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January 6, 2009

Inertia. When I look this up in Dictionary.app, I see:

1 a tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged : the bureaucratic inertia of government.

That is what I've been feeling for the past month or so. Of course, the fact that it was holiday season didn't help either. Oh, of course, there were some holiday stuff that had to be done (family get-togethers), plus the enthronement of our new Metropolitan Jonah, who is indeed someone we greatly need after the financial scandal that has affected OCA for the past few year. I will be blogging about His Beatitude as events warrant throughout the year.

Rather, it's that my work life has been at a standstill for far, far too long. So, I need to make a major push to change that. I need to be more, a lot more aggressive about it. I've got to be a pain in the butt, prodding folks into giving me useful job leads that will lead to actual job offers (and not depending too much on recruiters). I've got a LinkedIn account, so I need to really mine it.

Finn's Organizer  My knitting life is not quite at a sandstill. I had to make another Mr. Greenjeans cardigan, this time with Patons Wool which doesn't pill as much. I even have enough leftover yarn to make a cap, one which I did make but which doesn't cover my ear completely. So I'm making another one, going up one more size in needle. And I'm finally getting back to my other knitting projects, and of course, I need to get back to my spinning wheels. Need to take pictures which of course is a challenge with the kind of lighting that we get during the winter.

And, I've been giving my sewing machine a workout. I made Finn a car seat organizer. Those of you who have babies well know that there are times when you've got to change the diaper in the car, which can be tricky depending on how big your car is, whether there are lots of stuff, or the diaper bag is waaayyy over there. With this organizer, you can just strap it on to the back of the car, all filled with a couple of diapers, rash cream, wipes, a bottle, terry cloth, and maybe a favorite small stuffed toy. And you can fold it up and take it with you. Neat, eh?

I have an organizer for Kai as well. Speaking of which, I really need to get it finished off this week. Time to kick Inertia to the curb!

June 25, 2008

So. Yes, I'm still alive. Just being quiet at the moment. But I'm looking forward to Friday, because this will be the start of my freedom from The Nursery. The season's winding down, they're starting to cut hours, and I gave my week's notice. It felt liberating to be able to do that. Especially after what happened to me in my last full-time job, when I got unceremoniously dumped because of mucked-up contract politics that rippled down to us Dilbert twins. (You sound just a tiny bit bitter. - Ed. Yes, I am. But I'm over it - really.)

I've unofficially joined the Summer of Socks knitalog. I knew about it, but took my time signing up because I didn't want to feel pressured and when I looked again, the deadline had passed for adding yourself to the list. Oh, well. It's the spirit that counts. Right now I'm working on cabled socks to replace a favorite pair that has a nice, big hole on the heel of one of the socks and is too big to be darned up. I'm using the Crestari sock yarn that I got at MDSW. It's really nice yarn, and at a firm gauge, the fabric feels like it will hold up well under the abuse of daily wear. pics coming son . . .

In other matters, I've been trying to put my craft room to orders, so I can get back in there and sew again. My next sewing project is going to be a handbag to use as my daily purse. I picked up some really nice tapestry fabric at JoAnn's during one of their huge discount sales. This tapestry fabric has really lovely rose bouquets and is on the dark side, which should hide dirt more easily than my current handbag (which I'd originally intended for my knitting). This is the pattern that I'll be using - it's such a versatile pattern. I love it so much that I've copied it onto reusable tracing papers so I can save the originals.

In other matters, thanks to the generosity of Justice from IRC #coldfusion channel, I've got a ColdFusion sandbox to muck around in at KnitGal! I'm already thinking of some knitting-related applications, perhaps even a little dyeing and spinning, in the form of online calculators. I've already got some of the formulas documented; it's just a matter of writing the code and getting these to output usable results. This is also partly an effort to get my butt off the chair and actually do something productive . . .

Oh, I should explain that "KnitGal" is my IRC moniker, hence, my other domain's name . . .

May 14, 2007

Sedgway User No . . . I'm not talking about breaking up with Hubby! There are many kinds of breakups, and some have to do with work. Unfortunately, this is one of those deals. Remember those unique challenges that I alluded to last month? Well, unfortunately, these "challenges" became too much, so this one is going buh-bye soon. Pity. I did learn a lot about how to run business and how to deal with difficult clients, and what to look for next time. Onward and upward!

As for MDSW, I had a lot of fun. I'm not going to do a report since others have done a much better job than I, a currently infrequent blogger. I did take a picture a woman tooling around on a Sedgway. I thought this was unusual enough that I just had to take a picture. I remember seeing a picture of this same person, with another Sedgway user, on another blog. I'd like to know how this went, being as the fairgrounds are a bit hilly and it was packed (although to be true, there weren't as many people on Sunday that I saw this woman).

