Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Unhappily Unravelling

Last week, I was happily wearing my newly minted Hourglass Sweater when I looked over my right shoulder and saw this (well, that's not actually the view over my shoulder, but you get the "picture"):

What the heck? How is just that section of the neckline hem coming up? I know I didn't miss any stitches when binding off. There is no hanging yarn where and end might have come loose and unwoven. I can't figure it out for the life of me! I mean, I'll just fix it with some spare yarn but still, this is a mystery.

In other news, I'm sorry it's been such a long time since I've updated. Blogger was giving me major problems since Friday. I kept trying to post and pictures couldn't go up. P.I.T.A.!!!

On Thursday night, Sam's parents for some reason entrusted their little darling to me for the night and next day as they celebrated Kerry's birthday at the casino. I still think Sam's the best baby ever, but she is a handful! If you do not pay attention to her every single minute she is awake, any object not nailed down will end up in her mouth. And I'm talking about objects that normal humans wouldn't think about putting into their mouths -- bits of mud, dog food, pieces of fuzz, cell phones, shoes... The one thing this is hard to get into her mouth, however, is people food. Unless, of course, it has first been ground into the carpet by the dog and/or aunt. Here she is, reaching for a thus mistreated Cheerio.

Handful though she is, I love her so much. Look how cute she is with her grandpa!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Hippity Hop

Just wanted to share a few really cute shots from Easter yesterday. We got together with my whole family and with Kerry's parents, too, for a really nice and sunny day. Sam was gorgeous as usual, and I know you all wanted to see this shot of her with sweet potatoes all over her face. I get to babysit on Thursday!

Sorry, no knitting-related news today. I just did a little more work on the Clapotis this weekend, in fornt of its intended recipient. Sorry, mom!

Saturday, April 15, 2006


What a gorgeous Saturday! The temperature was in the high 70's, the sun was shining and a bunch of our friends were back in CT for the Easter Weekend. We took Jesse (my brother's dog) and Rebecca (our friends' baby) for a walk on the bike path in Hamden, and then went for some homemade ice cream at Wentworth's -- they even had K-9 ice cream for Jesse! Following this up with some grilled food and beers on our back porch in Seymour ended the day perfectly. I even got to work on my Clapotis a bit!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Swiftly Tilting Lifestyle

The Hourglass Sweater is 100% knitted, woven in, blocked...finished! Sorry I'm not wearing it today for SnB, maybe next time -- the sleeves are a little long and I had to go to some meetings today so I decided to skip it because I might get annoyed at them and I didn't want any negative feelings towards my first adult-sized sweater. I really like it, though -- I think it turned out great!

With Dave being in South Bend for orientation this weekend, I spent a lot of time with my family. Friday night my mom & I went up to Mohegan Sun Casino (yes, I do have other vices than alcohol and knitting!) and I won some cash -- definitely enough to buy a swift and ball winder, so I don't have to use the back of my office chair any more. And we'll have room for these 2 things in South Bend! I'm winding the Brook's Farm Kit Mohair for a Clapotis (MOM, don't look) here. I know that is so last year, but I didn't ever get to do it so now I am. It's fun to drop those stitches!

Time to run to a meeting, but I'm excited to be back in the city for SnB tonight. See you all later! Here's a shot of our circa-1950's sink for your enjoyment...

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

It Fits!

I'm done knitting my first adult-sized sweater! And for some unknown and lucky reason, despite my gauge errors, it seems to fit me just fine. See? I just have to seal up the armpits and weave in the multitude of ends. The collar seems a bit funky -- it sticks up a lot -- but Jess told me hers did that, too, and it settled down with blocking. Even Dave liked it, except for the collar part. But if I ever want a nice compliment, I just have to go upstairs to see Gram who always tells me how beautiful I look and how nice my blouse or sweater is. Without fail. Grandparents are great!

I just saw a wild turkey by the road -- we're not in the Big Apple anymore...

Monday, April 03, 2006


So, we've moved -- we're officially surburbanites, residents of the Naugatuck Valley for the next 7 weeks. Our pad is set in a bit more rustic locale than the Pink Pleasure Palace -- and with no internet or cable, it's been an interesting few days. We thought we could do without those luxuries until we got to South Bend, but that just won't cut it. We're watching a lot of movies and I'm knitting a lot. But not cooking -- the gas isn't hooked up yet! Something I took for granted in our NYC apartments, where the places just kind of roll over from one tenant to the next without a whole lot of household re-connections necessary. I am just about finished with the Hourglass Sweater -- I purled a row for the neckline and now just have to finish that up, sew up the armholes and weave in the ends. Pics to come!

Benefits of our new living arrangments are CRAZY MAD SPACE! Also, getting to see my grandparents, parents, and SAM a lot. I'll put up some pics of the inside of our apartment soon. These are just some outside shots, from when we took a walk up the hill to the woods behind the house yesterday.