April 2005 Archives

Still on the Beach


First of all, the Beezle would like to apologize for not doing anything entertaining enough today to spare you from the picture you see below. He feels deeply guilty after reading all those nice comments that he couldn't come up with something that would prevent slow motion pink knitting from again coming to the fore. He is also surprised that so many of you have cats who like to do the same trick. He is now trying to figure out what he can do to top his first trick....

Doesn't Look Like Much Progress, Does It?

Hopefully over the weekend, I will finish the gosh darn sleeve and be able to move on to the equally exciting back piece!

In the meantime, just so you don't think that the Beeze is a one trick basket pony, I leave you with this shot where he also demonstrates his incredible portability. Believe it or not, he actually let John walk around with him a little bit like this.

The Beginnings of Liberty

My Next Project: Delightful Orange and Green

I'm simply not to be trusted with an whole Internet full of yarn around. Some would argue that I should have took it as a sign that Colourway did not seem to have the lovely orange Mandarin Cashsoft DK color in stock for several weeks after they had the books -- I should have seen it as a sign that the knitting gods wanted me to work with the stash I had. Instead, I actually emailed and on what would have been a Saturday evening for the folks at Colourway, they posted the yarn to their site so that I could place an order. How could I resist at that point?

The yarn is for Liberty, a wrap top with both stripes and texture. The colors are a little out on a limb for me: orange, apple green and grey aren't what I'd normally put together. But with all this orange and shreky green going around, I thought this might be a chance to get my fix. It almost doesn't seem like there's enough yarn to make a sweater that could wrap all the way around me (5 balls of the grey, 4 of the mandarin and 3 of the green), but this is probably just an optical illusion because the yardage on these balls is pretty robust -- somewhere around 130 m/ball.

If you haven't yet had the chance to interact with the Cashsoft or Cashcotton DK yarns yet, by all means run out and find some to pet! Very soft and lovely. I'm hoping the microfiber content in both yarns will make up for the general lack of durability to both merino wool and cashmere.

One thing that wasn't clear to me when I ordered the yarn for the project was that while the Cashsoft colors are solids, the Cashcotton colors (at least the Apple) are a bit tweedy. Here's a closeup for proof:

Apple Cashcotton DK Close Up

Pretty lovely stuff if you ask me. I'm looking forward to finishing my pink Eponge pullover so that I can start on this project. I keep telling myself... only one major sweater project at a time.... only one major sweater project at a time -- especially when both projects I'm interested in are knit on slender needles.

If you want to see another project being worked in one of these yarns, be sure to peek in on Wendy's completed Deli sweater. It's also out of the Classics Cafe book and hers is absolutely gorgeous.

An Ocean of Pink

Much Poorly Photographed Pinkness

Hold that next round of Margaritas, it looks like I'm ready to cast off from Sleeve Island. Two spongy pink sleeves are now complete. It's amazing what you can accomplish even when you stay up until 5 in the morning playing networked Civ III with your husband. Could a front or a back be far behind?

I feel like I hit my groove with this second sleeve. Nowhere near as many mistakes to correct. Even the ribbing didn't feel quite as onerous, even though I am not completely happy with the tension on the stitches on the left side of the stockinette sections.

P.S. to anyone who has sent me email in the last two weeks... I'm way way behind due to general busy-ness at work. But I am trying to catch up...

A Little Yellow to Go With the Pink


No knitting to show off today, instead I have to show off the treasures I picked up at City Soles, my favorite shoe store in Chicago. John and I have been trying to walk more now that it's warming up, and I decided that I needed a fun pair of hip urban athletically-styled shoes. You should all know that while I know what I like when it comes to shoes, I have absolutely no deep shoe brand knowledge beyond the ones that I hear about watching Sex and the City reruns. Since I have yet to see Carrie Bradshaw discuss urban walking shoes I was on my own. But I think I did pretty well.


Originally, smitten with all the orange I've run across on a certain blog, I wanted the pair with the orange laces, stripes and camoflauge accents. But the only size they had left was a 6.5, which is a bit small for me -- apparently orange is in this year.

"No surprise," says the hip funky salesguy, "they're Tsubos, after all".

So I opted for the yellow instead, surprised that I'd actually come to agreement with others on what is hip and trendy, and because not only are they fun and cute, but they are also delightfully comfortable and wonderful for walking -- form meets function.

I can only hope that the Manolo, were the Manolo to be into these sort of shoes, would find them to be super fantastic. I'm hoping they go nicely with a pink spongy sweater.

