Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Long weekend - in pictures

I'm still here... Ravelry will be the end of my knitting and my blogging. Crazy addicting.

On Saturday, the man did this:

While I looked on from here:

and worked on this:

(Picture was taken yesterday morning. There's lots more now.)
What is that shapeless blob?, you ask. Well, it's Ms. Marigold in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed color 005 (a la NotFunky). The yarn was on sale. I couldn't resist.
This has to be the quickest knit ever. I cast on Thursday evening, and am zooming right along. (Are those famous last words or what? We shall see.)

Sunday, May 20, 2007


Vanessa is the winner of a skein of lovely Lemongrass!

Thanks everyone for playing!!

Now, some stats, just in case anyone's curious:
I had 19 people enter. I eliminated any second comments left by someone who had already been entered.
I used this random number generator to draw the winner's number.
I had 11 requests for Jade, 4 for Lemongrass and 4 for G-Rocks.

I think this will have to become an annual event. Come back and play again next year!!

Friday, May 18, 2007

And now for something completely random...

I have been tagged by both Christy and Kellie for the 7 Random Things Meme.

So here goes. Quick, before I get tagged again!

(Oh, wait, here are the rules: Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and need to read your blog.)

Ok, ready?

1. I don't own a TV. Wait. Let me rephrase - I have never owned a TV. My mother hasn't owned a TV for as long as I've been alive. But I love watching TV shows on Netflix. We watch DVDs on our computer, and we have a portable DVD player.
Yeah, so, all those small talk conversations at work about that one episode of CSI, or what happened on American Idol last night? Way over my head.

2. I went to college way over on the other side of the country, only to find out once I got there that I have lots of family connections to my alma mater. My great-grandmother graduated from the same college in 1902 (exactly 100 years before me). Her father, uncle and younger sister all went there, and her father taught Romance and Germanic Languages there.
Now I know why it felt like home when I first visited. Kinda creepy.

3. I was a Romance Languages major. (Is this freaking you out yet?) I had planned on majoring in International Business, but they wouldn't let me specialize in more than one region. So I developed my own major, and took all kinds of crazy classes in French, Spanish, Italian and Latin. (Oh, and I once found a book in the library with a bookplace saying it was donated by my great-great-uncle.)

4. When I was born, my parents had a 40 acre sheep ranch. We moved away when I was 5, so I don't really remember it. But now? It sounds like heaven!! All that wool? Fabulous.

5. I think my parents are the coolest.
My dad is the funniest, most level-headed and most fun-to-be-around guy that you will ever meet (in my humble and not at all biased opinion). He would do anything for his family and does it without expecting anything in return.
And my mom is the most creative and hard working mom in the world. She is a glass-blower, olive-grower, knitter and mom extraordinaire! She and my step-dad totally landscaped their backyard for our wedding, and are have 4 more weddings scheduled for this year.
She will be getting hand-knit socks for the rest of her life for that one!

6. In both high school and college I was a pole-vaulter on the track team. I was never very good, but I had a lot of fun.

7. I tore one of my ACLs pole vaulting in college. And I tore the other one skiing in high school. If you can avoid it, don't do that. It really hurts. And the surgery to fix it? Not so much fun either.

Ok, so I am tagging Ariel, Stacey, Jena, Kathy, Susi, Amy, and anybody else who wants to be tagged. (Don't feel obligated!)

ETA: Oops, I guess I should have looked at who Christy tagged. Sorry ladies :)

It's not too late to enter the contest! Comments entered before tomorrow night (Saturday 5/19) at midnight will be considered. Good luck!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


The very merry un-birthday un-blogiversary contest has finally arrived.

The prizes came in today's mail, so the contest will begin!!!

Up for grabs are one skein each of Socks That Rock Lightweight in Lemongrass, G-Rocks, and Jade.

Simply leave a comment by 12:01am on Sunday, May 20th letting me know which colorway you choose! I will choose and announce the winner's name on Sunday.
Mmm... Lemongrass

Yummy... G-Rocks

Delicious... Jade.
Isn't it hard to choose??
Come one, come all. And good luck!

One year older...

Thank you all for the birthday and blogiversary wishes. It really means a lot to have such a large community of like minded people surrounding my little place in the internet. You are all wonderful. Thank you for being here.

I spent a nice, long weekend with my family. We spent my birthday and Mother's Day together, and watched my graduation online. Even though I couldn't be there "for reals" it was nice to hear my name.

This was the first birthday that was difficult for me to celebrate. Maybe it's just part of getting older, but I didn't want it to come this year. Time seems to be speeding up, and passing me by. How can I be in my late 20's already? How can my 5 year college reunion be this summer? and my 10 year high school reunion next summer? Many cousins and friends are having children (all boys - what's up with that?), buying houses, settling down. It seems a little late at this point, but can I please stop growing up?

Oh well. Nothing I can do... At least my family approves of my knitting habit. See here for proof.

As I mentioned a few posts back, I made Roza's Socks for my mom for Mother's Day (Here is the Ravelry link for those with acocunts).

These were a really fun little project. I had to fly through the project to get them done in time.

Taking inspiration from Christy, I made a star toe (found here) instead of the toe called for in the pattern. What a relief! No kitchener! Love it.

ETA: Oh yeah, the pattern specs. Duh.

Pattern: Roza's Socks by Grumperina from Interweave Spring '06
Yarn: 1 sk. Sundara Sock yarn in Lenten Rose (Petals Collection colorway)
Needles: Size 1 Susan Bates dpns
Mods: Just the star toe.

I haven't forgotten about the contest. More info will be forthcoming as soon as the prizes arrive!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007


Oh my gosh. Today is my blogiversary and I almost forgot! I have been so preoccupied with an event happening tomorrow (more on that at a later date, maybe) that I haven't been paying attention.

So, that, and Saturday is my birthday (and Nova's too!).

There's so much going on that I think we need a contest!! Don't you?

I am taking a few days off of work, and going out of town. So while I'm gone, get your contest-winning hats out, and come back next week for the big prize reveal and entry guidelines.

Have a great rest of your week, a great weekend and Mother's Day! Talk to you soon.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Sockapalooza 4

Oh yes, I am one of the ONE THOUSAND crazy knitters who signed up for Sockapalooza 4.

I have my pal's info, and purchased some awesome yarn for her socks. She asked for pink, and boy is she going to get it! Now to find a pattern...
I have been looking at Monkey, Charade, maybe Jaywalkers, or maybe something toe-up... I have emailed her to see her preferences, but do you have any suggestions?

I know my pal has my info because I saw a referral from Alison's database on my sitemeter... I am so tricky.

(Oh, and if you're keeping track, yes, I did break my stash diet to buy pink sock yarn. So there!)