My Life According to Me

This blog is about the happenings in my world.

Avatar, Flowers, and Knitting February 20, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessie @ 9:06 PM

Had a pretty busy weekend. A few weeks ago I started a group on Ravelry in an effort to find other knitters who live in my town and hopefully get a knitting group started. Myself and another Jessica (she has a lovely name!) are co-administrators and moderators for this group. We’ve had quite a bit of interest. As of this morning we have 22 members. This past Saturday we had our first get together. We had a very good turn out; 8 people made it to the gathering at Panera. We enjoyed around 2 hours of knitting and chatting. It was nice to be in the company of others who are as excited about knitting as I am. I no longer feel alone in my knitting world! Our next get together is scheduled for the first Saturday in March. I can’t wait!

After knitting group, Dave and I went to see Avatar for our Valentine’s date. I must say that I loved the movie!

The graphics were amazing, especially in 3D. (Disclaimer time: I did get a sick to my stomach feeling through the first 40 mins or so of the movie. I finally figured out that it was because I had put the 3D glasses over my prescription glasses. Once I took my normal glasses off the sick feeling went away…..just fyidefinitly be purchasing the DVD when it comes available. Also the soundtrack to the movie is wonderful as well. I have nothing negative to say about the movie. I absolutely loved it! All 3 hours of it!

Valentine’s Day news: Hubby bought me the most beautiful flowers! I had to take several pictures of them, there were several different kinds of flowers in the bouquet. I love them! So pretty! I also received some yummy chocolates that I have been munching on.

Here is the whole bouquet:

Some up close pictures of the flowers:

In knitting news:

I finished my first sock! Words cannot describe how it felt to get that sock off the needles. And then the thought hit me…..I still have to knit another one!

It took me a little longer than I think it should have taken. I got a little tired with it and put it down for a while. But it is finished now. I’m very proud of my first sock. One of the big things I learned from the sock is how to do the Kitchener stitch for the toe. It’s not near as hard as I thought it was going to be. You can tell on the sock where I started though. I was a little nervous about pulling tight at the beginning, so there is a small bump on the side, but that’s okay. It might work itself in with some wearing.I’ve already cast on for the second Angee sock and am currently working on the leg.

Additional pictures of my sock.

I’ve also made significant progress with my rainbow scarf. I completed the 25 required repeats according to the pattern. It’s not near as long as I want it to be though, so I’ll continue on with the rest of the second skein and then the third skein. I like long scarves; I want to be able to wrap it around my neck a couple times and still have some length to hang down.

I also finished Hubby’s Scarf:

I downloaded the next chart for the 2010 Lace Mystery KAL. Hearts for February! I should get that knocked out by next weekend.

I found a new online yarn shop. The Yarn and Fiber Company. They have a pretty good selection of yarns and lots of notions and books. I placed an order for some Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn to knit up a Möbius and also some highlighter tape. I hope to have those in by the end of next week.

 

Catching up February 10, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jessie @ 8:54 PM

I did not realize how long it has been since my last post until I looked at the date. I wish I could say that my time away has been cram packed with adventure and excitement, but the reality is not so. We had some snow, some house cleaning, and a lot of knitting. Oh yeah, and work.

On the knitting front:

I completed a couple more ribbed hats. I’m fighting the urge to cast on for another one. I need to finish up a few things before that happens. I knitted up a second Noro hat and one knitted up with I Love This Yarn in blue camo. Hubby has taken over the blue camo one.

I also knitted a Calorimetry using I Love This Cotton in the High Serria Ombre. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this turned out. I had to tweak the pattern a bit to get the finished product to come out as I wanted. My first one was HUGE! The second one on smaller needles was a little better, but still too big! The third was just right. I went down an additional needle size to US 6 and decreased the cast on to 100 stitches and only 5 repeats of the short rows.

I will definitely be making more of these. I wear mine all the time now!

I’m making lots of progress on Hubbys scarf. I would say that I am a little more than half way done on it. I have the pattern memorized now so I don’t have to keep track of rows, which makes the knitting faster.

I fought the good fight, and I lost. I cast on for another scarf. I know, I know. I said I would not do this until I had finished Hubby’s scarf, but the mini mochi yarn was calling me. I was weak. I caved. And it was totally worth it! The mini mochi is a pleasure to knit with! I believe this is my new favorite DK weight yarn! I’m knitting the midwest moonlight scarf and it is turning out wonderfully!

I love how the color changes are occurring in stripes.

I’m still working on my sock. I’m getting close to finishing it.

In other life related events. I’m still reading on the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. There is so much more content and detail in the book than the movie. But that’s almost always the case, isn’t it?

I’ve also joined this health mentor program through work. Yes, my days as the sloth queen are finally coming to an end. It is with great reluctance that I relinquish my title. The goal of the program is to work with a health mentor to learn about nutrition and proper eating and to develop healthy exercise habits. They also offer help to quit smoking and other bad unhealthy habits if you need it, which I don’t. So for my program I am starting out with exercising, strength training, and increasing how much water I drink each day. (FYI soda tastes better than water and is much more satisfying to drink………can you spot my problem?)

Lucky for me, my hubby already has the equipment I need for my strength training and is helping me develop my weekly weight lifting schedule. I’ve also started walking (power walking….whatever) at work. Right now my goal is to walk 3 laps (which equals 1 mile) at least once each day, Monday through Friday. The program has a point system set up for aerobic exercise. My short-term goal is to get 35 points each week. I think as an incentive to make my goals I will post my weekly points progress on my blog. I’m actually kind of excited about starting this program.

In other news, we had some snow a couple weeks ago. We were snowed in and missed work for two days (Thursday and Friday). This really worked out in my favor, because I was scheduled to be off that Monday as well.  I basically had a 5 day vacation from work. I thought this was a great thing.

Yes, I love my orange Honda Element!

Puppy however, while she was glad to have us home with her, she was not thrilled with the snow.