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:: Sunday, July 29, 2007 ::

Fire - 火事


About an hour ago, while sitting here knitting, I smelled something. Something... scorching. I made sure that it wasn't in my kitchen (a slow stewing disaster of a forgotten shortbread, perhaps?), and then I saw the smoke out the kitchen window. It reminded me of a Brooks Chicken barbecue--waves of white smoke from charcoal and chicken. Then the sirens started wailing. As I stood on my own fire escape I saw six fire trucks screaming their way to the scene. So of course, like many other curious citizens out there, I had to go, rubberneck, and take pictures.


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This gives you some idea of where it was. It wasn't the corner building, but two to the left of that. It's really early yet, so no news of how it happened. I didn't see any ambulances speeding away from the scene, though, so I think and hope everyone is okay.

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:: Monday, July 23, 2007 ::

Crazy Fun


So, your friend gets a new Macbook. What's the first thing you do?


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Take funny pictures. ^_^ The shot above so made me feel like They Might Be Giants... I can only hope to be as cool as them one day.


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Ken's a friend I met, of all places, at work. Whenever we hang out the Japanese flies between us, dumbfounding any passersby. We then talk about their silly looks "behind their backs in front of them"... knowing a second language can be a road to evil, sometimes. Here I'm trying to match his usual picture pose.

And here is pure silliness:


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:: Friday, July 20, 2007 ::

Eleven to Seven


My sock of the mo':


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They're called Nine to Five, by Nicole Hindes. I love how easy the twist is to do, and no cable needle is required! Progress is slow but rewarding. I shortened the ribbing a little bit, and I think I'm going to make the sock a little shorter, too--I want to wear these with my ballet flats, maybe with a skirt. I'm so happy that San Francisco has so much good skirt weather. Well, during the day, anyway. -_^ I call these "Eleven to Sevens" because that is the most dreaded shift at work. I'll take a 4:15-noon any day.

My "non-sock" knitting project has been Mason Dixon Ballband dishcloths--so addictive! Something else to put in my "hope chest" for whenever I get my own place. Don't let the phrase fool you--no cedar here, just assorted grocery bags and plastic totes filled with yarn-y stuff.

In other news, on Tuesday I had my first bad sushi ever. Not bad as in bad tasting, but as in bad for my tummy. Woke up in the middle of the night wondering why my stomach chose that moment to mutiny. Needless to say I'm not going to that place again.

I think I may have said this before, but I'm on the cusp of buying a microphone. I asked around, looking for a store that might have one in stock so I can play with it before I buy, but alas, San Francisco is lacking in that respect. (A guitar center was my best bet, and while a very nice store, is understandably lacking in interview mics.) So as soon as I can muster up the courage I'll be clicking for it on Amazon. Also on the list--microphone cord, headphones, external hard drive, mini disc recorder, blank media... not all at once, of course.

Another weekend at work--tourists, we're ready for ya!

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:: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 ::

After Failure, Okay-ness


First, the failure:


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Jaywalkers
Pattern: Jaywalkers by Grumperina
Knit Picks Memories in Rocky Mountain Dusk
Size 1 dpns

The main reason I frogged this was the pooling--ick. I also should have done it on size 0s, or shortened each repeat. I understand why the pattern is so addicting, I'll just have to try it with some other yarn.

On to okay-ness:


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Same yarn, oh so much better results. A 68 stitch sock on size 0 dpns, plain Jane stockinette. I've finally mastered the trick of knitting without looking, so the bulk of this was completed while watching some documentaries, not to mention Japanese dramas. I'm currently turning the heel, which is (unfortunately) a must-look endeavor. I must say, though, that I like the color of the yarn in the skein more than in the sock. Not that it's going to keep me from wearing the sock! -_^

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:: Wednesday, July 04, 2007 ::

Owie


Having tendonitis stinks. It's an injury that's always under the surface, just waiting for the perfect moment to attack. Finishing the Cascade socks did it to me this time--I'm back in the realm of the gimp-y. (Is "gimp" only used for those with limps, though? I feel like it should apply to my wrist somehow.)

I had the self control to swear off fiber arts for an entire day. 24 hours! I admired my strength. But then when I picked up the needles again the pain was still there. So I've been wearing a brace at night, wrapping and/or splinting my wrist at work, and staring at yarn with a sense of longing.

The worst, though, is figuring out how to spend my time. Surfing the net? Out. How about watching some tv? I'm all caught up on my downloaded shows, and the other day I watched a zillion documentaries online, so I'm kinda sick of it. Knitting and crochet are obviously out. I can listen to the radio... but I usually knit to keep my hands busy. I don't know if I have the patience to just sit and, you know, listen. I guess I can read (about knitting, maybe?).

~sigh~ It's going to be a long week.

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:: Monday, July 02, 2007 ::

More Socks!


Yea for finishing what you start.


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Navy Charade
Pattern: Charade by Sandra Park
Knit Picks Essential in Dusk
Size 1 dpns

I was really tempted to mess with the toe on this with more sudden decreases. But I told myself, "Trust the pattern, it won't lead you astray". And it didn't. The socks fit like a dream and don't even threaten to slouch. Awesomeness.


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