Saturday, July 31, 2004

Secret Pal 2: Electric Boogaloo

Yay, I got my match!! Thanks for all the hard work Heidi! Unfortunately my pal doesn't have a website so I can't check out her site for hints on what to get her but I did send her an e-mail, hopefully she'll give me some clues! OK - I'd better stop talking about it before I give it away, I'm so bad at keeping secrets!

I haven't done any knitting in the last few days but I am feeling better today! Last night we went out to dinner with friends and had a really yummy meal - I really just ate way too much.

Here's the status on my swimming lessons - I missed one class this week because I didn't feel well and I have two classes left next week before it's over. I still can't swim. I didn't think it would be easy but I did think I'd be a little closer to making it across the pool without stopping at this point. I'm getting worried that you really can't teach an old dog new tricks (I know that's not true but I'm frustrated today). Include my driving lessons (have I mentioned that I don't know how to drive yet? Yes, I'm 34 years old, woo!) and I feel like I can't do anything.

I'm feeling really lazy this morning so I think I'll make myself take a walk and get an iced coffee - it's going to be a hot day in Boston today.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Ahh, a sick day.

I called in sick today because I've had a sharp pain in my side for 3 days.   I was able to get a doctors  appointment and it might be a viral infection in my stomach lining!  They took some blood tests to see what's up and I have to go back next week.  I hope it's nothing major.  After the appointment I walked around town a bit hoping to see some famous folks.  Boston is crawling with them and I have yet to see anyone.  Today was my last chance and not a sign of Jon Stewart anywhere!!  I know he's here! Why can't I find him? I was too tired to stay out long so I came back home and relaxed.

My knitpicks order finally came and I love the Rowan Plaid designs.  Knitpicks forgot to send me the actual Rebecca magazine, they just sent the insert with the translations so I have no idea what any of the patterns look like.  I called them to complain and they were so nice! Hopefully they'll send the magazine soon.  

God, I'm so boring! 

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Half birthday/Full belly

Yesterday was my half birthday and I justify my celebrating it because my birthday is always on a cold winter day.  Having a half birthday lets me "celebrate" on a nice, warm day.  We went to my sweetie's parents house for a cookout and watched the convention.  Uhh, can I vote for Obama?  He gave a great speech I thought.  
Oh yay!  Rowan 36 photos are out!  Looks yummy so far.  New yarn and pattern collection too?!  I love this time of year!  So much stuff to drool over.  Wait one more! Rowan Vintage style!!  Already I'm drawn to that Magnolia sweater near the bottom of the page.  Fall is my favorite season!

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Picking up knitting steam, one stitch at a time

I'm slowly getting out of my slump!  I started my retro prep sleeve and once I get the Rowan Plaid book, I'll start something from that.  I still haven't picked up the cable hoodie since I'm not in the mood to deal with paying attention to detail.  Strictly stockinette for a bit.  At least the weather has cooled off a bit. 

I really want to make this too - maybe with some koigu or kersti - if I can budget for it next month - I have to remember to look and see if I can buy the pattern locally.  I really hate getting paid once a month! 

Added my secret pal 2 button today!  I can't wait for the matches to happen!  OK - time to go to the gym for a little while.  I can't believe I haven't seen any famous people yet - Bill and Hillary were a mere stop away on the T and I saw no sign of them!  Michael Moore is in this neighborhood right now but I'm sure I won't see him either. 

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Rainy Saturday! Yay?

Finally a rainy weekend day! Usually I hate when it's crappy out like this but sometimes you just need a rainy day to stay at home and start/finish some projects. Planned for today:

  • Start retro prep sleeve

  • Start pajama pants (sewn) for S.

  • work a couple of rows (if it isn't too muggy) on the cable hoodie - photo below

This is my first cable/bobble project so I'm going very slowly - it's fun though.

Some friends of mine are supposed to give me a call today if they need my help painting their apartment.  It may not happen because of the humidity but I wouldn't mind going over and helping and leaving my rainy day projects for another day!  Hope everyone is having a good weekend.**

**Now, I'm pretty sure no one has read my blog yet since it's so new and I'm so lame at writing but one can always hope!

Friday, July 23, 2004

Countdown to the convention

My boss gave me the good news that I can leave at 2:00 everyday next week! Woo hoo! I guess we're closing early so that commuters can get home at a decent hour. I live so close to work that it's not an issue for me but I may take her up on it! (Who am I kidding, I'll be out of here at 2:01 each day!!)

It's so weird watching everyone prepare for this thing. All of the potholes have been paved, there are flowers everywhere, and there are T "ambassadors" that are helping tourists get around. It might have been worth it to have this happen in Boston after all. I really wish I had volunteered to work at the convention - it would have been fun I bet. I really hope I see Ben Affleck, I have to congratulate him on losing J.Lo, I mean she and I are both Puerto Rican and I like her and all, but damn she's high maintenance! He should thank his lucky stars that it ended!

