Dove Knits

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

What was I thinking???

You'll be happy to know that the blanket from my previous post has been frogged. What was I thinking? It was hideous! I tried taking out some colors, and changing the stripe patterns, and all that, and it was still hideous.


Monday, September 24, 2007


I decided that my in-laws need an afghan for their living room. They recently remodelled, and don't have one that matches.

It's a very simple, garter-stitch blanket made on the diagonal. It grows deceptively quickly, because you start out so small, which is encouraging. But unlike triangular shawls, which end with their widest repeat, I get to start decreasing it halfway through. So hopefully, that means a quick start and then an encouraging finish as it gets smaller and smaller.

The colors will, I think, match the in-laws living room perfectly. They have sage-green couches and the rest of the thing is done in, basically, autumn colors. Rich red and deep orange. The purple and gray complement the others.

Oh, I found the pattern in All-Time Great Afghans, a book from the early 80s published by McCall's. I got it for free, and most of the patterns there involve Tunisian crochet and embroidery on the finished afghan. Because if I'm gonna spend weeks crocheting an afghan, I then want to spend another month embroidering it. I do not think so. But some of the patterns are quite doable and quite nice.

As usual these days, I'm stash diving. This is Caron Simply Soft, which is coming out quite nice and snug feeling. I'm turning into a yarn snob, but I can still stand this stuff :) I'm loving the texture of garter stitch, too.

There has been more knitting for Twig's not-so-grandchildren, but I'm not posting those until I've sent them.

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Watch out for flying pigs

I haven't touched my needles in three weeks.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

What happens when you're not paying attention

It seems I accidentally started a catfight on Ravelry...

(It starts out civil enough, and ends with people calling people "comment whores," which, obviously, starts a fight. Oops...)

And I didn't notice until today. Shows you how well I pay attention. Actually, I avoid participating in forums for that reason; I forget I said anything and never see the responses.

Did I ever tell y'all about how I single-handedly, and completely innocently, started a post-doc fight my first day of work? My very first day of working in a real, grown-up lab, when I was a fresh-faced lass of 18, I was shadowing a post-doc to help her with her project and, you know, gain work experience. My lab experience, until that point, consisted of two college bio lab classes, and even though I had tried my hand at alot of different techniques, I was't what you'd call experienced. I needed alot of explanations and alot of hand-holding that first day, so I was feeling like I was being a real pain-in-the-neck. Because, well, I WAS, even if I couldn't help it. Thankfully, the post-doc I was working with was extremely kind and patient.

Anyway, that first day, I, my post-doc, another post-doc, and another woman are all going to lunch. The other post-doc asks, "So, what did you learn on your first day?"

Someone else said, "Maybe she's taught her post-doc something!"

Other post-doc: "What could she teach her?"

Dove (who, remember, was feeling like a complete pain): "Patience!"

The other post-doc (the one who wasn't training me) wheels around on my post-doc and the other woman. "PATIENCE? Are you saying I'm not patient? Who is talking behind my back? What did you say to her?"


Yeah. Oops. Great way to start off my scientific career, right?

Anyway, I have a knack for accidentally starting fights, it seems.

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