Baby Beth Blabs

…a lot.

Beautiful Big E… September 24, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — BabyBeth @ 12:31 pm

how I love thee. Let me count the ways.

  • Finnish pancakes
  • blueberry crisp
  • cheese curds
  • chocolate milkshake
  • Otter Creek October fest (just a sip)
  • Honey Lime soda (also just a sip)
  • WATER!
  • clam chowder
  • clam fritters
  • chocolate covered bacon
  • chocolate covered gummi bears
  • bacon cheeseburger on a glazed donut (called the Craz-E Burger)
  • beef jerky
  • venison jerky
  • various cheeses
  • various dips and dipping oils (with pretzels and bread)
  • apple crisp
  • mango italian ice
  • pumpkin seeds

Sadly, I did not get fried dough, the main reason I go to the Big E. I also was not able to try the fried cheesecake AGAIN. They wanted $6 for it and it was end of the night and I had already gone through my food budget for the fair. I may have eaten some things I forgot to list. Some items were just samples but seeing as I was there from 10 am until 9 pm, walking in and out of the State Houses multiple times, I think I had full snack portions of said samples.

Oh, Big E. I really do love you. Please don’t ever go away and I look forward to skating in the CT Day parade again next year.

Note: If you are going to judge me in the form of comments, do so with regards to the amount of food I ate throughout the day. Comment on how gross this all sounds. Or how you wish you could have been there with me to take part. Or with questions to where these foods are all located. I ask that you NOT comment with regards to religious dietary restrictions and the consumption of pork, and meat and dairy together. Thanks!


Ramblings September 14, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — BabyBeth @ 10:43 am

I didn’t post again last week. I’m really trying to stay on top of the once a week posting, promise.

Remember the hat we spoke about in a couple posts? Well, it’s finished! I knit the Norwegian Star hat by Tiennie and it was supposed to be a surprise for John but since we are basically always together, I would never be able to knit it in secret! It fits but is slightly big. I didn’t take ease into account. I’m thinking there should have been some negative ease….I knit “Adult” with size 8 needles for 5 stitches/inch with Cascade 200. That produced a 22 and something inch hat. So it does fit but isn’t snug. John doesn’t mind and I think it still looks good and there’s always the option of slightly felting it but I would rather not try that and screw up my first REAL colorwork hat (stripes don’t count). It’ll felt with use come
the winter anyway, right? Mind you, it needs to be blocked….

And does anyone know if there are blocking classes? I feel like such an
idiot. I knit something for a swap and attempted to block it but I don’t
feel like it did much. I know the item could definitely have been blocked
larger but I’m so nervous when laying it out and pinning and stuff. I’m
also using kid’s foam squares and there isn’t any real indication if you’re
laying things out straight. I’m nervous to use a marker to mark out lines
incase it’ll stain my knitwear. I’ve read that people love blocking wires,
maybe those would be better for me? Are they only for lace? I just feel bad
because I’m sending my partner something I made that she will most likely just block again on her own before wearing. 😦 I’m a bad swap partner! I couldn’t even really think of anything to keep with the High Holiday theme. I’m fired.

Now that I’ve tackled the Norwegian Star hat and know that I can carry yarn
and do a good job with it, I’m going to knit a fingerless glove pattern
that only has a 6 row colorwork repeat…or something small like that. I
can’t get the pattern right now because work’s internet is down and I’m
blogging with my phone. I’ll come back and add links later. The pattern is
in my top 10 patterns in my Ravelry queue. Seems silly that I jumped into
doing the hat first but I think the gloves will be tougher because it’ll be
on DPNs. Speaking of tough projects, so far this year I’ve done my first
pair of socks, my first sweater, and my first colorwork project; I’m on a
roll! Maybe I should give lace a try again! What else can I do? I will
eventually knit that sweater pattern from Brooklyntweed that I mentioned
before, but I really can’t spend money on yarn right now. boo.

