Saturday, November 29, 2008

Talkin' Turkey

We had a terrific Thanksgiving. We went to my SIL's house. She loves to entertain. Me? Not so much. I'll take you sailing or shooting or we'll meet at the yarn shop and go for coffee or lunch after. I'm an e-mailer and not much of a phone talker.

I brought the remains of my Monkey Sock along with the wound and the hanked yarn to show how it looks in the stages. I showed off my Four of a Kind Socks. They do look rather impressive all laid out there, all different but the same. My SIL agrees that the short row heel is the perfect heel on my STR Romancing the Stone Socks. I've about 2" done on the foot of those socks now.

After dinner was very interesting. We'd brought our latest gun purchases to show and BIL brought out his latest. At one point I was talking to my SIL and having her dry-fire my 9mm. She's so NOT a gun person but I think she's interested in spite of that and I think it surprises her. I'm talkin' to my SIL, my BIL's talking to one of the guests (hasn't been shooting since he was in the military, 40+ years ago) about guns and Sweetie's talking to my BIL's 75 year old cousin about guns.

She's the one I knit the Tiger Blue socks for a couple of years ago. Anyway, during the conversation it came out that BIL's dad (the cousin's brother) always had loaded guns / rifles in the house when the kids were growing up. She was horrified to realize that 45 years ago she'd slept in a house with loaded guns. She was also kinda shocked when I took my Glock out of my waistband holster. She had no idea it was there and that it was loaded. I unloaded it and had her dry-fire it. She'd never held a gun before let alone fired one. Every time I racked the slide and let it go to cock it it startled her because it makes a very loud click. But she dry-fired it a couple of times and did pretty good. Sweetie talked with her a lot and now she's kinda interested in actually live-firing one. IF this happens, we would have her fire our .22. We'll see.

My SIL confessed that she's never fired a gun. I'm hoping to get her to the range over Christmas vacation and have her fire the .22 and or maybe her Cowboy gun. One by one.

I've been have this internal debate over the last couple of months about whether or not to frog and start again on the Paws to Remember Scarf. Should it be wider? More shawl and less scarf? I have plenty (PLENTY) of yarn. But the most important question came to me this afternoon as I picked it up to actually you know maybe knit on it (and then I weenied out and came here to whine blog about it). If I frogged it, could I knit it better? The answer is No. Would it be a better knit scarf, if I re-knit it wider — more shawl-like? And the answer to this one is Possibly but not enough to make me want to frog it for that alone. It would not be knit better. It could be knit better by another knitter. It could also be a LOT worse by either of us. Holding it up the the muted light in this overcast day, I can clearly SEE the pattern, both in the large middle section and in the smaller border sections. And yes, a few repeats are not as strong as most of the other repeats but mostly, overall, it's OK. So the decision is to keep going. Keep knitting on it.

And so I sat down and did just that. I knit one row and found an error so I tinked that one. It was a wrong side all garter stitch row — no yo's or k2tog's or ssk's so it was easy to do. I figured out where I went wrong fixed it without having to rip down to the lifeline and knit on. So the Paws to Remember Scarf is back in play.

Almost every thing's back in play. Maybe I'll find / make time this weekend to begin to deal with the Nautical Striped Sweater since I kinda have a dead-line now.

Sweetie has Jury Duty Monday. He's had to call in all this week and we figured with Thanksgiving there probably wouldn't be any trials and there weren't. But he has to show up Monday at 8:30 am to see if he gets picked. His company is sending someone over early Monday morning to cover his calls in case he ends up in a trial. He's taking in this book to read while he waits. We'll see what happens.

blogging to: Pandora Radio seeded with Manheim Steamroller Christmas

reading: Prayer of the Night Shepherd by Phil Rickman (a Merrily Watkins mystery)

Parting Shot: "One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other." ~ Jane Austen (1775-1817)

We're Screwed '08: link

Friday, November 28, 2008

Fitting It All In And Fitting It All Together

That's how I feel my knitting is going at present. Fitting in it. Slipping it into odd spaces. Sitting at the computer reading blogs and forums and knitting on my Monkey Sock. Watching some evening or late morning TV and knitting on the White Caps Afghan. Sitting in the passenger side of the car on the way to the range or somewhere and knitting round and round on the STR Romancing the Stone Socks.

