Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Happy New Year!

Dear Anna,

So, It's only been since August . . . averaging one blog post every five months . . . pretty much we rock at blogging!

Actually, the lack of posts is my fault as it has been my turn but haven't had any photos to share since my crappy digital camera passed away earlier this Spring. But Dear Ronald got me a new shiny camera for Christmas! Yay!

Looking back on 2008, I realize it has been a good year for knitting. I completed:

2 scarves (Chevron and Dimple Shale), 2 wraps (Clapotis and Ene), 3 pairs of socks (Jaywalkers, Artichoke, and Lichen Ribbed), and one hat (Koolhas).

My favorite project of the year was hands down Ene, which I completed in November:

By the way, the table cloth in the background is my favorite unnecessary splurge of the year (from Anthropologie). Ene was my first major lace project. I used Mmmmalabrigo lace weight held double throughout for a slightly thicker and springy-er fabric.

A view of Ene in action:My knitting new year's resolution for 2009 is to try my hand at color work and finish a sweater (hopefully the one in progress now).

Since about Thanksgiving time I've been working diligently away on Something Red by Wendy Bernard. Considering we moved the first week of December and I didn't pick up my needles for about 7 days, I think I've made quick progress.

As of this past weekend, I had begun the button band (the last step) but decided that I really would prefer a few more inches on the body of the sweater - so I ripped back the button band and commenced knitting a little longer.

I'm using Elsebeth Lavold's Angora (60% Angora, 20% Wool, 20% Polyamide - whatever that is!!) which is as soft as a bunny rabbit.

The halo of fuzz on this sweater is incredibly decadant - I have no idea what sort of use this will get in San Diego (probably not much) but so far I'm in love with this yarn and the fit.

In non knitting news, I'm planning on trying to garden a bit. The new place we moved into has a small, neglected bed perfect for a small kitchen garden with veggies and herbs.

Right now, there appears to be lavendar (the big bush on the right), aloe (in the back, left), and a lot of mint and various weeds running amuck. I don't know jack about gardening but this weekend I plan to get out there to dig up the weeds, buy some soil and fertilizer, and plant new shiny plants and seeds. Hopefully it works - I'm pretty terrible about killing house plants but I'm really trying to keep my new ones alive, including this:

I'm forcing a daffodil bulb. Supposedly, it will bloom in 3 - 4 weeks.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Introducing Knitpix!

Dear Margaret,

The Professor has decided that we should start a business photographing knitwear - he has determined it shall be called KnitPix, which I hereby copyright (I expect to hear from the KnitPicks people any minute now). BEHOLD, the wonders of a brand new Nikon D40 with accessorizing lens filter! Ooh and ahh! Prepare to be amazed!!

Or not. Whatever. As you can see, the back of my Sunshine Cardi is almost complete. Phew! It has taken awhile, and I still have the front panels, arms, blocking and finishing to do. A knitter's job is never done, as they say. Or as I say. I love how soft the yarn is and the seed stitch (or is it moss stitch? I always get them confused) looks fabulous, but the cotton/silk combo makes it quite sheddy, which I find endlessly annoying.

Oh, and the wedding was lovely and most everything went smoothly (except for a slight ringbearer meltdown, but 2 year olds are not known for handling these things particularly well). We didn't take shawl pics until the post-wedding brunch, but you get the idea.

The idea that basically we are hot. Hott, even. Geez, I totally need to work on my posture. I'm the slouch queen.

