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November 6th, 2007 (12:45 am)

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It's official. I'm taking the JLPT 2 this year. My exam voucher arrived in the mail today. :P I figure if I do well on the exam this year (especially seeing how much I'm really not studying...) I'll take the JLPT 1 next year in Toronto. Fair warning for Ginny in case she wants to run away that weekend (first weekend in Dec.). At least I think that's when the exam is scheduled. :P (Mind you, I'm not going to know the results until Feb. or so, so I guess this would be pre-advance warning? ^^; )

My Wild Things socks were finished on Sunday. Yay! ^^; I tried to continue with the Celtic Braid socks but they took too much concentration just to do some more ribbing, so no knitting got done on them yesterday. Boo. I'm thinking about extending the ribbing another inch or so compared to what the pattern calls for. *sigh*

That said, I did one full repeat of what's supposed to be 5 but will probably be 6 repeats (if I have enough yarn) for a cable scarf in the Holiday 2007 Knit Simple Magazine. The scarf is turning out reasonably well, but we didn't have any 6.5 mm needles free (US 10.5), so I went down a size. >.> It's a bit tight IMO, but hopefully it'll turn out okay after blocking.

The yummy thing is that I managed to convince FSU to make the zipped up vest that's in there (not shown on the site) for me. :P Actually, she agreed because she wants to alter the pattern for a pull-over or something, so making the pattern more or less as is for me will give her the chance to take appropriate notes to alter the pattern. ^_^

Otherwise, I'm debating casting on another set of plain socks. FSU's yarn from Simply Socks arrived, and while I'm tempted to cast one of the new skeins on, I already balled up Lisa Souza's Petroglyph, so I'm thinking about going with it next. (I have several more skeins of her sock yarn stashed and would like to knit some of them up before getting more yummy colours from her. *_* ) I think if I loosen up just a touch more on my sock knitting, it'd be ideal for overall sizing and knitted fabric.

Actually, I should join the Stashalong group for 2008. I need to knit up the sock yarns as well as some of the lace yarns that have been seriously piling up. >.<;; (I think I should knit up 4 or 5 pairs of socks before allowing myself to buy any more sock yarn. ......Ouch! That does sound painful. >.<;; )

And I was weak. I caved and reserved a toy for myself. I don't know if I actually *have* it yet though. I'll know I have it if I get a confirmation and pick-up notice. ^^; The system is more toy than 'puter, but it comes with Linux and can go with me when I don't really want to take Mokkun. I do wish the top-of-the-line model were available but... *shrug* Oh well. I'll just make sure to pick up another USB drive and go with that for file space. (I figure if I can get one, I'll leave the Eee in my room and use it for light surfing and especially for writing. :P ) And in case anyone's interested, the OLPC is up for a buy one, donate one campaign starting Nov. 12.

And... I'm now very, *very* behind on NaNo. I've seriously got to get my butt in gear as I really do need to do some studying for the JLPT too. I should at least try out a sample test so I know what the exam actually consists of. >.> Sadly, knitting has stolen away my fingers a lot lately such that getting typing and other time is proving to be a bit of a challenge. >.<;


Posted by: neigehilde (neigehilde)
Posted at: November 6th, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)

Yeah, I got mine too. I didn't have any time to study though, so the kanji I come across scare me more than ever))) But then I figured, the goal is to eventually pass JPLT 1, so 2 is just a passing stage)) No need to get all worked up about it...

Posted by: Vaidah (alorarose)
Posted at: November 6th, 2007 11:23 am (UTC)

Good luck on exams and NaNo. I'm a bit behind also...*whimper* Instead of writing I am making cranes. Love my priorities, XD

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: November 6th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
Toronto - Stained by this town

Yes, I'm going to pester and tempt and tease and then run away. Yes. That's exactly how it'll happen. ^_~

I realised the other day that no that I have a good income, I can join the Rocking Sock Club. *dreamy sigh* Oh. Yes!

