I've just been so busy with homework and studying that I haven't picked up needles in almost five days - *tears* - I hoping that after this week, when my Human Anatomy and Physiology class is done, I will have a bit more time to knit and sew.
I do have to say that I have been doing some neat things in my Food Science class - like frying / burning donut holes to see how much fat is absorbed in the process of frying with how it relates to how long it is cooked in the oil AND making cheese! It took a few days, a lot of phone calls and running around, but I was able to find rennet (vegetarian based no less) to make cottage cheese (more like farmer's cheese) from skim milk. That has been fun.
On a side note, I had to purchase a digital scale for my Food Science class, but I am pretty sure it will have a dual purpose..... for like weighing yarn to determine yardage!
And, boy, has it ever! I started my distance classes through UNCO on Monday - I am officially taking Food Science and Nutritional Assessment during the first six weeks. I really have not gotten into the Assessment class yet, but thus far Food Science is fun. Pretty much it is a cooking class where we are supposed to do lab experiments. I am behind on the reading in both classes (go figure) so I guess that is how I will be spending the majority of my weekend.
I am wrapping up my online business class through Miramar College this week. Everything is due on Saturday, so I've been busy trying to get everything completed. I have about eight more twenty-minute quizzes to take - don't know how I am going to fit them in before Saturday, but I sure am going to try. I have one more week left of Human Anatomy and Physiology at Mesa College. I can hardly wait until this one is over! One more week, just one more week....
THE CRAFT UPDATE:
Kris, Erika and I went to the Del Mar Craft/Quilt/Sewing Festival last Saturday. First we met for breakfast at Champagne Bakery (yummy) and then headed over. SewPros was there so I picked up their most recent class schedule. Since Andy purchased my Brother machine for me there I am entitled to free classes - when do I think I am going to have the time?? Who knows, but it is neat to see what they have to offer.
Next up was the Felted Ewe booth where Erika and Kris participated in their "make and take." Kris learned some needle felting along the lines of applique and Erika learned 3D needle felting - she learned how to make cherries! I resisted the needle felting - I don't need another hobby! I figure when it comes time for me to want to needle felt a felted handbag Kris will help me :-)
We found another neat booth called Fabulous Fibers and Embellishments. They had some really fun beaded knit kits, patterns to transform sweatshirts, and fun fibers for embroidery or scrapbooking. They also had some perle cotton from Japan that could be used for Mary Ella. I picked up a couple patterns and some of the perle cotton.
We also stopped at the Quilt Magic booth, where Kris picked up a holiday quilt wall hanging. Much discussion and debate went into this selection - everyday quilt or holiday quilt, everyday quilt or holiday quilt.... the holiday quilt won - and I have to say - it was my favorite :-)
The last stop was at a booth that had a ton of crafting books. Everything from quilting to embroidery to sewing. It was pretty neat to peruse the books. I let empty handed from that booth - surprisingly!
THE KNITTING UPDATE:
I managed to find some time to work on the Cotton Tape KAL - Shingle. I took a break the the school-action and watched Lost and Alias last night, and finished this:
The back piece! Yippee!
I then cast-on to start the right front piece:
I considered knitting the two front pieces at the same time, but there is this funky loop-slip stitch thing happening on the opening edge to keep it smooth. I didn't want to take the chance of confusing myself - so one side at a time it is!
... was Andy's finish time at the Vail Lake Sport Triathlon in Temecula yesterday!
We got a *really* early start on Sunday morning - and even though we stayed the night in Temecula, we still had to be up before the sunrise. We headed out to the race course and Andy set up both of his transition areas. The race start was delayed by fifteen minutes - but then they were off - the first event was the 750 meter swim:
Here he is coming out of the water - we don't have the split times yet, but he cut some major time off his swimming leg as compared to the Granite Bay Tri in April. All that extra training definitely paid off!
He quickly dried himself off and was off on the nine-mile mountain bike leg:
The location for the transition from the bike to the three-mile run was a few miles away, so I hopped in the car and quickly got over there. Here Andy is, off on his run:
And the big rush to the finish line:
Andy had a fanastic race - he has been doing a lot more training since the last one he participated in - and it showed! I am so very proud of him!
