Monday, October 27, 2008

darn clearance bin

I went a little nuts in the clearance yarn bin at Michael's, and decided that the Knitty pattern "Fetching"would be a great Christmas pattern. The wristlets go very fast - and I wish I had a pair done now, because it's COLD outside. Brrr. All of the following yarn came from Michael's over a three day period.

  • 6 40g balls Bernat "Glow in the Dark" (70% acrylic, 30% polyester) in colorway Brilliant Blue (powder blue and white twist). This yarn actually glows in the dark! It's a bit splitty, has quite a halo, and 2 balls of the 6 are just being finished as "Fetching" wristlets.
  • 3 40g balls Bernat "Glow in the Dark" (70% acrylic, 30% polyester) in colorway Lilac Lustre (light purple and white twist).
  • 3 40g balls Bernat "Glow in the Dark" (70% acrylic, 30% polyester) in colorway Bright Blush (light pink and white twist).
  • 4 40g balls Bernat "Glow in the Dark" (70% acrylic, 30% polyester) in colorway Green Glow (light leaf green and white twist).
  • 2 60g balls Bernat "Cashmere Natural Blends" (65% acrylic, 30% nylon, 5% cashmere) in colorway Earth (rich brown).
  • 2 60g balls Bernat "Cashmere Natural Blends" (65% acrylic, 30% nylon, 5% cashmere) in colorway Coal (charcoal black).
  • 1 85g ball Bernat "Satin Sport" (100% acrylic) in colorway Taupe.
  • 1 113g ball Red Heart "Soft Yarn" (100% acrylic) in colorway Embers (brown, red, orange, cream, rust).
  • 1 141g skein Red Heart "Super Saver Multi" (100% acrylic) in colorway Peruvian Print (white, sky blue, leaf green, chocolate brown, teal blue, black/white dash). This may actually have a fair isle effect. I don't think I've seen that in RH SS before.
  • 2 50g balls Patons "Stretch Sock" (41% cotton, 29% wool, 13% nylon, 7% elastic) in colorway Mineral (sky blue, medium blue, grey, orange, brown)
  • 1 50g ball Lion Brand Yarns "Moonlight Mohair" (57% acrylic, 28% mohair, 9% cotton, 6% metallic) in colorway Safari (orange, reds, greens, black)
  • 1 170g ball Lion Brand Yarns "Vanna's Choice Print" (100% acrylic) in colorway Denim Mist (heathered blues)

I wish I could get a shot of the glow in the dark yarn - it really does glow. I think Ash and PK will like those - pink of course, for Ash, and the purple for PK.

Game 5 of the World Series has been suspended because of weather for the first time in Series history. Yahoo! has an article here, and I'm SO so so glad that Tampa tied up the game before they called a halt. The field was a real mess. I know Dan's going to smack me, but Go Rays!


new international teaser trailer for hbp leaked!

I originally saw this video courtesy The Leaky Cauldron's YouTube channel, and originally from TrailerAddict.

I want the movie NOW.


What do you think??

Saturday, October 25, 2008

attack of the videos

This was one of my favorite music vids - the literal version is so funny!

DR talking about NYC and Sardi's!! w00t!


See more Ron Howard videos at Funny or Die

I'm having a video attack. Forgive me.


nyc, day 2 (10 oct 2008)

Friday, October 10, 2008

Well, it’s actually Saturday morning – just after 1:30 AM.

It’s been an amazing full day!!

D and I started the day out with my first real NYC bagel! Okay, so it was a plain bagel with cream cheese, but there you go. We got a little bit of a late start – we were going to get up earlier than we did, but oh well. Breakfast was at about 10:30. We walked up and got Metro cards (and they will have paid for themselves by the time we leave) and then took the subway downtown. We actually changed our minds about three times ON the train, and ended up going to the Brooklyn Bridge first. We walked up to the first pylon and then back. Yes, I took lots of pictures - link here. I took pics of stuff I didn't know about until later - like the one of the Woolworth Building (used to be the tallest building in the world until the Chrysler Building o'ertopped it) and the American International Building (tallest building in downtown Manhattan now that the WTC is gone). Did I mention that it was an absolutely perfect day? I’d say 70 degrees and clear as a bell. W00t! Thank you, Ryan, for suggesting we walk across the Bridge. :)

