Browncoats… on ice!

Not so much on ice as on The Ice.

I can hardly believe it, but someone just bought one of my Jayne hats, and is planning to take it to Antarctica with him in January.


Gerlache Strait (Antarctica)

Gerald and Buff Corsi © California Academy of Sciences.

Said purchaser has been kind enough to promise photographs and blogging privileges.

It’s not the same as going, but it’s just close enough that I’m *still* excited about it, and I found out more than 24 hours ago.

Quick Hit: Political Progress

I am happy to say I can now officially update my numbers re: the demographics of the United States government: Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court Saturday.

The numbers again:

Supreme Court:

  • 5 women, 4 men
  • at least one per racial group**
    • White, non-Hispanic
    • Black/African-American
    • Hispanic/Latin@
    • Asian
    • Native American/Alaskan Native
    • Native Hawai’ian/Pacific Islander
    • Other***
  • One justice would have a disability
  • At least once justice would be LGB, and preferably another be T/I

Current gender demographics: 1 woman, 8 men 2 women, 7 men
Current racial demographics: 1 African-American (a man), 8 white non-Hispanic 1 Hispanic/Latin@ (a woman), 7 non-Hispanic whites.

Three things

1) I played around Ravelry today, and found someone’s lovely link graphics, which inspired me to play around with this site a bit more, since I (unnecessarily) bought the ability to edit CSS for the next year which
2) inspired me further to search for link graphics for my various social networking thingummies* (see left sidebar) and left me well prepared to
3) start thinking about doing WP themes again. I mean, I have all those icons from IconBuffet; it’s a shame not to get creative (commons) with them, isn’t it?

And then I get a request from a new Nightgig member (via JT) for help in designing his webcomic page, which is run on (surprise surprise), ComicPress.

So today was an exercise in Things Coming Together. I just hope tomorrow and the following days are exercises in Doing What I Said I Could.

*Technical term. Trust me on this.

Fiber Geekery: It’s all a work-in-progress

Or rather, they’re all works-in-progress. I have four projects on the needle now, besides the knitted star-shaped afghan I keep starting and restarting. I’ve frogged two versions of that already; I hope the third time will prove the proverbial charm, and that I’ll have actually planned which yarns to use, and stick to them.

To do that, though, I need to finish a few other projects, like that afghan for the now-nearly-three-months-old Tobit. I keep getting distracted though, by my own desires to design (or at least adapt others’ designs) and by pure admiration. But I’m very proud to say that I’m making my First EVAR Something Knitted For Myself*, which will be both an experiment in multi-color pattern knitting and in knitting with something smaller than US 6 (4.0mm) needles.

It’s a rare thing, at least in my knitting career, to do something really nice for myself. I’m very good at volunteering to make things for other people, and having a little critter who doesn’t care what the clothes look like as long as they’re warm enough is a huge temptation towards focusing solely on that one Other Person, and leaving myself out of the picture entirely.

But you know? I deserve a hat that is lovely and warm, so I’m making sure I get one.

*if you don’t count the felted bag of ’04, which is still sitting in a box in Dory’s kitchen in Germany.

Also: I am a knitting fool.

Because I’m making an afghan for Tobit (in progress since May, already!) and I’m so enamored of a pattern for a star-shaped afghan that I’m making one for my cousin’s new baby (born earlier this week) and I’ll probably make one for my sister-in-law, who is expecting her third child (in March?)

Here’s the start I made on one:

And I have to make one for Tobit later, of course. In bright primary colors, natch. Or maybe a combination of gendered colors. Or both. (Can you tell I’m having fun with this one?)