Sunday, February 27, 2011

I should learn how to crochet!

This time-lapse video of a self-assembling Amigurumi bear had me dancing along and reaching for a hooks. Looks like a good project for a rainy (or snowy) weekend! [via Neatorama].  So cute!  

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wandering Wednesday - Brain Matters

One of my friends alerted me to this: 

Isn't it AWESOME!?!?!  

If you know where I can find the pattern to this knitted human brain, please let me know.  I want to knit this like whoa!  

Have a Wonderful and Happy Wednesday!

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Big Oops!

Last week I made a big oops.

As I was leaving my internship I had a sudden urge to buy yarn.  Silly, I know, because I have a huge stash and I have not been knitting at all.  But I really needed to buy something, specifically yarn, at that very moment.  

I just happened to be driving by, not not a LYS, but a big box store.  So I quickly pulled into the parking lot and opened up my door -- only to have it BLOWN out of my hand and smack into the car next to me!  I quickly jumped out and checked the car next to me as well as my car door.  I didn't see any dent, only a small tiny scratch.  But I felt so bad!  I didn't know what to do.  And after the fiasco from the previous year when my car was damaged by a hit and run, I'm a little hypersensitive about these sorts of things.  Plus, I felt really bad about putting a scratch in someone else's car.  So I did the nice thing, I took out a piece of paper and wrote the owner of the car a note, apologized and signed it with my name and number.

And then I decided that because I already did some damage, why not go in a buy some crappy ass yarn!?!  So I did.  And I bought this:  

I really don't know what it is.  Deborah Norville?  Serenity?  The content is 50% Merino, 25% Bamboo and 25% Nylon.  It IS wicked soft.  And it is in a nice purples and black/gray colorway.  I have no idea what I'm going to do with it.  But it was cheap, and I needed to spend money at that moment, so I bought it as a splurge.

Finally, that evening I received a phone call from an elderly gentleman.  He wanted to tell me that he thought that my note was a very honest, caring and noble deed.  He said that he had not seen a nice gesture like that in eons and he wanted to call and let me know that the car is fine, he didn't even see a scratch and wanted to thank me for being honest.  He really was surprised and humbled by my gesture.  I'm glad I did it.  I was a little scared.  But looking back I'm proud that I was honest - yes maybe a little hypersensitive.  But who knows, maybe I just did one of those pass-it-on gestures.  I know I saw at least two people watching me leave a note (and take a pic of both cars - I told you I'm crazy).  But I hope I continue to do little gestures of kindness like this - it made me feel good knowing I helped this man, as he put it, "feel that the younger generation isn't that bad, after all."

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bunny Training

We have started training/bonding the two buns.  

Boy - this is a chore! 

The vet recommended placing the buns in a neutral place - such as a bathtub.  So the SO and I prepped the tub (i.e. made sure it was dry, got plenty of hay and a water spray bottle in hand for any fights) and threw (or gently placed) Kyle and Gwen into the tub.  And this is what we got for the first 10 minutes.  

They totally ignored each other.  Well - kinda.  It was more of a standoff.  Look at Kyle try to hog all of the hay!  What a brat!  But you could tell Gwen was really interested in Kyle and really wanted to play.  So she gathered up the courage and ran next to him.  

And that seemed to go okay ------ until he took a nip at her!  He came away with a mouth full of black fur :(
She seemed okay but I felt so bad!  So we went back to the stand-off.  But a little closer.

Gwen kept inching closer.  But Kyle was onto her moving. 

And here he is going for the attach (she is okay - the SO grabbed Kyle out while I took the picture like a good mommy).  

So after a week of trying to bunny bonding/training and we are still struggling.  I know it's going to take a while but these two are difficult.  Actually it's just Kyle.  Little Gwen really wants to play and Kyle is just an old bunny stuck in his ways.  Hopefully soon we'll have some cute buns snuggling pics, but for now we just have two grumpy buns in a tub for ya!  

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wandering Wednesday - Roses

This is a picture of a rose that I saw at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.  I have no idea what kind of rose, but I thought it was so unique.  It has roses within a rose!  If you know what kind of hybrid this is, please drop me a line.  But I wanted to share it with you today.  Happy Wednesday!  

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Okay if you know me then you know I'm not one for Valentine's Day.  In fact, the past three V-Days I've spent it with my girl Kate.  But this morning I dropped her off at the airport (at the ass crack of DAWN!) so she could fly out to one of the coasts for a job interview!  I'm so excited for her (Good Luck Girl!).  But I'm going to miss her today!