Work In Progress


Tonight (or should I say, this morning) the title of my post has nothing to do with knitting, an everything to do with the fact that I am carefully monitoring the behavior of one of our customer's server systems. You gotta love anything that impacts the usability of a server -- it happens at night. So while many people get to sleep, someone gets to watch and see that this computer is pushing its electrons around correctly.

So far, so good. In a half an hour or so, I will probably feel good enough about it following the instructions it was given to go to bed and check out the (hopefully) completed process in the morning.

It's funny to me, that after all the time I have been exposed to computers and the Internet, it still amazes me that I can sit in my desk chair in Chicago and have a special bonding moment with a server almost anywhere else in the world. It's the same kind of wonder I experience when I take a look at my blog stats every now and again and notice that there are hits to my blog from every continent on the planet (except from Antarctica). All I can say to that is "wow", and that I'm honored to have so many visitors from so many diverse places. Would that I had the chance to visit all the countries you all visit from!

With that in mind, if you're visiting today, and wouldn't mind commenting, let me know where you're from! If you're from the US, let me know your home state. You don't have to fill in a URL or your real email address if you don't want to. I'll put all the results together in one of those lovely maps and share it.

Thanks for dropping by today. There will be a little something to show tomorrow, since the one good thing about watch a computer go about it's business is that there's plenty of time to get in a few more rows on my pink spongy wonder.

Gobsmacked and Eponge Back


Can I just say that I am completely floored by all of you? I feel like I've been sent post cards from all over! Gobsmacked doesn't even begin to describe what it felt like reading each one of your comments with your home territories in them. I had no idea there were so many knitting biologists out there, either! I may not always be able to respond to my comments, but I have MT send them to my inbox so I do read every one of them! I'll be working on the maps over the weekend. I can't wait to see what they look like. And if anyone wants to add their location to my my map... just click here. Again, to everyone, thank you so much for waving to me from where-ever you are. Thanks to Christina's comment yesterday, I have this image in my head of all of you on surfboards surfing in, gliding by my beach and waving hello as you cruise through the Internet ocean.

And, for those of you who asked, everything went fine with my server watching, hopefully I won't have to do that again for a while!

Eponge Sweater Back Basking in the Morning Sun

What was I working on while I was waiting? My pink and spongy Eponge top! I'm now working on the back and am not quite half-way to the raglan shaping. I think this (with the lovely early morning Chicago sunlight) is the first picture I've posted that captures well both the color and the texture of the piece. It's really all that textured ribbing that makes the project interesting and is making me excited about adding it to my wardrobe. There's no shaping on the back or the front beyond the ribbing, but I think the placement of the K2P2 ribbing will help give it some gentle shaping at the waist and make it feel a little shaped while being worn, withouth being too tightly form fitting.

My only change from the pattern was to add a stockinette selvedge stitch to each end. This stuff is going to be hard enough to seam up with out having to seam purl stitches together, and for my size, there were just purl stitches at the edge to make the pattern work out in a way that looked nice.

The back is a long slog, but I'm beginning to get that excited-must-knit-constantly feeling of having a sweater close to being ready to wear.

Must go knit constantly! Have a great weekend everyone!

Around the World in 327 Comments


Or at least that's what I'd recorded when I started to get this post ready. What a treat it was going through all the comments and tallying up where everyone was from. It's funny how the world seems to get both smaller and larger when I look through the results. When I was growing up, I'd often thought it would be neat to have pen pals -- people in far away places (for a kid without a car, that could be as little as 20 miles away) who would tell you about all the strange and wonderful things going on in their lives, let you know what the world was like outside your own protective bubble. At the time, I had no idea how one went about finding such people though. But I did collect a lot of stationery in the hopes that I might figure it out.

Now, a quarter century later, I think I may have figured it out. Granted "far away" has a different definition for me now, and the mechanism of communication is different. But the fact that it my horizons are broader and I'm using mostly electronic media instead of pen and paper doesn't make it any less wonderful.

I'm also pretty amazed by the number of you who identified yourselves as biologists or scientists or people connected with science in some way -- just over 13% of those leaving comments.

The place that has the mapping service has 4 maps to play with: an entire world map, and maps for the US, Canada and Europe. I decided to use them all so I could share all the stats with everyone.

create your own visited country map

During my short time sampling, I heard from people 323 people from over 16 different countries (17 if you count Hong Kong separately, as I am inclined to since it is a very unique component of China). 43 of you identified yourselves as having some connection to a scientific profession. Although last month I got hits to my blog from many of the places that aren't colored in, they are a relatively small number of hits, so I wasn't expecting to see too many of those in a couple of day window. However, I'm going to keep the comments open on the original post so that anyone new dropping by who feels so inclined, can share their location. You can get to it by clicking here or in the link I've added to my side bar.

