Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My Latest Knitting Progress

It's not much to look at, but I printed up the pattern for the February Lady Sweater. There it is with some random work related stuff on my desk, such as the 2008-2009 Federal Pell Grant Chart. So exciting.

Currently on Ravelry there is a forum titled "Knitting Blasphemies" and I have to say, I'm hooked. It's all people saying the things that knitters are sometimes too scared to admit: "I tie knots in my knitting!", "I never knit a gauge swatch!", "I don't see why (insert name of knitting celebrity here) is such a big deal", "Knitting podcasts are so boring", and on and on and on.

Amazingly, it's been pretty civil so far. It doesn't yet have the "Warning! This is a heated discussion" header. Yes, there are been a few snarky comments. Well, maybe more than a few. There are 1,008 posts so far and I don't have time to read them all.

Which brings me to my Ravelry confession. I seem to actually look for the forums that have people all in a tizzy! I look for titles that suggest that within are knitters making snarky comments and disparaging their fellow knitters. Titles like, "I HATE the USPS" (this one actually does not seem to be heated) and "I am so ANGRY and sad" (this one is actually locked now).

What is wrong with me? Do I seek out conflict elsewhere because there is so little in my own life? Or is it the sheer amazement at how rude people can be to one another? Whatever the reason, I like to gawk. I'm a little ashamed of it.

My other knitting confession - knitting podcasts. Just can't get into them. I have tried. But when it comes to the little time I have to listen to podcasts, I'm an NPR junkie. Nothing can tear me away from Ira Glass and Adam Davidson and Peter Sagal.

The Little Guy and Box - Short Version from Michelle on Vimeo.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Last Weekend


Last weekend, my sister, David and I got up bright and early to run in the Water Fest 5K around Lake Phalen. It looked like it was a beautiful day, but it was actually quite cold and windy.

Despite this, there was a giant ice cream cone running around.

Some folks from the Raptor Center were there as well with an owl, hawk and a bald eagle. So cool.


Afterwards, I went home with Gigi where where I got to meet the Little Guy's robot collection.


Last Sunday I spent a good part of my day watching my nephews hang out on the hammock at my mom's. There were plenty of feet and arms and heads all over the place.

So, I think I may have fixed the problem with my blog, but it involved deleting my posts from a few days back. I did some roaming in Blogger Help and found someone with a similar problem. My problem is that in Internet Explorer, the side bar of the blog was blank - no archives, Blog roll, etc. Firefox was fine.

So, all someone told this person was that you no longer can compose your text in a Word document and cut and paste it to Blogger. I'm sure there is more to it than that, but when I deleted the two posts that I had composed as a Word doc, all was fine.

So, I'll spend the weekend playing around and experimenting. So, there may be posts that appear and dissapear just as quickly.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Yes, As a Matter of Fact, He IS the Cutest Little Boy Around

I finally got a picture of the Little Guy with Hippo last weekend. Unfortunately, his relationship with Hippo seems to be one of sitting on him, so you can't see all of Hippo. You can see some of Hippo's buddies at Christina Ward's Etsy shop. Ooh...they are all so cute and squishy!

You should really click on the picture and make it big. He looks even cuter!

I have frogged the baby surprise jacket (and also the hat I started the same day for that matter). There were a few problems I was having.

For one, it was huge. This was going to be a Toddler Surprise Jacket. I actually have the DVD from Schoolhouse Press (borrowed from Mom) and I started watching it yesterday. The sample she showed of the completed piece, prior to seaming, looked about as big as what I had, which was only half-way. So, it was going to be huge. I know...I should check gauge, but since I was doing this as kind of an experiment, I skipped that part.

Second, I didn't like the way it was knitting up. I was using Tahki Cotton Classic, because I have a lot of it in my stash. I've seen other Baby Surprise Jackets knit with this on Ravely and they all looked fine, but they were also baby size. With the larger size I was ending up with, I think the cotton was going to be too heavy and stretch too much. It was going to look bad.

And last, but certainly not least, I ran out of yarn. I started with three different shades of blue and was alternating, and I ran very, very short. So, I could have started just throwing in orange and green and yellow and purple, but I know I wouldn't have liked the way it looked.

