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Thor's Day 
13th-Oct-2011 11:34 am
...how is it Thursday already? Oh yeah, Elayna had Monday and Tuesday off from school. That's why this feels like Tuesday.

Hello to new reader katyakoshka!

State of the 'Song
Stressmonkeyish due to housing bullshit, but physically okay.

The deadline to sign up for panels is this Saturday!

I remind you also that a lot of people sign up for panels; I have 20 or so interested in some of the panels on my track. The best thing you can do to get on the panels you're interested in is a) rank them and b) write a comment about why you want to be on them. All of the track managers have a lot to wade through, and I know that I personally will always evaluate panelists who leave comments first. If five people have left great comments about the topic and the rest of the interested people said nothing, guess who's getting on the panel? If you are really interested in a panel, tell us. We don't know your life. Tell us why you'd kick ass on that panel.

Also, poets, the Speculative Poetry Slam is now on the panel list. Want to read your poetry? Sign up!

Also: Arisia Lightning Talks! Like 5-minute TED talks! You can sign up for them! I might. What do you want me to talk about for 5 minutes?

I am pretty sure I am failing utterly at the auction-winner's shawl! It's a thing having to do with the beaded yarnovers, and I need to have a Knitting Grownup take a look at it; it may in fact be beyond my current skill level. I'm only on row 11, but I don't want to persevere and keep screwing up and then have to redo the whole thing.

So given that I'm on pause with that, I finally have time to knit something for myself, and I'm having the worst choice paralysis. I haven't knitted anything for myself since August. I'm torn! Things I am tossing around:

* Georgia sleeves in Malabrigo Sock (Candombe)
* Crossfield Shawl - but as a lap blanket, in Malabrigo Rios (Zarzamora)
* Shipwreck Shawl seems like too big a project to take on between like this, but I have been craving it. In Mind's Eye hand-dyed, gunmetal.
* Vortex Shawl in Tosh Merino Light (Boxwood)
* Stockholm Scarf in Malabrigo Silky Merino (Ravelry Red)
* Nautilina in Sundara Fingering Silky Merino (Ruby Port)
* Pole in KnitPicks Gloss Heavy Worsted (Wine)

So apparently I want to be working in deep reds, greens, or purple/blues. I need the sleeves most, but I think I want the blanket most; thing is; it's designed as a laceweight shawl, and no one's done it in worsted yet, so I don't know what needle size to use, etc. Clearly I want to be knitting in the round. I'm still intimidated by Pole, but I really want it. Erf.

And I have to keeping talking myself out of defaulting to baby jackets and gifts for other people, because it is time to do a thing for me.

Sometimes it is hard to do a thing for me.

Which makes it more important that I deliberately do so.

Plus, with my stress level the way it is, sitting down with a movie and a knitting project for myself is a good way to ground myself.

Link Soup
* Hey new parents! kythryne has just come out with a line of baby-friendly necklaces! Get you some!
* On blogging, threats, and silence.

Daily Science
The hazy history of Titan's air.

Should go to the grocery store while it's not pouring. Then writing stuff, then doing the slow-cooker portion of dinner, then knitting stuff. I think. I hope.
13th-Oct-2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
Use a size 10 needle for the lap blanket. Or maybe even a 10 1/2.
Swatch (I didn't look at the pattern. If you start by casting on just a few stitches, swatch by doing the first couple-few rows.)
If you hate the fabric, go up or down a needle size to produce fabric you don't hate.
13th-Oct-2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
13th-Oct-2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, Arisia goddess, how does one sign up for panels if one has not been a panelist previously? I'd like to peek at them and, if it seems like I can contribute anything worthy, maybe sign up for a couple.
13th-Oct-2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
You apply to be a panelist... by the beginning of August.

E-mail me your request, and I'll put you on my panelist-invite list for Arisia 2013!
13th-Oct-2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
How do you sign up for the Poetry Slam? Is there an age limit? My teen has several SF based works at this point and might be interested in a Slam format.

14th-Oct-2011 12:35 am (UTC)
No age limit, but you'd have to be on the panelist list... hm. Maybe I can do at-con signups too.
14th-Oct-2011 01:32 am (UTC)
I can probably help with the shawl this weekend, or we could G+ hangout like, right now if you want.
14th-Oct-2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
Sunday maybe?
14th-Oct-2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
Sounds good!
14th-Oct-2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
What time are you available? I'll be out most of the afternoon, I think...
14th-Oct-2011 01:18 pm (UTC)
I've got nothing going on, so whenever works for you is fine.
14th-Oct-2011 02:41 am (UTC)
Hi Song,

I have a favor to ask - can you post my clothing sale in a link roundup soon? I need to come up with about $800 for this month's medications. Lots of OOAK, costume-y pieces plus male and female basics, all prices negotiable.

14th-Oct-2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
Signal boosted - good luck!
14th-Oct-2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
Many thanks sweetie!
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