pixiecrinkle: (knitting Drama)
Sometimes I worry that if all my hobbies/friends/whatever converge, the world might just explode.

With that, I bring you something I just stumbled across randomly (I'm looking for calls for entries for pattern submissions, I swear!)

Yarn, inspired by roller derby, in a shade called "Rink Burn"

Too weird.
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I swear to you, I've clicked "Get Mail" about 40 times in the past hour. I am supposed to find out this weekend whether or not I am getting a pattern published in a forthcoming book by Amy Singer. I have no patience. But you knew that.

In other news, I am a cooking machine right now. I am making my ICFD dishes today since there will be three more people trying to cook in our kitchen tomorrow. So far, I have the carrot raita done, and am just waiting for the carrots to cool so they can be added to the yogurt. Then I'm making Moghlai chickpeas and an eggplant stew.

I am hoping to be able to do some wooing via stomach tomorrow. Don't want to say more for fear I jinx it.

I am also ignoring the trainwreck of a sweater that is in the next room. The SNB girls helped out immensely today with engineering and moral support, but this pattern is not good. I'm learning tons about making it work though. Still, I really just want to wear this sweater, and fear that global warming means we will never ever again have a day that requires a bulky weight wool comfy sweater. Not good.
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Yesterday, I could not get out of bed because I was having one of those dreams that's just a variation of the same situation over and over. Basically, I was out in various Short North bars and in each one of them, the BMB came up to say hello, and stood there for a while with his arms around me, and then I would think "Squee! He's gonna kiss me!" And he never would.

My subconscious is just not all that subtle.

This morning's waking up dream was that I got a job offer out of the blue. Vogue Knitting needed an associate editor and they called me up and offered me the job. Problem was, it paid about 60% of my current salary. I was trying to figure out if I could get a part time job somewhere else and still take it. They told me I could stay in Columbus too because I was to be the editor at large. Ha.
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I can see the referring links to my knitting blog from the stats package I have on it. Two more widely read knitting blogs have linked to my VW cozy post this week, so I saw a huge traffic spike a couple of days ago.

Then this morning, I noticed a bunch of people coming in from links out of yahoo mail and other web mail, mostly from the UK. Later on, it seems to have hit a Danish newsgroup, because right now, Denmark is far exceeding the US in traffic. Wild.

Right now, I have exactly 100 fewer hits in the month of December to-date than what I got in all of November. Woo!

This is just way too fun to look at.
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The Dispatch has the article about the car cozy online now.
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Well, the email post has never showed up, so I'll post the photo now that I've uploaded some. Typing is beginning to get to my wrists a bit, I think because I attempted knitting on size 2 needles this evening, so this will be mercifully short.

Here it is--just about 130,000 stitches of cabled goodness:



The in progress photos are here if you are so inclined.
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I've noted several times recently, that my once voracious reading habit has been mostly replaced by TV, as a result of my voracious knitting habit. And really, that's just because I haven't yet mastered reading and knitting simultaneously (though I have attempted it with some success recently).

But it really became glaringly obvious that I hadn't been reading when I went back to start tagging old entries here on lj and didn't really need my "media: books" tag for any of 2005. Yikes. It just so happens that I have read several things recently, so I shall now report dutifully, and get to use my tag. And offer actual content for once.

I picked up, about a month ago, Don DeLillo's The Names. This is a book that's been sitting on my shelf for several years, having been bought in bulk with many other paperbacks at a rummage sale. And since the ex-BF and I had a little disagreement about DeLillo when I referred to him as a mid-list author* I had kind of resisted reading it. Well, this was the first book in about 10 years that I've actually hated enough to not finish reading. I could not get into it at all, and found that I was zoning out while trying to finish it because I couldn't even figure out what I was supposed to be getting out of it. The prose is well-written, the story just held no interest for me. (And I kept comparing it to Prague, which, while not a stellar, oh-my-god-you-must-read this kind of book, did the whole ex-patriate thing in a way that resonated much more clearly with me.

