Monday, December 22, 2008

stuff part 2

Remember how I said I was waiting on packages to get here?? Well, right after I clicked publish post, I went outside to check the mail and our teeny mail slot was jam-packed with three of the items I was waiting on. One of them I didn't expect so soon! :) This is Birds of Paradise, an installment of the sundara petals collection. Thanks Thuy! And this is Sugar Plum, Sundara Seasons (Spring). Thanks Leah! :) Not sure this picture does the yarn justice. :( It is sundara! The unexpected package, was my first PDY Dead Poets Society Club shipment! :)I'm not sure the photo did the yarn justice since the lighting is horrible in my living room! This is Langston Hughes and he came with a cute pendant and some candy. :) Now if only my Robyn's Nest kit would get here!


We're leaving for a few days tomorrow so things will probably remain a bit quiet while I'm on my Winter Break from school. We're doing a few days with the folks but we'll be back to ring in the new year here in LA (as well as celebrate my fiance's birthday!). Mail has been slow. Real slow. I've been waiting on a trade since the early part of last week and I'm also waiting on my November Ultimate Sock Club kit from Robyn to get here (amongst a few other things!). I don't know why packages typically get to me while I'm away. This morning my final Woolgirl Sock Club kit arrived. :)This was a great finale to the end of the 2008 sock club especially since I love hazelknits yarn. :) And the calendar! I've never seen a Thomas Joseph calendar before and now I'm sold. :) It's been cold..cold even for here! School is finally over. That last week was definitely the longest ever. Who knew that could be possible!
As for knitting, after admitting that I was in a slump, I slowly found my way out of it. :)This is progress on my shrug...I'd like to finish it very soon but I just might not get around to finishing it until I'm away!
One finished man sock.
And the early beginnings of the second half of the man sock pair!
One finished athena sock.
And the early beginnings of a second athena sock.
What I didn't take a picture of yet is the pile of yarn that is in the living room that have all been earmarked for projects that I intend to start (and ideally complete!) while I'm at my parents. I've been commissioned to whip up some mittens, a hat, and a pair of gloves (all for my freezing fiance!). I could probably get the hat and mittens done while we're there but I don't know yet about those gloves.
Oh, and as promised, here are two pic of two of the ornaments I made this year..a mini-sock
and a pair of baby mitts
It's insane to knit these things any smaller than baby size!! I started a snowflake but have yet to get around to doing the crochet edging. This will probably be my last post before Christmas so I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy your time with your families!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

knitting blues

I must have them. I haven't felt like knitting in weeks..but maybe that's because two out of the three projects that I've got going require plain old stockinette knitting in the round. Where's the challenge in that?? I picked up my shrug again while I was watching "The Starter Wife" season finale. It's the one project closest to being complete so I thought why not. I may cast on for another pair of fingerless mitts too. I miss the quickness of those! I did knit up a couple of ornaments to go with the tree we got last week so there has been knitting. Just not regular old enjoyable knitting. Isn't that sad? I guess I'm in a bit of a rut. Hopefully I'll find my way out of it soon. In the meantime...I'm happy to announce that I have only four and a half more days of school left!!! Maybe once I'm on vacation, it'll be easier to get out of this rut.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

How many have you read??

Dawn had this on her blog and thought it'd be fun to do! a) Look at the list and bold those you have read. b) Italicize those you intend to read. 3) Reprint this list and leave a comment——————————————– 1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen 2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien (read The Two Towers) 3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte 4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling 5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 6. The Bible (haven't read the whole thing, just parts of it) 7. Wuthering Heights- Emily Bronte 8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell 9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman 10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens (tried to) 11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott 12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy 13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 14. Complete Works of Shakespeare (I’ve read a lot of them) 15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier 16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (was read to) 17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks 18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger 19. The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger 20. Middlemarch - George Eliot 21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell 22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald 23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens 24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy 25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (does it count if I've heard the audio book??) 26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh 27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (read East of Eden) 29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll 30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame 31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy 32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens 33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis 34. Emma - Jane Austen 35. Persuasion - Jane Austen 36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis 37.The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini 38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres 39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden 40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne 41. Animal Farm - George Orwell 42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown 43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving 45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins 46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery 47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy 48. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood 49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding 50. Atonement - Ian McEwan 51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel 52. Dune - Frank Herbert 53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons 54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen 55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth 56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz 57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens 58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley 59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon 60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck 62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov 63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt 64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold 65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas 66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac 67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy 68. Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding 69. Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie 70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville 71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens 72. Dracula - Bram Stoker 73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson 75. Ulysses - James Joyce 76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath 77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome 78. Germinal - Emile Zola 79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray 80. Possession - AS Byatt 81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens 82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell 83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker 84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro 85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert 86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry 87. Charlotte’s Web - EB White 88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom 89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton 91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad 92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery (in French!!) 93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks 94. Watership Down - Richard Adams (was read to) 95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole 96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute 97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas 98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare 99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl 100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Christmas Meme

