Change of Plans Saturday, May 31 2008 

I had planned to spend this morning out at the Farmer’s Market and running errand at Target. But last night my landlord called to let me know they’ll be painting the hallways and doors, so I’ll need to have my door left open for most of the day.

I suspect the cats will probably hide rather than escape, but I’d still prefer to be here just in case. I’ve still got enough time to head to the Farmer’s Market and The Sacred Well to check on the tarot class that may or may not be happening this June, but Target and Petsmart will have to wait.

On the upside, this spurred me into cleaning the junk out of my hallway and giving it a good sweep, so at least that’s something accomplished. And I’m hoping my Amazon order arrives today, so I’ll have a new movie and some good books to peruse while I sit at home.

Tarot Card of the Day: Knight of Swords

Socks for Seely Friday, May 30 2008 

So, I’m a Bones fan. It’s a great show, love the chemistry, love Bones and Booth. So, when a bunch of knitters decided to knit socks for Seely, how could I not join in?

Socks for Seely

Problem. Here is my progress. These socks? Are supposed to be finished by the end of June. Oh, and did I mention this is sock number 1? And that I’m easily distracted?

Yeah. This could be rough.

Tarot Card of the Day: Eight of Pentacles

Lace Ribbon Progress Thursday, May 29 2008 

In addition to my glorious orange yarn, I’ve been trying to finish up my Lace Ribbon scarf. It’s beautiful, though I’m going to stick to one skein–I think I’d strangle myself if I tried to wear an 80″ scarf. Plus, the orange Litha shawl is growing so fast that I can’t take it on BART anymore.

Ribbon Scarf

I’m so very close to the end. So very close. But I have this pesky little ball of yarn left that will. not. end.

Ribbon Scarf  Yarn

Seriously. I swear this thing has been the same size for the past week, and I worked on this all weekend. I’m sure it will continue to appear like this, until suddenly I run out mid-row. Because that’s just how the Universe likes to taunt me.

Tarot Card of the Day: Queen of Swords

Sun Shawl Wednesday, May 28 2008 

Although this Memorial Day wasn’t the sunniest or warmest, it still feels like the (unofficial) start of summer. So of course I didn’t want to work on heavy, winter-y projects.

I headed out to Piedmont Yarn and Apparel for their sale (who doesn’t love a yarn sale?) and picked up some gorgeous Mango Moon viscose in the most startling shade of orange I’ve ever seen.

Mango Moon Orange

Normally, I’m not an orange fan, but I couldn’t resist this yarn. It’s so shiny and bright, and makes me think of the sun shining on a hot day. I decided to cast on for something to wear on Litha, the summer solstice (mid-June).

Midsummer Scarf (frogged)

I started with a scarf, but after a few inches I realized that just wasn’t what I’m envisioning. I ripped it out and started again, this time with enough stitches to make a stole. I’m using a super simple stitch pattern from my handy Good Housekeeping Guide to Needlework, and this stuff knits up really fast on US11s. Hopefully I’ll have enough yarn, and be able to finish this in time for the solstice.

Tarot card of the day: Knight of Pentacles

Swap and Meme Tuesday, May 27 2008 

Wow, that sounds like it should be some sort of convenience store, doesn’t–only 9.99 at Swap and Meme! Well, that or an adult entertainment company…but let’s not go there.

I took part in a “All About Me” swap on Ravelry, and got a lovely package from No1AliCat!

April Swap Package

She sent me some tea, some lovely local-to-her yarns, a gorgeous bracelet that is eco-friendly and very cool, and a lovely letter and card. I can’t wait to knit up the yarns–I think the white will become a hat of some sort, and I’m toying with the idea of working the varigated into some sort of yoked sweater design. Something cute and summery (such as it is here in San Francisco….”summer” is a term I’m using very loosely) would be fun.

And now, a meme (tagged by running stitches):

The rules: Posted at the beginning. At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blog and leaves a comment, letting them know they’ve been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answer. Play nice, children.

1. What was I doing 10 years ago: I was 15, in high school and not hating it quite yet. I wish I had know then what would happen in the next few years–I had no idea it would all fall apart.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today – not counting work stuff? go to tarot class, wash dishes, take some empty boxes down to recycling, get a seat on BART so I can work on my new knitting project, clean the litter box

3. Snacks I enjoy: I don’t really snack much…berries, especially raspberries, and pita bread with hummus, if I do
4. Places I’ve lived: Asheville, NC; Washington, DC; Arlington, VA; Oakland, CA

5. Things I would do if I were a billionaire: Pay off my debts, travel the world, open a store of some sort (yarn? books? pagan-y stuff? all three?), buy a house with an actual yard, open a shelter for cats where they wouldn’t be so traumatized by being kept in stark metal cages, have lots of pets

I’m…not tagging anyone. Sorry folks, I’m a rule-breaker. Do this if you want, or don’t–just drop a comment if you decide to fill it out so I can go learn more about you.

