March 27, 2010
so i hope you’ll still find it gripping.
last night i went out and did young people things.
it’s been a while since i’ve had the inclination, energy, or time to go dancing.
but last night was special.
last night, i had the opportunity to see an icon of the queer world.
last night, amanda lepore came to pittsburgh.
but i’m a pro, and i shook my ass like one.
i kinda wish i’d paid the $200 to get into the v.i.p. room to meet her.
i mean, did i really need to eat this week?
while many of you were probably more excited about my harlot encounter, seeing an icon in person is one of those once in a lifetime things. i know i’ll never forget that night.
how could i?
she did look a little cold though.
maybe i should have knit her something.
March 16, 2010
while taking a nap this afternoon, i got a couple text messages letting me know that the yarn harlot blogged about me and my socks!:
“And there was Steven,
who not only knit his first socks, but knit them for me, which was pretty outstandingly touching. (I’ve had a good look at them too… they’re perfect. They look nothing like first socks. Darned good knitting, even though he had to put a rush on them and finished them right there.)”
i know they’re not perfect, but i’m loving the idea the sock knitter herself gave my socks a proverbial gold star.
in the very same post you should also note ms. juliet (the fine lady who knitted the carrot).
or as i know her, my first fan.
waiting in in the morning rain for the library to open, she asked me if i was steven. i figured since i was back in michigan that maybe i was a school mate of one of her children or maybe she was a former teacher i just didn’t recognize.
no my friends, she recognized me from my blog. (how cool is that?!)
believe me when i say that was the best way to start one of my favorite days.
she even asked me to put some of my mojo on her carrot.
unrelated to my harlot encounter, i’m currently watching the original halloween by john carpenter. in one brief shot, you see that laurie (jamie lee curtis) has a knitting bag! how cool is that! i guess her long aluminum needles and blue acrylic yarn are supposed to add to her 70′s girl scout persona.
all i could think was she should use them to defend herself later on in the movie!
March 14, 2010
warning. if the notion of a knitting celebrity is lost on you, this post might not make a whole lot of sense. just sayin’
i always feel like i need a vacation after my vacations; when i leave my “real” life behind, i invariably try to pack in as many activities as humanly possible leaving me completely drained when i get home.
which isn’t to say that my spring break wasn’t completely worth it.
i’m only saying i am bushed, bitches.
i’ll skip the details of my family fun time. this is supposed to be a blog about knitting right? suffice it to say there were a lot of movies, excessive ingestion, a piercing replacement, and one wicked game of canasta where i, of course, kicked ass.
the subplot of my week was the knitting of my first socks which would then be given to ms. stephanie pearl-mcphee (a.k.a. the yarn harlot). let me tell you, coming off my knitting olympics “win”, choosing to embark on yet another project with a radical deadline only added to my current state of exhaustion. luckily, the knitting olympics taught me the most important lessons of deadline knitting:
one. knit everywhere.
i knit in the car.
i knit in the movies.
i knit over dinner.
i knit in front of the television.
this may seem like an obvious lesson, but how many of you actually practice it? imagine how much we would finish if we knit everything as if we were on deadline!
i do warn you that knitting everywhere, while very productive, can irritate the non-knitters around you. i suffered a frown every now and then when my knitting was deemed de trop.
two. if you finish, it will always be a close call.
here’s the (second) sock waiting with me in the friendship auditorium of the detroit public library roughly two hours before the event was scheduled to begin
two minutes later, out came the yarn harlot!
now, everyone i know who’s met her says how nice and down to earth stephanie is, but that’s not how she came off to me, or at least that isn’t what stood out most.
i was enthralled by every syllable of her talk; it was the perfect fusion of comedy and insight couched in personal experience. (i delighted in her anecdote of spilling coffee all the time since i had spilled my mocha a few hours earlier on my knitting olympics sweater)
she read from her forthcoming book (which she had never done before ironically enough) on knitting and self esteem. when she finished, i had a tear in my eye. i was truly moved and i cannot wait to buy it.
(and no it’s not available for pre-order on amazon. believe me i checked)
after the talk, i waited in line to get a book signed, and, most importantly, deliver my socks.
i kept rehearsing what i thought i should say so i would come off as witty and poised, like in this photo:
a photo worthy of the hipster olympics for sure.
when i got to the front of the line, and she KNEW MY NAME, any possibility of coming off as cool went out the window. she graciously accepted my socks, and posed for the obligatory fan photo with me and the socks
(note the stark difference between the “posed hipster olympics face” and the “totally geeked out to meet stephanie pearl-mcphee and she’s holding my socks face”)
the best moment of the day: addressing her assistant she said, “he seems nice.”
so that’s my story, bitches.
i don’t know if our paths will cross again, but here’s hoping
February 28, 2010
working this pattern, i learned to do a lot of things i’d never done before including:
hiding wrap and turns
bottom up sweater
extensive color work mixing english and continental knitting
i also learned that jared flood might be the next ysolda teague. the pattern was definitely unclear at times, and not easily modified to achieve a different fit. i would NOT recommend this pattern for the inexperienced knitter.
i want to say i can’t believe it, i can’t believe that in two weeks, i finished this sweater that was a real challenge for me. but honestly, i can believe it. i’ve learned that i do in fact know what i’m doing and that gosh darn it, i’m a pretty damn good knitter.
so yarn harlot, your team may have won olympic gold, but did any of those hot hockey men knit a sweater?
i didn’t think so.
