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Knitters' Insider Terms: Deciphering the Code

Knitting | Work in Progress - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:30
Recently, we took a quick look at some of the acronyms and abbreviations knitters use in blogs, comments, social media venues and everyday conversations. 

Today, let's tackle another part of the picture, and look at the meaning of some of the most common insider terms knitters use.


Audition. To experiment with different color combinations and/or textures to see which ones play well together.

Cold Sheep. To stop buying yarn and focus on using yarn from stash.

Destash. To sell, donate or give away yarn to reduce the size of the stash.

Dismount. To decide to purchase yarn after a period of cold-sheeping.

Frog. To rip out completed work, because "rippit, rippit" sounds like a frog.

Frog pond. To put a project aside, with the intention of frogging it in the future.

Hibernate. To put a project on hold indefinitely.

Knitworthy. The ultimate compliment, describing someone who appreciates your handiwork and for whom you'd cheerfully knit.

Marinate. To put a project aside for a time, while you figure out the next steps.

Mileage. Refers to how much yarn a specific project may require, how quickly a project progresses, or literally how many miles of yarn a knitter has knit.

Moderate Merino. To take a balanced approach, acquiring yarn as needed without overdoing it. 

Non-knitworthy. Describes someone who doesn't appreciate your handiwork and for whom you wouldn't knit.

Odd ball. Refers to unusual or challenging one-of-a-kind yarns.

Orphan. Refers to one-of-a-kind skeins lurking in the stash. 

Partial. Refers to leftover skeins that are partially used.

Reknit. To rework all or part of a project.

Simmer. To put a project on the back burner and let it evolve slowly.

Singleton. Refers to any lone skein. 

Stash. Large or small, it refers to your personal collection of yarn not in active use. 

Stashbuster. Projects or patterns designed to use large amounts of stash yarn.

Stashbusting. To focus on using yarn from stash.

Stash enhancement. A phrase used to describe recent yarn acquisitions, often used to describe new yarn for which you have no immediate project or plan.

Stitchworthy. Essential stitches to have in your repertoire.

Swatch. As a verb, it describes the act of knitting a fabric sample to test a stitch, establish gauge and determine how the yarn behaves. As a noun, it describes the finished fabric sample itself.

Time out. To put a frustrating project on hold until you have the patience to deal with it. 

Tink. Knit spelled backwards: hence, to undo completed work stitch by stitch.

Unknit. Same as tink: to undo knitted work stitch by stitch.

Unvention. Coined by renowned knitter, Elizabeth Zimmerman, it describes a new-to-you stitch or technique that has most likely been discovered (invented) by other knitters before you.

Yarn chicken. To continue knitting, even though it appears you'll run out of yarn before you finish the piece.

Yarneater. Describes projects or stitches that eat up lots of yarn.

Obviously, this list isn't all-encompassing, but hopefully it captures the most common terms used in knitterly conversations and online venues. Of course, we haven't even begun to tackle the abbreviations and acronyms used in patterns and stitch dictionaries, but we'll save that topic for another day. 

As always, if you spot a term that's missing, just let me know and we'll add it to the list.

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First Comics News - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 08:54
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Cover A: Cary Nord Cover B: Rags Morales Cover C: Roberto Castro Writer: Bill Willingham Art: Cezar Razek
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Cover: Kyle Strahm Writer: Amy Chu, Erik Burnham Art: Eman Cassalos
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Cover: Reilly Brown Writer: Scott Lobdell Art: Elliot Fernandez, Diego Galindo
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Cover: Alec Morgan Writer: Karl Kesel Art: Alec Morgan, Dan Schkade
Page Count: 136 pages
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First Comics News - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 08:25

(W) Scott McDaniel (A/CA) Scott McDaniel
Bank Information Technology expert Evan Adonis, crushed by bank management’s retaliation and threats, desperately calls federal bank regulators, law enforcement and political officials for help. Will anyone answer? In the internally corrupt world of modern banking, the I.T. expert is both the most powerful asset and the most hunted liability.
In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

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Superheroes Decoded

First Comics News - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 07:31

Behind their masks, lie incredible secrets. Discover the secret history of America’s superheroes with Superheroes Decoded, Sunday April 30th at 9/8c.