And now for my new blog feature (duh duh duh)!

Tarot card of the Day: The Devil

Clean your plate, there are starving children in this world Friday, May 23 2008 

So, I recently ran across this article from The New York Times, which talks about the amount of food Americans are wasting, despite the fact that grocery prices are skyrocketing and there’s serious talk of a food shortage.

They linked to Wasted Food that has some really interesting things to say. I have to admit, this is making feel especially guilty, since I’m going to wind up throwing away a bunch of food–at least 3 pre-made salads and possibly some chicken salad–this weekend. Though at least it’s because I got struck with an unexpected flu and couldn’t eat anything, not because of poor planning.

It’s difficult, though. As a single person who lives alone, I find it hard to use up all the food I buy; everything seems to be geared towards a family of four and I just can’t eat it all. One option, of course, is to not buy it but that’s not always realistic. I like cereal, though not every day, and I don’t want to forgo my bowl of cornflakes–but why must they come in a giant box? I bought hamburger buns last week, and I suspect I’ll be alternating between Trader Joe’s bison burgers and chili chicken lime burgers (delicious! especially with guacamole) for a solid week, once I can keep real food down, just to use them all up. Would someone please explain to me why I can’t go to a regular grocery store and buy hamburger buns from a bulk bin (like bagels or rolls) for a reasonable price?

It’s yet another sign of this culture of consumerism–bigger is always better, more is always good. Except it isn’t, because how often do you eat that entire jumbo-sized entree? Or do you just toss half of it in the trash? Does all of that cereal get eaten, or does it languish in the back of your cabinets?

It’s something I’m going to try and be more mindful of, and to force myself to actually cook dinner after work instead of collapsing on the couch without and leaving the veggies in my fridge to die a lonely death. Or at least, I’ll cut them up and put them in the freezer for later.

FO: Mom’s Socks Monday, May 19 2008 

Alas, this FO has no pictures, as I stupidly wrapped up the socks and sent them on their way before  I thought about taking one.

I’ll try and have my Mom send a photo, but the socks did turn out very well. I used Jaywalkers, my new favorite sock pattern, with Lorna’s Laces in Watercolor. The patterning looked lovely, and the socks felt very soft.

My Mom’s been wanting socks for ages–I made a pair of fuzzy slipper socks for her, but I’ve made “real” socks for my aunt and my Dad, so she’s been pouting that she hasn’t got any.  Her birthday was on the 13th, so they aren’t too late.

No knitting Friday, May 16 2008 

I confess. I have not been knitting. Because let me tell you, y’all it is HOT here. San Francisco is in the middle of a heat wave and to be honest, I couldn’t be happier.

Let’s face it. I’m a southern girl. Heat? Makes me happy. I’ve been loving the past few days, digging out my tank tops and skirts and lounging in the sun whenever I can. It is fantastic. The only thing that would make it better is a big glass of sweet tea, but I guess you can’t have everything.

Anyway. It’s way too hot to knit, so I’ve been spending a lot of time lounging on the couch with a good book and just enjoying the weather while it lasts. Mmmmm, I love the sun.

I’ve been bad Monday, May 12 2008 

You know that thing about not buying yarn?

Yeah.

About that…

I had good reasons though! I promise!

Pagewood Farms purple sock yran

How could you not take this gorgeous yarn home with you? So soft. So purple. So elastic. (Seriously. This stuff stretches like woah. GREAT for socks.)

Socks for Seely yarn

And this…well, this I could see leaving on the shelf. But I’ve signed up to do Socks for Seeley on Ravelry, and Bones fans out there know that Seeley loves his bright socks. So this orange seemed like a great bet.

Which, when you think about it, totally justifies the need for the purple. I mean, how long do you think I can knit that orange before my eyes bleed?

See? Totally justified. All of it. So maybe not so bad after all.

Maker Faire Pt. 2 Wednesday, May 7 2008 

So, believe it or not, there was more to Maker Faire than the Yarn Harlot.

My Current shirt

I made a Current tee shirt.

My Current Shirt close up

You could stick different things on the green squares; I found a teacup, a Script Frenzy patch, a circuit, and I dug some yarn out of my bag. My life, on a tee shirt.

Neverwas Haul

Saw the Neverwas Haul.

Cool Gauge

And lots more awesome steampunk stuff.

Creating at Maker Faire

Of course, it’s Maker Faire so you have to make stuff! Like foam block prints, marbled paper, and a hamster in a wheel.

Shopping at Maker Faire

And buy jewelery. Because, really, why not? And a business card holder, so I can corral them like a real grown-up and not have to fish them out of the bottom of my purse.

Purl Drummer

There was a knitting drummer.

Fancy a Cupcake?

And giant, moving cupcakes.

I never wanted to leave.

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