Sunday, October 28, 2007


I am very happy. GO SOX!

Sorry to all the true Rockies fans out there, but they had an amazing run and they can hold their heads up high for what they did!

Happy Knitting and Soxalicious Halloween!


The baby blanket, only needs ends woven in.
The baby sweater. It's going.

The Jaywalker socks, going slowly.


Jaeger Matchmaker, on sale, I love this color.
100% cashmere laceweight, 4 balls this big of it. Yes. Lace heaven.
Rowan Tapestry. I love all the colors of this yarn. I am thinking lacey scarf.

Misti Alpaca lace. Seriously gorgeous color.


First off, 3-0. That says it all.
Second off, get rid of the towels Colorado fans. You are now down 3-0 in the World Series. You had a good run, but you are mostly bandwagon fans and should be ashamed of yourselves. Just sit back and admire the Red Sox, who have fans who have followed them all season, if not for years or their entire lives. You are not a Rockies fan, you are a Broncos fan. I lived in Colorado for five years (including one in Denver) and I know the truth and you aren't fooling me, especially with the lack of Rockies gear and the new hats. I guess this is the guantlet being thrown down against you bandwagon fans. Be a real fan or not at all, but don't pretend.

I guess the first thing didn't say it all.

I have been very productive lately in all sorts of different ways.

Yesterday I got a new computer and a Halloween costume. I don't have the new computer set up yet, but it is a MacBook 13inch, the white version with the combo drive. I never use my superdrive so I did not get it on this computer. I am excited to open it up later and set it up.

I was Cleopatra for Halloween and I think it was a great costume especially because I got my hair cut yesterday too and they straightened my hair. The straight didn't really last, but ok. My hair just wants to be curly.

I made some more pizza dough and we had homemade pizzas last night as well before the party/game watching extravaganza. The dough came out so much better this time, I use the recipe from klosekraft's blog. I added the olive oil at the end this time and it worked out great. I also dissolved the yeast in the water and it worked great.

I made pumpkin cookies for the party, and I will post pictures on the next update.

The kitty in one of my drawers. He will not use his cat bed with the handknit blanket but he loves my drawer!

Happy Knitting and Happy Halloween and Happy World Series.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Birthday Calculator and some baby blanket progress...

I made some progress on the baby blanket, another repeat down, and hopefully one more complete repeat tonight during the Sox game. I should be knitting socks, but I want to have this blanket done! I decided to do more repeats because I have the yarn-4 more skeins and can still use some of that for a baby hat and booties even if I knit more on the blanket. I am cautiously optimistic about another World Series victory for the Red Sox. My fenway picture for my office came and is going up on the wall today! yay!

I am also officially graduate and college debt free today.

I joined a lace KAL as well because I like knitting lace, I have been missing it since I finished the Grandma Anne Vine Shawl Wrap.

It's the Mystic Waters KAL and can be found here:

I ordered some yarn from in the lace weight for it. It's the Azul Francia. I think it will be gorgeous. I stopped by Ew'll Love It and picked up some blue yarn for it because as much as I searched yesterday I could not remember but wouldn't you know that as soon as I bought other yarn I found the site. I will use the laceweight I bought for a shawl of my own design I think. It's a beautiful light blue color perfect for something that draws inspiration from fluffy clouds and the pale spring sky.

