Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Yarn, Secret Pals (yay!) and Water

Look what came in the mail for me yesterday:

Three lovely skeins of Douceur et Soie in Pimento! So soft, so delicious, and so thanks to my Secret Pal!!! She got me a gift certificate to Herrschners, where I happily couldn't make up my mind. I wanted to buy yarn to knit up some specific projects I've been craving ( Rowan 35's Audrey, the Apricot Jacket from Rebecca 27) but couldn't find something suitable. So I just decided to treat and get some yummy confections instead! I'm thinking a lacy, cobwebby scarf, but I haven't really decided yet. They have to live with me some more, and be petted and fondled until I'm sure what they want to be. This yarn is so soft, people!! Thanks so much, Secret Pal!!

Living in New Mexico, we don't really have much chance for green things, especially in the winter. At least I don't, because of my guilt. We are so short on water--Santa Fe has water shortages and bans on usage every summer and the bark beetles have killed almost all of the pinons in the Sandias 'cause of the drought. I just feel that no-one with a good conscience should water a lawn of non-native grass when that water could be used for real things--like drinking,or maybe food?! I'm sure our neighbors make fun of us with our half-dead, brown lawn, but I'd rather a brown lawn than no water in 10 years. So here's my ode to the only green thing in our yarn--the mystery bushes in the back--don't they look great against the red of the yarn?

Sunday, February 20, 2005

The Blog!!

Found this today:

Hilarious! The small text says, "She wanted to stop reading it- but she had nothing better to do! Produced by average people who seem to think their lives are interesting. Filmed in thrilling HTML-O-Scope with exciting new fonts!"

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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Sick as a Dog

That's me. Sick as a dog. Those damn elementary school kids got me sick. I was planning on going through the whole semester without getting sick, but the kids had other plans. I felt it coming on Monday, but it hit for good on Thursday. Not the flu, thank goodness, but a massive head cold leaving me with a disfunctional nose (oh how I took my nose for granted...) and a head 5lbs too heavy. So while there was knitting, there are not pictures as it takes too much effort to get all the camera crap out. I started a Flower Basket Shawl from IK Fall '04 out of some lovely alpaca from Royal Fiber Spinnery in Ruidoso, NM. They are the nicest folks down there, so if you have a yen for some gorgeous alpaca, check 'em out. I finished the first pattern repeat of 7, so I hope to have a few more done by weekend's end and a picture to show, assuming my nose cooperates and starts working again.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Buttonhole Bags

Look what I did this weekend:

I LOVE them!! The were so quick and easy to make--the pink, purple and brown one I finished last night during some Champions: Return to Arms and Saturday Night Live (which, by the way, was one of the funniest shows they've had in a long time--Monkeys throwing poop at celebrities? Brilliant! And Jason Bateman was terrif--I so had a crush on him when I was younger.)

This one is for Alyssa:

And this one I modified a bit. I cast on 12 sts, and then increased each end twice to get more of a round bottom than the rectangle the pattern has you make. Then I increased all the way around every other stitch to further get a round bottom. Then I followed the pattern as written. Cute, I think.

Pattern credit and kisses go to Kay at Mason-Dixon Knitting! Love it!

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

So Bad it's Good

I'm bad. Very bad. But what's worse is that I don't feel bad about how bad I've been. I am just excited!!

Exhibit A:

Michelle and I went to the Fiesta Yarns Outlet, and I couldn't help myself. They have gorgeous stuff!! And the prices aren't too bad on some of the things--definitely there are bah-gains to be had. I got some of the "Heaven" Mohair and some little samples to make a tiny kerchief. They also had a great selection of needles, so I got another set of #1 DPN's for socks and some #15 DPN's for a hat and mitten project I've been thinking about.

Exhibit B:

I couldn't help myself. The buttonhole bags over at Mason-Dixon Knitting are TOO. DAMN. CUTE. This yarn is going to be a bag for Alyssa--purple with the green for contrast at the top.

And this is for my bag, also known as Exhibit C:

To be fair, the lovely tan Manos was given to me for Christmas by Tim, aka "boy-I-know-how-to-make-my-wife-happy," so that doesn't count. Well, it counts for points for Tim. And yes, that is sock yarn. I'm going to try it out for some tiny-yarn, tiny-needles socks. I love the happy pinks--pink stripy socks are happy goodness.

So a jury of my peers would find me horribly guilty, on the charges of yarn-diet breaking and public indecency in the presence of innocent fibers, but I don't care!! I'll be good tomorrow.