I saw this on Danielle's blog and liked it so here are my responses! :) 1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Definitely wrapping paper. I love getting to choose a new roll every December. 2. Real tree or Artificial? A real tree. Having grown up with an artificial tree, it has been great to get a real tree of my own. Funny thing is now, that most of the kids have left my mom's house, she now gets a real tree! 3. When do you put up the tree? Growing up, we always put it up the day after Thanksgiving. Since I've been on my own, I haven't had a set date for putting up the tree. 4. When do you take the tree down? Always around the Epiphany. 5. Do you like eggnog? No. 6. Favorite gift received as a child? I remember getting this kit where I could make my own nailpolish and stuff. That's the one thing that sticks out in my head! 7. Hardest person to buy for? Definitely my dad. 8. Easiest person to buy for? My sister and my fiance. 9. Do you have a nativity scene? Not yet. It's something I want though! 10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Definitely mail! 11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I don't think I've really had a worst Christmas gift..and if I have, I've blocked it out completely! 12. Favorite Christmas Movie? It's a Wonderful Life used to be my absolute favorite. Now it's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and I also love all those classic real action cartoons (I guess that's what they're called!) that they've brought back. 13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? You know, I used to wait until November but now it's whenever I see something that might good for someone. 14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Only things like lotions/candles. 15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? cookies! 16. Lights on the tree? yes! 17. Favorite Christmas song? Gosh, I have to pick one?? Um, right now I'll say "The Christmas Song" but growing up "The Little Drummer Boy" was my favorite. 18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Travel 19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Of course! :) 20. Angel on the tree top or a star? An angel 21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? My brother, sister, and I developed a tradition where we pick one gift to open at midnight on Christmas Eve and then we open the rest on Christmas Day. 22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? All the hot heads while holiday shopping. I can't believe people are fighting over things at stores. It's insane. 23. Favorite ornament theme or color? I like handmade ornaments 24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? no favorite 25. What do you want for Christmas this year? It's hard to say. I just want to have a good Christmas with my family and for everyone to be happy and healthy. 26. Lights, blinking or always on? Depends on my mood!

Friday, December 5, 2008


I don't know why it is every time I go away and come back it becomes more difficult for me to get back into the swing of things. We ended up staying an extra day (which was probably a good idea since my dad went into the ER again!) Mom thought it was all in his head but it ended up being that he was having an allergic reaction to one of his meds. They kept him through early Monday morning due to his sodium levels being too low. We got back Sunday night after a 7 hour drive home (it's usually only 5!). We left late in the day and we paid for it in spades. Oh well. My sister left even later than we did so who knows how long it took her! There was knitting and there were silly times with my niece as well. Here's my evening shrug so far. I had already finished the first sleeve before leaving for Thanksgiving and started the second sleeve while at my parents' house.Finally a pic of what I've got so far for my sesame. I'm finally ready for some arm shaping for the back! And the new project I started while at my parents' is Robyn's Mathematical Equation socks. :)
Still fast asleep.
Take me back to bed!! Hmm...what's this? When my niece found the yarn in my bag, she said, "Good night" and did this: Ooh, fingering weight. I like what to make? Look at me, under the kitchen table (on Thanksgiving day) being goofy!Genius at work.
I'm finding it harder and harder to take as many pics as I'm used to of my niece when we're up there visiting! I'm spending more time just with the girl since she's so much more social now. What a crack up! We'll be seeing her again in about two weeks and then we won't see her again until I go on spring break! We got our tree today! :) We haven't had a tree in a while but it was my Christmas request this year. No picture of her yet. Maybe once she's semi-decorated. :)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Just so you know...

I'm heading out of town in a bit and I shall return Saturday (at some point)!

