Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Introducing Picasso Moon

The next time you are having a bad day, come back to this blog just to laugh at this picture:

No, it's not the abominable snowman, it's my dog Picasso Moon in mid-sneeze. My mom took this photo of him after a haircut. Maybe the shampoo was bothering his allergies. Maybe he was expressing how he felt about the haircut. I think he was embarrassed though of being caught sneezing on film from the next photo:

This is what Picasso looks like normally, which is more sheep dog than lab. Note the beer bottle next to him. He's a true Wisconsin dog and loves beer. Every night after my dad drinks a beer, he gives the bottle to Picasso, who licks the last swallow out of it.

We got Picasso and his brother Darkstar, the brown dog with the pink boa that's my profile icon, when I was in high school, so I think of them as my dogs even if I see them twice a year. They are actually litter mates, a mix of cocker spaniel, lab and husky. They are both loveable, quirky dogs, and I have a million stories about them.

I got to go home last weekend and visit my parents and dogs. I got a little knitting and a lot of harry potter reading done. More importantly, my dad and I took the dogs on a run, and the next day my parents and I took the dogs on a hike.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Grace Gets Chemical

One night at Ann Arbor Knit In, when we were getting goofy with our caffeine, sugar and purls, someone suggested that I should pose with Grace while pouring green foaming chemicals for the Knitty calender contest, and here are the results:

I think the middle picture is my fav of myself, but sadly the red balloon in the background is distracting. I couldn't figure out how to get rid of it on photoshop. I knitted the headband with the same wonderful Madil Kid Seta as I used with Grace, and the lace pattern is from Bella, that A2 Knit-In's own Jillian designed. I'm hoping that if I get picked to be in the calender, that Knitty will put the headband pattern on the margin or somewhere. I just think it would be so cool for a knitting calender have a pattern in it. A long pattern wouldn't fit, but a short pattern like this headband would be perfect.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

k ∞ tog

I finally supported by buying this cool shirt and two bumper stickers. I got some funny looks from my non-knitting friends, asking me "what's that on your shirt?" Then I go to Ann Arbor Knit-In and no one says a word about the shirt. I guess it's because a knitter reads the writing like, duh, of course that's what it means. While knitting lingo might not be our mother tongue, it's become second nature.

It's a little difficult to see in the picture, but there are band-aids on my left thumb and index finger. About a half an hour before I was going to leave work, I was getting some NMR samples ready. I was working too fast, and broke off the top of the glass tube and gouged out my thumb and cut my finger with the remaining part of the tube. It was bleeding badly, and I would have gone to the University Health Services if they were open. So I just bandaged it up as best as possible, and was grateful that I got my tetanus shot a couple of months ago. But did that stop me from knitting? Yeah, you know the answer to that.

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Friday, August 12, 2005

More Harry Potter Fun

I found another HP quiz - a sorting hat test! Here are my results:
You scored 0% Slytherin, 44% Ravenclaw, 52% Gryffindor, and 44% Hufflepuff!
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart.

Gryffindors are known for their courage, audacity, and devotion to what is good and honest.
Link: The Sorting Hat Test written by leeannslytherin on Ok Cupid
And here are the results from another quiz:

Want to Get Sorted?

I'm a Ravenclaw!

Monday, August 08, 2005

I'm Olympe Maxime?

I just got back from a wonderful weekend in SLC visiting my honey on his b-day. I started working on the isis wrap, but was more successful at finishing HP3 and starting HP4. Speaking of which, this was my result of the HP Personality Quiz:

Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz

I guess these traits could fit me.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Seattle trip

Here's the long-awaited update on my Seattle trip. I've been crazy-busy in the last month with my research and mentoring an undergraduate on his own research. But I had a wonderful time in Seattle, and got to visit with two knitters. Ben's grandma is a knitter, and so we chatted up on knitting while I was knitting and she was needle-pointing a pillow of their lab Georgia Brown. And I saw my friend Anna from Grinnell who was currently working on the Beaded Braided Hat Kit from Peace Fleece in the more muted colors, which just looks just lovely. Ben's grandma took me to her favorite yarn store, where I purchased some lovely yarns. I bought two skeins of white yarn to make the Going Out with a Bag purse for my cousin, and six skeins of pink yarn to make the Isis wrap from Interweave Knits summer 05.

From left to right: Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino, Filatura Di Crosa baby kid extra and Tahki Yarns New TweedPosted by Picasa

I also got to work very quickly on knitting the bag. The bead work was fun, and the yarns are so lucious. Now comes the difficult part. I'm going to line the purse with satin AND sew a zipper in. My goal is to finish the purse by Sept 1 (the wedding is Oct 1), so I still have lots of time to procrastinate and still get it done.

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