Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tree Fall Down, Go Boom

Tropical Storm Fay has come and gone. Other than some intermittent power outages and a ton of rain, the storm was sort of a snore. One tree came down out front and the lake out back has gotten a tad closer to the house. Usually the tree stands upright and the water level in the lake is on the far side of the tall grass! If it got any closer I was going to have to build an ark.

Stay dry and send mojo. I cast on for the Baby Dress and it's a bit more complicated than expected -- details to follow!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Quick post while we prepare for Tropical Storm Fay!

So a friend from L.A. calls me the other night. The highlights...

Me: Hello
Jane: Hey, it's Jane.
Me: Oh my god, I haven't heard from you in forever. What's new?
Jane: So much has changed, I'm getting divorced, lost 40 lbs., adopted a wheat-free, gluten free diet and came to the conclusion that I'm a lesbian.
Me: pause ... What's gluten?

So my friends, we welcome another sister into the brethren!

And yes, The Golden Girls are truly universal, there's a YouTube clip for any occasion!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Well I had a blast in Tampa at my cousin's wedding. She was radiant, I walked her down the aisle, the day was truly sublime and I can't tell you what a moving experience it was for me. It was such a special day!

While in Tampa, I did two of my favorite things... I ordered room service every morning - I love me some Cuban French Toast and I visited a great little yarn store. Knit 'n Knibble is a small store but jam-packed with yarn and the staff just couldn't be friendlier. Jenny rules! I didn't once get the "why is this man in our store" vibe and even the customers were simply interested in my projects, not my gender.

I found a great superwash wool for my Antler's scarf (more on that later) but better yet, I found some great Regia sock yarn. I finally controlled myself and bought a solid sock yarn. Every time I buy sock yarn it looks like this...

but this time, I bought this,

It's a tweedy yarn and will show any pattern but still have some interest on its own. I love the self patterning Lorna Laces but it ends up as simple stockinette socks every time and it's time for me to branch out. Wish me luck.

On a separate note, I finally gave up trying to find the exact pattern for this unknown cobweb yarn I bought years (and I do mean years) ago. No ball band, no info, no nothing. I've been inspired by the Terttu Shawl. Granted, I haven't done much to the pattern but change it from a triangle to a rectangle but to me that's design central. This pictures sucks but this unique yarn is pale blue with an iridescent twist.

It's beautiful but it's on the back burner, the queue is full!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Every Man's Drug

Some day I'm going to have to ask a doctor what it is about the sugar content of pure maple syrup that is an absolute narcotic for me. Granted, when I'm off from work, my sleep schedule is a bit odd. I went to sleep at 4AM last night (the middle of the night is totally my time of day), the accidental nap from 8-10PM didn't realy help.

I woke up at 10AM, just six hours later and ready to start the day. I puttered around the house, did some laundry, went shopping, cleaned up a bit and decided to have some breakfast. French Toast was in order but I know I have this reaction to maple syrup so I was very careful not to have too much at around noon.

By 2:30, I was fast asleep on the couch and 3.5 HOURS later, I arose from my afternoon's slumber. Damn, if you're looking for me, I'll be aimlessly wandering the Internet tonight - all night tonight!

On the knitting front, the cashmere booties are great but haven't been sewn together yet. As soon as I'm awake (when there's sunlight), I'll snap a few photos!

Edit: 2:36AM and going strong! Oiy.