Friday, June 29, 2007

And still no knitting

no knitting to show - i think it's the heat?? it's so freaking hot here and not a drop of rain in sight. alas. I'm finishing up a shawl to show. pix to come soon. in the meantime, some fun:

I think I’ve done this before, but I’ll do it again anyway

4 Jobs I have had in my life
- I worked in a dry cleaners all during high school. I secretly loved the way they organized dry cleaned shirts versus laundered shirts
- For 3 years, I worked as an assistant to museum curator, organizing art exhibitions and talking with NY and LA galleries. God, I loved this job and don't know why I quit (oh yeah, couldn't pay my rent :)
- In college, I tutored French to disabled students
- I was able to get an internship with the world renowned software company
SAS during a summer in grad school. Man, was this cool! We had M&M's every Wed and doughnuts on Fridays. They had a grand piano in the main cafe. The original model for Yoda was in the R&D building in which I worked.

4 films I can watch again and again
-Any Poirot
-Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
-Arsenic & Old Lace
-Pride & Prejudice (the BBC version)

4 places I have lived
- I lived in France 2 different times. At age 20, I moved there for 8 months. During college, I lived there for a summer
- I lived in Chicago for all of 6 months!
- I lived in Raleigh, NC for 7 years
- I have resided in Richmond for 3 years

4 TV series I watch
-Law & Order (still watch the reruns)
-Six Feet under (hilarious!)
-The Sopranos

4 places I have been on holiday
-Prague - Ah, what a great city!
-Switzerland - I haven't been in 10 years but would love to go back!
-Scotland - went there on my honeymoon
-France - where I've left part of my soul :()

4 things I do every time I go on the Net
-check my email
-check the news
-check Yahoo airfares
-check the website I'm responsible for

4 things I would NOT eat for anything in the world
- rhubarb
- a steak (although as a lapsed vegetarian, i sometimes crave them)
- brains and eggs
- pig's feet

4 places I would love to be right now
- on sabbatical
- in Europe
- visiting San Francisco
- upstairs knitting!

4 people to tag
- Cate
- Brandy
- Anne
- My Mum (sorry, Evelyn, can't remember your blog name!)

Sunday, June 10, 2007

SoXperience 2007 and Magic Loop!

I attended SoXperience yesterday at Carodan Farm in Stanardsville, VA. Not only was the farm beautiful and peaceful, but I met so many interesting ladies! I learned how to do magic loop socks at 9am and proceeded to create a small baby sock using this method. Wow - it's easy. I can't believe I haven't learned this before. There is a disclaimer here though: The baby sock out of worsted was easy. I bought some sock yarn to try out an adult sock which was a bit more difficult using the magic loop method. I started over 2 times. I think I'll stick to worsted for now and move on to sock yarn using #0's or #1's after some success using worsted.

I would highly recommend going to visit Caroline at Carodan. The farm is so serene. She has several little sheep right now and 2-3 llamas which I found to be quite funny. The llamas definately do their job. If you walk up to a sheep, the llama comes running over to you to check things out. I found this to be a hoot for some reason!

Just down the road from Carodan is Rivanna Rivers alpaca farm. I met Dee Dee, the owner. She's a wonderful person who is passionate about her alpaca. She invited me to the farm for a look at the animals. I'm going to take the hubby to see if I can convince him to buy a farm :)

I'll post more photos as soon as I can download them. I did buy some wonderful sock yarn yesterday - 2 skeins made from shrimp and crab shells!

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Isn't this blog about knitting?

Yes; however, my camera stinks so I can't show you any updates on currrent projects! While I'm trying to figure out what to do about the camera (ideas about a good, affordable camera are welcome!), I pulled this pseduo meme from Purl Parables. Try it. It's fun and a lot more difficult that it appears. Funny the things that pop into your head at 7am on a Sunday morning.


Rules: Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following…they MUST be real places, names, things…NOTHING made up!

If you can’t think of anything, skip it. Try to use different answers if the person before you had the same 1st initial. You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question and you can’t use a search engine… Now Go!

1. Your Name: Susan

2. Famous singer/band: Suzanne Vega

3. 4 letter word: sewn

4. Street name: South Street

5. Color: Silver

6. Gifts/presents: Soup

7. Vehicle: Saab

8. Things in a Souvenir Shop: Shells

9. Boy Name: Sam

10. Girl Name: Shelly

11. Movie Title: Sabrina

12. Drink: Sprite

13. An Occupation: Sumo wrestler (couldn't think of anything else!)

14. Flower: Shasta Daisy

15. Celebrity: Shelley Winters

16. Magazine: Southern Living

17. U.S. City: Sioux Falls

18. Pro Sports Team: Spurs

19. Fruit: Strawberry

20. Reason for Being Late for Work: schoolbus

21. Something You Throw Away: Scoopable Litter

22. Things You Shout: Shoot!

23. Cartoon Character: Sylvester