Thursday, August 28, 2008

Where Have All The Projects Gone?

If you've been following my project pile up, avalanche, etc., then you might notice that a lot of projects have disappeared from the sidebar. The reason being, they were just out there "just in case" when I was doing the ravelympics. Now, they have been put back into hibernation, deleted or in a rare case or two, finished.

I have 9 projects going. Count them, 9. It feels so nice to have less going on!

However, I have a dilema. I am working on Estes Vest and have swatched for the Cardigan for Arwen. But, when I was at the knit shop the last time, I almost went home with enough yarn for another sweater. The yarn was soft, the pattern lovely but what stopped me was that I didn't want to do another blue one so soon after the Printed Silk Cardi. There was a lovely celery green, but only 4 skeins. The owner asked if I wanted to order it. Inwardly, I shouted "yes!" But no, I resisted. And we all know that resistance is futile.

Tomorrow, I go to the knit store again. Shall I have her order the yarn?

I know I'll look lovely in the sweater.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Do you think I have enough? Should I add another?

I hope I have enough knitting projects with.
1. Pair of almost finished socks
2. Estes vest (green)
3. Cardigan for Arwen (see previous post
4. Spring Forward socks (pink/yellow yarn balls)
5. Muscari socks (bluish yarn)

I'm in shock

For the first time that I can remember, my gauge swatch came out perfect. No going down a needle size or anything.

This all came about because the Estes Vest that I am working on is going more quickly than I thought. What if...on vacation...I knit up all 8 skeins and run out of a fun project and don't feel like knitting socks?


Rumaging sounds come from the craft room, magazines, books and yarn stash is ransacked. House gets re-decorating with knitting magazines and books. Ravelry pattern search gets a workout. Some patterns are chosen. Rumaging sounds continue. Other patterns are chosen. Eventually, the pattern that I wanted to do in the first place is given a go with a gauge swatch.

4" measured and 18 stitches, right on the dot. It was meant to be. The yarn is knitting up so soft and lovely as well.

May I present, my emergency vacation project, the Cardigan for Arwen.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Letting Go

I was at our weekly knitting time at Silver Creek Cabin this afternoon when I asked the question. "How many projects do you guys have going on at once?"

Mostly, they had under 10 (but some of them were silent). I also told my friend she shouldn't buy more yarn for a shawl, she needed to finish her coat. But...then I found yarn to start another sweater. Pot calling,

We talked and I realized that I needed to let go of some of the projects that I just wasn't doing. I let go of (deleted from my ravelry project page) the 2 Pay It Forward projects and a pink project that never got off the ground. Realistically, I never got my PIF project. I'll need to let the people know that I won't be able to make their projects.

I now have 13 left and will be finishing my silk cardi by Sunday night.

12 Projects left! Ooooh, it'll be a fun celebration. What shall I cast on then?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Approaching the Finish Line

I haven't quite gotten my 2nd project for Ravelypics done. The sleeves for the Printed Silk Cardi took longer to knit than I thought what with K1, P1 ribbing. Argh. Tonight I finished the button bands (silly thing to knit them separately IMO) and am doing the 3 needle bind off for the shoulder seems. After that, put in the sleeves (which are a bit wonky but hopefully they'll work), seam up the sides and knit the collar ribbing.

Think I can get it done by Friday?

Yeah, me too.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Question Worse Than "What To Wear"

Is "What To Knit?"

Lying in bed last night, I was thinking about everything that I had to do this week. Tonight I have a BBQ to go to. Then, the above question came into my mind. "Oh no," I said, "I wonder if I need to start another project?"

Hubby quickly told me not to spend time on thinking about it. I'd use up too much time and get nothing done. But, how do I NOT think about it?

I have 16 projects going, but not a thing to knit at a BBQ. Oh, the horror of it all.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Arts & Craft Fair

Yesterday our town had its annual Arts and Craft Fair. This year there seemed to be more vendors than normal. I went with N and we had fun between that and the farmer's market. We were brainstorming about having a booth next year. On the plus side, we could sell stuff and make money. On the negative side, we might not be able to shop.

Metal work shovels with rain gauges, gifts for dads, $25 each. Shhh...

