Friday, May 28, 2010

Get your velociraptor here!

So. June 14 is Bring Your Velociraptor to Work Day.

I live near a place that I like to call the Velociraptor Store. Although they definitely have fewer velociraptors now than they did around Christmas, so the store may need a new name. Velociraptor Store is more appropriate than just "Toy Sale," which is how they promote things.

Anyway, in honor of BYVTWD, I snagged some extra velociraptors to share with those who don't have dinosaurs at work.


Leave a comment and I'll draw names, and try to get the velociraptors sent in time for the winners to take them to work. Deadline is June 6, whatever time I think about it.

Friday, May 14, 2010

All we want to do is eat your brains...

Quick post, this. Was driving to the bullseye and neighboring box store yesterday, and saw the strangest thing. A cardinal was hopping across the street, chasing a mouse. Really? Do cardinals do that? Perhaps. Anyway, as I got closer, the bird flew off, well, at least made a short hop out of the road, and the mouse hung a U-ie and ran back across the road. At least it started. I'm not sure if it ran into/under my tires, but I may have made the cardinal's meal easier. It was the most surreal moment of the day.

Let's see, what else is going on? Speaking of surreal moments, visited Gretchen two weeks ago. On Saturday we were riding the subway back from Coney Island, after being part of a public display of knitting, when a Buddhist monk wearing a robe and sandals sat down across from us. He took our picture, because, you know, we were weird.

In other knitting news, working on my sweater quest. On #5 so far. Gretchen visited at New Year's and we knit the scoop pullover. I sent mine to Lista, as it was simply not flattering on me, although it looked lovely on Zuzu.

zuzu in finished sweater

Sweater #2 was Sonnet, although I did a stockinette body rather than garter, as I wanted to show off the yarn better. It still needs blocked, seamed, and buttons.

sonnet folded

Took a break in February for the Ravelympics. It was pointed out to me that I should be ashamed of myself, being a knitter without a scarf, so I made one. A nice, green Clap(otis).

green clap

Started an Icarus, but despite my crazy spreadsheet, I realized that I was going to run out of yarn. So I have some frogging to do, and then more lace to knit. No rush, though, so I'm trying to catch up on my sweater-making.

icarus start

Sweater #3 is Max! Sadly, I haven't done the ears yet, and have been terrible about progress shots, so I'm ganking one of the designer's. I have a present to send to her, so hopefully she won't mind. Anyway, it just needs ears, blocked and buttons.

Max WIP Grrrrr

Sweater #4 is the Einstein Coat, as I was going to see Wye Oak and Shearwater and wanted something mindless to keep my hands busy while my ears were occupied, and what is more mindless than 400 rows of garter stitch? It, too, needs blocked, seamed and buttons, but it also will get a collar. I want to block it before I seam, since we all know that EcoWool can grow and grow, and I don't want bunchy seams. Plus I hate seaming, and procrastination is good.

einstein coat with one sleeve

Sweater #5, finally, is the Vine Yoke Cardigan. I have been drooling over this pattern ever since it was published, and I've had the yarn, but had too much other stuff going on to start it. Finally! I have the right front done and about a third of the right sleeve.

vine yoke right front

Oh yeah, and along the way I knit an angora-merino-silk neckwarmer for my mom. She gets to sew her own buttons on, because that way they might be attached sometime this century.


Also, I didn't really want to take a sweater's worth of yarn to NYC, so I brought socks. Strawberry mojito socks, even! Berrylicious! Nicola is a wonderful designer and a lovely person, and lets me test-knit even though I'm pathetically slow and stuff. Anyway, they are gorgeous and my picture does not do them justice. Not at all.

strawberry mojito socks

Oh! I forgot about Gretchen's bag! Yes. I made her one. I don't think I've uploaded good pictures yet, so none to share, but hopefully soon... I need to find my camera, as the pictures are still in it.

Anyway, I need to get moving to work. Eek! Too much to do! Have fun!