Thursday, January 29, 2009

Here's what it looked like from the front door at my house yesterday and Tuesday. Although Tuesday it was icing for the majority of the day.
The house is covered with a lovely layer of ice. And the icicles hanging off the porch roof could kill you.
And we are supposed to get another "major'' storm at the beginning of next week. Charming.

Tired from trying to get some of the ice (3/4'' thick in some places) off the driveway and the walk.
But on the upside, I've gotten quite a bit of knitting done. All of the baby things for Amanda's friend's shower. And at least I have things to watch on dvd. I'd never seen Ugly Betty and am enjoying it.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Here's what I did today. Yummy, no? My first attempt at using yeast and I think they came out looking good. And they are tasty. And I made a "cream cheese" (vegan) icing that really makes them great. I also made coriander bread, curried lentil and spinach soup and cauliflower and pasta curry. Figured I might as well cook.
Eeek. Snow day! At the very least. Right now we have 4" of snow and it's now freezing rain/sleeting. Supposed to get at least 1/2" of ice tonight then an additional 4-6" of the crazy white stuff. Glad I'm home all safe and sound. Wearing my nice fleecy jimjams that I received for Christmas. So soft and warm.
Didn't get alot of knitting done today due to the baking but finished a pair of newborn booties and am working on the hat. Probably will finish that tonight. 'Cause I'm obviously not going anywhere tomorrow! Or the day after that either at this point.
Hope everyone is warm and safe. Enjoy the evening.

Monday, January 26, 2009

OH NO!! It's the white death....ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. It's here and it's going to get worse. At least I have knitting. Moving right along on my hat. It's now set up in the round so I think I will really get some speed now.
Here's a shot of my dinner from last night. Yum. It's linguine with spinach and craisins with a tamari/maple glaze. Very fast and easy to make and absolutely fabulous! (if I do say so myself).
Here is the guest haiku for the week (thanks Amanda!).
I have big clown feet.
My friends call me sideshow freak.
I like my cool socks.
Well, hopefully we won't have as much snow as they are predicting. I actually think we'll have more. Yuck. Plus the sleet/freezing rain makes it that much more fun. Went to the library today and stocked up on some dvd's and books on tape so I'm set. And my KnitPicks order came today. Woohoo! So I'm going to dye my sock yarn in a day or two using the cool Kool-aid (I know,I know.Redundant) that I picked up the other day. Black cherry, strawberry, lemon-lime and grape. I think it will look quite neat. Well, unique anyway. But as long as I'm happy. And my feet will smell like cotton candy which is always a plus...teehee.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Here is one of the socks that I've been working on for sis. Had to have something easy to work on when the hat was just too much. The colors don't really show up too well...they are BRIGHT!! I call it "supernova" and I am almost finished with the second one. I can't find the label anywhere so I can't tell you what company it's from but it's fingering weight and a nice yarn.
And yes, I'm still moving along on the hat. Here's the first earflap. I finished it last night and I'm pretty pleased with it. I went to the lys today and bought a yarn guide to help me with the two strands of yarn. I'm not sure if I think it'll work or not but I've been knitting with color A and then dropping it and picking up color B. A little slow but seems to be working okay. I seem to have the same tension between the two colors so I will take it. I plan on trying to learn one new technique every project this year. I'd like to learn entrelac next. There's a cool pattern for socks that I've had my eye on. So we'll see.

Here's the mug that I'm having my tea in today. I had one in blue but it got broken. :(
But it's very pretty and just the right size.
Had a reprieve in the weather the 50*'s! Woohoo. Ran a few errands, went to the library and then had a fabulous lunch at my favorite Chinese buffet. So good. And they have a wonderful Mongolian grill that you can choose your raw ingredients and they cook it up to order right then. I had a plateful of vegetables with ginger sauce and extra spicy. Mmmmm. No peach buns for dessert though. Too bad 'cause they are great. Filled with a lightly sweetened red bean paste. I could eat my fill, especially with a nice hot cup of green tea.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Told ya!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I am sick of the awful cold weather. Just snow already and get it over with. I have gotten several projects finished though. My socks that I carry in my purse (yah!) and the cabled arm warmers. I had planned on starting the Andean Chullo hat today(stop that laughing....I really was) but got flattened with the start of what I think was the nastiest migraine headache. Thank God it's gone but still feel it kind of pounding around in my skull. So I don't think I am up to starting to learn fair isle and reading the chart. But tomorrow for sure.