My Birthday Calculator ( results:
20 October 1980
Your date of conception was on or about 28 January 1980 which was a Monday.
You were born on a Mondayunder the astrological sign Libra.Your Life path number is 3.Your fortune cookie reads: Fame, riches and romance are yours for the asking. Life Path Compatibility:You are most compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 3, 6 & 9.You should get along well with those with the Life Path numbers 1, 2, 5 & 11.You are least compatible with those with the Life Path numbers 4, 7, 8 & 22.The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2444532.5.The golden number for 1980 is 5.The epact number for 1980 is 13.The year 1980 was a leap year.Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 2/16/1980 and ending 2/4/1981.You were born in the Chinese year of the Monkey.Your Native American Zodiac sign is Raven; your plant is Ivy.You were born in the Egyptian month of Choiach, the fourth month of the season of Poret (Emergence - Fertile soil).Your date of birth on the Hebrew calendar is 10 Heshvan 5741.Or if you were born after sundown then the date is 11 Heshvan 5741.
The Mayan Calendar long count date of your birthday is which is12 baktun 18 katun 7 tun 6 uinal 8 kin
The Hijra (Islamic Calendar) date of your birth is Monday, 10 Dhi'l-Hijjih 1400 (1400-12-10).
The date of Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 6 April 1980.The date of Orthodox Easter on your birth year was Sunday, 6 April 1980.The date of Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) on your birth year was Wednesday 20 February 1980.The date of Whitsun (Pentecost Sunday) in the year of your birth was Sunday 25 May 1980.The date of Whisuntide in the year of your birth was Sunday 1 June 1980.The date of Rosh Hashanah in the year of your birth was Thursday, 11 September 1980.The date of Passover in the year of your birth was Tuesday, 1 April 1980.The date of Mardi Gras on your birth year was Tuesday 19 February 1980. As of 10/24/2007 8:52:06 AM EDTYou are 27 years old.You are 324 months old.You are 1,409 weeks old.You are 9,865 days old.You are 236,768 hours old.You are 14,206,132 minutes old.You are 852,367,926 seconds old.Celebrities who share your birthday:
Snoop Dogg (1972)
Dann Gillen (1967)
Viggo Mortensen (1958)
Tom Petty (1950)
Jerry Orbach (1935)
Mickey Mantle (1931)
Art Buchwald (1925)
Fayard Nicholas (1914)
Bela Lugosi (1882)
Charles Ives (1874)
Arthur Rimbaud (1854)
Christopher Wren (1632)Top songs of 1980
Lady by Kenny Rogers
Upside Down by Diana Ross
Call Me by Blondie
Starting Over by John Lennon
Another Brick In the Wall by Pink Floyd
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen
Rock with You by Michael Jackson
Magic by Olivia Newton-John
Funkytown by Lipps, Inc.
Another One Bites the Dust by QueenYour age is the equivalent of a dog that is 3.86105675146771 years old. (Life's just a big chewy bone for you!)Your lucky day is Friday.Your lucky number is 6.Your ruling planet(s) is Venus.Your lucky dates are 6th, 15th, 24th.Your opposition sign is Aries.Your opposition number(s) is 9.
Today is not one of your lucky days!
There are 362 days till your next birthdayon which your cake will have 28 candles.Those 28 candles produce 28 BTUs,or 7,056 calories of heat (that's only 7.0560 food Calories!) .You can boil 3.20 US ounces of water with that many candles.
In 1980 there were approximately 3.6 million births in the US.In 1980 the US population was approximately 226,545,805 people, 64.0 persons per square mile.In 1980 in the US there were 2,406,708 marriages (10.6%) and 1,182,000 divorces (5.2%)In 1980 in the US there were approximately 1,990,000 deaths (8.8 per 1000)In the US a new person is born approximately every 8 seconds.In the US one person dies approximately every 12 seconds.In 1980 the population of Australia was approximately 14,807,370.In 1980 there were approximately 225,527 births in Australia.In 1980 in Australia there were approximately 109,240 marriages and 39,257 divorces.In 1980 in Australia there were approximately 108,695 deaths.Your birthstone is Tourmaline -->The Mystical properties of Tourmaline
Pink Tourmaline promotes female balance and protection. Green Toumaline promotes male balance.Some lists consider these stones to be your birthstone. (Birthstone lists come from Jewelers, Tibet, Ayurvedic Indian medicine, and other sources)
Opal, JasperYour birth tree is
Maple, Independence of Mind
No ordinary person, full imagination and originality, shy and reserved, ambitious, proud, self-respect, hungers for new experiences, sometimes nervous, many complexes, good memory, learns easily, complicated love life, wants to impress.There are 62 days till Christmas 2007!There are 75 days till Orthodox Christmas!The moon's phase on the day you wereborn was waxing gibbous. Copyright © 2006 Paul R. Sadowski (

Sunday, October 21, 2007


I am now 27! Yesterday was very birthdaylicious.

