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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

     I hope yours was better than mine..  Had no reason or excuse to dress up (I was hoping that I would have an opportunity to wear my high school prom dress and the tiara I have to be a princess... oh well.  Next year!), had class tonight including a dual-chapter test in my ASL class, and came home to an empty house (that we didn't decorate) at 9 PM, after everyone had gone home from trick-or-treating.  Not that there were many kids out to begin with.

     A pretty shitty Halloween.  Granted, it would have been better if I wasn't stuck at home because I have less than half a tank of gas in my car that I can't fill up because I have next to no money in my bank account, because I don't have a job.  But, since I don't, there wasn't a whole lot I could do to make the holiday better this year.  I was really bummed that I didn't even have a few dollars for a bag of candy to eat, in place of going out and having fun, but luckily there was a lot left over at my dad's house that my sister and I split.

     So here are some lovely pictures for you.  The sign was on my front door that my mom hung up, because no one was going to be here all day/night, and the pumpkins are at my dad's house.

     I hope your night was amazing!

currently listening to.... Those Sweet Words - Norah Jones

Saturday, October 29, 2011

This & That #2

This:  The knitting mess I am thinking about organizing sometime tonight.  It's starting to bug me that I have to look right at it every time I go in and out of my room.

That:  Breakfast and lunch in one.  Possibly dinner, too.


currently listening to.... Why Can't He Be You - Norah Jones

Friday, October 28, 2011

Knitwear Finds

     So I was at Target the other day, and found some gorgeous knitted accesories!  I had to stop to finger them, and store it away in the back of my head to replicate someday.  I kind of love these berets!  As soon as I have a job again, I am so going to make a few of them.

Cable Brim Hat for $12.99

Loop Scarf for $16.99

Fliptop Gloves for $10.99

Earflap Hat for $14.99

Basketweave Fliptop Gloves for $10.99

Brim Hat for $12.99

     If you have a chance, make sure to stop by your nearest Target and check these (and others!) out.  Or just make them yourself!  :)

Happy Friday!


currently listening to.... If  I Knew Then - Lady Antebellum

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pastel Skies

     So today, Will had his third batch of X-Rays taken - only one more to go!  In a month's time, though.  His surgeon said they looked amazing, and I quote!  His bones have completed fused back together, and he was told to start walking again today - he's been on crutches for the last seven whole weeks.  I asked if he should transition into walking from the crutches at all, and he said it may take a few hours to completely transfer over (since Will's calf muscles have nearly disintegrated from not using them), but wouldn't you know it, Will walked straight out of the office without any help!  He has absolutely detested not being able to walk for so long, and I loved being able to watch him do it again.

     Above and left are the first X-Rays taken of his feet, in July.  The one on the right was taken today.  His doctor drew angles between the first and second metatarsels so we could see the difference the surgery made: a huge difference!  If you can't read them, the before angle is 10º and the after angle is 3º.  Success!

     After we got home, we went up on the ranch for a bit, simply because it's nice to drive the four-wheeler across 360+ acres overlooking endless miles in every direction.  Hope you enjoy the pictures!

     ALSO: we found four week-old lambs on the ranch!  They are sso adorable!  They look like kittens bouncing around in the grass, and it's so precious to watch - check out the pic below.


currently listening to...  Someone Like You - Adele

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Soft and Sweet

     First off, I can't believe I'm making a post before noon. This is seriously amazing, considering most of my posts are done in the wee hours of the morning!

     This was a mug warmer I made over the weekend, and something I've been thinking about making for months, but never got around to.  So glad I finally did!  This thing is amazing; I love it to death.  I drink hot chocolate seriously all the time, and it's annoying that I can barely touch the mug for five seconds when I pull it out of the microwave, for it being so hot.  Problem solved! I've already used the warmer a few times, and it absorbs enough of the heat of the mug to make it the perfect temperature to wrap my hands around it, which is one of my favorite things about hot beverages!

     I decided to use this yarn I have on hand that's been sitting unused since spring.  I fell in love with it the instant I saw it and immediately bought two skeins of it!  It's by Nashua Handknits in Granite; the color is called Teal.  70% wool and 30% acrylic of gorgeousness that I could just eat up!  I just love how beautiful this yarn is.

     As for the lovely buttons, they are courtesy of my sewing basket - I had no idea they were there, and got super lucky, because they match perfectly!  The pattern is a varigation of the seed stitch, and the loops were made as I-cords.  If you'd like the pattern, feel free to ask and I can write it up for you!

