Freitag, Oktober 26, 2007


Due to technical difficulties in my life, this blog is still a big waste of time to look at.

I am still working on the same stinkin' composition.

My parents will be here next week for my mom to have a workup at the memory loss clinic. Thanks to stress over this, I have been up every night all week for anywhere from two to four hours with a headache. I should blog in the nighttime, but somehow I just don't have that much creative energy at 4:00 a.m. with my head in a towel after running hot water over my head for half an hour.

I will take my parents back to Idaho on Halloween (little sister is picking them up). So I am missing Halloween this year. The family is coming over on Sunday instead.

After that maybe I will get back to a more normal routine.

We tried hard to get my parents to move down here, even just for the winter. Dad refuses. Well, he has always been a difficult parent. Why should that change just because he is turning 80 next year?

Freitag, Oktober 19, 2007

Why do I have 60 lbs of chocolate in my front hall?

Because I can't lift the box to move it somewhere else?

The mailman and UPS delivery person really went nuts yesterday. I got:

Fruit and chocolate from Sharman
(I have to share these with various people)

Sock club kits from Yarn Pirate and Dharmafey's Harry Potter Covers

The Harry Potter yarn came with a cute snake marker

My Fratello kit came from Yarnissima on Wednesday.

Note: this is a unique colorway of Wollmeise, only available with this kit. It is a beautiful mahogany color. You want this kit.

The reason my kit doesn't look as nice as Nartian's

Photo by Nartian, used by permission

is because mine was attacked by Che, who chewed off all the cute add-ons, which included such cat attractants as feathers and raffia.
Besides which Nartian is a better photographer.

I was determined to finish my Cluckula socks.

Socks that Rock Count Cluckula, Rainbow Socks pattern from Magknits

I continued the short-row pattern into the ribbing and added Tim Burton-inspired edging.

Experimentation has demonstrated that the Spooky socks are not, in fact, going to stay up in their current form. I have some yarn left. I think I will pick up around the edge and knit a ribbed lining for the top on the inside.

Yarn Pirate Spooky colorway in WendyKnits Frogwarts pattern

Currently listening to

but turning it off shortly to put in another hour on my composition. I was surprised to realize the other day that the reason it is hard is that writing is work. Some people actually do it for a living. Who knew.

Donnerstag, Oktober 18, 2007

Just a quick note

  • Four Three reasons to shower with the light off

  • 1. It is warmer. I'm not kidding try it. Turn off the light, and the bathroom is suddenly at least five degrees warmer.

    2. Norman Bates will not be able to find you if the light is off.

    3. If the light is off, you can close your eyes and pretend you are asleep. You can put off getting up by at least ten minutes this way.

    4. I actually thought of a fourth reason this morning while I was in the shower, but I have already forgotten it.

    Note: Just put your shampoo and conditioner in the same order every time you put them back so you can tell which is which in the dark.

  • Note to Stargate Atlantis

  • Did you mean to give Weir a craniotomy in the Adrift episode? Because a craniectomy would probably be fatal.

    subnote: Yes, I just got caught up on three weeks' worth of Stargates. I've been busy.

  • Note to Bella in Eclipse

  • Girl, you have no personality. You have no interests. You have nothing going for you except smelling good to vampires. If you become a vampire you will not have even that. Just sayin'.

    I wonder why everyone else I know who is reading that book is between the ages of 12 and 16? Could that be a message to me in some way?

  • I am still knitting sometimes

  • I am starting to run out of Count Cluckula, so I must be nearly through with my Cluckula Rainbow socks. I will take a picture soon. Right now I am at the library at the music building between a rehearsal and a colloquium. Or however you spell it.

    I am a little worried that the Spooky socks will not stay up. I opted not to use ribbing because I wanted the tendrils/worms/Medusa hair to grow organically out of the stockinette stitch. But the tendrils are heavy. I brought the second one to finish working in the ends in the colloquiem. Or however you spell it. Testing of whether or not they stay up could begin as early as tomorrow.

    The recorder piece is going pretty well. I gave out parts for as much as I have done, but that covers our concert on 12/1. I will finish it when I get home (and tomorrow, and Saturday, and Sunday, and Monday . . .) and hopefully we will play the whole thing on 12/6.

    That's all for now. I have to go forage for quarters for the meter. Plus I have exceeded my non-academic computer time limit.

    Mittwoch, Oktober 10, 2007

    Vampire or Werewolf? Jekyll or Hyde?

    Who is Count Cluckula, really?

    By day he appears as a mild-mannered gentlechicken, conservative in a grey flannel suit, helping little old hens across the street.

    But the Count has a darker side.

    It has even been suggested that he is not, in fact, a chicken vampire, but a yarn vampire. Could Count Cluckula be a moth?

