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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Slightly back on track 
18th-Jun-2009 09:32 am
Happy birthday to shweta_narayan!

Hello to new reader wyrdkat!

I am sleeping in four-hour chunks. Not only is this Bad For Me, but slices my day up so it feels like I should be in next week already.

21 items on the list already, with more to come as I figure out what I can do and hopefully as more of you think "Hey, that thing I make? That'd do nicely."

Newest is perfume oils from Blooddrop - must see what I can tie into my writing. I think I'll be re-reading my Wind Tunnel Dreams book on the bus this weekend and making a list of ideas. The masks in "A Light Against the Darkness" and "My Empire for Ashes" for ioianthe to work with, for example.

Things people want me to write about
Alternate histories. Sara, coming to Vegas. Something about actors. Thumbs. Something with a happy ending. Quiet miracles. Secret life of clouds. Reimagined fairy tales/Shakesepeare.

Just here to remind me.

I need to look at the fistful of unfinished short stories I have around here.

Finished my wristwarmers! So that's project #2 off the needles.

Trying to decide on the next thing. I'm thinking shawl/wrap, because I like them and am always cold. My big problem is that all the patterns I like require me to buy yarn, and I do not have the money for that indulgence at this time. I have plenty of yarn. I just don't know what to do with it. I ought to enter it all into my Ravelry stash today; they can key pattern searches to what's in your stash. Problem is also I've got lots of stuff that I flat-out don't know what it is - unlabeled gifts from other people's stashes. And I don't yet know how to estimate how much of X yarn makes Y item.

EDIT: Added all the yarns that were labeled. Still have Mystery Yarn. Anyone want to take a look at my Ravelry stash and make a recommendation?

Link Soup
* Clay Shirky on Twitter & Iran
* Charming article on how fibromyalgia is supposedly not real. Because women have it disproportionately more than men, so we must be hysterical, and I don't have to remind you of the origins of that word, right?
* These goats have a tower. I would like a tower. And goats.

Daily Science
A long, deep canyon and the remains of beaches are perhaps the clearest evidence yet of a standing lake on the surface of Mars -- one that apparently contained water when the planet was supposed to have already dried up, scientists said on Wednesday.

Poking through stories. Entering yarns. Pulling BPAL, hopefully. Going to a BARCC colleague's play tonight.

Will be going up to Wyrding Studios tomorrow and staying overnight. Have lost too much of my mind to Iran coverage this week. I need a puppies & shiny things break. Plus also I can help at the arts market, and make earrings based on "Twelve".
18th-Jun-2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
I first read that as, "I need to look at the wistful of unfinished short stories I have around here." If you about your own unfinished writing as I feel about mine, it's no less appropriate.
18th-Jun-2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
"A wistful of stories." Like a murder of crows or a pod of whales.

I think "wistful" could be repurposed like that.
18th-Jun-2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
Oregon Health Sciences University (my employer until a year ago) has a whole fibro study unit. As it wouldn't be able to justify spending money on something that DOESN'T EXIST, those who feel that fibro don't exist can SUCK IT.

Alicia has fibro, I'll add. Good thing I was gentle with her.
18th-Jun-2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
Firstly, I am loving my WTD book. It is a very comforty thing.

Secondly, TOWER GOATS!!! Want! It would be even better if they were fainting tower goats. Or maybe not. Fainting + Tower = unfortunate goat incident.

Thirdly, why must you make earrings based on Twelve when I am broke? Wait...my anniversary is next week...perhaps Mr. E can be persuaded...
18th-Jun-2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Firstly, I am loving my WTD book. It is a very comforty thing.

Any crafty ideas?

Unfortunate Goat Incient = my new band name.
18th-Jun-2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
I want a band named Unfortunate Goat Incident. All the band members' clothing and instruments could have odd patches and bits bitten out of them.
19th-Jun-2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
Alas, I am not in a crafty place. Which is bad because a friend has a baby due soonish and I may have promised a hat. She should receive it by the time she leaves for college.

Unfortunate Goat Incident is actually my three word description for Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. You just don't do that to a man's goat. Ever.
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18th-Jun-2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing you're a good hugger.

I could unload my rant about conspiracies. Instead I'll link to it, in case anyone wants to read it.
18th-Jun-2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Oooh! I liked "Twelve".

And I have to say, I would love to read some of your cats' writing.
18th-Jun-2009 03:09 pm (UTC) - re: Twitter and Iran
wwidsith has been trying to get mainstream media to pay attention to things like Twitter for ages and here's his report for Agence France Press on the internet and Iran: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3vHYNVY8bg

18th-Jun-2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
Ok, yarn. The Crystal Palace Icelandic, that's for your scarf blanket, right? Otherwise you totally have enough for a nice comfy shawl in that.

For the red-orange ribbon yarn, you easily have enough for this, and probably enough for a firebird scarf after.

You have enough of the Telemark for a shawl as well.

The main thing is, take a note of how much you have, and then click through the yarn info to see what other people have done with it, and see if any of it strikes your fancy.
18th-Jun-2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking of using the Icelandic for a shawl... question is, what pattern? Hmm.
18th-Jun-2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
That's half the fun! You get to play around in the database looking at shawl patterns until you find the perfect one, realize it's for an entirely different weight of yarn or needs way more than you have, and then you go look again. Eventually you find it or decide you don't care about the problems with the first one, and off you go! Dreaming about the perfect shawl is almost as much fun as making it. :)
18th-Jun-2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Take a gander through ravelry using the yarn type you want.

For instance, for the Icelandic wool, just click on the link on the right side. This brings up the yarn type. If you click the tab with project ideas, it'll show you what people have made:


Either that or take a gander at similar weight yarn through the Ravelry search and see what shawls come up that are a free pattern.

If you don't think you have enough yarn, you can do a bit of math and figure out how to scale it down and such. It's all geometry involving the gauge/yardage and finished size of the shawl...versus how much yardage you have in yours.
18th-Jun-2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
If you do a square shawl, it doesn't matter as much how much of what yarns you have - start with one, make it as wide as you want, and when you run out of yarn, but haven't gotten to the length you want, add a new yarn. Buttons can be added to the ending edge of one side to make sure the thing stays on, if you want. (Wish I could diagram this to show you what I mean)

Oh! Flying Lessons! I *do* have something that ties in! (Will go add that now)
18th-Jun-2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
*laugh* I was just coming in to say this! And actually, there are some patterns for triangle shawls that will let you do this too. You'll want to use yarns that are all roughly the same weight (thickness) or else double up strands of thinner yarns, but I've seen some really pretty shawls made this way.

Bring a whole bunch of yarn and whatever needles you have, and I'll help you get started on a shawl. There's a simple method for making a triangle shawl like the one you always borrow when you're here that will let you make things up as you go along and change yarns whenever you run out and still get something awesome.
18th-Jun-2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Article - GGGGRERRRRR... That one ranks right up there with "all of your health problems are because you are overweight".

With Lupus, RA and Fibro I can honestly say I don't know what is making me so damned tired, in pain, and cranky; but I do know if someone tells me I am imagining it...some ugliness will occur.

18th-Jun-2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
19th-Jun-2009 12:55 am (UTC)
The Baby Alpaca makes the yummiest hats in the world. I have my insta-hat pattern in my ravelry (it's called Globe hat and it's in the comments to my project, because it seemed silly to put up such a schematic pattern). A hat takes one skein; with the two, you can do a scarf, or a hat-and-mitts combo.
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