Heather asked for pictures of the kilt hose, and I shall obey:
I am in the process of turning the heel on stocking #2. I would be past the heel turn if I hadn’t done that thing I sometimes do which is to get to the end of the heel flap, completely forget the heel-turning part, and then carry on right to picking up the gusset stitches. Then I realize I have too many stitches, smack my forehead, and rip it out back ot the edge of the heel flap to actually do the heel turn. I should know better than to try any of this at 11pm. In any case, these look good to be finished by the weekend. Hurray!
Clarabelle asked me 5 questions, and by the laws of blogosphere and memes, I must comply. And they are challenging questions, too!
1. What do you hope to accomplish with your blog?
I’m not sure if I have one specific goal in mind – I think it is a pretty open-ended pursuit and is always shifting a little bit. I started the blog to be able to track my knitting progress, and also to be able to write about things I enjoy. (In the psychological wringer of writing the PhD dissertation, it helps to remind myself that writing words and sentences does not, in fact, have to be an agonizing experience.) Since then I’ve also really come to enjoy exploring the blogosphere and “meeting” other knit-bloggers online. I like seeing pictures on other people’s blogs, so I try to include photos in mine as often as possible.
2. Are you a spiritual person?
This is a tough question! My short answer would be, yes, in the sense that I would say I believe in God as a spiritual presence that works and exists in ways that I will never fully understand. My longer answer involves a bit of personal history, and the recognition that over the course of my lifestyle as a graduate student, my regular spiritual practice has lapsed partly by design and partly by circumstance. I think spirituality and religion are very personal things.
My family belongs to the United Church of Canada, which I believe translates to United Methodist in the United States, elsewhere I’m not sure. I still attend services occasionally when I visit home – not as often as I would like, but I generally enjoy it when I go. (Also, I sit near the back and knit during the sermons. Shhh. God must also be a knitter, right?) I’ve been to different UC communities and I like the UC because I think there tends to be a minimum of ceremony and pomp and circumstance, and there is an interest on focusing simply on word, music, and sacrament, and congregational life. Also, they welcome people of all genders and sexualities into their congregation and ministry, which I think is important.
I have sung in church choirs in the past (as an alto – represent, altos!), and I would like to do this again eventually. I have not read the Bible cover to cover, but I would like to. According to the Belief-o-Matic (my Aunt showed this to us a few Christmas holidays ago), I test as equal parts Neo-Pagan and Liberal Presbyterian. I’m not entirely sure what this means, but I think I’m okay with that assessment. I would also like to know more about other religions and forms of spritual practice – Bhuddism, for example.
And as a brief aside, I have to say I get a little weary in film and television when the default “religious” representation is always Catholicism. (By this I mean no disrespect to Catholics – it’s just that there are other religious denominations out there, yanno?)
(A swatch for the ‘Brennan Cardigan’ that I did yesterday while working on the pattern – it’s some variegated Patons Merino that won’t ever become an actual sweater, it was just the first worsted weight stuff I found when I realized I needed to swatch and went looking for anything that would work.)
3. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you?
Oh, my. I suck at desert island questions. Uhhhh… I will say that I would like to have my stash (that totally counts as one thing, right?), a good knife (for practicality’s sake), and a huge bottle of conditioner to keep my hair untangled (for vanity’s sake. Gotta look good for the sea turtles).
4. What’s your favourite childhood memory?
I have a lot of fleeting memories, I’m not sure if I have a favourite one, though. I remember birthday parties, and enjoying them. I remember getting ice cream in Scotland when M and I must have been about 5 and having a Cadbury Flake piece on top, and that was the best. ice cream. ever. I remember falling into the sunken fountain at the mall and being so distressed because my Smarties had fallen in with me (also I was sopping wet and crying), and my sister ran right over to the nearest newsagent and picked up a new box and ran right back and brought it over because new Smarties would make everything better (even if they were stolen). Good times.
5. Is this your first meme?
In the spirit of keeping the meme going, if anyone else (up to 5 people) would like 5 questions, let me know and I’ll ask you some for your blog.
[EDIT]: I just realized that the photos in this post are in purple and bright orange, and now I have the scene from ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’ in my head when Gareth compliments Scarlett on her orange and purple dress that combines the ‘ecclesiastical purple’ and ‘pagan orange’. Maybe the photos weren’t so random after all?
And now to face the day…