Saturday, September 29, 2007
Step 1: Back panel - CHECK!
Step 2: Right front - CHECK!
Step 3: Left front - in progress
Step 4: Sleeve 1
Step 5: Sleeve 2
Step 6: Block
Step 7: Seam
All of those steps just to make one garment! It is truly a labor of love to make your own clothing especially when I could go and buy a sweater for less than the yarn costs. I find pleasure in creating this sweater and hopefully I'll get to wear a well fitting, handmade sweater at the end of all this labor. Unless it doesn't fit. In which case I have a tantrum.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
We collaborated on the choice of beads and here is the result:
The necklace is made of sterling silver chain, wire and findings with labradorite and red glass beads.
On Sunday afternoon, after my morning of baking apple goods, I met up with Sam to take a walking tour called "From the Summit to the Square". The tour was focused on residences in the Prospect Hill and Union Square area of Somerville. It was over 2 hours long but barely seemed to scratch the surface of all the amazing architecture and history of the area.
The tour was organized by the Somerville Historic Preservation Committee and led by Edward W. Gordon. A filming crew from Somerville Community Access Television took the tour with us so you just may see us on TV!
In this photo you see Edward Gordon gesturing towards a house with "appropriate paint colors". He was big on the paint color thing. He likes it when people have chosen colors for their houses that would have been used in the time period in which the house was built.
We had a fairly big crowd and nearly everyone on the tour was a Somerville resident (Sam was the only non-Somervillian on the sign-up sheet, but since she came with me we can count her as an honorary member of the Somerville gang). I thought it was cool that so many people were interested in coming out on a Sunday afternoon to walk around and learn about their own neighborhood. One gentlemen who observed our group walking down his street asked me, "Where are you guys from?" and was totally befuddled by my answer of "Somerville!".
Sam got some nice shots.
I very much enjoyed the tour but it left me feeling a little bummed that I am unlikely to be able to ever own a house here. The real estate is just too darned expensive. I have been having major home ownership urges but that will definitely have to wait. For now I will just have to remain a looky loo.
From top to bottom: Lee, Ann and Miriam
From left to right: Paul, Beth and Sylvie
This is Sid. He is pretty dang pretty.
Lee is showing off his chocolate drizzling skills.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Liz noticed that there was a scent in the air on the farm. We later found out why:
I was hoping to also find a good bottle of wine/hard cider from their winery. After Becky and I tasted at least 10 kinds of wine, we decided that we weren't going to find something we liked. I did taste some crazy stuff like dandelion wine, rhubarb wine, and many other fruity concoctions.
Liz, Bonnie, Becky and MeToday was the day that I attempted to make use of my peck of apples. A peck is a dang lot of apples. This morning I made applesauce, apple bars and apple crisp and I still have over half of my apples left. I'm definitely going to have to make more applesauce later and eat nothing but apple based foods for the next few weeks.
I never paid attention before to what variety of apples are best for what uses but after hearing of Liz's botched applesauce, I needed to put the varieties to their proper use. My apples were all jumbled in one big bag so, using the chart I got, I sorted them by variety. Gala was the winner from this farm, but the Gingergold and Honeycrisp were close runners up.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Photos from Interweave Knits website.
The Knitter's Block finally came to an end when I decided on the Minimalist Cardigan from the Fall 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. I have worked about 8 inches of the back panel so far and it seems like the measurements are going to work out well. I am using the yarn that I was going to make Salina out of so all is well in my knitting world.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I wore the shrug to work today and one of my co-workers complimented me on it. I retorted with the reply that I sometimes just can't hold back, "Thanks! I made it!" She was impressed and before I knew it most of the women in my office were asking questions about my knitting and..... the most exciting part..... two of them want to learn how to knit! I agreed to teach them on our lunch break! Yay! I love having people to knit and each lunch with at work.
Thanks to the shrug, I'm going to be creating some new knitting converts.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Heirloom tomatoes with fresh basil, olive oil, salt and pepper, and fresh mozzarella (made in Somerville)!
On a totally different note, check out our dogs. They have this pitiful/cute habit of resting their chins on the bed in hopes that they will be allowed to come up and cuddle. It is rare that they are actually allowed up on the bed, but they're eternal optimists.
It is always nice to see them but it was especially nice to see them this time since Mark had just returned from a summer in Africa. You can read about why he was there and what he did on his blog. Jerri was sporting a few of the gifts Mark had brought her from his trip.
The lovely ladies: Jerri, Beth and Christa
Our hosts Mark and Christi who have a fabulous new apartment with a great porch and a grumpy looking Mark.
Part of what was discussed while we were all gathered was the M6 CD club. The club was created by Mark M and is approaching it's second year of existence. Paul and I have been invited to be a part of the next go 'round. I am excited about the premise: each month one member of the club creates a mixed CD and mails it to each of the members. There are no rules about what type of music can be on the CD, which means that Paul will likely create an extremely absurd mix for his turn.
