Month: September 2007 (page 1 of 7)

Steeking Workshop

moblogged imageSteeking Workshop
I am the Hermione of fairisle knitting today! It’s a little embarrassing. Also: other than one lady’s 10-year-old daughter, I’m the youngest person here. Rock and roll…

On the train heading north…

moblogged imageOn the train heading north…
We’re all packed up and on our way to Knitters’ Guild Camp! Wish me and Miss Fee luck as we battle the blue-hairs and practice our mad skillz…


Why aren’t all beer bottles screw-cap? I’d even extend the question to include wine as well.

Good news!

Goooooood news! You remember that job I was going for? I have another interview next Friday.

Congrats to Tony and Molly!

Remember my cousin Tony and his girlfriend Molly, who visited us while they were studying here a few years back? They just had a baby girl! I think some congratulatory Tim Tams are in order.

Porn for thirtysomethings

Wisdom from my friend Sharon: “Reno[vation] photos are porn for the thirtysomethings.” Too, too true.

In related house news, things are still progressing. The bank is sending someone out to do a valuation, which seems to be the last big hurdle. Sadly, I can feel my my hopes for a Halloween Housewarming party slipping away. I just don’t think we’ll be in there in time.

Race Photos

The official Race photos are up, and once again I’m giving everyone the big thumbs-up. Why do I always do that? I must run that way. And jeez, I’m all hunched over in this one. That’s probably when my legs were killing me. (No photos of the Snook, sadly.)

Kavalier and Clay

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
I forgot to mention that part of my sluggishness at the race yesterday may have been due to the six hours of sleep I’d had the night before. Why? Because I was up til 1am devouring this book! Thank you guys so much for recommending it. I was trying to describe it to a friend today: “Well, it’s about comic books. But wait, no, it’s more about the guys who write this comic book. And they’re cousins, and they’re Jewish, and it’s all taking places in the 30’s and 40’s, so it’s also about WWII and Nazis and Hitler and families and radio serials and Orson Welles and Houdini and escapism and surrealism and love and madness… And Golems. Big mythological Jewish superhero thing made out of clay. Just trust me; it’s a really good book.”

You know, I’m kinda glad that I didn’t read the book before now. While you don’t have to know anything about comics to appreciate it, I felt like my recent forays into the world of superheroes (and Bryson’s memories of comics in Thunderbolt Kid) really put me in the right frame of mind. I just found it so fascinating. And now I really need to find some of those Escapist books

Baby Yoda Hat

Funniest. Knitting Project. Ever.
As part of our barter arrangement for the Baker’s Edge pan, I’m knitting a Yoda Halloween costume for Kristen‘s son Alexander. I found a great pattern for a felted Yoda hat along with a crossover Yoda sweater. I finished knitting the hat last week, so it was finally time to felt the sucker. I was a bit nervous… but it worked! Check out the before and after:

Before felting   After felting

How cool is that? I blew up a balloon to the size of Alexander’s head, and that’s what the hat is blocking on in the second picture. Now I just need to get some fabric stiffener so I can make the ears stick out properly. And the jumper’s all knitted; all I have to do is sew it up. I can’t wait to see what it looks like on him!

Witches’ Jars

Another possible Halloween decorating idea: Witches’ Jars. Creepy!