12/30/2005

Kiri And The Melting Pot II

Kiri is becoming much easier now. I’m getting better at reading the charts and I actually like them (almost) better than written instructions. I just have trouble remembering what line I’m on. That could be remedied easily; I’m just too lazy. I finished with the first chart. The second chart is repeated until you are happy with the length and width (I think the sample is done in 12 repeats). Work the last chart, block her and she’s finished! After completing the first chart you also complete your first leaf (or close to it anyway) and what the shawl will look like in the end starts to appear before you eyes. Actually, the finished leaves puff out a bit (kind of like a popcorn stitch) and I LOVE the depth it adds but I’m afraid the puff will disappear once it’s blocked. We’ll see. Either way, I’m already in love with her. I do have one recommendation: Kid Silk Haze is a pain to knit with Addi Turbos. They’re too dull. The patters says this but for some reason I completely missed it and bought Addis anyway. A bit of friendly advice!!!

Ok Donni, Here’s a typical experience at the Melting Pot for my family (are you hungry?):
The Melting Pot is a fondue restaurant. Everything you eat there (except the salads) revolve around the fondue pot sitting in front of you. And no, not allowed after my diet begins ;-) The first course is bread and cheese. There are 4 different cheeses to pick from. We usually sit at a table with two pots so we select Beer Battered Cheese and Spinach Artichoke Dip. You get all sorts of cubed bits of bread, raw veggies and apples (which are bottomless as long as you still have cheese remaining) and let me tell you, apples and beer battered cheese are out of this world together!!! The second course is a salad. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like salads but not the Melting Pot’s salads so we skip this dish. I’m not very knowledgeable on this course so I’ll leave it to your imagination. The third course is a mix of meat. Seafood, chicken, steak and occasionally some ravioli. You pick from two different oils and two different bullions. We normally get an oil and a bullion. In these pots, you cook all your food. For the oil, there is a batter they bring so you can fry it if you would like but I like the bullion better. This course takes the longest because you are literally cooking everything you eat. The whole experience is fun but dessert (the 4th course) is by far my favorite and the one I always seem to talk about the most. Again, choose from several chocolates, we normally get Flaming Turtles (Chocolate, Caramel and pecans) and S’mores (chocolate and marshmallow cream with crushed gram crackers). Then they bring out strawberries, pineapple, bananas, cheesecake, brownies, gram crackers, pound cake, peanut covered marshmallows and Oreo crumb covered marshmallows. These are also bottomless (except the cheesecake) as long as you have chocolate left. The whole meal takes about 2 ½ hours to really enjoy everything so go a night you don’t have anything else to do.

12/29/2005

Kiri And The Melting Pot

OMG ya’ll…Kiri is so frustrating!!! I can NOT do one row without having to frog back some. I’m not good at reading charts so that’s part of my problem. There are written instructions for those of you who are chart-illiterate like me, but the written instructions don’t make sense. They’re totally different than the charts. I always had too many stitches on my needles at the end of the rows so I had to switch to the charts. I’m still having a blast knitting on her though. I have 8 rows left on the first chart which is the increase section. It’s beautiful!!! So light and airy! I’ve never done any lace knitting yet so this is totally new and different for me. I’ve crocheted a few doilies which I thought would be about the same – uh…no! This is way harder! But much more fun! Adam commented that Kiri doesn’t even look like a knitted garment. I think its beautiful now – I can’t wait to see it after it’s blocked!!!

In other news, my whole family and I all went to the Melting Pot for dinner last night. We tried to get dinner reservations for 7:00 but they asked if it would be ok to get them for 7:30. Only a 30 minute difference so sure, why not? Adam and Kaylee and I were 15 minutes late (surprise!!! We’re always late!) because we stopped to get Kaylee McDonald’s. 7:45. Mom informed me that there was still someone sitting at our table and had been there since 5:00. At 8:00 the manager apologized for the 50th time about the hold up and said the other party was just starting dessert. yay. So at 8:30 we were finally seated. The waiter turned on all 4 burners (yes, we had 4!!!) and walked away for about 10 minutes. When he came back, the one directly in front of me was still not hot. So the manager came back, fiddled with it for a few minutes and walked back into the kitchen to get a new one. It didn’t work either. So he fiddled with IT for a minute or two. Have you ever watched the comedian Bill Engvall? He’s famous for his “Here’s your sign” jokes. Well as the manager was down on his knees fiddling with the second burner, a man from the next table stuck his head around the divider and said “Can’t get it working?” I leaned over to Adam and whispered: No…I’m just here for my health…Here’s your sign!!! We both cracked up! Finally they got the burner working and the manager told my dad he was going to take care of the whole bill. The. Whole. Bill. I couldn’t believe it. I mean I understand they want to make us happy so we’ll come back, but none of that was their fault. It was needless to say an amazing night and we all had lots of fun and laughs.

12/28/2005

Yikes!




You Are Italian Food



Comforting yet overwhelming.

People love you, but sometimes you're just too much.


Um...I hate to say it, but its right...


SO ANYWAY...now that we've determined that I'm annoying...I'll tell you right up front once again that I'm photo less. It's not that I don't post photos on purpose; I just HATE dealing with Blogger! It's so slow and my computer needs a little tweaking too. The two don't make a good combination. So anyway, I don't like posting without pictures so by the time I finally MAKE myself post a picture, it has been a month since my last entry. So I've decided what I will do. I will post more often. I will post about everything that happens that post-worthy (and maybe some things that aren't) and you may or may not get a picture. That's the only way I think I'm going to be able to keep up with my blog better.
So now onto Christmas details! We had such a blast! We started Christmas Eve at 12:00 opening exchange presents and didn’t get finished until 9:00! Usually, we’re in the kitchen cooking all day but we’re not cooking your usual Christmas Dinner as you’ve seen me post about in previous months. We have sausage balls, cheese balls, pigs in a blanket, chips and dip, punch…basically a whole smorgasbord of food. After we stuff ourselves silly we’ll open all our presents from each other. That seems to last about 2 hours and then it’s time to put the kiddies to bed. THIS year however, we has snacks all day. At 12:00 we ate chips, dip, ham sandwiches and then we each opened a present. We were supposed to do this every 2 hours all day long starting at 10:00. We didn’t actually start until 12:00 though so by that time EVERYONE was starving. Of course we stuffed ourselves and nobody was ready to eat again until MUCH later that afternoon. So we kept opening our presents. We didn’t finish opening them all until 9:00 Christmas Eve night. Of course we had eaten a couple more times too. We were all so full and tired that we all went to bed. Well, most of us. My sister and I had to stay up wrapping last minute presents for Santa to put under the tree. Over all, it was a fabulous Christmas.
Some of my favorite presents:
From Adam:
A Nintendo DS
Charming Tail Figuring
From Karen:
Warrio Touched DS Game
Money for clothes
Money for yarn
From Mom and Dad: A Popcorn Maker and 3 balls of Rowan Kid Silk Haze in jelly.

I have already started using the KSH to knit Kiri. It’s a beauty of a shawl. I’m having a little trouble staying as focused on the pattern as I need to be and always find myself coming ahead a few stitches. I just frog back and start over. KSH is not fun to frog though let me tell you!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you have a wonderful New Year!!!

12/01/2005

CRAP!!!

I just sent my secret pal an e-mail from my non-secret e-mail address. I hope she won’t mind…Good thing the real reveal is only 3 days away!

See what I’m going to do? It's the 3rd annual Glitter Scarf Drive! I plan to cast on for it tonight. 400 stitched this thing has in it, but only 20 rows so it should move quick. I don’t have much time so I need to get booking.