Tuesday, December 19, 2006
This is the actual new car - parked outside of my office building. I'm really thrilled with it and am enjoying a much smoother ride to and from work. I've got one more thing to do for my new insurance company and then I'm free and clear to drive without obligation...of course, I'm off to home for eight days and can't enjoy the car until I return, but hey - no biggie.
The other big news for today is that I am now an official graduate of the Westchester Academy for Entrepreneurial Excellence. This is a course I've been taking for the last 15-16 weeks and it has been so much fun and so educational and has given me all of the tools to get the new business in working order. You can check out the new company at www.westchestermeetings.com I made the website myself - we plan on getting a designer when we have our first few clients under our belts. Until then, I'm really proud of the work. So, I'll miss my pals from the class, they are the neatest folks and great friends, I'll miss seeing them every Tuesday. Of course, we're planning to go on with our Alumni Association, so I won't have to miss them too much. I mean, folks dressed up for Halloween... yeah, that's me on the end in this group. I went as a bounced check (that class was on taxes!) What a great time.
So - now it's off to Pittsburgh for family fun and holiday cheer. I get to spend some time with my best girlfriends, Kelly & Dani and get to meet baby Molly and talk to Dani's baby (via the belly). It's going to be so great! I've got lunch with Darren and his new wife and hopefully my pal Pat. Things are coming to a nice close for the end of 2006. What an amazing year this has been for me. I wouldn't change much.
And on a personal note, I'm so thankful for Chris. He's my rock - the person who stands beside me when the chips are down or my emotions are up. He's the guy who I am more in love with every morning I wake up. I'm the luckiest girl in the world to have someone so wonderful to share her life with. Merry Christmas, honey!
So - I'll try to post from home, but if not - see you at the end of next week. And we will get back to knitting soon too!
Sunday, December 17, 2006
This isn't my actual new car - but a good picture of what it does look like. Mine is gun metal gray, really nice color (one of my favs), not silver like this one.
If all goes well, I can secure my insurance on Monday and drive the new car home that night. I'm planning not to name this one - I can't have my heart break over a car every time I need to get a new one. I'm a sap to begin with, so Chris knows I'll feel awful every time we decide to make a change, but maybe next time I can do it with some dignity and with less of a sense of loss. Now I'm just trying to figure out if I want lo jack installed. Never thought about it...
Knitting soon, promise.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
The holidays are right around the corner and my business launches in January. I'm horribly unprepared. I've been working all weekend and feel no closer to things that I need to accomplish. I am somewhat freakishly calm about this and that has me worried. The class that I've been taking for the last few months has its last meeting before graduation this coming Tuesday. I dread it. I am fearful of not seeing my dear friends - the only people who understand me right now, for they too are doing the insane and trying to launch companies. It's good to be with your own kind. I'm thinking of launching another venture - the AAA. No, I won't be the one to call should your car break down, but if you're a member of our class (or any of the Academy classes) you can be eligible to join the Academy Alumni Association. The motto just might be - hang out with the other crazy people who are trying to launch businesses!
So, there's a lot on a girl's plate. You understand, don't you? Forgive me for being absent - I'll even take some pictures tonight and post them. There are a lot of things on my knitting wish list this year - we'll review the coolest of the cool gifts next entry.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
It's a finished bonnet - grown up bonnet that is. The real question with this photo is: Amish or not Amish? Hmmm. I learned on Monday and Tuesday that I don't give a damn - this bonnet is warm! It was fun to knit and has a pretty ruffle on the ends of the scarf and on the bonnet. If you can pick up stitches, you can make this too.
This pattern comes to us from the Knit2Together Book by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark. Love the book, love the bonnet.
I also made some socks! Warm feet!
I have a pumpkin pie baking in the oven right now and the rest of the week off from work. Today Chris and I will be packing up my car and heading home to Pittsburgh for our Thanksgiving celebration. Wish us luck please, we may just spend the entire holiday weekend in the car with the other 38 million crazies who thought it was a good idea to hit the road tonight.
I look forward to Thanksgiving - it's a time to see my family for the first time in a year and be reminded that they don't always miss me, but they're certainly glad to see that I'm alive and New York hasn't swallowed me up whole. Having Chris at my side is always fun and running around Pittsburgh enjoying all that is wonderful about that city is excellent. The food is always great, the company good and my niece and nephew the cutest things on the planet.
