Saturday, September 23, 2006

Moebius Stripes

Moebius loop; please ignore the crazy hairA quickie project I knocked out while I was travelling last week (I went to Wisconsin again for another round of software training.)

Yarn: KnitPick's Shamrock
Needles: 9
Pattern: Adapted from Cat Bordhi's A Treasury of Magical Knitting, it's a Moebius loop knitted in three rounds knit, three rounds purl, which makes a lateral stripe. It's the perfect length to make a double loop around my neck & nestle in a jacket collar.

One thing I have learned about Moebius loops -- they have handedness! I suppose if I had thought about it, I would have realized that one can have either a right-handed or a left-handed loop, same as a corkscrew... but it never occurred to me. I've found that I have to wrap this thing around my head in a particular direction, though, or I get three twists (ugly) instead of one (pretty). Go figure.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

How Much Wood Would a... you know

No more woodchucks!Further proof that we are now living in the hinterlands! Coming home this afternoon, I was startled & bemused by a strange-looking creature hanging out on the grass across the street. I'd never seen anything quite like it... it looked like a cross between an overweight beaver & a squirrel on steroids. It was actually an honest-to-gosh woodchuck. Apparently they are quite common here. Who knew?

Note: I didn't have the camera with me, so this isn't "our" woodchuck; it's an image borrowed from the Massachusetts Audubon Society website. But he looked just like this guy, really.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Autumn Leaves

Weather's turned cooler & the air has a bit of a snap to it. A few early leaves are fluttering down; soon it will become a torrent. Time to dig out the scarves & light jackets. My favorite time of year!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Which Classic Dame am I?

Carole Lombard
You scored 19% grit, 0% wit, 42% flair, and 54% class!
You're a little bit of a fruitcake, but you always act out in style. You have a good sense of humor, are game for almost anything, but you like to have nice things about you and are attracted to the high life. You're stylish and modern, but you've got a few rough edges that keep you from attaining true sophistication. Your leading men include William Powell, Fredric March, and Clark Gable. Watch out for small planes.

Link: The Classic Dames Test written by gidgetgoes on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Harvest Festival

Zeusy, I'm homeWe had a lovely time camping out at Ozark Avalon's Harvest Festival over the long holiday weekend. Couldn't have asked for nicer weather, either. Here Ali is making friends with Zeus, the big square-headed grey tom who owns the house ;-)

Friday, September 01, 2006

Did You Feel That?

So on my way in to work this morning I stopped at Sonic for a breakfast burrito (not exactly health food, but I like it once in a while.) The woman at the drive-thru window looked exactly like my old Quake teammate Steph... twin-sister close, really. So I was thinking about my football days when the woman (whose nametag announced her as "Kendra") blurted out, "Hey, are you from California?" She was looking at my tattoo. Turns out Kendra is from San Bernardino & had heard of the Quake. Small world, huh?