Sonntag, April 27, 2008

Quick DVD Review

I Am Legend is too scary to watch by yourself at night.

Just sayin'.

Donnerstag, April 24, 2008

Happy Birthday, Paul!

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Paul says it always snowed on his birthday when he was growing up in Denver. Maybe it followed him here.

You Can Tell You're Spending Too Much Time on the Internet When:

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It was Cherry Tree Hill "Serengeti"


I might kick Trusty off the couch and work on my Firebird kit for a while.

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After I put all the yarn into the new Trusty-proof bins I bought for the very purpose.

Mittwoch, April 23, 2008

If you can read this you are pretty smart

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Movie Reviews



Some personal movies-on-DVD reviews:

Enchanted: Enchanting--but did she end up with the right prince or not? What you think seems to depend on your marital status rather than your age. Only I need to watch it again without a 3-year-old so I can check out the Evil Witch sections.

Sweeney Todd: Music by Sondheim; directed by Tim Burton; acting by Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Alan Rickman (and Timothy Spall, a Harry Potter bad guy who was also in Enchanted). It's superb art if you've got a strong stomach. I had to hide my eyes a lot.

Dienstag, April 22, 2008

Critical Mass?

Has my stash achieved a mass that will result in implosion and stellar-core-level fusion if I buy one more skein?

I looked at a Loopy Ewe update and did not see anything I couldn't live without.

I went to Blue Moon Fiber Arts and did not want anything.

I missed the Yarn Pirate update and did not feel bad.

My stash could be complete.

Or I could just be exhausted from a weekend with Gollum and a 10-hour drive (there and back again) to deposit said addict and her enabler at their home.

Paul says, "Did talking about your Uncle Parley's alcoholism make any difference?"

Nope. He died with 2/3 of his last case of vodka still undrunk beside the bed.

I love Gollum Mom, but boy does she make me tired.

You know, I might not be dead yet. I did sort of want the special Earth Day colorway Tina did.

Dienstag, April 08, 2008

Always Optimistic

It has been brought to my attention that I didn't blog for a month.

You could blame it on Ravelry. You could blame it on hand therapy (45 minutes, twice a day). You could blame it on Trusty (because the new camera and I are still getting adjusted), organ lessons, too many knitting projects, and me trying to improve my German language skills before we go to Austria in the fall.

And this morning, right after my piano student leaves, I have to run into Salt Lake to get blood drawn for the annual endocrinology rodeo* which starts tomorrow.

But I'm OK. Thanks for asking :)

I'm still shopping. Do you want to see what I bought? I have ten minutes before my piano student comes.

Queued up and ready to go:

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On left: Half Blood Prince from Cosmic Fibers; on the right, Scarlet Fleece sock yarn in Mexican Sunflower


Blue Moon Fiber Arts has some new yarns on their website. These are the ones I have had time to photograph:

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Silk Thread 2 in Typhoon Tina


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WooBu in Just Right Red


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WooBu in Typhoon Tina


I have more photos on Flickr if you want click on any of these and look around. I need to wake Trusty up and take him out before my student comes. Don't you feel sorry for a five-year-old with an 8:00 a.m. piano lesson?

*Don't check the newsfeeds for information on this. It's my own personal quest. I have to have a scan every couple of years to make sure my thyroid cancer has not reappeared. They draw about a gallon of blood and test for five or six things. I have to go in fasting, so my brain is non-functional right now. Then I go on an iodine-free diet for several weeks--no seafood, no eating out, other restrictions. Then I get a couple shots in the you-know of something called Thyrogen, which allows me to stay on my thyroid medication before the scan. Then I get a small dose of nuclear stuff and lie in a non-threatening machine for an hour and am bored out of my head. That's it. The Endocrinology Rodeo.

Montag, April 07, 2008

An Open Letter to Rick Mondragon

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Dear Rick,

Are you trying to tell us you're tired of your job? Or is this a late April Fool's joke?

When this design came in, you could have suggested the designer rework it as a lampshade. If you really, for some reason, liked the design, you could have suggested that the designer pick a different yarn or a different colorway. But above all, once you decided to use this design on a person and in this yarn, why the heck did you put it on the cover?

Thank you. That will be all.

Tan


To be completely fair, it's not just Rick. Take, for example, this sock:

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Digitessa by Yarnissima


I knew by the time I was 2" into the pattern that my gauge was off. Way off, as in my circumference is 2 cm. smaller than the pattern calls for, and 4 cm. smaller than my actual foot. I could have gone up a needle size. I could have modified the pattern, although with Yarnissima patterns that's not easy. I could even have changed yarns, although I love the yarn. But I didn't do any of those things. I kept right on knitting. And you know how I knit these days. There are two of them, identically too tight.

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The difference between Rick and me is that I can frog my sock and reknit it, and no one will know outside of you, me, and the Yarnissima group on Ravelry. Rick's mistake is Out There. Say, maybe he used a different cover on the newsstand. Boah! I sure hope so!
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