Saturday, August 30, 2008


I'm headed to Dallas. Pray for light traffic and that this doesn't fuck us like the last one did.

Monday, August 18, 2008

House cleaning

Dear Caro,

I'm cleaning the basement.

I'm working on some of the stuff you left behind. I'm donating a lot of it. I don't think it will break your heart to part with old AE tees and short shorts.

And I'm sure you don't want to keep the kelly green corduroy pants with whales on them, which I can only think you wore to one swim meet?

But I'm not giving away the batman cape,

or the swim caps.

Do you remember all these crazy socks you used to wear?

I didn't get the ones with the tree frogs on them in the picture, but they're here somewhere.

And I don't know what to do about all of these:

That one on the top? X-Files. One of many. Miss them?

I'm knitting a sweater and its neither blue nor red.

Which is so very unlike me. This is the first sleeve of the Central Park Hoodie. I think I started it some time last November. I have the back and I thought I had both fronts done but I can only seem to find one of them. The yarn is Malabrigo Worsted in some sort of green, though I don't know what kind because the owner of the Quarter Stitch doesn't like the way the tags look and pulls them off. Have you ever heard of such a thing? I only forgive her because she has such a large stock of it, even after that factory fire Malabrigo had.

I starting pulling the yarn from the bottom of the ball. I hate when I do that.

Last Saturday was Dirty Linen Night. It's the more low rent version of White Linen Night. Most of the galleries and shops on Royal Street stay open and serve cheese and jambalaya and drinks. I was quite pleased to find out that my shop was going to be closed, so I was able to participate. It gave me a great opportunity to go into all the shops on Royal Street that I usually just pass by on my walk home. Anyways, I bought this bracelet at a shop called the Latin Quarter. It was made by someone in Argentina I think. It's pretty freaking cool, but makes my hands smell like metal.

Oh, and my fingers are healing nicely.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Knitting Accident

I've burnt two of my fingers. You think by age 23 I'd be smarter than to just pull a bowl out of the microwave all willy-nilly. Nope. Burnt the index and middle finger pads on my left hand (thank god). My knitting ability was slightly impaired with band-aids on my fingers. So I improvised and have mostly been crocheting.

So yeah, I'm a moron. Here is terrible picture of my Shetland Shorty. It's been raining nonstop for the past three days. Which makes it hard to take pictures in natural light.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

I'm Alive.

... and hot. It's pretty gross. I've finished my Shetland Shorty. But as I don't think I ever posted here that I had even started to knit it, I'll explain that bit. I started off knitting the Silk Shrug from Debbie Bliss's Silk Book. I actually bothered to swatch, got gauge with some beautiful blue Collinette Jitterbug, and I started knitting the 34" size. I wanted to give myself 2" of negative ease, seeing the shrug is all kinds of cables and that Jitterbug, a Superwash Merino, is much more sproingy than the pure silk that the pattern called for.

And thats how that turned out. Why I bothered to keep knitting, and knitting, I'll never know. Well, I kindof do. Nevermind... I feel bad about ranting about it here. Knitting is supposed to be relaxing, right? So I picked up one of my remaining balls of yarn and cast on for the Shetland Shorty.

Here is what it looked like three weeks ago.

It's done now, but I'm lame and haven't taken any pictures of it. Mostly due to the fact that it is New Orleans in August and the temperature has been hovering somewhere around 100 degrees.

Thursday, August 7, 2008


Dear Caro,
Did you sign up for the Ravelympics? I looked but did not jump in. I never finish anything in 20 days. Instead (because I don't have enough things to knit OR enough stash), I've signed up for Mystery Stole 4 [ravlink] . I've wanted to do a knit-a-long thing but never got my act together before. The shawl takes 1100 yards of solid color laceweight that's "drapey" with good stitch definition and a slew of contrasting beads. The first clue will come out on Sept 5 so I need to get yarn & beads & start swatching now! I'm thinking of a silk-merino blend or a cashmere blend yarn but haven't seen any colors I love yet. Maybe a silvery gray or a dark purple?

Am I nuts to even think of knitting something when I don't know what it will look like AND it doesn't use up any of my stash?

No need to answer that.

love mom