So have that extra glass of wine or piece of pie and relax - be at peace and remember how lucky we are to have a day like Thanksgiving.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Completed projects! I made this beautiful clutch from a book I picked up on Saturday called One Skein by Leigh Radford. I love almost every single project in the book. I'm sort of surprised that it took me so long to buy this, but I'm not at all surprised that I've already made something from the book. The clutch was a blast to knit and I really loved the act of knitting it and felting it. I used Lion Brand's new felting wool in the color Pumpkin. (When I purchased this yarn, I alson
I've also completed my branching out scarf in Knit Picks Shine. I have knit this pattern before, but in the wrong yarn. This was the perfect yarn and looks so damn pretty blocking on the floor that I don't want to pick it up - I want to use it as something to admire everyday when I'm in my living room.
Here's a close up look at the leaf pattern - love it.
This is the length - and what people who have only hard wood floor do when blocking a piece. Can you imagine what's going to happen to my linen closet when I make my first big lace shawl? I better move to a place with some freaking carpet.
Well - blogger won't give me any more picture up loads, so I'll tell you instead of showing you what's on the needles now. I'm making myself the Grown Up Bonnet from the book Knit2Together. I love this piece and can't wait to wrap myself up in it for the winter.
In other news, this has been a really hard week for me and I've got a lot of hard weeks ahead. But even in the midst of darkness in one person's life, you can see the joy in other's lives - such is the case in my dear friend Danielle has announced that she and her husband are having a baby. I couldn't be more thrilled for her. I can't wait to meet her dear, dear baby. I know what a wonderful mother Dani will be.
Friday, October 27, 2006
I got it from my points program through my credit card. It's actually a portable alarm clock/stereo for my iPod! How cool is this? I can wake and sleep to my music or podcasts and it's portable. It also comes with a remote - so we can just use it as a stereo. It fits both my mini and Chris' Video iPod. So cool. I'm loving this!
Ok - knitting content. You'll be very proud of me because even though I am in the throws of trying to open a business, I have also been carving out time to knit. I told you in the last post that I'd show off some of the insanity of a late night shopping trip to the Knit Picks website:
I've made a few pairs of socks too - there are about four balls of yarn that are in sock form missing from this picture. I've got a good stash of sock yarn going here. I think I need some self striping...and I have to admit, though I know this is tired and everyone on god's green earth is talking about it, but I want some Socks That Rock. I'm so into getting my hands on some and I just don't know when this could happen and I'm not going to do anything nice when I get this yarn - I'm going to be totally selfish. I will pet the yarn, knit the yarn and wear the yarn all to myself. I know this. Someday - I will get my hands on some of that yarn so that I can know what all of the fuss is about.
Here us almost one whole ball from the above yarn group - another pair of socks for the Sock Hop!
After an hour of trying to get blogger to upload a fe more pictures, I am bowing out of the fight. Blogger wins. I will show you even more pictures of some finished socks (a complete pair!) at another time.
As for the rest of things...well, I'm working hard to launch the new company, finish school and keep our current company going. It's a busy time, but Chris is taking me to the theater tonight, so I'm looking forward to that and hoping very much to squeeze in a nap before having to leave! I hope your weekend will be wonderful!
PS - Does anyone else find it ironic that blogger's spell check always lists the word "blogger" as a misspelled word? Hmm.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Ok fellow sock hoppers, I know I need to "hop to it" (sorry, I had too...) but I'm almost done with the first sock and hopefully I can finish it up this week so that I can cast on for my second sock. I'm really enjoying knitting these and do like the Knit Picks Pallet - though this color (called blush) seems to look a little dull - not sure why. I've got a slew of this yarn in a ton of colors (I went on a sock yarn bender one lonely night when it was just me, the lap top, some beer and apparently my credit card... ) it resulted in a very fun shipment from KP. These things happen. We just have to move on and knit some socks. I'll show you a picture of how many balls of this yarn I actually have stashed next time.
In the meantime - this has been stealing some of my sock knitting time:
"Branching Out" from a 2005 issue of Knitty. I love this pattern (click on the picture for a better view) and spent part of my weekend working out how I can make this into a fun blanket. I think the math is complete and after I finish the socks, this scarf and a hat - I'm going to cast on for that blanket. Fun! Fun! Not sure what yarn I'll use to make the blanket, but the scarf is knitted in Knit Picks Shine - color is grass. I love this yarn. It really does shine, the cotton is wonderful and silky. I've got 3/4 of the cardi "Sitcom Chic" knitted up in this stuff (I sadly got stuck on the pattern and haven't been able to figure out what to do. I'm totally stuck and think I'm in for a trip to the frog pond. In the mean time, I totally dipped into the stash for that sweater and liberated this neglected yarn.)
