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Goodnight station, goodnight chill,
Goodnight Khoshekh, sleeping still.
Goodnight interns, missing soon,
Goodnight, Night Vale. Goodnight moon.

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“The Borgias” vs. “Borgia: Faith and Fear” (accuracy in historical fiction), here have some pull quotes:

After the election this same Cardinal will be equally shocked that the Holy Father has a mistress, and bastards. Ooooh. Because that would be shocking in 2001, but in 1492 this had been true of every pope for the past century. In fact, Cardinal Shocked-all-the-time, according to the writers you are supposed to be none other than Giuliano della Rovere. Giuliano “Battle-Pope” della Rovere! You have a mistress! And a daughter! And a brothel! And an elephant! And take your elephant to your brothel! And you’re stalking Michelangelo! And foreign powers lent you 300,000 ducats to spend bribing other people to vote for you in this election! And we’re supposed to believe you are shocked by simony? That is not historicity. It is applying some historical names to some made-up dudes and having them lecture us on why be should be shocked.

Or how about:

In a real historical piece, if they tried to make everything slavishly right any show would be unwatchable, because there would be too much that the audience couldn’t understand. The audience would be constantly distracted by details like un-filmably dark building interiors, ugly missing teeth, infants being given broken-winged songbirds as disposable toys to play with, crush, and throw away, and Marie Antoinette relieving herself on the floor at Versailles. Despite its hundreds of bathrooms, one of Versailles’ marks of luxury was that the staff removed human feces from the hallways regularly, sometimes as often as twice a day, and always more than once a week. We cannot make an accurate movie of this – it will please no one. The makers of the TV series Mad Men recognized how much an accurate depiction of the past freaks viewers out – the sexual politics, the lack of seat belts and eco-consciousness, the way grown-ups treat kids. They focused just enough on this discomfort to make it the heart of a powerful and successful show, but there even an accurate depiction of attitudes from a few decades ago makes all the characters feel like scary aliens. Go back further and you will have complete incomprehensibility.
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I maded you a lolcat!

Serious gray scottish fold cat with caption

Caption reads:
2. crap i forgot this one
[personal profile] attic_puppet
Baa baa math sheep, have you any proof?
There is no objective truth
What is the system,
What are the rules?
How can you know a thing that breaks its own tools?
Baa baa math sheep, have you any proof?
There is no objective truth.
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Hey folks--

Earlier I was mentioning that I'd like other people to help test out the profile system before it goes live. Here is a guide to doing that on my development server.

Lots of reading! )

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Our fundraising campaign hit the $8,000 stretch goal yesterday, and so after squeeing joyfully with everyone else at the Open House I decided to take a break from my project and make a quick pattern for one of the quotes from the Feminist Sticker Pack to celebrate. Behold!

ask me about my feminist agenda

Okay, that's more like the computer rendition of the finished product (I wish I could finish this in one night!) and this is the actual pattern:

cross stitch pattern

Floss Colors: DMC 902, DMC 376
14 count Aida, 84x56 stitches wide

Feel free to use/alter the pattern as you wish; this sizing is meant for the cheap 6.5 by 4.5 IKEA frames that I have lying around, so if you want to use 18 count fabric or want a larger piece you can just add an ironically dainty border to it?
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Chocolate chip cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven

When I moved to my most recent apartment, I picked up a Kitchenaid stand mixer. They seem to go for about $200 on Craigslist (or $400 new), are built like tanks and have a life expectancy in the decades. I was surprised at how easy it is to bake bread or other things. This recipe in particular has been one of my favorites and uses the mixer for just about everything.


Adapted from DOUGH: Simple Contemporary Bread, by Richard Bertinet

  • .25 ounces yeast
  • 8.75 ounces white bread flour
  • .75 ounces white sugar
  • 1 ounce softened unsalted butter
  • 4.5 ounces milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
Combine the dry ingredients in the mixer bowl and let it run a bit to mix them, then add the butter. While that mixes in, microwave the milk 25-30 seconds to bring it to a bit above room temperature, then add the egg to it and beat to break up the yolk. Pour the egg and milk into the mixer, and stir with the dough hook: 2 minutes on setting 1, then 6 minutes on setting 2. Scrape the dough out into a lightly-oiled mixing bowl, cover with a cloth, and let rest 50 minutes.

UPDATE: Gluten-Free variant

Instead of white bread flour, use 11.3 ounces of gluten-free flour mix (I used the King Arthur all-purpose blend because I couldn't find their bread blend) and 1 teaspoon of xantham gum. The dough won't rise nearly as much but will still be delicious.