Oh, and here's something to keep you occupied while I'm in Ireland for two weeks. My friend Jenn had it on her blog and I love the random mingling of Flickr photos:

1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
2. Using only the first page, pick an image.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.http://www.flickr.com/search/http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/mosaic.php (choose four columns and three rows, also choose individual URL's)

1. What is your first name? Anna
2. What is your favorite food? Thai
3. What school did you go to? WWU (Western Washington University)
4. What is your favorite color? Green
5. Who is your celebrity crush? Elijah Wood - shut up, he's not gay!
6. Favorite drink? Coffee
7. Dream vacation? Africa
8. Favorite dessert? Chocolate Chip Cookies
9. What you want to be when you grow up? Happy
10. What do you love most in life? Domesticity
11. One word to describe you. Knitter
12. Your nickname. Stitch (thanks Ben)

Cool, right?! Give it a whirl.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

No knitting content

Dear Anna,

This post is long over due. I wish I had a really exciting FO to show off but alas. Not only have I not had a FO in over a month but I still haven't gotten around to purchasing a new camera. What there has been lately is lots of change, especially at work. I've been putting in long hours . . . it's been good but definitely challenging. I have so much to learn and I'm trying scare myself that this is the slow part of the year! School starts in less than a month and work will really pick up.

I'm making slow but good progress on my Ene scarf - I'm finally on chart 3 - and I've got 49% of my artichoke socks complete. So there IS some knitting going on. . . lately it's just been on the weekends, if that.

Over the weekend I got my hair cut much shorter - I brought these photos to my stylist for inspiration:

That's Kimberly from Hollywood Season of "The Real World" and Katie Cruz-Holmes. The result was really cute - cuter than I expected. And even though it's short I really don't miss the long hair at all. I can't even remember what that looked like on me. Again, if I HAD a camera I'd post a photo but unfortunately that will have to wait. I also went to the eye dr last week and they determined that I'm in need of glasses - so I picked out frames and am waiting for them to come in this week.

I'm hoping that the hair cut and glasses will give me a slightly more sophisticated look. I realized that I need to take my "look" up a notch when I had my first meeting with a reporter and he thought that I was a student and not the person he was there to talk to about a newly installed statue on campus.

My new favorite thing:

The "Seacret Dead Sea Nail and Manicure Set"

The buffer is the best part of the whole kit and you can buy that separately for $4. But the cuticle oil was the main reason I bought it - my cuticles are mangled and I have a bad habit of cutting them or biting them. After one use my nails look like I came out of a professional manicure. I'm totally sold.

Anywho, back in a few weeks with some actually knitting content.

Friday, July 11, 2008

How's It, Brudda?

Dear Margaret,

I am currently rolling my eyes at you and your beloved - The Bachelor? Really?? You guys must be the people who keep that show on the air. Although we watch Dog the Bounty Hunter so I guess we're just as bad. But Dog is out there to HELP people, Margaret. He's cleaning up the mean streets of Waikiki so people can get their surf on in peace. He's not, like, hanging out with blonde chicks in a hot tub for cash. Unless he is... because it IS paradise, after all.

Anyhoo you are so right - our public (all three of them) is longing to see Stitch N Pitch photos! (I also mourn the loss of your camera. a digital camera is a necessity for the high quality knitter. Maybe you could find one on Craigslist or something?)

So here are the three of us in our matching hats looking super cute:

And some random knitters:

I must say that the event was a little less organized than I would have thought, so that was a little disappointing. And everyone was over the age of 45, which is fine, but doesn't really represent the Ravelry crowd, you know? I am shocked - SHOCKED - that we didn't see one measly piece of Rav wear. Very strange indeed. And seriously, what is up with the drama about those tote bags? I mean, they're fine (a little Mom-ish for my taste but whatevs) but you'd think they were signed by Elizabeth Zimmerman herself the way people are carrying on. Sheesh.

But everyone seemed to have a fabulous time in spite of the fact that the Padres suck big time and lost by approximately 27 points. I did enjoy the ice cream-in-a-helmet... although we got the chocolate/vanilla swirl and it was WAY more chocolate than vanilla. Blech. Which leads right into the next part of my post, which is my "Six Random Things About Me":

1) I like chocolate in general and love brownies but hate chocolate cake and chocolate ice cream.

2) I wake up a full hour before I have to (5:30am) just to have an hour to sit and knit and drink my coffee and watch something on the DVR. I hate rushing around in the mornings - I need to ease myself into the day.. especially a work day.

3) I like the labels on all my bottles in the shower/medicine cabinet/etc. to face OUT. it just bothers me if they don't. However for the Professor's stuff I don't care.

