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On Machinery, Stitches, and the 21st Century

July 4, 2013 - 4:49pm -- swingbug

I've been sewing on my grandmother's old viking for years now. Between she and I, it has some miles on it. I think it rolled off the assembly line a few years before I did, as evident by the bell-bottom clad models in the instruction manual photos, standing on impressively shaggy carpet. It's not a fancy machine, but sturdy, and has seen me through a great many sewing adventures.

Plate Juggling

March 8, 2013 - 11:16am -- swingbug

I've had a lot on my plate lately. (That's an interesting expression, isn't it? I think it's a more apt metaphor to say that I've had a whole lot of people standing around with empty plates asking me to make them something to eat. And we all know I'm not that creative in the kitchen.)

I Think I'll Blame Your Mom for This

March 7, 2013 - 8:31am -- swingbug

I'm sitting there with the tutor who is explaining that my kid needs some physical action to help him work out his thought process while he's sitting still. Something repetitive, that he can do without even really thinking about it.

I look down at my fingers twirling themselves around imaginary yarn despite the fact that I've left my knitting in the car.

I have no idea where he gets this from...

And the winner of the 2013 Civic Duty Scarf is...

January 22, 2013 - 8:16am -- swingbug

>>> import random
>>> candidateList = ["Mom", "Alliee", "Chezza", "caann"]
>>> winner = random.choice(candidateList)
>>> print winner
Chezza

My random python script has spoken. The budding lawyer wins the Civic Duty Scarf, which seems appropriate enough.  Congrats, Chezza, and thank you everybody for playing. I'll keep the rest of you on the list for my next jury duty service call...

Scarf for Grabs

January 19, 2013 - 8:52am -- swingbug

So I did my civic duty and got through jury duty. Apparently what my country required of me was not my inestimable talents of discernment, but rather for me to sit in a reasonably comfortable waiting room chair for the better part of two hours, very patriotically not knitting. 

I could have taken a stand on my second amendment right to bear knitting needles, but there is a time and a place, so I went with armed with a plastic crochet hook instead. 

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