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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Reading and writing

I read a lot of things today, one of which was the Sunday papers.   There was an article about a guy who did well "timing" the market and picking the "winning" stocks.  The article did advocate having a long term buy-and-hold strategy at the same time, but it made me think 

1) I wonder how I would do if I tried to stock pick, and 
2) it's amazing how dangerous ideas/methods can be made to sound reasonable and doable.

Last week I also read an interview in the latest edition of Knitting Purls (an eNewsletter published by Ida) in which Kelly Pekuns of KnitPicks.

The full interview is in the newsletter but I found it thought provacative.  What Kelly said about how she and Bob (her husband) started the company, and what they do to source the yarn and other supplies they sell, really made me respect KnitPicks a lot more.  I always knew they had good stuff at really good prices, but it's impressive to really know the length of the process.

I'll see if I can find a link to the actual newsletter.   Or if are you are nimble with the web, the publishing info is:

Knitting Purls 
ISSN: 1942-4027
Published bimonthly 
by Charing Cross Publishers

Knitting Purls Blog is at:

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


I heard a vocabulary podcast episode that got me motivated to read and write more everyday.

So I think I'm going to try that, starting today.    My "goal" is to either read a book or write something for 15 minutes everyday, no matter what it is.   

I think next time I'm at Target or something I'm going to get myself an egg timer.  I've wanted one for a while, and I want to use it to track my reading/writing duration.

Let's see!

Also, I made a hat for Tim.  It was getting cold and he started wearing his old, ugly (in my opinion) ski hat.  So I asked him to pick out some yarn he liked, and here is the result!

I would put a picture up of Tim wearing the hat, but for some reason he closes his eyes when I tried to photo him. weird.

Here is a picture of the weird top:

Friday, November 21, 2008

Mittens! Video! Tigers, oh My!!

I finished the back side of Tim's sweater and JUST needed a break!  The small needles, fine yarn, and seemingly endless-ness of the piece was making my eyes water, and I needed a quick fix.

So I made a paire of mittens!  Yeah!  For me!  Whoo!  Wanna see?

The pattern is from Ann Budd's "The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns."  I made it with my favorite Japanese yarn (Noro Silk Garden).  Yum.... so pretty, although next time I would knit it with a much tighter guage.   

Overall, this was an easy and quick project, and boy, very addicting.  I think mittens might be to me what socks are to other knitters.  Quick, fun, can't get enough. can only have so many pairs of mittens.   Maybe I'll try knitting socks, but with slightly thicker yarn, kinda like mittens but socks! =)

And lastly, someone on one of my knitting email lists passed along this thought-provoking video.  Awesome.  And somewhat shocking to see so much unraveling captured on film.  Shudder...

(Take a look)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Now that the election is over

How about something totally non-knitting related and fun?

You got to love the comedians.   I needed a good laugh after all my nails have been bitten off!

Ok, so this is suppose to be a knitting blog....Here's some knitting!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I'm so addicted!

It's like watching the seconds count down on the New Years clock!

Oh my poor nails...