Sunday, December 21, 2008

glittens finished

it's hard to take pictures of both your hands at the same time... so i've only got the one to show, but it's much better that the last time you saw it!

epic fail diverted 2epic fail diverted 1

this one is fitted so the tip doesn't slide around when i close my fist.

the other one, which is green, does not have this feature... but then it's a less useful hand overall.

too much stuff?

anxiety dreams are clearly not just caused by weddings. (the last crazy dream i blogged about involved a table full of geeks, none of whom wanted to talk to me...)

apparently, they can also be caused by too many blankets (and, possibly, brussel sprouts a la green beans).

this time, the altered terrain was Goldwin Smith Hall. it was clearly late at night, and winter break. i believe i was staying overnight, due to a winter storm, and had had a few visitors to my classroom abode during the evening. having heard voices and therefore partially dressed for a trip to the loo, i realized that the people who were wandering about in the hall were firefighters, and there was clearly smoke wafting about in the hallway. occasionally, someone would knock very gently to see if anyone was inside, but i, in my passive-aggressive way, was waiting for someone to knock with reasonable loudness, while i packed up my incredibly large amount of stuff. the bulk of the dream that i can remember consists of bustling around the warm room, in my coat, packing voluminous quantities of crafting, gaming, and bedding stuff into a couple of supposedly inadequate containers.

i remember thinking, shortly before the alarm woke me up, that all the visitors had "helped" me unpack all my junk, as i hadn't seem most of it come out of the boxes. and how this wouldn't have been quite the issue had i, or they, seen fit to put things away when i/they were done with them.

of course, when the guy with the keys showed up and let them in, it wasn't a fire, but a reported toxic spill, or some other "dream-breakup" shift-of-gears. go figure...

so, is this an anxiety dream about:

a) the snow,
b) the prospect of being alone in a office overnight on a deserted campus,
c) carrying too much stuff around with me,
d) no-one helps me pack up my stuff after gaming,
e) a message to pick up as i go along?

or was i just too hot in too many blankets?

good question!

Friday, December 19, 2008


heh, heh, heh... PDQ Bach Engine... heh, heh, heh...


Monday, November 24, 2008

near-epic fail!

if you like the band, take easy knitting... sounds like a simple rule, no? sigh...

so here i am at Bound for Glory, listening to Small Potatoes, working on my glitten (half glove half mitten, to go with the Tabi i have yet to blog about.), when the rule comes to bite me in the kiester!

i had finished making the hand down to where i needed a thumb, and i'd made the thumb. so i went to knit the thumb in with the rest of the hand... easy, right? i got all the way around the hand and back to the thumb before i realized what i had done. i held it so my Mom could see, and she starts laughing. well, stifling the giggles, since this is the last song of the last set. so i start stifling the giggles. Helena looks over from her 2 inches of sweater, and i try showing it to her.

she doesn't get the joke. so i put it on so she can see the error. by the time that the last song was over, and the show outtro, and the two-song encore, we've mostly stopped the giggling, and i've figured out how to show the obviousness of the stupid thing i'd done...

near-epic fail 1

"it was a really good last set..." sez me. this was funny, but once i'd shown it to all the knitters, including one of the performers, it was time for a few pics...

near-epic fail 2

and home... i should have this finished by tonight or tomorrow night... pics of the whole "pair" then...

dani 8-)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

coolest web comic ever!

so i've discovered the coolest web comic ever! it's the story of Arthur and Camelot, and all that, but the characters switch from one time-line to another! almost the perfect Dani plot!

the current strip is here:

the first strip is here:

and these are worth remembering!
the Norman Invasion
a Good Point
Hadrian Collider

is great fun... is also a great time-sink... until you catch up!


Saturday, October 4, 2008

one garter, all done!

so, if i was cool, i'd have in-progress pics, and pics of the bride wearing the garter, and stuff.

i am clearly not cool, as all i have is a few scans of the finished object, and later this week, there will be some back story, and some pics of the sample i'm doing to emulate the in-progress shots.


but now? vacation! and lace day! huzzah!!

and the aforementioned scans... bon appetit!




