30 August 2006
No new knitting to post today, so here's Ruthie instead, fresh from the groomer. Yes, she's already slightly slobbery, but that's what ya get with Ruthie. Her fur is very, very soft and they put a purple ribbon on her collar. Sorry about the eerie eyes--my red eye fixer doesn't work on green-eye.
27 August 2006
The I woke up Saturday with a head cold or sinus infection or similar misery, and I feel just too yuck to do anything, even knit. And I'm feeling sorry for myself because I have too much going on at work to call in sick tomorrow.
So instead, here are some pix of some items my Mom just made. They're all made from 100% Saint fur, and they will be auctioned off at the next Saint National, proceeds to go to rescue. Saint fur makes lovely yarn--it reminds me a lot of angora, actually.
26 August 2006
25 August 2006
I regularly read Yarn Harlot's blog, and today she's struggling with her book, too. Still, I'm having trouble empathizing. At least when she takes a break from writing to pursue knitting-related activities, she can convince herself that it's all research for the book. Unfortunately, I can't. And any research I would do for my book would be much, much less fun. Plus, she gets to do book tours and talk about knitting. Me? Boring professor.
Okay, but I promise. Today I will write a bunch of pages on court structure and jurisdiction. Woohoo!
24 August 2006
So anyway, here's what I've been doing this morning:
- Slate has a nifty Middle East Buddy List online, which you can use to help you sort out the Israel/Palestine/Lebanon mess (good luck on that)
- Charity Navigator rates charities of all kinds and has information on philanthopy
- You can knit for the greater good and donate warm items to Afghans for Afghans or the Dulaan Project (which ships items to Mongolia). I also found a link on the Afghans site to a new book, Knitting for Peace, which sounds pretty cool. If you click through the Afghans site, Amazon will give them a % of the sales price.
- Time Magazine picked The Human Clock as one of the 50 coolest websites of 2006. I think it's a terrific timewaster. Also on Time's list: Cute Overload and a Jackson Pollock page (click on your mouse to change colors).
- Archie McPhee. If you visit Seattle, you should go to their store. If you don't visit Seattle, the website is still fun.
23 August 2006
- The best treehouse. Ever. Too bad I don't have $18,500 burning a hole in my pocket, and a bigger yard.
- This artist knits and crochets with yarn made from human hair.
- CraftBits has lots of free patterns for various crafts, including knitting. The pictures aren't very good, but if you want to make a purse out of a bra, or knit a cherry pie, here ya go.
- The new CRAFT magazine and blog.
- The ghost table. I want one.
- Clangers. More Clangers. (Thanks, Knatolee!)
- Flying Spaghetti Monster church made out of LEGOs.
22 August 2006
And one sock:
And all that activity has just exhausted Ruthie:
A while back I complained that I had postcards on my wall from 4 continents, but not Australia, Africa, or Antarctica. Well, look what Nathalie in Cairns sent me! Thanks, Nathalie!! That's so cool! Only 2 continents left. Do they even have postcards in Antarctica?
And speaking of horrors, People For the American Way has launched a new blog that keeps us udpated on the right wing's latest shenanigans.
21 August 2006
20 August 2006
We visited the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito today. As you can see, Thing 2 was able to explore her potential as an artist. She's quite good at painting...her face, her clothes, her arms, her hair, etc. I love how for kids this age, it's all about the process, rather than the result.
And if you get to run around like a maniac, climb onto boats, and make a lot of noise? So much the better!
