Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Random thoughts (and some pictures)

Overheard in the elevator at work on Monday:

Girl #1: How was your weekend?
Girl #2: Wonderful! How was yours?
Girl #1: Pretty good. What happened with...
Girl #2: We found out he's going to lose both of his feet. It's okay, though.

Unfortunately, this was the point at which they got off the elevator. Man, I wanted to hear the rest of that story! Who's losing their feet? Her little boy? Her dad? Her grandfather? And how, just how, does getting news like that still make a weekend wonderful? Huh???

I'm finally Jaywalking!

Here's Jaywalker #1:

I used size 2 dpns, and it fits like a dream. Not snug at all. I got this done fairly quickly, thanks to a weekend trip to Baltimore (more on that in a minute) and a dead computer at work. I'm using the sock yarn I bought from Wendy. Cute, huh? Here's another shot (added bonus - you get to see the ever-popular Nike workout pants at a different angle!):

And here's a shot of Hayden, who kept saying, "Cheese, camera!" while I was taking pictures of my foot. (I haven't subjected you to a shot of the Cutest Kid Ever in a while, anyway.)

I cast on for #2 at work this morning while the tech was reviving my computer. Unfortunately, he was successful, so that cuts into my knitting time.

Baltimore trip

DH ran a marathon in Lexington Park, Maryland on Sunday, so we went up to Baltimore on Friday night so I could meet up with a couple of fellow knitbloggers. Saturday morning I met Eunny and we took an enjoyable walk through the Inner Harbor to Fell's Point. There we found a very small but nice yarn store, and I bought yarn for attempt #2 at the Deep V Argyle Vest. This time I'm going with Dale of Norway's Heilo in cream and camel:

Then we spent a couple of hours sitting outside, knitting socks, eating pretzels and getting sunburned. It was a terrific morning. After I left Baltimore, I headed to Old Town Alexandria and met up with Kel at her LYS, Knit Happens. I sat, knitted, and bought some more vest yarn, this time for the cricket vest out of Rowan Classic's new Summer book (no mutant sea monkeys in that one!):

Y'know, I play so much cricket, I just need a vest to wear during my matches. When the shop closed, we ate dinner at a cute Tex Mex restaurant with her hubby and had a great time. The next morning was the marathon. I ran the first 9 1/2 miles, and it was great. A little warm, but we were on this cute little island with flat, shaded roads. The rest of the marathon was run alongside a highway. Yuck! To me, running alongside a highway with car fumes to inhale and no shade to enjoy is one of the worst experiences. But he got through it, and can now cross Maryland off his list in his quest to do a marathon in all 50 states plus Washington DC:

My husband is the tall, thin one, not the shorter one with pigtails.

Knitalong news

If you're an astute blog reader, you'll notice that I replaced the Knitting Olympics button with a new one: Eunny's Sampler Stole Knitalong. We're knitting the Sampler Stole from A Gathering of Lace. I'm using Jaggerspun Zephyr in a pretty pink. Actually, I'm not using it quite yet - tried to start it last week before we left for Baltimore, but ended up with 1 extra stitch on row 3, so frogged it and am going to restart this evening - but when I do, it's going to be beautiful. Also, I think I might actually participate in the Sexy Knitter's Club upcoming knitalong. You can choose between Glampyre's Orangina or Knit and Tonic's Somewhat Cowl, or do both. I'm going to look at both patterns, peruse my stash, and see what I can come up with. And I've changed my mind AGAIN on my Sockapalooza socks, but this time I'm sticking with it: a basic rib and cable sock. Pretty and not too fussy - perfect combination.

Sounds like I've got a lot of projects calling me, so bye for now!


michelleknits said...

You do have a lot of projects calling your name. How nice to get to meet other knitbloggers -- I'm meeting one today, too! This blog thing is very interesting indeed. Your jaywalker sock looks great, and I can't wait to see the other stuff you make! You know, the somewhat cowl and orangina both sound interesting so I just might join up, too!

Jen said...

Hey congrats to your husband for scratching Maryland off the to run list. Did he have any personal goals for that marathon?

I'm thinking the foot story may have had more to it. As in, it was wonderful because so and so didn't die and only lost both of his feet. Still not wonderful, but better I guess than the alternative.

Yay for jaywalkers that fit! And it's a great color combo.

Lucky you meeting Eunny. Her lace series is making me feel extremely dumb.

spaazlicious said...

Wow! Big post! The socks are looking great. That's weird planning to put the marathon alongside a highway, I hate choking on road fumes too. And don't really know anyone who does ;)