Monday, July 31, 2006

July One Skein Suprise Package...

Last week my One skein pal sent me another wonderful package. I just have to say to my pal that you've really nailed my yarn tastes! Look at the beautiul Artfibers Tsuki she got for me. It's a lovely dark teal that changes color in different lights. It's so soft. I've been rubbing it on my neck....It will make a lovely scarf. And speaking of which she also sent me this great pattern for making a drop stitch scarf.

My One Skein Pal was also kind enought to slip in some goodies. A great CD, as you can see. There are some songs that I know and love and others are by artists that I'm really glad to be introduced to. Thanks! My thoughtful pal also sent a nice foot cream to go with the hand cream she sent last time. (Ahem, it's a good thing, too. My feet need some TLC). And look at this book. She says it's a nice easy read that one of her secret pals sent to her. How neat is that!

Thank you my one skein friend!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Monday, July 17, 2006

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

I have always identified with other redheads. We're a bit rare and we need people to look up to and to emulate. We need to be understood in all of our redheadedness. When I was a child there was one in particular that I had an affinity with.

You might be able to guess from the title but I will let following picture remind you of reading time with your elementary school librarian.

Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

Yes, Alexander and I had a few things in common. We were both a bit grumpy as children. We both hated lima beens, my pajamas sucked and I never seemed to get the right colored sneakers.

But as a child you're really not in control of all that stuff. Your job is basically to learn how to react to all of that stuff in the best way possible. Learning how to deal is one of the greatest life lessons.

But when you're thirty-something, you call the shots. You make the decisions and you really have no one else to blame for any stupidity going on in your life. *sigh* I just don't know what got into me today.

Did I really need to go running at 2:30 PM on the hottest day of the year? Ummm, no! Should I have done laundry instead of a much needed project? No! Should I have mailed off a bill that I could have paid at the grocery store? Again, you know the answer. There's some other stuff I am leaving out, too, because it's just TMI to blog about, but you get the picture.

And to top it all off, my computer has been compromised. I am not sure how. I have tried a couple of things to figure it out, but I haven't come up with anything yet. The program that seems to be the culprit is under arrest. Hopefully I will be able to suss something out with a little bit of vigilance and time. Ahrg!

But what I really want to get at is that when you are of a certain age, your destiny is in your own hands. Sure I followed some stupid lines of reasoning earlier today, but I have the power to change all that. And, in fact, I did. I didn't feel like boxing. I felt really small today, really unbalanced and unfocused. It seemed like a bad idea to do anything that required my attention. But you know what? Making myself go was a blessing. It really brought about all that was missing in me today. It brought out the feeling/passion and the focus and bigness that I need to be myself. Thank you, D, for being there and being a great coach.

Friday, July 14, 2006

The Delightfulness of pureknits!


I thought about ordering yarn from pureknits for quite some time. I mean they stock handpainted cashmere sock yarn and Yarntini yumminess, who wouldn't want to shop there? So last Sunday I managed to rein myself in while purchasing some neat-o yarn for experimentation.

There were two yarns that I had been thinking about buying. The first was the worsted Malabrigo which pureknits began carrying recently. The second was the banana silk yarn. I have a crocheted hat pattern from Stitch Diva Studios that turned out beautifully in this yarn (look at their customer gallery). It would make a great gift.

So shipping is ultra-fast with these folks. My package was shipped on Monday and delivered on Wednesday. The packaging was A+ splendid. The yarn skeins were put up in individual plastic bags tied with lovely ribbons.

I couldn't believe that I also received a hand written note about my yarns and a personal comment on my location. Tres nice, don't you think?

Then, of course, there is the yarn. The Malabrigo is simply amazing! So soft and vibrantly colored. I need more of this yarn! I'm hungry for it! I mean a sweater knitted from this yarn would be the ultimate in lovely softness.

The banana silk is great, too. The sheen is incredible, but this is definitely a yarn for a fun hat or purse.

Great service, great products. I would shop there again in a heartbeat.

You know yesterday was my blogiversary here on blogger. I wanted to post about it but some stuff came up and I didn't have time. However, I would still like to make a little celebration. So I think that the first person to comment on this entry should get something fun from my stash. I want to give away my most favorite sock yarn because goodness like Liza Souza Sock! should be shared. Send me your email and the skein shall be yours!

Oh and as an aside, I had to look up the spelling for blogiverary and came upon an interesting set of blogging related definitions here. Some of them are pretty funny.

Okay, I have so much stuff to do today. Off to the real world.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Lone Shoe: Or Continuing Adventures in Dateland

Lone Shoe

What would you think about a girl that came home from a "date" with only one shoe?

Would you suspect that she accidently slipped off the edge of a creek bank and was nearly submersed in the rushing waters coming off the falls she visited late at night - but managed somehow to save her cellphone?

Probably not, but it could happen.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Stitch Marker Swap II

I always seem to get so lucky in swaps! My latest treasures are some lovely stitch markers from Holly at Hollyarns Handpainted Yarn. Aren't they cute! I love the way she wrapped the tops up. Very original! They will be great for lace!!!

I'm also actually doing some knitting of my own as I alluded to the other day. The Noni bag is coming along brilliantly. I think it will be a stunner, but my poor swap partner has had to wait so long! She'll get some other goodies, too, for being such a good sport!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

New Me!

Yesterday was an absolutely fabulous day. To start out, I woke up and felt wonderful. I got a nice 2 mile run in and did my errands. Later I got a call from a guy that I saw earlier this week. He invited me to go sailing.

I skipped boxing, but it was so worth it. Sailing is just about the coolest thing I have done here in Ithaca. It's a small, fast boat. When it takes off, one side will be leaning into the water and so you have to use your body weight to keep it from capsizing. So I was in this harness that you could attach to the boat and I had to stand on the side and lean out over the water. Very fun.

Later my Stitch'N bitch friend cut my hair. She did a lovely job. I've got lots of layers now and so much more curl. My hair feels and looks fabulous. I was walking around town today feeling like a princess, so light and airy. Thanks, L!!!Plus I went to the our Stitch'N Bitch last night and got some more time in on my exchange project.

Ah, if only everyday were so lovely!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

J Is The Letter For Today

I've had a pretty great weekend and it had a lot to do with my friend J here in Ithaca. J's the kind of person that just seems to enjoy himself at every moment. He's smart and serious and all that, and yet he can be quite silly. He likes to say, ma-nam-a-namp. At fun times, like Yoda, he does speak....I mean who else will start an impromptu game of hide and seek in Borders with me? Or sing songs from Grease with me on the phone when we both don't really know the words? And he's just so into whatever it is that he's into that it's contagious. He's a great guy. Thanks J, for making me smile today and everytime I see you.

To another J in Ithaca, I just want to reiterate what a class act that I think you are.

To J in SP, I miss you! Someone's coming down this week to the gym to spar with me. It's like a fight-date. I can't wait to see how I'll do.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

New Project

We did a lot of spin art at my program. I rescued some and wanted to make something with it all. I think it will look nice in the end.