Not the best photo, and the next one will be of the recipient wearing it, but:

Esther Williams

Esther Williams
Started: 11/28/05
Finished: 12/8/05
Pattern: "Esther Williams" by Laura at Poor Miss Finch
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride worsted in M-26 Medieval Red, 3.1 oz
Needles: #8; E crochet hook
Notes: Required a little more attention to knit because of the stitch pattern, but it's a relatively quick knit and the results are worth it! Pattern was clear and fun to knit. Next time I would probably use a softer yarn, and try to keep looser stitches in the crochet section. At one point I was worried the hat would be too small, but Laura said (and making confirmed) it stretches a little with wear and that the crochet border opens it up. Knock one off the gift list!

For all you designers out there

The Buttercup scarf uses a stitch pattern from a book of stitch patterns (though with slight modification). The scarf itself is more than just the stitch pattern. Are there any "rules" or guidelines for publishing a pattern that uses someone else's published stitch pattern?

On the non-knitting front

Recent (excess, unexplicable) sadness has been attributed to SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Basically, I get bummed in the winter when there is less sunlight. I figured this out a couple of years ago, but I think it's been worse this year because I'm home unemployed, not in an office surrounded by artificial light and people and work to distract me. "Knowing is half the battle" so at least I feel better knowing why I get so sad.

Had a scare yesterday when the websites I manage, including this blog, wouldn't show up. Man, talk about stress. Was quickly fixed, but reminded me how helpless I feel when I can't just login to a server to see what's wrong. As webmaster in my last job I would still get stressed, but it would be active stress, looking through log files and event logs, testing database connections, pages, etc.

So... I had a couple of interviews in the last week, both of which went well. Not just that, but one of them is right in town. How cool would that be, a 5 minute commute??? I've done some phone screens as well, and been rudely woken by recruiters (what? they want to conduct business at 9 am???). I'm hopeful that the job search will soon end and that means a wheel will be in my near future. I shall valiantly refrain from whining about wanting a wheel until... Jan... 2. But that doesn't mean you won't hear me mention it oh-so-matter-of-factly.

Snow snow snow

And finally, some pics of the snow! We got mebbe 10-12":

Snow Day!
through the sliding glass door

Snow Day!
covered mini cooper

Half an hour after taking those, I noticed the sunset peaking through the trees. It was beautiful! Hard to photograph, but I wanted to share:

Hints of sunset

Hints of sunset

And I got to wear my yellow boots for the first time. I bought these while shopping for wedding shoes at DSW. They make me smile.

Yellow boots