Monthly Archives: February 2009

Gone MIA?

It hasn’t been THAT long since my last post, but I feel weird if I don’t post at least once a week… yes, I’m strange like that. Things have been going well in dog-world around here. Hitchcock is adorable and such a good puppy. We’re doing very well in training and he and Kubrick are total BFFs, which makes me happy as they are just great together. I think this picture pretty much sums up how happy Kubrick is to have a little brother… do you see that big grin on his face?

Thanks for the little brother, Mom!

These are a few of my favorite pics of the two of them (and yes, they do spoon, haha!):

Keeping Warm

Sleepy Heads

Safety Zone

I named this one “Ack! Help!” because Hitch’s paws in it crack me up!

Ack! Help!

Some of my favorite pics of Hitchcock alone:

Smile with my Bone

Tastes Good

He has the cutest butt:

Splayed Out - Yellow

Peekaboo

And just for kicks, one of Kubrick looking stinkin’ cute!

My what big EYES you have

Other than taking care of the pups, work’s been keeping me really busy. We’ve had some good news, though, as DH received his annual bonus and an increase in salary (yay!). The bonus went straight into savings and hopefully that’s where it will stay until we can buy a house. Next year maybe. 🙂

Also, I did get to see two movies in the last two weeks and really enjoyed them both (Coraline and Slumdog Millionaire) and would recommend them for sure. Of course, Coraline is based off a children’s book so it’s definitely a movie for kids, but I really liked it! I was SO impressed with the 3D and what they can do nowadays. The last 3D movie I went to was in the 80s where they only used 3D effects to scare you or have you try to grab thing in the air. In contrast, the 3D in Coraline was used to give depth (most of the 3D was going INTO the screen) and add interest. It was very well done. Plus, Neil Gaiman is my other platonic love (up there with Jared Flood, if you can believe it) and he wrote it, so that makes it a pretty great book in my world! Slumdog Millionaire was an amazing movie as well and I’m so glad it won this year’s Oscar for Best Picture. Not to mention all the other awards it won – I LOVE the soundtrack… I’m listening to it right now. If you haven’t seen it or heard the music in it, I highly suggest you get to it!

In other happy news, now that Hitchcock doesn’t need to be supervised 24/7, I’ve been able to pick up my knitting again. I’ve been continuing on with my Girasole blanket and am almost at the edging… just one more chart to finish (there are 7 charts to work through for those who are not knitting this) and I’ll be able to do the bind-off edging, which I’ve heard takes just about forever to finish as it’s so time-consuming. It does look gorgeous when done, though! Here are pictures of my Girasole so far:

Girasole Blanket - WIP

Girasole Blanket - WIP

Girasole Blanket - WIP

And one close up:

Girasole Blanket - WIP

I just love how it’s knitting up. It’s just gorgeous and SO soft and warm. I don’t even need to use a blanket when knitting with it as it keeps me warm as I go. 🙂

In other knitting news, I’ve been bad bad bad (yes, that bad) and bought some yarn this week. I wasn’t supposed to be buying ANY yarn… at least DH knows and didn’t say anything… maybe he feels sorry for me and my huge yarn stash that was definitely needing some MORE pretty yarn? Yeah… I’m totally worthless, I know.

First up, I am just absolutely going gaga over this yarn. It’s Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in Strawberry-Limes rainbow color. It is SO soft to the touch, I think I’m in love:

Mini Mochi Sock Yarn

I also got some Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select in Go Green… I love the color!

Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select

As if that wasn’t enough, I was able to snag some Mama Blue yarn! In case you haven’t heard, Mama Blue yarns are enormously difficult to get due to her updating and them all being snatched up right away. I tried for 5 different skeins and was only able to get one (they sell out within seconds of being posted), but I am so happy with the one I got – I would be lying if I said I didn’t covet it in Ink (seriously, check out that blue!), though! I think I’m going to make a hat out of it… not sure which hat is worthy of it, though. I haven’t received it yet (just bought it a couple of days ago), but you can click here to go check it out. The color is pretty gorgeous, no?

I also (yes, I know… more yarn??? Did you forget that I mentioned I was bad four times above?) snagged some absolutely gorgeous sock yarn from fiberphiles! This is freaking gorgeous yarn and it is so squishably soft, it’s hard to let go of it. I cannot WAIT to knit with it. As I haven’t taken pictures of the skein I’ve received (I bought three, ack!), I’ll just direct you to her sale pages for them. First up is the Raspberry Tart that I fell in love with. I just love the colors in this one and was so happy to get it – there’s still one left if you like it too. 😉 I was also able to get a BFL/Nylon sock blend in Black Cherry and the minute she posted (and no, I’m not kidding), I snagged this absolutely gorgeous Coastal. I had my eye on it when she posted a sneak peek in the Ravelry group and I knew I had to get it… I pretty much stalked that shop around the time she said she was going to post just so I could get it. Yes, I love it that much.

I can’t wait to receive these last few skeins… I think I might die and go to yarn heaven. Not a bad way to go, if you ask me!

Sorry for such a long post, but that’s what happens when I don’t post for a while… Hope all of you reading are well and keeping warm. I personally can’t wait until March… Spring is coming!!!

No time to knit

What have I been doing you want to know? I haven’t been knitting at all and I pretty much haven’t been outside for the last three days, though I’m planning on going outside today! And no, I haven’t been sick. This is how I’ve been spending all my time the last few days:

Snuggle Up

Enjoying a good flossie

Check out the sitting position on this one:
Sitting with a flossie

Taking over Kubrick's bed

Don't you dare take Teddy!

And though Kubrick didn’t warm up to his new little brother right away, they’re becoming friends now!
Doting brother

Paws Up

Just so you don’t forget about him, Kubrick would like to add that he is, indeed, still cute:
Mommy, I'm still cute!

Hitchcock is just the sweetest, happiest puppy, if you can’t tell by these pictures.

And, yes, I am in puppy heaven!

Puppy Lovin’ in California

I haven’t updated in a while… my presentations went okay (at least they’re done and over with) and I’m vacationing with family here in California. It’s been cloudy and rainy (boo!), but we have managed to go walk around when the rain stops so it’s been pretty good. We were walking around Monterey near the ocean and got to see some really cute seals! Make sure to click on the pics and look at them large (click on the All Sizes tab on Flickr) as they look best that way:

We see you

Mother with Baby:
Mother and Baby

Cute Face:
Cute Face

Squishy Face:
Squished face

And we also saw some Pelicans:
Taking off

Of course, the main reason for us being here is for sweet little Hitchcock who we got to meet on Thursday! He is the cutest, sweetest, happiest puppy! His tail wagged non-stop the entire time we were with him – it was adorable! We are totally in love. Sadly, I forgot my camera at my mom’s house when we went up to see him (I was very sad about this) so I have no pictures of him as we’re going to pick him up on Sunday and he’s not here with us now. I will definitely take pictures of him on Sunday (and on subsequent days!), but here’s a picture of him with Kubrick – who’s face is all wet – taken by a friend:

Photobucket

I can’t wait to take him home to New York! We bought him some nice sweaters today to keep him warm… he’s a California boy, after all, and needs to get used to snow. 🙂

Also, I’m excited because I got a new close-up filter for my lens! It makes it much easier to get beautiful close up shots, here are two that I got of an orchid and of sweet Kubrick looking at me:

Orchid

Lookin' at you

I don’t really have any knitting updates (sorry to my knitting friends) but I am more than halfway done with my Girasole blanket… I hope to finish it very very soon!!!

Hope your February is going well! 🙂

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