Saturday, May 20, 2006

New stuff!

So, what have I been up to lately? I finished the front of Wicker and started the second sleeve, but I just got so bored of all the (K2,P2) ribbing! And the cotton really started to hurt my fingers. They were yearning for something softer, something with some give.

My Knit Picks order finally arrived, but much to my dismay, the Alpaca Cloud I ordered to make the Tie One On shawl for the wedding didn't complement my dress. Serves me right for taking my husband's advice on color. So into the stash it goes...

So what now? After thinking about it some more, I realized that I probably didn't want to wear a wrap. I'd be better off with a really fabulous scarf, something I can keep wearing while eating dinner at the reception, or dancing afterward. I decided on a great yarn called Disco Lights from Tilli Tomas in the color Burnt Orange.

It's so pretty, I don't want to mess it up just yet. I just want to admire it for a while. So I decided to work on Ms. Marigold in the Elegance yarn that was also in my Knit Picks order. This yarn is really soft and pretty, but it's strange. It started out super splitty when I first cast on, then by the third row it was normal, and now on the fourth row the plies are overly twisted. Weird. But it feels so much nicer than cotton!

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

I cracked the code!

Years ago, when we lived in Texas, I picked up a new book called The Da Vinci Code. I don't usually buy anything when we go to Barnes & Noble, because up until that point, I couldn't remember the last time I read a book that I wasn't going to be tested on.

Since my degree is in Art History, Mike thought I might enjoy this one. He'd been trying to get me interested in reading, so I agreed to give it a shot. Once home, I couldn't put the thing down! I was even reading during the day, instead of watching TV or - gasp - knitting!

I credit that book for breaking me of my reading displeasure. Now that the movie is coming out, there's Da Vinci Code stuff everywhere. Google is running a promotion, whereby the first 10,000 people to complete the 24 games move on to round 2. The prize for being one of the 10,000 is a limited edition replica cryptex. Being a lover of games, and the book, I of course submitted my entry and hoped I would be a finalist. Check out what was in the mailbox yesterday!

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Monday, May 15, 2006

Happy Mother's Day!

Since we consider Gibson our kid, we celebrate Mother's/Father's Day. If you know him, you know that he's less of a "dog" and more like one of those ill-mannered children on some TV show. Very out of control and hyper. Yeah, I know it's our fault - and we're working on that. I've been reading Cesar's Way. But enough about that. Here's what I got from him:


In spite of his craziness, he somehow managed to go out to Lush to buy me all these wonderful treats! The most unique item is the jelly soap in the container. Very strange to "pinch" off a piece of soap that feels like it could be a giant whale snot. And yes, you're reading that right - it's called Spank Me With Saplings. Thanks Gibs! Posted by Picasa