Sunday, July 30, 2006

Modeled Soleil

Modeled Soleil, originally uploaded by spudd.

Finally got a picture taken with me modeling Soleil. We should maybe have taken a few more to get one where the expression on my face doesn't look so dorky, but oh well.

I've worn it in public twice so far. Nobody's commented, so either it looks storebought or it looks hideous. ;)

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Long weekend

It's not officially a long weekend, but I'm taking Monday off work, just because I can. It feels great to sit here on Saturday night and know I have 2 days left in my weekend!

Last night I finished knitting a Turkish string bag, and today I took it on my trip to Costco, where I discovered that when filled with heavy items, it stretches so much it touches the ground. Oops. I think by shortening the handles just an inch it should keep it off the ground. I'm planning to knit a fleet of them (yes, I call it a fleet - I'm a dork). Then I will use them to save the environment. Of course, knowing me, I'll just forget them in the car and be too lazy to leave the supermarket to go get them. But let's pretend that won't happen.

No pictures today. The camera's out of batteries, and I'm not feeling motivated to go searching for more.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

The sun'll come out...

Soleil is finally finished! It's blocking as we speak. When I tried it on pre-blocking, the lacy edge was rolling up. But after it went through the wash, it looked like it didn't even need blocking to stay unrolled. Just drying it flat should do the trick. But I decided to block it anyways.
I think I'm pretty happy with it. The crochet edging wasn't as hard as I'd feared, and it really made the neckline more decent. Pre-crochet, the neckline was rather revealing. I was thinking I'd have to put in a lace panel there to make it decent for work. But post-crochet, I think it's just fine. I can't wait to try it on again after it's finished blocking.

In other news, my brother-in-law just sent me my Christmas present! It had been back-ordered and then the company forgot about him, and he forgot he'd ordered it. But it's all sorted out now and it's here.
It's a Norwegian book of patterns - it has mittens, gloves, socks, stockings (above-the-knee socks), hats, and scarves. I posted pics of a few of my favorite patterns from the book at Flickr - here's the pic that turned out best:
Selbustrikk scarf
If you click through to Flickr on it, you can browse back and forth to the other pics I took from the book.

I just love these patterns. They're so intricate. Some of them really crack me up, though - they have above-the-knee stockings labeled as "Men's stockings". Um, yeah. My husband would love that. He said "You don't know the Norwegians!" when I mentioned it to him as being funny. I guess they're part of the Norwegian traditional outfit, but it still cracks me up to think of men wearing them.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Lots to report on today

I took Thursday and Friday off work last week, and Kenneth and I went hiking again. This time we brought our bikes, and we parked the car at the end-point for the day, biked to the beginning point, and hiked back to the car. Then drove back to pick up the bikes. A bit convoluted, but it saved us from taking a cab. The downside was that I'm way out of shape on the bike, so by the time we started hiking, I was already tired from the biking. But we managed it. The second day of hiking was very strenuous - first the bike was longer than the one the day before, and then, to quote the guide, there were "a few challenging inclines", then it "climbed steeply", and finally, "climbed steeply up a set of stairs". Apparently, at our end point that day, there was a spectacular waterfall, 2/3 the height of Niagara Falls - we were too tired to even think about trying to go see it. Heh. We'll see it next time. We did see this waterfall:


Yesterday, as I was on my way home from work, I got in a car accident. The other driver fell asleep at the wheel and sideswiped my car. Luckily, nobody was hurt, and the car isn't too badly damaged (driver's side mirror is broken, and some cosmetic paint damage). But it wasn't much fun. But then I arrived home finally and found a package on my front porch from my Summer Fling secret pal (from What a great way to turn my day back from bad to good.
Secret Pal Package!
If you click on the picture, you can see my notes on what everything is. Oh, and there was also some Green & Black chocolate included, which I forgot to put into the picture. It's safely in my chocolate cupboard, out of my husband's reach. Can't wait to try it!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Finished Bobblicious and SP Gift!

I finished Bobblicious quite some time ago, but I've been lazy about getting my husband to take my picture wearing it. I finally got around to it today. Here it is! It was his brilliant idea to take my picture in front of a mirror, so you can see front and back in the same shot. Pretty snazzy, eh?

The cats also like Bobblicious.

In other news, when I picked up the mail today, I had a packet from my secret pal from the Knittyboard Summer Fling secret pal exchange. She (I presume) sent me the absolutely cutest card EVER, and a lovely lace knitted bookmark. Hey, pal, if you read this, did you make that card yourself? It's one of the best things I've ever seen!

I wish I was a bit more social, sometimes. I trekked all the way downtown to go to AmyKnitty's "Leap" party, to celebrate her quitting her day job and working full time on Knitty. I had also heard that something my secret pal wants might be available there, so I had 2 reasons for going. I got down to the area about 40 minutes early, so I went to a restaurant and had a fabulous vegetarian meal at King's Cafe. Generally one should arrive late to a party so as not to be alone with the host, so I wasn't worried when I saw it was a little after 7 by the time I finished eating. I strolled over to Lettuce Knit and found that it was already PACKED with people. They were all chatting amongst themselves, and I didn't know anyone. I stood there for a bit debating what to do, then I decided to go shopping. I went inside and found something cool for my secret pal, which I successfully purchased. :) And then I went home. It was still a good evening, but it would have been better if I'd had the nerve to say hello to any of the people like I was kind of hoping would happen when I headed down there.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Bangs or no bangs?

I'm trying to decide if I should grow my bangs out. Right now is the critical time to decide this, because they're too long for my liking, if I'm going to keep them.

Here's me with bangs (please disregard the fact that they're disheveled - I haven't taken a shower yet today). They normally look nicer. Try to focus on how they make my face look.

Through the magic of Photoshop, here's how I'd look with shorter bangs...

And finally, the no bangs look:

Please let me know which one you think is best!