So, after putting that down, I read Ann Patchett's Bel Canto for my book club. This, I loved. It's really well written, and Patchett does a very good job at making this fictious, politically unstable South American country she creates quite timely, and timeless. The characters were wonderful. The ending, it's tragic, but there's no way it could have ended in a non-tragic manner without becoming sappy and Disney-fied. And while I first thought the postscript was a copout, I actually think without it the ending would have felt too isolating. I don't want to say too much about the story here, but it's fascinating to see something play out in basically one setting for an entire novel (the characters are held hostage).

After that, I went to a little fluffier book with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's At Wit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much. I really didn't expect to like this as much as I did. It's basically a series of paragraph long observations about obsessive fiberholics, but she did such a good job of pairing these observations with quotations and then little italicized lessons that it really works. I whipped through this in a few days, but it will be the kind of book you can flip through every so often.

Next up was a non-fiction book I picked up at Half Price just because the title sounded intriguing: Bachelor Girl : The Secret History of Single Women in the Twentieth Century, by Betsy Israel. If I could, I'd append "Mostly in New York" to the end of the title. This was a really intriguing history of single women and how society has viewed them, as well as how they view themselves as a class. And it was actually funny too. I liked this primarily because it filled a lot of holes in American history, as far as what happened between education and marriage for those women who didn't go right from one to the other. The statistics on valium use among single women when it was first introduced were staggering. And labor conditions for so-called "pink collar" jobs in the 20s and 30s? Eeeek.

I'm currently in the middle of three books:

Zen and the Art of Knitting: Exploring the Links Between Knitting, Spirituality, and Creativity by Bernadette Murphy, which I am so far enjoying. I also have The Knitting Sutra: Craft as a Spiritual Practice by Susan G. Lydon on loan from a fellow SnB'er, and I realized I did skim it a while back, but I think I'll re-read this after I'm finished with the first one.

Then there's Carol Shields' The Republic of Love. I am such a Shields fan, and whenever I'm reading an author for whom there's no hope of more books (Shields died in 2003) I tend to slow down on reading books I haven't yet. This is a new one for me, and I'm loving it so far.

At lunch I went over to the library and picked up my reserves, and started reading All In My Head: An Epic Quest to Cure an Unrelenting, Totally Unreasonable, and Only Slightly Enlightening Headache by Paula Kamen. Wow. I think someone on my friends list recommended this? Well, let me second that. I'm only two chapters in, and I'm already making notes of things for further research of my own. And it's kind of funny too, which is always good in the context of a non-fiction book, I think.


*In retrospect, I may have been baiting him at the time I said this. However, "mid-list" isn't necessarily a derisive term coming from me, especially given the context. At the time, I was saying I'd be happy to be a mid-list author myself, meaning that sales do not necessarily correlate to literary quality.
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Long day, but good. I just walked in the door 10 minutes ago, having driven straight from work to an auction an hour away. At first, when I got there, mom thought I'd be disappointed because all the yarn was rug yarn, and they sold it early outside in the rain, but all in all, I did well. For $85, I got:

-a box of icord makers (I think there are 6 of them)
-2 tabletop looms, 1 simple, 1 compound (I think. I really know nothing about weaving. Guess it's time to learn.)
-a box of odd purse handles and weird plastic items
-a jar of cool old white buttons
-a five foot tall yarn winder of some sort. I'm not sure exactly what it's for, but I'm sure I can use it to measure yardage of recycled yarn at the very least

and....wait for it....drum roll.....

-a 1920s hand crank circular sock knitting machine.

Yep, I got it. That's why I drove an hour. And I got it for $75. These things sell on ebay for several hundred dollars each. I could have probably gotten it even cheaper, but I chose to go the route of high opening bid so no one would bid against me, and it worked. All the parts are there, including the original wooden shipping box, and the instruction booklet which contains a whole stack of correspondence between the original owner and the manufacturer, for whom she was consignment knitting socks/hose between 1925 and 1928. This is way cool.

