Showing posts from July, 2008

Weekend at the Cabin

If you live in Minnesota or grew up here, you know that few things are as quintessentially “summer” as going “to the cabin”, “up north”, or “to the lake” during the summer. Call it what you want, it all means the same thing: escaping the city for the weekend and heading someplace where the pace is a little slower, the breezes a little cooler, and drinking beer all day long is a little more acceptable.

D and I headed to Chippewa Falls, WI for a weekend of doing nothing with many friends, their many children, and a couple dogs. It’s nice to have a weekend where the most difficult decision you make is what kind of chips to buy (Tostitos Hint of Lime) and if you should take a nap before lunch or after (After).
In addition to napping, drinking beer, eating a lot of cheese, and generally being lazy, I kayaked for the first time! I have to say: I loved it. Now I want a kayak. This will be added to the list of “big things” I want, which currently includes a scooter.
People enjoyed themselves t…

The Latest on the Nothing But a T-Shirt

I have many pictures from the Cabin Weekend which I hope to get out of my camera and on to the interweb soon. "Soon" is one of the Little Guy's favorite words. I've noticed Gretchen telling him something like, "We have to go inside now" and he'll say, "No...soon". Heh...he's learned that one well.
I've decided to rip out the collar for the Nothing but a T-Shirt. I tried it on the other day and really didn't like the way it looked. I'm going to follow what fathom harvill did and not only pick up my stitches in the main color, but also decrease a few stitches before the turning row and then increase a few after. She said this helped the collar to lay flat around her neck.

No pictures today. I've got a very busy week ahead of me so I don't know when I'll post next.

Right now, I'm off to play Lego: Indiana Jones!

Over the River and Through the Woods

Remember when I went to the cabin? I'm headed there again for the Summer Cabin Weekend. And, I am bringing with me the long-neglected Petroleum Blanket.

I'll post about my adventures on Monday. Have a good weekend, ya'll!

O'Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Last night was "Luck-0-the-Irish" night at the Saint Paul Saints game. The festivities included:

Green bases Green jerseys for the players Green beer for the fans

And...William Hung?

I'm not sure how he fits in with the Irish theme, but he sang "Achy Breaky Heart" and "She Bangs, She Bangs". The crowd went wild.

Saints won 9-4, thanks to a strong second inning where they scored 6 runs off of 5 hits. Go Saints!

100 Things About Me...Part 4

Well, this is it. The last of the 100 things about me. Perhaps I could have written things that were more interesting, or gave more insight in to my psyche, but it was difficult enough to come up with what I did. At some point I'll put all 100 on one post and make a link to it on my side bar...just in case you are ever sitting at home wondering what vegetable to serve me (#5) or why you haven't heard from me in months (#95).


76. My sister taught me how to knit.
77. I have a bad tendency to walk out into traffic.
78. It is bad because I don’t have a car and I walk a lot.
79. Fortunately, there is usually someone around to pull me back.
80. I love a good steak cooked medium-rare.
81. I love cheese.
82. I am a Libra.
83. Last summer I was knocked over by a 130 pound Newfoundland (the breed of dog…not some random Canadian wandering in Minnesota) while I was rollerblading along East River Road in Minneapolis. Miraculously, I skated away relatively unscathed. Although I could not…


My mom and I went to the Minnesota Twins Stitch-n-Pitch Sunday afternoon.

She stitched...And I kept track of pitches.
When it came right down to it, I wanted to watch the game and fill out my scorecard. Scott Baker pitched 5 perfect innings for the Twins...and 3 more nearly perfect ones. He only gave up two of which happened to be a homerun. It's too bad the Twins offense wasn't able to back him up and score some runs so Baker could get a win. Sigh.

For people who aren't up on their baseball lingo, "perfect" means he gave up no hits. He retired those Ranger batters in "1,2,3" fashion! Here's a close-up of the plays.
You can see in the 6th and 7th innings where he stumbled a bit. In other news, there was a proposal at the top of the 5th.I did knit a little on my Gloria Cowl before the game started, but I don't have any pictures to show. After the game, I headed to my mom's where there was a big family gathering, with 13 of my nieces a…

For You Republicans Coming to St. Paul for the RNC

Here is a preview of what you can enjoy...

Peanuts characters in Rice Park.

Science Museum of Minnesota.

Burgers at Salut Bar Americain.
Beer tour and tasting at the Summit Brewery.Lions, Tigers, and Giraffes...Oh My! at the Como Zoo.These are all activities I packed in to one day, topped off with a visit to a bar/restaurant filled with retirees and then a backyard cook-out...all without ever setting foot in Minneapolis.

Slow But Steady Progress

Here is the latest progress on the Nothing But a T-Shirt. I whip-stitched the collar down last night while watching the beginning of the All-Star Game. As I told D, I hate the sewing up of a sweater so much, that I can pretty much do one seam at a time and then I'm done for the night.

Stitching the collar down helped a lot with the "fangs", but I read about another solution yesterday that I am sharing here for The Lumpy Sweater and Sarah Winchester of Fiber Arts. I read about this on fathom harvill, although I can no longer locate the exact post.