I need to find a place or time to pick up the Paws To Remember Shawl. It used to be my sitting on the sofa knitting while Sweetie read, surfed on the laptop or napped in the Lazy Boy or when we have a fire in the fireplace. But lately, I've tended to bring other knitting and or a book there.

As for as the Nautical Striped Sweater I need to find a large block of uninterrupted time to lay it out and figure it out. I've decided that it's going to be my Christmas Day sweater. Not particularly Christmas-y, it will be my present to me. With a hard deadline and 27 days to accomplish it it'll get done.

And the White Caps Afghan is indeed seeing some action. It's now 30" long and I have 15 pattern repeats complete which makes it (according to my anal calculations) 30% complete. On pattern repeat 14 I started the second white skein. I'm just about to start the eighth skein of blue. I cast on for this on Feb 16 of this year. If I did 25" from the middle of February to say the middle of May when I stopped working on it, I could have it complete or within striking distance by May of next year. This is the knitting equivalent of counting your chickens before they've hatched, or counting your stitches before they're knit. And I think most of that 25" was knit in front of the computer.

And I've already lost the tip of one of my 2.25 mm dpns in an unfortunate k2tog incident on the Monkey Socks. So there is the link between the bendy 2.0 mm dpns and the not bendy but breakable 2.5 mm dpns. When I bought the needles I bought two sets. The broken one is perfectly serviceable used only one way. When I get around to it I'll dig up fine sandpaper in the garage and sand another point onto it. Meanwhile, the knit goes on . . . sorta.

The Monkey Socks were slowly lengthening. The cuff was done and I was on the fifth round on the leg and then I messed something up. So I decided to tink back a round or so and then and then . . . I took all the needles out. There was a weird place in the yarn which when I looked at it again looked unsalvageable. Before I ripped it all out I tried it on and I'm glad I did. It's a bit tight. When I cast on again I'm going to add another pattern repeat to the cast on stitches. And I saved that bit of cuff and took it to Thanksgiving Show and Tell.

The other day I was at Bed, Bath and Beyond and bought one of these. For those that don't want to link it's a Air-O-Swiss AOS Ultrasonic Humidifier, model 7135. We've been looking at them for some time and this year as I had coupons and they had one up and running I bought one. Ever since the humidifier attached to our furnace died several years ago we've been relying on small humidifiers as we don't want to give up the room for a large and and where would be put it the rest of the year as we don't have a basement. Before the Air O Swiss we had the small Vornado humidifier. But it was loud and when it was really cold for days and weeks and the furnace ran a lot the humidity in the air would hover in the mid 20's. I'm keepin' the Vornado around to help out on those cold, cold days and when we have a fire in the fireplace. One great thing about the Air O Swiss is it's a lot quieter than the Vornado. So we'll see.

blogging to: classical music on the radio

reading: Prayer of the Night Shepherd by Phil Rickman (a Merrily Watkins mystery)

Parting Shot: “Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one's own person is its ultimate reward." ~ Patricia Sampson

We're Screwed '08: link

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Well, Why Not

The cuff is complete on my Monkey sock. It's a twisted rib so I couldn't just knit on it mindlessly until the last several rounds. When I pick up the gusset stitches on the heel flaps I pick them up like the twisted rib and I knit the first round on those picked up stitches the same way. I read somewhere that it's a tighter stitch and I like the way it looks. But I've never done that kind of knit stitch for more than one or two rounds. It looks interesting and not much like a knit stitch. It looks twisted. Hmmmm. I wonder if that's where the name came from.

