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Third year of running (with partners) my law firm
Hired a fantastic law clerk--we're about to make her full-time
Expanding to a much larger office where we can add up to three new associates
Managed the office when Partner S took a three-week trip
Got all my shit DONE for our holiday closure despite trial pressures

Argued two and a half trials totalling 15 days
Won the two complete ones
Won an order that still makes other family lawyers say "wait, WHAT?" from one trial
Innumerable motions and conferences as ever
Took on my first Hague Convention case
Filled in as staff family lawyer at my old clinic for most of the summer
Improved my efforts to bond with local lawyers--even got a holiday-party invite from one

Took a three-month part-time course in Dispute Resolution
Took a two-week course in Family Mediation
(Spent a goddamn fortune on the above)

Spent some fantastic time with my wonderful kid sister
Great family time in general: long weekend in a cottage near Kingston, Saturday in a hammock in my parents' backyard, wonderful Christmas break

Started seriously saving for retirement
Got serious disability insurance
Changed car insurance companies
Bought a dining table and chairs
Generally did a bunch of "aw shit I'm a real adult" things

Made another attempt at learning guitar (well, two more attempts) (I think it might stick this time)
Had a burst of sweater-finishing energy and can now wear several former WIPs
Managed the awards and trophies for the dog club
Volunteered with the literacy program for a spring and a fall session
Assisted a few dog classes

Read 175 new-to-me books and reread a few favourites
Attended my best friend's wedding
Spent a lovely weekend with her and her new husband in DC
Dated a dude for a while O_O that was a strange interlude in my life
Saw a Nine Inch Nails concert (did I mention the strange interlude?)

Saw One Direction two nights in a row ... again
Stayed obsessed with Nick
And with Harry and Zayn
Kiiinda dropped the other three
Developed a truly glorious love for Taylor Swift and her harem of pretty, pretty ladyfriends

AFK

Oct. 14th, 2011 06:44 am
littlemousling: Flyer of a spinning wheel with the phrase "spinning yarns" above it (spinning)
I'll be at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival until Tuesday, pretty much sans internet. Talk to y'all later!

What even

Aug. 22nd, 2011 02:34 am
littlemousling: Image of Jon Walker, formerly of Panic at the Disco, with googly eyes. Word "lol" is next to him. (jwalk)
Behind this cut is a gif of Dallon whipping Brendon's ass while Brendon humps Ian's guitar. No, but really. )

WHO EVEN ARE THEY.

I just. I can't even. Let's just assume that my TL;DR on this subject is expressed in the form of every dirty Panic fic I have ever written.

---

MOVING ON, it is 2:36am and I have just settled in, and I am going to be SORE tomorrow. Had a lovely lunch with a friend I've been missing and her new wife, then did half an hour on the rowing machine and baked banana bread to bring to the home of another friend. I biked to the friend's house--so nice to be back on my bike!--and then we all worked in shifts on a wool-cotton baby blanket for a friend who's due very, very soon. The last four of us stayed up until 2:00 to get it just about done (casting off is a one-person job, so we left it at that point), having a riotous good time.

Between the rowing, the biking, the walking, and especially the cotton-blend yarn on metal needles, let's hope I feel up to getting out of bed tomorrow!
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Because I can't stop staring at this, and I think you should stare for a while, too:



These socks were knit by an online acquaintance of mine, out of her handspun yarn.

And now I'm going to talk about how awesome they are in the form of a rant about the ways people talk about handspinning, because apparently this is what looking at beautiful handspun makes me think about. )

So, anyway. I don't have much of a solution, except: we need to see photos like this, and we need to stop diminishing ourselves by suggesting that this is not achievable, or that it's not normal, or that it's not what handspun "is."
littlemousling: Still from a Cobra Starship video, shows Vicky-T with the caption "Feeling ... kinky" (kinky)
So I was doing a little survey of my own porny fic, for, uh, no reason at all, and I realized that somehow I don't seem to have ever seriously written bruise-pressing as a featured kink. This Gabe/Travie has a reasonable bit of it, but not enough.

