My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Back In the Saddle Again

I did survive my first day back at work. But it wasn’t pretty. But still, nothing too horrific happened today (or during the two weeks I was out, for that matter), so I count myself lucky.

I spent very little time online last week due to back pain and other various maladies, several self-inflicted. I’m a klutz. (Please note that I’m not looking for sympathy or medical advice, just stating facts. Last week was a bad week.) So I spent very little time reading blogs or responding to emails. And then I accidentally deleted a whole bunch of unanswered emails last night.

I did finish the first sleeve of the Lucy sweater:

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So I shall cast on for the second sleeve tonight.

A Wee FO From Last Week

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This is a triangular scarf, knitted from the Kollage Wildflowers that Kristine gave me for Christmas. I love it! I made up the pattern as I went along using L-B’s shawl formula and completed it in just one evening.

Please note in the bottom left corner of the above photo Lucy’s tail. And a Knit Happens bag in the lower right corner.

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I refer to it as my “Dead Kermit the Frog” Scarf. And I love it!

Totally Non-Knitting-Related Question

Jenny asked:
Do you name all of your electronic devices? And if so, are they all male names? Just something I noticed…

I don’t name all my electronic devices. My Canon SLR digi-cam is nameless. And my little Canon digi-cam I just call “Elph.” Because it’s an Elph.

But I do name a lot of things. My cellphone is Victor, my iPod is Irving. My laptop is Daisy. My dearly departed desktop computer was Ms. Dell. So I don’t always use male names. I think all my cars have had female names. My current car is Xena. My last car was Ms. Honda.

Okay, so I don’t get points for originality.

Like most things in my life, there is no rhyme or reason to the naming schemes. Quelle surprise.

Whenever we’d leave the house to go somewhere, Ian would always ask, “Have you got Victor and Elph?” (Actually I think Elph is named Elph due to him calling it that.) Now he has to ask: “Do you have Victor? Elph? Irving?”

It’s not easy keeping track of me.

‘Fess up now. How many of you have named your iPod, and what is his/her name?

Knitting-Related Question

In the same comment, Jenny also asked:
Do you find you have more satisfaction of a job well done with the handspun?

A resounding yes! If I were knitting with yarn of this quality that I bought, I’d be thinking “they have a nerve selling this crappy uneven yarn.” But since I spun it myself, it takes on a magical quality.

My current handspun knitting:

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A hat, being knitted from some nice dark grey wool on size ten (U.S.) needles. I’m using my own hat pattern I posted a few weeks back.

Lucy

Lucy loves the AbFab throw I have. She lies on it every chance she gets. But will she pose for a photo on it tonight? Why, no.

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She has a new favorite toy: a helium balloon. I brought it home this weekend and she grabs the ribbon tied to it in her mouth and actually carries it from room to room. She was not amused this morning when I shut the balloon in the guestroom. I don’t want her chewing on and possibly ingesting the ribbon in my absence. You should have seen the look she gave me. She was clearly thinking “Killjoy!”

Comments

  1. I, too, name many of my electronics. My car is Jimmi, my husband’s is Biatch. My iPod is Timmi (I’m not certain if his iPod has been named yet, but it is engraved).

    Our cameras don’t have names, but some of our computers do (Audrey & Maude, to name two). It really only happens when the item has a will of its own and makes its name known.

    Of course, now I sound loonie and I’m not. Oh, well. I enjoy reading your blog and about your loverly Lucy cat.

  2. I haven’t named my iPod or camera, but my old laptop is “Snowflake”, and my new one is “TinLizzie”. Of course, they had to have names for the network…

    …I think I don’t name things because I have trouble remembering names, and thus would have to be constantly renaming them. ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. I have named my wheel Betsy, and my car is the Interceptor (From Pirates of the Carribean!). I haven’t named my laptop, but I do call it Pootie (which is short for computer!).

  4. My car’s definitely a “she.” And my pod’s currently answering to “George.” The name George just reminds me of the (Looney Tunes?) cartoon in which you hear, “I’ll hug him and squeeze him and pet him and love him and call him George!” Or something like that. =)

  5. I generally only name my vehicles, sammi, maz and the current one is the mothership, although two of my computers have been named, pokey the dinosaur, and frankenputer.

  6. Heh, my iPod’s name is Pretty, cause she’s just that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. heh- i name some things – my old computer was Ziggy because it came with that name but he died in a horrible way and now i have new computer which i have not named yet.

    i have not come up with a name for my new car yet. but ive been thinking for my hubbys car we should call it marvin (the martian) or psycho – cuz stupid things happen to it.

  8. I too name electronics. My iPod’s name is Gremlin. My iMac’s name is Moosh.

  9. I’m glad you’re worried about the ribbons. All my cats have been horrible string/ribbon eaters. I have a horrific Christmas Eve story that involves staying up all night in the bathroom with a cat – I’ll spare you the details.

    I love the pictures of Lucy.

