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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
7th-Jan-2011 07:36 am
Happy birthday to beelavender, thunderpigeon, terracinque, liminalia, and the adorable slipjig!

Happy early birthday to mister_wolf, kylakae, dark_blade, theicequeen, and faelad, who advance a year this weekend!

State of the 'Song
Well, yesterday was awful. Like, had a Red Lantern ring floated by, I would've been recruited like *that*. Bad enough to require cancellation of plans and a Meeting with the Laying Out of Rules.

This morning? Not quite as bad, but still fail.

This is one of the reasons for the anger laser.

BARCC Walk for Change!
is April 10! Make a note of it! Register here to join Team Venture and walk with us! And sponsor me!

Link Soup
* 55 SF/F movies coming out this year.
* Cats in northern MA need a home; their human passed away suddenly.
* More retro superhero travel posters.
* Great post about Blogging While Female.

Link Soup: Daily Science Edition
* 10-year-old spots a supernova; eight-year-olds publish scientific bee study.
* New state of matter seen in clay.
* Viking landers did detect organics on Mars.
* Science: simply beautiful.

Friday Memeage!
Wearing: Heathery green cabled sweater and jeans.
Reading: Ruined by Lynn Nottage and The Mind's Eye by Oliver Sacks.
Writing: A few poems this week, but mostly I've been using my writing time to make my office usable.
Knitting: Almost done with swashbucklr's scarf - like, could've been done last night had I stayed up just a little later. Hopefully I will get my size 10 needles back from feste_sylvain's younger daughter tomorrow so I can get started on this scarf.
Planning: Today is work, then chatelaine stuff. Tomorrow is chatelaine stuff, then a friend's birthday dinner and date with feste_sylvain. Sunday is Moar Chatelaine Stuff. My deepest hope is that we will be done with the nothing-but-that over this weekend; part of it is a massive "that's been taking up space since we moved and you haven't touched it" decrufting, essentially yanking everything out of its place, room by room, and seeing if it should be put back. Exhausting. But necessary.

7th-Jan-2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
Wearing: grey pajama pants, polka dot socks and the "i was here" coffee cup stain threadless shirt
Reading: this book about a mother's first kid and her journey through the first year of his life and my horizontal life by chealsea handler
craft: this arrived tody and am waiting on these two to arrive. i will probably do the bear first and then the other two but now i feel tempted to buy the other pooh characters so i have the entire set.
planning: packing my bag so i can leave in the morning to go to the elvis festival in parkes with my dad, stepmum and brother. they are going to renew their vows with elvis!

Edited at 2011-01-07 12:44 pm (UTC)
7th-Jan-2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
7th-Jan-2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
I'm so bad at knitting! What helped you learn to make such lovely things so quickly?
7th-Jan-2011 02:11 pm (UTC)
Hanging out with lots of knitters! It really helped that, whenever I got stuck, I could go to emilytheslayer, asciikitty, kythryne, whoever and say "HALP." I don't know that I'd've been able to stick with it otherwise.

I am still not awesome! The scarf I linked to has two options: knit two scarves and sew them together, or knit it in the round. I'm doing the former because I still cannot for the life of me join in the round without twisting stitches. I have wristwarmers I'll be making soon where I have to do that, but that's not as many stitches to keep straight; the scarf would be over 250. I can't not screw that up!

I'm pretty good at lace, but I've yet to try cables (again, cabled wristwarmers in the round coming up!), and I've yet to attempt an actual fitted article of clothing. What I've done is get better at figuring out not just what I find pretty and want to own, but what I enjoy knitting and what will drive me crazy.

Edited at 2011-01-07 02:11 pm (UTC)
7th-Jan-2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
I never tried lace or cables before! I'm still looking for beginner patterns that aren't ugly where I can learn how to do cables, lace, ribbing, all of it. It'd be cool to have local friends who are knitters, but I don't, not really.

Joining in the round is hard. That's one of the things I want to learn most, because I'd like to make myself hats that fit well over all of my hair.
7th-Jan-2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
My first sorta-lace was the Lemon Squeezy Wrap, which I did with recycled sari silk. It's not really lace lace, but it gets you used to the yarnover/knit two together thing that, along with slip-slip-knit, creates almost all lace patterns. Bonus: it knits up fast, so you get a sense of accomplishment.

