Wednesday, January 31, 2007


I finished my first sweater!
I didn't post any pictures or mention it because it was just a sea of stockinette. I'll have pictures and details tomorrow when the sun is out.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Bookworm: Meme


1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag 5 people

Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult.
"Oh, you're tough, Jack. It takes a real man to beat up a guy as old as me...and to fuck a child."
Jack's hands twitched at his sides.

Nice. It sounds bad, but it isn't really. Here's the summary on the back cover:
A handsome stranger comes to the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls in hopes of burying his past: Once a teacher at a girls' prep school, Jack St. Bride was destroyed when a student's crush sparked a powder keg of accusation. Now, washing dishes for Addie Peabody at the Do-Or-Diner, he slips quietly into his new routine and Addie finds this unassuming man fitting easily inside her heart. But amid the rustic calm of Salem Falls, a quartet of teenage girls harbor dark secrets -- and they maliciously target Jack with a shattering allegation. Now, at the center of a modern-day witch hunt, Jack is forced once again to proclaim his innocence: to a town searching for answers, to a justice system where truth becomes a slippery concept written in shades of gray, and to the woman who has come to love him.

This is a book I've been reading for a few days and it's really good. Maybe I'm biased because I like all of Jodi Picoults books. She has also written My Sister's Keeper, Plain Truth (there is a Lifetime movie based on this one, starring Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order SVU), The Pact, and others. I suggest that you check one out.

Meme stolen from'm too lazy to link properly right now) I tag whoever wants to do it.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Finally, real snow!

I finished this hat for my friend for a late Christmas present. I think she liked it. Simple hat pattern in bulky yarn. Easy-peasy.

My posting has become erratic and it's only the end of January. I guess I'm not up to this commitment. I'm not going to post everyday with little tid bits of info; if I'm going to post anything it will at least have some interest. Like today. We finally have snow here. Substantial snow that would probably give other districts at least a delay tomorrow, but we have a different person who decides snow days here and whoever it is doesn't like to be lenient. Oh, well.
These are pictures of Fletch playing in the snow. He loves it. I don't know what's up with him, but he always thinks that there are squirrels in any tree that he's free by. If he's on a leash, he's pretty calm. I have a video of him playing with a soccer ball. I might upload it to youtube or something and then I'll post it.
I've gotten almost no where with this walk one hundred miles thing. I guess I'm not very consistent with things that don't involve TV or browsing the Internet. *sigh* As a matter of fact, I think I've misplaced that paper...

Monday, January 15, 2007

Ice, Ice, Baby

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I took these pictures this morning. Why wasn't all of that rain snow? I mean, it broke our trees. Ugh. I'm getting so impatient with this dusting of snow and then rain. But it just started to snow now, so maybe there's hope?

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Leeds, made-over.

This is a swatch of a shawl I'm working on. It's based on this pattern. I had to chart it out and I'm not knitting it in garter stitch. I'll probably add a different border, maybe Eunny's from the Print 'o the Wave stole. If you've noticed, this is the same yarn that I was using for PotW but I wanted something bigger, and I had made more mistakes than I was happy with.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

79 days.

There are 79 days until April 1. I have only walked 3.75 miles so far. It takes Fletch and me twenty minutes to walk a mile, or once around the "track". I still have 96.25 miles to go.Hopefully, I'll be able to walk, maybe run, faster and I can get two or more miles in per day.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

100 miles by April?

I have been reading about this in the blog world, and I thought,"Hey. Why not? Fletch and I could use some excercize." I just got home from an almost thirty minute walk with Fletch. I'm thinking about joining the walk/run/whatever along, Run-a-go-go. I won't be running, at least not any time soon. I'm so out of shape. I need to be working on that anyway because of my up coming Alaska trip. Oh, did I forget to mention that? I'm going hiking in Alaska like I went to the Grand Tetons last summer. At least I won't have to buy boots again. I definately do not want to get sick like I did last time. I felt like I held the whole group back. I won't this year.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Look Ma!

Look what I can do!...I mean, look what my mom did! She knitted this scarf over Christmas break (my Christmas break) and she just added the fringe this afternoon. Go Mom!Specs:
Yarn: Assorted colors of Cascade 220
Needles: US 10, straights
Finished size: 4 1/2 inches wide and 64 inches long, 72 with fringe.
Pattern: Cast on 20 stitches and work in garter stitch (all knit stitch) for twenty-four ridges and change color for 9 stripes. Bind off. Add fringe.

Fletch was a bit nervous with the scarf around his neck. He did pretty well staying still though.

Time to go read Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. I hope it's good.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Day One.

Happy New Year! My resolution? Blog at least once a week. I would have been doing that already, but I'm extremely lazy. I'm always online, but I just don't blog. Bad me.

My mom asked me to show her how to knit on Christmas day. This was started after a few fudged attempts. For about six inches on a swatch, she kept picking up stitches by spiltting the yarn.This picture is a rather bad one because it is dark out, and I'd say my mom has improved. The scarf is almost five feet long. I also have kind of sad news. My wheel has to go back next week. I've got some roving that I got for Christmas to finish up. No problem. And I leave you with a shot of Louie. I love his nose.