Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Being an adult


Here is one thing I love about being an adult and living in California (besides eating banana cream pie for dinner). I came home and in like thirty minutes whipped up this yummy dinner. Salmon and lentils with a mustard vinaigrette and rapini with pine nuts. AND a glass of fantastic Chaine Dor Chardonnay (Local!). And its just a regular Tuesday. Mmmmmmmmmmm!!

knitting pics soon!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Did I just blog?


Holy Crap its been forever. Stuff going on, internet DOWN and sucking so posting was tough. Its somewhat better now so yay! It is free wireless I guess I can't complain if its not working right.

Anyway, I've done some crafting! I completed TWO stockings for my sister, so now I am done with that. YAY! I worked on them all year thinking I'd be done easily by Christmas, I did three because that seems a good number. And what happened? My sister IM's me in November and said the family she picked has four kids. FOUR!!!! CRAP! I had to do some cram embroidery to get that last one done, I can tell you. Lucky I had the kit available so that was good. I think I mentioned before that my sisters work adopts a needy family at Christmas and gives them the gifts on their lists. Plus some extras, like the stockings stuffed. Its for a good cause, so I don't mind the last minute notice, its just a lot to get done in a short time. She claims 6 people (2 parents and 4 kids) are too many to coordinate for the people at work so she says a smaller family next year. Here are the last two that haven't been blogged yet.

This one goes nicely with the two others, kind of related or a series or something.







This one is not quite in the same color family,
but it does have Santa so I guess that works. And there is a two year old,
so I think it will work out okay.I have also FINALLY finished the last baby sweater I will ever make! YAY! okay maybe not EVER but for a long time, I am very very tired of baby sweaters. I am gonna start on the end paper mitts FOR ME!! I also started on a new embroidery project. also for me, woohoo! Did I have pics when I did the upload today? Of course not, so that will be the next blog.

Also, my lovely new shoes will get taken out on Friday for my works holiday party. Yay!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Love

At almost first sight.







I think I may be wearing these with everything, even jammies, for awhile. Yay!



Sunday, October 07, 2007

Pirates

No, no its not talk like a pirate day again. My nephews want to be pirates for Halloween so I have been sewing this weekend and my apartment is a wreck!





This is not a great view but you get the idea that there is stuff all over the place! But I've made some progress that's good, but it means no knitting for a bit until this little project is done.












Besides sewing I did get out yesterday, went to Zao noodle bar and had yummy Vietnamese noodles and Thai iced tea. So good, I love that place and yet I forget some times that its there.




After lunch Tina, Linda and I went to look at glass pumpkins in Palo
Alto. I found one! See how cute it is? A bit pricey for a glass pumpkin but its ART and cute.

















I was looking at my favorite on-line bookstore, Powell's, for ideas for my book group (feel free to give me suggestions!) and I noticed this:


Powells.com Top 50


Top selling books at Powells.com at 7 p.m. for Sunday, October 7


#1

Letters to a Young Teacher Signed 1st Edition
by Jonathan Kozol
Special

Publisher Comments
In these affectionate letters to Francesca, a first grade teacher at an inner-city school in Boston, Jonathan Kozol vividly describes his repeated visits to her classroom while, under Francesca's likably irreverent questioning, he also reveals his own... (read more)

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#2
New Pathways for Sock Knitters: Book One
by Cat Bordhi and Michael Hopkins
Crafts

Publisher Comments
What's in the book? Eight new forms of sock architecture, each introduced with a baby sock, then adult designs in multiple sizes, and a Master Pattern inviting you to create your own designs with any yarn, at any gauge, for any size foot within (or... (read more)

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Holy cow! A knitting book is number 2 on their best seller list today! How great is that!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

F.O.'s

Yes I am finally posting some knitting content! woohoo! So while on my trip i did finish some projects and started a new one!





Right before my trip I finished the Lace Leaves baby cardigan. Very cute and really loved the SockPixie yarn, I will totally use it again!










I finished my own Anemoi mittens, they are so cute and I love to make them! They were great to work on in the car, its such a long trip but with color work and Harry Potter the time flew by!




So with those projects done I started a shawl/wrap for me. This is Cozy from Knitty, its lacy and yet fun to do, not super hard.

Okay yes this is not an FO really but its like 50% done. Thats close!















When I got back from my trip I picked up my crochet again and actually FINISHED it! Whoohoo! Its in a box on the way to my sister now.

I enjoyed it so much that I just purchased the Amigurumi! Super Happy Crochet Cute book! Can't wait to see how these come out!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

This blog was temporarily interrupted by my vacation!

And well Ravelry. Yup, I got my invite while I was on vacation! So a lot of my time has been sucked up by getting things going there. Pretty cool site so far! I will try to spend more time on my blog, clearly I have been neglecting it.