The OLPC laptop will be available for Get-1-Give-1 next week. I'm so in! 'Cause not only is it a shiny little 'puter, it's cute, and it includes providing a laptop for a child in a developing country. It's like guilt-free Plus! (I've also already decided what I'm going to name it. *grin*)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 7th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)

*laughs* You never know. :P

Rocking Sock Club... isn't that the one done by Blue Moon? (The company that had their account suspended by the bank because "no one would be insane enough to pay to join a sock club".) I've been debating signing FSU up for that one. (Either that one or the one by Red Bird Knits) *^^*

I don't know if the OLPC is "little" but it's certainly cute. ^^; Name? What're you planning on naming it??

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: November 7th, 2007 09:01 am (UTC)

That's Blue Moon's Socks That Rock, yep. And yeah, they're the ones who had their credit card company screw up so colossally.

Red Bird Knits? I shall check it out.

OGiVi is 15", so OLPC counts as little in my book. I'm going to call it GOGO (get one give one) and have Gogo Dodo somewhere in the theme. It continues in the zany cartoon tradition of the Pet. (Gogo was on Tiny Toons, but he was definitely more Animaniacs-like. I think he was a test to see if that much zaniness would work.)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 7th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)

Red Bird Knits is local for you IIRC. They have some really interesting patterns and they have a small selection of their own hand-dyed sock yarn that's been dyed by the woman at Hand Maiden I believe. Their club isn't as exclusive as Blue Moon's in that you can buy the monthly kits individually as they come out which may or may not be good. Some of their patterns are insane. ^^;

The sock club that m1 runs has used their patterns in the past. (FSU's currently in this one.)

I'm going to call it GOGO (get one give one) and have Gogo Dodo somewhere in the theme.

*laughs* Makes sense. ^_^ The green was making me think of either Kermit or Robin. ^^;

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 8th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)

I'm not positive, but you might want to sign up for the RSC soon if you haven't done so already (assuming you're set on that specific club). ^_^ BTW, have you tried any of Blue Moon's yarn or patterns? I don't think anyone here carries their stuff (at least not to my knowledge) so I only know about them from the odd comment on the 'net. Just wondering if you knew what their stuff's like. ^_^

Posted by: Too cute for evil (ginny_t)
Posted at: November 8th, 2007 09:04 am (UTC)
Shoumyou - what?

Are they already doing signups? I thought it was later. *ponders* (I keep thinking "oh, now I can do this expensive thing that I couldn't do before" except the income hasn't started and there's still OGiVi to pay off. And silly things like rent.)

I haven't used their stuff, no. It's all just what I've heard.

I think I should continue to try to whittle away at my stash first. Stupid responsibility. *pout*

[edit (!): I'm surprised not to see any ritual wailing by Miss Spoilt Kitty. Maybe she didn't notice?]

Edited at 2007-11-08 12:06 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 8th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)

New sign-ups for RSC began ~Nov 1, but they close it once all the spots are full. (Renewals started ~a month earlier according to their blog.) However, they don't charge for the club until early January a few weeks before the first mailing. I'm not sure, but there was one post in the club blog about mailing being done over the course of a few days because they had ~2000 packages to send and their post office couldn't handle the volume?? It would be insane if there're that many people in the club! O_O

I think I should continue to try to whittle away at my stash first. Stupid responsibility. *pout*

I'm in the clear on this one. ^_^ It's not for me, so I don't have to feel guilty about stash growth. :P

Posted by: Cheshare (cheshare)
Posted at: November 7th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
erm hi fan here who wants to knowwwww.....

erm well i guess this doesnt have to do with THIS blog entry per say since ive never seen your blog before but i just wanna say....

1. LOVE YOUR SUBS! vearry good quality! xD

2. erm on the site it says you 1,2 and a few others of saiunkoku monogatari up but i have seen up to 34 episodes of it on veoh that have your signiture on them o.o but they are posted of up to 4 months ago! so im just curios, did you stop subbing them?! and if you did CAN YOU PLEASEEEEE START AGAIN! *loves your subs and saiunkoku!

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: November 8th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
Re: erm hi fan here who wants to knowwwww.....

The sub project for Saiunkoku was dropped when Geneon announced that they'd licensed season 1 for the title. That's why there haven't been any other releases since ep 34. Sorry.

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