Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

Finishing

June 30, 2008

On Friday, I finished my Laminaria (that’s a Ravelry link – I’ll try to post some pictures here this weekend). I was home from work with a bit of a stomach bug (that just won’t seem to go away!), so I got to spend the day knitting and watching episodes of the X-Files. Of course when I finished the shawl it needed to be blocked, so, genius that I am, I gave my bed over to the Laminaria and spent the rest of the afternoon curled on the futon chair instead. But the important thing is that I got to show off my shawl at the play that night. Who cares if it was 80 degrees and humid? (more…)

Perfecting the art of thumb-twiddling

June 19, 2008

For all of you who were on the edge of your seat in suspense after my last post… I decided to tink. Despite the sage advice from Penny and others, I had not used lifelines. I’ve never used them, in fact. I know it’s a good idea, but that cocky, living-on-the-edge side of me says that I don’t need to. (That’s right, my main form of rebellion is to not use lifelines while knitting lace shawls.) (more…)

Recap

May 23, 2008

See? I said I would be busy!

Ok, I realize that I have completely dropped the ball for the past month or so. And, given that I’m using this blog partly as an exercise to get myself ready for school, there’s really no excuse for that. I could write a long apology and promise that it will never happen again, but let’s face it, that makes for a pretty boring post. So… on we go!

 In the time since my last post I have… (more…)

Schedules and lace

April 26, 2008

Every now and then, I’ll have a stretch of time- a few weeks or a few months- when my life is planned down to the minute. I seem to be entering one of those times now: starting Monday, I’ll be working a regular schedule for a few months, and the intervening weekends are filling up as well. Between family celebrations, the CD release party, and a play, even planning a visit to a friend in Boston has been tricky. Part of the problem is also trying to go to an Admitted Students “Weekend.” (In my opinion, an Friday-Saturday event is not a weekend. I prefer the title “Admitted Students Arbitrary Two-Day Period,” but I see how that’s a little less catchy.) With that included, I’m booked till July. (more…)

Monogamy, embarrassment, and new skills (in knitting)

April 13, 2008

I finished the second half of Violet/Eva’s Anouk. (Seriously, can people stop changing the names of their unborn children? It’s making a mess of my Ravelry page.) I may need to lengthen the shoulder straps a little, but for now my goal is just to get all the pieces done. I know, it wouldn’t kill me to have this project unfinished (er… more unfinished) while I start on something new to travel with. The truth is, I am that rare creature, the Monogamous Knitter. I’m not saying I never have more than one UFO on the needles- of course, if one project gets unwieldy, I’m going to need a smaller one for subway knitting. At times it’s even a necessity- socks, though I love them, tend to kill my wrist; a looser-gauge project is a good remedy. But most of the time, working on a project is like reading a book: I’ve tried to read two books at once, and I almost always end up ditching the one I like less. Worst of all, sometimes I never pick it up again. So in order to actually finish what I start, I tend to enforce a strict one-at-a-time policy, both in knitting and reading. (more…)

A sunny day

April 10, 2008

I mentioned in the last post that Tuesday was a lovely, sunny day. Well, compared to today, Tuesday was like winter in Alaska. Today I pulled out the flip-flops and a sleeveless shirt, and spent every possible second outside. Even the walk to the drug testing place was enjoyable (see yesterday’s post if that doesn’t make sense).

Knitting in the park

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A sweater, a Harlot, and the return to blogging

April 2, 2008

For a while now, I’ve been thinking about starting the ol’ blog up again. I’ve been doing some temp work, but lately the jobs have been few and far between (recession, anyone?), leaving me with a lot of free time. I’ve also joined Ravelry and I’ve been wanting to have blog posts to reference. The final motivation, however, came tonight at Stephanie Pearl-McPhee‘s book signing. When I mentioned to a fellow knitter there that I’m going to be starting grad school in the fall, she recommended blogging regularly as a way to get used to writing on a deadline. So, I haven’t figured out how often I’ll be writing, but you can expect to see new posts here much more often (4 or 5 times a week). There may be more of the knitting and boring daily life stuff than previously, but I’ll try to make it as interesting (and topical) as possible.

To start things off, here’s what I’ve been working on lately- please forgive the photo quality (and ugly floor background):

Insect Boy sweater

This is for the first of three babies due in May. The recipient’s mother is known as Insect Girl in our band (caution: music is hilarious, but NOT safe for work!) so I wanted to make an “Insect Boy” sweater for the baby. It’s my first baby sweater (and my second finished sweater ever), so I’m rather excited. The pattern is my own, based on measurements for Chaos (12 mo. size), and the yarn is Knit Picks Shine Sport.

More to follow tomorrow!

Four months later

May 25, 2007

That’s right, it’s been over four months since I’ve written here. How long is that? Well, it’s long enough for me to have forgotten my password… and my username… and even the address. Yeah. My apologies to anyone who didn’t forgotten the address and has come here looking for new stuff.
So, what’s been going on in these four months?

Politically: Our scandal-a-day government has continued to be, for lack of a better word, ridiculous. The country elected a House and Senate full of Democrats for a reason, but our dear president doesn’t seem to understand this. His main method of dealing with people, policies, or countries that he doesn’t like appears to be the silent treatment. Rather than, say, talking, or trying to reach a compromise, he refuses to acknowledge any opposing party or opinion. The latest example is, of course, the effort to get troops out of Iraq- his pledge to continue vetoing any bill that involves a timetable for withdrawal- but it seems to be a hallmark of his presidency.

