reading trees

I did a LOT of reading this past week. I didn’t start Dune again, nor choose my 500+ book to read but I did finish quite a few other things… I wonder how many trees 1264 pages are… In reality I have finished a bit more, but I am tired and unable to write about the others.

Note: I do plan to read up on “proper” book reviews and work on polishing what I write. I am tried of sounding like a illiterate four year old who can’t string two coherent sentences together. We’ll see if I follow through. I’d rather focus on reading and knitting, but know that practicing writing will help me both here and elsewhere (where I get paid).

  • Folk Socks: The History and Techniques of Handknitted Footwear by Bush, Nancy on 13th Jun 2006
    (112 pages)
    Where to begin? History, knitting, patterns, explanation of various toes and heels. I did read every page (twice)
  • A Wizard Abroad: The Fourth Book in the Young Wizards Series by Duane, Diane on 17th Jun 2006
    (368 pages)
    This was cute. One learns about Aunt Annie (why are all my good mentors/teachers named Ann*?). I think it was good I took this and book Five out together. When read immediately in sequence the actions of this book make five all the more vibrant and living and difficult.
  • The Wizard’s Dilemma: The Fifth Book in the Young Wizards Series by Diane Duane on 17th Jun 2006
    (432 pages)
    This book alone makes me wish I had read the series years ago. This deeper darker work spoke to me more than the others. Especially more than volume four which was a fun play on some other stories I’ve read recently (someone please explain why I love Irish mythology?) I’m not sure how to write without giving things away, but trust I read it, I cried, I held my breath. Yes. For this work. It spoke to me — childhood fears and feelings of helplessness yet of finding a way to help and find some time to do what needs to be done … which is to live life.
  • Slow River by Griffith, Nicola on 17th Jun 2006
    (352 pages)
    Nebula Award and the Lambda Literary Award winner. Lore is an amazing woman looking to find herself. but it doesn’t read as sappy as I’m making it sound. this was a really great read and what I appreciated most was the reminder by Ms Griffith that “This is not autobiography”. So many writers who write anything which reads so personal of the characters one often wrongly assumes that they have drawn from their own lives. Remember
    please that this is not always the case!!

(Written later than the rest of post)
I also found a paperback copy of Dune at the library, but not hardback. I’ll keep looking. I also am trying to choose that 500+ book. Options include: a) finishing Always Coming Home (525 pages), b) A Gentle Madness (668 pages) c) Empire Express (816 pages) or d) Ulysses (783 pages). Note page counts are off of amazon, I’m too lazy at the moment to yank ’em all or provide the proper amazon links. ;)

Crazy Friday

Fridays are always crazy days. Life has been very busy but good this week. May I not screw things up and it continue to be good.

1) gnome is looking for some talented women. personally i don’t like gnome or KDE [i’m a plain & simple kinda gal]. but this looks like an AWESOME opportunity (look at the potential projects). (thank you for the link K!)

2) thinking lots about spinning…

3) i am very happy to see the sun.

4) I think i have to rip out the entire jaywalker. somehow, somewhere my pattern got off by a stitch or two and i can’t figure out where. I’ll examine it shortly over lunch [update: i didn’t actually get to lunch until 5:30 while i was making shabbos dinner. oops!]

5) I have not knit at all on the baby cardigan.

6) I’m probably going to rip the washcloth to make another market bag.

7) lots more i want to post & write about but i have too much to do today and haven’t organized it yet. this morning i ran to shop rite and the vege store, then back out to the post office to mail off b’s birthday present (only two weeks late) and the bank. i’ve remembered to eat a bit, and am about to go make lunch. i promise.

8) vacation in 16 days. i can’t wait!

ribbit ribbit acrylic and cotton and a trip to the candy store..

update: i’ve fixed some broken links and tomorrow may edit this … it’s my blog, i can do that if I want to.

Ok. Let’s see. Not everything has recently been ripped but i’ve come close…

Last week I finished:

half of a Saturday Market Bag for B who turned 11 last week. She’s 11 and I decided she didn’t need the full thing. It’s just over one ball of Sugar n Cream. I have two more so I’ll either be making her mum or mine one.

This week I “finished” the beginning prototype (aka huge swatch). I made this in acrylic b/c that’s all I have lying around. Trust me, I DETEST what it is made of and what it is. I wish I had huge stashed of cotton and wool everywhere, but I don’t. (I’m slowly slowly acquiring). I really like this bag (size small, in red or khaki) and this one (size small in olive or grey) [tho i wish both were available in other colors, such as forest green or periwinkle blue (i think) or dark brown] but can’t quite justify another bag purchase after buying this great bag last January. if I want it, I have to put lots of effort into making it. Since my Singer is in pieces it must be knit or crochet. My ultimate goal is to knit it in cottons or some blend — I want it to be able to be abused and still look halfway decent. I don’t want to spend tons of money on yarns. Anyway. I made the strap too long and it stretched — on Monday had an adventure at work shortening it. (I have a picture somewhere I need to upload). I have yet to weave in any ends and I just untied my knot and seperated my bindoff seam and ripped back about 10 inches. I then had a massive problem. I have a small “emergency” stash of crochet hooks but wanted to do the three needle bindoff b/c I thought it was really cool. Thus: 2 very sharpened pencils and the crochet hook (and I think a sock needle which is what I had with me) can indeed perform a 3-needle bindoff. I don’t recommend using them for general knitting but they uhm work! Anyway .. the bag is a bit too small in depth and the next one i’ll make bigger but it’s getting there. I’m pretty happy with how it’s behaving. I washed it today so now it’s nice and super soft. :) There are a large pile of “mods” and “addons” I still want to do with the bag. It’s kinda fun. Maybe at the end I’ll finally have my *perfect* one bag.

