Friday, December 14, 2007

Internet, Sminternet

I've been reminded in no uncertain terms this week that it's really important to remember that there are consequences for your internet activities. People read what you've written - possibly more people than you realize - and they don't necessarily pick up on your sense of humor, sarcasm, or teasing.

In one case, I was the one who was stung by someone else's writing. In the other case, I was the one who did the stinging. (Apparently, karma is indeed a bitch.)

Anyway, the case where I was the hurtful one is the most bothersome to me. I never intended to be mean-spirited, but my actions were definitely construed that way. Particularly because I had just been on the other side of the fence on this issue, I'm troubled by my own lack of caution, and this has definitely been a wake-up call.

Oh, right. This is supposed to be a knit blog. Onward!

I'm almost finished with the One Row scarf... only a week late. Oops. Oh well, I think it will still be appreciated. Besides, it's more of a "thank you for being awesome" gift than a Christmas gift. I may finish at lunch today, if luck holds - I put my Chibbi in my pocket this morning to weave in the ends, just in case!

I've been neglecting the "me! me! me!" knitting in favor of gift knitting, and I don't see any end to that trend. My things-to-knit-before-Christmas list keeps growing... so much for my pledge of sanity this year. *sigh*

I want to knit something quick for my secretary to personalize the gift card/wad of cash I'll be handing to her. If I could get my hands on the Holiday Interweave, those garter mug cozies or the Koolhass hat (ummm, plus I want one of these for myself too) might be just the ticket, but so far I haven't had any luck. If I don't find it soon, I'll have to pick something else and just go with it. Boo.

Also, I haven't started TD's mom's hat yet. That on the "to do" this weekend - but I better get my butt over to the bead shop asap!

And, the kicker: I found out last night that my holiday plans now include meeting my cousin's baby for the first time ever (she's already like 8 months old)! It seems ashame to pass up the opportunity to knit some cute baby-wear! Maybe just a hat and mitten set? I've gotta do something!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Christmas is a'comin'

Somehow, while I wasn't paying attention, the Christmas season hit. Yesterday, I realized that I hadn't done a lick of shopping yet. Yeesh. Not good!
I've been frantically remedying the situation with good ol' fashioned online shopping, and local bargain hunting in my "spare time" (read: lunch break).

Happily, my immediate female family members have taken a sudden (and glorious) turn to knitting. I like to think I'm inspirational. Anywho, this gave me an excuse to browse super fun knitting stuff!

And then the winter Knitty came out yesterday! Without giving too much away, let's just say that it gave me some wonderful gifting inspiration!
I'm also happy to report that I haven't gotten myself in too deep with the Christmas gift knitting, for the most part. There was a minute or two in, oh, about August, where I was sure I could knit everyone in my extended family a fantastic hand knit gift, but the sanity set in quickly.

I am doing one rush order, which might be completely impossible/insane:

The Yarn Harlot's One Row Handspun scarf, for my "associate buddy" at work, who is pretty much wonderful. The idea was to finish this up in time for her Christmas party on Saturday, but seeing as I started on Tuesday, that maaaay have been a teensy bit optimistic. If I knit like a mad woman, I might just make it. We shall see... For the record, that's Manos in the wildflowers colorway on US #10 needles.

The only other Christmas Knitting I have on my plate is a hat for TD's mom. I wanted to do something kind of crazy, but I just don't think it's in the cards... so, I think another Odessa is on the way (is it weird to knit his mom the same hat that I knit for my own mother? am I going to evoke some sort of weirdo curse by doing this? thoughts?)
I just need to hunt down some fabulous beads to match the yarn that she picked out (a periwinkle Jo Sharp Silkroad DK tweed) over Thanksgiving. If there's time, I've probably got enough yarn for mittens to match!
In other news, TD looks REALLY good in a tux!