Sunday, January 31, 2010

When I wake in the middle of the night and can't sleep due to anxiety, I think about yarn.

It helps.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wish I was there...

I've got shell buttons on my sweater today. It's my way of carrying the ocean with me.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The First 41 Update

I have a list of 41 things to do during my 41st year. Here is what I have done thus far:

9. Take care of at least one outstanding house project (in progress). We removed the janky old medicine cabinet from the bathroom, painted the wall behind it and need only to get hooks to hang the new mirror.

17. Knit at least two sweaters (does it count that I have one cast on already?) (in progress)
I actually ripped out the one that I had cast on (Liesl) but I am happily knitting on the Garter Yoke Cardigan. Well, at least semi-happily. I have it to get back off the string and on the needles since I just tried it on.

20. Ride a Ferris Wheel (done!)
At Disneyland last month.

21. Skate (ice, roller, or both)
Ice! Proof is above. It didn't last long, however. It was Kidlet's first time and once she fell, unstoppable sobbing ensued and we were done for the day.

23. Find the perfect cake recipe (in progress)
I made this cake for New Year's and it was mighty fine. I just need to get the frosting-to-cake ratio correct and I think I'm golden.

30. Watch New Orleans win the Superbowl (heh heh)
Ummm, it really could happen? I swear the reason they've come this far is because I have not watched a single game this season. As soon as I start checking the scores on the web while they are playing, they start losing. I'm afraid to watch, but I will.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wish I could stop and sit for a while...

but things are spinning wildly over here. Work has been a bear for the past two weeks. I lived under the threat of jury duty for two weeks (I've been released). The first day of school had me wishing I had taken just one more art history course 20 years ago when it was all still fresh in my head.

I just want to snuggle down with some knitting in front of the fire today but it's onward. Courage. Time to fly.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Reading List for January and Beyond

Some of these are already in my possession, patiently waiting to be cracked open after I read the longest book ever. No, not War and Peace. It's merely The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. I started it over a month ago and I (if I am lucky) read about 4 pages every night. I can't stop now, since I'm finally getting to the part where we find who took that infernal jewel. Anyway, I'm feeling list-y and this will help me organize.

Rabbit Redux
by John Updike--I read the first Rabbit book last summer and whew. It was definitely a glum read, but oh-so-good.

The Rings of My Tree: A Lativan Woman's Journe
y by Jane Cunningham--The story of my grandmothers, right here.

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall--if I want to be a children's librarian, I should be well-versed in the current lit. Who am I kidding? I just like to read children's books.

And speaking of children's books, we are in LOVE with...Around the World with Mouk by Marc Boutavant. So. Amazingly. Good.

Where I'm Calling From by Raymond Carver--I have this book and haven't read it for about 20 years, so it might be time for a reread.

The Man Who Was Thursday
by GK Chesterton

The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara

The Bolter by Frances Osborne--Sounds like a seriously fun read for me. As Kidlet says, "Mama loves 'old timey'."

What's on your nightstand? Read any good books lately?

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Yarn-o-topia: Process Versus Product

Let me start this post with a big sigh.


This school break was supposed to be full of finished products or at least a half bucket of progress. I had started Liesl with some navy blue Cascade 220. I'd cast on, get several inches in and there was inevitably some sort of mistake a couple inches back. A stitch wouldn't get increased and it became quite obvious in the pattern. Or I failed to follow the instructions for the right row. I ended up casting on and knitting (up to 8 inches the final time!) at least six times. I sighed and told myself that I just wasn't feeling enough love for it at this time. I pulled out another Ysolda pattern, the Peaks Island Hood. I wasn't immediately smitten with this pattern when I first saw it, but when I imagined it in the navy blue that I had been toiling with (with big red buttons!), I was obsessed. Good thing I have been obsessed; I've had to cast on and redo the infernal thing about a dozen times. Yes, a dozen times. And I still haven't got anywhere (it's back at the cast on row AGAIN).

Now it's the weekend before school starts and...I have nothing to show. That is, nothing to show but knowledge. With each frogging, I have learned more about the patterns and how little I know about 'reading' my knitting. So in lieu of Liesl and Peaks Island, I decided to give another pattern a try. I just picked up the yarn for the Garter Yoke Cardigan by Melissa LeBarre. I'm doing a Noro Silk Garden yoke with a Lambs Pride Worsted body (a modification I saw on Ravelry and liked greatly). I'm hoping with all the garter and stockinette stitch, I should be able to fly along while I'm hitting the books.

Wow. I can tell how much I hate doing a gauge swatch because I'm blogging instead of knitting. Back to the swatch!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

One day sckungk sed too his frend...

and I asked Kidlet, "What did skunk say?" She said, "Let's have a party!" And I died of the cuteness.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

By the time I ran to grab the camera, the colors had already started to fade.

Monday, January 04, 2010


Happy anniversary, boo. I know I ain't the best wife, but hopefully you'll stick around with me for 20 more years while I figure it out. I love you!

Weren't we young and cute? Sigh.

Happy Belated New Year

How have your first few days of 2010 been? If the past four days set the tone for the year, I'd say it's going to be productive. And well fed.