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02 February 2007 @ 02:31 pm
going to Rivendell and London while crocheting constellations  
Stats for: mollydot
32.5 miles
since Jan 15, 07

Who said they'd join me in walking to Rivendell? I know there's at least two of you, but I can't remember who.
I've been tracking my miles on http://walkertracker.com/, as mollydot (of course!). So far, I've walked 32½ miles in 18 days, which I think brings me to where the hobbits hide from the Black Rider on the second day (eek!).


We're heading off to London for a few days to go to yiskah's book launch! It'll be great to meet her - I think we were out of Dublin last time she was here, so we've never actually met. So, what does one wear to a book launch? I think the agent said something like "what you'd wear for a night out with the girls", but that's jeans and a t-shirt for me. Lovely Man is thinking of wearing the black suit that some of you saw at cartographer and mr_wombat's New Year's Eve party. But without the bowtie this time.


ION, the knitting and crocheting continue. I've finished the crocheting part of the two scarves I'd started in the post with the pics, but still need to deal with the yarn ends (look! I'm saying yarn instead of wool!). The green ribbed knitted scarf is slowly growing and I've started a diagonal scarf by knitting on the bias in a self striping silk/wool mix. This means I'm increasing on one side and decreasing on the other. The main reason I'm doing it is to practise increaing and decreasing, though only right slanting. I'll need to do another scarf pointing the other way to pracise the left slanting :-)
Oh! I crocheted a house for Lovely Man in the end, instead of getting or making a chocolate or cake house. Blame lazy_hoor!
I went along to my first knitting meeting with lazy_hoor, leedy, kristamm and two colleagues ("world too small error"), in the Library Bar and heard puncture stories that make me realise that knitting is in reality a dangerous sport. And on to a gorgeous Chinese restaurant afterwards that I'm looking forward to going back to.


On Wednesday, olethros, Lovely Man and I started an astronomy course and learnt why the sky is blue. The slightly more complicated answer with electrons. We touched on the general theory of relativity, where he explained about the rubber sheet with the bowling ball sitting on it that changes the path of rolled marbles. It struck me that that explanation uses gravity as part of the metaphor for gravity! If there was no gravity, the bend in the sheet wouldn't affect the path of the marble - it would just carry on straight unless acted on by another force.


Anywhere in particular we should go in London? Would it be cruel to subject Lovely Man to a tour of craft and yarn shops?
 
 
 
lazy_hoorlazy_hoor on February 2nd, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
You're the second person this week to mention astronomy - one of my friends is getting a telescope. Astronomy is the new knitting?!
a very caring potatomollydot on February 2nd, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Perhaps! You don't get to wear it though.
It was olethros's idea.
I can't see us doing much sky gazing at the moment, with all the light pollution in Dublin, but it should be possible once we move to the back of beyond.
spedbugspedbug on February 2nd, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
Set LovelyMan up in a pub somewhere if it'd be too torturous for him to tour craft/yarn shops. You can't pass up the opportunity to explore all those gorgeous colors/textures!
kristammkristamm on February 2nd, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
Indeed. You must take advantage of them when you can.
a very caring potatomollydot on February 2nd, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
He's not really a pub-on-his-own type person. I wonder if there's a games shop and a craft shop side by side?
omly: knittingomly on February 2nd, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
Mmm silk garden. I have enough stashed for a fitted sweater for myself somewhere. I should really start that.
a very caring potatomollydot on February 2nd, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
lazy_hoor is crocheting a jumper in it. It looks great.
I just got the two balls. I can't let myself build up too much of a stash as I could end up dropping the hobby very quickly. I think my hobby is collecting hobbies.
Having said that, I'm after buying another 6 balls of other yarn from thisisknit, 4 other silk/wool mixes in solid colours, and two variegated balls, one still to arrive. I bought three to make a scarf and the other three cos they looked pretty. It's hard to judge the colours online, so I may end up swapping around the yarns intended for the scarf.
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on February 2nd, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
Wool is good insulation, keep reminding yourself of that as your stash grows!

Borders has an excellent knitting book collection! (as does the libraries, though borders and I have better)
a very caring potatomollydot on February 2nd, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
Shh! Don't tell me that!
Does the library have much in the way of crochet books? It seems to be easier to get knitting patterns.
ain't no Houellebecq girlyiskah on February 2nd, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
I don't know what to wear either! I am assuming that anything'd be fine, as long as you don't turn up in a fur bikini or anything...
a very caring potatomollydot on February 2nd, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
Damn. That was my back up idea.
At least you have a couple more days to decide. I've got to pick something tonight, and I'm not sure I have anything dressy that fits, or buy something over there.
If jeans and t-shirt are ok, I have a few choices.
being_herebeing_here on February 2nd, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC)
One was me. I just haven't been organised yet. I also need a step counter that doesn't reset when I sit down.

Will get it sorted this weekend. Nag me please! (if you get the chance)
a very caring potatomollydot on February 2nd, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
Nag!
Do you have the kellogs one? I found it worse than useless. I use a Silva one, which I'm quite fond of. It doesn't reset if you brush against it and it doesn't pick up steps when you undo your trousers.

wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on February 2nd, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
8) Libraries don't have enough crochet books, but they do have a few, I still have better 8), and a chunk of them are still in storage 8(
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on February 2nd, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
oh btw, if you can find it on borrowbooks.ie I can get it for the basic 50c reserve fee...
a very caring potatomollydot on February 11th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'll take a look.
 dudi killimengrikillimengri on February 3rd, 2007 12:00 pm (UTC)
Rivendell
I'll join you on walking to Rivendell ~ how? On school days I walk up to 7 miles (2.1 miles to school & I walk 1 1/2 there & back in the morning to get Annon past a house with an angry dog, then the full 2 miles in the afternnon to collect her). Or wouldn't that count?
a very caring potato: arwenmollydot on February 4th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Rivendell
You keep track of the distance you walk in whatever way you like. I use a pedometer, but if you know the distances that's fine too. Then you find the cumulative distance on http://home.insightbb.com/~eowynchallenge/Tools/Bag_end/bag_end.html and that's how far you've got on the journey.
The walk to school would definitely count. You'll be in Rivendell long before me.
 dudi killimengri: Vardo & Trotting Cartkillimengri on February 11th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Rivendell
I'll see if I can find my pedometer ~ it's around in a box somewhere & I'll start tomorrow. How far have you got now? I've been having computer/connection/daughter wanting to use computer to watch DVDs problems, so not been online as I would wish!
a very caring potato: arwenmollydot on February 11th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Rivendell
Lemme see... I'm a behind in the tracking and calculating and matching to the hobbits, but the last total I calculated was 46.3 miles, nearly a week ago. I don't know where that is in the hobbit journey.
You can keep up with whatever I've tracked with this link: http://walkertracker.com/walker.php?mollydot