Archive for November, 2006

29
Nov
06

End of Norovember update. Well, I pulled out my Lucky Number sweater made in Shinano. I carried it to Sebastopol with us. I didn’t work on it at all. This week I completed sewing up one side. I still have one more side to sew up (sleeve and side), then picking up stitches around the neck and the waist and adding ribbing. Oh, and I tried on the sleeve that I sewed up and it is too long! I thought I had tried it on while I was knitting it, but I guess not. So I may end up trying steeking at the end, or maybe I’ll end up just living with it. I’m not sure yet.

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28
Nov
06

T.V.O.D.

TV update: After completing the writing portion of my exam/thesis/paper (I have to defend it next week) I’ve been catching up on my huge TiVo list very quickly. Having a few days at home to watch TV hasn’t hurt. Here’s what I’ve been knitting to lately:

Boston Legal: Why have I stuck with this show? I was a fan of L.A. Law and the Practice, and a reluctant viewer of Ally McBeal, but for some reason even though it’s pretty bad I’ve stuck with Boston Legal over the years. I suppose I’m just a fan of James Spader after Pretty in Pink and Secretary. Anyway, they’ve just pushed themselves entirely over the top and around the swing set. All of a sudden every man in the practice is in lust with Shirley Schmidt (Candice Bergen)? In a country that values youth over everything else? I think I’m done.

I tried Brothers and Sisters last week. They lost me with “California Republican”.

The Class: I still love this show. I’m not too fond of the self-made comparisons to Friends, but I do enjoy the characters and got sucked into the Richie/Lina storyline. Hopefully it will continue to be funny.

House: This one I’m also done with. Again. Last year I stopped watching when House’s wife showed up, and then came back, but this year’s addition of the police officer with a vengeance, Michael Tritter. His harassment of all the staff just because House has bad beside manner is too over the top for me. I’m not convinced I’ll be back this time.

Law and Order Criminal Intent: I still love Chris Noth, but his new partner is lame. I still love Goren and Eames, but I’ve relegated this one to repeat season. When everything else is gone, I’ll come back.

3 Lbs: I still want to try this out. Since I’m giving up on Boston Legal I should have some space on my TiVo.

Medium: I really like Patricia Arquette’s new haircut. Last week’s episode was written pretty well, so I’m enjoying it.

Ah, Thursday. Where all the shows are. Honestly, why can’t they spread them out over the week? Luckily some are ready to go for me.

Ugly Betty: I got into this show for a couple of weeks, and I may watch it if TiVo tapes it, but it wasn’t that great last week. However, I am eagerly awaiting the arc with Christopher Gorham as Betty’s love interest. I loved him and Medical Investigation last year, so I’m happy he’s back.

Grey’s Anatomy: They lost me at the end of last year, but I have been watching when I can and am still interested. I just have no interest in Meredith and *hate* the show’s “Mc-” lexicon. So stupid.

ER: I enjoy this show and the characters, but I wish that Neela would get back with Ray. John Stamos and his character are lame, and I hate them together. As I mentioned before, Forrest Whitaker was great on The Shield last year doing the samec character he is on ER this year. Let’s leave that character, please. We don’t need a stalker. Hasn’t Dr. Kovac had enough stress losing his wife and children in a bomb? Please, move on and back to actual in-ER cases and characters.

The Office: The best show ever. Enough said.

Shark: I enjoyed this in the beginning, but there’s no real hook to keep me watching from week to week, so I watch it when I can.

Numb3rs: Every time I start an episode, I delete it. I guess there’s too much good TV (thanks, HBO) to bother this year.

Degrassi: Still love it, even though Emma is a really lame character. They need to bring back more of the old crowd too. How about a trip back to see Shane and his nurse, Elspeth?

And while I’m watching TV and movies, I’m knitting this:

28
Nov
06

TV update: After completing the writing portion of my exam/thesis/paper (I have to defend it next week) I’ve been catching up on my huge TiVo list very quickly. Having a few days at home to watch TV hasn’t hurt. Here’s what I’ve been knitting to lately:

Boston Legal: Why have I stuck with this show? I was a fan of L.A. Law and the Practice, and a reluctant viewer of Ally McBeal, but for some reason even though it’s pretty bad I’ve stuck with Boston Legal over the years. I suppose I’m just a fan of James Spader after Pretty in Pink and Secretary. Anyway, they’ve just pushed themselves entirely over the top and around the swing set. All of a sudden every man in the practice is in lust with Shirley Schmidt (Candice Bergen)? In a country that values youth over everything else? I think I’m done.

