Thursday, November 15, 2007

I am SUCH a Snob.

Doesn't anybody pay attention to etiquette anymore? I myself happen to own a copy of "Miss Manners' Guide to..." well, to something. And it's probably a 1973 printing or something that I found at the used bookstore and picked up for a laugh. I guess that's beside the point. I just received in the mail an invite to a baby shower for a couple with whom I am just barely acquainted. The father-to-be is the son of a friend of my dad, and I scarcely know him, let alone like him. Not to mention the aforementioned soiree is in some remote area of Mississippi and it just goes without saying that I won't attend, therefore making it so blatantly clear that the invite is not so much an invite as a gift request. Especially since the envelope contained not only a first-grade-birthday-party-style Precious Moments invitation, but a bar-code bearing printout declaring that the couple had the frugal good sense to register at Wal-Mart.

What? No shipping address?

I guess this makes me pretty awful. I know that gift registries are so totally the norm, but they just rub me the wrong way. If I really wanted to skip the sincere, thoughtful act of actually selecting a gift for you (rather than just shelling out the cash for something you'd already picked out for yourself) I'd just buy you a gift card. I'm not crazy about those either, but they're not entirely outside my realm of appropriate gift-giving. The sad part is, if they'd just sent an announcement that they were expecting, I'd probably be touched that they thought of me and eager to start knitting them a gift (shower or not - I heart knitting baby things!). Instead I'm annoyed and resentful. Argh.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

And A New Scarf As Well

Yes, we are in the midst of yet another move. Yes, I really should be packing or cleaning or contact-papering cabinets or something. But entrelac is something I've been wanting to dig my knitterly teeth into for some time now, and when I fell into a serious funk at the end of last week it seemed that the time was ripe to time-out for some serious knitting therapy and tackle this fabulous scarf.

As is my habit, I had to add an extra level of pain-in-the-ass to the project by using four colors instead of the suggested two with a dash of a third, so I've got about a million ends to weave in - I'm trying to do them as I go so I don't get stuck doing them all at the end - but I think it's coming along pretty well.

A New Blog for a New Year

Seeing as how 2007 has been the most eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and otherwise life-changing year of my life to date, I thought it fit to start a new blog for the new year and (dare I say it?) the new me that may very well be emerging. Yes, I know I said that old LiveJournal of mine was to be converted into a knitting blog (and even before that, a cooking blog) - and I suppose it still could; anything's possible - but I guess I never much cared for LiveJournal as a whole with that whole "community feel" it has going on - a community I never really felt too in touch with, really.

So here goes! A shiny new place for some shiny new stuff. Creative endeavors, the occasional news and goings-on, and of course, plenty of pictures of the ever-handsome Calico Jack for all his lady-fans.