Finishing Up

Amongst knitters, there’s a question that always comes up: are you a process or a project knitter? Me, I’m a process knitter, for sure. I find a yarn and pattern combination I like then just sort of dive into it, usually without a recipient in mind. I’m usually only really working on one project at a time, though I may switch back to another WIP if I get bored with what I’m currently working on. I find I’m really excited in the first 20% and the last 20% of a given project, it’s the middle 60% that just crawls by, unless I’m distracted by an audiobook, TV show, or interesting conversation. Though I knit with a project being completed as the end goal, I have an issue: I HATE finishing things.

Take the cowl I finished the other day. What did I do when I was done? Snipped off the excess yarn then tossed the project and needle onto my desk and walked off. Now, this is a single-color cowl – nothing with tons of ends to weave in or a difficult blocking process associated with it. I just didn’t feel a need to actually finish it because, in my process-oriented brain, it was done.

Thing is, no one wants to wear something with ends hanging off and, if they know something about how much better things look when it does happen, unblocked. This particular knit even has an intended recipient, one who I’ll see in a week.

I did finally get it blocked the next time I sat down and forced myself to finish up the sewing-in ends on two shawls, one hat, and one cowl. It soaked while I worked on the end-sewing. And, soon as it dries, it’ll be ready to gift…soon as I can get myself to weave in those pesky ends….

Liebster Award

Apparently, I am award worthy. Wayne from Wayne is Weird (he really is quite normal, with a geeky streak) nominated me for the Liebster Award, an award for bloggers, by bloggers. And only those who don’t have giant lists of followers can be nominated as a way to spread the love amongst the little(r) people of the blogosphere.

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When nominated, you are to:

  • Thank your nominator (thanks, Wayne!)
  • Answer the 11 questions posed by that person
  • Nominate 11 people to answer the 11 questions you write

 Thanks

I’ll start with my thanks to Wayne. I feel quite honored that my blog, evem in its newborn (hopefully not premature) state, made your list of eleven blogs you’d like to highlight! I really enjoy reading about movies and superheros on your blog and hope others go and check you out.

Onto Wayne’s questions, which focus on movies…

Wayne’s Questions to Me

Wayne: What is your favorite film of all time?

Me: Mary Poppins. There is singing and Julie Andrews and a silly premise and dancing penguins. It made me want to have a nanny as a kid, because obviously all nannies are that awesome. (Yes, PL Travers hated how her film was adapted but I still love the movie.)

Wayne: least favorite film of all time?

Me: Being John Malkovitch. Matt and I saw it the summer we spent in California before we both decided to move there. It messed with my mind so much, between the half-height floor and the puppets and the whole mind swapping thing. Ugh.

Wayne: who is one actor that everyone loves but you hate?

Me: I can’t think of anyone I hate, though Tom Hanks seems to think he’s far better than he is.

Wayne: Favorite genre of film?

Me: Probably comedies because you always need a laugh. I like dramas but I’m not always in the mood to cry or generally be moved. Musicals are fun though I don’t ever think “Oh, I should watch a musical!” (Yeah, I know, I just said a musical is my favorite movie, but it still doesn’t cross my mind.)

Wayne: If you were to write your own script/story line for a film, what would the film be about?

Me: Hmm. Maybe about women in engineering where the women are neither stupid or total geeks with no social skills. Like an Office Space with a more realistic male/female ratio and updated workplace annoyances (Power Point presentations, people who text in meetings, and non working Keurigs).

Wayne: continuing off the last question, who would you want to star?

Me: Elizabeth Banks would be the lead because we were just talking about her this morning and I think she’d do great playing a more accurate engineer.

Wayne: Favorite film from the last 10 years?

Me: Probably Love Actually. I watch it almost every Christmas. It’s funny and sweet and has Hugh Grant and Emma Thomson in it.

Wayne: which actor would you kill to meet?

Me: George Clooney because he’s dreamy and seems like a genuinely nice guy. Wait, scratch that. Matt Smith (the eleventh Doctor) because he’s all that and a dork.

Wayne: What film has the best score, in your opinion?

Me: I love the score from the Harry Potter films. It’s so moving and fits the story perfectly. Anytime I went to see one of the movies, I’d get so excited as soon as I heard the opening theme with the chimes (or is it a xylophone?).

Wayne: What’s a trope in a movie you can’t stand?

Me: Someone who has promised to be in two places as the same time and, instead of just telling people he screwed up and double scheduled himself, he races back and forth between the two situations. It was a cute trope when I was nine but now it’s annoying because the guy won’t admit he messed up.

Wayne: are you following me on Facebook if you aren’t already? (find the page here) why or why not?

Me: I don’t follow you and now I feel pretty bad about it. But I follow so few people and things, overall, that I just don’t think about it. I will correct that shortly.

Nominations

Nomination time! I’ve picked blogs that I’ve mostly just discovered, with a few I’ve known about for years thrown in.

Love Plunge

wherever the sun is

Won’t He Do It

Frog me Knot

Stuff and Nonsense

Keyboard Pizza

Geek Ergo Sum

Tealight Taylor

Perfectionist Rehab (she just got back into blogging, go say hi and be nice, we’re related)

Hearts and Laserbeams

Unfrogged

My Questions to the Nominees

If you accept the nomination and challenge – here’s my questions to you. They, like me, are a bit all over the place, though all tie into creativity which I’ve been reading about a lot lately. I’ll probably answer, myself, at some point.

  • Is your day job creative or are you only creative outside of your job? Or do you not see yourself as creative at all?
  • What advice do you have for people to be more creative in their everyday lives?
  • How would you define art versus craft or are they the same thing?
  • If you could have any creative talent, what would you choose?
  • Who or what inspires you in your creativity?
  • What artist / writer / songwriter do you love but no one seems to know about?
  • When was the last time you drew something?
  • Do you sing in the shower? To family, friends, or the dog? In public?
  • What would you name your band if you started one today?
  • Expanding on that last question…what would be the title and topic of your first big hit?