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My Latest Knitting Progress

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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…

Last Weekend

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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 …

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

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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…

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.

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.

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 …

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…

Happy Mother's Day!

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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 bu…

A Winning Weekend!

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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 th…

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.