4/12/2007

Moving

I'm having trouble with Blogger and my template so I decided to move to Word Press. You can find my new blog here. I'm going to keep this blog up and running just for the archives.

Question

I've been messing around with my blog, so I apologize for the missing sidebar content. I have a question to ask of my visitors: can you tell me if everything looks okay when you visit my blog? On one of my computers it always looks funny and on another it's fine. That's why I was messing around with it because I thought something had gone horribly wrong.

4/08/2007

Knitting progress

Here is the progress made on my dad's socks. One down, one to go:



I love the colors of this yarn and I think my dad will like them. It knit up pretty quick as well so I don't think it will be a problem to get the second one done.

4/05/2007

You're never too old...

I don't know if I've ever mentioned it before, but I've always wanted to write a book. When I was a kid I would spend most of my time writing stories and sharing them with my cousins. I never seem to be able to find the time to sit down and get started now, although I have a good idea (I even have a title!) I've been inspired lately by this. Imagine writing your first book in your nineties! Read the story - it's great.

3/28/2007

Knitting

I do have progress to report with a couple of things. My razor cami is coming along nicely. I've got about 6 inches before I divide for the armholes.




I'm also using my STR yarn for a different pair of socks than the pattern that came with it (I couldn't master the toe-up). These socks are going to be for my dad. This yarn knits up amazingly quick.


Sockret Pal

I got my last parcel from my Sockret Pal last week. I've been sick so I haven't had a chance to blog about it until now. But anyway, my wonderful pal was Shelly. This last package was just what I needed to cheer me up. Look at all the goodies!



In the box:
2 photo frames
1 pair of embroidery scissors
1 set of crochet needles
1 pair of handknit socks
3 skeins of sock yarn



One skein of Opal sock yarn in Magic (I think this is the colorway); 1 skein of yarn from Jitterbug in Blue Parrot; and 1 skein of Mountain Colors hand-painted yarn in Firestorm.



The lovely socks. They fit perfectly! Thanks, Shelly.

3/20/2007

LMKG Chevron Scarf

I originally intended to make the Chevron Scarf from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts for my ISE (international scarf exchange) pal. It was taking too long and I wasn't really liking it...so I frogged it. Now, having visited Good to be Girl's blog, which directed me to this Flickr group and now I'm re-inspired. I have some nice sock yarn to use from my stash, so it would be a good stash-busting project. Since so many people seem to be knitting it, I'm going to start a KAL. I haven't found one on the web yet, but if one all ready exists - let me know.

3/11/2007

Razor Cami & Dad's Socks

Although I didn't have a totally free Spring break, I did manage to get some knitting done. I finished my Sockret Pal's socks, so they will be on the way soon.




And I made progress on my Razor Cami. Unfortunately because I just realized I am using the wrong kind of Sirdar yarn than called for in the pattern, I'm going to need more. Does it constitute a break in my yarn-diet if I had to buy the yarn to complete the project I was doing to stash-bust?


I've also started a new pair of socks using the STR yarn from the Rockin Sock Club.




I tried to start the pattern that came with it, but it was toe-up and WAY too confusing for me. So I'm just doing a basic stitch pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks. The plan is for these to go to my dad...maybe for Australia's Father's Day (September) or Christmas. That's a long way out, but at least I know they'll get done by then. I'm trying to be better at planning ahead for handmade gifts this year.

**I am having trouble coming up with catchy titles for my posts - sorry about this.

3/09/2007

New Knitty

The new Knitty is up. Unfortunately nothing really jumps out at me as a must-knit. I'm leaning towards the Isabella, but that's it. And it doesn't give a back view of this, which I always like to see.

3/08/2007

Book Diet

I joined the Stash-a-long so I would actually use the yarn in my stash and now it's time for me to go on another kind of diet for my other passion - BOOKS. I have accumulated quite a few books that have not been read yet and I keep buying more! So, I am going to sort through them all and make a nice pile of "to-be-read" and I'm going to photograph them and then set my goals here on this blog. I don't have a lot of time to read now, but I will try. As a political scientist I have a lot of non-fiction to read.

Here are my "to-be-read" piles (sorry for the blurry shots):


I have a nice mix of books here, fiction & non-fiction, at least one biography. There are a couple of nice thick fiction books to get through.



There are 39 books on these two shelves, plus the one book on my nightstand right now - so that's 40! We'll see how I do.

Exceptions:
1. If I get a gift card etc, it goes without saying I can buy books with it.
2. I need to get a GRE study guide, so that is educational.