Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas wish list

I have so much Christmas knitting to get done and not nearly enough time to do it. How did Christmas get here so fast?

I've got a back done on this little sweater and I've started a quick pair of kids socks.



If anyone is looking for gift ideas for me I did update my Knit Picks wish list.

Now I Must.Knit.Faster.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bunny time

For some reason I thought it would be funny to make my younger nieces and nephew a bunny for Christmas. And the my sisters saw them and wanted one. And then friends saw them and wanted one. I sure hope these knitted bunnies multiply like the live ones.


Monday, October 21, 2013

I know the cats like it but...

My current WIP is a Christmas tree skirt that has lots of cables and, while quite lovely, is taking a ton of time to knit up. The cats both love it as you can see.


But the real question is who shall be the ultimate recipient of the tree skirt? My first thought was I would give it to a friend of mine as a wedding gift (he was married in September). I thought it would be nice for their first Christmas together. But then I started thinking, what if they don't like it? And then I give it to them and they act all polite and nice and then shove it in a box somewhere. Or worse, they throw it out or donate it. The yarn for this bad boy was not inexpensive and the amount of time I'm spending on it is not inconsequential. I thought about asking them if they liked it but then would they say yes just to be nice? Should I try to find someone who already likes it (I have a couple of people who have appropriately fawned over it and expressed interest in owning it). Or should I just keep it for myself or, rather, my cats, who seem to have claimed it already.

How's your Christmas knitting going?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cue pomp and circumstance...

Stationery Card
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Loved using the Shutterfly site to make my announcements! Super quick and easy!


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday First day of Spring

Hurray for the first day of spring! While I love winter and the snow I'm always happy for the return of green things and warmer days. Of course Colorado can be temperamental with the weather and I hear there is snow in the forecast for the weekend but I'm going to ignore that right now.

Currently I am working on Anne Hanson's Longshadows scarf. This was a pattern from her Fall in Full Color 2011 club. I am actually doing two at a time so it's a little slow going. It's not a terribly complicated pattern but I do have to pay attention. It's Anne Hanson lace after all. I decided to set it out on the counter so every time I pass it I can bang out a row or two. Gonna get these finished!

Also on the needles is the latest in Woolgirl's Poet's club, Root and Bud hat. I finished the cowl and loved the yarn so much I ordered more so I could do the hat. It is going pretty quick.

And tonight at knit night I will probably work on stitching up the elephant.

What are you working on?





Sunday, February 10, 2013

Trying to get my knit on

I have been a member of The Rockin' Sock Club since 2007. This year marks year 7. How many kits have I knit up, you ask? With 6 kits per year that's 36 kits I have so far. And I have knit up a grand total of 1 pair. Seriously. One pair out of 36. This seems, well, just wrong. So in 2013 I plan to remedy that by starting off knitting each pair as I get them and then working on previous years in the off months.

This month's kit has a pattern called Roadside Attraction and I simply love it. In fact since we get the PDFs before we get the yarn now I decided to start it in some other stash yarn I had been trying to knit up for the last several months but couldn't seem to find the right pattern. This one was perfect.

Don't you agree?

And I think after these are finished up I will do another pair in the club color. I think my plan might just work.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday afternoon with T.C. Boyle

So far I've only read one book by T. C. Boyle, The Tortilla Curtain. I found it a very engaging read - he has quite the knack for writing narrative that gives you the distinct feeling you are in that person's head, seeing things as that person sees them. I ordered a couple other books from the trusty Paperback book swap website and put them into the "to read" pile. (if you wonder how big my "to read pile is I suggest you take a look at this amusing video my husband made). I saw in an email from the local library that Mr. Boyle (or I guess it's really Dr. Boyle since he does have a PhD in Nineteenth Century British Literature from the University of Iowa) was coming to Denver for a discussion and book signing so I signed up. Listening to authors talk about their work is often inspiring to me even though I doubt I'll ever write the great American novel.

I wasn't sure what to expect - I didn't really know that much about him or his work (aside from the fact he was a New York Times Best selling author). Sunday morning I started wondering if I should even go. There was a The Walking Dead marathon on AMC (since the season 2 finale is tonight) and I get kind of lazy by Sunday afternoon. When I told Josh I wasn't sure I should go he pulled out a quote from the Simpsons (is there ANYTHING in life that show doesn't have a quote for?) Josh said I would be sorry if I didn't got just like when Homer was sorry he didn't go earlier to meeting Mr. T

From the episode Deep Space Homer:
Marge: But on the other hand, when you don't take advantage of an
opportunity, you can end up regretting it for the rest of your
life.
Homer: You're right, Marge. Just like the time I could have met Mr. T
at the mall. The entire day I kept saying, "I'll go a little
later. I'll go a little later." And then when I got there, they
told me he'd just left. And when I asked the mall guy if he
would ever come back again, he said he didn't know. Well, I'm
never going to let something like that happen again! I'm going
into space right now!

Well, I didn't go into space but I did go listen to the talk and I was so glad Josh convinced me to go! Mr. Boyle was delightful! (shhhhhh, don't tell Josh he was right).

First he thanked us for coming out on a cold rainy Sunday (it was actually a very warm and sunny, albeit windy, day). He then told us he had discovered our purpose in life while in the men's room - it was to be the receivers of advertisements. Apparently there was a television in the mirror in the men's room that blasted ads while you washed your hands.

He chatted briefly about his new book, When the Killing's Done and how it was inspired by the history of what has happened with the wildlife on Channel Islands off the coast of California. Sounds like a very interesting book (and yes, I bought a copy and had him sign it).

He then read us one of his short stories, The Lie, which tells the story of what happens when a disillusioned 26-year-old calls in to get out of work with a lie. As he was reading it I could really imagine this guy telling this lie, skipping work,and then dealing with the ramifications of his story. Some authors are great writers but not great readers. Mr. Boyle was the exception. He was a fantastic reader and made the story come alive!

I did some searching when I got home and found out this was expanded into a movie last year. Not sure if it was ever in theaters but it is on demand on Netflix so I may have to check it out.

After he was done he took some audience questions which were less than interesting, finished up the talk and went out to sign books. I had brought A Friend of the Earth and had him sign that as well.


Unfortunately I thought I had taken a picture of him during the talk but my camera on my phone decided not to save it so I'll post a picture from another blog that describes his talk as he was wearing pretty much the exact same outfit (from Boswellandbooks.bogspot.com).

Overall it was a great talk by a very personable author.










And I got some knitting done.