So I’ve been sort of missing for a while…

June 15, 2008

I haven’t been knitting, or doing much for oh almost a month and counting by now. But I thought I’d drop by and say few things.

First of all, I’m super excited about my dear friend Ariel‘s sock designs. There are two designs of hers featured on How to Knit in the Woods, the new book by Shannon Okey. In fact, one of the pairs that I was test knitting for Ariel ended up being photographed in the book as well. How exciting!

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Now, if I can only find the book. I haven’t been able to find them locally, maybe I need to get it ordered online.

Next in agenda – I’ve been watching awful a lot of The Office lately (yes, the NBC version with Steve Carell). While visiting her in DC, Chris’s sister sort of got me started watching them, and now I can’t stop.

Let see, what else…. OH, the next project I’m *thinking* about doing is maybe Sahara. And maybe using Cotton Silk Aran from the most fabulous Jen. I think I may have just enough to make one in short sleeve. Unfortunately the yarn is discontinued so either I have to make it work or not. But I think I should have enough to get by.

So far by my to-knit list for this upcoming Christmas: Lucy in the Sky cardigan for Lauren, Slipped Hours pullover (Ravelry Link) for Cyndi. I have no idea what else quite yet.

Time for bed now.

Oh the places we sort of went, pt 2

May 16, 2008

So the plan was to maybe keep up with posting while I was in DC, but we all know it did not work at all. Anyway, so we came home on Saturday – the weather was slightly gloomy and was sprinkling as we were leaving Maryland, then as soon as we got out of MD it started to clear up pretty much all the way… until we hit Indianapolis, it started to really rain then by the time we got home it really poured down hard. Yes, welcome home. In fact, it’s been kinda cold, rainy and stuff all week since.

So anyway… let see… what did I do while I was in DC area since the last post…

On Wednesday, we got to walk around National Mall. In fact, I think that was the best “tourist” thing we did the whole time. It was really nice outside and it was fun seeing stuff. We saw Washington Monument, saw the gigantic “National” duck pond, aka the Reflecting Pool, we got to say “‘sup?” to the homeboy (Lincoln Memorial), and of course, amongst all, tourist groups in matching colored shirts – and my my my, there were a lot of them. Oh and eventually we saw The White House, outside the fenced area, like monkeys. Oh and at World War I Memorial – it was funny how you could totally guess where these people were from, because pretty much everyone was standing right front of the pole with the (what’s assumed as their home) state and taking pictures. Ha.

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And also on Wednesday, we went to Natural History Museum, saw the gems, including Hope Diamond. When we first walked into the exhibit, I had no idea where it was. I just saw this big group of ladies and young girls circling around for no reason. Then I put two and two together and figured out that’s where it was. Hah. Actually Hope Diamond wasn’t all that exciting, though the rest of the gem exhibit was cool though. While we were in Natural History, Chris really wanted to take me to the live butterfly thing. Good thing that it wasn’t free – I’m glad that we weren’t there on Tuesday because it would’ve been free and I would’ve been dragged into the room of horror, filled with butterflies. (I hate butterflies… and no I am not kidding)

On Thursday, again, we did the tourist things and went to Art Galleries, and briefly walked through American Indian Museum. And I met Robyn, aka Mickey from Knittychat. And I took a picture of us to “prove” that it really did happen.


Friday, we went to Stitch DC and met Anne Marie aka Roxy!


It was very cool to get meet the gals – it’s surely nice to put the faces on the names I only see in text. Hah.

And we came home on Saturday. Long, butt numbing car ride.

And.. it’s time for bed for me now. Coming up on next post (whenever it may be): my overall thought on trip. Why? Because I feel like it.

… and I miss Coco dearly. Pretty little kitty, now a fish-killer.


Oh the places we sort of went, pt 1

May 7, 2008

So we arrived in the middle of night on Sunday. It was a long drive. Up to Columbus, OH, everything basically is as flat as they can be, not any different from driving anywhere in Illinois. Then past Columbus, oh my, hills and curves, up and down and side to side.

One interesting thing I remember when we crossed West Virginia (first time), it took us 12 minutes. Hah.

On Monday, we didn’t do much. We went to the Zoo for a quick walk late afternoon/early evening. We caught a glimpse of Giant Pandas, and that was about it. And oh boy, they were as exciting as I expected. They were either sleeping or eating. Hah. I don’t have any pictures from it though. Maybe we’ll go back, maybe we won’t.

Yesterday, we went to the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum, and National Air and Space Museum.

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So far, I’d say our highlight of the trip has been Katie’s new cat, Coco. She’s such a good little kitty, so friendly. And she has decided that I make an excellent cat bed.


… to be continued.

Almost leaving on a jet plane, or a slow car

May 4, 2008

So, Washington DC, here we come!

Actually, we’re heading to a suburb in Maryland. Well, close enough. We’ll be there for about a week, “visiting” Chris’s sister and doing some tourist things, since.. after all, we’re out of towners.

Things are almost packed, and we’ll be leaving at the crack of the dawn tomorrow morning, or well, today, I suppose.

Before leaving, a poorly lit picture of finished pair of socks.


Waving Lace socks. Araucania Ranco solid in color 101. Used 2.5 mm needles and I’m pretty certain I followed the pattern as written, which is very rare.

And a pair of sock in the works. Actually, a mock up of a pattern in the works.


I’m not quite loving the look, but the basic concept is there. I think for the actual pattern to come, it needs to be more refined of course. It’s just one of my many insane ideas floating in my head. We’ll see how things go.

Okay, I think I should get couple of hours of shuteye, even though I’m not at all tired….

Hello Lucy (in the sky)

April 20, 2008

Finally, finished picture of Lucy in the Sky. Oh yes, I even sewn the buttons on!

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I used Cascade 220 Superwash, knitted in size 7 needles (yes, I knit pretty tight). Overall, I’m pretty happy with the result. As for the back of the neckband border, instead of knitting the border and sewing it on as the pattern stated, I just knitted it on. In fact, I wanted to continue on those fancy chain detail from ssk/k2tog so I bound the back of the body kinda half way one way, and the other half from other direction to create mirror image, then picked up the stitches from both direction and sew them up in the middle. Ok, so the sewing job is pretty wonky but I don’t mind it.

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And I even used smaller button as backing, hoping that helps the fabric pulling too much.

.. oh how much I dislike sewing the buttons on. But I think it turned out pretty well. I like the buttons I chose – nothing fancy but I tried to get something that could potentially just blend in. And I think that works quite well with the simplicity of the cardigan itself. I should just pat on my own shoulder for job done 😛

Now I’m empty handed – no real projects in progress.

On totally unrelated news, there was earthquake in Illinois on Friday morning about at 5 AM. I, of course, slept through it. Supposedly there was one around 10 in the morning too, that one I didn’t feel either.

And yet again another unrelated topic – Chris and I have decided to take a wee trip to DC, to visit his sister. We’ll be going there in early May. No specific plans as of yet other than the fact that we are going and we’re totally unprepared. This was a sudden decision, I’m not sure if I’m at all ready for it, but the idea of going somewhere itself is very exciting! Woohoo!

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