I tried Brothers and Sisters last week. They lost me with “California Republican”.

The Class: I still love this show. I’m not too fond of the self-made comparisons to Friends, but I do enjoy the characters and got sucked into the Richie/Lina storyline. Hopefully it will continue to be funny.

House: This one I’m also done with. Again. Last year I stopped watching when House’s wife showed up, and then came back, but this year’s addition of the police officer with a vengeance, Michael Tritter. His harassment of all the staff just because House has bad beside manner is too over the top for me. I’m not convinced I’ll be back this time.

Law and Order Criminal Intent: I still love Chris Noth, but his new partner is lame. I still love Goren and Eames, but I’ve relegated this one to repeat season. When everything else is gone, I’ll come back.

3 Lbs: I still want to try this out. Since I’m giving up on Boston Legal I should have some space on my TiVo.

Medium: I really like Patricia Arquette’s new haircut. Last week’s episode was written pretty well, so I’m enjoying it.

Ah, Thursday. Where all the shows are. Honestly, why can’t they spread them out over the week? Luckily some are ready to go for me.

Ugly Betty: I got into this show for a couple of weeks, and I may watch it if TiVo tapes it, but it wasn’t that great last week. However, I am eagerly awaiting the arc with Christopher Gorham as Betty’s love interest. I loved him and Medical Investigation last year, so I’m happy he’s back.

Grey’s Anatomy: They lost me at the end of last year, but I have been watching when I can and am still interested. I just have no interest in Meredith and *hate* the show’s “Mc-” lexicon. So stupid.

ER: I enjoy this show and the characters, but I wish that Neela would get back with Ray. John Stamos and his character are lame, and I hate them together. As I mentioned before, Forrest Whitaker was great on The Shield last year doing the samec character he is on ER this year. Let’s leave that character, please. We don’t need a stalker. Hasn’t Dr. Kovac had enough stress losing his wife and children in a bomb? Please, move on and back to actual in-ER cases and characters.

The Office: The best show ever. Enough said.

Shark: I enjoyed this in the beginning, but there’s no real hook to keep me watching from week to week, so I watch it when I can.

Numb3rs: Every time I start an episode, I delete it. I guess there’s too much good TV (thanks, HBO) to bother this year.

Degrassi: Still love it, even though Emma is a really lame character. They need to bring back more of the old crowd too. How about a trip back to see Shane and his nurse, Elspeth?

And while I’m watching TV and movies, I’m knitting this:

27
Nov
06

So how was your holiday? Ours was nice, a traditional Thanksgiving at my MILs (about 2 miles away) with a lot of The Office gossip and discussion.

I have been knitting a lot, but I appear to be in a manic phase. Not literally, but I keep starting new projects and it takes me forever to finish any. And I still have two that I need to start and finish soon (Shannon’s birthday/Christmas/Easter present – when I’m able to start and finish it, and the socks for my Sock-Ret Pal)!

I really meant to get something done for Norovember but I took the Noro Spring Garden out of my current sweater, and I never got to working on my Lucky Number sweater while I was on vacation in Sebastopol. That reminds me, I had an incident when we were on vacation.

We got into town on Friday night, and I had remembered that I had forgotten to bring my directions and address to the LYS on our trip! But when we were going for the best hamburger I just randomly walked by! I guess I didn’t notice the hours, but of course I wanted to go back.

Saturday we went all over looking for afternoon tea, one of my passions, and I was exhausted since the kids hadn’t slept much at all the night before, so I figured we would do all of our shopping before leaving town on Sunday. (Do you see where this is headed?!)

Sunday we stopped downtown for lunch and shopping, and lo and behold — THE YARN STORE WAS CLOSED!!! I wasn’t able to find a website, but it is called Knitting Workshop, and usually when I do my yarn treks I just walk in and out, thinking I can buy most of their yarn at home, and only buy if I feel guilty or find something amazing. This may be because the store was closed, but I was looking in the window and I just kept thinking “I want to buy that …” “I want to buy that …” I really wanted to buy all the red yarn in the window, and I couldn’t! Denied!

I guess maybe I’ll have to drive 2 hours, have a hamburger, and come back when the yarn store is open. I could do a North Bay yarn crawl. Anyone interested?

