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(My mostly on-topic ramblings about knitting. And life in general. My life in specific.)

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I'm a middle aged mother of 2 grown children and wife to a man who doesn't seem to mind my almost heroin-like yarn addiction. I spend my time writing, knitting, and generally stressing out.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

I Have Been Tagged!

Christina tagged me for the Six Weird Things About Me game. The idea behind this is, I tell you all six weird things about me and then tag six others to do the same.

The challenge, of course, will be in choosing only six. Those of you who regularly read this blog know what I mean. Then again, the challenge may be in telling you six weird things I haven't already told you. You know how I tend to ramble...

#1 It is my lifelong ambition to own a robot. I was so happy to hear Bill Gates announce that he was working on robotics. I am thrilled beyond rational thought that one day, R & M will have a robotic little brother named Mr. Chesterton.

#2 My feet are always cold in the daytime and always hot at night. I keep the space heater under my desk on constantly from about October to March. And I never sleep with the blanket over my feet. (Did you really want to know that?)

#3 I didn't learn to swim until I was about 13. I actually had swimming lessons twice before that, but never learned. In fact, I ended up getting such a sore throat from all the chlorine water I swallowed while I was trying not to drown, that I lost my voice both times. I still don't enjoy swimming, but if I fell out of a boat, I'd make it to safety.

#4 I am a sleepwalker. Actually, I come from a long line of sleepwalkers. Both my kids are sleepwalkers, too. I have cooked, written notes, made phone calls, sent emails, and changed the time on all the clocks (including the VCR) in the house while sleepwalking. I have ended up in every room in the house, outside, and (once) in the car. (Luckily, I didn't have the keys.)In college, the girls who lived in the room next door told me I would occasionally knock on their door in the middle of the night and ask them things like "Am I invisible yet?" or sing weird songs like "I've Got Spurs That Jingle Jangle Jingle."

#5 I can bore you rigid if you get me started on literary and cultural archetypes in modern movies. Seriously. You know there are no new ideas, right? Just wait until I start comparing Star Wars to the Ancient Greek Heroic Epic.

#6 Sometimes I just say things to start an argument. It's a character flaw, maybe. But arguments are amusing. I have been known to say the most outrageous thing I can think of, when bored, just to get someone to argue with me. Sometimes I even make up facts and statistics to support my outrageous viewpoint (A 1987 Berkley study of men, ages 18-40, determined that...) and I have been known to end an argument with an equally outrageous statement (Wow. That sounds like something Hitler might say).

Is that too much Patwoman for you?

Now, it's your turn. I'm tagging:

Katie, of course. Even though I think she has given up on her blog. That's okay, hon. You just post your answers here.

Kim, who probably knew all this stuff about me, anyway.


Auntie Suzanne




I've been obsessed with eBay lately. I blame Blamey. I had this previous eBay addiction that I was able to get under control finally. I hadn't even been to eBay in, like, 2 years.

But then, she was like "eBay is fun!" "Look what I got on eBay!" "eBay is the best!" And so I thought, I'll just look. Nothing bad ever happened by just looking, right?

Now I'm going to eBay a couple of times a day, to just look. Of course, it's never just looking. I keep buying stuff.

But it's cool stuff.

Like this, some multiple-strand cotton yarn. I bought it in a shawl kit, with a shawl pin and all. I don't really need a shawl. I'm not a shawl sort of girl. But I liked the yarn a lot. And I wanted to make something with it. So I made a simple triangle shawl on #17s. Looks pretty cute, too. Just needs some fringe.

And I've bought craploads of knitting needles. What am I going to do with all these knitting needles? I don't know. But you know the one who dies with the most knitting needles wins, right? You know what I'm saying.

I have my eye on some recycled silk yarn now. I don't know what to do with it. I don't really need a purse or a scarf. I'm thinking maybe a tank top to go under my suit in the summer? I've never knit with it before. I'm curious.

But, I've heard it stinks. Is that true?

I did buy something called a WyrKnitter. That's a pretty cool device. Saw it on Knitty Gritty. Of course, they make it look easier on tv. I had a hell of a time, with the wire breaking and all.

But the finished product looks good. I think I will do some more things with this, but maybe with some thicker wire. I think the wire that came with it is just too hair-thin to work with. Seriously. I think I threw away more than I actually knitted with.

I picked up some Moda Dea Dream yarn last week. (At Hobby Lobby, not on eBay) That stuff is soft. Very, very soft. I started a Circular Shrug for myself, in anticipation of warmer weather. I'm imagining myself in a sleeveless spring dress, with my soft shrug's capped sleeves covering my wobbly middle-aged arm fat.

I'm actually done with the knitting portion of that and ready to seam, if I can find my @#$% yarn needle. (Ever notice how that happens? I have 4 of them, but can't find a single one.)

This will be the 3rd one of these I've made. One for M, as written. One for me, with lace pattern and sleeves (my profile pic). This one, mostly as written.

I also knitted some scarves and a purse since I last posted and finished the Homespun Matinee Swing Jacket.

This is actually not a bad photo. The color's pretty true, although the way I'm standing makes the sweater look lopsided. It's not. It has a button at top, which maybe I should've shown, but oh well. It is kinda depressing, looking at this, however. Says to me, get back on the exercise program, Patwoman.

And I've started a top down raglan, at diosaperdida's suggestion, that now only has a sleeve and a half to go. It's done in Yarn Bee's Mosaic Twist, Moody Blue. I like the whole seamless idea. I like the raglan shaping. I love the color variegation. But for some reason, I put this thing down and haven't picked it back up again.

Story of my knitting life.

Patwoman's Information Dump

Okay, so I've been incredibly lazy about posting here. Sorry. I'm going to try and catch you up here, since I know you're all on pins and needles waiting to hear about the next exciting episode in the life of Patwoman!

The movie: Had some casting issues, as you remember. Then the stupid Indiana weather conspired against me. But now we are back on track. If, by on track, you mean months late on my filming schedule.

But we do the best we can, don't we?

The job: Busy. Busy. Busy. Got to hire those pharmaceutical giant employees, right? But Blamey and I did win "Branch of the Year" for 2006 and 2007 is looking even better. Yay us.

Blamey is on vacay all next week, so I will be quite insane by Friday, I'm sure.

The fam: T and I are working on a live action game for GenCon this year. It's called "The Road to Perdition," if anyone is going to Nerdvanna this year and wants to play. It's kind of a weird west adventure.

I like working with T. We communicate telepathically, so it's a lot easier than working with anyone else.

R has been utilizing his photography skills on my movie. I'm trying to get him to write one of his own. He's so funny, in a did-he-just-say???-was-he-serious???? sort of way. I think he's actually British. But I don't know how that happened.

M is wrapping up a performance season with the showchoirs. One last big performance. Then, she's auditioning for a couple of things to be filmed this spring and summer. Hopefully, she can work me into her schedule.

The Knitting: Gosh, I have so many UFOs to show you. That will be the next post.

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