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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Thanks for the link, Daddy!


Tuesday, October 7th, 2008


Yeah, that’s me talking.  You got a problem with a duck wearing a cape?

Some of you may have been wondering where I’ve been for the past…oh…year, is it now?  Well.  For obvious reasons, I didn’t go along to Senegal.  I didn’t want to get eaten or anything, although I must say I would have liked to meet Sir Ruffled Feathers here:


At any rate, she did find some leggy bird statues while she was there but they became gifts.  She’s already got me.

Then we had an adventure.  We moved into a cute little apartment in Kalamazoo, and it is now my duty to guard it.  That means when she was gone all day in the drippy dungeon of FAB, I got to watch out for intruders.  Then again when she was back and forth from Ann Arbor all summer, I made sure everything stayed safe and comfortable.  I am a Yarn Duck after all, so I kept the dust off and checked the stash for m~th snacks.

But now?  This is getting ridiculous.  She’s busy, but she can’t be *that* busy, right?

Too busy for this?


Oops, I’m sideways.  That grey cape-y thing is a corduroy jacket.  Those pretty socks at my feet are Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn.


These ones are some Schaeffer Anne that she’s had in the stash for forever.  She even took it to Senegal with her, but didn’t knit it!!  Honestly, she needs to work on that stash.

Fortunately, I managed to steal her wallet.  I let her buy food sometimes, but absolutely no projects.  Have you ever met anyone with less self control when it comes to the yarn stash?

Er, it’s hard to hold the camera while posing.  Sorry everything is so blurry, but it would really help if I had hands.

Her plan was to distract you with some cute goats, but I couldn’t stand for it.  You had to have knitting too.



Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008


That is all.

Personal Growth

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Ernestine’s Shawl, unblocked

Sometimes it actually happens.

I, for the first time ever, made a shawl for someone else.

Did I mention that it’s not for me?

Did I mention that it’s ORANGE and it’s not for me?

Did I mention that I designed it and it’s not for me?

Er…have I yet mention for whom I actually made it?? Because it’s for a beautiful Sénégalese woman named Ernestine Diatta, who just happens to be my host mother.

Now I just have to block it, but I made sure to tell her that it’s hers so I can’t selfishly change my mind.

p.s. Moom?? I’ll finish it when I come home. I swear!! I loooooveee you!!


The strangest thing just happened.  I know why, but it’s still ridiculous.  I was typing away happily, when suddenly my nice comfortable French keyboard decided that it would much prefer to type in English.  Isn’t that a great idea?  So.  Now I’m being forced to recall the English keyboard muscle memory.  Why did this happen? I’m finishing a project. Of course.

Anyway, I wanted to point out that I am not swayed toward voting for someone who places their trust in winning the election on the statement “I majored in miracles, and I still believe in them.”  I don’t want to wait around for miracles; I want people to make changes.  Not that I’d be voting for Huckabee anyway…


Monday, January 14th, 2008

Look, look!! I finished something!! Emily is probably quacking away in disbelief. In the process of photographing said finished-ness, I discovered the “Foliage” setting on my camera that I was previously unaware of. I uphold the better quality of my photos as good evidence for the logic of photographing your knitting in the bushes. Thank you very much.

I have not figured out how to post multiple photos to an entry using this method of photo storage and posting, but I promise to work on it.

(Actually I’m pretty sure that I know how, but it takes more effort and I choose to ignore it for the time being in the interest of my own personally happiness and comfort.)

I still knit.

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

I’m aware that I probably have at least fifteen previous blog posts with the same title, but it still fits.

On top of the Azalea Shawl I have been working on the Brea Bag, pattern by Norah Gaughan. (If you’re not familiar with the book Knitting Nature, now is the time to look it up. This pattern is not in the book, but it is free and if you search for “brea bag” on google you should find it right off). The front/back pieces pictured to the right take only a few hours each. Right now I am working on the strap, which takes a bit longer because it goes all the way around the bottom as well.

It always gets tedious to work on long and skinny pieces, but fortunately I have the solution. I always fold and tie the tail so that it doesn’t twist and so the weight is centered.

