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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

You might as well not even read this.

Because I can't seem to finish a damn thing. Except maybe a margarita, as I did when I spent Cinco de Mayo with los AraƱas.

I'm creeping along on the split-neck tee, making a ton of progress while watching last week's odd two-hour Grey's Anatomy. I don't appreciate their attempt to sneak a spin-off by us. It's just so 80s to have a spinoff, and so gauche. Like "Who's the Boss"'s short-lived spin-off "Living Dolls". Or "After MASH". (Of course, I give a pass to "Facts of Life" and "Frasier." )

Ahem, anyway.

Here's the tee so far, in particular its ingenious little picot edging. I think I might rip back and make it shorter, since this seems to add a little bulk to the sweater. (Oh, and I'm running out of yarn.)

At Brooklyn General, I picked up this darling vintage fabric for my ambitious re-do of my craft area. I'm thinking green and orange and swatch portraits! This shall be the tablecloth, since I couldn't bear to cut it up.

I've decided to resurrect my long-lost feature, "The dumbest thing I did this week." It was close, but I think we have a winner. Last night, I wasted far too much time at the H&M in Herald Square trying on cheap clothes. I then decided to stop by the K-Mart to look for embroidery hoops because, for some reason, I thought they carried craft items. Um, no. But I did find the three pound weights that I need for Self magazine's amazing arm workout. (My triceps are more pitiable than amazing.) The weights looked so measly though, and I was petrified someone would see me or make fun of my measly weights, especially since I wasn't buying anything else. It's like I purposefully went to K-Mart to buy measly weights. Even the woman in line behind me -- the woman buying enough cat food for an army of felines -- gave me a strange look. I thought I'd made it out of the store without ridicule when the security guard stopped me. "I used to be a personal trainer," he said, "and those weights aren't heavy enough." I'm such a loser.

Incidentally, I have an extra invite for Ravelry, if someone is interested. I have to weigh in on everyone saying that the site's exclusivity is making them feel insecure, like in junior high. You need to know that Frecklegirl is the most friendly and welcoming and darling person in the blogosphere -- she and her hubby just can't grow the site any faster. If the knitting world ever becomes like junior high, I'll start building ships in bottles instead because I had a horrific junior high experience. I was such a kooky dresser that I once walked around all day with my skirt stuck in the back of my tights -- and no one told me because they thought it was a fashion statement.


Blogger Karin said...

zomg I'll take the invite, if it's not claimed!

And I love those little fabric swatches! Your fabric you bought is so cute.

11:59 PM  
Blogger Kym said...

That sucks that the security guard stopped you- how embarassing. I totally feel you with the arm strength. My arms are so weak that every night after school when I try to lift my rolling bookbag into the back floor of the car, I end up scraping the paint around the door. I can't lift it up long enough to just throw it in there, so now I have a permanent reminder of how lame I am.

The best sequal ever was Joanie Loves Chachi for the following reason (if it's true): I heard that in Japan, the show was really controversial b/c the word chachi means a man's... stuff. So it was like Joanie Loves... well, you get the idea.

12:33 AM  
Blogger maitai said...

oh, yea that two-hour episode of grey's was just kind of weird. addison's facial expressions annoy the crap out of me (then again, izzie and meredith annoy the crap out of me, too! ...why do i watch this show again?). i couldn't stand a whole show dedicated to her character.

12:46 AM  
Anonymous Bee said...

i used to have nice toned arms when i used to do alot more yoga. no i've been lazy and mostly on my ass knitting, so the arms are useless and skinny again. having nice arms was quite empowering, esp cos i got skinny arms.

i haven't watched grey's anatomy in ages, now i can't be bothered to catch up. addicting show though, even tho some of the characters do stupid things but that's tv for ya, right?
can't wait to see the rest of your knit!

1:37 AM  
Blogger Sandra May Be Knitting A Ranch House said...

your measely weights story is classic. oh boy. . .hee hee hee. you should write a weekly column about your daily foibles.

and to commenter kym, "chachi" means the man's, ahem, you know what, in Korean, not Japanese. And when that show starting airing in Korea, it was very popular! Or at least it was at the beginning, then people starting catching on, i guess, that there wasn't going to be any "chachi" after all. :( must have been the hugest letdown EVER. . .

and frecklegirl jess is the sweetest and most thoughtful person, like, ever. i'm shocked that there is all this drama developing over who gets invites to ravelry. we're all going to be members eventually. there's just a lot of stuff to figure out, that's all.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Beck said...

