Well, I haven’t been doing spectacular on this front this past week. For various reasons, I have been sleeping *terribly* every night. The most common reason for my repeated waking through the night? Mosquitoes. In my bedroom. Leading me to stalking around my room like a madwoman, fly swatter in hand & swinging at the damn things mid-air, cussing all the while. I think I must look like some John McEnroe wannabe hollering “You can not be serious” when that happens.
Anyway, when the alarm has gone off, I have simply been too tired to run, so have reset the alarm & gone back to bed all week. Today however, being Saturday, I was able to get in a solid, but slow, 3 miler. It felt good to be out there and my end time was not too much slower than what I’ve been doing.
So last weekend I worked my tail off on the knitting/crochet front. I joined the Harry Potter Knitting/Crochet House Cup this term. I do not know what I was thinking. LOL I signed up for all 6 “classes” and finished my homework for every single one over last weekend. Yeah. Anyone care to guess what House I’m in? *snerk* Anyway, I now have a set of tawashi, Golden Snitch earrings, Ravenclaw handspun mitts, a bath matt, a dishcloth and a hopping pot all done & in my projects on Ravelry. Whew! Since I got all the homework done so quickly, I then signed up for the Defence Against the Dark Arts O.W.L. My plan? To finally finish a version of an afghan for Dad. I’ve had the same yarn lying in my closet for 2 years now with this intent. I have crocheted, ripped back. I have knit and ripped back. I knit again, and gave up with it still OTN. This time, I am determined to get it done for Father’s Day, doggone it!!
I also cast on for my newest sock design. I haven’t knit too much on it, as my time has been taken up by HPKCHC, of course. I will be returning to the socks shortly. In the meantime, I have cast on for a shawl, but more on that in a sec…
Star Trek, Noro & a missing blogger
Yes, I know! I have been missing!! My apologies to you few regular readers. I promise to do better! I’ve honestly been feeling rather guilty about not running and therefore didn’t want to blog much either. he he he
Today I took a trip across the Bay with 2 of my friends from knitting group. We visited a well known LYS over on the Tampa side – I had never been there & neither had one of my friends. What an absolutely fantastic shop, I must say!! They just moved to this location, so everything was brand new. They have tons of tables/chairs for you to sit down & knit, chat or sip on a latte. They even have a table next to the patterns so that you can sit & peruse the magazines, books or patterns in comfort. Gorgeous yarn selection & very friendly people working there, I sure wish it was a bit closer to home!
I had an uber-happy few moments at this LYS. I wore my Severus socks, which were in plain site since I wore capris. When we walked in, one of the ladies working there took one look and said “OH, I know those socks! Those are… Snape?” I said “Severus, actually.” She complimented them & I thanked her. I’m quite sure that she did not realize that I am the designer of them, as later on in the visit another lady complimented my socks… and the first lady spoke up again & said “Oh, there are matching mitts for those socks, too!” Despite my eyes & nose burning & twitching from the new paint & flooring, I walked out of there on clouds. :D
I picked up some knitting magazines, a crochet magazine, some gorgeous Claudia handpainted sock yarn and 3 skeins of Noro Silk Garden. I have been wanting to try this yarn for such a long time – and could not resist the chance at getting some! I splurged. I have now cast on for a shawl with the Noro – breaking my usually stringent rule of one knit & one crochet project at a time. *sigh*
After the visit to the LYS, I then met the IRL BFF at the movie theatre to see Star Trek. I knew I was going to like it from the previews. Ok… I knew I’d like it because I really like Zachary Quinto. LOL He plays my favorite character in the one TV show I watch, Heroes. He’s so good at being Sylar. It was fantastic to see him in a rather different role – and I think he knocked it out of the park playing Spock. I loved the movie in spite of a storyline that I had not expected. I hated what they did to Vulcan, truth be told. And the guys that played Bones & Scotty? Perfection. I loved their lines as well as their portrayals of these 2 characters. I have every intention of going back to see this one again in the theatre. :)
Today’s Ravelry Search
So, on to the fun stuff! Here are some results from today’s search – don’t forget, just click the picture to see the pattern page on Ravelry. :) So many results from this search, I am definitely going to do another one at some point in the future!
* Free pattern
Happy Saturday, all!