Sunday, May 2, 2010

I've been lacking in the knitting FOs department as my eyes have strayed elsewhere lately. I FINALLY pulled out my wonderful Ashford Knitter's Loom and finished the project that was warped and quickly warped another one. I've got something else on the loom now using some black microfiber and sari silk. Weaving is such fun and as far as instant gratification goes, it's pretty darn great!

In addition, my folks bought be a sewing machine for my birthday which I absolutely LOVE. So far, I've made a navy wraparound linen skirt and a fat quarter quilt top. I'll post pics of the quilt when it's finished. The skirt was definitely my first project...and we'll leave it at that. :-)

I'm making steady progress on my Multnomah shawl. I've gotten to the feather and fan finally - almost 9 repeats in and working towards a total of 10.

In other news...still running, of course. Sean wants to do Disney again so I'll run that with him next January. I'm also planning on a bunch of half marathons leading up to it and after. On my radar right now: Daytona Beach, St. Pete, OUC, Jacksonville, Key West, Seaside, and Sarasota. I'm certainly not going to do all of them! But it's certainly a nice selection...
Off to knit and read for a bit (Sean bought me a Kindle for my birthday!)...hope everyone has a great Sunday!


Sunday, March 28, 2010

What have we here?!?!

IMG_3192, originally uploaded by KnitterRunner.

Could it be a finished object? Indeed it is! I finished Liesl last night while relaxing on our porch. My goal with this project was to use as much of the yarn as I possibly could - I only had two skeins of the Malabrigo Worsted and I didn't want to waste a bit. In hindsight, I probably should have to a normal bind-off on the bottom instead of the picot edge. That would have given me a big more yarn to go on the sleeves. I ended up with a bit left over but I was starting to get really worried towards the end. Maybe the sleeves are a bit short but I like them. I'm wearing this today with a white tank and a flowered skirt. Probably completely inappropriate for Orlando in March but I don't care!

Yay FO! Yay Ysolda Teague!!! I love her patterns but this is the first I actually won't be the last!

Just got back from a 6-miler (doesn't quite make up for the missed 10-miler yesterday but oh well). Now it's time for a quick visit to Bed, Bath, & Beyond to return our Cuisinart Rice Cooker we bought a couple of weeks ago (quick review - it OVERFLOWS no matter how small a batch of rice you make!!!) and then off to my folks' house to watch the UCONN women take on Iowa State. Go Huskies!!!!!


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ahhh...weekend, how I love thee!

It's a gorgeous Saturday afternoon here in Orlando! The air is dry and warm - spring is really here. The big question on everyone's mind, though, is whether or not we'll get to enjoy spring or will it quickly morph into hot, sticky, unbearable summer. I'm really hoping that we can enjoy it for awhile. Last night, our friends Mari and Dave came over with their dog Alani. Alani and Nittany got to romp around while we visited and ate dinner. Both before and after dinner, we relaxed and drank on our porch (yay for porch weather!) - such a wonderful time! Mari and I stayed out there under fleece blankets even after the guys went inside to play Wii. Somehow Mari and I each drank a bottle of wine...needless to say, that 10-miler I was supposed to do this morning didn't happen! Guess I'll be running tomorrow...

So, with this first really wonderful evening of porch-sitting, Sean has renewed his efforts to put power and cable and a TV bracket out on the porch so we can sit AND not miss our shows (or basketball, in the case of this week...). He's a flurry of activity right now because he's going to have to pull wires to make it all work. The thought of this evening being able to drink beer and watch b-ball is pretty cool though!

On the knitting front, I've been motoring along on my Liesl cardigan. I love this pattern and I love the yarn I'm using - Malabrigo Worsted in Lettuce. I have to say, it will be the last green thing that I'm going to knit for awhile, even though Citron in Malabrigo lace is next in my queue. I just have to move away from green for a little bit. I'm still not sure how I ended up with this much in the first place!!

Multnomah and I are having a tumultuous relationship. You would think that it being all garter stitch to the border that it would be fairly straightforward. Wrong! Give me feather & fan or cables any day - garter is making me sloppy. First I missed a yarn-over...15 rows back. Ugh. Tried to rip back just the few stitches and then up again with no luck - frogged all 15 rows. Then, this afternoon, I'm in the waiting room at the vet (no worries, Mir just needed blood-work for her thyroid condition) and I notice 9 rows back just the oddest looking stitch ever. Seriously - no clue what I was doing except I know that around then I was knitting at the movies while watching Green Zone. This time I successfully took the three messed up stitches down all 9 rows and knit them back up without losing the entire thing. I think I've got it now but really, I think I'm going to finish Liesl since that (knock on wood) has been a much smoother project.

