Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I would just like to know

Has anyone else ever spent four years working on an art degree, landed a full time job related to her major, and then lain awake at night thinking she should have been an accountant?

It's kind of stressing me out.

The knitting has been entertaining lately, though, although I am not currently interested in anything without a lace pattern in it. I have the pattern for the Inky-Dinky Spider Stole (that's a Ravelry link, for some reason the Fiddlesticks Knitting site does not want to load) and I think I'm going to start it soon, after my monstrous lace project from Victorian Lace Today is all finished.

Also, Christmas knitting? I don't even care. You have permission to laugh when this changes in two months.

This weekend, I'm going to Toronto to visit some friends, and I have been promised a trip to the yarn shop, although I haven't decided which yarn shop. Maybe we will go to many, because it is my birthday this weekend (Friday, actually), and shouldn't we go to yarn shops if it is my birthday? I think so. You should too.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

did I tell you I moved to Ohio?

My place of employment makes up the work schedule for several weeks into the future. This is great for planning weekend trips, but kind of a bummer if you need a specific weekend off (it does, however, give you a lot of time to plan elaborate bribes in order to make other people give you their days off. Not that I would do that.). I am not sure what, exactly, led me to think about Rhinebeck, since I have never been, and I don't have any knitting friends, and I haven't really heard people out in blogland muttering about it yet, but it crossed my mind the other day. So, just out of curiosity, I looked it up, and what do you know? I have that weekend off work! I might go. It would be delicious.

Today was one of my days off this week, so I did what anyone else would do and stayed up too late last night designing a weird pair of colorwork mittens. I don't really have any yarn to knit them with, though, so I trolled Ravelry and bought the pattern for Bubbles (that's a Ravelry link, folks; my apologies if you're not a Raveler). I'm nearly finished with the first mitten and may just stay up and knit the second one too, I'm in that sort of mood, and I don't have to work tomorrow either.

At this point, I am painfully aware of the fact that this post would be way more entertaining with pictures. I'm going back to my mittens.

Monday, August 11, 2008

so apparently someone reads this

That's right, Toni in Florida, I'm looking at you!

Sadly, my digital camera has spent the past three months or so dying a slow and painful death, and as of right now it refuses to turn on even with fresh batteries in it, so I think that's a pretty good sign that it's not going to be helping out with the blog anymore. It really is too bad, because I have been knitting even though I haven't been blogging. Last month I finished the Bayerische socks that I started in January...of 2007. Heh... The truth is I hadn't knit so much as a stitch on them since March of 2007 until I picked them back up in July. At the moment I've been seeking out rather epic projects, just nothing with cables... Although, did you see the Bonnie sweater from the Twist Collective? Honestly, if I don't knit that sweater before Christmas I don't think there will be many reasons to keep living. That being said, I have as of this post purchased neither the pattern or the yarn, even though I could because...

... (I thought this would be an awesome place for a new paragraph) I'm all finished with university and managed to snag myself a full-time job somewhat related to my field of study. The contract I signed says I can't talk about it on my blog, though, so you'll have to use your imagination.

Today was my day off and I happened to drive by a Goodwill while I was running some errands, so I went in to see if there was anything exciting in the sweater section. While I was at school, I was really into finding wool sweaters at thrift stores and frogging them, and I thought that it was just to get yarn that I didn't have to sacrifice my grocery budget for, but now I realize...it's all the thrill of the hunt. In May, for example, I scored a men's large 100% Shetland wool sweater that gave me about a ton of fingering weight wool that is currently being knit into the Beginner's Sampler Shawl from Victorian Lace Today. Sadly I didn't find anything good today, but the selection of sweaters in August is probably not what it will be in October. So I will bide my time.

Right now, though, I have yarn to play with and movies to watch and a day off to cram as much knitting as possible into, so I shall sign off for now. Cheerio!

Friday, June 20, 2008


There I was, sitting on the deck, enjoying an idyllic afternoon of no obligations, knitting away on little tiny needles, when the cruel hand of knitting mischief swept down and knocked one needle out of my hand, sending it flying between two slats of the deck and into the murky abyss below.

I calmly assessed the situation (when you think of 'calmly' you should think of Darth Vader at the end of Attack of the Clones. Noooooooooooooo!). Almost immediately I came up with a plan that was almost immediately thereafter thwarted by the position in which the needle had fallen (that may be the cruelest part of all, that I can see the needle but I can't get the needle). At that point I decided to petition my mother for help. After all, for what did she obtain a degree in engineering if not to help me recover my knitting needles? It was fate, I tell you. Fate.

Um, except that her clever idea involved a magnet, and my needle is plastic.

I guess I'm going to the yarn shop...

Monday, May 26, 2008

so maybe he has a little leverage

I walk into the computer room, where my brother is sitting reading something online.

Me: "So what are you reading?"

Brother: (after a mad scramble to change windows) "Nothing! Nothing!! Go away!"

(too late)

Me: "Oh, Harry Potter fan fiction? So what? Sometimes I read Harry Potter fan fiction."

Brother: "Well I don't!"

Me: "You were clearly just reading it."

Brother: "I was not!!"

Me: "Wait till I tell all your friends."

Brother: "Wait till I light all your yarn on fire!"

Monday, March 03, 2008


Last night I started knitting the Coupling socks from the Summer 2007 issue of Knitty. These socks are knit toe-up, and for some reason I am wary of toe-up socks, but these socks are cute so I decided to get over my completely irrational prejudice. Now, I've seen a lot of toe-up socks with a short row heel, but these socks incorporate a gusset and heel flap, done in reverse, of course. And for whatever reason, knitting a gusset and heel flap in reverse is really tripping me out. Like, I stare at my knitting and think "How can this be?!" and feel like I'm cheating on my old reliable top-down heel flap construction.

