Knit Lit

meme wednesday

Because I woke up ill this morning very early, today I am going to participate in a meme I saw here.

1) What was I doing 10 years ago?

In 1998, I was finishing up my first year in college.  During Spring Break, I took my very first vacation without my parents.  Three girls and I drove to Orlando, FL and went to Disney World.  Oh yeah, Pleasure Island is not the Disney I remember as a kid, just sayin’.   Then, we drove to Miami, FL.  That was a long trip, but it was fun.  Later that year, I got my very first apartment.  It was then that I realized about choices.  Do I want to eat or do I want to get another pair of shoes?  Yep, shoes won alot.

2) What are five things on my to-do list today (not in any particular order)?

I do not really make lists, because I feel very guilty when I do not cross everything off.  But, there are a few things that must get done…

A.   Go to work. (done!)

B.    Throw the newly completed CotLin cardigan in the wash so I can photograph for the blog.

C.    Pick up books on CD from the library. (done!)

D.    Eat. (done, alot)

E.   Sleep. (not done, but I can safely say it will be done in about 4 hours)

3) What snacks do I enjoy?

Everything is a snack to me, so this is really hard. I guess if I could have anything, I guess I would reach for fruit or cheese and crackers.  I also love veggie and dip.  In reality, it is usually some kind of candy from the vending machine.

4) What are some places I’ve lived?

Tupelo, MS (I was born there, so I lived there at least a couple of days.)

Jackson, MS (Well, suburbs around Jackson. This is where I did my growing up.)

Birmingham, AL (Again, multiple suburbs in the metro area, not Birmingham proper.)

5) What things would I do if I were a billionaire?

Honestly, I am not sure things would change all that much. I know I would pay the debts of my family.  I would pay off my house.  I like where I live, so I am not sure I would move.  I would go back to school and travel alot.  Other than that, not much.  I know it sounds boring, but for the most part it is true.  I do have to confess that my yarn stash would probably increase in quantity and quality.  You know, purchasing the best you can afford and all that.  I think my knitting skills would also improve without all the going to work that gets in the way now.

May 28, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tuesday Tapdance

Have you ever gone on vacation and the simple act of getting away from your life actually mess up your life. Well, not mess up your life it a major bad way, but you know in a I am now two minutes behind in my life kinda way. That is where I am at this moment. Only, I think I might be two hours behind. So, to combat this, I am not even going to attempt to post anything remotely coherent. I think I will go the list/photo/I am going to ramble route.

1. There is a big stray cat problem in St. John. They are called ferry cats. The local vet will capture these cats, spay or neuter them, and release them back into “the wild.” The locals encourage visitors of the island to take them home. There was a cat that came to our villa on the day we arrived. She stayed with us the whole week. If our return travel had not exceeded 12 hours, this little sweetie would have come home with me…

We never did settle on a name, but she is awesome! The first night, I picked her up into the hammock with me. The next morning …

… she took a nap in the hammock by herself! How cool is that? I so wish we lived closer! : (

2. I did knit.

This sweater is almost done. i am picking up the button band tonight. It is a machine washable cotton linen blend, so hopefully it will get worn tomorrow. And photos will be posted soon.

3. I have the power to hold the sun.

4. James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series is pretty cool. If you have not listened to this series, you should really give it a shot. Also, Catherine Coulter’s FBI series rocks. This is a must listen, too.

5. Anthropologie has really great clothing. I picked up a sweater on sale the other day. It fits like a dream, and it has butterflies all over it. I fell in love so hard I tried to convince myself that a greenish yellow color would not make me look jaundiced. Unfortunately, a co-worker made me realize that it wasn’t going to work. It quickly dawned on me, though, that I am a knitter. I can replicate it. Oh yeah. Here is my inspiration.

(this photo is borrowed from the Anthropologie site. It is no longer there, but it may be available on a sales rack at your nearest store.)

I went today to my LYS and ordered yarn for it. I am going to try it in Cotton Fine. I get hot easily, and I want to be able to wear it alot. I have also decided to knit it in a neutral to allow the colors of the butterflies to really shine. I don’t think I am going to have a contrasting bands, either. We will see.

That is all. Thank you.

May 27, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

There is no place like home.

I am finally back.  I have spent the last week here:

I also spent a lot of time here:

St. John

and here:

and here:

There has been a little knitting.

