Or, as I like to think of it, last day to register to vote so that you too can complain about the administration. If you don't vote, you don't get to complain. (If only that was enforceable.) You can register online until midnight.

What I Did Over My Su(rgical) Vacation

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Impressive, no? Well, maybe not. If not, completely the fault of the camera. (And not the cameraman (me), pattern, Crown Prince Stole (Nancy Bush) or yarn (Cupcake Fiber Co).)


It was virtually the only thing I could do while recuperating. I couldn't read so much as a magazine article or fluff novel (much less the stack of continuing ed stuff I'd planned on reading!) I did watch some television (because hello, still me).


So I knit. Row by row. I scaled it down, it's a scarf rather than a shawl because I only had 700 yards but isn't it beautiful?

Just nod yes.



Thankfully, since then, I've been able to read, and to work, and as of last week, tie my shoes.

WATCHING: Once Upon A Time (oh, how I want all their costumes), Dancing With The Stars (I'm not sure I care who wins, as long as it's Gilles. Who coincidentally, is also on Switched At Birth. Season Finale tonight!!

...and Castle, NCIS, NCIS LA, The Big Bang Theory, Haven and Blue Bloods. Oh, and Covert Affairs. And probably more. What's your favorite show this season?

READING: Assembling California by John McPhee. Really, really interesting! it's a look at how California was assembled over the millenium geologically. I'd always thought, if I thought about it at all, that California was submerged and just, I don't know, rose to the surface during and Ice Age, maybe? All the water locked up in glaciers? But shifting tectonic plates (is that an oxymoron?) pieced California together over time. More when I get through more than the first two chapters but already hooked. He has a very accessible writing style.  



Unconcious Mutterings:


  1. Authorize :: Engage Blog pix 2382
  2. Plunge :: Headfirst
  3. Work :: Work Work
  4. Throttle :: Choke
  5. Drill :: Down
  6. Toot :: Whistle
  7. Conference :: Knit
  8. Hodgepodge :: Desk
  9. Bumble :: Politicians
  10. Scandalous! :: Tell Me

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Great Googly Moogly

  1. Exorcise ::demons
  2. Theory ::chaos
  3. Possible ::improbable
  4. 1600 ::1666 Great Fire of London *
  5. Feeling ::Groovy **
  6. Excuse :: Reason
  7. Mortality ::inevitable
  8. Trivial ::pursuit
  9. Pupil ::dilated
  10. Challenge ::confront

From LunaNiña but shamelessly copying Shut Up and Knit.

Blog pix 2379I live! I stand, I sit, I'm back on my feet, I still can't tie my own shoes but thank heaven for sneakers and boots. It's amazing how much bending, twisting and lifting we do without giving it a second thought. Well, how much I did and didn't.

Haven't knit a thing since my scarf sized Crown Prince Shawl (well, a top hat, but I still have to felt and probably shellac it). Anesthesia brain cleared up a bit so I was able to read Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Llosa Vargas for Aarti's A More Diverse Universe book challenge (although reading and actually participating was a little bit beyond me, when your surgeon says 6-8 weeks, they might know what they're talking about. 

Anyone have any thoughts on the Mirkarimi debacle?*** I'm not sure I'd care at all who San Francisco appointed Sheriff if the defense for him didn't keep running along the lines of former SF Mayer Art Agnos saying"....“Anyone who knows Eliana Lopez knows she is not a woman who could be or has been abused..."

Wha'?? Not a woman who could be or has been abused?  Because you can tell by looking? One caller to KGO radio this morning dismissed it because "it didn't require medical care." Pat Thurston rightly queried if it would still not be abuse if he'd socked her in the face or punched her in the stomach because those wouldn't require medical care either. (He demured.)

Maybe a bruise on the arm of a Latin American actress doesn't sound like abuse but why doesn't it? Because she's an actress? Latin American? Her husband is part of the Progressive party? Because it really is political hash? I'm not sure I want to know for sure. All those scenarios are too depressing. And smack in the middle of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 

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* Although I should have thought of Pennsylvania Avenue.

