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I’m back! The problem with my machine turned out to be an exploded video card, which I fixed myself (with MAL’s help) after the mofos I took my computer to were unbelievably slow about getting it on the bench. It turned out to be a very easy thing, hardware–wise: just plug the new card into the slot and reconnect the monitor. Software–wise, it was a bit more tricky, as nVidia and Linux don’t always get on well, but I think I’ve got those issues behind me as well.

However—and please don’t take this the wrong way, because I still adore you eleven readers (or are we back down to seven after this unscheduled silent interlude?)—I’m not sure I want to resume all my former habits. The break from lots of idle browsing was quite refreshing, as was the absence of the low-level (yet omnipresent) push to create new content here; I actually made some progress on a few projects around the house. I seriously doubt that any of y’all suffered overmuch due to my absence here ... and I just don’t see that my scribblings add much beyond contributing to the cacophany on the ‘net these days. O’course, that feeling could arise mostly from the recent upheavals here, so I’m not planning any adjustments as yet. If you’ve any thoughts on this matter that you’d like to share with me, please do so. As for me, I think I’m gonna go enjoy the green of the garden for a while. Then I need to get started on a farewell feast for tonight.

Glad you're back!

Glad you've got your computer fixed.

Regarding the blog, perhaps if you concentrated on fewer, more in-depth posts you (and we) would have the best of both. You would have more time for the important offline stuff, and we would get the best of Sunni's commentary. I'd rather have you post one in-depth post weekly or bi-weekly than lose your voice altogether. I think that you have a lot of good things to say, but there must be balance in your life.

The Ol' Blog An' Chain

Sunni,

I know what you mean by the gentle pressure to post. Nobody pressures me, but I still have a yet-to-be-explained desire for readers driving me to add content. I also know it gets harder when the weather gets warmer and sunnier.

I hope you find that balance without dropping it altogether.

PoS

Murphy's Bye-Laws

Just nod if you can hear me.


About a third of my different tomato varieties have seedlings about an inch tall now. I restarted some others today. I used several different methods of saving the seeds. One method seemed to work better than others for me, not the one recommended by books.

All the peppers are taking a long time to germinate again this year.

Yaayyyyy!

Welcome back to the 21st century!

Yes, your scribblings were missed. Your particular focus is not one that I see much, and (not to minimize the significance of current economic and political events, preparation, and all that stuff, but) it's good to be reminded that there are other things to think about.

Sorry about the upheavals. When I upheave, I usually feel much better afterwards.

:-)

Poverty In Abundance

There have been so many things to which I desired to respond that I didn't get to any of them. I'll try to fix that if I can.

Your Presence

Sunni, you bring a unique and healthy (not to mention delightfully serpentine) perspective to the 'net, and I for one greatly value your insights. However, I would never want you to blog out of duty, so please look inside and see whether you can continue to post here for your own sake, not that of your readers. That said, if you must retire to your garden, we'll envy the plants. :)

Welcome back to the blogosphere

Six days since your last post, according to my handy-dandy news aggregator. Glad your computer is healthy again, and you're back lighting up the net.

Ditto

I agree with Presto. In fact it would give us more time to think about what you (and we) are trying to say.

Glad you're up and running again.

Alas, I spoke too soon.

Not more than 15 minutes after posting this yesterday, my computer started locking up—and I mean locking up hard; I had to use the power button on the tower to turn it off. A restart with the side off—to verify the fan is working, which it is—was successful, but the machine worked for just a few minutes before seizing up again.

I’m guessing it’s a driver issue still, as I didn’t change the driver for the video card ... but now I get the added fun of learning how to do it in recovery mode. Wish me luck ...

Most important is saved for last: thank you all for your kind, supportive comments. I think those—and my frustration yesterday at not being able to return here to say something more substantive—cleared the clouds. I can find a good balance. I will find balance!

THERE you are! :)

I've been dropping by here once a day just to check in and got to worrying that maybe a giant ball of yarn had gotten you tied up in a corner or something.

