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Ms. Knits: March 2005

Monday, March 28

Another crazy, too short weekend...

Wow - that weekend sure went by fast! And no pictures to show for it either... :(

Friday was a date night for hubby & I. We went to one of our favorite restaurants.

Saturday started out as a lazy day with some random errands to do. About 3pm, we decided to go test drive an Acura MDX. We'd been researching and test driving SUVs the last few weekends, and had been planning to buy something once we found the *perfect* vehicle. Well, turns out the MDX was the perfect vehicle for us, and after the test drive we decided to go for it. As we sat down with the sales guy, I made the terrible realization that I HAD LEFT MY KNITTING BAG AT HOME. Tragic. When I told Todd this, he said - "Good, you need to stay focused on the game - I don't need you getting distracted right now!" Hahaha - we are pretty serious negotiators when it comes to buying a new vehicle. Luckily we struck a deal fairly painlessly - thank goodness for the end of the month. Unluckily, the car we chose was in the dealer's warehouse, and we had to sit at the dealer for over two hours waiting for it to be prepped. Just think of all the knitting I could have done!

Sunday morning we got up early and went to church, then came home and cooked a yummy Easter dinner (ham, scalloped potatoes, and green beans ). I managed to get some knitting in later in the day - I swatched some cables with my new cable needles (yes, they really are pretty easy) and worked on a pre-work assignment for a knitting class I'm taking next weekend.

All in all, a great weekend, but way too short. And now that it is almost April, I'm going to need to stop relaxing (i.e. cut back on the knitting) and start hitting the books more on the weekends. Finals are just around the corner!

Wednesday, March 23

Upcoming projects

I've been trying to decide on my next few knitting projects, and here are my top five projects for this year... In all likelihood, I'll be working on these well into the next decade, but hey, a girl can dream!

1. Seed Stitch Shell from VK Spring/Summer 2005 - This looks like a very straightforward project... pretty basic. The never-ending seed stitch may drive me crazy, but this is something that I would wear a lot.



2. Tennis Sweater from VK Spring/Summer 2005 - This is so cute! I love the cables and ribbing. I have no idea yet what colors to use... Wendy will be making one in pale pink with pale green contrast stripes. I was thinking pale pink with dark blue stripes, but I have to go to the LYS to check out the yarn in person for this one.



3. Dale Gerbera - A basic ribbed sweater with a bit of Fair Isle. I've been looking for an excuse to play with fair isle, and this might be my chance. I'd probably start with the hat, to make sure I know what I'm doing, then knit the sweater.


4. Frieda from Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk - Mmmm - soft, cabley goodness! I just want to pet this sweater!


5. Rebecca Fall 2005 - This was the sweater in the teaser for the fall Rebecca mag. It has three of my favorite things - cables, fair isle, and a turtleneck. No worry that I've never actually knitted projects using cables, fair isle or turtlenecks before! This may be my favorite out of all the patterns. It will make a good fall project.

Saturday was a good day...

because I learned something new! I went to Babetta's to buy some things for my secret pal package. I saw that Maya, who works there, was working on a pair of socks, and asked her how she cast on for the cuff of the sock so that it wouldn't be too tight. She took the time to show me how to do the cast on that she was using (a stretchy version of the long-tail, called the Twisted German cast on), and I went home and tried it for myself. I surprised myself by remembering how to do it without having to look at a book or on the internet! I was so excited to figure it out that I put down my 2nd crazy pink/red/orange firefighter's sock (it was starting to hurt my eyes!), and started a pair of ribbed socks from Vogue Knitting on the Go: Socks Two.

I was planning to do a photo series with instructions on how to do the Twisted German cast on, but after a quick Google search, I found a most excellent tutorial, which I think gives a much better explanation than I could ever hope to write. I highly recommend using this cast on method for sock ankles as well as for any cast on edge where there is ribbing (wrist cuffs, waistbands, etc). It looks so much better with ribbing than a regular long tail cast on, and it's stretchy too! I'll post some pictures of the sock cuff this weekend to show how nice the cast on edge looks.

Tuesday, March 22

My first meme

It's been nearly a month since Amanda tagged me for this meme... I figured I should probably follow up on it!

1. How much space is left on your Tivo or Comcast box?
Comcast DVR: about 75% full, 25% remaining
Tivo: probably full... since we got the Comcast HD DVR in January, we hooked up the Tivo to a TV in the spare bedroom. I've only used the Tivo a couple times since, but can't bear to get rid of it. I love my Tivo! Now if only they would get with the times and make an HD compatible version that isn't DirectTV specific...

2.Have you ever bought a DVD of a TV series and if so which one?
I have not purchased one, but I received the first season of 24 as a gift from my husband. I want to get seasons 2 & 3 too. My husband has season one of Knight Rider on DVD! I'm afraid to watch it for fear of extreme cheesiness!

3. What was the last TV show that you watched before reading this message?
A TBS re-run of Sex in the City, from the DVR.

4. List 5 shows you won't miss.
I don't think I have 5 must-see shows... I'm definitely addicted to 24 and Desperate Housewives. I used to be addicted to Survivor, but could take it or leave it these days. I don't have time to watch much more than that!

