Weeknotes 103 - Up and down
- I’m learning to play the riff from Black Sabbath’s Iron Man and there’s a quick little change where my pinky has to go up and down quite fast and it cracks me up. It’s a lot of fun to do and for some reason it seems really funny? Not sure “funny” is what Black Sabbath were going for.
- My partner and I spent a lovely few hours drinking coffee and building a Lego baby Yoda (or as we call him, Grego Logu). Each individual step didn’t seem to bring me closer to anything recognisable, and yet somehow towards the very end I could suddenly start seeing parts of Grogu in abstract shapes.
- Getting really lovely London tube lines coloured self-striping sock yarn as a gift compelled me to figure out how to make perfect socks. I knit quite loosely compared to other people, which means I have to use smaller needles to make the same size stitches as most knitters. Sock needle sets tend to start at 2mm⌀, but that’s three sizes too big for me! I need 1.25mm to get a good result. This limits what kind of needles I can buy. My preference is for wooden ones, which are warm to touch, not too slippery and have a bit of give. Metals ones are too rigid and stitches slide off them too easily. I found carbon fibre needles which feel a bit like wood, but because of the small size they splinter easily at the tips. Once you have a splinter it’s bin time for that needle, unless you want to shred the expensive yarn. That aside I’m getting really great results now. I feel like I finally actually love sock knitting.
- I was so sad to hear about SOPHIE’s death. So many trans icons are gone too soon.
- We were born the same year.
- I discovered SOPHIE’s BIPP on This Is My Jam back when my partner and I started, uh, seeing each other. I was obsessed with this song. “I can make you feel better, if you let me, I can make you feel better, if you want to” — so perfectly captured that feeling of being emboldened by someone’s attention and wanting to be the centre of their universe, yet not knowing where the boundaries are, and still feeling it necessary to ask permission.