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January 31, 2006
Okay, I get it now.
So maybe there's something to be said for rote learning after all. I've never hated the Kitchener stitch as much as many knitters seem to - in fact, I think it's kind of fun. But I haven't made enough socks to be totally comfortable with it yet, so I've always looked it up, just to be sure.
Apparently the knitting gods decided that it was high time I learned. I had thought, after Saturday night, that there was nothing that would make the Kitchener sequence sink in more thoroughly than reading it aloud for over an hour. I was wrong. After last night, I know that picking out the grafting so that the stitches could happily climb back up on their needles has put me on far more intimate terms with Lord Kitchener than I'd ever dreamed possible.
Someone in a library-related e-mail group just asked if anyone would be willing to teach her to knit at an upcoming group event. I may have volunteered. I mean, it seems I have the patience for it, right? ;-)
January 30, 2006
Alas, no, they're not for sale. But they're pretty darn shiny.
January 28, 2006
Team New Hampshire
A button, for anyone interested:
Save to your own server, yadda yadda. (A non-knitting supporter of the Olympics made it. I didn't want to seem to be taking credit.)
Come see our new group blog!
I know there must be more of you! Speak up!
"I am quite sick with delight"
For anyone who has ever read a bad historical romance... it's The Victorian Sex Cry Generator! (Not workplace- or child-safe. Don't say I didn't warn you.)
Posted by Kat at 09:29 PM
January 27, 2006
Knitting Olympics Links
I'm home sick today, so I figured I might as well round up all the links I can find that have buttons or other fun stuff for the Knitting Olympics, because God knows Steph has enough to do what with entering knitters and constructing a house with her bare hands and all. And, well, I'm a librarian. I want things to be nicely organized in lists. Alphabetical lists.
I am quite sure that I have missed some, and that more will be added, etc. So please let me know!
NOTE: sign-ups are indeed closed for individuals, but I will continue adding teams, buttons, media links, etc. for as long as you send them to me. So keep them coming!
NOTE #2: If you see a team you'd like to join listed with no link yet, e-mail me and I can put you in contact with the team members.
NEW: Knitting Olympics Frappr Add yourself to the map!
Teams Australia and New Zealand
Canada:Knitanadian Kids: The Canadian Under-16 TeamU.S.:
Open to AllCurling TeamSpecific Groups
Misc. and/or Multi-Category Buttons
Ancient Greek Button
Dual Olympiad: Knitting and Crocheting
MAKE Blog, January 19, 2006: text
Other Links and Resources
January 25, 2006
So that's why I feel so awful.
According to a British scientist, this is the most depressing week of the year. And, um, yeah, that wouldn't surprise me. I'm off to go curl up in a ball somewhere and cry.
January 24, 2006
My hair is gone!
Well, not all of it. But... a lot. 15 inches or so. Enough to feel like a big huge change.
(And that's my pretty new dress I got for my grandfather's birthday party.)
January 22, 2006
Huh, I kinda like this finishing idea.
First, the promised picture:
Yup, I finished three things this weekend. Three! Now, granted, two of those scarves had just needed their ends woven in for quite some time, but still. I am proud of myself, and have three fewer things to feel guilty about.
I did almost as well with the other finishing projects. I only finished one book, but I realized that the closest to the end I was in any of them was 150 pages, so that's not bad. I'll make some more reading progress before bed. And I didn't write a whole draft of my story, but that might have been an overzealous goal for a day in which I also wanted to accomplish other things. I wrote an outline and about 1000 words of story, so I'm satisfied. My goal is to have a draft before my trip/the Olympics, and then revise it afterwards.
I did watch two Netflix DVDs. Apparently it was a weekend for historical epics, although now that I think about it, most weekends would fall into that category for me, especially if the epics in question involve pretty clothes and questionable historicity. Anyway. Last night I watched the first two episodes of Into the West. It started slowly, but ended up being captivating in that Oh-God-I-cannot-believe-another-horrible-thing-is-going-to-happen-to-these-people way. And every time blankets appeared, I had to restrain myself from yelling "No! Smallpox! Don't take them!" at the screen.
Tonight I watched part one of Henry VIII. I spent the first half hour or so trying to decide whether I'd seen it before; I eventually decided that I had, but figured at that point I might as well just keep watching. I'm planning a post about it after I watch part two (which I am quite sure I have not seen before), so I'll just say a few things for now. First of all, it prompted the declaration in my household that the beheading of Helena Bonham Carter is the hallmark of a good movie. (Don't tell me you haven't seen Lady Jane.) Also, the people who made both this movie and Into the West seem to be rather confused about the whole birth idea. Um, people, there's this thing called the umbilical cord. I really don't think you can pull a baby out of a mother and immediately walk across the room with it. Right? Someone with more experience (Ais? Erica? Kristen?) want to back me up on this?