I'm going to try to set it up sometime this weekend. It has a fair bit of rust, so it needs some work, but there's a woman in Ohio who restores these, and I met her last year at the Wool Gathering in Yellow Springs, so I have her info somewhere. One of the carriages (I think the ribber) is virtually untouched though, so I should be able to test it out soon.

My one disappointment is that I didn't bid up the treadle spinning wheel higher. The woman who bought it got it for about $35.00. I don't have great aspirations of spinning yet, but I know some people who do, and that would have been a fantastic beginner wheel.

And I could have had a fantastic floor model compound loom for about $80. I'm sure those things retail for at least $600 or so. But I had no clue how to work one, and we weren't sure it would fit in mom and dad's SUV-thing. Not to mention, where the hell would I put that? But it was quite cool.

Now, to bed. I'm working a half day tomorrow to get ready for sis's shower on Saturday, and I have lots of stuff to get done before she gets here tomorrow afternoon.
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EDIT: This was supposed to go in [livejournal.com profile] knitting but I suppose it's not hurting much here.

Hi all--

I posted a few days ago about possibly starting a knit along for the Great American Aran Afghan. I have a skeleton of the blog set up here: http://aranafghanalong.blogspot.com/ . I'll be working on tweaking the template this week, but you can still go ahead and join. If you want to participate, please email your name, blog URL (if you have one) and email address to pixiegrrl24 AT yahoo DOT com and I'll get you added.

Anyone who wants to help with graphics, links etc is welcome to -- I'm pressed for time with all the knitting! :-)
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A couple of photos. They're also at the knitting blog, but I don't feel I've been putting much of substance over here lately, so thought I'd share.

Exhibit #1: The second Great American Aran Afghan square )

Exhibit #2: Cricket, the capelet pattern I'd submitted to knitty. )

Well, poo.

Mar. 11th, 2005 10:10 am
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I got rejected by knitty this morning, for my capelet pattern which I submitted for the spring issue. The editor did at least call it "really sweet."

Somehow it consoles me a little that it took so long this time--maybe I was really close this time?

I guess I have one more pattern for when Witty Knits goes live now. :-)

I'll post the photos later. Now that they are no longer top secret I can put them up on my photo hosting space.
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Migraines suck. I went off of the pill over a month ago. I really do think my incredible depression this winter was largely attributable to it, seeing as how a.) this has happened to me before on a different pill and b.) 95% of it went away since I've been off of it, yet it's still grey and yucky outside. However, the headaches have ratcheted up with that. I need to start keeping better track. Last week I had one, then I had another yesterday that was a killer. My caffeine consumption has also gotten higher (damn you, pepsi itunes promotion!) so I need to get that under control.

Thank you [livejournal.com profile] kismet09! I got the yarn package Saturday right before I went to my stitch and bitch. I have some uses for some of it planned already. Strangely, I have pink loopy stuff just like that bright blue you sent me, so I may make some wild thing out of that. I think the mohair has a project picked out already too!

Got one more square of my sister's wedding afghan done yesterday, and finished mom's birthday hat at the Stitch n' Bitch Saturday. So all was productive. Had I not gotten the headache and gone straight to bed last night, I would have made further progress on Sitcom Chic as well. Photos in the knitting blog after work.

I saw Million Dollar Baby on Thursday. A good movie, but not sure it should have been best picture. I thought Finding Neverland was better. But it did a good job of avoiding the overly sentimental treatment of drama that so many big Hollywood productions do, so I am happy at least with that. We also got a chance to see some of the shorts that were nominated. The live action short which won, Wasp was really heart wrenching and hard to watch. My friend B. and I were covering our eyes during the scene where everything changed, in that way that you normally do when it's threat of gore or blood on screen, but there was none of that. Just a really misguided, overwrought single mom who didn't quite have her head on straight.

