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June 5th, 2006 (12:37 am)
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current mood: sleepy

Well, despite the female sibling unit's attempts to keep my Visa from wailing, we ended up going to m1 afterall. I told her I needed to get some DPNs so she acquiesced to going. And as expected from their stock list, there was little in the way of fuzzies for me to pick up... and so I got deluged by the attack of the pattern lover instead. >_<;; Okay, granted some most of those patterns are for me. ^^;; I picked up a couple of Fiddlesticks patterns, and am hoping to use today's yarn purchase on the Lily of the Valley stole.

The FSU however, wanted this cardigan, and has so far attempted to start it twice now. The first time was with a merino wool yarn, the second with an acrylic. I think she's going to try finding some Snuggly or other softer & lighter baby yarn to try the pattern out on. In the meantime, I've been going through White Lies site as well as some others looking for some nice closures and shawl pins for her. I don't think we have any as yet, but then, so far, none of my shawls are large enough to require an actual closure like that.

Yarnwise, the girl at the shop told me that they have more Andrea's yarn in a shipment that's currently trapped at the border. It's anyone's guess when it'll come in therefore, but... the shop's a royal pain for me to go to readily. (Actually, just about all the yarn shops are in distant or awkward locations). Shall see if we trek out that way again once the shipment arrives or if it'll be hit/miss again. >_<;

And while at m1, I picked up still more stitch markers. I seem to be in a pretty bauble mood lately as I picked up some more "everyday" stitch markers from the Elegant Knitter. I'm still not sure if I like these markers as they're sterling silver and I'm afraid they'll tarnish. If they do... >_<;;

And since we have no cables for our Denise needles, I yanked two shawls off the needles. One was the Tri-Aran shawl and the other MS2 take 2. I still want to yank MS3 off the needles and restart it as well. It's been hanging around for so long, I suspect my tension will be completely out now (or I may have dropped stitches by now). I've made serious negative progress today. ^^;; But I restarted the Ethereal Fichu with the Andrea's Yarn, and I really don't know if I like this pattern or not. It casts on stitches compared to the DFS which casts stitches off for the pointy lace edging. I love the look and feel of the yarn though. ^_^ The girl at the shop tells me that a couple of people returned their Andrea's yarn because it was troublesome and hard to work with. I will admit, it was a royal pain to ball, but it's been fine since. Just... no give. >_<; For whatever reason, I didn't give them my colour wishlist today. Oh well.

Tomorrow, hopefully I'll have a moment free to run out to Future Shop or Best Buy. By the time I'd mentioned it, we'd missed the turnoff so we didn't go today. I need new headphones for the computer. Mine died unexpectedly on Saturday. ^^;; FWIW, Saiunkoku 9's translation will have to wait until I get new headphones... unless I strip something else of it's headset. ^^

And of course, tomorrow should see some news about the latest FB chapter. If there aren't any scans by then, I'll see about hitting the "kansou" sites. ^^;; Anyhow, bed. I've some pattern drooling to do and colour planning. ^^;

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Posted by: A K A R I (akari_kazuki)
Posted at: June 5th, 2006 10:35 am (UTC)
Yo! ^^

Cool cardi! I want one!! ^^

Have a good rest, Shadow-san!! I can't wait for F.B. either!

Just took exams so am in a crazy depressed mood, still at least it didn't go all THAT terribly! Nice to see you're okay!(well, happy I mean!) ^^

Seeya!

~Akari Kazuki~

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 6th, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
Re: Yo! ^^

Looks like we're waiting a little longer on FB still. ^^;; Good luck on your exams. (Enjoy your freedom if you're finished!) ^_^

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: June 5th, 2006 11:07 am (UTC)

wai! according to elishi getting spoilers off furuba japanese forum is kinda hard due to massive amount of messages and trolling :(
but yeah we desperately need some news about the latest chapter *__*
i heard there's a pretty color (2 page) spread of kyoru? ^^

ahhhh Saiunkoku 9 T___T!!!!! I want more Ryuuki in it though hehe

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 6th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)

Yeah, I'd heard about that. >_<;; I can't believe that people would troll on something like this, but then, I will admit seeing similar stuff on a gaming forum. :-/

ahhhh Saiunkoku 9 T___T!!!!! I want more Ryuuki in it though hehe

*laughs* We'll see a bit more of him soon. Poor him though. ^^;;

Posted by: Simply NANA (toriru4ever)
Posted at: June 6th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)

*laughs* We'll see a bit more of him soon. Poor him though. ^^;;</>

oh do tell!!! i RABU-RABU Ryuuki hehe

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: June 5th, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC)
hamlet lj (tzikeh)

I'm on a white lies yahoo group, and I've heard bad things about Angelina. Which sucks, because pretty! (Saggy under the arms.)

OMG, that lily of the vally is pretty!

It's 128 day! *flail* What time is it in Japan? ~_^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 6th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)

Eek. Passed on the info to the FSU so hopefully she'll keep an eye on how the pattern goes and adjust the sleeves / armholes as needed. Still no scans. *cry* ^^;

Japan's GMT+9 IIRC (EST is GMT-5?)

