Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I'm not much of a charity knitter. That's a failing on my part and I intend to be better about it. I mean, check out these folks for some wonderful inspiration. I love their blogs, and these are some of the people who are inspiring me to knit for charity (my friends and fam really don't count in that sense).
One thing, however, that I am finding disturbing is a theme that I have seen on several blogs. Now, I know these folks are in the minority, but it bears mentioning. I have run across the notion that people knit for charity with what they consider substandard yarn. As in, "Yeah, someone gave me some crappy Red Heart acrylic, which I would never wear, so I decided to do some charity knitting with it." Now that is just not cool. That is like giving nothing but creamed corn to a damn food drive. I mean, let's face it, people with limited means are grateful for anything they can get, but no one, not one living soul, really wants to grub on some fucking creamed corn. Spend an extra few bucks and get some canned artichoke hearts, some yummy organic Mac & Cheese (like the stuff from Annie's-YUM)... give people stuff you would want to eat, not that which you want to get rid of.
Same goes for yarn. I'm not saying you have to knit hats with cashmere or anything, but Cascade 220 isn't really that expensive. Lion Brand also has affordable yarns that are pleasing to the touch and sight. All I'm sayin' is, if yer gonna knit for charity, give a little bit more than just your time. And yes, I have officially declared Red Heart acrylic to be the creamed corn of the fiber world.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
The dog and me- Pillar Mountain, 2/19/07.
This is my "intrepid explorer" pose.
That being said, there are a lot of sacrifices one must make when living in such a remote area. While I often welcome these minor inconveniences, in winter, they can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. However, I have learned to live without good produce, a Thai restaurant, decent live music on a consistent basis, etc... There is one thing, though, that has been driving me batshit. You see, everyone on the Interwebs is raving about the new issue of IK. We don't have it yet. For the most part, we get magazines 1-2 weeks after everyone else in America. I have learned to deal with this with my beloved Vanity Fair, but I'm dying to get my hands on that entrelac sock pattern- among other things. It seems like such a small thing, but it is a good example of some of the isolation I've been feeling this winter. This is my 4th winter here, and man, it has been a tough one. I don't think I have the S.A.D. or anything, but just a touch of the winter blues. So, I carded a batt the other day to help me overcome:
This has to work.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
And, since there is little else to report, here is a treat for Eye Candy Friday:
Me walking on the beach at Cape Chiniak. Memorial Day 2006.
Can you tell that I am yearning for Spring?
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
... and not with overpriced roses, bad chocolates, or cheesy cards either. We are going to meet up for a sushi lunch and a hike in the woods. This is love. I wouldn't have it any other way. Here is a lovely post on the meaning of true love, not the faux romantic sappy stuff. That is exactly why the husband and I are so happy- we laugh, love, sometimes fight, and always grow. Together. I am the luckiest woman in the world. I look at this picture and think, "Wow, that guy, with those kind eyes and sweet temperament. This man, in all of his hot Black Irishness, with rapier-sharp wit, who never raises his voice, who always supports the silly things I do... this man loves me." I hope you all can find the same kind of love and trust someday...
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
See those books in the background? All fiber arts books.
Monday, February 12, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
- They are quick to knit, even at a fine gauge.
- Everybody loves hats, just about. I know that I can never have too many.
- I can put them on consignment at the LYS and make a profit because of the minimal labor cost.
- If they do not sell at the shop, then they make a great gift. (Yeah, that's tacky. "Ummm, hey, here's a hat, made just for you, that no one else wanted to buy..." What the hell, I am tacky!)
- They are a great use for small quantities of yarn, as shown below:
This is a hat that will (hopefully) use only one ball of Kureyon to knit, using what may be my favorite "mindless-when-I-don't-feel-like-I'm-being-lobotomized-with-stockinette" stitch, Feather and Fan. It' s a simple knit, and I will post the pattern when the knitting is complete. Then, because I have an addictive personality, I will probably start another.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
But, I'm afraid I thought of this quote for more sundry reasons. Last night, when I was teaching my sock class, I was once again reminded of the very short distance between my mind and mouth. I was discussing with one of the students why ssk and k2tog decreases are both used, as they slant different directions. Because the knitters in the class are fairly new, I wanted to make the point that if it was just easier to use one method of decreasing in their first pair of socks, that no one would fault them for it. I said, and I quote, "You know, that's just kind of an anal thing." Yes, I said, "You know, that's just kind of an anal thing" in the middle of a freaking knitting class. Fortunately, I quickly realized how that sounded, and without missing a beat, I just kept talking, and managed to throw in other words like "retentive" and "perfectionist" to smooth over the fact that I had just used the term "anal" in a sentence during a freaking knitting class. You know, I don't think that I am socially retarded, but I am definitely socially awkward at times. Hmmm... I wonder what kind of people will be visiting my blog after this post? ;-)
Ahem. In other news...
