Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Another Meme for Me.

Not much going on, on the knitting front...Sorry just slow progress on wips... I'll keep you updated.

So today.....

I've been tagged by Donna to do this one!

***Ground Rules: The first player of this "game" starts with the topic "5 weird habits of yours" and people who get tagged need to write a blog entry about their 5 quirky habits as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next 5 people to be tagged and list their names.***

1. I don't like talking on the phone. Four years of working at Continental Airlines Reservations cured me of that. I love IMing....I'm actually required to use MSN Messenger at work.

2. I call my boss Yogi Bear occasionally....only because he calls me Boo boo. I only assume he is referring to Yogi and Boo-boo, because if he is actually calling me "a boo boo" I would be mad.

3. I would enjoy movies like The Mummy more if they lowered the volume....I hate being scared with the loud noises!

4. I love watching re-runs of Murder She Wrote....I know how embarrassing!!! Brian purchased the first two seasons for me that are available.

5. I will drink day old coffee cold if that is the only thing available.....I'll even drink INSTANT COFFEE when forced to.

I'm tagging the following people because I want to know more about them. :)

Sarah (come on post!!! You can do it!!)

The ticker is not displaying correctly but I've lost 6.5 lbs on WW!!!!!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Back to work.

Well I'm on the road again and I have another edition of adventures on the road....but I have knitting progress pics before I start that:

First up this morning folks, is my International Scarf Pal Progress...so far I've used over one skein of Elizabeth Lavold Silky Wool on this. I'm trying to get it to a length that I will be happy with, without blocking it to within an inch of it's life. Does anyone know if this yarn grows after it takes a bath? Also, what is the best soap to have it come out great smelling? I'm pretty happy with the progress and I hope my pal is too.

Next up, the progress on the second pair of booties, for my pregnant aunt.....they will be done soon...and the best part: NO BLOCKING!!! Into the mail they will go all the way to lovely Chicago, IL. For those of you who would notice, the cuff is way shorter on these because I'm running out of this yarn. ;) I LOVE LOVE LOVE Classic Elite Yarns Premiere! The knitted fabric is heavenly soft!

And now ladies and gentlemen we have Martha's travels thru New England. I wish I had more time to go on a multi-state yarn crawl but it was not to be this time.

Martha, why are we taking photos of random houses/resturants in Vermont? Well ladies and gentlemen, THIS is the Rutland, VT AIRPORT!!!! That's it folks....it's about as big as my HOUSE!!!! I love it!!! They had 3 tiny desks shoved in there, one for Continental, one for Alamo Rent a car, and one for Hertz......and the Continental desk had a fish tank on it!!!! When I checked in the lady behind the counter offered me a cup of coffee along with my boarding pass....you know cuz she'd just made some in the kitchen....um wait I mean "in back". In the "gate area" there were magazines all over like a waiting room, except all of them were current. "Baggage claim" was 5 feet from the "gate". When I got there ONE GUY was the ticket counter, ground crew, Baggage office, and rental car person.....what would they do if he got sick?????

Next to the charming airport, there was the above sign. So is a Rabbitry like a place where they raise Rabbits? I was tempted to go in and buy....um I mean "pet" rabbits, but the Rabbitry was a trailer that didn't look very welcoming.

Other notable events....I had to drive from Rutland,VT to Boston because my flight was cancelled (maybe the one guy that works there was sick???). On the way I was flipping stations and I HEARD A RADIO AD FOR A YARN SHOP!!!! I had to calm down and fight not to turn the car around to find this place!!! When was the last time you heard a radio commercial like THAT????? Also on the way, I saw another first! A MOOSE crossing sign!!! I would have stopped to take a pic but it was too snowy/rainy for me to do so.

Overall, it's been a pretty exciting week......Next time....I promise.....a MEME!!!! Now aren't we all excited?

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Tahoe Synopsis...with pics BEWARE!

Ok this may get long and rambly so forgive me....Unfortunately, there will be no knitting content today.

One of the first things we did was go to ski school to learn to ski. Our instructor told me that I could skip level 2 and go straight to level 3! I'm not considered "athletic" at all so this just blew me away.....Until the knee injury that I've already mentioned. Doh!

Here is a pic of me and the hubby at ski school.....isn't he handsome?

The next day we took the day off from skiing and went snowmobiling! It was fun!!! I was shocked that I liked it, because I hate motorcycles....so I thought that I would hate this.

Here is Brian and me at the top of the mountain. The picture implies that Brian actually got to drive....HA!!! I was driving for 90% of the time! :)

Then Later in the week, we went on a drive around the lake with some beautiful views!

Now how many times do you see the above sign along the road?

This was toward the end of our drive the sun was setting and we stopped every ten feet to take a pic.

And we made some friends along the way....I couldn't resist snapping this adorable kitty.

Here is our friend Colin, being silly taking a pic of me taking a pic of him in the car, during the million times we stopped to take in various views.

On the last day the weather turn to this:

It's ok....I love the snow! It was awesome! We were in the store for half an hour and there were 5 inchs accumulated on our car!!!

One last pic from our last day.....Heavenly! (For those not familar with Tahoe, Heavenly is a ski resort.)

Monday, January 16, 2006

Ice Pack Explaination

Thanks for everyone's concern!!! I had a huge fall at the top of a rather large mountain chair lift. My skis got tangled with Brian's as we were getting off and we both went down but I couldn't get up. They had to pop off my skis and I had to limp out of the way of lift chair "traffic". Unfortunately, I couldn't ski the rest of the week but I can walk....speaking of which I'm off to work...sorry I have knitting news but no time to post about it. Also, I'm starting Weight Watchers again strictly, so I can ski for more than two days next time. :)

Friday, January 13, 2006

Just a few Photos to tease....

