Away too long!

March 12th, 2007

Gosh, I don’t know what happened here, last week got away from me. It is not that I didn’t have anything to post about even… I swear there is a time warp going on in this apartment! Not enough time in the day and Daylight Savings doesn’t help matters either.

Early last week, Bob had a visitor. It is Dolly from next door again– her mommy had to go down to NJ so we had a boarder for a couple days. Bob looooved it- the two of them get along so well.

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Me, I didn’t enjoy the visit so much. Let’s just say that there was some sort of stomach bug going around and I spent the whole time cleaning up after one or the other. (dab up, take dog out, mop floor… repeat repeat)

It made it a bit hectic finishing up my last couple swatches for Jackie‘s book. I had the hardest time, not with the cables, but with a SHOULD BE simple seed stitch diamond pattern (bottom right). I think I questioned my intelligence more than once during those couple days!

They are done and to Jackie now though- whew!

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After I finished blocking the swatches, I was so happy to knit on something else… something more fun than squares! (Not that I am complaining, happy to do it.)

Introducing… my very own Forecast!

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I have been wanting to cast on for this ever since I saw Winnie’s (often cited!) adjustments of Stefanie’s pattern.

I finally got the yarn as a christmas present from my parents- isn’t it gorgeous? I love the yarn too- a little scratchy but I wanted something with a bit more meat to it than some soft merino. It is Plymouth Tweed- kpixie has a more accurate color picture on their site. (It is more like my forecast pic than the yarn pic.)

I posted this picture over on Jessica’s (kerflop) flickr group, honest photography. I just had to take it when I finally found Bob after he was missing for a while the other day. He was happy as a clam, in a nest of clothes.

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Casey and I constantly struggle over keeping our walk-in closet tidy. Even after we got the closet system from Ikea, mysteriously a huge pile accumulates on the floor. (Those nasty closet gnomes- coming in here and throwing the clothes on the floor!)

We did have to clean it up though because my parents came into town for a visit. It was a nice one- very low key and I certainly appreciated that. We had a couple nice meals out and I thought again how nice it is to be able to host them in our own home.

We did a lot of knitting together- my mom, Kyle’s girlfriend Erica and I. It was fun! My mom and I were working on the chemo cap and scarf for my brother’s friend that I was asking about the other day. (I will post about that project later.)

I only took one picture though- here’s my mom as we made breakfast together: cuteness!


I also came clean to my parents about this here blog this weekend- as I discussed before, I never got around to telling them about this site and it always felt wrong. It went as well as expected- they seemed a bit sad about it but we will work through it, I am sure. (hi, mom and dad!)

Well, Casey and I better go to bed. Our schedule has been crazy for the last few months while we are working on this project together. Here is an example of how much Casey is juggling:

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Lots of windows open! Gives me a headache just thinking about it. Here’s hoping it all works out to be worthwhile. πŸ™‚


21 Responses to “Away too long!”

  1. Steph VW Says:

    Jess – Please give Bob a nice ear scratch from me. Every time I see his little face, I just want to pat his little head! As for the closets, if there is a closet gnome, then the little fart is probably a size 0.

    Freckle-Mom and Freckle-Dad – Welcome to the blogosphere! I found Jess’s blog b/c of Casey’s grandmother’s connection to New Brunswick. I’ve been reading for a little while now and from what I can tell, you’ve got a great girl here – she’s funny and thoughtful and a great writer. And her family is very important to her, so, it’s really great that you’re here!

  2. gleek Says:

    sounds like you’ve been busy for the past week! i love all of those swatches and forecast is gonna be a winner with that yarn, for sure. it’ll also be the perfect sweater for cool spring days.

  3. Sara Says:

    Love the color of forecast… it’s such a crisp pretty color!

    Could Bob get any cuter?? And the picture of him in the clothes… so adorable!

