Monday, March 31, 2008

When it rains....

it pours....Downpour that is...and some unseasonal hail! The coast range was like a winter March. We awoke Sunday morning to a respectable dusting of snow at sea level.

This poor little guy seemed to tolerate the wind and chill fairly well during a brief respite from the winter storm.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Crazy day!

Yesterday, we had Purple Rain at lunchtime .

snow off and on all day, including on the drive home!


Sunstone by evening.

Progress is being made on the sock front...the "Shadow Knows" shawl is languishing alongside its BFF "The Bee". And because I belive in the orderliness of odd numbers, particularly threes, this little beauty should be winging it's way to me next week! I could not pass up that way, no how!! I've told the Shadow and the Bee to make room for one you think they'll listen? LOL!

On the AI front, we said bye to Chikizie this week. Bummer, I rather liked him. Jason was in the bottom three, hopefully he heard the wakeup call; Carly was safe, and I expect the Davids, Brooke and Michael to hang in there! Kristy will be around a wee bit longer as next week has Dolly Parton as the mentor...ok, I looooove Dolly, we saw her in concert a year or two ago-awesome! But Kristy...not so much. Sigh.

We are off to the beach today! So, if I don't see you before, I will be back with gusto on Monday!! Have a most awesome weekend everyone!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Winter's Edge

We are having our last frosty mornings this week. The forecast is for snow. Spring is just around the corner. It must be...all the new blooms are telling me so! We are at winter's edge...spring is a guest yet to arrive, and winter is hesitant to depart.

I am a dyed in the wool autumn/winter girl. Saying good-bye to those seasons is always bittersweet...although the longer and warmer days draw me out into the sunlight, I always long for the short brisk days of winter. Days where I curled up with my knitting and hibernated in a cave of fibers, skeins, and projects piled high around me.

Not to fear. Knitting is not just a seasonal companion. Knitting is my friend that travels easily at my side through all seasons. At all times.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Inch Worms

A toe?



Woobu. Stunning.

A swatch sock.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Sun Spotting

For those that celebrate it...I hope you have a wonderful Easter holiday! See you back on Monday if not before!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Eve 2

Eve 2 is off to a running start with one pattern repeat off the needles. Yippy Skippy!

Shocker of shockers. Kristy is still on AI...Hmm...Perhaps the Portland State Vikings have a chance against the Kansas State Jayhawks afterall.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sock Math

Two cuffs

plus two toes = 1 pair of socks!!
Yes, I wrote this after hoisting too many Guinness cupcakes and it was youknowwho in VA's fault! LOL!! :)

Look what is still blooming! witch-hazel Hamamelidaceae Hamamelis virginiana L. I thought this tree was done a month ago...we had a few stragglers this past week! Heart that!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Guinness Goodness

Mr. NK received a spot of good news about his job...Celebration time!

Chocolate stout cupcakes

If it weren't for that

cute little David Lieberman

I think


starve. Ala mode...yum.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Saturday Fun

Hmmmm....what arrived this time?

The lovely, lovely Spina di Pesce kit from Yarnissima. Yum! I got mine just in the nick of time as they appear to be gone now. Who knows...they might resurface again!!

The always delightful Rani tagged me for a 7-fact declaration....

Rules are: 1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Here goes:

1. I have a Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and am currently working in a multiple sclerosis research laboratory....where most everyone is/has been a knitter.

2. I don't like camping. At all.

3. I knit in the car...when I'm driving...less than 5 mph.

4. I was a BIG Emerson, Lake and Palmer fan while in college...Please spare me and don't do the math! They were my first live concert! Tres cool!

5. I don't like driving over bridges or flying over water.

6. I don't like my feet makes getting that once a year pedicure very precarious for the pedicurist!! I tend to kick alot!!! :) She giggles and tells me I need to come in more often to become desensitized!!! Right!

7. I had over 20,000 pieces of email archived at work. I was able to remove about 5,000 posts before the big migration to another email server/system/somethingoranother like that. I'm stymied on the remaining ~15,000 pieces. They recommend only having 5,000 in your archive. I'm doomed.

That took a lot out of me to come up with those 7 facts...I'm not sure I can tag 7 people, so I will tag these fine folks to tell us a bit about themselves:

Adam at Knitguy
Carrie at We Do Not Have a Knitting Problem and
Jen at Woolgirl

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Random Wednesday

I am very delinquent in posting! Ack! It was a busy weekend, and the week has continued in kind. Knitting has been slow this week, however progress is being made.

I had to aim for an interesting photo as 8 rows doesn't really warrant a full-on photoshoot! I give you Garden Path socks in a garden.

This is a small garden I found off one of the patios in a new building on campus. It's a great spot for lunch as the view of Mt. Hood is the best bar none, and the windows are big and allow a lot of light to stream in when the rain dictates indoor seating rather than out.

These flowers were on two different plants. I don't know if the green is just an older version of the white one. Interesting that the view of them is so similar, as my orientation in taking the two photos was decidedly not! :)

I am Anne Elliot!

I am not vexed by this...although to be Elizabeth Bennet (i.e. MRS. Darcy) for even a single day, would be...well... beyond the reach of my vocabulary, apparently!

A little AI speak...I'm happy with the top 12 as you might imagine. Last night's performances were surprisingly good and surprisingly not so good. I think cute little David A. will survive despite forgetting the lyrics (which in past years has been criteria enough for voting the contestant off!)...Chikezie was fun...we liked Michael Johns better than the judges...I suspect it might be good-bye to Kristi from Oregon or David Hernandez.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Have a sock in your beer

We went for a little road trip yesterday to see the newest addition to Mr. NK's family! His cousin has a new baby, her first, Jacob. Isn't he adorable?! He's a very sweet baby, and we had a blast visiting with them!

Garden Path sock #2 is moving right along.

So far in fact, the sock was pooped and was in need of a break from its routine.

That's quite the toe you have on that beer! The staff was totally non-plussed by my antics in taking these you think people come in everyday and take pictures of their knitting in imperial pints of beer?? Hmmm.

After a cup of joe, the sock was alert and ready to head home!

Please note: no socks were harmed in the taking of these photographs! ;)

Friday, March 07, 2008

A day without orange juice... like a day without sunshine.

Stitch pattern detail

Back of the cuff.

Front of the leg/cuff

Back of the heel and leg

I'm dubbing these socks Eve 1 for now, in homage to this X-Files episode. I suspect I will refine the pattern and work out the fit a bit with Eve 2. Double decreases are pesky on fit. There could even be an Eve 3 in my future..but I'm hoping to get it right well before Eve 13 comes into the picture!

Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadow.
Helen Keller

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Wednesday Wonders

A fancy know what that means!

The arrival of the Charlie Brown Easter kit from Woolgirl!!! Yippy Skippy!

Pink Peeps!! How did she know?

Look at that lovely skein of Eastery colors emerging from its shell!

A lovely stitch marker hatched, too! There were also two mini skeins for making mini socks, and a ton of sweets from the always sweet Jen!! Heart her!

Uh-oh!!! Competition for the spoils!!!

Speaking of competition, AI that is: David A maintained his stronghold. David C, who totally turned me off last week with his sassiness did an edgy rendition of 'Hello' and won me over, I really liked Jason, and his version of 'Hallelujah' more than passed muster. It is so past time for Danny 'TMTH' N. to go buh-bye. I'm pretty luke warm toward the remaining guys. Just my $0.02.