The hat is also from Knitty and I've had my eye on making it:
From the 2003 Knitty archives - Lacecap. I realize that this cap isn't exactly practical for an East Coast, New York City winter, but really, what about cute little hats is ever practical? Cute is cute, not practical. So hopefully, I'll be wearing a nice little set of hat and scarf before the really cold weather sets in.
In other news, Chris and I spent the day building a haunted pirate ship for Halloween in our dear friend Jen and Adam's front yard in New Haven. Assisted by half the neighborhood kids, I was too busy having a grand time to run inside and grab the camera. These things also happen.
In other news - The Steelers won today 45-7. Oh yeah baby. It's football season!
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Soooo I'm not giving up crafts, hell no - not just for some new way to make money and support myself and some day husband, we've got priorities here at YarnalKnowledge so we went out and signed up for the Sock Hop Knit Along over at Romancing the Yarn. What am I crazy? Oh yeah, I just read a little fact that 80% of new businesses fail in the first year, so I am crazy - without a doubt, buyt very, very sensible to sign up for that knitalong. A girl needs to knit and sometimes a busy girl needs a deadline to help her perform.
So without further ado - my SockHop creation was started on Sunday night (per the rules):
This is the "Classy Slip-Up" sock from Betsy Lee McCarthy's book "Knit Socks!" I love the pattern repeat (very easy to remember) and this is sort of new to me, I'm usually knitting straight stockinette socks, so we'll see how I do when I get to the heel.
I'm using the new KnitPicks magnetic pattern holder thingermerbob to hold my pattern up for me. It's super-terrific, I can't figure out why none of us made this and sold it prior to this time - it's brilliant.
well, blogger is doing that thing where it promises it's uploading your photo and then not uploading your photo. I was going to show you a picture of my new sewing machine. I got a SINGER Simple - It's this one if you want to have a look. I have made something - a custom table cover for my coffee table (a need for protection made this project happen). I'll try and show you pictures of that later on.
In the mean time, I have to continue to ponder my price list for the new company, complete my vision and mission statements and write copy for the front page of the website. I am really crazy. Sigh.
Have a great night!
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Cozy is done just in time for the fall weather to roll in. I used a little unknown stash-busting yarn in heather gray to knit this up. It is no where near the weight that this pattern called for, but what the hell? There are no real rules in shawl knitting. The darn thing fits and I had a great time knitting it. It's warm and big and I've worn it several times to work last week (it's something like Antartica in my office whenever the sunshines - the A/C is a little outta whack).
Final measurements basically match the pattern: 67.5 inches in length and 18.75 inches in width.
So what to knit now? Well, I've cast on today for a pair of "classy slip up socks" with some pretty pink Palette from Knit Picks (100% Peruvian Wool -official color name is blush).
I'm also using Knit Picks new double pointed needles for the first time (size 1) and I am happy to report that I really, really like them. I've been having trouble finding dpn's recently because for no good reason, I love my dpn's to be metal. I constantly read all over blog land that people have to use bamboo or other wooden needles to knit socks. Metal is too slippery, the needles fall off the stitches, etc. I've never had this problem. I've knit a bunch of socks on Boye needles, happily watching the paint peel off of the end of the needles which for me, was a mark of experience - of good use. My only complaint with the Boye needles: the only sell them in packs of 4 needles. I do not like to knit socks with 4 needles, but rather 5. I think things turn out so much better with 5 needles - less stress on the stitches mean less likelihood of ladders in your knitting as you work in the round. So for awhile, I bought two packs of the same size in the Boye. It wasn't so bad - I could get a bunch of things knitting on all of those needles. But now, I can't seem to track down those dpn's and now it sort of ticks me off to have to buy two packs.
In comes the package from Knit Picks with sets of five metal needles, they have nice sharp points on them, very comfortable and haven't dropped a stitch yet (knock wood). I love em. And at about $2.99 for the 5 pack - who could resist them? Fantastic - I only hope they continue to make them in all sizes 'cause I'd like to make some hats on size 8 this winter and I hope they'll have what I need.
Pictures of the sock and the new needles and the pattern holder (what!?!) that I'm using coming this week. I'm now going to go and clean the bathroom (every girls wish and want for a sunny Sunday afternoon), watch football and knit and smile as my dear sweetheart cooks me up his famous carrot and potato soup (oh good Lord, it is sooooo good). I'm one of those girls who got lucky and found me a man who can cook some serious noshes! He's taken ladies.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Two Saturdays ago I roused myself from my private knitting chair here in beautiful Park Slope to go out and see the Yarn Harlot herself who was speaking at our local Barnes and Noble store. Poor Harlot got stuck in traffic and had to learn the joys of New York City traffic, taxi cabs, Canal Street on a Saturday night, and of course the true need that New Yorkers feel to lay on their horns during trying times like these. The knitters waiting at B&N just settled into our seats, pulled out various bits of knitting, introduced ourselves to each other and admired one another's projects.
