Wednesday, February 21, 2007

sweet georgia sock
Originally uploaded by Needleworks, Inc..
I've been a busy little bee the last 4 days. I've been working like mad and you would not believe what I've been doing.

Saturday I spent on the site of this short film that heavily featured a cockroach. A real cockroach.

From Sunday to yesterday I was working my little fingers to the bone sewing purple, spangly octopuss legs for a drag queen costume for this Off Broadway play. Oh, and a suit made out of green fur. For real.

The upside is that I knit almost an entire sock from my Sweet Georgia Speed Demon sock yarn! I'm finally knitting a sock and liking it. I'm' using Speed Demon in Velvet Underground and a 32" size 5 circular needle. I *heart* the magic loop!

Oh and I apologize for the abundance of cat hair in the picture. If you have an allergy, you should look away. Quick!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

homey tuesday

veggie soup
Originally uploaded by Needleworks, Inc..

Today was kind of like a vacation day at The Works. Did you know that every Tuesday there is an X-Files marathon on Sci Fi network? I spent the whole day watching Mulder and Scully and making comforting food.

I made a Birthday Resolution to be healthier. I figured, hey, I'm 30 now, time to get my act together. I'm trying to undo a lot of the unhealthy living I've been doing over the last couple of years by starting a whole new healthy eating regime. I've always been a big advocate of eating whole foods and eating seasonally, but I've had to come to terms with the fact that a baguette and a weel of brie does not make for a proper dinner. (OK, maybe once in a while...)

So, this veggie soup is an old stand-by. It's totally healthy and totally comforting. I also made the most amazing turkey pasta ragu. I'm eating whole wheat pasta, which is a really big concession for me, having been raised in a very Italian-American household, but all in the name of healthy living. Right?

I also made Orangette's chickpea salad, which I'm really excited about. Overall, I cooked up about 2 weeks worth of meals, maybe more, for under $30!

Oh, and knitting, I'm plugging along on The Urban Naturalist's sweater. I'm made peace with the the intarsia and I feel like I'm making progress.

Monday, February 12, 2007


buffalo chart
Originally uploaded by Needleworks, Inc..

This is where I've been camped out for 2 days. I'm valiantly trying to finish The Urban Naturalist's sweater. See all the essential items I've gathered around me so that I don't have to leave the couch?

This is not my first attempt at intarsia. You may have noticed my Wobbly Circles Tote languishing for some time on my progress bar. I have to admit that I don't really think it's for me. I'm having a really hard time enjoying knitting this.

I started out trying to simply strand the leg section using a fair isle technique, but it looked so, so horrible I tore it all out. Now I'm using intarsia on the whole thing. It looks a lot neater and more pollished, but I have more little bobbins and butterflies hanging off of my knitting than you can possible conceive.

The front of the sweater went so quickly that this is a little discouraging, but I will soldier on! Never fear! I was hoping to have it completed by Wednesday, but that may be just a little ambitious. Blast, again!

Monday, February 05, 2007

actual size

actual size
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These are my Moo cards. Have you heard about these? They are floating around blogland and I just had to get some of my own. I love them! They're so cute!

Those of you who use will chose a random sampling of your images (or carefully select them yourself) and print 100 cards, with your choice of a message on the back. I chose 50 images and so I got 2 of each image on a card. I like to think of them as collectors items, kind of like Garbage Pail Kids.

"Did you get the ponpoms? I want the ponpoms! I only have the stupid furniture!"

Get 'em while you can.