Friday, April 29, 2005

Name My Blog!

That's right! Name My Blog!
Please submit you're entry as a comment to this blog posting. The winner (decided by me and my decision is totally final) will receive a hand knitted scarf. I'll cover the details of yarn, design and such later.
I'm looking for a Blog name that gives an idea to the world what my blog is about. (see categories) Special interest will be given to technology and knitting. :) And you'll need to come up with the subtitle too. Remember....I can be sarcastic.
Go for it!

These are the orginal comments posted on the old blog

Net One, Purl Two-A technical yarn
Posted by: Steve at April 30, 2005 10:02 AM
Gerald, you may regret asking for suggestions�So far, I've come up with:
Purls of Wisdom
Purls Before Whine
Knit Picking
Knitted Brow
Knit Knack
Knit Wit and Wisdom
and best of all�no offense!�
The KnitWit
Posted by: n-cubed at April 30, 2005 02:19 PM
These have some real potential! What was the name of that woman knitter in Tale of Two Cities?
Posted by: Gerald at May 1, 2005 01:32 AM
All I remember from her part in the movie (I saw it a looooong time ago) was her toothless cackle and screaming "Guillotine!Guillotine!" (spelling?), while knitting.
You could call it that...cacklecackle...."Guillotine! Guillotine!...knit one, behead two....
Posted by: Trix at May 2, 2005 06:51 PM
Madame Defarge
Posted by: Gerald at May 2, 2005 08:08 PM
How about Spinning Yarns with Madam Defarge?
Posted by: scOtt at May 3, 2005 10:36 AM
I put my new one in the wrong category on here.
It was
Hue & Double-Click
From Thought To Form: The Color & Sound of Knitting
Posted by: Abby at May 4, 2005 11:15 AM
Or hmmm. . .
Twisted Stitches
Off of Steve's Knit Knack
Knit-Knot-Pattern-Work (I know! Cheesy.)
Through The Loop
Knit & Purl TEXTiles (Okay, more cheesy.)
Slipping The Pattern
HAHAHAHA Here ya go:
Fruit Loops Just Teasing!
Gathered Stitches
I think I'll stop here. I'm starting to get dizzy.
Posted by: Abby at May 4, 2005 11:28 AM
This comes from Mary who posted this to my yahoo account.
Jerry's techno stick tricks.

There once was a knitter named Jer
who could toss his sticks in the air
when they came down
each stitch was a crown
wrapped with love ordinaire
Mary who usually writes naughty limericks
Posted by: Gerald at May 5, 2005 01:09 AM

It's Fun To Check Things Done

Today at work I had a great opportunity to get stuff done without being constantly interrupted. You might have read that I came back from vacation with 310 emails. Well, that's down to 100 unopened emails (including those I opened and "read later"ed in Groupwise. I know, I know, there shouldn't be any unopened emails. *thssssssssp* on you. : ) The other groovy thing is I got rid of about 400 opened emails. I'm feeling lighter!
I've been enjoying the work on the basket weave scarf for Joanne. Hey! Joanne! Did you read that? I'm thinking I've got about 20 rows left before I'm done. A great thing to experience! A FO!
I'm still working on the Tahoe Obi and struggle with trying not allow it to be teadious. The colors are great! What project next?
Technology can be grand....especially when I control it! I'm taking the weekend to get my thoughts in order to create an Access Database that will help me track my time. It will be very cool Lady Julie is working with me tonight. Chris helped this afternoon by taking the time to help me relate my thought about work to work related strategic plans. (i just wrote strategic plans in my blog.)
I'll keep you in the loop!

