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Underlying Structures (I know I'm most likely going to succumb to the temptation of making this just to learn the engineering behind that 3D helix effect)

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Y'know how I sometimes show you what one of my pieces of knitting looks like before and after it goes on "the rack" (aka being blocked)? Yarn Harlot has posted a spectacular example of blocking magic: Everything has an upside. I might have to add this pattern to my must-live-forever-to-make-all-the-things list. ;p

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... because I've just successfully edited two webpages to have fixed navigation bars on the right.** Considering both my CSS/HTML5 manuals seem to think navigation is a perversion that should be barely mentioned I consider this a major accomplishment.

**Fixed navigation rather than navigation that scrolls off the screen is a necessity. Getting the things on the right rather than the left eliminates a couple of major display problems with the main portions of those pages so now going ahead with the rest of the updating from frames/HTML to CSS/HTML5, plus the reformatting of the third page I do for our clients, is clear sailing! :-)

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... that it's taken my brain THIS long to connect the dots that the actress who played Princess Theresa of Liechtenstein in "Cabin Pressure" is also the actress who played Mr. Bean's girlfriend (mind, I only hear her voice in one and she barely speaks in the other, but it's not like Matilda Ziegler is a common name)
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Waiting For Rain (structure based on the same principles as Slain, but with lace!)

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Slain is progressing (and growing) nicely and I'm only a couple of rows away from starting the third and final contrast colour wedge (this one will be brown).
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Knitangle, by Andrea Halasi.


Yarn choices in my stash that are the correct weight and I own sufficient quantity (there are a couple of others that fit this but are far too variegated to be suitable)

Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label, "Plaid" colourway (variegated but all in the same tone so likely won't distract from stitch patterning ... I've seen how it looks knitted in other people's projects)
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Indigodragonfly MerGoat Sport, "Canoe Up To The Beer Store" colourway
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Indigodragonfly 100% Merino, "Curse Your Sudden But Inevitable Betrayal! (Wash)" and "My Boyfriend Had A Bicentennial (Buffy)" colourways (either skein is enough yarn by itself)
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Indigodragonfly Superwash DK, "Don't You Have an Elsewhere to Be? (Cordelia)" colourway (I'll still have more than enough left for a sweater)


Indigodragonfly Polwarth Silk, "Curse Your Sudden But Inevitable Betrayal (Wash)" colourway

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Just discovered that instead of doing the usual weekly episode thing, BBC Radio aired the four episodes of "Wyrd Sisters" over four successive days. So all four episodes -- the complete dramatization -- are now available for listening!!!

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... and again, from "Tracker". Inter-species relations failure ...Collapse )

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Rediscovering those classic little moments in past volumes (in this case, "Tracker"). Ah, diplomacy ...

"You are arrogant bastard, Mr. Cameron."
"One entirely at your service, sir ..."

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"Slain" is now knitted back to where it was when I discovered the stitch count was wrong (the brown band at the bottom of the photo), stitch counts confirmed all the way, and now four rows into the next (orange) section! Feels good to be working on this one again. :-)

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Cherryh has let slip the title of the 2018 "Foreigner" novel (which she's just begun work on). So now, fellow fans, the current projected volumes are:

2016 (early April): Visitor
2017: Convergence
2018: Resurgence

Started re-reading "Tracker" (last year's book) this weekend to make sure I haven't forgotten any little details. :-)

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Episode one of the BBC dramatization of "Wyrd Sisters" is available for listening as of today!!!