Sunday, September 9, 2007
To mark the occasion, Paul took me out to a sushi dinner. We went to Ma Soba in Beacon Hill. It was really fun to get a little dressed up and make a date night out of it.
Our plan was to have a drink at Top of the Hub and take in the night view from on top of the Prudential Center. We have been meaning to go there for a few years, but have yet to follow through with the plan. Apparently, we were not unique in having that plan. There was a wait for tables and they were imposing a $24 minimum per person to sit at a table. Not really worth it even for a celebratory night so we decided to take in some of the night scenes of Boston from the ground level.
It was a beautiful night and we got to walk around an area that I have driven past but never walked around: the Mary Baker Eddy Library and Church of Christ Scientist property. It was amazing to look at but made me wonder how the church has enough funds to maintain such magnificent buildings and such a massive amount of prime Boston real estate.
The lack of a project snuck up on me because I thought I was settled in to making the Salina sweater from Rowan's Vintage Knits book. I've knit almost the entire back of the sweater only to realize that it is so far off gauge that it would be 9 inches too big around my waist. I am not sure what went wrong. I made a full size gauge swatch, washed it and compared measurements pre and post washing. It matched the pattern gauge in theory but not, apparently, in practice.
I think I am a bit cursed when it comes to gauge. Even when I do everything I should do before starting the project, something generally goes awry. So, Salina is sitting in the figurative corner while I consider what else I can knit with the yarn. I guess I can consider it to be one gigantic gauge swatch.
RIP SalinaWhile I have been contemplating my next knitting project, I've had time to work with beads.
This necklace is special to me because of the story behind the components. The larger "beads" are actually the buttons from my mom's wedding dress that was sewn for her by my grandma and aunt (right Mom?). The pearls were from a pearl necklace my mom had that broke. She gave the pearls to me a long time ago, thinking that I would figure out what to do with them. I finally figured it out:
Monday, September 3, 2007
I knitted this in about a week before going to New Mexico. It was one of those mindless and instantly rewarding projects. The design concept was based on a pattern from Plymouth Yarns and I got a sense for the numbers based on the Lacy Shrug pattern from Knit 2 Together.
I have already worn it quite a bit and am thinking about making another one in a different color.
Yarn: Artful Yarns - Fable
Color: #92 - The Gingerbread Man
This morning Becky and I met for breakfast, some catching up and some knitting. She recently got back from a trip to Ireland/Northern Ireland/Scotland so we had a lot to catch up on. We went to The Biscuit (formerly known as Toscanini's) and had some excellent savory scones and iced chai. We ate twin breakfasts.
Becky abides by her own gift giving rules, which she assures us is mostly due to her upbringing of get-around-to-it-when-the-time-and-circumstances-are-right gift giving. After Paul and I got married, she gave me the book No Sheep for You with the promise that when she found the right gift for Paul, she would give it to him. Well, months later that gift has been found. Becky brought Paul back a trio of fancy Scotch Whiskey's from her travels. She did us proud and we commend her for her individualized approach.
After Becky stopped procrastinating...I mean talking with us...(she needed to go home and finish unpacking her things and cleaning her new apartment), Paul and I headed over to Sam and Arturo's for a Labor Day BBQ.
The boys are chowing down.Sam and I have recently been introduced to the drink Black and Blue, which is Guinness and Blueberry beer. It is like a Black and Tan, but a bit fruitier.
We are so glad that they picked Boston to make their home. We have already had so many great meals and fun experiences together and I am sure there will be many more to come.
As I was typing this, I saw a story on CNN which prompted me to look up the following video. Let me set it up a bit for you. It is a video of prisoners from a jail in the Philippines performing Thriller. The prisoners have all been convicted of serious crimes and are required to participate in dancing as part of their daily routines. Apparently, since they started dancing the incidences of violent crimes in the prison have stopped. I wish that everyone was required to dance as part of their daily requirements. Wouldn't it be awesome if people all over the world stopped what they were doing and performed a simultaneous dance routine?!?! It would be like a real life musical.
Click to play the video. Did I mention that it includes a transvestite with a receding hairline as the damsel in distress? Like you needed any more reasons to watch it.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
On the way there, the dogs were in the back part of the car along with Arturo and Sam's cooler. In their over zealous state, the dogs managed to squash Sam's sandwich so badly that it looked like a sandwich smoothie in a Ziploc bag by the time we arrived at the park.
All of that and we still have another day off! Gotta love the Labor Day.
P.S. For more pictures from the day, check out Sam and Arturo's brand spanking new blog.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
I started out the day by going to our local farmer's market. It is the time of year where $5 can get you a really nice looking bouquet, the produce is plentiful and perfect and the weather is comfortable. I love this time of year.
As far as making stuff goes, I just finished making some felted soaps. It has been awhile since I made my last batch and I've given them all away. That means, I am without a felted bar for use at our house. As long as I was going to make one, I might as well make a dozen, right!?