Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Wondering how the adventure in lace knitting is going? Not well. Not well at all.
I finished the last portion of the body knitting, and the stitches basically matched up. However when I counted them to move on to the edging portion, I was 14 stitches short. That's a lot.
Now I have three choices here:
1. I can knit another row or two and creatively add 14 stitches. It's lace so what's a few extra holes here and there?
2. I can break my steadfast rule: don't turn back. Knitting, much like life, is never perfect so why go back and fix mistakes? But if I did, I'd have to rip back 12 rows to the third body section and hope the mistakes were just contained to the fourth section.
3. Shove the damn project in the bottom of the knitting bag and let it think long and hard about what its done.
I think I'm going to resort for option 3 for now.
In the meantime, I'm going to go play with my fabric for a while.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Then, somewhere, somehow in the fourth portion of the body section repeats, something got all pear shaped. The numbers didn't add up. The stitches weren't matching. At least that's how it was on one row, then the next, it'd magically all work out. I don't get it.
It's an adventure yes. And one I'm trying to remain patient on. But as we all know, that isn't really my strong suit. And I'm beginning to think neither is lace knitting.
But luckily, I'm always up for a good adventure.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Take a picture of yourself right now. No primping or preparing. Just snap a picture.
Load the picture onto your blog.
Tag three people to play.
Today was my yoga class, laundry, errand running, craft Sunday. A perfect day. But I was doing all this without a shower and still wearing my yoga clothes and no make up. Lovely, I know.So I just snapped the pic on my cell phone.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
- Continue riding the bus to work and drive only a few times a month when needed (plus parking in Seattle really adds up!)
- Eliminate the use of paper towels in my house. We already use cloth napkins, but the hubby really likes paper towels.
- Start using homemade cleaners. Any one have any good recipes?
- Grow more veggies this year.
- Start making my own bread.
- Buy things with less packaging.
These are a good start I think, but I can't wait to add more to my list!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Once again, I seemed to have a bit of a yarn pooling issue. Now that this is the second time I've made these socks with the same pooling issue. Which means it's the knitter. I've started a pair of socks the hubby and I'm seeing the same pooling. It's time to get smaller needles, rip out his sock and start over.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I'm grateful for all the generosity that poured out at last night's charity auction for our very worthy cause.
I'm grateful for all the help I got in organizing the event and for the businesses that donated goods for our live and silent auction.
I'm grateful for my family and friends that put up with me as I planned, organized, stressed and was a wee bit crazed during this time.
And, I'll be honest here, I'm grateful it's over.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Very little knitting - OK none if you can believe that - has occurred (except when I manage to make it Purly Girls!) I really can't remember the last time I've made it to the gym and any "free time" I do find myself with basically consists of me lying in front of the TV because I'm too tired/brain dead to do anything else! It's quite sad really.
But the auction is this Saturday night! I'm very excited for the event and I confess, I am also excited to have it over with! Then I can get back to my crafty/exercising ways! I'm already dreaming of my next projects. They include a baby quilt, several baby sweaters a shawl and a pair of socks for the hubby! I also can't wait to get back to reading all of the blogs that I've grown to love! I miss every one's creativity!
Monday, April 13, 2009
More carbs please!
Above are some of the biggest beef steak tomatoes at the farmers market in Alres! I was amazed by how large the fruit and produce were at these small town markets! And what would a trip to France be without a crepe? So we had a nutella crepe in Aux-en-Provence. We had to slow down long enough for me to snap the picture. It was really good!
It's time to hit the gym...but worth every minute on the treadmill!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
A self portrait from the river cruise boat. Don't let the sunshine fool you, it was freakin' freezing in Paris! In fact, the night we went to the to the top of the Eiffel Tower, it was snowing! Pretty neat to see, but really cold! The stained glass windows in the Sainte-Chappelle Cathedral. They were the most beautiful windows I've ever seen. It's this little cathedral 2 blocks from the Notre Dame. On your next trip, this is a must. Plus there is no line. Below is a street pic I snapped just two blocks from our apartment in the Saint Germaine neighborhood. It was the perfect place to stay! The neighborhood was very lively and full of quaint shops, bakeries, tasty restaurants and walking distance from all the major sites! I'll be staying there again!
This block in Montmart was filled with artists....very inspirational to see! Below is the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. We took a 1/2 day trip out there and it was quite the palace. It was too early for the gardens to bloom, so I guess I'll have to go back.
The sister's self portrait series was snapped throughout France, her we are on the rocky beach of Nice - it was so nice!
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
I have nearly 600 pics that I need to download, sort through and then post (not all of them, don't worry!) Until then, I'm catching up on all my emails, blog reading and such (thank you jet lag for waking me up from 12-2 and then again at 5am to get this all accomplished...).
But for now, I have sweet memories, fun pics and a strong desire for pain au chocolate for another breakfast. Thank goodness there is a delicious French bakery at the Pike Place Market. I think they have a new customer for life. Oh, and I decided I must learn how to make my own bread and creme brulee.