Thursday, March 29, 2007



Do you ever just feel ridiculous about your passion for knitting? I often feel this way around non-knitters. I think they just can't understand why I'd want to learn to knit socks when I can buy six pairs for the price of that sock yarn. Or why I am physically unable to hang out watching a football game without some needles in my hands. Or why I think knitting is F-U-N fun. "It's so fun!" I tell them, and they don't believe me. You just have to be a knitter to understand.

But do you ever feel ridiculous around other knitters? Like maybe you're a little too gung ho about the sport? Last night, while I was knitting during a break during class, a girl in my class sat near me and mentioned that she knits, too. This girl, I might add, is cute and casual and just cooly dropped a line about knitting.

How did I respond? By acting like she is my new knitting best friend, of course! You'd think I don't have a blog for ranting and raving about knitting, because I could not stop talking about it. I asked her what she likes to knit, where she shops for yarn, what kind of yarn she likes, if she has used any patterns from Knitty, if she prefers circulars or DPN's, and on and on and on I went. She patiently answered all my questions, so I kept going. I hope the girl isn't too afraid of her new stalker knitter classmate to come back to class.

I mean, it's not like I'm travelling all the way to Alaska to see the Yarn Harlot or anything. :)

I managed a second inappropriate mention of knitting again today. Central Oklahoma had some serious weather for awhile this afternoon (Cue Gary England and Mike Morgan for the battle of the weather stations!) While I was visiting a patient at one of the local assisted living facilities, an announcement was made over the intercom to bring all the residents to the designated tornado drill locations IMMEDIATELY! Because THIS IS NOT A DRILL! I rushed my patient to what must have been the safest of all the hallways in the building, and attempted to find out what was going on, but nobody knew for sure. All they knew was that the building was locked up per protocol and I was not allowed to leave. So I called Rick.

"What's going on? I'm locked in the assisted living and they won't let me out."

"Well, that's a good thing, because there's a tornado four miles away from you."

"Shit." I said. "I should have brought my knitting in from the car."

That comment received more than a few puzzled looks from residents and staff alike, who were all hoping to learn more about the situation from the lady with the cell phone. Instead, they discovered that the home health nurse is driven to swearing at the mere thought of being separated from her knitting during a TORNADO! Whoops!

(And for reals, y'all. I'll post knitting pictures up next time I post. No more photo-less posts when there are finished objects laying around. Happy weekend and carry your knitting with you in case of tornadoes.)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Let's celebrate with sleep! By eight o'clock maybe? Please?

I finally thought of two more things to be happy about to round out my list of ten:

9) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be 784 pages!
10) And even more importantly, today is my seventh wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Rick! Hopefully next year, we won't greet the morning of our anniversary with exclamations of how much it sucks being awake. :)

Monday, March 19, 2007


Just a quickie...

Just a quickie to let everyone know I'm still alive, and also to perk myself up a little. I've been working twelve- to fourteen-hour days every day for a couple of weeks and have been a little tired and cranky (Read: bitchy, ready to snap, and carrying sharp-ass knitting needles. )

So here are some of the good things that have happened in the last two weeks:

1. I made my reservations for sea kayaking in Resurrection Bay off the southern coast of Alaska. (Come on, June!)
2. I convinced my husband that the Knit Picks Options needle set is indeed a very romantic anniversary present.
3. The Bradford pear and redbud trees are absolutely gorgeous and make me so happy as I drive around all day.
4. It's been warm enough to get outside and go for long walks.
5. I finished my blue Malabrigo scarf.
6. I finished my first pair of socks...sort of...but I'm counting them as done, dang it!
7. My cats are the cutest. kitties. evah.
8. My mom made us a lasagne last night.

Hmm. I wanted a list of ten things, but got stuck at eight. Leave it to me to be unable to think once food is mentioned. Mmm...lasagne....

Will hopefully have pictures of FO's soon.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007



I'm afraid I don't have much knitting to report on. I've been working a lot of extra hours the last couple weeks, and will continue to do so for another couple. Normally, I don't like working long hours (I much prefer my time with knitting needles over my time with medical needles). But I don't mind the extra work right now because I need the extra money: I'm going to Alaska in June!

I am so, so, so excited about this trip. I'll be meeting Rick in Talkeetna when he returns from Mt. McKinley, but before that I'll have my own four-day hiking/biking/kayaking adventure.

And there's even more good news: I'll be in Anchorage on the exact date that the Yarn Harlot will be there on tour! So I guess I'll get to attend a second book tour and have some good reading for the plane ride home! Squee!

In the meantime, I'm slowly but surely working on the socks and hope to have a finished pair soon. Now I really want to learn to knit socks, so I can take some sock yarn with me to Alaska for a small, portable project. Has anyone taken their knitting with them on a plane recently? Are sharp metal knitting needles really allowed in a carry-on? If not, I have a very long twelve-hour flight ahead of me. I suppose I could at least carry some fondling yarn for comfort... :)

Thursday, March 01, 2007


These heels need turning.

I am loving the Magic Loop. I love it so much that I couldn't wait for the next sock class (which is just in two days, mind you) to continue magic looping. And since I had completed all my homework on the first sock and didn't really want to try turning the heel sans teacher, I placed the first sock on some stitch holders and started magic looping Sock #2!

Now I have two partially completed socks! I can't wait to finish these and cast on for another Magic Loop project (more socks, ya think?). Since I've learned how to magic loop, I've been looking at patterns that call for DPN's in a whole new light, and have been fighting the urge to buy all new circular needles with 40" cables.....

Wish me some knitting luck for Saturday's sock class!

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?