Thursday, April 28, 2005

A few weeks ago, I participated in a blog interview exchange. I was interviewed by Nipperknits Jen. Here are the questions she asked me:

1. Ever written a paper about knitting for that English degree? Feminism, pop culture, post modernism - go for it!

No, I have not. For the most part, an undergrad in English is quite restricting in what you can write about. I have been quite creative with my paper topics, including a paper comparing Jonathan Swift's A Lady's Dressing Room to a passage from Bridget Jones' Diary, and a paper comparing The Little Prince to Harry Potter. This past semester I had to write a fictional narrative-something I have not done before. My character was a knitter. I am very interested in young adult literature from the commonwealth (Canada, Australia, India, etc.) and would love to pursue studies in this area. Perhaps write a novel that connects young knitters from around the world who learned to knit from their English grandmothers.

2. How long have you been knitting?

I learned to knit when I was six. I lived in Ireland until I was eight, and girls Learned to knit in school, it was part of the curriculum. The boys went to the woodshop and made birdhouses and the girls learned to knit scarves for our dolls. My dad's mother was a knitter and I loved to knit with her. My mum also used to knit, and helped me develop my sknills when I was a child. I stopped knitting in my teens, as it seemed very uncool. Then about three years ago, my needles started calling to me and I haven't put them down since. When ever people find out I'm a knitter, most immediately want lessons. I have taught four people to knit in the past year. And I hope to teach more.

3. What's next on your list of patterns to make?

As I said in my last post, I want to make a buttonhole bag. I'd also like to knit a pair of socks. I'm not sure where to start, so any pattern ideas would be wonderful.

4. Freckles? On yourself, or others? Men, women, or children? All of the above?

I adore freckles period. I have a few very faint ones on my nose, that are only really visible in the summer. The ex had the most lovely freckles I have ever seen. I always get really happy around this time of year when the sun brings them back to their warm weather glory. Have you seen the Dove commercial about true beauty? They show a picture of a freckle little girl with the captions "Hates her freckles." It breaks my heart.

5. Do you have a special affinity for the orange and green on your blog?

To be honest, no. I am not very computer savy and am not sure how to make my own background. I adore the colours brown, pink, pale blue and cream. I love polka dots though, so it fits me in that regard. I think it is pretty.

Well, there you have it. Sorry I was so late Jen! If anyone would like to be interviewed by me for their blog, leave me a comment.


Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Buttonhole Bags and Sweater Progress

When I awoke today at 4:30 a.m. (eek!) there were snowflakes flying around. Two days ago it was hot, and today it was -4 degrees. I had to put my winder coat on. It was sad. Although I was very happy to wear my ribby Rowan Chunky Print Scarf. I adore Calgary, but our weather is really odd, and it is not uncommon to wear tank tops in December and scarves in July. I guess it is better than the rainy West Coast. Wool and rain are not friends.

I have been noticing Buttonhole Bags all over knitting blogs of late and I think they are adorable. I love to felt things. I have made two Sophie Bags, a "bag inspired by Sophie" and a pair of Fibertrends Clogs for my mum for Christmas. (Funny story-I knit them from some handspun yarn a bought at a farmer's market last summer. Well, my mum bought me the same yarn, in the same colourway, at the same Market and put it in my stocking for Christmas). Oh, and I also made the French Market Bag. So, I'm thinking a Buttonhole Bag in needed in my knitted purse collection. I'm not sure what yarn to use. I love how the Lamb's Pride works, but have not been able to find any Lamb's Pride here in Calgary. I have some leftover Lopi from my French Market Bag that might work. Any ideas would be lovely.

I've been working away on my Minisweater. I'm currently in the middle of a long stretch of stocking stitch with a few increases thrown in here and there. The sweater is worked in one large piece which is currently 262 stitches wide. I'm on row 14 of 34 for this part of the sweater. I think it might be time for a new Audiobook on my little pink iPod. Or a few long movies.

What do you like to do while you knit?


P.S. Go and take a look at Hilary's sewing bag. It gave me sweetness-induced butterflies.

Monday, April 25, 2005

I love sunshine

I spent the day at the zoo yesterday, and loved every minute of it. The Calgary zoo has an amazing African "display" (I can't think of the right word!) and I could spend hours there. It was really warm and sunny, and my "skim milk" white skin enjoyed the sun. Most of the chimpanzees looked as though they had hangovers. They were all lying around, covering their faces, looking blissfully unaware of the crowds of people watching them. It was very sweet.

I spent most of Saturday playing with seeds on my tiny deck. I replanted a few herb plants into larger pots, and started some plant seeds. It is really relaxing and I cannot wait to have a deck full of plants. I spent three hours reading outside in the afternoon, and really didn't want to go to work. This not being a student thing is quite nice. It won't be lasting too long though, because I was just promoted at work and will be working fulltime very soon. Maybe I can buy a computer by summer's end. That is, as long as I don't spend all my money on yarn, fabric, books, etc.

Oh, the life of a craft loving urbanite.

More on this weeks adventures soon,


Friday, April 22, 2005

Too Much Information

It's funny, when I started this blog, I thought it would be about my crafting addiction. Instead, it was turned into an online journal. I can't seem to help writing about personal stuff. I guess it's my blog and I can write what I want, right? And my life has been especially hectic lately. So, I'll tell you about the personal stuff, then the crafting. Sound good?

