Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A thousand splendid socks

Yeah, right. It'll be a long time before I knit 1000 socks. The yarn
and pattern on this one is quite splendid, though. It may not look
like I've made much progress since I last showed you Snickett
(especially since this is still the first sock), but I am actually not
far from the heel. If I can tear myself away from this
heartwrenchingly beautiful book long enough to do a few more rows
tonight, I'll be starting sock #2 by the weekend for sure. Now that
I've put that in writing, it's guaranteed not to happen, of course...

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Mein Hindi bol sakti hoon

Apparently, 8 weeks, a new 48-letter alphabet, 9 verb tenses, hundredsof vocab words, and innumerable ridiculous mistakes later ("YesterdayI ate a pink sari??"), I have actually managed to learn something. Can you believe it?

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

No more guilt

Got home too late last night to snap any decent shots of the new place, and I've been too busy studying Hindi (final exam tomorrow) and reading HP7 (warning: if you tell me anything about what happens in the book, I will hunt you down and hurt you with my knitting needles) to get any knitting done, much less take any photos of it. But dude, I just found these amazing pictures that have completely removed any possible guilt I might have felt about the size of my yarn stash.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

OK, so it doesn't fly, but it is so cool in so many other ways, we don't miss the flying too much. I finally got around to taking a picture of our new Prius. We are still thinking of a name for her. We love her so much, it's hard to think of a name that does her justice. (And no, she does NOT make any noises remotely like "chitty" or "bang.")

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

One step closer...

...to starting MS3. On Sunday when More Cows was visiting, we stopped by the LYS and she helped me pick out this lovely yarn:

Misti Alpaca in a gorgeous dark natural brown, and Addi Turbos for Lace.

At least now I can't use the "I don't have yarn for that project" excuse for not starting. Granted, I still don't have the beads, and I still haven't finished any of the other projects I have on the needles, despite my vow that I would at least have Samus ready for blocking before casting on anything else. Oh yes, and I have exactly three nanoseconds of free time each day, it seems.

This week, every night after I get home from Hindi class at 10, I will be packing dishes and books and anything else I can manage to cram into boxes before Friday, which is when the movers are coming (lucky for me, Taz will be supervising that). This time on Saturday, Taz and I will be waking up in our new place, which we are very very excited about. The actual moving, though? Not so much. We will survive this move, and we will be amazingly happy when it's done. Yes.

And in less than two weeks, I'll have my weekday evenings back. MS3, here I come!

Monday, July 16, 2007

Remembering girlhood

This past weekend was divine. It started out on Friday evening with me and Taz finally signing the lease for our new place. We asked them to rip up the carpeting and sand and varnish the underlying hardwood floors for us, and they did. On time. No extra charge. And it looks great. This bodes well.

Then we tried to see HP5 with some friends, but since none of us thought of buying tickets online at 6am the day before, we had a snowball's chance of seeing it at either of the 2 cinemas we tried (or, I'm sure, the 4 we didn't). So instead, we sat and had some beers and talked about everything from upcoming concerts, to what ingredients go into different beers, to the best way to get from point A to point B by bike in our area. Great fun, and it sure beat trying to find a 2am show for HP5. Taz and I did eventually get to see it. My thoughts are here.

The next day, my best friend from elementary school arrived with her husband K, and even though we hadn't seen each other in nearly a decade, the bond was as strong as ever. All four of us had a great time walking, playing mini golf, showing our competitive streaks in Super Scrabble, eating, drinking, talking, laughing, and remembering. It was fun reminiscing about the time some boys pelted us with snowballs when we were walking home from school, and how one of our friends used to bring peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch every day, and how much of a drama queen my 6th grade boyfriend was. But the best part was the feeling that our relationship is not just a collection of shared memories, and that we still have so much to offer one another now that we're all growed up. I am so so SO happy that they chose us as the first stop on their summer vacation.

Oh, and there was knitting. And yarn buying. Pictures coming soon.

On Sunday evening, Taz and I finally saw HP5. It was fun, but I left the theater with a somewhat unfulfilled feeling. Like when you're used to eating this kind of pizza and are given this instead. I thought about it, and reading JennSquared's entry today helped me articulate it better. She said the movie more or less "represents the book" and I think that's true, but not in a good way. The book is represented, but not expressed. The film had all the major plot elements, but it didn't explain anything and didn't get you to feel involved. I'm not even complaining here about the parts of the book that didn't make it in. I'm talking about the parts of the book that were in the movie, but that you wouldn't understand the significance of if you hadn't read the book recently. Like whose voice is speaking the prophecy, for example. There's a reason Book 5 was a long book--there is so much we learn that we need to know to properly understand the significance of events in Book 6. I know that background info might not make for an exciting movie, but I would have been satisfied with even just a line or two about certain key things. Still, it was fun and had some good special effects. And it was enough of a refresher for me that I can now finish rereading Book 6 in anticipation of this Friday at midnight!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Take me out...

A perfect Friday evening with Taz (if you don't care about the home
team winning).

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Studying hard

My homework practicing Hindi postpositions (yes, post, not pre).

(I was also testing out how to post from my phone)

Getting snickety!

I am happy to say that I have finally started my Summer of Socks project (note that I don't say "first," because I know myself and my schedule better than to imagine there will be more than one pair of socks this summer). Darn overcast day and no flash on my iPhone camera made for a dark picture, but here it is:

Claudia's Hand Painted, in Walk in the Woods colorway, on US #1 dpns.

I was worried that the stitch pattern in Snicket wouldn't show up well in this variegated yarn, but so far the ribbing seems very well-defined, probably because of the twisted stitches. I have been waiting and waiting to use this yarn, and I love the pattern I chose. My only concern is if one ball per sock will be enough. I'm using smaller needles than the pattern calls for, and making a larger size than I normally would because I liked my tighter gauge. I'll still make the foot the right length for me, but I never know if I'm going to have enough yardage. Fingers crossed, because I got this yarn so long ago, I'm sure there's no more of this dye lot left!