Pink Monkey Knits

Using my opposable thumbs to knit up a storm!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Why today was awesome 

Oh so many reasons. Let's start with
Trip to the gyno
Seeing my current weight during above trip
Officially rejected from one job prospect
Lost hope for the other
Friend got hit by a car on her bike
Can't find either of the two (!!) CD-ROMS with my India pictures on them
Extreme energy output to find all this self-pity for myself when I'm already over-tired.

All kidding aside, the job thing doesn't particularly surprise me. When the freakin' employer makes you wait 7 weeks to let you know what's up, nothing surprises you. It's just that I'm sick of the process already, the attempt to put on the proper face, the waiting, the swinging of emotions between utter confidence in your abilities to utter sureness in your failure. But now, I have to do it all over again and with even more gusto, I need to be a cover letter sending machine.

I didn't feel too bad about it until I watched the freakin' Apprentice. How silly is it that I distance myself from my emotion until an idiotic TV show sets it off?

The part where I really lost it, though, was when I couldn't find my India pics. I feel so stupid and like my disorganization is truly coming to bite me in the ass. And even worse, after I spent probably an hour looking for them, Cobra drove all the way back home to look for it there and will be coming all the way back. And I still need to do a bit of packing with T-minus 4 hours before I need to catch the metro to the airport.

Luckily, I'm going to Chicago tomorrow to hang with my aunt, her best friend and my mom. There should be much girly bonding and cuddling, so hopefully that will rekindle my motivation. Hell, I've already been promised a free manicure. If I can get some gift yarn thrown in there, I could get back to a state of normality... These have also been helping me get through the last few weeks. Going to the dark side may be evil, but it's oh so delicious.

Hope you all had a better day.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Striving towards Honesty 

I guess everyone else has moved on from their S$W posts, I guess I should do the same. I did , however, want to make one comment. Alright, I had some mixed feelings about what happened at the festival, I'll admit. What I was really surprised about were people saying that were uncomfortable with the way that people talked about the festival, blogger meetings, etc. This was interesting to me because I find that in life and generally on my blog, I try to put my happy mask out to the world no matter how I'm feeling. This was driven home to me this weekend after a slightly unhappy incident on the way to a baseball game. As someone who's always trying to strive to be truly honest in my life, I admire all of those bloggers who were true in sharing their feelings with the world. That ability to be totally real and to share the bad along with the good is the reason why I keep going back to many blogs. It reminds me that I will be a better writer and more true to myself if I can also put myself fully out there. It's hard, but I'll keep trying.

Alright, moving on: as you can probably see, I re-did my template. I have a real serious lack of web design knowledge, so I did this with the help of Anti Ivy and some educated guessing. Not perfect, but I'm satisfied with it for now.

In the spirit of Flower Pic Week, I thought I'd put up some snaps I took when Cobra and I visited the US Botanic Garden last month.

orchid

tulips

Lovely, eh? Cobra might have taken the bottom one, I don't remember. This is one of many excursions that boy and I have been taking together lately; this past weekend we walked to the National Zoo and next weekend we're hoping to go camping on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I'm glad that we've been making the effort to take advantage of the resources of the area lately and not just wasting our weekends by lying around in bed until late in the afternoon. Sometimes being lazy is fine but it can get boring after awhile. We've both also been trying to be more physically active lately and trying to get out on our bicycles. It's taken me a while to be comfortable out riding with him because he used to do mountain bike racing and has some crazy skills. Not only does he feel comfortable weaving a bit in traffic, he also likes to do 30 mph sprints and wheelie up any hills. At first, I was really intimidated by these stunts since I'm rarely feel competent doing any physical activity but I've grown comfortable with it. Now, I just try to enjoy myself and the movement.

Oh, right and knitting. My strawberry swirls tank is progressing nicely. I finished the back, see?
back

I'm going forward on the front and I'm almost at the increases. Hopefully, I will finish this weekend...

part_front

I'm making a size smaller than I normally would because the other top that I made from this same pattern book was a bit on the large size. I'm glad that I did that because it looks like it will fit perfectly. Can't wait to show it off to you!

This week, I'm supposed to hear the last word from 2 jobs that I applied for. There are a few more out there that I need to send resumes out for because if I don't get one of these, I'll be starting from square one again aka SOL. Keep sending out the good vibes though, maybe I'll luck out....

And that's all for now.

Monday, May 09, 2005

My Oh My 

There is just so much to say about MD S&W, it's hard to know where to start. The most important thing I learned is that I LOVE SHEEP. Before, I knew I liked them because, duh, they play a big role in feeding my habit. But I didn't realize they're so lovable!

sheep cuddle

They were nervous from all of the attention, so they were cuddling, aaawwww! And they're so soft and cute and say "bah" - I totally want one! And if, for some reason, I can't have a pet sheep, I want an alpaca!

alpacas

They were also cuddling. Don't be nervous, little buddies! They were a bit shorter than I though they would be but had those lovely long eyelashes and cute little fuzzy faces. You can also tell that they totally know what's going on. Maybe I can have one when I get a yard like in Napoleon Dynamite.

spin from angora bunny

This woman was spinning directly from this fluffy angora bunny. It was out of control.

This was just friggin' cute:
daisy chain girls
These girls were very carefully beautifying this chain and did a very good job of it. There were lots of dandelion chains around, it was very whimsical.

