Knit it, Violet!
Finished objects, works in progress, and lots of rambling about two sticks and some string...
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
  The Pumpkin Patch!
About two weeks ago, we made our annual trek to the pumpkin patch.

The boys hunted for the perfect pumpkin.

Jaime took a roll in the hay.

Kellen and I were cute. (Jaime took this picture. Actually, he held the button down and took 6 of them.)

Then, Kellen found a new girlfriend.

I was abandoned in the Corn Maze. I got lost and had to make my way back out the enterance. I barely survived.

In the end, we found great pumpkins and had a lot of fun. I think I just might keep the boys around.

More photos on my Flickr, including some other autumn-but-not-pumpkin photos. And because this is a knitting blog, I'll have you know there was a sock in my purse the whole trip. I thought about sitting down and knitting in the corn maze until the boys rescued me, but then I realized I might die first, so I focused on making an escape. ;)

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Monday, October 22, 2007
  Thank you, SP!!
Despite being green with envy reading everyone's Rhinebeck posts, I'm one very happy knitter. Why, you ask? Because my secret pal rocks. Friday I came home to a card in my mailbox saying I had a package to pick up at the post office, and today my afternoon class was cancelled, so I had a chance to pick it up!

Check out all these amazing goodies!

Lots of candy (Kellen has a giant sweet tooth, too, so we'll see how long this sticks around), cute notecards, heart shaped post-its, a halloween notepad, a calendar/mousepad (my birthday month has a teapot on it!), some Tazo Awake tea (I'm wondering if she took at peek at the Tea group over on Ravelry, where I mentioned that this tea is my favorite for staying up with homework. I have a term paper coming up, so it's come in handy soon!), an adorable sheepy tape measure, a beautiful autumn leaves travel candle, a fresh scented shachet, and...

Yarn! 5 skeins of yummy Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, 3 in Claret heather, and 2 in black cherry heather. I'm not sure what I'll make with these yet, but it'll definitely be for me, and I can't wait. She also got me a skein of tofutsies, which I've been dying to try, also in a gorgeous burgundy colorway.

Thank you so much, SP! This past week has been pretty stressful (school and work, as usual...everything else is wonderful!) and the package was a really nice pick-me-up. I'm off to pet my yarn now!


Monday, October 15, 2007
  2 months 1 week 3 days
If it wasn't for that darn college education and working for a living, I would be getting a ton of Christmas knitting done, I swear! As it is, I'm doing okay. Here's a little update on what's been keeping my needles hot:

The Brother Sock. Okay, to be fair, this was a birthday knit, but I accidentally only ordered one ball of yarn, so only one was done on time. Okay, not entirely done. But why bother grafting when you can't start your second sock? I really need to order that second ball. I am a bad sister. oops.

The Other Monkeys. These are a Christmas gift, but I won't say for whom. It only one sock, but I wanted to give you a front and back view so you can see how the yarn is working up. I'm digging it.

Christmas Sweater #2. I'm quite a few inches into the body of this baby and so far so good. I hope the recipient likes it! I'm finished with the body of Christmas sweater #1, but after getting cocky with my sleeve modifications, I had to frog the entire sleeve, so it's on a shelf for awhile. I really need to get going on both, so I can start more gifts! I'm definitely feeling the pressure, but compared to the midterm pressures I've had going on this past month (I've gotten A's on all my midterms, and an 89% on another exam, by the way!) knitting pressures are pleasurable.

In other news, I went to the Midnight Madness S&B at Handmade Memories on Friday night with Karla and Kellen. It was a ton of fun, and it was great to meet other Humboldt knitters that I had previously only known through blogs and Ravelry. I also picked up a yummy skein of yarn for my Secret Pal's October package.

Speaking of Secret Pals, I got a sweet e-card from the person sending to me, who gave me some migraine tips, so I thought I'd update on the Migraine Situation. I went to the doctor a few weeks ago and got samples of Maxalt and Frova to try out. Then, luckily, I was headache free for a few weeks! This morning, I woke up with a monster one, though, so I took a Maxalt and it really helped! My only gripe is that it took quite awhile to kick in and it made me a little drowsy. I was able to go to work and school, though, and that's all I ask!

Okay, I just wanted to catch my little blog up on what's been going on in my neck of the woods. There's a lot more, but it's so hard to blog secret knits!

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Monday, October 08, 2007
  She's Aliiive
I am, in fact, alive and well. School is just absolutely exhausting this semester, and Christmas knitting is in full swing. Expect a huge catch up post soon, but for now....We inturrupt this knitting blog to bring you a public service announcment:

October is breast cancer awareness month, and I hope you don't need a reminder, but please do remember to perform a self-breast exam, and get a breast exam every year with your gynocological visit to your health care provider (no excuses about not going to that, either!). There are so many environmental dammages increasing our risk of breast cancer every year, it's scary. But by educating yourself and taking responsibility for your health you can do your part to stop breast cancer and keep yourself safe. Tell a friend!

Links: Check Your Boobies! (sign up for their email reminder!)
Humboldt Community Breast Health Project
Breast Cancer Action!

Read These Books:
Pink Ribbons, Inc. educational and eye oppening.
Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy. Such an inspiring (true) story of strength, hope, and survival.

Thank you for your attention. Your regularly scheduled Knit Blogging will resume momentarily.

PS: the yarn "boobs" are Plymouth Yarn's Suri Merino, in case you were curious.

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violet is a crafty girl with feminist values. knitting is her main squeeze, but she also flirts with sewing, embroidery, mosaics, jewelry making, block printing, and polymer clay. she's also been known to cook and garden. she loves a good thrift shop, teapots, and her boyfriend kellen.

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