Saturday, August 25, 2007

projects....

I finally had a chance to sit down with some knitting after a very long week. Boy, working a "real" job is exhuasting! The first week went well, and I think I'm going to enjoy it....but I miss the naptime I had with the kids! Not to mention the knitting time...

But, I did have some time with the needles this weekend. I finally finished off the Trekking socks. They fit really well, but I wish I had done a little more ribbing at the top. I love this colorway. Part of the reason it took me so long, is that I momentarily abandoned them to work on a new pair of socks. Last weekend I started the Hedera socks in some Foot Prints in Mornign Glory. They are soo pretty. I love the way they're working up. I'm almost ready to start the heel flap on the first one.
I haven't done any work on the cardigan this week, but I intend to pick it back up soon. I also wound up some yarn last night for Knitty's Cozy. I can't wait to get started on it. Details next time.
Well, I'm off to update my Ravelry notebook, and browse a bit. My queue is growing and growing, but my time is shrinking! Help!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

quick update and a meme

It's been a very busy week since I last posted, and this one will be quick, and rather unexciting since I have no fun photos to share.

On the life front: I started my new job yesterday, and so far, so good! I think I'll enjoy it, although I'm a touch overwhelmed right now. Life in the banking world is much different than life as a nanny....I am still working on getting settled in the new apartment. It's so hard to unpack - I wish I could just come home and everything would be put away, you know? It is nice to get a chance to reorganize though.

Knitwise: The Ogee Lace skirt is finished, just needs blocking. It's been done for almost a week, but life got in the way. Pictures coming soon! I've got a few more inches to do on the body of the pink cardigan, and am almost done with the Trekking socks. I've somewhat lost the will to work on those - maybe I'll take them to Knit night tomorrow - they're good mindless knitting.

And now, Gena tagged me for a meme - here goes!

Four jobs I have had:
1. Nanny - I spent the last year being a nanny to a great family. I love kids, and can't wait to have my own...although, most days I was glad to be able to go home to my quiet place!
2. Farm girl - When I was 16, I worked at the produce stand at the farm across the street for a summer. I appreciate fresh veggies much more now then I did then.
3. Preschool Teacher - I was the assisstant vocab. teacher at a preschool for deaf children for two years. It was one of the hardest and most rewarding things I've ever done - I miss those kids!
4. Jason's Deli - I was the delivery coordinator/order taker at Jason's Deli in high school and summers/holidays in college. My first "real" job. It was almost a year before I ate there again - I found one of my old hats while packing up and it still smells of corned beef!

Four places I have lived:
1. Charlotte, NC - only for the first 6 months of my life, so I have no real memories
2. East Bend, NC - I grew up in this tiny town, in the middle of a farm, lived there until I went away to college.
3. Cullowhee, NC - spent 2 years at Western Carolina University. Made some great friends, but school wasn't for me.
4. Winston Salem, NC - lived in Ardmore for the past 3 years, and just moved into a new apartment this week!

Four Favorite Foods:
1. pasta - pretty much any kind, any time!
2. omlets - I rarely eat breakfast, but I love a good omlet
3. potato - mashed, baked, french fries, hashbrowns.....bring it on!
4. blueberries - my parents have bushes, yum....

Four places I would rather be:
1. London...it's been so long since I've been there
2. relaxing on a beach somewhere
3. in New York - I missed the family trip this year.
4. sleeping - darn you, caffeine!

soo, I tag:
1. Laura
2. Laurie
3. Amy
4. Mickenzie

Sunday, August 12, 2007

lazy

Today is the last of my time off - the family I work for was out of town, so I had a pretty light week. So, I am spending my last day just hanging out before the crazyness starts.

I've been working almost exclusively on the pink cardigan. I am
really enjoying working with the silky wool. I made it through all
the raglan increases last night, and separated off the sleeves. I can't wait to wear it!

