Monthly Archives: December 2007

not a present

i finished the mitts i was working on.

i..uh..chose to use two different colors. Yeah, chose. that’s right.

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happy chanumasalia, everyone

we basked in the glow of the led lights on the ficus tree and opened presents.  Here we are posing with our pressies:

stolen shamelessly from veronique’s blog

We made mince pies, and bagels, and challah french toast.  Then we napped. For a long time.  We went to a traditional christmas dinner of chinese food, and we are off to the movies.  Happy Chanumasalia!

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to the ladies of america

“It is customary amongst the German ladies to have at hand some light piece of work, with which they can at any time be employed…they consider their knitting or netting needles an indispensable accompaniment. And there appears to be a charm in the occupation that promotes rather than impedes conversation.

Our American ladies will doubtless find the custom one worthy of imitation. Many an hour which would pass tediously if they were forced to find topics of conversation, may be whiled pleasantly and profitably away, by the assistance of some agreeable employment, which interests without engrossing the attention.”

A Winter Gift for Ladies, being Instructions in Knitting, Netting and Crotchet Work, Containing the Newest and Most Fashionable Patterns, revised and enlarged by an American lady. Philadelphia: G.B. Zeiber & Co., 1848

My friend Nina sent me a link to an Antique Pattern Library, a project to scan and post on the Internet needlework patterns that are in the public domain. It’s pretty cool, and always a treat to read about the problems of American ladies 160 years ago. Oh, the horror! Being forced to carry a conversation! Which must be why I knit, to avoid talking. Cause me, I hate the talk.

Speaking of the talk, I apologize for the last post. I thought I had posted about that hat previously, about how I was at my bestie’s house in October, how she had started a hat for her husband, but put it down once she got carpal tunnels, and I volunteered to finish it in exchange for the needles it was on, Addi Turbos (lust!). How I finished it, and I got the Addi Turbos in barter for Will’s hat.

willshat.jpg

hello, my nose is pink. to match my glasses.

Will then sent me pictures of the hat “in action.” I wanted to get all creative about finding the hat in the wild, which didn’t quite work. Can I blame the writing craziness and incoherency on MBA app stress? I believe I can.

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sighted: addibarterhat

While on a jaunt in the woods, something flashed before my eyes.  Not my life, but a rare vision, or so I thought.  “Could it be?” I thought to myself.  “Surely, no!” my interior monologue continued.  “*Gasp* What else could it be?” the little voice wondered.  The addibarterhat, in the wild! Gallivanting among the trees, dancing with the woodsprites, whispering to the wind.   And then, just like that, it stopped.  It found its mate, and it was tamed.

will-in-hat.jpg

freewheelin’, until it was humanized

And now it snuggles cozily under the covers, accepting food and being petted, in its adopted home.

hat on bed

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la presidenta

Due to all of the organization, logistics, and networking I do for the should-really-be-weekly Buffy superstah! club, I have officially been appointed the President. I am studiously ignoring the resounding cries of “duh!” and “dorkwad.”

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productive train knitting

This morning I spent a very productive train ride knitting. Here’s where I was at the start of the commute:

mitts

Mitts For Me, in Malabrigo’s Merino Worsted, color: Pearl Ten (it is purpler than the picture)

And here’s where I was at the end:

mitts unraveled

Turns out I can’t measure my own hand. Even tho the size I thought I was (8.5″) matched up with “Mens Medium” in the pattern, I carried on knitting, figuring that size will out. I remeasured my hand this morning (7.5″). Yup, I’m a standard Ladies Medium. And while I hate ripping out knitting, and I especially hate frogging, my proposed fixes (decreasing about 6 stitches in the next row, or lightly felting it) seemed silly now that I knew I was in error, and not the pattern. Plus, it’s not like I got very far. *sigh*

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