17 August 2006
2. I am an Aries, born in the Chinese Year of the Ram.
3. I have a JD and a PhD and have finally paid off my student loans.
4. If I could pick any job in the world, I'd pick Successful Writer.
5. I like to look myself up on Amazon.
6. My combined Amazon and Powells wish lists are over 200 items long.
7. I am addicted to buying books and yarn.
8. My mother taught me to knit when I was 17.
9. I never learned to tie shoelaces properly; I can only use bunny ears.
10. For almost a decade, I have not eaten mammals, reptiles, or ducks.
11. I still eat fish, chicken, and turkey.
12. My favorite cuisines are Indian and Thai.
13. I like making lists.
14. I love to travel.
15. My first trip outside the US (unless you count Tijuana when I was 3) was when I was 33.
16. I have studied 6 languages other than English, but I'm only fluent in English.
17. I hate being an obvious tourist when I travel.
18. I tend to plan things well in advance.
19. I'm good at meeting deadlines.
20. I used to procrastinate, but now I do less often.
21. I can't stand to eat scallops.
22. I wish I could sing well.
23. I wish I could draw or paint well.
24. I hate how my ears stick out.
25. I have naturally curly hair.
26. I always wanted 2 children.
27. Most of my pets have been named after Supreme Court justices.
28. When I was little, my favorite tv program was Emergency!
29. I've read almost all of Stephen King's books.
30. Isabel Allende is one of my favorite contemporary authors.
31. Mark Twain is one of my favorite dead authors.
32. I would get a tattoo if I could decide on something good enough to permanently imprint on myself.
33. I hate going to the dentist.
34. I am pretty far to the left, politically.
35. I am just a shade over five feet tall.
36. I don't wish I was taller, but do wish I was thinner.
37. I have an abnormally narrow spinal column, according to my MRI.
38. I cannot roll my r's.
39. My favorite flavors are caramel, lemon, sour cream, and pomegranate--but not all at once.
40. Sometimes I like to cook.
41. I have never been athletic.
42. I hardly ever watch network tv.
43. I do like to watch tv or movies while I knit.
44. I get annoyed when people mispunctuate or are grammatically incorrect in their writing.
45. My dream travel destinations are Bhutan, Botswana, and the Galapagos Islands.
46. I think I would have enjoyed being an anthropologist.
47. I have spent almost my whole life in school as either a student or a professor.
48. My first job was at McDonalds.
49. I was once robbed at gunpoint while working at a deli.
50. I remain very calm in emergencies.
51. I am mildly claustrophobic.
52. I am also mildly phobic of heights, but only over water.
53. I am a poor swimmer.
54. I owned a boa constrictor named Carlos for several years.
55. I lived in Nebraska for 5 years when I was in graduate school.
56. My earliest memory was making a cake with my grandmother.
57. I love the smell of coffee, but rarely drink it.
58. I love to shop at office supply stores.
59. I owned a '55 Ford pickup for several years.
60. My first car was a '71 Dodge Dart.
61. Now I drive an Acura SUV.
62. I rarely wear makeup.
63. I buy a lot of soaps.
64. My favorite dessert is cheesecake.
65. My childhood wasn't even remotely dysfunctional.
66. I tend to have eclectic tastes in almost everything.
67. I listen to a lot of NPR.
68. I never learned to type properly.
69. I am a night person.
70. I like to stay in hotels.
71. I tend to be quiet in social situtaions, until I know the people well.
72. I like to sleep in a cold room.
73. I like to spend time with my parents.
74. I wish I were more patient.
75. I'm not very good at doing nothing.
76. I think I have a strange sense of humor.
77. I have way more yarn than I need.
78. I've had a web page since 1994.
79. I like to try new things.
80. I met my husband when I was 15.
81. I like to garden, but don't have much time to do it.
82. I own a lot of cobalt blue glass.
83. I am especially pleased that Daughter #1 loves to read.
84. I am an extremely easy person to shop for.
85. When I was in high school, I wished I was more popular.
86. I broke my little toe at summer camp when I was 9.
87. I almost always wear flat shoes.
88. I have blue eyes.
89. I love to do craft projects with my kids.
90. I almost named my older daughter Etana.
91. When I got married, I kept my last name, and took my husband's last name as my middle name. This confuses people.
92. I love to visit the ocean.
93. I don't understand really religious people.
94. I have never had a speeding ticket, although I drive fairly fast.
95. I am exceedingly trustworthy.
96. Sometimes I get tired of having too many responsibilities.
97. I don't want to not have pets.
98. I have to make myself only read one book at a time, and only work on one knitting project at a time.
99. Sometimes I don't feel like a grownup.
100. I am currently putting off doing actual work.
15 August 2006
Meanwhile, yesterday Thing 2 was pretending to be a superhero with "superstrong muscles." When I asked her her name, she flourished an invisible cape and replied, "I'm SUPERMARKET!!" And then she dashed off to save the world from...uh...high grocery prices??
