Monday, June 26, 2006

I've fallen off the Side of the Earth

My goofy little brother wrote that in a letter to me once to explain why he hadn't written me in a while. He's currently serving a 2-year mission for our Church in Brazil (he get's home in 2 weeks--HOORAY!!!!!!!) and his English has suffered as he's become more and more fluent in Portuguese. I think he meant to say "I've fallen off the face of the earth" but this one's much funnier!

I haven't been knitting much lately--life has been busy busy busy. But I do have a Finished Object to show:

I'm not so happy with the lining, though. I just wasn't really sure how to construct the lining on such a skew-wompy shape. I've got fabric left, and I'd like to add a lining to the flap. We'll see.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Thank you, Yarn Fairy!!!!

Look what yumminess came in the mail today! I didn't get lunch today until almost three, so when I came in, the mail had come:

Sock yarn, Bamboo DPN's in size 2.25mm (US1) and 2.75mm (US2), a pattern for "Autumn Leaves Lace Socks" and a really cute card--I love pink and brown together!

I've already cast on for the swatch

Thanks, pal!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

A new man in my life...

Meet Jamison:I brought him home from the animal shelter today. Isn't he adorable!

Mattie's not sure what she thinks of this intruder yet.

I hope they get to be friends; I adopted him so that she'd have someone to play with during the day when I'm at work.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Of socks and bags and blooms

It's been a busy week. I'm all moved out of one apartment, but I'm not really unpacked yet. I've got pretty much the necessities unpacked, and now I seem to have just lost my zin for unpacking. I don't wanna do it anymore! For one thing, I'm not really sure where to put things, because I have a friend that will be moving in. But I don't really want to wait for her--she won't be here until the end of July. I do not intend to live out of boxes for six more weeks!

I have been knitting, though. Here are the socks that I brought with me to my trip to Grandma's. I didn't get very far on them, though, because the colors kept doing this weird pooling thing. Then I found Melanie's Twist Stitch Pattern and it seems to be perfect. The stretches of color are too long to be random, and I'm too lazy to alternate between two balls. In fact, I haven't even wound the second skein into a ball. I like how the colors are kind of making stripes.

The socks in natural daylight:
Here it is again, blurry and taken indoors at night, but it shows how much farther along I am since the other picture was taken.

I've also been working on another quick project: A felted Sophie bag, made from handspun yarn I bought from Laura at CosmicPluto. Is it sacreligious to use handspun on a felting project? I hope not. I've had the yarn for months and I just didn't know what else to do with it!

And finally, some BEAUTIFUL flowers that one of my customers from work sent me to say thanks for helping her on a project. This boquet is ENORMOUS (those are DVD's on the right). It was definitely a pleasant surprise--it made my day! The only way it could have been better was if they had come from the guy I was interested in...

But no complaints, of course!

Thursday, June 01, 2006


I had a great time on this whirlwind trip. Cute car, great family, awesome friends, and a little knitting time.

REALLY not a flattering picture of me at all, but my Grandma's so CUTE! She's in such great shape for someone born in 1906. She had a big receiving line (like at a wedding) and she had a nice chair to sit in if she got tired, but she hardly ever sat down. She was usually up and walking around and talking to people.

I went to visit some old college roommates, and this is the view from outside her front porch. Incredible, huh? I LOVE Kentucky (it's so green and pretty), but I do miss the mountains. What you CAN'T see from this picture is that it's only about 55 degrees outside. The clouds are clearing away but it was FREEZING cold and rainy all day Saturday and half of Sunday. It started to get nicer the closer I was to leaving--of course!

And Enterprise gave me a cute "vanilla" colored PT Cruiser to drive this weekend. I signed up for an "economy car", and expected to get something like a Toyota Corolla or a Honda Civic, but this is what I got. I was thrilled! It's cute and fun to drive, but I don't think I would buy one because it gets TERRIBLE milage--only about 22 mpg on the highway. I'll keep my Camry, thank you very much!

I did get some knitting done on the plane, but not much, and I didn't take any pictures...

I'm in the process of moving apartments right now. Some friends from Church came over and helped my move my measly four items of furniture (kitchen table, bed, tall bookshelf and glider-rocker). I borrowed a cart thing from work and I think I can handle the rest myself. But moving is so TIRESOME...bleah!