Sunday, June 24, 2007


Next in the lineup is....

Today's yarn is....
Berocco Vibe!
65% wool, 35% nylon--but not exactly a blend.

The two strands are loosely attached to each other, so I'm excited to felt with this, since the wool will felt and the nylon will not. It should be really cute for a hat and mittens. A gift of three skeins from mama, once again. Yay!

Last night we watched The Thin Man and drank martinis. I love the 1930s clothes!

I also love that Myrna Loy wears these incredible gowns and jackets as though she had just thrown on jeans and a t-shirt--totally casual and comfortable. I think I have a girl crush on Myrna!

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Friday, June 22, 2007


More yarn (of course)

Thank you for the birthday wishes, friends! I toast a complicated martini to you.

As promised, today's yarn is....
Mountain Colors Bearfoot!

This is made in Montana, and purchased in Montana by my Montana mama. It is truly gorgeous.

(I love the digital macro feature on the camera, too!)

The colorway is teal, but it's subtley varigated with forest greens and deep blues.

Jenny Hammy left me a comment saying happy blogoversary, and I hadn't even realized it had been two years since I started yapping. Thanks for sticking with me, from state to state (geographic and mental) and from frequent posts to um, not so frequent posts. I love being able to stay in touch with friends from all over, and "meeting" new people too. Oh, the internets!

P.S. What are you all reading now? I just finished Fun Home by Alison Bechdel and Dry by Augusten Burroughs. (By the by: it's so naughty to drink wine while reading a memoir about alcoholism.) Now I'm reading Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (snagged it from the university library before the Oprah fans could), a not so great new Houdini biography, and re-reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to prepare for the final installment. Any recs?

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Thursday, June 21, 2007



This past weekend we celebrated the glorious anniversary of my birth. I took the day off and went to the gym, ran errands, watched Passions, did the dishes, and got ready to parrrr-tay.

Some of my sexxxy friends came over:

And then we went out to dinner at Udupi, where the Cupcakes family is known by name, due to our weekly orders of dahi vada, vegetable utthapam, potato bonda, and aloo gobi. We are called "Alex."

Rebecca ordered a giant soccer ball of bread, and she knows how to work it!

Go girl!

After dinner, we went out for complicated martinis. I ordered a lemon drop. Mmmm!

It was, all in all, a splendid day.

I received beautiful yarn as gifts, so I will introduce each one individually. They are like my newly adopted cats, but less whiny and they don’t smell like tuna.

First, allow me to introduce you to . . .

Laceweight Manos del Uruguay! I didn’t even know they made laceweight! I used their gorgeous red worsted weight yarn to make my mom a tea cozy and it looked beautiful knitted up. Now Rebecca has gifted me with 800 yards of violet yarn. Whatever shall I make?

Do you like the pictures? They are from my NEW digital camera, gift of Mr. Cupcakes. What a man, what a man, what a mighty good man.

(he's a mighty mighty good man.)

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Monday, June 11, 2007


moving on up

The Cupcakes family has had an exciting week. We chanced upon a listing for a house (a duplex, really) for rent, looked at it, applied to rent it, and were accepted! It is only about 5 minutes from where we currently live, but it has:
Being completely insane, I insisted that we make a pro/con list, listing all the good things (see above) versus all the bad things (slightly more rent, the way we HATE MOVING). The scale was tipped when Mr. C added "Our relationship" to the pro-side. So we're moving within the month!

(We're on the left.)

That hasn't stopped me from knitting, of course. Socks using Mamma-E's Seasick colorway from the cruise.
Mouse is a great (big) model. The pattern is Retro Rib Socks by Evelyn A. Clark, originally in the Winter 2004 Interweave Knits, but also in Favorite Socks. You need to get this book immediately.

I also got some beautiful yarn from the Sweet Sheep, a merino/tencel blend in Poppy (now out of stock).

Mouse was a huge fan, immediately. I might add that it was about 90 degrees that day.

But just look at that shine! Mouse, you have good taste.

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