Tuesday, July 31, 2007

AH Wednesday! You know what that means?

YES! Wednesday came fast this week. I decided on my AH of the week. Matthew McConaughey. I chose on Saturday while I was watching the crazy chic flick "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." I've been watching movies in Spanish to learn, but when I pulled that one out, I needed to see it in English so I could hear his voice. Not one of my favorite movies, but well worth the AH factor. There's also the "Willing suspension of disbelief" factor going strong here. Matthew has got this rich southern accent that sounds fantastic. His family in the movie are all New Yorkers with New York accents. Very loud, typical New Yorker accents. Hmmm.

Quotable Tuesday

"Everyone thinks I'm a hypochondriac. It makes me sick."--Tony Randall as Felix Unger on The Odd Couple
I read through a pile of inspirational quotes today to find this one that hit the spot.
Leaving work on time tonight. The bamboo hasn't shown up yet, so I'm moving on a top made out of cocoa brown bamboo with green trim. about 25% completed. Pics to follow later today.

Friday, July 27, 2007

I swear, I'm innocent!

I was reading one of the Bettie blogs a few minutes ago and saw that a visitor had come to the Bean the other night and was knitting a licorice thong! I had seen a pattern for this a couple of years ago before I knew how to knit. I hadn't saved it since I figured that I would never know how to knit well enough to make it. Really, all I did was to google "Knitted licorice thong" Waddya know? Not only do I get the licorice thong, but actual pay dirt! Click here: http://www.knitty.com/issuesummer04/PATTiris.html

Way, way cool stuff here! I thought knitty would never need a shout out. Let's start talking! My fave is ummmm the men's thong. No! the mon petit chou! NO! zaftig! To borrow a word from Sarah, "HOLY HELL!!"

Here's the pic above for what started my Friday afternoon journey!

Off to the mailbox and hope my bamboo is there so I can pick it up at the Post Office. Then to Walgreens for licorice, then who knows! Old San Juan?

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

AH Wednesday/ FO Wednesday

Here I am, sitting on my front porch, drinking some way potent Puerto Rican cafe con leche and racking (Wracking?) my brain trying to come up with my ass hat of the week. OMG, David Stein flies in outta nowhere right onto my head. LOOKIE HERE at this guy! To top it off, he's got a great voice. He's the voice on early morning radio for Sporting News Radio. When I was in South Florida, a local AM Sports station was playing his show. I had gotten into the habit of waking up in the middle of the night. Since I've never had insomnia, I was at a loss about how to deal with it. I started to turn on the radio and even though I LOVE baseball and baseball talk, I found that talk radio put me right back to sleep. Even though the show is only played in some markets, you can get it on AOL radio for free. Check out http://radio.sportingnews.com/. The best part of the show is that David talks about a wide variety of topics, not all sports related, but always very interesting. Haven't heard any knitting talk yet, but that's because we haven't hit the airwaves yet! Nothing like a little AH!!! Now that I've found that he's on AOL radio, I can wake up, knit and listen. Great ass hat too.

For the knitting talk, I've decided to make the next few days an extended FO weekend. I finished the heartbreakingly cute baby kimono from Mason-Dixon Knitting for baby Diego, soon to be the first BD Biosciences baby! We're thinking that we should but a playpen, put it in the cubicle area and pass the little guy around. Muchas tias y tios! Many aunts and uncles for el nene. I'll also finish my first shopping bag and my son's bathmat.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Quotable Tuesday?

I was reading the Yarn Harlot this evening after work http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/ and found this quote by CS Lewis:

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

I love quotes and consider myself a serial collector.

She was blogging about travelling to meet her knitting buddies and recommended cultivating friendships with other knitters so that you could travel to spend time with them. Great idea! I just want to let everyone I know that my door in Puerto Rico is WIDE open and y'all are welcome. I know, I tell you practically every day.

I'm trying to figure out a catchier name for Quotable Tuesday, but until I do, I've got an unlimited supply of quotes to share.

Monday, July 23, 2007

My first Knitting Lingerie Style Project Choice

Drum roll. please!

The fit-n-flare skirt! Ta Da! Enough with the exclamation points already chica!!!