Seriously, this would be like [personal profile] cherrybina suddenly discovering she's never actually posted a story with jailbait kink. I am just saying, this is the kink that makes me glad I'm clumsy.

So yeah. Putting THAT on the to-write list.


In other news! Here, go leave a disparaging comment on this blog post about an incredibly racist wedding. Just please don't be the ones in the comments being all "how come we can call this racist but it's okay to say things about white people!" plz.

I am reading a fabulous book called Holding Still For As Long As Possible, which is VERY Toronto and very riveting and the main characters are a trans guy and three queer women, but it's not about that, it's about being in your mid-twenties and dealing with friendships and relationships and your career and money and neighborhood changes and roommates and mental illness and coffee and cigarettes and puppies. It's just fantastic.
(Non-genre lit, entwined-stories-style novel, 300pp, female author, Canadian, and I just now found out it won the Lambda Literary Foundation Award for Transgender Fiction, so.)

Finally, if you like Cascade yarns (and you know you do), their prices are going up on Friday due to rising costs. If you're thinking of stocking up ahead of that, I really can't over-recommend Cascade Heritage Silk (which is a ridiculously affordable 85% wool/15% silk 4-ply fingering-weight gorgeousness in a range of solids).
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Ahoy, a post that is incomprehensible to ... probably almost everyone who follows me. SORRY. I WILL INCLUDE A PRETTY PICTURE AT THE END.

My spinning mojo is back, thank fuck.

'Tis the season--that helps. It's soon going to be too warm to want half-knit sweaters on my lap, and just the right weather to sit on patios with a spindle and a can of cider.

More importantly, a friend of mine who is always an inspiration came to knit night yesterday with A) her brand-new custom-made Great Wheel, which will be living at Lettuce Knit for a while, and B) some gorgeous gorgeous chain-plied laceweight spun for her by the lovely Ms. Abby Franquemont (who turns out to be teaching at Rhinebeck this year--I am totally in, I haven't seen her since Sock Summit).

The latter was the main inspiration; it was just my speed, fine and strong and soft. I usually don't like chain-plying much, but she'd used it to make looooooooooong color transitions, purple-green-brown-green-purple. Now I find myself spinning two apes of that yarn (one in Sweet Georgia BFL with the same looooong, singles ongoing; one in Into the Whirlde Falklands, ply on the fly) plus two or three projects that had stalled out.

Basically: my mojo is in full spin! Woot. And good thing it's spindles I'm feeling the love for, as my production wheel is sure as hell not coming to New York with me in June.


Okay, now the pretty picture. (If you don't like yarn ... you are missing out, I guess. You probably wouldn't like the photo of the finished socks, either, you philistine!)
3-ply sock yarn
littlemousling: Image of Jon Walker, formerly of Panic at the Disco, with googly eyes. Word "lol" is next to him. (lol)
Muskrat was great! I really can't possibly describe the whole weekend, so I will follow [personal profile] merisunshine36's example and list some highlights:

--the crafts table, which I kind of thought was stupid and then discovered is AMAZING. The icon is a sample of my work. I HAVE EXPRESSED MY FEELINGS ABOUT JON WALKER IN THE FORM OF GOOGLY EYES AND STICKER LETTERS YOU GUYS.

--the anal panel, about which I mostly just want to set up an easy That's What He Said joke but I will refrain. It was excellent.

--the dance party! omg you guys, my calves hurt SO MUCH right now and it is SO WORTH IT. Being able to dance to Guilty Pleasure and If I Had You and (Planetary) Go with a room full of fangirls? EXCELLENT. Also the drinks were very good and the company was better, and I got to go home with the sexiest woman in the room.

--the bandom history panel was eye-opening. ALL OF THE DRAMAS and awesomeness! Is there a collection of wanks stored somewhere so that I can go gawk years after the fact?

