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:: Thursday, October 11, 2007 ::

Getting Stuff Done

I go through phases of "do nothingness" and "get everything done-ness". The former is full of free time but also a load of guilt, while the latter offers less sleep but more satisfaction.

There are a couple things I've been kicking myself in the butt about that finally got done. First of all--ordering more of my radio equipment. I already have my mic in hand, but it's a pretty expensive paperweight without a cable and something to record on!

Mic - Kettle

Mic - Date

As you can see interview subjects for a mic that cannot record are hard to come by, so I resorted to collecting ambient sound. Car alarms, anyone?

Mic - Ambient Sound

This morning I ordered a mic cable and a 500GB hard drive to house my aural pursuits. The only major piece left is my mini disc recorder--amazon doesn't sell it any more so I've turned into an ebay stalker. My goal is to be comfortable with my equipment by Christmas so I can take some cute recordings of my cousins and the rest of my family when I go home. We'll see how it goes.

I've also been working on the knitting, of course. A quick roundup:

Yarn Cake - Stormy Day

This pretty yarn cake (Claudia Handpainted Yarns in Stormy Day, from this swap with Sam) is fulfilling its destiny as a pair of Monkeys.

Monkey - The First

The first one is a little tight on me, but knowing how superwash merino is they'll be fitting perfectly in no time. I'm now on the second sock, second repeat.

Bf Scarf - In Hand

After much swatching (over a foot of scarf in half a dozen stitch patterns) Ken decided on this basketweave for his Christmas scarf. The yarn is Knit Picks Elegance and it's so soft and fun to work with. I'm going to use every last inch of yarn and see how far I get... here's hoping for 2 meters!

Rat Feathers - Progress Thus Far

Keeping with the let's-keep-the-gift-getters-informed theme, here is a scarf I'm making for mom. The yarn is in the team colors of our Albany River Rats so I asked, would you rather socks or something showy to wear to games? The scarf won hands down.

Rat Feathers - Stitch Pattern

The pattern is a basic feather and fan. I'm working this Knit Picks Felici loosely on size 5 needles to see how much length I can tease out of 440 yards--seeing as how I'm a quarter way through, I think it'll work out fine.

At work I've been opening a lot lately. Now, I know I sound crazy when I say this, but the 4:15 am opening shift is my hands down favorite. It starts with 45 customer free minutes of set up, two hours of fun regular customers, lunch around 8 am, then three hours of rush that fly by. Home by 12:30. Woot. It isn't sustainable five days a week, but three or four? I'm there. I'm currently in the middle of nine opens in twelve days, with only one day off (today), so if you want to see a crazy Karla, stop in sometime next week. I'm pretty sure you'll find a sweet, caffeine laden short chai in my hand and a tired look in my eyes... until I get my paycheck, that is. -_^

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:: Kazen @ Always Doing 11:58 AM [+] ::
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So much pretty knitting...I'm impressed that you manage to take pictures on your day off. Though I guess when you get home at 12:30 everyday there's plenty of daylight left for photography...

Also, I love feather and fan scarves :)
I'm so proud of you. i know the initial capital(ol?) investment must have been a bit tough, but you're there! Yay! I can't wait to hear your podcasts again!
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