The yarn I'm using is some crazy old stuff called Lady Galt Kroy that I picked up at Value Village last spring. Now, I've googled this a few times, and generally all I can find are people selling it, or people similarly unable to find its origins. The most I can come up with is that it isn't made anymore, which is really a pity because it's a nice sock yarn. It's not a luxury yarn by any means, but it's reasonably soft and pleasant to knit. Actually, it feels a lot like the old Paton's Kroy (not the new Kroy Socks stuff, that stuff is significantly less soft). But hey, if you're reading this and you happen to know the full history of Lady Galt Kroy, encompassing its inception and eventual demise, let me know.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

pfft, title, whatever

Blogger didn't remember me today. I guess it's been a little while. Still, it kind of hurts. But I suppose the unfaithfulness is on both sides, no? Dear Blogger, let's start over. I'll promise to post more if you promise not to make me type in my password every time I want to be with you, ok? Just a little trust, Blogger darling. That's all I'm asking.

This past week was my very last spring break EVER, and I had an enjoyable if fairly quiet week of lounging around my parents' house knitting and watching Law and Order. Actually, what I want to know is, does USA air anything other than Law and Order in the evenings? Because every time I wanted to watch it, it was on, and I'm definitely not complaining about that because I can't get enough of the Special Victims Unit, but still. It seemed a little...odd.

Last weekend my mother and I trekked down to Detroit to visit John K. King Used and Rare Books, and if you like books then you need to go there. I would have set up camp and never left if they had let me. The main store is four floors full of books...think of your average sized Chapters or Barnes and Noble, and then think of a store with about ten times as many books. That's what it was like. The only thing I could have complained about was that there were only five knitting books in the entire store. FIVE. But, I overheard one of the people working there telling another lady (about five minutes after I'd seen the knitting section and been disappointed) that tons of people call about knitting books and they hardly ever get them in. It does kind of make sense, though. Would you give up any of your knitting books? Even in my wildest decluttering moments, the knitting books are sacred.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

the dresser of my dreams

And the Lord did grin. And the people did feast upon the lambs and sloths, and carp and anchovies, and orangutans and breakfast cereals, and fruit-bats...

found it at Apartment Therapy.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I buy lots of things in bags, why?

without preamble or any sort of context

my friend, Adam: Do you buy milk regularly?

Me: Fairly often, I suppose, why?

Adam: Okay. Do you buy it in... a bag?

(I started laughing a lot right about here.)

Adam: You live in Canada, so I must know.

I don't, in fact. I can't drink that much milk by myself before it expires.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

future poet laureate

It always gives a little thrill
To learn a brand new knitting skill,
But to not say this would be fibbing:
I greatly dislike corrugated ribbing.

Friday, January 18, 2008

I keep forgetting to title my posts.

Today is a day gloriously free of obligations, which is perfect because it also happens to be the first day of the Secret of the Stole II knit along, which I joined, even though I have previously listed myself as a KAL failure. This time, though, will be different. Really. I mean it. Stop laughing! I have no obligations today, and I have every intention of knitting right through the first chart before the end of the evening.

The Nantucket Jacket is ridiculously close to being finished, and I finished a pair of socks on Tuesday. Unfortunately, my camera's USB cable is somewhat MIA, so you only get to see one sock:

But I think you can imagine what the other sock looks like. I used Knit Picks Essential in the Volcano Twist colorway, and I think it's great yarn, which is good because I got a ton of it for Christmas.

In other news, you know those striped socks I mentioned last time? The idea was completely enchanting for about three hours. Now I don't care. Why, you ask? Because I found something better to do with leftover sock yarn.

Fishies!!! (When faced with digital camera difficulties, a scanner can be very useful.) I got a wee bit obsessed last night. The one you see above is my favourite, knit out of some leftover Trekking XXL. I see a glorious fishy blanket in my future, and am somewhat unreasonably excited about it.

Friday, January 11, 2008

this may say something about me

I'm going to make some striped socks.

They are not going to match at all.


Monday, January 07, 2008

there aren't any pictures in this post

Before I actually talk about knitting, I must tell you that this is a special day for me. I hear you asking why. I shall tell you.

Today, Blogger remembered me. Today, Blogger recognized that I had checked that little box on the sign in page that says "Remember me" and actually did it. Maybe it was some sort of test. If you are persistent (or just naively hopeful) enough to click that box eleventy zillion times, even though Blogger never, EVER remembers you, the eleventy zillionth and one time you click it, it grants your wish. Hooray!

Ok. Anyway.

Since today is the first day back to classes, I shall choose today to pout about Christmas break being over. It seems fitting. The total knitting output for the month of December was as follows:

1 lap blanket
1 pair of socks
1 scarf
1 pair of mittens
1 other pair of socks, which I wore today and realized are too big, so they will have to be frogged and reknit

The first four items on that list were Christmas gifts. So, the majority of the knitting in December happened before Christmas, a period during which I was extremely busy. So the question remains: what in the world was I doing for two weeks in which I had no obligations?

Sorry, that sounded really cliffhanger, like I was going to give you some fabulous answer. Wrestling Arctic Musk Oxen! Tap Dancing With Giant Tortoises! Using Capital Letters Inappropriately!

The truth of the matter is, I kept doing things that weren't knitting compatible, like ice skating and sledding (although you shouldn't think for a minute that I didn't try to think of someway to make those activities knitting compatible). There was also a fair amount of sleeping, which, as we all know, is an activity in direct competition with knitting. And, actually, I have this Nantucket Jacket (Interweave Knits, Winter 2006) sitting here that only needs one more sleeve cap and a back, so maybe I've been more productive than I think.

I'll stop rambling today and leave you...well, I was going to leave you with a picture, but Blogger is being stupid. So I'll just...go...awkwardly...