Rain gauge, $10. They had one with plants on it, but I'd rather not have dead plants on my rain gauge next year. This beats waiting for hubby to actually screw one onto our deck.

Project bags, $16 & $5. My silk cardi is currently in the large green one. These were from a hispanic family who had sheep, they used to have alpacas. Mmmm.

I bought this bag for a sock knitting bag...but I just bought the two above. It may make its way into the gift pile. Yes, each bag had goodies inside! At $6, this was a steal. It really is perfect for sitting there and holding sock knitting supplies. Hmmm.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Camp Knitting

We're going to go camping to Itasca in late summer/early fall. Eventually I'll get to my lists of what to pack for gear, but what's been on my mind most is...what in the world do I bring with to knit?

It needs to be able to travel well.
I can't mind if it gets dirty.
Has to keep my interest in case I have some down time.

Here's my plan so far:
1. Spring Forward Socks in this yarn.
Which should give me some interest while I knit. Maybe something good to have in the car or on hikes or during the day.

2. Plain pair of socks for when it's dark and I can't see anything but the campfire. (See blue yarn above.)

3. The Estes Vest which will provide that more intense, "pay attention to me" type of project for if I get bored in the afternoons while lounging around the campsite. Plus, because it's made for wearing around nature type places, I won't mind so much if it gets in the dirt and dog haired.

4. Wash cloths. Small project to stick in my pocket when we go on hikes. Can wash easy.

Note to self: buy some cotton yarn for the cloths.

That should hold me over for awhile. Of course, I remember last year when we went to Yellowstone, all I had to show for it was a prayer shawl and a pair of socks and the shawl was almost finished. I tend to knit a lot slower when on vacation. Hopefully I'll have at least the socks and some wash cloths done when i get home.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Dark Dreams

What I remember now about my dreams last night were two incidents. I don't recall which one was first.

I was driving up the road, on my way to something important. There was a line of fire across the road so that if I drove over it, it would blow the car up. I was fed up at that point with Satan putting obstacles in my way. I rebuked him and sent him and his minions packing. Enough is enough already. I recall that there was a series of other obstacles that I had faced because of him. This was the last straw.

In my other dream, we were in a city block at some old museum type building. Our previous pastor, Ken was there along with a couple other staff and my mom. Ken and the staff were bringing something into the museum and said something about cermonial artifacts and I was curious so I came in for a closer look. Ken sounded alarmed when they opened the doors to the museum. He ordered me to get back because it was full of a dark presence. Oddly enough, I was the only one that he ordered away. I pleaded with my mom to come too, but she wouldn't. She said she'd be fine, but made me leave. I walked away from the building to the corner of the block, which sloped downward so that I could no longer see the building entrance. It was like a big mogul hill between the corner where I was standing and the building. Only when I got out that far, did I no longer feel the dark presence coming out.

When I woke up from this dream, if I thought too much about what I had seen when I looked into the building, I could feel that dark presence coming back. So I tried to recall the rest of the dream (it seemed important) and then went back to sleep.

My First WIP for Ravelrylimpics!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Ravelympics - Not My Brightest Idea

One problem that I didn't forsee with Ravelympics was the amount of WIP's that I could register. I registered every one that I found around the house (not counting the ones still hiding), changed a few from "hibernating" to "in progress" in my ravelry project page...and came up with a grand total of...



Plus, I cast on last Friday for a pair of socks to work on during our travel weekend (see previous post ship monkey socks) and finished them today at the yarn store. However, I still had 1 1/2 hours before I had to leave. Paging through my Fall IK, I decided to start the Estes Vest. Why? It must have been the concentration of the yarn fumes. I could have just gone home, but I was having too much fun. Swatched for the vest and like usual, I need to go down a needle size.

So, that would really be 18 WIP's. Maybe I should just face facts and realize that I am a multi-project knitter. Why limit myself? (Besides the fact that I need more needles, need more yarn and lose track of things.)

I'm looking forward to tonight, when I can concentrate on my WIP's. The Estes Vest will be put away until afterward.

