Showing posts from June, 2009

"Let's Talk About Wool"

Has a knitter ever heard such lovely words? Yesterday was the first full day of my fiber workshop, and I learned a lot about wool, cotton, silk, linen, and more. Yesterday was more of a lecture day, so I do not have many pictures to share, but today we will get more hands on.

A few highlights of the day:
The instructor had a softball size bunch of Qiviut. Holly and I migrated toward this immediately.

We learned about why linen is so much cooler than cotton, and held swatches of each up to our faces. The linen did feel cooler! Something about teh cellulose structure of cotton having more holes so it traps more air closer to your body. Cotton has to be this way so the cotton can be light and fluffy and float away to spread the seeds around.

Ever heard of heirloom tomatoes? Apparently, there is heirloom cotton as well. She had some samples of this.

We know that wool has crimps, but the more crimps, the finer the wool will be. Merino is very crimpy.

Superwash wool has been sent through…

My Favorite Kind of Morning

David and I are having a lazy Sunday, something we haven't been able to enjoy for the last few weeks. We wandered over to the Egg and I for breakfast, and as we stepped outside I thought, "'s a little chilly," a thought that has not crossed my mind in quite awhile.

I had the Kamikaze Yogurt...the tang of plain yogurt nicely complemented by blueberries, bananas, and walnuts. I felt it balanced the carbs and sugar in the caramel roll quite well.

We've been lazing around with the paper ever since. Windows open, breeze coming in, I actually curled up in a blanket earlier! I just came back up from getting coffee downstairs, and as I walked in, the apartment has that fresh air smell, a surprise since judging by the dust bunny I just found, it's been a while since David has cleaned. Which is FINE because he has a broken arm!

Needless to say, I feel in my element. Cool breeze, coffee, paper, and fibery goodness on deck for this afternoon.

I begin my Sp…

Cupcakes Make It All Better

I headed to my sister's place in Plymouth last night, partly to enjoy the AC and mostly to enjoy spending time with her and the Little Guy. I spent the night and this morning we enjoyed pancakes and blueberries, played with cars and trucks and trains, and watched a cartoon with a cat that talks to his refrigerator.

We told the Little Guy we were going to go to the cupcake store for a special treat. Of course, he was very excited about this, but as we drove back to St. Paul, he mentioned several times that his tummy hurt. I turned back to ask him if he still wanted a cupcake, to which he replied:

"When I eat that cupcake, my tummy will feel all better."

He did seem perkier afterward.

My New Toy

Most of you know this because you live in Minnesota, but it has been hot, hot, hot here the last few days. I think today the high is supposed to be in the 80s, so it will be a little bit better.

Surprisingly, I've been doing just fine without my AC in. I have a window unit and have not yet had the help I need to install it, so I've been making do. It hasn't been bad. Were I doing aerobics in my apartment, I think it would be a different story. I don't think the guy downstairs would appreciate that though.

For a little relief last night I headed to the theatre down the street to see "Up" and have popcorn for dinner. It was a wonderful movie...funny, heartbreaking, heartwarming, exciting. It's got everything, including talking dogs, which is hilarious. It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud and to tear up in a movie, and I did both.

On to the topic of this post! I bought a bicycle on Sunday. David and I have several friends that bike and they've…

More Yarn! And a baby!

My mom is cleaning out her stash, so I headed over there this weekend to see what she had. I picked up a few things. Free yarn!

The first is this Plymouth Yarn Wildflower DK. I loved the dark pink color. It's also made in Holland, where my family is from, so that is an added bonus. It's 51% cotton and 49% acrylic. There are 404 projects on Ravelry using this yarn...hopefully there are a couple two skein projects. It will always make a nice baby hat.

Next up is some Aussi Sock from Oasis Yarns (192 projects on Ravelry). No surprise here - it is made in Australia. The color is Atlantic Weaves. 90% Aussi Merino, 10% nylon. I'll be able to safely throw whatever socks come from this in the washing machine.

This Cascade 128 Tweed caught my eye. 90% Peruvian Highland Wool, 10% Donegal Tweed. The pink was just too much fun to pass up. 842 projects on Ravelry, including a bowl which looks really cool, but I'm not sure I want a pink bowl.
I also took the last of my mom…

Voice Mail from the Little Guy

Gigi, her hubby, and the Little Guy have been in Florida for the past week and a half. Yes, while I enjoyed the rainy weather in Chicago, they were at the beach.

Yesterday, the Little Guy called and left me the cutest voice mail. I love the voice mails he leaves me. Far too many of them have been deleted from my voice mail box before I was ready - in a particular the one where he tells me to have a "NICE FLIGHT!" It was so cute...I miss that voice mail.

To counteract this problem, I will not be recording all my voice mails from him. And as you can see below, I used my camera with the visual aid of Johnny Depp (doesn't he look a little weird with his chin missing?)

So, it's not that exciting. I am mostly posting this for my mom. Here is a translation of the conversation.

Little Guy: HI MIMI!
Gigi: Tell Mimi where you went yesterday.
LG: I go to Disney World.
G: What did we do there?
LG: Uhhhhh...I don't know.
G: We rode the train...who did you meet?
LG: I don't know.
G: …

Chicago, cont.