** Fair Warning: YouTube.

***Notice how I don't care at all about Lance Armstrong?


Warm Hats Not Hot Heads

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  1. Happen ::stance
  2. Terribly ::dull
  3. History ::repeats itself
  4. Master ::class
  5. Petrified ::Forest
  6. Moan ::Wail
  7. Attack ::Mode
  8. Picture ::Perfect
  9. Students ::Teacher
  10. Potter ::Clay

Ellen of Twinset has thrown down the gauntlet for civility and challenged knitters everywhere to knit a hat that'd you'd be happy to wear to send it to a Congress member of your choice (provided they're not already taken) en masse on Feb 28th. She's hoping that "many other knitters will join in on our effort to introduce a bit more kindness into the political sphere with the delivery of handknits to our Congresspeople. Here is what you need to know.

I'm already trying to decide who to pick based on what hat I think they'll like and how long it's going to take me to make it.....

I have an FO!! Behold Untangled. Untangled I worked on it off and on this weekend and it went by pretty quickly. And best of all, it works like a dream.




Blog pix 1814 As in, think before speaking, slow down and focus. Naturally I assumed that this meant I would become graceful, calm, cool, collected and wise. Ah, the power of a single word. It just doesn't have the magic it used to.

But it is a word I'd like to keep as a touchstone this year.


adj. dɪˈlɪbərɪt; v. dɪˈlɪbəˌreɪt/  [adj. dih-lib-er-it; v. dih-lib-uh-reyt]   adjective, verb, -at·ed, -at·ing.

1.Carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie.

2.characterized by deliberation; careful or slow in deciding: a deliberate decision.

3.leisurely and steady in movement or action; slow and even; unhurried: a deliberate step.
verb (used with object) weigh in the mind; consider: to deliberate a question.
verb (used without object)

5. to think carefully or attentively; reflect: She deliberated for a long time before giving her decision. consult or confer formally: The jury deliberated for three hours.


1350–1400;  ME < L dēlīberātus  (ptp. of dēlīberāre  to consider), equiv. to dē- de-  + līber ( āre ) to balance, weigh (deriv. of lībra  balance, scales) + -ātus -ate
1. purposeful; willful. Deliberate, intentional, premeditated, voluntary  refer to something not happening by chance. Deliberate is applied to what is done not hastily but with full realization of what one is doing. Premeditated is applied to what has been planned in advance. Voluntary is applied to what is done by a definite exercise of the will and not because of outward pressures: a voluntary enlistment. 2.methodical, thoughtful, circumspect, cautious. 3. See slow 4. ponder. 5. cogitate, ruminate. 
1.  accidental. 2.  impulsive, precipitate.

We'll see. Hopefully this year will be a little more balanced in that I won't be working a million hours a week all year long. I think I've seen my best friends a total of ten times combined last year.

Blog pix 1851 BOOKS

Here's a fun little New Year's meme I found at Margaret's Books Please. I've used titles from my 2010 books read. (Eighty three (83) total, two read halfway then skimmed through, one read and trashed, all but 12 by virtue of my library card and those 12 were from my shelves! It can be done! I wouldn't have believed it. The oldest one was written in 1900, The History of Civilisation Vol 1, edited by Crane Brinton, followed by Margery Sharpe's 1937's The Nutmeg Tree. Sixteen (16) written in 2010, due, no doubt, to the lure of the New Book section by the check out counter.)

I spent my New Year’s Eve: at Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel)    

I’ve made a resolution to: Bury Your Dead (Louise Penny)

I plan to quit my habit of: Changes (Jim Butcher)

I hope I’ll get to visit: The Emperor of Ocean Park (Stephen L Carter)

One project I didn’t finish last year but want to finish this year is:  Reality Dysfunction (Peter Hamilton)  

I want to learn:  Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street (Michael Lewis)

I’m not looking forward to: Motiveless Malignity (Louis Auchincloss)

My biggest dream for the year is:  Laced With Magic (Barbara Bretton)

I hope I don’t end up: Breaking out of Bedlam (Leslie Larson)

I’ll probably spend a lot of time: Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities (Martha Nussbaum)


Walnut Creek Library Pix


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The fancy new Walnut Creek library - check out this high tech check in machine! It gobsmacked a number of us, I watched someone else use it first and then helped the family behind me. Pretty fancy. I wonder if it will have any effect on the backlog and if they're thinking of installing them at the main branch.


