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Hats [Sep. 4th, 2013|11:26 am]
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As most of my friends know, I like to crochet and knit. Also, I tend to put projects down and pick others up, or simply don't knit/crochet for awhile, and then pick something back up later. Sometimes much later. I'm not a person who has a house full of knitted/crochet things simply because it takes me a long time to finish things, but I do have some things, and a lot of things I've given away as gifts.

Now, at the moment, I'm working on a Braid-Edged Cap. I've finished one up to sewing the seam and have another almost finished (just another couple sections to go).

As noted in the pattern, it is worked sideways and sewn up. Just a few minutes ago, I got to thinking (a bad idea, I know). My thought was, [why not do a provisional cast-on and graft the hat together?].

I know, I know, grafting usually has knitters scurrying for cover, but every knitter will tell you that invisible seams (where appropriate) are better than seams that stick out like a sore thumb. And hats that are knitted and then sewn together will have a visible seam no matter how careful you sew them together. Grafting will give the hat an invisible seam and make it look more like it was done in the round. Okay, grafting mixed stitches will be a challenge, but I think I can do it.

Now, for non-knitters, a provisional cast-on gives you 'live' stitches where you cast on at. It's useful for things like socks and scarves that you start in the middle so the pattern goes the same way on both ends. Anyway, I'm going to try this once I've finished and sewn up both hats so I can compare.

I've also done a couple modifications to both hats as I knitted. For one, I added a couple stitch markers to avoid having to count stitches for the shaping and to know when I've reached the stitch I'm supposed to purl at the beginning of the braided edge. I've also just slipped the first stitch on the short rows when I knit back after turning to minimize the 'hole' that short-rowing without wraps always leave.

I hope to have more on my modified hat in the near future.
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Did something new [Aug. 29th, 2013|02:16 pm]
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I opened a Ravelry store. Well, the first pattern is a freebie, something simple to cover a bun (hairstyle, not dinner roll) with.

http://www.ravelry.com/designers/julie-hicks

I don't think you need to be a member to view things there. I hope to add more in the future, possibly even some for sale, though I doubt I could make much of a living selling them, but it would be nice to get a little spending money.

Anyway, once I figured it all out, I'm pretty proud of myself. It's a pretty pattern, and useful.
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Which TES Race are You? [Apr. 26th, 2013|04:01 pm]
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Me? I'm...

Bosmer (Wood Elf)
Bosmer (Wood Elf)
Take The Elder Scrolls: Which race are you? today!
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The Bosmer are the various barbarian Elven clan-folk of Valenwood, a forested province in southwestern Tamriel. In the Empire, they are often collectively referred to as Wood Elves, but "Bosmer", or "the Tree-Sap People", is what they call themselves. "Tree-Sap" suggests the wild vitality and youthful energy of Wood Elves, in contrast with their more dour cousins, the Altmer and Dunmer. Bosmer reject the stiff, formal traditions of Aldmeri high culture, preferring a romantic, simple existence in harmony with the land, its wild beauty and wild creatures. These country cousins of the High Elves and Dark Elves are nimble and quick in body and wit, and because of their curious natures and natural agility, Bosmer are especially suitable as scouts, and thieves. But most of all, the Bosmer are known for their skills with bows; there are no finer archers in all of Tamriel. Their ability to command simple-minded creatures is also well known.


It's pretty accurate, as I prefer stealth and sniping with a bow to running in full tilt and swinging a sword (though that's fun too).
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Update [Mar. 29th, 2013|04:28 pm]
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I got my computer back, well a computer.

My son said that his son threw up on it just as he got it apart. So, he had his wife's old computer (which was practically new and identical to mine) which just needed a new screen. He also had to order a new kb for it since my grandson's 'contribution' messed up the kb. Eventually I got a working computer again so I can play my games.

A bonus is now with this one (and it's much better video card) I can now also play FO3 (Fallout 3 to those who don't do abbreviations) in addition to Oblivion. I got the both of them together, but could only play Oblivion because FO3 was incompatible with my onboard video.

So how's it going? I'm still dungeon-crawling with four different avs in Oblivion. I'll finish the quest in one of them (eventually), but there's no hurry.

I've just gotten going in FO3 and am finding it interesting despite the various shades of grey that is the Wasteland. When I want color, I'll go back to Oblivion or DA.

Between them, I'll be busy for awhile, even though my friend keeps trying to get me into FO:NV or Skyrim as well. Those two will have to wait, I don't even have the DLC for FO3 (except for Broken Steel since it fixes the ending).
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Computer woes [Feb. 22nd, 2013|09:48 pm]
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My laptop was acting up, so my son took it home with him. Turned out it wasn't what I thought it was. He said my cord was shorting out, so I have one ordered.