21
Nov
06

As you might have guessed, I found my sweater. Strangely enough, even though I had thought I had knit it earlier that evening, it was still in my car! It does look a bit bigger now since I’ve been working on it, but I’ve been perfecting my photo capture lately, so I haven’t spent time on actually taking photos! I’m really happy that I figured out I could plug my all-in-one scanner thing directly into my Mac (I knew it was good for something!) so now I can get pictures relatively easily. I still don’t know how to edit them – is that even possible in iPhoto?

So, today I got called for jury duty. In our county we get called every ((&^* year. Literally. I’m on the November schedule apparently, although I also got called in January this year. So I went in this afternoon, and actually got into a courtroom. So now I have to go back tomorrow, and maybe even Tuesday! This sucks.

I did bring some knitting, however, and started the heel of my Bad Seed socks. I’m bored with socks but they’re easy to carry around. I may get a photo up at some point soon.

Did I mention I’m back in jury duty tomorrow? And no knitting! We’re in court so we have to pay attention. Damn.

16
Nov
06

Thursday Night Knitting Club

I am sooooooo sad! The Office is over for 2 weeks, and it was the most amazing episode! Poor Pam was actually crying when Jim and Karen walked off together. Serves her right, I guess for not calling him the second she broke up with Roy.

Yes, I am obsessed with The Office. I’ve already seen all the deleted scenes and discussed it with the other Super Fans on NBC.com.

In other heartbreaking news – my knitting is missing again! I have a knitting-eating monster (or three, I’m not sure) in my house! I was going to take a cute picture of how I ended up frogging most of my sweater today because I decided it was too busy with the Noro Spring Garden and mismatching reds, so I took it back to the ribbing and was starting over. I came home, did a bit of knitting, then got bored with the kids’ TV and walked off. When I came back it was gone! And I wanted to work on it this weekend!

So instead I pulled out, for Norovember, my Lucky Number sweater. I have now sewed up almost one sleeve and I still have two sides and one sleeve to go. Then I want to pick up ribbing on the neckline and bottom. So boring!

ETA:

I totally forgot that The Office actually had knitting blog fodder! So this episode was when two branches merge, and the new love interest of the main character (Karen) moves to the Scranton branch, and meets the old love interest of the main character (Pam). So Karen comes up and introduces herself to Pam and says “I love your sweater”.:

Then Pam goes “My mom made it for me.” and Karen goes “Oh, I’ve always wanted to learn to knit.” and then gets distracted by their boss.

What I keep thinking about this sweater, besides the fact that it looks storebought to me is that is one great “homemade” sweater! Not your typical “My mom made it for me” item. They’ve already shown Phyllis knitting at work this season (you can see the episode from last week on NBC.com) and last season she made a potholder for her boss, which really did look handmade. Maybe that lame new idea for Julia Roberts doing a movie based on knitting isn’t so far off?

16
Nov
06

I am sooooooo sad! The Office is over for 2 weeks, and it was the most amazing episode! Poor Pam was actually crying when Jim and Karen walked off together. Serves her right, I guess for not calling him the second she broke up with Roy.

Yes, I am obsessed with The Office. I’ve already seen all the deleted scenes and discussed it with the other Super Fans on NBC.com.

In other heartbreaking news – my knitting is missing again! I have a knitting-eating monster (or three, I’m not sure) in my house! I was going to take a cute picture of how I ended up frogging most of my sweater today because I decided it was too busy with the Noro Spring Garden and mismatching reds, so I took it back to the ribbing and was starting over. I came home, did a bit of knitting, then got bored with the kids’ TV and walked off. When I came back it was gone! And I wanted to work on it this weekend!

So instead I pulled out, for Norovember, my Lucky Number sweater. I have now sewed up almost one sleeve and I still have two sides and one sleeve to go. Then I want to pick up ribbing on the neckline and bottom. So boring!

ETA:

I totally forgot that The Office actually had knitting blog fodder! So this episode was when two branches merge, and the new love interest of the main character (Karen) moves to the Scranton branch, and meets the old love interest of the main character (Pam). So Karen comes up and introduces herself to Pam and says “I love your sweater”.:

Then Pam goes “My mom made it for me.” and Karen goes “Oh, I’ve always wanted to learn to knit.” and then gets distracted by their boss.

What I keep thinking about this sweater, besides the fact that it looks storebought to me is that is one great “homemade” sweater! Not your typical “My mom made it for me” item. They’ve already shown Phyllis knitting at work this season (you can see the episode from last week on NBC.com) and last season she made a potholder for her boss, which really did look handmade. Maybe that lame new idea for Julia Roberts doing a movie based on knitting isn’t so far off?




Elspeth

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

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