Monday, September 11, 2006

OT: Political but a must read

Interesting reading on this Sept 11

And it makes me think now only how the world has changed in the last 5 years, but how the internet has changed our methods of getting information.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Engineers are cool

My spinning wheel is back in my living room, and it works better than it ever did, even when it was new. After much discussion and consultation, the shop guys decided that the "pulleys" were out of alignment and that the maiden needed a brass sleeve to hold it steady and the flier needed a pin to keep it from wobbling.

The pulleys they lined up are the wheel and the flier, which required moving the mother-of-all over 1/2 an inch or so. OH MY GOD what a difference. The wheel is quieter, its smoother, and it flows very nicely. I'm so happy. And those guys are getting mittens this winter. All of them.

I have convinced the graduate students who were redesigning and upgrading the inefficient technology for making wool that it's already been done. They were stubborn, but are convinced by pictures.

I have taught one of the ME grad students to weave using a continues strand method, which I use on my triloom. He's working on a project with a stretchy filament for a DOD project. I have no idea what. He came upon me sitting in the sunshine, knitting, at lunch a couple of weeks ago, and had some on him. It doesn't knit well because it's sticky, but it weaves pretty nicely. We also discussed Teflon knitting needles.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Knitting and stuff

Today I received a check from the university that I work at. I have no idea what it is for. I'm going into discovery mode tomorrow and if it turns out to be mine, I'm going to go to Knitpicks and buy some of this and some of this to make something like this. Maybe not that one exactly, but I've been lusting after a Lopi sweater for a while, and it's time to make it.

It's also mitten-knitten time. I have 1/2 a foot to go then the next travel project is going to have to be mittens.

I've finished the Mary Maxim yarn Wallaby I was making for my little guy. It's been in the 80's here, but he hasn't taken it off for days. I think I inherited the yarn from my grandmother-- it's soft, but very squeeky on the needles-- but he loves it and his older brother is looking enviously at it... So now I'm working on one for the older brother in Bernat acrylic... ick... I'm going to need the lopi, just to give my hands the chance to remember wool and why I like to knit.

My wheel is still on the bench... apparently they've decided to create test pieces for it first... ok... works for me...

FO 2 pairs of socks which have been sitting in my basket waiting for the kitchner stitching and the little guys acrylic wallaby.

On the needles-- fair isle socks for my mom, the endless sweater, and another wallaby for the other son.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


I have a Lendrum Saxony wheel. I love it, but just before we moved, a piece of it broke. My mechanically inclined friend down the street made a temporary fix, so I could still spin on it with some messing around, and I wrapped it, put it in the car (no moving van for my beautiful wheel) and I've fudged along with it ever since.

I run the computer support department for the Mechanical Engineering Department at Michigan Technological University. This is a very hands on program, and there are several people whose only job is to take something the students come up with and help them turn it into something real.


I finally got tired of having to mess around with the wheel to get it to work. I *could* send it off to Gordie Lendrum, of course, but it caused a minor panic attack to think about trusting my beautiful, horribly expensive, wheel to the US Post Awful. I thought about driving it there-- I mean, I'm in Michigan, and Ontario isn't *that* far, no matter how big it is... but... gas prices are outragious...

So this summer, things at work are quiet. I thought "bring the wheel in and see what the shop guys can do with it!".

I brought it in and explained how it worked, showed them what was supposed to happen, and how I had kludged the temporary fix to make it nearly work like that, explained the theory behind how everything was, showed them all the parts and explained the names and How It All Goes Together To Make Yarn... and they took it off that-a-way all the while reengineering it, verbally...

Maybe I should have trusted it to the mail...

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Too cool for that...

My nephew is 12. He's hit the age where he's suddenly "too cool" for a lot of stuff. Hanging out with the little cousins? Too cool for that. Going school clothes shopping with mom? Too cool for that. Playing water tag? Too cool. Playing board games? Nope, too cool for that too.

He's nearly as tall as I am. And he's been running his own business all summer, mowing lawns and doing yard work, in anticipation of buying himself a snowmobile this winter (and has nearly enough money to do so.)

He came and mowed my lawn on Sunday, while we were getting ready to go to a friends picnic. He was too cool to go out and play with the water guns while waiting for a ride home, so he was hanging out in the kitchen while I was cooking, chatting.

I was making chocolate cake, I took the beater off the mixer and automatically offered it to him before dumping it in the sink.

12 years old is NOT too cool to lick the chocolate cake batter off the beater.

Socks for my mom, a Wallaby sweater for my little guy.

FO Socks for the Amazing M

Friday, August 04, 2006

A very busy weekend

It's Alumni Reunion. The crowds aren't big, yet, but there is a lot going on. It started yesterday with the MEEM Cruise on the Keweenaw Star which was fun. We've been talking about it for a year, but like most people, we don't tend to do "tourist" stuff this close to home unless someone comes in from out of town. Today is Boom Town Days with a carnival about 4 blocks from our house. My family plans on spending the days there. Tomorrow is the postponed fireworks, also blueberries are ripe and I plan on picking some, and we're going to spend some time with the reunion stuff. Sunday is a friends annual picnic and open house.

It's supposed to be hot and sticky all weekend, so I expect when we're not at something scheduled, we'll be at Bete Gris It's nice to be in the Copper Country in the summer. Even when it's hot, 15 minutes of driving will take you to the biggest natural air conditioner in the world

Thursday, July 27, 2006

And so it begins

This weekend is the annual gathering of crazy people in the Copper Country. I've already run into bwittig and his wife, and am heading out to tceisele's after the Karate test tonight. And drsulak and his wife came in last night so we all went out to dinner.

More later...