Friday, December 30, 2005
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Argh - I am at work and totally bored - I worked this week so that if any of my sales team needed help with the new computer system training I would be here to answer questions - I have had a few phone calls, but the web site I need to get into to check my teams progress won't let me in and it is really irritating me.
I have 2 new hires here that I will be going through the demo with, but I've got to tell you - after doing this for the last 6 weeks I am really sick of this demo! I am tired, still wet from my commute and I have a headache. Yes I am in a really good mood today. The only good thing is that since I am alone in the office - I hooked my MP3 to my computer and I can listen to my playlists all day - The Stereophonics are playing now.
Just got off the phone with 3 account managers - I can not wait till this training is over! I want to break out my knitting, but I don't want anyone to think I am not working.
I have to go 'splain this again - later people.....
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Monday, December 26, 2005
We had a very nice day. David picked the boys up Friday afternoon - I left work a little early - finished my shopping and came home to a lovely supper and tree decorating.
The boys did all the decorating this year, all I did were the lights. I think they did a really good job:
Then we got down to the fun stuff- opening presents! I got Veronica Mars Season 1 DVD and new luggage - totally what I wanted!
For Christmas Eve - we had the boys till about 6pm, so I invited my mother and brother to dinner - I made ravioli with meat sauce and garlic bread and a coconut creme pie for dessert.
We had a good time, but my mother got cranky and irritable so it put a slight damper on the evening. David left to take the boys home, my brother took my mother home and I did the dishes. My brother gave me an Amazon gift certificate so after the dishes I went on line and picked out a few things:
1. Folk Shawls
2. The Big Easy - one of my favorite movies! This is the movie that made me go to New Orleans
3. Haughty Melodic - Mike Doughty
For Christmas we went over my friends, Marilyn and Robert's for dinner. We had a lovely time, good food, good wine, good company and good conversation. The holidays really are about being with the people you love. More presents were exchanged - David got Forbidden Planet on DVD and I received a Music Trivia DVD game, a mystery book by Robert Rankin and Nancie Wiseman's Knitted Shawls, Stoles and Scarves - I have already picked out a few that I want to make.
Today was a day to do nothing much, we slept in then took a ride out to the Island just to pass some time, came home ordered pizza and settled in for the night. Now I am watching the Rangers (they are losing - bah humbug) and posting on my blog. Which brings me to the title of this post [ it is also a song by Mike Doughty] - there is a Starbucks that just opened on Union Tpke in Glendale in the Stop & Shop shopping center - it's where the new AC Moore is too - they have a couple of easy chairs and some tables - if anyone would be interested in meeting there for a little knitting, a little coffee and some conversation - drop me a line. There is plenty of parking available and with the AC Moore right there, we'd never have to worry about missing supplies!
Tomorrow it is back to work for me - I wish I could have taken the week off, but I have to much to do. Oh well.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
I had a very nice day - just not the one I planned. David surprised me by taking the day off too, so I didn't have the day to myself after all. I did get my hair cut - I must be feeling retro cause I swear I had the same do in the 80's. So I spent the morning running errands, hanging with David and getting sick. That night we went to dinner - yes we went to our place: Sizzler - then came home and went to bed. I was happy to spend the day with him - I was just a little disappointed - I was looking foreward to some ME time.
The congestion seems to be moving from my head to my chest as I sit here drinking hot tea and popping cold pills while watching the Ranger game and blogging - I love multi-tasking.
Sunday, December 18, 2005
The boys gave me my birthday presents last night - The Delivery Man by Elvis Costello and the Veronica Mars Soundtrack. I have been listening to both since I opened them - I am am liking very much. I teased David that he finally found a soundtrack that I would listen too - he has dozens - I have one (Party Party from way back in the 80's). David also gave me a new laptop case. It actually came in the mail a few weeks ago, I was home when it was delivered so I opened it then - couldn't wait to use it. I really like it - there is lots of room and it is more comfortable to carry than my old one.
