My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Spotted at the Office

When I got to the office this morning, I saw this flyer posted near the reception desk:

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Party Announcement 121807

Maybe I am strange (maybe?), but I find this hilarious and also slightly ludicrous.

Of course, ludicrous is a word I use to describe a lot of stuff at the office . . .


Lookie! I made some progress on the second half of my Pacific Islands Shawl!

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Pacific 121807

I made such good progress because I took Monday off from work. I am at the office for the rest of the week, so the progress will slow down quite a bit.

It was nice to hear from other map geeks in the comments to yesterday’s post. I love maps, always have. I recently got this book as well:

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Book 121807

This is London: A Life in Maps, and it’s got reproductions of lots of antique maps in it. It’s sort of a history of the city, revolving around its maps. A very fun read!

In other news . . .

Didja see that Sheri posted information about Loopy’s Spring Fling ’08 sock retreat? And did you see who one of the “celebrity guests” is? It totally cracks me up that Sheri refers to me as a “celebrity.” ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyhow, sign-ups are open for the retreat — I’m really looking forward to it!

The photoshoot of Lucy in yesterday’s blog post was, of course, done with her flopped down on her back in my lap. This is a relatively new “thing” for her. If she wants me to flop her over on her back, she will stand in my lap, meow insistently, and head-butt my hands. I am generally required to do this at least once a day.

Lucy would like you to know that keeping her cataloons fluffy and pretty takes a lot of grooming.

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Lucy 121807


  1. I love maps too, probably because I have been military, first brat then spouse all my life. I love to navigate and can find my way to anyplace using obsolete pig trails to get there! I find using pig trails, whether in Europe, Alaska, Lower 48, or Panama a great way to see the world!! Well in Panama they actually were less than pig trails. And of course between Alaska and “the lower 48” there is a small place called Canada. Now there in the Yukon, and British Columbia I ran into them building the pig trails!! I never go any where without a map. Plus I like the antique maps because they just look so neat!!!
    Lucy is a funny kitty!!!

  2. I love maps too and am now drooling over the London book. I recently received the Transit Maps book was a Chanukah gift from my husband (which is hilarious b/c I almost bought it for him) and he had to take it away from me because I wasn’t going to sleep ….

  3. Hilarious! Let me venture a wild guess that you work at Justice Dept.? or possibly its neighbor, the Bureau? My son used to work at the IRS and did quite a bit of running around the Federal Triangle….maybe you know him???? It wouldn’t suprise me as the world is shrinking by leaps and bounds. The other day, my daughter called me to ask me if I read someone’s knit blog. She met her at a Best Buy…turns out that not only do I read it, but that she’s a good friend! Who knew?
    By the way, I heart the shawl….beyond all reason. If it weren’t for the holidays, I’d be casting on (or off) on a new project!

  4. Just so you know, I ALWAYS think of you as a “Celebrity”!!! How fun that you will be teaching at the Loopy Ewe Spring Fling ’08! I’d love to go, but can’t due to some current family problems. The shawl is beautiful, by the way!

  5. I think you should go to the party carrying a violin case. I think of you as a celebrity also. I plan on going and hopefully will meet you there.

  6. I must have the same sense of humor you do! I love it!!!

  7. Marianne Y says:

    I would love to go to Spring Fling ’08, especially to meet you and take your class!!! But, alas, it is not meant to be, between my severely fractured back that still is not healing, and the fact that my oldest son is graduated from college with a double major the following weekend, a long ways from St Louis. (That, and my youngest son is a sophomore in high school, and I would not leave a teenager like that. Even though I trust him, it’s those who might find out I was out of town, that I don’t trust.) I do hope that I can make it sometime in the future, to a place where you will be teaching a class.

    I really love your shawl! That yarn, that pattern, and your work is really gorgeous!

    A quick word about maps: I love them, too. I have helped my youngest son, with his Western Hemisphere, then Eastern Hemisphere, then Global Issues classes. That, and I have been in 47 of the 48 lower states of the U.S.

    I don’t know about you, but Christmas is coming too soon for me this year. That, and this ice and snow we have had–it looks like we are going to have a real Michigan winter this year, for a change. We got 8.5″ of fresh powder this weekend. I far prefer that to the ice we got a couple of weekends ago. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Map geek! Get thee over to the Library of Congress! The Martin Waldseemuller 1507 map is on display this month! Here….
    It’s in the aftermath section of the online exhibition.

    Love the color of that shawl.
    The flier cracks me up. Love the gingerbread man waving. OTOH, I used to get cracked up every time I called one office that answered the phone “Video Pirates!” Killed me every time. They investigated video piracy and never did see the humor in answering the phone that way.

  9. I didn’t know you had an OCRS at your Department, but wanted to say that the best Xmas party I went to at my last job site was the one upstairs in Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

    Watch out for the brownies…

  10. Hee. I think the flyer is funny too. I LOVE that book! Must have! Thanks for the pointer.

  11. Okay, are you at DOJ or the Feebs? I have a year to go until I get my twenty and spent today qualifying. I’m a SAUSA.

