Archive for ‘down the rabbit hole’

June 25, 2015

A Year?

It’s been almost a year since the last time I posted anything here.  Like 10 and a half months.  I guess school really kept me busy last year!

 

So, what’s up with me?  I decided to haul out the shawl design I was working on last year, and acftually finish it.  I’m not quite done yet.  There were a lot of revisions that I still needed to make, but I’m over half way done knitting the latest (and should be last) prototype.  Then test knitting, tech editing, and an MKAL release!

 

I’m also going to do my scarf with rabbit tracks on it.  The pattern is practically written, and I finally picked out and bought yarn for it.

 

I’m also working on a Tantric Puzzle Top for Thing One.  I’m working on the second part, but it’s been set aside mostly while I try to finish the shawl.  And I’m making a Mariah cardigan for Grace.  And I’m working on my Steampunkery socks.

 

No, no linkies.  Maybe later.

 

I’ve been trying to do a lot more baking and a lot less storebought cookie buying, but I discovered that the peanut butter sandwich cookies Target sells (Market Pan) are really pretty awesome, and at Aldi they have these fudge covered peanut butter cookies (I think that’s what they’re called) that look like Girl Scout Tagalongs, except they have a chocolate cookie instead of shortbread (?), and they taste like PB Twix.  Honestly, the first time I bought a package, I ate almost the whole thing on my drive home, they are that good.

 

Anyway, I’m going to be better about writing here.  No, stop laughing and giving me those knowing looks.  I really am.

August 5, 2014

Summer Is Almost Over

Thank goodness. I’m not a summer person. Really, truly, and honestly, you will not find me wishing for summer in the middle of winter. I may pine for spring, or wax nostalgic over autumn, but even if it’s fifty below, I’m not wishing for summer.

It’s been a rough summer for us this year, for a variety of reasons, and I took most of July off from designing. I knit all through summer, except on the absolute hottest days (which, thankfully, this year have been few), but designing — however serious I am about it — is still at the hobby level for me. I put much more money into it than I get out, and this summer, I didn’t have the money to spend. But, that may be changing. At least enough that I’m back to working on the MKAL shawl I keep mentioning.

I spent about an hour last night working on the script for the video I’m going to do for the cast-on for the shawl. (Wow, that’s a lot of prepositional phrases.) Once I have that done, I’m going to start knitting the second prototype (the first one came out much larger, and used more yarn, than I wanted), and get a test-knit underway.

My original plan was to do this MKAL back in May, right after spring semester was over. Now it’s taking me so long to get it all together that I’m wondering if maybe it’s going to be next May!

December 2, 2012

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,/”To talk of many things:”

Like how to convince my two-year-old that it would be perfectly reasonable for her to go to bed around 8:00 at night, and wake up around 8:00 in the morning. She seems to think it’s much better to stay up as late as possible (sometimes the sky is starting to get light already when she finally conks out), and then probably wake up in the middle of the night and refuse to go back to sleep unless Mommy holds her (which means I get to sleep sitting up), and then sleep until 10:30 or 11:00. I’ll admit, she did fall asleep around 6:30 tonight, but then she only slept until about midnight. Now it’s anyone’s guess just how late she’ll stay up. And I can’t just pop her in the playpen or crib and let her stay up while I sleep. She’s a climber. In fact, we call her our little jewel thief, because she’s frighteningly good at it, and quiet to boot.

Or we could talk about the real purpose of this post, which is what I’ve been up to for most of the last month.

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November 20, 2010

I can’t keep up with my reading list as it is!

But it’s just gotten longer. The Ladies of Mischief is a fairly new (started in October 2010) web story that unfolds as the narrator (known only as “The Archivist,” so far) unpacks things from a “a massive trunk containing – their words – antique lady’s stuff” she’s been given from her aunt’s estate. One pattern, for a lace gear, has been released in conjunction with the story, but I’m pretty sure more are planned.

In case you couldn’t tell by the juxtaposition of the words “antique,” “lace,” and “gear,” this looks to be a steampunk story, complete with dirigibles and a clockwork sheep shearing machine.

I’m looking forward to the next installment!

January 27, 2009

K2P(ay)4

January is the busiest month of the year for bookkeepers in public accounting (at least, in the U.S.). We have one month to finalize payroll from the prior year for all of our clients and get out W-2s. I’m almost done. I’m working on one of my last clients now.

I’m really glad we don’t have to knit the forms by hand anymore. There is a certain satisfaction in doing them that way — watching the purl bumps line up neatly under the needles, the knitted “v’s” looking like geese ready to fly away — but the machines do it so much faster, and you don’t have to worry about accidentally crossing a cable the wrong way, and causing some poor single mother to look like she owes $10,000 in taxes for the year. This way the IRS can just feed them into their machines, too, which saves time and tax dollars. Automation certainly has its uses.

I still say that if I ever start my own business, I’ll knit all my books by hand instead of using something like QuickKnits or Purltree, but when you’re doing something fairly impersonal and mindless, over and over, it’s really nice to sit back and watch the machine do its thing.

A missive from down the rabbit hole, reposted from my LiveJournal.