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Ok go

Having a bit of a down week this week, my internet friends. My current job contract is ending and is not being renewed, I was not selected for the other job I applied for on the same campus, and I am in general feeling a lack of awesome.

Just to kick me when I’m down, I’m having trouble discovering my next knitting direction and new project inspiration is taking a bit longer to find me than usual. I’ll get there.

In the mean time, I will keep knitting this garter stitch lace weight, and eventually the garter stitch lace weight will be finished, and then I will knit something else.

I hope things are well in your corners of the world, dear knitters. Squeeze a skein or two of yarn for me.


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Tales of the Slightly Crazy Yet Practical

For the last year or so (I know it’s been a year because I remember when I started, it was Roll Up the Rim time, and so it is again now, how’s that for a bit of Canadiana?) I have been doing a little ongoing experiment.

It all started one week at the end of winter last year when in the span of a few days I found several coins on the sidewalk. And I decided that the logical thing to do was to go on picking up money I found on the street, and see how much it would add up to. Pure curiosity mingled with my pack-rat tendencies – plus, money. How can you argue with finding money? (Before anyone asks…I’m not in the habit of picking up other things I find on the street. The ‘Hoarders’ film crew can hold off for the moment.)

Anyhow, it turns out that if you do this regularly, and pick up every little coin you find on the ground while going about your day, after a year you’ll have nearly $14.00 altogether.

A Year's Worth of Coins 2

I don’t know if this counts as “a lot” of money or “not very much” money, for a year’s efforts. But I do know that this is all money that was just sitting on the ground. For this little experiment to be possible means that we are, collectively, quite literally throwing our money away by letting coins sit all over the place gathering dirt and rain and footsteps.

The interesting thing in my mind, is that while you’d think that this would add up to mostly pennies – and about 150 of the coins in this pile are indeed pennies – in fact there are about 50 dimes in here as well, along with a few nickels, quarters, “Loonies” (Canadian $1 coins), and even a “Toonie” (Canadian $2 coin).

Poor beat up pennies

It’s also pretty clear to me that of all our poor coins, the pennies (one cent pieces) take the most beating. I’ve rescued these little darlings out of seams in the road, scooped them up from curbsides, and can now recognize their familiar copper gleam from several paces away. (Experiments like this have super crazy side-results.)

There are a fair number of American pennies in here, too, something which I think speaks to how fluidly people in this half of North America deal with other North American currency. Nobody around here bats an eyelash if an American coin slips into your chance, we circulate them like normal cash. I’ve never seen anybody treat Canadian coins like that outside of Canada, that’s for sure. [Edit: notes in the comments reveal this not to be the same experience – thanks, ‘Murricans that will accept Canadian coins and not blink twice!]

A Year's Worth of Coins

On the one hand, it might seem a little odd to be caring about picking up coins off the ground when, after a year, the relative total adds up to about the same as the price of a half-decent lunch. But in my mind the even stranger thing is why people don’t do this more often. Dudes, if every Canadian (there are about 35 Million of us) rescued $14.00 off the ground every year, we could fricking well save the economy. Just sayin’.

Or at the very least we’d all get a free lunch.

When’s the last time you found a bit of money? Keep me company on this Tuesday, won’t you? And keep the knitting close by.


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The State of Things

It’s busy times around here at Knitting to Stay Sane, both in the “real” non-knitting world and in knitting goings-on. Things I Am Up To include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Enjoying daydreaming about being back at the nice weekend I spent in the company of knitters, wherein I crammed in all the relaxation and knitting time I didn’t manage to get in over my actual break week.

2. Kicking myself for forgetting to bring my camera with me for said weekend. (It’s the classic problem that comes of switching over to a different handbag).

3. Contemplating approximately eleventy million design ideas at various stages of execution. (ranging from the “post-it note above desk” phase, to the “bookmarks in stitch dictionaries and yarn strewn about the house” phase, and even to the “prototype is half-done” phase. It’s good times.)

4. Wondering exactly what this Socks That Rock (“never on sunday” colourway) is playing at when it gives me spirally swooshes on one sock, and almost entirely vertical lines on the second sock:


5. Playing the mental game of “how many papers do I have left to grade” vs. “feasibility/suitability of trying to get them all done in the next 48 hours.” (You can only play this at advanced levels.)

6. Realizing that daylight hours are growing longer every day, and that getting up in the morning actually no longer happens in the pitch darkness anymore. Thank goodness.

