Snapshot – State of the Onion

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It’s been a rough couple of weeks. Normally I try to post three times a week, but things will be lighter through the summer. This is the current state of play:

Knitting:

Going to the yarn store in the hope of picking up another skein or two in my dyelot because of row gauge issues on Eris. I’m in the "knit stocking stitch until your head explodes" part of the pattern. I have a skein of Mama Blue BFL sock yarn wound up but not swatched in case of head explosions, and an Adipose that’s missing a leg and a face and a destination address (Bristow, where are you?). Love how Eris looks now that I can try it on.

Spinning

Working on 4oz of pin drafted Cormo, undyed white, squishy soft, and lovely to spin. Slowly filling a bobbin. I want to try spinning the carbonised bamboo on my lightest spindle and maybe get a support spindle for the Pima cotton Rox sent me.

Writing

Urban fairy story #2 is in progress. I’m secretly hoping someone in the post-NaNo writing group will borrow one of my characters for their story, I love the cross-connections that form between stories. I know the plot, I just need to get it written. And come up with a plot for NaNoWriMo this year. Got a potential setting (Europe circa 850AD) but no-one to put there.

Snapshot – September 2007

Reading:

Finished a fascinating book over the long weekend: Another day in the frontal lobe by Katrina Firlik, a neurosurgeon.

The Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine is my other current read. Finished Ill Wind, started (but not finished) Heat Stroke, and got most of the way through Chill Factor.

Listening to:

Plain White Ts: Hey there Delilah

Ladytron: Beauty 2

Loreena McKennitt: The Mummer’s Dance

Regina Spektor: Better

Watching

NCIS season 4 on iTunes. Love this show! Hubby’s parents got us hooked one time when we visited.

The Dresden Files season 1, which has been canned by the Sci-Fi channel. It was an excellent story of a present-day Chicago wizard helping the police.

Knitting:

Seraphim Shawl, only 10 rows to go now. Never thought I’d be a shawl wearer, but this will definitely get worn.

Next up are Boudica socks, also by Miriam Felton, then maybe some socks with the Lipstick Lava yarn from Dream in Color.

Spinning

The never ending 8oz of superwash merino on my wheel (2.5oz done so far, I’ve been avoiding it).

Baby camel fluff on my Kundert spindle.

Snapshot – March 2007

Reading: Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko.

Writing: A mystery short story, and editing my 2006 NaNoWriMo novel for Bristow.

Listening to: Witching Hour by Ladytron.

Knitting: Chiral socks (my own design) with Sweet Georgia Superwash Sock in Slayer from The Loopy Ewe.

Spinning: 2oz hand-dyed tussah silk from Spunky Eclectic.

Watching: House MD, season 1.

Women’s knitting morning is tomorrow, on the second Saturday of every month. Border’s Cafe on Brentwood from 10 till 12, come and join us! I have one chiral sock almost complete, and I need some help designing socks for Martha. Picked up Folk Socks by Nancy Bush on my birthday and there are some interesting new heels and toes to try.

Figured out my main spinning problem is impatience, leading to lack of decent drafting, overly thick singles, and saying "stuff it, this is good enough" when it really isn’t. Spinning 2oz of silk, instead of the usual 4oz, might help, plus this stuff is amazing shades of cream, scarlet, burgundy, and dark red.

Writing a mystery is hard work, more so because I only have 1500 words to play with. For inspiration and writing-avoidance, I finished reading Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko, and moved onto Day Watch, the second part of the trilogy. The layers upon layers of scheming by the characters is incredible. The books are about the Others, who are magicians, witches, vampires, and shape-changers that have chosen to be good or evil. Night Watch monitors the Dark Others to make sure they don’t get out of line. Day Watch monitors the Light Others, and ordinary people are caught in between. Well worth reading!

Snapshot – March 2006

Listening to Train "For Me, It’s You" and Emiliana Torrini "Love In The Time Of Science". I have to be in the right mood for Emiliana, but she’s written some beautiful mellow songs, definitely worth listening to. The Train CD was a birthday gift from Hubby and I love it! It’s in the car, which is the highest honour I can bestow on a CD. Also listening to Alanis Morissette’s cover of Crazy. I loved the original by Seal, and she did a great job of it.

Reading Crawford Killian Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, P.G. Wodehouse Very Good Jeeves, and Anne Lamott Traveling Mercies. I have an eight week sci-fi writing course starting at Writer’s Village University on the 22nd, and Killian is the textbook. I picked an eight week course to break me in gently for the six week journalling course I’ve failed to complete twice already.

Geeking out about a new WordPress theme, Painted Desert. I might try it if I can get all my headers and footers in order. It’s the first theme that’s really caught my eye. It’s left-menu, not a right-menu like the rest of the site, but it’d be nice to have a change once in a while. Also need to install the WordPress 2.0.2 upgrade. WordPress upgrades are painless providing you don’t delete your config file in the process. The coders have a sense of humour too. You start the upgrade at a given URL on Step One, click the relevant link, wait a few seconds, and get a message saying "You’re done, go play!".

Snapshot – November 2002

Currently:

Reading The Hundred Years War by Desmond Seward

Listening to Let Go by Avril Lavigne

Watching Babylon 5 season one DVDs

Programming test code for the CalendarPanel on Chronicle

Looking for a hassle-free flute pre-amp that works

(NOT Barcus Berry, theirs was nothing but trouble and is now

an expensive paperweight)

Wishing for many things, but especially a GPS unit, a Digital

Blasphemy membership, and a few extra hours in the day

Learning unit testing (JUnit and IntelliJ Idea) and touch typing

Planning Christmas shopping