Intro Post

Feb. 21st, 2030 06:13 pm
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Howdy, friends and strangers!

This is my intro post. I figured I'd better have one.

This journal is a mix of fannish stuff, ponderings, computer geekery, craft and random cookery experiments. More personal posts are friends-locked, some with tighter filters than others. things you should know about me )

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If you want to write fic for me, here is my Generic Ficathon Elaboration Post.

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kerravonsen: Crafty: a medly of beads (craft)
Does anyone know why "knitting" starts with a silent 'k'? (goes and looks up knitting) Ah, it is related to "knot". Middle English. Doesn't explain why the 'k' became silent, though. Oh well.

So, I have decided to forget the needles and explore knitting with two hooks. This is different from "knooking", which uses one hook and a long trailing string or ribbon. Instead, you use two (Tunisian crochet) hooks and position them like knitting needles, only they have hooks on the end. This is apparently quite common in Portuguese/Turkish/Egyptian/Peruvian knitting, though they also have specific techniques which involve looping the working yarn around the back of one's neck, which I don't really feel like trying at this point. Maybe at some other point.

The advantages of two-hook knitting:
1. It is much easier to pull the yarn through the loops with hooks than with needles.
2. One is less likely to drop a stitch, because you don't remove the stitch from one hook until you have the new stitch on the other hook, and also because it is less easy for a stitch to slip off a crochet hook than a knitting needle, because the hook itself tends to get in the way.
3. It is much closer to needle-knitting than one-hook knitting is, which means I should be able to follow directions meant for needle-knitting.

The disadvantages of two-hook knitting:
1. It is harder to put the hook into the required loop than a needle. This is the trade-off. One thing that happens is that instead of the hook going into the loop that I want it to, it also catches the loop below, which can be messy, confusing, and cause an unintended stitch-increase. This may get easier with practice. It may also be easier with pointier hooks, I'm not sure.
2. I haven't yet found any videos on YouTube that show this method of knitting.

So far, it's promising. Done a garter stitch swatch, and have switched over my current one-hook-knitting project to two-hook-knitting. Slow going, but practice should hopefully make somewhat perfect.
kerravonsen: Seventh Doctor hugging a guitar: "Blues" (blues)
Right now I am writing this blog post, but just before now I was frogging my, um... 10th maybe... attempt to needle-knit. I am a crocheter. I can crochet. I can hook-knit with a crochet hook. But I thought I'd try learning needle-knitting because all the needle-knitters look at me funny whenever I mention hook-knitting. And because it would be easier to learn fancy stitches because nobody makes hook-knitting tutorials beyond the plain knit-and-purl. So I have watched multiple videos on knitting-for-crocheters and on Contininental Knitting (because Continental-style knitting is easier for crocheters to grok). And I bought a set of interchangeable needles from Ebay, because I thought value-for-money.

Read more... )

I know all the knitters in the audience will say "it's easy!" but you probably all learned it at your grandmother's knee. My grandmother wasn't a knitter, she was a mad-keen gardener, and so was my mother. So I was not able to learn from them. My sister can knit, but she lives in another state, so opportunities for face-to-face knitting-learning are few.

kerravonsen: map of Australia: "Home land" (Australia)
There's going to be an election this year, probably in November, or earlier. This is a chance to kick out those inhumane bastards in Canberra. Read this! She says it a lot better than I do.
kerravonsen: Church steeple silhuetted against clouds: "How can I keep from singing?" (singing)

Just had an interesting conversation with a couple of women who knocked on my door claiming to be "theological students" "practising a presentation". I put those in quotes because I now think that they weren't... well, technically you could argue that they were, in the sense that all those who read the Bible are studying the Bible and thus are "students". Really, I think they were doing what Evangelicals call "witnessing": going up to random strangers and trying to persuade them to change their beliefs. The clincher for this was when they started trying to persuade me to come to their church (the church opposite the McDonalds on Blackburn Road, which I think they said was a "Church of Christ" but I'm not entirely sure). But that wasn't until later on in the conversation. Darn it, I just realised that I should have encouraged rather than discouraged them from coming back. Why? Because they need to be rescued from what sounds like (to me) a rather unhealthy church. Oh well. I guess all I can do now is pray for them, poor lambs.

what they actually said )

kerravonsen: Three camels with riders: WISE MEN still seek Him (wise-men-seek-him)
Today was Boxing Day. This year my family had decided to spread the Christmas celebration over two days, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Christmas Day was purely for food and talk. Boxing Day was for presents and games. And quite a few of the presents turned out to be games. Ah, my family. My eldest brother is so enamoured of Terraforming Mars that he keeps on buying me extensions for it.

And my slightly-improved-recipe Christmas Pudding Ice Cream (must update the recipe on the website) was a hit, yay.