Anyway, I haven't been able to work on it (the Monkey Sock) as much as I would have liked but that's how it goes. What I have found out is that the 2.25 mm dpns aren't are bendy as the 2mm ones. So I'll not be frogging the sock because of the needles. Here's a photo of the wound yarn. I am really liking how the color is coming along in this sock.

I've also made little progress on my STR travel sock. Still thinking about a new name.

Thanksgiving is in a few days and as usual we're going to my SIL's. And as usual I'm bringing my usuals. Homemade white bread from the food processor, Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry-Orange Relish. Here’s a link to the post with the relish recipe and that post also has the links to the other two. The house is going to smell so good Wednesday and Thursday!

Some of the other things I'll be bringing over for Show & Tell are; all four Four of a Kind Socks and the two SIP. I'll be wearin' my Fish Socks and I bring my cabled Hunting Hat. I will also bring over to leave with my SIL K's Hydrangea socks. That will make her sad but she also knows that K's not in pain anymore. I'm not bringing the afghan as everyone saw it at Easter and it hasn't progressed much since then. My SIL's curmudgeonly pal, the one I knit the lilac Fern Lace Scarf for will be there. She's wearing the scarf. I'm hoping to get some Action Shots! I'll be bringing my camera so maybe if other knits show up . . . more Action Shots!!!

Hey! We could bring our reloading press, and instead of playing Mexican Train Dominoes after dinner everyone could reload ammo . . . (crickets chirping). My SIL thought it would be Thanksgiving we would ALL remember . . . in one way or another.

We've been reloading again. And there is always something you can do when you reload that's not actually reloading. You can punch out the spent primers, polish the brass (we do it before and after we punch primers) and on our necked rifle cases they need to be trimmed, camfered and deburred as they stretch when they're fired. Our average cost per loaded round for all calibers is 20.814¢. If we'd purchased those cartridges it would be more like an average of 46.338¢ per round. The cheapest we've been able to reload is 11.466
¢ per round. That was 38's with Rainier Ballistics 125 grain jacketed flat nosed bullets, 4.4 grains per cartridge of Hodgdon's HP-38, MagTech small pistol primers and no cost on the brass. Purchases, those would have cost us around 32¢ each. It's almost like shooting for free.

reading: The Prayer of the Night Shepherd by Phil Rickman (a Merrily Watkins mystery)

blogging to: Pandora Radio seeded with Marc Antione

Parting Shot: "It is as if many have again ignored the fact that an attack on the freedom of individuals threatens the freedom of all." ~ Vaclav Havel, President of Czechoslovakia (1989-92)

We're Screwed '08 ~ Two on Tuesday: link 1 * link 2

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Today is VICTORY IN IRAQ DAY!!!!!!

The short row heel with the STR Romancing the Stone yarn (still don't have a new name) is finished. This one went the smoothest of all. I did some calf decreases and I was concerned that the sock would be tight over the largest part of my foot which is right where the heel stitches are. But I was able to pick up several stitches before and after the short row heel so it'll be more loose. I decided to do the foot in pattern. We'll see how it all fits when I've got a couple of inches complete on the foot. It's now going back to it's travel knitting status in my knitting bag.

And boy, does the lack of long days going into winter affect the travel knitting!! By 5:15 pm or so on an overcast it's getting dark and hard to see dark yarn in natural light. If we head to the range in the late afternoon, I won't be knitting on the return trip because it's dark outside.

I've also decided to wind the yarn and cast on for my Monkey socks. The White Caps Afghan will shortly (if it's not already) be too bulky to sit at the computer and knit on. Also, I have a nice and bright Ott floor lamp that sits right at the desk. That'll be great for the dark yarn that I'm going to use for this project.

