Pride Weekend Monday, Jun 30 2008 

Wow, I had no idea I’d be so busy this weekend! I had planned on not doing too much, but that went out the window pretty quickly.

Saturday I headed out to Knit One One for knitting and plotting all sorts of shenanigans with friends. (Including a potential source of fleece–not that I spin, but still–and potential ideas for integrating magic, healing, and knitting.)

After that, I headed into the city to meet up with more knitters at the Dyke March. It was packed, of course, but we did find each other and knit away before the march. The march itself was fun, although I started out by myself. But near the end I ran into some people from CAYA Coven, which was great. It was also freezing which sucked, considering the general scantiness/lack of clothing.

Sunday I decided at the last minute to march with the  Chasing Amy Social Club. It was a blast, though I fear there are now somewhat incriminating pictures of me all over the internet. I went to Civic Center after that, but the crowds and sun were too much for me, so I headed off to get my eyebrow pierced. So far it looks great–I haven’t had any redness or swelling at all.

Unfortunately–I have no pictures! I took my camera but was so busy I didn’t take any photos…and I’m not sure I’d want to post any of them anyhow! Now I just have to stay awake today…and remember next year that I should take post-Pride Monday off!

Tarot Card of the Day: Princess of Cups

No time to knit Friday, Jun 27 2008 

Wow, the past few days have been busy! I was out late at tarot class on Wednesday, and last night was a Geek Girls dinner with some of my coworkers. We weren’t quick enough to get in to the official Bay Area Geek Girls dinner, so we made our own with delicious wine and food. Then we headed to yet another bar for a co-workers birthday, so by the time I made it home I was in no shape to knit!

I’m skipping out on so many things tonight, because really I just want to go home and decompress. It’s Pride weekend, so I know I’ll be out all weekend, and I need a break! (I also need to do laundry, but that’s far less exciting.)

I’ve got several things I’m hoping to finish up in the near future, plus some super secret knitting to work on–if only I weren’t stuck at work all day. Alas. But I’m looking forward to spending tonight curled up on my couch with a movie and some yarn; it may not be the most exciting Friday in the world, but it sounds just about right.

Tarot Card of the Day: Eight of Pentacles

Stash Enhancement Thursday, Jun 26 2008 

First of all, let me say that I’ve been doing really well on the whole not buying yarn thing. I have, honest. I’m about to take a break from the no-yarn-buying to get a start on Christmas presents, but that doesn’t count of course.

But then someone posted a link to the Luna Flickering Flames Skirt and I just couldn’t resist. The skirt is gorgeous!

Elann Luna

I broke down and ordered the yarn from Elann, and it arrived last night–just as beautiful in person! I’m trying to be good and finish up a few things before I start, but it’s so hard. I just want to dive in and start knitting!

Tarot Card of the Day: Six of Pentacles

FO: Socks for Seeley Wednesday, Jun 25 2008 

They’re finished! Hooray!

Socks for Seeley

The socks turned out very well, and I love the brightness of the colors. The photo is a little more muted, and this layout makes it even more so, but I assure you they are a very vibrant shade of orange.

Now all I have to do is write a little note and care instructions, and put them in the mail. Maybe next time I see them, they’ll be on TV….

Tarot Card of the Day: The Emperor

The End is Near Tuesday, Jun 24 2008 

The end is near, the end is near!

No, not the end of the world! The end of Socks for Seeley! Unbelievably, I am almost done. I was seriously worried for a while there, but I’m well into the toe decreases and should finish them up tonight. Then I can pop them in the mail this weekend!

These seem to knit up much faster than Dad’s never-ending socks. I’m not sure if it’s because they’re the second pair of men’s socks, and I was prepared for how ridiculously huge men’s feet are and had geared myself up for it (and made sure to buy enough yarn) or because I wasn’t suffering from holiday deadline sluggishness.  Or maybe I’m just a faster knitter than I was a few years ago.

Aside from the socks, I’ve got lots of project ideas swirling about in my head–there are so many things I want to cast on for, but I really do need to finish some first. I’m starting to be slightly more project monogamous–as I make more things for myself and wear them, I’m inspired to actually finish projects and not just start them–but it’s hard. I’ve actually knit myself in to a corner–I put a limit on how many things I’d work on, but now I have no commuter-friendly knitting! Even the one small project I allowed myself to start needs a chart. Oops!

Eventually, I’m sure I’ll dig up something commute-worthy, but in the meantime I’m enjoying re-reading the Harry Potter series. How does Mrs. Weasley knit all those sweater? I know, magic, but still. That’s one impressive bout of knitting. I’m kinda jealous.

Tarot Card of the Day: Eight of Wands

Molly Weasley Syndrome? Monday, Jun 23 2008 

So this weekend was hot. HOT, I tell you, at least on Saturday when my apartment was a sweltering 86 degrees. It was lovely for a few hours, then I just wanted AC. Since I spent most of the day collapsed on the sofa in front of a fan, occasionally trying to get the poor overheated cats to eat some ice (turns out cats don’t like ice) I decided it was the perfect time to watch some movies.

Given my extreme lack of motivation to do anything requiring movement, I managed to work my way through all five Harry Potter movies. As always, this inspired in me the desire to a) eat British food (as I am apparently somewhat freakish in my love for it…but how can you not love such deliciousness as Shepherd’s pie and Yorkshire pudding? Or scones? Who doesn’t love scones?) and b) knit Christmas/Yule gifts for everyone. Call it Molly Weasley syndrome.

