Saturday, July 28, 2007
Our wee, baby cat Seamus lost his struggle last night. He was a very sick kitten and even after 2 days on an IV and intensive care, his body continued to shut down on him. In the end, he got down to under a pound, his lungs began filling with fluid so he was unable to breathe, and his temperature was so low that even with a warming bed and blanket he still shivered. It's likely that he also had some kind of congenital disorder disrupting his digestive system. The kids were able to say goodbye to Seamus, but waited in the vet's lobby while Dave and I stayed with him until he was gone. The doctors and staff at the AM/PM Animal Hospital were all amazing. I'm so glad he spent his last hours in a place with such good people. Special thanks to Dr. Smith (who attended to him when we first rushed him to the hospital), Dr. Parker who aided us in working with the shelter to get him all of the medical attention he needed) and Dr. Renner who shed tears for him and relieved him of his misery in the end). We're so grateful to you all.
It's funny, I've never really considered myself a pet person, per se. When you're with an animal when he dies though, you see how similar they are to us and what amazing creatures they are in their own right. He was only in our home for a few days, but we all loved the little guy very much.
I know that most of you who read this blog do so for knitting content and light-hearted fodder, but we really appreciate the well wishes that were sent while our cat was sick. Thank you.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Over the weekend I did something I haven't done in I don't know how long; finished a non-work related knitting project for myself. About 3 years ago I got some sparkle-y Cherry Tree Hill yarn at Stitches East. A year later, I cast-on for my friend Karen Baumer's Simply Lovely Lace Socks (Interweave Knits Spring '06). At some point, I finished one sock and it sat alone in one of my UFO baskets for oh, let's say another year. Finally last Saturday, I cast-on for the 2nd sock and a couple days later, was the proud owner of a finished pair! I forgot how much I enjoy the sock knitting.
As I'm sitting here typing this, it's pouring rain outside. We've been having the most freakish weather in Austin, lately. It's rained every day for the past 2-3 weeks, which never happens here in the summer. Usually by now, we're in the middle of sweltering 3 digit heat but this year, we haven't even reached 100 degrees yet. I'm not complaining, but it is a little eerie to geographically be in Texas but living a Washington July.
Our wee kitten Seamus McGillicutty, seems to be feeling a little under the weather. He's having some bathroom issues that have us worried about him getting dehydrated (he's only 1 1/2 pounds, so he can't afford to lose any weight). He's eating really well, though. To be safe, I'm going to take him in today to see our friend Erin (she's the one in the post-elopement photos with the awesome back tattoo) who's a vet at a pet hospital not too far from our house. Hopefully the little guy's ok!
Alright, Jennifer's coming over for a conference call we have in a bit so I'm going to gulp down some more coffee and possibly, get out of my pjs.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I had a great time as a guest on She's Crafty in Vancouver. The host Wendy, and everyone else on the crew were all so freakin' nice! The production coordinator Caroline, practically held my hand during the whole country-crossing debacle. At the end of the two day shoot, they presented me with a flask engraved with my name on it and, "She's Crafty: Award for the Most 'Impressive' Arrival". I *heart* it!
The "She" in She's Crafty
There was only one bathroom with two stalls in the building, so the men and women had to share. The above pictured plexiglass divider was in the middle of the room to separate the labeled, "boys only stall" from the side of the room containing the "girls only stall". Also in this room, a huge map of Asia. Oh, those crazy Canadians!
Knitty Gritty doesn't air in Canada so of course, they didn't know me from Eve at this shop. Knowing this, it made me extra happy to find out that one of the clerks happened to be crocheting my market bag from the current Knit.1. Pretty cool.
Ok, the natives here are getting restless for brownies. More later!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
- Eat something non-greasy
- Get a manicure
- Purchase a reproduction of a 1950's swag lamp
- Peruse a well-stocked Borders Bookstore that even carries Knit.1 Magazine!
- Have a glass at the wine bar
- Learn about Puget Sound
- Get a massage
- Stock up on DVDs
- Shop for wares made by local artists
Have you ever wanted to *knock someone down, just to take their shoes? Also in the airport, a woman wearing these amazing, strappy white & silver platform espadrilles. But I digress.
Originally, this post was going to end there. That is, until I got denied entrance to Canada via plane in Seattle. Good times. Apparently, even a call to US Customs ahead of time and news stories about the passport offices being overwhelmed (causing implementation of the new law to be postponed), were not reliable sources of information. Oh, and it doesn't appear that anyone told Canadian Customs about the US passport delay. Oddly enough as long as you have an I.D. and birth certificate, it's perfectly fine to drive over the border. Does this seem like a flawed plan to anyone else?
