January 30, 2006

Hervor on me!



And another one, just because I like the picture, even though it doesn’t show the sweater as well:


Thanks for all the lovely comments. I think I will print out that sweater-angel photo — it’d be nice in my office, don’t you think?

I’m off on another trip on Wednesday, so I probably won’t post again until the weekend — but a few days’ absence won’t surprise anyone, considering how infrequent my posting was this month.

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January 28, 2006

Hervor, finally!

I actually finished this a while ago — on January 14, or so, I think. But I hadn’t managed to take pictures until now, and I still haven’t taken any pictures with me in the sweater — it’s not a good day for self-portraits, so you’ll have to wait. To make up for the wait, though, I’m posting multiple redundant shots — aren’t you lucky!

Here it is, laid out in the lovely (but about to melt, AGAIN!) snow:

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And again:

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And closer up, showing the yarn and stitches in much better detail:

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When I finished taking these pictures, and picked up Hervor, I realised I was left with a perfect “snow-sweater”:

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Now that would confuse even the best trackers, I think!

I’m very fond of this sweater, even though it fits me completely differently than the designer intended — I made a much smaller size than I perhaps should have (through a combination of mismeasurement, gauge, and general sloppiness), so it fits rather closely, and is quite short. But I think that’s not a bad thing, because I don’t really want more over-sized sweaters. You can judge for yourselves if and when I put up a modelled shot.

One other thing: my mother, Susan McMaster, who, among her many other talents and accomplishments, is a published poet, has just put up a website on which can be found many of her poems, as well as audio files of her reciting them, many with the accompaniment of various musicians. If that sort of thing interests you, check it out here. I think her poetry is moving and wonderful, but of course I’m a little biased, so you look at it yourself!

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January 26, 2006

Almost missed it!

Fillyjonk’s entry marking her four-year blogiversary has reminded me — today’s the second anniversary of my first post on this here site. Even though I’ve been much more sporadic about it recently, I continue to derive a great deal of enjoyment from my blogging, and from reading other people’s blogs. In particular, I’ve loved “meeting” so many people through comments and emails, and the many connections I’ve made though the knitblogging world. Thanks for dropping by, and I’ll try to pick up the pace a litte bit from now on!

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January 24, 2006


I’ve got mixed emotions about the results of last night’s election — and I’m still in a bit of a daze, since I was flying home from a job interview last evening and then stayed up into the wee hours watching the results, so that I’m pretty exhausted even now.

But I do want to express my delight that Olivia Chow was finally elected by the people of my old riding, Trinity-Spadina. It was so heartbreaking to see her lose by 805 votes last time, and I’m sure she’s going to do a wonderful job in Ottawa. I’m just sorry I wasn’t there to add my vote!

I’m also thrilled that Paul Dewar was elected in my parents’ riding in Ottawa Centre, where the resignation of Ed Broadbent left many people thinking that the seat would revert to the Liberals. I know there were many hours of work put into the campaigns in both ridings, and I’m very glad that so many people responded to the message the NDP was trying to get out.

And that’s all for now. I am actually knitting, though not very quickly, but I’ve been travelling so much, and trying desperately to keep up with my class in between, that I haven’t had any time to document anything. I’ll try to do something this weekend, though. Until then, stay warm!

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January 14, 2006


I’ve been thinking about Steph’s discussion of the upcoming election. I can’t (and wouldn’t) tell anyone how they must vote, but I thought I would share my views on the matter.

I voted (in the advance polls) yesterday.

I didn’t vote for the candidate I thought would win. I didn’t vote for the candidate I thought would lose. I didn’t vote for the candidate I thought would give me money, or give me a job, or make my life easier.

I voted for the candidate, and the party, that I thought best represents how I believe human beings should treat other human beings, and how that belief can be translated into government policy.

I don’t know if my vote will “count” according to the way some people see the world; but to me, it’s one of the most important things I can do.

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January 11, 2006

Not keeping up

So sorry for my continued desultory posting. I’ve got talks to write, classes to prep, and traveling to do — and I’m not really producing much exciting knitting, either, so there’s not much to document. But I’ll try to check in once in a while, at least.

In the meantime, you could always visit Mark, who’s resurrected his blog and has several posts up about life here in Sackville. No knitting content, but you might find it interesting nonetheless.

Oh, and thanks for the good wishes and good vibes… I don’t feel I can write too much about the job hunt here, at least not yet — but I’ll be sure to keep you updated if anything comes of all of it!

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January 03, 2006

Still catching up

It’s taking me quite a while to re-enter normal life, now that the holidays are over. All of December passed in a bit of a blur, so it’s actually a little nice to settle back into a schedule. Or at least it would be, if it weren’t that January is going to be full of disruptions too, this time because of travel. I’m off to a conference in Montreal on Thursday, coming back on Monday. Then I’m off again the next Sunday, for an interview, back on Tuesday; meanwhile Mark will be gone from Monday to Wednesday, also for an interview. And then on the Friday I’ll be off for another interview, back on Monday night. And then, I think, we won’t be travelling for a while. But I’ll have lots of prep to do for these trips, since I need to give job talks and teach classes and things.

For now, though, I should really wrap up my holiday reportinng by mentioning the knitting-related gifts I received. My mom gave me Stitch ‘n Bitch, which I’m ashamed to say I didn’t have. Now I feel like one of the cool kids… though there are still many “must-have” books I don’t have! As well, Mark gave me Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls, full of beautiful ideas for shawls… now I just need the time and the yarn! I also think there might be a couple more things coming — Mark and I got each other items from our Amazon wish lists this year, since we were short on both cash and time. But we both waited too long to order, and so only a couple of items made it here in time for Christmas day. So now I have the fun of anticipating more surprises in the mail!

I must get back to writing my job talk… wish me luck!

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