I didn't do much buying - just some dyed, prepared fiber, Judith's new book, and a few other items. Oh, and a large tool followed me home and thus caused a lot of rearranging in our living room. We're seriously thinking about switching over to Verizon FiOS since many people have been so positive about their experiences (although everyone wants it *now* and there are only so many people who can go around installing it, which can take like 6 hours, at least). There are things we need to do first, like get an extra circuit breaker set up (easy peasy - hubby's an electrician), run the cable through to the intended location in the living room (no big deal - just punch a hole in the garage, run it inside and up the staircase wall). I think the tricky part will be getting them to come out when we need them to come out.

Sewing? What sewing? See first paragraph above - so much of my energy has been snapped up by this that it's been really hard to to get back to my sewing. Hard to do something productive when there's so much drama going on. Ditto for knitting mojo (does it help when you've discovered a rather obvious boo-boo three rows below and you're trying to decide whether to rip back or just duplicate-stitch over the incorrect pattern sections?) . . .

I did get get my back garden straightened up and ready for planting. Going to have to replant some of the seeds since the heavy downpour from Saturday thunderstorm disturbed the ground that I had planted only hours before and cut in a mini-river channel, though.

April 10, 2007

Pascha Basket Just been rather busy the past couple weeks or so. This is part of the reason why I was so busy - getting ready for Pascha (Easter). I had to do quite a bit of baking, in addition to going over my parents' home to cook for them. The bread in the middle is Tsoureki. I used a favorite recipe that I'd gotten from an article that I read online a few years ago (did a Google search, but that article doesn't seem to be online). I halved the recipe since I knew I wasn't going to be making a lot of bread. The cakes on either side are pound cakes. One is just plain vanilla, and the other is ginger. I got the recipe from America's Test Kitchen cookbook. I really like how these turned out. The secret is to use melted butter and mix with other liquid ingredients and sugar. And then stir sifted flour into the liquid mixture. Yummy! And of course, eggs.

See that colorful egg next to the candle? I "made" it at church on Pascha Preparation Day (which is traditionally the saturday before Palm Sunday). Someone had bought plastic wraps that came from Russia. It's really cool slipping the wrap on, putting on a slotted spoon, dipping into the boiling pot of water and watching the wrap instantly shrinking onto the egg. And the design is lovely! I even tried my hand at psyanky - see that egg at the top with a cross on it? I didn't do a lot of colors - just yellow and red. But it's so much fun. And there are local sources where I can get the aniline dyes and stylus. I've done some research and it seems that psyanky is also practiced in Slovakia, where some of hubby's ancestors came from. So I'll have to make more for next Pascha. Also need to knit up a nice lace doily to use for covering the basket . . .

Knitting Bag Here's a sewing FO to report. This is a really good pattern to use - gives you a lot of pockets. I did make some minor modifications. Inside, on one side there's several narrow pockets for the knitter who uses straight needles. Well, I'm a circular needle user, so I just eliminated a couple of stitching rows so that I would get pockets wide enough for circs. Another thing I wish I'd done was to have another outer pocket on the other side of the bag. That will have to be for the next incarnation. I like how the handle is just deep enough for me to be able to sling it over my shoulder, but not too long that the bag drags on the floor if I put the handle in my hand. I still have quite a bit of the cat fabric left. I'm thinking about using it for the cover of a circular needle holder - I have the pattern pieces cut out for that. I just need to assemble other fabric and notions for the needle holder.

Rosemarkie Vest And what's living inside the bag? After a bit of a hiatus, I've picked this up again. I really love this pattern - it's simple enough that I don't have to focus so intently on the pattern and can knit while watching tv, or even reading the blogs on my blogfeed account. I have about 5 inches above the armhole completed, and have about 3 1/2 inches more to go. With luck I should get this completed and then I can move on to another FI project. I'm thinking about a S*more design, Glass Beach pattern. The original is a vest, and I already have that made. I have enough yarn for a cardigan. I just need to choose a cardigan shape, jigger around with the directions a bit and recalculate accordingly. Looking forward to it . . .

March 22, 2007

Well, the bag using the rose patterned fabric is nearly done; all that remains is the handle which I have get to buy off the net - I've located a few sources but I want to do a bit more shopping around to find the best prices. I really like the McCall pattern, so I'm going to buy another one whenever there's a pattern sale, so that I can mount the tissue paper on more sturdy paper (or trace it out).

I had to rip some of the seams out two or three times because I was having trouble with the sewing machine, or I sewed too deep. I finally figured out why sometimes I have problems with the sewing machine. It's really stupid, but it seems that once the bobbin gets down to this much thread, the stitches suddenly gets a lot looser or something like that. I guess that's to be expected for a really basic sewing machine, even if it's a Bernina. Sigh. Someday I'll get a top-of-the-line Bernina.

The light is almost gone now, so I'll have to wait till tomorrow morning to take a picture. Meanwhile, I've picked up my knitting needles again and ent back to work on the EZ sweater. Had to go back and reread the information in KWoT; I think I understand it better now. Hopefully I can get this all done by end of the weekend, so that I can get some wear out of it before it gets too warm for sweaters.

I'm really looking forward to getting back to my gardens - need to start some seeds growing and I think I'll do that next week.

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