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Say What? Knitting only?

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Yes yes, some of my readers would really like the knitting or craft related posts only (after today's eBay post, who can really blame you?)

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So no more eBay or other weird widgets unless they're knitting or craft related. And no, I will not be discussing the "Is knitting a craft" thing. This is a pointy things category, under which many things fall, but it seems to be lots of yarn, some sewing, and my general happiness with pointed objects. This includes staples...

Somewhat Shameless Somewhat Self Promotion

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The somewhat shameless - I am posting about an item I'm selling on eBay. Somewhat only because 100% of proceeds will go to Reading is Fundamental to support literacy programs for children.
The somewhat self promotion- Well, sure, it is my auction, but the company I work at1 is actually matching the final donated price 100%, so double the winning bid goes to charity. And well, they're also taking care of the listing fee (but hey, I listed on a $0.20 insertion day to save the company some money).

So here it is. If you've ever wondered what books I choose to read in my downtime, when I'm not reading something Oprah would approve of:

1 In case you didn't know - I work at the same company that well, made the nifty widget up there and has those IT commercials.

Pink Camo

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Full Thread Ahead and South West Trading Company hosted an intensive sock camp over the weekend. This evidently came with these bright pink camouflage t-shirts.


Did your eyes survive that? The sweater in progress I'm wearing is the puff sleeved cardigan from Fitted Knits and if you can't tell, the torso is far too short so I will be finishing up the sleeves and frogging back the bottom. Gotta remember to save a bit of yarn for the button bands, except I'm considering putting in a zipper instead. The finished puff sleeves I've seen pictures of all have gaping button bands. Fitted knits, yes, but gaping knits, no thanks.

And that's the entire story to the pink camo. So very pink. And camo.

Geek it - Maker Faire

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I've been a bad bad blogger, no yarn for me!

So if I haven't been knitting much, what have I been doing? Hmmm. Well, I've been nurturing my first love: Gadgetry- the making and the breaking.1 If you haven't heard of the Maker Faire and you're a geek, you're missing out. It is a bit between a huge adult science fair and general glee of making /crafting stuff. Put on by the O'Reilly folks (aka publisher of the animal cover computer books) and a bunch of sponsors, this is the second annual Maker Faire and full of fun stuff.

What kind of stuff? Well. How about awesome Bots Fights?


And the techshop brought along some of their equipment so you could learn how to weld.


There's a "bazaar bizarre" craft fair that had lots of nifty handmade items and I escaped without buying anything.

But one of the reasons I just HAD to go today? EepyBird's LIVE MENTOS FOUNTAIN Show. Oh Yeah. I put my camera out there to get sprayed by diet coke and captured the show from the sidelines.

Full File for bandwidth thrill seekers. [.mp4 file: 58.7MB]

So what did I buy? I purchased the large joby gorilla pod tripod 'cause the nice people of joby were there. I already have the small one and it is handy. Along with my invite to Ravelry and some time this afternoon, I should be able to photograph some of my yarn stash! I wanted a few forever cupcakes but I want them to be pink cupcakes (for you know who )

This year's event was larger than last year's, with the addition of a new building on the fairground. It will still be going on tomorrow, May 20th (Sunday) so get while the getting's good!

1 It really was one of my first loves. Screwdrivers + me = disassembled machinery go way back. Maybe this also explains my love for staplers...