Sunday, September 09, 2007

My first socks

Pattern: Garter Rib Socks from "Sensational Knitted Socks" by Charlene Schurch
Yarn: A merino/alpaca 4-ply sock yarn from eBay
Color: Pink
Price: 7.38 €/100 g
Amount: less than 65 g
Needles: 2,5 mm
Gauge: 5.5 stitches/inch
Dimensions: European shoe size 37
Modifications: none

It's a great book. With the help of this book I managed to finish my first pair of sock. I have tried it before, but somehow I never really understood what I was doing... In this book you will find very clear instructions for various combinations of these factors:

  1. Foot circumference (5" - 12")
  2. Gauge (5.5 stitches/inche - 10 stitches/inch)
  3. Pattern with x stitches (4, 5, 6, 8, 12 stitch count repeats (or how do you say?), plus some Fair Isle and cabled pattern, etc.)
  4. 4 or 5 dpns or two circulars
For example, I had a gauge of 5.5 stitches/inch, the circumference of my foot is a around 8.5 inches, I wanted to use a pattern with 4 stitches and knit with 4 dpns. It was all in the book. I only had to follow the instructions and got my socks in the end. Oh boy, that's so easy. :)

Some of you might have remembered my post about a racist article in Medical Hypotheses. I've decided to write to one of the editors, Mr António Damásio, and ask him for a statement. Why him? Because I happened to have a discussion about him on another blog, he is famous enough that I recognize his name (I had no clue who the others on the editorial board were) and he has a good reputation as a scientist, which in my opinion implies greater responsibility for the things that happen in one's name, because the impact on the public is simply greater. There's a difference between reading racist articles in cheap magazines and reading them in an academic journal with an editorial board consisting of scientists (and no, I don't care that it's not peer-reviewed). And finding a name like his on the board is even worse.

He used to work at the University of Iowa, but has moved to the University of Southern California. I got his contact information from here (I'm not saying that you have to contact him, but hey, if you happen to be a bit pissed off, too, and have his email address handy...? :D).

Saturday, September 08, 2007

I'm a Rockin' Girl Blogger

Claudia nominated me for the Rockin' Girl Blogger Award (if you don't know what it is, I also had to google a bit, "So, if you’re a girl or woman and you blog and you have to rock, then you’re in" ).

I am now allowed to nominate five other female bloggers. Here's my list, in no particular order:

If it was allowed to nominate guys I would also nominate Victor. He's fabulous, because he has started at least as many languages as I and showed me how to spin last week.


Italian knitting group on Ravelry

French knitting group on Ravelry

Mystery Stole 3 KAL

Rockin Guy Blogger Award

dangerous intersection blog