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2010 in review January 2, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — knitintheround @ 8:24 AM

This isn’t a real post (by me), but I thought this was the perfect opportunity to post my first blog of the new year. It’s just a summary of my first year of blogging…

One of my resolutions is to blog more in 2011! I hope there is enough exciting stuff going on in my life to blog about!

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 24 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 83 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 84mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 30th with 43 views. The most popular post that day was My Best Friend’s Wedding.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, vegancraftastic.blogspot.com, ravelry.com, justmarriedblog.wordpress.com, and thekielblocks.blogspot.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for knit in the round kelaine, kelaine knitting in the round, justin graddy mn, knitting in the round kelaine, and knitinthernd blogspot.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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My Best Friend’s Wedding May 2010
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Dearest Freshman… September 2010
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knit.in.the.round January 2010

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Things have been accomplished! May 2010
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Engagement Photos January 2010
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Dearest Freshman… September 7, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — knitintheround @ 12:09 PM

Dearest freshman – I realize that this is your first day of class at the big, scary University of Minnesota.  I realize that you are one in 6,000 new students on campus this semester, and that this is overwhelming. I remember being in your shoes, but I was only one in 1,000. You have many late nights of studying and drinking in your future, you will learn a lot in the next four years and change the world someday…yada yada yada. But dearest Freshman, there are a few things you will need to learn quickly, as to not jeopardize your life at the hands of the upperclassmen and graduate students you share this campus with:

To the freshman hipsters – while your fixed gear bike may be awesome, it belongs in the street, not on the sidewalk. If this street + bike riding thing scares you, wear a helmet, your hair looks like shit anyways, it’s a win win situation.

To the texting freshman – is there anything so important that you are texting while walking in a sea of hundreds of people trying to get to class? Certainly not, I am sure it’s just you OMG-ing over some super hot football player in your first class…get over it, he drives a scooter, they all do! Please get off of your phone while walking on the sidewalk. You are completely unaware of your surroundings, which just pisses everyone else off. You are going to text through your whole class anyways…I’m sure whatever it is can wait 5 minutes.

To the procrastinating freshman – I just attempted to purchase poster board at the bookstore on campus. Any other day in the past 3 months, this would have taken me all of 5 minutes, but not today. You and all of your friends were in the bookstore, presumably on your “lunch break”, purchasing all of your books for class, a few spiral bound notebooks, some pens, a dry erase board for your dorm room door….my goodness! Are these not things you could have purchased BEFORE the first day of school?! This procrastinating thing is something you are going to need to work on, it will not serve you well for the next 4 years. Please also let the girl in front of me that bought chapstick and a headband, that could have waited….She waited in line for 25 minutes, like I did, to buy coconut lime chapstick and a maroon headband with a gopher on it…seriously?!

And lastly,

To the freshman girls (yes, all of them) – is it just me or are you guys getting more and more slutty every year? At the risk of sounding lame and old, I am just going to say it: Put on some freaking clothes! (Knee high leather boots do not count as clothing.) It is the coldest day we have had in MONTHS and you are wearing a miniskirt and a tank top to class? I hope you have alternatives for the winter… P.S., it is going to be very difficult to get on a scooter while wearing that miniskirt.

With much love and your best interest at heart,

KZ

 

Things you should know about July 30, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — knitintheround @ 5:46 PM

1. You MUST make this: Make Me! I can just imagine the possibilities….

2. ‘The Sweet Sixteen’ has hit a dry spell…I’m keeping my eyes opened.

3. I have recently been obsessed with make homemade pickles. My favorite recipe to date is: 1 part water, 1 part white vinegar, 1 part white sugar, 10-12 peppercorns/jar, fresh dill to taste, onion (optional).

4. We are trying to pick wedding music. Any suggestions? We will have a guitarist and a flute.

5. I miss Aubree. A lot.

6. Farmer’s markets have been making me one really happy lady lately.

7. This is a very cute movie: Despicable Me

 

I’ve Gotta Feeling…. July 15, 2010

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The Sweet Sixteen – Part 1 July 6, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — knitintheround @ 12:47 PM

I know I haven’t posted in a while, and for that I am sorry. Unfortunately, I have just seen that on July 4th, my blog was somehow “referred” to by http://imesothelioma.net/. I am officially going to make an attempt to move up in the ranks, and to be less associated with asbestos exposure and cancer.  As a step in the right direction, and by request of the 2 out of 3 people who subscribe to my blog, I am going to start writing about my adventures on the Metro Transit system in the Twin Cities. The goal of this series is to entertain you with my encounters on the bus, mainly the 16 bus line. With that being said, I want to update you on some of my experiences so far, so that you know what you are getting into.

