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Tampa

There’s nothing like coming home from a trip but to tell you the truth – I so want to be back on the beach right now.  Rain for the next two days in the NY area? P.U.

Our little excursion to Tampa was relaxing with the only blemish being a 2 hour delay on our flight home.  It was fun though to hear our names being called over the airport PA though and when I say fun I mean terrifying! We had checked in early enough but the monitors just said delayed and nothing else so we figured we would wait it out by the food court.  I guess those gate people had another idea – they started boarding and didn’t update the monitors to let others in the airport know… so me and the man just sat there unknowing until I heard our flight call for final boarding… I swear I haven’t jumped like that since high school.   I love how calm the airlines people are when you’re hand is shaking because you were so freaked out about missing your flight only to find that you would be in the plane taxing for another 45 minutes.

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We stayed at the Pinkest Hotel on St. Pete Beach, the Don Cesar.  I laughed out loud when we drove over the Bayway and saw it appear on the horizon.  Overall, the room and service were excellent.  We ate at their Sunsets and Sun Porch restaurants and had excellent meals.  They apparently have a very popular Easter Brunch because the hotel was bumping when we arrived on Sunday.

The Don did host a ton of families – and nearly every kid thought the hot tub was their own personal pool so for those adults who like the private get-away this venue isn’t exactly the spot for you.  But if you don’t mind kids running around pools and splashing you from time to time from playing catch – you’re ok!

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On Monday night we went to see the NY Yankees play at Legend’s Field.  Our seats were on the Left Field side – 3rd row up.  We were making friends with the Philly’s bullpen and had a great view of Shelly "Cleats Up" Duncan and the pretty left infielders, Jeter and Rodriguez.  The hot dog wasn’t as good as the Bronx original but cheaper beer made up for it!

I did get some nice knitting done, having finished the back of  the Sadie cardigan and a few repeats of the Icarus shawl.  I’m now almost done with the two fronts and need to figure out how much I want to shorten the sleeves by.  I saw a beautiful version on Ravelry that had 3/4 sleeves which is what I think I’m going to go with.  I’m not very experienced in modifying patterns but I think sleeve length is a safe place to start.  I am always amazed at those knitters who can completely deconstruct a sweater and re-knit the whole thing (so easily it seems) to their delight.  I am such a fool for directions. 

A special thanks to Tiennie who sent me two gorgeous skeins of Koigu for being her 6,000 commenter!!  I think I’m getting close to my 2,000?? so I know it’s a huge milestone and I’m so excited to have been that person! Woo!  Well, here’s a little something to leave you all with…  we don’t get sunsets like this in Jersey – my Cali people you are so spoiled ;-).

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Tilted in Black

Tilted Duster

I recognize much like I did with the Tangled Yoke that I am not the first to knit this fabulous sweater (530+ on ravelry!), nor will I be the last.  To be quite honest I had a love/hate relationship – I loved the pattern but it wasn’t until I saw some great FOs around blog land and a knitalong request from my blogless friend Dana that I decided to cast on.

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What started out slow in November, the knitting picked up speed during my week off in between Christmas and New Years – I zoomed through the sleeves and the skirt.  But it sat around collecting all sorts of dust and even produced some wear  (can that be possible just laying there?) while I got busy at work and then seaming it up just seemed like such a chore! I was worried that once finished I wasn’t going to like it and the thought of finishing it just turned me off.   I confess that I had a sleeve… just one sleeve, sitting there half seamed for like 2 weeks.  I finally finished it at a knit group on a Tuesday night in a matter of one hour.  Yes, I am that lazy.  We won’t even talk about the buttons.

Yeah i know, haha this shot's been done before!

Pattern: Tilted Duster from Interweave Fall 2007
Yarn: Berroco Peruvia, Black
Needles: Size 10 addi circulars

But what can I say now… I love it! I really really do.  The more I wear it and see these pics I just love it more and more!  I had a lot of fun with the photoshoot.  My friend Patricia was fun enough to entertain my goofiness!  More photos of which can be found on my flickr account.  It really fits well and has a great look to it.  In the end I’m really glad I chose black as I feel it adds a lot of class. 

