30 April, 2008

Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:18 pm by rynserenity

No, it’s a blog post! Hey there, ladies and gents. I’m afraid that this won’t be a very interesting post, because my camera has gone on vacation with my dad, and won’t be back until Saturday. I don’t want to go that long without blogging (I need my fix, man!), so you get a slimmed-down post today. On the knitting front:

*I’ve finished the left sleeve of Sunrise Circle and am almost to the raglan/front shaping on the right sleeve. This pattern is so quick (because it’s knit with worsted weight wool, I suspect) and the shaping is fairly intuitive once you get it down. It’s just a lot of counting, which Ms. OCD here happens to like.

*The Monkey socks would have been finished… except I frakked up and knit a few too many repeats on both legs. We are taking a break from each other while I work out my frustration on something else.

*The something else: A few months ago, I bought a skein of Crystal Palace’s “Taos” in a great purple-y green/yellow colour, which is quickly becoming a Calorimetry, one of my most favourite patterns EVER. It’s the perfect last-minute gift, and it’s incredibly practical for the Bay Area. We’re at that point in our weather cycle where you get one day of hope for warm weather, and then it’s cold for the rest of the week. A head wrap is just the thing to chase away the wind!

*Dem Fischer Sin Fru continues to grow, but at a very, very slow rate. I’m nearly done with Chart 3, and the realization that I am only halfway finished, and that this monster is going to double in size, is just a little soul-crushing. I might have to cast on for something smaller to take the edge off. I’m trying to be lace-monogomous, really!

On the social knitting front, I went to Color: A Fiber Festival on Saturday and had a serious blast! The knitters and spinners were really nice, and I got some good sock pictures, not to mention some sweet loot: a skein of Kid Mohair in “Superfood” from A Verb for Keeping Warm, and a t-shirt with a drawing of a spinning wheel on it from the same vendor (this one. Seriously, if you’re a spinner, you need this t-shirt). I almost got some tussah silk roving in the most gorgeous electric blue colour, but alas, I was seriously out of money. I’d like to, you know, eat lunch some time this week, and I’d rather spin silk than eat it!

That’s all for now, folks. I’m hoping that the next post will have lots of lovely pictures for you!


25 April, 2008

Day of Silence

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:25 am by rynserenity

In the United States, today is National Day of Silence. Across the country today, students from different schools will be taking temporary vows of silence in support of the thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender teens who can’t speak out for fear of physical and emotional violence. In honor of the day, here is a piece of writing that’s been circulating the web for a while. I thought I’d repost it today

I am the mother who is not allowed to even visit the children I bore, nursed, and raised. The court says I am an unfit mother because I now live with another woman.

I am the boy who never finished high school, because I got called a fag everyday

I am the kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian.

I am the man working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman.

I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights.

We are the parents who buried our daughter long before her time.

I am the man who died alone in the hospital because they would not let my partner of twenty-seven years into the room.

I am the foster child who wakes up with nightmares of being taken away from the two fathers who are the only loving family I have ever had. I wish they could adopt me.

I am not one of the lucky ones. I killed myself just weeks before graduating high school. It was simply too much to bear.

We are the couple who had the realtor hang up on us when she found out we wanted to rent a one-bedroom for two men.

I am the person who never knows which bathroom I should use if I want to avoid getting the management called on me.

I am the domestic-violence survivor who found the support system grow suddenly cold and distant when they found out my abusive partner is also a woman.

I am the domestic-violence survivor who has no support system to turn to because I am male.

I am the father who has never hugged his son because I grew up afraid to show affection to other men.

I am the home-economics teacher who always wanted to teach gym until someone told me that only lesbians do that.

I am the woman who died when the EMTs stopped treating me as soon as they realized I was transsexual.

I am the person who feels guilty because I think I could be a much better person if I didnt have to always deal with society hating me.

I am the man who stopped attending church, not because I don’t believe, but because they closed their doors to my kind.

I am a warrior for my country serving proud, but can’t be my true self because gays aren’t allowed in the military.

I am the person who has to hide what this world needs most, love.

I am the person ashamed to tell my own friends I’m a lesbian, because they constantly make fun of them.

I am the woman who isn’t sure what she is. I am the who is rejected by her “best friends” because of a less-than-conventional crush.

I am the boy tied to a fence, beaten to a pulp and left to die because two straight men wanted to “teach me a lesson.”

13 April, 2008

And Now Back to Your (Ir)Regularly Scheduled Knitting

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:27 pm by rynserenity

Heh heh. Apparently, I just fail at being able to post on a regular basis. My only excuse is a lethal combination of end-of-the-semester craziness (all of my teachers decided, “Quick! This is our last chance to assign them massive amounts of homework!) and pure laziness. I hang my needles in shame.

I may be lazy, but at least I can’t sit still, so you know there’s been knitting. Remember in my last post when I talked about the Sunrise Circle Jacket? Well, I kinda sorta finished the back. In three days. Here it is in all its glory:

(my camera does strange things to stockinette texture. The fabric is not all swirly like that.)