I wasn't sure it would work but instead of taking out the double bo-peep pole we had in the front yard, I hung two regular bird feeders filled with safflower seeds. Safflower doesn't sprout as readily as sunflower seed. The reason I didn't think the birds would go for it is that it's only
about four feet or so from our front window. We had two hummingbird feeders on it and the hummingbirds don't seem to mind how close they are to humans. This morning we had several house finch and they didn't seem to notice us either. I'll see how quickly the level of seed goes down. Then we'll really know. If they do seem to visit the feeder a lot and are not bothered (much) by our presence I'll take one of the screens off and see if I can get some photos.

The deer have been back for several months but we haven't seen them. The corncobs we put out is usually gone when we venture out the next day. Occasionally, I'll find a mostly finished cob in the bird bath. I've seen the large crows put them there to maybe soften what corn is left on the cob.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: The Fire Baby by Jim Kelly (a Philip Dryden mystery)

Parting Shot: "The tyrant has fallen, and Iraq is free.” ~ George W. Bush

It's Not All Gloom and Doom: link

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Film at Eleven

When you have a largish project such has a largish cotton afghan that is currently 28"+ long and W-I-D-E and (yes, Roxie) heavy you need something more than a little basket purchased to hold a pair of socks or maybe a scarf in progress. So while I was out and about I found a LARGEish basket for totin' around a LARGish project. I see more afghans / blankets in my future when I someday finish this one. At this point, it's still small enough to haul around the house between the TV and the computer. But I can see the day when it will be a stationery TV project.

I STILL haven't cast on for my next sock project which will be Cookie A's Monkey socks. I haven't wound the yarn or even dug the yarn out of the stash. Once the yarn's out of the stash it's but a short step to being wound and you know that once it's wound . . . all hope is lost. I will have to cast on RIGHT NOW!

I am making fair progress on my STR sock. The leg is done (80 rounds) and I even threw in some last minute (started on round 52) calf decreases. And I've started the short row heel. Yes, ahem. Move along nothing to see here . . . . . yet.

I've fallen out of like with the name I gave it which was a take on the name of the yarn. So I'm waiting for further inspiration. As they're getting more face time I'm sure something will suggest itself.

Since I haven't taken a photo of the new LARGish basket or the progress on the STR sock here are some Action Shots of the BSJ! You can tell how excited he is by the whole thing.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: The Fire Baby by Jim Kelly (a Philip Dryden mystery)

Parting Shot: "Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense?" ~ Patrick Henry

We're Screwed 08: link

Monday, November 17, 2008

FO! Four of a Kind is a Full House

Now that I'm done with the Four of a Kind series I should be casting on the next sock. But I haven't. As I noted in my last post I want to work on some things that have sat for a good long while. But it feels like I don't have anything to knit on. A long term project like this (7½ months) that was constantly worked on then ending. I do have a sock to work on with the STR Romancing the Stone sock yarn.

Four of a Kind Series stats:
Yarn: Reynolds Sunday Best ~ 51% cotton, 49% viscose (Rayon) ~ 5 ply
colors: fuchsia & light pearl gray
Pattern: different for each sock

1st sock: the Odd sock
cuff ribbing: 1x1
leg & top of foot ribbing: p1, k3
stripe pattern: paired odd numbered random stripes
weight: 2.1 oz / 61 gr

2nd sock: the Progression sock
cuff ribbing: 1x1
leg & top of foot ribbing: k1, p2, k3, p2
stripe pattern: 1 fuchsia, 2 gray, 3 fuchsia, 4 gray, 5 fuchsia, 6 gray, 7 fuchsia, 1 gray, 2 fuchsia, 3 gray, 4 fuchsia, 5 gray, 6 fuchsia, 7 fuchsia …
weight: 2.2 oz / 65 gr

3rd sock: Narrow Striped sock
cuff ribbing: 2x2
leg & top of foot ribbing: k4, p1, k2, p1
stripe pattern: random 1 & 2 round stripes
weight: 2.2 oz / 63 gr

4th sock: Roll of Die sock
cuff rib: 2x2
leg & top of foot ribbing: p1, k4, p1, k3
stripe pattern: rolled virtual die 151 times for a total of 192 rounds/rows
weight: 2.2 oz / 62 gr

Total weight = 8.9 oz / 253 gr
Based on the cost of the yarn and the weight of all the socks the cost of these socks is $30.11.

