A Post!

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
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Here is a picture because all blog posts need pictures.

Hi there, folks who still read my blog. I imagine there are a few who haven’t culled their feed readers in a while. And for that, I thank you!

I have been in a knitting and blogging funk (mostly Farmville-related), but I think my belly is developing a small fire for knitting that I sense will erupt soon enough. I have been looking at the Knitpicks catalogues that still come to my door every month, and I have a feeling my knitting bag will be going back into my backpack tomorrow morning. I removed it a few months ago (regretfully), because I hadn’t used it in months and it was bulking up the bag. But it’s going back. It has Bubble in it.

Also, I seamed Greenzo. I never seam ANYTHING. I specifically seek out sweaters that I don’t have to seam, so that I don’t have to seam them. But I seamed this shirt one day a little while ago, and it was moderately pain-free. I think this is a good sign.

P.S: Eff Farmville.

Love,
Eve

Greenzo!

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
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Greenzo

Greenzo (otherwise known as Orangina) is pictured here as an unfinished item, but soon after I took these photos (the 15th), I went to a hockey game (last game of the Kingston Frontenacs at the Memorial Centre!) and finished it up. It’s now sitting around waiting to be blocked so I can seam up the sides and take saucy pictures of myself wearing it. Stay tuned.

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WIP Week: Greenzo!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
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I didn’t want to call this shirt Orangina because it’s not orange, and Greenina doesn’t fit very well. Greenzo, however, fits like a glove. And so voila: Greenzo. (For those not in the know, I named this shirt Greenzo after David Schwimmer’s one-time character on the bext comedy on television, 30 Rock. Watch this show! It is awesome! I would never let you down with a television recommendation.)

Greenzo

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Saturday, Pattern Day #28

Saturday, January 5th, 2008
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My apologies, folks, for being absent this past week! I’ve been working hard to finish up my master’s thesis proposal (completed yesterday afternoon) and the Christmas and New Year’s season has also gotten in the way. I’ve got a few posts lined up starting on Monday, and plenty of knitting to show you guys! I’ve started back on Colchique and I’m blocking my swatch for the Somewhat Cowl. I’ve stalled on Orangina due to yarn run-out, but it’ll be back and soon finished once more yarn comes in! And now for your regularly-schedule pattern programming.

If you are knitting or have already knit a pattern that I’m talking about, leave me a comment and I’ll update my post with a link to your version. If you’ve written up a pattern and you want me to link to it, send me an email or leave me a comment and I’ll post it! It makes the list longer and my job easier.

A shawl panic, a poll, and a legal document

Friday, July 13th, 2007
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Let the record show that Eve is in a panic. She has 1.5 repeats finished on the SWATCH for the Myrtle shawl, and she has to finish the actual shawl itself in two (2) weeks if she wants to wear it to the garden party. This is so not happening. A shawl with lace in every row is never a good idea for a deadline, and she has decided to scrap it in favour of a faster project. To this end, she has prepared a poll and is requesting your opinion as to the best project to knit: Shetland Triangle, Japanese Feather Stole, Lace Dream Stole, a lace parasol based on Victoria, or Orangina. Results will be tabulated at the end of the weekend.


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Planning for Winter

Saturday, May 19th, 2007
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Ah, summer. The time when the world’s knitters gather their metaphorical nuts and berries and stuff them in the bottom of tree trunks for the winter. The better planners would be beginning now for fall outerwear (or in California, fall beachwear) and winter Christmas presents (or in California, winter bacchanalia and hybrid car cozies).

Last October was when I started all my Christmas presents, and I thought I’d get them all finished. I didn’t, but I was close. This summer, I’m going to plan way in advance. This idea comes from Ali at Skeins Her Way, who’s running a brilliant contest where you list your knitting goals and three people win some delicious Organic Cotton from Blue Sky Alpacas. Go check her out! (And when you get there, tell her I sent you :) )

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Eve Learns Math (and you can, too!)

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007
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CalculusSo here’s a bunch of math so I can figure out how I should knit my Orangina. I’ve included my calculations so you can get an idea of the process I’m using, but I’ll summarize here by saying that I have a gauge of 14sts/4in which is way off the 24sts/4in that are recommended. With my wider gauge, I should get a wider shirt than the pattern would normally suggest. The cast-on number I’ve calculated, however (which corresponds to a 34in width in my calculations) corresponds to a 36in width in the pattern. That suggests that I would get a skinnier shirt, not a wider shirt, if I were to knit at my much wider gauge. I’ve never knit a shirt before, so I’m imploring for your suggestions. What should I do, knitters? I’m usually proud of my mathematical ability, but in this arena I’m stumped.