4) I love eating horseradish on saltine crackers as a snack.

5) The Professor and I don't have pets and we don't intend on ever having any. I just don't see the point of them (although I totally understand/appreciate/respect pet people and their devotion to their animals. some of them ARE pretty cute).

6) I am one of the most un-athletic people ever - I am healthy and workout, but when it comes to organized sports I am terrible.

So yeah. It took me like 3 hours to come up with that... mostly I am very boring.

Now to totally change the direction of this post (yes AGAIN), check out the pic I took at the beach on the 4th:

I mean, doesn't that look AWESOME?! She looks badass in a casual way. I don't know why but I LOVE THIS PHOTO.

Monday, July 7, 2008

RIP 2003 Canon PowerShot

Dear Anna,

I know you will be saddened by the news. It is time to officially say good bye to my dear Canon PowerShot. You were a good camera and lasted longer than expected. We had good times together.

It's finally time for me to invest in a new camera - probably a point and shoot with a few upgrades from my last camera. This will be something to purchase before going to San Luis Obesbo this September (and Hawaii this winter). In the meantime, knitting photos will be lacking . . . which is a shame because I have some good stuff on the needles!

I've actually been suffering from projectitis: the need to cast on for a new project on at least a weekly basis. At the moment I have Ene, Lace Ribbon Scarf, Jitterbug Socks, Artichoke Socks, Khoolhaas, and My first Toe-up socks (might be frogged due to size/color pooling issues) . . .oh and I just remembered I also have Foliage on the needles too. Despite all this, I am contemplating using the Cascade 220 from my to-be-frogged Wicked to cast on for the Hemlock Ring Blanket . . . and I'm sort of in the mood for knitting a sweater too! Ack!!

In lieu of awesome and amazing photo updates of my projects, the recent Stitch N Pitch outting, or 4th of July fun (I'll leave that to Anna to post if she's up to it) here's a run down of other things I've been in to/doing a la Not Martha:


Tomato & Cucumber Salad Chilled

(Cucumbers, red onions, and tomatoes - simply sliced, salted, and drenched in apple cider vinger - crumbled feta cheese optional)


CVS brand Mint Julep Masque . . . at $3.99 it's a bargain!

Looking Forward To:

The finale of the Bachlorette -- tonight (no rolling of the eyes, yes I DO know how rediculous this show is) !! I'm rooting for Jason even if he does seem a little over zealous.


The Ped Egg - it was at CVS for $9.99!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Feelin' Hot Hot Hot

Dear M,

So it's 95 degrees outside and I'm knitting stocking hats. Typical.

I finished my Shedir chemo cap and it turned out fabulously. It contains as many good vibes as I could fit in. Hopefully it fits the recipient, but it fit me pretty well and I have a large head (runs in the family, try not to be too jealous) so it should be okay. It was my first time using a Cascade other than 220 - Cascade Cash Vero. It's sooo soft and lovely, I will definitely be using it again. As per usual, I knit more loosely than gauge so I only did three repeats rather than the five or so the pattern calls for.

My MiL was in town this past week and she is dilligently working her way through a few West Virginia washcloths. We went to the Angels game on Saturday so we got in lots of knitting time!

How cute is that picture?! It warms my heart. We took her to Huntington Gardens as a late Mother's Day gift. I LOVE that place. If we had the money and lived closer I would definitely get the yearly membership and just wander around whenever I felt like. As it is I need to go back just to look at the artwork in the mansion. There's so much that I don't think we even made it through half the house. However we were very intellectual discussing the art. And stuff.

Oh, and I'm totally buying some of this Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah sock yarn to make Francie. Rose has some and it is sooooo wonderful. Of course, seeing as how she has tiny little girly feet and we have manly clodhoppers, there might not be enough yarn to make a pair. A skein is 350 yards, is that enough? It doesn't seem like all that much. Maybe we should buy three skeins together so we can split the cost of the second skein.

