Wednesday, December 28, 2005

IT'S VOTING TIME!!!!

Yes, I've tallied all of the nominations, and programmed a voting page. Congratulations to all those nominated, and good luck to those in the running.

Knit Blog Award Voting Rules
I must start by saying that my programming and HTML skills suck, so hopefully, this voting will go smoothly.

I have been able to limit folks capability for multiple voting, but not eliminate it entirely, so this year's awards may not be the most democratic of Knit Blog Award history. I would ask that you only vote once per day at the most between now and the end of voting.

I also haven't been able to disallow voters from seeing the results of the voting when they submit their votes. I would have preferred letting that be a surprise, but alas, I can't with my limited abilities.

Finally, voting might be a little cumbersome, since you will need to return back to the voting page for each category you decide to vote for and click on the "Submit Vote" button for each category. Not overly user friendly, but it's the best I could do.

Voting will continue until midnight on Friday, January 6th, 2006 (Eastern U.S. time).

Shortly thereafter, winners will be announced and posted to the Knit Blog Awards official website.

Let the voting begin.

Knit Blog Awards Voting

Hopefully, at the least, this will expose folks to a lot of new knitting blogs

Monday, December 26, 2005

Last Opportunity

Today is the last day for nominating knitting blogs for the 2005 Knit Blog Awards.

Nomination Deadline
Tonight at midnight, Eastern Time, will be the last time I will be accepting nominations for the 2005 Knit Blog Awards.

You can read the rules here.

You can send your nomination here.


I'll blog later about Christmas and knitting and other related commentary. Life has been busy setting up the voting and tallying nominations.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Communism vs. Fascism

A couple of comments questioned my label of domestic spying as communism.

Incomplete Thoughts
I agree that fascism is the term I should have used to describe it. I was thinking more along the lines of what the communist USSR was doing to their citizens and not communism as an ideal. Sometimes when I blog in haste, I forget you don't have the benefit of knowing what I'm thinking.

Ironic how President Reagan fought so vehemently against the Soviet practices, and this president feels completely justified.

Blog Awards
First of all, thank you all for your nominations and the comments some of you have included in your e-mails. I don't have the time to administer the awards and also reply back to everyone, so please excuse me if I don't reply to your comments.

One nominater, whose opinion I value, wrote the following:


"I don't know how set you are on the criteria you will use to choose the finalists, but I strongly urge you to use your own discretion, in addition to popularity of nominations. I've already seen buzz on some knitting lists and boards, and get the impression that a lot of people are basing their nominations on friendship or kissing up, and not on which blogs they earnestly think are best. I'd hate to see a blog make it to the finals because someone has a lot of friends on the Knittyboard, instead of someone who has many fans who appreciate their blog outside of their personal relationship with the blogger. I know it's likely that these awards will turn into a popularity contest of sorts once we get to vote on finalists, but I think it would be fantastic if those who make it to the finals get there based on blog quality, as much as is possible."

Ideally, I would have preferred to have an awards committee that would have helped establish the criteria for nomination, helped choose the nominations and vote on the winners. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to organize that this year, and so I settled for a democratic method. I know it's not perfect, but hopefully it will be better in future years.

Current Knitting
I've finished the first of the two sleeve lengthenings on the wool/hemp sweater, and I'm hoping to finish the second one this weekend (despite all the craziness I'm expecting at home).

I also have to decide on whether I'll go back to the lace design project, or start a new sweater. Since I have off of work next week, I think I'll focus on the lace, but we'll see how it goes.

Merry Christmas
Since this will probably be my last post before Christmas, I hope you all enjoy the holiday (even if you don't celebrate it). I figure with pregnant virgins and flying reindeer, you can't really go wrong with a holiday.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Checks and Balances

I feel I must comment on the presidents "constitutional right" and his authorization to allow domestic spying 30 times since 9/11.

