Saturday, August 04, 2007

Stuff n' nonsense

Ok, so I guess I'm "back". So for the both of you, thanks for sticking by me! Other blogs have covered the conundrum of being away so long you might as well stay away, so I won't go into it here. I have been busy, and when I haven't been busy, I haven't wanted to blog. But here goes nothing!

The trip to Disney was incredible! Hurricane's head practically exploded when she realized where she was - especially since just 2 days before, we were in the Disney Store in the mall, and she saw an ad on their TV for Disney, and said she wanted to go to Mickey's house. She must figure we have a hell of a great turnaround time, since 2 days later we hopped on a plane! Staying in a house off the property was a great way to go, because we never had to worry about her getting wakened up during a nap (the few times she actually napped) and we had access to the pool whenever we were around long enough to use it. Even though we were there for a full 2 weeks, it still felt like there wasn't enough time! But for a kid who only liked throwing things into a pool to have someone else dive after it, by the end of the 2 weeks, she was jumping off the steps into people's arms! Her daddy and I are both scuba divers, so it's great to think our little girl will be a water junkie like we are (and, needless to say, we're looking for a house with a pool when we move! Hey, we can dream, right?!) Here's a few gratuitous cute kid in Disney shots (I took, no lie, 965 pictures - the new camera worked like a dream!):

Facepaint at Disney! Unicorn Princess!

Hurricane with Snow White at the Princess Breakfast in Epcot.

Drumming with Daddy at Animal Kingdom (hottest. day. ever.)

By Cinderella's castle (she wanted to live there "Forever").

With Mary Poppins. How cool is this? Mary Poppins came along to her autograph area, and Ella was the first person there, so she asked if Ella would like to go on the carousel with her, and Ella (freaking the entire way - she wasn't too sure of the characters at Disney) said "yes" and went with her on the carousel! Too cool!

There's been mad knitting at chez Black Cat, as well. I started (or I should say REstarted) the ill-fated Jaywalkers on the Disney trip, figuring they'd be great plane knitting, car knitting, etc. Well, first I broke one of my favorite Crystal Palace DPNs in my carryon bag. Then I got about an inch or so into the pattern, and lost ANOTHER DPN in the car. Seriously, IN the car - I had it in this little well in the back of the minivan we were renting, and I went to pick it up by running it along the sidewall of the car, and it slipped into the crack in the car above the speaker - bye bye DPN. Luckily, I had a size 2 Knitpicks circ in my knitting pouch, and for whatever reason, I'd packed my DPN needle roll, so I had extra size 2s (albeit 8 inch ones, which suck for socks!) So I was able to keep knitting, but for awhile there, it seemed like I was doomed to never finish these stupid socks. But guess what? They're done! Knit in Pippikneesocks handpainted sock yarn in "Hester", the larger size on size 2 DPNs. Loverly!



And then Colleen taught me how to knit a sock on 2 circs, and this is what I had by the end of the day (2 circs ROCK!)


That's Icicle sock yarn from Cider Moon in the Apple Crisp colorway. I've knit with Lorna's Laces, Trekking, STR, and I'm sure a couple of others, and this has to be hands down my favorite sock yarn so far. The Lorna's Laces is great, Pippi has an incredible eye for color, the STR is great, but not as impressive as I thought, and Trekking has awesome colors but isn't the softest stuff to knit. Cider Moon's Icicle? Incredible! And I love knitting a sock on 2 circs! I mean, that's just a few hours of knitting there, folks. That's it. I turned the heel the next morning, finished Jaywalker that day, cast on for a kitty pi, perused the knew IK (is everyone else in love with almost every pattern in the issue? I've already cast on for Eunny's Tangled Yoke Cardigan in some Rowanspun DK in Catkin that I had set aside for an EZ sweater. People, I actually SWATCHED!) and am already through the heel gusset and well on my way to finishing the foot. I love my DPNs, especially my Knitpicks ones, but I think they're going to be relegated to the bottom of the knitting bag for now!

I've also finished the DH's winter hat (don't laugh! I started it in March, and it got warm quickly, so it got set aside - until I needed the size 2 circ it was on!) Here he is! Isn't he cute? (sorry he's a little blurry, Hurricane decided to tackle me at the same time!)


I also finished a Henry Rollins doll from SNB Nation for a good friend's birthday. I ended up needlefelting his hair on, because the double knitting? Was sucking all the life out of my very soul. Ugh.


And here's the Luna Moth Shawl I'm knitting (in Callista - nice stuff!) for Carrie's impromptu KAL.

I'm not as far along as I'd like, I'm only 2 repeats out of 6 through, but it's a nice pattern! Easy-peasy!

And here's a hat for Hurricane (I added a couple of stripes in alpaca I spun up) and a scarf for me knit with 2 handspun yarns from theredbuttontree. I love her handspun - merino and angora bulky goodness!



I THINK that's it! Phew! If not, that's cool, it'll be blog fodder for another day! I'm sure I've bored y'all to tears, anyway!


Blogger RC said...

wow, that was quite a bit of catching up! love the Disney pics.

the picture of the Cider Moon yarn does NOT even come close to how pretty it is in person!

knitting this Tuesday?

8/05/2007 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

You've accomplished a lot! Glad you finally got the jaywalkers done, although it is too bad about the dpn's.

8/05/2007 8:50 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Oh, my goodness! Your pictures are great! Your daughter looks really happy with her vacation =) I, too, love knitting socks on two circular needles. Now that I've discovered the technique, I knit hats and mittens with them, too, as well as sleeves on sweaters.

Yay for the work on the shawl! I'm doing a shawl update soon. (Perhaps today?) I've been remiss for a week, and now there are several pictures to post. I'm so pleased everyone is part of the KAL. It's great fun watching your work.

Welcome back, it's good to have you posting!

8/06/2007 6:53 AM  
Anonymous faun said...

sounds like a ton of fun for the whole family!
i went to disney with a friend in highschool and all he wanted to do was stay at the hotel and play video games- so i pretty much ventured out on my own the whole time. i still enjoyed myself :)

your projects look gorgeous- i'm spinning myself up some sock yarn - it'll be my first pair with my own yarn.

8/06/2007 10:35 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

!!!!!!!! I love you to death for that Henry Rollins doll picture!

Don't think I forgot about emailing you back. Things got real busy around here. Ack!

8/07/2007 8:21 PM  

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