Monday, November 24, 2008

final Falling for Ewe Swap package

I received my last package from my FFE spoiler, Liz. :) She truly outdid herself! I received lots of yummy candy-two mini bars of green & black dark chocolate--only one is pictured because the other one got devoured by my fiance!, some peanut m&ms, a bag of russell stover ny cheesecake ganache (which I've never seen before!), lots of spices from Savory, some polar bear stickers, a cute rubber stamp, some ultra cool pebble magnets, and some nice squishy mirasol hacho yarn in the dreamiest colorway I've ever seen! :) Thank you SO very much, Liz! I love everything and can't wait to start getting to know you now.

Holiday Mail for Heroes

A good friend of mine, posted this on her blog and I'm following suit! I think it's such a great idea!!

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a national “Holiday Mail for Heroes” campaign to receive and distribute holiday cards to servicemembers and veterans both in the United States and abroad.

Holiday Mail for Heroes, which began Tuesday, Veterans Day, is a follow-up to the 2007 effort that resulted in the collection and distribution of more than 600,000 cards to hospitalized service members. This year’s program will expand its reach to not only wounded service members but also veterans and their families. The goal is to collect and distribute 1 million pieces of holiday mail.

“As we enter this holiday season-a time to celebrate with family and friends-it’s important to remember the thousands of men and women who serve our nation in harm’s way and those who are recovering in military and veterans hospitals,” said Army Col. Norvell V. Coots, commander, Walter Reed Health Care System. “The Holiday Mail for Heroes program is a wonderful outreach effort and a great way to acknowledge the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform.”

Holiday cards should be mailed to: Holiday Mail for Heroes P.O. Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD. 20791-5456

All cards must be postmarked no later than Dec. 10. Cards should not be mailed or delivered to Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

For more information, visit or for Holiday Mail for Heroes program guidelines.Walter Reed is not accepting mail addressed to “A Recovering American Soldier.”

Sunday, November 23, 2008

a knitting break

Please excuse my delay in posting...friends and family discount at Gap and Old Navy took over last weekend and this weekend, I attempted to do some holiday shopping. I say attempted because I managed to leave the house without a single credit card so there was no shopping to be completed just a lot of browsing! We also checked out Cal State Northridge which could potentially be where I go to get my reading specialist credential. Reading has always been a passion of mine and when I first started teaching here in LA, I knew that I eventually wanted to become a reading specialist. I'm still toying with the idea though. I finished my lace ribbon scarf last Sunday! Here's a pic of it while blocking. Before I finished it, I began working on the evening shrug. I finished one sleeve but can't seem to get the second sleeve off the ground just yet! No pics of that yet but hopefully soon. I haven't been in a knitting state of mind lately. I knew once I finished the lace ribbon scarf that I would be in need of a lil break. I've been thinking about knitting though and know what I want to work on while I'm at my parents' home for Thanksgiving! I need to dust off my sesame and see how much I can accomplish. My sister has also requested a sweater (who knew she thought I was that talented!) ;) I had actually considered giving out hand knit gifts for this holiday season but my family is unappreciative of anything that is hand knit so I'm not even going to bother. And then my sister threw a curve ball from left field! She's already been made aware by my fiance that if she wants a sweater, it won't be finished until summer. :o I haven't asked her what exactly she'd like because she's in major study mode for the LSAT. I think this will be the last time she takes it and then it will be off to apply for admissions to a reputable school of law. Adding to my desire of a knitting break was when I received a call from my sister at school that an ambulance had arrived at our parents' house and she had no further information. The short of it is, my dad thought he was having a stroke and called 911. Did this really need to happen before Thanksgiving? He's okay. He had to spend about 2 days in the hospital but all his tests came back negative. Here's to hoping that he's really truly okay. I haven't quite been able to function since receiving the news. I'm heading home on Tuesday for the Thanksgiving festivities at my parents'--they both said not to worry and that there was no need for me or my sister to hop in the car and drive on up to check things out. Being the obedient children we are (once in a while!) we listened. I hope it was the right decision. While I've been away. I acquired some new yarn. (what's new??) Here's my malabrigo sock dogpile: I also received some mama blue but have yet to take a pic of either one of them. Bear with me! If I don't return before I leave on Tuesday, I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving (that is, if you're in the US!).

