Wednesday, January 28, 2009


I'm not having a baby anytime soon, but it was fun to see what she might look like if I were... Haha.

Winter Whallop!

That's what we got yesterday. Old man winter punched us in the gut... Haha. Sorry, I heard them say "winter whallop" on the news and it tickled me. ^_^

Lately my delicious novels have been replaced by text books, and my knitting needles have been swapped for pens and pencils... But I still have been doing a small amount of each.

I would like to share with you, though, what we did in my Intro to Early Childhood Ed. class on Thursday, if you would like to hear. We took a little trip to the teacher resource center on campus. Wow... It was like an elementary teacher's playground! We learned how to use all kinds of neat equipment, like the laminating machine and die cut machines. The die cuts have all kinds of shapes and numbers and letters so you can cut things out really neatly. I don't really know how to describe it. I thought the laminating machine was cool because it was automatic. The last one I have seen was one you had to crank by hand and the plastic was thin and cheap... So anyways, the whole day was quite fun for us. ^_^

My posting will, unfortunately, most likely be sporadic like this for a while since I will be focusing a lot on my school work. I still do enjoy reading everyone else's blogs and such.

Cheers, and watch out for that winter whallop!! :P

Saturday, January 17, 2009

FO and New Yarn!

A scarf for me!

I knit a scarf like this last year, I think, in Patons SWS and loved the way it looked. So I bought some pretty pink colored SWS for myself and here is the finished product! I used a larger size needle this time. I can't remeber what size I used last time, but I used a size 10 for this scarf. It made a really nice, soft fabric. I think I am going to make a Calorimetry to go with it to make my FIRST matching set! ^_^

Some lovely, yummy, super gorgeous Malabrigo to make another beret. This one will be for my friend, Alli. She has really pretty red hair, so I think this color will look great on her! There will definitely be a photoshoot! ^_^

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Dining on Words

Warning: No actual knitting content!

My love of knitting is very very close in ranking to my love of literature... Here is a long-ish story of my current reading addiction. And when I say addiction, I mean it. I have been reading nonstop for days!!

When it came to movie theaters, DJ and I saw The Other Boleyn Girl. History is absolutely one of my favorite subjects, and so I love historical fiction. I found the movie to be very exciting. I couldn't wait to find out the next scheme or plot...

So... When a friend told me that the movie came from a book, I was intrigued. As you may know, I greatly enjoy reading. I just had to read the book. Well, when I went to the library to find The Other Boleyn Girl I was saddened to discover it was already checked out. I found, however, another by the same author, Philippa Gregory. That was Wideacre. Now, this wasn't the Tudor era historical fiction I was looking for, but I found it hard to put down. I then discovered that it was one of a trilogy. Of course I had to read the last two! I found those to be equally difficult to put down!

I have just this afternoon finished The Boleyn Inheritance. It was based on the stories of Henry VII's third and fourth wives. He really was a vile man! I have done research (if you would call it that) on the series to find the "proper" reading order. Here is the complete list if you are interested in reading it:

1. The Constant Princess
2. The Other Boleyn Girl
3. The Boleyn Inheritance
4. The Queen’s Fool
5. The Virgin’s Lover
6. The Other Queen

Now, the list is in chronological order, but Gregory did not write the books in this order. I don't think it is necessary to read them in this order, just nice to follow the story from beginning to end, though I suppose it hasn't really ended at all but is still happening... In any case, I have begun them out of order, and I can follow what is going on easily.

I checked The Other Boleyn Girl out from my library this evening, and have just ordered the remaining books from Barnes & Noble with the gift card that my wonderful DJ put in my stocking at Christmas!

Let me know if you decide to try this author, or if you have already read anything by her! I would love to see what you think!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

FO: Le Slouch

I have been wanting a beret for quite some time. I tried some on in stores, not to buy what I could easily knit, but to find the correct "slouch level" for me. DJ and I decided that I look best with a moderate to high amount of slouchiness in a beret. So... This beret seemed perfect. The pattern is super quick and easy. I knit about 6.5 inches before beginning the decreases, maybe I could go a little longer. In any case, I love it. I have yarn to make another one. I like the plain stockinette, but I am not sure if I will use seed stitch, as called for in the pattern, or not for the next one.

Anyways, without further ado...

Le Slouch!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

It's been a while

Hello friends! I think this is the first time I have been on my computer since the last time I posted... I have been keeping up with all the blogs I read regularly, but I haven't had much time to comment.

Christmas brought some good times with family and friends. I couldn't believe that it was already here and then it was over just as quickly as it came. I mean, we know Christmas is at the same time every year, but a lot of us find ourselves wishing for just a few more days time... Anyways... Here are a few of my favorite photos from Christmas.

The boys just loved their pillows and their pouches that I made! They call their little pouches purses and carry them around everywhere! It's cute. ^_^

I have one FO to show. My Fluted Banister Socks! ^_^ Well, they aren't mine anymore... DJ's mom loves them, and they fit her perfectly! I count that as a success!

I spent this past week at Kalahari with DJ's family and two of our friends. It's an African themed resort with "America's largest indoor waterpark". Haha. It was a blast!!

Happy New Year! Best wishes to all of you in the year to come!