Archive for July, 2007

Have you ever wondered how old you’d be on another planet? (It would be different than on earth, because of science.) Who hasn’t? Through the power of the internets, you can find out your age on other planets. It’s a great way to start your work week. By not doing some work.

This link is posted in honor of someone (who may or may not be a friend, a knitter, and/or a blogger) whose birthday may or may not be today or near today. I may be making this person up.

And despite the vast amounts of time I have spent on Ravelry in the past … um, 6 days, I have actually managed to knit something. Nothing very exciting, of course, but it’s something and I knit it.

kureyon 183
Kureyon 183, a gift from CathiPink

kureyon 128
Kureyon 128, from Heather

Alright then, two somethings. These two blocks bring the total to nine, and I’m working on the tenth — I’m halfway there!

Now I’m off to stalk the Ravelry ISO board for more Kureyon.

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Big plans

There is so much going on in my head right now, knit/crochet-wise, that it’s kind of hard to keep track of myself. It’s like I’m living a Bright Eyes lyric (“My mind races with all my longings / But can’t keep up with what I’ve got”).

I’ve got so many projects on the needles that I’m starting to feel a little overwhelmed, which is kind of strange. I usually like having lots of projects going, lots of different kinds of things to suit my different moods (stockinette in the round for those chatty SnBs, lace for times I want to be focused, socks for portability… you know). But now I’m thinking about all these projects that aren’t getting worked on (I’ll admit it — the Kureyon blanket blocks are consuming ALL my time lately) and I’m not happy about it.

Why the sudden remorse about over-indulgence? Ravelry is making me be honest about what I’ve got on the needles/hooks, and combined with what I want to knit up in the next few months and my knitting classes at work, there’s a bit of a dark cloud over my head.

I told you I was making a warshrag (one project of many), and here’s proof… (more…)

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Oh Sweet Ravelry!


I just got this email

frecklegirl has invited you to Ravelry!
“Here you go! Thanks for your interest in our little site.
Let me know if you have any questions or problems!

two minutes ago and almost choked on my gum. My day just got 6,477 times better.

Excuse me while I evaporate from the blog.

Now I have to find a reliable camera and enough daylight to photograph my entire stash. Oh, and time. Yes, I’ll need some time. Maybe I’m sick? And can’t go to work? For a week?

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I Blame Harry Potter…

… For making me miss blogging about my anniversary because I was reading

July 22, 2006 Pagoda

(I don’t have pictures of our hike at Starved Rock State Park, so here’s one from a year ago)

… For making me miss blogging about my blogiversary because I was reading

(I can’t really give you a visual representation of a blogiversary, I’m sorry. My powers extend only so far.)

… For probably bringing down my production level at work yesterday while I obsessed about what was going to happen next (because I didn’t finish the book until last night).

… And for bringing my knitting pace to a screeching halt because I was reading.

Harry Potter is the reason I don’t have pictures for you today. (Well, that and my continuing battle with my camera…) Don’t blame me, blame J.K. Rowling. That clever architect of this weekend’s demise.

Ravelry Watch:
# 104 people are ahead of you in line.
# 13369 people are behind you in line.

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I Am Harry Potter

In my head. I think the weird thing is I’m more like You-Know-Who than Ron Weasley.

Tomorrow will be a beautiful day, my friends. Is anyone participating / Has anyone participated in a bookstore Harry Potter Party? I’m picking up my copy tomorrow morning all early, but then will spend the rest of the day with my husband OF ONE ENTIRE YEAR hiking or doing something incredibly outdoorsy and not reading the book. Because occasionally I have to show my husband OF ONE ENTIRE YEAR that I love him more than books and knitting, and the day before our anniversary seems an appropriate time to do so.

You scored as Harry Potter, You are Harry Potter. You are daring, and have quite a lot of nerve. You rely on your instincts to make decisions. You’re a natural leader. You are highly concerned with justice and actively fight for what you feel is right.

Harry Potter


Sirius Black


Albus Dumbledore


Neville Longbottom


Oliver Wood


Luna Lovegood


Percy Weasley


Hermione Granger


Remus Lupin


Lord Voldemort


Bellatrix Lestrange


Severus Snape


Draco Malfoy


Ron Weasley


Harry Potter Character Combatibility Test
created with QuizFarm.com

quiz found on Love Me, love my caribou

Ravelry Watch:
– 395 people are ahead of you in line.
– 12356 people are behind you in line.

I feel very good about myself right now. Not as good as La is feeling, but good.

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#6477 On The List

So, Ravelry. I have seen so little of you, but I am deeply in love. When can I meet you?

You signed up on June 4, 2007
You are #6477 on the list.
660 people are ahead of you in line.
10642 people are behind you in line.
33% of the list has been invited so far.

It’s so close!

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I woke up My alarm clock went off at 7:45am like it’s supposed to, but I didn’t get out of bed until 8:23am. A matter of some concern, as I’m supposed to be at work at 8:30 (good thing I live but a two-minute walk to work, eh?). And this afternoon I came home from work and immediately fell asleep on the couch for three hours. Didn’t even change out of my work clothes. I hope I’m not getting sick.

Anyway, that was a poor way to set up the fact that I don’t have any pictures of my new knitting. Because yes, I have been knitting.

  • I have cast on for the Tomato (after knitting a gague swatch WHICH LIES) using needles a size larger than for the swatch WHICH LIES AND PLOTS AGAINST ME.
  • I am working on a warshrag (which doesn’t lie and is in fact very sweet).
  • I have not picked up the headband. I will finish it by the end of the month, but these things cannot be rushed.
  • I did list all the projects that I’d like to work on in the next 6 months or so, which feels sort of like knitting progress.

