Friday, March 13, 2009

Let's Catch Up

Ugh - I hate that feeling that I get when I suddenly notice that I haven't updated the blog in ELEVEN DAYS! No one knows what I've been knitting! No one knows what I think of the Phillies! No one knows what's hanging off the pillars on my front porch!!

I spent several days this past week with beloved sister Laura. I got so caught up on reality tv it's not funny!! Why don't Matthew and Gus want to watch hours and hours of "America's Next Top Model" and "Make Me A SuperModel"??? It's like they're....guys or something! Anyway, it was lovely to have a big block of quantity as well as quality time to spend in Charm City (that's Baltimore) with my wonderful sister.

I did get a bunch of knitting done. Here's a quick rundown, and then we're going to talk Phillies and baseball:

I made another Moebius Handle Basket out of delicious Malabrigo to contain another family of spool dollies for Gus's birthday:


This has been the extent of my non-Momogus Knits knitting. I am now all about the Sample Knitting 24/7!! I finished both new samples for The Easy Baby Pullover:
Pink Button-Placket Version

Close-up of adorable button:

Blue Rollneck Version


I also started 2 new samples for the Summer Shells pattern. Here they are in blob form. I haven't figured out the waist or neck shaping yet, but I thought I'd slog through the boring beginnning bit first:

I'm a little bit embarrassed and chagrined to admit that the green yarn is Lion Brand Cotton Ease. I bought it at Michael's. "Hi, my name is Diana [Hi Diana!] I work in a yarn store and I bought yarn at Michael's because it was cheap." Okay, it's out. I figure that I support a local yarn store to such an extent that I can have a lapse now and then. Here's the thing: Not only was this yarn cheap, but it's a really nice color and it feels GREAT to knit with. Huh.

Anyway, here's my last bit of Momogus Knitting. This is a basic toe-up sock (using NS5 Basic Toe-Up Socks!)

The extremely cool thing about these socks is that this is yarn that Gus dyed last summer, using Wilton Cake Icing Dye.

I'm hoping to teach a workshop in this technique this summer at the store, so I thought I'd knock out a sock as an example.

Okay, now on to the Phillies. I've been idly following baseball this spring training. I've watched some of the World Baseball Classic. Kudos to those who are playing for Team USA - that's you, Rollins and Victorino!

Also, I was blown away by how many really good players are from Canada. We were watching one of their games and each time someone came up to bat, I'd say, "Wow - I didn't know [insert surprising name here: Bay, Stern, Morneau, Martin, etc] was from Canada!" and would reach for my 2008 Who's Who In Baseball and sure enough they were! Kudos to Matt Stairs too for playing. I know it's a pain in the patootie for some of these guys and a lot of people turn down the opportunity, but I really like the guys who do go.

And go Team Netherlands, who knocked off the Dominican not once but twice!

As for the Phillies, I am sort of in my baseball fan spring training mode, stretching, working out the winter kinks, reading the Daily News from back to front again. The only drama so far is the battle for the 5th starting spot. It looks like J.A. Happ has nailed that down and Chan Ho Park will get a set-up role in the bullpen.

And finally, from this morning's Daily News, a full-page ad taken out by my beloved/hated Pat Burrell:
(a little hard to read, but basically a love letter. I can't remember any other Philadelphia sports figure doing anything like this. Go Pat!)

3 Comments:

Anonymous Gus's Granddad said...

Pat also took out the same ad (a half page) in the Inquirer. Pat was always a class act in Philly, except when he jumped back from those third strikes down the middle of the plate.
And J.A. Happ got a boost in this morning's paper for throwing one at Pat's Adams's apple in yesterday's game with the Rays, to back him off the plate! Fame is fleeting...

11:11 AM  
Blogger diana said...

GG - that made me laugh (the Happ thing). I'm sure it was done with the utmost respect and affection! Go Pat the Bat!!

10:43 AM  
Blogger Martha said...

Divine One,

All sports need class acts like Pat-the Bat. I began to miss him as soon as I heard that the Phillies had not signed him.

XOXO

8:58 AM  

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