Thursday, October 28, 2004

Who I Am (Subjectively)

I am something of a quiz freak. Maybe it's my social science background; maybe it's that I'm a textbook Aquarius. (Maybe it's neither --- my daughter loves quizzes and is a 7th-grade Gemini.)

Anyway, through reading the blogs of other knitters, I discovered that has some knitting quizzes. According to them, therefore, the world "should" know that:
If I were knitting needles, I would be "turbos";
I am a Knitting Guru;
I am Lion Brand yarn (which I'm pleased with because of the lion part);
I have a "Granny" mentality about my knitting,
I am blue sock yarn.

There! The picture just got a whole lot clearer, didn't it?

Monday, October 25, 2004

You Meet the Nicest People

Knitting puts you in contact with some really good folks. Be working on a project where people can see you, and you will invariably wind up in a conversation about yarn and patterns and horror stories and grand completions.

Another passion of mine, letter-writing, has also brought me some truly remarkable friends. I've been able to discuss books and films and horses and music and politics. . . Some even share a love for creating, whether knitting or jewelry or poetry. And they've all shared their skills with me.

Thank you all.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004


My firstborn is 16 years old today. This is troubling. How can he be so much nearer leaving us than arriving? He is a spectacular human being, and I consider it a great honor having brought him to the planet. But, really, slow down!!!

Monday, October 18, 2004

A very productive weekend, knitting-wise. Finished the scarf that had been languishing in my car. Finished a pair of forearm gauntlets, which I am keeping for myself. Started a beret and a poncho (which will be the new car project.) Made a site sale to a dear former student --- thank you, Joshua!! Also got an order for a hat and scarf set from yet another former student. Keep those needles clicking. . .

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Here's What I Think

I think you should be able to tell someone you aren't interested in what they're talking about without them attacking you for not being interested in them.

I think our ears should close automatically when someone near us begins to whine.

I think Yoda should win some sort of Intergalactic All-Time Wise Noble Prize.

I think every home should come with bookshelves and books.

I think you should be able to disagree without being called disloyal.

I think napping is important.

I think you should always try hard.

I think Alan Rickman is extraordinary.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Am I the Only One?

Is there anyone else out there in the knitting universe who doesn't like circular needles? To the point, I mean, of flipping right past a pattern that may be for a great-looking item because you read, "Being careful not to twist stitches, . . ."? I think I have knit one thing on circulars. Yes, I know, no seams, faster, all the arguments have been made to me, most vociferously by my daughter. But I don't like them. And double-points are infinitely more diabolical. Where I can knit with circulars, I have never, never been able to get even one round on dpns. It may have something to do with how I hold the needles when I knit: I literally unhand the right-hand needle to wrap the yarn. It may be a physics issues. Which has grown into a mind block. Which simmers into anger whenever I see the abbreviation: RND.

Friday, October 08, 2004

My house, while being improved, has not been a haven this week. New siding and gutters have meant lots of cars and trucks around, a dumpster in the side yard, materials strewn about. . . But the worst for me has been the noise. Noise, noise, noise, noise. Hammering, sawing outside, two dogs barking inside at all the hammering and sawing outside. Frayed nerves on lots of creatures' parts. But the job is supposed to be done Monday. And being unable to nap each day has left extra time for knitting. One seed stitch scarf going really well: a stair-step pattern (BO stitches on one end of a row, then CO same number at the other end) in alternating-color blocks. Very fun to knit. The scarf I've been carrying in the car is being brought in for the weekend, else it may never get done. Project #3 is now an earflap hat in stripes. Knit flat, of course. No circulars, please! And double-points are impossible for me. Impossible.

Monday, October 04, 2004


First Internet order came through today! Very exciting; a pair of socks and a scarf. Of course, I can't get the site updated to show it, but I know it happened!

Sunday, October 03, 2004

I stayed up late last night, spurred on by the "You-are-SO-close-to-finishing-this" demon. It was a hat, and I was running out of yarn, so I abandoned the pattern instructions, and I did bring it in under yardage. But it is short. Yarmulke short. But some people like their hats above ear level, right? Shame, too --- it's very pretty yarn, navy boucle with occasional bobbles of green and teal. For some reason, it puts me in mind of the film "Shadowlands." Go figure. Today, I finished another hat. This one is purple, so it stays with me. I was going to make a scarf to match, but couldn't work up the interest. Which leaves me with an open pair of needles. I like to have 3 projects going at once, and I'm down to 2 right now. Both are scarves, one a seed stitch, one a combining of eyelash and chenille. See, if I work on 3 things, I can have one project in the den, one in my room, and one in the car. (For red lights!)