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... about walking into the nearest of the local yarn shops after work on Friday when it's -22C (with a -33C windchill) and there's nobody else in there except the owner. Priorities people! This kind of cold should be sending the urge to make warm things into overdrive.

My own excuse for being in there (when you all know I have mountains of yarn in all kinds of colours at home) was that the hat whose crown I'm deepening to make it more suitable for winter wear has deceived me and it had become obvious that I was going to lose (badly) any attempt at playing yarn chicken with it. The home yarn mountains do contain more skeins of that yarn but not in that colour. Nothing even close. So a trip to acquire another skein of the "Volcan" colourway was essential.

And only three more skeins in addition to that came home to keep it company (so only a 75% increase over original shopping list ... I've been known to do a lot worse when surrounded by squishy pretties)

In the meantime, as a sub for a hat I've been wearing that colour pooling cowl with the "hood" end upwards ... it is VERY warm! :-)
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At the butcher shop after work tonight:

Staff 1: Hey, it's warmed up to minus 19!
Staff 2: Supposed to be minus 13 on Saturday; I'll have to get out my shorts.
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Great accomplishment of this evening: ripped back my Bloody Stupid Johnson to the row where I began decreasing it, threaded a needle back through and am now reknitting it to have a deeper crown (so it'll be a decent-length hat instead of the shorter beanie-type it turned out to be). Should have done this ages ago but kept thinking "tomorrow." Cold weather is, however, a great incentive. Luckily Peaks Island Hood kept me cozy to and from work today**. :-)

**It works like this; the hood part is actually deep enough to cover the entire head with the front edge extending far enough forward to shelter one's face a bit as well.
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One thing I find an ereader/ebooks very useful for is the ability to try out a new-to-me author ... I can sample and decide whether something is a pretty-good-but-I'm-happy-to-have-read-it-once, must-read-the-entire-series-NOW! or will-definitely-happily-re-read-this-a-zillion-times and thus decide whether or not to commit always-finite bookcase space ('cause for books I love and will re-read I much prefer to have hard copies ... they've a permanency that cannot be guaranteed by any electronic edition and this is how the next generation will know what I, personally, thought was worthwhile (same with downloadable music ... fine and convenient but I'd rather have a CD whenever possible*)

I read Paul Cornell's first novel on my Kobo and then purchased that and every subsequent title of his in bound paper format (hardcover whenever possible) because he is just that good ("London Falling" is responsible for that if you're curious).

And now ...

Today I started reading Andrzej Sapkowski's "Sword of Destiny for the first time and I haven't even FINISHED the first story in the anthology yet and already this entire series is DEFINITELY going onto the buy-in-paper list. Haven't had this much fun reading sword'n'sorcery fantasy since I first discovered Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser tales. Marvelous storytelling and characters! And hallelujah for a good translator which is just as vital as good writing in the original language. (P.S. I know the Kobo site says this title is volume 2 in the series but according to other sources it's actually the first one written/published ... the series numbering is based on internal chronology rather than publication order)

Highly recommended!!!!!

*partly permanence ... I've had one download seller shut down on me already so my multiple backups are my only protection against losing everything I bought from them ... but mainly because the big, best-sound-quality speakers I have are hooked up to the amplifier in the living room with the comfy couch and armchair (current computer speakers are pretty good but by no means the best for listening to every detail of music)

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For my friends who would like to have non-ordinary socks without having to learn how to knit them themselves: Sock of the Month Club

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At the time of this post, shortly after midnight, it's +4C outside. Winter will abruptly begin in 5, 4, 3 ...

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I haven't forgotten the pink sock of insanity, it's just that my hands needed a break from the stresses of dense twisted stitches on a small scale. While this shawl's lace yarn is maybe 1/4 the size of the sock yarn and the needles I'm using are .25 mm smaller than the sock's, lace is knitted much more loosely than socks are so the muscles in my hands/fingers are much more relaxed right now.

