Three on Thursday.


Three things that are annoying me right now.

  1. The American Red Cross is annoying me. I give blood regularly, and after every donation the technician tells me when I can next donate. Why cannot that information be merged into my record? I get emails begging me to donate THE DAY AFTER I DONATED, fer cripes sake! Don’t bug me until the 60 days or whatever have elapsed!
  2. The driver’s windshield wiper on my car has broken twice this week. Smokey’s fix of the first break was apparently not sufficient. Windshield wipers are pretty darned handy when the roads are sloppy, as they may be at this time of year.
  3. The left speaker attached to my computer has stopped working. The right speaker and the subwoofer under my desk soldier on. Just because I bought these things over 20 years ago shouldn’t they still work? Like, forever?
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Unraveled Wednesday. 3/6/19



Chartreus >>> Fairfield

After wrestling with gauge issues* over and over (and over!) I have a new game plan. The tweed teal Knit Picks yarn has always been intentioned for a cabled, V-neck cardigan. I have made the executive decision to make a Fairfield instead of a Chartreus. I started a Fairfield several years ago but frogged it. (Knit the back, knit the sleeves to the armholes, discovered that I screwed up the sleeve increases, put the sweater into time out, eventually frogged it.) The Fairfield is less ambitious, therefore easier, not to mention a bit shorter. I am hoping that those factors enable me to actually finish the sweater.

Does all this make sense? Maybe, maybe not, but it makes sense in my head so I am doing it.


Sleeves and the beginnings of cables.

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I cast on a scarf for a portable project, but when I finished it I put it somewhere and now I cannot lay my hands on it. But I can show you the yarn.


When I finished the scarf, I cast on a sock for a new portable project. Big change: instead of white toes and heels, I went for yellow-green.

I read We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates as my initial step into racism. It was both easy and hard to read — easy because he is a good writer, hard because sometimes the concepts were hard to understand. I recommend it.

They I read Year of Yes by Shonda Rimes. Short, easy to read. As a person who is inclined to say yes, I didn’t learn a lot from it, but I was definitely entertained.

Last night I started Circe by Madeline Miller. So far, so good, too soon to judge overall.

Head over to Kat’s blog to see other Unraveled Wednesdays!

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Colorful knitting links.

sweater, rack of colorful

Embroidery. NSFW embroidery.


Pattern writing style.

Nerd knits. (Super-phd-level-nerd knits.)

The how-to-knit-ergonomically book is available again! (Better to buy it from the author’s site than from Amazon. Look at that price!)

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The story of linen.

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Links come in all media.

Frat boys being good.

Marie Kondo to the rescue!

“A living wage is an antidepressant. It is a sleep aid. A diet. A stress reliever. It is a contraceptive, preventing teenage pregnancy. It prevents premature death. It shields children from neglect.”

We need climate change stories.

2012 gif.

Fireworks and Mt. Fuji.

A constructive approach to ADHD/ADD.

English is weird.

Any other former band geeks here?

Calligraphy helper.



Green = hover text under the link.

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Fotography Friday.

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Younger Son finds good dogs wherever he goes. New Delhi, India; January 2018.

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Three on Thursday.


Three things I didn’t get to in my 2019 quest to finish off my WIPs.

  1. This Mira River Wrap using the Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud Lace on the right. I got as far as the beaded portion — a couple of inches at most — and stopped until I felt more confident about putting beads into my knitting. Hibernating since January 2016.

  2. Snicket Socks: the pattern and my beginning. I will probably frog these, since I found the pattern to be a bit way too fiddly for me. Hibernating since ::gulp:: 2013.

  3. .
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    My sock yarn afghan. Before I got going again on this afghan that I showed you last week and before I became enchanted with the Chartreuse sweater, I had decided to knit a second quadrant for my sock yarn afghan. My plan was that each quadrant would feature a color; the first quadrant, above, was red. I decided to do the yellow quadrant next because I was curious as to just what colors I would end up using. After extracting all the yellow, oranges, brown, golds, and tans from the stash, I narrowed it down to the ones I would use… and then went looking for the first quadrant to refresh my memory as to exactly how many stitches I should cast on for each square. And I could not find that first quadrant. There are one or two other places that I haven’t looked yet; keep your fingers crossed. Hibernating since ::gulpx2:: 2013.

