Sunday, October 31, 2004

Random things

1. There's nothing more exciting than the Red Sox winning the World Series. Everyone in Boston is in a really good mood - I've never seen anything like it.

2. I broke down after seeing Kari's Lara (Oct. 13 entry). It's gorgeous. Must have it. Once I saw that Elann had some Jo Sharp Silk Road Aran - which seems to be the same guage as the DB Alpaca Silk, I snapped some up and am anxiously awaiting its arrival.

3. When do I find out who my secret pal is? I haven't revealed my self to mine yet but I'm dying to know who has been getting me such great gifts.

4. Nathania sent me a coupon for $5.00 off adagio teas. I ordered some on friday and can't wait for them to get here.

5. I'm pretty sure I know what I'm buying/making for everyone on my Chrismas list. This is a first and I may be done holiday shopping sometime in early November. It'll take me a while to finish the knitting but it's all small stuff, hats, scarves, etc.

6. Is the election over yet? After reading that article about Bush in the NY Times magazine a couple of weeks ago (sorry, can't find the link). I'm terrified that he'll win. Ugh, it's making me ill just thinking about it.

7. Wendy gave me a scare by announcing her blog retirement but the outcry from her loyal readers has caused her to reconsider.

8. I'm going out to play - it's 70 degrees today!

Monday, October 25, 2004

Knitty surprise!

it's now available and it really is special. Check it out!

Knitty surprise

Thursday, October 21, 2004


Oh yeah! In your face, Yankees!

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Jealous much?

Yup, I'm jealous. All of the knitbloggers that were able to go to Rhinebeck and snag some of the beautiful Brooks Farm Fiber - gorgeous yarn that makes me drool whenever I see it on someone else's website. Oh well, maybe next year - the fair looked so fun. I e-mailed the Brooks farm owners once and they told me they only sell at fiber festivals. Sigh.

My other rant is about the au bon pain pumpkin muffin. It's 580 calories. 580! And it's not even that big. I love pumpkin baked goods but that's just ridiculous. I'm not even close to a hardcore calorie watcher but damn!

I'm going to try to stay away from the baseball game tonight and watch Lost instead. I can't watch the game for long since I can't take the suspense.

Friday, October 15, 2004

Thanks again Secret Pal!

Yesterday I received a package from my secret pal after a particularly crappy day at work. It was exactly what I needed! I love (again!) everything she sent me. First, a beautiful skein of Himalaya yarn, a combo of wool and silk in the prettiest red ever! The photo doesn't even really come close to showing it's beauty. I took this photo really quickly this morning - I was already a half hour late for work.

I didn't get a chance to take photos of the rest of my gift, a tin of knitter's little helper (a really nice smelling hand balm) - I really needed it too, as soon as it gets cold my hands get super dry and cracked. There was also a jar of saffron! It's great and I can't wait to use it - fall and winter are pretty much my big cooking times and I love to try new things. I've never bought saffron and have always wanted to. How did you know SP? There were also some Jelly belly packets (gone now, I ate them immediately) and some Brooklyn brand chewing gum. As a brooklyn girl, of course I love anything with my borough printed on it. I must save the wrappers and do something crafty with them. I'll check out craftster later and see if there are any ideas out there. Thank you Secret Pal! You're the best!

Here are some photos of my new chairs (well, one of them):

Before painting

Here is a parting shot of my girl:
She says "Have a good weekend"

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Quickie post

I have been meaning to post for days but I've been hoping to have photos to go along with my post. Alas, it's not meant to be so I'll post sans photos. I'm making some knitting progress for once! I have the back of my Cork Bless all done and am working on the sleeves (both at once, we'll see how that goes). I'm halfway done with the Koigu scarf using the yarn and pattern from my secret pal (thanks again!). I love it and may have to give it my BF's stepmom since she was raving about it (well, maybe I'll make her a different one and keep this one for me!) I love the Koigu colors, they are beautiful!

I've also finished some other crafty projects I've meant to finish for a while. I spray painted some plastic school chairs that I found on the street. I used Krylon Fusion and it's amazing. The chairs look new and I got the paint on sale for 2.79 a can (I had 3 chairs and painted each a different color).

I also slipcovered an old ottoman some friends were throwing away. It looks OK but you can tell I'm still new at sewing, it looks a little off but I like it and I'm leaving it as is for now. The funniest part about the ottoman is that as soon as I finished it, I mean literally put in the last tack to hold it place, Victoria (my lovely kitty) threw up on it! I was so annoyed at her for like an hour but I should have known she would immediately claim it as her own. Silly kitty! She's luck I love her so much. I had to take the entire thing apart and wash the fabric AND use new batting. I'll try to post some pics of everything soon.

I'm going to start Eloise from Noro Knits in Blossom (shade #8) - Wendy is knitting it right now and it's making me want to put all my projects aside and start it immediately. We'll see how long I can hold out. I also really want to start my Rowan Plaid sweater. I think all of the debates really made me knit more. Too bad they're over, I enjoyed listening to W stutter and stumble, his discomfort made me happy!

Monday, October 04, 2004

Return to the city

We spent a nice few days with the boy's relatives in NH. We had great weather and it was beautiful. Now, I'm a city girl through and through but sometimes it's nice to get away from the noise and craziness of Boston/cambridge. We walked in the woods, ate lots of good food and relaxed. I didn't knit very much, literally I think I knit one row this past week. I tried to keep an eye out for yarn stores in the area but had no luck and didn't really research whether there were any close to where we were staying.

Now that it's really fall, I will be returning to my projects with a vengeance. I hope to start to new projects this week and keep going on two others. I'll try to post some photos soon. Photos=more interesting blog.

Hey, the new IK newsletter is up (Winter '04). I don't see anything too exciting - the Airy cardigan looks like it may be cute as do the retro rib socks. Maybe the Tilted Jacket? I wish the photos were bigger.