4% of those of you who responded were in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan or New Zealand. Approximately 15% of you have some connection to science or biology. Given how far they are from Chicago, I consider myself fortunate that I've visited even one of these places -- I traveled to Australia for my honeymoon(we had a stop over in Auckland, but I'm not sure that counts as visiting New Zealand). We spent most of our time in Sydney and near the Barrier Reef. I'm hoping my next trip will take me farther inland.

create your own personalized map of Canada

8% of you hail from Canada. Only 4% of the Canadians who left me a comment were willing to admit to having a connection to biology or any kind of bench science. Perhaps, not surprisingly given population density, the largest number of waves came from Ontario. British Columbia was next.

Embarassingly, I've travelled very little in Canada. I've been in Ontario (Stratford Festival, anyone?) but haven't yet visited beyond that, in spite of having a cousin in Manitoba. Someday I want to take the Royal Canadian Pacific train across Canada. If only I could convince my husband to take a vacation that doesn't involve a beach!

create your personalized map of europe

11% of the responses came from Europe, with the most from England, followed by Germany and Finland. 16% (the highest percentage overall) of the responses were from scientists or biologists of various stripes.

I've been very fortunate that, since getting married and getting a real job, I've visited a few European countries. Most I haven't seen anywhere near enough of, and I've enjoyed every place I've visited: England, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Switzerland. I've spent the most time, so far, in France, but am hoping to get a few weeks in the UK this summer with my family. Watch out, Colinette factory!

create your own personalized map of the USA

Finally, the US. 77% of the responses were from my home country, and 14% of you identify yourselves as having biological connections. California, Massachusetts, New York, Texas and Virginia were the top 5.

I won't list all the states I've visited -- my parents did a pretty good job of making sure that I've at least driven through most of them. I've only lived in a few of them, however... New York (first 4 years), Michigan (14 years), Texas (4 years) and Illinois (14 years). Just seeing it that way gives me a bit of a surprise. I've been in Illinois for much longer than I thought, sometimes it seems like I just got here...

Blog of the Day
This mapping adventure has also brought a whole new collection of blogs to my attention. I've decided that every day I'm going to take the time to explore a new blog from this group and share the link here. I'll pick them more or less at random from the list. Today I took a little trip by Nadia's Crafting Adventures. Nadia hails from British Columbia, Canada and has an idea for a store that could completely clean out my bank account... a combination book store and yarn store! Good thing Vancouver is a long ways away from Chicago.

And for anyone who wanted to see the whole tally of responses, just open up the extended entry.

Just a Little Twisted


With the sunshine that came to Chicago this weekend I had the opportunity to demonstrate what the Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb in Pewter really looks like.

Half a Noodle

I'm just past the half-way point now, and have about 36" of scarf. So two skeins will get me a nice 6' scarf -- perfect for me. Of course, with as warm as it's been lately, I won't be wearing it until fall. Not that I'm complaining mind you. With that blizzardy weather going on in Colorado, I know better than to complain about the wonderful 70 degree weather we're having here right now. No sirree, Bob, I'll be completely content if I don't get to wear this scarf until fall rolls around.

That Metallic Feeling: Pewter Lion and Lamb

The sunshine also makes it easy to see the gleam that comes off this yarn when you can see it in person. The silk really gives it an inner and outer radiance. I think it's the pink undertones that really give the color it's character.

Blog of the Day

By random chance, today's blog link also comes from British Columbia. Uli just finished a lovely sheepy sweater for her daughter (is it wrong for me to want a sweater with sheepies around the yoke?) and is doing her own little battle with Phil'Eponge. Nice to know that someone else out there is waging a little battle with this fun spongy stuff along with me!

Two Sleeves and Almost a Back

Not Quite Done With the Back

I'm afraid that there's not too much to say that hasn't already been said about this project. It's still springy, spongy and pink and I'm almost done with 3 out of 4 pieces. I don't even have the potenial threat of not having enough yarn to complete the project to talk about, although it was probably a good thing that I ordered that extra skein. I would have liked to have finished this piece tonight, but I'm entering a sleepy zone that is incompatable with successfully knitting in K4P2 rib and decreasing at non-standard intervals.

