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Odin's Day 
19th-May-2010 07:28 am
Happy birthday to qotcpcf!

Tired. Hey, guess what? swashbucklr snores, too.

I am making this shawl; I'm on the third of eight repeats of the big lace pattern.

This thing is all lace, and yes, it's the thing I was bouncing all over Twitter about on Sunday, because the pattern is OMG so intuitive and has flowcharts and my geeky crafty brain is singing. And! I figured out why lace shawls give me shit. It's because I lose count of the number of stitches I have in the big-as-forever stockinette section pre-lace, and then I end up not having enough and I try to fix it but that means either undoing hundreds of stitches or struggling to Make It Work, and no. This? I think there are like 15 stitches on the needle when you start in with the lace. That many stitches, I can keep track of.

But yes, it is so structured and mathematically elegant and I feel like this is me levelling up.

I'm knitting it with shimmery gunmetal hand-dyed merino sock yarn from Mind's Eye Yarns in Porter Square, and it is just freakin' gorgeous. It's theoretically for the Blogathon auction, but I may end up bidding on it heavily, because I fall more in love with it on every row.

s00j's StrowlerCon!
Has been shifted to October 8-10 in Woburn, commuter line accessible. I am helping organize it! I have a clipboard!

Facebook invite is here. We're still recruiting vendors; click here if you make stuff that fits the s00j/Strowler aesthetic! And I'll be in contact with some of you. There will be more about this later/tomorrow.

Stuff to Do in Boston
Via my colleague Dave: "Socializing for Justice is holding one of its biggest annual events this Thursday at Lir Pub on Boylston from 6-9pm, Connecting for Justice. Connecting for Justice usually gets about 120-150 people who come from all sorts of organizations and groups: pro-LGBT orgs like GLAD, environmental groups like the Union of Concerned Scientists, and people from gender-justice or performance groups like NOMAS-Boston and the Theater Offensive. Connecting for Justice is just about free; SoJust usually only asks folks to chip in $2 at the door. There are few more welcoming spaces in Boston that a SoJust event, and there's a dance party at 8!"

Also, Saturday, pirate pub crawl.

Link Soup
* Who you gonna call?
* 50 questions Lost needs to answer. (Note: I have not seen last night's episode.)
* The stories we tell ourselves.
* This post about performing gender kicks ass.
* Cigarette dispensers refurbished as book vending machines!
* Before the oil comes.

Daily Science
RNA 'dark matter' hinted at by previous studies of mammalian genomes may not exist after all. The mysterious matter refers to the large amounts of RNA that are copied from the DNA sequence, or transcribed, but which cannot be accounted for by the genes that have been identified so far.

Work, home, afternoon playtime, nap, Elayna's spring concert.
19th-May-2010 11:40 am (UTC)
Well, if you have the clipboard, you can now have the pony.
19th-May-2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
That pattern is lovely. I have some yarn that would be perfect for that. Might just have to buy it based on your recommendation.
19th-May-2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
That pattern does indeed kick ass - I made one recently with some birthday yarn and it's almost too pretty to wear. Another nice thing about it being all lace is that you get a lot more coverage than the same yardage knit into stockinette..
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19th-May-2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
Excellent! We're just in the beginning stages now, but I'll put you on my potential helpers list and let you know when I know what-all needs doing.
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19th-May-2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
Lace is definitely leveling up, but it almost feels like a cheat because WELL WRITTEN lace patterns, are just a flat out breeze once you get the concept of how lace works. And that's a GORGEOUS pattern for that very reason. The Girasole I just finished was the same way. Looks complicated and super fancy but wow, was so incredibly easy to knit! No matter how long you've been knitting, a well written pattern is just a blissful pleasure. Yay!
19th-May-2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, I haven't tried just reading charts yet; I'm still on written instructions. But I'll keep Girasole in mind for when I teach myself to read charts!
19th-May-2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
Oh by well-written I'm not even meaning one with charts necessarily. There's just a flow about lace that's put together in a logical way, and that shows in written or charted patterns either way, I think. I do personally prefer charts though. I think they look cool. Heheh
19th-May-2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
An old friend once told me the thing which made me Grasp Charts: it's just like parsing ASCII art.
19th-May-2010 02:18 pm (UTC)

Sorry about that. :P
19th-May-2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
19th-May-2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
Sadness for me! The old StrowlerCon Oct date I could do; this one I cannot. Perhaps it can happen again in some future year...
19th-May-2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
THEY ALL SNORE. All of them. Every last one. Anyone suggesting otherwise is mistaken.

...those that *may* not snore wake you up hopefully at the peak of REM.

Dave = Big Tasty?
19th-May-2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
Mark doesn't!

And yes, that Dave.
19th-May-2010 03:54 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanx hon! *bounce*

Darnit, I am still on hiatus from proper vendorship projects. But I can probably swing an add in the StrowlerCon program ;-) And hopefully I'll be able to attend too!
19th-May-2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
Oooh that shawl is *perfect*! I've been looking for one -just-like-that- to make for my eldest daughter! Her birthday's next month. Of course, getting the pattern, yarn, and knitting it in time is going to be a time crunch...but I can knit quickly when motivated. :)

I seriously have been looking through shawl pattern after shawl pattern on the web, and I hadn't found a really pretty, delicate spidery lace triangle shawl that was what I wanted - and that's almost exactly what I was picturing in my head. It's perfect, it really is. Thanks for finding it for me! *blows kisses*
19th-May-2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Stitch markers are your friends. For really long/wide pieces, I'll put them at each pattern repeat (i.e. so I know I need 17 stitches between each marker) or between a set number of stiches (like every 20 or so). It makes it easier to see when something goes awry.

Of course, if there's a mistake in the pattern...
19th-May-2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
I sent an email inquiry about vending a while ago, but never heard back--should I send another mail now that the event time/location is changed and definite?
19th-May-2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Yep - may have gotten lost in the shuffle, meep.
20th-May-2010 12:46 am (UTC)
OK, no worries--just didn't want to gum things up more by double-submitting if it had gone through :) this is the correct way to get in touch, right?
19th-May-2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
That shawl is lurvely. And, yay, I'm excited you're working on the s00j thing! I'm ATDing for it, and I'm all asquee at JUST HOW AWESOME this is going to be. SO AWESOME. ZOMG.
19th-May-2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Mind-blowingly awesome!
19th-May-2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank goodness I actually checked the internet today! I want to vend!! :)
20th-May-2010 02:07 am (UTC) - Knitting
I'm sharing your joy! I'm in the middle of this shawl, and loving it :)

20th-May-2010 11:33 am (UTC) - Re: Knitting
Pretty! :)
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