Compulsive Knitter

February 24, 2006

My online quiz addiction

Filed under: Uncategorized — Marie @ 2:14 pm

Aww, thank you everyone for the kind comments you left on the last post. I hope to post some pictures of my progress soon. Maybe I will post on Sunday, as a fitting end to my Olympic saga.

In the meantime… I saw this quiz over at See Jane Compute and couldn’t resist posting my results, since they are almost eerily accurate…

Your #1 Match: ISFJ

The Nurturer

You have a strong need to belong, and you very loyal.
A good listener, you excell at helping others in practical ways.
In your spare time, you enjoy engaging your senses through art, cooking, and music.
You find it easy to be devoted to one person, who you do special things for.

You would make a good interior designer, chef, or child psychologist.

Your #2 Match: INFJ

The Protector

You live your life with integrity, originality, vision, and creativity.
Independent and stubborn, you rarely stray from your vision – no matter what it is.
You are an excellent listener, with almost infinite patience.
You have complex, deep feelings, and you take great care to express them.

You would make a great photographer, alternative medicine guru, or teacher.

Your #3 Match: ISFP

The Artist

You are a gifted artist or musician (though your talents may be dormant right now).
You enjoy spending your free time in nature, and you are good with animals and children.
Simply put, you enjoy bueaty in all its forms and live for the simple pleasures in life.
Gentle, sensitive, and compassionate – you are good at recognizing people’s unspoken needs.

You would make a good veterinarian, pediatrician, or composer.

What’s Your Personality Type?

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February 23, 2006

Another progress (or lack thereof) report…

Filed under: grad school, life in general — Marie @ 10:20 am

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I really should be fiddling with Excel to calculate standard deviations for my data (blah blah statistics SNORE), but I’m playing hooky to give you guys an update. First of all, here’s the update on the Knitting Olympics: there’s no way I’m going to make the deadline. *sob* As was the case for many others, this thing called Real Life (TM) got in the way. I was in Washington D.C. last weekend and thought I’d get lots of knitting time in there. Instead I went to museums and got together with family in the area… where were my priorities? 🙂 The lovely National Gallery is shown above.

I had planned to finish the back and right front pieces by the time I got back. Instead, I finished the back on Monday and am only a few rows into the right front piece. For awhile there, I was quite disappointed and thought I had set a very unrealistic goal for myself. The I remembered the whole reason I chose this project for the Olympics: to get a project that had been languishing in my stash out and finally finished. So even if I’m not done by Sunday, I’ll still feel like I’ve won… especially if I can wear Lucky this spring! Also, I’m getting lots of compliments on the sweater already. Just yesterday I was working on it in the dentist’s office. The dental hygienist was admiring my work, so I brought out the finished back piece. She liked it so much she showed it around the office to the staff! I’ve never gotten that much attention from my knitting before, so that was very gratifying.

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February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Filed under: life in general — Marie @ 3:48 pm

Just posting quickly here to say I’m still making good progress on Lucky. I hope to have more to report tomorrow, when I plan to begin the raglan decreases. Last night I made it to my first Detroit SnB at Sweetwater’s and met Kirsti and Kelly. It was great to chat about the Olympics, yarn stores, and future projects so I hope to make this a regular thing!

Here’s some silliness that I couldn’t resist posting (found at Ms. Em’s):

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Marie!

  1. Most bottles and jars contain at least twenty-five percent recycled Marie.
  2. If you kiss Marie for one minute you will burn six or seven calories!
  3. Ancient Greeks believed earthquakes were caused by Marie fighting underground.
  4. Until the 1960s, Marie was not allowed to enter Disneyland.
  5. In Vermont, the ratio of cows to Marie is 10:1.
  6. You should always store Marie in an airtight container in the fridge!
  7. Over 46,000 pieces of Marie float on every square mile of ocean.
  8. Native Americans never actually ate Marie; killing such a timid prey was thought to indicate laziness!
  9. There are 336 dimples on Marie!
  10. The first American zoo was built in 1794, and contained only Marie!
I am interested in – do tell me aboutherhimitthem

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February 13, 2006

Progress report, day 4

Filed under: knitting — Marie @ 1:30 pm

Here is how far I got this weekend:

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I think I’m going at a pretty good rate, but I might have to estimate how long each piece will take in order to determine whether I can finish in time. I haven’t timed myself in order to determine how fast I can knit this thing. My guess is that the slowest row for me is the bottom of the clover lace: I’m pretty paranoid about the pattern matching up with whats below. I need to figure out a better way to mark this, but with decreases and increases the placement of the clovers can vary. Maybe I’ll just stick to eyeballing it!

I did have one setback when I accidentally added an extra yarn over, thereby creating an extra “leaf” on one clover. I ended up tinking back a few rows to fix it, a process that was much slower than real knitting. I’m glad I did it, however, because it would have really bothered me had I left it alone. I haven’t used any lifelines with the sweater so far because I lack a tapestry needle small enough for the tiny needles/yarn/gauge I am working with here. I probably need one of these: I’ve seen them at my local Joann’s and could pick up one easily. Until then I’ll just be careful. This lace pattern is not difficult as the Viennese shurg’s, so I might just live dangerously and work without lifelines. I actually really like working with an easier lace pattern: no chart to constantly squint at!

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February 10, 2006

I *heart* comments and progress report, day one.

Filed under: knitting — Marie @ 8:00 pm

Thank you for the great comments! I tried Dana’s tip about rubbing wax paper on my needles and it really helped to make them much smoother. And thanks to another tip fromKirsti, I now have a better idea of how the 2 socks 2 circular thing works. I finally had the idea of going to KnittingHelp.com to look for help (since I’m a visual learner) and they have a video showing how to knit in the round with that method. Even though the knitter is only working on one object, it already was quite helpful for me. I realized that you only work with one circular needle at a time – maybe I was thinking of knitting in the round with dpns as I like to do, but I had thought you would knit from one circular needle onto the other. When I saw the video it was like a lightbulb went on over my head.

I promptly cast on for Lucky this afternoon after 2:00 and worked on her (while watching the opening ceremonies on CBC) until dinner time. Here is my progress thus far:

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(That’s an awful picture! I’ll try to get a better one up next week.)

I’m off to watch the ceremony again with my husband (this time with the American coverage) and to try to finish off a few more inches. To all the other Olympic Knitter, have fun!

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