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December 11, 2004
me -- updated

not actually wandering around as a series of disparate blobs.


nearly done with my first two series of patterns for Curious Creek. going through a final overhaul on the patterns to make sure all the information is there and correct before printing. stay tuned! all will be revealed.


am doing a bit of techno wizardry on knitgrrl -- it's going to be a fun book!


still waiting to hear about whether there's a love connection between me and a publisher. quirk is talking sweetly in various ears. happy for the moment to be in the waiting phase of "hurry up and wait".


I'm going to TNNA in Long Beach in January.


and the most recent exciting development -- i'm going to start teaching at the local yarn shop! look for me at Knitting in La Jolla Wednesday evenings and Friday mornings. I've been toying with teaching for a while and it turns out that Suzanne, the owner of the shop, has been dying for classes but is too busy to teach them. Perfect.

06:34 AM
December 10, 2004
purple cabbage

I was chopping open my purple cabbage and saw this. Neat huh? The rest of the cabbage revealed no other secrets even with careful slicing and observation.


What did we do with all that cabbage?

Science experiments of course!

Cabbage juice is a great indicator of acids or bases. Just cook up some cabbage in water (amounts not vital) in a non-reactive (non-aluminum) pot. Pour a bit of the purple broth into a dish. Add vinegar. Or lemon juice. Or baking soda... or any other liquid or powder that's handy in the kitchen. The acids turn is bright hot pink, the bases, a blue-green. If you are doing this with kids you can let them decide what to try. If you are trying to make this a science lesson then make them write down their predictions and
results.

Pretty cool, huh?

07:11 AM
December 9, 2004
Row Gauge?

I've had some of my patterns test knit by others recently, and have noticed that even when other knitters get the same number of stitches per inch, they may fluctuate quite a bit on rows per inch. Case in point: three knitters, same yarn, all getting the "same" gauge per inch (around 4) in half linen stitch. BUT, 21, 22, and 25 rows per 4 inches.

More proof that knitting isn't rocket science I guess.

Do you get the stitch AND row gauge described on the yarn wrapper?

08:05 PM