Posted by: Applejacks (auburnmaven)
Posted at: June 5th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
Rin It was all a lie

You sound busy! Good luck with everything! I hope we get info on the next chap. soon. The suspension of not knowing whast happens is killing me.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 6th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)

*laughs* It seems like suspense is running really high this chapter and of course it ends at the perfect point... *sigh* One month break this time. >_<;

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: June 5th, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)
in zen

omg!! I aspire to be a knitter like you!! those are some serious patterns! One of my friends in our knitting group, most likely is on your knitting level. it's UNREAL what she does. *sighs* someday...someday.

btw, i am having the devil of a time with a pair of socks right now. The instructions are just WACKY! even my mum, who has been a knitter for like 40yrs..is like..."this pattern is terrible". uH! ANd, i got it in one of those so-called EASY vogue Knit1 mags. The socks are UBER adorable. made to look like flip-flops, so they are actually slipper-socks. I was hoping to whip up a whole bunch to give as xmas gifts this year. ugh@!

anyhoo...again thanks for all your hard translating work. (i soo wish you loved GIntama. I am translating the manga right now, for the comm...but, no one is Fansubbing it! *SOBS*)

(also, definitely have started to check out the sites you sent. I figurs i am going to apply to the top four places AND Jet...and see which one bites. ^____^. thank you! i may be asking you more Qs. would you mind if I email you about it? )

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 6th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)

^^;; I on the otherhand wish I could make socks... *laughs* Sooner or later, a pattern like that's going to reach out from the computer screen or from some knitting shop's shelf, grab you around the throat, and say KNIT ME!! :P

BTW, what's Gintama about? I've never looked at it before. :?

The four major privates hire most people who are eligible. Generally speaking, there's a high turnover rate for people working there. Otherwise, feel free to e-mail me at tsujirimaccha @ yahoo . ca. ^_^

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: June 6th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
the boys

Uh...the socks. I DO want to knit socks....I have seen some GREAT patterns. I thought this slipper/sock was going to be easy (and it SOO is), it's just the damn instructions.

so...high turnover rate? Is that after people are accepted? or move to Japan? i guess that can be a GOOD thing for me. Means there are always spaces available. neh?

The only problem with 1 of the companies, is that it is only located in toronto/vancouver and britian. AND< they require a 1-on-1 meeting. SO, I may not apply to that one. I don't want to pay for a ticket to canada for an interview, only to find out they decided no. . .tho' i COULD visit my friend in Toronto. ^^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 7th, 2006 08:24 am (UTC)

high turnover rate? Is that after people are accepted? or move to Japan? i guess that can be a GOOD thing for me. Means there are always spaces available. neh?

After moving to Japan. If you include those on working holiday visas, the average when I was there was for people to work ~6-9 months before leaving the country. However those on full visas seemed to stay longer than a single contract (1 year). Since there is such a high turnover rate, you can be more selective in who you go with, or be less and get over there and switch companies if you want while there. I never switched but some do. *shrug*

The only problem with 1 of the companies, is that it is only located in toronto/vancouver and britian. AND< they require a 1-on-1 meeting. SO, I may not apply to that one. I don't want to pay for a ticket to canada for an interview, only to find out they decided no. . .tho' i COULD visit my friend in Toronto. ^^

? At a guess Geos? Aeon and Geos had the strictest application process of the big four. I think all of them have a bit of one-on-one interviewing though. Aeon and Geos IIRC, had a mini-lesson session as well though.

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: June 8th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
you don't say

Yep. it was Geos. Aeon, Nova and AMity all have offices around, or in the vicinity of NYC. THey all require interviews and testing. I like Amity's children program and also their incentives for helping out with expenses, health care, pay and other benefits. It said to give 2-4months from when you want to go.

RIght now, i am producing a couple films...so, I am thinking maybe for spring of next year. I thought i should apply for January. What was your turnout time from application to moving? and, if you don't mind me asking, which company did you work for?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 10th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)

Hmm... I applied right after Christmas and flew out in late May, but from what I remember the consulate I had to go through was notorious for being very fickle back then. (I think the visa app ended up taking almost 3 months). I went with Nova. If you like children, it'll give you more flexibility and choice though. ^_^

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: June 10th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
urahara smile

hmm...so that would be perfect timing for me if i applied at the beginning of next/end of this yr to get out for may/june.
and, i will check out Nova's children program. I just thought it would be much more fun and creative working with children. Also, having been a nanny for MANY years...i know i am good with them. ^___^

thanks again for your help and information. I truly appreciate it.

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: June 6th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
you don't say

hmmm how to describe Gintama....it's a crack anime. It's absolutely HYSTERICAL. It takes place toward the end of the tokugawa period the start of the meiji era. The lead character (gintoki) is a former samurai who now becomes a freelancer. He's is a laid-back, easy going guy with a sugar obsession. now, add to this that meiji era japan is not intruded by foreigners, but aliens from all over the universe..AND that meiji era japan has alot of the "conveniences" of modern-day japan. it's PURE crack.