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Seriously, this is the color scheme they came up with? Purples, beige and off white?

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Nice quilt wall hanging.





It's a nice library It's too modern to be comfy and not modern enough to be modern. Also their coffee bar does not serve coffee. Or Blog pix 1757 anything else. Bogus.


Hez is shocked, shocked by that news. Also she would really like me to quit reading and knitting and pet her. All the time.

Mousie Meat

Blog pix 1624 Isn't it entrancing how the same numbers can come up with different sums each of the six times you add it up? 

Did I say entrancing? I meant maddening.

(pictured: 1. Stunted Lemon Tree Freed from Pot. 2. Crabapple Llama & Fiber Wool Basking in The Sun, 3. Raccoon Contemplating Future Foraging Expectations)

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A Tale of the Cats

The lucky cats in Stratton Street
Had seven mice apiece to eat.
The rest made do
With only two:
The total score
Being twenty-four.
How many cats ate mousie meat?

Don't ask me.

See what my darling brother brought me from his foray into Sheep & Wool Festival land - wool from Crabapple Llamas and Fibers! They don't seem to have a website or I'd link them. Very nice! Neutral color too, just like I like. Now I just need to find the perfect project for them. Isn't he the sweetest? A yarn bowl came separately - once I figured out what it was, it was very cool! (I was expecting a wool bowl so the ceramic-ness of it threw me off.

Hezekiah was not amused by the appearance of the well fed raccoon at the back door last night. [She went to her food in the kitchen and hoovered all of it. Just in case]. I banged on the window and pulled out Dad's old police whistle because while it's hard to discourage raccoons, they really prefer a more peaceful environment. Cross your fingers he hangs out in Linda's garden across the street instead. Except, no. Her cat Dusty is an outside cat. Fine. The raccoon can go back into the hills).

Blog pix 1627 Ten On Tuesday (well, it WAS Tuesday)

” Ten things you love about where you live.”

1. I can drive to the ocean, the San Francisco Bay, Tomales Bay or the Delta in a little more than an hour.

2. Or I can go to the mountains.

3. My county has a fabulous intra-library lending system and a great selection of books and audio. (Check out the new library opening in Walnut Creek tomorrow.)

4. Quirky independent bookstores - Serendipity is the one that I think of most as quirky. That bookstore as to be seen to be believed. The owner has pancreatic cancer and the last time I was in (end of June) they weren't sure they'd be open the next Monday. Lafayette Bookstore is closing its doors and taking it to the streets.

Bay Books always has what I want (except for the Mary Stewart books. I'm a little bitter I can't find them. Mickey Spillane, sure. Scratch that, I could find most of them except Nine Coaches Waiting and Gabriel Hounds. Good thing I have that nice intra-library loan thing.) (As it happens, I'm on a Harry Dresden bender now two more to go before I get to his latest adventure! The exciting thing about reading them in random order is finding out - wait. Spoiler stuff. Never mind.)

OH NOES! They're closing! In a month. This is getting scary.

5. Tourists. They're always amusing and sometimes a lot of fun.

6. The ferry at Jack London Square - maybe cruising around the Bay Bridge and Angel Island and Alcatraz help but the ferry itself is fun.

7. Free concerts in the park all summer.

8. Mt Diablo. There is nothing better than driving to the summit and surveying the Golden Gate Bridge, the Delta and the environs [provided it's not cloudy, on fire or raining]. 

