Pull This Thread

Musings of a painfully shy knitter

Thursday, May 18, 2006


Last weekend I almost gave up on my dress. The first 4 rows of the main pattern repeat were just too confusing for me. I knit and frogged and knit and frogged them over and over, and I kept coming up with about 18 stitches too many on the fourth row.

Dave was at work all day Sunday. He realized that he had to jump in and help when he came home to find me crying into my mohair, wine and chocolate close at hand. He's not a knitter, but he is organized and logical, and he made me a large color- coded Excel chart of the pattern. Luckily, that helped me a whole bunch. (That, and realizing that when the pattern says "decrease 2" maybe decreasing by 1 just won't cut it. Maybe that's how one ends up with extra stitches. Crazier things have happened.)

So, this is what I have so far:

Don't worry- my dog Joey is not dying of a seizure in the top picture. He's just scratching his ears.

I am trying to have faith that the lace will look more like the pictures in the magazine when blocked; right now it just looks like a whole lotta crapola. Kinda nice crapola, but not fancy diamond shapes crapola.

Monday, May 15, 2006

C is for Cookie

It is time for me to say goodbye to an old friend. My Cookie Monster lunchbox has served me well the past 4 years. But soft lunchboxes get a tad gross with use since you cant submerge them in hot soapy water. And I was the only person in my big corporate office building to possess such a lunchbox. Sadly this singled me out for some offhanded comments about "professionalism." Bleeech.

A three cookie salute for you my friend!

FYI- I am neither that skinny nor that busty in real life. Hooray for wacky camera angles!

Now I have a sweet new "grownup" and fully dishwasher safe lunchbox. mmm.. I wish I was eating lunch right now.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

My weddin' yarn!

So, the reason I'm making a Rowan butterfly is because I am getting married in exactly 3 months from today, and I am hoping it will be my wedding dress. Well, hoping that it will look good enough on me that I will want it to be ingrained into people's memories!

Can you tell that one of the yarn's dye lot is completely different than the other four?

Obviously, it's going to be blue. Weddings aren't my favorite things in the world, and I especially don't like the big white dresses. I don't feel the need to emulate Queen Victoria's love of white dresses, and since I have lived with Dave for over 4 years now technically I shouldn't be allowed to wear white!

Realizing that the big day is in three months has freaked me out. This is by far the biggest, most complicated project I have ever undertaken, and I need to light a fire under my ass to get it finished. So send good thoughts about finishing!

This was taken after I figured out the pattern for the bottom ruffle. It kind of hurt my brain at first, and I was psyched when I realized I was doing everything correctly.

Monday, April 24, 2006


So, last Thursday I went to the Porter Square Masonic Temple to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee (aka the Yarn Harlot) speak. Probably anyone who is a knitter in blogland will understand that it was perfectly natural for me to call into work in order to see her. She is hilarious and amazing. The big grey office I work in probably wouldn't understand, so to their knowledge I had some bad egg salad on Wednesday night. Hey, Easter was the previous weekend, it's probable.

Stephanie was really funny, and a great speaker. Almost everyone in the audience was knitting. I had her sign a book, and had a bit of a brain meltdown when I got to talk to her in line. She's Canadian and asked me if my name was spelled SU Zed ANNE. Not Zee, Zed. Same letter, but it confused my poor brain. Being shy and starstruck I was feeling awkward and speechless anyway, and then not being able to spell my own name made me feel even worse! But hey, she was nice about it. And I talked to some nice people in line too. They invited me to a knitting group in Watertown. Unfortunately, this South Shore girl doesn't even know where that is.
(Actually I'm just bad with directions. I was late to the event because I walked in the exact opposite direction of Porter Square when I got off of the T. I backtracked almost all the way to the Harvard station!)

Anyway, while I was there I really decided that I should get into this whole knitting community thing. I've been knitting for about 2 1/2 years now, (thanks Stitch n' Bitch!) and I really don't know other knitters. Mostly this is my fault- I am shy and lack the balls to go out and find a knitting circle. Hell, I'm too shy to comment on other people's blogs! So this is my first step to make knitting friends. If anyone reads this, please say hello! And if you know of any good knitting groups around Boston (I'm in Weymouth, hi!) invite me and maybe I'll come say a mushmouthed hello.

And Finally, one of the best things about knitting blogs are the pictures. Can y'all guess what I'm making?

Of course you can. Details later as to why...

Saturday, April 08, 2006


Dude, I'm starting a blog!