Over the last month or so I've cut down the amount of time I spend on line as well, and with summer coming I know that will decrease steadily. I do miss seeing a lot of the usual stuff, but know I can live without it easily. I actually got some mending done this week, and have all my sewing supplies ready to sort and organize.

The balance is not always easy to find or maintain, but I do hope you will continue to write here at least sometimes. It has been very valuable to me because you so often propose questions or offer insight that I don't see anywhere else.

Sorry the gremlins are still after you. Hope you can get rid of them soon. :) Welcome back.

Thanks, Mama.

I was just about to start a long-neglected email to you when my computer froze, which made it even more frustrating for me.

On the yarn issue—I have been doing a fair amount of knitting, but somewhat surprisingly to me, it didn’t completely replace all my online time. It sure has become a pleasant way to turn long drives into productive time ... as long as the road isn’t too bumpy and I pay enough attention to my work that I don’t mess up my stitches. I’m almost done knitting the back of my vest.

hope you'll still keep a line open

Hi Sunni:

Without wanting to create even an atom's worth of guilt/pressure/whatever you want to call it, I hope you won't drop the blog entirely. I've not only enjoyed your commentary, but the very friendly and open atmosphere you've created - feels like a group of friends who drop in for some great conversation.

Good luck with the garden and the knitting projects! I'll be deep into the same.

Not to worry.

I will continue to ramble here—see? I’ve added another long one just a couple of minutes ago! As you said, the conversational atmosphere is quite nice—and you eleven provide a lot of value to me.

I may get to the garden project today—well, if I can stop commenting here, that is, and get my machine working properly again. I’d love to hear about your projects, too—especially knitting. I’m already dithering over my next project: do I want to learn cabling first, or should I attempt some socks, and thus learn circular knitting? Intarsia also seductively sings to me, but I need more solid fundamentals before I can handle two strands of yarn.

complicated knitting isn't necessarily too hard

Hi Sunni, If you're yearning to do Intarsia, I would go for it. I found complicated was almost better for me right from the start, although everyone's temperament/learning style is different. My first project was a boring hat that came out OK and you wouldn't think by looking at THAT that I was ready for anything more difficult, but my second project was a pair of Icelandic mittens knitted in a two strand pattern and the pattern not only kept my interest but gave me a way to always know where I was. They came out really well. I've made some complicated things that I just loved doing, like a doll for my daughter, with a knitted fair isle dress and a purse for my mother shaped like a llama, and those were the most satisfying for me. I spent this entire winter knitting a skirt in a very plain stockinette with some gores knitted in garter and it came out pretty nicely, but the endless repetition of stockinette stitch really got me down! I'm casting around now for something more complex and smaller. I would work on something you know you're really going to love, be stimulated by, and proud of when it's finished.

Have fun!

Ellen has a good point

Doing a project that interests you is of more value than if it's perfect. You learn from your time puzzling it out. And know to take my words with a healthy dose of salt =). I'm the queen of the rectangle.

I do have a knitting accomplishment to share, however. I knitted a cabled dish cloth on a pair of circular needles, size 6. It turned out quite nice. I'm on the look out for my first (actually) circular knitting project.

I love to read your blog. It feels warm and like a community, even when heated debate ensues. With that said, please blog the amount that's right for your life, knowing we all support you! Your life and sense of well being is much more important that our blog post yearnings.

I also hope more of the conspirators will contribute more. I'm intrigued to hear their opinions and life adventures.

Sending big hugs your way.

Perfect? Ha!

That word has been my nemesis for a very long time; and when I started considering learning to knit, I told myself that trying to be perfect was right out: I’d never finish anything, and instead of it being enjoyable, knitting would become a stressful ordeal—the last thing I wanted. So ... despite labeling myself “the queen of casting on” in homage to the number of times I completely ripped my first few projects and started anew, I have not tried to eliminate every goof from the vest I’m working on. That includes not tinking just a few rows back to fix some twisted stitches introduced by my teacher’s work and my lack of knowledge as to fixing them. They aren’t that visible, and will be covered by my hair.

And I may need to cast off that label, as this morning I cast on for the vest front, worked through the bottom pattern properly, and switched needles and rib patterns for the body of the vest without a hitch. That’s the first time I’ve not cast on at least twice.

