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!