As for the White Caps afghan I knew I'd changed the pattern and even how I'd changed the pattern but I can't find my original pattern and I forgot which row I'd made the changes on. So I had a 350 stitch row to tink. I knit the row in pattern instead of knitting it plain. The yarn just hangs there in it's loop so it was an easy tink.

The next Big Thing will be to figure out and finish the Nautical Striped Sweater. Not much but a lot. I need to fix the neck, pick up and knit the neck stitches, figure out and finish the sleeves, block the sleeves, seam it then wear it. I decided not to push for a Thanksgiving Day finish. If I'm done I'm done if not, there is always Christmas.

I'm still cleaning up from the Four of a Kind socks project. I make notes here, on my knitting spreadsheet, and on Raverly. I also print out all my notes and put them in a plastic sheet with a copy of the pattern, the note cards I kept where I kept track of the rounds/rows and changes, a sample of the yarns, the swatch (if there is one) and a couple of ball bands. A lot of duplication but hopefully one of these records will survive intact for a while. Then there's the actual putting away of the stuff — rewinding the leftover skeins, bagging and labeling them and putting them with the cotton sock yarn leftovers, filing the plastic sheet filled with all the goodies, gathering up and putting away all needles and any other special tools for this project. Since this was also a traveling project, my knitting bag is a lot more roomy. And not to forget taking the photos and finally putting all the socks away in the sock drawer.

When I clear away mentally and physically the last project and it's detritus I feel like I've cleared the decks for the next project, even if the next project is a old project.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: Hope Against Hope by Susan B Kelly (a Inspector Nick Trevellyan mystery)

Parting Shot: "If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun." The Dali Lama, May 15, 2001, The Seattle Times

We're Screwed 08: link
link fixed

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Another Done Deal

The toe decreases on the fourth and final!! sock in the Four of a Kind series are over and done. I've even grafted the toe closed and woven in ALL the ends. Yes, the Four of a Kind series is finished. Four cotton socks in four different rib and stripe patterns with the same two colors of yarn, fuchsia and pearl gray. And I can spell fuchsia now without a second thought. For the present I am SO done with cotton sock yarn and 2 mm bendy bamboo dpns. My next sock will be wool! Wool! Wool! Bring on the wool!!

Hopefully, it'll be somewhat sunny and bright tomorrow (Sunday) and I can take some FO! photos!

I now have three pair of cotton socks that fit and will be good for all year wearing. Yes, I need some more cotton socks, but LATER. Maybe a couple (or more) pairs of wool socks later.

About halfway though the toe decreases I set it aside. Instead of working on it while I read blogs and forums I decided to dig out the MUCH neglected White Caps Afghan.

When we last met our intrepid hero . . .
Then because I haven't worked on the White Caps afghan in days? weeks? and had some TV time I picked it up. I did about a row and a little (350+ stitches) and found an error that I couldn't fix. Well, I couldn't fix it so that it looked like there hadn't been an error. I have no idea why I did what I did. In one stitch repeat I moved it over about three stitches about 3 rows down. So took all 350 stitches off the needles and frogged back down to the clean row below it and put them all back on the needles.
That was posted waaay back on May 10 of this year. And the afghan has sat for lo these many months. I picked it up the other evening vaguely remembering that I'd had a major frog and didn't do anything after that. I didn't even update my notes. So I spent some time paying detective. It's back on track now and I'm a couple of rows past where I was before the frog. I'd forgotten how pointy those Addi Turbo lace circs are. Ow!! A different kind of pointy from the 2 mm bamboo dpns.