Sooooo, not being a knitter that can be held down (and knowing all too well how a no-show guest can screw with a production schedule), I rented a car and drove from Seattle to Vancouver. The drive was long, but really beautiful. I arrived at Peace Park and made it over the border, without incident. I pulled in to the hotel parking lot just in time to meet my friend Lauren (one of my co-panelists at last year's SXSW Interactive) and then drinks with Wendy (the host/producer of "She's Crafty"). Oh, Canada.
*I do not condone or endorse knocking people down or stealing their shoes. Thank you.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Vickie Howell Collection’s ROCK (40% Soysilk/30% hemp/30% fine wool; 100m/50gr) in varying colors. For a complete color chart, click here.
Size US 7 (4.5mm) Needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
20 sts.= 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette Stitch
With Jonas (variegated blue/black), CO 40 sts.
Knit every row for 4". BO.
Drinks #2 &6 (Garter/Stockinette Stripe Version)
With Siouxsie (purple), CO 40 sts.
Rows 1-2: Knit.
Row 3: Join Billie Joe (green) and knit.
Row 4: Purl
(From this point on, carry both colors along the edge)
Rows 5-6: Switch to Siouxsie and knit.
Repeat rows 3-6 until piece measures 4”. BO.
(Version #6 use colors Trent & Thom instead)
Drink #3 (Ribbed Version)
With Courtney (hot pink), CO 48 sts.
Row 1: *K2, P2. repeat from * to end.
Row 2: *P2, K2. repeat from * to end.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until piece measures 4". BO in ribbing.
Drink #4 (Spiked Stitch Version)
With Jeremy (yellow), CO 40 sts.
Rows 1-4: Work in St st. (k on RS, p on WS)
Rows 5-6: Join in Billy (orange) and work in St st.
(From this point on, carry both colors along the edge)
Row 7(RS): *K 4 sts, spike stitch (count 5 rungs down in between the stitch you've just knitted and the next, insert needle and pull through a long loop of Billy. Place loop on LH needle taking care not to bunch fabric. Knit this stitch). Repeat from *, ending with k4.
Row 8: *K3, p2tog. Repeat from *, ending with a k3.
Repeat rows 1-8, twice more. BO.
Drink #5 (Loopy Stitch Version)
With Billie Joe (green), CO 31 sts.
Work in St st. for 1 1/4"
Next RS row: K1, *Make Loop stitch (K1, leave st on LH needle and bring yarn in front. Wrap a look clockwise around your thumb, bring yarn in back and k in same stitch. Lift first stitch over the 2nd st on RH needle, and let it drop off.) Repeat from * to last st, k1. O
Next row (WS): Knit.
Repeat last 2 rows until piece measures 2 3/4".
Work in St st. until piece measures 4". BO.
Weave in ends and seam up back. Happy sipping!
I did however, finish the 6-pack of drink cozies and all of the step-outs (those are the versions of a project you see on TV, at varying stages of completion) for the one I'm teaching. I also finished and shipped off the next KIWI project, a "Trick or Tote" bag for the Sept./Fall issue, made from snack bags. I sliced my finger with a rotary cutter and my sewing machine is officially old and sucking, so this crafty adventure did not go smoothly. I finally ended up bandaging my finger and running to a local store, Craft-o-Rama, to rent a machine for an hour so that I could finish the bag without putting any more extraneous, screw-up holes on the edging. All in all though, the tote turned out pretty cute and is (at least I think it is) a good alternative to throwing away all the wrappers that are usually wasted after a good trick or treat session.
Technically, I'm supposed to also write the KIWI copy and edit the Tori S. interview transcription/write the intro before I leave. Realistically though, I'll bring my ol' barge of a laptop and work on both on the trip. I don't really know anyone in Vancouver anyway, so I'll probably have plenty of hotel time.
In unrelated news, I finally got the first Vegas pattern written and photographed. Check out P3, available for download now on my shop page. This pillow is puffy, pretty and done on US size 10 needles so, quick to knit up! Christmas (knitting) in July, anyone?
Yarn used: Vegas in color: Pink Champagne
Ciao for now!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Andrew & Sam
(cool, sage green)
Clarence & Alabama
(hot pink--ohhhh yeah!)