When the Harlot finally arrived, she did not disappoint. She was funny and sweet and I felt that I could honestly tell that she was as sweet as she seemed from her blog. If you haven't checked out her site, please go ahead and click that link and check in out - we're talking about a one woman revolutionary here. She's raised money for Doctors Without Boarders, she's organized charity knitting projects, an Olympic event for thousands of knitters around the world and shared the secret thoughts of all knitters in her fantastic books. She's done all of this by simply recognizing the kindness of knitters and being willing to herald their goodness across the world. She's a good nut and I really enjoyed every moment I got to spend hearing her speak about our funny little community.
And she signed my book. In case you can't read that - she says that "Obsession is Normal." Amen, sister. Amen.
Many thanks to the Harlot for making the trip from Canada to NYC and through what may have been the longest part of the trip, the trip down Canal Street. We hope you can visit Park Slope when things are less hectic.
I had big plans to show pictures of Cozy - it's done, but blogger just won't upload another picture. So those are to come. Also on my list of things to tell you about - I got a box from Knit Picks, tell ya all about it later this week.
In the meantime - you still have a a quarter of the Saints-Falcons game to go and see the Super Dome being used as it is meant to be and to see the beautiful people of New Orleans as happy as we always want them to be. Good on ya, NO. We're glad that you're getting back.
Friday, September 15, 2006
Meet Molly - proudly wearing her "Heartbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono" (pattern by Christina Shiffman, from the always lovely ladies over at Mason-Dixon Knitting.
My dear friend Kelly gave birth to this beautiful baby in July and only a knitter would have the guts to send one of her best friends a sweater for their new baby in middle of a heatwave. Now that the weather is cooling, the sweater seems to fit Molly perfectly and I think she looks great in this September photo.
You want more pictures don't you? I don't blame you, Molly is gorgeous. I'll give into you, here you go:
We loved Molly from the very first moment Kelly told us about her. She loved her parents so much, that she showed up two months early. Being such a little thing, I down sized the sweater for a premie. Molly doesn't looked so impressed in this picture, but Kelly assures me that she loves the sweater from her honorary auntie kristin and of course, her auntie loves her too!
You still want more pictures? Ok - hang onto your seats...I grew up in one of the greatest cities in the world and that city is host to the greatest football team in the world. When one is born in this city - one begins their training at early age to cheer on their beloved players. Molly is no exception:
Many thanks to Kelly and Roger for letting me show off their beautiful daughter.
Friday, September 08, 2006
Of course when one goes to Coney Island, one has opportunities to participate in many cultural events - like shoot the freak. This consists of you forking over six bucks and getting to man a pain gun while the announcer's buddy runs around in an alley below the board walk and you attempt to shoot him. When they get eight people lined up that freak gets shot a lot! What a racket.
Look! More freaks! Circus Freaks!
They were a lot of fun to watch, but the crowds were really thick, so we moved on to...
It's the Cyclone! The oldest wooden roller coaster in the world. That's right people, in the world!
And yes, my ass was on that ride and I screamed my head off and loved every terrifying moment of it. What a blast.
We did wait to do this until after the Cyclone:
Nathan's hot dogs. Some of the best stuff on earth. Yum!
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
We've been enjoying Steve and Terri Irwin for many years and when I heard of Steve's untimely death at the top of this week, I was devastated. I just put my head on Chris' shoulder and cried. I felt like I'd lost a dear friend - even though I've never met him.
I have personal experience in knowing someone who was larger than life - someone who's life was so big and so spectacular that they have the ability to bring you along for the ride; to make your life a part of theirs. Often times these stars burn so brightly and so many of us are attracted to them and caught up in their brilliance - we're the lucky ones; we're the ones who get to be a part of their amazing lives for awhile.
Steve was a brilliant star who seemed to be a caring and loving family man and a person who loved nature and God's green earth and all of the creatures on it. Thank God for you, Steve. We'll miss you terribly.
I wish I could wrap my arms around you, Terri. You have the heartfelt love, prayers and support from a tiny little part of Brooklyn - always.
Kindest of Regards,
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
What I can show you involves knitting, but a bit of a knitting tragedy...
