Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Patience Is

Mr WK's been busy with service calls every day last week and this week so far so I've been getting a lot of housework done and a whack of knitting. I have FINALLY moved beyond the 1½ pattern repeats that I frogged and re-knit over and over [and over and over] on the Flemish Red Lace Scarf. I've now got 10 16 row pattern repeats complete. Unblocked and scrunched up as unblocked lace is, it's around two feet long. I suspect that if it was blocked now it would be close to a yard long.

The White Caps Afghan is also moving slowly along. The Flemish Red Lace Scarf is great to work on while watching TV alone but it's more difficult to deal with when you have company. So when we settle in front of the TV to watch gun shows or our new favorite show Billy the Exterminator I work on the afghan. Mindful of my eldabows, I try to knit slowly but I'm always having slow down. I need a knitting governor.

Mr WK hurt his foot somehow one day last week so we've been out of the shooting action. When he's not on a call he's staying off it so we didn't shoot IDPA on Thursday or on Sunday at Corndodger Station. Missing the shoot at Corndodger was tough. We both knew that even if we went and he didn't shoot he wouldn't be able to stay sat down all afternoon. He'd be up wandering around visiting and taking videos. Even if he did shoot and then resolve to sit back down after his turn we knew that wouldn't last. So we just didn't go. It was much better on Monday and even more so Tuesday though he was on it almost all day both days.

As for Spray, we got the new tiller in last week, the day before Mr WK hurt his foot. Now that it's almost all the way back, we can get that last bit done on Spray and get 'er splashed. The plan is to finish her up this weekend (between at least one afternoon at the range) and have her put in the water next week. No, the summer is not half over. We have lots of sailing and swimming time left before the snow flies.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: Original Sin by P D James (an Adam Dalgliesh mystery)
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot:

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Deja vu All Over Again

I ended up having to frog back to where I picked up the Flemish Red Lace Scarf 2½ weeks ago. I am apparently a very slow learner in some things as this is not the first time. No where did I mention that I'd switched from garter stitch to purling the purl and knitting the knit stitches for the first and last four stitches at each end. To figure it out I had to frog the 25 or so rows I'd already knit AGAIN!! (for the fourth time or is this this the FIFTH!! time?!), put it all back on the needles and pull the ribbon lifeline out of the first four stitches so I could really look at them. When I began to reknit it felt familiar to be doing it that way. GAAHH! So yes, I have updated ALL the notes in case I do this again.

No one I suppose, suspects they'll put down a piece of knitting fully intending to continue knitting on it the next day or within the next couple of days and then not pick it up again for 5
½ months.

I did know that I was giving up the White Caps Afghan for a several weeks but even so I neglected to write down what the heck was going on with it. I reckoned I would remember what I did. But then I didn't think I'd not pick it up again for a year and a half. To my credit, I DID pack them both away in plastic bags after a month or so so they weren't dusty. But even then, I never considered that I wouldn't remember.

Ah, well. Both are more or less on track again. I did slip in a few more rows on the afghan while the red scarf was resting. I now have 19 14 row pattern repeats. It's long and it's heavy. It's going to be very nice when it's complete. My goal is 50 pattern repeats for a length of around 70". I'll see how long the yarn holds out and how much is left when and if I hit 70".

Today, on a Saturday no less, I finally got the 115 gn 9mm plated Berry's Bullets I'd ordered around the first of May. Other than these 9mms and the Hornady fmj 55 gn .223s I've not found many back orders when I need more reloading components. I got the .30 cal Hornady fmj 150 gn, the 125 gn and 158 gn .38 special / .357 mag and the .200 gn .45 cal bullets right away and I didn't order just 100. I got these 9mms BEFORE the .223s I'd ordered at the same time. Hmmm. Interesting. I did notice last week when I was looking for some more 9mm TAP ammo that there STILL is not a lot of loaded handgun ammo on the shelves, again 9mm and .380 in particular. I'm glad that some of the reloading components have come back all the way. It's great to be able to go into Cabela's and purchase primers in quantities over 300 at a time.

