Friday, June 22, 2007

Eye Candy Friday

I'm not sure what this lily-type flower is called but on the east side of my house it has naturalized enough to completely blanket the walkway between our house and our neighbors. Perhaps I should have a bulb giveaway. Seems like we've got plenty to spare.

Here's Flynno at the M's game on Wednesday. He clearly won't sit still for the camera. These were taken in rapid succession. Back... and forth... back... and forth...

Oh look, it's Lynda and Dave.

And Nay Nay and J-Dog.
(Yep, Rach and I have our knitting.)

Bye, bye Marek.

Marek (in the middle) was our good friends' Chris and Rachel's exchange student. He has a few more days here in the USA (he's on his way to Disneyland with his mom) and then he's on his way back to Slovakia to his friends, family and his beloved "chopper" (aka motorcycle.) We have been acting as the coordinator family for the exchange. The game was Flynn's last outing with Marek. I think he's a little sad to see his little buddy leave.

Ready for the weekend? Ours will involve mud, tape and paint. We just can't seem to stop ripping our house apart... Cheers!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

The rain dance gave me this...

We got grass! I apologize to all of the Seattlites who have been missing the 80 degree weather we had a couple of weeks ago. That just happened to be the week after we planted the lawn. (Yeah, we got a late start. eek!) I shudder to think about what our water bill will be like.

The timing (of massive water consumption) is a little weird since Flynn just completed his certification program at UW in the LEED program. An important topic in the class was water conservation. Hmmm.... We do have our rain barrels installed though (and they are full) so we'll use that to water all of the surrounding plants this summer. For the next week we hope for moderate temperatures. As soon as the grass gets established (after this summer) we'll just let it die back somewhat in the hot months. Seems like a pretty typical thing to do in our area - much more the norm than keeping a bright green lawn.

Last night was a much needed girls night out. A few of my girls have recently gone through some tough break-ups so it was nice to leave all that behind for the night and get dressed up and go out. Pre-funk at Sara's in Fremont and din-din at El Camino. Isn't everyone looking smokin'?!
I have no idea why I'm all hunched over in this picture!

In knitting news I...

  • finished an M's Fever sock for a shop model;

Here's Daphne,"the patron Saint of Sock Knitters and Bicyclists" with the M's Fever sock (courtesy of Kat's blog)

  • finished a mate-less toe-up that I've been wearing nearly every day (with a black Adidas sport sock on the other foot);
(This picture is turned funny! Whoops! Oh and the blur! Shield your eyes!)

  • and started a pair of Jaywalkers.

I've stalled on the other toe up - mostly because the second ball of yarn looks like this:

Not cool. And totally my fault. Until I get the gumption to detangle this bad boy, I'm not sure I want to continue on the first one. Sigh.

I made a little progress on the cantaloupe sweater at knit-night last week, but then promptly set it aside for more sock knitting.

Finally, there's Ravelry.

I'm totally digging this genius tool. My dilemma is, do I include this gift that Grandma sent me in my Ravelry stash? What to do with vintage Orlon acrylic yarn? And there is a lot of it. Now I understand Tracy Ullman meant about the acrylic yarn in her opening lines of Knit 2 Together.