I was just flipping through my usual list of blogs, sipping tea and listening to the kids settle down when i came across this meme. Actually, I came across it repeatedly. Martina had a good idea and so I'm going to borrow it and pass it on.
Here are THE RULES:Each player of this game starts with the ‘6 weird
things about you.’ People who get tagged need to write a blog of their
own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you
need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget
to leave a comment that says ‘you are tagged’ in their comments and
tell them to read your blog.”
So, here you are, 6 Weird Things About Me
6. I have a compulsion to pick zits. I own a blackhead remover and never go a day without checking and removing. Sick huh? Drives DH and the Kids insane, because I can't resist squeezing that pimple or opening that clogged pore. I think that a related compulsion is the need to make sure that every single pinfeather has been extracted from the skin of any bird I may be cooking. I never eat the skin and it grosses me out that people do, but I try not to say anything.
5. Patterns must match. When I was 6 months pregnant with #1 Son, my Dad helped me to hang wallpaper in the kitchen of our townhouse. It only went partway up the wall and had a border along the top to mimic a chair rail. Somehow we missed the pattern repeat. We did it consistently in the same spot all the way around the kitchen and no one but me ever noticed and admitted it but it drove me freaking insane!
4. My favourite ice cream topping is Meagher's green Creme de Menthe. It is minty and fresh and perfect on creamy vanilla. I also give it to my kids and tell them it's cough syrup. Worked for my mom! No kidding. I thought it was cough syrup until I was like 12.
3. I will not write with a medium point pen. In fact, I will search and test and try until I find just the right pen. It needs to have a relatively large barrel and a fine or very fine point. Don't even talk to me about markers. I will write in blue, black, or purple. Red is only for marking. Green, turquoise, pink etc. are for little girls.
2. I do not understand "scrapbooking". Hey, I'm all for the crafts - beading, soapmaking, candle pouring, cake decorating.... I don't do any of that kind of thing but I understand the why and the how and the desire. Honestly, I can't get around to slipping the prints into those sleeves let alone designing a theme page much less a whole album full of die cuts and letters and cute little doodads. I admire people who do, but I just don't get the whole scrapbooking thing.... If you do and you can explain it with very short words and simple sentences then by all means give it a go in the comments. 1. I prefer the company of one or two friends at a time. Even when I was in my 20's going out with a large group was somewhat unnerving to me. In those situations I become a wall-flower and withdraw. Those of you who have met me in person will question this because normally I can talk and laugh and have a great time. If you were to stop and think though, you would see that only happens when there are 2 or 3 of us... In fact, if you and I have made plans and you bring along someone else without letting me know in advance, particularly someone I don't know, I will probably find a way to cut the time short. It must be my own insecurity that says if I can plan to spend some time with you, why do you need to include someone other than me? I don't get pouty, and I don't hold a grudge about it, but it makes me so very uncomfortable at the time.
There you have it, 6 Weird Things about me. It was hard to think of. If you decide to give it a try then please leave me a comment so that I can go learn something weird about you. And by all means, feel free to comment on my weirdness, particularly if you share it!
Once upon a time there was a knitter who thought she would just whip up a hat and mitts to give as a Secret Santa gift. There was both yarn and pattern in the stash so the knitter happily cast on for what was sure to be the perfect gift. (The pattern was written by Sally Melville and published on the IK site, but it's gone now. It was just called Felted Hat and Mitts) The yarn was Patons SWS in natural denim. Directions were followed, more or less to the letter (Hey, it's getting felted you know!). And the knitter produced a........
I find myself without a current WIP. Oh sure, there are socks - 2 pair on the go at work and another 2 around the house and in the travelling bag. Time for a new project, and time to try something new on the blog. I'm going to do a blog poll. I get a lot of hits in a day, but relatively few comments so I want to encourage all of you lurkers to go ahead and vote. Go ahead and comment too!
In no particular order....
Option A: Ariann Two
I absolutely can't say enough about this sweater. Version Two will have a few little tweaks like being knitted in the right size, and having a little more length added below the waist to give me some belly coverage. I ordered yarn for this project yesterday. Chocolate Andean Silk.
