January 31, 2011
January 30, 2011
A Canticle for Leibowitz...1 out of 5 stars. I couldn't finish it. It's heralded at a classic but it wasn't good. I gave up after reading 2/3 of the story or more. I just couldn't push myself to continue to read something that I really wasn't enjoying, that's not what reading is about. But I gave it my best shot.
January 29, 2011
January 28, 2011
January 27, 2011
January 26, 2011
January 25, 2011
I haven't been eating my afternoon snack at work, so I just toss them into my desk drawer. I hadn't really noticed it until I opened my desk drawer to get out my staple puller and there were 5 granola bars and a bag of microwave pop corn.
I guess I'm afraid of getting stuck at work with nothing to eat...it's happened but I never starve to death. Guess I'm prepared for over time now!
January 24, 2011
The front...I look like 10 pounds of potatoes in a 5 pound sack. It looks terrible. And the sleeves! I added 1/2 inch to sleeves because I have monkey arms and they're still too short and too tight. I just don't get it. My arms are so skinny that I'm often compared to Olive Oil from Popeye! Yet, still...too short & too tight. Sigh.
January 23, 2011
So we went and guess what? I'm the only one who bought anything! I picked up two cards of antler buttons for only $2 each! Cheap! And beautiful too.
January 22, 2011
After...mid-calf and a bit tight at that.
January 21, 2011
Lacy Leaf requires a bit more attention. And I already bought all the necessary notions to complete the bag except for the handles. I will need to order those on line since no where local has them. Since I chose a red colorway, I'm thinking black handles might be the way to go even though I love the walnut colors that I've seen, black will just go better with the red.
I finished the first lacy leaf side panel and am blocking it to see how it looks. My gauge is a bit off. The pattern says to wet block it to indicated measurements but I don't see where it says what the measurements are in the pattern. So I blocked it to the finished size. Pattern says finished size is 13" wide at the top, 18" wide at the bottom and 11" high. Mine came out as 15" wide at the top, 18" wide at the bottom and just a bit more then 11" high. But the yarn did block out nicely which was my main concern with Bamboo Ewe. I'm used to working with 100% wool yarns most of the time and they block differently then something with acrylic. But the bamboo looks really nice.
I don't think I'll be using Lacy Leaf Satchel for a purse. I need a bag that zips closed at at the top and can be tossed over my shoulder for every day use. My worst fear is someone reaching into my bag and taking my wallet out without me noticing. But Lacy Leaf Satchel will make a fantastic knitting bag. Right now I'm using a tote that I made some time ago. I don't really take my projects many places but I do keep it on the couch so all my things are together and the dogs and cat stay out of it (kitty especially has a taste for yarn). I can't wait for it to be done.
January 20, 2011
Aidez is pretty much done. The sleeves are blocking and as soon as they're done, I'll be ready to seam it up and wear it. But since I can't go 20 min's without something to knit, I started going through my back issues of Interweave Knits. I found this really cute satchel in the Summer 2010 issue that I remember wanting to knit but not really having the time to do it. The pattern is called Lacy Leaf Satchel by Pam Powers.
© Pam Powers
January 19, 2011
I'd been looking at the Bissell Pet Hair Eraser at Costco for a while but hesitated to buy it because it was $150. But we bit the bullet last week and bought one.
Let me tell you how much I've been loving this vacuum. It does great on carpets. I was totally shocked at how much dirt it brought up. I had vacuumed with the old vacuum two days before we bought the new one but the Bissell brought up so much dirt that the old one missed I was a little grossed out.
The best part is that the vacuum pops apart and you can carry it around and use it like a canister vac. Since we have a lot of hard wood (and a lot of dog hair) this feature is so great. The upright has a bare floor feature but you can't get in to corners really good with it but you can when you use it like a canister vac. It came with a bare floor attachment and it works great.
I think I've vacuumed more since I got the new vacuum then I have in the last year! Joking but really...it's such a joy to use, I vacuum just about every other day. My house has never been cleaner.
It's not on my list of goals for the year but I've been working on doing some small chores around the house everyday to help keep it cleaner longer. Sometimes it gets to the point around here that if someone stopped by unexpectedly, I'd be embarrassed to have them in the house...and I hate that feeling. So far I've been doing great. I'm keeping a journal of what I do everyday so I feel like I've accomplished something. I also write it in my date book so I'm not accidentally doing the same thing two days in a row. So far it's working pretty good. I've done something almost every day and the house is pretty clean. I also don't have to spend one whole day of my weekend cleaning anymore.
January 18, 2011
I finished Monster Nation (Zombies #2) by David Wellington. Very interesting book. This time instead of a human being the center of the book it was a zombie. 4 stars out of 5 on this one. I'm sure I'll read the next book in the series.
January 17, 2011
I finished Blindness by Jose' Saramago last week. I really enjoyed the story but the style it was written in made it really hard to read. It has lots of run on sentences, no quotation marks for when a person is speaking, & doesn't always identify the speaker. Not sure I'll read anything else by this author.
January 16, 2011
I chose Larch Cardigan by Amy Christoffers for my next project. I am so in love with this sweater.
The pattern calls for Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light. I hardly ever use the yarn that the pattern calls for. 99% of the time, I make a substitution based on what other people have used for their project or I check the weight of the called for yarn and go from there. Since I order most of my yarn on-line instead of my local yarn shop, I don't shop by feel much. However, I did make a stop at my LYS last week to feel yarn for this project and I loved the Ultra Alpaca Light. Being me, I like a good deal, so I went home and did some price shopping. I had a credit with Jimmy Beans Wool and a coupon for free shipping, which made it much cheaper then I could get at my LYS. It was cheaper to begin with but with shipping it would have been about the same. So I ordered 11 skeins in Candied Yam colorway.
It's so orange-y and tasty looking! I can't wait for it to arrive. I'm so hoping that it gets here before I finish Aidez. Or maybe not. If it doesn't arrive I can head back to my LYS and pick up something for a small project to work on in the mean time! Now I must go plan for that possibility! Yay!
January 15, 2011
I had my Cascade Eco + that I ordered from Jimmy Beans Wool, so I got out my needles and got to swatching. The pattern calls for US 10 1/2 needles, so I figured I start there for a gauge swatch. Gauge is 15 sts = 4". I got 15 sts = 4". So I figure, I'm in business.
January 14, 2011
January 13, 2011
January 12, 2011
The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau. Good story! Love the lead character, Lina. It's nice to see a young woman taking the lead in her community and trying to make life better for everyone. Great story and highly recommended to young adult readers.
January 11, 2011
Here's my favorites:
Chiton Pullover by Melissa Wehrle
Love the draped neckline.
January 10, 2011
If you haven't checked out Wool Watchers yet, you should! It's so fun!