Friday, February 29, 2008
I've just gotten an email detailing the third separate thing I'm supposed to be doing on the evening of March 14th. I think I'll cancel the first thing, or shift it to another day, and tell the people of the third thing that I can't make it - the second thing was scheduled first. Oh well.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
[When I was being moved by my new company from MD to CA, they asked how much stuff I had to move. I gave them an estimate on rooms, furniture, etc, and then mentioned that they needed to know I had about 10000 books, most of them paperback. The woman I was talking to, said "uh-huh". She apparently told the moving van person "5000 books". He said "uh-huh". And came prepared to pack 1000 books. I said "uh-huh". And showed him my collection.
One of the interesting sidelights on this little thing, which I found out afterwards, was that there actually was a weight limit on how much they were willing to move without my having to pay for excess. Nobody bothered to mention this since I was a single person with about a one-bedroom apartment's worth of furniture. With my books, I came within a few hundred pounds of the limit. I did a lot of culling in the next few years, and when J and I got married I only had about 4000 left. I try to cull more often now. At the moment I'm using paperbackswap to cull with which isn't exactly reducing the total number of books in the house...]
K also pointed out that at my current rate of progress (1000 books per year) cataloging them this way will only take me somewhere between 3 and 7 more years. I told her I didn't need to hear that right now.
My fiber books (most of them) are here.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
We had some visitors drop by this week. I haven't seen them strut through the yard since late summer. They're quite a bit bigger and glossier than they were back then...
and they are either hungrier or bolder (or both), since they were prowling around the outside of the garden fencing, eyeing the bird feeders. They were not, however, ready to brave the dog who's just about the size of the coyotes we have locally. When he went out, they decamped rather hastily.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I got about 25 rows done on the hood for Rogue. No roaring fire, sadly, just a noisy crowded room and a door that kept popping open to admit skiers and cold air. I was comfortable though and enjoyed my evening watching the skiers and snowboarders sliding down the hill under the lights and the snowblowers with their clouds of white.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Ok, it's a depressing subject. The Black Death.
This is a book that I've picked up and put down several times, before winding my way to the end. It provided me with a great number of bits of information I hadn't really realized, not having studied this particular part of European history closely before. (Most of my reading has been about pre-1200 times.) The parallels that can be drawn about the economic state of Europe at that time and our current times are somewhat distressing.
The book is quite interesting. I'm sure that some of his conclusions are being (or were) hotly debated by persons whose conclusions he was refuting, but the subject isn't such that I'm really planning on delving into the ifs and ands in depth.
His references to the cultural effects of the Black Death on the arts and the fiber world are some that I'm going to see if I can track down. The book has increased my understanding of the literature of the time and I'm sure some of his insights will help me with the art of the time.
Well worth reading.
(Just in case anyone is wondering: The 50 book challenge, as I have interpreted it, is to read 50 books in a year, books that I have not read before. [I read many more books in a year than 50, but I am trying to expand my horizons beyond the books on my shelf that I read and re-read.] It's halfway through February and I'm now at 2 finished books. I think I'm falling behind this year.)
Friday, February 15, 2008
There's something about a new concept, a new project. Makes me want to sit and spin and spin so I can see how the finished product will turn out.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
This orange/purple tussah was an impulse buy at Fingerlakes Fiber Fest, bought because I'm a color-junky. I had no particular plan in mind for it and it doesn't go with anything I have.
However, when I gave it some serious thought, I remembered a bit of fiber from the end of a dye-day. This was a greyish-brown top from Dunnose Head Farm. I stuffed it in the acid bath and then in baggies with too little dye, giving lovely splotches of purple and turquoise across the brown. It goes very well with the orange and purple don't you think?
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I started working on it at 9:30 this morning. It worked at 9:14 this evening. I've mailed it off to him and I'm shutting down before he can complain about anything else.
I got a little bit of spinning done today, but nothing else - sorry. Tomorrow, pictures.
It's even supposed to be sunny!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
2. Finished knitting the back of the Rogue for K.
3. Finished knitting the left front of the upper body of the Rogue and am ready to start on the right.
4. Found the perfect fiber to put with the orange/purple tussah - not the one I had in mind, but perfect nevertheless.
A good fiber day. Now maybe tomorrow the light will cooperate so we can have a good picture day too.
Monday, February 11, 2008
(By strict accounting, S's birthday, January 4th, is the start of the new year, but conceptually, he winds up being the tag end of the Christmas/New Year's holiday season, often belated and an afterthought, although we try hard to avoid that trap.)
Mom is 75 this year.
Happy Birthday Mom!
From a high of 30 in the morning, to 20 by noon, and then dropping like a rock in the evening.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
I did have an inspiration yesterday and am looking forward to working with it!
