Dripping links.

Hair donations.

This is a bit dated but still “Huh?”-worthy.

1950s lipstick.

Mask enforcement.

Post-pandemic New Yorker covers.

The meme-fication of lumber.

Walls of receipts.

Say it withy me: awww, what a sweetheart!

In other news, we got this check from our mortgage company:

Yeah, I’m not gonna use a 50 cent stamp to send this to our bank.

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Furry Friday.

Olive and Mabel play poker. And go to the beauty shop.

Speaking of beautification, Becky gets a bath.

Doggie having too much fun to quit.

Not matchy-matchy.
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Rants (and things that make me say, “Hmm…”)

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Unraveled Wednesday, 5/5/21.

Joining Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday.

Knitting.

I have knit myself into a corner on my Boxy. Let me attempt to explain.

The pattern includes instructions both to knit it in pieces and seam them together and in the round. I chose the latter because I hate to seam.

I am using nine different red/red-ish yarns for (or so — sometimes I add another red ball to my basket, sometimes I take one out). Initially I planned to knit the sweater in 1″ stripes in the different yarns. But as soon as I started I changed to helical stripes, which have worked very well… as long as I was knitting in the round.

When I divided for the armholes I had to devise a new plan. What I did was to knit once across with color A, slide the sweater back to the other end of the circ, then knit one row of color B; purl the next two rows in the same fashion; rinse and repeat. This has worked marvelously.

The problem came when I reached the short row section at the top of the back. How exactly do I knit each short row in the different colors? I have two ideas:

  • Knit the first short row in color A, doing the wrap-and-turn in the usual way. Purl back part way, drop color A, and continue with color B and do the wrap-and-turn in the usual way. Knit back partway, drop color B, and continue with color A.

    Not sure quite how that will look. Should I switch colors in the same place in the row every time? That would have the advantage of never having to cut the yarn (and weave in the ends, something that this sweater has way too much of) but it might make the yarn changes noticeable. Or should I stagger the color changes to avoid that?
  • Knit the entire 10-row, short-row section in color A, saying “Screw it, no one will notice” all the while to myself. While this would probably be fine for the back, where it will be covered by my hair 99% of the time, what about the front? The short row section will be right below my face, hence, just about as visible as it could possibly be.

What say you? I am leaning to the second solution for the back and the first one for the front.

This afternoon I return to my knitting groups for the first time since COVID became serious in my county last fall. We have one very, very, very pro knitter in the group — she exhibits and sells her yarns and her FOs in various venues in the region. I plan to seek her judgement — maybe she will think of a solution I haven’t considered.

Stay tuned…

Reading.

Masked Prey by John Sandford. I got all excited when I saw that Sanford had published two Lucas Davenport novels — #30 and #31 –that I hadn’t read yet. As I started reading #30 it was familiar. Yep, I read it last July. Crud. I requested #31, though, so their is another Lucas Davenport in my future.

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Daughters of the Dust by Julie Dash. This has been sitting on my bookshelf for at least a year, since a friend loaned it to me. It is set in the first quarter of the 20th century and follows several Black women from the sea islands off the Carolina coast. Written in their Gullah dialect, it portrays their struggles, their loves, and their lives. They have retained much of their African traditions; some have left their home island, some have stayed; many are related one way or another. Recommend. 4✭

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Sheesh, only two books this week? And one turned out to be a book I had already read? I am shamed.

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Mayday! Mayday!

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Furry Friday.

Quarantine time.

Cat butts: a science project.

Best with sound on.

Watch a falcon livecam.

Cello concert… for the cows. More. This one.

Cats don’t need anyone else to help.

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Time to rant. But my rants are becoming less ranty and more “Huh?”

The Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly changed his Facebook profile picture to this:

Yes, he is an a$$. The new profile pic started a kerfluffle on social media. Here is a very well-written comment:

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Unraveled Wednesday, 4/28/21.

Joining Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday.

Knitting.

Three blue(-ish) hatz.

I keep churning out the blue hats whilst my red Boxy sits forlornly on the dining room table. It is at the point where I need to study the pattern and think about it and measure (repeatedly) to determine if I am at the shoulders. The stage that requires pattern study and thinking always slows me down.

