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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Pink cabled sweater

It seems like I've been working on this sweater for a while now! I finished this back piece on Saturday and have cast-on for the front. It's knitted with Rowan Calmer yarn which can be a bit slippery but it's soft scumptiousness is worth it.

My pattern called for me to stop the center cable a little sooner than I did. What can I say? I was on a cabling roll.

I'm really proud of how the sweater pieces look so far. I only hope that the front piece turns out as nicely (and that it will fit me once I finish it!)

On another note, I really enjoyed listening to Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" audiobook during my recent travels. The book, offered by Audible.com, featured several wonderful readers. I loved reading this book (around 10 years ago) and some of the sequels. If you haven't read it, consider picking it up or listening to it.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

New blog

Hi everyone!

Sorry that hasn't been as many blog entries here. But a lot has been going on in my life.

I've created a new blog to share about my newest adventures. I'll still blog here at pixie portal about knitting, gardening, cats and so forth. But you can check out my new blog "2 moms"here.

PS - I finished the back of my cabled pink sweater and have cast-on for the front. I'll post some pictures....really... I will!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Home Again

I'm back from visiting family & friends in Tennessee. Let me tell you, it was hot, hot, hot & humid there!

I love blogging because I can write a short snippet about my day and then look back and see what I've been up to all month.

Now that I'm home and have the opportunity to share what I did for six days... I'm drawing a blank. So I'll just share a few things.

  • visiting with Mom, Dad, Nanny, the Robinson clan, and other friends. It's so lovely to see friends I haven't seen in two years and feel like I had just seen them yesterday. Just picking up from where we left off and start laughing together.
  • having my Nanny admire my knitting and having her hug me so closely and kiss me so often.
  • Mayfield milk
  • Chik-fil-A
  • McKays bookstore. The best bookstore ever! Where they buy your VHS tapes, DVD's, books, and audiobooks for great prices and give you cash or credit for their store. I took a suitcase of old movies and came back with a suitcase of new books and movies.
  • hearing a story about mice, followed by a story about possums, followed by a story about cows. I laughed so hard water almost shot out of my nose. Yep... it's the South!
  • the interesting discussion about which is harder to kill - a tofu or a soy

  • the friggin' humidity
  • arguments and the drama, drama, drama
  • eating at weird times
  • restaurants that are smoking/non-smoking (in Oregon, all restaurants are non-smoking).
  • the mosquito bite I got on my left cheek (of my face).

    That's all I can think of now. I'll update you on my knitting progress later.

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2006

    Visiting Tennessee

    I'll be visiting family and friends in Tennessee from Wednesday 7/12 until Tuesday 7/18.

    I look forward to telling you about my TN adventures and knitting progress once I return.

    Hmmmm.... Southern cooking - here I come!

    Saturday, July 08, 2006

    Ethan Barry Eberlin

    Ethan was born on Friday, 7/7 at 8:12pm - 6lbs 14oz and 20 inches long.

    We were lucky enough to see him Friday night and Saturday evening.

    What a blessing!

    Friday, July 07, 2006

    Miracle on the way

    I haven't written much this week because I'm so excited that Ethan Eberlin is on the way!

    Great friends, Jeff & Heather, are expecting their first child. On Wednesday, (at 36 weeks, 1 day) Heather was admitted to the hospital. It's Friday and the baby should arrive sometime today. You can read about their progress on their blog.

    Since Wednesday, I've been pacing and jumping around. Excited, Excited!! It's hard to sit still - even to knit! I'm so happy for them both. I'm happy that soon there will be a little miracle with us. I'm tickled that I get to meet their son before I fly home to Knoxville, TN next week. I"m grateful that J & H have let me be a part of their family and share in this joy.

    Please take a moment today and send the Eberlin family all your good thoughts.

    Tuesday, July 04, 2006

    New stores and such

    It's the 4th of July and instead of lighting the grill for hot dogs and hamburgers, I decided to go check out two new yarn stores. (I'm such a knitting addict!)

    Of course, neither store was open. So I had to make do with pressing my nose against the glass of the stores and wishing I could go in for a feel. I really liked the look of Lint which is in the NW portion of Portland. I loved that the owner had tied knitted pom poms to the tree outside her store! I plan to check it out again (hopefully when the store is open) sometime soon. I think the true test to any yarn store is how helpful/friendly/knowledgeable the owners and staff are.

    I'm still knitting away on my first cabled sweater. I hope to finish the first sleeve today and cast on for the front or back of the sweater. It seems like my knitting has slowed down over the past few days. I want to kick it back up into high gear for the rest of the week.

    Finally, I was flipping through the latest issue of Vogue magazine and saw Kate Hudson in this cabled sweater. Isn't it fabulous?! I wonder how one would knit such big fat cables?

    It's the Balenciaga collection by Nicolas Ghesquiere. Simply Fantastic!