Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Meet Blanca

Meet Blanca.


Blanca is a small wig head. Actually, she's an extra-small, which makes hats look silly on her. (An excellent hat sizing chart is located here. The size you get when you measure your skull is not on the same numbering scale that hatters use. And hat sizes in the US don't match sizes in the UK, which don't match sizes in France.)


But she cost less than $5, and hats look better on her than flat on my keyboard (my usual photography studio), so she'll stick around. (I wondered if the dogs would be frightened by her. They just came over to sniff her, then walked off. I suppose I should be glad they didn't want to play with her.)


The hat is knitted in Classic Elite Yarns Liberty Wool (brocade colorway) using Barbara Benson's Cross Stitch Mock Cable Hat pattern (free on Ravelry). (Barbara writes elegantly readable patterns: all the info you need, sensibly presented, with some nice extra features in her PDFs.) The hat fits my medium-sized head just fine and would be comfortable on a larger head as well.


I also knitted some more on the BSJ: rows 38-57 (about 50% through the sweater).

But I missed blogging last night: a freelance job arrived about 7:30. I worked on it from 8 to after midnight, then got up at 6:30 to give it another pass. I'm expecting another freelance job today (different client), about noon.

Exciting Braves game last night in San Diego. Braves down 7-2 at the end of the 8th inning. They worked back to 7-6 in the top of the 9th (and that's how it ended). Lots of Braves fans at the game, and they got their money's worth in long balls: Heyward hit two, and El Oso Blanco pinch-hit a 3-run homer.

Yesterday morning, I got errands done: bought Blanca, shopped at Costco (probiotics and other stuff), went to Sam's vet (for his soloxine), went grocery shopping (more turkey necks), picked up Sam's gabapentin at Walgreen's. I came home, unpacked the groceries, and took a nap. I've been watching the Golf Channel's coverage of the U.S. Open, which doesn't even start until Thursday. The course (at Merion) received more than 5 inches of rain from Friday through Monday. The volunteers have done a remarkable job getting the water off the course, but there's all kinds of debate about how this very short course--with skinny fairways, limited lines of sight, multilevel greens, and gallons of unwanted water--is going to play.

See here for the story of the most famous photo in golf history--taken 63 years ago yesterday at the 18th hole at Merion. There's a plaque--smack in the middle of the 18th fairway--commemorating this shot.

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