January 28, 2007

Cough, hack, read, knit

This sums up our weekend.

How to survive a cold

I spent a great deal of Friday and Saturday camped out on the couch. Three of the 4 books you see in the pile under my soup bowl were checked out from the library on Thursday and finished by Saturday. I knitted, I snacked, I blew my nose constantly and drank glass after glass of delicious juice. Rob is also suffering, but I've chosen not to photograph his little germ-laden portion of our world because, well, it's not as messy as mine.

I did, however, finish Rob's hat:

Rob's Autumn Fire Hat

It's knit with 1 skein of Manos in Color #104 on size 6 needles. I picked up stitches along the bottom and did about 3" of stockinette that I tacked to the inside as I bound off. It's sure to keep his ears warm.

So what have I read in the last few days?

Lori Wick's book, Where the Wild Rose Blooms, the first in her Rocky Mountain Memories series. I wasn't sure if I was going to like it coming off of the other Christian romance I'd just finished reading. But this is a well written historical that does a good job creating likable characters. I've found myself wishing I hadn't imposed my book buying moratorium, but the other books in the series will go on my to-read list.

I've read three Jane Churchill's as well from her Jane Jeffry series. War and Peas, Fear of Frying and The Merchant of Menace. These aren't psychological thrillers, highly forensic tales or serial killer novels. These are fun, cosy mysteries that I've highly enjoyed. I try to purchase these when I can, but I've borrowed from the library in keeping with no-buy dictate I've made.

I've moved on to this:
Knitting with a Geek

I'm knitting on fingerless gloves for Rob out of some Galway wool I had on #5 needles. Pattern is the Cigar gloves from Knitty. I'm currently reading Wil Wheaton's book reading Just a Geek. I've been reading his blog since Allison posted about it and have enjoyed it very much since then.

January 23, 2007

I've been knitting and reading. Rather boring on the surface, yes?

I'm wrapping up a hat in Manos for Rob; he picked a beautiful autumnal colorway I never would have selected for him myself. I had thought of the Manos as a bulky yarn, but it's more of a thick/thin. While it's lovely to handle, I could do without the constantly changing thickness.

I need to get knitting on some items for my talk to my Bible Study group. We're doing Cynthia Heald's Becoming a Woman of Freedom study and I've got the chapter on busyness. Can't imagine what I'd talk about having *never* suffered from busyness ::wink::

It's going to be a good one for me to study up on and find verses to encourage a more peaceful way to live, even if it's continuing to live in a busy world. I've lots of ideas and verses floating through I just need to get on to paper.

I finished Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City this weekend. Wonderful book - I loved the juxtaposition of the Chicago World's Fair (The White City) with the horrible things going on with H.H. Holmes (The Devil). It was a well-written account of a period I hadn't given much thought to regardless of knowing historical figures of the time. I found myself reading little bits out loud to Rob.

I also read Logan's Child by Lenora Worth. Not a book I bought for myself, it was a book passed on by my MIL who likely didn't read it herself. I originally thought it had been written in the 80's - Trixie, the female character, was innocent, unaware of things going on around her and that innocence used to keep her in the dark. I caught on quite early to the source of Logan's (the male character) anger - Trixie, though, remained in the dark until the last 50 pages or so. Blech. The book was actually published in 1998 so I expected a little more than I got. But the blatant emotionalism at the end *did* get to me and I shed a few tears. Still not a satifactory read overall, especially coming off the Larson book.

January 15, 2007

Finally, some winter!

Last Wednesday, Vancouver was on the receiving end of some winter weather. We had about 2-3" of snow in our neighborhood, but other areas had considerably more. I had the day off so I took the above picture.

The forecast for this week includes possible precipitation tomorrow night, but we're unlikely to repeat the amount we had last week.

I've babysat the past couple of weeks for Art - had Kruz one weekend and both Kruz and Khylee this past weekend.

Hard to believe Kruz will be 2 in March. He's grown so much and understands a lot now. And he knows how to say "football" which makes Rob happy. He and Khylee get along well and play together too.

I've been doing some knitting - I finished the lilac baby sweater and I'm working on a hat to go with it. Not much to say, so I'll leave you with this:

January 10, 2007

Tired of being Physically Phffft

I'm getting back on the WW wagon. I'm tracking again on my PDA, trying to watch my portions, choosing broth based soups over creamier options. I need to add more veggies and do better on my water, but I am making progress!

I started the year at 199. Not my all-time high, but too close for comfort. Or comfortable clothes.

I've managed to drop 3 lbs and I'm contemplating a yoga class at the Y with a friend. She's making it easy by offering her free passes to try it out. I know I need to say yes.

After reading about http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/ at Rachael's blog, I've found some walking routes around my house that keep me on sidewalks or wide sidestreets for 1.5 to 3 miles. That will be easier to do once spring and summer roll around. It's tough to get out when it's dark when you get up and when you come home.

I'm knitting again, too. Took a few days break and have only completed some Natalya gauntlets for Erin. I've picked through my stash and I'm knitting the 5-hr Baby Sweater again for one of 4 babies that are due in the next 3 months. I'm using some leftover lilac Red Heart for this one for a little girl due in just 3 weeks. I'll probably do the Baby Kimono from MDK's book, too.

On the reading front, I'm reading The Devil in the White City. It's caught my interest and kept it with the descriptions of Chicago and the people during the time frame of the 1893 World's Fair. I hadn't known of the serial killer using the fair as a hunting ground (don't think they mentioned that aspect in history class), and I'm finding it fascinating.