9. The weather. Micro climates mean that it's perfect somewhere close.

10. The plays. I'm partial to the California Shakespeare Festival [CalShakes].

Blog pix 1603 Speech Alone

by Jean Follian, translated by W. S. Merwin

It happens that one pronounces

A few words just for oneself

Alone on this strange earth

then the small white flower

the pebble like all those that went before

the sprig of stubble

find themselves re-united

at the foot of the gate

which one opens slowly

to enter the house of clay

while chairs, table, cupboard

blaze in a sun of glory.

I write like
Arthur C. Clarke

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Hmm. I wouldn't have guessed that. Found on Book-a-Rama.

Should the Weather Veer 30 Degrees in a Single Day? And other questions.

Stefanie at So Many Books tagged me with a meme. Oh, the horror.

Rules: Try to answer the following questions, and leave your answers in the comments section. If you feel like it, create ten questions of your own with multiple choice answers and ask people to see how well they know you. Tag five others to do the same.

Hmm.  I seem to have either made one answer correct, or one answer wrong, somewhat randomly. (Possibly all answers are  wrong or right...and not mine.)

  1. I am currently working…
    a. On an assembly line
    b. as a life coach
    c. as a tax preparer
    d. Working? I'm independently wealthy. That's why I have so many FO's and books.

  2. I was born and raised in…
    a. Birmingham, Michigan
    b. London, England
    c. Oakland, California
    d. Swift Current, Saskatchewan

  3. I have a sibling who occasionally puts in his/her two cents in the comments of this blog. My sibling’s name is…
    a. Timmy Rooch
    b. Ezekial
    c. my sister in law
    d. Justin Timberlake
  4. The bookstore where I spend most of my book budget is…
    a. Clayton Book store
    b. Amazon
    c. Half Price Books
    d. I never buy books
  5. I have …
    a. a stash (of yarn) that you would just die if you saw
    b. a library that will one day topple and crush me
    c. a secret crush on ___________
    d. very little patience
  6. I sometimes read books on a…
    a. crowded highway
    b. whim
    c. Kindle
    d. peaceful ocean voyage 
  7. My favorite food is …
    a. coffee
    b. lima beans
    c. peanut butter
    d. salmon
  8. One of my favorite activities is…
    a. Activity?
    b. knitting
    c. Rearranging books on bookstore shelves
    d. Wandering around in an aimless daze at the mall
  9. I also enjoy…
    a. gardening
    b. racquetball
    c. skateboarding
    d. reading
  10. One of my favorite television shows is…
    a. NCIS
    b. Burn Notice
    c. Supernanny
    d. SG1

I'm tagging Elspeth at KniTV, Purling Dervish, Shut Up & Knit, Latitude 61 Land of the Midnight Sun and Chartroose at Bloody Hell, It's a Book Barrage. (ooh, terrible week to tag Chartroose. As if timeliness mattered. ;)

Unmade bed cover Bridget at The Ravell'd Sleave picked up today's Booking Through Thursday and I had to try it myself. First fifteen, off the top of my head:

  1. The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  2. Loose Change by Sara Davis

  3. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

  4. The Periodic Table by Primo Levi

  5. The Cinderella Factor by Barbara Tori

  6. Bleak House by Charles Dickens

  7. The Unmade Bed by Francoise Sagan

  8. Gospel by Wilton Barnhardt

  9. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

  10. Who By Fire by Diana Spechler

  11. Catherine of Aragon by Gerald Mattingly

  12. Benton's Row by Frank Yerby

  13. Hell is too Crowded by Jack Higgins

  14. 1632 by Eric Flint

  15. Bimbos of the Death Sun by Sharyn McCrumb

You can see that I have a vast and edumacated palate.

Speaking of - Burn Notice is back on tonight! 9m, USA followed by Royal Pains (proceeded by a repeat Bones at 8pm on FOX.) Sadly there are NO repeats of NCIS tonight. I might have to read.

I Only Work the Days that End in "Y"

Thanks for all the well wishes formy sil! I didn't want to post the particulars for privacy reasons but she's doing well and is coming home today.

A moment of silence for the slain Oakland policemen.