P.S. I realize that shrinking down the image enough to not explode other people's monitors makes the stitch patterning a little hard to see. If you go to my Ravelry project page for this shawl, click on the top photo (the most recent), and then click on it again within the photos pop-up then you'll have a magnified view.

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Natural Histories: 51 episodes available at the time of this post. :-)

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And now Ron Glass. :-( My teen self had such a crush on him in his Barney Miller years.
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Do you know what the problem is? We find ourselves in the last of the three generations history chooses to repeat every now and then. The first generation needs a god, and so they invent one. The second erects temples to that god and tries to imitate him. And the third uses the marble from those temples to build brothels in which to worship their own greed, lust, and dishonesty. And that is why gods and heroes are always, inevitably, succeeded by mediocrities, cowards, and imbeciles.

--The Fencing Master, by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

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Just finished watching "The Maltese Falcon" (Bogart edition ... there was another film version before his). So glad I re-read the novel first because that refresher just made the perfection of the casting and performances, and how closely the movie followed the novel shine even more. A few scenes missing but those were worked around nicely ... understandable that the Sam and Brigid sex scene would have been an onscreen no-no back then, as would be the one where he made her strip to prove she hadn't stolen the money from Gutman's envelope. Ditto for the single encounter between Sam and Gutman's daughter (who isn't mentioned in the movie at all). And all the little descriptive moments from the book that made it onscreen were fun, the best being Effie perched on Sam's desk and rolling his cigarette for him ... the way she did it is straight off the page. :-)

Short version: 'twas a wonderful treat! I'm simultaneously sorry that it took me so long to finally watch this and glad that I did leave a few classics to enjoy as new discoveries later in life instead of seeing them all on late-night TV in my teens.

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Pumpkin Spice Yogurt. Now kicking myself that I hadn't been over to the slightly-further-away grocery store because this is a limited edition, there was only one container in the cooler and it was on sale. So most likely I lucked out and this was the very last one they had.

Krema is divine in its own right ... a Greek yogurt so thick it's more like cream cheese than yogurt (just in density though, it's definitely a yogurt texture). Whole milk, all natural ingredients. And then they go and package it fruit-on-the-bottom style with a layer of actual spiced pumpkin ready to be stirred in to make yummy dark orange swirls! I can only hope that it'll appear again next autumn.

Ah well, at least there are lots of other flavours available year 'round.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING PART TWO TO MY BUDDIES IN THE UNITED STATES!!!!!
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... when they're in the shiny! new! thing! novelty phase. Decided I should throw in something for scale since my nattering about laceweight yarn is pretty meaningless to non-stitchers. Coin at top is a dime (ten cent piece), the smallest Canadian coin (same size as the American dime but ours, of course, has Elizabeth II on one side and the Bluenose on the other). For those of you not familiar with North American coinages, the dime is 1.8 cm in diameter. I'm using 2.25 mm needles, and I'd completed 80 rows of knitting. Short version: this is on a much smaller scale than anything I've done before. Starting to "feel" the lengthening of the rows now; four more stitches get added to the width every other row as part of the patterning (I started by casting on three stitches).

P.S. Colours a little more intense as this was taken under a daylight bulb while the previous photo was natural light on an overcast day. Reality is somewhere between the two.
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About a decade ago, still in the earlyish days of the resurgence of knitting, crocheting, weaving and other related fibre arts and before the related boom in indie yarns, a co-worker who had taken up handspinning gifted me a skein of yarn that she had spun and hand dyed. Thin end of the lace weight range, in a mix of purples and blues. Beautiful stuff. And I was terrified of it ... I'd never seen or handled yarn so fine in my life and I was convinced I'd wreck it if I tried to do anything with it. Over the time between then and now, thanks to the aforementioned resurgence and the related proliferation of information and technique books, the Internet in general and Ravelry in particular, my then-basic skills have been greatly enhanced. So last weekend, with my new handspun purchases reminding me of the existence of this, the first handspun ever to come into my possession, I dug it out of the stash, wound and weighed it, calculated its approximate yardage and cast on. Delicate as it appears, I now know that wool spun this fine is still tough as nails and can't be broken or pulled apart easily. And it's turning out very nicely IMO ...
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While the Calgary Fibre Arts Fair was the main purpose of yesterday's expedition, I did make a couple of stops on the way home. First to Another Dimension in Kensington in the hope of finally getting hold of volume three of Velvet. This time it wasn't showing as being on order for the shop in their system at all (last attempt it was showing as on order). So now special ordered for me (it'd take just as long to get it through work and I do like to give these guys my graphics business). Didn't leave empty handed though; first four volumes of The Wicked + the Divine left with me. :-)

