Wednesday, May 16, 2007

More than you ever wanted to know...

So in the last 12 hours I seem to have been tagged about 7 times to participate in a meme where you reveal 7 random facts about yourself. Now, the number 7 is undeniably lucky and the concept of the randomness has always produced interesting results...but it's the 'yourself' part of it that's giving me reason for pause. You see, the part of blogging that is the most appealing to me is that you are presenting to the world a certain persona, a tidied up, better version of yourself. You get to fashion a version of yourself for public consumption. You may have perhaps noticed that my picture appears no where on this site. Why? Insecurity...maybe you'll unsubscribe when you see 'the real me' (although all you smarty pants/lit crit/theory people who read this site know that it's a construct anyway, right?). Yes, the A.D.D. Knitter is one sad tomato...

So, with much trepidation: "Each person tagged gives 7 random facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write in their blogs the 7 facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and to read your blog."

1. I have two different colored eyes: one is brown and the other is green. Small children and make up artists at the Bobbie Brown counter find this fascinating. The former because it is freakish and the latter because it presents unique eye shadow palette choice challenges.

2. There is another part of me that is not perfectly symmetrical. This caused my mother, upon seeing me within the last year with my shirt off, to comment in her inimitable British way, "You know, if you were to ask a plastic surgeon to correct that problem, he would probably not be against it".
If I were....probably not be against it...seriously, does anyone do circumlocution better than the English? No.



3. My grandfather was a famous cartoonist, he drew the Phantom. His only son, my dad, has had several fascinating careers, which have included Proctor and Gamble Soap salesman, J and L steel salesman, a printer, an administrator of a family planning clinic (Catholic kids weren't allowed to play with me and my brother), and curator of a museum of quack medical devices. He's an American original.

4. I am a skin care products whore. I have spent more money on Clarins products than I have on yarn.

5. When I was in high school, I created my very own fake id from scratch with my dad's offset printing equipment and laminating machine. I assumed a French identity and got into a club in Minneapolis to see the English Beat, PIL, the Ramones, the Replacements and many other bands. I used it to see bands, not to drink.

6. I lived with my first husband in Marrakech, Morocco off and on for 2 years. We lived with his family and it was one of the happiest times of my life.

7. When I was 11, our family won a year's supply of Clark candy bars. After school my brother and I would raid the box which was in our laundry room. I have very strong recollections of the feeling of plenitude that this box gave me.

You're tagged:
The Lone Knitter
Gingersnaps with Tea
Skeins Her Way
Mistress Stash Enhancer
Professor Knitwit
For the Love of Stitches
Life With...

Still with me?

I have finished another sock for the DRMC. It's official name is the Doug Henning sock or the Queer Pride sock--take your pick. He's very happy with it, and since it's all about keeping him happy, well, I'm happy!

Doug Henning/Queer Pride sock specs


Pattern: LYS boooring stockinette affair. I need to get out more.

Yarn: Regia 4-fach haltbar. Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

Needles: Two circs, the best technique ever in the history of the world.

38 comments:

Lone Knitter said...

Love the socks! Love them love them love them! They are the grooviest socks I've seen in blogland in a while. I love that fact that your eyes are two different colors. I knew a girl in grade school who had one brown eye and one blue eye, and they were beautiful. I also love that your grandfather was a cartoonist. I'll have to tell Manly about that; he's obsessed with the oldtime (I mean REAL) cartoonists.

Laura said...

My Dad has one brown eye and one blue eye...

...and I'm loving the fact that you made a fake ID to go see bands.

K. said...

I love that you got to live in another country. And especially that it was Morocco. I have always found Morocco fascinating, probably because of a certain old movie. Casablanca, of course.

Jen said...

Man, I was lucky enough to have all ages venues in the towns I lived in.

With those socks, I have this picture of you as Riff Randall (sP?) waiting in line for Ramones tix. Not sure if that's quite the persona you were trying to cultivate. ;)

Jen said...

Man, I was lucky enough to have all ages venues in the towns I lived in.

With those socks, I have this picture of you as Riff Randall (sP?) waiting in line for Ramones tix. Not sure if that's quite the persona you were trying to cultivate. ;)

Veronique said...

You picked very interesting random things about yourself!
I made some rainbow socks too. That Regia line is part of a series with each colorway representing the flag colors of various countries. The Rainbow one is called "Fun Nation" :)

Melissa said...

Your grandfather drew the Phantom? That is sooo cool. That and the candy bars. I've never had a Clarks candy bar, but that sounds awesome.

Sonya said...

Your socks make me think of the Bay City Rollers. I'm totally jealous of your year's supply of Clark bars and having lived in Morocco.

JulieFrick said...

Hey there, fellow lopsided one! Also, my family got bags and bags of free Twix and Summit bars because my mom's best friend worked for M&M/Mars. And hey- isn't your pic over on Ravelry? Busted!

anne said...

Ah ha, I was just thinking the same thing as Julie re: your pic on Ravelry. Okay then. What a cool family you have.

Heather said...

First, the sock is great!

Second, my mom has two different colored eyes--one light brown and one dark brown.

