Archive for August, 2007

25
Aug
07

What’s black and white and read all over?

Why, this pun-filled yarn from Crystal Palace!

You can see why I’m drawn to it, but Little Knits has a minimum of $25 per order and I just couldn’t justify buying more yarn to myself.  I’ve been doing the online yarn store cart thing again, but been very, very good and haven’t bought more yarn.  (Now trading, destashing or helping someone destash, that’s another story …)

(P.S. The yarn brand is called “Maizy” and it’s corn yarn, and the colorway is “News” and it’s from the joke in the title. Hilarious!)

24
Aug
07

80s Redux

Recently I’ve been on a movie watching kick.  I am one of the few people who does not (plan to) have a Netflix subscription, but I have DirecTV, TiVo and HBO, so I get tons of movies, and watch what they give me.  Besides the many Lifetime/WE movies I’ve been watching (I swear I only watch them if there is an actor in them that I like. They’re all pretty much the same, although I admit to enjoying “Lucky 7” with Patrick Dempsey just a little bit too much.

There have been a lot of “older”, you know, dinosaur aged movies, from way back in the ’80s (I swear, DL said that once!) on as well that I’ve been enjoying.  I watched “Some Kind of Wonderful” again and it really didn’t hold up as much as I would have liked (who could ever see Lea Thompson as a teenager? She’s looked the same since “Howard the Duck” and never particularly young).  I also watched another Lea Thompson movie recently and I have a funny observation for you:

We have 8 more years until we’re in flying cars.

Remember “Back to the Future”? Well, Marty McFly went back 30 years to 1955, then Doc Brown went forward 30 years to 2015 and remember, “Where we’re going we don’t need roads”! Scarily enough all the actors from that movie look exactly like they did 23 years ago, and we’re 8 years away from those flying cars he spoke about!

Then again, wasn’t “2010” “The Year We Make Contact”?

23
Aug
07

I got tagged!

Thanks to Carrie K, I not only get to officially work on a meme, but I get to play a board game too! Here goes:

The game is SCATTERGORIES … and it’s harder than it looks! Here are the rules:
* Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the questions.
* They MUST be real places, names, things … NOTHING made up!
* If you can’t think of anything, skip it.
* You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question.
* If your name happens to start with the same letter as mine, sorry, but you can’t use my answers!

My name: Elspeth

  1. Famous Singer/Band: Espers
  2. Four letter word: ecru
  3. Street: Easy (joke, and also a street in Maryland!)
  4. Color: Eggplant
  5. Gifts/Presents: Earrings
  6. Vehicle: Elantra
  7. Things in a Souvenir Shop: Engravings
  8. Boy Name: Edward
  9. Girl Name: Emma
  10. Movie Title: Every Which Way But Loose
  11. Drink: Earl Grey tea
  12. Occupation: Editor
  13. Celebrity: Eve Plumb
  14. Magazine: Entertainment Weekly
  15. U.S. City: Erie, PA
  16. Pro Sports Teams: San Jose Earthquakes
  17. Fruit: Elderberry
  18. Reason for Being Late for Work: earthquake (I live in California!)
  19. Something You Throw Away: Eggshells
  20. Things You Shout: Egads!
  21. Cartoon Character: Emily Elizabeth from Clifford

Boy, that was hard! I guess I need to get more practice on my board games, but my friend always makes us play Compatibility so we don’t get much practice on others.

The hardest part of being tagged is tagging someone else, and as most people don’t tag other people anymore, I think I’ll do a couple and see if they feel up to it. So how about Batty, Erica (give her some reference librarianship practice!), Jenny, Jennifer, and Lu.

Have fun, and thanks again, Carrie!

22
Aug
07

Eek!

I’m just about done with my stash reorganization project, and it turns out I have *over* 586 skeins of yarn! (Plus 2 cones.) But doesn’t my stash look great?

(BTW, the top box is open above because those are the skeins I’m destashing, and the ones on the bottom box need to be put in the bottom box and I’m lazy …)

I just have this little bit left to document, but at least it’s in boxes and not all over the place.

And this is what I’ve been working on while watching the multitude of movies I’ve taped to my TiVo from IFC:

I’ve got at least one more tangle of yarns I need to get to, which will include my Brilla yarn, among others. There goes 5 or so more skeins to add.

When I’m not at home organizing, I’m crocheting. I’ve run out of yarn for my 3rd Red Scarf 2008 so until I can get some more, I’m back to my 2nd Red Scarf 2008 that I have tons of yarn for (4 skeins of Red Cotton Ease not including the 2 I’ve already used on this one). Here’s #3, which I like a lot:

ETA: AAAhhhh! I just found yet another skein of red Cotton Ease! I have 6 skeins I’m not doing anything with, not to mention the black and yellow I have too, and I don’t even like that yarn! Don’t even get me started on the Palette, which I think is fading down to one or two.

P.P.S. I wish I knew how to do the linethrough in HTML/XML, whatever language the kids are using these days.  The latest count is 622 skeins, plus one small box and one pile of tangled yarn left.  Double eek!

20
Aug
07

Major catastrophe!

You are not going to believe this, but we used to have 4 remotes that worked, and now we are down to *zero*! Two remotes got smashed today (don’t ask), and now how are we going to watch TV? How am I going to get any knitting or any other household chores done without my TV and TiVo? Oh, the horror ….

On a better note, I have been busy documenting/organizing/preserving my stash and I have one and a half totes full to go.  Yesterday I was a bit “worried” because I had less yarn than I thought I had, but fear not, I currently have 477 skeins plus a cone documented, and I’ve got more to go! No pressure to knit it up 😉

18
Aug
07

CIPing!

After having crocheted in public for about 2 weeks (off and on, in between dyeing and drying yarn) I finished my first Red Scarf 2008! It’s made of 3 skeins of Knit Picks Andean Silk handdyed by me (in a very, very volatile colorway), and the outer edging in Pingouin Pingofrance that I got from a trade recently. It was a fun crochet project, but I’m glad it’s done. I hope even if it’s not the most gorgeous scarf my recipient knows it’s made with love!

15
Aug
07

The Dark Side.

Well, I may be moving over (slightly) to the dark side. I am enjoying my two crochet projects, and am looking forward to doing a few more with my ever more organized stash. (Thanks, Ravelry.)

I went a bit stash crazy yesterday (and allowed the kids to go nuts too, boy did I spend time cleaning up after that one.) and organized maybe half of my stash. Now I know exactly what I have (in that half), even if I’m not exactly sure where it is. And I’ve put most of it into ziploc bags so I won’t ruin it by letting it sit there and get unwound. My only problem that is I have too much yarn. I don’t want to get a Flickr Pro account, but I’ve run out of space for my photos (you’re allowed 200 in a free account). So I have photos up for what I can and the others are blank. At least I have more of an idea what I’m working with.

I’ve also been busy with my Swap-bot swaps, 2 of which are in process, but one you can still sign up for (no pressure 😉 ). In case you’re still on the fence about Swap-bot, you’ve got to see just one of the great packages I received recently! I joined a “Quick Weekend Swap” where you send someone three items out of a list of maybe 15 and someone else sends you something. If’ you’ll look closely, you’ll see there are more than 3 in my package, including handmade address labels just for me! She also made me a handmade notepad in the middle there (with the pink center).  I love Swap-bot! Off to make more mix CDs …




Elspeth

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

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