Anyhoodle, I really need to be more disciplined about my blogging. How do you feel? I figure if I include a little more life stuff as well as the knitting stuff I'll post more. Maybe. I don't want it to become a burden though, you know? Hm. It's gearing up to be a stinking HOT Summer so maybe I can use some of my valuable weekend time in the airconditioning blogging. Good idea, right?

PS: I forgot to do the six things thingy thing - I will do it next time though!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Finally! A knitting post from Margaret

So, it's been awhile since I last blogged about actual knitting . . . but I finally have some items to talk about!

Please excuse the poor quality of the photos - my camera is crapping out.

I FINALLY finished the Dimple Shale Lace Scarf (Ravelry Link). I started this back in November with Bristol Yarn Gallery Buckingham yarn so it seems I'm averaging about 7 months to complete a scarf . . . awesome. This yarn is absolutely amazing - and I loved every moment of knitting with it.

I knit weekly with Gail who inspired me to finally try knitting toe-up socks. For some reason the cast on always made me nervous but I finally sat down with some double pointed needles and a skein of Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock Yarn Multi and gave it a go. I actually got it on my first try! I used Wendy's Generic Toe-Up Sock Pattern with a Figure Eight Cast On. I used Hello Yarn's tutorial as well as Knitty's tutorial.

Ugh, crappy photo does not do my sock justice!!

And finally I'm working on Lace Ribbon Scarf from the Spring 08 Knitty. I've been having a little bit of trouble with the pattern - I have to really pay attention or I get thrown off and end up with too many stitches or not enough stitches at the end of a row. This is definitely not the project to work on while watch Lost.

Awhile ago, Gail tagged me for a survey and I'm finally getting around to doing it. Eeep! Thanks G!

Here are the rules for this meme:

1) Link to the person who tagged you.
2) Post the rules.
3) Share six non-important things / habits / quirks about yourself.
4) Tag at least three people.
5) Be sure the people you tagged KNOW you tagged them by commenting what you did.

So… Here goes.

-I played the Clarinet in grades 6-9. I was in band for one year in high school until I decided that I'd rather do sports (X-country & Track).
-I love cream cheese and black olives on whole wheat English muffins.
-I talk to my cat like she can understand me. I also give her lots of nicknames like: Bear, Lu Lu, Fluffy Bunny Feat, and Feather Pants
-I drink a Tall, Non-Fat, triple shot Latte almost every morning. I have a 40 minute commute to work so it helps me perk up for the drive.
-Ever since I moved in with Ron (aka Mr. Clean) I make the bed EVERY morning. I never used to do that but it's really nice to come home to a made bed every evening. It makes a big difference in the overall look of the bedroom.
-I am BEYOND excited about the remake of Beverly Hills 90210. I really hope it's not lame. It probably will be but I can hope.

So, I tag:

My co-blogger Anna
and anyone else that feels like doing this!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Heavenly Haven

Dear Margaret,

I am saddened to hear of your recent unfortunate knitting woes. You've sufficiently scared me out of starting a sweater anytime soon. Fortunately for me, in that respect, I have miles and miles of lace shawl that needs to be finished by August in order to be ready for my sister-in-law's wedding. The bride's shawl is complete but the bridesmaids? Well, I feel like I've been knitting the Forest Canopy Shawl for years. I can do the pattern in my sleep (well actually, I don't even trust myself to work on it early in the morning or late at night because it is SO EASY to screw up lace). But you know what I mean.

I enjoy making them and I'm happy to do it... but laceweight is just so LACEY. Oy. It's like knitting with dental floss. Thankfully the Malabrigo is heaven once it's knitted up (duh. when is Malabrigo NOT heaven? I'm considering naming my first born Malabrigo in tribute) but still. I have a side project to keep me sane, which are those Thuja socks from knitty, but once those are done I think I'll get started on the Koolhaases.

Know what else is heavenly? Rowan. Why did no one tell me?! When Rose gave me Heartfelt for Birthmas last year I was stoked, since it's such a pain in the booty to order the thing and have it sent over from the UK, but WHOA I love it! The yarn is superb, the models in the book are fantastically over the top and the patterns are lovely. I can’t wait to make more Rowan patterns!