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Tracking Time

I've discovered the importance of knowing where my time goes. You ever wonder about that? Many things like TV or conversations that have gone too long, and internet searching really suck up my time. At the end of the day, have I gotten anything of value completed? Not usually. It is the quandrant IV stuff from 7 Habits..., not urgent and not important. sigh
I know a few people who have to use time tracking software at work. Are you one? Does it work? I don't have such software at work. I'm fortunate to be working with some people who have created an Access Database which tracks time for them as it relates to specific projects on the Tactical Plan. For me, this will be a good learning experience. It is the set up time which I find a little frightening.
What is the core concern with my time? Is it the lack of completion? Who was I talking to about the need to actually complete projects? Or am I always interested in the next "shiny object"?
Thought I would share.
on a side note...I shared my blog address with my friend Beth and she asked me "Who is your intended audience?" You know, I hadn't given it much thought. That is very important thing to realize, because it directs how I use this. I'll wonder about that for a few days.

Vacation Knitting!

So, I'm back from vacation. Met at work with 310 emails and lots of stuff that needs my "immediate" attention. Had some great relaxation on vacation. I'll fill you in on stuff later. On with the knitting coolness!
Went to a store called "Love to Knit Yarn Shop" in Vermillion OH. Great lady owns the shop. When we arrived on Thursday late morning, there was a knitting group there just knitting away. They welcomed us without delay. These ladies were happy that I knit. I scanned her books first and found this!
Opinionated A wonderful find seeing as all the Columbus stores are sold out! . Of course you'll see the "ribwarmer" spunout which the nice owner gave me. Hey, it was only $1, but the thought was important! She is an obvious lover of all things Elizabeth Zimmermann and schoolhouse press. She had a ribwarmer on display at the shop and I saw that there was no seam up the back. Got us talking of course.
I also broke down and got some other things.
They are here.
Magsyarn Yes, the new issue of Interweave Knits and a back issue. You'll also see some yarn. I know, I know....I'm not buying any yarn in 2005, but I made it to April. The price on the Koigu was great and she took off an extra 10% because I was using them for socks. And the Mango Moon recycled silk really goes to a good cause. It was a good purchase, I think.
Here's a close-up of the yarn!

Joanne was with me and she wanted some socks or something knit for her. I've very happy to help out. She found some bamboo yarn from Southwest Trading Company. She liked the colors. I'm knitting up a scarf in a basket weave pattern. I'll knit until I'm done. It shouldn't take too long. I did get myself a treat in the form of Lantern Moon knitting needles. Esquisite needles that help people.
Here's a picture of both the basket weave and the needles.

Bored of the knitting stuff. I'll write more later about the knitting.
Anything you want to know about vacation? Please ask!

Thursday, April 21, 2005


'm on vacation and am enjoying myself a lot!  Yesterday I did the full day testing in Cleveland for the EDIC studies (diabetes) and survived!  Actually, it was fine.  Back to back tests and I was on the go most of the time.  4 hours of neuro-behavior testing related how my brain functions.  Grueling testing (asking about comparisons between words, repeating numbers back in different orders, marking off 6's from a sheet a of paper).  Results will be shared within 6 weeks. 
Today we're going quilt fabric shopping and yarn shopping.
breakfast is ready!

Tuesday, April 19, 2005


My, it's a little early for me to be posting. Yes, Song Ferrett, the time is early on a day I don't have to work!
I slept all day on Sunday. Yes, all day. I believe it was awake for about 6 hours. The weather was beautiful out and I had excellent sleep. I sleep well during the day. I found myself dreaming of many things, in full color. One of the dreams was about moving into a new house, or rather, clearing stuff out of Fair Play House so it felt so new. There was hard work included and it was rewarding in a completely different way. It registered differently to me. Deeper and more complete.
This morning I dreamed again of the garden and purposeful cooking. Go figure. I expect the dreams from this morning to resurface so I can further explore them. My gut reaction is understanding these dreams will help me understand what is going on now for me. I welcome understanding!

