Monday, December 21, 2009 Minute Xmas Knitting

I'm not usually one to be knitting frantically the week before Xmas, but I find myself doing just that this year.

No Room For Error
With my mom's sweater, I am both shocked that I have left absolutely no time for errors and that I've not made any as I've been designing this beauty on the needles.

I also promised a family member a pair of FiberTrend Felted Clog slippers, so I have to fit that in with finishing the mom-gift.

Fortunately, I'm pretty confident I'll get it all done, but I just can't believe how closely I timed this one...not like me at all.

Current Knitting
I have sewn on the buttons, and finished the two sleeves up to the sleeve cap shaping. I actually had to give myself row-deadlines, such as "You can't go on the computer until you've finished 30 rows of knitting." It helped, because now I feel that the remaining knitting is manageable over the next couple of days.

Click here to view the most recent picture!

I'll post a couple of pictures of the felted clog slippers when I get the chance.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I Hate Joe Lieberman

Is there anyone on the planet that actually likes this man who clearly only answers to the insurance companies that pay to get him elected?

Health Reform?
Great...they've worked like dogs to get a bill that is so watered down it makes virtually no impact on health care in this country whatsoever.

I don't quite understand what the harm was in offering Medicare to people starting at age 55.

It would seem to me that having a less aged pool of health care recipients, who pay into the Medicare fund would only be a good thing.

Oh...of course unless you were an insurance company making profits off of that same population, and you had spent almost a million dollars in election contributions to help get Senator Lieberman elected.

Then it might not be such a good thing.

I am incensed that Lieberman can be so obvious and the entire state he represents doesn't physically storm his office to unseat him.

Current Knitting
It's been a while since I posted.

I'm still working on the cardigan for my mom for Christmas.

I'm happy to say I've finished the back, the two fronts, the button band and the button-hole band. There are pictures out on my projects list in Ravelry...just click on the picture below.

I'm also happy to state that as it's 10 days before Christmas, I have also finished the ribbing on both sleeve cuffs, and knitted a bit of both sleeves (I'm doing both at the same time).

Readers' Comments/Questions
Concerning storage of contact information, Johanna asks, "Might you try something that isn't tied to your work? Like Gmail or something else?"

I may end up doing something like that, but some web softwares charge for the service, which I think is ridiculous, and I feel like you never know how stable applications like Gmail will be over the decades. Even my blog server (Blogger or dumped all my photos when they were bought out by Google...and I had paid to store them.

Monday, December 07, 2009


Three anniversaries recently passed, and only one got any attention at all:

1. Our delightful little kitty, Gage died three years ago...Thaddeus and I do an annual mini-hike to where he's buried...a beautiful wooded area that overlooks an estate on the Delaware River.

2. Thaddeus and I hit the 26 year milestone of being together in the middle of last month.

3. November 11th was my 7th year of writing QueerJoe blog.

Without Technical Help, I'm Useless
I am terrible at remember birthday's anniversaries, or even simple scheduled events like doctors visits. I rely heavily on having software like Outlook remind me of such things.

Unfortunately, when my company was bought out this past June, I had to convert from Outlook to Lotus Notes...and I just HATE Lotus Notes (even more than Outlook!).

I still haven't finished loading all my contacts onto Lotus Notes, and it's been five months. I also haven't been able to load all my birthdays and anniversaries.

I feel as though when I finally get all the data that I used to keep on Outlook, loaded onto Lotus Notes, I will probably have to convert to some other system!

Current Knitting
I'm happy to say that I've completed quite a bit more of my mom's Christmas gift sweater.

I've made it up to the point where I have started shaping the arm holes, and I'm working both front parts simultaneously, figuring it will be easier to do the neck shaping on both sides, rather than try to remember what I did on one side when I finally make it up to the neck shaping on the second side.

Free Knitting Pattern Links
I'm sure web sites like this have been created before, but this one looked like a good list of the 25 best web sites for free knitting patterns, so I thought I'd pass it on.

25 Best Places to Find Free Knitting Patterns Online

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

I've Subscribed Again

Well, I never did subscribe to Spin-Off before, but I used to subscribe to other knitting magazines.

I can't remember why I subscribed to Spin-Off Magazine. I think there must have been a deal where I got an extra issue for free or something, but I don't recall.

Regardless, I'm quite glad I did...even if this is the only good issue I get in a year.

There's a wonderful article by Abby Franquemont on plying on a spindle. She's got a few e-videos where she shows herself doing this technique that Ted linked to in comments a few weeks ago, but they're non-tutorial. Combining the instructions from the magazine article, and the videos will be a good way to learning this new technique (new to me anyway).

Jacey Boggs had a fascinating article on spinning coiled yarns...I may never do it, but it was a fascinating read. I also got a lot out of Jeannine Bakriges article on Seven Drafting Techniques and Debbie Grale's article called "Two Yarns, Three Projects." While I don't intend on making any of the projects, her experimenting with different variegated rovings helped me understand spinning better.

Finally, I've realized I must own Abby Franquemont's new book, "Respect the Spindle: Spin Infinite Yarns with One Amazing Tool
"...I think Abby is amazing spinner and I find I understand her writing about the craft very well.

Current Knitting
With plain stockinette stitch on the current project, it's moving along quite well.

Since the project is looking more like the final gift, I've decided I will only link to my Ravelry project pictures of the garment.

I'll be working on this over the next week or two until it's done.