Don't I look all introspective and Rowan-esque? No? Do I just look really mad at the photographer? He wasn't supposed to take a picture of my FACE! But hey, so what if all my pics aren't super happy? I can be pensive sometimes, can't I?! Sheesh. I only did 26 repeats instead of the 27 called for, but it blocked out super LONG (please see above photographic evidence) I think I’ll be alright. I have almost an entire skein left over so I’ll probably make a matching hat or some such.

I hope you're enjoying your camping weekend (you do realize Rose is living it up on a cruise ship right now, headed for our northernmost state, and schmoozing with Brenda Dayne and Amy Singer, right)? Not to make you all depressed or anything. Tent camping with beer is almost the same. Except I doubt anyone is teaching sock classes... but if they ARE give me a call because I am so there.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

No knitting but NKOTB!

For some reason I've been on a bit of a knitting hiatus. I think Wicked sucked the knitting mojo out of me. All that stockinette and for what!? My knitting heart will go on but sometimes a little break is good.

As a result I don't have much of a knitting update. I'm working on my Dimple Lace scarf and hope to be done with it by the weekend after next. It's an extremely late Christmas Gift for my step-mom. I'll also be giving my dad his Christmas scarf as well . . . I've gotten a lot of use out of it over the winter so I'll be sad to see it go. We're going to see the Pompeii exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.

This weekend, Ronaldo and I are going camping for 5 days/4 nights so I'm sure some knitting will get done then.

The highlight of my day was listening to a radio interview with none other than Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block!! They also played their new single "Summertime" which is pretty darn horrible but hey, it's the New Kids! It's a walk down memory lane to when I wore my Jordan Knight pin on my jean jacket every day . . . coveted my best friends NKOTB sleeping bag because my parents wouldn't buy me one . . . and watched the cartoon every Saturday morning.

They've released tour dates for the East Coast but not the West . . . YET. You better believe I'll be there . . . whose with me!?

And now back to your regularly scheduled knitting content . . .

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Dear M,

So last weekend was our Super Fun Girls Yarn Weekend At The Beach! Rose showed off her finished Central Park Hoodie, three hooligans chased us out of the hot tub at the Doubletree, you gave directions to the restaurant whilst inebriated, we ate cupcakes. Basically, a good time was had by all.

I also increased the stash. but I have plans for ALL of it I tell you! These are destined to become Koolhaas hats for the Professor and me (I sort of wished the colorways matched so we could be even more pathetically adorable, but alas it was not to be).

This is going to become Snicket Socks from the now defunct halls of Mag Knits. It's tough to find plain sock yarn that's not TOO plain, you know? This is a nice sort of tan/white blend.

What was this for, again? I'm such a sucker for the Debbie Bliss on sale. Maybe Sizzle or something similar... I'm sort of undecided at this point. I love the pink color though.

Haven is quietly blocking on my living room floor... I'm pretty sure it is HUGE. Oh well, seeing as how it's just going to get folded up and put in the closet until December I guess it doesn't much matter at this point. I have a lot of yarn leftover, so maybe I'll make a matching hat... something cute and beret-like, maybe. There are tons of such patterns on Ravelry, so I need to wade through them to see what will work best. Maybe something like Gretel... although really, how many cabled hats do I need to make? And why does everyone else look so cute in the berets but I just look like I'm trying way too hard? Blah. Ooh, maybe this Robin's Egg Blue Hat. Then I can buy a badass button to sew on. And since I only need ONE I could even get it from Wildfiber and be able to afford it. Woot!

Also, as it is Earth Day (well okay, it was yesterday, but let's just say it's Earth Week) I have a little factoid for you: did you know that the dude who started the whole thing went to my high school?? That's right, good ol' Camas High. Nice suit, right? He gets his own Wikipedia article so clearly he has made it in the world. Go Papermakers go!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Bobmas Eve at The Grove!

