Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

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I Think I’m Turning Japanese

Filed under: Daily Life,Knitting,Ravelry,Second Life — folkcat at 5:20 pm on Monday, October 1, 2007

Many thanks to everyone who offered their good wishes for my migraine recovery. I hope you’ll understand why I didn’t respond to everyone individually. It wasn’t for lack of appreciation of your thoughts, that’s for sure, because I truly am grateful that you all care.

As I said, I really don’t get much of a headache – mostly the visual symptoms and some mental fogginess, along with fatigue and some nausea. Recovery from this doesn’t require a very dark room and silence as much as it does for other migraine sufferers – it can be enough to reduce my mental input by not trying to do too many different things in a given day. That gives me the rest I need to get over the neurological symptoms and clear my vision.

So, I spent the weekend watching television, and playing on Second Life. More of the latter than the former, actually. And it was good, I got a lot of things done in SL, and enjoyed the time I spent there.

In fact, I made significant advances – Genna Lunasea now rents a nice piece of land on the island of Ex Nihilo. I’ve got an ocean-front, corner-of-the-sim lot, so I’ve only got neighbors on two sides. I’ve put up a house, and am starting to work on the garden. Lots of my weekend was actually spent shopping – trying to find the perfect garden plants, an appropriate new outfit, and more.

Japanese Genna
Genna in the Garden

Yes, Genna is turning Japanese. Sort of. I actually like how her very non-Japanese hair looks here. Long time readers will remember that I have a fondness for all things Japanese. That turns out to be a craving that’s easy to satisfy in Second Life. There are many Japanophiles – and actual Japanese – in this virtual world, and they’ve created gorgeous Japanese objects for every purpose you can imagine.

That’s my house you see behind me. It’s a two-story bushido style dwelling, with decorated screens, and a balcony. I’ll get some pictures of the interior once I’ve furnished the place.

In this photo, I’m standing in the zen garden that I installed for Gryphon. I went to a lot of trouble to terraform the yard to fit, lay out the stones and cushions, and do a little planting around the other side. Then Gryphon decided he need property of his own, and bought the two lots on the other side of my house! He’s now setting up a nice little zendo with a meditation garden there.

So, all that work for naught, but then, now I get to have the garden the way I want it. Which so far, includes the first object I’ve built for myself – a koi pond, complete with animated fish swimming around under the water lilies.

Second Life is down for what they call “rolling restarts” today, so pictures of some of these things will have to wait until I have a chance to go in again. I’ll be sure to share some images when I can, though!


Not a stitch since Thursday night. The migraine Friday, plus all the Second Life activity this weekend, kept me away from the needles.

Luckily, I did make progress on Thursday night that’s worth showing!

WIP - Desert-themed Entrelac Bag for Christmas 2007, Side 1WIP - Desert-themed Entrelac Bag for Christmas 2007, Side 2

For the first time, it seemed worth showing the bag with the top edge at the top, the way it will be viewed in the final, felted piece. And now that I’ve gotten this far, you can really start to see this abstract desert landscape come together.

I’m currently on the ever-decreasing rounds of squares that make up the bottom of the bag. Then I need to knit the two long I-cords for the handles. I think I need to get more yarn for that, though. I used every scrap (well, except for a 14 inch piece) of the blue, and I think that’s the color the handles must be.


I got a message on Ravelry from a reader who had stumbled across me there while looking for patterns, and it made me realize that I haven’t mentioned my Ravelry account here on the blog since, well…practically since getting it.

Yes, I’m on Ravelry – you can find me there as CraftingJen (That link will only work if you’re a Ravelry member). I’m not logging my stash there, but I am occasionally queuing something for future knitting. And I am tracking progress on current projects. Don’t worry that you’re missing anything if you’re not on Ravelry, though – except for one or two gifts for people who read this blog, there’s nothing shown at Ravelry that you aren’t seeing here.

Other than that, I’ve wound up joining 10 different groups, from entrelac fans to rat lovers to Panera Bread knitters. There’s even one for knitters who play Second Life – and I think we may be snagging a few new SL’ers there.

My one big disappointment is that it isn’t easier yet to add books to the library section of my notebook. I see organizing my knitting books as one of the biggest advantages I’ll get from Ravelry, but so far, you can’t add a book unless it’s already in the system. And it seems to be very hit or miss whether, even if the book is in the system, you’ll strike on the exact version of the title or the author that will call it up. I look forward to this feature getting some attention down the road.

If you’re not on Ravelry yet, but want to be, do go sign up – www.ravelry.com . They’ve got their new servers up and running, and they’re adding new members at record speeds, so it shouldn’t take terribly long now. And once you’re in, be sure to look me up!

Coming Tomorrow to both Crafting and Shopping Jen:

My review of the new Fiona Ellis book, Inspired Fair Isle Knits.


Comment by MezzoDiva

October 1, 2007 @ 8:36 pm

I was having increasingly frequent migraines last winter and spring, and they were coming almost daily by late April. On May 20 I saw a neurologist who recommended taking 400mg of vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) daily. It almost totally wiped out the chronic recurrent migraines and vertigo I had for the previous 4 weeks and it worked miraculously fast, too. It’s an easy over the counter remedy that many GP doctors don’t know about for some reason, it works for many migraine sufferers.The only side effect is your urine turns a very bright day-glow yellow, but it’s safe.

I hope you feel better soon!

Comment by Carol

October 1, 2007 @ 9:11 pm

I like the bag. It really does look likea Picasso-like desert scene! Can’t wait to see the felted version. I agree, the handles should be blue. After all,they will be in the “sky”, right?

Comment by Valerie in San Diego

October 1, 2007 @ 11:08 pm

I can’t wait to read that review. I have Inspired Cable Knits and I love reading it, though I haven’t made anything in it yet.

I’ve got a little Ravelry Envy. There are still 7000 people ahead of me in line. But that’s because I waited so long to get on the list! It’s impressive that there are 10,000 people behind me.. so many crafters!

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