Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A little bit of stockinette any one?

Asalam Alaikum,

Here is an update pic of the FIL's vest-

I am trying not to take too many pics. Because of the plain stockinette it doesn't seem to be moving very quickly, and i don't want to bore anybody.

This is what is distracting me-

It is Fetching, I got a little bit of pattern envy when Lindsaywas working on this one. The first one worked up in a couple of hours, but I am trying to get the never-ending vest done, so the second is going a bit slowly.

This is just for cuteness-

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Stuff you don't see back home

Asalam Alaikum,
This pic is just for fun, after the last meeting of The U-knitted Amiras the DH and I went to Spinneys and saw this-


Saturday, December 20, 2008

42 and where is your towel?

Asalam Alaikum

Here it is -the restaurant at the end of the universe--

Here is a pic of us chillin' (really, it was almost as cold as Boston in the winter, but without the wind chill and the snow)

As the sharp among you may notice, that is a baby hooded towel on the DS. We all know who will be all set when the Vogons show up.

Here we are at about half way up the mountain, the DH is wearing the vest I knit for him while still in America.

And also here is the obligatory KIP photo- the DS was not thrilled.

Mom, I still eat 'em this way!

Asalam Alaikum,
Sometimes the smallest things when you are young can have a very big, and sometimes strange effect on you later. When I was young, my mother would pack lunches for me to take to school, every time she packed an orange it looked some thing like this---

To this day I eat oranges like this. I am pretty sure that she did it so that I could peel them easier when I was little. Every single time I have an orange, I first carve a little face, then peel the whole thing. I love my mom!

See what I mean, something so small in my childhood, and it is such a happy memory for me.


My FIL's basic vest is still in the boring stockinette stage, so here is a pick of a pair of booties I made a couple of months back after seeing the pair that Charmaine had knitted up.

I saw the pattern, and it looked very interesting. I just used some leftover sock yarn to test it out so they don't exactly match (because I ran out of yarn) but I think that this will be a pattern that I will use again. The pattern is Magic Slippers

Also we went to Al Ain again, so more pics soon!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

BSJ just never gets old

Asalam Alaikum,
You know this pattern is sooooo addictive, here is a picture of the third one that I have made.

In the first jacket, I followed the original pattern(except for the shoulder seam- instead of seaming, I did a 3 needle applied I-cord bind off). In the second jacket I did the same but added the continuous line variation. For this third jacket I didn't do the I-cord bind off but did seam as instructed, and used the continuous line AND collar variations, I LOVE it! I think that this is the best so far(note the implication of more to come)

The reason this pattern is so addictive is that it is amazing to knit this funny looking blob, and with two folds---poof----jacket.

Also in knitting news i have started a plain vest for my FIL-

Yay for being picky!

Asalam Alaikum
So I am a little picky. While doing a KAL I can't just follow the perfectly nice pattern, I must change it.

This is the front, see matching buttons?

Here is the back, those also in the KAL might notice that after the moss stitch section I mirrored the previous sections so that the front and back match each other.

and here is the lining, complete with small pocket. I like this purse a lot, and took it for its first official use to the mall for last Fridays meeting of U-Knitted Amiras.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Eid Mubarak!

Asalam Alaikum,

Yesterday was the 2nd anniversary of my reversion to Islam, and also of my Nikah(Islamic marriage). It was the first time that I have actually seen the goat involved in the Sacrifice, and the experience was not anything like I had been expecting.

In America many people have never seen the cow that their steak came from, nor seen how it got to their plate. Food is a very sterile and distant thing, it comes from the grocery store on a little white saran wrapped tray. On Eid I saw the living goat, I touched him, and I saw how he got to my plate. I thought that I would be grossed out or something, but I was not. It did give me more respect and appreciation for my food, and I think that because of that my food tastes better.

As a side note, I think that if every person had this experience maybe we would all be a little healthier. I mean think about it, 100 years ago the way we got food in America was different, and portion size was smaller as well. Anybody else think there might be a connection?

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Dear Etisalat, I am sorry

Asalam Alaikum,

So because in my last post I decided to poke fun of Etisalat, I was without Internet, and also so was 30% of Abu Dhabi for a couple of days. To those who were inconvenienced by this outage, my bad, I'm sorry and in future I will not say anything against the vast conspiracy/plot that is the lovely company Etisalat.

Enough of my crazy ramblings-knitting!
this is my almost completed KAL pochette, more updates to come shortly-

These are pics from our second visit to Baniyas Gardens, notice me knitting.

This is just for fun-

Ten Points to anyone who knows!