Dear Anna,

I went to my first Ravelry event/meet-up of other San Diego knitters! It was really fun and I'm glad I went, I got to meet so many people. It's kind of strange when the on-line world of Ravelry merges into "real life". I actually recognized some folks from their screen name photos. Weird but cool!

I brought my camera but left it in the car. I got permission from SmittenKnitten (Ravelry link) to post one of her great shots (thanks again Jessica!):

That's me in the tan working on my Dimple Shale Scarf. I haven't worked on it in months but I don't know why! It's a beautiful pattern and the yarn is super soft. It is definitely going into regular rotation again. There are more photos from Bobmas (including a photo of some great cupcakes with marzipan balls of yarn that some crafty knitter brought) on SmittenKnitten's Flickr.

The great San Diego Knitting Adventure and Yarn Shop Crawl is only one day away!!!! Whoot!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

A Small Tragedy

Dear Margaret,

So basically, Lantern Moon rocks my socks.

While enjoying lovely Palm Springs this weekend (speaking of which, have you been up that aerial tram thing? It's pretty great) with my parents, one of my rosewood 7" size 1 dpns SNAPPED IN HALF whilst in my knitting bag. Fortunately I tend to be overprepared, so I had a 5" birch in my bag and could continue on my Thuja uninterrupted, but I was not happy. Those needles cost $24! That's like 5 bucks PER needle!! They should not snap or bend. They should carry on forever and I should be able to be cremated with them if I so choose.

Anyhoo, I emailed the company and they are sending me a new one, free, no questions asked. Hooray! Customer service!! And did you know that they are socially responsible and have a good environmental policy? I feel better about the expensiveness of their yarns now. I am okay with paying a little more if it means I'm saving the earth. And getting kickass needles. Hear that Lucy Activewear?? Why is a little hoodie $70? Am I supporting a woman's cooperative in Uganda or something else similarly worthwhile? Because if not, your prices are redonk.

But back to my LM story, since I know you're dying to know. Prior to getting smart and emailing the company, I got online in a furious rage and ordered the Knit Picks set of metal dpns. I'm assuming they cannot be broken, even when stuffed into a purse or sat upon (although that would hurt, so I won't test that theory). And you know how if you spend $50 it's free shipping? Yeah, they totally saw me coming. I ordered 8 skeins of this stuff ("asparagus") in order to make this. Why, why why?? I have no idea. I just decided that I NEED to make it. Like, soon. I also ordered a cool little pair of scissors. Again, why? It's just COOL.

Oh, and then I was still high on Knit Picks love, and ordered this freaking adorable little cupcake tape measure! I heart Etsy so much. I really want to buy every little home accessory I could ever think of from there, but fortunately my apartment is small so I can't fill it with too much crap.

On the knitting front, I'm working away on my Haven (artfully arranged on my patio furniture). I'll probably finish it in time for Summer. In Southern California. Sigh. Fortunately we'll be in Philadelphia for Christmas this year so The Professor can go to his interviews, but still. I'm making it in Rowan Cocoon, which is lovely and soft and wonderful, but rather sheddy. I've been knitting it on my lunch breaks and finally got the brill idea (check me out, I'm British) to put my pashmina (okay, just a scarf from Target) on my lap FIRST so I don't go back to the office with little white bits all over my black pants. For some reason the sheddy stuff doesn't stick to the polyester cheapness of the pashmina, so it's a win/win!

Your Wicked looks GORGEOUS, by the way. I love that heathered Cascade 220. And really, better arm holes too big than too small, am I right? I love the neckline too.

Oh and PS: how much does it suck that the Yarn Harlot is totally skipping CA on her tour? Look at the crowd! I shake my fist.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

High Fashion Beer Can Hat?

Dear Anna,

I'm so glad it's spring! St. Patrick's Day always signifies the beginning of the Spring/Summer months that I love. The only downside is that there is less opportunity to wear wooly knits. That's why I'm working like crazy on my Wicked. I want to finish so I can wear it once or twice before it gets too hot.