From Kensington to another stop at the downtown HMV store. Got Disturbed's Immortalized CD (wanted Believe as well but it wasn't in stock at this store) and also "Moffou" by Salif Keita. Both excellent and each played several times once I got home.

Overall a most successful shopping spree day! :-)

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Many many indie vendors and a sensory overload of fibres and colours! As some of them now have well established online businesses or else are stocked in local yarn shops (so they're easily available) I decided to restrict my buying to those other smaller/newer vendors I'd not seen before.

Two handspuns up top: a gigantic (a whopping 690 yards!) worsted weight dyed and spun by Fibre Goddess called Savannah. 100% Falkland Wool. It's colours really vary depending on light source; here on my desk under "daylight" bulbs it looks to be tans/greys/mustards but by a window in real daylight it's coppers/silvers/bronzes. Next to it is a skein from Morengo Wool, 130 metres of 70% Mohair/30% Corriedale Wool dyed with turmeric! Looks as if it may also be a worsted (on average, that is, as it's a thick'n'thin yarn). Persists in photographing orangish in the group shots but it's really a vivid pure yellow (solo photo below is a bit closer to true colour).
Below are yarns from local dyers (and a local spinnery): a Ridley Sock gradient set by Sea Turtle Fiber Arts in "Dark Rainbow" colourway (fingering weight, 80% Superwash Merino/20% Nylon) plus two skeins of their Riptide Sport (sport weight of course, 70% Superwash Merino/15% Nylon/15% Cashmere) in "Dark Side of the Moon" colourway; two skeins of Vivid Yarn Studio Yak Sock (fingering weight, 70% Superwash Merino/20% Yak/10% Nylon) in "Concrete Jungle" colourway; and, from the Alberta Yarn Project's booth, two skeins of Custom Woolen Mills Mule Spinner Yarns 2-ply (worsted weight again, 100% Wool) in a forest green colourway with the exciting official name "color #110"

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It's November.
I'm planning on going to the Calgary Fibre Arts Fair tomorrow.
One of the highlights of an event like this is seeing what everybody else is wearing that they've made themselves (while also showing off something of one's own creation)
Forecast is for a high of 17C ... far too warm to wear anything I've knitted ... damn my love of wool and silk! (we had multiple snowfalls in October but I wore sandals/t-shirt to work all this week because we were hitting 20C or higher!)
Yes, I still live in Canada.

***exits grumbling and hoping the morning stays chilly enough for a shawl***
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... because it stopped me in my tracks to be all listening and nothing else when it played as part of the Remembrance Day programming on the radio a few minutes ago:

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My condolences.

And (with absolutely no intention of this being funny): Citizenship and Immigration Canada website (be patient with them ... they simply weren't prepared for the onslaught: Canada's immigration website crashes on election night

All the HUGS to all of you!
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Gordon Reid's theory of seals. I like this. :-)

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I've just posted a new booklist over at catdesk ... enjoy!

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May whichever being/concept/other you believe runs and controls the universe be with you tomorrow. And may sanity (or a reasonable facsimile) prevail.

