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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
2nd-Nov-2009 09:35 am
Happy birthday to malinaldarose and persis!

Hello to new reader gafferbear!

A bit better today than yesterday, in that I am still very tired but not in a spoon deficit. Mark asked "Is this what being spoonless is? When you're so drained that you can barely move or think?" (I'm paraphrasing.) And yes. This is why it's eye-rolly to hear able-bodied people describe themselves as spoonless when they're just tired, because baby, I get tired, and then there's this.

Today I am just tired, but will have sufficient spoons to do some of the stuff I need to do. Not as many as I start the day with normally. But not a deficit.

We Saved Dave.
Video here. And as I say there, we have the best tribe evar. Made of win and awesome and cake and pie. And I love it when we make good things happen.

Most especially I would like to thank thegreenyear for nudging me to put that sari-silk wrap up for auction - because doing something to help other people pulled me out of my weeks-long funk - and s00j and winning bidder thewronghands for making sure thegreenyear got the wrap!

What Can We Do Next?
We work magic to pull people's butts out of the fire - s00j, Dave, Cat, Vera, among others.

So here's what I'm wondering:

What else can we do? How can we harness the power and magic of our community to make changes when the situation isn't a dire emergency with five-digit medical bills and the loss of houses and all of that?

You think on that and let me know what you come up with.

Interfictions 2 Auctions!
They have begun! Track them here.

The first auction is a gorgeous necklace called "Write Everything Down", by Susan Saltzman. Oh yes I covet this. But I'm going to covet everything, I know it.

I will write up a post today about the anthology, the auctions, the story behind the story. It deserves its own post. And it'll be a sticky post up at the top of my LJ so I can add auction items as they go up. <3

But psst: want a free copy? Click here.

My Latest Knitting Deficiency
Yeah, I can't make picking up stitches make sense to me without seeing it in action. Which means I still can't start Travelling Woman. If I don't manage to get it sorted by Friday, I'm sure kythryne can show me.

Link Soup
* Reminder: Join bitchinkitchn to help raise money for a rape crisis center!
* "Touch/Don't": art about chronic pain.
* Disability and loss.
* Stormtroopers on their day off.
* Supernatural collective nouns.
* I now want a Totoro suit so I can do this.
* I also want this periodic table.

Link Soup: Daily Science Edition
* Has Fermi seen new evidence for dark matter?
* Quantum gravity theories wiped out by a gamma ray burst.
* The long zoom of cells.

Going to reschedule my neurologist appointment, as I'm not quite feeling well enough for the schlep to/from the bus stop. Only other physical-activity thing I need to do is baking cookies, and that I can handle. Otherwise? Really must write.
2nd-Nov-2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
If I don't manage to get it sorted by Friday, I'm sure [info]kythryne can show me.

Actually, no... because I can't do it either. :p But I CAN show you what I do instead of that particular type of shawl cast-on. It's slightly less elegant, but it works, and that part of the shawl hidden under hair anyway, so.
2nd-Nov-2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
See, I think you can do everything... :)

If I learn before I get up there, I can show you!
2nd-Nov-2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHA no. I wish. ;)

I understand the theory, I just can't make it look decent.
2nd-Nov-2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
What else can we do?

Form a community where people can offer whatever they can do. Some can bake. Some can write. Some can knit or do craft. Some can open their doors. Some can donate their appliances. Some can just signal boost. Everyone can pitch in, like potlatch. Think of this like a Craiglist For Compassion (CFC).
2nd-Nov-2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Piggybacking on this idea... a lot of these community efforts have been for big, scary things: hospital bills, impending foreclosures or evictions, other major crises. But there are an awful lot of people who maybe don't need thousands of dollars, just fifty or a hundred to get through to the next paycheck or pay for a flat tire or buy antibiotics for a sick un-insured kid.

What if we set up something where people could ask for help with that sort of thing, and each person could be the beneficiary of an auction or two or three?
2nd-Nov-2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
This! I am in a constant state of panic/worry because my job is probably going away sometime between December and March... But seeing the power of my tribe, I worry a little less. I might need help in the future... nothing as big as what others have recently needed, but that little bit to get over the rough patches. I really hope it doesn't come to that... but less worry if it does.

