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I'm Laura. I am female, 28, a codemonkey, a linux enthusiast, a gamer, a bookworm, a knitter, a spinner, a tatter, sometime gothic, musical, vehemently geeky and occasionally ineptly artistic.

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I have attained Button Nirvana


Posted at 13 Mar 2011 05:39:32 PM

Greetings, friends. My, do I have a lot of pictures to show you!

(This, o best beloved, is the down side of only sitting down to publish a blog post once a month or so: the photos do tend to pile up.)

Most days it's still too chilly to go out on the motorcycle (50 yesterday, 30 today) but there are signs of life outside again! (Apologies for the photo, it's a cameraphone thing.)



I took a stab at the Oreo-stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies which have been making their way around the cooking blogs lately.

They turned out quite well, I think - I don't actually like Oreos, so I'm not the best judge, but those that do said that they were delicious. They're even better if you pop them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds to restore that "fresh-baked" texture, too!



Both shawls have been progressing, slowly. I've put probably another 50-100 yards in on the Purple People Eater (working title) and a few rows here and there on Candlelight. I can't wait to overdye that thing the minute it's off the needles!

I've started Sandi Wiseheart's Tundra Shawlette from Spin-Off Magazine in some of the qiviut/silk that I brought back from our honeymoon, but really, it's still itty bitty and there's not much to show yet.

I'm still working on the gloves to go with my new coat - maybe by next winter!



Those are my grandma's knitting needles; lovely, strong US #0's that haven't bent or warped in decades of use. I feel honored to be knitting with them.

I have managed to complete one thing, though!



This morning I polished off the last of the plying on 8 oz of Dyeabolical's 70/30 Merino/Tencel. Final count (before washing) is 846 yards of a light fingering 2-ply. Not quite my goal yet, but I'm happy at this stage to have not mucked things up too badly!






Here's a lovely photo of something which is being sadly neglected:


The fiber is lovely (Frabjous Fibers and every time I pick it up I wonder why I'd put it down.

(And then I remember how many other projects I have ongoing...)

Before I leave you for another month, here are some buttons I found in Springfield, IL at the Knit Wits LYS while I was knocking around there for a few hours:



I'm so excited about these. The fishbowls are adorable, but the rest - I mean, really - squid buttons! SQUID!



I bought plenty - some for a little kiddo's cardigan, most likely, and enough left over to make something for ME (even though I noticed after taking the photo that the shank is broken off of one of them... maybe I'll make him a pin).

I'll leave you with a recommendation - I've been glued to this book for the last week. It's in paperback rather than on my iPad, and having to turn the pages has been cutting into my knitting time, even! It's Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog. Very reminiscent of Wodehouse and Dorothy Sayers - I find myself giggling with delight at least once a page :-)




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Rare finds


Posted at 26 Jun 2010 10:49:19 AM

I never did get around to sharing what I found at Kirkwood Knittery a week or two ago:



And as if that wasn't exciting enough...!



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I don't know whether I'll be able to knit from them in the near future; my queue is pretty loaded (how awkward is that? It's only February, and I'm booked until Christmas). Still, a girl can dream.





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The pile on my end table


Posted at 28 Dec 2009 09:05:43 AM

Wherein we detail the list of awesome Christmas presents!

I still have yet to use the Fyberspates gift card from my in-laws; I'm a) waiting for them to repopulate the website post-Christmas, and b) waiting for myself to use the yarn I have (i.e. finish something already) so that I don't feel like I'm carrying coals to Newcastle.

The Signature US #1 needles, on the other hand, are employed as we speak. And yes, best beloved, they are exactly as wonderous as you've heard. Completely worth the outrageous price. (And I've heard they're starting to make circulars. Be still, my beating heart!)

Dan gifted me a Yankees hat and jersey, which is made of awesome. Also an Evenstar pendant straight out of Lord of the Rings, which is beautiful and sparkley and supremely geeky!

On the aforementioned end table are the following:

The Midwest Gardener's Cookbook, by Marian Towne. This book looks incredibly interesting, and is filled with common sense recipes which are simple and look delicious. It may cause me to rethink what I usually plant in my garden!