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Poor ol' Slain has been languishing for ages because I discovered the stitch count was off by one!!! after I'd gotten quite a bit past where the last photo shows (had completed a second green section plus a thick dark brown band echoing the visible orange and green section but on a much larger scale). Yeah, I could have fudged it but it's the perfectionist principle of the thing to want it done right; plus since the increases are part of the edging even though I couldn't currently see where the error had occurred there was every chance it would stand out like a neon sign after the thing was blocked (knitting can be perverse that way). Or, equally bad, it could have been an undetected dropped stitch that would unravel and put a big run in the shawl during blocking. So finally psyched myself up and ended up undoing close to three dozen rows averaging over a couple hundred stitches apiece, stitch by stitch, until I finally found the spot where I screwed up. So now I can knit forward again! (two rows redone already ... one small step and all that jazz)

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Discovered earlier tonight that several Meg Swansen patterns from a book that's been out of print for ages and ages are now available in digital form. Swansen is the daughter of Elizabeth Zimmermann (aka "God" for many knitters; I own and treasure several of her books) and as much a fibre/garment engineering genius as her mother was, so a chance to acquire some of her classic designs is not to be passed up.

I indulged myself by buying:
Box-the-Compass (a radical redesign of the raglan sleeve/yoke)
Weeping Sun and Moon (absolutely gorgeous design!)
Gordian Knot Modified (this sucker is knitted with lace yarn, which is thicker than sewing thread but not by much)

Phoenix Cardigan is still not available but we can dream ...

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Another of my book orders through work showed up today: The story of life in 25 fossils, by Donald R. Prothero. This one will most likely get to jump the queue just because Prothero is always an entertaining as well as informative read (gotta love an academic author who's been known to quote Douglas Adams in his scientific works). :-)

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A regular Sunday afternoon radio programme I'm fond of just came on air with a substitute DJ, who was also on instead of the regular last weekend. But today he said that it looks like he'll be doing the intros from now on ... which means that the station's oldest on air personality, who was born in 1927 (the same year the station went on the air) and has worked there since 1949, must not be doing too well. :-( He would have announced any decision to retire himself on air so it's gotta be unexpected illness or injury combined with his age that is responsible.

He'd been slowing down a bit by rerunning old episodes of his show with new live introductions for the past couple of years; quite acceptable as a programme of pre-1960 music (often played from the original 78s) isn't based on new releases and his personal recollections of these artists/tunes can't go out of date; the man is a treasury of obscure anecdotes and personal memories. So glad it's all recorded and preserved for future generations of listeners.

Edited to add: And this is why I love this show and am glad old eps get rerun. Today's is from 2008 and just played a Duke Ellington recording of a tune that sounded nigglingly familiar but only a specific bit. Brain finally coughed up the answer as it was ending ... those few bars are performed by whistling and studio orchestra as the theme music for the 1949/50 radio version of The Saint that starred Vincent Price! Which I only heard for the first time a couple of years later when the entire run of that series was released on CD (and radio dramas of that era didn't, as a rule, bother giving info about their theme music) so even if I'd caught the original 2008 airing I wouldn't have had that connection to make. So now, thanks to today's repeat I know what that intriguing little tune is: "Pyramid" (the recording I just heard was by Duke Ellington)

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... when I don't have to go out in it. :-) At 8:00 a.m. this morning the temperature was -25C (with a -34C windchill, which went to -35C a little later), right now (11:34 p.m.) it's risen to -6C (forecast says it's only supposed to get to -18C overnight), and tomorrow's predicted high is 0C.

And by midweek it's gonna be summer (hey, I'm Canadian ... +3C IS summer!) ;-)
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First episode of a new series of John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme is up for listening on BBC Radio online. LOVE his version of "Snow White"!

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Top photo is the closest to the true colour of this yarn that I've managed so far. Still far shy of the vividness in RL though. About a metre long now, with some nice subtle diagonal pooling of the magenta highlights. :-)

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Now at the midpoint of second week off (so hopefully everybody will be finished with their trauma from IT upgrading all the work computers to Windows 10 between Christmas and New Year's by the time I go back on Monday so I don't have to listen to it)

Amongst other things have been reading a few things off the to-read pile and rereading some old favourites. Just finished the posthumous George Macdonald Fraser novel Captain in calico. Not his best by a long shot (though it truly is reasonably good) but it isn't meant to be and the intro is quite honest about that. As a peek at the early writing days of a favourite author and a chance to see the seeds of what later grew into brilliant storytelling, it's fascinating beyond the story. I'd say don't read it unless you've some familiarity with Fraser's work so you can appreciate it for what it is.

