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Today's random email, filed with the customer service page for Bombas socks.   Gender-based fashion marketing is probably the worst of places to try a crusade, but I really was disappointed. :) 


Having bought socks from you in the past, I get the marketing emails.  Today I got mail advertising bright new colors for spring!  Yay!    But when I clicked through to the site, it turned out that the new options are greys and beiges for spring, because the bright colors are only for "women", by which the site means "people with small or medium feet".   Alas.  It must be lovely to be a person with medium sized feet, because then one can buy socks in *both* bright colors (small and medium) and in taupes and greys (medium and large)

If you were a normal company, I wouldn't even bother to write in, but your program of giving socks to homeless shelters makes me think that you are socially conscious.   Is there a reason to stick to these categories?   Can men wear bright colors?  Can women with large feet wear bright colors?  What about non-binary people?  Does it matter which category of these I fall into if I want to spend money buying your socks?  Why not segment based on the characteristics of the socks, rather than the characteristics of the person doing the buying?   

Thanks for listening. 
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Socks of black and brown yarn, with a leaf pattern

One of my knitting resolutions for this year is to become more competent at stranded patterns in socks.  (I'm good at them in sweaters already, but socks require a little bit more stretchiness, which has been my bane in the past.)   This one seems to be a success, in that I could put it onto my foot.  Colorwork socks are always thicker than single-color, which may not be for everyone, but I'm pleased with how this pair came out.

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I was working on these over Christmas, but didn't finish them until a few days ago.    First on the pile for next year!

The pattern was interesting, and I really enjoyed the yarn.  Cute colors (the colorway is named "Let's Go Fly a Kite", so the song from Mary Poppins kept getting stuck in my head), and a very nice feel.   

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Under normal circumstances, I run on insufficient sleep and have a comfy bed.  Bedtime involves reading a bit on the nightlight-Kindle until I'm too sleepy to keep my eyes open, and then falling promptly asleep.   Because of that, and also I assume because of generally good luck in how my sleep settings are configured, I don't have a lot of practice in trying to fall asleep, or getting back to sleep when in a half-awake dozy state. So when I'm getting sick, or in not-my-own-bed (or especially a combination of the two), this can be more tricky, and I can easily get stuck in those mental loops where you keep going around and around trying to think of the right thing.

In this case, on vacation, "work dreams" seem to have been the thing to get stuck in. Now, the thing about work is, very little of it involves general brainstorming. It involves looking at device logs or server logs, or putting together database searches, or answering emails, or writing python scripts, or reading other people's code, or - well, any number of things. But pretty much all of them require a computer. Device logs that I read in my dreams will not have useful content.

But when I'm asleep, I don't quite realize this (because in dreams, everything makes sense), so I go around and around trying to debug the thing or write the report SQL or whatever, and not quite realizing why it doesn't work. (This is very similar to another niche-genre of dream I can have, where I keep hunting for a bathroom and can't find one or the ones I find are all broken, or are toilets in the middle of a huge common area that I don't want to use (to continue this digression, I was quite shocked to see such a toilet in Kate's basement, it was like walking into a vaguely unpleasant dream...)).

Anyway, while I do not seem to be able to escape from this trying-to-get-work-done dream once I'm in it, once I figured out that I was getting stuck in them, I succeeded in setting myself a Rule before going to bed, that I was Not Allowed To Do Work While Asleep. So once I started trying to write the report-thing, I remembered that awaker, smarter me of the past had set a rule that I wasn't allowed to do that, so I went off to do something else like be asleep for real. That was kind of gratifying. :)

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At the yarn store in Utrecht (I really need to finish writing+captioning up this trip), I bought some single-ply laceweight green yarn, because while I've made a number of lace shawls, none of them have been green.    When I came home, I noted that I have done this twice previously, about every two years.    

So as to avoid buying more green laceweight in 2019, I made a green lace shawl.   I'm pleased with how it came out, though I wouldn't mind having a better background for the picture.

Green laceweight shawl with a leaf pattern

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Probably the last pair of Christmas socks for this year.  This yarn is the "Phoenix" colorway from Twisted Fiber Arts - it was a fundraiser after their studio burned.   I basically made the pattern up as I went along using a simple plait cable and eye-of-partridge heel flap - I started a different pattern that involved eyelets at the color transition, but they weren't clear or even enough and I didn't like how it was going.  (I'll have to use that pattern on a striped yarn with less shaded transitions.)

I like the color continuation on the heel flap, but I don't like the jump along the top of the foot; I guess that means I should have used a short row heel instead

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 Three sets of nine octopodes made to look like planets

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The pattern for this came out on Ravelry, and I knew I wanted to make it before i knew who it was for. 
(Now it's a surprise present that needs to go to the post office, for someone who I don't think reads this journal).

Tons of garter stitch and short row shaping, and a pleasant-to-work-with yarn.

Wonder Woman red and gold shawl, draped over a black jacket

Wonder Woman red and gold shawl, stretched out for blocking

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