Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Ah, Wednesday!

The week is halfway over already! Yay! I hate to wish the week away, but I am so ready for the Christmas holiday!! It's always good to have a few days to recharge from work, you know? There are several movies I want to go see (27 dresses, The Golden Compass, just to name a few) and lots of knits I want to get to work on. During the week, I get home so late, then have chores, dinner, perhaps a workout, and then it's time for sleep, so my knitting time is limited. Usually I knit on my lunch break, but I've been out a couple times this week and that leaves no time for the Rat Race scarf. But don't worry folks, I'll get back to it tonight!!

Since the tv writer's strike, I've been branching out and trying new things...for one, Notes from the Underbelly! So cute! And so funny! I saw babies today and I was completely overcome with baby of the hardest parts about not being married is knowing that babies (at least babies with a husband) are further away than expected. I was soooo ready to be a mama too, but I'm sure that God has a plan for me that will make me appreciate the wait.

Anyway, on a lighter note, Wally said to tell everyone that he is very anti-blanket this week. I tried to put a nice, warm, old comforter in his house, but foreign objects in the Dogloo! It's not yet in shreds and I haven't given up. I figure if I put it in there enough times, maybe he'll eventually get used to it. Hopefully!

Schmiggy says it's bedtime, so goodnight to all!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Longest Week

This week just feels like it's lasted forever, and not in a good way. Maybe it's a combination of being indoors working when the weather has been spectacularly warm, maybe it's pre-holiday burnout, or maybe just a lack of sleep, but I am beat and ready for the weekend! I'm so worn out tonight I couldn't even work up the energy to knit...sad, I know! Especially when my mom's Rat Race scarf is so close to being finished! Only about 3.5 rats left to go, and they'll knit up quick when I get the time and energy.

Mini wants to know where the rats are...he's practicing his stalking techniques...

With the writers' strike and my general TV apathy this week, I've started reading Atonement by Ian McEwan. I'm dying to see the movie, but it's just not playing around here, so the book's the next best thing. I'm only a couple of chapters in, but so far, it's intriguing. Unusual, very visually evocative, and well-written, but not what I expected. I'll let you know what I think when I finish.

I did get some knitting done though...I finally finished my Knit Unto Others hat! Yay! I took some quicky pics at work, then sent it off with one of the lovely admin ladies at work to contribute to her church's winter clothing drive. I hope the bright Manos del Uruguay brings some much needed warmth and joy to a special person out there! Check out the completed work!

And here's a nice shot of hat sunbathing in my office window and showing off those fabulous jewel tones to the world...or at least the pigeons...

Yes, my lovely office has a fantastic vista of a giant air exchange fan and heated pigeon races. Sometimes I catch myself cheering for one pidgie or the other, chanting to myself "Go Pidge, go!!" Unfortunately, others in my office don't quite understand how fascinating pigeons can be...or maybe I'm just a crazy pigeon-watching nut. In order to discourage Pigeon Derbies, the maintenance people have strategically placed fake owls glaring menacingly down at the pigeons...who summarily ignore them and continue their quest for gold.

No fear for the pidgies! Maybe we could all learn something...or perhaps I could just be less bored at work occasionally.

Today, I leave you with this: my pitiful attempt to add some Christmas cheer and happy pine smell to my office. Merry Christmas!! Happy Pidgie watching!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The holidays!

Oh, how I love the holidays! I love the happy twinkling lights, the chill in the air (although it was 80 degrees here in Raleigh today), the yummy baking smells, and especially, buying presents!! I remember as a little kid, I used to love to sleep under the tree, bathed in the warm glow of twinkly lights and the aroma of balsam and fir...ah, the holidays!

It's also a time to be thankful for the blessings in my life. Even though this year has undoubtedly been the most difficult of my adult life, I'm lucky to have a second chance to find love and not to have to spend the rest of my life with someone who doesn't treat me like I deserve. It's not that I hate my ex, or wish him bad things (not too many anyway)'s just that I've finally given up on the fantasy of what could have been. I spent so long thinking that even though he left, that he was still the one and that I'd never find anyone else. Several long, hard, soul searching months later, I've finally realized that there are other opportunities out there, other guys, other houses, and other lives.

Seeing as how this is a knitting blog, I'll have to admit...I haven't had much time to knit lately. What with my exam review, my pup, and work, things have been a bit hectic. I'm still working on my hat for Knit Unto Others and have several other things in the queue. After I finish my present wrapping, I should have plenty of time to catch up on the knitting this weekend! Yay!

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season, don't forget to check out the lights!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I love the Tuesdays!

Today we had our big Thanksgiving to-do at work, what fun! I love getting to hang out with some of the people I don't get to see often that work and of course, big feasts with lots of yummy Thanksgiving goodies! Cranberry sauce, yum yum! It really makes me appreciate how blessed I am and how many less fortunate people there are in the world. That's why everyone should do something for Knit Unto Others. Margene and Carole have come up with a fabulous idea of how we can all give back, just a little, to those around us who may not be as blessed. What a wonderful way to celebrate Thanksgiving!
Also, here are some wonderful autumn pictures to celebrate the season! Enjoy!

