New Orleans if you can take any time to help... a month, a week or a few days...
Check out some of the ways you can get involved:
New Orleans Home for the Holidays
Friday, October 13, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Thursday, October 05, 2006
I've never done Mardi Gras before - and I have great excitement but also some fears about it I guess. I am not sure that I can even imagine what the crowds are like.... but I've been to many crowded events in DC and NYC before so I suppose if I could survive them I will be fine!
On the other hand - I am just SO excited to experience the whole thing! The people, the parades and floats, yummy drinks, beads beads and more beads and just to be back to the New Orleans culture in general. I really miss Nola and hope that some day I actually have the chance to live there or at least stay for an extended time.
The first task at the moment for this trip is finding a place to stay.... It is INSANE to me how much rooms are costing! Looking on Orbitz right now even staying at the Holiday Inn (not my favorite) is $204 a night.... the Ramada is $299 - based on those quotes - and the fact that it would be more fun - I'll be looking into B&B's! Anyone have any suggestions? :)
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Colorful and soft! I really really am a natural fiber girl! I enjoy wool (mmm alpaca especially) and cotton - I have some bamboo in my stash but I haven't tried it yet. I like blends with natural fibers (ie silk garden) and am interested in trying more natural fibers (soy, corn, hemp...) that I haven't yet experimented with. I REALLY REALLY DON'T like synthetic fibers and even hesitate if a fiber such as wool is blended with it. I am not big on novelty yarns lately and also seem to be preferring dk weight to things that are more chunky. I would love to try something that has cashmere in it.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I am still developing a system. Now I have a variety of things including some tins, a plastic bin and a soft binder with plastic pouches to store the circulars.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I think that I have been knitting for about five years although somehow I have kind of lost track. My paternal grandmother taught me long ago but I really picked up the skill when I took a class at my LYS. I would consider myself an intermediate knitter but working toward advanced.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
I had both but have not updated forever.... I will try to do that soon and let you know when/if I do!
5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)
This might sound silly but I have to say I have been not big on scents lately. Lots of things seem to give me headaches so I really prefer things that are mild and made with natural products. That said - I prefer vanilla and citrus scents.
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
hehe - I wish I didn't but I do! I love marzipan and tend to be a person who likes gummy and fruity things (jelly belly's) but not big on chocolate.
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I want to spin! Just took up scrap-booking!
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Folk, bluegrass, jazz, world music, country.... I like quite a variety... I can play MP3's
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
I like purples the most- also blues and pink! Not a big orange fan!
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
Two cats - Cider and Dickens. Single but in a relationship.
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Yes to scarves, hats and mittens. NO to ponchos!
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
hmmm this is a hard one... I think I am still searching. I have to say I loved clapotis and have been enjoying some of the little kid clothes I made recently. I also like felted items.
13. What are you knitting right now?
Sort of in between projects- I am working on a dishcolth from Mason Dixon knitting - I have at least one pair of socks that the first sock needs it's mate. Just finished a project and looking for a new one to start - likely it will be a Christmas gift of some sort.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Circular. Addi turbos or bamboo. Not so into plastic but curious about these new ones with the light up tips!
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
I have a yarn winder - but can you please influence someone close to me to buy me that nice wooden swift! ;)
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
Mmmmm maybe three or four years!
18. What is your favorite holiday?
I like Christmas. I am also now looking VERY forward to Mardi Gras as I am planning a trip to Nola for it this year!
19. Is there anything that you collect?
This is a funny question as I am trying to NOT collect so much stuff. I am trying to declutter and purge!
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
Hmm now I can use this as a place for friends and family to know what I am dying for too! My high price item would be those new needles that knitpicks is selling (I think they are called Options). I also really want to try something with Cashmere - maybe "Pure Cashmere" by Debbie Bliss. I like Rowan yarns but haven't tried many of them. Cash Iroha, Cashmere Island and Iro (all new from Noro I think) look very interesting. I'd also love to try something from Briar Rose Fibers. I'd also like to have the books Knit Fix and Knitting Without Tears. I don't have any knitting magazine subscriptions.
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I wish I could refresh my brain on the crochet... it seems hard for me to remember most of it. I am interested in learning to spin.. but a bit hesitant that it is super complicated!
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
I wear a size 10 or 11 shoe and can't seem to knit a sock to save my life that fits me! I also don't seem to have the patience to finish a whole pair!