Miles & Maya(deliciously deep wine)
Viva Las Vegas!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
going for the guest appearance I mentioned in another post, on She's Crafty. Jennifer P. shot her episode a couple of weeks ago and said she had tons of fun, so I'm looking forward to it. I've never been to Vancouver, but I hear it's beautiful and my friend Emira is sending me veggie restaurant recommendations. Yay! Anyone have any *must see* suggestions for while I'm there? It looks like I might have some time to do a little sight seeing.
Since it's not a knitting show, the producers requested a super-simple project that anyone could make. I'll be teaching the basics (casting on, the knit stitch, purl stitch, binding off, etc.) so viewers can knit up a drink cozie (after all, who doesn't like a well-decorated, cold beverage?). I've made 3 different samples so far and will knit 3 more to make a 6-pack. Hmmm...maybe I'll put the pattern for one of the less-easy versions up on this blog as the very tardy, free pattern of the month.
Speaking of this blog, it got mentioned in an Aussie craft magazine called, Get Creative. Anyone heard of it? I got a kick out of seeing my site listing, nestled amongst those for the Sydney Stitch n' Bitch and the Handknitter's Guild of Melbourne. :-)
Alright, off to knit and catch up on Entourage episodes. Tonight, I think we're going to try and get in to see the free The Decemberists show downtown.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
The party was on the rooftop plaza at the Whole Foods flagship store in downtown Austin. It was perfect for us because it has a great view of the city, is centrally located, has a playscape for the kids, and plenty of space for (my) Dave's band to play. We drank wine, nibbled on a vegetarian Italian feast, watched the kids have sword fights with the Asian paper parasols I supplied, danced, chatted and in general, just had a great time!
If for some reason I screwed up and you can't enlarge these, they're also posted on Dave M.'s blog.
Dave's beloved guitar
Cupcakes (who needs a "real" cake?), Dave w/ his dad & step-mom, Dave's friend Lary, Our friend Erin's amazing tattoo, Dave and I with our siblings and kids+ Me.
Josh on drums+My SIL and her husband, Matt+J.P. on bass+More drums+Todd on lead vocals+ Me toasting them+ TLA.
P.S. In case you're wondering, dress & shoes both by Betsey Johnson. I *heart* her stuff!
Monday, July 09, 2007
While I was at Waterloo Records grabbing a copy of the mag, I also stocked up on some new music, all of which is worth checking out (pssst!...you can sneak peak each of these bands on MySpace).
Monsters are Waiting: Fascination
Oh, and they're signed with Eenie Meenie Records, a label with several really good indie bands. Check 'em out!
Happy, musical Monday!
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Is anyone watching Al Gore's Live Earth concert? We have it playing in the background while we're washing all of the dishes and linens from the party, before we return them to their respective owners or donate them to Goodwill. I'm thinking about Annette O. today, wishing her and her husband (Michael McKean) good luck and an amazing time. They're in London for a special Live Earth reunion of Spinal Tap, where she'll be singing back-up. If I were in the UK audience, my excitement level would totally be on 11. ;-)
Speaking of rock, I knit up this square for Warm Up America and had planned to start a knit-a-long to coincide with the Knitty Gritty Special we're shooting, which will also benefit WUA. Trusty web gal Jenny told me however, that it is... uh... very "rock n' roll looking". In Jenny-speak, this means that I need to go back to the drawing board and come up with another square. Oh well, they can't all be winners and hey, it's double-stranded ROCK yarn so even if it's not pretty, it'll still contribute warmth to a finished blanket! Don't forget people, any 7X9 knit or crocheted square will work!
This week's mail brought good fortune! Former Knitty Gritty art department guy Dylan Jones, sent me this advice. If it's good enough for a cookie, it's good enough for me!Lastly, for you parents out there looking for a quickie summer project for the kiddos, check out my no-sew, "Poncho Libre" bathing suit covers made from thrift store towels, in the current issue of Kiwi Magazine!
And with that, I bid you a happy Saturday. Adieu!
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
I'm still a wee bit tired and behind on work from our post-elopement reception last weekend (which was AWESOME, btw--more later), so I'll be brief and just share a few pictures...
With Annette O'Toole at Los Angeles restaurant
With Dean McDermott & Tori Spelling at their B&B, Chateaus LaRue
Crew sets up for Knitty Gritty Special/Tori & Dean shoot One of the Chateaus LaRue lounges.
Tori & Dean both working on their squares for the DIY Warm Up America blanket