 The wildfowl has just been astounding around my house. Down the block on someone's front lawn, these lovely critters. I think they're turkey vultures? Blog pix 1074_edited

I had to pull over and snap the picture with my iPhone on my way into work, so that is literally by dawn's early light.

They're probably in mourning too about the neighbor on the top of the hill taking out his four dying pine trees and the eucalyptus. The eucalyptus was really beautiful but they're basically matchsticks and in a drought inclined hillside? Not such a good idea.

The latest pet in the neighborhood. (Btw, urban chicken raising will never replace knitting. Never, never, never. At least not in my house. Unless they stay adorable cute chicks) Blog pix 1071_edited  I took this picture through the slats in my blinds but dagnabbit if he didn't spot me anyway and come running up onto the porch. I attempted to lure him back home - he followed me like a puppy dog - but he didn't want to stay there.

If it hadn't been freezing, 7am on Sunday morning and I'd been wearing more than my nightgown, I'd've pounded on their door and demand they they  feed their rooster post haste. As it was, I ran home and cowardly hid in my house. I barely managed not to feed him canned corn. There's something about hunger that makes me want to fix it. 

There's something about crowing under my bedroom window at the crack of dawn that makes me want to pop him into a boiling pot.

KNITTING: The number one sleeve is done on Mary Tudor (not pictured - that was the day before finishing)  and sleeve number two is underway. Two rows a night basically means glacial progress but better that than none at all and two rows is all I can manage after a day of wrestling taxes.  My mother spotted the perfect buttons for her at a Quilt Fair. Blog pix 1078 

Found at Educating Petunia:

How Dysfunctional is Your Reading? You got 11 out of 13. Shame you'll never get a book deal.

Ha. Little do they know. Now go bombard Petunia on the wonders of mindless television. Oh! Speaking of television, the series finale of Life on Mars will air on April 1st. I really tried to watch nothing that'd get cancelled early this year but Life on Mars was irresistible. Even w/CSI NY and Law & Order up against it. I hope the ending stays true to the show. Battlestar Galactica's finale was .........well, it was. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either.

Books: Y'know, I've got this humongo post going where I've reviewed, somewhat haphazardly all the books I've read this year. I'm debating if I should just post the thing, en masse, on December 31st.

Ten Is A Lot

Chartroose tagged me for a meme and against all odds, past practice and fate, I'm actually going to do this within a 24 hour time frame. Shocking, ain't it?

Well, it would have been.

The Rules: The rules are simple:  choose 10 favorite things beginning with a single letter of the alphabet and explain why you like them.  The only catch is that the letter is assigned to you by the person who wrote the post you’ve just read.

Uh oh. Let's see how quick I am to assign the letters.

My letter is T (because I am Terrific. Chartroose said so.)

T: Ten things? Geez. Hey! 1. Ten. 10.   Ten lil fingers That's one of ten. What's not to like about ten? Ten fingers to knit with, to turn pages, ten toes to count when ten fingers arent enough. Ten helps to scale unweighable options, as in on a scale of one to ten, a way to combat the homicide rate by counting to ten first, ranks everything from authors to hot guys to zoos in the Top Ten. Image taken from Lil Fingers Storybook Coloring site. 

Poem found at  The International Virtual Institute for Historical studies of Mathematics. 

Ode to the Numbers

by Pablo Neruda


Such thirst
to know how much!
Such hunger
to know
how many stars in the sky!

We pass
our infancies
counting stones, plants,
fingers, sand grains, teeth,
pass our youths counting
petals, hairs.
We count
the color and the years,
the lives and kisses,
in the fields, waves
in the sea. The ships
made ciphers which multiplied.
The numbers spawned.
The cities
were thousands, millions,
and the wheat came in hundreds
of units
each holding other integers
tinier than a single grain.
Time became a number.
Light became numbered
and however much it raced with sound
it had a velocity of 37.
Numbers surround us,
At night we would
lock the door, exhausted,
approaching 800;
having come to bed with us
in that sleep
the 4,000 and the 77
goaded our foreheads
with their wrenches and hammers.
The 5
would compound itself
until it entered the sea or the delirium
where the sun might greet it with steel
and we co racing
to the office,
the mill,
the factory,
to start fresh with the infinite
number 1 of each day.

