New post, new blog Friday, Jul 24 2009 

New post up over on the brand new blog:

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Sock addiction Tuesday, Dec 30 2008 

I’m not sure what it is about socks that makes them so much more addictive than other knitting, but I just can’t seem to stop knitting them! I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I have over 70 sock patterns queued on Ravelry…and I keep finding more.

It’s possible that I  may have a small sock problem.

Anyway, I finished up a pair of socks over the holidays (photos to come) so naturally, I decided to completely forget about my goal to reduce my number of half-finished, hibernating projects, and immediately cast on for a new pair.

Fawkes Socks

(Please ignore the cat hair. It’s everywhere, no matter what I do or how often I clean.)

These are Fawkes, knit with some Gryffindor  yarn from Etsy. The yarn was a gift, so I don’t know who the seller was, but it’s fantastic yarn.  I’ve gotten a little farther on this one, and it’s a little short in the leg; I probably should have added a couple more repeats of the leg pattern.

Noro Commuter Sock

I also dug my Noro commuter socks out of hiding. I can really only work on plain vanilla socks on my commute, since I have to change trains and I  need to have something I can pick up and put down without worrying where I am. It’s a good place to work with varigated or self-patterning yarn, though, since those usually look best as plain vanilla socks.

I’m resisting the urge to dig more sock yarn out of my stash and cast on for something else….after all, two socks isn’t really overkill, is it?

Tarot Card of the Day: Nine of Cups

Just in case that Christmas knitting is getting the best of you Friday, Dec 5 2008 

more about “Alternative Gift Guide // Current“, posted with vodpod

If you’re beginning to think you might not finish that pile of Christmas knitting that seemed like a piece of cake back in October, here’s a handy piece on websites selling the work of indie artists and crafters. Unbelievably, Etsy isn’t mentioned, but it is nice to branch out once in a while, right? (And let’s face it, we all know about Etsy already.)

Self-sufficiency and craftiness Thursday, Jul 17 2008 

One of the things I love about crafting is that I’m not reliant on anyone else. Everything in stores seems to be subject to the whims of whatever trend is going on or predicted.  One minute everything is pink or smelling of cherry blossoms and the next it’s all brown and the big scent is vanilla. Which is all well and good, but there is nothing more frustrating than going to a store and realizing that although you need new shirts, you don’t see a single one you’d actually want to wear, or falling in love with something only to have it discontinued after six months because it’s no longer “in.”

Knitting is great for that–it matters less if stores suddenly decide that, hey, all cardigans should have 3/4 length sleeves and the colors for this year are rust, baby blue, and grey. I can knit myself a bright purple or deep emerald cardigan with sleeves that are long enough to keep me warm and it’s great!

Only problem is, I’m starting to want to apply that in other areas of my life. Which is great, but sometimes I wonder if I’m going too far.  I came across this link today, for homemade deodorant. I’m actually tempted to try it. The trick is juggling the part of me that goes, why waste all that time when you can buy it, are you some kind of hippie? (This voice, btw, sounds remarkably like my mother. Who knew?) and the part of me that goes, oh thank god, I don’t have to smell powder fresh or like a piece of fruit or whatever it is the cosmetics companies think I should want to smell like, which is usually sickly sweet and kind of gives me a headache.

It’s a dilemma. But there is something remarkably freeing about not having to rely on the whims of a giant corporation for basic necessities…I may just have to try it!

Tarot Card of the Day: The Devil

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

Missing home Monday, Jun 2 2008 

I was watching Army Wives last night, and I couldn’t help getting all teary eyed as they showed the families saying goodbye to their soldiers. It hit me pretty hard, because lately I’ve been missing my family a lot. Though obviously, it’s a vastly different situation since I’m not in a dangerous situation, but separation is separation.

The worst thing to me about the economy lately is that I don’t know when I’m going to get to see my family again. I love California, and I don’t regret moving here, but with the economy spiraling out of control, gas prices rising, airline prices rising, and everything just getting so bad, I wonder when–or god forbid, if–I will get to see my parents again.

