gnomi: (knit_before_zoidberg!)
About a month and a half ago, [personal profile] tsuki_no_bara shared a very geeky knitting pattern with me. I realized upon seeing the pattern that I had the *perfect* parents-to-be for whom to knit it. And tonight it (and some additional pieces) was delivered to the parents and the new baby.

So now I can share:Large photos back here )
gnomi: (100_things)
Yarn. I love it. I have skeins of it that will probably never see my knitting needles. I have balls that I bought for projects that I was all set to start but that never made it out of the bag. I've got hanks given to me by friends who were deaccessioning from their stashes.

I prefer natural fibers, but I am not a yarn purist. I believe that synthetic yarns have their place (such as for baby gifts, as I refuse to knit baby gifts that cannot be tossed into the washer and the dryer), but I prefer the ones that have a more natural feel (so, for instance, yarns that are wool-synthetic blends).

My grandmother taught me to knit when I was about nine, and I admire many things about her and her knitting, but I have no idea why she had this seeming obsession with cheap Red Heart yarn. That's not to say she only worked in Red Heart, but there is quite a large quantity of knit objects that she made out of Red Heart that survive to this day.

I like to go into yarn shops and just fondle the yarn. More than once I have come home with yarn that I have no idea what I might want to use it for. It followed me home; what it will become will be revealed eventually.

I will, and have, bought yarn online, but I prefer to buy yarn that I have had an opportunity to feel for myself. So one thing I will do is look in my local yarn shop (LYS), buy a skein or two there, but go online to buy multiple skeins if I am making a sweater, mostly so that I don't buy the whole inventory of a yarn in my LYS and to be sure that all the skeins I buy come from the same dye lot (thus preventing the pitfall of different dye lots looking different when knit into a finished item).

I appreciate [livejournal.com profile] mabfan being tolerant of my bringing home skeins of yarn that have no immediate project designation. And now Muffin and Squeaker are beginning to express interest in my yarn, so I may have to start buying them yarn that will be just for their own use.
gnomi: (mousie_with_bear (lanning))
-- I like being able to use technical skills I haven't used in a while. In the course of one project, I used my knowledge of UNIX, Emacs, and HTML.

-- It's Wednesday, and I'm not sure at all what to make for Shabbat. I shall ponder, because it would be ideal if I could shop tonight and cook tomorrow night.

-- Still pondering the next knitting project. I'm thinking socks, mostly since I haven't done any in a while and they're a good portable project. Also, sock season is approaching (for some values of "approaching," inasmuch as it's mid-September and still in the 80s F).

-- Still no velociraptor attacks in the office since the last (purported) one.

-- Construction season continues apace, as they've torn up the area in front of the main entrance to my work building. For the next few weeks, I'll have to walk around the corner to enter the far entrance.

-- How is it possible that Rosh Hashannah starts two weeks from tonight? Wasn't it just Tisha b'Av?

-- I've started wearing tichels to work (I'd been wearing berets/a baseball cap previous). I'm not 100% sure why I waited until I'd been here almost two months; I'm much more comfortable in the tichels than I was in the hats.

-- Muffin and Squeaker have started attending a playgroup four days a week. From all reports, they're enjoying themselves. We're hoping they'll make some friends who are less than 20 years older than them.
gnomi: (mousie_with_bear (lanning))
-- I know I've been kind of quiet except for announcements of columns. Between Pesach (Passover) prep, Pesach itself, *recovering* from Pesach, and job searching, life's been busy. I'll strive to be more talky here, but no promises.

-- A posting on the Jewish Boston mailing list about someone trying to find a pre-season minyan on Cape Cod made me wonder about early Onset minyanim.

-- I've been and will be again chaperoning a couple's dates for religious reasons. If I have the brain to do so, I'll elaborate more in a later post.

-- I've come to the realization that I really like Shabbat morning Pesukei d'Zimrah (verses of praise, one of the early parts of the morning service).

