Monday, February 26, 2007
I worked at Mosaic this weekend and organized the Ella Rae amity. Looks good huh!
I stopped in on Sunday too. I got to see Purl and another pug stopped in! His name is Curbie (He's in the pic above). He was about twice as big as Purl with twice as much extra skin too. They chased each other around the shop. It was pretty cute.
I had the bug for a new project and I picked Red Light Special from Brooklyntweeds blog. Like Mimi, I too have been wanting to expand my knitting range. One of the things I have on my "skills I wish I had list" is fair isle. A fair isle hat seemed like a good starter project and it seems like a lot of people are making this hat, so I assumed it's a good project. It has a silk lining which will be excellent in cold weather. For the outside of the hat, I'm using Silky Tweed in navy, forest green, light blue, and chocolate. Here's a pic of what I've done so far...
It hasn't been very difficult. There are only two colors on every row, so it's pretty easy. Most of it I knit while I was watching the Oscars. That brings me to my best and worst dressed list. I thought the best dressed was Reese Witherspoon and Kate Blanchett. For the most part, I was unimpressed this year by the clothes. Reese was by far my favorite! The worst dressed were Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman (It's the Oscars, not Christmas she looked like a present I swear)and the absolute worst was Kirsten Dunst (there have only been a few acceptable dresses in fashion history with feathers; stay far, far away).
Not only did I knit while watching the Oscars, I also had a nice glass of Pinot Noir. Since everything I do must be knitting related, I had to find a wine that fit the bill. Thankly, I found Dyed-in-the-wool! It's a good wine too!
I took another picture of the ecowool sweater I just finished so you can get a better look.
Friday, February 23, 2007
I like it so much I decided to make a few more. I got a valentine's day card from one of my friends that used to go to tech, so I thought I would send her one out of Pehuen, another Araucania yarn. It's a very pretty teal and blue color. Here's a picture of a ball I hand wound with I cactus I've had since my freshman year. It was one of the few plants to survive the dorm hall.
I also finished my ecowool sweater! I initially thought it might be too big, but I wore it today and was extremely happy with it. First of all I love the neckline. The cardigan is asymmetrical with adds the quirkiness I love in a knitting pattern. The buttons are perfect too. They're hexagons and really play up the hexagon pattern in the stitch pattern. On top of all that, I was warm and cozy all day, I never felt hot. It's the quintessential wool sweater that everyone should have in their wardrobe.
As soon as I cast off on projects, my mind starts going crazy. I look through all of my books and start thinking of endless possibilities for new projects. I really want to make the urban aran cardigan. I started searching through Mosaic and my favorite was a blue color of Reynold's Lopi. Then I had a brainstorm! Sheep Shop! This is the color I'm thinking of...
I just love it!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Ok, so he's a tad young and a little messy, but a single girl can't be picky on Valentine's day. His name is Hunter and I'm visiting him in North Carolina this weekend. I've known him for about 5 of his 6 years and I swear he's only grown a foot in that time which is probably due to the fact that his mom isn't even 5 feet tall. He runs around even faster than purl, I swear!We all went to REI today in Greensboro. I bought 4 hiking shirts for about $50. If that's not a bargain I don't know what is. We visited a yarn shop too, called This and That. It's a nice shop. They had lots of buttons (hint, hint Gina ;P ). I was very tempted to buy some Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn, but resisted the urge. I must say that I am one of those obsessive sock knitters now! I am so sad I missed out on the Socks that Rock Sock of the Month Club this year. They get sent colors that the rest of us not so lucky knitters won't get to see until 2008! I will definitely sign up next year.
By the way, I'm so close to finishing my ecowool sweater. I have to knit the collar and seam the sweater together. I'm so excited!
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Later that evening, I couldn't sleep and crazy me decided it would be a great idea to go sledding. It was midnight by then, but that didn't stop me. I mean, come on, one of the best hills in B-burg is a 2 min walk from my apartment. I was sledding for about 45 min and really having fun. I hiked back up the hill and said those famous last words, "This will be my last one". I say that when eating brownies too and that never works out either! Anyway, I ran, jumped on the sled and off I went! When I was almost at the bottom, my foot caught on the ground, my sled turned, and I rolled off and on to the ground. I stood up and immediately could feel that I had sprained my stupid right ankle. I tried to walk up the hill, but instead I had to ask two strapping young gentleman if they could get me back to my apartment. (For other single ladies out there, I think faking the sprain and picking the cutest guy on the hill is an excellent strategy) One of them was bigger than me and I had complete confidence when he asked me to hop on his back. They then decided to switch and this little guy that I probably outweighed by 75 pounds told me to hop on his back. To which I said a resounding, "Hell no!". That evening had already been embarrassing enough, thank you! They carried me up the hill got my roommate and I was off to the ER.
They confirmed the sprain, gave me crutches, pain medicine, and sent me on my way. However, the trip wasn't a total wash. I meant the real life mc Dreamy. mmm, let me take a moment and stare at the picture......... ok back to blogging. That's right ladies head out to the ER in the Montgomery County Hospital and you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse. Luckily, I had knitting with me... umm, of course, who do you take me for? As a woman was x-raying my ankle I unconsciously made my pitch for Mosaic. I bet I say it in my sleep too. She said I was a good salesperson! Woo hoo! And that she'd stop by Mosaic and sit and knit. She also admitted she had a weakness for good yarn, so I'm sure she'll love Mosaic!