Saturday, February 06, 2010
maybe it's the cold weather...
but I have this unrelenting compulsion to knit socks. Tiny little needles and a tangle of skinny wool yarn. The latest pair will be a gansey style, featuring a panel of argyle diamonds, with textured columns and cables on each side of the leg.

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Friday, December 25, 2009
yule tide...
Paul and I hosted our first Christmas together in "our" place this year. Family and friends from in and out of town squeezed in for a feast. Roast pork and beef, two gravies, roasted root veggies, green beans, crusty bread, cheese, apple betty, and spotted dick. And a few other traditions.

And everybody went home with a little sweater ornament made to suit their personal style. I had way too much fun with them...

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Sunday, December 20, 2009
bring on the cold...
...I'm ready. The week promises to keep having temperatures well below freezing, and even down into the single digits. Luckily, after many false starts, I've finished my cabled knee socks. Toasty...

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Saturday, July 25, 2009
bearing fruit...
My Roma tomatoes have started ripening like mad, and I'm having a problem catching them at the right moment before they get squishy spots. Four were ready today and i think I caught them at the perfect time...

Next year, I think I'll look for an heirloom variety that's small and cooks up well without too much pulp (since those are the qualities I like in my tomatoes, based on how they get used). Maybe they'll fare a bit better if they're bred for NC. I'm also nearly ready for a pepper harvest. The cayennes need to still turn a bit red before they're ready, but the jalapenos are a pretty dark green now and ready to go any time.

I've been knitting away at my lace scarf, and it's going quite quickly. I love the turmeric color and the pattern's shaping up quite nicely...

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Monday, July 20, 2009
I have it in my head that I'm going to enter something in the state fair this year, kind of like a challenge to my domestic skills. And while I haven't perfected watermelon rind pickles yet, there's a few categories for knitting. So I'm designing this lace sampler scarf with the intention of entering it into competition. I may be way out of my league here (haven't seen the usual kind of entries before), but I like to think that it won't be a total disgrace. We'll see. It's knitting up quicker than I expected, and I'm liking it so far. Here's how far I got on it today...

Oh, and I couldn't resist this little elephant pattern so it got squeezed into the mix...


Sunday, July 19, 2009
a bear for all seasons...
My friend Adrianne is having her second boy soon and I'm missing the shower, but I wanted to send a little something. She's probably got all the stuff she needs, so I've been working on this little guy for her little guy...


Friday, July 10, 2009
trucking along...
I'm listening to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince again in preparation for the movie coming out next week. Which, of course, means that I'm getting a lot of knitting done. I know I should be job-searching, but for some reason, I seem to be unable to do that on Fridays. And frankly, I feel much more productive doing other things, given the track record so far.

So the socks... I've only got a few more inches to complete the first of this pair. I got worried that it would be too tight, and was tempted to rip it back and loosen by tension a bit at the ankle, but when I tried them on today, they fit perfectly! Snug, but that is a good thing with knee socks. I've taken careful notes, and will post the pattern when I finish the first sock and make sure all the kinks are worked out. And then all I'll need is some cooler weather...

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Monday, July 06, 2009
...all through the night!

So, turns out I those sore legs I had Saturday night weren't from standing and watching the neighbors set of fireworks. I felt pretty crappy and achy Sunday, too, but then it hit me pretty bad last night. I ran a fever most of the day today, so I'm thinking I.have some sort of virus. Actually, as soon as the fever was acknowledged, I started to feel a bit better...most likely, because I'd given myself permission to do nothing all day but hang out in bed. So the most strenuous thing I did was watch Hotel Babylon and work on my neglected knitting. The sock is coming along nicely...

And I've cast on and knit a bit of the band on my latest hat. I haven't worked it all out yet, but it's going to be a tam, in this lovely green called "Jalapeno". So far, it's just got some seed stitch...