-- Squeaker was convinced yesterday when [personal profile] mabfan was talking to [personal profile] osewalrus that it was Sabba (Hebrew for "grandfather"; what Muffin and Squeaker call my father) on the phone. I said, "No, that's Uncle [personal profile] osewalrus," and Squeaker just looked at me like I was nuts and said, emphatically, "Sabba!"

-- Muffin decided -- and convinced Squeaker -- that one of their tables, flipped over, is actually a slide like the ones they play on at the park. They now yell "Slide" and slide off the edge of the flipped-over table.

-- Help me. I think I'm becoming a Gleek.

-- Last week, [personal profile] mabfan and I watched the 1952 science fiction movie "This Island Earth." To then get the taste of that (honestly kind of wretched) film out of our brains, we watched the Mystery Science Theater 3000 movie, in which *they* watch an abridged version of "This Island Earth." We were both amused when the robots said almost exactly something I'd said while watching the movie the first time.

-- I'm in that "I have a bunch of things on needles and don't want to work on any of them" stage, but I haven't 100% figured out *what* I want to knit. I may cast on a pair of socks, just because. Or I may knit an elephant. Time will tell.
gnomi: (Default)
-- Bad word choice or the AP making a subtle joke? Belgians continuing to "waffle" over their government.

-- Philosophy from my juice drink (courtesy of mishloach manot): "Don't worry if your tasks are small and rewards are few, remember that the mighty oak was once a nut like you."

-- Muffin and Squeaker are adding to their word list very quickly, though they don't always choose the right word. Our babysitter uses "woogie" as a term for what I call a ponytail holder/ponytail elastic, and when Muffin wants one, she asks for a "pengin." "Pengin" is also what she uses for "penguin."

-- This year's big Pesach cleaning related task? Hunt down all the Cheerios. it's the Great Cheerio Hunt, Charlie Brown!

-- And speaking of Pesach... Dear weather, today is Rosh Chodesh Nissan, the beginning of the month containing the "Holiday of Spring." D'you think maybe we can stop with the wintry weather? Thanks.

-- Hooray for sewing skills. For under $17, I made two sets of blackout curtains for the girls' room, whereas each set of curtains is "on sale" online for $38.

-- Last night I knit a banana. Pictures once I've taken them. Now looking for other food oddities to knit, since the girls now have a play kitchen but as yet limited food.
gnomi: (penguin_chevruta (rjcardinal))
-- Today we have snow. Again. Numbers I'm seeing right now indicate that we got somewhere around another 9 or so inches. Which is not such a large snowfall for our area, in general. Problem is, there's nowhere to *put* the snow when you clear it off roads/sidewalks/stairs/driveways due to the lingering snow from the last storm (and the storm before that... the storm before *that* melted when we had a couple of days in the low 40s).

-- We continued the flow of objects in the Great Clothing (and Stuff) Continuum by passing along a baby swing that has been, for Muffin and Squeaker, just an oddity in the living room/play room for about eight months. I have mixed feelings when we do this -- I feel good, knowing that I am letting another family get the enjoyment of the use of the item, but at the same time I feel nostalgic about when our girls used it.

-- Last night, thanks to the kindness of a friend willing to babysit, [livejournal.com profile] mabfan and I met Mike Brown, the discoverer of Eris (and killer of Pluto). [livejournal.com profile] mabfan has a write-up of our evening.

-- Earlier this week, when the low temperature in Boston was -2F, I knit myself a hat, because I decided it was silly that I had made warm hats for a number of people but did not have a good warm hat for myself. Now I am knitting another octopus, this one for the almost-six-month-old upstairs.

-- Still questing for good winter boots to replace my eight-year-old ones (the zippers have been through too much salt and sand and don't reliably zip any more). My requirements are relatively simple: waterproof, warm, not too expensive. I bought a pair that I was assured were waterproof, and they leaked like a sieve the first time I wore them in last week's wet-mush storm ("wet mush" in this case, was a combination of rain and show and slush that made crazy puddles all over Brookline).