yesterday I actually swatched and then caston for a baby sweater of Bernat cottontots. I swatched but didn’t measure it. I don’t have the recommended needles. I first tried the 7s as i believe i knit tight. hah hah ! i’m no where near gauge. that didn’t stop me yesterday from knitting a good solid 10 rows of the back. Tonight I looked at it and recast on with 5’s. Which is good because now I’m closer to gauge *and* they are circs so hopefully the ends won’t pop off my dpns! We’ll see how it goes. I figure babies grow so fast it’s ok if it’s a bit big for a while, right? Hopefully next week I’ll have something to show besides three rows of knit.

My sock hasn’t had a good deal of TLC lately. I’m worried about the baby sweater and have been tweaking my bag a good deal. [I forgot to provide room for a sock? what wasn’t I thinking?]. Hopefully next week will be better.

Two last bits of candyshop news:
1) I went to Seaport Monday after work. I am very happy they only take cash or personal checks in person and that I only had $15 in my wallet. After much debate I bought a nice set of dpns from Brittany (US 1.5 what a weird size!) — I almost bought the Bryson, but they don’t go down to the size 1s. I think I’ll probably have to frog what I’m working on or just cast on for another sock on our upcoming trip. No one had US1’s … the Brysons are droolworthy but we’ll see how I do with these Brittanys. I just wish their packaging was a bit nicer.

2) Last week I said that the Brooklyn Craft fair was that upcoming Sunday. We all know that I can’t tell time and don’t really read! it’s THIS sunday and I’ve been promised that we can go to The Yarn Tree after and drool at stuff (and maybe just maybe buy some roving to play with).

Ugg. This post is much more meandering than I want. I didn’t sit to start to write it until an hour ago — even though I have spent the past week thinking about what to write. Sorry! I am going to post it in all its embarassing glory (see I didn’t even fix the style sheet for nicer image placement) as a reminder for me to write early, write often, and rewrite.

knitting updates

It’s been quite a while since I’ve actually put some real “of substance” knitting updates here.

Let’s see…

I’ll start backwards.

(Note: many of these are camera phone pics. I have a very OLD camera phone, and it’s slowly falling apart so maybe soon better camera phone pics will be taken. The rest are from my canon s1. It’s very gray outside so the colors are way off. Sorry! And please ignore the dust!!)

My first pair of socks was fun to knit, except that I have a nice knack for tangling yarn. Sock #2 became a challenge and it was very exciting to see the yarn go from:

and my jaywalker has made some progress (as well as enjoyed a walk in the park last week):

this is the “wonderful” template bag i’m working on. Holding two strands of some acrylic together. I could follow a pattern but the thing is if the bag (and size) *doesn’t* work for me, why bother? I think this will be too small as I forgot to include space for sock knitting. We’ll see.

Lastly, I’ve been working on Jodie’s Saturday Market Bag from the June Mag Knits. I really like it, but wish I had a different color of Sugr-n-Cream to knit it in (I have two more balls of this color, ugg, what was I thinking??) I’ve made a few small changes to the pattern and have completed four repeats of the first side. I must say I had a minor heart attack when I saw “Drop yo from prior row”. (You want me to what?!) But I think it’s a good intro to lace — the pattern is pretty easy and I’m enjoying watching it take form. I have that hank of gorgeous yarn from MDSWF waiting to be knit..

As from my reading sidebar I’m looking into spinning. We’ll see. I have some time today (they are fixing our shower faucet) so maybe I’ll try to make a spindle, not that I have anything to spin..

This weekend is the Brooklyn Craft Fair. Looks like fun, I should hide my wallet. :)


I didn’t organize this how I’d like, please deal.

no knitting pics, but please go check out the new mag knits. I’m working on Jodie’s Saturday market bag. :) I just wish I had a better color of Sugar n Cream to use (cool breeze ombre — i don’t like the white)

I just updated to wordpress 2.0.3 please let me know if there’s funkiness. as always, if the style sheet doesn’t load, please press control + refresh. *sigh*

The wonderful E finally upgraded his site. His pictures (and code) are awesome. I love his just sql program. :) We also went and bought him a digital camera body [Canon Rebel XT] ctoday. We played with Nibi for a while and he took this photo of her.

Lots of other stuff I’m working on. We’ll see what this week brings. My goal is to start my plan this week. Don’t hold your breath! :)