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Why I Hate Poetry November 22, 2009

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Can you spot the difference in these two pictures?

Picture A

Picture B

Admittedly, it’s hard to tell from the pictures and the colours are very similar, but it’s the letter ‘W’ in ‘Towering.’  Picture B has the letter I knit, which I saw in the reject pile at the Poetry Society’s Manchester viewing of the final knit poem.

Notice the 'W' in 'Towering' that is not sewn onto the poem

I  understand that more letters than needed were probably allocated in case people dropped out etc.   So, I would just like to start off by saying, thank you Poetry Society for wasting several hours of my life knitting that letter!

This afternoon, while my friends were pointing out their knitted letters with pride, I got to point to my letter in the reject pile and say, there’s my letter.  There was no pride in my voice, in case you’re wondering.  In fact, before I saw my letter in the reject pile, someone said, ‘The people who knit the letters over there must be gutted.’  That statement is correct.

For this letter, Poetry Society, I couldn’t even use up yarn in my stash because I didn’t have 100% double-knit for your oh-so-strict 100% wool, intarsia only knitting project.  And, Poetry Society, I’ll be damned if that bright red ‘T’ in ‘The’ is 100% wool because it looks cheap and horrible, like 100% acrylic often does.  There are also quite a few ‘N’s that were sewn on upside down and it looks ridiculous.  Not that I’m bitter or anything.

If I would have known my letter would end up in the reject pile, I would have at least asked for the letter ‘A’ so I could have taken it home with me today to dress as Hester Prynne for a costume party.  Because after today, I will always choose novels over poetry.

And that is why I now hate poetry.

 

Some Assembly Required: For the Love of Buffy Part II November 8, 2009

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I can now post my complete Buffy swap package as the package has been delivered and received!

Buffy Swap Package

Fool for Buffy

The silver package with the picture of Dark Willow is a box of chocolates called Black Magic.  Then there is an official Buffy photo of Xander from the season 5 episode ‘Out of Mind.’  I acquired the Xander photo in a very Xander appropriate way as well.  When I went to Forbidden Planet, which has always sold awesome Buffy stuff until I needed it for the swap, there was an almost empty rack of official TV show photos, there were a few X Files photos going for 4.99 or something, but most of them were of Xander for the insane price of 50 pents.  Poor, unappreciated Xander.

I included King Cole ‘Mirage’ yarn as a ‘Something Blue’ and another ribbon type yarn called ‘Firefly’ (not Buffy I know, but Joss Wheadon related and Nathan Fillion was Caleb in Buffy and there was also that other guy from “Conversations with Dead People|” who was also in “The Message,” so the link is pretty strong).

There was also some Wheetabix and a Spike themed Bag – signature black and red with a yellow Blondie Bear ribbon at the top.  One of the recipient’s favorite quotes is, ‘Dozens of times, lots of different ways, every night I save you,’ so I embroidered it on the Spike bag.  Complete with a tag of Spike not saving Buffy.

 

Spike Bag 1

Hey I've died twice.

The other tags are of Buffy and Spike in “Something Blue” because that is one of my swappie’s favorite episodes.  One of my favorite pictures of Spike and Giles drinking blood and tea on the Wheetabix package because I think Wheetabix is an English thing.  And on the Fresh Bite Scarflet, a tag with Angel biting Buffy.

Not pictured, but included, were Yorkie Bars, for the whole feminist factor, and because they are SOOO yummy!Also, the bag has lots of vines and stuff on it, and I was watching Season 4 while I was making and picking out stuff for the swap, and the vines reminded me of the episode “Where the Wild Things Are.”  If you’re not familiar with Buffy, that episode has nothing to do with the much-loved children’s book.  Far from it, Buffy and her stupid boyfriend Riley have sex for pretty much the whole episode in a haunted frat house and vines grow all around the door of the bed room so no one can stop them from having sex.  The stars are for the night when vampires come out and Buffy goes on patrol.

Buffy Tote 2

Giles, "Doing what?" Xander, "You know, for a god of acoustic rock, you're kind of naive."

I’ve just realised I must love Buffy more than Weezer (circa 1994 – 2005 only) because, correct me if I’m wrong Dorkbutt, but I don’t think I’ve ever been so attentive and creative with any of my Weezer themed crafts.  Wow!  I am a massive dork!

 

I Remembered Remembered the 5th Nov! November 5, 2009

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Big Ben/Parliment

Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

I remembered Guy Fawkes Day this morning on my own for the first time in 3 years!  It would appear that I am assimilating.

Last week I was in London, which is when the Big Ben/Parliament picture was taken, and bought some fantastic sparkly yarn, Stardust Dream in Color “Experimentals” from I Knit London.

Stardust Dream in Color

Dream in Color Stardust - Vintage Violet

The picture doesn’t really do the colour, or the silver flecks, any justice, but my digital camera is out-of-order, so I’ve been using the camera phone.  It is really gorgeous; the silver nylon sparkles are very subtle and glimmer really  nicely under the light without the ‘Holy glitter!’ reaction.

I bought Dream in Color to use for Springtime Bandit by Kate Gagnon Osborn.  I’ve wanted to knit this shawl for several weeks, but hadn’t found the right yarn until I walked into I Knit London and saw the hank of purple Dream in Color.

I started Springtime Bandit yesterday and the yarn knits up really nicely.  There are a few problems with the pattern, mainly the crochet Cast-On, which can be substituted, with the same effect, by casting on 2 stitches.  Then knit those first 2 stitches of the row and add 1 stitch at the beginning of each knit row by knitting through the back loop until there are 7 stitches.

Springtime Bandit

The Beginnings of Springtime Bandit

Also, the instructions don’t include the 2 edge stitches (4 edge stitches altogether), so when you finish the set-up chart, you actually have 55 stitches, not 51 like the instructions say.  I completed the first few rows of the body chart and the 55 stitches worked out with the pattern.

I also spent close to an hour looking up Ravelry advise on the pattern and it seems that several people casted on using the ktbl method to get 7 stitches and other people also verified that the 55 stitches is correct.  Other advise included substituting the SKP with SSK, which has the same effect, but I don’t think the SKP is any more or less difficult than SSK; it’s just a matter of preference to get the left slanting decrease.  If I have any more mods by the time I finish, I will be sure to post them.

Other recent projects include fingerless mittens for my sis-in-law and myself.  For the sis-in-law, these grey mittens from Knitty.com called Fetching by Cheryl Niamath.  I used the Sirdar Aran Super Wash we used for the MacMillan Cancer Blanket.

Fetching Fingerless Gloves

I also made myself some Owling Fingerless Gloves with Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK.  I only had one skein, so was concerned that I wouldn’t have enough, and took out one owl pattern (40 stitches casted on instead of 45) and they are a perfect fit.  It’s also done wonders for my self-esteem as it’s not very often I get to decrease the size to fit!

Owling Fingerless Gloves

Owling Fingerless Gloves

I loved knitting with the Alpaca Silk and the yarn is so soft and squishy and warm!  As I was knitting them, I swear the yarn smelled of jasmine, my favourite scent, but I was just imagining that because the yarn was so soft and lovely.  They don’t smell so nice now that they’ve gotten wet from the horrible Manchester weather.  Boo Winter!

 

Manchester Yarn Day November 3, 2009

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From 10am – 5pm on Saturday 7th November 2009, the Manchester Yarn Collective will be holding their first ever Yarn Day at the Manchester Craft & Design Centre (17 Oak St, Manchester, M4 5JD map).  They are also holding various spinning, knitting and crochet workshops, so visit the Manchester Yarn Collective’s website for more info and to register for a workshop.