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Trip Socks [May. 20th, 2015|09:21 pm]
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After finishing the Humbling Socks, I cast on a pair of red socks to take on the trip to Winnipeg.  For one reason after another, they were not as far along as I'd hoped when I started out that day (the 12th) and the trip was the usual mix of expected and unexpected, but I knit every time I could without annoying others or making my fingers too sore.  I also had along two more balls of red yarn for a second pair, if I got the first pair far enough along to start them.   No pictures tonight, but I may add pix tomorrow.

The first pair progressed well enough on the bus and train that I was able to turn the heels on the morning of May 14th.  Not as much knitting got done during KeyCon (people are actually more interesting than knitting!)  but some did.  I started the second pair of socks at KeyCon, with most knitting moments still going to the first pair.  By the time I got back to the starting point, I had finished the first pair, and had 3.5 inches of ribbing (out of 5 planned) on each of the socks of the second pair.  I make more mistakes when knitting tired, in poor light, while being jounced around, and while being distracted.  So I got lots of practice in fixing mistakes.

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A Saturday Night Supper [May. 9th, 2015|07:45 pm]
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Very simple.  I chopped up an onion, a carrot, and some celery, sauteed them in a big oval Dutch oven, laid chicken thighs on top of the vegetables, seasoned with salt, pepper, a spice mix I like, some herbs I like, added a bay leaf, and poured in a big can of Ro-tel, then added just enough water to mostly cover the chicken. Let it simmer while the oven heated up to 350F and put the pot in the oven.  When the chicken pieces internal temperature was 160F, I turned the oven down to 200, and put the rice on to cook.   Served the chicken, vegetables, and juice on top of piles of rice.  I had one thigh, others had more.
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Humbling Socks [May. 5th, 2015|11:34 am]
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These socks have earned the name "Humbling Socks" because they've certainly taken my sock design-and-making ego down several pegs.   Not just the color thing, but the sudden failure of a familiar, much-used yarn up in the ribbing while I was working on the foot, and the discovery of several slack holes in the bottom of the second sock which I hope aren't more yarn failures.  But they're done.  Off the needles.  Here they are on my feet, before I had woven in any of the yarn tails.

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On "Being a Woman" [May. 4th, 2015|12:01 pm]
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While I have been mostly delighted with the Makers series on women in many fields, intended to encourage girls and women, the sponsors do tend to recycle the same quotes from interviews over and over...and one of those quotes, by Diane von Furstenberg, bothers me.   Disclaimer: I don't know von Furstenberg, and neither like nor dislike her personally.  I know she is a famous fashion designer and successful businesswoman--I have nothing against either choice of career.  But when she talked, in the interview, about the importance of remembering to be a woman, I winced.  I winced because to me that's another attempt to define--and to limit--what "being a woman" is, as opposed to being an adult female human being.

In the hasty tweets I wrote this morning, I made one mistake, in equating being born with two X chromosomes as permanently determining gender identity.  There are cases of intersex infants, and of persons who have extreme gender dysphoria and despite having the XX chromosomes, feel that they are not women, but men. For people like that, XX does not mean "woman" in any social sense. Read more...Collapse )
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Socks and Photography [May. 2nd, 2015|04:56 pm]
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I'm knitting another pair of shorty socks, this time using more of my mother's stash of Bernat's "Sesame" yarn (they don't make it anymore: 100% wool, lovely feel, came in "pull skeins" neatly wrapped into narrow plastic sacks with a little device that let you pull the yarn out through the  hole with no tangling, permanently mothproofed.  Some of this yarn was leftover from one of my college cardigans (old-gold), some was leftover from a pair of sock-slippers (Dapple Bronze),  and one small ball was from something else (my mother's own projects--sort of a dark salmon color.)   These yarns were bought in the 1960s.   I combined these three yarns with two Cascade 220 superwash yarns left over from making socks ("Lake Chelan," a green-blue and a purple whose name I've lost), one Cascade 220 yarn (white) bought for striping, one Ella rae Classic superwash yarn (turquoise) and one Ella rae classic yarn left over from making socks (dark teal blue) and one Plymouth Yarns "Galway Nep" (dark rose with yellow, blue, orange-red, and green flecks.)  To me, indoors while knitting, the "Lake Chelan" was definitely green; the socks I'd made from it had become greener (a soft bluish-grayish green) with the years.

