Thursday, July 31, 2008

Celebrity Alert!!!

Ok, so I'm still at work, despite it being 9:00 on a Thursday (of course, we all know there is no good t.v. so it doesn't much affect me). But more importantly, I confirmed that Simon and Garfunkel are in fact, MY FATHER AND BOYFRIEND. I'll be damned.

Sunday, July 27, 2008


Well obviously, shame on me for neglecting to chronicle my knitting and scientific exploits in graphic and often boring detail.

In knitting: I am trying to design a nice, sturdy grocery bag of weird 100% nylon. The hopes are that it will stretch less than the cotton versions while remaining lightweight. Two versions have already been rejected so far.

Other projects are finally coming together; as they are finished, proud pictures will follow.

Dyeing is super fun. Can't wait to do more.

Lastly, received another compliment on the lovingly named "idiot slippers" that I made in a wave of desperately wanting a one-night project. I'm annoyed that people like these so much, almost no skill went into making them. I'd much rather hear about how nice my lacework is.

In science: working long and hard. Knitting, reading, eating, sleeping and life take an unimpressive backseat to science lately. First thoughts of whether I can make a living doing anything but science have surfaced. Could definitely use a "good results day" pick-me-up.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thursday's mantra

I may not knit until I clean. I may not knit until I clean. I hate statistics (what?) I may not knit until I clean. I may not knit until I clean.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


24 yo SWF ISO expert in IgA, especially in analysis of my western blot. Serious responses only.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Chronic Project Starter's Anonymous, here I come

Okay, here's the run down... The plan was to finish a couple of projects from knitty, to possibly enter them in the contest (hey, why not.) Instead, I've started about a zillion new ones, including:

Okay, I saw this pattern and literally couldn't resist. The hem on it is so cute. It's going to be a little ringer sweater shirt thingy. Way cuter to wear than describe, apparently.

This is a knitty pattern, so it doesn't count. The pattern is supposedly inspired by Tiffany lamps, so I thought it might look cool to take it's photo near a lamp, or pinned to an easel or something. They're really fun to work on when I have the patience.

This is my latest bedtime project. It's kind of lost in the picture, but it's a corkscrew scarf. I think I might give it to the secretary at work for Christmas. It's really good for picking up and doing just a couple of rows at a time.

I saw this at the store on sale for $2.15, and thought, hello, grocery bags. Right now mine are a hodge podge, and I'd like to have a "set." So if you get a grocery bag that looks suspiciously used, that's why. Sorry. Save the planet with my castoffs...

And last but not least, my dyeing experiment! Cannot wait. Going to be a "stats is done" treat next week.

Maybe I could finish something if I didn't spend so much time going to work and class...?

Friday, July 11, 2008

The cardigan is almost realized.

I am in the middle of stitching my first cardigan and it is dull and tedious… I'm starting to really regret not buying this yarn in two colors to do the fun stripes (though in fairness, the yarn was about to go to the buy-it-to-have-it stash land before I spared it from a life of boredom in a bin in the closet).

I was always daunted by the task of creating an out and out sweater until I realized I’ve completed projects that are both much larger and more complicated.
So glad I took the plunge.
Now on to socks and fair isle, the final frontiers.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

You're so ogly...

FYI, this is my favorite enzyme, the o-glycosidase. It hydrolyzes Gal-ß(1-3)GalNAc-alpha disaccharides attached to the serine or threonine residues of glycoproteins or glycopeptides (obviously).

Monday, July 7, 2008

Christmas thoughts...

To start, I'm not obsessed, I do not like "It's a Wonderful Life," and I do not have a year round Christmas countdown. But when you are a) broke b) a knitter, logic would suppose that most of your Christmas gifts will be hand made. So as mentioned, I am planning already.
Today I was thinking about my boss and secretary in particular. I started by thinking a simple scarf with a yummy yarn would have to be appreciated by everyone. But that's coming from a person who appreciates a homemade gift. I would hate hate hate for her to feel obligated to wear it to work because of me and then feel ridiculous. So now I'm considering gifts for the home; baskets, grocery bag holder, wine cozy and the like.

I guess I'm saying it's easier to give a bad gift to someone you don't have to see much. Keep that in mind when you get your fun-fur scarf.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Genetics, my first love.

Little tidbit in the Times about a genetic counselor (a job I once planned on) and what he does after hours. He teaches judges about genetics to better inform them about forensic evidence (my second love).
I would love to get paid to do this. He even runs a lab for the judges wherein they can isolate and visualize their own DNA. Negative points, though, for the double helix tie. Too cliche.