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Random Wednesday

June 18th, 2008 · 13 Comments

Borrowing a much used theme for a Wednesday, I have a bunch of random unrelated stuff to relate, though I’m not entirely sure how that differs from any of my other posts 🙂

1.  Knittin stuff:


How I’ve been spending my commute. ¬†I’ve completed the first 62 row repeat for the center square, only 300 more rows to go before the insane border stitch pickup 😉

My new glasses arrived and I can now actually see my knitting without blinding myself either from no glasses or overpowered glasses.  Life is good.

For a change, I think the color representation of WRS is actually pretty close to real life.  Last week when I had lunch with  Nancy and she commented upon seeing it in person that it was much pinker.  


Hand blocking, one handed at that, is awfully difficult.  Add in that I was on the ferry and trying to snap this shot really made it fun.  But you can get a sense of where I am in the thing and how big (or small) it is after 62 or so rows.

Work on the Nutkins socks is also progressing, pretty slowly too as WRS is the primary commuting knitting. ¬†I get to put a few rounds on the sock each day while I stand and wait for either the train or the ferry. ¬†I’m tempted to start another sock, a very plain on for the totally mindless, no eyes on the fingers necessary, knit. ¬†I have plenty of opportunity for that over the course of the day, and neither Nutkin nor especially WRS is particularly suited to that. ¬†Nutkin is a great pattern and easy to remember, but each there’s a bit to pay attention to especially using handspun. ¬†I think I’ll take some measurements and start knitting socks for the monkeys.

2.  Spinnin stuff: 

Yummy fiber

Two bits here. ¬†First, I blame this on JessaLu. ¬†After seeing her goodies from Cummington, I spotted my favorite colorway and just had to have some myself. ¬†I know. ¬†I’m pretty darn week. ¬†But there it is. ¬†At least I only bought 8 oz…

…and thanks to Carole’s 10 Minutes a Day, I’m actually spinning a bit every day. ¬†I started doing this late last week and really, it is amazing how much you can accomplish when you actually spin somewhat frequently. ¬†I’ve taken to spinning during that half hour that the kids and I watch Spongebob prior to bedtime. Some nights I do a bit more time, so less. ¬†Its all good.¬†

bluengreen1.jpg¬†With all the time at the wheel, I finished the 8oz of the blue/green merino. ¬†I’ve started on the blue merino that will be plied with it. ¬†While you can’t see it quite so well in the bobbin as it worked out, but the solid blue matches a shade in the blue/green mix. ¬†I’m looking forward to plying it all up and seeing the resulting yarn. ¬†Should be gorgeous on the little boy.

3.  Toy Stuff:


I mentioned this last week in passing, but I picked up a new toy after reading about one on Woot. ¬†It has come in amazingly handy for this Red Sox fan who lives out of local range. ¬†In years past the only games I get are the playoffs and when they play the Yankees. ¬†I really wanted more than that and found that XM carries ALL games. ¬†While I still can’t watch, I can definitely listen. ¬†Have I mentioned how much I love this thing? Last night I sat and listened to the game while spinning. ¬†It was awesome. ¬†Baseball is a great knitting sport as you can look away and not miss much. ¬†Its even better on the radio 😉 ¬†The display is cool as it gives you the score and the inning. ¬†This is a portable and I’ve discovered that there are terrestrial repeaters near my office as I was able to listen to today’s day game from the comfort of my desk while I coded. ¬†Oh yeah, the music choices are pretty darn good too 😉 ¬†I’d highly recommend it! ¬†

4.  Family stuff:


I also mentioned this in passing last week, but last weekend was the kids’ graduation ceremony. ¬†The school had a ceremony for the two preschool classes, about 50 kids in total. ¬†Some, ¬†like mine, will be in the same class (or the other preschool class) next year so it was more of a dress rehearsal. ¬†It was very well done. ¬†The kids were all up on a stage, sang a bunch of songs and there was a slideshow of pictures of the kids to the tear inducing tunes. ¬†As homework each kid put together a poster with their favorite thing. ¬†Not surprisingly, there were a great number of posters containing Power Rangers, Super Heroes and Disney Princesses. ¬†One by one, at the teacher held up the poster, the kid came to the microphone and announce “my favorite thing is:…” and generally announce what the poster indicated. Kat stuck to the script and declared her love of Disney Princesses. ¬†Alex was the row behind her and I saw his poster come up when he totally surprised me by saying: ¬†”My favorite thing is my mom”. ¬†Whoa. ¬†That’s my boy 🙂 ¬†Don’t they look cute in the caps & gowns! ¬†I had to wait for High School graduation before I marched to Pomp & Circumstance and got a tassel.

I’m not sure how much I’ll be posting in the days to come. ¬†I was handed a pretty big project today at work that is high on the Pres’ radar list. ¬†It should be nice and challenging as it will involve front end web page work and not the usual plumbing/behind the scenes kind of coding that I’m used to. ¬†I also have to do my self-eval for review season. ¬†Seriously, I hate those things. ¬†I rank em with root canal and earaches… oh and tired/hungry toddlers 😉 ¬†Anyway…

Craft on!

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Tags: Family · Lace · Spinning · Wedding Ring Shawl

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Chris // Jun 19, 2008 at 7:18 am

    Oh, that WRS is going to be amazing! Good luck with that self eval.

  • 2 Ina // Jun 19, 2008 at 9:06 am

    WRS is 1/6 done already?!? Wow.

  • 3 Nancy // Jun 19, 2008 at 9:55 am

    That Alex, he’s a charmer:D

    We have to do self reviews for the first time this year. They gave it to us yesterday and it’s due Tuesday. I am not thrilled.

    Having joined the 10 minutes a day group I have yet to take my damn wheel out. Hopefully tonight.

  • 4 Kris // Jun 19, 2008 at 10:23 am

    See — that’s a prime example of a boy for you. He’ll drive you completely and totally nuts with all his energy and then he’ll stun you with his sweetness, especially towards his mom.

    Sorry to hear that self-eval is still hanging over your head!

  • 5 Kim // Jun 19, 2008 at 11:59 am

    I signed up for the 10 Minutes A day Spinning group but alas, I haven’t spun at all. The kiddies look so grown up in their grad gowns!

  • 6 Danielle // Jun 19, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Kat looks so old in that photo — like a flash fwd to high school graduation!

  • 7 Daniele // Jun 19, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    OH! Beautiful colors for spinning. I’ve been spinning the same boring off-white fleece for months….. I definitely needed that pick-me-up. Thanks for sharing!

  • 8 --Deb // Jun 19, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Aww, Alex!

  • 9 Suzanne // Jun 19, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Wow, WRS looks great. I am sure the glasses are helping with the tiny stitches.

    Glad to hear you like XM radio. I have been considering getting one eventually.

    The kids looks so cute, love the cap and gowns.

  • 10 Elsie // Jun 19, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    It just warms your heart to hear your child say you are his favorite thing! don’t know how you manage to keep your concentration when working on WRS on the ferry and I love the idea of 10 mins a day, think I’ll give it a try.

  • 11 Laurie // Jun 21, 2008 at 9:07 am

    XM…sounds interesting.

    The spinning is beautiful! Just 10 minutes really works. I sit down, and time passes, and spinning is accomplished. Can’t wait to see what the plying together looks like.

    The caps and gowns look great.

  • 12 Jessica // Jun 23, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Love how the shawl and the spinning are coming along!

  • 13 JessaLu // Jun 23, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    *tries to look innocent* What? All I did was tell you she had more…okay and maybe where to get it. ;o)