A nurse who knits…

April 25, 2008

Take the pledge

Filed under: Life in general — yarnnut @ 4:06 am

Pledge to Fight Animal Cruelty

Help fight animal cruelty. That commercial on TV with Sarah McLachlan gets me every time. I’m going to donate a monthly gift after I post this.

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April 19, 2008

I’ve been tagged…

Filed under: Life in general — yarnnut @ 7:51 pm

Thanks to Knitting Nurse. It’s nice to know that someone is interested in quirky things about me. Here are the rules for this meme.

1) Link to the person who tagged you.
2) Post the rules.
3) Share six non-important things / habits / quirks about yourself.
4) Tag at least three people.
5) Be sure the people you tagged KNOW you tagged them by commenting what you did.

So… Here goes.

  1. I have not been able to get that song from the Advantix commercial out of my head for about a week. It’s so cute. I sang it in my head all day at work yesterday and even hummed it. People must have thought I was insane. You can view the commercial here
  2. I am a coffee/wine lover. I also like liquor shots. Hate girly drinks like lemon drops and midori sours. My dad says that I have the taste buds of a 50 year old man.
  3. I love reading the paper on Sunday mornings with a cup of coffee.
  4. I like eating good food but hate cooking.
  5. I hate being cold. It’s a good think I live in Southern California.
  6. I wrinkle my forehead when I’m perplexed. Like when someone says something stupid and I think “WTF, why would someone say something like that?” Matt says it’s his pet peeve about me.

I am going to tag the following people:

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April 15, 2008

Bobmas (the aftermath)

Filed under: Knitting,Nursing,Travel,wedding — yarnnut @ 1:53 am
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I attended the Bobmas meeting at The Grove down in North Park last Wednesday and met a lot of knitters who’s names I know from Ravelry. It’s really fun to put a face to a name:) Hi to Margaret, Tania, Bernadette, and everyone else I met at the Grove. I really hope I get to see them soon.

Besides knitting and talking about knitting, I did a bit of stash and book enhancing. I got my first non-wool sock yarns and I’m really excited to use them. The first one is Schoeller + Stahl Sockina Cotton in a fun colorway. I hope it knits up in stripes.

The second skein is a bamboo blend that is soooo soft and heavenly to the touch that I just couldn’t resist. The Grove had a few really pretty colors and I had a heck of a time choosing just one. But here’s the one I ended up with.

It kinda reminds me of Pink Lemonade with the pinks, yellows, and a bit of lavender thrown in so that’s what I’m calling it. But it’s really called On Your Toes Bamboo. It’s 75% bamboo and 25% nylon.

Unfortunately, I was starting to get bored of knitting socks my usual 2×2 rib method so I picked up Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters. Again, the Grove made it extremely hard to resist because all the craft books were 20% off on Bobmas Eve. I have a few socks I really want to knit like Ocean- Toes and Coriolis.

It seems like I’ve been working quite a bit so knitting gets thrown to the wayside. However, I did make some great progress on the Icarus shawl. Like I mentioned in my previous post, I’m knitting it out of South West Trading Co. Infinity which is 100% soysilk. What I didn’t realize when I bought it was that it is cobweb weight yarn. Yikes! It’s about as thin as sewing thread. But the shawl is coming along splendidly. The pattern so far is very easy to memorize. “decrease, yo, dec, knit 7…” is a mantra I’ve been singing to myself as I knit this shawl. I’m on the 3rd set of repeats so it’s almost 200 stitches across. Yikes, it almost boggles the mind until I remind myself that because it’s so light weight, it’s probably not that wide yet. I do have a progress pic but please forgive how it looks. Lace always looks like limp noodles prior to blocking and since this is cream colored, this shawl is no exception.

I have put my Ribby Cardigan on hold until I finish the Icarus but I do have a progress pic on that as well. I’m using Lion Brand Cotton Ease in the old White. I dont’ know what is up with all the white knits that I’ve been doing lately. I actually bought 6 skeins of this prior to the discontinuation of the line a few years ago and just have never got around to knitting with it. But since I have, I actually really like it. I really hope that Lion Brand does not discontinue it again because I will be soooo sad.

As for the wedding, things are going well. I think we’ve picked out our invitations at a very surprising place, Papyrus which is a chain stationary store in every mall. We’ve confirmed the Maria Lanakila Roman Catholic Church in Lahaina and the The Plantation House for our reception in Kapalua afterwards. I’ve booked our airline tickets and am about to book the honeymoon hotels. We’ve decided that we’re going to hop around the island so we’re staying at the Westin in Kaanapali for the first four days, Hotel Hana for two days, then some other less expensive hotel/condo resort for the last four days. I still have no idea where but we’ll do a bit more research. I’m thinking the Outrigger Palms because I heard really good things about that place.

Anyways, I’ll be working tomorrow so I should go off and do some knitting before I hit the sack. I love watching babies being born but it’s such a stressful time, mainly because I’m still learning so much.

April 7, 2008

New project

Filed under: Knitting,wedding — yarnnut @ 3:03 am

I have knitting ADD. I bought some lace weight soy silk from South West Trading company called Infinity. It comes in a cone with 1400 yards of yarn. Great value. It reminds me of sewing thread, it’s so fine. The white is more of a cream color. I didn’t know but it comes in more colors besides the white and natural that were on the Crown Mountain Farms website where I bought the yarn. They, I might add, have the best customer service and shipping. I ordered it online on Monday afternoon, got an email saying it shipped out a few hours later, and the yarn on Tuesday. I was so surprised, I started knitting the Icarus shawl from Interweave Knits Summer 2006.

It’s going to be my wedding shawl. Yeah!!! I’ve heard some bad things about this pattern thought. Mainly that it’s supremely boring. But I’m going to plug thru it. I’m in the beginning stages and it’s already boring. Hopefully I can get thru 500+ row of this. Wish me luck!