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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
Tew's Day 
25th-May-2010 06:49 am
Happy birthday to norilana and laurelian!

Dear birds: I am not Cinderella, and do not need to be awakened by you chirping at me at 4:30 AM. Dude.

asciikitty helped me fix my knitting, and I'm now on what's probably the last repeat of the main body - on track to get the shawl off my needles before Wiscon. Sadly, my knitting-supplies money went to the new router, so I can't block the thing, so you can't see it at Wiscon. Lo, I pout.

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* Miss D.C. Meets Grope with Body Slam.
* There is a Sweet Valley High drinking game.
* Buy your early bird tickets for S00j's StrowlerCon! $25 for the whole weekend til May 28!

Daily Science
The Hubble space telescope has discovered a planet in our galaxy in the process of being devoured by the star that it orbits, according to a paper published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

It is basically all about Wiscon prep; I have stuff to pack, stuff to prep, no time, et cetera. Will not be at Diesel. Will hopefully be napping this afternoon, please universe? And marathon knitting.
25th-May-2010 10:53 am (UTC)
What about pins, towels, or spare wire coat hangers? That's what I used for blocking before I bought my blocking wires. A bit more of a PITA but they get the job done fine.
25th-May-2010 11:13 am (UTC)
I haven't anything to pin them to.... the yoga mat proved insufficient last time. :(
25th-May-2010 11:19 am (UTC)

I always used either my wool rug (which has a rug pad underneath), the wall-to-wall carpeting at my mom's house (ditto), or the futon in my office.

I have heard of people pinning things to foam-core board and standing it upright in the closet.

You can also steam-block with an iron. Or lay towels on your bed, pin the thing down and take a hairdryer to it to accelerate the process, so you'll have someplace to sleep come the evening.
25th-May-2010 11:21 am (UTC)
Hairdryer thing may be an option. I have no foamcore, and have hardwood floors and no rugs. :(
25th-May-2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Towels on the floor.

If you can run cotton thread or, in a pinch, dental floss through the edges with a darning needle (or even a crochet hook), leaving excess at each end, that'll cut down on how much pinning you need to do -- from there, you stretch the shawl out along the thread and pin at the corners. Not much good if you need the edges pointy, but it's closer to fine and supercheap. (Needle or crochet hook + cheap crochet thread or generic unwaxed floss = $5 or so at Walmart, a little more from the sundries section at drugstore, in a pinch.)
25th-May-2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Er, the edges = edging along the bottom. This method will get you sharp points at the needful angles.
25th-May-2010 10:56 am (UTC)
Happy Towel Day!
25th-May-2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
Could anyone over the age of 12 read SVH without alcohol?
25th-May-2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
re: birds - umyeah...they were a bit energetic this morning, I think!
25th-May-2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
Miss D.C. has me cackling madly.
25th-May-2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
"Keep a-busy Cinderelly!
We can do it, we can do it
We can help our Cinderelly">


I had a SVH board game. *headshake*
25th-May-2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
You've got it good. My dawn chorus starts at 2:30am.
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