I've also added to the Dreamworker links in the sidebar.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger (a Cork O'Connor mystery)
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot: "No one will know until this is actually in place how it works." Chris Dodd 6/25/10

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

How Long is a Piece of String

Two of the projects I'm working on knitting-wise don't have a prescribed finished length. It's when ever I decide it's finished. Sometimes that means when I run out of yarn and sometimes it's when the length feels right. Kind of like the length of the leg on a pair of socks I would knit. The pattern (if I'm using one) may say the leg should be x" long but I usually knit until its the length I want. Since I'm makin' it I can do it any way I like.

The Flemish Red Lace Scarf has been frogged back AGAIN! to where I picked it up two weeks ago and is back where it was before the frogging. I'd knit a complete 14 row pattern repeats put in a lifeline then knit six more rows when out of the blue there was a huge hole and a dropped stitched BELOW the lifeline. How did that happen? I had the proper stitch count at every section and on every row. The only thing that occurs to me is when I did a k2tog or k3tog on the row before the lifeline I didn't catch one of the stitches and for a while it clung to the yarn so it looked OK but it finally let go and began to ladder down.

Now I have a completely different problem with it and I don't know what the answer is. The four edge stitches on each side SHOULD be garter stitch. It's what all my copies of the pattern say and it's want I remember. But the 1½ pattern repeats I've knit look different. They are definitely garter stitch but it's NOT what the other eight pattern repeats look like. And I cannot find this stitch in any of my stitch dictionaries. This is a puzzlement. So until I figure it out I've set it aside. It looks like stockinette on both sides? Knitting flat is that even possible? I'll keep looking. The worst would be to frogged everything I've knit AGAIN!! since I picked it up. Why didn't I notice this ... say 10 rows ago?

And speaking of doing it my way, that's also what I like about reloading my own ammo. I can make it as snappy or as sappy as I want, as long as it cycles and ejects properly. I have my choice of projectile composition, brand, weight and even shape. Heck I can even make 'em myself. Then there is powder choice — maybe not as much as with the projectile but you have choices in brand, burn rates, how much recoil, how much flame. Primers not as much as the previous two in choices but still quite a lot
— brand mostly. The other considerations in primers are pretty much set by the caliber—smaller calibers use a small primer and larger calibers a large primer. Rifles use more powerful primers than pistols because the cartridge is usually longer and there is more powder to burn. Often times you can use magnum primers in place of regular primers, but you may have to use less powder, depending on what "effect" you're going for. You can even choose the brass. Some folks only use matched brass. All their brass is from the same manufacturer, such as Winchester or Remington. Others, like me will pick up anything, anywhere, anytime.

So you can really customize a load a specific gun. It may not cycle or cycle as well in other guns that are the same. We have a load for .45 caliber that cycles in both of ours but doesn't do as well in the .45s my brother-in-law owns. He's not really interested in having us make up test loads with various powders. He just wants something that's fun to shoot and cycles his gun every single time.
So we pumped up the volume a bit, made it a bit more snappier and we'll see how that goes. That's what's so cool about reloading.

Someone shoots some of your ammo, likes it and you can be proud and pleased to say, "I made it myself." I get as much of a charge out of that as I do when someone compliments something I've knit.

Mr WK and I went shooting at a local outdoor range on Sunday. What a Blast! We were going to meet some friends, they couldn't make it but we had fun anyway.


Who knew that shooting at water bottles and half-gallon milk jugs at 100 yards with could be so much fun!


We discovered last fall that you need to have cartridges with explosive tips for the explosive action. These were shot with a Hornady V-Max 110 gn .308. Solid or hollow point cartridges just pass right through the reactive target.

However, done just right that can also be fun. The top cap is in and the bottom photo is the other side of the cap where the bullet exited. Unfortunately, I wasn't aiming at just the cap. This was shot with a Hornady fmj 55 gn .223 at 100 yards. The cap came off the bottle but the bottle didn't fall. I'd been saving the milk jugs and other random containers over the winter. At first it was too cold and the water would freeze. Once spring hit, we kept forgetting. HA! I have several large garbage bags full of clean, empty containers. It's going to be a great summer at the range!

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith (The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency mystery)
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot:“The problem is, . . . if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support ‘comprehensive immigration reform.’” President Obama to Jon Kyl

Can't wait to drop these off at the recycle center

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Some More

The knitting continues apace. I need to ramp myself up to finish the third and final for quite a while Dr Who Scarf. What I have to do will take around 30 minutes. I need to sit down and just do it so I can get it out of my life.

