Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Booties for Baby Boy B.

Here are baby booties for my friend's baby due in January. Her shower is this weekend. The left bootie looks misshapen in the picture, but it's really not the case. This is a pattern from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies. They were easy to make and knit up really quick too. I am going to give them to her along with a matching umbilical cord hat. I hope that she likes them.

On the needles right now are Christmas gifts, i-cord handles for a booga bag and a branching out scarf for my MIL.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Wow!

I have an awesome Secret Pal. Look what greeted me when I came home yesterday - Yarn from Knit Picks and Vanilla Scented Bath Gel from the Body Shop. I really needed this yesterday after sitting in traffic for an hour on the way home from work. Secret Pal, you are wonderful. I love vanilla, and I've never knit with Knit Picks so I am excited to try out that yarn. Thank you so so much!!

Things have been quiet here at my blog - life has been really hectic with not much time to knit, unfortunately. I am hoping things slow down soon so I can make progress with some holiday gifts. I did finish a pair of baby booties for my friend's shower in December though. Pictures to come.

Monday, October 17, 2005

I learned to chain today!

One of my co-workers crochets so she showed me how to chain during lunch. It definitely felt a little awkward, but I am excited to be learning how to crochet now.

Right now, I am in kind of in a knitting rut, after having finished 2 scarves last week. I'm still working on my weekend warrior sweater. The back is done, and I am working my way through the front. At the rate I am going, it's more like a month long warrior. Yesterday I started on a washcloth for my mom with Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille, which is so so soft. The Washington, D.C. Capital Knit-Out & Crochet is this Sunday, and I hope to attend. Maybe that will inspire me.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Maryland Madness

Are there any college basketball fans out there? Last night we were in College Park for the annual Midnight Madness festivities, although the NCAA changed the times this year. So, it became Maryland Madness instead. It's the first time that the college basketball teams can officially start practice. In years past, they could begin practice at midnight - this year it was 10 pm. It's always fun going to the Comcast Center. I love Maryland basketball and the whole ACC conference. Let the season begin. Hopefully, it will have a better ending than last season. Let's go, Terps!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Branching Out is Finished

It's done! I am really pleased with my Branching Out. This really stretched out A LOT when it was blocking. I was surprised by how it grew and grew. The leaf pattern detail shows much better now too. What a great pattern. I have more yarn to make another Branching Out for my MIL.

Simon's Football Hoodie

J's co-worker was ordering stuff from Pet Edge for her Boston Terrier so of course J. had to order something for Simon too. This is Simon's Football Hoodie, perfect for Sunday afternoons spent watching the NFL Sunday Ticket with J.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Reading and TV Roundup

Not a lot of knitting going on here right now. I've been doing some catching up on reading and watching the new tv shows on TIVO. Here's a report.

I've been reading:

Cooking For Mr. Latte by Amanda Hesser: This was a good read that written while Hesser was dating her now husband. It includes recipes, some original, some family favorites, and some borrowed from other cookbooks, that they ate during their "courtship". I must buy this, if only to get my hands on some of the recipes.

Something Blue
by Emily Giffin: This is the sequel to Something Borrowed, which I loved and read in one day last summer. I did the same with this one too. In Something Borrowed, Rachel falls in love with her best friend Darcy's fiance. Something Blue picks up after the fallout and tells Darcy's story. Good chick lit.

Next up on the reading list, Candace Bushnell's Lipstick Jungle and Jennifer Weiner's Goodnight, Nobody. I am keeping the reading light these days. Speaking of Weiner, I cannot wait to see In Her Shoes. The reviews of it have been good. I wonder how it will compare to the book, which was great.

Here's what I've been watching:

Lost (J. and I are both hooked.)
Grey's Anatomy (love love this show)
The Office (It's painful watching this, but funny at the same time.)
My Name is Earl (So far pretty funny.)
Joey (I think it is somewhat improved this year. Definitely not Friends, but watchable)

What are you reading and watching?

Monday, October 03, 2005

Back from the West Coast

I'm home again! San Jose is beautiful although I didn't get to see much of it except for my hotel, the downtown area near the hotel, and the airport. All in all, it was a good trip, beautiful weather, and a great conference, where I learned a lot of new things. I never fully adjusted to sleeping on Pacific Coast Time though so I found myself waking up every night at about 3:30 am.
Romance novels are not my usual reading, but I enjoy a good romance every now and then. On my way to San Jose, I listened to Debbie Macomber's A Good Yarn, which actually centers around a group of women who are taking a sock knitting class at a LYS. It's a cute little story that moves quickly. Today on Amazon, I discovered that there is also an accompanying book with patterns. The author must be a knitter. I finished another Booga Bag on my plane ride and made significant progress on Branching Out, which I hope to block next weekend. And, my blog was added to Knitting Blogs while I was away. How cool is that?! I am very excited about that.