Today started out as quite an ordinary day - Milton was lame, medieval studies was lame (student presentations from people who don't present well? Thanks but no thanks). I did buy a pair of pants by Propaganda at Plenty, which was fun and nice, since they were on sale and lately I'm more interested in pants, after a long time of being a skirt-wearing girl. Disappointment met me when I got home, though, as it again appeared that my damn dvds hadn't arrived. Turns out that the mailman hadn't actually arrived yet, but I was out on the doorstep twenty seconds after I heard his feet on the steps and there they were, all neatly boxed. No fun air-filled packing bags, but oh well. Can't have everything.
The arrival of the movies meant that my plans for the afternoon were thoroughly derailed. I'd meant to clean, possibly go to the laundromat and work on my thesis. Instead I watched Great Expectations
, and thought deeply about it. No, I'm serious - I just couldn't turn my head off during this. The thing that is interesting me the most is the way the characters are portrayed in the movie versus in the book. The film is definitely more plot-driven than the novel, which relies a lot on character. I find their decision to make Miss Havisham a dance-obsessed recluse particularly interesting.
Then I put on Sleepy Hollow
, and did a few dishes during the first half of this, but gave up on it to read A Tale of Two Cities
. Of course I read this in bed, and fell asleep after about fifty pages, and didn't wake up until Graham telephoned me around seven.
Things were ordinary enough when he first arrived - I finished the dishes and made a batch of peanut butter fudge to take to Kate's tomorrow, and he showed me a couple of Yeah Yeah Yeahs videos (one directed by Tunde Adebimpe, and Spike Jonze's banned one) - but somehow the evening just turned into something else entirely, and it was really really intense. Complete with an insane revelation on my part, which I don't quite know what to do with. So now I'm all wakeful and don't know what to do with myself.
So I'm going to fill out my Secret Pal quiz.
1. Are you a yarn snob?
Definitely yes – I tend to only purchase and use only natural fibres. The occasional ball of synthetic will find its way into my hands, but generally only when I need to be a skinflint or when the work is a bit of a joke. My thinking here is that if I’m going to spend a lot of time and effort making something, I want it to be out of yarn that I’m going to love for a long time, and enjoy wearing and using.
2. Do you spin? Crochet?
No and no. I’d like to spin, some day, but for various reasons it’s low on the list of priorities. I’ve tried crochet and just don’t like it as much as knitting.
3. Do you have any allergies?
No. But I absolutely hate raisins, to the point that whenever I eat one I wish I could just swell up and die to alleviate the terrible torture of consuming dessicated grapes. Fermented grapes, on the other hand…
4. How long have you been knitting?
Avidly for the past four months or so; sporadically for about the past six years.
5. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
6. What's your favorite scent?
Clearwater by H2O+
, and generally most of their shower gels. The Gap had a great scent a few years ago called Grass… I’m not fond of really flowery, girly smells, and lean more towards fruity or fresh scents.
7. Do you have a sweet tooth?
Oh god yes. Don’t even get me started.
8. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do?
I’ve tried my hand a jewelery making a few times, and quite liked it.
9. What kind of music do you like? Can your computer/stereo play MP3s?
Yes, I can play MP3s – I have, after all, 1957 on my computer. My tastes are quite varied, but lately I’ve been increasingly interested in Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy, the Palace Brothers – whatever you’re supposed to call the guy who sings “May It Always Be”). Old favourites include Talking Heads, Dave Matthews Band and Jeff Buckley. I also love TV on the Radio
beyond all reason.
10. What's your favorite color?
Simply in terms of colour, I quite like green. But when it comes to colours that I wear or have a lot of, I don’t own very much green. Instead, I wear a lot of black, pink, grey, khaki – fairly neutral, tame colours. I have a strong preference for purple as a colour for home décor: my towels, couch, a chair and record player stand are all purple.
11. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I’m unmarried (and opposed to the institution of marriage, but that’s a whole other story) but am dating an incredible guy named Graham
, whom I love whole heartedly. I live alone (no roommates [thank heavens] and away from my parents). I don’t have any pets, but do have a few house plants, which are about as close to pets as I want.
12. What are your life dreams?
If things go perfectly, I’ll do my masters at the U of A in English literature (specializing in children’s literature), and do my PhD somewhere fabulous like Oxford thanks to a Commonwealth Scholarship (they didn’t give me one this year, but goddamnit, look out for next year!). Then I’d get a job as a professor at some well-funded, prestigious university, where I would get tenure and work for many years, write many learned books and be loved by my students. Eventually I’d retire to Salt Spring Island, and raise various animals such as sheep and goats, for the purpose of spinning yarn for all the fabulous knit things I’d like to make. And if you want me to get really silly about this question, what would really be ideal is if Graham and I somehow, in all this, ended up together. I’d like that. A lot.
13. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with?
I haven’t really knit enough to have decided preferences. I have used Fleece Artist
yarns and Debbie Bliss
SoHo with pleasure and success, and tend to use yarns that require 5.5mm needles.
14. What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
Anything synthetic, but especially fun fur and eyelash yarns. *shudder*
15. What is/are your current knitting obsession/s?
for a good complete answer to this.
16. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
Definitely armwarmers, oddly enough. I have three pairs already, and am thinking of making a fourth. I never work from a pattern for them, but always do custom fits.
17. What are you knitting right now?
A Goldilocks shawl
for Graham’s mother and a wall-hanging for Allen. I also have a bag waiting to be fulled, and a couple of yarn ends to sew in on a pair of mittens.
18. What do you think about ponchos?
I’ve seen a few patterns that I like (and many that I absolutely hate), but can’t really see myself ever wearing one. It’s just not an article of clothing that fits in with my style.
19. Do you prefer straight or circular needles?
It depends on the project. I dislike working a flat project on round needles, as my yarn always seems to get tangled, but quite frequently will work in the round if the piece requires it.
20. Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
Doesn’t matter – my needle collection includes plastic, birch wood and aluminum. I haven’t really developed a preference yet.
21. Are you a sock knitter?
I’d like to be.
22. How did you learn to knit?
Mostly I just taught myself from a few old books, with a little bit of help from my mom.
23. How old is your oldest UFO?
Not very old at all. As a student, my knitting budget is rather limited, so I just can’t afford to start new projects while others are unfinished. I’ve been working on the shawl since January 11th, or thereabouts.
24. What is your favorite animated character or a favorite animal/bird?
Don’t really have one – although having been recently reminded of Jem
by my friend Brianna, I think there’s going to have to be some kind of Jem revival in my life. It’s truly outrageous.
25. What is your favorite holiday?
I don’t really have one. I’m kind of anti-Valentines Day (“Valentines day is a holiday invented by greeting card companies to make people feel miserable” – Joel in Eternal Sunshine
) but other than that – no real preference.
26. Is there anything that you collect?
I move a little too often to collect things like nicknacks – it’s just more stuff to cart around from apartment to apartment. The only thing I can justify collecting is books; books are always welcome.
I guess I should try to sleep now...