Monthly Archives: April 2005

Give me a K! Give me a N! Give me a I! Give me a T! Give me a F!….experte

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Thank you all so much for the compliments on the sweater – and the baby! I wish I could claim her as my own. Alas, she is the “hard work” of our good friends. They found out they were pregnant on our wedding day!!! How fun is that? I walked up to Kristin at the reception and said, “Please tell me you’re drinking water for a reason!” Needless to say, she was. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the sweater will be gifted this weekend on my trip to DC. The bean that will wear this sweater is still in the tum. Neala was the recipient of this sweater (there she is all snug in mom’s belly!)

Okay – so I asked my resident yarn expert what a good cheap (I think I may have actually said “cheap ass”) substitute would be for Calmer. With all of the good I’ve heard about Calmer I hate to substitute at all. However, I just can’t rationalize that amount of money at this point in time (which reminds me, has anyone noticed my new button, “Thrify Knits”, that’s me baby.) Johanna recommended Sirdar Breeze. It’s about half the price, right?! Well I used my favorite froggle and found it for $6 something at Wool Needle Works (4 skeins of Main Color, 1 of second color. I bought an extra MC color to be on the safe side.) Sweeeet.

Why in the world am I buying this particular yarn?! Well the commenters sparked my excitement about Alison’s Mag Knits T-shirt pattern. I couldn’t resist the idea of writing – knitfomaniac on a tee! Who’s with me?! I’m not sure I’m up for a formal knit-a-long. And I know there is a knit-a-long already one out there for the t-shirt pattern. But, if you’re up for the crazy and wild (girls gone wild) challenge, let me know. I’d love some company. Screw the Red Sox idea….Knitfomaniac here I come.

I’m off to DC tomorrow. I will, sadly, miss the Harlot at my LYS. The girls will be there. I’m looking forward to the 4-1-1.

The sweater is ready to go. Check out these cutie buttons:

Details, Details

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The pattern for the lovely shown here yesterday is from MinnowKnits (Pizzazz #179QK.) I could have made up the pattern in my sleep. Two rectangles (front and back) and two trapezoids (is that right? a trapezoid?) for sleeves. I was captured by the store model and Johanna (yes Johanna, I did switch the colors…I wasn’t feeling so courageous!) helped me pick out a suitable substitute for the called for yarn. In spite of the pattern’s simple shape it forced me to try a few new things:

– Cotton Fleece. Can I say L-O-V-E this yarn. Didn’t hurt my hands, love the drape, it comes in rad colors. What more could a girl ask for? I’m totally making a tank with this yarn. I used the following colors for this sweater: CW-810 Cherry Moon, and CW-240 Pink-A-Boo. I used one full skein of the Main Color Pink-A-Boo and just a bit of the Cherry Moon for the stripes. I did dip into a second skein of the Pink-A-Boo but if I had made the stripes thicker I think I could have gotten away with just one. I made the smallest size.

– Hems on the bottom and sleeves. I had a bit of help learning how to do this in a way that would be attractive. The Subway Knitter sure knows her way around some hems!

– Picking up stitches for the sleeves. While I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t work for an adult sweater I think it is perfect for a baby sweater. One less seam to knit always makes for a happy Bookish Girl.

If you’re looking for a quick easy knit for a new babe in your life this is the knit for you.

I picked up some buttons for the shoulder today. They are so darn cute. I’ll put up a picture when I’m all done!

I took this morning off of work to make up for some weekend work that I was roped into. I was so lucky to be able to spend it with The Bean – Neala Bean that is.

Damn good time.

Deftly Manouver and Muscle for Rank

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She’s going the distance, she’s going for speed…
(Seriously, how much to you miss my weekly song?!)

I have been uninspired by my knitting lately. That was until this…

..came my way.

Dude, I’m so loving this project. Don’t know why, maybe because it’s not a retro rib sock? I’ll give you the 4-1-1 tomorrow (that’s neighborhood talk for “information”.)

This sweater is for a babe-to-be-born. My roommate from college has a bun in the oven. She’s due in July. The girls are all travelling to DC this weekend to give her some good loving in her fattest pregger days. I’m not sure I can find words to express how excited I am. I – love – these – girls. I’m posting pictures when I get back just so you all can see the love!

On behalf of Sheep Everywhere

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A few years ago there was a TV show on network television: Sabrina the Teenage Witch. It eventually moved to the WB and lost all of its good writers in the process. The term good is relative here. The story line is a bit contrived and the acting half-baked. However, before its station move it always made me laugh and almost never roll my eyes.

I caught an episode the other night on some Nickelodean spin off station targeted towards teens. Let me tell you – did I feel old! All of those commercials, hip newlingo, etc, etc. I have to admit, I was entertained and I told Rob I may have found my new favorite station. Can anyone sense an early life crisis coming on?

