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July 12, 2006

Random Wednesday (19 to go)

What, me? Have an opinion?

Might as well have a countdown in the post titles, right? Actually, I hate coming up with titles for the Positive Mondays and Random Wednesdays because I try not to repeat them. Hmm.

1. You all are great. Thank you for the outpouring of support and offers of hugs, chocolate, beer, etc. I may well take you up on it.

2. Yummy leftover Chinese food for lunch. And ooh, I'm going to go get some free chai from the break room... back in a minute. Okay, back. (You all really needed to know that.) Alas, the free-beverage-dispensing machine was blinking "ADD WATER" and there is no obvious way to do this. Hmph. So I'm drinking my TaB, and I'll check back for the chai later.

3. Do we have any Mary Wollstonecraft experts/aficionados in the house? Drop me a line.

4. I had a very relaxing evening last night, and then was up way too late but got a lot of homework done, so I'm feeling a bit more in control than I was yesterday. Not a lot, but a little.

5. Except that I have to give a presentation in class tonight. Ack ack ack. Oh well; in a few hours it'll be over, right? And I have promised myself yarn tomorrow as a reward for finishing.

6. I have both a really really good book and a really addictive sock in my purse. How am I supposed to decide what to do on the T?

7. You know what I want to knit? I want to knit something really, really complicated. With lots and lots of cables. Total escapist can't-think-about-anything-else-while-I'm-knitting-it complicated. Suggestions?

8. Conversely, I'm feeling the need to knit kids' stuff - quicker gratification, maybe? A sense of whimsy? Less darn serious? Something. I have tons of cute baby patterns, but anyone have leads on good patterns for little boys, say sizes 4-8-ish?

9. I think the milk is bad again. Maybe it's a Wednesday thing.

Posted by Kat at July 12, 2006 01:40 PM

I think the Fiber Trends felted clogs are a pattern that requires concentration (albeit no cables). What about Baudelaire in knitty? It has a lot of different techniques, plus lace.
I'm not an expert on Mary W., but I did read a lot of her writing in a Women's Lit class.

Posted by: Lauren at July 12, 2006 02:09 PM

I like Debbie Bliss' Quick Kid Knits. There are lots of patterns for boys and most are sized 4-8 (what my boys are). There are complicated ones and easy ones.

Posted by: Mindy at July 12, 2006 02:57 PM

I just got a copy of Vickie Howell's "New Knits on the Block". It's all knits for kids, with lots of them in the costume/dress-up/make-believe category. Firemen's helmets, viking costumes (with horned helmet!), a knitted toolbelt with tools, a pirate bath set (head scarf, Jolly Roger washcloth, and parrot!).

I know you specified the kids' stuff for quicker gratification, but these patterns might give you the challenge you're looking for, too.

Posted by: Jen at July 12, 2006 04:03 PM

Ooh! What a tease. "A really really good book" ... we want details! Or, at the very least, the title while we wait for you to finish and post about it.

Posted by: sprite at July 12, 2006 04:59 PM

Good luck on your presentation! And did you pick the sock or the book??

Alas, no leads on patterns for little boys - I think the only sweater I've knit for a little boy was a Knitting Pure & Simple pattern, very generic.

Posted by: Chris at July 12, 2006 05:17 PM

i hate it when i have to decide between a book and a sock. i tend to do both -- either one half of my commute (which is about 45 min) gets one and the other half the other .. or one way (the full 45) gets one and ...

however i often end up at the library before i head home so then i generally have to decide between several books. ;)

and i'm enjoying baby knits. it's amazing how quick they go.. even though i'm too multi-projected to make much progress at the moment. ;)

Posted by: peninah at July 12, 2006 05:45 PM

Glad today was better, (presentation aside, and you'll do fine) and of course you're loved, silly!

Posted by: Carrie K at July 12, 2006 07:24 PM

Hey, hi there! Found ya again. Sheesh.

I'd suggest for cabled complexity the Spring Forward cardigan that Janet Szabo designed for her newsletter - there's a link on my sidebar. Mucho cables, and really interesting construction. Not that I've done much of it, but it's still fun.

Posted by: Liz (the crazed weasel) at July 14, 2006 05:36 PM
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