7. Daydreaming about knitting. Right now.


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Slow News Day

Aside from struggling with course syllabi and the very idea of stringing together multiple productive thoughts, I am:

1. Very much in denial that it is already September.

2. Still knitting the same freaking Jaywalkers I started as my Sock Summit travelling socks. It’s not their fault, the darling things are very pretty (Lorna’s Laces in ‘Mixed Berries’), they’ve just kept getting shoved to the bottom of the knit list.


3. Knitting away furiously on things which are not yet bloggable, but which soon shall be and the anticipation is killing me.

4. Now using Flickr Pro. After two bandwidth freakouts on my Photobucket account (which is two too many when each one involves re-building all photo links from scratch), I am migrating over to Flickr and am officially paying to blog. I think the Sock Summit posts must have done me in. However, the cost is worth it to save headaches and revive Flickr connections over there. (Also, makes re-ordering my Moo cards and composing photo mosaics lots easier, so bonus).

5. Still spinning. Witness the Louet Corriedale (top?) I plucked from my fledgling fibre stash, so beautiful and accommodating:



I love it. I only just started spinning on it yesterday in a brief session but yes, I am loving the Corriedale, very much indeed so. It’s soft(ish) and grabby at the same time and does not mind speed at all, and yet I am trying very hard not to go too fast so as to better maintain consistency of short draw technique.

6. Learning how to use vocabulary like “short draw.”

7. Looking forward to the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitter’s Fair.

8. Wishing I was knitting right now.


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Sometimes you win

Every year when Roll up the Rim rolls around at Tim Horton’s, there are people who seem to win left right and centre. There are all sorts of people collecting up the donuts and coffees, taking home the cash…The caretaker in my office sat at a sports game a few rows behind a guy who won one of the few big screen TVs. Those little paper cups are tiny little potential goldmines of elation. Some people even collect them to redistribute to the homeless, and apparently there is much debate raging about whether British Columbia and Alberta have been unfairly advantaged in their odds of winning the grand prize.

Dudes, I don’t need a car, or a big screen TV. But the little tiny winning rim sure is bright and shiny when it happens. I got my first one in a few years yesterday, and will happily turn my coffee win into a nice free cup of tea:


But let me tells ya, a free cup of anything is just about cause for celebration, as is the soothing mostly-stockinette of my Climbing Vines Pullover (zipping along nicely – another weekend should complete most of it). I’m on the homestretch of my heaviest teaching semester ever, and folks, I’m flagging. I’m close enough to look out and see the end, but not so close that I don’t still have lectures to write or that I can just imagine away the mountain of grading that still waits for me. It’s a long treadmill that will certainly be a little easier the next time I get on it, but still. No getting around it, I’m tired.

Me and my free cup of tea, we’re going to clutch the cheerful green Climbing Vines Pullover on the bus today, and add things to the “Things to do in April When I’m Done Teaching” list. It’s helping a lot.

What knits are you dreaming of? And have you ever rolled up the rim and won?
Happy Tuesday, my imaginary knitting friends – here’s hoping Friday comes soon!


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No Pictures, Just Questions

1. Is it possible to slow down time and make the next week last forever? Thoughts of term starting are creeping into my brain and man, knitting thoughts are so much more fun.

2. Why does the last gift always take so long? It’s just one pair of mittens and I’ve been dragging it out like death warmed over when actually the yarn is extremely nice. Whip me into shape, blog friends.

3. Is there anything more fun than my sister‘s new Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Dance Party 2 game for Wii? Because if I had realized sooner how much fun Wii actually is for grownups I would have jumped on that bandwagon a whole lot sooner.

4. Why are the cats all trying to kill each other when all I have to do is watch them for two more days?

5. Why is it suddenly 10C and rainy when a week ago it was -10C and blizzarding?

6. Perhaps most importantly, why haven’t I located my camera?

I hope everyone out there in blogland is having/has had a great holiday and the last days of 2008 are worthwhile. I’m starting to think ahead to 2009 and things I’d like to do. Think of the knits that await.


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Do dancers knit?

In between working through various piles of grading (one hopes they get shorter eventually), and miscellaneous bits of knitting and swatching (still going), and cobbling together in written form my endless mental notes for book reviews (they are really much better as actual notes and not just mental notes), and contemplating how long is the appropriate time in between visits to Swiss Chalet for another set of Lindor chocolates Festive Special, I have been neglecting the blogging this past week. As it turns out I need at least another day for the above three things, so today instead you get some clips.

Please enjoy these dudes, who were not top 2 in Canada but are tops in disco in my book (for a non-remix version there is this clip starting at 2:15).

And please also enjoy So You Think You Can Dance (Canada)’s #1 and #2 picks. They’re darned good even if the routine is darned cheesy.

And if these songs end up in your head all damned day, then my work here is done. Happy knitting!

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