Friday, March 30, 2007

The funniest thing Marley has ever done.

Tonight, Marley came running into the living room at full speed and tried to jump through this space on his way in.

At least that's the best we can figure. It was either that or he was trying to jump up on top of the suitcase. Either way. I almost had an embolism from laughing so hard.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

I don't think you can get cuter than this.

Sometimes I'm jealous of how cute my dog is.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

What I've been working on lately...

Here's one of two Baby Mary Jane Booties for tiny dancer:

I'm also working on another Baby Surprise Jacket and a beaded lace scarf. I'm taking my very first knitting class for the beaded knitting scarf. I get to go for free since I work at the shop. Yay! Here's the scarf so far...

And last, but certainly not least (otherwise, I'd be a terrible parent), I'm still working on tiny dancer. Here's me, looking like hell right after a shower, at 12 weeks:

Recent FO's.

Here's a lengthy list, with photos, of my recently finished knits.

Sweater for tiny dancer:

Hat for Mom:

Hat for Bob:

Lacy cashmere scarf (modeled by my neighbor, Jenn):

Hat for tiny dancer:

Petal bib:

Baby Surprise Jacket:

Kitty Hat:

Bunny Hat:

"Three Year [Boring-Ass] Shawl":

Favorite Color Swap Loot

This is about a week late in posting... But here it is! This is the LOVELY package I received from my favorite color swap pal, Tammy. She included one skein of blue and green Malabrigo, 2 skeins of Grignasco Top Print (100% Alpaca!!!) in green and blue, and 1 skein of Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn in purples, pinks, teals, and greens. Yummy! She also included some handmade goat's milk soap, some cute insert tags for hand knits, a rawhide bone for Marley, and a pair of baby socks for tiny dancer! Yay! Thank you so much!

Marley, enjoying his rawhide from Tammy.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Holy crap I need to update this!

Yeah, so looking over to the left you'll see a long list of completed items. Why are they still "on the needles" if they're done you ask? Well, that would be because I am a lazy mofo. I've even taken pics of most of them, but I won't take them down until I've uploaded the photos into my finished objects photobook (otherwise, I'll totally forget to put them in at all). I'd like to blame my pregnant brain and my f'ed up computer monitor, which both do truly suck in their own right, but really, it's just me. I could totally work around those issues, really. I recently found out that my dad actually checks this regularly (although he never comments...), so now I feel totally guilty for not updating more often. HI DAD! (Seriously, dad, you are the best. I know I'm super hormonal from the pregnancy and everything, but it really means a lot to me that you check my blog and read about the boring things I say and do. :) I am incredibly lucky to have a dad like you.)

So all that being said, I guess I'll say I'll try to update this soon and then more frequently, but those of you who know anything about me know that's probably not going to last.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Book meme

This makes me want to read more often...

Look at the list of (100) books below.
Bold the ones you’ve read.
Italicize the ones you own.
Movies don’t count.

1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie(Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible (Only parts)
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

SP10 Questionnaire

Ooops, I totally thought I'd already done this, but apparently not.

1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I knit with natural fibers and natural fiber blends. I do not and will not knit with acrylics.

2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I'm one of the lucky ones with a Namaste needle binder. Yay!

3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I've been knitting for almost seven years. I consider myself to be fairly advanced. I can do anything I've tried.

4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

5. What's your favorite scent?
Grapefruit or other citrus.

6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I LOVE gummies and chocolate, but I have to be extremely careful because I have a severe allergy to all nuts. So if the candy's been processed in a plant that processes nuts, I can't have it. :(

7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
I've tried drop spindle and I start a spinning class in April. I've dabbled in beading and a couple other crafty things. I choose not to crochet.

8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
I like almost anything. I'm not super fond of top 40 or modern country.

9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
I like all colors, but especially blues and greens.

10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I'm married and pregnant with my first child (due 9/30). I have a dog, Marley.

11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
All but ponchos. They're not exactly slimming.

12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Lately it's been baby stuff.

13. What are you knitting right now?
A baby sleep sack, another baby surprise jacket, and a dog sweater.

14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Of course!

15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Circs all the way. I love addi turbos, and pretty much only work with them.

16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Yep to both.