On the down side, I just did this one and I'm not sure I have the knitting mojo for two in a row. Does anyone know if second sweater syndrome is as bad as second sock syndrome?
I started this sweater last spring using some to die for gorgeous merino / possum fur yarn I got at a close out sale. I had it knit right up to the arm divides before I allowed myself to notice that it was maybe a bit big. Over the weekend I ripped it out, right down to the lower cable band, which I'll just have to rip back to make shorter (thank the knitting gods!). The yarn has been washed and hung to get rid of the kinks and is ready to go again. On the plus side, this is an easy knit. The body and sleeves are stockinette and it's a hem up seamless design. I have the yarn, and I still really like the sweater. Of course, there will be tweaks, mostly in the collar area. I've also entertained the notion of knitting this sweater as a top down raglan instead. On the minus side, this is stockinette stitch. Snore. But that might give me some mojo for lace socks......?
Option C: Husband Aran Vest
My long suffering husband doesn't ask for much. In fact, he's only got one pair of handknit socks (hanging my head in shame). He did ask for a cabled vest though. I have a pattern. I have the yarn (dark natural mix). I did a stockinette swatch and got gauge. I tried to do a pattern swatch but for the life of me could not figure out the twisted stitch cables. Also, there are no charts included and following the written directions could be a bit of a challenge for those of us with visual tracking issues. I am feeling quite intimidated by this project, but that was also true of Ariann so it's no reason not to do it.
This gorgeous cabled, shaped, 3/4 sleeve Norah Gaughan creation called to me strongly enough that I went out and bought a second copy of the Winter 2006 Interweave Knits after Husband "recycled" my newly arrived mag (grrrrr). This will not be a quick knit by any means, cables take time. I love it in the brick red, but I can't wear that colour, so I'm leaning towards forest heather, but sapphire heather, arctic pool heather, and amber heather remain in the running. Your opinion on colour would be helpful.
This pattern from the book "Arctic Lace" by Donna Druchunas, has been published in the Winter 2006 IK as well. I haven't done a lace stole in quite a while and I like the look of this one quite a bit. It's not tablecloth lace, if you know what I mean. I also have a nice selection of laceweight alpaca, and a ginormous skein of natural silk noile in the stash that would be perfect for this stole. After all, it was designed for quiviut (at $70 a skein!!!), so I think it deserves to be done in another "luxury" fiber. There's even a knit-along! (BTW, anyone out there looking to buy me a pressie would get a really, really big hug for this book. Just sayin')
Okay. That's it. Five Choices. Now I need your help. Vote for your favourite project. Please feel free to leave me some comments about the projects and maybe let me in on why you think one project should be next over another. You can vote more than once. The idea is that if you have more than one favourite, you can vote for both. Thanks for helping!!
She's done. She's beautiful. She's way too small for me. She will be gifted.
"Ariann" by Bonne Marie Burns MistiAlpaca 4 ply Worsted in "olive melange" Knit Picks Options 4.0 mm for edges, and 4.5mm for body (IMHO the best needles ever!)
Click to enlarge the pictures. I am deliriously happy with this cardigan. I learned so much while knitting her. The waist shaping is lovely and such an easy technique. Forty eyelets is the perfect sleeve length for me before joining. Raglan shaping is not really that hard and with just a little attention to detail, results in beautifully matched lines. And those pewter buttons were the perfect choice.
Ariann will shortly be gifted to my sister in law, who celebrates her birthday very soon. I will admit to you that I intended her for myself but in a moment of stupidity, circled all of the numbers in the pattern and carefully followed them without ever noticing that they were for the wrong size. I did wonder why I had 2 full skeins left over. For the first time ever I am actually contemplating making another sweater using the same pattern. Ordinarily I think there are so many gorgeous patterns out there that I don't have time to do doubles. In this case though, I really want this sweater. There is no way I am going to rip and reknit this one, especially when I think it will fit J perfectly. So, I am again in search of yarn. I love this olive colour, but enough is enough. Perhaps chocolate brown, or maybe cream, or maybe something a bit brighter..... hmmm