Friday, September 30, 2005

Hyperventillating at the Fabric Store

So, at the advice of a frequent library patron, I checked out G Street Fabrics today in an attempt to buy serger thread. And got super overwhelmed and just had to leave.

Of course, they are offering a class on entrelac, which has to be the one knitting thing I've never attemped. And like, the one knitting thing I've never taught. But I have to work that day.

le sigh

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

New Book

I got Knitting Over the Edge today.


Monday, September 26, 2005

Rowan = love

So... I got those 2 balls of Kid Silk Crack with my Rowan subscription, but I'm not a big fan of the froth scarf.

Do you know what I am a big fan of? The River shawl in the same magazine. Yes, the one that takes 2 balls of Crack.

Life is good.

Except, to answer Kate's question, no Rhinebeck for me, as I'm caught in the weird milieu of not being allowed to take any vacation until after Thanksgiving, but still refusing to work on Yom Kippur, so having to work on Saturday to make up for the day I'm missing to atone. Luckily my boss also has to occasionally miss work for religious reasons and was very accomadating to me taking high holidays off and letting me work Saturday so I still get all my hours in and make HR not mad at me.

Also, don't you completely love my complete misuse of the world milieu? I do.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

All aloney, on my owney

So here's most of the KARYS crew on the night Rachel left town

And here's me and Rachey when the cool kids went to the bar after dinner.

I miss the yarn shop. I miss knitting with people. I found the DC area's knitting group page and was interested in the Sunday afternoon DC group (because I work Wednesday nights and can't get to the Silver Spring gathering) but the leader never emailed me back because damned if I know where the Warehouse Cafe is or if the group even still meets!

But, in other news, I'm moving up in the library world and will start working reference soon. Reference in the children's section, which'll be, um, interesting, as I know nothing about childhood literacy, but they should train me, no? And no more Wednesday nights, so I'll have to check out the Silver Spring people...

oh, and Rita seems to have pretty much missed Houston, everyone's good down there!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Suck City.

So, things here are a little crazy.

Interview on Wednesday. I think it went well, but who can tell with these things?! I did however, get to wear my suit, and I can work my suit like no one's business.

Realized that I gained so much weight this summer that my clothes are starting not to fit. DAMN. Who knew that living off pizza and beer for a glorius few months would catch up to you? So my life has been less knitting and more working out.

But yesterday my new Rowan came (it took me a while to get my renewal form in. Moving makes things like that fall through the cracks!) anyway... new Rowan makes me happy. Also, I don't know if I said this on my SP6 questionaire, but I am lusting after the new RYC collection. I want ALL of the pattern books and have none of them. Just FYI.

But then today, our family realized that there was no way they could get out of Houston. Everyone's out of gas, it's taking over 16 hours to get to Austin (a mere 160 miles away). So they're hunkering down for the storm. Our thoughts are elsewhere right now.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

SP6 Questionaire!

My secret pal emailed me and already has ideas! Crazy! Anyway, here's some info all about moi

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?

I like natural fibers, but am not a brand snob. So I'm more down with cheap 100% wool than expensive acrylic. There are, of course, exceptions to everything that play by no rules.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?

My spinning makes people cry. I crochet a little.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)

As long as you don't send me medication, I should be good to go on the allergy front.

4. How long have you been knitting?

Almost 8 years now. Crikey.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

Of course. See if this link works!

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

I like really spicy scents or very crisp, clean scents. My favorite lotion is Blue Q's Queen (and I just ran out and am not sure of where to buy more here in DC. Do you know? TELL ME!)

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?


8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?

I sew. I got a serger for my birthday. I like things that involve glue guns. I'm getting into embroidery and cross stitch.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

Modern folk. Alt country. Indie. World stuff. I'm pretty open.

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?

My favorite are navy blue and pale pink. I wear a lot of brown. I like earthtones. Yellow makes me look ill.

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

1 husband. 2 gerbils.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)

The ones I'm working towards: To be a reference librarian and/or archivist of a kick ass Asian language collection

The pipe one: Knitting designer

The dream one: Getting paid to make out with Colin Firth

The Miss America one: To be happy and fulfilled. World peace. No hunger.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?

I am a Rowan whore. Especially when it comes to Kid Silk Haze. YUM.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

Really super cheap acrylic that feels like you're knitting with plastic. Not a big fan of the novelty yarns.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?

I'm not really obsessed with anything write now. I guess sweaters of my own design in smaller guages. Vintage-looking stuff.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

Depends on my mood. I like sweaters.

17. What are you knitting right now?

The Chocolate Decadence Sweater for me (luxury to the max!) and a pair of socks for Dan. Except the first one ended up being WAY TOO BIG now that I've finished turning the heel, so I think I need to rip it and try again. I need more reinforcing stuff, though.

18. What do you think about ponchos?


19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

Depends on the project. I use both regularly.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

Hardwoods, then bamboo, but it also depends on the yarn I'm using...

21. Are you a sock knitter?

Well, I knit socks...

22. How did you learn to knit?

Through a non-credit class offered at my college. I made a hat.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?

That I tell myself I'll actually finish at some point? It's from England, and that was 3.5 years ago now?

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

I like Leela from Futurama and The Family Guy

25. What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas, followed by Thanksgiving.

26. Is there anything that you collect?

Books. Yarn. Hobbies.

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

Rowan, Rebecca, Interweave Knits, Vogue, Knitters, Cast On, Creative Knitting

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?

Anything by Zimmerman (except Opinionated Knitter, I have that one), any of the RYC stuff Rowan just put out

29. Any patterns you have been coveting, but haven't bought for one reason or another??

The RYC stuff.

ETA: 30. What are your foot measurements, and what kind of socks do you like?

I'm not that picky when it comes to socks. The ball of my foot is 9.25" and from heel to second toe (my longest toe) is 10". I wear an 8.5/9 shoe.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


See? Me? Still here? I know I've been off the map lately. Maybe tomorrow with a more in-depth post...

In general... I um, finished the back of chocolate decadance and started the sleeve. I also started working again on Dan's socks.

I have lots and lots and lots and lots of books to review.

And I'm really tired. But I did get bookshelves, so yay!