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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
23rd-Oct-2009 10:42 am
Happy birthday to karnythia!

Happy early birthday to dabroots, kenakeri, and shrijani, who advance a year over the weekend!

Oy. Yesterday was my first day of normal activity since falling ill, and it was too much; I was exhausted by 8pm, and I'm still wiped out this morning.

One Song.

My iTunes has decided that, screw random, it loves this song. That's okay, because so do I.

This is How We Change the World
Yesterday I had a meeting with the organizers of the BARCC Champions for Change Gala, about my keynote speech. I went straight from there to lead a workshop on responding to disclosures of rape and sexual assault. The workshop was for a women's health class at a local university. About 30 people, all in the masters program, all going into the types of careers where they will need this information. Great listeners with great questions.

And there is sometimes a moment when I look out at a group like this, and I see the effect that this workshop will have. These people will go into their communities and use these skills, and be links to BARCC, and expand this knowledge and this way of thinking. Each of these people could affect a hundred or more, who will go on and bring that to their communities...

This is how we change the world.

During the meeting with the Gala organizers, I found out how many people had RSVPed to the Gala.

375, so far.

Many of those people are society people or corporate sponsors' VPs and their spouses; there are about 70 volunteers, some BARCC staff, and some people who are very connected to BARCC and what we do, but there are a lot of people who don't have that connection. And my job, with this speech, is to give them that connection. In 5-10 minutes, I will be giving my survivor speech, and telling these people why I believe so hard in BARCC and what we do; I will make them believe.

Almost 400 people who will take that back into the world with them.

Yeah. This is how we change the world.

Okay, y'all seem to want me to jump into lace. Travelling Woman it is. But if it makes me crazy, I may dial back to Boneyard or Yvaine to soothe myself.

As for commissions - you guys, I do not know if I am awesome enough yet to charge you for my work! But I'll give it thought. I'll see if I can do Travelling Woman without going crazy, and if I can, we can talk commissions on it.

Question about Interchangeable Needles
KnitPicks Options or Denise?

Link Soup
* The Interstitial Arts Foundation's auction starts November 1!
* Speaking of auctions, remember to save_dave!
* "I am Emily X" is a blog collecting posts from Planned Parenthood volunteers, all anonymized as "Emily X". It is bringing tears to my eyes and making me want to take on another volunteer gig.
* How to make an atlatl.
* This needs to be my knitting bag.

Daily Science
Building a brain inside a supercomputer. With bonus TED talk!

Friday Memeage!
Wearing: Dandelion pajamas.
Reading: The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism by Danya Ruttenberg; The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi.
Writing: Outlining the great big sekrit nonfiction project.
Knitting: Armwarmers for Elayna in variegated green baby alpaca. I didn't have time to get the DPNs yesterday, so no hat yet. Will start shawl this weekend, too.
Planning: Hopefully I'll get the template and data for the IAF auctions today so I can knock that out; also need to get in a few more Arisia lit-track panels. And I need to write a bio for the BARCC gala. I get 2/3 of a page. They say I can keep the line about the monkey. I can't block the shawl today, because I need blocking wires; will get to that maybe next week. Need to go to the library, too.
Tomorrow is my anniversary! As I said yesterday: book fair, nice restaurant, zombie movie.
Sunday hopefully we'll be going to a pumpkin-carving party. Must consult the rest of the family.

23rd-Oct-2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
Good decision on Traveling Woman. It's very pretty and I think you'll love it, even if you find it a bit challenging. I've decided to make me a Herbivore. I need a new winter scarf thing.
23rd-Oct-2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Let me know how you like it. I do want to do that one eventually!
23rd-Oct-2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
I just read through the pattern -- it's a 3 row set up, and then 2 4-row sections you do section one for a while, then section 2. It ends with a 3 row edging.

Dead simple by the sound of it, and rather neat geometrically.
23rd-Oct-2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
I like that, and I like the variable texture; it's what attracts me to Sagano, too.
23rd-Oct-2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism by Danya Ruttenberg

Ooh, will you give me a brief review of it when you're done?
23rd-Oct-2009 03:46 pm (UTC) - Friday 10/23 at last.
Wearing: green pants, purple mock-neck vest, red heavy gorgeously cabled poncho thing with fringes. Gold dangly jingly earrings, gold bracelet and necklace.
Reading: Just finished 3 books by a Swedish author, Henning Mankell: murder mysteries following a police detective and his colleagues and the bad guy. If you miss the place-names from LotR, read this instead, it's actually Swedish cities and place names! Also, really good story-telling.
Knitting: I have a thing for the plane to knit, a project I started years ago - no kidding - but I thought that finishing the skeins would go a lot faster. I was dead wrong.
Planning: Dude, landing in Vancouver at 1:45 AM their time. So excited.
23rd-Oct-2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Question about Interchangeable Needles
KnitPicks Options or Denise?