I’ve already started dreaming up ideas–I’ve knit things in the past, but I took a break last year and declared it a craft-free holiday for my own sanity. I have a small family, though, so I think I’m going to make a go at doing sweaters for both my parents, and lots of socks for my aunt. I’d make her a sweater too, but she doesn’t wear them so there wouldn’t be much of a point.

Oh, and did I mention that both my dad and aunt have birthdays in November and December? So far I’m looking at several possibilities.

For Dad I’m thinking It’s on the Tab, Malabrigo Loafers (which I think are similar enough to moccasins that he’d wear them), and maybe a keyboard duster and something to hold his thermos on the way to work and keep it warm.

For Mom, I’m looking at The Roll Neck Tee (it’s the one in red), and some facecloths with fancy soap. She thinks knit dishcloths are cute, so…

For my aunt, it’s tough–so many socks! I’ll probably do washcloths for her as well, and I’m considering some sort of reusable market bag. I like Hedera, and then maybe some plain-ish socks with self-striping yarn. I’m not sure–how many pairs of socks are roughly equal to one sweater? Yeesh.

Not to mention, I still have to finish the Socks for Seely (I did knit on them this weekend, despite the heat, and am into the foot on sock #2, hooray!) and a super secret project for someone else…and repair a coworker’s hat, and potentially work on a Starbuck hat for someone. Oh, and finish some of MY sweaters!

The more I look at this the more I think I need to get knitting! Yeesh. Molly Weasley syndrome is a dangerous thing indeed…

Tarot Card of the Day: Princess of Pentacles

FO: Litha Shawl Friday, Jun 20 2008 

Happy Midsummer/Litha/Summer Solstice!

I finished this a while back, but I haven’t had a chance to take any good pictures. This picture isn’t good either, but I figured since it’s Litha I needed to wear this and take at least one photo.

Litha Shawl

Ignore that it’s crappily taken in the corner of my office.

The shawl turned out great, and it works to wear in many different ways–including tied around my waist like you see it here! Hopefully I’ll get a chance to take some better pictures this weekend, and work on writing up the pattern.

Tarot Card of the Day: Knight of Wands

Midsummer Musings Thursday, Jun 19 2008 

I’ve been trapped in my apartment the last two days, as maintenance was being conducted and trying to do some cleaning. I’ve been running across the idea that your home is a reflection of yourself, and that you can’t be fully confident until that’s settled quite a bit lately, and it’s starting to guilt me into cleaning.

Another reason I’m cleaning, at least the kitchen, is because I want to make yummy treats for Midsummer. Which got me to thinking–the summer solstice is widely touted as the “official” start to summer, and that’s kind of confusing to me.

The summer solstice. Midsummer. It’s right here in the name–it’s the longest day of the year, and it shouldn’t that be smack dab in the middle of summer? Who decided this was the beginning? And why?

In terms of holidays, it always seems to me like Beltane/May Day is really the beginning of the summer season, and Lughnassad is the end of it. So why do people insist on making mid-June the beginning?

I’ll take a leap and assume it’s based on school schedules, since many places don’t get out of school until June, creating a summer from June-September. But it just doesn’t feel right to me and I wonder–are we that far out of touch with the seasons and the Earth? We bend the seasons around the dates that are convenient to us, but shouldn’t we be listening and observing what the Earth is telling us?

I think we’re finally realizing this–interestingly enough, I see a trend of listening to nature emerging most clearly in the culinary realm, with more and more chefs and restaurants focusing not on exotic imported ingredients, but on fresh, local, seasonal meals. I just hope this awareness continues to spread.

Tarot Card of the Day: Five of Cups

Limbo Tuesday, Jun 17 2008 

So last night I came home to find the hallway all taped off, as if it was ready to paint. Now, I know that the doors of all the apartments are going to be painted soon, but I didn’t know when.

I wasn’t able to get a straight answer from anyone–maybe today, maybe tomorrow. So I’m working the best I can from home, and hoping that everything gets done today. I just don’t trust the cats not to run out if the door is opened, and they’re so skittish around strangers that anyone other than me trying to catch them would probably make things worse.

It’s a bit frustrating, but hopefully I’ll be able to sneak in a little knitting time.

Tarot Card of the Day: King of Cups

WWKIP Day Monday, Jun 16 2008 

Saturday was World Wide Knit in Public Day, and of course that meant knitters gathering en masse and scaring the normal people.

I headed out to Knit One One, where we took over the sidewalk.

Knit in Public, Knit One One

You can’t see it very well from the picture, because I was too lazy to get up from my chair and take a wide shot, but there were at least 60 knitters in attendance.

Knit in Public, Knit One One 2

We had all types of knitters

Myrriah

Couples knitting!

Couple Knitters

Mothers and daughters knitting!

Mother and Daughter Knitters

So many knitters!

More Knitters

There was a knitting podcast being recorded.

Podcasting Knitters

And yet more knitters.

Even more Knitters

All of it, of course, organized by the lovely and fabulous Sile of Knit One One. It was great fun, and I hope to see many of the awesome knitters I met again.

Sile of Knit One One

Tarot Card of the Day: King of Pentacles

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