Monday, January 28, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
As I made my way back from VA last night, I was listening to NPR. Bill Clinton was speaking somewhere yesterday in honor of MLK Day and made an observation I had been thinking about myself...
This year, the Presidential hopefuls include: A female, A black male, A Mormon, A Southern Baptist minister, a former Prisoner of War and a former ambulance chasing attorney (Okay, Clinton didn't say all of that, but he said a lot of it). Anyway... the point is, regardless of who actually wins, I'd like to think that this one of those elections that will start the change of tides to the United States leadership so perhaps to at least appear to be reflective of the population. 40 years ago, our parents witnessed enormous change in the United States when the idea that skin colour differences weren't the basis for inequality. My 94 year old Grandmother can still talk about watching her mother go to vote (wearing her best Sunday suit) in her first presidential election. How insane is that? I can only hope that one day my kids will be able to ask me about the Presidential race where I witnessed a huge change in our history. Not to sound petty, but it would be pretty cool, huh?
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I've been knitting here, but not enough progress to really show anything finished. I'll leave you with pictures of where I would rather be, as I sit here in a turtleneck and hand knit socks. Why didn't I stay in Italy? (and I can't believe that was nearly 3 years ago!)
The view from our villa in Positano...
Self portrait in Capri..
Friday, January 18, 2008
I'm finally getting back into a knitting groove, trying to get more gifts out the door, thinking of upcoming projects and... I just got yarn in the mail for my next sweater. Wicked is DONE, but still a little damp from blocking. Pictures will have to wait until the Tall Guy comes back from a week of sailing in the Keys. (Yeah, I know, I'm more then jealous, don't worry).
Here's the yarn for my next sweater and this is a photo of what I'll be knitting .
My Aunt went to New Orleans prior to Christmas, wandered into an LYS there to see what was there and brought back yarn she desperately wanted me to make into a scarf. This is the aunt that does so much for me, and I love so much, I can't say no to. But, just look at this yarn. Its a train wreck of novelty yarn to the 10th degree. Nice, novelty yarn, but still. That kind where you can't see a stitch, can't figure out what will best suit the yarn (I'm doing mostly garter with a drop stitch row every ten rows or so) This is what I call love.
As I've mentioned, my future sister-in-law is expecting a little one in March. I've been playing around with some ideas and knit this little guy up in about two hours while languishing on the couch earlier this week. I love it, the Tall Guy loved it, but I'm just not sure its their taste...it may be a little goth for this part of my future-family. I think this means a trip to Stitch DC today for something more baby-like and softer colours...hmm.
Annie says "Why are you taking pictures of knitting, when you should be taking me for a walk?"
Note: that's not trash behind her, its one of about 10 bags of clothing that's going to charity. Apparently, it was time to get rid of clothing I'd owned since high school!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Here's a link to my first post, only because I think its funny.
I've already talked about the good things of 2007 and all that fluffy stuff, and say I will keep posting. I love that people read, but a lot of the knitting content is just so I can keep track of what I do.
More pics will be up momentarily! See, as I'll be moving in March (seriously, could I come up with one more thing to make life more hectic right now? Sure, why not!?) I figured there was no sense in having DSL set up when I can just get the Tall Guy to deal with Comcast at the new house. Oh, and the new house, is right across the street from this one, no joke. That means my posting will continue to be sporadic, at times when I get a connection and when I have my camera with me. I'm actually knitting a good amount right now, I swear!
My next set of projects (while in the midst of way too many others)
involves my future sister-in-law's upcoming new baby. The Tall Guy totally spaced on telling me the shower was today (!), so I'll be late in my gift arriving to them. The baby isn't due 'til March, so I think I'm okay.
Off to enjoy way-too-warm-of-weather (about 60) in January....
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Its not the hippest one, but its a phone and it looks like a sturdy little guy. I wanted a sweet fancy one...or the iPhone, but decided that with upcoming events looming, money will be best spent elsewhere...like a cake topper or a veil. Yuck! I'd rather a fancy phone, but am trying to be a good future bride:)
And... I have a terrible photo of the knitting I've been doing this week. Its fetching, from Knitty and a super quick but entertaining knit... I'm using the alpaca yarn picked up on our Fall Adventure and I may get a hat or another pair of fetching (for a friend, perhaps?) out of the skein. Its a little less dense then the pattern calls for, but its working just fine. Also, for those who know the pattern, I did lengthen it on purpose... I liked the cables so much, I just kept going!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
So, all that said, don't forget to vote and I'll show you knitting soon!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Every year I pretend to make a resolution and then promptly throw it out the window. It's just what I do. Last year, was going to be more of the same and I had forgotten about it all together until Monday night. As the Tall Guy (do you really think I'm going to start using his name right yet? Nahhh, its part of the fun!) and I strolled with some friends to a New Years Eve party, we had a brief conversation about resolutions for the upcoming year. He asked if I had kept last years... I paused and thought and thought. "Well..." I said slowly. "I think I did!"
In retrospect I remember pausing in the middle of a fairly chaotic party last year at a good friends house, thinking "This year. I will take better care of myself, strive to be happier and remove things from my life that don't contribute to my health, happiness or general well being". And. What do you know.
- (Photo from the party last year..)
- I said goodbye to some demons, some real-life ones and some just, in-my-head ones. The real-life ones were easier to let go of then I thought they would, which was surprising, but nice.
- I traveled a bunch, saw my HLP lots this year, which was freaking awesome
- I worked for the Yoga Studio and then quit the Yoga Studio when I realized I couldn't fix everything. Its hard for me to admit when I can't fix it all... (that's the control freak)
- My family had a pretty good year. No losses, no setbacks. This is really good for us...
- Little sister started college; marking my 10 year anniversary of doing the same. I like to think I handled it with dignity and grace (yeah, right).
- I put more effort into my love of knitting (yay for Socks that Rock for Christmas!)
- I got a dog, whom we adopted, who truly needed a home. Sure, she's a lot of work, but until you have a dog that you are helping to have a better life asleep on your feet, you really can't tell me you don't want a dog and really know it.
- Obviously, I caused hell to freeze over, if but for a minute by getting engaged. I'll just say, when you know it, you know it. I'm so excited to not necessarily know where my life is going, but knowing that I have a co-pilot for the ride has me grinning from ear to ear.
So, this year, 2008 is going to have to have some big things in it order to beat 2007... that said, I say bring it on, I'm ready!