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The wedding this weekend was quite lovely, and we got to visit with many wonderful friends.

We’re heading to Philadelphia today for the STC conference next week. I’m speaking Tuesday morning on paperless offices for independent contractors at the CIC-SIG progression. Be there or be:

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Fear-Project Eating my Brain

The sweater ate my brain. I’ve knit about 50 rows on it without it becoming appreciably longer. It is, however, eating yarn at an alarming rate. I sat down with a pencil and calculator and figured out that there are 72,749 stitches in the pattern, and, at approximately 2500 stitches per skein, I will need about 5 more skeins of yarn to finish it (5 more than I have, having bought 2 “extra” skeins, when estimating based on yardage).

I may be in trouble here.

On the other hand: cables, pretty. Yarn snuggly. Sweater will be so warm, if I knit one for the whole RV we’d be able to stay in snowy places without fear of frozen pipes.

Also, I will put this out here because I’m looking: I am looking for a comic book artist who also knits. Must be able to draw superheroes. Leave a comment if you want to show me your portfolio. 100% telecommute, paying job. Will be a lot of fun, too.

Hey! Where are you?


We spent the last 2 weeks outside Boston, visiting my family. John went back to California to take care of some business, and I spent my days working and going to visit my grandmother. I, of course, stupidly brought my camera with me every day, but failed to take pictures when I went, so I only have one pic of my family from the trip:


That’s my aunt, me, uncle, and second cousin, at a bar last week. Cousin Marion knits, too, and does many other crafty things. She and her husband have been married over 50 years!

On Thursday, we drove from Massachusetts to a town outside New Haven, Connecticut. A close friend of mine from high school is getting married tomorrow, and a bunch of the Evanston crowd are gathering there to celebrate with him and his lovely bride, Karen. The campground we’re in is a sidelot with hookups, but it is what it is: a cheap place to stay while visiting people.

And now, I must go shower and get ready to go out. Everyone is arriving this afternoon, and we’re all gathering at the happy couple’s house to meetup and such.

TKGA Progress Report and Fear Project Progress

I frogged Swatch #2, because it turns out I did it wrong:


Swatch #2: Stockinette Stitch

See the ribbing at the bottom there? It turns out, that’s supposed to be K1P1 ribbing (it’s K2P2 as shown). Frogged and reusing the yarn for Swatch 1, which I also frogged earlier.

Going on a recommendation in the TKGA group on Ravelry, I decided to re-start with Swatch #3, because Seed Stitch sometimes needs a smaller needle. This is my swatch #3:


Swatch #3: Seed Stitch

See all the little holes in it? Those aren’t supposed to be there. Aside from going down yet another needle size (which would mean knitting worsted yarn on size 4’s… not my preference), I don’t really know how to fix this problem. I snugged up all the stitches as I knitted them. Perhaps re-doing the swatch at a different time of day will help.

I also cast on and knitted about an inch of K2P2 to re-do Swatch #1 last night.

And as long as I have you here, here’s an update on the sweater-of-fear progress:


Susie Hoodie Sweater

I’m now at the waist shaping decreases. I am deathly afraid that I will run out of yarn, given the size of this sweater. I already know how many stitches I can get out of a skein of this yarn, so perhaps I should count up how many stitches it takes to make the whole sweater. Except I’m afraid that number will be so high, I will shove the sweater into my bag and never look at it again.

And a closeup of the cable pattern:


Susie Hoodie Sweater: Cables

The shawl I’ve been working on is going, albeit slowly. I have 42 grams of yarn left out of the 100 gram skein, which means I am more than halfway done. According to the pattern as written, I can cast off at any time and have a human-sized shawl.


Bold Casual Shawl

That’s it. I have a long ranty rant about yesterday and how technology kicked my butt, but suffice to say that the death of my keyboard was only one in a long series of instances of technology beating me up yesterday. I lost by 6 points for the day.


Gratuitous sock yarn picture: machine washable Jitterbug yarn in Popsicle colorway

R.I.P.: My keyboard. And some other stuff.

My Adesso keyboard is an ergonomic split-keys keyboard with a trackpad in the middle of the board.

I like it, and find it usable, but it’s the only splitty ergo keyboard with a trackpad in the middle of the board available, so I’m a bit locked in for keyboards to like.

As of today, it’s dead. The right shift key gets interpreted as a capital “D.” The left shift key is read as “find.” I am now on the prowl for a replacement keyboard.

There is a spare one in my storage locker in Scotts Valley.

Where John was, less than a week ago.

And didn’t go into the storage locker to get my keyboard (I did ask him to before he left, but he never made it there).


In unrelated news: We are in Connecticut this week for a wedding. Arrived yesterday. We’re staying in the smallest campground ever– it’s 13 sites in a small parking lot. But it’s fine, and inexpensive for the location.

There’s a wildfire burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is not near our (soon to be former, I hope) house. It is, however, close to my mother-in-law’s home. John is checking in with the sisters to make sure she’s fine. It’s 5 miles away from her. Last time it got that close, we thought about evacuating her, but it turned out to be unnecessary.

I’m now a writer over at as of yesterday.

And about 2 weeks ago I quietly launched/started Vagabond Writer, to showcase my travel and freelance writing efforts. Check it out, let me know what you think!

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