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Archive for August, 2008

it’s a girl!

I’M A DOGMOM!  I have been waiting SO long for today.  We adopted a mutt from the Humane Society yesterday, and we got to bring her home today.  Today has been so amazing!

There was anxiety:

There was excitement:

There was the happy moment when I finally got her:

And then, of course, there’s my sweet girl herself.  Her name is Solid Snake.  Dave’s choice..my mom thinks it’s stupid.  It’ll probably stick, but we’ll see.

As soon as we got her inside, she peed on the carpet.  She’s basically been sleeping ever since.  I’m sure it’s a rough day for her because she was spayed this morning, and she seems really disoriented.  I am hoping she’ll be happier and more awake tomorrow.  She’s really just a baby, though, about 9 weeks old.  They told me she’s a Border Collie mix, but I’m not so sure about that; I think her markings might really be more of a coincidence.  I don’t know a ton about dogs, but I’m inclined to think she’s part Lab because of her ears.  I also think she’s part Basset, judging by her front legs.  Some of her black is a little lighter, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned brown and she became a little hound-y colored.  Also..some of her toes are a little webbed!  The middle two pads stick together a bit on all feet.  It’s very silly.

Anyways, I’m really excited!  I can’t wait until she’s feeling better, and I look forward to all of the training, playing, etc.  :oD

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day 1

The first day of school was fairly painless and extremely quick! Hopefully tomorrow will be similar. But who cares about school when you have yarn?

Today I received my awesome hand-dyed yarn order from friend Melissa of Keegan Lane Yarns! I’m especially excited about this one because I’m using it to test knit a pattern for Ravelry buddy Claire. :oD I’m going to start on them right now, in fact!

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homework, here i come

So we finally got our internet hooked up in the new apartment! It’s amazing to be moved in and everything. It’s not amazing that school starts tomorrow, but it happens. I’m still weirded out that this will be my last semester. In any case, between long drives and long periods of time with nothing productive to do, I’ve gotten quite a bit of crafting done.

I finished the spinning I was working on, but I’ve unfortunately neglected to take pictures..or wash and finish it for that matter. Soon. I did indeed make the journey to ABQ’s Village Wools, where I found friendly people, plenty of supplies, and a great selection of roving! I got some red/brown Merino that I can’t wait to spin up.

I also finally finished my Rhombus socks. I found the pattern really frustrating, and the project took forever! I’m not really sure which was a result of the other, but I’m still not 100% satisfied with the fit of the final product. Whatever. They’re socks; I’ll still wear them..and they are really pretty!

The Rhombus pattern can be found here through Ravelry. It might or might not still be free.

I’m also really excited about the first thing I knitted out of handspun yarn..a cowl.

The pattern, Chickadee Cowl, is a freebie from Through the Loops, one of my favorite knitting blogs. To find it, just look on the right side of the page under “Free Patterns.” It was a quick knit, and it’s totally fun!

As far as new projects, I’m planning a scarf and at least one pair of socks (of course). I’m also test-knitting a sock pattern for a friend, to begin once I get the yarn..hopefully tomorrow! :oD

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land of enchantment

Yep, I’m back in the Southwest. The place where Mexican food is edible, your drinks don’t sweat (much), and lotion MEANS SOMETHING. The three-day drive to ABQ wasn’t bad. It probably would’ve been better if I weren’t a cranky old person trapped in a 22 year old’s body, but what can I say? I’ve got a set up on Flickr if you’d like to experience the trip yourself minus my attitude. Hopefully, more shots are to come when I make the 7 hour trek to Tucson from here.

Since I got to give my dad his birthday socks, I can finally show them to you! They look really weird in this picture..as my feet are about a billion times smaller than his.

The yarn I used had this great blue/orange tint to the brown. I think he really likes them! ..though they obviously won’t be practical until the winter.

On the trip and yesterday, I also managed to finish a pair of socks for myself!

