Monday, February 27, 2006
I want to give props to my good and kind friend Phillipa, who I met about 10 years ago when I lived in Jamaica. Phillipa now lives in Seattle, where she is training for the Pacific Crest Olympic Triathlon in June. Not only is doing her body good by training for this, she doing good in general -- she's a member of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. If anyone wants to sponsor her, just click HERE. Or just go to her blog to give her some encouragement. Phillipa is one of the most selfless and giving people I have ever met, and she deserves all the good luck and wishes she can get!
Sunday, February 26, 2006
And what were Ruth & I up to on Friday night? Why, I'm glad you asked. A bunch of us met up at the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in Chelsea for their Friday Night Vegetarian Dinner. At the table with me were SnB stars Ruth (and her friend Dawn) and Jess (with husband Jamie), along with Dave, Katie, Leland, Sara and Doug. Jess, who has become a quickly re-addicted blogger, brought along her camera in good blogger style -- so thanks to her for the pics! My favorite course was the appetizer, part of which was wonton-style purses filled with butternut squash and apples -- oh yum! We all brought some wine and had a fabulous time, but I have to say that the food was better the last time we went, about a year ago. And may all vegetarians forgive me when I say this, but I was soooo hungry later!
After the dinner, the night was still young so Leland suggested that we head to the Flatiron Lounge for some drinks. Which we did -- they even opened up the mostly-empty downstairs for us! We were there for quite a while, and most of the last half of the night is a little fuzzy...
Dave and I managed to wake up at a reasonable time on Saturday to make a quick trip to CT to unload some of our extraneous belongings at my grandparents' house in CT -- we're doing the "gradual move" kind of thing, slowly emptying our increasingly spacious (by Manhattan standards) apartment of things we won't need for our last month here. And of course any trip into CT necessitates a visit to Sam's house! Which also provided me with the opportunity to give the Branching Out scarf to it's recipient, my sister-in-law Kerry. She loved it, and we just found out that they are going to have a BOY!HAPPY 10 YEAR VEGETARIAN ANNIVERSARY TO ME!!!
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
OK, I'm gonna be honest -- this pattern was a pain in my butt! I mean, it was easy enough as long as you pay attention, and towards the end I kept on paying attention but I always ended up missing 1 stitch in the same row, no matter what. So it's not perfect. But that's what makes it handmade, right? And the recipient won't notice (I hope)!
I just downloaded Firefox, and I think it's kind of cool. Now I'm going to go try and figure out what all the buzz about Dreamweaver is.
Monday, February 20, 2006
One thing we did do yesterday (besides hanging out) was meet up with Red's (and now my) friend Annie, who is in a play called Spring's Awakening at The Looking Glass Theater. Go check her out when it starts in March!
Jess sent me this pic of the Blizzard Clutch Ruth made for the Knitted Gift Exchange -- it's what Red was lucky to take home with her. By the way, this will be the last guru-saturated post for a while, lest she get a big head from all the adulation, so soak her up while you can!
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Kara hosted a knitted gift exchange to celebrate her birthday -- everyone had to bring a knitted or knitting-related gift, and then we all got to take something fun home. Claudine, the Capricorn MC, is the only one who actually chose to steal someone else's gift, but she really wanted that Colinette yarn and let's face it, pink is her color. Although she'd better watch her back, because Susi didn't look too happy about being robbed.
I was lucky enough to choose (and not be robbed of) Kara's knitting contribution to the gift exchange -- chenille flower washcloths and some yummy-smelling soap (displayed by Red and Rachel)! Red got a knitted clutch made of super-soft Blizzard from Ruth (sorry I don't have a pic!) And I thought this shot of Heather in her hat gift (made by Johanna) was really cute.
Red proved to be more than just a knitting guru, as we checked out a Basics Class at Om Yoga this morning and I watched her twist her body into miraculously complicated poses (re-enactment done bya professional -- don't try this at home, kids). Dave was supposed to come along, but coming home at 4am after hanging out with Gregor at Eight Mile Creek didn't make him very inclined to get out of bed at 10AM. I really liked the class, because Danny, the instructor, explained everything we practiced, and I had always felt lost at the other classes I'd been to. I'm going to get Dave to go back with me before we move.
