Sunday, August 27, 2006

nothing knitted, but all dressed up

and now for a nonknitting related post....

this weekend were the miss annie awards (chattanooga's version of the tony's). my whole family went and i thought i would post some pictures of us all dressed up.

and finally, i do believe my not so internal monologue on this one was "she needs to eat some cheese!"

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

foray into lace

i recently realized that for as long as i've been knitting, i don't have nearly enough scarves! i guess i've given most of my knitted pieces away as gifts, and i certainly don't regret that, but i want more scarves!!! i decided to knit the cherry leaf scarf ( i wanted to see if i could knit something "lace" but keep it masculine. i'm knitting it in rowan felted tweed in a yummy deep brown with blue and caramel flecks...

i think the color and the leaf pattern keeps it manly... not that i really care if its manly or not... :)

i taught steven r. to knit. here he is at my parents house working on a wrong stitch rib scarf.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

summer reading

gah!!! i'm sitting in a pile of books trying to fit my entire life from this summer into two checked bags and two carry-ons. at this point, one of the carry-on bags is ENTIRELY books! i thought i would jot down some of the books i read this summer:

the object of my affection - stephen mccauley
the road to wellville - t. coraghessan boyle
garlic and sapphires (the scecret life of a critic in disguise) - ruth reichl
i am not myself these days - josh kilmer-purcell
the pillars of the earth - ken follett
molto agitato (the mayhem behind the music at the metropolitan opera) - johanna fiedler
a treasury of royal scandals - michael farquhar
the lovely bones - alice sebold

alrighty, just wanted to get those down so i can actually remember that i read them later. ok, and i totally wanted to take a break from the packing.

Monday, August 14, 2006

knitting on the bus...

my summer time in new york is winding down and steven r. and i are heading back to chattanooga on wednesday. now, if i was a smart person, like steven r., i would have bought my plane ticket by now. but i'm not. and i haven't. and tickets are now 7000 dollars. sooooo, i'm thinking of taking a little adventure and greyhounding it back to chattanooga. it takes 20+ hours and i have to make two transfers but it is half the price of a flight. i haven't made up my mind yet, but it certainly sounds like something that could end up as a great story.
speaking of steven r., here is a picture of the two of us taken ealier this summer in central park:

(steven r. on the left, steven m. on the right)
now for some knitting pics... i've been making mittens this summer. i'm trying to get my pattern for them just right and have as many as possible for christmas gifts this year. they are made from cascade 220.

also on the needles... a scarf from a cone of wool i bought at school products and a hat for my amazing niece made from a pattern from 'itty-bitty hats' by susan b. anderson.

the ribbons are a little crazy.

Monday, August 07, 2006

mmm... new yarn, new pattern

aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh.... i made it down to purl in soho today and got to spend a leisurly evening running my fingers over the towering shelves of yarn. sigh... heaven. i was there to buy yarn to make up a new baby hat pattern becuase a) having a new baby niece has given new purpose to my knitting and b) i'm thinking of knitting up some baby hats to sell at my sister-in-law's autumn craft bazaar thing. she sells discovery toys and her friend sells something else you order from a catalog, so they are going to get together and do one event for the holiday and sell crafty goodness as well.

when i was a little boy, my mom and grandmother would have a bazaar around christmas at my grandmother's house and would sell all sorts of things... jars filled with candy with these baked and glazed pie looking things on top (i think they were actually made from dough and shellacked to kingdom come)... crocheted ornaments.... lots of crocheted ornaments... ice skates with paperclips for the blades, angels, snowflakes... bags of chex mix (we called them doo dads).

it. was. amazing.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

first blog... a knitting archive

after having enjoyed reading so many other people's blogs for so long, i have finally decided to learn how to use this thing (ok, this is totally like the third time i've had to redo this blog) and get in on the action. for the first blog... an archive of projects from the last several years....