Monday, November 30, 2009


The yarn was purchased on a recent trip to Boston at Newbury Yarns. It's Karabella Aurora 8. I used size 5 needles on the cuff, which seemed to be great but moving up to sie 6 on the mittens and the gauge is off. To compensate I am using my hand as a measurement as I go. Which is why the thumb looks so wonky. Maybe I should take it out and start over?

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What do you think?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mitered squares


I am loving the colours... so beautiful! At the end, this will be a scarf. Haven't figured out how many that will be, depends on how many I can knit from the ball of yarn I have. Knitting with Whorled Peace is quite nice. Not splitty at all and very soft. Makes for a nice squishy texture in garter stitch.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

This morning Max and I ran the Alexandria 5 mile Turkey Trot with our friend Slavomir. We didn't feel great starting out but everyone finished strong and felt good about running the race. Unofficially, the three of us finished in about 52-54 minutes. Plus I wasn't the only one dressed up in something funny.

Official Results
Slavomir 52:48.4
Max 52:49.0
Nicole 54:57.2

And dinner was great of course!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Santa hat

Bernat Baby Bouclé and Knit Picks Swish DK


A quick knit


On me:


On the recipient:

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All he needs is the beard! :)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

My first mitered squared


I love it! The colours are not my first choice but I love knitting the mitered squares. Eventually this will become a bowl, once the other four squares have been knit, seams sewn, felted and shaped. Another Christmas gift but this one will hopefully go pretty quickly since I'm knitting on size 10 needles - which I love since all my other projects are using something much smaller.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


I started a new scarf using some purple Sirdar snuggly bamboo yarn I bought in Canada and mixing it with the Bernat my Mom gave me to use to make something.

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It's not much to look at yet but I think it will look nice when it's done. 300 stitches over 30 rows... egads, that's 9000 stitches. I'll be done in no time I'm sure... ha ha!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A. Love originals

We have a new piece of artwork for our bedroom. I commissioned this piece from Amanda Love, a local artist living in Northern Virginia.


I also got a chance to see a woven blanket made from hand dyed yarn that Amanda dyed and wove herself. The orange was painted with the dye while the other colours were soaked for more even saturation. Beautiful, soft and a good weight.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Hersheys double chocolate mint cookies

For Max!

Dye job

Getting ready

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We used a tie-dye kit so it was easy to use but the colours weren't as vibrant as I was hoping for. Still, we had ALOT of fun and that's what matters.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Helmet liner completed

The helmet liner is done! Here it is in progress:


Love this yarn! It's so soft.

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Sahara by Joseph Galler, Inc.

And here it is finished:

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rememberance Day

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Already Read Used Books

There's a bookstore in Alexandria that I drive by all the time but only went into for the first time recently. From the outside, it's not the most inviting... but inside? You could spend hours in there. Plus there are two cats living there!

Used, Vintage & Out of Print Books
2501 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Monday - Friday 11am to 9m
Saturday 10am to 9pm
Sunday noon to 6pm

[on north access road just west of Telegraph Road]

Friday, November 06, 2009

Many projects simultaneously

Santa hat

Just finished this morning! I guess there are some perks to getting up at 4am.

Whorled Peace Scarf

As you can see, it's barely started, just the first four rows of garter stitch.


Pink scarf

Coming along nicely, although it's probably a challenge for you to see that from this picture. Love how soft this yarn is - and so pretty too.


Helmet liner

Another soft yarn project - yay!


Rainbow shawl

Avoiding undoing the cast-off edge and putting umpteen stitches back on the needles. This is the only project for me though so I should really just do it.


Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Boston eats

Breakfast at Panera: chai latte and souffle. Yum!

Dinner at 29 Newbury

Max and I met Marvin's new girlfriend sometime before dinner and then made our way over to 29 Newbury Street. A great meal and a good atmosphere to get to know someone for the first time. I had the pizza. Max had the 29 Clambake. For dessert I had the grilled figs with marscapone cheese. Delicious. There are pictures but they are on Max's phone. Check out Urbanspoon. I'll probably upload them there sometime soon.

Dinner at Elephant Walk

We all had dinner together on Saturday night. I had the duck ravioli appetizer and the Loc Lac for my entree. A good meal and still one of our favorites.

JP Licks for dessert

Max's on the left is small mint chocolate chip. Mine is a medium - yes, that's right - maple butter walnut and pumpkin custard. The pumpkin custard is out of this world. So, so good!

Lunch at Legal Seafoods on Sunday was our last chance to hang out together and talk. Again, there are pictures but they are on Max's phone. I had the shrimp and garlic pasta - very good.