Tuesday, December 29, 2009

28

I turn twenty-eight today. I'm excited for a day of fun including bowling with friends, lunch with three of my favorite people, a movie, ice cream cake(!), and even some potential yarn shopping!

The only thing that would make it better is seeing my momma, but we'll make up for that soon!

I had a few vacation days left, so I was able to take this week off. It's so nice to be off on your birthday!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

A happy girl

I'm a happy girl. Here's proof:

Meet my D40

That, in my hand, is my new Nikon D40. It's lovely, and we've spent the last few days getting to know one another. She (I just feel like it's a female; is that wrong?) was a gift from my special fella, and I'm completely enamored. I'm still very much a noob, but I'm reading up on f-stop and aperture, and other camera-related jargon. It's fun to learn a new language!

P.S. This is a sneak peak of one of my finished Christmas gifts
(hint: it's on my head!).
I'll post a proper FO post soon.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

I won something!

Peter had a contest for his birthday in mid-November, and I won! Peter sent me a lovely package, including a gorgeous skein of Malabrigo Sock.

Malabrigo Sock - a gift from Peter

The colorway is Persia. I can't wait to use it. Somehow, I'd previously avoided obtaining any Sock version Malabrigo. I'm not sure how that happened.

Loot from Peter's contest

He also included a cute card, some decedent chocolates, and some neat notions (and I LOVE the tissue paper).

Thanks, Peter!

Monday, December 14, 2009

*Yawn*

Olias yawn

Now,

where were we?

Olias

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gift knitting: For Jill

Jill already knows about this Christmas gift, so it's safe for me to show you my progress.

WIP: Circus in Stockinette

I started making these socks for myself, but as the sock came together, I couldn't help but think my sister would love them as much as I do. I made her an iPod cozy out of the same yarn last year, so I knew she would enjoy the crazy colors.

This is another toe-up sock (my second pair ever!), using Wendy Johnson's basic recipe.

Progress: Circus Stockinette for Sister

This time, I did a slip-stitch heel, which was a bit confusing at first (mostly because I had less stitches on the needle than necessary, but I made the math work). I'm not satisfied with the bind-off, but Peter recently posted about a no-fail stretchy bind-off, so I'm going to redo that, and then the first sock is finished.

Since Jill already knows about them, and since she's a kick-ass sister, she understands that these might not be finished by Christmas day, so I've set these aside until I can clear out some of my other gift obligations.

Monday, December 7, 2009

New photos of old FOs

Purple waffles in action

Back in January, I finished my Purple Waffles, but over Thanksgiving, my sister got a great punching shot with them in action. I love the gloves (and I love my bangs!), so I'm grateful that Jill was willing to snap a few punching shots.



Wesley

Additionally, I took some outside photos of Wesley, which was another January FO.

Wesley

I still haven't worn this hat, but I'm glad to have some clearer shots of the lovely FO.

This was not a complicated knit, but it sure looks impressive!

Wesley

Friday, December 4, 2009

Hell frozen over (aka: it snowed in Houston)

Seriously? I can count the number of times it's snowed here on one hand. That's considering (almost) 28 years of living.

The forecast for today was 100% precipitation, with a very good chance of sleet/snow. It happened! Not much accumulation, of course, because, again, this is Houston, but it was fun, and work let us out early, in case the roads were bad.

Of course, my camera battery was low, so I have no pictures to document the occasion, but Rhonda and I knit some this afternoon, while drinking Irish coffee, which was delicious.

I'm working on one of four Christmas knitted gifts, so I'm furiously trying to get through them. I will definitely be casting on for a new sweater for myself once I'm done.

I'll show off some of the gifts soon, but tow of them can't be shown until after they're given.

Oh, and apologies for the lack of Food Fridays. See above regarding my camera battery. I'll fix that with a quickness.

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