Gintoki has two "adoptees" in his group (of course): kagura (a wandering alien from the Kato clan which is the strongest fighting clan in the galaxy) and Shinpachi.

you'd enjoy it. ESPECIALLY from living in japan..The mangaka, Sorachi Hideaki, uses alot of cultural references and puns. I think that is why it is soo slow to sub and translate the manga/anime. I started to translate the manga myself. but, i know that i am probably missing some "inside" jokes that do not readily translate.

you can get the raw eps here:
http://bt.saiyaman.info/?search=gintama&cat=0&incldead=1
search for "gintama" . i would LOVE to see you think about it. ^^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 7th, 2006 08:33 am (UTC)

Thanks for the link! I've managed to find a sub for eps 1-2 since they don't have raws for those and will see how they are once they finish DLing. Inside jokes are a royal pain to translate. It's one thing to get them, it's another to figure out how to translate them too. >_<;;

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: June 8th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
truuussst me

yeh, it seems that both the manga and the anime are filled with cultural puns and jokes..so, it COULD be why it's slow to translate. I hope someone does soon. Bakaneko started it, and they supposedly only stopped, because their translator went on vacation back home to Japan (and, if he's anything like my japanese friends, that can be anywhere from a month or on--heh). But, it HAS been almost 2months. so, i am not sure.

It IS a popular anime in Japan. AND< ironically, despite the lack of translations for the manga and anime out there. People are really catching on to it. SO, i keep my fingers crossed. ^^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 10th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)

I'll admit it's a bit different. Maybe not as strange as Suzumiya Haruhi though. ^^;; I've only watched 3 eps so far, so I still have some more DLing to do... :P

Posted by: lu-chan (mrs_urahara)
Posted at: June 10th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
heh-heh..*twitch*

LOVE Suzimiya Haruhi...it's not as "comedic", though, i think. It's just bizarre, but I love it.

With Gintama...much like Ouran, i just find myself in STITCHES. And, even though, my japanese is NOT good, i can pick up some of the funny stuff, because it is soo physical.

Bakaneko has picked it up agian, and one of the members in the LJ Gintama comm, K_shi, has just joined Bakaneko's team for fansubbing, so he said they are working hard to get us all caught up as quick as possible. not to mention, K_Shi also is doing the translations for the manga, too.

I am so indebted to people like you and K_shi who just do all this wonderful stuff for us, for just love and no money. I know if i could do it, i would do, too. ^^

Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: June 6th, 2006 01:22 am (UTC)

The stitch-markers look like they'd be easy to duplicate with ring-sized stainless-steel memory wire, some large beads, and perhaps a bit of glue.

I haven't done any knitting since before we got our cats, which makes me think I should consider donating my yarn stash somewhere. Then again, maybe now that they're relatively staid and mature, they might not get as pouncy as they did in kittenhood when I attempted to crochet in their general vicinity.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 6th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)

*laughs* Kittens are especially bad. I remember our kitty loved to "inspect" our work = lay down in the middle of what we were doing and demand attention. ^^;

I'm not sure for the markers, is the wire easy to obtain? Beads and probably rubber cement is my guess for glue are easy enough, but I have no idea about the wire. :?

Posted by: wombat1138 (wombat1138)
Posted at: June 6th, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)

Most bead shops or possibly even general crafty-type shops should have memory wire-- here's a semi-random page that shows the different types; unsurprisingly, they all look like coils of wire :b but the "memory" part means that the coils retain their pre-set diameter, so if you cut a single loop and stick both ends into a bead, possibly the inherent tension might be enough to hold the bead in place without needing to slosh glue around.

It's rather stiff, sturdy stuff, so you'll need hardware-type pliers/wirecutters to deal with it; it warps ordinary jewelry pliers/cutters in no time flat.

List of Canadian beadshops here, though I have no idea how up-to-date or comprehensive it is.

Posted by: Every knot was once straight rope (craftyginny)
Posted at: June 6th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)

FSU should look at this. Not to instill fear, but to caution her of a potential danger of the mermaid. Pretty pretty mermaid of garter stitch doooooooooooooooooooooooooom!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: June 7th, 2006 08:31 am (UTC)

Yikes! That would not be good. >_<;; Thankfully her tension is quite consistent to my knowledge. (Contrary to my own which is why I'd rather she do this one.) :P Actually, that site was quite useful for the Mermaid since it also had some stuff on beginning with a provisional cast on instead of the i-cord and use an i-cord bind off instead. A bit over my head still (never done i-cords yet though the DFS uses an i-cord bind off).

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: June 7th, 2006 11:14 am (UTC)
artoo!

That blog is filled with much wisdom. If not the Yoda of knitting, it is at least on the Jedi Council. /dork

(Sorry, woken by blast of music (note to self: when the computer's going to wake up at 7a & play music, make sure it's not raucous!), and then checked for translation (yay! again) while half asleep. Still not all here. ^_^)

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