To top it all off, Paul's going to pick up Chik-fil-a on the way back from the airport. That's the cure for certain!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
stormy weather...
After a late night of dancing, I woke up this morning to a fantastic thunderstorm (which has since turned into a tornado warning) and a cool breeze running through the flat. Such a nice change from the June hot and humid stillness that has marked the week so far! So I've been wearing a cardi and knitting away at my new project: a pair of cabled knee socks. I had a favorite pair that acquired holes too numerous to fix, and haven't found any similar since. So this will be my version of a basic. (For other knitters out there, it'll be a toe-up sock with a cable and rib pattern in knitpicks palette marbled heather. Pattern to follow...)


Wednesday, June 03, 2009
all knit up...
...and ready to go.

My submission for the Master Knitter Program Level 1 is nearly ready to go:

I have just have to finish off a report on blocking and proofread all my questions, and then she's ready to be mailed off! I had originally viewed level 1 and just a step I needed to get through to start levels 2 and 3, but I actually learned quite a bit more than I expected. Especially about small details...things I was doing correctly, but with slight changes I could improve upon. Let's just hope that everything gets accepted in the first round so I can get on to level 2...i'm insanely excited about argyle socks!


Monday, May 18, 2009
because I'm kind of a nerd...
...I've decided to enroll in The Knitting Guild Association's Master Knitting program. Basically, send a bunch of samples of my knitting off, and they get judged to see if they qualify, and in the meantime, I get feedback on how to improve my knitting. Yes, I warned you that I'm nerdy. I'm the kid who liked the standardized tests, mostly because I "got" them, and could tell what they were asking. And for some reason I like filling in little bubbles. So part of me kind of sees this as the SAT's of knitting; a litmus test to see what my strengths and weaknesses are.

My first weekend of haphazard knitting produced the first five swatches:

I chose the green color because it speaks to me and I always feel cheerful while knitting colorful yarn. The first swatches seemed a breeze, and part of me thinks that I just have to zip through Level I quickly to get to the more challenging levels, but I'm trying to be open to learning a bit while demonstrating techniques that I feel I already have down pat.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009
i am officially addicted... guacamole.

Avocados have been on sale around here lately, and I haven't been able to resist. Especially after the discovery that the best guacamole recipe was basically avocado mixed with my homemade salsa. And so I ask you, is it such a bad thing to eat a whole batch in one day? According to

A one-ounce serving (approximately one-fifth of an Avocado) is just 50 calories, yet serves up nutrients, 3 grams of monounsaturated fat and 1 gram of dietary fiber. All with zero cholesterol and just 0.5 grams of saturated fat (the "bad" type of fat).*

So really, it's not too bad, other than the fact that I'm plowing through tortilla chips.

As for my other addictions...

Totally cute, right?

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Sunday, May 10, 2009
teapots are fun to knit for..., they sit still for fittings and don't complain about itching.

I'm in a designing mood, and another quick little project will satisfy that, plus the need I'm having for finishing something. Knitting another tea cozy makes me feel a little bit crazy, but at least it's for a different reason than usual.

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Friday, May 08, 2009
just in time...
...for tea! Yes, I am thoroughly excited by the fact that my teapot now has his own cable-knit sweater. No, I am not embarrassed by this at all.

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Thursday, May 07, 2009
because it's getting warmer...
...and my tea is not. And because I fall prey to the knitter's compulsion to knit covers for things...

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Monday, May 04, 2009
I needed some color... my life. Today I finished these socks, which have been sitting on needles for months and months. Occasionally I'll knit a little bit, but mostly, they've been toted around in my bag in case I get stuck waiting somewhere. But finally they're done!

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Monday, December 15, 2008
itchy fingers...
I've been on a knitting spree again the past few days. It's the hobby that i always come back to, and am always surprised at how much it stimulates and relaxes at the same time...and provides justification for watching an entire series of Project Runway or The Office in one sitting.

This morning, inspired by my fun new reading glasses, I made this little guy...

I'm also finishing up a pair of socks, a scarf for the bear we got Paul's new niece, and am planning a reversible cable striped scarf that I can take on the plane with me when we head to OZ (bamboo needles, small balls of shouldn't be a problem).

(I have to note that I'm at the coffee shop, and there's a college student asleep on the sofa across from me. As in, he and his girlfriend are cramming for exams and he keeled over on the armrest and is snoring a tiny little snore. So peaceful and childlike...and I'm sure he'll be totally embarrassed when he wakes up.)



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