What About My Constitutional Rights?
I can honestly understand that a president might want to bypass certain laws to make sure his country is free of terrorists and terrorist acts. But it honestly worries the shit out of me that this president and his administration have no understanding or concern for the downstream impact this kind of decision could have on civil freedoms. Ignorance may be bliss for him, but it's hell for others.

Since his 30 authorizations to allow domestic spying, two important tramplings of civil rights have occurred and been reported on without anyone to oversee.

A protest in February at New York University, with the law school's LGBT advocacy group was classified as "possibly violent" by the Pentagon.

In addition, a "don't ask, don't tell" protest at the University of California at Santa Cruz that featured a gay kiss-in was labeled by the Pentagon as a "credible threat" of terrorism.

Neither of these protests could reasonably be considered as potential terrorism. And even if they were examples of "rogue agents" displaying personal discrimination, they most probably wouldn't have happened if a subpeona had been required to spy on the two groups.

I think that if the president can feel empowered to authorize this form of Communism in this country, then he should be responsible for verifying that it's not abused.

Knit Blog Awards
So far the nominations have been quite popular with blog readers from all over. We've gotten over 100 nominations, and they continue to roll in. You've only got until this Monday, December 26th to get in your nomination.

Check out the rules at www.knitblogawards.com.

Nominate blogs at nominations@knitblogawards.com

Quilt Finishing
Believe it or not, I still haven't sent the quilt off to be finished.

Honestly, I just sewed together the pieces of the backing this past weekend, so now it really is all ready to be sent out...once I get the okay from the finisher I want to do it for me.



Hopefully, it will keep us warm next Winter.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Missing Links

I realized I should have included links in yesterday's post for the Knit Blog Awards main page and for the e-mail link for nominations. Here they are:

Knit Blog Awards Web Site

nominations@knitblogawards.com

Other Weekend Knitting
In addition to getting the body extension done for the wool/hemp sweater, I also did quite a bit of work on the kid alpaca bed spread (you remember...the "faintly fecal" colored one).



You'd never know it, but I actually did over an inch of knitting on this project over the weekend. And that is the reason I decided long ago that I couldn't maintain a blog if this blanket was my only project.

Could you imagine the boredom of seeing this project grow by millimeters?

Christmas Plans
Marilyn had a very atypical, yet wonderful blog entry about Christmas time with the Curmudgeon family, so I thought I'd share my family's plans this year.

There are seven kids in my family, all of whom have either a partner or an ex-partner, and all but Thaddeus and I have procreated. Since my mother lives down the road from me, it was decided that the entire family would come to my home town for Christmas this year. Unfortunately, my oldest brother and his family won't be able to make it, but that still leaves the unthinkable chaos of me and five siblings, five partners/spouses, twelve nieces and nephews and my mom and her husband.

I'm looking forward to it with some trepidation.

My mother and sister are hosting the larger dining events...they are braver women than I am. I'm hosting a mere dessert/coffee on Friday night.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Knit Blog Awards - Again

I have received nominations from about fifty people so far, and already some categories have exceeded the limit of ten nominations. So, the number of nominations for a blog will make a difference as to whether you will get to vote for the blog.

Knit Blog Award Clarifications
Some questions have come up with regard to the rules.

Ted asks, "I have blogs I'd like to nominate for several categories, but I'm puzzled as to why "number of other sites that link to the newcomer's blog" is listed as criteria for any of the catagories other than the newcomers blog. Is that specification is a copy/paste error in these other categories?"

Some of the criteria is common to all the categories. I considered that links from other bloggers are usually a good indication that the blog is one that even other bloggers read, so it would apply to even a newcomer's blog as one of the criteria for evaluation.

Cynthia asks, "Are you exempt?"

Not that I would expect to win anything anyway, but I won't accept a nomination for an award since I'm doing most of the administration of the awards, and didn't think it was fair to include myself.

Cindy and La ask "Did you ever see this site: http://knottygirls.com/jenlablog...index.php? p=175. It might give you some ideas?"

I wish I had been able to find these awards from last year in a Google search before I started this effort. Their categories are very funny.