  12. That invite is hilarious. RICO, anyone?

    I too think of you as a celebrity. And Lucy; she’s a celebrity as well.

  13. So you’re saying that the Gingerbread Man fights organized crime? Or is he perhaps a wise guy himself??? (Look at those beady eyes!)

  14. Jimmy Hoffa says:

    “Organized Crime and Racketeering?” What are you implying?

  15. I love the party invitation! That’s hilarious.

    I sent an email around the office from the Bean Counter department. I was a little surprised that some of the young’uns had to take a minute to realize what a bean counter was and where they work. Does that make me old?

  16. Theresa in Italy says:

    I love the shawl; I also love maps (and the London map book is in my Amazon cart now—this makes you an enabler of both yarn and books). Very amusing flyer! I agree with whoever suggested attending the party with a violin case. And don’t let anybody kiss you.

    I so wish I could go to Loopy’s Spring Fling, not least because of the celebrity guest list!

  17. In the words of “30 Rock”—-that would be a Ludicrhistmas!

    I’ve always loved maps too. I’m the family navigator when we go on trips! I saw a calendar at B & N last night that was all maps. Cool.

  18. okay, do they expect you to bring envelopes of money as part of a gift exchange? Are there jokes about broken legs if someone doesn’t pay up or better yet if they don’t show up for the party?

    I guess I’m watching the Sopranos too much.

    Happy Holidays

  19. Janna and I think alike. My first thought was … the gingerbread man! I knew it! He always did look a little suspicious.

    And Lucy knows she’s the real celebrity.

  20. Andrea Atkinson says:

    I certainly think of you as a celebrity.

    Liking maps isn’t strange, especially if they are older maps. I have a map of the area we live from 1842 on the kitchen wall. Our street didn’t exist then but it’s nice to see what did.

    Strange is….when my oldest went to America his brother asked him to bring back a phone book. He kept that big book for a very long time. It was from Los Angeles if I remember correctly and about three times the thickness of our phone books. That is definately strange.

    BTW, I have three cats and none of them will tolerate being touched when they are laid on their backs.

  21. Speaking of old maps, I heard a conversation on the BBC podcast last night about a new book about placenames (and in some case, places) that have gone out of existence. It sounded like a really fun read. Remember Tanganyika?? I thought the author’s name was Harry Campbell but I could be misremembering…

  22. And besides.. when something says you’re “cordially invited”… you can rest assured the event is already a little sketchy and most probably boring ::laughing::

  23. Generally where organized crime and racketeering are involved, an “invitation” is really more of a command. But then again, I grew up in Sopranos country with a last name ending in a vowel and uncles who I never quite knew what they did.

  24. You are going to town on that shawl! Even with working the rest of the week, you ought to be done before too much longer. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I love maps, too, but I usually go for a good world atlas, even a not-so-good world atlas will do, actually. Mom brought one with her last time she came to visit, and we poured over it until our knees gave out–we were both kneeling on the floor with the map on the bed. LOL What fun.

  25. Cataloons? I thought that cats just lived in their pyjama bottoms all day.

  26. I love maps. I have a world map that I bought from National Geographic in 1988. Very interesting to see how much has changed. Remember the USSR?

  27. I remember visiting the London museum (back when I still lived in England) and they had an exhibit of old maps of London. Fascinating to look at the older maps, with their carefully drawn houses and important buildings and looking nothing like the topographically accurate ones of today. Distances completely out of whack, scale merely something pertaining to music…. And then to see the gentle progression to map-making as it is practiced now.

    I never travel without maps–if I’m in an unfamiliar city one of the first things I’ll do is buy a map because then I can’t ever really get lost.

  28. I have always loved maps! And are cataloons the same thing as jammie bottoms? Ruby spends endless hours on jammie bottom grooming.

  29. That party invite is very funny. At first I thought they were being cute, then I remembered where you work and realized it was probably an actual department. Which just made it funnier for some reason.

  30. Love maps, love the shawl. wish I could attend the spring fling. I’ll be with you all in spirit.

  31. Because when someone says “Organized Crime”, I immediately think Gingerbread!

    Was Lucy that docile when you first adopted her, or is it something that develops over time?

  32. What a wonderful gift. We have tubes and tubes of maps,folded maps and gazeteers Still I have map envy.,.Stay cozy this Holiday Season.Yes you are a celebrity in the knitting world.

  33. Hee Hee – Cataloons. Much better than my term – bloomers. If you don’t mind, I’m replacing my term with yours effective immediately.

  34. It completely cracks me up that you call them cataloons. My kitty kat has them too, and whenever I point out to others that she looks like she’s wearing pantaloons, I get weird looks. Good to see I’m not alone.

  35. I’d have been happy to attend the Racketeering Party! I don’t know ENOUGH about Racketeering… come to think about it, I doubt Congress does either.

  36. Every office should have an Organized Crime and Racketeering section.

  37. Wendy,
    What bldg are you in? PHB?