It makes me so mad–how have we let things get so far out of control? How come we aren’t leaping on alternative fuel and energy sources, how come we aren’t saying hey, it’s time to stop this overconsumption and consumer gluttony? Why, instead of suggesting people live within their means, are we talking about how we can save people who are in debt because they bought things they couldn’t afford in the first place? And I’m not talking about people in debt because of unforseen circumstances or necessary medical care–I’m talking about this idea that you are entitled to a new car every few years, a big house, every electronic gadget that comes out and if you don’t have the money, just put it on credit or get an interest only mortgage. You know what? I don’t feel sorry for you. I don’t.

Here’s the thing: I don’t have a credit card. I never have. And while I’m going to get one at some point, in case of emergencies, the fact is, you can survive. Granted, I live in Oakland not San Francisco. I drive a car that’s over 10 years old. I don’t have designer clothes or designer bags, and I don’t eat out every night or go party all the time. And maybe that makes me dull, but you know what? I’m not lacking. I would be able to go out more, if I didn’t have a book and yarn addiction, but that’s a choice I make. And I’m sick of hearing people whine and moan about how we got to the economy we’re in, while in the next breath talking about how they can’t live without designer clothes or fancy electronics or whatever else it is they need to keep up with the status quo.

What I want? Is an economy where I get to see my parents for the holidays. But somehow, I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Tarot Card of the Day: Ace of Pentacles

Sock Yarn! Saturday, May 3 2008 

No, I haven’t been buying more stash. Not really.

I put some yarn up for sale or trade on Ravelry, and promptly forgot about it a while back. I wasn’t using the yarn, and when placeofbits contacted me, I was certainly up for a trade! So I sent her yarn off, and last night I got home to find a package full of delicious sock yarn waiting for me.

Opal sock yarn

Opal Sock Yarn

Both are Opal yarns, and the colors are perfect for me. It was the perfect end to a very long week–hooray, sock yarn!

Maker Faire! Friday, May 2 2008 

So, this weekend I’m planning to head over to Maker Faire. I haven’t been yet–I didn’t know about it until afterwards last year–and I’m super excited. It sounds like there’s going to be tons of cool stuff and–AND!–the Yarn Harlot is going to be there. I’m so excited!

In addition to the Harlot, so are many of my co-workers, since we are going to have a booth there. So, check out Current if you’re going.

Jaywalking Tuesday, Apr 29 2008 

This may come as a shock to some of you but I, as it turns out, can be very stubborn. I don’t like to follow the crowd, so when a pattern takes off, my first instinct is not to make it. Like, say, Clapotis or Fetching. Or Jaywalkers.

Sometimes, though…the more I look at a pattern, the more I realize it’s popular for a very good reason. (And sometimes not so much.) Jaywalkers? Is popular for a very good reason.

I had been working on some plain socks with some yarn, but they came apart in my purse so I decided to try something new. I started playing around with Jaywalkers and I fell–hard. The socks are adorable. The varigation in the yarn is showcased, but doesn’t overwhelmed. The socks are adorable.

I loved this pattern so much that when I realized I need to get started on a pair of socks for my Mom’s birthday, I knew there was only one pattern to use. Oh, yes, I see a lot of Jaywalking in my future.

Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated Thursday, Apr 24 2008 

Yes, I’m still here. Sorry for the lack of blogging. I’ve been feeling a bit homesick lately–I’ve been out here for a year now, and I’m missing my friends and family pretty badly. I’ve also been pulled in a lot of directions creatively, so I’ve found myself picking up and putting down projects without making much progress.

I’ve also decided I need to concentrate on writing more. I don’t devote enough time to it, and I’ve got a number of ideas swirling around that I need to get down on paper.

And, hey, maybe then I can achieve the dream of being a writer, and go find myself a little house in England or somewhere (I said dream, didn’t I?) and go write and knit and completely ignore our political system collapsing under it’s own weight. (When the Wall Street Journal is telling me to hoard food, you know it’s time to get out!)

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