Next to be cast on are Calvin & Ripple socks by Cristi of Turtlegirl's Bloggy Thing. Might have to call them Mir & Gracie (and in memory of Georgie...) socks though because they're a bit jealous. I haven't grabbed needles for them but the yarn is all picked out (Cascade Heritage Paints). Cristi is SUPER DUPER thorough in her pattern instructions and while 11 pages for two socks is rather daunting, I'm ready for the challenge.

I think that's it around here...oh, a quick update on Sean's sweater. Of course, the day that I picked it up from the tailor was the day the weather began to turn. Of course. We still had some rather cool mornings the next week though and Sean ended up wearing it as a jacket three days in a row and then out to dinner with some friends one evening. How cute is that? Sweater curse? I don't know nuthin' 'bout no sweater curse! Of course, I'd also highly recommend letting your significant other pick out the yarn and pattern and make him or her feel like they're part of the process right from the start.

Well, off to drink my Magic Hat #9 (best beer EVER) and spray down our porch of all the pollen so that we can properly prepare for our TV-watching-on-the-porch-extravaganza this evening. Sorry for the no picture situation today...more hopefully coming soon!


Saturday, March 13, 2010

I feel like the angels should be singing...

...because Sean's sweater is finally finished!!!!! Never mind that the actual knitting was done in October. Or that the re-knitting of the collar and sewing together was done in December - the d#$% zipper is finally in! I was too scared to put the zipper in myself so I left it up to a tailor here in town who came highly recommended from one of my running partners.

I give you...the Cambridge Jacket by Ann Budd and modeled by my dear guy...

I brought it home from the tailor's this morning and he put it on immediately. I think he looks awfully handsome, in spite of the cap, the t-shirt, and, oh yes, the shorts he's wearing. Of course, the weather broke here in Florida today so it's over 70. I hear rumor that it might get chilly again later in the week so he might still have a chance to wear it once before the real heat sets in.

In other news, I announced a couple of weeks ago that I finished my Ravelympics right on schedule. I was so excited that I wore it the following day. I proceeded to frog the entire button band (allllll the way up one side, around the hood, and down the other side...) because the buttons just weren't in the proper spot. I had followed the instructions and it wasn't working for me. In one of those, "I love Ravelry, Ravelry rocks!" moments, I surfed around to see other folks' projects and figured out a solution. By the following Saturday, I was back in business and wearing my creation around Epcot. Never mind that it was one of the warmer days - at least the hoodie is 75/15 cotton/acrylic...

That's the deal around here. I also finished a pair of No Purl Monkeys last week so I'm now using the leftovers to knit baby booties for three different folks either expecting or newly blessed. I've got Multnomah on the needles as well. I'm VERY excited about my two upcoming projects - a Liesl in some yummy Malabrigo worsted in Lettuce and a pair of Calvin & Ripple socks in an as-yet-to-be-determined colorway. Always something happening around here!


Saturday, March 6, 2010

We're #2! We're #2!

What a day!

Last Saturday, my friend Courtney and I participated in the RubberNeck Race here in Orlando. Basically, it was an adventure race/scavenger hunt a la "The Amazing Race" - only one of my most FAVORITE shows in the world. We had a BLAST! The weather was atrocious for most of it but we made the best of a wet situation and just went for it. Jason and Sean hung back at the bar (start and finish line) with a computer so that they could feed us information as we needed it. That is completely within the rules of this type of racing!

Here are "The unOfficials" enjoying a pre-race beverage...we later regretted this choice as we tried to run with full...ahem...bladders. The other dumb mistake of the day? Deciding that running 6 miles with our regular group that morning would be a good idea!

We found one of two duck posters while we raced - good for 5 minutes off our total race time! This was in the last 20 minutes of the race. We had heard just before that the first team had already come in. This was the location of the second-to-last clue. Almost there! Needless to say, we made it back in one piece and IN SECOND PLACE!!!!! The first place team had just about 20 minutes on us and other teams came in not too long after us. What does this get us? $300, a 2 night stay in Key West, and entry into the championship race at the end of April. Wahoo!!!!

The first place finishers let us borrow their giant check for a picture...we improvised.