I went to Telluride, Colorado for my annual vacation and it was, as always, wonderful and beautiful. It was a smaller group than normal but it was a lot of fun. Linda went with me this year, she need a holiday and she had a lot of fun. You can see all the pics she took at her blog: www.yogaturtle.com/knitatnite .




These are some pics from my favorite hike here, Jud Weibe, shows how amazing this little town is! I do this hike every year and I can't wait to do it. I've been living in California too long now though as the altitude has more of an effect on me so I have to do this on the second day in town at least.


















This is one of the hikes we did as well, to Tomboy mine, abandoned now but was huge in its day. This is one hell of a hike, but really only due to the altitude. The trail is just a jeep road, but since the mine is at around 11,500 feet the altitude makes the last half mile or so pretty difficult. And this day there was a pretty ugly storm going on around the mountains, though not exactly where we were. A lot of lightening, which is not a good thing when you are hiking, so we nearly turned around and went back. But we didn't and it ended up clearing while we were at the top. We were there for about 45 minutes and the storm started blowing back in so we left, and just in time, we got to the bottom of the trail when the clouds just opened up! I've only done that hike one other time, its not easy but ifs well worth it. We met lots of friendly jeep people, many who offered us rides down! Couldn't figure out why we would be walking! ha!




































We spent a week of hiking, hanging out and eating great Mexican food and then the film festival started! This is the reason I started going to Telluride in the first place, but its evolved into my ideal vacation, hiking and movies with plenty of time to knit., I can't think of a better use of my time. I was very kind to Linda and did not make her see as many movies as usually do, plus, we couldn't get into one of them. This is a list of what we saw:


Thursday:

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) Free Movie in the Park before the festival. They do this to make us start trying to guess who will be there since the schedule is not released before hand.


Friday:

I'm Not There (2007)

My Enemy's Enemy (2007)


Saturday:

Millions Like Us (1943)

Persepolis (2007)

Help! (1965) Free Movie in the Park!

Jellyfish (2007)


Sunday:

People on Sunday (1930)

Blind Mountain (2007)

Margot at the Wedding (2007)


Monday:

Bricklane (2007)

The Counterfeiters (2007) Three times the charm on this one, we were turned away twice before!

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)



My favorites in no order were I'm not there, Persepolis, Bricklane and The Counterfeiters. I enjoyed People on Sunday, Millions like Us, 4 Months, 3Weeks and 2 Days, and Blind Mountain for showing me cultures and places I haven't been to and never can for some of them. Blind Mountain left an impact due to the story and I find myself remembering it or drawing comparisons to it in my everyday life. But it was not a favorite, just impactful. Over all a great film fest, I saw some terrific films, as I do every year, but this one seemed a smidge better than some in the past.


This is a shot of fellow line dwellers.






Parting shot of Telluride.









So with all this hiking and movie watching how much knitting did I get done? Lots! Tomorrow I'll post all my finished projects. Yay!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Monkey Joy


Yep they are done! And I am happy! They turned out so well, so cute, I can now understand why people like making socks so much. They were a lot of fun, instant gratification since they are not very big. My first pair of adult socks! Yay!











Now I have time for a new project I started the Anemoi mittens but have a last minute baby sweater to make. I found some pretty superwash yarn from SockPixie.com, great color ways there! I am making the Lace Leaf Baby cardi that I made a few months ago, I really like making it. The color I am doing now is Raspberry cheesecake and I think the other color, Asparagus (pretty!) will be a baby sweater as well. I had such a hard time picking the right colors and I can't say they are exactly baby-ish., but they are really really nice. I could even make socks with this sock yarn!




I went for an awesome hike today on windy hill. It acted a lot like winter up there, it was really foggy at the top, so foggy it was like rain , we got soaked! I wish I had my camera with me, it was beautiful and amazing. The bottom of the hill was sunny and warm, it was like night and day. Lovely.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Stitch n Pitch




Last night was Stitch-n-Pitch at PacBell park. Through some random and other wise events it was not quite what I had expected, but I had a lot of fun. I maybe dragged my feet a bit on the whole ticket buying thing so Linda and I bought tickets in the same general area, but not actually part of the whole deal. No treat bags but we could still hang out with everyone.








Boy was I off! Due to a remarkable power outage Linda's site was very affected so she had to work late. Really late. So at 5:45 (hour and a half before the start!) I asked some people at work if they wanted to go, and happily it was not hard to find some last minute ticket takers. Its probably good that they weren't the actual S-n-P seats, I still don't think the guys understood the concept AT ALL. Knitting? At the baseball game? One thought maybe we did it a lot AND that it was our boba group knitting, not some nationally organized event.


