Archive for November, 2005


Monday, November 21st, 2005

I just couldn’t keep at it. My hands started hurting too much at around 11:30 last night so I packed it in. The shawl as it now stands has about seven rows of garter stitch left. I may have begun the final border a little too soon, so it’s possible that I’m going to end […]

Closure, DAMMIT

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

Today I am going to finish the Fenna shawl, I swear. Unless I get a call that there is a life-threatening emergeny involving a loved one, I’m not budging from this chair until I’ve bound off the last stitch. Even if there is a life-threatening emergency, they might have to make do with a thoughtful […]

Begging the Question

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

So the other day, someone asked me, “Are you out of your fucking mind?” Nevermind the circumstances. Wasn’t that interesting, really. But I was just reflecting on the question, and it strikes me that it’s one of those questions that can only be purely rhetorical. If you ask somone if they are out of their […]

Casein the joint

Friday, November 18th, 2005

At the Kid ‘n Ewe show, there was one purveyor of really nice wooden spinning/weaving accessories who had this basket of magic wands. They were made out of ebony and rosewood and were absolutely beautiful, but they cost an arm and a leg. I really wanted one. I mean, who doesn’t need a high-quality magic […]

Everything old is still old again

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

So I picked up the Fenna shawl again this morning for some lunchtime knitting. Sweet creeping zombie Jesus, this thing is interminable. I thought when I’d put it down that I was something like halfway done, but looking at it just now it seems like it’s closer to 1/3 done. I’m going to be knitting […]

Root Down

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

There’s a very important story that’s been hitting the mainstream news lately concerning Sony BMG (Sony Music) and some of their recent CD releases. It brings the conflict between Intellectual Property and consumer rights into sharp relief. The good news is that it looks like Big Brother backed off on this one. The bad news […]


Friday, November 11th, 2005

Bowfire is very obviously influenced by Riverdance and its various offshoots. Strong Celtic themes, ensemble performances with solo breakouts, and a very simple stage all reminded me of shows I’d seen before. And then, of course, there was the stepdancing that three of the performers periodically broke into. Dead giveaway, that. But the difference between […]

Steppin’ Out Tonight

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Tonight I’m going up to Austin to see Bowfire. It’s my birthday treat from Kelly. In late January or early February, 1970, my parents were hiking on Mt. Fuji in Japan. They stopped in a rest hut, evidently feeling frisky, and nine months later and about 5,700 miles away, I was born. I was delivered […]

One down, many several to go

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

Got VisiKnit back up – mostly. For some reason, I couldn’t get WordPress to store a multi-line textarea correctly. It kept insisting on putting HTML break tags at the end of each line. Very weird. So VisiKnit is back, but the sample pattern is only one line. Now I need to track down all the […]

Kid ‘n Ewe 2005

Saturday, November 5th, 2005

Hey, you looking for Kid ‘n Ewe? Psst. C’mere. whisper whisper whisper What did the alpaca tell me, you ask? I have no idea. I don’t speak Peruvian. Kid ‘n Ewe was much smaller this year. There were maybe a third as many vendors as last year, but thankfully, one of them was Brooks Farm. […]