Friday, August 30, 2002

In celebration of having finally mastered the two circular method for knitting in the round (it's how I finished this hat), I have written a haiku:

Two circulars (a knitting method)

The same strand of yarn
two distinct sets of needles
round and round and round

YAY! I found an activity that I will enjoy!!! Aikido! I had done this before in Austin and decided it was pretty fun! Then the rates were going up and I was buying a car... so I couldn't continue training :-( So now I've found a place about 10 blocks up the street that has a GREAT dojo and really nice people, and I think I'm going to do it! Susan even went with me and she like it too, except for the part when I accidentally popped her back too much (there's a lot of mutual stretching in Aikido). Anyhow, because it was so fun and the people were so nice, I'm at the "sign me up!" stage. Now all I have to do is find a Gi...

On the knitting front, I am nearly finished with the Noro hat and scarf with the diagonal rib. I'm just not sure yet if I want to do tassles on the scarf or not. It's already 48" in length, so I could easily add another 8" in tassles... or I could just make it a square edge. I have to look up some more tassle techniques before I decide. In the meantime, here are some images for you to enjoy:

Noro Kureyon Scarf and Hat 1

Noro Kureyon Scarf and Hat 2

OK and now for some entertaining facts about Shetha that you never wanted to know... the Friday Five!!!

1. What's your favorite piece of clothing that you currently own?

This is a difficult question. I guess there are pieces I like to wear and pieces I like to look at but they're not necessarily one inthe same. I guess my men's jeans that I got as hand me downs from my brother. They have huge rips in each knee but I love them. Comfort is A#1 in my book.

2. What piece of clothing do you most want to acquire?

A Burberry Tartan something. Preferably a pleated skirt - or maybe a-line if someone can figure out how to do that with plaid. (I think it's hard).
3. What piece of clothing can you not bring yourself to get rid of? Why?

A ragged t-shirt that I had everyone sign in 8th grade before I graduated to high school. I had them all sign in paint pen (front one day, back the next). Even my teachers signed. Some of the people that signed are no longer with us... and it's just good memories.

4. What piece of clothing do you look your best in?

My light grey Tahari suit (think Ally McBeal). It's got a mini-ish skirt (not quite as mini as Ally would wear) and a longish jacket with 3 buttons. I feel regal in it.

5. What has been your biggest fashion accident?

It must've been homecoming my senior year (when I went just for the hell of it because my dad was out of town... no one dared ask me). I was wearing a crushed green velvet skin tight stretch off the shoulder mini length dress with thigh high black suede boots. I am so thankful to the heavens that isn't documented anywhere.

Wednesday, August 28, 2002

OK -- if this entry had a title, it would be "Funk that shit"

After hearing much about how sitting on my butt and knitting and not working out would turn me into a lard-ass... I decided to try out a "Funk" class at the local gym. I love dancing and I thought it would be the perfect way to combine something I need with something I love. Wrong. Very wrong. So wrong that I can't even describe. They did WAY Too much, too fast, and I lost confidence within the first three seconds of this "class." I don't think I will ever dance again. I used to love it... now I can't even stand the thought of it. It was so bad, it almost seemed like the class was a messed-up cult of some sort... they all knew what to do, and I stood there with that "duh" look on my face.

Fatassville... I need the zip code so I can start forwarding my mail...
So I can't publish to the attbi site until our ftp is sorted out at home. Here I am again at blogspot... con ads.

I couldn't resist the temptation any longer. I bought 4 skeins of Noro Silk Garden in color #8. This one will be for my mom. I think the last one will be for someone else but I'm not sure who yet. I really didn't need to buy new yarn I have enough for other projects... but with Elaine talking about her Silk Garden socks and all, I just couldn't resist.

I'm nearly done with the hat part of the hat and scarf set in the Kureyon. The nice lady at Nitting Niche allowed me to exchange my ball of yarn that I hadn't used for one whose colorway was starting where the one I'm on is ending. She's super nice. Hopefully I can finish this hat/scarf thing and then finish a couple of other wips I've put aside and then I will have to start some more. woohoo!

Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Well... I made it through THAT Monday. It wasn't the best of days and I certainly barely made it through. I had one of those fun experiences where you work on something for 3 or 4 hours straight, and save it electronically, only to find that someone has formatted that drive the next day. This makes it much more difficult to edit at this point. Luckily I had redundancy and was able to edit it from the backed up remote copy. Argh.