Sweetie didn't have any calls Friday so we spent the day reloading .38's & .223's cartridges. I have a "sweet" load for the .38. It's 4.4 grains of Hodgdon's HP-38 powder with Magtech small pistol primers. The bullet is a Rainier Ballistics 125 grain, jacketed either round nose or hollow point. The round nosed ones are cheaper but Cabela's was out of the those one time and so we ended up with the slightly more expensive hollow points. I've discovered that the powder makes a big difference. HP-38 burns a little slower than some other powders and so the kick isn't as much.

I've also found a 9 mm load that I like. Although it's not as "sweet" as the .38 load it'll do. The powder is 4.5 grains of Alliant Bullseye and the primers are Magtech small pistol primers. The bullets are Rainier Ballistics 115 grain, jacketed and round nosed.

For us, reloading is all about buying in bulk to save money. It costs more up front but saves a lot long term. And buying in bulk long before I'm down to my last handful of components means I won't have to settle if they're out of something which is what we've had to do in the past.

In this most recent .38 reload we're trying different brands of primers. So far we've only used Magtech but we got a box of Federal and a box of Winchester. It'll be interesting to see if we can tell a difference.

As for the .223's, the range we frequent will let you shoot this caliber but the bullets have to be frangible. That means upon impact they turn to powder. There's all the bang and flash and the gun end but at the backstop they spark. Kinda cool. I like watching the muzzle flash through the flash suppressor and the spark at the backstop but you can't watch both at the same time. And since we got a brass catcher for this rifle I don't have to chase brass. I can watch the fireworks.

blogging to: Pandora Radio seeded with Marc Antione

reading: Moon Over Manhattan by Larry King and Thomas H Cook — Yes, THAT Larry King

Parting Shot: "You cannot invade mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass." ~ Admiral Yamamoto
Advising Japan's military leaders of the futility of an invasion of the mainland United States because of the widespread availability of guns. It has been theorized that this was a major contributing factor in Japan's decision not to land on North America early in the war when they had vastly superior military strength. This delay gave our industrial infrastructure time to gear up for the conflict and was decisive in our later victory.
Quote Source
We're Screwed 08 link

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Milestones and Miles of Stones

Without noticing I've passed 600 posts. In fact, this is my 631st post. And in a few days, Nov 15 in fact, I will have been posting to this blog for THREE years. For someone who has always wanted to keep a journal but has never succeeded this is fabulous. I intend to keep blogging or posting in some form or other for a long time to come.

And I actually have some knitting progress. The foot is done on the fourth and final! sock in the Four of a Kind series. I'm 10 rounds into the toe decreases. Depending on what happens tomorrow (Thursday) I may have it done. I ran errands yesterday and today and so didn't get all the time I wanted on it. I still have a few tomorrow (stuff that cropped up today) so maybe.

This is one of those Why Ask Why? questions — Why do all the batteries in things always seem go all at once? I need at least two 9v rechargeable batteries to replace some dying regular ones and I have 4 AA's charging even as we speak. At least with rechargeable batteries we always seem to have good batteries around. Has anyone else noticed that the rechargeable ones that are sitting and waiting don't seem to hold a charge very well or is it just me? When I have to charge one set I usually do them all. And I found that you can buy already charged rechargeable Duracell batteries. It always kinda bugged me buying DEAD batteries.

We finished polishing and counting the bucket 'o brass we bought from the fellow in Wichita, KS. It was almost almost 7,900 pieces and did indeed bring the cost of our brass down to under 2
¢ around 1.8¢ each. The next step is to punch the primers out of it. That'll be something to do when we want to mess with the reloading but don't actually want to reload. Punching the old primers out is kind of mindless. We use case lube on everything. On rifle brass that has been necked down (scroll down to the second photo) we also dip just the edge of the neck in a little synthetic motor oil about every tenth one. I usually work the press when we punch primers (which also re-sizes the cases, hence the lube) and Sweetie lubes the cases.