Friend, we had the time
so our thirst could be satisfied,
the ancestral longing
to enumerate things
and total them,
reducing them
until rendering them dust,
dunes of numbers.
We are papering
the world
with figures and ciphers,
the things existed
nonetheless, fleeing
all tallies,
becoming dehydrated
by such quantities, leaving
their fragrance and memories,
and the empty numbers remained.

For that reason,
for you
I love the things.
The numbers
which go to jail,
in closed columns
until they give us the sum
for the whole of infinity.
For your sake I want
numbers of the way
to defend you
and you to defend them.
May your weekly wages increase
and grow chest-deep!
And out of the number 2 that binds
your body and your beloved wife's
emerge the matches eyes of your sons
to tally yet again
the ancient stars
and innumerable
spikes of wheat
which shall fulfill the transfigured earth.

(Trans. William Pitt Root) from NUMBERS AND FACES, Humanistic Mathematics Network Journal, Issue # 24, June 2001, pp. 23 - 25.


Tax-questions 2. Taxes.  I don't love paying taxes and I wish there was a dollar for dollar acounting for where exactly the tax dollars go but tax returns? Are fun. The deductions, the credits, there's a story behind how each one landed on your tax return and the little social tweaking that goes on.

3. Traffic: Techically I loathe and despise traffic. I've been known to go miles out of my way just to drive at a snail's pace so I don't SIT on the freeway. (Now if I was at a stop light, I'd probably pull out my knitting or a book. But on the freeway? I just fume.) But the last few months, there has been an eerie and somewhat terrifying dearth of traffic. Please tell me all those folks time shifted their work hours, moved out of state or are working from home, as opposed to, say, mass unemployment.  Pretty please?

Side note: Last night when driving out to Berkeley to meet up with Birdsong - who is as fabulous as you'd think, if not more so - check out the Triina she's knitting, that yarn is so soft. Also nupps are pronounced noops evidently just because Nancy Bush says so - there was plenty of traffic, particularly when I was on the frontage road by the Berkeley Marina with oncoming traffic on both sides of me. Yowza.  

4. Tuna: Technically Sheba was the one that loved tuna but I must include it. She loved Bumblebee water packed tuna the best. Actually she loved the juice the best, the rest of it I could toss.  TUNA Hezekiah has not really hopped on the Tuna Love train (although she'll eat it, if it's fresh.) What she really likes are my spinach souffles but those are S's, not T's.

Pine trees5. Trees. I LOVE trees. Look at my late lamented poor ghost pine trees. They were viciously attacked by pine beetles (who are currently working on the rest of the pine trees in the neighborhood -sob). To this day, the bluejay will occasionally hop around disconsolantly where his pine tree was and complain bitterly about its loss. We are in complete agreement.

There seems to be this dreadful conspiracy against trees lately. They're being lopped out of yards, shopping malls (the to better "see" the shops - any shop that felled trees, I don't frequent anymore). 

And, at times, I can't see the forest for the trees.

6. Tomatos. There is no more glorious food than a tomato freshly plucked from your garden.

7. Tomorrow. My favorite time to do something. Which is one reason why this post is so darn long.

8. Time. No time left for me! On my way to better things........What's not to love about time? I just wish they'd perfect Time Travel.

ElizabethR3 9. The Tudors. No list of T's would be complete without the Tudors. Now that's what I call a fun family. Glenda Jackson's Elizabeth R PBS miniseries began a fascination with British royalty.  Wow, Glenda Jackson is an MP now? And that series was shown in 1971? Huh.

10. Think. Think, think, think. What else starts with a "T"?

Miss T, of the Mystery House of Yarn & Horrors, who graciously awarded me with the  Kreativ Blogger Award.

