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I need help! I have gotten so obsessed with this SP5 thing that I actually searched on Yahoo and have been reading other people’s lists since yesterday! Maybe I’m still in research mode but it’s interesting how many people say the same things: “I hate pastels”, “I’m a yarn snob”, “I taught myself to knit using the SNB book”. Of course my teacher would tell us that that was only somewhat representative of knit bloggers, not knitters as a whole. I see a paper in the making! Someone in my class is actually doing her thesis on Asian-American bloggers, so knitting bloggers can’t be too far behind, can it? Maybe I can piggy-back on her research …

I finally have some knitting time so I’m equally getting work done on my Father’s Day projects and IM’s blanket. I haven’t gotten enough time to work on my A Good Bias yet since I have to think about it, and I also really want to knit using some of my new yarn!



The status of IM’s blanket. I used knitting needles for reference, they are large bamboos. I am just going to do 2 more skeins of Microspun and then I’m done.
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I’m in Secret Pal 5! Of course sometime in my life I’ll get my buttons set up (BR was goofing off all weekend after working “all the hours” for maybe 4 mos.), but for now, here are the questions you’re supposed to answer:

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)? Do you avoid Red Heart and Lion Brand? Or is it all the same to you?

I usually get my yarns from my LYS or Knitpicks but I have been known to make a project or two out of Lion Brand. I probably wouldn’t use anything too unnatural because of the feel of knitting with it. I like to think I’m not a snob, but maybe I am.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?

I used to crochet and plan to pick it up again this summer, but probably won’t be spinning anytime soon.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)

None that I know about.

4. How long have you been knitting?

I learned in high school, and picked it up again about 18 mos. ago.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?

I have a wish list here, under my “100 Things” list.

6. What’s your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

When I worked at Bath and Body Works I loved their Plumeria, but I don’t really do candles or anything like that so I don’t have really have any favorites.

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?

I think I’d say my sweet tooth has me! I’m addicted to sweets! My DH, BR, used to joke about me and the old Ray Romano joke about asking his daughter what she was thinking about and she said “Candy.”

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?

I would love to get into jewelry making but right now I only knit because I know how to do it and haven’t tried a new hobby yet. I may just try hand-dyeing (sp?) yarns at some point soon. I tend to bake way more than I should, but I enjoy it.

9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)

We can pretty much play anything. My favorites are indie rock and pop, but I am mostly addicted to covers of any kind. So if any kind soul out there (secret pal or not) wants to collect their covers for me I’d be happy to even just get a list to add to my website, which I promise to update this summer! (I have heard of the other covers lists but they depress me since they came around after my site and they have all this press.)

10. What’s your favorite color? Or–do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can’t stand?

Red! I love variegated red yarns and just plain red. I also have been known to knit quite a bit in black, and some in hot pink. I’m not fond of orange or yellow and pastels are way too light for me (but I like white, off white and grey).

11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?

I have three boys (5, 2, and 8 mos.) and no pets. Oh, and the DH.

12. What are your life dreams? (really stretching it here, I know)

To find a job I enjoy that might possibly pay me, to live in a foreign (non-U.S.) country, to get a tummy tuck, to travel with my family, to re-learn the languages I’ve studied in the past.

13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?

So far I love Noro, Manos del Uruguay and Cascade yarns.

14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?

The eyelash and “novelty” yarns. I find them hard to knit with and I’m not a scarf or hat person.

15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?

I’m really into different stitches, lace and cables.

16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?

Clothing – tops, shrugs, skirts, ties, socks.

17. What are you knitting right now?

A baby blanket for my youngest, a shrug for me, my Father’s Day presents. I can’t wait until after I finish something so I can start a new project!

18. What do you think about ponchos?

I think they’re on their way out, if not already out. But I liked them while they lasted.

19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?

dpns for socks, circular for everything else.

20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?

I use my Denise system mostly but if it’s being used I like bamboo.

21. Are you a sock knitter?

I enjoy making socks but don’t have any on the needles right now. I also like trying out sock yarn on other items.

22. How did you learn to knit?

My mom taught me in high school, then I got a magazine to bring myself up to speed recently.

23. How old is your oldest UFO?

Just about one year, it was a Father’s Day gift from last year.

24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?

Chococat from Hello Kitty, and I love cats, although BR is allergic so we’ll probably never get one.

25. What is your favorite holiday?

Mother’s Day or Thanksgiving.

26. Is there anything that you collect?

Chococat items, cover versions of popular music

27. What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?

Interweave Knits, Knitter’s, and Creative Knitting is on the way.

28. Any books out there you are dying to get your hands on?

Debbie Bliss’ Special Knits, Teva Durham’s Loop D Loop and Not Just Socks. The books I have are here.

I can’t wait to start reading other people’s lists!



I got tagged again! When it rains it pours, because I’ve never been tagged, and now twice in one day! Here goes …

If I could be a scientist … I would find the cure for autism, AIDS, and cancer. (Yes, I am dreaming.)

If I could be a librarian … wait, I already am one, technically! Well, if I were a working librarian I would be working at my dream job, the Library of Congress Motion Pictures, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Section, like I was before I went to library school.

If I could be an inn-keeper … I would run an inn in or near Hershey, PA that served afternoon tea and chocolate!

If I could be a professor … I would teach sound aesthetics like my teacher/mentor Vinay Shrivastava.

If I could be a writer … I would write a book on cover versions of music!

Okay, now to find five others to tag … how about Shannon, Kristina, Lu, Amy, and HoJo. Good luck!



Dear Karen and Amy .. brunch at the Cliff House was great, as usual. We’ve been going there (well, I hear BR has done it much longer than when I was involved) for about 10 years and missed it when it was closed for renovations. In fact it was nicer than usual since it wasn’t that crowded. We always do the champagne brunch which has a harpist and good food. Actually, it was one of the templates for our own wedding in D.C.

I didn’t get much knitting done on the trip, though, or reading. And when I got home I spent way too much time with my new obsession, WeBoggle. Like I need something else to ruin my hands for knitting …



What a nice day! It is beautiful here in Northern California after a pretty rainy year. I went to tea at The English Rose in San Carlos with some friends and it was delicious and really fun! When I made the reservation it was really weird, since the owner told me if I didn’t reserve tea plates they might run out (!) of scones, even (!) but we all ended up getting tea plates and they were delicious!

Then since I was in San Carlos I went to my LYS, Creative Hands, and they must have just filled up the clearance section because I got one skein of Noro Spring garden; two skeins of Crysal Palace Labrador, in black and variegated red; one skein of Noro Cash Iroha in red; and five skeins of Crystal Palace Summer Net in white and black, all for $50! Now if I could only finish my baby blanket, Father’s Day gifts and/or my A Good Bias so I could start something with my new yarn! I’m thinking of a tank top or short sleeved sweater with the Summer Net.

Then tomorrow we have brunch with the in-laws at the Cliff House in San Francisco and off to San Rafael to see BR’s sisters. Oh yeah, driving to S.F. and Marin should give me some great knitting time, unless I end up working on my paper which I really should do … knitting, reading, knitting, reading, what a quandary?!


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