Thursday, March 29, 2007

Something fun! (but no knitting, sorry)

I saw this on another blog, and thought I'd try it myself. Go to Wikipedia and type in the month and day of your birthday. All sorts of groovy things come up.

Significant Events for May 27th
1703 - Tsar Peter the Great founds the city of Saint Petersburg.
1895 - Oscar Wilde is sent to prison for sodomy.
1930 - The 1,046 feet (319 meters) tall Chrysler Building in New York (tallest man-made structure at the time) opens to the public.
1963 - Folk music singer Bob Dylan releases The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan album, which features "Blowin' in the Wind" and several other of his best-known songs.

Famous people who share my birthday
Cornelius Vanderbilt - entrepreneur
Amelia Bloomer - suffragette
Wild Bill Hickok - gunfighter
Dashiell Hammett - writer
Rachel Carson - scientist and writer
Vincent Price - actor
John Cheever - writer
Bruce Cockburn - musician
Siouxsie Sioux - musician
Neil Finn - musician
Joseph Fiennes - actor

Famous people who died on my birthday
John Calvin - French religious reformer
Niccolo Paganini - violinist and composer
Jawaharlal Nehru - Indian politician

Holidays and Observances
Mother's Day in Bolivia
Children's Day in Nigeria

I like the holidays the best. :o)

Friday, March 23, 2007

Knitter's treat exchange - how fun!

Sharon from my knitting group sent me a link to this groovy blog called Knitter's Treat Exchange. I am going to join and do this, because I've never participated in a swap before and I think it would be tons of fun! We have to fill out a questionnaire, so here is mine:

Knitters Treat Exchange Questionnaire

1. What's your favourite type of yarn? Mostly plant fibers like cotton, viscose, bamboo, and hemp. Wool is good too. I love variegated yarn. I am not opposed to acrylic and acrylic blends as long as they feel good. I use acrylic to make afghans and baby stuff, and the better yarn to make clothing for myself.

2. What's your least favourite type of yarn? Novelty yarns like fun fur, eyelash, and ladder yarns. Anything itchy.

3. What's the first thing you do when you visit a new yarn shop? Do a quick once over to see which brands of yarn they carry, then check out supplementary things like notions and pattern books. When I'm done that, I really go over the yarn.

4. What other crafts do you do / would like to do? Watercolor, jewelry making, and embroidery.

5. What magazines do you currently subscribe to? Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet (beginning in the fall), Adorn, and Yoga Journal.

6. Put this type of magazine in order of preference: Knitting / Crochet / Other Craft / Photography / Art / Fitness

7. What items do you like to knit / crochet? Sweaters, afghans, baby clothes, and accessories such as scarves and stoles. I want to learn to knit socks and gloves, and I also hope to learn Fair Isle and intarsia.

8. Are you allergic to anything? Nope!

9. What do you like to smell of? Flowers and citrus. Not a huge fan of spicy stuff or musky stuff.

10. What's your favourite way to relax? Knitting or crocheting, a mug of tea, some candles, and some quiet music. This would take place in my Adirondack chairs in my backyard, weather permitting. I also just like to sit outside at night during the summer and listen to the crickets, watch the fireflies.

11. You're stood in front of a Victorian style sweetshop, an Italian cafe, an old fashioned bakery and a dainty tea room. Where do you go first? Italian cafe for the people watching and the coffee.

12. What do you come out with? A cute Italian guy. Ha! Just kidding. A sense of well-being and some Italian magazines. I'd drink my coffee there.

13. Where do you go next? The old fashioned bakery.

14. Any other words of wisdom for your pal? I am 5'11" tall, so baths are out for me because I'm too tall to fit in my tub. I like black tea as opposed to coffee. I like soy candles. (Forget what I said about not wanting chocolate.) I love milk chocolate - my favorite is Milka from Germany, but I ain't that picky! I'm not a huge fan of terribly bright colors; I like more muted, earthy tones.


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Yeah, the yarn diet is pretty much out the window.

So at the beginning of the year, I said to myself that I would not buy any yarn for several months. I was shooting for my birthday, which is at the end of May.

I lasted about a month.

Below are some pictures of yarn purchases at Walmart (see, I'm not snobby all the time), in Ocean City, and at the Main Skein in Ambler, which unfortunately will be closing shortly. *sigh* I'm going to try this yarn diet thing again. For real. Otherwise, we will not be able to afford to move into another house. So please enjoy the following pictures - I intend to enjoy their contents, and of course photos will be posted when the yarn becomes something.

