Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Calendar Girls

I am gonna be in a calendar. In 2008.

Well, sort of. My SnB group has a group photo that will appear in Debbie Stoller's calendar. I hope I look okay in it. I'm the one in the red hand-knit sweater, working away on that Noro scarf...

And I'm finally figuring out fishtail lace (I don't remember what yarn it is, though. It's sky blue with sparkly silver running through it):

This makes me happy. It's only taken me how long to make this much? After much frogging and puzzling, I finally understand how lace works. Give me cables and entrelac any day.

Last night I went to a party at a former classmate's apartment. Always odd, I think, to see the folks (or at least some of them) that I went to school with. I'll admit i wasn't close to them; I consider them fine colleagues, but it always reminds me how different I am in some ways from them, or about whom i feel completely at ease with...and I guess I don't quite feel at home among certain perspectives on "fun" differ from mine at times. I suppose there are times when i feel like the odd man out, but who doesn't, at times?

I'm much more at home with my SnB group, The Hall Gang from college, or with my best friend from the other half of my program.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

More tests

What Kind of Knitter Are You?

You appear to be a Knitting Adventurer. You are through those knitting growing pains and feeling more adventurous. You can follow a standard pattern if it's not too complicated and know where to go to get help. Maybe you've started to experiment with different fibers and you might be eyeing a book with a cool technique you've never tried. Perhaps you prefer to stick to other people's patterns but you are trying to challenge yourself more. Regardless of your preference, you are continually trying to grow as a knitter, and as well you should since your non-knitting friends are probably dropping some serious hints, these days.
Take this quiz!


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I admit it. I have this addiction for taking quizzes...and I think that the results describe me pretty well. Aran? I have no idea. I'll try it! Intarsia? Never tried it. I will sometime. This procrastinator would love to design a sweater some day. But I'm not confident enough yet, though I've got ideas.
Christmas was good--I got some money from my mom, who said that I can buy my own knitting bag, since she doesn't know what color or style to get--so Jordana Paige purse--here I come! Now I just have to decide what color to get.
My brother got me a JoAnns card, but I think I'll keep it till I see something I absolutely need. I will try my best to destash, though. But this is me...

Thursday, December 21, 2006


Apparently, the holidays caught me and bit me in the butt. Because I haven't been posting much, and I have been sadly behind in my knitting projects.

I actually bought a bunch of white and black yarn with the plan to knit a piano scarf. This was about a year ago. So now I'm gettign my ass in gear, trying to create a pattern for this. It gets easier to knit over time. Apparently I was a very bad piano student because I couldn't remember what keys started where...yikes!
Last night we met up at Ann's for sushi and knitting! I know, I know. You're thinking: "Umm...Stace? You don't eat fish!"

Yeah, that's right. But....Sakura has gyozas! And shrimp tempura! YUM. It was the perfect meal--small but filling, and I think next time I go out to Montrose, I'll have to go there and try the shrimp tempura udon!

Today I had a day off so I made these (that's my watch next to the plate. i did not make that.)

I have been working a LOT this week (and last week) because of Christmas. I seriously can't wait for Christmas to be over, just so I can sleep. And prop my feet up and read a good book...or knit, of course.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

So I needed to knit something. Something that wasn't entrelac (though I love it! Love it!) and I have this gorgeous Noro Aurora that was begging to be I decided to do a little something different with it. So I'm using a pattern from Last Minute Knitting gifts (note to self: go the library tomorrow to copy patterns for christmas gifts). I like the way the Noro is knitting up so far--kind of a more subtle and girly look to it. And as you may know, I'm not really girly at all.

I'm also working on a sweater, and some project that I started waaaaaaay back before my friend had a baby--which was in May. And it's not done yet.

Last night was our potluck dinner, so I made baklava (always a hit, except for the one time I experimented with lemon juice and ended up with tart baklava)

And my friend's little sister showed up at Square Records (not because she was knitting, but because she was shopping there before going to her birthday dinner) so that was great!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Oh my gosh! I am actually WRITING!

I am actually writing! I am so excited about Thanksgiving--not only because I get to gorge myself on mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie...but also because I don't have class tomorrow! Of course, I still have homework, but that's okay.

I am on my way to converting a few people (I hope). One is a cool girl from my statistics class (whom i have been bonding with over things that look like:
(X1-X2)/Sx1-Sx2 (ok, so I have no idea where the symbols are), but these long complicated things that have my head spinning and me wishing for yarn to soothe my nerves. Next week, hopefully, she'll be able to make it to my stitch and bitch group.

