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This ‘n’ That

August 2, 2008

So sorry, my dears, for the loooooong delay between posts. What have I been up to? A short summary:

1. Vacation. Or, as the pundits are calling it, a “staycation.” Not being particularly in the black financially at this point in time, hubby and I decided to stay home for vacation this year. And it was lovely. We painted our den – from a hideous aqua-type color to a delicious chocolate-cranberry type color:

It’s a little hard to tell the color in the picture because this room gets no direct light, but this is pretty close.  Much like Jessica’s new house, we needed to repaint pretty much every room, we’re just going about it much more slowly.  I have to say, I took some inspiration from reading about her adventures in paint – I’ve always been pretty conservative about paint colors – you know, white, beige, etc – but I loved the bold colors she was picking out and that helped push me over the edge to something a little more daring.

Other than that, we relaxed quite a bit and hosted a cookout for our friends on the last Saturday of our vacation. I made two pitchers of mojitos – sooooo delicious, and quite a hit at the party.

2. Work. Preparing for vacation and then making up for vacation. Last night, we hosted our Breaking Dawn release party, and, while lots of fun, kept me at work until 2:00 a.m. I have never seen so many teenage girls in one place at the same time in my life. Or heard so many high-pitched screams! I just love it that these girls (and some boys, too!) are so excited about a book release. Lots of familiar faces from our previous Harry Potter release parties, too.

3. Food. I have to share a new find. Well, new for me, anyway. But first, some background. Last year, prompted by being in my best friend’s wedding, I decided that it was time to get some control around my eating habits. I wasn’t obese yet, but honestly, I wasn’t too far. But it wasn’t so much about losing the weight (although that was a nice side benefit!) as learning how to eat healthy, be healthy, and adjust my attitudes about food. Over the course of about a year, I lost 40 pounds and got a whole new attitude about food that I’ll keep with me for the rest of my life. I try not to rely too much on “diet” foods – although I did switch to light mayo, 1% milk, and things like that (honestly, you can’t tell the difference). One of the things that helped me stay on track was not denying myself treats, but treating myself sensibly – believe it or not, I had (and still have) dessert every single night. Pre-lifestyle change (I refuse to call it a diet), dessert meant most of a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, and I’ve been searching for an acceptable substitute ever since. Well, just recently I discovered Breyer’s Double Churn Free – I had tried the light ice cream and it was really good, but I was always skeptical about the fat free ice cream – really, can fat free ice cream be any good at all? But let me tell you, I picked up the Chocolate Brownie Free – and it is AWESOME. So good. I seriously could not believe how good it was! So if you are an ice cream fan, give it a try – you may be surprised!

4. Shopping. Well, today, anyway. I don’t shop very much – I hate trying on clothes, it’s always crowded and hard to park, but my sister in law’s birthday is tomorrow, and she loves Yankee Candle, so that necessitated a trip to the mall. While there, I dropped into our brand-new Sephora – I’m not much of a makeup girl, but I do like to poke around. I found some perfumes I liked (wow, perfume is expensive!) and tried on (I have to wear them for a while – perfumes don’t smell on me like they do in the bottle – really at all, sometimes it’s shocking – and they change the longer I wear them) and bought a lip gloss. Then went to the Gap and found a cute pair of navy pants for $16 – can’t beat that!

5. Knitting. Honestly, not so much going on here. Oddly enough, I didn’t knit hardly at all on vacation. But here’s what I’ve been working on:

I’ve branched out from dishcloths into dishtowels!

Not a great picture (lack o’light) and you can see my dirty stove, but a fun knit.  You can find it here should you want to make one of your very own!

I’ve completed one of my stripey socks:

People, it is hard to take a picture of your own feet.  This was taken with me bent in half, doing almost a toe touch to get to the right level.  Also, you can see dog hair on the floor.  Maybe time to sweep?

Not much progress made on Lutea:

But a little.  I decided to add the lace pattern around the bottom border – to add some length (I’m tall and always need to do this), and because I thought it would be a pretty detail:

I also hoped it would help stop the hem from rolling, but it doesn’t look like it will accomplish that aim completely.  Hopefully a good blocking will stop that – the yarn does have some wool content, so let’s cross our fingers.