So, off to the frog pond. I think I've got some fun red wool in my stash that will work pretty well. Oh, wait...I started a hat with that. Well, I'll figure something out.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

What Happens When An Almost Three-Year Old Naps

The Little Guy Napping 1 from Michelle on Vimeo.



My sister put the Little Guy down for a nap the other day, and he obviously was not tired. This is only about 30 seconds. I think it gets really good at about 20 seconds.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Go Twins!

I logged on to Facebook a bit ago to see this staring me in the face.

"(name withheld) hopes the Yankees sweep the Twins this weekend!!! GO YANKEEEEEES!!!"

This is from someone born and raised in Minnesota and who as far as I can tell still lives here. When I questioned the sanity of this, she replied, "Yeah, that's what everyone says. Twins fans are just too fair weather for me."

First of all, it seems counter intuitive to me to become a fan of another team because you think the fans of your team are too fair weather. If they are too fair weather, what does that make a person who abandons the team?

Second of all, defecting to the Yankees seems a bit extreme. The only thing worse would be becoming a White Sox fan. Why not pick a nice National League franchise? Perhaps the Mets. Or maybe the Phillies. They both seem like nice teams.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A Lazy Day

If you can call a day that began by spending two hours at the gym lazy.

I should back up here. My day actually began with a cupcake for breakfast, because when you have a day off in the middle of the week, indefinitely, the best way to celebrate is by eating a cupcake for breakfast. I'm an adult, so I can do that.

This week I went back to working four days a week, with Wednesday as my day off. I had forgotten what a gift it was to be able to have such a flexible schedule. A gift that I gave away to a friend about a year and half ago and which I will not be giving away again anytime soon...regardless of how many cute babies are involved.

And what a fantastic day it has been. After my cupcake breakfast, I then gained two achievements in Lego Batman (yay me!). Then it was off to the Rec Center, where I was surprised when the scale told me I weighed 3 pounds (maybe it was 2) less than I did a week and a half ago. This was particularly surprising considering the three cupcakes and half a pizza I had eaten in the last 12 hours. Has lifting weights had that much of an effect on my metabolism?

Since it seems to be working, I spent the next hour lifting things up and down over and over, then ran to nowhere on the treadmill while listening to Jane's Addiction, Cake, the Killers, and Arrested Development (remember Mr. Wendall? I do now). I should note that while I lifted weights I listened to "This American Life". I am a dork.

A quick bus ride, and I was back home, on the couch, finishing up the rpm socks. Photos tomorrow!

And now I am at the library, surrounded by all the other people that don't have internet at home.

The best part of this day has just been the realization that this day is all for me. It's my day. I don't have to share it with anyone. As much as I love my boyfriend and my sister and the Little Guy and my family, it's oddly liberating knowing that they all have to work today (or go to daycare) so I get this day all to me. It's my day to be selfish (and get the cleaning and grocery shopping done...and knitting. Maybe I'll finally get some knitting done). And I am sure that in no time I will be arranging lunch with my mom on my day off, or spending the day taking the Little Guy to Musikgarten, or heading to Ramsey to spend time with my dad and step-mom. Or, I can go to the movie and have popcorn for lunch. Whatever I want to do. I am excited.

I just want to run down the street and shout, "I am single and childless and it rocks!"

I hope you are all enjoying your Wednesday as well!

Monday, May 11, 2009

I Heart Star Trek

I don't think my last post properly conveyed my enthusiasm for the Star Trek movie. I LOVED it. Really. I might just marry it.

I'm not even a big Trek fan (Trekkie? Trekker? See...I don't even know the terminology...a co-worker this morning said something about a Borg and I had no clue what she was referring to). Despite this, towards the end, when it was obvious the movie was winding down, I kept thinking, "No! It can't be over. I don't want it to be over!"

D and I saw it at the Grandview in St. Paul. Despite the small-ish sized screen, the special effects were still amazing and the cast was just a very, very attractive bunch. When we got our first glimpse of the Enterprise, the crowd cheered. They cheered again when Leonard Nimoy appeared, and they almost cheered every time McCoy said something very McCoy-like.