And this morning, I succumbed to Celebrity Paranormal Project, which is seriously scary. thank god it was sunny out, and was daylight. If it were night, there is no way I would have slept at all. One of the best parts is that the chicken(s) of the evening turned out to be Coolio (yes, Coolio) and Mia St. John, who apparently is a championship boxer. David Carradine is as zen-like as ever, and I have no idea what to say about the playboy bunny, except that she totally didn't flake out.

As much as it saddens me to do so, i want to see next week's episode. Mostly because Ernie Hudson is on it, and I want to see what a Ghostbuster will do. But shoot, I have my orientation next Monday, no clue how to program the tv with the VCR (long story) and I refuse to watch it at night. Hmm. I'll have to exercise some creativity here. And will need to procure a blankie when I watch that show.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Birds and Gardens

On Saturday, I went to see my friends from college--one of whom is starting to become a knitter...we made plans to go check out The Knitting Garden in Westlake before meeting our other friends for dinner at Udupi. Anyway, my friend's grandma told us that she was going to take us to this very unique yarn store in Avon, and wow. I think I'm in love with that store. Too bad it takes me an hour to get there, but I guess if I ever drive out that way, I'll stop in Avon to check out the store. It's absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Of course, I'm still living like a poor graduate student, so I bought a pattern, and that was it. The Knitting Garden was ok, but I'd choose the Birds of a Feather store over the Knitting Garden, for the ambience and the people.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Knitting. For real.

Actually, I wrote this big long post and then blogger LOST the damn thing, I guess due to some sort of "Blogger cannot connect to the server" thing. I have no idea. I'll do the best I can to actually recreate this thing. But a lot of things have happened in the past...well, however long it's been since I last posted.

  • I got a new job! It's per diem, which means I'm not devoting like a million hours to work plus the million I already work at school. It's good. I'm happy. Plus it pays.
  • I went to San Francisco with my parents a couple weeks ago. It was great fun--went to Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, Ghiradelli Square, and Chinatown (of course). I did lots of shopping, but at the same time, not really. I did buy chocolates, a couple pieces of jewelry, and a cute cell phone holder.
  • I went to my group's knit-in weekend at Peak n' Peek. Amy and I drove together, with Heather following us. We stopped at a bead store on the way, and had some dinner at some restaurant with lots of dead animals hanging on the walls. We were trying to find an Applebee's. Obviously it wasn't one. Anyhow, it snowed on the way up there (!!). But anyway, we all went to The Cultured Purl for their SnB group. The rest of our group from Ohio (Rae, Ann, Adrianne, Juniper, and Meg) joined us there.
  • I saw this. The most amazing selection of Noro. Yum.

  • Yes, I bought some.

Plus some Berocco Optik.

(Noro Aurora)

(Noro Kujaki)

(Berocco Optik)

  • I left my camera at The Cultured Purl. So in fact, I have only two pictures from the whole weekend. Sigh. At least one of them has people in it. (Yes, I got it back on the way home).
  • It took us quite a while to get to Peak n' Peak because of all the snow. Scary. But we made it alive. My mom said if she had known it was that snowy, she'd have been freaking out, so I suppose it's a good thing that she didn't know that it was that snowy.
  • I finished my sweater! Yay! Finally. These are pictures before they were seamed up. I have it drying out now; I steam-blocked it (little too impatient to wet-block) and seamed it, and washed it. I cant' wait to wear it.


  • I also started a new scarf with some Noro I bought in Pittsburgh.

  • On the way home, Amy and I stopped by at A.C. Moore. I bought even more yarn. I can't believe the amount of money I've spent this weekend. I am not allowed to spend more money...oh, wait, Christmas is coming up. Darn it.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Sewing machines

So now I set up my mom's sewing machine, and I can sew a straight line! I am SO excited--and have pulled out patterns that I bought several years ago (why I bought a vintage style 1940's dress pattern, I'll never know). Maybe my mind was thinking I would be a vixen like Jessica Rabbit? Or maybe I had delusional thoughts of looking like Jeri Ryan in the episodes of Star Trek: Voyager that took place during WWII (The Killing Game). I REALLY dont' have a clue.

