Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Gauge question...

I'd like to make these mittens out of this yarn (that I got at this yarn store :) ).

Since the yarn is less chunky than the pattern calls for and I tend to be a loose knitter, I'm using size 6 needles instead of the 10.5s called for in the pattern. Which means that I need 18 stitches and 22 rows to get 4 inches square rather than 13 stitches and 19 rows.

I'm new to resizing stuff. Or even making stuff that has to actually fit a person. So if anybody (Queen of Socks?) wants to give some pointers, they'd be greatly appreciated.

I know I need to add extra stitches. I though about just going up to the men's pattern, but my stitch count(18) is 1.4 times greater than the specified gauge (13), and the men's pattern isn't proportionally that much larger than the women's. But maybe I'm not going about this right. Help?

Christmas Concert 2007.

I took some time away from studying for my final last Saturday (12/15/2007) to go to the 9th annual Over the Rhine Christmas concert at the Taft Theater. The original attendee list was me, Brecka, Drew, Sarah, and the Bordens. The actual attendee list ended up being me, Brecka, Drew, Joe, and Chris. Faith and Mike were there, too.

I didn't take any pictures this time. We were pretty far away, way up in the balcony. The seats were good, though. We could see everything really well, and the volume was more reasonable than sitting right up front.

Here's the set list:
  • I Don't Wanna Waste Your Time
  • I'm On A Roll
  • All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue
  • Trouble
  • Let's Spend The Day In Bed
  • Nothing Is Innocent
  • The Trumpet Child
  • Who'm I Kiddin' But Me (a trashy song, according to Karen)
  • Darlin' (Christmas Is Coming)
  • Snowed In With You
  • North Pole Man
  • Goodbye Charles
  • Snow Angel
  • Some really pretty song with 3 or 4 part harmony talking about angels taking me "to my immortal home". Really pretty.
  • Ohio
  • Entertaining Thoughts
The first encore:
  • If A Song Could Be President (eh)
  • Drunkard's Prayer
  • Don't Wait For Tom
The second encore:
  • Latter Days

Monday, September 24, 2007

My sock is too big...

Here is my sock:

Two sock clubs ago, I decided that my sock was too big. I ripped out the heel and three pattern repeats.

Last sock club, I started the heel again. I guess I must have added in a pattern repeat or two. Because, having finished the heel for the second time, the sock is still too big. It may be growing while I'm ignoring it in favor of the big woolen stripy thing.

I'm feeling stubborn with this sock. At some point in the near future I am going to rip out the heel for the second time (and a few extra pattern repeats for good measure). Here's hoping that if it's still not right after I redo the heel for the third time, it's at least too small instead of too big.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Moonlight Gardens

Over the Rhine had their album launch concert at Moonlight Gardens at Coney Island on August 31st . A bunch of Columbus-ites came down for the show: Faith, her sister Susanna, and Susanna's roommate Beth; Brecka and Drew; Dave and Krista; Kate. Canal Street fan Steve and his wife Sarah were there too, and helped me save seats (right up front) for everybody.

The show was really good. The weather was perfect - cool, dry, clear sky with stars visible, a slight breeze.

Here's the set list. Everything is from Trumpet Child unless otherwise noted.
  • I Don't Wanna Waste Your Time
  • I'm On A Roll
  • Entertaining Thoughts
  • Let's Spend The Day In Bed
  • Nothing Is Innocent
  • Trumpet Child
  • Who'm I Kiddin' But Me (described by Karin as "A trashy little song I wrote")
  • Trouble
  • And Can It Be (Till We Have Faces)
  • We're Gonna Pull Through (Snow Angels)
  • Long Lost Brother (Ohio)
  • Ohio (Ohio)
  • B.P.D. (Ohio)
  • Orphan Girl (cover)
And the encore set:
  • Don't Wait For Tom
  • If A Song Could Be President
And the second encore set (which featured a violinist from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra):
  • Hush Now (Stella's Tarantella) (Drunkard's Prayer) (one of my favorites)
  • I Want You To Be My Love (Drunkard's Prayer) (Brecka & Drew danced to their song)
  • Drunkard's Prayer (Drunkard's Prayer)
And now the pictures...

Waiting for the doors to open...

Brecka and Drew helping save seats...


New set decorations - very spiffy...

The opener. I didn't catch his name...

The band - a much bigger group than in previous years...

Mickey the drummer. It's hard to get a good shot of him since he's always moving...

Another band shot, this time with the woman who sang backup... She was very good.

The violinist that played during the encore was really good.

Dave and Krista and Brecka and Drew had a good time...

Sunday, September 02, 2007


Over the Rhine did a free show at Joseph-Beth Booksellers on Thursday. Kristin was in town visiting family, so we met up at the bookstore to watch the show. Erin and Dean and two of their cooking friends came along as well.

It was very crowded at the bookstore. They were having a book signing at the same time, so it was quite nicely packed.

The concert was good. Mostly songs from Trumpet Child. I like the new album, some of the songs quite a lot, but as a whole I think I may like Drunkard's Prayer better. At least so far.

