Wednesday, April 25, 2007


I worked on this on and off all weekend. Between the still healing bruised tail bone and the sprained ankle in a brace, it was difficult to find a sitting position that was comfortable for more than 30 minutes... never mind the pain meds that make me sleepy and tell my body that it is nap time. Nonetheless, here's how far I got:

Then I discovered I had made a mistake and started over. Do you see it? Here's where I'm at now:

I'm using Lion Brand Microspun in silver grey and 24" size 3 needles (because that's the smallest cable available in my Boye needle set and even after multiple pleadings Max will not go to the yarn store and buy me the proper size - perhaps I can do that on my trip). The yarn untwists and splits frequently, which is quite annoying but it's soft and machine washable. I'm enjoying knitting the cables and though I rarely knit from a chart, so far so good. Now. :) The Knitting Answer Book is just there to confirm that I did indeed M1 correctly.

For my trip to SFO travelling knitting, I'm making Clapotis from Alchemy Bamboo. I love the softness and sheen. It's very pretty and light.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

I won!

I was the 1000th poster on the Lime Dragon blog. I won a $15 gift certificate to Amazon. I think I'll get a knitting book. Any suggestions?

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Baby shower

Erin and Simon's baby shower was today and even a sprained ankle was not going to keep me away. I've been knitting baby bibs for Erin since she first told me she was pregnant. Max bought a wooden rattle at the Waterford Fair in October. And the baby socks I finished just recently! I've been holding off posting about any of it so it would be a surprise but now that the shower is over, I can.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Thank you!

Dear Secret Pal,

Thank you for the lovely package! It arrived just when I really needed a present... opening a package (while sitting on the couch) is one of the few things I'm allowed to do while my sprained ankle heals. I can put a little pressure on my foot and the swelling is down a lot but still a ways to go.

I love the knitting notecard and really love the Lantern Moon needles. I was missing size 6 so I'm very happy! I haven't had a chance to open up the lotion yet - the tin is cute, very knitting meets yoga.

Here's my Saturday sky:

Tomorrow I'm going to a baby shower. I'll have lots of pictures to share after that! Thanks again!


Friday, April 20, 2007

Greenery variation

Another hat for another cousin. It's a variation on the Greenery* hat pattern. Next up: Shedir*

In other news, I have been medically diagnosed as clumsy. I was running late yesterday morning and was running to catch the shuttle bus. I tripped and fell, less than a block from my house. I twisted my ankle, skinned my hands and knees. Max came home from work and took me to the ER. They took x-rays and cleaned up my cuts. Nothing broken, just a sprain. They gave me an ankle brace and crutches and pain meds. I'll be okay. But still clumsy.

*PDF files

Monday, April 16, 2007

Red Scarf Thanks

This came in the mail on Friday! How cool. I really enjoyed being part of the project this year and I know my knitting group at work feels the same. Many have asked about when we're starting up for next year's project, which will be as soon as the press release for the 2008 project is released, probably in September. I know I can't wait!

Driving update
It's getting easier. The hard part is not getting frustrated by setbacks or the unexpected... and also letting things happen at their own pace, not getting disappointed that I'm not living up to the high standards I've set for myself. On Saturday I drove over a bridge for the first time, and also drove at dusk in the rain. I didn't exactly handle it like a pro but nothing went wrong either. Sunday, I drove to the grocery store with Max- twice! - to ACTUALLY get groceries. Novel concept! :)

Friday, April 13, 2007

30 seconds to help stop global warming

Dear Friends,

I just sent a message asking my members of Congress to fight global warming by supporting two new bills that could help stop global warming. Will you join me?

Send an Earth Day message about these crucial global warming bills to your members of Congress. The consequences of unchecked climate change could be devastating. If we don't act now, we could face:
  • * The loss of up to 50% of all species on Earth. As oceans continue to warm, thousands of species will face extinction - not just the polar bear.
  • * More frequent, more intense heat waves like the 2003 tragedy that killed 30,000 people in Western Europe.
  • * Increased droughts and wildfires, especially in the Western U.S.
  • * Increased flooding in coastal regions as sea levels rise. If seas rise by 80 feet, 50 million Americans could lose their homes.
However, right now Congress has the chance to set us on a better course. Two newly introduced bills -- the Sanders-Boxer Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act (S. 309) and the Waxman Safe Climate Act (HR. 1590) -- would help to stop global warming by reducing emissions and promoting energy efficiency through the use of clean, renewable energy sources. They offer a clear first step to addressing the impending global warming crisis and we must support them. Celebrate Earth Day 2007 by helping to make sure these bills become law.