Second Book of Modern Lace Knitting by Marianne Kinzel
. There's one particular project in here which I very much want to make, but I'm going to have to do some serious finishing of projects before I can even contemplate starting it.

The Enchanted Sole; Legendary Socks for Adventurous Knitters by Janel Laidman. There are so many lovely patterns in this book! And I love all the stories that go with them. The way to my heart is truly through a good fairytale.

Home is Where the Wine Is, by Laurie Perry. I loved her first book, and am halfway through this one already. (Just don't tell that to The Anarchy Archives or Way of Shadows. I'm fickle.)

Victorian Lace Today, by Jane Sowerby. This has become a ubiquitous lace-knitting book since its initial publishing. The patterns do seem to uphold the book's reputation, and I'm excited to start using it!

A Gathering of Lace, by Meg Swansen and Elaine Rowley. Ditto the comment to VLT; everything in this book is gorgeous! These will keep me in projects for years to come.

Scarf Style, by Pam Allen. There are some truly cozy and interesting projects in here, which is good since while useful garments, scarves are my kryptonite. I'm hoping that some of these will be enough to curb my impatience!

And there you have it. I hope that your Christmas was equally pleasant and fruitful!




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I think I may have gotten myself in over my head...


Posted at 08 Sep 2008 03:46:05 PM

So today, I signed myself up with GoodReads. It's a site where you can keep track of what you've read, what you're reading, and what you'd like to read, as well as rating and reviewing your (and other people's) books.

Needless to say, I've spent a couple of hours this morning mentally running through my bookshelves. I've got most of the major series & authors that I could think off off the top of my head, but there's a lot of kind of "one-shot" books that I know I'm missing.

My list is here -- if you're already on GoodReads, feel free to friend me. Or debate with me. Or tell me my taste in literature is crap -- I can take it. ;-)




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Yay, books :D


Posted at 08 Nov 2006 01:26:45 PM

The problem with reading the Halo books (which are extremely good, by the way)?

Now I want a 360, because I really feel like playing Halo right now.
Edit: Bullet Witch looks really intruiging, too... probably won't go in for N3 - pretty, but meh - but I may want to check out Bullet Witch when it comes out.


Damn you, Microsoft...!


(A point in its favor is the VGA cables, though...it recently dawned on me that I don't need a 2nd TV to fulfill my gaming-with-background-noise obsession: all I need is a good LCD monitor, of which I definitely have a couple of extra. Hmmmm...I feel like shopping now. This could be dangerous. Mwahahahah...)

Edit 2, Son of Edit: Changed to use correct Firefly/RvB icon. *grin*





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Guaranteed to make you go up in flames


Posted at 25 Oct 2006 08:25:00 AM

Ok, we all know that I *HATE* Fahrenheit 451, right? This should come as no surprise to anyone.

That being said ...

Two weeks ago at Caney Creek High School, a tenth grade English class was given "Fahrenheit 451" as a reading assignment. But Diana Verm stopped after a few pages. She said she was offended by "the cussing in it and the burning of the Bible."

*headdesk* Can we just burn her, please? As b_phil said, "Yeah, that "whooosh" sound she just heard above her was the WHOLE POINT OF THE FUCKING BOOK."

EDIT: All the discussion's over at LJ for this one, folks!




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It came to mind that I didn't care.


Posted at 11 Dec 2008 10:51:53 AM

An update, oh my...this one might actually have substance, too!

My trip to Florida last weekend (Thursday through Monday) with Mom to visit Dan was actually a lot of fun - we saw his campus, which is nice, did some shopping, test drove a car, and did a really amazing amount of just hanging out and reading. I made it through I think 5 or 6 books, counting the plane trips both ways. That is awesome =D Mostly Discworld...I'm plowing through them at a pretty good clip. I'm up to Reaper Man, which I'm enjoying. Moving Pictures was kind of meh...nothing great, nothing bad. I'm just a Rincewind fangirl, I guess =D

Dan is also now charged with reading Good Omens and American Gods in his negative amounts of spare time. Yesh.

This month is crammed...l keep checking my calendar to find some time to oh, I don't know, maybe sign up for a raid or two so that I don't become one of those bitches who just comes once we've downed the wipefest bosses >_> but yeah... last weekend was Florida, this weekend is NY for Chris' birthday, next week is pager duty so I'll actually have lots of raiding time that week, and the week after that is Halloween. No clue what's going on in November, that requires too much foresight right now and I'm sleepy.