Things I have learned on the 16:

The jails in Saint Paul are nicer than those in Minneapolis. One of my very first experiences on the bus after my move to MN was on the 16. (This was before I had learned my lesson, and naively sat at the back of the bus on a regular basis.) There were two gentlemen sitting across from each other having a very logical and calm discussion with each other. The could have been talking about anything: what they had done over the weekend, a new movie they had seen, anything! But no, they were not talking about such mundane things, they were discussing which police station they should turn themselves into. As if this isn’t shocking enough, they went on to talk about how the Minneapolis system was a bit more lenient, but the Saint Paul “facilities” were newer. They were seriously debating a shorter sentence in a shitty jail, over a longer one with better accommodations. I never did figure out what exactly they were turning themselves in FOR, and it’s probably better that I don’t know.

Some girls sparkle (but this has nothing to do with Twilight). I was waiting at the bus stop last week and there was a girl on her cell phone, talking for the whole world to hear. Personally, I do my best not to have cell phone conversations in public. For one, the people around you probably don’t want to hear your conversation, especially not just one side of the conversation. Usually one side of a conversation is really boring or, in this case, very entertaining. I  learned that this girl had gone on some kind of blind/double date over the weekend and was recounting the event to her friend on the phone.  She spoke of some restaurant they went to, and that the food was good, etc. She also mentioned how nice is was to see her friend(s), presumably the other half of the double date. Then she went into how she didn’t “sparkle” with Mr. Blind Date.  Apparently she “sparkled” with other guys, especially her last boyfriend, etc. This sparkle-talk went on even after we got on the bus. I really think she said “I just don’t sparkle with him” about 45 times in a 20 minute period. I began to giggle to myself when I started thinking about “sparkle” being some kind of euphemism, but I really hope she was just talking about her connection with this guy.

Knitting at Starbucks is very different from knitting on the 16. Most of you who read this blog know that I am a knitter, it’s actually a bit of an obsession, but I am ok with that. I spend a lot of my down time working on some project or another. This means that on the weekends, if I want coffee, I might go to a coffee shop and enjoy my latte while I work on a pair of socks, or a shawl, or whatever. Many times I have had women come up to me and make some sort of comment: “What are you working on?”, “What beautiful yarn!”, “My mother was a knitter, it is so nice to see the younger generation carrying on that skill”….whatever. They are always nice, always interested, and always impressed.  Another definition for “down time” for me is “bus time”. While I am on the bus, I knit. Some people can read, I can’t, but I don’t have to look at my knitting most of the time, so I can just sit and knit…usually in peace. There have been many interesting encounters on the 16 when I have my knitting needles out.

Once, I had a woman look at me and ask “Is that Silky Wool?” This seemed like a fairly innocent question, she was asking if the yarn I was using was a particular brand. This would be the equivalent of asking someone “Is that CK One you are wearing?” or “Is that shirt from the GAP?” (but this woman didn’t sound like she was trying to pick me up). Regardless, this was a leading question, because once I said “yes, it is Silky Wool” I expected some kind of follow up about a project she was working on, or how it’s her favorite yarn, something. Clearly, if this woman was able to identify what yarn I was using from across the bus, we had something in common. But no, that was the end of the conversation. She knew what yarn I was using, and that was all she wanted to know. The end.

The most common encounter I have on the bus about my knitting has happened 3 times now. I have been working on a pair of socks…socks are a small project, very portable and I don’t need a pattern for them anymore, which makes them easy bus knitting. Each time, someone has asked “What are you making?”, I respond with the obvious “a sock”. As far as I am aware, there are only two definitions for “sock”: a garment to be worn on the foot, or a hard blow to some part of the body. Clearly, I am not knitting the latter, so by the power of deduction, it is a garment for the foot. This should be simple enough to understand, but for many of those on the 16, this is not the case. I have come to the conclusion that it is just shocking that I am making something by hand that one could purchase for $5.99/6pk at Target. The most common response to my answer is something along the lines of “Like the kind you wear?” or “Why would you do that?” or “Are you poor?”. Although this usually comes off as accusatory, the conversation usually just ends in the other party being confused. So for those of you who ride the 16 with me in the morning, or anyone else sharing a bus with a knitter: I am doing it for enjoyment, not out of necessity. Knitting my own socks/sweaters/hats/scarves does not mean I am poor, in fact, I save absolutely NO money by doing these things on my own. Please do not ask me what I am doing, I am trying to relax a few more minutes before I get into work. Thanks.

