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December 3rd, 2006 (04:08 pm)

current mood: drained

So, there's something coming in soon over here. The question is, warm or cold? The good thing about living here is that sometimes we get really warm temps in the winter time. The bad, migraines, headaches, and joint aches. >_<; I've got eyestrain, a headache, and muscle/joint aches today. It's rare to get this much at once. But I'm lucky, I seldom have serious migraines and I can usually remain functional when these shifts come in. Today's one of the rare days I want to curl up and not move; it's also proving difficult to do anything beyond stare blankly (which means I'm not working on any subbing this afternoon). -_-;

But the good thing(?) today is that we went out to m1. I'm not sure, is this good or bad? I bought part of the FSU's Xmas present (yes even though she was with me). She's now the happy owner of four new 32" Destiny circular needles (3.5-5mm). The Destiny circulars are ebony wood needles put out by Lantern Moon and are perhaps some of the most expensive needles out there. They're also some of the nicest needles I've worked with except for when I was working with a rich burgundy yarn. I couldn't distinguish yarn from needle, so they didn't work well then. ^^;

For myself though, I picked up two skeins of yummy cashmere by Jade Sapphire. I so want to turn this into a nice scarf but have no idea what pattern to use. I picked up their 6-ply which is a fairly heavy yarn... strange I don't see a tension gauge for it. :/ I've been manhandling the poor yarn ever since it came home and petting it... The thing is they only had two skeins so I have to be careful that I'll have enough for a scarf. The skeins themselves are 55gm 150yd each, so it's not going to be too big. (One of these days, I'm going to cave in and make either a Dr. Who scarf or a Harry Potter style scarf.) :P

I was also quite tempted by the alpaca since again it's so soft and warm, but decided to keep myself down to the cashmere and some more sock yarn. I'm not sure why I picked up more sock yarn... I've got more than enough yarn to knit for all of next year and still not finish. ^^; Of course, I was also tempted to buy more sock yarn from Furry Yarns. The slip stitch socks I've been working on uses their Maine Bear SOX yarn and it's quite nice to work with. I didn't order any more but I probably should next year. ^o^

And looking at all the yarn I picked up over the year... I think the vast majority is handpainted. I have a plain black possum-merino that I'm also thinking about using to make a scarf, but... yes. The vast majority is definitely handpainted. ^^;

*sigh* Someone stop me. I keep molesting the cashmere. >_<;;


Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
loveinateapot (feathered - obsessiveicon

mmmmm… alpaca. *dreamy sigh* The lace was alpaca. It was lovely to work with. (Understatement)

Why should you stop petting the cashmere? *confused*

Sorry about the weather woes. *pets* *pours tea*

If I'd known it was this kind of day, I'd've tried a little harder for the silly on Shoumyou 3. ^_^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 10:35 pm (UTC)

If I keep petting the cashmere as I've been, it's going to start felting soon! ^^;;

Wonky weather's always a problem here, but between wonky and constant freezing, I think I'll take wonky. ^^;

If I'd known it was this kind of day, I'd've tried a little harder for the silly on Shoumyou 3. ^_^

*laughs* I have to decide if I do Shoumyou 3 or Kokumono 24 first. One of them gets done tonight though. ^o^ (GH 6 gets sent out tonight too). :P

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
butterscotch sun by skellorg on obsessiv

We had butterscotch sun today. It was delicious. Of course, it was also cold. But my class was cancelled and I didn't have to go out in it. *smug*

(GH 6 gets sent out tonight too). :P

*breaks down in tears* This is your punishment for me "wasting" the day cleaning, isn't it? At least this way, I'll see the end of the story…

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: December 6th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
I love your summary site

I don't have time to register as a user yet but I will someday (gotta get to work). I just wanted to take a moment and tell you how much I appreciate your summary/translation site Kagesai no Yume~Shadow Dreams. I've been reading the summaries for Fruits Basket and all the other goodies you've given us. You've sustained me and my friends who are dying of Furuba deprivation because TokyoPop is soooo slow at releasing the next volumes. Thank you soooo much! ~Jettneko

Posted by: Vaidah (alorarose)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)

I'm currently using Lion Brand's Chenille to make a scarf. I keep petting it.. >.> So I won't be stopping your yarn molestation, haha.

Posted by: Kyoko Fujimiya (kyoko215)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)

XD molesting cashmere....

Hey i have a question... what happened w/ furuba 136? I went to your site and i didnt see it, nor have i seen it here at all.. i'm not demanding it or anything, i was just curious if you were planning on doing it, since your translations are some of the best out there (not flattery, it's a fact) If your tired of people trying to steal it or demanding it, that's fine, i just kinda wanted some info on what happened... ^ ^;

Posted by: Joie (hymnia)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC)
Bunny loves you

I was kind of curious about that, too, but I didn't want to say anything for fear of sounding like those annoying people who demand translations right away. I'm not really that anxious about it, since we have scans now and a reasonably informative mini-summary is being passed around a few places (but your translations are always so nice and I do hope you'll do it eventually). Mostly I just thought it odd that you've mentioned working on your fansub projects many times in the past week or so, but have not made one mention of Furuba that I've seen. Are you putting it off because you're in denial about the series being over? ;)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)

*laughs* No I'm not in denial. ^^; I'm actually extremely relieved it's over now. I think the FB fandom is one that I'm rather happy to get out of now. There's been some really good things with it, but it's also one of the worst fandoms I've ever gotten involved in. :/

I'll post later tonight about what's going on with FB. I haven't worked on the last chapter yet, but there's been some royal idiocy recently which has caused the last chapter to be so badly delayed.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I haven't worked on it yet because the idiocy that's been happening lately got me pretty PO'ed. I'll write more about that probably later tonight. ^_^

Posted by: カイロンスター (chironstar)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)

Ah, long time no talk, Shadow!