Also, just before tackling the "Captain", I'd dug out and re-read Selina Rosen's two Drewcila Qwah novels, Queen of denial and Recycled. Even though I knew what was coming this time 'round I still had many a chuckle over the adventures of the foul-mouthed, beer guzzling, shag-anything-that-moves Qwah and her buddies. One case where it pays to judge a book by its cover (or covers, really); I originally discovered this duo thanks to having been going through my small collection of cover artist books trying to find a half-remembered illustration, found it in First Maitz, realized I hadn't seen a cover by Don Maitz in ages and promptly googled him to see if he was still in business/alive, had my eye caught by this obviously matching set of paintings in his online gallery, managed to track down the books and thus Selina Rosen's site, read the descriptions and reviews and was sold.

Have had Tom Holt's My hero (which should be on the required reading list of every aspiring author) as bedtime re-reading so that one's going more slowly.

Now have to decide what next. It's re-reading's turn and my bookcases contain SO many old favourites that have been neglected for far too long ...

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A pair of what I consider amongst the very best episodes of "The Goon Show" are currently up for listening on the BBC Radio 4 Extra site right now: The International Christmas Pudding (19 days left to listen) and The Greenslade Story (26 days left to listen; this latter is a fake bio of the show's longtime announcer, Wallace Greenslade)

If you've never heard an episode of The Goon Show before, then these are good place to start. :-)

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... to remind me, possibly several times, that I don't actually like making toys**: Omniscient Octopus

**And that I have a Bamf in bits and pieces that needs to be finished first, poor thing.

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Just occurred to me, as I'm currently in the process of folding clean laundry, that I STILL fold pillowcases in the manner I was taught as a child. Said folding technique being specifically for the purpose of having the embroidered motif on the edge positioned so that it would not be creased by a fold and would also visible so that one could easily identify the correct pillowcase(s) for a particular bed without having to pull out and/or unfold the entire stack.

I haven't owned an embroidered pillowcase for nigh on three decades. ;p
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Ain't it always the way. Vera Caspary's Laura was excellent. Most excellent. With an intriguing essay about the author and her characters at the end.

So now I want and have to read more Caspary.

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Song playing on the radio right now where the singer is bemoaning having a woman he's trying to hook up with pull out her iPhone and ...

"I thought I got lucky at last
but she brought up my shady past
when she Googled me"

Definitely the most modern of modern blues ***GRIN*** Quite good too, not just a gimmick tune.

And of course had to check the station website for the playlist ... it's "The Google Blues" by The Ragpicker String Band; most likely their first album as it's self-titled.

Edited to add: Yep, debut album. Band website here with this song (and more) available for listening if you scroll down a bit.

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I've been entirely focused on the sequence knitting (when I haven't been reading) ... I think it may qualify as a meditation technique. Been switching back and forth between the very small scale Andrus and the larger Woolston (Andrus is a twelve stitch sequence that only takes six rows to start over in the same spot; Woolston is nine stitches but takes eighteen rows to reach the start over point). Have also been trying to psyche myself to rip back those colourful socks to the beginning of the gusset and redo. Just for a change I'd used a different increase method than my usual on this pair ... a method that uses yarn from the row below and so tightens it up ever so slightly (my usual method doesn't do this). So the socks fit and feel just fine but they have to be tugged on rather than pulled on ... a subtle difference but I dislike it and want to love these socks 100% rather than just 98%. So it's gotta be done ...

On the catching up on reading side, as of this moment I'm currently about one fifth of the way into Vera Caspary's "Laura" ... after many decades of knowing and loving the film version (for the twists and turns of the mystery ... I agree with her creator that the film version of the character was lacking in her personality) I figured I was loooonnnngggg overdue to read the original novel. (I've also got Caspary's autobiography on pre-order at Kobo ... happy news that it's being made available again!)