Your post today made me chuckle - a nice way to start the day. As for the security guard, I don't know what his problem was, but some people use different weights and you shouldn't start exercises with 50 lbs weights.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Kellie said...

Ok, he used to be a personal trainer and now he's a security guard ... at K-mart? consider the source. that's all i'm sayin'.

um, i'm sure there are lots of nice people who are security guards at k-mart just not such nosey ones who are quick to make flash judgments on the customer's choice of weight size.

anyway...i'm with on the spin-offs. few ever make it.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

I can understand folks who feel excluded by Ravelry. Imagine how it feels when people are saying, "Here's this great knitting party I've been invited to!" and you're not an invitee. Understandable.

But it should help to get word out of everyone else's blogs that Jess and Casey are just working out the bugs and doing this project in addition to their full-time jobs.

It's just a shame, because it is an incredible tool, and I am disappointed that it is getting some bad press, when it is the most innovative, clever thing I've seen in the knitting world online.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Carrieoke said...

I confess: I sorta liked the Addison spin-off. It was just refreshing to watch some comedy after the SADTIMES of Grey's lately. But I hated the back and forth from one show to the other. Ick.

I also think that Taye Diggs and Tim Daly are yummy.

Well said about Ravelry. Poor Jess and Casey - they are working their little tails off.

9:23 AM  
Blogger GinaChick said...

I love the swatch portraits idea! Thanks for the link ...

And I laughed as I read your story about your awkward adolescence experience. I'm totally with you in sharing that experience!

9:34 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Oh '80s spin-offs. I loved when they tried to pass something off as a spin-off when the charachter had been on exactly one episode of the original show (or maybe a "to be continued" two-parter).

I don't care if you write about knitting, I like reading anyway. And I was a kooky dresser too. A lot of '70s concert t-shirts (in a way to large size) over ripped cut-offs and tights. It was not a good look.

9:50 AM  
Blogger Veronique said...

I had no idea there was drama over Ravelry! Jess made it very clear that everyone would get it, no? And that there's 3,000 people on the waiting list?!
And what is up with that security guard? What a moron. Don't let it get you down.

10:03 AM  
Blogger melissa said...

i'm with you on the grey's spinoff. but what was facts of life a spinoff of?! i had no idea it was a spinoff.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous craptina said...

Hello?! 3lb weights are a start, that guy is a nosy moron. I hope you didn't return them. 5lb weights can be really tough on your wrists and muscles if you haven't worked them in awhile. So congrats on your 3lb start to sexier arms.

F. that guy.

12:12 PM  
Blogger Jean said...

Jerk security guard. For one thing, low weight, high reps can be very effective. Also, how does he know you're not simply rounding out the totally awesome, freeweight set you already have at home? I know, you're not, but HE doesn't know. Good for you for getting weights!
Those swatch portraits are adorable. And I love green and orange! Good call.

12:21 PM  
Blogger Yarn Coffee said...

i love that vintage fabric, very pretty!

I once walked up the whole length of the longest hall of my highschool with my dance team skirt stuck up under my back. Worst part, my crush walked behind me the whole way...I went home sick that afternoon.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous frecklegirl jess said...

Awwww... thanks so much, Carrie! We SOO appreciate the support.

We really do wish we could just get everyone in now! Seriously! We want everone to feel welcome but we just can't handle that number of users right now. Sigh.

That tight thing in jr. high is just criminal. Why would you not say something? ack! Oh man, jr. high... *shudder*

1:42 PM  
Blogger Maya said...

Oh, my arms aren't even close to amazing right now. They were getting there a while back, but I have neglected them for too long. Heck, three pounds is better than nothing! And what do they say - lighter weight and more reps make for long and lean arms? Or something like that.

I was a weird dresser in jr high too. I had this silky lime green button down shirt that was so silky, all but one button came open one day and I didn't notice until walking to the pencil sharpener one day and it started billowing out around me. No idea if anyone saw me, but SO embarrassing either way.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Kaet said...

i think everyone who is an interesting person in adulthood had a bad junior high experience, so don't feel bad. you are in good company! i was annoyed by that grey's and ended up forwarding through all the spinoff stuff to get to the meat of the show...
don't feel bad about that guy, how good of a trainer can he be if he is moonlighting at kmart?