I've actually made real progress - I've been working on Wicked almost exclusively all month and I'm about 3/4 done.

I just finished the last decrease round for waist shaping and now just need to add a few inches of length before starting the increasing around my hips. My only concern right now is that the arm holes seem a little big - otherwise the sweater fits nicely.

With the beautiful weather outside I could resist and cast on for a pair of Jaywalkers in sunshine yellow:

St. Patrick's Day is an interesting holiday because it generally involves beer . . . and that can lead to some UNIQUE fashion choices . Ron and I were at a pub that Saturday and there were a few poeple wearing beer label crochet hats. Yes, I did just say "beer label crochet hats."

The quality of photos aren't so hot because I was trying to be incognito with the camera (not as easy as it may seem . . . .). I googled the pattern but couldn't find one but I did find this jewel of a photo! Behold:
Apparently there is a designer named Meghan Fabulous who incorporated the beer can crochet hat into her 2007 collection. I don't even have the words. . . just. . . woah.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Éire go Brách!

Dear Margaret,

On this day of Patrick the Saint, allow me to take the opportunity to say that I heart Maureen O'Hara .

She's beautiful, was born in Ireland and has THE BEST hair color. In case you're wondering where you've seen her, she's the Mom on the original Parent Trap. She looks like a pretty pretty princess in this picture and it makes me happy. I've been thinking a lot about Ireland lately, as we're planning a trip for September. Before we started our research, most of what I'd known about the country was based on Lucky Charms commercials and Darby O'Gill and the Little People, so I'm not all that educated. I’m getting better, though. I just watched a whole hour on the History Channel about the history of St. Patrick’s Day and everyone knows the History Channel makes you smart.

So I've been working diligently on Gustavo's scarf, which is long and very hairy. I made it in Berroco Ultra Alpaca, which is a 50/50 wool/alpaca blend. It's my first alpaca experience and I'm a little annoyed with the shedding issue.

It seems like it will be warm though, which is important since Gustavo is originally from Argentina, moved to Calfornia and now lives in Massachusetts. It like, snows there and stuff. I used the Yarn Harlot's pattern for the One Row Handspun Scarf. It's good because it's not too girly and looks impressive, even though it's super easy.

He'd requested black yarn, but I just couldn't do SOLID black - so I chose a nice charcoal instead. I think it looks quite nice. Especially with the track jacket on this attractive model.

I have some leftover yarn, so I'm making him a pair of fingerless mitts to go with. I'm using the pattern in the book you gave me for Christmas last year (or was it my birthday? so hard to keep track). I may have to modify it a bit as I go along - so far I've only done the ribbing for the cuff.

Dude, speaking of cupcakes I had a brilliant idea the other day. Someday when we live in a place with more than one bedroom AND we have a daughter - I am totally decorating her room in cupcakes and/or baked goods. So cute! Little knitted cupcakes everywhere. Or maybe like a French Provincial theme? Knitted baguettes and berets! I have a vision, and it is lovely.

We'll bake with the butterfly cupcake thing for the baby shower, okay?

Monday, March 10, 2008


Dear Anna,

The lace shawl is really impressive! What is even more impressive is that you are knitting shawls not only for the bride but for the bridesmaids too!! Plain old stockinette socks will be your friend after the wedding is over.

I don't have much to share this week. I cast on for Wicked ( Ravelry link) by Zephyr Style last Thursday at knit night. I was drawn to this pattern because of all the options . . . you can knit it in worsted weight or lace weight yarn . . . with short or long sleeves . . . with or without the front pocket. Some knitters have even converted it into a cardigan (like THIS and THIS super adorable example). My plan is to knit a 3/4 length sleeve without the front pocket.

Wicked at Mission Bay

Hey, did you know that Target.com has three whole web pages dedicated to cupcakes??? Check out this train and butterfly cupcake mold! If I had kids I'd be all over these for birthday parties. And the cupcake courier solves that age old question of how to successfully transport cupcakes without spillage or frosting getting all over the place.....