I'm Laura. I am a gamer, a bookworm, a knitter, a spinner, a tatter, a seamstress, pierced, tattooed, musical, vehemently geeky and occasionally ineptly artistic. She/her.


How to contact me:

     laura @ cybermenology.com
     Cybermenology Handmade

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Battling a nasty case of Startitis

Posted at 02 Sep 2010 09:03:58 AM

I'm trying to make my packing list for our trip to New York this weekend, and for various reasons it seems like all of my knitting WIPs and all of my spinning projects won't work. Metal needles, not mindless enough, too big to fit in the suitcase*, spindle is too pointy; you name it, the TSA would object to it.

I'm looking over my stash page on Ravelry (which, if you haven't personally witnessed it, is fairly ridiculous) and all I can think is "I can't believe I have nothing to knit!"

Great. My stash has become my clothes closet.

* I have not yet achieved the level of obsession which leads me to pack less clothes in favor of using the space for knitting.**

** But I've thought about it.

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Spring is here! Pass the apples.

Posted at 26 Jun 2010 11:50:55 AM

Why, hello there.

How are you today?

I think we can safely say that spring has finally arrived.

Gabe and Tycho from Penny Arcade are in town this evening for their 11 1/2th Anniversary Celebration (don't ask, I don't know either). Bella's working on a CTS-Sackboy, and me.... well...

The Littlest Fruit Fucker
Pattern: Not much of one
Yarn: Berroco Lustra, same as I'm using for my cardigan, and of which I hope to still have enough. Oops.
Hook size: The peach-colored one. (I am the world's worst crocheter.)

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I'm sure that I could be a movie star...

Posted at 26 Jun 2010 11:49:44 AM

The paperwork is now signed, so it's official: I have a new job. No, I won't post the details here but suffice to say there won't be a gap between when my current contract ends and the new one begins.

Nevermind that I might like to have a bit of a gap, considering my extracurricular work load.

Of rather more immediate note, however: CoffeeMate's Hazlenut creamer is delicious.


My brother and I took a trip last weekend to Kansas City, for the specific purpose of taking in the Billy Joel/Elton John Face2Face concert being held at the Sprint Center. As anticipated it was amazing and not an experience that I would ever regret having. It's the second time we've seen Billy, and the first for Elton, and both were just in fantastic form.

I couldn't help but notice some professional cameramen stationed at the edge of the state, and it makes me wonder whether it would be possible to obtain a recorded copy of the concert... note to self: look into this.

Emotionally speaking, I held it together for Italian Restaurant and Norma Jean, and then lost it completely at Piano Man. It wasn't unexpected... that song has always held particular significance for us.

As I said, I'm grateful for the experience.

My Olympic project had its debut that same night, and I'm ridiculously happy with it:

Yarn: Kid Seta mohair, 3 25g balls
Needles: US #8 (5mm)
Pattern: My own, if it can be called a pattern, but I'm happy to share it if someone would like. ETA: Pattern link is in the sidebar!

Knitwise, I'm beginning to feel buried. This evening begins the Franklin Habit whirlwind, which hopefully I can get to in time owing to an unexpected mandatory drug test for the abovementioned new job. Tomorrow will be a slightly elongated Lace class, and then the Photography class, about both of which I am unreasonably excited.

I seem to have started a pair of Leyburns with the Fiber Optic sock yarn I'd bought from TLE a bit ago. It's a screamingly bright purple mixed with black and while it looked neat in plain stockinette, I decided after the cuff & a few inches that I really wasn't happy with it. The Leyburn pattern came to mind, and it seemed to me that it would help with the blotchiness.

Thus far, I'm pleased with it:

Snowflakes is on Chart J (there is no spoon Chart I). I made a bit of a goof in chart H wherein I merrily knitted along the top of some trees without noticing that I was simultaneously supposed to be starting the bottoms of some others. Rather than frog it or rework all thirty some repeats, I decided that the next set of trees would just be a bit short and non-overlapping. It's not a bug; it's a feature.

