Monday, March 26, 2007

A zoo is so much more fun...

When you have a three year old with you! We went to the Oakland Zoo yesterday and wow was it fun!! We used our new double stroller which was a DREAM to push around and I am so glad we got it. I didn't have a backache from carrying Mr. O around for 3 hours and C could ride in it whenever she got grumpy. SO FUN.

We saw tons of animals, and the zoo looks GREAT. They remodeled it within the last 10 years and it is just beautiful.

My favorite animals were the Elephant,


and the giraffe's (there were 8 of them!)


C loved the Alligator


and petting the goats.


here they are in our fancy new stroller!


Saturday, March 17, 2007

Monkey's made me Jaywalk!!

Well I finished my monkey socks!! And because I got a little over monkey'd before I started the second sock I finished my second jaywalker finally. And I hate them. But whatever I am giving them to my mom. So, here are the spec's!!


Pattern: Jaywalker Socks by Grumperina
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock in Rainbow
Needles:Knit picks DPNs US 1
Started: Jan 3
Finished: Mar 12
Modifications: I used the toe up version for this jaywalker and used a shortrow heel instead of a flap to see how it fit. I definitely like heel flaps, so I will probably be knitting most of my socks cuff down from now on.

Notes: I absolutely detest these socks. Seriously, the colors make me think of puke. And they don't even match which makes me even angrier. Luckily my mom loves handmade socks and could give a crap about the color so woohoo!

And now....

Full Monkey

My Monkey Socks!!! Holy canoli do I LOVE LOVE LOVE these socks. I never want to take them off!!!

Pattern: Monkey Socks
Yarn: Socks that Rock mediumweight in Rhodonite
Needles: Knit picks DPNs US 3
Started: Mar 10
Finished: Mar 17
Modifications: I used size 3 needles to fit around my giant foot and ankle. I also changed the toe, more later.
Notes: Best and quickest pattern I have knit in a LONG time. This is seriously a great pattern and I will definitely make another pair in the future!!

Monkey close up

Closeup of stitch pattern

Monkey Toe

Instead of taking th toe down to 28 stitches, I left it at 44 because I have an incredibly square toe. This is what happens when I make a toe like most people:

Jaywalker Toe

So I made the monkey much more square. And seriously I love it. From now on I am going to do the same, though I may have it at like 40 stitches instead. Whatever, I LOVE THESE SOCKS!!!

In other news, here is our little Anna!!