Monday, December 31, 2007

As we wrap up 2007 today, I wanted to look back on the last year, I have accomplished so much that I didn't know I would or could.
1. attempted and succeeded at stranded colorwork,will try to have pictures soon.
2. changed jobs
3. passable attempt at blogging (more for the new year)
4. passing my first semester back to school
5. made my first batch of good shortbread

They may not be amazing, life changing events (we most weren't) but they have added confidence and strength to my life and a few pounds, that batch of shortbread and a weekend stranded in my house were not quite the healthiest choices, but I am not too worried about it.

I have some new goals for 2008 and may talk about them at another post, I am still trying to figure out the logistics of incorporating them into my life. I hope at the very least my resolve will hold out for my yarn diet, lots of yarn as I found out while photographing my stash with Llama last weekend.

From the thoughtful LibiLou, I wanted to tell our Knittypal Yorkie that we love her and know how strong and wonderful a person she is.
Here's thinking of you kiddo.
You are in my thoughts.

Here's hoping for Peace, Hope, Love, and Heart for all in the new year.

Friday, December 14, 2007

This was on Katydid’s blog and since I always get inspiration from her for knitting, I thought I would try to get some inspritation from her blogging too

1. Elaborate on your default icon:
Llamabean, just a nickname for my husband actually, one that I am quite sure he keeps to himself.
2. What’s your current relationship status?
Married to my best friend and soul mate Llama
3. Ever have a near-death experience?
I have been near death experiences but not in one my self.
4. Name an obvious quality you have:
my father’s eyes
5. What’s the name of the song that’s stuck in your head right now?
I’m a little teapot…I know, I know…
6. Any celeb you would marry?
I don’t know about marry but I wouldn’t seeing Stephen Cobert smile at me.
7. Who will cut and paste this first?
No idea.
8. Has anyone ever said you look like a celebrity?
Not really, but I don’t think that is a bad thing.
9. Do you wear a watch?
Always, I have one with an alarm and everything.
10. Are you pierced?
Sure thing, two holes in my left ear and one in my right. I wear everyday earring in the main holes and then my Dad’s earring in my upper left.
11. Do you have any tattoos?
I have a large Harley Davidson logo on my lower back and I don’t own any Harleys!
12. Do you like pain?
Doesn’t really bother me and I certainly wouldn’t let it stop me.
13. Do you like to shop?
Yeah, but for almost anything other than yarn, I prefer to shop online if I am able.
14. What was the last thing you paid for with cash?
Dinner out with friends.
15. What was the last thing you paid for with your credit card?
Gas for the car
16. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?
My mom J although, since I have started in Customer Service, I don’t want to talk on the phone anymore than I have to, but my family doesn’t count into that area.
17. What is on your desktop background?
A snowy day on my work comp and a picture of Llama on my home one.
18. What is the background on your cell phone?
Currently, it is my sock that I am working on for Llama, my first try at colourwork, I am so excited at how it is turning out.
19. Do you like redheads?
Of course, silly question.
20. Do you know any twins?
Yeah, through school I actually know a few sets.
21. Do you have any weird relatives?
Yes. Lets just leave it at that.
22. What was the last movie you watched?
The Producers or The Ringer, same weekend I think.
23. What was the last book you read?
The last book I finished was the series of David J. Pelzer books, they just make me ache for him. I am still working on the Art of Forgiveness by the Dalai Lama and another book by David Sedaris
24. Is there such a thing as love at first sight, or it is more likely to be lust at first sight?
I knew Llama was part of me.
25. What’s your favorite book?
The Pink Jacaranda, old seventies romance novel, but it still thrills me J
26. When was the last time you visited the street where you first lived?
At least a couple years, I think I took Llama to see it when we first started dating.
27. When was the last time you googled your own name?
A couple of months, we were bored at work one afternoon.
28. What was / is your favorite subject at school?
English/Art/History, or some combination just turns my pages
29. What was / is your least favorite subject at school?
Oral Presentation/Speech class. I am getting better at talking in front of groups though
30. Do you like having your photograph taken?
Depends on why it is being taken but usually it is not an issue.
31. What time were you born?
10:16pm , it is engraved on my baby picture otherwise I don’t think I would know that.
32. Ever seriously questioned your sanity?
I think at the point that you question it, it is already gone.
33. How many phone numbers do you have remembered and can say off the top of your head?
Most of my family so about 20 some numbers.
34. Can you Limbo?
Sure, when the bar is at the very top J
35.Have you ever killed your own dinner?
Define kill. I helped Llama steam some lobsters.
36. How long have you been living at your current residence?
Just over 3 years
37. What phobias do you have?
Small spaces definitely, I don’t even like to be caught in the blankets when I am sleeping, spiders (although I am getting better at this since my trip to Canada),
38. What’s your ideal breakfast?
Homemade biscuits and gravy, heaven.
39. Where are you right now?
Hard at work, it is quiet today.
40. Why do you blog?
I am trying to record for posterities sake.
41. What would you call your autobiography?
A good egg.
42. What’s the longest time you’ve stayed out of the country / where?
8 days in Ontario, Canada
43. Do you use ICQ, AIM, etc..?
Google talk mostly.
44. Do you have nightmares frequently?
Yes, sometimes very disturbing ones that I remember in extreme clarity
45. If you were another person, would you be friends with you?
I would hope so, but you just never know…
46. Which TV character could you be friends with?
47. What’s on your mouse pad?
A mouse, it is the logo for my company.
48. What is your ring tone?
Motorcycle sounds and glasses being toasted.
49. What did you watch on TV last night?
Classic boxing
50. Scary movies or happy endings?
Happy endings, I can’t even watch the previews for scary movies so I stick with the happy movies.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

