Thursday, January 31, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I've used this pattern before - it's a foolproof basic that needs less than half a skein of yarn, knits up quickly, and always looks super cute. To some extent it doesn't seem to matter much what size of needle you use. These were Magic Looped on #7's. I've made them up with #8 DPN's with equally good results. Because baby hats and socks need so little yarn they are a good way to use up odds and ends. The little boy hat and socks were made from the leftovers from a London Beanie I made his father several years ago. I've got enough yarn from another London Beanie of his to make up another set for the baby. I think it would be mighty cute to see them in matching hats, so I think the next hat for the little guy will be a scaled down beanie.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
The Big Bad Bulletproof Baby Blanket will be finished this weekend (or I'll know the reason why). It shouldn't take long to crank out a matching hat. I might even go for a pair of matching socks. I'm still on the heel of the pink Monkey socks, but they are shaping up to be quite pretty. The most recent Marsan Watchcap is plodding along - it is not the right gauge to be a nice break from the blanket, and the blanket is also consuming almost all of my knitting time. I swear I will never knit another one of these as long as I live. It's taking forever, killing my wrists, and weighs at least 40 pounds. I prefer crochet for baby things - much cuter and much faster!
Over at Time Goes By Ronni has posted a "when I was young" meme: List 5 things that at 25 years old you never thought you'd become (or do). I never pick these up, but this one was appealing and food for thought.
1.) At 25 I still thought I'd never be using algebra again in my life. I now combine my former customer service skills with a daily dose of accounting.
2.) I would never have guessed that my best friend and soulmate would turn out to be a woman.
3. It never occurred to me that any person might pick up athletic pursuits in her fifties, let alone me.
4. If you'd told me at 25 I'd own a computer and carry a communications device in my pocket I'd think you were reading too much science fiction.
5. At 25 I didn't know that life after 50 would be a better, happier time of life. I always though choices would narrow, not that at this age I can choose what I want to do or try.
Thinking about my 25 year old self I've also found myself thinking about my high school self. There were so many times then I could have benefited from a peek at the future. Too bad you can't send a message to that person that you were!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
I've started a scarf for myself from some really pretty Cherry Tree Hill Silken Mohair that I bought at Newbury Yarns while I was in Boston in November. I hardly have enough to show, but the colors are so pretty it might just be worth a tiny peek. The chosen pattern is still Helleborus, but of course it doesn't look like it yet. Yes, I do have an insane number of stitch markers deployed. Don't laugh. I knit while I watch TV and I REALLY don't want to have to count more than one repeat. Sadly, I am not one of those knitters who can easily memorise a simple lace pattern. I'm about two inches into still another black Marsan Watchcap. That's surely not worth looking at. I do have one Monkey sock down to the start of the heel flap, but that's a thrill I'll save for another day.
Last weekend we had perfect weather. I had to work Saturday, but Sunday I was free to get out for a ride. For a change of pace four of us rode down by the river, then off to IHop to replenish any calories we may have inadvertently burned. Shana and I washed our filthy cars in the driveway, watched a movie, had a good dinner - a perfect day. This week we are back to work for a full week with no holidays in sight; the weather has turned cold again and the plumber came to visit. Real life.
This time of year is challenging. The nights are too long; the days are too short, and summer is too far away. We are planning our summer activities, and can hardly wait to get back out on the roads for our regular training rides.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Please note the gathering of officials, the score which features OU with fewer points than our opponent, and the FLAG. As has become their tradition at the end of every season, the Sooners lost miserably and looked awful. The best thing about the game was that this year we were not playing for a national championship and were therefore marginally less embarrassed. We had many players out for injury, academic probation, and petty crime. The remaining players acted like they had never seen a football up close before. Every time we tried to run we got stuffed; every time we passed a holding penalty was called. The continuing holding calls were the only evidence I saw that we had not left the offensive line in the locker room.
Luckily we were having a bowl party. The company and dinner made up for the sad performance of our team. We had pasta and pumpkin pie and a lot of fun, so I guess we'll be counting down the days to the next kickoff after all.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Over the weekend we celebrated the WAACO Second Annual Combination Susi's Birthday and Geocaching Extravaganza. We were lucky enough to get a clear day with a high around fifty and nearly no wind while we were out and about. This year being lucky in weather is no small thing. Kim and Ruby had picked out some caches and printed out the coordinates and clues for us, so after lunch and wonderful presents out we all went on the hunt. Part of the "rules" of geocaching require that you try to be a little discrete so as not to give away the caches to "muggles". You can imagine how discrete eight women crawling around on the ground might be. Note to self: bring a flashlight and reading glasses next time.
Susi saw a tent she wants. She's not quite a rough and ready type, specializing in fine cooking equipment and a vast assortment of gloves. The one she wants has a vestibule large enough to stand up in, which would add a large measure of comfort and luxury. This is me giving Shana "The Look" when she suggested we might also need such a tent to replace the already palatial Taj M'Shana.