Next stop, (after changing our minds again – we decided against Washington Square Park) we went on to Battery Park – we didn’t get to see much of the park (I wish we’d had more time – I’d have loved to look at the battlement ruins. Alas.) However! We got right on the ferry – an adventure in and of itself due to the 3 foot swells at the pier (check out this vid and this one too) – and went over to Liberty Island. Lots more pics! OKay, so, I went a little overboard (not literally). I got a great one of the Statue with the torch’s flame blocking the sun – I’m looking now to see if it turned out! (It did! I’ll link it here) Next stop of the ferry was Ellis Island. We rented the audio sets and did the tour – if you get a chance to go to NYC, this is the one thing that you should not miss. It was an amazing feeling, standing in the Great Hall of the main building and realizing that millions of immigrants went thru that same place. We even sat on original benches from the early part of the twentieth century. We were there for about an hour (we had to come back uptown to change and get the theatre tickets) so we did the tour quickly. Took pictures of the Manhattan skyline, the NJ shore, the building, everything. At least till the battery died on the camera. (ETA: Make sure to read the captions on the pictures - I detailed what we were looking at on each one.)

We got back to D’s Mom’s about 6ish – great considering it was rush hour, and we had to come some distance. We’d intending on sort of eating our way across the city – turned out that we mostly drank water across the city instead. Strawberry drink from Papaya King is yum and was very nice on the parched tissues.

Changed clothes, grabbed tix, and back out we went. We took the subway to 42nd, (which ended up being 40th, for some reason) and I got my first view of Times Square. People EVERYWHERE. The billboards go STORIES up the sides of the buildings. Wow. We did stop for “real NY pizza” – we’d last eaten at breakfast, remember – and then onto the show. The Broadhurst is a half of a block off of Broadway, and is next to the Shubert, which was showing Joe’s fav play – Spamalot! We got seated about 15-20 minutes before curtain. There WAS no curtain, but you know what I mean.

The sets are minimalistic, with a polygon-shaped step-up platform with 4 large blocks. You can actually see the setup in the WSJ video review - the footage they show is from the very beginning of the play, and nother spot later. Around the stage are life-sized wire horse heads, hanging on wooden doors. The ‘stage’ seating was almost like balcony seating, except it was facing the audience. We were about 40 feet from the stage.

The play was incredible. The ‘horses’ were very well-built men with chestnut pants and sheer form-fitting shirts, the large wire-form horse heads, and what appeared to be platform shoes – about 8-10 inches high and with horseshoe bases. Richard Griffiths was funny and thought-provoking at intervals, Kate Mulgrew played the Magistrate who brings Alan Strang to Dysart, and Dan, well, Dan was amazing. I had to laugh at one point – Dysart refers to the patients he sees as ‘freaks’ and then sees Alan for an appointment. Sounds like Uncle Vernon! The large blocks were used at times as a desk, chairs, beds, living room furniture, and hay bales. The lighting was very dramatic, the use of fog really created an atmosphere of dreams, and finally the nude scene was very well done, very tastefully done. I really need to sit and detail out how I felt about the play…there were places that there was laughter from the audience that I thought was rather odd, as the implications of the comments were serious. More on that later.

Sardi’s – salmon and swordfish. YUM. More tomorrow AM – the laptop battery is dying!


Friday, October 24, 2008

nyc, day 1 (9 oct 2008)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Well, we’re here in New York! The plane took off about an hour late, but we had clear skies all the way into LaGuardia. We flew in on a different route – we were within sight of the northern shore of Lake Erie for a good distance (it's weird being able to see across the whole lake...) – and then I was lucky enough to be on the correct side of the plane to get an absolutely wonderful view of downtown and midtown Manhattan at night. Everything was lit up. Amazing view. It looked like a wire construct from that height, and I managed to see the Statue of Liberty as well, out in the middle of the harbor.

We took a cab from LGA to D’s mom’s (she lives in the Upper East Side, I think the area is called Yorkville) – after dropping our luggage off, we walked to the Papaya King at 86th and 3rd for real NY hotdogs (according to D) and fruit drinks. YUM! We walked a few blocks up 3rd and then back over to the apartment. I hope the weather holds – it’s NICE outside!!