Marcia asks, "The "Quality of Comments" criteria is a bit confusing. Are you saying blogs will be partially judged on the overall, sheer genius or fucktardedness their commenters? If so, how does one measure that?

One way I evaluate a knitting blog is by the folks that participate in the comments forum for that blog. So, for instance, if I believe the commenters add to the interest of a blog, I am more likely to read that blog.

Jay notes, "It'll be a good launching pad for blogs that people aren't familiar with though!"

I totally agree with this comment. The most commonly nominated blog is one that I had never even heard of until now.

Current Knitting
I did finish the knitting and the grafting of the body on the wool/hemp sweater.



I know the picture sucks, but even if it was clear as a bell, you still wouldn't be able to see where I grafted it together.

Who is this Kitchener and how did s/he come up with such a great technique?

I still have to lengthen the sleeves a little.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

2005 Knit Blog Awards

It's official. I have decided to organize the first annual Knit Blog Awards.

Knit Blog Awards Particulars
The official name of the awards is "The Knit Blog Awards", with an acronym of KBA. Unofficially, they will be know as the Knibbies. Thanks to reader, Gail, we will also have an official website soon, www.knitblogawards.com.

For the first year, the Knit Blog Awards Committee (the KBAC) will keep it somewhat simple. There will be a total of four awards for 2005:

Best New Knitting Blog
Best Technical Knitting Blog
Most Entertaining Knitting Blog
Best Overall Knitting Blog

We will accept nominations for each of the four categories for approximately 12 days. Up to ten blogs in each category will then be put up for a popular vote for the following 10 days. If more than ten blogs are nominated, only the ten most commonly nominated blogs that meet the category criteria will be listed and available for voting.

The criteria for nomination and voting should be as follows:

Best New Knitting Blog
Blog should have been started within the award year, or the prior year. The blog should be evaluated on the following criteria:


- Quality of writing
- Overall look of the blog
- How well the blog promotes knitting
- How quickly the new blog has garnered a regular readership, as evidenced by:
- Number of visitors (if publicly available)
- Number of other sites that link to the newcomer's blog
- Frequency of being mentioned on knitting list and in other blogs
- Consistency and frequency of posting
- Quality of comments (if applicable)

Best Technical Knitting Blog
Blog should be based on the following criteria

- Quality and quantity of useful knitting tips and techniques
- Blogger's demonstration of technical ability through personal knitting projects
- Overall look of the blog
- How popular the blog is with readers, as evidenced by:
- Number of visitors (if publicly available)
- Number of other sites that link to the newcomer's blog
- Frequency of being mentioned on knitting list and in other blogs
- Consistency and frequency of posting
- Quality of comments (if applicable)

Most Entertaining Knitting Blog
Blog should be based on the following criteria

- Quality and appeal of writing
- Blogger's application of writing skills relevant to knitting
- Overall look of the blog
- How popular the blog is with readers, as evidenced by:
- Number of visitors (if publicly available)
- Number of other sites that link to the newcomer's blog
- Frequency of being mentioned on knitting list and in other blogs
- Consistency and frequency of posting
- Quality of comments (if applicable)

Best Overall Knitting Blog
Blog should be based on the following criteria

- A combination of any or all of the criteria for the other categories
- Overall look of the blog
- How popular the blog is with readers, as evidenced by:
- Number of visitors (if publicly available)
- Number of other sites that link to the newcomer's blog
- Frequency of being mentioned on knitting list and in other blogs
- Consistency and frequency of posting
- Quality of comments (if applicable)


Knit Blog Awards Rules
Blogs can be nominated and win awards for multiple categories. While it will be impossible to prohibit cheating, nominators and voters are encouraged to only submit one list of nominations and to vote only once.

I think in future years, I may have to pull together a KBA committee
who will select winners based on committee-determined criteria. This year, it will be based on who can get their readers to vote more.

Knit Blog Awards Dates
Starting today, I will begin accepting nominations for each of the categories via e-mail. Again, thanks to Gail, you can e-mail your nomination(s) to:

nominations@knitblogawards.com

Please submit only one e-mail which can contain nominations for any or all of the categories listed above.