The other active WIPs that have been frogged have all been reknit beyond their frogging. I just finished a pattern repeat on the Flemish Red Lace Scarf and put in a new lifeline. I have five lifelines running and I'm to the point when I can pull the bottom one out and use it on top. That lace weight merino yarn is so nice to work with. It has no body whatsoever but it is very soft. The scarf is so lightweight even holding the yarn double.

I'm nearing the completion of a pattern repeat on the White Caps Afghan. It has no lifelines. I would put one in on the last row but it and several rows before that are straight stockinette with no lace. The Reynolds Saucy cotton yarn has a lot of body and the stitches just hang there in mid air unless I pull on them. As it's straight stockinette for several rows there, even if I drop a couple of stitches I can just hook them right back up with my trusty crochet hook.

I spent a lot of time Monday on the afghan. Mr WK was gone almost all day so I did my standard thing . . . watch TV and knit on it then during the commercials, declutter, do dishes and clean the kitchen, do laundry and vacuum. Works great for me. The house gets clean and I get a whack of knitting done.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: The Private Patient by P D James (an Adam Dalgliesh mystery)
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot:

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Some Warrior and Some Knitter

For some reason I find it so much easier to blather on and on about my knitting rather than shooting. Maybe because I've been knitting longer than I've been actively shooting. On two of the projects I picked up again, I ended up frogging everything I'd knit since I picked them up.

The White Caps Afghan I screwed up trying to fix something. I was pretty close to finishing a pattern repeat when I screwed something up, fixed it, thought I didn't fix it correctly (which I did) but screwed it up further in trying to unfix then fix the fix. It was in the lace part of the pattern and I ended up just frogging back to the last row of all stockinette which was within a few rows of where I started. It's all back on the needles again and the first lace row is almost complete, again.

On the Flemish Red Lace Scarf something had been nagging at me since I picked it up. Last night as I finished the ten row side panels it occurred to me that I started all three panels on row one. The middle panel is 16 rows and the two side panels are 10 rows. They don't all end together. Sure enough, both of the side panels were a row off. I should have started them on row 10 (the last row). Honestly, the recipient or even another knitter probably would NEVER notice unless they laid the blocked scarf out and looked at every pattern pattern repeat. But I knew. And I knew it would bother me. So I ripped it back to the lifeline. It's also all back on the needles.

Good thing I'm a process not a product knitter.

The second Spring Flower Sock is moving right along. I took it along Sunday on the drive to and from the gun range. The 20 round cuff is complete and I've eight or so rounds done on the 54 round leg.

We've been shooting a few times since we were last at the outdoor range at the end of May. Sometimes, when Mr WK gets a service call in the Kansas City area in the afternoon, I go along. We just take our carry guns and a box or so of ammo each along with some targets and all the regular range bag contents. That way if we decide to do something instead of or in addition to going to the range, we don't have to lock up the extra guns or not do something. When that does happen I take a book or two to read and my travel knitting.

Anyway, we've done that twice in the past two weeks. It lets us get some range time in and the best thing is that our mileage is mostly paid for to and from.

We shot an IDPA match this past Thursdy. I shot an excellent (for me) first CoF (Course of Fire) then I didn't do so hot on the other two. I cannot figure out WHY I can stand there and shoot small tight groups at any distance up 10 yards then they start to spread out a bit but are still within my handspan at 20 yards. But I can't do that in a match. Drives me around the bend. I know it's something I'm doing but I have no idea what. So I'll keep practicing, keep shooting IDPA and carry LOTS of ammo.

I really enjoy being a Safety Officer. I've given the new shooter talk twice now and have run the timer and been scorekeeper for numerous CoFs. I've even been the sign 'em up and take their money wrangler a couple of times. It's great fun and I get a better chance to put names with faces, especially the folks that don't shoot with us very often.

Late Sunday afternoon, Mr WK and I drove to the outdoor range just west of Topeka. We were possibly going to meet a buddy but he didn't show and we had a good time anyway. We had the rifle range to ourselves.

Mr WK thinks he finally has a winning combination of rings and risers to enable him to take the scope off his rifle and put it back on keeping the same accuracy. Now the trick is to figure out that combo. It involves zeroing the scope with a particular combo. Take it off put it back on and see if the zero held. So far we're not having any luck but we've several rings and a couple of different risers so he's workin' it.

