Pictures of Knitting

July 30th, 2009

One of the reasons I never post is that I like to talk about what things I am creating but I never have pictures. I think everyone can look at pretty socks and sweaters and say “That’s pretty” but without the pictures I just have a boring post for non-knitters. The issue here is that I don’t think I have good photo skills but who cares? I’m not making any money at this. So here are a few okay pictures of a pretty sock I am working on for my mom:

Mom Sock

The yarn is a cotton elastic called Panda Cotton that I love even if it does split like crazy. I have 3 pairs of socks for myself made out of this. It is very very soft.

Sock for Mom Close up

I don’t know if you can tell from the picture above but the pattern is a bit of a wave down the leg. It breaks up the multi-colored yarn and keeps the knitter from falling asleep. I may make this into a pattern. I haven’t decided. Maybe a $2 Ravelry download?

July 27th, 2009

I just had a great little dinner: farm fresh green beans with butter and salt and 2 tiny farm fresh potatoes with the same. We joined a CSA this summer with my friend Kelly and it’s been very interesting. I haven’t liked everything but I’ve tried it all (except broccoli, I made her take it). Below is a picture of kale chips. It’s a great idea and if you like kale I highly reccommend it but….I apparently dislike kale.

Kale Chips farthur away

I put the chopped kale into the oven with salt and olive oil and baked it for a while at 450. They were crunchy and fun and looked cool but, blech.

It’s so much fun to figure out what to make with all the vegies, though. I’ve been getting a lot of use out of my Joy of Cooking cookbook that my dad found for $15 at the Book Fair this year. I did have to throw away some zucchini today which was really annoying since I had a recipe picked out and everything. That’s the one drawback, they need to be used right away. I may buy a few at the farmers market this week.

Pick Up Your Trash!

May 29th, 2009

One thing I cannot stand is when I see people throw their cigarettes into the street. I always want to run after them with the butt and say, “Excuse me, you dropped this.” I would then thrust it into their hand. I am not courageous enough for this but I always make a face when I see it.

My Lists

April 6th, 2009

Here is my list for when I get home today in order of importance:

  • Finish booties for friend’s niece
  • Homework
  • Write a few comic pages for ScriptFrenzy
  • Fix Olinga’s jeans

Here is what I wish it said:

  • Play with pretty new fabric and plan quilt layout
  • Sit around with knitting while watching the Twins game
  • Take a nap
  • Eat a large tub of ice cream

I have a feeling only 1 of the things on list 1 will get done but since only 1 of things on the second list is even possible, maybe more will creep in. Guess which one I can do! I’ll try to come back and tell you but really, do you believe that at this point?

Conversation at 7:30am on a Sunday

March 2nd, 2009

**very loud and annoying alarm goes off. O turns it off and gets up**

Me: Shoot, I forgot to set my alarm.

O: Why?

Me: Now I’ll be late.

O: It’s Sunday.

Me: Oh, I thought it was Friday.

Small Winter Comforts

February 27th, 2009

I love coming home to a clean apartment on Fridays when our housekeeper cleans up after our messy selves. Today is going to be even better. I put a pot roast in the crock pot so it will be a clean home with a warm dinner ready.

When Did I Become Popular?

December 10th, 2008

In recent weeks my social calendar has exploded. It has kindly combined with extra energy from a new food intolerance diet and some really hard situations in my life. I like being busy but lately I haven’t had much time to myself. This last weekend was packed and the one coming up is starting tomorrow. I had so much fun last weekend that I was exhausted.

Friday I went to see Porgy and Bess at Lyric Opera. It was very well done. As always, the sets and costumes were flawless and really brought the show to life. The performers were amazing and kept me riveted until the last note. That being said, I don’t think I actually liked the opera itself. It tried to pair two styles, opera and black spirituals. Some moments were golden but mostly it was just a beautiful spiritual spoiled by the slow pace of operatic singing. I think it could work but I’m not sure it did.

Saturday I went to the NaNoWriMo wrap up party and then out for dinner with some of my new friends. It was immensely fun and I also won a $5 gift card to Starbucks just for showing up. A fellow NaNoer and Baha’i, Valerie mentioned that she was going out to the Baha’i convention out in Schaumburg (far suburb) and we jaunted out there. I saw my mom again and what felt like every Baha’i I knew from Minnesota and Chicago. It was overwhelming but very fun.