You can nominate the same blog for multiple categories.

Please limit nominations to one blog per category.

So, for instance, you can nominate "Acme Knitting Blog" for Best New Knitting Blog, and "Ace Knitting Blog" for Best Overall Knitting Blog, but not "Acme Knitting Blog" and "Ace Knitting Blog" for Best Overall Knitting Blog).

I will accept nominations until Monday, December 26th, 2005, Midnight, Eastern Standard Time.

After that time, I will set up voting for the top ten most nominated blogs in each category. Voting will continue through midnight on January 6, 2006 and winners will be announced Monday, January 9, 2006.

Knit Blog Awards Winners
Winners in each category will be sent a blog "button" that they will be able to proudly display, and listing on the page for official winners of the 2005 Knit Blog Awards. Franklin has graciously offered to design and create the winning blog button.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Bad Morning

Waking up to sub-zero (Farenheit) temperatures is not my idea of fun.

It Gets Worse
After five hours sleep, I woke up tired and cold, and I had to get ready quickly so I could stop to get gas. My tank was close to empty.

Carefully wrapped in my gay pride scarf (a gift from James last year), I scraped frost off my windshield, and made my way to the only gas station near my hotel. Inserting a credit card, pressing the "regular" octane button and lifting the nozzle, I tried to pump gas, but nothing came out. I try again. Again, nothing.

I move to a different pump...same result. I go inside the little gas-mart, and ask if there are problems. She tells me that she's restarted my pump, but the pumps often don't work when it's cold.

Uh...hello???...it's fucking Albany, NY...don't you think it might be a good idea getting gas tanks that work when it's cold? (I thought this, but didn't say it.)

On fumes, I made it to another gas station. But, of course, I had to deal with unbelievably bad drivers.

Given my reaction to the events of the morning, I realized I was just destined for a bad day, and it probably had more to do with my mood than the actual events.

Knit Meet-Up
I got a chance to sit and chat with Selma (the axe murderess) last evening at the local Starbucks. It is always great to see her.

We pored over the latest Interweave Knits magazine.



Overall, it wasn't very good, and I don't think that I'll buy this issue, although some of you may want to own this issue for one or two of the women's designs.

The two really great designs were both kimono-like jackets. Both had excellent shaping and used great colors. The best of the two had a pleat in the back that was very nice looking. There was also a short-row hat by Veronik Avery that was quite cute (it went along with an extensive article on short-row techniques).

I got a chance to show Selma the "faintly fecal" colored kid alpaca blanket, and one of the Brooks Farms scarves that I did using the Koigu Cross Stitch pattern. Since she is going to be making a similar scarf, I thought I'd show her how to do the stitch, since it's much easier to do than it is to understand from the pattern.

Readers' Comments/Questions
Thank you all for your comments/suggestions on the self-striping yarn I'm trying to spin.

Marilyn says, "I would definitely let the plyed yarn sit for a few days. That might help, although I'm not hopeful."

This is exactly my thoughts about it. I am considering trying to just steam the yarn a little (while trying not to ruin the bobbin) to see if just a little bit more humidity will help the join hold, just so I can get it off the bobbin in one piece. For the next time I attempt them kind of plying, I'm thinking I might run a binding thread along with the colors to have a continuous fiber that will hopefully keep the joins together.

I also like what Carol said. "Sometimes you learn more from that, actually seeing why it doesn't work, than just abandoning the idea."

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

GLBT History 101

Being the self-centered, egotistical queen that I am, I am always surprised when one of my open-minded, liberal friends has never heard of Stonewall, or the fact that gay men were more brutally treated than most other prisoners in the Nazi war camps.



The Pink Triangle
That's why I was very gratified to see Carol's blog post from the other day on the death of a gay holocaust survivor. It's a very moving blog entry, about someone I didn't know anything about, but am glad I do now.

