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February 27th, 2011

It Is DONE... almost

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I just finished binding off my red shawl!

I started it three years ago in June 2008. At times it spent months ignored in the project box. I went a bit nuts and dumped the last 44 row section for a 112 row section of my own design, making it much larger than I expected it to be when I cast on those original nine stitches. It is so large that completely unblocked and crinkled up it's already 43" down the "spine" and about 90" across the "wingspan".

Blocking this will be a challenge. My original plan involved half a dozen stainless steel welding rods, twenty five long zip ties, between one and two hundred T pins (that's all I have), and a sheet of foam insulation board. I had figured an 8'x4' surface would be plenty, now however... well it would be a very gentle blocking.

Maybe I could use two boards, cutting one into a 8'x2' piece and two 4'x2' pieces to extend the other to 12'x6' (with 2' square missing corners on one long side). I won't need that much space but more than 8'x4' seems very likely.

Thank goodness I'm tall.

February 2nd, 2011

Knitting update

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I was just tidying up my Ravelry projects by linking to blog posts and realized I hadn't posted some finished objects from the end of December and through January.

The red dalek for my brother completes the set of three (the first was grey, the second gold):

Red Dalek

The rest are under this cut. )

December 18th, 2010

Knitting update...

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Before I have too many photos. :)

Slippers, and dog sweaters, and dalek in progress, oh my! )

November 24th, 2010

Might need a day off

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My hands are really sore today, but I still managed to get to 41,812 words.

I also started a dog sweater. It's for a small dog and I'm already a couple inches into it. I think the pattern dramatically overestimated the yardage required, but I won't know until I finish it. If I don't need the second skein they over estimated.

November 21st, 2010

Weekend progress

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I totally forgot to update yesterday. I had a nice car trip and lunch out and still managed to write some and get to 36,686 words.

Today I reached 38,391 words. I'm still two days ahead and I hope to get to 40k tomorrow.

Knitting catch up time. )

November 10th, 2010


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Really didn't feel like writing today so I did my word count in extensive notes for myself about the way magic and technology work together, the way people with magical ability are trained, and general appearance and personality notes on my five major characters.

Also, I knit half a slipper.

16,783 words before midnight, 16,856 as of now.

November 8th, 2010

And so it goes

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15,052 and one full day ahead. I'd like to keep that edge and increase it, but I know that I'm going to have at least one day where nothing gets written. But at least I have a small buffer and if I can write more than 1667 a day I should keep it.

Interestingly enough I wrote precisely as much today as I did yesterday, 2022 words.

Vince and Dan are at loggerheads, which is not as helpful as you might think since they're kinda like cats that crouch and glare but don't do much more than make an occasional growling sound at each other. Giving a cold shoulder to someone you need to work with is not helpful boys!

I must say the "ugh, I don't wanna write" feeling has done wonders for the progress on my shawl, I'm 14 rows into the second section of the chart I drew up for the edging, so that's 40 rows out of 112.... I've also completed 16 rows on the newest dalek for my brother and a few rows on the neck of the ribbed sweater for Namid that I started ages ago. The cabled sweater for myself is stalled though, I may be ripping it out for the third time and trying smaller needles, I don't like how loose the fabric looks.

October 18th, 2010

Knitting Update

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Yes, it's that time again, catching up on the knitting projects.

Cutting for the completely uninterested. )

And this last one isn't cut because I am damned proud of it.

Namid's Golden Shawl

The observant with good memories will note that's the same pattern as the neck of my red shawl. I made some alterations to the second section (the mesh, diamonds, and chevrons) and then pretty much did the edging that I plan to finish my red shawl with.

Other than those projects all I did was start the ribbing on the over knee socks.
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July 12th, 2010

More Swatches

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Continuing on from my last post on the subject.... Cut for the uninterested. )

On the writing front, Dr. Daniel Samson-Greer has been a bit talkative. I have a bit of backstory on him, some of it still rather hand-wavingly vague, but he's coming along well enough I think I'll make him the last character in that meme. So once I bash out a mini-bio and pull names out of the metaphorical hat to establish the order I'll get onto those questions.

July 2nd, 2010

Lace Shawl Progress and New Characters

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Actually, there's been no progress on the actual shawl, instead I have been charting and swatching my ideas.

