Thursday, January 11, 2007

Ten Things Thursday- Part 3

1. I think I accidentally discovered the center of the universe for young professionals last night. My friend Martha and I had dinner in Washington Square at a place called Publick House (formerly known as Anam Cara which I had been to before). There I was, stuck in a throng of people who were all well dressed, having intelligent conversations, and being well educated. How much of this did I actually make up in my mind though? I think it was projection...

2. I might just be a lover of Belgian beer- I'm not sure. There's something about the orange peel and coriander that makes it unique- almost a white wine beer even. A good white wine at that.

3. No matter what though, I'm a red wine kind of guy. Cabernet Sauvignon especially. I like to think the wine I drink is a perfect reflection of myself. Cab Sav, what with being so dark, so complex, and so bold, resembles how I view myself spot on.

4. I once spent a whole summer that I had no money having nothing but cheese and cheap champagne for dinner. Luckily I wasn't alone in doing this.

5. Yes, this has become a slightly alcohol related post. I figure we're adults, we have a past or present with it, why not mention it?

6. One of my favorite Boston Moments was sitting with friends on a roof deck on Beacon Hill, drinking prosecco, and eating greasy pizza. I think that's why I'm so fond of prosecco during the summer- it's my attempt to recapture a moment that I could have lived in forever.

7. I prefer not to drink and knit. But maybe there's such a thing as knitter's goggles that if you've been drinking and you're around someone wearing something handknit, they automatically become that much more attractive?

8. The first thing I notice now when I go into a restaurant or in a new social situation is how many people are wearing a knit of any kind. My eyes tend to flock to it more than anything else.

9. I had a fascinating conversation about identity last night that I want to expand into something more substantial. Knitting was a major part of that discussion naturally.

10. I won't be drinking at all this weekend but I will be knitting. Back to basics- a cabled scarf for a co-worker. Then, planning stages for other projects.

Happy Thursday everyone.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

10 Things Thursday Part 2

I figured if I'm going to start something, I might as well actually keep up with it. With that in mind, here's version 2 of Ten Things Thursday.

1. I've been slightly addicted to Facebook recently- more for the odd reason of seeing how much I need to accomplish to seem like I'm in the same court as all the people I know from high school.

2. Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool just rocks my world.

3. The EZ sweater is nearing completion. I've struggled with it a lot but now I'm being super meticulous and it's working out in my advantage. My hands already know what to do- they are just begging me to hurry up and finish.

4. I'm wanting to hurry and finish because at the holiday party at work, my present contribution was a hand knit item. So, I want to finish that by the end of the month. The project? Why a pink scarf! The big question is- how will said pink scarf work? This needs to be established soon.

5. I think I lie to myself. I believe I actually like knitting in groups as tonight I'm heading out to Woolcott and Co for some chatting and knitting.

6. I've started to design stripes again.. almost compulsively to be honest. I'm hoping to make sure they at least translate into something knitted eventually.

7. Me, I might just be a jewelry maker soon. That is, if my hands are ever free from...

8. All the design projects I'm planning! I figure it's time to just go all out and see what this boy can do. There was this great quote sent at my work that basically said it's better to fail at what you love then succeed at what you hate.

9. I might be falling in love with miso soup. Anybody have suggestions for amazing miso soup in Boston?

10. The color brown. That's it. The color brown. It deserves two fragments it's so beautiful.

- Jeff

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

My Knit Year's Resolutions

Funny enough, I don't think I've made any hard and fast resolutions for this year. Mostly I'm just hoping for peace inside myself and courage/energy to tackle the challenges that will be thrown my way. Throw in acceptance of things I can't change too- that's always a nice one.

Knitting though- now there's a place to make resolutions!

1. Try and become a more social knitter- maybe even attend a group of some sort.

2. Year of the sweater. While I've started over 3 times on the current sweater I'm working on, it's been more of a friend rather than a project. When I go home at night, I know the sweater is there to work on. As long as I pick fiber that I love, colors that excite me, or a pattern that I can't wait to finish, I'll have all the knitting needs I have met in the sweater.

3. Eschew perfection but aim for precision and thoughtfulness in my knits. If a mistake happens, try and implement any technical skills I have to try and maneuver around it or get rid of it. But don't start the whole project over again if it can't be resolved.

4. Experiment and/or design. While endless stockinette is fun, it's not so much of a challenge, is it? I resolve to pick up my Barbara Walker and EZ books and really see how I can get the images in my mind onto fabric.

5. Get a better camera and blog more. Nuff said there!

Happy New Year!