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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Trees

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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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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Fire Thoughts

February 28, 2008 at 8:26 pm (art, knitting) (, , )

I’ve been quite busy since the last post.  My dad had surgery.  He’s doing great, but I spent much time knitting off my anxiety.

Giselle progress

Giselle is coming along nicely.  I just need to knit both sleeves and finish the garment.  Hooray!  Not bad for 22 days of knitting.  This picture shows the French Cable bust band (still love typing that) to the bottom edge.  The color is totally wrong (see below for why).  It’s a deep fiery red.  The sweater fits amazingly well, even though I missed an increase before I began the rapid decreases on the edge.  This works well because I am short waisted.  Voila, I made a short-waist (unintentionally, of course).

Wings

I’ve also finished my February CMP ATC.  The theme is Wings.  Between Chinese New Year, Fire for Project Spectrum, and my RSC shipment, I felt that only a dragon’s wings would suffice.  Here’s my little guy, nestling behind his wing.  I’m glad I could get a nice intensity with the watercolor pencils.  Again the The background is a watercolor wash.  Once payday hits, I am scouring the art store for better brushes (the paint has fallen off of mine) and better watercolors (these are from a cheapo set).  Sloane, a fellow Norfolk Craft Mafia member, introduced me to Jerry’s Artarama.  I see lots of trips there in my future.  The colors are off again in this pic.  And it’s blurry.  Which leads me to the following.

My camera is on its last legs.  It is a Canon PowerShot SD110 (3.2 megapixels).  We’ve had it almost three years.  I’ve been pretty happy with it, so I think I’ll get the Canon SD1100.  Husband and I are giving each other a new camera for our anniversary next week.  That way we can capture all the fun of Rosebud’s birthday party the week after.  What will we do with 5 more megapixels?

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Project Crochet

February 18, 2008 at 8:29 pm (7 cities crafters, crochet, knitting) (, )

The Norfolk Craft Mafia hosted a learn to crochet workshop on Sunday.  We had loads of fun and yummy food.  I hope we converted a few non-crocheters along the way.  We’re also planning a Spring Craft Workshop.  I’ll be teaching the Curly Purly Egg pattern.  I think it would make a toy or a dozen or so would make a nice centerpiece.

Giselle is going so well.  I’m about halfway through the bottom part of the sweater.  I can’t wait to try it on again.  The French Cable is beautiful.  I’ll snap a pic today if my camera doesn’t explode.  The screen looks like a tv with bad reception.  Sigh.  Maybe I can get a good shot with my new Sidekick.  Darling Hubby gave it to me for Valentine’s Day.  I just love checking out patterns online when I’m away from the computer.

Amber and I caught up on our Project Runway before SnB yesterday.  I think I was looking forward to it too much.  I had a dream that Tim Gunn told me I was in the Bryant Park show.  And I thought, “I can’t even sew!”  Then giant harpies descended on the Parson’s workroom and attacked everyone.  Perhaps that’s a bit too realistic.  Hmmm.

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Valentine’s Day Musings

February 14, 2008 at 8:31 pm (cooking, family, knitting) (, , , , )

I am still kicking around. Surprisingly. My mom was up at the beginning of February. Then, I did some fabulous test knitting for Simona’s Designs. Here’s the finished project:

Bell Sleeve Shrug

Pattern:  Bell Sleeve Shrug
Yarn:  Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton in Willow
Needles:  Sz 8

And you can get your own Bell Sleeve Shrug pattern in her etsy shop. I think my girls need one of everything in her shop. I just need more time to knit them.

Project Spectrum 3.0 has begun. In the spirit of Fire, I’m working on Giselle in Bristol Red Silky Wool from WEBS.

Giselle

The yarn is soft and gorgeous. I’m starting the bust band (just had to type that) today. Not bad for a week of knitting.

Also on the Fire theme, I’ve also become hooked on Blood Orange tea from Adagio Teas. Look at that color!
Blood Orange Tea

Blood Orange Tea from Adagio teas

It reminds me of kool aid but way better. Best of all, the tea is herbal and has no caffeine. Thanks, Amber, for introducing me to this tea.  I think I’ll try a tea-along for Project Spectrum.  I can’t think of a better way to keep the elements in everyday life.

Speaking of Amber, she came over Sunday night for a great Project Runway marathon. For dinner, we had Tofu Apple Spring Rolls (sans spring roll wrappers) and Asparagus from the Vegan Lunchbox with Rice Pudding for dessert. Yum! We still have five episodes to go, but we’re going to celebrate Presidents’ Day with lots of Project Runway craziness.

This morning I got to celebrate with yummy Lower Fat Banana Bread from the Veganomicon and snow. Yes, snow. It’s been in the 50’s and 60’s all week, but this morning there was snow on my deck. Bizarre. As long as I’ve lived in the Hampton Roads area, I’m still baffled by the weather.

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Roadtrippin’

January 21, 2008 at 8:47 pm (knitting, spinning) (, )

The Nutmeg and I took off on a crazy road trip to the Woolery today. It’s about 67 miles from my house. We took a few wrong turns (thanks randmcnally.com), but thanks to some great Nutmeg navigation, we finally arrived.

Walking into the Woolery is a bit overwhelming. Wheels and spindles and fiber everywhere. The back is full of books and DVDs. I treadled several models, including a Majacraft Rose and a few Louets. None of them felt “right.” Then, I found the Ashford Joy: double treadle and smooth as silk.
My Joy
I don’t know her name yet, but I’ve already got a third of a bobbin of BFL handspun.

On the knitting front, I pulled out my Woodins. I finished the log, four Woodins, and 8 leaves. I can’t wait to get it all finished and out of my queue. I’m ready to swatch for Giselle or Wicked.

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