checking in

Well, the last few weeks have been more than hectic and part of me wishes I could turn back the clock but then all the good things that have happened wouldn't be. So I guess I will just keep on truckin...
My friend MellyMel had her beautiful baby boy a couple weeks ago, I will have photos soon. But my lovely MIL quilted her a darling baby blanket that will keep little Dez warm for many years to come. I have been studying for tests and projects for my Human Resources classes as I work toward being certified. I have also quit working for my previous employer and have started working in a much smaller customer service department. There are only us 8 women but it kind of feels like an old fashioned secretary pool, but in a good way, we all work together to get our product out the door. It is a wonderful change from the "it's not my job" feel that I was working for.

Llama and I are slowly trying to lose weight but more importantly trying to make healthier choices with our lives. Things are going okay so far, Llama makes such wonderful food that everything tastes good :) Even healthy stuff like salad, he makes the best whitefish salad on baby spinach that I eat all of it. and I don't particularly like lettuces.

Alrighty, my break is over but I thought I was well overdue to check in to the world outside. hmmm. more studying. ohh and laundry, that is exciting.

Monday, September 3, 2007

quite a break

Well, it is almost the end of summer and I have neglected my blog, but things are starting to get back into a rhythm. I have been busy and stressful and finally took a well deserved vacation. Llama and I went to his family cottage in Canada for a week and a half at the end of July. It was beyond beautiful and so refreshing, and I can't wait to do it again next year. We saw huge cows, and I mean HUGE, but there were also calves and they were darling. We spent time bathing/swimming in a part of Lake Superior. We devoured pie, raspberry, blueberry, lingonberry and blueberry cream. We spent time at St. Joseph's Fort and watched The Voyageurs video (which I highly recommend). We ate poutine and butter tarts (which Llama made from scratch last week to see if they would turn out)and they were delicious!

I finished the braided cable socks for Mellymel and I am glad they fit her. Made out Tofutsies yarn, they are very soft and very pink.

We also had Mellymel's baby shower last week too and she loved her day of relaxing conversation and I am glad she likes the baby Harry Potter sweater for her soon to be here baby boy.

I have also added a picture of her baby shower gift bags for the guests, the book marks had info on them like the definition of Mother and Father etc. and the letters spelled out the family's last name. Wrapped candy bars and the small blue bag had animal crackers in them.

She also gave me a lovely thank you give of the Interweave Knits Favorite sock book, some beautiful sock yarn and a darling personalized notebook.

It has been a nice labour day weekend and I am glad to have the extra day to relax. Llama is feeling under the weather so I hope I can take good care of him.

Currently I am working on some socks for my mother in law and I was able to make sure they fit this weekend and she has a ton of knitting needles from her mother that she gifted me with. They are now neatly tucked away in my knitting gear with the exception of the straights which have found a home in a large glass vase on my end table.