Neither. Find your closest Michaels craft store and with 40% off coupon in hand get the Boye interchangeable set. The cables aren't as nice as Knit Picks but its much less expensive. It also has smaller size needles not available in the other sets.
23rd-Oct-2009 05:28 pm (UTC) - Just a caveat.
I own a Boye set, because when I started knitting I really liked metal needles, and metal or plastic (Denise) were pretty much the only options on the market.

Not only are the cables not as nice and pretty unflexible, the tips come unscrewed all the time. In the past I've also screwed in the tips a bit tighter to compensate, and once ended up with the connector breaking off between the metal screw and the tipped plastic cable.

I still use it because it's what I have and I prefer circulars to straights, but I'm setting aside some money for a knitpicks set sometime soon.
23rd-Oct-2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
I *adore* my KnitPicks set, but it might be worth reading up on some of the discussion on the KnitPicks Lovers group on Rav. There are some known issues - mostly the occasional defective cable connection - but I haven't had an issue since I stopped being dumb with mine.
23rd-Oct-2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
I had a cable pop out of the first KnitPicks set I borrowed, but the second set worked flawlessly. Kythryne says the Denises can pop out, too...
23rd-Oct-2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
I have both -- I like working with plastic for slipperier yarns (the bamboo bug hasn't bitten me quite yet).

Sometimes the knitpics unscrew, but that's because I never tighten them properly (I just screw them on, you're supposed to use a paperclip type thingy to really tighten it when you screw them on). And when I say "sometimes" I mean maybe once every month or two.

I've had the plastic Denise's pop out, when I'm knitting very tightly or with a heavy project, or I twist the project a lot. I've also had the hard male connector plastic tip break off when I was knitting very tightly. That really stunk because you can't fix that and the cable is then useless. But again, that only happened once, and I've had the Denise set for 3 years now (the knitpicks I've had for almost a year).

I've seen the Boye's and the Knitpicks are better from a design perspective on the connectors....though the boye set (at least the one I saw) had a different color for each size. The Denise ones have the size etched into the side of each needle, the Knitpicks have no information on them (this is my one problem with Knitpicks).

But the Knitpicks carrying case is better -- the Denise case is a box with limited slots for extras (like extra cables). The Knitpicks carrying case is similar to a clear cosmetic bag, about 8 inches wide by 4 inches tall (this is from my memory, I don't have it in front of me) with about 5-6 "pockets" on each side to hold the needles. You can put extra needles, stitch markers, etc into the KnitPicks case...I labeled each pocket with a number corresponding to the size needle that goes in there.

If you want to borrow some Denise's, let me know.
28th-Oct-2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
I like bamboo! :)

Weird that the Knitpicks don't have size info. Huh.

And yes, would love to play with the Denises! I'll be up in New Hampshire next weekend and can play with a friend's then, but if I see you before then...
29th-Oct-2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Well, my plans this weekend are to go to a party on Saturday thrown by Tony's Brown friends, and Sunday we're driving up to Bar Harbor, so we're unlikely to cross paths randomly. However, the party is in Medford, so I could drop by and give you the parts of the set I'm not using right now and you can play with them for a month or so, do a project or 3, if you like.....

send me your info (address, phone # i can call you at to say "I'm coming over now") and I can drop them by you Saturday sometime.... my e-mail is awfief at gmail.com.
23rd-Oct-2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
Yup, all of this. It's an awesome set, and if the cables break every now and then, eh.
23rd-Oct-2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
The cables break much less often since I stopped holding onto the cable part to tighten up the connection, and started actually using the little key/paperclip/safety-pin. Extra stress on the cable/connector join leads to more busted cables, who'd'a thunk...
23rd-Oct-2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
I have the Knitpicks set, and I have to say I find them pretty awesome. I do my circular knitting Magic Loop style (I have never touched a set of DPNs and plan to continue with that trend), so flexible cables are a big consideration, and the Knitpicks cables at least look more flexible than the Denise ones. They're a lot thinner, in any case.