It started with presents at midnight.

M got me these two books I asked for.

(I saved these images to my computer before loading them here)

The night before we went and met M's Mom and sister for dinner at the crepe place. A yummy crepe filled with goat cheese and artichoke hearts and other goodies went into my belly. Then M's mom and sister gave me this!

Very helpful in the future with all the yummy Malabrigo I plan on knitting with. I think my brother might be providing with a yarn swift sometime in the near future because I told him yesterday that if he had no idea what to get me, that would be great, and he could ask M what they are. I just sent that same brother a handknit hat and scarf and if he actually gets me a yarn swift there will be more handknit items going his way. I am not above bribery.

We went to walk around Newburyport after M brought me Dunkin Donuts coffee and a breakfast sandwich for breakfast. Dunkin Donuts anything is the way to a New England girls heart.

Newburyport is an adorable town. The downtown is filled with great shops, bakeries, cafes, and an awesome knitting store. The name is a Loom with a View and they are at 31R Pleasant Street, it's basically a little brick alley right off Pleasant Street. Their number is 978-463-YARN and they have a website, but the woman told me it is bare bones at this point. They have comfy chairs, a clean bathroom for customers, a decent selection of yarn and spinning equipment and looms for sale. I highly recommend it. They also offered to wind my Malabrigo for me without prompting and then checked to see if it would be enough for my brother's hat, and then did not attempt to sell me another ball when I will not need it. I would go back to Newburyport and this store in a second. While we were there M got into a conversation with some other new knitters that went basically like this:

Woman One: If you are going to be sitting in our comfy chairs for knitters, you need to knit as well!

M: I do knit!

Woman One and Two: Whhhhhhhhaaaaattttttt?

Then they talked about why he knits,, and other good things in the knitting world.

I missed most of this, but would have loved to see it!

I got the aforementioned Malabrigo there (below) and two skeins of Lambs Pride Bulky to start an afghan in a pattern I found in a Treasury of Knitting Patterns Book One.

M also got a bottle of white vino we discovered at a gourmet food store to go with the chicken picatta he made me last night! No pictures of that, I gobbled it up because I love capers, lemon and breaded chicken together so much. The wine was consumed and silliness commenced.

We also purchased some cake for later which was delicious. Oh my god. You almost did not get a picture of that because I was halfway through it before I remembered to snap one. It was from some cafe type coffee bar place on Pleasant Street in Newburyport across the street (on the other side) from the yarn store. GO NOW!

We had a funny exchange there.

Me: Can you recommend one of these two cakes over the other?

Woman: I couldn't tell you because I can't eat chocolate.

Me: Oh, I'm sorry.

Why not just say you don't know? I feel for this woman, it must be a horrible life. I have my own food issues (dairy) that makes life a little harder, but chocolate? What kind of a world do we live in when people cannot have chocolate?

This was so good. It's peanut butter and chocolate cake with lots of yummy chocolate frosting and peanut butter cups on top. Delicious.
Then we went for a walk in Maudsley State Park in Newburyport to see the foliage. It was pretty, but not the spectacular colors I am seeing on my drive on Route 3 to Nashua during the week.

They were having some sort of haunted walk in part of the park but we just walked around. We ran into some people on horseback and one small stretch of the haunted walk.

We also saw all this prettiness:

We stopped at a farm on the way home and fed some goats. Their tongues felt pretty funny and they were eating thistle! M fed them the paper bag the feed came in. They semi-fought over the bag, ripping it out of the others mouths! A paper bag people. I bet they really do eat tin cans. There were cute little ones and we could feed those just by holding the feed lower. Some of the bigger ones got fed for their pure effort of standing up so high. There was this one old billygoat that kept wheezing. Poor guy, he probably has lumbago or something.