--the panel on fandom outside of LJ really helped me solidify the content that I like from each of the outlets that I use (twitter, tumblr, here, delicious, etc). Very interesting.

--I got a shit-ton of knitting done.

--[personal profile] amazonziti gave me YET ANOTHER great fic idea that I kind of can't help wanting to write. This is basically her new goal in my life, I suspect. DAMMIT Z. ::writes::

--I was dubconned into watching Alias by [personal profile] mistresscurvy. It turns out to be fabulous, damn her.

--we somehow lucked into an INCREDIBLE hotel room, a big suite with a California King. This made the fact that she also got a bunch of other people* watching Alias easier, as we could sit four across and watch one laptop. Some cuddling was required to make it work, but I'm always happy to take that one for the team.
*like the lovely [personal profile] merisunshine36 and the fabulous [personal profile] desfinado!

Also I got to have a really lovely dinner and hang-out with my kid sister, and a really great phone call with my bff, some really fabulous time with my [personal profile] mistresscurvy, and a fun lunch with one of her brothers.

Sometimes

Feb. 21st, 2011 10:05 pm
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Sometimes--lots of the time, the last few years--I am so happy and fulfilled and overflowing with love that I can't stop smiling.
littlemousling: Flyer of a spinning wheel with the phrase "spinning yarns" above it (spinning)
Using handspun leftovers as scrap yarn (for stitch holding, provisional cast-ons, tying up my ancient spinning wheel to keep it running) is the most decadent experience. I swear, it's the only kind of recycling that makes me feel sybaritic, and I love that feeling.

Besides which, when else does one get to appreciate one's best leftovers?*


For your time, video of a man teaching an alpaca to surf. Warning: it does not go that well, and I am imagining the sting of the salt water in the poor thing's eyes.


*Projects which call for combining them are not my bag.
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I definitely have to commit to finishing some WIPs. I've got five sweaters and five sock projects that deserve to be finished, and two of each that deserve to be frogged. So I shall do those things ... as soon as I cast off these gloves.

I'm particularly excited to get back to this one:
St. Brigid, mid-back close-up
which was shelved because, at the time, I wouldn't have fit in it when it was finished. Now I will.
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Got my first solo apartment

Got my first “real” all-mine pet

Worked full time in family law for three months (and survived)

Represented clients of my clinic at about a dozen case conferences and motions, and another at a mediation for the Ontario Human Rights Commission

Landed an articling (legal apprenticeship) job that’s in my field, pays well, is a nice government position, and is in Toronto

Went to the first ever Sock Summit, held in Portland, Oregon

Also went to my first Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival, and bought rather a lot of fiber

Biked, at a guess, more than 120 hours despite Toronto’s loooong and not-bike-safe winter

Learned to bake bread

Knit three sweaters (one handspun), five pairs of socks (two handspun), and various accessories including a couple of scarves (low total because I was busy spinning)

Spun 12727 yards of yarn, made up of some 36192 yards of singles. (Comparison: last year I spun 1728 yards total. That’s not even a seventh as much as this year)

And … probably other things?
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OK, how do I explain this to lay-people?

There's the good old-fashioned simile: suppose you were a singer, and recorded a demo, and--let's say Regina Spektor, someone totally awesome and at the top of her game and wildly popular--Regina Spektor not only listed your demo as a favorite CD, but as HER ONLY favorite CD (so far).

Or how about pure emotion: Eeee! Eeeee! Eeeeee! Eeeeeee! EEEEEEEE!

Or a quick synopsis: I knit a sweater, and I posted it on Ravelry (knitting social-networking site). 15 people listed it as a favorite, which is cool, but normal-level cool. Then a 16th did. But this 16th is Eunny Jang, who's not only one of the most popular knit designers out there, she's the new editor of Interweave Knits, which makes her, like, Awesome McAwesomeness.
So I figure, OK, she's favorited a hundred items by now. I go and look.