Cut for those with absolutely no interest in knitting. )

On the writing front, I still need Character Fifteen for that meme. I have not forgotten it.

I did have a character "drop in" on the drive to Anthrocon last week.

What I know:

  • His name is Daniel Samson Greer. I don't know if that's given middle surname or given hyphenated-surname.

  • He is tall and lanky. I don't know if he's light as a feather and fragile or deceptively heavy due to wiry muscles.

  • He's adult. Based on his appearance people would probably say he's over 25 but probably under 40.

  • He has dreadlocks. They are not his natural hair and are brightly colored. There may be tubing or other non-hairlike textured involved. He changes his hair a lot.

  • He wears glasses. He might not need them.

  • He probably has piercings and tattoos. He wouldn't go for large gauge jewelry, stretching for flesh tunnels or plugs would not appeal to him. Likewise, there's a low chance of facial tattoos or full sleeves, but a back piece might exist.

What I don't know:

  • What sort of world he lives in. Other than one that would allow him to have things like his synthetic dreads and glasses. Cyberpunk? Urban Fantasy? Generic now/near future?

  • What he does. I'd like something counter to the stereotype presented by his appearance., but the Rule of Cool could override that.

  • What he wears. With the dreadlocks there is a tendency to see him in Boots, with jeans or pants with a ton of buckles and D-rings and such. I'd like to break that up a bit.

  • What his orientation is. This normally isn't something I plan out, the characters just start talking, or drooling. Generally though they do let me know if I get is wrong.

  • What his relationship status is. Rather linked to the above, and again, they generally correct me if I'm wrong.

I had an interesting dream the last night of the con. It was a bit of a muddled mess, as dreams generally are, but there were some ideas in it that I have been rolling around. It was urban fantasy, mixing up magic and hacking, and there were some ideas regarding magic and consent that I'll be mulling over. My POV character in the dream was not Daniel, but maybe this might be his world. That does make me wonder just who my POV female magic user was, I don't know anything about her other than her willingness to top from the bottom in certain, spellcasting obligated, situations.

June 15th, 2010


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Over the past couple weeks I have been working exclusively on my shawl and have finished the main section of the pattern.

Lovely Lace Shawl - Section VI complete

Now, since I'm not that fond of the edge of the shawl in the original pattern (photo here) , I'm working on charting out an edging that I like better. I'm taking elements from the first three motifs of the pattern, seen in these photos: Under the cut. )

June 8th, 2010

Knitting, dolls, and writing

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I do seem to let these things pile up.

Knitting under the cut! )

And the doll stuff is behind this cut. )

And finally, the writing. I have fourteen character bios written, I just have to decide who the fifteenth character will be and I can get to answering the questions. I'd like more questions, really. Maybe I should post the bios, in an order that is NOT the order of the characters in regard to the numbering for the questions? I don't want to bias questions by having people ask them thinking the fifth bio belongs to character number five, since it won't.

May 9th, 2010

Writing and Knitting (and Dolls)

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While we were without internet for all of Friday and half of Saturday I managed to finish up a few knitting projects and write (and get sucked into reading my own writing, again).

I'm still writing biographies for the characters I will be using to answer the questions asked in my last post. Hopefully I'll get a few more questions to work on by the time I'm done with the biographies. Since I have just four out of fifteen done it might take all week unless I hit on a really good writing streak, or learn brevity.

Please feel free to go back and ask more questions. You don't have to work up a "really good one" you know, even simple things like "what is eleven's favorite color" can lead to some character development. :)

Knitting under the cut! )

March 18th, 2010

Knitting again :)

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I know you are all thrilled. ;)

Let's see, things since the last time I updated.... )

Just finished today so it's not going under a cut:

MSD Vogue Vest - Front MSD Vogue Vest - Back

Pattern #4 from the 2008 winter issue of Vogue Knitting. I used sport weight yarn and size 3 needles for the lace portion, knitting as written for the smallest size. I then dropped down to size 2 needles and started winging it. I decreased after the lace, added some short rows for her bust, changed it to a V neckline, and did raglan cap sleeves. I didn't make button holes, there are snaps sewn behind the buttons.