-- I woke up this morning at about 3:20 to discover I was wearing my glasses. The bizarre thing about this is that I have a distinct memory of putting my glasses away and rolling onto my side to fall asleep, and that on-my-side position is not comfortable when I am still wearing my glasses. So sometime between when I fell asleep and 3:20, I must have woken up, opened my glasses case, put on my glasses, and gone back to sleep.
gnomi: (knitting_sock_on_needles)
I have been going through some old knitting projects and seeing what I might want to work on. I came across this scarf, which I remember being a fun project to work on, but I cannot seem to find the pattern anywhere. Can anyone out there help?


Scarf in Progress
Scarf in Progress



It's on US size 10.5 needles in a chunky yarn.

Any and all hints are appreciated.
gnomi: (Default)
[Poll #1659422]

*pareve: neither meat nor milk.

**cholent: explanation here.
gnomi: (Default)
-- Sorry I've been kind of scarce around here recently. I'll try to be better about posting more regularly.

-- I've been knitting much more in recent months. Something about Muffin and Squeaker having a real, set schedule and an actual bed time makes my free time more free. I've made four winter hats for the girls, two pairs of mittens, part of a baby gift, and I have a couple of projects on needles. It feels good to get back to a hobby I love but didn't have brain space for.

-- Our most recent Patch column is up, this time written by [personal profile] mabfan about cars. Or, more precisely, about no car.

-- This is a weird winter so far (yeah, I know it's not yet actual winter; I'm using the colloquial sense): everywhere, it seems, has had snow except Boston. Though [profile] lcmlc reports a dusting of snow on the driveway this morning, and we're supposed to get something this week.

-- Muffin and Squeaker continue to expand their vocabularies. Beside "banana," "this," "that," "Mama," and "Daddy" (or, as Muffin says it, "dah-DEEEE!"), they now say "go," "done," "down," "baby," "beep," and many other words that we're still not 100% sure what they mean.

-- Chanukah is over, and this year -- like other years when the Jewish holidays fall early in relation to the Gregorian calendar -- I have again the dilemma of how to respond to greetings of "happy holidays." My default is "and to you as well."
gnomi: (knitting_penguin)
...or if someone on my friends list was recently bemoaning the inability to locate a stuffed octopus (there might've been a color preference expressed).
gnomi: (Default)
-- We got a lot of snow between Friday and Sunday. It's pretty, but it's kind of treacherous to walk on.

-- I'm having a bout of StupidFoot. In other words, I'm having a recurrence of the random foot pain in my right foot (I last had StupidFoot in May). It makes the snow-covered streets/sidewalks that much more challenging.

-- I'm on vacation from now until I return to work on 5 January. Having time off from work-work, even though it's going to be filled with lots of stuff, is a very nice thing.

-- I spent part of this afternoon channelling Fawn Hall and shredding documents dating back to mid-1999.

-- Tonight, [personal profile] mabfan and I joined [profile] malkaesther and [personal profile] llennhoff at Ta'am China. The crowd included [profile] sorek, [profile] eireangus, [profile] madknits, [personal profile] chaiya, [personal profile] hakamadare, and four or five people whom I didn't know and who may or may not have online presences.

-- Last night was the first night of Channukah. This Saturday and Sunday are Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the month of Tevet. What this means is that we have a Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Channukah, thus necessitating three different torah scrolls to be used on Saturday morning.

-- I can't do a rambly bits post without a mention of knitting, so I will note that I am making good progress on a couple of different projects I currently have on needles, and I am, for the first time in a long time, without an active pair of socks on needles (however, I have yarn for two more pairs of socks, so I'll be casting on new socks sooner rather than later).
gnomi: (mousie_with_bear (lanning))
-- New icon courtesy of [personal profile] lanning. I just couldn't resist the adorable mousie with his adorable teddy bear.