The only FO she's yet favorited is MY SWEATER.


I know that doesn't mean much to most of you, so let's revert to attempt #2:
Eeeeee! Eeeeeee! Eeeeeeee! EEEEEEeeeeee! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)
Goodness, I'm enjoying knitting this sweater.

My plan is working! I find myself wanting to knit sweaters, sweaters, sweaters, even though socks are easy and require no planning. Whew! Hopefully after this year I'll come back to more of a balance (although I think I'm pretty balanced now--so far this year it's four sweaters and one on the needles, plus five pairs of socks and one on the needles), but for now--sweaters! Sweaters! Sweaters!
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Originally uploaded by littlemousling.
I'm not surprised that the best photo (of about 200--no, I'm not kidding) from graduation day features me not in the damn regalia.

It does feature my Thermal sweater, looking fantabulous if I do say so myself, and my dad, looking a little tired but happy.

Many, many, many more photos at my Flickr.

MD S&W

May. 5th, 2007 09:01 pm
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Dude, Maryland Sheep and Wool was AWESOME.

Dana, Mairi, Juliana and I took one of the Philly CarShare cars down (it's about a two-hour drive) and were there for almost four hours. We pet sheep, we ate lamb, we looked at alpaca, we bought yarn, we fondled vicuna ($200 an ounce! For comparison, you can squeak a hat's worth of yarn from 2 oz).

This was my one day off my yarn diet (January-September), so I enjoyed myself to the tune of two sweaters (Tess' Designer Yarns Silk & Ivory (silk/wool sportweight) in green and sportweight alpaca in "nutmeg" natural brown, both uneffingbelievably soft) and a pair of socks (Regia Silk in brown). Somehow I didn't end up with so much as an ounce of fiber!

Anyway, it was fantastically fun, and I'm so glad we did it. Now--on to May Day!

Whew

Apr. 28th, 2007 09:52 pm
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I just finished knitting this sweater in 24 days. I knit it on size 3 needles.

Clearly, this thesis isn't taking up enough of my time.

But it's due Monday, so I guess it's too late to worry about that.

Oh, and I just started this sweater, which makes me want to knit an entire cardigan in seed stitch because it's just. so. pretty.
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The thesis is now 38 pages, with 83 footnotes. The symmetry of that makes me not want to change anything. After all, if I add even one page, I'd have to add ten footnotes to keep it all cool. OTOH, wouldn't 40 pages and 100 footnotes be nice and neat?

I suspect this isn't how I'm supposed to think about my thesis. But hell, it's basically done, so if I want to be weird about it, who cares, right?


PS. I'm knitting a sweater. On size 3 needles. And yet it's going really, really fast. I think that proves I have a lot of free time.
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-lived in Italy for four months
-lost 50 pounds
-was accepted to the only law school to which I applied
-worked full-time for three months and part-time for one month
-opened a retirement account
-knit one sweater, one lace shawl, one pair of thrummed mittens, one pair of camel mittens, two pairs of convertible mittens, two lace scarves, one wrap, one pair of fingerless mittens, and nineteen pairs of socks
-bought a wheel and learned to spin
-won a blue ribbon for some orange three-ply yarn
-took classes on Italian art history, Latin writers, Greco-Roman mythology, modern Italian history, work/family issues, modern Middle Eastern history, Petrarch and Boccaccio, and a senior seminar in Classics
-visited London and York (and De Gaulle airport, three times)
-visited Ostia Antica, Nettuno, Tivoli, Titignano, Todi, Torino (Turin), Naples, Pompeii, Florence, etc
-took 3000 photos
-got to see Olympic hockey and ice dancing
-apparently had the following conversation (in York):
Laurel: "Watch that step, it's slippery."
Me: "You're like my sherpa. We should get you a yak!"
Laurel: "No one's ever told me I needed a yak before."

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