Friday, September 29, 2006

NPR knitting

One of the perks of working with Hubba Bubba is that we have the same schedule. Since he likes to be in the driver seat, that leaves me riding shot gun for our 40 minute commute. About a year or so ago we fell in the habit of listening to NPR. It mellows out the stress of maneuvering traffic, and we've heard some really interesting stories that have stuck with us. Being the knitting feind that I am, I'm usually knitting during this time. This morning, while knitting sock two of a pair of socks for Hubba Bubba, we're suddenly in the middle of an interview with Tracy Ullman. About her new knitting book. It was so exciting! Please check out the NPR interview. There's even a free pattern!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Rolling on the River

This past Monday the company Hubba Bubba and I work for sent the whole Nashville office for a lunch cruise on the General Jackson. We work for BMI, the leading performing rights organization in the U.S. Its a pretty unique company to work for. We represent 300,000 songwriters, composers and publishers, specifically licensing businesses for the public performance of the 6.5 million songs in our catalog. One of our songwriters happens to be none other than Isaac Hayes (!), who greeted us in our lobby along with David Porter and Richie McDonald of the band Lonestar. We were then bussed to the riverfront in downtown Nashville and enjoyed probably the nicest weather we've had this year, along with a lunch time performance by new country cutie Jake Owen, also a BMI songwriter. It was a spectacular display of appreciation on behalf of management. Hope it becomes a tradition!

Friday, September 22, 2006

first sweater

Just last night I finished my first knitted garment. Its a sweet little sweater for a friend who is expecting. I feel so confident about knitting something for myself now! The pattern is "Baby's First Tattoo" from Debbie Stoller's Stitch and Bitch Nation. I used Lion brand Wool-Ease. Its heavier than the yarn called for in the pattern, but the adaptations were pretty easy.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Rollin' my own stash

Hubba bubba has told me time and again that I don't "treat" myself to enough things. Well, I took that to heart and up and bought myself a ball winder and swift. Now he is talking about how I need to make the spare bedroom more "knitter friendly"! I'm just going to get right on board with that idea. I know other knitters have a hard time getting their spouse to understand yarn purchases, but I actually have an advantage. Hubba Bubba has been hard core in racing for several years now, and if anyone can relate to how many different needles a knitter "needs", its a man buying different sized gears "just in case".

Monday, September 11, 2006

We have a winner!

This past Saturday was Hubba Bubba's second kart race, and his first win! He took the stick heavy class with a resounding lead of nearly half a track. He tries to downplay it, since there were only two karts on the track, but I think it's a big deal. He hit a huge rock in the heat race and lost nearly all the oil... most of it on his pant leg, scary since the engine gets really hot. He was so in the moment he didn't feel a thing.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Family reunion time

This past weekend hubba bubba, Sadie and I drove up to my parent's house in Mid-Michigan. My mom hosts a reunion for her side of the family annually the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. Its a long haul for us, but its one of those traditions I hate to miss. My mom is one of nine kids so you can imagine my extended family is huge! My cousin Kammi plans activities for the kids every year, with a different theme. This year the theme was "harvest party" complete with costumes. I think the adults had more fun dressing up than the kids! Check out the pictures of the festivities here.