Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
It is time to fire the (owner's) Manual.
Seriously. What is going on? We are the WORST team in baseball-except for J Roll who actually IS hitting the ball.
I'm available for consultation and management of the baseball team...and I'm not afraid to stand up to Howard (F****) Eskin.
Using a technique employed by the Amish and Dwight on "The Office" I am shunning you.
A Devoted Fan
Friday, April 13, 2007
It's been a busy week. On Tuesday, I went to a book signing with Giada De Laurentiis. I LOVE HER. I love her show on the food network, "Everyday Italian." Her new book is "Everyday Pasta." Besides meeting her, and being a bit star struck (yes, her boobs are that big)...I can't wait to cook some yummy Italian food. I've made my grocery list...this weekend I'm making crab stuffed manicotti and penne with sausage, peppers and onions.
I met up with the ladies at Rosie's for knitting circle Wednesday night, followed by dinner to celebrate Allison's birthday at Dmitri's.
Last night, I laughed for an hour while watching "The Office" and "30 Rock."
It's really the perfect weekend for knitting and cooking. We are supposed to get a RIDONCULOUS amount of rain Sunday and Monday with the first (yes, FIRST) Nor'easter of the year. I'm planning on honkering down Sunday...making scones, coffee and pasta, doing laundry and knitting. Fun Fun Fun.
I totally messed up Maude tonight. I'm so damn pissed...but I dropped a ssk down like three or four rows. Said SSK is flanked by yarn overs on either side. I have NO CLUE how to fix it without frogging four rows (NOT GOING TO HAPPEN). So, I've packed it away and am going in for an intervention tomorrow...In the meantime, I picked up the Highland Triangle and the Hunter's Safety Stole again.
But, while organizing my patterns in my new binder (thanks secret pal!) I came across a pattern I've wanted to make FOREVER. It called "The Nap Shawl" from Wool You Order. I don't know HOW LONG AGO I bought this pattern...certainly before I had conquered lace. But I am desperate to make it. Perhaps it is because I LOVE LOVE LOVE to nap. Perhaps it is because it is based on a traditional Shetland shawl pattern. Who knows? So I've been looking at yarns...
I'm supposed to get 5/inch on a size 6 needle--though the pattern calls for a fingering weight yarn. I'm not getting 5/inch on any size six needle in any fingering weight yarn that will produce ANY kind of fabric that I like.
Anyway, here are the candidates I've come across so far:
1) Blue Sky Alpaca Sport Weight.
Cons: Yardage for cost.
2) Blue Sky Alpaca Silk.
Pros: Hands down a favorite yarn of mine
Cons: How many shawls in this yarn can/should I have (this would be 3)?
3) Brooks Farm Primero
Pros: Going to Sheep and Wool in 3 weeks and can touch and feel ALL I WANT, great yardage, lovely colors
Cons: Mohair, though according to their website it is "Silk like."
Any other suggestions?
Craptastic its after 11 and I've got to teach at 9am.
I totally screwed though because one of my fav episodes of Seinfeld is on...
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
I think this is all of the koigu I've purchased since January. I THINK. TWENTY FOUR SKEINS! Wendy asked me if I was still planning on making a b-line to the koigu at sheep and wool. My answer was, HELL YES! I LOVE IT! Isn't it Yummy?!?!
Maude is being made in the turquise multi in the back. Next to that is the yarn for my drop stitch shawl. The olive solid is going to be "Ene" from scarf style, which Wendy also just made in a delicious plum color...and the pink...well I'm not sure yet. A shawl most likely....
Oh, and I discovered something that Maggie likes to eat, OTHER than yarn:
PEEPS!!!!! That is a little bunny peep hanging out of her mouth!!
That's the update...let the healing continue.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Look what I got:
In this photo, Maggie is exploring the goodies. I got a great ball of sock yarn & a new binder for patterns, personalized, complete with beagle. Inside is a KICKIN' sock pattern. SP also sent treats for the kids, some LOVELY smelling bath goodies, a REALLY cute beagle magnet which adorns my filing cabinet in my office and some Weight Watchers candies ( my FAVORITE--even though I've been totally going crazy on Reses Peanut Butter Eggs lately).
Maggie and Gussy enjoyed their special gifts too:
They had also just had baths! I've got the best smelling hound dogs in the world! I tried Kiehls new dog shampoo and conditioner...YUMMMMMMMM. These dogs look amazing; and boy are they super soft too!
So, last week, before the worst Wednesday of my life, I decided to ABORT the Highland Triangle in the Rowan Felted Tweed. As I sat here knitting last Monday night, the yarn just pulled right apart. I know I pull my yarn tightly, but this was ridiculous. I decided the entire thing was going to be spit spliced. I returned the aforementioned yarn and started over again in my old standby favorite, Blue Sky Alpaca Silk. I'm through the first two repeats---
Anyone been to any good yarn places in Ireland or Scotland? Details please!!!!
And yes, the Phils lost. But it was a GORGEOUS day...the best opening day I've ever been too HANDS DOWN. And there are still 161 games to go...lots more time to be disappointed, let down and crapped on by the Phillies.
People always ask how I could be both a Mets and a Phillies fan: here is the story. Mom was in labor during a Phils-Mets twi-night double header 35 years ago. It's no wonder I am pulled towards both teams. However, in a bar fight, I'm always putting my money on the Philles.
Tomorrow's game looks to get rained out, so there is one we CAN'T lose.