Reading.

Making a Difference: My Fight for Native Rights and Social Justice by Ada Deer. This author was referenced by Clyde Bellecourt, whose book I read last month. It is equally interesting; whereas Bellecourt was confrontational, Deer worked within the system — all the way to Washington! — to make big changes for Native peoples. Bellecourt was a man and recovering alcoholic; Deer is a woman trained as a social worker. What a contrast in styles! 4✭

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. The first book in the All Souls trilogy. Main character is an American historian doing graduate work in the Bodleian Library at Oxford. She specializes in medieval history and in particular, the study of alchemy. She is also a witch, although she doesn’t want to be and attempts to reject that part of herself. At the library she meets Matthew, a centuries-old vampire; love-hate ensues (spoiler: love wins). So far it sounds like the Twilight series, right? But this author is a highly educated history professor with degrees from Mount Holyoke College, Northwestern University, and the University of California at Davis. She currently teaches European history and the history of science at USC. More importantly, she is a good writer. Anyway, the witches, vampires, and daemons are in an uproar because of the main character’s abilities. Recommend if this sounds like your kind of thing, perhaps even if it is not your kind of thing. Based on the goodreads.com reviews, I predict that you will either love it or hate it. Count me in the latter category; the second book of the trilogy is waiting for me at the library 4✭

Broken (in the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess. If you don’t read her blog, I encourage you to go read some of it. If you like her humor, this book is for you. Lawson suffered from various illnesses; mental — OCD, ADD, clinical depression, anxiethy — and physical — rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disorders. But she somehow finds the humor in all this. I read her two previous books (Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy) and ordered this one from an almost-local bookstore (it is also a yarn shop). That was last spring; the bookstore contacted me to verify that yes, I really did want to buy it, and yes, I knew it was not scheduled to be released until April 2021. I enjoyed it so much that I went back and bought Lawson’s first two books. I only buy and keep books by authors who are special to me — Lawson, Ian McEwan, Paul Farmer. 4✭

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Only three books read since April 7? That is really lame. In my defense, the witch book was over 600 pages. And that is my only defense. That, and the knowledge that I may very well have read another book or three that I failed to record and no longer remember.

Watching.

The X Files. We have taken a hiatus on watching this series. Commercials are a *feature* of the $1.99/month Hulu subscription, but I am an expert at muting all such annoyances. Said hiatus is not because of any lack of interest, but because Hulu is making it extremely annoying. All was fine until halfway through season five, then the commercials stopped. And as soon as the screen said “Ad | 1 of 3” the app would freeze. My theory is that they didn’t (or couldn’t) sell the ad space, but neglected to update the streaming part. The only way to resume watching is to exit, restart the episode, then fast forward to just after the commercial break. We struggled through the rest of season five, hoping that season six would be better. But, n o joy. Right about then my pandemic brain remembered The Library! I requested season six plus the The X Files movie. They should arrive this week.

In the interim as we wait for The X Files DVDs to arrive we have returned to Sherlock. Now in the middle of season three. What a fun series! Not remotely plausible, but the characters and actors are endearing and the plot particulars unpredictable.

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Being fully vaccinated = whee! A vacation!

Back on March 23 I got my second coronavirus shot. Smokey had gotten his second shot a week or two before. Once I was fully vaccinated — as in, the evening of March 23 — he hopped on his computer and made a reservation for a few nights at Cascade Lodge on the North Shore in Minnesota. And that is where we were last week.

Our two-room cabin:

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How it looked while we were there. We only got the frame of the puzzle together. But we did watch Jeopardy every day.

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Smokey doing one the the things he does best: napping with the dogs.

Lots of naps, lots of reading, lots of snuggling with the dogs and each other. Our activities were a lot like they are at home, but without any annoying responsibilities. That is a vacation!

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Shiny new links.

Florida woman…

Brilliant casting in Shakespeare performance.

Home inspector.

Infodumping.

How to build a medieval castle. (Link is to a 58-minute YouTube video that I found very interesting. Save some times and read about it here.)

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