And mentioning film version reminds me, I FINALLY, earlier this week, watched ALL of Anno 1790!!! It's only taken me mumblemumblemumble years. Honestly, my ability to just sit still and watch something subtitled without my hands doing something had been entirely shot by the overtime/always on the computer era ... I can't knit wihout looking at what I'm doing so handcraft and subtitles simply don't go together for me. But I'm enough wound down now that this is now possible for me again. Now I'm eyeing the rest of the other-language subtitled DVDs in my collection (French, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Pashtu) that I haven't watched in ages ...

Right now I need to motivate myself to take advantage of today's warmishness and put on socks and shoes to nip across the street for some supplies before everyone closes for New Year.

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At some point over the next couple of days remote into work computer and take the Christmas lights off the dept. webpage.
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And finally in my hands! Sometimes parcel tracking is a torture device ... these arrived at the local sorting depot late Christmas Eve and there, of course, they sat, a mere stroll away (I know exactly where that depot is), until today (being the first post-holiday back-to-work day for Canada Post); they arrived at my door around mid-afternoon. Well worth the wait though ... two skeins of Colinette Jitterbug (100% pure and satiny-smooth merino wool from Wales) in Magenta and Midnight (being so fond of bright and rich colours I'm deplorably bad at buying sometimes-necessary neutrals so the Midnight is an attempt to remedy that) colourways and one skein of Handmaiden Mini Maiden (50% wool/50% silk) in "Pumpkin"

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Went to a fairly recently-opened branch of a chain grocery store that I used to frequent in Lethbridge but didn't exist in Calgary until this fall. My first visit over there as the store is on a site that's been waste ground "under development" since I moved here in '03 and I honestly have kept forgetting that it was there and I should visit. Cruised every aisle and poked into every corner just to build a knowledge of what is now stocked there, picked up a few things that I haven't seen in a loooong time, had a joyful reunion with their cheese department (the only place with a great variety is the local Springbank Cheese Co. stores), and not only had fun interactions with staff who were serving me but also cheerful, smiling hellos from any of them who happened to pass by in the aisles. Real smiles, not the Stepford smiles you see when it's a corporate decision that staff shall smile at customers, and to everyone ... I'd forgotten how happy folk who work for this particular chain are. (it's not that there aren't happy staff at other places I shop but in this place it's just noticeably universal)

And my membership/discount card that I unearthed from the depths of my wallet and which has been unused for over twelve years not only worked at the checkout but still had my points on it from back then!!! Most businesses would have housecleaned an account that had been inactive that long ... I was quite prepared to have to re-register and start from zero.

Definitely worth the extra couple of blocks and getting across the eight-lane major street stroll. :-)
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I do like the slight inward scalloping to the side edges caused by the patterning (bottom edge has a barely visible outward scalloping as well).

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Wanna get rich in electronics? Design a digital camera that isn't determined that all purples shall be portrayed as blues. In RL this yarn is actually a purple that makes Welch's Grape Juice look anemic, so rich and intense and saturated and vivid that it leaves orange afterimages flashing on one's retinas. (it's not just cameras ... I still recall fighting a long battle to try to make my scanner create a correct image of a certain bright orange and purple book cover instead of determinedly converting it to beige and blue every time)

Ahem.

Anyhooooooo ... last night got distracted by the "Sequence knitting" book of my first post of December 2015 and these two skeins of locally-dyed eye-searingly purple yarn (colourway "Purple Wurple") that I acquired at the 2014 Calgary Fibre Festival and have had sitting on my desk lately as inspiration/reminder because I had a craving for yet another bright something to wear during the winter blah season. And they kinda sorta came together, along with my as-yet-unused Nickel Northern Lights needle tips ... which are a joy to work with, BTW.

I think it's looking good so far, though stitch patterning isn't far enough along to really show well in a photo. I'm using the Woolston sequence from the book (click on the top image in this link for a better view of the patterning)
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Well, nobody said it was going to be exciting or the basis of a hot new stream-of-consciousness novel ***GRIN***

January: Happy New Year Fireworks

February: Well, bound off at least (and without screwing up any more stitch counts) ... still need to weave in ends and block but I need to decide how I want to do the latter.