Anyway, so knitting is good... getting lots done, ripping some out, but usually not much. I'm finding that the Noro Silk Garden is striking my fancy after working with Kureyon. The store near my work is going to stock all of the colors soon so I can't wait to see what they look like. It seems so light and fluffy but so vivid and beautiful too... And even through they're pricey, the Nitting Niche tends to have list prices, whereas the Yarn Garden tends to mark up a bit more. I have about 4" on the hat and have about 4" more to go until I start the decreases...

Sunday, August 25, 2002

I so did not sleep last night. I woke up at 4AM and heard a helicopter hovering overhead. I was almost certain it was a news camera trying to get a view of Ward Weaver's house in Oregon City (not too far away from here). Who is Ward Weaver and why does the news want to look at his house? Read more about it here. It's the most awful of stories. After hearing the helicopter last night I couldn't figure several things out. Why do people do things like murder people? Why didn't the FBI even list him as a suspect until he was accused of raping his son's girlfriend? He was a self-professed suspect long before that and everyone (including the FBI) just blew him off. These girls have been missing for months... and this is not what they're families wanted to find out... there was still hope that they were alive. All those hopes are being dashed this weekend and I can tell you now, the people of Oregon City and Portland would all gladly personally see to it that Ward Weaver's head ends up on a stake.

In other happier knitty news, I discarded my idea of using a slanted garter stitch for my scarf and I switched to a diagonal 2X2 rib and it looks much better. It really gives a fantastic texture to the fabric and allows the colorway of the Noro yarn do its thing in style. I think I am going to do the matching hat with the same diagonal rib. It will look extra cool with the brim flipped up, as the pattern is same on both sides of the fabric.

OK - time for coffee...

Saturday, August 24, 2002

OK now that things are finally getting sorted out, I feel the need to show off my FO and WIPs:

FO: This is the fruit of my labors at the class I took. The Nordic Style stocking.

WIPs: Pink Cashmere Boatneck Shell with aran design.

Crooked Garter scarf in Noro Kureyon.

Lacey sock in Lang Jawoll.

Matthew Shepard scarf in silver grey cashmere.
Look Ma! No Ads!!!

Friday, August 23, 2002

I am Esmeralda!
Which Disney Princess are you?

Betsy made me do it. Really, she did.
1. What is your current occupation? Is this what you chose to be doing at this point in your life? Why or why not?
I am currently an R&D Engineer for mask data prep applications. AKA High tech Geek.
2. If time/talent/money were no object, what would your dream occupation be?
I would be an esthetologist with my own line of skin care products made from natural ingredients.
3. What did/do your parents do for a living? Has this had any influence on your career choices?
My dad is and always has been a sales/consultant for oil field tools/equipment/services etc. He hooks up the drillers with the equipment/tool/service providers. He talks on the phone a lot in several languages. My mom does accounts receivable for an insurance agency. She also does IS type stuff sometimes. I guess they influenced me in that I wanted to do neither of those things :-) I wanted to be a Geek when I grew up.
4. Have you ever had to choose between having a career and having a family?
No but I suppose one day I will... and I hope that in going from a career of engineering to a career of child-rearing will offer me the long term opportunity to move into the career of my dreams... esthetology and skin care product designer.
5. In your opinion, what is the easiest job in the world? What is the hardest? Why?
The easiest job in the world is one you love. The hardest is one you hate. It's just that simple... difficulty means nil when you love or hate your job.
Wow, I think I'm finally (marginally) healthy again. I suspect that I may have an ear infection, but it's hard to say. It only hurts if I burp or swallow... how odd is that?

So I finished one tail of the scarf and I must pick up my "provisional" cast on stitches and work back the other way. I have really picked up quite a few new techniques for this simple scarf... offset increases/decreases within a row (typical lace stuff I'm sure), provisional cast on, knitting through the back loop (still not sure why I'm doing this but I'm doing it anyway).

I haven't been knitting on much else but I am quite tempted to pick up a couple of sets of size 0 circs to try some of my sock using that method. It's so dangerous for me to have a knitting store about 2 miles from my workplace. I feel like no one's eyeing me so closely as to the frequency and length of my visits to the yarn shop. This makes me feel safer.