Evenstar is on a bit of a hiatus. The pattern is lovely but I didn't really like how the reeled silk was knitting up, to be honest. It's not particularly hard to work with; it just knits up like a ribbon yarn and ends up feeling coarse and inflexible. I just don't see the point in continuing only to get something which I don't really like. It's in time out for the time being, and when I start again I'm going to knit the silk along with a strand of black Baruffa Cashwool. Either the wool will tame the silk, or the silk will corrupt the wool - only time will tell. But I AM dreading starting this shawl for the fourth time...center-out beginnings drive me straight up the wall.

I've chosen a pattern to make for my nieces as a part of the New Baby package that I'll be giving their parents (no link to preserve the surprise (and also in case I end up disliking it)), and also a pattern for my parents for Christmas (ditto). I picked up some Cascade Elite Premiere on sale at the yarn shop in KC which I plan to make into a collared shrug. The yarn for my surprise gift as well as the Christmas gift is on order, and I think that both of them will be lovely even as I'm starting to panic about the number of things to which I'm "committed" in 2010.

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Gold medal, please!

Posted at 24 Feb 2010 11:05:10 AM

My Olympic knitting project has been started, worked, and is finished. Pictures to come!

Snowflakes - still not done. It was put on a two week hiatus for the Olympics.

Evenstar Clue 1: Also not done; same reason.

I have, however, successfully grown one thing: my queue (/facepalm). I've decided on my parents' Christmas present, which true to form is enormous, and also on a wedding present for a good friend. The latter involves a custom dye job from Laura at The Unique Sheep, who was responsible for the amazing gradience colorways used by many people in the Evenstar group.

My knitwear design classes at Kirkwood Knittery continue apace; I'm loving the class, but longing for the return of lazy Saturdays. It won't be for a while, though: my brother and I are going to Kansas City this weekend for the Billy Joel/Elton John Face2Face concert (I still cannot believe that he was able to get tickets! Dan, if it involved selling a kidney... just don't tell me) and Franklin Habit (fangirl *squee!*) is coming to St Louis the first weekend in March.

He's both doing a talk & book signing, and teaching classes on Saturday. I've signed up for both the lace intro class and the photography class. I wouldn't have taken the lace one if I hadn't been assured that there is going to be adequate space and I won't be taking a spot from someone who really needs the "Intro" part; mostly it's that I greatly admire his knitting, and for however much I know about lace I am sure that he knows more!

The Blues' Sticks & Stitches game is 3/21, and I need to get a hat or something knit up for that.

Gabe and Tycho from Penny Arcade are going to be here on 3/31, and I've got to get their crocheted Fruit Fucker in the works.

I'm still going to MD Sheep & Wool in May, so if anyone reading this has anything they want from the festival, let me know beforehand! I'm planning to drive there, so there's no worry of not being able to transport things.

P. S: Little Big Planet, with the little knitted sackboys? Fantastic game. I'm thrilled that not only does there exist a recent game which is third person perspective'd, I have friends with a PS3! And after years of WoW, I find myself getting bored with single player games; having to play at someone else's house means co-op!

P. P. S. My sackboy is a tiny knitted penguin.

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This is a bad post and I should feel bad.

Posted at 26 Jun 2009 08:15:24 PM

Bored. While Dan's off on the guys' annual float trip, I'm working both on a sweater and The Bat Shawl; the latter of which is nearing completion surprisingly quickly. Possibly I shouldn't be so surprised, given that the differences from my last shawl and the only thing I have for comparison include 1) this is in sock yarn, not cobweb and 2) this is mostly stockinette and incredibly repetitious. In any case, it's awesome and I'm going to love it like candy.

Working on my Snow White right now as well. Contrary to my original thought, it's not dark red. I may make another onein oh fuck this, typing in wrist braces is awful.

*Envision the sound of velcro being torn.*

OK, now then. I may make another one in Burgundy or even Glamour, but for now this one is in a sort of grey-blue called Marine.

There'll be another pair of socks on the needles soon, too...I have some pretty Claudia Handpainted sock yarn in a dark purple/black that is burning a hole in my stash. On the Procrastination List, I still haven't finished the Mini Mochi ones, and considering how much I loathe the yarn it's not surprising. (Adding insult to injury, I screwed up the toe in one of the socks, so I can't even give the silly things away. Undecided on what to do with a pair of reasonably decent handknit socks that aren't perfect but that I kind of hate.)

