Saturday, February 21, 2009

Knitting Lesson #2

Yay, I have been officially knitting for an entire week YAHOO!!
So today's lesson was pretty awesome, we learned several new things.

  • How to cast off.
  • A Lobster cast on (you had to have been there)
  • the Purl stitch
  • and a pattern of stitches that is called Ribb Stitch.

here is my finished dishcloth, its a little rough the edges.
this was my first castoff, Of course

Practice makes perfect right????

here is my scarf in progress
I will work on it this week
next week we make a bookmark
that stitch is called seed stitch

This is a far away picture of my in progress scarf
do you notice the pattern, this is made by
knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches.

Today I am spending the day knitting and cleaning out the DVR.

BTW: Challenge Update
finished a few books this week-reviews comings soon!
-Confessions of a Shopaholic
-Suspicious Minds

Monday, February 16, 2009

Challenge Update

Well I have spent the morning organizing books, and avoiding homework.
Below are my selections for the Countdown Challenge.
To make the challange a bit more challenging I am only reading books I already own, well except for 2009 as there are several that are not even out yet. As they arrive I will add them to my shelf, and to the list. So, without further ado... here is the list.
I will post reviews as I go.

  1. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
  1. Forever by Jude Deveraux
  2. Smoke and Mirrors by Jayne Anne Krentz
  1. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  2. Happily Ever After by Susan May Warren
  3. Tying the Knot by Susan May Warren
  1. The Perfect Match by Susan May Warren
  2. The Kitchen Witch by Anette Blair
  3. The Bouquet by Barton, Hunt, Petit, and Sattler
  4. What a Girl Wants by Kristen Billerbeck
  1. How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks
  2. Flee the Night by Susan May Warren
  3. Escape the Morning Susan May Warren
  4. Kissing Adrien by Siri Mitchelle
  5. The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick
  1. Hazardous Duty by Christy Barrit
  2. He's just not that into you by Greg Behrendt
  3. Bitten and Smitten by Michelle Rowan
  4. Templar Legacy by Steven Berry
  5. Sex and the Psychic Witch by Anette Blair
  6. Kiss of Darkness by Heather Graham
  1. Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
  2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  3. Ruby Slippers by Jonalyn Grace Fincher
  4. The Shack by William Young
  5. Someone to Love by Jude Deveraux
  6. The Alexandria Link by Steve Berry
  7. Blasphemy by Douglas Preston
  1. Knit Two by Kate Jacobs
  2. Dewey by Vicki Myron
  3. Sunday at Tiffany's by James Patterson
  4. Frostbite by Richelle Mead
  5. Suspicious Minds by Christy Barritt
  6. Irishwomans' Tale by Patty Lacy
  7. Every Now and Then by Karen Kingsbury
  8. The Prenup by Beth Kendrick
  1. Age Before Beauty by Virginia Smith
  2. This Side of Heaven by Karen Kingsbury
  3. Scrapping Plans by Rebecca Seitz
  4. Cool Beans by Erynn Mangum (not an amazon yet)
  5. Take One by Karen Kingsbury

Happy Reading Friends!

...the weekend is almost over....

Also, I’ve been tagged SnowWhite for a Q & A so here are the rules.

Step 1: respond and rework -- answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.Step 2: tag - eight other un-tagged people

1) What are you wearing right now? Pjammies

2) Whats the perfect way to spend a rainyday? Snuggled on the couch with a good book.

3) Do you nap a lot? every chance I get

4) Who is the last person you hugged? my hubby

5) What websites to you visit when you go online? blogger, facebook, google reader

6) What was the last item you bought? my ruby red sketchers, and hubby bought me a new knitting bag yesterday

7) You are on the Oregon Trail, how are things going? I remember this game from way back when, but not really the details....

8) If you woke up tomorrow and were a boy, what is the first thing you would do and why? Probably see how far I can project, then test the hard on from a bus theory.
(6th grade puberty assembly nightmares)

9) Has a celebrity's hair cut ever influenced your own hairstyle? Sophia Bush has been the picture I have dragged in multiple times, usually for the layers and color. Of course the goal is to be Brooke Davis.

10) What is your most embarrassing moment? I have so many, I do not even know where to begin. Probably something from childhood.

