Thursday, April 26, 2007

I *heart* Koigu

My how times flies. We are in the process of switching ISPs at home, and it has taken me this long to take pictures of my Chevy and then get them on my flash drive and bring it to *gasp* work with me (sh!!!) to post this. I hope we get our Internets back up soon.

In the mean time, I have finished my Chevron Scarf. I love the colors even more now that it's finished. I can wear it every day because it goes with everything.

I can wear it with a caramel colored sweater.
I can wear it with my black coat.

I can wear it with my favorite blue velvet jacket.
Fabulous! Love it. I'm so glad this became a 'fad' in the knitblog world, because otherwise I probably would never have made it.
Ok, specs:
Pattern - Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn - Koigu KPPPM in colors P506 and P436. A little over a skein each.
Needles - Crystal Palace Daisy straights - Size 5
I am working on a few projects. My April UFO resurrection is Orangina, of which you've already seen a little black bit. The ribbing is slogging along, so I'll be finished soon.
My mom has asked for socks for Mother's Day, so I started Roza's Socks for her. First in the Tofutsies my SP sent me, but the gauge was all off, so I started again last night in Sundara's Lenten Rose from the Petals Collection. Hopefully this will go better.
Altogether, lots of 3x3 ribbing. Lovely.

Since I don't have more knitting pictures, I'll show you some from a little hike to Bernal Hill we took a few weekends ago.
What a lovely view. The only problem with it is that I can see my office building. Not so nice on the weekends!
There was a guy flying the hugest kite. Hard to tell in the picture, but it's about 8 feet tall.
Until next time - have a great day!

Thursday, April 12, 2007


So, a pirate walks into a bar, and the bartender notices something strange about him. The pirate asks the bartender for a drink, and the bartender says, "Um... Mr. Pirate, sir, is that a steering wheel in your pants?"
And the pirate says... (wait for it...) "Aye, and it's drivin' me nuts."

Ok, one more... What's a pirate's favorite restaurant? ARRRRby's!

I think you probably know by now what this is leading up to, and don't think I'm launching a career in stand-up...

Aye, maties, it's an FO!

Pattern: We Call Them Pirates, free from Hello Yarn
Yarn: Random acrylic blend from the stash, and Rowan Calmer for the lining
Needles: Size 3 bamboo
Mods: I made the lining only about 1" instead of the 2.25" length designated in the pattern. It fits just perfectly this way, instead of being a smidge too tight.

Overall, this is a great project. I feel like I learned a lot about fair isle, and my gauge is much more even on this than on the Endpaper Mitts.

I am officially a two handed fair isler. I just can't get the hang of holding both colors in one hand.

Now that it's complete, I realize I must have changed the dominant color in the middle, and then changed back. It's hard to see in the right side, but I can definitely see it in the guts. Do you see it? In the middle skulls, the white was being carried over the black, and on the top and bottom ones, the black was carried over the white.

I'm sure it's one of those things only knitters notice.

Once I got my momentum, I really had fun with this. I finished it about a week ago, and the Man has been wearing it constantly ever since. I'm so glad he likes it!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Book Meme!!

Look at the list of (100) books below.
Bold the ones you’ve read.
Italicize the ones you want to read.
Leave blank the ones that you aren’t interested in.
Movies don’t count.

Stolen from Sarah at Bella Knitting.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry) - I hadn't heard of this one, but it looks good!
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)

14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving) -I have this one, just haven't read it yet
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25 . Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie(Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible - I've read parts of it, but not the whole thing
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) - I have this one, just need to get to it
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand) - I think Atlas Shrugged was enough for me!
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davies)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
- I tried this and couldn't do it - I think it's time to try again!
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)

70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Excuse me for being so brief, but I have some reading to do...