Here's a pound of yarn I bought at Walmart. One hundred percent cotton in a nice ombre. What will it become? I have no idea! But it only cost about $6, so that's not a major concern.

This yarn was purchased in Ocean City and is destined to become a sweater for the Banana. Perhaps a cute little short sleeved cardigan for those chilly early spring days?

This was also purchased (ON SALE) in Ocean City. This is going to be a tank top and matching kimono shrug from last summer's Filatura di Crosa pattern book. I'll need to knit it with something else though, as it isn't bulky enough on its own.

Ah yes, here is part of my booty from the Main Skein. Big old sale. This is Trilogy from Berroco, and is going to become the 'Trixie' sweater from last fall's Trilogy pattern book. I also got some Noro Silk Garden and two balls of Kid Silk Mohair. Hubba hubba.

And then just because, here are some nice pictures of crocuses (croci?), my favorite harbingers of spring. Yay spring!

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Power of Makeup

The Power of Makeup, originally uploaded by ₪ dxb78 ₪.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Holy moly!

My profile just reached 600 views, and Eunny Jang is the new editor of Interweave Knits! Unbelieveable!

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Yay, my computer and my camera are on speaking terms again!

So these first two pictures are of the granny square scrapghan that I blogged about two posts ago. See, the colors aren't too atrocious are they? Are they? I like them.

Following are some pictures of our MontCo Sit n Knit in wonderful Ocean City, NJ. We had such a good time. I arrived on Saturday afternoon when several of my co-knitters were at a knit-out in Ventnor. Bev and I met them at the Knitting Niche LYS in OC, and we cleaned out the back sale room, ridding the store of many back issues of Vogue Knitting and Knitter's Magazine. For 50 cents each, 3 for $1! We can't resist a sale. Here are pictures of us knitting and perusing the aforementioned magazines.

Sharon reading up.

Bev making a cute denim hat.

Robin working on a kick-ass sweater with lovely colors.

MJ knitting away.

Maria working on a blankie strip for charity.

Everybody brought enough food to feed their entire extended family. There were five of us. I, for one, was not complaining at all.

Fermented libations to get us through.

Delicious snacky-wackies.

One can never consume to many Entenmann's products.

Here are two pictures of the condo. Right on the boardwalk at St. Charles Place, it was heaven. We could walk right out of the condo and straight onto the boardwalk. Woo hoo!

The sun room.

Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean, shining happily right into our dining room.

The rest of the pictures are just ones I took for the heck of it, because I just love Ocean City so much. You can see a bazillion more on my flickr site (link in the side bar).

Looking south.

Itty bitty shell.

It's funny, the things people leave behind...

This weekend was so restorative. I took two long walks, one on Saturday with Robin and MJ, and one on Sunday, all by myself. Each was about 5 miles long, meditative, with only the sound of the gulls and the waves and the wind. I don't think I could ask for anything more. Thanks to Robin and MJ for arranging this weekend; it did this body good!!

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Wooly Bullies

Thanks to Liz for bringing this to our attention. This is quite possibly one of the funniest things I have ever seen! Make sure you watch it all the way to the end, there is more footage after the credits.


Thursday, March 08, 2007

Well, I WAS going to post some pictures...

But my !#$%^&* computer won't let me upload any pictures from my camera. Son of $%*. I will now go into excruciating detail, so as to paint a picture in your mind's eye.

Project: scrapghan #4
Design: BAGS (big ass granny square)
Yarn: ACRYLIC ACRYLIC ACRYLIC (variegated, mind you)

Details: I used 4 different variegated yarns for this afghan. I made it for my friend Jeb; when I asked her what her favorite color is, she said all of them, so that's what she's getting. It's actually one of my favorite scrapghans to date. There is a blue/purple/pink yarn, a brown/red/green/orange/think autumn colors yarn, a pale blue/tan/off-white/sage green yarn, and finally, a brown/tan/turquoise yarn. I know it sounds horrendous, but I promise it is not so bad, and if my stupid computer and stupid camera decide they want to talk to each other, I will post some photos.

I am terribly excited about the upcoming weekend. Some girls/ladies/women/however you'd like to be addressed people from the MontCo Sit n Knit got a house on the boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ for the weekend. Ocean City is my favorite place after Paris - I'm not even kidding. I spent two summers there as a young twenty-something, and it is just heaven. So we are going to knit and crochet and eat and laugh this weekend. It will be a good time. And I am going to walk to boardwalk and the beach and relax and enjoy the ocean and not think about the ignorant teenagers that I have to contend with on a daily basis (I'm sorry, did I say that out loud?).

