Sunday, December 31, 2006

Fingerless Mittens

Now that Christmas is over and my sister has seen her gift, I can post the photos of the fingerless mittens that I made her.

These are done in Mission Falls 1824 Wool on Size 6 Double-Pointed needles.

The pattern is Fetching from

These were a lot of fun to make, and knit up quick. It took me slightly more than one skein of yarn to make them. I really like this yarn, it is very soft for a wool yarn, perhaps because it is superwash.

The second picture is how I wrapped them. I made a 3 stitch I-cord and put a tassle on each end and used it as my "ribbon". I think my sister was as fascinated with the ribbon as she was with the mittens!

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Running Playlist

In the last year I have learned the merits of running with music. I never understood before what the fascination with running with the little white headphones really was. I was a purist, it was me and the road, and music is for cheaters. But something happened while I was attempting to train for my third marathon this year. I was struggling. Running 16 miles by yourself can be really daunting, so the desperate me grabbed my IPOD and went out for a 16 mile run. By the end, I was hooked. I had a soundtrack to my running and songs to pump me up when my energy was down. I still don't listen to music while I am running with the running club, or with other people (and yes, some people do do that), but now when I run without a partner, it is me, the road and my IPOD. For those interested, here is my running playlist. It might seem like a lot of music, but I have actually run for long enough to get through the whole thing and start from the beginning again.

Baba O'Riley The Who
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (The Quiver Mix) Led Zeppelin
Brick House The Commodores
Bring Me To Life Evanescence
Bulls On Parade Rage Against The Machine
Do the Evolution Pearl Jam
Enter Sandman Metallica
Everything Zen Bush
Freedom Rage Against The Machine
Going Down/Love In An Elevator Aerosmith
Going Under Evanescence
Hail, Hail Pearl Jam
Hangnail Nickelback
Hella Good No Doubt
I Come From The Water The Toadies
Killing In The Name Rage Against The Machine
Kung Fu Fighting Carl Douglas
Leave R.E.M.
Let's Go For A Ride Cracker
Long Train Running The Doobie Brothers
New Year's Day U2
Not To Touch The Earth The Doors
One Thing Leads To Another The Fixx
Party All Night Quiet Riot
Pour Some Sugar On Me Def Leppard
Remedy The Black Crowes
Running No Doubt
Soul Man Sam & Dave
Star 69 R.E.M.
Strong Enough Cher
Super Freak Rick James
Superunknown Soundgarden
Tainted Love Soft Cell
The Distance Cake
The Fly U2
Through The Never Metallica
Vertigo U2
Wake Up Rage Against The Machine
Without Me Eminem
You Could Be Mine Guns N' Roses

Friday, December 22, 2006

More Knitting Projects

Here are a few more things I have created. Here is my first hat and mittens. They are knitted in Encore Worsted with the edge on Size 5 Needles and the body on Size 7 Needles. This is a pattern from my first knitting book, but I adapted the patterns to be knit in the round. Unfortunately, the book is lost somewhere in my apartment and I can't seem to find it, but I will update this with the name of the book if I find it.
This is a garter stitch scarf that was my first complete project. It was knit on Size 11 Needles in Rowan Wool-Cotton and Trendsetter Yarn Shadow Metal Held together. This is still one of my favorite things to wear!
I should have some more pictures soon, as I am currently working on Knitty's Trellis Baby Sweater in Rowan All-Seasons Cotton. (Yes, this is the same one I posted about back in March.) I had to take a break and knit a few other things, because as beautiful as the pattern is, sometimes you need to knit things that allow you to talk to other people or that you can work on in front of the television.

I am also working on a pair of fingerless mittens also a pattern. (I seem to use their patterns a lot!) The pattern is called Fetching and I am using Mission Falls 1824 Wool. This wool is so soft and is nice to knit with.

I am also knit a hat from Last Minute Knitted Gifts for Dave with a big B in Bengals colors. I still have to weave in the ends and make a pom-pom. I adapted this pattern to use a Bulky Yarn instead of a worsted one. I will post more details once I finish it. Posted by Picasa

Knitting Projects

I recently finished my first pair of socks. They are the Socks 101 Pattern from I like the fact that this pattern allows you to make socks for any yarn and for any size feet, but I am not a big fan of the toe, so I might play around with the pattern next time. These ones were done in Encore Worsted on Size 6 Double-Pointed Needles.

This is an IPOD Cozy I created awhile back. It was knitted with Rowan Wool-Cotton on Size 5 Double pointed needles. It is a simple Knit 2, Purl 2 rib with a 3-needle bind off. The yarn is a little slippery for a cozy and the IPOD slips out of it easily, but hey, it was leftover yarn, so at least it went to use!
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Thursday, December 21, 2006

I Like You

I recently bought the new Amy Sedaris book I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence.

Laugh out loud funny and I was reminded of my friend Adrienne while reading through it. Adrienne is a fantastic cook, and although this book wouldn't neccessarily assist her in that realm, I think she would find it humourous in the same way that I am.

Here is an example of Sedaris' suggested invitation wording: "We are having a barbeque on Saturday the 4th of Julune and would love for you to come. The charcoal will be glowing by two! Bring one of your children."

The book is brimming with dry wit, and is at points what is true about the ettiquette of hospitality, but which no one would dare say out loud! Although it is meant to be funny, much of what Amy writes has a hint of truth to it.

I highly reccommend this to anyone who appreciates the Daily Show/Colbert Report type humor.

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New direction

I haven't posted in a while. The past year has been a whirlwind and now that I am on a stretch of nights and can't sleep, somehow I came back here. Dave and I were engaged in March, and my running, although still a part of my life, has taken a backseat to work, school and wedding planning. Everyday I am amazed at how much is happening in my life. It is both frightening and amazing. Dave is an amazing man and he treats me like a queen.

I am not sure where I will take this blog from here. Perhaps I should just start posting again and see where it leads.

Christmas is approaching again and I can't wait to spend some time with my family in Connecticut. We will be up there for a few days before its back to Philadelphia and back to work. Dave is not working right now, which has been stressful, but at least he has a few interviews lined up and some promising things on the horizon. Christmas will be a much needed break.