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Is That Me on a BBC Radio program? Yes! [May. 17th, 2012|11:39 am]
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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.

UK tx times, on DAB, cable, Freeview are: Sat 19th May 23:05, Sun 20th May 02:05, 12:05

Go to:  for times outside the UK - there are a number of US stations that take parts of BBC WS output so there may be one near you. It is also available on satellite radio.  (BTW if clicking on any of the links on this page doesn't work - or if you get asked for passwords - please copy and paste them into your browser)

It will also be available online (as a stream or download/podcast) from Sunday, at

and it will be permanently available in The Forum archive:

You can also access the programme or point others to it via Itunes and similar podcatchers.

And now it's back to work on the current book, and on knitting, after a notable Knitting Fail yesterday when I had to rip one project back to plain yarn.  

It was one of the red socks that are in line after the green socks.   I should've taken a picture of it at its worst, but it developed a fatal illness that all my tinkering wouldn't cure--and the tinkering took hours of ripping, rescuing stitches, rearranging the rescued stitches back onto the right needles in the right order,  re-knitting...and when I saw that the flaw was not corrected even then....well, it was time to call it quits.    So that yarn is wound around its ball, in hopes that it will relax from its trials, and I'm going to start that sock again with fresh yarn (yes, I had another pair's worth of yarn in the same dye lot.)  Its twin never developed the problem, and its ribbed cuff looks like a ribbed cuff.  Still don't know what I did wrong, but I sincerely hope I never do it again.   Meanwhile, it's time to turn the heels of the green socks and get going on their feet.   The red socks should follow them, and a light blue pair--called "denim" by the yarn company--will follow the red, most likely. 

I wore the blue pair (second pair ever, also known as BlueOne) to the recording studio yesterday.   They've been washed and are drying now.   My feet were happy from 5:30 am, when I put them on, to midnight, when I took them off.


[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2012-05-17 04:44 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, ma Capitaine!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-05-17 07:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And now the green socks have heels. I chickened out and did the heel turning in stockinette. Looks kind of spiffy. Pictures will follow.
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[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2012-05-17 07:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, good!

I just finished sock #1 for my father-in-law (this year's Father's Day present). The colorway is Sasquatch, and given how large his feet are....
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-05-17 07:34 pm (UTC)
Huh! I measured Michael's feet for socks last week. HUGE. If I start knitting his now (with others for myself, Richard, etc. in between) I MIGHT get them done by Christmas. And I'm going to need more yarn, definitely.
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[User Picture]From: marshallpayne1
2012-05-17 05:16 pm (UTC)
Congrats! Sounds like fun.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-05-17 07:08 pm (UTC)
It WAS fun. If you've checked out the links, the caliber the other panelists was...really, really high.
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From: sheff_dogs
2012-05-17 10:37 pm (UTC)
Best way to de-kink used wool is gentle steam, say in your bathroom when you are showering. :-)
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[User Picture]From: jon_d_r
2012-05-18 03:41 am (UTC)
We get BBC World Service via a Denver public radio station that uses their programming at some times. I'll try to find out if it comes on!
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From: (Anonymous)
2012-05-18 03:03 pm (UTC)

Congrats -- and don't worry about the "tinkering"

My name is Karen, and I've already got my clock set to remind me to tune in online! I'll be fascinated by how your experiences and understanding of the psychology of people in battles is met by thinkers about "grand strategy", etc.

As far as the lack of pictures of your re-working the second red socks, though, I have to admit that, in my case, they're not necessary. I'm not sure if it's a form of OCD or not, but I actually enjoy untying knots. I'm not just talking about grocery bags that have gotten tightly knotted (encouraging those who are not so thrifty as to re-use them for garbage to simply rip them to shreds). I'm talking about taking a ball of yarn that the cat found and had fun with, to the extent that there's no longer a ball, but there's still a whole lot of yarn.

I prefer to think of this tendency as something my mother claimed was a desire to be "a puzzle worker" -- but I know, deep in my heart that the cost of the yarn can't compare to the time I spend re-winding that ball. It doesn't keep me from enjoying the process of finding every twist and turn -- and reversing them so that I can start fresh, with new eyes clear of any problem that may have occurred, secure in the knowledge that, if other twists and turns occur, I can recover again.
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[User Picture]From: litch
2012-05-19 04:30 am (UTC)
have you ever tried to spin your own yarn?
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-05-19 10:59 pm (UTC)
No, I haven't. For some reason, spinning has never interested me. Weaving, yes--I haven't done it (well, barring making pot-holders out of those loop-looms we had as kids) but I find watching people working those big complicated looms fascinating. There was a woman in this town, when we moved here, who did weaving.

But I'm quite happy to let someone else (or a machine) do the spinning, so I can just get on with it and knit.
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