Tuesday, May 22, 2007

WIPs and The MEME

I, too, have been tagged with the 7 random facts. Pixieriot tagged me first, and at least 3 other people have followed suit.

The rules: Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs the 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog.

So, without further ado, here are 7 random facts about me:

1. I used to play the accordion. 'nuff said.

2. I can bend back my left thumb so it touches my left forearm, but I can't do it with my right thumb.

3. I'm a klutz. When I got married, I had to throw the bouquet twice because the first time, it landed in the chandelier and came down in a rain of crystal. At least 6 people have told me since that they saw it coming.

4. For the longest time, I collected erasers. Not the boring ones, but erasers that came in fun shapes and colors. I had over 350, including one shaped like a faucet (3D, not just a flat one).

5. I have an unhealthy obsession with bureaucracy and the way it works. In grad school, my fellow historians used to wonder out loud when I'd write a paper about people instead of documents. Does this make me a boring person? I don't know, but it's just the way I'm wired.

6. When I was 4, I built a swimming pool in the middle of my room by making a square out of rectangular cushions. After about the 10th bucket of water, my friends and I had to admit this wasn't working -- about the same time my mom and her friend decided it was way too quiet up there and we got busted.

7. I'll randomly start humming the Inquisition song from Monty Python's History of the World. Make of that what you will.

Thise meme has been around for a while, and I'm losing sight of who's already done and who hasn't. So, in direct violation of the rules, I'm tagging everyone who hasn't done it yet but would like to. It's so much easier than checking everyone's archives to see if they've already been tagged, or if they dislike memes!

And now, some knitting content. My first Conwy sock is finished, and I'm starting my second today.

The front of my Dad's sweater is about 1" away from getting interesting. So far, it's only lots of burgundy reverse stockinette (the color is not a bright tomato red in real life), but I'm about to start on the blue border and the grey cables.

It's a very fast knit, though I'm getting a bad feeling about not washing the swatch for this one. I think I'm knitting up another swatch (ripped out the old one, bad me!) and giving it the wash and block treatment. This is the first time I've worked with pure alpaca, and I wouldn't want it to grow and surprise me after I'm done!


Emilee said...

I love the colorway on those socks! So pretty.

Fun facts too. I love learning more about people.

Jess said...

Those socks rock my socks off... tee hee. I LOVE the swimming pool. LOVE it.

Bonnie said...

That purple sock yarn is nice--is that a German yarn?

You certainly picked up a lot of great yarn on your trip!

I laughed about the swimming pool, too. How many years did it take before your mother finally laughed about it??!!???

chemgrrl said...

Love the Conwy socks. I've wanted to make those for ages.

You play the accordion?!? THAT is awesome. I play the flute, let's start a band. We could be the Obnoxios.

weezalana said...

Am I the only one who tried to bend her thumbs back to see if it touched her forearms?

The pool and bouquet made me LOL!

Janelle said...

That sock is great. I'll have to move Conwy up in my to knit list!

And weezalana, no--you weren't the only person to try bending your thumb back. I can't. With either hand.

cpurl17 said...

Just remember, "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition."

The Conway socks look great! Can't wait to see Dad's sweater.

IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

The accordion! So talented Batty!

Still laughing from the swimming pool story!! Too cute!!!

I was just thinking about the Conwy socks last night when I was looking at my Knitting on the Road book...your sock is gorgeous!!! Great job!!

SuzannaBanana said...

Heehee...I just tagged you, maybe five minutes ago.

I can't wait to see more of that sweater. I love burgundy and dark blue together.

Erasers...I remember collecting erasers. Three hundred and fifty?! Wow.

fleegle said...

I laughed until tears leaked out of my eyes when I read about the bouquet. and the swimming pool! Hysterical!

Socks are lovely too!

Rain said...

I bet your Mom loved you for that swimming pool.

My brother and I used to collect erasers too. I think we still have them up in the attic.

Bezzie said...

Gorgeous sock! And yeah, #6 had me rolling!

Zonda said...

Love the sock and the sweater is looking good!

Hehe..yeah I agree, 6 is good!

Elspeth said...

Great sock! My mom used to play the accordion too - she said her mom told her it would be "cool" (she didn't agree).

TheKnittingBee said...

weezalana said...

"Am I the only one who tried to bend her thumbs back to see if it touched her forearms?"

Nope - I just tried too! (can't do it ;) )

cathy said...

I like the accordian. It's an instrument I'd consider taking up.

The conwys look great :)

knitten kitten said...

Did you ever find the blog invite?

Dipsy said...

Your meme was so fun to read through - thanks for sharing! I had to laugh about this "bending-the-thumb"-fact- this was a thing we did in school when we were, like, 8 or 9 years old. There were real contests going on to find out who could bend their thumbs farthest back - and gosh, I was a lousy loser in that case, I almost broke my thumbs in my attempts to bend them, but never really managed to ;)
I adore those socks - awesome colors indeed!

Anonymous said...

I once went to a belly dance school that also taught accordian lessons. And swimming pools in some areas of the US are banned because of me.

And great, I've just managed to turn your comments into a post about myself. Seriously. Sigh. Are you using a pattern for your dad's sweater, or is it Batty Knitting Brilliance?

Karen said...

What happened to the eraser collection?

Re: your comment: the t-shirt is from Threadless.com

spinndiva said...

Uiiiiii love the sock!

spinndiva said...

and you visited home!!!! wohooooo!!!

Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

There isn't much pooling on the socks but it doesn't fight with the stripes because the colors of the yarn are so harmnonius. I have sock envy.