While the dough is first rising:

  • 1 ounce softened unsalted butter
  • .5 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup something with texture: chocolate chips, chopped nuts, raisins, whatever you want
  • Spices to taste: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, whatever you want
With the mixer paddle, combine the butter, brown sugar, and spices until fully homogenized. Add the texture component slowly while mixing. The goal is to have the pieces coated well with sugar mixture and not too much excess.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured cutting board - it should come out of the bowl reluctantly but cleanly. It doesn't require much aggressive kneading, just squish it flat then fold the edges to the center and repeat, 10-15 times. Once it stiffens up a bit, stretch or roll it out to a rectangle about 8" by 14". It will take some coaxing to get it to stay there, and the edges will be thicker than the center, and that's okay. Spread the filling evenly over the dough, then roll up, starting with a long edge. Stretch the dough a bit as you roll, and seal it by squishing the edge into the outside of the roll.

Slice the roll into 2" slices (I can't stress enough how much the sharpness of the knife matters here) and arrange in the pan, leaving at least a little gap for them to grow into each other. I find that seven rolls fit nicely in a Pyrex pie pan. Cover again with a cloth and let rise 50 minutes.

Bake at 425F for 20-23 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Eat fresh out of the oven, or let cool and cover with your favorite frosting. I prefer cream cheese or buttercream, but go wild.

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[personal profile] fhocutt
Some folks have been asking us what we have now and what difference the results of our current funding campaign will make. We've been pretty focused on getting the physical space up and running for the time that we've been open so our equipment capabilities are fairly limited. So far we have:
  • a pleasant space for working and teaching classes of up to 10-12 students
  • a TV that we use for presentations and screenings
  • textile/fiber-related equipment like a spinning wheel, swift, and ball winder
  • one early 20th-c industrial treadle sewing machine that [personal profile] cme is working on fixing up
  • two soldering irons with holders, clamps, etc.
  • a power drill
  • miscellaneous hand tools--wrenches, tiny screwdrivers for detail work and hardware, etc.
  • a growing library of reference books
  • a scroll saw, once we get a non-carpeted area to use it in
  • a Wacom tablet.

Education and collaboration are our main focus at the Attic, so we want to provide members and students with equipment that reduces the barrier to getting started on something new. We also want to provide more experienced members with the tools that they need to carry out their projects. Our founding members' interests broadly break down into computer-based (open-source programming, digital media, and art); hardware and electronics; and various types of fabrication, including woodworking, 3D printing plastics, spinning, weaving, knitting, leatherwork, and jewelry making.

We have the equipment to do hardware work, but no electronics parts; we'd love to get some Raspberry Pis and a stock of electronics parts so that [personal profile] hypatia can start teaching hardware classes. We don't have any computer workstations in the space; we'd like to set one up so that new developers can contribute without having to set up their own development environments, and we'd like to provide video and illustration software so that members can work in digital media and remix video as desired. As far as other equipment goes, we're going to be offering sewing classes starting in January; a few members can loan machines, but having a designated Attic machine will both make the classes run more smoothly and allow members to practice those skills after they end. A machine that doubles for embroidery will save space and let our more advanced sewers do the work they have in mind. The same goes for the woodworking tools and the 3-D printer we're hoping to fund in our stretch goals--I personally have projects that I'd like to make with those and I'll certainly be leaning on the expertise of other members for motivation and help with the equipment itself.

Want to help us make this a reality? Donate here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/launch-seattle-attic/x/5420183. Even a few dollars helps us create this space.
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Left: undyed roving from Isis Yarns, spun worsted. Right: the same dyed roving, spun woolen. Note the difference in floof!

Close-up on the yarn.

[personal profile] memnus winds off his spoils from Knit Fit.

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[personal profile] cme
The Attic is running a fundraising campaign through Indiegogo!

banner with various photos from the space with clickthrough link to indiegogo campaign
Find it here: http://igg.me/at/launch-seattle-attic/x/5306605

We want to accomplish the following:

  • Flooring to protect our carpet and pave the way for woodworking, dyeing, and more.
  • More whiteboard space (the mother of invention)
  • Funded scholarships to allow members who can't afford dues, event fees, or transportation to contribute their talents to the Attic
  • Shelving and storage space so that we can continue to expand our awesome library and accomodate more member cubbies
  • A complete lighting overhaul: we'll replace the standard office fluorescents with energy-efficient daylight bulbs so that our artists can see colors better and to combat SAD
  • A reserve fund to cover re-painting our space when we move to a larger location

If you can't donate, that's really okay- just tell other people why you're excited for the Attic! Help us in our quest for world domination through baked goods and warm welcomes! (With apologies to the Tiptree Bake Sale.)
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I'm not yet 10 minutes into this talk and I'm already very impressed by the parallels he's drawing between privately owned public space (parks created by corporations in return for zoning variances) and sites like Facebook, along with ideas about the "right to transgress" (which I had never thought about before) and more familiar ideas like race and social class.


If video is difficult for you, it was liveblogged , there's a Storify, and an MP3 in case audio-only is better.
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(Click on images to enlarge.)