Edited at 2009-11-02 03:31 pm (UTC)
2nd-Nov-2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you, m'dear. =)
2nd-Nov-2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
What else can we do? How can we harness the power and magic of our community to make changes when the situation isn't a dire emergency with five-digit medical bills and the loss of houses and all of that?

I've talked about this for some time now, but what about a Mutual Aid Society? I mentioned it somewhere in the save_dave comments and popelizbet said she had a friend seriously contemplating the idea. That would seem to me to be the logical next step - yes, it would involve a lot of organizing and logistics, but maybe it's time has come?
2nd-Nov-2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, thanks for the link :)
2nd-Nov-2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
Didn't know if you want it linked to your LJ name - do you? If so, I'll edit accordingly!
2nd-Nov-2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
No worries either way. I hardly do anything on LJ anymore save read and comment.
2nd-Nov-2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
what's the context for picking up stitches?
2nd-Nov-2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Travelling Woman.

And I wasn't getting it, so I was like "Well, I will just do the Herbivore shawl!", but that starts with picking up stitches too. *pout*

You available to hang out anytime this week? You were already on my "make time for hanging out" list...
2nd-Nov-2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
It's the most elegant beginning, but not necessary.

Here's what I'd do, if I wanted to avoid that cast-on.

Cast on three stitches


K, YO, Ktbl, YO K, YO, Ktbl, YO, K

K, Ktbl across, ending w/a K.

Poof. Beginning.

And if you don't know how to Ktbl (knit through back loop) and instructions on line don't help, just knit 'em all. It'll make a little open burble at the center top of the shawl, but really, that bit will be under your hair anyway...

That said, do learn how to pick up stitches. It's a key skill for a lot of interesting constructions, and not at all hard, once you know how to knit in the first place.
2nd-Nov-2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
My question is this... How do you go about creating an auction, etc in an effort to raise money? I am floundering to pay bills and am owed thousands of dollars in child support and struggling to make ends meet for Christmas this year, and would love to do something where I could create things for people, or people can get awesome items. I hate feeling as though I'd be asking for charity, so giving something would feel like a much more even trade off. But again, I have no idea where I'd set something like that up - website, etc - so it leaves me all confused. :)
2nd-Nov-2009 06:18 pm (UTC) - Pick up and knit
In case this is a different way to look at it than you've seen before, and therefore potentially helpful: "pick up and knit" is basically taking your already-knit work, sticking a fresh needle into some of the stitches, and saying "ha! I will treat these as stitches on the needle now!" and then knitting across them. Because once you have a strand of yarn across the needle you can knit it no matter how it got there.

You can do neat corners that way by basically knitting down the side of something.
2nd-Nov-2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
I'm doing a crap auction once a month for ModestNeeds.org.
3rd-Nov-2009 04:17 am (UTC)
thank you for the birthday wishes. *hug*
3rd-Nov-2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
It is very difficult to describe the spoon metaphor to a completely able person, such as my husband. (While I am mostly able-bodied, I admit that I am *not* completely able-brained, so I use the analogy on days when I need it.) I do wonder where the use of spoons, specifically, came from. Just vaguely curious, not enough to go look it up.

But on Saturday, which was both Samhain and my anniversary, I was being very clearly anti-social in the morning and playing my video game to ignore the world. Chris asked me if I was having a bad day, ie., was I going to be up to dealing with the very social (for me) evening planned?

I told him that I was saving my spoons. And then had to explain what that meant. I don't think he really grokked it. *shrug* But since I was perky and jolly and dealt with all the strangers swarming around me and my kids during the trick-or-treating, and then Chris and I went out in public for our anniversary date, and I had to be social for a good six hours straight (longer if you count from when Vicki came over to help with the prep)...I just wanted to make sure that I didn't spend too much of my people-energy in the morning and not have it for later.

It went well, though. Trick-or-treating for nearly an hour and a half and other than rebuking Brianna for getting greedy a time or two, a fabulous time was had by all, and then Chris and I had an excellent cozy date followed by really good times after getting home. :)
12th-Nov-2009 04:26 am (UTC)
You have the coolest links! I wish I had the spoons to read the sciencey ones.
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