Knitting and a Movie
Saturday, February 26, 2005
      ( 4:14 AM ) Rebecca  
Thoughts of spring...

So what is the first thing that comes to mind after having more snow dumped on us? Spring knitting!

Well, OK, it's not the snow that did it, it's the new Rowan magazine.

I have to make that top. That will be my spring/summer project. I think I may even be done with my winter knitting in time to start it. #


Tuesday, February 22, 2005
      ( 5:18 PM ) Rebecca  
Strategies Against Architecture

So they took down the building before I got a picture...

(Yep, there used to be a building here)

Now they are starting on a new one:


So I was talking to my friend J about how I gave up Dunkin Donuts coffee for Lent. (There is a DD right under my work). He said to me, "You can't give up a BRAND of coffee for Lent." I explained that I was really giving up sugar in coffee for Lent, as it has been my main intake of sugar (since I am not much of a soda drinker)... and DD coffee is the only coffee I need to have sugar in to drink (well, besides diner coffee, which I haven't had in ages, and my dad's coffee, but seeing as I haven't seen him in a year and a half, I don't think I have to worry about that during Lent). He just shakes his head at me...

Knitting progress is slow. I'm almost done with the increases for the Rogue hood. Please, let me finish this before it gets warm! (Of course, we had snow dumped on us yesterday, so I guess that's still fairly viable).

I am almost to the patterning on Gerbera sleeve #1. I think I will start it at SnB tomorrow.

Because I was in a position where I needed mindless knitting, I started sleeve #2 as well.

SnB has moved to Newington, practically on the Berlin line. That is way too far for me. I hope it moves back closer, or I'll have to limit myself to once a month. :( #


Tuesday, February 15, 2005
      ( 4:43 PM ) Rebecca  
More Ramblings

Happy belated Valentine's Day everyone, hope everyone had fun with their sweeties. We did our Valentine's Day celebration Saturday... I got a GORGEOUS MAC makeover by a sweet guy named Bob who talked about how he used to train horses, and how his boyfriend likes old movies. (Jodi, don't be scared of the cute gay guys in the MAC store, he did a lovely job!) I also spent my work Christmas bonus mall gift certificate on a completely frivolous fancy halter dress that I hope to wear to go see Wicked if I can get tickets at some point. Then we went to Hollywood at the Bijou (this is a second-run theatre that shows a classic movie on the weekends, often Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi films), to see the 1938 Hunchback of Notre Dame with Maureen O'Hara. FUN FUN FUN!

I had wanted to take in-progress pics of the building deconstruction near work, but I kept forgetting the digi camera, and now the building is down. The one next to it is being worked on now, so perhaps I will get a fun picture this week. And maybe some pics of Rogue hood (which I had to frog and reknit several times because I was on row 16 on one side and row 18 on the other side and couldn't figure out what was going on...but now I am back on track), and the Gerbera sleeve, which is still just in the lace pattern but definitely coming along. Will I beat spring and finish Gerbera in time? We shall see. I won't get SnB knitting time this week (Dave has another band practise for Snow Slam, but then I should hopefully be able to show up NEXT week.

After Highland dance class last night, we watched the most fabulous Hong Kong movie I have seen in ages, 2046. No guns (ala Chow Yun Fat), no martial arts, no anime. Just a beautiful love story. Even you non-HK movie fans will love it. Really. #


Thursday, February 03, 2005
      ( 4:16 PM ) Rebecca  
Ramblings on Elder Goths, Demolition, and SnB

I went into Starbucks today and as I put milk in my nickel-more-than-nasty-Dunkin-Donuts-coffee, I heard Cocteau Twins on the radio. How odd. I asked one of the guys behind the counter, "Are you guys having Cocteau Twins on your compilations now?" There is something so odd about hearing them in Starbucks. If I ever hear Siouxsie or Bauhaus in Starbucks I think I will fall down in shock. I tried thinking about my parents' generation and if there was some fringe music equivalent... the closest I could come was the stuff my dad listened to, like The Fugs, and Frank Zappa. No way would you ever hear The Fugs in some big corporate food service chain in the 70's. So what is it with goth and just barely skirting the edges of mainstream? We have the teeny bopper goths with their Hot Topic purchased clothing... so is that trend causing the Cocteau Twins to appear in Starbucks? Or do my local barristas just have good taste in music?

Another observation I had at work today... they are demolishing a building near my office, and you can watch it out the window. It has been going on for some time, and it's really fascinating. Since it is close to other buildings, they can't just knock it down, they have to deconstruct it, piece by piece. Kind of like un-knitting. I watch them knock out bricks, one at a time. I think that would be a really fun job, for about a week. Sometimes I think, wouldn't it be nice to be able to have a few completely different jobs, just for a short amount of time? I certainly couldn't handle being out there in the cold, day in and day out, but there must be something satisfying about being able to take apart a building. That same satisfaction you get from peeling layers of old wallpaper off the walls.

Our Stitch N Bitch group is ballooning exponentially. First there have been hordes of new people on the list serve. And this past week the group was so large it was like some kind of astronomical system. Corine called me a moon, since I was sort of orbiting the edge of the group. Is this a statement on the new-found popularity of knitting? Are knitters taking over the world in some subversive fashion?

I'll get caught up with digital pics soon. I am making good progress on sleeve #1 for Gerbera, I've switched to the larger needles. I'm wishing I was doing it on a circular... I may switch.

With all this talk about destroying buildings, I think I need to put some Einsturzende Neubauten on my iPod. #



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