Sunday, December 31, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
The wrist warmers are done! (No, you're not seeing things, one is slightly bigger than the other. The pattern was very large and didn't fit right. I may redo the larger one if that is what the giftee would like.)
And the gaiter is back on track! I haven't measured it yet but am almost finished with the first skein! Lots of time at the airport tonight to keep working on it!
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! I'm off for a family visit and sadly, they have dial-up. So unless one of the unsuspecting suburban neighbors has unsecured Internet access for the lap top, there won't be any posts for a while as I don't have the patience for blogging with dial-up!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
P.S. Be sure to wish Mara a happy belated birthday! I meant to post yesterday but that was the class! Sorry Mara, but happy birthday!
Monday, December 04, 2006
Jessica sent me the link to this site - Cafe Press - that sells these shirts "Football is more fun now that I know how to knit!" So true....so true. I do get a lot of knitting done on Football Sunday as it's known around my house! Thank goodness the Purly Girls meet on Monday Nights!
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Gaiter - several inches into it and almost done with the first skein. I'm not letting myself even get a measuring tape near it until I'm halfway through the second skein.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
- loving, healthy family
- fabulous fiance
- my great friends
- and quick, easy, beautiful knitting patterns that knit up quickly with soft, luscious yarn I found on sale!
(this is being posted early as we are leaving soon to drive over to N. Idaho and we won't have Internet access for a few days - gasp! It'll be like the olden' days I guess!)
P.S. Be sure to wish Supergirl good luck on the 1/2 marathon she's running on Sunday! Go Supergirl go!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
"Holiday Knitting Strategies:"
"1. Prioritize - choose one person on your list to knit for this year and focus on that project alone" - I did that, my dad's gaiter - the project that is still in its original skein form!
"2. Start early -Why scramble make gifts in December when one can start in August or better yet, in January!" Who the hell does that? Isn't this part of the stress, I mean fun?
"3. Think easy but personal" - what is easy?
Hmmm, maybe I should have actually read the book instead of just looking at the pretty pictures when I bought it back in July!!!
Monday, November 20, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
I didn't make it as long as the pattern calls for (102 inches) but mine is about 64 inches and I really like it. This is my first project with fringe as I've stayed away from it in the past because it scares me, but I have to say, I do really like it. However if I start talking about getting a bedazzler (also something that frightens me) - please shoot me.
Pattern: Purl Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay, Rowan Kid Silk Haze and another kind that I forgot the name of in various pretty berry colors.
Friday, November 10, 2006
- Saturday morning - Twisting with the Cable Girl - Fiona Ellis
- Saturday afternoon - Needle Felting - Leigh Radford
- Sunday morning - Sweaters that Fit - Secrets of Sizing and Gauge
I'm very excited about the Sunday class as I'm the worst at gauge! And speaking of gauge....the hat for the fiance continues to frustrate me! I finished it (for the second time in case anyone is counting) and I had him try it on and it's still too small! So I've ripped it back (again) and I'm planning on adding another 2 inches before I start the decreases! I've decided the problem is not me, it's just a small pattern and that he has an unusually large head. I'm seriously rethinking giving birth to his children.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Happy Halloween from 60's Girl and Annoying Man!
(He decided to be annoying man after a guy at the gym was working out next to him while talking on his cell phone the entire time. He's sporting 3 cell phones, one with an ear piece, a retractable ID badge, a water bottle clip belt with a travel coffee mug, a leatherman and wearing his biking clothes - which for some reason people wear around here in Seattle - and his biking shoes. For safety's sake, he removed the clips). And he wouldn't dance with me because of all of the gadgets. Very annoying.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
- I ride the bus to work every day
- I recycle at home
- I've started to wash all of my clothes in cold water
- I do all my laundry at once to save on energy from the dryer stopping and starting throughout the week (actually, I've always done that but it was because I just wanted to be done with the laundry at once and not drag it out all freakin' week.)
But there is still lots of room for improvements - to be honest, I'm sitting in my home with all the heaters in each room running because I'm tired of being cold all the time! And yes, I'm wearing layers! It's just day one of the challenge I guess - long way to go!
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Yesterday was the perfect fall day to head out to the pumpkin patch at Biringer Farm! It was sunny, cool and the company was fabulous! We all picked out perfect pumpkins.
Matt and Rebecca were quite happy with all the pretty colors we selected.
Carrie was sporting her new Irish Hiking Scarf made from the Magic Yarn Balls Rebecca and I put together for her out of Cascade 220. It was some magic, because not only did the scarf turn out beautifully, but she and Kevin also got engaged!
Friday, October 20, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
(Editors Note: This post was written Thursday night for posting first thing Friday morning. After I wrote in, Rebecca began sending taunting text messages and pic via the cell phone. Is there no extent to her torture?)
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
I've finished the Baby Bolero from One Skein. It turned out pretty cute if I do say so. I'm still not thrilled with the design on the back, but I think it'll look pretty cute on baby Cameron Lee.
I also found out today that one of the babies on my Baby Knit List is going to be a boy! I'm very excited to knit for a boy as all the baby knitting has been for girls! This will require a trip to the yarn store!
Until then, I'm still working on the Purl scarf for me from Last Minute Knitted Gifts! I just love the berry colors!