February 16, 2010
i’m having an emotion right now.
i received a package today.
that’s right folks, it’s my green mist bohus hat kit.
the one i wanted to knit for the knitting olympics.
however, i will continue on with my sweater.
i’ve made my commitment,
and some good progress.
February 12, 2010
so i’m sitting here waiting to cast on for the official 2010 knitting olympics
i know there are thousands more of you waiting too
i had originally hoped to cast on a bohus stickning Green Mist hat (Gröna Dimman mössa) but due to many acts of god and pittsburgh being bad at dealing with snow (biggest understatement of the century) it has yet to arrive.
instead am casting on jared flood’s huron (rav link) which may actually be less realistic than the bohus hat.
as i sit here dying to cast on yet another project, i just want to take this opportunity to thank the yarn harlot for not only holding these knitting olympics, but for being an inspiration to knitters across the globe.
it moves me to think that, because of her, i know there are tons of crazies out there casting on with me, all knitting toward the same goal.
a gold medal with a naked man on it.
so as i sit here, at the ready, i answer the call and recite The Knitting Olympics Athletes Pledge
I, a knitter of able hands and quick wits, to hereby swear that over the course of these Olympics I will uphold the highest standard of knitterly excellence.
I will be deft of hand and sure of pattern, I will overcome troubles of yarn overs and misplaced decreases. I will use the gifts of intelligence and persistence (as well as caffeine and chocolate) and I will execute my art to the highest form, carrying with me the hope for excellence known to every knitter.
I strive to win. To do my best, and to approach the needles with my own best effort in mind, without comparing myself to my fellow knitters, for they have challenges unique to them.
While I engage in this pursuit of excellence and my own personal, individual best, I also swear that I will continue to engage with my family in conversation, care for my pets, speak kindly with those who would ask me to do something other than knit, and above all, above every stitch thrown or picked, above every cable, every heel stitch, every change of colour, I swear this:
That I will remember that this is not the real Olympics, that I’m supposed to be having fun and that my happiness and self-worth ride not on my success….
but on my trying.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN BITCHES!
January 29, 2010
don’t hold it against me that i’ve abandoned you.
i haven’t really.
i’m just a slacker.
there have been so many secret projects, outings, and general life stuff that, rather than attempt to catch you up with words, how about a picture post?
favorite yarn store in Michigan, woven art
dinner at slows
the final recital show ever *tear* at the majestic cafe
started a top-down sweater in my fave michigan wool (yarn is shepherd’s wool by stonehedge fiber mill in white colorway)
started some squirrel mittens (ravelry link – yarn is jameison spindrift in pine and burnt umber colorways)
finished my epiphany gift for carla-k, a peaks island hood by isolda teague. i will never make it again, it is a terribly written pattern (work in pat.? which pat?), but i conquered it none the less.
(note: there were actually three of us at the shop working on this at the same time. we all had trouble. but once completed, we ran up and down the aisles singing “peaks island HOOD!”)
and i made this birthday bear hat which should be arriving at its intended destination any minute! (pattern is turn a square by jared flood, yarn is cascade 200 heathers in the chocolate heather colorway and noro silk garden in 293 colorway)
this doesn’t come close to covering all the stuff that i’ve gone through this winter but some stuff is too personal for a blog and this entry is long enough right?
no worries bitches, i’m doing well.
November 28, 2009
with the waterford washed, china tucked away, and silver back in the safety deposit box, i’m finding it hard to articulate all that i’m thankful for. it really is the simple things: friendships that have endured for a decade, a room mate i love coming home to, my parents’ love, mo’s antics, my grandparents’ tenacity, cold booze, warm wool, spectacular food, and black friday discounts.
these are the things i live for. don’t most people?
October 29, 2009
i don’t know about y’all, but i love addi turbos.
when i was first learning to knit, my gauge was unbelievably tight and while i loved straight wooden needles, i needed some help. i recall a ‘large’ women’s mitten i once made that wouldn’t fit a 5 year old. and that was after going up 2 needle sizes.
so nina suggested i try addi turbos.
i’ve never looked back.
for months now, ever since my first (or maybe second) visit to natural stitches and especially now that i work there, i have been lusting after the addi clicks. they’ve been on backorder forever and anytime anyone mentioned skacel, my heart jumped.
October 11, 2009
i have been such a busy bee. can you handle a long post?
went to chicago for Jeanne’s reception.
i worked on her gift (aka secret #2)
(that blue line to the end, that’s how long it took to get from pittsburgh to chicago)
and finished it at nina
went to Victory’s Banner
with my good friend caroline
hung out with jenny
ate a feed with old friends
(i love feed)
erin and jenny were there
but my week continued.
there was more
a lot more
and i’m really tired
but i think that’s enough for now.