There are several fabrics or chain weaves referred to as "scale mail", including scales sewed or riveted onto a backing. The weaves I'm referring to here all have the scales as an integral component - each scale is structurally load-bearing and the rings alone will not hold the piece together.

Reverse view of standard scalemaille Front view of standard scalemaille The most common scale weave has each scale linked directly to the scales above and below. This is a straightforward pattern to knit, but the resulting fabric has some properties I don't particularly like. It has a strong curl toward the back of the fabric, and very little flexibility to bend toward the front. The scales along the edges also tend to rest differently than scales in the middle, or get out of alignment with each other.

Reverse view of extended weave scale Front view of extended weave scale To try to fix those problems, I moved to smaller rings and added an extra row of rings between each two rows of scales. Now, each scale is linked to the three rings above and three rings below. This requires three times as many rings as regular scale, so nearly three times as much time to knit, but the resulting fabric is much more flexible. It still has a curl toward the back due to the shape of the scales, but is more forgiving of being bent against it.

In-progress view of feathermaille Front view of feathermaille with small colored scales Even with smaller rings, the extended weave drapes farther than common scale, enough so that gaps become visible in the fabric. To cover those, I replace the rings directly above the scales with smaller scales. The openings in the scales are smaller than the rings, so this contracts the weave slightly, but hides the openings nicely. The smaller scales also give an opportunity to add color more subtly than in the larger pattern. I call this weave feathermaille.

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My goal this year has been to teach myself to use the scroll saw I bought when I was 12 (long story, awesome parents) - it's been going fairly well, though right now I'm storing it at my family's workshop out in Carnation/Duvall, so I don't get out there to make things as much as I'd like! As the space grows I want to see the Attic become a space where we can do woodshop-y things, but for now I have plenty of other projects better suited to our beautifully-carpeted space. :3

The very first project I did with my scroll saw back in May was a set of small pine bird ornaments:

picture of bird-shaped wooden ornaments

which I then stained using food coloring:

picture of freshly-dyed ornaments drying

and strung into a garland as a gift for my grandmother. I have another set of seahorse ornaments that I still need to stain - I might end up giving them away in exchange for donations to the Attic, or tucking them into holiday cards.

My current big super-intimidating project doesn't look like much right now:

picture of partially-completed fretwork for the side of a wooden box

This is one side of a 13x13" box I am making for my cubby at the Attic. I started in July and so far have about 3/4 of the first panel finished. It's fun to do something ambitious, though, and it's a great learning experience. I can't wait to have it completed and ready to put to use (and show off :P)!

- Kristin Leigh
[personal profile] sushinstuff
So sorry if I do this wrong cant figure out how to actually use a blog... this group should really have a Facebook group that people can join and post pictures of what their working on.

But anywho questionfor you gals. I am looking for somewhere in seattle (preferably any known weekend farmers markets) that has someone selling cleaned and dyed wool. My mom is coming to seattle this weekend and she is way into spinning and knitting so I thought it would be a nice treat to get her some "Seattle" wool. Since that is not really my thing I'm totally lost on where I should take her. I rembered this group from geek girl con and thought it would be a good place to ask.

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[personal profile] fhocutt
Blue and gold Stepping-Stones, knit up to the heel flap

This summer called for ankle socks! Seattle summers are not so hot that wearing wool socks is a bad idea, so I started on a pair of small and unmatched socks. (I meant to do that. Mostly.)

The pattern for these is a truncated, slightly modified version of Clara Parkes' Stepping-Stones from A Knitter's Book of Socks.1 The yarn is Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock mediumweight, knit on US1.5 DPNs. I dyed the gold/orange/blue colorway myself. The blue is a skein from a bag of STR mill ends and happened to match the blue highlights in the gold.

Unusually for me, I barely changed the pattern except to shorten the cuffs and extend the stranded heel through the heel turn for more strength. That didn't quite turn out as expected with the square heel--there were gaps at the decreases that needed filling--but would work beautifully with a trapezoidal short row heel turn.

My favorite parts: The broken rib pattern gives a bit of knitting and visual interest while staying simple. It is also great for self-striping or variegated yarns, as the purl bumps break up the stripes a little. The heel, worked stranded in 1x1 checks, has even more reinforcement than the s1/k1 slipstitch heel and is closer in gauge to standard stockinette.

Verdict: simple and reasonably engaging. Will knit again with further heel mod.

1. Do you like fiber? Do you want to know about the requirements for yarn that make for good socks? Buy this book. It has materials science in it and talks about stuff like the effect of the modulus of elasticity of the fiber on the finished sock. It is an engineer's sock book that is entirely accessible to non-engineers.

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[personal profile] cme
Got something you've been putting off, or that you need help with? Come to the Attic for laughs, creative suggestions, bouncing ideas off other people, and companionable getting-things-done.

Like all Seattle Attic events, this is covered by our code of conduct.

Hope to see you there!


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