Friday, July 30, 2010

Knitting?! On a Knitting Blog?!


I actually finished both of these items a while ago.  However, I was a badass and didn't send either to my cousin so I haven't been able to blog about it (Dear Cous is an occasional prowler of this blog).  But while I was in NH I saw my Dear Cous and I gave her the gifts... and now I can show you!  

First, I have simple little booties.  My Dear Cousin is having (well has now had) her second child.  Dear Cous was oh-so-uber preggos when I saw her.  She is SO FREAKIN' CUTE!  I hope that if the SO and I ever decide to procreate, I am that cute.  But I astray, back to the booties.  Everyone at work loved the little Mary Jane's.  I liked the little purple flower button for the strap.  

Pattern: Mary Jane Baby Booties by Lucie Sinkler
Started & Finished: In one evening back in May

The next item was something I started back in February.  Basically, I didn't want to send the Mary Jane's and gift card for the baby and not give anything to Little E.  Little E, is my Dear Cousins' first child.  She is ADORABLE!  So to appease Little E (and my urge to knit a strawberry purse) I just started knitting and would knit a couple rows then put it down for a week, then pick it up and try to figure it out as I went.  

I knit the main part.  Intarsia and all!  Then I added a bead handle.  Initially I had a long handle, then (because I have the fantastic imagination of Guillermo del Toro and Steven King) I envisioned it getting tangled around Little E and I would be the cause of harm to Little E.  So I went with a small, hand-held handle.  Then I didn't like how things could poke through the knitted fabric.  So I (yes I) sewed!  I went out and purchased red fabric, found red thread and I hand stitched a liner and stitched it into the bag!  I am kinda proud of that.    

 Finally I knit a flap so Little E could close her purse for privacy.

 I really loved the little knit.  I was uber proud of myself for 1 - doing intarsia, 2 - sewing and 3 - free-style knitting!  I think Little E liked it as I saw her holding and playing with her new purse.  Someday I'll make another one, and I'll try to write up a pattern.  But for now I'm just satisfied that it came out and it came out wicked cute... and most importantly Little E liked her gift!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

We're back!

The SO and I have been back for a week now.  It was nice to see the family and take some time to think about Grammy.  It is still hard for me... so I'm not going to say too much - other than it was wicked good to be back in NH for a week and see and be with the family.

So yes, we are back, and my-oh-my what a summer it has been!

My summer Library Management course is wrapping up (one week to go!).  And work is, well work.  Oh, on the upshot... I got my internship!  I will be interning at a local hospital library this fall semester.  I hope to meet with Patty (the library director) in the next week or two so I can figure out the projects I will have for the semester.  I cannot WAIT to dive into LibraryLand -  You will all hear about it as the semester progresses.

And finally... Yes, I will get back to the Wandering Wednesday - Pacific Northwest Trip posts.  But most importantly... KNITTING!  I have been ITCHING for some knitting!  The SO told me last night I have (HAVE) to take 10-15 minutes each night just dedicated to knitting.  I haven't knit a stitch in over a month.  So yes, I will have some posts soon of previous FO's and starting tonight I will be dedicating a little time each night just to knitting.  I think the SO knows, I need to knit even just a little... for my sanity and everyone else's!  :)

Rose from the Portland, OR at the Rose Garden.

Happy Wednesday Folks - it's good to be back!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wandering Wednesday: Seattle Fun

Happy Wednesday!  

As mentioned I am going to give you little bits of my trip over the next couple of months.  I thought it would be good to start from the beginning. 

The SO and I took a flight from Indy to Houston, then Houston to Seattle.  The SO always see someone famous when he's at an airport (or just walking around the city - the guy has an uncanny way of sniffin' out the famous people).  I, of course, have no idea until he explicitly points them out to me.  So who did we see this time?  Bela Karolyi, the famous gymnastics coach!  Of course I had to kinnear him!  The best part, he was on our plane (first class section) so we walked by him on our way back to coach.  And when we did; he checked me out!!! Like almost creepy... really checked me out (or he knows I was the crazy chick trying to kinnear him in the airport).  I was going to say something like, Hello Mr. Karolyi, but no I pansy'ed out and instead just walked by.  

Here's the best pic I captured of him.  Kinda blurry but still kinda cool to be that close to the man - as long as he didn't make me try any gymnastic-like move.  

Next week I will have the next part of our trip - Seattle!

Edited to Add:  I had this entry scheduled for posting...  However I send this with a heavy heart.  My dear Grandma passed away on Tuesday 7/13, a little after noon.  She has been with progressive supranuclear palsy for a couple of years.  This is a rare and dreadful tauopathy disease displays symptoms that are similar to other neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's and Picks Disease.  At the time of this posting the SO and I are on our 17hr drive back to NH to be with the family.  We have services later this week so I will be back to see you all later next week after I have some time with the family.  All please take care.  

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Great article on Medical Librarianship

The Accidental Medical Librarian–You need what? � Closed Stacks

A great article on medical librarianship that I had to share.  Many people don't understand what I want to do when I grow up.  This sums it up.  I am so excited and cannot wait!

Catching up

Whoa... Long time!  I think I needed that break to come off the vacation high, get shot back down to real world with work, have a visit from Mumma Roy and start a new class.

That pretty much sums up the past month!

I do have to share this with you.  The SO was asked to be a guest blogger on Pop Candy (a blog with USA Today).  His blog post talked about our time in Astoria, Oregon.  This post was about the movie spots we went to.  You can find that post here.

I am thinking about posting random bits of my vacation as my Wandering Wednesday for the next couple of months.  The SO and I loved it so much and really would love to move out there.  But alas... we are "stuck" here for another year as we both finish up our graduate programs.  So I'm thinking this year long - Wandering Wednesdays in Oregon will be a fun little reminder as the Senior-itis kicks in.  It'll be motivation to finish so we can maybe move out there (or at least somewhere!).

I have a couple of projects that I finished and started during the break.  Look for posts later this week!