Since I have been so focused on the sweater, I have hardly done any work on the skirt or my socks. I plan to work on the skirt tonight...it's sooo close.

Yesterday I got my Dishcloth Exchange package in the mail - all the way from the UK! Thanks so much Melanie! First, I got a great notecard with a panda on the front - my favorite animal. :) She made to two beautiful washcloths - they are so soft, and I love the pattern. She included some fun patterns, and 2 skeins of Rowan handknit cotton; one in pink and one in orange. I can't wait to try it, I've never used this yarn before. She also sent some very neat candy - I've eaten almost all the "fruit salad gums" already, they are really good. I just realized I forgot to photograph the soap she sent - I'll have to get it next time. She sent two bars of very yummy soap - one in a coconut scent, and one called Rock Star. They both smell so good. I could smell them from outside the box, and I couldn't wait to open it up. Thanks again Melanie!

Well, it's off to the grocery store, then I'm sitting down with my knitting and Gilmore Girls. Sounds like a perfect Sunday afternoon to me!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

busy, busy

Once again, it's been a while.... Life has been a little crazy lately. I will probably not be posting too much this month - Mick and I found an apartment and are moving in next week, and then my job starts the following week, so I doubt I'll have much time to knit, let alone blog. However, I plan to spend the weekend with my yarn.

I'm almost done with the Ogee Lace Skirt. The skirt body is done, and just the finishing is left. I got distracted by Marilyn's Not So Shrunken Cardigan, from Knit and Tonic. This picture is just a swatch, but I'm about 5 inches down the raglan increases now. I'm using Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool and I love it! I can't wait to get this cardi done - I think it'll be perfect over a button down shirt or a tank.


My trekking socks are moving along. I finished the first one, and
have started the heel flap on the second. I'll probably take these
while I babysit tomorrow night.

This dishcloth is the Woozy Cloth from smarieknits. I made it for my Dog Days of Summer partner. I just finished packing her box and it'll be in the mail first thing tomorrow. The dishcloth was so fun and quick to make - I almost don't want to give it away! I can see myself making more of these. The stitch pattern is the same one used in Knitty's Breeze socks...I think I have some yarn in the stash that might work for those - hmmm.

Friday, August 3, 2007

overdue

After an insanely busy week, I finally have a chance to sit down and catch up - I didn't realize how long it had been since I've blogged.

Thanks for everyone thinking of me during my interview - it did the trick - I got the job! I start in 2 weeks - enough time to (hopefully) find an apartment, get used to the idea of a "real" job - and buy some new clothing! Being a nanny doesn't really require any business-wear, so my closet is mostly full of jeans and tank tops. I may take advantage of the tax free weekend and fight the crowds tomorrow.

In knitting news...the Jaywalker Sassy Stripes are pushed to the
back burner again. I had just finished the heel and picked up my
guesset stitches when I realized there is no way this sock will fit my foot. I was making them more like anklets, so it's not a ton of work down the drain...but I was so excited. Right now they're just sitting in my knitting basket until I can stand to deal with them again.


In other sock news, I cast on for another pair of Trekking socks, in the
100 colorway. I really like them alot. I love the way the colors stripe,
but without too much definition. I took them to the mall with J today - he played in the "tot-spot" (a favorite activity when it's too hot for the park) and I sat and knit. I saw fellow knitting buddy and nanny Melinda there too, with one of the kids she watches!


I am making progress on the skirt! I love, love, love it! I'm halfway through the last repeat, and I should be done by next week. I posted this to the Interweave KAL a few weeks ago, and had a question about the provisional cast on. I used this tutorial, from the Diet Diary, when I learned to do a provisional cast on. It's super-easy. I used some spare KnitPicks shine for the chain.
Well, I'm off to find some dinner, then sit down with Gilmore Girls and the skirt - Mick has the whole series on dvd, and I watched sporadically over the years. We started Season One a few days ago. I also need to finish packing my box for my Discloth Exchange pal. I picked up some fun things today.