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Monday, June 27, 2005

Presents and Reunions

I'm trying to multitask by posting this and watching reruns of Sex and the City. I love that show! I can't believe I never watched it while it was on, but thank goodness for reruns. Although I have to hold out and watch the episodes when they air on HBO, not when they're edited on TBS.

It's picture time again, so first off, presents from my pal.




She sent a very cute, mini purse, a knitted bookmark, a little tin of Altoids, some great smelling lime soap, and index cards. I can always use something to make my yarn shopping notes. Not only did she send the great gifts, but I also get her friendly e-mails a couple of times a week. Thanks pal!

Also, pictures of my two finished One Skein Wonders.







Actually, each shrug took two skeins of yarn, but both were still under $20! I haven't taken a good picture with them on, but you can kind of see the red one in this picture here.




This is me, my DH, and my good friend and former roommate before our college reunion this past weekend. The reunion was so much fun. I saw a few people I was close to in college and haven't seen in years, and also had the opportunity to chat with some people I had always seen around school but never really knew. It was also nice to be part the "kids" again. As the class of 2000 we were the youngest there, and I think my friend and I lived up to being "kids" by getting really drunk. Needless to say, I spent all day in bed yesterday trying to recover from my hangover. Every time I tell my DH, "This is the last time, I'm getting too old for this" but this time I am serious. He is great though, and always takes care of me when I'm suffering from this self inflicted torture.

One last picture from the reunion of me and my DH.




Remember this picture here?




I posted this first a few monthes ago, and I think this will be my next project. I've got the yarn and everything, so why not? I'll keep you all updated when I start.

Time to get back to concentrating on Sex and the City. Until later, Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Half Way There

Thank God we are almost halfway through the week. Work has suddenly slowed down dramatically, and I'm trying to find creative ways to spend my time here. I am definitely the type of person who needs to be constantly busy.

It was my poor hubby's birthday yesterday, and we spend a good chunk of the evening at the doctor's office, and then at the pharmacy because he didn't feel well. Luckily he had an infection which should be taken care of pretty easily with antibiotics and nothing more serious. It's a good thing the big celebration took place last weekend before he was feeling sick. He really wasn't having a very good day. He also lost his expensive sunglasses, and then didn't hear from his best friend, who is living out of the country, but should have called regardless.

I have officially become One Skein Wonder shrug obsessed. I'm close to finishing my second, and bought more yarn off of Ebay yesterday for a third. I guess it's because the pattern is so easy and quick to knit, and it's definitely the right season for shrugs. By the time I post pictures, I should have two completed to show off. What will be next? I'm thinking of the Minisweater, also from Glampyre, but then again, maybe I will finally get back to my Color On Color scarf. I really love those projects that satisfy my need for instant gratification, and the Color on Color is a project that requires a lot more patience and attention. I just need to get back into the mode of working on it a little at a time.

I hope everyone out there is having a pleasant week. Until later, Happy Knitting!

Monday, June 20, 2005

Weekend Update

This past weekend was so busy!! I think I'm still recovering. But first of all, I want to say a big thanks to my secret pal for the box of goodies she sent. I'll be posting pictures of the package later this week.

On Friday night I threw a surprise party for my Hubby for his birthday at the Belmont Brewing Company in Long Beach. We tricked him by sending out a fake Evite, to which all but two of our friends RSVPed that they couldn't come, so he was shocked when we showed up at the restaurant and 20+ of our friends were there. I think he enjoyed himself. In fact I know he did because he was very hungover the next morning. For anyone out there near Long Beach, I definitely recommend the Belmont Brewing Company for dinner. The food was great and the prices are very reasonable.

On Saturday night, we took my mom and my MIL to dinner and then to see Wicked as their mother's day gift. They seemed to enjoy it, even more so because neither one of our fathers would want to do something like dinner and a musical. The show was good, but not quite as good as when we saw it on Broadway. I think mostly because Kristin Chenoweth who played Glinda on Broadway was so much better than the actress in the touring cast. Of course Kristin left the show to go on to make movies, like Bewitched.

After sleeping in a little on Sunday, we went to my in-laws for a father's day/birthday (my hubby and my FIL) BBQ. It was nice to relax a little, and we spent some time playing cards out in the backyard. The June Gloom is finally clearing up, and now it feels more like summer.

Of course I had my camera at all these events, but didn't take one picture. Oh well. In knitting related news, I finished the One skein Wonder shrug, and wore it to Wicked on Saturday night. I'm starting on a second shrug to wear to my college reunion this weekend. The first one I made was still a little small, so I think I may go even one more size up for the next one. I also attempted to start the Drop Stitch Shawl from Knit Picks. Has anyone out there tried that pattern? I think I followed the instructions correctly, but it looks nothing like the picture, and I don't understand how to unravel the stitches after the shawl has been knit to create the fringe. If anyone out there who has tried this pattern can offer some advice on what I might be doing wrong, I would appreciate it.

Mondays stink, but I should actually get some work done this morning.

TTFN!

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Frogged

The One skein Wonder shrug has been frogged, and almost completely re-knit again. I got a lot accomplished this afternoon. I had to drive my dad to his appointment to have surgery on his eye, and spent a few hours in the waiting room with nothing to do but knit. I'm sure some of you out there are aware of the earthquakes we have been having in California this week, and another one hit today. It was while my dad was in the operating room, and thank God, the doctors had just finished the surgery and were bandaging his eye when the earthquake hit. I can't imagine what might have happened if they were still operating. I don't know what would happen if my dad lost some of his eyesight. My mom doesn't drive, so who knows how they would get around! They both too young to become house bound.