Then he messaged me back and said he had to go ahead and put the other motherboard in because Braxton (my grandson) threw up on it. Okay, fine. It also needed to be reformatted with the motherboard change. Fine, I can live with losing some of my savegames.

Then he said the keyboard no longer worked, and he found another and ordered it (I assume) and said he'll bring my computer back tomorrow, along with his wireless kb and mouse.

Ah well, hopefully everything will turn out all right.

Personally, I think Someone is having a chuckle at my expense ;)
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Six months later [Feb. 21st, 2013|03:39 pm]
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At least it's close enough. That's when Little Bit was born and had a very rocky start, being half the size of the other kittens. Well, he's grown a lot since then. He's gone from about the size of the palm of my hand to about a pound or two. I don't think he's ever going to be very big, though. His brother, Twinkie, is still the monster of the group and will probably get bigger than Pepper, his mama.

I don't see Little Bit getting even as big as Pepper, but he's a scrapper. He's on the clumsy side, especially for a cat, but he's so adorable. I think the clumsiness comes from having bad eyes, I don't think he sees as well as he should, see, his eyes opened about two days after he was born.

Otherwise, he's a healthy, loving, affectionate kitty cat.
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Oblivion [Feb. 21st, 2013|11:13 am]
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Anyone still playing it? I have the PC version (vanilla game, no mods, no DLC) and I enjoy it quite a lot. Of course I keep the difficulty down a lot (I'm not in it for the battles, but for the story [sort of, my avs make their own way around the world]).

Today, my Breton mage was running around, doing a quest, usually one of the first you get after escaping with the Emperor. It's called Unfriendly Competition and it's about a merchant selling things for such low prices that the others believe his stuff is stolen. So, you have to follow him around (or just wait for him in the garden where he meets his source at), and when they're through, you follow the other guy till he goes home. Then you wait till he's gone again (his door will be locked so you'll know he isn't there) and break into his house and find proof of what he's doing (robbing graves). You confront the merchant with this, he tells you the guy had something to do today, so you find him in a mausoleum, where he says it was a trap for you. He has a friend, so you have to fight them. (Oh, this still counts as murder, so don't get caught.) When you've killed them, loot everything, then take his shovel back as final proof.

I found that, if you want to melee them, there's this sword you can get off of a gang leader if you do the Lost at Sea quest. That one is simple, just go to the Waterfront and rent a bed on the Bloated Float, then fight your way around until you kill three gang members and their leader. The leader has this longsword, Blackwater Blade, that drains/absorbs fatigue from your opponent when you strike them with it (for a few seconds). Still, it's enough to get them falling down each time and makes them easier to kill. My mages, well, they just shoot a couple fireballs at them and ends it quickly.

Anywho, all of my characters enjoy the cave/fort/ruins crawling and quests much more than looking for Jauffre (though they will eventually to finish the game).
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Ruffly scarves [Dec. 17th, 2012|08:14 pm]
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You know, those frilly, ruffly things that are all the rage. They're not that hard to make, but they are a pain in the behind. I've made four of them and one twirly, furry one. Here's a pic of the last two ruffly ones and the furry one.

scarves

The ruffly ones went to a lady who ordered them and the furry one I was just experimenting with, then a friend up in New England saw the picture and decided he liked it, so now I just have to get it into the mail to him since he's paid for it.

Anyway, I think I should just go into the scarf business.
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I see we're still cooking [Sep. 19th, 2012|08:39 pm]
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Just thought I'd drop in and say 'hi'.

Not much going on that wasn't going on last year, or the year before, or the year before.

I have acquired four grandchildren. My daughter and her husband have two and my son and his wife have two. There's three boys and a girl. Ages six, four, two and six months.

My daughter's cat had five kittens on Monday. I think there are two boys and four girls. One of the boys is a tiny runt, about half the size of the others and I noticed that his right eye has already started to open, after only three days. I hope that isn't a bad sign. I've already claimed him and bad sign or no, I still intend to bring him home. I have a soft spot for runts-dog or cat.
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Never know what will happen [Dec. 1st, 2011|11:31 am]
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I walked into the vet clinic to pick up a check. I had just finished cleaning her swimming pool and my hands were cold so I had slipping on a pair of fingerless mitts I had just crocheted. I was standing at the window chatting with someone when the vet walked by, took one look at my hands and promptly asked where I got my mitts from. When I told her that I crocheted them myself she promptly handed me some money to buy some yarn and make her some. The money bought four good-sized skeins of yarn in the colors she said she usually wears.

She wants them because she works around her horses a lot and it leaves her fingers free to do what she needs to do, but she told me she couldn't find anything like what I was wearing around that area and only had two knitted pairs that she found in Colorado, and one of them had a missing mate.

By the time I'm finished she'll have at least eight pairs in browns and denim blues.
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