The animated films were ok, but the one that really stood out was the winner of the student academy award, Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher. Put all the "pro" animators to shame when it came to actual production values and storyline. Someone remind me again why I didn't go to NYU when I got in?? (oh yeah...the $170,000 price tag for a PhD. That would be why.)

And now, back to our regularly scheduled work week, where we are still covering for our understaffed consultant group. Sigh....
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I'm a bit busier at work now, which makes for fewer updates. And makes the updates I do a mere smattering of miscellany.

On the Oscars: Boring boring boring. Good dresses, and boring.

I did not audition for the Martha Stewart version of The Apprentice on Saturday. This is for the best, as it turned out that they had people lined up at 3 am since the Trump version was also auditioning. I had no intention of actually trying to get on the show, I merely wanted to go do a great Donna Reed hyperdomestic act and see what happened.

Now that the Circa site is up and running, I am free to work on the WittyKnits site that's in my head. So I drew up some sketches and maps earlier, and will be trying to get that up in the next few weeks/months. Also, since the yarn shop is apparently a no-go (in addition to Knitter's Mercantile opening a store, it seems the Wolfe space is still to be a shop--I've got no details beyond that)I'm also getting together my plan of attack for teaching/knitting parties. I'm going to apply to teach with the UA Lifelong Learning program. Any locals know of other places that might need a knitting instructor?

On the new Tori Amos album, The Beekeeper: eh. I hate to say it, but this one isn't grabbing me. Then again, I didn't like Boys for Pele when it came out, and it's my favorite of hers. It's not horrible, it's just not up to her standards. What I hate more though, is stupid music critics who suggest things like "motherhood has mellowed her out" or whatever. They'd never say that about a male musician, they'd just say "he's had a misstep" or something. Grrrrr.... I haven't gotten the DVD out yet though--perhaps there'll be some redemption there.

Getting closer on the homebuying front. We have one session left in my How to Buy a House class, which is the real estate attorney. So far we've had the realtors, a lender and a home inspector. It's not a lot of new info, but it's good to know I know what I'm doing. I think I've shelved the idea of a downtown condo, as anything with enough space/more than 1 BR is starting in the $260K range, which is well above my range. Not cool. I don't care if it's tax-abated, I can't swing that. So Clintonville/North Campus it will be for me, most likely. And I've found a few decently affordable things online, so I think it's do-able. I'll get pre-approved in the next couple weeks and pick a realtor and get things moving. As I told [livejournal.com profile] automat76 yesterday, it's possible that last year was my last Comfest as a local. Scary!

Finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time yesterday, just in time for book club next week. I liked this a lot, as I found myself identifying so much with the narrator. I do all these odd things that he does. And it spurred an obsessive bout of Minesweeper last night, as I tried desperately to beat his best time. No such luck. We also read (re-read for me) the Nick Hornby edited anthology, Speaking with the Angel, which I love. I need to skim over some of those stories again before Monday.

Knitting: I am plugging along on my sister's wedding gift, with 20 weeks and 18.5 afghan squares to go.

Here's the first completed one behind the cut )

That's a cable based on the DNA helix. And that popcorn stitch on the edges is addictive. Luckily the second square which I'm working on now also has it.

Also working on a cardigan for me (about 30% done), a hat for my mom's birthday that's coming out very cool (about 75% done), the second legwarmer for me. Starting soon: Bad penny (short sleeved raglan) for me and a lacey flower shawl for me. All for me!!

Tonight: Million Dollar Baby with B. This weekend: possibly a Joanna Newsom show Saturday, Stitch n' Bitch and much knitting.

Also need to figure out what to cook for ICFD: Foods on a stick battle. I wanna do something totally wacky, yet yummy.
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So, I only had to go to skip=240 on my flist to catch up. What gives? ;-)

Kripalu was *fantastic*. I'm going to try to write a coherant summation here, but for more knitting related info for those of you who are interested, see my blog where I'll be posting the workshop details shortly.