23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
A finished dishcloth with a dishtowel embroidered by my grandmother in the background
The back of the Jumping Dress (do you feel for me that I had to sew in all of those ends?!?)
The not so finished front.... lots of ends but less as I figured out a few tricks.....
Hopefully this will be finished SOON!
Note to self - put the dishcloth yarn DOWN! Work on Jumping Dress!
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Lately I've kinda sucked at that stuff.
I signed up for the Amazing Lace - but when I had to rip my project out for the third (I think) time I kind of gave up.... at the moment I am not even positive where that yarn is! :(
Then I started working on a dress for my friend's daughter's second birthday. The birthday has now came and went - I have only ripped back five or six times on the dress - but it still isn't done. Half is - but when I had to go through the anguish of weaving in maybe sixty ends on that side it greatly decreased my motivation.
When I was out of town I bought some lovely yarn to make socks - I tried to do two socks on two circular needles - tried it two or three times... ended up with a tangled mess... Still haven't Goggled about how to do that one....
And then I tried to make myself a lovely pair of socks out of my mom's opal yarn. I have one finished... it is a lovely shade of purple... but it is HUGE. It fits my boyfriend's foot - but it is so - purple - and I so wanted it to be for me.... not quite sure what to do about that yet.
On a positive note last night I started a ballband dishcloth from Mason Dixon Knitting. I love it! It is quick and fun and cute! I WILL finish it!
And I am trying to decide if I should do Secret Pal 9 - I really want to but I am fearful after my last two experiences - maybe the third time would be a charm????
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Saturday, June 10, 2006
What are you supposed to do when knitting lace and you notice a mistake like this? I have no idea how I ended up one stitch short but I could have easily just made a stitch on the next row. I know this would have thrown the pattern off a bit - but that would have had to be better right? I am having panic attacks now of being on the 34th repeat out of 36 and making a mistake - no way would I want to frog at that point. Or even if I was somewhere in the middle. Come on all you experienced lace knitters - how do you deal with a problem like this?
Update: OK just now I went and read the Amazing lace blog- WHY DIDN'T I DO THIS BEFORE??? I found out that one answer to my problem would have been putting in a LIFELINE! Ok yes I am glad to know - for next time- but right now I could just light a fire to that mohair!!!!!!
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Please take some time to send your thoughts, prayers etc to the people in New Orleans and the area that was effected by Katrina. They still need our help. It still looks like a disaster zone there. Nine months is a long time but not long enough. Take a look at this to get another view of how things still are.
I am back from NOLA but still there in my heart.
May this Hurricane Season be uneventful...
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Anyway - I woke up late today and decided to take a drive. I had been wanting to see what the areas around Waveland and Bay St. Louis Mississippi looked like. I knew it wouldn't be a pleasant view but I felt it was something I needed to see to understand. On the drive over I stopped in at Cracker Barrel (I have to admit a fondness for their Chicken and Dumplings ) due to the storm they are only open from 6AM to 6PM so I had an early dinner. After satisfying my Cracker Barrel craving I continued on to Waveland. Words can't began to really describe the devastation there. It was amazing to drive down the street looking at storm damaged homes and then suddenly there are NO homes. The houses are just totally missing from the foundations. I looked around online for an example of what I mean and this one from The Decatur Daily was the best I could find. On the Saturday before Hurricane Katrina hit Waveland, Miss., on, Aug. 29, Assistant Fire Chief Mike Smith photographed Waveland's beachfront homes. After the storm, he took pictures from the same vantage points.
All of Waveland is like that as is much of Bay St. Louis.
I had seen pictures online and on TV - but today I realized nothing, I mean nothing can really make you understand the enormity of this disaster unless you see it with your own eyes.
I realized this even more clearly as I was driving back "home" to my hotel in NOLA. I was talking to The Studly Boyfriend on the phone and explaining how one of my front tires was getting flat. I had filled it up with air but there was no gauge to check the pressure available. I explained this to him and he proceeded to tell me that I should pull into the next gas station and have them check it. Trouble is there are no gas stations to pull into that have attendants who can check things at 7PM. In this area you are lucky to find any store gas pump open. Gas station with someone to do something - hah! I again called him when I was driving home to say I was tired. He suggested I pull over and get a coffee. Hah again! I was driving down the highway with complete devistaion on each side of me. The malls that used to have Sam's Club, Toys R Us, Office Depot, Sears, etc are all completely closed. There are no people living or working in these areas. No electricity is on in most places. It was completely understandable to me that he suggested these options - they would make sense in most situations - but right now- right here things are different. Normal just isn't normal. And I think most people outside of the area just plain don't get that. How can you?