It has been hot hot hot here – and I’ve been loving it.  I’m truly a warm weather gal – in fact, I’m already dreading winter.  So I’m going to go out and enjoy some of this beautiful hot weather and the rest of my weekend -you do the same!


New meme = longest post ever

June 21, 2008

Hey, I just made up my own meme (well, at least I think I did – I haven’t seen this one before, but it might well be out there in the ether)! I was poking around on Ravelry the other day, and started looking at the top 20 patterns in Ravelry. After a brief perusal, I noticed that I had made or queued almost all of them – evidently I’m a sucker for the trends. But really, when you look through the list, the top items are really good patterns – practical or pretty or constructed in really cool ways. So here are the rules that I set up for myself:

1. List the top 20 patterns on Ravelry.

2. Note whether you have made or queued the item, or neither.

3. Post a picture if you have made it.

4. Any notes?

Here’s mine –

1. Fetching by Cheryl Niamath


I’ve actually made these a few times – I think there is a reason they are the #1 pattern! I made myself a super-warm and snuggly pair out of alpaca yarn, a pair for my friend Brooke, and I have a pair on the needles for my mom.

2. Monkey by Cookie A.


I’ve been wanting to make these for a while; I’ve just been waiting for the appropriate yarn. I got two beautiful variegated skeins from Woolgirl (more on this awesomeness next time) yesterday, and I think one of these will fit the bill.

3. Calorimetry by


I made this, but I’m not crazy about it. I don’t know if my head is shaped weirdly, or if I made it too wide, but it just looks like I’m wearing a stocking cap when I have it on.

4. Clapotis by Kate Gilbert


I’ve wanted to make one of these for forever, but haven’t found the yarn I want to use for it or the patience to knit all those miles of stockinette!

5. Jaywalker (Ravelry link) by Grumperina


Well, I made one. It was my first sock, and there were some critical gauge errors. As in, it’s huge and might fit an elephant. Plus, I was less than enchanted about the lack of stretch.

6. Felted Clogs (AC-33) (Ravelry Link) by Bev Galeskas


I doubt that I will ever make these – I have no interest in felting whatsoever.

7. Baby Surprise Jacket (Ravelry link) by Elizabeth Zimmerman


I don’t have this queued, nor do I have a baby or know anyone with a baby that needs me to make this for them, but I will probably make it some day, just because I’m so fascinated by the construction.

8. My So-Called Scarf by Allison Isaacs


I’ll make this one day.

9. Ball-Band Dishcloth by Kay Gardiner & Ann Shayne


Made a few of these, and use them!

10. Saartje’s Booties (Ravelry Link) by Saartje de Bruijn


See #7 re lack of baby issue.

11. Koolhaas by Jared Flood


I started on this with some highly inappropriate yarn. One of these days I’ll pick out some better yarn and try again.

12. Foliage by Emilee Mooney


I like this hat a lot – once it turns cold again I will probably make it.

13. Dashing by Cheryl Niamath


Made for my husband. As a side note, he poked some gentle fun at me when I was making my Fetchings – he called them my “fancy hobo gloves.” Once I started wearing them though, he saw how practical they were and wanted a pair of his own – hence the Dashings!

14. Odessa (Ravelry Link) by Grumperina


I love the spirals – again, when it gets cold out, this will probably get made. But without the beads.

15. Irish Hiking Scarf (Ravelry link) by Adrian Bizilia


I like this just fine, but I’ve already got one cabled scarf on the needles that is not too dissimilar.

16. Branching Out by Susan Lawrence


Yup. Made 1 ½ times, actually, the first time in some horrid, squeaky, hairy acrylic that I picked out before I knew any better, then in Silky Wool (much better). Another aside – lots of people tout this as a good first lace project. I’m inclined to disagree. While it does get you familiar with all the standards decreases and such, and the pattern is not too difficult, it’s really not that easy, either – I was never able to memorize the pattern, plus, it’s like a ten row repeat or something. If I were recommending something to someone just starting with lace, I’d pick an easily memorizable, two-four row repeat pattern. But that’s just me.

