Tuesday, December 30, 2003
2004 is nearing

Only a day and a half left of bad eatting for me! January 1st marks the start of a new year with an edge toward health. Back to 1/2 marathon training and no more cookies! Lots of knitting and reading to be done and a new job would be a nice bonus.

I've been reading the Lord of the Rings and knitting like mad. I made a scarf from Stitch and Bitch for my friend, Stephanie's birthday. I love the way it turned out. Quite lovely.

V. cold here today. It's supposed to snow tonight. Bah! Not sure if I welcome the snow or not. I have another dog sitting gig over New Year's. The extra $$ will be nice as will the dog visiting.

More to report later....
Friday, December 19, 2003
It's My Birthday!

and I'm going to party like it's my day!

Saw LOTR on Wednesday and need to see it again! Whoo-hooo!
Friday, December 12, 2003
Coveting Purse Patterns

Yesterday while taking a browse through some knitting blogs, I stumbled upon this. Now all I can think about is making this purse but the pattern isn't available yet. What is a girl with no patience to do?

Must HAVE pattern.....can't wait! It's just so fantastic!

Tonight is my family birthday celebration. My father's birthday was on the 10th so we are having a joint celebration. I can't wait. Cheesecake for dessert! Homemade by the best Mama Jo ever! We call my Mom Mama Jo. She likes it.

I've finished the extreme hedonism neck wrap and am about 1/4 of the way through a scarf for my Dad. Today I'll be going shopping for a knitting kit for my sister-in-law. She just started knitting and everyone could use a kit with all the knitting notions from markers to scissors and needle protectors. I just have to be careful by all the pretty yarn!

Right now I'm at a friend's house waiting for a delivery for her. She had her stuff shipped up from San Diego and it was supposed to be delivered between 11 and 3 p.m. yesterday. So after waiting all day, she found out they stopped by at 7:40 a.m. Well that is not between 11 and 3! So today they said they'd come between 10 and Noon and since she had to be a work, I said I'd come over. I just hope they get here soon since I'm getting bored sitting here. She doesn't have much furniture so there isn't a comfy place to relax and knit. Only some dining room chairs. Bah! Shipment get here soon!
Tuesday, December 09, 2003
11 more days until my Birthday Presents!

I'm on a knitting streak! I finished my Polar Winter White scarf and love it. Only problem is I don't want to wear it where it could get dirty! I'm so silly!

Today is my last day with Zubin. My dogsitting days are over until Dec. 24th when I watch him again! Yesterday I cleaned the apartment and his hair was everywhere! Insane!

I'm about 1/2 way through the extreme hedonism neck wrap for my Mom. Then I'll get cracking on my Dad's Christmas scarf. Lots of knitting to do and not much time.

I've not had any job news lately and it's frustrating to me. I need a job! I'm bored, broke and getting cranky. At least I have my knitting to keep me happy. I did get a $25 gift certificate from my LYS so that is another happy point.

OK Have to get back to cleaning the place and doing laundry and looking for work. Super fun!

Only 8 more days until the King Returns!
Wednesday, December 03, 2003
Only 16 more shopping days for my Birthday Present!

It's amazing what a good night's sleep can do for a sick girl! I feel rested and much better, I just hope I don't wilt by noon again.

My birthday is in 16 days! Lord of the Rings is in 14 days! Wheeeeeee! Lots of excitement coming up!

Last night I finished the Polar hat and it looks pretty fantastic. My only worry is that the cast on edge isn't very loose. I figure if the hat doesn't fit my friend's head, then I'll start again and make her a new one with a looser edge. The hat does fit my head so that is good. It's all an experiment anyway.

Zubin has been keeping me company with my cold. I'm dogsitting while my friend is in Europe. It's great fun. I really love her apartment and her dog so there is no hardship here. The only problem is the roving dog hair balls that seem to gather no matter how often you vacuum!

I did have to take away a dog toy last night. Zubin has a squeaky chicken toy which gets obnoxious quickly. He squeaks and squeaks on it for hours. I only have so much patience in my body. He'll get it back later today when I try to knit. That way he'll leave my yarn alone. I guess Dogs really do eat yarn!

Ta'ra for now!
Tuesday, December 02, 2003
It's my own design

I've almost completed my very first knitting design. It's a hat for my friend, Matya made out of Rowan Polar yarn. I did the first 4 inches in 4x4 ribbing and have now changed to checkerboard. It looks fantastic! My next challenge will be the decreases at the top of the hat.

Last night I learned a valuable lesson about dogs and yarn. I left my knitting on the couch while I ran to the kitchen when my friend's dog, Zubin leap up and unwound the entire skein. Crazy Dog! I saved the yarn and have been careful not to leave it alone with him since.

I also have a cold so I'm cutting this entry short and curling back up on the couch.

Yours in sniffles,

Monday, December 01, 2003
I'm Back!

Whew! What a vacation! I'm both sad and happy to be back. I caught a cold which means I've been craving the comfort of my own abode.

I had a great trip and actually finished all my English Christmas Gifts. I had to knit like crazy on the plane to London and then on the train to Wigan and again when I was in Dublin, but I got it done. I also made sure to load up on some Rowan Polar yarn which was a deal at 5 pound a skein ($9).

I had such a whirlwind trip that my head is still spinning. I did get to go to a Gala in London which was very fancy and made me feel famous. It was great fun. It was a 3-fork meal. I've never had such a fancy feast before.

Last week I had my friends from England here and I think we saw all of Seattle and Vancouver!

Well I'm off to get myself together. I need another vacation :)
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