Knitting and a Movie
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
      ( 7:18 PM ) Rebecca  
Observations on Blogging, Cities, and Other Randomness
There is a relatively new local Stitch N Bitch group in my area. Unfortunately, it meets the night my hubby has band practise, so I've only been able to make it twice. This was my second week. It sure is fun to get an excuse to get out and hang out with girls and knit! Especially because tomorrow is baseball and cub scouts, so it's major boy energy day.

One thing I was thinking about today was that the blog community (and online knitting community in general, with groups like KBTH) has really inspired me to improve my knitting and learn/try more advanced things. I tend to be the kind of person who jumps into a complicated project without realising it's challenging until I'm already doing it. My first cables were my 3rd or 4th knitting project, because I just assumed that's just something you learned like knitting and purling. Anyway, seeing all the lovely things on other people's blogs (like Wendy's) has really inspired me to try working on my own fun projects.

The other thing is a reason I haven't been able to post much is my office just moved from suburbs to a city. Now, Hartford isn't a real city, it's a wanna-be city. I can say this because I've lived in 3 real cities before. Hartford has all the congestion and traffic and big buildings of a city, with none of the culture. In New Haven, you can go get Falafel at 3 in the morning. In Boston, you can go a few blocks and find a fun, good ethnic restaurant. In New York City, you can buy samosas from a street vendor like you can get hot dogs. In any of those cities, you can find a record store in minutes. In Hartford, what do they have? Mall food. In fact, I'm convinced Hartford County is just one giant mall.

I have made some nice progress on Donegal, I'd like to post pictures soon. And I've finished the front of Moss, so now it's on to the sleeves. I was a bit confused by the pattern and where to begin decreasing, and posted a question on Knitters Review. From looking at the schematic, I think you start decreasing after you change to larger needles. I think I will try that.

Movie Review: Kill Bill Vol 2. Yes, Hubby and I got to go on a date to an R-rated movie! I want to see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, anybody seen that? (I know, I need comments, email me at rebecca @ my domain). Anyway, Kill Bill. You either love Quentin Tarantino, or you hate him. I don't meet many people who are on the fence about him. I like Tarantino, he's a good filmmaker, he sets up great scenes with great camerawork, and he's friends with Robert Rodriguez who is just WONDERFUL so he has to be good. He does tend to have icky bits in his films. Like the ear. (If you don't know what I mean, it's really just as well.) Anyway, great filming, great use of black and white, great fight scenes. Icky eye thing. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Shameless Enabling: If Crafters Choice Book Club can tempt me, I can tempt you. Doesn't Knitting on the Edge look like a great book? I may have to get it.

What to do with Colinette Point 5 yarn? I got a few skeins of it from a grab bag. I wanted to make pony falls, if I got fun colours. I got a lovely red/maroon blend which will be great for that purpose, but got 2 other skeins (light blues and tans flecked with bits of blue) that I have no idea what to do with. If anyone has any idea, email me (or I will eventually get comments of some type working). Otherwise, maybe I'll ebay them, as long as I get my money back. It's neat yarn. #


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Monday, April 12, 2004
      ( 6:51 PM ) Rebecca  
Armhole steeks! Huzzah!
I made it up to the armhole steeks this weekend! AND I also started the neck decreasing on Moss. (Isn't it funny when you have multiple projects going and they both get interesting at the same time!) Somehow, it feels like the light at the end of the tunnel, even though I have four sleeves to do (between the two sweaters) before I can be DONE.

I wanted to share my latest (non-knitting discoveries). Discovery #1: Honest Tea. The BEST bottled iced tea ever. I have hypoglycemia and so I really shouldn't have sugar, and I'm trying to stay away from caffeine (my one vice). It is amazing to go to the store looking for a bottled drink that isn't water and isn't caffeinated and doesn't have sugar. Sobe has some non-Aspartame diet drinks that are OK, but not everyone carries them. Honest Tea uses a TEENY amount of sugar, enough to make it not taste bland but without really being a significant calorie/carb/sugar/whatever-you're-conscious-of impact. There are tonnes of flavours, caffeinated or not. My current favourite is a cinnamon Roiboos tea which is really interesting and doesn't taste like a barely-sweetened drink.

Discovery #2: Down With Love. A cute, campy 50's style movie with Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger. It is done in full-blown period style and it so funny and cute. We sort of discovered it by accident, I don't remember it getting a lot of press when it was out. Anyway, go rent this one, you'll LOVE it. #


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Friday, April 09, 2004
      ( 6:31 PM ) Rebecca  
Hot Cross Buns
Today being Good Friday, there was no daycare. I was hoping for a vacation day so I could hang out with my son, and his friend could come over and we could knit garter squares for dog blankets (one of his friends has been asking to learn to knit) but no fun day with the boys. There was too much work to be done. So I had to login remotely and do work all day. I did manage to make the traditional hot cross buns, however.

Due to the above-mentioned busyness at work, I haven't had much time for fun computer stuff. I finally did catch up on digital photos tonight. (I also typed a really long blog entry and lost the Internet connection just as I was posting it, so now I have to re-type an abbreviated version).
First up, Brora Merino for Rogue. Go buy some from Webs while they still have it, it's lovely yarn after it's washed.


Next, swatches. I did multiple swatches for Rogue before I settled on the right needle size. I think I will save Rogue for the fall though, I sure hope it's too warm for that kind of sweater before long. I also did swatches for the stitch patterns for the sweater I posted a photo of last time.


Finally, I really am making progress on my current projects. Moss is my lunch knitting, and I am almost up to the neck shaping for the front. And I'm almost up to the armholes with Donegal:


If you celebrate Easter, have a wonderful Easter. Otherwise, hope you had a nice Passover or nice Solstice, or whatever other spring holidays you celebrate. #


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