We’re going to see how much we can squeeze in tomorrow – we are coming back to change before going to the play. Mrs. G saved me a very nice picture and article from the Sept 14th edition of the NYT – I’ll take it into work and see if I can scan the picture in and post it somewhere. Probably on the PFW forum as well as the blog. (ETA: Haven't brought it in yet, but the picture that's on the link is the same one, and it took up most of the top of the front page of the Arts & Leisure section.)

I have purchased several of the Opal HP yarns – three last Saturday and another three Wednesday night. Saturday’s haul was Dumbledore, Ron, and Harry, and Wednesday’s was Draco, Lupin, and Tonks. Nancy still had all the colors, but she was down to 1 ball in a couple colorways. I brought Ron with me, as well as the pattern for the Lombard Street socks. D likes the Comfort Sox yarn, and now wants Twinkles as short-cuffed socks. :) (ETA: I have reviewed the above Opal yarns in a previous post.)

More later!!


Monday, October 20, 2008

yarn only

I wanted to get the yarn purchases from the last four weeks out of the way....first two are from Knitorious, the second two from Hearthstone Knits, and the 6 "Potters" from Weaving Department.
  • 1 100g ball OnLine "SuperSocke 100 - Savanne" (75% superwash, 25% polyamide) in color #1032 (cherry red, forest green, wine, white, sky blue, olive, pink)
  • 1 100g hank Ella Rae "Lace Merino" (100% extra fine merino superwash) in color #102 Primaries (bright yellow, green, pink, orange, deep purple, red, wine)
  • 1 100g hank Araucania "Ranco Multy" (75% wool, 25% polyamide) in colorway #302 Purple, Blue, Ecru (purples, blue, wine, aqua, white)
  • 1 100g hank HPKY "Sock Superwash Merino Donegal" (65% superwash, 25% nylon, 10% donegal) in colorway Madama Butterfly (gold, orange, wine, brown, purple, blue, black)
  • 1 100g ball Opal "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (75% superwash, 25% polyamid) in colorway Ron (orange, burgundy, gold, cream, blue, grey, pinkish grey)
  • 1 100g ball Opal "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (75% superwash, 25% polyamid) in colorway Draco (dark blue, grey, light blue, white, forest green)
  • 1 100g ball Opal "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (75% superwash, 25% polyamid) in colorway Dumbledore (blue, pink, grey, green, wine, white, gold, brown)
  • 1 100g ball Opal "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (75% superwash, 25% polyamid) in colorway Tonks (yellow, pink, grey, white, green, wine, teal)
  • 1 100g ball Opal "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (75% superwash, 25% polyamid) in colorway Lupin (yellow, orange, green, grey, pink, blue, white, red, black)
  • 1 100g ball Opal "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (75% superwash, 25% polyamid) in colorway Harry (dark blue, purple, lime, white, fuchsia, red, sky blue, indigo)

Ron is already on the needles - I've started a pair of socks using the pattern Swan Song Toe-up Socks from WendyKnits - the pattern is available from the Loopy Ewe or from Wendy's page. I've started and frogged it three times - once, I was trying Lombard Street (needs a semi-solid or a solid), then on US3s (too big) then on US2s (still too big) - and now I'm cruising on US1s with magic loop. Zoom!!

That's all for today - I went to the zoo with Rae and her husband's Aunt Becky and am pooped!


Saturday, October 18, 2008

still breathing, more coming

Yes, I'm still alive and kicking. No, I'm not ready to post my 'notes' yet!

I've had a lot go on in the last three weeks - bought yarn, had some time off work, and oh, yeah, went to New York and walked my feet off! I didn't have internet access while I was there, so I did a journal - which is almot 8 Word pages long and is still not completed. I'll post, I promise.

Here's a tidbit:

I liked the blurb about it:
'Equus' Revival Impresses 9/25/2008
WSJ's theater critic Terry Teachout says the new Broadway revival of "Equus" --starring Daniel Radcliffe, of Harry Potter fame -- is an impressive production and a "near ideal" revival of the play. (Sept. 26)

Amazing play. Really really.

Yarn reviews, journal notes, and links to NYC pics (I took almost 300!!) are coming soon. Patience, grasshoppah.


ETA: Have I mentioned I love XKCD? His disclaimer:

Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).