Oh! Brooklyntweed made me think of my birthday! I turned 25 this year and I
decided that it was high time I take myself to a Broadway show on my actual birthday. And that’s just what I did! John and I went to see The Little
Mermaid and good thing we went then, it’s final day on Broadway was August
30. What luck! The bad luck was that I couldn’t get tickets to see Guys and
Dolls, as was my original plan. It apparently was taken off in it’s 7th
week or something and was supposed to close even earlier because it wasn’t
bringing in any money. They couldn’t get people in the seats!!! The cast
must not have been that great, in my opinion, if they couldn’t sell a
classic to people. Now, I know we are in a recession and people aren’t
spending to see shows but The Little Mermaid was freakin’ packed! There
were hardly any empty seats! But whatever, that’s neither here nor there.
Before the show, we spent the morning on the beach. I swam (read: floated)
in the water for most of our time there while John burned on the shore.
Note to self: buy a beach umbrella because not everyone has skin like
yours. We ended up leaving earlier than I would have liked because I didn’t
want John to turn into a lobster and we needed to get lunch before we took
the train into The City. He was very sweet that morning and woke me at 8:26 (the time I was born) to wish me a happy birthday and give me presents!

Actually, I got the Brooklyntweed book a little after midnight on the 26th
since we were still up. I got a really beautiful peridot and sterling
silver necklace and a pair of earrings that have little copper discs
stacked, both off of etsy, and a ridiculously sweet card–all wrapped in
Christmas paper! haha It was really a perfect day but I was so beat that
Thursday. We got home around 1 in the morning so it was hard to get up for
work that morning. I felt a little zombie-like.

Well, I think that’s all there is to post about right now. I need to figure
out how to add pictures to this post through the iPhone app and pray the
internets are fixed soon!


Little List September 3, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — BabyBeth @ 4:17 pm


Quick post!

First, a big THANK YOU! to Gale and her BFF, Arline, from Imperial Cookies. Gale held a blog contest, that closed on August 23rd, where she asked her readers what kind of cookies they would like to see Arline make. The winner was to receive one pound of cookies and guess who won!? I asked for the toasted almond and chocolate chip biscotti. I freakin’ love biscotti but find it odd that I do because I’m not the biggest fan of crisp/crunchy cookies. The box o’cookies arrived yesterday and was torn into immediately, of course. No disappointment here but now I’m sad I don’t have a cookie jar to put the awesome biscotti in. 😦 Maybe I’ll find a really neat looking one on etsy to buy….? I should go look.

Second: I decided to take part in Project 365. You know, taking a picture every single day for an entire year…My plan was to originally start on my 25th birthday and chronicle my year until my golden birthday. But the 26th came and went and I forgot to start! They say memory is the first thing to go, right? 😉 Either way, yesterday was the first day for my Project 365 and I created a flickr account specially for it. I think there’s some way to have my photostream show up on the sidebar or on another page or something but I haven’t bothered to look yet. Perhaps I’ll figure it out tomorrow during lunch. Please feel free to comment on my pictures (all will be taken with my iPhone–the only theme I could come up with that I can stick with). I’m severly amatuer but maybe my camera eye will sharpen with this endeavor?

Third: I’ve decided which earflap hat to make and have started it. I’m excited for the motif part, since I’ve never done stranded knitting before and if I do well, I’m going to hopefully move on to Stillwell,  from brooklyntweed’s new book (it was a birthday present from John!)…which leads me to my fourth item.

Fourth: All of my yarn will be organized this weekend and I will start my destash. I’ll most likely post what I have to sell/give away on here as well as on Ravelry. Send people to my blog if you know they just LOVE yarn and can’t live without it. I CAN live without it and really, most seriously, need to declutter my life. I will eventually get to my scrapbooking supplies as well. I don’t really think I need an entire pack of the same print 12×12 paper, do I?

Fifth: Sorry I didn’t post last week. I did mean to and I have things to post about…

Sixth: Good day, sir. 😀