She is so clever...know what she did? She picked up the stitches for the collar in the MAIN color. This way, any "choppiness" of picked up stitches was not visible since it matched! Then, she switched to the contrasting color with the next row. Smart, Smart, Smart.

So, I watched enough of the All-Star Game to see each of the Twins play a bit...Mauer, Nathan, and Morneau. The game went to 15 innings and I was l…

Someone Bought Me Flowers


I'm Not So Sure About This

I am now on Twitter. I don't even know the lingo for I "tweeting"? Am I "on Twitter" "using Twitter"?

Mostly I did it because I'm curious about it. We'll see how long it lasts.

Blog...Facebook...Twitter...what's next?

It's A Girl!

Just found out my brother and his wife will be having a baby girl! They have one girl and two boys, and I'm so excited for them to even out the count! Yay!

There's been a flurry of boy babies lately. I'm so so so excited to knit something for a little girl baby. There are some great girly hats in Itty Bitty Knits I haven't tried yet and I've been wanting to try Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise jacket. It's a classic after all.

And for anyone keeping track, I believe this will be my 18th niece/nephew.

And Now...Some Knitting Content

Last night I started on the collar of the "Nothing But a T-Shirt". I was pretty nervous about this, as it requires picking up stitches, which always makes me nervous. The pattern specifically says to pick them up as neatly as possible for a seamless look.
Okay. Took a deep breath and got started. Here's the progress so far.
I'm not sure of you can tell from this photo...but it looks pretty good all around except for two little "fangs" (that's what I think they look like) hanging down.

Here's a close-up of one.

What happened there? I know exactly what happened there. That is where the collar switches from being bound off stitches (the sides of the shoulders) to the stitches I left live (my brilliant plan) around the collar. Yeah, it seemed brilliant at the time, but now my sweater has fangs.

There was a large gap between bound-off and live stitches, and this is what happened. Argh. I'm so frustrated because it looks bad. I really, really don&#…

And Now...Some Transit News...

Some months ago, I posted about "Small Kindnesses, Weather Permitting", a public artwork for the Hiawatha Light Rail Line in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Basically, these are metal kiosks placed at various LRT stations. Some are audio, some have video, some are broken. Each kiosk delivers commentary on two Minnesota cliches: "Minnesota Nice" and the weather. Click on the link there. The explanation is better than mine, and you can see some photos.

I've been wanting to go and check these out. This weekend, D and I decided to do just that. We didn't go see every kiosk...there are 35 in all and we were distracted by roller coasters and ice cream. We did check out the kiosks at the Fort Snelling Station and Lake Street Station. There are no Kiosks at the Bloomington Central Station (we got off the train and were very disappointed), nor the airport stations, MOA, or the 28th Street Station (we just looked out the window). I guess Bloomington didn't want to get in …


Wow. My 4th of July weekend was so jam packed of fun and excitement, I hardly know where to begin without sounding like I am reading off a child's summer camp itinerary.

Over the weekend, I touched a shark.

Rode a roller coaster.

Played Pin the Tail on the Donkey at a museum. It was part of this exhibit.

Rode a lot of buses and trains.

Watched a baseball game. Avoided a windsurfer.

And ate a lot of food.
Am I tired? You Betcha!

I'll post about the most exciting parts in bits and pieces over the week (and if you hadn't noticed...I got a new camera!)

The 2nd of July

Jenn and Sara both made it to MN safe and sound! Jenn arrived very late Tuesday night, and then Wednesday morning we headed to the airport to get Sara. It was the first time Sara and Jenn had ridden the LRT. They were very excited.

We spent the day on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. Of course, this meant we went to The Yarnery, where I talked Jenn in to buying some Yarni as "souvenir yarn". We also had lunch at Cafe Latte. The two of them were pretty much in heaven over that. A lovely summer day is not complete without ice cream, so we meandered on down to the Grand Ole Creamery. Mmmm.

Eventually we had to head back to my place and get ready to cross the river to the other half of the Twin Cities for dinner at Spoonriver, where I saw OsmoVanska, the conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. Local celeb!

I have no photos of the fun we had because I still haven't gotten a camera, although I think I may be doing that tomorrow.

Have a Happy Fourth of July!

And the Winner is....

Jason! Capturing 53% of the vote, Jason wins the "Who Looks Hottest In Emily's Shades?" contest.

I am also a winner because I finished my Synesthesia socks last night. Here is a lovely photo taken with my cellphone. Nope. Still haven't gotten a camera yet.

I love them! They are soft, fit perfectly, and are done just in time for the sweltering heat of Minnesota in July! It's supposed to be 91 degrees today. Woo-hoo!Here are the specs:Pattern: Synesthesia Socks by Sarah Fama. Available free on Ravelry.Yarn: Aisha Celia Designs Hand-DyedI had to go down to size zero needles to get these to fit on my feet. Were I better at math or something (less lazy perhaps?), maybe I could have adjusted the pattern. If you look at my socks compared to her socks, you'll see mine are a bit more "stretched out", but I still really, really like them. Really. A lot. You can see a better picture I took of one sock when I still had a camera if you go to my Ravelyprojects page