November 29, 2010
November 28, 2010
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Worsted Weight in Grey Heather, 2 skeins
Needles: Size 6 Harmony Interchangeable
This was a very easy pattern to memorize. The pattern looks really complicated but it's not. After about 3 repeats of the pattern, I was able to go by memory. Would I do it again? Most likely not, it's not it's too difficult, it's just that knitting a scarf is really boring. I'm glad that I made myself finish this because otherwise I'm not sure I ever would have finished it.
November 26, 2010
November 24, 2010
I rated After America by John Birmingham as a three star on GoodReads. It was a decent story but I felt like it left off in the middle of the story and there was no closure. So I liked it but it wasn't great.
November 23, 2010
November 22, 2010
From the cover:
"From the acclaimed author of Infected comes an epic and exhilarating story of humanity’s secret battle against a horrific enemy. Across America, a mysterious pathogen transforms ordinary people into raging killers, psychopaths driven by a terrifying, alien agenda. The human race fights back, yet after every battle the disease responds, adapts, using sophisticated strategies and brilliant ruses to fool its pursuers. The only possible explanation: the epidemic is driven not by evolution but by some malevolent intelligence.Standing against this unimaginable threat is a small group, assembled under the strictest secrecy. Their best weapon is hulking former football star Perry Dawsey, left psychologically shattered by his own struggles with this terrible enemy, who possesses an unexplainable ability to locate the disease’s hosts. Violent and unpredictable, Perry is both the nation’s best hope and a terrifying liability. Hardened CIA veteran Dew Phillips must somehow forge a connection with him if they’re going to stand a chance against this maddeningly adaptable opponent. Alongside them is Margaret Montoya, a brilliant epidemiologist who fights for a cure even as she reels under the weight of endless horrors. These three and their team have kept humanity in the game, but that’s not good enough anymore, not when the disease turns contagious, triggering a fast countdown to Armageddon. Meanwhile, other enemies join the battle, and a new threat — one that comes from a most unexpected source — may ultimately prove the most dangerous of all.Catapulting the reader into a world where humanity’s life span is measured in hours and the president’s finger hovers over the nuclear button, rising star Scott Sigler takes us on a breathtaking, hyper-adrenalized ride filled with terror and jaw-dropping action. Contagious is a truly grand work of suspense, science, and horror from a new master."
November 21, 2010
November 19, 2010
Went to Costco for coffee, toilet paper and a few other household goods and came home with snowshoes. Is that normal? Hubbs and I have been talking for a couple of years about getting snowshoes and I'm pretty excited that we finally got some. Every time we've looked at them at various locations, they've been pretty pricey so we've never bought them. But Costco had a starter kit that included the shoes, poles and a gear bag for $70 which is a pretty good price. Not sure about the quality of the shoes but at least it'll be something to get us started. Now if only winter will let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
November 18, 2010
So of course, I bought the fabric to replicate it myself.
November 16, 2010
After the movies we decided to spend the afternoon at Sutters Fort State Historic Park in downtown Sacramento. It was a beautiful fall day, perfect for exploring Sacramento.
Naturally I was fascinated by the huge spinning wheels and the yarn swifts on display.
November 15, 2010
This is Roheline by Suvi Simola. I love the dropped stitch (go figure) detail on both the yoke and the cuffs.
Parcel by Carol Feller. Love that the detail is off to the side and not taking up the whole but is the the main focus.
November 11, 2010
This is an oak tree in the parking lot of my work. The red leaves are just amazing.
November 10, 2010
But after walking into my bedroom and seeing Sphinx Kitty nestled in to three hand knit sweaters and one pair of hand knit socks, I now know better. But this explains why I kept having to pick up a pile of sweaters from my bedroom floor. This pile includes my Heather Hoodie, my Thermal and my Feather Weight Cardigan as well as my Summer Lovin' Socks. Poor, poor hand knits. So abused. But at least you can't fault kitty for her excellent choice in comfy, yarn-y goodness!
November 9, 2010
Valpuri is coming a long nicely. I bound off for the body on Sunday evening and cast on for the 1st sleeve. It was fun and challenging working the pattern in the round when it was written flat. Can't wait to finish up my Valpuri.
November 8, 2010
November 5, 2010
But this year, I found these. They're B.O.C Kramers and I love them. They are so comfortable. I feel like I'm wearing bedroom slippers at work.
They are really great. I can wear them under my boot cut jeans and with skirts. Too bad I don't have any skirts that I can wear them with. I might have to make a trip for fabric to make a couple. They'd look great with a pair of tights and a skirt. Love, love, love these boots.
November 4, 2010
Since I decided that I'm going to order Wool of the Andes in Worsted Weight from KnitPicks for this pattern (in red of course), I realized that I was going to need another project to occupy my brain, my hands and my needles. I had 3.5 skeins of Berroco Vintage left over from Vera, somewhere in the neighborhood of 700 yards. Too much to just toss into my "stash" (not that I have much of one), so I started searching again on Ravelry for a pattern to meet my needs. I found a lot of things I really liked, of course. But I finally found Valpuri by the Berroco Design Team. This one is a free download.
November 3, 2010
Normally, I'm not much of an obsessive person but this bag...I don't know. I just couldn't stop. I even went so far as to mention it to Hubbs but when he asked how much and I said $89, I could see that there was no way he was going to approve a handbag that is almost half of my car payment. Too much money.
So in my search at Target, I found this bag:
Not an exact match but pretty dang close and at $25, it was a bag I could get behind. So off we went to Target. The Target in Elk Grove had the bag and it is big. Way bigger then I would normally carry but since I also want to be able to stuff a knitting project into when necessary instead of carrying an additional knitting bag I think it's going to work.
November 2, 2010
November 1, 2010