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Monday, July 30, 2007

clicking pretty

I am happy to announce to you all that I type this post on our super-fancy, brand-new laptop computer. I'm feeling that fresh, giddy whirl that only comes from buying something new that I never indulge in.

We are not technologically hip people and I only completed the purchase today after calling my brother-in-law 4 times from the giant warehouse store and consulting with him at length (and very slowly) about gigs, processors and wireless cards.

After looking at the dizzying array of computers for sale at the store, I know that my computer is not fancy. It wasn't the very cheapest one, but almost.

At the store, my eyes wandered to the really shiny black laptops with the super-big screens and I wished a little bit that I could choose something sexier. But, then I got it home and, as if by a miracle, I found it transformed from homely to downright racy!

Great Scott! When did it become possible to browse the internet and listen to cheesy talk radio at the same time?!? I may have to begin exploring these podcasts I've heard so much about. Any recommendations?

Take my advice, and keep your current computer for 10 to 12 years, then go buy a new one.
It will blow your freaking mind.

If you've been checking in with me regularly, I thank you and I'm sorry for my absence.
There is so much to blog about. I'll save knitting news for another day soon.



Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monica (the first)

Pattern: Monica designed
Source: Knitty Spring 2007
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Pima Tencel
Needles: US 6 bamboo straights
Size: 2 yrs

As I was knitting the Anouk for little Skyler, my thoughts wandered occasionally to sweet Frances who is happily toddling around Tacoma.

Frances is the daughter of a dear friend who I don't get to see often enough. She is adorable. Her hair is striking auburn red and she has brown eyes that twinkle when she smiles.

Frances has been due a special little something from me since her birth and the deep eggplant and grassy green seemed like the perfect colors for her, so I ordered more Pima Tencel with Frances and the Monica pattern in mind.

Modifications: I'm not sure why the pattern calls for knitting two short straps from the front and back pieces and seaming them at the top of the shoulder. Instead,
I attached the straps under the top of the ruffle at the back and front. I chose to knit them sideways (by getting my gauge and measuring) with a garter stitch ridge at each edge and smooth Stockinette in the center and I knit them 6 stitches wide instead of 3.

Happy 15 month birthday, sweet Frances!


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