So the new game I played was Azul, which was rather different from any other game I'd played. In a way, it's like a puzzle game where you try to maximize your points, but you're also playing with other people, and that can affect what resources you can use, because someone else may have picked them up first. So I played two games of that, then I went out to the veranda/deck (this was my eldest brother's place, they usually host family gatherings) to see what the other groups of people were doing. There were four groups of games going at once, two inside, and two outside on the veranda (it's a big deck kind of veranda, with room for a barbeque and a couple of tables... and a hammock). One group were playing Munchkin, and the other were playing Terraforming Mars. I sat down looking at the Terraforming Mars folks for a bit, but then I noticed the hammock and thought it would be nice to relax in.

Bad move. )
kerravonsen: Three camels with riders: WISE MEN still seek Him (wise-men-seek-him)

This time of year, there's a lot of argument about the "real" meaning of Christmas. And other times of year, there are arguments about other festivals and about the "real" meaning of symbols, such as the rainbow. It tends to boil down to two main arguments:

  1. the earliest meaning is the original, it got in first, so that is the only legitimate meaning.
  2. the latest meaning is what it evolved into, that's what it means now, how dare you tell me it can't mean what it means.

It is just as legitimate (or illegitimate) for the LBGT crowd to co-opt the rainbow as their symbol, as it was for the Celtic Christians to co-opt the Triquetra Celtic knot as the symbol of the Holy Trinity. You can't have it both ways. Either the earlier meaning is the only legitimate one, or the later meaning is the only legitimate one -- if one uses the oldness/newness of the meaning as the argument for its legitimacy. People who declare that Christmas is "really a Pagan holiday" (and that the Triquetra symbol "really" is about the Threefold Goddess) can't then turn around and try to argue that, somehow, the "oldness" argument doesn't apply to the symbolism of the rainbow as a promise of God to Noah after the Flood, since Noah predates the LGBT movement by, er, thousands of years. But they still want to have it both ways.

Of course, what they really want is to control the discourse in their favour.

So, please, none of these silly arguments about what a symbol or festival "really" means. All you can be really sure of is what it means to YOU.

There is no "real" meaning. There is ALL the meanings. Pick one. Pick several!

I'm not saying that symbols are meaningless or arbitrary. Far from it! That would be like saying that art or poetry are meaningless or arbitrary in their meaning. Nor am I saying that the meanings of symbols shouldn't be discussed. But let us use these discussions to enlighten each other, not quarrel with each other. Peace.

side note )

kerravonsen: Buffy facing a mirror image of herself: "Shadow Self" (Buffy)

First, a drive-by rec for this podcast about procrastination. It's a proper scientific thing, interview with a psychologist who studies procrastination. Good stuff.

Second, I feel all organise-y today, probably because I woke up early, so I'm having a to-do-list menu to record stuff I may do and have done. cut for long list )

kerravonsen: Ninth Doctor: You have GOT to be KIDDING! (got-to-be-kidding)
ABC iView have taken down all the current season of Doctor Who before I had a chance to see the most recent episode. Like, it was available for less than 24 hours! They usually leave things up for a week or more! WHAT!

I suppose it was because it was the last episode of the season, but it's still NOT FAIR!

ETA: It was apparently a bug, not a deliberate action. The bug is now fixed. Whew!
kerravonsen: Jarod investigating ice cream: Genius at work (icecream)
A follow-up to this post -- I have figured a way around the scratchy edges, a way which may mean I end up using the 0.3mm thick aluminium after all.

The answer? Folding over the edges. For the thicker aluminium, that is a bit difficult, and it ends up so thick at the end that it won't fit into the bracelet-bender. But with the thinner aluminium, all the folding makes the edges stiffer, which means it actually does work as a bracelet.

kerravonsen: Harry Potter writing with quill (Harry)
Hello my Harry Potter loving friends, I am scratching my head. You see, I got this lovely idea for a "Golden Trio" necklace, but there are parts of it I haven't figured out yet. To wit, I want to make a central pendant with charms on it representing the three of them. Hermione is obvious -- it needs to be a quill or a book. But Harry and Ron I'm not so certain of. I'm thinking maybe a broom for Harry -- if I could find a golden broom charm somewhere, that is. Ron, maybe a wand, because he was brought up in the Wizarding World.

But if any of you have ideas of what charm-things would be a good representation of Ron or Harry, please share them!
kerravonsen: Adam Newman: My fandom has tropical beaches (tropical-beaches)
I am Quite Pleased with myself today, because after a saga of bracelet experimentation, I finally succeeded! Well, 95% succeeded. Good enough.

