Wednesday, January 04, 2006  

So Tired!!

Excuse me if this post makes no sense (or rather, even less sense than usual). You see, this morning, one of the final mornings of my winter break, I woke up voluntarily at 4:30. What could tempt me out at such an ungodly hour? There was knitting involved (if only tangentially) -

That's right - Tai Shan and I had a breakfast date. I drank *$'s, he chewed on some bamboo. Good times.

More cute baby panda pictures? Well, if you twist my arm...

On my way out of the zoo (at the oh-so-late hour of 9 am), I stopped in and said hi to the cheetah "cubs" - they're looking mighty big now!

Speaking of wild animals - there's one last 2005 FO to introduce - meet Mr. Penguin. (S, extremely creative as always, supplied the name.)

Mr. Penguin

Karabella Aurora 8
fantastic pattern! I will definitely be making another one of these - the pattern was a joy to follow, and the result is so cute. only mods? I stuffed the wings (because Mr. Penguin is EXTRA fat), and I added a scarf (he was cold!)

Mr. Penguin is now a happy resident at S's - although he's a bit scared of Abby. Perhaps it is because of her habit of ripping out every last ounce of stuffing from any toys she gets. Mr. Penguin has noticed, after all, that he's full of stuffing too!

Speaking of "full of it" - more from the crazy lady formerly known as Phyl-Phyl - I think Wendy's look sums it up nicely.

In other knitting news, meet the Ireland Cardigan - I just plunked down a $400 deposit on a 10 day hiking tour of Ireland. A bit of research led me to discover that Ireland, even in August, is not that warm. And a girl can't go to Ireland without a proper sweater, now can she? Plus, with almost 2000 yards of the softest, smoothest, most buttery cormo yarn in my stash...

That's about half of the back. And when I say "half," I actually mean "halfway to the armholes" since I'm not sure what the top of the cardi wants to be - set in sleeves? raglans? and until I figure it out, i can't exactly keep going. So each piece is getting knitted to the armholes to postpone the next great decision.

I've already "finished" the fronts -

Here, let me try a close-up of the patterns -

Yeah. Not only is this yarn so soft you want to pile a bunch of skeins of it together and roll in it, but it's also a nice, natural creamy sheepy color. Cricket is in love.


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