I am spending most of today cleaning up the apt so I can put up our tree tomorrow. I finally cleared up a large enough area to put a small one up. Now I have to go do laundry - Later..............
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Purl carries Alchemy patterns, but doesn't have it listed on their website - I just called and they think they might have it - if not they will order it. I am hoping to be able to pick it up with some yarn on Monday. I also plan to hit The Point and School Products and anything else that strikes my fancy.
I want to see Walk the Line too and since no one I know will go with me - I might try to catch the matinee some where. I love me some Johnny Cash!
I have almost finished the first half - each side is knit then grafted together - I even picked up a great idea for the hat from Susan that is based on a doily pattern.
I just need to sit and knit!
Monday, December 12, 2005
Sunday, December 11, 2005
fortunately by noon all the snow was gone, though Friday night was icy - all that melted snow froze and the sidewalks were slippery.
Friday night was David's Christmas Party - this year it was at The Times Square Brewery. We had a great time , though it was really crowded. The party was on the mezzanine - there were comfy chairs and sofas all around. Since it was a brewery I had a few beers before dinner - which by the way was excellent, beef, smashed potatoes and garlicky sauteed spinach! After dinner I tried a Key Lime Martini - yummy. The NYPD can though a good party
the view of Times Square
me and David
Saturday, though I woke up feeling lousy. I had gotten my period and was crampy, achy and had an upset stomach, all I wanted to do was stay in bed, but David and I had to finish the boys Christmas shopping. I bought each of them new sleeping bags and some BSA stocking stuffers. I also picked up some snap swivels to make bracelets - I found the instructions on line. I have been making lots of jewelry lately - I love being able to design and create something in an evening - I love knitting, but I am sloooooww, so it takes me forever to finish any project - with beads - it is almost instant gratification!
I made both of these in 2 evenings - I wore the red set Friday night.
I bought more supplies at AC Moore and also placed an order with Firemountain for some lovely Czech glass beads, so you will be seeing a lot more jewelry here. I wanted to do some knitting last night but I was so tired I ended up falling asleep during the Hockey game - missed the OT.
Today I am feeling lazy and I am not sure I am going to do anything of value. I must go to my mothers to get her ready for the week, get her laundry and what not - but after that I am not doing anything.
Sunday, December 04, 2005
|The Cure Shares Your Taste in Music|
So I promised some pictures (By the way - thank you to everyone who left encouraging comments and emails - I appreciate your good thoughts)
First I want to show progress photos on the scarf I am making for the International Scarf Exchange:
Neither is true to color - it is more of a warm plum not a blue/purple. I like the pattern and the yarn is a dream to knit with. I am also knitting a hat. I have to make my own pattern since there isn't one available. I am thinking I will go down 1 or 2 needle sizes - the scarf is on size 7, so I am thinking a size 5 would be good - I am planning to start with about 1 in of stockinette before starting the pattern so the edge will roll then knit the pattern repeat 2x before starting the decreases. I am hoping this will work and look good. Anyone have any suggestions?
I also mentioned I had made some new necklaces - here are a couple of pictures:
This is made from some glass beads I picked up at the New A.C. Moore that just opened by me on Union Tpke - I really like they way this turned out.
This is made from a necklace I had bought over 20 years ago at Brentanno's when they where still on 5th Ave. It broke a long time ago - I saved the heart and as many of the jade beads as I could. I bought some gold beads and red jasper from Firemountain Beads and put them all together in this design. I really like the jade and red jasper together. I had enough to make matching earrings - I will also make a bracelet, but I need to buy a gold clasp to finish that.
This is a picture of some books I got from my bookclub and what I scored at The Strand last time I was downtown:
I finished The Rule of Four - If anyone wants to read it - drop me a line and I will mail it to you - I liked it - kind of reminded me of what the Da Vinci Code would have been like if written by Umberto Eco.
Now I really should go out and clean off my car, since it doesn't look like it is going to melt.