Monday, April 18, 2005

Catching Up on Comments with Questions

I must verify:
Maggie taught me to knit in March of 2002. Not Meg. I think I was tired when i wrote the 100+ Things about me and messed up. Maggie and Meg are not the same person. Heck...even the accent is different! Meg taught me to cook soup (along with Margaret). I have corrected the post.
I was asked why would anyone spend an inordinate amount of time blogging. And what is the "taking a chance" about. Excellent questions. I'll tell you why. I have wonderful friends who have read my blog and commented. These comments are part of the 'taking a chance' for me. You all keep me honest. And I put out in writing what is sometimes difficult to say. I get to have readers keep me real and honest. I'm finding this doesn't take any more time than typing an email once I've set up the blog. I think it will be good for me as I can take pictures and put them on the page. It's also a chance for me to actually keep up with my committment to post regularly. You all know me, the next shiney object and I'll be on to that thing. And using the blog will help me use the technology in a new manner. I'm experiencing technology, Gerald style!
Now, Steve, mentions that I will be 39 for a long time because of decluttering my house. Well, now. Supportive aren't we? I say realistic. lol. Yes, it will take time to declutter. Afterall, I'm overcoming 38 years of having been a packrat. I'll get there. I think I'll plan on still decluttering my house before I'm 40.
Now, Abby caught on an early post about "Interruptions Reactions" that I didn't say how I felt about the reaction. Let me tell you. I was angry and pissed off! I felt picked on and not cared about.
I'll try to be clearer with future posts and I expect to be called on errors!

Friday, April 15, 2005

15+ Minutes

I got this great email from my friend N 3. She's a former employee who excels at editing what people write (read as using a red pen on all of my memos and smiling at me as she hands them back...but I used this to my advantage and had her proof stuff before I gave it to staff :) I realize she's probably found about 4 errors in what I've written.
Dear Friends and Family:
Last Saturday, Jim Kershner wrote a humorous column in the Spokesman-Review
about the grammatical errors newspaper people make and the readers who delight
in pointing them out. This column itself was (deliberately) full of mistakes
and Kershner invited readers to make corrections and forward them to him. It�ll
be no surprise to any of you that I jumped right on that one.

Today I learned I am one of two winners. Although others found more mistakes,
I found what Kersher called true mistakes (i.e. the misuse and the
misspelling of pejorative). I will receive a Grammar Police coffee mug.

Therefore, all of you who are accustomed to muttering "know-it-all" under
your breath and/or behind my back may now call me that right to my face. Because
I am proud to finally be an official know-it-all. And I do plan to lord it
over all of you. It took me fifty-nine and a half years to get my 15 minutes of
fame, and I�m going to stretch it to 17 or 18 minutes if I can get away with it!

Meanwhile, loved ones, keep those apostrophes under control.
I think this is fabulous! It's about time someone gave her a prize! Love you N 3

Thursday, April 14, 2005

What the Bleep? It still works

So I introduced BT to What the Bleep tonight. He enjoyed it. And I enjoyed watching it for the 4th time. It does make sense in my mind. Did you see it? You really should!
I'm enjoying a little Cherry Garcia for afters. I will be finishing reading for work and then go to bed.
I've confirmed vacation dog watching with A! This makes me happy so i don't have to worry about their care. I'll need to think of the appropriate payment for the dog watching. I hope it goes well.
I'm off...I'll be addressing some of my negative feelings towards the pace of changes and my success with aligning with the changes going on at work and home.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Lawn and Garden

My lawn mower was picked up today during lunch. I came home from work...left as soon as I could after 6:00 p.m. and ate dinner. I cut the grass. Cutting the grass this early is out of the ordinary for me. I put it off as long as possible.
It feels good to get it done. It is supposed to rain this week.
Oooooh. The magnolia tree is in full bloom. I was sitting outside eating cold grapes (yum) and smelling the tree! The scent is wonderful. I don't remember the pink magnolia's smelling that good!
I watched the pink tulips ponder opening. They will be wonderful. I hope I get to see them bloom.
Vacation next week! To Cleveland to a Dr appointment and visit the M's. I just need to see about B & A watching the dogs. I'll probably be out of town for at least 4 days. Lovely thinking about it.
thanks to everyone for posting comments. I'll be answering questions soon.