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“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” Official Trailer

First Comics News - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 06:59

It’s here! Watch the official trailer for “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger,” coming to Freeform in 2018.

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Art Of Wrestling #347: Caprice Coleman

First Comics News - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 06:45

Caprice has been wrestling over 20 years. He has a long track recording dating back to the NWA Wildside syndicated show to being on ROH TV. Colt and Caprice chat it up talking about stereotypes, being a pastor, life choices and more

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First Comics News - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 06:01

(W) Kyle Puttkammer (A/CA) Alex Ogle
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In Shops: Jul 05, 2017
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In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
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(W) Zag Entertainment (A/CA) Zag Entertainment
Adrien tries to help his friend Nino out with his crush: Marinette! Unfortunately, there’s a mix-up and Marinette thinks Adrien is the one asking her out to the zoo. Things get even worse when the zookeeper, Otis, transforms into Animan. Now with the ability to shapeshift into any animal, Animan goes after Marinette’s classmate Kim. Will Ladybug and Cat Noir save him in time?
In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
SRP: $4.99

(W) Bryan Seaton, Nicole D’Andria (A/CA) Brian Hess
The first original illustrated story based on Zag Entertainment’s Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir. When Adrien outplays a lacrosse player, Hawk Moth akumitizes him. Becoming Replay, he gains the ability to control time around him. Will Ladybug and Cat Noir be fast enough to defeat him? Or will he stop their heroics once and for all?
In Shops: Jul 12, 2017
SRP: $3.99


(W) Brockton McKinney, Christian Moran, Corey Kalman (A/CA) Devin Roth
AmeriKarate is the story of Sam, a war hero who wants to lead a normal life, but is thrust into protecting America from an evil ninja invasion. When he meets a fellow karate fanatic in the form of CIA agent Cynthia Weaver, the chemistry can be cut with a katana! Will they be able to overthrow the megalomaniacal super-ninja, Neon – or will their sparks ignite a karate-fire that will consume them both?! Collects issues #1-4 of the hit series!
In Shops: Jul 19, 2017
SRP: $14.99


(W) Nick Marino, Rosie Knight (A/CA) Daniel Arruda Massa
The courageous Cougar is Megaville’s friskiest superhero, tossing crooks left and right with her loyal sidekick, the cunning Cub. But when a slow night on the prowl leads to a one night stand, their perfect partnership is plunged into peril! Can our delicious duo mend their fractured friendship and defeat Megaville’s roster of outrageous supervillains?!? Plus, visit Cougar and Cub in their natural habitat as we take you on a trip through comic book history with five frenzied flashbacks!
In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
SRP: $14.99

(W) Dan Mendoza, Bryan Seaton (A/CA) Dan Mendoza
The battle continues as Lila and Ivan take on the giant, gluttonous, witch, who means to crush them. Literally.
In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
SRP: $4.99


(W) Dan Mendoza, Bryan Seaton (A/CA) Dan Mendoza
Meet Lila, a 17th-century soul that has been transported into present time and into the body of a life size, ball jointed doll. Created by a couple of MIT students trying to use technology and a 3D printer to create the perfect woman, Lila uses this second chance at life to hunt the witches that killed her. This volume collects issues #1-4 of the runaway hit series.
In Shops: Jul 05, 2017
SRP: $14.99

(W) Dave Dwonch (A/CA) Arturo Mesa
After the tragic events of last issue, Anthony “Smash Brannagan” Zane lies in a coma at the edge of death, while a friend from his past threatens to expose the Shadow Cabinet to the world, putting her in the crosshairs of the Infinite Seven! The status quo has changed, making this the perfect jumping on point for new readers! Featuring an artist variant cover by series creator Dave Dwonch!
In Shops: Jul 12, 2017
SRP: $3.99


(W) Jeff Dyer, Mark McKeon (A/CA) David Brame
Malady forces Ethan Sharp and his team of blackmailed doctors to use extreme and unethical interrogation against a rival, while Dr. Ramirez finds himself in the middle of a heated relationship with two super villainesses, and a shocking truth is revealed about a doctor that will change everything!
In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99


