Currently on my kneedles.

I currently have 3 projects in progress right now, which is a lot for me. Usually, I like to start a project and finish it as quickly as possible to start the next project. However, the projects I currently have on the needles are something else.

  1. Olive Sweater. I bought 1700 yards of fingering weight Miss Babs Katahdin last Rhinebeck, which I intended for this sweater. The sweater is almost entirely stockinette stitch. 2 months in, I have just gotten down to my boobs. 
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  2. Socks. You know what? I’m going to frog these. I hate the way the colors look together, and I’m pretty sure they’re too big. They were going to be a project I worked on during jury duty, but that ended quickly.
  3. Surprise sweater for a baby. Not a baby surprise, which I believe has to be the ugliest sweater ever designed for a baby. Sure, it’s a marvelously clever way of putting something together, and looks lovely laid out. But it looks like absolute shit on a baby. Details to follow. Eventually, probably. 

 

No photos, because it’s nighttime, and I don’t want to drag out my lightbox just to take pictures of wips. 

Recalling a small experience from Pax

Two Bioshock Infinite cosplayers were picking up their tickets from me, and I remarked to them that they were from the gay barbershop quartet, right?
They were really surprised at the fact that I knew where they were from. “How do you know?” they asked.
I was surprised at their question, and replied, “I played the game…”
“Oh.” They took their badges, and went to find the two other members of their quartet, I assume.
It was an odd little experience. I wonder if they were surprised because they thought maybe I was hired staff and somehow an outsider, or if they were surprised because I’m a woman. Kind of weird either way, at a hugely popular gaming convention.

Here’s a picture of yarn I bought in Boston. It sparkles.

Unicorn Snuggles Yarn

Unicorn Snuggles Yarn, Colorway is Lockjaw of the Pet Avengers

In unrelated news, I recently bought a few notebooks, and placed an order with Goulet Pens for another pen, another notebook, and a package of ink samples. I may have a problem.

Boston Trip 2014

Pax East 2014:

Pax East Swag

Some of the swag I picked up. Note the CAH pins!

Boston was great this year, and the weather really cooperated. Which made the coat I brought along a giant waste of time and luggage space.

I worked the convention again this year, and on that front, everything went well. Minimal amount of rude/mean people. Saw some great cosplay, including a person dressed up as a companion cube from Portal. Also saw some games that I will be buying/downloading in the very near future. To name a few: Evil Within, Crowman & Wolfboy, and Kingdom for Kieflings. I also picked up the 90s nostalgia expansion and a full set of PaxEast expansion cards for Cards Against Humanity. I’m still missing #18 for a second set of those.

I really didn’t take a lot of photos this year. I was more interested in really experiencing the con, and I totally did. Already making plans for next year. :)

Knitting:

Volcano_Cowl

While in Boston for Pax, I stopped by Gather Here [link] in Cambridge. It was a small shop on a corner, but stuffed with yarn, fabric, and notions. I highly recommend this shop to anyone visiting Boston, and it’s only a 5-10 minute walk from the train station.

MDV_Charcoal

 

I finished Knitting my Volcano Cowl with Tess Superwash in a teal color, which looks really great, but matches my coat so closely in color that I don’t like wearing them together. I picked up 2 skeins of Madeline Tosh Vintage in Charcoal for a second cowl.

Olive_detail

Once I finished the cowl, I immediately cast on an Olive Blouse, using Miss Babs Katahdin in Impatiens, which is a really bright pink magenta, and Madeline Tosh Sock in Tern for the yoke and edgings. It is going to a be a very long slog of stockinette for a while…

Other:

Lamy_Safari

I bought a Lamy Safari pen in the blue color, and immediately fell in love. I’ve already bought ink and (several) notebooks to write in, so it seems that I’ll be writing much more often. I switched out the Lamy blue ink for Noodler’s Eel Blue which is much more saturated and bluer. Lamy’s is not as strong and leans more purple. The pen has a fine tip, which isn’t quite fine enough for me, so I’ll probably be switching that out to an Extra Fine when I have a few spare bucks. Or maybe I’ll see if I can get my hands on the LE Neon Coral in May. =P

im still alive u guise

Movies in 2014: So far I’m keeping my resolution to watch a new movie each week.

