Friday, May 26, 2006

I don't care if Monday's blue, Tuesday's grey and Wednesday too

Thursday I don't care about you
It's Friday i'm in love

Yes I am totally in love with KSH and the Granny Smith Cardigan.
Last night I cast on my size 3 bamboo circs the recomended 144 stitches
and knit the picot edging - what a pleasure that yarn is, I do love mohair
anyway but this stuff is spun sugar - lovely.

Here is what it looked like after I turned up the hem and knit both stitches
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and this is a close-up:
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I can't wait to get back to this - I should have plenty of time this weekend - David is
going camping with Robert and they only thing I have planned is taking Jeff to MMOA tmrw to see the Hapshepsut exhibit - we are both Egypt addicts so it will be fun.

I am sure most of you have seen
this site - there are literally hundreds of free patterns here form Garnstudio / Drops - check it out if you haven't.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Sugar we're going down swinging

Finished Object Alert:

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The never ending black stole is finished, I worked through most of the last cone at CommuniTea last night and finished the last repeat and garter edging when I got home last night. It was too late and I was too tired to block it then, so I waited till tonight to do it. This is what it looked like last night:

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This is a close up of the stitch pattern:

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It is the trellis lace from 365 knitting patterns a year calendar - January 18. I cast on 65 stitches for the repeat and 3 edge stitches each side. The finished measurements are 26" x 67"

I hope the person I made it for likes it - I am mailing it out on Friday.

I also made a new necklace:
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The green beads I received from another knitter last year - unfortunately, I don't remember exactly who sent them to me - I think it was Amanda of Clothesknit, as part of the prize package I won for coming in second in her Flower Basket Redux contest - anyway, I have been holding on to them till I could find the perfect components to match them. I found that flower piece at AC Moore and thought the color would match them well - there were 25 beads so I added chain to the back to make the necklace longer and voila - I actually made it a little longer then you see in this picture - the beading wire I originally used was very fine and this piece is a little heavy, so I restrung it on a heavier wire and made it a little longer too.

Tonight I am swatching my KSH for the Granny Smith Cardigan. I promised myself I could start this project once I finished the black stole, so back to the addictive KSH, it's mine, mine I tell you....

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Can't stop the world

or old age creeping up either-

Friday night Marilyn and I went to see the GoGo's at the Nokia Theater. The show was fantastic, it is the 25th Anniversary of Beauty and the Beat, so for the opener the performed the whole album. I can't believe that album is 25 years old, I was a sophomore at NYU when that album was released, I was working part time at Merrill Lynch at the time and I bought it at a little record shop next to J&R that specialized in imports and new music. Some of those songs I haven't heard in almost 25 years. It was general admission - SRO - doors opened at 6 and the band went on at 8:30. For the 1 1/2 hour they played I felt 19 again, unfortunately the next day I felt closer to 50, man my legs and feet were killing me - At the show you had to show ID to get a bracelet so you can drink, I was laughing that I had seen the Band on their first tour and nobody proofed me then! We were so close to the stage, I have pictures on my cell phone, but I haven't figured out how to send them to my email so I could post them.

Marilyn and I had dinner at a really good Cuban restaurant before the show, Havana Central on 46th Street, we split empanadas, salad and pernil (roast pork - my favorite!) everything was yummy.

Yesterday was the first day of Smiley's big sale - I picked up this:

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They had some really nice stuff - this is a rayon crepe, altogether I have ~1800 yards - I am thinking about using it for the Rockstar Cardigan. I am hoping they have more next Sat ( the last day of the sale) I would like to buy it in a solid for a summer wt button down cardigan. There was also this really pretty ribbon yarn 10 balls for $10 ~1000 yards, I would like to pick that up also - I think the lace twinset in the current Vouge Knitting would look really pretty in this yarn

Today I have to drive the boys to Scouts, one of their troop is making Eagle today, David will join us when he gets off work. This is the last Sunday he will be working, as of June 1st he is a retired NYPD officer. Some days I wish I could retire too, especially last week.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Been around the world and found

That only stupid people are breeding - and their offspring all work with me. Ok maybe not all of them - but a good number.

I am so tired off asking people to pay attention and send me the information I am asking for -

I had a lousy day today and I am staying home tonight and vegging. I had a great weekend, but since I got back to work I have been really cranky and irritated.

David surprised me with a get away weekend - he wouldn't tell me where we were going, just to pack a bag and bring walking shoes. We left Saturday morning after dropping the boys off.

This is where we went:
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Also known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania - he had planned on spending the weekend hiking the trails, but everything was waterlogged. The scenery was really pretty though -
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Since hiking was not an option we decided to drive up to Binghamton, we drove around looking for trains (he was driving after all) and spent the night at a Comfort Inn then took the scenic drive home on Sunday. It really was a fun trip!