17. An Unoriginal Hat by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee


I actually had this in my queue until just a couple of days ago, but I made a different but similar bulky hat of my own. And I think one is plenty for now.

18. Basic Sock Recipe by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Well, I haven’t followed this per se, but I have definitely used the guidelines. My last two socks I just picked a stitch pattern I liked for the cuff, and used Stephanie’s notes to shape the heel and toe.

19. One Row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee


For my husband again. I really like this – I may make another one for me.

20. Embossed Leaves (Ravelry link) by Mona Schmidt


Not queued, but I like them and own this book, so I may make them someday.

I would love to see what some other folks have done – if you are so inspired, please do so and leave me a comment so I can check out your list!

Quickly, quickly

May 24, 2008

I feel kind of silly that my last full post was entitled “Saturdays are for blogging” and I didn’t blog last Saturday, and this will be a very abbreviated post!  But I have a good excuse – as I mentioned in my last entry, this is mine and hubby’s tenth anniversary weekend (the official day was yesterday) and we’ve been chilling out and enjoying the beautiful weather and each other’s company all day today.  And tonight we are going to have our celebratory dinner at Jean Farris Winery, which I’ve been wanting to try forever.  So the FO update on Shetland Triangle will have to wait.

But, oh – here’s a tiny new FO:

I determined last night we need some new pretty dishrags up in here, so I cast on for this sucker at about 11:00 p.m. and finished it up early this morning.

Pattern:  Petal Dishcloth by Hazel Schrock

Yarn:  Lion Cotton-Ease

I love how in this picture it actually looks like a flower:

I’ve decided since making it that it another another one just like it in lime green are going to go to our totally awesome neighbors who gave us a pretty basket of impatiens for our anniversary.

And one more thing – check out Ridiculous Obsession for a super-easy contest – just tell her what you like about summer and you are entered!

Late Monday

April 22, 2008

This entry will be short and sadly, picture-less (at least no new pictures). My mom is borrowing my computer, so I have no ability to upload new pics.

So tell me if this ever happens to you. You run across a project – not even a new one, but one that’s been kicking around for a while, say on Ravelry or in an old magazine – and all of a sudden, you MUST KNIT IT. Right now! That totally happened to me this weekend. I ran across someone’s Montego Bay scarf on Ravelry on Saturday – I don’t even remember whose right now, or I would link to it, and even though I’ve seen it a hundred times and never particularly wanted to knit it, but for some reason, I felt like I had to start on it that instant. And here is one of the fun things about Ravelry – I was able to review my stash and see if anyone else had made Montego Bay out of anything I had.

Turns out I had some Gossamer lying around (Caribbean colorway) that I thought might be a good fit, so I cast on Saturday night. First on size 6 needles, and I decided that made the resulting fabric too stiff, then on size 8s, which was much better. I’m very much not used to working with variegated yarn, however – the pooling that is occurring is slightly worrisome to me, but I am trying to just go with the flow and see how it turns out.

I also sneaked into the yarn shop last week while on lunch – I managed to only pick up a skein of sock yarn – some ONline Supersocke in a self-striping blue. I really wanted the bright orange, but decided that would be impractical.

I’m also thinking about FINALLY casting on for Tempting – I bought this:

ages ago for that very reason. It’s the time of year when I could actually wear it, so it’s not a bad idea. But all that 2X2 rib – it sounds kind of exhausting!

And that’s all for now – it’s late and I’m tired!

Rules are (sometimes) meant to be broken

April 8, 2008

So, I kind of have this unwritten rule in my blog-house – I don’t write about work.  I like to keep those two parts of my life separate.  Pretty much everything else is fair game – I write about my husband, my dogs, my family, and of course, my knitting, but not about work.

Until now.

Yup, that’s me and the Yarn Harlot.