Okay, so what am I rabbiting on about? As you may know, I am being all artisan-y with my own Etsy store Essence Of Eclectic (mostly jewellery). And I keep on trying new things.Read more... )
kerravonsen: Stargate team looking right: "...and depart on the winds of space, I know not where." (SG1)

It has been a while since I've done a to-do list menu, and I feel the need to be somewhat efficient. cut for long list )

kerravonsen: Martha: "made of awesome" (Martha-awesome)
Necklaces on sale!
These are my beautiful necklaces, I'm clearing the decks before Christmas, I want these GONE, so buy them NOW! And tell ALL your friends!
kerravonsen: Three camels with riders: WISE MEN still seek Him (wise-men-seek-him)
Why? Because if you want to give someone one of my FABULOUS art prints, you have very little time left to order, if you are outside Australia and you want it to arrive before Christmas. Other items have more leeway, but the deadline for art prints is fast approaching! This is because, even though shipping overseas can take as little as two weeks, it can take a lot longer, and the art-prints have to be printed by my printer before they can be posted. Note that the later you leave it, the more likely the post will take longer to arrive, because everything goes crazy in the lead up to Christmas.

ART PRINTS - these are made to order, so they need extra lead time.
Australia: before 16th November 2018
Rest of the World: before 16th October 2018

Note that canvas prints have FREE SHIPPING within Australia!
And paper prints have flat-rate shipping everywhere; you can order as many paper prints as you want and the postage will be the same.

EVERYTHING ELSE - these are ready to ship
Australia: before 1st December 2018
Rest of the World: before 1st November 2018

kerravonsen: tea, nuts and noodle soup (Food)
This is a dead simple recipe, brought about by my frustration at not having a working grill to make cheese-cooked-on-toast (which has a lot of different names, my family just called it "Cheese Cooked" with the "on toast" implied). Yes, you can melt the cheese on the toast in the microwave, but it makes the toast all soggy, which I don't like.

So. I wondered whether I could melt the cheese in the microwave and then put it on the toast afterwards. I'm not sure where I got the egg idea, but, well, eggs are good. I'm also not sure whether this is:
a) healthy (because of the egg)
b) naughty comfort food (because of the cheese)
c) of interest to anyone who does have a working grill

cut for recipe )
kerravonsen: hand stretching up: "Help!" (Help!)
I am mentally exhausted, working on my Etsy shop, trying to think of NEW and DIFFERENT tags to describe my items. I've combined phrases, and I've scoured the thesaurus, and I can't think no more. PLEASE HELP ME! If you could pop over to Essence of Eclectic and look at a few listings, and suggest alternative tags that I haven't already used (the tags are, unfortunately, at the VERY BOTTOM of an item's page), that would be extremely helpful to me. I need a different perspective, my perspective is all perspectived out.
kerravonsen: Jack looking at Daniel, who has his head on his arms: I'm having a bad day, ok? (bad day)

So, Etsy have changed their search algorithms and Marmalead have finally updated their interface to reflect this. (Marmalead is a web-app which helps with Etsy Search Engine Optimisation). This means that all of my listings have gone from a grade of A- to C+. What is worse, the best thing to improve this is not at all straightforward; it requires the one to imagine things that aren't there. To explain: what they want are "long tail keywords", that is, phrases which (a) accurately describe the item, (b) are phrases which very few other sellers are using, (c) which nonetheless are also phrases which customers are using for searching. Marmalead can tell you whether any given phrase fits the (b) and (c) criteria, but what it cannot do is suggest phrases to use which other people aren't using -- it just suggests the most common phrases which other sellers are using. So I just have to randomly think of phrases, like putting a pin into a page and trying to recreate Shakespeare.

So I'm rather depressed, and somewhat despairing. Here's my shop, take a look.

In the meantime, have a to-do list. cut for long list )

Edited to Add: Wonderful, now I'm being targeted by foriegn-language spam comments. (headdesk)

kerravonsen: Cat staring upwards: OMG iz fulla starz (full-of-stars)
Hello all you imaginative people! I have decided on the names for all the pictures in the previous round of Name That Painting, if you want to go look. Could you be so kind as to help me again? This time I've gone a bit mad on doing planetscapes (because I couldn't just stop at Monda Mondo). These are all acrylic pour paintings which have been digitally manipulated to turn them into planets. I could just name them "Planet 1, Planet 2" and so on, but it would be nicer if they could be called something more interesting. All suggestions welcome, because even if you think it is lame, it could still jog my mind in new directions towards a good name.

I will, as ever, update this post with final painting names when I've decided. 8-)

cut for pictures )
kerravonsen: Snape, Hermione: "Believe" (Snape-Hermione)
After much internal and external debate, I have signed up for the [ profile] sshg_giftfest again this year. I didn't do anything for the promptfest (except provide a few prompts) because I didn't feel up to it, but now... I feel starved for artistic inspiration, so I think it would be good for me, even if I'm stumped as to how to create Yet Another SSHG Piece Of Jewellery. Ah well, part of the challenge, I suppose.

Who else here is doing it?
Who wants to be part of my cheersquad?


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