I decided to make Christmas stockings for my sister's mantle, since we've started spending the holidays at her house. Unfortunately, there's a serious dearth of decent patterns online. I finally found this one at Berroco's site, though I'm using the Karabella I'd bought on clearance last month. The actual green is slightly darker than in that photo. And here's the stocking in progress:
It's actually going well so far. I just finished the cabling section. I've learned that I quite like working from charts, because they keep me from getting bored. ;) The cables aren't as stretched and flattened as they look there, and they look quite lovely in the finished product. The main problem is that the band of red at the top is much too wide, so I fear it'll look lopsided when I sew up the edges. I'm thinking I might use the rest of the red at the toe, to give it some contrast.
So, I'm feeling good about it thus far. Assuming my sister likes it, I'll be making two more. I have tons of the green yarn left, but I might buy some more red and do one of them in the alternate color scheme. Also, I need to find a cute pattern for the nephew's stocking. Most of the online patterns are way too silly. At least I have plenty of time. ;)
Cracked has an odd-but-interesting list: Seven reasons the 21st century is making you miserable. It's primarily about social isolation in the 'net age, and how we often substitute online interaction for real-life friendships. Hmm. I'm rather guilty of that one, though I think the writer is too pessimistic and dismissive.
Speaking of cynicism, Salon has an article on gender stereotype reversal in the new fall TV shows: "Broads are the cops and lawyers and masters of the business universe on the new shows. So what happened to the men?" I think it's another case of righteous indignation about an unintentional trend, but she does make some good points.
Continuing the thematic progression: Jezebel found this eerily prescient 1968 guide to the internet age. I'm mostly amused by how joyless they all look, like online shopping is the worst possible fate the future has to offer.
And that's it for this evening. A heads-up: if you have OnDemand, they're screening the various fall pilots. Right now I'm watching Bionic Woman again. A few changes from the screener, but it's pretty much the same. I'm still not exactly impressed, but at least it'll be a cheesy distraction while I wait for the next season of BSG. Right now my biggest WTF? is how Jaime could possibly afford that massive, trendy apartment on a bartender's salary. And I'm still all over the Sarah/Jaime femslash, which is so blatant it might as well be canon. ;)