When I packed for the Steampunk Empire Symposium, I came prepared for everything. We brought food, water, a first aide kit. I packed a second set of panty hose (which is good, since I put my thumb through the first pair as I was putting them on), and I even brought along a second knitting project, just in case (as if there was any hope of me knitting 90% of a tank top in fingering weight lace on size 3 needles in three days).
I did not, however, plan for a dead battery.
The camera said it was fully charged when I checked it. We arrived, I took two pictures, it flashed the low battery symbol and then refused to turn on. I even tried swapping the battery with the one in my cell phone, but alas, they were not compatible. So I posted on the Empire website and on Twitter, pleading for anyone at the convention with a compatible battery or charger to contact me.
So far, no luck.
I’m making do with Missouri’s cell phone camera, since the Iphone camera is far superior to my crummy %^&* !$@$# %^$%^ Samsung that I’ve been fighting with since day one. When we get home I’ll be able to get some of the photos from her, but for now this is the only one she’s sent me and I have to say that it’s one I’m immensely proud of:
Yes, that is the back of my head. While I realize that this is normally not considered an ideal shot, I’m happy because that purple thing in my hair? and the shiny silvery things? That would be a Knitpicks 42″ circular sock needle.
The reason it is in my hair? Well, long story short, it’s the best place I’ve found for it, since I don’t have the heart to throw away needles.
The longer story: Back in December, I ordered two Knitpicks circulars to work on Christmas presents (you know, those purple socks that I was knitting for far too long? Yeah, those). They arrived, I opened the package, and cast on. Three rows in, the cable snapped. I emailed the company, and a week later they sent a replacement. The replacement (seen above) has one of the worst joins I have ever seen between the cable and the needle. It doesn’t just feel awkward, you can see where the metal sticks up around the cable. The yarn catches something awful. I knit one row, then switched to another set of needles. This one was being used as a stitch holder for another project while I used the good needles to finish the Christmas socks. I pulled that project out of hibernation yesterday to bring to the convention, put it back on the good needles, and just didn’t have the heart to throw the crappy ones out. Then this morning I was trying to do my hair and inspiration struck. I’m already the weird girl with the knitting, so why not take it a step further? I don’t think anyone has actually noticed (not even the girl who was sitting behind me in a panel using a set of the same needles to make a Dr. Who scarf). I’ve always heard really good things about this brand, and it saddens me that I’ve had such bad luck with them, but I think it’s time to move on. I’m perfectly happy using them as hair sticks. Maybe I can add beads to the cable and do something really nifty with it when I get back!
Anyway, the convention. So far, I’ve spent too much money, taken a wonderful dancing lesson (with actual men! Normally when I take dance lessons its all women and I always have to dance the male parts. This was such a nice change!), been eaten by a werewolf (twice), gotten a massage, spoken with an excellent author who can apparently command the weather, oggled more costumes than I could possibly ever make in a lifetime, nearly bought a corset, drooled over a lovely treadle Singer sewing machine, gone to Target in full Steampunk regalia, and bought a handkerchief with flamingos on it, just because.
Full details to come.
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