Friday, November 13, 2009

Shopping Spree!

Tonight I'm going shopping with a few girl friends, one of whom would like some wardrobe encouragement in efforts to impress a certain boy. So exciting! I've had a bit of a wardrobe overhaul myself. A few weeks ago it became blatantly obvious that my wardrobe is boring. I only have a few tops that are cute enough for wearing out on the social scene and my jeans are way too boxy to be terribly cute. In the last couple of weeks I've managed to spruce up the ol' wardrobe!

Jeans are a problem for everyone. They are made to fit no one. I tried on 8 pair at Macy's, 8 pair at GAP and didn't even bother at The Limited.
Dear Clothes Buyer at The Limited,
I didn't bother to try on jeans at your store. First, they were $70 a pair which was discouraging enough. But really...did you have to put a giant button on the butt pockets? No matter the size of a girl's tush, did you really think it was a good idea to draw attention to it with a button? Really?
Sincerely,
A jeans shopper speaking out for all women shopping for jeans


So just when I was about to give up, Old Navy pulled through! Old Navy of all places! I haven't had Old Navy jeans since high school. Mostly because their jeans have notoriously been made for girls in high school. So now I am happy with some jeans and cute tops. Missing from this picture is a pair of shoes. Ballet flats just don't seem to cut it in a club or a bar. I need some shoes that say, "this girl means business!" I need shoes I can walk in, but just barely. I don't want blisters, but I do want shoes that look like they might give me blisters.

Tonight will be all about my friend dressing to impress a certain boy. She wants cute jeans. Not sure what else, but I'm sure we'll manage to find a few hot items for her. Maybe just maybe I'll find a pair of shoes while we're out too! This is going to be fun!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

A mild distraaction from Christmas knitting...

I'm knitting fingerless gloves for someone and I don't know if I like them. They seem so bulky. I suppose that one option would be to continue on as the pattern says and hope for the best. The other option would be to rip out the fingers in a not so violent way and turn them into convertible mittens. So while I think about that for a while I've decided to distract myself with another Hannah Fettig sweater! I loved the yellow featherweight cardigan I made this summer and now I will make a lightweight pullover. If it's done for Christmas Eve Mass I'll be a happy camper!

I've been hoping for a great way to use this yarn for a while now. It's kind of vintage. At least the label is!

The yarn is 50% virgin wool and 50% crimpset nylon. I don't really know what crimpset nylon is, but the label implies that it's for super strength and delux softness! Ooh la la! The pattern calls for for sport weight, but I'm getting gauge with fingering. I think the fabric will have more drape to it. That's kind of what I'm looking for. So I'm off to the races. Row after row after mundane row of stockingnet in the round. So far, I have an inch. This could take a while.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Shalom My Friend!


I finally finished my Shalom Cardigan!


And this is why I love living with mom...
Shhh....she doesn't know I stole the buttons yet!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Or you could just knit it...

I’ve had some time to drool over some fun catalogs yesterday and today! I would like to report that the following are hot items! Maybe this will help inspire your Christmas knitting.

The Limited is featuring “infinity scarves”. $40 for a chunky knit cowl in a bold color. Or you could just make one!

Sundance catalog is one of my all-time favorites! Some day I will do more than droll over the catalog! Here are some links with super cute knits that we could all knit before Christmas!

This little sweater vest is remarkably similar to several I’ve seen on Ravelry! Actually there are lots of sleeveless sweaters with big collars being worn over plan long sleeve shirts or longer sleeveless sweaters over simple dresses! Looks cozy and elegant for sitting around a fire! I saw a lot of that look in Athleta. Of course everything looks good on the uber athletic, yoga doing, skiing, surfing super women models in Athlete. &%(#)@#!!!

Here’s a cowl neck sweater that reminds me of Francis Revisited.

If only I had made my Shalom with sleeves! Check this out!

How about a pistal headwarmer? Can you say Calorimetry? $28!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Check out the other accessories! Norweigan Woods? Hooded mittens? Get yourself some alpaca with a twist and make these!

