October 4th, 2007


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This week I am reduced to simple garter stitch projects. I hit a wall last week, after knitting two hats:

These are testers from a new pattern created by a woman in my wool soakers group.

Another pair of Sheepy Pants, done in Galway Paint:

And a pair of soakers, done in Ella Rae. I was not happy with the colours of this yarn. On the ball it looked like it had red mixed throughout, but it turned out to just have one big swath of red in each ball:

Anyways, from completion until Tuesday of this week, I did not pick up the needles at all. The only crafting I did was a bit of scrapbooking (5 or 6 pages total), as I'd really like to take the 3 bins of stuff and get them into albums rather than storing them.

Then I realized I need to create something a bit more involved, more challenging, or bigger. At the same time, I remembered that I had some work that I am supposed to do for a friend, and seeing as the cooler weather is here, maybe she'd like to have it soon. It is all garter stitch, but with random colour changes. You basically knit 1-6 rows of a colour, then change to another of the 9 provided colours. It has been fun so far, and I'm trying not to obsess on how the colours look together, and if I've made the right choices. And, since it is all knitting, it is flying. So I have a big project, fairly easy knitting and a bit of thought with colour.

So that I don't feel completely guilty about non-baby knitting, I'm also working on some garter stitch squares in Mission Falls 1824 wool. I'm picturing 9 big blocks for a fairly decent-sized blanket, in some of the assorted colours I have, with alternating stitch directions. We'll see how it turns out.

I'm also waiting on some measurements from my sister, she saw some of the pants I was knitting and asked for some for L. As soon as I get the dimensions, I'll get zipping on them.

As for how I'm feeling, I've had a long bout of going back to my normal 5ish hours of sleep a night (supplemented with a nap or two in the day) but I'm back to sleepy Corey again. You know it's bad when I hit the hay before the end of the Sen's season opener. Not only did I not stay up to watch it last night, I didn't make it past the 2nd period. I was exhausted. I'm still not feeling that great today, but I think going to bed so early messed up my internal clock. I woke up about every two hours, but managed to get in a total of 9 hours. My back is bugging me a bit too, apparently I've slacked off the exercises a bit too much.

Also, it seems that the baby has turned which means I'm not feeling her as much, which is kinda freaking me out. I do still feel her, but I'm not getting alien baby lumps growing out of my ribcage anymore.

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I am a hoarder of old useless computer bits. I'll admit this. Years ago my company used to get rid of their depreciated equipment in auctions, and I used to snap up computers for various home projects. Over the years I grew sick of playing with computers at home, especially as I was more involved with fixing them at work. Well, it's been several years now since I've played with a computer, either at home or for work, and hubby is on a cleaning binge. Specifically, he wants my crap out of his office *g*.

Another bad habit I used to have was hopping from machine to machine without ever backing up my data or moving it to the old machine. This resulted in a fairly decent collection of orphan harddrives that I'm convinced have some original and very important data on them. What this data is I can't tell you, as it's been at least 10 years in some cases since the drives were accessed. But it is important and I can't just trash the drives.

So, Monday and Tuesday I played with machines. Hubby brought up an old desktop he's building for his mother, and I used it to test all the additional parts and drives I have hanging around.

I also wiped a bunch of drives and posted a bunch of stuff on Freecycle. Well, holy crap! Post a computer on FC, and people lose their minds. I specifically included the specs (like PII 300, 64meg, no working HD and no CD) so that people would understand what they were working with. I also included part numbers so people could look them up. Do you think that happened? NO. I had people dreaming of sitting on their back decks typing away (um, no battery in that laptop and no OS - good luck) I had sob stories about how learning disabled children needed the machines (They won't even run XP - good luck!) and I heard from people for 3 days after I posted taken notices!

Give me a break! I think I now realized why I got sick of playing with computers - I actually got sick of dealing with the users of the computers. I mean I had a blast playing with the hardware, dealing with HD jumpers, trying to remember beep codes...good times.

I think I have 6 more machines to go through, but I won't make the mistake of posting them again. Two guys contacted me who actually use the bits and bobs to cobble together machines for low income families (I'm not even going to ask where they get the OS's from *lalalala*) and I'll just ping them directly when I've got more stuff to go.

Apparently too, I could try posting them on our local used newsgroup, there are people willing to pay cash money for this stuff!