Most of my straight friends aren't aware that gays had their own symbol pinned to their prison shirt, similar to the yellow star of David to denote a Jew. The symbol for gays was a pink triangle. In later years, the symbol was reclaimed as a symbol of gay pride, but I always try to let folks know of the origin of that symbol. Check out more of the history if you're interested.

Current Knitting
I finished securing both rows of active stitches on the wool/hemp sweater and even knit about an inch of the two inches I have to add to the body. The knitting doesn't take anywhere near as long as the separation of ribbing from the body and securing all the stitches. Grafting will also take a little while.

Hopefully the sleeves will go a little more quickly.

I even did a couple of rows on the kid alpaca blanket yesterday.

Weekend Spinning
There's good news and better news and awful news.

The good news is that I finished spinning all the merino singles and wound them off onto individual balls for plying.



The better news is that I was able to double-ply individual colors. It took me a while to get somewhat efficient at the process, but overall, I was quite happy with the result. Don't get me wrong, there is some barber-poling effect at the joins, and I had to slightly over-ply, but overall, I was quite happy with how it was plying up.



The awful news is that when I tried to wind off the bobbin onto a skein, at least 3 out of the first 4 joins came loose...UGH!.

I know a lot of you told me not to waste my time trying this, but I am definitely someone that has to touch a hot burner to know that it's hot. I also think I might be able to salvage this (I mean, afterall, I'm so close!) by seeing if the joins will hold if I let the yarn set up and relax into the ply a little before trying to wind off the remaining yarn off the bobbin.

Otherwise, I'm not sure what I'll do.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Taking The Christ Out of Christmas

It appears as nothing short of ingenuous when a so-called Christian is offended when Walmart announces a "Holiday" sale.

The White House Holiday Card
Did you hear that the Christian right is pissed off that Bush's White House sent out cards that said "Season's Greetings" and a verse from Psalms?

Yes, they see it as another demonstration that folks are de-Christianizing the yuletide, and that the card is just another example of how folks are losing sight of the purpose of Christmas.

As far as Walmart is concerned, I will rely on a quote from Scott Simon of NPR:

"What!?!?, retailers are trying to commercialize Christmas?!?!?

Uh, hello...wouldn't you want to market to the largest possible holiday crowd if you were in their shoes?

If you believe in Christ, please go celebrate a holy Christmas day (even though your savior was actually born in June or July), but please, leave us heathens to celebrate as we will.

Weekend Knitting
I couldn't face working on the lace project, so I went with the closest project I could stand working on.



This is the Bed Spread/Grave Blanket that I started years ago, using a fine baby alpaca that is soft as silk, light as air and warm as hell. The color is hideous, but eventually, I will dye it some other color.

This does have some yarn-overs and right and left slanting decreases, so it's almost lace.

I also put in some work on the wool/hemp sweater that I finished about a month ago



I gave the sweater to my friend Stephen, and it was about 1 or 2 inches too short in both the body and the sleeves. I didn't want to have to re-do the ribbing, so I just severed the body from the ribbing, picked up stitches and I'll insert an inch and a half before re-grafting the ribbing.

I'll do the same for the sleeves.

Blog Awards
Despite all opposition and criticism, I think I'll go forward with this idea. What's the worst that happens? The winners will be blogs I don't like and I never do the awards again? I don't consider that a very big cost.

More details to follow this week.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Blog Awards

Has anyone ever started a blog awards contest specifically for knitting or fiber related blogs?

Historical Awards
At one point, blogmechanics.com had some sort of blog awards, which included a category for knitting or fiber crafts, but they don't seem to be around.

I'm thinking there needs to be some place to nominate and vote for various knit-related blogs. I'd consider running the contest myself, but I'm afraid that even if I took myself out of the competition, my preferenences for others' blogs might sway voting.

If folks would like me to take nominations, I'd be glad to initiate this. Perhaps we could get some clever graphic designer to design a "Best Knit Blog" button that the winner could boast with on their site?

I'd be interested to hear others' thoughts on this.

