Saturday, August 28, 2004

Yarn Therapy 

Today started out not so great but then got better. Ever since I quit smoking I have a hard time getting out of bed on weekends, because I miss my morning coffee and cigarettes and web browsing rituals. So today I woke up late, and James and I went out to lunch. He noticed I was grumpy and I told him why. I said, "You know, the only thing that would make me feel better is..."

"Yarn." He finished my sentence for me.

So he agreed to go to my LYS with me where I picked up the yarn pictured above. Some really soft Plymouth Alpaca, which I'm going to use for a cabled scarf for James (my first cable experiement!), and some Noro Silk Garden for the multi-directional scarf I've been wanting to make for myself.

Sometimes yarn is the only thing that does it. Well, that and this:

Chocolate Finale Cake from Three Brothers Pizza!

Things got even better when I returned home and checked the mail to find this:

The Fall 2004 Phildar magazine! I sure do love those Frenchie designs. I was able to take photos of a few of my favorites before the batteries in my digital camera died.

I love this sweater:

and this jacket:

There are also about 10 other things I love in this magazine, but like I said, the batteries in my camera are dying.

So, now I need to get back to cleaning my house and packing stuff up to put in storage and other not so pleasant things. We are going on vacation a week from today and I plan to do whatever I want to do the entire time - which means I'll probably be doing a lot of knitting.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

I'm not dead 

I just quit smoking, which seemed worse than death at times.

I've been a bad, bad, blogger. You see, I quit smoking on June 1, and ever since then I haven't been able to relax at home in front of the computer because my computer room is where I spent so much quality time with my friends, Parliament and Marlboro lights. I've had to avoid the room at all costs because the memories of all the good times we shared were too strong. And so is the lingering odor.

I know these are horrible excuses. I'm so ashamed, I'm thinking of starting a whole new blog under a new name so that no one will know that I was the owner of the ghost blog. We'll see how it goes.

I have definitely kept myself busy with knitting since I stopped smoking. Not very much finishing, but a lot of knitting.

I updated the list of completed projects on the right side of the page, as well as the list of items on the needles (or off the needles, and waiting to be sewn together.) Click away to see the new photos.

Some highlights:

I FINALLY finished the sweater I was working on for Gina:

I'm really impressed with how well it ended up fitting her. She liked it a lot (at least she said she did). I used Katia Ola from Elann.com. I started out with the free pattern on their website, but I made modifications because I thought a shorter, more fitted sweater with a v-neck would be more to Gina's liking. It's really nothing like the pattern at all, really. Could this be my first original sweater???

I must say, I really hated working with the Ola yarn, although I like the way the sweater turned out. The stupid ribbon twisted so bad I had to spin it out at the end of every single row. I will never knit with wide ribbon yarn again.

I have also finished most of the knitting on the Kyoto sweater. I just have to block it, sew it together, and finish the collar. Here's a picture:

Please excuse the craptastic photos. I have a digital camera from 1998 and a very poorly lit living room. Photoshop can only do so much...

Well, it's ten o'clock and I haven't eaten dinner yet so I'll be going now. I promise to be a better blogger and update more in the future!

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