Saturday, November 8, 2008

what a knit

wow. i finished my first clapotis just a few moments ago and can't believe what a fantastic knit it is-when you have the right yarn! My first attempt at a clap ended in the frog pond. Looking back, I think that is because as I knitted and completed each pattern repeat, I couldn't help but think that I was going to need to alter the pattern and it was going to be too short. I'm going to have to make other plans for that yarn.As I got closer to finishing this lovely thing, my feelings regarding her had definitely blossomed. With the first yarn, I wasn't in love with the pattern or even how the yarn was knitting up in said pattern. Once I tried this pattern on the sundara I had, my feelings were beginning to change. Now that she's all done, I absolutely adore her and can't even imagine that I had complained about how many repeats I had to complete in order to finish her or that I even complained about how long it took to finish just one pattern repeat. Ahhhh, but that was before-when I wasn't using my sundara. She is majestic. I'm on the fence rearding whether or not I'm going to block her. I like the drape and have heard that you can no longer wear it as a scarf once blocked. I can't wait to show her off! :)Here's something else I'm loving and am SO glad I can get back to her now that majestic is done-my lace ribbon scarf. They've been bonding these two-ms. majestic and little beauty. I hope to finish little beauty by the end of my three day weekend. I was playing around with the features on my fiance's camera. I wish that my camera could do this fun stuff! I participated in my first Mama Blue update last night and scored one Squid & Ink kit-and that's it. It was insane. It was my first update ever of any kind and I'm wondering if the Sundara updates used to be as crazy as this one was!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

November 4, 2008

Whew. What a day. Today will not only go down as a historic day for the US but it also marks the last day of physical therapy for me and I was able to score some malabrigo sock yarn from Simply Sock Yarn! Run, don't walk over there before they're all gone! The last few days have kind of zipped by in a blur. Halloween came and went--and I have to tell you, I was wiped out from our parade that afternoon coupled with my having overdone the whole walking thing Thursday night doing last minute Halloween costume shopping! I was a peacock this year. Sorry for not having any pics of me in my costume. I know a few of the parents took some shots of me but no one has sent me any copies yet. So here's all you get.Yesterday, I received my second package from miss kikibowns. :) Again, she has outdone herself. There's a bag of dark chocolate (I had no idea green and black sold them in individual bits of chocolate!), a Pinocchio tape measure to add to my collection, a sample of soak (my favorite!), a tin of knitting gift tags that I have been wanting for a while now!, a super cool pattern for some fingerless mitts, 2 skeins of gloss, and the best part of all is the cute felted clutch she sent me. :) Nicolle is quite talented and actually makes and sells these clutches! :) Thank you SO very much for everything, hon! :) The adjustment to the time change (for me) has been seamless--although I need to get myself to bed earlier! The kids have been psycho beyond words. Luckily I was only in school for a few hours on account of my last two appointments and I decided to go vote before heading off to school so I only experienced about an hour of pure unadulterated crazy. To add fuel to their fire, we have our big "El Dia de Los Muertos" celebration this Friday so the end of today was spent trying on costumes, stuffing them in bags, and sending them home with the chillins. Good stuff, I tell ya. P.S. Something interesting from my voting experience..While I was waiting in line waiting to vote, I noticed that one of the girls who was already in a voting booth had f*ck tattooed on her arm right below her shoulder not very big but big enough to be seen from where I was standing. I wondered what she did for a living and I hoped that she had no intention of going into education!

knitting meme

Elspeth had this up on her blog and I thought it was time to review and see if I've learned any new techniques!The official rules are mark with bold the things you have knit at least once, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest.

The official rules are mark with bold the things you have knit at least once, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest.

Afghan I-cord Garter stitch Knitting with metal wire Shawl Stockinette stitch Socks: top-down Socks: toe-up Knitting with camel yarn Mittens: Cuff-up Mittens: Tip-down Hat Knitting with silk (blend) Moebius band knitting Participating in a KAL Sweater Drop stitch patterns Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn Slip stitch patterns Knitting with banana fiber yarn Domino knitting (modular knitting) Twisted stitch patterns Knitting with bamboo yarn Two end knitting Charity knitting Knitting with soy yarn Cardigan Toy/doll clothing Knitting with circular needles Knitting with your own handspun yarn Slippers Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street) Continental knitting Designing knitted garments Cable stitch patterns Lace patterns Publishing a knitting book Scarf Teaching a child to knit American/English knitting (as opposed to continental) Knitting to make money Button holes Knitting with alpaca Fair Isle knitting Norwegian knitting Dyeing with plant colors Knitting items for a wedding Household items Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars Olympic knitting Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn Knitting with DPNs Holiday related knitting Bobbles Knitting for a living Knitting with cotton Knitting smocking Dyeing yarn Steeks Knitting art Fulling/felting Knitting with wool Textured knitting Kitchener BO Purses/bags Knitting with beads Swatching Long Tail CO Entrelac Knitting and purling backwards Machine knitting Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn Stuffed toys Baby items Knitting with cashmere Darning Jewelry Knitting with synthetic yarn Writing a pattern Gloves Intarsia Knitting with linen Knitting for preemies Tubular CO Freeform knitting Short rows Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers Pillows Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine Rug Knitting on a loom Thrummed knitting Knitting a gift Knitting for pets Shrug/bolero/poncho Knitting with dog/cat hair Hair accessories Knitting in public

