Archive for January, 2009


Going to Maryland

I’m not (and never will be) a Republican, but this is great news for Maryland: former Lt. Governor Michael Steele was just named the first African-American head of the RNC. A good friend of mine worked with Lt. Gov. Steele while he was serving Maryland, so I have a good association with him, as well as being another “first” in American politics. Maybe we really have turned a corner.

While I was reading this news, I am on my first sleeve (almost done) of my Mr. Greenjeans. I don’t know how much Patons SWS I had to begin with, then I bought 3 skeins from someone on Ravelry. Then I thought I had almost run out and just bought 4 more skeins from someone on Ravelry (that hasn’t come yet), meanwhile the 1 1/2 skeins I have left might just be enough! So I’ll end up having 4 skeins of a yarn I wasn’t that excited about to begin with. I really like the yarn, it’s just not my colorway. In fact, I’m surprised I bought it and made a sweater with it, as I don’t know if I’ll wear it.


I’ve been following the pattern, but already I think the cable part is started too low in the actual sweater part, and I started the cable on the sleeve before it said to, and I think I’d rather have more cabling – like maybe a full sleeve of ribbing with cabling at the end. Maybe when I make my 2nd (yeah, right!)


Kill your television

It happened! I’m actually all tv’d out! Since everyone has been sick (including me) and home from school for 4 days now, not only have I watched everything I care to watch on my TiVo, but I’ve even taped more stuff. I don’t think I can watch more TV today, even if it involves knitting along. I really must be sick.

It’s sad, actually, that the official TV season is supposedly back from the holidays, and yet there is nothing on for me to watch! I don’t watch any of the top 20 shows, so I don’t really care if Lost or 24 or even Flight of the Conchords is back. This year I’ve seen one The Office, and one E.R. and two Friday Night Lights (it’s beginning to get good again!), among other things. So in the lack of “real” television to watch, I’ve been watching every “Comedy Central Presents” I can get my hands on and it’s been fun. If you have some time to kill, you can head to and watch some of the comedians. My favorites are Jim Gaffigan, Steve McGrew, Mike Birbiglia, Brian Posehn, Doug Benson, Dan Mintz and Jackie Kashian.

And BTW, I’m not near the end of my Mr. Greenjeans! I’m on the bottom rib and it is taking forever! I’ve still got a couple of inches to go …


Money for Nothing

I need a raise. Everyone is throwing up and who’s left to clean it up? Me.

And I’m so close to the bottom of my Mr. Greenjeans, I just want to knit.


Be Prepared! (or, Ding Dong…)

So, as I was watching the old guard (literally – have you ever seen more old white men and women together than today on the way to the Inauguration?) come into the stands and be introduced, I couldn’t help but notice that one of the Biden clan had her child in one hand and *her knitting* in the other! Right there for all to see, in infamy, some fake fair isle socks! I mean, I’m sure it will be long and possibly boring, but won’t you be busy paying attention to your 3 year old child all day? I know I’d have knitting, but I’d keep it hidden at least until I sat down to watch that other guy (theme song of the day, “Ding dong, the witch is dead …”) give his leaving town speech. (Hooray!)

I didn’t watch the Inauguration as I had to work (take the kids to school) but I saw the procession and I loved seeing the swearing in even in pictures. I feel like a giant weight has lifted.


Love Explosion

So I actually do have work this weekend (I’m working for my mom’s company and for my mother in law’s company! Talk about nepotism…), but what I really want to be doing is reading “New Moon” by Stephenie Meyer.

Yes, that means I finished “Twilight” today. Here’s my summary of the book:

Edward: I love you.
Bella: I love you.

I like to call it porn for women. I really thought I would read this book and then donate the copy to the library since I don’t have that much storage space, but now I’m not so sure. What if I have a very bad craving for romance? I just have a need where I cannot go on without reading how much Bella wants to be wherever Edward is, and so on?

It reminds me of that really lame book series for sale almost everywhere as an “impulse” purchase: “Porn for Women” (oops, I didn’t mean to use their term!) by the Cambridge Women’s Pornography Cooperative and Susan Anderson. This book/calendar series shows photos of men vacuuming, doing the dishes, etc. It doesn’t do much for me, but I do enjoy reading the hyper-romantic Edward Cullen escapades and just may have to refer back to it from time to time 😉

(Blast from the past – I used to have an admirer named Edward C. as well. And now that I think about it, I had one of those attraction things where you never do get together but each of you is interested with an M. Edward C. also! Talk about kismet. I guess that’s why I love Edward Cullen so much! Okay, maybe because he’s supposed to be perfect, and also romantic to a fault as well.) (How weird – my nickname is/used to be Beth as well – sounds a lot like Bella, doesn’t it? I’m scaring myself here!)

However, the fact that I read *a* book does not mean I haven’t been knitting! I have actually completed a few items this week. I’ve been into hats lately, so I started the Super Bobble hat from The Point yarn store. I took out one skein of Crystal Palace Labrador and was really worried that I wouldn’t have enough. Lo and behold, not only do I have enough, but I have more left over so I made a cowl which I still need to add buttons to. The hat fits, but just barely. If I knew anyone with a baby girl, I’d felt it down for her, but I don’t.

hat and cowl

I also recently completed a Clapotis by Machine. It was fun to try out a “fancy” pattern on my knitting machine, but it is a pain because you move over from left to right and then ultimately have to pick up and move all the stitches over so you have more room to complete the bias knit. I had to move them all over 3 times, and it was time consuming. So my Clapotis by Machine is long enough for me, but very narrow. I still used up 2 balls of yarn on it, though!


I can’t wait until I can pick up that book! Yes, I said it, I’m reading!


Big Dumb Sex

Again, if you knew the lyrics of this Soundgarden song, you’d know why I was singing it right now.

You know that Michael’s has one million coupons, right? Every week a new 40% off coupon. So for awhile I was collecting Patons SWS, the Natural Plum colorway. I’m not sure why, because the Natural Slate colorway is more my speed, but I digress.

I thought I had a lot of it, and I figured I could always go back to Michael’s and get more. So I go this morning I go and they don’t have any SWS, and I don’t know why.

Then this afternoon I get their flyer from my MIL. *All Week* they have been having a 70% sale on, you guessed it, Patons SWS. And honestly, all the other yarn they have sucks, so I see no reason to go back to Michael’s anytime soon.

Meanwhile, where am I going to get more SWS to finish my Mr. Greenjeans? I just got to the rib and cable pattern part. This sucks!

ETA: Ravelry wins again! As we speak I have more SWS flying towards me thanks to another Raveler! Here’s how far I’ve gotten on my Mr. Greenjeans until then…



She said she was jaded.

I had been using song titles for my blog post titles, but the title this quote comes from (it’s a King Missile song) is a bit too raunchy to use. I love this quote, though. And now on to the meat of the conversation:

Finally, a waste of my money I can get behind.


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January 2009