Sunday, January 28, 2007

I'm too lazy to think up a good title for this one.

Ah, it's nice to have to time to relax. It also helps to have time to cross items off the to do list, but it's nice to kick back a veg out a little bit.

Yesterday I didn't do too much but I did cook Crunchy Shrimp with Orange Almond Couscous -- it's a favorite around here. I wish we had some leftovers, but we ate it all last night. Good thing Oz is cooking Chicken Parmigiana tonight -- mmmmm!

As far as knitting goes, I've been a little more productive toward the end of the week. I've inserted the pockets on my sister's sweater and have finally found a pattern for my niece's sweater. I was going to post some progress photos, but I'm thinking maybe I want it to be a surprise when I see my sister and niece in a few weeks.

No photos, but a couple of weeks ago, some of us at S&B were talking about funny YouTube videos, so I'll share a few links with ya:

Jame's Brown's Celebrity Hot Tub Party - Eddie Murphy's SNL tribute to the Hardest Working Man in Showbiz.

D*** in a Box - Justin Timberlake and SNL's Andy Samberg sing of a very special holiday gift (NSFW)

Jay Leno's Gap Commercial - Well, I'll let this one speak for itself.

Well, I hope everyone had a great weekend. :-)

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Full Weekend!

Well, there was a lot going on this weekend. It's cliché to say this, but I need another weekend to recover from my weekend!

Yesterday Oscar and I drove over to Rhode Island to meet my dad and his wife, who drove down from Rockport, Massachusetts. It was COLD!!! Apart from lunch, we did a lot of driving around -- down to Point Judith, around Beavertail State Park, and around Newport. The water was very beautiful and the architecture quite grand. I'd been to Newport once before, but it was a couple of years ago. So it was fun and we had a nice chance to visit. I was wiped out when we got home, though.

Then tonight I went to supper club. This month's theme: Under the Tuscan Sun. I took an antipasto bowl -- very easy and very good. Everything else was good, too -- lasagna, white bean and barley soup, bread, chianti, Tuscan quesadillas, and some good homemade biscotti for dessert.

I haven't gotten a lot of knitting done this week, but here are some photos of the sweater I knitted last year, as modeled by my precious niece, Helen. The sweater is still a little big for her (she'll be 8 months old next week), but my sister was kind enough to put it on over her pjs and send me a few photos:

Sunday, January 14, 2007

OK, here we go...

Well, here we are in January 2007. My last attempt at blogging was sometime in October. And at S&B the other night I realized that there are actually people out there who would bother to read my blog, if I ever bothered to update it.

So here it is -- the new blog. Slimmed and trimmed down for 2007 (who doesn't like to drop a little extra weight for the new year?). And I've decided to put up a new post at least every weekend.

Here's some knitting stuff to catch up...

A photo of the three architecturally-inspired "golden section" scarves that I gave each of my bosses for Christmas. It's hard to get the pattern to show up in photos, unfortunately. This is the first time I've designed a pattern, and if I had these scarves to do over again, I would do them very differently. But I'm not doing them over!

Then I worked on a couple of baby blankets for people in Oz's family. This next one is for his nephew, who will be born in March.

And another blanket -- Oz's cousin Erika had a baby girl in late November. Before we knew whether she'd have a boy or a girl, I bought this really pretty variegated yarn (green, yellow, blue) by TLC Baby. The photos don't really do justice -- the color came out really nicely and this is one of my favorite blankets I've ever done. Following are photos of the blanket and a closeup of where the seed stitch border meets the k2tog/yo section of the blanket.

Next week, I'll post photos of the sweater I'm working on for my sister's bday. Alas, it won't be done in time for her bday (1/19), but I hope to have it finished for her before I see her in late February. And if I have time, I'll post something else during the week.

So does this post get me out of the blogger doghouse for this week, at least? ;-)