(W) David Pepose (A/CA) Jorge Santiago, Jr.
The end is nigh, as Spencer and Locke square off against Locke’s crime lord father, Augustus, with a child’s life hanging in the balance! Can Locke survive against these overwhelming odds? Does he even want to? And who killed Sophie Jenkins? Find out here in this explosive finale!
In Shops: Jul 19, 2017
SRP: $3.99

(W) Jason Martin (A) Marco Maccagni (CA) Winston Young
After team Vampblade’s first mission goes decidedly not to plan, it’s back to basics. Katie must learn to control her new relationship with the blades… while also keeping the comic shop afloat in today’s tricky market! Features 3 covers (regular, artist, and 90s style), each with a risqué variant as well!
In Shops: Jul 26, 2017
SRP: $4.99

(W) Dan Mendoza (A/CA) Dan Mendoza
A special 3 year anniversary issue featuring story and art by series creator Dan Mendoza. Featuring. The. Most. Shocking. Revelation. Yet! Features 3 regular and risqué variants, including two covers from series creator Dan Mendoza (DollFace)!
In Shops: Jul 19, 2017
SRP: $4.99

(W) Dan Mendoza (A/CA) Dan Mendoza
The impossible to find, long out of print original series, in full color for the first time! Revisit the powerful origin story that launched a modern cult classic as high priced Hollywood call girl, Janey Belle, gets set on her fateful path to become Zombie Tramp! This is a remastered reprinting of the first series that was never before released in single issues to the direct market. Features a new cover by series creator Dan Mendoza, as well as all new Sexy and Gory variants (each with risqué variants), plus a “replica” variant (featuring a recreation of the rare first issue cover), and a blank sketch variant! The definitive collector edition!
In Shops: Jul 05, 2017
SRP: $4.99


(W) Brockton McKinney (A/CA) Sergio Rios, Marcello Costa
From the cult classic Full Moon film comes the all new epic tale of the serial-killing dough boy! There’s new designer drug called Confection and the abandoned Betty’s Bakery has been taken over by a gang of drug dealers! But by using a leftover box of seasoning containing the remaining ashes of Millard Findlemeyer, the gang has unwittingly baked up one killer cookie!
In Shops: May 11, 2016
SRP: $9.99

(W) Shawn Gabborin (A/CA) Michela Da Sacco
The Puppets stand as the only line of defense against Anapa’s forces. With the addition of the Golem to their ranks, can they even the odds or is the battle already lost for Toulon’s stringless Puppets? Don’t miss the conclusion to the Blood Debt story arc!
In Shops: May 25, 2016
SRP: $3.99


(W) Mia Goodwin (A/CA) Mia Goodwin
The Trent List is getting shorter as Addison continues to rack up her kills, but just as she reaches the top of her game, her adversaries make their move. Detective Tico and his crew get their hands on the Wolf of Rivergrove, but have they finally caught Addison or is it a case of mistaken identity?
In Shops: May 25, 2016
SRP: $3.99


(W) Tim Seeley (A/CA) Romina Moranelli
A sequel to the acclaimed Full Moon space western that introduced the world to “cowboys and aliens!” The backwater planet Oblivion has fallen on hard times, but everything’s about to get harder for Marshall Zack Stone with the arrival of Lyz Azorr, the daughter of notorious outlaw, Red Eye!
In Shops: Oct 19, 2016
SRP: $11.99


(W) Shawn Gabborin (A/CA) Michela Da Sacco, Yann Perrelet
Charles Band’s long running cult classic horror film series makes its way to the comic page! When a group of friends set out to use the abandoned Bodega Bay Inn as a party spot, they find out first hand that the bizarre local folklore is more truth than fantasy as an army of twisted autonomous Puppets have their way with the trespassing teens! The Puppets are back, and they’re out for blood!
In Shops: Nov 04, 2015
SRP: $9.99

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Looking For Group - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 04:01

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IDW Publishing Presents ‘Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comics, Vol. 1’

First Comics News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 23:08

Complete Daily Newspaper Strips Collected

San Diego, CA (April 19, 2017) – In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the first Star Wars film this May, IDW Publishing and the multi award-winning imprint, Library of American Comics present Volume One of Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comic which contains 575 sequential strips from its premiere run March 11, 1979 to October 5, 1980. Included are every Sunday’s title header and “bonus” panels in meticulously restored original color, making this the first-ever complete collection of this comics classic as they originally appeared. During the five years Star Wars Comics first appeared, early fans were treated to a total of twenty-seven storylines that remain some of the best “Classic Star Wars” era tales ever told.