The pattern is called “Fresh, Again,” written by my awesome friend Sarah. This blog post tells you where to buy the pattern if you’d like. The toe-up construction and tufty pattern is really fun and fairly quick to knit!

For now, I’m working on another pair of socks, spinning a bit, and thinking about starting another cowl with my own handspun. I’m also hoping to hit up an Albuquerque LYS tomorrow! It’s called Village Wools, and I’ve heard it’s awesome!

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Last night way my going away party at Yarn Cravin’!  I’m going to miss Ohio a lot (see yesterday’s post), but at the same time, I’m really looking forward to going back to the SW, my family (at least for a few days), Dave, and AZ buddies!  So..really mixed feelings here obviously.

I tried out a new cookie recipe last night.

These “World Peace Cookies” from Smitten Kitchen were delicious and easy to make.  Recipe’s here if you want it!  Of course, they were outshined by Ferol’s tasty from scratch cupcakes (garden-fresh raspberries included).

It was a very nice party.  I enjoyed hanging out with people I probably won’t see for a long time, knitting, relaxing, and just..being there.  A few people even got me presents!  This was completely unexpected, definitely unnecessary, and REALLY SWEET!  (To be honest, it was more than enough to just have such damn bitchin’ friends this summer!)

We made friendship bracelets out of bandanas!  I found the idea on one of my favorite blogs here.  Fun!  Make some for yourself!

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dear ohio

Thanks!  Thanks for the awesome summer, the awesome friends, the awesome (and recently slightly out of control) yarn stash, and even the (mostly) awesome job.  Mainly, though?  Thanks for the awesome friends..who are just too badass for words.

When I came here in May, I thought my friends (if they were to exist) were all going to be middle-aged men.  That..or the ducks at my apartment complex.  I knew there were knitters here.  I had already scoped out the LYS online..but I didn’t know they’d be as outgoing/fun/friendly as they are!  ..and I had no idea you could become so close to people in 2 1/2 months.  I thought it would be a lot harder to be the new person meeting people who already had established friendships.  I was SO wrong.  ..and it seems like everyone’s going to miss me!

So here’s to Tuesday nights, scary pups, Ravelry visitors, socks, ice cream for dinner, nuts, bad Mexican food, good beer, giant vegetables, sling psychrometers, scary Chinese finger food, secretive puppy shopping, girth, fireflies, Mr. Right Now, the first of July, farming, cornfield kidnappings, and shiny new cars.  I’ll miss you too!

XOXO <3 Jen!

PS: Real post to come soon!

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Happy birthday to my dad!  He’s 50 today!!  :oD

I neglected to blog on the 1st, but happy birthday to my sweetie, too!  <3!

Do you remember that huge zucchini I got from Dale’s brother?  (First of all, that finished sock it’s wearing?  I ripped it out today to the very beginning of the heel.  I just couldn’t deal with the wonky fit.  Hopefully, it’ll come out better the second time, but man!  That sucks.)  Last night, Mary and I ate it!

It was really tasty with a bit of pasta.  That second zucchini there is about twice the size, and I have less than no idea of what I’ll do with it in the next week before I leave here.

I tried a new food today!  It’s called an Ugli fruit.

I have a lot more pictures of it up on Flickr if you’re interested.  I just happened to see it at the grocery store and think it was interesting.  It’s large..bigger than a grapefruit but maybe a little smaller than a pummelo.  I would describe the taste as similar to a tangerine but less sweet.  It didn’t taste at all like a grapefruit, which is what I was expecting.  I ate less than half before I put it down because it wasn’t jiving with the coffee, and once I realized the acidity was hurting my teeth, it was game over.  I will say that I enjoyed what little I did eat, though!

I did a bit of spinning this morning.  I don’t have any pictures, but I’m two roving balls away from plying.  I’m hoping to have everything plied before I go, but I’m sure I won’t have it washed because things take so long to dry here!  I am really looking forward to seeing how the yarn turns out.

I also finished a sock!  (Before I decided to rip back that other one.)

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