Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cookie Power ... Activate!

My love for chocolate chip cookies is not unlike others cravings I have.

I have accepted my need for ice cream on a hot summer day, or any day.

I am secure in my love for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Yet there has not been much to bring me back to my weekly blogging. Missed it? Sometimes.

But today I have a new need to blog ... to let those few know that I am in love.
  • with the boyfriend? hmmm
  • with my new laptop? damn skippy
None of the above but with this ... ready, here it comes.

The new amazing book by Cookie A. Its Sock Innovation and it is my possession. I have already read the sock construction section even though I have no intention of designing my own pattern at the moment, I have two patterns to choose from and I have several skeins of yarn to swatch up. OMG ... I am so excited and I can't wait to start the cuff of any pattern.

Why am I so excited? Well I love knitting socks, and I need something small and portable to work on, and I simply love my Monkey socks made with her wildly popular pattern, and I need something fresh to work on.

So go.. run to any bookstore.. heck my bookstore and get the book.

As for blogging ... hmmm, it feels familiar, it feels cozy and I actually might do it more often.

I will need somewhere to show off all those socks that I knit up.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Purling Swine and the Cauldron of the Bubbling Smores

So this weekend, I had the pleasure of being a guest at Chez Swine for an end of summer fiesta.

On Sunday, I tagged along with Nancy, Rinaldo and the boys to partake in a wonderful afternoon with Annie, Katy, Chante, Peggy, Cara and of course the beautiful Meli, and of course some boys and handsome men.

Poe, Lucy and Brigid were nice enough share their home with Anne and her adorable husband. They were really prepared for all of us, and it was lovely. The boys were running around, playing in the pool and all around the back yard. Heck we even played Bacci ball ( aka ... bad bowling on grass ), and it was priceless seeing everyone gather around a super copper cauldron for smores.

While the sun went down and we all gathered around the fire to chat and knit and some were spinning away, I was able to finish this simple sweater for my nephew Jovany's first son. I found the pattern through Ravelry late one night and it was simple and quick. The pattern is called Super Natural Stripes and it is available for free at f.pea and I made it out of Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran that I bought at the Point.

I love the color and I did just a little stripping to make it look more sporty and then I found these crayon box looking buttons at Annie and Company... just perfect. I am hoping to make a cute little cap to go along with the sweater.

Back to the day in the sun....

Check out Chante and Annie spinning away..show offs.

Peggy trying to get a few more stitches in before the sun went down.

Katy taking a break before picking up the sweater she is working on again. During this time Nancy was hiding away using a carder to prepare some gorgeous roving.

Heck even with the buggies nipping at my ankles it was beautiful day.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

the Pink Lady ...

Lately I have been growing found of wearing a color which has not been really a part of my wardrobe since my mom was dressing me.... PINK

Not a crazy fuchsia, like the jacket my mom got me when I was a teen but nice light pinks which seem to complement my skin color, and since its the summer time I figured its a nice change of pace for me. But no where in the contract that I signed in my new admiration of the fair color did I sign on to getting the evil PINK EYE. I had been extremely lucky in my life to have never ever gotten infected with this nasty stuff, but yesterday I woke up with one eye bothering me and the other not too far behind. Yes! you do have it said the nice doctor said when I walked into his office and as he gave me prescription for the most expensive eye drops I have ever bought.

This morning I woke up with the such nasty stuff on my eyes and to top them off they were puffy and really red. You would have thought I was locked in a room all night smoking with Snoop Dogg.... and thats considering I have never touched the stuff in my life. I stayed home from work because just what I need is to infect all the booksellers in my store and then get blamed for all the call outs. The amazingly expensive drops really work and a lot of the redness is gone, but damn why me. I had plans tonight, they involved a nice dinner and then snuggling up with the boyfriend at the movies. Instead I spent a lot of time watching television and working on a pinwheel blanket, not a bad trade off in some respect but still.

I have blogged about being sick before, and I guess today I have a need to share with anyone who cares to read this blog, and that is just the point, I want to share something major to me and it might mean nothing to you.
Isn't that what blogging is all about? Sharing with a few close friends and a couple of hundred strangers. In reading Cara's blog about the demise of blogging I realized that it doesn't really matter if anyone reads this entry or if other people who have suffered with Pink Eye want to share their experiences with me, its just that I wanted to talk about it today, that I have this vehicle, this outlet to talk about anything that comes to mind.
Now yes my blog is called the Knitting Cube and there should be some knitting involved and there will be toward the end, but if all I wanted to talk about is about my love for Bette Davis movies, that is want I will do.
Ravelry has become an amazing force in the knitting and crocheting community, I totally agree with that, and I totally believe that if you love blogging you will continue and if all you want to do is Ravelry, then you will be spending all your free time there.

As knitters, crocheters and bloggers we all believe in sharing. Sharing stories, patterns, ideas and helpful hints and the occasional stitch marker. That is what makes all of this special and a safe place for all of us to communicate and share ideas with total strangers who are sitting in front of there laptop just as I am now.

My BFF shared her love of knitting with me and I finally gave her pair of socks knitted just for her. I got the hint big time when she kept saying that no one ever knits for her. So these are my first pair of toe up socks from Simply Knitting called Feet First by Debbie Tomkies.