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Lately I have been thinking about blogish things I want to do. I keep thinking - I need to modify the format of the blog, add some more stuff to the sidebar, share some more pics of my recent travels with all of you, and then yesterday when I had to call the Boyfriend at home to ask him to look through my knitting needles to see if I had a size 8 I realized I could even make a page where I can keep track of that kind of stuff. How handy it would have been if I could have just looked online at work and then gone over to the yarn store to pick up those size eights!
In other news I am preparing for another trip to NOLA. I am interested to see what (if anything) has changed there since Jan. Let's just say I am not feeling hopeful. I am excited that I will be there over the Memorial Day weekend - I will be working during most of my trip but then I will get to have some F U N!!! Yippee!
I have a number of finished projects I should show y'all - maybe later tonight.... and then there is the new project I have begun. Details to follow!
Monday, April 17, 2006
When I got home tonight I didn't check my mail - figured it was unlikely anything good had come. However when I went to Amazon.com and checked the status of my package that was shipped on the 15th I found that - It had been DELIVERED!!!!! I almost - almost ran down the three flights of stairs in my pajamas and flip flops to get it - but I thought better of it and asked the Studly Boyfriend to check my mail for me. The anticipation was killing me as he was walking up the stairs (at what felt like a very slow pace!)!
Inside the box were the three books I have been wanting for the last month! Yippee! I had already looked at One Skein in the store - so I have some ideas of what I am going to knit out of there and I am saving the The Yarn Harlot's new book for in bed reading tonight but I immediately cracked the spine of Big Girl Knits!
I had been wanting this book since I heard about it's conception. And I am so excited to have it - from the twenty minutes or so I have spent looking through it it looks like a great resource for beautiful patterns as well as wonderful guidelines on measuring, fit, etc.
But alas it also made me sad.... The book is divided into three guidelines for fit - Boobs, Belly and Butt - now I see the value in this totally and I was so excited to have patterns that would flatter me, A Belly Girl - but I have to say - I love the Boob patterns!!! Some of the patterns are supposed to work for big girls of all shapes, but many are specified. To me all of the belly ones look rather - big - they seem like a ton of fabric. I pictured myself knitting for days with the yarn that would cost me almost a week's salary to buy.
As I said, I am much more drawn to the Boob patterns but Boobs, for sure, aren't my biggest assert. There is a tank top I LOVE called Cherry Bomb - recommended for Boobs and Butts, not Bellies. A great coat - the Natalie Coat - but again for Boob and Butt girls. And then the oh so cute Curvalicious Cardigan - yeah it will look great on ya - oh - as long as you aren't a Belly girl! GRRRR.
So I like the book but am now feeling a tad frustrated - with it and my belly body...
I know I sound like a whiner... :( I still recommend the book for the reasons above but why oh why can't I love the Belly pattern?!?
OK now I am off to dry my tears ;) and to figure out some good yarn substitutions for some of the patterns in the book (I am considering Bombshell and Lift and Separate).
PS Note the Marshmallow bunny in the pic? Studly Boyfriend knew I was lamenting not getting a one for Easter (they are my fav Easter candy) so he went out and picked me up a WHOLE BOX today! (Can you freeze marshmallow?!?)
PPS the afghan in the back was knit (?) by my maternal grandmother - anyone know how she managed to do that? It has all of these cool little strips with pieces reaching up into other strips - hard to explain, maybe I will take a closer photo someday!
Sunday, April 16, 2006
I had high hopes for the new Knitty that came out recently, but there isn't really a thing in it that I would want to knit for myself - or that I think will look good on me. I like UnGranny Smith but fear that all of those beads would feel annoying while wearing. At first I was SURE I was going to knit T-twist tee but then I looked at the back of it and realized I couldn't wear a comfortable bra with it - so that eliminated it right away!
Now I am holding out for Big Girl Knits - Amazon informed me that my order shipped today (which also includes Knitting Rules by the Yarn Harlot and One Skein). Now I all I need is Mason-Dixon Knitting and I will be set! Anyway - I have big hopes for Big Girl Knits - I am ready to make something knit that I love that I can wear - ALL FOR ME!!!!