Week One: Robot & Frank – This movie was simultaneously adorable and sweet and sad. I recommend watching it. Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon are great in it.
Week Two: Primer – I highly recommend watching this movie, if you want to watch a movie several times to understand it. Which, why wouldn’t you? All I’m going to say is, time travel is involved.
Week Three: We’re the Millers – I laughed a lot. I was not convinced by Jennifer Aniston’s stripping, though I guess it was hot? I don’t know. Jason Sudekis was hilarious, as usual.

Programming: I’m currently working my way through Learn Ruby the Hard Way and the Ruby course on CodeAcademy, and it is interesting. Basically, when I get bored of one of their “voices”, I switch to the other. Really mixes things up, because they are *not* teaching the same things at the same time. Although, of the topics where they have overlapped so far, their differing voices really gave me new insights that the other did now.

It took me way too long to conceptualize For loops, and for that, I feel ashamed.

Knitting: I came up with a pattern for a new hat, but I don’t know where I put it, so you’re just going to have to wait on that. And, I gave both prototypes to my mother, so no photos of the finished products, but I will share the latest (v3) in progress, when it’s started. C’est la vie, mon amie. For the record, teal Malabrigo Silky Merino.

I put a lot of work into it, but I think I’m going to put it out for free on this blog anyway.

In yarn-related-ish news, I sold my spinning wheel. I was never using it, and I needed more room in the apartment.

The Annual List – 2014 Edition

It’s a brand new year, and a blizzard approaches.

I’ve spent the last 2 years since I got my current job, being pretty down on myself. I haven’t written as much as I wanted to, and I let my html & Css skills go by the wayside. I will make up for it in 2014!

I’m going to start brushing up on my css & photoshop and redo the blog, and I do have plans to write more often, hopefully once a week, starting today.

Well, let’s get on with it. Time for my annual list.

Resolutions

  1. In 2013, I lost 20 pounds, which is amazing. For 2014, my goal is 15.
  2. Read a new book once a month, or listen on Audible. I got a few books for Christmas, and I’m looking forward to starting them.
  3. Watch one new to me movie a week. On Netflix, HBO, or at the movies. Lots of classics I’ve never watched.
  4. Learn some new programming languages. I studied Java in high school (almost a decade ago!) and I’m sure it’s changed, so it’s time to learn again!
    1. Ruby
    2. Java
    3. Python
  5. Write a very simple program for Android, even if I don’t publish it.
  6. Buy more artwork for my home. We repainted the hallway and living room, and things are already looking brighter.
  7. Release 2 new knitting patterns. Currently test knitting one of them.
  8. Sell my spinning wheel. It was fun, but I don’t use it enough to merit keeping it. Also, I could use the money.
  9. Knit 3 adult size sweaters.
    10. Knit 2-3 shawls plus as many as I can of new hats, cowls, gloves, & mittens!

  10. Find a new job. I’m depressed at my current job. There’s no way for me to move up, there’s no appreciation, and I despise my office manager. So many people have quit in the past year. This is not a healthy attitude or a healthy environment for me!
  11. Set up a healthy emergency fund. Right now, my emergency fund is my credit card, and that’s a dangerous thing to depend on.

Wow, looking back on that, some of my resolutions are a real bummer. Here’s a photo of one of my cats. Happy new year!

Hiding Cat

Attempts at Rhinebeck Artichoke French duplication – Part 1

 

 

 

Just in time for Thanksgiving, I’m working on approximating the lovely Artichokes French I wait on line 30 minutes for every year at Rhinebeck. 

According to less than 2 minutes of googling, Artichokes French seem to be a regional dish, specific to central NY, mainly Rochester (like Wegmans!). I started my saga using this recipe and ended up with this:

 
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Photos taken with lovely potato camera. Camera, made from potato, brings my cooking to you. 


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It turned out DELICIOUS, but not quite there. I realized too late that there wasn’t any garlic included in the recipe. Oh well, I still ate the whole thing.

 

Changes to be made to part two:

  • replacing the 2nd egg with water. The egg wash was too thick and eggy. 
  • Tossing panko breadcrumbs with the artichokes before transferring to plate. 
  • Add crushed garlic to the butter – maybe one or two cloves
  • slightly more lemon juice