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Just one more on knitting... (for now)

October 24th, 2007 (12:58 am)

current mood: tired

For some reason, I seem to have "death, mayhem, and destruction" in mind for November. >.> Today, while checking out the Arwen hoodie, I ran into some links to knit-alongs for Oct including the Mystic Waters KAL. There were two others I was interested in (Secret of Chrysopolis and Secret of the Stole) but sign-up had already closed for them, so I hurriedly signed up for Mystic Waters. When am I supposed to find the time for the KAL, two pairs of socks (Wild Things is currently 7.5" long. Yay!), NaNo, *and* JLPT study? *blink* I guess I needed to create a bit of stress for myself...?

BUT. I'll admit to having been good. Since sign-up closed today and the first part of the pattern is being released tomorrow, I didn't have a chance to go out and buy yarn for the KAL and will instead use something from the stash (Cherry Tree Hill Possum Lace in Spanish Moss colourway). The colour's not entirely appropriate, but hopefully it'll work. ^_^ I'm hoping the variegation won't pool or puddle too much. >.>

Otherwise, call me a nerd, but I'm really enjoying the Jdrama Galileo so far. :P I think it's the physics content and how they're using it. Not to mention Yukawa-sensei is rather amusing. ^o^ His attitude and demeanor remind me of how we all were in high school physics and chem classes (and math too). Ahh, we were an odd bunch. ^^;

Anyhow, time to crash. Hopefully I'll be more productive tomorrow. >.>


Posted by: カイロンスター (chironstar)
Posted at: October 24th, 2007 09:01 am (UTC)

Oooh, what is this Galileo series like? I don't think you're a nerd for being interested in physics content ... I'm so not one, but even I think physics concepts are very interesting (they're just difficult to understand, that's all). I haven't watched any JDrama before, and if it's really good, then I'd like to give it a shot... :)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 24th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)

Galileo is a basic cop show where the focus is on strange occurrences and figuring out how they happened. The first case was about a guy's head suddenly bursting into flames while the second seemed to involve astral travel. ^_^ The police aspect to the show is pretty minor, and it's more of a guilty pleasure for me. I love the look of childish glee when Yukawa admits "I haven't got a clue". ^o^

Otherwise, for a drama more on romance/life, I'd suggest Hotaru no Hikari. *That* was great fun to watch. ^o^

I'm not sure how good the subs are since I'm watching raws, but Galileo is being subbed by one group (check Tokyo Tosho) and Hotaru no Hikari is listed in the jdrama community, so you can check there for info on that one. ^_^

Posted by: カイロンスター (chironstar)
Posted at: November 26th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)

Hey hey Shadow!

Sorry for the late reply - been busy with exams (only one more to go)!

Thanks very much for the recs! Both Galileo and Hotaru no Hikari sound very interesting, and I'd love to go check them out! ^___^ Oooh, can't wait till I get my hols once exams finish! :)

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: October 24th, 2007 10:08 am (UTC)

*drool* Possum Lace… is it yummy?

I've never done a "you get the pattern in pieces and love it, damn you" KAL. It makes me nervous: there was one recently that was half-triangle half-rectangle. *shudder*

Galileo? Interesting. Maybe I'll look for subs?

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 24th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)

Um... I don't know if you'd be interested in possum lace because of how it's made. The possums (New Zealand) are killed in order to make the yarn. (They're an environmentally devastating pest over there IIRC.)

The yarn itself is quite interesting. It's a 40% merino, 40% possum, 20% silk blend (480 yds/50gm) and is quite soft and resilient. It has a soft halo to it and is less furry/sheds less than angora yarn. I'm using 3.5mm needles and probably wouldn't go any lower than that as the fabric would be too tight IMO. (I would rather go up a size, but the finished size for the shawl is quite large, so I'm hoping the tighter gauge will work. >.> )

*laughs* I like KALs because of the mystery factor to them, but yeah, you have to trust the designer's design sense. I've seen some oddball stole patterns that seemed a bit weird to me, but... *shrug* Here's the description for this KAL:

Have you ever found yourself staring into a deep ocean pondering the mysteries beneath the surface?
Or swam in a dark lake at sunset?
Do you feel the lightness of the summer rain?
Water has many forms and faces, and yet they are all the same - simple H2O.

Presented in an original design, this triangular shawl show some of the many faces of water.

Galileo is being subbed by someone (don't recall the group name) and can be found on Tokyo Tosho. ^_^

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: October 24th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
katakana from Jelynne

eeek. I see the validity in getting rid of harmful pests, but I shall not avail myself of the byproduct. :/

I do like the look of some of the finished mystery projects, but by then it's too late for me. *shrug* Like I'm at a loss for knitting projects, yes.

Thanks for the Galileo tip; I'll check it out. ^_^

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 27th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)

^^;; Yeah, I didn't think you'd want to get it if you knew about that. I don't remember, but I think I learned about that after getting the yarn. ^^;;

*laughs* There are definite disadvantages to being part of a KAL. For one thing, you're essentially a test knitter for a new pattern. However, it's not all bad. This shawl's apparently quite massive so the designer's looking into ways to make it smaller for smaller people (rather than rely on gossamer yarn), so that's a definite plus. (Might have to sit out a round though.)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: October 26th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)

Thank you for putting up the info on Galileo, kage-san :)
Found some more info. However, before I watch this series - can you answer a query of mine? IS this series, visually gory in terms of content, corpses shown?
I know I can tolerate Ghost Hunt faces, though GHost Hound ep 1 freaked me a bit more. Sorry for asking such a pathetic thing, but I do want to see the series, but if it is gory, atleast I know I can ready myself on the fast forward button!
Thanks for all the recs. I love your blog - and have enjoyed almost all of your recs from Night of the Beasts to Saiunkoku :)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: October 27th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)

It's not particularly gory so far. Far all that it's supposed to be a cop show, it's really more focussed on the physics aspect. I don't know if it might have more gore later, but it wouldn't really suit the style of the show. ^^;

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: October 28th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)


Thank you :D I shall now continue downloading the series. I couldnt find this series and Hotaru no HIkari online :/
Ahh nvm.. I still have 200 GB of harddrive left... I guess I'll use them up for now ^_^

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