Monday, May 2, 2011

the start of something good

Monday again, huh? Well, I just spent my first weekend as a graduate, and I really think the non-student life agrees with me. It felt great not to have homework hanging over my head. There was plenty of time for knitting, eating at new restaurants, playing games, thrifting, listening to records, drinking beer, and catching up with friends and family that I haven't seen in what feels like years. I managed to get a few photos of the past several days. 

Soft and squishy Madelinetosh sock yarn from my new blog friend, Andi. Andi's knitting productivity inspires me to get my needles out even more. I've been wanting to try out Madelinetosh's yarn, so I was over the moon when this green skein arrived. Thanks, Andi!

So far I've made a yarn house with the Madelinetosh. I'm hoping that someday the house will look like these socks. I think it will be slow going. I've already had to rip back once--not that I'm complaining. Even with setbacks, knitting with this lovely yarn makes it worth it.

K's parents came in for a visit. My mother-in-law brought this turtle cake. Yes, it tasted as good as it looks! The candied pecans are my favorite part. Thanks, Phyllis!

I knitted this Sprout hat for someone new in the world. Now I've just got to get it to him before he gets much bigger! I actually made this hat on Friday, starting with the royal wedding and then working on it throughout the day as I awaited my big meeting with my professors. Busy hands kept my nerves calm. Well, as calm as they were going to be. The yarn is Cascade Sierra, which is a washable cotton/wool blend that seems great for a baby. The pattern is a very basic newborn hat.

We squeezed in some game time. This one is Stone Age, which has been a big hit with the family. K has this amazing ability to find cool new board games. I'm looking forward to playing them more now that I've got more free time.

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What's going on with you this week? 

The Kentucky Derby is this coming Saturday, which means lots of family time and parties. This week promises to be a very good one indeed.


  1. Wow, I am also agreeing with your new lifestyle ;-) How I miss being 'just' graduated. Lovely yarn and cake. Yay!

  2. Congratulations. What a sweet relief to not have homework. Your weekend looks lovely withe knitting and a delicious cake.
    We had a good weekend around it was much dirter in the garden. Hoping for something sweet in the kitchen this week.

  3. Congratulations on your graduation! Best wishes for all that come next.

  4. Yay, hooray, and congratulations! Sounds like you are off to a lovely post-grad start!

  5. Hey Allison, so sorry, I haven't been to your blog lately (how bad of me)
    You sound like you have been a very busy bee. It must be quite nice to let your hair down at last- all that hard work, and now you can spend time making and creating. Have fun xxx Jo

  6. Congratulations! That's a real feather in your cap, so to speak. Enjoy your days of knitting, cooking and horse-racing.

  7. Hey graduate-well done you! Now let me say, great pattern choice for the Tosh Sock. I can't wait to see the finished results. I am really drawn to the board game. That is going on my shopping list! Hope you saved me some cake. :)
    Have a great week

  8. I went to the Kentucky Derby about 13 years ago! I had a great time, had a mint julep or two and wore a fancy hat for the first (and last) time. The horses were so beautiful and the jockeys were amazingly small! I watch it every year now, even now that I'm in Portland.


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