Monday, March 31, 2008
And, as is appropriate to welcome baseball season, it is snowing! We are supposed to get 6 inches of snow today.
In other sports news, for the first time ever, the 4 teams that made it to the Men's NCAA Final Four are also the #1 seeds from each region.
I worked on the Kid Slique Scarf over the weekend. Here's my "artsy" photo of it so far.
I spent a lot of time with Gretchen and Nathan this weekend. Gretchen and Matt closed on their new house Thursday, so I went over to help Gretchen clean. I did this in exchange for a less-than-yummy meal from Noodle's and some cleaning supplies for my place. I also got to hang out with Nathan at the park. That was better than any payment!
I've almost through one skein of the yarn. It is very pretty yarn, but the mohair is a pain to work with. The mohair strand is actually longer than the other strand, which is a very annoying. I'll be happy when this is done and think twice before I buy "luxury" yarn again.
And of course we went for a nice little walk since the weather was so nice.
Over the weekend, I commented to someone that I was feeling rather peckish. When asked to define peckish, all I could come up with was "Well, hungry" to which my friend replied, "Well, then why don't you just say you are hungry?"
So, I looked it up. And not only does it mean "somewhat hungry", but it can also mean "rather irritable" or "ill-tempered". This is perfect, because sometimes when I get hungry, I get rather irritable. I now can use just one word to warn those around me that if I don't eat soon, life will get ugly.
And it sounds so pleasant. "Dear, I'm feeling a bit peckish. Could we stop at that McDonald's there?" And he'll think, "Hmmm...she said 'peckish'. Better pull over."
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I'm going to order some Harmony Wood circs in size zero from Knitpicks and start over when those arrive. Unless my mom has two size zero circs...Mom?
I also started several times to make a scarf with that lovely Prism Kid Slique. Argh. I started over Knitter's Lunch yesterday, and it did not go well. I was using some older aluminum needles that had been my grandmother's, and I LOATHED them. They were horrible. I've never liked aluminum needles. I don't like the noise they make or the "feeling" when they touch one another. It was all I could do not to throw them across the room yesterday.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Perhaps being able to complete the Ribby Cardi would assuage some of the knitting ill will that has built up inside me due to the MONSTER HEEL SOCK.
Here is Zoey posing with my zippers. Since they are cheap, I ordered several, just to see what color I liked best.
And here is a zipper with the Ribby Cardi.
Monday, March 24, 2008
I also spent some time with family. Gretchen, Nathan, and I all played in the snow.
Don't you love toddlers in snow suits?
Then Nathan took off and flew away.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
One of the threads I've been reading started out talking about the smell of yarn and has become sort of a scents in general type of discussion. Of course, I had to add my two-cents worth about Scotch Tape and how that to me is the true smell of Christmas.
Speaking of scents, I'm planning to do some Kool-Aid dying this weekend, so my apartment should smell nice and fruity!
What are some scents you like?
Flowers? Well....I've got some more flowers for you.
Okay, well...it's a pineapple.
These pitcher plants were cool!
Last but not least, this heart shaped plant.
Tomorrow is a University of Minnesota floating holiday, so I get a three day weekend! Woo-hoo!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
They usually send out the list of classes that will be held in July or August. I can't wait!
If any of you reading this are from Minnesota and want to know more about it, let me know. You should think about going. This will be the 4th year my mom and I have gone. Hopefully Gretchen will be able to come with us this year!
Time for some pictures from the flower show.
I think my favorite flowers were these:
If you look closely, you can see they are striped. Self-striping flowers!
I've got an idea in my head now! I could make my own self-striping yarn with Kool-Aid. And use the colors in this flower! I'm actually pretty excited about this. I've got some vacation time coming up in May, and that may be the perfect time to stretch my creativity!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Isn't Spring supposed to begin on Thursday? I refuse to accept the presence of snow after March 20th.
Oh, yeah. I live in Minnesota. I don't really have a choice.
Unfortunately, I also had to deal with Mr. CrankyPants shoveling snow at the busstop this morning. Apparently, saying "Excuse me" is not in his vocabulary. He preferred to just throw snow on me. Argh.
My bad mood dissipated though when I encountered this little guy at my transfer spot. Awwww.....
Monday, March 17, 2008
I'll post more pictures from the flower show throughout the week. I don't want to inundate my blog with flower photos.
Usually, when I go to Macy's, I am ignored. However, one saleswoman there paid particular attention to me, especially when I picked up this lovely Kate Spade bag. Hey, it's going to be 20% of this week...so it will only be $300! I do not look anything like a person who would spend $300 on a bag (maybe on yarn, but not a bag). It was nice of her though to pretend that I looked like someone who would spend $300 on a bag.I did not do much (okay, I didn't do any) knitting this weekend, but my latest knitting student did complete this.
