Thursday, February 22, 2007


I've been tagged...
So here are some weird things about me you might not know...

1) Mouth noises annoy me to the nth degree. Chewing with mouths open, gum cracking, sloppy kissing....can't stand it. It's akin to dragging fingernails across a chalkboard. I got off a train once to flee the noise of a couple very noisily making out cause apparently they couldn't wait until they got home. I decided that they were both cheating on their mates and could only make out on train rides since they couldn't go back to each other's apts. (If you see me on the train by myself, I will always have my I pod on...always.)

2) I need to listen to the soundtrack of R.E.N.T. at least once a day to function....over the mooooooon!

3) I substitute Wolfen or Wolf wherever possible into songs when I sing to myself. Wolf don't need no education...was going thru my head this morning...Hey! Teacher! Leave those Wolves alone!

4) I can't touch shrimp or the like with the legs on. And it's not that I won't do it, I can't physically bring myself to do it. I can eat them, boy can I eat them, but someone has to peel them for me. Christian chased me thru the parking lot of a Joe's Crab Shack with a crawfish that he had hidden in his pocket one time. I seriously ran for my life.

5) I'm really obsessive about buying makeup. I love Sephora! But if you know me, think hard...have you actually ever seen me wear makeup? Probably not.

6) I wipe Wolfen's paws everytime we come in from a walk. Wouldn't you want the scuzz of NYC cleaned off your feet too? (maybe that's not weird, does anyone else do this?)

Hey, Don't judge me! List your own weirdness instead.

For Baby...

I made these bibs for a co-worker. The pattern is basically the bib pattern from Mason-Dixon knitting. However, I didn't want to do just plain garter stitch so I used patterns from the knitting knonsense website to make designs with purl and knit stitches. The yellow is a star, the purple spells love and the turquoise has a heart.

The burp cloths are also from Mason-Dixon. They work up rather quickly.

And I just love the buttons!

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Monday, February 19, 2007

Pampas Circumstance

Rowan Pampas-Issue 40
Originally uploaded by skillj.

I think it's really funny that I own just about every Rowan pattern available (well, not every, but a lot!) but this is my first full sweater by one of their designers. It's the Pampas pattern from book 40. It's a very quick knit, again, I finished the knitting quite some time ago but the putting together part takes me a minute. I went to M&J for plain dum dum buttons cause I crocheted button covers. The first buttons I looked at just to figure out what size would work were $7 each. I asked the guy for something cheesy cause they were gonna get covered anyway and I didn't want to spend $21 on buttons that no one was gonna see...that's about the price for any button of that size, was what he told me. F-that! What is with the customer service in this city?...that's really an issue with me! So I had to find $3 buttons on my own when he easily could have at the very least pointed me in the right direction.

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Project Spectrum

Project Spectrum
Originally uploaded by skillj.

Here's my first Project Spectrum FO. It's some bulky cashmere from School Products and their house pattern...a simple 3x2 rib. I think I'll make another in natural since it's such a quick knit, but the next one will have to be longer. (Curse my large head!)

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Monday, February 05, 2007

Ms. Marigold aka Cheeky Peach

Ms. Marigold
Originally uploaded by skillj.

Despite the fact that the Bears did not win the Super Bowl (I still love you, Lovie!), a couple great things did come out of this weekend. One, I finished up the Ms. Marigold vest from Zephyr Style. At first I wasn't sure that I would add the ruffle, but I decided to do only 2 rows of crochet instead of the 5 rows suggested by the pattern...It gives it a little flair. I used 4 skeins of Classic Elite Premiere. The pattern is easy and it went quickly, I cast on less than a week ago.
Two, I discovered Footballers' Wives:Overtime on BBC. I caught the marathon on Sunday. Those Brits really know how to write good and naughty TV. I wonder if this will be another show that American producers will steal?


Thursday, February 01, 2007

In God's Country

R & R
Originally uploaded by skillj.

Last weekend was one of relaxation and respite from city life. Jill R was wonderful enough to invite us all up to Ancram again. We had a great time. There was a lot of movie watching, knitting, cooking and eating involved. Notice in the first pic all of the FOs that were completed over the weekend…13 in total, I think. Quite impressive, no? We seemed to be playing a game of 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon in our movie watching. We started out with Unfaithful (Richard Gere), then watched Chicago (Richard Gere/Christine Baranski), then watched Cruel Intentions (Christine Baranski/Sean Patrick Thomas), and flipped by Save the Last Dance (Sean Patrick Thomas). We opted to not watch that movie though, but I’m sure if we had, we probably would have ended up seeing a movie starring Kevin Bacon. Susi, Katy and Jill A. even made us a grand feast with roasted chicken (whole, not breasts!) one night. Now, that’s what I call a vacation!