Tuesday, May 28, 2002

I taught my sister how to knit and she LOVES it! YAY!

Monday, May 27, 2002

Lace scarf almost done! yay!

So, I was thinking of making a linen stitch cardigan out of an olive green and orangy red color, but I can't do one-row stripes when knitting in the flat. So the question is, do I want to take the steeking plunge, knit in the round and then cut down the center, do I want to do 2-row stripes, or do I want to add another color? I could do the new navy blue, but they're different yarn companies, and different fiber as the blue is 100% wool and the other stuff is 15% mohair... hmmm... I'll swatch some stuff up.

Non-Knitting News I'm now engaged! yay!

Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Can't even get the "me" of "Email me" to link to my email. Why do I think I'm computer literate sometimes?

On the other hand, I just realized that I started this blog with 5 projects and am back down to 2. YES!
Argh, all the knitting I did on the scarf while on hold with Council Travel yesterday had to be ripped out today. Blah.

On the other hand, I did end up getting Kate's sage green yarn. She lied. It's not sage green. It's darker and tweedy. That's ok, I like this stuff better. So, I now have 6 skeins of Chunky Wool-Ease in "Willow". Hmmm... what to do with that? My stash is quickly becoming very unmanageable. Luckily, it's summer, so I can spend a lot more of my time knitting to get some of the stash used up.

Trying to join the Knit Bloggers webring, but can't figure out how to get the logo to show up, even though I've pasted the code in where I thought I should. (Obviously, I was wrong) Can anyone help? Email me


Tuesday, May 21, 2002

Lace scarf coming along nicely--I worked on it during commencement yesterday morning. My yarn stash is packed up. Mom brought the Ebay yarn that I had shipped to the house down with her, so I have that. 10 skeins of navy... I feel a sweater coming on. I also have some lace weight silk... There was a nice knit lace top in Cosmo this month... maybe I'll try to make that.

Non-Knitting News I now hold a BA. Woo-hoo! I also just bought my plane tickets to Manchester. Still in need of job, however... But my tickets were cheap! Yay!

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Oh, I had forgotten the wonderful curse that is Ebay... such nice, nice pretty yarn. Do I need more yarn? No. Can afford such yarn when I'm moving to England in a month with no job or plane ticket? No. Did I bid anyway? Yes. Why? Because of the possiblities, the dreams. Oh, the places you'll go, the things you'll knit. Did you read Perri Klass's column in the current issue of Knitter's? The dreams we knit. I'll knit this shawl and it will give me the solitude that one imagines one would have if they owned such a shawl.

I've been thinking about the possibilites that a knit garment carries with it when dealing with the question of should I attempt to sell the gray lace scarf? I don't wear scarves (as this is lace, it's a decorative thing. I wear scarves in February, when I should.) But I can see my self looking young, urban, and proffessional (yuppie, oh, how dissapointed I am that I haven't even graduated from my hippie mid-western liberal arts school and this is what I'm dreaming of!) but I see myself gliding across busy city streets with such a scarf jauntily thrown around my neck... Do I want to give up the dream? Isn't it all just a bit silly?
The blanket is done! The blanket is done! I haven't seen it yet, but Ali says it's bee-yoo-tee-ful.

Dan thinks I should sell my gray lace scarf (now at 10 inches). Or at least attempt to... hmmm...

Non-Knitting News The uber-diva has returned. It's high noon in Iowa.

Am mailing out blue-card application this afternoon. Have some nice job prospects. (I can teach history, right?)

Monday, May 13, 2002

All squares are in and accounted for. All have been blocked (some, more than once. ah well). What's the best way to put them together? Also, hoping Ali could get some matching yarn in Iowa City. (Silly us, knit all the yarn up!)

The gray lace scarf was ripped completely out and restarted over the weekend. sigh. NOTE ON KNITTING LACE SCARVES: count your stiches at the end of every row, just to be sure you're still on track. on the other hand, scarf is now longer than it's ever been at a whopping 6 inches.

