A blog about my life, knitting, and other stuff.

October 17, 2004

Sheena Is a Punk Rocker

I worked for a few hours on Friday while my boss went to the celebration rally for the Seattle Storm. We have a new yarn in called Revolution. It's crazy stuff. I don't understand the construction at all. It looks like extruded polar fleece but it's 90% wool, 10% nylon. I thought it would look good knit up into a hat with a giant cable on it. I started it at work and finished it later at home. I picked a horseshoe cable design. This was a mistake. A giant horseshoe cable on your forehead makes you look like a Klingon. In this case, an electric lime green Klingon. I ripped it all out and started again around midnight. I stayed up until 2:30 knitting and watching Nip/Tuck on DVD. I finished the hat on Saturday morning. My second attempt has a 12 stitch basic cable on it. The cables look cute in the big yarn but I don't think it looks great on. Too lumpy. It's just a shop sample though so I won't rip it and knit it again. I also couldn't figure out an elegant way to work the decreases. I just made it up as I went.

On Saturday I made a trip to Bainbridge Island. My friend Marci from knitting camp was visiting from LA and she wanted to see Churchmouse. (Spring visited Churchmouse this weekend too, it seems.) Marci, her friend, Reina, and I went over around noon. It was gray and really rainy. We spent a good amount of time looking at yarn, patterns and new books. I really liked Last-Minute Knitted Gifts and Scarf Style. I wasn't too impressed with 25 Bags to Knit. It had a few patterns basically repeated over and over. And too much Lurex Shimmer yarn in the designs for my taste. Marci and Reina both picked up yarn to make a small linen stitch purse from a chop pattern, along with a few other things. I was a very good girl. I picked up some All Seasons Cotton from the clearance bin but put it back. The shop was so cozy and inviting on a dismal wet day. John walked around the shop and offered shoppers sample cups of lovely, hot tea.

Marci (in her Wonderful Wallaby knit in Fairy Hare) and Reina

Marci and Me (in Rosy--Marci's thinking about making one and wanted to see mine)

We were very excited to go have a nice lunch across the street at Cafe Nola. When we got there we were told that they had just stopped serving lunch. We hiked down the street in the rain to the Streamliner Diner. Also closed. We ended up getting some pasta another block away. I got penne with a tomato based sauce with duck meat. It was really delicious. We decided to head to the Blackbird Bakery for some dessert since we had nearly another hour before the ferry. Everything there looked so good, it was very difficult picking something out. I settled on the Monkey Love Brownie. Chocolate brownie with coconut and chocolate chips. Oh baby. That was some good eatin'.

When I got home I saw that there was going to be a Purlygirls impromptu knit together around the corner from my house later in the evening. I went over with my Rogue sleeve. Molly and Marti came too. We had a really nice night of tea, knitting and chat. At one point I missed an increase on my sleeve. I started ripping back, got immersed in the conversation and starting knitting again. I caught myself and starting ripping back again then got distracted again and started knitting. Then I ripped back again. I lost count how many times I did this. I was very sad to finish the cable chart on the sleeve. That's the end of the cables on my Rogue. It's just a little more sleeve knitting now. And then assembling.

Butterfly's sleeve is growing too. I finally knit to the end of the first ball of yarn and got some green in my sleeve.

Today we had a screening for Sneak Films. We showed End of the Century: The Story of The Ramones. If you're a fan of the Ramones, it's a must see. The story of the band was put on film just before it was too late. Joey Ramone died from Lymphoma in 2001 before the movie was made. Then Dee Dee Ramone died of an overdose two months after they finished filming. Johnny Ramone just died a few weeks ago from prostate cancer. Joe Strummer of the Clash is also interviewed for the film shortly before he died of a heart attack. The live footage and interviews are fun, hilarious and sad. Rock on.