Sunday, June 19, 2005

Weed Trees

Clearly, Andrew and I have slacked off on weeding our garden recently:



No, that's not a huge stalk of basil. We've had a lot of sunny weather and a lot of rain over the last few weeks, so that monster pretty much sprang up over about a 2-week period. I wish my herbs would grow that fast. (Those are marigolds in the foreground.)

Of course, this is what the garden area looked like when we moved in:



Apparently the folks who lived here before us disliked weeding even more than we do.

Knitting progress has been slow this last week. I've been re-reading all the Harry Potter books before #6 comes out next month, so most of my spare time this week was engaged in the Order of the Phoenix. I think that's my favorite HP book so far. I did, though, manage to finish the first Fresh Stripe sock:



I haven't started #2 yet, as I'm trying to re-focus on the Georgetown vine lace sock I started earlier. I may be a sock whore, but I can't handle having so many pairs going at once for too long.

Oh, and a brief movie plug: Andrew and I say Batman Begins on Thursday night, and it was awesome, as both a Batman movie and as a movie in general. If you're at all a fan of the Batman series (comics or movies) I highly recommend this one.
I also saw Mr. & Mrs. Smith yesterday. I think the best way to describe it would be "fun." Not much really happened, and the whole concept was fairly implausible, but overall it was some exciting and funny mindless fun. Nothin' wrong with that on a Saturday afternoon. :) I also recommend this one if you're a fan of either Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt. It's definitely worth it for the eye candy.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Sock Whore

Yes, I'm a sock whore, and no, I'm not ashamed to admit it. (I do apologize for the lousy sock whore photos, though.)



LL Georgetown in the Vine Lace pattern from Socks, Socks, Socks. The lace pattern is very simple and easy to memorize, but since it comes in a 4-row repeat, it's also very easy to put down. :)



LL Fresh Stripe, all knit, all the time. I actually think I may have made these a bit too small, so I'll probably give them away. I'd love to keep them for myself, but I've already got quite a bit of blue and purple in my sock wardrobe, so they won't be sorely missed. I'm sure they'll be well loved on another's foot, though.



Finally, my computer sock. I play Settlers of Catan for a few hours during the week, and this gives me something to work on between turns. This is, of course, just a temporary solution until I can reinstall Civ III on my computer. World domination, anyone? (Andrew and I are currently sharing my computer since his died a few months ago, so I'm low on space. Pity.)

As a side note, I find it particularly funny that I received, by far, my largest number of comments when I displayed my overindulgence in LL sock yarn. I'm glad to know I'm not the only knitter/blogger out there who begins to salivate at the sight of someone else's yarn binge. ;)

I'm off to watch Family Guy. Have a good week, everyone!

(P.S. Any bets on what kind of weird hits I get this week after saying "whore" three times in this post?)

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Yarnish Goodness

Yes, the Yarn Diet is definitely over (though it may be time for a new one):



A close-up:

From left to right: a wound ball of Georgetown (the other is on the needles), then Sherbert, Sassy Stripe, Ice House, Douglas Fir, Fresh Stripe, and Daffodil. I'm going to have some sockin' fun this summer. (I am, of course, overlooking the fact that I don't tend to knit in the summer. I'm hoping for an air conditioning miracle, and a lack of interest in cross-stitching.)

I finally finished my Multi Effects socks:


Summary: Regia Multi Effects #5375. 88 stitches cast on size 0 needles. K2P2 ribbing for 5 inches, then the usual business for the heel and foot. I have this yarn in two other colorways, and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes of them (so much yarn, so little time...).

I also finished the first turquoise Regia sock:



I haven't started the second one yet, and probably won't for a while. I'm just not currently interested in knitting it. I won't let it become too much of a UFO, though. Only the Lone Pink Sock can hold that title. :)

Lastly, I've made a bit more progress on the purple Koigu Chevron scarf:



In other news, I'm a bit disappointed in the Deep Throat revelation. I must confess, I was hoping for someone whose name I recognized. Then again, Nora Ephron seems to have figured it out on her own, so maybe I just didn't pay enough attention to Watergate in history class. Blah. But, a generational mystery has been cleared up. Now I'm waiting to hear who killed JFK.