Friday, September 19, 2008

Avast!

Arr, me wenches and mateys, it be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! In honor of this most joyous occasion, I have found a new identity. Enjoy the day, be ye swashbuckler or landlubber and eat plenty of oranges to avoid scurvy (seriously, that stuff is nasty).

My pirate name is:
Mad Jenny Cash
Every pirate is a little bit crazy. You, though, are more than just a little bit. You're musical, and you've got a certain style if not flair. You'll do just fine. Arr!
Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
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Saturday, September 06, 2008

In Which Emily Learns Things

I made snickerdoodles today. I have also learned that Firefox's built-in dictionary does not include snickerdoodles. Just on Friday, I found out that MS Word doesn't include hemorrhoidal. I think my job might be very odd sometimes.

Besides getting my bake on, I've been watching QI, which is fantastic. It's a British trivia show hosted by Stephen Fry where the questions are extremely difficult so the point is to be "quite interesting" more than being right. There are four pannelists, generally comedians of some sort, and it's great. I've learned many, generally useless, new things. For instance, there is a US Patent for a Santa Clause Detector (a sort of rigged Christmas stocking).

While gaining all of this knowledge, I finished the second test knit sock. This one (on the right) pooled more than the first creating socks that are more than a little bit fraternal. It's still nice to be on a bit of a finishing kick. Unfortunately, I only seem to be able to finish things recently started, not the many UFO's I have left in my wake.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Test Knit Spectacular

I finished a test knit sock for this lady. The pattern is Water Rescue Socks and I used Knitpicks Essential Multi in Jester and Size 1.5US needles. I had actually finished over half of a sock on 1's when I realized that I really didn't have gauge and that it wasn't going to fit. One trip to the frog pond later, some more knitting, and I have a sock. I'm actually to the heel flap of the second sock and hope to finish it this weekend.

There is a similar effect created to the Jaywalker but there are quite a few differences and things like yarn overs, twisted stitches, and purl bumps create a lot of great textural elements.

Hey, Teach! didn't win a prize at the Olympics but it wasn't perfect, it was in kind of a boring color (I wanted a neutral) and I'm still just happy to have finished it in the specified time period. I'm going to go pick it up tonight before knitting at Starbucks so I'm excited to get it back. I'll see if I can do better for Socktoberfest, which Knit'n from the Heart is doing again this year.

Lastly, for all my fellow sci-fi/Whedon fans out there, check out this picture (flickr link), especially the far right. Awesome, yes?