     Tomorrow Will has an appointment to have more X-Rays taken of his foot; these will be the first since the ones that were done an hour after his surgery (September 9th), and will give us some indication of how his foot is healing.  Should be fun!

     Have a great Wednesday!


currently listening to.... Howl - Florence + The Machine

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fremont Football Game

     As I said in my last post, Will and I went to a deaf school's homecoming game in Fremont on Saturday, which was really great!  We were at California School for the Deaf at Fremont's campus (there is a second campus in Riverside), which is a residential K-12 school.  My ASL teacher requires us to attend one deaf event on our own time during the semester, and this was one that I was really interesting in going to, and knew that Will would want to come with me, since he played football in high school and loves the sport.  Plus, I needed him to translate for me, because I never have any idea what goes on in a football game.  :)  Even though I don't particularly care for the sport, I enjoyed the afternoon in the sun with Will as he taught me the rules.

     Anyway, here are some pictures from the game!

     Fremont shut out Riverside 60-0, so it wasn't a very exciting game, but fun nonetheless!

     I know it's been awhile, but I will be making a knitting post tomorrow, so be on the lookout!


currently listening to.... Don't You Remember - Adele

Friday, October 21, 2011

Please Take a Number

     That's what it feels like, at least, with all the interviews I've had lately...  Please take a number.. By the time we reach that number, you might have a job.  I would really like to just have work again, and not have to watch the numbers in my bank account dwindle even further..  Anyway, this is the outift I wore to my interview today as a receptionist at a swanky and very contemporary hair salon in town.

dress: forever 21  cardigan:  calvin klein  boots: macys  nail polish: opi in dutch tulips

          I know the dress looks black and white, but it's really a dark navy!

     On the agenda tomorrow is attending the California School for the Deaf at Fremont's Homecoming game with Will, for my ASL class.  Should be really quite interesting!  I'm looking forward to it.

     Hope you're enjoying the start to your weekend!


currently listening to... Tighten Up - The Black Keys

Thursday, October 20, 2011

5 Must-Have Knitting Accessories

     I took a break from my knitting as I watched tonight's episode of CSI: Las Vegas, and instead logged onto Etsy and after tooling around for a little while, A led to B, which led to C, which led to this post about amazing knitting bags and other accesories.

     First on the list is a bag with pockets on the outside, which is perfect for an organizational freak (I really need to fix the mess of knitting containers I have...) like me.  But really, it drives me up the wall when I'm frustratingly digging in my bag for a knitting needle, stitch marker, safety pin, etc., and can't find it.  What a  great solution!

     Next is a gorgeous, to-die-for needle case.  I really, really want this exact same thing but as a clutch!  I am obsessed with the fabric and style of this case.  I do have a needle case that my grandmother made for herself years and years ago, and even though I love having it to store my straights and DPNs in it, it is pretty basic and not nearly as much as eye-catching as this one is!  It also has a huge number of pockets (!!).

     Third is a really cool bag that you (literally) have to see for yourself.  I first clicked on it because of the pretty paisley-esque pattern (I swear I didn't plan that!), but then looked closer once I saw the other images.  This bag is constructed in such a way that when it's opened it folds open into a square - so ingenious!  I can't stand drawstring knitting bags because it's so difficult to see anything in it - the fabric falls in on itself, and you're left playing a version of that Halloween game where you stick your hand into a container and try to figure out what you're touching.  Never a problem with this bag!  Everything is always in sight, and folds up into a chic tote!

     Next is perhaps my all-time favorite accessory.  The fact that I just dissed this style of knitting bags is totally overshadowed by the fact that it is made out of a Gone With the Wind collage-type fabric!  I am a die-hard fan of that book and movie, as well as the book's sequel, Scarlett.  This would be the perfect bag to take a large project in, so small items won't get lost in it (as I said above).

     Last on my list, but absolutely not least, is "The Knitter's Tool Tin."  As soon as I have any spare cash, this is #1 on my to-buy list.  Number One.  Anyway, this woman has packaged a number of essential knitting tools and packed them very creatively into an Altoid's tin!  (Also note the magnet she attached to the inside so the needles are always at hand!)  I adore her originality with this idea, and the variety of images she used for the tin covers (my fave is the sheep!  Mostly because Will owns a sheep ranch though) .  I may even buy multiple tins for different purses or knitting bags, so I always have one with me!

     So what are your favorite and must-have knitting accessories?


currently listening to... Mythbusters!