Miss B (as she is called in our house) sent me a hell of a gift last week.

Mama Blue Troika Sock in Siren

It is a similar base to Handmaiden Casbah–linked below–and just dreamy. And quite sought after. Her generosity isn’t surprising because it is just who she is, but it was a fabulous gift and surprise from someone who has been such a good friend for a long time. Thank you Bertha.


I also received the yarn that I ordered from Shivaya Naturals – a custom dyed fingering weight merino yarn in a wine red.

I think that the picture is a bit pinker than it is in real life–it is gorgeous.

I swatched on 6s and 7s for a Tempest

The yarn is a very smooth 2 ply. I would call it fingering or light fingering – The last sock yarn I knit was Handmaiden Casbah which is pretty thick. I started the sweater on size 7s but it was a bit too open, so I ripped back and am knitting it on 6s. I haven’t gotten very far–pictures will be forthcoming.


A few weeks ago we were in san francisco.

My brother taking a picture of my dad in his apartment.

Finished socks.

I registered on which I had heard about for a while, and it is pretty neat (to track food and exercise).

And I ran yesterday, with the intent of getting back into cardio shape to run the same race I ran last year. I am redoing the couch to 5k program since it is been maybe four or five months since I have run any decent distance. I started on week four (see program here) which went pretty well.

Working on an embossed leaves sock out of handmaiden casbah–pictures next time.

I have been knitting.

Began: 28 April 2008
Finished: 19 May 2008
Yarn: 3 Skeins Sundara Yarn Aran Silky Merino in Ruby Port
Needles: Sz 8

It is SO soft and comfortable. I love it, and it was a smooth knitting process (no mistakes, no ripping back. Just how I like it.)


Central Park Hoodie

Cast on Feb 9 and Finished April 8

Knit in Cotton-ease.

And awesome! I love this sweater–I wore it to work today and was happy all day long (well, as happy as one is at work).

I am now working on socks (Sundara sock yarn in Bronzed Forest):

I spent last weekend down in Del Mar with some good knitting friends.

Anna and I drove down to the hotel and met Margaret Saturday morning. From there we hit the yarn stores (5 in total), where I purchased very little (some yarn needed for classes on the cruise.

Sunday morning we went to the beach. We had a great time there (and during the whole weekend. It’s nice when strangers tell you that you must be having fun. We were.)

Today is our 7th wedding anniversary.

Before we went to dinner Saturday night.

We spent the weekend at my grandmother’s apartment in West LA (she was out of town, so it was like a big, fancy hotel room.)

We had a really nice time, a lot of eating, some shopping, and running down at the beach. We both agree that we could live in her neighborhood, and be very happy. We loved running at the beach in Santa Monica, walking to the Farmer’s Market, and otherwise just hanging around.

Of course, there was a stop at a yarn store (because T loves me, and I spend hours and hours searching for a pair of shoes for him). We went to Wildfiber in Santa Monica, which was just as nice as the last time, except they no longer seem to be carrying Socks that Rock/Blue Moon Fiber Arts, which was a bummer.

I did get some yarn though:

Kollage Cornucopia, made from corn fibers somehow. My parents bought me two of those skeins, I bought a third.

Sublime Yarns Organic Cotton dk for Brighton. I did find some bag handles I liked, but the price was a bit much. I will probably make the bag (someday…) and then get handles.

I am knitting the hood of the Central Park Hoodie (the entire body and sleeves are done, and after the hood I have to do the button band and will be done.) Speaking of buttons, I bought some of those at Wildfiber too.

The ones of the left will be for the Malabrigo sweater I finished a while ago (and wear without buttons.) The ones on the right will be for the Central Park Hoodie.

So, my licensure hours have been approved, and a test date is set. And it is pretty soon. So the hardcore studying begins, and the hardcore knitting and running (though that hasn’t been too hardcore lately) get put on hold.

I did get some knitting done the past few weeks though.

The back of a Central Park Hoodie, in Cotton-ease (50 cotton/50 acrylic, so actually wearable in Southern California.) I also have one of the fronts completed (it is a cardigan), and have started the second front. But, I plan on not knitting, until the test is over. (Of course, this is test 1 of 2. So passing this one is just another part of the process, not the end. But a big part nonetheless.) So this sweater will need to sit for a bit. Well, I do have knit night, and I will get a bit of knitting done there, but not much (we talk as much as we knit.)

Also, I don’t think I showed these:

Charade socks in Fleece Artist Sea Wool (thanks Lisa!).

The toes are a bit weird–a different decrease than I normally do, plus one glaring error. But they are soft, and nice.

And I don’t do this much (ever?), but if you could send out positive thoughts that I will pass this test, it would be very appreciated. The stress is a bit much — and is just building.

Today I am mailing off my application to test for my LCSW. This is an application 2.5 years in the making, and I am really, really proud. (All I actually had to do to get to this point was work, organize my supervision, and take some classes. The testing is still to come. But I am still proud that I stuck with it, making sure I got what I needed.)

I am knitting, on some socks (which are much farther along than you see here but it is grey and rainy) and still running (so far i have run 25 miles this month, and plan to run today, which is pretty far for me. Of course some people do this in a week, but I am still happy with it.)

Lots of parentheses here, sorry about that. Life keeps going in steps, one at a time. And I am happy to have finished this one.

And a scarf I finished, for good measure. It is 100 percent alpaca and incredibly soft and squishy. I am not smiling because I look silly when I do so in pictures. I should work on that.

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