After Friday, TWO WEEKS of freedom!! It will go by incredibly quickly, I'm sure, but just the idea of 16 days to do whatever I want,... most excellent. Time with family and friends, relaxing, knitting, snowboarding and dirt bike riding -- what more can a girl want??
Following a present wrapping, organizing fest, I managed to eek out the first sleeve of Rosedale last night.
oh yeah baby.
Now, before I go any further, I must finish up the last sleeve of poor Frankie!! Rosedale was a most pleasant respite from the black -- grey -- black -- grey -- black -- grey (yawn) stripes, and as soon as I get Frankie wrapped up, then I can go back to it. I also think alternating projects is a good thing for the health of your hands/arms -- different yarns, needles sizes, stitch patterns -- it's like cross training!
Today, my guy's parents are passing through town, and his company's holiday party is tonight. So not a lot of time for knitting. We've pushed our trek up to my parents' back to Sunday, so maybe I'll at least get a little knitting accomplished at the Saturday SnB -- fun.
Like the new banner and blog button?? Props to missa at midnight knitter for her most excellent graphic design efforts!
Not to jinx myself, but it's looking good on the holiday gift front. The only thing left, really, is to make sure we have batteries, and to hit the florist for wreaths/centerpieces/flowers before I head to my parents. Oh, and wrapping still needs to be done!!
Speaking of gifts, if you need a quirky, last minute gift, how about a be-jewelled calculator??
I realize it's pretty vegas showgirl, but my guy loves it. He especially loves using it at work, taking it to meetings, raising a few eyebrows. The budgeting/accounting people are especially intimidated by it -- go figure!
My house is a disaster area with laundry and dirty dishes piling up, but at least I'm 2/3 up the first sleeve of Rosedale! I worked through the first ball of yarn, and just happened to find a ball that matched the transition perfectly -- so no abrupt color change. I know this little bit of serendipity won't always occur -- anyone want to throw me a bone and let me know how they managed color changes between balls?? Muchas gracias!
Have you ever been so bored at work that you start googling ex-boyfriend names to see what comes up?? Well, I was THAT bored yesterday. And not only did I FIND one of my ex's, but now that he's a real estate agent (who would have thunk?), the link brought up a HUGE pic of him (in a suit, leaning casually on a desk -- very Bob Dole-esque), with a bio (married, one baby, living la vida suburbia). I almost didn't want to look to closely at the pic, for fear somehow he'd JUST KNOW i was looking at him. oh my, talk about a totally scary blast from the past! It still makes my stomach queasy just thinking about it -- and I left him so go figure.
on the sly
I shouldn't, but I am!! Worked a bit (just a bit,... really) on Rosedale. As I mentioned yesterday, the corregated ribbing looks really cool:
I've also been working the sleeve continental style rather than throwing. My right forearm has been ache-y, so sharing the love with the left one has been a necessary respite. I was worried that my gauge might be off, but SOMEHOW managed to keep it spot on. Don't ask me how I did this, because I'm still so new to continental knitting that I still have NO IDEA how to manage the yarn tension yet!
I wonder if some planet is in retrograde today -- I've been forgetting, dropping, spilling things all morning and it's not even 11am yet!! The biggie -- I locked my keys in the house. I rarely RARELY forget my keys -- though my guy does so on an extremely regular basis to make up for it! Luckily I had my bag with me, which had the valet key to my car tucked away in one of the pockets, so I managed to make it to work -- lucky me!!
Not a ton of knitting progress this weekend, but I did managed to make it to the local SnB on Saturday. We were displaced from our regular meeting place (the coffee house was closed to set up for a holiday craft-type fair) so we ended up on the PATIO of another coffee place a couple blocks away. Lucky we live in CA, that's all I've got to say, although by the time the sun went down I noticed that my fingers weren't working so well since I couldn't FEEL them,...
Oh,... I also cast on for the first sleeve of Rosedale -- bad me!! The corregated ribbing is slow going, but I'm glad I'm sticking to it as it's forcing me to learn how to purl continental style (I'm throwing my knit stitches with my right hand and purling the contrasting color with my left). I tried it the opposite way at first to avoid the continental purl, but the inside of the sleeve looks so much better when the yarn carried across the back is weaved in rather than stranded, so I ripped it out and switched. I forgot to take pics AND forgot my camera (retrograde, retrograde) so no photos to share today.
Yay it's Friday, and I have a lovely completed project to present:
Oh happy joy joy. For anyone interested, the pattern is one of many many cute patterns from Melanie Falick's Weekend Knitting book. The pattern is straightforward (although it ranges over five pages due to the layout of the book, making for a rather large wad of photocopied pages floating around my bag), and even though it's a rather large-ish stocking, knits up in only two evenings (and I'm not an exceptionally fast knitter). And isn't the curly toe funny? It took me a while to settle on the colors, but I'm very happy with them and glad I went the festive rather than traditional route.
I'm so very close to finishing the funny x-mas stocking! That curly toe is harder to work than you'd think! I knit it up, wasn't pleased, so ripped it out and did it again. I'm still not 100% sold on it, but once the trim is on I'll reconsider again. Tomorrow I'll have a finished pic to post.
This morning I made the mistake (?) of transferring my x-mas gift list to Excel. I always knew that holiday-time was spendy, but HELLO, to see it all neatly laid out and totalled up in a spreadsheet,... the financial impact is significant -- and I don't even have kids yet!!
Kureyon is comin' to town,...
Actually, it was waiting on my doorstep yesterday, in all its rich, gorgeous goodness from Carodan Farm. I didn't have my camera with me to snap a pic this morning, but I will be showing it off soon, without a doubt. The Kureyon is destined to become Rosedale, and I cannot, will not, MUST not cast on until after all my holiday gifts are done Done DONE!!
Got some GOOD shopping done yesterday -- go me! I ordered a few things online, cruised some stores after work, and have a semblance of a list together. Today my goals are to go to the nursery -- coworkers are getting paperwhites in cute little metal buckets for x-mas -- and to pick up a couple of cashmere turtleneck sweaters (gotta love a sale!) for my mom. I'm also going to get myself over to the yarn shop to find some fun yarn to make a stocking for my guy. He's going to be spending x-mas with my family for the first time, and must have a stocking! I think I'm going to make him one of the curly-toed elf stockings from the Weekend Knitting book. They're very cute and likely a quick knit since the recommended gauge is something like 2 stitches/inch.
surprise mouse guest
Holy crap I found a mouse in my house yesterday evening! My guy (D) brought home a humane trap and we caught the little bugger around midnight. I made D get out of bed, get dressed and drive the mouse away. Apparently you need to relocate mice at least 1/2 mile away or they managed to find their way back. I've seen absolutely no sign of mouse activity in the house, so I'm hoping this one was a lone wanderer -- am I being totally naive?? We'll keep the trap out for another couple of weeks just in case.
What a nice weekend!! Saturday was warm and rainy, and Sunday it cleared up beautifully, leaving everything all sparkly and clean. I even made it to kickboxing class on Saturday morning (yeah me!), and to the local SnB in the afternoon.
Sunday was all about house stuff -- laundry, cleaning, vacuuming, tidying, etc. -- mixed with a little bit of knitting. I finished sleeve #1 of Frankie, and started another flower washcloth which is about halfway done -- pics later!
I've been in total denial about X-mas, by the way, but today is the day! I'm making a list and hitting the shops starting this pm. I hope to have everything purchased/ordered by the end of the week -- how cool would that be? I'm not making many x-mas presents this year, just the flower washcloths and a scarf or two, so as of now, anyway, i don't forsee any late night, must-get-it-done-now(!) knitting sessions in the near future, phew.