    I tend to think not. I suspect that he is, in fact, not a vampire of any kind, but rather a werechicken. His Jekyll and Hyde behavior indicates some type of double personality, perhaps triggered, not by the moon as in a normal werewolf, but by the Ott Lite.

    At first glance, Count Cluckula wound into a ball could remind one of a particularly evil colorway of Red Heart 8-ply. However, once you get to know him, you see that the resemblance is only superficial.

    Scary he might be.

    Evil, never.

    See previous post for pattern and yarn information.

    Dienstag, Oktober 09, 2007

    The Oysters of Alderaan

    A long time ago,
    In a galaxy far, far away . . .
    Or maybe a week or so ago
    In New Jersey . . .

    . . . My daughter and a co-worker were on their way to lunch when DD's former supervisor walked by. She had transferred out of the supervisor's department because she couldn't stand him, so the co-worker thought a comment was appropriate.

    CW: I feel a great disturbance in the Force,
    as if millions of clams suddenly cried out in terror,
    and were suddenly silenced.

    DD: Clams?

    CW: Clams, oysters, I always get them mixed up.

    DD: Oysters?

    CW: You know, it's what Obi-Wan says when the Death Star blows up the planet Alderaan. "Millions of oysters cried out in terror."

    DD: He didn't say oysters, he said voices.

    CW: No, he said oysters. I've seen that movie a hundred times.

    DD: It's voices! How could it be oysters? They never talk about "The Oysters of Alderaan."

    It's hard to fathom how someone who has seen Star Wars a hundred times could hear "oysters" every time, but don't we all have song lyrics we've heard wrong (Sam and Janet Evening, Round John Virgin, Donzerlee Light . . .), and movie lines we've had to run the DVD five times to hear (I put the subtitles on when it gets that bad).

    I think I mentioned last time that I started the Rainbow Socks from Magknits in Count Cluckula. I decided to do them toe-up, even though it may mean some fudging on the short-row design as I approach the heel.

    I have learned a few things.

  • 1. If you are going to knit the pattern bass-ackwards, at least check to find out how the heel is supposed to allign to the leg.

  • It turns out that the short row pattern starts on the side of the sock, not center back. My design is a quarter turn off, and doesn't look as interesting from the front. It will get frogged tonight.

  • 2. Do not try to knit two short-row anythings at the same time on two circular needles.

  • Hey, at least I was smart enough not to try Magic Loop. Each sock now has its own circ and I am doing them one pattern repeat at a time. At least sock #2 is oriented correctly.

  • 3. If you mess with the stitch count before you know what you're doing, you may be sorry.

  • I increased the stitch count to 68 stitches, since a 56-stitch sock on #1 needles seemed too small for me. The last line of the directions for the short row section don't quite work. It seemed to me that they should work, since I increased by a multiple of four. However, the pattern kind of eats up stitches in multiples of five because you work the "turned stitch" (I am wrapping a la Cat Bordhi) and then knit four more stitches.

    OK, I may have to frog back to the toe on both socks. Huh.

  • 4. If you buy yarn that is black, green, purple, red, yellow, orange, and grey it is going to look pretty scary knitted up.

  • Hey, it's Count Cluckula. Vampires are supposed to be scary.

    Lightweight Count Cluckula

    Montag, Oktober 08, 2007

    I am still here

    I am on a project-starting kick.

    I cast on the Yarn Tree Club sock, which is in cochineal-dyed Hand Jive Knits Nature's Palette sock yarn and has a really pretty twisted-stitch pattern. I am about half-way through the ribbing.

    I cast on Wiggles and Waves, a baby sweater in Print O' the Wave pattern, (sorry, I don't have a link for it) in STR mediumweight "Gingerbread Dude" with "Brick" trim.

    I cast on the socks from MagKnits in STR Count Cluckula.

    I swatched, did Herculean calculations, and cast on Brambling for Princess P. in cotton chenille yarn that is absolutely nothing like the yarn called for in the pattern, and which has a completely different knitting gauge from its finished, washed gauge (boy, I sure hope my math was right).

    At dinner Laurel had said Princess practice her Princessly table manners, conversational skills, and the elbow wave. I was a bad example and discussed recipes for cooking rats, over dessert.

    I did not take any pictures of knitting. Maybe I will later.

    I finished section one of three on my recorder piece, but I don't like the end of the section and need to fix it in the morning. I mean, later today. I think I know exactly what to do on section two, but a lot of times when I sit down to work thinking I am Mozart, when I get to work I find out that I am really Tan. OK, this doesn't happen a lot of the time. It happens all the time. What a surprise.

    Wish me luck.
    No tickers