I did only the roughest of jobs at pinning it out, as it is 88 degrees in the shade here, and I am an absolute wuss when it comes to the heat. Thank the gods for nice cool lace knitting! I keep looking at the raglan seams and thinking, “Are they supposed to be this long?” Then I double-check the directions, measure everything (yes, I swatched. Obsessively), and roughly try it on by draping it over me. It looks and feels correct, so on I go. I’m most of the way through the left sleeve:

(I am too lazy to pin this one right now. It’s just too hot.)

and I am totally enthralled by the construction. On one side, you do the decreases for the raglan, and on the other you do the increases for the front, and it all just sort of blooms out of the underarm. It’s like fracking magic. Here’s a close-up:

Have I mentioned how much I love, love, love the KnitPicks Options needles? They are so smooth and light in my hands, it’s like knitting with air! The cool metal isn’t so slippery that everything falls off, providing just a little bit of grab needed for making good progress on a project. The cable join is really smooth, although I have yet to put it up to the ultimate test (lace knitting) yet. I look forward to that.

Today, I drove up to Davis to visit the college there (and to hang out with my good friend Elisa, who’s a Bio major there), so that was a good two hours of car knitting. Out come the Monos Locos, of course!

There are 11-12 repeats on each leg, and I’m starting to get closer to the end. I think it’s time to separate that one big skein into two littler ones. I’ll do that tonight whilst watching more “Battlestar Galactica” (of which I have become Teh Addicted).

And now, I am off to get a glass of iced tea and work on The Fisherman’s Wife. Sunrise Circle will have to wait until the sun goes down.

8 April, 2008

The Painter

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:39 pm by rynserenity

So… I got tagged. For a meme. Again. But it was a fun one; I have no regrets.

1. Put Your iTunes, Windows Media Player, ETC on Shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.
5.Put this on your journal/blog.

1.If someone says, “Is this okay?” You say?
Numb– Linkin Park (haha)

2.How would you describe yourself?
Broken– Evanescence

3.What do you like in a girl?
Allegro Molto– Camille Saint-Saëns

4.How do you feel today?
The Ghost of You– My Chemical Romance

5.What is your life’s purpose?
Dirrty– Christina Aguilera (hah!)

6.What is your motto?
The Tenth Key– Luciftias

7.What do your friends think of you?
All Alone– Gorillaz

8.What do you think of your parents?
No More– 3LW (so not true, luckily)

9.What do you think about very often?
Give Me Novacaine– Green Day

10.What is 2 + 2?
So Cold– Breaking Benjamin

11.What do you think of your best friends?
Baby Got Back– Sir Mix-a-Lot (there are no words for this…)

12.What do you think of the person you like?
City of Blinding Lights– U2

13.What is your life story?
Perfect Time of Day– Howie Day

14.What do you want to be when you grow up?
Baby Boy– Beyoncé (snark, snark, snark)

15.What do you think of when you see the person you like?
Single Soldier– The Kinship

16.What will you dance to at your wedding?
To Know My Enemy– Hans Zimmer

17.What will they play at your funeral?
Firefly–Breaking Benjamin (oddly appropriate)

18.What is your hobby/interest?
Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things To Do Today– Fall Out Boy

19.What is your biggest fear?
Malioumba (flying man)- Cirque de Soleil

20.What is your biggest secret?
Liberti Fatali– Nobuo Uematsu, Final Fantasy VIII

21.What do you think of your friends?
November Has Come– Gorillaz

22.What will you post this as?
The Painter– Neil Young

On another note, I so can’t figure out this new layout of WordPress. There’s more gadgets then I’m used to; argh, where’s the post button?! Oh, there it is. Please excuse the learning curve. And I call myself a nerd…

1 April, 2008

What Happens in Vegas… pt. Deaux

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:29 pm by rynserenity

Gods dangit, guys. My internet connection is being really buggy again, and the computer’s just sluggish (I think it needs a good, hard… defrag. Hehehe). It’s taking forever to upload these guys. I’ll let the computer run overnight, and post the pictures into this entry during my study period at school tomorrow. D’oh!

Okay, everything’s working again. I’m on the school’s network, so I need to keep this short, but here it is, at last: Ryn’s Adventure in Las Vegas!

Sadly, I was only able to take one sock picture (It was either inconvenient to take it out, or I forgot), but at least it was at a sufficiently tourist-y location: The Hoover Dam.

Oh lordy, the water in the dam looked good. It is hot in Las Vegas! Keep in mind that where I’m from, the temperature rarely gets about 80 degrees, and even then, it’s considered a heat wave. Out here, it hit eighty repeatedly, and even spiked into the high nineties. This makes for NOT a happy knitter. Blech.

Other highlights of the trip include seeing the Master Chief at Madame Toussaud’s:

(For those who don’t know, the Master Chief is a character in the video game Halo)

Eating teeny tiny carrot cakes at Jean-Filippe Patisserie in the Bellagio:

Seeing people polishing the plants in the same hotel:

Playing “Dr. Who” pinball at the pinball hall of fame:

And seeing the fountains at the Belaggio:

(I have had a secret obsession with these fountains since I saw “Ocean’s 11” a few years back)

Other great (but photoless) moments include: Seeing Spamalot! at the Wynn, driving through the Middle of the Freaking Desert, watching people hand out flyers for hookers call girls to random people, and having an Easter egg hunt in our hotel room. Great times were had by all. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go to my Illustration class. Ta, all!