Crochet in Code

February 17, 2014

I’m making a ring for the Yarn Bombing Los Angeles project “Put a Ring on It.”  While an engagement ring seems to be the reference intended — as in “if you like it, why don’t you marry it?” and bringing in the idea of “engagement” in community — I thought of a secret decoder ring, and about crocheting in Morse code.

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According to this Morse code translator, “put a ring on it” is .–. ..- – / .- / .-. .. -. –. / — -. / .. -

I made the dots red, the dashes aqua, and the spaces (slashes) dark green:

.. ..- - / .- / .-. .. -. . / — -. / .. -

Each row is a symbol; so three dashes in a row are three aqua rows.
I made a swatch with thrifted acrylic DK yarn, 32 rows, 16 stitches per row; that’s enough for a ring that’s a little bigger than a bagel, and looks like a chunky bracelet.
I stuffed it with a plastic bag (which doesn’t add weight, and doesn’t mind a little rain).

Here’s the finished ring (and another ring made from the same code):IMG_4482
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When I’ve made a few, I’ll place them in the community, and I’ll contribute photos to the Put a Ring on It Project.  Stay tuned.

What I read in 2013

December 31, 2013

Past editions of this list:  2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008.  This list is also available in pictorial format at Pinterest.

It was a good year for reading here!  Thirty-nine books finished.  Some illustrated books, some YA novels–and I counted 1Q84 as THREE books, because it is. ;) BG=Book Group selection.  I’m in two book groups, so a lot of my reading is driven by that. Also, I’ve been getting a lot of advanced reader copies from Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach, so some of these were read in that format (one of the books listed, Annihilation, won’t be published until February 2014, for example).  Finally, this was the first year I read any books on a Kindle (starting with The Age of Miracles).

These are numbered in chronological order, from January to December.

1.  Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus (BG)
2. Jo Walton, Among Others (BG)
3. Rhoda Janzen, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress
4. Cory Doctorow, Eastern Standard Tribe
5. Lisa Genova, Left Neglected
6. Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins (BG)
7. Cory Doctorow, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
8. Melanie Gideon, Wife 22 (BG)
9. Katy Gardner, Losing Gemma
10.-12. Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 (three volumes)
13. Cheryl Strayed, Wild (BG)
14. Kirsten Miller, Kiki Strike:  Inside the Shadow City
15. Erik Larson, Thunderstruck (BG)
16. Marisha Pessl, Night Film
17. Doris Lessing, The Fifth Child
18. Jim Knipfel, Slackjaw (BG)
19. Kirsten Miller, Kiki Strike:  The Empress’s Tomb
20. Jim Knipfel, Quitting the Nairobi Trio
21.  Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles
22. Peter Heller, The Dog Stars
23.  Molly Peacock, The Paper Garden
24. Susan Nussbaum, Good Kings Bad Kings (BG)
25.  Kirsten Menger-Anderson, Doctor Olaf van Schuler’s Brain
26.  Kate Atkinson, Behind the Scenes at the Museum (BG)
27.  Nick Bantock, The Forgetting Room
28.  Heidi W. Durrow, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
29.  Amy Gail Hansen, The Butterfly Sister
30. Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation
31. Nick Bantock, The Venetian’s Wife
32. Lisa Brackmann, Hour of the Rat
33. Thrity Umrigar, The Space Between Us (BG)
34.  Tana French, In the Woods
35.  Julian Barnes, England, England
36.  Connie Willis, To Say Nothing of the Dog (BG)
37.  John Scalzi, Redshirts
38.  Tana French, The Likeness
39. Ann Patchett, The Patron Saint of Liars (BG)

New Page: All Our Costumes

October 22, 2013

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and this is a good time of year to do it:  here’s a page of all our costumes.  Do you remember me or daughter wearing something fun for Halloween or another event?  You can probably find it on the new “All our costumes” page.  I’ll be adding the 2013 costumes soon, probably this weekend, when we start wearing the final versions in public…

Eighteen

August 4, 2013

Santa Barbara, 1996

El Segundo, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My son turned eighteen this week. For many years, when folks asked, “What will happen when he’s an adult?” I answered, “Let’s get there first, and then we’ll see.” We’re there now. It’s not the usual eighteenth birthday, by a long stretch, but it’s his; and he is indisputably a happy young man.

My appalling birthplace (tenth in an infinite series)

July 23, 2013

On the same day I read that Scranton is a great place for upward mobility, I also read thisCovenant Presbyterian‘s not an abandoned church.  It’s a big, functioning congregation, with a particular outreach to adults with developmental disabilities — which I never thought much about as a teen attending there, but now I recall that work with a mother’s gratitude.  It’s the church where I went to nursery school, and (much later) the church where we got married, so yeah.  Leave the copper alone, please.  (This week also saw a lovely old landmark high school building in my hometown burned to the ground.  My grandparents went to school at that site.  Whatever replaces it won’t be a school — the town doesn’t need more schools — and it won’t be near so good-looking or sturdy, guaranteed.)

The clouds are gathering

May 22, 2013

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My rainstorm costume is… growing.  This will be the last webcam photo of it, because it’s getting too large to photograph at arm’s length.

Chalking Abigail Adams

May 20, 2013

Chalking Abigail Adams (in progress), originally uploaded by pennylrichardsca.

At Adams Middle School, today.

Chalk at the Seawall

April 20, 2013

Chalk at the Seawall, originally uploaded by pennylrichardsca.

It’s really fun to chalk the seawall every April! I’d love if there were more frequent chalk events there. (I’d also love if parents didn’t let their kids smear my chalk drawings WHILE I’M STILL SITTING THERE. So rude!)  More pics of the day’s event are in this Flickr set.

Little Free Library #4110

April 16, 2013


Little Free Library #4110, originally uploaded by pennylrichardsca.

Installed today, in my front yard.

My appalling birthplace (ninth in an infinite series)

March 19, 2013

Thanks to Peter for this link, in which we learn that the biggest single point source for pollution in the Chesapeake Bay is… the Lackawanna River.  More than fifty years after the end of anthracite mining around Scranton, the flooded mines and acid drainage are a continuing hazard to the people of the area, and to anyone unfortunate enough to be downstream.  Choicest quote:

Peering through a metal grate down to the borehole, one sees the churning violent water emerging from deep under the ground. What comes out runs along a trough and then enters the Lackawanna River, where the iron from the acid mine water begins to kill the river by scavenging oxygen and coating the river bed with iron, giving it an orange look and a rotten egg smell.


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