These are my co-workers, they though I was odd knitting, look at the lap top!





It was fun, Barry did not hit a home run, so the race is still on for the home run record. I did wish that the mitten was I was knitting was done, it was pretty damn cold. And windy, so my pattern was tough to follow. .....



Ahh summer in San Francisco!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Too Many Crafts

So recently I have been having issues with my wrists. I know, its like a trend at Boba-Knit, everyone seems to be having some kind of problem. I think mine has something to do with the amount of embroidery I've done lately, those stocking kits get addictive! I have a new keyboard at work that really really helps and I've been told (by Linda) to not do any embroidery for a month. Sigh. I put it down for a week and they were fine so I did a bit of work and they hurt just as much as before I rested. So now I need to go a bit longer. I did read up on carpal tunnel but one thing they said was it usually hits the predominant wrist first and its not, my left one is hurting more than my right. Knitting is not hurting me however, so I'm nearly done with the Monkeys! Yay! My sister will love them so I am pleased. I have pics, of course!



These are pictures of the first sock but I have been diligent this week and I am actually this far on the second one! These being my first pair I am very excited about how quick I learned the pattern so the second one was lickity split! I think I like making socks and I can see why people enjoy them so much. But I need to find more people to give them to since I hate to wear them.























A close up of the embroidery that is killing my wrists. How cute is that! I have two done now and am sorta working on a third. But its in time out for a whole month.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Ramblings

I am having a quiet day, or at least morning. I ended up staying out till the wee hours of the morning at a house warming party. I didn't stay out drinking, just chatting with some fun people, but hooo I am not good at staying up that late anymore. The biggest problem is that no matter when I go to bed I wake up around 8:30 at the latest, it makes for a rough morning when there are only a couple of hours between those two events. So this morning I've been reading everyones blogs, getting caught up. I was reading Tina's blog this morning, which is rated PG by the way, so I thought I'd see how I rate, much like her there is a lot of swearing in my world, I susupect its due to the knitting. I was rated the same! Whew! I do know that Linda will not come out quite so lucky!


Online Dating

This rating was determined based on the presence of the following words:

dead (4x)
crap (2x)

Hahahahaha! Dead is a bad word?


I also did a personality test, the benevolent part is pretty right on but the director part is only partially true. The confusing part of the whole thing is they say I am 28% masculine and 30% feminine. That's 58%, whats the other 42???? Alien? Dog?




I was reading Cindy's blog and now that whole mystery shawl thing is looking more and more appealing. I had read about it when she first posted but put it out of my mind. I think its too late now, but maybe next time!!


I have officially finished one sock and it is awesome! I love the colors in this sock and I think my sister will really like it.



The rest of the day is cleaning, Costco with Tina ( I know, its insane to go on a saturday) and then Ethiopian food! yummmmmmm

Monday, July 02, 2007

Kwik-E-Mart

What did I do tonight? I went to Linda's for a delicious dinner (mahi mahi, spinach, potatoes and cucumber radish slaw, yum!) and then Tina met us at my house for some chatting. Dave, Tinas SO, called and told us that the 7-11 RIGHT BY MY HOUSE was turned into a Kwik-E-Mart for the Simpsons movie! Awesome! I read about it this morning, so cool! So did Tina, so we all just ran down there to take pictures, drink Squishees and buy some KrustyO's!!! Fun pictures follow.


GRR!! between my connection and Blogger I can't get any images to upload! Maybe tomorrow. Okay I got some of them to uplod, today my connection is fine though.




































































Sunday, July 01, 2007

Knitters

We had a party last night to say good bye to one of our Boba knitters. Kristi is moving to Boulder next week, we will all miss her. But Boulder is a great town and I think she will love it there. Maybe I'm biased since I'm from Colorado and lived near there for 10 years, but I don't think so. We had a pot luck, everyone brought something and tried to make it relate to knitting some how.

Spinnity (Mary) was gracious enough to share her house with all of us, the night before she was leaving for a trip! How great is that?







Everyone was so creative in the food they brought, I have some pictures of it, but I didn't get a picture of Jeni's pizza. She made it in the shape of a vest, a fair isle vest! With olives, basil and sun dried tomatoes for the pattern. So cute! There was a back up vest as well, plain stockinette, but still yummy! Of course there are pictures. Abigail's knitting ball eggs and the cute alpaca bread rolls.










There was a sheep pinata, filled with Kristi's favorite candies and some squishy sheep. Hannah whacked the crap out of it in one swing, scaring small children and pissing off the slightly older ones who had hoped for another whack. She was supposed to distract and get the pinata going so she could run in and change.


































