I still miss Windsor Button for final button-picking - etsy has a lot of lovely buttons, but trying to figure out what will match is a lot more speculative.
Subtitle: Things Not To Be Stuck In Next Time In The Netherlands:
- A lock
- The mud
- Phone trees
Barnum is the first musical I ever really imprinted on. I think it's that I read a review of a performance in DC when I was in high school, and bought the record? I know all the words, my sister and I can sing the brick song together... but I'd never actually seen it before. In one of the last songs, when Bailey is trying to convince the now-tired Barnum to team up with him in the song of "Join the Circus", once Barnum is convinced, he says "All right, damn it, why don't we leave it to the fates? Heads it's yes, tails it's no" and flips a coin. That moment has always appalled me - I've never even been a believer in the trick of "flip a coin and while it's in the air, notice which one you are hoping comes up." But - in the show, it's a coin that has appeared before, and the audience knows it's two-headed. It just hasn't appeared in a song before, so I never knew.
But, alas, the middle Black and White section - that feels so very different now. I did always feel a little bit bad for the people who work at the clockwork that Barnum runs into the ground. But the election, oh, the election. He tries to run as a facts-based candidate - talking about suffrage and budgets and the need for taxes... and he is too boring. He is losing. "You gotta let me bring some color into this campaign or they’ll beat me." So he brings color in, goes back to being the Prince of Humbug and Flimflam, and he wins. Ouch.
It's not the same as the Suck Fairy, which sometimes visits books you read as a kid and magically turns them awful when you read them again. (There is a whole section of the internet devoted to people rediscovering Piers Anthony that way.) The art isn't any different, but the world has changed.
Finally, a whole bunch of pussy hats. The last handful of them I traded for donations to the National Center for Trans Equality, but once spring came and winter hats were less necessary, I've moved to other projects. (But the offer still stands, if you wanted a hat and never got one.)
I think I did the setting correctly that says that if you're my friend here, you can use your LJ account to be my friend there - but my posts are pretty much all public, so even if that weren't true, you'd still be able to see things there.
I have, however, definitely missed subscribing/authorizing a lot of people's accounts there. Working on that.
(Huh, I can stop outsourcing my images? Keen! Nope, it doesn't seem to like embedding more than one image.)
Two "kawaii potatoes" for my niece. The brown one was first, before I realized that kawaii potatoes are definitionally pink, so I made it potato-colored. The second one was after I was (very politely) informed that I had done it wrong. :) Then there was apparently some angst over the idea that she might have to choose between them. Because, you know, I have so many other people clamoring for kawaii potatoes. (I shouldn't say that. Last time it led to Octopus Wars).
Then a tea cozy (well, I guess that's not the official name) for shumashi. It's kind of slippy on the glass, but hopefully will be less so on paper. (Those are leaves. It looks pretty neat for the amount of easy it was.)
Okay, okay, "but what about the New Job", I hear you cry. That's here: http://www.cmtelematics.com/
It's a Kendall Square startup doing a safe-driving app; Jerry is now their QA department, and I'm now their Technical Support department, more or less. It's founded by two CSAIL professors and is full of people with brass rats; I like all the people, and it is doing A Single Thing, which is kind of novel compared to MIT. Working at the same place as Jerry is also kind of novel, and interestingly providential. They were pointed at me by a friend in common for the QA job; in my preliminary talking to them, I said something like "here's the sort of things I'm good at doing, which overlaps some with QA; I can probably figure out QA, but the person you really want is my husband." (mjperson calls this Doing Interview Wrong.) So I interviewed for real, and then Jerry interviewed, and they said "Well, you were right that the person we really want for the QA job is your husband, but we think we want one of you too". So that worked out.
I did get a lot of knitting done in my Long Vacation, and a lot of books read, but those are traditionally separate posts. I enjoyed flopping about more than I thought I would, but I am also enjoying being in the middle of a technical thing again. (And there is a magical coffee machine! And snacks!)
I made this shawl a while ago for Heidi, and it was a fun pattern to play with, so I ended up picking up some more yarn to make another. Amusingly, the original was made from "sea silk" and this one is from "milk", both biosynthetics (though I guess sea silk has a lot of actual silk in it too, plus the biosynethic seacell). There are a lot of weird things people are making yarn out of nowadays.
casein:does not have a cute name yet? "milk protein yarn"
The sock pattern is "Smaug" - you can't see the cable very well here, but they have twining kind of serpentine cables, seen here. The pattern was very firmly three-needle, and I am very firmly two-circular, which led to some problems, and some accidental misreading led to some other problems, so I ended up ripping back more than I like to, but they worked out in the end. I've made socks with the wrapped stitches before, and it's a really nice effect to break up multicolor yarn, but it also works well for "dragon scales".
The cowl was a kit - they came in a bunch of color combinations all named for classic leading ladies - this one was Dorothy Lamour. Here's me attempting to model it. It's soft and warm and poofy and pretends to be mink, and would probably work well under a non-zipper coat. (I would not trust zippers to zip up over it). Is this anyone's One True Awesome Winter Cowl that they want?
The rainbow socks were a convenient travel project. They're worked two at a time from opposite ends of the yarn ball, so the stripes are actually reversed between socks, but you don't really notice unless you look closely, and even if you do look closely, you probably don't care.
The blue cable sweater took ALMOST EVERY SCRAP OF YARN that the pattern required. I had to switch to using leftover sock yarn to sew the sleeves in, though I probably should have done that for the whole sewing up instead of using sweater yarn, because it didn't hold up well to being used for sewing. It's a woolen-spun yarn, not worsted-spun, which means that instead of the fibers being mostly parallel, they're kind of jumbly. This makes it loftier and warmer than the corresponding weight of worsted yarn, but it also makes it a lot more fragile.