Archive for April, 2005

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To all of you librarians and especially current library students out there: have any of you noticed that Amazon is adding more and more products and/or searching capabilities? I was doing a search today (it is scaring me that I thought to search Amazon first rather than the hassle of doing a database search through my school) and noticed that they offer copies of journal articles through PDF or HTML files. Has anyone’s library school discussed the future of libraries when we have the same services for sale on Amazon?

It’s very timely since I was just lamenting yesterday that I have been a stay-at-home mom for 5 1/2 years now and I am nervous about going back to work when I can (in 2 1/2 years …). I don’t feel like I really made my mark when I was in libraries before and doubt that after having 3 kids to deal with I’ll be able to have much of a career then either. It’s really depressing, or maybe I’m just exhausted after being kept awake by at least one kid every night for 4 weeks …

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Apr
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So aside from the fact that I suck at lace, what is with all the charts? I am trying to do a relatively simple lace project and I can’t even read the 4 line, 10 stitch chart! Then I finally got my Interweave Knits today and found another lacy shrug (I finally got my A Good Bias yarn), but again, more charts. I may need to take a “how to read charts” class at my LYS if they have one. Luckily I have quite a few LYSs.

Also, as you might have noticed from my cabling projects below, I suck at cables. But I am giving them away to people who don’t knit so they won’t know the difference (until they read this), I hope.

Other projects on my plate: an assignment on “objective journalism” for my class (oxymoron? I’m still not sure.), plus my big Mother’s Day project, plus the normal kid stuff. It just started raining so it should be fun this evening dealing with all three. Have I mentioned DH works for an unnamed software company which means he works all hours, practically? I am getting sick of hearing “I don’t know how you do it” from him and my MIL since of course someone has to do it, and he’s busy, I don’t know, keeping a roof over our heads. But I digress (as I am wont to do).

Back to figuring out the tiny lace project.

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Apr
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Square 35 from Barbara Walker’s Learn to Knit Afghan, Lacing Cable
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Square 34 from Barbara Walker’s Learn to Knit Afghan, Double Cables
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Square 48 from Barbara Walker’s Learn to Knit Afghan, Vine Leaf Panel
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Apr
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Okay, sure, this is my “day off”, but I just can’t stop to take a nap! My MIL took the older two to the Tech Museum in San Jose and IM is sleeping so I should be too, but there are just so many things to finish, knitting-wise!

I just love Barbara Walker’s “Learn to Knit Afghan” book. It really works well with my secret Mother’s Day project (I’ll reveal all on May 8, when these all should have gone out and/or been received). After almost giving up initially, I am now working on square 48, the “Vine Leaf Panel” and it is really pretty, and not too confusing.

In another attempt to avoid reading about the history of science communication, I got another web address. Of course DH (I really need to think up cute nicknames for him and my 3 boys, but I’m not good at that sort of thing) says he needs to set it up on our webserver so I won’t get it up right away, but I have paid for elspeth.us for the next 5 years. My other web address, cover-versions.com I consider to be specialized, not to mention I can’t access it even though 1dollarhosting.com that I set it up with says they can access it fine. I haven’t had the chance to sync up with DH on that one either. And summer is his busy time at work so who knows when it’ll happen but hopefully soon.

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Apr
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I think I found it … the yarn to use for my A Good Bias shrug. I’m a big fan of Knitpicks.com, and even though they have a new yarn (“Crayon”) that looks cool, it looks way too much like Mission Falls 1824 Cotton which I hate knitting with (but it might work for those of you that don’t have a preconceived notion about that yarn), I decided their other new yarn, “Shine” looks just as good to me, but less bumpy. I think I’m going to order it in “Cherry” and see how it goes.

Also on Knitpicks.com I fell in love with a lace shawl (now, I am a librarian, but I don’t know if I’d ever wear a shawl, and also I really suck at lace) from the “A Gathering of Lace” book, so I need to buy the yarn since my book is supposedly on its way.

Yeah! Another two projects!




Elspeth

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