Thursday, January 31, 2008
I've got the collar on the Ribby Cardi. I may redo it...pick up fewer stitches. It just seems large. After work tomorrow I'll probably pick up a zipper and finish it tomorrow night in between vacuuming and washing dishes. Yup. Exciting Friday night planned.
Hopefully I'll have finished Ribby Cardi pics to share on Monday!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I guess I can remove "pondering whether Johan Santana will be traded" from my "interests" on Facebook.
Monday night, after a fun, unplanned trip to the Yarnery and La Cucaracha with Heather, I sewed on Sleeve Number 2 while listening to the State of the Union.
That's all the knitting news for now. Hopefully I'll have some more Ribby Cardi progress to show tomorrow.
Monday, January 28, 2008
When 30-somethings with access to copious amounts of beer and liquor play, it has a very different feel. Unfortunately, my camera batteries were dead (I didn't get a chance to purchase more until Saturday afternoon ) so I can't show you pictures of all the fun.
Saturday also saw the birth of the "Violent Crumbledown". Patrick and Marcie brought some candies from Australia.
What resulted from Leah's comment was series of Violent Crumbledowns to see who could eat the "chocolate covered honeycomb" fastest. It's odd the things that happen in Wisconsin.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Zoey the Cat will spend another weekend alone, but I know she will be okay. I've left plenty of food and water, some lights on, the door to my closet open since she likes to sit in there, and as an added bonus...I left two pairs of jeans laying out. One on the bed, one on the couch. She likes the texture of jeans. I also left my sleeves for the Ribby Cardi on the coffee table since she likes to sit on those. They'll need a good lint-rollering when the sweater is done!
A fun little story for the day. Recently I got a friend request on Facebook from someone with my last name that lives in Texas. For those of you who know me, you know my last name is quite unusual in the United States, although apparently in the Netherlands it is their version of Johnson. Anyhoo...my dad's cousin (?) Harry has been doing a lot of genealogy research on our family. A LOT. He was able to confirm that me and this guy in Texas have the same Great-Great-Great Grandfather. Cool, huh? We're cousins!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Did I mention it's flammable?*
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I forgot to get a chocolate bar to make little curlies for the top, so I substituted some crushed up chocolate cookie. Yum!
It was a fun gathering, and it ended as all good gatherings should...men in one room playing video games...women in another playing cards.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Yup. Totally geeky. Not as geeky as those math lectures though.
If you read the articles, you'll see this show has been presented to thousands of K-12 students. I think they were all there last night. One young man was particularly impressed with the friction demonstration in which a tablecloth was pulled out from under a stack of dishes. He shouted, "Oh SNAP! Man! Did you see that?! Oh SNAP!"
I don't know that I've ever seen someone quite so excited about Physics before.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Speaking of cold, I was going to be making a Grasshopper Ice Cream Pie for a little dinner shindig on Saturday night. Being so cold, I don't really feel up for that. I'm trying to decide if I should make Chocolate Cream Pie, or Banana Cream Pie (with crust made out of animal crackers). In the spirit of my blog, I will let all of you vote and whatever you decide is what I will make.
I'm ALMOST done with the sleeves for the Ribby Cardi. I'm set to begin the decreases. I might be able to finish them up tonight while I watch the final installment of Comanche Moon. I'd like to have the sweater finished by next weekend. We'll see.
Sigh...I just looked up Lonesome Dove on IMDB and now I know how it ends in Comanche Moon with Clara and Gus. Maybe I won't watch the last installment tonight.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Equally baffling to me are the folks who don't wear mittens...and the people who don't zip up their coat. I'm not talking teenagers trying to look cool either. These are adults...people who should know better. Aren't they cold?
I didn't get much knitting done last night. I cast on and knit one row of what will hopefully be a baby blanket, and knit about 5 sleeve rows. My friend Heather came over last night and we shared a bottle of wine, cheese, olives, and my very-lazy bruschetta (1 can diced tomatoes [the kind with basil and seasoning in the can], one shallot chopped, a splash of EVOO and Balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and some Parmesan cheese). After that little feast I didn't much feel like knitting. Will those sleeves EVER be done?
Monday, January 14, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Speaking of my dad, he got his ear pierced! Yeah...I think I'll just call him Harrison.
WHY? Is it because the woman with the ear-muffs and Wellington boots was not there with me? Or, perhaps it was because he appeared to be talking on a cell-phone? Aaaargh.
I became one of those crazy people you see on the street, running after a bus, shaking their fists, and spewing obscenities (yes...I did call my very nice bus driver some very un-nice names).
Of course, then I did what any mature 34-year old would do. I called and complained to my mom. Then I stomped across the street to the coffee shop (all the while muttering MORE obscenities under my breath), got a cup of joe, and headed to another bus stop to catch a different bus.
Once I got there, I proceeded to tell the other man waiting about my ordeal. Lest you think I complained to a complete stranger, I gave the cheerful version of the story:
"Aw shucks! Those wacky bus drivers...he just didn't see me today...drove right by! What a character. Having a few extra moments, I decided to patronize our local coffee establishment. I think it'll be a great day"
Complete Stranger at the bus stop told me it sounded like I knew how to roll with the punches. When we got to the light rail station, he said he hoped the rest of my day ran better.