100+ Things About Me

1. I am the youngest of 12 children.
2. Some of those family members are my friends.
3. I have wonderful friends who enrich my life in many ways.
4. I grew up in Dayton Ohio.
5. I was raised Catholic but left the faith in 1987.
6. I went to parochial school 1st through 6th grade. It was an excellent education I'm grateful for receiving.
7. I was an alter boy until I was a senior in high school.
8. In high school, I was a lector at church. Many of the older parishioners didnt like someone so young doing the readings. I was good at it.
9. I believe in reincarnation.
10. I am a color-holic. I enjoy bright colors in combinations that are unexpected, visually and emotionally exciting.
11. My favorite piece of clothing is a magenta sweatshirt Ive had since before college. It has paint on it and is falling apart in all the right places. My Mom bought it for me in 1985.
12. I graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1989 from Columbus College of Art and Design with a Bachelors in Fine Arts.
13. I had artwork in galleries for a year but nothing sold.
14. Diet Pepsi is my beverage of choice and I'm learning to drink more water.
15. I enjoy iced coffee with two sweeteners and half and half.
16. I knit.
17. I knit continental.
18. My friend Maggie taught me to knit in March of 2002.
19. I acquired an enormous amount of yarn in three years. I have 37 bins of yarn.
20. 2005 is a year of stash depletion. I've decided not to purchase any yarn in 2005 unless it is needed to complete a project for which I already have yarn.
21. I have acquired many knitting books in 2005. I exchanged one addiction for another.
22. I met Meg Swansen in 2004. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Zimmerman, founder of
23. School House Press This is not the Meg that taught me to cook exceptional soups.
24. I currently have 4 projects on the needles.
25. The first sweater I knit was Easy Mohair Pullover in a variegated aqua mohair yarn from a pattern found in Two Sticks and a String by Kerry Ferguson that I still have to finish by sewing it together.
26. My favorite yarn is Noro Kureyon. It feels great in my hands when using a wooden needle. The self-striping is a nice feature.
27. I like knitting socks with double pointed needles. I find it easy and enjoyable.
28. I have a favorite pillow that I grew up with and have had it for as long as I can remember. It is a feather pillow that is losing feathers as you read this. It goes well with my other 6 pillows.
29. I have 7 alarms to wake me up in the morning.
30. I am most productive at night. I think it is because of the lack of distractions that present themselves.
31. My favorite time to sleep is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. I sleep especially well in bright sunlight.
32. I have multiple blankets on my bed. I sleep better with weighty blankets.
33. I like to sleep a lot. Friends tease me about needing a nap master for my exercise.
34. I dream in color and have extra-ordinary dreams.
35. I think dreams are valuable experiences. If I paid attention to them more, I would have more skills available to me as I go through life.
36. I had a manicure once, in Chicago. No polish. I'm not sure I would do it again.
37. My current favorite alcoholic beverage is a wine cooler I make with red wine and diet 7 up and lots of ice. I like the tastes of the hard stuff like rum and diet (with double lime) or vodka straight out of the freezer...but that has been awhile since Ive had any.
38. I've never sun-bathed nude.
39. My favorite pieces of artwork hanging in my house are three still lives (2 in the kitchen and 1 in the dining room). They are paintings I did in college.
40. I trust my gut reactions.
41. I dressed in drag a few times for costume parties. Ive never performed drag.
42. I think it is appropriate to re-gift a gift when the person says 'if you don't like this, please re-gift' (I say this) and when I don't like the item and know someone who would.
43. My favorite numbers are 9, 12 OR 75
44. I believe in ghosts. I'm not sure they believe in me.
45. I've never been to a psychic. I do tarot card readings and have received many readings.
46. I use the Robin Wood Tarot deck. Jeff, Trixie and I melded three separate decks together after we put energy into them for a full moon cycle. Each of us has a deck containing cards from all three of our decks. These cards mean a great deal to me, not just because they are divination tools.
47. I worked as a janitor in high school in the printing shop where my father worked. Men's restrooms are a lot dirtier than women's.
48. I currently have one no nipples pierced.
49. On my bedside table can be found a porn magazine, knitting, and note paper.
50. Given the choice between the past and the present, I would choose the present. It is what I create it to be.