Ellen wrote:

If you're yearning to do Intarsia, I would go for it. I found complicated was almost better for me right from the start, although everyone's temperament/learning style is different. .... [M]y second project was a pair of Icelandic mittens knitted in a two strand pattern and the pattern not only kept my interest but gave me a way to always know where I was.

That makes a lot of sense to me, Ellen. I can’t decide whether to try it or cables first: I’ve seen some gorgeous cabling in sweaters (especially Elsebeth Lavold’s Viking-inspired patterns) and am utterly enchanted. Maybe I’ll go for it with one ...

I'm casting around now for something more complex and smaller. I would work on something you know you're really going to love, be stimulated by, and proud of when it's finished.

Thank you so much for the inspiration. Are you familiar with Ravelry? It’s currently a private site, but all invitations are accepted; I don’t recall how I discovered it but I find it immensely useful. It’s much more than a knitting forum: they have databases for patterns (some of which are free), yarns, designers, and probably much more; and each user has a "notebook" for organizing tools, one’s yarn stash, projects, etc. I highly recommend it. (If anyone reading does join, I’m “Sunnipurl” there.) I’ve seen some gorgeous and complex Latvian patterns there ...

Lewlew wrote:

I do have a knitting accomplishment to share, however. I knitted a cabled dish cloth on a pair of circular needles, size 6. It turned out quite nice. I'm on the look out for my first (actually) circular knitting project.

Congratulations! Did you like the circular needles? Except for two pairs of monstrous needles, all I have are circulars; and I really like them. I have yet to do a circular project, though.

I also hope more of the conspirators will contribute more. I'm intrigued to hear their opinions and life adventures.

Me too. The Shadow has had a lot of upheaval in his life over the past 1–2 years, but is hopeful that things will start settling down soon; if so he does plan to reappear. I imagine everyone else is just busy, and/or talk themselves out of posting something for fear it won’t be interesting or relevant. I make a motion for more pood content, including Mama’s alphabet cooking series and more of Polka’s Polish recipes.

Sending big hugs your way.

Many warm ones returning to you, from the snolfs as well as me.

Yes, I like them a lot...

... especially since they give you more room in between stitches. I think transferring my sweater I'm knitting for Rosie over to a pair of circulars will help a lot. I need to purchase a pair of 10 1/2s with at least a 16" lead.

I took some old books into to sell, and while I waited for the bookstore elves to come up with a dollar price for my books (I never see an employee actually look at the books they purchase LOL) I poured over some knitting books looking for a circular pattern. Nothing grabbed my attention, though. If you find one that you're going to try, would you post the web page you find the pattern, if that's the mode you end up using? I'll do the same.

Hugs all around =).

YAY!

I'm really, really glad you're back. now I can send you emails again. *HUG*

I'm also very happy to see

I'm also very happy to see you back on the webs, Sunni. As much as I respect your need for occasional breaks, it is annoying when they're unscheduled; I'll have to make a sacrifice to the internet godz for the sake of your poor computer... :P

Not quite out of the woods

Thanks, both of you! Jac, since you volunteered to make a sacrifice, and given my ongoing adventures in getting my system to behave, please make it a big one. (How are your flying lessons coming along?)

Flying

Lessons are coming along... The plane appears to be all fixed up, so we've been doing a lot more flying than maintenance lately.

And just yesterday I got to do some unusual attitude recovery (where you close your eyes and the instructor takes the controls and the plane into a weird situation, like a nose-high turn, and you have to recover it), which was fun. :)

All fixed up?

Was there a problem with it?

Good to see you, as always.

Heh...

After buying it and having our mechanic do a full inspection, we found it to be a bit of a mess... Leaky carburetor, bad (unevenly worn) tires (like, shaking the plane apart @ 40mph), unbalanced propeller (one blade was pitched 48 degrees, the other was 52, so it couldn't even turn at full speed), non-functioning gauges.

But it's all better now, and we're flying regularly... I actually did a ~40 mile cross-country yesterday.

And it's good to be seen. :)