  10. Hi…Can you provide a link that tells us how to get L-B’s pretty shawl pattern?
    Thanks

  11. I have an Ipod named Igor (pronounced like Marty Feldman does in Young Frankenstein) and a Mini Ipod named Ivan. My new PT Cruiser (a car I’ve wanted for four years) is The Precious.
    Jeni

  12. Hi Wendy,
    I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and enjoy reading it. Imagine my surprise yesterday when I was reading my new copy of Better Homes and Gardens mag “Knit It” to see an artical about “Knitters for Kritters” which mentions you and your blog as well. I wasn’t sure if you were aware of the artical since I hadn’t seen mention of it here. Praise well deserved for a very noble deed, congrats! Oh btw, Lucy is a riot I have (ahem) 7 of them myself.. I live the life lol

  13. No, I don’t name my electronics but we do name our cars. Hubby’s Jeep Wrangler is the “Jeep-a-Leap”. My Saturn is “The Silver Bullet”. His old Miata was the “Otter” and my old diesel Mercedes was “My Sweetie” or sometimes “The Diesel”. Back in 1996, we had an 85 Olds Cutlass Supreme we called “Whubba Whubba” because that was the sound it made. No genders assigned really at all…

    We name the wild animals that come visit us. We have a male and a female cardinal that really like the bird seed we put in our feeder. They fly up and chirp like crazy every morning at about 6:30. We call them Cardinal McChirpybottom and Mrs. McChirpybottom.

  14. Melanie in VA says:

    My mini iPod (pink) is Wolfgang and my spinning wheel is Arwen. Our cars right now don’t have names but I’ve had Goliath, Bubbles, and Beast.

  15. Diana & Orion says:

    Welcome back, Wendy!

    First, I must tell you that while persuing my NEW KNitting Pattern A Day desk clendar I discovered a pattern by YOU!! Impressive. I was thrilled.

    And speaking of impressive, the speed at which you knocked out the new shawl on TOP of the Lucy sweater is mind boggling. Quit it.

    I don’t really name anything but my cars. And this is a family thing. My brothers and I all drive Volvos. We always have. Eventhough my parents are long gone, I personally think we are all afraid of owning any other kind of vehicle.

    ANd so, a couple years ag my “Sven” saved my life. Really. Very bad car accident I walked away from and he gave his life to protect me. What other car would do that?!

    I have owned Olie, Freya, Astrid and now Leif. HE is quite sporty. ANd black.

    My brothers’ (and their wives) currently own Inga, Thor, Sigurd and Lalle. Our new teenage drivers have inherited Bjorn and Astrid (both reverenced 240s we trust with their very precious lives)

    We insist even our mechanic call them by their names.

    None of us have ever been to Sweden, but we imagine it is a very safe place to drive. *lol*

    hugs to you and Lucy. Perhaps you should leave a tape of THe Red Balloon in the VCR for her while her friend is closeted away … BEst, Diana & Ori

  16. Diana & Orion says:

    Welcome back, Wendy!

    First, I must tell you that while persuing my NEW KNitting Pattern A Day desk clendar I discovered a pattern by YOU!! Impressive. I was thrilled.

    And speaking of impressive, the speed at which you knocked out the new shawl on TOP of the Lucy sweater is mind boggling. Quit it.

    I don’t really name anything but my cars. And this is a family thing. My brothers and I all drive Volvos. We always have. Eventhough my parents are long gone, I personally think we are all afraid of owning any other kind of vehicle.

    ANd so, a couple years ag my “Sven” saved my life. Really. Very bad car accident I walked away from and he gave his life to protect me. What other car would do that?!

    I have owned Olie, Freya, Astrid and now Leif. HE is quite sporty. ANd black.

    My brothers’ (and their wives) currently own Inga, Thor, Sigurd and Lalle. Our new teenage drivers have inherited Bjorn and Astrid (both reverenced 240s we trust with their very precious lives)

    We insist even our mechanic call them by their names.

    None of us have ever been to Sweden, but we imagine it is a very safe place to drive. *lol*

    hugs to you and Lucy. Perhaps you should leave a tape of THe Red Balloon in the VCR for her while her friend is closeted away … BEst, Diana & Ori

  17. Diana & Orion says:

    Welcome back, Wendy!

    First, I must tell you that while persuing my NEW KNitting Pattern A Day desk clendar I discovered a pattern by YOU!! Impressive. I was thrilled.

    And speaking of impressive, the speed at which you knocked out the new shawl on TOP of the Lucy sweater is mind boggling. Quit it.

    I don’t really name anything but my cars. And this is a family thing. My brothers and I all drive Volvos. We always have. Eventhough my parents are long gone, I personally think we are all afraid of owning any other kind of vehicle.

    ANd so, a couple years ag my “Sven” saved my life. Really. Very bad car accident I walked away from and he gave his life to protect me. What other car would do that?!

    I have owned Olie, Freya, Astrid and now Leif. HE is quite sporty. ANd black.

    My brothers’ (and their wives) currently own Inga, Thor, Sigurd and Lalle. Our new teenage drivers have inherited Bjorn and Astrid (both reverenced 240s we trust with their very precious lives)

    We insist even our mechanic call them by their names.

