July 27, 2005
All kinds of honesty
I do not promise quality knitting content in this one. But I just had a few things to get out of the way :).
First, thank you all for your concern about my safety. I should tell you that walking to and from work at odd hours, especially in the middle of the night, is not unusual for me or other science graduate students. We work a lot, we work late, and our lives are scheduled by our experiments (as opposed to our experiments being scheduled by our lives). After all, they don't hand out PhDs for working 9-5, M-F. Trust me.
The point of my last post was that lately I've had to make multiple trips to lab every day. Now that's annoying. Of course I could spend all my awake time in lab and never go home except to sleep, but that's even more annoying. So, faced with 40 minutes of walking time at least twice a day, I decided to try knitting while walking! I did it in the dark last night, and in bright sunlight this morning, and will do it in the dark again tonight :). Knitting makes walking to lab much more bearable, even if the humidity is oppressing. And as always I will be very careful, that's not new to me :).
E-mail #1 from me: (summary) Dear Mark, what is going on over there? Are cows flying? Has all hell broken loose?
E-mail #2 from Mark: I apologize for the problem. One of our crawlers was stuck this weekend, and we didn't detect it until Monday morning. I believe your feed has been updated.
E-mails #3 and #4 below:
Well, at least the response is honest, he has a good sense of humor and a little self-depreciation. I can work with that ;). We are still in e-mail contact because the problems are not over. Get this! My 200+ atom.xml Bloglines subscribers have all been shuffled to my index.rdf feed. I don't really understand how this can possibly happen, so Mark and I are trying to figure it out. At least now you'll be updated about my new posts (I think), even if you're subscribed to a different feed than you originally chose.
So, Bloglines talk is really boring. I totally agree. My eyes would have glazed over 10 lines of text ago.
Next post: some pictures of my Adrienne Vittadini sleeves, and possibly an outline of how I plan to go about steeking. By the way, I have no fear of cutting the fabric, which seems to be a major hurdle for a lot of people. I'm more worried about using my sewing machine on knit fabric. First, I am still nearly clueless about my sewing machine. It's got the bobbin and the foot pedal and the manual when tells me how to thread it. There you go. That's about the extent of my knowledge. Second, I always feel the presser foot really squishes the knit fabric and artificially stretches it out. But that may not be a problem in this case. Third, those feeder zigzag thingies are worse than Velcro! They just grab onto the fabric and move it along, exactly as they're supposed to do, but it's all so sticky and if I need to adjust something and move the fabric, they are like the jaws of death!
So, yeah, just slightly apprehensive about using my sewing machine ;).