I promised Robynn photos of the blob, so here they be:
Blob – wide-shot:
Blob – closeup of final motif:
Extra bonus knitting content – a sock for John, cobbled together with ideas from Cat Bordhi’s latest fever-dream, er, book :
(I really like that heel, and this was my first foray into linen stitch, which is a bit of a pain, but the effect is nice).
Extra bonus holiday weekend cute – LoLo the lounger:
(Yes, that’s Milo. I have a slightly wacky habit of nipping a nickname off the back of our pets’ names. So MacIntosh becomes Tosh or Toshie, Simon becomes MonMon or Mon-ster, and Milo has become Lo, Little Lo, or LoLo. Those with single-syllable names don’t have this indignity visited upon them, so Dash is safe.)
Robynn also tagged me , and while I’m not generally memealicious, I decided to go along…
What was I doing ten years ago?
Hmm…. May of 1998. I had just moved to the DC area for the first time. I purchased my first house in Arlington, VA (everyone told me I was out of my mind for buying, the market would tank any minute, everything was overpriced… um… yah. Not so much.) I had one cat (Mon, MonMon, Monster). I wasn’t in a relationship, and for the first time in my adult life, I was pretty cool with that.
Five things on my to-do list for today:
- Write this post
- Work more on the blob bee shawl
- Clean up the kitchen
- Relax some more (holiday, don’cha know)
Snacks I enjoy:
Mostly things with salt – potato chips, corn chips and salsa, and the like, but I also really like pickles… mmm. Pickles. Salt and chocolate together are also favorites, like chocolate-covered pretzels, and while it’s not salty, chocolate-covered ginger is a dangerous new discovery.
Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
Um… wow. The world kind of explodes when you think that way, doesn’t it? My mom and I used to play a game called "dream house" – we would talk about various aspects of what home would look like if money was no object: location, features, what sort of special rooms we might have. This is kind of like that, except there’s a personal and a public side to it. Clearly there would be a lovely home (well, homes – favorite places like Colorado and Paris spring immediately to mind), and there would be travel to places I want to visit but wouldn’t necessarily want to live (India, the rest of Europe, New Zealand), but there would also be the "doing good" part of having that much money, and knowing me, it would be about education and independence. I suppose I would either fund a foundation and work with people who are committed to enable independence through education, or find a foundation that’s already doing that sort of work and work with them.
Places I have lived:
It’s a pretty short list: New Hampshire (Hollis and Manchester); Portland, Maine; Minneapolis, Minnesota; the DC suburbs of Maryland and Virginia; Somerville, Massachusetts (I’m only including places where I’ve had an address on my driver’s license – there are other places I have spent considerable time – like London, England, or Menlo Park, California).