Harbinger of Spring

March 31, 2008 at 8:04 pm (nature)

Harbinger of Spring

Mimknits posted some stunning spring photos on her blog.  She then challenged her readers to show off their own favorite harbingers of spring.  This last week, I’ve seen the return of bumblebees.  They are so adorable and fuzzy.  I love honeybees, too, but they are sadly not as plentiful here.  Our previous house was down the street from an apiary, so we had lots of honeybees.  I hope I’ll see some honeybees soon.  Back to my photo, it combines my azalea and its bumblebee.  Check out the new camera.  You can see the droplets of dew and the hairs on the bee.  Too awesome.


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EZ, MS, FO, and yummy

March 24, 2008 at 8:08 pm (cooking, knitting) (, , , , )

What a relaxing afternoon!  I watched/listened to my Knitting Around DVDs.  With the soothing sounds of other more experienced knitters, I blithely picked up the stitches around Giselle.  Then, I purled.  Now, I’m ready for the picot bind-off.  I hope to finish it this evening at SnB.  This picture shows a truer color.  I love my new Canon SD1100!

<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/tntknits/2358686831/&#8221; title=”Giselle sleeve flare by TNTknits, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2345/2358686831_dd83c4a7fd.jpg&#8221; width=”375″ height=”500″ alt=”Giselle sleeve flare” /></a>

I made bread this afternoon, too.  I got Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking. I made Granola Bread.  I’d show you a picture, but we have about one piece left.  It truly was easy (and delicious).  I think with practice, the bread will be even better.  It needed more rising time.

I’ve also decided to call my Tulip’s Swing Thing finished.  The monkey fist buttons are not working, and i-cord is not moving me.  Tulip loves her sweater.

<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/tntknits/2359545830/&#8221; title=”Swing Thing in action by TNTknits, on Flickr”><img src=”http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3036/2359545830_e3cc74c1da.jpg&#8221; width=”335″ height=”500″ alt=”Swing Thing in action” /></a>

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March 23, 2008 at 8:11 pm (knitting) (, )

Apparently, my body thinks the trees and shrubs are trying to kill me. The lights in my room are too bright and my sinuses hurt. In a few minutes, I’m grabbing some benadryl and going to sleep. I hate spring.

Giselle is going well. As long as the trees don’t actually kill me, I plan on spending some quality time with my Elizabeth Zimmermann dvd and picking up stitches around the body tomorrow.

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Violet’s Zombies

March 17, 2008 at 8:12 pm (knitting) (, , )

Violet's Zombies!
Pattern: Zombie Socks
Yarn: Louet Gems in Lilac
Needles: Sz 0 KP circs

Here they are! What you can’t see is the messed up, inside out kitchener on one of the socks. At this point, I just wanted to be done. I wove in the ends and said done. Maybe I’ll fix it later, or maybe I’ll leave it as a badge of honor.

Now I can get back to Giselle. I hope to finish it by National Wear a Sweater day, Mr. Rogers’ birthday. That’s Thursday. I have to finish one flare and the picot edging for the body. Can we do it? Yes we can! (Please excuse delusions induced by the thought of size 6 needles instead of size 0.)

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Spinning a Yarn

March 10, 2008 at 8:15 pm (books, crochet, knitting, spinning) (, , , )

This weekend was a flurry of craziness.  I got a cute new cut to prepare for Rosebud’s birthday party.  We had a fantastic time.  And I didn’t have to clean up or anything.  The party was at Rosebud’s preschool, and her fantastic PE teacher was our party coordinator.  The cake had Pooh bear on it, of course.

This morning, I was the Mystery Reader for Rosebud’s class.  The Mystery Reader knocks on the door and surprises the children with a story.  I read Woolbur.  I’ve been eyeing this book since David Reidy reviewed it for Sticks and String.  The book is just as fantastic as he said it was.  To illustrate the important points of the story, I took my drop spindle, my Ashford Joy, my first handspun 2-ply (pics to come), some roving, and my clapotis.  The kids seemed to love watching me spin.  They kept saying, “Go faster!  Go faster!”  I think even the teachers enjoyed it.  Then, we topped it off with cupcakes.

I’m halfway to the cable on Giselle’s second sleeve.  I would have pictures, but my camera is dying.  And the one I want to replace it with doesn’t come out until next week.  Figures.  I also started the Icelandic Turtleneck, but my gauge is off.  Once I find my G hook, I’ll rip and start again.  I love the foundation double crochet technique.

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March 5, 2008 at 8:24 pm (books, knitting, movies) (, , , )

I won’t type too much today.  Suffice it to say, week has been horrid.  I broke a filling on Sunday.  I went to the dentist today for a repair.  My jaw is sore, and my two year old gave me a cold.  Yuck.
Giselle is still fantastic.  I have no clue when I will finish the sleeves.  I’m working on the flare of the first sleeve.  Those are much bigger than they seem.  I’m not sure if I’ll keep them the final length.  They seem a bit like I’ll drag them in my soup.

On the movie front, I’ve been Netflixing like crazy this past week.  I watched Once.  Fantastic movie and soundtrack.  I loved the indie/documentary feel to the film.  Sunday afternoon, I watched Waitress.  Wow.  I loved everything about it.  The only problem is that I really want pie now, either Falling in Love pie or Lonely Chicago pie.  I plan on picking up the DVD the next time I’m at the store.  The Namesake rounded out my movie week.  I liked it as well.  The movie was shot beautifully.  And I thought the acting was very good.

Finally, a meme.  How could I resist a book meme?  This is from Sassenach’s blog.  Hmmm…I think I’ve got to broaden my scope of reading material.  I’ve read lots of sci fi/fantasy and the usual school reads.  I think I’ll nab some Jane Austen.  Right after the next Charlie Huston book.  🙂

Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you’re interested in, and leave the ones you don’t care about.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner(Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91.The Skin of the Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

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