One of the most fun parts of my job (as a marketing manager at a large independent bookseller) is getting to meet lots of really cool authors.  In the seven years I’ve been there, I’ve met some pretty famous folks (Jimmy Carter, Loretta Lynn, Paula Deen) and some of my all time favorite authors (Barbara Kingsolver, Neil Gaiman, Jasper Fforde, to name a very few).  This past weekend was way up there – I got to hang out with the Harlot!  I’d already worked with her a couple of times at a yearly book festival we do, but this time she was at MY store.   And it was a blastl!

I got to meet lots of Ravelry folks (Artsluvr made us all nametags), see everyone’s WIPS, and hear most of Stephanie’s talk (I was working, after all, so I had to dash out a few times) – she’s absolutely hilarious – as I’m sure you know from reading her blog, plus smart and sarcastic and inspirational.  Slowgraffiti did a raffle for Doctors Without Borders with a truly awesome prize basket with gifts from Magpie, ReBelle, and other local vendors and we raised nearly $600 – I’m very proud of my fellow knitters.  I enjoyed meeting all the ones I met, and wish I could have talked to every one of you!  Thanks for making my event such a huge success!

I Aten’t Dead

April 3, 2008

(props to anyone who gets the above reference)

No, I’m not dead – just considerably negligent in posting of late. Last weekend I was out of town (went to my Grandmother’s in Illinois with hubby and the dogs – you haven’t lived til you’ve seen a 110 lb dog and a 50 lb dog try to co-exist in the backseat of a Camry for 300 miles – Ruby pretty much just perched on top of Petey) and the weekend before, just busy. Plus work has been supernuts lately, so there you have it.

I have been knitting – I don’t have much photographic proof, however. But here’s what’s been on my needles of late:

1. The Shetland Triangle – I really am enjoying knitting this. I got through the requisite number of rows required for the body, and decided I had enough yarn for another repeat. I told hubby I was playing chicken with my yarn – I’m pretty confident I will have enough, but I’ll be ripping back otherwise. If you want to see a really pretty version of this shawl, check out StitchyWitch’s – it is gorgeous. I’ve got to save up my pennies and get some Handmaiden yarn – I’ve been itching to try Seasilk. Maybe a birthday present?

2. Veronik Avery’s Lace Ribbon Scarf in the spring Knitty – pretty much me and everyone on Ravelry cast on for this right after Knitty came out. The pattern calls for sock yarn, which would be nice and light, but I had a random skein of Silky Wool in navy that I thought would be pretty, and Magpie just happened to have a second skein in the same dye lot (even though I bought the first one months ago – how often does that happen?), so I thought it might be fate. I eliminated two repeats, after casting on and knitting for a foot just eliminating one. I think it was just too wide with 44 stitches. I don’t have a picture yet – hopefully next time. I think it’s very pretty in the Silky Wool, though – slightly more rustic looking than the original.

3. And, just today, I got the hankering to knit some socks. I really wanted to cast on for a pair of these – the Super Simple Short Sock from Radiant Twist, with some Knit Picks Palette I have lying around, but considering I have three single socks either finished or on the needles, I decided to make myself work on one of those. I don’t think I’m ever going to finish my second Jaywalker – the socks are adorable, but just not very stretchy and kind of big on me. I love the Waving Lace socks, but that was more complicated than I wanted to get into, so I went back to my London socks:

As I’m calling them, since I took them with me to London. It’s kind of a made up pattern – I’m just using a basic sock recipe with Baby Cable Rib from the first Barbara Walker Treasury. That photo, by the way, is totally craptacular – I tried to Photoshop it into submission, but it’s not much of an improvement.

Some random knitbits…

I recently bought two skeins of Cascade Sierra at ReBelle – this is a lovely nice light cotton/wool blend. I got a gorgeous rich periwinkle color – I’m thinking a nice spring scarf but can’t decide. Any suggestions?