But on the upside, here are a pair of socks that I made for mom. She really likes them as I can't seem to get them off her feet! They are Paton's Astra-a sport weight-in just a basic sock pattern.

Okay, I think I have to go lie down for a bit so see you later.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Pictures from art/knitting night. Here's my sock. It's a sport-weight from Paton's -Astra in a fun colorway. They are knitting up fast so it shouldn't be too long to finish.
Pretty beading hands! And the colored pencils are not in color order. Oh the horror!! There will be anarchy. teehee.

Go on with your fancy sock knitting Ms. Irascible! First socks too. Aren't they nice? And such a good job.

Go F-J. Casting on a hat.

Finished the Daily sweater. Woohoo! Much happy dancing abounds. I am pretty pleased with it so I'm going to leave the neck just as is. I am making a pair of arm/wrist warmers to go with it. They are out of the same yarn and knit up really fast. I will have plenty of knitting time in the next few days as I am NOT going outside if I can help it!! The cold is coming. Ahhhhh. It is going to be in the single digits at night and in the teens during the day. Not ideal for being outside but definitely ideal for knitting and drinking copious amounts of hot tea. And hot chocolate and hot chai...well, you get the general idea. I went to the library yesterday and stocked up on some dvd's, both movies and some series so I can have something to watch while finishing up the socks and the wristwarmers.
Yes, yes, I know. I am going to start the Chullo hat tomorrow. I have to make some bobbins and I wanted to copy the charts so I didn't have to use the original but it will have to wait a few days.
Okay, off to fill the teapot so stay warm all and see you in a few days.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Still slogging away on the Daily Sweater. Only 2" more on the ribbing on the left sleeve and then the right sleeve. I think I may not have a problem with the neckline after all. It still looks kind of big when I try it on but it may be okay. I will wait until it's finished and see. I think I have a way to fix it though if I do decide it needs work.

Cool washcloth, no? A wonderful Christmas prezzie from F-J. Such a good knitting job and some fabulous handmade soap.....mmmmmm.
Cold today. Ran a few errands and came back home. It was nice to be at home and this afternoon I took a wonderful, long nap. I usually don't sleep much if I do nap but today it was just the right kind of day and I was the right kind of tired and the couch was comfortable and the soft, fleecy microfiber throw was just sooooo soft. Ahhhh.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Here's a shot of the sky on Friday. It's pretty much been like that all weekend but raining and gloomy today.
Here's a pair of "plain vanilla" socks that I have by my bedside and work on when I can't sleep. They are Sockotta yarn and I think the color is very nice and bright to work on this time of year. I am almost finished with the Daily sweater but I have decided that I'm not happy with the neck. Everything else seems to be good but that neck. I haven't seen anyone else's that looks like that. It's just too big and floppy. I guess that I can undo the cast on and rip down a few rows and then knit back up and decrease as I go. Any ideas from anyone?
I am on the sleeves so not too much longer to go. I got the majority of the ribbing done last night watching "Funny Girl". Haven't seen it since the 70's and mom was watching it. I decided to watch when I realized that I was singing along and knew all the words. Scary. I sometimes can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday but can remember lyrics from songs 30 years ago. Sheesh.
We meet tomorrow night for art night/fight club! Yah. Seems like forever since we've seen each other so it'll be nice. Plus, it's always a bonus to get to go to Borders. Who doesn't like the bookstore?