I guess... I'll hang out... with... my husband today?


I hope everyone has a Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Snowed In!

How did you do last week during the Snowpocalyse?  We had a day of snow and an evening of ice.  Here is my Princess after a 1/2hr of letting the car starter do it's magic. 

Yeah those tires are not snow deep, those are iced in. 
As you can see, we didn't get a lot of snow - just ice!
It was a miracle because Purdue actually closed for two days!  Nevertheless, even though I'm not a grad student I still had to go in on Tuesday to do some experiments.  However, after my boss found out I was to be paid time & a half for hours worked during a snow emergency/university closure, he told me to stay home on the second day.  Unfortunately for my peeps, a grad student was charged with finishing the second day of experiments (grad students = free labor!).

So on the second day I took advantage of staying home.  The SO and I shoveled and chipped the cars out of the snow and ice and I did homework (and some yoga and Zumba too!).  My school (the place I am actually a graduate student at) also closed and I was able to use the time to catch up on reading and essay writing.  Did you get any knitting done during your snowed in  days?  I hope you did so I can vicariously live through you!  :)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Bunny Fight!

Little Gwen Bean got bit on the nose!!!  :( 

By this little fuzzy-butt....

Good thing he is adorable!  

BTW -- Gwen is okay, no bleeding and it has scabbed over.  Love sibling fights!  Argh!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Alpaca oh-paca!

I mentioned in a previous post that while in NH, Mumma Roy, the SO and I went to America's Stonehenge for snowshoeing.  Located in Salem, New Hampshire it was a quick 1/2hr drive from my rents place.    
The model shows the astronomical alignments of the rock formations.
The info plaque for the model located in the visitors lodge. 
Overall the place is pretty cool.  Well, for one, we were able to rent snowshoes and hike around the trails.  But the snowshoeing is not what has made this a popular place.  America's Stonehenge  is on the map for the (maybe ancient) rock formations.  Many of the rock formations are in exact alignment with the astronomical calendar (i.e. equinoxes and such).  They cite the similarities in other ancient observatories throughout the world such as Easter Island, Stonehenge in England, the Pyramid of Giza and Machu Picchu in Peru.  Okay, I honestly cannot make any factual statements about America's Stonehenge being similar to the magnificence of these other sites... but that is what the place claims!  :) 

Unfortunately we could not see the rock formations because of the blanket of snow.  But we went for the snowshoeing (previous post on the snowshoeing trip can be found here).  What I wanted to show you today is the yarn that I purchased!     

Funny, huh? Alpaca's at a place such as this.  But they apparently have a small alpaca farm that they call Alpaca Tracks.  This was, of course, much to my surprise and excitement.  I'm not sure Mumma Roy and the SO were as excited about the alpaca's.  The SO especially.  I'm sure he knew that alpaca farm meant some yarn was getting purchased and coming home!    

I have already shown a couple of these pictures of the alpacas... but they are just ADORABLE!  I'm sure you don't mind seeing these buddies again!  

More Rocky because I fell in love with him!
I think these are the females in another enclosure - away from the boys. 
I am not sure if this is Trooper or Kordell... either way he's cute!
 So yes... I go on a random hike through the snow and I still find a place with fiber-y goodness!

The yarn.  Okay... I have to admit.  It is not the most luxurious, softest alpaca yarn I have ever touched.  But just seeing the animals and knowing where the yarn came from was enough.  I only bought one skein so it'll be a small, itty-bitty project.  Maybe it was a pity purchase.  But I wanted to try to support this place and their alpaca farm.  
Nice weight and nicely spun. 
Nice colors... just not as soft as I would like.
I have some yarn from Rocky's fine fiber!
Have you ever purchased a skein (or more) just because?  I wanted to purchase more... but at $23 for a 213 yard skein for yarn that I wasn't enthusiastic about, I couldn't purchase more.  Clearly I bought it because I fell in love with these fuzzy buggers and wanted to support the farm.  So, have you ever had a moment like this?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wandering Wednesday -- SO

Good morning!  

Today I wanted to show you the SO's alter ego (if you know the SO you know he couldn't hurt a fly so this is totally joking).  This huge hulk is located in the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua, NH.  The SO is 6'2".  Yeah.  Huge!  
Hopefully I didn't scare you too much!  Have a great Wednesday!