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Tofu Monkeys

As I do most weekends, I had grand plans for what I would get accomplished. (Actually, my grand plan for the weekend was to visit with my mom, but her trip got cancelled at the last minute).

I didn’t get done nearly what I had hoped, but I did accomplish the following…

1. Went to a lovely barbecue with some of Evan’s co-workers in Noe Valley. The view from the condo looked like this:

While in Noe Valley, I also took the opportunity to check out Noe Knit. What a great yarn store. What was especially nice was that they seem to have a lot of yarn complimentary to what I can find at Nine Rubies (my most favoritist yarn store). I ended up walking away with a few things, including skein of jitterbug (color 87 bright charcoal), a guide book called Crave on “the places women crave in San Francisco” (what a great way to get to know the city better), and a skein of meilenweit magico (in pinks). They had a sample of a short row scarf knit up using this particular yarn (the pattern is in Not Just More Socks. You can see it in the upper left hand corner of this link).  Once I saw the sample, I just had to get the yarn to make it.

2.  Made some progress on the monkey socks I’m knitting.  These socks are for the monkey sock swap 2.  They are a bit slow going as I am knitting them on size 0! needles.  I am knitting them using tofutsies yarn (color 731 called ten foot tall).  The yarn has a tendency to untwist during knitting and thus is very easy to split.  The fabric it works up as is rather nice, however.   I have the first sock finished and I’m currently on the second repeat of the second sock.

3.  Got all my hair hacked off.  I think that this is the shortest that my hair has ever been.  Evan likes it, but I am still getting used to it.  It is so strange to have hair that is nearly too short to put in a ponytail.  (For perspective, when I got married nearly four years ago, my hair was down to my waist).

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Fiberjinx tagged me for the seven things meme. Since I never get tagged for things I thought I should play along, although I have a hard time thinking of seven things.

1. Ever since reading Margaret Mahy’s “The Catalog of the Universe” (a book I still love), I’ve always thought it would be cool to give my children a normal first name and a really unique middle name. Knowing my persnickety husband, however, that will never fly.

2. I love art, especially art with fish in/on it. Evan gave me a sculpture from Frank Russell a couple of years ago and it is my favorite. If I had more money I would definitely have more art.

3. I really enjoy doing favors or making things for other people, especially if I have the opportunity to do something nice without being asked. If someone needs a ride to the airport at 4 in the morning, I am happy to do it.

4. I love a bargain, but I hate it when people try and take advantage of someone else’s generosity. Like, when a person is giving out free pens and someone takes twenty or fills up a doggy bag for themselves at a potluck.

5. I am generally very good at board and card games, especially Boggle. My brother-in-law refuses to play boggle with me anymore.

6. When I go to bed, I have to have the top edge of the top sheet folded over the duvet or I can’t sleep. Whenever Evan tries to flip the sheet up on his side, I fold it over and tell him, “You know the rules.” I will also contort myself into whatever shape is required to accommodate sleeping with a cat. If they want the whole bed or the top sheet folded up, I allow it. Poor Evan.

7. My favorite outfit as a child was a pale blue, pleated wool skirt paired with a Rodney Dangerfield “Back-to-School” t-shirt. The funny thing was, I don’t think I’d necessarily seen the movie at the time.

I know I am supposed to tag seven people, but I don’t like to assume that anyone is actually reading my blog.  If someone want to do this one, go for it and leave me a note in the comments.

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Blocking

I finished knitting the lotus blossom shawl last week, but just got around to setting it up to block tonight. I’ve seen it on other blogs, but this is my first time seeing how different the lace looks when blocked in real life.

I have a semi-huge backlog of WIP and finished items that I still need to blog about. One of these days I’ll get around to it.

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Depressing…

I am a book lover and a library lover. My step-mother is a librarian and I worked at a public library when I was in high school. My mother-in-law and her friends worked diligently for the past few months on a ballot iniative to fund the Jackson County Libraries. All of the libraries in the county were forced to shut down last month when a levy last November failed. A new levy to reopen the libraries was pretty firmed voted down tonight.

It is sad to me that not everyone sees the value of the public library. As a poor kid growing up, my family never could have afforded the number of books needed to keep up with my voracious reading habit. I didn’t have a computer up through high school (actually I didn’t get a computer until graduate school) so I relied on the school and library computers to get my papers written. What will this mean for the people of Jackson that rely on the books and other services that the libary provides? What does this say about how society values education? Losing valuable community resources like public libraries will continue to drive a wedge between the haves and have-nots.  I worry about those bright kids in Jackson county.

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For Me?!

**I started this post last week, but my internet at home was being spotty. It’s finally behaving itself**

I have been working on a variety of knitting (and one sewing) projects, that I haven’t gotten around to blogging about. I don’t think I can cover them all in one post, but I thought I’d mention a knit-along that I recently joined. It’s called the For Me? knit-along. The basic idea of it is that often knitters end up mostly knitting for others, and never knit for themselves. This is to encourage knitters to knit something for themselves, one thing every three months. I almost never knit for myself, so I thought it would be a good thing to join. The theme for the current knit along is shawls/wraps. I have been wanting to try my hand at lace, so I started the lotus blossom shawl May 1. (I was originally going to knit the flower basket shawl that Courtney was kind enough to send me the pattern for during the Sockret Pal swap, but Becky suggested this would be a better first lace project. She’s the queen of lace, so I decided to listen to her).

I’m knitting it using knitpicks gloss in the dusk color. Here’s a picture after the first night of knitting.

I hadn’t realized that lace (at least easy lace like this) is so addictive. It’s definitely a just one more pattern row, just one more purl row…sort of thing.

Here’s what it looked like after all of the stems had been completed.

Now I have almost finished the second lotus blossom section. I have one more section and then the bind off.  (This picture is closest to the actual color.)

I hope to finish this by the end of the week.  I think I might be tacking the flower basket shawl pretty soon, although I have both monkey socks and sockapalooza socks to knit.

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The basics:
How long have you been knitting?  I have been knitting for 3 1/2 years.

Do you consider yourself a beginning sock knitter, an intermediate, or have you been doing this so long you could probably knit a pair in your sleep?    I would consider myself an advanced intermediate.

The measurements:
Shoe Size:   I wear a 7.5 wide.
Foot circumference:    9 inches
Foot length:  9 inches

Yarn Preferences:
What colors do you love?  I’ve been really into spring green (chartreuse green) lately.  I’ve also been into pink.  Like many people, I am often inspired by the colors surrounding me, so right now I’m really into spring colors.

Do you prefer solids or variegated?  I often find myself buying variegated yarn because I love all the color, but I when it actually comes to knitting, I prefer semi-solids, so that the color doesn’t overwhelm the pattern.

Do you prefer wool, cotton or acrylic yarn? I prefer wool yarn.  I would also love to see some merino-tencel blend yarn in person.  I once knit my niece a sweater out of a tencel blend and it was so soft and had a beautiful sheen.

What colors would you never wear?  I will wear any and every color combination in socks.  That is what makes socks so fun.

Knitting Gadgets
Favorite needles.
Plastic, metal, bamboo or wood?  I really like metal needles, but also use bamboo and wood.  I haven’t ever tried plastic metal.  I try to avoid using dpn whenever possible.  I would much rather knit with two circs. 

Are there any knitting accessories you don’t have in your collection but would like?  Do they make a cover for your index finger for use with sharp needles?  I think I might have seen some such thing on someone’s blog.  With my knitpicks needles, my index finger gets sore from getting poked.

Would you be willing to have an international Monkey Pal or do you prefer one in the US?   I would be happy to have an international pal.

Do you have any allergies?  Nope.

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