O' Christmas Tree

Who knew a Christmas Tree could be so time consuming? I broke my usual rule and started putting the tree up today - usually the tree doesn't go up until December 1st on the dot! But since I had to buy a new tree today I figured I would get started on it and I'm glad I did. It took me an hour to put the thing together (yes, I buy artificial)! Then I had to mess with the lights - add another two hours.

Not to mention I only just found out yesterday that when we moved here in February I decided to throw our old Christmas tree out. I don't even remember doing it. I was sure we had it in our garage until DH told me that "I" had decided to throw it out. How could I totally forget something like that? I guess it's just the craziness of school, work and the "season" to be jolly.

PS: I call them Christmas trees and ALWAYS will; no PC "holiday" tree for me.


Basketweave Scarf

Pattern: I didn't use a set pattern. I used a stitch pattern from an encylopedia of patterns that I have. I think the stitch pattern is called basket weave.
Yarn: About 2 skeins of some purple yarn that (I believe) 100% llama wool. It had a bit of a scratchy texture, but it knit up nicely.
Started: I can't remember, but I did put it off for a long time and only got it finished a couple of days before it was to be sent off.

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I don't have any other photos of this scarf, but you can see it on the recipients blog at

Vintage Velvet from Scarf Style

Pattern: Vintage Velvet from Scarf Style (using different yarn).
Yarn Used: Knitpicks Palette 100% Wool(color: petal), double-stranded. I used four balls.
Date started: August 25, 2005 (just four days before I started college, probably not a good idea!)
Date finished: September 25, 2005 - four whole days before my friend's birthday.
Notes: This scarf has been a big hit with my friend. It was just what she wanted and she's worn it several times.

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Thought I'd take the time

...to actually blog!

So it’s been a while since I’ve bothered to blog. Time really does get away from you. I’ve had a lot to say though, so I had to type up a little thing in Word just so I wouldn’t forget what all that was.

I have been knitting and receiving knitting goods. I feel bad that it’s taken me this long to get it up, but here is the photo of the scarf I got from my Scarf Me Pal, Rebecca over at Me, myself and I.

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I’ve worn it quite a few times since it arrived, what with the weather turning chilly on us. One day we had nice 70 degree temps and then, bam!, in comes the cold. No snow yet though, which is good.

I have a couple of Christmas presents going on right now. One is a kind of large project, a poncho for a friend’s little girl. Since I’m knitting her something I thought I’d make her two sisters a little something as well, so they are getting a scarf and hat. The scarf is simple garter stitch, but the yarn is really pretty. The poncho I am making is from Wrap Style and is Cashmere Crossings. I have to make some size adjustments, but otherwise it is going nicely.

I also went to my "local" knitting shop the other week and bought some yarn to make a hat and scarf just for me. I have a bunch of scarves and a couple of hats, but none that I've knit myself that I really like. So I splurged on some yarn, but since I get 10% off because I'm a student at UMW it's okay:

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The dark yarn is actually orange, but not a bright yucky orange. It's also VERY soft. I want to say it's 100% alpaca, but it's not right next to me so I'm not sure. All I know is that it is VERY soft (did I mention that all ready).

The other yarn is some that I found on sale and it's just something fun. I got it because it could work with my orange yarn if I don't have enough to make a hat with the orange yarn. I might end up buying more of that orange yarn to make a matching hat.

There are a couple of other things that have bugged me lately. I love to read blogs and don’t care that people put their political views out there – it’s a free world to do that. But what bugs me is when people go too far (in my opinion, of course). I actually removed a blog from my Bloglines the other day. I know I hardly have any time to keep this blog going, but I've decided I'm going to start another blog that is just dedicated to my opinions on things going on "out there" is the big world.

Now I'd better stop procrastinating and get to work on a school project. :)


Scarf Me! update

I'm done with the scarf for my Scarf Me! pal. I finished it in plenty of time before the mailing deadline, which I then missed. I am going to get it in the post tomorrow.

I never thought I'd ever be too busy to do the simplest things like go to the post office or even buy milk!

Anyway, not much knitting has been going on otherwise. I've been in a bit of slump in that I've been too tired to really bother to pick up the needles. The other day I noticed a girl in one of my classes knitting a scarf. I also noticed one of the cafeteria people knitting the Harry Potter scarf. It's weird sometimes when you see people knitting when usually you don't see anyone.


Repeats, repeats, repeats

...no I'm not talking about knitting. I'm talking about repeats of shows so early in the season! Last night my fave Gilmore Girls was a repeat. Tonight Lost is another repeat. What is up with these repeats only weeks into the fall season?