Tuesday, March 30 / 1:09 PM

Wow!

How cool is this? I need to learn how to crochet, stat. Then again, if I see the closeup version, I may hate it. Stupid tiny thumbnail-sized photos! Does anybody have a copy of Phildar's latest crochet mag? How does this puppy look when it's larger than postage-stamp size?

Also, anybody know of any good online or print teach-yourself-how-to-crochet sources? I've tried a couple of times and can't get beyond a single chain. Grrr.

School - still winning in the grand Krista vs. school battle. Still left to do:
-Essay on the United Irishmen
-Essay on Middle Eastern History
-Essay on the British, law, and Colonial India
-Test on Irish History

Not even gonna mention the exams. Especially since today, instead of working on all these things, I hung out in the quad all afternoon because it was sunny and nice out. Daaah.

"I wasn't kicked out of the country, I was informed that it was against my best interests to return."
--My brother. The country in question is Australia. He is now in exile in New Zealand. It's a pretty funny story.

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Thursday, March 25 / 7:13 AM

Duplicate Stitch


Intarsia, who needs it? Actually, it's also kinda hard to get the hang of. You need to get the tension exactly right - too loose or too tight and it looks terrible. However, it made the knitting part a lot easier, and I guess for the pattern designer a lot easier to chart: s/he totally copped out by saying "duplicate stitch dots at random" instead of showing where.

It's a fairly soothing motion, though. Not as great as knitting, but not as sucky as, say, weaving in ends. And way, way better for small sections than Intarsia - for example, I would definitely use this method to do the diagonal lines on a pair of argyle socks. Which I do plan to knit in the future, for an argyle-obsessed friend (the one who so thoughtfully provided the yarn for "Shona").

As you can see, the dog sweater is moving right along, but since it's supposed to be done for tomorrow night, it's not moving right along fast enough, damnit!

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Tuesday, March 16 / 11:22 AM

Urban Cowboy

Stayed up late last night working on a paper and half-watching Urban Cowboy. Yeah, yeah, worst study habits ever, I know. But the combination of John Travolta, a cowboy hat, and a mechanical bull really gets this cowgirl interested.

Haven't done much knitting lately, as I've also been working on my Hindi paper. Typing in a non-Latin alphabet is such a bitch. But hey, at least you learned a new word from this post. Am buried in work, among other things, so don't expect a post for the next week. When I do return, I should be working on a gift for a friend's friend's baby (can you blame me for looking for an excuse to knit this puppy?).

Debbie Bliss, The Book of Baby Knits, if you're interested.

"Hey, Cowboy, you're not just doing this to make your wife jealous, are you?"
"Yeah."


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Friday, March 12 / 3:57 AM

Green!


That's right, GREEN GRASS! Could winter finally be over? Here's hoping. I do love winter, but I also love rollerblading.

More green


I, like Bonne Marie, am particularly partial to green. This particularly greeny thing is my progress so far on the "Dogosaurus Rex" sweater for Trillian, a friend's dog. As Becky would say, it's in need of blocking. Since she's a mini dachshund (Trillian, not Becky), I'm a bit worried about fit (they're not very dog-shaped, are they?) but since she's so small any alterations should be fairly easy. It's sort of a surprise, so for now I'll just have to wing it. (Click picture for alternate view, if you really care).

"This must be a Thursday,' said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer. 'I never could get the hang of Thursdays."
--Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but it really sounds more like A. A. Milne.

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Thursday, March 11 / 1:03 AM

New Patterns
I'm a sucker for new patterns. I eagerly await each season's crop of American knitting magazines, British knitting magazines, German knitting magazines, knitting books, online patterns.... I actually end up knitting few of them but I loooove looking, criticizing, planning (although calculating "Hmm. At $10.50US per ball for 15 balls plus the exchange rate, taxes and shipping...." is not as much fun).

The new Vogue Knitting is available for preview. As usual, I don't see much I like (but then again, there's so little they've shown). These are kind of cool, though:


But you hafta do that thing where instead of on a skinny model (I find that breasts are often the make-or-break for a design. If you add boobs, will it still look good?) with long hair and a cabana setting you picture it on yourself. This one's a toughie... can't figure out if it translates into 'nifty' or 'weird' once it's on me.