For those of you unfamiliar with Sabrina, she is a teenage witch living with her two aunts who are also witches. Apparently there is an Archie comic on which the show is based. I loved Bewitched as a child so perhaps I like Sabrina so much because of nostalgia. On another note of nostalgia, Soleil Moon Frye is now on the show – I love me a little Punky.

There was the funniest episode on the other day, Deliver Us From E-mail. Sabrina’s Aunt Hilda becomes obsessed with knitting. At some point she manages to knit herself into a cocoon. The other Aunt, Zelda, finally confronts her…

The script (yes, at some point google may explode from the amount of information it conjures up):

Int. Spellman living room. It looks like a bombs gone off in it. A wool bomb. Everywhere is littered with woolen products, Hats scarves, sweaters, socks, leg warmers, you name it, it’s there and judging by the skit-a-skit of needles, so is Hilda. Zelda enters.

Zelda– Oh good lord! (Calling up stairs) Hilda! Hilda, we need to talk!

Hilda– (Muffled) I’m right here.

She looks down at the large pile of maroon wool on the arm chair and spots a pair of eyes looking out and lower down a pair of hands industriously knitting away.

Zelda– This has gone far enough. I demand that you stop, on behalf of sheep everywhere.

Hilda– What are you getting so worked up about?

Zelda– Your new hobby has become a pathology. You’re addicted to knitting.

Hilda– Zellie, I knit because it relaxes me. I can stop anytime I want to.

Zelda– Look at you! You are knitting alone! You are hiding balls of yarn under yarn cosies! You’ve knitted yourself into a woolen pod! You are a knitaholic! A knitfomaniac! A knit-wit!

Hilda– A knit-wit? That’s cute. I’m going to knit that on a pillow.

A knitfomaniac! Ha! I love it. I’m going to knit THAT on a pillow. Does this episode repeat itself in our homes every day or what?!

Feel the time being sucked out of your day…

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It is my duty as The Bookish Girl to point the following out to you (first seen on bookslut): A-zon has created the world’s biggest time suck.

As if I didn’t have enough to distract me!

I looked up my new favorite novel – The Plot Against America by Phillip Roth

It’s interesting that Father is way up there. Very interesting.

Intrigued, I looked up House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (the novel I’m currently reading.) Herself is one of the more frequent words there. Even more interesting.

“A Study in Hair” or “How my Brains Fell Out”

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I got my hair cut last weekend and my brains fell out in the process. This past week has been filled with lots of tripping over my own feet. Reknitting rows upon rows. Driving like and 80 year old. And just plain brainless activity. The only difference…my hair. I was happy to cut 5 inches off my head. The resulting pony tail is sitting severed on my dining room table. I’ve entertained ideas of turning it into a blush brush. Instead, it will be sent off to some worthy hair collecting charity.

Back to the Brains Falling out. Case in point:

Bed Head Before

Bed Head After

The fact that I posted these on the INTERNET speaks volumes.

Fortunately, for all of us, I can leave you with a picture of little Miss Neala…who is the damn cutest thing I have EVER seen.

Freudian Slip?

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Earlier this week I was walking through the food court near my work (let that sink in a minute, a food court near work? Yes, torture. Pure torture.) Baseball season officially began this week here in Boston (and everywhere else in the country – of course.) If you live here you know that it never really ends….the longing continues. As we adjust our driving and shopping patterns to accommodate the influx of fans to our neighborhoods I was thinking about making a Red Sox t-shirt. Alison’s MagKnits pattern is the obvious choice (do I really have to link to this?). I thought to myself….hmmm, I could make the little sox as the graphic. That would be cute. A pink T maybe with the Red Sox decorated with a white heel and toe? Then I thought that maybe it would be a tad easier to just use letters. After all, most of the work is already done for you…with the letter graphing and all. So I thought, hmmm, how about just writing Sox across the front in red. That would be cute and fun. I erupted in giggles at the thought of slipping and accidentally writing Sex. It suddenly occurred to me,

would that be a Knitian-Slip?

Obviously I need a vacation.

We Have Baby!

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Neala Josephine
Born: 10pm April 6th, 2005
Weight: 6 lbs 1 oz

Mama and babe are doing fine. Kristine is all hopped up on hormones right now. I get to go steal see the little darlin’ this afternoon. I’m so excited it’s a girl – more fun stuff to knit!!!

Yarn Butt.

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Things that are distracting me this week:

The yarn I snagged on Saturday during our Yankee Swap. L-O-V-E it. Thanks Maryse. One woman’s trash is another’s bag…or something like that!

And do you know what my favorite part of some yarns is?

Yarn Butt. We’re crazy over here at The Bookish Girl. We bare it all.

And, of course, this is making me giggle throughout the day.

I’m truly enjoying this book. My only complaint is that I can’t read it while knitting…it’s too thick and tiny to prop open without ruining the binding. Regardless, it’s like carrying a little bit of the Harlot around with me. And who couldn’t have a little more Harlot in their life?!