Archive for August 2010

Handwriting Meme

August 30, 2010

I haven’t done any of this sort of meme on here before, but this one looked like fun to me. I’m not tagging anyone, but if you read my blog (thank you for reading), and you want to do this one, consider yourself tagged. I’d of course like to see your handwriting meme instances, too.

Here’s how it goes:

1.) handle / name

2.) right handed or left handed?

3.) least favorite letters to write

4.) favorite letters to write.

5.) Write, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”

6.) Write the following words in all capital letters: CRAB, HUMOR, KALEIDOSCOPE, PAJAMAS, GAZILLION

7.) Favorite song lyrics

8.) Tag people.

9.) Any special note or drawing.

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Beth did one too:

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30th Birthday

August 29, 2010

I turned 30 yesterday, and it was a pretty excellent birthday, although it started out a little rough. On the way to the ATM before breakfast, I bashed my head into a sign which was jutting out from a telephone pole. I hadn’t seen it because there was a lot of glare and I was shading my eyes from above. I still have a big bump on my head from it. So as I sit here blogging, I have a bag of frozen peas on my head. After this head bashing though, the day was very nice.

Beth and I went to the crêperie for breakfast.  We’re lucky, I think, to live one block away from a crêperie. We split a savory and a sweet crêpe.The savory one had eggplant, tomato, pesto, and mozzarella inside—delicious. The sweet one was chestnut cream, which I often order, because in addition to enjoying it, I never see chestnut flavored anything anywhere else.

After breakfast we stopped by our local yarn store, and although I wasn’t looking to buy anything, there were nine skeins of a yarn I liked in the ” 50% off if you take it all” bin. Given the combination of birthday and 50% off I decided to get it.

It’s Harrisville Orchid (70% wool/25%mohair/5%cashmere), which is the same yarn I’m using for my currently stalled sage Aran sweater. The color is called “golden curry.” I’m knitting these babies into a Mister Rogers style cardigan. No cables, and I’m following a pattern. So I’m hoping it will go quickly. I’m already 5 inches into the back.

Speaking of Aran though, we’re going to Ireland this week!  This will be in part to celebrate our turning 30 (Beth and I are only 8 days apart), and in part it will be the honeymoon we didn’t have time to take three years ago. We’re doing the whole thing by bicycle, except for a trip to the Aran Islands, which will require a ferry.

After the yarn store, I played the banjo for a little while, Then we went to a small agricultural fair in Barrington,where we rode in a mule cart

saw a black smith at work:

side note: I learned that there’s a place around here where you can do a Bed and Breakfast / Learn to Blacksmith weekend workshop, just like the spinning workshop we did last year. I do have a chest that needs some hinges. Tempting…

Finally, we saw some mop-topped, 1 year old alpacas:

The Brian Huang Collection

August 4, 2010

One of my friends and colleagues just had a son (congratulations, Yi-Min and Yu-Chien). Last week, Beth incredibly knitted two baby sweaters in two days each. The first and second adult sweaters that I’ve knitted took 2 years and 7 months, respectively…

Normally I don’t blog Beth’s knitted items. Instead I badger her to get a blog and blog them herself :-). However, I did some of the finishing work on these. So I feel alright about showing them off. The first one is Ribbed Baby Jacket by Debbie Bliss:

It is knitted in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece on 4mm and 4.5mm needles. Beth added the stripes. I wasn’t sure about them at first, but I like them now that it’s finished. The pattern called for a button, but we didn’t have any buttons on hand, and I thought it would be cool to do a Chinese style “frog button.” I had never made one of these before, but I found instructions online to crochet one, and it was not too hard to learn:

Sewing it on was really the hardest part. Here is a detail of the collar.

The second sweater is Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down, knitted in Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted on 6mm needles:

It is nice and soft. As the pattern name implies, this sweater looks kind of sophisticated–almost professorial–with its shawl collar. These awesome ducky buttons from our LYS, Spinning Yarns, make it look a little less serious:


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