Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wandering Wednesday: Google Ballet

Last Friday (5/7/10) Google celebrated Tchaikovsky's 170th birthday with a scene from Swan Lake ballet.  I thought it was a beautiful picture of ballerina's in poses depicting the Google and wanted to share it with you guys.  

In just a few days the SO and I will be boarding a plane to take us to Seattle and then we start our vaca!  I'm so excited.... I'll check in when we get back to let you guys know how the vacation to the Pacific Northwest went!      

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Couple of Gifts

Well you could probably gather that I was knitting a blanket or something of the sort from the previous cryptic posts.  Basically because I wasn't sure if my peep glances at my blog and it was a gift I had to keep it on the DL.  But here it is!  

Pattern: Moderne Baby Blanket by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne from Mason-Dixon Knitting
Yarns: Baby Bee Sweet Delight Baby, in Teal too!, Angel, Teddy and some cream color
Needles: 4.0 mm (US 6)
Started: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Finished: Saturday, May 15, 2010

This was an easy knit.  Although if you noticed one side is wonky because I knit the bind-off on the border a little too tight.  But it is for a baby whom is hopefully going to love it and use it to pieces!  

Pattern: You Seek Yoda Hat (Rav link) by Nancy Lutz
Yarn: Some Green color yarn
Needles: 3.5mm (US 4)
Started: Monday, April 19, 2010
Finished: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The SO and his friend (the dude counterpart to said pregnant friend), are ENORMOUS Star Wars fans.  Remember back in December when I had to endure the night of symphony ruined with Star Wars?  (Actually I don't hate Star Wars, I just have to keep up a facade so the SO doesn't think I like what he likes).  Well I thought I'd amuse the both by knitting a cute little Yoda hat for baby.  I have to admit, I really think it is adorable.  Ears on hats on babies.  Adorable!      

Also I should let you know -- I am going on vacation!!  I am very excited as this is the first official vaca for the SO and me.  We are attending a wedding of dear friends' in Seattle, and then taking the next week to travel around Oregon!  We were originally debating between Vancouver or Oregon.  And, well, I have always had this odd fascination with Oregon (and Arizona... I'll make it there someday).  So we decided to do an Oregon road trip.  So I will probably not blog at all next week.  If I am good I will try to have a post scheduled for next Wednesday and maybe of my travel projects.  But I can't guarantee due to work schedule and getting ready for the trip.  But have no fear when I return get ready for LOTS pictures and posts of the trip!  

So excited... can you tell!?!?!   

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Day Seven: What a Yarn!

Day 7 of the week long Knit & Crochet Blog Week challenge, thought up and organized by Eskimimi Knits.  Join me all week as I attempt to complete each day's post goals! 

What a Yarn
There’s one love that we all share: yarn. Blog about a particular yarn you have used in the past or own in your stash, or perhaps one that you covet from afar. If it is a yarn you have used you could show the project that you used it for, perhaps writing a mini ‘review’. Perhaps, instead, you pine for the feel of the almost mythical qiviut? You could explore and research the raw material and manufacturing process if you were feeling investigative. 

Many of you know I LOOOOOVE Lorna's Laces.  I love the colorways and I love to make socks from the sock yarn.

However I am going to tell you about a lace yarn that I bought in Dec/Jan while in NH.  This is Lace-a-licious, a J. Knits yarn.

This yarn is 100% Extra Superfine Alpaca.  It is advertised as light and airy... let me tell you it really is.  And the yardage is 1,200 yards!  I bought it at The Yarn Basket, a small but cute yarn shop in Portsmouth, NH when I visited this past Christmas.  I really wanted a yarn to remind me of the holiday with the family and peeps.  And when I saw this yarn I just fell in love.  It really is oh so soft and squishy.  So fine, I am so afraid that it is too delicate for me!  But best of all:  the colorway.  It is named, Boston.  And the color is a bluish, periwinkle.  Beautiful.  Someday I will knit a shawl/shawlette from this beauty.  

Well, thank you for joining me on my week-long quest!  Many thanks to Eskimimi for the awesome idea for Knit & Crochet Blog week.  It was a lot of fun for me... I hope you guys enjoyed it as well!  

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Day Six: Blast from the Past

Day six of the week long Knit & Crochet Blog Week challenge, thought up and organized by Eskimimi Knits.  Join me all week as I attempt to complete each day's post goals! 
Revisit a past F/O
Bring the fortune and life of a past finished project up to the present. Document the current state and use of an object you have knitted or crocheted, whether it is the hat your sister wears to school almost every day, or a pair of socks you wore until they were full of hole. Or maybe that jumper that your did just didn’t like that much…
My past F/O that I want to blog about today is my Dream Swatch.  It was one of those things that I just quickly knit from leftover yarn from my
Anastasia Sock - Singular Now Plural.  I didn't know what to do with the yarn but I loooooved it!  (The yarn is Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Fingering in Cherry Chocolate - LOVE!)  Randomly, I found the Dream Swatch pattern and just did it.  Well come to find out.  I love this head wrap!  I use it all the time.  Possibly up to 1-2 times a week.  I have found it ACTUALLY holds my hair back.  And... it is a girlie alternative to my typical BoSox or Patriots hat (yes I wear caps on a couple times a week basis... I work in a lab remember, they don't care how I look as long as I can do science!).  And I have found that if I am having a bad hair day, I can quickly use this and scrunch my hair with some hair gel and volia - instant "cool do."  

Just to attest to how frequently I wear this check here, and here, here,  (okay you really can't see it in those two, but it is on).  And those are times that I had pics taken of me!  I can assure you I wear this thing a lot.  So something that seemed like such a little project has actually paid off in a multiple of ways, used up leftover yarn, at the time - gave me something to do, and has actually been a cute accessory addition to my wardrobe!