January 08, 2007

2006 Knitting re-cap

I'm not going to bore you with pictures and comments. Here's the list. Pictures may be had by clicking the 2006 Knitting label in the sidebar. Not all items have pictures due to the inability of the knitter to remember to take pictures.

  1. Beanie o' Flames for Kruz, Red Schachenmayr (??) & Black Silja
  2. Miss KJ's Pink Odessa, DB Merino DK
  3. Miss S's Purple Odessa, DB Merino DK
  4. Miss K's Purple Sweater, RH SoftYarn
  5. Zach's Trellis sweater, Bernat CottonTots
  6. Rebecca's socks, KnitPicks Sock Landscape
  7. Lap Blanket, Bernat Berella4
  8. Erin's Clogs, KnitPicks Wool of the Andes
  9. Rob's Clogs, KnitPicks Wool of the Andes
  10. Acacia's Bonnet, Tahki Cotton Classic
  11. Acacia's Bonnet, LB Microspun
  12. Katie's rainbow sweater, Patons Melody
  13. Kruz's Raglan sweater, Reynolds Utopia
  14. Ruffled Blanket #2, KnitPicks Crayon
  15. Wide Wale Socks, Knitpicks Dancing
  16. Samantha's Sweater, Plymouth Encore
  17. Samantha's Tank, Sirdar Snuggly DK
  18. Baby Schaak's socks, KnitPicks Dancing
  19. Charity scarf, Encore/Wool-Ease mix
  20. Mom's Quick Wrap, Maggi's Mist Slub
  21. Karen's Paws To Remember scarf, FrogTree Alpaca
  22. Erin's Pirate Hat, LB Wool-Ease
  23. Khylee's Bitty Baby Sweater, Red Heart Soft Yarn
  24. Rebecca's Icarus Shawl, Rowan KSH Night

2006 Book wrap-up

Just a final list of what I read - and to be honest, I'm not sure it's entirely accurate. I realized yesterday I'd forgotten A Girl Named Zippy and just added it.

The goals for 2007? To read one book more than 2006, to borrow from the library, to not buy books for the first 3 months of 2007 and re-evaluate this book diet each quarter.

Here's the list:

  1. A Girl Named Zippy, Haven Kimmel
  2. Mrs. Hudson and the Spirit's Curse, Martin Davies
  3. A Midsummer Night's Scream, Jill Churchill
  4. Lie by Moonlight, Amanda Quick
  5. All Night Long, Jayne Ann Krentz
  6. The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
  7. Now You See Her, Linda Howard
  8. Falling Awake, Jayne Ann Krentz
  9. To Say Nothing of the Dog, Connie Willis
  10. Bare Bones, Kathy Reichs
  11. The Etruscan Chimera, Lyn Hamilton
  12. A Farewell to Yarns, Jill Churchill
  13. It's Not About the Bike, Lance Armstrong
  14. Storage & Display, Pottery Barn
  15. Stylish Storage, Paige Gilchrist
  16. Murder with Peacocks, Donna Andrews
  17. Key of Valor, Nora Roberts
  18. Honor's Splendor, Julie Garwood
  19. Charmed (anthology), Jayne Castle
  20. After Glow, Jayne Castle
  21. After Dark, Jayne Castle
  22. Fast Women, Jennifer Crusie
  23. Survivor in Death, JD Robb
  24. Knitting Rules, Yarn Harlot
  25. Mason-Dixon Knitting, Ann & Kay
  26. Origin in Death, JD Robb
  27. Memory in Death, JD Robb
  28. Carolina Moon, Nora Roberts
  29. Susannah's Garden, Debbie Macomber
  30. Second Sight, Amanda Quick
  31. Deadly Decisions, Kathy Reichs
  32. Class Menagerie, Jill Churchill
  33. Silence of the Hams, Jill Churchill
  34. We'll Always Have Parrots, Donna Andrews
  35. Rebellious Desire, Julie Garwood
  36. Unhinged, Sarah Graves
  37. A Case of Bad Taste, Lori Copeland
  38. To Die For, Linda Howard
  39. A Groom With A View, Jill Churchill
  40. Wendy Knits!, Wendy Johnson
  41. Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch, Haywood Smith
  42. Happily Ever After, Susan May Warren
  43. Morrigan's Cross, Nora Roberts
  44. A Deadly Yarn, Maggie Sefton
  45. Embroidered Truths, Monica Ferris
  46. Million Dollar Dilemma, Judy Baer
  47. Angels Fall, Nora Roberts
  48. Fatal Voyage, Kathy Reichs
  49. 6 Rainier Drive, Debbie Macomber
  50. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  51. May the Best Man Die, Deborah Donnelly
  52. Knit Lit
  53. Knit Lit (too)
  54. Knit Lit the Third
  55. Dance of the Gods, Nora Roberts
  56. Valley of Silence, Nora Roberts
  57. Midnight in Ruby Bayou, Elizabeth Lowell
  58. Crime of Passion, Kay Hooper
  59. House of Cards, Kay Hooper
  60. Match Me if You Can, Susan Elizabeth Philips
  61. A Stitch In Time, various
  62. Flabbergasted, Ray Blackston
  63. Family Man, Jayne Ann Krentz
  64. Sweet Fortune, Jayne Ann Krentz