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I am a Workaholic

Saturday, March 24th, 2007
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The first step in the 12-step program is acceptance, right?

I have all this eye-tracking data now, and my eye-tracking data analysis program refuses to analyze it properly. I am considering writing my own program to analyze it. With graphics and everything. I am crazy.

I feel like I am in Stage Four of the thesis writing process. If Stage Four also involves a sudden and strange addiction to coffee, accompanied by the requisite caffeine crashes that make up 98.4% of the day. Oh, I long for the 1.6% when the coffee is actually working…

I finished knitting the Backyard Leaves scarf, and I have absolutely no energy to seam it together. Why on earth would you design a scarf that you have to seam together??? I originally decided that I would pick up the provisional stitches I left on the first half and just keep going with the second half, but then I picked up the wrong stitches and had to rip back once I realized what I had done. Instead of being the smart little girl and picking up in the right spots, I gave up, cast-off the first half and cast on an entirely new second half with the intent to follow the instructions to the letter and seam them together later. Because, of course, it would be no problem to seam, seaming is fun! Seaming is to knitters like ambrosia is to Zeus, right? Oh ho ho. Seaming is what data analysis is to researchers. You know you have to do it to finish, but it’s so darn excruciating…

I’m too tired to even weave in the ends. Maybe I can do that this afternoon, if I can pull myself away from the lab. I have six participants coming in, which will bring me up to my self-imposed requirement of 20. Not bad for an honours thesis, especially given the massive number of knitters who helped with the web end of things. (Thank you, knitters.)

I just want to keep blogging because if I don’t stop, then I don’t have to start working on the essay that is slowly ever so slowly growing during the dark times (literally dark times) as I sit by my participants in that tiny little room with the lights off so the eye-tracker can find their little bulbs better. My eyes hurt. I now associate that essay with headaches.

But anyhoo, getting back to the knitting, the FOs certainly are flying off the needles. I don’t have the patience to start anything new, so I’m finishing a lot of UFOs that were mellowing in the drawers. I finished the head of my aunt Liz’s dragon, and now I just have to seam it together (*weep*) and stuff it and glue some eyes on. I finished a third kiddy hat (and the ears that will soon be seamed onto them) for our local hospital. I tried working on my dad’s Rule 30 scarf, but after two rows I couldn’t bear it any longer so I decided to put it away again. I think I’m going to start my Orangina, now that I have once again experienced the catharsis of FOs (which I will photograph as soon as they are seamed, ha!). Maybe after that, I will have time to whimper quietly in a corner while my thesis data grows un-analyzed.

The most beautiful green in the world

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
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When I was in grade 10, my hair was the most beautiful shade of deep forest green. I was between cameras at the time, but I remember video taping myself the day after I dyed it to keep a record of what a beautiful colour it was. Ever since then, that shade has been my favourite. Until a few weeks ago I’d never seen that shade in yarn form, and then I went to Little Knits, looking for cotton for an Orangina. I couldn’t believe how perfect the colour was:

Classic Elite Provence

Classic Elite Provence in Kennebunk Teal (with 3 balls of Noro Kureyon, just for yuks and because it was $15)

I’m sad to say I couldn’t capture the colour with my camera, so you’re going to have to imagine how delicious a green it is. It really is fabulous. The colour is truer in this picture.

I love Little Knits so much!

Shawlin’ It

Thursday, July 20th, 2006
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I’m not a shawl person. I bought one last year at a sale for $10 because I thought it was a neat pattern and I wanted to spend time with it to figure out how it worked, but I’ve never worn it and I doubt I ever will. I don’t like having to hold things in place, and tying a shawl around me would never work.

My mother, however, would really appreciate a beautiful, delicate shawl and so I’m going to knit one for her for Christmas. I’m starting now because it’s a lace project and I figure I can take my time with it and do something new for the Amazing Lace.

I’m now taking submissions for which shawl to knit. I haven’t really taken a look at shawl patterns, so I don’t know which ones are the best. Here’s your chance to wreak your havoc on my life! To which shawl should I devote the next 5 months of my life?

As a guide: she likes really simple, elegant clothes. She’s teutonic, dontcha know. But if there’s something completely over the top that you just wanna namedrop, I love looking at new patterns so namedrop them like it’s hot. If you don’t have a shawl idea, what’s your favourite lace pattern?

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