Monday, October 27, 2008

pumpkin patch

We had our first field trip of the year today to our local pumpkin patch! I've gotta say that it's one of my favorite trips of ours because the pics are always so cool! This is a pic of the biggest pumpkin that the patch had which was the only one grown locally. And they're off. The mission? To find the pumpkin that has a spider drawn on it's bottom. The prize? We get to take it back to our classroom! Here's a shot of some of the pumpkins from the patch and in the very back are a bunch of scarecrows that were dressed up by various people. There weren't as many pumpkins this year probably because we went so late this month! Regardless, they had a great time!

Thursday, October 23, 2008


As promised (thank goodness I remembered right away!), here is a current progress shot of my lace ribbon scarf. I really love the way it's knitting up and it really is an easy pattern to follow. I just wish it were finished already because I can't wait to show it off! :) I'm also chugging along on my clap. I think I'm about at the same spot that I am on my first one. I keep looking at it to see if it's really going to grow much more because it doesn't seem like it will. :( There was a fire that was actually 'near' to me--at least closer than all of the other fires. This heat, the fire, and our infamous Santa Ana winds aren't helping at all.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


I completed only four of the seven hats I had intended on having for my friend's baby shower! I started a fifth and told her that I'd be mailing it to her...I just might mail two others! lol. The finished hats can be seen here. I also finally remembered to take a pic of my finished lapping waves hat--though it isn't on me. It's been way too hot for a hat! :P I've been happily working on my lace ribbon scarf and my clap. Today was quite the mail day as I received my October Woolgirl shipment (only took a pic of the yarn this time around..the heat is getting to my brain!)-this is plum blossom and she came with so many cool things!! my first sock yarnista package, introducing lewis. :) some lovely sundara sock yarn I received in a trade with twoply via rav-meet beach glass.and some goodies I've been waiting on for my secret pals which will not be featured here! Next post I will have some progress shots of my lace ribbon scarf because it has grown a lot since it was last seen!

Monday, October 20, 2008

knitter on a mission

ETA: Pics now added! The mission I am trying to accomplish is to get about 7 baby hats knit up in time for the baby shower I will be attending this coming Saturday! So far, I've completed one called a tubey. I just need to finish weaving in the ends. I started a doodie and a cubba. All of these hats are from wee woolly toppers. They are so freakin' cute! The hats are all kind of mindless knits and I'm itching to get back to my clap and to my lace ribbon scarf that I started two weekends ago! Well, I cast on for a second clap. After checking out the seasons yarn club forum on rav, I decided to use my three skeins of aran silky for a clap. So far so good. My first clap is sitting pretty. I'm still on the fence as to what I'm going to do with it. I love my second one and hope that it will be done in time for the winter. I'd like to have my lace ribbon scarf done before fall is over but we'll see. It's slow goings--at least for this week! I really like how my lace ribbon scarf is coming along--even though I've only completed 2 full pattern repeats! My progress shots of my lace ribbon scarf and my second clap are on a dead camera. So after it's charged, I should be able to upload their gorgeous pics! I've been trying to knit from my stash-especially since more yarn is on its way (when is it not lately??). I've been bad at posting (particularly knitting content!) so I do apologize. The knitting has been keeping sane after these trying times at work! On a non-knitting note, my ankle is definitely getting better. It's still a bit swollen but I feel it healing. I've got an additional six more sessions of physical therapy to get me as close to 100% as possible.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


I wasn't going to come on my computer at all tonight so that I could do some catch up knitting on those hats. In regards to my progress, things are slow going. :P The fires and the Santa Ana winds were kicking my butt on Monday night. I've got lots to do still. BUT, I received a package from my autumn swap pal and had to post all the goodies I got pronto! This cute post card came with my package. I love it! Here's what I unpacked first--a cute jack-o-lantern mug and some orange hot cocoa were in the cute chinese takeaway box! I had to get a close-up of the cool calaveritas stitchmarkers she sent! And here's a shot of everything that was in my package! :) Don't you just love the leaves?? Thank you so very much, Autumn Swap Pal for sending me such a fantastic package!! It's gotta be my favorite one so far. Oh, she even sent me recipes and I can't wait to try them out! :)