April 30, 2006

May Day

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Not much knitting this weekend. I still can't figure out how to crochet on the edging for my sweater, but I can't say I've spent too much time thinking about it. I also broke out some material and a pattern for a shirt that I bought a while ago, thinking I would take a stab at sewing. It was a no-go.

Tonight, I just wanted something simple to knit, so I looked online to see if there were any patterns I liked for the guage of a particular yarn I found at JoAnn's recently. I liked the Neckdown V-neck T-shirt from Knitting Pure and Simple. Then I realized that I had that pattern already! I only have one skein of the yarn so far. I figure if I like how it's coming out I'll go buy the rest. It's Sensations, Bellezza Collection, Smania. I like the colors. Here's a bad picture I just took. It's the best I can do at the moment. (I changed the slipcovers on the couches today too, see the spring green?)

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I took today off from work, not really in any kind of solidarity, I just needed a day. We did a lot of shopping this weekend, Target on Saturday, (new teapot! It's so cute.) REI and Costco yesterday, and grocery shopping today. We also got both dogs groomed, so Gretsky now has his summer cut, and Picabou no longer stinks.

Did you know you could pop microwave popcorn in a stove-top popper? Works like a champ. My microwave oven will not pop microwave popcorn at all. It's either burned or unpopped. I've tried every time/temperature combination that made sense, but to no avail.

So I've been pretty content to make regular popcorn in the stovetop popper, but every now and then I want that movie theater buttery taste. So Friday nght, I opened up the package, dumped it in the popper and it worked great. I don't know why it took me so long to think of it.

All in all it was a lovely three-day weekend.

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April 26, 2006

Bloglunch Thank Yous

I'm about halfway through Wendy's new book. It's really a fun read, I've laughed out loud several times and read some passages to Sean. Last night, I got up off the couch to refill my wine glass, and when I came back I saw this:

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In my spot reading my new book! The nerve. I know for a fact she has no interest in knitting. She just wanted to see if there were any pictures of Lucy in there. She's quite jealous of her hair... er, fur.

Thanks Wendy!

In knitting news, I'm completely stymied by the crochet edging on the lace and cables sweater. I knew this time would come. I'll think of something.

Also, I never did a show and tell on what the Easter bunny brought to us this year:

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Our bunny is named Kris, and she has very good taste! That's some 100% recycled silk right there. So pretty! And something to wash it down with. Yum! Thanks Kris! (<---go ahead and clik on the link and wish her hubby Rich a speedy recovery!)

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April 23, 2006

Little Man

Say it with me now...

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Awwwwwww...

My grand-nephew Caleb wearing the little sweater I knitted him. It's a scan of a regular picture so it's not too clear, but you can sort of see the sweater.

It looks a little cropped on him. That's the problem with knitting for babies before they're born. You don't know what their proportions will be, and he's a big boy.

Thanks go out to my niece an her husband for the picture!

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April 21, 2006

You may ask yourself, how do I work this?

Test entry... where did my blog go?

Something's going South on me. My buttons over there on the left are gone too.

I'll have to do some sleuthing when I have more time. Can't do it now, unfortunately.

If I had time I'd tell you:

1. I won Wendy's new book!
2. I fixed the neckline of my sweater
3. I have a picture to show of my grand-nephew, Caleb, in the sweater I knit for him, but it's not digital and I'm having a hard time getting a good scan of it.

But I don't have time right now. I'll have to figure out what's wrong with this site over the weekend.

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April 6, 2006

Mirror in the Bathroom

As I was getting ready for work this morning, I noticed that looking in the bathroom mirror I looked pretty good. Good hair day, pants fit, new shirt. Yay! Then, I took a look in the full length mirror on the wall and it all went to H. E. double hockey sticks. What is is about mirrors that can make you look good or bad depending on the mirror? Is it a glass thing? Krissy, do you know? Weird.

Of course, being the optomist I am I chose to believe the mirror in the bathroom was the true reflection. The mirror on the wall is obviously defective.

Knitwise, I've managed to sew the sleeves on the Lace and Cables sweater, and knit on the neckline.

Now, to remind you of what sweater I'm knitting:

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Notice the wide neckline? Well, I had managed to convince myself that it was so wide because it is not buttoned or even sitting on her shoulders the right way.

I was wrong. The neckline of this thing is huge. And, I've also made the entire sweater too large.

I Kliped it together last night a tried it on and, literally, the neckline is bigger than my shoulders. See how it's kind of falling off her right shoulder? That's how mine fits, only on both shoulders and if it were buttoned all the way up.

I'm going to rip out what I knit last night, and try to completely reduce the neckline somehow. I don't want to make another sweater I'll never wear.

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April 1, 2006

Indulgences

So!

Life is finally settling down around here and I'm starting to feel a bit more relaxed. Things are still hopping at work, but it's a pace I can manage. I've finally caught up on all health concerns that I've let fall by the wayside these last three years without insurance. I'm healthy as a horse.

Have you read LaMarr parts II and III yet? Look around, they're in there somewhere.

Now my indulgences.

As Lynette recently reported (here's a link to her post, they don't have a website), there is a new yarn store up near where I work. It is, in fact, a nice lunch-time destination. I checked it out and while I was looking at some lovely cotton/wool blend yarn in just my color, a little voice in my head said "you could buy this." So I did:

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It's a much prettier green than what this looks like on my screen.

And then, I was reading an article in Knitter's Review about these new Knit Klips, and I decided I needed them. In fact when I went to buy them (from Patternworks) I decided I needed a few other tools to help me finish sweaters. Who knows, maybe these tools will finally remove the mental block I have against finishing. So I bought a blocking board (fancy!) and some blocking pins (nifty!).

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Remember that project? I wanted it for last Spring. I might just finish it by this Summer.

And finally, here's a chuckle. At the recent air show we had here in Sacramento, I took exactly two pictures. Here's the best of them. I call it, "Ladies and Gentlemen, behold the awsome might of the United States Navy, the Blue Angels!"

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