Friday, July 28, 2006

Another lovely evening

Another lovely knitting circle hosted by Suzanne.

Once again, the food was delicious, the company delightful, and the kntting plentiful. H and her daughter hit it off well and spent time playing together.

But the highlight of the evening? Definitely the flinging of shrimp shells into K's knitting bag. Am I a genius, or what?

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

What interesting things have YOU done?

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive No, but I've ridden in one, could probably drive it if I asked nicely
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said 'I love you' and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game define huge?
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper HA ahahahahahaha. Hee.
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen an eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run only in wiffle ball
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 10 provinces or all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk many times
42. Had amazing friends Still do!
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip And have a tattoo to commemorate one of them
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your cds
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day is it lounging if you've just given birth?
60. Posed nude in front of strangers
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater

66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake Dead River
82. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage Do grade school plays count?
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Had a one-night stand
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in aisles at Rocky Horror.
96. Raised children. well, not in the past tense yet
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
98. Created and named your own constellation of stars
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an illness that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Petted a stingray
110. Broken someone's heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol I want to, though
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet He lives in my bedroom
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi For BREAKFAST
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Petted a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read More than once
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions But maybe this year
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language Well, communicated might be a stretch
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146: Dyed your hair
147: Been a DJ
148: Shaved your head
149: Caused a car accident
150: Saved someone's life

Friday, July 21, 2006

Meet Pye

Pye is one of our three cats. She's adorable, sweet-tempered and only sometimes really crazy.

She's also probably the cat that is closest to being a kindred spirit, because, you see...

Pye has a yarn fetish that rivals even my own.

Not to knit with, of course, since her lack of opposable thumbs would make that a bit difficult. No, she likes to make yarn nests. In the middle of our very small upstairs hallway. If there's yarn to found anywhere in the house, I'll come home to find it all piled in the hallway at the top of the stairs. She doesn't even discriminate between fibers! Her love for nasty acrylic seems as boundless as her love for my beautiful hand-dyed wools. All piled together in harmony.

I've lost any ability to leave yarn out anywhere in the house. She has an incredible yarn seeker sense, and seems to be able to find it in any hiding place. So, most of my yarn has been restrained and crated into locking plastic tubs.

She stands in front of them and cries at me.

Silly cat.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Back home now

One photo so far, of the sky and water Saturday night. This was our view as we waited for our table.

Returned from Newport yesterday afternoon. Glad to be home, sad to be home, a little bit of both.

As predicted, we ate well, we drank well. We walked ourselves stupid doing (most of) the cliff walk, touring fancy houses and shopping. We got pedicures, and I bought cute shoes.

Knitting? I re-knit the heel of my sock 4 times, because I just could not get it right. So while there was a great deal of knitting, there was very little knitting progress accomplished.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

You know you're a knitter

when figuring out what *project(s)* to pack for a long weekend trip consumes more brain time than what clothes to pack.

Going away tomorrow for a long weekend to Newport with my dear friend S. Shoes will be bought, fancy houses will be toured, good food will be eaten and a lot of wine will be drunk.

This is going to be GREAT!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

New camera!

Hip hip hooray!

My new camera arrived today!

To celebrate, two pictures:

First, a Tuesday sky, since I missed Saturday. All around Boston today are thunderstorms. Yet, even though I can hear thunder off in the distance, you'd not know it to look out my back door. Clear skies, little puffy clouds.

After that, a peek at one of my current WIPs - stripey socks in grey and pink. The yarn is Shelridge Farms, the pattern is just a basic toe-up sock. Love the yarn, love the colors.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Bad Saturday Sky-er

Signed up to join Saturday Sky the other day, but my camera hasn't arrived yet, so no pictures for me. The old camera remains entirely among the missing. And next week, going out of town for the weekend. Bad Siercia.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Thanks to Rebecca and Suzanne for their compliments about the corset. It is beautiful, pattern issues notwithstanding. And yes, Suzanne, you are correct that patterns fail people all the time, in numerous dimensions. While I'm getting more and more adept at spotting pattern issues coming, and at tinkering with them to make them fit me, I wish we could see more discussion about how to adjust patterns within the patterns themselves - especially ones with tricky construction or exacting measurement standards.

Might as well wish for the moon, eh?

Finished the baby blanket today while I was covering the office for the Fourth. Started some baby booties to go with, but quickly decided that I didn't have enough of the yellow that I needed (which maybe I did, but didn't want to get almost to the end to find out I was wrong). So, pulled those out, and will start with plan B for the booties later tonight. Hopefully there's enough left for a little hat too. Perhaps I should do the hat first - that's probably a more useful accessory.

Sorry for no pictures yet, but between my camera going missing and the seekrit - gifty nature of the current project, there are no pictures as of yet.