Yes, it's a knitting blog, but you may also find the following: some kvetching, copious amounts of general blabbing, and occassional snarkiness. But mostly it's all about the knitting. Probably. We'll see. Hmmm.

Friday, July 16, 2004

Darn that cosmos!

So, I've been in kind of a funny place lately. I haven't been able to do any serious knitting, changes are going on at work that are both exciting and a little weird and stressful, etc., blah, blah. Even the food has been off. I get home today, and I need something to eat, fast. Weeks and weeks ago, M (boyfriend) inexplicably brought home a box of blueberry PopTarts. "Eww," I then thought. "Yum, it's the only thing that can possibly satiate my hunger!" I thought today. "Ooh! Milk! Nothing on earth would go better! It'll be more nutritious that way (read: I will be actually be ingesting nutrients if I down some milk with this)!" The Tarts are popped, the milk is poured, -dunk, dunk dunk- I take a big, sopping bite, and realize the milk has turned just to the point of taking on a deeply cheesy-but-not-yet-sour flavor. Craving. OVER. Is it the cosmos trying to tell me to eat a damned apple? Oh, yes, I think so too.

Monday, July 05, 2004

Happy Belated Fouth of July!

I hope you had a great weekend! For me there was a great amount of knitting:

this is my Rowanspun Miracle sweater pre-weekend. Now that I have the first set of darts in the back section, it should be getting done a bit faster. And then there's this: Posted by Hello

Mom's surprise socks. My fingers ache just looking at it.  Posted by Hello

Ooh! And then M and I went to see Fahrenheit 9/11, which was incredible. The tundra tapered keyhole scarf is nearly off the needles, and I'll be so happy to get started on Knitty's Hush-Hush. It's a lot more "of the season".

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Mmmm...Summer knitting.....

One of the greatest things about living in the Bay Area is that the climate is super temperate. It gets cold but we don't get really any snow (when we do it makes the news), and it is never terribly hot (though we did get a two-day heat wave three years ago with temps reaching 103). Once a year or so, we get a lightning storm that sends my neighbors out onto their porches to watch. Bless their hearts, they ARE NOT weather hicks. That said, it is really funny when a magnificent flash of lightning crackles across the sky and is met with "WOOOOO....hoo!" somewhere in the dark. Don't laugh- it wasn't me, I swear. Anyhoo, it is on this temperate morning that I realized that the things I'm knitting are all pretty cold weather-oriented. The new Knitty is out, and it is all very hot cha cha. I've got a scarf on the needles ready for the tundra.  Posted by Hello

Pretty, though. Manos Del Uraguay, mmmm...
Knitty's "Hush Hush" is just about my speed. The part about wearing it with my dungarees has me ready knit it up, throw it on, and go party in the fog!

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Eureka! I have found it! Again!

For the past couple of years, I have had a few skeins of Rowanspun DK (in "Gremlin" green) in my stash. Of course, I decided I needed more in order to make a sweater AFTER it was discontinued. Well, I'm here to tell you, friends, that the half-assed search for more of this yarn has joyfully come to a surprisingly successful end! YES! You CAN still get it, and without having to throw yourself at the mercy of the EBay gods! And the new stuff even matches the old stuff perfectly. So, here's what I'm all itchy to knit today:

Okay, this picture is just going to have to stay sideways. Flipping it right-side up doesn't seem to be an option for my poor old computer. So I'm going to pretend this is how the sweater will look when I put it on and lie on the couch. Posted by Hello

I do dig this pattern. I'm a little, shall we say, chestier than yon hungry model, but I think it should fit great.

Also, on a non-knitting note, I just found a company that sells small, very cute plush toys modeled after the microbes that give us the common cold, ebola, and baker's yeast, among others. My dear friend, who teaches Nutrition and Sanitation, as well as food science at a culinary school just received "Shiggy" the Shigella toy today, and boy is he adorable. That is, until you remember that the real shigella is an intestinal illness resposible for 140 million cases a year of stomach cramps, fever, a generally, um, "poopy" feeling, caused by someone not adequately washing their hands before handling your food. I'm going to have to get the yeast toy, though. He's really pretty adorable, and in real life, gives us the gifts of bread and beer. Thank you Sacchromyces Cerevisiae!

The WeatherPixie

Monday, June 14, 2004

And introducing, well, me.....

Hello! So I decide to finally start my own knitting blog, and I begin suffering writers block and technical difficulties at the same time! Until I can figure out how to crack into my profile page and actually write in it, I thought I'd start by introduce myself right here.Without any further ado, my "26 Things" (100 seems a little personal):

1. I live in the Bay Area, on an island that looks out onto San Francisco (no, not
2. I have been living here with my boyfriend of five years for the past three years, "in sin" as some of the relatives like to say.
3. No plans for marriage just yet. Sin good. Bwaaaaaah Haaaw Haw!
4. That said, we just tell people who ask when we're getting married that we are now engaged. It seems to satisfy most of them.
5. M (boyfriend) and I have the same dentists, and they really want to come to the wedding.
6. Those satisfied with the engagement lie now want to know when we are going to start having kids.
7. I've got a major case of baby envy.
8. I have been knitting steadily (and voratiously) for the past three years, after a couple of false starts.
9. I am a pastry chef by trade.
10. And I teach that trade.
11. I am in love with my job.
12. I really want to have my own pastry shop or dessert bar someday; but I also feel the need to have a really kick-bootie yarn shop.
13. I firmly believe that dessert shop yarn bars are the wave of the future.
14. I try not to watch the nightly news, ever. It gives me a headache.
15. Reality shows give me a stomach ache.
16. Reality shows centered around restaurants awaken an urge within me to yell at the television set and huck my shoes at the wall.
17. I have what some call "75% Syndrome"; I get mostly done with a project, then either frog the whole thing because I have discovered I won't ever where that type of garment, or get close enough to sewing it all together and decide to drop it for reasons unknown.
18. I have so many WIPs that I am now that I am experiencing a needle shortage.
19. I do not have long attention sp
20. M and I have three cats of differing sizes and no dogs.
21. The biggest one looks just like Snowball II from The Simpsons.
22. I do not have cable.
23. It irks me that you have to have cable to have Tivo, otherwise I would have Masterpiece Theater and Nova to watch whenever I like.
24. I fully admit to being a nerd. For what it's worth, if I did have cable, I would be watching most of what the BBC has to offer (I love The Office), and Iron Chef. And Good Eats- Alton Brown, you ROCK! Ooh!Ooh! And Spongebob, but that's it.
25. Since nearly everyone I get introduced to asks me what my favorite dessert is (due to my job), I'll go ahead and tell you: it is currently the lychee shake with blueberry tapioca pearls that I get at a tiny almost unknown Vietnamese restaurant in Oakland.
26. Clowns scare the bee-JEE-zuss out of me. No joke. And no pun intended.

So, I guess that's going to be it for now. I actually do have some knitting stuff to enter, but I need to take better pictures first. Ta, Ta!