Friday, October 31, 2003

Happy Halloween!

Question for Blogger veterans; see down there, at the bottom of my blog? There's a set of links to the Webrings I'm on, and they will NOT all line up on one line. I can't figure out why... Any hints? Also I seem to be having a problem with my Archives.... Hmmm. To the support section! :cue batman music:

I like this blogger thing, I think.

Moving offices is going well; my new cube is about twice as big as my old one, so that's pretty cool. And if I stand up (half sized cube walls) I can see out the window and the Pacific Ocean. Yes, living in southern California does have a few advantages. Though, with all this fire, not that many.

Yes I'm near the fire. Yes, I know people who have lost their homes, though, thank god, none that have lost their lives. It's been smoky and ashy and awful here for a while... But it seems to be a bit better now. Colder, wetter. The fires are 30-60% contained. Now what we need is a nice earthquake... :P

School is long. I'm working, and going to school, AND attempting NaNoWriMo again this year. You can follow my NaNo Blog, if you're so inclined. (I know, nobody will. :D)

No knitting/fiber news, other than the fact that I like my short row ears. I want to include a progress bar in this blog, but it will have to wait for tomorrow...

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Good morning!

No pictures, yet, but I am trying to post more often.

Yey! Halloween is almost here! ::wriggles with joy:: I love Halloween!

So, I went to a Silent Weekend last weekend. ???, you ask? Silent weekend is a kind of immerse American Sign language camp. From Friday to Sunday, you do not talk. At all. Only signing. In your cabins, at meals, everything. It's fantastic. I always learn so much.

So anyway, I get up there, (having grabbed a few balls of wool and my knitting needles - never leave home without it, eh?) and realized I had no costume. I had exactly 1 day to come up with it, and I was 50 miles from a store, with no car, and couldn't talk.

What to do?

You guessed it. I whipped out the odd 'spice' colored yarn I had brought (kinda dull peach) to do a Tangle on Saturday night, and cast on ten stitches.

My goal? Somehow knit myself ears. Mouse ears....

So I knit along, increasing as I go, till I've got a bit of a crescent in my hand. I think to myself, 'gee, I wish I knew how to do short rows; this would be perfect for that! Oh well...'

Then I smack myself. Why not? I mean, I know the theory behind short rows. Even read the article about wrapping stitches... why couldn't I?

So I tried it. And by gum, it worked! So I sat up Friday night, matching the one little cupped ear I had made, and then did a simple twisted cord (basically making a HUGE strand of yarn) for the tail. A black eyeliner penciled nose, and i was ready.

Ok, two more bits about this story. One: Everybody else had these great, elaborate costumes. One girl had made hers herself; a picture perfect Dorothy costume, complete with glittered shoes. Sewed the whole thing... And i was in grey pants, a grey shirt, and pink ears and tail...

The other thing is that there were these two Deaf kids there. I love kids. I love signing. I love signing to Deaf kids. See? So I had been teaching the girl to knit (she was fascinated by me knitting the ears), and playing with them both. I knit them little Kitty Nosewarmers. They used them for hats. I told them a story in ASL. We had fun....

Ok, so we're all standing up, waiting to be judged on the contest. I don't even want to be up there, as my 'costume' is pretty lame compared to the others... and out come the judges.

yup, the kids.

So they look us over, and I try to be 'rat-like' (in ASL, body language is very important) and the kids laugh at me. Good thing...

I won. I didn't mean to cheat! I didn't KNOW the kids would be the judges... Anyway, I won a free silent weekend... and all because I decided to try wrapped short rows!

Knitting: is there anything it can't do?


Wednesday, October 29, 2003


Well, as you no doubt have noticed, I changed by blog. Yes, I signed up with Blogger; manualy coding posts finaly got to me. Tommarow I shall hook up my old archives and such; for now, this is what I've got...

anybody know if you can add a tag board to these things?

yey automatic posting!