S Stands for Star Trek!

Many thanks to the Get Rich Slowly blog for my first alert to this amazing freebie from CBS: every episode of the original Star Trek free via streaming video. I am a trekker/trekkie from high school on. A favorite post-dinner dorm ritual freshman year in college at was crowding into Brad’s and Cliff’s room to watch Star Trek and holler as each “Security Delt” was vaporized (you know, those guys with the credit of “Crewman No. 5” who resembled brothers of the fraternity Delta Tau Delta). I don’t have the geek credentials to preserve streaming video, but I am digging the idea of having “The Trouble with Tribbles” as the soundtrack to my lesson planning or websurfing at my laptop. Yay for technology and pandering to retro TV fangirls such as myself!

Knitting content, slightly geek-related: this wonderful R2D2 Beanie pattern crossed my path via my knitting group, Ravelry AND the Gizmodo blog! I love the cross pollination and sharing among my various hobby sites.

Happy Weekend!


Roving Unboxing

(I’m on a roll — two posts in one day!)

Kudos to Wendy of Lanas de Libelula! This amazing woman up and moved her family, dogs included of course, and business from San Diego to Yreka, fulfilling orders in the process. She made an extra special detour personal delivery to my very-near-the-freeway workplace of about 6 pounds of roving and many skeins of superwash for many pairs of socks. Some of the roving is also superwash. I can hardly wait to get to it. The fact that it arrived at work allowed me to share with my knitting buddies, who got to fondle and sniff (nice herbal satchets included!) the pre-spun wooly goodness. Since it was Valentine’s Day, the package also included a Godiva chocolate bar! Yum….

The breakdown is: 2 lbs. merino/tencel in Peacock, 2 lbs. merino superwash undyed, 2 obs. blue-faced leister (BFL) in natural, 3 skeins Louet Gems sportweight in Pewter, 3 in Eggplant, and 1 in Teal. I’m still working on my Corriedale. It’s fascinating to compare the crimp and the length of the staples of the various fibers and blends. Yet again I have learned firsthand about how easy it is to SE, even without an X (knitspeak for stash enhancement, without an excursion).

The entire box on my sofa.

The Blue-faced Leicester. Isn’t the crimp lovely?

Lovely Merino-Tencel in Peacock.

Merino superwash — I’m thinking sweater…

Rain and Berets

I love it when it rains in Southern California! (Well, not the crazy not-used-to-driving-in-the-rain drivers.) A perfect excuse to wear my newest favorite thing, my Kamik rainboots from zappos.com. 🙂

Okay, now for knitting content, finally. My dd requested another beret. After unsuccessfully attempting a cute but unfollowable free pattern from the internet (sometimes you really do get what you pay for), I chose to knit another Parisian Beanie Beret from Stitch Diva. The yarn is some lovely Cascade Heathers (or some such). Variation: add one stitch between each cable repeat, work decreases in alternating rows. Doesn’t my dd have the greatest hair?? The color comes from my side of the family; the curl is clearly from my dh’s side.

This is the original version (post dated 9-23-07).

OK, back to work — more photos later.  I have a spectacular unboxing to document…..


When Good Sweaters Go Bad

Yikes! I didn’t realize how long it’s been since my last post. Blame Canada (no! JK) the flu, the end of the semester, preoccupation with national politics. Whatever — I’ve had a little knitting time (pix of dd in new beret to come), including a super soft Cashmere Cowl from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. Actually, it’s more accurately from the Purl Soho website, the lacy ribbed variation (again, pix to come).

For your viewing pleasure (from a spinning list I’m on) is a bizarre music video from a French singer who has an unhealthy relationship with a knitted sweater. (I love YouTube!).