Friday, April 08, 2005

How do you spell relief?

For me, it's MIDTERMS ARE OVER. As an added bonus, I'm finished with my accounting class as well. It was a 7-week course, so it was pretty intense but the payoff is that it's over sooner!

Every time I felt stress-overload, I stopped what I was doing and picked up my knitting. It really sucks because I'm working on some cool stuff but I can't post it for a couple of reasons.

I'm just so excited to have free time again, and next week we're going to Disneyland! I am so stoked to see how much it has changed in recent years. I just hope it isn't too crowded, though we're going before the whole 50th birthday celebration.

When we get back, I might start taking golf lessons at the city course. I have never played real golf before, and I suspect I won't do well at all, but I'm willing to give it a try. I really want to learn because it would give us a reason to visit places. I know that sounds strange, but we tend to like staying at snooty places and usually the only thing to do there is golf and I don't play.

That's about it for this week. On Saturday, we're heading up to Berkeley for our friend's 30th birthday. We're supposed to bring our giant Weber grill, but I'm not even sure if it will fit into our tiny little car. Should be interesting, especially if it doesn't fit, since it's a BBQ party...

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Yarn of the Month offerings: Victor by Bollicine/Cascade (wool/acrylic); Angora by Elsebeth Lavold (angora/wool/polyamide); Deco Ribbon by Crystal Palace (acrylic/nylon); Pulcino by Lana Grossa (merino/acrylic/mohair)
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Monday, April 04, 2005


We have a growing collection of funky chicken tchotchkes, and this is the latest addition. My sister and brother-in-law got this plate set for us for our anniversary. And yes, my husband likes chickens as much as I do, so the present really was for the both of us.

Our latest chicken plates
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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Trumped again!

My older sister has a tendency to always out-do me when it comes to gift-giving. Somehow, she always finds the most perfect thing for someone and/or she'll do it better.

Take this cake for instance. This work of art is what she brought over to my parent's house for my Mom's birthday. Boy, was I glad I didn't show up with my sad-looking (comparatively) loaf of lemon pound cake.

Ma's super fancy shmancy birthday cake
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Glazed lemon pound cake, from the latest Martha Stewart Living magazine
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I've finally gotten over my fear of the sewing machine. I hemmed a pair of corduroy pants and it gave me confidence to try out other things. I bought this purse kit at the fabric store and was sort of disappointed with how little sewing there was to do. But, the finished product is pretty cute. I will probably add some beads or something to give it pizzazz.

Satin evening bag kit from Jo-Ann fabrics
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In addition to the awesome lemond pound cake recipe in the latest MS Living magazine, there is an article on sewing accents on things such as linens and even stationery. I thought stitched stationery was a cool idea and didn't require much commitment - you could mess up and not feel too bad about throwing the paper in the recycling bin.

Here is a little envelope/pouch I stitched up for a yarn label. I like to include the labels with my handknit gifts so the recipient knows what their item is made of, and how to take care of it.

Stitched yarn label pouch
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Lastly, here's a sachet I whipped up for my Mom's birthday - but I forgot to give it to her!

Lavender filled sachet, knit in KnitPicks Merino Style yarn in color Honey, pattern from Knitter's Bible
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