November 6th, 2006

red panda eating bamboo

Personal Creative Hacking Month progress

In the past three days, I have
  • added two rows (6 sections) to my Apple Computer project t-shirts quilt top
  • knitted about 50 rows / 3000 stitches on the Shawl Collar Cardigan-or-Vest-Depending-on-Whether-I-Have-Enough-Yarn
Since I usually listen to an audio book or watch something on TV while I'm doing these things, I'll add:
  • While quilting, listened to several hours of Ursula K. Le Guin, Changing Planes, narrated by Gabrielle De Cuir. Le Guin is one of my all-time favorite authors, and this is a themed collection of short stories. Some of them are a bit dry, and some are stunningly beautiful and moving. De Cuir is a very good reader. I tend to be very fussy about female narrators, so that's good. She has apparently narrated a number of other science fiction / fantasy works.
  • While knitting, watched three movies:
    • Ofelas (Pathfinder), a wonderful folk tale in the Sami language. It's not available on DVD in the US, but we recently got a region-free DVD player so I was able to order a copy from overseas, so I was able to watch it for the first time in a while.
    • Underworld: Evolution, aptly reviewed by my cousin-outlaw thus: "better effects [than the original Underworld], but a somewhat less cohesive plot. And more skin."
    • Alien Vs. Predator, pretty much exactly what it sounds like, no more and no less.
Decluttering is also part of my Personal Creative Hacking Month, because my ability to do crafts is currently severely limited by lack of empty horizontal surfaces and the general stress and lack of feng shui flow caused by stuffed closets and junk lying around and such. I have an issue about decluttering - I really want the stuff to go to a good home and find it difficult to just throw it out. So I culled a bunch of clothes from the closets and old craft books I won't be using from the bookshelves and I will take them to the Peninsula Humane Society thrift store ("Pick of the Litter," isn't that cute?) tomorrow. Also I listed some old software on eBay (user name is cat-and-dragon) and am getting ready to freecycle some stuff next week.

And finally, epi_lj is to blame yet again for my having gotten sucked into a game, this one called Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects. So I've spent rather a lot of time searching the same rooms over and over for different sets of clues. Don't ask me why I find this fun. (Actually, I have gotten annoyed by it because the game decided I was an expert and shortened the amount of time it allows me to look for things, to the point where it's really hard. So I might quit playing it soon.)