ETA: I went to go outside and found a package in the hall - my Crochetville Holiday Gift Exchange package came!!!! Melanie emailed my that she was sending it out on the 29th and since if was coming from West Yorkshire - I thought it would take longer, I am so pleased it came today. I have really needed a pick-me-up and all the wonderful goodies she sent have certainly done the trick!
Here is closeup of the fairy broach:
There is a beautiful wool capelet, a crochet wool purse, a wool skinny scarf, bath salts, chocolates, a trinket box, a crochet bookmark and snowflake. All beautifully made and gratefully received - Thank you again Melanie.
Here is a picture of my snowy car:
PS the color of the capelet in the top picture is closest to what the scarf color is like.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
I am afraid I am not really in the Holiday spirit this year - too much stuff going on that is killing this season for me. I haven't picked up my needles in ages, I have though been beading and will post pictures eventually.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
My new phone came yesterday - I charged it and activated it - now I just have to figure out how to use it and add in my phonebook.
I found out who my International Scarf Exchange buddy is Michelle @ blog-o-rama - I have some lovely deep purple cashmere blend from elann in my stash that I think will be perfect for her. I just need to decide on cables or lace? I am kind of leaning towards this - I am in the hat scarf group so I would have to make a hat to match - I have been toying around with designs in my head.
I am wearing my Kerry Blue shawl today - Have I mentioned how much I LOVE this shawl? It is one of those cool damp icky NYC days today and I am really loving me some shawl warmth!
I spent part of the weekend reorganizing my stash - I have some yarn and needles to send KatyknitsNYC for a class she is starting. I bought 2 boxes of those giant ziplock storage bags - I got 4 rubbermaid tubs into 3 bags and they take up a whole lot less space than the tubs.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
When I got home from work today, there was a package for me from England! In it was this:
In case you can't tell - it is the Kerry Blue Shawl knit by Poly. This is the most amazing knitted shawl - it is absolutely lovely - I am in awe!
Here are some more pictures:
and a edge detail:
There was also a box of Marks & Spencers Viennese Biscuits - butter cookie, orange marmalade and milk chocolate - YUM!! Thank you Polly and Thank you Margene and Susan for starting Give a Little.
oh and here is an update on my angora/alpaca FBS - I am almost embarrassed to put in in the same post as Kerry Blue.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
The Bedroom - I want to redo my apartment in these colors.
This morning Jeff had to be at Stuyversant HS at 8am to take the HS entrance exam so we were up very early this morning. I was not happy, but it turned out to be a fun day. We drove in dropped Jeff off parked the car downtown. David had to go the BSA store for stuff for the troop, so we took the Subway up to the Empire State Building to the shop there. Afterwards we walked down to South Street Seaport for lunch then went to the Strand bookstore. As we were walking back towards the car Jeff called to say he was done, so we met him on Chambers and Church. He was finished by 12:00.
A photo tour of our Day
The Brooklyn Bridge from City Hall Park
The World Trade Center PATH Station
Construction at Ground Zero
David & Jeff after the test
Tonight I am going to bed early!
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Two more days and I will be home - training is going well - but I have a feeling that whoever designed the training never actually had to go through it. At least I got a lot of knitting done on the plan and hope to get a lot more done on the way home. I will have pictures once I load them.
I won't have time to visit any LYS - I was really hoping I would get a chance - I also won't get downtown Chicago proper - I am stuck in the land of shopping malls and chain restaurants. I just do not have a Midwestern mind set - I never did appreciate Chicagoland ( I am an urban snob - there is only 1 City - THE City! NYC) Chicago never cut it for me.
Friday, October 28, 2005
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I have the apt. to myself tonight - David and the boys left for a camping trip - they will be back in time to drive me to the airport on Sunday. So tonight I am surfing the net, watching the Devils (Boo) and trying to decide what knitting projects to take on the trip. Tomorrow I have to wash all my clothes, pack, get a haircut, go to Target to see if I can find this (- it's cold in Chicago and I new a new coat in a neutral color to go with all the great scarves and shawls I have made or received in swaps and exchanges. ) I also have to wash and pack my mothers stuff for her stay at the respite center.
