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March 24, 2006


Second meme! I'm very picky about which ones I answer. Specifically, they have to do with knitting if they are to appear on this here lil' blog. The first one was loads of fun, and I just saw another one on Steph's blog that I want to answer.

Are my attempts to distract you from lack of knitting progress for the last, uhm, 12 days (!) working? While we're on the subject of my busy life, I'd also like to let you know that my landlord can only be described in "choice" words, and that prior to this evening's shower at the gym, I had not been able to truly shower since Monday. For the days in between, I'm amazed at how effective washing my hair in the kitchen sink, and wiping myself down with a wet washcloth actually proved to be - who would have thought?!?

Okay! The meme originates at JenLa, and these are the rules:

- Your finds must come from knit blogs.
- You may not use a blog for more than one item - all items must come from different sources.
- Finds can come from current entries or archives.
- You must post your answers with the title of the blogs they were found on and a link to the blog/item (permalinks where appropriate) on your blog. If no permalink is available, give us the post date.
- Do not steal anyone's bandwidth - which means you should not hotlink pictures.
- You need to comment on JenLa's blog and let them know when you have completed this meme.

1. A blog which you think people have not discovered.
Hmm... good question! One blog that's definitely worth a visit is Nancy's Bichons in Berry Sauce. I really love the design and layout of her blog, and her photographs. And did you see her rightward spiraling Odessa?!? Nancy knits in the opposite direction (moves stitches from her right needle to the left), and this is the result. I still cannot stop staring at her hat.

2. A blog whose author lives close to you physically. Just get as close as you can, it's all relative.
I'm extremely fortunate to live in the Boston area, in close proximity to a shitload of bloggers (that's a scientific term, of course). Omar and Betsy are very close, but I know there are others even closer! (Guido? Didn't want to link to you before knowing for sure that you wanted your blog to be public. Readers, Guido lives not even 10 minutes walking away from me).

3. An unusual or weird animal picture.
I pass on this one. Not sure what it has to do with knitting ;).

4. An entry that made you laugh and got you strange looks from family or co-workers.
This question is the reason I decided to answer the meme. On the day that Ms. Yarn Harlot herself has finished a pair of Jaywalkers (I'm still administering smelling salts to myself every time I feel woozy), I would like to tell you that she is the sole reason I finally took the plunge and started a blog. In fact, in the fall of 2004, when it became apparent to me that knitting was to become a major part of my life, it was her blog (and Fluffa's) that first made their way into the newly formed "knitting favorites" bookmark folder on my computer. At that time, I had absolutely no idea what a knitting blog was; I thought theirs were just funny and informative websites! Sorry, I digress... This entry in particular, which was posted within a week or two of when I started my blog, really ignited my fire and kept me going.

5. An idea you wish you'd thought of.
A really gorgeous knitting book that illustrates all the different ways of knitting - Western, Combined, etc. - as well as all the different ways of holding yarn. Oh, wait! That's just my dream! Okay... a circular knitting needle that's as smooth as an Addi Turbo, with as nice of a cable, but with a really pointy tip meant for lace knitting. Oops! That's my dream, too! A book about knitted garment construction that uses up-to-date silhouettes, styles, sizing charts, and ease measurements. That's not around, either? Gawd! Seriously, how about the Knitting Help website with all the videos? Now that's a brilliant idea!

6. Something you'd like to knit.
Here's the funny thing - once I select a project, I really push my limits to finish it, abandoning it only if there are no other choices or I'm truly fed up. However, I don't really plan in advance. I don't have a mental or physical list of things I'd like to knit! Oh, alright! Here's one thing - the Sunrise Circle Jacket by Kate Gilbert. I don't know if I'll ever make it, but I'm ultimately intrigued.

7. A picture of something you consider beautiful.
Hot off the press! Did you see the most deliciously adorable larva-pupa-butterfly series on Wee Wonderfuls today? The pupa with just the eyes sticking out - too much!!!

8. A blog whose author you'd like to one day meet in person.
Two Sheep June. We missed each other literally by a day - she told me about her knitting group (which I've now loyally attended for over a year) just two days before she left the state! Since then we have communicated a lot via e-mail, and I'm fortunate to have June as a resource for all those mind-boggling queries. But I still think... if we got in touch just a week earlier, I would have met her in real life before she left!

9. A blog of someone you have already met in person.
Dare I count? Again, it's wonderful to live in the Boston area, there are so many of us around! At the last big knitter gathering, I was able to stay late and extensively chat with Carole and Maryse. Oh. My. God. Hilarious is such an understatement. To give you an idea - yes, we did discuss the dead swan on the ass of that ice dancer. We really, really did. (Of course now I wouldn't give Maryse the time of day, because, uhm, this and, uhm, this. Looks like it's straight out of a crapalog to me!).

SO. That's that. If you like this meme, consider yourself tagged! And if you don't, thanks for reading ;).

Posted by Kathy on March 24, 2006 01:13 AM


Those kleenex and soap holders are awful!
You should have looked for the creepy animal picture on my blog. The cat and dog from The Exorcist.

Your response to #5 is priceless. And you're right, Boston IS a knitter's breeding ground - I must stumble upon a new Boston knitter's blog every day!

Great job, Grumperina. Thanks for remembering the fun time we had!

Well, I wish you'd hurry up and WRITE that book on all the ways of knitting! We need it out here. Not to mention the Addis with sharp points...

I still want to see a really good and detailed picture of where you get crafty! :) That Odessa is WILD!

Fun reading, thanks Grumperina!

hmm, i'm not so sure how i feel about this meme. although i'm thrilled to be mentioned and like carole think it's great that you remembered the fun time we had. i'm not so sure i'm all that psyched about BEING DISSED IN YOUR COMMENTS SECTION!!!!! WHAT IS UP WITH THAT?

i mean you can make fun of my crochet because i know it's just jealousy -- you wish you were as proficient with the crochet as i am ... but ...
you know ... it hurts a little. sniff.

With your brain and my limited knowledge of marketing we could totally do those needles, or the books. You choose. I'm on board with either.

I hope you do all those wonderful things you wrote about on #5...I would seriously buy your book and improved, sharp Addis (I thought I was the only one lusting for sharper ends).


I'll be in Boston again someday... Or we'll meet up at a wool event for sure. But thanks for the mention!

in the interests of balance -
in defense of maryse = sometimes you just gotta dig on the virtues of all american kitsch. every home in america should have a granny square afghan and one bizarre crocheted item. i personally have neither, but i will rectify both soon!

aww thanks gigi!

I am seriously flattered. Seriously.

Yay for the bookmark! A very nice compliment, indeed.


Recently came across your blog and two things struck me. You're a knitter and a linguist! I'm a knitter-in-training and a linguist-in-training! 1+1= I'm going to read your blog more often.

Can I impose on you to ask what area of linguistics you've specialized in? I've just recently been accepted into the grad program and I'm a little excitable these days.

I vote for the Addis with sharp points!

What's a meme.. i feel like such a newbie.. Oh well..

FYI I think that the circles crew are going to be doing a knit-along using the sunrise circle sweater pattern soon. You should check out there site and see..:)

Well, I both knit and crochet with wool and with acrylic. Consequently I am not judgemental on other people's choice of projects. I can usually see the beauty in whatever people create. What may fit into your lifestyle may not fit into others. And vice a versa. Just be thankful we live in a society where we are free to be creative in any way we wish to be. I like Maryse's creations and I like yours too, Grumperina. Dee

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