  4. Kim Says:

    Welcome back, Jess! I’m totally certain all your crazy hard work will pay off. πŸ™‚

  5. Dorothy B Says:

    Just looking at all those open windows on Casey’s screen had me feeling lost, confused and annoyed. Yeesh, that’s a lot to juggle! Poor man.

    Your Mom is cute!

  6. Vickie Says:

    I love Bob. He is so cute. If only he could put the clothes away for you.

  7. carrie m Says:

    like bob, your mom is super cute! and i’m with you on the closet issues. i try so so so hard to keep the bedroom clean, even instituting a “no clothes on furniture” rule. but one bad day and it’s out the window.

  8. Stacey Says:

    There are clothes everywhere in this here apartment. Everywhere. Hopefully they are just confined to your closet over there.

  9. emily jan Says:

    Hi there! Wow, thanks for the warning me about the Karabella Aurora! I definitely appreciate itÒ€¦ although now I must venture a potentially embarassingly silly question Γ’β‚¬β€œ what do you mean by “blooms”? do you mean the colour bleeds out? I haven’t done a wash test on the sweater yet, but I’d like to post the caveat when I post the alterations I made to the pattern, if you’ve had trouble with this yarnÒ€¦

    Anyway, I LOVE the purple tweed!! It’s gorgeous. That forecast sweater looks awesome on your friend’s site. Love the alterations. Good luck with it! πŸ˜‰ ej

  10. Sarah Says:

    That Bob is such a looker! He and Dolly make a cute pair.

  11. Milly Story Says:

    Bob is adorable! And he looks so happy to have a sleep over with the neighbor!

  12. Betsy Says:

    Wow Jess I am tired just reading about your week.
    Give Bob some kisses and kicks for me.
    Tell Casey HOWDY

  13. yuvee Says:

    ehem, I had to zoom in at the breakfast picture, it looks so yummy I can’t help myself ;p

  14. Kate` Says:

    My grandfather always had Boston terriers… great dogs, loyal and loveable to the ends of the earth.

    yeah, my parent’s know I have a site, but neither knows how to use the internet, so I am ok. πŸ™‚ My brother just found out about it… he was shocked to say the least.

    the Forecast color is gorgeous!!!! It’ll look really nice on you πŸ™‚

  15. Amy Says:

    Dolly and Bob are quite the adorable pair, sigh.. (Husband says no more dogs πŸ™

    Glad you came clean to your parents, they seem like a really great parental unit and are no doubt burning the links catching up. Hi Mom! Hi Dad! Jess always says the nicest things about you πŸ™‚

  16. Elizabeth Says:

    sheesh! There is a ‘busy bug’ going around and I am sick with it, too. Love the photos of Bob and his buddy– how fun for them although I know it’s extra work for you– and I have to tel you I am BLOWN away by your squares– some day some day you’ll come here and Bob will play with my brombies and you’ll teach me ONE of those stitches, non?

  17. hege Says:

    Such cute doggies! Hope they are feeling better now! Thanks for you comment on my blog πŸ™‚
    And I do love that purple tweed, it’s going to be a gorgeous sweater!

  18. Macoco Says:

    Your yarn for Forecast is so pretty. Like mulberry or something. I can’t wait to see how it comes along.

  19. Kirby Says:

    I don’t know if it’s your camera, your skill, or just Bob, but you take the best photos of him. Everytime I try to photograph my cat his coat turns out all shiney and glares up the picture and his eyes turn green.

    You’ve got some mad skills, those squares look amazing. Do not doubt your intelligence.

    I told my Mom about my blog before I even started it. Sadly, she rarely reads and kinda doesn’t care unless I post a picture of her. Haha. Hope your family enjoys reading yours!

    Take care!

  20. Cassie Says:

    It was lovely meeting you! And how cute is Bob?

  21. Michelle Says:

    My cat *loves* to nestle in the pile of clothes awaiting laundry day. It’s kinda gross, but also kinda cute. You know?

    It was so awesome to meet you this weekend. I hope you come back to NYC soon!