Sorry for the sideways view....
In our room.....WHY YES those ARE two ice packs on my knees.

More knitting in The Alpen Sierra Cafe.....scarf is so long I have to wear it while I knit it!

Sigh........What can I say?

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Tahoe or Bust!

Can you tell I'm excited about my trip to Tahoe!!!??

First some show and tell....I got gifties for my birthday from knitting divias Brynne and Jenni! You ladies Rock!!!

Hot Chocolate (which made it's way into my suitcase somehow....I think it's poltergist) on the left from Brynne, and the bag from Jenni which contained.....

This Book and totally great smelling camomile soap!!!! I have some great friends!!!

Here we see one cat wanting to come WITH US......

And here we see one that WANTS US TO STAY! He said the suitcase was NOT going to be opened as long as he was in this house!

Will try to post during the week!!!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Note To Self....


I went to a impromptu SnB tonight and had a coffee. I got home and couldn't sleep. On the plus side I figured out how to put FOs in the sidebar!!!! Check it out!!! ----------->

What could I accomplish with a gallon of coffee in my system? ;)

Edited EVEN LATER: I also added the cool progress bars!!!! Coffee is my friend!!!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Just a WIP Udate

First up today.....

I've been thinking about the rug I've mentioned that I've been thinking about making. As you can see I've swatched part of a square. My problem has been that I can't find the right yarn. I've asked at various yarn shops about a useable yarn but everything has had the wrong gauge. I've found yarns that have the right gauge online, but I hesitate in making such a big purchase without petting the yarn first. The yarn above is plain old Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick. It's fiber content is 80%/20% acrylic/wool, but the up side is that it is soft and I think it would feel awesome under food, plus there is the cost advantage....I don't know what do to.....Please help!!!! I've considered making another rug from this book, but the yarn from that rug is discontinued too!!!! Does anyone know of good substitute for Classic Elite Yarn Waterspun Weekend?

The above is the scarf I'm making for my Internation Scarf Exchange pal. It's Silky Wool and taking forever....but it looks pretty good I think, no? I think my pal my know who I am but OH well, we are not the CIA here at Martha's house.

Here is a closer look. I can't seem to take a good picture....this was the best of the bunch.

And yes here we have YET ANOTHER PAIR OF BABY SOCKS STARTED!!!! Oh my it's a sickness.

And drumroll please....

I think that this will be my first pair of Socks That Rock that I will be knitting up. And my first pair of Addi Turbos that I will be using. I am trying to keep from casting on till our vacation in Tahoe (STARTING THIS SUNDAY!!!), but the desire is great! Patience young Luke Skyknitter.....get it? SKYKNITTER? Hee hee...Cuz you know I'm the TRAVELING KNITTER??? You know like Sky=Airplanes!!?? Hee hee.....I think that I enjoyed that just a wee bit too much. :) Ok I think I'm going to have to Hide the Zubrowka (Very good Polish Vodka, that makes my current favorite drink of the moment (IT TASTES LIKE APPLE PIE!)) I'm acting way too silly for this early in the day. :)

And finally dear knitters....today's photo of the day....

I know this is dark but I couldn't risk putting on the lights and waking all the parties up in this pic. If you look really hard there is a sleeping cat on both couches (on the head rest parts) and a sleeping husband in the middle.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Record breaking FO in the new year!

My Hubby and I spent New Years Eve at one of our best friends house. Most of the time I was knitting and Brian our friends were playing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on PS2....I claimed that I had to finish the socks for all the babies I'm knitting for. :) I was knitting these for an Aunt but My friend has a friend who's baby was due on New Years Day, so I let her have them when I was finished so she could send them right away....because they won't fit the baby for long! Speaking of finishing...I finished these socks about 5 min after New Year! Is that a record breaking FO or what!!!??? I think this year I'm going to keep track of my FO in the Side bar....I just have to learn how....any volunteers to teach me or point me in the right direction?

Here we see my friend with the FOs in question.

Here is a close up for your inspection. :)

And here is an even closer look. :)

On New Years Eve, during the day, my wonderful friend Catherine thought of me on her way to one of our local yarn shops for a sale!!!! I hitched a ride with her and her very cute son Brandon. It was wonderful. Then afterwords, we went to an absolutely YUMMY Mexican resturant to eat with some of Catherines friends and family.

The following is my haul from the yarn shop

I've already knit a stole from this book, and I loved it so much I decided to get it so I don't have to keep borrowing this book.

Here we have more Addi Turbos in even more sizes!!!! I can't wait to start!!! Above the needles are a lovely surprise from Catherine for a birthday gift to make socks! It's Rowan (I believe) Cashcotton 4 ply Cotton/Cashmere blend, in a light lavender color, for the perfect warm weather socks! Thank you Catherine!
Since I'm the Traveling Knitter I have to have a guide to all the shops in the US right? This was an obvious choice. My hubby just shook his head when he saw this one.

Here is some more Classic Elite Yarns Premiere that I mentioned in an earlier post....it's what the baby socks are made of....so I decided I deserved big person socks out of this heavenly stuff too. :) The color is really a deep plum, the color in the pic is not really represented correctly. The book was actually a birthday present from the friend with the baby socks above.....she's already requested that I knit her a sweater from the book!!!

Speaking of my birthday, it was a wonderful party!!!! Everyone had fun (I think, I hope). And some people got a bit toasted....ok alot toasted....ok maybe it was the author of this blog. Don't look at me like that....it was my birthday and I could drink if I wanted to! :)

Ta Ta for now.....
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