Knitting and a Movie
Monday, October 31, 2005
      ( 9:20 PM ) Rebecca  
Happy Halloween
Ponderings on American food and cars...

Jodi was complaining about the addition of gelatine to American yogurt, which I agree with whole-heartedly. But it occurred to me, as I made súrmjólk, that the American dairy industry just doesn't know how to make proper cultured milk products. "Cultured milk" AKA buttermilk here is this disgusting runny mess that obviously has either been overheated or not left long enough to culture (and I'm wondering if milk was even started out with, it more seems like it was some combination of milk and Stuff). I'm thinking that maybe yogurt is suffering from the same runniness problem and that's why they feel the need to add unnecessary thickeners. I really just don't get it.

What else I don't get (on the holiday where candy seems to have the centre stage) is why licorice isn't popular here. Luckily, Ingi is sending me more Djúpur so that's good. It's probably just as well you can't get Djúpur here, actually. ;) And also, why does no one use marsipan here? Another weirdness. I was thinking about that because I was looking at a really yummy sounding christening cake recipe that has marsipan and you just don't see it much in the States. Why? Instead people buy cartloads of prepackaged junk foods. When he was here, we were behind this family in the supermarket queue where almost everything was some kind of packaged sugary mess. It was unbelievable. I kept thinking, what a great way for him to perceive the States on his first visit.

But the ultimate in excesses? No, it's not cartfulls of Yoo-Hoo and Ding-Dongs. It's SUVs with TVs in them. I was behind one for a while yesterday, and again today. Come on people, your children can NOT go 5 minutes without watching TV? What's wrong with them? Or you for that matter? And let's take away the fact that these people are rotting their children's brains while spoiling them to no end. What really gets me as a fellow driver is that it's incredibly distracting! Shiny moving objects just at my eye level in the car in front of me. If you want to put a TV in your car and rot your children's brains, do it where other drivers can't see it. Mobile phone bans? How about TV bans?


Wednesday, October 26, 2005
      ( 7:08 PM ) Rebecca  
And another movie post...

Funny, semi-fiber-related beer commercial. As if Égils beer wasn´t unappealing enough.

I've been watching the Tipping the Velvet miniseries. It's pretty fun, although a bit on the non-mainstream side... I had heard the book was good but never got around to watching it.

Another movie on the warped side was Secretary. One of the best films I've seen in a while. I kept getting it recommended to me and kept thinking it would be weird. I'm glad I finally broke down and rented it.

I've been working all night so I think I will go take a bubble bath.


Tuesday, October 25, 2005
      ( 11:33 PM ) Rebecca  
Sokktóber, Hluti 2
Nýir sokkar

So the best intentions and all that.... I started on Slip Stitch Sock #2 but the yarn is so brittle (seems to keep snapping) that I am desperately afraid that the finished sock won't hold up, and that just wouldn't do with all that work. So I'm not quite sure what to do, and while I try to decide it goes back to Roswell (AKA UFO Limbo). I'm still desperate for nice warm socks, so I got some cheapie sport-weight yarn from Smiley's and am praying I got enough for my socks. (I have no patience for small needles and anyway, I like warm socks!) I really wanted to make socks like Helene's, but I couldn't track down the Rauma book. So a nice person on Knitter's Review Forums charted the design for me, and I reverse engineered the sock. I figured a few rows of ribbing, then the multicoloured design in reverse stockinette (so it will fold over nicely), then back to ribbing. So I'm onto the ribbing bit, design done. If the socks are a success, I will write up the pattern and post it in the free patterns section.

I've been listening to RAS2 streaming at work lately. I heard a great Cowboy Junkies cover of Bob Dylan's License To Kill (I think it's from Infidels, the album nobody has but me and one of my friends.) today. I may have to get that new Cowboy Junkies album, it was a great cover. And it beats American radio. Why is it that in countries where there are handfuls of radio stations that they still have better musical selection than America's thousands of radio stations? Blows my mind.

Onto the countdown again. 8 vikur í dag.


Saturday, October 22, 2005
      ( 7:08 AM ) Rebecca  
Scariest knitted item EVER!

Just in time for here for the scary picture! Come on, you want to!

In the meantime, I have found my sock stuff and am ready to go with that. I watched a Firefly marathon and worked on my lopapeysa last night. And I broke down and put the heat on for a bit yesterday, it was 11 C in here.


