Sunday, May 22, 2005

Lots of photos today

First of all... Voila! The belly picture at last, despite the fact that Ana says I looked stoned in this photo. It's probably more like exhausted, because this was taken right before bedtime, on Monday when I was just over 31 wks along. Here I am, in all my bellylicious glory:

And my latest WIP. This is THE Booga Bag, slowly incarnating from yummy yarns gifted to me for Christmas by the lovely Renee. The colors in this photo are far from true, but alas, all my efforts at colorfixing in PhotoDeluxe were in vain, so I'm just posting the original. That orange is actually a rich gold and the brick is actually ruby red. The variegated stuff is a delicious, thick/thin novelty in periwinkle, gray, gold, scarlet, and a metallic thread. (And no, the puppy isn't sitting in the bag with the yarns. He's behind it, pretending to be!)

And lastly, some gorgeous Reese portraits! She loves sunbathing, being an African breed of hound AND born in Florida, no less. And if there's something we've had plenty of lately here in Texas, it's sun.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Mini Overhaul: Done!

I changed some little things on my blog. It took me almost an hour. If you can even notice the difference, you're good! But what the hell, it made me happy. Now I just need to get Ana to help me put in some pretty, sparkly, new buttons. :) **EDIT: um, nevermind. I just looked at my page after posting this and realized... the hour of work I did on the template? Yeah. I clicked on the Posting tab when I finished rather than the Save Changes button. I'm good like that. Sigh.** **EDIT #2: ok, another hour later and it's all re-fixed, plus a little more. Not as exciting this time, but I'm still happy!**

My WIP list is still growing. Ana made me start the booga bag, because she wanted some instant gratification knitting but didn't want to be working on hers alone. Of course, 3 days later, hers is about ready to felt and I have a bag bottom. I should make her finish mine, too. I really do want to stick to my 1-FO-per-month trend so I'll be pushing myself to finish something soon. Probably the coronet. I swear, it's so close to done it's just painful. Then I can toss it with my finished Soho turtle not to be washed or worn until winter, hehehe.

On a total change of subject, it's nearly 11am and the contractors still aren't here to start their work week. Maybe it's because they know my neighbor alerted us to a hazardy mess, and Will & I had to pick up two handfuls of nails out of the grass, and they don't want to be scolded. Bah, kids. When will my house ever be pretty and peaceful again?

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

For Book Lovers.....accepting and passing of the stick.

this questionnaire was passed to me from Ali, a fellow knitty-knitter. looks like fun! :) so here goes. (and apologies in advance for poor typing... i smashed my finger this morning)

1. Total Number of Books in Your House:
oh, wow... a lot. shelvesful (is that a word?) here and there and in storage too. more than i will probably read again, though the urge to curl up with one still strikes me now and again.

2. The Last Book You Bought Was:
the last one that i personally bought was "robot visions," a short story collection by asimov. i like that it's short stories because it's short attention span. and they're good! i've received a couple of debbie bliss baby knitting pattern books in a swap since then, which were a really fun acquisition!

3. What did you last read right before getting tagged?
yesterday, i read most of the seventh month chapter of "what to expect when you're expecting".

4. Write down 5 (or 6) books you often read, or that mean a lot to you.

A) i've been reading and rereading bits and pieces of "what to expect..." for months now, for obvious reasons :)

B) a sweet friend gave me a copy of cynthia rylant's "dog heaven", which gave me much comfort during a hard time and is still on treasured display in our home next to my baby connor's photograph and collar.

C) isaac asimov's "the gods themselves," for being the first book that ever stabbed me in the heart and made me scream out and throw it across the room in horror and betrayal. and then start rereading it the very next day...

D) the whole "clan of the cave bear" series, for taking me through my teenage years with a heroine of physical, mental, and especially emotional strength, and yes, a little soft porn that I didn't have to hide from my father, cause he liked the books too.

E) i have to say, i've read all of anne rice's vampire novels at least 3 times each, but her historical fictions really blow me away and every one i own is dogeared and loved.

5. Who are you going to pass the stick to (three people) and why?
my sisters, ana and claudia, and wendy. i'm not sure how to know who's been tagged before or not, so i may amend these. ;)

Baby Booties

From this pattern -->
Here is the WIP:

I have been struggling with this, but the designer of the pattern, Megan Mills, has been extremely helpful! With her support, I hope to have these babies conquered, er, crocheted soon. She has informed me this is an intermediate to advanced pattern... and I've never read a crochet pattern before, hehehe. There is also a knitted pattern available on her page, but I have more stubborness than common sense, apparently. And I'm learning to read crochet patterns!

No belly pictures yet. :( I had Ana snap off a couple of quick ones the other night just before I went to bed, but they were not worthy of presenting to the public. Trust me. We will try again. Cute news: Tick has been getting the hiccups lately!