I like this for the excellent use of a variagated* yarn. I never wear tops this short, but I do like the design.



Not much knitting done lately, as school is kicking my ass. Am working on a pair of socks for my roommate, based on "Priscilla's Dream Socks" in Interweave Knits. I like not having to pick up stitches for the foot, but I think the heel is a bit square and pointy. Will reserve judgement for once they're on her feet.

*sp? There are so many variants online and I'm way too lazy/busy to look in an actual dictionary.

If I ever jump on the knitting book bandwagon, the title of my first offering will be The Distractable Knitter. It will be filled with easy, useless projects that can be completed in less than two days and only the first part of patterns for beautiful and complex sweaters. It will be the perfect thing for other knitters like me. I mean, why waste the paper printing the ends of patterns that will never be finished? And for the most advanced distractable knitters, only pictures and yarn requirements. Who needs the pattern when you are content just to acquire the yarn?
--MimoKnits

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Sunday, March 7 / 1:11 AM

You know you've knit something for everyone you know when....


The "Mrs." gave him power over me; that vexing r rucking things up in the middle and making one think of such distractions as clotheslines and baking tins."
--Carol Shields, Unless. The book expresses interesting ideas, though the ending is disappointing.

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Wednesday, March 3 / 1:09 PM

Socks!

Finally finished my first pair of socks. My mom, lover of weird socks and all things blue, will be very pleased with these. They were pretty fun to knit, especially once I had the pattern memorized. The lace wasn't too hard for a beginner and I love, love, love knitting on two circular needles. I'm starting a pair of socks for my roommate tomorrow. Whee!

Details:
  • Yarn: Confetti (similar to Regia, half the price)
  • Pattern: Merino Lace Socks from Interweave Knits Summer 2003. Woulda been gorgeous in the recommended Koigu, but the Confetti's what I had on hand. 'Sides, the nylon content will help 'em last a little longer, I hope.
  • Gauge: Around 9 sts to the inch
  • Started: Sometime before Christmas. Finished: Today!

I have a really weird thing about not mailing things. Don't know what it is, but I often can't bring myself to mail stuff. Letters, packages, whatever. It's really bizarre. Every pen pal I've ever had has hated me. But I'm trying to work on it. So... these will be (cross your fingers) mailed by Friday! I hope.

"Half-a-dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath shadows of the Great British Oak, chew the cud and are silent."
--Edmund Burke, waxing way more poetic about the silent majority than Nixon ever did. And portraying the cow as a nobler beast than, well, anyone. (From Reflections on the Revolution in France, p. 181 of the 1968 Harmondsworth edition).

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Monday, March 1 / 6:26 AM

Inspiration and irritation
Check out these great felted bags!


Designed by Patons, no less (don't bother looking for them on the Patons web site, they're not up yet. You can, however, find them in the latest Ram Wools catalogue). I love the sunny yellow "tricot" bag, which would be equally fabulous in blue or pink - and with or without the blanket stitching. I'd make the strap longer, though. If I can't sling a bag over my shoulder, I will invariably lose it. The patchwork bag is also great in a back-to-back-to-the-70s sort of way, and could be awesome in blues and greens.

I am sooo sick of seeing quiz results posted all over the knitting blog universe. "I am shetland wool." "I am shetland wool." "I am shetland wool." "I am dishcloth cotton. Boo hoo, I don't like dishcloth cotton. I must experience existential angst. Why am I not shetland wool like everyone else?" Etc. And then there's the quizzes that don't even say anything about knitting! "I am Snoopy." "I am The Godfather." I am "Gertrude Stein." ENOUGH! These quizzes say nothing about anyone's personality, and since there are only 4 or 5 possible outcomes, they're repetitive as hell. I'll take the occasional silly quiz for a laugh, but I certainly don't expect anybody else to give a rat's ass about the results. It's almost as bad as keeping a daily record of one's bowel movements. Nobody wants to read it. Oh, and posting quiz results should not count as a blog entry. If you're gonna put up the quiz you've gotta say something for yourself, too. Not "I am mucous. Which bodily secretion are you? Click here to find out!"

I assume everybody will get bored of the damned things eventually, thank God.

"The best all lack conviction, while the worst/ Are full of passionate intensity."
--Yeats, sans context.

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