I have been reading a lot of Harry Potter, although I ran out of resources yesterday. I borrowed three and four from my host brother, five and six from the Baobab Center, and-of course-I have no way of obtaining seven without spending sixty dollars. (And I thought hardcover books were expensive at home…) As you may have guessed, that’s not happening. The upside is that I found Othello for five dollars, which ought to keep me occupied for a little while. I really miss theatre.

p.s. It’s still way too hot to be January.

Guerilla Frogs and UFOs

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Thanks to my father…

I have no idea where he finds these things.

Contemporary knitting language really is quite innovative.  I became aware of it when I started reading knitting blogs, sometime in January 2004.  Up until that point I was only aware of programs like Livejournal, for which I upheld the greatest degree of disdain, considering the kind of nonsense high schoolers write “journals” about.  I can’t remember what suddenly made me aware that there were specialized blogs out there that had Subjects, but one day I decided to see if knitting blogs existed.

They did!!  I was kind of embarrassed to admit that I was reading them at first, but after a while they were so useful and funny that I forgot that I’d ever found the habit strange.  As a veteran, I remember the minor confusion at terms like “frogging” (taking the needles out of your project and ripping it out; “rip it, rip it”), and “UFOs” (UnFinished Objects), but word gets around pretty quickly.  At that point, there was a set of main knit bloggers who often referred to each other in entries.*  The network was large, but not *that* large.  The blogs I read often referred to Back In The Day when the knitting blogring was tiny, and you could read them all if you wanted to.

I’ve never really been a commentor, but I am still faithful to many of the blogs I started with.  I haven’t been able to read any since I’ve been in Sénégal, but I fully intend to catch up once I’m home in the states with “Real Internet”.  Ah, luxury.

P.S., the fabric in the last entry is a cotton.  The pattern shows up because of the weave in the fabric. 

* I still think it’s really cool how you can pick our circles of bloggers who know each other and have become friends through the network.  I myself am not communicative enough to really fit into that, but I like it.  It’s like the Human Knot game that I play with children in theatre.


Sunday, December 9th, 2007

Knitting!! I know you thought I stopped doing that a long time ago, but you were wrong. I know that’s a crappy picture, but since when does a circular shawl look like anything other than a wadded up bonnet before you take it off the needles?? Once again, this is the Azalea pattern from The First Book of Modern Lace Knitting.

I feel like I’ve mentioned it quite a few times with exactly the same description, but I can’t remember…

Anyhow, here it is!! The long-awaited photo.

In other news, university classes are starting tomorrow. I’m going to try to get there to look at an 8:00 African Lit. class, but somehow I have the feeling that it might not make it into my permanent schedule. Three guesses as to why. ;D

It’s still 85 degrees. Don’t lie to me.

Monday, November 26th, 2007

People keep telling me that it’s going to get cold here.  And I believe them.  I really really do.  I’ve even been cold once or twice, although only at night.

The problem is that my nose and scalp do not believe this whole “cold” scandal.  They’re still feeling all that sun.  My nose is a rather obnoxious shade of pink, making me resemble The Sneak.  ( ;D )

My head doesn’t believe it either.  I’m feeling just as tired and lazy as ever.  Walking five blocks makes me exhausted because it’s “too hot”.  I almost fell asleep in class about seven times today, although if I’m honest that probably has as much to do with our professor as it does with the environment.

We do have methods of counteracting the heat and exhaustion.  We either go to the pool, or to the ocean where we tread water.  We usually go with the former, particularly as my friend stepped on a sea urchin yesterday.  Not fun.

Still, I’m ready for the temperature to drop…down to 75.  Ish.  Have I mentioned that I miss snow??

In other news, I still knit.  Really-really.  I still don’t have pictures, but I do knit.  In face last week I started a shawl made from gift yarn.  Thanks to Anne!!  I’m not sure I managed to post about it before I left the states.  The yarn is a fuschia laceweight, and I am using the Azalea pattern from The Second Book of Modern Lace Knitting.

I’m pretty sure it’s a lot easier to transfer pictures than I think it is, but on the other hand I don’t have incentive to sit in cybercafés with creepy men all day.  Just imagine it for now.

I’m going to bed early tonight, and tomorrow I’m making a trip to the tailor for..uh…my new fabr-I mean-what’s that?? What are you talking about!! I would never buy “fabric”.  Get your head on straight…