Congratulations Andy! Love - Your Biggest Fan!
P.S. - I did get a bit of knitting done over the weekend, and I do have an update from the weekend as a whole - post to follow later :-)
I am so happy it's Friday. It has been one hectic week. Next week will be no better, in fact - it may be worse!
So, as everyone probably knows, at twenty-eight, I am back in school. This last semester I have been extremely wrapped up in Human Anatomy & Physiology (with a lab) as well as an online Business Organizations class through Mesa College. I have two weeks to go until Human A&P is over and one week until the online business class is over (everything is due next Saturday - let's not get into the fact that I am nine chapters behind and have one week to complete it!). Oh, and that I have a thing called a job that I need to go to everyday.
Well, not that I am busy enough as it is, starting Monday I will be offically taking six more units. Yes - that is two classes - starting Monday. On top of the other two classes I am already in - that I need to finish assignments for and take finals for. Am I crazy, you ask? Yes. Yes I am.
Because not only am I starting two more classes on Monday, and even though they are online, they are only six weeks long. Yes. A semester's worth of work in six weeks - not one class, but two. With two weeks overlap with the classes I am in right now. So, if you didn't really believe that I was crazy about doing this the first time I asked you, you probably really think I am crazy now.
And, to top it off, I must really enjoy the torture because after these six week classes are over, I get to take two more right afterwards. Yes. Another two classes, a semester's worth of work, in six weeks. Not one class, but two. Oh, and let's not forget that I have a thing called a job that I need to go to everyday. :-)
I am really looking forward to this weekend though.
Tomorrow, Kris, Erika and I are meeting for breakfast at Champagne Bakery and then heading to the Del Mar Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival. This should be a lot of fun. We will be doing some supply swapping - I have needles that Kris wants to borrow, and I have a couple of patterns for Erika that were delivered a couple of weeks ago, and Erika just received the WEBS order that was placed awhile ago so she has some Cascade 220 for me. I am keeping my fingers crossed that Erika gets the Knit 'n' Tyme order today so that Kris and I can have our Phildar Magazines too!
Sunday will be a busy day. Andy is participating in another triathlon, the Xterra West Championship in Temecula. He is doing the "sport" race that starts at 8AM, yep 8AM. But that isn't the time we need to be there, noooo.... we need to be there much earlier so he can set up his transition areas.... sometime around 6:30, yes, in the morning! I will be a little sleepy. My grandparents are making the trip from Yorba Linda to see him in the race so at least I will have a little company and won't be the only one in the cheering squad!
After the race and such I have a bridal shower to attend in Escondido in the afternoon. The bride, Carin Albright (who many of you may know) is getting married in June and we get to "shower" her with gifts!
Wow - busy weekend ahead of me, but it will be fun. I hope to get some knitting squeezed in here and there.... and maybe some studying too :-)
I know life has been crazy busy when I have neglected my blog for more than ten days! So here is an update of things going on.
The Cotton-Tape Knit-Along started this week, and everything seems to be going just great. I almost had a melt down on Tuesday when I was trying to get "hello" to work properly with blogger to post photos.... For some reason the template completely changed and then blogger went down for maintenance!
I. Freaked. Out.
It was as if I had lost everything... everyone's previous posts, the template I had spent so much time on getting the sidebar the way I wanted it, all the members... and it did not help that I could not log into blogger to figure out what was wrong. Luckily I was able to fix the problem when I got home from school. Pheeww, I was really stressed out about it!
Anyway, if you want to join the knit-along, please do! We will keep it going until everyone is finished!
Here is the progress on my KAL project:
Here is 19 cm into the back piece - I have about 20 cm to go before starting the armhole shaping.
Well - I finally seamed the other sleeve to the Vogue Cropped Cardi I have been working on. Now I just need to figure out the crochet edging. I picked up a crochet hook, now I just need to find a block of time to work through it.
