Thursday, December 11, 2008
If it can be done with one set of books, why not knitting books? I mean with the widespread use of technological tools like Ravelry, we should take the next step.
So here I am, lone knitter, demanding digital copy.
Did I mention that the push for movies and shows is to digital copy so you can go from computer, to tv, to iPod? Let's get digital. Let's join centuries of handcraft with modern literacy. Come on people!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Speaking of Bloomin, we were out there with Laurie again this weekend. The Celtings even helped to decorate the tree there while I was looking for nice gifties. And all the nice little gifties I've ordered came today too. Well, there are 3 items which I believe are in a seperate package, but I'm pretty sure they'll be here tomorrow.
So I'm now working on my mom's socks and the Celtings' Snowflake Hoodies. Socks on the trolley, hoodies at home. As soon as the mom's socks are done, I'll be working on my Grinchy Grouchy socks for Christmas.
Oh and here's one more picture of the holiday fun we had this weekend. For years the Celtic Consort has been trying to get Ginger to wear these. She's afraid of them, but the Celtings managed to get them on her before she realized. We got our pictures and promptly removed before scarring her for life.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Back to the time it takes. The penultimate giving family member though was my Grandmother. As I popped my pies into the oven, I thought of how my childhood holidays were defined by her baking. Days before she would start baking pies, cookies, and rolls. She took the time to make pie crusts from scratch. She took the time not only to make all these things but teach us how to make them too. Thanksgiving brought pies in all varieties; 4 pumpkin, an apple, an apricot, and maybe another. The trimmings of crusts were made into little cinnamon rolls given to her helpers. Rolls were made that were perfect trefoil rolls, crusty outside and warm and tender inside.
Not to mention the Thanksgiving feast itself. There was always a big turkey but then the sides! Oh how they can make or break a dinner for me. Mounds of mashed potatoes made with butter and milk. Candied yams whose glaze was better than gravy on the turkey. Green beans almandine and peas with pearl onions. Always that childhood favorite of big black olives to put on a thumb. Celery stuffed with cream cheese and peanut butter. Waldorf salad crisp with apples and crunchy walnuts. Jellied cranberry sauce was the least homemade still holding that form of the can.
To set off all these treats, they were served on the china and fancy serving dishes that spent most of the year glimmering in the cabinet in the dining room. We brought out the box with the silverware that was polished the week before. A nice tablecloth was on the table. Somehow the house was always warm and smelled of good things. Even after the feast, yummy leftovers hid in the fridge waiting to be devoured.
Looking back, I see now that she did all of this because that's just what you do. The same as I would give handknit socks. You can't skimp on the dinner, it's just not done! And she shared with me the desire to give of these memories to my kids. Even now, Elder Celting is sneaking a bite of the Waldorf salad I know he thinks Thanksgiving cannot be without. Younger Celting watched anxiously to see the pumpkin pies finishing. I may take a few more shortcuts than she did, but the spirit is the same. For me, I'd be cheating if I bought my pies instead of making them. I'd be denying my roots to not serve green bean almandine.
So thanks, Grandma, you gave of yourself and for that I'm grateful. I can now see how that time was precious.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Anyhow, I came home today to a surprise package from Ms Julia. How cool is that? Inside was a skein of Vesper Sock in a color which fits Witchy Woman (teehee) and some yummy chocolate.
So while all this is going on I've been working on this little number. Almost done. I just need to finish the hood. I totally love it. I'm thoroughly pleased with the results. I'm going to have to spin some more stuff to make into projects like this. I've enjoyed the experience. I can't wait to gift this.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Tonight I ordered some merino/tencel fiber to spin from Knitterly Things in Prism. I've also come to the conclusion that I'm going to work on using my double drive on my wheel. I have a bad habit of not adjusting my scotch tension as often as I probably should. I think it will help with that.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Your result for The Princess Bride trivia Test...
Inconceivable! You scored ###!
Thank you. Its people like you that give me hope for humanity.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
And here were the most dangerous and scary animals I saw at the zoo that day.
I even caught the behind the scenes of this shot with my own kind of blurry shot. :)
But on to the knitting! I've got pictures of Indecisive Socks Redux. I wanted to post something that really showed the colors glowing, so I waited until I could get a shot from the backyard. I also got a shot of my Apres Surf in progress. I'm liking the yarn enough that I might even do a simple twinset with it. We'll see.
I've also opted to do a Celtic Tote for my new commute on the trolley. I'm hoping to talk to Heather to see what I should do to line it. I'm going to do a bright cheery color to chase away the gray winter. But the tote will have to wait until I finish off Rainbow Bright and Tulip. Well... Tulip will be receiving the collar trim/ties as soon as I post this. So I guess that must means Rainbow Bright.
I also ordered my larger whorls so that I can ply up my stuff from Julia and then look for something for another baby gift. If the ply goes well with Julia's stuff, I want to do some handspin for another Babies and Bears.
Oh and I see that Heather swiped my idea for July's Vesper Sock Club yarn to do Monkeys. But at least I can see that it is working out well. Kind of like test knitting without having to frog if I don't like it. :)
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Bonus if you can name all five actors.
Double Bonus if you can give me Brian Johnson's middle name.
What will you win? I haven't decided yet. Just remember, no cheating you actually have know the answer, not find it online.