I hope I like my haircut, I usually wear it very short, but I am trying to let it grow out a little - unfortunately I have fine, but curly hair - so as it grows it grows out instead of down and I look like a qtip. Well we will see - if it looks good I will post - if not, you won't see me gracing the pages of this blog anytime soon.
So last night, David and I went for a romantic anniversary dinner at our (his) favorite restaurant - you may have heard of it - Chez Sizzler. We go there for almost every anniversary - he is such a romantic!
I will have my laptop on my trip so I should be able to post while I am away - I will let you know if I find any really cool yarn shops
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Needless to say I did not get much rest.
Anniversaries! Yes today is David and my 12th anniversary - this day always makes me a little sad because on our first date (Oct 27, 1993) we snuck up to the top of the WTC (his friend was as PA cop and let us in) and watched the city beneath us under a brilliant October moon. It was magical and it is now gone.
I also realized that Oct 8 (besides being John Lennon's birthday) was my 2nd Blogiversary! I can't believe I have been doing this for 2 years already - I should have soooo many more finished objects - I am a slacker.
I leave you with my current favorite picture of me and my honey in Utah:
I love the orange-y-ness of this picture.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
The reveal pkg from my Crochetville SP Megan. I am amazed at all the wonderful things she sent me - can you see the knitpicks yarn in my favorite color, the wool of the andes in natural so I can try my hand at cool aid dying, the gorgeous key hole scarf - the yarn is sooo soft and I love the color! - note cards with patterns, tea (in my favorite pumpkin spice & gingerbread) coffee (I love coffee)and note pads!!!! So much good stuff - thank you Megan!!!!
I wound the cascade 220 last night and finished the last few rows on my stole - here is a picture pre-blocking:
the wrong side is facing up, but I think it looks pretty good!
My socks on two needles: this is the test I did to see if I could do it. I am not sure I am doing it right - is the inside ( the purl side) supposed to be facing me when I work that needle? Does this mean I have to use patterns written for this technique or adapt regular sock patterns to work this way? Does that make any sense at all?!
Look what I found: Black Cat Peeps!!!! I bought every package the store had (only 3) I love these!
And lastly, everything has a price:
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Saturday though was not a relaxing stay at home day - I had to take my mother to the Doctor in the morning then drop her at the day care center, so I could drive Robert to Brooklyn Tech so he could take the H S entrance exam. It was cold and wet and there was so much traffic over by S Portland St - I had to let the poor kid out of the car at Fulton St, and make him walk the rest of the way or he would never have gotten there on time. Then I ran around Brooklyn getting my errands done and finally ended up double parked on DeKalb with all the other parents waiting for the test to end. At least I got to work on my FBS while waiting - I got quite a bit done, the test didn't let out till almost 4pm.
It was too late for me to get back to Ridgewood and pick up my mother so David had to go get her and bring her back to our place - I brought Robert home got him changed into his scout uniform and he and David left to set up for the Troop Annual Pasta dinner. I don't quite understand how this happens, but they make a ton on money at this event - it is $8 per person for unlimited baked ziti and/or ziti with broccoli and garlic - the food is eatable but not really anything special, but the always get over 100 people to show up - this year there was close to 200 tickets sold. I even won a small Liz Claiborne purse in the raffle. I brought my mother - I thought she would like a night out and my brother really needed a free day which is why I had her on Saturday.
Today I had a fun day with my friend Marilyn, we went to Panera Bread for lunch - it wasn't bad - I had a yummy Moroccan Tomato Lentil soup and half a sandwich. Then we went to MGM Shoes - WOW I saw a pair of Kenneth Cole pumps I could've killed for - unfortunately killing some one wouldn't have given me any money to buy them so I had to leave them, but it was hard really hard.