Made with Aussi Yarn from Oasis Yarns in the Sahara colorway they were fun and fast to make and so easy for my first toe up socks.

Enjoy Nan!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Happy Birthday ... Nancy

So for the past 28 years, June 27th has been more to me than just another day in June, it has become an immortal day for all of us.

Nancy's birthday !!!

As she enjoys her day off from work being pampered and spoiled, I really tried to get her a really special gift, something that she has wanted for over 25 years, but he would not answer my phone calls and that whole following him around the city was just troublesome.

Sorry Nancy, John Taylor won't be popping out of your birthday cake this weekend after all, maybe next year.


Sunday, June 15, 2008

No knitting involved....again.

It seems that lately my blog is all about the meme's these days, heck I just copy them from the BFF's blog and then wait to see what Mrs. Benson has to say about my answers...LOL

So here it goes:


You can only say yes or no. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages you and asks!

  • Over 18? Yes
  • Danced in front of your mirror naked? Yes
  • Ever told a lie? Yes
  • Been arrested? No
  • Kissed a picture? Yes
  • Fallen asleep at work/school? Yes
  • Held an actual snake? No
  • Have YOU Ever run a red light? No
  • Ever drink and drive? No
  • Been suspended from school? No
  • Ever been fired from a job? Yes
  • Totaled a car/motorbike in an accident? No
  • Sang karaoke? No
  • Done something you told yourself you wouldn't? Yes
  • Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? Yes
  • Ever laughed until you wet yourself? Yes
  • Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Yes
  • Kissed in the rain? Yes
  • Sang in the shower? Yes
  • Sat on a rooftop? Yes
  • Thought about your past with regret? Yes
  • Been pushed in the pool with your clothes on? Yes
  • Shaved your head? No
  • Blacked out from drinking? No
  • Had a gym membership? No
  • Been in a band? No
  • Shot a gun? No
  • Liked someone with nobody else knowing about it? Yes
  • Played strip poker? Yes
  • Been to a strip joint? No
  • Donated Blood? Yes
  • Liked someone you shouldn't? Yes
  • Have a tattoo? Yes
  • Have or had any piercings besides ears? No
  • Made out with a complete stranger? No
  • Caught someone cheating on you? No
  • Skinny dipped? Yes
  • Regret any of your ex's? Yes
  • Been to a rodeo? No
  • Been to a NASCAR race? No
  • Been in Love? Yes

Nothing out of the ordinary.... Boring

Now as for the DD pictures, they didn't come out that good, and nothing but pure perfection is allowed when it comes to Simon Le Bon.

I do have a small project on the needles which should be done by Monday, pictures will follow.

Adios !

Monday, June 09, 2008

Who I am!

I normally do not do any type of meme's ... they are just too much work, but this one I liked. I got it from the BFF's blog and she got it from Margene and Vicki and so on.

Don't judge me...lol

Its all about the apples ....

Monday, May 26, 2008

Gilmore Girls ... Season 8 - Finished

For us Gilmore Girls fans the wish of an eighth season was a fading dream when the show ended after seven seasons, and it was replaced by another scandalous show with the same initials (argh).

I bloomed late to the legions of GG's fans and I became totally obsessed. Obsessed to the point of buying yarn from Etsy.com from White Oak Studios famous ty yarns. It was made with Lorelai and Rory in mind. Blue for their eyes, pink because they were so girlie and espresso brown for all the coffee they drank, and I chose the RPM's pattern from Knitty because they loved music so much.

But these socks took about as long as a complete season of the show. I started with such enthusiasm, but then it got lost in the shuffle when I started my mami's cardigan for her birthday. So after months and months and random rounds during lunch breaks, I finally started to dedicate my self to finishing these socks.

So yesterday while lounging and laughing at Nancy's annual Memorial Day Weekend BBQ, I was knitting away and this morning I finally finished them and that in between others jabbing at my knitting during a social event.
Now all knitters know that lazy Sunday's are made for knitting on a sunny deck, while drinking a cold beer and joking around with friends.

The colors are so vibrant and perfect, shame they are not so clear in the picture and on my chubby feet.

For those who know me well, know that I am not the most girlie girl out there. I am not the kind of woman who goes out and buys lots of handbags and such. I like a comfortable and roomy bag to fit all my stuff I carry to work, and easy to carry especially on the subway. It never makes sense to me when I see ladies with their crazy expensive clutch bags underneath there arms and then are carrying one or two tote bags.

I have not been able to find something that I like, well nothing that was not ridiculously expensive and with a short strap. Yeah yeah I am picky.

So I have decided to make my own. Hopefully with a combination of patterns and ideas will turn into a cool messenger type bag.
I have this cotton yarn from a Suss Cousins kits that I was lucky enough to get on clearance. I don't know if it will be enough for the whole bag, but the majority of it. Trust me, I have additional cottons in my stash to finish it up. My mami doesn't know that she will be making a lining for this bag when I finish it.

Wish me luck...and since there is going to be no felting involved with this bag, lets see how I can make it waterproof.