Friday, May 12, 2006

I turn my camera on, I cut my fingers on the way, on the way

Last night when I got home from work, I had a lovely surprise waiting for me - my reveal pkg form my SP7 - the lovely Lisa from Knitti-me. Look at all the wondrous goodies I received:

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close ups:
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Thank you Lisa - I love love love everything!

I have gotten a lot done on the black stole, I joined the 4th of 6 cones Tuesday at SnB - I really like the way it looks:
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Hopefully I can finish it in the next week - I really want to cast on that KSH and start Melissa's cardigan. It looks like a rainy weekend so I should be able to get a lot done.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

I can't seem to face up to the facts, I'm tense and nervous and I Can't relax

I tried posting this yesterday, but was having "issues" with my computer, so here I go trying it again.

I rushed home Tuesday night from my SnB in LIC to catch the season finale of Veronica Mars - if you have been a reader of this blog you know I am totally obsessed with this show. I do believe it is the best thing on television. For those of you who don't know it - it is the story of a HS girl who solves mysteries with her PI dad and the help of her friends and sometimes enemies too. Now I know that sounds like a really dumb premise for a tv show unless it it on the Disney Channel, but trust me - this is not Disney. Last season she had to solve the murder of her best friend, figure out who raped her, find her alcoholic mother while solving MOTW(mysteries of the week) and keeping her grades up so she could get a scholarship and get out of Neptune, her home town. The writing on this show is so good, the actors are amazing, especially Kristin Bell, Enrico Colantoni, papa Mars, Jason Dohring, her on again off again badboy boyfriend and this seasons stand out - Kyle Gallner, as Beaver, My name is Cassidy, Casablancas - The character development and storylines are some of the best -if not the best on the air now!

The season finale was really good! Veronica finally solved the mystery of who blew up a bus load of HS students, in the process she 1. Found out the the county supervisor, also know as the mayor, was a child molester, 2. Who really raped her last season, 3. That the rapist is the same person who blew up the bus, killed Curly Moran and that he was sexually abused by the Mayor; 4. Thought her father had been murdered, and 5. Was rescued(sort of) by her now on again love interest when said 'Psycho killer' tried to kill her on the roof of the Neptune Grand, before throwing himself off. Kind of campy and over the top - but so well written and acted, especially as I said, by Kyle Gallner (who you can now see on Big Love - another obsession) as the aforementioned psycho killer.

There is some question as to whether the show will be picked up next season by the new CW network - I really hope it is, I would sorely miss my VM fix if they didn't. I strongly recommend that you watch the summer reruns and tune in next season - it will be worth your while.

On to knitting stuff - the yarn I ordered from Red Bird Farms came - it is a fingering wt version of Zyphyr in the Jasper colorway 920 yards of wool/silk yummynis:
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I also spent an evening winding up the Tencel lace wt I bought from Mystical Creations last year. This is 2100 yards of fine lace wt yarn in Vanilla:
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Well lunch is over, so it is back to work for me.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Jah sent I as your postman with your mail

I have always heard stories about mail that showed up years after it was sent, but I had never actually had it happen till Friday - and though this isn't years after it was sent it is almost 6 months:

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It is a Christmas card from my friend Angela - the one who made my Crab Louis - there was a really pretty stitch marker in there also but I dropped it and it is now hiding somewhere in my stash. Thanks Angela and Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

some strange music draws me in makes me come on like some heroin/e

No update pictures today - I can't seem to devote enough time to one project long enough to show any progress - that of course did not stop me from adding to my overflowing stash of yarn and patterns. After meeting with the new account manager, I walked over to Purl and spent the last of my Amex gift check and the money I earned doing a massage treatment last week.

Behold the fruits of my labors:
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I have made a deal with myself that as soon as I finish the black stole for my co-worker, I can start swatching the KSH, that should motivate me to finish the stole quickly

Monday, May 01, 2006

Summertime, time, time, Child, the living’s easy.

This was a wonderful weekend, the best I've has in a long time - Friday I got some girlfriend time with my best bud, Saturday I spent the morning visiting my mother and the afternoon shopping, Sunday was the Prospect Part Fleece festival; perfect weather, perfectly pleasant pastimes.

Here are a few pictures I promised to post:

My Boobilcious tank progress
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The lovely yarn from Brooklyn Handspun
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The beautiful doilies from my Crochetville Secret Pal
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Pictures of Fleece Festival 06
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And just cause I think these are sooo funny
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Poor naked Alpacas!