Also on the needles is the Interlacements Fan and Feather Shawl. This one was supposed to be finished almost a week ago - oh well:
36" of shawl goodness. I am giving myself until the middle of October to finish this one. It will be an in-between-I-am-bored-with-what-I-am-working-on-now-project!
In other knitting news - my mom was so kind enough to track down the now discontinued Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Nashville. She picked up twelve skeins of strawberry cream for Erika and I to split as well as six skeins of Sugar Plum! Sweet! Now to decide what to make with it.... I hear it is a good subsitution to Rowan's All-Season's Cotton and Vittadini's Diana (is it time for the Lace and Ruffle Cardi??). Erika, Kris and I recently placed a *mass* order with Knit 'n' Tyme to get a few Phildar Magazines, and I am thinking that the Cotton Ease might be a really good subsitution to Phildar's Aviso yarn as well. I see with the addition of the three (yes, three) Phildar magazines coming my way that I will be doubling my current knitting project wish list!
Erika and I are planning a trip to the TKGA Summer Market in Oakland this coming July. I am unable to go to Rhinebeck this year (*tears*), and this is going to be my subsititution! We have already booked our flights, and I need to book the hotel. Is there anyone else who is going?? Is anyone taking any classes?? I would love to meet up with other knitbloggers that are going to be there!
Now for some bragging.....
Andy and I were lucky enough to see my parents, grandparents, my sister and her baby (my nephew - Jackson) on Mother's Day! My parents, sister and nephew made the flight from Nashville to visit. Isn't Jackson just the cutest thing! He has gotton so big! And talk about a personality to boot! It was great seeing them - and we look forward to seeing them again over Memorial Weekend!
Left to right: Cassie (my sister!), me, and my Dad holding baby Jackson!
Instead of going to yoga yesterday, Andy and I decided to take advantage of the beautiful San Diego weather (and the fact that he had the entire day off from work!) and go hiking instead. Even though Andy had done some trail-running training there, I had never been to Poway's Iron Mountain before - so that is where we headed.
It was a 2.8 mile trek up to the top of the peak, making the entire hike 5.6 miles. We took our time, mostly because I am so out of shape, but to also enjoy the nature around us and to take some pictures along the way. This is one of the areas between Ramona, Poway and Scripps Ranch that was heavily affected by the Cedar Fire San Diego experienced in October of 2003. Even though it has been over a year and a half, we could still see the remnants of that fire and how nature has a way of repairing itself...
I can only imagine what this trail must have been like before the fire... it seems with the burned trunks that this trail was probably pretty shaded. This is not the case today. I would not want to visit this trail during the summer!
Spring was definitely in the air:
We even saw a very small stream along the way (believe it or not, San Diego has some water along its hiking trails!):
We made it to the top! Here we are enjoying the view to the East (toward Ramona):
And from the West, you can see the trail head where we started from:
On a clear day, it is possible to see the ocean from the top. It was a bit hazy yesterday, so we missed out on that.
This was a great hike, definitely toward the top of the list of good hikes in San Diego County. My favorite in SD is still the Palm Canyon hike, which was a difficult hike (we visited a month after they had a huge flash flood that had destroyed a big part of the trail, unbeknownst to us) and the most awe inspiring. Because this hike was pre-digital camera, I don't have any photos of this hike that I can post. But this will give you a taste of an oasis in the desert!
All we could think about on the way back on the trail was how good a beer would taste - not just any kind of beer - our discussion was centered around how good a Dos Equis Amber would taste! Why is it that such exertion causes a craving for a pint of beer?? So after we got home and cleaned ourselves off, we headed to Chevy's to partake in a couple of pints and some nachos!
After we got home, I settled into some knitting - I have been working on the Fan and Feather Shawl most of the week. I will spare you the pictures... it looks pretty much the same just a bit longer!
Today, Kris and I are going to try and make it to the San Diego Whistlestop Knitting Meetup. Nothing like meeting at a bar with other knitters!
Oh - and just a reminder - I am hosting my first knit-along. We are currently at four knitters and are set to start on May 9th! If you have any ribbon or tape yarn, and want to join us, just follow the link up at the top right of this page! The more the merrier!