I finished the Diamusee hat... pardon the poor pic quality, but cloudy days in my poorly-lit house translate to yucky pictures. The colors in this yarn are much more subtle than the crayon-like colors which my camera avec flash interpreted:
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
I'm into the animal fibers: wool and alpaca are favorites, with a little silk thrown in for good measure. I love all things Noro... the more rainbow-like the better! I'm not a huge fan of cotton, but I will knit with it if it is especially lovely.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I have a felted cylinder that everything goes into. My dpn's are sequestered in a case made of felt. Yeah, I could probably be a bit more organized ;-)
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn? Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I taught myself when I was 18 on vacation in Scotland. After making a pair of socks that turned out like sweater sleeves, I went on hiatus for a few years. I've been knitting consistently for the past 5 years and consider myself somewhere between intermediate and advanced.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Nope- I like surprises!
5. What's your favorite scent?
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
Kind of... I am a fan of all things Godiva and any other candy that is artisinal in nature
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
Yes, I spin, do leaded/fused glass, lotsa mixed-media work... if I can make it with my own two hands, I'll try it!
8. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Just about everything save for cheesy country and death metal. If I had to choose, bluegrass and GOOD hip hop (AKA poetry set to a beat, folks like Mos Def & Mr. Lif) are my faves- yes, my computer can play the MP3's
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
Love purples, blues, and greens. I am into most colors, but yellow is not for me!
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I'm married, and have kids covered in fur. Japhy, a black lab, and Fiona, the cat
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Everything 'cept the ponchos. I love scarves and hats!
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Hats, mittens, and socks
13. What are you knitting right now?
Some socks, a hat, and a lace shawl
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
But of course!
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I prefer circs, esp Addi Turbos
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
Lucky me, I have both!
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
3 months old
18. What is your favorite holiday?
19. Is there anything that you collect?
hmmm... I dig on shells, crystals... anything beautiful that comes from nature.
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on? What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
I do not have any subscriptions, but I regularly buy Fiber Arts, Spin Off, and Interweave Knits. Also love Quilting Arts and Textile Fibre Forum, as well as Knit Knit. I have lotsa knitting books, but would love to get any of Barbara Walker's Treasuries. As far as yarn, Sea Silk is something I would love to play with! (Geez, I sound like I have expensive tastes! Don't worry, I'm just as happy with some dishcloth cotton.)
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
I've played with a lot of techniques, and would love to master lace knitting.
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes! I am a size 8, average width.
23. When is your birthday? September 15
Thank you in advance kind SP!
Thursday, February 01, 2007
1. I have three kidneys. #3 is not functional, it just kinda hangs out there. This was discovered when I was 13, having strange abdominal pain, and doctors did all sorts of x-rays and such to find out what was going on. No diagnosis for over 5 years, when it was discovered that I have polycystic ovaries and a touch of the endometriosis.
2. I sneeze when I eat peppermints. Not because I am allergic, but the minty vapors tickle my sinuses in a funny way. I used to think everyone did this. Apparently, this is not the case.
3. I am married to a federal agent. To most, this may not seem weird. To many of my friends, this came as a shock, considering that I was raised a half-wild hippie chick in the NW by some verrry counterculture kinda parents. Just goes to show that Cupid has a sense of humor.
4. I hate ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise. With a passion.
5. I learned how to shoot a gun when I was, oh, about 7 years old. Maybe that's part of the reason I was given a soulmate who carries a gun as part of his job.
6. I prefer rainy days to sunny ones. Extra points for really cold days with lotsa snow.
I saw a nice variation of this on Bezzie's blog: Six Things That Piss Me Off. Speaking of Bezzie, she has put together a very bitchin' giveaway of goodness (Kootchie Awareness Yarn Extravaganza) inspired by a cause close to her heart (cervical cancer)- and all you have to do is get a Pap smear to be entered (or, as she calls it, a "Cooter Rootin"). Check out her blog to see the details. OK, worthy plug aside, here are six things that piss me off:
1. Hypocrisy. Especially that which is rampant in the fundamentalist moral minority.
2. Friends that kick you to the curb simply because of what yer husband does for a living. For some people, smoking pot is more important that solid friendship.
3. Restaurants that serve substandard food. It is not hard to make things taste good. Sometimes, a little pinch of salt and/or herbs will do wonders.
4. The Resident and his cronies and all of these bastardly things they have done.
5. People who treat their pets poorly. Everything you ever wanted to know about a person can be summed up in how they treat their animal(s).
6. The fact that Paris Hilton has been paid $1 million to attend the Vienna Opera Ball. This is a centuries-old tradition that used to only be attended by the bluest of the bluebloods. Now, the nouveaux riches have moved in and are inviting people like Ms. Hilton. WTF? They should have invited me instead- at least I have more than one functioning brain cell, remember to wear panties, and don't have my dirty laundry all over the Internets because I forgot to pay my storage bill.