Today I left the .308 in the case and did some CQB (close quarters battle) drills shooting off hand with my .223 carbine. After shooting mainly my .308 for months the .223 feels light and the recoil which has never been an issue was even less. Also after moosing around that .308 for months I am more solid in my stance with the .223. Must have built up some forearm strength.

I bench rested the first four rounds to make sure I hadn't lost the zero on my inexpensive red dot. I wanted to be sure that if I missed it was me and not the optic. If one of the indicators is not turned all the way the zero is off. But today it was spot on.

I shot in the aggressive progressive stance, red dot and foregrip in place and my sling slung at 25 yards. I can't see a regular round target very well at 25 yards without a scope. And the red dot, even the smallest red dot covers up the whole darn thing anyway — BUT I can see where to shoot on a person-sized target. So I drew a person-sized head, neck and shoulder line on the back of a big target. Except for one flier all my shots were in the lower face, throat and upper chest of the "person"
— most were in the upper chest. While emptying the 25 round magazine in three-shot bursts (jackhammers!!) I was practicing some of the things I learned in the carbine course Mr WK and I took last October. Movin' and shooting. Shootin' then moving toward the BG at an angle and firing off three more and looking for the midget between each burst. It was fun. It's fun to be accurate and hone your skills.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: The Private Patient by P D James (an Adam Dalgliesh mystery)
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot:

Friday, June 11, 2010

Stick With Me

The third and I hope final for quite a while Dr Who Scarf has been washed and lightly blocked — if it's even possible to block a tightly knit acrylic scarf. In the next couple of days, I'll make and attach the tassels. I haven't been that excited about this one. I was about the first one. And the second one was a breeze. I didn't have to shop for yarn (other than pick up a second hank of the yellow at the LYS), didn't have to figure gauge or what size needle to cast on with so it wouldn't pull or stretch the end stitches. I figured all that stuff out with the first scarf.

This third one was just knitting. I had to do most of the stuff I did with the first scarf, research yarn (no wool), figure out the colors and do several gauge swatches so the length would be correct. But there was no excitement on what it was going to look like or how long it was going to be. Been there; done that.

I'm reverting to how and what I used to knit before all the Dr Who Scarves. I'm making slow but steady progress on the other WIPs.

I'm almost done with the 20 round cuff on the second Spring Flower Sock. This is my vehicle knitting. When I'm driving and alone it's stoplight knitting. When Mr WK's at the wheel, it's passenger knitting.

The White Caps Afghan progress is glacial. It's my TV knitting. And I go slowly so I don't re-injure my eldabows. I haven't finished a pattern repeat yet but I keep banging away on it.

The Flemish Lace Red Lace Scarf is also slowly nearing the first complete pattern repeat since I picked it up again. It's my sit on the couch and read and knit project.

The work on Spray is stalled again. The weekend after Memorial Day we replaced the cracked window and finally put the first coat of teak sealer on. We need to put on two more coats and don't have to wait until it's dry for two days to do so. The teak looked amazing when we left. Think of old varnished woodwork in an old house. We're really pleased with it. And no, we haven't had time to go back out and take photos or put another coat on.


Last Sunday afternoon, I was in the backyard sanding the tiller handle, prepping it for three coats of sealer. We were SO close to launch. Earlier that day I'd even tentatively scheduled a launch day for that Wednesday. Then I saw a crack in the tiller. Like an idiot I flexed it and CRACK!! It didn't take much and I guess if it had to break I'd rather it break then. I just wish I hadn't almost finished sanding the darned thing. I ordered one up first thing Monday morning. It didn't come today so guess it'll be here sometime next week. The new waterline stripe arrived on a Tuesday after I ordered in on Monday morning, too. Ah, well. The laminated wood tiller had spent most of it's life outdoors and the wood was really dry. I'm surprised it lasted this long.

blogging to a quiet house

reading: The Prairieton Raid by Lauren Paine (a western)


Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot: "I can't suck it up with a straw." ~ President Obama

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

More "Old" Knitting

Monday evening I dug out the Flemish Braid Red Lace Scarf. The yarn is a true lace weight held double in a bright fire engine red colorway. It's a combination of three patterns from Barbara Walker's book A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. In the book Barbara herself put these three small motifs together. I put some garter stitches on each edge to keep it from curling and three stockinette stitches between each motif to make the scarf a bit wider.