-- A thought question: Who would steal a bottle of hand lotion, a pair of scissors, and a small bag of chocolate off my desk at work but leave the stuff that's actually worth money?

-- Yesterday on the bus in the morning, I saw a young lady take up four seats all by herself (one for herself, one for her feet, and one each for her two bags).

-- The word is "supposedly," not "supposably." Please make a note of it.

-- When did it become assumed that if *you* bump into *me*, I'm the one expected to apologize?

-- [personal profile] mabfan and I have wonderful friends who are generous with their time and their resources.

-- Knitting while commuting is much more difficult when my fingers are encased in my gloves.

-- A book I originally ordered in September 2007 has *finally* shipped and should arrive today or tomorrow. This makes me happy, as it's a book I've been quite eager to read.

-- There's a radio ad (for some government program) in which I know the voiceover voice, but I just can't place it. It bugs me every time I hear the ad.
gnomi: (snow (lanning))
-- It's *cold* -- the high today is supposed to be about 20-25 F, with a wind chill of -10 or so. It's a right balmy 15 at the moment, according to my weather bug. And of course it's supposed to be in the 50s later in the week and we're supposed to get wet and sloppy weather on Friday. Ah, New England. :-)

-- An observation from yesterday: We have a heck of a lot of books.

-- On Thursday, on the way to mandatory fun our office's holiday party, I discovered that a coworker I've known for almost nine years is a major comic book fan. This pleases me.

-- I'm working on knitting down my stash, having now filled five decent-sized bins with yarn (I finally organized a whole bunch of previously unorganized yarn). I found a sweater's worth of yarn (all the same dyelot, even) I hadn't realized I had, so now I have to figure out what pattern I want to use.

-- Does anyone know the origin of the "five things make a post" idea? It's widespread, but I haven't figured out where it started.
gnomi: (knitting_penguin)
-- A friend of mine is interested in finding someone to knit her a skirt. She has a pattern in mind (and she may have a yarn in mind, as well; I'm not sure about that), and she will pay cost of materials and labor.

-- The Israeli Army is looking for people to knit hats for Israeli soldiers. The pattern is simple, but they have requirements for the yarn.

If you're interested in either of these, let me know!
gnomi: (knitting_chicken)
Procrastiknitting: Knitting in order to avoid another project.

Usage Example:

I spent last night procrastiknitting instead of dealing with the paperwork I have to do.
gnomi: (cable_scarf_on_needles)
I have a serious tangle/knot in the yarn I'm currently working with. And so I poll:

[Poll #1256874]
gnomi: (cable_scarf_on_needles)
Yesterday, I went and purchased two different possible closures for my sweater. And now I have to figure out which one to use
Many photos back here )

And so, a poll:

[Poll #1240362]
gnomi: (knitting_sheep (shoegal-icons))
-- After a consult with the brilliant and insightful [profile] madknits last night, I have decided to forego buttons (and, thus, buttonholes) on the cardigan I'm currently knitting and, instead, to use frogs or some other closure. So I'm off to Windsor Button at some point to investigate. And if they don't have what I want, I'll check out Winmill.

-- Another entry in the list of knitting tools I wish existed: three-place row counters. I mean, yes. Keeping track of my hundreds place isn't so hard. But I can do math in my head much more easily if all three places are there rather than having to remember that the "20" on the counter isn't actually "20" but "120" and therefore *is* divisible by 3.
gnomi: (knitting_sheep (shoegal-icons))
Right before Readercon, I started knitting a pair of socks out of Regia's Design Line (colorway: Landscape Storm). I finished the first sock on Monday night while knitting in the company of [profile] madknits, and I immediately cast on the second sock. The second ball started in a different place in the color scheme than the first, but I made the decision at the time to start the sock where the ball started, rather than finding the exact color that I started with before so that I could have an exact matching pair.

Yesterday, I changed my mind, tore out what I'd already done, and started again at the same point as where the first sock started.

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