Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Do you know what today is?!?

No, it's not my anniversary (remember that song?). Today is the day my husband has been waiting for. Maybe your husband has too? I've already been reminded of my mission for today about 3 times and I'm expecting a phone call any second. Today is the day I go to make my yearly contribution to John Madden's retirement fund...

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Between the PS2, the NFL Sunday Ticket, and the boy playing flag football it's all football ALL the time at the Busy house. Someone hold me.

OutKast's new CD 'Idlewild' comes out today also. I'm looking foward to checking it out :o)

Friday, August 18, 2006

Can I get a minute?

Goodness! Has it really been two weeks since my last update? You'll have to forgive me. School has started and after getting up at the crack of dawn and getting the older boys out of the house..

first day of school

and explain to a certain someone why he can't go too...

I'm the one~woman entertainment show for the baby. By evening time I'm exhausted and my knitting is suffereing. Not to mention it's hot.as.hades. Maybe I'm a wimp, but for the love of pete could you throw a girl a breeze or something? I tell ya, both boys had flag football practice yesterday and I thought I was going to die. Yeah, yeah, so what I complained about the cold, rainy weather back in Maryland. Truth is I could use a raindrop or two right about now.

I have been knitting some though.

I'm at the point where I'm ready to separate the front and back. If I could ever get a minute I might actually finish. I just need a solid hour or so of knitting time. I've also started on what I fear is going to be a seriously boring knit.

That us there is the Manly Sweater (or Very Manly. Or whatever) from Stitch n Bitch. In gray without the stripes. Just miles and miles of ribbing.


But what can you do? At least I can take my time because I can guarantee he won't be wearing a wool sweater anytime soon :o) Oh, a note about the yarn...it's the new Swish superwash fron Knitpicks. So far so good. I swatched (Hi Amy!) and ran it through the washer and dryer on a ragular setting with some towels. Still looks great! It's nice to knit with too, although I'm not sure I'd want to use plastic needles.

I've also been shopping! When it's so hot you spend a bit more time online and then you start checking out yarn sales and before you know it there is no more room in the apartment to stash stuff (Luckily for me the house should be done by the end of the month!). So my 'to knit' list is growing. Maybe I'll update my sidebar this weekend with a list of stuff I have waiting in the wings?

Oh well, the boss is up from his nap and ready for action. Hope you all have a great weekend. We're going to see Monster House and attempt to stay cool.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Lots o' pics!

It's been a very knitterly few days around here! I got to see the Harlot, shop (and drink beer)at Hill Country Weavers, and rediscover some (old) yarn for new projects. First off, here's my Honeymoon Cami...

I gave you all most of the particulars in my last entry. It's very slinky and soft! I'm still on the hunt for the perfect bra ;o)

On to more exciting stuff~my trip to Austin this past weekend! It was my first time and it was hot (go figure). Seems like it would be a pretty cool place to hang out for an afternoon in, say, January when it's not stifling. Anywhoo, Jana, Mary, Amy, Claudine, Susan, Kim, Enid, Ken and I arrived early enough to sit right up front! Ken was super excited...

He was trying his hardest to get everyone to join in and do the wave with him, but we were all too busy knittng...

and taking pictures of each other knitting.

Stephanie took a picture of us all with her sock

and then she spoke to us for about an hour, answering questions at the end. She was great! So down to earth and everything she said was so true.

The book signing was held across the street at Hill Country Weavers, complete with beer and snacks. Really, does it get any better? After I got my books signed (one for me and one for a friend) I sneaked in for a pic...

After we all got our books signed it was time to do some shopping. I bought some Inox circs to try out (which I like, BTW), some Silky Wool and some Royal Silk...

Mary and I have decided on a mini KAL for Picovoli with the Silky Wool and I think I'm going to make a Counterpane bag from Handknit Holidays with the silk (yes, I bought more than one skein of each...LOL). I wonder how much $$ HCW weavers made on Saturday?

Then, after the shopping we walked on down to Guero's for lunch. Only about a block and a half away but in the heat felt like a couple of miles!

There we met up with a bunch of knitters (thanks Christine!) for margaritas, bloody marys, and (well in my case anyways) lots of cheese.

By the time I got home Saturday I was exhausted! Thanks Jana for driving and thanks to everyone else for making the weekend such a fun one :o)

The Queue
I'll talk more about the queue in my next entry, but the two projects that will be started right away are Picovoli and the Ballet Camisole, without the gathering. I plan to use Knitpicks Shine Sport in Sky that's been in my stash for a while for the camisole. And guess what? Amy, you'll be so proud...I swatched!!

Not only did I swatch, but I washed and dried it. Not to mention the extra durability testing the washed (and dried) swatch recieved from a certain little crazy person...

So now I know if anyone attacks me, scrunches up my camisole and tastes it while I'm wearing it I'll still look pretty good!