Friday, June 09, 2006

First off, I hate it when Blogger is down. Even the comments? The horror! The nerve! And my email server went down too. It was awful. I had no choice but to work (and to leave early and go to Border to use my 30% off coupon to soothe my shattered nerves. )

Isnt't this fabulous? It's the Red Dress washcloth from Becky I mentioned earlier, that she gave to me to give to my Mom. Her pic came out so much better than mine too, so go to her site and check it out. It's the May 23rd post. Thank you so much, Becky.

And here's my progress on the shell, almost done! With the front. Then I get to seam it, and knit on I-cord around the neckline and armhole edges. Joy, oh joy. Not to mention it's a twinset, so the jacket still needs to be done. But later. After the critter blanket ( my *U2FO came out looking quite nice in photographs, unlike this damn shell. It's possible that there's an 8 row cable amid the 6 row cables, but it doesn't look that wonky IRL) and after Eliz I.

Tonight! Season finale of Doctor Who and the last ep with Christopher Eccleston.

Sunday: The actual season premiere of The 4400, 9-11pm USA. I was so very annoyed to discover the "new" show last Sunday was a "new" show of clips. Sorry about that, guys.

Kat With A K is hosting a Summer Reading Program, which goes really well with Amanda's Summer Reading Challenge 2006. So far I've read Freddy & Fredericka by Mark Helprin (reviewed in an earlier post). Out of the 553 pages of the book, I read about half of them after the 1st. (Kat's program is tracking the pages. Amanda's isn't).

I'm still reading Jane Hirschfield's essays in her Nine Gates: Entering the World of Poetry. It's just fascinating. I'm trying to read it slowly. One essay dwells on poetry's using music, intellect and image to be truly effective, and the representation of the camel, the lion and the child (to be delved into during a later post).

Mason Dixon Knitting by Kay Gardiner & Ann Meador Shayne (160 pages). I picked this up at Borders yesterday because it's impossible not to have heard of it and discovered that it had Log Cabin knitting! I'm a Log Cabin freak enthusiast. I've got Log Cabin Quilt books, a million log cabin quilt squares littering the craft room , tons of Log Cabin quilt plans (no actual FO's but that's not too unusual for me) so I was practically forced to purchase it. Now unlike Nancie Wiseman's Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques that I also picked up and flipped through, (which will hopefully be invaluable when I pick up and knit on the I-cord) I read, cover to cover, Mason-Dixon Knitting, because as the Knitting World knows, they're both pretty darn funny and so very readable. Lovely patterns, a revolutionary idea of actually using your knitting and not say, displaying it in a museum case (which I've been tempted to do) (or hide it). I'm sure everyone already knows that the patterns are both pretty, practical and easy to read (we'll see if they're idiot proof when I actually attempt to knit one).

And now I must go out and knit washcloths.

Thanks to Heather's contest, I took her prize of a gift certificate to Amazon and applied it towards Symmetries of Culture by Donald W Crowe & Dorothy Washburn, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (I couldn't find it in a used bookstore around here, how weird is that?) and an anthology of poetry by Marina Tsvetaeva. I'm not too fond of this particular translation though.

Baby pictures in the park this morning:

Big ball o' fluffy feathers:

Big ball o' fluffy fur

*U2FO = Un-identified Un-Finished Object

Saturday - Knit In Public Day! Where are you going to knit, and what?


Blogger teabird17 said...

That washcloth is awesome - I'm going to make one too!Thanks for mentioning the Summer Reading Program - I'm going to check it out.

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

What great pictures today!

1:32 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Fluff! Cute fluff!

Making progress on the twinset... progress is good. Keep progressing!

I'm working on a log cabin baby blanket from MDK. :) I'm on square 4. My colors are radically different. And I'm using Cotton Fleece.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Oh, and I'm knitting at the Bad Waitress restaurant in Minneapolis tomorrow with local knitblogger Renee of A Good Yarn.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Very cool washcloth. And the shell is looking good. I like the cable. You're getting a lot of reading done. I've always been a voracious reader. Until I started knitting.

5:53 PM  
Blogger RheLynn said...

Thanks for the reminder on Knit in Public! hmm... I think I'll knit at the library in the morning.

Symmetries of Culture -- FASCINATING! I have to read that more in depth - I bookmarked it for myself ;o) Right at 'glide reflection' I was thinking - this deserves lots of attention! It also is reminding me some of Goedel,Escher,Bach (G.E.B.)... some really brain-tingling stuff!

Great washcloth too!

6:26 PM  
Anonymous the Mitz said...

Wow...power-napping, I can relate. Hope you will check out my cat yoga and aerobic routines soon, on my meowmie's blog...

The Mitz, special feline blogger

6:29 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

What a cute family of ducks. The nice weather sure cuts into the knitting time though.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Marji said...

so glad your Rowan wool-cotton finally came!
great progress on the twinset.
MDK just didn't grab me the first, (or second) time I perused it at Borders. But that log cabin quilt is great, and maybe I just need to keep looking at it.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Obsidian Kitten said...

oooh, i LOVE pics of animal babies! rotfl

thx for your visit--as you saw, i've been spending more time photographing animal babies than knitting lately... *goofy grin*

10:39 PM  

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