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January 26, 2012

Busy busy busy . . . kind of

So, I’ve lost another job. There just hasn’t been enough business at my sister’s sandwich shop to justify having two people there, so, I’m unemployed again. I really, really need to find something, or win the lottery. Or come up with a design that goes viral. I’m working on all of those.

Obviously, that viral pattern is not going to be As a Flower Blossoms. I can count the number of sales of that pattern on one hand of the guy who gave us a tour of the Kokomo Opalescent Glass factory about fifteen years ago. He’d lost a couple fingers on each hand. It was a really awesome tour, but I never, ever want to work in a glass-making factory!

Among other things I’ve been doing (like looking for a job, buying lottery tickets, and trying to come up with the next big knitting pattern), I’m one of the captains for Team Epic in Nerd Wars for Tournament 4. Sign-ups are open until midnight EST on 1/26/12.

Not sure what Nerd Wars is? According to the Game Master, EyeAmElise, “This is a silly game designed to help motivate you to finish projects you wanted to do anyway!”

In a nutshell, you join a team based on the things you enjoy (outside of crafting), like Jim Henson’s creations (Team Fraggle), musicals (Team Jazz Hands), or playing role-playing games (Team Epic, the best team out there!). (For a list of teams and what “nerdery” they encompass, see this chart.) Each month of the tournament, there are six challenges posted. You answer as many challenges as you want by crafting something within the month of the challenge, and earn points for your team. You can also do a dissertation, which is a project that will take you the whole tournament, or three months. You also get to meet new people both in your team thread, and by participating in the chat room, Otaku Lounge. Mostly what you can win are new friends, bragging rights, and a feeling of accomplishment, but there are opportunities for actual prizes, too!

The team to join is, of course, Team Epic! We are the home for social role-players (tabletop, MMORPG, on-line text-based games, LARPing . . . one or two player games, like Zelda and Baldur’s Gate, are covered by our sister team, Team 1-Up). Whether you play Dungeons & Dragons, World of Warcraft, GURPS, or Spirits of the Earth — or something no one else has ever heard of — we’d love to have you join and tell us about your latest adventure!

You do need to join Ravelry before you can join Nerd Wars, but joining Ravelry is free, easy, and worthwhile even without Nerd Wars!

Nerd Wars is intended for adults. If you are under the age of 18 and would like to play, please contact one of the Nerd Wars mods.

Now, I have some projects I’d really like to get done before the tournament starts next week, so I’d better get knitting!

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August 18, 2011

Updatiness

This year has been the most difficult in a series of difficult years for me. I’m sure a lot of it comes of being fired last November. The company I worked for merged with a larger company. We were all told at the time that no one would lose their job because of this, but I, at least, knew this was an untruth. I just didn’t know I was one of those who would get the axe.

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January 8, 2011

I don’t do resolutions

I’m not promising myself that I’m going to learn twelve new crafting skills this year, or that I’ll knit twenty six pairs of socks, or even that I’ll knit (or otherwise do something crafty) every day. But, there are some things that I’ve been wanting to do, and this post just happens to be coming at a resolution kind of time.

1. I want this blog to be more active. Hence, I am joining the Post a Week 2011 Challenge. We’ll see how I do.

2. I want to learn how to spin. I want to be like those obnoxious people who talk about using this gorgeous yarn they spun from a batt that they hand dyed, and now they’ve turned it into a spectacular shawl, making those of us who don’t know a batt from a ball feel as lazy and useless as someone who would throw out a bra because the underwire broke through (here’s a tip: get a sewing needle and coordinating thread, poke the wire back through the hole into its channel, and do some whipstitch to close up the hole, it’s a five minute job you can do in a bathroom stall at work if need be). Years ago, I got a video on how to handspin silk from hankies, along with a couple silk hankies and needles to use for knitting something with the resulting yarn. I never managed to spin anything worthwhile from it. I still have it, I’m pretty sure. Anyway, I ordered some roving earlier this week. We’ll see how I do.

3. I want to learn how to weave. My mom bought my sister a Brio loom . . . probably about thirty five years ago. It’s a little table-top thing. I don’t know how much my sister actually used it, but it is now in my possession. I don’t know if I have all the parts, and I don’t have any instructions, but I’m going to find out how to use it, and see what happens. I’ve been saying that I’m going to do that for years now. We’ll see how I do.

4. I want to work more on designing.

KnitPicks did get back to me about the D4 Bag of Dice Holding, and they think they’d like to include it in the IDP. I mailed my sample to them the other day. They should have gotten it today. By the end of the month, I should know for certain if they’re going to pick it up. I didn’t get an e-mail confirmation on the scarf and cuff set (the FAQ says you should get one in about a week), so I wrote to make sure they got it, and they did. They’ve been busy because of the holidays, and just hadn’t gotten to it yet (so if anyone else has submitted something, and you feel like you’ve been waiting a long time, that might be why).

I have another pattern idea that I’m sending to Twist for their Fall issue. Yes, I remember what I said about how vague they are about compensation, but I’ve met a lot of designers since then who think the world of Twist. I’m willing to bow to experience.

I’m still working on the re-working of that vest/tank top that I’ve been talking about for freaking ever, and hopefully I will have it finished in time to submit to Knitty for the First Fall issue.

I have other ideas in me head (that’s not a typo, it’s a movie reference!). We’ll see how I do.

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.