May 2007

Apparently I have been tagged!  So, 8 things about me:

1.  I have been sewing since I was 5 years old, since way before Project Runway made it popular to sew again.

2.  Much to my dismay, I have gone to the dark side and started watching reality television.  Guilty pleasure of the moment is Shear Genius on Bravo, and counting down the days until So You Think You  Can Dance, and Project Runway 🙂  I still have never, and will never watch Survivor.

3.  After a lot of angst over it I have decided that I have nothing to feel guilty about for enjoying my lifestyle as a childfree (for the moment) stay at home wife.  I fill my life with plenty of activities outside the home, including volunteer, and guild organizations, so I feel like I am a relatively well rounded person.

4.  My number one guilty pleasure in life is reading cheesy romance novels.  I have a huge collection of my favorite authors.  Lori Foster, Catherine Coulter, Julia Quinn, Erin McCarthey, Stephanie Laurens, Jayne Ann Krentz, Linda Howard, Merline Lovelace, and Lindsay McKenna, all grace my bookshelves.  When I’m not reading romance I love Clive Cussler, Jack DuBrul, Philllapa Gregory, and Gillian Bradshaw.

5.  One of my favorite movies of all time is Airplane……Surely you can’t be serious.  I hate movies that make me cry, so most of my movie collection is comedy or Disney (the happy ones, not the sad ones!) 

6.  I have a younger sister, who I am incredibly proud of.  She is doing graduate work at the Colorado School of Mines.  She is one of the most talented people I know, an incredible glass artist and seamstress, but also incredibly driven and motivated in her field of hydrogeolgy.  Hi Gretchen!

7.  I played the French Horn all throughout Junior High, and Highschool.  I loved being in band, despite not being the most talented person there.  I loved marching and pep bands, but could really take or leave the rest of it.  Even though I haven’t played at all since graduating from high school 10 years ago (eeeeek)  I still have a wonderful appreciation for all types of music.

8.  I am a certified SCUBA Diver.  I am not terribly good at it, and gaining weight has only made it harder.  But it is the most absolutely incredible zen-like experience, when it all goes right.  The Puget Sound is one of the most awesome places the life here is incredible.  My favorite sightings have been the absolutely enormous anenomes around here.  The ones you see in an aquarium are nothing like what you see out in the open water.  The open water variety are more along the lines of a small bush…..and they grow in forests.  There is nothing like peacefully floating above a field of orange and white anenomes watching them wave gently in the current.

 I will try to think of who I want to tag.  I don’t think I have 8 people.  I read a lot of blogs, but comment on only a couple… these people would have no clue.


Well after a short hiatus to make my sister’s Birthday present, I have more lizard ridge progress to show off.  This square was made this afternoon. This brings me to a total of 13 squares so far:

most recent square 5/10/07 Completed Squares

ColorburstI have been experimenting with different color switches.  I have tried knitting alternately from the outside and inside of the skein, but sometimes that just doesn’t get quite as much contrast as I want for this project.  I have also tried knitting every ripple from a different skein of yarn, which does look nice, but I want some more variety still.  The other method I have tried, which I used for the latest ball, was to take alternately from two separate balls, but make sure to keep proceed in the same order through the ball, preserving the gradual shift in colors within each ripple, but since each ripple is from a different skein it still gives a better contrast.

I am thinking that I will try to make sure I make several squares with each technique to ensure that none of the squares look out of place.  I also think that mixing up the methods will allow me a little more control in insuring that none of the colors is under-represented.