So, with one on the toe decreases and one past the first two colored stripes, I took them outside to photograph and show off.

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"Coffee with the Author" podcast from April 16 [Apr. 30th, 2015|04:11 pm]
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Here's the link to the interview with Jennifer Stayton of KUT...we had fun.  I wish I hadn't started with a frog in my throat, but at least it wasn't a BIG frog and I didn't start coughing uncontrollably.

http://www.stdave.podcastpeople.com/posts/60585

It was a fun situation all around and I was glad to see the people who were able to come.   I wish the weather hadn't been threatening so we could sit outside, but everything else was perfect.
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Sentimental Socks [Apr. 28th, 2015|04:02 pm]
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It's April 28.   If my mother were still alive, she would be 102.  Last year my father died a couple of months before his 102nd birthday.  For some reason that made it important for me to finish a pair of socks today since she was a fantastic knitter, much better than I'll ever be.

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Last year, when I found her workbag with a pair of socks for herself started...I felt compelled to finish them (though they would not fit me) and find a home for them, which I did.  And then another pair, using her old acrylic/wool blend yarn, for the same friend.  And then this pair, thinking of her and hurrying to finish it by, or on, her birthday.  It felt right to finish them and get them on my feet today.
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Sock Knitting Progress Report [Apr. 25th, 2015|01:42 am]
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It's been a good year for knitting so far.   I've finished five pairs of socks, though two were started in 2014 (one in October, one in November) and delayed by my decision to finish the socks my mother had started for a friend 1500 miles away.   So that's three pairs started in 2015 and finished in 2015, and another one nearing completion...I'm over halfway down the feet of both socks.   And it's not like there haven't been interruptions--I haven't been able to knit every day.   Pictures behind the cut.Read more...Collapse )
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"Summer Beach" shorty socks [Apr. 21st, 2015|06:12 pm]
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The "Summer Beach" pair of striped shorty socks have had some problems here and there, but overall I'm happy with them.   They're to the same basic pattern as my other short socks, but this time combine two yarns leftover from regular socks and two yarns purchased for striping.  They're shown very incomplete in an April 1 post (Socks, Incomplete)  and here they are off the needles and on my feet.  Not yet complete, since a lot of the stripe yarn ends are still not woven in, but I couldn't resist showing them.

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I like the effect of the "sand" colored yarn, Cascade 220 color #9600, in the middle of the foot.  I'm still not sure of the color number for the cream/white yarn, but it's also Cascade 220.  The turquoise and the dark teal are both leftover yarn from the "big" socks.   I have very little of the teal left.  And now to weave in all those shaggy yarn ends.   The next pair to be finished are the Ruby River socks.

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The Writing Life: When the Story Stalls [Apr. 21st, 2015|01:17 am]
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Sometimes a book stalls because the writer's done something that derailed it, or didn't do something to keep it going.  I experience stall-effect in the middle of almost every book, so now I expect it (hope it won't appear, but am not panicky when it does.)  Doesn't mean I've lost my talent, can't write again, have utterly failed, etc, etc.  It's a part of the way my brain interacts with Story-space, and it means some serious work (not wishful thinking) to figure out what I did or did not do *this* time.

Well, this time what I did was go blasting ahead where I knew things were going, trailing a cloud of necessary secondary characters for whom I'd produced some minimal background.  They were holding me back, when I started the book, so I wrote ahead of my understanding of them.  I start books in a rush--need to get into them quickly, well in, before coming up for air and thought.   And then came to the point where all these secondary characters  basically sat there, a row of plastic dolls, for me to move around in Story-space.  Only that's not acceptable.  Secondaries are not puppets; they need to be seen and felt to be acting out of their own reasonable motivations.  "Why won't you DO things?" I asked.  Little glass eyes stared back.
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