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June 26, 2008

All I wanna do is have some fun....

My second mitten is coming along. Knitting on the bus and juggling stitch markers and five double-pointed needles on the lurching ride home is a challenge, but if it isn't ill-advised, I usually don't want any part of it!

I did however begin to notice a slight difference in my two mittens. The first mitten is big and toasty. This second mitten while equally toasty seemed ... a little smaller. I got them out with my morning coffee to measure:

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Yes, indeed.

It appears that when I am home on a lazy Saturday afternoon knitting away with a cat on my lap and one stretched on the back of the sofa and I'm watching episodes of The Pretender and drinking tea out of my favorite cup I am ... relaxed. And my stitches are nice and even and normal. But when I am knitting on the grimy and crowded commuter bus after a long, anxiety-riddled workday in which I tried vigilantly to refrain from stapling people on the forehead, it appears my gauge is a little more on the "freakishly cramped" side. Apparently someone is working out some issues on the poor yarn.

Gives whole new meaning to the word tension!

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Reader Kris asked about my camera, wanting to know what I use to stalk the wildlife at Chez Hairball.

Well, I use a Kodak Easy Share V1233 camera, but I can't recommend it. I bought it after mourning the loss of my old 3.1-megapixel Kodax camera. This new one has a fancypants 12 megapixels and all of them are blurry. I don't like to give bad product reviews so I just don't mention my camera much at all these days. But to be honest, it takes terrible pictures -- the flash is awful and the only way to get a non-blurry shot of anything is to use a tripod and even then it's so sensitive that if the earth is rotating on its axis the picture won't come out crisp. And the earth, you know how it can be ... so rotatey!

I manage to get a good shot every once in a while but almost every image I post here has been cleaned up considerably in photoshop. I don't want a fancy camera with lenses and special settings and gears and so on. I like a plain old simple point-and-shoot camera. All I want is something easy to use and with a macro setting. That's it! Come January when my no-shop moratorium ends I will probably start looking for a new camera, this one was a real lemon.

Don't want to end on a sour note (sour - lemons - HA!) so below is a picture of the Sobakowa staring at the ceiling. This is why it is so good to have a haunted house! It explains away all sorts of mysterious things, like why does the lid to the garlic salt keep coming undone in the spice cabinet and also ... why is my cat staring at the light fixture for over an hour without moving?

I suspect she and the ghost are conspiring and it probably has something to do with the bag of greenies I had to hide from her last week after she managed to open the cabinet and chew a hole in the bag. Or maybe she's trying to get the ghost to drive her somewhere fun. Maybe she wants to go to Vegas and double her money. I have no idea. I guess I'll have to wait and read her manifesto like a plain ol' mere mortal.

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Soba, The Great Communicator With Light Fixtures.

Posted by laurie at June 26, 2008 8:13 AM