11) What was the last movie you watched? Return to Oz

12) If you had a whole day to yourself with no work, commitments, or interruptions what would you do? Read, Knit, Blog

13) What is the one pair of shoes that you can not live without? My Chocolate Jessica Simpson Flats.

OK now for my random eight people.... who to tagg.
GI Joe
DB Jennifer
Lisa P
Soxy Deb
Lil Woman

Sunday, February 15, 2009

I am ready for a challenge....are you???

The Countdown Challenge
Rules and Sign-up

The goal of this challenge is to read the number of books first published in a given year that corresponds to the last digit of each year in the 2000s — 9 books from 2009, 8 books from 2008, etc.
The total number of books required, therefore, is 45.
This challenge lasts from 8/8/08 through 9/9/09.
Yes, it is retroactive to August 8th!
Crossovers with other challenges are allowed and your lists may change at any time.

(lets kick it up a notch, how about I make a rule that I have to already own the book, except for the 2009 ones... this should limit my spending, and still help me to work through my TBR pile)

Happy Reading Friends!


Hi Bloggy Friends!

Wow, I have missed you. Tons has happened but it is time to start again, and flip to a new leaf!
So once again I am going to start blogging daily, of course that means the posts will be short and meaningless, but hey my lifes pretty normal, (right?).
I have been trying to maintain two blogs (one was deleted today), not to mention work, school, and my newest obsession... So we all know that I am a reader who finishes books at an alarming rate... well last year I was given, and I devoured in six hours The Friday Night Knitting Club and decided I had to learn how to knit, so....

Speaking of new obsessions, yesterday I started my knitting lessons at the Knitterly.
In addition to starting my classes (my christmas gift from hubby), saturday was also Valentins Day and wow did I get a treat.... hubby bought me a new purse/knitting bag that looks like this (Namaste Newport in Peacock), and today he is getting me a needle clutch, but I get to pick that out. I think I am going to go for the Hollywood Pink. The rest of our first Valentines days consisted of dinner from our favorite sushi restaurant, and a marathon of lovey dovey movies.

Okay so Lesson #1 consisted of the following:
Reading the packaging on yarn- determining the fiber content , recommended needle size Washing Instructions and length.
Types of needles available (lucky me I already have a full size set of Clover Bamboo also from my darling husband at Christmas)-which is why I need the clutch!
Learning the differnt ways yarn is packaged (hank, skein, ball)
Spinning a hank of yarn into a ball of yarn.
Casting on a new project
The Knit/Garter Stitch
I attached a couple picutures of my new purse, and how far I am on this weeks project.

my new purse/knitting bag the Newport by Namaste
my in-progress dishcloth

Next Week we learn how to bind off a project, another new stich and then onto making a scarf.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Preppy Princess Give Away!

Well, its been along time since I have been able to ready other blogs and actually particiapte.
being home sick does give you a little extra time to catch up on blogs!

Google Reader needs a feature where comments could post right from there, without the need for anymore information. I usually just read, and dont post because it takes too ling.

That being said, one of my favorite reads (The Preppy Princess) is having a give away.

I'd tell you to enter, but I really want to win... so just pretend you never saw this post.


Above, the prize for this giveaway:
Everything you could need is in this outstanding set: 16 sheets of writing paper in four coordinating Lilly patterns, 12 envelopes in matching designs, 2 sheets of fun Lilly stickers, all of it contained in this decorative folio (or folder), as seen above in the photo!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

*because this place is the safest to share*

Wow, I never seem to blog anymore... and I often burn through my reader, and then do not post any guess that makes me a shitty bloggy friend.
So people keep asking me where I have been, and I really appreciate all the emails I have received! Thank you so much to you all!

ok fill you to what has been going on.

1. I am back in school (full time) and its kicking my ass
did i mention that I also work 40plus a week??

2. Max and I are trying to get pregnant again, and its a lot more emotional then I thought!
Everyone says it will happen when we stop trying, but I can not seem to stop "trying"

3. My nightmares about my fathers death have returned.... I have not had one since I realized I was in love with Max, but suddenly they are back... and they really suck!

4. Our finances are doing better, we are paying off my mom this year... and then next year (with a goal of 3years) we will get everything paid off.

5. OK there is lots more going on, but I am ready to head to bed, so g'nite bloggy friends.