I also caved and bought five back issues from Interweave Knits that I didn’t have. I ended up purchasing Spring 2006 (why I didn’t have this one I can’t imagine), Fall 2005, Summer 2005, Spring 2005 and Winter 2004. If you buy four you get one free, which essentially means free shipping, so I thought, why not? If I got them on E-Bay, I wouldn’t get free shipping, plus I would rather my money go directly to Interweave. I ordered them yesterday – I can’t wait for them to get here!

And a couple of other random bits…

I started reading a new blog after finding out the author was coming to my store for a signing – Half of Me by the PastaQueen.  It is amazing – girl has lost almost 200 pounds the old-fashioned way – through eating better and exercising.  Check out her progress photos – you will be knocked out.   Plus they do a super-cool rotate-y thing when you click and drag on them!  Her blog is just flat-out fun, and so is the book – I totally recommend them both.

I also started using bloglines this week – I had been using My Yahoo since I have yahoo email, but it was just too doggone slow – plus it didn’t even load all the blogs half the time.  Weak.  So far I’m pretty pleased.

Jeez, I have lots more stuff I want to talk about, but I have got to run.  On the plate for next time – season finale of Lost, good books I have read recently, and more!

My new favorite hat!

March 15, 2008

Pattern: Lace Hat #26 from Holiday 2007 Knit Simple (Ravelry link)

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease, Oxford Grey

Needles – Size 8 circs & dpns

(sorry about the not-so-good pictures – rain, bad lighting, operator error, etc)

I essentially finished this hat in ONE DAY, y’all. That never happens! I cast on for it last Friday night, and then sat on my couch, watched ten episodes of Sports Night, (which, by the way, is one of the best sitcoms ever and you should totally watch it) and knit and knit and knit and knit. Hubby was working, so I knit and watched tv to my hearts content – and it was wonderful! It was, as you may recall from my last post, the biggest snow we have had in forever, so it was a good day to do so. And we were going to a party that night (yes, we did make it) and I really wanted to have it finished by then. The pattern was totally easy, very intuitive, and super-pretty. The finished hat in the magazine did not have a ribbon, but did suggest threading one through the eyelets – I just happened to have some black velvet ribbon lying around, and tried it out, and really liked the results.

So I wore this hat to my party, and something unusual happened. All my friends, of course, know I knit. None of them do, but they’re all aware I do. One of them complimented my hat, and asked if I made it. I replied in the affirmative, and suddenly, I was getting showered in compliments! Even from the guys! And everyone was so impressed that I had made it with my own two hands! It was very gratifying to have something that I made complimented so nicely.

I also decided I should have matching fingerless mitts (or hobo gloves, as hubby calls them), so I cast on for one and finished it up last week:

I can’t post a pattern link, because I essentially made it up. I just knit some rows in the twisted rib, then several rounds in the double eyelet pattern, doing the EZ thumb trick after a while, then did a few more rounds of the twisted rib and cast off – totally easy. And, I’m a tiny bit impressed with myself for coming up with this without a pattern! Now I just need to not have SMS (Second Mitt Syndrome) and cast on for the second one!

Other projects are continuing as well – the Shetland Triangle lacks only the last repeat and the border before it is done (this picture is totally blurry and not very good, but I want to show progress!):

Each row seems like it’s taking forever now, of course, but I will finish up one day!

And, I broke my yarn fast again today – I went to Magpie Yarn to drop something off for the owner, and actually needed a second skein of Silky Wool (well, I only had one skein, and what good is that?), and of course got caught by the 40% off bin. I was almost seduced by some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky, but I’ve heard that stuff pills like a mofo, so I went for three skeins of 1824 Cotton in a kind of slate blue. Have no idea what I’m going to make with it – I just couldn’t let it stay there! Any ideas?

I’m thinking about the Lace Ribbon Scarf in the new Knitty for the Silky Wool -it’s written for fingering weight, but I think it would be pretty in this yarn. There’s one on Ravelry already in Silky Wool, and it’s very pretty.  Mine is navy blue, which I think would look great in this pattern.  Hey – it’s not a hat!  I need more things that are not hats!