Change to what? A sheep stripper of course! Cookie came up with the idea there should be a sheep stripper for this shin dig, so I made a costume and Hannah was forced to wear it. She stuffed the squishy sheep down the costume and ran around and then ripped it open so all the sheep flew out. I laughed too much to take many photos, but I do have the after shots.














We all had dinner and sat around and knitted and feted Kristi and Andy with gifts, including plane tickets so they can come back and see us.



























We all had dinner and sat around and knitted and feted Kristi and Andy with gifts, including plane tickets so they can come back and see us.









A very fun party indeed, too bad it was for a going away.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Wine

I know I have been slow posting so this will be a doosy! Two weekends of wine tasting in the Santa Cruz mountains for Vinters Festival! Did I drink a lot? OH YES! Did I buy some wine? mmm, I think so. Linda had the genius idea to rent a giant ass vehicle- 8 wine drinking knitters (okay only
6 knit) and wine! Brilliant!
We dubbed it the White Wino as we wandered through the mountains.








We started the first weekend at Woodside. Very pretty, nice port, I don't think I've ever bought the wine though. But its nice and a good place to start the day.











After that we headed to Chain Dor, a destination we had for this weekend. They have the best chardonnay, and are so generous, they open their house to total strangers and feed us all just so we can taste their wine! Truly an experience every year. Linda and I split a case there, you can't buy their wine in a store so we stock up. They also allow the tasters to sample the latest bottling of the Cabernet, they set out some of the newly bottled wine in their wine cellar and we all traipsed down there. Very young but sooo good! And look how happy Linda, Cindy and Margit are!













Then off to Cooper-Garrod and Savanah Chanell, very near each other so easy to hit in a short amount of time. Cooper-Garrod was out of their Viogne! Tragic really, I like that wine. But I got a bottle of Cab, they are good at that too. Savanah Chanelle also has nice wine and there is always something I like there. This time they had a special on the Rose, buy 6 bottles at $12 each. Not bad! Linda, Gary and I went in on that deal.









At this point things start to get a bit hazy. There had been lots of wine, plenty of singing in the car (there is a video of that out there. It's nice.) and now we decided to go to one of the spots hosting multiple wineries. Because clearly we need more. The cool thing the vintners fest does is allow smaller wineries with out tasting rooms the chance to pour by having restaurants and such host them. We picked the place with 6 wineries because, well, mostly because they had champagne. And oddly enough, a yarn store across the street. Imagine that! So once we drank some wine (it was the end of the day so not all the wine was available) we went shopping. And low and behold they were serving wine! And we had wine glasses! All very handy AND we bought yarn to boot. We did stop at this point and go out to dinner since we also really needed some food.

Total for the day= 11 bottles (not a case! woohoo!)












Day two:

The next weekend started a lot the same, though we ended up with a different car and it was a bit more cramped. The fun thing was that my friend Liz was out visiting from Denver so I made her go. Yay! It was very fun again, most of the same people went, again, more singing and having a great time on our way to the wineries on the back side of the mountains.

First stop, Bonny Doone. They have fun wine, lots of different ones to select, there is always something that catches my eye. They had an amazing deal on their Bouteille Call wine, a bit like port, so we all bought a case. EACH! They wanted to get rid of it so it was $16 for one bottle or $25 for a case. Who could pass that up? No one as it turns out. But the trouble was that we did not have the white wino this week, so it was tough to get it all in the car. And that was the first stop! Jean and I split a case here (I just remembered that!)





Then the highlight of this weekend, Mchenry. The first weekend was Chan Dor, this one was McHenry. Small vineyard, tiny barn tasting room, amazing Pinot. All they do is Pinot so our tasting was different vintages, such fun to see how it progressed and what was going on that year. And the person pouring? Henry McHenry! If you look off to the left of Lind you can see him there by the barrels of wine. We did not get out of there cheaply, but we all got some great wine. Linda and I split a case here and Jean bought one for me as a trade off for half the bouteille call. If you recall an earlier post I just loved this wine so this is good to have around. At this point we have been to two wineries and the car is stuffed!











Next stop was David Bruce, they have good Pinot and my favorite petite syrah. I showed restrain and didn't get anything , I think we were getting wined out a bit at this point. This is a pic of Linda and Liz squished in the back back seat, they look happy for some reason.







Final stop was Byington, they had some tasting outside this year and then some inside. They have a great rose wine but the one I have is the very last one we tried. And only Linda, Jean and I had it as everyone was done. They had a library tasting of their pinot, holy cow was it good.























Fun day for everyone, lots of wines tasted and purchased. And then off to dinner again, have to have something absorb all that wine!


Total for this day = 13 (I think.) So I ended up with two cases of wine for the two weekends. Pretty good, that should last me for a good chunk of the year!