Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Second, privet is a type of shrub (Ligustrum sp., family Oleaceae). I don't have any personal experience with this plant, but I know that it is often used to create hedges.
Third, when I am sleepy I can be a little strange. And last night I fell asleep on the couch (seems to be my modus operandi during the winter) with my computer on the coffee table. At some point I half awoke and saw the following picture on the screen saver.
And all I could think of was
"Privet eyes are watching you"
"They're watching you, watching you"
Then I went to bed.
Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
Grab the closest book
Turn to page 123
Go down 5 sentences.
Type out the next 3.
I usually think the outcome of these things are interesting, but not is this case.
"(For instance, notice that the curves in Figures 4.2-4.5 look identical.) But normal curves with different values of mu and sigma will not look identical if they are all plotted to the same scale, as illustrated by Figure 4.7. The location of the normal curve along the y-axis is governed by mu since the curve is centered a y = mu; the width of the curve is governed by sigma."
My only defense is that I am preparing a biostatistics lecture.
Hope you are able to read something more interesting this weekend.
This one is probably my favorite. I love the colors. It was given to a friend.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
The following two hats are destined for the Dulaan Project, though I do worry that they will be warm enough. They are both fairly lightweight, the top one is alpaca and nylon and the bottom one is an acrylic wool blend. I go back and forth, I should send them - would a light-weigh hat be better than no hat? But then again, it takes a lot of effort to get the hats to Mongolia and the valuable space and resources would be better used on warmer items. Maybe I will send them to my nephews instead. The live in Arkansas where heavy hats are not normally needed. Hmm, why didn't I think of that before?
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
The socks are knitted from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks. The pattern is called something like "Half-hose for Men". From the pictures in the book, it was one of my least favorite patterns. But, I was away from home with the book, one set of knitting needles, and one skein of yarn. The gauge given for the pattern matched up perfectly with the gauge I got. So, I decided to give it a try. I am really glad I did, the socks are wonderful. The stitch gives a nice thick and squishy texture to the socks. It is a really simple pattern that could work well with hand-painted sock yarn. These were a present for my step-dad.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
This scarf I knit with some of my own handspun. It is knit in an eyelet pattern from one of the Barbara Walker Treasuries. The wool, if I remember correctly, is a combination of naturally colored Cotswold and Coopworth that came from samples I received when I attended SOAR in 2005. It is not the softest scarf, but is warm when it is cold outside. The scarf is destined for Mongolia.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
I went back out at 7 am to take some more pictures in the daylight (though it is very cloudy and the light is flat and grey). I was rewarded by having hawk almost flying into my head. I first saw it flying very low down the middle of the street. It went into a neighbor's tree. As I was walking down to where it landed, it took flight again (which is when it nearly ran into me) and was able to shoot this picture. It is blurry, but the hawk is on left-hand side, approximately in the middle of the picture.
Later I caught a picture of it in the tree behind our garage.
It was really cool.
Oh, and pictures of my scarf. It needs blocking, which will have to wait until the weather is nice, as it is about 10 feet long and I don't have a large enough space inside the house. The closeup shows the tweedy-ness of the yarn,
Pattern - Scarf on page 80 of Victorian Lace Today
Yarn - Rowan Summer Tweed (70% Silk, 30% cotton), about two skeins
Modifications - Because I used yarn thicker than called for, I knit the scarf on size 11 needles, and worked fewer repeats of the patterns.
Friday, January 19, 2007
A small ice grotto
Evidence of an industrious squirrel
Blue light on the snow, refracted through a car window
Colorful Leaves on White Snow
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Picture from Yesterday
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Throughout this wintry day, I have been knitting a lot. I love when I reach the point of a lace pattern when I can read the knitting, so that the stitches I encounter on the needles tell me what I need to do next. I have reached that point on my shell socks from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks. This is my entry for the KAL's January Challenge. Not the best picture, but you can really see the lace pattern.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Though now it sounds as if it is kicking back in a little harder (the sleet that is). Snow is much prettier to watch falling out of the sky, but sleet makes a cool ping-y sound as it comes down, even though you can't see it. I did get a nice picture of the sleet, however, using the flash on my camera. This picture will be part of my project 365 photos. I have decided not to show each picture on this blog, but you can see them on my flickr site. The link is in the side bar.