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Moths got into my knitting box and ate everything.

All my handmade socks, all my handmade gloves (minus the chording glove), the lace shawl I was making for my mom -- all of it, gone. (I suspect that for a knitter there is not much more horrifying than picking up a piece made from 2-ply yarn and watching it disintegrate in your hands.)

The only pieces of my own knitting left intact are my winter hat, which was in the pocket of my winter coat, and the baby alpaca slipper-socks I knitted for [livejournal.com profile] enochsmiles, which he takes with him whenever he travels. The first thing I ever knitted -- a chunky Dr. Who-style scarf that I made under the tutelage of [livejournal.com profile] meowmeowcatchow -- might have survived, as it wasn't in the box and I haven't found it yet, but I have a bad feeling about this.

Nothing to do but start over, I guess.
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Chording glove pattern prototype, version 1, three fingers and a thumb left to knit:



I am making this up as I go along, thus there are a few irregularities that I will correct in the next version when I take my notes and turn them into a proper pattern. I realized halfway up the index finger that I'd failed to knit a solid line up the thumb side (for mounting the thumb switches) like I'd planned to, and that ugly-looking line right across the palm was an experiment that didn't quite work out and that I couldn't be arsed to go back and fix. (The fishnet pattern is made by knitting two stitches together, then making a hole by bringing the yarn to the front, over and over again. The cool spirally pattern comes from having each row of holes offset from the next by one stitch, which was obligatory when I was making increases for the thumb; I forgot to alternate when I started going up for the thumb side of the palm.)

All in all, though, I'm quite happy with how it's turning out, especially since a couple of experiments succeeded -- you can rib lace after all! -- and some things that I was worried would look stupid, like the solid fingertips (for stability, and to have a place to anchor the switches), look okay after all. Since this is an attempt to figure out a pattern, I'm making this out of plain cotton, and will wire it up by sewing 30ga wire through the knit stitches (the thicker "lines" that you see on the glove), but I still want to figure out a way to work the wiring into the pattern itself, because it will look cooler and I am stubborn like that.

Barring anything weird happening, I should have the complete standalone USB keyboard glove working sometime this week. I have my wire-wrap sockets now, and have soldered in half of the discrete components (the ones I had spares of, by way of a test run); I'm going to hold off moving the rest of the circuit from the breadboard until I have the glove finished and the switches mounted and wired, but the actual wiring-up shouldn't take more than an hour or two.

I'm kind of tempted to set up an Etsy shop and sell these, though I'm not sure how much would be a fair price. The actual knitting probably takes about ten hours (spread out over a few days, since my hands get sore quickly), and the soldering goes fast; the parts are less than $20 total. Any thoughts? Would you buy one?
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...wait, I could do 3D "circuit board" design if I could somehow produce the unholy fusion of gEDA and Blender.

If Blender lets you freehand draw on the texture of a surface, that could actually work. omgwtfbbq.

...and then you somehow convert the Blender data file into a knitting pattern, which would in and of itself be a neat little hack, since you could 3D model a garment and then convert it into a pattern ... oh cloning why are you not here yet

I forgot to take my antidepressants today. Maybe I'm actually back to the point where I don't need them anymore. That would be nice.

ETA: apt-get install blender but I am not allowed to play with it till I get more work done, it is a reward
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Okay, knitting people, here's one for you: I want to do some work with conductive yarn. Specifically, I want to make a chording glove -- like a chording keyboard, but knitted into a glove.

After all, keys are just switches, and switches are just two contacts completing a circuit. So, imagine conductive pads leading to outbound "channels" -- insulated from each other by the surrounding nonconductive yarn.

Is this a job for embroidery, or is there a way to actually knit this?
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Man, it's amazing the kind of stuff you can get done when you wake up at 9am.

So far, today I have rearranged furniture (my desk is no longer taking up all the useful space in the living room!), made biscuits for breakfast, tidied up the kitchen, and gone to the Norway Festival out at the Marina with my friend Josh and his wife Chris. I thought the Belgians made some seriously rich food, but the Norwegians have them licked -- I just missed a cooking demo for a dish which basically consists of baked sour cream topped with a butter sauce. Josh and Chris got the recipe, though, so I will loose it on [livejournal.com profile] enochsmiles at the soonest possible opportunity.

I also watched a yarn-spinning demo and got to try it out. I don't have anything resembling the room to house a full-blown spinning wheel, though some of the ones they had there were surprisingly compact. My spinning-fu is definitely weak, but I was surprised at how easy it was to pick up, and I now have some lumpy yarn that I made all by my little self. I also picked up two hanks of lace-weight silk/merino blend (50 grams == 630 meters, yowza), one in claret and one in a rich sapphire blue, which I aim to use for matching fingerless gloves for [livejournal.com profile] enochsmiles and myself. He's taken some gorgeous photos when we've been out walking around in the mornings, but my hands get awfully cold, and fingerless gloves would help a lot without getting in the way of camera operation too badly, I figure. I found several dozen glove patterns here, and now must figure out how to convert a sport-weight pattern into something that will work with lace-weight yarn. (Knitting buffs: can I get away with just working double-stranded?) I will also probably just use [livejournal.com profile] cassandrasimplx's ultra-clever trick of working on paired circular needles rather than double-pointed needles, as I can think of little more frustrating than uber-skinny needles, uber-skinny yarn and my uber-skinny fingers becoming a horrible tangled mess.

So, in a little bit here I'm going to pick [livejournal.com profile] miss_education up at BART, boogie on down to SuperHappyDevHouse with her and [livejournal.com profile] foxgrrl, and get my libdejector hack on. ([livejournal.com profile] palecur, you down? We'll be blowing through your neck of the woods on the way there if you want a ride.) After that, the forecast calls for setting up the projector and watching goofy movies with Chris++. I have to say, it's a damn nice life.

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