November 06, 2008

My first meme!

Well...I have failed in the keeping the blog regularly updated department, but there is a good reason (I swear! I swear!). Said reason being, I finally killed my devoted laptop. My Toshiba had been with me since the summer before I started law school, making it more than 4 years old - a good run, especially considering how much abuse I dished out to it. It was starting to show it's age, though - the fan was dying, it was taking forever to boot up, and it was generally doing unhappy computer things. However, I have to take responsibility for the final death knell - I spilled about half a glass of (wine) water on it, and it finally just stopped booting up at all.
I have now replace it with an eeePC 1000H, which I have named Obama in honour of the fact that it arrived on the day of the US election. My love for it burns strong and bright, especially since it weighs less than half of what the Toshiba did.
Another reason I have not updated the blog...Molehill Empire. Do not click that link unless you are strong-willed, or have masses of free time on your hands (or have already been sucked in). I am a Tomato Dealer right now, and am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my first quest.
So I'm cheating a bit here, since I wasn't actually personally tagged, but Glenna posted this list over on her blog and I think it's a good opportunity to get some knitting content on this blog!

Seven Knitting Things About Me:
  1. I have been knitting since August of 2007. I started because my doctor recommended that I get a hobby, and I flashed on a memory of my Aunt teaching me to knit when I was seven, so I wandered into a LYS and picked up some yarn for a scarf. I made three of those scarves (2x2 rib in a fuzzy mohair-acrylic blend) and gave them away as gifts in December.
  2. Since I joined Ravelry, I have become much more adventurous in my projects, and have learned (I feel) a lot of new techniques, not to mention a lot about really great yarns. Yay Rav!
  3. I love sock yarn. Love it. I spend more time than I am willing to admit seeking it out online and mentally fondling it. I am not quite convinced that it does not count as stash, though, probably because the kinds I like are expensive.
  4. I did not finish the first sweater I started, because I fell out of love with the yarn I had chosen for it (it was a single, and had the unfortunate habit of pulling apart as I knit it). I am determined to finish my current sweater (February Lady Sweater, because I am a follower), hopefully before the month it is named after arrives.
  5. I have a mild obsession with really complicated mittens. I very badly want a copy of Lizbeth Upitis' Latvian Mittens book (second one down), despite the fact that I am very, very slow at colourwork (as evidenced by my snail-like progress on my partner's Selbu mittens...they need to be finished for Xmas).
  6. I do not have a ball-winder or a swift, so I hand-wind quite a lot of my yarn, when I forget to have the nice people at the yarn store do it for me (or when I buy it online). After some pretty harrowing experiences with tangled skeins of laceweight, I have perfected my technique (involving the back of one of my dining room chairs and a lot of patience) so that I don't dread winding up a new ball anymore. I still wouldn't say no to a ball-winder and swift, though.
  7. Wow, this list is turning into a bit of a wish-list...I'll try not to make this one about commercial aquisition. Okay...I intend to start making mitered squares out of my leftover bits of sock yarn, which I will eventually turn into a blanket. Maybe for a baby...maybe for my baby, since it will likely be years and years until I have enough sock yarn bits to make anything that would cover a baby.

There you go - seven things! I will absolutely update the blog more often, despite my obsession with growing tomatoes.

1 comment:

crazyknittinglady said...

I like your 7!
When you're ready to make the purchase of swift and ballwinder, let me tell you it will be worth it - especially with that laceweight! It makes everything so much faster.