Then we came home and M made me yummy dinner and we watched the Sox win and ate the above cake.

There was a lot of petting of this creature:
There was some knitting of the afghan. 210 stitches a row!

This shows the color better.
I will be knitting on this tonight after dinner, hopefully watching my beloved Sox win Game 7!
Just to prove that there has been knitting! My first Jaywalker, almost to the heel. No dropped stitches this third time around, no pattern being off by one stitch. I am going to put in a lifeline before I begin the heel, as well as knitting the leg portion of the second sock before I attempt the heel. That way there will be less chance of the dreaded SSS. I did most of this at a CLE on Friday on DWI's. That is continuing legal education on driving while intoxicated for the non legal people. I still paid attention, but my mind didn't wander to make up stories about the people I don't know there because this was just enough to keep me focused.

Baby blanket progress! The baby this is for is now 9 days old! It's getting close to completion, this is either the last repeat or there might be one or two more, depending on my thoughts about the size. I think I will find an easier pattern that doesn't require so much attention for the next blanket because there are some mistakes in this one that bother me. It's only in two rows, but still! The perfectionist in me is offended.

That's all for now!

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pizza Pie!!

Tonight we made our own pizza for the second time in a couple of weeks. However, this time I tried my hand at making my own pizza dough. It's very simple and a simple google search for pizza dough will turn up a lot of recipes. It was so good and I plan on trying a few more recipes and really perfecting a recipe. I can't eat cheese because of severe lactose intolerance so these goat cheese pizzas really satisfy my pizza craving.

Here's my pizza pie. M's had cheese.

That's goat cheese, artichoke hearts, capers and sauteed onions on marinara sauce. Last pizza had kalamata olives as well. Yummy.

My boys under the blanket M knit himself.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


I know I have been MIA.

It's for a variety of reasons.

1) Lack of knitting progress.
a) baby blanket slowness-I have two more repeats to go and it just won't be interesting to anyone else until it is done-however, the baby has been born and the deadline I have now set for myself-this weekend (also the birthday weekend for me) looms.
b) Ripping and reknitting the same damn jaywalker over and over again because I keep losing stitches into the ether
c) Lack of Progress on a surprise project that I couldn't put here anyways

2) The Red Sox in the playoffs

3) Wedding planning-Yesterday we went to the most useless meeting ever. Vinwood Catering, I was NOT impressed.

4) The job getting more exciting and busy-not that I work on weekends yet, but it's getting busier-I didn't knit at work before this, but being busier at work makes it seem like I have less time at home.

5) Family birthday time! Little brother, little sister, me, and now the niece!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Pictures of the Scarf!

Here are some pictures of the scarf for my big brother, Eli. This goes along with the hat, and i hope he likes them!

I cast on for the swatch for the EZ Baby Surpise Jacket for my cousin's baby in a pretty lavender color. I hope I get guage!

Surprisingly (not) little knitting going on...

Ok, so I finished the knitting on my brother's scarf, and I whipped up that hat in the last week. Ends still need to be woven in and I loathe that. It'll get done this weekend and then sent off Tuesday-I think the post office closes on Columbus Day-as do the courts in NH, so I will not be working on Monday! Yay for knitting time! I plan on working on baby stuff that day-the Elizabeth Zimmerman baby surprise jacket for my cousin's soon to be baby and the baby blanket I have not touched since this summer for my step-brother's soon to be baby.

There was a playoff game to attend (Go Sox) and therefore little knitting. Beckett rocks.

Tonight the Sox play again and hopefully they win. I play poker tonight too, yay!

Baseball and poker! Yay!

Pictures tomorrow or Sunday, I promise!

In other knitting news, the jaywalkers might be frogged to make them in the bigger size, because I have size 9 feet. Those are big feet people.

I also picked up a copy of the British magazine Knitter's and who should I see in there as the featured reader letter, but NoBones! Great job Ellie, on the dressing gown. It looks fabulous on you!