My current work in progress:

Rona, by Alice Starmore, knit from Alice Starmore Hebridean 2-Ply, using 3.25mm needles.

Archives for September 2009

Bork! Bork! Bork!

It’s been one of those days. You know the kind — when you fix one thing it breaks three other things. Lots of internet weirdness along with work weirdness made me very happy to leave and come home for the day!

Oh, and my email has been borked all day so if you’ve contacted me and wonder why I am ignoring you, it is likely I haven’t seen your email yet. Hopefully the emails I’ve sent today have reached their intended recipients.

Bork! Bork! Bork!

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Now, if it had been Bjorked, it would look like this:

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And if it had been Birked, it would look like this:

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Yes, it has been one of those days. So much so, that I felt the need to Squirrelize the photo of Bjork:

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And I don’t have much of anything of my own to show you. I’ve got a chunk of knitting done on the second sock of my current pair:

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I took this with me to New York over the weekend. I got a total of 10 rounds done all weekend, I think. For some reason, although I knit socks on the subway every day, I don’t like knitting on Amtrak, so I spent the train time reading.  And since the trip to New York was for book signing and teaching classes, well, not too much time for personal knitting!

And I won’t even bother showing you the True Love Stole. It looks pretty much the same as the last time you saw it.

Bottom line? I’ve got a lot to do, but not a lot to say!

But I do have something pretty to show you. 🙂

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This is a handmade crocheted bead bracelet made by Julie of Big Sheep Jewelry. Isn’t it gorgeous?

And just so Lucy wouldn’t feel left out, Julie made her a pretty necklace.

Check out the clasp:

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Here is a pic of Miss Lucy is wearing it.

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And something I received a couple of weeks ago from an anonymous gifter:

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One of Rosemary Hill‘s shawl pins — in the shape of a sock. How perfect is that??!!

Lucy sez:

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“I’m a princess — I have a necklace!”

Quickie

I’m just popping in to announce the winners in the “suggest music for Wendy’s iPod” contest. They are: Katherine, Melia, April, Gail Lucille, and Tonya. Congratulations to you five and thank you for everyone who suggested songs in the comments. The winners have been emailed, and each win the WendyKnits pattern of their choice.

I arrived home at 9:00 last night from my weekend in Manhattan. This morning was devoted to a lot of errands, and since returning home and finishing the laundry, I’ve done nothing but lie on the couch. Ah, the joys of getting older.

I’ll be back tomorrow. Hopefully coherent. But I’m not making any promises.

Here is a sign that autumn is coming:

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Lucy is napping on her sheepskin!

Rebel Without a Clue

It amused me no end when I found out this morning that yesterday was No Cats Day on the internet. And what did I do yesterday? I did a blog post that was contained numerous photos of Lucy and nothing else.

No I am not a rebel. I am merely clueless.

So, some progress pix. The True Love Stole:

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And the as-yet un-named sock:

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Ribbing has commenced!

Thanks, by the way, for all the music suggestions you have submitted so far. Of course there are many of them that I already have, but there are also a bunch that make me think “Doh! I forgot all about that one!” I am compiling a list of must-haves so that when my iTunes gift card arrives, I’ll be ready to start a-downloading.

Today is Thursday, right? I am toddling off to NYC this weekend and won’t be back til late on Sunday, so don’t look for a blog post from me before Monday. I’ll announce the pattern winners in my music-themed giveaway then.

And have a great weekend, okay?

Lucy sez:

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“Catnip party at my place this weekend. Bring your own mouse.”

Lucy’s Busy Day

I was off work today for an appointment, and got to spend a good chunk of my day at home, so I was able to witness firsthand Lucy’s busy day.

She started off with some happy wriggling.

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This went on for a while.

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But she did make time to critique my knitting.

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This was apparently a very tiring chore, because she settled down for a nap after that.

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But she woke up when the mail came, because there was a prezzie for her!

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This is a “Plague Rat” and Lucy seems quite taken with it.

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Lucy sez:

“Thank you, Quesselchens!”

Well, she would thank you if she were not too busy with her rat. 😉

Back to School – er – Work

It was raining when I left for work this morning, and I actually saw some leaves on the ground! This makes me ridiculously happy — autumn is coming. But I’m not fooling myself. I’m sure we’ve got some hot weather ahead before it really gets to be autumn. Still, it is nice to have the illusion of autumn!

Since you haven’t seen it for a while, I’m posting a pic of the sock-in-progress:

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This is Madeline Tosh sock yarn in the Malachite colorway. I’m loving this yarn. It’s got my favorite base — tight twist 100% merino. And it’s green! How could I not love it?

And it is being knit up very slowly. Since I’ve got a big lace project to work on at home, this sock only comes out during my commute. And more often than not, the morning commute only. The afternoon commute has been too crowded for knitting lately.

But I’m hoping to finish this sock by the end of the week and have the second sock started to take to New York with me this weekend. I’ll be at Knitty City Saturday evening for a book signing (5 – 7 pm), and Sunday for classes. I hope I’ll see some of you there!

Here, for Johanne, a pic of the shawl in progress.

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I’ve named this design “True Love Stole.” Johanne will understand. 😉

iTunes!

I just got enough reward points from my VISA card to order a free $50 iTunes gift card. Wheeeeeee! So soon I’ll be buying 50 songs from iTunes. Wanna help me out? Leave the name of a song from the 1960s to 1990s in the comments to this post and on Monday (September 14) about noon-ish my time I’ll fire up the Random Number Generator and pick some folks to win the WendyKnits pattern of his/her choice, which will be delivered in pdf format via email.

Doesn’t matter if the song you name is one I’ve already got — I just need some inspiration here!

Lucy sez:

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“Treats, please.”