Thursday, August 31, 2006
One More NIght
No more developments on the pink hat. My mom teaches preschool and classes started this week. I didn't want to bug her too much about finding the pattern. I have more than enough project on the needles to keep my busy for the time being anyway.
The 3rd earring Hubby hid for me has still not been found. He told me it was the hardest one to find, depending on what I did this week. If it is hidden with any cleaning products, laundry or garden tools, there is no way I am going to come across it this week.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Guilty Pleasure Wednesday
THE PIRATE MOVIE
Before Johnny Depp, there was Christopher Atkins. Before The Black Pearl, there was a musical based on The Pirates of Penzance but with an 80's mindset. Ever since I watched this in 3rd grade at my friend Sara's house, I have loved this movie. What other movie can boast a squeak toy/cod piece, a gold lame and stretch pant wedding outfit and a song called "Pumpin' and Blowin'"? My husband bought my the movie poster as a gift when we were dating and it is still hanging in our tv room. I have the soundtrack on both vinyl and on my iPod. I sat by Kool and the Gang on a plane ride back from France and was excited not because they sang "Celebration" but because they are on the Pirate Movie soundtrack. God help me.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Found another one!
This was sitting on a plate in the cupboard. What a great guy!
This is totally off topic and random but I have deemed Wednesdays "Guilty Pleasure Wednesday" on my blog. I have so many guilty pleasures I am almost embarrassed but not too ashamed because from now on each Wednesday I will be sharing one of them with you. Look out this starts tomorrow. Come back the see the cheesiest of the cheese and things are so bad that they are good. Maybe I will find that I am not the only person who knows all the lines from "Clue".
A Little Action on the Side
Another week without hubby and step-son. Sunday, hubby gave me a set of 3 pairs of earrings but only 1 of each set were in the box. The others he taped to notes and hid them around the house for me to find this week. I found the first one this morning in the bowl of peaches and pears I have in our kitchen. Finding the rest should keep me busy and intrigued for the next 4 days.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Hunt for the Pink Hat
I went over to the 'rents yesterday to find either the hat, the pattern or a pic of me in the hat. Looked in my mom's old knitting books- Nothing but I did find a half a skein of the yarn she used nearly 30 years ago to make the hat. Talk about keeping a stash! Looked in the bottom coat closet- Nothing, but I did find a jazzy/outdated varigated christmas colored felted beret. Looked in a smal pile of pics-No Luck.
Now I am obsessed with the hat. Like many things, I am sure it isn't really as cool as I remember it but being a woman on a mission, I must find some piece of that lovable hat.
The reality check comes in realizing that we have almost no money in the checking account until the next payday. I guess my pour money management on vacations caught up with us so I have put myself on an indefinite yarn diet. I have said it before, I know, but this time it is really happening. I have more than enough yarn to make it though another 2 years. I just have a sinking feeling when I think about how we have money managed this month. Once the boys are home from camping a new budget is going to go into effect. Until then, I will drown my sorrows in a good movie and the second half of the sweater.
Friday, August 25, 2006
up 8 lbs?!
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Why remake a semi-classic?
A not-so-great movie did give time to concentrate on knitting. I am rolling along on the Sunrise Circle Jacket (row 58 on the left front). I worked a few rows on both the lava flow socks and Backyard Leaves. Feels good.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
All I can say is thank you and wow. Lisa, my replacement replacement One Skein Angel has really spoiled me. All three months combined into one wonderful package: a cute flower tote, a notebook (going in my purse), wine themed coasters, a baseball mug (going on my desk at work), a headband thats perfect for when I work out, grape soap and some lotion, wine gums candy (cannot wait to try!), a skein on hand dyed Wool/Angora mix in teal and brown (my faves), a skein on Socks that Rock and a pattern along with a mini skein of STR (de-lish), and finally, a Heart Felt Wishes bowl knit by Lisa. Thank you so much.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Please Mr. Postman
Sunday, August 20, 2006
It's good to be home
Black Butte was great. There was a wildfire 6 miles away though, so there was a threat of being evacuated and one day at the pool a light dusting of ash fell. YUCK!
Bike riding, swimming, eating, drinking... I did hike to the top of Black Butte- a 2 mile hike each way. Not bad for my first hike. Little did I know it was rated difficult and the incline was steep the entire way up. I was with my brother though and I knew it I quit I would never hear the end of it. I am pretty proud of myself. We have been going there for over 20 years and this is the first time I have tried tackling the climb. I even celebrated with a Black Butte Porter afterward.
What would a trip be without a trip to a LYS?
I stopped by the Stitchn' Post in Sisters and got 2 skeins of Manos in a new fall colorway. No pics yet of that but it is a great Pink/purple/brown mix. LOVE IT!
