Tuesday, March 28, 2006

This sure takes my mind off of real estate!

I was tagged by Emmie!

Place an X by all the things you've done. This is for your entire life:

(X) Smoked a cigarette
(X) Drank so much you threw up
( ) Crashed a friend's car
( ) Stolen a car
(X) Been in love
(X) Been dumped
(X) Shoplifted
( ) Been laid off/fired
(X) Quit your job
( )Been in a fist fight
(X) Snuck out of your parent's house
(X) Had feelings for someone who didn't have them back
( ) Been arrested
(X) Gone on a blind date
(X) Lied to a friend
(X) Skipped school
( ) Seen someone die
(X) Been to Canada
( ) Been to Mexico
(X) Been on a plane
(X) Been lost
(X) Been on the opposite side of the country
(X) Swam in the ocean
(X) Felt like dying
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
(X) Played cops and robbers
(X) Recently colored your hair
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
(X) Made prank phone calls
(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X) Danced in the rain
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
(X) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sun rise with someone you care about
(X) Blown bubbles
(X) Made a bonfire on the beach
(X) Crashed a party
(X) Gone roller-skating
(X) Ice-skating

This feels good...I wish I could go ice skating and kiss my furry under mistletoe right now! Who am I kidding? Spring is around the corner!!!!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The waiting game

I wanted to take this oppportunity to thank you for all the positive vibes you have thrown my way with regard to the house. I just heard from our realtor that the sellers accepted our offer, and signed a contract. And thus begins the long and arduous process toward home ownership. Yes, I am well aware that there can be many broken stones on the road to closing, but we're ready!

Unfortunately, I have nothing knitting-related to post. This weekend was busy with a dinner with friends, wedding and baby shower (and my Grumpecue is still unfinished!) So I convinced 2 friends to split the most embarrassing gift ever...a breast pump kit! Hey, those things aint cheap!

I guess maybe, since there are no pics, I can try and thrill you with a few links?

On Flickr? Join The Biggest Group! Goal is to take over the most popular group on Flickr, which currently has 23,503 members...

Stolen from Amy, this game is really addictive!

Need your daily dose of cuteness? Click here. (check back later...youtube.com is down)

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

House Hunting

I can't believe March is half over already. We've officially been house hunting for 4 months. It's a long and arduous process of rushing through a house, going home to think about it some, then calling or emailing the realtor for next steps. Most often we're not interested. 40-odd houses in 4 months. Today, we went back to a house for the 2nd time. The only other time we did this was in December when we put an offer out. And lost it. Today, right before our trip to potential-house-candidate #2, I found out that the house we didn't get sold for $5k LESS than we offered...WHY??? Just when I was beginning to understand the market, I get thrown this wrench. What does this mean??? I shouldn't care - move forward. Not back. Don't think about what you can't have only what you can. So...keep you posted if we offer on house #2.

For now - KNITTING! Yesterday, I came home to 2 packages and a postcard!
Project Spectrum Postcard
It's for the Project Spectrum Postcard Swap! Thank you my darling Postcard Pal! it's beautiful! Yours will be out later in the week...it's been tre busy at chez Peony this week!

I also got my Silk Garden from Hot Designer Yarns at ebay! So excited to start Lady E, but that won't happen for a Y-L. A LOOOONG Y-L. Hmmmm. Pink and Red. I think this qualifies for Project Spectrum, whadda ya think?
Silk Garden 1
I also got the first half of my knitpicks order...
The petal (pink) merino style is 1/2 of the necessary yarn for Eunny's Deep V Argyle Vest. The other 1/2 is asparagus green, and is on backorder until 4/7. Boo! Hiss! I am excited though, because Kathy Ruth and Eunny have both used these colors...and they look FABOO together, and so spring-y! Now...to start swatching in (2 handed?) fair isle...but not just yet.

Must. Finish. Grumpecue. Due for the shower on 3/26. I don't have a whole lot of time! AAAAHHHH! Only 33% done. I don't even want to figure out how long it will take me at this speed...I'm further than the photo now, but not much. Any advice on how to knit faster? PLEEEASE??? Sorry for the cryptic photo...babymama may be peeking :)
Grumpecue 8

Monday, March 06, 2006

Enamored with Grumperina

I just realized something...I have been knitting three of Grumperina's patterns at the same time! Kathy really has an eye for texture in her patterns, and I think that's what I've been craving in my knitting. Here's some progress on my second pair of jaywalkers - this one will go to my mom (eventually). It's the "Spring Chicken" colorway of my Spiders' handpainted!

And Odessa...this was such a quick knit - I started it when Furry was napping on Saturday, and finished in the car on the way to Avenue Q yesterday (which if you haven't seen...you really should - so funny!) This was knit up with one ball of Rowan Wool Cotton on (get this): size 3s for the ribbing, size 6 for the "body" and 2 size 5 DPNs and my 16" 6 circs for the decreases...now that's improvising! Yay - completed my Project Spectrum Project for March!

What's the third Grumperina knit you ask? Well...it will go in this room some day soon! This is the future nursery of my friends Deb and Dave - they're expecting a boy and he's due in May!

In case this scene looks slightly familiar, but you can't really place it...let Maurice Sendak lend a hand... here's the back cover. Still don't get it? Click on the photo...

Oh, and I can't forget to tell you about the wonderful yarn I got from Sundara today! It's her sock yarn in colorway seaweed. It's so bright and green - and the superwash is SOOOO soft! I was thinking of Pomatomus...Any other suggestions?

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Catching Up

Helooooo faithful blog readers! I haven't posted in a while, but I've been reading a lot of your blogs...so here's the news according to me!

No knitting updates since Angelica. I've been working on a new pair of Jaywalkers for Mom, and the Grumpecue...but no pictures yet.

I just ordered some of this beautiful sock yarn from the Secret Dyer, Sundara Yarn...No longer a secret! YAY!

Oh...and here's my gold medal for finishing Angelica!

I wore her to work yesterday, and I finally heard from a coworker, "that's a nice sweater". I'm used to the "did you make that?" comment, and yes, got about 15 of those...but finally, finally someone complimented the sweater, not the talent of the sweater-maker. I should be happy regardless, but too many people know I knit! I can come into the office in a Banana Republic sweater and I'll be asked if I made it. I guess I should consider that a compliment...But I don't.

I have some great pics from my weekend in Mass. My friend Deb painted her baby's room like the back cover of "Where the Wild Things Are". I can't seem to get the pics off my camera, so you'll have to wait for those...BUT! I noticed a recurrent theme of on-the-fly photos that my cameraphone seems to enjoy...


Dave enjoying his "Magic Apple" Jess enjoying her GIANT Matzo Ball

Hee hee!

Edit: I forgot to add that I must make the modified version of Forecast and Starsky very soon. And, Furry, if you're reading...I think I need this knitting bag by Jordana Paige (the designer of the latter "this") for my birthday, or Easter... The spiders will be more likely to see me in public if I have something other than a ShopRite bag to carry my knitting in!