Monday, October 30, 2006


That's right kiddies! I finished the Marine Corps Marathon! Not at a great time, not at a time that I wanted to have finished, but, I.FINISHED!

I am so happy that I have met this goal in my life, and to go back to running for fun again. It has been a while now since I have gone for a run just for fun, and not because I have to meet a certain number of miles required. Yay for me and the other 20,000 people that finished. Yay US!

I also finished something else... Gatsby Girl! I wore it to work to celebrate my marathon ending. My co-workers are pretty impressed with it, and in fact, so am I. I have to admit that as much as I brag, I still feel a little self-conscious wearing hand knitted items outside the privace of my own house, either because it is not finished right, or it is too big, or whatever the reason. But GG is a gem! It is form fitting without being too tight, and the color is really pretty, and I even did fairly well on the finishing, so in some parts you cannot even tell that it is hand made.

The only modifications I made were taking out the cables, and making it two inches longer before shaping for the waist. I like my tops to be a little longer in order to elongate my figure, and distract people from the fact that I got a big caboose.

Pattern: Gatsby Girl from from Interweaves Fall 2006
Yarn: KFI Cashmerino (55% merino wool, 33% microfiber, 12% cashmere) (mostly gifted by ms. pea)
Needles: Sixe 3 addis, size 2 Susan bates.

As promised, here are some pictures (now stop bugging me! - you know who you are!):wait wait... one more:

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Cop-out posting

I have no pictures for you. Sorry. I hate writing a post without pictures, but I have hassled by several people (Reese, Zarah, Olgita) to update, so here it is.

Knitting news: GG (gatsby girl) is finished. I need to sew the buttons on and do a wonderful photoshoot for you and will post pics. Maybe this weekend? I hope this weekend.

SAP4 was looking like a 5 year old chimpanzee in need of glasses that just learned to knit was knitting it, so it has been frogged, and now I am working on SAP4v2 (version 2) and it is turning out very pretty, thank you very much.

Quick SAP4v2 story: The object (since I am not giving any clues until Ava is born) is pink and white, and I was showing off to Tony, and he says "i like it, but would not like it for my kid", and I said "well, why?", "cause it's pink" he said. So I said, "this is for a girl, what colors would you have your little girl wear?". Sit down people, you are going to loooveee his answer: "light blue". Thank god we are not having kids yet. (hi tony)

I am also working on my second attempt at a bolero jacket. I am not following any patterns this time. Olgita has (tried) taught me how to figure out a pattern and creat it by myself, so I am giving it a shot. Stay tunes for cries of desperation and anxiousness. Thanks Olgita for helping me on this, I am so happy you moved close by!

Marathon News: It's this Sunday. I don't want to do it anymore. End of update.

Reading News: I thought I would start telling you guys what I am reading. I have been tempted by other blogs, (Macoco made me read The Sociopath Next Door) and I thought I may tempt someone else. I read at night before I go to bed, and while I need, and sometimes while I knit in bed before I go to sleep. (yes, it's an obsession, I know). Currently I am reading Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. I never posted about this, but a fellow knitter/blogger/friend sent this to me when I remarked how much I love this man. Thanks nessagr!

My dad got me hooked watching "No Reservations" while ago. (yay - new episodes in January!) Tony Bourdain is fearless in his culinary adventures, he is honest, arrogant, comical, and I just love watching that show. The book is the same way. Completely honest, (don't eat fish on Mondays people - just don't do it), and funny and biographical at the same time.

I am also reading 157 magazines that are all over my house/office/car. But that is another story. Cross your fingers for some GG pics this weekend. Oh, and for me to not break something doing the marathon.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Happy happy joy joy!

I am warning you - this is going to be the dumbest post ever. But, I was feeling guilty that I had not posted in a while, so went looking through my pictures to see what I coudl write about. The other day I had a cup of looseleaf tea at work made with my tea difuser from teavana that my mom got me for Christmas one year. I rinse it out and left it drying on my desk, and the next day when I went to put it away, there was this left. I actually did not want to wipe the desk down until I had taken a picture of it. A happy face! Isn't it weird?

Knitting is going good. I finished the front and back of the gatsby girl and I am about half way through the neverending sleeves. These are going to take forever because it is in a k1p1 pattern on size 2. YuCK!

I really want to start something else, but my perfectionist side will not let me until this is finished. I am working on SAP3 - which is coming along okay. I don't know how I feel about it yet, but I will give it to Reese and Ava regardless. They might love it.

Less than two more weeks until the marathon and I cannot wait. I want to get it over with so I can enjoy running again. I have been so preoccupied with wether or not I am getting my mileage in and training properly (i haven't) that I have not been enjoying running as much as I used to. Two more weeks!

WIP pics soon - I promise!