Monday, August 4, 2008


Jung Typology Test

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Strength of the preferences %

Qualitative analysis of your type formula

You are:
  • very expressed introvert
  • moderately expressed intuitive personality
  • moderately expressed feeling personality
  • slightly expressed judging personality
Idealist Portrait of the Counselor (INFJ)

Counselors have an exceptionally strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others, and find great personal fulfillment interacting with people, nurturing their personal development, guiding them to realize their human potential. Although they are happy working at jobs (such as writing) that require solitude and close attention, Counselors do quite well with individuals or groups of people, provided that the personal interactions are not superficial, and that they find some quiet, private time every now and then to recharge their batteries. Counselors are both kind and positive in their handling of others; they are great listeners and seem naturally interested in helping people with their personal problems. Not usually visible leaders, Counselors prefer to work intensely with those close to them, especially on a one-to-one basis, quietly exerting their influence behind the scenes.

Counselors are scarce, little more than one percent of the population, and can be hard to get to know, since they tend not to share their innermost thoughts or their powerful emotional reactions except with their loved ones. They are highly private people, with an unusually rich, complicated inner life. Friends or colleagues who have known them for years may find sides emerging which come as a surprise. Not that Counselors are flighty or scattered; they value their integrity a great deal, but they have mysterious, intricately woven personalities which sometimes puzzle even them.

Counselors tend to work effectively in organizations. They value staff harmony and make every effort to help an organization run smoothly and pleasantly. They understand and use human systems creatively, and are good at consulting and cooperating with others. As employees or employers, Counselors are concerned with people's feelings and are able to act as a barometer of the feelings within the organization.

Blessed with vivid imaginations, Counselors are often seen as the most poetical of all the types, and in fact they use a lot of poetic imagery in their everyday language. Their great talent for language-both written and spoken-is usually directed toward communicating with people in a personalized way. Counselors are highly intuitive and can recognize another's emotions or intentions - good or evil - even before that person is aware of them. Counselors themselves can seldom tell how they came to read others' feelings so keenly. This extreme sensitivity to others could very well be the basis of the Counselor's remarkable ability to experience a whole array of psychic phenomena.

Mohandas Gandhi, Sidney Poitier, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jane Goodall, Emily Bronte, Sir Alec Guiness, Carl Jung, Mary Baker Eddy, Queen Noor are examples of the Counselor Idealist (INFJ).


Social Work, education, librarian, law, ECE, psychologist, counselor, design, science.

Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging
by Joe Butt Profile: INFJ
Revision: 3.01
Date of Revision: 6 Mar 2005

Beneath the quiet exterior, INFJs hold deep convictions about the weightier matters of life. Those who are activists -- INFJs gravitate toward such a role -- are there for the cause, not for personal glory or political power.

INFJs are champions of the oppressed and downtrodden. They often are found in the wake of an emergency, rescuing those who are in acute distress. INFJs may fantasize about getting revenge on those who victimize the defenseless. The concept of 'poetic justice' is appealing to the INFJ.

"There's something rotten in Denmark." Accurately suspicious about others' motives, INFJs are not easily led. These are the people that you can rarely fool any of the time. Though affable and sympathetic to most, INFJs are selective about their friends. Such a friendship is a symbiotic bond that transcends mere words.

INFJs have a knack for fluency in language and facility in communication. In addition, nonverbal sensitivity enables the INFJ to know and be known by others intimately.

Writing, counseling, public service and even politics are areas where INFJs frequently find their niche.

Functional Analysis:

Introverted iNtuition

Introverted intuitives, INFJs enjoy a greater clarity of perception of inner, unconscious processes than all but their INTJ cousins. Just as SP types commune with the object and "live in the here and now" of the physical world, INFJs readily grasp the hidden psychological stimuli behind the more observable dynamics of behavior and affect. Their amazing ability to deduce the inner workings of the mind, will and emotions of others gives INFJs their reputation as prophets and seers. Unlike the confining, routinizing nature of introverted sensing, introverted intuition frees this type to act insightfully and spontaneously as unique solutions arise on an event by event basis.

