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