4/28/2006 11:07:00 AM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Since I haven't been knitting much lately, I decided to up my knitting mojo by purchasing some new knitting books. I went kind of nuts at Borders yesterday and bought One Skein, Mason-Dixon Knitting, and Knitting Rules by the Yarn Harlot. I've never purchased any of the Harlot's books before, but this one jumped out at me for some reason. It seems like a funny, basic knitting guide. I'm almost finished with the Branching Out scarf, and it's still a little chilly here so I may be able to get some wear out of it before summer. So you know that "In Traning" link I have on the left, the one that says I'm supposed to be training for the Indy Mini-Marathon next weekend? Well, that's not going to happen, unfortunately. For various reasons that have sucked up my time and energy, I pretty much bagged the race and training for it months ago. There was just too much going on. So, I'm sort of in a running/training funk right now. This is the first spring/summer in 2 years that I have not been training for some race, and don't plan on doing any major races this season. I'm not quite sure what to do with myself - I need goals here people! I'd like to get a new bike to replace my stolen one, but I'm not sure if that's in my budget right now. Running all the time gets old, but I've added yoga once a week (at Ruby Room - awesome place), which I'm enjoying. Hmmm, what to do? Oh - I'm exploring moving this here blog to Wordpress. I haven't installed it yet on my computer - but I'd appreciate any tips/advice from any of you Wordpress users. I have absolutely no programming knowledge! OK, back to work. Happy Friday!|W|P|114624165755405173|W|P||W|P|4/23/2006 05:50:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|It's been a crazy week. Let's see, my sister's mother-in-law passed away after battling pancreatic cancer. So sad - she was an amazing lady. My $1500 Cannondale road bike I got last summer was stolen out of our garage. I think someone must have left the door open overnight, but part of it was my fault. I had it locked up to a post where Doug locks his motorcycle, but only the front tire was locked. Doug warned me all winter that the garage was not very secure and to lock the frame. Did I listen? I posted a notice on Craig's List...just in case someone sees any shady people running around with my frame and back tire! Work is crazy, which in the legal world is usually good, but me no likey working on a beautiful Sunday! So, because of all of the craziness, I am still woefully short on interesting knitting progress. Last Sunday I cooked Easter dinner - roasted lamb with potatoes and asparagus, and this cute cake.

It's not the prettiest of cakes, but it was supposed to look like a nest with baby eggs in it. The recipe is from Nigella Lawson's cookbook Feast. It tasted great!

I've been doing some gardening too, which I'm loving. Here's some progress from last year. I planted some day lillies in our rooftop planters, and it looks like they survived the winter.

And here's a pretty hyacinth from my Easter table.

|W|P|114583350342132728|W|P||W|P|4/14/2006 01:22:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|It's unbelievable gorgeous here in Chicago today, so I'm going to keep this short. No knitting progress to report, although I'm taking a break from baby knitting to try and make some progress on my Hourglass sweater (working on sleeve #1) and the Branching Out scarf. Cool Things Friday: 1. Laser Hair Removal - I'm finally saying goodbye to 15 years of waxing my Mediterranean fem-stache and it's awesome!! 2. Working/gardening/blogging from home on Good Friday. 3. Runnergirl Blog Ring - yet another ring for me to join. Happy Easter!|W|P|114503957973787903|W|P||W|P|4/10/2006 08:48:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|Ahhh, it was a beautiful day in Chicago. It was a good Monday, after a fun weekend. I was in St. Louis again for the baby shower in honor of my friend Claire, who was the recipient of the baby placket neck sweater. I decided to omit the buttons, as I thought it looked cute without, and sometimes buttons can fall off and end up in baby's mouth. We wouldn't want that now, would we? It was a weekend full of old friends and babies. Here's me a little cutie named Frankie - he's my friend Liz's 6-month old. He is the best baby - all smiley and so easy. Too freaking cute! So part of my Monday was spent at the annual BIO Conference that is being held here in Chicago. I was basically there serving as a "booth babe" for my firm. At first I wasn't too thrilled about volunteering for this event, but it was actually pretty cool. Almost every major country, state, thousands of biotech companies, universities, and of course, IP law firms, are represented. Our booth was across from the French contigent, and they had a full-on espresso bar - free lattes for everyone! Since it was a perfect day for a protest, I was hoping to see some action during the conference. Unfortunately, there were no protests while I was there. Maybe tomorrow! Does anyone like anything in the new issue of knitty? I think it's pretty blah. Talk amongst yourselves...|W|P|114472194762235011|W|P||W|P|4/02/2006 04:41:00 PM|W|P|Melissa|W|P|49:17. That was my time at today's Shamrock Shuffle. So that's just under 10 min/mile, and I'm happy with it considering I haven't been running much lately. The weather was shitty...it was about 37 degrees and overcast when I left this morning. The race is called the Shamrock Shuffle because back in the day I assume it used to occur closer to St. Patrick's day. The date doesn't matter, however, as there are many participants who wear anything that's green, has shamrocks, or says Notre Dame on it. I don't have any good pictures to show since I ran solo and my husband was sound asleep during the race. Something I'll never understand about road races are the people that run to the race, and run from it after it's over. Not me. Speaking of running, Cathi over at In the Pink is thinking of starting a knitting runners (or running knitters) web ring - drop her a line if you interested! In knitting news, the baby placket neck sweater is finished! I didn't manage to get some beads/buttons for the placket, I'll need to do that this week. I had a whole ball of yarn left over, so I churned out a cute hat for the baby too. My friend Claire (the mom to be) is not finding out the sex of the baby. She likes the names Charlie and Annie, so the baby is affectionately being called "Channie." Hopefully Channie will like his/her new gifts!
Pattern: Baby Placket Neck Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts Yarn: Rowan Cashoft DK (just less than 2 balls)