The ex was accepted at the residency in Toronto, so he will be moving away at the end of the summer. I was so, so happy for him, and proud. But I was also deeply saddened. It scares me to think he won't be around. But then I also think it could be the best way to get over him. For the record, continuing to live with your exboyfriend is a bad idea if you want to get over him. I guess I was just having a hard time letting go of the hope that we might get back together. But, as the old cliche goes, Love is not enough. I will love again, and I will be loved again.

In order to help me get over the ex, my parents messy divorce, and to help me figure out what to do with my life, I have been seeing a therapist for a while. She is great, and I truly feel it is benefiting me greatly. She gives me homework to do, and a week ago, she asked me to make a list of 100 "wants"--things I want to do, get, see, have, etc. during my life. One of those wants was to see Willie Nelson in concert. The guy is 73 and won't be around a whole lot longer, so I thought that was kind of a long shot. But, the very next day, I hear on the radio he is doing a show in Calgary, this summer! I was so, so excited. I grew up on Willie. We would listen to him on our family vacation road trips. So many memories. So, on July 18th my dad and I are going to see him. I can't wait. I'll post the other 99 wants soon. Guess how many are related to knitting, sewing, and cooking??

On the knitting front, I have started the minisweater. It is a fun knit, and quite quick. I have already gone through one of five balls of yarn. The best part is that I get to use my lovely stichmarkers from Amyville. I adore them. I have a cup cake, donut, chocolate and a fortune cookie. They are so sweet hanging on my bamboo circulars.

Monday, April 18, 2005

I'm at school at the moment, about to hand in my final English paper--ever! (I think.) I am taking a spring session class, and then, at the end of June, I will be an official university graduate. I don't feel grown up enough to be in this position. I really don't have a clue what I'm going to do next. I'm trying to tell myself to relax, and focus on what I enjoy doing. I have a stack of novels I want to read. Has anyone read any of them? Any thoughts?

The Time Traveler's Wife By Audrey Niffenegger
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn By Betty Smith
Anna Karenina By Leo Tolstoy
The Confessions of Max Tivoli By Andrew Sean Greer
Wicked By Gregory Maguire

I'm not sure which one to start with. I also bought You Grow Girl last week. I am very excited about growing herbs and teas on my balcony. It's making me long for summer. I have been craving wearing skirts a lot too. And flip flops. I bought three pairs over the winter.

The ex is in Toronto at the moment. I am really excited about this potential job he is interviewing for. I think he would be really good at it, and would really enjoy it. But I am terrified of him leaving Calgary. I will miss him so much. He asked me to work on a collaboration project for a sculpture class he is taking. He made ceramic handles and I'm going to sew a purse for them. I found this vintage floral fabric that look slightly western. I am excited to have a sewing project. I'm hoping to start tonight, after work. The ex comes home tomorrow and I'm picking him up at the airport. I've looking forward to seeing him.

I'm going for tea with my friend M tomorrow night. She too is a crafty girl and we want to plan our summer craft night. Tea and craft talk make me a happy girl. I also want to start my next knitting project, The Mini Sweater. I have some lovely purply-bluey Phildar yarn to use. Goodness, I need more time in my days. I bought some postcard card today so I can start on my postcard swap cards. I can't wait. If you love getting postcards, go check out PostcardX. I just joined, and have sent four cards so far. I can't wait to get something in my mail box.

Well, I hope the links will make up for the lack of pictures.

Button, thanks for commenting!



Friday, April 15, 2005

Feeling Better

Wow, my last post was kind of depressing. I guess I was feeling kind of down. But I am feeling better today. The ex and I have been doing much better. He has a big interview in Toronto on Monday and is really stressed about it. He is about to graduate from art school and is a little freaked out about what he is going to do with his life...sound familiar? The Toronto thing would be a great opportunity, so I hope it goes well for him, although I'd miss him terribly if he moved away.

Anyway, back to my crafty endeavors. I joined My Little Mochi's Postcard Swap. I am excited to have a crafty assignment! I got my list this a.m. and will be sending postcards to the U.S., Australia, Wales, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. I'm not sure what my postcards will look like yet, but I have piles of pretty paper and am thinking of some sort of collage thing.

I have to say I'm sorry for the lack of pictures on my blog. I don't have a digital camera (gasp!). I am hoping to buy one this summer, as well as a new computer. I'm not sure how I will be funding this as a) I have too many craft plans this summer. I won't have time to work, and b) I don't have a real job. I work at a coffee shop (I wear a green apron, don't hate me). I enjoy my job, but the money isn't great. I will have a degree in two months, but I have little faith of finding a real job. Maybe I could sell my coloured, unruly hair a la Jo in Little Women. Any takers? It likes to style itself.


P.S. Does anyone read this? If you do, please leave me a comment. I feel like I'm talking to myself sometimes.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Hum Drum

I only have one week of this semester left. I have two papers to finish, and I really don't think I have it in me to do so. I will be so glad to see this semester come to and end. School itself has been ok, but my life outside of school has been really hard. Thank goodness for Felicity DVD's and Mini Eggs. It is embarrassing how many hours I have spent lying on the couch enjoying those things. The reason for this lazy behavior is because a) I'm feeling very lonely, b) I'm nursing a severely broken heart, and c) I am freaked out about what I'm going to do with my life. I know this is a common way for uni grads to feel, but I'm not handling it well.
Three months ago I had a fairly good idea of what I was going to be doing for the next few years. Now I just feel really lost. I'm focusing on indulging in what makes me happy (including: Felicity, YA novels, crafty things, tea, baths). Things will get better, I'm sure. People get over break ups, right?