Go here to the Knitting Lingerie Style Knit A long http://yarncrawl.typepad.com/lingeriestylealong/

Here's an example of the skirt (not mine) :

After a consult with Missa at Kpixie, I decided on the SWTC new bamboo that she promised is softer than the older SWTC bamboo. The book recommends a wool that I thought would be too hot for "you know where" My babies were shipped USPS priority this afternoon. Maybe they will be here in time for a weekend of beach knitting.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Hey Mike Rowe! Lookie here at my girl, Brandi

Get yourself over to the Indian Ocean and visit one of your biggest fans, Brandi.

She and her cohorts are doing really dirty work over there and they've been out at sea so long that they've been missing your show. I sent her a DVD of your shows, but she's already got it all memorized.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Happy Birthday Betties!

It's the Sweet Stitchin' Betties second birthday! What cute toddlers we are!
http://sweetstitchinbetties.blogspot.com/ Here's a toast to all of you ladies who I miss everyday. Order me a Guiness and a Shepherd's Pie. Despite my best efforts, I'm still here at work, so I'll be knitting at home and drinking a few Heineken Dark (the only dark beer I can find here on the island. Woo hoo! Knitting and Drinking, what could be bettier??

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Buenas Noches de Borders en San Juan

Good evening all from Borders in San Juan. This place is ALWAYS hopping! I'm almost out of battery power so I'll probably need to shut down in a few minutes. I got an e-mail from Brandi who's out in the middle of the sea for at least another 5 weeks. She went on her journey prepared with plenty of yarn and patterns to work on and she sent me an e-mail today with a question for my faithful readers:

She's making the Sexy Ribbed Pullover from Big Girl Knits and was wondering if anyone knows of any errata for the pattern? I googled and found a few notes for the book, but nothing about that specific piece. Anyone got any info to share?

There's gotta be some knitters here in PR! Lookie here. Mason-Dixon Knitting right next to Debbie Bliss's Only for babies en espanol. This is great news! I'm knitting in public every chance I get to attract attention.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Happy Fourth to All!

I took this picture last year at the Marlins game. I had just bought my camera and took about 200 pictures that night, including the one in my post a few weeks ago with my feet framing the game. I heard that here in PR, the only place where there might be fireworks would be in San Juan because that's where most people who want statehood live. In a few weeks another big holiday here we'll probably see fireworks. Puerto Rican Constitution Day.

In knitting news, I started a top called Sweetheart's shimmer. It's a pattern from South West Trading Company. That's the company that makes Karaoke (the soft yarn in beautiful colors that's made from soy). The pattern uses their bamboo and another yarn called shimmer. I ordered the bamboo and was so excited because it was sooooo soft on the skein. When I started to knit, the rows are actually rough to the touch. That's never happened to me. Did that ever happen to you??? I was considering this yarn for the Fit and Flare Trumpet Skirt from Knitting Lingerie Style by Joan Mc Gowan Michael. The book is fantastic! Any ideas for an alternate yarn choice would be appreciated. I don't want to use wool, but would like something swishy and cool! Pics tomorrow! It's too dark already here.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Wiki Waki Meme

Alrighty then! My friends:
Mimi, http://www.skullsnbats.blogspot.com/
Torii, http://heyfatlulu.blogspot.com/
and Sarah, http://jupitrpixie.blogspot.com/

have each posted their answers already to this meme. For some reason, when I try to make the links live, they disappear! So, copy and paste the oldfashioned way!
Here's the deal: Go to Wilkipedia. Type in your birthday (no year). Pick three events, 2 births and 1 holiday and post! Send me a link to yours!

3 events

1870 - Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming becomes the first woman in the United States to cast a vote legally after 1807. Woo hoo Louisa. Why don't we know more about the history of women talking the right to vote?

1995 - Cal Ripken, Jr. breaks Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played record.
Woo Hoo Cal! One of my favorite baseball players of all time. Beautiful eyes and candidate for ass-hat of the day. I'm finding a pciture NOW!

2000 - The Millennium Summit takes place.

2 births
1766 - John Dalton, British chemist and physicist (d. 1844)
Woo HOO! Fellow Chemist born on my b-day! Probably not a candidate for ass-hat.

1925 - Jimmy Reed, American blues singer (d. 1976)
I LOVE the blues!

1 holiday

Swaziland - Independence Day (from the United Kingdom, 1968).