I have a theory that knitting in public puts some kind of label on you as a person. I’m not sure if people just think I am nice because I am a knitter, or that I like to talk to people, or that I have no friends, but whatever it is, it makes people what to engage in conversation. I have been advised that headphones (even if they aren’t attached to anything) would help this situation, apparently ear buds give off some kind of “don’t talk to me” signal that may outweigh the “I’m knitting so I must be interested in talking to you” signal. I need to give this a shot ASAP.

And the final lesson for today: Never sit in the back of the bus. Period.
Stay tuned for more stories from the 16.

 

Things have been accomplished! May 25, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — knitintheround @ 11:44 AM

All of our giant planning adventures are finished…I have my dress, the tuxes have been fitted, the venues are all settled, most of our Catholic counseling is finished, etc. Even with all of that finished, the rest of this whole wedding planning business is still a part-time job. My mom came to visit MN last week. It was so wonderful to have her here to do several of the smaller wedding “to-dos”, she is much better at seeing details than the big picture, which is what I need help with right now. The list of things accomplished while mom was here is long, but it includes such things as:

1. Cake. Tasting done. Decision made. You can look forward to white cake with almond praline buttercream and chocolate cake with Bailey’s Irish buttercream frosting. Delicious!

2. Dress. Mom’s, not mine. We had planned on just looking for ideas for things while she was here, but we accidentally came across the perfect dress! It’s a midnight blue, not quite navy, and stunning on her. She said she hasn’t had on a formal dress since her wedding…I think this will be a very nice follow up. She looks great in it!

3. Bells. There are so many “don’t”s regarding our send-off, as far as the church is concerned. No sparklers, no flower petals, no bubbles, no rice, no birdseed, etc. Not than many of these things are on my list of things to do, but I had really considered sparklers, since it might be a bit dark when we leave the church. So, I decided that bells would do the trick. Hopefully they will make a pleasant noise and be something a bit different and memorable for our guests. So far, I have my eyes on these bad boys…matte green and silver, with a black ribbon. Simple. Perfect for us.

4. Cake toppers. I really fell in love with these cake toppers. They are simple, custom and affordable. The only draw back is that they are only 3″ tall, and for the size cake we will have, I think that is far too small to be proportional to the cake. As soon as I showed them to my mom she said “I can make those!”, so she is going to give it a shot, hopefully with a slightly larger set of “people”. If that doesn’t work out, I think I might order a set of these and somehow arrange them on top of a few flowers to give them a little more height.

Hopefully we will get a few more things checked off the list when Aunt Kathy is here. I find it really hard to believe that we only have a little over 4 months left to go seems crazy!

The week ahead holds my first bridal shower, more dress shopping for AK, another cake tasting for the vegan/gluten free guests, a 5k race….whew! It’s going to be a busy week. Hope you are all having a great short work week.

 

My Best Friend’s Wedding May 20, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — knitintheround @ 3:27 PM

Again, I am sorry for such sparse postings….I was hoping to be better about this blogging thing over the summer, but it looks like that might not be possible. Anyways…there is lots of news on our end:

First of all, I want to give a shout out and congratulations to B & J on their most spectacular wedding!

As many of you know, I spent this last week/weekend of April in NC for my best friend’s wedding! I am glad to be back in MN, where it isn’t 95 degrees and humid, but this really solidified that I miss my friends in NC terribly. It was so good to see everyone and be together again just enjoying ourselves. It sounds so cheesy, but I really do cherish every moment we spent together in college. It is becoming more and more evident that we will never (truly) have that again.

Here are several photos from the event! BGD (now: Mrs. BGC) was the most stunning bride ever. The style of the wedding was so posh and cohesive, yet relaxed. I really did love every minor detail of the whole day. (It is a bit funny to me how different the two of us are when it comes to our taste in color and style, but I know we both appreciate each other in a way that makes it totally work.) My favorite photo in this set is the one where BGC and I are hugging. This was immediately following my MOH toast, I was a crying mess, but it was so special for me to be able to say how much I love her in front of all of her family and friends. BGC, you are wonderful…thank you so much for letting me be a part of your BIG DAY!

While being a part of Mrs. BGC’s wedding was AWESOME, it really made me realize how much Paul and I have left to do. Luckily my mom was in town this past weekend, and we checked a lot of things off the list. I will be posting about this soon (I hope).

With that, I hope everyone is enjoying the most spectacular weather we have been having! Enjoy your weekend!

 

 
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