Monday, January 29, 2007

Book Meme

I don't usually do these things, but I saw this on Schrodinger's blog, and I love books, so I just couldn't resist. Unfortunately, I am at work now so all I have are boring legal books.


1. Grab the nearest book.

2. Open the book to page 123.

3. Find the fifth sentence.

4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.

5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.

6. Tag 5 people

The first book I picked up was my Professional Responsibility textbook, but page 123 was a chapter divider. So the next closest one is Nonprofit Oragnizations, and page 123 gives us this nugget of wisdom:

Some nonprofit statutes provide that a charitable corporation holds full ownership rights in donated property and is not deemed a trustee. See N.Y. Not-for-Profit Corp. L. § 513. Where a donor makes an unresticted gift to a charitable corporation, the corporation may use the donated property for any of its charitable purposes. Alumnae Assn. of Newport Hospital School of Nursing v. DeSimone, 106 R.I. 196, 258 A2d 80 (1969); Y.M.C.A. v. Morgan, 281 N.C., 189 S.E. 2d 169 (1972).

Ok, now that I have thoroughly bored you, consider yourself tagged!

Friday, January 26, 2007

New Stuff!

I had a very knitty birthday this year. From my sister, I got a Yarn Harlot book and a pattern book.

From Eric and Kim:

From myself:

Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in "Spring Frost". Love CTH!!! Very sproingy.

Purchased with a gift certificate from David and Cheryl:


From myself:

Brooklyn Handspun in "Java". This will be my first BH experience. I'm excited!

From my husband:

Regia bamboo and Regia cotton colors.

Also, I finished Odessa (did ya'll even know I was working on Odessa?). I love this pattern. The beads look like little dewdrops. I think I will knit with beads all the time now.

Ok, so I had it with me at work. But I wasn't working on it at work. Unlike some people.
Close-up look at beads:

Great birthday! Oh, and my parents got me a generous gift certificate to Lands End, which is not knitty, but very much appreciated nonetheless!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Ideas Needed

I got my replacement skein from Piece of Beauty, and, while lovely in and of itself, it is a completely different dye-lot than my surviving skein.

So...any suggestions on what I can do with about 700 yards of coordinating, but non-matching fingering weight yarn, besides a pair of mismatched socks?

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Preppy Pirates

The second pirate hat is finished!


Oliver: Specs:
KnitPicks Merino Style yarn, Asparagus and Rhubarb!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Pirate Hats

It's cold and icy here in Oklahoma tonight, and I have been working on the We Call Them Pirates Hat.

Some of you may recall that I attempted to make this hat for my husband, but it came out to small and was gifted instead to my nephew. Which is all well and good, but it meant I owed my husband a hat. I joined the KAL for the pattern, and got started again, this time with a carefully measured gauge swatch at my side.

Ta da!
The inside:
The happy recipient:

KnitPicks Merino Style in Coal and Vanilla
Size 7 Addi Turbo
Size 5 KnitPicks needles for lining
Plymouth Wildflowers DK cotton for lining
Started Tuesday, January 9th
Finished Friday January 12th

I love this pattern so much, I decided to make one for me as well. Only this time I started from the lining up to avoid all that fiddly provisional cast-on stuff.
Lining completed:
First chart repeat completed:

KnitPicks Merino Style in Asparagus and Rhubarb


Monday, January 08, 2007

Updates and Big Newses

Whew! It's been a long time since I posted. There's a lot to catch up on, although not much knitting-wise, which is why I haven't posted in a while. Really, up until a couple of days ago, I hadn't knit anything since before Christmas.

Part of that was because I was feeling a little uninspired, probably because I have been sick since before Christmas. There appears to be a couple of different cold strains going around town, and I have been fortunate enough to catch at least two of them. Yay, me.

And you know how knitting is when you're sick--not very fun. Plus, with the constantly running nose and the sneezing--it wouldn't have been pretty.

But on to the photos! And Christmas knitting stuff!

My wonderful sister-in-law Cheryl got me Boathouse and Vintage Floral, both from Piece of Beauty (love, love, love her yarn!) You see only one skein of Vintage Floral here because my cat Oliver went batshit crazy and completely and utterly destroyed one of the skeins. Bad cat! I am waiting for a replacement.

The two skeins of the red in the photo are Claudia's Handpainted, which I bought for myself. Shut up! They were on sale! 40% off even.
Cheryl also got me the Kristen hat kit from Bea Ellis Knitwear. I picked the colors to go with my winter coat, which is camel. Oooh, it will be so pretty! Cheryl's the best.

As far as knitting-related gifts, I also got Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles, the Stich n Bitch 2007 desk calendar, and the Knitting Pattern a Day calendar. Not bad!

I bought myself some Schaefer Anne just the other day. I needed some inspiration. I'm thinking Embossed Leaves for this--very earthy.

The really big news is that my law partner, Eric, (check out his new knitting blog) and I have moved into a real-life office. For the last three years, we have been practicing out of the spare bedroom in my house, partly out of convenience, and partly out of necessity. Some of you may remember from a previous post that the majority of the law I practice is through a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. So, because we do a lot of traveling to cover the entire northeastern corner of the state, we didn't feel an office was strictly necessary.

But another of the contract attorneys with our organization had an office-sharing arrangement he was looking to fill, so the week after Christmas, we moved right in. It's been so nice, and such a change, but in a really good way!

Isn't it pretty? It looks a lot more personalized and put together now, but this gives you a pretty good idea of the new digs. Definitely a change from my spare bedroom with the cat-vomit stains on the floor.

Because my husband and I have been sharing a car for the last three years, we decided it was time to get a second car. Paul always drove the car to his office--because I worked from home and had my partner Eric for any necessary transportation, it worked relatively well for a long time, although I realize now how restricted and trapped I felt sometimes. Having a car is a definite freedom that we tend to take for granted.

And, of course, I whipped up some dishrags for general office use. I just couldn't resist.

And, to celebrate the new office, and my birthday on Wednesday, my darling family sent me a beautiful flower arrangement today, and I love it. It smells so good and there are pink beads sticking out all over it. What's not to love?

Oh! And Elly got a haircut (see previous post for comparison). About time, ya hippie!

This has been quite the long post, and I'm sure no one has read til the end, but I guess that's what happens when you neglect the old blog for such a long time. I vow to do better in the future! But don't hold me to that.