Monday, January 22, 2007

Group of Shame: Vanquished!

Please ignore wonky placement of buttons (they're not sewn on yet), but the knittin's all done.

Cap Shawl Update:

(Why do I keep taking pictures of this thing? You can't tell at all what it is or what it's going to look like. And yet, I cannot help myself...)

My beautiful yellow lacy bag is growing. I just finished Row 161, which was the last actual lace row. The 11 rows remaining are just knit rows, with a yarnover row thrown in so that I do not die of the boredom of knitting 750 stitches round and round and round and round. Interestingly, the pattern called for 1700 yards of laceweight yarn, yet I started my second 850-yard skein of yarn at Row 153. I can't imagine that the final 20 rows and the edging will take 850 yards! Good God, I hope not!

So, I'm coming down the home stretch with this shawl, which has been extremely enjoyable. Loved the pattern, loved the yarn. I should be finished this week...I think. I don't know how long the edging will take. I've never knit on an edging, so that will be an adventure. I'd like to get it done before I leave for Long Island.

Look what came in the mail yesterday:

HA HA - just kidding. It was actually this:

Brand-new iMac. Ye olde eMac kept blowing up every day and doing weird things, so Matthew consigned it to the basement where it will live out an honorable retirement as the Photoshop Manager. Look at that picture. See the monitor? That's the whole computer. It's eerie. Macs rule.

Another Trip Knitting Speculation Stage Item:

Fiddlesticks Knitting Flirty Ruffles Shawl in Zephyr laceweight, color Sable. I deliberately picked a non-foofy color since the pattern is sort of foofy. Discuss amongst yourselves...

Phillies Countdown: 24 days until pitchers and catchers report. Phils signed Chase Utley to a 40-year, billion-dollar contract yesterday, which is as it should be.

Too Much Information? Dept: I had a routine colonoscopy this morning. I am telling you this, not because I want you to know every ding-dang thing about me and my innards, but because I want to urge the following people reading this to go get one. If you are over 50, or if, like me, you are over 30 and have any family history of colon cancer or polyps, go get a colonoscopy! People tell all kinds of horror stories about the procedure, but the truth is, for me at least, it was not and has not been that big a deal. Not painful, not embarrassing. Not as pleasant as dinner and a movie, of course, but a lifesaver. A nurse told me today that the fatality rate of colon cancer has dropped something like 3000% in the last 20 years because of colonoscopies. 'Nuff said.


Blogger diana said...

I like how Pat Gillick said something to the effect that future Phillies players who get married shouldn't expect similar wedding presents.

(Are you talking about Burrell and third strikes? Or am I just paranoid?)

4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dude, I work at Apple. if you buy anything else Apple-icious, please ask me if there is a Friends and Family discount I can extend to you and your family, as I do consider you a member of both those categories...

hate to ask but can i get a discount on yarn? I've developed a heroin like addiction to J Crew cashmere cable sweaters and perhaps knitting my own would be my personal methadone cure. j/k

Eric Pease
Americas iPod Planner
Apple Computer, Inc.

6:03 PM  
Blogger diana said...

We're all apple-licious all the time here, dude! Be careful what you offer! Of course, I'm happy to ply you with discounted cashmere in exchange for mac-y goodness.

4:09 PM  

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