Monday, October 30, 2006

Monday, October 23, 2006

It's finished!

I finished the sweater this weekend. (yes, I know you were all sitting by the computer for that news)

I'll post some pics next week.

Remind me to tell you about the people I met on the plane.

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, October 20, 2006

I don't know if this will be finished

I'm about 1/2 way finished one sleeve! One sleeve left to go, and I still have to sew it together! Before Sunday.

But, for a first sweater, and a first attempt at a cabled sweater, it's looking alright. A few mistakes, but alright.

The front:

The back:


If you're bored at work today, or just need something to pass the time, I suggest listening to last night's Wilco concert from the 930 club. Tickets were impossible to come by this time around, but we can all listen here for free!

The new Beck album is pretty good. You should buy it.

I'm also finally getting around to really listening to the Ballad of the Broken Seas album. They're the former lead frontman of the Screaming Trees and the girl who left Belle and Sebastian. There's some real gems on this record.

Hope everyone is having a terrific Friday thus far. Don't forget it's Flugtag this weekend in Baltimore! And Oktoberfest at Blob's Park! Carry your wife contests!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Sweater Knitting

It's apparently that time of my life when all of my friends decide they want to be parents. I know 10 people who are having babies either later this year, or early next. So, that means alot of knitting for babies on my end. I started this sweater last week. It's my first real sweater attempt. I'm not doing very well on the armhole decreases. But, I'm hoping my friend will understand. I'm also hoping that when I attach the arms to the body of the sweater, everything will work out and not look stupid. Anyway, here's a picture of what it's supposed to look like. I'm knitting it in orange. They don't know if it's a boy or a girl, and I figure they'll get enough green clothes.

I will have it finished by Sunday, even if that means not getting any sleep this week. So far, the back, left, and 1/3 of the right sides are finished.

Friday, October 13, 2006

My First Lace Scarf is Complete!

I finished this a few weeks ago, but am just getting around to posting pictures. Here's the finished "Branching Out" scarf from knitty. Once I finally got the hang of the pattern, it was actually very simple. But, the first few tries were a little difficult.

Detail view:


Thursday, October 12, 2006

Project Runway - Season Finale - Part One

Last night was the first part of the season finale of Project Runway. (It was also another episode of Lost, but that discussion is for a different post)

This episode of the series is always my favorite. I love Tim and he just seems like he can get along with anyone. It's interesting to see where the designers work, and the condition of their regular work space.

Of course, I think Jeffrey's designs are the most interesting out of the four. But, that is my taste. One thing I'm really enjoying about this season is how the taste of each designers differs greatly from one to the other.

Laura accused Jeffrey of cheating. I can't stand her. I think she is mean.

BUT, Jeffrey did seem flustered when he had to turn in his receipts. AND he admitted to having some of the garments pleated. AND, Tim said on his podcast that Jeffrey maintains a professional staff of workers in his day to day operation.

Personally, I'll be so sad if Jeffrey is disqualified for next week. I just have this awful feeling that they let him show, but they wouldn't let him win.

I guess we'll just have to wait to find out next week!

Until then...

Baby Pandas Are So Cute!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Departed

I went to see the new Martin Sorcese film, The Departed, yesterday. It was really good. I wanted to go see it again immediately after the credits started rolling.

You should go to see it too.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Project Runway Update

The final four have been announced! Personally, I think having all four go to fashion week was a cop-out, but I'll play along.

My new favorite is Jeffery. Why? Because I hate Angela, and he does too. But, seriously, I think his designs for fashion week were the best.

You can view their creations here if you like spoiling it for yourself.

I also think that Jeffery was unfairly edited to be the "asshole" of the show. When, clearly, that asshole was Vincent.

Country Music

Eariler this week in spinning class, I heard one of the most offensive songs ever. I know that spinning class isn't supposed to be the bastion of all cool music, but for some reason, this song got me thinking...what ever happened to cool country music?

The song in question, Trace Adkins "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk". For the record, I had to look the title and the "artist" up on google and I had no idea how to spell "badonkadonk". The title alone of this song screams "This song is crap!" to me. And it is.

Whatever happened to Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard singing about drinking and getting into bar fights? That's when country music was great. Now, it's just about your daddy letting you drive his truck, or butts, or how great it is to be a gun totin', war fightin' American.

Recently, Toby Keith went on Larry King and ratted out Willie Nelson for smoking pot. The next day, Mr. Nelson got arrested for having a pound of pot on his tour bus. I'm guessing Toby Keith is trying to make himself look cool to his fans, but to me, he's just another modern singer douchebag ratting out one of the great song writers of our time.

When I was out west last week, the radio station choices were few and far between. I was listening to one station play some old time country songs. One of the songs had lyrics that talked about how ever since his woman left him, he'd been drinking himself into a stupor. The chorus went something like "everytime I hit the bottle, I drive those nails further into my coffin". That was a serious country song. A real one, about love, hurt, and pain. Toby Keith and Trace Adkins should take a trip out to Montana and listen to some of that.

I leave you know with a pictoral representation of how I feel about the country music of today (as if I haven't said enough already).