*brings cup of hot tea* Oh, I so empathise with your weather woes! I'm very sensitive to the weather too, and weather shifts can make me feel either really good or really sick. -_-

I don't know how to knit, but I don't think there's anything wrong with molesting the cashmere (hey, if it feels nice, why should you stop?)...

I hope you feel better soon! *hugs*

Posted by: カイロンスター (chironstar)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)

Btw, where are you at/from (if you don't mind me asking)?

And oooh, handpainted ... they must be so beautiful (and expensive...?)! Will you show me a pic of some of your knitting sometime? I don't know how to knit, but I always love looking at other people's work...

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 4th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)

Yeah, weather shifts can be good (I'm in Calgary, Canada, BTW), but they are a pain. Where are you/what sort of shifts do you get? In the winter, ours are mostly arctic winds to westerlies shifts which means the temperature changes from the ~-20's to ~+10's C quite rapidly. When the shift is literally that extreme it can be pretty harsh, but usually it's a little less extreme. ^^;

Petting yarn is good in moderation, but when it gets too extreme... I'm wondering if I might felt the yarn if I'm not careful (I'd have to have very warm hands and do a lot of rubbing though). :P

Handpainted yarn can be expensive, but isn't always. Probably the most expensive stuff I buy is by Hand Maiden but they also specialise in silks and cashmeres, while the least expensive I've bought is by handpaintedyarns.com which is down in South America (they also go by the name malabrigo yarns IIRC, a dyeing co-op). The trick with cottage-craft handpainted yarn is that, often, no two skeins are the same, so they can be tricky to work with. I'll try to remember to take a photo of those darn night and day socks. They were made from a single skein of handpainted yarn (worked from both ends), but the shades are quite different between the two. ^^;

I have some photos of my earlier stuff in my photo/image gallery (http://shadow.randomfandom.com/gallery/) but I don't think I've added anything since summer... have I finished anything since then?? ^^; I've also added most of the highlight photos from my trip to Japan this year as well, although most of the ones from Usuki and Usa are still missing IIRC. ^^;

Posted by: flower_sama (flower_sama)
Posted at: December 5th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)

I'm sorry for randomly posting but I'd like to comment on your beautiful pictures from your trip to Japan. The colors were very vivid and those trees were stunning (the o-miyuji sp?)
I have a question. I saw the soba stand at the train station picture and I became courious. I ve heard that it's considered rude to eat in public in Japan, so if that's true where would one take their soba to eat if they were say on a tour and coundn't find a place to eat?

Also the yarn that was used for the creamy white shawl looked really soft.
Was that a wool or a cashmere?
sorry for the ransom post ^ ^
*runs and hides*

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: December 8th, 2006 07:04 am (UTC)

Eating in public is rude if you eat while walking. If you're on a platform looking at eating soba, often there will be a counter at which to eat. If not, then you'd take your bowl off to the side and eat there. ^_^

The cream-coloured yarn is actually an acrylic baby yarn (Peter Pan 3-ply fingering). It's a really nice and soft baby yarn though. ^_^

Posted by: カイロンスター (chironstar)
Posted at: December 5th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)

Ah, I hail from Sydney, Australia. We often get really extreme fluctuations in weather too (my family and I would always joke that we get four seasons in one day) - for example, on a typical day, in the morning it can be really cold, then by the afternoon it'd be really hot; once night falls it'd start to cool, and then at night it'd be cold again. Where I live we can get fluctuations like 13 Celsius (min) and 35 Celsius (max) in a day, and I'm not even including the 40+ Celsius summer days that we get, especially around bushfire season. (And when it's winter, it can get really cold, too, though not as cold as the US or Canada.) Of course, if you live in the most coastal areas the temperatures are more moderate (inland and coastal areas typically have a difference between 5-10 Celsius) - I normally have to commute to and from these areas everyday, so I feel the temp fluctuations even more.

With me, I usually get aches and cramps, along with the usual headaches, sinus problems and watery eyes (and if you put hayfever and all that other stuff into the mix, it's even worse). It's very, very dry over here as well, so when it suddenly gets really wet (once in a blue moon), I get some of these symptoms too... (Gosh I sound like an old lady or something...)

Ah well, I suppose as long as you're careful about it, petting is OK! (It's good you have warm hands ... my hands are often quite cold ... except for in summer, that is ... since by then I'd be melting.)

Wow, those yarn are really pretty! (Yes, I'd love to see some photos if you do take them! But no pressure, though! ^_^) And as for the handpainted ones, I'd thought they'd have some colour differences too ... but they're not too noticeable once you put them all together, are they? And oooh, I'm looking at the pictures in your gallery, and they're really nice! Your shawls are so beautiful, especially the ones with those intricate patterns! I also really like the white one!

Waaa ... your Japan photos are awesome! The places there are so beautiful (it's making me want to visit Japan even more now! I must start saving up for it!) ... *_*

Btw, just curious, will you be putting up the translations for Kokumono 21 and 22 on your website?

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