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Time for a change

Posted by Gina on Thursday, February 12, 2009

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Been out of the loop too long… and, that sounds fun? I think?

Posted by Gina on Friday, January 2, 2009

During my time away from the blog, I was also spending time away from the online and local knitting communities.  As a result, a knitting celebrity was here, and I didn’t know it until two and a half months later. Apparently, I missed the Yarn Harlot.  My personal feelings on Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and her blog are very neutral. I don’t like or dislike the person (never met her, so I have no opinion of her).  I also hold a neutral stance on her blog – I’m not hanging on every word, anxiously awaiting the next post.  But I do like her writing style.  I don’t go to her first for answers, although sometimes when I’m looking for answers via Google, I happen across a blog post of hers, and I like what I see.  I’ve never read any of her books, so obviously I have no positive or negative thoughts on them.  It goes without saying that I probably would have missed her local book signing event if I’d known about it ahead of time.  But, she’s so BIG in the knitting community.  I’m extremely surprised that I didn’t at least hear about it.  I guess that’s a sign that I really need to start paying more attention and being more involved in the community from which I’ve taken so much.  I guess it’s time to visit a local yarn store or two.

Speaking of the local knit scene, The Studio will be hosting their midwinter retreat at the end of this month.  I’m tempted to go, but I’m not so sure about the cost. $120 per person, which does not include room reservations or classes.  Will food and a goody-bag be worth that much?  Room reservations will be $75 (plus tax) per night for two nights.  The class fee is $40 per class.  Then the cost of optional spa services, which I’ll probably skip because I have severe personal space issues.  If I only take one class, the cost will be $310 (plus tax for the room reservation).  Add the cost of gas on top of that, and any other extras I decide to throw in (will I want a drink or two from the bar?), and the total price keeps going up.  Is it worth it?  If I only take one class, or none at all, and decide not to indulge in a massage or manicure, what will I do with my time while everyone else is busy in classes or being pampered?  Hang out in the hotel room?  Take a cold walk around the neighborhood?  I’m not entirely familiar with that area, so I don’t know what kind of low cost activities will be available.  I’d love to go, but that’s a lot of money to pay to spend a lot of time by myself… I don’t know.  I’m so tempted.  But then, three to four hundred dollars will buy a lot of yarn… or groceries.  Even if I take a friend, ensuring I won’t spend so much time alone, I’m not sure I can justify the cost.  Maybe I’ll check out the local ravelry group and see what the people who went last year can tell me about their experiences.  Maybe it will be worth it.  I love The Studio, and I can’t imagine that anything they host would be boring or unfulfilling or not worth the cost.  But we’re talking a few hundred dollars…  Will it be worth it?

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The abandoned blog will get some TLC soon.

Posted by Gina on Saturday, November 1, 2008

I lost my internet access somewhat unexpectedly. I get online here and there when I can at friends houses, but I never have time to blog. I have no real knitting or skating related updates anyway, so even if I did have time to blog, I wouldn’t have much to say.

But there’s light at the end of the tunnel. I’m preparing to move into a new home, and it’s large enough that I’ll be able to have my very own fiber arts room. The month of November will be devoted to moving, working (to pay for the move!), and getting settled into a new life. December will bring internet access, creativity, and some down time to put that creativity to work. The last few months of my life have been hectic, emotional and time consuming, and I have not exactly felt very creative (hence the complete lack of projects to work on and then blog about). In September, I thought I was looking at the end of what has been a very dark time. Turns out, it was just the calm before the storm. I’m now confident enough to say, with absolute certainty, that I’ve experienced the worst of the worst, and during the next two months, I’ll be on my way to normalcy again. Which means my blog will be on its way to normalcy again. I know I said that in September. This time, it’s really true. No more months without posts. No more emo, overly personal posts. And I’m hoping my blog comes back better than ever before. I have big plans for it, as well as for myself.

To my faithful readers, I love you. Thank you for reading, and please stick around. I’ll be back soon. I promise!

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Argh! Not a good weekend!

Posted by Gina on Monday, September 8, 2008

– I missed the KCRW championship bout.  It was my last chance to watch roller derby live (locally).

