Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Zombie Sez Vote!

6am! What an industrious time for me to be awake! I rise to greet the morning and the sun on this beautiful Tuesday morning. The day is fresh and shiny with possibility!

Except in reality I have been awake since 3:30 when I had a dream that I forgot it was election day yet for some reason went to the school I vote at. I hadn't studied up on the candidates or issues but figured I'd go straight ticket. When I got to the ballot box zombies told me (in kind of a zombie-esque sign language that involved a lot of pointing to pre-printed pamphlets) that party politics had been abolished and I would be forced to complete an oral examination on all the candidates with a hungry and politically active zombie exam administer. "Try not to be nervous. As long as you studied we won't eat your brains" the zombie communicated with jerky movements and then pointed to a cue card that said "Try not to be nervous. As long as you studied we won't eat your brains." I've been up with cramps and clutching my sample ballot with all the correct answers filled in ever since (and knitting).

This calls for a meme.

The official rules are mark with bold the things you have knit at least once, with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest. I'm changing it up a little. I am going to bold the techniques I have done. I italizcising everything else because, truly, I want to try it all. My notes in parentheses.

I-cord (hate it, keep picking patterns with i-cord edging)
Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire (I'm torn between knitting it myself or buying a knitted bracelet)
Shawl (love knitting them, never wear them)
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down (Have I!)
Socks: toe-up (and how!)
Knitting with camel yarn (spun buffalo, does that count? Probably not.)
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk (silk blends--I am saving some of my own silk for a special project)
Moebius band knitting (I've read the book. That counts, right?)
Participating in a KAL (Summer of socks, Socktober)
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting) (I have literally one bazillion modular items in my queue)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn (*whistles*)
Slippers (crocheted slippers way the heck back in 5th or 6th grade)
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)

Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments (I wouldn't say designed so much as wrote down simple patterns in my head)
Cable stitch patterns
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book (That would be so awesome)
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca (only a sample swatch)
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dyeing with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting

Knitting for a living (sort of)
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dyeing yarn (Absolutely! Roving, too. See here!)

Knitting art
Fulling/felting (just not on purpose)
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Gloves (half done now)
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom (this loom intrigues me)
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair (no, but I did contemplate some Golden Retriever/Wool yarn at the Weavers Guild sale this weekend even before I realized it was dog)
Hair accessories
Knitting in public