Overall a fantastic day but boy were we tired. Ended up covering approximately 9 miles throughout the race. Add that to the 6 earlier that morning and I did more distance last weekend than I've done in over a year! Good times though...KEY WEST HERE WE COME!


Sunday, February 28, 2010

Victory is Mine!!!!!

I'm going to bed...sooooo sleeeeeeepy...


Friday, February 26, 2010

I can hear theme from Rocky...

No pictures today...just a quick check-in...

The Heather Hoodie Vest is almost finished! I've got to finish the hood this evening and then pick up for the button band, weave ends, find buttons, sew...I think I can do this! Sean have been VERY skeptical of the whole project so it's sort of become an "I'll show YOU!" situation.

In other news...I got the call from the vet today to come and pick up my Georgie girl. I'm relieved to have her ashes back with her family but still so very sad. A week has passed and barely a moment goes by that I don't think of her sweet kitty self. It's been a pretty rough week although Sean and I did decide to continue on with our road trip over the weekend. I'm really glad we did because a) Key West is fun and b) I would have been absolutely miserable wandering around the house. I'll post pictures of the trip next week.

For hood awaits!


Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Ravelympics flag is at half mast...

...for I lost a faithful furry family member last dear kitty George...

When Sean got home from work last night, he found her on the floor of my bathroom. She was already gone. That dear man intercepted me on the porch when I got home last night so he could tell me before I rushed into the guest room to put my work stuff down and said hello to the girls. He knows me well. He led me in to see her and I just sat there, rubbing her soft, furry head. Sean had already called my folks - who called to say they were on their way over. He had also called Mark who was already barreling down I4 to get to us. Once Mark got there, Mom, Dad, and Sean left us alone. We sat on either side of her and cried and pet and fussed over her. She has always been a daddy's girl but she and her sister, Gracie, were with me for a couple of weeks so that I could get some kitty love too.

I knew something was up yesterday morning. George was sticking close to me, going so far as to sit on the shower mat while I took my shower. She seemed a bit out of sorts but I chalked it up to an upset tummy. After she got sick, I figured she'd be on the mend. I did take some extra time to snuggle her on the recliner before work. We had a good snuggle and she purred away! I reminded her how after work I was going to come and get her and Gracie to go back to Daddy's.

Later on that morning, Dad checked on her when he came to pick Nittany up for the weekend. Dad texted me that she seemed fine and like her normal self so I didn't think anything of it until I arrived home. One look on Sean's face and I knew, I just knew.

Oh sweet, sweet George, how I will miss you! You will always be my girl and Daddy's peanut! Sweet dreams, little girl!

Sleep wasn't exactly an option last night - more like beer, pizza, the Olympics and Lost, and some knitting. I am making some progress on my Olympic sweater. It's certainly a challenging project but one that I'm learning tons from. I'm really proud of my progress. The back is getting close to done and the two front should go lickety split now that I know how to drop down many, many, many rows to correct stitches or re-twist cables without tinking or frogging all the way down. Learning that in itself is an accomplishment for me so I'm pretty darn proud. Here's a quick photo of the back, sheep stitch markers and all...
I've got two seven hour drives coming up, down to and back from the Keys. Should make lots of progress!!!!! We've had this trip planned for several weeks so we are still going. I thought I needed to get away before - now I REALLY need to get out of town for a bit...

With a heavy heart but knowing my angel kitty is watching over me...


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Faster, Higher, Stronger...bring it on...

Well, I was thinking it's time to resurrect the blog...and what better time than the Knitting Olympics?

There's lots of talk over on Ravelry about the Ravelympics and technically I've joined the "sweaterboard" event but I didn't actually join a team. I thought about joining one of the podcast teams but I listen to so many! So, this morning, I was catching up on Yarn Harlot's blog and read about the Knitting Olympics. I remember reading about them the last time around...and figured, why not?

So, I throw my hat in the ring...I will be casting on for the Heather Hoodie Vest (rav link) tomorrow night during the opening ceremonies. It's not my first sweater but definitely my first big project with cables...we'll see how it all goes! I'm very excited! It's a pattern that I've wanted to knit for awhile but I had other things on the needles that needed finishing (or almost finishing) first.

In the meantime, I finished up a pair of socks for my mom which were supposed to be mine but I made the first foot more size 9.5 than 8 so, voila!, socks for Mom! I also finished 1/2 of a pair of "no purl monkeys" made out of Yarn Pirate's Daffodilly colorway. So cheery and fun! Also started a Multonomah but no pics yet. Everything gets put on hold tomorrow, though!

Let the games begin!!!!