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I didn’t intentionally take a four month blog break, but somehow actually participating in life got in the way of blogging about life.  I’m sure that I’ve pretty much lost all of my readers, but if you’re still hear, leave a comment and say hello again.

We’ve done a bunch of traveling in the past few months, with trips to Healdsburg, Washington, and even Angola, Indiana in May alone.  Getting to spend so much time with friends and family has really helped me shake off the dregs of last year and enjoy the new year.  It also helps that a majority of my crafty time lately has been spent making cutey cute things for the babies of friends and family that will join us in the upcoming months.

For example, I knit both Elijah (elephant) and Sophie (bunny) for the babies of a friend of Evan’s from high school.  I used Zen string sock yarn for both (for more details, check out my recently updated ravelry account).  I would highly recommend both of these patterns because there is no finishing involved other than sewing on the eyes.  You start with the head and then pick-up stitches for each of the body parts.

Right now I am working on a knit baby blanket for a co-worker’s baby due in a few weeks and a quilt for the niece that is due to arrive next week.  Now that my schedule has calmed down a bit I hope to post more.

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Miss E

Evan and I have really adjusted to life in the bay area.  This might be apparent by the fact that I never seem to have time to post anything any more.  Our social life and general outlook improved greatly when our friends from graduate school moved here in August with their children.

The thing that is still hard for me, after living here for over two years, is being so far from my family.  When I was in Oregon, I could visit on a moments notice.  The day my sister went into labor, I was able to drive up and arrive only an hour or so after she was born (she had a fast delivery).  My sister is going to have a second baby in July.  I’m sad that I won’t have the same accessibility to the new one’s baby years as I have had with my niece.

My mom and niece came down for a visit over president’s day weekend.  Despite the fact that my niece was suffering from a pretty nasty cold, we were able to have a pretty nice time cuddling, putting together a puzzle (over and over again), terrorizing both the cats and Uncle Evan with tickles.  Ever since she could communicate, my niece has been pretty adamantly opposed to getting her photo taken.  I have to resort to kinnearing her most of the time.

This visit I especially appreciated how she sings her way through the day (much like her Uncle Evan), her cackling real laugh, and the fake laugh that she uses to convince you of something, like to rent a ridiculous movie at the video store.  I see a lot of plane ticket in my future because I really don’t want to miss these moments with her or the new one.

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Obsessed

I never find myself in front of the computer anymore. I have had two main obsessions that have been keeping me away.

1) Secret of the Stole II. I am a pretty competitive person and thus often set unrealistic goals for myself. Last summer (the summer of the houseguest I like to call it) I signed up for mystery stole 3, but was never able to keep up with the weekly clues as I can’t knit lace and talk to people at the same time. I then signed up for secret of the stole last year, but never ended up even starting that project because I felt guilty about not finishing the mystery stole first, so when secret of the stole ii rolled around, I told myself that I would keep up with the weekly clues. I just finished clue 5, so I’m still meeting my goal…barely. Pretty huh?

2) The DS game Professor Layton and the Curious Village. I don’t even like playing video games, but Evan bought this game on Friday and I was pretty much obsessed with it the entire weekend. The game pretty much consists of a huge number of logic puzzles. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes logic puzzles.

It’s funny because when I bought Evan the DS for Christmas, I was concerned that it might be damaging to our marriage because he would be playing it when I wanted to be social. I wouldn’t have thought that the only damage to our marriage would be the bickering over whose turn it was to play Professor Layton.

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Punkin

Oh little blog, I miss you so much, but I am almost never home any more to update (never home in the best possible way, because it means that I am out and about doing fun things).

I wanted to share my most recent finished object.  I knit these legwarmers for my friend’s baby to keep her knees protected as she crawled around.  Of course, by the time I got around to knitting them, she was pretty much walking.

They were simple to knit.  I cast on 60 stitches and did a K3P3 rib for nine inches before casting off.   The yarn is Perchance to Knit (sport?) weight yarn in the spring bouquet color.  We got a chance to test them out in a little trip to a Half Moon Bay pumpkin patch.  Aren’t they (the legwarmers, the baby, and the pumpkins) cute?

I’m off for a weekend in Monterey.

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Hmmm…

I’ve been feeling sort of blah about blogging lately.  I’ve been busy doing stuff, but nothing seems particularly blogworthy. Somehow writing about knitting gets sort of old after awhile when you are primarily knitting small projects with minimal pattern modification.  I am thinking about dusting off my autographed copy of “No one cares what you had for lunch” to spice up my blog posts.  Look for those posts starting next week.

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New Design

So I just switched to a new template.  I just wanted to mention that I deviated slightly from the completely canned template by using a picture I took myself.

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Last Thursday I got the most fantastic pair of socks from my Sockapalooza pal, Maria.  She knit the Broadripple socks from knitty, with a few adjustments, like a garter short row heel.  They fit perfectly.

Aren’t they lovely?


Not only did she knit me these perfect fitting socks, she sent along a number of great items with them, including incense, a lovely little coin purse (which I will use to hold onto stitch markers) and a sock knitting bag all the way from Ecuador.

Maria was also kind enough to include remainder of the Cookie A handpainted yarn that she picked up from Stitches West earlier this year.  I actually went the Stitches West and planned to purchase Cookie A yarn and patterns, but when I saw that Cookie was working the booth herself, I got sort of intimidated by the possibility of meeting a real life knit designer.  I ended up skipping her booth, but I am kicking myself for it now that I can see first hand how great the yarn is.  At least I’m not the only one to be in wonder of Cookie A.

In order to get over my fear of meeting knitting personalities that I greatly admire, I took two (!) Amy Singer classes when she was here in the bay area a few weeks ago.  In the first class (No Sheep For You) there were some technical difficulties with the slide show that went along with the class, so the start of the class was a bit rocky.  Then one of the other class participants kept asking Amy over  and over again to speak louder as she couldn’t hear her.  (In my head I’m thinking, wow, I can’t believe that someone is actually yelling at Amy Singer).  When the woman asked for the third time for Amy to speak up, Amy very nicely asked if the woman could relocate to a seat closer to Amy so that she could hear her better.  The woman refused.  I couldn’t believe it.  I guess that not everyone has the fear of knitting celebrities that I do.

I am making slow but steady progress on the Tuscany Shawl from the second class.  I am using Baywood Yarns Luxury DK (50% merino, 50% silk) in the Blackberry Jam color.  I did, in fact, buy this yarn at the Nine Rubies booth at Stitches earlier this year.  The picture doesn’t really do this yarn justice as it has a wonderful sheen that is not visible in the photo.  It is also very, very soft.  Also, if you have a chance to take an Amy Singer class (or visit Purlescence Yarns where the class took place), go for it.  The classes were a lot of fun and the shop has a great vibe, a friendly staff and some awesome yarns.

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