Wednesday, August 30, 2006

From Dublin with Love...

Chris and I have just completed the major cleaning of the apartment that only happens when two people have company arriving. We've scrubbed and washed and straightend up everything - which really means that we've taken everything that we don't want seen and tossed it haphazardly into our bedroom. I took a moment and thought about posting a picture of my bedroom for your viewing pleasure - I then re-thought this and wanted to keep you all as friends. The bedroom is awful. There is a pile of clean laundry that is stacked so high on the cedar chest at the foot of the bed that a wall has been created. The other night I had a moment of panic when Chris pulled a t-shirt from the middle of the pile and it began to sway. I was sure that a landslide would ensue and that I would be lost forever under a pile of jeans and sheets.

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

It's getting Cozy around here

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

Why on Earth am I so Bad at This?

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

Knit Posts #1

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.