17. How old is your oldest UFO?
I just finished my oldest (yay!), so now I think my oldest is about a year.

18. What is your favorite holiday?

19. Is there anything that you collect?
Dog hair, but that's probably not what you meant. I choose to collect yarn. I've been trying to cut down on other "collections" because we need room in our house for the baby.

20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I'm dying for some Socks that Rock. Other than that, I'm spoiled because I work at a yarn shop and can get any patterns, needles, books or magazines for a lovely discount.

21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?

22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yep. I wear a women's 9.5

23. When is your birthday?
September 6.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Lengthy Meme

Stolen from Carrieoke

20 years ago (March 1987)
Age? 9

Were you in school? Yes. I was in fourth grade

Where did you work?
At home. Stupid chores.

Where did you live?
I lived in Madison in a house with my parents and brothers.

What were your regular haunts?
Neighbors' houses--either Tara, Mike or Val's houses. My brothers' room--it had built in bunk beds and a crawl space underneath. Our basement--we could do pretty much anything down there.

Did you wear glasses?
Only my super cool black and neon sunglasses.

Who was your best friend?
Carrie Elsa.

How many tattoos did you have?
None. That would be crazy!

How many piercings did you have?
2. Ears.

What did you drive?
A bicycle or foot scooter.

Had you been to a real party yet?
I guess so. My parents used to throw them and, well, we were there.

Heart broken yet?

Status on the market?
I was nine.

Ten years ago (March 1997)

Age? 19

Were you in school?
Sophomore year in college.

Where did you work?
I was a student hourly for Engineering Professional Development. I believe I had also started working for Madison City Channel and WYOU public television.

Where did you live?
Madison, WI.

What were your regular haunts?
Memorial Union Rathskeller, downtown Madison.

Did you wear glasses?

Who was your best friend?

How many tattoos did you have?
One or two (I can't remember exactly when I got the second).

How many piercings did you have?
10. Seven in my ears, one in my navel, one in my eyebrow, and one more...

What did you drive?
I walked.

Had you been to a real party yet?
yes. In fact, that year I threw my first party.

Heart broken yet?
Yes, a few times.

Status on the market?

Five years ago (March 2002)

Age? 24.

Were you in school? If so, where and for what?
Yep. Law School, second year.

Where did you work?
Madison Public Library.

Where did you live?
Madison, WI.

What were your regular haunts?
Josh's apartment, law school, Genna's.

Did you wear glasses?

Who were your best friends?
Josh, Jen, Jess

How many tattoos did you have?

How many piercings did you have?
9. Lost the eyebrow piercing.

What did you drive?

Had you been to a real party yet?
See above, 5 years prior.

Heart broken yet?
Again, see above.

Status on the market?
I was with Josh already, so, unavailable.

As of today (March 2007)

Age? 29

Are you in school? If so, where and for what?

Where do you work?
I'm an attorney editor for Westlaw.

Where do you live?
Minneapolis, MN

What are your regular haunts?
My apartment, coffee shops.

Do you wear glasses?

Who is your best friend?
Josh. And Shelley.

Do you talk to your old friends?
Not really.

Do you have a crush?
Only on my husband.

How many tattoos do you have?

How many piercings do you have?
7. Only in my ears now.

What do you drive?
2003 Ford Focus.

Have you been to a real party yet?
Not lately.

Heart broken yet?
Not in a while.

Status on the market?

Besides ones of the pet variety, any dependents?
One on the way...

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Tiny Dancer

Here it is! 10 weeks 3 days. Cutest fetus ever. It was moving its little arms and legs like crazy! Thus, "Tiny Dancer." I am enthralled and even more crazy excited by our little creature.

They changed my due date to September 30, so maybe our little family will be September birthdays only. I'm the 6th, Josh is the 21st, and Tiny Dancer is due the 30th, so... T.D. is due right between Josh's birthday and my mom's (Oct. 10)--we'll see who wins. That's right, this is all about winning. Life is a contest, and somebody has to "win" the baby's birthday. Seriously, what's wrong with me?

In knitting news, I'm still working on the baby surprise jacket, but mostly because I interrupted it to finish Fetching in pink for my brother, Kyle (as requested, I'm not a sadist), and Twinkletoes for my mom, who's laid up in bed after surgery. And I've already got my eye on the Rowan Soft Baby I bought to make a sleep sack for T.D.... My hands have been cramping lately though. Stupid hands.