In this first of three volumes, a stunning image of Darth Vader graces the cover and the most beloved original Star Wars characters journey through space along with new characters in new worlds never seen in the feature films. These daily adventure comic strips brought all the action of the movie directly into people’s homes for the first time.

Greg Goldstein, IDW Publishing’s President and COO, says, “Some of these strips have been reprinted in other formats, but, like many of our other LOAC collections, this is the first fully complete, chronological collection of the strips as they originally appeared when they graced the morning papers nearly 40 years ago.”

Initially the color Sundays and B&W dailies told separate stories, but within six months the incomparable Russ Manning merged the adventures to tell brand new epic seven-days-a-week sagas that rivaled the best science fiction comics of all time. When the strip launched, Russ Manning accurately predicted that “People today can’t get enough science fiction, especially if it is original and full of creative adventure. The Star Wars characters are like Mickey Mouse. They will be loved forever.” These strips reflect a simpler time in the franchise’s history and are a “must-have” for both the hardcore and casual Star Wars fan.

The books are produced under license, and in cooperation with Marvel Comics and Lucasfilm.

Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comics, Volume 1
11” x 8.5” landscape hardcover, 260 pp, $49.99
Available May 2017

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LUKE CAGE #1 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 23:06

Caged Vengeance – Your First Look Inside LUKE CAGE #1!
Luke Cage Stars in New Solo Series Kicking Off May 17th!

New York, NY—April 19th, 2017 — Harlem’s Hero for Hire is going solo once again this May, and the unbreakable hero is off to New Orleans to uncover a mystery stretching back to his very origins! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside LUKE CAGE #1 – the hard-hitting new series coming from critically-acclaimed writer David F. Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist, Occupy Avengers) and rising star artist Nelson Blake II (Romulus)!


It’s big trouble in the Big Easy! Dr. Noah Burstein, the man who made Luke Cage into the unbreakable hero he is today, is dead. So when Luke heads to New Orleans for the funeral of his mentor and father figure, he’s looking for answers. Mysterious billionaires, a woman with a secret, super-powered gangs and more than a few shadowy figures lead Luke to the conclusion that there’s more to this death than meets the eye. This Hero for Hire is on the case for free, and so help anyone who stands in his way!


Cage is out for answers – and he’s not above using a little force to get them! The underworld of New Orleans won’t know what hit them when Luke Cage comes to town! Don’t miss the explosive first issue when LUKE CAGE #1 comes to comics shops everywhere on May 17th!

LUKE CAGE #1 (MAR170990)
Written by DAVID F. WALKER

Cover by RAHZZAH

Variant Covers by ANDRE LEROY DAVIS (MAR170992) & MIKE DEODATO (MAR170991)

Hip Hop Variant by TIM BRADSTREET (MAR170993)

Classic Variant by NEAL ADAMS (MAR170994)

FOC – 4/24/17, On-Sale – 05/17/17

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What a Relief: I Actually Do Like Knitting After All

Knit and Tonic - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 22:58
Any serious sock knitter who takes themselves seriously, in all seriousness, has at least one pair on the needles, another pair whose second sock is knit halfway, and at least one new skein in the queue to be cast on.... Wendy
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Planet Comicon 2017 ­– Valiant Storms into Kansas City with Programs, Panels, and More

First Comics News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 22:58
From Friday, April 28th through Sunday, April 30th, Valiant’s cross-country convention road show is planting its flag at Kansas City, MO for Planet Comicon – and we’re bringing along a non-stop line-up of merchandise, programming, and panels to celebrate!