51. I saw the movie What the Bleep Do We Know and found it did an exceptional job of explaining some basic truths Ive experienced.
52. I am immediately attracted to older, distinguished, tall and slender men. I blame that on Jeremy Irons in Brideshead Revisited. I'm looking for this type of man who finds me attractive and has much to offer in a relationship with me.
53. I've never done drugs.
54. I like music a lot.
55. Annie Lennox is probably my favorite singer.
56. I currently have 6007 songs on my iTunes. That's 18.2 days or 27.15 GB of music.
57. My favorite albums are (in no particular order) Savage by Eurythmics, The Final Cut by Pink Floyd, Jesus Christ Superstar , and Like a Prayer Madonna,
58. My shoe size is 42 European or 9 1/2 American
59. I own about 15 pairs of Birkenstocks. I'm afraid to count them. I figure, If my feet are happy, everyone else is happy.
60. I apply shaving lotion with a brush.
61. My ring finger is longer than my index finger on both hands.
62. I've never had sex outside
63. Laughter is one of my favorite sounds.
64. Another of my favorite sounds is wind moving leaves in trees.
65. I like the sound of a wood-burning fireplace.
66. I enjoy ironing clothes. I use heavy starch when I iron.
67. My your favorite electronic gadget is my iPod
68. I do not yell at other drivers while I drive. Well, most of the time.
69. My biggest fault is putting people over getting things done
70. I prefer showers to baths.
71. I've been told I snore.
72. My greatest fear is not loving myself and feeling connection to the God.
73. I don't recycle.
74. My father died in 2003 after being a 12-year cancer survivor. I was with him when he died. It was the most wonderful experience being with Dad as he prepared to translate.
75. I currently have 2 cats and 2 dogs
76. I posed nude while in college on two separate occasions. I have the watercolors of one of those sittings. Imagine my surprise when I saw a painting of me at a restaurant when I arrived for dinner. The painting was 8 feet tall!
77. The one accomplishment that I am most proud of is learning to read. I grew up watching lots and lots of TV. I still work at increasing my comprehension and speed.
78. I dont think that all's fair in love and war. War is the absence of love. Everything is a choice. And we must accept responsibility for those choices.
79. I'm still learning the lesson of accepting full responsibility.
80. Listening is a special talent I have to help people recognize God in themselves.
81. I drive a Saturn Vue.
82. I have two tattoos. One is very extensive and the other is just starting.
83. I am not ticklish anywhere.
84. I am a single, gay man.
85. I don't think it's funny for one guy, to send another guy flowers. Hell, I get myself flowers because I'm worth it.
86. I'm "out" but not in everyone's face about it. That's pushy and I don't like anyone to push his or her views on me.
87. I was in a 14-year relationship that ended in 2001.
88. I never cheated on him.
89. If I were in a relationship, I would consider cyber-sex as cheating.
90. My ex-companion died in 2004 of an aortic aneurism. I found him dead in his apartment about three days after he died. It was the most horrible experience I had to go through.
91. I have wonderful friends who support my grieving over the loss of Robert.
92. I'm beginning to take the time and remember the good times we had together as I go through stuff in my house. Im thinking of putting together a piece of artwork as an ode to Robert.
93. I like my pizza light on the sauce with extra cheese and whatever else.
94. My favorite pizza is extra cheese, pineapple and Canadian bacon. Yum.
95. I began coloring my hair when I was 15 but recently stopped because my nature hair color looks great on me. Imagine that! gray and all!
96. I don't have a favorite holiday.
97. My favorite holiday story is A Christmas Carol. by Charles Dickens. I'll watch any version of the story. Some of them will even make me cry (because of the story, not the acting)
98. David Sedaris's Holidays on Ice makes me laugh outloud! I listen to it every December and sometimes during the summer when I need a good laugh.
99. My family is so large we rent a hall to celebrate Christmas.
100. I like snow and cold weather. Mostly because I get to layer my clothes.
101. The simple things in life are better when shared with friends.
102. Spending time outside in my yard is more meaningful this year than last. I don't know why.
103. I like daylilies a great deal.
104. When my mom moved out of the house where I grew up, I took some of the plants and put them in my garden.
105. I don't have a land line. I only have a cellular phone.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Obi and Knitting

