Monday, February 27, 2006

Cable class!!

Well, the two classes I signed up for at Needlecraft University started this weekend. I was recovering from a bit of a stomach bug on Saturday so I really didn't get a chance to dive in and take a look at the material until yesterday.

As far as the lace shawl class goes, I decided that my original choice of yarn for the project probably wasn't the best choice, so I went ahead and ordered a solid color, and I'm waiting for it to arrive. That gave me a chance to concentrate on the cable swatching.

I started out doing this on regular straight needles, but it just wasn't comfortable for me. I think that this is because I've been using circulars pretty much exclusively on my recent projects, so things just seem to flow better on them for me. Once I dug out my circulars, this swatch went really really fast. I started it right after dinner last night, and I only have about 2 repeats left on this one.

I tried to take pictures from a couple different angles, because this hasn't been blocked yet, so the pattern doesn't pop out just yet. And sorry, no lovely backdrops to jazz up the photo. Just my laptop, which I didn't realize needed a good cleaning until after I took the picture. :/

I'm really pleased with it and I can't wait to block this one, and start the next one. I believe that there will be a total of four swatches to do, all totally different, and they will be great to break the monotony of the shawl that I will also start this week.
This weekend, the fan on my video card for my main system bit the dust.

It stopped running and I didn't realize it until I was logged into the game and my screen pixelated and locked up. And of course, it was in the middle of a battle, and some dumb Hib managed to run me over while I was locked up and forced to turn off the computer to investigate. I hate it when stuff like that happens. While I was tearing the cover off my computer, I looked over to my laptop where I had the bot logged in and saw someone in /as attempting to console me by saying how bravely I died. Yah, right. Some idiot probably did the "Free Realmpoint" dance after killing my poor reaver.

Anyway, yanked the card out of my computer and it was so hot that it melted the glue for the heatsinks and they were sliding around on the card. Couldn't find a replacement fan ANYWHERE. Phil managed to find a decent card for pretty cheap but we can't seem to get it to where I can run my game without problems, even after tweaking it and yelling and cussing at it all weekend. Will probably have to try another card and see what happens, and this does not make me a happy camper. I would have been much happier if I'd just blown up another keyboard, at least replacing those is only like, 20 bucks. Could be worse I guess. /knocks furiously on wood.

Well, that's about all I have to bore you with today. It's almost 11 am and I haven't yet been through the shower, so I need to boogie.


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