Monday, January 19, 2015

Lauritzen

We took a spontaneous trip to Lauritzen Garden yesterday,it was our first trip to the conservatory. An impressive addition to the garden and for Omaha.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

This Past Week

I am recovering nicely from a simple outpatient procedure I had on Thursday. My two days off of work was pure bliss, and while I should have been doing nothing but relaxing, I couldn't quite help myself. I did some baking, cooking, and of course a little knitting. On Friday I received a new pair of clogs in the mail. After a dozen years of wear, my old ones blew apart. Dennis so kindly offered to glue them back together, but after that many years I felt I deserved a new pair. At least he didn't offer to duct tape them. I ordered these from England, although they are Lotta of Stockholm clogs, go figure. I love 'em! I spent quite a bit of time working on my Cuckatoo Brae sweater. That project is a true test of patience and persistence. It's coming together, just not as fast as I thought it would. To alleviate the monotony of that sweater, I decided to knit a pair of slippers for Dennis. Eh, they sucked. So now I'm hell bent on redeeming myself. I found a different, more adjustable pattern, one that allows you to really customize the fit. I'll post progress when I have something to show.




Sunday, January 4, 2015

Slow Go

My pace isn't exactly lightning speed, but progress is progress. School is back in session tomorrow. Darn. I've spent most of my break working on homework and working. It's as if I wasn't even on break. Boo hoo. 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What Partyin' on NYE Looks Like

I'm in my Jammies and Dennis is staring at his phone. We blew the roof off this dump by celebrating with tea and scones. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

New Stuff

I cranked out another pair of cashmere socks. Same yarn, same needles, same everything, only this pair might fit a small child. There isn't anyone in my family with petite feet, nope, not a one. No idea who will get these. I guess they'll sit around until the right Cinderella foot comes along. I also made another pair of felted slippers; all that's left to do with those is stitch on the leather soles. I had to throw in a picture of my wee dog. The dirty laundry basket is a popular hangout.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Year Long Project is Complete

It's finally finished! There's an obvious lack of wall decor, but everything else is complete.

Dude Hat

An early Christmas gift for D-man. I got a kit from Churchmouse Yarns that included enough Rowan yarn to make 3 or 4 hats. I busted this zippy, stripey stocking cap out in a couple days. I have one last gift on the needles
then a year of "all about me" commences. Of the last 12 things I've knitted, 10 have been for other people. This year I will be the recipient of all my knitting finery....

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Geekery

A few pictures to keep you apprised of my knitting and general geekiness. First, I received the new Kate Davies book all about Yoke knitting, no, not how to cook eggs kind of yolk, but knitting yokes.. On the same day (it was a big day) I received a package from Churchmouse Yarns containing yarn for Denny's new wooly hat. Let's hope I get it done in time for Christmas... Then I stayed up last night and finished these sweet slippers. I've already busted some stash for another pair. I'm setting lofty goals, lets hope I can get 'er done. I love the pouty bow. A few weeks ago I finished these Nordic Star slippers. Wow, were those an ever popular Instgram item! I'll probably be making those again as well. Then, in between slippers I made these angora fingerless mittens - *yawn*. I'm not sure why, but those were so boring to knit. I loved the yarn, it's super dreamy, but the rest, meh. I made my mom a cowl. Not for Christmas, just because. It turned out pretty snazzy, in my humble opinion. I used a bunch of Rowan Fine Tweed that I had bits and pieces of. Worked up nicely. Oh, and last week I picked up a "mushroom." Not just any ol' mushroom, but a KOMBUCHA mushroom!! If you don't know what Kombucha is, I'm sorry. Go directly to Whole Foods and pick up a bottle in the refrigeration dept. STAT! It's fab stuff. Kombucha is a fermented tea drink, and that's all I know other than it's freaking incredible. I got my mushroom, or live culture, or whatever you want to call it from a friend. She also gave me details how to, well, grow it? Anyway, the picture I've posted is not that of a placenta, but of the actual mushroom or live culture. Dennis thinks I'm completely nuts, and will probably have his fingers poised to dial 911 upon first sip. Scaredy cat. Somewhere in between all the above knitting etc., we had Thanksgiving. I made a German Chocolate cake and 6 (yes, I got a little overzealous with the bread starter and ended up with A LOT of bread) loaves of cheese bread. And lastly, I won the metro photo competition for my submission of Native American costuming and beadwork. I was pretty chuffed with myself, and I have a little extra pocket money for Christmas!
Back to studying... Side note: For whatever reason I can't create paragraphs. I can when I use my app, but not when I use my laptop. What???

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Faux Athleticism

This shot makes me look far more athletic than I really am. When the opportunity presented itself I took the a) short-cut or b) route with the shallowest water depth and lowest, driest, bank. Wimpy. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

9th Living History Farms Run


Well, this year's run was considerably warmer than last year. Top temp today was around 50, last year we never saw the numbers on a positive side. 


Right off the bat I rolled my ankle on the uneven terrain. I hopped on one leg to the side of the course, walked for a bit, then continued on. I'm not sure that was a good idea. I'll see if the pain subsides in a few days. Then decide on my next course of action. Despite my injury I finished considerably faster than last year. My fastest time on that course was in 2005 (my first year) at 1:12. Today was 1:49. I'll take it. 

Here are some pics for your viewing enjoyment. 



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Few Finished Projects to Report

I'm off to a bit of a late start with my Christmas production, but I do have a couple completed things under my belt,and one under construction. Prepared to be wowed!
The little beige pair is by Churchmouse yarns, Turkish Bed Socks pattern. I knitted these with some of my beloved cashmere stash. I have enough stash to make several more pairs. Whup! Whup! The star slipper pattern was given to me by an Instagram friend. I love these things! They are simple, warm, and cute. I made those using leftovers and stash. The Ivory color is Elsbeth Lavold yarn, its a camel/wool combo--nice stuff, and the blue is Quince <3 Do you know how hard it is to hold your feet together in the air while photographing? Whew, getting old and crusty isn't fun... I could use a little yoga in my life. The turquoise project is the Cafe Au Lait pattern for fingerless mitts. I just started, so I'm not sure what I think of these. I'm typically not a fan of lace knitting, but this pattern is fairly simple, hard to screw it up. I'm using angora wool for these, mainly because I loved the color. I thought for sure all the angora fur would go right up my nose and drive me nuts, but no, it's awesome stuff!! This weekend I will be making my annual trek to DesMoines for the Living History Farms race. My compadre, TG, will be accompanying me. This could be my farewell tour.... The subzero temps last year almost killed me, I'm hoping for a wee bit of a reprieve this weekend. The forecast shows a slight (very slight) improvement in temps, let's hope that holds. Ok, back to studying...... School update: Degree change (this makes my 4th). This week I will be pursuing a degree as a paralegal. Boring. And now that the world of blogging knows that piece of information I must now return to reading.... .