May 17th, 2012

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Is That Me on a BBC Radio program? Yes!

Yesterday, I sat in a basement recording studio in Austin, connected via satellite (already SFnal!) to a BBC-radio studio in London.  I was participating in a panel discussion on Future Wars on the BBC Radio World Service series "The Forum."   Fellow panelists were David Rodin and Elizabeth Quintana.   I confess to some nervousness--though I've done radio interviews before, and panel discussions before, I've never done a long-distance panel discussion like this, where the others have the facial and body-language cues and I don't.  So it was fairly intense concentration--an interesting challenge.   The BBC helped me prepare for this with ample information about the process,  and the other participants (as well as what I'd looked up on the internet.)

"The Forum" has a superb moderator, who managed to keep us all more or less on track and moving forward, without being a tyrant about it--there was natural flow to the conversation.  I enjoyed it immensely.    There's information on broadcast times in the UK, plus links to the podcast or--if you want to check it out later--the archives of the series--below the cut.  This is what the BBC sent me.

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woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

And on the Home Front: Green Socks Have Heels

Today my husband and son are out of the house--husband went to the city, picked up son, and took him to the dentist, after which they'll go to a movie and eat.   So it was the perfect time to turn the heels of the green socks.  Yesterday's knitting was such a depressing event that I was a bit scared, even though I've now turned the heels of the other pairs successfully.   The heel turning went very smoothly, and I'm happy with the way the heels look. 


The "eye of partridge" stitch shows clearly on the heel flap.  I did the heel turn itself in stockinette.  The center portion of the heel (the part with stitches that run "straight" from the back of the leg around and under) has eight stitches.  That's the same as on the blue pair that preceded this pair.  The heel flap itself is 28 stitches, two stitches narrower than the blue pair's heel flap because I decreased four stitches below the cuff ribbing.   Now to pick up the stitches along the side of the heel flap and reconnect the heel to the top of the sock. 

With the family out of the house, I should be able to do this without interruption.  I'd like a nap, actually (short of sleep again last night) but it's too good a chance to miss.   It felt really good to have today's knitting do so well, after yesterday's fiasco.