August 11, 2008

Stroke of Luck

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , , at 4:58 pm by Jenn

Well, I’m not sure what I did differently today than I did every other time I attempted to upload the pictures from my camera, but whatever it was worked.

SO, here are some pictures to show what I’ve been up to lately.

First of all I received the most AWESOME package from my Hogwarts Sock Kit Swap 5 partner Allitrya Spelling, aka Lacee.  She really put a lot of time and effort in to making sure that I had an awesome package.  She paid really close attention to details from my blog and questionnaire and the result is FABULOUS.  I couldn’t be more thrilled with the package that she put together for me.  Here’s a picture

I know, I know.  I’m a lucky girl.  Just look at all that stuff, Harry Potter themed candy, gum (my favorite – Trident Splash), peanut butter (JIF of course), and popcorn – just a few of the things that I miss from home that are hard to come by (without shelling out a small fortune) here in Baku.   Then there is a tape measure, blocking pins, some handmade by Allitrya stich markers and row marker/earrings, two pairs of Knit Picks Harmony needles (I’m really going to try these two socks at once!  REALLY), a stitch book “50 Fabulous Knit Stitches” for me to attempt some new stitches (maybe dishcloths or washcloths), a folder called “Bella’s Spells” which is full of patterns for me to knit socks.  The patterns she included are Phineas, Bellatrix (pattern on Ravelry), Nagini (pattern on Ravelry), Fawkes (pattern on Ravelry) and Such a Slytherin (pattern on Ravlery).  All of them are great and I am going to attempt the Phineas first.  The patterns are all nice and Slytheriny (except for Fawkes of course) as this was my house this semester.  She even included a Slytherin pin which I am going to display proudly on my HAND FELTED bag.  The above picture doesn’t do it justice.

Neither does this picture really, but you can see the pattern and colors which I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.  The bag itself is large enough (it’s probably 10″x10″) for me to carry as a purse or to hold a knitting project like my Clapotis or a pair of socks as well as my wallet and sunglasses.  She also gave me a skein yarn by one of my favorite indie dyers – Cosmic Fibers.  This is a skein of Slytherin in 3rd year which if knitted in regular knit stitch will stripe in the trapped-bar pattern.  I’m going to do it up just like that (I think). 

And last but not least – my WEBKINZ Turtle.  LOL.  I have been wanting this little girl for a while now and my wait is over.  She has been officially adopted and her name is Testudia (I’m a Terp afterall)!

So, after totally bombing out in HSKS4, I gave it another go and was taken care of VERY VERY well by my spoiler!  Thanks so much Lacee!  Hope to see you for HSKS6!

In other knitting news, I’m making good progress on the Baby Surprise Jacket that I’m knitting for the Ravelympics.  I’ll finish, but the thing isn’t going to fit the kid I intended for it to fit!  Oh, well.  I guess I’ll just have to buy more yarn….SHUCKS!  LOL.  I really do need to start swatching.

This picture is from last night, I think around row 47….

I’m on 58 now and hope to get up to the neck section tonight (Row 74).  It’s a lofty goal for me, but I think I can manage.  The Olympics will be on, my dear husband will be engrossed, so I should be able to knit peacefully.  I think I’m about halfway finished so I will definitely be able to finish this before the end of the games, which means I’ll be able to pick back up on the Clapotis. 

Now, this is a project that I am conflicted with.  My mom gave me the yarn for my birthday with the Clapotis in mind.  I hate the name of that scarf, but I like the way it looks so I figured I’d give it a go.  I am about 30% finished with it in this picture and 40% now.  I’m at the 4th dropped stitch set.  By the way, dropping stitches on purpose is FUN!  I especially like watching the ladder GROW.  I still have my lifeline in so when I’m finished knitting and go to take it out I’m going to have lots more ladder watching to do. 

The yarn has pink in it which I’m not crazy about, the purple dye isn’t set well so as I knit my fingers turn purple, but I love the purple, and the blue and I love the pattern so I’m going to continue to knit this damn thing purple fingers, funky pink and all!  Besides, I have blocking pins now and I need to use them for something so I might as well try them out on the Clapotis. 

SO that’s what I’ve been up to.  Now, it’s almost time for dinner, Mustardy Fried Chicken, Greens, Mac and Cheese!  YUMMO!

August 8, 2008

Let the games BEGIN!

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 9:52 pm by Jenn

I’m getting ready to cast on….

Picture of progress posted (hopefully) tomorrow.

Good night.

July 27, 2008

Weekend Wrap Up

Posted in Journal tagged , , , at 3:12 pm by Jenn

The weekend has come and gone and boy has it been a hot one.  We’ve spent a majority of the weekend inside because, well because it’s just too damn hot to go outside.

I’ve accomplished a lot of work for my business this weekend.  I’ve created forms and documents and things that I will need to actually see patients.  I still have a few things to order and it seems like the thing I’m having the toughest time decided about is which plastic food models to order….who would have thought this would be my most difficult business decision.  Nasco is the company that makes these things and they have such a great selection, but I am overwhelmed by the choices.  I don’t want to order something this expensive that isn’t going to give me a great selection of appropriate foods and I don’t want to go overboard and look like a rubber food model collector.  I’M SO CONFUSED!  LOL.  I do need to make a decision by the end of the day on Monday so that the models will be here by the time I start seeing clients.  My goal is the middle of August.

I have a friend back home in Maryland who is an attorney and he is helping me with the business registration.  The name I chose is Smart Nutrition and hopefully that is available.  If not, I’m sure that I can come up with something else, but Smart Nutrition just seems so perfect.  Once I get the Ok from him I’ll order business cards and maybe some letterhead and envelopes.  Other than basic office supplies and placing an advertisement in the Embassy newsletter I’m ready to go…

In knitting news, I am about a third of the way finished with the Clapotis (I really dislike that name).  My mom sent me the yarn for my birthday.  I think it is a fun/easy knit.  I’m getting ready to start Section 3, the straight rows so I’ll be using some new techniques which should be fun.

I also signed up for the Ravelympics on Ravelry.  I signed up for the Baby Dressage event (don’t get too excited – I’m not pregnant).  I have been wanting to make a Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ) for a while now, I ordered the yarn, it’s here so I think this will be the perfect time to take the plunge.  This first jacket will be for Ella Grace.  The yarn I ordered was intended for Lawrence but, well Larry probably wouldn’t be happy if his son was running around in this color so looks like Ella gets the first BSJ.

In Life – Our household items should be here sometime this week.  They are supposed to be arriving in Baku today and we are estimating a few days to go through whatever Customs process and then transporting the boxes to us!  Yeah!  It’s going to be like Christmas, unpacking all that stuff and getting our house set up AT LAST!

I compiled the results of the Asparagus survey and the results were surprising…..pop on over to the original post and take a look at today’s comment for the results.

Lastly, my Old Navy order arrived and surprisingly the pants/jeans fit, but many of the tops do not.  I continue to be baffled by the size of my boobs!  Where did these things come from.  I’m off to work on my return/reorder now.