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Knitting Hates Me

It's sad when your obsessive hobby hates you. The knit on sleeves are leaving gappy holes in the pick up stitches and I did take a picture to see if you all think I should frog the whole sleeve and knit 'em flat & sew 'em on or frog back & see if I can fix the gappy holes somehow (although I tried at the time...) but evidently when your hobby hates you, your camera hates you too. Hmph.

Oh dang. That means I can't post the pictures of the aprons that were my grandmothers and great grandmothers and, I a few of my mom's. Until I get batteries for the camera anyway. Okay, text heavy today, picture heavy later.

Then I pick up an ongoing scarf and actually figure out where I am in the pattern (row 4!) and knit just enough rows to get the whole pattern and stitch count completely screwed up. I frogged it. (Okay, it's true, it was a little too wide and was probably going to run out of yarn & get frogged anyway, but that's completely beside the point.)

At least I still have reading.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Lost Constitution by William Martin. It follows the exploits of Peter Fallon, a rare book expert and his girlfriend Evangeline, a travel writer. *This time out they're chasing one of the first annotated rough drafts of the Constitution. The story follow them in real time and flashes back alternating chapters from August 1786 forward, following the document up in line. It was wonderfully convoluted through the heirs and twists and turns of life, all the way up to who knew who and what and when to the present. Ostensibly they're working for Harriet Holden, a congressperson who's making waves to repeal the Second Amendment, much to the disgust of survivalists, a religious empire and a network magnate. But it's so much more than that.

A few quotes from the book: "But this is America. In America, we get up in the morning, we go to work and we solve our problems."

"Hate the sin, but love the sinner. Especially when she has six million listeners every afternoon. But back to you. If you were in crisis, have you considered what would happen if you were not to survive it?" Peter didn't like the sound of that. "Are you threatening me?"Jarvis laughed. "Why would I threaten you? If not for a chance meeting at the Mount Washington Hotel, I would never have laid eyes on you before."  And finally,

He understood her. She never wondered if what he really understood was how to find her buttons and push them. J

*This time! There are two previous books featuring Peter Fallon, Back Bay (written in 1979?!) and Harvard Yarn Yard (2003). (Sorry. Knitter here. Anything that starts with y-a-r should end with an "n"). I'm looking forward to reading their previous exploits but my. That's a 24 year gap between the first & the 2nd. Good thing the 3rd is only a mere four years.

Dolce Bellezza had this meme (that I am stealing): The game is SCATTERGORIES ... and it's harder than it looks! Here are the rules:
* Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the questions.
* They MUST be real places, names, things ... NOTHING made up!
* If you can't think of anything, skip it.
* You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question.
* If your name happens to start with the same letter as mine, sorry, but you can't use my answers!

My name: Carrie

  1. Famous Singer/Band: Counting Crows
  2. Four letter word: Cash
  3. Street: Castro St
  4. Color: Crimson
  5. Gifts/Presents: Chocolate
  6. Vehicle: Civic
  7. Things in a Souvenir Shop: Coffee cups
  8. Boy Name: Charles
  9. Girl Name: Catherine
  10. Movie Title:  Clear & Present Danger (or, y'know, Carrie)
  11. Drink: Coffee
  12. Occupation: CEO
  13. Celebrity: Carmine Giovinazzo
  14. Magazine: Cosmopolitan
  15. U.S. City: Cinncinnati
  16. Pro Sports Teams: Cardinals
  17. Fruit: Cantaloupe
  18. Reason for Being Late for Work: Car trouble
  19. Something You Throw Away: cartons
  20. Things You Shout: Come here!
  21. Cartoon Character: Argh. Wiley Coyote. Cinderella?

And uncharacteristically, I'm tagging. Bev, KSD, Elspeth, Pixie Girl and Jennyellen. (Psst! Elspeth LOVES to be tagged. Seriously!)

Comments

bev

Thanks!!! Seriously!!! I have never been tagged for a meme before and have always wanted to. This one looks like fun!

kookiejar

Oh man, sorry. I did that one two or three months ago. I'm not familiar with your celebrity. Gonna have to Google him...so to speak.

melanie

Harvard Yarn! (Can one snicker oneself to death?)

Elspeth

Thanks! I'll do it today!

Rebekah

I hate it when my hobby hates me. Right now anything fitted hates me. I just need dumb knitting :-)

pixie girl

Holy Frak (BG speak for Holy Another Word)!! This will require thought, which I am not good at right now. I shall persevere and push on with the Scattergories, though:).

Julia

My knitting hates me right now, too. Maybe it's a California thing. And my camera batteries just went phhht as well. I thought it was because I was making the camera take pictures of a really ugly hat, but maybe that's a California thing too. Currently reading Wilkie Collins "The Moonstone," which seems to be going a lot better than the knitting.

rhelynn

Oh my *comforts you* it does sound like you need some knitting zen-fu to set things straight!

Frarochvia

I love you, Carrie, even if your knitting doesn't.

Chris

Hee hee - I see E's already posted her answers!

I'm happiest picking up stitches if I twist 'em all. Damned things.

Kim

It's harder than it looks? It looks nearly impossible!!!!

booklogged

I'm adding William Martin to my TBR list. Keep at the knitting, I'm sure you'll get past this hurdle.

booklogged

I'm adding William Martin to my TBR list. Keep at the knitting, I'm sure you'll get past this hurdle.

kmkat

"Anything that starts with y-a-r should end with an 'n'" Personally, I have a hard time typing "yarn." It always comes out "yearn."

Petunia

Love the quote about pushing buttons. Too funny, and sometimes too true.

Brigitte

OK. I looked EVERYWHERE, and dude, it's not here. Sorry. Must have run off to like, Bali or somewhere with mine.

*sigh*

Sonya

It's one thing for your hobby to hate you. But your camera hating you is just too much. I'm adding The Lost Constitution to my reading list. Sounds great.

Felicia

I've been there. Many times. the evidence is piled up in a corner is bags that pretend to be WIPs when really they're UFOs.

Jeanne

Your hobby probably doesn't really hate you. Maybe it's just the projects you happen to be working on?

twig

I had similar issues with my Rogue when I did knit from the top set in sleeves (I love Barbara Walker) but it worked out the way the holes receded into the seam line. I personally believe short rows are evil.

Jennyellen

I've been tagged! Wheeee...how did you know I love Scattergories?!?!

cyn

ooh... taking the meme b/c i am too lazy to post post.

Jenny Raye

Thanks for the book mention--put it on reserve.

Bellezza

What Creative answers you used to Complete the questions! I especially love Crimson, Coffee Cups, Carrie (the film :), and Cartoon Character Cinderella. Clever job! Thanks for playing.

Helen

When my pick ups get all gappy and rude like that, I go back, and pick up one stitch per space (more than I need, EVERY time) and then decrease evenly in the next round/row to the right number. It acts as though you only picked up the right number, but doesn't leave all those ugly gappy holes.
stupid knitting....

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