Secret Secret, I’ve Got a Secret

February 8, 2007 at 11:15 am (Finishing, knitting, Meme, Work in Progress)

Hourglass is done! But then again, not. I did the big try-on last night and I need to rip back the neckline and make it bigger. My gauge is a little tighter than that which the pattern specifies–which is fine, because I like the bit of negative ease it gives the sweater. However I didn’t take that into consideration when I added the few extra yoke decreases to avoid a flashdance neckline. So instead I’m rocking a really tight, not-so-flattering on short people, high neckline. I’ll fix it tonight and hopefully be able to begin tacking down hems by the weekend.

Wicked is coming along nicely, I’m almost done with the yoke decreases, I think I’ll be taking it off the needles tonight to check and see if we’re ready for sleeve separation. It’s going really fast, and I think it’s going to be extremely wearable. Yay! I was going to post a nice progress shot, but after I took the picture I realized that it looks almost exactly the same as the last progress picture, so I’ll spare your bandwith until after I separate for sleeves.

It seems like there’s been a deluge of cute new patterns lately, first the Spring 2007 Interweave looks like it’s going to be a bang-up issue. I especially love the Rib and Cable Tank by Jodi Green and the Keyhole Top by Kate Gilbert. But then when do I ever not like Jodi Green and Kate Gilbert’s patterns! Wendy Bernard of Knit & Tonic also just debuted a new pattern, called Flair. I do believe it is the perfect sweater-coat for spring. I must make this, and soon.

Flair

Finally, I’ve been tagged by the lovely Emily for a meme. If you haven’t alread done so, you should check out her blog–she makes some truly beautiful things plus she’s just a really nice person to boot.

Prepare to be shocked and amazed by five secret things about me (well not really, I’m pretty normal, besides the obsessive knitting thing).

1. When I first started knitting I couldn’t figure out how stitch markers didn’t get stuck in the knitting. No joke.

2. My second and third toes are webbed about half-way up on both feet. It’s one of those weird genetic traits that runs in my family–both my sister and my grandfather have/had it. Matt likes to say that it means I’m genetically inferior. He’s joking, of course.

3. Oddly enough, with the webbed toes and all, I’m quite possibly the world’s worst swimmer. I sink like a stone, and quite frankly I can barely doggie paddle. This is not for lack of trying. I took swimming lessons every summer when I was a kid. Yeah. I failed junior lifesaving three times. It was excellent.

4. Not surprisingly with the swimming thing, I’m terrified of open water. I’m not one to have a lot of phobias, I don’t mind heights or snakes or anything, and lakes and ponds don’t bother me. But I can barely wade into the ocean without feeling like I’m going to die via riptide or shark bite, and the world will come to a grinding halt before you will ever see me on a cruise ship.

5. One of my dearest wishes is to visit every single national park in the National Park Service. Matt and I both love to hike, backpack and camp–when we lived near it we used to spend about every summer weekend camping in Shenandoah National Park. And since we’ve moved north, we’ve been trying to plan a week in Acadia. If it happens, I may die of happiness. I’m a simple girl, what can I say. (Oh yeah, keep in mind that to get to Acadia, we’ll have to drive right by the hallowed yarn store Halcyon Yarns. That most definitely will not suck.)

So there you have it, I can’t keep track of which knitters have done this meme or the very similar “6 weird things” version, so if you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged!

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Me! Me! Meme!

October 23, 2006 at 3:50 pm (Meme)

I’d try to feign indifference, but what is a blog for if not for honesty. So here’s the truth. .  . I really like doing memes. It’s dorky, but true. For your sake, I’ll try to keep them to a minimum. But everybody’s doing this one, so I’m hopping on the bandwagon too.

48 things you probably never wanted to know in the first place

1. FIRST NAME? Maureen

2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? My middle name is from my maternal grandmother.

3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY?  Saturday, while watching Steel Magnolias. That movie is so cathartic.

4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?  When I take my time with it, yes. 5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHMEAT? Boar’s Head Roasted Chicken

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?  I hope so. I’m a little quirky, though.

7. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? Sporadically, I mostly keep them when I’m down or traveling.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?  Yes.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Absolutely.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Cold: Honey Nut Cheerios; Hot: Cream of Wheat.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?  Nope, and I try to jam my feet back into them with the laces tied too.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Mentally, I’m really stubborn, which can be a strength or a weakness depending on the situation. Physically, I think I can hold my own.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?  Mint Chocolate Chip, Lemon Custard, Sweet Cream, Cookies & Cream . . .  the list goes on.

14. SHOE SIZE? 7.5

15. RED OR PINK? Red, preferably a deep claret or rustic barn red.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?  I wish I wasn’t so moody and I wish I’d think things through a bit more before I react. I’m getting better though.

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My grandmother. I’d like to have known her as an adult.

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU?  If you like. I do enjoy reading them though.

19. WHAT COLOR PANTS, SHIRT AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?  Black pants, a beige cabled turtleneck sweater, black boots—I’m at work.

20. LAST THING YOU ATE? Strawberry Yo Crunch yogurt.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?  The office white noise of other people typing and phones ringing.

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?  I’ve always like burnt sienna and lemon yellow.

23. FAVORITE SMELL?  My husband, the forest—especially pine groves, Oliver, wool, Keihl’s Original Musk.

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?  My husband.

25. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO? A sense of humor and kindness. And I’m definitely attracted to slight nerdiness just like Courtney.

26. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON you stole THIS from?  I don’t know her, but I enjoy reading her blog.

27. FAVORITE DRINK?  Alcoholic: White wine—not too sweet, not too dry, not too oaky.  Non-Alcoholic: Homemade ice tea, Fresca and Diet Dr. Pepper.

28. FAVORITE SPORT? I’m not into sports, but I don’t mind playing golf or tennis and I love going to baseball games..

29. EYE COLOR? Hazel.

30. HAT SIZE? I think I clock in at about 24″. I have a serious noggin.

31. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?  Yes.

32. FAVORITE FOOD? I have a crazy sweet tooth—I really like cakes, cookies and doughnuts.

33. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?  Happy endings, definitely. I can’t watch scary movies, they make me anxious. I can’t even watch the Ghost Whisperer, and that’s not just because of my extreme dislike for the Love-Hewitt.

34. IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD THAT BE?  New Zealand, Italy or the Pacific Northwest.

35. SUMMER OR WINTER?  Early summer, Early winter. The two most extreme seasons both get tiresome toward the end.

36. HUGS OR KISSES?  Hugs. 

37. FAVORITE DESSERT? See #32

38. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?N/A

39. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? N/A

40. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? I’m supposed to be reading Extemely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer for book club, but I’ve just been knitting in front of the tube lately. I do keep poking my nose into my husband’s art history text book, the Gardner’s Art Through the Ages.

41. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? I don’t have one.

42. WHAT DID YOU WATCH LAST NIGHT ON TV? I was switching back and forth between Iron Chef America and whatever was on the History Channel.

43. FAVORITE SOUNDS? I love it when my husband laughs so hard that he makes a little gasping noise, anything by Debussy, my neice’s cooing, forest sounds.

44. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles. 45. THE FURTHEST YOU’VE BEEN FROM HOME? Europe.

46. WHAT’S YOUR SPECIAL TALENT? I’m really good at the “Hey, what’s that guy been in” game for movies and tv.

47. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?  Upstate NY

48. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?  I stole it from Courtney of Yarn Tootin’.

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