Monday, April 30, 2007
Another problem is that I'm ready for a new blog look. Unfortunately for me (and my readers. Sorry, guys), I did not become all computer savvy when I signed up for a blog. I still don't know how to set up links or add buttons over in the sidebar (is that right? sidebar?). I depend on Rick for most technical things, computer-fixing, lawn-mowing, and recycling-sorting included. All right, maybe those last two aren't technical, but I really don't like to do them. Rick has been rather busy for the last year or so, though, what with training to climb Mt. McKinley and all, and hasn't been able to keep up with my computer demands. (And you might not want to look at our lawn, either).
After the climb, Rick has promised that he will be all mine for as long as I need. And by all mine, he means, "Present me with your list of things you need done around the house, and I will do them." I plan on bringing that list with me to Alaska so I can present it to him on the plane ride home. Nothing wrong with using that trip efficiently and planning his course of action, right? Although he'd probably rather use that time to scheme and dream about new mountaineering trips, just like I'm always plotting my next knitting project as I finish up the one at hand.
I think of myself as a feminist. I have no doubt that women can do any job as well as men. And the over-analytical side of me (all right, you caught me, I'm 100% over-analytical) has a problem with the way gender roles play out even in my own feminist household. Like the way Rick mows the lawn and I do the laundry. (But definitely not the way that Rick does the cooking and I manage the checkbook--I like that.) The honest truth is that I'm just not into computers. I don't want to design web sites, I don't want to learn Photoshop, and for your own sake, don't even get me started on MySpace.
So I've decided I'm going to stop beating myself up over being computer illiterate. I'm adding "Update Katie's Blog" to the Rick List. Maybe I'm a lazy feminist. But either way, y'all should have a prettier blog to look at sometime in July or so.
Monday, April 23, 2007
But I know I'll get a lot of use out of this scarf next winter. I absolutely love it, and I plan to knit another one soon in a seafoam or celery or other light green yarn for my mom (she has the prettiest green eyes). I would definitely recommend knitting this pattern in Rowan Cashsoft. After a not very intensive blocking, the scarf tries to curl only a little bit. And the yarn is so soft, I didn't mind wearing it in 80 degree weather for picture-taking.
And also, Forbes Forest is just fun to knit. After a few repeats, the pattern is easy to remember, but like most cabled patterns, still interesting. And on this project, I finally learned to cable without a cable needle. Like I needed a reason to like cables more--no wonder I want to knit this pattern again already.
Now I finally have a pink scarf, and can scratch another New Year's Resolution off the list.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Cat and Mouse
Of course, Loki had partially ripped one ear off before I could take a picture of it in all of its just-finished glory.
Shiva likes it, too.
This was a fun, quick pattern, but next time I won't use cotton yarn. It's too unforgiving with my wonky increases. Not that the kitties mind, of course.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
A promise is a promise (and makes a very long post).
And when I wear my socks with the toes in the right place:
The heel ends up on the side, making Sock #1 look like some kind of specialized goiter cozy.
At least I learned my mistake before finishing Sock #2, which came out reasonably well.
Yup! I bought my first skein of sock yarn. I am officially converted.