NOTE TO SELF: Never, ever buy one dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts when no one is around at work except you and your sweet tooth. Mmmmm, glazey.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Eeek, I have the shakes!

While I was waiting for my iced coffee at Starbucks this morning someone that works there made an extra chai latte by mistake, then gave it to me. Not one to pass up a free drink, I drank both and now I'm all hopped up on sugar and caffeine. I need to calm down! Wooooo! Wheee!

I'm impatiently waiting for my Knitpicks order, Rowan Plaid book, Rebecca 26 (I think it's 26) and another row counter. I love ordering online but I hate waiting! It doesn't even look like it shipped - boo! Anyway, I NEED to make Hail from the Plaid book after seeing Rock Chick's version. It's beautiful! Love those sleeves! I think my recent Ebay purchase of Rowan Chunky will be perfect for it - strangely it's almost the same color as Rock Chick's, a deep red. My version will have to be shortened everywhere, I hope I don't lose the look of it!

Monday, July 19, 2004

Socks = 99.9% done!

I finally grafted the toe on the second sock! What a relief - all I have to do now is weave the ends in.  For some reason the only instructions that made sense to me were the ones in the Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques - I just borrowed it from the library to see if I like it and so far, I think I do.  I may have to add it to my list of books to get someday.

This is a terrible photo but all I have is the camera on my Palm.  I don't see a real digital camera in the near future but I may be able to borrow the camera we have at work on occasion. 
The weekend was great except for my attempt to get in some swimming practice on Saturday.  It was the only time I could squeeze it in and when I arrived at the pool it was closed because a kid had thrown up in it (yuck).  I was so sad since I really need the practice. Oh well - maybe I can go a little early today.  My addis finally showed up and I can start the retro prep sleeves today - unfortunately it's getting hot and humid and I don't think I want to deal with the Rowanspun DK right now. 
One week until the convention!

Friday, July 16, 2004

Yay! Friday!

Boo, no needles yet.  I guess I'm in a mini knitting slump - I really don't feel like I can knit anything else until I finish those darn socks and I keep hesitating because of the grafting.  I really don't know if I'll knit socks again - I like the final product and they were fun to knit but I really did have second sock syndrome.  Maybe I should knit some in a slightly bigger gauge - maybe knit on 4s instead of 2s.  Everytime I see Lorna's Laces I'm so tempted to buy more sock yarn but I won't do it.  Oh, it's so pretty though!
We have actual plans this weekend.  S. and I are having dinner with his best friend and maybe going to see Fahrenheit 9/11 and then Saturday we have dinner plans with my friend Laura and her husband.  I can't wait! 
I actually need to squeeze in some swimming practice this weekend too, I hope to knit some in between all these plans.  Bye bye slump!! (I hope)

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Where are my addis?

I'm waiting for some US6 (12 inch) addi turbos that I won on Ebay. I really need to get going on the Retro Prep I started forever ago and need the addis for the sleeves - I really didn't want to use dpns and didn't feel like doing the 2 circ method so I'm trying out the 12 inch needles to see how I like it. They should be here today but I'm tired of waiting.

Since I'm boycotting Woolcott, it really is a pain to get knitting stuff spur of the moment. I would go to the brookline shop (what is it called- a good yarn?) but it's not very convenient. I should check out the new Newbury Street store soon, maybe this weekend.

I signed up for Secret Pal 2 yesterday - I'm so excited, it seems like a lot of fun.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Do I have the most boring blog ever? I think so.

Swimming went well and I have another lesson today. No one told me how tiring it could be though. We are learning how to breathe and it's really hard. I still have questions about how to kick my feet. I think I was adjusting my goggles and not paying attention when the instructor went over that part.

I was really frustrated last night with my knitting and wanted to scream. I was trying to graft the toe on the second neverending sock (started April 2003) and could not get it AT ALL. I have no idea how I managed to get it done on the first sock but I was ready to throw the entire thing out the window. Now granted I was distracted by the Amazing Race but I really managed to mess it up and had to keep unraveling my mistakes. I'll try again tonight I guess.

Why is it so cool and gloomy out? This summer has been strange. We really haven't had any heatwaves yet which is really odd for Boston. With our luck, it will happen during the DNC and Boston will be really unbearable. I wonder how awful it will be around here. I'm planning on walking to work and not taking the subway - it will be way more crowded than usual. Snore I'm so boring. Do I really need to blog this?

Monday, July 12, 2004


Now that I'm going to try posting regularly I have to vent about that Little black top from Stitch n Bitch - I made it too SMALL! I thought that the small size would fit me but it really is too short, even with blocking. I'm going to try blocking it again but I really think I'll have to lose some weight (I think it's too short because my fat belly is in the way). Ugh, I really like the way it came it too.

Oh well! I'm off to my first swimming lesson ever. yes I'm 34 and no I never learned to swim (or drive). Better late than never! Driving lessons are happening this summer also. What can I say, I'm a city girl that never needed to drive.

Testing photos

This is a photo test!

My girl hiding in a yarn basket.