11/29/2005 12:57:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P| ...from my gluttonous holiday. For some unexpected, not all good reasons, we were four people short at my parents for Thanksgiving dinner, including my twin sister and her husband (boo-hoo). True to form, my mom made way too much food, even if everyone were to show up. The meal was great of course, and we were able to celebrate my little brother getting his first real jobby-job, as well as my parents 35th anniversary. St. Louis was okay I guess, kinda boring. Most of my friends there are preggers, so much of the party-ing of the past has simmered down quite a bit. While we were gone, the mailman delivered the latest Anthropologie catalog, which is showing this adorable capelet. Turns out there is a Craftser thread on the recreation of the capelet. I think I may have to whip one up. Thanks for the tip Amy!|W|P|113329180851068137|W|P|Recovering|W|P|11/23/2005 08:40:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P| Ugh, this is what I woke up to this morning. Luckily it melted. Luckily I'll be in St. Louis for Thanksgiving, where it will be in the 50s. Have a great holiday!!|W|P|113280020229901671|W|P||W|P|11/20/2005 03:48:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Note to self, don't ever plan grocery store and Costco visits the Sunday before Thankgiving in Chicago. I knew it was bad when Whole Foods was so crowded and annoying that I wished I were at Costco! Well, what else is new with me? I think I've got work under control for the time being, and I've even managed to crank out a couple of smallish knitted gifts. One I can't show, and the other is some mittens knit up for my sister - who does not read my blog. She's totally missing out, right? Anway, the pattern is from Weekend Knitting, and I used JoAnn fabrics Dolcetto yarn. Here's one of them: I think they turned out pretty good. The pattern says to wash and felt the surface a bit, but since this is a wool/cotton blend, that probably won't happen. Still, I may wash just to see if they fuzz at all. Now, a request for help. Back in February during our trip to Australia, I bought a huge skein of really pretty undyed natural wool yarn at a shop in Tazmania. Problem is, I'd like to perhaps use this yarn for a sweater por moi, but I'm not sure of the yardage. The label only lists a weight of 500 g. For scale, here's the skein next to my size 9 foot. So, my question is, is there an easy way to determine the yardage that I've got? I was thinking of just taking it into my LYS and see if they could do it for me, but if I can avoid a trip, that would be great. This weekend we went to a fantastic new tapas restaurant in our neighborhood - del Toro. We were skeptical at first - it replaced our beloved Mod, and hello, do we need another tapas restaurant in Chicago? I'm glad to say it was incredible. We only had to wait an hour (it was opening weekend), and the food was amazing. When it was all said and done, we got out of there spending just under $100 - which I think was pretty good. Anyway - all you Chicagoans must go. For several reasons (i.e., hate the treadmill) I'm slowly trying to acclimate myself with running outside in the cold. Yesterday I did 5.5 miles in mid-30s temps, and it felt really good. I'm hoping to stick with it in the inevitable colder temps we'll get here. I seriously can not stand the treadmill, and it's a good excuse to get more fun running clothes!|W|P|113252503099649071|W|P||W|P|11/15/2005 03:29:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Apologies for my neglect of this blog of late...every year without fail I seem to get swamped at work around the holidays, perfect, eh? I have a confession. As much as I've tried to resist it, I think I'm becoming an Oprah whore. It all started when I began to DVR her show. But on Friday, I found myself breaking my cardinal rule of book-buying: no Oprah books. It's not something that I am snobby about (I don't think), it's just the way I operate. Anyway, on Friday I bought not one, but two Oprah-endorsed books. The first is A Million Little Pieces by James Frey (I've been wanting to read before Oprah, and it's for a new book club I joined), and the second was Nate Berkus's new book (I'm sorry I love him). I guess I'm guilty. Pictures of less-guilty obsessions (i.e., knitting) to come soon.|W|P|113209078292477002|W|P|Harpo Spelled Backwords|W|P|11/08/2005 09:52:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Back in the old stomping ground of Madison this past weekend (husband and I both did grad school at UW). Minus some really annoying people in the crowd, the Jeff Tweedy show was amazing, as per usual.

A visit to Madison would not be complete without a visit to the Terrace at the union, which is famous for its view, its beer, and its chairs.

Notice my "Airy Scarf" I'm wearing? Finished just in time for the weekend.

I've been tagged by Melissa for my first meme...so here are 20 things about me:

1. I'm a fraternal twin.

2. I'm half Greek

3. I skipped second grade.

4. I went to Catholic School for twelve years, including high school at an all-girls school.

5. I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO

6. I went to the University of Kansas for undergrad.

7. I have a Masters in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin.

8. I met my husband during our last semester at KU.

9. I can stick my fist in my mouth.

10. I've smoked cigarettes with Jon Stewart.

11. My first concert was Huey Lewis and the News in 6th grade.

12. My last concert was Jeff Tweedy in Madison.

13. I used to have a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, who was really Cujo in disguise.

14. I completed my first sprint triathlon in August.

15. I was not athletic at all growing up - except if you count being on a bad high school tennis team as atheleticism.

16. I've never been to New York City or Washington D.C., but I've been to Europe and Australia.

17. I TiVo Oprah.

18. My family and close friends call my "Meli" or "Mel," never "Missy."

19. I wish I could sing.

20. I love to eat.

|W|P|113150898028919525|W|P|Mad Town|W|P|11/04/2005 06:34:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|As promised...
Pattern: D-made Quickie Baby Sweater Yarn: Red Heart
We just found out the recipient, baby Margot, was born on Friday! And my first sock, which sucks:
Pattern: Lion Brand Basic Sock Yarn: Schoeller and Stahl Fortissima Colori
A number of things are wrong here: (1) my guage is off, so the sock is kind of big (2) at some point, my stitch markers fell off, so my toe decreases are a bit off center, (3) my picking-up-stitches technique is not great, and (4) there is a weird loop left at the end of where I kitchnered the toe. Not sure if I'm going to make sock #2...I think I may try again with a pattern that calls for a heavier weight yarn so I can get some more practice. Perhaps the pattern from Knitty Gritty - any other suggestions?|W|P|113115177511150063|W|P|Please, please, please let me get what I want|W|P|11/04/2005 09:50:00 AM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Camera? Check. Time? No so much. Hopefully in between my busy work day and going out tonight, I'll be able to post some pics of my finished items. No pics of my awesome trip to Portland until my friend Claire gets her pictures off her camera. LeAnn - we went to Lint - I could have spent all day there! Thanks for the suggestion! Tomorrow we are off to Madison to see Jeff Tweedy and eat at our favorite restaurant. Yum!|W|P|113111974075698727|W|P|No Time|W|P|11/01/2005 09:30:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|It's another husband out-of-town week, and instead of handing out candy, I went for a run in the dark and rain last night. Passing all of the kiddies out and about, I noticed a trend in Chicago trick-or-treaters. A large percentage of them are over the age of fourteen, and costumes apparently are optional. After my run, our buzzer rang (mind you, we live on the top floor of our condo building). The following exchange ensued: Me: "Hello?" Trick or Treater #1: "Yeah" Trick or Treater #2: "Got candy?" My, city kids sure are pleasant, aren't they? If I was handing out candy, they would have gotten fruit for sure! I'm still without a camera. Tomorrow I should have some shots of my finished first sock and quickie baby sweater. I'm currently having some issues with the lace scarves I'm working on, but I'll bitch about that in another post.|W|P|113090350724390640|W|P|Halloween City Style|W|P|