Well, that’s knitted fashion for October 30th brought to you by the quarantined girl who has too much time on her hands! Hope you are inspired to knit something fun for Christmas!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Early to bed and early to rise

I've been trying to be diligent. Parking on campus is a bear if you arrive after 7:32. Thankfully I have a garage pass and always have a parking spot waiting for me. The garage is further away and I have to park on floors 5-7. That's kind of a lot of stairs. Soooo, I'd rather park in a gravel lot, but I can't seem to get here before 7:43. Today was a new day. I set my alarm a little earlier and woke up to music blasting in my ears. (new iphone docking station is awesome, but a little loud!) I made it here by 7:32 and was able to park in a gravel lot. Very proud of that! There were some BIG yawns on my way from the prized parking spot to my office and I know I'll be really tired around 2:30 when I'm supposed to be awake for class. This early to bed, early to rise thing has it's ups and downs!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Travel Knitting

Now I know why people just knit socks on vacation! Oh well. I'm having
fun knitting this scarf out of Malabrigo silky merino. I pretty much
knit a few inches and the rip an inch back. It's about 7 inches or so.
I found one yarn shop today. I want to say it's called Northern Lights
Yarn Shop, but it's not. I'll have to make a seperate post about that
experience. Gorgeous shop for sure!

We're off to Seward. Tomorrow we'll find out if I get sea sick. Let's
hope I don't! Speaking of gettig sick...today I learned never to eat
pot stickers for breakfast. For the record, I didn't order them!!!!!!
I sure felt the reprocuasions of eating them though!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

How much does the tomato cost?

I've been kind of amused watching my one little tomato grow in my red neck hanging planter thing. I figure it's about a $15 tomato. Here is is...cute little lonely tomato.
From Summer2009


But look! It's not going to be a lonely tomato for long! There are a few more little flowers.

From Summer2009


So maybe I will have a total of 4 tomatoes! That would mean they are less than $4 a piece. Crazy. There better be some more tomatoes by the end of the summer or I'm going to be really bummed.

I'm trying to pack for my trip and it's difficult. I really hate to check a bag. Eight days of unpredictable weather makes it tough though. Right now I have to consider the 10 day forecast calls for rain every day, we'll be on ice half the time doing whacky crazy stuff and who knows if I'll need to dress up ever. Polar fleece and jeans and hiking boots takes up way more room than sun dresses and flip flops. Humpf. I'm still going to be stubbern and try to make it fit in my carry on bag. I'll take my favorite hydration pack for extra little things. Maybe I'll treat myself to a new hydration bladder thingy. Not sure if I'll need it, but it might be nice. Sounds like a trip to Hodson's Bay!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Thanks COURT1KATHY !

I got home from Indy this afternoon and had a package waiting for me! The package was from my Ravelry slipper swap pal COURT1KATHY. She sent me not 1, but 2 pair of fantastic slippers! I'm kind of on a purple kick right now, so I have to say the purple ones are my favorite, but it's hard to say because the other ones are super. I'm wearing them now! Plus I got a lovely little crochet rose pin and big stitch markers (that I needed!) and some yummy grape juice mix to add to water bottles. I didn't grow up having grape anything because mom gets sick just smelling it, so it never occurs to me to buy grape anything. I like it though and so it's fun to have these little individual servings of grape drink. I hope COURT1KATHY doesn't mind that I'm poster the picture she took. I'll try to get some action shots of me wearing the slippers soon.

From socks

Friday, July 10, 2009

One down, two to go

I finished Mom's socks this morning. Yay!

From socks


I'm working on the orange sweater now, but I think I will have to redo the sleeve I already knit. I'm afraid it's going to be too tight and uncomfortable. No point in having an uncomfortable sweater!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Can they get done?

There are a few knitting projects looming over me. All are really close to being done, but just haven't gotten done for one reason or another. The main reason being that I always seem to start a new project! I really want to get a few of these done ASAP.

My little red summer sweater is pretty stinkin close. This is the sweater that needed major repair last spring and I never did it. i started it, but never really got finished. I have just about an inch on the front and back plus a lot of kitchener stitching. Might take a total of 5 hours if I sat down and did it in one go.
Here is is all ripped out and ready to go...

From The Stash


Project number 2 that seriously needs to get done are mom's socks. Probably another 5 hours of steady knitting on those. They are going to matching mismatched socks. One pooled (photo) the other is striping. I wish they had both stripped, but I'm not in the business of ripping out an entire sock just to see if maybe possibly it will stripe the second time I knit it.