March: New colours, new shapes, new needle size/yarn mix, new stitch combinations/maneuvers.

April: Yesterday: Was +19C and felt warmer.

May: Drinking coffee and checking out the new pattern listings on Rav (because, just like every other crafter on the planet, she's a masochist who suffers from the delusion that she'll somehow figure out a way to make all the things).

June: This wasn't you, was it? ;-)

July: HAPPY CANADA DAY!!!!!

August: Hanna Maciejewska and Malabrigo!

September: By pure coincidence, two unrelated recent blog posts by two different people (one in Scotland, one in Canada) just happen to fit together perfectly to demonstrate how the hair off a four-legged critter turns into something pretty and warm for humans to wear.

October: A fun visit to the hairdresser (carrying treats from one of the Polish groceries ... never hurts to give chocolate to people who use very sharp blades around one's head); with today's cut my hair is all natural colour again except for a last bit of faded red dyed ends to the right of my nape ... obviously my hair grows a little slower in that spot (interesting that that's also the only place my hair ever tangles).

November: Episode Two of the BBC dramatization of his "Guards! Guards!" is now available for listening!

December: Got my copy of Sequence Knitting today** ... a monster, just-shy-of-400-pages textbook on a scientific approach to creating fabric.

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Red Frog Boots

Their commercials have just started playing on CKUA this past couple of weeks and I finally heard one right when I was at the computer to type in the URL; turns out they're a brand new company and I think I have to save up some boot money! (specifically drooling over the Hunter Gatherer Nepal Dark Green)

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I've a few things I like to re-read around this time of year. Last night I again gave thanks for having a MUCH nicer HR at my workplace than Bob Howard has at The Laundry as I enjoyed Charles Stross' Overtime once more.

Tonight it'll be a coin toss to see whether Hogfather or Mistletoe & Mayhem is up next. Plus I have to squeeze It Ate Billy on Christmas in somewhere ... (oh, don't look at me like that ... I know perfectly well every one of you will, at some stressful moment during the holidays, wish consumption-by-monster on somebody ... I just happen to own the wish fulfilment in printed/illustrated form). Despite Murphy's best efforts I managed to finish everything I HAD to do at work today so I did a last minute booking off of tomorrow and may loaf about and read if I wish (food and other essentials already stocked as I was operating under the assumption I'd be working that last day so there's nothing I HAVE to go out for and I'm quite happy not to be out among the last-minuters)

Seasonal CDs (Arrogant Worms' Christmas Turkey, Harry Belafonte's To Wish You a Merry Christmas, and Loreena McKennitt's A Winter Garden and DVDs (Bell, Book and Candle, Bernard and the Genie, Hogfather, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and We're No Angels) may or may not be hauled out and played; CKUA is promising a twelve-hour run of classical Christmas music (6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. mountain time) followed by Christmas editions of The Celtic Show and The Friday Night Blues Party and that's pretty much guaranteed to be a whole day of rare tunes I've never heard before (yes, Virginia, there's a whole universe of Christmas music that is never ever played to death in malls) so I might just turn on the radio when I wake and keep it playing 'til bedtime.

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As always, many projects on the needles but these are the ones that have been growing recently.