I'll be thinking of you ***HUGS***
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Really GOOD reggae version, in French, of "I Shot the Sheriff" just finished playing on the radio. Took a few moments for my brain to connect familiarity of tune to translating the lyrics to "Hey! That's ...!"

Musician is Alpha Blondy, album is "Mystic Power". Track is, of course, "J'ai Tué le Commissaire"

Edited to add: Official music video posted by the artist. Give it a listen ... he's excellent!

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Because, honest-to-goodness, I die a little inside every time I hear somebody say they want to do something but won't try because they won't be expert or perfect the first time (or possibly even the thousandth time). Because to me trying is the most important part of trying anything. There is no learning, no growth without trying. Trying means you have a chance of getting good at [thing]. Never trying guarantees you never will. So please read this: A Pep Talk In Case You Need It. And then give [thing you've always wanted to do] a try. Multiple tries. Please.

P.S I hear this most often in regards to my knitting. Yes, I'm good at it. I started when I was 17 and I'm 55 now so I've had a bit of practice. Because I started nearly four decades ago I no longer have my early botched/mistake-ridden attempts or else I'd have 'em photographed and posted here as evidence in a nanosecond (especially the ribbing ... that was a HUGE mess though at least, looking back, I suspect a long-ago newbie knitter's similar mess is how brioche stitch was invented). I still make mistakes, loads of 'em, but the biggest skill I've learned over the years has been how to spot and fix them (the act of knitting in itself is a piece o' cake traditionally learned at about age 4 for centuries ... yes, it's that simple ... which in itself makes me a late learner. The art of detecting and repairing one's screwups takes a little longer to master ***GRIN***)

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Finished "The Glass Key". Finished "Red Harvest". And now I've started reading "The Dain Curse". Sometimes it's just easier to accept that you're hooked and doomed and not bother to resist the compulsion ...

Thank goodness it's a fun and well written compulsion. ;p

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I'd forgotten what a classy character Ned Beaumont is ...

She sighed and stood up holding out her hand. "I'm sorry and disappointed, but we needn't be enemies, need we?"
He rose facing her, but did not take her hand. He said: "The part of you that's tricked Paul and is trying to trick him is my enemy."
She held her hand there, while asking: "And the other part of me, the part that hasn't anything to do with that?"
He took her hand and bowed over it.

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Thursday night I finished re-reading Dashiell Hammett's "The Maltese Falcon" as a prelude to watching the John Huston-directed film based on same for the very first time. Last night I started re-reading Hammett's "The Glass Key" instead of watching the movie, as it had also been ages and ages since I'd read that (though at least I've already seen the film adaptation of this one, long ago). I have a sneaking suspicion that this is going to lead to my also re-reading the two Continental Op novels, "Red Harvest" and "The Dain Curse" and then the two volumes of Continental Op short stories I also own. It has definitely already lead to me ordering a copy of the "Nightmare Town" anthology upon realizing that although I have read the three Sam Spade short stories aeons ago I don't actually own 'em (all three are in "Nightmare Town"). And then I'll be doomed to re-read "The Thin Man" as well.

Dashiell Hammett. He's definitely an addiction. ;p

P.S. It's always been a source of strange amusement to me that the character Hammett wrote most (two novels and a couple dozen short stories), the Continental Op, is the one people are least likely to have heard of. That's a shame because the tales featuring this character-with-no-name are excellent.

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... managed to get some replacement batteries for my yarn scale (why oh why are cadmium cells so damned hard to come by in this city?) So now am turning the place upside down hunting for all the little leftover balls of yarn from various projects. No, this is not insanity ... well not the kind you're thinking of anyway. ;p In the nowadays world of Internet sharing and really accurate digital scales it's actually considered a courtesy to record exact amounts of materials used so that other knitters (or crocheters or weavers or whatever) can make realistic calculations of whether they've got enough of whatever in their own stash to do make that same pattern. Patterns tend to just say how many skeins required but that's kinda vague. Sure, the pattern for Slain said I needed three skeins of yarn in different colours but what I really used was less than two skeins worth of yarn: 80% of the brown skein, 30% of the green skein, and 70% of the orange skein. So it's actually possibly to knit this shawl using some leftovers from other projects instead of shelling out for new yarn. Not that I ever object to shelling out for new yarn but if one has only used up part of a particularly gorgeous one-of-a-kind hand-dye there's pleasure in being able to use up the rest as well. :-) Alternatively, accurate yardage reports can save somebody from the pain of losing at yarn chicken (aka somebody hitting the end of their unique yarn halfway through the last row of an elaborate piece of lacework)