Which reminds me, I'm giving up on growing my hair out to do Sophitia @ PAX...I'll just have to be satisfied with not embarrassing my friends for a few days. Woe ;) But seriously, it's getting long and it's annoying me. (My middle-school self just cried a little inside...I distinctly remember swearing never to cut it above my shoulders, preferably above the middle of my back, blah blah blah. Live and learn, I guess.) Besides, it's cute when short and purple...longer than shoulder length just looks limp. I think about this stuff too much.

Mental note to go by the hair place here and see what they can do in the way of extremely temporary black dye...if I try to do it myself it'll look like ass, and it needs to be gone in a few days (and on blonde hair, too...this should be impossible fun).

Chris' birthday present is still not here, and I'm on the verge of killing *Company*. The only reason I haven't done so yet is because it's probably the postal service at fault, and there's not a whole lot I can do about speeding that up.

My package of Halloween Peeps and assorted other goodies made it to Australia! Karma said that she got the last package a few days ago, which makes me really happy. Also eager to try Tim Tams, a package of which is apparently winging itself toward NY as we speak. *glee*

I got my BPAL order the other day! 2 lovely 5 mL bottles of Morgause, which I love beyond reason and am considering up and ordering 2 more right now, because if they discontinue it I will be seriously distraught. Haven't tried the imps which arrived with it yet...I've been in a very gothic mood lately, which isn't lending itself to experimentation. I'll get around to it, as some of them look intruiging. Also, I want one of naamah_darling's BPAL boxes. Badly... just need to get the cash together again after getting my car. I know what I want, too, because she'll do a beautiful job with it...a mischevious green-eyed faerie :)

Speaking of cars, this is the one I test-drove while in Florida, and which I really liked: Toyota Yaris. 4-door automatic, naturally... the 2door looks like they forgot half of the car. Mom said that she and Gene can toss a couple thousand my way temporarily, so that I can build a new one rather than looking for a used...they start at $12k and actually start being drivable at $14.5k, so it's really not that far out of my budget. And new means a good warranty, less wear, etc... yay :) One thing I still have to check up on is how servicable it is outside of dealership repair centers...I hate having to take my car to a dealership for stupid things, and would prefer to not do so at all if possible. It's nothing more nor less than a blatant ripoff, and usually an ineffective one since real mechanics are more likely to actually _fix_ whatever it is that's wrong.

My Halloween costume is almost together...I need to run by Gap and get the pants, and my belt is proving problematic still, but I got the tank top while in Florida and the rest of it more or less sorts itself out. Hee....this is going to be fun!

My sftp server works now! I can't reach it from work because of blocked ports (and no "business reason" to open them), which is just weak. If I move it to 443 I can, but eh...I'm debating. People already know where it is, and I don't feel like it's worth the effort. If I want something, I should have the foresight to copy the files over when I'm home, and if I forget, it's my own damn fault. A guildie pointed me towards a new band last night that I need to look up, and Brian's hopefully going to burn me off some Tool/Queens of the Stone Age/other assorted stuff, Arsis is currently rocking my world, and that'll help.

Perl is being a little bitch, and refuses to update itself so I can get at WWW::Mechanize. So no penny-arcade podcasts for me...woe. That's my project for tonight, in addition to sewing my new patch onto my shoulder bag. I thought I'd ordered the Alliance one too, but apparently not...rawr. Have to fix when I'm at the mall tonight...mmm, Hot Topic, guilty addiction that it is. I'm amused at myself every time I shop there. However, they did introduce me to Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show, for which I will be forever grateful. The people who work there are so much more entertaining than the clothes.

This is probably too long already, but since it's my diary ya'll can stfu and deal. Need to write in my real diary more often. I miss having a cat around...




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Aaaaah!


Posted at 30 Jun 2006 11:21:14 AM

Is this a good thing, or a bad thing?

Mind you, I think it'll be a terrible movie (it's just not a movie-type book, it's too good for that) - but heck, maybe now more people will go read the books too :D

mmm, I should reread those myself....

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