Brea is going along nicely. The front and back are done and are the same size (no mean feat, when you consider my issues with gauge). I adore the color so far, and the yarn is marvelous!  While I did the front and back separately, I have cast on both sleeves, and will work them simultaneously. The way I knit, this - or double knitting, which I will not try with cables - is the only way I have ever been able to guarantee that both sleeves will be the same size.

Because Rowan Lima is a chained yarn, rather than a plied yarn, weaving in the ends has been wonderful. It's much easier to catch the appropriate bits of the back of the piece to weave the ends in, This is an especially good thing, because I do like to take breaks and weave the ends in as I go, so I don't have a forest of ends to bury after the item is made up. It's especially good in this case, since each of the two bags of yarn I ordered seems to have what I term a "stinkerball." This is a ball of yarn that has a ton of loose ends. Sometimes, the ends are left loose, like the ball I am working with on one sleeve. Other times, there are knots - usually needing to be undone because they fall in bad spots and would show on the outside of the garment (like the stinkerball in the first bag of yarn). Stinkerballs are mostly annoying, rather than really problematic, but I dislike them, especially since they seem to occur more in higher end yarns. However, as my mother would have said, this should be my worst problem....

I have a few things waiting for when this project is done. The first is another sweater in Rowan yarn - Crete. It's a basket stitch sweater, designed for a guy, but I know how to adjust it down to fit me. It's done in Rowan's Creative Linen yarn. After that, I have a shawl kit from Craftsy to do. It's called the Old Toll Road Shawl, and is a rectangular shawl in a lovely lacy stitch. That will be done in Wool Fingering Twist from Cloudborn Fibers. Also down the pike are two crocheted yoga mat bags, to be made out of good, old, reliable Lily Sugar and Cream cotton yarn. One of the yoga mat bags will be for my yoga teacher. More details on these projects will come as I get to work on them.
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([personal profile] wcg Mar. 21st, 2017 12:49 pm)
I've been reading The Skimm for about a month now. It's a nice "first look" at the day's news, and it catches some things that I don't get in my Early Bird updates. If that's something that looks interesting to you, give it a try.
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([staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance Mar. 17th, 2017 02:41 pm)
Thanks to everyone who let us know that Photobucket images were not loading properly on some pages. The problem seemed to be mostly limited to HTTPS requests; Dreamwidth maintains a list of known high-traffic image sites that support HTTPS, so that our secure content proxy service doesn't cache them unnecessarily. Unfortunately Photobucket seems to have recently changed their site configuration such that HTTPS requests aren't being served as expected, and we've now taken it out of our list of "proxy-exempt" sites.

If you continue to have issues, make sure you're not using HTTPS Photobucket links. It's a bit counterintuitive, but if you use HTTP instead, it will be automatically transformed on our end to an HTTPS link that uses

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([personal profile] guppiecat Mar. 13th, 2017 08:00 pm)


If you’re concerned your microwave is spying on you, over-cook stew sans cover. That’ll blind ’em.


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([personal profile] wcg Mar. 12th, 2017 02:43 pm)
Here are the four planetary nebulae in Charles Messier's catalog.

Click here )
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([personal profile] wcg Mar. 12th, 2017 02:14 pm)
Having now collected all the emission nebulae in Charles Messier's catalog, I thought you might like to see all six in one post.
Here they are! )
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This takin thinks we need a compromise on the whole daylight savings time debate and proposes that we just set the clocks back one hour every six months.

Then everyone gets to sleep in and no one loses time.

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