gingicat: the hands of Doctor Who #10, Martha Jones, and Jack Harkness clasped together with the caption "All for One" (all for one)
The characters I liked best? The bad guys. They were hard-working citizens who got screwed out of jobs that were legally contracted as theirs. So they decided to do something else, by selling alien equipment.

Context contains spoilers for a movie currently in theatres.

Short rows! Or, k-r has opinions.

Jul. 26th, 2017 05:29 pm[personal profile] killing_rose posting in [community profile] knitting
killing_rose: Baby corvid, looking incredibly fluffy and adorable (fluffy raven)
So I am currently working on the Wonder Woman wrap (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wonder-woman-wrap) that's been making the rounds. It's a solidly written pattern. I do freely admit that I am only partially using the pattern; making substitutions and changes is my prerogative and also something that I do on most projects because I can't work with fingering and thus have to make changes to almost any pattern.*

It's also fairly easy, relying on garter, M1, and kfb for most of the shaping. The points of the Ws are made by double decrease. However, it does use short rows. This is, apparently, a reason many people I know do not want to make it.

This is like my at least fifth short row project in a year. I really love short rows. I was, thus, exceptionally confused a couple months ago when someone at the knitting table said, "I don't do short rows. They're difficult and fiddly and I don't like them."

So I poked at them to explain this. And this is when I discovered that this person was under the assumption that there's only one technique for short rows. Guys, here is where I admit: every person I know who likes short rows has their own personal favorite technique. But most people who have met short rows and run away screaming have never said, "I hate this technique, but maybe I won't hate another technique." Mostly because there are like five different ways to do it, but since they evolved in different places, not everyone's heard of them. So, this is me, giving resources in case you want to knit the above project (or a different one) and you just really cannot bring yourself to like short rows.

I loathe wrap and turn with every fiber of my being. It doesn't work for me. It just doesn't. My first couple projects used the yarnover technique. Unfortunately, this doesn't work for all projects. So the first project I made that used wrap and turn I dropped in a heap and said, "NOPE" at very loudly. And then I got a book from the library and studied all the different options to try and figure out what might work for my brain.

And when I found one that worked for me, I hung out at the knitting table, checked my phone a couple dozen times to make sure I was doing it right, and clung to it like it was the best thing ever. Now, I use that particular technique any time there's a short row project I'm doing. It saves my sanity. (It also means I've never had to use safety pins in my work; there was a project where I may have, in frustration, snarled out the words who the hell thought that the Japanese short row technique was the fastest technique on the planet and or their favorite. However, there are people who do so, and this is fine. [When I am not being introduced to new and fun ways to torture my brain mid-project setup. I am not at my best mid-project setup.])

For me, German short rows are my very favorite thing. This is a good tutorial for them: http://www.lamaisonrililie.com/knittingtherapy/german-short-rows

This is a good instruction for wrap and turn: http://knotions.com/techniques/how-to-knit-short-rows/

This is a free class by the author whose book saved my sanity: https://www.craftsy.com/knitting/classes/short-rows/35255

And this is the book in question: https://www.amazon.com/Short-Row-Knits-Workshop-Learn-as-You-Knit/dp/0804186340/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

As an important note, for patterns like the Wonder Woman wrap, where they use w&t, you knit the stitch you're supposed to wrap, flip around to the other side, and do the german short row technique on that side.

So, what's your opinion on short rows? Or Wonder Woman? Or both? :)


*This is, I note, not a "I don't like fingering" but "I have two projects in fingering right now, and even on size five or six needles (let's not talk about the idiocy of the size 4 project), it still makes my poor, abused hands [thank you chronic illnesses] make me nauseated and need more pain meds." But some yarn is really pretty, so I do about three projects a year in fingering and the rest in medium, chunky, or bulky yarns.
peaceful_sands: butterfly (Default)
Tuesdays here and it's time to tackle the anti-procrastination part of the week (well, today, tomorrow, whenever suits!) What will it be? What's been plaguing you that you're going to deal with this week? Tell us all about it.

Need a challenge? Here we go, let's head for the kitchen today and think about bite-sizing our way to progress. Set your challenge by taking into account time available and spoons left at the point at which you're going to do this and by assessing your starting point.

Suggestion 1 - pick a work surface and figure out what needs to happen for it to be in 'ideal condition' - clearing and packing away items to leave it empty? Cleaning the surface in some way? Be realistic - if the work surface is huge, don't tackle it all in one go, break it into sections and tackle one. Consider the ways of doing this - most important area first in terms of future use, most visible area, easiest to tackle area to provide the encouragement of progress quickly, worst area first because you've got the time and energy to make a good dent in what needs doing - you know best. Set a timer and go for it, how much can you get done?

