Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sunny Days

I'm feeling pretty nice at the moment. Time to go out for used books, tea, and more yarn. Perhaps I'll even find a cute boy to flirt with.

Thursday, July 14, 2011


I don't remember where I found it, but I came across this handy little list to help bloggers when they're not sure what to blog about. So, here goes:
Listening - The Avett Brothers "The Ballad of Love and Hate"
Knitting - The ruffled edge of my Summertime 2011 Shawl

Eating - Leftover grilled vegetable panini from Elysee Bakery
Drinking - Persian black tea (with cardamom!) in my large, Maid of the Mist mug from Niagara Falls last summer.
Wearing - My favorite brown tank-top with white lace edging and a pair of brown slacks.

Feeling - Conflicted and blocked. I know that really good things are on the horizon but I'm having difficulty motivating myself to seek them out. I think going for a run will help.
Weather - 69 degrees and cloudy. Perfect 'sitting-in-a-cafe-drinking-tea-and-reading-all-day' weather.

Wanting - To fast-forward about 3 months to when I have a job and a semblance of normalcy.
Needing - To stop procrastinating and actually starting the process of finding a job.
Thinking -  About how the aches in my body are from paralyzing fear and stress... that once I get up and start moving, everything will feel better and easier.
Reading - Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What it Means for Modern Relationships by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.
Enjoying - The fact that I've filled half the pages of my second "Fluke" book journal.

Wondering - Whether it's too soon to order another "Fluke" book.

Monday, July 11, 2011

More FOs and Some Snapshots of My Life

I have been knitting up a storm lately but I've been awful at blogging about it.

First, I knit this bag out of some Lion's Brand Homespun I had bought during my first year of law school while on a day trip into NYC with a friend. I bought about 10 skeins worth of this yarn (my first large yarn purchase), intending to knit a patchwork blanket with the stuff but quickly discovered that I hated working with the material.

 So, it followed me to CA and was going to get donated to the UCC when I decided to try making a purse out of it.

It turned out so well that my mom (pictured to the left), sister, and best friend, Sarah, all want one just like it!

Well, they each want slightly different modifications... but, you get the picture.

Isn't my mother beautiful, by the way?

I also knit an adorable Grande Cloche hat that I cannot wait to wear this winter (if the weather ever decides to get cold enough for it here in southern California), with about half the skein of yarn leftover.

I'm thinking about knitting Toorie, by Carina Spencer with the remaining yarn.

I certainly love flappers!
Finally, I've been working on my very own Summer Flies shawl by Donna Griffin, in beautiful Malabrigo Sock Yarn, colorway "Aguas." The color is much bluer in person. I will make sure to take pictures once I'm done and have blocked it.

I knit one last year with some yarn I bought at the Genessee Country Village in upstate New York but gave it away to my friend, Meg, for Christmas.

I wanted to choose a pattern that would really accentuate the slight color variations of this yarn but kept either finding patterns that were waaaaaaay too simple or waaaaaaaaaaay too complicated/convoluted. So, I went with a tried and true classic. I can't wait to wear this!

I've also been doing my best to socialize more!

For example

Santa Monica Pier with Anirban -->

<-- LACMA with Sarah and Anirban.

The El Rey Theater with Sarah to see Rooney --> 

<-- And Big Boy earlier tonight with a bunch of friends after Karaoke at Sardos. I'm pictured with Karlo. =)