And...I finished my entrelac scarf! Pictures of straight, sewn lines and the entrelac scarf coming soon! Yeah! Now I get to finish everything. Anyone want to keep tabs on how well I can bust my stash?

Monday, October 09, 2006


Since I don't really want to do any of my work (statistics, anyone?), I'm killing a little time by filling out enlightening questionnaires...

Amy posted these questions on her blog, and I thought I’d answer them.

1. Where is your favorite knitting spot?
I like to watch mindlesss TV shows and knit at the same time. No particular preference about where on the couch I am situated, though!

2. If you suddenly could never knit again (shudder) - what would you do instead?
I'd probably get back into jewelry design, perhaps try my hand at crochet...then get bored, and end up reading tons of cheesy popcorn books. Or maybe I'd just write. I'm not sure. I've gone long spells without knitting, and those are usually pretty full of other creative endeavours, like making purses, bracelets, postcards, etc. Plus I just end up reading books for hours.

3. If you could travel anywhere in the world - where would you go and why?
I've been wanting to go to Ireland. I'm not sure why, but everytime I watch a movie like An Everlasting Piece or some other quirky comedy that takes place in some small Irish town, I just want to go there. Maybe I have some sort of weird preconception about the personalities of small-town folks in Ireland, and I want to see if it's true. Plus, I see lots of pretty pictures of green places in Ireland, and it looks gorgeous.

4. When you were little - What did you want to do “when you grew up?” Are you doing it?
I wanted to be all kinds of things--rock star (I can't sing, though my boyfriend thinks it's cute when I start belting out Jill Sobule tunes), model (umm...I'm a size 10 and not that tall. I'd rather eat real food instead of starving myself on lettuce and water), a writer (I still want to do this, and every now and then I brush off my pens and write a few pages), an artist (though I now dabble for hobbies). Now and then I dream about being a jewelry designer (could happen), a children's book writer (again, could happen), or a chef (not likely, especially if I have to de-bone things and play with animal intestines--but maybe a pastry chef?) What I'm doing now is working in the health field and going to school for my PhD so I can teach someday.

5. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
I am totally in love with Handel's Girl Scout Cookie Ice Cream. The rest of the time, I'm either a peanut butter parfait or mint chocolate chip girl. This gets me in trouble with my boyfriend, who is a vanilla fan, while I'm into chocolate. Tsk.

Monday, October 02, 2006

The Amish

I am shocked to hear that anyone would go to a small Amish schoolhouse and just open fire on the girls. That's just sick. It's sick to do it to anyone, but why the Amish? Sheesh. I think part of me is shocked over that, because I have worked with Amish in the past, and of all the patients I've worked with, they are some of the nicest people I've worked with--very courteous, kind folk. They have a simple way of life, and to me, it's hard to believe that someone would just cause harm to a very insular community that does not believe in violence, etc.

Thursday, September 28, 2006


This is something I've been working on for ... 3 years? 4 years? It's the front and back pieces of a great red sweater, and a little bit of sleeve. I've frogged it a few times, and started it, gotten lost (Rebecca seems to have a weird selvage stitch thing). But I am bound and determined to finish this thing by the end of the year. So I can wear it before it goes out of style. Following is the picture of what it's supposed to look like when it's finished.

Actually, the picture appears to be sideways. It's the red # 25 sweater next to the cute guy in #24.

It is called Red Tweed Sweater, from Rebeca #24.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Adventures in Knitting

So it HAS been quite some time since I've posted (pictures coming soon). I finished a sparkly, hairy purplish/silver/olive green scarf in Austermann's Metropolis. Yes! Almost done with the pretty fair isle scarf...which I mentioned some time ago. But...there's a slight problem.

I ran out of yarn. Daaamn. The pattern called for 2 skeins of some sort of worsted weight yarn, and I was convinced I had enough...then I took a guess and thought...well, if I stop right here, I will absolutely have enough yarn to finish. Umm. No. At least I got to finish most of the pattern, but the remaining 2 inches or so will be unknit. Unless someone has that perfect shade of Classic Elite Devon Canturbury Lime (I think that is what it's called--it's a lovely greenish color).

Also on needles: a ruffly scarf out of rainbow colored mohair, the same gorgeous red sweater I have been knitting, for, I don't know...4 years...a turquoise blue sweater (pattern in Stitch n Bitch Nation)--the one with the felted flower, a short row scarf, and an entrelac scarf. Also on a Tunisian crochet hook--a square for a baby blanket. I promise I will take pictures.

