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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Thor's Day 
20th-Jan-2011 09:13 am
Happy birthday to devoken!

Hello to new readers blythe025, justinhowe, and trinker!

State of the 'Song
Breathing a little easier today; not much, but a little. I will take this as a good sign.

Poor Elayna is home sick with me; thankfully her breathing is okay, but she has a fever.

Buy Books!
You should do that in general, of course. But thesilentpoet is selling some great stuff to fund her trip to the ArLis conference. Take a look!

Daily Science
There is more to the eye than rods and cones — the discovery of a third photoreceptor is rewriting the visual rulebook.

Finish my Arisia recaps and write the bonus post about no-sex-at-Arisia. Hopefully. Depends how much brain I have. Also depending how much brain I have, teaching myself how to knit on DPNs.

Yes, I know this post is sparse. I'm sick, I got nothin'.
20th-Jan-2011 02:13 pm (UTC)
Hey, feel better soon.
20th-Jan-2011 02:20 pm (UTC)

Notes about dpns: some people leave slack at the changes between needs. two ways that I know of to correct: tighten by hand, or knit the first stitch from the next needle onto the current needle. The other issue I've had with dpns is stitches falling off them, but that's why I go with longer ones. Or knit tighter. That's all I can think of, but if you need help, feel free to ask.
20th-Jan-2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
That's what happens to my husband all the time -- the stitches "ladder" in between needles. He has to really tighten up at the joins to avoid that. When he does socks, knitting the first stitch onto the next needle messes up the overall stitch count for when he gets to the heel flap...
20th-Jan-2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
Knitting with DPNs is still tricky for me, but nothing beats the feeling of "Oh wow, that looks so cool!" that happens once you get 10 or 20 rows hanging off of them.

Good luck!
20th-Jan-2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
Oooh, DPNs. I've discovered that I vastly prefer them to cable needles whenever possible, now that I've tried wooden DPNs instead of aluminium (of of which the stitches just tend to sliiiiiiiide). If you need to ask random questions about it (although you may in fact already have a knitting guru closer to you to tug on), feel free to ping me. :D
20th-Jan-2011 03:23 pm (UTC)

Thank you, and feel better!
20th-Jan-2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
What are you knitting in the round? I just rediscovered Priscilla Gibson-Roberts's short-row technique for heels and toes, and I am smitten. No need to pick up stitches, and only a teeny bit of finishing.
20th-Jan-2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Wristwarmers - the crazy-ribs pattern.
20th-Jan-2011 04:44 pm (UTC) - Mmm, science...
About your science line: I quasi-stumbled upon the Wikipedia article while writing this because I've always been confused by people who put out blue lights at Christmas-time. It kind of hurts to look at them - they're all fuzzy in a disturbing way. Evidently, that's not the case for everyone, and it might have something to do with these receptors.
21st-Jan-2011 12:44 am (UTC) - Re: Mmm, science...
Hiya! (We have friends in common, and your Arisia reports finally enticed me.)

I wonder how this new visual perception correlates with tetrachromats?
21st-Jan-2011 12:47 am (UTC) - Re: Mmm, science...
Oh, and thank you for the welcome in your current state of health. I wish you a speedy recovery.
22nd-Jan-2011 04:04 pm (UTC) - Re: Mmm, science...
Thanks! I'm feeling pretty flattened by this, which is very frustrating; I just had something like it last month. No fair!
23rd-Jan-2011 12:42 am (UTC) - Re: Mmm, science...
There should be a "no, thanks, gave at the office" option on horrible crud like this! (I'm glad that the kids and I have stopped passing around the green crud of doom, finally. Halloween to New Year's is too damned long a stretch.)
20th-Jan-2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
I'm sending Gir over with everything he needs to make you some lovely fresh chicken soup. I'm sure it'll get there fine...
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