I will do my best to not take such a long break from my blogging. hopefully I will also have new photos soon!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Quiet Weekend

It is hot and humid here, just sitting around makes you sweat. I have just been taking it easy, finished up a shrug to wear at a wedding next week, I will post pics after the wedding. But look what I have here!

Is it a gift from me to myself?

with two Hawaiian handkerchiefs, some old ribbon and a couple of hours with my sewing machine and I have a dpn knitting roll!

I really like it, it isn't fancy but I have wanted to make one for quite some time now I have one that is very colourful.

Here is to a nice quiet weekend! I love being able to create something that will make me smile everytime I look at it, just like my knitting!

Happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there, remember it is a privilege to have the title Dad, one that my father earned every day and I miss him every day of the year but most especially today.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Socks, Soccer, and Sushi

Here are the socks that I knit for my Mom for Mother's Day, I think they turned out lovely! And they were pretty fun and quick to knit up. I used Essential Tweed- Plum from Knitpicks and the SKS pattern Baby Cables. I hope she likes them and they keep her toasty.

I finished up our rec league for Soccer through Llama's work last week, No we didn't win one game, but we had a good time doing it :)We are the blue team and we might not have been experts but we definitely got better as a team!

Plus, Llama has been craving sushi, so I knit him up some sushi to have at work to tempt him! One is a piece of spider roll (soft shell crab- long legs) and the other piece is flying fish egg (roe).

We also had the weekend off last week for Memorial Day, it was so nice to have not only a long weekend, but to actually have a weekend off.

We have started the summer bowling league on Tuesday nights. I finally got a 126 game! It was great! I am going to keep working on it, I want Llama to have a good team member, but I am starting to see how much skill and hard work actually goes into bowling a good strong consistent game.

Today was fun too, I got to go meet with a friend to help plan a baby shower for Mellymel_517! She is due in October and I am sure she will have a lovely Halloween baby!

Then I met up with Mel and Court and we went yarning to Knitch in Delafield, WI. It is such a cute town, and a really nice shop. They were having a Blue Sky Alpaca trunk show during June, so we took a little trip over and got some yarny goodness. I picked up some beautiful natural cotton and two skeins of a lovely shrimp coloured cotton. I can't wait to make a nice little shawl for an upcoming wedding. I also picked up a nice bright striping Trekking XXL that I am planning on some sunny socks for Llama.

Tomorrow, we are heading out to see Llama's family, should be a nice day! We haven't been down since the first weekend in May so I am sure it will a good time and I have lots of clutter to donate since I have been cleaning our pantry and extra bedrooms!
Hope to get some of it out of our apartment and into the hands of someone who can use it.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Spring is here!

Here are some lovely tulips at Llama's work. They make me smile when I pick him up at the end of the day.

And this weekend I finished up some lovely socks with the waffle rib II from Sensational Knitted Socks.
Llama loved them so much he wouldn't take them off!

Here they are with a detail of the pattern

Friday, April 27, 2007

In Memory of...

my Dad.

Miss him everyday. I know it has been three years but there are still moments that I can hear his voice. I still expect him to answer the phone when I call. I still catch my self thinking, " I should tell my dad about this...". All I hope now, is that if he is watching over us, I hope he is proud of us. Dad, Please know, we will never forget you.

Michael J. McCabe
June 20,1949- April 27,2004

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

How Llamabean got her groove back!

So Wow, it has been almost a month, I might have to start putting a reminder on my calendar to keep up on my blog!

So March was kind of a slow month, knitting wise, I just didn't feel into it, I don't know if I just couldn't relax or if I just wasn't inspired by the socks I was making, even if they were for me. Go figure.

But two of my good friends and I had a day off of work a couple weeks ago ,a "spring" holiday (that's Good Friday for those who celebrate it) and we took a mini road trip to Delefield, WI to a lovely little shop called knitch.

A good time was had by all and I found Lorna's Laces Shepherd sock yarn! In the lovely 702 Fresh Stripe colourway!

This little bundle of joy (as you can see here, it is ready and waiting to knit from my wonderful yarn balling Llama) was enough inspiration to finish these bad boys up for me! They are the Tech Guy socks from Magknits and I really do like them, although my feet look kind of funny in them, but I suppose not any funnier then they do with out socks on. Perhaps, one is not meant to have their feet photographed from the front.