Not to mention that my SnB group wants to do a knit-a-long, which I am sorely tempted to do, and absolutely terrified that I'll get myself tangled up in cables. I like cables, but I've never knit that many on one single item. Or two, seeing as it's a pair of socks.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Israel and Lebanon

The link in this post is about teens in my area--who are from Israel. They came here about a week before the bombings. I read the article, and then I thought to myself, how awful it must be...and then I remembered that I've been in that place before.

Displaced, away from home, and seeing the homeland in turmoil. I know it's cliched at this point, but I was in Germany during September 11, and I think at that moment, there was that sense of unreality. I know the moment's been about 5 years ago, but parts of it stick to my mind so clearly.

First, the email from my friend...Oh my god, a plane just hit the World Trade Center

I tried to access, but to no avail. I thought to myself: A Cessna? I couldn't imagine anything larger than a small plane hitting the WTC. I gave up on my emails, but was puzzled about some of the emails that came through. I went to downtown Regensburg to go shopping before meeting my class for a movie, and as I was wandering the cobblestone streets, I saw a flash of red. Jim in his red windbreaker. Next to him is my other classmate, sobbing. "A plane just hit the World Trade Center," said Jim. "And the Pentagon."

That is when I realized that it was a big thing, not just a little Cessna. Jim asked me to stay with Meesun, who was falling apart at the seams. I squeezed into the Telekom booth with her, and watched her make phone call after phone call, asking about friends in New York. Trying to get ahold of anyone at all. Tears, busy signals--and finally, a voice on the other end of the phone. "Thank God!" Meesun sobbed into the handset. Her friends were okay. Frightened and shell-shocked, but okay.

The following weeks were sort of a surreal haze; the teachers cancelled the trip to Vienna to make sure everyone was safe. I never felt more patriotic before in my life. Before, I was always conflicted.

There's a literary journal I have upstairs, Displacement, Placement, Travel, Exile (I think that's the title). And I've always felt that way in this country. That though I've been born and raised here, there's been a sort of odd feeling of never quite belonging. It took going to another country to make me realize what home was, even though I had not felt homesick until that point in time.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


It really has been a long time since I've been on here...but I am lazy. And busy. (Excuses, excuses)...anyway, the Ohio Knitting Mills closed several weeks ago, but I went there on their last day and bought about 25 sweaters (mostly wool) for a dollar each--and went home to try all of them on (except a couple really obnoxious ones)...all the ones that look cute and fit me...I'm keeping intact. The rest are going to be felted with the sole purpose of becoming quilt squares.

Not that I actually know how to sew, but it will be darned cute, I think...and there's one I think i may turn into a cute bag. I will take pics of the sweaters pre-felting. I'll slowly work on it (as I am also working on another project).

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Women Writers

I have to admit that I thought I was well read. Really well read. Then I tried this out. Turns out I need to get caught up on my reading.

Instructions: Bold the ones you've read. Italicize the ones you have wanted/might like to read. Place question marks by any titles/authors you've never heard of?? Put an asterisk if you've read something else by the same author.