Sunday I went the Bears game with a coworker. At the start, the temperature was 24 with a windchill of -1 and when the game ended it was 16 with a windchill of -1. I wore:

  • 2 pairs of pants
  • Long sleeve undershirt
  • T-shirt
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Wool sweater
  • Very large REI down jacket
  • 2 pairs wool socks
  • Doc Marten Boots
  • Rabbit lined hat with ear flaps
  • 2 pairs of heavy duty gloves
  • Thick wool scarf

With all this, my coworker also brought some stadium blankets but I sat on mine the whole time. The only thing that got cold were my feet. The froze solid and hurt badly. The game itself was great, especially because we won. We sat on the first level by one of the end zones and chatted with the season ticket holders around us. I stomped my feet and clapped my hands and yelled loudly. I drank lukewarm hot chocolate out of a Bears travel mug and ate scalding hot cheesy bread and frozen cookies. She has tickets for tomorrow’s game, too, but it’s going to be even colder. Once was enough for me this year.

That was my weekend. Monday and Tuesday I just relaxed. I cooked a little yesterday. I tried to knit but that was even too much for me. When the weekend starts tomorrow I will be ready for some more fun!

The Winning Spirit

December 2nd, 2008

I won NaNoWriMo. A few days ago I was very excited about it but now I want to actually finish the novel. I like it a lot. I feel like it has some humor in it, which is lacking in most of my writing. Hopefully I can keep on working on it. I did most of my writing at work and I’m starting to get busy again so I probably won’t do that as much but now I know what I am capable of. I have found myself wanting to work on it in the last few days so I’m going to try to harness that energy and finish it off. It was a crazy month and I’m so glad I did it.

Last week I went to the opera Lulu but I didn’t get a chance to write about it. It was mesmerizing. Lulu is a modern opera (written in 1937) and since I don’t like modern classical music or modern art, I thought I would hate it but it was great. Because Lulu is a very crazy and unpredictable character, the modern music really brings out that lunacy. The ending was a little odd and I wonder how much was actually written by the composer, who passed away before it was finished. Parts of it seemed tacked on and it had a moralizing ending that I’m not sure was intended.

Gas prices here have dropped amazingly along with everything else. Just a few months ago I was worrying about the price of rice. We are finally rid of our car so the gas prices don’t matter but I think it’s a good barometer of the country. By us it is at $2.19. Yesterday it was $2.39.

My Novel Adventures

November 11th, 2008

I have been working on my NaNoWriMo* novel in stops and starts. I write a lot at work and other places but not at home. Part of this is because my keyboard is missing the F key but most of it is just all the distractions. When I’m at work I think of all the stuff left undone at home: cleaning, organizing, sewing, knitting. When I’m home I can only work on one thing at a time (and it’s usually playing computer games) so I don’t get everything done. With the novel, I get even less. Luckily I’ve had some time at work to write 11,744 words. I should be at 18,000+ by today but I think I’m doing fine. What’s more,I actually like my story. I’m running into some trouble writing about things I don’t have any experience with (becoming a mechanic, working at a grocery store, getting your GED) but overall it’s going fine. I think I just need to get through this next transition in my main character’s life and then I can make some real progress. My goal is 2,000 words before I leave work and if I actually spend some time on it (instead of surfing the internet) I will get it done. My job is usually very busy but we’re in such a weird place right now that all my projects are on hold so I have a lot of free time.

ps, Sorry for the bad pun in the title. I spent 10 minutes trying to think of a better one.

*NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. Write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.

In My Own Backyard

November 6th, 2008

I think of Grant Park as my local park. It’s 2 blocks from our apartment. Yesterday O and I went down to check out the action but came back before any results were in. I’m not a big fan of crowds and they weren’t even that large yet. O went out later right before the announcement came. He said that the whole street just erupted. The noise after everything broke up was enormous. More than any football game or festival at the park. I like that history was made in my back yard. I feel a part of it. This is indeed a momentous day, regardless of your political leanings. If it had gone the other way it still would have been historic, which is even more amazing.

A few semi- and unrelated notes:

  • I went to the opera last Friday. I was very nice but not quite as moving as it has been in the past. I have season tickets this year, so there will 5 more chances to bawl at the opera house.
  • Gas is down to $3.34
  • I’m doing National Novel Writing Month this year. I have 5,000 words so far, which is behind where I should be but I’ve wrote 2,000 yesterday and another 2,000 so far today so I’m hopeful.
  • I voted at an electronic ballot box. It was very easy. There was a guy with a video camera in my face while I was doing it. I don’t know if I was the first to use it (it was early morning) or just the first he saw.