March 8th, 2010

If I had known...

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Bill's Hat Modeled by Me That all it took to get the spring thaw started was knitting a warm hat for [info]hafoc I would have done it sooner than the last weekend of February.

For the curious, here it is on me, where you can't see the second half of the cable pattern because it's too close to the crown.

I want to get a modeling shot of the hat on him, largely because it's really hard to get a good shot of a hat, particularly the crown, when it is on your own head. I have written the pattern (text as well as the chart that I actually worked from) but I still need to proof read, edit, and make it pretty. I'm thinking to put it up for sale, if I can convince myself it's a pattern someone would actually buy.

It's over forty degrees (Fahrenheit of course) and the ice is melting off the roof and the driveway and the snow is compacting down and turning into slush in the low areas where the water is collecting because the ground is still frozen. It's far too warm for this hat now. :)

January 15th, 2010

Sale at Lulu, and Ravelry news

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Right now Lulu has a sale, 20% any order if you use the code CABIN.

I think you all need a copy of Hilltown if you don't have one yet.

And for the only vaguely related Ravelry news:

I have a Ravelry store now. For the moment there is only one pattern available, a knit wig cap for dolls. It's free and you can download it now. :) In theory, no one has tried that link and let me know if it really does work for non-Ravelry members.

I hope to have another pattern up soon, probably after FC, for sale.

December 20th, 2009

Knitting update

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It's been about a month, so it's about time.

Hats! )

And finally an out of date photo for Mom's vest:

Estes Vest - WIP 2

It's out of date because today I finished the armscye and sewed the shoulder seams. I've picked up stitches for the neck ribbing so after 2" of that I will have just the armholes to finish, the faux i-cord in front to sew down, and then the hard part... installing a zipper.

I also have a pair of gloves in progress. I have wrists, palms, and index fingers done on both gloves and just started the middle finger of one of them today. I knit the wrists and palms of both of them at once using the magic loop technique and a long circular needle with both ends of the skein of yarn. It wasn't as much of a tangle-fest as I feared it might become. I find it is quicker to knit the fingers one at a time on double pointed needles, largely because I can get into a rhythm and just keep knitting without having to shuffle the stitches around on the long circular.

Next update should be finished vest (possibly minus zipper) and gloves.

November 15th, 2009

NaNo and Knitting

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Well I haven't updated in a while so here we go.

NaNo: Last Sunday and Monday (the 8th and 9th) I didn't write at all so the whole week has been a slog of trying not to fall any further behind. I had a good day today and finally, finally hit a spot where the words didn't require concentrating until I sweated blood to get the out. I'm still behind but I wrote 3k today and if I can manage that again tomorrow I will be caught up.

Knitting: I've got eight inches done on the vest for my Mom for Christmas. That's about 40% complete since Mom is shorter than I am.

Estes Vest - WIP 1

I'm a bit farther along that this now, but I haven't taken a new photo and probably won't until I'm ready to divide for the arm holes in about five inches. Older stuff under the cut. )

September 24th, 2009

It's been a while...

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But then I do tend to drop off the face of the planet in the summer. Nothing all that unusual happened this year, I went and saw the family and came back with some paperwork to deal with but that's mostly settled now.

Unsurprisingly, I did some knitting. See what, some tiny, some not. )

On an unrelated note, any other Semagic users having trouble posting? It keeps telling me it can't connect to the server, and that server happens to be LJ, IJ, and DW!
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June 21st, 2009

Tiny knitting update

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In more ways than one.

So, I've been knitting things for Anjeni on small needles, sizes US#0 and #1 mostly (2 and 2.25mm) of late. And really, I never, ever, expected to knit with needles that small.

And they are too big.

So I used a Joann's 40% off one item coupon to get $1 shipping and ordered a Susan Bates sock set. It contains sizes 1 and 0, which I have but I could use another set of 0 anyway (and I now have three sets of 1s) but more importantly, it has sizes 00 and 000 (1.75 and 1.5mm). The cost for the 4 sets is still less than the cost of 2 sets in steel (the Susan Bates are aluminum) so I figured it was reasonable for testing if I actually can stand knitting that tiny.

So, onto the testing. Cut to spare the uninterested. )
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