iPod Touch Review

I have amazon kindle envy, I'm not going to lie. I've written about the kindle before, and I don't think my opinion has changed that much: it's a great idea, and with some changes it could be really amazing. I'm not going to get one of course: between the ugly, the price tag, the price scheme for the books, and the DRM there doesn't seem to be much reason. I still have envy.…

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Around We Go (spinning report)

I spent a lot of my recent Saturday spinning. It's nice to finally have such a long period of time where I don't have to do anything. Here's what I did: I finished spinning the shetland roving that I've been working on for a couple of months. This was the first big batch of wool that I bought after my return to spinning this spring. I got 2 pounds (which is my standard order size) of a lovely grey and I spun a DK-ish weight 3-ply yarn.…

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Pithy Writing Advice

I don't hate all writing advice but I am a bit choosy, and I tire often of too much navel gazing in this area. Also, a little bit of advice goes a long way. In that vein there are a couple of ideas about writing for "new" writers that have been floating across my mind recently. And I've stolen this all from various podcasts and essays and books, so while I've curated this collection, I am not responsible for its production.…

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un-creative writing

I have never, really, taken a creative writing class. When I talk to people about writing, I think people always assume that I studied creative writing, or that the whole graduate school thing was about writing programs or some such. And while I respect and a number of people who are involved in the discipline of "creative writing," I am not terribly enticed either by the possibilities of the field as a dialogue, or by the utility of the training for myself.…

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Camp Report #4 (final)

I'm sorry for not posting when I got home or twittering from the road, but I seem to have survived the ordeal of the drive. I did the drive, which is about 520 miles, in almost exactly eight hours. Which means I averaged did the speed limit ;) In any case, I think that was pretty good. In any case, by the time I got home, I was in no shape to do anything except sleep and knit.…

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Camp Report 3

1. Franklin tried on my tychoish henry viii sweater. I need to take such better pictures of my knitting. 2. I did pretty well in the contest, I got some hemp/wool yarn. The shawl I raffled off to support camp scholarships, did pretty well, and it went to Carol Anderson of Cottage Creations who is a great deal of fun. 3. There were great dirty jokes at the end of class.…

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Camp Report #2

I don't have a lot to report. I knit a lot, that was really good. The party promises to be great tonight. I got my 1000 Knitters Project portrait taken today. I'm somewhere in the 900s, and I'm within 20 of people like Meg (and Cully!) Swansen, Medrith Glover, and Emily-freaking-Ocker. How cool is that. I'm also going to be in the project as tycho garen, rather than my real name.…

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