The videos here are great, and were my saving grace when I didn't want to bug my friends. I just was not getting ssk from written descriptions, but one glance at the video and I had it.

If you can purl, ribbing gets really easy really fast; my first-ever project was just 1x1 ribbing. If you can't purl yet - *points to videos*

Cables I dunno. I'm trying these for my first cable project. Wish me luck!
7th-Jan-2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
Wearing: Green overshirt, green fleece, jeans, skeleton fingerless gloves.
Reading: The Coyote Road
Writing: More Wonder City Stories. Oh, and a bunch of software doc.
Planning: Work. Physical therapy. Work again. Trip to doc to see if I can get antibiotics for looming ear infection. Then home. And sleeeeeep.
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7th-Jan-2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
Yes. Yes, you do.
7th-Jan-2011 05:22 pm (UTC)
Wearing: Wellesley "124 years of women on top" t-shirt and track pants, which is kind of odd because I do not run. But they are warm. And rainbow knee socks.

Reading: Villette by Charlotte Bronte and various textbooks I'm using.

Writing: Syllabi and hopefully getting some time in on a manuscript this weekend.

Crafting: A scarf for that guy I married to replace the gorgeous 7th wedding anniversary scarf that he promptly lost. Also will probably cast on for a hat to use up some leftover yarn. Also I have some sewing projects to cut out before Crafting Boot Camp V: Subtitle To Be Determined Later next weekend.

Planning: Today, working and cleaning and watching Netflix and stashbusting. Tomorrow, if it's not snowing, more of the same plus some quality writing time and maybe a party with that guy I married. Sunday I spend 4 hours proctoring a test at a site 45 minutes away. Hopefully it will not snow.
7th-Jan-2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
Red Lantern Shadesong is a terrifying image.

I should commission it from someone. ;)
7th-Jan-2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Ha. Do you really *want* to look at that?

(When do you arrive for Arisia?)
7th-Jan-2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
(Friday afternoon, probably early.)
7th-Jan-2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
Wearing: dark wash jeans and a black tee that reads "peace. love. joy." in red, white and green crystals. It's a Christmas shirt but you know, with words like those, it's hard to put it away for 11 months!

Reading: Real Energy by Isaac Bonewits, the latest Kim Harrison book is waiting for me to have several hours of consecutive free time.

Writing: Moar job bullshit, resolutions and hopefully creating an actual blog on my massage site.

Crafting: Maddy's star-afghan is done so blocking that today, starting to knit a dishcloth today/tomorrowish - gotta master circular needles sometime!

Planning: Plotting then doing errands in a fuel efficient manner, two workouts, blocking said blanket for favorite 5-year-old, photographing blanket and new hair color, hopefully rendez-vousing later with one of my bffs. Tomorrow is chatelaine/hausfrau day plus doing some business planning by the words of one of my favorite bloggers.

Ugh and I effing loathe the word blog (it's really not pretty) and all its forms. Yet here it is, part of my lexicon. It's like hating a song on the radio and then finding yourself singing it a few months later because you've heard it so often. It will NOT be my ringtone, damnit.
7th-Jan-2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
Wearing: black flowy shirt with bold red and white flowers on it, the only damn jeans that fit me anymore, a grey fleece since it's so cold in this office. Tonight I'll be replacing the fleece with a pretty dark green scarf I just got for Christmas.

Reading: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Powerful damn book. It's making me want to go and watch the movie again, too.

Writing: ATM I'm writing about western bluebirds for a report for work. I have another writing project at home involving peregrine falcons.

Crafting: I finally picked up my cross-stitching again, so I've been working on the napping puppy piece.

Planning: Chiropractor appointment after work, and then heading over to my friend's apartment for her birthday party. There shall by much debauchery! Tomorrow night I'd like to go clubbing if I can, I need to dance! So possibly joining the birthday girl at Spellbound, or some other friends at Midnight.
7th-Jan-2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Elayna's reading that too! :)
8th-Jan-2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks you! *squee*
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