    None of us have ever been to Sweden, but we imagine it is a very safe place to drive. *lol*

    hugs to you and Lucy. Perhaps you should leave a tape of THe Red Balloon in the VCR for her while her friend is closeted away … BEst, Diana & Ori

  18. My ipod is named Ian!

  19. I haven’t named my ipod (other than “Andrea’s ipod”) but my son named our cars Greenness and Blueness. (Can you guess what colors they are?) My cats will also drag balloons around by the string, and they definitely eat the ribbon if we don’t take it away.

    Cool scarf!

  20. Your Lucy sweater is so very graceful, Wendy! I’m having fun watching it develop.

  21. What is L-B’s shawl formula? Is this pattern for sale at Knit Happens? I’m a new spinner, too (I have a Louet wheel names Lou!) and I’d love to use up some of my beginner hand spun on a shawl.
    Thanks, Wendy for your inspiration .
    Laureen

  22. Nope, no name for my iPod, Palm Pilot, or cell phone. Maybe because I have a penchant for losing things. Can’t get too attached, now, can I.
    Where is that Palm Pilot anyway??

  23. Having been through back pain the last few weeks I highly sympathize. The nueromuscular massage I had last night has helped more than anything else I’ve tried.
    I’m waiting for you to start Lotus…you’ll be finished before I’m am!

  24. We had a young cat 10 years ago who freaked us out one night running around with what appeared to be a red thingie emerging from his behind. I thought he was losing his intestines. Upon closer examination, I discovered that he had gotten a piece of red ribbon I had been using earlier in the week. He’s fine–and I immediately bought one of those storage boxes for wrapping paper and ribbon!
    Lorraine

  25. My ipod is “Lucky”. Hubby’s ipod is “Odie.”

    I don’t typically name cars though. Not sure why. Nor my cell phone (I have a love/hate relationship with that thing– and many of my electronics!)

    Michelle

  26. Oh, giggle. I always name things….almost every knitting project speaks its name nearly before I am finished casting ON, for heaven’s sake. I drive the Mommymobile these days(but previous vehicles were kermit,eeyore, and wild thang…ahem. I was MUCH younger then, and it WAS)and listen to my ipod, the obi wan listening device. (owl for short)
    Sandy Poodle says you are NO.FUN.at.all.
    we’re a lot alike that way ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. Cautions on cats and helium balloons near computers. Those low-tech toys can kill. A balloon can carry enough of a static charge to fry a computer. I know this from personal experience.

    My (then) 3 year old was batting one around the room where I and the computer were. It grazed my monitor. There was an arcing spark big enough to see, a zap noise, tingling in my fingertips, and a nasty burned stuff smell. The screen went dead. We were able to get the monitor up and working again, but both the motherboard and keyboard were fried.

    Balloons are no longer allowed in rooms with electronics.

  28. nonymouse says:

    Those of you who live in Atlantic Canada might want to take a peek at this month’s Saltscapes. There is an article in there about the revival of spinning in Nova Scotia.

  29. My iPod is named Podbits. And my car and I have been fighting over calling her Serendipity for the 2 years since I got her… she likes it, I’m not sure if I do… but I’ll probably go with it to keep her happy since unhappy cars are a pain.

  30. I hardly ever name things, which is why I wonder why my husband seems to expect me to name my new Honda Accord. How about “Honda” I reply, ๐Ÿ™‚ same as the last Accord? He doesn’t seem to like Honda-san, since the car came from Ohio. Isn’t that a Japanese word? Oh well, Lucy is lovely as always
    Paula

  31. Gobblegobble says:

    Jeez, YES! I remember what static electricity did to a big balloon in Lakehurst, NJ back in 1937!! Don’t mix your CRTs or your motherboards with air-filled rubber balloons, don’t mix your hydrogen-filled German Zeppelins with New Jersey, and don’t mix your margaritas with helium-filled birthday balloons and Dell laptops!

  32. My ’95 green honda civic hatchback is named Bubba.

  33. My laptop is Bifrost, after the rainbow bridge of Norse mytholgy, because it’s a bridge between my life here in the Army and my life at home with the Hubster. The printer is Skald, after the Norse storytellers. And the iPod is Saga, after Norse poetry. Haven’t named the cellie… perhaps Hugin, after Odin’s raven of memory?

  34. My HP calculator is named Hugh (sort for Hewlet-Packard.) The woman I worked with when I got it was married to a man named Hugh who was engineer. His nickname was Hewlet-Packard.) Both are very endearing names!

  35. I admit it, my ipod is named Veronica. My laptop was named Sybil but I think I’ll need to rename it since I replaced some if its inner parts.

  36. My iPod Mini is named Trixie. My iBook is Luna, the desktop PC is Erwin (preceded by Galatea and Shinma), my PDA is Thingy, my car is Alice (preceded by George).

    I blame my tendency to name electronics on my early experiences with Apple computers in high school. When formatting a floppy disk, the computer asked me to “name the disk”.

    So, I named it Harvey.