– I was an hour late to work yesterday.  A full hour!  (Um, it was actually an hour and five minutes…  Oops).  Both of the owners were there, so I was a more than a little nervous pulling into the parking lot.  Surprisingly, the only “punishment” I got was one of the owners saying, “Just be sure to double check the schedule.”  He didn’t even sound mad.  Just, big brotherly – I guess that’s the best way to describe his tone.  It was the first time I was late, so maybe that made it “better” than if I’d previously had a problem with punctuality.

– I didn’t make any noticeable progress on the little guys special blanket.  I’m not entirely sure how I didn’t have time to knit more than two rows.  After all, I did have Saturday off.

– I wasn’t able to make it to the skating rink.  The timing just didn’t work out the way I’d hoped.

On a brighter note, I was able to spend some time with a good friend.  I was able to show off my skillz at the pool table (ha!  I’m so bad at pool.  I’m fairly certain a five year old could beat me).  It was nice to get out for a while without having to worry about the time, and without having to get up early the next morning.  That hasn’t happened in a long time.

And, unless something completely unexpected and hugely time consuming comes up in the next three days, I should be able to get some major progress on the blanket done, and go roller skating on Tuesday.  I might even have time to watch a whole movie from start to finish in one sitting.  That would be nice…

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Won’t be any content for a while

Posted by Gina on Wednesday, August 6, 2008

I’ve got some personal issues to deal with. I’m not going into details here, but it’s draining me. I don’t have as much time to blog. When I do have time to blog, I don’t have the mental capacity. Things will be back to normal in a few weeks, though. Thanks for reading, and thanks to those of you who are loyal enough to deal with my inconsistency.

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A knitting drummer…

Posted by Gina on Monday, June 23, 2008

Maybe he’s a good knitter when he’s not drumming?

Maybe he’s a good drummer when he’s not knitting?

The two should never be combined… Only multi-task when you can simultaneously do all required tasks well.

Aside from that, I give this guy points for originality and mega points for getting out in front of people and doing something presumably never done before.  He’s got guts, that’s for sure!  And I bet he’s very talented at both knitting and drumming.  Individually, of course.

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Have some cake!

Posted by Gina on Monday, May 19, 2008

Courtesy of Charm City Cakes:

This one was created for the Charm City Roller Girls.

And then there’s the knitting cake.  I don’t know what the story is, but it seems kind of obvious (a knitter is having a birthday?  Call it a hunch).

I don’t even like cake, but these make me wish I did!

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Over There: Songs of the First World War

Posted by Gina on Sunday, April 27, 2008

Shameless plug for the chorus Travis belongs to.

The Overland Stage Chorus invites you to attend their annual show. This years theme is Over There: Songs from the First World War. Lots of fun for old and young alike!

Here’s the flier (click the image to see the full size, easier to read version)

If the image is hard to read, you can get all the details and contact info on their website:

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Gosh, those knitters…

Posted by Gina on Saturday, April 12, 2008

I’m always surprised by other peoples surprise at the amount of diversity in any given group.  Not offended, just… curious?  I guess?  Knitters, for instance (because this is a *mostly* knitting blog).  It seems that there are so many stereotypes in regards to knitting and those who knit.  They’re all conservative, reserved, soft spoken, polite, white women who may be just a tad feeble minded.  And they ALL have/love cats.  Can’t forget cats!  While some knitters might fit into a certain stereotype, there is so much diversity within the knitting community.  Just as much diversity as one might find at a bar, park, or grocery store.  Saying something along the lines of “Knitters are (insert stereotype of choice)” is about as accurate as saying “People who wear blue eat strawberries every Tuesday.”  It’s silly.  The same goes for (mostly) any other group (bikers, lawyers, people who eat strawberries every Tuesday…).

– Don’t mind me, I’m just rambling –

I think the world will become a better place when people can look beyond stereotypes and see individuals for who they really are.  Not that stereotypes bother me (too much).  After all, the people who know me don’t need stereotypes to tell them who I am, and anyone willing to pre-judge me based on stereotypes isn’t worth my time.  But, I think the world would be kinder with a few more open (and educated) minds.  Just maybe… if we stop judging…

That’s all.

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Today is Sweater Day, apparently.

Posted by Gina on Thursday, March 20, 2008

In honor of Mister Rogers, RIP, the sweater gallery. Being a knitter and a loyal Mister Rogers fan (even into adulthood), I don’t know how this ‘holiday’ escaped me until now. And, of course, there’s a Ravelry group for everything. I present to you the Sweater Day Group on the Rav!

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