The Knitpicks ones are nickel plated, so if you have a nickel alloy allergy that might be a concern, but I've never had a problem with them and I'm pretty sensitive (can't wear gold jewelry AT ALL). They do have an acrylic set that's a little cheaper than the nickel plated. I hate acrylic needles, so I can't tell you whether they're any good or not.

23rd-Oct-2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
*nods* I finished the shawl on nickel KnitPicks needles, so I know I don't react to them. Only thing is they were cold. So I was eyeing the Harmony Wood, but Emily hates 'em. So I am torn.
23rd-Oct-2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Hm, I have Harmony wood DPNs, but no interchangeable ones. I like them a lot, actually - I like my DPNs to be a bit stickier than my circulars. Although, I just got a new set, and the finish is different than on my older ones, and they may be too grippy. I have yet to determine if this is a real change or just a fluke - I may call them.
23rd-Oct-2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
I was trying to use a set of 0s or 1s for socks, and the grippy just pissed me off. Sure are pretty though! Plus I think I'm just so used to metal at this point, you know?
23rd-Oct-2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
But but POINTY. Pointy pointy wood pointy. I kinda coveted yours. How grippy is too grippy?
23rd-Oct-2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
IDK, I'll let you play with them next time we hang out, if you want.
23rd-Oct-2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
Count my vote in for KnitPicks Options. The Boye set is less expensive (especially if you use the oft mailed 40% coupon to either Michael's or Joann's) but then again, you do get what you pay for. The cables are perpetually stiff, and when a friend of mine boiled hers (which works on Boye's static needle cables) it just warped her interchangeable cable so it had a wacky twist in it.

If you enjoy bamboo needles, may I recommend Ka's Switch interchangeable set. I love mine for a variety of reasons I can list if you're interested in hearing them. And also, it's called "Switch" and what's not to love about that?
23rd-Oct-2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Oooh! I love bamboo, and hadn't heard of Ka's.
23rd-Oct-2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
The only drawback is there's no way to connect a cable to a cable, the way you can with Boye and Deinse. But the cables do come in a wide variety of lengths and it's easy enough to move your work to a longer (or shorter) cable as needed.

They've even started selling individual replacement needle pairs and expansion sets of the cables. There are also little stops you can screw onto the end of the cables, if you need that size needle tip for another project.

The bamboo comes quite smooth out of the package, unlike Clover needles you may use. And the cables are naturally nice and relaxed, too. The cable itself can spin in the join so when you're manipulating your work, the cable will not spin the join away from the needle and disconnect.

And now you know the extent of my love for Ka.
23rd-Oct-2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
I love my Knitpicks Options passionately. They are well worth the investment. I haven't had any problem with them unscrewing as long as I remember to tighten the cables every once in a while. I have the nickel, and will be picking up the Harmony for my birthday present to me, because sometimes wood is just better.

Off to check out Boneyard and Yvaine. Traveling Woman is on my list, but I'm not quite ready for lace yet!

*Knit geek goes back to lurking*
24th-Oct-2009 10:04 am (UTC)
Have you tried the Harmony? I'm hearing "too grippy", but I like wood so much better...

I don't know if I'm ready for Travelling Woman! Looks complicated...
24th-Oct-2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried the harmony, but I have rosewood needles that I prefer to use for slippery yarns. It really depends on the fiber as to which needles feel better. I suspect lace knitting is going to feel slippery and I am going to want the grippiness of wood. Remember, you can always frog it if it isn't working out, no harm done!

I really want to make the Japanese Feather Stole, but after several misstarts decided to wait until I complete a few more things. We'll get there, we got the stubborness!
24th-Oct-2009 12:59 am (UTC)
I don't even have dandelion pajamas. Or any other dandelion theme clothes.

Now that I consider it, that should change!
24th-Oct-2009 02:58 am (UTC)
Reading: (if I have time) a book on Peranakan Malay.

Weekend: Looking after my two girls, since my husband is off to Essen, Germany, for the gaming Spiel.
24th-Oct-2009 05:23 am (UTC)
t is bringing tears to my eyes and making me want to take on another volunteer gig.

After reading the Emily X posts and rm's post on the health care disadvantages of being female, I went down to my local PP and talked to them about volunteering. And I'm looking into what kind of things they need in employees too. Thanks for the link. :)
24th-Oct-2009 10:02 am (UTC)
25th-Oct-2009 02:05 am (UTC)
I have KnitPicks Options. An acquaintance that has both uses the KnitPicks. Apparently the Denise connectors are more hassle-prone in her opinion. If you can, try both and see which you get on with the best.
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