This will probably be the last you’ll hear from me before my Tampa trip! I’ll be back on Thursday with hopefully a lot of pics to show.  I’m bringing my newest knit on the needles, Sadie, a cute cardigan from Rowan 40 – so hopefully I’ll get a good amount done on the plane or poolside ;-)! 

Have a great weekend (Happy Easter!) and happy knitting!

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Like a poloroid*

There’s seriously nothing better than instant gratification.

My Bucket Hat!

Pattern:  A Better Bucket
Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in Vetiver
Needles: Size 7s addi turbos

I can barely keep a straight face today.  I woke up late, did some Spring Cleaning, got a mani/pedi and am now sitting at Patricia’s Yarns.  Pretty idyllic I know.  To top it off,  today is the first day of my Easter Break vacation from school.  My boyfriend and I are leaving on Sunday to go to Tampa for a little R&R and to catch one of the last Yankees spring training games.  I cannot wait to get to lovely 80 degree weather.

As for my Bucket Hat, I am so happy with it! It’s particularly great for my curly head as it doesn’t smoosh down the curls.  I did need to refresh my brain with the provisional cast on. (which is 3xs as fiddly when trying to knit a hat with Magic Loop) But beyond that this hat was very easy to knit – I will definitely be making more…

What’s next… a FO that’s Long Overdue for a blog post!

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*can you believe that Poloroid is stopping production on their film and cameras! What a loss! I hope someone will take it up so we can Shake it like a Poloroid Picture for years to come!

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feeling a little knitty giddy :-)

For some it’s chocolate covered strawberries.  For others it’s a nice short glass of Louis XIV.  For me it’s beautiful soft hand dyed yarn.

Malabrigo Yarn

My LYS, Patricia’s Yarns just got their first shipment of Malabrigo and I couldn’t be happier!  It comes right at the moment that I finally finished a long blogless project.  I can’t even tell you what kinda of knits I just want to dive into right now. Some I’ve already written about – others have just popped into my crazy knit filled head today.  Knowing I just HAD to start a Malabrigo project I casted on the A Better Bucket hat that has been popping up a lot in my Friend Activity on Ravelry.

I’m just past the provisional cast on (so fiddly!) and am just on the rim right now.  I haven’t made a hat in a long time so it’s nice to have a smaller project on the needles.  Obviously you know my feelings on Malabrigo – it’s just so soft!   And to think…. I have access to a huge stash of Malabrigo only a mere block from my apartment. 

Bliss!

And it’s just Wonderful.

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ms. school spirit

If you knew me in high school you probably would have thought I bled blue and white. I played basketball and softball for the Angels and my voice was always hoarse after my games from cheering so much.  I wore my plaid school skirt (proper length of course;-)) with pride and I still am close friends with the girls I was friends with there.

I even have a deep adversity to our biggest rival and tend to get all sorts of cranky when I hear about them beating our girls for the umpteenth time.  I guess I’ll always feel that way having been a student here and now being the Admissions Director. 

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I’ve definitely changed a lot in that time, replacing basketballs with knitting needles and bats with lots of yarn. I laugh because those that knew me as a basketball player could never see me as a knitter.  Not to mention those who know me as a knitter have a really hard time imagining me shooting 3 pointers. What hasn’t changed is the love and pride I have for my alma mater and always trying to make it better with whatever I can do to contribute.

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A few squares here and a few stitches there…

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Blanket made by myself and 4 other staff members and teachers for our school’s biggest fundraiser which will be this Saturday.  This will go to the highest bidder (who knows maybe me!).
 
Pattern was adapted from the Warm Up America Afghan Pattern.
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in blues and cream

GO ANGELS!