Ask the Oracle of Starbucks what your drink order reveals about your personality. The Oracle declares that I am an asshat. "You carry around philosophy books you haven't read and wear trendy wire-rimmed glasses even though you have perfect vision. You've probably added an accent to your name or changed the pronunciation to seem sophisticated. You hang out in coffee shops because you don't have a job because you got your degree in French Poetry. People who drink Venti Iced Americano are notorious for spouting off angry, liberal opinions about issues they don't understand."
After several x-rays and an endoscopic exam, our dog Stella was diagnosed with inflamed intestines, and we'll need to transition her to a poultry-based rather than fish-based food. Our vet gave us the full technical diagosis: "She has a sensitive stomach."
Despite Stella's food problems, she is in great spirits, and is loving daily swims at Chicago's Wilson Avenue Dog Beach.
New Peace Fleece yarn from KnitPixie for mittens and scarf to match orange wool coat. This is one of my favorite yarns. It is tweedy and sturdy yet soft (wool with a little mohair), is reasonably priced and comes in fantastic colors.
In other acquisition news, I made a major purchase and bought a yarn kit to make this:
a jacket by designer Hanne Falkenberg. Her patterns
are sold with yarn kits, and cost about $236 in U.S. yarn stores.
However, you can order directly from this Danish store and the kit costs $114, plus $26 shipping. Although I didn't order it, I also loved this design:
Just bought a Le Creuset round oven at Amazon.com for what I thought was a great sale price of $149 (esp. when purchased using Amazon's $25 off Housewares coupon). A few days later, however, I am dismayed to find that Amazon is now selling the pot for $20 less than its "weekend only" sale price.
The good news: Amazon will adjust your price within 30 days of your purchase.
The bad news: the implication that I will now have to check back on anything purchased to make sure that my deal is still a good one.
This experience makes me more interested in the Annenberg study on dynamic online pricing, which revealed that online retailers charge different customers different prices for the same products. Contrary to expectations, retailers may charge frequent customers higher rather than lower prices.
Still working on garter stitch baby jacket from Interweave Knits. Knitting rows of 132 stitches on size 3 needles is slow-going, despite the ultimately small size of the jacket.
You can now check out preview pictures of the Fall issue of Interweave Knits, available on newstands July 5. Also, it looks like Interweave Knits has a new magazine this fall that refuses to be categorized: "Just as the reader doesn’t want to be categorized, Knitscape doesn’t want to be either. It offers a hybrid of techniques: knitting, crocheting, felting, stitching, and beyond." Whatever. It looks interesting.