Wednesday, July 30, 2008

MIL Mittens

Pattern: House Mittens by Ruth Bendig
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino - ~1 skein dark brown & ~1/4 skein tan
Size: one size
Begun: 12/07
Finished: 7/30/08

My MIL wanted a pair of plain color wool mittens with one stripe above the thumb, just like her grandmother used to make. Here they are. The pattern was very easy to follow, easily adjustable to fit a larger or smaller hand. It took me seven months to finish because I apparently suck at counting and suck even worse at taking accurate notes. Note to self, things in pairs should be knit at the same time. :-)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


I'm getting ready for some serious knitting time. I have entered the Ravelympics as part of Team Red Sox Nation. I will be competing in the Laceweight Long Jump, Synchronized Flirty Skirts and WIP's Wrestling. I'm holding back from the Sock Put but really, with a name like that, I may just have to enter.

As part of the rules, casting on cannot commence until opening ceremonies officially start. Swatching is considered training so you'd better believe that will be done by then.

And what about those MIL Mittens? I frogged the entire second one this weekend and started over so the stripes match up now. I'm just about to start the decreases at the top and then it's just the thumb and they're done. It would be cheating to save them for next week wouldn't it?

Monday, July 28, 2008


Despite the fact that I ate my weight in bacon this weekend, the SparkPeople nutrition tracker helped me keep my overall calories in-check (well, most of the weekend anyway, lol). I also made a very conscious effort to go to the gym three nights this past week. But my biggest motivator? A nurse I work with but haven't seen in months saw me Saturday and said, "Wow, you look great." Who wouldn't be motivated by that?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Summer of Yarn Love Package #2

My Summer of Yarn Love pal rocks!

I got my second package in the mail yesterday and I am sooooo happy! My pal is clearly doing her homework and put together yet another one of the most perfect packages I have ever gotten.

First, a book from my wish list, 2-at-a-time Socks. I took it to they gym with me last night to read while on the stationary bike. Two skeins of KnitPicks Felici Self Striping Sock Yarn in Provence, a gorgeous hank of Franklin Sock Yarn (hand dyed!), some citrus coconut hand cream, a package of Red Sox pens, and a package of Sour Patch Watermelon Slices.

I see a new pair of socks in my future. :-)

P.S. This is post #200!

Friday, July 18, 2008

SP Question #6

1) What is your favorite type of project to take along on holiday/vacation?
For a car trip, I'll take whatever I happen to be working on at the time. For a conference or meeting, I need something small like socks or mittens.

2) Tell us about a time that you packed too much knitting or were stranded without knitting.
I always pack too much, lol. I have a knitting tote from Knit Picks that can store quite a lot so I usually just take that along. I try to take something with me when there is even the slightest chance of idle time, even if it's just a swatch. Though, I did once make my husband stop at a yarn shop in the middle of Connecticut so I could knit on the way home.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Fun at Work

The construction crew working on our hospital broke a (very essential) pipe leading to our office bathroom. Now we have to hike halfway across the building to pee. Unless it's an emergency...

I still laugh every time I look up.

And for those of you that think I have taken to stuffing my mattress with my stash instead of knitting with it, I have been furiously trying to finish my Pay-It-Forward gifts. I'd like to send them out before the start of August. Almost two weeks before they're due.

P.S. How many times do you think law enforcement internet searches turn up knitting blogs thanks to the frequent use of the word "stash". He he.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Anyone in health care knows what a scary word that is. Especially when splashed across your pager at 7:30 on a Monday morning.

But we survived.

And now that my nervous system is off high alert for the first time in a week, I think I'll knit.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

SP Question #5

1) Where is your favorite place to go for vacation/holiday?
New Hampshire. You can camp or hike in the woods and not seen another human being for days or you can shop at the outlets or hang on the shore with hundreds of other tourists.

2) Where is one place you’d like to go?
I would like to visit Ireland. The pictures of the lush green hillside are irresistible.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

SP Question #4

1) What yarn (that you don’t have/haven’t used) would make your stash “complete”?
Ummm... tough question. If I had to pick one right this second, I would say Rowan Calmer. I have heard so many wonderful things about this yarn but I've never tried it. And who doesn't want something named calmer?

2) What yarn do you never want to be without?
Besides yarn in general? :-) I always want to have something in my stash that inspires me to pick up my needles.

Monday, July 7, 2008


This number is less a reflection of the miles I've logged this week and more a reflection of the amount of amusement park food I've eaten, I think.

That's allright. I feel good (I've exercised a lot this week).

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Happy 4th Everyone!

Andrew and I both had this long weekend (mostly) off. He worked for a few hours Friday and I was on call for the weekend (but no one called, yippee!), so we spent our 4th having lots of TV-free family time with Bear.

Friday it rained (a lot) so we did inside things. We played Sesame Street Dominos and gave the dog a bath (not so much for fun for the dog, Andrew, or I but Bear enjoyed it emensly). We also weathered about 47 temper tantrums. Saturdays forecast was essentially the same - dreary rain all day. We packed up the car and drove 150 miles north to Story Land. We had a BLAST! We spent the whole day and probably still missed about 1/2 the park. We let Bear set the pace, which meant steering our swan boat in circles the entire time and riding the rides three and four times in a row. After the park closed we headed home through North Conway (with all the other tourists) so instead of fighting traffic we stopped at Elvio's Pizzeria and ate dinner outside on the lawn.

It was a fantastic day. And Bear's giggly smile made it all worth it.