Pretty good for someone's first project, eh? I'll admit, I did the squiggles and the cast on, but that was it.
Last night I did about five loads of laundry, and Zoey the Cat kept trying to escape from my apartment. At one point, she was sitting so close to the door when I came back she got whacked when I came in. She doesn't appear any worse for the wear.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Here is the whole package!
I also did some work on the Petroleum Blanket. In case someone doesn't remember, I call it that since it is made of acrylic, which is made of petroleum. That's my dorky sense of humor, I guess. It really feels like the never ending blanket to me at this point.
The rest of my weekend was just lovely. Gretchen and Nathan came over on Sunday to play. I helped a friend get started on a little knitted hat. Oh, and somewhere on Sunday I lost an hour. Sigh.
Zoey was all over me this morning. She kept reaching up her paws on my legs. Finally I squatted down to pet her and she jumped right on to my lap. I felt terrible leaving her this morning.
Friday, March 7, 2008
My ability to finish this so quickly was significantly helped by the fact that D gave me a ride home from class last night, so I was home about an hour earlier than usual. Even better, he brought me a SHAMROCK SHAKE! Yum!
Here is a closeup of the little top.
This was just the simple baby cap from Itty bitty Hats with the top of the Umbilical Cord Hat from Stitch-n-Bitch. I'll post more details later.
Wednesday night I had dinner with my friend Jenn, and then we headed to PetCo to get some stuff for Zoey. She loves her new brush and this little crinkly ball. She's kind of like a 19 month old though. She'd play with it on the couch, but when it fell on the floor she'd just look at me like, "Well, pick it up and give it back to me". That didn't last too long.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
It says, "Go ahead and let is snow. Small kindnesses, weather permitting".
Most of the light rail stations have these boxes. Some of them have a little t.v. screen, some just a speaker. I believe this one used to have a snowglobe inside. Not sure what happened to it. When you turn the crank, the snowglobe would spin over and then a recorded message would play. I listened to a poem and a commentary on ice fishing ("What does one do with the ice once they have caught it? Seems to me pan frying wouldn't be an option").
I've never tried the box at the 46th Street Station which I use, but at the Nicollet Mall station I watched a video of someone playing the piano.
I don't see people using these too often. I was curious about them, so I did some searching and found this article about the boxes. It's pretty interesting. All the boxes have commentary on either the weather or "Minnesota Nice". There is another article here.
I think one of these days, when the weather is nice, I may ride the light rail and check out more of the boxes. Anyone want to join me?
Well, no snowglobe anymore in the box, but I woke up within a snowglobe today. Works for me.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Above his head is the clip that attaches to Baby's shirt, and the pacifier goes in the clip below the butterfly. This will only work with a button pacifier. If you have the book, you get a better sense of how it clips on so that the frog is not upside down.
He's supposed to be sitting on some leaves, but they didn't look very leaf-like to me so I left them out. I did like the little stem, so I kept that. You can see it a little better below.
I wasn't going to make the butterfly because I thought it was too girly, and this is for a boy baby. Now that I see it finished, I do think it is a little more girly than I would like. I'm planning to remove the butterfly and make some leaves for the end of the stem instead. Maybe something that will look sort of lilypad-ish. I may also make the strap just a wee-bit longer.
Overall, I think this seems a bit bulky for a pacifier clip, but it is cute. I think I'll like the elephand even better. He's a little more stream-lined.
Monday, March 3, 2008
The other thing I made* this weekend was a little wagon for Nathan's babies.
He was very excited about the wagon when he returned from the Montessori School open house. He carted his babies all over the house in it.
Then he wanted to ride in it. Being the doting Aunt, I was more than happy to oblige. He actually could sit in it, kind of, and hold his feet up and go for a ride. Gretchen came downstairs at one point and she said Nathan looked so proud of his little wagon. Yay!
He's about 19 months now, and he's making animal noises that are hilarious, and Gretchen says he runs around the house asking for "Nana! Papa! Mimi!". Awww....he loves me!
Sunday I decided I needed to get some work done on Frog. I decided to ditch the legs, arms, hands, and feet I had made for him. The pattern calls for making separate hands and feet that then need to be sewn to the arms and legs, which then need to be sewn to the frog. Well, you know how I feel about sewing. Instead, I made arms and legs the same way I made the squiggles for the hat. I think they turned out pretty good, and were a heck of a lot easier! Tonight I hope to finish up the strap and other little pieces.What has become of the Ribby Cardi and Petroleum Blanket? Well, the petroleum blanket is sitting in a plastic bag (how appropriate), very neglected. I finally ordered a zipper for the Ribby Cardi, so I should be able to show off that FO very soon!
* Okay, I assembled it.