Extraverted Feeling

Extraverted feeling, the auxiliary deciding function, expresses a range of emotion and opinions of, for and about people. INFJs, like many other FJ types, find themselves caught between the desire to express their wealth of feelings and moral conclusions about the actions and attitudes of others, and the awareness of the consequences of unbridled candor. Some vent the attending emotions in private, to trusted allies. Such confidants are chosen with care, for INFJs are well aware of the treachery that can reside in the hearts of mortals. This particular combination of introverted intuition and extraverted feeling provides INFJs with the raw material from which perceptive counselors are shaped.

Introverted Thinking

The INFJ's thinking is introverted, turned toward the subject. Perhaps it is when the INFJ's thinking function is operative that he is most aloof. A comrade might surmise that such detachment signals a disillusionment, that she has also been found lacking by the sardonic eye of this one who plumbs the depths of the human spirit. Experience suggests that such distancing is merely an indication that the seer is hard at work and focusing energy into this less efficient tertiary function.

Extraverted Sensing

INFJs are twice blessed with clarity of vision, both internal and external. Just as they possess inner vision which is drawn to the forms of the unconscious, they also have external sensing perception which readily takes hold of worldly objects. Sensing, however, is the weakest of the INFJ's arsenal and the most vulnerable. INFJs, like their fellow intuitives, may be so absorbed in intuitive perceiving that they become oblivious to physical reality. The INFJ under stress may fall prey to various forms of immediate gratification. Awareness of extraverted sensing is probably the source of the "SP wannabe" side of INFJs. Many yearn to live spontaneously; it's not uncommon for INFJ actors to take on an SP (often ESTP) role.

Famous INFJs:

Nathan, prophet of Israel
Robert Burns, Scottish poet

U.S. Presidents:
Martin Van Buren
James Earl "Jimmy" Carter

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Fanny Crosby, (blind) hymnist
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Fred McMurray (My Three Sons)
Shirley Temple Black, child actor, ambassador
Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader, martyr
James Reston, newspaper reporter
Shirley McClain (Sweet Charity, ...)
Piers Anthony, author ("Xanth" series)
Michael Landon (Little House on the Prairie)
Tom Selleck
John Katz, critic, author
Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul and Mary)
U. S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL)
Billy Crystal
Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury)
Nelson Mandela
Mel Gibson
Carrie Fisher
Nicole Kidman
Jerry Seinfeld
Jamie Foxx
Sela Ward
Mark Harmon
Gary Dourdan
Marg Helgaberger
Evangeline Lilly
Tori May

Introverted iNtuiting Feeling Judging

by Marina Margaret Heiss

INFJs are distinguished by both their complexity of character and the unusual range and depth of their talents. Strongly humanitarian in outlook, INFJs tend to be idealists, and because of their J preference for closure and completion, they are generally "doers" as well as dreamers. This rare combination of vision and practicality often results in INFJs taking a disproportionate amount of responsibility in the various causes to which so many of them seem to be drawn.

INFJs are deeply concerned about their relations with individuals as well as the state of humanity at large. They are, in fact, sometimes mistaken for extroverts because they appear so outgoing and are so genuinely interested in people -- a product of the Feeling function they most readily show to the world. On the contrary, INFJs are true introverts, who can only be emotionally intimate and fulfilled with a chosen few from among their long-term friends, family, or obvious "soul mates." While instinctively courting the personal and organizational demands continually made upon them by others, at intervals INFJs will suddenly withdraw into themselves, sometimes shutting out even their intimates. This apparent paradox is a necessary escape valve for them, providing both time to rebuild their depleted resources and a filter to prevent the emotional overload to which they are so susceptible as inherent "givers." As a pattern of behavior, it is perhaps the most confusing aspect of the enigmatic INFJ character to outsiders, and hence the most often misunderstood -- particularly by those who have little experience with this rare type.

Due in part to the unique perspective produced by this alternation between detachment and involvement in the lives of the people around them, INFJs may well have the clearest insights of all the types into the motivations of others, for good and for evil. The most important contributing factor to this uncanny gift, however, are the empathic abilities often found in Fs, which seem to be especially heightened in the INFJ type (possibly by the dominance of the introverted N function).

