Archive for January, 2008

Things I Made, plus other stuff

Oblique is hanging out with the clutter while I finish the last sleeve. At least the clutter is in neat stacks :)
I’m so dainty and careful with my knitting projects. Not.

In other creativity news – LOOK WHAT I MADE!
I’m taking a Northwest Coast traditional basket weaving class . This is my first little basket and isn’t it the cutest thing ever? It’s traditional Haida style in yellow and red cedar – except for the purple part which I accidentally grabbed spruce root for. That’s right, it is hand pulled cedar bark and it smells SO good. The Haida natives live south of Juneau, down in Ketchikan and such. The Tlingit (pronounced Klingit) are native to Juneau, and the spruce root is their stuff. I guess mixing the two was kind of a no-no. Oops.

I also made these yesterday (yum):

And I made this guy awhile ago but totally forgot to post the pics! This is my first snowman built all by myself, if you can believe that. His name is Edgar.
Joe and I redecorated the apartment. He got some fancy posters for Christmas, so the previous wrapping paper Christmas tree finally got taken down and replaced with:

Finally, I didn’t make these. I just think they’re delicious. A whole BOX of them.
And to round out the blog, I’m NOT going running today :) But marathon training starts Monday. Woo, week 1 here I come.



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See :)I apologize for the terrible indoor lighting, but I finished it tonight at 6:30pm and could not wait until better light in the morning to show you! So here she is, partially, in all her unblocked glory.

Eat. KNIT. Run (skipped one today… err). Blog.

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Yarn vomit

I’m so sorry, Oblique. But this is for your own good:
Turns out size 9 works great for the moss gauge, but the lace gauge was way off for me. It’s supposed to be in size 7 needles, but the moss gauge said I needed 9 when I swatched it! ::Pout:: So it’s 2 inches wider than it should be just for the back. Also, the whole time I kept saying in my head Are these lace holes too big? I think they’re too big… Nah, I’m probably just crazy…. I’ll keep going…. but are they too big??

I’m ok with this. I’m ok with this. I’m ok with this. ::Cry:: No really, I’m ok with this. ::Sniff::

But fear not, Oblique, you shall be resurrected from the ashes (or, frogged yarn vomit) and I will be much happier with you and wear you always.

Your Creator

p.s. ::Sniff::

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I keep thinking I should blog more. But sometimes this fabulous life of knitting isn’t the most interesting.

Sometimes my day consists of 8 hours of sitting and moving two needles back and forth watching the skein of yarn on the floor wither away like a starving child. (That was a weird image to equate with yarn). I’m a product knitter. I’m not about the process – I want it over so I can have the product! Yet when I am not knitting I feel like part of me is missing. I think it’s the yarn part of me.

8 hours you say? When do you have time to knit for 8 hours? Well, I’m a perpetual student who doesn’t work (though I applied for a tutoring job – also a desk job where I can knit while answering phones!) This WILL become more than a hobby someday. I figure knitting while getting paid is almost the same thing as being paid to knit, so I’ll just stick with that. Shut up, it totally works.

Some days are more interesting than others. Like the days when I throw the knitting across the room because I’ve effed up the pattern for the tenth time that hour and have to go back three rows AGAIN. That’s when I decide the project is out to get me, it’s just messing with my head. Some projects do that, you know. There are little demons lying in wait inside some patterns that cause you to do the most awful things. Like missing yo’s in multiple places of your lace. Or cabling the wrong way ten rows back, but it’s totally obvious and there’s no way you could pass it as “yeah it was part of the pattern, weird huh.” Or turning the beautiful seed stitch texture into ribs while you were (totally paying attention, but) watching the Lord of the Rings for the billionth time. (I heart those movies).

So interesting is in the eye of the beholder, or something. I just wish I had the motivation to knit in something other than pajamas more often. I’m so fabulous.

Eat. KNIT. Run. Blog.

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Oblique! I heart you Veronik

I’m having so much fun knitting up Oblique so far. I don’t have much else to say, except that the phantom green secret project is hibernating for a couple more days. I can’t seem to put my lovely red Oblique down. I have detailed notes on its Ravelry project page.

Oh yeah, and Lucky? Well she lost. I frogged her. The yarn was not cooperating.

Eat. KNIT. Run. Blog.

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Remember the thing I said I would never do ever again? Running the Rock’n’Roll marathon in San Diego last year? Well, I’m doing it again.

In fact it’s already paid for. How’s that for motivation? But I got a 10% discount!

So I have started training. My lovely friend Johanna has taken it upon herself to show me the cool places to run around here in Juneau. Plus she runs with me! I still think it’s the coolest thing ever when people will run with me. Running alone is okay, but it gets lonely.

Anywho, I’ve decided to document every run. We’ll see how that goes. New YEar’s resolution thing? We’ll try it.

Training Schedule this week: Tuesday, Thursday = 3 miles each – Saturday = 4 miles

Tuesday’s run: WEST GLACIER TRAIL! (I didn’t take pics of the trail really – I LOVE trail running – but then we walked across the frozen lake to the glacier – and that’s me next to an iceberg!)
Johanna and the dog she was taking care of.

Me, the iceberg, and Tucker the dog.
A little map of our adventure:

Thursday’s run: Airport trail along the Gastineau Channel (and the sun!!)
Johanna and friend BJ

This next shot totally made me feel like I was running somewher in a Lord of the Rings movie :)
Then we hot-tubbed at the house Johanna was housesitting for – this was the VIEW from the hot tub :)

Good day :)

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