Got to get some much needed rest before work tomorrow. bye for now.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Deja Vu all over again
After all my second guessing, frogging, and algebra, I have admitted that I am an idiot. My gauge may have been off but my thinking was right. My measurement lies somewhere between the 37" and 41" chest on the Sunrise Jacket. If I have 1.5 more stitches to the inch and make the 41" jacket, it will fit me perfectly. So back to the drawing board for me last night and I knit back to where I was, on the same size needles. Good times.
I have started the lava socks too but haven't worked too much on them. I really like the colorway.
Backyard Leaves is still there. I am focusing any knitting done today on that. Knitting both pieces at once has really been the project's life-saver. It is much easier with Cotton Fleece than the Lamb's Pride I start with before. The leaves are much more defined.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Back to the Beginning
Thursday, August 10, 2006
I knit a gauge swatch and have to go up a needle size to get gauge. I have started the sleeve but am second guessing myself about the needle size and the sweater size. (I chose the 41".) Worse case, I knit to the shoulder and realize it is too big and frog it. In the grand scheme of things, it isn't really that bad.
Dream Swatch Scarf - Finished
Dream Swatch Scarf based on pattern from Knit and Tonic
Worsted Weight Yarn dye myself
Size 6 needles
I really like the way this turned out and it was a quick knit. Something different but not a huge undertaking. It hasn't been blocked yet. Once I do that, I think the pattern will really shine. I see myself making another one with sock yarn leftovers.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
My Dream Hat
Cast on for 2 new projects
Tonight is a Chamber of Commerce reception so I will be getting home later. Not sure if I will get any knitting done.
BTW, my One Skein Pal made this for me! Baseball and yarn- my favorites!
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Another set of needles empty
I also worked another section of Backyard Leaves. I was annoyed with this pattern at first but am getting into the flow and once I get started, I can easliy work a few rows.
Getting ready for the trip to Black Butte this weekend. Packed? no. Thought about what to pack? no. Thought about what knitting to bring. Of Course! I am ready to start another pair of socks and cast on for the Sunrise Circle Sweater. Right now, I am thinking Lava flow socks in the yarn Keli gave me.
Monday, August 07, 2006
great mail day
First of all, my KSKS package from Keli. The theme was treats for my feet and included 2 nail polishes, foot soak, foot gel, and a pumice stone. There were also gummy Lifesavers and Jolly Ranchers (so going in the car with me for the trip down to Oregon), notecards, 2 skeins of Trekking in yummy colors and a pattern for the very cute Porcupine's Pedicure socks. The best part of the whoel package was the bag. L-O-V-E I-T!!! Keli modeled it after Jaywalkers and dyed the yarn herself. Definetly using this to carry my next sock project. Thank you Keli!
I also received a mysterious card from the One Skein Pal/Angel. Can't help but smile when this is in the mailbox. Thank you!
Exercise or Knit?
Some sense of order
Some de-stashing also too place. I have a bag of novelty yarn to go to my MIL and a bag of odds and ends for the knitting class at the school where my mom teaches.
Yesterday was pretty much a sit on the couch kind of day for us. We watched The Godfather and Revenge of the Nerds. This gave me time to work on Backyard Leaves. As much as I want to start a new project, I hate having unfinished ones. I am a little less than half way done. Regardless, Sunrise Circle will most likely be my car trip project for next week's vacation.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
My needles are free!
Friday, August 04, 2006
The Hoff and the Angry Inch
Last night we watched Final Destination 3. Normally, I would have waited until it ends up on Encore at midnight but we got sucked into the Choose Your Own Adventure aspect of the DVD. So we watch until the first decision, coin flip-Choose Heads or Tails. We chose heads and watched another 5 minutes of the movie and then the credits started to roll. HUH? A 20 min movie? Then on the screen it says, "Did you wish you had chosen tails?". We chose yes and then the movie starts over from coin flip. At that rate the movie would have lasted 4 hours so we just watched the regular version which just ended up being another slasher, gore-fest during which I knit the entire time.
The movie did get over just in time to see David Hasselhoff sing on America's Got Talent. The show has worn out its welcome but OMG! First of all, it seems like "The Hoff", as he likes to be called, is hitting the juice. There is something slightly off about him and don't get me started on his "Get into My Car" song! Who buys this stuff? I have to admit that I went straight to iTunes to see if he had anything there that I could play to annoy hubby even more. David Hasselhoff Sings America! New York, New York, These Boots are Made for Walking, and so many other classics. It even includes a special bonus track of the Knight Rider theme because nothing screams American more than that. Don't fear though, I only listened to the samples (which was more then enough) and did buy a thing.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Light at the end of the tunnel
I may be becoming an aunt soon which means baby knitting projects and stash reducers!
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
I laughed, I cried
Countdown update: 3.75" left to go until decreasing!