Tuesday, May 31, 2005

More Addictive Than Minesweeper

I found this game off of a Slate article. OMG -- too fun. http://www.sudoku.com/ For the logic nerd in everyone.

Slightly Obsessed

Slightly Obsessed

Now that I've calmed down I can finish my post for the day. I'm sure this will result in the munchkin waking up. It was a lovely mail delivery day -- I received some yummy Noro Kureyon for my secret pal over on MDC (I'm going to send it to her along with the Booga Bag pattern,) some note cards printed with my name for giving out whenever I knit up some stuff for sale, and a card and present from my secret pal. Munchkin man was thrilled to receive his own package that contained a toothbrush with a race-car on it. It must be pretty cool to be 2.5 years old!

Just now one of my neighbors from across the street came over to ask if I wanted some zoo tickets as her partner works there. How do you explain that you have ethical objections to zoos and feel icky every time you visit one? I've explained it to other mama friends I know (and gotten some raised eyebrows) but not to someone who is employed by a zoo itself. I just said "OK, thanks." and left it at that.

On a Blogger note, the spell-check works in the pop-up but not on the main interface. I'm guessing it's a Mozilla issue. I will have to (reluctantly) break out IE to test my hypothesis.
So my munchkin is currently taking a nap. Instead of napping along with him I drank a cup of coffee (instant hazlenut with Silk Very Vanilla soymilk). Wow. Just now (after writing the coffee sentence) I had to break up a fight on my tree-lawn. There were about 20 15-year olds there. The only thing that got them to move was threatening to bring out my dog (who would have barked like hell and strained to get to them so he could give them all kisses.) I got called a "white bitch". Nice. I can't remember what else I had to say. . .

Saturday, May 28, 2005

So today I went for my first acupuncuturist appointment for general pregnancy wellness and relief of CTS. I'll know in a week or so if it's helping. In preperation for a happy wrist I hit the YARN SALE at the knitting shop 2 doors down from the acupuncturist. Very convenient! Nothing like 50% off to have me scouring for new projects.

I bought cotton chenille to make the flower washcloths in Weekend Knitting, 2 skeins of mohair to make some sort of wrap/shawl, and 5 skeins of a tweedy merino for a sweater for the new baby. :) I finished it up by buying a Thai Iced Tea at the farmer's market -- what a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

CTS has got me down

I had forgotten that one of the worst things for me about being pregnant is that my carpal tunnel syndrome in my right arm flares up. When I was pregnant with my son I was working as a programmer and it was horrific -- sharp pains would shoot up my neck during the night and it would randomly go numb. After undergoing a grueling armpit massage at my chiropractor (I was crying) it all went away.

So anyway, over the past week I am getting pains shooting up my forearm and into my shoulder. Not nearly as bad as last time, but bad enough to keep me away from knitting. I had even changed to Continental style a month ago to prevent any CTS isses, but it seems it doesn't matter. I am going to try accupuncture on Saturday in hopes of avoiding the dreaded lymph massage.

Friday, May 20, 2005

This is the bag I did for the MDC craft swap. The yarn is from the previously mentioned knitting mill sale. The colors remind me of easter eggs. Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Knitting Projects

For Mother's Day I bought myself a trunk from World Market to hold my yarn stash. Thanks to a Going out of Business sale by a local knitting mill it is over 3/4 full. I got about 10 lbs of un-dyed yarn for $12! A lot of it is knotty and dirty but I don't care! That takes up about half of the trunk the other half is filled with yarn for various projects. I'm sure this doesn't seem like much, but I've only been knitting for 5 months. And the sad thing is I'm compulsively stalking online yarn shops. I even go so far as to plan out yardage for projects and then add the yarn to the shopping cart. I currently have way more projects planned then I can possibly finish in the near future so I'm not sure what I'm thinking. Here's my list:
  • Chris's Sweater (1/4 done)
  • My Sweater (waiting on yarn from HPY co-op)
  • JCC Sweater (3/4 done)
  • Diaper Bag for Susan (needs by August)
  • Purple Socks (have yarn, want to do the other socks first)
  • Peace Fleece Stripey Socks (need size 4 dpns)
  • My Vest (waiting on yarn from HPY co-op)
  • Balaclava for Joe (for Xmas)
  • Felted wine cozy for dad (for Father's Day)
  • Booties/hat for Blayne (due in June)
  • Soaker for SP (sometime soon)
  • Gnome (whenever I feel like untangling my Cascade)
  • Vest for Mom (by September)
  • 5 more assorted baby gifts for expectant mamas
And did I mention I'm pregnant??? That's another munchkin to start making things for. I'm only 6 weeks along so I have plenty of time for that one.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

So I went for my first haircut in many many months. I love the gal that cuts it but it isn't cheap. I was happily surprised when she asked if I'd like to trade this haircut for a bag like the one pictured. She also asked if I'd like to sell stuff in her shop. Pretty sweet! Now I just have to work display knitting in with my gift knitting.  Posted by Hello

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Getting Started

A beautiful picture to get this started. For some reason I feel the need to share pictures of my hobbies with the rest of the world.

I've been gardening for 6 years now. When we bought our house my husband was shocked that I wanted to garden. I had a horrible reputation for leading innocent houseplants to slaughter and he doubted that any plants would survive. For some reason outdoor plants are immune to my evil ways and thrive in my zone 6 space. Really I don't think their success has much to do with me, it should all go to the worms. More on them later. . .

Tree Peony Posted by Hello