Saturday, October 15, 2005

Any suggestions for a title?

Last night I crocheted up a square for a comfortghan while I watched Pride and Prejudice. It was very nice; I had promised myself that when I got my apartment clean, I could watch it. Of course, my apartment's not 100% clean, but I also didn't watch 100% of the movie, mostly because I was tired.

I don't have any pictures to share of the square right now, as I'm at work. It's pretty boring, although there are lot of people around because it's Family Weekend. The worst thing about working football Saturdays is that I don't get to watch the game, and we don't have a radio or anything, so I don't know what the score is. Fortunately, Mom and Dad both said they'd try to call and give me an update while I'm stuck here.

Now, for a photo. At the end of July, my sister had a baby girl, Ainsley, who was put into the NICU because she passed out. They did an MRI and saw some suspicious things in her brain, although everyone was very fuzzy about what was really going on. Here's a picture of Ainsley at the hospital:

Ainsley Grace NICU

Well, she's been doing quite a bit of growing, as infants are wont to do, and now she looks like this (thanks, Mom!):

Ainsley Older

Cute as a button! Now I've just got to make some baby sweaters. I'm waaaay behind. But don't worry, I've got a plan. My secret pal sent some great yarn in her last package, and I think I'll be putting some of it to good use soon!

**Edit** I forgot to mention that Ainsley went in for a checkup last week, and they think she's doing just fine! There's some fluid in her head that technically shouldn't be there, but she's not getting any worse, and they think her development is normal. She goes in again on Halloween, and maybe there'll be more information then.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Silly Online Quiz Post

So, I don't normally post silly online quiz results. Mind you, that doesn't mean I don't take more than my fair share of online quizzes. I just don't often post the results. Today, I will break with that trend, and tell you which city some quiz thinks I should live in:

You Belong in Rome

You're a big city girl with a small town heart

Which is why you're attracted to the romance of Rome

Strolling down picture perfect streets, cappuccino in hand

And gorgeous Italian men - could life get any better?

What City Do You Belong in? Take This Quiz :-)

Find the Love of Your Life
(and More Love Quizzes) at Your New Romance.

Now, I don't think I've ever carried a capuccino around Rome, but I did live there for almost six months, and I loved it. I didn't, however, love living far away from the most important people in my life, and seriously, the bureaucracy in Italy is enough to make a person want to be an illegal immigrant, but I do miss Rome. Maybe someday, when I've got, you know, a real job, I can go back. For now, I'm stuck, bored, at the info booth.

In other news, I finished my project in the wee hours of the morning. I've had, oh, a week and a half to work on it, but I seem to be unable to do things not at the last minute. I did manage to write 2100 words in three hours, which is a plus, but of course, now I have to revise it and make sure that my argument is cogent. That, however, might take caffeine, in which case my coworker had better show up soon :)

Tonight is Tuesday Night Knitting with the ladies from the Preemie Project, and I'm looking forward to relaxing a bit. Of course, then I have to go home and clean my apartment, as the complex is being sprayed for bugs tomorrow, and I want to make sure the place is presentable. If I finish anything, though, I'll let you all know.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Quick Update

So, I have a major tendency to procrastinate, but I've actually gotten quite a lot accomplished today. Of course, I've still got tons more to do, but I felt like taking a small break :)

Here's a photo of my most recent Preemie Project hat. I'm working on another similar to it, and then I'll try my hand at some booties, I think.

Ribbed Preemie Hat

At any rate, I finally figured out what to do with my large pile of Microspun! It was going to become a shawl once upon a time, but that never panned out.... Anyway, up next is a scarf I finished for my Crochetville secret pal. It's going out in her reveal package this week, along with lots of other stuff.

Keyhole Scarf

It's a keyhole scarf in HDC, made with an I hook and Joann Sensations Angel Hair. It's the most-novely-esque yarn I've ever used, but it was surprisingly easy to work with. I made it during the first half of this weekend's football game, and just kind of winged it. The scarf was inspired by the Windy City Scarf in SNB, but I obviously converted it to crochet.

And now, back to homework, and Led Zeppelin.

Friday, October 07, 2005

I'm impressed

So, my friend Sarah learned to knit last weekend, and she's working on her first ever project: a *cabled* scarf! It impressed the pants off of me, as they were completely even, and so were all of her stitches. I'd like to try Libby's Cabled Clutch pattern sometime, but we'll see how that turns out.

I'm excited by how many of my friends are learning to knit; it's nice to be able to share my crafty passion with other people! I even got Heather to pick up some needles earlier this year! Although after the great afghans she's crocheted, I'm not surprised she took to knitting so quickly as well.

In other news, I started a new crocheted preemie hat last night, based on this hat pattern suggested on the Preemie Project mailing list. I should get it finished this afternoon, at which point I'll post a picture. I'm using white Microspun, because I've got a ton of it, and I'm trying to think of a way to incorporate some bright colors. Maybe a pom-pom? But then I'd have to use a different type of yarn for the pom-pom, because I don't think Microspun's unravely nature would work out for that.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Wow, it's really an update!

I can't believe it's been almost three weeks since I've updated. Sorry! Non-crafty life caught up with me (thanks a lot, school), and my best friend/long time roommate Heather had a week off from school to come back for a visit! It was a nice week, although I procrastinated A LOT! Of course, that means I have fininshed objects to show everyone, and it also means that I'm playing catchup and am trying not to do things like knit instead of doing homework and washing dishes. Anyway, back to the FOs!

Here's Branching Out:

Branching Out

I used size 8 Addi Turbos and maybe half a hank of Knit Picks Gossamer in Caribbean. I don't remember how many pattern repeats I did, but it's relatively short, since I wanted it to be more of a dressy scarf than a warmth scarf.

Of course, it's blocking in the picture, so it's not quite that stretched out off the pins. The edges aren't straight, but that's on purpose. I like it, and now I'm working on more lace.

I also finished a One Skein Wonder for Hannah, just in time for her birthday. Here's a pic:

Hannah's One Skein Wonder

I made it with size 8 Addi Turbos and size 5 Susan Bates circulars, and thanks to the lace, I think I've been able to tighten up my purls a bit and loosen up my knits, so it's a bit more even than Heather's. I didn't get the sleeves perfectly even, but that makes it unique, right?

And now, the homework needs finished and the dishes need washed. And yes, Heather, I typed that just to drive you nuts. Because you really need driven nuts, right? **insert evil laughter**