All weekend long, join Valiant inside Kansas City’s Bartle Hall at booth #1523 to find out why readers everywhere have declared Valiant as their favorite superhero universe with a selection of paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers for critically acclaimed and award-winning titles including BLOODSHOT REBORN, BRITANNIA, FAITH, HARBINGER RENEGADE, NINJAK, QUANTUM & WOODY, SAVAGE and many more!  And don’t forget to grab your copy of the official Planet Comicon 2017 Event Guide, featuring an explosive cover by acclaimed artists Kyle Strahm (Spread) and Greg Smallwood (Moon Knight) uniting the Valiant Universe’s biggest icons!

Plus: Be sure to visit the phenomenal Valiant talent that’s charging into Planet Comicon all weekend long, including:

  • Colleen Doran (Artist, FAITH)
  • Matt Kindt (Writer, X-O MANOWAR, DIVINITY)
  • B. Clay Moore (Writer, SAVAGE)
Then: Get to know one of the most celebrated superhero universes in comics today on Saturday, April 29th at 3:30 p.m. CT in room 2104 for the VALIANT 101: THE STORY STARTS HERE panel presentation! New to the Valiant Universe? Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes – from BLOODSHOT and DIVINITY to FAITH and HARBINGER RENEGADE to NINJAK and X-O MANOWAR! From The A.V. Club to Buzzfeed and Entertainment Weekly and dozens more, Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today… Now, look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!

We’ll see you in Kansas City! And don’t skip a second of the action as Valiant’s one-of-a-kind convention road show marches on through Houston; New York; Colorado; and more throughout the spring! Friday, April 28th – Sunday, April 30th
Planet Comic Con

Bartle Hall
Kansas City, MO

Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 14th

George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX

Saturday, May 13th – Sunday, May 14th
Tidewater Comicon

Virginia Beach Convention Center
Virginia Beach, VA

Saturday, May 20th – Sunday, May 21st
Five Points Festival

Pier 36
New York, NY

Thursday, May 25th – Sunday, May 28th
Phoenix Comicon

Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, AZ

Saturday, June 24th – Sunday, June 25th
ID10T Music Festival and Comic Conival

Shoreline Amphitheater
San Francisco, CA

Friday, June 30th – Sunday, July 2nd
Denver Comic Con

Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO * Stay tuned for more dates to be announced all year long!* For more information, visit Valiant on FacebookTwitterTumblr, Instagram, and ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com
Planet Comicon 2017 Program Guide – Cover by Kyle Strahm with Greg Smallwood

Planet Comicon – Logo

Valiant Convention Tour 2017 – Poster Artwork by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic

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First Comics News - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 22:56

Innovative Dual-Scale Miniatures Space Opera LIVE on Kickstarter

San Diego, CA (April 19, 2017) Blast off on an adventure that’s out of this world. Strap on your jetpack, and man your raygun, because it’s going to take all of your wits and courage to pilot your rocketship to victory in this competitive, 2-4 player miniatures board game!

Designed by Scott Rogers, who helped bring PC titles like God of War, Warhammer 40K, Darksiders, and Pac-Man World to life, Rayguns and Rocketships uses and innovative dual-scale system that keeps players thinking big, while still sweating the small stuff. Preprogram your rocketship to navigate around your opponents while lining up the broad side to unleash a barrage of raygun fire! Meanwhile, quickly command your crew to overpower your engines, help aim your rayguns, and put out fires. You can even bring the fight to your enemies by jetting your crew off into space and boarding their ships.

Rayguns and Rocketships is one of those few games that captures your attention with its gameplay and sparks your imagination with its world,” says Jerry Bennington, VP of New Product Development.

32 gorgeous, highly detailed miniatures dripping with retro-style, bring the Rayguns and Rocketships space opera to life. Set out to dominate your competition in standard player vs. player matches, or select an episode from the Episode Book and battle up to 3 friends in specially designed scenarios with unique and challenging objectives.

Warm up your rayguns, fire up your rockets, and set a course for Zardia, The Rayguns and Rocketships Kickstarter IS LIVE with a MSRP of $75.00.

Don’t be left on Earth when Rayguns and Rocketships blasts off for the stars!

Click the Link Below, and Become a Planeteer Today!

