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On The Mend
For the past week, I've been suffering with a head cold that has left me weak and with a voice like Demi Moore on helium. Lately, I've been going to work, coming home, taking cold medicine, and going to sleep. I couldn't do my review of Knitting Beyond the Edge for Unwound due to my voice, but by Friday, I felt well enough to go to the movies, and yesterday, I taught a lessson at my LYS.
Today, my voice is nearly at 100%, so I should be able to record soon.
Patrick was under the weather as well, but back on the mend too.
Even so, I’ve kept up with my blog reading for the most part, and I’m also reading If You Lived Here, I’d Know Your Name by Heather Lende. I’m just over halfway thru, and I’m enchanted by her stories of life in beautiful, yet isolated Hines, Alaska, which is 90 miles north of Juneau. I’m also convinced that while I would love to visit Alaska, I don’t have the “right stuff” to live there.
I’m way too much of a city dweller who likes to have malls, bookstores, and yarn shops nearby. The thought of living in a town that doesn’t have a hospital anywhere nearby frightens me; I don’t eat fish, and too many people die in plane crashes.
Still, people are people wherever you go, and Ms. Lende’s gorgeous stories put this fact into sharp relief.
Friday night, I went to see Notes on a Scandal with two of my favorite actresses, Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett. Dench's performance is fabulous and creepy, and it brought to mind Glenn Close in Dangerous Liasions. Blanchett is always amazing. I don’t know how the movie compares to the book, but I thoroughly enjoyed the movie.
Interweave Knits, Spring 2007
Yesterday, I picked up the new IK at my LYS, I had heard about the changes that they made, and I like new look although at first, I thought some of the patterns were advertisements.
Here are some patterns I liked.
I just adore these socks by super talented Eunny Jang. They will be a challenge, but I must try them someday. I may even put the tassles on them too.
On and Off The Needles
Since I was under the weather, I haven't done as much knitting and crocheting as I would have liked, but I finished my first Monkey sock.
I made it a couple of pattern repeats taller than it calls for in the pattern, and I even started the second sock. Once I got gauge, I’m totally enjoying this fast and easy pattern
I decided upon a sock for my SSS Pal.
It’s the another pattern by the fabulous Cookie A.--the BFF sock. I’m using the Chocolate Cherry sock yarn from The Woolen Rabbit. It’s a great pattern, and the cables work up fast. I hope she likes it.
Ooooh, her Twisted Flower sock is just the thing for Spring.
Hopefully, these patterns will be available elsewhere soon. I know I'll have more than just two Cookie A. scoks on my needles in the future.
Of course, I've been crocheting too.
It’s a shop sample that I’m making for my LYS. I jumped at the chance to crochet with silk. I need to make one more sleeve, put it together, crochet the edging, and weave in the ends, and it’s working up fast. There are a few minor errors in the pattern, but they aren’t fatal, and I hope to finish her soon.
Here's a better picture of the top.
Of course, I have more sock yarn to show off.
Patrick loves the yarn on the left (colorway Tapestry), so I’m thinking of knitting a pair of BFFs for him with that.
A pair of BFFs for my BFF! What a concept.
This Just In (for me, anyway)
Did Brit Brit really shave her head? What's going on with celebrity women?