Friday, January 26, 2007

Lord, give me strength...

...and please help me resist the urge to click "Buy now" and purchase this:

Like I said...I have problems.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

More Christmas, because I like it.

My rockin' sister, Emily, sent me the Christmas pictures she had from her digital camera, so I'd like to share. Every year, we go over to my Aunt Nina's house for Christmas Eve to celebrate with my mom's side of the family. I have a very knitterly family. Did you know that? Here's the evidence:

That's my Aunt Nina on the left, modeling the fair isle sweater she just finished, my mom (who knits a lot but wasn't showing off that day), and my Aunt Laura on the right, modeling her fabulous yellow sweater she knit for a Christmas party she was going to. FABULOUS!! Here's my Aunt 9 in action:

You can't really tell it here, but she knits...FAST. Almost too fast. It's quite amazing.

Also, there were a lot of babies:

Aunt Laura is holding ZaeAnna, my cousin, Brenda's youngest, and her other two, Alex, and X'Zavier are playing on the floor. My cousin, Adam, is holding Wyatt (and Jessie and Brenda are hanging on the floor). Baby-tastic.

I messed with Wyatt for a while:

I don't like to hold babies that often (I'm afraid I'll break them or worse), but I couldn't resist.

On Christmas day, we had my dad's side of the family over at our house. My cousin Valerie just had a baby's my mom holding Kaelyn Paige (and me sitting behind her holding a pop):

So cute. Good times were had by all.

My cousin Natalie and her boyfriend Ryan were there. They're too pretty:

Emily also snapped some more pictures of Fluffy with my mom (I can't resist posting them all):

That's all for now. Maybe one day, I'll have a digital camera again, and I can, say, post pictures of knitted socks.

Thank you for enjoying this post,

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I LOVE it.

Hole E. Shit. This issue looks absolutely AMAZING.

There's going to be a pattern from Ann Bud that calls for a new yarn from Blue Moon Fiber Arts called Seduction, which is apparently 50% merino and 50% tencel.

Oh, boy. So much to look forward to! My mom got me a subscription about a month ago, too...just because.

Also, Carol at Black Bunny Fibers just let me know she dyed another batch of her FIERCE colorway, as I requested:

Maybe I'll join the HOPALONG once it arrives!!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Catching up.

I don't really have a digital camera right now, which would be unfortunate for any blogger, but right now I'm really feeling the loss. Fortunately enough for me, my mom has a digital camera, and I was able to snap a few pictures using hers, including a few of my favorite Christmas present, Fluffy L. Jackson (like Samuel L. Jackson, except a cat):

Jake surprised me and took me to Love at First Sight, which is actually where I got my other cat, Nona, and he let me pick out any kitten I wanted. Of course, I had been begging him to agree to getting a second cat for at least six months, but whatever. Anyway, Fluffy was certainly the cutest one in there, and I couldn't resist. He is one of he sweetest, most friendly kittens I've ever seen, which is marvelous, since Nona, as many of you well know, is kind of a bitch. Here's the Fluff lounging with my dad:

Also, Christmas was pretty much totally awesome this year. I think everyone may have gone slightly overboard, what do you think?:

I got many, many other wonderful knitting-related gifts from my parents and Jake, as well, including one of these:

And one of these in brown/light blue:

And some of these in size small:

Needless to say, I had to exchange them for a size large for my size 11 socks...that was very flattering Jacob, but f'reals. ;)

So, Christmas was some good times. After going to Cleveland, I spent a few days in Fort Wayne with Jake and his family, which was also fun. I got to see where he grew up, and got to meet some of his friends from home.

Thank you for enjoying this post,

Thursday, January 18, 2007

I can't wait...

...for the following two books to come out:

(comes out March 26, 2007)

(comes out April 1, 2007)


I've been following The Heathen Housewife's journey as she knits a very marvelous blankie out of leftover sock yarn she has mostly received from very generous knitbloggers all around the world. Her blankie is absolutely gorgeous, as you can see, and Shelly's blog is hilarious. I have been considering attempting this project, but I wasn't sure I loved the mitered garter look so much.

Thanks to the marvelous Ann, I have finally found possibly THE COOLEST WAY to use up my sock yarn leftovers.

There's a knitalong for charity and some possibility of your square being included in a book (?), which I may join...I better decide quick, though. Apparently, the deadline is January 20th.

(image from the flickr pool)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Desktop art.

One of my favorite things to do while I'm supposed to be working or doing something else is finding really cool images for my Windows Desktop. I found out today that Purl's fabric site is a goldmine. Check it out.

The image I've currently got on my desktop came from there:

I'm sure this is all very interesting. Whatever, just sharing the wealth. ;)

More (single) socks. Oh, boy.

People, I have a major problem. Last night I finished another sock. Another SINGLE sock, and I have no desire to do another one. Oh, it's beautiful, and I'd like to wear it someday, but not if it's going to take me another week and a half to finish the other one and I have this Wool in the Woods yarn I just bought that would look so nice on my size 3s.

Seriously. This is how I think. It's a problem.

I just finished two other socks, and it's the same situation. In the one instance, I decided I was going to knit a sock out of Interlacements Tiny Toes using some dpns I got for Christmas. I don't normally knit with dpns, but they were a know, a set of needles that could have a bunch of really cool yarn on them. I'm just not very motivated to start the other one using these needles, although I should, in order to make sure it comes out the same as the first one. Ugh. The other one is a marvelous orange sock knit using some Cherry Tree Hill yarn, and I have the cuff done on the second sock, but for whatever reason don't want to start the heel.

I don't know what my problem is. I don't really have a problem. I'm just pouring out all of my sock turmoil. I'm sure this is all very interesting. Also, Jake's mom is going to be sending us a digital camera, so hopefully I'll have pictures to post soon!

Friday, January 12, 2007


It's back!:

Lion Brand has answered the call of knitters worldwide. This was (and now IS) one of my favorite yarns to knit. It's very easy to take care of, and I loved the choice of colors, which used to be a bunch of primary colors. Check out the new colors. I hope they intend to bring back the classic colors as well as these new ones. I'm really only digging the lime, charcoal, and terracotta. Oh, boy.