Sunday, November 26, 2006

Finished Object

Pattern: Irish Hiking Scarf from www.helloyarn.com/irishhikingcarf.htm
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lambs Pride Worsted M190 Jaded dreams, 2 skeins
Needles: Size 8 bamboo
Started: 11/05
Completed: 11/06

This is my first cabled project and yeah, it took me a whole year to finish it. Cables seemed scary to me at first, but they're really easy. I looked in a couple of books and watched a video on cables on Knitting Help, before jumping into this scarf and the cables. I had no problems at all with this pattern and the yarn is nice, just a little scratchy.

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Turkey Day!

I wasn't able to go home this year for Thanksgiving. I'm not on call, but I am the jeopardy resident today; guess that means no drinking for me. I'll be having dinner with some fellow residents and friends who are also here for the holiday. It's going to be a traditional Southern Thanksgiving with fried turkey, cornbread dressing, and pecan pie. Yours truly will be bringing the collard greens and the sweet potato pie. And since we're in Louisiana we just have to have some gumbo as well! Sounds so good I can hardly wait! Happy Thanksgiving y'all!

You Are The Stuffing

You're complicated and complex, yet all your pieces fit together.
People miss you if you're gone - but they're not sure why.


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Weekend Wedding

This past weekend I traveled to Virginia for the wedding of a really good friend. My friend is originally from Louisiana, but lost her home in Hurricane Katrina. Like many in the area, she went through such a hard time and her overall spirit seemed broken. She's now got a new life and a new home and I'm ecstatic for her! I've never seen her as happy and as beautiful as she was at her wedding, which was one of the most elegant weddings I've ever attended. I took tons of pictures, but the best picture of the night:

My friend, the ever-elegant bride, downing a dirty martini after the ceremony. A woman after my own heart!


Monday, November 06, 2006

Progress Report

October was such a busy month for me: I was working on the pediatrics wards and in the pediatric ICU. The ICU is my least favorite rotation as a resident. Don't get me wrong, there's usually really ineresting cases with great pathology and complicated patients. I do enjoy the challenge. But at the same time it can be really draining physically and emotionally. I did manage to get some knitting done, just not a lot of updating on the blog. So I'll try to play catch up:

1. My first pair of socks. Yeah, so the diamond lace pattern along with the magic loop were both a little too much for me and my first sock ever. I ended up frogging the little bit of the cuff and leg that I'd done and started the Garter Rib Sock from Sensational Knitted Socks. I'm still on the leg portion, but its an easy enough pattern for me. I'm itching to get to the heel just to see if I can actually do it, since it seems to be the hardest part of a sock. I didn't meet my goal to knit a full pair of socks in October, but I've picked up a great book on sock knitting, gotten the magic loop technique down, and added a few skeins of sock yarn to my stash. I've spent so much time drooling over all the amazing yarns available on the web, its ridiculous. I've even preregistered for the exclusive Socks That Rock yarn club, though I've never even seen a skein in person. Am I becoming one of those sock obsessed knitters?

2. Irish Hiking Scarf. Yay! A finished object! It took me almost a year to knit this damn scarf. Mainly because it got so warm and muggy here that I put it down and couldn't even pull it out for months. Now it's done and blocking; I'll post pics later. It'll be perfect for the cold weather to come and I might even be able to pull it out at night later this week; it's been dipping to the 40's on some nights. I know that's nowhere near cold for some people, but for us it's cold. Not the coldest, but cold. This past weekend I had the chance to actually wear my clapotis that I finished this spring. I only needed it for the morning since it actually got pretty warm during the afternoon, but whatever! I was just glad to finally be able to wear it.

3. Green Gable. My Green Gable is actually brown and coming along a little slowly. I've just been so focused on learning to knit socks and finishing my scarf, that I just haven't devoted that much time to my Brown Gable.

Up next in my knitting queue is this cute and easy shrug I found from the Winter 04/05 edition of Family Circle Easy Knitting.

I'm using this yarn: Queensland Kathmandu Aran (aka Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed) in Jewel. I love the color, the tweediness, and can't wait to wear it! Stay tuned!
Kathmandu yarn

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