And then there's also, of course, the vitalness of splitting a skein of yarn into two absolutely equal balls when one is in the habit of knitting two socks at once (especially when knitting them top down ... I hear that managing to complete one and running short just before the toe is completed on the other hurts)

Welcome to the fast lane excitement of fibre arts! I bet you're all thrilled to bits to know all this. ;-)
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Some Hallowe'enish speculations from Gordon Reid. I quite like his notions re the best way to haunt. ;-)

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Knitted Border Leaves
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Read Paul Cornells's new book, "The Lost Child of Lychford" (after first re-reading his "Witches of Lychford"). Both quick but deeply satisfying reads, with plot twists out of the blue that are pure Cornell (even knowing that there'll be one helluva twist because Cornell, you still never know what's coming or from what direction). Realized with this one that I really really like how this author writes female characters ... not as alien creatures from men or in-your-face thisisawoman! but just as real people. No wonder I'm addicted to him. That and his ability to tell a complex and complete story in under 200 pages without any feeling that the plot has been rushed or condensed. Just concise and every word counts. :-)

After watching the season one DVD of "Vicious" and falling in love with it I had to get season two. And, since I had to go back to the optometrist for a follow-up check on my "new technology" contact lenses and the HMV store is in that same mall (that's how I ended up with season one), I of course stopped in to get that on my way out. And discovered that was a "The Finale" post-series special DVD that was also in stock. So came home with both and have now watched them and they were splendid ... wicked and funny and delightful (and Ian McKellen's Freddie bursting into tears in "The Finale" has got to be, simultaneously, the most heartbreaking and heartwarming performance I've ever seen)

Plus some sock growth (though not as much as I would wish due to not being able to work on these while watching or reading stuff). But small progress is still progress ... at least it now looks like a sock. :-)
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Because hobby life is more than insane socks. This has been my coffee break project at work for quite a while since the colour pooling part is easy 'round and 'round knitting with no counting or pattern consulting necessary ... only gains about one round of stitches per break but those add up. Now close to the stage where I will have to actually check the pattern to see how much yarn I need to reserve for the edging.

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Next phase: stitches picked up along both straight edges of that flap with the heel cup at the bottom. So now it's back to knitting 'round and 'round, over the instep, down the side, across the sole, and up the other side to create the foot of the sock. Those "sides" will form the bases of the triangular gussets which will narrow to points just before the halfway point of the foot. The whole thing will grow faster now because the fancy patterning will only be on the top of the foot while the sole will be plain.

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Lo! The heel cup! (completed last night)

Somewhere in the history of knitting somebody turned the first heel and the person was one of the greatest unsung engineers in the history of this planet. Sock heels are magic. Even people who've knitted a billion socks think so. The most common advice given first-time sock knitters is some variation of "don't try to analyze or visualize or understand the instructions, just blindly follow them and trust that they'll work". It's a chicken and egg thing ... until you turn your first heel the instructions don't make sense and then after you've done it you comprehend the structure and how it works ... and it's still well-nigh impossible to explain it to anybody who hasn't done it. There are many different methods of making sock heels and every one of them has that moment. When suddenly this tube you've been making has gained an extra dimension so it'll fit the odd direction-change shape of a human lower appendage.