Sample of the tragic knitting#1:
One sock knitted - one sock with a turned heel and gusset shaping well underway. Maybe you can't see the tragic portion of this yet... it's coming.
Okey dokey... I've got myself two heels that have been knitted in a different stitch pattern. The completed sock has been knitted in a way that I can't seem to duplicate - no matter what I do! This leads to some strange questions I have to ask about myself... Was I drinking when I knit this first sock? Was Chris telling me something important and I was on knitting auto pilot? All I can say is that I've clearly crashed and burned here. A trip to the frog pond in the near future. Sigh.
Oh - and from Dublin with Love? Why that's where our company is coming from. Johnny the Brit, who lives in Dublin will arrive here in NYC for a week of fun tomorrow. We're all headed out to Coney Island for a little fun this holiday weekend! Pictures!
Monday, August 28, 2006
There has been knitting here at Yarnal Knowledge, even if there hasn't been daily posting. I'm working away on Cozy from a past Knitty. It's going to be the perfect thing to keep the chill off in my extremely cold office. Nothing like working in a snow suit in August - this will be far more attractive. The stitch pattern is pretty simple and a lot of fun to work. Of course, I'm no knitting fool - I've got some lifelines in at the top up there. I've learned that when you love TV the way I do and you to knit the way I do and you often combine these two events - I'd best be puttin in that lifelife 'cause it's simple to miss a yarn over and need rip and once you get this far, it would break the old heart to have to start over! Here's the stitch pattern close up - unblocked of course.
Pretty, pretty lace! I'm not using a yarn that even comes close to the one called for in the pattern, but I figured, what the hell? It's a shawl and the yarn isn't about to undersize it, so why not go for it? It's been nice - a little stash busting, which all of us can appreciate.
Time to go spend time making up some dinner. I was home today, so the old ball and chain is hoping for something yummy and homemade - I'm thinking Crunchy Citrus Chicken, Potatoes and green beans with almonds. Yum!
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Ok - finally able to blog from the home computer and I offer you this - a very recent knit project! This is the wrap sweater featured in Mason-Dixon Knitting, those lovely ladies kindly put out their book in time for me to make this for my dear friend Kelly's new baby girl, Molly.
Molly arrived in an unconvential way, being born premature, but just the right size for this sweater (for now). She's healthy and growing and beautiful and I sent this and a blanket off to Kelly&Roger for Molly last week. I'm waiting to hear back on their reaction - I hope they like it.
I also did a blanket for Miss Molly and I'll post pictures of that tomorrow. In the meantime - we're off to tuck ourselves away in the comfort of the airconditioning...I guess summer is still hanging in there here in Brooklyn.
Better post, better everything - tomorrow. Big promise!
Friday, August 18, 2006
The last published date of entry is why I first got rid of my knit blog, but in an effort to be better, here I am, when I can be to write about what I think about most...knitting.
The other thing that's on my mind - the fact that when I'm at work, I have absolutely no pictures of recent knitting. I have this one picture of a bag that I knit four years ago for my niece, Riley. It was knit in that one moment that I had where I fancied eyelash yarn and thought it would be fun to knit with. I love this purse and I did a really nice job with it, but working with eyelash yarn makes me, well, want to pull out all of my eyelashes, so I'm almost pained looking back on this project. But there you have it. I will blog over the weekend with some more current knitting pics - of things like socks and lace that I'm working on.
In the mean time, I'd love to introduce myself. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA by two fantastic parents. I am the youngest child of two, which according to the Today Show means that I'm strongheaded and independent. It fits. I lost the one person who truly liked me when my father died. I was 20 years old and found myself all alone out in the world. Believing that God would point me in the right direction, I hung onto life while it did its thing and somehow I ended up meeting the best guy ever and we fell in love and we now live in Brooklyn, NY and we have a very happy little life. I work in a specialized field of marketing as a Manager of New Business Development and Jack of all Trades - my sweetheart is an actor. We make our home together in Park Slope where we are currently pondering the adoption of a pet (ok, I'm obsessed with getting a pet, Chris is holding me off -- something about a rule in our apartment building. Those are details that I can not be bothered with).
Other obsessions: Television and movies, sewing, reading and buying a house.
Currently On The Needles: This lacy shawl from a past Knitty and a pair of socks from here.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Hello Knit-world. I've been away from knitblogging for about a year now, and I just can't seem to keep away from it. I wanted to create a blog where I could talk about my knitting with other knitters and of course, share some yarnal knowedge with those who just don't understand...
It's good to be back.