I did get the heels on these socks turned just after my last progress photo showing them at the verge. Now it's just all just 'round and 'round upwards past the ankle until they are long enough, I run out of yarn, or I get tired of knitting 'em ... whichever comes first. ;p
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The sequence knitting has proven very distracting/addictive; growing slowly because of the yarn is about the thinnest a fingering weight can be without being called lace weight, but watching the complex-looking patterning emerge from a very simple repetition is fascinating.
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And Shetland ruffles is now on its second ball of yarn, which means it's past the halfway point now (at the moment it's 76 cm/30 in. long in its current contracted state ... once the pattern is flattened out in blocking it'll gain length)
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Acquired the Toumani Daibaté CD "The Mandé Variations last week and have listened to it about a zillion times this weekend ... needless to say I love it. This live performance of "Cantelowes" is just as marvelous (if not more so) as the studio version from the CD though, sadly, it does lack Toumani's little musical joke on the album of starting it by playing the first few bars of the theme from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (which, I must say, sounds darned good played on a kora)

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Last winter I was complaining about the wrongness of humidity percentages in the eighties during cold winter weather. Today, wouldja believe, 96% humidity in below freezing temperatures! This, as far as my skin is concerned, is totally redefining the meaning of "cold and clammy" ***shudder*** (okay, I confess that that was actually a couple of hours ago ... right now the humidity is a mere 93%, it's -7C and the windchill is -11C. Frankly I'd prefer -40C and its accompanying dryness ... it'd feel warmer)
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"All I wanted was to make an experimental subject I could call my own. Someone I could deprive of oxygen or graft an ear onto without them judging me ..."

Found out that iTunes had the first two series of My First Planet in their catalogue (I'd only heard series 1) so she bought, she downloaded, and she's now giggling her way through the whole thing.

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A rough for the cover of the next "Foreigner" novel is now online (click on the cover image to see details). I really REALLY hope that it's still going to be tweaked a bit because those sidearm holsters buckled to Banichi's and Jago's pant legs made me burst out laughing. Honestly, first thought in my mind was Assassins across the continent continually having to fish their guns out of toilets the same way humans here do with cellphones that were in their pants pockets (and since it's made quite clear in the novels that atevi and humans have developed and use very similar facilities this is not improbable)

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"Now today, as everyone knows, is Festoon A Gnome With Bacon Rind Day"

Kenneth Horne's radio career was far too brief but his shows always had the BEST holidays! (the above can be heard in this episode)

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... to my getting a new technique book and then delving into it is that one gets the terrible urge to try stuff out (for scale, that's a 2.5 millimetre needle tip at upper left):

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... or, Way more than you ever wanted to know about sock engineering. ;p

The socks I've been working on are at a transition point; ready to begin the making of the heel. No matter how many socks a person knits, turning the heel is always a wonder ... an act that turns a tube into a something that fits around what can only be described as a "corner" on the human body.
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The final episode of the BBC Radio dramatization of Terry Pratchett's "Guards! Guards!" was broadcast/made available online at the beginning of this week. You've still got 26 days left to listen to it and episodes 3-5 are also still available for listening (as of the posting of this post)

I've listened to each episode 4-5 times and loved every minute of every one of them. :-)

And now I have new eps of The Leopard in Autumn and Revolting People to listen to tonight ... yay!!!

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Got my copy of Sequence Knitting today** ... a monster, just-shy-of-400-pages textbook on a scientific approach to creating fabric. This is going to be FUN reading. :-) Even nonknitters at work were intrigued by the cover on this one (the knitters are just jealous and most likely plotting to mug me and steal it)

**if you click on the events arrow at the bottom of the screen you can view several gorgeous fabric samples and pages from the book.

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Socks with clocks and the beginnings of gussets. The latter of which you can't really see here, but trust me, I've started 'em. Gussets are something you don't get in commercially-made socks ... they're special adjustments to the shape of the sock to create a better fit around the changing shape/proportions of the foot where the instep rises just before the leg. And gussets are also the reason that commercial socks feel distractingly malformed and binding across the instep after one has been wearing handknits. (good photo of gusset on a previous pair of socks here; it's the triangular section between the arch and the heel)

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Have been admiring the amazing patterns of Gry Heidi Nordhagen for quite some time and have just discovered that she turned some of the best into an ebook earlier this year! The Reckoning of Rivendell. So, so tempting!

Am really going to have to start seriously investigating the whole immortality thing because it's the only way I'm going to manage to make all the stuff I want to make. ;p

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE SOUTH O' THE LINE!!!!!
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