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Those lurking little jerks

Knitting to Stay Sane - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 22:31
Now that we’ve been enjoying a few weeks of spring here in southern Ontario, I’ve been pulling out a few accessory knits that haven’t seen use in a few months. My fingerless mitts and shawls tend to see more action in fall and spring as transitional garments – you probably also have a bundle of […]
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Dear Elliot

Yarn Harlot - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 18:41

I did not know, my sweetness, what it would feel like to be a grandmother. I tried to imagine it, and I wasn’t able to, not the whole time that you were on your way. I knew I would love you, that was certain – but the rest of it was a secret I’m only just now figuring out. My own mother has turned out to be such a wonderful grandmother, that I felt a lot of pressure, so I hope I do okay. It has started like this – you are so beautiful that I have shown your picture to every person I have encountered in the last 10 days. (The lady at the wine store agrees that you are perfect, and the guy who does our taxes (your Poppy Joe sent that one) agrees. Several taxi drivers have concurred, and I like to think that the lady at the grocery store can’t wait for an update.)  I have not been so besotted of a human since your Mum and Aunties were in my arms. I cannot get enough of you, your tiny fingernails are miraculous, your little mouth, so like your mother’s, I could look at it all day. In this way, my Elliot, becoming a grandmother was like becoming a mother. You are like sunshine, I can watch you for hours, and holding your small body in my arms almost hurts, it is so divine.

It’s different than being a mother though, because I am not afraid.  I don’t worry you’ll stop breathing, I am unconcerned by your snuffles and sneezes, I am not anxious about hypothermia if your hands feel cool, and I don’t fear for your future when you sleep through a feeding. I felt that fear for your mum, and it was all used up on her. I’ve seen how it goes now, and I know you’re not as tenuously here as it seems. When your mum asks me if you’re okay, it’s with an easy heart that I can reply that your are not just okay, you’re perfect. You changed that – promoting me from fretting, over-concerned mother, to confident, unworried grandmother, and it’s a change I’m enjoying. it is no longer my responsibility to make what feel like crushing, all important decisions about life and death matters, like whether or not you should have socks on. That is for your mum and dad, and the part of me that remembers the feeling enjoys watching them fuss over you. (The present debate centres around your fingernails. Do they need cutting? Are they too long? What if you scratch yourself? How should they cut them if they are too long? They are beautifully finding their feet as parents, and seeing them take on the role and the responsibility so well is almost as compelling and satisfying as your eyebrows.)

You’ve rippled through our whole little family, reminding me that babies are huge that way. Though you’re tiny, you’ve had an impact on all of our lives. Our whole dynamic has changed and we’re all looking forward, and dreaming, and imagining who you’re going to be, and what you’ll be like. So far, you’re easygoing, thoughtful, and worried – a lot like (me) and your Great Uncle Tupper, who’s name you bear. I’ve been thinking a lot about him this week, and I thought a lot about my own grandparents too,  as I did with your mother and aunties, wishing that they were here, wishing they could see you. I was blessed Elliot, with the most wonderful grandparents in the world, and though I only had them until I was in my teens, they remain two of the most powerful people of my life.  It was this that was in my mind when I started your blanket. The centre panel is Lily-of-the-Valley. It was an easy choice – for it reminds me of my own grandmother. It was a favourite of hers, and at her house a long bed of it bloomed every spring, and smelled like heaven. Your mother is named for my grandmother, and you’re the child who makes me a grandmother, and so Lilly-of-the-Valley it was.

Surrounding that centre is a wee border of ring lace. Tiny, perfect circles, meant as a symbol of the whole family that surrounds you. We are a small family, but we are tight, and we know how to operate as a team. it’s been said that we’re a hard family to break into – but you, little boy, are in, and the force of the wee and fierce McPhee army stands round you.

That motif gives way to a pattern of dog paws, meant to acknowledge your dog Penny. (She’s the border collie who keeps trying to lick your face, and comes over every time you fuss to make sure that someone is taking care of her people-puppy.)  I am not a dog person, but Penny is a very good dog, and I suspect she’s going to be your first and fiercest friend.

The largest border on your blanket is your heritage – where you come from, in the context of the great big world. Your mother is Canadian, so snowflakes for her – and your father is Nicaraguan, so the little flowers are Nicaragua’s national flower, the sacuanjoche. (It is hard to knit one, but I think it’s close. Maybe when I teach you to knit you’ll come up with something better.)

