Friday, December 31, 2010

Going to Crop, Gotta Shop

The nice thing about a weekend crop at the Hamburg Hideaway, is that when we need a break, we can drive to Memory Lane in Quakertown. Great LSS.

It seems that the majority of people I know celebrate their birthdays in the weeks following Christmas. So as the decorations are taken down, I break out my stamps and start working on birthday cards.

So, to all you fabulous capricorns and aquarious out there - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


As soon as one project is off the needles, another is cast on.

My next long-term knitting project is a cotton tea. I found the pattern, Buttercup, on Ravelry. I am going to try to make this for my mom, but I am unsure of the sizing. The comments on the pattern indicate it runs a bit large, but my gauge is a bit tight . . . I guess we will see when it is finished.

Scrapping Again

As the year drew to a close, a lot of my energy was focused on knitting. There were Christmas presents to knit, and my sixth sweater to finish. I did find some time over the holidays to scrap a teeny tiny bit.

And last night I finished the board I did capturing our office holiday party. As soon as it gets light, I will add a photo.

Monday, December 27, 2010

2010 - Six Sweater Year

New Year's Day, 2010, I flew to Cleveland to visit my very dear friend, and knitting mentor, Heather, and asked her to teach me to knit a sweater. We cast on Scoop Pullover, a pattern from Interweave knits and, by the end of the long weekend, I was a third of the way done. As we drove through the snow back to the airport, Heather mentioned that there were many Ravelry groups dedicated to sweater challenges. I did not think a sweater a month was possible, but she found one group whose goal was six sweaters during the year. The gauntlet was thrown. With all the last minute Christmas knitting, I didn't think I'd finish, but here it is, Sweater No. 6:

It was supposed to be for my brother in law, but since it fits me, I doubt it will fit his long frame. The rest, in reverse order, are Glenn's Cobblestone, Jill's Twisted V (another Interweave pattern), Ingenue, Simplest Sweater, and the original Scoop Pullover. Unfortunately, the quality of my knitting hasn't improved as I've gone along, but at least I have an understanding of how to read patterns.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Status Report

A few months ago, I posted that my next knitting was a simple pullover. That project got stalled a bit, first for the move, then Christmas projects. Buy I've been hard at work on my Joukahainen sweater. I'm still aiming to finish it by New Year's Eve - for a total of six sweaters in 2010. I'm not sure it's feasible, with traveling for the holidays (I'll be driving, so no knitting for me), but I'll give it a try.

I set the sweater on the sofa to take a picture, and within a minute Abigail decided to claim it as her own.

Happy Holidays

So why all the baking? Cookies are a necessary element to any holiday party. Glenn and I had our holiday housewarming last night. Special thanks to all our friends who came to spend the evening with us. It was great having you.

(The scrapbookers are the ones photographing the food!)

Sunday, December 12, 2010


I finally finished the holiday baking. I saved my favorites for last, so I wouldn't have as much time to gobble them up before our party. My absolute favorites are the rainbow cookies, although this batch did not go as easily as it could have. I set up a double boiler to melt the chocolate, had the metal bowl sitting next to the pot of boiling water. I quick grabbed the chocolate and instead of pouring it into the metal bowl, dumped it into the boiling water. Ew. Quick trip to the grocery and I was back on track. Glenn loves my friend Sara's Peanutbutter Crinkle cookies. And the chocolate-chocolate chip are as good as always.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Page Maps/My Little Shoebox Layout Contest

Inspired by Crate Paper's color challenge and beautiful papers, I took on this month's page maps contest with some fall pictures of Kristie and I wandering through Central Park.

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Glenn's mother asked for a photo of us; he asked that I do a canvas using this photo.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Shhhh . . . it's a secret!

No, I haven't stopped knitting. Lately, though, my attention has been on Christmas presents. This Pale Gray Lace Cowl, by Lion Brand Yarn (I used Cascade 220), is for my Secret Santa present exchange. I hope you like it!

It's Starting to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It only happens once every few years, but I do - on rare occassion - bake. I asked Glenn to document the occassion.

And who can resist photographing a cat in a bag?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving Wrapup

Wow, what an exciting weekend. We drove up to mom's and ran in the Turkey Trot. It was my first 5K. I walked/ran and finished in 35.5. Glenn had me beat by far. After running we had one of mom's scrumptious meals. The next day we drove to Canada and visited with my grandfather, Frank.

All that would have been enough for one weekend, but we were anxious to get home and adopt our new family member. We only live one block from NYC's ASPCA, so that was our first stop. We met dozens of cute kitties, but decided on a beautiful one-year old calico. She's been exploring the apartment since she's gotten home. She's shaking a bit, but purring very loudly. She's found (and used) her scratching post, food and litter box. We're anxiously awaiting her discovering our laps.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Scrapbooking Ali DT Call and Some News

I have to say, I had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.

It started out on a bittersweet note. One of my dear hiking buddies has decided to mix things up and move to Europe. Friday night, we gathered to give her a send off and let her know how much she will be missed here in NYC.

I spent a great deal of the weekend knitting and scrapping, getting a few layouts and cards together for a DT call at Scrapbooking Ali. The results of my efforts are below.

Saturday night was the highlight. Glenn and I went down to the West Village, to the restaurant where we had our first date. Afterwards, we wandered over to the corner where we had our first kiss. He kissed me tenderly, told me how much I meant to him, got down on one knee, and proposed. Off course I said "Yes!" We were basking in the moment when some guy riding by on a bicycle snarled and sarcastically said, "Ah, how sweet." I yelled right back, "Yes, it is!" The snarkiness made it a real NYC moment, and did nothing to bring us down to earth. We're both still floating.

Our spot:
And my layouts/card:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

MME Blog Challenge 17

I love that my favorite paper line does monthly sketch challenges. I used MME papers for this layout, AC Thickers, October Afternoon stickers, Fiskars and SU punches, K & Company lace edging, buttons, and dew drops. The flowers were made from stickyback canvas. Another technique I picked up on Jennifer McGuire's blog.