Tuesday, July 26, 2005

keeping cool...

It's looks as though most of the country is experiencing this heat wave in one form or another. Well, me and my frizzy hair have found that it is possible to knit through this humidity as long as we are seated directly in front on the air conditioning vent (which is conveniently right underneath the desk.) There are also a vornado-type fans which provide the lovely swirling air currents. Em-Em has decided that the best place to be is directly in front of the swirling vortex of air. Now, bits of Em-Em are floating and swirling about the room, but I suppose that's why we have swifters and lint brushes. Have you ever seen the book on Knittng with Dog hair? I can't even imagine wanting to knit with the doggy bits.

As for my projects, I've got the shawl, the tempting, the assorted scarves, half a sock, and some other things that are occupying way too much space in the knitting basket. Do I still get to call them WIP's even If I have no clue as to when (or if) the progress will continue?

Monday, July 18, 2005

the half blood prince...

We had an awesome Friday evening while waiting for the HBP. It's always wonderful to see so many people excited about books. The store created some sort of Harry Potter scavenger hunt, so it seemed as though children were running around in circles. So while the god-kids and the cousins joined the others in the circling, I found a quiet spot in military history and knit. I've made some headway on the shawl, but as my weekend was entirely devoted to Harry Potter, I didn't get much accomplished.

...no worries, NO SPOILERS here...but I couldn't resist this...

'...I was merely reading the Muggle magazines,' said Dumbledore. 'I do love knitting patterns.'

- J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
(p.73 US)

Friday, July 15, 2005

knitting til Midnight...

As an ardent Harry Potter Fan, I've been anxiously awaiting this book since I finished reading Book 5. So I'll be in line at Borders with my gang (the god kids and the cousins), knitting while waiting til midnight.

As for my knitting, I finally started a shawl. Using the Dyed Dreams yarn I picked up at MDS&W. I'm a bit concerned about the color, as my bamboo needles and cable have taken on a bit of the yarn's essence. They're turning purple. I just hope my fingers don't turn purple as well. So far,so good, although I've made a few errors design enhancements, I think I can live with them.
It's been a good week for surprises. My Secret Pal gifted me with this...
a wonderful knitting book, yummy teas, maple syrup, and a cute little pedicure set...thank you! thank you Secret Pal!

I also received a lovely card from Michele. Very thoughtful, very sweet, and it brightened up my day entirely.

I hope you all have a great weekend. With the new Harry Potter and some knitting it should be a good one...

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Congratulations Mei Xiang!

Health and Happiness to the newest addition at the National Zoo!!

a pic from my last zoo expedition...

Seated Panda

Saturday, July 09, 2005

chasing bumblebees...

in the garden...
lone bumblebee

To go along with my yarn diet, I'm clearing out the WIP's. I completed the Byzanz Scarf, finally.

and Misty Garden from Scarf Style.

I hope you are all safe and well. Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 07, 2005