Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Wow, it's COLD!

I wasn't expecting the swing in the weather, especially since the rain and dark, dreary day make it seem even more nasty and cold outside than it is.

I worked an extra 11 hour shift yesterday, and I'm already pooped. 3 more days to go...uhhhhg!

Monday, October 20, 2008

It's Official

Fall is here! Not based on what the calender tells me, but based on the weather as of late. It's been PERFECT! We had what I consider to be the perfect evening this past Saturday. The air was crisp, the sky was clear, the moon and stars shone brilliantly in the cloudless sky. The leaves and pine needles under my feet were just slightly crunchy and their sweet yet somewhat earthy aroma permeated the air, off somewhere in the distance I could smell the first fires of the season burning in fireplaces. The only thing that could have made it more perfect would have been to have someone to snuggle on a blanket with while gazing up at the stars. Oh well :o) I guess I just have to enjoy the perfection of the season by myself.

On the knitting front, yep finger is still numb, though I figured out how it's happening, and plan to see if i can come up with a way to prevent it. Apparently the way I hold my needles in my right hand, it rests on either a vein or nerve that causes the numbness, so I'm thinking if I can make some kind of cushion that I can put over that finger I should be good. We shall see. After starting and frogging and starting and frogging again, I decided that my beautious Schaefer
Heather yarn was not the right choice for Branching Out, so I switched it up and decided to use a ball of Koigu that's been sitting in my stash for a while. It's coming out much better, and really shows the stitch pattern quite nicely. I think the Schaefer will make some fabulous socks!

As you can see Oli is quite curious about all this knitting going on.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Catching Up From The Weekend

And since my weekends are Sunday and Monday, today is the perfect day to catch up. I did a bit o knitting and movie watching this weekend, I'm quite pleased with what I watched first up was Ghost World I absolutely loved this movie! Next up was Year of the Dog again, highly recommended. Last but not least Amelie this I was up until 2am watching and reading subtitles. It was truly magical! A fantabulous weekend of viewing all around!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Back In The Saddle Again

As far as knitting goes anyway :o) My finger is still numb, so I've had to set my socks aside for a while, but I find I'm able to work just fine with larger needles... YAY!!! I've been itching to make this pretty number since I first laid eyes on it. I had some free time after work yesterday and was going to stop by my regular LYS, but didn't feel like dealing with the parking and traffic, so I decided I'd go explore another LYS
and am I ever glad I did!! Everyone in the shop was soo nice and very helpful. I was specifically looking for the Noro sock yarn, they didn't have
that, so I was directed to the sock yarn they had in stock, there I found absolutely drool worthy Indira Gandhi colorway from Schaefer Yarns.
It was a wee bit pricey (by my standards) but so
beautiful, I just kept going back to it, so after
tinkering about the store a bit longer, she came home with me! It looks so different wound, but I love, love, love it so much. I decided I'd use it for Branching Out from knitty.com. Later last night, I cast on and am just pleased as punch. This is my first time using a "real pattern" aside from my poor little sock, but this pattern involves more than just knitting and purling :o) So I officially feel like a real knitter now. I have a day of knitting, reading and movie watching planned! A perfect day as far as I'm concerned! Here's my progress so far, and a peek at my poor little sock.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Knitting Related Injury

During my weekend of feeling o so crappy, I decided last night, that I would knit the time away and work on my lone sock. I am obviously a painfully slow knitter, and a really tight knitter it seems when I'm working with tiny little DPN's. So about 3 hours into my knit fest, I stopped for a break and noticed my ring finger on my right hand was numb. I put everything aside thinking that by morning it would be better. Noooooope It's after 5pm and I'm still numb. Hmmmmpf! Now that I'm through the biggest part of the sock (the leg and heel) I'm really anxious to get this thing done and start on the second one. Looks like I'll have to wait a bit longer.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Feeling Fussy

I don't know what my deal is as of late, but I'm feeling very unmotivated and just plain old fussy. I'm quite serious when I say I don't feel like doing anything. Like really nothing! The fact that my allergies are acting up like crazy and I've had a bit of a stomach bug this past weekend don't help my cause any. I'm wondering how much of this might be the change of seasons, it's finally feeling all warm and snuggly and that makes me want to hibernate (rather than be outdoors like usual). I'm also wondering if it's just a case of I've got too much crap around me, weighing me down and I need to PURGE big time. Sort of like the less crap I have, the less I have to worry about keeping clean, dusting around, etc. For instance, I have clothes out the wazzoo, most of them I don't wear, but have hung on to for who knows what reason (perhaps my hopes of being able to fit in them again) same with shoes, a ton of them littering my closet floor, but I only ever really wear a few pair of them. Cabinets full of dishes, serving pieces, storage containers, mugs o plenty, when it's only me. Sort of ridiculous really. I suppose the only good things to come of this slump in life is that I'm getting time to read and knit :o) I'm halfway done my first sock!