Monday, August 4, 2008
Firsts, I did find a new job. I'm the newest Web Developer at a benefits billing company downtown. I started on Wednesday and it's all that new person stuff. You know, making sure you have all the right access, loading your software, and learning the ropes. I did make sure I stopped into Ewe Can Knit on Friday to knit during lunch. They were all impressed with the Apres Surf Hoodie. I'm just before the division of front and back.
I'm also finishing the second Indecisive Sock for testing my written pattern. They are turning out beautifully. I'm also working the biasing into the pattern. This is my trolley knitting. Since I now work downtown, I get to take the trolley to work. Even better with the gas prices.
The Rainbow Bright is still chugging away. I ripped it back all the way to the pink star and reworked to have 6 rows of each color instead of 4. The previous version just wasn't going to work out large enough. I'm now on the 3rd row of blue. So pretty much where I left off in my previous post.
I've put both Rainbow Bright and Apres Surf on hold though. I'm focusing on finishing the second Indecisive and my second Tulip,for my niece. Her birthday is on the 12th and I'm close enough that it's silly for me not to finish it. I've got the left front border, I cord bind-off of the body, and partial sleeves. I think I should finish it either tomorrow or Wednesday. Then I'm going to focus on Rainbow Bright as my "at home" project. Travel will be Indecisive Sock.
After Indecisive though, I'm debating patterns to use to exploit my July shipment of Vesper Yarn. ABSOLUTELY beautiful. Heather's right, every time I open the package, this is what I hope for when I get any club shipment. I think the only one from Blue Moon that has come close is the most recent colorway of Goody,Goody. Beautiful rainbow pastel, perfect for babies.
Okay so this week's assignment(should I wish to accept it): Pictures. This blog will self destruct in 10 seconds....
Monday, July 7, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
What's been keeping me away? LOTS. First there was Maryland, which I enjoyed thoroughly. I bought lots but not nearly as much as I could have. There was the EcoSpun Cotton for 99 cents a skein (I got a ton). And the Sari Silk for spinning. Oh and the buffalo for spinning with some bronze Angelina fibers to make it sparkly. Some already sparkly fiber to spin for a hexagon yoke sweater. I found the perfect green to do my Triinu shawl in. Not quite gray not quite green soft soft soft color. 2 skeins... $20.
I even saw this adorable happy child who I could've easily snuck home with the rest of the stash if only her family wouldn't have missed her. She looks much as I did at that age (so I'm told.) I showed some great restraint and bought those items I really had plans for. That includes the big bag to lug it all around in. I even bypassed this temptingly titled fiber for spinning.
That copper and pewter microfiber ribbon in the swag picture is from Tess and will soon be a work tank.
Speaking of work, my favorite boss resigned a few weeks back and things have gotten more dismal since. I'm told I'm "mean" and a "bully." Okay.... not exactly words that your boss is supposed to use with you. But then again, he looks like a guy who was probably picked on a lot in high school so I have to consider that. I too was pretty low on the food chain in high school but would never expect that. Anywho, being proactive, I prepped my resume and have posted. I've found a .NET programmer is pretty popular around here. Things are looking up. Think good thoughts as I have a face to face on Thursday.
In the meantime, my life was totally taken over by soccer. Yes I'm a soccer mom. Yes I'm aware of how it works. It just got more involved this season. Between travel practice two nights a week, a soccer camp on Friday, flight soccer for both boys on Saturdays, and a travel game on Sunday, I had zero free time. Soccer ended last week and I've been recovering. ;)
Recovering includes spending a sweltering day at Kennywood enjoying rides and food that is bad for you. I even made sure I got the Celtings on the merry-go-round. Elder Celting rode it for the first time when he was about 3 months old and I've been taking him ever since. For those not from the 'Burgh, Kennywood is TRADITION. (hear Tevye singing in the background?) School picnics abound and that's where we were. Why Younger Celting looks possessed I'm still not sure but I'm chalking it up to sugar.
So I've also been working on my Rivendell socks. They are almost done with just the second toe needing grafting. I found a colorway at Tess's booth in Maryland that just screamed elvish Lord of the Ring sock. After that, I'm working on writing out the Indecisive Socks. I have an idea for it but I'm waiting to share. Oh and I'm also totally distracted by a yummy yarn package received from Miss Julia. Since she doesn't have to ship to me, I received my Vesper Sock Club package a little early. Per her request, I'm not posting pictures yet. I'm totally loving the colors though and I'm amazed at how much work the girl puts into this stuff. She even coordinated the packaging to the yarn! You go, girl!
Alright, so I'll try to get back to at least once a week around here. If only for Carly's sake. :)
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I'd probably be done with Tulip but I've been dealing with my tree. I managed to get a shot this weekend before the rain of it in full bloom. Kathy, the neighbor across the street, wondered why I was taking pictures of a tree. Try explaining a blog to someone who doesn't own a computer.
Monday, April 14, 2008
As you can see the tree is in full bloom which is wonderful as the tree is huge. I often call it the Charlie Brown tree as it looks like it's going to eat the house. So when I step out my door in the morning it looks like this:
And in all my running about Saturday, I DID manage to pick up my November Muse. So here's where I took the last picture on Sunday.I've since used the last color (Cloud Jungle) and I'm going to do the sleeves before the border. I'm going to see what I have left of November Muse to debate doing the attached Icord in that with the border in Chinatown Apple. We'll see. Hopefully, I'll have it done or almost done by Friday Knit Knite.