Tonight I am going to watch bad TV and work some more on my FBS. The additional skein of Cascade 220 I ordered to finish the stole I started in Utah has shipped so I am hopping it will come tomorrow so I can finish it and take it to Chicago with me.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
I had lots of free time - David had to go to Jeff's school last night - it was HS night and representatives from various NYC HS were there. Jeff is most interested in Brooklyn Tech - His brother Robert is taking the exam this weekend. Since Jeff is in a special ed class he can take the test in November. Mind you the child is in S.E. because he refuses to pay attention and do what he is told. He is the only child I ever met who does his home work but doesn't hand it in - I mean WTF!? Why do it and not hand it in. Academically he scores very high, but he is and always has been a discipline problem. I am hoping that growing up and going to HS will teach both of them to be more responsible.
I also made a big pot of White Beans with Sausage and Escarole. This is one of the recipes I contributed to the Knit Blogger's Cook Book. I can't wait to get my copy! I have always fantasized about writing a cook book - this is probably the closest I will ever come.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
I have finished 2 more pattern repeats since I took this picture and still have about 1/2 of the first skein left so I think it will be a nice size when it is finished. I can't tell you how soft this yarn is - I think I spend more time stroking it than knitting it. I am loving it, even if if looks like a large brown hairball. I have never knit with angora before, when it is done, can I just block it the same way I do wool? Usually I soak the piece in Eucalan for a little while, gently squeeze out the excess water then pin it to within an inch of it's life.
I wound the alpaca I picked up at Rhinebeck last night - 600 yards is a lot of yarn - I really need a ball winder. I think I am going to make the Spiral Nebula out of it. The simple styling will work well with the yarn and it will make for an easy to knit piece that I can carry around with me.
I also caved and joined cause I really want hand knit socks and the only way I am going to get some is if I sit down and actually finish a pair! I think I am going to make these. That way I can do lace and socks at the same time.
In other news - David has decided to retire! June 30 will be the last day he works - though with all the vacation day and chart days and what not his actual last day with the NYPD is in October. He hasn't decided what he will do after that. I can't picture him as anything but a cop - he looks like a cop, he walks like a cop and he talks like a cop - I have a hard time thinking of him with a real job!
Things haven't changed much with my mother. I have contacted the nursing home I want to place her in - I am just waiting to hear back from them. I am still taking her to day care every morning. It is starting to take a toll on me - I hate getting up in the mornings and going over there - everyday is just a little harder then the one before. I pray I can get this all settled before the holidays - I don't know what I will do when the bad weather hits - it was hard enough getting her out in the rain - she will never make it in snow and ice.
She will be staying at the Respite Center while I am in IL. Thanks to everyone for the feedback on yarn shops in Deerfield. I even have made dinner plans with another knitter in the area - I love meeting other knitters, it is fun to spend time with people who share your obsessions.
Well my lunch is over - back to work for me....
Monday, October 17, 2005
...to see her through her sacred journey
...to know what is on D52 that Payroll uses.
...people who see a land free from the destruction of pollution
...a lot of consideration
...to be sucking on a lemon or something (my favorite)
...to be the core of their being.
Gee I thought I just needed more room for all the yarn I just bought.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
First up this is the bootie bag from the Yarn Tree:
organic cotton and lots of stash hide, I mean holding capacity, as you can see as I pull out
600 yards of Alpaca sport from a Twist of Alpaca in a black/grey/beige blend - I'm thinking lacy wrap maybe - next we have
a Bellini Shawl kit from Morehouse Farm in a fiery red/orange and olive green mix - there was actually of few more things I wanted from them, but I was too tired to go back and get more - no biggy though - I can hit Union Square one Wednesday and pick up anything else I want. I also picked up these I won a contest on Norma's blog once and she sent me this soap - it was love at first whiff. I bought a few for me and to send to my SP's. I also picked up this Unikite pendant - I love unikite and was looking for a large piece to work with - it
it will look good
with the Bellini Shawl too.
And finally - the best - my splurge -
Harmony, gee I really love you
and I want to love you forever
and dream of never, never
1000 yards of Brooks Farms Harmony.
I have a specific idea in mind for this yarn - I actually went looking for a soft, beautiful, shiny yarn and I found true love in this mohair, wool and silk blend.
There, not too much, but what there is - is choice!