Saturday, September 24, 2005

Almost Finished Hat

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Not so instant gratification

Regardless of the fact that I feel that I have nothing to say today, here I go:

I have been a little lackluster about my knitting lately, and therefore a reflection of my life in general, I suppose. I went to the library to get an infusion of yet more knitting books. All the projects I was looking at were large and time consuming. I needed something more instantly gratifying.

Yesterday I started and today I finished a hat by Jo Sharp. It was a style that i wanted to learn how to make. Upon reading the pattern, I decided that the measurements would make far too shallow a hat. I added a couple a centimeters--to my dismay. In the end, I think the pattern knew far more about the proper depth for this kind of hat. Anyhow, I'm working on the duplicate stitch embroidery. Not going so well. I don't know why these stitches are hard for me to figure out. Perhaps it's the scale I'm working on.

So, I like the style enough to make it again, this time properly. Meanwhile, I may and try to find a quick fix for this one because the colors came out so nicely.

When I feel really emotional, It find it hard to knit. I wonder what that's about. That's when I need to knit the most! I'll work on that one today, a beautiful autumn day...

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Knitting Sunday

Now THAT was a really bad poem.

Sundays are generally pretty good these days.
It's the day that I meet with my local knitters.
Well, mostly it's just the 4 of us, but we are really becoming friends.
The best kind, those with whom I really have something in common. Those commited to being somewhere every week to connect.

Portland seems like the rest of the west coast in terms of reliability of it's inhabitants. Not much. I just want people to follow through with making plans to get together and actually do it. It's hard for me to make plans because I never know if when the day and time comes if I'll actually want to get together. But, I do see the neccessity of making plans and I do generally stick to them. Here it seems like folks are always waiting to see if a better option will come along. Or, perhaps an option that will take the least amount of effort to accomplish.

I don't want to be negative but that's where I find myself right now. Maybe when I lose that vibe a bit, things will change.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005


I wore a hat to work today
it made me swing
it made me sway

I felt self conscious to the stares
as if they asked me
do you dare?

I wore a hat to work today
and made a point
to really say

I said I will
I said I dare
For all to see, but not my hair.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Laboring Day

People love to make jokes about the name of this holiday. Here in America, it is now just simply a slightly sad celebration of the end of summer.

Because of my continual traveling these past years, this will be the first time in a long time that I will actually see a change in seasons. The rain will come. The light is already changing. Earlier this summer, the days were so long. The sun was up at 5:30 and set at 8:30 or so. I've never experienced something like that before. So, I'm adjusting again to an apartment on my own (again) and getting up to clouds and less sun.

I'm knitting to pass the time like know one's business. I don't want to make any changes to my place until I've gotten some feedback from friends. I can't see so clearly now about how to do things...

Friday, September 02, 2005

LIfe just keeps changing...

...and changing. Those of you who know me, know what I'm talking about. On the other hand, those of you who do not know me also know this to be true.

The nature of what's going on here in America is blowing me away. The strife in the Gulf states eats at me.

To take a little time from the drama playing out on tv, I went to the library here in Portland to pick up some knitting books I put on hold. So far I rate them (of a possible 10):

Viva Poncho by Christina Stork and Leslie Barbazette:3
Jean Frost Jackets, by Jean Frost: 7.5
Module Magic: Ginger Luters: 8.5 (more for the designer)

I'm looking forward to spending some time trying out techniques from that last book, but it takes time and I often rather just throw myself into a project rather than fiddle around. Hmmm. True of many things.

I knit a quick scarf in Crystal Palace "Fling" in a sort of nude/white mix and combined it with off white microfiber for drape. Came out nicely. Hope to photograph that soon (if my older camera is working okay)

I also remade the lavendar tank top pictured a while back. It was just too plain to stand on it's own for me. Got bored with it, so I added ruffles at the bottom and crochet at the neckline. I STILL have some of that Berocco Smart Cotton left.

The LGBT knit list is offline right now and it's driving me crazy to not have that email.

Watched Finding Neverland last night. Too sad, and not in a way I like...