And I am 3/4 of the way through another pair of socks for Llama, I figure if he winds the yarn, he should get some payment. Plus, he is most appreciative of hand knit socks!

Sunday, April 1, 2007

My SP Rocks!

I am Completely SPOILED by her!

Check out the pictures to see the wonderful gifts I received!
This lovely box arrived and my Llama was excited to help me open it.

a peek inside...

Yea!, little packages...

All together...

Some absolutely delicious chips!

Some lovely handmade magnets.

in their natural habitat.

lovely handmade stationary, I think my SP knows my weakness for letter writing.

a lovely bit of chocolate, that may or may not have made it through the weekend.

Some beautiful 1824 Wool to play with. Of course the obligatory detail shot. check out the cards, it's from Lettuce Knits! Here's hoping my yarn was fondled by Yarn Harlot or KnittyAmy

A nice note explaining the contents and wishing all a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

PLUS, a beautiful Irish Hiking Scarf hand knit by my SP!

And by special modeling my new scarf, I have to say it does look good on me :)

Many Thanks again LLD, can't wait to find out who you are next month!
Thank you for the lovely chats too!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Hello Again

Wow, how time flies, I haven't posted in a couple of weeks, it has been so busy here.
Last Saturday, Llama made a lovely 7 course dinner for four of our work friends and my sister Zutzan and her fiancee B. We has such a good time, started off with delicious baked Lime Olive Red Snapper. As you can see below, it was snarfled up quickly, so quickly we forgot to take a before picture.

Then a light and refreshing Citrus Mint salad.

Yummy roasted red pepper cous cous and the favorite of all, Poutine.

Baked Manicotti with three cheeses and spinach plus a wonderful lamb curry with homemade Naan.

We finished off the meal with creamy homemade vanilla bean ice cream topped with wonderful Canadian maple syrup.

It was such a wonderful night. Great food, good friends and it was the first day of my sister and B's spring break, they came up from Missouri and stayed with us this past week. We got to look through all of my sister's wedding ideas and hang out and relax. I took a day off and a few afternoons off ( I am the only early riser in my family) So I thought I should give them some extra sleeping in time.

We baked a cake together and Zutzan showed me how to make frosting roses and lots of other cake decorating tips, she also made and ate a batch of cupcakes, they were very good and lots of fun.

I am so glad they could both come up and visit and I hope we gave them a nice relaxing week off. Plus I finally was able to see her engagement ring!

They left for home yesterday afternoon and this morning Llama and I went bowling, Llama is very good bowler and I am not so much, but I enjoy playing. We have been together over all most 6 years and I finally this morning, for the fist time, got a 100 game. actually 111, and I have been extremely excited about my score!

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Early Birthday Surprise!

So Llama's birthday is coming up soon and he also got a great yearly review this week! So while he was at his night class on Wednesday, I made him a birthday cake! I used my good old Betty Crocker cook book for the cake and the buttercream frosting and I think it turned out great (hint: it is supposed to look like a piece of sushi.)

Cozy FO,
I also thought it was about time to post pictures of my cozy from (I apologize for the quality) I finished this just in time to post on the Lacevember KAL last November. I think it turned out really nice, I will probably make another one some time in the future. It is a soft fingering weight yarn (unsure of what it is officially)got it back in college before I ever started knitting. It is a lovely dark grey. I am very proud of this as it was my first attempt at lace, and I learned very quickly WHY knitters use life lines!

Close up of lace pattern

Sunday, February 25, 2007

FO's and some lovely snacks

Here is my latest FO, it only took a couple months and one trip to the frog pond.

It is the Lunchbag from When you don't try to adjust every part of a pattern and just follow as it states it turns out beautifully!
This lunch bag is for Llama since his old bag was falling apart.
I really like how this turned out, I did add a handle for Llama just for carrying convenience.

Here is a photo of the absolutely delicious truffles that Llama made yesterday with the dark chocolate from my SP! They turned out wonderfully, he used the recipe from Good Eats and it was really fun to help make them ( I was designated to roll the truffles in the cocoa powder or coconut.

I finished a pair of Tech socks from Magknits for Llama. He had to try them on right away to make sure they were soft enough. They are knit with STR Alina colourway.

Yeah, hopefully I will have more soon!