Archive for October, 2006



18
Oct
06

Just in case you’re interested, here is a sort of “fluff” piece on craft shows on the DIY network.

I made some more earrings today but haven’t photographed them yet. I’m still hard at work at my second Tiny Dancer sock. It’s really slow going!

It hasn’t been really cold yet (it was actually hotter in S.F. than at home today, even) so I haven’t gotten my leg warmers set up yet, but I will. Speaking of which, I should have finished my smaller, first paper by yesterday, but I haven’t. Oops. But I did buy my new computer today! It’ll be ready tomorrow (actually it was ready today but not when I was on campus). My first Mac. (Well, BR used to own one but got rid of it somewhere around 1996). It’d better be as cool as they say ….

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16
Oct
06

Okay, I did it. After test shopping at Webs and Artfibers (I wish I had time to go over there in person!) and updating my dream yarns list, I settled on a predominantely wool yarn for my anniversary gift. I’d probably tell B.R. about it if I didn’t get anniversary presents (checks!) from relatives, and if I didn’t feel guilty for buying another anniversary present along with the computer, but this was too good an anniversary to pass up!

So I hope to get soon, one skein of Fleece Artist Blue Faced Leicester in Sangria:

Isn’t it gorgeous? I wasn’t entirely sure on the yardage because different sites had different sizes, but I hope one is enough for something.

15
Oct
06

I haven’t had any time to knit! I have been “lugging” around my Tiny Dancer sock, but never get a chance to do any of it! I’m also freaking out about my paper. The “short question” should be done by Tuesday and I can’t seem to get more than a page done. I spend the day at the library looking for books that might help, and now I have more reading, and less time to write and I need to write!

I did take a quick peek at the knitting section and thought it was interesting that their knitting collection consists entirely of design and stitch books, no pre-made patterns. I borrowed Barbara G. Walker’s Sampler Knitting, Bredewold and Pleiter’s The Knitting Design Book, and Dembrow’s “Better Sweaters”. I hope I get a chance to read them before they’re due since I should be reading about the uses and gratifications model and/or sound aesthetics if I have reading time.

It was fun being back at a university library. I can’t believe I have worked in libraries since I was in high school yet haven’t been at work in 7 years. It’s got such a familiar smell and feel and I miss it. I miss being able to find materials on everything (I used to work for the Library of Congress, remember) and having time to read.

I almost forgot. My anniversary is on Tuesday and I’ve convinced BR that I should get a laptop for my anniversary present, but I found out that the traditional 7th wedding anniversary present is wool. Can you believe it? I can wait until it’s silk (13, I believe) but I was thinking maybe I should get a *little* yarn? Right? So does anyone have any suggestions for a decadent predominantely wool yarn that I could get a couple of balls of for my anniversary present? I don’t want to spend too much since I’m already buying a computer, but some token wool present would be nice. Suggestions?

14
Oct
06

Here it is, at last, a photo of my Sock-ret pal package:

You will never guess what happened today! I was off watching DL’s soccer team get clobbered, and when I got back there was a bag from my Second Sock Syndrome Swap partner, Selina! Not only did she knit me a gorgeous sock from Mountain Colors Bearfoot (in a gorgeous red color, Rosehips), but she hand delivered it to me! She also sent some chocolate that was delicious, a note pad, more yarn, the pattern, and even two cute ladybug cards! Thank you so much Selina!

13
Oct
06

“There is such a thing as good grief.”

Good grief! “The Office” was hilarious last night! I’m not sure I like it without Jim as a central character, but the funniest scene was in the grief counseling session and it proved that Pam has learned a lot from Jim in ad libbing or is at least able to do it without him around. Am I the only one who uses the storyline from the British version as a guideline as to how the American version might turn out? I keep thinking that it’s nice to see Jim being himself in another office with another girl that looks suspiciously like Pam, but that in the British version the original couple pretty much got together (in the reunion special) so I hope it goes full circle and Jim ends up back where he belongs. It’s hilarious that it is set in Scranton, PA as well, since BR and I went to Scranton during part of our honeymoon and the way it is portrayed in The Office is exactly what we thought about it. In 1999 it didn’t even have a Starbuck’s!

In other news, as usual my other computer is still screwed up so I can’t get my picture, but I got my first Sock-ret Pal package! My pal is from Singapore, and sent me some gorgeous red beaded yarn, decorated rosewood needles, a hand knit needle case and really cute stitch markers decorating the neck of a tiny teddy bear. I promise to put up a photo when I can. Thanks Sock-ret pal!

I plan on having way more photos when I get my new MacBook. I am a P.C. person and understand that Macs are “magic” and can do pretty much anything out of the box, so hopefully it will be easy to buy and use. I don’t feel too comfortable doing tech support so I hope it lives up to the hype.

I’m still plugging away on my second sock that is due in November, and just sent off another pattern submission today. I’ve been interested in knit designing lately, and will see if it works out for me.

“I was having a party, and it was the *weekend* and then my uncle Bernie died …”

13
Oct
06

Good grief! “The Office” was hilarious last night! I’m not sure I like it without Jim as a central character, but the funniest scene was in the grief counseling session and it proved that Pam has learned a lot from Jim in ad libbing or is at least able to do it without him around. Am I the only one who uses the storyline from the British version as a guideline as to how the American version might turn out? I keep thinking that it’s nice to see Jim being himself in another office with another girl that looks suspiciously like Pam, but that in the British version the original couple pretty much got together (in the reunion special) so I hope it goes full circle and Jim ends up back where he belongs. It’s hilarious that it is set in Scranton, PA as well, since BR and I went to Scranton during part of our honeymoon and the way it is portrayed in The Office is exactly what we thought about it. In 1999 it didn’t even have a Starbuck’s!

In other news, as usual my other computer is still screwed up so I can’t get my picture, but I got my first Sock-ret Pal package! My pal is from Singapore, and sent me some gorgeous red beaded yarn, decorated rosewood needles, a hand knit needle case and really cute stitch markers decorating the neck of a tiny teddy bear. I promise to put up a photo when I can. Thanks Sock-ret pal!

I plan on having way more photos when I get my new MacBook. I am a P.C. person and understand that Macs are “magic” and can do pretty much anything out of the box, so hopefully it will be easy to buy and use. I don’t feel too comfortable doing tech support so I hope it lives up to the hype.

I’m still plugging away on my second sock that is due in November, and just sent off another pattern submission today. I’ve been interested in knit designing lately, and will see if it works out for me.

“I was having a party, and it was the *weekend* and then my uncle Bernie died …”

10
Oct
06

I got my assignment! I’m writing 10-15 pages on a model within media theory and how it may or may not address current media consumption (that’s paraphrased and I’m trying to get my head around it myself), and 30-40 (my professor originally said 35-45, but I’m taking him at today’s estimate of 30-40 😉 ) pages on my specialization, media aesthetics study and sound. I hope to check in once and awhile, but between working on my papers and two jobs (and I got a lead on a library job today!) and three kids, I suspect you won’t hear much from me until November 17th when I hand my assignment in.

In that time I also need to finish up my Tiny Dancer socks and send them off, and get off a package to my Punk Rock Gift Exchange pal (I already sent one package so I’m not in a rush, but I want to send her something for Halloween), and the first package to my Sock-ret pal who is international and so might take longer to receive it.

So much knitting, reading and writing, so little time!




Elspeth

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

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