Archive for March, 2007

Notes for Dublin commuters

Posted by on Mar 30 2007 | General Ramblings

1. If I’ve spent 15 minutes sitting in a queue of traffic, and you fly past us all in the bus lane until the part where the bus lane is blocked off and you need to get into my queue, don’t expect me to let you in. No, not even if you try to drive into the side of my car and beep me. No.

2. Yes, you on the motorcycle. It is very clever that you can ride past all the traffic like that. If you do that by riding on the wrong side of the road, please move in when I drive towards you.

3. Getting back to the car drivers. Overtaking that cyclist really could have waited until you’d got around the corner on that narrow piece of road with high trees, couldn’t it. You know, so that when I was coming round the corner in the opposite direction, not speeding, on my side of the road, I wouldn’t have had to brake suddenly to avoid hitting you.

4. Yellow box junctions. I may have had this rant before. Do not enter them unless there is space beyond them for you to move into. When said yellow box is at the bottom of a hill where there is a very sharp corner and cars turning that corner need to come on to the far side of the road to make the turn (which is why the yellow box junction is there), do not, and please, please pay attention here, do not drive into the yellow box. That little hold up, the one where you couldn’t reverse because the person behind you had followed you INTO THE YELLOW BOX TOO and I couldn’t reverse because someone else was following me up the hill and I couldn’t go forward because you were in the way IN THE YELLOW BOX was entirely caused by you.

5. To the three people I passed who’d been stopped by the Gardai for driving in the bus lanes: Ha Ha.

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Just in time!

Posted by on Mar 28 2007 | Crafty things

The ruffle rib socks were finished just in time, but are still living in the wrong country.

Congratulations guys! Welcome to the world little E.

When I arrived home to the news all plans for the evening headed out the window, and I had to cast on for some little mittens – the red Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino has been waiting, but I thought I’d have longer to get them made :-)

Anyway, after an evening’s knitting, one is done:

The pattern is from Zoe Mellor’s Nursery Knits, and I don’t think it suits me. It’s knit flat and then seamed, and my seaming leaves a lot to be desired. I think I might make a new pair in the round using dpns and this one can go along as a spare in case one gets dropped.

I have an urge to make a blanket too. And booties. And a little sweater. Hmmm. There’s a definite lack of babies in my social circle on the whole, and when baby E’s cousin H was born 3 and a bit years ago I could knit, but I wasn’t A Knitter. (I do plan on making up for this). Baby things are so cute, and now I totally understand the Knitter’s urge to wrap everyone you care about in wool.

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Ruffle Rib Baby Socks

Posted by on Mar 25 2007 | Crafty things

I finished up the baby socks yesterday at knitting, and we had a lovely sunny afternoon so I was able to get an outside photo! No rain! No wind! No grey! Blimey.

No, these aren’t for me. They’ll be heading off to England for early April. If I can part with them – they’re so cute!

The details: Ruffle Rib Socks from Interweave Knits Better Than Booties Baby Socks (link is pdf)
Yarn: Lana Grossa Meilenweight, left over from my ribbed socks.
Needles: 2.25mm pony pearl sock dpns

These are cute, and they were quick to knit. I’m not convinced I managed the heels and toes correctly, but the way the stripes worked out those are on the black and white bits, so you can’t tell!
As Bobbi pointed out, the bind off for these is really fiddly, and I would have benefit from pointier needles for it I think. It is very pretty – little zigzags, but it’s a detail that I don’t think will be noticed much of the time.

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Flickr Fiction: Escape from the ordinary

Posted by on Mar 24 2007 | Writing

There are two types of running: Running to, and running from.

I was running from.

The weight of mediocrity was chasing me, and no matter how fast, or how far I ran I could feel its heavy breath on the wind behind me, feel the weight of its footsteps on the ground. Everywhere I turned, everywhere I ran it was there, just behind, ready to catch and consume me.

It was there when I flew through the cornfield, eyes wide in terror like so many before. Is there an original way to run through a field of corn? If you’re running to it’s leisurely, relaxed, gleeful, sensual. If you’re running from it’s dark and grey and cold and hurried.

Sometimes I caught a glimpse of the exceptional, and as I darted towards it I was running to, not from. Others darted too though, and the run turned into a stampede, with normality and convention right at the heart.

I kept running, through many fields: Golden fields of wheat and green meadows with sprinklings of spring flowers. I fled through cities: Bright, tall, glass cities, and old, worn, battered ones, bustling with people but empty of soul. In all I was indifferent, pedestrian, middling, undistinguished.

Everywhere I ran, and in everything I did, mediocrity was right there behind me.

Eventually I slowed – you can’t run forever – and mediocrity caught me, permeated my existence and turned me into yet another cookie cutter person in this cookie cutter world.

I’m biding my time though. Building up my resources. Preparing. Waiting. Until the time is right. And then I’ll run again.

This short return to Flickr Fiction was inspired by This picture taken by tomdebiec from Flickr.

Written for Flickr Fiction Friday. Other Flickr Fictioneers who may have written about the same picture are: Donal,Elimare, Tadamack, Aquafortis, Chris, Valsha, Neil, and Mari.

Apologies to everyone for my absence from this for the last month or so.

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Who stole my week?

Posted by on Mar 24 2007 | General Ramblings

Seriously, how is it Saturday already?

Camomile tea, a cookie, and an attempt to get some writing done before knitting group.

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