Thursday evening, my original plan was to go to Wolfe Fiber Arts and grab some last minute supplies, but they'd announced the closing of the store, so I headed to The Yarn Shop instead. That actually worked out well, because I noticed Karen Allen's name on the cover of Vogue Knitting and grabbed the magazine. There's a nice 2 page article on her, and it even mentioned that she was teaching at Kripalu that weekend! This was good because I got to actually see what sort of work she does--incredible colorwork sweaters. It scared me a bit, but I knew at least I was on the right track with the yarns I was taking. Crashed at [livejournal.com profile] automat76's house so she could drive me to the airport in the morning.

I started writing these and they are long, so I'm cutting day by day, with photos
Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )

Oh, and for anyone who might be wondering, someone did ask Karen about her role in the Indiana Jones movies at the end of the workshop Sunday, and she said that it was never planned for her to be in the second and third movies, but if the script ever gets done for the fourth, they've told her she's in it.

I also realized that I failed to take photos of any of Karen's samples of her work in my rush Sunday, but one of the other women from the workshop is supposed to be emailing out her photos to us soon, so I'll have those then.

Socks!

Jan. 20th, 2005 06:58 pm
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the photo! )

There they are, with me making "ballet feet." No, they don't match, but rather, they coordinate.

I got my replacement needles from yarnmarket.com today. So now I can start on Bad Penny. Hooray!
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I'm going to do the Yoga of Knitting at Kripalu with Karen Allen next month. I have three weeks to figure out what all I'm taking with me--there's a fairly long list of knitting supplies she wants us to bring for the classes. We'll be designing colorwork sweaters--eek! I think I know where my Wolfe Fiber Arts gift certificate is going.

I took the dorm option to make it a bit cheaper. So I'll be bunking down with 6-22 other women. Hopefully some will be other knitters in the group. The lights out at 9:30 thing will kill me. I think I'll be going up to the solarium and knitting there, then sneaking in later.

Stupid me didn't realize I couldn't book my flight online without my frequent flier number since it's a free ticket. So hopefully, my flight won't fill up before I get home and obtain the card to book it. Otherwise, I'm in a bind, because I already ordered my "shuttle." I will be picked up in a car by a man with a sign at the airport. I feel so worldly. It's going to come to $90 for the shuttle round trip, but that's a heck of a lot better than paying $200 or more to get a rental car that will just sit on the hill all week.

If my ebay sales go well next week (read: if I get my act together and do them) then I may call back and see if I can squeeze a massage in my schedule as well. That was heavenly last time (and caused [livejournal.com profile] automat76 to exclaim "You smell like a hippy" when she picked me up at the airport).
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So I just was looking up some info on the woman who's teaching The Yoga of Knitting at Kripalu next month because I really need to determine if I'm doing this or not (would be nice to know if I owe taxes this year or not before committing, but that's unlikely to happen).

So it turns out, prior to becoming a knitting teacher, she had an acting career. She was Harrison Ford's love interest in the first Indiana Jones movie, and was also in Animal House, among other things.

Weird.

Edit: Here's the link to the course if anyone's interested. When I googled I found she also owns her own yoga studio.
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Also forgot to mention, 2005 brings us the official Witty Knits blog. I'll still post knitting stuff here, but will likely take the more technical griping over that way. I'm still working on the custom template and all that, but at least I got some content out there.
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I normally lj-cut photos, but I'm just too excited about this.


THE SWEATER IS DONE!!!!



I look like hell, and you can really tell how much I need to clean my bedroom, but the sweater is done!!!! And I even remembered to put on the jewelry I made to go with it before I snapped my pic.

I'm not entirely thrilled with the neckline---it's choking me a bit right now. I don't think I picked up quite enough stitches in the front at first, and then I bound it off so tightly that it wouldn't fit over my head and I had to redo it. But it's done, and it's wearable and most of all, it fits, unlike my prior attempts at garments.

Hooray!!!! On with the new projects.

And oh yeah, all the other crap I'm supposed to be doing this weekend that I've as of yet ignored. oops.

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