I will probably wear the ocean sweater to Phantom of the Opera on Wednesday. Too bad it's May and still sweater weather. Bah.

Non-Knitting News By this time next week, I will be a college grad.

Tuesday, May 07, 2002

Still need 3 more squares... lots of blocking done last night on an old door... this just might happen folks.

Non-Knitting News Did not make senior honors. I'm just feeling like a mega-loser right now. Still don't have a job in England. Bah. Not quite sure why my boyfriend is mad at me. Also have been engaging in bitchy email to random administrators for trying to close down 3 computer labs that campus so desperately needs and cancelling senior dinner with 2 weeks notice because everyone has their heads up their asses. gargh.

Sunday, May 05, 2002

Apparently, knitting is not art... everything in the salon was rather pedestrian. I don't know if that's actually true, or if I'm just bitter.

Ivory square done. Topaz square with knit/purl trelis design, done. Anne owes me 2 squares. Megan, Lindsay, Nick, and Sarah all owe me 1 square, but Nick can't finish his until Megan or Sarah finish theirs and give me the left-over yarn so I can give it to Nick... sigh. Ali wants to give this thing to JCR on Tuesday, but we still need to block and join and I'm still missing 5 squares... (1/4 of the grand total). sigh

Friday, May 03, 2002

Art salon opens today... I don't know if my pieces got in, after all. When I went to the place to pick up rejected pieces, to see if my poor sweater and shawl were there, it was locked. On the other hand, I haven't gotten any angry email saying "pick up your crappy art". So we'll see if it's hanging up in the galary once I get off of work!

I started a new square for the afghan project. Ivory cables. yum. There's something so wonderful and classic about it. My boyfriend (scroll down for "Dan learns how to knit") was watching me knitting my guage swatch for the square and started telling me about this fisherman's sweater he had as a kid and how he wore it everywhere, all the time, even when he had outgrown it. His mom eventually took it away because it was hideously too small, but he kept insisting on wearing it everywhere. I told him that if he had a picture of it somewhere, I'd try to make him a new one that would fit. But what was it about a simple rope cable in ivory yarn (mmm... lamb's pride bulky.... drool...) that brought the memory to surface? What about the timelessness of the design and how much that sweater spoke to him that would compel him to tell me that as I messed around with pattern?

Last spring I switched mostiurizers to Oil of Olay, which is what my mom uses. When I put it on for the first time, I felt so mature and grown up, because of the smell I had always associated with my mother's beauty...

I got new yarn from peace fleece. Something about new fibers and colors that invokes so many project ideas, even though I bought the yarn with a project already in mind. Maybe that's what makes me think of the sweater and shawl I entered as "art". Knitting-wise, both projects were pathetically easy. The sweater was knitted flat in stockinette with almost no shaping. The shawl's just garter, but both projects were fiber-inspired. I saw the yarn, let the yarn speak to me, and knit it how it wanted to be knit. So often I think, I want a cabled cardigan. Maybe green. And then I go buy green yarn for said cardigan. Fiber is picked for pattern, pattern isn't picked for fiber. With the shawl I thought, I want to knit something pretty for mom with really nice yarn. She likes blue, and it went from there. With the ocean sweater, I was at the yarn store and saw it and thought "wow" and then remembered my budget, but I kept being drawn back to it's shelf, kept picking it up and feeling it, leaving, and coming back. So I said "screw it. I'm on vacation. Nice yarn that I can't afford, it is!" ha.

Dan Learns How to Knit
a short story

So Dan wanted to learn how to knit, so I sat him down and taught him. I teach a class here on campus, so I thought, sure, no problem. First of all, how can an eagle scout not know how to do a slip knot? yeesh. But he learned. He kept coming up with perverted sayings to remember things, but that's him, and they made me laugh. I learned really quickly. He was really good. But, sadly, he's a perfectionist, so he'd get frustrated really easily and swear loudly and throw his knitting across the room, needles and all. He's not allowed to knit anymore. The end.