I have to say, just that little bit of friendly chatter really made me feel a whole lot better.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
I dropped her a quick line asking how to arrange a trade or sell, then sat back and waited.
In the meantime, I got a message from starsongky. She has seen my Knitpicks Sock Garden in Zinnia and wondered if I might be willing to sell it. I have a skein+some of this. I'm sure I won't use it, so I told her she could just have it. She wrote back with a "squeee!", and I'll drop that in the mail tomorrow. It made me really happy that she was excited about it.
Shortly thereafter, I heard back from SandraD on Ravelry, letting me know she'd be happy to help me out and I could just have the Peruvian Highland Wool! Yay! Knitting Karma in action!
Speaking of Ravelry, how did we knitters ever survive before it?
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
First of all, they are really tight. I'm using size 2 needles. Please don't tell me to knit a gauge swatch next time. Usually with socks I just get started...everything else I do check my gauge! I swear!
Second of all...well, maybe I just don't like socks with lots of yarn-overs. Now, maybe it's because these are tight so the YOs are stretched a lot, but I don't like all those holes. When I did the socks for my sock savior pal, I started several patterns with YOs and abandoned them all. Maybe because I live in MN I think socks with holes are silly. For some reason, the Monkey Socks I knit and received, the YOs did not bother me. Who knows? It's not really the YOs in the leg that bother me, but in the cuff I thought they looked bad.
I think size three needles will be perfect, which means I'll get to use my Sox Stix! I'll try them out on those and see. If I still don't like them, I'll move on to something else.
I was a little bummed last night because I was hoping to take these with me this weekend to Indiana and get a lot done. Instead, I cast on for the back of the Ribby Cardi and will work on that.
I should be able to get a lot done. I fly to Indiana via Chicago tomorrow, then Gretchen, Nathan, and I will spend Saturday and Sunday driving home. And then Gretchen, baby Nathan, and hubby Matt will be in Minnesota for good. About time, I say!
Zoey the Cat cracks me up sometimes. She just LOVES to sit on my lap. This is so funny, because I have known her for years, and she always stayed far away from me. Now, she can't get enough.
I think she liked the music I was listening to last night, because she sat on top of my radio for quite some time.
No, she did not leap off in to the Christmas tree.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
I really bundled up this morning to stay warm at the bus stop. What really warmed me up though was the phone call from my nephew, Nathan at 6:55 a.m. Okay, it was really Nathan's mom calling and prompting him, "Say hi...say hi...say hi". He's 17 months or so. I did hear some random babbling, which was very cute and just melted my heart. Awwwww!
I'm not planning on making any New Year's Resolutions. Sure, I'll try to exercise more, eat better, and be more fiscally responsible. But, I try to do those everyday. Usually with little success.
Instead, I thought I'd reflect on 2007 and share some of my favorite moments and things from the year. 2007 was a big year for me. Some big life changes that started in 2006 continued in 2007, all resulting in a much happier Michelle. My knitting also really took off this year. So, without further ado...here are some of my favorite things, discoveries, moments, etc. of 2007.
Favorite New Breakfast Item (well, new to me anyway): Bruegger's Cheese, Egg, and Sausage Bagel Breakfast sandwich. Oh so yummy. There is just something about this that is so satisfying. Perhaps it's the 340 calories of fat.
Proudest Knitting Moment: Finishing my dad's sweater, of course.
Favorite Movie: Juno. If you live in the Twin Cities, you probably are tired of hearing about Diablo Cody and the movie Juno. I was too. Then I saw the movie. It really is great. And I love it when Juno's dad tells her that to be happy with someone for the rest of your life, you need to find that one person who thinks the sun shines out your [bum] every day, no matter what. My favorite line of the movie.
Thing I Started Doing in 2007 I Never Thought I'd Do: Playing video games
The Other Thing I Started Doing in 2007 I Never Thought I'd Do: Facebook
The Thing I Started Doing in 2007 I Always Wanted To Do: Started my blog. Yay! And participated in Sockapalooza.
Favorite Web Site: Why, Ravelry of course!
Favorite Restaurant: Well, I love to eat out. I'm sure there are many places I could pick, but I'm going to go with Bona, a Vietnamese Restaurant in Stadium Village, on the U of M campus. I'm also going to say The Happy Gnome, although I've only ever eaten in the bar.
Favorite Bar: Hmmm...I think I'll go with the Chatterbox Cafe in Highland Park. I can walk there from my apartment, they have board games you can play, video games, and best of all...Trivia! I love it. Oh yeah...they have good beer too.
Most Unusual Date: Segway tour of Minneapolis Riverfront. So much fun! Everyone should do this!
Most Valuable Skill Learned: How to fill out the scorecard at a baseball game.
Best Vacation: Chicago and Indiana in July. I visited my sister and her family in Indiana, my brother and his family in Chicago, as well as my friend Jenn in Chicago. We went to a taping of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me...The NPR News Quiz in Millenium Park, and visited the Bean.
Well...that's it for now. Maybe I'll add a few more things later.
In my knitting news, I worked on the Friday Harbor Sock yesterday. It looks good so far!