I tried to knit a little every day, but it is very humid there and sweaty hands = bad knitting.  Needless to say, I have no finished projects to show.  Our arrival back home at 2:30 am yesterday and returning to work today = very very tired me.

Hopefully I will get my momentum back soon.

May 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Happy Anniversary

Today is my first Anniversary. One year ago today, my husband and I took a helicopter to the top of Herbert Glacier in Juneau, Alaska and were married in the snow. That’s right, as we were saying our vows, it began to snow. I know people say that rain on your wedding day is good luck, so I believe that snow is a whole truck load of luck. I do know that there is no one out there who is better for me than him. I love him more now than I did when we met five years ago. Honestly, I did not believe it was possible to love an adult this much.

To you, my dear husband, I love you and happy birthday.

PS I will not be posting for the next week. I will be in the islands, mon. See you in a week. Happy knitting to you.

May 9, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Busy Bee

That is me today. I am a busy little bee. I have been packing all night. I have had little chance to work on the Baby Surprise Jacket. I do have to say that while the knitting time has been light, I did get far enough to have to pull back 10 rows. Uuuggg! I so have to say that this one is again all my fault. I don’t think I am going to give up on this one. Tomorrow is Knitting with Jane. Lets see how far I can get along with dedicated knitting time.

Now that I have all the packing done I can do for now, I have a very bog decision. I need to get my knitting together. Oh my! What Do I want to take??

May 8, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’m taking my needles and going home.

The EZ Baby Surprise Jacket and I are no longer friends. I am not sure we are acquaintances or even people who smile at each other every day on the bus/elevator/cafeteria. I think it has now become my Vinegar Man. I know! I know! I should not let a pattern beat me. I should work through it. I will get it some day. Uh hu. After the 15th time of having to chase down a dropped stitch and the 6th time I had to reworking a stockinette patch, I could not bear the idea of working on it one more minute. I am done! Finished. The needles have been removed. The half finished jacket has been pushed to the bottom of the knitting basket. It has not been frogged and rewound into a ball, but it will be soon. We are in a time out right now. I am hoping that in a few days, okay weeks, okay months, I will be able to pick it up again.

Just to be perfectly fair to Ms. EZ, I am not giving up on the pattern completely. I am hoping that the Lorna’s Laces sock yarn may have been a little small to start a new pattern. I am gong to give it another shot with a worsted weight. I had some left over Lion Brand Wool-Ease in a pretty pink from before the decision to purchase the best yarn I can afford. Most non-knitters appreciate a washable wool anyway. The intended recipient also has three other small children, so I would not even think about a hand wash yarn. Surprisingly this yarn knits and washes up very soft. I’ve heard that it gets better with each wash.

So far so good. I was able to cast on the correct number of stitches on the first try. I am only six rows into the pattern, but it looks like it is going okay. I typed out a note card. If I can not make it work this time, I think I may be hopeless.

It is Tuesday. That means NCIS will be starting soon. I love me some NCIS. Happy knitting to you all.

May 6, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The “surprise” in the EZ Baby Surprise Jacket

According to Ravelry, there are 2942 projects listed for the EZ Baby Surprise Jacket.  This tells me I am waaayyy behind the times in regard to my classic knitting.  I have a perfect opportunity to catch up.  A new granddaughter is due sometime this summer to an attorney at work. Great! I now have a reason to try out this great pattern.  I found one lonely skein of Lorna’s Laces in colorway Buck’s Bar on sale at my LYS.  It is a very pretty mix of blues, purples and teal.  I think it is perfect for a baby girl.  I am ready to go!

So, last Friday night I started on my very first Baby Surprise Jacket.  The surprise came very quickly, and it was not the surprise I was hoping for.  I am an idiot.  I have no idea how I ever got past 3rd grade math. (and I know this because my son is in 3rd grade and his math homework is often difficult)  Apparently I can not count past 10.  I had to start this dang project 8 times.  I have had to tink back I can’t count how many time.  Again, this might be an indicator that this pattern is going to be a problem for me. Now, I will fully admit that the fault is mine. It has to be my fault.  There are thousands of knitters out there who have completed this pattern, often repeatedly without any problems.  It has to be me, because I highly doubt that only the Mensa knitters can get through this pattern.

I think I am about 1/2 way through it now.  I seriously hope that this comes out.  I can not fail on this pattern.  Also, I hope I don’t run out of yarn.  Oh well, I can always frog it and add a stripe.  We’ll see.

May your knitting be full of surprises…the good happy kind.

May 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment