Tuesday, May 31, 2005

This is Ted.

Tweed stitch belt I've been working on:
Rowan Handknit Cotton, two balls, contrasting colours
3.75mm needles
Cast on 13 sts
Row 1: *K1, slip 1 holding yarn to front (RS) of work, rep from * to last st, K1
Row 2: P2, *slip 1 holding yarn to back (RS) of work, P1, rep from * to last st, K1
Repeat rows. At the same time, change color every four rows. Keep going until belt is as long as you want, or you run out of yarn. Tie nonchalantly.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Secret Pal 5

1. Are you a yarn snob (do you prefer higher quality and/or natural fibers)?
I can definitely be a yarn snob, but my budget does not always allow me to be. In a pinch you'll find me browsing the aisles of Joann's or Pearl Art Store for the cheapie stuff.

2. Do you spin? Crochet?
I once got all excited about spinning after I attended my first Stitches West conference. I bought some wool and a spinning stick (? I have no idea what that thing is called?) and that was the end of it. As far as crocheting goes--I like it but I've only mastered the basics. It's definitely something I'd like to explore more.

3. Do you have any allergies? (smoke, pets, fibers, perfume, etc.)
I'm an ex-smoker. Enough said.
Most perfume bothers me. I guess I'm kind of picky with smells.
I do not mind any types of fibers. I like them all!

4.How long have you been knitting?
I have been knitting for 2 years.

5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes; I have an amazon wish list. Are there others?

6. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products etc.)

7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Yes. I love anything chocolate. I even like sugar free chocolate and vegan chocolate. I also love these dutch cookies with caramel on the inside. Mmmm.

8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I like to sew, cook, make cards.

9. What kind of music do you like?
I love almost all types of music: Pop/Rock, Bluegrass, Hip-Hop, Irish Traditional, Reggae, Folk, Punk. Last CDs I bought: Old Crow Medicine Show and Matisyahu.
Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? Yes!

10. What's your favorite color? Or--do you have a color family/season/palette you prefer? Any colors you just can't stand?
I like all colors, though I'm not too fond of pastels (although, a pastel paired with a bold color is very nice).

11. What is your family situation? I am living with my fiance.
Do you have any pets?Yes; one cat named Couscous aka "Fatty No-Legs".

Sunday, May 29, 2005

The Big Stink

Gah! The Stink hasn't let loose! There's a 43 pound titan arum, kind of like a lily, in the Conservatory in the Golden Gate Park. It's supposed to bloom any day now and emit a smell of rotting flesh. I can't wait.

Saturday, May 28, 2005


I just came from the BEST concert ever. Old Crow Medicine show played last night at the Great American Music Hall. It was a sold-out show (good for them) right before they head up to the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite. They are one hard working band. They played new stuff, old stuff, Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, Bob Marley (bluegrass does reggae!), and even tested out some songs there are working on. Their rendition of Soul Rebel by Bob Marley was the absolute best. And they seemed to love being in San Francisco; every time the lead spoke between songs it was San Francisco this and San Francisco that. It was a special moment when they took time during their second (!) encore to give a shout out to all the working people in the Bay Area struggling.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Eric Bogosian

I went to Booksmith last night to see Eric Bogosian. He has a new book out, "Wasted Beauty", about a small town girl that gets caught up in all the dangers of the big city. He read from a book of one of his solo shows a couple of years ago. He had the whole room clutching their bellies, laughing out loud. The piece was great and what I loved best was that he didn't plan out his reading. He pulled out the book and took about 2-3 minutes figuring out what he would read. He then moved on to his first novel and then Wasted Beauty. I would have left if I wasn't sitting in the front row right under his nose. It was horrible, yawn inducing! But afterwards I figured out what the problem was. It wasn't that his novels were poorly written or boring. It was that the novel was meant to be read off the page not out loud. The first bit was a performance piece and was meant to be performed, read out loud. I'm not sure I've ever seen that so clearly before. I think I've always thought if something was good it will be good spoken aloud or read on paper. On another note: Eric is short, who knew?

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Bay to Breakers

Two days later and I'm still recovering. No; I didn't get drunk and run 7 miles. But I did spend 13 hours working at the event. While the race is quite fun (crazy costumes and no costumes at all!!!) when you are at a first aid station you sometimes just see all the bad stuff. Mostly it's guy drinks too much, but sometimes it's guy with diabetes drinks too much or naked guy drinks too much. That last one isn't as fun as it sounds. But I'm glad I was there. Everything went very smoothly and all the volunteers were amazing. Someone who helped out all day (one of the first to arrive and last to leave) wrote this: "its really interesting how people spend their time on things that matter to them. then i looked at how i managed my own time and if that reflected that which mattered most in my life." Sometimes I think I might take for granted how much people give and it makes me wonder if I even give enough. How I spend my time (oh, what precious little we have of it) and making sure it matches up with what is important to me is something I need to spend more time on. Connecting the two is vital for me having a satisfying life.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005



American Cities That Best Fit You:

65% Miami

60% San Diego

55% Chicago

55% Honolulu

55% Philadelphia

I don't know about this...Miami? I'm a California girl all the way. I like mild weather. Florida's not really for me.


Originally uploaded by sfbookgirl.
Ah, Oaxaca! I love this picture. I wish I could be there right now.