I didn't write down the set list, but they played 5ish songs including Trumpet Child, Orphan Girl (encore), and maybe I Don't Wanna Waste Your Time. They're touring with a bigger band than last time, and had 4 of the 6 there. No Mickey, and the new guitar player wasn't there either. But, really, I don't think they could have fit any more people on the "stage", anyway.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

San Francisco, Part 4

Wednesday I took the trolley to Fisherman's Wharf. I forgot to write down which pier the sea lions were on, but it wasn't to hard to find them. Just when I was starting to wonder where they were I started hearing barking. Lots of barking.

One of the sea lions was a little antisocial. He seemed determined to defend his territory from all approachers.

A couple more sea lions were doing their own thing together. Maybe the crowd got to be too much for them.

The rest of the sea lions were very social.

Why are all the sea lions at the pier, you ask? Well, here you go:

Neptune's Palace was right by the sea lions, and Marianne had recommended it, so I had dinner there.

Then I walked around a bit and took a streetcar back to the hotel.

Thursday was shopping and studying for my test on Friday. Not so many pictures, but I did get some cute jeans.

Friday the test was done by 3:30 or so, so I had plenty of time to take a cab back to Fisherman's Wharf for my Segway Tour! The tour was awesome, the guide was great, and the Segway was really fun to drive. I didn't take many pictures because you were supposed to stop your Segway and step off before taking picture. Here are a few, though.

I got a decent shot of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I took a picture of the city from our practice area on a long pier.

The guide took a picture of me. Not the most flattering, but eh. No snarky comments on the helmet or the stylish vest, please. :)

We segwayed up over a hill and down into the Fort Mason area. I don't have a picture, but we stopped outside Greens Restaurant. The tour guide said that it's run by Zen Buddhists who have an organic farm just over the bridge in the Marin Headlands where they produce a lot of the ingredients used at the restaurant. We didn't go inside, and I didn't have a chance to go back, but it smelled incredible. Definitely worth a visit!

After the tour and a little adventure where I left my camera at the tour place and had to rush back to get it before they closed, I had dinner at the Bistro Boudin. It was very good. And they made cute animals out of sourdough bread.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

San Francisco, Part 3

Tuesday was another day of class. I walked back to the hotel a different way, and look what I found... I felt like a bit of a goof taking this picture in the middle of the Financial District, but I knew that Sarah would appreciate it.

The entrance to Chinatown is not far. I had heard (from a reliable source) that there were sweatshirts to be had for a good price, so I headed over for some (window)shopping.

There are some weird streets in San Francisco.

Why I like San Francisco, part 2

It's been a busy week, what with going to class all day (ok, most of the day) and then spending all evening working my way through my list of tourist activities.

On Sunday, Erin and her boyfriend took me to dinner at The Stinking Rose. Then we walked back through Chinatown and got fried sesame things with bean paste for dessert.

I took some pictures of the hotel lobby while I was waiting for them. Isn't it stylish?

Monday after class I took the cable cars (after a few misdirections, the streets here are confusing) to Grace Cathedral, which came highly recommended.

It was beautiful and awe inspiring and I only took pictures outside. But they have some amazing doors. See?

They also had some beautiful flowers.

From Grace Cathedral I walked down the hill to catch a cable car

and rode it to Ghirardelli Square,

which is on the bay. I took pictures.

I saw my first palm tree of the week. Or, at least, the first one that I noticed.

I shopped and ate samples and bought a tasty cupcake.

I decided to take the cable car back up to Lombard Street. But the line was very long. Remembering that the guidebook had said that it was quicker to get on at a stop further up the hill, I started walking. I thought a cable car would catch up with me. I stopped after a few blocks and took a picture of Alcatraz.

Then I kept walking. The cable car never caught up with me. The map made it look like a short walk. It was not. See? That stuff way at the bottom of the hill by the water is where I started walking. :)

There were lots of cars lined up for their turn to drive down "The Crookedest Street". I decided to walk down the hill to get the full experience.

Then I kept walking to the next cable car line to go back to the hotel.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Why I like San Francisco, part 1

Guess what I found this afternoon while I was walking around downtown. Without even looking for it, although I'd been meaning to make sure to visit sometime this week.

That scruffy looking building, once you ride the scary elevator up to the second floor, is the home of Artfibers, which is a very cool yarn store. They make all their own yarn. They let you try it out in the store. They have so many different options that it takes forever to decide.

And I found it by accident, which made my afternoon very cool.

Next up, dinner at The Stinking Rose with Erin, who used to live in Cincinnati.

San Francisco

Know what 4+ hours on a plane (plus maybe 1/2 hour waiting to get on the plane) gets you? This:

That's right. A good start on a toe up sock. Admittedly, this is my second start on this sock. But still. I think that's pretty good progress.

There were a few distractions. Turbulence. Snacks (twice, since it was a long flight). A small child kicking the back of my seat. His mother/female (ir)responsible person clipping her (hopefully) fingernails behind me. (Is this allowed? It seems pretty disgusting to me, particularly in such a small space with so many people next to you.) Stuff like that.

But, now I'm finally in San Francisco, hooray! I hear there are some good yarn stores here. :)

Sock details: KnitPicks Felici yarn (Arugula colorway). KnitPicks 2.5mm circular needle. Yarn over Cable pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks (p 39-43). I'm doing this as magic loop, which so far means working the sole on 1 "needle" and the rest on the other. I'm pretty much following the directions for using 4 dpns, just replacing the 2nd & 3rd needles with the other half of my circular and putting a stitch marker in between. Just like the Queen of Sock taught me. :)