The left motif is seven stitches wide and is a right twist cable, the center motif is a 25 stitch Flemish Braid and the right motif is a left twist cable, seven stitches wide. The layout looks like this:

wrong side and all wrong side rows — slip 1 as if to knit, k3, purl to last four stitches, k4
right side rows: sl 1 as if to knit, knit 6, right twist, knit 3, center motif, knit 3, left twist, knit 7

I have place markers at every motif change. When I complete a section I pause to count stitches I just knit or purled to make sure I didn't forget a stitch. It's much easier to tink a section—even 25 stitches— and reknit it than to try to fix it on the next or subsequent rows When you tink you undo the stitches one at a time and put them back on the needle — tink is knit spelled backwards. I also have lifelines, a length of ¼" ribbon in a contrasting color strung through the stitches, at the beginning of every 16 row pattern repeat. That way the most I'll ever need to frog (take the project off the needles and pull the stitches out) is 16 rows instead of the whole thing. I learned A LOT when I knit the Paws to Remember Scarf for my sister-in-law.

Anyway, when I put this project down 5½ months ago to concentrate on socks for Mr WK, I'd just finished and delivered the first Dr Who Scarf to the recipient. I had a problem, tried to fix it, made it worse and took the knitting off the needles with the intention of frogging back to the lifeline, putting it back on the needles, reknitting what I'd frogged and moving on with it. I pulled it off the needles . . . . . and then I did nothing, other than bag it shortly after the first of the year and put it away so it wouldn't get dusty.

When I unearthed it, I vaguely remembered that there may or may not have been a problem with it. And there was. It was off the needles! I hadn't even frogged back to the lifeline. So I looked at it again, frogged it and put it back on the needles. I'd changed the pattern a bit and didn't change my notes so it took a few minutes to figure out what I'd done. The notes I had said that there were five stitches between each motif instead of three.

I had a similar problem on the White Caps Afghan except that it was a pattern error instead of a change I made. Both times I didn't make a note of the changes in my notes. I guess I never figured I'd leave them for so long. Well, I learned to always make a note of any changes right away because the knitting you set down today with every intention of picking it back up tomorrow or the next day may turn into next year or the next year and a half. At least I was able to figure out what the change was pretty quickly in both cases.

And speaking of the White Caps Afghan, I'm slowing moving forward on it. With 350 stitches makin' up a row, it goes slowly as I try to knit slowly and if I'm watching TV and knitting take non-knitting breaks right along. I've knit just half a pattern repeat, six rows.

I finished the first Spring Flower Sock on Sunday afternoon. I haven't woven in the ends yet but I have cast on for the second sock. The 20 round cuff on the second sock is almost half finished.

It feels good to have almost all the WIPs actually being worked on. When we get a nice day here with little chance of showers, my next project is to wash and lightly block the acrylic Dr Who Scarf. Once that's done I can make and attach the tassels then present it to the recipient

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: The Italian Secretary Caleb Carr (a Sherlock Holmes mystery)
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot:

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Resurrecting an Old Friend

Off and on for MONTHS I have been threatening? promising? to drag out the White Caps Afghan and work on it. And the other day I finally did. I cast on for it in February 2008. I knit on it steadily through April and put it away until fall. I got it back out just after Thanksgiving. A few weeks later I figured out I had knitter's/ shooter's "eldabows". I put it away as by then it was already heavy and unwieldy for someone with "eldabow" problems. When I stopped knitting on it the afghan was around 31" long and 60" wide. It's 350 stitches wide, and 17 fourteen row pattern repeats have been knit. Right now it's a little under half the 70" length I want. I'm using Addi Lace Turbo 4mm / US 6 47" circular needles.

The pattern is from Jan Eaton's book 200 Ripple Stitches It’s the Snuggle Blanket on page 87 which is actually the Puff Lace pattern on page 34. I changed it up a bit. There are a couple of rows before and including the white that are supposed to be garter stitch. With the white in there it didn't look as good and I wanted the overall effect to be white caps on blue water, which happens to be my favorite kind of sailing. So it's all stockinette.