Friday, February 08, 2008
On the good side, it isn't raining and freezing any more, just drizzling snow at a temperature that might preclude more sleet for a while.
And on the even better side, my software is making progress.
(On the down side, the software isn't done yet, so there is always the chance it will leap out upon me and savage me yet again tomorrow, but that's a problem for tomorrow.)
(Also on the down side, my knitting partner couldn't get together for our 2nd Friday knitting night because she has bronchitis, which is the pits.)
On the good side, because I didn't stay out knitting til 9, I finished the rest of my weekly homework (not to be confused with my project homework) and now I get to go put my woolie socks on and sit on the sofa and knit and go to bed early.
I'm slowly working my way through the abc-along blogroll, adding them to my personal blogroll. I started by grabbing the (unfinished) blogroll in its entirety, but I didn't wait until the list was done. I figured that since I was going to have to go through the blogroll one by one to figure out which ones I was missing or I was going to have to dump the whole thing and start over (but I couldn't remember exactly how I did it and don't have the energy to look it all up again). So I compromised - I dumped it and I'm going through the list one blog at a time.
I know, I'm weird. But, there is a method to my madness. This time, since I'm adding them one at a time and since bloglines shows the most recent 10 posts when you add a new one, I'm taking a quick peek at the entries before I decide to keep them. I'm honestly not planning to add all 200+ blogs to my blogroll permanently. (That would way more than double the number of entries on my blogroll.) Some blogs are already on my list - I don't need duplicates. Some blogs are already on my nerves - having them around for a year (more or less) will annoy the heck out of me. (I don't plan to point out which they are and, not that I think anyone will, I'd rather people didn't point it out for me.) Having signed up for the abc-along, I'd like to watch what other people do with it as well. At the end of the year, I plan to dump the list. Or at least, what's left of it after moving any that become favorites to my main list.
I'm just happy that most of the abc-along-ers have not also signed up for blog365. I couldn't stand the pace.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
When I get tired of working on software, I'll go out and scrape at the ice on the drive.
The kitties are at the kitty entertainment center, being entertained. At last count, we have 5 mourning doves, 6 dark-eyed juncos, 4 house finches, 1 black capped chickadee and 1 downy woodpecker at the various bird feeders. I'm going to have to fill the feeders this afternoon. Another possibility for a planned break when I get fed up with software.
No word from my partner - I suspect his attempt at solving our problem didn't succeed any better than mine.
The wind is starting to pick up, starting to howl around the edges of the house, making things creak just a bit and throwing handsfuls of gritty ice at the windows. Time for a shower, warmer clothes than my schlep-around-the-house-dress, and then, procrastination time over, it will be time to go to work.
There are times when I hate software, mostly when it isn't working.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
This winter has been extremely annoying. (Side note - we've lived here four winters now - no two have been the same.) In fact, it may be the most annoying one we've experienced yet. Last winter was too warm and dry, way into January. The winter before was cold and sort of snowy; the one previous to that was very cold and extremely snowy (the piles o'snow by the driveway were over my head at times).
This winter has been a yoyo. Three or four days of 20+F weather, three or four days of 40 or 50+ F weather. Lots of "wintery mix".
Today it rained. 45F. Tonight, we're supposed to get a cold blast again - rain followed by sleet, followed by wintery mix tomorrow. 1-4 inches of the stuff. Yick.
Monday, February 04, 2008
Appearances are deceptive. This turns out to be a rather yucky yarn. The fiber prep isn't conducive to long draw without significant rework I'm not willing to give it.
Time for plan B.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Saturday, February 02, 2008
by Thomas Campion
Now winter nights enlarge
The number of their hours;
And clouds their storms discharge
Upon the airy towers.
Let now the chimneys blaze
And cups o’erflow with wine,
Let well-turned words amaze
With harmony divine.
Now yellow waxen lights
Shall wait on honey love
While youthful revels, masques, and courtly sights
Sleep’s leaden spells remove.
This time doth well dispense
With lovers’ long discourse;
Much speech hath some defense,
Though beauty no remorse.
All do not all things well;
Some measures comely tread,
Some knotted riddles tell,
Some poems smoothly read.
The summer hath his joys,
And winter his delights;
Though love and all his pleasures are but toys,
They shorten tedious nights.
Friday, February 01, 2008
Two skeins of tussah silk. The top one is the one I finished first. They won't be suitable for using together as I wasn't very careful about keeping the draft of the second consistent with the first.
Skein 1: 2 ply tussah silk, 12 grams, 575 yards, 19800 ypp.
Skein 2: 2 ply tussah silk, 12 grams, 386 yards, 14600 ypp.
Both are definitely laceweight, but the difference will be noticeable.
The fiber was from Just Our Yarn.