Wednesday, April 26, 2006

How was TKGA?

I'm so envious of all that were able to attend TKGA last week. I had it marked on my calendar...and even when I found out that I was going to be bedrested and likely not be able to attend, I was still hoping that hey, maybe I'll be able to go and look around for 30 minutes on Sunday(that's the length of time I can 'exercise' per day).

Well, gee, guess what? yep, that darn Placenta Previa...I had to go back to the hospital again and had a couple of nights stay. So, no fondling of pretty yarns, no great yarns to pick up (sigh). Instead, I got to read a really pulpy badly written romance novel (think Harlequin but longer and more trashy). Hey, it did pass the time since I didn't get a chance to bring my knitting.

Oh, what else? no baby yet. She's not done at 36weeks (according to the amnio), even with the Betasone shots. Maybe next week. Or the week after. I guess the good news is that I didn't have to stay in the hospital for the duration. How sucky would that be?!

Oh, I'm trying to figure out a pattern for the pink baby blanket. I was going to do a sampler blanket (ala TV show this morning on Knitty Gritty), but I don't want to sew it all together (lame or what?). Then I was thinking maybe I'll do several 'scarves' that look like sampler squares that I then need to sew together, but again, can I do that and not have skinny and thick squares?

My other alternative is to knit a round blanket...hmmm...

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Another TV rant - cooking

I was catching up on the 'Top Chef' on Bravo and the chefs on the show sort of irked me. The show is based in SF, a destination for good foods, 4 star restaurants, and amazing ethnic foods and super fresh produce, yet they can't seem to wrap their brains around the fact that maybe their 'clientele' ( folks in the Bay Area) actually enjoy good food and have discerning palates.

I mean, it's annoying that the chefs on the show felt they needed to dumb-down to the kids when they had a challenge to feed children. Really, z's favorite foods are chicken tikki masala, char sui bao, and sui mai, and sushi (yes, even the raw type), and he's 3 yrs old.

And on another segment, they fed the Jr. League of Oakland and one chef in particular was just a boor. Please...tamales from Oaxaca, etc. East Bay has Gourmet Ghetto, Fremont Asian, International Avenue Latino, and Berkeley Bowl (where the chefs shop at), and they think that folks 'don't get' good food?!

And don't even get me started on their fusion Latin-something else street food...

However, this show is better than the show on Food Channel, where they are looking for a TV personality that maybe can cook. Again, maybe it's me, but don't you think you should know how to fillet a fish if you're going to become a TV chef? And julliene is not that novel of a term, is it? If you watched the TV cooking shows, you'd pick up that term. I guess that goes to show you that you don't have to actually know how to cook in order to host your own TV cooking show.

Monday, April 03, 2006

TV knitting siting!

I was watching the chick-centric 'Grey's Anatomy' and there was Mer and Izzie knitting 'cause they took vows of celebacy. Well, Izzie knitting a sweater in one day, AND being able to wear it for 3 hours before handing it over to Denny was pretty darn TV-fantasy (okay, maybe I'm just jealous that someone could finish off a sweater in a day...but still!) Well, maybe it was because she had Addi Turbos to work with... Can that be done? a man's sized sweater completed in one day?

As for Meredith, man, she's not very good at knitting (on the show, anyway). That was no sweater she was knitting. It was a really long wide scarf...but the yarn did look interesting.

My final comment is what is wrong with knitting in a bar? Okay, maybe you shouldn't be knitting at the bar itself, but I see nothing wrong w/ sitting at a table knitting, but hey, that's just me.

And yes, these are just characters on TV, but still...what if nonknitters now want sweaters in a hurry?

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Hat Trick

Sorry, this isn't a post about how to knit a purty warm hat...but rather, another post about my 'complications'.

Apparently, 'hat trick' is a sports term that initiated from cricket. Yeah, it's some sports analogy that z's dad used alot this week, 'cause I took another ambulance ride to the hospital. Three's a charm, right? Well, good news is that I only had to stay until Saturday.

What was sad/funny was that the 911 operator recognized z's dad's voice when he called. Furthermore, I got to chat w/ the friendly paramedic, Josh, some more about his wife and kid and the fact that I wanted to make sure I had a 18 gauge IV put in, while enroute to the hospital. This time, we were smart and I was hanging out in our hallway to facilitate getting me into the ambulance. And they were smart because they first put me on a tarp before strapping me into the gurney. (I have a feeling that they had a huge clean up on their brand new gurney last time--the nurses had commented on that).

Anyway, while there, I managed to finish off the other sleeve of Bpt cardi and tried it on. It's a tad wide at the armpit area, but we'll see. I just have to do the hood and finish off the bottom as well as the trim on the sleeves. I wonder if I can block the sweater before I finish it off to make sure that I don't have gorilla sleeves...