Saturday, January 9, 2010

AJ's 24th birthday

I finished another knitting project. This one was made for my friend AJ, who celebrated his 24th birthday yesterday.
I think AJ liked it.
My sisters, Spomi, AJ, and his sister Sara met at Taki (a local Japanese steakhouse) to celebrate the occasion. We all love sushi, which you can probably deduce from previous posts. We ordered a ton of it. The food was amazing and the conversation was rowdy. We got a lot of glances at our table from the other patrons.
And here is the birthday boy with Spomi. BFFs.
Happy birthday, AJ! Wishing you all the best in the upcoming year! May you be healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Girl with winter blues and greens and yellows and pinks

I have already shared how I like many things Swedish. Furniture, cars, music, and now authors. Stieg Larsson wrote three books before he suddenly died: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl the Hornet's Nest" (coming out in June in the US).
Amazon had all the three hardcovers selling at 60% off (their Daily Gold Box deal) and I had to have them. I normally never buy books I have read ("...Dragon Tattoo"), but I wanted to own the entire collection. Now I am looking forward to reading the second and the third books (which will be shipped when it becomes available) in the series. I don't think my description of the books would do them justice, so I invite you to check them out for yourselves. Just know that Stieg Larsson is the best-selling author around the world (following the success of Khaled Husseini - author of the "Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns" - both excellent reads).

Reading and knitting have been my favorite things to do this winter (negative digits on the thermostat, I might add - for effect). The variegated yarn I bought for myself is going to be a fun and lacy scarf. I am trying something I haven't done yet - yarn overs (YO). It's looking good thus far. Another project on the needles is my hubby's hat, but I'll share a picture of that when it looks like something more than three rows on the needles.
How are you entertaining yourself this winter?