Chinese Buffet of Doooooom…

March 10, 2008

I don’t know why, but I love the Chinese buffet. Give me rows of shiny, lukewarm, mediocre Chinese food and I’m as happy as a clam. Or a shrimp – which I’m pretty sure I ate my weight in tonight. Yes, tonight hubby and I went to the #1 China Buffet – the source of my current discomfort. I am soooooooo full – why do I do this to myself? Every time we go, I tell myself not to fill up so much – have one less crab rangoon, three or four fewer Chinese donuts (oh, man, I love those things – I dump a couple extra sugar packets on them) – but I cannot do it.

And I always eat the same things in the same order. First platefull is the appetizer-type food – and the stuff I eat the most of. Crab rangoon, fried shrimp, sweet and sour chicken (without that red sauce, though), something our buffet calls “Rainbow Cheese” but I always call “Rainbow Fish” because of the kids book by Marcus Pfister (seriously, how they came up with this name, I don’t know – it appears to be primarily made of imitation crab, butter, and cream cheese), home fries (no, I don’t know why the Chinese buffet has home fries, but they are mighty tasty) and frog legs, if they have them, which they don’t always. And I have to have my special dipping sauce -2 parts duck sauce, 1 part spicy mustard, dash of soy sauce.

Then, I hit the main foods table – a bit of veggie lo mein, some steamed rice with mushrooms and oyster sauce, a dumpling, and usually some random chicken thing. And one piece of sushi, so I can convince myself again that Chinese buffet sushi is not good.

Then it’s time for dessert – and that’s all about Chinese donuts. Fried dough with sugar – how can you go wrong? Well, maybe by eating three of them…

Seriously, I feel like a beached whale…and soooooo thirsty. Perhaps from all that soy sauce, I don’t know.

We did make it to our party last night, despite the fact that hubby kept telling me we were taking our life into our own hands going out on the icy roads. Fortunately, the main roads were just fine, and nowhere was as bad as our own street. It just got plowed this morning. Of course, the temperature went up to over 40 degrees, so it’s practically all melted now.

And, I finished my lace hat – it is so cute, y’all. No pictures yet, but I’ll show and tell next time. I’m right now trying to make up some matching wrist warmers – wish me luck!

Snowed in!

March 8, 2008

Well, not really – but when I got up this morning, it looked like this:

Kind of ironic, since my last post was all about it maybe being spring! I knew, however, that it wouldn’t last – we ALWAYS get a few super-warm days then a real cold stretch in March. Last year, it actually came later – more like April, right after our dogwood (the tree in the foreground of the picture above) started to bloom. And of course, the freeze killed every single bud. I was so sad – I love that dogwood – it’s a pink one, and just gorgeous when it is in bloom:

So you can see why I missed it!

It’s not like the snow was a surprise this morning – the weather folks had been telling us for days that we might get dumped on. It was actually kind of funny, because they couldn’t say with any certainty whether we were going to get snow or just rain – and they were so frustrated! But by last night, we knew it was going to hit – they were predicting 6-10 inches of snow – which, let me tell you, is unheard of around these parts. We haven’t had that much snow in 10 years. I don’t think we have 6 inches yet, but it’s still snowing.

I spent the morning playing with the dogs in the snow – I don’t know if all dogs love snow, but mine sure do –

I took dozens of pictures, but most looked more like this:

…because they wouldn’t stay put! Apparently while chasing each other around the yard is always fun, chasing each other in the snow is waaaaaay fun. They are too much fun to watch – one of the true joys of snowfall!

The snow last night made me itchy to cast on a new project – not like I don’t have enough already. My first attempt were some Mitered Mittens (Ravelry link) – the may pattern from EZ’s Knitters Almanac. Not so good – I didn’t swatch – just cast on with some Wool-Ease I had laying around the house, then started the stripes with some random Wool of the Andes. Not only were they huuuuuge (they totally would have fit Sasquatch), the WotA is evidently a bit lighter than Wool-Ease. Who knew? So I frogged those, and started a lace hat (Ravelry link) from the Holiday 07 Knit Simple in the Wool-Ease.