And, of course, what you really want to see - the goods!

yarn goodies

I was really good and only bought one thing - this richly-colored worsted merino wool from Tess' Designer Yarns. This is actually the same yarn that I used for my boobholder. I will use it to make a Clapotis.

Alright, so you've seen the picture-heavy, non blogger part of my post. I'm now happy to talk about all of the great folks I met, but I have to admit that I took very, very few picture to prove that I met them. In fact, I only took one.

anne marie pensive
That's Anne Marie. She looked so pensive and dreamy, I had to capture it. But she was only one of the lovely ladies I had the pleasure of meeting on Saturday. First, I'll give a special shoutout to Lara, Chelsea, and Sarah for being patient with me while I was overwhelmed and oh so slowly walking through the heart attack-inducing amounts of yarn in the side barns. I also enjoyed the pleasure of the company of Dana (who I'm lucky enough to know in real life), Natalie, Sarah, Carrie, Stacy, Jenny, Nathania, Heather and, of course, the Yarn Harlot. I have, of course, seen many of the reports from the Harlot's tour and saw how effusive people were about meeting her. Of course, she's an awesome writer but usually when you get someone to sign your book, they just ask your name and move the line along. Not Madame Harlot. She engaged every single person in that line who came up to her. She even chatted with me for a good few minutes even though I admitted that I had no book due to my lack of funds. Plus, after the book signing line died down, she turned around wanted to know what everyone had gotten. She was a knitter who wanted to chat with some other knitters, who all just happen to document their activities on this crazy interweb. Hence, her awesomeness.

I also saw Wendy, Theresa, Carolyn, and Eilene from afar but didn't say hi to them (well, I very ackwardly tried to say hi to one but it was...yeah, didn't happen).

Unfortunately, I didn't get to look around there as much as I would have liked but it's probably for the best as I'm sure I would have bought a heellllllll of a lot more yarn. I would have liked to have seen more sheepies, too. It was great fun, though, enjoyed the bonding time I had with SNBer Mika on the way up and I'll definitely look forward to next year. Hope to see YOU there.

Friday, May 06, 2005

High Anxiety 

This week, I have been very, very anxious and my emotions have been scattered all over the place. On Wednesday, I left temp job early and while I was walking home, I called people and left messages like "I'm feeling really cranky today and just wanted to vent, so call me back if you want to hear me bitch." (FYI I did feel better that day after eating some ice cream outside and dancing to some Bowie tunes, but the crabbiness continues).

The root cause of this anxiety is the lack of real jobness, which is causing intense obsession over every single cent. Today, I figured out that my rent takes up 80% of my monthly salary at temp job! That's just not feasible, folks. It's not for lack of trying, either. In fact, I had a pretty promising second interview last week but they're putting me through the elaborate torture of not letting me know about their decision FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEKS. This is after an application process that was already 4-5 weeks long. Come on people, make up your fucking minds already!!!

As you can probably tell, knitting has really been a very calming solace from my crazy, paranoid brain this week. Now that I've finished my peachy socks, what, pray tell, am I knitting? I'm making a very cute tank top, Priscilla from Berroco book #223 in some very special yarn: the Phildar Clapotis that I picked up whilst in Paris (just what we needed, another Clapotis in the knitting world! What I really wonder is how Clapotis would look as a Clapotis...). While this yarn is made from polyamide, it looks and feels like it's made of paper! I got mine in the Barbe a Papa color, which my coworker looked at the other day and said that it reminded her of all of the azaleas that are in bloom right now. Let's compare, shall we?


swirls_and_azaleas

Why yes, I believe coworker was right and the color is very azalea-like.


swirl_and_trees

I also thought that the lighter portions very much resembled these....dogwoods? Although it resembles these flowers, I'm calling it my Strawberry Swirl top because it reminds me of Strawberry Shortcake.

This project is moving right along as I'm already onto the increases on the back piece. It's going quickly not only because it's acting as my crutch in my world of stressed out craziness, but also because I got a little bonus knitting time this week with my friend Susanne.

susanne
Susanne is a buddy I met at DC SNB and she is totally my favorite vegan knitter in DC. She is holding up her very first gauge swatch for her very first real garment, Anouk also from Berroco #223 (confession: I was originally going to make the same top and we were going to have a 2 person knitalong, but then I realized I probably don't have enough yarn). My first duty as a coach that night was to make sure that she made that swatch despite her objections or else she ran the risk of having first real garment be a total disaster. Good thing, too since she ended up having to go up 2 needle sizes. Susanne, you will thank me someday for this lesson (and if you wanted to do that sometime in the near future, financial compensation would be nice). In return, she gave me some valuable job hunting tips and leads and taught me how to say "thank you" in Esperanto. We had a lovely time and I hope we do it again sometime soon.

I'm also cheered by my excitement for the orgy of fiber that will be MD S&W. I know this is a bit late but if you're looking for some tips and how to approach the event, check out these tips from Michael (who is seriously the most knowledgeable member of DC SNB). The meetup tomorrow afternoon should be a blast but I'm now worried that I'll creep out everyone because I've lost my voice and sound like a slowly dying frog. Please don't be afeared of me, friends! My pre-festival dinner with fellow voice-loser Lauren should kick the weekend off nicely.

So, lovely readers I'll send some peaceful vibes out to you and hope you can reciprocate. I'm so stoked to see some of you tomorrow, yay!!! Great weekend to all.