Thursday, February 16, 2006


Olympic Knitting: An Update

Weather conditions have provided a sparkling start to the 2006 Knitting Olympics--at least where I am. On Sunday it snowed alllll day. All day. It was the perfect day to curl up on the couch, watch the BBC Pride and Prejudice miniseries checked out from the library, and knit up a storm.

Buckles added for perspective.

I expected this project would take a lot longer than it has. I think Mr. Darcy as played by Colin Firth made an excellent muse. So charmingly droll. So crabby!

You know I like the crabby.

But oh yes, the knitting. This is the overdue wrap/scarf for my sister's Christmas present. The pattern is Liesel from YummyYarn, a very charming pattern that I would highly recommend to lace-making beginners.

Because I am a beginner, and I did it! Mr. Darcy is only part of the magic. The pattern is easy to follow and very pretty with this Rowan Kid Silk Night, the teenage show-off cousin of Kid Silk Haze. I was telling Rebecca (blogless, so sad) that it felt rather scratchy and duh, I hadn't thought about the fact that this variation on the yarn has "metallic fabric" woven into it. Metal=sharp. Susie=dull.

In other news, the shock wave known as diabetes has crested. Yes, friends, Graybaby is diabetes-free. No one can explain it and Graybaby sure ain't talking, but no more insulin for her. For now.

Let's do a new quiz, y'all. I really enjoyed seeing which countries you all were. Some of them sort of made sense, and others, especially Miss Texas, seemed a wee bit puzzling. In honor of Wordnerdy's move to Blogger (sorry it took me so long to figure it out, Alicia! I'm all, techno-what?), let's do the book quiz!

You're Mrs. Dalloway!

by Virginia Woolf

Your life seems utterly bland and normal to the casual observer, but
inside you are churning with a million tensions and worries. The company you surround
yourself with may be shallow, but their effects upon your reality are tremendously deep.
To stay above water, you must try to act like nothing's wrong, but you know that the
truth is catching up with you. You're not crazy, you're just a little unwell. But no
doctor can help you now.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Hmmm. A bit disconcerting! Sounds like I may have diabetes.

What book did you all get?

You're Catch-22!
by Joseph Heller
Incredibly witty and funny, you have a taste for irony in all that you see. It seems that life has put you in perpetually untenable situations, and your sense of humor is all that gets you through them. These experiences have also made you an ardent pacifist, though you present your message with tongue sewn into cheek. You could coin a phrase that replaces the word "paradox" for millions of people.
You're Watership Down!
by Richard Adams
Though many think of you as a bit young, even childish, you're actually incredibly deep and complex. You show people the need to rethink their assumptions, and confront them on everything from how they think to where they build their houses. You might be one of the greatest people of all time. You'd be recognized as such if you weren't always talking about talking rabbits.
I wish I could remember by blogger password... Watership Down! was mine. This is what happened when Suchi took the quiz for me:

You're Anne of Green Gables!
by L.M. Montgomery
Bright, chipper, vivid, but with the emotional fortitude of cottage cheese, you make quite an impression on everyone you meet. You're impulsive, rash, honest, and probably don't have a great relationship with your parents. People hurt your feelings constantly, but your brazen honestly doesn't exactly treat others with kid gloves. Ultimately, though, you win the hearts and minds of everyone that matters. You spell your name with an E and you want everyone to know about it.

That's right - AngelaE!
You're One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest!
by Ken Kesey
You're crazy. This has led people to attempt to confine you to a safe place so that you don't pose a danger to yourself or others. You feel like you pose a great danger to the man (or maybe the woman) or whatever else is keeping you down. But most of the time, you just end up being observed. Were you crazy before you were confined?

Is this true?! oh no, what's happening? First Israel now this.
I did get another job interview and my sister is visiting,so things are all that bad!
You're The Two Towers!
by J.R.R. Tolkien
September 11th really shook you up and when people think of you, that's the first thing that comes to mind. Regardless, you feel betrayed, beleaguered, and beaten. Your best friend turned his back on you and then started advocating environmental desecration. It seems that your only hope remains in two very short people who are very far from you. In the meantime, it looks like you're stuck between a rock and a hard place.

I'm also a little bit disappointed.
i'm very confused!

You're A People's History of the United States!
by Howard Zinn
After years of listening to other peoples' lies, you decided you've had enough. Now you're out to tell it like it is, with all the gory details and nothing left out. Instead of respecting leaders, you want to know what the common people have to offer. But this revolution still has a long way to go, and you're not against making a little profit while you wait. Honesty is your best policy.

i mean, i'm hardly a revolutionary, just a history nerd.
thanks for the shoutout, susie cupcakes!
I'm curious to see all of Liesel, seeing as I haven't seen a version in KSH yet!

- MJ
What!? This doesn't seem right. Patient is the antithesis of me.

You're Waiting for Godot!
by Samuel Beckett
Many people think you're extremely dull, but you're just trying to patient. Really patient. Patient to the point of absurdity, quite frankly. Whatever you're waiting for isn't going to just come along, so you can stop waiting. I promise. Move on with your life. Change of scenery might do you good. Heck, any scenery might do you good. In the meantime, you do make for very interesting conversation.
You're Jurassic Park!
by Michael Crichton

You combine all the elements of a mad scientist, a brash philosopher, a humble researcher, and a money-hungry attracter of tourists. With all these features, you could build something monumental or get chased around by your own demons. Probably both, in fact. A movie based on your life would make millions, and spawn at least two sequels that wouldn't be very good. Be very careful around islands.
You're Cat's Cradle!
by Kurt Vonnegut
You believe quite firmly that free will deserted you long ago and far away. As a result, it's hard to take responsibility for anything. Even though you show great potential as a leader of a small 3rd world country, the choices are all made ahead of time. You're rather fond of games involving string. Your fear of nuclear weaponry is trumped only by your fear of ice.

?, The only fear of ice that comes to mind is when the freezer is empty and some scotch or other beverage is in need of some chillin'.
Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy! Can I be Elizabeth Bennett? PLEASE??
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