5:05 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

Wow! I'm stunned that there's Ravelry drama - poor Jess and Casey, they are working to hard to make this will work for everyone, and sending out invites as fast as they're able.

Your shopping trip sounds a lot like mine one the way home from work, wonder why ;) K-mart DID used to have craft stuff, mostly embroidery, but even some crochet/knit and other odds and ends - but one day it was replace with home improvement stuff. As for the the guard - he's clearly a wanker, nuff said.

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I totally agree with you about the Grey's spin-off. It was terrible!!

Your story about the weights is hilarious! But seriously, after about 50 reps with 3 lb. weights and you'll start to feel it ;)

Thanks for the word on ravelry. It's definitely priority 1 for Jess to get the site functional for thousands - patience people!!

8:29 PM  
Blogger Karen Olson said...

I think Grey's Anatomy jumped the shark when they killed Denny and no one got fired. Last week's episode was lame. I'm about ready to throw in the towel.

But it was nice to see that Tim Daly might have a regular gig again after getting whacked by Christopher on The Sopranos this week.

8:44 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

You are so funny! Yes, spin offs are always a pale imitation that is trying to capitalize on the original's 'specialness'.

And your comments about Ravelry are very well put...

9:14 PM  
Blogger Julsey said...

i totally hear you about junior high. thank goodness it was only 2 years...

little things like spinoffs are the reason i no longer watch greys. and that it just isn't what it once was. I'm a devout lostie. i can't watch anything else...ok and entourage!

9:18 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

A spin-off! I haven't even made it through the second season on DVD. I'm trying, but DH refuses to watch it.

9:49 PM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

Ugh - junior high. I thought it was bad when I went to school with one blue shoe and one black (got dressed in the dark) but your story is much worse.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

What? Who says that to someone? You have to start somewhere - sheesh.
Yeah that was one awkward and looong episode of Grey's last week.
That is pretty funny about Chachi!That is too bad there is sniping about Ravelry - it took me awhile figuring out my new blog, I can't imagine how much work these ladies are doing!
I can't believe someone didn't tell you about your tights! High School - I think it is a test by fire for a lot of people.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

It's not about how much the weight is, its about your form and your repetitions. 3lbs are fine! Just do more reps than stated :)

I love the fabric!

8:33 AM  
Blogger Sarah / Blue Garter said...

I'm so glad I ignored your titular advice, because the skirt-in-tights story made me snort tea all over my desk (but thankfully not on my new favorite shirt). That is truly fabulous -- fifteen years later, at least. Now I'm going to grin over my mental images of runway models with their skirts tucked into their fishnets.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Oh Carrie. I did that in Junior High once too but at least someone laughed at me halfway through the day so I knew. Sigh...

The raverly thing is a shame. It's very cool but by the time it's open to everyone it's going to be beyond amazing. I just hope that everyone is so wowed by it when it's open that people will understand why they kept it small to work out all the kinks!

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Erin said...

I hate when people give me unsolicited advice. If he was such a good trainer then why is he a security guard now?

7:22 PM  
Blogger jenna said...

You're right--That was a VERY sneaky spin-off trick!

I was so out of it the other night that I ordered a "6 foot" sub at Subway. Thankfully, that was the dumbest thing I did last week.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Dana KBS said...

Thank you for your perspective on ravelry. I have to get over my virtual 13-year-old and accept that some things are not about coolness, but about server space. You're totally right--though there are some snarks in the knitting world, they are few & far between when compared to the generosity and general-non-MeanGirlsiness of it all.

And...I'm so torn about Addison's new spinoff. Because I'm REALLY REALLY OK with seeing Tim Daly and Taye Diggs every week (though liking Evil Francie again will take some doing)...but didn't the new clinic seem sort of, um...desperately different than Seattle Grace but yet just like Seattle Grace? Hmmm...jury's out.

Sorry, long comment for just de-lurking today, I'm not a crazy stalker! You hit a chord--thanks. Good luck with the triceps.

12:08 PM  

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