A place for my knitting ramblings ...


A quick update

So, I have been talking about this baby sweater for a while now. It is coming along & it is so cute. See?

in pieces

I finally had the chance to get some daytime photos of it, so you can get a good idea of the colors. I obviously have a lot of work ahead of me: sleeve #2, weaving in, the ribbing on the front, sewing together, etc ... So far, so good!

Last weekend was all about painting. My room looks so pretty! I present to you - Purple Foxglove ...
purple foxglove

The color looks different at different times of day. I love walking in there and seeing what new shade has been created by the light outside. I still need to paint the door, it is looking a little dingy. But, this was the best photo I could get.


Yellow & Orange

This month's Project Spectrum has really made me aware of how much yellow & orange there is in my world. Here's a glimpse:

aspergrass pscds daffy sun catcher sunflower scrub time b&w and yellow all over hmmm daffies hey bert detroit's eastern market radish on yellow

I am kind of cheating on my Project Spectrum project for this month. The baby sweater I am working on is mostly green with yellow contrasting ribs. I don't think I will be done before the end of the month, so I am counting it for April and May. Pictures of my progress will be posted soon ... I couldn't get it in the correct lighting.


Scrapers & dropcloths & paintbrushes ... oh my!

  • Steaming, scraping & removing wallpaper.
  • Wetting, wiping & scraping adhesive off the wall.
  • Spackling & smoothing.
  • Sanding & tack-clothing.
  • Cutting in and priming.
Hence the reason that I have not been around these parts as of late. I have been working my butt off on my bedroom. I am excited that the project is coming along. I'm going to buy the paint tonight and start painting either tonight or tomorrow. So much fun! Ha. But it will feel like a nice accomplishment once it is done. I've got my eyes on the prize!


Last Nite ...

"she said "Oh, baby, I feel so down.

Oh it turns me off, when I feel left out ..."

the state

Ruby & I went to see The Strokes at the State Theatre in Detroit last night. It was a great show! They played a good mix of songs (in no particular order): Heart in a Cage, 12:51, Last Nite, The End Has No End, Someday, Take It or Leave It, Juicebox, You Only Live Once, New York City Cops, Is This It. Julian's voice sounded perfect. We had so much fun!

the fab 5

I always seem to be near some sort of asshole at every concert I go to. At the Pixies, a guy spilled half a beer down my back. At the English Beat, these sorority sisters pushed their way thru the crowd, stopped right in front of me, were jumping up and down and wondering why I was giving them cut eye. And last night, the high school student behind me was chewing on a straw and somehow created a spit valve of sorts which was released onto the back of my chair and t-shirt. Lovely! Thankfully, I was able to move and let the whole thing go. Ugh!

Knit-wise: I am still working on the baby cardigan. Love it! I finished the back and the left front. Now I am starting the decreases on the right front (for the v-neck). The pattern calls for k2tog tbl. It looks like crap! So, I just visited the knitting help website and it even says that k2tog tbl is not a good match for k2tog. I think I am going to rip it back a few rows and try SSK or SSK improved. Pictures soon ...


A book meme

It is a cloudy, lazy Friday morning. This seemed like a fun thing to do ...

1) Total number of books in your house: I have no idea how many books are in the house. Hundreds? Some are on bookshelves, but some are in boxes because there is just not enough room for them all. Lots of fiction, books about Detroit and travel books! I will say that since becoming a Librarian my book buying has dropped off significantly. Now I just check books out. :)

2) The last book you bought was: The last book that I bought was a gift for my brother called 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

3) What was the last book you read before reading this? I just finished reading 1000 White Women: the Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus. Book club is meeting tonight to discuss! I don't usually gravitate to historical fiction, so it was good to step outside my norm. I get to pick the next book & I think I am going to choose Middlesex.

4) Write down 5 books you often read or that mean a lot to you. Wow ... this is a tough one, but here goes:

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (1951): I was never assigned to read this book in a high school class (I am not sure how I avoided it). I read it during the summer between high school and college and I loved it. I remember being amazed that there was a "classic" that I could actually relate to. Why did I have to read Oedipus Rex instead?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (1999): A coming-of-age tale, similar to The Catcher in the Rye, but a late 90s version. I think this book accurately captures the emotions and craziness of being a freshmen in high school. This is great YA fiction!

My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki (1998): I bought this book at a Borders Outlet store. I had never heard of it, but the title caught my eye. Looked at it for a few minutes and decided to buy it. I absolutely love this book. It is such a good feeling to read a book and fall in love with it, especially when you don't know a thing about it. I need to read this book again. I kind of want to choose it for a book club book, but I am apprehensive because if people don't like it it will piss me off. Ha!

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby (1995): Top 5 lists, mix tapes, record stores, organizing your music collection. Love it! Reminds me of my friends & boyfriends in high school and college. The movie is no where near as good as the book.

Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller(2000): An awesome kntting reference book. I always refer to it myself and suggest it to newbie knitters!

5) Who are you going to pass the stick to and why? I love to hear what other people are reading. So, let me know if you do this meme. : )


Knitting for a baby

I have always been a sucker for children's clothes. Ever been to Janie & Jack? That stuff is so fricking cute - I can't stand it! So, it only makes sense that I would enjoy knitting for a baby. : ) I am working on the V-neck Cardigan with Contrast Ribs. Here's a photo of my progress on the back of the sweater.

So far, it is been easy peasy - some ribbing and stockinette stitch. Soon, I will advance into some shaping. I hope it continues as smoothly as it has gone so far.