Which reminds me, the other day I caught 2 seconds of a tv program in which contestants apparently are trying to be superheroes of their own design. So this made me start thinking about what my family's super identities would be and our personal kryptonite. Thing 2 has already named herself (her kryptonite is bedtime), and I think Thing 1 would have to be Obstinate Girl (kryptonite = getting sent to her room) . Hubby is clearly Projectman, who can be stopped in his home improvement tracks only by...sports on tv. And me? I fear I'm probably Responsibility Woman, otherwise known as She Who Is in Charge of It All. And my weakness? Hah! Superheroes never reveal their own weaknesses!
What's your super identity?
12 August 2006
The people sitting next to us at the theater apparently thought this was a good choice for a movie to bring their 4-year-old to see. Nevermind that most of the rest of the screens were showing things like Ant Bully and Monster House; I guess this kid needed to see (boring) sex scenes, (boring) drug deals, and people getting blown to bits. And actually, the kid sat patiently and quietly for the movie, which is better than his parents did. They spent the whole time either talking on their cell phones or text messaging, so I constanly had little lit phone screens waving around in my peripheral vision.
Tonight we're skipping the movie and just eating out.
09 August 2006
Knatolee posted a wonderful picture of herself at age 5 with her dog, Gina. I don't have any knitting pictures to post (I'm working on something top secret), so I'm going to shamelessly copy her idea.
This is me at about 3 or 4 with Otis.
But if you don't want to look at this, instead you can click here to read about a group of nursing home residents in Australia who knitted the contents of a 1950's house.
06 August 2006
Here's the phone cozy. I probably could've felted it a bit more, but it fits my phone just right as is. I sewed a snap onto the i-cord so I can attach it to the purse.
I used it today, and I'm very pleased with it. Of course, the purse hasn't yet had the chance to accumulate all the crap that purses seem to accumulate, plus nobody called me today, so I don't know for sure how well my diving-phone solution will work.
Oh, and in case any of you want to attempt your own cozy: CO 30. Knit 26 rows in stockinette stitch. BO 27 stitches. Put last 3 stitches onto dbl point needle and work i-cord for about 3 inches. BO. Fold rectangle in half and seam botton and side. Weave in ends. Felt. Sew snap onto end of i-cord and top edge of cozy, right near i-cord base.
05 August 2006
04 August 2006
It's been my purse for over 2 years now. I got the pattern here. I like it a lot because it's exactly the right size to hold my stuff, and it's been very sturdy as well. Thing 2 used to put rocks in it and I wouldn't notice right away until I realized my purse was extra heavy.
But there are problems.
First, it's getting a little ratty-looking after 2 years of schlepping. Second, I'm getting bored with the colors. Third, the strap has always been too long, and I never managed to do anything more elegant about that problem than just tying a knot. And fourth, my cell phone always makes its way down to the bag's depths and hides, and then when it rings, I can never fish it out in time.
So I knitted a new one, using the same pattern but with a few changes. I used Reynold's Lite Lopi instead of Lamb's Pride. And I'm really liking my new colorway. I also replaced the strap the pattern calls for (just a long stockinette strip) with a 5 stitch i-cord. Here it is, inside out and pre-felting:
The plan is to loop the i-cord tail on the little bag through the i-cord loop, so the little bag will hang inside the big one. That way my phone will have a harder time hiding from me. Here are the bags after a couple trips through the washing machine:
03 August 2006
Academic Geekiness: Highest
Fashion Geekiness: Moderate
Internet Geekiness: Moderate
Music Geekiness: Moderate
Geekiness in Love: Low
Movie Geekiness: Low
Gamer Geekiness: None
General Geekiness: None
SciFi Geekiness: None