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wednesday, december 28, 2005

Knitting Jackpot
I was ridiculously lucky this Christmas and received amazing gifts.  I also hit the knitting jackpot:
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My brother gave me the Elizabeth Zimmermann Knitting Glossary DVD and my dad gave me the Knitting Workshop video set and book.  I am soooooooo excited.  My friend Kim and I watched part of the DVD last night and it's awesome.  I will review it at a later date but let's just say that I could easily learn several new cast-on methods in an evening.  Kim gave me the book AlterKNITS and the Knitting: A Novel. Thank you Santa : )
7:51 am pst

tuesday, december 20, 2005

It's mini
So I had to try the sweater ornament from Last Minute Knitted Gifts with the Rowanspun 4-Ply that I ordered recently.  I was going to make one for my FIL when I realized that colors that I picked were Ohio State colors.  Change of plan.  I decided to make it for my dad instead who is one of several alums in the family.  I used intarsia for the letter, but any more I make will be with duplicate stitch....it was just too much trouble.  All I need is a mini hanger : )
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Yarn: Rowanspun 4-Ply in Siren
Needles: US3
10:40 pm pst

thursday, december 15, 2005

Gratuitous bunny pic, cause she's so cute
Here's Luna in her outside play area
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5:45 pm pst

wednesday, december 14, 2005

Almost done...
...with mohair shawl.  It's one of those knits that starts of great because there aren't too many stitches and you reach row 15 and are all excited because you're a third of the way there.  Then suddenly there are a whole bunch of yarn overs that don't add up and you're working with 130 stitches.  Oy.  At least I only have 3 rows left....
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5:11 pm pst

wednesday, december 7, 2005

Blew some more money....
I bought some Rowanspun 4-ply* from Elann to make the mini sweater ornaments from Last Minute Knitted Gifts and some Peruvian Highland wool to make Kate from the new Knitty (I will probably modify her so that she has bunny ears).
 
Patternworks is having a sale so I bought Rowan's Denim People, Rowan 36, and Knitting For Two.  Not bad prices, even though I hate paying $8 for shipping.
 
* I missed out on colors Blood and Burgundy--if you have any for sale please let me know!
1:10 pm pst

tuesday, december 6, 2005

Book Previews
If you like book previews and here are a couple of new ones:
 
Debbie Bliss: Wish You Were Here
        ---the Casual Cabled sweater is kinda cool
Debbie Bliss: Pure Silk (for a new yarn)
        ---the Cap Sleeve Top is pretty
        ---the Ribbed Wrap is a MUST knit
 
Louisa Harding: Beachcomber Bay
        ---don't see anything here worth justifying the book
 
        ---loved and own the first book designed by Jane Ellison but don't see anything outstanding here
12:50 pm pst

friday, december 2, 2005

Too-day I am 33 "jeers" old
(That's from The Three Amigos, and I can finally say it).  It's another trip to the fondue restaurant.  Yes, that's what I have been doing for my birthday for a good ten years now.  You just can't go wrong with melted cheese.  So were off to Forever Fondue in Mission Valley tonight.
 
Usually birthday's make me pensive and this year is no exception, although this year, I'm actually doing something I like and want to be doing: working at a landscape architecture firm.  Birthdays also make me think of the unresolved things in my life, like whether I want to have kids or not.  I still don't know. 
Will I ever be more organized?  Is the time I spending reading/worrying about organization worth it?  Is losing 10 pounds going to really make any difference? 
 
And of course there's knitting worry?  Do I complete enough projects?  Is it okay that my hobby, as my husband suggested, is to start knitting projects. Who says I have to finish any?  No one but me.  Based on my guilt over my large stash.
 
Snce I have a half day today, I figure I'll do a little mall shopping since I almost never go.  Perhaps with a stop at a book store for knitting book review and coffee, and a stop at my LYS....shopping without guilt ; )  And on that note, a pic of some of my recent purchases.  No guilt here--I've decided looking at magazines is a good enough hobby in itself!
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8:12 am pst

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Secret baby project
 
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Roundabout Leaf Tank
Log Cabin Socks in Rowan Cork
 
Seed Stitch Scarf in Aurora 8 Melange
 
 

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