A place for my knitting ramblings ...


March PS FO

I am happy to say that my March Project Spectrum is complete. And I love how it goes with my purple coat! (Also, I need to say thank you to Libby for her guidance on this scarf)

YARN: Classic Elite Marl La in Pulitzer Pink
CO: 12 stitches
PATTERN: modified
My So Called Scarf
EXTRAS: added fringe

The other night, a friend was over for dinner ... he shall remain nameless since this story could cause him embarassment. I showed him my new scarf and he said that it was not practical. I showed him how nicely it matched my purple coat. He still didn't get it! I told him that he didn't know the half of it. And since he currently has a broken arm and is somewhat helpless, I decided to pull out every scarf I could find and wrap it around him or lay it across him. This picture actually doesn't do it justice, because so many are buried underneath the top layer. As you can see, he is mouthing off even as I take the picture. (sigh)

My next knitting project is on the needles. I am working on my first baby sweater! Using the Rowan green & yellow yarn that I bought a few weeks ago. The pattern is from Debbie Bliss' Baby Knits for Beginners. It is a cute little v-neck cardigan! I will post progress pictures soon.


Take a peek ...

... at what I have been working on since we last spoke.

My So Called Scarf is so cute! The pattern was a bit confusing at first, but once I took a moment to read the pattern carefully I figured it out. I would say that I am at the halfway point. I am eager to finish it so that I can wear it while it is still chilly. : )

Here are some new things that I learned today ...

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Kristinknits!

  1. White chocolate isn't technically chocolate, because it doesn't contain kristinknits.
  2. All swans in England belong to kristinknits.
  3. Kristinknits has only one weakness - the colour yellow.
  4. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find kristinknits.
  5. Marie Antoinette never said 'let them eat cake' - this is a mistranslation of 'let them eat kristinknits'.
  6. Finding kristinknits on Christmas morning is believed to bring good luck.
  7. The liquid inside kristinknits can be used as a substitute for blood plasma!
  8. Baby swans are called kristinknits!
  9. The Eskimos have over fifty words for kristinknits!
  10. Kristinknits can sleep for three and a half years.
I am interested in - do tell me about

I love #1, because I am ALWAYS telling people that white chocolate is NOT chocolate!


My So Called Project Spectrum

Look what I did on Friday? I visited The Knitting Room in Birmingham. I have been trying to go to this place for a while, but I always seemed to get there right when they were closing up shop.

I found my Project Spectrum inspiration! The Marl La yarn was calling my name!! It is green and lavender, but it is also 2 shades of pink! My plan is to make a variation of the "My So Called Scarf." This yarn is so thick (4 strands held together) - so I don't need to cast on quite as many stitches. Finding this yarn made me so happy! Very pretty & springy! I also found some cute Rowan yarn for a baby sweater that I plan on making in the near future.

Mel & I went to the Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show today for some good people watching (think live-action "Best in Show") and some cute puppies. I need to get a Norwich Terrier ... so cute! But check out this crazy dog stand I saw someone using!!


Pink & Red

So, I have joined Project Spectrum. And ever since, I have been stressing out a little. What am I going to make that is pink or red? I don't know and the month is half over. Plus, I am working on that darn scarf.

While I am trying to get some pink or red inspiration, I am doing this meme from Zeneedle.

fun purses ribbon
pink method doggie bag yummy
What can you find in your home that is red and pink, the PS colors for March?


Ruffle me up

I was going to make extensive comments about the Project Runway finale, but I don't need to. Why? Because someone else has already said EXACTLY what I was thinking in their blog. Why reinvent the wheel? Read it here!

The Ruffles scarf is coming along. The pattern is easy to memorize, and it pretty darn cool how it turns into a rotini pasta shape!

What do you think about the way that the ruffles are falling together? No one else's seems to turn out that way. I don't know if I should have used a smaller needle or what the deal is!? I like it ... but I am perplexed!

Did you know that Dr. Seuss would have celebrated his 102nd birthday this year? Last night, I went to the Southfield Public Library for the opening of the Art of Dr. Seuss exhibit. It was really cool! The curator spoke about Seuss' early artwork from his advertising industry days and compared it to his children's book illustrations. Check out this super cool painting! I could easily be persuaded to spend $3000 for some Dr. Seuss artwork for my home. He was so damn cool!


My Oscar picks

Admittedly, I did not see very many of the Oscar nominated films this year. However, I am excited to sit down tonight and watch the Academy Awards in their entirety, as I do every year. So, here are my (somewhat uneducated) picks:

Actor in a Leading Role: Joaquin Phoenix
Actress in a Leading Role: Reese Witherspoon
Animated Feature: Corpse Bride
Documentary: March of the Penguins
Song: "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"
Best Picture: Capote

These are not necessarily who I think will win, but who I'd like to see win. We shall see ...

I am hoping to make some progress on this while I watch!



(I am singing that title like Carly Simon's "Anticipation") I am such a procrastinator! It is my day off and I have plenty of stuff to get done. But instead I am going to do this ...

What were you doing 9 years ago?
In 1997, I was doing my full year of Student Teaching in a 1st grade classroom. I was living at home, since I had no income. I was single and spending most of my free time and weekends swing dancing and drinking martinis at the Velvet Lounge with Stacie. (Good times!)

What were you doing 6 years ago?
I was working at a title insurance company. My boss was a complete jackass and I was miserable professionally. Pat & I had been dating for about 8 months (we met at the title company). Mel & I were living together in an apartment. And both of my grandmothers passed away within a few months of each other. : (

What were you doing one hour ago?
Doing a load of laundry ...

Name 3 movies/tv programs you can’t turn off if you stumble across them on television.
Sixteen Candles - I will watch it every single time. So, so funny.
Desk Set - a great movie starring Katharine Hepburn as a Reference Librarian. I don't think I have ever seen the whole thing in one sitting, but I love it.
Project Runway - I "heart" this show. I watch it at its regularly scheduled time. But I will also watch the exact same episode if I stumble across it later in the week. Pathetic!

Name 3 things you want to improve upon this year.
Hmmm ... I'd like to be in better health, be a better person & continue to grow in my library career.

Name 3 things you can’t live without.
Friends & Family, Q-Tips and Coca-cola.

Name 3 things you could…
Fast food, bills and bizarre workplace situations (that I wish I could expand upon but it just isn't professional).

Name 3 things you really like about yourself.
I like my sarcastic sense of humor, my ability to make friends who are awesome, and my fantastic music taste! ; )