Alcott, Louisa May–Little Women
Allende, Isabel–The House of Spirits
Angelou, Maya–I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
*Atwood, Margaret–Cat's Eye
Austen, Jane–Emma
?Bambara, Toni Cade–Salt Eaters
?Barnes, Djuna–Nightwoodde
Beauvoir, Simone–The Second Sex
Blume, Judy–Are You There God? It's Me Margaret
Burnett, Frances–The Secret Garden (this is only my favorite book in the entire world...)
Bronte, Charlotte–Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily–Wuthering Heights
Buck, Pearl S.–The Good Earth
Byatt, A.S.–Possession
Cather, Willa–My Antonia
Chopin, Kate–The Awakening
Christie, Agatha–Murder on the Orient Express
Cisneros, Sandra–The House on Mango Street
Clinton, Hillary Rodham–Living History
?Cooper, Anna Julia–A Voice From the South
?Danticat, Edwidge–Breath, Eyes, Memory
?Davis, Angela–Women, Culture, and Politics?
?Desai, Anita–Clear Light of Day
*Dickinson, Emily–Collected Poems
Duncan, Lois–I Know What You Did Last Summer
DuMaurier, Daphne–Rebecca
Eliot, George–Middlemarch
?Emecheta, Buchi–Second Class Citizen
?Erdrich, Louise–Tracks
Esquivel, Laura–Like Water for Chocolate
Flagg, Fannie–Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Friedan, Betty–The Feminine Mystique
Frank, Anne–Diary of a Young Girl
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins–The Yellow Wallpaper
?Gordimer, Nadine–July's People
Grafton, Sue–S is for Silence
?Hamilton, Edith–Mythology
Highsmith, Patricia–The Talented Mr. Ripley
hooks, bell–Bone Black
Hurston, Zora Neale–Dust Tracks on the Road
Jacobs, Harriet–Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Jackson, Helen Hunt–Ramona
Jackson, Shirley–The Haunting of Hill House
Jong, Erica–Fear of Flying
Keene, Carolyn–The Nancy Drew Mysteries (any of them)
Kidd, Sue Monk–The Secret Life of Bees (This is on my shelf)
Kincaid, Jamaica–Lucy
Kingsolver, Barbara–The Poisonwood Bible
Kingston, Maxine Hong–The Woman Warrior
?Larsen, Nella–Passing
L'Engle, Madeleine–A Wrinkle in Time
*Le Guin, Ursula K.–The Left Hand of Darkness
Lee, Harper–To Kill a Mockingbird
*Lessing, Doris–The Golden Notebook
?Lively, Penelope–Moon Tiger
Lorde, Audre–The Cancer Journals
Martin, Ann M.–The Babysitters Club Series (any of them)
?McCullers, Carson–The Member of the Wedding
McMillan, Terry–Disappearing Acts
Markandaya, Kamala–Nectar in a Sieve (On my shelf)
?Marshall, Paule–Brown Girl, Brownstones
Mitchell, Margaret–Gone with the Wind (I tried to read, got bored...)
Montgomery, Lucy–Anne of Green Gables
?Morgan, Joan–When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost
Morrison, Toni–Song of Solomon
?Murasaki, Lady Shikibu–The Tale of Genji
Munro, Alice–Lives of Girls and Women
Murdoch, Iris–Severed Head
*Naylor, Gloria–Mama Day
Niffenegger, Audrey–The Time Traveller's Wife
*Oates, Joyce Carol–We Were the Mulvaneys
O'Connor, Flannery–A Good Man is Hard to Find
Piercy, Marge–Woman on the Edge of Time
Picoult, Jodi–My Sister's Keeper (Been reading it for a while...)
Plath, Sylvia–The Bell Jar
Porter, Katharine Anne–Ship of Fools
Proulx, E. Annie–The Shipping News
Rand, Ayn–The Fountainhead
Ray, Rachel–365: No Repeats (Heck, no, that girl's annoying)
?Rhys, Jean–Wide Sargasso Sea
?Robinson, Marilynne–Housekeeping
?Rocha, Sharon–For Lac
Sebold, Alice–The Lovely Bones
Shelley, Mary–Frankenstein
Smith, Betty–A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Smith, Zadie–White Teeth
Spark, Muriel–The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Spyri, Johanna–Heidi
Strout, Elizabeth–Amy and Isabelle
*Steel, Danielle–The House
Tan, Amy–The Joy Luck Club
?Tannen, Deborah–You're Wearing That
?Ulrich, Laurel–A Midwife's Tale
?Urquhart, Jane–Away
Walker, Alice–The Temple of My Familiar
Welty, Eudora–One Writer's Beginnings
Wharton, Edith–Age of Innocence
Wilder, Laura Ingalls–Little House in the Big Woods
Wollstonecraft, Mary–A Vindication of the Rights of Women
*Woolf, Virginia–A Room of One's Own
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Friday, January 06, 2006

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You're actually not much of a Hipster. Congratulations! You may have Hipster style, but you're healthy, you eat right, you have a decent job you enjoy, your finances are stable, you plan on buying a house (if you don't already own one) and settling down before you're 35, you have friends you like, your friends like you, and you can honestly say you're pretty damn happy. Perhaps you should adopt a Hipster and draw them into your perfect lair . . .

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You're actually not much of a Hipster. Congratulations! You may have Hipster style, but you're healthy, you eat right, you have a decent job you enjoy, your finances are stable, you plan on buying a house (if you don't already own one) and settling down before you're 35, you have friends you like, your friends like you, and you can honestly say you're pretty damn happy. Perhaps you should adopt a Hipster and draw them into your perfect lair . . .