Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Time to kill, and pics to show :-)

I've been trying to figure out this whole "post after the jump" thing, and my poor brain just can't handle it right now, so I've given up. C. - if you're reading this, I'm going to post a pic at the bottom of part of N.'s Christmas present (and there'll be something for the boys too). You can look if you want, but I'm just sayin'.

Where was I? Oh, right. I have an hour to kill while my cells incubate here at work, which means an hour with which to blog and wish I was home eating dinner. I took two really crappy pics of some knitting last night, though, and I figured crappy pics were better than no pics.

I snuck up on these from across the room, using my zoom function.
Pregnancy has made me so lazy ;-)

These are the Herringbone Mittens I started two weeks ago. There hasn't been much progress, but since it's my first foray into colorwork, I'm proud of myself. I'm also desperately afraid that they'll be too small, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

I really like the pink and white together, and while I'd like to stretch the skeins to give me 2 pairs, I think I'm going to respect the pom, and include it.

Here's the sum total of my Christmas knitting so far:

YAY Christmas!!!

Two jingle bell ornaments (of three) for my Godchild and her brothers. They're really easy, especially since I re-wrote the pattern to go bottom up (less fiddling required, IMHO). The bottom-up one is the green one, and for some reason, I think it even looks tidier. I'm probably going to make a few more for some people at home, since I have five different versions of the cheap Christmas craft yarn, so I'll take another pic once they're all done.

ETA: I don't get this blogger thing - why is my paragraph formatting all screwy? Grrr....

(All images copyright E. Boudreau)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Boy, you people sure do love your Thanksgiving!

This year, I'm having my first experience with each holiday as the months go by. I'm a big holiday person, and I'm all about the cooking and family and celebrating.

But you people really do it up for Thanksgiving!

Hubby and I decided to be quiet and stay home. I was too tired to cook a big turkey dinner, and I'm really looking forward to Christmas dinner at home, so I figured it was OK. I stayed home from work on Thursday, since my transportation wasn't running (the uni. was closed, of course), but figured I'd get a good day's worth in on Friday.

The uni. was closed on Friday, too!

I'm all for four-day weekends, but this one was a surprise. I slowly realized that y'all are serious about your 'day-after-Thanksgiving' shopping, so much so that no one goes to work.


I did get a little bit of knitting done, but it's sort of secret, and I'm not sure if the intended recipient/recipient's family reads, so no pictures yet. We also did groceries and big-box shopping for necessities (no Christmas shopping).

All-in-all, a great weekend :-)

Friday, November 16, 2007

This total slacker pays the price.

I'm a slacker-photographer, slacker-knitter, slacker-blogger.

Ironically, it's a result of being less of a slacker at work. Feeling better means that I have longer, more productive days at work. Longer work days mean that it's dark when I get home, and therefore there's no point in trying to get decent pics of the yarn and WIPs. It also means that by the time I drag my sorry butt through the door, it's all I can do to get a (semi) healthy dinner made before I crash.

I'm a couple of pattern repeats into the first Herringbone mitten, and I'm really enjoying it (when I have the energy to pick it up). I'm just thankful that I didn't promise any Christmas knits to anyone, because I would be ruining their holidays.

I had been planning on getting a huge chunk done last night, since Hubby was working late on an experiment and it was just me and my TV. But, I think I was punished for being a slacker - on the way home I slipped on some wet leaves and nearly went arse over teakettle (after a very long and un-funny series of events).

In an effort to protect my uterine tenant (who is just fine, thanks for asking, due to my spectacular acrobatics and extra padding), I bunged up my knees and did a job on my hands; didn't even get a speck of dirt on my belly, thank le Bon Dieu. But, my sore hands mean no knitting for me for at least a few more days.

At least it's Friday, and I'll only have to handle pipettors like this for a day before taking a break. ;-)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Four skeins of Cascade 220 later...

... I'm ready to start the mittens.

Well, not quite ready. I was going to wind them at the store, but Hubby and I were late for another committment, so I had to bring them home in skeins. Hubby is still working on a manuscript, so he held one skein for me to wind from on his break. I have to wait for another break to do a second one.

The good news is that the Grinch is on TV to keep me busy in the meantime :-)

I'll post pics of my yarn cakes tomorrow, when I get some decent light.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Do I really need another project?

I think the answer to that is yes.

Seriously ;-) (Elliphantom's Herringbone Mittens)

There is a logical reason behind this. I have no mittens. No gloves. Nothing to keep my fingers warm. All of my winter things (except my handknit scarves) were supposed to be brought to the new apt when my parents took a roadtrip this summer. No roadtrip = no mittens.

I haven't tried colorwork before, and for some reason this pattern is calling out to me. I read through it and it made sense. Plus, I've been scared to try mittens forever, but I desperately want to conquer them.

Off to the LYS I go, tomorrow while Hubby works on a manuscript. I know they carry the Cascade 220 that's called for, so it's just a matter of picking out colors.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The Booga Bag is nearly finished.

Both the bag body and the strap are knitted, waiting to be felted. I just can't bear to spend laundry money to put clean jeans and towels in the washer just to finish a project, so it'll likely go in on the weekend.

I also cast on for another special project, but I'll reveal that later (those on Ravelry will be able to see ;-))

Monday, November 5, 2007

More meme-y goodness

Today is our anniversary, and I found this, so here we go :-)
ETA: I guess I should've mentioned that this is a "man-meme" ;-)

1. Who is your man? M.
2. How long have you been together? Friends since 1998, dating since May of 2002, married 2 years today!
3. How long did you date? 3.5 years
4. How old is your man? 3 years older than me
5. Who eats more? Um, I'm the pregnant one ;-)
6. Who said “I love you” first? He did, the night before he left for a conference on the other side of the continent.
7. Who is taller? He is, but I can't wear stilettos
8. Who sings better? He is more musical, but I sing more often. I think it's a draw.
9. Who is smarter? Neither of us... we met doing our PhDs, and graduated on the same day - that one's a draw too ;-)
10. Whose temper is worse? Mine, definitely.
11. Who does the laundry? I used to, in our old apartment, but here the machines are in a deep sub basement that's so scary I'm sure trolls live in the corners. (And he won't allow me to carry heavy things up stairs now that Bean is coming).
12. Who takes out the garbage? Him, for the same reasons as #11.
13. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? Him.
14. Who pays the bills? He does.
15. Who is better with the computer? I'd say that one's even, too. We both learned lots out of necessity for our data analysis.
16. Who mows the lawn? Lawn? I'm supposed to have a lawn?
17. Who cooks dinner? Usually it's me, since I'm home earlier. That, and I have this thing about chopping - I find it very relaxing.
18. Who drives when you are together? Me, because I love driving for its own sake. He's all, "Point A to point B" so I won't let him waste the enjoyment.
19. Who pays when you go out? He puts the plastic down, but it's a joint account.
20. Who is most stubborn? Me.
21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong? Not me, that's for sure.
22. Whose parents do you see the most? In the old apartment, it was mine (who were closer). Now, it's neither - since both my parents and his mother are too far away to visit except under the rarest of circumstances.... my mom, for instance, will be visiting in another 5-ish months ;-)
23. Who kissed who first? I initiated the first one, since he was so shy.
24. Who asked who out? He asked me out first, although we'd been going out in groups for a few years.
25. Who proposed? He did.
26. Who is more sensitive? We both are, I'd say.
27. Who has more friends? This one's a draw.
28. Who has more siblings? I have 2, he has none.
29. Who wears the pants in the family? Hmm. I'd say that depends on the situation.