Well that's all for now! Time to hit the sack - I have to remember to blog again soon and tell you about all of the podcasts I have been enjoying lately! Knitting Podcasts Rock!!!
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
My main concern for the day can be found here. Yesterday as I was home convalescing I watched Oprah - lately she has been irritating to me, but her show was on "Katrina Stories No One is Telling." I was so glad to see her do this and to see how accurate of a portrayal it was. One story that she told was that of St. Bernard parish - one of the areas I worked in last month while in LA. St. Bernard was completely devastated by Katrina. Many of the residents that are still there basically have no where to stay and no way to cook food - but for now are living on a cruise ship, the Scotia Prince, that is set to leave at the end of this month - which is NEXT WEEK! The ship needs to stay - FEMA isn't getting trailers there quickly enough and the residents of the parish need this resource. Please please take a look at the St. Bernard Parish website and make the call to the White House asking for the ship to stay.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
You will notice my blog has somewhat morphed into writing about New Orleans... Well today's post will be both knitting and New Orleans related.
For those of you who are interested in hearing more about the current situation in NOLA head on over to Tim's blog. He speaks from a personal and political (how can the two not be mixed on the issue of NOLA these days) view on things there. He has moved back to New Orleans with his wife and child after having had their home ruined by the flood. To me his posts really reflect the reality of the situation in the city. He makes many good points including that to rebuild the city New Orleans needs IMPROVED hurricane protection. They don't just need the levees to be rebuilt - things need to be improved. Our government needs to hear this loud and clear from all of us... A band aid just won't do the job!
Now on a knitting note Ray has help to organize a wonderful project called Bundle Up New Orleans. Head on over to the site to find out how you can help just by knitting warm items such as hats, scarves and mittens for the people in NOLA who so desperately need something warm at this time of the year. When I was there two weeks ago I was surprised by just how cold it really is. It was cold and windy and I didn't have a hat or scarf but so wanted one. I now have one hat ready to go and need to look through my stash to see what else I want to make. Please please join me!
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
I am super tired as the work has been very draining today - and note to self - if coming to New Orleans in January bring more pants - what were you thinking packing so many pairs of shorts!
Hey everyone - by the way - COME VISIT! They need you down here!
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
I have been having a difficult time keeping things updated on here - I went on my Caribbean Cruise vacation, got back and attempted to get ready for the holidays and then actually survived the holidays, and finally had to get ready for another deployment to New Orleans.
This time I am staying in the city itself and working on the cruise ships housing first responders (police, fire and city workers and their families who are from New Orleans and have had their homes destroyed). This experience is only beginning but is VERY different thus far from my first time here. In some ways it is similar - things are sort of confusing and plans change by the minute - for example I thought I would be working with children but now it looks like I will be working more with adults. I also thought I would be on the ships in New Orleans the most but now it looks like I will be in St. Bernard Parish which is just outside of NO and was also hit VERY badly.
I had many feelings coming back into the city yesterday - I hadn't been here since my vacation in November 2004 and things are different - but the odd thing is that the touristy area of the city isn't that changed. If you walked out of my hotel right now things would look pretty regular. The streets are filled with cars and people are out walking around - it might look less busy than usual and some of the businesses aren't open, but it all looks pretty functional. The same can be said for MUCH of the city. There are many houses, businesses, schools and public places that are still here and open. The New Orleans Tourism website is great! It lists many restaurants, hotels etc and tells you who is open - I would highly recommend it!
Today was a day of running around - trying to get a rental car (but of course the "system went down" and they had my reservation wrong in the first place), getting a badge (wait in line...). We also went on a driving tour of the city and saw the incredible devastation that has happened. Now remember there are MANY areas of the city that are doing well. Despite what the media has shown us New Orleans is doing a great job functioning. I haven't been down to the French Quarter yet, but I hear that area is mostly open. However there are areas that have been destroyed for sure. A wonderful resident of the city who is also a psychologist working to help the first responders showed us all around. We took many pictures - though I have to admit that after awhile seeing so much devastation - everything starts to blurr together. Home after home destroyed. Someone told me that it looked like a bomb went off. They were correct. Entire neighborhoods - communities - gone.
I am looking forward to getting on the ship more tomorrow. And to sleeping tonight!
I leave you with some pictures of what we saw today... the bad parts - I will have to take some pics of the good parts while I am here too... (I seem to be having problems uploading to blogger- but if you go here you can see my photos).