Monday, January 28, 2008

Snow Day!

Happy Snowy Monday! Here is a picture of the weather from my balcony this morning:

And another one:

We don't get snow here in the Seattle area very often, so this is kind of a big deal. Pretty much all the school districts are closed for the day. I've already emailed my boss to tell him that I'm staying home for the morning, and I'll try to be in later. We are super busy at work, so this is NOT a good day for snow! And the forecasters are predicting more of it tonight. In fact, I think the stuff on the ground will freeze over tonight, so tomorrow might even be worse. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on how you look at it) I live only half a mile from my job. Technically, I could walk, but I don't really want to in this weather.

I know some who look at these pictures will scoff at the idea of schools closing for a couple inches of snow, but there are tons of hills around here, and since it only snows once or twice a year we really aren't prepared for it. One of my daughter's friends has already called this morning, inviting her over to play in the snow "because we don't have a yard." Unfortunately I would have to drive her there, about a mile or two away, and I don't really want to. But because I am a softy I said "we'll see how the roads look" in a couple of hours. I really hate driving in the snow. I grew up in California, and never even saw snow until I moved here 13 years ago!

In knitting news, I am still working on the sock pictured in my last post! I am down to the toe decrease, and am hoping to have some knitting time during the evenings this week. We love, love, love American Idol and I am so happy that it is back on because I will make an effort to have things done so I can sit down, knit, and watch my favorite show! I will post a picture of the sock once it is done.

Off to breakfast!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Promised Pictures!

So here are the pictures I promised - finally! The first picture is of the socks I started while in California during Christmas vacation. The yarn is Trekking XXL in colorway 134. I hate the fact that the yarn is just called a number. It should be something beautiful, like the yarn. The yarn looks like yummy ice cream sherbet to me! The pattern is a free pattern called "Simple Trekking Socks" I found here. I'm using size one bamboo needles. As you can see, I'm down to just past the heel turn. I really want to finish this sock and it's mate, so I can move on to one of the other 99 (just kidding, but only a little!) skeins of sock yarn I have.

Santa was good to me - I got both "Getting Started Knitting Socks" by Ann Budd and "Scarf Style" by Pam Allen for Christmas. My wonderful boss gave me a gift card to Borders, so in addition to those two books, I bought myself "Knitting New Scarves" by Lynn Barr. There are so many patterns in all three books I would like to try. The "Knitting New Scarves" book has some really interesting patterns in it. I don't like all of them, but I do like enough of them to have bought the book.

Last but not least, I just have to include this picture of some amaryllis plants my Dad gave me for my birthday. They arrived in early December, and have just recently started blooming. Absolutely incredible flowers! Happy Friday everyone!

Saturday, January 05, 2008


OK, so I'm not the best blogger. My best intentions get waylaid constantly by the other demands in my life. However, since I last posted, I have knit too many dishcloths to count, given them as Christmas presents, and took nary a picture. Even though kept thinking to myself - I've got to take pictures, I've got to take pictures. But with all the Christmas rush, I never did. I'm glad to report, however, that the recipients of the dishcloths really liked them. I packaged them in a red or white basket I got from World Market. I put in two dishcloths and one of those antibacterial hand soaps from Bath & Body Works. Wrapped the whole thing up in iridescent cellophane, added a bow, and there we had it. It was fun.

Now I am back to knitting socks. I have one sock down to just past the gusset decreases. I started it while visiting my family in California for Christmas. I'll have to post a picture of that too. I'm using a Trekking yarn which is very colorful, and striping beautifully.

For Christmas I received some knitting books which I was thrilled about, and I will take pictures and post them as well! I also got some fabulous Lorna's Laces sport weight yarn in the "Hawaii" colorway, which I think I will make a scarf from. Another picture waiting to happen.

So for now I will close, until I can take those darn pictures!