Thursday, December 27, 2007

Coming to a close

It seems to me that among other things a good blog takes work and dedication. I've not really put much work into this blog and as a result it is pretty boring. With a little effort I think I could really enjoy keeping this blog.

To make this blog more fun for me I'd like to try a few things.

1.) I need to branch out my knitting projects. This is both just for my knitting enjoyment and because I'm tired of writing "I worked on a sock". ;)

2.) Project 365. I really enjoy taking pictures and this will encourage me to do so more often. Any good ones can become an instant blog post.

3.) I'm considering a posting schedule of some sort. I tend to put off posting and then when I do post I end up with writers block.

There is a possibility that this blog will experience a huge shift sometime after this summer. TheBoy and I are discussing the possibility of going to South Korea to teach English for a year after I graduate. This would be a really amazing experience and would undoubtedly give me a lot to talk about. I'm already plotting the best way to bring lots of yarn with me if we go.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Well tomorrow is christmas and I'm not quite ready. I'm not too woried about it. I think I can finish and if not no one will be upset or hurt.

I finished one of my brothers socks.

I absolutely love it. Can't I just rip it back, make it shorter and keep it? No? Darn.

Everyone have a safe and happy holiday! I demand this of you. Even if you don't celebrate. :)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Pepper Love

Yesterday I didn't get any knitting done because I was lazy early in the day and then I made the most awesome dinner ever.

I started with these.

I've had this red pepper cream sauce recipe stashed away waiting for red peppers to go on sale. They finally did. I did a happy dance.

Some quick comments about the recipe: I used whole basil leaves and next time I think I'll chop them up for visual reasons. Unless you have a kick ass blender I wouldn't bother adding the mixture to the blender. All ours did was stir it a bit. A food processor would probably work better, but it really isn't needed.

I cooked a little less than a pound of chicken with half an onion and some garlic. I actually threw the onion and garlic in the pan while I was cutting the chicken because I wanted the onions to caramelize.

I served it all over whole wheat pasta. It was really tasty and really satisfying. I fully intend to make it again.

What dinner post would be complete without a colorless night time picture?

Friday, December 21, 2007

Yesterday I....

Worked on the goodie baskets that TheBoy and I were making for friends.

We finished them up and delivered most of them last night. The final contents? Shortbread, chocolate fudge with and without nuts, peanut butter fudge, peanut brittle, caramels, and ginger cookies.

Worked some on my brothers sock

I didn't get nearly enough done, but at least I got some done! I foresee a possible all nighter.

I enjoyed some pretty flowers

I love marked down flowers. Full price flowers are crazy expensive and there is no way we could afford to get them. Marked down flowers on the other hand? We can handle that. They really do brighten up the house. It has been so dreary here lately.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Blogstalking - An interesting Statue

To be honest I have no intention of going back and doing all the blogstalking posts that I missed. I am however perfectly happy to go back and do them when I come across something that will work. With that said, let me introduce you to the silver lady.

I saw this living statue when I was in Boston this summer and I thought she was very pretty. Her outfit rocks. I especially like her lacey parasol and gloves.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Not Christmas knitting

This morning I woke up to our first reall snow dusting here at the house. Snow is pretty but cold. I need some sort of fingerless gloves for taking pictures outside in the winter. I'm thinking maybe cigar from knitty.

Here is what I've been working on and off isntead of making christmas presents:

It is RPM in lorna's laces lake view. I changed the cast on number ro 72 to adjust for my much tigheter guage. I actually really like the way they look at a tigheter guage because you see more spirals.

Now I'm going to actually get to work on the christmas knitting.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

knitting book happiness

I took this picture of Luigi, and similar ones of Mario back when I was living in my own apartment. At the time I was really frustrated that I couldn't get a clear picture, but now I really like the fuzzy effect. I love how the picture seems to have captured Luigi's eternal kitten.

Sometime soonish I turn 24. I've gotten comments along the lines of "I didn't know you were that old!" Well dammit neither did I! For one thing in my opinion 24 isn't old, and to top it off in my head I'm still 22. ;)

I have new knitting books!
Knitting Vintage Socks - Spiral bound. On my first glance through the book I was really disappointed, on my second look through I loved it. It has a little history section and lots of information on different heel and toe types. I really enjoy the textured look of a lot of the "gentlemen" socks, and there are some really cute/pretty lacey patterns as well.

Knitting On the Road - This book is also spiral bound. It has short but clear directions about a couple cast ons to use, as well as different ways to join yarn in the round, which is new info to me. I like most of the patterns, and I love the different cabled socks, as well as the mismatched pair.

Mason Dixon Knitting - I've been wanting this book forever, because I just love it. I'm particularly interested in the log cabin section.

The Knitter's Book of Yarn - I haven't had time to really read any of the yarn info in here, but I love the patterns! I also like how it gives "substitution info" so I don't have to stop and look up the weight of the yarn, or do multiplication for the total yardage.