Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Domestication

I've never been much of one for the kitchen. Sure, I like to eat, but it's more of a task to be completed than an experience to make an event out of. I like simple food, things that I can make quickly in a frying pan that involve tortillas and cheese.
But there's something to be said for spending a chilly winter Sunday indoors, shacked up with a roaring fire, 33 flash cards of plants to memorize, and a kitchen full of food. Warm, heavy comfort food, potatoes and rice and hummus and eggs and vegetables and all sorts of strange things that I never thought belonged together, let alone in my kitchen.
I am still a creature of habit, though, sticking to the simpler things that I know will please: What better way to sweeten the memorization of plants than with a pile of freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies?
And I know I promised knitting content:May I present the lovely Eleonora sock knitted for me by Kaitlyn for our first ever Spider Single Sock Swap! This event was, I think, even more of a success than we expected it to be. A few people have had some bad experiences with online swaps with strangers, so we figured that an exchange among friends was the way to go. It was a gorgeous array of knitted beauty all gathered in Marie's fantastic new apartment. Thank you Marie for being, as ever, such an excellent hostess!!!
Here's another shot of my pretty, pretty sock:Now I just need a little time to knit the 2nd one!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Spiders Sing!

Warning: there is no knitting content ahead. Occasionally we Spiders do put down our needles for a short time (though they're always nearby in our gigantic bags full of yarn) and take the edge off the week with a few drinks and... karaoke!The evening started off demurely enough with the usual couple of hours of knitting at The Point, but then traveled south into the depths of Chinatown to Asia Roma, a restaurant/bar/karaoke joint that boasts a menu of both Chinese and Italian food. Plus, they have all of the favorite Chinese ballads--what more could we ask for, really?After pissing off some 7-year old girls ("Hey, it's our turn!") and getting a couple of drinks in the system, the Spiders took the stage. I think the highlight of the night was Lisa's rousing rendition of "I Will Survive," which prompted the aforementioned 7-year-olds to shyly walk over and tell her that she needed to try out for American Idol. Towards the end of the night, the place filled to bursting, and after busting out a few more songs to a crowd of about 30 people, we made our exit.
I promise, next time I post, it won't involve a bar! I'm closing in on the end of the Gathered Pullover, and am so excited for it to be done--everyone's on Ravelry are just gorgeous.
Happy singing, everyone!