I looking forward to Friday, and a busy weekend ahead. A birthday party, a trip to the theather, and a father's day BBQ. I'll have to post a report on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Busy, Busy, Busy

I've was very busy last week, and finished two projects and started another. First of all, the crocheted shawl.





I love this project and it took no time at all. However, no one can agree on what color it is. I bought the yarn because it looked silver to me, and I wanted to wear it with the silver bridesmaid's shoes I wore in my friends' wedding. However, when I looked at the label, the color was named "green glitter." About half the people I have shown it to definitely think it's silver and the other half definitely think it's green. It doesn't matter. I'm still going to wear it to the theater when we see Wicked on Saturday night.

Let me interrupt for a moment to gush about Wicked. I'm really looking forward to seeing it. My Hubby and I saw the show when we went to New York last year and loved it. It was such a funny and smart story. We saw the original Broadway cast, and the two women that played Glenda and Elphaba (Wicked Witch of the West) we amazing. It will be interesting to see how the new girls fill the role.

I also finally finished the Big Bad Baby Blanket. Here it is before washing and blocking.



It wasn't the most interesting thing I have knit, but the outcome is great. I have enough yarn left over for another blanket, so I might make one for myself once we decide to have kids. I'm sure the Hub doesn't like reading that! I have been more maternal lately, and it's been freaking him out. In addition to the blanket, I found the cutest little baby board shorts at my favorite store (Target) to add to the package for my cousin.

After finishing up the blanket, I started on Glampyre's One Skien Wonder Shrug. This is the start, but I've had an opportunity to work on it since I took this picture, and am now on the ribbing.



It's such a quick knit! I'm beginning to worry though that it's going to be too small. However, if it is, I'm blaming it on the Hub. ;) I checked my gauge before I started, and it was right on, but I had to rely on the hubby to measure my back and I'm not sure if the measurement was right. He hates it, but I always tell him I wish I had a wife too to help me with all the girly things I need, like straightening my hair in the back. I hope the shrug does fit though because I am planning on wearing to my college reunion dinner the weekend of the 24th. If it doesn't I will probably frog it and then hurry to re-knit it.

Lastly, I have to show off my new purchases.

This....



and this....



As you can see, I was excited to use it.



It was a little costly, but I think it was worth the investment. I have four hanks of lace yarn I intend to use soon, so I will definitely be using both soon.

My work friends have been wanting to get together to knit for the longest time now, so we are going to meet tomorrow. I don't have any other friends (beside you in cyberspace) that knit, so I'm excited to have someone live and in person to share my knitting with. Maybe I'll get to finish the shrug, and then the next time I post you'll either hear that it fits and I'm excited, or that I frogged it.

I've been neglecting the hubby for long enough tonight, so I guess I should go pay him some attention.

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Crochetin'

I have been crocheting a shawl all this week. I forgot how much quicker it is than knitting, and also how much more it hurts!! Much larger wrist movements are required, and I tend to get stiff wrists quickly. But maybe the pain is worth it because of the speed. I started the shawl on Saturday, and I'm over half way finished. It's a pattern that gets smaller as you go, so I expect to finish in no time. I don't usually seek out croceht patterns, but this one I made an exception for because I really liked it. I'll post pictures this weekend, and all of you out there can continue the "What Color Is It Really" debate. I bought this yarn because I thought it was the color I wanted. Then when I looked at the label at home, the color name was completely different than the color I thought I was buying. I asked my DH what he thought the color was, and he told me that of course it was the same as labelled. No one else I have shown it to has been able to come to a conclusion either. You all will have to help me solve the mystery.

That's all for now. I should get back to getting some acutal work done.

TTFN!

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Showers and The Shawl Saga

Well this is a long post, but mostly because I haven't had the opportunity to post pictures in a while. First of all, a few pictures from the Bridal Shower I threw for my friend.

Look at this yummy cake



I got it from a fantastic bakery here in Seal Beach, which I highly recommend if any of you out there are in the area. They are called the Great Dane, and they make the best cakes and pastries. Yum! I was lucky enough to have left overs to keep me fed the week after the shower. I also wanted to post this picture of the quilt the Bride's mother made for her.



Isn't it beautiful? She had a little patch sewn inside with a message to the bride and groom with thier wedding date. I'm always amazed by people who quilt because that is one craft I definitely don't have the patience for.

OK, onto the saga of the Flowerbasket Shawl. My first lace project. I had been working on this thing so hard. I had to start it over three times to make sure everything was right, and after about a month of work, I knitted furiously on it last weekend until I thought it was done. I had played around with my gauge a little becuase I wanted the basket motif to be clear, and so I repeated the second chart two extra times to make sure it was big enough. Sure, it looked a little small when I was binding off, but I knew it would stretch out when I blocked it. So I blocked it.



Here's a detail of the baskets.



I lived in denial for two days while it dried, thinking it was big enough, but of course when I tried it on, it wasn't.



All that hard work for nothing!! I have a few friends who have little daughters, so maybe one day one of them can wear it. In the meantime, I may have to knit another FBS, and make it much bigger next time. I am still proud of how it came out considering it was my first project, and not an easy pattern, and of course everything is a learning experience. I'm still working on the Big Bad Baby Blanket for my cousin, and it's almost finished, so hopefully next time I post I will have a more successful FO.

Lastly, I leave you with some cute, sleepy kitty pictures. Enjoy and happy knitting!



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