Finally, the edging I choose for you is an old one – unlike the dog paws, snowflakes or the flowers, I didn’t have to make it up. It’s a variation of Print O’ the Wave, and besides being beautiful, it’s a symbol of much. The water we all love to be near and in,  and the water you were born from and into, the wave of love that carried you here, and it isn’t lost on me that it looks a lot like the climbing plant in your living room that your parents both love.

All together, your blanket is just over 2 and a half kilometres of silk and wool, soft and strong, like I hope you and life will be. It is a great thing to be resilient, and gentle.  It took me months to make it, and it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever made. I shudder to think how many stitches are in it, but know that I didn’t resent a one of them. They all hold my hope and joy, and there is so much of that – I couldn’t have knit a stitch less.

I know that right now, we don’t know each other very well. You’re young, and you’re perfect and you sleep a lot, and so much about you is yet to be revealed. Will you play the piano, like me? The guitar like Joe? Will you be tenderhearted, like Erin and your mum, or dangerously witted, like your Great Grandmother Bonnie or your Great Uncle Tupp? Will you be able to write like your Grammy or my Grampa, will you love crosswords and languages and travelling like Ian? Will you be fierce like your Aunt Amanda? Resilient like Samantha? Are you the child who is finally curly-haired, like me? Will you be tall? What will come from your father and his family? What will be all yours – the things that make you your own self, that we all come to think of as your gifts? We can’t wait to find out, and I am weepy and overwhelmed thinking of a lifetime of learning you.

You will go on to do a great many things, but know that even though you are so little, you have already changed the world. Though I will do my best to stand between you and sadness, you are going to have bad days. It is my fondest wish that on those days, you remember this.  You are a wanted, longed for, and deeply loved person, and you are everything we ever hoped would happen. You are my grandson.

Welcome, and I love you.


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Doctor Who Experience Vote for Classic Monster Restoration

Blogtor Who - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 18:30

Although the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff is due to close this summer, the attraction recently announced the next restoration project. Described as “the final chapter of the Classic Who monster restoration”, the public will choose which monster will receive repair and a new life on display. Last year the popular Cardiff attraction promoted an online […]

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Doctor Who S10 E03 ‘Thin Ice’ – Air Date, Time & Synopsis Confirmed

Blogtor Who - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 17:32

The BBC have confirmed broadcast details for episode 3 of Doctor Who series 10. ‘Thin Ice’ written by Sarah Dollard (Face the Raven) and directed by Bill Anderson (Mr Selfridge) will premiere on BBC One at 7:20pm on Saturday 29th April. Official Synopsis In Regency England, beneath the frozen Thames, something is stirring. The Doctor […]

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A Wayward Kickstarter - Call of Cthulhu: The Withering Dark - Playing Cards and Tarot

Tenkar's Tavern - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:54

Lets take a look at Call of Cthulhu: The Withering Dark - Playing Cards and Tarot Kickstarter.

Estimated delivery: April, 2014.

Last update: August, 2016.

Number of Backers: 1626

Monies raised: Over $116k

Pledged by your Tavern Keeper: $72

Received by your Tavern Keeper: Jack Shit

Quality of sample art: Awesome

So, what went wrong?

Shit happened. The updates aren't backer only, so any can read, but they detail enough in the way of personal events that, should you desire to read them, you have the link but I am not going to copy and paste. My summary is this - if you don't know how to manage money, run a business and are at risk for bouts of depression, Kickstarter IS NOT for you. Great ideas with piss poor planning and implementation as well as inability to cope with the associated stress leads to shit shows like this. While I feel for the creator, eight months of radio silence since dropping the "personal baggage bomb" eats away at whatever sympathy I have.

My expectations?

Gareth is more likely to deliver. Hmm, need to check up on him now...

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Commentary On C1 The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan Adventure & Its Free Old School Resources

Swords & Stitchery - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 15:56
C1 The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan has an aura of pulpy danger that seems to call to players like moths to an old school flame. Hidden treasure, danger, & some very weird old school flavor seem to add to trap laden old school play. But what if you want to place it within your favorite old school home game campaign setting? What about a more pulpy sword & sorcery angle? Alright so let's Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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