Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The 52 Best Colleges for Food in America

Not gonna lie, I'm pretty proud that UCLA is #4 on this list. Also, pretty cool that the cafeterias went vegan for a week to show support for "Bruins for Animals".
The Daily Meal.com
Note:  That picture is not from UCLA, it was just one of the pictures used in the list.

Sunday, November 25, 2012


I don't swatch often, but when knitting a sweater, I suppose swatching is more important.  And after a few mistakes, you learn that swatching really *is* as important as they say.  As much as you don't want to admit it.  So, here's my swatch for the sweater I'm starting tonight.
Yarn:  Everlasting DK (by Dream in Color) in the Colorway:  Congo

I used 4 different needle sizes:  US6, US7, square needle sizes 6 and 7.  After washing (yeah, I know!  I even washed it!) I discovered that US6 standard was the needle that got me gauge.  Now, all I have to say is... my gauge swatch better not lie to me later on!!  ;o)

Saturday, November 24, 2012


We adopted a kitty a few days ago!  We named her Izi.  :o)
According to the shelter, she is 2 years old.  She is so small that it is hard to believe that she's already 2!  She's probably a max of 6lbs.  We'll be bringing her to the vet to get a wellness check up in a few days, so we will find out how much she weighs then.  She's slowly getting more comfortable with us and our house.

We adopted her from Austin Pets Alive!  and are thoroughly happy with the shelter.  The shelter is a no kill shelter with fairly nice facilities for the animals.  They also have foster homes for a lot of the animals, including a lot of special needs animals.  We were planning on adopting with the Austin Humane Society because we also were very happy with this no kill SPCA shelter, but we ended up connecting more with Izi than any of the kitties at the humane society.

Now, here's hoping she doesn't end up love attacking my yarn.  ;o)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas Gift Idea?

Maybe I shouldn't be revealing this, but I haven't even knitted them up nor do I think the recipient reads my blog anyways.  And these were too cute to not share anyways!!  :oD
I got the image from Ravelry
Pattern:  Feet Eaters
Designer:  Anna Hrachovec
Found in Knitting Mochimochi

I really do need to get to knitting more of my Christmas gifts.  It'd be a lot less stressful if I start now, but I'm also working on a sweater that I want to get finished while it's still cold!  Living in Texas, that is an easier said and done task.  Especially since I decided to use fingering weight on a full length, cabled sweater.  Well, at least it will be lighterweight for the Texas weather when it is done.  :o)  What are you guys knitting up right now?  Also working on holiday gifts?  Anybody doing some charity knitting?  How many of you are with me on wanting to do some "selfish" knitting?  ;o)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Route 1

I think this will be the next sweater I knit.  After I finish the current sweater I'm knitting... and a Christmas gift... and maybe a few other UFOs.  But after that.  This is super cute!

Berroco Route 1
I think I have the yarn for it already.  The purple in the top photo is the one I have.  I think it'll be quite a good match.  Can't wait till I can get around to it.  :o)

Hipster Kitty?

I think I'm in love...
She has sunglasses and regular ones.  And an interchangeable bow white frame too.  These are amazing.  I need these!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Vivian Colorway

This is a post very close to my heart.  My kitty, Vivian, passed away earlier this summer.  It still makes me sad to think about... but this post is not about that exactly.  This post is about this:

Vivian has been turned into a colorway by Bohemia Fibers!!  It thrills me to see that my kitty has been captured in such a meaningful way to me.  I can't wait for it to arrive on my doorstep so that I can work on a project that I can snuggle up with and remember her with.

I am hoping to do a Hemlock Ring Blanket with the yarn, but I will have to test it out in a variegated colorway to ensure it isn't too much.  I would like to know how big the blanket really is before starting it also.  Hmmm... Will def be checking out more blanket patterns.  Any suggestions?  :o)