Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Five things

1. The scarf is still not done. So no updates or FOs to show off. Bummer.
2. I have been reading brain candy, in the form of Ten Big Ones and Eleven on Top. Complete fluff... but I always laugh my butt off when I read this series, so I excuse the goofy plots and lack of coherence. Plus, I love Ranger. :-)
3. I bought an embroidery kit from here... I love the patterns. They are so not “country samplers.” I was way excited to get it, but haven’t started yet. Probably because I hate ironing, which you need to do to transfer the pattern. How lame am I?
4. It is finally winter-like in Michigan. Hooray! It only took until January to get respectably cold. Of course, now I have to scrape my car in the morning. Not-so-hooray!
5. My hubby has been playing Final Fantasy XII on our PS2. I love all the FF games and can sit and watch for hours. Which probably explains the main reason behind number one, above. I am too distracted by running around and killing monsters. (And the plot. These games have a serious amount of plot. If you stripped away the gameplay, there would be like two movies in there.)(And I really can’t knit and watch tv at the same time. Unless it is reruns, but something new? Uh-uh. Bad things, like dropped stitches, tend to happen.)(How about one more set of parentheses to end this bad boy up?)

Sunday, January 07, 2007

You can't go wrong with a scarf

As promised, here is a photo of the first knit of the year, the scarf-in-progress for the hubby:

I am holding two stands together. The gray is Plymouth Encore and the multi-color is Inca Marla, which is 100% alpaca laceweight. When I first started knitting (last January!), my hubby immediately requested a scarf. So we went to the LYS and I let him pick out any yarn he wanted. He picked the laceweight, and like a dummy I said sure... not really thinking about the fact that laceweights are best suited for lace! So it has sat in my stash for nearly a year. I finally came up with the brilliant idea of combining it with another yarn. Thus, this scarf was born.

The pattern is merely moss and stockinette panels that I saw in my book of knitting stitches and tweaked a little for a scarf. Size 10 needles, so I hope it will be done soon!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The first of 2007

Can you believe it is 2007? Yikes. Double yikes. Triple yikes. Ok, why all the yiking? Maybe because I was born in 1977.... which means I have a rather significant milestone-ish birthday this year. YIKES! Ok, it isn’t for nine months, but still. :-) (And btw, I like that I just invented a word. Yiking. Hee hee.) I rang in the new year in the only possible way... with a bottle of Chianti, a few shots of Jaeger, and a few very good friends. It was fun, but not nearly as fun as this!

I am a bit behind on blogging (About everything, I know. I am such a slacker.), and of course I have not taken any photos of any of my Christmas loot, but you can see this gift, and this one, and this one. So, lots of knit-related goodness and I am firmly resolving to actually use it! Not that I haven’t been knitting.... I have just slowed down a lot. Which doesn’t make sense because I love it and find it uber-relaxing and fun so I don’t know what my deal has been. I have started a scarf (of my own design, sorta) for my hubby to replace the crocheted one I made him last winter. Progress has been steady and I will show a pic soon.

One of my Christmas gifts was Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman. So far, it is excellent. I really enjoyed Gaiman’s American Gods. This book deals with a lot of similar themes (fathers and sons, reality and myth, life and death) but is very funny, too. Like, laugh out loud funny. At about half way through, I am giving it a thumb up. Or a half thumb up?