Blog of the Day
You knew I wouldn't be able to go too long without pointing to the blog of another knitting scientist. Dharia is knitting, spinning bench scientist from the biotech Mecca of Massachusetts. She's also just started the ScienceKnits ring. I'm not much of a ring joiner, but how could I resist this one? The ring code and links are already in my side bar! If you're a sciency knitter with a blog, click here to get yourself hooked up!

Tired of Pink Yet?

Spongy Pieces

I like raglans. Putting them together is like assembling a simple puzzle. Match edge to edge and away you go. Unlike a set-in sleeve, there's no guesswork as to how the edges line up.

It's not visible in the picture, but I made one small change -- I added a selvedge stitch to either edge of the back so as to make the seaming process a little easier when I get to that point.

You might wonder why I am blocking a ribbed sweater piece. After all, blocking ribbing is supposed to be something of a no-no. But the fabric of the sweater seems quite loose and drapey in the picture, so in order to help even out some of my not so pretty ribbing stitches and to try to achieve that drapey quality, blocking has occurred. Also, Phildar doesn't include much need for stretching your ribbing to get gauge in their stitch gauge -- they tell you how many stitches/inch without any stretching required. And so this piece is hardly stretched at all to meet the measurements it needs to be at.

Blog of the Day

You may have seen Marta, who blogs from Germany, before if you've been following the Audrey knit-a-long at all (which is how I first "met" her). She's an Audrey finisher and also just finished a lovely version of the Rebecca wrap cardigan. I'm looking forward to see her London Calling come to fruition!

P.S. to my wonderful Dad -- Happy Birthday!!!

A Weekend with Friends and Family


What could be better than a beautiful spring day in Michigan? A beautiful spring day that included a trip with my mom to one of my favorite yarn stores of all time to see two guys who have long since gone from being great folks to buy yarn from to great friends. Where else could I get a personal tour of all the best goodies in the store, a sneak peek at some great new stuff soon to arrive, an in depth discussion and demonstration of double knitting and a lot of friendly conversation?

While sitting and knitting, I also realized that both Rob and Matt had the most fabulous knitting/messenger bags that I've ever come across. I have a hard time passing by a wonderful bag -- especially one that can carry both my knitting and my widescreen laptop. Meet my lovely new knitting bag from Dancing Cat Bags.

Dancing Cat Messenger Bag with Ohs!

This bag has a lot to recommend it -- not the least of which is the fact that it is all hand made in southern California. The bag is solid like a rock, and has no problems toting around a heavy laptop or collection of knitting goodies. I can definitely see this bag becoming part of my everyday experience.

Letting the Cat Out of the Bag

The big center pocket is just perfect for carrying around a larger project or a couple of smaller ones (or a laptop!) while the back compartment is large enough for a nice collection of magazines (new Rebecca, anyone?) I slipped the Yarn Harlot's wonderful book into one of the front pockets to give a sense for how nice and big they are. (And also to say that if you don't have a copy of this lovely little book, you are really missing something -- it's true, and wonderful and funny all at the same time).

There's also something else hiding in there that I'll show off tomorrow. After all, you didn't think I could go to ThreadBear and not buy any yarn, did you?

Blog of the Day
Given my recent trip to Michigan, I thought it only appropriate that today's shout out be to someone who lives in an area where I spent a lot of time growing up in -- Ypsilanti, Michigan. Not too long ago, Jen published a free pattern for a yoga mat bag on her blog. Looks like a nice easy pattern for a practical and handy item!

P.S. Posting may be erratic for the next few days or so. Lots going on at work right now. But I am still working hard on that spongy pink number.

Silk Delight


Given my imminent trip to Maryland, I am trying to resist the urge to add too much more yarn to my stash. But what is it about spring that makes stash enhancement seem so reasonable and appropriate, even when one's stash room is already overflowing with goodness? Thus, when I was visiting ThreadBear over the weekend I decided that magazines, bags and other such goodies were perfectly fine (this may seem very resitrictive, but if you've ever visited Rob and Matt, you realize that this leaves you with plenty of ways to get into trouble), but yarn purchases must be limited to only something truly special, something perfectly suited to me, and then no more than a skein or two.

When you're in a store as large as ThreadBear, it's not always that hard to find something truly special, with colors that were meant to be near my face.