Current Knitting
Yesterday was a very busy work/social day, and I got absolutely no knitting done. I did however, re-teach a friend up here how to knit. He's actually quite good at it with very little practice.

Other Weekend Fiber Activity
I finally finished spinning all the different colors of merino singles.



Okay...so I have a little bit left undone. I will be done with all the singles this weekend, and I will hopefully get a chance to experiment with plying. Wish me luck.

I did do some additional work on the lovely tan roving on the Robin wheel (no, that's NOT it's name...I don't name inanimate objects...who the fuck would do that?).



When I get a chance to dedicate some time to this incredible wool, I really think the result is going to be exquisite.

Monday, December 05, 2005

More Blog Fame

Hey...check it out! I've been quoted again, this time by Bust Magazine.

Men Knitting Article
Kelly Schindler has an article in the current issue of Bust Magazine on guys who craft.



I found the magazine last night at my local B&N, and it's an extremely well researched and well written article on guys that play in the fiber arts. She mentions many of the male knit bloggers, like James , Jon, Tricky, and Jerry Gaiser. She also gives a lot of well-deserved publicity to the guys at ThreadBear Fiber Arts

I did an interview with Kelly months ago, and she wasn't sure if the article would ever get written or published, so I had completely forgotten about it. What a nice surprise. I have Kristin D. to thank for letting me know about the article. She sent me an e-mail over the weekend with the particulars.

Wow, I feel as famous as Lily and Annie.

Current Knitting
I got a little side-tracked. A friend asked me if I could modify his commercially-made open-finger gloves. All of the fingers were open at the end, but the thumb wasn't and he wanted me to open it. The gloves also had a mitten-flap that he wanted removed.

Removing the mitten-flap was easy. It was loosely sewn on. The thumb was a little more difficult. First of all, there was a thin leather covering of the palm that extended up the thumb, so I had to be careful not to unravel past where that was sewn on. The glove was also lined with Thinsulate, including in the thumb, so it was hard to get inside the thumb.

I ended up just snipping the top, unraveling down to the leather patch and binding off with the unravelled yarn. I don't know what he'll think about the Thinsulate sticking out.

I did no work on the watchcap or the lace.

Blog Gifts
I don't know how James does it, but he sent out a bunch of Christmas gifts to blog friends, and again, knit all of his wrapping materials. I was lucky enough to be one of the recipients.



His lovely card from New Zealand had some wonderful comments as well. What a great guy.

Knitting Sucks!

Or at least mine does lately. Quilting is starting to look better and better.

Current Knitting
I restarted my lace project...again. This time, I cast on and knit a few rows in plain stockinette stitch. Then I purled one row of slippery yarn, in a color that easily contrasts with my laceweight merino. Then I put dozens of stitch markers wherever they would help me keep my stitch pattern correct.

Then I mysteriously found two extra stitches, dropped about a dozen stitches while trying to fix that and said "fuck it!"



I will go back to it this week, but I had to put it away for a while before I burned the yarn.

I cast on for a simple ribbed watch cap for Thaddeus so that I could have some mindless knitting to work on.



It's hard to see the rib because of the color, and harder to see the size since it's on a 12 inch needle. I will finish the hat this week before I restart the lace AGAIN!

Readers' Comments/Questions
Concerning the new lace project, Marilyn asks, "Is this lace pattern knitted lace or lace knitting? That is, patterned on one side or on both? Patterning, e.g., yo's, on both sides can be extremely taxing, especially if you find you have to include a yo in a decrease."

Since it's on both sides, I'm assuming that would be lace knitting. And yes, "extremely taxing" is a mild descriptive of how I feel about it right now.

Lisa asks, "I understand the theory of a safety line, but not actually how one does it--you thread the dental floss or what have you through a row of stitches so that you have something to rip back to?"

The safety line gets threaded through the active stitches, not knitted in as you go along. The technique works best when you're working on a cable needle. Ever five or ten rows of successful knitting, I move all my stitches to the thinner cable between the needles and thread through a slippery yarn.