From socks


On to project number 3. My Remember Sweater! It would be perfect to wear as a jacket in Alaska, but it's not done! Only one sleeve, the collar and the piecing. Maybe I should multi-task tonight. I could block the pieces are are done while I knit one of the other projects. Here's the cool smocking pattern on the top of the sweater.

From socks


Those are the three projects that are really looming over my head. Trust me there are others that I'd like to start, but I really want to get these done first. It can be done. Especially now that it's been made public, I will race to get them done and post progress as soon as possible!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

5 reasons I probably won't be getting tan this summer

1. school

2. hospital

3. vacation in Alaska

4. i have yet to wear a swim suit this summer

5. I do dumb things like wear jeans or long sleeves on a perfectly warm sunny day.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Finished Featherweight

Good thing the weather cooled off! Gives me a good excuse to wear my new sweater! I just finished it the other night at the hospital. Couldn't get mom to wake up, so I had to go out to the nurses' station to show it to someone. A friend at knitting group who would prefer not to be named on the internet took a picture and emailed it to me, so here it is...me knitting another sweater while wearing a sweater I knit.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dumb blog Design

Let's talk about how dumb my blog looks right now. Real dumb. Real, real dumb. For some reason I remember there being so many more blog designs to choose from on blogspot, but there aren't. Don't get me wrong. I'm ever so grateful for the simplicity offered by blogspot. Not like I know how to design a webpage and besides it's budget friendly! But doesn't anyone else think it's time to update the background options. There are like two that allow for full screen photos like I posted yesterday or whenever that was. And they are dumb. So for now I will pout.

Now this is what I call summer!

From Summer2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

My Day In Pictures

Shouldn't take long to figure out that I had an AWESOME day with my friend Dana and her parents!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

A day in the life of a nerd

Today I was up to my ears in data. Well, actually this morning I wasn't. We had training on doing doubly labeled water studies. I won't bore you with the details, but like most of my research...it involves diet records and urine collection. I really have it good! I felt like a dork though because i started day dreaming about other mini-studies we could do during the big study. It's sad to think that only one year into this PhD think I'm already starting to see how much data we can milk out of a study. About 2 weeks ago I was at a conference in DC and was inspired to look into portion size estimation a lot more. To make a long story short, we know people can't estimate how much they eat but we don't know why. Today I thought of an easy study that could give some insight on that.

It was really the afternoon that I was up to my ears in data. We kind of designed our own cheeseburger and it doesn't have a food code. Everything MUST have a food code. So now I have to do tons of math...er uh...arithmetic to figure out how to deal with it compared to existing food codes. I'm not a fan of math and was easily distracted by Pioneer Woman. Everything she does is disgustingly exquisite. So that made me think of all my pretty dishes. And...since I'm getting to be a wiz kid with databases I thought to myself...I should catalog my dishes in a giant database! Sadly I don't use my dishes right now, so I thought I could put the catalog on my blog and when people need massive amounts of awesome dishes for a dinner or a party they can kind of rent them from me.

Knitting is still going. I'll probably just keep knitting and catalog dishes in another life time. I don't feel like taking a picture right now, so sorry for the photoless post.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Queen of Kitchener

I finally got up the nerve to do the tubular bind off on the collar part of my sweater. It's basically kitchener stitch, but crazier because there are about 300 stitches. I'm cheating a little bit. You're supposed to do 2 rows of double knitting (it's in the video). I pretty much just started slipping the knit stitches onto one really long double pointed needle and the purl stitches on another. So here's the picture...You can see my double pointed needles, the rediculously long piece of yarn on the darning needle, the circular needle I used to knit the dang thing and about 20 stitches cast off. Since taking the picture I have 80 stitches bound off and it's looking much nicer. I actually think doing it more like kitchener is easier than trying to follow the instructions for the tubular bind off. Theoretically I'm getting the same effect. It's really stretchy and looks nice! Although it's tempting to stay up and knit, I have to get some sleep. I'm way too tired lately.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ha! I beat Annie!