And of course, gratuitous Wally photo! What a precious fuzzy yellow! Another thing I am immensely thankful for!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Sit Occasionallies are packed!!

Sorry, but I love those silly football player commercials, especially with Jake Delhomme and Peyton Manning...they crack me up!

I can't believe it's been this long since I've posted, but I haven't had much knitting to show. I've been a busy girl this weekend with a present for my mom. She requested the Rat Race scarf from Morehouse Merino, which at first, I thought was creepy, but turned out to be really adorable! Here's a close-up of the little ratties!

And, progress on the Dragon Scarf! I picked Huff (the red dragon) and although it's slow going because I just don't have a free second to work on him, he'll be done soon! He's too cute to stay unfinished.

Did I ever mention that I knit my very first sock earlier this year? It was the Horcrux sock in a charcoal Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport. I've been suffering from Second Sock Syndrome and hadn't gotten around to starting or finishing the second one, but now she's in the works! Fabulous, no? Can't wait for toasty hand knit socks to sport in my nice Target fake Uggs!

Things have been verrry busy around here, hence the lack of posting, but that's no excuse. However, since I'm an engineer, I have just reached the phase of my career where I can take my professional licensing exam and have just started to study. Every other weekend until April, minus the holidays, I have to spend 8 hours on Friday and Saturday in a review class. Not super exciting, but I think it will really improve my chances of passing on the first try. It's been my goal for the last four years to pass the PE on the first try, and hopefully I'll be able to meet this goal! The power of a positive attitude can't hurt, right??
Also, I've just found the most perfect apartment, although I can't move until after the New Year. The wait is worth it though! Not only am I going to be in ridiculous proximity to Target (perhaps this might be dangerous to my financial health!), it's a fabulous apartment with some lovely amenities! Exciting! I hate to move all of my stuff again, but this is the exciting part of starting over! Hope everyone is well and I promise to try and post more often!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Even More Yarn!

I so love yarn acquisition!! I'm such a hoarder. I've been dying to knit Zephyr Style's Juliet and Tree Jacket for absolutely ever and I finally purchased both patterns and the yarn! I made a lunchtime dash to the LYS (Great Yarns in Raleigh) and snapped up some beautiful fuschia Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece for Juliet...what a fabulous color!

Cherry Moon Delights!

I love the way they have it modeled on their site, all chic and swingy. I can't wait to start on it! Now if only I can finish the eight million other projects I'm supposed to be working on. I also broke down and snagged some Knit Picks Andean Shine for the Tree Jacket, plus some of their beautiful new Options wooden needles. Love love! Also, check out the other additions to my stash: some beautiful Pagewood Farms Merino superwash sock yarn in color Crayon and some Knit Picks Merino Style in a multitude of colors that I have intended for Knitty's Wild Stripes baby blanket.

This must be what the ocean floor looks like!

Yummy treats for baby!

So much yarn, so little time! Hope y'all are having a great weekend!

Friday, October 5, 2007

The Hard Part

Did I neglect to tell y'all that I'm in the middle of a divorce? I'm 26 and divorced...can it really get any better? I met my ex about 4 years ago and fell hard. He was sweet, charming, handsome and my first (and only) love. We dated a year and a week, got engaged, then had the whole church wedding thing. After about a year, after numerous lies, heartache, and tears, he left. He said that marriage just wasn't for him. And in the process, broke my heart into a million pieces. So anyway, I'm diving into my knitting...drowning my sorrows in wool, cotton, and alpaca. So, moving on, haven't had much time to knit this week. Work's been crazy and I only got a few rows done on the dragon scarf. I'll have to take a picture tomorrow to show y'all. I love this blog thing and hopefully I'll get better at it, so bear with me!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

First Post

Hey y'all! I'm Kristine, welcome to the launch of Fuzzy Yellow Knits! The inspiration for this blog is my fuzzy yellow baby (my yellow lab) Wally! Check out this gorgeous face (his, not mine)!

I've been dying to have my own knitting blog forever...I may not be the world's greatest knitter, but I'm a yarn stasher extraordinaire with great knitting aspirations! My current work in progress is Morehouse Merino's Dragon Scarf and Norah Gaughan's Intricate Stag Bag...definitely an ambitious first Fair Isle project, no? But it's only two colors, so maybe it won't totally kick my tail!

I'm totally inspired by the
Yarn Harlot, Crazy Aunt Purl, Grumperina, Girl Who Knits, Dogged, and many, many others...too many to list here! I live in Raleigh, just moved here, and can't wait to get to the local yarn store and meet some other knitters! I'll have to post some pictures of my works in progress as soon as the light gets better, but for now, welcome to my world!