Since I just finished the scrapghan, I think I'll take the Zen Garden Stole and the Green Tea Raglan down with me to work on. I may also take the legwarmers, as that is a fairly mindless knit once you get going. I hope to bring back one more finished object!

Guess that's all for now. I was watching a show on Discovery Health last night called I Eat 33,000 Calories a Day. I'm not even kidding. The one dude they showcased consumes, on average, 4 lbs of FAT per day. Not just food - FAT. I can hear my arteries collapsing simply from reading those words. I feel bad for these people though - they are truly addicted to food, and unlike other addictions, you can't simply remove the focus of their addiction from their life. If you're an alcoholic, you stop drinking; if you're addicted to cocaine, you take it out of your life (obviously, it's not that easy, but you see where I'm going with this). You just can't do that with food. And these poor people are even too large to get gastric bypass or anything. Makes me feel lucky. I like to think I am relatively healthy, but I was also blessed with good genes too (thank you Mom and Dad!). Okay, so that's my depressing blurb for the day.

Here's some nice pictures to enjoy (they were already in the computer). Thanks for stopping by!!

The following photos were taken by yours truly last summer at the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia, PA. Can you tell I'm ready for warm weather!?!?

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Monday, March 05, 2007

I want (to make or buy) Katie Holmes' sweater.

How cute is this sweater???

I'm sure I could easily find out the designer with a little detective work. I just love it!! Tom I can do without. If you guys have any clue as to who may have designed this sweater (it's probably Michael Kors or something) let me know!

PS Banana pooped.

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

I'm making progress in more ways than one.

The Green Tea Raglan from IK Spring 2007 is growing by leaps and bounds. I am knitting the sleeves at the same time to ensure that they are the same width, length, shape, etc. My stockinette has never looked so good. I may have to frog the front though, as it seems awfully long. I actually wouldn't mind this though, since my cast-on edges tend to look like crap, and my bind-offs look really good. I'll probably frog from the bottom up a few inches and then re-knit to get the correct shape. I'll let you know how it goes.

The scrapghan is also coming along. It's just a matter of sitting down and banging it out. I'll probably take it to Sit n Knit this week since I don't have to think about what I'm doing; I just crochet my brains out.

Get a load of this sweater - I found the pattern for free on Lion Brand! I am impressed with how un-matronly and sleek it is. The model is even cute and is wearing a neat necklace! Holy frijoles! I have several yarns that I could use from my stash to make this. My only dilemma now is to decide which would be best. I guess I'll have to make SWATCHES to find out. Blech.

The Banana refuses to poop. It's been a week. Any suggestions would be helpful. We've already tried bribery, yelling, and laxatives. The joys of parenthood.

Today is Mom's birthday. She would have turned 60. Yesterday, my father, my brother, WT, and I went to the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in scenic Piscataway, NJ for a memorial. Liz was kind enough to pick up the Banana from school and entertain her for hours. I was immensely impressed with the memorial yesterday. It was conducted almost primarily by medical students, most of them in their first year. It began with music, a flute quartet which my mother would have loved. Students spoke, the dean of the medical school spoke, and then a young lady on piano and a young man on the cello played The Swan, part of a work by Camille St. Saens. That in and of itself was enough to push me over the edge, but then I saw my dad crying, and that was hard. It's the first I've seen him cry during this whole ordeal; Mom's sickness and death.

Then a young medical student named David got up and spoke about working in the anatomy lab, late one Saturday night. He was there by himself, and he accidentally brushed hands with his cadaver. He didn't think much of it, but then he stopped, and looked at the hand. He took the hand, her hand, in his and thought about all that that hand had done in its lifetime. He thought about her hand shaking other hands, caressing the arm of a loved one, comforting a child, clapping with happiness, preparing food, cleaning, writing. He spoke about the woman this hand belonged to, and wondered if she was a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter. He made himself leave the clinical detachment behind and see his cadaver as a woman, a person who once was. It was one of the most touching and honest things I have ever listened to.

They finished the service with a reading. Another medical student got up and read the names of all of the donors. When their name was read, if their family was present, the family stood up and received a rose from the students. Before he began, the student, whose name was George, talked about how he had stayed up until 4 a.m., reading the names of the people. He said that even if you are dead, even if you are poor, even if you are alone, the one thing everyone has is a name. It was the first time he had seen the names of the cadavers, and it struck him pretty hard. It's easy to remain detached if you don't know your cadaver's name. But with a name, they become human once again, and he realized that each one had a story, a family, friends, a life. He read them out loud, quietly, slowly, purposefully, and respectfully. It was really nice.

I miss her so much. Happy birthday Mom.

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