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I'm Laura. I am female, 31, a gamer, a bookworm, a knitter, a spinner, a tatter, pierced, tattooed, musical, vehemently geeky and occasionally ineptly artistic.

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Tour de Fleece, day 11, and FO: The Math Hat


Posted at 13 Jul 2010 08:17:09 PM

Bob Sheppard, the only Voice of Yankees baseball I can remember, passed away on July 11th.

George Steinbrenner passed away today of a heart attack.

Needless to say, this is not a good week for Yankees baseball. They both contributed so much to the team and to the sport, and will sorely be missed. RIP, boys.


In happier news, I've hit the halfway mark on my Tour de Fleece spinning. I may have said earlier that it was 2oz of alpaca/merino; wrong. It's 4oz in total. The 2oz I've spun are already more than I've done in a month before (wheel spinners out there, stop laughing; I like my spindles!) and I'm happy with the singles thus far. They'll be chain plied (another new skill) as I couldn't be arsed to divide the pencil roving into 3 even piles beforehand.

Lest my stash get too small (I thought I said stop laughing!) I used a Groupie credit at The Loopy Ewe to buy a lovely 4.9 oz braid of Polwarth roving in Subdued Rainbow. I'm hoping to spin it up in laceweight looooooong color repeats, either divided for 2ply or chain plied.

I also picked up the yarn for the start of the knit and knag World Heritage KAL this fall, not because I have any hopes of starting on time, but because Jen the dyer has a 15% off sale running right now and I've been curious about the yarn since seeing it pop up in the Blocking thread on Rav. The yarn, lest I forget to tell you, is Nightfall from FibroFibers.

My knitting doesn't have much to show for itself lately, since my attentions are entirely focused on a secret project or two, neither of which will see the glowing light of your monitors until the end of the year. Rest assured, it's not just stash acquisition going on around here.

Oh! I nearly forgot.

Here: have a hat. I finished it last night (and hopefully it fits the recipient. It's certainly huge on me, which is a good sign). The goal was to have the grey stripes decrease at the same rate that the blue ones increased, while still ending up with a hat of a specified height.

This involved Math. Evil, evil math. I think this is Hat Mark 3. Hat Mark 3.5 if you count my first disastrous 150 stitch cast on...but I don't.




Pattern: my own, but the specifics are on Rav
Yarn: Berroco Lustra
Needles: US 4 for the ribbing, US 5 for the body.





I still have comment logging turned on, and I sincerely apologize if my website eats your comment or decides that you are spam. I'm trying to reproduce the problem so that I actually have some legit non-spam logs to look at, and hopefully fix this once and for all!




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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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Strange Folk Fest Swag


Posted at 26 Jun 2010 10:47:22 AM

Here's some of the swag from the excursion to Strange Folk Fest in O'Fallon IL today!


( Click for the rest )





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One problem solved


Posted at 25 Sep 2009 08:32:43 AM

I found the yarn for the goddessknits Fall 09 Mystery Shawl KAL, at long last.

I was really hoping to find something in a real gold, similar to how this mithril silk laceweight that I've been using is a real silver color. But Fyberspates was out of stock on their gold yarn, and I had to go searching.

It's not as over-the-top vibrant, but all things considered I think that this from The Fiber Denn will do just fine. :-)





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Make this one a double


Posted at 21 Jan 2009 02:40:46 PM

My ball winder arrived yesterday! Dan needed to pre-bowl as he'll be away this weekend, so that gave me a good couple of quiet hours after the raid to play with it.

I set it up in the craft room spare bedroom and unwound my beautiful skein of Technicolor Kiss. After petting it for a few minutes (you would too, don't lie), I got down to the business of winding my first yarn ball.


In unrelated news, I have discovered why most people who do this sort of thing also own a swift.


All things considered, winding it straight from the skein laid out on the adjacent bed wasn't too difficult once I got started, and actually went fairly quickly. After about two hours, I had two nice-looking balls o' yarn! The yarn is beautifully dyed, supremely soft and squishy, and has a halo sufficiently wispy as to give me a moment's pause. (I admit to looking up projects made with the very similar KidSilk Haze on Ravelry, just to make sure the halo-y bits wouldn't felt togther and obscure the lace pattern entirely.)

Today I took a good hard look at the Carnival Glass directions and charts, and contrasted them with what I thought I knew about triangle shawl charts. Shall we just say "ERROR: Data Type Mismatch"? But, I've looked at them again and again and am pretty sure that I've got a handle on this.

I sure hope so. Frogging mohair, from the sound of it, is none too easy.

I have a couple of hours to kill tonight between work and when I have to be in Lindenwood for the Sleeping Beauty ballet, so I'll probably spend some quality time in Starbucks and see how far I can get on the first chart. I'm excited!


In actually unrelated news, Scientists can now extract images directly from your brain. Didn't we just see this on Fringe?




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Though I do not twitter, myself...


Posted at 14 Oct 2008 04:50:02 PM

I am unaccountably amused by Stephen Fry's twitter account. It's not very old - only a couple of pages - and from the look of the early twitters he signed up, posted a couple of things, responded to a couple of individual comments and then *boom* got friended by approximately 74,230 people. Some of them are very flustered-sounding :)






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The crash continues


Posted at 08 Oct 2008 11:34:32 AM

Bye-bye Circuit City.

Also, AIG.

(If anyone on this flist uses AIG for anything? GTFO, pronto.)




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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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To Boldly Go ... Where Shakespeare Calls


Posted at 12 May 2008 10:55:59 AM

An really excellent article on Patrick Stewart, currently playing the title role in Rupert Goold’s staging of Macbeth:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/27/theater/27lyal.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&ref=theater





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3-D animated Star Wars?


Posted at 14 Apr 2008 02:51:04 PM

http://gizmodo.com/379190/leaked-clone-wars-trailer-is-the-new-force-hotness

Audio-wise, I think I'd like it... if it weren't for the visuals. Dear gods, has Lucas lost what was left of his mind?!

Animated Clone Wars were ok, but this... as one commenter succintly put it, "This looks like Star Wars meets Veggietales."