After yoga today I had way too much fun chatting and laughing with my friend Sarah. We're both too scatter brained and into school stuff to hang out very often which turns out to be perfect. We were supposed to have lunch today, but we both forgot. I saw her old roommates over by stone hall when I was on my way home to let the dogs out which is what tipped me off that I had forgotten. Crap! So I called Sarah and left a message hoping she had forgotten too. She called me a little while later to apologize for forgetting. It was really funny. So we had coffee instead. Laughing with a friend is the best kind of workout.

Annie is awesome and gave me a friendship bread start. I hope I don't ruin it! I've never been the best at making bread, but I'll sure give it a try! The thing is, when I got to her house there was an odd van that said "Mobile Command Unit" on the front. There was even a camera on the dashboard. We watched it for a while and tried to figure out why it was parked there. I figured they had a bugged informant in a house nearby and the police were going to get some big drug bust. Annie seemed to think something along the same lines. Just as I was about to leave, an old man in a suit came up to the van and opened it and out hopped a little dog! What?!?!? Annie and I nearly died. Here we had imagined up some drama and it was just an old man and his camper van. He asked me where the nearest Wal-Mart is and explained that he's allowed to stay in Wal-Mart parking lots. He figures "Mobile Command Unit" sounds better than "Little Old Man With Cash." What a character! It looked for all the world like a police detective van. Well, except that it wasn't too subtle. Guess the joke is on us!

For the record I beat Annie to posting that storie. She'll probably tell it better though! Please tell your version of the story Annie!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Conundrum

It's Tuesday, so that means knitting night at Barnes and Nobles. 7-9 PM. Sad plug, but come on. It's the best entertainment in town on a Tuesday night! I'm having problems with the sweater I'm knitting. There is a chance that when it's all done, it's going to be huge. Other people on Ravelry have had this problem. Makes me nervous. My biggest problem right now is the bindoff around the neckline. There are about 300 stitches or so and I can't decide if I want to do the tubular bindoff or the normal one. Decisions, decisions. On the bright side, I think I convinced a girl to knit herself a sweater. She's in highschool and makes an impressive number of blankets for the Linus project. Yay for her! I am still admittedly a not-so-charitable knitter. Hopefully I can convince her that sweaters are the best thing to knit!

Seriously, i will post pictures soon.

Monday, June 15, 2009

My Big Fat Greek Windex


Last summer I spent hours upon hours on my hands and knees scrubbing the silt off the wood floors in the recovering river house with a stif bristle brush. For anyone who has experienced a flood, the silty dirt residue does NOT come off with water. When wet, it becomes clay and just smears around. So the other day mom accidentally found out that Windex miraculously makes silt cling to the cleaning object of choice! I don't know what the accident was, but let me tell ya...it's a lot easier with a bottle of Windex! Maye it really is the cure for everything!
Before Windex After Windex




Saturday, June 13, 2009

maybe i will try again

I suppose I could try to blog again. Some days it seems like life is too busy and not interesting enough to blog. It's summer now and that brings a new air of optimism for starting anew. I don't really know why we make new year's resolutions in January. Seems like spring or summer would be a much better time. This is a way better time to start exercising, being more environmentally friendly, blogging, etc. Not that I'm doing those things very well, but this would be the time! I did sign up for PiYo at the co-rec. Monday we mostly do pilates and Wednesday we mostly do yoga. Either way I can barely walk the next morning. The co-rec charges for classes like PiYo, so I feel obliged to go. It's not that big a deal since I enjoy it, but it's nice to be half-forced to go. Although I've embraced the fact that I don't enjoy running I'm running anyway. If nothing else, it gives me an excuse to buy cute Nike running shorts! I ran with Baxter yesterday. It's more like interval training than endurance training. Maybe sprinting from tree to tree will make me a stonger runner! Who knows!

Today had wasn't such a bad Saturday. Slept in for the first time in ages. Can't complain about that! Did some laundry...not so exciting. Went to TJ Maxx for the irst time in ages and bought some cute Nike running shorst and a Father's day gift for John. Props to me for getting a Father's day gift a week early! And it's not even related to golf! This afternoon I got to hang out with my niece for a while. She's pretty hilarious. Her songs are the best. Well actually, her fashion sense is the best. Annie has pictures on her blog that will keep you amused for a while. Plus stories to humor you for a while! Mostly Anja wanted to read books and shout at squirrells. I tried to help teach her to jump on the couch, but that was only mildly successful. I also tried to get her to say Auntie, but that didn't really work either. She just pointed to me and laughed every time I said "auntie." Little bug! We had fun though and that's all that really matters! It will be more fun when we can fingerpaint!

