Friday, January 06, 2006

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  • I'm a Joiner

    A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are
    lured and then quietly strangled. -Sir Barnett Cocks

    I'm a joiner. Always have been. When my parents used to call me in college and talk to the best randomly assigned roommate ever (she brought me quiviut from Alaska - who can top that?), the running joke was that I was never there because I was in a meeting. There's nothing wrong with a committee every now and again, is there?

    It turns out that - no matter what we'd like to think - our virtual personalities are a lot like our real personalities. And so I start a knitting blog and join in the fun: webrings, fanlistings, and, of course, the mecca of all joining, knitalongs.

    Welcome to Friday: Knitalong Update on Knitting Underway

    I'm stealing a page from Amanda here and instituting a weekly knitalong update. Friday looks good to me.

    Crossed in Translation
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  • This sweater is so gorgeous. It might be the number one thing I want to knit right now. But currently, the yarn is ordered and I have one skein of Cascade 22o in a blue-teal waiting to be balled up. What's holding me back? Trying to find my swift and ball winder. It's somewhere in this mess. Balling the yarn is on the agenda for today, swatching soon to follow.

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  • I ordered the CIT yarn just before the deadline of midnight on December 31st, and so far, so good. I even visited a yarn store on January 2nd and didn't buy any new yarn. My official Stashalong projects are my Winter Folly and Rogue sweaters. Stashed yarn was 1 and 4 years old, respectively.

    Count Your Socks
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  • Lynda is trying to wear nothing but handknit socks. An admirable goal. She wants us all to count our socks to inspired her. I have a box o'socks (two, if we want to be technical) with 39 pairs of socks for me. Although I currently have 4 pairs of socks on the needles (don't be impressed, it's not like any of them are done), none of them are for me. Since much of my sock collection is several years old, I'm worried that I might go backwards this year.

  • It's NOT a Gift
  • Two sweaters. Both for me. (See above.) Although, my Aunt Carol (Hi!) is making noises in the comments about how I should really make my dad a sweater (Hi Dad!) . . . And I promised Kate D. a new hat with my improved understanding of negative ease in headwear . . .

    Knit the Classics
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  • January Book: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf- Listened to 1/7 CDs. This is quality knitting time. Very relaxing.
    Themed Project: Clarissa is all about flowers, so I'm making Flora in some Wool of the Woods cottony-stuff that is still in skeins. As soon as I find that ball winder . . .

    And a Meme

    Chris tagged me earlier this week to list 5 weird things about myself. Since this is a knitting blog and I am totally obsessed with mildly interested in knitting, I'll stay on that theme. But, before I begin, let me just say that I am so normal. This is healthy. Adaptive. It's good to have a hobby.

    1. I have to-do lists for my knitting.
    2. I have to-do lists for my blogging about my knitting.
    3. I rewrite my lists as I finish things to keep them looking neat and tidy.
    4. I am a (fast) thrower, and have a lot of trouble knitting continental, except when I am doing stranded colorwork. For some reason, I can knit with my left hand just fine when using two colors.
    5. I decorate with yarn.

    It seems I'm supposed to tag 5 people now, but Knitting Underway is a voluntary participation kind of place. We believe in the republic. One man, one vote. Tag yourself and leave a note in the comments.


    Blogger Lynda said...

    I like the "Friday KAL Update" idea - love updates, love to see what everyone's up, love to get inspired!

    1/06/2006 7:19 AM  
    Blogger Chris said...

    Wow! You are busy busy busy. No wonder you have to-do lists for your knitting and blog. Since I can't remember anything unless I write it down, I can't give you any grief about lists. :)

    Hmm, I wonder if Lynda has taken socks wearing out into consideration? Maybe you could get a special award for ending up at 36 after starting with 39. ;)

    1/06/2006 7:40 AM  
    Blogger Jenn said...

    I'm a terrible joiner too - both in knitting and the real world. Must. Do. Everything.
    I'm a lister too - nothting like the feeling of crossing something off your list. I'll admit, sometimes I put things on my list that I've already done, just to have something to cross off. I'm sick. Is there a KAL/support group I can join? Oh wait....

    1/06/2006 10:30 AM  
    Blogger Carrie K said...

    I'm a joiner but then I don't do it! I'm still reading Tess for Knitting the Classics and knitting the scarf I was making for .....something over the summer. But hey, I think I could do a flower for Mrs. Dalloway in Jan.

    That Crossed in Translation sweater is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I've got it bookmarked just so I can watch all you knit it up.

    1/06/2006 12:38 PM  
    Blogger Marina said...

    Oh my, 39 pairs of socks! I can't even do one without messing up :-(

    Can't wait to see what you chose for the CIT knitalong.

    1/06/2006 9:19 PM  

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