This particular example is a flap-and-gusset heel ... it and its variants are the most commonly used handknit heel-making method in use around the world. Machines can't do a flap-and-gusset (or most other handknit heel styles) so commercially made socks always have a shortrow heel and no gusset ... not the greatest fit for the shape of a human foot but it's fast and cheap. Further trivia for you: machines that knit socks also can't handle the mechanics of shaping sock toes so what you actually have at the closed end of your store-bought socks is a second shortrow heel (I'm not joking ... go get one of your socks, flatten it sideways and compare the heel and toe) that has had its top folded over and sewn to the top half of the sock foot (handknitted socks don't have seams across the top of the toes because humans with needles in their hands can knit proper seamless sock toes)

Next step: the gussets (triangular inserts which shape the sock to fit over and around the rise of the instep)

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Brief "respite" ... what began as four separate sections of pattern stitches spread out and joined into one continuous pattern towards the bottom. But now I get to do a bit of much plainer work before diving back into the complexity. :-)

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One thing that has repeatedly caught my eye while watching "Vicious" is an outfit that Ian McKellen has worn in a couple of episodes ... a violet waistcoat over a vivid blue shirt. He wears that same waistcoat over other shirts and that same shirt with other waistcoats and/or jackets and those colour combos are also good but when the two garments are together they glow!
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And that glow got me thinking that these two yarns, which I hadn't even thought of pairing, would go very well together: Jitterbug in "Velvet Plum" and "Lapis". The "Plum" is darker/deeper than the vest but the "Lapis" is not only a near perfect match to the blue shirt, those darker streaks in it are the "Plum" shade. Now all I need to do is finish up some of my current projects plus take a browse through my collection of two-colour shawl patterns. :-)
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Steaming some shaved brussels sprouts** for dinner. I know that the description merely means they are thinly sliced but my brain very much prefers the notion of somebody with a whacking great cutthroat razor in one hand and a tiny sprout in the other, delicately trimming away any frayed spots on the leaf edges.

**Yes, there really is such a thing; saw them for the first time a few days ago and decided to grab a bag to try them out ... could have just munched them raw but in I'm in the mood for hot veggies tonight.

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Would have been a heckuva lot further along today but impossible to watch all the rest of season one of "Vicious" (once started I couldn't stop) AND my stitches ... McKellen and Jacobi won the battle for my eyes and brain. ;p
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Have consumed the first two episodes of "Vicious" along with multiple cups of morning coffee ... Oh! What a delicious delight this show is! Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi are so obviously having tons of fun at the so-much-it's-probably-illegal level and it works because they both have the talent to go miles over the top in their performances while simultaneously including beautifully subtle expressions and gestures. Both scene-stealing from each other like crazy and both strong enough to play this game without being successfully overshadowed by the other. Honestly can't imagine this show working with anybody else in the roles.

The series two DVD is definitely on my must-buy list. :-)

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Had an optometrist appointment today (yeah, it's a holiday but the clinic is in a mall so their lease presumably specifies them keeping mall hours and the staff tend to be quite zealous in booking holiday-day appointments, probably so they won't be bored out of their skulls on those days ...)

Anyway, optometrist today (and, once again, an impressively clean bill of eye health), and figured since I was unavoidably in a mall anyway I might as well take care of other errands as well.

The Bay first, because Jockey has resurrected a "classics" line of underthings which happens to include a couple of long-discontinued items that I loved so I'm buying as much as I can before they're gone again. Opened my wallet to pay and nestled next to my Bay points card was a $20.00 discount coupon that was valid for this week! (usually I forget I've been given these specific-week-in-the-future coupons and only rediscover them after they've expired)

The Body Shop next because I've recently discovered that their shower gel also makes fantastic shampoo (simply cleans hair/scalp and rinses off completely without leaving behind moisturizers, hydrators, conditioners or other residual gunk ... y'know, the way shampoo USED to work). Pick up two bottles and am told by the staff that there's a buy two, get two free deal going on. So what the heck, grab a further two bottles and then at the cash register, along with that bargain and my couple of bucks discount for having a membership card, I get a further $10.00 off because my birthday is within this month. So around $60.00 worth of product for $18.00 and change!