Wednesday, October 19, 2005
      ( 6:37 PM ) Rebecca  
Socktober, or The Revenge Of The Second Sock
(sounds like a horror movie, doesn't it?)

Well, I did it, I signed up for the Socktober knitalong. I am going to dig up that second sock stuff and finish it, darn it! (It is a slip stitch sock in Shetland yarn from one of those sock books or other, I'll have to find the pattern when I find the sock stuff so I can remember.) I may even get carried away and make Norgi-inspired socks as well.

Meantime, I checked Lopapeysan against my finished Rogue and she is doing just fine, sizewise. Whew! I got worried when people on the bus kept asking me if I was making it for a child. "No, honey, I just weigh under 50 kilos." So the gauge error turns out in my favour (isn't that a Monopoly card?)

Work is so busy I can't think straight. I don't remember what else I wanted to post, so I'll just leave you with this great WWN link.


Monday, October 17, 2005
      ( 7:32 PM ) Rebecca  
Hooray for Internet and buses!

So spontaneously Sunday morning, my internet just came back. I'm SURE it was something on their end they were sorting out, but not man enough to admit. So I'm still peeved at Comcast but I'll stay with them for now, because of inertia and all that. And they ARE giving me a credit.

Took the bus to work today, how lovely. I got so much knitting done. Don't think I can make it to the stop on time every day, but it was so worth it just for the one day, to not have to drive in aggravating traffic. And then there was the walking drink cup downtown. (New sandwich chain opened up. If I didn't have enough reasons to avoid them, a giant walking soda cup is going to make me run screaming. Like Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, only less organic.)

Speaking of vegetables, go see the new Wallace and Gromit movie. Grand fun, as expected.

The dog has been taking to removing the purple bathmat from the green bathroom. Some people might say she was just chasing the cat, but Ingi and I agree it's offending her fashion sensibilities. She has taken on the role of Canine Fashion Vigilante. So don't come to my house in your stirrup pants and Flashdance shirt or you might get herded right out the door.

With the high oil prices, I haven't turned on my heat yet. Íslendingur minn tells me I am a wimp (in much nicer words) for being cold. Yeah sure, it hasn´t been 1 C and snowing here yet. But my house STILL gets cold, no matter what he says. So my thoughts are turning to knitting socks, which I hate. Something about socks just strikes me as infinitely boring. I think it was that extended sock kick I was on a while back. It's like eating too much chocolate. Scratch that, there's no such thing as too much chocolate. Anyway, I remembered I have one half finished second sock kicking around someplace. So I think I need to track it down and finish it up. Because my handknitted sock collection is getting kind of thin and they would be just right in this chilly house. And I might even be able to convince myself to make a pair of lovely semi-patterned socks like these.


Saturday, October 15, 2005
      ( 6:50 AM ) Rebecca  
Sentimental Sweater

Well, if you wonder why you haven't heard from me in a while it's because I was busy with Ingi's visit and then right before he left my cable internet went out. I am hating Comcast right now. First they changed basic cable to Sucky Cable by taking away any of the handful of decent channels we got. Then my internet went out and someone has to be home even though most likely it's an exterior problem. It's been out since last Saturday. I had to wait until last night to get someone to come to look at it after work hours (since things are too busy at work to take time off and I can't exactly work doing web programming at home with no internet). He was supposed to be there between 5 and 8. At 7, it was pitch black, and no sign of the cable man. I called and they said someone had cancelled the service order which is bullshit because no one else is at my house. Now they can't send anyone until Monday during the day when no one is home. I MAY be able to get my mom to come, but not sure. So I'm here at the library, with no idea when I'll have internet at home.

Ingi gave me a copy of Hudson Wayne's new CD. Anyway, there is a song there called Sentimental Sweater (good song too, good album really). The funny thing with this band (I've seen them twice) is that there is a girl that plays just about every instrument, and sings too. Every song she pulls out a new instrument. (If you don't want to buy the album, you should be able to hear the song on either site.)

And the other reason for the title is when you are missing your islendingur the best thing to do is make a lopapeysa. So I started the lopapeysa that I got the yarn and pattern for a little over a year ago. It's making good progress. I didn't do a gauge swatch, so it's coming out rather small, but seeing the smallest size in the pattern was medium and I like small sweaters it may turn out to be a good thing. I like working with Alafoss Lopi, it's way nicer than Reynolds Lopi.



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