Suggestion 2 - Open a cupboard and tackle a shelf - first identify anything that doesn't need to be there (our of date, wrong place, unwanted) and remove those items. Next step is to either move everything in there to wipe down the shelf (if you think this is necessary - this may depend on the contents of the cupboard that you pick) or to go straight to organising the contents in a useful/pleasing/practical fashion. If it's a food cupboard, remove anything that out of date and health harmful but also identify items which need to be used up quickly and bring them to a more prominent position to encourage yourself to use them up.


And with that I shall leave you and head to work for the day - I'll be back this evening to cheer, if anyone else can cheer and encourage please do.

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Jul. 24th, 2017 06:46 pm[personal profile] jjhunter
jjhunter: a person who waves their hand over a castle tower changes size depending on your perspective (perspective matters)
Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.

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Signal-boosting much appreciated!

July Discussion Post

Jul. 23rd, 2017 06:37 pm[personal profile] lunabee34 posting in [community profile] journalsandplanners
lunabee34: (journalsandplanners mod by independence1)
Recommend a favorite notebook or pen. Tell us about a cool electronic gadget or app that helps you journal or plan. In other words, help us all add to our wishlists by telling us about your favorite supplies. :)
jesse_the_k: harbor seal's head with caption "seal of approval" (Approval)
Zombie cheerleader says: "Rah rah rust!"

Zombie High motto is: "If we can't win using our brains then we'll use your brains!" ;-)


Context is a Lego cheerleader in a graveyard, among other topics

One more cat on the couch

Jul. 21st, 2017 05:23 pm[personal profile] erinptah
erinptah: (pyramid)
This guy is safely back at the local shelter where he came from.

(Full details in locked posts -- if you didn't see them, and would like to be on a filter that includes stuff like cat drama, feel free to comment.)

The name on the shelter paperwork is Eli, so that's what I'm going to call him, not the name picked out by the roommate who brought him home and then wasn't around to take care of him.

Eli is super shy and super timid, but also totally mellow -- even when he was scared he never bit or scratched, just hid. In the three weeks he was at the flat, there was literally one time when he felt safe enough to approach a human on his own volition. Then he got spooked again, and there weren't enough days to re-reassure him before returning him to the professionals.

But I did get photos of him on the couch.



Petting for a sweet boy.



I hope he gets adopted by someone he can climb all over.
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Medium: Televison
Fandom: The Colbert Report
Subject: "Stephen Colbert"
Title: The Truth

For my 2017 [community profile] hc_bingo card, prompt "atonement."

Stephen has a thing for Jon, but at the same time he's been pushing Jon away with a mix of denial, repression, clinging to a certain public image, and displaced anger at himself. To make this work, he's going to have to own up to his issues, admit his feelings, and try to make amends.

...in song, obviously.

Cover

Truth is I love you / More that I wanted to / There's no point in trying to pretend )

liseuse will lasso the wild novella

Jul. 20th, 2017 12:30 pm[personal profile] lilysea posting in [community profile] metaquotes
lilysea: Mischievous (Mischievous)
I think my bookshelves mostly convey the message "you need more shelves" and "apparently will read anything that stays still long enough."

Context
is "is this a case for - the ponceyness police?"




full_metal_ox: (Default)
[personal profile] owlbrigade1 cites this case in point:

Gotham police are at a loss to explain a sudden rise in animal themed costumed weirdos? Surely the explanation is the same as it is for the long standing animal themed weirdos? It is Gotham, it is what they do. People in animal costumes wreaking havoc is practically a city tradition.

Context, to no one's surprise, involves Harley Quinn.
serenadestrong: PB & Marceline (Default)
1) I really like Peter and Bev as a couple. Peter especially has matured a ton over the series and when Bev came to rescue him at the end of book 5, I was just mentally fist pumping all YES, GO BEV RESCUE YOUR MAN and in this one they're just such a good couple? They work well together, they check in with each other, they're such a great team, I love it.

2) Peter has...so many feelings about Nightingale. So many.

3) Nightingale at the very end of book 6. I love how he's slowly been drawn not just into the 21st century but also back into a more youthful persona. Or maybe Peter just knows him better now so he can tell when Nightingale's being cheeky. But I love him watching the rugby in a polo shirt (so casual!!) and telling Peter about his dumb teen shenanigans at school.

