Saturday, May 24, 2008

you think we look pretty good together you think my shoes are made of leather

So I'm making Labyrinth (Ravelry link), the long-sleeved version, with this really nice new Tilli Tomas yarn, Silky Merino, that I got at Maryland Sheep and Wool.
Only when not jess and I were picking it out, we couldn't find a contrast yarn that worked, so I got all one color, and thought, huh, I'll make it on a solid eggplant.

And then I thought, huh, I kinda am not totally into the balloons at the end of the sleeves. I mean, balloons? So I figure, maybe instead, a slight bell sleeve instead. And now I'm thinking, should I do the chevron stitches at all?

When I was telling Amber about this plan, her thought was that I have just changed the pattern significantly enough that I shouldn't link my work to Labyrinth in Ravelry. Her point is that when people look at the finished products of Labyrinth, mine would be so significantly changed that they would get a different product, so it's kind of a waste of space. Plus, since it's a top-down raglan, I could figure out the math based on my gauge swatch and really make my own sweater in that style anyway, so I don't need to link it to Labyrinth.

On the other hand, my thought is that I am not doing all of the math on my own - Wendy Bernard did it all for me. And I believe that the changes I'm making are pretty minor. Plus, I don't believe that I'm making enough changes that are altering the work significantly enough that I could, say, sell the work as my own (as per current copyright laws/interpretations/touchy discussions). Since I could not do so, the pattern is still enough of the essence of Labyrinth as to be Labyrinth. Also, I personally actually do enjoy seeing modifications in Ravelry.

So. Those are the two sides. What do you think?

Sunday, May 18, 2008

tell me how to win your heart for i haven't got a clue

Mock away, people, who don't watch "American Idol," but Seacrest is right, this really has been the best season ever. Yes, the ratings are completely in the tank, and the format is stale, and the entire meaning behind the "best season ever" is wrong. This is not the best group of singers. It isn't the best series of theme weeks. And frankly, I barely care who gets voted off each week.

But the drama!

Does anyone even remember one of the greatest reactions to a performance ever made in the history of time (said by Paula, of course, to David A.): "I want to squish you, squeeze your head off and dangle you from my rearview mirror." (The Washington Post's Lisa de Moraes dubbed this the "competition's very first Crazy Paula Wants to Squeeze Your Head Off and Hang Your Body From Her Rearview Mirror Award, a.k.a. The Sweeney")?

With the latter, no. Because it happened on February 27th, which was almost three whole months ago. On any other normal season, this would have been really memorable, but this season was crazy with its weirdness, which is why it truly has been the Best Season Ever.

And if you haven't been watching, and wonder what the draw is for a music fan the songwriters are either really great or questionable, and the singers are either really great, one-note, or questionable. But when the greatness comes together and happens at once? It's amazing. And when it doesn't? It's laugh-worthy.

This is fine, fine television.

Me? My favorite performance of the entire season is still this one (link is to RedLasso video, not YouTube, in case those of you who are blocked from YouTube might be able to see this).

But I still have Dilana playing in my car.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

it's funny how we hunger for some inspiration and everything else that money just won't buy


Working too many hours. Up late, up early. And here it is, Saturday morning, and I can't even force myself to sleep late. Except I also can't really move much.

Um. I had something to write about. I forgot what it was. So here's a picture of the sock I'm working on, before I got to the point of the sock where I am now, which is further along than where this is.
Hedera, from Knitty. In the new Tilli Tomas St. Andrews fingering weight 6/2 wool (no, it isn't merino), purchased at Maryland Sheep and Wool.

Also, this news article makes me proud to be Icelandic. WARNING: you might want to look at the article before you read it with other people around.