Saturday, February 14, 2009

VD Day... it's about me!

I have a looooooong history of having a dislike for VD day. When I was a kid I loved the big books of die-cut Valentines you could get with the vintage designs and the fold-your-own envelopes. Then Valentines came pre-cut in boxes with Barbie, cartoon characters, and became marketing tools for Mattel, Hasbro, and the other toy companies. Transformer and G.I. Joe? They're not about romance! I guess I was disappointed with the commercialization of VD day at an early age.

It didn't get much better after I started dating, mostly because I was a late bloomer and didn't date until I was near my twenties, and rarely had a boyfriend when THE DAY would come around. A few times, but not often.

My last long-term, serious boyfriend, on our last Valentine's Day together, decided he wasn't feeling well, so instead of making dinner for me on his day off while I was at work all day, we went to the pub across the street. Yay.

So this year, my VD weekend will be about taking care of **me.** Stripping the bed tomorrow to air the pillows and feather bed, and putting away the winter blanket. Folding all the clothes on my bed and my chair and putting them all away, or at least in neat piles on the floor until the other blankets find space downstairs. Then heading to Starbucks at the bookstore to read the paper and knit either in a comfy chair or outside with a latte. Then the afternoon is shopping with my friend and her little girl and dinner out with them. I may even buy myself some yarn. Then I'll come home for a hot bath, maybe a facial, and sink into the aired-out feather bed & clean sheets.

Sunday is laundry day (I know, but I love doing the laundry), tidying up in my basement so I can find space for my Wii Fit board so I can start my yoga program and get some of my overflowing yarn & crafts under control. If it's sunny, the sheets and all my handknit socks are getting hung out on the line, and I will start looking at my herb planters to see what they need for the coming spring, maybe start some new herb seedlings in the workshops. In the evening I plan to re-do my red haircolour and my blonde chunks in front, and maybe get my mom to cut some layers in the back to take some of the bulk out of my hair, it's looking bigger than my ass these days.
Then I'll weave the ends in on the Bonsai Tunic I've been knitting and block it so that I can start wearing it before the weather warms up too much.

So basically, as long as I do what I want to do, I'll have a good VD day.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

A Knitting Meme - Just for fun

Here's the deal... mark in bold the items that you have knit, italics for the ones you plan to knit, and leave the ones you haven't done in plain font. Sound good? Cool...

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn

Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn

Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn

Two end knitting (I have no idea what this is)
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)

Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book

Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money (not recommended involves lots of knitting very little money)
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dyeing with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding

Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting (I was a total failure at that…. not enough time)

Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs

Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit

Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dyeing yarn

Knitting art
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting

Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting

Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items

Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern

Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows

Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom

Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets

Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Wow, I knit a LOT!!!