Thursday, February 22, 2007


I'm turning into a crappy blogger. Honestly, I haven't done much knitting recently - I've been reading more books (true crime, specifically), which cuts heavily into my knitting time. I did just turn the heel on my second sock last night, so I'm over halfway done now. I haven't touched the scarf at all, but I think I will work on it this weekend, because it is so mindless.

I did get a few new fibery books:

Domiknitrix is great, and I especially adore the charts. I was disappointed because it seems that a lot of their patterns only go up to a 40" bust, which is about 5" shy of what I need. Maybe I can adjust the patterns a little bigger?

Naughty Needles is simply awesome. So many patterns that I want to make! Especially that bikini on the cover. I WILL make it work for me! Problem is, the yarn has been discontinued, and is only available online. I should probably snatch some up soon before it disappears forever.

Stitch N Bitch - The Happy Hooker is a great, great book. I really want to learn how to properly crochet again, and it looks like I will be able to with the instructions and illustrations in this book. The patterns are also super cute. Plus, there is a shrug that, if I can manage to expand it into a long sleeved boxy cardigan, would work perfectly for Mom :)

Wednesday, February 07, 2007


I kinda went AWOL there for a minute. Things haven't been super busy, and yes, I have been knitting. I'm splitting my time between the Dr. Who scarf and another pair of socks.

My ugly socks turned out spectacular - I'm so happy with the fit, and they are so soft and comfy. I started another pair, this time in the Jaywalker pattern and using size 2 needles. These socks are going to be the most technically perfect socks I've ever made. The pattern itself is so precise, and the yarn really shows off the stitches well. I've finished one and started on the second, and they fit like a glove. I'm using Regia Surf, in the Bonbon colorway. I love this yarn - each color has a subtle white thread woven in. I started getting this almost nostalgic feeling when I looked at my knitting, but I couldn't figure out why. Then it hit me - the colors remind me of Fruit Stripe gum! I'll take a pic of the sock soon and post it when I have a chance, probably later this week.

Last weekend, I got free tickets, through work, to Disneyland and CA Adventure. So we got our friends J&M to go with us, and we were planning to hit the Vineyard Room in CA Adventure for dinner. I had to go to a presentation at the Disneyland Hotel to score the tickets, so the others hung out at the Uva Bar in Downtown Disney to wait for me. I joined up with them later, and we ended up staying there for another three hours! It's like a little oasis from the screaming children and idiot adults. Plus they serve some fantastic munchies. Our plans ended up changing, partially because of the expense - our friends hadn't re-upped for annual passes, so they would have had to pay $65 each, just to get into the parks! Crazy. We also decided, based on the menu, to go to the Napa Rose in the Grand Californian Hotel for dinner instead, so that meant J&M didn't have to buy tickets to the park at all if they didn't want to. So, we made our reservations for dinner, and J and I went into the park and hit the Haunted Mansion, so we could at least get one ride in :)

Then we went to dinner. Oh. my. god. Everything was so good. I couldn't tell you everything we had (we had a prix fixe with wine pairing), but here is a sample menu for Valentine's Day this year that will give you an idea. Wonderful, wonderful place. I would love to be able to go back.

ETA: I totally forgot to mention - I had put myself on the waiting list for the Rockin' Sock Club 2007, and I was able to get in. They charged my credit card and everything! I can't wait to get my first shipment!!