Paper Anniversary

June 28, 2007 at 9:37 pm | Posted in family | 6 Comments

One year ago on June 29th we were married. I can’t believe it’s been a year and we are already celebrating our first anniversary. This weekend we’ll be on a romantic weekend getaway so if I get any knitting in it will be by the pool or on the beach.

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Podcast Picks

June 24, 2007 at 6:33 pm | Posted in knitting, knitting podcasts, socks | 1 Comment

As I said a couple of posts ago, I have just recently discovered knitting podcasts. Actually, it’s podcasts in general that I’ve discovered, but it’s the idea of listening to knitting discussion that drew me to the podcast section of iTunes. When I first popped the word “knitting” into the search bar I was amazed to come up with a listing of 149 podcasts. Not only that, I was even more surprised to find that two of the top three “new and notable” podcasts featured on the site were about knitting. Who knew!?!
As I began to dabble and listen to different people do different topics I was able to narrow down what, in my opinion, makes a really good podcast. What I came up with was that I like a podcast to not only talk about knitting, but have some sort of a topic for conversation to revolve around. And what I didn’t like was when conversation and discussion strayed way off topic. Having listened to about 10 different podcast episodes from various podcasters, I’ve begun to compile a list of favorites which I plan on reviewing here on the blog.

    Top Podcast Picks of the week

Knit Picks – episode #4: Wool from start to finish. The first set of podcast episodes I downloaded were those of Knit Picks. The first few episodes are a nice introductions to Kelley Petkun and Knit Picks. Along with having a very nice voice to listen to, the topics are most always interesting and I really enjoy the book reviews included in each episode. In episode 4, Kelley talks about the characteristics of different types of wool and about how the sheep and where they are raised can help determine uses of the wool they give. She also explains what makes some wool felt and others washable. The discussion was extremely informative and interesting, especially to a fairly new knitter such as myself who is only just beginning to understand a bit about fiber choices.

It’s a Purl Man – episode #37: Brightly Colored. Guido, the Boston knitter of It’s a Purl Man has a pretty popular podcast though I’ve only listened to a couple of episodes so far. I really enjoyed the most recent episode called Brightly Colored. The episode features an informative interview of Kristen Nicholas author of upcoming Kristen Knits and also Getting Stitched on the Farm, a blog I am a frequent visitor to. Kristen is well known for her use of color in embroidery as well as knitting, and the interview was a bit of a glimpse into where she finds her inspiration in color choices. I originally came across her blog as I was trying to find some instruction on how I can make better color choices in my own knitting, so I was pleased to find she was being interviewed on It’s a Purl Man’s podcast.

In other knitting news:
This week I finished Monkey sock number one and just as I was about to cast on for sock #2, my ebay purchase of 2 hanks of Artyarns supermerino in colorway#108 arrived. So, I put down the sock needles and picked up the Clapotis that has been sitting patiently, waiting for me to come back to her again. I started knitting, and examining, and found some stitch errors at the start of the first 3 drop stitch rows, starting about 24 rows ago. So, old Clapotis became 2 balls of yarn and is now just about caught up to where I left off. I had forgotten how nice this yarn is to knit with. Now that I’m nearly caught up, I’m going to try to tear myself away from Clapotis at least long enough to cast on sock #2. I have a little over a month to finish and that should be just enough time for this easily distracted and slow knitter to make Monkey a pair.

Got me again!

June 18, 2007 at 5:10 pm | Posted in knitting | 1 Comment

I have been tagged for another meme! This time the tagger is the lovely Ann of Yellow House Treasures, and it’s a Birthday meme. This one is particularly fun because it involves Wikipedia.

The rules are to go to Wikipedia and type in your birthday month and day only. Then post 3 events, 2 births and one holiday that occurred on your birthday, then tag 5 friends.

My birthday is May 19. May 19 is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 226 days remaining. (Ugh, 226 days til I can be guilt free about my yarn purchases)

On May 19th:
1536 – Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England, is beheaded for adultery.

1780 – New England’s Dark Day: never-explained complete darkness falls on Eastern Canada and the New England area of the United States at 2 pm.

1962 – A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square Garden, New York. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe’s infamous rendition of Happy Birthday.

Born on May 19th:
1890 – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese leader (d. 1969)
1945 – Pete Townshend, English musician (The Who

Holiday on May 19th:
Feast day of the following saints in the Roman Catholic Church:
Saint CiarĂ¡n mac Colga, Dunstan, Peter Celestine, Ives, Emiliana, Pudentiana, Theophilus of Corte

I hope the following people don’t mind, but I’m tagging:
Vicky
The Bag Lady and the Pro
Geckogrrl
Caffeinated Knitter
Crazy4Knitting

Thanks Ann, that was fun!

Woo hoo, Ravelry!

June 16, 2007 at 8:44 pm | Posted in knitting, knitting podcasts | 3 Comments

I’ve been working as quickly as I can on the monkey socks and have just started the foot section of the first sock. I just love the pattern and can’t wait to make a pair for myself once I’ve completed these. The first ones are set for my Sockpalooza pal so mine will have to wait. I think I must be a pretty slow knitter in comparison to so many of the bloggers I read. It seems they’ve started a sweater and 2 posts later they are modeling the same sweater. I’m lucky if I can get one sock done in 2 weeks time.

I have also recently discovered the wonders of knitting podcasts. My Ipod crapped out a couple months ago but my dear hubby graciously gave up his until I can replace mine. Of course, he’s been jamming out to the stereo in his new car so I don’t think he’s missing his Ipod much. I’ve listened to the podcasts of The Continental and one from It’s a Purl Man and I have 22 more downloaded…seriously, 22! At between 30 and 60 minutes a piece that’s a lot of podcasts to listen to! As I weed through them I’m going to post my favorites here.

Oh, in other knitting news. I was surprised to come home earlier this week to discover I had gotten my invite to the much talked about Ravelry. I haven’t had too much time to play with it yet but oh! the possibilities! What excites me most is how it connects the community within Ravelry. I’ll write about it more once I’ve really had a change to utilize it, but I think it’s an exciting development for knitters on the internet and I wish the creators the best as they work out the kinks. One thing I’d like to say here is I think Jess and Casey deserve our patience and thanks as they work like mad getting Ravelry going for us. What a great job they’ve done so far!

A car, a monkey and a myrtle.

June 8, 2007 at 8:56 pm | Posted in knitting | 1 Comment

Three cheers for the weekend! I’m so glad it’s here. It’s been busy both at work and at home this last week and I’ll be glad to veg out with some knitting this weekend. Last weekend was spent test driving and looking at cars. Chris finally settled on a 2007 Pontiac G5 and traded in his beloved 1997 Plymouth Breeze. The Breeze was a good, reliable car that had definitely started to show it’s age so now Chris has a shiny new one.

On Monday I came home to a package. In only 4 days my Etsy yarn purchase arrived and is really lovely. My sockapalooza pal requested yarn that was “jewel tones in a fall color pallate”. That was not an easy combo to find but I think this fits the bill..I hope so anyway.

The yarn is Kaleidoscope hand dyed in color “HM18” and is 100% merino. I love the colorway but the hanks are now beginning to look a lot like this

It’s the Monkey sock lounging on the spoiler of the new car (at night, hence the dark background..sorry, no excuse for the bad photography). And since we were having fun taking pictures at night out in the front yard, here’s a picture of our one year old Crepe Myrtle we planted last year. It’s blooming!

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