Keeping Me in Stitches

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Holiday picture insanity

So here's just some of my pictures from this past Christmas weekend.

First off, I finished the shawl for my friend, Sarah. Here's an edge while it was pinned to my bed blocking.
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And here's the whole thing on me at SoP. Erin was great enough to take this for me in the middle of our crazy Christmas party.
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And here's Erin and Lorna just being their usual nutty selves, but with some Christmas spirit thrown in....or maybe it was the Jack Daniels soaked pecans that were in Minnie's brownies.
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Of course, Yoda presided over the whole thing.
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And Mom and Dad modeled the Christmas presents I knit for them. Dad's got an Irish Hiking Scarf out of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, and Mom's is a Clapotis in Tuscany out of Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb.
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That's it for now. I'll have to take pictures of my Christmas haul, plus share my good news from work this weekend.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005


No piccies yet. I'm feeling like poo after 24 hour and 10 minutes awake. And I've still got to bake Christmas cookies (but that'll have to wait for tomorrow).

Thursday, December 15, 2005

out of the loop

Sorry that I've been incommunicado for so long. Life's been pretty boring. Here's what's been going on.

- Finished putting together the entertainment center and moved all of my stuff from the old one and a bookshelf to the new. Hours of boredom.
- Work (self-explanatory)
- General housekeeping. My parents are coming for Christmas weekend and since I despise cleaning, I've been doing it in small doses. Only one problem....they're such small spurts of cleaning that by the time I get done with one thing, something else is an even bigger mess. So I haven't actually made much headway.
- Felted the FMB that I finished ages ago for mom. Turned out very cool. Pics will be up after Christmas.
- Slowly plugging away on the soul-sucking shawl. I thought I would be able to finish it tonight, but I'd made a mistake on the last pattern repeat and had to rip back. ETA: this weekend. I've got 13 more rows before I can do the edging. Then I'll block it and have someone take pictures next week at SoP.
- Went to the get-together for my mom's side of the family. Much smaller this year than normal.
- And the big one! I've started thinking of buying/building a house of my own here. I'm sick of paying $800/month in rent for a place that's not even "mine". I can have mortgage payments lower than that. I'm hoping to be out of my townhome by the time my lease is up in May.

So that's been my boring life! Suppose I'd better head back downstairs and get a few more rows done on the shawl before bed.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

As promised...

Here are the pictures that I promised yesterday. Sadly, no knitting content, but there is cuteness nonetheless.

First, the soul-sucking entertainment center. Only one more bookshelf left to assemble for the other side.
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Maybe this is the reason my dog is so hyper! Miss Phoebe loves to chew the caps off of plastic bottles and I found it hilarious that she was so intent on getting the cap off the Cherry Coke. Maybe she needed the caffeine to refuel?
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Finally, my dad and his new hunting puppy, Cozi (pronouced like cozy). This actually about 5 minutes after he got the dog and was showing her off to the neighbors. They happened to have gotten a pheasant that day and wanted Dad to have a picture of Cozi with "her first bird". Dad was very pleased when Cozi immediately started biting the pheasant's butt.
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And after all that, she was just pooped out and fell asleep in Dad's arms.
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Although she's enough of a diva that she couldn't keep her eyes closed for the close-up.
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Well, that's three hours of my life I'll never get back...

I just spent the last three hours putting together my new entertainment center. Remind me next time to purchase something fully assembled and have it delivered. The guys at the Mart's loading dock didn't believe me that three boxes would fit into my car. They did and I had a heck of a time getting them out. Probably didn't help that the first one weighed as much as I do (no lie, it was printed on the box) and the other two each weighed half that.

So the center section is assembled and ready to receive my tv, vcr and dvd player. But I've still got the flanking bookshelves to put together. My wrists can't take anymore tonight. I'm debating buying a cordless screwdriver tomorrow just to save my wrists for knitting. But it's so much prettier than the old tv/fridge stand/tape holder than my dad built for me for college. It's been through about six different incarnations and it's time to bid that beast farewell.

So my dad loved his new puppy. He named her Cozi, which is short for Cazadora, which means Huntress in Spanish. I'll have pictures of the Dad with the little bundle of joy tomorrow. I'm too lazy to walk downstairs and get the camera.

I'll have knitting pictures tomorrow to. I forgot how much stuff I hadn't posted about. I'll even put my parents' presents up here since they promised not to look on here between now and Christmas.

Now to decide what to take to SoP tomorrow.