When we reload it's difficult for me to run the press to insert the primers. You have to moose it to get the primer seated properly and it's just easier if he does it. I'm in charge of placing the bullet on the case once it has a powder charge. I also gather the finished cartridges and place them in the storage containers. We make notes on the container as to the bullet (brand, type and weight) the powder (brand, type and amount), the primer (brand and type) what date the box was loaded and how many in that container. If we change any of these variables, it gets a new box. And, of course, I have a huge, very anal, spreadsheet to track it all.

And I'm starting a new feature with this post. It will be under the Parting Shot. I'll be experimenting with the name but I think that's where it'll be.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: Wilder Rumors by Molly MacRae (a Lewis Wilder mystery)

Parting Shot: "How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think." ~ Adolf Hitler
Quote Source
We're Screwed 08: link

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Catching You Up ~ In Recovery / Withdrawal

As readers of this blog no doubt have noticed the focus of this blog has changed a bit. The Warrior part of Warrior Knitter is making herself more known with shooting and reloading posts. It's fun getting into a new or in our case renewing an old sport/hobby. Target shooting is a sport and the reloading aspect is a hobby. With the reloading, it certainly makes shooting more affordable. I'm still knitting and we're still sailing, although Spray has been hauled out onto the hard for the winter. So interspersed with the knitting and the sailing and other posts will also be shooting and reloading posts

The final couple of weeks before the election I was consumed (OK a little lot obsessed) with reading Conservative blogs and reading and posting on the Raverly Conservative blogs. To be honest I feel like someone I know has died. So I've been reassessing and evaluating things. But I'm getting back to life as usual but with the additional blog reading and now target shooting and reloading. So that's where I am and that's where I've been. I'll be catching up with y'all on your blogs and posting to the comments but as I said I am seriously behind on that stuff.

To that end, I haven't been knitting much these past several days. Just a little progress on the fourth and final Four of a Kind sock sitting in front of the computer reading blogs and forums. To refresh your memory, the leg is done, the heel's been turned, I'm done with gusset decreases and I'm rolling along on the foot. I've just under 2" done on the foot, on round 28 (of a possible 64-70 rounds based on the previous three socks). Lately, on the trips to the range and other out of town drives and errands, I've been driving so that's why so little progress on the sock.

One of the day trips we took was to Wichita, KS to meet up with fellow that had a five-gallon bucket full to the brim and a half-full three gallon bucket with brass. We agreed on a price and we got a heck of a deal on brass. We spent a couple of hours sorting it and ended up with lots of good stuff. I track all of our reloading activities on a huge spreadsheet. And this brass is almost as good as free. From what I can figure instead of us buying used brass 100 pieces at a time, for 7-9¢ each, so far we've got this bucket brass down to 2¼¢ for each piece and we're not done counting it. We're polishing it in batches and when it comes out of the polisher we count it then. I can see where it will get under 2¢ for each piece. And once we shoot it I don't assign any cost to it. So we're all excited about that. There was very little we could not use and we polished that and gave away.

blogging to: Pandora Radio seeded with Marc Antione

reading: All That Glitters by Jerry Kennealy (a Nick Polo mystery)

Parting Shot: "You do not become a 'dissident' just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual career. You are thrown into it by your personal sense of responsibility, combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You are cast out of the existing structures and placed in a position of conflict with them. It begins as an attempt to do your work well, and ends with being branded an enemy of society." ~ Vaclav Havel, President of Czechoslovakia (1989-1992)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Country First

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville . . .

There is that. Not happy. But life goes on and moves on and most Conservatives and some others are not ones for sitting around and whining about what happened or what should have been. Not for long anyway. For those who think like I do, this is a great post.

This will be my mantra for the next four years and beyond. The source is an e-mail to Michelle Malkin from a Naval officer serving in Afghanistan.

"I don’t do this for the Commander in Chief. I do this for my country, and I will continue to do so."