I'm trying to get 2 sweaters done. Well, actually I'm trying to get one sweater done and then I'll try to get the other done. I've been working on one since last week. There were a lot of meetings during that time, so it's just one sleeve short of being done. The other sweater is a sleeve and a collar and a lot of piecing together away from being done. If I weren't so lazy I'd get off my lazy bum and take some pictures. Maybe later. Hopefully the summer sweater will be done in the next day or two so I can wear it on cool summer nights!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Frenzy!

So first... Boiler up!!! Congrats to the Purdue men's basketball team! I'm proud to be a Boilermaker!

Not so much of a surprise that I haven't been blogging. By the time I'm done at school I don't want to spend more time at the computer. Some people live pay check to pay check...I live dead line to dead line! The nice thing is that when I'm stressed out, I knit so fast! I'm having a bit of a knitting frenzy. There are pictures up on Ravelry, but I'll have to add them to the blog later. Hard to do from the phone blogs. I finished my first fair isle project- the fake isle hat. Next time I'll keep the stings even looser! Still turned out not so shabby! (Picture would be great here!)
I've also been knitting socks like crazy. I finished a pair of cute bamboo socks, knit one self-striping sock, knit a pair of Monet inspired socks for my sister, and just started the 2nd self-striping sock! (More pictures would help here!)
I also started a sweater. I think it's the Berocco Remember sweater. Too bad I can't actually remember. I was afraid that socks would be a problem and that I'd never finish a pair. To combat second sock syndrome, I decided to reward myself with a pair of nice clogs (Birkenstocks most likely) if I knit 3 pair. Shouldn't be a problem since I'm on sock #4. I have enough yarn to make 3 more pair. Most skeins are generous, so I have all this left over sock yarn that I don't know what to do with. There's enough of some that if I knit a different color heal and toe, I think I can get another pair. We'll see. It's fun to dream!

I've gotten great deals on Araucania yarn lately. I got my sweater yarn from the River Knits bargain bin. It's Araucania nature wool in a burnt orange color. Then, one of my Purdue knitting friends told me about a sale at Tuesday Mornings. I was better off not knowing about that store! It's a bit like TJ Maxx, but smaller and basically no clothes. Mom and I got a bunch of Araucania sport weight alpaca yarn for $3 a skein! Talk about a bargain! I also got some cotton that will make a nice spring scarf.

Hopefully I'll have some free time this week to knit a bunch! It's spring break, but I still have to go to school. At least I don't have classes. I do have a huge to do list and need to have most of it checked off by next Sunday. Yowzers! It'll all work out eventually, but I don't want to think about it right now. Time for bed.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Knitting with toothpicks

I'm headed to Washington DC next week and know I'll have some dead time in the airport and such. Mom gave me really cute sock yarn for 12th night, so I figure I'll knit socks on the trip. Of course I have a million other projects I could work on, but socks seem really travel friendly. I got bamboo sock needles today at River Knits and they are size 1 (2.25mm)!!!!! Toothpicks! I wonder if anyone has tested the size of toothpicks. Hmmmm...I think I'll try that! Luckily I looked in the bargain bin, because there was only one skein of yarn left like what mom got me. It's Regia bamboo sock yarn. Very short color ways, so it looks like confetti when it's all knitted up. Cute, but makes choosing a pattern tough. The patterns that looked cool on Ravelry were lacy and I'm not ready for any serious lace sock stuff. I thought about a fancy ribbed pattern, but I don't want to have to count rows and the simple patterns don't show up with this yarn. Now I'm debating if I want to do a simple stocking knit or a slipped stitch rib like I did with Martin's socks. Seems like the elasticity of ribbing would be nice. Then again, it would be so quick to do plain sticking knit. Maybe I'll go to the library for more ideas.

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Risking it all

I'm about to make the snip. My little red sweater is about to undergo serious surgery. I'm nervous, but it's the right thing to do. Here we go!
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