Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Secret Project Knitting is done!

Ok, I know I promised to try and be a regular blogger. But see I have been working on secret projects and that's all I been working on. So it's hard to blog when I can't show you anything. But here's a little sneak peak:

This is from secret project 2. I am really happy with the way this turned out. Secret project one needs some tweaking and should be done shortly. Not quite as happy with the second project but Heather had some good suggestions for me. All the girls at SnB seemed to like it, so perhaps I am being overly critical of myself.

In the meantime I have gone rogue with my monogamous knitting. I have 2, count them 2 projects in the works. I have decided to make the Shedar for myself. My brother's turned out pretty good, and now that I can cable without a needle, a 2 stitch cable isn't such a hassle. I am repurposing some Cascade 220 I have in, you'll never guess what color, that's right PINK.

I am also plugging away on the version of the Debbie Bliss Cardigan. The back is done, and I am about half way up the first front.

I am going away with some of the girls this weekend and I can't wait. I took Friday off so I can get ahead start. Good friends, good food and good knitting. What could be better!

And Finally, thank you to all my SnB friends who made me feels like a princess on my birthday!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Happy Birthday to Avacado Fever

Happy Birthday Michelle! And many,many more!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Make It Work!

So I was a little bummed that I had to go to this black tie affair for work. I don’t have a black tie dress that I fit into at the moment and I don’t have the money or the willpower to go buy a new one. So I decided to wear a black suit with a fancy top underneath. The upside you ask? I might get to see Tim Gunn from Project Runway from afar. Boy did I do better than that! As I was watching him from a distance talking to some students, the guy next to me started talking to me. He asked if I was a fan of Project Runway and started asking me about how I liked the show. It turns out this guy works under Tim Gunn at Parsons. He introduced me to Tim. You want proof? Here you go…

He was so nice! We talked for about five minutes, about what I’m not sure. I did forget to give him my card to talk to him about LIM (I’ll bet that my boss is really glad she gave me the title Communications Associate now). I also realized when I got home that I should have asked him about Season 4. I do remember telling him that I was a big fan of Project Runway and he replied “So am I!” He looks exactly like he does on TV.

Knitting Content to come in the near future!

Friday, January 5, 2007

Knit From Your Stash 2007!

I have seen this on a few blogs over the past week and decided to try it. I think I will do OK on it. I have a decent size stash and as they say, sock yarn does not count, so if I have a moment of weakness it will be sock yarn.

Knit From Your Stash 2007: Guidelines

1. The Knit-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon will start January 1, 2007 and run through September 30, 2007 -- a period of nine months.

2. We will not buy any yarn during that period, with the following exceptions:

2.a. Sock yarn does not count. What? You think we are made of stone?

2.b. If someone asks for a specific knitted gift that we really and truly do not have the yarn for, we may buy yarn to knit that gift.

2.c. If we are knitting something and run out of yarn, we may purchase enough to complete the project.

2.d. We each get one "Get Out of Jail Free" card -- we are each allowed to fall off the wagon one time.

3. We are allowed to receive gifts of yarn.

4. Trading stash is allowed.

5. Spinning fiber of any sort is exempt.

I am going to assume that re-purposing yarn counts as knitting from your stash. I had already decided to frog the wrap with sleeves that I made last year. Although I really liked the idea of it, it just didn't turn out the way I had hoped. And I do love the Baby Alpaca Twist that I used, and it would be a shame to have a knitted garment out of such beautiful yarn that I don't wear. So I began knitting something similar to this:

I don't have quite enough yarn, so I am doing a modified version with cables only on the edges of the fronts and perhaps some cabling on the sleeves. I already have the back done. And I guess I cheated a little on the Knit From Your Stash, because I started it before January 1. My defense is that I didn't know about this until yesterday.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, January 2, 2007


What is it about airlines that make them so suckky? I always seem to have issues when I fly. It doesn’t help that I am a Nervous Nellie when it comes to flying.

Let’s start with the first leg of my journey to Michigan. My mother was kind enough o buy my ticket home this year. So she forwarded me the e-mail that Northworst sent her. My flight was to leave LGA AT 6:30 AM. Now, I am not a morning person, but I was ok with that, as I would have the majority of the day in Michigan. I get to LGA around 4:30 and deiced to use curbside check in, because I have an e-ticket. I wait in that line till about 5:45, and I am still about 10 people back. The guy calls last call for 6:20 flights. So I speak up and say I have a 6:30 flight. He calls me up to the front. He looks up my information on the computer and says “Miss this is a Delta Flight.”
“No,” I tell him, “I booked it on”
His reply was that sometimes they book people on other airlines (who knew); nowhere on my ticket does it say the flight is Delta. So I run as fast as I can with my luggage in tow to the Delta counter.
“Help, help,” I cry, “I have a 6:30 flight”
“Sorry Miss we just closed for 6:30 flights.”
So I explain my situation to him and he tells me I must rebook with Northworst since I bought the ticket with them. So I hang my head and walk over to the Northwest flight. While in line, I deiced to try and call NWA’s service line. They tell me there is nothing they can do for me that I must speak with an agent at the airport. I finally get to the front of the line and the agent won’t even give me the time of day. I try to show her the e-mail that they sent me so she could see the mistake for herself. She says it’, ready are you ready for this on “This is MSN’s fault. We always put it on your e-ticket when it’s another email. They must have deleted that information when it went though their system. So I ask to speak to her supervisor since she won’t rebook me. The supervisor yelled at me to go back to Delta to rebook. I tried explaining that since I made the reservation though NWA that they had to rebook me according to their 1-800 number. She then walked away from the counter. With little else to do I reluctantly walked back to Delta. At this point I couldn’t wait in another line. So I stood in the first class line so I would be called next.

I get up to the counter and explain the whole thing again. She explains that she can’t do anything for me. In defeat I begin to well up. She then takes another look and says even though it’s NWA’s responsibility she will do me a favor just this once and rebook me. She is my hero.

So I got to sit in LGA till almost 11:00.

Way you ask am I sharing this with you now? I should be at this moment in the Detroit airport during my layover. In stead I am at my parents house. I get to the Kalamazoo airport everything is fine. I am in the gate waiting to board. And they announce over the loud speaker in very mumbled low voice that this flight is cancelled because they are having mechanical difficulties. Now granted I would rather find that out before we leave, but still annoying no the less. So I once again get on the phone to NWA and at first he tells me that this plane is on time and will depart at 1:33. The time is 1:25 and we haven’t boarded yet, think about that guy. So I explain to him that they made an announcement over the PA and that the flight was cancelled. He put me on hold for what seemed like a really long time, and came back to tell me that I was correct the flight had been canceled. Then he asked the smartest question “Do you want to rebook?” So I finally rebook and get on a 7:30 flight, which gets me with a layover in Detroit back to LGA around midnight. I love traveling don’t you?

So the long and short of is it is, I was looking forward to going to SnB tonight, but I think I will be missing it.

I hope everyone had a great holiday season with a lot less travel stress.