It'd be spiffy if I had something to blog about that wasn't knitting, but .. I kind of don't. Garden's doing fine, considering how much I ignore it in this "growing, pre-vegetable" stage. Haven't weeded the areas out front in weeks; they look kind of awful. Maybe someday when it isn't 80+ degrees I'll pay attention to it again. Still unemployed. It's great.

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Some humour for your Monday

Posted at 15 Jun 2009 04:16:14 PM

So Penny-Arcade has had this voting thing set up, where they did 3 different introductory strips for 3 very different storylines...they turned out to be quite popular, especially (from what I can tell, a group called The Lookouts) and today is the day of The Voting.

I just tried, and every single comic, newspost, & voting page is returning Error 502. Penny-Arcade just effectively DDOS'ed themselves, and isn't that just a karmic kick in the ass?

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A list.

Posted at 18 Feb 2009 11:05:23 AM

My morning, thus far:

1. Woken up by cat.
2. Woken up by alarm.
3. Woken up by cat (see where this is going?)
4. Woken up by alarm.
5. Get up.
6. Shower.
7. Attempt to find clothes.
8. Attempt to find /clean/ clothes.
9. Spend 10 minutes attempting (yet again) to untangle yarn that should not be tangled. Previous excitement notwithstanding, this marks the first and last time that I buy Fleece Artist unless I can get someone else to wind it into balls for me.
10. Clean cat box.
11. Leave.
12. Return, having forgotten phone.
13. Leave again.
14. Get hair stuck in car door.
15. Pay $3 and change for what is possibly the worst dry cappucino of my life. I do not think they know what "dry" means, and I am certain that a chemical analysis couldn't have located the espresso in it. This is not what I need this morning.
16. Drive straight to competent Starbucks, bitch in a vague sleepy fashion and receive correct cappucino. Say mental prayer of thanks to all known gods.
17. Get hair stuck in car door again.
18. Arrive at work. Also, it's raining. I left my umbrella in the car.

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I ♥ my boss. She gave me temporary ladybug tattoos.

Posted at 13 Feb 2009 04:13:12 PM

Oh dear. I just searched for cashmere laceweight yarn on eBay. There's ... um. Lots.

(send help.)

Also, the little spill stick thingy that Starbucks gives you to keep your coffee from spilling in the car makes an excellent bookmark. Ask how I know.

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More crafty A.D.D.

Posted at 04 Nov 2008 10:49:48 AM

Something else I never knew existed: NaKniSwetMo! Similar to NaNoWriMo, its aim is to knit a sweater in the month of November. Given that I can't even knit a scarf in a month, I think I'll be passing this one up ;-)

Had my first sewing class last Saturday. It went well, and was pretty neat. We didn't do much more than cut out the fabric and lining, so hopefully there will be more sharing of tips and tricks in the coming weeks.

Knitting group is tomorrow. Coincidentally, I've also signed up to give blood that afternoon, so Wednesday will be both long and exhausting (and probably won't leave time for my usual post-donation trip to the steakhouse afterwards, either). Coupling that with the fact that the time change is kicking my ass this year, I expect to be very, very tired.

A few words about this Daylight Savings Time: I don't remember being hit this hard by it in previous years. I speculate that it's because in previous years I was already perpetually exhausted by a 2 or 3ish -> 8 or 10ish sleep schedule - it's hard to notice *more* exhaustion, if that makes any sense. But I've had a relatively regular midnight -> 7am schedule for quite awhile, and ever since the time change I'm finding myself tired by 11pm and waking up at 6. Sleeping in 'til the "new" 7 just isn't working well... I toss and turn 'til I finally give in and get up.

(The quest to sleep in is not helped by the fact that cats apparently do not observe DST.)

Made some fairly kickass buckeye "bars" last night from the Kraft Food & Family magazine. I felt bad because lately I've been making all kinds of goodies and then bringing them all into work, so these are just for us. :-)

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Oldskool meets newskool

Posted at 24 Oct 2008 04:43:33 PM

I love technology.


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