The yarn is Reynolds Saucy, a cotton. I was (still am) knitting a nautical-themed sweater with these colors, white stockinette sweater with narrow blue stripes and bright red garter stitch on the hem, cuffs and neckline.

I liked the colors and the yarn and had had my eye on this pattern for some time. I bought lots more of it and cast on. This is now my TV knitting. It's way too long and wide to take in the car. The Dr Who Scarves worked for car knitting as although they were long they were only 10½" or so wide and would easily pack in a tote.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr (a Sherlock Holmes mystery)
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot:

Thursday, June 3, 2010

But I Just Can't Be With You Like This Anymore*

Almost another FO or two! The knitting is done on the third and hopefully final for quite a while Dr Who Scarf. All the ends have been woven in. At the end here I am so thankful that I wove them in as I knit otherwise it's a very tedious job in a project that has 54 stripes. For the non-knitters, that's two ends per stripe. And as this yarn is acrylic the ends won't felt into themselves and the surrounding yarn so I left longer than usual tales on the ends which then took longer to weave in. But that part's ALL DONE!!

Now I need to trim the ends, wash and lightly block it then make and attach the tassels. When I've got it all laid out and blocking I'll take a photo.

This scarf is wider, stitch-wise than the previous two scarves but the same width inch-wise. The other two were 40 stitches wide as I used larger needles because I needed to make the scarf longer for the tall recipients. The recipient of this scarf is a foot shorter and consequently the scarf is shorter. For the non-knitters, to make the scarf shorter, I used needles that were smaller in diameter which make the stitches smaller in all dimensions, including width. This scarf is 55 stitches wide. That means I will probably have more tassels but I'll see.

I use the divide and conquer method. I attach tassels to the two ends, fold the end in half and attach a tassel in the middle. I fold the area between the tassels and attach a tassel in the middle and so on. Sometimes I have to reposition a tassel when it makes more sense room-wise to put in three tassels instead of four when I'm doing the last pass.

Meanwhile, I've picked up the much neglected Spring Flower Sock which was my stoplight knitting sock before the three-in-a-row Dr Who Scarves. The yarn is a cotton yarn and normally two skeins or hanks makes a pair of socks for me with leftovers. But not this yarn. I'm using my normal 2mm / US 0 dpns but I ran out of yarn several rounds from the toe decreases — and that's with doing a heel flap heel in a green Fortissima cotton. I'm almost done with the first sock. I've only a few more rounds to knit on the toe decreases. I'm going to graft the toe closed with six stitches on each of four needles instead of decreasing all the way down to two stitches on each needle. The Fortissima yarn is limp, has no body and doing k2togs and ssk with such bendy needles and this yarn is a bit of a hassle. The green cotton yarn is very close to the color of the green in the striped yarn so it all looks OK. The solid green toe's going to look a bit long but it's my sock and with shoes on no one will ever know. I do like the colors.

I haven't taken any sit down and knit and read time so the red lace scarf is still in limbo. And who knows, I may just drag out the cotton White Caps afghan which hasn't seen any action in a year and a half. I put it away when I for sure knew I had knitters / shooters elbow. because the rows were so long and it was so heavy. I'll still want to use the Spring Flower socks for stoplight and travel knitting and the red lace scarf is too complex to knit while watching TV so that may be just the thing.

I've been cleaning brass all day. For the non-reloaders and shooters, it mostly involves putting several hundred once-fired brass shell casings into a vibratory tumbler. It's filled with ground corn cob media, a used or cheap new dryer sheet torn in half and several drops of special brass polish
— not Brasso and then doing something else for a couple of hours — kind of like laundry or a dishwasher only a lot noisier. We run ours in the garage and adding the dryer sheet helps keep the corn cob media cleaner so you can use it longer. The soot on the brass is attracted to the dryer sheet. So, yes, if I chose, I could have April Fresh brass. I've done .380s, .45s and currently 9mms are getting jigulated, cleaned and polished.

* from Lady Gaga's new single Alejandro

blogging to: Lady Gaga's new single Alejandro

reading: The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Parting Shot: "Family friend Sally Quinn told CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson that Gore winning the popular vote for president but losing the electoral vote may have done the marriage irreparable harm." ~ so yeah, this is also GWB's fault.