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August 23, 2006

whatever it takes

Just when I'm starting to feel a bit down, I remember that it's Wednesday and there will be a new episode of Project Runway tonight.

I can go on.

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August 22, 2006

I was away at the end of last week to attend a conference near Lake Tahoe. I attended this same conference the last time it was held two years ago. I thought I had blogged about it at the time, but apparently not; although, I do mention packing in preparation.

This has to be one of my favorite conferences because: it's small, so there's lots of opportunity to talk to just about everyone; the content is concentrated and cutting-edge; and, we get four hours off each afternoon to enjoy Tahoe. This year, I went hiking and rode a bike for the first time in around 13 years.

Here's a a picture of Emerald Bay I took last time. No pictures this time as I didn't bring my camera.

Emerald Bay

There was also time for knitting. More about these socks later.

Tahoe pine cone

The gianormous pine cone is a Tahoe souvenir.

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August 14, 2006

double feature

THE GRANT RESUBMISSION THAT ATE MY BRAIN!!! has been put to rest.

Now, it's time for the sequel: THE RESEARCH MANUSCRIPT THAT WOULDN'T DIE!!!

In other news: Today I was attacked and almost killed by a biscotti.

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August 12, 2006

calla lilies

Calla_3

They don't look too bad for socks that almost made me cry.

At first, I followed the pattern and the ankle was too tight. [a common occurrence for me]. Then, I tried increasing the number of stitches and they pooled most unattractively. [hand-painted yarn is my nemesis]. I must have started the first sock [the one on the right] half a dozen times before I found an acceptable compromise. I was so frustrated; I couldn't go to bed that night until I found a solution. I was very cranky the next day.

I also had to knit the toe of that sock three times before I was happy. [le sigh].

Things went easier with the second sock because I had solved all the sizing problems with the first one. However, you will notice that the width of the stripes is very different between the two. Same number of stitches, two socks, two skeins, one lesson of acceptance. AAARGH!!

OK, I'm calm. They are very nice. I will wear them.

See the cute lacy detail up the back? [click for the bigger view].

Calla_2

Check out the Petals Collection Knitalong to see the full variety of Calla Lilies. Every flower is unique.

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August 11, 2006

Spoiled!

I think I have just been spoiled on who wins the World Series of Poker and I am mad!

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August 10, 2006

iLove my iPod

Gel1

I love this diminutive electronic device. I take it on trips, bring it to work, and use it for entertainment when I sit out on the deck and knit. [BTW, HAL is sitting on my Sundara Calla Lily socks. They are done and I'll have pictures in a day or two].

As a little treat for HAL and me, I bought him a new protective vinyl skin from Gelaskins.

The design by Spanish artist Alex Noriega is called Toxicity. He's since added another design called Volcano that I may have preferred, but I am still very happy with HAL's new little outfit.

I found the song I linked the other day through one of my favorite podcasts, the KCRW Song of the Day. [station link here]. It's not a selection I'd be likely to run across otherwise as many of the featured artists come from the UK or the rest of Europe. Rare gems abound.

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August 08, 2006

toxic

Totally infectous: a folky version of Britney's pop hit.

Follow the 'listen' link.

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August 07, 2006

we're sorry...

...Michelle can't come to the blog right now.

She's gone to her "happy place" on da banks of de Nile.

la la la...I CAN'T HEAR YOU...la la la

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August 02, 2006

you are such a tool

For those of you admiring the scissors in my last post: they are but one component of a Leatherman Micra.

Not only are there scissors, there is also a knife, several screwdrivers, a bottle opener, and tiny tweezers.

I used to carry this with me all the time in my knitting kit. Not so much anymore though, because I'm afraid I'll forget and lose it at the airport.

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