Happy birthday, Roe v. Wade
Today is the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Honestly, this is an issue I've struggled with, but I have come to realize that the goal is the creation of a world in which abortion is not necessary. Since we do not live in that world, however, abortion needs to be safe, legal, and available. So I am joining hundreds of other bloggers in "Blog for Choice" day. Click on the icon for more information and to see the list.
January 21, 2006
I never thought I'd say this, but thank goodness for the Superbowl. No, really. Thanks to its Superbowl sale, my LYS will be open on a Sunday, so I can go get yarn for my Knitting Olympics project. Between the two jobs, I am at work for all of my preferred yarn store's regular hours of business, so this is quite a treat. Anyway. (As long as I can find the magazine with the pattern in it,) I've decided on Nancy Bush's Cable and Rib Socks from the Fall 2005 IK. I hope to find some of the Bearfoot the pattern calls for - I know they carry it, but it tends to sell out quickly. If there's none of that, I'll probably go with either Weaver's Wool (same brand) or, um, that stuff from that other company that is basically the same. Yeah. Oh, Cherry Tree Hill. Right.
I've been having some... control issues, or "WTF is going on with my life??" issues, or something, which is one of the reasons I haven't been blogging much. We don't have to get into how this manifests itself, but it's not fun. So. I've decided that this is one of those weekends during which getting things done will actually make me more "relaxed" for the coming week than actually relaxing would. Or something. I've found a self-imposed writing assigment - a call for submissions for a short story anthology, 5000 words max, due March 16. I'm not terribly optimistic about my chances, but at least it is a manageable goal and will (I hope) get me into the swing of writing. So tomorrow I'm going to go to my favorite local cafe, to which I haven't been in months, and bang out a draft.
I also need to finish something, if only to help with the control issues above. I have three Netflix discs, several books I'm reading, and, well, dozens of knitting WIPs, but a few that are awfully close to being done. I'm feeling... scattered. So. By tomorrow evening, I hope to have accomplished the following:
Watch at least two DVDs br>
Wish me luck!
January 17, 2006
Random Wednesday: The Cassandra Edition
(Cassandra, like the prophet. Because Wednesday isn't until tomorrow. Never mind.)
1. I'm going on a trip soon. Did I mention this? I can't remember. In any case, I am excited and freaked out by the whole thing at the same time, and so I am making lists. Lots of lists. At this point, my lists have lists. Fun times.
2. Okay, so Vintage Knits: Thirty Knitting Designs from Rowan for Men and Women? Why did no one tell me about this? I discovered it yesterday. I am in love. (With the patterns. Erica is in love with the model. But I digress.)
3. Have you registered for The 2006 Knitting Olympics yet? What are you waiting for?
4. I started knitting a Moebius. FUN. Unfortunately, it's not helping in the whole finishing of the Christmas present department, but...
5. Crap. I just realized I haven't written my Christmas thank you notes yet. Ack.
6. I think I have more or less made some semi-major decisions. I think this is a good thing. But it's also why I've been insane for the last few weeks. (Because, you know, I'm normally so very sane.)
7. I also had the revelation this afternoon that considering I'm always going on about wanting to be a writer, I should probably sit down and write something sometime. Um, yeah. So I started a young adult somethingerother tonight. We'll see.
8. Have you tried the Diet Black Cherry and Vanilla Coke yet? (Or, as my roommate called it, the "black cherry lime grape... vanilla stuff"?) YUM.
Okay, off to do dishes and hang up the laundry before Gilmore Girls starts...
January 13, 2006
I know, I know. Better late than never, right?
Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality by Andrew Sullivan
So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson
The Object of My Affection by Stephen McCauley
KnitLit the Third: We Spin More Yarns by lots of people
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Shadowland (The Mediator, Book 1) by Meg Cabot
January 11, 2006
I know, I know. Boots. I'm really stretching. But they just came today and I'm very excited. And they're the little sisters of my roommate's boots. Look how cute:
January 06, 2006
Various appalling links
Yeah, I'm still here. I've just been trying to actually do work at work, and spending less time online at home, and that means less blogging time. But meanwhile...
... and not that it's surprising, but people said really horrible things in 2005
... and Jon Stewart is hosting the Oscars, which is good, but read the comments on this page
Okay, now that I've distracted you from my lack of content... December book list is coming soon, I promise. And maybe even something about knitting.
Posted by Kat at 10:47 AM
January 01, 2006
Happy New Year!
Happy 2006, and happy birthday to this blog! I ended up having a lowkey but very enjoyable New Year's Eve: my roommate and I watched Harold and Maude and then shared some cheesecake and a bottle of champagne. We barely stayed awake until midnight, but we made it, and I was asleep by 12:15. Oh, and all of the above was accomplished while in my pajamas. There are certainly benefits to staying home.
2005 wasn't my favorite year, but I think it was a fairly important year, and I learned a lot and am ready to have a better 2006. There's an old saying that says something about how what you do on January 1 is what you'll do all year. So far I have called my mother, made coffee, blogged, and knit. I think that's a pretty good start.