Monday, December 31, 2007

A quick way to break your brain

From the three books I finished in the last 12 hours:

"That relevance is instantiated both in terms of Sonic Youth's trajectory as a band and in light of Daydream Nation's permanent impact on the development of contemporary independent, avant-garde, and noise rock."

"Gluten is a viscoelastic network of proteins that becomes elongated by pulling and then partially reverts to its initial form when the tension is relaxed."

"You don't know what an egotistical control freak your taste can be until you try to turn traitor, as witness the slapstick contortions I've had to resort to just to get myself to listen to CĂ©line Dion."

Altogether, I think these three books--about violent experimental rock music, the chemistry of cooking, and taste and its relation to pop culture--make a uniquely fitting prelude to an evening that will be spent watching Sweeney Todd and eating a luxe meal with friends.

So happy New Year, everyone, and see you on the other side.

Prolix, prolix, nothing a pair of scissors won't fix...

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Recently observed...

If I complete four more 33 1/3 books and one more non-33 1/3 book before year's end, then 33 1/3 books will have comprised 33 1/3% of my books read this year.

Yes, I'm a nerd. (See also: my love of this shirt.) I hope you hadn't missed that previously.

Merry Christmas, everyone! Coming soon, pictures of presents, including a Kusha Kusha scarf.

Prolix, prolix, nothing a pair of scissors won't fix...

Monday, December 03, 2007

A query to the knitters

Let's say you were going to go to some sort of marathon event, one that would involve your being awake for upwards of 36 hours, much of which would be spent in the dark.

Say, like this event, which is happening tomorrow.

Now, I have a few holiday presents to work on during the wait to get inside. They're all either cables or lace, so once it gets dark, I'll need to put them away. I learned the hard way last year at a 24-hour B-movie fest: lace and darkness are not bestest friends. I sat outside for most of Krull picking out my mistakes. (This turned out to be lucky, as that movie was soul-suckingly bad, but this is beside the point.)

And yes, I do want to knit for most of the night, if I can--keeping my hands active keeps me awake and alert.

Here are my options:
-Union Square Market Pullover (it's the cover pattern). I have finished the bottom hem of this, and it's a circular pattern. There are increases and decreases, but nothing too hideous.

Apart... from the fact that I'm knitting this in a sport-weight yarn instead of a fingering-weight yarn, so my gauge is off and I'm converting everything. I'd need to finish the calculations before I go legally insane during my extended wakefulness.

-Greek Pullover (same link as above, first pattern listed): Still has shaping, but I'm on gauge for this project.

-Sorrel: Again, a yarn I have swatched. I want to do slightly different things with the hems, though. Things involving lace, so I'd need to finish that before 7 pm tomorrow. Also, I'd be converting the pattern to circular until it splits for the arms.

-Another pair of Campfire Socks. I'm slightly afraid the heel gussets would kill me, though.

So... should I just develop severe startitis and start all of these until they prove difficult? Just the Union Square Market Pullover? Should I be reasonable and not knit all night?

Prolix, prolix, nothing a pair of scissors won't fix...