This empathy can serve as a classic example of the two-edged nature of certain INFJ talents, as it can be strong enough to cause discomfort or pain in negative or stressful situations. More explicit inner conflicts are also not uncommon in INFJs; it is possible to speculate that the causes for some of these may lie in the specific combinations of preferences which define this complex type. For instance, there can sometimes be a "tug-of-war" between NF vision and idealism and the J practicality that urges compromise for the sake of achieving the highest priority goals. And the I and J combination, while perhaps enhancing self-awareness, may make it difficult for INFJs to articulate their deepest and most convoluted feelings.

Usually self-expression comes more easily to INFJs on paper, as they tend to have strong writing skills. Since in addition they often possess a strong personal charisma, INFJs are generally well-suited to the "inspirational" professions such as teaching (especially in higher education) and religious leadership. Psychology and counseling are other obvious choices, but overall, INFJs can be exceptionally difficult to pigeonhole by their career paths. Perhaps the best example of this occurs in the technical fields. Many INFJs perceive themselves at a disadvantage when dealing with the mystique and formality of "hard logic", and in academic terms this may cause a tendency to gravitate towards the liberal arts rather than the sciences. However, the significant minority of INFJs who do pursue studies and careers in the latter areas tend to be as successful as their T counterparts, as it is *iNtuition* -- the dominant function for the INFJ type -- which governs the ability to understand abstract theory and implement it creatively.

In their own way, INFJs are just as much "systems builders" as are INTJs; the difference lies in that most INFJ "systems" are founded on human beings and human values, rather than information and technology. Their systems may for these reasons be conceptually "blurrier" than analogous NT ones, harder to measure in strict numerical terms, and easier to take for granted -- yet it is these same underlying reasons which make the resulting contributions to society so vital and profound.

Tongues of Stone

I was at my in-laws last weekend and forgot to bring a book to read. Ended up going through the MN Conservation Volunteer, a very good issue. Here's a poem that I wanted to remember:

Proudly rising above the plain,
Immune to sun and wind and rain,
These scattered rocks and towering wall,
Like silent witnesses, recall
The history and ancient lore
Of ages vanished long before.
Here are legends carved in stone
That, once, forgotten men had known.
The rocks would tell you if they could,
What happened where they long have stood:
How frightful monsters roamed this place;
When first they saw the human race;
How once the red men with great cunning
Started herds of bison running
Over their cliffs to death below,
Where heaps of bleaching bones would show.
But all the secrets they have known
Are safely kept with tongues of stone.

- Carmen Christianson

I wanted to ask her permission to quote, but couldn't find info on her. If anyone knows where to find it, please let me know.

If you want to know what else I was up to, see my Pieceful Ewe Post, Ship Monkey Socks.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Ship Monkey Socks

This last weekend, 3 1812 replica sailing ships were in the Duluth harbor. We ordered our tickets, made arrangements to take off from the in-laws (lodging was scarcer than the extinct Do-do bird) and I cast on for a pair of socks in Cookie A's Monkey pattern.

When driving by the DECC, I saw a line. A very long line. Sad to say, it was long. Maybe, I thought optimistically, it would only take an hour or two. I continued knitting. Here are my toes and part of the pattern while I sat in the shadow of the Irvin ship. Hubby was standing in line.

Two hours later, yes, that's two hours, here's a photo of my socks after we turned the corner. Tat this point I didn't really want to leave having invested so much time in line. Couldn't be much longer, could it? Yes, it could.
4 hours, 20 minutes later, here we are about to board the Madeline. Sunburnt and a little grumpy, we toured this ship and the Niagra. The third ship was another 3 hour wait!

Yes, they were cool ships to see and it was a chance of a lifetime. However, if I had really stopped to think it through and not be so optimistic, I would have given up and just took photos of the outside of the ship and did something else. Like go to a yarn shop.

My socks got a bit of work done on them. When we pulled in the driveway at home, heels were turned and I was midway through another pattern repeat.

I did meet some knitters in line, some expressing interest in the magic loop method. Others knew right away that I was making socks, though someone asked if I was making a scarf (?). I kept thinking about putting up a sign "free knitting lessons" and seeing if anyone would bite. Because frankly, what do you do in line for 4 hours 20 minutes if you don't knit?