If you need an extra reason to be outraged at the way things are being run in this war, listen to this.

Musically (now that I’ve vented a little): In April, I quit the long-term temp job I had been at, in order to focus more on auditioning. It’s been an interesting experience: every day that I don’t have temp work, I try to go to at least 1 or 2 auditions. Which pretty much means I wait. And wait. And, with luck, get to sing for a minute. Not the most exciting way to spend a day, but it’s why I came to New York.

I get to sing a little more during rehearsals- “George M. Cohan in His Own Words” opens (and closes) June 9th, so we’re approaching crunch time. Next Saturday, the NYC cast members get loaded into a van headed for Lake Placid, where we will finally meet the rest of the cast and spend a week rehearsing and enjoying not being in the city.

“Legend of the Killer Sheep” is not quite as far along… the goal is to do some workshops and have a script written by August. But it’s a musical about killer sheep, so it’s worth the wait. (Here are the guys responsible for this one, and some songs that will be featured in the show.)

Knittingly: Not much. I’m nearly done a (round!) blanket for my cousin’s new baby, but other than that, the knitting has stagnated a bit. Not for lack of interest, however: in February, all of my typing and mouse-using and stapling and staple removing (and, yes, knitting) conspired to give me carpal tunnel syndrome in my right wrist. So the projects I had been working on then (socks, gloves) have not progressed at all since- it’s a teensy bit frustrating. (Incidentally, this is also part of the reason for my hiatus here.)

And now you have a very brief synopsis of life since my last post. Stay tuned, and maybe there will be another before September!

For the sake of posting…

December 15, 2006

I’ve realized that we’re halfway into December, and I haven’t added a single sentence here. So, more for the sake of having a new post than for any other reason, here’s a little update:

1)  As usual, knitting stuff for gifts brings frustration. The throw pillow for my mom has stalled because I can’t find an insert smaller than 18″ (I need 14″). I may have to sew one myself… ugh…

1.5)  If you Google any combination of “sun,” “knit,” “intarsia,” “fair isle,” etc., you will find no examples of an intarsia or stranded-knit sun. The reason? It’s wicked hard! I’m making socks with a sun/moon motif, and am now on my third sun design. The first looked like a snowflake, the second like an amorphous blob. This one (the last, I hope) looks a bit like an overweight beetle, but it’s close enough. When I finally figure out how to post pictures here (or how to take a decent picture in my tiny, poorly-lit room) you’ll see what I mean.

2)  There is one thing more frustrating than knitting gifts, and that’s national politics. The president keeps postponing the announcement of his course of action in Iraq. Now, I understand that war is not something to take lightly, and there should be no hasty decisions (that’s how we got into this mess, after all). He keeps saying that he wants all the information. This would be great, except that what it really means is: “I didn’t like what the Iraq Study Group said, so I’m waiting till I hear something I like.” If he’s paid any attention to how his war is going, none of this information should be news to him; he’s just waiting for someone else to agree with him. Meanwhile, the people affected are the ones actually fighting.

Ok, that’s a lot of frustration, and I haven’t even mentioned work. But at least it’s something- maybe the next post will be more upbeat…

While trying to watch King Kong…

October 29, 2006

I rented it (the curse of a trial Blockbuster.com subscription) because I had heard that it was good. And because I still don’t believe that Jack Black can go an entire movie without doing something weird (I keep waiting for the Tribute to the Best Song in the World). Turns out… not so good. Melodrama, lots of close-ups, and a ship whose crew members each have their own soliloquy. This is my fourth time turning it on- in three days, I’ve gotten 1 1/2 hours into it. So, while that whole Monkey-meets-Blond drama carries on, I thought I’d write something.

On the knitting front, I’m nearly done the first dog sweater. It should have been done long before this, but I was a little nervous about attaching the cabled band at the bottom of the sweater. (That will make more sense once I finish it and post a photo). But it worked out, and now all I have left is the legs. Yay! The next one will be pink striped, loosely modeled on “Peppermint Twist” from Stitch ‘N Bitch.

(Oh crap- a giant dinosaur chasing Blond! Whatever will she do?)

As far as current events and politics are concerned, I – and, I think, much of the country – am feeling little more than frustration and disillusionment. Between all the midterm mudslinging, the seriously messed up stupid stupid war, and the whole North Korea thing, we are in a pretty bad situation. I can’t even tolerate the president’s voice anymore. Hugh Laurie’s protest song on Saturday Night Live (yeah, it’s been a thrilling evening) was strangely accurate- “The answer is so easy- all we need to do is [unintelligible mumble].”

(Movie poster shot! Dinosaur vs. Monkey with Blond in the middle.)

Now, in case you don’t see things like nervousness and disillusionment as valid reasons for lagging in my knitting and blogging, the big reason is Peter Pan. No, not the peanut butter. Or the bus company. I’m currently in Brooklyn Family Theatre’s Peter Pan. After a month of rehearsing, we opened last night. It’s a lot of fun (wait- Blond is juggling for Monkey? WTF?), and we put on a pretty good show, but it’s tiring. Especially after the Park Slope-to-Astoria commute (with the weekend subway interruptions, it took me over 2 hours to get home tonight). That said… come see Peter Pan! I can honestly say it’s better than King Kong. (Blonde’s dress continues to fall apart. I guess it’s only expected that after an ordeal like that you’d end up in a spaghetti-strapped mini-dress.)

Now, I have to go turn this off before Blond starts to cry over sad Monkey. Oh, too late…