Not much to look at so far, but I’ve actually worked a little beyond this now. I’m really enjoying this pattern – the lace pattern is totally simple – I had it memorized before I got to the end of the first round, and out of four rows, only one is patterned. Plus, the ribbing is twisted rib, which I’ve never used before, and I’m now totally in love with. My 1×1 ribbing always looks a little wonky and sloppy for some reason – but this twisted rib looks nice and crisp. I may sub it for 1×1 from here on out!

I guess I should have known I wasn’t done with hats – hopefully I can get this one finished while it’s still cold!

We are supposed to go to a birthday party tonight, but don’t know if we will make it out – depends on how the road conditions are. While I really want to go to the party, I have to say sitting home and knitting and maybe watching a movie doesn’t sound too awful, either!

Speaking of movies, I caught part of Grease 2 on Bravo today. I have no idea why, but I LOVED this movie when I was a kid. Way better than the first Grease. And I had a monstrous crush on Maxwell Caulfield. Anyway, I hadn’t seen it in years, so I decided to watch a bit. I checked in on it occasionally, between checking email, letting the dogs out, etc. And let me tell you, this movie is bad. I knew it wasn’t a good movie, but jeez. Memory is way kinder than reality! But, I have to say, it’s that good kind of bad – I totally enjoyed it and kind of revelled in its badness. The cheesy songs, the bad acting, the terrible dialogue – you just have to give over to it and enjoy the ride.

One more thing – I’m so glad daylight savings time ends this weekend! I hate it getting dark so early – I don’t usually get home before six, and in the winter, it’s already dark by then. I’d much rather walk the dogs in the light, thank you very much! But this weekend, with the time change, we’ll have til about 7:30 – yay! Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead!

Get Lost

March 1, 2008

I have a FO! Yep, another hat:

Pattern: Robin’s Egg Blue Hat by Rachel Iufer

Yarn: Plymouth Encore Mega

Mods: Cast on 10 fewer stitches to account for the bulkier yarn used, started decreases on flap immediately rather than working three rows first, and started decreasing at the crown at 5.5 inches doing k4, k2tog.

I’m pretty happy with this hat – it is way warm! My gauge is supertight – I used size 10 needles and the ball band calls for 15s.

I also got my Knitpicks order in for My First Sweater ™ and I’m swatching for that:

I’m having a hard time getting gauge with this yarn. The gauge listed on the ball band matches the pattern requirements, but I can’t seem to get there. Gauge for the pattern is 3.25 stitches per inch – using size 11 needles, I can get to 3.5 stitches per inch, but the resulting fabric just seems to loose to me. I’m a very tight knitter – I always have to go up at least one and usually two needle sizes to get gauge, so maybe what looks “loose” to me is actually normal. I was planning on making the 37 inch (medium) size, but if I do it on the 11s, it will be more like a 34.5 – which is closer to my actual measurements, but I’m not sure if I want it that close fitting. More swatching is probably in order, and I may just have to cast on, knit some, and try it on before I know.

Now for the non-knitting content…

OK, so I’m a Lost fan. I didn’t watch it quite from the beginning – we watch almost no tv, so committing to watching a show is kind of a big deal around our household. After the first season was over, I convinced hubby to watch the first couple of episodes in repeats, and we both got hooked. Bought the first season on DVD, and have watched all successive seasons. I’m still a fan, but hubby has been kind of losing the faith lately. I’ll agree – last season – not so great. This season has been good, but not great – hubby was convinced they had jumped the shark – I wasn’t yet, but I had been starting to wonder if the glory days were gone. I think he is just watching it to make me happy, really. After the killer season finale last year (me – watching the big reveal: jump off the couch and yell – “They’re in the future?????”), the show just didn’t seem to be living up to that promise.

Until last night – that was a KILLER episode. Totally intense, edge of your seat stuff – and totally romantic, too. If you didn’t get at least a tiny bit emotional when Desmond finally got ahold of Penny – well, then you have a heart of stone. Hubby said if all the episodes were that good, he would be totally into it again. Well, here’s hoping!