I finally printed out the gym schedule and the 10 day free pass so I can attend the cool "funk" class at 24 hr fitness. I think I'll try the one on Sunday evening. Perhaps Susan will join me so I don't have to feel so isolated. Nothing like feeling isolated amongst a group of people...

Last class for the nordic stocking tomorrow morning. I think I made an A. I have had to stop myself from knitting on that project so I wouldn't finish it prior to the class. I mean, I have 2 good hours designated for knitting only. I might as well use it! I would hate to be knitting on something else there too. I also must remember to bring my "illusion" scarf. I tried to explain the technique to my teacher (wouldn't it be cool to teach an illusion knitting class?) but she didn't get it right off. I wonder if I'm knitting teacher material...

Thursday, August 22, 2002

I guess I'm not the idiot after all. Looks like AT&T is the idiot.

Troubleshooting: Trouble with AT&T web page
I have used Geocities and FTP in the past with no problems. Because of the switch by Geocities to paid service I want to use my AT&T web page for my blog.

However I get an error: ERROR: Could not get input/output stream for: is the IP address for

I can not figure out how to fix this. I've tried all the suggestions on the FAQ page, but still no success. Can you help??
– Thom Peters [3/9/2002 9:00 AM]

I know that only accepts connections from computers connected to the internet through their cable modems (and thus not from Blogger); I would assume that is the same for dialup (tried to check their support forum, but it seems to be down at the moment: once it's up, you might want to check there).
– Phil Ringnalda [3/9/2002 11:32 PM]

Yes, it does, I use WS FTP to connect and upload other pages and images very nicely, so I know the FTP part (address, password, etc) works OK. I used the same settings I did for WS FTP to set up the settings part of Blogger, I just can't get Blogger to post pages.
– Thom Peters [3/10/2002 6:32 AM]

You can use WS_FTP to connect from your computer, which is connected to the internet through an ATT dialup account. When you try to connect to, they check the IP address that the connection attempt comes from, and if it isn't one of their dialup IPs, they ignore it (I just checked, from my computer, and they do). Since Blogger is ftping from its server, not from your computer, it can't connect.
– Phil Ringnalda [3/10/2002 10:02 AM]

I love it when I fiond myself in a situation like this... where the weakest link in the chain happens to have the monopoly on the market and I sit here with my hands tied bitching and moaning about the way it should be. Gah. So I am going to try to make a blogspot blog... although I apologize in advance for when it's down. I have no control over it... really I don't. (no, me?? a control freak???). Anyhow... I guess this is where I try to publish once more without using ftp...

Wednesday, August 21, 2002

OK - so finally everyone will understand what a computer idiot I am. I won't figure out how to use blogger...

I had to run home sick today because cramps hit hard and I was sure I was going to puke up the lunch I had just eaten. I'm sure you wanted to know this, that's why I wrote it! Now I will learn how fun knitting on painkillers can be. Speaking of knitting... since I killed the old blog I have started a few new projects. The Bonne Marie Boatneck Shell in Candy Floss pink cashmere with an aran pattern up the front, and Myrna Stahman's Matthew scarf in silver grey cashmere. They're both going slowly but I'm enjoying them. In addition I am making a cute Christmas stocking in norwegian fashion for the DH and I started a sock in the spirit of sock making (and in the spirit of having fallen in love with a few sock yarns and resolving to using needles as small as size 0). I think our S&B group is wanting to have a session on the 2 circular method. I have been pricing size 0 circs and I think the inox are the most reasonable. I hope they're good needles.

Well, there's my first "manufactured" blog entry. It's pretty easy I guess. Now I will have to learn how to deal with lost posts... Why is this not as easy as it seems to be? I can ftp things to my webpage but Blogger can't. Obviously SOMEone is lacking in ftp skills...wonder who that would be? OH wait! I found something buried deep in a pile of heaping smelly.... well anyway here it is:

"jt, blogger's DNS server is working fine, but we always suggest that users use the IP address rather than the hostname.
– jack saturn [11/13/2000 7:54 PM]"

These ppl need to go back to school and learn more about the use of the word "always." I had to dig pretty deep to find this info.