HMV is two doors down from The Body Shop on the way to the exit, so stop in to see if there's anything interesting in the British section. Yep, season 1 of "Vicious" which has been on my want-to-see list for a while. (full price but you can't get lucky in every store). And also picked up "The Maltese Falcon" (Bogart version) ... y'know, I've owned the novel for decades and have read it more than once but I've never ever seen the movie. A very odd hole in my viewing history considering it's such a classic. So have this to look forward to watching in the near future (I kinda want to read the novel again first ... it's been a long while and one can never re-read Dashiell Hammett too many times)

Then off to the grocery store that lives outside the mall because they stock my favourite tea ... the stores close to home do not ... and acquire three boxes of that for my stash. And from there to the bus stop, being extremely grateful that it was a gloomy, grey, snowy day because that was so much kinder to my optometrist-dilated eyes (yeah, had that test done along with the regular exam)

And now I've been home a while, am fed, tea is steeping, and now I think I'll put a fresh disc of "Absolute Power" in the player and see if I can't get a few more rounds knitted on that insanely-Celtic-knotted pink thing. :-)
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Great moments in professional knitting ...

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HAPPY CANADIAN THANKSGIVING!!!!!
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Had to visit the bank because my debit card suddenly started showing as cancelled when I tried to use it ... number worked fine for online banking and two different calls to the help centre confirmed that, as far as the computers were concerned, everything was active and good. So obviously the problem was with the card itself.

Yep. Chip had self-destructed. So now have a new card/number and can once again avoid saddling the local small businesses with credit card fees.

And the reason for the subject line: This dead bit o' plastic was the second debit card I've ever had and it was only about three years old. My previous and first debit card had been with me for over twenty-five years ... it actually began life as a bank account holder identification card that later had debit abilities added to it when that new-fangled type of payment came along. It had a large crack in it and the magnetic strip was worn away at both ends and the raised numbers on the front were eroded nearly flush with the surface from years of going in and out of the slot in my wallet and it never ever ceased to work. It only got retired because the bank declared that the chip cards would be mandatory after a certain date and messed up my whole plan of hanging onto it just to see how long the antique would live (plus it was fun explaining what it was to shop staff who were younger than the card was).

No wonder the new cards have expiry dates ... crappy construction/materials and no stamina! Logan's Run banking! ;p
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Two squishy soft skeins of 100% Merino wool from Northbound Knitting. My first yarn from this company (though not my first exposure as I have knitted Slain ... designer/dyer Lisa Mutch IS Northbound Knitting)

Colourways are "Cranberry" and "Flannel" and I love how they look together. :-)
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... and, according to Environment Canada, we're now being blessed with "light freezing drizzle"; I have zero urge to look outside to see if this is true, especially as the site's icon for light freezing drizzle looks like heavy giant icicles plummeting out of a cloud (they look lethal)

Very glad that I made myself go the extra few blocks to get groceries tonight as the sidewalks are most likely gonna be unpleasant to try to walk on tomorrow (more freezing drizzle with bonus fog, which will probably be ice fog)

On the plus side it's a long weekend (Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday) plus I'm taking the rest of next week off as a looonnngggg overdue break. There are worse ways to spend day #1 than snuggled up inside with a mugful of something hot (with lots of refills) listening my way through that "Abolute Power" CD set I got the other day. :-)

P.S. Two skeins of yarn from Northbound Knitting (my first time ordering from this Canadian indie dyer) in my mailbox tonight ... very pretty! Photos tomorrow if there's any decent daylight.
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Got a treat at work today: Absolute Power: the complete Radio 4 comedy series. I loveloveLOVE this show and have been waiting for years and years for it to finally come out on CD (so I can get a fix of evil whenever I crave it)

So guess you all know what I'll be listening to tonight ...

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