Thursday, October 23, 2008

Happenings...

I haven't really been "around" online much this past week. Last weekend, my husband, son, and I went canvassing around our town for the Barack Obama campaign. We had a good time, and the people that I met at the Democrat headquarters in our town were so nice, I felt inspired to do more. I've been calling voters this past week, pretty much every night, and reminding them that their vote counts and it will get Barack into the White House! It's really great to hear how other people are inspired by Barack's message of change...and it helps to be going through the process of campaigning when you are surrounded by others doing the same thing. It has been really eye-opening to hear people's reasons for voting for Barack and why they feel America needs a new direction.

I was able to pre-order Schaefer Yarns' "Sock the Vote" (on the Anne base) from the Loopy Ewe. I ordered "Michelle" and "Hillary." I like the yarn a lot, but am not sure how much I will like the base, as it seems a little itchy. Some people on Ravelry said that winding it is a pain due to the knots, but I have my husband to be my personal swift, so we shall see....
I've been working on my baby niece's Baby Bolero this week. I think it will be done by Saturday because it seems to be a one-day project, and it is going to be so cute! I'm using RYC Cashsoft Aran in the Foxglove colorway, which is a lilac purple.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thank Goodness It's Friday!!!

The weekend is here!! That means a lot more knitting time for me, as well as spending time with my son and husband...something I've not had a lot of time for lately as work has been super-busy. I had to rip out the Little Star Sweater by Zoe Mellor that I was knitting for my son, as the ends I would have needed to weave in were insane. The front of the sweater looked like a star was forming though...too bad for all the millions of ends. I am going to start on the front of it again, and make it one color. A shortcut, sure, but I really want him to be able to wear this soon. Another knitter on Ravelry did the same thing, and it turned out well in her case.

This weekend, I hope to make more progress on the socks for my hubby, as well as finish the second sock for my dad's pair. I've been working on my sweater a little bit at a time, and have the collar nearly done. Knitting a sweater from the top-down is really fun so far!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Post-debate thoughts...

I just finished watching the 10/7 debate between presidential candidates Obama and McCain. Let me just say how impressed I was with Barack Obama. He has big plans for his presidency, and I loved hearing him speak. My husband and I took advantage of Ohio's early voting and we cast our ballots this past week. McCain, on the other hand, seemed quite repetitive and actually said "my friends" a total of 14 times by my count. All in all, I thought it was interesting to hear. I feel like I am helping to make history because I voted for Obama, not because of his race, but because I feel he can bring about the amazing change that this nation needs so badly right now.

Knitty news:
Still working on my sweater, but cast on for a shrug in Caron Simply Soft Shadows. Yes, I have startitis. There is no known cure, and I doubt if research is being done to find a cure.
Also working on more Warm Woolies socks, my dad's socks, my hubby's socks, my son's sweater, and my Blog socks.

Other news:
Less than 3 months till my niece, Brianna Grace, arrives!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Excited for the first really-feels-like-fall weekend!

Today was a really great day. I had loads of knitting time on the way to our weekly family dinner out, which took place this time at Skyline Chili, a place we really like. In case you haven't tried it, spaghetti covered with chili and cheese (AKA a 3-way) is a really awesome combination. My hubby likes it with onions and beans also...a 5-Way. I'm still working on my husband's birthday socks, even though its after his big 27th. I have one more sock to go on my dad's birthday socks, which appear like they will be done by his actual birthday in November.

I de-stashed a lot this week, with the yarn going to a fellow Raveler, so that she can have a big stash this winter. I feel that every knitter should have a stash so big that any time inspiration strikes, you can have the tools to pick up and start knitting.

I've been doing ok with the weight loss thing..going to the gym semi-regularly and running after my son. New clothes and then I will be all set! Just kidding on the new clothes thing...for some reason I've always been averse to clothes shopping for myself. I've got plenty of clothes that hopefully soon I will be able to wear again! I found the best nail polish ever this evening. Sally Hansen Diamond Strength in Wedding Bells. It's very understated, with the slightest hint of pink.

Just for fun, I'm putting up one of my wedding pics from 3 (wow) years ago...for those of you who have never seen a pic of me.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Fall has finally arrived!

Well its official: I saw my breath when I went outside this morning and that means fall has arrived! It's my favorite season, and my husband cannot understand why. He thinks that the perfect temperature is 80 degrees and it should be that warm all year round. Fall makes me think of leaves crunching underneath my feet, the smell of wood burning, apples and pumpkins, and having the heater turned on for the first time in 6 months! I can't help it...I love fall.

Fall also means that knitting kicks into high gear for me (even though I spent a lot of the summer knitting). I've got projects, like my sweater, that are begging to be finished and worn out in the chill. It just feels right to be curled up on the couch at night, knitting away with some warm yarn and thinking about how good it will feel to be wearing the socks, mittens, etc.

What I have been doing this week knitting-wise: knitting the heel flap on my husband's birthday socks, knitting a row or 2 on my son's sweater, and knitting a couple rows here and there on my sweater. Nothing major, but I have been a little too busy to knit very much (gasp). Hopefully these next few days will prove to be less hectic!

Wishing you all a happy fall!