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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Back by Popular Demand.

Well, not really, but I finally caught the blogging bug again. (Just an update on my last post from September 2007. I found the sweater pieces and sewed everything up. Now I have a cool, brown sweater that, unfortunately, is a little scratchy. I should be able to wear it more now that the weather is cooler.)

I have some cool pictures to share. It's been a long time, so I won't try to give a recount of the entire past year (plus!). Instead, I'll just start fresh (like the US did on Tuesday - yea!) and go from there.

Here's me and Thomas the cat just before Halloween. I got the wax fangs (berry flavored!) and scary finger from Holly at the writing group that night, so I had to use them (esp. since I was going to be gone for Halloween). I don't think Thomas looks frightened enough that I'm going to scrape and eat him. He's so fearless.

And, scene change, here I am at the Great Wall! I traveled to Beijing, China at the end of October with a group of EMBA students. The Great Wall was truly amazing, and the section we went to was quite difficult to walk/climb. But I can say I did it! We had wonderful weather and clear air. Whew!

This is the woman who helped me when I went to this yarn store in Beijing. She really didn't speak English, but she spoke knitting. The random guy who was in the shop tried to help because he spoke some English, but he didn't speak knitting. So somehow, between the three of us, I managed to buy some nice yarn. I got some pink cashmere (!) but not enough to make a sweater because even in China, cashmere is expensive. I got some nice cream colored camel, and some Granny Smith apple green wool. All in all, a successful trip to a yarn store. I love doing yarn tourism. And since I'm the only one who knits on these trips (so far, anyway), I don't have any tagalongs. You would only sit in a taxi in traffic for an hour to get to a store if you really loved yarn, right?

Here's the outside of the store. I noticed more yarn stores in Beijing than Shanghai; I suspect that's because the weather gets colder in Beijing, but that's just a theory. Last year in Shanghai, the yarn I found was tucked into the corner of a larger sweater store. Hmm...

We were so lucky to be able to tour the Olympic sites. First, we went inside the Water Cube, which was much smaller in person than it looks on TV. After that, we went to the Birds Nest, which was so cool and impressive. We even got to go out on the field, so I can say I was out on the field where they did the opening ceremony and where athletes actually competed. I'm a big Olympics nut (just ask David), so it was amazing for me to actually be there.

By now, you're probably thinking, wow--Brenda's gotten super fat, especially around her belly. Which is true and a valid point. But there's a reason. There's a baby in there! Don't worry--I got the go ahead from my doctor to travel to China and really had no problems except for finding clothes that fit and the fact that my leg goes numb when I stand/walk too long (it's some nerve thing). Overall, I think the baby enjoyed the trip because I started to feel movement (weird bubbly type of things) that week.
Anyway, because of that, I hope to blog more frequently so I can keep people updated on everything. We'll see. Also, there should be baby knitting to report on. I'm working on the Baby Surprise Jacket from Elizabeth Zimmerman right now. It sure looks funky, but from everything I've read, if I just keep at it, it will magically be a sweater at the end. I got the yarn in Santa Barbara back in September at a cool yarn store called Knit and Pearl. It's malabrigo, lovely soft gray and blue in buttery wool. (By the way, we don't know the sex of the baby and don't plan to find out. I just liked the colors!)

I'll leave you with this cute, tiny hand knit "Open" sweater from Knit and Pearl. I hope to be back soon!


Blogger Rochee said...

About friggin time!!!!!!! I'm so jealous you got to see the bird's nest and the water cube! And, maybe China too if this trip was better. I've stil yet to hear a really positive story coming from China so maybe this will be it :D I can't imagine going through all that for yarn....or anything to buy for that matter. Maybe to see a landmark or something, but not to buy something. Well nice to see an update and a belly :) Time to send out the womb song if the bubblies have started!!!

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Erica B-House said...

Well well nice to see you back to the world of updates... you look adorable pregnant I hope all is well and keep the updates going...

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Sarah P. said...

Gosh, I can't imagine goin all the way to China and standin on that there Great Wall thingy. I betcha could see Russia real good from over there! Golly Geez! I Hope Putin didn't rear his head up and scare ya. Havin babies is a blast doncha think? Well, anyways, it was sure good to read about yer yarn and what not. By the way, in case yer wonderin how I found yer blog, well, ya see, I really do read everything like I tried to tell that stuck-up reporter lady.
Anyways, I gotta go now and govern. Keep bloggin so's we can know what yer up to down there. And we'll see ya again real soon then, okay. Bye now!

12:10 AM  

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