So yes, I have been knitting. Not knitting myself a Ferrari or anything, but knitting nonetheless. Thanks to my husband for the link!

And stop by Anna’s today, because she is a year older today than she was yesterday, and she deserves our love and salutations.

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Aside from getting eaten alive by mutant mosquitos, I mean. The lake area of southeastern Wisconsin is a breeding ground for bugs that laugh in the face of full-strength DEET, and that’s where we spent the Fourth. We camped out with friends and had a damn good time, celebrating marriages and happiness and whiskey. Ah, the whiskey.

Anyway. You came here for the knitting talk, right? Not to read about my various whiskey-fuelled exploits. Well. I know I talked about wanting to finish up that headband, and I still do, but I just can’t face it right now. It’s still too emotional. Instead I’ve been working on something else entirely.

The first seven

Noro Kureyon log cabin squares. (click through to see the colorway numbers.) Last Thursday, no, the Thursday before that… June 28th, I picked up the first ball (colorway 40) and tried to make a log cabin square out of stockinette stitch. It was a fabulous failure, but I tried four times to make it work. No luck. I resisted the garter stitch (which I knew would work) because I loved the way Kureyon was knitting up in the stockinette, but I had to give in. Garter just works better for the very-little-thinking kind of project that I wanted. I was cleaning the apartment in anticipation of houseguests, and needed something to take the edge off. There’s only so much dusting a woman can do.

I used a pattern similar to the one in Mason-Dixon Knitting, but modified a bit to form a rectangle (I say that, but it was really the best way to show off the colors of that first ball).
Using a 5.0mm (US8) needle, cast on 15 sts. Work 20 garter ridges (40 rows). * BO on RS, leaving last loop on needle. Turn clockwise (NOT back-to-front) and pick up 1 st in each garter ridge on the side of the original rectangle. Knit 6 garter ridges (12 rows). Repeat from *, picking up a st in each garter ridge of the stripe you just made, plus a stitch in the cast-on edge of the original rectangle. One skein of Kureyon will make the central rectangle and 2 rounds of strips, with about 5g left over. The block will be approximately 9 1/4″ wide by 11″ tall.

I’m making 20 blocks (I think…), and will be putting them together with 1.5″ of sashing in black yarn (Cascade Eco Wool comes to mind). The blanket should be about 45″ by 65″. Maybe I’ll make the borders deeper. As you can see, this project is still congealing.

(Does the word “congealing” gross out anyone else? It makes me think of cold icky gravy, and I don’t know why I used it to describe a knit project.)

I was inspired to rock this project by Yarnerinas‘ entry about a no-sew Noro blanket, and by Jenna of Cinemaknits, who’s been bitten by the same log cabin bug. And also by the various colors of Kureyon that I had in my stash. And also by the various colors of Kureyon that I have purchased since beginning this project. (Yeah, that Knit From Your Stash thinger? I can’t even see the wagon anymore, I fell off so hard. More on that later.)

These are my favorite blocks so far:

Blocks 1
Colorway 40

Blocks 2
Colorway 182

Blocks 3
Colorway 184

Now I have a problem. I have run out of Kureyon. These blocks take like 2 hours to make, so my initial plan to knit these at a leisurely and calm pace in my usual snail-like manner is clearly not working out. I had four skeins, knit those up, bought three more, and knit those up too. I need more Kureyon. I need it. I’m running around the kniternet trying to find deals on Kureyon and there just aren’t any and I might go completely nuts if I don’t get more soon. If anyone has any random single balls of Kureyon just doing nothing at all, let me know if you want to get rid of them.

I’ve got some amazing dust bunnies I could trade.

P.S. Happy Birthday to my sister Maribeth, who joins the ranks of adults in 21+ Land!!

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Thank you, thank you, to everyone who wrote nice things about my Ballet Camisole! I appreciate the comments, and I’m glad you all seem to like it. I like it pretty well, too. It definitely stretches out a bit with wear, so I’m glad the Shine can be thrown in the machine for a wash to regain its shape.

I’m attempting to move on and finish other projects I’ve got lying around, so as to feel less guilty about it all when I finally start my Tomato top (and have you seen the post about darts on the Knitting Daily site? Good stuff.).

Remember this?
Yeah, it’s not really moving on.

It’s 10:00 at night, we leave for an overnight camping trip tomorrow at 1:00pm, and I’m trying to finish that damn headband. I’m at the point where the pattern starts to narrow to make the other end and FOR THE LIFE OF ME I can’t make the stitches do what I want. K3tog is not something I normally do, and is not easy with the stubby 4.0mm needles I’m using (not the KnitPicks needles, these. No, these are something entirely less good). I think I’m throwing in extra yarnovers as well, but I’m not sure, because I keep getting mixed up, and tinking back a row or five. Who knows where I am at this point.

I blame this confusion on any one of the following, or possibly on a combination:

  • I started my period today, and it’s extra crampy and extra bitchy and extra godawful
  • It’s fixin’ to storm (I can say it–I’ve got a little country in my background) and I always get a little weird before storms.
  • Nick is playing Guitar Hero while I’m trying to knit, and I keep looking up to observe his excitement over mastering a game that is so like and at the same time so wildly unlike actual guitar playing (which he actually does, and does very well).
  • It’s too freaking hot to think.

I’d like to finish this damn thing by tomorrow, but I’d also like to sleep tonight and not be a flaming bitch to my husband (for the 5th day running, as long as we’re being honest). I’ll slog on to the end, because I want to live in harmony with the lace, which will lead to confidence in my lace-making skills, which I need because I want to make a pretty shawl for an upcoming winter wedding (for me, not the bride). See, fighting against my ineptitude will be worth it in the end.


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