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Editors note: I came up with the plan to start knitting holiday gifts on Aug. 1 while frantically finishing a scarf for last Christmas at 12:30 a.m. Christmas morning. I seem to be heading down that path again.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
This is the reason I need to knit guage swatches: Here is the Irish Hiking Scarf Rebecca and I are both working on in the same yarn. She is on gauge, I am not.
P.S. Rebecca's coworker saw the entire thing and said the man didn't stab her, it was only a paper cut.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
A Hawaiian rainbow
Shelly & I learning how to hula dance
The main Hula dancer signals the beginning the Luau (he later picked me out of the audiance for a hula....good thing I learned earlier in the evening)!
We saw lots of giant sea turtles on a boat trip. I also saw a big one up close and personal while snorkeling a few days later! No camera with me though.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
- Beach bag - check
- Beach towel - check
- Magazines - check
- Library book - check
- Hawaii tour book - check
- Hat - check
- Snorkel gear - check
- SPF 50 - check (please stop laughing Rebecca)
- Knitting project (Irish Hiking Scarf that's been in the back of the closet for months) - check
I'm ready for Hawaii! Aloha!
In another flashback moment, Sara found this old picture on line at the UI. This is me (in the Idaho sweatshirt) and my roommates Liz and Renee and Liz's boyfriend Jason. We were posed for a picture advertising for the oh' so spacious and glamorous dorm rooms of the Wallace Complex. That pink rug still cracks me up. I wanted to buy a rug and my roomie Liz said get any color but pink. I was annoyed with her, so I came home with the pink rug. Ah, the good ol' days of Wallace Complex Houston Hall!
In other knitting news, a few have asked to see the knitting bag that was doused with tea. It looks alright from the picture (I tried to spruce it up for its last showing) but the inside fabric is hard and crusty in places and I'm afraid some of the tea leaked through the lining to the depths of the bag that I can't reach to clean. So alas, this cute pink knitting bag will be retired to the bag heaven of great bags who've lived past their prime. We had a good knitting journey together. Through good projects and projects that well, lets just say, will remain between me and the bag. So long old friend, I'll miss you.
P.S. If you think I'm crazy for my attachment to a bag, check out what Rebecca did to a tree!
Sunday, September 10, 2006
On another disturbing note, I was telling this story to a good friend of ours when she confessed up to this little tale: Last weekend when I was in Boise, Matt has some friends over after a night out on the town. He had gone to bed while his friends continued to drink at our place. Apparently one of his friends (who I have never met) spilled their vodka drink in my knitting bag (luckily, all the projects were in a different bag and in Idaho with me, but there was still the needle bag in there). My dear friend (thank God she was there), even though she was a little toasted, knew the importance of the knitting bag, ran into the kitchen to get a towel. As she did that, she hit her toe on the corner of the wall and broke her toe. That is a good friend. I'm now moving the knitting bag - although when Matt's friends come over for drinks, I normally move the knitting because I knew something like this would eventually happen from one of his friends. Moral of the story folks, always keep projects in Ziplock baggies and make sure they are closed!
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
This Labor Day weekend, I went back to Cascade, Idaho where my family has a place just off the lake. My grandparents owned the property for years and years and I remember going up there nearly every summer growing up. It's not fancy, it's not big, but to me, it's just perfect. I used to go there to play. Now years, later, I still go there to play and to recharge my batteries! It was a fun weekend, just my mom, dad, sister and myself! I sat out on the deck, soaked up some sun, read books, knitted, went for walks and our cousins Holly and Trena treated us to a boat ride in Lake Cascade! We drank margaritas as we cruised around to check out the big ol' "cabins" around the lake. Lindsay even tried water skiing for the first time! She did pretty good and almost made it up a time or two! Being the good sis, that I am, I promised her those pics wouldn't end up on the blog!
It was sunny and warm, but the smoke from forest fires in the area made it a bit hazy and smokey. All in all, it was the perfect summer weekend. I wish it hadn't taken me two years to get back up there since the move, but it certainly won't take me two years to get back there!
I snapped this photo from the drive home along HWY 55 along the Payette River. The haze in the picture is smoke from wildland forest fires in southern Idaho.
Even Hailey enjoyed some serious R & R, taking in the view as she relaxed on my mom's hat.
Friday, August 25, 2006
P.S. My friend Jen who is getting the sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts called me today to say she's having a girl! Time for some pink yarn shopping! I can't wait to make Anouck from Knitty! I've been waiting for someone to have a girl!
Monday, August 21, 2006
The victorious Danskiners; Julie, Rebecca, me, Lindsay (my sister) and Carrie! We rock!
After months and months and countless hours of running, biking and swimming, it all came down to yesterday: the Danskin Sprint Triathalon! My first ever triathalon! I gave myself the goal of finishing in under 3 hours. Not only did I make that goal, but I was completely shocked and amazed at my time! My official Danskin time: 2 hours, 1 minute and 36 seconds! I did the swim in just 21 minutes!That's four minutes faster than my lap pool time and 10 minutes faster than my best open water swim! Talk about kickin' it into gear on race day! The best part about the race, with over 5-thousand women of all shapes and sizes on the course, I was able to spot several of my friends along the way for support! Plus my mom and dad came in from Boise to watch my sister, Lindsay and I do the race together! Enjoy the pictures & thanks for your support!
Lindsay crosses the finish line minutes after me!
A little race day prep fun with Lindsay, me and her friend Angela who came in from Boise for the race too!
There were a lot of bikes out there!