Saturday, January 27, 2007

One down, one to go....

I finished my latest project - the H U G E Noni felted carpet bag. I actually made the medium sized bag in the black and grey colors on the pattern and lined it with a really pretty red silk brocade. It was a birthday gift for my much older looking sister and I think she actually liked it.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Superbowl Sunday Knitting

I ran across this today ----

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Warm Up America is an organization that donates hand knit or crocheted items to groups in need - women's shelters, nursing homes, children's hospitals, ect. They solicit 7" x 9" squares from crafty folks like us and then create blankets out of them. It reminds me of the first thing I knitted when I was in 5th grade. Our teacher had us each knit a square and she make it into an afghan that was sent off to the Ursuline nuns in Alaska who ran a missionary school up there.
The idea is to use the time spent in front of the tv on Superbowl Sunday to knit up sqauares and send them off to Warm Up America who'll put them to good use.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Unbroken Internet

I finally discovered what was wrong with my internet connection. My friends at AT&T discontinued my service for non-payment. Only problem with that is I actually paid my bill in full, on time. After lots of waiting on the phone I finally got to talk to someone who's job hadn't been outsourced to another planet and figured it all out. So my internet should be fixed by 8pm Monday. I'm seriously thinking of buying a network card and having my son install it so I can just used his cable connection and not even have DSL through the phone company. I'm also thinking about just canceling my landline. To be honest, half the reason I kept it was because I needed a bill in my name to prove we live in SF for my daughter's high school. So maybe next Sunday, we'll go off to Best Buy and get the network card and test it out. If it works, so long AT&T.
In knitting news, I'm semi-close to finishing my secret project purse that I'm madly in love with. I also put the Jayne hats back up on eBay and instantly sold out so I'll be busy with those this week. And, the purse I'm making for my sister - one of the Noni purses, should be done tonite so I can felt it before I go to bed. I did make a trip to Joannes on Friday and bought the most beautiful red silk broacade fabric to line it with. And, the knitting book I got last week is wonderful - makes we want a longer commute (well, almost).
Hopefully I'll have pics to post of all soon!!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Knitting Circle

I need to add a WIP section to this blog but I'm a tad too lazy tonight to do it. But I do have a WIP or two to share. The first is a purse I'm knitting out of cotton - yep, cotton. It's unique to say the least and I'm quite excited as it's a purse I've designed myself. If all goes well, I should be able to post a WIP pic soon.
My second WIP is this:

I usually carry a small book to read during my short commute - I rarely have to wait more than 5 minutes for a train and it's only about 10 minutes while on the train. I had been reading the Yarn Harlot's first book which is perfect to read in short 15 minute bursts. As I had finished the last story this morning, the hunt was on for a new commute book. Luckily durning the 10 minute walk to the BART train, I pass two bookstores, one of which is Stacey's (one of the best bookstores on the planet). I wander in and immediately realize that since this is a "real" bookstore, my hope of finding a lightweight paperback book to quench my desire where dashed. I wandered through the new fiction section, the true crime section (one of my guilty pleasures), even up to the magazines hoping I could find something enticing. Just as I was about to settle for a new Amy Tan book (settle? aren't I the snob) I spotting this book at the aisle endcap. OK, it wasn't paperback but it wasn't too big and bulky. I took it as a sign from the knitting gods that I should purchase said book.
I actually read through the first two chapters on the ride home and I'm anxious to get to it right now but I'll resist. When I truly love a book, I tend to read it in one sitting and I've got knitting to do.