Friday, August 22, 2008

Hat & Baby Fish!!

YAY! I got my camera back and here's the hat I made last week!!

(The goofy smile is because I was watching Chapelle show reruns!)

I love the hat, I think it will be really cute for the fall.

So, I'm still reading but on the 4th and final book of the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn. I'm sure I'll finish it over the weekend. I really have no weekend plans except to go to the grocery and for a haircut.

So, nothing too exciting to report, EXCEPT............babies!!

I came home yesterday to find that my pregnant guppy finally had her babies! I've been watching her for weeks! I was so excited, I really hope a few survive. I counted 10 but they're so tiny, there may be a few more.

Saturday, August 16, 2008


Yep, yesterday was my big 3-Oh!! My best friend called and asked how it felt to be 30. My reply: GREAT!! I'm happy and healthy, how could I ask for more?!

So, it was a busy week, highlighted by my work treating me out to lunch for my B-day. I had a personal pizza and cannoli for dessert (YUM!). I got the cutest card ever and a bag of chocolates!! It was fab!!
I am missing my hubby, who is out on an adventure! He is a crewman on the Friendship replica tradeship and sailed to New Hampshire for a tall ships festival this weekend. Then they are sailing to Maine for the week. I know he is having a blast!! He has our digital camera, so I am not able to show you my latest FO, the Crochet Toque. I <3 it!! I made it with the same yarn as my wristwarmers from last week. Now I just need a scarf and I have a whole set!!

That is the only yarn work I really got to do this week. I've been spending a lot of time reading. I'm hooked on the Twilight series. I read the first 3 books last spring, but decided to re-read them before reading the last and final book, which just came out a few weeks ago. I am delighted to say that the books are just as enjoyable (and addictive) the second time around! I'm sure they will continue to distract me from my knitting/crocheting for another week or so.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

My first handwarmers!!

First, this is why everyone should come hang out at my place:

Pasta salad and snack tray

Virgin (non-alcoholic) fruit spritzer, YUM

Carrot Cake!!

Why all the yum-yums? My local friends from the knot came over to discuss knitty things!! We didn't actually start any projects at this first group meeting, but we did have a big discussion on knitting vs. crochet and which one is really easier to learn first. I learned to knit first and was totally confused by crochet when I first tried it. But this most recent time around, it was much easier to pick up (thanks to all those master knitter/crocheters who put how-to videos on youtube!). I can definitely see why so many people say that crochetting is easier, but I didn't find knitting to be all that difficult to learn. It just required a little practiced coordination and patience.

So, on the project front. Here is an update on everything currently on the needles/hooks:

1-HP Prisoner of Azkaban scarf - sadly untouched for quite some time, but to be picked up again soon so I can finish it before the next movie comes out

2-Cavern cardi - also untouched since my last post, but oh so close to done. As soon as I finish this dang baby blanket

3-Baby Blanket - Going great!! I do need to finish up quite soon, but it's coming along nicely

4-Bunny rabbit - Decided to make my first toy to match the baby blanket. So far I have the body and head done

And, just started and finished this week.........
my first handwarmers!!

Watching Serendipity:

This was also my first 'public' crafting experience. I crocheted these in two days during my train commute. I think crocheting on the go is much easier to handle than knitting on the go would be. I did get lots of 'looks' but they were mostly from women who looked curious to see what I was making and how. At first it felt weird, but then I decided I didn't mind so much because if I saw someone making something, I would be curious too! Overall, I can see where this could become a habit!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

One more thing...

(Just sharing with my girls!)

I saw The Dark Knight in IMAX last weekend! It was truly the most awesome movie ever. All I can say is:
Christian Bale + Lamborghini = SUPER hotness!!
And, I can't believe he was arrested for assault because he cursed at him Mom:
1-she was beotching about his wife, so she probably deserved it
2-in the good old USA, if cursing in a loud voice at a parent was considered assault I think half of the population would be incarcerated!!
Just my 2 cents.

Weekend update!

Time for another update!! And, no I haven't finished the sweater. I know, I know, but it's almost finished, really! I am totally finished with one sleeve and started the second sleeve. It really was more challenging than I thought it would be to finish off the sleeve. Knitting in the round with DPNs wasn't so bad until I got to the seed stitch edge. I ended up ripping out the cuff several times before I got it right.

Anyway, it is not finished for 2 reasons.

1-the poison ivy. SO miserable!! I didn't get to knit or crochet for over a week and I was seriously going nuts!!

2-During the poison ivy non-knitting week, I found out about my cousin's baby shower in 2 weeks! So, I'm working on a quick baby blankie. I'm doing crochet because I thought that would go faster. I'm basically just making a big granny square and I'm going to put a scalloped border around it. Here is how it looks:

(it looks wonky in the pic because I didn't really pull it out straight, so it's kinda crooked)

In non-yarn related news, this weekend my hubbie and I went to the Salem Maritime Festival. It was so cool!! The star of the show was the Friendship and my husband is on the volunteer crew!

He had a blast working on the boat and even went 'aloft' (for the non-sailors, that means he climbed the mast and worked on one of the sails) for a demonstration. But, was Kellie around to capture that Kodak moment, NNnnnnnnnnoooooooooooo!! Where was I?? Being amazed in the craft booths of course!! I saw lots of great stuff, but this stole the show: bobbin thread lace.

This is nuts! And I thought I really practiced patience with my knitting and crocheting! There is no way I could do this.

So that's been the last week or so in a nutshell. My poison ivy is finally just about gone, whew. And I've made a few shopping trips to buy yarn for upcoming projects!! Now, I'm looking forward to next Saturday when some friends are coming over for our first knitting gettogether!