5. Name 3 people to whom you will pass this stick.
I'm taging some fellow Secret Pal'ers:
Knitting Chick
Knit N Shoot
Linda

Saturday, March 19

Thank you Secret Pal!!!

Look at all the great things my Secret Pal sent me... Three lined baskets for projects and stash storage; a soft, yummy ball of yarn for my stash; the Yarn Girls Knitting Journal; and tons of knitting tools - a tape measure, scissors, stitch holders, needles, point protectors, cable needles, and fray check. Wow!



How did you know that I've been dying to get the yarn girl's journal? I've been eyeing it for a while, but haven't been able to bring myself to buy it... I was so thrilled to find it in my package! Now I have someplace to keep my swatches and pattern notes for all my projects!

And look at all the cool knitting stuff...


I love all of it! I was really excited to get the scissors and the little retractable tape measure. And now that I have cable needles, I can learn to make cables.

Here's one last picture of everything arranged neatly in the beautiful baskets...



I'm going to work on rearranging my stash and projects into these baskets today. I'll try to post more pictures after the baskets have found a home on my bookshelves.

Thank you secret pal - this gift truly exceeded my expectations. I am thrilled with everything!

Wednesday, March 16

Enough already!

Please tell me that I am not the only one who is fed up with Martha Stewart and her silly poncho. I was reading the news on the local paper's website and found this gem of an article... pattern and all. Ugh.

No cover-up here: Poncho is hot
(note: registration may be required to read the article, but it's free)

I have nothing against ponchos in general, but I don't think that there is anything special about this particular poncho. Just because Martha wore it, the whole dang country decides they need to knit or crochet something similar. Absurd! I have seen many patterns for more stylish ponchos, and, not to be a yarn snob or anything, but Lion Brand Homespun??? For Martha??? I knitted a couple of scarves out of this stuff when I started knitting last year, and they haven't held up well at all. (I'm really not a yarn snob, I still wear one of my LBH scarves occassionally.)

Monday, March 14

I have some good news and some bad news...

The good news is that I've been secret pal'd!!!

BUT, the bad news is that I won't be home to see what came in my surprise package until Friday. I talked to DH on the phone between classes tonight, and he told me that the package arrived today. Turns out he opened it because he had no idea who would be sending me a package with a pretend return address! I told him I was doing a knitting secret pal thing last week, but I guess I didn't explain it very well. So, he told me that I got a package with some knitting things, but he wouldn't tell me what it was, because by then he'd figured out it was supposed to be a surprise. Too funny.

I can't wait to go home on Friday and see the knitting goodies that my pal sent! Pictures will be forthcoming...

Sunday, March 13

Getting desperate...

I just found out that Desperate Housewives isn't on tonight... this is the third (or fourth?) week in a row with no new episodes. Argh. And to make matters worse, this week's show is being preempted for John Stamos's new sitcom, which looks to be pretty lame. What are the folks at ABC thinking?

Not much news on the knitting front... I'm working on my 2nd sock. For some reason, the 2nd sock seems more tedious than the first. I keep feeling a sense of de ja vu!

Have a great week!

Friday, March 11

The honeymoon is over!

Long time, no blog! It has been a couple of crazy weeks for me... I really enjoyed spending my spring break at home two weeks ago, and got a lot done. I finished my honeymoon cami, and it fits great. I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I was a little worried that the stitches looked uneven, but then I steam blocked it and it really evened everything out. I may even get to wear it this weekend because it has been in the low 80's here this week.


I brought the almost finished cami to the local knitting guild meeting last week (my first time there), and I'm not sure the ladies liked it very much... One (old) woman asked me if I was going to wear anything under it, and said that it looked kind of skimpy and low cut! I couldn't believe that she blurted it out in front of everyone! I was really embarrassed. Then the lady next to her told her that she was just jealous that she couldn't wear anything like it anymore. It was quite a scene! I'm not sure that the knitting guild is a good fit for me, but I know I can learn a lot from the programs they offer. I will probably avoid the meetings from now on, unless there is a good program.

Last weekend I found out that an awesome unfinished wood furniture store was going out of business. DH & I bought a dresser and entertainment armoire there a couple of years ago and stained and finished them, and I love both pieces more than any of our other wood furniture. We decided to stop by the store and see if they had bedside tables to match our dresser. Unfortunately they didn't have the tables, but we did get a great deal on two adirondack chairs to go on my new brick patio in one corner of our yard. It looks kind of stark right now, but there should be a lot of plants blooming in a few weeks. We also bought a table to go in our entryway. The table is in the middle of the staining process, so I don't have any good pictures of it, but it is what I had been looking for for a long time.



I got assigned a secret pal for the bi-monthly KR Secret Pal program. I'm really excited to find some neat things for her. I found one thing today, but need to make a trip to the yarn store to find a few more things before I can send off my package. I also have gotten some nice e-mails from my own pal - she sounds like she's going to be an awesome pal. :) I can't wait to recieve whatever surprises are in store for me!

The MPRE exam is tomorrow, and I'm taking a study break right now... I should probably hit the books again. Yuck. I'm excited to get the exam over with because tomorrow night is my law school's annual Barrister's Ball (aka "law prom"), and DH and I are driving to the bay area after the test to go to the ball, then we are going to spend the day at the ocean on Sunday. Yay!