Everything you revealed is very interesting!

sophanne said...

Great list- I ran out after number 5!

I once dated a "simian" sort of man that had two faint but still very obviousl) nipples.

sophanne said...

Also- I love that movie Magnolia (I was on your profile) and know very few people who do.

Sarah said...

You read my mind!

I also give you permission to hate me because I am a dirty rotten rule breaker!

Sarah said...

Not you, huh? Well, you are sneaky. Your kids are really cute, so I am guessing you are not hiding your looks.

Romi said...

Cool sock! :)

Faith! said...

I can't believe you saw the Replacements live! That's so awesome. What fun facts! I'd of never known.

pamela wynne said...

Is this the worst of the "real you?" Because it's all very cool. My friends and I also made fake IDs just to see bands! And the sock? Magnificent.

Mintyfresh said...

This is the most interesting "list of 7" that I've seen ANYONE fill out on the blogosphere! Your grandfather was a famous illustrator? Your family won a year's supply of candy bars? too awesome. Thanks for sharing!

kelp! said...

I agree with Minty - you've definitely got the best seven-things list around!

Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

I got double tagged. I love he facts you shared, much more interesting than mine.
I use to use my Art skills to fake hand stamps to get my friends and I in to see bands, the fact that we had already been stamped meant we never got ID'd either. Now I feel kind of guilty about that but at the time we were broke and underage.

~Kristie said...

I'm so glad you decided to do the random fact list. You are SO interesting! Although I loved them all, my favorite is #2 since my mother-in-law is full blood English and I could see her saying the same thing to me!

LOVE the Socks! Either name suits them and I agree that two circs are the best!

Heather said...

I used to wish I had two different colored eyes..take a pic! I want to see that. SO cool.

I love the 7.

Dude. I saw PIL and the violent femmes back in the day... but not the ramones. Talk about cool.

Karen said...

I've been tagged multiple times too - now I understand why it's taking me so long to do it. It's the reason you said!! I don't want to shatter the Spiffed-Up, Better-Than-Real-Life blog persona. Scary stuff, huh? I think you still sound wonderfully perfect though. :)

nicole said...

Wow, seeing the Replacements live, I'm so very jealous of you (a girl nowadays can only dream and play her crazy beat up tapes...)

I LOVE the Doug Henning socks, especially the name (the maaagical world of illuuuuusioooons)
though there's NOTHING wrong with them being Gay pride socks too :)

aquaknits said...

I think I love the names almost as much as the sock! And talk about some great taste in music too. :)

ali said...

Do I get to wait until I've been tagged 7 times too? I've only gotten it twice so far... I'm still trying to think...

Great socks!
Happy knitting-
ali

KnitPastis said...

This was by far the best meme I have read! I didn't want it to stop. Oh the two eye color thing, more common than you think. Heck, during my lifetime I have come across that four or five times. No kidding. Wow, your grandfather did that! Clarks bars, lucky lucky lucky is all I have to say:)

Zarzuela said...

Wow! Cool stuff about you. Having met you in person I don't think you have anything to fear in presenting yourself here, but I understand your reasons.

Love the sock! So happy and bright!

Jessica

knittingphilistine said...

Okay, so I thought I hated this whole meme sharing thing, but it turns out that it's actually a lot of fun knowing a select few facts about my knitblog buds. Yous ranks up there with the coolest of the cool, my dear.

And the queer pride socks are fantastic! I can think of a few friends who need some of these!

a friend to knit with said...

Love your 7 random things!
I am nervous to list mine, especially after reading how great yours are!

I LOVE clark bars!

WonderMike said...

the only things that are perfectly symmetrical are robots and supermodels.... okay, wait, that's the same thing. And a certain iconoclast and futurist had two differently colored eyes and I adore him. All the other points clearly reveal that you are the coolest blogger. Color me kelly with envy!!!

The_Add_Knitter said...

testing haloscan...

Diana said...

We're still with you!!! Humans are not constructed in a symmetrical manner. One foot is usually a little larger, one arm, one boob, etc. No big deal! And that's what makes us special.

BTW, love the sock. Awesome!

amanda cathleen said...

that is one fabulous sock! I love it!
That is so cool that you lived in Morocco! mmmm, I can only imagine having a years supply of clark bars! I have to ask, do you still like them?
acK! You got me, I'll get to work on my list : )

Dipsy said...

Thank you so much for sharing this list, it was so highly interesting to read through! Your grandfather has certainly been a very famous and extremely talented and skilled man - you sure can be so proud of him! And my, having lived in Morocco - lucky, lucky you! I'd really love to hear more about your time there one day, it must have been so fascinating! A year's supply of candy bars? Yessss, pleeze! ;) How awesome!!
And last but not least - I totally adore your socks! They're so happy and cheerful, the colors go along so perfectly together - absolutely and totally great!

Nora said...

My dream is to live in Maroc one day... I envy anyone who has had that opportunity. :)

Sandra May Be Knitting A Ranch House said...

Ooh, ooh, Ich spreche Deutsch! Dein Socken bist sehr wunderbar!(unlike my sucky German, :P)