"Good God Man! Look at your hands!" "Damn it Spock, I'm a doctor, not a physicist!" Karl Urban was great in that role. And good looking too.

I love Simon Pegg from his other movies (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) and was very excited to see him. And Zachary Quinto - I was worried I'd only see Sylar, but he was wonderful as a young Spock. And good looking too. Have I mentioned how attractive the cast is?

I especially liked the looks on Kirk's (Chris Pine) face every time he got the stuffing beat out of him. And he looked especially good in his Star Trek outfit.

Yes, I would pay to see this movie again. On an even bigger screen. Even in these times of economic uncertainty, I'd plunk down another $10 to see this movie.

And yes, I am just as surprised as many of you are that I am so enthusiastic about Star Trek. What is the world coming to?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope all you moms out there have had a wonderful day, especially all the moms I know!

It's been another busy, busy weekend in the Knitting in Transit world. Friday night D and I headed to the Metrodome to see the Twins crush the Seattle Mariners. 11-0! What a great night!

I was up bright and early Saturday morning to head to the Shepherd's Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival. It was a but cooler than I dressed for so my mom loaned me her windbreaker, complete with mom kleenex in the pocket. You all know what I mean.

Gigi and the Little Guy went with us. Of course, he loved seeing the goats, sheep, alpacas, and llamas. Yarn, spinning wheels, and the rest of it...not so much.

While there, we ran into Orinda5 who passed on this lovely Malabrigo to me. Six skeins. Beautiful, no? Now I just have to find the perfect use for it.

And that is pretty much all I came back with. There was so much beautiful yarn there, but without project in mind, I just couldn't bring myself to buy any of it. I still have random skeins of yarn from my trip to New York that I have no clue what to do with and it's made me leery of buying yarn with no project.

I did buy the Little Guy a little sheep, and he also got a little alpaca from Grandma. I also bought some goat's milk soap. And that was it. Kind of sad, eh?

Saturday night, D and I went to see Stat Trek. Now, I am not a Trekkie in the least. I've seen some of the original series and the movie where they go back in time and save the humpback whale, but other than that, not a whole lot of interest in the Star Trek world. But this new Star Trek movie? Awesome. Just awesome. Go see it. You will not be disappointed.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

A Winning Weekend!

Another weekend come and gone. What do I have to show for it? Plenty!

An almost completed pair of rpm socks.

These lovely earrings I bought at the St. Paul Craftstravaganza. One pair is for me and one is for my sister, but she forgot to take them home with her. They are from Fiery Lion Designs, one of my favorite jewelry designers.

And this amazing hippo from Christina's Creatures. Well, I didn't get a photo before the Little Guy took him home, but you can click on the link to see. My hippo is purple with yellow spots. Hippo was really something that Auntie Mimi wanted to buy for the Little Guy more than he actually seemed to want it. In fact, when I asked if he wanted to take an animal home, he said, "No". No problem. I bought him anyway and by the end of the day, the Little Guy had warmed up to Hippo. Gigi told me that he slept with Hippo last night and this morning they heard him in his bedroom saying, "Boing! Boing! Boing!" When Matt went in there, the Little Guy was wrapped around Hippo, bouncing up and down. Hippo is quite large and squooshy. Love him.

I also just found out I am a winner in Orinda5's drawing for the Roseville String Ensemble! I won six skeins of Malabrigo! SIX! I am just thrilled and cannot wait to have it. I'm also thrilled I was able to support a local arts ensemble. Goodness all around!

Friday, May 1, 2009

I Don't Get Twitter

A few months ago...okay, like eight months ago, I set up a Twitter account. I just wanted to try it out and see what all the hub-bub was about. For awhile, I had Twitter updates on my blog. That was fine, but in the long run, I just couldn't get that into it.

Today I got an e-mail that someone new is following me on Twitter. I logged in to check this out, and there are seven people "following" me on Twitter. I know who ONE of them is. I don't get it. Why would you want to get little updates on people you don't know at all?

They must be pretty bored, because the last time I Twittered was seven months ago when I was at Disney World.