Archive for February, 2005

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Feb
05

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Talk about busy … I have had very little to do all week (officially, although dealing with 3 kids is not a walk in the park), and all of a sudden I have an assignment due, 4 articles to read, 2 chapters to read, and my two jobs have work for me! All on the only weekend that we get to go away all year!

Along with that I’m trying to make Marnie MacLean’s off the shoulder sweater (from “Knitty Gritty”) and create my own super secret design. I would love to be published in some way, and I hope it will be easier as a knitting pattern rather than a huge article. But I will work on that writing thing as well, when I get the time!

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20
Feb
05

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Someone else had an eventful night as well.

It has been hard my whole life having a difficult to spell and pronounce name (Elspeth), and even though I knew there were other Elspeths out there, I had never met one. Until 1995 or so, when I was at a library convention (party hard!) and heard someone call out “Elspeth”. When I turned around they were calling someone else! It was surreal.

Then, at my job I get some mail left for me, addressed to “Elspeth” but not my last name — apparently there was an Elspeth working upstairs from me. I went up to deliver the mail but she wasn’t there.

So now I get obsessed with knitting, blogging, etc. I am checking out a knitalong I was thinking of joining (it was already over), and see the name “Elspeth”. I know it’s not me. This is how I discovered not only another Elspeth, but one who knits and works in a library!

I then discovered another listing for an Elspeth in a knitalong, but this isn’t the same one! She is not only named Elspeth but is in Maryland, where I spent many of my formative years. My friend Sarah also knits and recently started at Johns Hopkins, where this Elspeth goes to school, so I emailed the other Elspeth and told her I’m also Elspeth, I also knit, oh, and I have a friend at your school who knits and you just might come in contact with. (Unrelated note: the last time I met a Johns Hopkins student I asked him about the only other Johns Hopkins student I knew, he actually knew him, so I figured it wasn’t out of the question that they’d meet.)

Last night Sarah went out with a friend, met said friend’s friend from high school who was, of course, Elspeth! So now poor Sarah has to differentiate between two Elspeths!

20
Feb
05

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I am so ’80s. Last night we went to see my favorite comedian, Jim Gaffigan. Now as it was pointed out to me by BR, I love comedians and it is surprising I haven’t gone to more shows. Actually, I’ve only been to one other live comedy show, in D.C., and the comedian brought me up on stage. It was weird.

But last night we went to the [world famous?] Punchline, San Francisco. It has been around for 25 years so I half expected a brick wall background but did not find one. There was a 2 drink minimum, and we were seated at 2 of the 4 seats at the front row table. After checking out the crowd, which really didn’t differ much from an ’80s crowd, I’m sure (and I did see at least one mullet), our seat mates were seated. They were dressed in Victorian-era costumes. I kid you not. I have seen many dress styles in my day, but never the Victorian thing, outside of the Dickens Fair, which is in December. (It’s February.) I also wouldn’t choose it for a comedy show, where they do tend to pick on you, especially in the front row.

Anyway, the opening act, Kevin (I forget his Japanese last name) was really funny, but nothing compared to Jim. It was like going to see a band where you know every song but you still want to see them. I tried not to mouth along with all the jokes.

It was a really nice evening — the kids went to bed before we left so my MIL wouldn’t freak out with 3 kids to care for, it wasn’t that far away, and it ended early. It sounds lame, I know, but I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in 5 years so I tend to enjoy getting to bed before midnight, if possible. Oh, and I’m in love with Jim Gaffigan.

20
Feb
05

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The beginnings of IM’s blanket.
posted by Elspeth using Hello

20
Feb
05

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I finally finished OR’s blanket!
posted by Elspeth using Hello

19
Feb
05

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Somebody stop me. So I didn’t buy much at Stitches West, and I’ve been making up for it since. In the past week I have bought 8 skeins of Lamb’s Pride in creme, 10 skeins of Debbie Bliss cotton cashmere in red, 5 skeins of Colinette Point 5 in Cezanne (a red/black combination), 4 skeins of two different blues of Knitpicks.com Alpaca yarn, and of course some more Lion’s Brand for Ian’s blanket.

And then there are the books. I just got my Knitter’s and Interweave Knits; I’m in the Crafter’s Choice book club so I got “Knitting School”, “Knitter’s Book of Finishing Techniques” and “The Art of Metal Clay”; and I just ordered “Cable Needle Freedom” and “Knitting from the Top” from Knitpicks.com.

Not to mention I just got the bill from my moving violation in Culver City, CA over Christmas (I will never spend money in that town again. They are getting the most I will ever spend in that city because I ran through a light at the end of the cycle and the red light camera got me.) and I just started my new job so I haven’t even made enough to pay for the ticket.

I think I need a self-help book, tape, or other item I can purchase …

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Feb
05

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I went to Stitches West for the first time today. I was so excited, and immediately saw another stroller so I decided to bring DS3 in his stroller. (He is really heavy — almost 19 lbs., so I didn’t relish carrying him the whole time.) This was my first mistake. Actually, my first would have been being really tired and out of it while I was there.

I just couldn’t physically get into a lot of the stores with the stroller, and since I usually buy yarn with a project in mind, it was hard for me to buy something just because it was soft or looked nice. (That being said, I do have a small stash at home.) Also, when I did find “a deal” of course the line was huge and I just couldn’t deal with sitting in it. I ran into my co-knitter Shannon who told me about the store Woolstock (in Maryland, of all places) that sold glow in the dark yarn. That ended up being my only purchase.

Of course now in the light of day (well, it’s night and the kids are asleep) I wish I had bought the purple Lamb’s Pride, the red Debbie Bliss Wool/Cotton, or some of the alpaca yarn I looked at but just looked way too small and time consuming to use. (I am struggling with Ian’s baby blanket which will take forever because it’s worstet weight yarn and a lace pattern and I suck at lace patterns.) This lack of purchasing today I think will cause me to purchase way too much yarn online — I’m on Ebay right now!

Next year DS3 will be 1 1/2 and I’ll leave him at home and fully enjoy all the yarn I can only find at a conference like that. I hope. (Maybe I’ll even fit in a class!) Or I’ll wait until my 40th birthday when I told DH I am going to take a knitting cruise or the infamous Knitter’s trip to Ireland.




Elspeth

is a knitter, librarian and pop culture enthusiast in the San Francisco Peninsula. Email me at emmckee@rocketmail

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