Urge your members of Congress to take the first step to fight global warming by supporting these bills.

I'm really glad I spoke up, and I think you will be, too. Thanks for your help and Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

More knitted hats

Finished another hat for one of my cousins for Christmas. Although the Point Lobos Hat* pattern calls for US size 7 needles, I used US size 6 needles (4mm) and cast on 88 stitches. In progress:

Completed! The size is just right and should probably fit my cousin's head the same. And go well with her brown coat. :)

Also completed the Odessa hat for my little cousin:

*Links to a PDF

Monday, April 09, 2007

Athens, GA

My trip to Georgia was short and busy. My flight left early on Wednesday and, after a quick layover, I arrive in Athens (on a teeeny-tiny plane that seats 19) just before lunch. Kristina picked me up at the tiny airport and we went back to her place briefly. I unpacked an assortment of gifts, including this Odessa hat and a washcloth knit from Lily cotton yarn:

We had lunch with her grandmother, who was also in town visiting for Kristina's thesis defense. After lunch we walked around The State Botanical Garden Of Georgia. Then Kristina had to get some work done, practice her presentation, work on her PPT, so grandma went back to the hotel to watch the golf channel and I hung out on Kristina's couch reading Mistress of the Empire. That night, the three of us had dinner with Kristina's boyfriend Bruce. We had leftovers from the Passover Seder that was the night before, beef brisket, carrots, and potatoes. Everything was really yummy.

On Thursday, there were lots of errands to run before Kristina's defense. I went with her to some but then spent a few hours in her apartment by myself baking treats for Kristina's defense (standard procedure I'm told). I made scones and kosher for passover marble cake and brownies. Kristina's mom came over for a short while to help with the preparations. Then there was a flurry of getting dressed and ready to go. Kristina's defense was at 4pm, so all the treats had to be set up before hand. Her presentation was about 30 minutes long, followed by a break for snacks, then everyone but Kristina was shuffled out by her committee so they could grill her for 40 minutes. She was approved with changes! Afterwards, all her friends gathered for drinks and dinner. Kristina's mom made a toast. Then a few of us went to Ben & Jerry's for ice cream (despite the cold). Kristina and I shared a banana split.

That night Kristina's boyfriend came over and we played 3 handed Canasta. It was the first time I had ever played so they had to teach me but then I won on the second hand.

On Friday, Kristina had another presentation. While she was preparing, her grandmother stopped by to say goodbye. After the presentation, Kristina's Mom met us at her apartment and we drove over to Bruce's place for dinner. We had this wine to drink while we were waiting. It is a sweet sparkling white wine and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Kristina, her Mom and I played Canasta while Bruce finished in the kitchen. For dinner, Bruce prepared Coq au Vin, all on his own, just by following the instructions from the cookbook. Dinner was delicious and I was quite impressed. We played a few more hands of Canasta and then Kristina's Mom went back to the hotel. Two of Kristina's friends came over and the four of us played the expansion version of Settlers of Catan. I won. Then it was too late to play another game so we settled for 5 hands of Phase 10. I finally made it to phase one on the 5th hand. It was late and by the time we drove back to Kristina's and I had packed my bag, it was 1am.

My flight left Athens at 7:40am. I arrived in DC around 11am and Max was there to pick me up. The rest of the weekend, Max and I took it easy. I went driving on Sunday and tried out a new route. Pulled up behind a car at a red light and drove on a curvy road for the first time.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


This weekend was all about taking care of myself and getting better... so lots of lazying around on the couch watching TV (and maybe knit a little), in bed reading a book (Servant of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist), and back again.

Max and I ventured out on Sunday morning so I could practice my driving. I drove to the grocery store - and back this time! The way there wasn't as scary this time, only the way back, but even then I did pretty good. I'm still having a little trouble driving the speed limit, constantly having to monitor and try to go faster. It's getting better though and the plan is for me to practice with Kristina while I'm in Georgia. Good thing she lives in a small town! :)