Silk Delight and Reading Pleasure

No picture can even begin to do this yarn justice. This is the first time I have ever purchased Great Adirondack yarn. Not because I don't think it's lovely (most of it is gorgeous), but because I usually end up deciding that it is too expensive per unit of yarn and something that is likely to end up sitting in a decorative bowl, rather than in a garment that I love. Enter the Silk Delight display. This yarn is 100% silk (so you know I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame) and my absolute favorite color palette -- deep to electric blues and purples with a hint of green for punch. It goes without saying that it is divinely soft. Probably the only thing I can compare it to from a softness perspective is Art Fibers Chai -- but that is where the comparison ends, because the yarn is evenly spun and dyed with a completely different range of colors.

Amethyst Silk Delight Shows Off Its True Colors

The color here is a little washed out by the bright sunlight I took the photo in. The yarn has a deep sheen and is a little reflective. It's almost like this stuff glows from within.

The frugal knitter in me is pleased that the skein has reasonable yardage -- 263 yards -- which I am hoping will be enough, perhaps, for the Flower Basket shawl (Interweave Knits, Fall 2004)-- or at least my own, smaller version of it that I would use more like a scarf. This inspiration comes directly from the Yarn Harlot and her beautiful version done in the Chai I mentioned above.

Blog of the Day
Today's feature took me to Abington, VA to visit Fiberphile (I love that name!) Barbara. She's just finished a beautiful version of Hush Hush from last summer's Knitty. She's also another blogger who's heading to MS&W. And, like her, I really would like to know just how much yarn could be fit into a Mini... (I don't have one, but if I had a practical reason to have such an adorable little care, I'd be thinking about one!)

The French Confection


Remember what I was saying not too long ago about being frugal about buying yarn before MS&W?

I lied.

Get a load of this:

A French Confection: Phil Eponge, Clapotis and Sunset

Talk about French cotton candy for the knitter's soul. I'm particularly smitten with the Clapotis.

Clapotis Texture

This yarn has a texture that is a combination between a soft vellum paper and a fine cotton. It makes me think of the edges of frilly lettuce leaves. And it's just as pretty in the singular as in the aggregate.

A Strand of Clapotis

What is this yarn going to be? Why a Chanel-Inspired Jacket, of course! The pattern is still available for free from Phildar. And the best part? The pattern calls for 5.5 mm needles. Should be a fun, quick knit, assuming I can work my way through the French translation. A big shout out to Becky for helping this yarn get to my door.

Blog of the Day
In honor of the lovely goodies that I'm showing off today, Becky, that wonderful whack dancing rabbit woman in Lyon, France is my link for the day. She's single handedly helped me develop my addiction to Phildar yarns and patterns. She's also responsible for helping us all find our way to Sleeve Island and making sure that the cabana boy's liquor cabinet is well stocked with those things necessary for fixing margaritas. Not only that, but she's also just done a nice re-design of her blog template that you should all go and take a look at.

Pink Progress Report

All The Pink That's Fit to Photograph

Here's the pink Eponge sweater checking in. I'm 38 rows from the neck and raglan shaping. Soon, soon, soon. And then I will have to think seriously about how to deal with the ribbing at the neckline.

Blog of the Day
In honor of her guest appearance at our KIP outing tonight, I hope to direct your browser to Melanie's blog. Melanie was working on what will be a gorgeous Vittadini sweater. It will be a lot of fun to see it come together on her blog. It was a pleasure to meet you Melanie. Be sure to look us up again if you get back to Chicago on more business!

Maryland Sheep and Wool or Bust!


With MS&W less than two weeks away, I'm working hard to try to get my Phil Eponge sweater finished. I know this is a bit of an artificial deadline, because if it is as warm there this year as it was last year, this top is likely to be much too warm to wear while wandering around at the festival. But a girl never knows, so I am going to try to hold myself to the original timefame I set for myself. After all, I have another very texturally interesting pile of Phildar yarn sitting very close to my desk, and I have told myself that there will be no interaction whatsoever with it until the Phil Eponge sweater is finished.

Catching the Last Rays of Sunshine

I'm now done knitting all the main pieces of the sweater. This is my attempt to get a sense for how it will look when put together. The sweater is really beginning to come alive for me now, and that really helps push me onward. While the front piece gets subjected to a spot of blocking, I'm working on the two pieces that will make up the neckband. I debated for a while whether I would just pick up stitches or whether I would follow the assembly instructions for the neckband a la Phildar. I ended up deciding to go the Phildar instruction route, because I think it might give the neckline a little more structure. With a squooshy-stretchy yarn like Eponge, I'm thinking this could make the difference between a garment that gives me several summers of enjoyment and a garment that gets mis-shapen and gets to live at the bottom of one of my dresser drawers.

