Wednesday, March 08, 2006

7 Things Meme

Okay, Jen. Here we go.

Seven Things To Do Before I Die:
- Learn to weave

- Learn several more languages – notably Irish Gaelic, Latin and German

- Walk the labyrinth at Chartres cathedral

- Grow old gracefully, yet with exuberance

- Spend some time living by the sea

- Return to Tara Hill and Newgrange in Ireland

- Become financially secure (hoo boy will this one need some work)

Seven Things I Cannot Do:
- Any art involving acetylene torches (jewellery making, glassblowing) – that kind of fire terrifies me.
- Look magazine-fashionable. I seem to have this weird anti-fashion gene that makes it impossible for me to look impress-your-boss-level put together. This extends to the neatness of my home as well.
- Write. I have a super-huge mental block about this. Likely thanks to growing up as the daughter of a frustrated-artist writer.
- Stick to any kind of physical fitness program. Thanks to the universe for blessing me with a relatively high metabolism…though age is starting to erode that advantage.
- Exercise any willpower when it comes to acquiring yarn or other art supplies. Again possibly due to growing up in relative poverty – I need to acquire cornucopian-level bounty, even if there's no hope I can work through it all.
- Do the schmooze-flirt thing.
- Cut myself some slack.

Seven Things That Attract Me To My Mate:
Only seven???

- His sense of play and whimsy.

- His ability to connect to, and be moved by, memory, past experience, and particular elements of the human condition ( i.e. common experience).

- His mind. I used to be intimidated by it, containing all that it does, but now I see it as part of him instead of a separate, defining characteristic – though it is that too.
- His beautiful lips.
- Recognising myself in him. A Jung/psychotherapy thing: self in other. There are elements of him in me and of me in him. It's a weird, narcissistic thing, but entirely normal and rather amazing.
- His sensitivity. Not everyone gets to see the full depth of it, so I feel very lucky that he trusts me enough to show that much of himself.

- Intense biological chemistry. I've never felt this level of attraction to this extent with anyone else. I'm intellectually aware of the physical aspect, and am blown away by it. I love his particular scent, the way his eyes widen and/or narrow, how we fit together – it's all a source of wonder to me. Why the heck did it take me 7 years to figure this out??

Seven Books I Love – in no particular order:
- Cave in the Snow: Tenzin Palmo's Quest for Enlightenment, by Vicki MacKenzie. I actually haven't yet read this one, but I love it already.
- The Fionavar Tapestry (3 books), by Guy Gavriel Kay
- The Silver Branch, by Patricia Kenneally Morrison
- Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton
- An Artist of the Floating World, by Kazuo Ishiguro
- Spirits of the Sacred Grove: A Year in the Life of a Druid Priestess, by Emma Restall Orr
- The Van Gogh Blues, by Eric Maisel

Seven Things I Say:
- "We'll burn that bridge when we come to it."
- "I've got people to do and things to see."
- "You *wot*?"
- "Nice shootin', Tex."
- "Heavens to Betsy!"
- "Dang."

Seven Movies I've Loved:
- Disney's Robin Hood (I had a crush on Robin and was Maid Marian for Hallowe'en when I was 7 – I still have the amazing fox mask my mum made)
- Howl's Moving Castle (Billy Crystal as Calcifer the fire demon totally makes the movie)
- Stand By Me (not so much now – I saw it 16 times in the theatre, which was enough)
- Twelve Angry Men (the original)
- Nightmare Before Christmas
- The Princess Bride
- The Sure Thing

Monday, March 06, 2006

raging, maniacal GLEE!!!!


My yarn pirate tote finally arrived in the mail today! Yarrrrrrrnnnnn! This has got to be the coolest thing since, like, ever. The moment I saw it in the new Knit.1 3 weeks ago, I knew it had to be mine. I took pix, but am waiting till I have a couple more to upload. Images sooon.

Crazily enough, le tote is made by the amazing and friendly Erin in Kitchener, not so far away from me. I highly recommend you check out her site, Anatomy of a Skirt. Her products are really well made, and how amazing is it to be able to support a local, small, Canadian business?

Off now to gaze lovingly at my new piratical yarnball-headed baby.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

First side done!

I'd be well onto the second side if I hadn't been laid low by feeling-lousiness last night. It's purty, but wow is it colourful in a strange way.

Saturday, March 04, 2006


i'm in ravenclaw!

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Hmh. Broke 2 of my 2.5 mm Brittany dpns in 3 days. How crazy is that?? Am hoping for replacements soon so I can carry on with my plan for world sock domination. It's proven difficult to find 2.5 mm dpns that aren't Brittany. I love their needles, but I think bamboo ones would be better when they're that toothpicky. A number of stores don't seem to carry 2.5s. Odd.

Ah well. In the meantime I'm working on the Noro Cat capelet. Nearly finished one side, so am looking forward to wearing something swanky. I'll take and post photos when b/f isn't slumbering behind me in my wee little bachelor pad.

In other news, I'm working on a wonderful hat pattern in horrid, hideous, nasty-arse-cheap-acrylic kelly green and white stripes for one of the maintenance guys at work. He's well into his soccer, and he's a huge Ireland supporter. To each their own, I suppose. I'm wrestling with the number of stitches I should be casting on, given that I'm working with acrylic, but whatever. It'll knit up fast and then I can get on to bigger, better, more interesting things

like more socks.