What a great weekend! LJ and I went to visit S in Dayton. A good visit. S is *supposed to be* taking more photos because he *needs* to take more photos. I was going to be a model for him but he didn't want to take photos. That's okay because we got there late, just before 4 p.m.
I continued the kntting lessons for E and B. Fun fun fun! E is actually getting pretty fast at the knitting. He tends to stretch the knitting a little (okay, a lot) the first few STS but he gets it under control after about 4 STS. And B is doing great. She gets it! How knitting is just a bunch of loops. But I don't think she knows she gets it. It took me about 9 months of knitting for me to be able to see the difference between a knit stitch and a purl stitch. but I understand it now. (okay...most of the time)
I knit on the Obi on Friday. I've knit too far to put in steeks for the sleeves. Oh well, I'm making up the color design as I go along. And I've manipulated the pattern enough to not be really following the pattern as it is written. I'm enjoying it, overall. I've got to make a decision of which colors to work on now. I might move to the brown or green and knit the final 6 inches to the top. or knit every other row a mixture of the green and brown and light green. i don't know! I do have to make a decision before I go any further. Oh, here's a picture of the pattern. I'm making up my own color it will look different.
I cleaned up the front yard! I picked up the twigs in the back yard and near the driveway. It felt good. I do think I'm going to spend some time separating the hostas and planting them around the yard. They really did great last year. And I never thought daylillies were that "weedy" in how they propagate. I've got to get in there and move bunches of them to other places (or recycle them) I've got lots of space on the outside of the fence I want to move them. I'll do that before I move them to the compost. Last year, the Ms moved some to compost and they bloomed in the heap. I found that fun!
One thing I learned last year from gardening was to get in early and move out the mulch. If something is going to try to grow, it needs the clear space to do it (read that as encouragement). Isn't that true for us all? Don't we need encouragement as we begin something new? I know I do!

Saturday, April 9, 2005

Tahoe Obi

Had a great evening tonight at Jeff's. Watched the Village and knitted.
There's a question for it knit or knitted?
I probably only added about 4 rows on the Obi for the 90 minutes of knitting. And I'm not sure which color to go with next. Do I keep it simple and do solid knitting for awhile or do I try to repeat the design on the bottom except mirror image? You probably should have a picture to see. I'll post picture by Sunday and welcome your opinions.

Monday, April 4, 2005

Teaching Knitting

On Saturday evening, I was invited to a party at B&V's house. It was a pot luck and good fun with great people. It's lovely when people can get together and enjoy themselves.
An added benefit, E, a 7 yr old watched me knit the last time I babysat and he wants to learn to knit. Of course, he's the perfect age to learn knitting. I took over some acrylic, variegated yarn and needles. He did a row of 14 sts and is getting it. I also taught Mom to knit so she can help out.
I'm hoping to go over on Saturday to provide about 30 minutes of knitting. Should be lots of fun!
The M's read me the quote to help with remembering how to complete the knit stitch. Okay, all together now!
In through the front door,
Run around the back,
Out through the window,
Off Jump Jack!

Sunday, April 3, 2005

Guess Who I Am?

You are Andie Walsh (from Pretty In Pink)!
Misunderstood and full of angst, you are
intelligent, talented and will probably go on
to do great things...once you're out of the
hell of high school.