Monday, March 31, 2008

Ahh Spring. . .

I was walking Mac earlier today when my eye caught something on the ground in front of the house enxt to my apartment building. I had to look a little closer to see if I was right. Yep, I was. Flowers from bulbs are already coming up here and to think a little over 2 weeks ago the ground was still covered with snow. Amazing. . .

Spring = Benadryl. Enough said.

I am addicted to knitting hats/beanies, I get it ok? They are easy to drag with me where ever I go and they're fast and useful. Sorry it's such a crime.

This is what I get fir feeding, walking, playing, etc with Mac. A cute adorable "innocent" pair of brown eyes staring up at me while his head is resting on my leg. Yeah, it's sick how cute he is. =P

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Post Spring Break

My parents, sister and I headed out to Steamboat, Colorado for spring break. It was gorgeous! There was one slight problem tho, and it actually turned out to be a rather big problem. My ski boots didn't fit anymore. I bought them junior or senior year of high school and now they don't fit. Well, I have wide feet and wear a size 11 shoe, so this was tricky. I ended up buying a pair of guys boots, but hey they fit my feet and skis so no biggie. Below are some pics from our vacation.
Here is down at the ski resort.

Random while driving.

Sun setting after our sleigh ride.

Halfway up the mountain. My dad and sister are both wearing hats I knit. =P The one my dad is wearing is actually mine hahahaha.

I've lived in Illinois for most of my life and have gone to O'Hare way too many times to count but I have NEVER seen them place down cots for people to sleep on. My dad and I had to take pics it was so funny!

While we were there it was Purim and something possessed us into making Hamantashens. They were damn good though!

Yes, I bought yarn while out there. The brown is a mystery yarn I got at a book store, but the girl claimed it was wool. I think it maybe burly spun by Cascade. The green sock yarn is Araucania and the blue is Cascade 220 Superwash.

The baby blanket I had in my projects pile for almost a year has been frogged and became the below. I figure I'll try to knit up a blanket when Steve and I have a kid, but right now I'm not really in the mood and lack the drive. =P

I also purchased some red Cascade 220 Superwash and some needles and knit my mom a hat. I actually finished it tonight but most of it was knit while sitting at the airport in Steamboat praying we get home. I am also not feeling great so I thought a semi-scary/semi-funny pic would work best.

Below is the top of the hat.

And here is Mac enjoying the warm/cool weather of March.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Spring Break 2 Days away. . .

I am sooo thankful Spring Break is coming up because the past few weeks have been hell. I'm actually writing this post thirty beautiful minutes before I take a midterm. Yep, midterm season! Ew. . .anyways, so this past weekend my 2007 Ford Focus died on me and I ended up half way sticking out on Burlington, which is a major road is Iowa City. Yeah, I had to get it towed to Firestone, the Ford dealership isn't open on the weekend ooo. The alternator died and so the battery was bad. $740 and 3 1/2 hours of my life later it ran. But today I have to go and get a differ battery because the one in it doesn't fit perfectly. Yay life.
Yesterday this cute little package arrived at my door, literally. I won Janice's contest on the cutest memory of your pet. I won Shi Bui yarn! and an awesome cake carrier. I've never used Shi Bui yarn before, but it feels like Koigu. It's beautiful, my only concern would be that my Koigu socks didn't stand up as well as my other scks. We'll see how this does. =) It's the perfect colour for my brother's girlfriend Alicia, she LOVES pink.

Here is the yarn up close.

The hat below is being knit out of some of my handspun from Spunky Eclectic's fiber club. It's called party dress and I spun it to stripe. It obviously is striping beautifully. The hat is actually almost done, this pic was taken yesterday morning I believe and I only have a little ways to go till I cast off. I love the feel of the wool and it knit up soooo fast. I love it!

I actually finished another hat already. Friday I had to go and see a university production of August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson." I had to see it for 2 classes actually. I'm a theatre major and love theatre, but this play was 3 hours long and started at 8pm. Sooo, me being me, I dragged along circular needles and yarn, it was only the neon green yarn. Great stash busting project. I can sit and knit stockinette for hours without looking down at it. My friend Barry was in it and he mentioned he saw me in the front row fiddling with yarn. I asked when I'm not fidling with yarn. hehehe. It was very good and the knitting kept me frm falling asleep.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Damn, it's already March

It's only 1 more week of classes and then SPRING BREAK!! My parents, sister and I are going to Steamboat, Colorado to go skiing, should be fun. I love being in the mountains. I believe we're renting a condo for the week while out there. Yay!! I think everyone needs a break from this semester, it's been long and winter is even longer. I LOVE winter, but the ice is getting to me. I have been knitting, amazingly, I forget when I started this hat but finished it last week and thought I would show you.
This was a great stash buster. It is made from some yarn Jo Ann Sensations Dolcetto I picked up last year and some left over Malabrigo. I have enough for mittens still, I believe in both colours. It will most likely fit a pre-teen or young teenager. I may send it to my cousin.

Inside stranding.

I am also working on another hat that I believe will fit me. Yeah ok so I didn't know stranding peices would be so tight, lesson learned. The other hat was knit with 80 stitches, this is 120. The dark veriagated green is Wollmeise Merino-Lammdochtwolle in Farn and the light green is Jo Ann Tesoro. This is also a stash buster because I've been trying to figure out what to do with all of the Jo Ann yarn I own, trust me, it's a lot. I believe I have 7 skeins or so of the Tesoro in this green. Yeah, a lot.

I hve also been thinking of knitting up a pair of thrummed mittens. I have the patterns from interweave knits and it would be such a great way to use up my left over (mind you left over means enough to basically make anything except a sweater or long scarf) Cascade Ecological Wool I used for the Ailidh hat. The fiber in the picture is some of the 7.38 or so ounces of Alpaca I bought while home in Rockford. The fiber is from a local alpaca farm and was really cheep and beautiful. I had to buy. I am going to be working on the hat pattern during my holiday, so hopefully will have that out soon also.

I thought I would end this with a picture of tired Mac. He and I are about to go take a nap, except he's already beaten me while sitting here. He's currently passed out on the floor. I am ging to go see a university production of "The Piano Lesson" by August Wilson. It is a three hour play. . . .better to take a nap and NOT fall asleep during it I would imagine.

PS, Yes I am sad that Brett Favre has retired, he's a great player and will be greatly missed. Hopefully because of this development, the Packers will not suck this coming season.
And Boy socks have been put on hold while I go through my continuing hat phase. . .

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