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I'm getting close to done with the recent Big Project of Doom, but I got digressed by a couple of Very Small Projects.
(Huh, I can stop outsourcing my images?  Keen!   Nope, it doesn't seem to like embedding more than one image.)

Two "kawaii potatoes" for my niece.   The brown one was first, before I realized that kawaii potatoes are definitionally pink, so I made it potato-colored.   The second one was after I was (very politely) informed that I had done it wrong. :)   Then there was apparently some angst over the idea that she might have to choose between them.   Because, you know, I have so many other people clamoring for kawaii potatoes.   (I shouldn't say that.  Last time it led to Octopus Wars).

Then a tea cozy (well, I guess that's not the official name) for shumashi. It's kind of slippy on the glass, but hopefully will be less so on paper.   (Those are leaves.  It looks pretty neat for the amount of easy it was.)


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This is the last of my extra-bonus-vacation knitting; back to normal output again now.
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Monday, I became a SIPB member.  Tuesday, harrock and I both started at the New Job.   I like that these are next to each other like that; the New Job is probably more important in the greater scheme of day to day life, but SIPB membership means a lot to me too.  Leaving MIT was hard, and being welcomed into a different (and at this point friendlier) part of it made me very happy.

Okay, okay, "but what about the New Job", I hear you cry.  That's here: http://www.cmtelematics.com/
It's a Kendall Square startup doing a safe-driving app; Jerry is now their QA department, and I'm now their Technical Support department, more or less.  It's founded by two CSAIL professors and is full of people with brass rats; I like all the people, and it is doing A Single Thing, which is kind of novel compared to MIT.  Working at the same place as Jerry is also kind of novel, and interestingly providential.   They were pointed at me by a friend in common for the QA job; in my preliminary talking to them, I said something like "here's the sort of things I'm good at doing, which overlaps some with QA; I can probably figure out QA, but the person you really want is my husband."   (mjperson calls this Doing Interview Wrong.)   So I interviewed for real, and then Jerry interviewed, and they said "Well, you were right that the person we really want for the QA job is your husband, but we think we want one of you too".   So that worked out.

I did get a lot of knitting done in my Long Vacation, and a lot of books read, but those are traditionally separate posts.  I enjoyed flopping about more than I thought I would, but I am also enjoying being in the middle of a technical thing again.  (And there is a magical coffee machine! And snacks!)

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Another finished project!

I made this shawl a while ago for Heidi, and it was a fun pattern to play with, so I ended up picking up some more yarn to make another. Amusingly, the original was made from "sea silk" and this one is from "milk", both biosynthetics (though I guess sea silk has a lot of actual silk in it too, plus the biosynethic seacell). There are a lot of weird things people are making yarn out of nowadays.

casein:does not have a cute name yet? "milk protein yarn"


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Being on vacation involves a lot of knitting. :)

The sock pattern is "Smaug" - you can't see the cable very well here, but they have twining kind of serpentine cables, seen here. The pattern was very firmly three-needle, and I am very firmly two-circular, which led to some problems, and some accidental misreading led to some other problems, so I ended up ripping back more than I like to, but they worked out in the end. I've made socks with the wrapped stitches before, and it's a really nice effect to break up multicolor yarn, but it also works well for "dragon scales".

The cowl was a kit - they came in a bunch of color combinations all named for classic leading ladies - this one was Dorothy Lamour. Here's me attempting to model it. It's soft and warm and poofy and pretends to be mink, and would probably work well under a non-zipper coat. (I would not trust zippers to zip up over it). Is this anyone's One True Awesome Winter Cowl that they want?


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Finished two projects in my new vacation time! One small, one large:

The rainbow socks were a convenient travel project. They're worked two at a time from opposite ends of the yarn ball, so the stripes are actually reversed between socks, but you don't really notice unless you look closely, and even if you do look closely, you probably don't care.

The blue cable sweater took ALMOST EVERY SCRAP OF YARN that the pattern required. I had to switch to using leftover sock yarn to sew the sleeves in, though I probably should have done that for the whole sewing up instead of using sweater yarn, because it didn't hold up well to being used for sewing. It's a woolen-spun yarn, not worsted-spun, which means that instead of the fibers being mostly parallel, they're kind of jumbly. This makes it loftier and warmer than the corresponding weight of worsted yarn, but it also makes it a lot more fragile.


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Some of you have already heard this, but I have resigned my position at IS&T at MIT, as of last Monday. I been associated with MIT for all of my adult life, and I have had this particular job for seventeen years, so it's kind of unsettling. Accounts was the perfect job for me, and I was good at it - for a long time I expected to work there forever, or at least until I died. More recently, I have been thinking that I would work there until it killed me, which is a little different. The recent reorg has done an excellent job of destroying all of Support ("Provider and Consumer Partnerships" but I can never remember that) by punting all the managers, crushing all morale in the entire organization, and inflicting I think well over 50% casualties at this point. There wasn't actually an Accounts in the post-reorg world, I had a different official position with a person's worth of work, plus the three people's worth of work that the Accounts queue was. But I was managing, and I had recruited a padawan and started training him up (which would have worked better if they hadn't kept putting him in the Call Center for six hours a day). Friday I was called to a meeting with grandboss and uberboss and HR "to address my unprofessional communications"; highlights included "you shouldn't ever make guesses about the cause of a problem when you're talking to a professor" and "you shouldn't point people to the Sloan help desk when they're the ones who can fix the problem" and "you shouldn't put it in writing to anyone when you think that this bug is breaking MIT's anti-discrimination policies and should be fixed". So I resigned, which seemed to surprise them; it appears that the plan was to use the evidence that I was not suited for a customer-facing role to pressure me into taking a different developer-y job, but they hadn't gotten to that part yet. (Only after I left did I hear some of the worse horror stories; my citations were reasonable by comparison).

So now the Accounts queue is kind of on fire (I hope nobody needs to hire any temps any time soon), and my unfortunate padawan is trying his best to be me, but I had spun up about three timelines on work and he only has the standard one. Okay, there's some mixed metaphor going on there, but I guess my original metaphor is what tripped me up. If he's the padawan, then I was Qui-Gon Jinn, and I was doomed to be taken out by Darth Maul working for Palpatine (and I know who they are!), and you all know where that story ends.

However, despite everything, I will always be grateful to my grandboss for allowing me to use my chosen exit line.

"Can I talk you into changing your mind and staying?"
"In the words of my people... Offer me money. Power too, promise me that. Offer me anything I want.... I WANT MY MANAGERS BACK, YOU SON OF A BITCH."

Current Mood: bittersweet

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