I'd be happy to give out a letter to anyone who's interested! But I warn you, this is harder than it looks. Just me? That figures. :)

Giant Woolly Pillowcase

I've finished the body of Mary Tudor [insert whooping and possiby tears of joy] grafted the shoulders together (to my satisfaction if not perfectly - tinking grafting i.e. the Kitchener stitch is a pain) and as I was looking fondly at it..... I realized I have knit a Giant Fancy Woolly Pillowcase. Seriously. Behold the photographic evidence.Blogsummer08 055_edited

Now I know exactly what Marina is saying when she talks about the front and backs of the sweater charts not matching and why she's so justifiably proud of her seams. Mary Tudor's front and back are pretty matchy thankfully  (which no way am I showing you  now, not only did I semi fudge the shoulder seams but it's completely unblocked. I was just so .......struck by the Giant Woolly Pillowcase appearance that I had to share. Nothing reallyBlogsummer08 057_edited prepares you for spending a lot of knitting

time and then.......Giant Woolly Pillowcase. Huh.) 

This is the first Alice Starmore sweater I've gotten darn close to actually finishing. Except for, you know, sleeves, collars, buttonbands. Stuff like that. Pfft.

But now I'm supposed to cut the thing? Is that right?  Again.  Huh.

And now for the Quizzes.

From Knitty Banter

Your result for The Best Thing About You Test... Intelligence is your strongest virtue (Ha! I knew it! Well that or my humility)

Intelligence (also called intellect) is an umbrella term used to describe a property of the mind that encompasses many related abilities, such as the capacities to reason, plan, and solve problems. And you? Your brain shines. All 7 virtues are a part of you, but your intelligence runs deepest.

It is likely you're a smarty-pants. And it's likely (but not necessary) that your discipline score is high also. It takes a certain resolve to maintain all those neural thingies.

Intelligent famous people: Einstein, Shakespeare, Da Vinci.

Your raw relative scores follow. 0% is low, and 100% is perfect, nearly impossible. Note that I pitted the virtues against each other, so in some way these are relative scores. It's impossible to score high on all of them, and a low score on one is just relatively low compared to the other virtues.


  • 40% Compassion
  • 67% Intelligence
  • 63% Humility
  • 44% Honesty
  • 25% Discipline
  • 29% Courage
  • 33% Passion

Take The Best Thing About You Test at HelloQuizzy

Quiz #2  Your results for Reincarnation Placement Exam...

Deep Space Explorer

Hmm... You're a tough one to place. Your answers indicate that you like technology and education. You enjoy intrigue, adventure and chaos. You're fine with hard work and civilization. This all bodes well for an interesting, adventurous life. (Did they not see the part where my ideal work week was 20 hours?)

Deep Space Explorer What makes it difficult, however, is that you don't seem to be much of a 'people person. (Well, maybe, maybe not. That island would have been fine but did they say that I'd have books and yarn? They did not.)

If you were more of a people person, we would have commissioned you aboard the Starship Enterprise.(That could work and I can give your four reasons why. Scotty, Bones, Spock and Trip.) But since you don't care much for the complications of dealing with your fellow man... we have another deep-space mission, more tailored for your tastes... a way for you to enjoy the benefits of high-tech civilization without having to put up with civilization itself. Let's set you up to pursue the solo career of a deep space explorer. You can go ahead and hibernate through the boring parts of your mission, and not worry so much about being a few decades out of touch with your fellows by the time you get home. In fact, you pretty much don't have to deal with people at all, but you can still enjoy a high-flying adventure of a life. Far, far away from the madding crowd, you get to play with your scientific instruments, serve your glorious civilization, and do interesting things with strange discoveries in exotic places.

The career might work out all right. Look what it did for Charlton Heston.

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Blogsummer08 056 Hez sez: "It does look like a Giant Fancy Woolly Pillowcase. I told you it made a great napping blanket."

Collective Wisdom desired:

1. The correct spelling of woolly.

2. A non knitter (who has expressed a desire to learn) will be trapped in the wilderness in a cabin in Yosemite. Any ideas for a  good first project?