Go check out the other Three on Thursday posts over at Carole’s!

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Unraveled Wednesday, 2/27/19.

IMG_2834.JPGI should have showed you these socks last week because I finished them the weekend before. Two strands of sock yarn held together, US#2.5 needle for the foot, US#5 for the leg, knit toe-up — just like all my other double-stranded socks that keep my feet toasty all winter long.

You will notice that they do not quite match. My Rav page tells me I started them in June, 2017. They were part of my 2019 get-er-done, finish-the-UPOs push. The right foot in the photo was done to the heel back in 2017. When I picked them up again earlier this month I decided the variegated yarn every other row thing that I had started with was not worth the effort, so after the heel I just held one strand of variegated and one strand of red together for the leg. The ball bands for the red yarns — yes, there are two very slightly different shades of red yarn — are long gone. One is probably Knit Picks Stroll, the other probably Universal or Regia. The variegated yarn started out like the left photo, below, which was definitely NOT my taste. Eventually I tea-dyed it to subdue those pinks and oranges.


On the left, the original skein; on the right, how the yarn used in the socks
after the wild colors were tamed by tea dyeing.

In my seemingly never-ending quest to ensure that my Chartreuse fits, I wet-blocked the half-finished sleeves to re-check gauge. Spot-on, yay! (How many hyphenated words can I fit into one sentence? Four, at this point.)

I mentioned last week that I had cast on all the body stitches but was not at that moment up to the calcs to determine how many extra stitches I would need at hip level to accommodate mine hips. It occurred to me this weekend that before I go through that work I should measure myself; the measurements I was going on were from several years ago.

Hallelujah! I have lost 8-9 inches from my hips! and 2-3 inches from my bust line! I will still need to refigure the cast-on, yada yada, but I am more than willing to do that work. Also, not having to work umptillion extra stitches in this mega-umptillion-stitch sweater is an added bonus. (Two Three more hyphens added.) Two years ago Kat and I joined Weight Watchers, and I followed it for about a year. Then I let my membership lapse and continued to watch what, and more importantly, how much, I ate. I may have put on a pound or four in the past year, but overall I have maintained. Hallelujah x2!

I frogged the sleeves back to the ribbing and increased the rate of increase from every four rows to every three, then performed the wet-block mentioned above. (One more hyphen.)





Go check out the other Unraveled Wednesday posts over at Kat’s!


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Brioche-ing through winter. (Not me.)

Version 2

A brioche WIP that didn’t even make it to the restart line in my push to Finish The UFOs In 2019.

Embroidered mittens.

Yarn sale!

These mitts would be so much fun to make.

What knitter would subject themselves to making this intarsia sweater?

Man checking for bullet wound.

This one bothers me big-time.



Green = hover text under the link.

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This song.

This song, let me tell you of it.

Back in the days of my drug-addled youth I was at a party one Saturday night, sitting on the floor, taking my turn when the joint came around (Hey, anybody else remember “Don’t bogart that joint!”?), when this song came on the stereo.

And I began to hallucinate.

Something I had never done on mere weed.

I closed my eyes and saw a painting of a dinghy tossed on stormy seas. The painting was very dark, mainly dark green. I don’t remember the name of the painting nor the artist, nor whether I saw it in my high school AP English class or in one of my college art history classes. Probably in h.s., because I do remember the instructor telling us how the artist had slapped globs of paint onto the canvas because he was “…not a very good artist”; why would a college-level art history course include what is deemed a mediocre painting? I might contest that judgmental statement now. If the measure of a painting, or any work of art — really — is the effect it has on the viewer/listener/reader, I would argue that the mere fact that I hallucinated this painting years later must mean that it had within it some greatness.

To this day I find this song magical, although (of course!) I no longer hallucinate when hearing it.

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