We woke up to a miserable, rainy day in Chicago. Good thing we went to the baseball game yesterday. Today we were off to Elmhurst to visit with some of my extended family - Grandma, Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. We had a nice lunch at a place called Eggstasy, which had huge plates and huge portions. They also had an overwhelming selection of French Toast.

We visited for a bit afterwards and I showed my Grandma some of the baby hats I've been knitting. She also laughed at the Nathan/I'm pooped story so that made me happy. We had a nice visit and then headed back downtown.

Our next stop was the Sears Tower. Chicago looks different from 103 floors up.

We took the Water taxi back to our hotel.

By this time, it was a beautiful sunny day in Chicago.

I was pretty hungry, so we decided to check out the world famous Billy Goat Tavern and Grill.

I'd heard of this place and it was nothing like what I expected. It was about fifty different kinds of cool though. I'll be back. As …

Twins Win!

David and I hopped the Red Line this morning to Wrigley Field to watch the Twins take on the Cubs. It was a beautiful sunny day, a little breezy, cool in the shade, warm in the sun. Wonderful for an outdoor baseball game.

There were nearly as many Twins fans as Cubs fans there. When Joe Mauer hit a homerun in the third inning, the woman next to David asked, "Wait...Are we in Minnesota?" We were pretty happy that the Twins won, although it seemed like they went through just about the entire pitching rotation to do it.

Wrigley Field was a great place to see a baseball game. There is just something more satisfying about seeing a baseball sail through actual air, rather than the recycled stuff inside the Metrodome.

Yeah, we really out-hit the Cubs - 14 hits to 6. Kevin Slowey pitched 5 great innings and one not-so-great inning. Joe Nathan got the save.

David and I walked down after the game to get a closer look at the field. Oh, it would have been so cool to have sat down th…

Our Forced Trip to Chicago

A few months ago, David and I planned a trip to Chicago. On the agenda was a Twins/Cubs game at Wrigley Field, a taping of Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, and a trip to visit some family in the burbs.

That trip is now upon us, and David and I were both of the mind that if not for the plane tickets, we would just as well have stayed home. He is in pain from his broken arm. I'm still sniffling, coughing, and tired. Neither one of us much felt like getting on a plane and heading away from the comfort of our own homes for the weekend.

But, we did buy plane tickets, so we headed to Chicago and here is what greeted us.

Rain and cold.

The firs thing we had to do when we got off the train downtown was find a Walgreens or CVS so we could buy a couple cheap umbrellas. This was extra annoying because we KNEW it was going to be raining, but I forgot my umbrella.

Fortunately, we picked a nice hotel, so many pillows, a comfy bed, and a well-stocked mini-bar awaited us. After a little nap and so…

I Love My Mom

I really hate to be a whiner, but I am STILL sick. I went to work Thursday and quite a few people actually told me to go home. So I left early and then stayed home again today. The doctor said I have not been sick long enough and I'm missing a couple symptoms for her to say it was a sinus infection, but I should go back Monday if I don't feel any better. In other words, suffer through the weekend! Yay!

My brother posted on my Facebook page, "Suck it up! At least you don't have a broken arm!" Such sympathy. But he has a point, because David DOES have a broken arm. He broke it Wednesday night. So he's miserable, I'm miserable...and neither one of us can really help the other out. I'd like to be over there cleaning his house and cooking for him, but I just don't have the energy. And I'm sure he'd like to bring me chicken noodle soup, but he broke his right arm and he drives a stick, so that's pretty much out of the question.

In …

Baby Hats!

I finished two other baby hats while I was home convalescing. I'm still under the weather, but I have progressed to the severe congestion phase. The phase where nothing helps. I've tried it all.

So, I did a lot of knitting. The green hat I wrote about earlier.

Monday night I started the Candy Cane hate from Itty Bitty Hats. I used Crystal Palace Yarns Merino 5 in Red and White. This is leftover from the Cherry-O hat I knit about a year ago.

Totally cute hate! I love the way my pom-pom turned out too! I was a little skeptical while I was knitting, but it turned out great.

So, I finished that up Tuesday and since I had nothing better to do, I started another Marley Hat. This is done with Tahki Cotton Classic, a yarn I have way too much of in my stash from the 4 other Marley hats I have knit.

By the time I got done, I just didn't have the energy to make the topper, so I left it off. I think it looks cute this way too. The Marley topper is really cute, but more work than…


Being goofy, when I felt better.

Well, here I sit at home snuggled up on the couch with Lulu and some tea. Last night my throat began to feel a little dry and scratchy. Woke up about 2 a.m. with a burning, angry throat that did not want me to go back to sleep. My throat feels like someone rubbed sandpaper against it and then just to be funny dripped Tabasco on top. It doesn't look any worse for the wear, but as my mom would say (most likely just to appease her little girl), "Your tonsils do look a little swollen".

Leading up to all this was a fun weekend of beautiful weather, music, friends, family, and a completed knitting project.

My friend Angie visited from Colorado this weekend, and Thursday night we drove to Anoka High School to see Staff Infection (a band made up of staff members) perform symphonic rock with the concert orchestra and the concert choir. They were raising money for their Random Acts of Kindness fund. The concert was amazing! I'm sure most of…