Duffy asks, "You mentioned yesterday that you think the chart may be off. Have you considered taking the instructions and doing your own?"

I'm pretty certain it's my knitting, and not the chart that's off (I was just trying to blame someone else). Once I understand this stitch pattern a little better, I will probably rewrite the 8 row pattern repeat in shorthand, so I can remember it more easily.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Blogger's Resentment

It's my own damn fault. If I'm going to freely offer my help, then I shouldn't be resentful when I get stymied by blog reader ignorance.

Blog Reader Don't
I got an e-mail from someone this morning, who has never read my blog, but found it during a Google search for a Charlie Brown scarf pattern. She wanted to know if knew where she could find such a pattern.

I don't know of any such pattern, but I thought she might want to know how she could make her own knitting graph to make an intarsia Charlie Brown herself.

So, I explain in great detail how she can print off her own knitter's graph paper, and then print a graphic of her choice onto the graph paper.

I also make the suggestion that she could knit a plain pale yellow scarf with a zig-zag black stripe, to look like Charlie Brown's shirt.

When I go to send the e-mail, it comes back that her e-mail address doesn't accept mail from anyone outside her mailing list.

If you really want to piss off a blogger, this would be a good way to do it.

Current Knitting
I've hit another milestone in my lace knitting. I knitted and ripped out five rows of lace knitting.

I'm debating whether I should just give up on this pattern stitch and do something else, but being the stubborn idiot that I am, I will try at least one more time.

This time, I will put in some stitch markers to help me keep track of where I am. I also fully anticipate using the "safety line" technique once I get up to about 10 rows or so.

Other Fiber Activity
This past weekend, I made a small amount of progress on the blue spruce merino. I know I've said this before, but I'm hoping that I finish it this weekend.

Readers' Comments/Questions
Cheryl asks, "Well aren't you glad that Thaddeus didn't love Phoenix?"

I don't know how we got so lucky, but Thaddeus and I have very similar taste when it comes to things like movies and interior decorating and places to live. So it's no surprise that neither of us wanted to move to the Phoenix area.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Meeting Celebrities

If you want to be interesting, be genuinely interested.

Bad Manners
At the concert the other night, there were two local on-air personalities from the local NBC news affilliate sitting behind me. Since the concert wasn't in the area where I stay, I didn't recognize them, but a man in front of me did, and pointed rather drunkenly at them and said, "Hey, you're the news ladies...I don't even know your names."

Both of them smiled politely and nodded. They were clearly used to dealing with idiots on a regular basis.

At intermission I was chatting with one of them, and she was very nice. I found that by asking her questions about her, she found me extremely interesting. She seemed to appreciate being able to let down her guard a little, and also appreciative of non-glaring attention.

Current Knitting
I've had to completely rip back the lace knitting twice now, and I'm starting to get frustrated. I'm actually thinking that the initial pattern stitch I've selected might require more concentration than I currently care to give to it.

I've just re-completed the first three rows, and now I'm struggling with the fourth row again. At least I know I have the correct number of stitches, but this row in the pattern graph just doesn't seem to look right. I think I'll just carry on and hope for the best.

Completed Reading
I forgot to mention in my description of the book The Traveler, that the author mentions The Panopticon a number of times. Even though I've been reading Franklin's blog for a while, I never took the time to find out what Panopticon actually meant.

I still have no idea how Franklin named his blog, but the concept is interesting nonetheless.

Readers' Comments/Questions
Regarding the Barenaked Ladies, nod asks, "Why didn't you want to meet the band? They are super nice."

Actually, they seem like very funny, genuine guys. I was just still feeling a little intimidated at my lack of BNL music and history.

In response to a comment from Shelle, Frank writes, "I live in Phoenix, in a lovely community called Moon Valley and I don't happen to think it is a pit at all."

I agree with Frank, and I don't think Phoenix is a pit and that most areas have at least some crappy areas. I didn't mean to disparage Phoenix at all. It's just not the kind of place that I would choose to live.