Thursday, December 29, 2005
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Anywho. Enough tirades against PA. Besides the massive amount of drive time, Christmas was nice. We spent the 24th and 25th with my hubby's family who we only see a couple times a year, so he was very happy. His grandmother is 91 years old now, so everytime we see her, we feel thankful and lucky that she is still in relatively good health. She still lives in her own home and is a pretty feisty woman. She was a schoolteacher in CT back in the days when it was a bit rare for women to continue teaching after they were married.
And I have to admit, that I am still childish enough (or have a childish love for the holidays) that I pile up my presents after the big day and gloat over them. My faves this year? My hubby signed me up for a beginning knit class at Joann's; we are going to pick out a grill from Lowe's (though that is really for both of us); my dad bought me the LL Bean raincoat I had been coveting; and I got both season 6 and 7 of the Simpsons. Hurray!
Not much crocheting has been happening lately. I did finish one of my afghan's squares in the car, but I get motion sickness so I couldn't get that much done. But, my MIL loooovveddd the Well-Traveled Bag that I gave her, so I was very happy. I am looking forward to working on my sock again, too.
Anywho (again). This is a very materialistic and random post. That's what the holidays do to me! Hopefully I'll be returning to normal soon!
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Pardon the mess...
Also, I have signed up for my first TWO Crochetville swaps! Hurray! I will be doing the Granny Square and Winter Hats swaps. I am so excited! Escpecially as I have never actually made a granny square! (Gasp!) It will be a good learning experience.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Second, has anybody else made the great leap into sock crocheting? I am nearly to the heel of my First Sock (not to be confused with the First First Sock, where I didn't make it pass the cuff!). I really like it, but it is slow going. Why? Because I am using a size D hook and sock yarn is pretty darn thin! I started with the first pattern in this book, which is billed as being easy. It is ~ but it is also a learning experience. Thus far, I have learned the Double Crochet Foundation Row (And really, how cool is this? Once I eventually figured it out, I fell in love with it. Your foundation chain and the first row of dcs -- at the same time. Love it!), Front- and Back-Post Double Crochets (I admit, I had been afraid to try these before. I have no idea why, they are soooo easy.), and the Extended Single Crochet (scroll down the page to see instructions). All for about one-half of one sock. If I actually finish the sock AND it actually fits, I will be patting myself pretty strongly on my back. (That sentence sounds awkward, but I don't feel like fixing it. That's what happens when you are an editor for a living. You don't bother to correct your own writing when you are on your lunch hour!)
ANYWAYS. Lastly, I have a small confession to make. My family exchanged Christmas gifts on Saturday (since I will be out of town with my hubby's family on the big day) and my mom bought me something I had been hoping for... (click for gift)...
*ssshhhhh* Don't tell anybody!!! :-)
Thursday, December 15, 2005
The Mohair Monster Revealed
Yup. It's done:
I am so-so on it. It doesn't really look ripply, as it should, because I used too bulky a yarn. Oh well... it's a Christmas gift, so I don't have to love it, right?
We had our second Sit-n-Stitch on Tuesday. Once again, time seemed to fly by while I was there! I'll have to try and bring a camera to one (once we all know each other a little better; it's a bit weird taking pics of semi-strangers!) to share my Sit-n-Stitch-Joy with ya'll. The next one won't be until January sometime, though, so be patient. :-) Sidenote: We meet at Espresso Royale, so I bought their Eggnog Vanilla Latte. It sounded festive. BLECK! Avoid at all costs! I don't think eggnog should really be mixed with much... except rum.
Well, my hubby and I are watching The Little Mermaid at the moment (we have run a bit short on movies we haven't seen!) and I promised I wouldn't be long blogging, so I had best go. Plus, I just started My First Sock (not counting My First Sock from October, which I abandoned after just a few days. We don't speak of the First First Sock.) and I want to get cracking on it.
Have a lovely evening, everybody!
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Happiness is free (or very cheap)
Another happy-making thing in my world is that I have been scoring big time on the free/very cheap books this week. A fellow Ann Arbor blogger was giving some of hers away, so I took Eva Moves the Furniture and *umm* ... I can't remember the second one right now! But it looks good! :-) And today the Ann Arbor library was doing their annual "we have too many books, come buy some at super low prices" event. My husband and I went a bit nuts. To put it mildly. I picked up: A Widow For One Year; The Seal Wife; City of Darkness, City of Light; Atonement; and Killer Dolphin. And my husband bought a big stack of his own. For practically nothing. Hurray for frugality! And good books! :-)
The best part of the library experience today was that a complete stranger (young-ish college student) come up to me and asked about my bag. It was the Well-Traveled Bag, of course, and she wanted to know how I made it, if it was hard or expensive... and she kept saying how much she loved it! It was a wonderful compliment. I was glowing with pride!
Finally, I have put in some good work on the mohair monster. I just haven't been racing along because I have been so busy drinking free pod coffee and reading free books!
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Quiz of the week
The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell - The City of Dis!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
|Purgatory (Repenting Believers)||Very Low|
|Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)||High|
|Level 2 (Lustful)||Moderate|
|Level 3 (Gluttonous)||Moderate|
|Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)||Moderate|
|Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)||Low|
|Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)||Very High|
|Level 7 (Violent)||Moderate|
|Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)||Moderate|
|Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)||Low|
Take the Dante's" Inferno Test
I find it interesting that my two highest scores are for a "virtuous non-believer" and a "heretic"!! So, I'm a good person, but still will be sitting in the 6th circle... I wonder who else would be there with me?
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
SPs and mohair and more...
The “mohair monster” is actually working up really quickly now. It was just the initial chain (263 stitches long!) and foundation row that were buggers. It is a ripple pattern and is looking pretty good. Although, it doesn’t look much like the picture in the book. I realized that the mohair the pattern called for was a nylon/mohair mix. I am using Patons Divine, which you will notice is an acrylic/mohair mix. So it is a bit chunkier than the scarf pictured, but I still like it. I’ll post some pictures soon.
Did I gloat -- I mean mention -- that I have finished my Christmas shopping?? Hurray! Soon there will be wrapped presents under my tree. It is amazing that I finished shopping so early (for me) because I really dislike shopping, of any kind. I get bored and frustrated in about 20 minutes. But my luck was better than usual this year, and except for a few crochet projects that need to be finished, I am done. Hurray again!
Monday, December 05, 2005
Blurriness and secrets revealed!
I can't wait to use them! She really has been a great pal; everybody should stop by her blog and give her a huge thanks and hi from me! Plus, she is an awesome knitter... I was marveling at the sheer quantity of WIPs she has! In other SP news, I heard from Alyx, my spoil-ee, that she received her package and loved it. Yeah! Everybody in Alyx's world is sick, so I hope they all recover soon.