Tuesday, August 26, 2008


so, this is a link i gleaned from another blog... the Pratchgan...

an afghan made for Terry Pratchett, with mostly Discworld themes... it's hi-larious!

just thought you might want to know... and i might not want to forget...

dani, the geek

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


What Your Handwriting Says About You

You are highly energetic. You are a passionate, intense, vigorous person.

You range from very outgoing to very shy. You are a shapeshifter who is very versatile. You adapt well, and you look at things from many angles.

You are extravagant, over the top, and indulgent. You set trends and influence people.

You need a bit of space in your life, but you're not a recluse. You expect people to give you a small amount of privacy, and you respect their privacy as well.

You are somewhat traditional, but you are also open to change. You listen to your head and your heart.

You are a poor communicator. No one really knows exactly what you're getting at.

not bad... not too unlike me... pretty close, actually!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

home and abroad

i saw this on Sunshine's blog, so i had to do it... it's kind of lame though...

yeah... i counted a few states that i drove through on the way from Texas to Vermont that one year... but not states i've never spent more than an hour in... so no Hawaii, Maryland, or West Virginia...

create your own visited states map
or check out these Google Hacks.

create your own visited countries map
or vertaling Duits Nederlands

Friday, April 18, 2008


yeah, this is just links to I Can Has Cheezburger. you gotta problem wit dat?


slinky cat


bbc budget gets drastically slashed!

no wonder i'm sneezing!

and today's favorite:
"look what i found!"

Friday, February 15, 2008

stupid dinos...

from the Bad Astronomer:

The more we know about near-Earth asteroids, the better! If you disagree, I suggest going to your local natural history museum and checking out the dinosaur bones. Look around. See how all the dinosaurs on display are dead, and no live ones are around?

Yeah. They didn’t know anything about asteroids. But we do, and we need to learn more.

heh, heh, heh...

Friday, January 18, 2008

Split Chains (repost from previous blog)

hi all!

i did a split chain class at Hector, last April. herein i am linking to my instruction sheet. feel free to pass this out, but only as a whole document!


Thursday, January 10, 2008

forgive me friends, for i have filked

Hey, Doctor

Somehow I never learned his name
Had to chase him all 'round Unit's Lanes
Fiddlin' somethin' in his hand
You could tell, he's a friend to Man-kind

Across the street I'd watch his booth
Dreamin' about what I would do
If I had the chance to travel Time
I rehearsed a heck of an opening line

Hey Doctor, whatcha doin' to me
I'm so in love with bein' free
But now I want to join your chase
And be a traveller in time and space
You got blue eyes and a blue phone booth
Though you beat the Daleks, admit the truth
You can't make it home. Take me along.

There's a pastry shop on Bleeker Street
Heaven in an oven, you can't pass without a treat
Stepped inside, and I started to cheer
There he was, talkin' to the Brigadeer


And you know in Dreams I'll live forever
Don’t mind the time flyin’ by me, no
He's just a tune I'm hummin'
All alone at night
With no Tardis

Some days you just can't win
Every day's another "begin again"
He's off again, with some young British girl
Living their lives in a temporal whirl


Last Chorus:
Doctor LongScarf, whatcha doin' to me
I'm so in love with bein' free
But ever since I joined your chase
I been a prisoner in time and space
You got blue eyes and a blue phone booth
Though you beat the Daleks, admit the truth
You can't make it home. Take me home!

with all apologies to Dr Who and Tom Chapin

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Friday, January 4, 2008

Mutant Monkey from Outer Space!

monkey front

this mutant monkey is an alteration caused by not having the same guage as the creator, and then messing up and sliding the pattern repeats by 1/2 each time. the yarn is magic garden "Buttons" in 882 and the pattern, aside from the monkeyness, is basically generic, only i decreased at the sides instead of a standard gusset, a la the new sock book New Pathways for Sock Knitters!

monkey side

'nother view

this sock goes to Amy, but there is one on the way for Maggie, theoretically... i can't guarantee that it'll be the same pattern, i can't guarantee Amy's second sock will be anything like this... i can't even guarantee it'll fit either one!