Blog of the Day
Today I'd like to encourage everyone to go to Jeanette's blog and welcome her to her (relatively) new blog home (Jeanette - I hope I've gotten your name right, since I see that your blog is titled "Miss Janet's Knittings", but you left the name Jeanette in my comments). Jeanette is working on her Ph.D. in the biological sciences in Denmark -- in between knitting some lovely socks and a non-Noro version of Karalund that is quite lovely. She also has a nice collection of links to other Danish knitters for those of you looking to add more Scandinavian knitters to your daily reading list.

V is for Victory (Almost)

V Neck for Victory

Piece by piece, this sweater makes its way to the finish line. The white edging is an invisible cast-on. All the major knitting is now done! Now the Eponge seaming adventure begins...

Blog of the Day
This evening I swished my fingers electronically through all the people who have been kind enough to tell me where they are from (I'll be updating that soon!) and pulled out the link to Moni's site, Blacksheep. Moni's in Santa Cruz, California and her To Dye For mohair pullover with bell sleeves almost has me wishing for colder weather (note that I said almost...a Chicagoan knows not to tempt fate too much when snow storms are happening just a state across the lake.) And if you like to combine a little computer geek with your knitting, don't forget to check out the link she posted (in her post on April 25th) that discusses some popular blog categories on Bloglines!

Stunningly Unmotivated

Two Sleeves Connected to the Back

I love textured yarns to knit with. I almost inevitably hate them when it comes to putting the garment together. It's almost impossible to identify where the middle ground between two stitches exists, thus making mattress stitching the sleeves to the body more of a trial than a joy. I've been seaming with the Phil Eponge, and, surprisingly, if I am careful, it's not a terrible experience. But the being careful part does slow me down more than I like, and I found myself needing to put the sweater down after only sewing in the unnecessary ends and seaming the back to the sleeves. Not terribly impressive, but at least it is forward progress.

Blog of the Day
Leisel in Colorado Springs, Colorado is my link for today. The title of her blog, Knot Again makes me laugh with all its punny goodness. She's just discovered the yarn heroin that is Koigu, is working on a lovely crochet baby afghan and has just moved into her new home on TypePad.

Saturday Morning


Actually, it's perilously close to being Saturday afternoon, but since I only got up a few hours ago, it's Saturday morning to me.

Boy, would I like to have some great pictures to post showing my progress on either my ruffly scarf or my Phil Eponge sweater. In truth, I've been able to do almost nothing on them since earlier in the week. Which doesn't give me much to talk about here.

There's a part of me that wants to apologize for being irregular in my posting behavior. But another voice in the back of my head reminds me that the point that I start to look at this blog as an obligation rather than something that I do to chronicle my knitting experiences is probably the point at which I should shut it down. I've got enough things in my life that I put into the obligation category. My blog is the place I come to have a little outlet for my creative writing and crafting.

So, no apologies will be forthcoming. Instead, I will provide a warning that in the next couple of months I may not be as daily as I would like to be, and that if you don't want to make the cyber-trek over to my blog without knowledge that I've posted something new, I encourage you to subscribe to my blog with Bloglines (see the link in the sidebar) -- which is probably my personal favorite blog monitoring tool.

I also know that making a post like this will lead some reading to wonder what is going on in my life, and is it good or bad (after all, this is what goes on in my head when I read statements like this on other people's blogs). Generally speaking, I have no real problem talking about my personal life here on the blog, but when it comes to things going on at work, I tend to be very conservative. Right now my posting is being affected by my need to take care of more things at work. Some of these things involve not just doing more or putting more time into what I do, but also some personal growth things that involve pushing myself in new directions. Change like this is good, it's what keeps life interesting and makes me feel like I am growing and expanding my horizons. However, this kind of thing (especially when combined with the onset of allergy season) usually leaves me a little fatigued as my poor neurological system learns to cope with and integrate them into my way of being. And often that means that when I come home from work, I'm lucky if I can figure out how to remember how to use the remote control for our cable box, let alone figure out how to attach a raglan sleeve seam when lovely fine-guaged French pink boucle yarn is involved.

I'll have more interesting things to talk about on Monday (I'll be updating my "Where in the World" maps, since many people have left their locations since I first posted) and I have hopes of sitting down with a good Audiobook, my iPod and the Eponge sweater and getting as much of it assembled as I can. The weather is perfect for it, and I still have a few days before I head out to the most fabulous Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival.

Have a Great Weekend!