10/27/2005 01:09:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Congratulations White Sox! These last two nights of baseball watching have been killing me in terms of sleep. Doug, however, stayed up long enough last night to TiVo some of the Sox players singing their World Series anthem "Don't Stop Believin'" with none other than Steve Perry himself. I can't decide which is funnier - the performance itself or the fact that Doug recorded it. I'm a little sad I'm leaving this weekend, because the city is going to be crazy as a result of the win. Anyway, not much knitting finishing was accomplished, so no pictures. I did start this scarf/shawl as an Xmas gift for my sister. I'll have lots of time to knit and read on my flight to Portland this evening. Ciao!|W|P|113043717596958907|W|P|The Sox have Deprived me of Sleep|W|P|10/25/2005 11:04:00 AM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|There's nothing like a shitty day (actually, weeks) at work to make you even more excited for a weekend away. This weekend my friend Claire and I are meeting my friend Sarah in Portland for a girls weekend (or so we hope - a long story I won't get into here). I've never been to Portland, and Claire and Sarah are my oldest friends (I've known them since 'nam), so I'm psyched to get out of here on Thursday night.

So, any Portlanders out there have any good yarn store recommendations, and shopping recommendations in general? I hope to finish my first Socktoberfest sock before I leave, and I've finished knitting the Quickie Baby sweater (just needs some finishing). So I hope to post some pics before I leave.

I've been tweaking the look of this blog of late - I'm thinking it's time to learn some HTML and get my own domain name. Sorry for the large font - not sure I like it but I can't figure out how to change it back!

|W|P|113025694394383449|W|P|Calgon, Take Me Away!|W|P|10/21/2005 12:54:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|God help us:
In preparation for her immaculately conceived, "Holmes said she and Cruise are putting together a baby room and that she's learning how to knit."
|W|P|112991738390653111|W|P|What Would L. Ron Hubbard Say?|W|P|10/19/2005 08:42:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|I know they exist, but today was the first time I've ever seen one - a man knitting. But this wasn't just some guy sitting in the park or on the train knitting. This guy was walking and knitting socks! And he wasn't just walking, he was hauling ass, with the ball of yarn sticking out of his left pocket. I was walking to my El stop after work, and I usually keep a good speed and navigate my way around clueless tourists. But knitting man was trucking, and so focused. We stopped at the same corner for a few moments, and I wanted to compliment him on his lovely socks - they really were nice. But he seemed so focused, I did not want to disturb him. Damn, my Cardinals are down 3-0 in the 5th. Doug is a White Sox fan, so a Cards-Sox World Series would be fun in our house. Still working away on my first sock, but in the meantime I finished this scarf for my brother's 25th birthday on Sunday.
Pattern: basic 2X2 rib Yarn: Brown Sheep Burly Spun
|W|P|112977345979232617|W|P|Walking Man Knitting|W|P|10/17/2005 02:33:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|This weekend we saw two movies of diametrically-opposed subject matter. The first, 40-Year Old Virgin, was so damn funny! And no, all of the good parts are not in the commercials. The ending muscial/dance sequence alone is worth the ticket price. The second, from my Netflix que, was Capturing the Friedmans. My lord, is that family fucked up. It's one of those movies that is uncomfortably disturbing but captivating at the same time. How is the oldest son David the most popular birthday clown in NYC?? I got in a 30-mile bike ride on Saturday to the North Branch Chicago River Forest Preserve. I think the fall color is either at or near peak - it was really a beautiful ride, although my body is still getting used to my road bike. I need to do some major upper-body strengthening over the winter! Cooked a yummy dinner on Sunday night - a creamy tomato soup from the latest Cooking Light magazine. I also made a failed attempt at baking a pumpkin focaccia bread from the same issue. I'm such a sucky baker - it was not good at all. Lately I've been having a yeast problem (no, not that kind). The dough did not rise enough, but I baked it anyway. What resulted was an orange, tasteless loaf. My first sock for Lolly's Socktoberfest is coming along...I'm almost finished with the gusset. It's looking kind of big, but hopefully I'll finish it up this week and have some photos!|W|P|112957808827995744|W|P|At the Movies|W|P|10/12/2005 01:09:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|The new owner of the blanket below was born on Thursday! Little Francis (Frankie) Jeffrey and mom are doing fine. My friend Liz was induced, and after being in labor for 36 hours, they finally decided to do a C-section! I think after 12 hours, I'd be demanding that someone just cut me open already. I think I just found a new candidate for entry on You Knit What? I mean, come on, what says "Happy Holidays" more than a fur skirt? Anybody else see this episode of "Knitty Gritty"?

I have joined Lolly's Socktoberfest. Look for an update on my first pair soon.

|W|P|112914110897973801|W|P|Baby Baby|W|P|10/09/2005 11:31:00 AM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Happy to report that I don't have to work on this anymore...other than weaving in ends and blocking, the baby blanket is finished!
Pattern: Big Bad Baby Blanket (Stich N' Bitch) Yarn: Knitpicks Merino Style (doubled) in Asparagus
The other items are a scarf I started last night for my brother, using some Brown Sheep Burly Spun I want to get rid of, and a cute little Bunny for my friend Dani's baby due in November. Here's a close up: Today is a great fall day in Chicago. A great day for a marathon -- I rode my bike down and watched for about a half hour. It was so amazing...I was at mile 10, so no one looked like they had hit the "wall" yet. If I'm not preggers next year, I'm definitely going to do it. And if I do get preggers, 2007 it is!! Seriously, two years ago I would have never contemplated doing a marathon, but the more races I do, the more I understand the desire.
To top off a crazy week, Doug's grandmother died on Wednesday. She was an amazing 94-year old Lithuanian woman, and thankfully she passed peacefully in her sleep. We'll miss her.|W|P|112887642241502898|W|P|Finished Stuff|W|P|10/05/2005 01:06:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|This week has been too busy for blogging, knitting, and even TV watching (except Arrested Development, of course). My social calendar has been uncharacteristically full after work this week, and our place is a mess right now due to some major re-organizing. This weekend I will have some time to de-discombobulate and post pictures of some knitting progress. Until then, I give you (via the Fugsters) Manorexia. I was more of a Johnny Depp fan when I used to watch 21 Jump Street during my free peridos senior year of high school. And even though Mr. Depp sometimes appears as if he's suffering from manorexia, I think Mr. Grieco has a serious problem. Another fun TV fact - the actress that plays Pam on NBC's version of The Office went to my high school.|W|P|112853660268311237|W|P||W|P|