4) NIGHTINGALE HAS A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT PETER!??? I mean the watch was bad enough, even if it came off as "Nightingale has a large amount of feelings and no idea about appropriate colleague gift giving standards, and overdid it."
But then the car at the end of book 6? LIKE. GUYS.

4.5) Everyone knows Peter as "the starling", how cute is that. He's Nightingale's little bird.

5) We keep being reminded that Peter is an unusually quick study when it comes to learning magic. I love absurdly powerful characters and as he's grown into his skills and become a much more active agent, I've liked the books more and more.

6) So, can we talk about my dream future fic where Peter's caught some variety of slow aging from Bev, and Nightingale is hovering somewhere in a fit early 40s, and Bev is gorgeous and mature with a healthy flow and more natural stream banks and they all have a crazy loving OT3 going with lots of magic sex and raising children.
Peter, Guleed, and Caroline are teaching at the newly recreated magic school in London (Molly is Matron, Abigail is off at Uni getting a doctorate). Bev isn't officially a professor but she does special guest lectures on genius loci and environmental sciences.

7) The only thing I didn't like (or get), why was Caroline poking around the County Guard offices last book? She seemed a bit deus ex machina in this book, conveniently showing up to move the plot along. Did her mother already know about the 3rd principia in the last book? Was this a retcon?

8) I did like the expansion of the magical world in this book, a lot. Like, of course there's some old families who've just passed the craft down. Of course there's a women's tradition, that the men rejected, and of course they didn't abandon it, just flipped them the bird and kept inventing crucial magic. It's a bit stereotypical to have women's ~~healing magic~~, but Lady Helen was such a Rich Old Hippie that it fit right in with her attitude (i.e. I didn't mind it at all in the book, just, noting for posterity). The American Old Boy's Club with its Newtonian English roots fits right in too. There's a whole world out there just magicking away! It's great!
peaceful_sands: butterfly (Default)
Welcome to Wednesday and time to tackle the thing that has been lurking and needs to be done. What will it be? What is that PITA of a thing? Care to share, we're here for you and will be virtually behind you with all the encouragement you need.

In need of a little challenge to get you to start something? My challenge to you today is to check on the fridge. Depending on your energy levels and time allowance, select what's most appropriate for you. Remember if you do want to break it up or end up having more energy/time that you initially expected, you can always come back and do another step later today (or tomorrow).

Step 1 - Open the fridge and do a quick check for anything out of date and needing to go.
Step 2 - Spend a bit more time and do a thorough check to the back of shelves/bottom of drawers etc and make sure that you've checked everything in there - take mental note of anything that needs using quickly.
Step 3 - Starting with the top shelf, take everything out, lift out the shelf and clean it, dry it, replace it and put back in a more organised fashion - you may at this point realise that some things would ideally be in a different fridge location, whether it can be moved may depend upon there being space in its ideal location.
Step 4 - If you've still got energy/time, repeat with next shelf
Repeat Step 3 if you wish, until all shelves/drawers and the little door shelves have been checked and cleaned. If you can, as you go, wipe down the inside top and walls of the fridge as well with a cloth and some sort of light cleaner to get rid of any lurking invisible unwanted life forms. If you are tackling just a shelf at a time, don't get the top/walls too wet so that no cleaner runs down onto food stored lower in the fridge.

Remember that there is no obligation to do this challenge and also even if you do start it, it doesn't have to be done all in one go - a shelf a day for the week would be just as wonderful if you wanted to tackle it that way.

So with that I shall say goodbye (I'm not back until fairly late tonight, so please do cheer each other along), good luck with whatever you decide to tackle and a reminder that the optional challenge is OPTIONAL and also does not have to be completed as the WHOLE task - step 1 is a success, as is any other step. Look after yourselves, remember to think of your rewards for completing any personal pain in the tuckus tasks and let us know how you get along.
erinptah: Cat in a backpack (cat)
Linguistics links:

Nothing new under the sun: "in tibullus 1.8 (a poem about his boyfriend Marathus) has this line about “pugnantibus linguis” (literally battling tongues) which means that the idea of tongues battling for dominance in homoerotic fiction has been going on since at least the 1st century bce"

From Seaspeak to Singlish: cool English dialects and English-based creoles.

Hawaiian pidgin has a great all-purpose noun -- it's "you-know-what", "whatchamacallit", "so-and-so", and "the thing" all at once.

Cat links:

Before there were laptops, cats were happy to sit on our portable typewriters.

"I was right there in case he got upset — I was expecting him to hiss or growl or slink away. But then one of the ginger kittens started licking Mason’s ear, and Mason sort of leaned into it and closed his eyes like it was the most amazing thing ever."

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