Lastly, here's a shot of the really cool original purse creation Red came up with herself -- for me -- with a blue whale! I think I'm going to felt it once the strap is finished. I love my guru! Here she is again, doing something smart -- fixing my lacey scarf (I was just going to "knit through it," but my creative "k2tog" solutions to getting rid of those pesky extra stitches were making that a really messy option).
Breaking news...EOIN WALKS!!!
Friday, February 17, 2006
The main color for the sweater will be the "honey" shade, with either dark brown or blue as the trim. I wanted to make the whole sweater out of one of those 2 colors, but there wasn't enough. The fuzzy multi-colored stuff hanging out with the cotton was only $1 a skein! It will become a knitted gift for someone, a very very late Christmas gift or maybe a birthday gift and skip Christmas...since I'm so late! By the way, the people at Suss are so nice, especially Jill, who has helped me out with suggestions and opinions many, many times.
My guru arrives any minute now!
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
As I was fondling the buttery soft Baby Twist alpaca at The Point tonight, my stitching sisters kept telling me that I'd better buy all that nice sweet yarn now, because who knows what type of fibers they'll have in Indiana. Then Jessica chimed in with the scariest thought of all..."What if they only sell novelty yarn there???" I shudder to think! Personally, I have visions of rural mid-western farms dotting the flatlands of Indiana, populated by all manner of fibrous animals, all eager to shed their yummy locally grown fleece for the opportunity to be manipulated into something wonderful by my vegetarian-operated needles...or something like that.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
The other excitement of my weekend was an intimate Indigo Girls concert on Friday night in Poughkeepsie, at the Bardovan Opera House. It only has 944 seats, and the girls totally rocked -- it was one of the best Indigo Girls concerts I've ever been to. My favorite was their perfomance of "Land of Canaan". Katie, Sarah and I had an extra thrill by sort of sneaking in through the back door during the rehearsal. Actually, we didn't even have to sneak -- the door was open and we just walked in and sat there, listening. We knew we'd have to leave sooner or later, and sure enough, someone soon came and asked us who we were with. Of course, our truthful answer not being good enough to allow us to stay ("no one -- we're just listening"), we were politely asked to leave.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
The object of the game is to simply survive by moving the red block around without getting hit by the blue blocks or touching the black perimeter walls. If you can survive longer than 18 seconds you are phenomenal. It's been said that the US Air Force uses this for fighter pilots.>They are expected to survive for at least 2 minutes.
My best time is 21 seconds so far. Dave said he got 27 seconds. Try it! But be warned, this is addicting!
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
I have to get the yarn for the Hourglass Sweater, so in the meantime I'm thinking of doing the ubiquitous Clapotis from Knitty that everyone did last year. I'd use some kid mohair that I got from Brook's Farm at Rhinebeck last year. Or I was going to do the Branching Out scarf , also from Knitty. Not sure which yet, but that Knitty sure is a valuable resource!!!
Ciao for now!
Monday, February 06, 2006
In spite of the Superbowl hoopla, this weekend was pretty low key. Friday night I made a yummy Roasted Sweet Garlic and Thyme Risotto with Toasted Almonds and Breadcrumbs -- I found the recipe, by Jamie Oliver (the Naked Chef!), on the Food Network's web site, a really great resource for free recipes. And this one was pretty easy with very little prep time. In fact, while the garlic roasted I had time to enjoy the unseasonably beautiful weather and a few glasses of wine in the backyard with my neighbors Cathryn, Sage & Julian (the latter two are the proprietors of dREALM, a cool clothing shop in our building).
I met up with some SnB friends (sub-group!!!) at The Point on Saturday night, and after knitting we went out to dinner at the Blue Ribbon Bakery (great wine and cheese selection!) Jessica wore a fabulous hand knitted product, the Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, that she made from undyed Blue Sky Organic Cotton. It looked so awesome on her that it inspired me to buy the book today, with the aim of making the same sweater out of the same yarn -- maybe in Sand or Nut.
Special thanks to Dave, the hand model (he never won a contest), for modelling the finished mittens!
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Speaking of Sam, I got a chance to visit her today. I brought my Gram over and we hung out with Mike, Kerry & Gorgeous for a while.