It’s been a while

But I just haven’t felt like spending much time on the computer. I’ve been working some overtime, and the last thing I want to do is look at a computer screen when I get home. What have I been doing other than working?

I’ve finished the rest of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Each book was better than the previous! I’m not sure if I’ll get around to posting reviews of the other two, but my review of the first book can be found here.

I’ve also read The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff. Another great read. I may post a review next week sometime.

And just to show that I don’t love every book I’ve ever read…this weekend I read Stuck in Downward Dog by Chantel Simmons. I’m not sure why I didn’t like it. I enjoy some nice light chicklit. I enjoy yoga, which plays a dominate role in the novel. But really, a waste of my Sunday. Mara has got to be the most whiny and annoying character I’ve read in a loooong time.

After a brief hiatus, I am knitting. Work seems to have messed up my wrists a bit, but they are on the mend as things begin to slow down at work. I am slowly working on a pair of socks for Blair. Consolation socks, since I can’t seem to get a sweater to work. Picture to come.

What else is going on? Oh we started to get a fresh fruit and veg delivery from fresh options. We’ve received two weekly deliveries so far and I’m just loving it. I do love to cook, but I hate deciding what to make. The weekly delivery means that I just plan menus around what we get. No decisions. I just can’t rave enough about how wonderful that is! I’ve been meaning to take a picture of the lovely fruit and veg delivery, but the days are just not long enough yet to capture the loveliness in the natural light. Maybe in another week or two. The delivery varies each week and is full of organic and, when available, local fruit and vegetables. Yum!

And I curled. Yep. I did. And we won. Those of you who know me can stop laughing now. I’m serious. I did curl. And we did win. I even have the pictures to prove it. So there.

Will post properly soon. With photos of knitting. Or food. Or at least a proper book review. Or something.

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I’m a selfish knitter

I was sharing a knitting book with a co-worker (I’m so lucky to have a co-worker that knits!) and we began chatting about knitting gifts. It got me thinking about whether or not I enjoy knitting for others.

I have knitted Christmas gifts in the past. And the response to the knitted gifts was pretty positive. But I found knitting gifts a bit stressful. I worried about the colour and the weight of the knit. It’s not like they could return it to the store if the item isn’t quite right.

When I knit for myself I get excited to see the end result. I experiment a bit with technique. I don’t worry about mistakes. In fact I sometimes think of the mistakes as a reminder of what I was doing at the time. The sweater I was working on one New Year that my old room mate and I were stuck in due to a blizzard and drank red wine and knit our way through New Year’s eve resulted in a few rows of rather funky stitches. I’m quite fond of the sweater not just because it was my first completed sweater, but because I think of that evening and giggle a bit. And anything that makes me giggle is great!

I feel a bit self conscious when I’m asked who I’m knitting for and the answer is “moi!”. But I think I’ll eventually come to terms with being a selfish knitter. And knitting for myself is the perfect way to pamper myself. The process of knitting is a gift in and of itself; the finished object is just the icing in the cake. Although, I have to admit, knitting for little ones is a great deal of fun too. And infants aren’t exactly picky about their knitted gifts either 🙂

Published in: on November 29, 2007 at 6:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hello world!

I sometimes feel that work gets in the way of the things that I love to do. While at my job I often find myself daydreaming about knitting, baking bread or curling up with one of the books piling up on my nightstand. I think about how I would love to learn how to sew or draw or any number of other things.

I’m notorious for starting projects that then get tossed to the side as something else captures my interest, or as life interrupts my spare time. There are so many things I’d like to spend time on, but someone has to clean the toilet or do the laundry. My hope is that this journal will help me track my hobbies and encourage me to finish a project before starting a new one.

List of projects currently in various states of incompleteness:

1. Boyfriend sweater. I’ve been working on this one for about 2 years.

2. Blouse. Started last year.

3. Pajama bottoms. Started last year.

4. Dress. Started this summer.

5. Sweater. Started this week.

Wish me luck in paring down this list! I’ll post pictures of the projects soon.

Published in: on October 7, 2007 at 8:13 pm  Comments (1)  
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